Journal article

Effects of Pravastatin on Human Placenta, Endothelium, and Women With Severe Preeclampsia

Fiona C Brownfoot, Stephen Tong, Natalie J Hannan, Natalie K Binder, Susan P Walker, Ping Cannon, Roxanne Hastie, Kenji Onda, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino

HYPERTENSION | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2015

Abstract

UNLABELLED: Preeclampsia is a major pregnancy complication where excess placental release of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and soluble endoglin causes maternal endothelial and multisystem organ injury. Clinical trials have commenced examining whether pravastatin can be used to treat preeclampsia. However, the preclinical evidence supporting pravastatin as a treatment is limited to animal models, with almost no studies in human tissues. Therefore, we examined whether pravastatin reduced sFlt-1 and soluble endoglin secretion and decreased endothelial dysfunction in primary human tissues. Pravastatin reduced sFlt-1 secretion from primary endothelial cells, purified cytotrophoblast..

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