BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy associated with activation of coagulation. It is caused by the placenta, which sheds increased amounts of syncytiotrophoblast microvesicles (STBM) into the maternal circulation. We hypothesized that STBM could contribute to the haemostatic activation observed in pre-eclampsia. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: STBM were collected by perfusion of the maternal side of placentae from healthy pregnant women and women with pre-eclampsia at ca...Expand abstract
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Syncytiotrophoblast microvesicles released from pre-eclampsia placentae exhibit increased tissue factor activity.
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