Free Amino-acid Concentrations in Fetal FluidsBr Med J 1970; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5725.747 (Published 26 September 1970) Cite this as: Br Med J 1970;3:747
- F. Cockburn,
- S. P. Robins,
- J. O. Forfar
The pattern of free amino-acid concentrations in maternal venous plasma, fetal umbilical arterial plasma, fetal urine, and amniotic fluid at 15 to 20 weeks' gestation has been determined. Free amino-acid concentrations were greater in fetal plasma than in maternal plasma, amniotic fluid, or fetal urine.
The ratios of amino-acid concentrations in fetal umbilical arterial plasma and urine indicate that the fetal kidney can effectively conserve amino-acids, possibly reaching an adult level of competence in this respect.
There was little correlation between amino-acid concentrations in the fluids analysed with the exception of that between amniotic fluid and fetal urine.