Genetic and epidemiological aspects of implantation defects Studies on recurrent miscarriage, preeclampsia and oocyte donation

University dissertation from Uppsala : Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis

Abstract: Implantation requires complex molecular and cellular events involving coagulation, angiogenesis and immunological processes that need to be well regulated for a pregnancy to establish and progress normally.  The overall aim of this thesis was to study different models associated with atypical angiogenesis, impaired implantation and/or placentation, such as recurrent miscarriage (RM), oocyte donation (OD) and preeclampsia.Histidine-rich glycoprotein (HRG), a serum protein with angiogenic potential has been previously shown to have an impact on implantation and fertility.  In two retrospective case-control studies, women suffering from RM (Study I) and gestational hypertensive disorders (GHD) (Study IV) have been compared to healthy control women, regarding carriership of HRG genotypes (HRG A1042G and C633T SNP, respectively).  According to the findings of this thesis, heterozygous carriers of the HRG A1042G SNP suffer from RM more seldom than homozygous carriers (Study I).  Additionally, the presence of the HRG 633T allele was associated with increased odds of GHD (GHD IV).  Studies II and III comprised a national cohort of relatively young women with optimal health status conceiving singletons with donated oocytes versus autologous oocytes (spontaneously or via IVF).  We explored differences in various obstetric (Study II) and neonatal (Study III) outcomes from the Swedish Medical Birth Register.  Women conceiving with donated oocytes had a higher risk of GHD, induction of labor and cesarean section, as well as postpartum hemorrhage and retained placenta, when compared to autologously conceiving women.  OD infants had higher odds of prematurity and lower birthweight and length when born preterm, compared to neonates from autologous oocytes.  With regard to the indication of OD treatment, higher intervention but neverthelss favourable neonatal outcomes were observed in women with diminished ovarian reserve; the risk of GHD did not differ among OD recipients after adjustment.In conclusion, HRG genetic variation appears to contribute to placental dysfunction disorders.  HRG is potential biomarker that may contribute in the prediction of the individual susceptibility for RM and GHD.  Regarding OD in Sweden, the recipients-despite being of optimal age and health status- need careful preconceptional counselling and closer prenatal monitoring, mainly due to increased prevalence of hypertensive disorders and prematurity.