Androgen signaling in the placenta
Placental estrogen signaling is known to regulate placental trophoblast function and differentiation. However, the role of placental androgen signaling has never been investigated, despite the rise of maternal serum androgens throughout gestation. Recent findings have shown increased maternal serum androgen in patients with the placental induced disorder preeclampsia. Preeclampsia, a maternal hypertension and proteinuria condition instigated by insufficient trophoblast differentiation and invasion into maternal spiral arteries, is also associated with increased placental expression of androgen ...