Placental isoferritin levels during first trimester of normal and complete molar gestations

R. Maymona, Z. Weinraub, I. Bukovsky, C. Moroz*

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Serum placental isoferritin levels (PLF) levels were measured in 33 patients admitted for routine scanning of a first trimester normal singleton pregnancy and six patients who were hospitalized for uterine evacuation of a complete molar gestation. Venous blood was obtained upon admission and before curettage, when necessary. Serum was separated into glass tubes, immediately frozen and stored at -20°C until analysed. The mean serum PLF levels were 18.1 (± 14) U/ ml and 5.5 (± 2) U/ml for normal and molar gestations, respectively, with a significant difference between the two groups (P=0.001). Sixty-seven per cent of normal pregnancies had serum PLF levels ≥ 10 U/ml, whereas none of the molar gestation group reached this threshold level. Furthermore, the molar gestation group's low serum PLF levels remained unchanged throughout the entire follow-up period and until their β-human chorionic gonadotrophin levels were undetectable. Unlike normal pregnancies, the molar trophoblast does not seem to secrete or synthesize PLF, suggesting that the complete molar placenta has different protein producing capabilities when compared with those found in normal pregnancies. Further studies, including serum PLF among other categories of gestational trophoblastic neoplasms, are recommended before this data can be integrated into routine clinical work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)455-460
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1995
Externally publishedYes


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