The aim of the study was to investigate the content and distribution of sugar residues in placentas from pregnancies complicated by hypertensive disorders. Placentas from women with uncomplicated pregnancies (group 1), pregnancies complicated by gestational hypertension (group 2), pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia (group 3), pregnancies complicated by pre-eclampsia with HELLP syndrome (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets) (group 4) were collected. Lectins: ConA, WGA, PNA, SBA, DBA, UEA I, GNA, DSA, MAA, SNA, in combination with chemical and enzymatic treatments, were used. Data showed a decrease and/or lack of -d-mannose, -d-glucose and d-galactose-(1- 4)-N-acetyl-d-glucosamine in placentas from pre-eclampsia and pre-eclampsia with HELLP syndrome compared with control and hypertension cases. N-acetyl-d-galactosamine appeared and/or increased in placentas from hypertensive disorders. A different distribution of various types of sialic acid was observed in placentas from hypertensive disorders compared with the controls. In particular, placentas from pre-eclampsia, with and without HELLP syndrome, lacked the acetylated sialic acid side-chain. These findings demonstrate various alterations of the carbohydrate metabolism in the placentas from pregnancies complicated by different types of hypertensive disorders. This indicates correlation with the placental morpho-functional changes characteristic of these complications and with the degree of clinical severity.
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.acthis.2010.12.001|
|Codice identificativo ISI:||WOS:000297969600008|
|Codice identificativo Scopus:||2-s2.0-80855131444|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|