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Immune-metabolic adaptations in pregnancy: A potential stepping-stone to sepsis

Sharma, Simran, Rodrigues, Patricia R. S. ORCID:, Zaher, Summia, Davies, Luke C. and Ghazal, Peter ORCID: 2022. Immune-metabolic adaptations in pregnancy: A potential stepping-stone to sepsis. EBioMedicine 86 , 104337. 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104337

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Physiological shifts during pregnancy predispose women to a higher risk of developing sepsis resulting from a maladapted host-response to infection. Insightful studies have delineated subtle point-changes to the immune system during pregnancy. Here, we present an overlay of these point-changes, asking what changes and when, at a physiological, cellular, and molecular systems-level in the context of sepsis. We identify distinct immune phases in pregnancy delineated by placental hormone-driven changes in homeostasis setpoints of the immune and metabolic systems that subtly mirrors changes observed in sepsis. We propose that pregnancy immune-metabolic setpoint changes impact feedback thresholds that increase risk for a maladapted host-response to infection and thus act as a stepping-stone to sepsis. Defining maternal immune-metabolic setpoint changes is not only vital for tailoring the right diagnostic tools for early management of maternal sepsis but will facilitate an unravelling of the pathophysiological pathways that predispose an individual to sepsis.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 2352-3964
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 12 December 2022
Date of Acceptance: 17 October 2022
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 07:45

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