Forschungslabor - Schwerpunkte

Impact of cytokines produced by B cells in the susceptibility to infections during pregnancy

One of the mayor challenges the maternal immune system faces during pregnancy is the presence of opportunist pathogens that may compromise the health of the immunosuppressed mother. This was clearly evidenced by the last pandemic of influenza where pregnant women were at particularly high risk for morbidity and mortality.


Cytokines produced by different subsets of B cells were shown to significantly affect the course of infections.


The aim of this project is to investigate the relationship between different cytokines produced by B cells during pregnancy and the susceptibility to infections.