Our new review about the role of prenatal immune and endocrine modulators for brain development is out

Prenatal Immune and Endocrine Modulators of Offspring’s Brain Development and Cognitive Functions Later in Life

Steven Schepanski,Claudia Buss, Ileana L. Hanganu-Opatz and Petra C. Arck

Fetal brain development is pivotally dependent on environmental triggers in utero. Prenatal maternal challenges such as stress or infections have been associated to adverse cognitive functions in the offspring. In this review we discuss how fetal brain development is influenced by endocrine and immunological factors, shaping the offspring’s later life, introducing a novel pathway, maternal microchimeric cells.