The impact of serum anti-Müllerian hormone levels on preeclampsia prediction: a case control study. Perinatal Journal 2018;26(2):92–96
- Şişli Etfal Hamidiye Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Kliniği, İstanbul
- Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Kliniği, İstanbul
Berna Aslan Çetin, Kanuni Sultan Süleyman Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Kadın Hastalıkları ve Doğum Kliniği, İstanbul, email@example.com
Manuscript Received: June 18, 2018
Manuscript Accepted: August 09, 2018
Earlyview Date: August 09, 2018
Publication date: September 28, 2018
Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of Interest: No conflicts declared.
The aim of our study is to investigate serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels in patients who developed preeclampsia at the third trimester.
Our study was conducted as a prospective case control study. The patients who were diagnosed with preeclampsia over 34 weeks of gestation were included in the study. Healthy pregnant women at the same weeks of gestation were included in the control group. The demographic characteristics, clinical and laboratory parameters, gestational outcomes and serum AMH values of the patients were compared.
A total of 62 pregnant women (32 preeclamptic and 30 control cases) were included in our study. The demographic data were similar in two groups. Systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, uric acid value and Esbach value were found to be significantly higher in the preeclampsia group. Serum AMH values were 0.79±0.40 ng/ml in the preeclampsia group and 1.45±0.93 ng/ml in the control group (p=0.01). There was a negative correlation between serum AMH values and the systolic blood pressure (r=-0.292, p=0.02).
Serum AMH values are lower in the preeclamptic pregnant women at the third trimester compared to normotensive pregnant women.
Third trimester, AMH, preeclampsia.
Preeclampsia is a gestational complication in a pregnant woman who is healthy previously but develops hypertension and proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation. It is seen in about 5–8% of all pregnancies.[2,3] Preeclampsia has two types, which are early-onset and late-onset. Its physiopathology is still unclear. It has been suggested that placental hypoxia and reperfusion developing as a result of a problem in placental invasion are the reasons of early-onset preeclampsia. It is considered that late-onset preeclampsia is a maternal endothelial and vascular disease.[6,7] Many molecules have been investigated for the prediction of preeclampsia.[8,9] Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a glycoprotein hormone from the transforming growth factor family and it is also called Müllerian inhibiting substance (MIS).[10,11] AMH is a hormone inhibiting the development of Müllerian ducts in male embryo. In women, it is secreted by granulose cells in small antral and preantral follicles of ovary. Serum AMH levels were found lower in women with the history of preeclampsia than normotensive women, and it has been suggested that vascular problems may have an impact on ovarian aging.[13,14] The role of AMH in the cardiovascular system in addition to the endocrine system has been highlighted in the studies performed in recent years. The aim of our study is to investigate the activity of serum AMH levels in cases with late-onset preeclampsia.
After the approval of ethics committee was obtained, our study was conducted as a prospective case control study in the Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital of Health Sciences University between January 2015 and January 2016.
The patients who were diagnosed with preeclampsia after 34 weeks of gestation were included in the study. Healthy pregnant women at the same weeks of gestation were included in the control group. The pregnancies below 34 weeks of gestation, the patients with body mass index (BMI) over 35 and the patients whose data could not be accessed completely were excluded from the study.
Preeclampsia is defined as the condition where systolic blood pressure measured twice with 4-hour interval is >140 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure is >90 mmHg in pregnant women who were previously normotensive, and protein level in 24-hour urine is >300 mg/dL or protein/creatinine level in spot urine is >0.3 mg/dL. In the absence of proteinuria, there are also thrombocytopenia (platelet count <100,000/µL) accompanying the hypertension, impaired liver function tests (increased serum transaminase level at least two times higher than normal levels), newly-developed renal failure (serum creatinine levels >1.1 mg/dL or two times higher than the previous levels), pulmonary edema or new-onset cerebral or visual disorders. The demographic characteristics, clinical and laboratory parameters, gestational outcomes and serum AMH values of the patients measured at the third trimester were compared. Serum AMH levels of the patients were measured at the time of admission. After the samples were collected in lithium-heparin tubes, serum AMH level was measured by Cobas device (Roche Diagnostics, Risch-Rotkreuz, Switzerland) using Elecsys reagent kit (Elecsys Corporation, Lenexa, KS, USA) by ‘ECLIA’ method which is electrochemiluminescence immunologic test.
When analyzing the data of the study, SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences; SPSS Inc, Chicago, IL, USA) for Windows 20.0 was used for statistical analysis. Normal distribution was evaluated by Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. Independent t test was used for parametrically distributed numeric data, and Mann-Whitney U test was used for non-parametrically distributed numeric data. For the categorical data, chi-square test was used for parametric data and Fisher’s exact test for non-parametric data. For the correlations between serum AMH levels and other factors, Pearson’s or Spearman’s correlation analysis was used according to the distribution of data. The results were presented as mean ± standard deviation. p< 0.05 was considered statistically significant.
A total of 62 pregnant women (32 preeclamptic and 30 control cases) were included in our study. There was no difference between two groups in terms of the demographic data. Systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, uric acid value and Esbach value were found to be significantly higher in the preeclampsia group. Fetal birth weight and week of gestation at the time of delivery were significantly lower in the preeclampsia group (Table 1).
Serum AMH values were 0.79±0.40 ng/ml in the preeclampsia group and 1.45±0.93 ng/ml in the control group (p=0.01). Serum AMH levels were significantly lower in the preeclampsia group (Table 1).
The correlation between serum AMH values and other factors was analyzed. In the correlation analysis, negative correlation was found between the systolic blood pressure and serum AMH values (r=-0.292, p=0.02) (Table 2). No correlation was found between serum AMH levels and age, gravida, BMI, week of gestation and uric acid values (Table 2).
In our study, we found that serum AMH values measured at the third trimester was lower in the preeclamptic pregnant women compared to the healthy pregnant women. Also, we found negative correlation between serum AMH values and systolic blood pressure.
Preeclampsia is a complication seen frequently during the pregnancy and it is still one of the leading reasons in the world for fetal morbidity and mortality. The physiopathology of preeclampsia is still unclear. Some theories claim that genetic predisposition and the imbalance between thromboxane and prostacyclin are effective factors for the development of preeclampsia. This indicates that the maternal immune system has a significant role in the preeclampsia. In the preeclampsia, placental disorders develop between 10 and 20 weeks of gestation, and biochemical and clinical findings can only be revealed weeks, even months after these changes.
AMH is a glycoprotein hormone from the transforming growth factor family and it is also called MIS. Being a reliable indicator of ovarian reserve in particular, it is a significant marker used in ovary stimulating treatments, dose selection, prediction of poor response and ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS), and diagnosis of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). After the role of AMH in the endocrine system, its levels and physiology during pregnancy have been investigated. Könünger et al. showed that AMH levels decreased during pregnancy and they reported that the reason of this decrease is the suppression of ovary. After delivery, maternal AMH levels recover rapidly.
AMH levels in pregnant women were first investigated by La Marca et al. In their study, the authors analyzed AMH levels during pregnancy and in the periods right after the delivery. In this study, it has been showed that there were no significant changes in AMH levels during pregnancy. It was seen that there was a decrease in the AMH levels at the third trimester which was not statistically significant. Although it is controversial if there is any placental AMH production or not, AMH levels decrease after the delivery. On the other hand, the impact of high estrogen levels on AMH gene decreases after the delivery. High level of progesteron during delivery may cause a decrease in follicles. It has been shown in other studies that there is a correlation between AMH and estradiol. AMH affects FSH sensitivity in ovaries and regulates estradiol levels.
Preeclampsia is the result of an impaired vascular condition and it has been shown that impaired vascular condition may cause the early aging of ovary. When the serum AMH levels of women with preeclampsia history and normotensive women are compared, it was found lower in women with preeclampsia (2.00±1.87 µg/L vs. 2.26±2.56 µg/L). There are limited numbers of studies in the literature about the serum AMH levels in patients who were diagnosed with preeclampsia during pregnancy.[14,21] Shand et al. found that AMH levels at the first trimester were lower in preeclamptic pregnant women compared to normotensive pregnant women. Tokmak et al. found lower levels of third trimester AMH levels in preeclamptic pregnant women compared to normotensive pregnant women, but they found no correlation between poor gestational outcomes and AMH levels. In the study, third trimester AMH value was 0.62±0.51 ng/ml in the preeclampsia group while it was 0.93±0.83 ng/ml in the control groups. In our study, we found that AMH levels were lower in the pregnant women diagnosed with preeclampsia at the third trimester compared to the healthy pregnant women (0.79±0.40 ng/ml vs. 1.45±0.93 ng/ml). Also, we found reverse correlation between serum AMH values and systolic blood pressure in our study. Our finding supports our hypothesis that the vascular factors in preeclamptic patients may suppress serum AMH level.
We believe that the low AMH levels in preeclamptic pregnant women are the result of the inhibition ovarian AMH production by vascular factors. Showing the correlation between premenopausal cardiovascular risk factors and early menopause and finding lower AMH levels in women with preeclampsia history support the hypothesis that vascular factors accelerate ovarian aging. When a correlation was found between low serum AMH levels and cardiovascular risk in the recent studies,[23,24] other studies have started to investigate the functions of AMH on systems in addition to reproductive system. Although the receptor of AMH in placenta has been shown regarding to the pregnancy, there is still not sufficient information about the placental production of AMH in the literature. Also, further studies are needed to investigate the role of serum AMH levels at the first trimester in the prediction of early-onset preeclampsia and late-onset preeclampsia.
Consequently, serum AMH values are lower in the preeclamptic pregnant women at the third trimester compared to normotensive pregnant women. There is a negative correlation between serum AMH levels and systolic blood pressure.
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Comparison of preeclampsia and control groups.
Correlation analysis according to serum AMH level.