Interest of Circulating Endothelial Biomarkers in Vascular Pregnancy Complications


This is a prospective multicentric study including four clinical units of Gynecology and Obstetrics (3 public health hospitals and one private team), one research team in Hematology and one Center of Clinical investigation (CIC).

The objective is to identify, beside the pregnancy, in a population of patients with a preeclampsia (PE), with fetus presenting with growth restriction (IUGR) and a fetal demise (FD) a modification of circulating endothelial biomarkers compared with normal pregnancy.

We want to understand better the physiopathology of preeclampsia and propose to patients with an endothelial dysfunction a early prevention of preeclampsia.

Patients will be tested 3 times : At the pregnancy events; then 8 weeks and 12 months after the birth.

Four groups will be constituted among patients: PE, IUGR, FD and normal pregnancy.

Normal pregnancy will be tested as controls. The next pregnancy presenting in the unit to medical pregnancy follow up will be invited to participate.

The main judgment criteria will be the levels of endothelial microparticles 8 weeks after the event.

The study will last 3 years. The number of patient to include is 280.

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Non-Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Prevention
    • Masking: None (Open Label)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: July 2012


  • Other: Blood test
    • Blood test

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Sham Comparator: control group
    • control group
  • Experimental: prééclampsies group
    • prééclampsies group
  • Experimental: RCIU group
    • RCIU group
  • Experimental: MFIU group
    • MFIU group

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • Bring to light except the pregnancy within a population of presenting patients one EP, a RCIU and a MFIU a modification of biomarkers circulating endothéliaux with regard to the normal pregnancy.
    • Time Frame: 3 years

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • pregnant patients aged more than 18 years and more than 12 weeks of gestation for FD group, 20 weeks of gestation for PE or IUGR group , presenting either:
  • PE (arterial pressure more than 140 mm Hg and 90 mm Hg) and at least a proteinuria evaluated on stick (one point) or 300 mg/24h.
  • IUGR with biometries below 5° percentile according to the graphs of fetal echography college after 20 weeks of gestation.
  • FD after 12 weeks of gestation or with a cranio-caudal length of more than 45 mm.
  • Normal pregnancy adjusted for gestational age and parity : Patient should have no cardio-vascular past with a normal complication at the inclusion time and from which pregnancy remains uneventful until the term. The onset of premature delivery, hypertension or fetal growth restriction will exclude patients from the control group.
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  • written informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

  • Foetal malformation
  • APLS known
  • Set back of patient consent

Gender Eligibility: Female

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Assistance Publique Hopitaux De Marseille
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Sponsor
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Florence BRETELLE, PU-PH, Principal Investigator, Unité Mère-Enfant Hôpital Nord 13005 Marseille – Assistance Publique Hôpitaux de Marseille

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