Changes in Serum Adenosine Deaminase Activity during Normal Pregnancy

Soo Jin Lee, Han Sung Hwang, Bit Na Rae Kim, Min A Kim, Jae Wook Lee, Yong Won Park, Young Han Kim
2007 Journal of Korean medical science  
Adenosine deaminase (ADA), an enzyme essential for the differentiation of lymphoid cells, has been used for monitoring diseases with altered immunity. The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in serum ADA activity throughout normal pregnancy. We measured the catalytic values of serum ADA from 202 normal pregnant women using a commercial kit. Subjects were divided into four groups according to the gestational age in weeks (Gwks) (Group I: 5-9 Gwks [n=58]; Group II: 15-20 Gwks [n=
more » ... 63]; Group III: 24-30 Gwks [n=34]; Group IV: 30-39 Gwks [n=47]). IU/L, respectively. The serum ADA activity of group III was significantly higher than the other groups (p<0.05). However, there was no significant correlation between the Gwks and the serum ADA activity. Furthermore, other parameters, such as maternal age (p=0.29), gestational age at delivery (p=0.07), delivery mode (p=0.39), and birth weight (p=0.59) had no correlation with ADA activity. Reference values of serum ADA in normal pregnancy may provide important database for making clinical decisions in pregnancies complicated by conditions where cellular immunity has been altered.
doi:10.3346/jkms.2007.22.4.718 pmid:17728516 pmcid:PMC2693826 fatcat:a4rbkrwfuffq5ety62c7qei4qe