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Keywords:

  • Assisted reproduction treatment;
  • HLA-G; soluble HLA-G;
  • implantation failure

Problem

HLA-G expression is related as an immune modulator of fetal–maternal tolerance, and its levels was correlated with pregnancy outcome. In a case–control study, we investigate the association between the genetic variability of the HLA-G gene and serum levels of soluble HLA-G in cases of embryo implantation failure.

Method of Study

Forty couples with at least two unsuccessful fresh embryo transfers (implantation failure; IF) and 83 fertile couples with at least two successful pregnancies was genotyped by sequencing-based typing. HLA-G alleles were defined by nucleotide sequence variations at exon 2, 3, and 4, and the quantification of soluble HLA-G (sHLA-G) was performed by ELISA.

Results

There was a significant difference between the HLA-G allelic distributions between IF couples and the control couples. The HLA-G*01:03:01 allele was increased in the IF couples. There were no significant differences in the serum levels of sHLA-G in the IF and control groups.

Conclusion

The results suggest that the distribution of HLA-G products may play a significant role in the modulation of maternal–fetal immune response.