Journal article

HUMAN PLACENTAL ACETYLCHOLINE

RG KING, NM GUDE, BR KRISHNA, S CHEN, SP BRENNECKE, ALA BOURA, TJ ROOK

Reproduction, Fertility and Development | C S I R O PUBLICATIONS | Published : 1991

Abstract

The human placenta contains both acetylcholine (ACh) and choline acetyltransferase, and in vitro bilaterally perfused placental lobules release ACh. The function of this placental cholinergic system has not yet been clearly defined, although changes occur in it during parturition and it may be linked to placental prostaglandin generation at this time. It has also been suggested that ACh may regulate placental amino-acid transport and/or blood flow. It has been found that ACh release from fetal vessels of bilaterally perfused placental lobules is reduced during preeclampsia but is not necessarily correlated with any change in perfusion pressure or materno-fetal transfer of the nonmetabolizabl..

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