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Peripheral plasma levels of 13,14-dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin F (PGFM) were determined in women during pregnancy and in term and preterm labour. The PGFM concentrations at term were not significantly different from the levels between 26 and 34 weeks gestation. In both term and preterm labour there was a rise in PGFM levels with increasing cervical(More)
Highly sensitive and specific RIA procedures have been used to measure prostaglandin concentrations in the peripheral circulation of late pregnant and parturient women. The concentrations of prostaglandin E (PGE) and prostaglandin F (PGF) in plasma samples assayed within 4 weeks of collection were not significantly different among the groups studied, the(More)
Peripheral plasma concentrations of 13,14-dihydro-15-keto prostaglandin F (PGFM) were measured in three groups of women after the 37th week of pregnancy. Samples were taken before and five minutes after (a) amniotomy, (b) vaginal examination with sweeping of the fetal membranes, or (c) vaginal examination without sweeping of the membranes. Each procedure(More)
The concentration of thromboxane B2 has been measured in the plasma of women during late pregnancy, during term and pre-term labour, in women with pre-eclampsia and in umbilical cord arterial and venous plasma. In addition, the rates of production of thromboxane B2 in vitro were determined for placental tissues obtained after spontaneous vaginal delivery or(More)
Prostaglandin production by intra-uterine human tissues has been investigated using a method of tissue superfusion. Tissues were obtained at elective Caesarean section and after spontaneous vaginal delivery. It was found that all the tissues studied (amnion, chorion, decidua and placenta) produced more prostaglandin E (PGE) and(More)
Prostaglandin E (PGE), prostaglandin F (PGF) and 13, 14-dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin F (PGFM) have been measured in umbilical cord plasma obtained immediately after delivery of the baby before clampiing of the cord. In general the prostaglandin levels followed the pattern PGFM greater than PGE greater than PGF. A significant arterio-venous difference was(More)
Prostaglandin E (PGE), prostaglandin F (PGF) and 13,14-dihydro-15-ketoprostaglandin F (PGFM) have been measured in umbilical cord plasma obtained immediately after delivery by elective Caesarean section. Umbilical venous plasma levels of PGE were significantly greater than the corresponding arterial levels (p less than 0.02); there were no significant(More)
In women having either cervical encerclage under general anaesthesia or a vaginal examination in the early second trimester of pregnancy, peripheral plasma levels of 13,14-dihydro-15-keto prostaglandin F (PGFM) were measured before and after each procedure. A significant rise in circulating levels of PGFM was found within minutes of completing cervical(More)