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Endothelial dysfunction is a hallmark of preeclampsia and the role of nitric oxide (NO) has been extensively studied in this pregnancy complication. In recent years, hydrogen sulphide (H2 S) has arisen as a new gasotransmitter with an impact on endothelial function. However, the involvement of H2 S in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia is not fully understood, and only a few studies with limited sample size have investigated circulating levels of H2 S in preeclamptic patients. Moreover, H2 S levels have not been previously evaluated in gestational hypertension. Furthermore, the relationship between H2 S and NO in these hypertensive disorders of pregnancy has yet to be determined. We measured H2 S levels in plasma of 120 healthy pregnant women, 88 gestational hypertensive and 62 preeclamptic women. We also measured plasma nitrite in a subset of patients and carried out correlation analysis between plasma H2 S and nitrite in these three groups. We found that plasma H2 S was elevated in preeclampsia and further increased in gestational hypertension compared to healthy pregnancy. Plasma nitrite was reduced in gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, and these levels were negatively correlated with H2 S in both gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, but not in healthy pregnancy. Our results indicate that increases in H2 S may represent a mechanism triggered as an attempt to compensate reduced NO in gestational hypertension and preeclampsia. Future studies are warranted to investigate the mechanisms underlying H2 S/NO interaction on mediating endothelial dysfunction in these hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. © 2021 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.


Jose Sergio Possomato-Vieira, Ana Carolina Palei, Caroline Cristina Pinto-Souza, Ricardo Cavalli, Carlos Alan Dias-Junior, Valeria Sandrim. Circulating levels of hydrogen sulphide negatively correlate to nitrite levels in gestational hypertensive and preeclamptic pregnant women. Clinical and experimental pharmacology & physiology. 2021 Sep;48(9):1224-1230

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