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Genetic Susceptibility to Drug Teratogenicity: A Systematic Literature Review.

Front Genet 2021 27;12:645555. Epub 2021 Apr 27.

Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety Research Group, Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway.

Since the 1960s, drugs have been known to cause teratogenic effects in humans. Such teratogenicity has been postulated to be influenced by genetics. The aim of this review was to provide an overview of the current knowledge on genetic susceptibility to drug teratogenicity in humans and reflect on future directions within the field of genetic teratology. Read More

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Natural disaster stress during pregnancy is linked to reprogramming of the placenta transcriptome in relation to anxiety and stress hormones in young offspring.

Mol Psychiatry 2021 May 12. Epub 2021 May 12.

Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, New York, NY, USA.

Prenatal stress can lead to long-term adverse effects that increase the risk of anxiety and other emotional disorders in offspring. The in utero underpinnings contributing to such phenotypes remain unknown. We profiled the transcriptome of placental specimens from women who lived through Hurricane Sandy during pregnancy compared to those pregnant during non-Sandy conditions. Read More

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Long-lasting effects of prenatal stress on HPA axis and inflammation: A systematic review and multilevel meta-analysis in rodent studies.

Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2021 May 2;127:270-283. Epub 2021 May 2.

Department of Pharmacological and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Milan, Via Balzaretti 9, 20133, Milan, Italy; Biological Psychiatry Laboratory, IRCCS Istituto Centro San Giovanni di Dio Fatebenefratelli, Brescia, Italy. Electronic address:

Exposure to prenatal stress (PNS) can lead to long-lasting neurobiological and behavioral consequences for the offspring, which may enhance the susceptibility for mental disorders. The hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the immune system are two major factors involved in the stress response. Here, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of rodent studies that investigated the effects of PNS exposure on the HPA axis and inflammatory cytokines in adult offspring. Read More

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Embryonic exposure to hyper glucocorticoids suppresses brown fat development and thermogenesis via REDD1.

Sci Bull (Beijing) 2021 Mar 28;66(5):478-489. Epub 2020 Oct 28.

Nutrigenomics and Growth Biology Laboratory, Department of Animal Sciences, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164, USA.

Maternal stress during pregnancy is prevailing worldwide, which exposes fetuses to intrauterine hyper glucocorticoids (GC), programming offspring to obesity and metabolic diseases. Despite the importance of brown adipose tissue (BAT) in maintaining long-term metabolic health, impacts of prenatal hyper GC on postnatal BAT thermogenesis and underlying regulations remain poorly defined. Pregnant mice were administrated with synthetic GC dexamethasone (DEX) at levels comparable to fetal GC exposure of stressed mothers. Read More

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Elevated glucocorticoids during gestation suggest sex-specific effects on offspring telomere lengths in a wild lizard.

Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol 2021 Apr 29:110971. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Department of Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, Mueller Laboratory, University Park, PA 16802, United States of America; Intercollege Graduate Degree Program in Ecology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, United States of America.

The effects of maternal glucocorticoids (e.g. corticosterone, CORT) on offspring interest biologists due to increasing environmental perturbations. Read More

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Management and Prevention of COVID-19 in Pregnancy and Pandemic Obstetric Care: A Review of Current Practices.

Healthcare (Basel) 2021 Apr 15;9(4). Epub 2021 Apr 15.

Second Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aretaieion Hospital, Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Vas. Sofias 76, 11528 Athens, Greece.

Constant accumulation of data results in continuous updates of guidelines and recommendations on the proper management of pregnant women with COVID-19. This study aims to summarize the up-to-date information about the prevention and management of suspected/confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection in obstetric patients and obstetric care during prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum periods. We conducted a comprehensive literature search in PubMed for relevant English-written full-text reviews. Read More

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Maternal antioxidant treatment protects adult offspring against memory loss and hippocampal atrophy in a rodent model of developmental hypoxia.

FASEB J 2021 May;35(5):e21477

Department of Physiology, Development & Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.

Chronic fetal hypoxia is one of the most common outcomes in complicated pregnancy in humans. Despite this, its effects on the long-term health of the brain in offspring are largely unknown. Here, we investigated in rats whether hypoxic pregnancy affects brain structure and function in the adult offspring and explored underlying mechanisms with maternal antioxidant intervention. Read More

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Perinatal determinants of neonatal hair glucocorticoid concentrations.

Psychoneuroendocrinology 2021 Apr 10;128:105223. Epub 2021 Apr 10.

MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK; Centre for Cardiovascular Science, University of Edinburgh, UK. Electronic address:

Adult hair glucocorticoid concentrations reflect months of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity. However, little is known about the determinants of neonatal hair glucocorticoids. We tested associations between perinatal exposures and neonatal hair glucocorticoids. Read More

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DNA methylation in cord blood in association with prenatal depressive symptoms.

Clin Epigenetics 2021 Apr 12;13(1):78. Epub 2021 Apr 12.

Department of Women's and Children's Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.

Background: Prenatal symptoms of depression (PND) and anxiety affect up to every third pregnancy. Children of mothers with mental health problems are at higher risk of developmental problems, possibly through epigenetic mechanisms together with other factors such as genetic and environmental. We investigated DNA methylation in cord blood in relation to PND, taking into consideration a history of depression, co-morbidity with anxiety and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) use, and stratified by sex of the child. Read More

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Dexamethasone induces an imbalanced fetal-placental-maternal bile acid circulation: involvement of placental transporters.

BMC Med 2021 Apr 7;19(1):87. Epub 2021 Apr 7.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430071, China.

Background: The use of prenatal dexamethasone remains controversial. Our recent studies found that prenatal dexamethasone exposure can induce maternal intrahepatic cholestasis and have a lasting adverse influence on bile acid (BA) metabolism in the offspring. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of dexamethasone on fetal-placental-maternal BA circulation during the intrauterine period, as well as its placental mechanism. Read More

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Wiad Lek 2021 ;74(2):247-251


Objective: The aim: Is to study the morphological features of rats' hearts after prenatal administration of glucocorticoids.

Patients And Methods: Materials and methods: In this study we used histological, immunohistochemical, electron-microscopic and statistical research methods.

Results: Results: It is found that at 30th day after birth in rats after intrafetal introduction of dexamethasone in myocardium a relative area occupied by arterial vessels is significantly smaller in comparison with control. Read More

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Spatial learning and memory deficits induced by prenatal glucocorticoid exposure depend on hippocampal CRHR1 and CXCL5 signaling in rats.

J Neuroinflammation 2021 Apr 2;18(1):85. Epub 2021 Apr 2.

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Research Center for Molecular Metabolomics, Xiangya Hospital Central South University, Changsha, 410008, China.

Background: Prenatal synthetic glucocorticoid (sGC) exposure increases the susceptibility to cognitive and affective disorders in postnatal life. We previously demonstrated that prenatal sGC exposure results in an increase in corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) receptor type 1 (CRHR1) expression in the hippocampus of rats, and CRHR1 is involved in synapse formation via regulation of C-X-C chemokine ligand 5 (CXCL5) in hippocampus. We sought to investigate that the roles of CRHR1 and CXCL5 in learning and memory impairment caused by prenatal sGC exposure. Read More

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Sexual Dimorphism in Glucocorticoid Stress Response.

Int J Mol Sci 2021 Mar 19;22(6). Epub 2021 Mar 19.

Université Bordeaux, INRAE, UMR1286, Nutrineuro, 33076 Bordeaux, France.

Chronic stress is encountered in our everyday life and is thought to contribute to a number of diseases. Many of these stress-related disorders display a sex bias. Because glucocorticoid hormones are the main biological mediator of chronic stress, researchers have been interested in understanding the sexual dimorphism in glucocorticoid stress response to better explain the sex bias in stress-related diseases. Read More

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Oxidative Stress Mediates the Fetal Programming of Hypertension by Glucocorticoids.

Antioxidants (Basel) 2021 Mar 29;10(4). Epub 2021 Mar 29.

Biomolecular Sciences, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON P3E 2C6, Canada.

The field of cardiovascular fetal programming has emphasized the importance of the uterine environment on postnatal cardiovascular health. Studies have linked increased fetal glucocorticoid exposure, either from exogenous sources (such as dexamethasone (Dex) injections), or from maternal stress, to the development of adult cardiovascular pathologies. Although the mechanisms are not fully understood, alterations in gene expression driven by altered oxidative stress and epigenetic pathways are implicated in glucocorticoid-mediated cardiovascular programming. Read More

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Recent advances of glucocorticoids in the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (Review).

Exp Ther Med 2021 May 1;21(5):447. Epub 2021 Mar 1.

Center of Prenatal Diagnosis, The First Affiliated Hospital of Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, Henan 450052, P.R. China.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common degenerative neuromuscular disease. The incidence of DMD in live births is 1/3,600-1/6,000. Although glucocorticoid-dependent medication is the mainstay treatment option for DMD, a standard treatment regimen has yet to be determined. Read More

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Pharmacological treatment in pregnant women with moderate symptoms of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pneumonia.

J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med 2021 Mar 26:1-8. Epub 2021 Mar 26.

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, INOVA Health System, Falls Church, VA, USA.

Objective: Pregnant women with moderate symptoms of COVID-19 are at risk for progressing to severe or critical illness. While there are limited data on the management of severe COVID-19 during pregnancy, information on pharmacological treatments of moderate COVID-19 is lacking. We report clinical outcomes of pregnant women hospitalized due to moderate COVID-19 illness treated with a 5-day course of remdesivir, antibiotics, and/or glucocorticoids. Read More

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Poly (I:C)-induced maternal immune activation modifies ventral hippocampal regulation of stress reactivity: prevention by environmental enrichment.

Brain Behav Immun 2021 Mar 23. Epub 2021 Mar 23.

School of Arts & Sciences, Health Psychology Program, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, MA 02115, United States. Electronic address:

Environmental enrichment (EE) has been successfully implemented in human rehabilitation settings. However, the mechanisms underlying its success are not understood. Incorporating components of EE protocols into our animal models allows for the exploration of these mechanisms and their role in mitigation. Read More

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Programming changes of hippocampal miR-134-5p/SOX2 signal mediate the susceptibility to depression in prenatal dexamethasone-exposed female offspring.

Cell Biol Toxicol 2021 Feb 22. Epub 2021 Feb 22.

Department of Pharmacology, Basic Medical School of Wuhan University, Wuhan, 430071, China.

Depression is a neuropsychiatric disorder and has intrauterine developmental origins. This study aimed to confirm the depression susceptibility in offspring rats induced by prenatal dexamethasone exposure (PDE) and to further explore the intrauterine programming mechanism. Wistar rats were injected with dexamethasone (0. Read More

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February 2021

Resilience to stress and sex-specific remodeling of microglia and neuronal morphology in a rat model of anxiety and anhedonia.

Neurobiol Stress 2021 May 2;14:100302. Epub 2021 Feb 2.

University of Coimbra, Coimbra Institute for Clinical and Biomedical Research (iCBR), Faculty of Medicine, Coimbra, Portugal.

Prenatal exposure to stress or glucocorticoids (GC) is associated with the appearance of psychiatric diseases later in life. Microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are altered in stress-related disorders. Synthetic GC such as dexamethasone (DEX) are commonly prescribed in case of preterm risk labour in order to promote fetal lung maturation. Read More

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Combined melatonin and adrenocorticotropic hormone treatment attenuates N-methyl-d-aspartate-induced infantile spasms in a rat model by regulating activation of the HPA axis.

Neurosci Lett 2021 03 8;748:135713. Epub 2021 Feb 8.

Department of Pediatrics, The First Medical Center of Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing, 100853, China.

Infantile spasms (IS) is a serious epileptic syndrome that frequently occurs in infancy. Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) is generally the first-line treatment for IS; however, side effects limit its application. Melatonin (MT) has been used in clinical treatment for sleep disorders with only minor side effects. Read More

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Prenatal dexamethasone exposure and developmental programming of the ovary of the offspring: a structural study in the rat.

Reprod Fertil Dev 2021 Feb;33(3):245-255

Institute for Biological Research 'Siniša Stankovic', National Institute of Republic of Serbia, University of Belgrade, Bulevar despota Stefana 142, 11060 Belgrade, Serbia.

Overexposure to glucocorticoids during fetal development alters fetal organ growth and maturation patterns, which can result in adverse programming outcomes in adulthood. The aim of this study was to determine whether exposure to dexamethasone (Dx) during the fetal period programmed ovary development and function in infant (16-day-old) and peripubertal (38-day-old) female offspring. Pregnant Wistar rats were separated into control and Dx-treated (0. Read More

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February 2021

Late gestational exposure to dexamethasone and fetal programming of abnormal behavior in Wistar Kyoto rats.

Brain Behav 2021 Apr 2;11(4):e02049. Epub 2021 Feb 2.

Biomolecular Sciences, Laurentian University, Sudbury, ON, Canada.

Introduction: Fetal programming was characterized a few decades ago, explaining the correlation of physiological phenotypes of offspring exposed to early-life stress. High acute or chronic prenatal stress can overwhelm the enzymatic placental barrier, inducing transcriptional changes in the fetus that can result in different adverse behavioral and physiological phenotypes. The current study investigates the impact of exposure to the synthetic glucocorticoid, dexamethasone, during late gestation on behavioral outcomes. Read More

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Dexamethasone-induced intrauterine growth restriction modulates expression of placental vascular growth factors and fetal and placental growth.

Mol Hum Reprod 2021 02;27(3)

Laboratorio de Fisiopatología de la Preñez y el Parto, Centro de Estudios Farmacológicos y Botánicos (CEFyBO-UBA-CONICET), Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Prenatal exposure to glucocorticoids (GC) is a central topic of interest in medicine since GCs are essential for the maturation of fetal organs and intrauterine growth. Synthetic glucocorticoids, which are used in obstetric practice, exert beneficial effects on the fetus, but have also been reported to lead to intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR). In this study, a model of growth restriction in mice was established through maternal administration of dexamethasone during late gestation. Read More

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February 2021

Impact of maternal prenatal stress by glucocorticoids on metabolic and cardiovascular outcomes in their offspring: A systematic scoping review.

PLoS One 2021 22;16(1):e0245386. Epub 2021 Jan 22.

Medicine with Specialization in Internal Medicine and General Medicine, Hochschule Fulda-University of Applied Sciences, Fulda, Germany.

Background: "Stress" is an emerging problem in our society, health care system as well as patient care, worldwide. Especially by focusing on pre-gestational, gestational but also lactation phases "stress" is to be considered as an own trans-generational risk factor which is associated with adverse metabolic as well cardiovascular outcomes in mothers and their children. Hence, the maternal hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenotrophic (HPA) axis may be stimulated by various "stress" mechanisms as well as risk factors leading to an adverse in utero environment, e. Read More

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January 2021

DNA methylome signatures of prenatal exposure to synthetic glucocorticoids in hippocampus and peripheral whole blood of female guinea pigs in early life.

Transl Psychiatry 2021 01 18;11(1):63. Epub 2021 Jan 18.

Department of Physiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Synthetic glucocorticoids (sGC) are administered to women at risk of preterm delivery, approximately 10% of all pregnancies. In animal models, offspring exposed to elevated glucocorticoids, either by administration of sGC or endogenous glucocorticoids as a result of maternal stress, show increased risk of developing behavioral, endocrine, and metabolic dysregulation. DNA methylation may play a critical role in long-lasting programming of gene regulation underlying these phenotypes. Read More

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January 2021

Prenatal dexamethasone exposure induces nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in male rat offspring via the miR-122/YY1/ACE2-MAS1 pathway.

Biochem Pharmacol 2021 Mar 16;185:114420. Epub 2021 Jan 16.

Department of Pharmacology, Wuhan University School of Basic Medical Sciences, Wuhan 430071, China; Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Developmentally Originated Diseases, Wuhan 430071, China. Electronic address:

Epidemiological studies have shown that nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has an intrauterine developmental origin. We aimed to demonstrate that NAFLD is caused by prenatal dexamethasone exposure (PDE) in adult male rat offspring and to investigate the intrauterine programming mechanism. Liver samples were obtained on gestational day (GD) 21 and postnatal week (PW) 28. Read More

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Long-Term Effects of Prenatal Severe Hypoxia on Central and Peripheral Components of the Glucocorticoid System in Rats.

Dev Neurosci 2020 13;42(2-4):145-158. Epub 2021 Jan 13.

Laboratory of Regulation of Brain Neuron Functions, Pavlov Institute of Physiology, Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

Introduction: Prenatal hypoxia is a risk factor for the development of numerous neurological disorders. It is known that the maternal stress response to hypoxia determines the epigenetic impairment of the perinatal expression of glucocorticoid receptors (GR) in the hippocampus of the progeny, but so far no detailed study of how this affects the functional state of the glucocorticoid system during further ontogenesis has been performed.

Objective: The goal of the present study was to examine the long-term effects of the prenatal hypoxia on the functioning of the glucocorticoid system throughout life. Read More

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January 2021

Low-activity programming of the PDGFRβ/FAK pathway mediates H-type vessel dysplasia and high susceptibility to osteoporosis in female offspring rats after prenatal dexamethasone exposure.

Biochem Pharmacol 2021 Mar 9;185:114414. Epub 2021 Jan 9.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan 430071, China; Hubei Provincial Key Laboratory of Developmentally Originated Disease, Wuhan 430071, China. Electronic address:

Dexamethasone is a common synthetic glucocorticoid drug that can promote foetal lung maturity. An increasing number of studies have shown that prenatal dexamethasone exposure (PDE) can cause a variety of short-term and long-term hazards to offspring, including bone development toxicity. H-type vessels are a newly discovered subtype of blood vessels associated with promoted bone formation and maintenance of bone mass. Read More

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