Transferrin antimicrobial role was estimated in amniotic fluid (AF) specimens obtained by serial amniocentesis in 96 patients (256 samples), from the 13th week of pregnancy until term. Transferrin concentration in AF was determined by method of immunonephelometry using original Behring kits. Transferrin intraamniotic level increased gradually with advancing gestional age reaching maximum in the 39th gestational week. Complete microbiological examination of amniotic fluid specimens showed proliferation of microorganisms in only one AF specimen (0.39%). In this case Staphylococcus epidermidis was isolated. The patient had lower intraamniotic transferrin levels compared to the others without microbiological substrate in amniotic fluid.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Giornale di Malattie Infettive e Parassitarie|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 1994|
- amniotic fluid
- antimicrobial role
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