Systemic inflammatory priming in normal pregnancy and preeclampsia: the role of circulating syncytiotrophoblast microparticles.
Systemic inflammatory responsiveness was studied in normal human pregnancy and its specific inflammatory disorder, pre-eclampsia. Compared with nonpregnancy, monocytes were primed to produce more TNF-alpha throughout normal pregnancy, more IL-12p70 in the first and second trimesters, and more IL-18 in the first trimester only. Intracellular cytokine measurements (TNF-alpha and IL12p70) showed little change by comparison. IFN-gamma production was suppressed in all three trimesters. In pre-ecla...Expand abstract
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