Novel biomarkers in women with benign gynaecological conditions- Endometriosis

Download files
Access & Terms of Use
open access
Copyright: Shamsa, Aiat
Oocyte-secreted growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) and bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) are critical paracrine regulators of female fertility. Recent studies demonstrated that serum concentrations are associated with the number of oocytes retrieved during IVF, and therefore potential clinical use as biomarkers. However, it is unknown if serum GDF9 or BMP15 is affected by the presence of endometriosis. An exploratory case-control study was prospectively performed on 60 women who underwent planned laparoscopy between April 2017 and August 2018 at two hospitals. GDF9 and BMP15 were measured by validated immunoassays in pre-operative serum samples. Data were analysed relative to laparoscopic assessment of endometriosis and staging. There were 35 women with confirmed laparoscopic diagnosis of endometriosis and 25 controls with no evidence of endometriosis at laparoscopy. GDF9 was detectable in 40% of controls and 48% of cases. There was no difference in median GDF9 concentrations between controls (20.0 pg/ml, range 20.0-2504 pg/ml) and cases (20.0 pg/ml, range 20.0-2963 pg/ml). BMP15 was detectable in 48% of controls and 58% of cases, with no difference in median concentrations between controls (26.5 pg/ml, range 24.0-1499 pg/ml) and cases (24.0 pg/ml, range 24.0-796 pg/ml). Furthermore, there were no significant differences in the proportion of detectable samples or concentrations of GDF9 or BMP15 with differing severities of endometriosis. In conclusion, serum concentrations of oocyte-secreted factors, GDF9 and BMP15 did not differ between control patients and patients with endometriosis. For clinical application of GDF9 and BMP15 serum biomarkers in reproductive medicine, quantitation in serum is unlikely to be aberrant due to the presence of endometriosis.
Persistent link to this record
Link to Publisher Version
Link to Open Access Version
Additional Link
Conference Proceedings Editor(s)
Other Contributor(s)
Corporate/Industry Contributor(s)
Publication Year
Resource Type
Degree Type
Masters Thesis
UNSW Faculty
download public version.pdf 1.93 MB Adobe Portable Document Format
Related dataset(s)