Fetal origin microchimerism and maternal health

During pregnancy, mother and fetus exchange cells. In the majority of women small amounts of cells of fetal origin persist in the maternal circulation, even decades after pregnancy. This phenomenon is called fetal origin microchimerism. It is presently not known whether circulating fetal origin cells influence the mother's health, and if so, whether the effect is beneficial or harmful. To increase insight into possible mechanisms we are initially studying diseases related to parity e.g. breast cancer and allergy.

Contact: Associate professor Mads Kamper-Jørgensen