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Using real time RT-PCR, we have detected expression of seven genes that influence bile acid transport,MDR3, FIC1, BSEP, OATP-A, OATP-C, OATP-D and OATP-E, in normal human placenta. With the exception of OATP-C and OATP-E these genes were found to be differentially expressed in 1st trimester and 3rd trimester placentae. MDR3 gene expression was found to be(More)
Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a liver disease of pregnancy with serious consequences for the mother and fetus. Two pedigrees have been reported with ICP in the mothers of children with a subtype of autosomal recessive progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC) with raised serum gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (gamma-GT). Affected(More)
I ntrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), also known as obstetric cholestasis, is a liver disease of pregnancy that complicates 0.7% of pregnancies in the UK. 1 2 ICP causes maternal pruritus and hepatic impairment and can cause fetal death, spontaneous prematurity, and sudden intrauterine death. 3–6 A diagnosis of ICP is made by the demonstration of(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS The aim of this study was to investigate the genetic aetiology of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) and the impact of known cholestasis genes (BSEP, FIC1, and MDR3) on the development of this disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS Sixty nine Finnish ICP patients were prospectively interviewed for a family history of ICP, and clinical(More)
Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the cause of one-fifth of all lower respiratory tract infections worldwide and is increasingly being recognized as representing a serious threat to patient groups with poorly functioning or immature immune systems. Racemic 1,4-benzodiazepines show potent anti-RSV activity in vitro. Anti-RSV evaluation of 3-position R-(More)
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