Insulin resistance and alterations in angiogenesis: additive insults that may lead to preeclampsia.

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Altered angiogenesis and insulin resistance, which are intimately related at a molecular level, characterize preeclampsia. To test if an epidemiological interaction exists between these two alterations, we performed a nested case-control study of 28 women who developed preeclampsia and 57 contemporaneous controls. Serum samples at 12 weeks of gestation were measured for sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG; low levels correlate with insulin resistance) and placental growth factor (PlGF; a proangiogenic molecule). Compared with controls, women who developed preeclampsia had lower serum levels of SHBG (208+/-116 versus 256+/-101 nmol/L, P=0.05) and PlGF (16+/-14 versus 67+/-150 pg/mL, P<0.001), and in multivariable analysis, women with serum levels of PlGF < or =20 pg/mL had an increased risk of developing preeclampsia (odds ratio [OR] 7.6, 95% CI 1.4 to 38.4). Stratified by levels of serum SHBG (< or =175 versus >175 mg/dL), women with low levels of SHBG and PlGF had a 25.5-fold increased risk of developing preeclampsia (P=0.10), compared with 1.8 (P=0.38) among women with high levels of SHBG and low levels of PlGF. Formal testing for interaction (PlGFxSHBG) was significant (P=0.02). In a model with 3 (n-1) interaction terms (high PlGF and high SHBG, reference), the risk for developing preeclampsia was as follows: low PlGF and low SHBG, OR 15.1, 95% CI 1.7 to 134.9; high PlGF and low SHBG, OR 4.1, 95% CI 0.45 to 38.2; low PlGF and high SHBG, OR 8.7, 95% CI 1.2 to 60.3. Altered angiogenesis and insulin resistance are additive insults that lead to preeclampsia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Thadhani, R; Ecker, JL; Mutter, WP; Wolf, M; Smirnakis, KV; Sukhatme, VP; Levine, RJ; Karumanchi, SA

Published Date

  • May 2004

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 43 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 988 - 992

PubMed ID

  • 15023932

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1524-4563

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1161/01.HYP.0000124460.67539.1d


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States