The human fetal adrenal gland, corticotropin-releasing hormone, and parturition

Victor E. Beshay, Bruce R. Carr, William E. Rainey

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Labor initiation is a complex process that remains to be fully elucidated. An area of active research involves the study of the different mechanisms that may lead to successful signaling for parturition. This review focuses on the fetal-derived signals that lead to the initiation of labor. These signals may also play a role in preterm labor when activated prematurely. Studying these signals may prove important in the prediction, diagnosis, and possible intervention in preterm labor.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-20
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in reproductive medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007


  • Adrenal
  • Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH)
  • Labor initiation
  • Parturition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Physiology (medical)


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