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Neuroendocrine aspects of placenta and pregnancy.
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PMID:  22394300     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Placenta plays a central role in the regulation of physiological mechanisms of pregnancy, and in particular is the organ of communication between mother and fetus. This action is also related to its ability to produce hormones, growth factors and cytokines during the progression of pregnancy, and in response to stimuli such as stress and inflammation/infection. In the last years the understanding of the physiological and pathological functions of human placenta revealed the hypersecretion of hormones in presence of gestational diseases and raised the question whether this mechanism is cause of disorders of pregnancy, or part of an adaptive response of placenta to resolve adverse conditions. However, there are evidences indicating that changes of placental hormone secretion may have clinical usefulness, since they are measurable in biological fluids, and may be used as predictive markers or prognostic tools. Of particular interest is the role of corticotropin releasing hormone, urocortins and activins in the maintaining physiological pregnancy and in the pathogenesis of diseases (preterm birth and preeclampsia).
Maria De Bonis; Michela Torricelli; Filiberto M Severi; Stefano Luisi; Vincenzo De Leo; Felice Petraglia
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Gynecological endocrinology : the official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology     Volume:  28 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1473-0766     ISO Abbreviation:  Gynecol. Endocrinol.     Publication Date:  2012 Mar 
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Created Date:  2012-03-07     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8807913     Medline TA:  Gynecol Endocrinol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  22-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Department of Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Reproductive Medicine, University of Siena , Siena , Italy.
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