Effect of moderate, 30 percent global maternal nutrient reduction on fetal and postnatal baboon phenotype

Cun Li, Susan Jenkins, Vicki Mattern, Anthony G Comuzzie, Laura Cox, Hillary F. Huber, Peter W. Nathanielsz

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    Background: Most developmental programming studies on maternal nutrient reduction (MNR) are in altricial rodents whose maternal nutritional burden and offspring developmental trajectory differ from precocial non-human primates and humans. Methods: Control (CTR) baboon mothers ate ad libitum; MNR mothers ate 70% global control diet in pregnancy and lactation. Results: We present offspring morphometry, blood cortisol, and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) during second half of gestation (G) and first three postnatal years. Moderate MNR produced intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). IUGR males (n=43) and females (n=28) were smaller than CTR males (n=50) and females (n=47) in many measurements at many ages. In CTR, fetal ACTH increased 228% and cortisol 48% between 0.65G and 0.9G. IUGR ACTH was elevated at 0.65G and cortisol at 0.9G. 0.9G maternal gestational weight gain, fetal weight, and placenta weight were correlated. Conclusions: Moderate IUGR decreased body weight and morphometric measurements at key time points and altered hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal function.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)293-303
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of medical primatology
    Issue number6
    StatePublished - Dec 2017


    • Papio
    • cortisol
    • developmental programming
    • intrauterine growth restriction
    • maternal nutrition
    • non-human primates

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Animal Science and Zoology
    • veterinary(all)


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