Maternal Leukocyte Metabolism in Fetal Malnutrition

  • Jack Metcoff
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 49)


About 15 percent of successful pregnancies yield low-birth-weight babies (less than 2500 g). It is estimated that the low birth weight in about one-third to one-half of these infants is not due to prematurity, but is the result of fetal malnutrition (FM).1 An indeterminate number of surviving fetally malnourished babies have permanent physical, neurologic, intelligence or learning defects. In addition, about one-third of fetal deaths has been ascribed to fetal malnutrition. It has been suggested that maternal malnutrition may represent a teratogenic insult during the embryonic life of some infants.


Fetal Growth Pyruvic Kinase Fetal Death Glycogen Storage Disease Adenylate Kinase 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Metcoff
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  1. 1.Oklahoma University Health Sciences CenterOklahoma CityUSA

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