Fetal hyperglycemia and a high-fat diet contribute to aberrant glucose tolerance and hematopoiesis in adult rats

Emily K. Blue, Kimberly Ballman, Frances Boyle, Eunjin Oh, Tatsuyoshi Kono, Sara K. Quinney, Debbie C. Thurmond, Carmella Evans-Molina, Laura S. Haneline

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Background:Children exposed to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) during pregnancy are at increased risk of obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. Our goal was to identify metabolic and hematopoietic alterations after intrauterine exposure to maternal hyperglycemia that may contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic morbidities.Methods:Streptozotocin treatment induced maternal hyperglycemia during the last third of gestation in rat dams. Offspring of control mothers (OCM) and diabetic mothers (ODM) were evaluated for weight, glucose tolerance, insulin tolerance, and hematopoiesis defects. The effects of aging were examined in normal and high-fat diet (HFD)-fed young (8-wk-old) and aged (11-mo-old) OCM and ODM rats.Results:Young adult ODM males on a normal diet, but not females, displayed improved glucose tolerance due to increased insulin levels. Aged ODM males and females gained more weight than OCM on a HFD and had worse glucose tolerance. Aged ODM males fed a HFD were also neutrophilic. Increases in bone marrow cellularity and myeloid progenitors preceded neutrophilia in ODM males fed a HFD.Conclusion:When combined with other risk factors like HFD and aging, changes in glucose metabolism and hematopoiesis may contribute to the increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and hypertension observed in children of GDM mothers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)316-325
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 11 2015


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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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