Journal article

Dynamic changes in hyperglycosylated human chorionic gonadotrophin throughout the first trimester of pregnancy and its role in early placentation

J Evans, LA Salamonsen, E Menkhorst, E Dimitriadis



STUDY QUESTION: What is the in situ localization and function of hyperglycosylated hCG (hCG-H) in first trimester pregnancy tissues? SUMMARY ANSWER: HCG-H localizes to the syncytiotrophoblast, cytotrophoblast and invasive extravillous trophoblast within the maternal decidua and promotes invasion during the first trimester of pregnancy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Serum levels of hCG-H decline dramatically throughout the first trimester of pregnancy. As hCG-H is produced by choriocarcinoma cells, it is proposed to regulate trophoblast invasion. STUDY DESIGN, SIZE, DURATION: Tissues were collected from elective first trimester pregnancy terminations. Placental villous and decidua basalis were colle..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Government Operational Infrastructure Support Program. J.E. is supported by NHMRC project grant #1047756, L.A.S. and E.D. by NHMRC Fellowships #1002018 and #550905 respectively and E.M. by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship #611827. The authors have no conflicts of interest relating to this work.