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Fetal Cells Found in Maternal Organs

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Baby’s Cells Can Manipulate Mom’s Body for Decades [9/2/15] - An evolutionary approach may help scientists understand why mothers become genetic chimeras and how that affects their health

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living in Mothers’ Brains [12/4/12] -

Fetal microchimerism (FMc) describes the persistence of low numbers of fetal cells in the mother after a pregnancy.  (During pregnancy a small number of fetal stem cells stray across the placenta and into the mother's bloodstream.)

Cutting edge science shows fetal cells heal mother for life - [1/4/12] this article has a religious slant but does a nice job of summarizing the research

Baby comes with brain repair kit for mum by Andy Coghlan  [8/19/05] NewScientist.com news service

Cells from babies help heal their mothers

[08 November 04]

"It has been known for about a decade that cells from a human fetus can remain in its mother’s blood and bone marrow for many years. But what do they do?  Diana Bianchi at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and her colleagues recently showed that these fetal cells can transform themselves into specialised cells in the thyroid, intestine, cervix and gall bladder. Now her team has shown that, in mice at least, these fetal cells also help heal skin wounds in the mother, both during and after pregnancy."

Fetal cells in maternal tissue following pregnancy: what are the consequences?
Johnson KL, Bianchi DW.
Hum Reprod Update. 2004 Nov-Dec;10(6):497-502. Epub 2004 Aug 19.

"The presence and persistence of fetal cells in murine maternal tissue was first reported over 20 years ago, although it is only more recently that the occurrence and potential consequences of fetomaternal cell trafficking in humans have been fully appreciated. Fetal cell microchimerism is a growing field of investigation, although the data are contradictory relative to the health consequences of persistent fetal cells in maternal tissues. Understanding of the types of cells being transferred from fetus to mother, the location of these fetal cells within the various maternal tissue types, and the functionality of these cells may ultimately lead to measures to minimize or eliminate the deleterious effects of the cells, or to efforts to take advantage of the presence of these cells for therapeutic purposes. This review focuses on the origins of fetal cell microchimerism research and the different hypotheses regarding the consequences of persistent fetal cells in the mother, the various diseases that have been evaluated with respect to fetomaternal cell trafficking, the potential variables associated with the frequency, persistence and tissue distribution of fetal cells in maternal tissue, and an assessment of future direction in this innovative field of inquiry."

Mothers Harbor Fetal Stem Cells: A Boost for Stem Cell Research [7/6/04]  "The important [finding] of this study is that adult women may acquire and retain fetal stem cells naturally as a result of pregnancy, and that these cells may have therapeutic potential," said Dr. Diana W. Bianchi from Tufts.

Fetal cells left in mother may be multipotent - Researchers detect expression of epithelial, leukocyte, and hepatocyte markers on fetal microchimeric cells. [Journal of the American Medical Association 2004; 292: 75-80]

Fetuses give mothers a gift of cells, study says - a less scientific description

Pregnant Women "Inherit" Some Characteristics of Their Children


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