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CONTEXT The Activin A-Follistatin system has emerged as an important regulator of lipid and glucose metabolism with possible repercussions on fetal growth. OBJECTIVE To analyze circulating activin A, follistatin and follistatin-like-3 (FSTL3) levels and their relationship with glucose metabolism in pregnant women and their influence on fetal growth and(More)
Studies about the proposed antioxidant physiological role of the catalase (CAT) enzyme in relation to different environmental oxygen tensions are reported for the first time in amphibian larvae of Discoglossus pictus and Rana ridibunda perezi during their development. The CAT levels of whole tadpoles increased constantly in both species during the larval(More)
CONTEXT Zinc-α2-Glycoprotein (ZAG) is an adipokine with lipolytic action and is positively associated with adiponectin in adipose tissue. We hypothesize that ZAG may be related with hydrocarbonate metabolism disturbances observed in gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to analyze serum ZAG concentration and its(More)
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