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The Maternal Cellular Immune System and Cytomegalovirus Intrauterine Infection

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified February 2012 by Shaare Zedek Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yedidia Yifat, Shaare Zedek Medical Center Identifier:
First received: March 4, 2010
Last updated: February 20, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
The purpose of this study is to find a correlation between function of cytomegalovirus -specific T cells and the probability for intrauterine transmission.

Maternal-fetal Transmission of Cytomegalovirus During Pregnancy

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: The Relation Between the Maternal Cellular Immune System and Cytomegalovirus Intrauterine Infection

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Further study details as provided by Shaare Zedek Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maternal-Fetal transmission of CMV [ Time Frame: 1 year ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples Without DNA

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: February 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
pre-conception immunity
pre-conception immunity- pregnant women with CMV seropositive
primary CMV infection
primary CMV infection- pregnant women with primary CMV infection (defined as CMV IgG sero-conversion, the presence of low avidity IgG antibodies or the presence of IgM with no previous IgG antibodies).

Detailed Description:

Fetal infection with CMV is the most common cause of intrauterine infection. Only 40% of pregnant women with primary CMV transmit the virus to their fetus. Many of these women are referred to amniocentesis and many elect to terminate pregnancy without knowledge about fetal infection or damage. Currently it is assumed that transmission is dictated by variety of factors including maternal and fetal immune system. Efforts to find correlation between maternal immune system and fetal infection which can be used as a diagnostic marker were unsuccessful.

Our hypothesis is that there is a correlation between cellular immune response of the mother to CMV infection and viral transmission to the fetus.

Pregnant women with primary CMV infection (40% of whom are expected to be transmitters)and with pre-conception immunity will participate in this study.

Blood from these women will be incubated with CMV peptides and T cell activation will be measured by the secretion of various cytokines.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Pregnant women with primary CMV

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant women
  • CMV IgG sero-conversion or the presence of low avidity IgG antibodies or the presence of IgM with no previous IgG antibodies.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Underlying immune deficiencies
  • Other pregnancy complications
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01081379

Contact: Yechiel Schlesinger, M.D. 972-2-6555-147
Contact: Yifat Yedidia-Eldar, Ph. D. 972-26666-775

Shaare Zedek Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Jerusalem, Israel, 91031
Principal Investigator: Yechiel Schlesinger, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shaare Zedek Medical Center
Principal Investigator: Yechiel Schlesinger, M.D. Shaare Zedek Medical Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Yedidia Yifat, Yechiel Schlesinger, MD, Shaare Zedek Medical Center., Shaare Zedek Medical Center Identifier: NCT01081379     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Schlesinger - CMV
Study First Received: March 4, 2010
Last Updated: February 20, 2012

Keywords provided by Shaare Zedek Medical Center:
Cytomegalovirus Infections

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Infection processed this record on May 22, 2017