The effects of magnesium sulfate on placental vascular endothelial growth factor expression in preeclampsia Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective: To evaluate the effect of magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) on placental expression levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). Materials and methods: Cotyledons of term normotensive and preeclamptic placentas were dually perfused for 6 h, with MgSO4 (6–7 mg%) in the maternal reservoir [normotensive (n = 3); preeclamptic (n = 4)] and with the control medium (without MgSO4) [normotensive (n = 3); preeclamptic (n = 6)]. After perfusion, placental tissue samples were collected from four different placental compartments (amnion, chorion, placental villous and decidua). The collected placental tissues were homogenized and examined for VEGF by ELISA. Statistical significance was determined using a two-way analysis of variance. Results: After perfusion with control medium, significantly lower levels of VEGF were detected in the chorion and placental villous compartments of preeclamptic placentas (70 ± 24 pg/g protein and 29 ± 11 pg/g protein; respectively), as compared with normotensive placentas (17...

publication date

  • January 1, 2013