Journal article

Antiangiogenic effects of decorin restored by unfractionated, low molecular weight, and nonanticoagulant heparins

Amy KL Chui, Tilini N Gunatillake, Vera Ignjatovic, Paul T Monagle, Padma Murthi, Shaun P Brennecke, John M Whitelock, Joanne M Said

BLOOD ADVANCES | AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Pregnancies affected by preeclampsia (PE) or fetal growth restriction (FGR) display increases in thrombin generation and reductions in angiogenesis and cell growth. There is significant interest in the potential for low molecular weight heparins (LMWHs) to reduce the recurrence of PE and FGR. However, LMWH is associated with an increased risk of bleeding. Therefore, it is of vital importance to determine the exact molecular function of heparins in pregnancy if they are used as therapy for pregnant women. We aimed to determine this using our model for PE/FGR in microvascular endothelial cells. The expression of decorin, a proteoglycan, was reduced to mimic PE/FGR in these cells compared with ..

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