Total hydroperoxide and advanced oxidation protein products in preterm hypoxic babies

Pediatr Res. 2000 Feb;47(2):221-4. doi: 10.1203/00006450-200002000-00012.


Previous studies have shown that plasma lipoproteins are a common target of free radical-induced oxidative stress in hypoxic newborn infants. In contrast to lipids, the reaction of proteins with various oxidants during hypoxia has not been extensively studied. We tested the hypothesis that tissue hypoxia results in increased production of protein oxidation in cord blood of preterm newborns. Heparinized blood samples of 39 hypoxic and 16 control preterm newborns were obtained from the umbilical vein, after cord clamping immediately after delivery. Plasma levels of total hydroperoxide (TH), advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP), hypoxanthine (Hx), xanthine (Xa), and uric acid (UA) were measured. Higher Hx, Xa, UA, TH, and AOPP levels were found in hypoxic newborn infants than in controls. Statistically significant correlations were observed between: TH and Hx (r = 0.54, p = 0.003, n = 28), AOPP and Hx (r = 0.64, p = 0.0001, n = 27), and TH and AOPP plasma levels (r = 0.50, p = 0.02, n = 21). In summary, TH, AOPP, Hx, Xa, and UA production is increased in fetal blood during hypoxia. The more severe the hypoxia, the higher the lipid and protein damage by free radicals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Blood Proteins / metabolism*
  • Female
  • Free Radicals
  • Gestational Age
  • Humans
  • Hydrogen Peroxide / metabolism*
  • Hypoxia / metabolism*
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Infant, Premature, Diseases / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Oxidants / metabolism*
  • Oxidation-Reduction


  • Blood Proteins
  • Free Radicals
  • Oxidants
  • Hydrogen Peroxide