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Association of autoantibodies against the M2-muscarinic receptor with perinatal outcomes in women with severe preeclampsia



Association of autoantibodies against the M2-muscarinic receptor with perinatal outcomes in women with severe preeclampsia



Journal of Translational Medicine 11: 285



The goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that autoantibodies against M2-muscarinic acetylcholine receptor (M2-AAB) are associated with severe preeclampsia and increased risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. We conducted a case-control study comparing 60 women with severe preeclampsia to 60 women with normal pregnancy and 60 non-pregnant controls. A peptide, corresponding to amino acid sequences of the second extracellular loops of the M2 receptor, was synthesized as antigen to test for the presence of autoantibodies, using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The frequency and titer of M2-AAB were compared in the 3 groups. The risk of adverse perinatal outcomes among women with severe preeclampsia in the presence of M2-AAB was estimated. M2-AAB were positive in 31.7% (19/60) of patients with severe preeclampsia, in 10.0% (6/60) (p=0.006) of normal pregnant women and in 8.3% (5/60) (p=0.002) of non-pregnant controls. The presence of M2-AAB was associated with increased risk of adverse pregnancy complications (OR, 3.6; 95%CI, 1.0-12.6; p=0.048), fetal growth restriction (OR, 6.8; 95% CI, 2.0-23.0; p=0.002), fetal distress (OR, 6.7; 95% CI, 1.7-26.6; p=0.007), low Apgar score (OR, 5.3; 95% CI, 1.4-20.7; p=0.017), and perinatal death (OR, 4.3; 95% CI, 1.0-17.6; p=0.044) among women with severe preeclampsia. This study demonstrates, for the first time, an increase in M2-AAB in patients with severe preeclampsia. Women with severe preeclampsia who are M2-AAB positive are at increased risk for neonatal mortality and morbidity. We posit that M2-AAB may be involved in the pathogenesis of severe preeclampsia.

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DOI: 10.1186/1479-5876-11-285


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