Infection

, Volume 36, Issue 2, pp 147–152

Evidence of a TH1-Shift of Local Vaginal Inflammatory Response During Bacterial Vaginosis

Authors

  • G. Anton
    • Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum GroßhadernLudwig Maximilian University
  • J. Rid
    • Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum GroßhadernLudwig Maximilian University
    • 1st Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum InnenstadtLudwig Maximilian University
    • 1. Frauenklinik
  • K. Friese
    • Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum GroßhadernLudwig Maximilian University
    • 1st Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum InnenstadtLudwig Maximilian University
  • E.-R. Weissenbacher
    • Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Klinikum GroßhadernLudwig Maximilian University
Clinical and Epidemiological Study

DOI: 10.1007/s15010-007-7152-2

Cite this article as:
Anton, G., Rid, J., Mylonas, I. et al. Infection (2008) 36: 147. doi:10.1007/s15010-007-7152-2

Abstract

Objective:

To determine the levels of pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the vagina of healthy women and in bacterial vaginosis (BV) patients.

Methods:

Interleukin (IL)-1α, 1β, 5 and 10 were analyzed by ELISA in vaginal wash fluids from 50 non-pregnant patients with BV and 112 healthy women.

Results:

Levels of IL-1β were higher and those of IL-10 lower in BV-patients than in healthy women. There was a tendency towards higher levels of IL-1α in BV patients, but these data were not statistically significant.

Conclusion:

We found evidence for a shift towards a TH1-dominated vaginal cytokine profile in the pathogenesis of BV. Levels of a TH1-cytokine were elevated and those of a TH2-cytokine lowered in BV-patients as compared to healthy controls. This points to a vaginal TH1-response during BV and to the importance of cell-mediated immunity in local vaginal infections.

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