A noninflammatory pathway for pregnancy loss: innate immune activation?

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Although the mechanisms of immune-mediated pregnancy loss are unknown, investigations are currently focused on mediators of immune activation and tissue injury at the maternal-fetal interface. A new study, however, demonstrates that systemic inflammatory mediators can induce pregnancy failure in a different way, by inhibiting ovarian hormone production, and identifies links between the immune and reproductive endocrine systems (see the related article beginning on page 39).

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