Inflammation-induced sensitization of the brain in term infants

Bobbi Fleiss, Cally J Tann, Vincent Degos, Stéphanie Sigaut, Juliette Van Steenwinckel, Anne-Laure Schang, Anton Kichev, Nicola J Robertson, Carina Mallard, Henrik Hagberg, Pierre Gressens

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Perinatal insults are a leading cause of infant mortality and amongst survivors are frequently associated with neurocognitive impairment, cerebral palsy (CP), and seizure disorders. The events leading to perinatal brain injury are multifactorial. This review describes how one subinjurious factor affecting the brain sensitizes it to a second injurious factor, causing an exacerbated injurious cascade. We will review the clinical and experimental evidence, including observations of high rates of maternal and fetal infections in term-born infants with neonatal encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. In addition, we will discuss preclinical evidence for the sensitizing effects of inflammation on injuries, such as hypoxia-ischaemia, our current understanding of the mechanisms underpinning the sensitization process, and the possibility for neuroprotection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-28
Number of pages12
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue numberS3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


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