Increase in the concentration of immunoreactive endothelin in human pregnancy.

Maternal plasma concentrations of immunoreactive endothelin (ir-ET) during pregnancy, labour and after birth were measured by radioimmunoassay. Concentrations of ir-ET in the umbilical artery, umbilical vein, amniotic fluid and neonatal urine were also examined. The mean (+/- S.E.M.) plasma ir-ET concentration in early pregnancy (4-7 weeks) was 13.7 +/- 0.5… CONTINUE READING