Maureen Kirkley

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Remodeling of uterine spiral arteries is critical for the continuation of a successful pregnancy. Uterine natural killer (uNK) cells are the predominant leukocyte population in the early pregnant decidua, and a role for these cells in spiral artery remodeling in pregnancy has been suggested. Angiogenic growth factors were measured in isolated uNK and total(More)
BACKGROUND Extravillous trophoblast cell (EVT) invasion of decidua and inner third of the myometrium is critical for a successful pregnancy. Many decidual factors are likely to play a role in regulating this process, including uterine natural killer (uNK) cell-derived cytokines. HYPOTHESES 1) uNK cells are a major source of IFN gamma (IFN-gamma) and 2)(More)
Fucosylated oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates have been implicated in several biological events, including the cell-cell adhesion processes that mediate inflammation. Alpha-L-fucosidase (ALF) is an exoglycosidase that is involved in the hydrolytic degradation of alpha-L-fucose from glycoconjugates. In this study, we investigated the potential role of ALF(More)
Plasma levels of diphenylhydantoin (DPH) and the 24 hour urinary excretion of both DPH and its major metabolite 5-(p-hydroxyphenyl)-phenylhydantoin (HPPH) were measured serially during pregnancy in a group of five unselected epileptic patients. Plasma DPH levels fell and on average were some 40 per cent lower at term than they had been in early pregnancy.(More)
The applicability of trophoblast-like cell lines to the study of trophoblast function has been widely debated. The present study investigated the effect of oxygen on the invasiveness, apoptosis, proliferation and secreted proteases of four different trophoblast cell lines; HTR-8/SVneo, SGHPL-4, JEG3 and JAR. All experiments were performed at 20% and 3%(More)
Excretion of gamma-glutamyl transferase was found to be significantly higher in a group of epileptic patients on long-term anticonvulsant therapy than in normal subjects. The losses, which may reflect renal enzyme induction, were unrelated to drug dose or duration of therapy and were significantly lower than those found in normal healthy pregnant women at(More)
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