Mitochondrial manganese superoxide dismutase mRNA expression in human chorioamniotic membranes and its association with labor, inflammation, and infection. Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective. Human parturition is characterized by the activation of genes involved in acute inflammatory responses in the fetal membranes. Manganese superoxide dismutase (Mn SOD) is a mitochondrial enzyme that scavenges reactive oxygen species (ROS). Mn SOD is up-regulated in sites of inflammation and has an important role in the down-regulation of acute inflammatory processes. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the differences in Mn SOD mRNA expression in the fetal membranes in patients with term and preterm labor (PTL) as well as in acute chorioamnionitis.Study design. Fetal membranes were obtained from patients in the following groups: (1) term not in labor (n = 29); (2) term in labor (n = 29); (3) spontaneous PTL with intact mebranes (n = 16); (4) PTL with histological chorioamnionitis (n = 12); (5) preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (PPROM; n = 17); and (6) PPROM with histological chorioamnionitis (n = 21). Mn SOD mRNA expression in the membranes was determined by quantitative re...

publication date

  • January 1, 2009