Is the level of maternal serum prohepcidin associated with preeclampsia?

Duvan C. I. , Simavli S., Keskin E. A. , Onaran Y., Turhan N. O. , Koca C.

Hypertension in Pregnancy, vol.34, no.2, pp.145-152, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/10641955.2014.988350
  • Title of Journal : Hypertension in Pregnancy
  • Page Numbers: pp.145-152


Objective: The objective of the study was to compare pro-hepcidin, hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, hematocrit (Hct), C-reactive protein (CRP), IL-6 and iron status parameters in preeclamptic (PE) and healthy pregnant women, and to examine the relationship between serum pro-hepcidin levels and iron parameters of preeclampsia (PE). Methods: In a prospective controlled study, we collected serum from women with normal pregnancy (n = 37) and from women with PE (n = 30) at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Turgut Ozal University between February 2010 and January 2013. Pro-hepcidin, hemoglobin (Hb) concentration, hematocrit (Hct), CRP, IL-6 and iron status parameters were measured in all patients and compared between groups. Results: Levels of serum prohepcidin in PE and control groups were similar and amount 69.4 +/- 19.7 and 71.9 +/- 22.1 ng/ml, respectively. The difference was not statistically significant (p: 0.694). On the other hand, the study group had a statistically lower iron binding capacity (IBC), total iron binding capacity, transferin, total protein, albumin levels (p<0.05). No significant differences were found among prohepcidin, Hb concentration, Hct, iron, ferritin, IL-6, urea and creatine in both the groups. Conclusion: In pregnancies complicated by PE with normal values of hemoglobin and hematocrit, serum prohepcidin concentrations are similar to those observed in healthy pregnant women. The analysis revealed no significant correlations between prohepcidin level and serum iron, serum ferritin or transferrin in the PE.