Monday, 1 April 2019

Maternal smoking leads to obesity in offspring

Maternalsmoking during pregnancy is known to increase the risk of obesity in offspring later in life
The scientists found that babies born to mothers who smoked while pregnant have increased tissue levels of a protein called chemerin, which is produced by fat cells and appears to play a role in energy storage.
Pearson and colleagues aim to carry out further studies to see whether their findings can be replicated in female offspring, potentially using cells from umbilical cord as the test tissue. They also hope to study the effects of smoke exposure during pregnancy in engineered mice lacking either chemerin or its receptor.

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