Journal article

Combining metformin and sulfasalazine additively reduces the secretion of antiangiogenic factors from the placenta: Implications for the treatment of preeclampsia

Fiona C Brownfoot, Roxanne Hastie, Natalie J Hannan, Ping Cannon, Tuong Nguyen, Laura Tuohey, Cathy Cluver, Stephen Tong, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino

PLACENTA | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2020


INTRODUCTION: The antiangiogenic factors soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin (sENG) are elevated in preeclampsia and have been implicated in its pathogenesis. We have previously demonstrated metformin and sulfasalazine independently reduce antiangiogenic factor secretion. Here we examined whether combining metformin and sulfasalazine may be more effective than either alone in reducing placental expression and secretion of antiangiogenic and angiogenic factors and the expression of markers of endothelial dysfunction. METHODS: We performed functional experiments using primary human placenta to explore the effect of metformin and sulfasalazine, at lower doses than p..

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