Pre-Eclampsia Affects Cord Blood NK Cell Expression of Activation Receptors and Serum Cytokine Levels but Not CB Monocyte Characteristics
Article first published online: 14 NOV 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
American Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Volume 71, Issue 2, pages 178–188, February 2014
How to Cite
Pre-eclampsia affects cord blood NK cell expression of activation receptors and serum cytokine levels but not CB monocyte characteristics. Am J Reprod Immunol 2014; 71: 178–188, , , , , .
- Issue published online: 10 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 14 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Received: 27 JUN 2013
- Stockholm University
- Swedish Research Council. Grant Numbers: 57X-15160-05-2, 57X-15160-07-3
- Swedish Medical Society
- Groschinsky Foundation
- innate immunity;
Maternal immunopathology in pre-eclampsia is well studied; however, less is known regarding the immunological effects on the newborns. Increased inflammation and activation of immune cells at the fetal–maternal interface in pre-eclampsia could influence the neonatal immune compartment.
Method of Study
Monocytes and natural killer (NK) cells from cord blood (CB) of children with pre-eclamptic or healthy mothers were analyzed by flow cytometry for surface markers and intracellular cytokines. In addition, serum cytokine profiles were investigated using ELISA or cytometric bead array.
Neonates born to pre-eclamptic mothers had an inflammatory serum cytokine profile. While CB monocyte characteristics seemed unaffected, CB NK cells from pre-eclamptic pregnancies had higher NKp30, but borderline lower NKG2D expression.
In utero inflammatory priming of neonatal innate immunity taking place in pre-eclamptic pregnancies might influence specific NK cell functions in newborns.