Journal article

221. Localisation of relaxin receptors (Rxfp1) in the uterine artery and the effects of blocking circulating relaxin on passive mechanical wall properties in the uterine artery of late pregnant rats

LA Vodstrcil, J Novak, M Tare, ME Wlodek, LJ Parry

Reproduction, Fertility and Development | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2008


During pregnancy, the uteroplacental circulation undergoes dramatic alterations to allow for the large increase in blood flow to the feto-placental unit. These alterations are achieved through several mechanisms including structural changes in the uterine artery wall and endothelium-dependent vasodilation. Small renal arteries of relaxin-deficient mice and rats have enhanced myogenic reactivity and decreased passive compliance, and are relatively vasoconstricted (Novak et al. 2001, 2006). To date, no study has identified relaxin receptors (Rxfp1) in arteries or investigated the effects of relaxin deficiency in pregnancy on uterine artery function. The aims of this current study were to: 1) l..

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