Periodontitis and placental growth factor in oral fluids are early pregnancy predictors of gestational diabetes mellitus

Alejandra Chaparro*, Edgardo Zúñiga, Manuel Varas-Godoy, Daniela Albers, Valeria Ramírez, Marcela Hernández, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Stephanie Acuña-Gallardo, Gregory Rice, Sebastián E. Illanes

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Background: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects around 7% to 10% of all pregnancies. Early detection of predisposition to GDM is the first step in developing efficacious preventive treatment. The objective of the present study was to establish the utility of placental proteins presents in oral fluids (gingival crevicular fluid [GCF] and saliva), and periodontal disease status as early pregnancy predictors of GDM. Methods: A nested case control within a prospective cohort was conducted. Pregnant systemically healthy women, aged between 18 and 40 years at 11 to 14 weeks gestation were included. Samples of oral fluids were collected and a complete maternal/obstetric and periodontal history was obtained. The concentration of placental growth factor (PlGF) and soluble Fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in a nested case control sample of the prospective cohort. Multiple logistic regression models assessed the association. The evaluation of the diagnostic accuracy of the biomarkers was performed through receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves by calculating the area under the curve (AUC). Results: There were recruited 212 pregnant women at 11 to 14 weeks of pregnancy, of these, 14 women (i.e., 6.6%) developed GDM, and displayed significant greater bleeding on probing (BOP) [P = 0.0003]; periodontal probing depth (PD) [P = 0.0028]; clinical attachment level (AL) [P = 0.0008] and periodontal inflamed surface area (PISA) [P = 0.0001]. Similarly, initial glycemia and GCF-PlGF concentrations were significantly greater in women with GDM [P = 0.0012, and P = 0.0019, respectively]. When data were subjected to ROC curve analysis, the combination of initial glycemia and GCF-PlGF concentration delivered an area under the ROC curve of 0.897. Multiple logistic regression analyses demonstrate an association between glycemia (OR 1.21, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.06 to 1.38; P = 0.005) and GCF-PlGF concentrations in women who developed GDM (OR 1.68, CI 1.05 to 2.68 P = 0.03). Conclusions: Within the limitations of the present study, the results support that first trimester maternal glycemia combined with GCF-PlGF concentrations could be a surrogate biomarker for the future development of GDM in pre-symptomatic women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1052-1060
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Periodontology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
FONDEF IDeA ID16I10452, Fund to Encourage Scientific and Technological Development (“FONDEF”), located at Moneda 1375, Santiago, Chile. FONDECYT 1140119.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American Academy of Periodontology.


  • Diabetes
  • Gestational
  • Gingival crevicular fluid
  • Periodontitis
  • Placental growth factor
  • Saliva
  • Vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-1


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