Lactoferrin in intrauterine infection, human parturition, and rupture of fetal membranes.


OBJECTIVE Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein with antimicrobial properties. This study was undertaken to determine whether amniotic fluid concentrations of this protein change with gestational age, infection, labor, and rupture of membranes. STUDY DESIGN This cross-sectional study included women who underwent transabdominal amniocentesis (n = 268) in… (More)