Researchers from the Institut Pasteur, the CNRS, Inserm, Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital (AP-HP) and Université de Paris have discovered a new cellular mechanism involved in abnormal placental development during some high-risk pregnancies. The mechanism alters placental development, which can serious complications, and is linked with the production of interferon, a molecule produced in response to infection, especially viral infection. The research is reported in Science.
Read the research paper: IFITM proteins inhibit placental syncytiotrophoblast formation and promote fetal demise. Julian Buchrieser et al. Science 10.1126/science.aaw7733.