Iasmina M . Craici

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Podocyturia, the shedding of live podocytes, is present at delivery in women with preeclampsia. The aim of this study was to test whether podocyturia is present earlier in pregnancy and predicts for preeclampsia. We also aimed to compare test characteristics of podocyturia with those of angiogenic factors previously implicated in the pathogenesis of this(More)
It is estimated that 10% of pregnancies are affected by hypertension worldwide. Approximately one-half of all hypertensive pregnancy disorders are due to preeclampsia, a pregnancy-specific disorder, its distinctive feature being either sudden onset, or worsening of pre-existing proteinuria. It has become increasingly recognized that women with a history of(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare genome-wide methylation profiles in maternal leukocyte DNA between normotensive and preeclamptic pregnant women at delivery. METHODS Age, body mass index matched case-control comparison of methylation at 27,578 cytosine-- guanine sites in 14,495 genes in maternal leukocyte DNA in women with preeclampsia (PE; n = 14) and normotensive(More)
The objective of this study was to determine the impact of lupus nephritis disease activity on maternal and foetal outcomes in pregnant patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Medical records of all pregnant patients with SLE treated at our institution between 1976 and 2007 were reviewed. All patients met American College of Rheumatology(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence, clinical presentations, and neuroimaging abnormalities in a series of patients treated for eclampsia at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. PATIENTS AND METHODS We reviewed the records of all pregnant patients diagnosed as having eclampsia at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, between January 1, 2001, and December 31, 2008. All(More)
BACKGROUND Podocyturia, i.e. urinary loss of viable podocytes, may serve as a diagnostic tool for pre-eclampsia and as a marker of active renal disease. The current method to detect podocyturia is technically complex, lengthy and requires a high level of expertise for interpretation. The aim of this study was to develop a new technique for the(More)
OBJECTIVE Studies have shown that podocyturia, i.e., urinary loss of viable podocytes (glomerular epithelial cells), is associated with proteinuria in preeclampsia. We postulated that urinary podocyte loss may persist after preeclamptic pregnancies, thus resulting in renal injury. This may lead to future chronic renal injury. In addition, we compared the(More)
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder that may lead to serious maternal and fetal complications. It is a multisystem disease that is commonly, but not always, accompanied by proteinuria. Its cause(s) remain unknown, and delivery remains the only definitive treatment. It is increasingly recognized that many pathophysiological processes(More)
The objective of this study was to analyze genome-wide differential methylation patterns in maternal leukocyte DNA in early pregnant and non-pregnant states. This is an age and body mass index matched case-control study comparing the methylation patterns of 27,578 cytosine-guanine (CpG) sites in 14,495 genes in maternal leukocyte DNA in early pregnancy (n =(More)
Evaluation of: Bellamy L, Casas JP, Hingorani AD, Williams DJ: Pre-eclampsia and risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer in later life: systematic review and meta-analysis. Br. Med. J. 335(7627), 974 (2007). Evidence has emerged over the years suggesting that women who develop hypertensive pregnancy disorders, most notably pre-eclampsia, are at an(More)