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Decreased expression of complement 3a receptor (C3aR) in human placentas from severe preeclamptic pregnancies.
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PMID:  22901903     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the expression of the anaphylatoxin receptors complement C3a receptor (C3aR) and C5a receptor (C5aR) in the placentas of pregnancies complicated by severe early onset preeclampsia. STUDY DESIGN: We recruited women with pregnancies complicated by severe early-onset preeclampsia (n=19, 11 of which were further complicated with IUGR) and women with preterm pregnancies not affected by preeclampsia (n=8). Gene and protein expression of C3aR and C5aR was analysed by quantitative RT-PCR and Western blotting, respectively. RESULTS: C3aR was detected in the Hofbauer cells in the villous stroma of the placenta. C5aR staining was detected in the syncytiotrophoblast and endothelial cells. We found significantly decreased expression of C3aR mRNA and protein expression in placentas with preeclampsia compared to controls. However, C5aR expression was not significantly different between preeclamptic and control placentas at either the mRNA or protein level. CONCLUSIONS: Decreased C3aR expression indicates a dysregulation of the complement system in the placentas of preeclamptic women. Further studies would elucidate the exact mechanisms that complement has in preeclampsia.
Ratana Lim; Martha Lappas
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1872-7654     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol.     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
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Created Date:  2012-8-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0375672     Medline TA:  Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; Mercy Perinatal Research Centre, Mercy Hospital for Women, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.
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