HR NEWS

Mother’s immune response to Zika virus can harm unborn baby

Mother’s immune response to Zika virus can harm unborn baby

Proteins that mount a potent immune response to Zika virus, and help pregnant women fight the infection, can harm the placenta and foetal growth, a study has found. Researchers had previously established that these antiviral proteins, known as type I interferons, were required to fight Zika infection in mothers. However, it was not clear what role interferons played in providing an immune defence for the foetus. To investigate, researchers from Yale University in the US studied two different types of mouse models. One type lacked the receptor for type 1 interferon altogether, and the other had only one copy of the interferon receptor gene.

Only the latter showed signs of abnormal placental development, restricted foetal growth and death, the researchers said. The findings, published in the journal Science Immunology, demonstrates that damaging effects of the immune response to Zika virus can outweigh the benefits for foetuses. Researchers found that although type 1 interferon is critical to blocking replication of the virus, too much of it can be detrimental during pregnancy. The study results may have implications for other infection-related pregnancy complications and possible interventions.

Source: Financial Express

11 months ago

By HR Reporters

Related Tags :   • Health News

Social Share : Share      

Comments.....

Submit new comment

Most Viewed

Flipkart appoints Smriti Singh as chief HR officer...

3 weeks ago

Intel appoints Prakash Mallya as MD, South Asia...

2 years ago

24 unbelievable excuses employees have given for skipping work...

2 years ago

Poor dental health ups frailty risk in older men, says study...

11 months ago

Vistara appoints Deepa Chadha as SVP-HR (CHRO)...

2 years ago

Goa accountant exam: 8,000 candidates appear for 80 posts vacant bet everybody f...

4 months ago

Notice pay cut by employer non-taxable...

2 years ago

Study says eggs do not increase cardiovascular disease risk; here’s how many you...

7 months ago

Cognizant Golden Handshake: Take nine months’ salary and leave on good terms...

2 years ago

Uber introduces special reward programme...

2 years ago

Most Shared

Mass redundancies for Quebec cookie factory...

2 years ago

Trump this: 5 bold predictions for how he’ll impact HR...

2 years ago

InfoTycoon appoints existing President and COO Kevin George to succeed James Dav...

2 years ago

Sushant Dwivedy joins Aspiring Minds as SVP-Enterprise Client Solutions...

2 years ago

Uber introduces special reward programme...

2 years ago

Standard Chartered Bank to reduce 10% corporate & institutional banking staff...

2 years ago

National CineMedia (NCM) creates Affiliate Partnerships team, names Stacie Tursi...

2 years ago

OCC Names New CFO, Treasurer, and Chief Compliance Officer...

2 years ago

Beards at work are now a major turn-off say 61% of female office workers...

2 years ago

First female fast jet pilot of Britain hired as director at PwC...

2 years ago