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The objective of this study was to examine the production of antibacterial factor(s) by uterine epithelial cells from pre-and postmenopausal women. Apical rinses from polarized epithelial cells recovered from women at the proliferative and secretory stages of the menstrual cycle were equally effective in killing Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, but those from postmenopausal women were not. Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) concentrations of apical washes fromdoi:10.1086/340512 pmid:12023766 fatcat:odxt6ueu5vgtxk3qmmot4jyxaa