The aetiology and pathology of pre-eclampsia, a hypertensive disorder peculiar to human pregnancy, is ill-defined. Numerous studies have reported that various forms of clinical and experimental hypertension as well as pre-eclamptic conditions are associated with increased peripheral vascular resistance (1-5), although the underlying mechanism is not clear. The present study presents evidence showing that the increased peripheral vascular resistance in pre-eclampsia is associated with direct functional changes within the vascular smooth muscle cell.
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|IRCS Medical Science
|Published - Jan 1 1985
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)