Should the non‐canonical pathway of nitric oxide generation be targeted in hypertensive pregnancies?

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Abstract

Hypertension in pregnancy is prevalent, affecting around 10% of pregnancies worldwide, and significantly increases the risk of adverse outcomes for both mothers and their babies. Current treatment strategies for pregnant women with hypertension are limited, and new approaches for the management of hypertension in pregnancy are urgently needed. Substantial evidence from non-pregnant subjects has demonstrated the potential for dietary nitrate supplementation to increase nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability and lower blood pressure, following bioactivation via the non-canonical NO pathway. Emerging data suggest this approach may also be of benefit in pregnant women, although studies are limited. This review aims to summarise the current evidence from preclinical and clinical studies of nitrate supplementation in pregnancy, drawing on data from non-pregnant populations where appropriate and highlighting key gaps in knowledge that remain to be addressed in future trials.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Pharmacology
Early online date3 Nov 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Nov 2023

Keywords

  • hypertension
  • nitrate
  • nitric oxide
  • oral microbiome
  • pregnancy

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