Journal article

Proteomic analysis of human cervico-vaginal fluid displays differential protein expression in association with labor onset at term

Megan KW Di Quinzio, Harry M Georgiou, Sarah J Holdsworth-Carson, Mustafa Ayhan, Yujing J Heng, Susan P Walker, Gregory E Rice, Michael Permezel

Journal of Proteome Research | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2008


Human labor is characterized by dramatic physiological and structural alterations of the cervix and overlying fetal membranes, leading to myometrial activation and delivery. To investigate the potential mechanism of these changes, we performed 2D PAGE proteomic analysis on serial cervico-vaginal fluid samples obtained from women during late pregnancy and spontaneous labor. We identified 9 protein spots that were significantly altered ( p < 0.05) in association with spontaneous term labor. Eight protein spots were definitively characterized by electrospray ion-trap mass spectrometry yielding 7 different proteins: cystatin-A, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist, glutathione S-transferase P, pero..

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