Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Maternal High-Fat Diet Has Serious Implications For Brain Development Of Offspring, Mouse Study Finds

Date:
October 27, 2009
Source:
Society for Neuroscience
Summary:
Feeding high-fat food to pregnant mice can affect their pups' brain development in ways that may cause them to be more vulnerable to obesity and to engage in addictive-like behaviors in adulthood, a new study has found.

Feeding high-fat food to pregnant mice can affect their pups' brain development in ways that may cause them to be more vulnerable to obesity and to engage in addictive-like behaviors in adulthood, a new study has found.

Related Articles


The research was presented at Neuroscience 2009, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and the world's largest source of emerging news about brain science and health.

"We discovered that pups born to mothers fed a high-fat diet during pregnancy and lactation had significant changes in their brain chemistry, with dramatic differences in dopamine- and opioid-related molecules," said lead author Teresa Reyes, PhD, of the University of Pennsylvania.

These changes may partially explain the differences in behavior observed in these pups compared with ones from normal pregnancies, Reyes added. The pups born to mothers fed a high-fat diet showed a greater preference for a sugar solution and a greater physical response to cocaine than did pups born to mothers fed a standard diet.

The study's findings may have implications for humans. Almost two-thirds of Americans are overweight and one in three is obese, according to government health surveys. Women who are obese currently account for between 20 and 35 percent of all pregnancies in the United States. "The potential long-term effects of maternal obesity on the brains and behavior of offspring are just beginning to be understood," Reyes said.

Research was supported by the National Institutes of Health.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Society for Neuroscience. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

Society for Neuroscience. "Maternal High-Fat Diet Has Serious Implications For Brain Development Of Offspring, Mouse Study Finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 October 2009. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026231845.htm>.
Society for Neuroscience. (2009, October 27). Maternal High-Fat Diet Has Serious Implications For Brain Development Of Offspring, Mouse Study Finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026231845.htm
Society for Neuroscience. "Maternal High-Fat Diet Has Serious Implications For Brain Development Of Offspring, Mouse Study Finds." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/10/091026231845.htm (accessed December 22, 2014).

Share This


More From ScienceDaily



More Health & Medicine News

Monday, December 22, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Christmas Kissing Good for Health

Christmas Kissing Good for Health

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 22, 2014) Scientists in Amsterdam say couples transfer tens of millions of microbes when they kiss, encouraging healthy exposure to bacteria. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Brain-Dwelling Tapeworm Reveals Genetic Secrets

Brain-Dwelling Tapeworm Reveals Genetic Secrets

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 22, 2014) Cambridge scientists have unravelled the genetic code of a rare tapeworm that lived inside a patient's brain for at least four year. Researchers hope it will present new opportunities to diagnose and treat this invasive parasite. Matthew Stock reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Americans Drink More in the Winter

Americans Drink More in the Winter

Buzz60 (Dec. 22, 2014) The BACtrack breathalyzer app analyzed Americans' blood alcohol content and found out a whole lot of interesting things about their drinking habits. Mara Montalbano (@maramontalbano) has more. Video provided by Buzz60
Powered by NewsLook.com
Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Touch-Free Smart Phone Empowers Mobility-Impaired

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Dec. 21, 2014) A touch-free phone developed in Israel enables the mobility-impaired to operate smart phones with just a movement of the head. Suzannah Butcher reports. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories


Health & Medicine

Mind & Brain

Living & Well

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins