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A meta-analysis of association studies was performed to assess whether the reported genetic polymorphisms in cytokine genes are risk factors for recurrent miscarriage (RM). The electronic PubMed database was searched for case-control studies on immunity-related genes in RM. Investigations of a single polymorphism/gene involvement in RM reported more than(More)
The process of aging is one of the most complex and intriguing biological phenomenons. Aging is a genetically regulated process in which the organism's maximum lifespan potential is pre-determined, while the rate of aging is influenced by environmental factors and lifestyle. Considering the complexity of mechanisms involved in the regulation of aging(More)
PROBLEM Recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) is a common clinical problem with a complex etiology of genetic and non-genetic causes, which remains to be fully determined. IGF-2 stimulates trophoblast invasion, proliferation and maturation of placenta, while H19 RNA suppresses growth. As genomic imprinting plays a critical role in the development of placenta(More)
Idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA) has been associated with abnormalities in the remodelling of endometrial extracellular matrix, as well as aberrant matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) gene expression in endometrium of IRSA women and chorionic villi of IRSA concept. This study investigated the association of five functional MMP gene promoter(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential association of Y chromosome microdeletions with idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA) in a Slovenian population and compare our results with those of previously published studies in different populations, with the intention of clarifying the potential impact of Y chromosome microdeletions on IRSA. DESIGN(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the potential association of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases (TIMP) 1, 2, 3, and 4 gene polymorphisms with idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA). DESIGN Case-control and association study. SETTING Departments of gynecology and obstetrics and university-based research laboratory. PATIENT(S) A total of 149(More)
Williams-Beuren syndrome is a multysistem genetic disorder caused by the 1.6Mb hemizygous deletion involving the elastin gene in the region q11.23 of chromosome 7. The phenotype of Williams-Beuren syndrome is extremelly variable but the most common findings include cardiovascular disease, distinctive facies, mental retardation, a specific congitive profile,(More)
Langer-Giedion syndrome (LGS) is a contiguous gene syndrome caused by a hemizygous deletion on chromosome 8q23.3-q24.11 involving TRPS1 and EXT1 genes. We report on a girl with LGS phenotype and a 7.5 Mb interstitial deletion at chromosome 8q23.3-q24.13. Array-comparative genomic hybridization (a-CGH) revealed a deletion encompassing only the EXT1 and not(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the association of functional MMP-1-1607 1G/2G and MMP-9-1562 C/T gene polymorphisms with spontaneous preterm birth (SPTB; preterm birth with intact membranes) in European Caucasian women, as well as the contribution of these polymorphisms to different clinical features of women with SPTB. METHODS AND(More)
OBJECTIVES 1) To perform the first comprehensive systematic review of genetic association studies (GASs) in idiopathic recurrent spontaneous abortion (IRSA); 2) to analyze studies according to recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) definition and selection criteria for patients and control subjects; and 3) to perform meta-analyses for the association of(More)