Resveratrol inhibits the release of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase (sFlt-1) from human placenta

Cudmore, Melissa J.; Ramma, Wenda; Cai, Meng; Fujisawa, Takeshi; Ahmad, Shakil; Al-Ani, Bahjat and Ahmed, Asif Resveratrol inhibits the release of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase (sFlt-1) from human placenta. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 206 (3), 253.e10–253.e15.


Objective - Soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor–1 (also know as soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase [sFlt]-1) is a key causative factor of preeclampsia. Resveratrol, a plant phytoalexin, has antiinflammatory and cardioprotective properties. We sought to determine the effect of resveratrol on sFlt-1 release. Study Design - Human umbilical vein endothelial cells, transformed human trophoblast-8 (HTR/SVneo)-8/SVneo trophoblast cells, or placental explants were incubated with cytokines and/or resveratrol. Conditioned media were assayed for sFlt-1 by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and cell proteins used for Western blotting. Results - Resveratrol inhibited cytokine-induced release of sFlt-1 from normal placental explants and from preeclamptic placental explants. Preincubation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells or HTR-8/SVneo cells with resveratrol abrogated sFlt-1 release. Resveratrol prevented the up-regulation of early growth response protein-1 (Egr-1), a transcription factor necessary for induction of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor–1 gene and caused up-regulation of heme oxygenase–1, a cytoprotective enzyme found to be dysfunctional in preeclampsia. Conclusion - In summary, resveratrol can inhibit sFlt-1 release and up-regulate heme oxygenase–1; thus, may offer therapeutic potential in preeclampsia.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Biosciences
Aston Medical School
Life & Health Sciences
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Uncontrolled Keywords: endothelial cells,heme oxygenase–1,placenta,resveratrol,soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase–1,Obstetrics and Gynaecology


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