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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Total renin after gonadotropin stimulation in polycystic ovarian disease.

OBJECTIVE: To examine the influence of polycystic ovarian disease (PCOD) on the levels of total renin in plasma and follicular fluid (FF) after stimulation with hMG. DESIGN: Comparative study of the plasma and FF concentrations of total renin in women with and without PCOD after stimulation with hMG. SETTING: In vitro fertilization-embryo transfer program at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the University Central Hospital of Turku, Finland. PATIENTS: Thirty-six women undergoing IVF-ET for infertility with (n = 10) or without (n = 26) ultrasonographically diagnosed PCOD. Of the latter group, 15 women had tubal infertility, and the rest suffered from an anovulatory infertility and reacted with PCO-like ovarian response to stimulation. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The concentrations of total renin in plasma and FF, serum E2, and protein in FF. RESULTS: The concentrations of plasma total renin after the gonadotropin stimulation were significantly higher in the PCOD and PCO-like groups when compared with the tubal group. The concentration of total renin in FF and the ratio of total renin per protein in FF were higher in the PCOD and PCO-like groups than in the tubal group, but the differences did not reach statistical significance. Positive correlations were found between the plasma total renin and serum E2 concentrations in the PCO-like and in the tubal group and between plasma total renin concentrations and the number of mature follicles in all groups. Follicular fluid total renin did not correlate with FF protein in any group. All findings were independent of the total hMG dosage used and the body mass index of the patients. CONCLUSIONS: In the present study the concentrations of total renin in plasma were enhanced markedly after gonadotropin stimulation in women with PCOD compared with women having tubal infertility. The pattern of the hormonal secretions revealed a group of infertile patients reacting biochemically like women with PCOD.[1]


  1. Total renin after gonadotropin stimulation in polycystic ovarian disease. Matinlauri, I., Anttila, L., Jaatinen, T.A., Koskinen, P., Aalto, M., Irjala, K., Nikkanen, V. Fertil. Steril. (1995) [Pubmed]
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