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Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2001 Apr;280(4):R1045-51.

Nonimmune hydrops fetalis and activation of the renin-angiotensin system after asphyxia in preterm fetal sheep.

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  • 1School of Physiology and Pharmacology, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales 2052, Australia.


This study examined the hypothesis that the development of hydrops fetalis after asphyxia in the 0.6 gestation sheep fetus would be associated with activation of the fetal renin-angiotensin system (RAS). Fetuses were randomly assigned to either sham occlusion (n = 7) or to 30 min of asphyxia induced by complete umbilical cord occlusion for 30 min (n = 8). Asphyxia led to severe bradycardia and hypotension that resolved after release of occlusion. After occlusion, plasma renin concentration was significantly increased in the asphyxia group compared with controls (P < 0.005) after 3 min (16.3 +/- 5.3 vs. 4.1 +/- 1.3 ng. ml(-1). h(-1)), and 72 h (30.6 +/- 6.3 vs. 3.7 +/- 1.2 ng. ml(-1). h(-1)). Renal renin concentrations and mRNA levels were significantly greater in the asphyxia group after 72 h of recovery. All fetuses in the asphyxia group showed generalized tissue edema, ascites, and pleural effusions after 72 h of recovery. In conclusion, asphyxia in the preterm fetus caused sustained activation of the RAS, which was associated with hydrops fetalis.

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