Fas ligand in the uterus of the non-pregnant mouse induces apoptosis of CD4+ T cells

Mónica Imarai, Lorena Varela-Nallar, Claudio Figueroa-Gaete, Patricia González, Daniel Valdés, Luis Velásquez, Hugo Cárdenas, Kevin Maisey

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The role of FasL in the reproductive tissues of the non-pregnant mouse may be the induction of apoptosis of activated T cells for the prevention of unwanted inflammatory responses secondary to infection. This study was undertaken to identify cell and tissue types that typically express FasL in the uterus and oviduct of the mouse and to establish whether FasL on the surface of these cells was able to induce T cell apoptosis. FasL in the mouse uterus and oviduct was demonstrated using three independent methods: RT-PCR, Western blot and immunocytochemistry. The protein was present in the epithelial and mesenchymal cells of the uterus and showed a granular pattern in the apical epithelial portion. Although this suggests the presence of vesicles, surface expression was also detected by flow cytometry of isolated uterine cells. Exogenous administration of estradiol and progesterone had no significant effect on the expression and localization of FasL. The ability of uterine cells to induce FasL-dependent apoptosis of activated CD4+ T cells was examined by incubation of phytohemagglutinin-treated T cells with cultured uterine cells. TUNEL and flow cytometric analyses showed that CD4+ T cells experienced apoptosis after 5 h of co-incubation. Neutralizing antibodies inhibited apoptosis demonstrating that a biologically active FasL is present in the reproductive tissues of the mouse. Results indicate that FasL is a biologically active molecule present in epithelial and mesenchymal cells of the uterus and the oviduct of the non-pregnant mouse that might restrain local immune response by induction of apoptosis of CD4+ T lymphocytes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-32
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Reproductive Immunology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005


  • Apoptosis
  • Female reproductive tract
  • Immunology
  • Steroid hormones
  • Uterus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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