Characterization of immunoglobulins and cytokines in human cervical mucus: influence of exogenous and endogenous hormones.

@article{Franklin1999CharacterizationOI,
  title={Characterization of immunoglobulins and cytokines in human cervical mucus: influence of exogenous and endogenous hormones.},
  author={Rodney D Franklin and William H. Kutteh},
  journal={Journal of reproductive immunology},
  year={1999},
  volume={42 2},
  pages={93-106}
}
Mucosal immunity in the female reproductive tract is influenced by immunoglobulins (Igs), cytokines, and reproductive hormones. Previous studies of reproductive-aged women demonstrated that IgA and IgG increases in cervical mucus corresponded to elevated levels of IL-1beta which occurred 1 day before the peak of endogenous estradiol production prior to ovulation. We sought to determine the effect of exogenous hormones on reproductive tract immunity in women on oral contraceptive pills (OCPs… CONTINUE READING