OBJECTIVE: To investigate changes in the peripheral blood mRNA levels of oxytocin receptor (OXTR) and Zinc finger E-box-binding homeobox 1 (ZEB1) before and after progesterone dosing in pregnant women with threatened premature labor.
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Blood samples were collected from 30 healthy pregnant women with 28- to 33+6-week gestational age and singleton pregnancy (group A) and from 30 pregnant women with singleton pregnancy and threatened premature labor before and 48 hours after progesterone dosing (groups B and C, respectively) for quantitative real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) assay to assess the OXTR and ZEB1 mRNA levels.
RESULTS: The OXTR mRNA level was higher in the group B than in the groups A and C, and the ZEB1 mRNA level was lower in the group B than in the groups A and C. Notably, no significant difference was found in the mRNA level of OXTR or ZEB1 between group A and group C.
CONCLUSIONS: The peripheral blood mRNA level of OXTR was increased, and that of ZEB1 was decreased in pregnant women with threatened premature labor. Progesterone helped to maintain pregnancy by readjusting the mRNA levels of OXTR and ZEB1.Free PDF Download
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Y.-J. Xu, L.-D. Ren, S.-S. Zhai, L.-M. Ran, L.-L. Hu, X.-H. Luo, T. Hong, R. Liu, Y.-R. Yu, Y.-J. Ban
OXTR and ZEB1 expression before and after progesterone dosing in pregnant women with threatened premature labor
Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci
Vol. 21 - N. 14