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Hepatocyte growth factor, epidermal growth factor, and placenta growth factor concentrations in peripheral blood of pregnant women with alcohol abuse.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12045477     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Alcohol abuse during pregnancy compromises fetal development not only directly but also by abnormal placental function. Therefore, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), and placenta growth factor (PlGF), expressed in the placenta, may play a role in alcohol-induced placental dysfunction. METHODS: Peripheral venous blood samples were collected from 40 pregnant alcohol-abusing women and 42 abstinent pregnant women from gestational weeks 4 to 41. Plasma HGF and serum PlGF were assessed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays and serum EGF by an immunofluorometric assay. RESULTS: Plasma HGF concentrations were similar in alcohol-abusing and abstinent mothers, although in the latter women these concentrations increased with advancing pregnancy. Serum EGF concentrations were consistently higher in alcohol-abusing than in abstinent mothers. In the latter, these concentrations decreased with advancing pregnancy. Serum PlGF concentrations increased with advancing pregnancy in both groups and were higher in alcohol-abusing mothers during the second and third trimesters but not during the first. CONCLUSIONS: Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is associated with changes in maternal circulating EGF and PlGF but not HGF concentrations. The observed changes may be caused by alcohol per se or may be secondary to possible alcohol-induced changes in placental physiology.
Piia Vuorela; Taisto Sarkola; Henrik Alfthan; Erja Halmesmäki
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Alcoholism, clinical and experimental research     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0145-6008     ISO Abbreviation:  Alcohol. Clin. Exp. Res.     Publication Date:  2002 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-06-04     Completed Date:  2002-10-29     Revised Date:  2009-11-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707242     Medline TA:  Alcohol Clin Exp Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  682-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Alcoholism / blood*
Epidermal Growth Factor / blood*
Hepatocyte Growth Factor / blood*
Pregnancy Proteins / blood*
Statistics, Nonparametric
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Pregnancy Proteins; 144589-93-5/placenta growth factor; 62229-50-9/Epidermal Growth Factor; 67256-21-7/Hepatocyte Growth Factor

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