How placental malaria causes fetal growth restriction

Grant number: 509185 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010



Malaria infection in the placenta impairs the baby's growth, probably by causing placental inflammation. We believe this inflammation interferes with the ability of placental cells to transport nutrients such as amino acids and glucose from mother to baby. We will test this by examining the expression of genes and proteins involved in nutrient transport in placental samples from pregnant women, and in cell lines, and will examine how malaria affects growth factors that control this process.

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