Inhibition of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, the foeto-placental barrier to maternal glucocorticoids, permanently programs amygdala GR mRNA expression and anxiety-like behaviour in the offspring.

@article{Welberg2000InhibitionO1,
  title={Inhibition of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, the foeto-placental barrier to maternal glucocorticoids, permanently programs amygdala GR mRNA expression and anxiety-like behaviour in the offspring.},
  author={Leonie A M Welberg and Jonathan R Seckl and M C Holmes},
  journal={The European journal of neuroscience},
  year={2000},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={1047-54}
}
Glucocorticoids may underlie the association between prenatal stress, low birth weight and adult stress-associated disorders, e.g. hypertension and type 2 diabetes, increased hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) activity and affective dysfunction. Normally, 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11beta-HSD2) rapidly inactivates glucocorticoids in placenta and many foetal tissues, thus acting as a 'barrier' to maternal steroids. We investigated the effect of inhibiting foeto-placental… CONTINUE READING