Gene expression profiling of human placentas from preeclamptic and normotensive pregnancies.

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The aim of this study was to investigate patterns of gene expression in placental samples from patients with preeclampsia (PE), persistent bilateral uterine artery notching (without PE), and normal controls. This study included placental tissue from nine women with PE, seven with uncomplicated pregnancies and five with bilateral uterine artery notching in Doppler velocimetry tracings. Human cDNA microarrays with 6500 transcripts/genes were used and the results verified with real-time PCR and in-situ hybridization. Multidimensional scaling method and random permutation technique demonstrated significant differences among the three groups examined. Within the 6.5K arrays, 6198 elements were unique cDNA clones representing 5952 unique UniGenes and 5695 unique LocusLinks. Multidimensional scaling plots showed 5000 genes that met our quality criteria; among these, 366 genes were significantly different in at least one comparison. Differences in three genes of interest were confirmed with real-time PCR and in-situ hybridization; acid phosphatase 5 was shown to be overexpressed in PE samples and calmodulin 2 and v-rel reticuloendotheliosis viral oncogene homolog A (RELA) were downregulated in PE and uterine artery notch placentas. In conclusion downregulation of RELA and calmodulin 2 might represent an attempt by the placenta to compensate for elevations in intracellular calcium, possibly caused by hypoxia and/or apoptosis, in both pregnancies with uterine artery notching and preeclampsia.


  • Stefan Hansson
  • Y Chen
  • Jana Brodszki
  • M Chen
  • Edgar Hernandez-Andrade
  • J M Inman
  • O A Kozhich
  • Irene Larsson
  • Karel Marsal
  • P Medstrand
  • C C Xiang
  • M J Brownstein
Research areas and keywords

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  • Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine


  • Doppler ultrasound, hypertension, microarray, placenta, pregnancy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-179
JournalMolecular Human Reproduction
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Lund) (013018000), Cell and Matrix Biology (LUR000002)