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Preemie gut may hinge on amniotic fluid

Lack of exposure to amniotic fluid could be the reason that preterm infants are more susceptible to a serious gastrointestinal inflammatory disease.

In an early online report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine show that feeding amniotic fluid to young mice reduced the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in an experimental model, suggesting new therapeutic avenues for warding off the deadly condition.

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PNAS - "Amniotic fluid inhibits Toll-like receptor 4 signaling in the fetal and neonatal intestinal epithelium" (http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/06/22/1200856109.abstract?sid=fbf62d33-bb28-4640-a23b-eba601bac744)

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