Reduced docosahexaenoic acid synthesis may contribute to growth restriction in infants born to mothers who smoke

Carlo Agostoni, Claudio Galli, Enrica Riva, Claudio Colombo, Marcello Giovannini, Franca Marangoni

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Abstract

In newborn infants, progressive decrease in anthropometric values and impairment of the docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) status was associated with maternal smoking during pregnancy, with a parallel increase of the metabolic precursor of DHA, alpha-linolenic acid. Maternal smoking may impair DHA synthesis which may contribute to reduced fetal growth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)854-856
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatrics
Volume147
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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