The role of beta-endorphin in pregnancy and delivery

M. Terzic, V. Sulovic, B. Stimec, D. Plecas, L. J. Vojdovic

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This paper deals with beta-endorphin determination in 20 autopsy specimens of human fetal and neonatal pancreas, as well as in the placental tissue specimens of the same fetoplacental units, by means of radioimmunoassay (RIA - Nichols Institute). Peripheral blood samples of 10 healthy non-gravids were taken as controls. Our results present a marked increase of beta-endorphin levels with the progression of gestation, reaching a peak of 3960 pg/g at term. The data obtained indicate that beta-endorphin plays an important role in pregnancy and delivery regulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-46
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Beta-endorphin
  • Fetal and neonatal pancreas
  • Pregnancy and delivery regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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