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|Titolo:||Association of circulating endothelium and noradrenaline with increased calcium-channel binding sites in the placental bed in pre-eclampsia.|
|Autori interni:||AMENTA, Francesco|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1998|
|Rivista:||BRITISH JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY|
|Abstract:||OBJECTIVE: To evaluate factors contributing to both placental hypoperfusion and maternal vasoconstriction in pre-eclampsia. DESIGN: Single centre, comparative study of calcium-channel density and affinity in the placental bed of pregnant women with normotension and pre-eclampsia. SETTING: Teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-two primigravidae in the third trimester of pregnancy: 10 with pre-eclampsia and 12 normotensive. METHODS: Plasma levels of endothelin-1 (by RIA) and noradrenaline (by HPLC-ED) were measured. Both pharmacological characterisation and anatomical localisation of dihydropyridine-sensitive binding sites (using radioligand-binding studies and autorradiographic techniques) were determined with 3H-isradipine in placental bed tissues to determine both the density (Bmax) and the affinity (Kd) of receptor sites. RESULTS: Higher plasma levels of endothelin-1 and noradrenalin were found in women with pre-eclampsia compared with normotensive women. Placental bed tissues bound 3H-isradipine in a saturable, reversible time and temperature-dependent manner with very low Kd values. Study of the 3H-isradipine specificity binding included the use of several dihydropyridine displacers. In the group with pre-eclampsia the Scatchard analysis of the results showed a significant increase (P < 0.001) both in the affinity [Kd = 0.23 nmol (0.04) vs 0.45 nmol (0.03), pre-eclampsia vs normotensive] and in the density of calcium-channel binding sites [Bmax = 77.70 fmol/mg (1.30) vs 64.30 fmol/mg (1 80) tissue, pre-eclampsia vs normotensive]. Autoradiography confirmed that in the placental bed tissue of those with pre-eclampsia there was a much higher silver grain density in the arteries walls, compared with normotensive women. CONCLUSIONS: In pre-eclampsia there is an increase in the maternal circulation of two strong vasoconstrictor factors (endothelin-1 and noradrenalin) and a sharp increase both in the density and the affinity of calcium-channel binding sites in placental bed central area. The latter may strongly contribute to the perpetuation of the uteroplacental hypoperfusion either by itself or by amplifying the local actions of circulating factors, such as endothelin-1 and noradrenalin.|
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