Low oxygen leads to fetal brain bacteria in animal model, UF Health researchers find

Low oxygen leads to fetal brain bacteria in animal model, UF Health researchers find


I think our first step is to try to
understand whether this animal model that we have is a faithful reproduction
of what happens in the human what we found is that when oxygen is lowered for
a half an hour to the fetus one day later after that hypoxic episode there
was a lot of inflammation in the fetus and in particular in the fetal brain we
find this really interesting because we discovered that there was the appearance
of bacteria in the brains of the fetuses this bacteria very likely is the cause
of the inflammation that the bacteria that showed up in the in the brains of
the fetuses matched exactly bacteria that we could find in the placenta and
what this suggested to us is that the that there is a movement of bacteria
from the placenta into the fetus after this hypoxia
episode but I think that that what we’re finding is a new avenue for
communication with the fetus and and treatment of the fetus

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