David K. Stevenson, M.D.

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  • A deficiency in haem oxygenase-1 induces foetal growth restriction by placental vasculature defects ACTA PAEDIATRICA Wong, R. J., Zhao, H., Stevenson, D. K. 2012; 101 (8): 827-834


    Haem oxygenase-1 (HO-1), the rate-limiting enzyme in haem degradation, plays a role in angiogenesis and vasculogenesis and is highly expressed in the placenta. Deficiencies in HO-1 are associated with several pregnancy disorders, such as recurrent miscarriages and pre-eclampsia. The unique combination of tissue protective, smooth muscle relaxing and angiogenesis regulatory properties makes HO-1 a key player in the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy through a direct effect on placental structural and vascular development, thus affecting foetal development. Conclusion:? Therefore, we conclude that HO-1 plays an important role in placental vasculature development and a deficiency in HO-1 may contribute to pregnancy complications, such as pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortions and premature births.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2012.02729.x

    View details for Web of Science ID 000306398200025

    View details for PubMedID 22594519

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