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Placental uptake and transfer of environmental chemicals relating to allergy in childhood years


Increasing pollution and contamination of the environment with xenobiotics may be linked to the increasing prevalence of allergic diseases throughout Europe. The hypothesis addressed by this proposal is that maternal environmental exposure to xenobiotics during pregnancy triggers intrauterine sensitisation and modulation of placental enzyme and immune function. Resulting unbalanced cytokine production will affect the immunoregulation of the placenta and may initiate an allergic reaction following further exposure in childhood resulting in higher levels of clinical allergy in children postnatal. Extent of placental transfer and fatal uptake of xenobiotics will be measured directly with a human perused placenta model and these data will be correlated with epidemiological information on the development of allergy in maternally exposed children.

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Horsfield road bristol oncology centre
BS2 8ED Bristol
United Kingdom

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