The relationship between insulin and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 is modified by pre-eclampsia.

Anim-Nyame, N. and Hills, Frank and Soorana, Suren R. and Steer, P. J. and Johnson, M. J. (2003) The relationship between insulin and insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 is modified by pre-eclampsia. Gynecological endocrinology, 17 (6). pp. 471-476. ISSN 0951-3590

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Abstract

Insulin is the main negative regulator of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) in the non-pregnant state. Although changes in insulin resistance and circulating level of IGFBP-1 occur in pre-eclampsia, little is known about the relationship between insulin and IGFBP-1 in pregnancies complicated by the disease. In this study, we have investigated whether the relationship between insulin and IGFBP-1 is modified by pre-eclampsia. Maternal levels of insulin and IGFBP-1 were measured, at 4-weekly intervals between 16 and 36 weeks' gestation, in plasma samples obtained from ten normal pregnant controls and ten women who developed pre-eclampsia. The controls were chosen to be similar in maternal age and booking body mass index to the pre-eclampsia group. Insulin levels increased in both the normal controls and the women who developed pre-eclampsia. The levels in pre-eclampsia were significantly greater than those in normal pregnancy at 32 and 36 weeks' gestation (p = 0.02 and 0.005, respectively). IGFBP-1 levels were unchanged in normal pregnancy and rose in pre-eclampsia. In normal pregnancy, insulin levels were inversely related to IGFBP-1 levels throughout. In women developing pre-eclampsia, the relationship between insulin and IGFBP-1 was negative at 16 weeks and positive from 24 weeks. These data suggest that whereas the inverse relationship between insulin and IGFBP-1 is maintained during normal pregnancy, this relationship is reversed in women who develop pre-eclampsia.

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