PAF levels and PAF-AH activities in placentas from normal and preeclamptic pregnancies.


OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine: (1) platelet-activating factor (PAF) levels and PAF-acetylhydrolase (PAF-AH) activities in normal and preeclamptic placentas; (2) lipid peroxide production by placental tissues stimulated with PAF. METHODS Placentas were obtained immediately after delivery from normal and preeclamptic pregnancies. Tissue pieces were snap frozen in liquid nitrogen and stored at -70 degrees C. One gram of tissue from each placenta was used for PAF extraction and for total RNA isolation. PAF was measured by PAF [3H] scintillation proximity assay (SPA) system. Trophoblast PAF-AH activity was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). mRNA expression for PAF receptor was assessed by RNase protection assay (RPA). Normal placental explants were incubated with PAF at concentrations of 1 and 10 microg/ml for 48 h. Lipid peroxide productions of 8-isoprostane and malondialdehyde (MDA) were measured by ELISA and thiobarbituric acid reaction, respectively. Data were presented as mean+/-SE and analyzed by nonparametric Mann-Whitney U test and ANOVA. A p level less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant. RESULTS (1) The mean tissue level for PAF was elevated, but not statistically different, in preeclamptic (n=7) than in normal (n=8) placentas, 6.45+/-1.05 versus 4.47+/-0.60 ng/g, p=0.42. (2) PAF-AH activity was higher in trophoblasts from preeclamptic (n=7) placentas than that in trophoblasts from normal (n=8) placentas, 0.69+/-0.16 versus 0.38+/-0.03 micromol/min/microg protein, p<0.05. (3) The relative mRNA expression for PAF receptor was not different between normal (0.70+/-0.08) and preeclamptic (0.76+/-0.13) placental tissues, p=0.60. (4) Productions of 8-isoprostane and MDA were not increased in tissues with PAF in culture, 8-isoprostane: 0.37+/-0.09 ng/mg (control) versus 0.32+/-0.09 ng/mg (1 microg/ml) and 0.37+/-0.07 ng/mg (10 microg/ml), p>0.5; MDA: 0.62+/-0.05 nmol/mg (control) versus 0.68+/-0.04 nmol/mg (1 microg/ml) and 0.69+/-0.03 nmol/mg (10 microg/ml), p>0.5. CONCLUSIONS Increased PAF-AH activity in trophoblasts may be a compensatory effect to control PAF level in the preeclamptic placenta. The co-existence of PAF-AH and PAF receptor in trophoblasts suggests an autocrine regulation of PAF in these cells to limit PAF and its metabolites within the placenta.


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@article{Gu2006PAFLA, title={PAF levels and PAF-AH activities in placentas from normal and preeclamptic pregnancies.}, author={Yan Gu and S A Burlison and Yanping Wang}, journal={Placenta}, year={2006}, volume={27 6-7}, pages={744-9} }