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Early-life exposure to widespread environmental toxicants and maternal-fetal health risk: A focus on metabolomic biomarkers

Dai, Y., Huo, X., Cheng, Z., Faas, M. M. & Xu, X., 2020, In : Science of the Total Environment. 739, 12 p., 139626.

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Prenatal exposure to widespread environmental toxicants is detrimental to maternal health and fetal development. The effects of environmental toxicants on maternal and fetal metabolic profile changes have not yet been summarized. This systematic review aims to summarize the current studies exploring the association between prenatal exposure to environmental toxicants and metabolic profile alterations in mother and fetus. We searched the MEDLINE (PubMed) electronic database for relevant literature conducted up to September 18, 2019 with some key terms. From the initial 155 articles, 15 articles met the inclusion and exclusion criteria, and consist of highly heterogeneous research methods. Seven studies assessed the effects of multiple environmental pollutants (metals, organic pollutants, nicotine, air pollutants) on the maternal urine and blood metabolomic profile; five studies evaluated the effects of arsenic, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), nicotine, and ambient fine particulate matter (PM2.5) on the cord blood metabolomic profile; and one study assessed the effects of smoking exposure on the amniotic fluid metabolomic profile. The alteration of metabolic pathways in these studies mainly involve energy metabolism, hormone metabolism, oxidative stress and inflammation. No population study investigated the association between environmental toxicants and placental metabolomics. This systematic review provides evidence that prenatal exposure to a variety of environmental pollutants can affect maternal and fetal metabolomic characteristics. Integration of environmental toxicant exposure and metabolomics data in maternal-fetal samples is helpful to understand the interaction between toxicants and metabolites, so as to reveal the pathogenesis of fetal disease or diseases of fetal origin.

Original languageEnglish
Article number139626
Number of pages12
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume739
Early online date3-Jun-2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Keywords

  • Metabolomics, Environmental exposure, Maternal-fetal health, Early life, Biomarkers, TRIMESTER AMNIOTIC-FLUID, PRENATAL EXPOSURE, ARSENIC EXPOSURE, PERFLUOROALKYL SUBSTANCES, BIRTH-WEIGHT, BISPHENOL-A, CORD BLOOD, PLACENTA, PREGNANCY, IMPACT

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