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Mitra A, MacIntyre DA, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2021, The vaginal microbiota and innate immunity after local excisional treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, Genome Medicine: medicine in the post-genomic era, Vol: 13, ISSN: 1756-994X
Background:Vaginal microbiota (VMB) composition is altered in women with cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) compared to healthy controls and is associated with disease progression. However, the impact of CIN excision on the VMB and innate immunity is not known. This observational study aims to explore the impact of CIN excision on the VMB, antimicrobial peptides (AMP) and proinflammatory cytokines.Methods:We sampled 103 non-pregnant, premenopausal women at the time of excisional treatment for CIN and at their 6-month follow-up visit. A further 39 untreated controls with normal cytology were also sampled. We used metataxonomics to group vaginal swab samples into community state types (CSTs) and ELISA to quantify cytokine and AMP levels in matched vaginal secretions. Analyses were performed to compare the bacterial composition and immune analyte levels before and after CIN excision and in healthy controls.Results:Women with CIN had significantly higher rates of Lactobacillus species depletion pre-treatment compared to healthy controls (CST IV 21/103, 20% vs 1/39, 3%, p = 0.0081). Excision did not change the VMB composition, with CST IV remaining significantly more prevalent after excision compared to untreated, healthy controls (CST IV 19/103, 20% vs 1/39, 3%, p = 0.0142). Prevotella bivia and Sneathia amnii were significantly higher in samples before treatment compared to untreated controls, and Prevotella bivia remained significantly higher amongst the treated, with less Lactobacillus crispatus compared to untreated controls. IL-1β and IL-8 remained significantly elevated pre- (p < 0.0001 and p = 0.0014, respectively) and post-treatment (p < 0.0001 and p = 0.0035, respectively) compared to untreated controls. Levels of human beta-defensin-1 and secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor were both significantly reduced following CIN excision (p < 0.0001); however, their levels remained lower than controls post-treatment.Conclusions:Women with CIN hav
Mitra A, 2021, Blood clots, covid vaccines & the contraceptive pill: are we heading for a repeat of the 1995 pill scare?, BMJ Sexual & Reproductive Health, Vol: 47, Pages: 303-304, ISSN: 2515-1991
Mitra A, MacIntyre D, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2021, The vaginal microbiota and innate Immunity after local excisional treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia, Publisher: BioMed Central
Background: Vaginal microbiota (VMB) are altered in women with cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) and associate with disease progression. However, the impact of CIN excision on the VMB and innate immunity is not known. This interventional study aims to explore the impact of CIN excision on the VMB, antimicrobial peptides (AMP) and proinflammatory cytokines. We sampled 103 non-pregnant, premenopausal women at the time of excisional treatment for CIN and at their 6-month follow-up visit. A further 39 untreated controls with normal cytology were also sampled. We used metataxonomics to group vaginal swab samples into community state types (CSTs) and ELISA to quantify cytokine and AMPs levels in matched vaginal secretions. Analyses were performed to compare bacterial composition and immune analyte levels before and after CIN excision and in healthy controls.Results: Women with CIN had significantly higher rates of Lactobacillus species depletion pre-treatment compared to healthy controls (CST IV: 21/103, 20% vs 1/39, 3%, p=0.0081). Excision did not change the VMB composition, with CST IV remaining significantly more prevalent after excision compared to untreated, healthy controls (CST IV: 19/103, 20% vs 1/39, 3%, p=0.0142). Prevotella bivia and Sneathia amnii were significantly higher in samples before treatment compared to untreated controls and Prevotella bivia remained significantly higher amongst the treated, with less Lactobacillus crispatus compared to untreated controls. IL-1 and IL-8 remained significantly elevated pre- (p<0.0001 and p=0.0014 respectively) and post-treatment compared to untreated controls (p<0.0001 and p=0.0035 respectively). Levels of human beta-defensin-1 and secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor were both significantly reduced following CIN excision (p<0.0001), however their levels remained lower than controls post-treatment.Conclusions: Women with CIN have increased prevalence of Lactobacillus spp. depleted, high-diversity V
Raglan O, MacIntyre D, Mitra A, et al., 2021, The association between obesity and weight loss after bariatric surgery on the vaginal microbiota, Microbiome, Vol: 9, Pages: 1-17, ISSN: 2049-2618
Background: Obesity and vaginal microbiome (VMB) dysbiosis are each risk factors for adverse reproductive and oncological health outcomes in women. Here we investigated the relationship between obesity, vaginal bacterial composition, local inflammation and bariatric surgery.Methods: Vaginal bacterial composition assessed by high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes and local cytokine levels measured using a multiplexed Magnetic Luminex Screening Assay were compared between 67 obese and 42 non-obese women. We further assessed temporal changes in the microbiota and cytokines in a subset of 27 women who underwent bariatric surgery. Results: The bacterial component of the vaginal microbiota in obese women was characterised by a lower prevalence of a Lactobacillus-dominant VMB and higher prevalence of a high diversity (Lactobacillus spp., and Gardnerella- spp. depleted) VMB, compared with non-obese subjects (p<0.001). Obese women had higher relative abundance of Dialister species (p<0.001), Anaerococcus vaginalis (p=0.021) and Prevotella timonensis (p=0.020) and decreased relative abundance of Lactobacillus crispatus (p=0.014). Local vaginal IL-1β, IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IFNγ, MIP-1α, and TNFα levels were all higher among obese women, however only IL-1β and IL-8 correlated with VMB species diversity. In a subset of obese women undergoing bariatric surgery, there were no significant overall differences in VMB following surgery, however 75% of these women remained obese at six months. Prior to surgery there was no relationship between body mass index (BMI) and VMB structure, however post-surgery women with a Lactobacillus-dominant VMB had a significantly lower BMI than those with a high diversity VMB.Conclusions: Obese women have a significantly different vaginal microbiota composition with increased levels of local inflammation compared to non-obese women. Bariatric surgery does not change the VMB, however, those with the greatest
Bowden S, Bodinier B, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2021, CAN METHYLATION SIGNALS OF CERVICAL CANCER ENHANCE CERVICAL SCREENING?: AN EPIGENOME-WIDE ASSOCIATION STUDY ON THE ILLUMINA 850K ARRAY, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A12-A17, ISSN: 1048-891X
Paraskevaidi M, Cameron SJS, Whelan E, et al., 2020, Laser-assisted rapid evaporative ionisation mass spectrometry (LA-REIMS) as a metabolomics platform in cervical cancer screening, EBioMedicine, Vol: 60, ISSN: 2352-3964
BackgroundThe introduction of high-risk human papillomavirus (hrHPV) testing as part of primary cervical screening is anticipated to improve sensitivity, but also the number of women who will screen positive. Reflex cytology is the preferred triage test in most settings but has limitations including moderate diagnostic accuracy, lack of automation, inter-observer variability and the need for clinician-collected sample. Novel, objective and cost-effective approaches are needed.MethodsIn this study, we assessed the potential use of an automated metabolomic robotic platform, employing the principle of laser-assisted Rapid Evaporative Ionisation Mass Spectrometry (LA-REIMS) in cervical cancer screening.FindingsIn a population of 130 women, LA-REIMS achieved 94% sensitivity and 83% specificity (AUC: 91.6%) in distinguishing women testing positive (n = 65) or negative (n = 65) for hrHPV. We performed further analysis according to disease severity with LA-REIMS achieving sensitivity and specificity of 91% and 73% respectively (AUC: 86.7%) in discriminating normal from high-grade pre-invasive disease.InterpretationThis automated high-throughput technology holds promise as a low-cost and rapid test for cervical cancer screening and triage. The use of platforms like LA-REIMS has the potential to further improve the accuracy and efficiency of the current national screening programme.
Tahmasebi F, Stewart S, Mitra A, et al., 2020, Transvaginal saline contrast sonohystography to investigate postmenopausal bleeding: a systematic review, Cureus, Vol: 12, Pages: 1-14, ISSN: 2168-8184
Transvaginal ultrasound (TVUS) is the initial investigation of choice for postmenopausal bleeding (PMB), followed by diagnostic hysteroscopy and endometrial sampling if abnormalities are detected. Saline contrast sonohysterography (SCSH) - injection of saline through the cervix into the uterine cavity prior to TVUS - allowed increased diagnostic accuracy in women with PMB in several small, heterogeneous studies.The objectives of the current study were to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of SCSH in women with PMB, comparing findings with surgical and pathological reports, highlight the necessity of SCSH in guiding clinical decision-making, and establish if there is an increase/decrease in the number of hysteroscopies performed for PMB and, hence, the adherence of clinicians to imaging referral guidelines.The search strategy included formulating search terms identifying all synonyms of SCSH and postmenopause. The databases searched were MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library.Only studies comparing SCSH to an alternative method were selected. The studies were screened and data analysis performed using content analysis. Data reduction was performed through systematic coding and the generation of themesWe identified 18 studies, comprising 974 women, using SCSH to evaluate the endometrial cavity in women with PMB; most support SCSH improving diagnostic accuracy through delineating intracavitary structures.In effect, SCSH could be a first-line investigative modality to assess the uterine cavity once a larger, well-designed study has been conducted to clarify its specificity, sensitivity, and positive predictive value (PPV). Owing to its relatively non-invasive nature and potentially high diagnostic accuracy, SCSH could allow for more accurate decisions regarding the need for further investigation and subsequent management.
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2020, The intelligent knife (iKnife) and its intraoperative diagnostic advantage for the treatment of cervical disease (vol 117, pg 7338, 2020), PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Vol: 117, Pages: 18892-18892, ISSN: 0027-8424
Mitra A, MacIntyre D, Ntritsos G, et al., 2020, The vaginal microbiota associates with the regression of untreated cervical intraepithelial neoplasia 2 lesions, Nature Communications, Vol: 11, Pages: 1-13, ISSN: 2041-1723
Emerging evidence suggests associations between the vaginal microbiota (VMB) composition, human papillomavirus (HPV) infection, and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN); however, causal inference remains uncertain. Here, we use bacterial DNA sequencing from serially collected vaginal samples from a cohort of 87 adolescent and young women aged 16–26 years with histologically confirmed, untreated CIN2 lesions to determine whether VMB composition affects rates of regression over 24 months. We show that women with a Lactobacillus-dominant microbiome at baseline are more likely to have regressive disease at 12 months. Lactobacillus spp. depletion and presence of specific anaerobic taxa including Megasphaera, Prevotella timonensis and Gardnerella vaginalis are associated with CIN2 persistence and slower regression. These findings suggest that VMB composition may be a future useful biomarker in predicting disease outcome and tailoring surveillance, whilst it may offer rational targets for the development of new prevention and treatment strategies.
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2020, The intelligent-Knife (i-Knife) and its intraoperative diagnostic advantage for the treatment of cervical disease, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of USA, Vol: 117, Pages: 7338-7346, ISSN: 0027-8424
Clearance of surgical margins in cervical cancer prevents the need for adjuvant chemoradiation and allows fertility preservation. In this study, we determined the capacity of the rapid evaporative ionization mass spectrometry (REIMS), also known as intelligent knife (iKnife), to discriminate between healthy, preinvasive, and invasive cervical tissue. Cervical tissue samples were collected from women with healthy, human papilloma virus (HPV) ± cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN), or cervical cancer. A handheld diathermy device generated surgical aerosol, which was transferred into a mass spectrometer for subsequent chemical analysis. Combination of principal component and linear discriminant analysis and least absolute shrinkage and selection operator was employed to study the spectral differences between groups. Significance of discriminatory m/z features was tested using univariate statistics and tandem MS performed to elucidate the structure of the significant peaks allowing separation of the two classes. We analyzed 87 samples (normal = 16, HPV ± CIN = 50, cancer = 21 patients). The iKnife discriminated with 100% accuracy normal (100%) vs. HPV ± CIN (100%) vs. cancer (100%) when compared to histology as the gold standard. When comparing normal vs. cancer samples, the accuracy was 100% with a sensitivity of 100% (95% CI 83.9 to 100) and specificity 100% (79.4 to 100). Univariate analysis revealed significant MS peaks in the cancer-to-normal separation belonging to various classes of complex lipids. The iKnife discriminates healthy from premalignant and invasive cervical lesions with high accuracy and can improve oncological outcomes and fertility preservation of women treated surgically for cervical cancer. Larger in vivo research cohorts are required to validate these findings.
Bowden SJ, Kalliala I, Veroniki AA, et al., 2019, The use of Human Papillomavirus DNA Methylation in cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: a systematic review and meta-analysis, EBioMedicine, Vol: 50, Pages: 246-259, ISSN: 2352-3964
BackgroundMethylation of viral DNA has been proposed as a novel biomarker for triage of human papillomavirus(HPV) positive women at screening. This systematic review and meta-analysis aims to assess how methylation levels change with disease severity and to determine diagnostic test accuracy (DTA) in detectinghigh-grade cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN).MethodsWe performed searches in MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL from inception to October 2019. Studies were eligible if they explored HPV methylation levels in HPV positive women. Data were extracted induplicate and requested from authors where necessary. Random-effects models and a bivariate mixed-effectsbinary regression model were applied to determine pooled effect estimates.Findings44 studies with 8819 high-risk HPV positive women were eligible. The pooled estimates for positive methylation rate in HPV16 L1 gene were higher for high-grade CIN (≥CIN2/high-grade squamousintra-epithelial lesion (HSIL) (95% confidence interval (95%CI:72·7% (47·8–92·2))) vs. low-grade CIN(≤CIN1/low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesion (LSIL) (44·4% (95%CI:16·0–74·1))). Pooled differencein mean methylation level was significantly higher in ≥CIN2/HSIL vs. ≤CIN1/LSIL for HPV16 L1 (11·3%(95%CI:6·5–16·1)). Pooled odds ratio of HPV16 L1 methylation was 5·5 (95%CI:3·5–8·5) for ≥CIN2/HSIL vs. ≤CIN1/LSIL (p < 0·0001). HPV16 L1/L2 genes performed best in predicting CIN2 or worse(pooled sensitivity 77% (95%CI:63–87), specificity 64% (95%CI:55–71), area under the curve (0·73(95%CI:0·69–0·77)).InterpretationHigher HPV methylation is associated with increased disease severity, whilst HPV16 L1/L2 genes demonstrated high diagnostic accuracy to detect high-grade CIN in HPV16 positive women. Direct clinical use islimited by the need for a multi-genotype and standardised ass
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Kalliala I, et al., 2019, THE IKNIFE AND ITS APPLICATION FOR THE TREATMENT OF CERVICAL ABNORMALITIES, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A589-A589, ISSN: 1048-891X
Mitra A, Macintyre D, Ntritsos G, et al., 2019, THE ROLE OF THE VAGINAL MICROBIOTA IN THE REGRESSION OF UNTREATED CIN2 LESIONS, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A37-A37, ISSN: 1048-891X
Mitra A, Macintyre D, Lee Y, et al., 2019, CERVICAL INTRAEPITHELIAL NEOPLASIA IS ASSOCIATED WITH AN ALTERED VAGINAL MICROBIOME AND INNATE IMMUNE DISRUPTION, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A71-A71, ISSN: 1048-891X
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Lever S, et al., 2019, ONCOLOGICAL AND REPRODUCTIVE OUTCOMES AFTER FERTILITY-SPARING SURGERY IN WOMEN WITH CERVICAL CANCER: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A76-A77, ISSN: 1048-891X
Bowden S, Kalliala I, Veroniki A, et al., 2019, THE USE OF HUMAN PAPILLOMAVIRUS DNA METHYLATION IN CERVICAL INTRAEPITHELIAL NEOPLASIA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND META-ANALYSIS, Publisher: BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP, Pages: A84-A86, ISSN: 1048-891X
Wiik J, Sengpiel V, Kyrgiou M, et al., 2019, Cervical microbiota in women with cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia, prior to and after local excisional treatment, a Norwegian cohort study, BMC Women's Health, Vol: 19, ISSN: 1472-6874
BackgroundLocal treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) by Loop Electrosurgical Excision Procedure (LEEP) has been correlated with reproductive morbidity, while the cervicovaginal microbiota is also known to affect the risk of preterm delivery. CIN and treatment by LEEP might change the cervical microbiota. The main aim of this study was to describe the cervical microbiota before and after LEEP and assess its associaton with cone depth and HPV persistence. Further, we aimed to compare the microbiota to references with normal cervical cytology.MethodsBetween 2005 and 2007, we prospectively identified 89 women planned for LEEP in a Norwegian hospital and recruited 100 references with a normal cervical cytology. Endocervical swabs were collected prior to treatment and at six (n = 77) and 12 months (n = 72) post LEEP for bacterial culture and PCR, and post LEEP for DNA testing for human papillomavirus (HPV). We compared the cervical microbiota composition before and after treatment and between women planned for LEEP vs references.ResultsThere was a reduction in the number of non-Lactobacillus bacterial species six and 12 months after LEEP compared to before treatment and a tendency towards a concomitant increase in Lactobacillus. No association between the detection of cervical bacteria, HPV persistence or cone depth was found.Women planned for LEEP carried significantly more Bacteroides spp., Gardnerella vaginalis, Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma parvum as well as a greater number of bacterial species than the references.ConclusionsLocal excisional treatment appears to alter the cervical microbiota towards a less diverse microbiota. Women with CIN have a more diverse cervical microbiota compared to women with normal cervical cytology.
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Kalliala I, et al., 2018, Fertility-sparing surgery for presumed early-stage invasive cervical cancer: a survey of practice in the United Kingdom., Anticancer Research, Vol: 38, Pages: 3641-3646, ISSN: 0250-7005
AIM: To explore current practice in fertility-sparing surgery for cervical cancer in the UK. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A web-based structured questionnaire was designed and circulated to all members of the British Gynaecological Cancer Society. RESULTS: From 111 recipients, a total of 49 responses were collected. The majority of centres treated between 20-29 cases of invasive cervical cancer surgically (21/49, 42.9%) and performed between 0-5 cases of radical trachelectomy annually (29/49, 59.2%). The vaginal approach was the one most commonly used and was offered by almost half of the centres (21/49, 42.9%); laparoscopic techniques were offered in 13 (13/49, 26.6%). The responses were divided as to whether these cases should have been referred to supra-regional centres (25/49, 51.0%). CONCLUSION: With the use of Human Papillomavirus vaccination leading to a projected decrease in the number of cervical cancer incidence, patients may need to be referred to supraregional centres in the future.
Tzafetas M, Mitra A, Kalliala I, et al., 2018, iKnife - improving surgical outcomes in pre-invasive and invasive cervical disease, RCOG World Congress 2018, Publisher: Wiley, Pages: 17-17, ISSN: 1470-0328
Kyrgiou M, Athanasiou A, Kalliala IEJ, et al., 2017, Obstetric outcomes after conservative treatment for cervical intraepithelial lesions and early invasive disease., Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Vol: 11, ISSN: 1469-493X
BACKGROUND: The mean age of women undergoing local treatment for pre-invasive cervical disease (cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia; CIN) or early cervical cancer (stage IA1) is around their 30s and similar to the age of women having their first child. Local cervical treatment has been correlated to adverse reproductive morbidity in a subsequent pregnancy, however, published studies and meta-analyses have reached contradictory conclusions. OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of local cervical treatment for CIN and early cervical cancer on obstetric outcomes (after 24 weeks of gestation) and to correlate these to the cone depth and comparison group used. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the following databases: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL; the Cochrane Library, 2017, Issue 5), MEDLINE (up to June week 4, 2017) and Embase (up to week 26, 2017). In an attempt to identify articles missed by the search or unpublished data, we contacted experts in the field and we handsearched the references of the retrieved articles and conference proceedings. SELECTION CRITERIA: We included all studies reporting on obstetric outcomes (more than 24 weeks of gestation) in women with or without a previous local cervical treatment for any grade of CIN or early cervical cancer (stage IA1). Treatment included both excisional and ablative methods. We excluded studies that had no untreated reference population, reported outcomes in women who had undergone treatment during pregnancy or had a high-risk treated or comparison group, or both DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: We classified studies according to the type of treatment and the obstetric endpoint. Studies were classified according to method and obstetric endpoint. Pooled risk ratios (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated using a random-effects model and inverse variance. Inter-study heterogeneity was assessed with I2 statistics. We assessed maternal outcomes that included preterm birth (PTB) (spontaneous a
Mitra A, MacIntyre D, Lee Y, et al., 2017, THE VAGINAL MICROBIOTA AFTER EXCISIONAL TREATMENT FOR CERVICAL INTRAEPITHELIAL NEOPLASIA, Publisher: LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, Pages: 979-979, ISSN: 1048-891X
kalliala I, Markozannes G, Gunter M, et al., 2017, Obesity and gynaecological and obstetrical conditions: an umbrella review of the literature, British Medical Journal, Vol: 7, ISSN: 0959-8138
Objective To study the strength and validity of associations between adiposity and risk of any type of obstetric or gynaecological conditions.Design An umbrella review of meta-analyses.Data sources PubMed, Cochrane database of systematic reviews, manual screening of references for systematic reviews or meta-analyses of observational and interventional studies evaluating the association between adiposity and risk of any obstetrical or gynaecological outcome.Main outcomes Meta-analyses of cohort studies on associations between indices of adiposity and obstetric and gynaecological outcomes.Data synthesis Evidence from observational studies was graded into strong, highly suggestive, suggestive, or weak based on the significance of the random effects summary estimate and the largest study in the included meta-analysis, the number of cases, heterogeneity between studies, 95% prediction intervals, small study effects, excess significance bias, and sensitivity analysis with credibility ceilings. Interventional meta-analyses were assessed separately.Results 156 meta-analyses of observational studies were included, investigating associations between adiposity and risk of 84 obstetric or gynaecological outcomes. Of the 144 meta-analyses that included cohort studies, only 11 (8%) had strong evidence for eight outcomes: adiposity was associated with a higher risk of endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, antenatal depression, total and emergency caesarean section, pre-eclampsia, fetal macrosomia, and low Apgar score. The summary effect estimates ranged from 1.21 (95% confidence interval 1.13 to 1.29) for an association between a 0.1 unit increase in waist to hip ratio and risk endometrial cancer up to 4.14 (3.61 to 4.75) for risk of pre-eclampsia for BMI >35 compared with <25. Only three out of these eight outcomes were also assessed in meta-analyses of trials evaluating weight loss interventions. These interventions significantly reduced the risk of caesarean section and pre
Mitra A, Mahajan V, Macintyre D, et al., 2017, Comparison of vaginal microbiota sampling techniques: cytobrush versus swab, Scientific Reports, Vol: 7, ISSN: 2045-2322
Evidence suggests the vaginal microbiota (VM) may influence risk of persistent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical carcinogenesis. Established cytology biobanks, typically collected with a cytobrush, constitute a unique resource to study such associations longitudinally. It is plausible that compared to rayon swabs; the most commonly used sampling devices, cytobrushes may disrupt biofilms leading to variation in VM composition. Cervico-vaginal samples were collected with cytobrush and rayon swabs from 30 women with high-grade cervical precancer. Quantitative PCR was used to compare bacterial load and Illumina MiSeq sequencing of the V1-V3 regions of the 16S rRNA gene used to compare VM composition. Cytobrushes collected a higher total bacterial load. Relative abundance of bacterial species was highly comparable between sampling devices (R2 = 0.993). However, in women with a Lactobacillus-depleted, high-diversity VM, significantly less correlation in relative species abundance was observed between devices when compared to those with a Lactobacillus species-dominant VM (p = 0.0049). Cytobrush and swab sampling provide a comparable VM composition. In a small proportion of cases the cytobrush was able to detect underlying high-diversity community structure, not realized with swab sampling. This study highlights the need to consider sampling devices as potential confounders when comparing multiple studies and datasets.
Halliwell DE, Morais CLM, Lima KMG, et al., 2017, An imaging dataset of cervical cells using scanning near-field optical microscopy coupled to an infrared free electron laser, SCIENTIFIC DATA, Vol: 4, ISSN: 2052-4463
Using a scanning near-field optical microscope coupled to an infrared free electron laser (SNOM-IR-FEL) in low-resolution transmission mode, we collected chemical data from whole cervical cells obtained from 5 pre-menopausal, non-pregnant women of reproductive age, and cytologically classified as normal or with different grades of cervical cell dyskaryosis. Imaging data are complemented by demography. All samples were collected before any treatment. Spectra were also collected using attenuated total reflection, Fourier-transform (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy, to investigate the differences between the two techniques. Results of this pilot study suggests SNOM-IR-FEL may be able to distinguish cervical abnormalities based upon changes in the chemical profiles for each grade of dyskaryosis at designated wavelengths associated with DNA, Amide I/II, and lipids. The novel data sets are the first collected using SNOM-IR-FEL in transmission mode at the ALICE facility (UK), and obtained using whole cells as opposed to tissue sections, thus providing an ‘intact’ chemical profile. These data sets are suited to complementing future work on image analysis, and/or applying the newly developed algorithm to other datasets collected using the SNOM-IR-FEL approach.
Mitra A, MacIntyre D, Lai J, et al., 2017, The impact of excisional treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia on the vaginal microbiota, 64th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Publisher: Sage Publications, Pages: 89A-89A, ISSN: 1071-5576
Kottaridi C, Kyrgiou M, Pouliakis A, et al., 2017, Quantitative measurement of L1 HPV16 methylation for the prediction of pre-invasive and invasive cervical disease, Journal of Infectious Diseases, Vol: 215, Pages: 764-771, ISSN: 1537-6613
Background: Methylation of the HPV DNA has been proposed as a novel biomarker. Here, we correlated the mean methylation level of 12 CpG sites within L1 gene, to the histological grade of cervical precancer and cancer. We assessed whether HPV L1 gene methylation can predict the presence of high-grade disease at histology in women testing positive for HPV 16 genotype. Methods: Pyrosequencing was used for DNA methylation quantification and 145 women were recruited. Results: We found that the L1 HPV16 mean methylation (+/-SD) significantly increased with disease severity [CIN3=17.9%(±7.2) vs CIN2=11.6%(±6.5), p<0.001 or vs CIN1 =9.0%(±3.5), p<0.001). Mean methylation was a good predictor of CIN3+ cases; the Area Under the Curve (AUC) was higher for sites 5611 in the prediction of CIN2+ and higher for position 7145 for CIN3+. The evaluation of different methylation thresholds for the prediction of CIN3+, showed that the optimal balance of sensitivity and specificity (75.7% and 77.5%, respectively), PPV and NPV (74.7% and 78.5%, respectively) was achieved for a methylation of 14.0% with overall accuracy of 76.7%. Conclusion: Elevated methylation level is associated with increased disease severity and has good ability to discriminate HPV16 positive women that have high-grade disease or worse.
Kyrgiou M, Kalliala I, Mitra A, et al., 2017, Immediate referral to colposcopy versus cytological surveillance for minor cervical cytological abnormalities in the absence of HPV test, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Vol: 1, ISSN: 1469-493X
BackgroundA significant number of women are diagnosed with minor cytological abnormalities on cervical screening. Many authorities recommendsurveillance as spontaneous regression might occur. However,attendance for cytological follow-up decreases with time and might putsome women at risk of developing invasive disease.ObjectivesTo assess the optimum management strategy for women with minor cervical cytological abnormalities (atypical squamous cells ofundetermined significance - ASCUS or low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions - LSIL) at primary screening in the absence of HPV(human papillomavirus) DNA test.Search methodsWe searched the following electronic databases: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL Issue 4 2016), MEDLINE,and Embase from inception to 21 April 2016.Selection criteriaWe included randomised controlled trials (RCTs) comparing immediate colposcopy to cytological surveillance in women with atyp-ical squamous cells of undetermined significance (ASCUS/borderline) or low-grade squamous intra-epithelial lesions (LSIL/milddyskaryosis).Data collection and analysisThe primary outcome measure studied was the occurrence of cervicalintra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN). The secondary outcome measuresstudied included default rate, clinically significant anxiety and depression, and other self-reported adverse effects.We classified studies according to period of surveillance, at 6, 12, 24 or 36 months, as well as at 18 months, excluding a possibleexit-examination. We calculated pooled risk ratios (RR) and 95%confidence intervals (CI) using a random-effects model with inversevariance weighting. Inter-study heterogeneity was assessedwith I2statistics.Main resultsWe identified five RCTs with 11,466 participants that fulfilledthe inclusion criteria. There were 18 cases of invasive cervical cancer,seven in the immediate colposcopy and 11 in the cytological surveillance groups, respectively. Although immediate colposcopy detectsCIN2+ and CIN3+ earlier
Kyrgiou M, 2016, Tracking the impact of excisional cervical treatment on the cervix using biospectroscopy, Scientific Reports, Vol: 6, ISSN: 2045-2322
Local excisional treatment for cervical intra-epithelial neoplasia (CIN) is linked to significant adverse sequelae including preterm birth, with cone depthand radicality of treatment correlatingto the frequency and severity of adverse events. Attenuated total reflection Fourier-transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectroscopy can detect underlying cervical disease more accurately than conventional cytology. The chemical profile of cells pre-and post-treatment may differas a result of altered biochemical processes due to excision,or treatment of the disease.Since pre-treatment cervicallength variesamongst women, the percentage of cervix excised may correlate more accurately to riskthan absolute dimensions. We show that treatment for CIN significantly altersthe biochemistry ofthe cervix, compared with women who have not had treatment; this is due to the excision of cervical tissue rather thana disease-controlling effect. However, the spectra do seem to correlate to the cone depth or proportion of cervical length excised.Future research should aim to explore the impact of treatment in a larger cohort.
Mitra A, Paraskevaidis M, Lai J, et al., 2016, Reduction in antimicrobial peptides after excisional treatment for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia: a possible mechanism of subsequent preterm birth?, BJOG-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF OBSTETRICS AND GYNAECOLOGY, Vol: 123, Pages: E11-E11, ISSN: 1470-0328
Kyrgiou M, Athanasiou A, Paraskevaidi M, et al., 2016, Adverse obstetric outcomes after local treatment for cervical preinvasive and early invasive disease according to cone depth: systematic review and meta-analysis. Editorial Comment, Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey, Vol: 71, Pages: 646-648, ISSN: 1533-9866
Local cervical treatment for preinvasive cervical disease such as cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) has been associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, perinatal morbidity, and mortality in a later pregnancy. This meta-analysis aimed to investigate the impact of treatment for cervical preinvasive and early invasive disease on obstetric outcomes and to see how this risk could be modified by the cone depth and comparison group.
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