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May 2016


• We have developed clinical definiKons of healthy and complicated pregnancies based on pathologies that will be used in future VaHMP studies.

• Although one study7 found dysbioKc vagitypes in all three semesters of women who had PPROM, none of our PPROM subjects had a BVAB1 vagitype, and there were equal Gardnerella vaginalis vagitypes in both the controls and subjects who had PPROM (Fig. 2).

• While there were more PPROM subjects with Lactobacillus iners vagitypes, this Lactobacillus is less protecKve as it can coexist with pathogenic anaerobic bacteria.

• “Candidatus Mycoplasma girerdii”, Lactobacillus jensenii, and Ureaplasma were significantly associated with PPROM in the first trimester samples as well as in all samples collected (Fig. 3). “Candidatus Mycoplasma girerdii” is strongly linked with Trichomonas vaginalis and elicits a strong pro-inflammatory response8 which could explain the etiology of preterm delivery associated with trichomoniasis.

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VCU School of Medicine MD Student Summer Research Fellowship Program Posters