Publications by authors named "Viktoria Bitsadze"

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Early ADAMTS13 testing associates with pre-eclampsia occurrence in antiphospholipid syndrome.

Thromb Res 2021 Apr 27;203:101-109. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Russian Federation; Department of Haematology, CHU Nîmes, Univ Montpellier, Nîmes, France; Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences, Montpellier University, Montpellier, France; UA 011 INSERM- Université de Montpellier, Institut Desbrest d'Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique, Montpellier, France. Electronic address:

Introduction: Women with obstetric antiphospholipid syndrome (oAPS) still develop placental diseases, mainly pre-eclampsia (PEcl), which diagnosis is associated with reduced ADAMTS13 levels. Testing ADAMTS13 in newly pregnant oAPS may provide evidence for risk stratification.

Materials And Methods: We retrospectively investigated the prognostic value of ADAMTS13 activity, antigen and antibodies on stored plasma samples obtained prior to beginning low-molecular weight heparin-low dose aspirin treatment in 513 oAPS women.

Results: Some women had evidences of early positive ADAMTS13 antibodies and low ADAMTS13 activity:antigen ratio, suggestive of ADAMTS13 dysfunction. Women with a subsequent PEcl had higher ADAMTS13 antibodies (p < 0.0001), and lower ADAMTS13 activity and activity:antigen ratios (p < 0.0001). In multivariate analysis, these markers were significant risk factors for PEcl and for the most devastating PEcl subgroups (early-onset PEcl, severe PEcl, PEcl with no living child after 28 days). ADAMTS13-related markers showed acceptable discrimination power to predict clinical events, particularly for ADAMTS13 activity:antigen ratio in predicting PEcl cases with no living child after 28 days (AUC: 0.844 (0.712-0.974), p < 0.0001), with excellent negative predictive value (0.990).

Conclusions: The characterization of ADAMTS13 in newly pregnant women with oAPS depicts the risk of PEcl occurrence. ADAMTS13 might help identify pregnant women with oAPS not requiring escalating treatment strategies to prevent PEcl.
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April 2021

"APS pregnancy - The offspring".

Lupus 2020 Oct 4;29(11):1336-1345. Epub 2020 Aug 4.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation (Sechenov University), Moscow, Russia.

Background: Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease that affects women in childbearing age. In recent years, great improvements were achieved in the management of pregnancies in these women. Prematurity could be an issue in these pregnancies, mainly due to the direct pathogenic effect of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) on the placental surface. Maternal IgG aPL can cross the placenta and theoretically interact with the growing fetus; it could reach the fetal brain because of the incompleteness of the fetal blood-brain barrier: whether this can have an effect on brain development is still debated. Neonatal thrombosis episodes have been described in children positive for aPL, not always associated with maternal antibody positivity, suggesting the hypothesis of a possible aPL de novo synthesis in fetus and neonates.

Methods: A keyword-based literature search was conducted. We also described a case of neonatal catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome (CAPS).

Results: Offspring of patients with APS are generally healthy but the occurrence of neonatal thrombosis or minor neurological disorders were reported.

Conclusions: The limited number of the available data on this sensitive issue supports the need for further studies. Clinical follow-up of children of mothers with APS seems to be important to exclude, in the neonatal period, the occurrence of aPL associated pathological events such as thrombosis, and in the long-term, impairment in learning skills or behavioral problems.
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October 2020

HIBISCUS: Hydroxychloroquine for the secondary prevention of thrombotic and obstetrical events in primary antiphospholipid syndrome.

Autoimmun Rev 2018 Dec 12;17(12):1153-1168. Epub 2018 Oct 12.

MITOVASC institute and CARFI facility, UMR CNRS 6015, INSERM U1083, University of Angers, Angers, France.

The relapse rate in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) remains high, i.e. around 20%-21% at 5 years in thrombotic APS and 20-28% in obstetrical APS [2, 3]. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) appears as an additional therapy, as it possesses immunomodulatory and anti-thrombotic various effects [4-16]. Our group recently obtained the orphan designation of HCQ in antiphospholipid syndrome by the European Medicine Agency. Furthermore, the leaders of the project made the proposal of an international project, HIBISCUS, about the use of Hydroxychloroquine in secondary prevention of obstetrical and thrombotic events in primary APS. This study has been launched in several countries and at now, 53 centers from 16 countries participate to this international trial. This trial consists in two parts: a retrospective and a prospective study. The French part of the trial in thrombosis has been granted by the French Minister of Health in December 2015 (the academic trial independent of the pharmaceutical industry PHRC N PAPIRUS) and is coordinated by one of the members of the leading consortium of HIBISCUS.
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December 2018