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bp0006rdr24 | Fetal-maternal Interactions | REDR2006

Fetal-maternal interactions during the establishment of pregnancy in ruminants

Spencer TE , Johnson GA , Bazeru FW , Burghardt RC

This review integrates established information with new insights into molecular and physiological mechanisms responsible for events leading to pregnancy recognition, endometrial receptivity, and implantation with emphasis on sheep. After formation of the corpus luteum, progesterone acts on the endometrium and stimulates blastocyst growth and elongation to form a filamentous conceptus (embryo/fetus and associated extraembryonic membranes). Recurrent early pregnancy loss in the ...

bp0018cpr37 | State-of-The Art in Conceptus-Uterus Interactions/Early Pregnancy Signaling | CPR2009

Conceptus-uterus interactions in pigs: endometrial gene expression in response to estrogens and interferons from conceptuses

Johnson G.A. , Bazer F.W. , Burghardt R.C. , Spencer T.E. , Wu G. , Bayless K.J.

This review highlights information on conceptus-uterus interactions in the pig with respect to uterine gene expression in response to estrogens and interferons (IF Ns) secreted from elongating conceptuses. Pig conceptuses release estrogens for pregnancy recognition, but also secrete IENs that do not appear to be antiluteolytic. Estrogens and IFNs induce expression of largely non-overlapping sets of genes, and evidence suggests that pig conceptuses orchestrate essential e...