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Type: Journal article
Title: Parenting from before conception
Author: Lane, M.
Robker, R.
Robertson, S.
Citation: Science, 2014; 345(6198):756-760
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0036-8075
1095-9203
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Michelle Lane, Rebecca L. Robker, Sarah A. Robertson
Abstract: At fertilization, the gametes endow the embryo with a genomic blueprint, the integrity of which is affected by the age and environmental exposures of both parents. Recent studies reveal that parental history and experiences also exert effects through epigenomic information not contained in the DNA sequence, including variations in sperm and oocyte cytosine methylation and chromatin patterning, noncoding RNAs, and mitochondria. Transgenerational epigenetic effects interact with conditions at conception to program the developmental trajectory of the embryo and fetus, ultimately affecting the lifetime health of the child. These insights compel us to revise generally held notions to accommodate the prospect that biological parenting commences well before birth, even prior to conception.
Keywords: Oocytes; Spermatozoa; Semen; Animals; Humans; Prenatal Exposure Delayed Effects; RNA, Untranslated; Fathers; Mothers; Epigenesis, Genetic; Embryonic Development; Fertilization; Pregnancy; Female; Male; Embryo, Mammalian; Maternal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
Rights: Copyright 2014 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science; all rights reserved.
RMID: 0030007284
DOI: 10.1126/science.1254400
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