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Early-life environment (i.e., micronutrient deficiency, hypoglycemia, intrauterine growth restriction, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) can have long-term impact on adult health by increased risk of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, neurocognitive decline. Utilizing preclinical models, we investigate how early-life environment causes permanent change in expression of molecules (e.g., proteins, hormones) that maintain physiological homeostasis, including stress responses, fear and anxiety, and learning and memory. In particular, we focus on growth factors that play critical roles in the neuroendocrine system, a major regulatory system that can be influenced by early-life environment. With this knowledge we hope to uncover molecules that can be targeted for therapeutic development and provide insights into how fetal/neonatal conditions contribute to the risk of adult diseases. These will be essential in developing strategies for treatment and prevention of adulthood pathophysiologies.

Keywords

  • developmental origins of adult diseases

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2003 2018

Teratogens
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Fetal Development
Psychopathology
Brain

Beneficial effects of postnatal choline supplementation on long-Term neurocognitive deficit resulting from fetal-Neonatal iron deficiency

Kennedy, B. C., Tran, P. V., Kohli, M., Maertens, J. J., Gewirtz, J. C. & Georgieff, M. K., Jan 15 2018, In : Behavioural Brain Research. 336, p. 40-43 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Choline
Iron
Neuronal Plasticity
Genes
Diet
1 Citations

Defiant: (DMRs: Easy, fast, identification and ANnoTation) identifies differentially Methylated regions from iron-deficient rat hippocampus

Condon, D. E., Tran, P. V., Lien, Y. C., Schug, J., Georgieff, M. K., Simmons, R. A. & Won, K. J., Feb 5 2018, In : BMC bioinformatics. 19, 1, 31.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Hippocampus
DNA Methylation
Iron
Annotation
Rats
2 Citations

Early-Life Neuronal-Specific Iron Deficiency Alters the Adult Mouse Hippocampal Transcriptome

Barks, A., Fretham, S. J. B., Georgieff, M. K. & Tran, P. V., Oct 1 2018, In : Journal of Nutrition. 148, 10, p. 1521-1528 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Transcriptome
Iron
Hippocampus
Doxycycline
Genes

Iron as a model nutrient for understanding the nutritional origins of neuropsychiatric disease

Barks, A., Hall, A. M., Tran, P. V. & Georgieff, M. K., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Pediatric Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Malnutrition
Iron
Micronutrients
Starvation
Food