A Role for Fructose Metabolism in Development of Sheep and Pig Conceptuses. Chapter uri icon


  • The period of conceptus (embryo and extraembryonic membrane) development between fertilization and implantation in mammalian species is critical as it sets the stage for placental and fetal development. The trophectoderm and endoderm of pre-implantation ovine and porcine conceptuses undergo elongation, which requires rapid proliferation, migration, and morphological modification of the trophectoderm cells. These complex events occur in a hypoxic intrauterine environment and are supported through the transport of secretions from maternal endometrial glands to the conceptus required for the biochemical processes of cell proliferation, migration, and differentiation. The conceptus utilizes glucose provided by the mother to initiate metabolic pathways that provide energy and substrates for other metabolic pathways. Fructose, however, is in much greater abundance than glucose in amniotic and allantoic fluids, and fetal blood during pregnancy. Despite this, the role(s) of fructose is largely unknown even though a switch to fructosedriven metabolism in subterranean rodents and some cancers are key to their adaptation to hypoxic environments.

author list (cited authors)

  • Moses, R. M., Kramer, A. C., Seo, H., Wu, G., Johnson, G. A., & Bazer, F. W.

complete list of authors

  • Moses, Robyn M||Kramer, Avery C||Seo, Heewon||Wu, Guoyao||Johnson, Gregory A||Bazer, Fuller W

Book Title

  • Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition and Metabolism

publication date

  • November 2022