About The Author

Fátima Martel currently works at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto. Fátima does research in Cell Biology, Endocrinology and Human Biology. Her current projects are 'Effect of metformin on nutrient uptake by cancer cells' and "Effect of butyrate at intestinal epitelial level". She works on cell membrane transport of solutes.

The Effect Of Xenobiotics On Placenta Development In Pregnancy

The placenta constitutes a boundary between the fetal and maternal environments, being involved in the exchange of nutrients and waste products between the mother and the fetus. A compromised uterine blood flow and placental formation and development — placentation — causes reduced availability of nutrients and oxygen for the fetus, as observed in pathologies such