Various levels of circulating exosomal total-miRNA and miR-210 hypoxamiR in different forms of pregnancy hypertension

Orsolya Biró, Bálint Alasztics, Attila Molvarec, József Joó, Bálint Nagy, János Rigó

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Introduction Hypertension is a common complication during pregnancy, affecting 10% of pregnant women worldwide. Several microRNA (miRNA) were shown to be involved in hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. In preeclampsia (PE), placental dysfunction causes the enhanced release of extracellular vesicle-derived miRNAs. The hypoxia-sensitive hsa-mir-210 is the most common PE-associated miRNA, but its exosomal profile has not been investigated. Objectives Our aims were to measure exosomal total-miRNA concentration and to perform expression analysis of circulating exosomal hsa-miR-210 in women affected by chronic hypertension (CHT) gestational hypertension (GHT) or PE. Materials and methods We collected plasma samples from women with CHT, GHT, PE (moderate: mPE and severe: sPE) and from normotensive pregnancies. Exosomal miRNAs were extracted and miRNA concentration was measured. RT-PCR was carried out with hsa-miR-210-3p-specific primers and relative expression was calculated using the comparative Ct method. Results The total-miRNA concentration was different in the disease subgroups, and was significantly higher in mPE and sPE compared to the other groups. We found a significant difference in the relative exosomal hsa-miR-210-3p expression between all hypertensive groups compared to the normotensive samples, but significant upregulation was only observed in case of mPE and sPE patients. Both the level of total-miRNA and hsa-miR-210 expression was higher in case of severe PE. Conclusions The level of circulating exosomal total-miRNA and hsa-miR-210 was elevated in women with PE, and it was higher in the severe form. We showed that hsa-miR-210 is secreted via exosomes, which may have a role in the pathomechanism of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalPregnancy Hypertension
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017



  • Exosome
  • Maternal circulation
  • Preeclampsia
  • microRNA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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