Peripheral Blood Cytokine Profiling During Pregnancy and Post-partum Periods
Keywords: reproduction, serum, immunity, systemic
Problem Pregnancy requires that the maternal immune system adapt to prevent rejection of the fetal semi-allograft. This immunologic adaptation may contribute to pregnancy-related alterations in disease susceptibility and severity of infections from viral pathogens such as influenza virus. Method of Study As part of a larger study investigating the maternal systemic immune response during pregnancy, peripheral blood was collected three times during pregnancy and twice post-partum to measure serum levels of 23 cytokines, chemokines, and growth factors. This longitudinal study design allowed each woman's post-partum blood draw to serve as her own comparison, thus controlling for interpersonal variability in expression levels. Results When compared to the post-partum samples, significant pregnancy-related changes in IFN gamma, TNF alpha, VEGF, GCSF, Eotaxin, and MCP-1 expression were observed. These changes have significant immunologic effects in vivo and in culture. Conclusion Pregnancy-associated changes to steady state serum cytokines may have important immunologic consequence.
|Título según WOS:||Peripheral Blood Cytokine Profiling During Pregnancy and Post-partum Periods|
|Título de la Revista:||AMERICAN JOURNAL OF REPRODUCTIVE IMMUNOLOGY|
|Fecha de publicación:||2010|
|Página de inicio:||411|