Levels of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-2 and insulin-like growth factor-II in maternal serum, amniotic fluid and extraembryonic coelomic fluid at 9–20 weeks of pregnancy

in Journal of Endocrinology


Insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II) and IGF-binding protein-2 (IGFBP-2) were measured in amniotic fluid, extraembryonic fluid and maternal serum from 20 women with apparently normal first trimester pregnancies prior to termination. A further 111 specimens of amniotic fluid were collected from women at 10–20 weeks of pregnancy. Levels of IGFBP-2 were similar in coelomic fluid and maternal serum. Levels in amniotic fluid were lower than those in serum and coelomic fluid (Mann–Whitney test; P=0·0002 and P<0·0001 respectively). The levels of IGF-II were much higher in maternal serum than in coelomic fluid, and higher in the latter than in amniotic fluid (Mann–Whitney test; P<0·0001 for both situations). The levels of IGFBP-2 were relatively low at 10–11 weeks (medians 19·8 and 61·1 μg/l) but thereafter increased to 20 weeks (median 1400 μg/l). The levels of IGF-II showed a similar pattern. The findings suggest that the role of IGF-II and IGFBP-2 in the regulation of growth or differentiation of the fetus or of its surrounding membranes may change with advancing pregnancy.

Journal of Endocrinology (1994) 142, 379–383


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