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Is the heart of the fetus under the influence of its own gut microbiota?

An Italian team suggests that gut bacteria of the fetus could promote or hinder, depending on the species, cardiac growth of the future newborn. This is an additional parameter which should be taken into account for a healthy pregnancy.   The hypothesis of a sterile in utero environment w...
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Are placental bacteria involved in preterm birth?

The main cause of infant morbidity and mortality in the world is preterm birth; it affects 5% to 18% of pregnancies and represents a real public health issue. A British team has attempted to demonstrate the role of the placental microbiota in different types of premature birth.   Spontane...
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The maternal influence on the establishment of the fetal microbiota

Not all maternal-fetal interactions are known, particularly microbial interactions in such a protected environment as the placenta. A Finnish team has investigated the maternal influence on the fetal microbiota, whose immunological benefit is yet to be determined.   The human placenta ha...
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