Vitamin D binding protein (VDBP) has previously been identified in the amniotic fluid and cervicovaginal fluid (CVF) of pregnant women. The biological functions of VDBP include acting as a carrier protein for vitamin D metabolites, the clearance of actin that is released during tissue injury and the augmentation of the pro-inflammatory response. This longitudinal observational study was conducted on 221 healthy pregnant women who spontaneously laboured and delivered either at term or preterm. Serial CVF samples were collected and VDBP was measured by ELISA. Binary logistic regression analysis was performed to assess the utility of VDBP as a predictor of labour. VDBP in the CVF did not change between 20 and 35 weeks' gestation. VDBP measured in-labour was significantly increased 4.2 to 7.4-fold compared to 4-7, 8-14 and 15-28 days before labour (P<0.05). VDBP concentration was 4.3-fold significantly higher at 0-3 days compared to 15-28 days pre-labour (P<0.05). The efficacy of VDBP to predict spontaneous labour onset within 3 days provided a positive and negative predictive value of 82.8% and 95.3% respectively (area under receiver operator characteristic curve = 0.974). This longitudinal study of pregnant women suggests that VDBP in the CVF may be a useful predictor of labour. © 2013 Liong et al.
S., L., M.K.W., D. Q., G., F., M., P., & H.M., G. (2013). Is Vitamin D Binding Protein a Novel Predictor of Labour? PLoS ONE, 8(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0076490 LK - http://bj7rx7bn7b.search.serialssolutions.com?sid=EMBASE&issn=19326203&id=doi:10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0076490&atitle=Is+Vitamin+D+Binding+Protein+a+Novel+Predictor+of+Labour%3F&stitle=PLoS+ONE&title=PLoS+ONE&volume=8&issue=10&spage=&epage=&aulast=Liong&aufirst=Stella&auinit=S.&aufull=Liong+S.&coden=POLNC&isbn=&pages=-&date=2013&auinit1=S&auinitm=