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Maternal antigen presenting cells are a source of plasmatic HLA-G during pregnancy: longitudinal study during pregnancy

Aug 1, 2007 | Magazine: Human Immunology

Alegre E, Díaz-Lagares A, Lemaoult J, López-Moratalla N, Carosella ED, González A.
Department of Biochemistry, University Clinic of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

The aim of this work was to investigate the longitudinal evolution of plasmatic soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G: shed HLA-G1 plus HLA-G5) during pregnancy, and if peripheral maternal antigen presenting cells (APC) can be a source of sHLA-G.

Blood samples were obtained from 45 volunteers during normal pregnancy, 8 of them monthly; from 8 pregnant volunteers in the first weeks of pregnancy who had later a miscarriage, and from 14 healthy nonpregnant control women. Monocytes obtained during pregnancy showed a moderately HLA-G cell surface expression and stimulation with interferon (IFN)-gamma increased this expression. Monocytes-derived dendritic cells obtained from pregnant women during the first and third trimester of pregnancy secreted more sHLA-G than those obtained from nonpregnant women. Plasmatic sHLA-G concentration in pregnant women was significatively higher than in nonpregnant women, with a peak in the third month.

We can conclude that maternal APC are a source of sHLA-G. Women who experienced miscarriage had previously very low or undetectable plasmatic sHLA-G levels in the second month of pregnancy. Data suggest that undetectable sHLA-G could be a risk of complications.

CITATION  Hum Immunol. 2007 Aug;68(8):661-7