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. 2020 Apr;22(2):157-168.
doi: 10.1177/1099800419899730. Epub 2020 Jan 27.

Metabolic Pathways Associated With Term Labor Induction Course in African American Women


Metabolic Pathways Associated With Term Labor Induction Course in African American Women

Nicole S Carlson et al. Biol Res Nurs. .


Objectives: The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in the metabolic pathways activated in late-pregnancy serum samples among African American women who went on to have term (≥37 weeks) labor induction requiring high total oxytocin doses to complete first-stage labor compared to those in similar women with low-oxytocin labor inductions.

Study design: Case-control study (N = 27 women with labor induction with successful cervical ripening: 13 requiring the highest total doses of synthetic oxytocin to progress from 4- to 10-cm cervical dilation and 14 requiring the lowest total doses) with groups balanced on parity and gestational age. Serum samples obtained between 24 and 30 weeks' gestation were analyzed using ultra-high-resolution metabolomics. Differentially expressed metabolites between high-oxytocin induction cases and low-oxytocin induction comparison subjects were evaluated using linear regression with xmsPANDA. Metabolic pathways analysis was conducted using Mummichog Version 2.0, with discriminating metabolites annotated using xMSannotator Version 1.3.

Results: Labor processes were similar by group with the exception that cases received over 6 times more oxytocin between 4- and 10-cm cervical dilation than comparison women. Induction requiring high total doses of synthetic oxytocin was associated with late-pregnancy serum levels of metabolites from the linoleate and fatty acid activation pathways in term, African American women.

Conclusion: Serum levels of several lipid metabolites predicted more complicated labor induction involving higher doses of synthetic oxytocin to complete first-stage labor. Further investigation in larger, more diverse cohorts of women is needed to identify potential targets to prevent failed labor induction.

Keywords: induction of labor; mechanisms; metabolomics; oxytocin; parturition.

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