Implications of Epigenetics and Stress Regulation on Research and Developmental Care of Preterm Infants

Rosario Montirosso, Livio Provenzi

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Abstract

Epigenetics refers to chemical modifications leading to changes in gene expression without any alteration of the DNA structure. We suggest ways through which epigenetic mechanisms might contribute to alter developmental trajectories in preterm infants. Although theoretical and methodological issues still need to be addressed, we discuss how epigenetics might be an emergent research field with potential innovative insights for researchers and clinicians involved in the neonatal care of preterm infants.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-182
Number of pages9
JournalJOURNAL OF OBSTETRIC, GYNECOLOGIC, AND NEONATAL NURSING
Volume44
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • DNA methylation
  • Epigenetics
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Preterm birth

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