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Trimethylamine content in vaginal secretion and its relation to bacterial vaginosis
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Clinical Microbiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Chemistry. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Dept. of Dermatology and Venereology, University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Clinical Microbiology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2002 (English)In: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica et Immunologica Scandinavica (APMIS), ISSN 0903-4641, E-ISSN 1600-0463, Vol. 110, no 11, 819-824 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The presence of a fishy odor emanating from women who present with a malodorous vaginal discharge is well known. The odor is due to bacterial reduction of trimethylamine oxide to trimethylamine (TMA) in vaginal secretion. The release of TMA from specimens of vaginal fluid following the addition of alkali is often used in making a clinical diagnosis of bacterial vaginosis (BV). We now report a sensitive gas chromatographic method for analysis and quantification of TMA in vaginal fluid in which weighed samples were used. In addition, a proper diagnosis of BV was obtained using Gram-stained smears of the vaginal fluid according to the method of Nugent et al. (R. P. Nugent et al., J Clin Microbiol 1991;29:297–301). We also diagnosed BV according to Hallén et al. (A. Hallén et al. Genitourin Med 1987;63:386–9). TMA was present in all women with a Nugent score between 7 and 10 and in almost all women diagnosed with BV according to the method of Hallén et al. TMA was not found or was only found in very low concentrations in vaginal fluid from women with Nugent scores of 0 to 3. TMA was also found in four women with a negative sniff test. It seems that high levels of TMA in samples of vaginal fluid are typical for BV regardless of the scoring method used for diagnosis. However, low levels of TMA, <5 μg/g vaginal fluid, do not always correlate with BV.

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2002. Vol. 110, no 11, 819-824 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26449DOI: 10.1034/j.1600-0463.2002.1101108.xISI: 000180804800008Local ID: 10997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26449DiVA: diva2:246998
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13
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1. Amines and Bacterial Vaginosis
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2002 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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Bacterial Vaginosis (BY) is a common syndrome, with a prevalence of 10-30% in women of childbearing age. The decisive pathogenetic factoris thought to have a microbiological origin, but so far no specific bacteria have been implicated in causing BV. Instead, it appears that BV is accompanied by a shift in the normal lactobacilli flora to a mixed vaginal anaerobic flora. Vaginal fluid from women with BY has also been reported to contain various amines, and several techniques have been used to identify these amines.

We developed a sensitive gas chromatographic and mass spectrometric (GC-MS) method to analyze amines related to BV together with quantification of the amines isobutylamine, phenethylamine, putrescine, cadaverine and tyramine. The aim of our investigation was to study if the amine content in vaginal fluids is quantitatively related to BV, diagnosed according to the Nugent scoring system. Our results show that the production of putrescine, cadaverine and tyramine is a property of BV, and that samples from healthy women do not include these amines.

Using a sensitive gas chromatographic method, we also analyzed and quantified vaginal fluids with respect to trimethylamine (TMA), the amine responsible for the fishy odor in BV. In order to obtain a proper identification of BV, the vaginal fluid samples were Gram-stained and diagnosed according to two procedures. Our results show that regardless of the scoring method used for diagnosis, vaginal fluids from women with BV generally contain elevated amounts of TMA, while samples from healthy women do not.

In conclusion, the presence of specific amines is clearly a prominent finding in women with BV, and these amines can thus be used as selective markers or diagnostic tools for the syndrome.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2002. 36 p.
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Linköping Studies in Health Sciences. Thesis, ISSN 1100-6013 ; 56
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26684 (URN)11251 (Local ID)91-7373-184-6 (ISBN)11251 (Archive number)11251 (OAI)
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2013-09-20, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2013-09-18

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