Amino Acid Metabolism in the Human Fetus at Term: Leucine, Valine, and Methionine Kinetics

C.H.P. van den Akker, G.D. Minderman, A. Vermes, E.M. Schoonderwaldt, J.J. Duvekot, E.A.P. Steegers, J.B. van Goudoever, Henk Schierbeek

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Human fetal metabolism is largely unexplored. Understanding how a healthy fetus achieves its fast growth rates could eventually play a pivotal role in improving future nutritional strategies for premature infants. To quantify specific fetal amino acid kinetics, eight healthy pregnant women received before elective cesarean section at term, continuous stable isotope infusions of the essential amino acids [1-
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)566-571
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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