The Endocrinology of Pregnancy and Parturition

The Endocrinology of Pregnancy and Parturition

Current Topics in Experimental Endocrinology, Vol. 4

1st Edition - April 28, 1983

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  • Editors: L Martini, V. H. T. James
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483217369

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Current Topics in Experimental Endocrinology, Volume 4: The Endocrinology of Pregnancy and Parturition deals with the various aspects of pregnancy and parturition. The book discusses pregnancy and parturition in marsupials; the vital role of the corpus luteum; and the endocrinology of the preimplantation period, looking into the variety of hormones and other agents and their involvement in the implantation process. The text also describes the critical role of prolactin in pregnancy; the role of human chorionic gonadotropin in early pregnancy; and specific pregnancy proteins. The clinical use of human placental lactogen in pregnancy; estrogen and progestrone production in human pregnancy; and the role of oxytocin in parturition; threatened abortion are also considered. Endocrinologists, obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive physiologists, and students taking related courses will find the book invaluable.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors


    Pregnancy and Parturition in Marsupials

    I. Introduction

    II. Hormones and Their Measurement

    III. Estrous Cycle

    IV. Pregnancy

    V. Parturition

    VI. Conclusions


    The Endocrinology of the Preimplantation Period

    I. Introduction

    II. Steroids

    III. Endometrial Proteins

    IV. Prostaglandins

    V. Histamine

    VI. Conclusions


    Prolactin and Pregnancy

    I. Introduction

    II. Effect of Prolactin on the Ovary

    III. Prolactin in Normal Pregnancy

    IV. Influence of Prolactin on Pregnancy-Specific Events

    V. Prolactin as a Marker in Pathological Pregnancy

    VI. Lactation

    VII. Prolactin-Secreting Tumors during Pregnancy

    VIII. Summary and Future Research


    Human Chorionic Gonadotropin in Early Pregnancy

    I. Introduction

    II. Chemistry and Biosynthesis

    III. Measurement of hCG

    IV. Secretory Patterns of hCG during the Reproductive Cycle

    V. Role of hCG in Early Pregnancy

    VI. RoleofhCG in Abnormal Conditions

    VII. Interaction of hCG with "Receptor" Site


    Specific Pregnancy Proteins

    I. Introduction

    II. Schwangerschaftsprotein 1 (SPj)

    III. Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein A (PAPP-A)

    IV. Pregnancy-Associated Plasma Protein B (PAPP-B)

    V. Placental Protein 5 (PP5)

    VI. Other Pregnancy-Associated Proteins

    VII. Envoy


    Human Placental Lactogen

    I. Introduction

    II. Nomenclature

    III. Placental Lactogenic Hormones in Other Species

    IV. Placental Lactogen and Other Placental Proteins

    V. Synthesis

    VI. Immunochemical Nature

    VII. Biological Nature

    VIII. Biological Functions

    IX. Control Mechanisms

    X. Metabolism and Clearance

    XI. Levels in Different Biological Fluids

    XII. Assay of hPL in Blood

    XIII. Maternal Levels in Normal Pregnancy

    XIV. Interpretation of Biochemical Tests of Fetoplacental Function

    XV. Maternal Levels in Complications of Pregnancy

    XVI. Clinical Use of hPL—Conclusions


    Estrogen and Progesterone Production in Human Pregnancy

    I. Introduction

    II. Nomenclature

    III. Biosynthesis of Estrogens

    IV. Control of Estrogen Production

    V. Estrogens in Plasma in Relation to the Onset of Labor

    VI. Biosynthesis of Progesterone

    VII. Control of Progesterone Production

    VIII. Progesterone in Plasma in Relation to the Onset of Labor

    IX. Conclusions


    The Role of Oxytocin in Parturition

    I. Introduction

    II. Indirect Evidence of a Role for Oxytocin

    III. Direct Evidence of a Role for Oxytocin

    IV. Control of Uterine Sensitivity

    V. Interaction of Oxytocin with Prostaglandins

    VI. Conclusions


    Threatened Abortion

    I. Definition

    II. Incidence

    III. Natural History

    IV. Etiology

    V. Clinical Features

    VI. Management

    VII. Threatened Abortion and the Intrauterine Device (IUD)



Product details

  • No. of pages: 304
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1983
  • Published: April 28, 1983
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483217369

About the Editors

L Martini

V. H. T. James

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