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In Vivo. 2011 May-Jun;25(3):445-50.

Antepartum and postpartum serum heme oxygenase-1 levels in preeclamptic and normotensive pregnant women.

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Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aretaieion Hospital, 76 Vas. Sofias Avenue, GR-11528, Athens, Greece.



To determine antepartum and postpartum serum heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) levels in pre-eclamptic (PE) and normotensive pregnant women and to investigate the relationship between HO-1 levels and severity of PE.


Ten normotensive women were compared to 9 women with mild PE and 12 women with severe PE. Serum HO-1 levels were measured at 30-34 gestational weeks and 12-14 weeks postpartum.


The severe PE group had significantly higher serum HO-1 levels antepartum compared to the mild PE and normotensive groups (5.50 ± 1.54 vs. 3.04 ± 0.72 ng/ml, p=0.0003, and 5.50 ± 1.54 vs. 3.12 ± 1.57 ng/ml, p=0.002, respectively). Serum HO-1 levels decreased significantly postpartum in the normotensive group only (3.12 ± 1.57 vs. 2.00 ± 0.97 ng/ml, p=0.0005). In the severe PE group, HO-1 levels antepartum were positively correlated to mean blood pressure (r=+0.79, p=0.004).


Severe PE is associated with elevated serum HO-1 levels both antepartum and postpartum, suggesting a key role of chronic oxidative stress in the pathogenesis of PE and the endothelial dysfunction of these patients later in their life.

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