Elevated levels of umbilical cord plasma corticotropin-releasing hormone in growth-retarded fetuses.

CRH is synthesized in the hypothalamus and released in response to stress into the portal hypophyseal blood; an additional site of synthesis, the placenta, is present only during pregnancy. Placental CRH is released into the maternal and fetal circulation during human pregnancy, and we hypothesized that the chronic fetal stress associated with fetal growth… CONTINUE READING