Single-nucleotide polymorphisms in genes involved in placental function and unexplained stillbirth

Francesca Ferrari, Fabio Facchinetti, Huaizhi Yin, George R. Saade, Monica Longo

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association between unexplained stillbirth (SB) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes involved in placental function using a well-characterized cohort. Study Design: Placentas were obtained from 50 unexplained SB and 46 live birth controls. Classification of stillbirth was by Wigglesworth criteria. SBs were stratified by weight: appropriate (AGA-SB) and small for gestational age (SGA-SB, less than the 10th percentile) and gestational age: before 32 and after 32 weeks. Placental DNA was extracted and various SNPs in the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), Klotho, hypoxic inducible factor-1α, and and tumor necrosis factor-α genes were evaluated. Results: None of the SNPs were associated with SB overall. Significantly different genotype distribution emerged for eNOS-SNP rs1800783 when comparing AGA-SB with SGA-SB and control (P =.004). Its allele-A was more frequent in AGA-SB compared with both controls (P =.03) and SGA-SB (P =.001). No differences were seen accordingly to gestational age. Conclusion: Unexplained stillbirth in the setting of adequate growth is associated with carrier of allele A of rs1800783 eNOS gene in the placenta.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316.e1-316.e7
JournalAmerican journal of obstetrics and gynecology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • endothelial nitric oxide synthase
  • placenta
  • polymorphism
  • stillbirth
  • unexplained

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology


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