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Associations between herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2 (HSV-1 and HSV-2), cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein Barr virus (EBV), human papilloma virus (HPV), Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae infections and preeclampsia.


Background. Atherosclerosis, endothelial dysfunction and inflammation are thought to be key pathophysiologic processes in preeclampsia. The basic thesis of this dissertation is that maternal infections may trigger upregulation of proinflammatory cytokines in women with preeclampsia resulting in vascular injury.