Placental vascular response to prostaglandin I2 in the rabbit.

J. H. Rankin, D. De Lone, T. M. Phernetton

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We have tested the hypothesis that the maternal placental refractoriness to prostaglandin I2 in the sheep is a species specific response by observing the response of the maternal placental vasculature of near-term rabbits to exogenous prostaglandin I2 infused at 10 micrograms/min for 5 min. Regional blood flows were measured with radioactive microspheres. Observations were made during the infusion of vehicle (control) and after 5 min of prostaglandin I2 infusion. The experiment was then repeated using microspheres of a different size. Fifteen and 25 mu spheres were used. If the same answer were obtained with both sphere sizes we would be confident that the result was not an artifact of shunted spheres. Seven rabbits were used in this study. The control (15 micron) blood pressure was 68 +/- 4 mmHg and prostaglandin I2 resulted in a depression of the pressure to 41 +/- 3 mmHg (P less than 0.001). The renal vascular resistance was 19.2 +/- 2.1 g in the control (15 micron) condition and 9.7 +/- 1.0 after prostaglandin I2 (P less than 0.002). Prostaglandin I2 acted as a vasodilator in this organ as would be expected. The nonplacental uterine tissue had a control (15 micron) resistance of 624 +/- 125 and 612 +/- 184 after prostaglandin I2 (NS). Using 25 mu spheres the results were 383 +/- 28 and 341 +/- 44 respectively (NS). Shunting was observed in this organ but the direction of the responses to prostaglandin I2 was not affected.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)541-546
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of developmental physiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Physiology


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