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The objective of this study was to investigate a possible correlation between the plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) and methylene tetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and unexplained spontaneous miscarriages (SM). PAI-1 polymorphisms were evaluated in 150 women with pregnancy in their history. One hundred women with a history of SM formed the study group and 50 women with normal pregnancies served as the control group. Also, the combination of PAI-1 and MTHFR polymorphisms were evaluated in 138 women out of a total of 150, which included 92 women with SM in their history compared to 46 women in the control group. For statistical analysis, χ2 test, Phi, and Cramer V tests were used; p < 0.05 was taken as a statistically significant result. Our findings show: (a) the correlation between SM and PAI-1 mutations reaches statistical significance (p = 0.026); (b) there was a statistically significant difference between heterozygous PAI-1 in women with only 1 SM compared to the control group (p = 0.047); (c) the comparison of combinations of both mutations, PAI-1 and MTHFR, with the control group demonstrates statistical significance in favor of women with SM and both mutations (p = 0.022). PAI-1 and MTHFR polymorphisms may play an important role in pregnancy complications because heterozygous PAI-1 mutations and a combination of both PAI-1 and MTHFR mutations might contribute to SM. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.


Petra Bubalo, Iva Buterin, Zrinko Šalek, Vesna Ðogić, Silva Zupančić-Šalek. Association of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 Gene Polymorphisms and Methylene Tetrahydrofolate Reductase Polymorphisms with Spontaneous Miscarriages. Acta haematologica. 2017;138(2):111-115

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