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Combined presence of coagulation factor XIII V34L and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 4G/5G gene polymorphisms significantly contribute to recurrent pregnancy loss in serbian population

Summary

Background

Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is a heterogeneous condition affecting up to 5% of women of reproductive age. Inherited thrombophilia have been postulated as one of the causes of RPL. Here we examined the prevalence of nine thrombophilic gene polymorphisms among women with history of recurrent miscarriages and fertile controls.

Methods

The study included 70 women with history of at least three early pregnancy losses and 31 fertile controls with no miscarriages. We investigated mutations in genes responsible for clotting and fibrinolysis, including factor V (FV) Leiden, FV H1299R, factor II (FII) G20210A, methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) C677T and A1298C, factor XIII (FXIII) V34L, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) 4G/5G and endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR) H1 and H3 haplotypes using reverse polymerase chain reaction ViennaLab cardiovascular disease StrippAssays.

Results

Our results showed no significant increase in prevalence of tested polymorphisms in women with RPL. However, relative risk for PRL among women heterozygous for FXIII V34L was 2.81 times increased (OR 2.81, 95% CI 1.15–6.87, P=0.023). Haplotype analysis showed that combined presence of high-risk genotypes for FXIII and PAI-1 significantly increases risk for RPL (OR 13.98, CI 95% 1.11–17.46, P=0.044).

Conclusions

This is the first study in Serbian population that investigated prevalence of FVR2, A1298C, FXIII V34L and EPCR gene variants. Compound heterozygosity for FXIII V34L and PAI-1 4G is significant risk factor for recurrent miscarriage. Our results should be viewed in context of small case-control study, so further large prospective studies are need for confirmation of our findings.

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Superoxide dismutase isoenzymes gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells in patients with coronary artery disease

Summary

Background

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is one of the most important causes of mortality and morbidity in wide world population. Dyslipidemia, inflammation and oxidative stress may contribute to disruption of endothelium structure and function, atherosclerosis and CAD. Our study was aimed to determine whether Cu/Zn superoxide dismutase (Cu/Zn SOD) and Mn superoxide dismutase (Mn SOD) gene expression could be modulated by oxidative stress in CAD patients.

Methods

This study included 77 CAD patients and 31 apparently healthy persons. Serum lipid levels, high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), total antioxidant status (TAS) and thiobarbituric acid-reacting substances (TBARS) were measured. SOD isoenzymes gene expression was determined in peripheral blood mononuclear cells using quantitative polymerase chain reaction.

Results

Mn SOD messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) levels were significantly lower in CAD patients than in controls (p=0.011), while Cu/Zn SOD mRNA levels did not change significantly between tested groups (p=0.091). We found significantly lower high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-c) (p<0.001) and TAS (p<0.001) levels and significantly higher hsCRP (p=0.002) and TBARS (p<0.001) in CAD patients than in controls. There were significant positive correlations between TAS and Mn SOD mRNA (ρ=0.243, p=0.020) and TAS and Cu/Zn SOD mRNA (r=0.359, p<0.001). TBARS negatively correlated only with Cu/Zn SOD mRNA (ρ=-0.215, p=0.040). TAS levels remained independent predictor for Mn SOD mRNA levels (OR=2.995, p=0.034).

Conclusions

Results of this study showed that Mn SOD gene expression were decreased in CAD patients compared to controls and can be modulated by non-enzymatic antioxidant status in blood.

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