Pre-Eclampsia Gene Trigger Suggested By Tests On Mice, Beth Israel Medical Center and Harvard Medical School Study  
5/12/2008 7:01:31 AM

Medical News Today -- Using laboratory mice, researchers in the US have discovered a possible way that the pregnancy disorder pre-eclampsia may be triggered by the COMT gene, already known to play a role in schizophrenia. The study also suggests that the steroid molecule 2-ME could be a useful marker for diagnosing the dangerous pregnancy condition, and serve as a basis for treatment. The findings are published in the 11th May advance online issue of the journal Nature and the research was led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues from other research centres.