Journal article

Creatine biosynthesis and transport by the term human placenta

Stacey J Ellery, Paul A Della Gatta, Clinton R Bruce, Greg M Kowalski, Miranda Davies-Tuck, Joanne C Mockler, Padma Murthi, David W Walker, Rod J Snow, Hayley Dickinson

PLACENTA | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Creatine is an amino acid derivative that is involved in preserving ATP homeostasis. Previous studies suggest an important role for the creatine kinase circuit for placental ATP turnover. Creatine is obtained from both the diet and endogenous synthesis, usually along the renal-hepatic axis. However, some tissues with a high-energy demand have an inherent capacity to synthesise creatine. In this study, we determined if the term human placenta has the enzymatic machinary to synthesise creatine. METHODS: Eleven placentae were collected following elective term caesarean section. Samples from the 4 quadrants of each placenta were either fixed in formalin or frozen. qPCR was used to ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

S.E. is funded by a career development fellowship from Cerebral Palsy Alliance to H.D (CDG0914); M.D.T is an NHMRC Early Career Fellow; H.D. is an NHMRC Career Development Fellow. A grant from the NHMRC to H.D., D.W. and R.S. (APP1047504) and the Victorian Government Infrastructure Support Fund to the Hudson Institute of Medical Research supported this work.