Maternal inflammation boosts serotonin, impairs fetal brain development in mice

Posted by on May 31, 2016 10:24 pm
Categories: health

Fighting the flu during pregnancy sickens a pregnant woman, but it may also put the fetus at a slightly increased risk for neurodevelopmental disorders like autism later in life. A new study in pregnant mice offers a potential mechanism explaining why: Inflammation alters neurotransmitters and impairs growth of nerve cells in the developing fetal brain.

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