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Maternal smoking and impaired endothelium-dependent nitric oxide-mediated relaxation of uterine small arteries in vitro.
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PMID:  20974462     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the endothelium-dependent relaxation of uterine small arteries from pregnant nonsmokers, smokers, and ex-smokers who stopped smoking early in pregnancy.
STUDY DESIGN: Uterine arteries were dissected from myometrial biopsies obtained during elective cesarean sections of 34 uncomplicated, singleton pregnancies, and the vascular function was assessed in a wire myograph for isometric recordings. Serum cotinine verified self-reported smoking; 15 were nonsmokers, 10 were smokers, and 9 were ex-smokers.
RESULTS: Arteries from smokers and ex-smokers had reduced bradykinin-induced relaxation compared to arteries from nonsmokers (P < .05). The relaxation response to the nitric oxide donor sodium nitroprusside was similar in arteries from nonsmokers and smokers but was better in arteries from ex-smokers (P < .05).
CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that maternal smoking reduces endothelium-dependent nitric oxide-mediated relaxation in uterine small arteries and that smoking cessation early in pregnancy does not fully abolish this deleterious effect, despite improvement in relaxation to nitroprusside.
Malene R Andersen; Niels Uldbjerg; Steen Stender; Puk Sandager; Christian Aalkjær
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-10-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  204     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol.     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  177.e1-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Copenhagen University Hospital, Gentofte, Denmark; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Denmark.
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