PAR Family Polymorphisms and Placental Invasion Disorders

2014-08-27 03:40:33 | BioPortfolio


The present study will be undertaken to establish whether genetic variations of PAR1 could be involved in the occurrence of any of the "placental syndromes" of preterm delivery, preeclampsia, and/or small for gestational age babies and recurrent pregnancy loss.


Polymorphisms of Protease Activated Receptor 1 and adverse pregnancy outcomes Protease Activated Receptor 1 (PAR1), the main thrombin receptor on vascular cells (Coughlin,1999), plays a critical role in orchestrating human placentation based on temporally and spatially constrained PAR1 expression in the normal invasive trophoblasts (O’Brien et al, 2003) and its overexpression in pathological invasive trophoblast (Even-Ram et al, 2003).

Various proteases of the PAR family as well as matrix metalloproteinases have been implicated in ancillary regulation of cancer metastases and tumor-related angiogenesis. PAR1 in particular has been proposed to be involved in invasive processes of various cancers (Ruf & Mueller, 2006; Boire et al, 2005). Similarly, it might be surmised that remodeling of the placenta microenvironment as well as the requisites of trophoblast invasiveness may be PAR1 sensitive (Grisaru-Granovsky et al, 2005). Therefore, one might hypothesize that PAR1 gene variability may be involved in early placentation and that adverse pregnancy outcomes of the "placental syndromes" may have their origin in PAR1 dysregulation.

Study Design: This is a prospective case-control pilot study. Subject enrolment and data collection will be performed via the Admission Service of the Division for Maternal & Fetal Medicine in a large tertiary obstetrics department in Jerusalem, Israel. Demographic data including maternal characteristics, past reproductive history, and information about previous complications during pregnancy, delivery and the neonatal period will be culled. The blood samples will be collected at routine admission after obtaining informed consent by the physician on the floor.

Four groups are described: patients with spontaneous preterm delivery of a singleton before 35 weeks of gestation; patients with a singleton pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia diagnosed according the Working Group Criteria (2000); patients who deliver a small for gestational age (SGA) singleton defined as a birth weight below the 10th percentile for the gestational age according to the Israeli growth curves (Dollberg et al, 2005); and for comparison, patients who deliver a singleton at term with appropriate size for gestational age. Patients who suffer delivery with intrauterine fetal demise and/or neonates with malformations will be excluded.

Maternal and umbilical cord blood samples (in 0.11mol/l sodium tri citrate) will be paired. DNA will be prepared from white blood cells by standard techniques and subsequently stored at -4°C for batched analysis. The laboratory staff will be blinded as to the clinical status of the samples.

Polymorphism analysis will be performed for the following polymorphisms of the PAR1 gene: [-1426CT], [506 insertion of 13 bp],[IVS-14A/T]: as per standard PCR techniques using appropriate restriction endonucleases (Arnaud et l, 2000).

Study Design

Observational Model: Case Control, Primary Purpose: Screening, Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional, Time Perspective: Prospective


Miscarriage, Recurrent


PAR1 polymoprhisms and placental invasion


Not yet recruiting


Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Results (where available)

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

A group of diseases arising from pregnancy that are commonly associated with hyperplasia of trophoblasts (TROPHOBLAST) and markedly elevated human CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN. They include HYDATIDIFORM MOLE, invasive mole (HYDATIDIFORM MOLE, INVASIVE), placental-site trophoblastic tumor (TROPHOBLASTIC TUMOR, PLACENTAL SITE), and CHORIOCARCINOMA. These neoplasms have varying propensities for invasion and spread.

A group of interrelated trophoblastic diseases arising from pregnancy. They are commonly associated with hyperplasia of trophoblasts (TROPHOBLAST) and markedly elevated human CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN. They include HYDATIDIFORM MOLE, invasive mole (HYDATIDIFORM MOLE, INVASIVE), placental-site trophoblastic tumor (TROPHOBLASTIC TUMOR, PLACENTAL SITE), and CHORIOCARCINOMA. These neoplasms have varying propensities for invasion and spread.

A polypeptide hormone of approximately 25 kDa that is produced by the SYNCYTIOTROPHOBLASTS of the PLACENTA, also known as chorionic somatomammotropin. It has both GROWTH HORMONE and PROLACTIN activities on growth, lactation, and luteal steroid production. In women, placental lactogen secretion begins soon after implantation and increases to 1 g or more a day in late pregnancy. Placental lactogen is also an insulin antagonist.

Methods used for the assessment of placental function.

Extracts prepared from placental tissue; they may contain specific but uncharacterized factors or proteins with specific activities.

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