Leptin-Induced HLA-G Inhibits Myometrial Contraction and Differentiation.

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mars 2022




Membres identifiés du Cancéropôle Est :
Pr BARDOU Marc, Dr GARRIDO Carmen, Pr LIRUSSI Frédéric

Tous les auteurs :
Wendremaire M, Lopez TE, Barrichon M, Zhang H, Hadi T, Ye XY, Neiers F, Bardou M, Sagot P, Garrido C, Lirussi F


Maternal obesity is associated with a wide spectrum of labour disorders, including preterm birth. Leptin, a pro-inflammatory adipokine and a key factor of obesity, is suspected to play a major role in these disorders. OB-R, its receptor, is expressed on macrophages and myocytes, two cell types critical for labour onset. Macrophages secrete reactive oxygen species/pro-inflammatory cytokines, responsible for myometrial differentiation while myocytes control uterine contractions. In this study, we assessed the effect of leptin on myometrial contraction and differentiation using our validated co-culture model of human primary macrophages and myocytes. We demonstrated that leptin had a different effect on myocytes and macrophages depending on the dose. A low leptin concentration induced a tocolytic effect by preventing myocytes' contraction, differentiation, and macrophage-induced ROS production. Additionally, leptin led to an increase in HLA-G expression, suggesting that the tocolytic effect of leptin may be driven by HLA-G, a tolerogenic molecule. Finally, we observed that recombinant HLA-G also prevented LPS-induced ROS production by macrophages. Altogether, these data provide a putative molecular mechanism by which leptin may induce immune tolerance and therefore interfere with labour-associated mechanisms. Therefore, HLA-G represents a potential innovative therapeutic target in the pharmacological management of preterm labour.

Mots clés

differentiation, labour, leptin, macrophage, myometrium, oxidative stress


Cells. 2022 Mar 10;11(6):