Thrombin-Induced Decidual Colony-Stimulating Factor-2 Promotes Abruption-Related Preterm Birth by Weakening Fetal Membranes

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  • Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) and thrombin generation by decidual cell–expressed tissue factor often accompany abruptions. Underlying mechanisms remain unclear. We hypothesized that thrombin-induced colony-stimulating factor-2 (CSF-2) in decidual cells triggers paracrine signaling via its receptor (CSF2R) in trophoblasts, promoting fetal membrane weakening and abruption-associated PPROM. Decidua basalis sections from term (n = 10), idiopathic preterm birth (PTB; n = 8), and abruption-complicated pregnancies (n = 8) were immunostained for CSF-2. Real-time quantitative PCR measured CSF2 and CSF2R mRNA levels. Term decidual cell (TDC) monolayers were treated with 10−8 mol/L estradiol ± 10−7 mol/L medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) ± 1 IU/mL thrombin pretreatment for 4 hours, washed, and then incubated in control medium with estradiol ± MPA. TDC-derived conditioned media supernatant effects on fetal membrane weakening were analyzed. Immunostaining localized CSF-2 primarily to decidual cell cytoplasm and cytotrophoblast cell membranes. CSF-2 immunoreactivity was higher in abruption-complicated or idiopathic PTB specimens versus normal term specimens (P < 0.001). CSF2 mRNA was higher in TDCs versus cytotrophoblasts (P < 0.05), whereas CSF2R mRNA was 1.3 × 104–fold higher in cytotrophoblasts versus TDCs (P < 0.001). Thrombin enhanced CSF-2 secretion in TDC cultures fourfold (P < 0.05); MPA reduced this effect. Thrombin-pretreated TDC-derived conditioned media supernatant weakened fetal membranes (P < 0.05), which MPA inhibited. TDC-derived CSF-2, acting via trophoblast-expressed CSFR2, contributes to thrombin-induced fetal membrane weakening, eliciting abruption-related PPROM and PTB.
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  • Sinkey RG; Guzeloglu-Kayisli O; Arlier S; Guo X; Semerci N; Moore R; Ozmen A; Larsen K; Nwabuobi C; Kumar D
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