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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267635/associations-between-fetal-hla-g-genotype-and-birth-weight-and-placental-weight-in-a-large-cohort-of-pregnant-women-possible-implications-for-hla-diversity
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Johanne Emmery, Ole B Christiansen, Line Lynge Nilsson, Mette Dahl, Peter Skovbo, Anna Margrethe Møller, Rudi Steffensen, Thomas Vauvert F Hviid
Birth weight and placental weight are crucial parameters for the survival of fetuses and newborns in mammals. High variation in the MHC is important for an effective adaptive immune response. The maternal immune system must be controlled in relation to the semi-allogenic fetus. The immunoregulatory HLA/MHC class Ib gene, HLA-G, is strongly expressed on extravillous trophoblast cells. We investigated birth weight and placental weight of the newborns in mothers heterozygous for an HLA-G 14bp insertion (Ins)/deletion (Del) gene polymorphism...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196761/effect-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-vaccination-on-t-lymphocyte-changes-in-male-rats
#2
Shiping Su, Xiuhong Zhou, Xiaorong Zhang, Fuigui Fang
The aim of this study was to detect the effect of immunization against gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) on cell-meditated immunity. Three-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats (n=32) were randomly and equally assigned to two groups: 1) GnRH-tandem-ovalbumin immunized group; and 2) the control group (injected with an equivalent Al(OH)3 adjuvant). Blood samples were collected at two-week intervals to assess the level of GnRH-specific antibodies and testosterone. Moreover, blood and thymus samples were also collected to analyze the T lymphocyte subpopulations one and two months after the last booster immunization...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131097/downregulation-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-expression-in-the-villous-stromal-endothelial-cells-of-placentas-with-preeclampsia
#3
Naoyuki Iwahashi, Madoka Yamamoto, Sakiko Nanjo, Saori Toujima, Sawako Minami, Kazuhiko Ino
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have shown that indoleamine 2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO), an immunosuppressive enzyme that converts tryptophan to kynurenine, is expressed in the placenta and might play a role in the maintenance of pregnancy, although its associations with the pathogeneses of preeclampsia (PE) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) remain unclear. The objective of this study was to investigate the differences in IDO expression among normal, PE, and FGR placentas, and the associations between IDO expression and clinical symptoms, or the expression of fms-like tyrosine kinase receptor-1 (Flt-1)...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122284/periodic-elevation-of-regulatory-t-cells-on-the-day-of-embryo-transfer-is-associated-with-better-in-vitro-fertilization-outcome
#4
Wen-Juan Wang, Fu-Jun Liu, Xia Zhang, Xue-Mei Liu, Qing-Lan Qu, Feng-Hua Li, Li-Li Zhuang, Xiao-Xiao Li, Cui-Fang Hao
Treg cells have been shown to be important in maintaining maternofetal tolerance, but the expression of Tregs in assisted reproductive technology (ART) in women on the day of embryo transfer (D0), 5days (D5) and 14days after ET (D14); the related factors influencing the expression levels of Tregs; the proliferation ability and the relevant cytokine epression by Tregs on D14 have not been investigated. In this study, 124 women undergoing in vitro fertilization-intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) were enrolled...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228286/reproductive-immunology-time-to-look-forward
#5
EDITORIAL
Gendie Lash
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613663/update-of-syncytiotrophoblast-derived-extracellular-vesicles-in-normal-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia
#6
REVIEW
Dionne Tannetta, Ieva Masliukaite, Manu Vatish, Christopher Redman, Ian Sargent
The release of extracellular vesicles (EV) by the syncytiotrophoblast (STB) may be an important mechanism by which the placenta signals to the mother. STB derived EV (STBEV) are comprised predominantly of exosomes (50-150nm) and microvesicles (100-1000nm) that contain bioactive mediators such as proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. They, along with larger syncytial nuclear aggregates are released by the STB into the maternal circulation throughout gestation in normal pregnancy where they appear to have an immunoregulatory role, inhibiting T cell and NK cell responses...
February 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27523927/cytotoxic-potential-of-decidual-nk-cells-and-cd8-t-cells-awakened-by-infections
#7
Ângela C Crespo, Anita van der Zwan, João Ramalho-Santos, Jack L Strominger, Tamara Tilburgs
To establish a healthy pregnancy the maternal immune system must tolerate fetal allo-antigens, yet remain competent to respond to infections. The ability of decidual NK cells (dNK) to promote migration of fetal extravillous trophoblasts (EVT) and placental growth as well as the capacity of EVT to promote immune tolerance are topics of high interest and extensive research. However, the problem of how dNK and decidual CD8+ T cells (CD8+ dT) provide immunity to infections of the placenta and the mechanisms that regulate their cytolytic function has thus far largely been ignored...
February 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27498991/innate-immunity-and-the-sensing-of-infection-damage-and-danger-in-the-female-genital-tract
#8
REVIEW
Iain Martin Sheldon, Siân-Eleri Owens, Matthew Lloyd Turner
Tissue homeostasis in the female genital tract is challenged by infection, damage, and even physiological events during reproductive cycles. We propose that the evolutionarily ancient system of innate immunity is sufficient to sense and respond to danger in the non-pregnant female genital tract. Innate immunity produces a rapidly inducible, non-specific response when cells sense danger. Here we provide a primer on innate immunity and discuss what is known about how danger signals are sensed in the endometrium and ovary, the impact of inflammatory responses on reproduction, and how endocrinology and innate immunity are integrated...
February 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064076/drospirenone-reduces-inflammatory-cytokines-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-and-nerve-growth-factor-ngf-expression-in-human-endometriotic-stromal-cells
#9
Tomoko Makabe, Kaori Koga, Mariko Miyashita, Arisa Takeuchi, Fusako Sue, Ayumi Taguchi, Yoko Urata, Gentaro Izumi, Masashi Takamura, Miyuki Harada, Tetsuya Hirata, Yasushi Hirota, Osamu Wada-Hiraike, Tomoyuki Fujii, Yutaka Osuga
Drospirenone has been used as a progestin in oral contraceptives with ethinyl estradiol (DRSP/EE) and is expected to regulate endometriosis, however, the direct effects of drospirenone on endometriosis have not been clarified. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory, anti-angiogenic and anti-neurogenic effects of drospirenone on endometriotic stromal cells (ESC). ESC isolated from endometriotic tissues were obtained from patients during laparoscopic surgery for ovarian endometriosis. ESC were exposed to IL-1β and cultured in the absence or presence of drospirenone...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043035/pibf-positive-uterine-nk-cells-in-the-mouse-decidua
#10
Agnes Bogdan, Gergely Berta, Julia Szekeres-Bartho
Though uterine NK cells (u NK cells) contain cytotoxic granules, and selectively over- express the genes of perforin and granzymes, during normal pregnancy, they are not cytotoxic. Progesterone is indispensable for the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy both in humans and in mice. Mouse uterine NK cells do not express the classical progesterone receptor, yet progesterone affects the recruitment and function of uterine NK cells, the latter partly via the Progesterone-Induced Blocking Factor (PIBF). We demonstrated PIBF positive granulated cells in the mouse decidua...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122664/preterm-birth-inflammation-fetal-injury-and-treatment-strategies
#11
Ashley K Boyle, Sara F Rinaldi, Jane E Norman, Sarah J Stock
Preterm birth (PTB) is the leading cause of childhood mortality in children under 5 and accounts for approximately 11% of births worldwide. Premature babies are at risk of a number of health complications, notably cerebral palsy, but also respiratory and gastrointestinal disorders. Preterm deliveries can be medically indicated/elective procedures or they can occur spontaneously. Spontaneous PTB is commonly associated with intrauterine infection/inflammation. The presence of inflammatory mediators in utero has been associated with fetal injury, particularly affecting the fetal lungs and brain...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915038/intrauterine-administration-of-hcg-activated-autologous-human-peripheral-blood-mononuclear-cells-pbmc-promotes-live-birth-rates-in-frozen-thawed-embryo-transfer-cycles-of-patients-with-repeated-implantation-failure
#12
Saijiao Li, Jing Wang, Yan Cheng, Danni Zhou, Tailang Yin, Wangming Xu, Nan Yu, Jing Yang
Recurrent implantation failure refers to unsuccessful implantation after repeated transfers of morphologically good quality embryos into a normal uterus. Recently, accumulating evidence has suggested that local immune cells at the implantation site have actively contributed to embryo implantation. Our aim was to study the effects of intrauterine administration of hCG-activated autologous human PBMC on clinical pregnancy, implantation rates and live birth rate of patients who received frozen/thawed embryo transfer...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984763/soluble-hla-g-concentrations-in-obese-women-during-pregnancy-and-in-cord-blood
#13
Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Mara De Amici, Miryam Martinetti, Arsenio Spinillo
CONTEXT: Little is known about soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) concentrations in obese pregnant women with uncomplicated pregnancies. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the role of sHLA-G in obese pregnancies. DESIGN: Case-control study, from 2013 to 2015. SETTING: A tertiary care centre. PATIENTS: 168 healthy normal weight women and 59 overweight/obese women; to avoid the effect of preeclampsia on sHLA-G concentrations, cases were further divided in two groups: 42 with normotensive pregnancy and 17 who developed preeclampsia...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915039/uterine-immune-profiling-for-increasing-live-birth-rate-a-one-to-one-matched-cohort-study
#14
Nathalie Lédée, Laura Prat-Ellenberg, Lucie Chevrier, Richard Balet, Cynthia Simon, Clarisse Lenoble, Elie El Irani, Dominique Bouret, Guy Cassuto, Dominique Vitoux, Katia Vezmar, Armand Bensussan, Gérard Chaouat, Marie Petitbarat
BACKGROUND: Embryo implantation remains the main limiting factor in IVF/ICSI program. Endometrial immune remodeling events begin before implantation and are a vital process for pregnancy, preparing future maternal immune tolerance and regulating the placentation process. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2014, 193 patients (analyzed group) enrolled in our IVF program benefitted of an endometrial immune profiling to determine if their uterus was immunologically ready to accept an embryo and, if not, the specific immune mechanisms involved...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863266/pregnancy-persistently-affects-memory-t-cell-populations
#15
Tom E C Kieffer, Marijke M Faas, Sicco A Scherjon, Jelmer R Prins
Pregnancy is an immune challenge to the maternal immune system. The effects of pregnancy on maternal immunity and particularly on memory T cells during and after pregnancy are not fully known. This observational study aims to show the short term and the long term effects of pregnancy on the constitution, size and activation status of peripheral human memory T-lymphocyte populations. Effector memory (EM) and central memory (CM) T-lymphocytes were analyzed using flow cytometry of peripheral blood from 14 nulligravid, 12 primigravid and 15 parous women that were on average 18 months postpartum...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865124/the-killer-cell-story-in-recurrent-miscarriage-association-between-activated-peripheral-lymphocytes-and-uterine-natural-killer-cells
#16
R J Kuon, K Vomstein, M Weber, F Müller, C Seitz, S Wallwiener, T Strowitzki, E Schleussner, U R Markert, V Daniel, B Toth
Peripheral and uterine NK cells (pNK, uNK) can be distinguished according to their receptor expression. Recent studies indicate an association of elevated pNK and uNK with recurrent miscarriage (RM). This study aimed to analyze pNK and uNK in patients with RM and healthy controls. Out of n=590 RM patients screened according to a standard diagnostic protocol, n=268 couples with ≥3 consecutive RM were identified. Subgroups consisted of n=151 primary RM (pRM), n=85 secondary RM (sRM), n=32 tertiary RM (tRM) and n=42 healthy controls...
November 6, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821286/immunization-against-lysozyme-like-proteins-affect-sperm-function-and-fertility-in-the-rat
#17
Ganapathy Narmadha, Suresh Yenugu
Proteins of the epididymal and testicular mileu contribute to sperm maturation and a vast majority of them remain uncharacterised. In this study, the role of three Lysozyme-like (LYZL) proteins, namely LYZL1, LYZL4 and LYZL6 in sperm function was assessed using in vitro neutralization and auto antibodies generation model. Rats immunized with LYZL1, LYZL4 and LYZL6 proteins had a litter size of 5.93, 8.47 and 2.10 respectively compared to 9.96 in the control rats. The litter size was further reduced to 4.53, 7...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620141/cervicovaginal-cytokines-sialidase-activity-and-bacterial-load-in-reproductive-aged-women-with-intermediate-vaginal-flora
#18
Mariana Morena de Vieira Santos-Greatti, Márcia Guimarães da Silva, Carolina Sanitá Tafner Ferreira, Camila Marconi
Studies have shown that not only bacterial vaginosis, but also intermediate vaginal flora has deleterious effects for women's reproductive health. However, literature still lacks information about microbiological and immunological aspects of intermediate flora. OBJECTIVE: To characterize intermediate flora regarding levels of Interleukin (IL)-1beta, IL-6, IL-8, tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin 1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), IL-10, sialidase; loads of Gardnerella vaginalis, total bacteria and to verify whether it is closer related to normal flora or bacterial vaginosis...
November 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792886/tim-3-expression-on-immune-cells-and-roles-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
#19
REVIEW
Xiao-Hui Hu, Mao-Xing Tang, Gil Mor, Ai-Hua Liao
Successful pregnancy relies on the accurate regulation of the maternal-fetal immune system. Without enough tolerance in the uterine microenvironment, the mother and the hemiallogeneic fetus could not peacefully coexist. T cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain (Tim)-3 is a molecule originally regarded as to be expressed on terminally differentiated IFN-γ expressing CD4(+) T cells (Th1). The engagement of Tim-3 with its ligand, galectin-9 (Gal-9) could induce the exhaustion or apoptosis of effector T cells, and thus might regulate the tolerance...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27728856/preterm-delivery-and-associated-negative-pregnancy-outcome-a-tale-of-faulty-progesterone-receptor-signalling-pathway-and-linked-derailed-immunomodulation-a-study-from-northeast-india
#20
Diptika Tiwari, Purabi Deka Bose, Rizwana Sultana, Chandana Ray Das, Sujoy Bose
Preterm delivery (PTD) is one of the potent contributor of neonatal mortality and morbidity, and the underlying cause in some situation is elusive. This study attempts to delineate the association of deregulation in progesterone receptor (PR) pathway and deleterious immune responses in predisposing patients to PTD in Northeast India, a region with high rate of PTD cases. A total of 109 cases of PTD and 100 term delivery cases were enrolled with all clinical details. The PTD cases were stratified based on gestation age at delivery...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
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