Metabolites of the epidermal lipoxygenase-3 (eLOX-3) are involved in various metabolic pathways. Most unexpectedly, intra-amniotic delivery of eLOX-3 to mice at gestational day 14.5, both via an adenoviral vector and as recombinant protein, resulted in fetal growth restriction and intrauterine death. Periodic acid-Schiff staining and RT-PCR analysis of placentae from fetuses exposed to eLOX-3 indicated a lack of glycogen trophoblasts in the junctional zone. Placenta-specific gene expression was altered. Thus, the observed prenatal toxicity of eLOX-3 could be due to a strong effect on placental development.
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