Placental peptides as markers of gestational disease

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Authors: NM Page, CF Kemp, DJ Butlin, and PJ Lowry
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The human placenta produces a wide range of important peptides, of which an intricate balance is required throughout pregnancy. In a gestational disease, this balance may be disturbed and the identification of such changes may be used to detect a particular pathology or to ascertain its severity. This review considers the role and association of various placental peptide markers associated with the major gestational diseases including intrauterine growth retardation, pre-term labour, pre-eclampsia, chromosomal disorders, gestational diabetes and trophoblastic disease. Potential markers that may prove more reliable and specific in their diagnostic value and that may be used for identifying patients at risk are also discussed. The importance of the new fields of genomics and proteomics in the future discovery of new peptide markers is illustrated.


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