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
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..View full abstract
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This work was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia (NHMRC; no. 1048707 and 1046484) and an Arthur Wilson RANZCOG scholarship. F. Brownfoot was supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award and an AVANT scholarship. The NHMRC provided salary support (no. 1050765 to S. Tong, 1062418 to T.J.K. Lino, and 628927 to N.J. Hannan).