Androgen concentrations in umbilical cord blood and their association with maternal, fetal and obstetric factors

Jeffrey Keelan, Eugen Mattes, H. Tan, A. Dinan, John Newnham, Andrew Whitehouse, Peter Jacoby, M. Hickey

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to measure umbilical blood androgen concentrations in a birth cohort using a highly specific liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) assay and assesses the effects of sex, labor, and gestational age on fetal androgen levels at birth. We performed a prospective cohort study of androgen concentrations in mixed arterial and venous umbilical cord serum from 803 unselected singleton pregnancies from a general obstetric population in Western Australia. Total testosterone (TT), Δ4-androstenedione, and dehydroepiandrosterone were extracted from archived cord serum samples and measured using LC-MS/MS. SHBG was measured by ELISA; free testosterone (FT) and bioavailable testosterone (BioT) values were also calculated. Median values for all three androgens were generally lower than previously published values. Levels of TT, FT, BioT, and SHBG were significantly higher in male verses female neonates (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e42827.1-10
JournalPLoS One
Volume7
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Aug 2012

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