Secretion of angiogenic activity by placental tissues of cows at several stages of gestation

in Reproduction

Summary. Samples of maternal and fetal placental tissues were obtained from cows on Days 100 (N = 4), 150 (N = 5), 200 (N = 6) and 250 (N = 6) of gestation and incubated for 24 h. Conditioned media from caruncular explants were mitogenic for bovine aortic endothelial cells (BAEC) on all days of gestation. Media from intercaruncular endometrium were stimulatory for proliferation of BAEC on Day 100 but inhibitory on Days 150, 200 and 250. Media from cotyledonary and intercotyledonary tissues inhibited proliferation of BAEC on all days. Caruncular-conditioned media stimulated migration of BAEC on Days 150, 200 and 250. Cotyledonary-conditioned media inhibited migration of BAEC on all days. Effects of media from intercaruncular and intercotyledonary tissues on migration of BAEC varied with stage of gestation. Angiogenic activity of media from caruncular (all stages) and intercaruncular (Day 100) tissues appeared to have an Mr > 100 000. In cows, therefore, the maternal placentome (caruncle) appears to be the primary source of placental angiogenic activity throughout gestation. The fetal placentome (cotyledon) secretes activity which inhibits two major components of angiogenesis (proliferation and migration of endothelial cells) throughout gestation. Intercaruncular and intercotyledonary tissues may modulate placental angiogenesis throughout gestation. Placental vascular development in the cow is therefore probably controlled by an interaction between stimulatory and inhibitory factors produced by the placenta itself.

Keywords: angiogenic factor; placenta; gestation; cow

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