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J Perinatol.

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Journal of perinatology : official journal of the California Perinatal Association

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate if mid-pregnancy immune and growth-related molecular factors predict preterm birth (PTB) with and without (±) preeclampsia.

STUDY DESIGN: Included were 400 women with singleton deliveries in California in 2009-2010 (200 PTB and 200 term) divided into training and testing samples at a 2:1 ratio. Sixty-three markers were tested in 15-20 serum samples using multiplex technology. Linear discriminate analysis was used to create a discriminate function. Model performance was assessed using area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC).

RESULTS: Twenty-five serum biomarkers along with maternal age80% of women with PTB ± preeclampsia with best performance in women with preterm preeclampsia (AUC = 0.889, 95% confidence interval (0.822-0.959) training; 0.883 (0.804-0.963) testing).

CONCLUSION: Together with maternal age and poverty status, mid-pregnancy immune and growth factors reliably identified most women who went on to have a PTB ± preeclampsia.


preeclampsia, obstetrics, preterm birth, pediatrics, growth-factor, biomarker testing


Funding Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (OPP52256), NIH/NHLBI (RC2 HL101748, RO1 HD-57192, and R01 HD-52953), the March of Dimes Prematurity Center at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Stanford Child Health Research Institute at Stanford University School of Medicine, the Stanford Clinical and Translational Science Award CTSA to Spectrum (UL1 TR001085), the March of Dimes Prematurity Center—Ohio Collaborative, March of Dimes (6-FY11-261 and FY10-180), and the California Preterm Birth Initiative (PTBi-CA) at the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital.

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Jelliffe-Pawlowski, L.L., Rand, L., Bedell, B., Baer, R.J., Oltman, S.P., Norton, M.E., Shaw, G.M., Stevenson, D.K., Murray, J.C., Ryckman, K.K. Prediction of preterm birth with and without preeclampsia using mid-pregnancy immune and growth-related molecular factors and maternal characteristics (2018) Journal of Perinatology, 38 (8), pp. 963-972.


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