Kirsten R. Poore

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The prevalence of the metabolic syndrome, which represents a spectrum of metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, continues to increase at an alarming rate in contemporary society. Inadequate responses of an individual to environmental challenges such as unbalanced diet or lack of physical exercise during their life course has been recognised to increase(More)
The present study investigated the ontogeny of pulmonary and renal angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) in foetal and postnatal pigs, and examined the effect of cortisol on tissue ACE in utero. Data were compared with those in sheep at similar ages. Under anaesthesia, tissues and umbilical blood were collected from pig foetuses between 81-115 days of(More)
Ovine parturition results from an increase in foetal cortisol secretion in late gestation which is dependent on an intact hypothalamo-pituitary connection. The cortisol surge and parturition fails in hypothalamo-pituitary disconnected (HPD) foetuses but, paradoxically, immunoreactive (ir)-ACTH concentrations and secretory dynamics appear normal. This study(More)
The organic anion transporter OAT4 (SLC22A11) and organic anion transporting polypeptide OATP2B1 (SLCO2B1) are expressed in the basal membrane of the placental syncytiotrophoblast. These transporters mediate exchange whereby uptake of one organic anion is coupled to efflux of a counter-ion. In placenta, these exchangers mediate placental uptake of(More)
Epidemiological and experimental studies suggest early nutrition has long-term effects on susceptibility to obesity, cardiovascular and metabolic diseases. Small and large animal models confirm the influence of different windows of sensitivity, from fetal to early postnatal life, on offspring phenotype. We showed previously that undernutrition in sheep(More)
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