The role of oxytocin in parturition
UNSPECIFIED (2003) The role of oxytocin in parturition. In: 1st International Preterm Labour Congress, JUN, 2002, MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND.Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S1470-0328(03)00024-7
Oxytocin and the oxytocin receptor have two important roles in labour. Evidence in all mammalian species suggests that neurohypophysical oxytocin plays a role in the expulsive phase and, although there are less supporting data, a role for oxytocin in the initiation of labour is likely. The initiation of labour may be mediated in women and rhesus monkeys by paracrine rather than endocrine mechanisms. Although initial characterisation of the oxytocin knockout mouse suggested that oxytocin is not important in this species, subsequent investigations have demonstrated that oxytocin is important for the precise timing of the onset of labour. Studies in knockout mice also confirm important interrelationships between oxytocin and prostaglandins. Oxytocin stimulates prostaglandin release in many species, mainly in the decidua/uterine epithelium. The effects of oxytocin are mediated by tissue-specific oxytocin receptor expression, which leads directly to contraction in the myometrium and prostaglandin formation in the decidua. There is a dramatic increase in oxytocin receptor expression in these tissues in late pregnancy and pharmacological inhibition delays delivery, which suggests that, in contrast to oxytocin, the oxytocin receptor is essential for normal labour.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY|
|Publisher:||ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV|
|Number of Pages:||6|
|Page Range:||pp. 46-51|
|Title of Event:||1st International Preterm Labour Congress|
|Location of Event:||MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND|
|Date(s) of Event:||JUN, 2002|
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