Journal article

Altered placental oxidative stress status in gestational diabetes mellitus

MT Coughlan, PP Vervaart, M Permezel, HM Georgiou, GE Rice

PLACENTA | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2004

Abstract

Oxidative stress has been clearly linked to type 2 diabetes mellitus, however, limited data are available on the involvement of oxidative stress in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), a disease of similar pathophysiology. The aim of this study was to investigate the status of placental oxidative stress in healthy pregnant women and women with GDM. The hypothesis to be tested was that tissue markers of oxidative stress are significantly increased in GDM compared to normal placental tissues. Markers of oxidative stress measured were the release of 8-isoprostane (8-epi-prostaglandin F(2alpha)) from human term placental explants (n=11), the activity of the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismuta..

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