Amino acids and developmental origins of hypertension

Chien Ning Hsu, You Lin Tain*

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During pregnancy, amino acids are important biomolecules that play essential roles in fetal growth and development. Imbalanced amino acid intake during gestation may produce long-term morphological or functional changes in offspring, for example, developmental programming that increases the risk of developing hypertension in later life. Conversely, supplementation with specific amino acids could reverse the programming processes in early life, which may counteract the rising epidemic of hypertension. This review provides an overview of the evidence supporting the importance of amino acids during pregnancy and fetal development, the impact of amino acids on blood pressure regulation, insight from animal models in which amino acids were used to prevent hypertension of developmental origin, and interactions between amino acids and the common mechanisms underlying development programming of hypertension. A better understanding of the pathophysiological roles of specific amino acids and their interactions in developmental programming of hypertension is essential so that pregnant mothers are able to benefit from accurate amino acid supplementation during pregnancy in order to prevent hypertension development in their children.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1763
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages20
Issue number6
StatePublished - 06 2020

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  • Amino acid
  • Developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD)
  • Gut microbiota
  • Hypertension
  • Nitric oxide
  • Nutrient-sensing signal
  • Oxidative stress
  • Pregnancy


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