Learn about the effect of vitamin deficiency on fetal regulation

2020-09-23 | Since 1 Month

Biologists at the University of Oregon have proven that vitamin E plays an essential role in the formation of the brain and nervous system in the early stages of fetal development.

Scientific Reports reports that Oregon State University scientists have conducted experiments on zebrafish, the results of which have shown that embryos belonging to fish suffering from vitamin E deficiency suffer from malformations in the brain and nervous system, and most of them die within 24 hours.

Professor Marit Trapper, head of the research team, from the School of Public Health and Human Sciences, says, "This is very amazing, their brains have been mutilated as a result of vitamin deficiency."

Scientists later discovered that among the substances that make up vitamin, only alpha-tocopherol, found in vegetable oils, olives, seeds, nuts and avocados, plays a crucial role in the normal development of the fetus, but the secret of its crucial role has not been determined.


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"Why does a fetus need vitamin? We have been searching for an answer to this question for many years," says Trapper, who has been studying the effect of vitamin for 30 years.

But with the help of state-of-the-art imaging equipment and equipment, researchers saw the effect of vitamin in the brain, and when it was lost, the neural tube and brain bud did not develop properly in zebrafish embryos, which are responsible for forming the complete nervous system and supplying all body organs and structures with nerve cells.

The researchers note, that the abnormalities appear in the stage of development of the nerve cortex, whose cells control the formation of the bones and cartilage of the face.

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