Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Association Between Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Infection and Offspring Mood Disorders

2015 Oct 14. pii: S1538-5442(15)00124-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cppeds.2015.06.008. [Epub ahead of print]
The purpose of this article is to provide a systematic review of studies that have examined the association between prenatal exposure to maternal infection and development of mood disorders across the life course. Drawing from both human- and animal-based studies, we give an overview of hypothesized biological mechanisms by which exposure to maternal infection during critical periods of gestation may contribute to fetal programming of mood disorders in offspring. We discuss studies examining the association between prenatal exposure to maternal infection with pathogens including influenza as well as other respiratory viruses, herpesviruses, hepatitis viruses, and Toxoplasma gondii and mood disorders in human populations. Moreover, we outline strengths and limitations of the current body of evidence and make recommendations for future research. We also discuss findings in the context of well-documented gender and socioeconomic disparities in the prevalence and severity of mood disorders, particularly major depression, and the role that early exposure to infection may play in explaining the perpetuation of such disparities across generations. Overall, this review of the current knowledge on this topic has important implications for determining future research directions, designing interventions as well as prenatal care guidelines targeted at prevention or treatment of infection during pregnancy, and clinical practice for the identification of individuals that may be at increased risk for mood disorders beginning early in life. Importantly, such efforts may not only lower the overall burden of mood disorders but also serve to address social disparities in these adverse mental health conditions in the U.S.
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1 comment:

Chloe said...

Some researches have indicated a fact that maternal infection could lead to abnormal gene regulation and brain atrophy while the offspring mood disorders might exhibit familial transmission due to both environmental and genetic factors. Therefore, the two factors might be crucial for the association between the two elements.