Searching for preeclampsia genes: The current position

Augusta M.A. Lachmeijer, Guustaaf A. Dekker, Gerard Pals, Jan G. Aarnoudse, Leo P. Ten Kate, Reynir Arngrímsson

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Although there is substantial evidence that preeclampsia has a genetic background, the complexity of the processes involved and the fact that preeclampsia is a maternal-fetal phenomenon does not make the search for the molecular basis of preeclampsia genes easy. It is possible that the single phenotype 'preeclampsia' in fact should be divided into different sub-groups on genetic or biochemical level. In the present review, the preeclampsia phenotype and its pathophysiologic features are discussed. Family studies and postulated inheritance models are summarized. A systematic overview is given on the numerous candidate gene studies and gene-expression studies performed so far and on the currently available genome-wide scan data. Despite extensive research the molecular genetic basis of preeclampsia remains unclear. Future studies will hopefully enhance our insights in the molecular pathogenesis of preeclampsia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-113
Number of pages20
JournalEuropean Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2002

Other keywords

  • Genetics
  • Linkage
  • Pathogenesis
  • Phenotype
  • Preeclampsia


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