The present study aimed to evaluate the impact of factor V Leiden (FVL) polymorphism within the reproductive problems encountered by patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). A total of 92 female patients with PCOS and 101 healthy controls were included in the study. Clinical and laboratory parameters were examined. The full history of each patient was taken. Single nucleotide polymorphism rs6025 in F5 was genotyped in PCOS patients and compared to the genotype frequency of the healthy controls. The data were analysed for correlation with infertility and pregnancy loss in PCOS patients. The prevalence of FVL polymorphism was higher, however not significantly, in PCOS patients compared to that of the control group (respectively OR=2.238, 95 % CI 0.777±6.449, p=0.104). The carriers of FVL polymorphism showed a higher rate of primary infertility (30.0% versus 12.5%, OR=3.143, 9 % CI 0.686±14.388, p=0.047) and their total reproductive failure rate was higher (60.5% versus 47.2%, OR=1.819, 95% CI 0.632±9.259, p=0.117). Carriage of FVL polymorphism in PCOS patients is associated with primary infertility and a presumed cause of the further investigations needed to understand the impact of FVL on PCOS. Carriage of FVL polymorphism in PCOS patients is associated with a higher rate of primary infertility, which draws attention to the role of this factor in the aetiology of the PCOS-related subfertility. Further investigations are needed to understand the impact of FVL on PCOS.
Platelet activation is a complex process in which platelet reorganization takes place associated with changes in the cell shape, topology, membrane elasticity and microparticle production. The aim of this study was to investigate the changes/aberrations in the platelet activity, elasticity and morphology in healthy subjects, carriers of A allele of prothrombin G20210A polymorphism. Blood samples from 18 healthy subjects were used for platelet analysis by force-mode atomic force microscopy. Restriction analysis was used to investigate the carriage of G20210A polymorphism in the prothrombin gene. Flow- cytometry was applied to evaluate platelet activation. Young’s modulus of the plasma membranes of platelets derived from healthy subjects, carriers of variant A allele of prothrombin 20210G>A polymorphism (407±69 kPa) is two times higher than the one determined for noncarriers (195.4±48.7 kPa; p<0.05). The background activity of platelets measured as an interrelation of Cd41/Cd61 and CD62 by flow cytometry was also higher in carriers of variant A allele of prothrombin 20210G>A polymorphism (5.0%) than in non-carriers (1.3%). Platelets isolated from healthy carriers of variant A allele of prothrombin 20210G>A polymorphism exhibited a higher level of activity and a higher degree of stiffness at the stage of spreading as compared to platelets from noncarriers.