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Effect of heparin and fractionated heparin on trophoblast invasion

Ganapathy, R., Whitley, G. S., Cartwright, J. E., Dash, P. R. and Thilaganathan, B. (2007) Effect of heparin and fractionated heparin on trophoblast invasion. Human Reproduction, 22 (9). pp. 2523-7. ISSN 0268-1161

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BACKGROUND: Heparin can significantly reduce pregnancy complications in women with certain thrombophilias, such as antiphospholipid syndrome. Recent reports suggest that heparin may act by mechanisms other than anticoagulation. However, the effect of heparin on trophoblast biology in the absence of thrombophilia has not been extensively investigated. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate trophoblast invasion, using an established cell line and primary extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs), following exposure to heparin and fractionated heparin. METHODS: An EVT cell line (SGHPL-4) was used to study invasion in the presence of hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) and varying concentrations of fractionated and unfractionated heparin. These experiments were repeated using first trimester primary EVTs. RESULTS: Both forms of heparin significantly reduced HGF-induced invasion in the SGHPL-4 cell line. This suppression of invasion appeared to be dose-dependent for fractionated heparin. In primary EVT cells, fractionated heparin also demonstrated significant suppression of invasion. CONCLUSIONS: Heparin has the potential to reduce trophoblast invasion in cell lines and first trimester EVT cells. This article highlights the need for further evaluation of these medications in vitro and in vivo, especially when used in the absence of thrombophilic disorders.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Research (ICMR)
ID Code:9988
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cell Line, Cell Movement/drug effects, Female, Heparin/*pharmacology, Heparin, Low-Molecular-Weight/*pharmacology, Humans, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Trimester, First, Trophoblasts/*drug effects/physiology

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