Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

, Volume 16, Issue 2, pp 131–139 | Cite as

Proliferation Profile of Uterine Endometrial Stromal Cells during In Vitro Culture with Gonadotropins: Recombinant versus Urinary Follicle Stimulating Hormone

  • Yong Jin Kim
  • Yoon Young Kim
  • Da Young Song
  • Sang Hoon Lee
  • Chan Woo Park
  • Hoon Kim
  • Seung-Yup KuEmail author
Original Article



Provision of optimal endometrial stromal cells is essential in uterine tissue engineering. Culture of these cells is significantly influenced by gonadotropin hormones. This investigation attempted to define the proliferation profiles of murine uterine endometrial stromal cells during in vitro culture with recombinant follicle stimulating hormone (rFSH), urinary follicle stimulating hormone (uFSH), and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).


Murine uterine endometrial stromal cells were collected from 8-week-old mice and cultured in vitro up to 72 h, with rFSH, uFSH, or hCG. Cell cycles were analyzed by BrdU assay, and cyclin D1 expression was evaluated according to dose and duration of gonadotropin treatment.


BrdU assay showed a further inhibitory effect on murine uterine endometrial stromal cell proliferation when cultured with rFSH compared to uFSH, and a similar inhibitory proliferation profile when cultured with hCG at a specific range of concentrations. The expression of cyclin D1 of murine uterine endometrial stromal cells was down-regulated when cultured with rFSH, uFSH, or hCG, compared to control.


FSH may inhibit the proliferation of murine uterine endometrial stromal cells during in vitro culture. rFSH may have more significant inhibitory effects on the proliferation of endometrial stromal cells than uFSH. Establishing an optimal endocrine milieu is necessary using more advanced combination of female hormones for in vitro culture of this type of cells.


Uterus Endometrial stromal cells In vitro culture 



This study was supported by the grants of Ministry of Future Planning and Technology, Republic of Korea (2016R1E1A1A01943455 and 2016R1D1A1A02937287). The authors appreciate Hye Min Kim for her assistance in the early stage work of this project.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors have no conflict of interests.

Ethical statement

All of the animal studies were performed after receiving an approval of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of the Biomedical Research Institute at the Seoul National University Hospital (SNUH-IACUC No. 15-0032).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Jin Kim
    • 1
  • Yoon Young Kim
    • 2
  • Da Young Song
    • 2
  • Sang Hoon Lee
    • 1
  • Chan Woo Park
    • 3
  • Hoon Kim
    • 2
  • Seung-Yup Ku
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyKorea University Medical CenterSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologySeoul National University HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyCheil General HospitalSeoulRepublic of Korea

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