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The origin of fetal sterols in second-trimester amniotic fluid: endogenous synthesis or maternal-fetal transport?
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PMID:  22728028     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
OBJECTIVE: Cholesterol is crucial for fetal development. To gain more insight into the origin of the fetal cholesterol pool in early human pregnancy, we determined cholesterol and its precursors in the amniotic fluid of uncomplicated, singleton human pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: Total sterols were characterized by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry in the second-trimester amniotic fluid of 126 healthy fetuses from week 15 until week 22. RESULTS: The markers of cholesterol biosynthesis, lanosterol, dihydrolanosterol, and lathosterol, were present in low levels until the 19th week of gestation, after which their levels increased strongly. β-sitosterol, a marker for maternal-fetal cholesterol transport, was detectable in the amniotic fluid. The total cholesterol levels increased slightly between weeks 15 and 22. CONCLUSION: Our results support the hypothesis that during early life the fetus depends on maternal cholesterol supply because endogenous synthesis is relatively low. Therefore, maternal cholesterol can play a crucial role in fetal development.
Maria E Baardman; Jan Jaap H M Erwich; Rolf M F Berger; Robert M W Hofstra; Wilhelmina S Kerstjens-Frederikse; Dieter Lütjohann; Torsten Plösch
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of obstetrics and gynecology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1097-6868     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370476     Medline TA:  Am J Obstet Gynecol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012. Published by Mosby, Inc.
Eurocat Registration Northern Netherlands and Department of Genetics, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands.
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