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Imbalances between Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMPs) and Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinases (TIMPs) in Maternal Serum during Preterm Labor

  • Inge Tency mail,

    inge.tency@ugent.be

    Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Hans Verstraelen,

    Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Ivo Kroes,

    Affiliation: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Gabriële Holtappels,

    Affiliation: Upper Airways Research Laboratory, Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Bruno Verhasselt,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Mario Vaneechoutte,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Rita Verhelst equal contributor,

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Rita Verhelst, Marleen Temmerman

    Affiliation: International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Marleen Temmerman equal contributor

    equal contributor Contributed equally to this work with: Rita Verhelst, Marleen Temmerman

    Affiliations: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

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  • Published: November 08, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049042

About the Authors

Inge Tency, Hans Verstraelen, Ivo Kroes, Marleen Temmerman
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Gabriële Holtappels
Upper Airways Research Laboratory, Department of Oto-rhino-laryngology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Bruno Verhasselt, Mario Vaneechoutte
Department of Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
Rita Verhelst, Marleen Temmerman
International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium

Corresponding Author

Email: inge.tency@ugent.be

Competing Interests

Prof Dr Bruno Verhasselt serves as a PLOS ONE Academic editor. This does not alter the authors' adherence to all the PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HV MV RV MT IT. Performed the experiments: GH RV IT IK. Analyzed the data: IT. Wrote the first draft of the manuscript: IT. Contributed to the interpretation of the data: HV GH BV RV. Revised the article: HV IK BV MV RV MT.