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  • Maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy ‘memorized’ by fetal muscle cells

    photo of researchers Stephane Lezmi, Huan Wang and Yuan-Xiang Pan New research by, from left, nutritional sciences professor Stphane Lezmi, doctoral researcher Huan Wang and Yuan-Xiang Pan, a professor of nutritional sciences and of food science, found the long-sought link between maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy and problems such as stunted growth and metabolic diseases in offspring.

    New research by, from left, nutritional sciences professor Stéphane Lezmi, doctoral researcher Huan Wang and Yuan-Xiang Pan, a professor of nutritional sciences and of food science, found the long-sought link between maternal protein deficiency during pregnancy and problems such as stunted growth and metabolic diseases in offspring.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s notes: To reach Huan Wang, call 217-417-8655; email wang327@illinois.edu.

    To reach Yuan-Xiang Pan, call 217-333-3466; email yxpan@illinois.edu

    The paper “Induction of autophagy through the activating transcription factor 4 (ATF4)-dependent amino acid response pathway in maternal skeletal muscle may function as the molecular memory in response to gestational protein restriction to alert offspring to maternal nutrition” is available online or from the News Bureau.