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Milica Jovanović Krivokuća

Organisation Group: Department for Biology of Reproduction

Academic Degree: Academic degree of Molecular biology and physiology – master equivalent, PhD in Molecular biology

Current Position: Research Associate

Education: Master equivalent, Molecular Biology, course Genetic engineering and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia (1999-2004)

Postacademic studies, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia (2004-2006)

Ph.D., Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Serbia (2006-2010). Dissertation Title: “The effect of interleukin-6 and interleukin-8 on human trophoblast cells in vitro”.

Research Field:

Dr Milica Jovanović Krivokuća does research in the field of reproductive biology, with special emphasis on locally present cytokines and other factors at the site of embryo implantation, and their role in the formation of placenta and the establishment of communication between mother and fetus. Dr Jovanović Krivokuća has investigated the significance of various factors for trophoblast in vitro, including IL-6, IL-8, MIF, prolactin, LPS, galectins. The significant part of her research also refers to antiphospholipid syndrome, as one of the causes of pathological changes in pregnancy.

Membership in International and National Societies:

Serbian Biological Society, member of the Scientific Comitee
Serbian Biochemical Society

Serbian Society for Molecular Biology
European Placenta group (EPG)
International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA)

Bibliography (2013-2018):

Jovanović Krivokuća M, Abu Rabi T, Stefanoska I, Vrzić-Petronijević S, Petronijević M, Vićovac Lj. Immunoglobulins from sera of APS patients bind HTR-8/SVneo trophoblast cell line and reduce additional mediators of cell invasion. Reprod Biol. 2017; 17: 389-395.

Ćujic D, Kosanović M, Jovanović Krivokuća M, Vićovac L, Janković M. Extracellular presence/release of galectins from HTR-8/SVneo extravillous trophoblast cells. Turk J Biol. 2017; 2017; 41: 843-848.

Žanka Bojić-Trbojević*, Milica Jovanović Krivokuća*, Ivana Stefanoska, Nikola Kolundžić, Aleksandra Vilotić, Toshihiko Kadoya, Ljiljana Vićovac. Integrin β1 is bound to galectin-1 in human trophoblast. JBiochem. 2017; https://doi.org/10.1093/jb/mvx061. *authors contributed equally

Stefanoska I, Tadić J, Vilotić A, Jovanović Krivokuća M, Abu Rabi T, Vićovac L. Histological chorioamnionitis in preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes is associated with increased expression of galectin-3 by amniotic epithelium. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2016; 25:1-5. 

Bojić-Trbojević Ž, Krivokuća MJ, Kolundžić N, Kadoya T, Radojčić L, Vićovac L. Interaction of extravillous trophoblast galectin-1 and mucin(s) – is there a functional relevance? Cell Adh Migr. 2016 Mar 3;10 (1-2):179-88.

Jovanović Krivokuća M, Stefanoska I, Rabi Abu T, Vilotić A, Petronijević M, Vrzić-Petronijević S, Radojčić L, Vićovac L. MIF is among the proinflammatory cytokines increased by LPS in the human trophoblast line. Arch Biol Sci. 2016; 68(4):715-722.

Jovanović Krivokuća M, Stefanoska I, Abu Rabi T, Al-Abed Y, Stošić-Grujičić S, Vićovac Lj. Pharmacological inhibition of MIF interferes with trophoblast cell migration and invasiveness. Placenta. 2015 Feb; 36(2):150-9.

Bojić-Trbojević Z, Jovanović Krivokuća M, Kolundžić N, Petronijević M, Vrzić-Petronijević S, Golubović S, Vićovac L. Galectin-1 binds mucin in human trophoblast. Histochem Cell Biol. 2014; 142(5): 541-53.

Stefanoska I*, Jovanović Krivokuća M*, Vasilijić S, Ćujić D, Vićovac L. Prolactin stimulates cell migration and invasion by human trophoblast in vitro. Placenta. 2013 Sep; 34 (9):775-83. *authors contributed equally