Reduction of maternal circulating endothelial progenitor cells in human pregnancies with intrauterine growth restriction.

INTRODUCTION Circulating endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) may play a crucial role during pregnancy by sustaining adequate placentation and fetal growth. Unambiguous demonstration of EPC increase during pregnancy has been hampered so far by lack of standardized methods for EPC quantification. In this study we used the currently most accepted phenotype for… CONTINUE READING