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Involvement of heparanase in vaginal and cesarean section deliveries.
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PMID:  20932554     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
BACKGROUND: Heparanase is an endo-β-D-glucuronidase dominantly involved in cell invasion, tumor angiogenesis and metastasis. Recently, we demonstrated increased levels of heparanase, tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI)-2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A in early miscarriages (Nadir et al., Thromb Res, 2010). Herein, we investigated the role of heparanase in third trimester placentas, in correlation to tissue factor (TF), TFPI, TFPI-2, and VEGF-A.
METHODS: Twenty five third-trimester placenta samples (weeks 36-41) were studied applying real time RTPCR and immunostaining. Ten cases were placentas of elective cesarean sections, 8 cases were of normal vaginal deliveries and 7 samples were placentas of intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) fetuses. Skin and lung tissues of heparanase over-expressing mice and heparanase knock-out mice were subjected to immunostaining.
RESULTS: Sections obtained from vaginal and IUGR placentas revealed 2 folds increased levels of heparanase, TFPI-2 and VEGF-A compared to placentas from elective cesarean sections in maternal decidua as well as in fetal placenta elements. Interestingly, abundance of TFPI staining in the intra-villous blood was observed in placentas of vaginal and IUGR deliveries. Heparanase effect on TFPI release to the blood was supported by immunostaining of heparanase over-expressing and heparanase knock-out mice tissues.
CONCLUSIONS: In regard to our previous data on early pregnancy losses, the present data strengthen the understanding that in placental vascular complications levels of heparanase, TFPI-2 and VEGF-A increase. In the process of delivery, heparanase may have a regulatory role on TFPI release to fetal circulation.
Yona Nadir; Yael Kenig; Arie Drugan; Eyal Zcharia; Benjamin Brenner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2010-10-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Thrombosis research     Volume:  126     ISSN:  1879-2472     ISO Abbreviation:  Thromb. Res.     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-03     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0326377     Medline TA:  Thromb Res     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e444-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Thrombosis and Hemostasis Unit, Department of Hematology, Rambam Health Care Campus, Haifa, Israel.
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