Aromatase and endometriosis


Bulun S., Fang Z., Imir G., Gurates B., Tamura M., Yilmaz B. , ...Daha Fazla

SEMINARS IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE, cilt.22, ss.45-50, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 22 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2003.11.027
  • Dergi Adı: SEMINARS IN REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.45-50

Özet

Aromatase P450 (P450arom) is the key enzyme for biosynthesis of estrogen, which is an essential hormone for the establishment and growth of endometriosis. There is no detectable aromatase enzyme activity in normal endometrium; therefore, estrogen is not locally produced in endometrium. Endometriosis tissue, however, contains very high levels of aromatase enzyme, which leads to production of significant quantities of estrogen. Moreover, one of the best-known mediators of inflammation and pain, prostaglandin E-2, strikingly induces aromatase enzyme activity and formation of local estrogen in this tissue. Additionally, estrogen itself stimulates cyclo-oxygenase-2 and therefore increases the formation of prostaglandin E2 in endometriosis. We were able to target this positive feedback cycle in endometriosis using aromatase inhibitors. In fact, pilot trials showed that aromatase inhibitors could decrease pelvic pain associated with endometriosis.