Special Issue "Reproductive Immunology and Pregnancy"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2021).
Interests: inflammation; cytokine network; human placenta; stem cells in reproductive tissues; pathophysiology of diabetes
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Reproductive immunology refers to studies of the interrelationships between the immune and reproductive systems. The tremendous advances in reproductive immunology in the 21st century do not change the fact that the role of the immune system in reproduction remains unclear. In light of the latest research results, it appears that interaction rather than competition between the reproductive and immune systems enables the normal preservation of reproductive function. This interaction covers all stages: from the formation of female and male gametes through to fertilization, implantation, and placentation and from intrauterine development of the fetus to the delivery of a healthy newborn at term. Malfunctioning of the immune/reproductive interaction at any of these stages may result in predisposition to infertility or an abnormal pregnancy course.
It is notable that intensive study of the immunology of stem cells, which are abundantly present in the reproductive tissues (e.g., placenta, endometrium), has significantly increased knowledge in the field of reproductive immunology.
This Special Issue is dedicated to all aspects of reproductive immunology, including the immunology of pregnancy in health and disease. When considering your submission, please keep in mind that IJMS is a journal of molecular science. However, submissions of clinical studies that include biomolecular experiments or pathological research with case sample data are welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Dariusz Szukiewicz
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- gamete immunology
- in vitro fertilization
- reproductive immunology
- cytokine network
- placenta-derived stem cells
- immunopathology of pregnancy
- sex hormones