Myometrial activity of low amplitude and long duration—contractures—is present throughout gestation in the pregnant ewe and other species. This activity differs from the contractions of labor and delivery. Between 125 and 143 days' gestation, 4-aminoantipyrine infused into the fetus at rates that produced maternal uterine vein plasma concentrations of 4-aminoantipyrine of 5.95 ± 1.23 (mean ± SEM, n = 5) mg - 100 ml-' markedly depressed both total myometrial electromyographic activity to 28.6% and frequency of contractures to 30.5% of preinfusion values. By 60 minutes of infusion, maternal uterine vein plasma 13,14-dihydro-15-keto prostaglandin F2α concentration was reduced to 14% of the resting level. Two conclusions were drawn from this study. First, prostaglandins are involved in the regulation of contractures. Second, when infusions of 4-aminoantipyrine are used to quantify uterine or umbilical blood flow, the possibility exists that changes will occur in physiologic systems that are modified by prostaglandins.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Obstetrics and Gynecology