Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-12237
Burkhardt, T; Matter, C M; Lohmann, C; Cai, H; Lüscher, T F; Zisch, A H; Beinder, E (2009). Decreased umbilical artery compliance and igf-I plasma levels in infants with intrauterine growth restriction - implications for fetal programming of hypertension. Placenta, 30(2):136-141.
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Epidemiological studies link intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) to arterial hypertension in adulthood. We compared umbilical arteries from IUGR (n=12, <5th weight percentile) vs. appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants (n=12) using structural and functional analyses. The vessel wall area of umbilical arteries in the IUGR group was significantly smaller than in the AGA group (2.8 vs. 3.8mm(2), P<0.05). Myographic measurements showed that maximal tension [mN/mm] as well as maximal force [mN] were both significantly increased in IUGR arteries compared with AGA arteries (P<0.05). Serum levels of IGF-I, a regulator of elastin synthesis, were significantly lower in IUGR cord blood (P<0.01) than in AGA cord blood. These IGF-I serum levels correlated significantly with maximum tension in umbilical arteries (P<0.01). Low intrauterine IGF-I serum levels may account for thinner and stiffer umbilical arteries in IUGR infants in comparison to AGA infants thereby providing a potential link to arterial hypertension in adulthood.
|Item Type:||Journal Article, refereed, original work|
|Communities & Collections:||04 Faculty of Medicine > Center for Integrative Human Physiology|
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Obstetrics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Institute of Physiology
07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Physiology
|DDC:||570 Life sciences; biology|
610 Medicine & health
|Deposited On:||13 Mar 2009 13:18|
|Last Modified:||24 Dec 2012 05:54|
|WoS Citation Count:||9|
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