Journal article

433. Identifying novel biomarkers predictive of impending human labour

YJ Heng, MKW Di Quinzio, M Permezel, GE Rice, HM Georgiou

Reproduction, Fertility and Development | CSIRO Publishing | Published : 2008

Abstract

Human labour is characterised by structural remodelling of the cervix and overlying fetal membranes, myometrial activation and parturition. We hypothesise that temporal biochemical alterations of the cervix and supracervical fetal membranes associated with impending labour may be reflected in the cervico-vaginal fluid (CVF). 2D PAGE proteomic analysis performed on serial CVF samples collected from women (n = 9) during late pregnancy and in spontaneous labour demonstrated 9 significantly altered protein spots (P < 0.05) in association with term labour. Seven different proteins were identified using electrospray ion-trap mass spectrometry (interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra), cystatin-A..

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