Semaphorin 3F expression is reduced in pregnancy complicated by preeclampsia. An observational clinical study

Giovanni Stallone, Maria Matteo, Giuseppe Stefano Netti, Barbara Infante, Adelaide Di Lorenzo, Clelia Prattichizzo, Stefania Carlucci, Federica Trezza, Loreto Gesualdo, Pantaleo Greco, Giuseppe Grandaliano

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Background and objective Preeclampsia is a systemic disorder, affecting 2-10% of pregnancies, characterized by a deregulated pro-and anti-angiogenic balance. Semaphorin 3F is an angiogenesis inhibitor. We aimed to investigate whether semaphorin 3F expression is modulated in preeclampsia. Design, setting, participants, and measurements We performed two observational single center cohort studies between March 2013 and August 2014. In the first we enrolled 110 consecutive women, undergoing an elective cesarean section; in the second we included 150 consecutive women undergoing amniocentesis for routine clinical indications at 16-18 week of gestation. Semaphorin 3F concentration was evaluated in maternal peripheral blood, venous umbilical blood and amniotic fluid, along with its placenta protein expression at the time of delivery in the first study group and in the amniotic fluid at 16-18 weeks of gestation in the second study group. Results In the first study 19 patients presented at delivery with preeclampsia. Semaphorin 3F placenta tissue expression was significantly reduced in preeclampsia. In addition, semaphorin 3F level at delivery was significantly lower in serum, amniotic fluid and venous umbilical blood of preeclamptic patients compared with normal pregnant women. In the prospective cohort study 14 women developed preeclampsia. In this setting, semaphorin 3F amniotic level at 16-18 weeks of gestation was reduced in women who subsequently developed preeclampsia compared to women with a normal pregnancy. ROC curve analysis showed that semaphorin 3F amniotic levels could identify women at higher risk of preeclampsia. Conclusions Semaphorin 3F might represent a predictive biomarker of preeclampsia.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)e0174400-4408
Numero di pagine8
RivistaPLoS One
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2017


  • Adult
  • Amniotic Fluid
  • Cohort Studies
  • Female
  • Fetal Blood
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Membrane Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Placenta
  • Pre-Eclampsia
  • Pregnancy


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