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Sex specific programming: A critical role for the renal renin-angiotensin system

KM Moritz, JSM Cuffe, LB Wilson, H Dickinson, ME Wlodek, DG Simmons, KM Denton

PLACENTA | W B SAUNDERS CO LTD | Published : 2010


The "Developmental Origins of Health and Disease" hypothesis has caused resurgence of interest in understanding the factors regulating fetal development. A multitude of prenatal perturbations may contribute to the onset of diseases in adulthood including cardiovascular and renal diseases. Using animal models such as maternal glucocorticoid exposure, maternal calorie or protein restriction and uteroplacental insufficiency, studies have identified alterations in kidney development as being a common feature. The formation of a low nephron endowment may result in impaired renal function and in turn may contribute to disease. An interesting feature in many animal models of developmental programmi..

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