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Title Birth, distress and disease : placental-brain interactions / edited by Michael L. Power and Jay Schulkin
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  612.63 Pow/Bda  AVAILABLE
Description xii, 279 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Placental expression of neurohormones and other neuroactive molecules in human pregnancy -- The regulation of human parturition -- Maternal nutrition and metabolic control of pregnancy -- Fetal HPA activation, preterm birth and postnatal programming -- Prenatal glucocorticoids and the programming of adult disease -- Prenatal stress and stress physiology influences human fetal and infant development -- Glucocorticoids and the ups and downs of neuropeptide gene expression -- Glucocorticoid facilitation of corticotropin-releasing hormone in the placenta and the brain: functional impact on birth and behavior
Summary "This volume examines the role of steroids and peptides in the regulation of pregnancy and pregnancy outcome, and their long-term effects including possible influences on adult-onset diseases. During pregnancy, the placenta acts as a central regulator and coordinator of maternal and fetal physiology, and of the onset of labor, through its production and regulation of steroids and peptides. Perturbations to this regulatory system can result in poor pregnancy outcome, such as preterm birth and low birthweight. These, in turn, are linked to diseases in later life. Intriguingly, many of these regulatory actions of steroids and peptides also occur in the brain. The induction and suppression of peptides by steroids appear to be key to regulatory function in both brain and placenta. These various interweaving strands, linking basic science with obstetrics, are all reviewed in depth here, providing an account of a rapidly emerging area of materno-fetal medicine."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Obstetrical endocrinology.
Steroid hormones -- Physiological effect.
Peptides -- Physiological effect.
Maternal-fetal exchange.
Prenatal influences.
Disease susceptibility.
Author Schulkin, Jay.
Power, Michael L.
LC no. 2006296152
ISBN 0521831482 hardback
Other Titles Birth, distress and disease : placenta-brain interactions