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Identification of prostaglandin receptors in human ureters

Matthias Oll1, Claudia Baumann1, Turang E Behbahani1, Alexander von Ruecker23, Stefan C Müller1 and Jörg Ellinger14*

Author Affiliations

1 Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

2 Institut für Pathologie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Bonn, Germany

3 Hämatoonkologie, MVZ Labormedizin, Cologne, Germany

4 Klinik und Poliklinik für Urologie und Kinderurologie, Universitätsklinikum Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, 53105, Bonn, Germany

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BMC Urology 2012, 12:35  doi:10.1186/1471-2490-12-35

Published: 10 December 2012



Prostaglandins play an important role in ureteral obstruction, but the detailed expression profiles of the prostaglandin receptors (PTGER1, PTGER2, PTGER3, PTGER4, PTGFR) remain unknown in the different parts of the human ureter.


The expression pattern of PTGER1, PTGER2, PTGER3, PTGER4 and PTGFR was determined in human distal, mid and proximal ureter and renal pelvis samples using immunohistochemistry (protein levels) and quantitative real-time PCR (mRNA).


PTGER1 was highly expressed in most samples irrespective of the ureteral localization; however, urothelial cells had higher levels of PTGER1 than smooth muscle cells. PTGFR was also moderately to strongly expressed in urothelial and smooth muscle cells. In comparison, PTGER2-4 expression was mostly unexpressed or weakly expressed in urothelial and smooth cells in all regions.


Our data indicate high levels of PTGER1 in ureters.

Prostaglandin receptor; PTGER1; EP1; Ureter; Cyclooxygenase