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Desai Mina

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology
SchoolThe Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation
Phone(310) 222-1961
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    Title(s)Assistant Professor In-Residence, Obstetrics and Gynecology


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    1. Rajfer RA, Flores M, Abraham A, Garcia E, Hinojosa N, Desai M, Artaza JN, Ferrini MG. Prevention of Osteoporosis in the Ovariectomized Rat by Oral Administration of a Nutraceutical Combination That Stimulates Nitric Oxide Production. J Osteoporos. 2019; 2019:1592328. PMID: 31275540.
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    2. Desai M, Han G, Li T, Ross MG. Programmed Epigenetic DNA Methylation-Mediated Reduced Neuroprogenitor Cell Proliferation and Differentiation in Small-for-Gestational-Age Offspring. Neuroscience. 2019 08 01; 412:60-71. PMID: 31153962.
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    3. Ross MG, Desai M. Transfer of Inhaled Cannabis Into Human Breast Milk. Obstet Gynecol. 2018 09; 132(3):780-781. PMID: 30134398.
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    4. Desai M, Ferrini MG, Han G, Jellyman JK, Ross MG. In vivo maternal and in vitro BPA exposure effects on hypothalamic neurogenesis and appetite regulators. Environ Res. 2018 07; 164:45-52. PMID: 29476947.
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    5. Galyon KD, Farshidi F, Han G, Ross MG, Desai M, Jellyman JK. Maternal bisphenol A exposure alters rat offspring hepatic and skeletal muscle insulin signaling protein abundance. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 03; 216(3):290.e1-290.e9. PMID: 27836638.
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    6. Yee JK, Han G, Vega J, Lee WP, Ross MG, Desai M. Fatty Acid de Novo Synthesis in Adult Intrauterine Growth-Restricted Offspring, and Adult Male Response to a High Fat Diet. Lipids. 2016 Dec; 51(12):1339-1351. PMID: 27660207.
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    7. Desai M, Han G, Ross MG. Programmed hyperphagia in offspring of obese dams: Altered expression of hypothalamic nutrient sensors, neurogenic factors and epigenetic modulators. Appetite. 2016 Apr 01; 99:193-199. PMID: 26785315.
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    8. Sun X, Fukami T, Li T, Desai M, Ross MG. Preferential development of neuropeptide Y/GABA circuit in hypothalamic arcuate nucleus in postnatal rats. Brain Res. 2016 Mar 15; 1635:27-40. PMID: 26790345.
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    9. Wahlqvist ML, Krawetz SA, Rizzo NS, Dominguez-Bello MG, Szymanski LM, Barkin S, Yatkine A, Waterland RA, Mennella JA, Desai M, Ross MG, Krebs NF, Young BE, Wardle J, Wrann CD, Kral JG. Early-life influences on obesity: from preconception to adolescence. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2015 Jul; 1347:1-28. PMID: 26037603.
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    10. Dalle Molle R, Laureano DP, Alves MB, Reis TM, Desai M, Ross MG, Silveira PP. Intrauterine growth restriction increases the preference for palatable foods and affects sensitivity to food rewards in male and female adult rats. Brain Res. 2015 Aug 27; 1618:41-9. PMID: 26006109.
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    11. Seet EL, Yee JK, Jellyman JK, Han G, Ross MG, Desai M. Maternal high-fat-diet programs rat offspring liver fatty acid metabolism. Lipids. 2015 Jun; 50(6):565-73. PMID: 25899040.
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    12. Alves MB, Dalle Molle R, Desai M, Ross MG, Silveira PP. Increased palatable food intake and response to food cues in intrauterine growth-restricted rats are related to tyrosine hydroxylase content in the orbitofrontal cortex and nucleus accumbens. Behav Brain Res. 2015; 287:73-81. PMID: 25796489.
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    13. Khorram O, Keen-Rinehart E, Chuang TD, Ross MG, Desai M. Maternal undernutrition induces premature reproductive senescence in adult female rat offspring. Fertil Steril. 2015 Jan; 103(1):291-8.e2. PMID: 25439841.
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    14. Desai M, Li T, Han G, Ross MG. Programmed hyperphagia secondary to increased hypothalamic SIRT1. Brain Res. 2014 Nov 17; 1589:26-36. PMID: 25245521.
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    15. Ross MG, Desai M. Developmental programming of appetite/satiety. Ann Nutr Metab. 2014; 64 Suppl 1:36-44. PMID: 25059804.
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    16. Magee TR, Ross MG, Wedekind L, Desai M, Kjos S, Belkacemi L. Gestational diabetes mellitus alters apoptotic and inflammatory gene expression of trophobasts from human term placenta. J Diabetes Complications. 2014 Jul-Aug; 28(4):448-59. PMID: 24768206.
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    17. Desai M, Jellyman JK, Han G, Beall M, Lane RH, Ross MG. Maternal obesity and high-fat diet program offspring metabolic syndrome. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Sep; 211(3):237.e1-237.e13. PMID: 24631702.
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    18. Ross MG, Desai M. Developmental programming of offspring obesity, adipogenesis, and appetite. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 56(3):529-36. PMID: 23751877.
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    19. Ross MG, Desai M. Epidemic of obesity and metabolic syndrome. Foreword. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 56(3):509-10. PMID: 23820123.
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    20. Desai M, Ross MG. Reproductive endocrinology: maternal cholestasis and offspring metabolic abnormalities. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2013 Oct; 9(10):567-8. PMID: 23959368.
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    21. Guberman C, Jellyman JK, Han G, Ross MG, Desai M. Maternal high-fat diet programs rat offspring hypertension and activates the adipose renin-angiotensin system. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Sep; 209(3):262.e1-8. PMID: 23743273.
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    22. Lee S, Lee KA, Choi GY, Desai M, Lee SH, Pang MG, Jo I, Kim YJ. Feed restriction during pregnancy/lactation induces programmed changes in lipid, adiponectin and leptin levels with gender differences in rat offspring. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2013 Jun; 26(9):908-14. PMID: 23327414.
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    23. Desai M, Beall M, Ross MG. Developmental origins of obesity: programmed adipogenesis. Curr Diab Rep. 2013 Feb; 13(1):27-33. PMID: 23188593.
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    24. Wolfe D, Gong M, Han G, Magee TR, Ross MG, Desai M. Nutrient sensor-mediated programmed nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in low birthweight offspring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Oct; 207(4):308.e1-6. PMID: 22921094.
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    25. Boles JL, Ross MG, Beloosesky R, Desai M, Belkacemi L. Placental-mediated increased cytokine response to lipopolysaccharides: a potential mechanism for enhanced inflammation susceptibility of the preterm fetus. J Inflamm Res. 2012; 5:67-75. PMID: 22924006.
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    26. Yee JK, Lee WN, Ross MG, Lane RH, Han G, Vega J, Desai M. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma modulation and lipogenic response in adipocytes of small-for-gestational age offspring. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2012 Jun 22; 9(1):62. PMID: 22726273.
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    27. Fukami T, Sun X, Li T, Desai M, Ross MG. Mechanism of programmed obesity in intrauterine fetal growth restricted offspring: paradoxically enhanced appetite stimulation in fed and fasting states. Reprod Sci. 2012 Apr; 19(4):423-30. PMID: 22344733.
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    28. Yamada M, Wolfe D, Han G, French SW, Ross MG, Desai M. Early onset of fatty liver in growth-restricted rat fetuses and newborns. Congenit Anom (Kyoto). 2011 Dec; 51(4):167-73. PMID: 22103455.
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    29. Belkacemi L, Desai M, Nelson DM, Ross MG. Altered mitochondrial apoptotic pathway in placentas from undernourished rat gestations. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2011 Dec; 301(6):R1599-615. PMID: 21918224.
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    30. Belkacemi L, Jelks A, Chen CH, Ross MG, Desai M. Altered placental development in undernourished rats: role of maternal glucocorticoids. Reprod Biol Endocrinol. 2011 Aug 01; 9:105. PMID: 21806804.
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    31. Desai M, Ross MG. Fetal programming of adipose tissue: effects of intrauterine growth restriction and maternal obesity/high-fat diet. Semin Reprod Med. 2011 May; 29(3):237-45. PMID: 21710399.
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    32. Desai M, Li T, Ross MG. Fetal hypothalamic neuroprogenitor cell culture: preferential differentiation paths induced by leptin and insulin. Endocrinology. 2011 Aug; 152(8):3192-201. PMID: 21652728.
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    33. Khorram NM, Magee TR, Wang C, Desai M, Ross M, Khorram O. Maternal undernutrition programs offspring adrenal expression of steroidogenic enzymes. Reprod Sci. 2011 Oct; 18(10):931-40. PMID: 21566243.
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    34. Yee JK, Lee WN, Han G, Ross MG, Desai M. Organ-specific alterations in fatty acid de novo synthesis and desaturation in a rat model of programmed obesity. Lipids Health Dis. 2011 May 11; 10:72. PMID: 21569358.
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    35. Lau C, Rogers JM, Desai M, Ross MG. Fetal programming of adult disease: implications for prenatal care. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Apr; 117(4):978-85. PMID: 21422872.
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    36. Magee TR, Tafti SA, Desai M, Liu Q, Ross MG, Nast CC. Maternal undernourished fetal kidneys exhibit differential regulation of nephrogenic genes including downregulation of the Notch signaling pathway. Reprod Sci. 2011 Jun; 18(6):563-76. PMID: 21273641.
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    37. Abdennebi-Najar L, Desai M, Han G, Casillas E, Jean D, Arieh G, Ross MG. Basal, endogenous leptin is metabolically active in newborn rat pups. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 Dec; 24(12):1486-91. PMID: 21250909.
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    38. Desai M, Li T, Ross MG. Hypothalamic neurosphere progenitor cells in low birth-weight rat newborns: neurotrophic effects of leptin and insulin. Brain Res. 2011 Mar 10; 1378:29-42. PMID: 21215735.
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    39. Belkacemi L, Desai M, Beall MH, Liu Q, Lin JT, Nelson DM, Ross MG. Early compensatory adaptations in maternal undernourished pregnancies in rats: role of the aquaporins. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2011 May; 24(5):752-9. PMID: 20958229.
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    40. Tosh DN, Fu Q, Callaway CW, McKnight RA, McMillen IC, Ross MG, Lane RH, Desai M. Epigenetics of programmed obesity: alteration in IUGR rat hepatic IGF1 mRNA expression and histone structure in rapid vs. delayed postnatal catch-up growth. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2010 Nov; 299(5):G1023-9. PMID: 20813916.
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    41. Belkacemi L, Nelson DM, Desai M, Ross MG. Maternal undernutrition influences placental-fetal development. Biol Reprod. 2010 Sep; 83(3):325-31. PMID: 20445129.
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    42. Joss-Moore LA, Wang Y, Campbell MS, Moore B, Yu X, Callaway CW, McKnight RA, Desai M, Moyer-Mileur LJ, Lane RH. Uteroplacental insufficiency increases visceral adiposity and visceral adipose PPARgamma2 expression in male rat offspring prior to the onset of obesity. Early Hum Dev. 2010 Mar; 86(3):179-85. PMID: 20227202.
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    43. Karadag A, Sakurai R, Wang Y, Guo P, Desai M, Ross MG, Torday JS, Rehan VK. Effect of maternal food restriction on fetal rat lung lipid differentiation program. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2009 Jul; 44(7):635-44. PMID: 19514059.
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    44. Desai M, Gayle DA, Casillas E, Boles J, Ross MG. Early undernutrition attenuates the inflammatory response in adult rat offspring. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2009 Jul; 22(7):571-5. PMID: 19488945.
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    45. Keen-Rhinehart E, Desai M, Ross MG. Central insulin sensitivity in male and female juvenile rats. Horm Behav. 2009 Sep; 56(3):275-80. PMID: 19460379.
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    46. Jelks A, Belkacemi L, Han G, Chong WL, Ross MG, Desai M. Paradoxical increase in maternal plasma leptin levels in food-restricted gestation: contribution by placental and adipose tissue. Reprod Sci. 2009 Jul; 16(7):665-75. PMID: 19372589.
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    47. Desai M, Ferelli M, Kallichanda N, Lane RH. Programmed upregulation of adipogenic transcription factors in intrauterine growth-restricted offspring. Reprod Sci. 2008 Oct; 15(8):785-96. PMID: 19017816.
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    48. Magee TR, Han G, Cherian B, Khorram O, Ross MG, Desai M. Down-regulation of transcription factor peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor in programmed hepatic lipid dysregulation and inflammation in intrauterine growth-restricted offspring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Sep; 199(3):271.e1-5. PMID: 18667178.
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    49. Abdel-Hakeem AK, Henry TQ, Magee TR, Desai M, Ross MG, Mansano RZ, Torday JS, Nast CC. Mechanisms of impaired nephrogenesis with fetal growth restriction: altered renal transcription and growth factor expression. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2008 Sep; 199(3):252.e1-7. PMID: 18639218.
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    50. Nguyen T, Desai M, Ross MG. Programmed alterations in hypothalamic neuronal orexigenic responses to ghrelin following gestational nutrient restriction. Reprod Sci. 2008 Sep; 15(7):702-9. PMID: 18562700.
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    51. De Matteo R, Stacy V, Probyn M, Desai M, Ross M, Harding R. The perinatal development of arterial pressure in sheep: effects of low birth weight due to twinning. Reprod Sci. 2008 Jan; 15(1):66-74. PMID: 18212356.
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    52. Probyn ME, Stacy V, Desai M, Ross M, Harding R. Spontaneously occurring differences in fetal weight do not affect blood pressure, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis or the renin-angiotensin system in the late-gestation ovine fetus. Reprod Fertil Dev. 2008; 20(4):451-9. PMID: 18462606.
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    53. Desai M, Babu J, Ross MG. Programmed metabolic syndrome: prenatal undernutrition and postweaning overnutrition. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Dec; 293(6):R2306-14. PMID: 17898113.
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    54. Desai M, Gayle D, Babu J, Ross MG. The timing of nutrient restriction during rat pregnancy/lactation alters metabolic syndrome phenotype. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 Jun; 196(6):555.e1-7. PMID: 17547893.
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    55. Khorram O, Khorram N, Momeni M, Han G, Halem J, Desai M, Ross MG. Maternal undernutrition inhibits angiogenesis in the offspring: a potential mechanism of programmed hypertension. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2007 Aug; 293(2):R745-53. PMID: 17507434.
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    56. Choi GY, Tosh DN, Garg A, Mansano R, Ross MG, Desai M. Gender-specific programmed hepatic lipid dysregulation in intrauterine growth-restricted offspring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 May; 196(5):477.e1-7. PMID: 17466711.
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    57. Mansano R, Desai M, Garg A, Choi GY, Ross MG. Enhanced nephrogenesis in offspring of water-restricted rat dams. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 May; 196(5):480.e1-6. PMID: 17466712.
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    58. Khorram O, Momeni M, Ferrini M, Desai M, Ross MG. In utero undernutrition in rats induces increased vascular smooth muscle content in the offspring. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2007 May; 196(5):486.e1-8. PMID: 17466715.
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    59. Desai M, Gayle D, Han G, Ross MG. Programmed hyperphagia due to reduced anorexigenic mechanisms in intrauterine growth-restricted offspring. Reprod Sci. 2007 May; 14(4):329-37. PMID: 17644805.
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    60. Ross MG, Desai M, Khorram O, McKnight RA, Lane RH, Torday J. Gestational programming of offspring obesity: a potential contributor to Alzheimer's disease. Curr Alzheimer Res. 2007 Apr; 4(2):213-7. PMID: 17430249.
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    61. Khorram O, Momeni M, Desai M, Ross MG. Nutrient restriction in utero induces remodeling of the vascular extracellular matrix in rat offspring. Reprod Sci. 2007 Jan; 14(1):73-80. PMID: 17636219.
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    62. Novak DA, Desai M, Ross MG. Gestational programming of offspring obesity/hypertension. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2006 Oct; 19(10):591-9. PMID: 17118732.
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    63. Gayle DA, Desai M, Casillas E, Beloosesky R, Ross MG. Gender-specific orexigenic and anorexigenic mechanisms in rats. Life Sci. 2006 Sep 13; 79(16):1531-6. PMID: 16697419.
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    64. Beloosesky R, Gayle DA, Amidi F, Nunez SE, Babu J, Desai M, Ross MG. N-acetyl-cysteine suppresses amniotic fluid and placenta inflammatory cytokine responses to lipopolysaccharide in rats. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2006 Jan; 194(1):268-73. PMID: 16389042.
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    65. Desai M, Gayle D, Babu J, Ross MG. Permanent reduction in heart and kidney organ growth in offspring of undernourished rat dams. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Sep; 193(3 Pt 2):1224-32. PMID: 16157142.
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    66. Desai M, Gayle D, Kallichanda N, Ross MG. Gender specificity of programmed plasma hypertonicity and hemoconcentration in adult offspring of water-restricted rat dams. J Soc Gynecol Investig. 2005 Sep; 12(6):409-15. PMID: 15982906.
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    67. Ross MG, Desai M, Guerra C, Wang S. Programmed syndrome of hypernatremic hypertension in ovine twin lambs. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Apr; 192(4):1196-204. PMID: 15846202.
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    68. Desai M, Guerra C, Wang S, Ross MG. Protective effect of prenatal water restriction on offspring cardiovascular homeostasis in response to hemorrhage. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2005 Jun; 288(6):H2659-65. PMID: 15665057.
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    69. Ross MG, Desai M. Gestational programming: population survival effects of drought and famine during pregnancy. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005 Jan; 288(1):R25-33. PMID: 15590994.
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    70. Beall MH, El Haddad M, Gayle D, Desai M, Ross MG. Adult obesity as a consequence of in utero programming. Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2004 Dec; 47(4):957-66; discussion 980-1. PMID: 15596948.
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    71. Ross MG, Desai M, Guerra C, Wang S. Prenatal programming of hypernatremia and hypertension in neonatal lambs. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005 Jan; 288(1):R97-103. PMID: 15374819.
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    72. Desai M, Gayle D, Babu J, Ross MG. Programmed obesity in intrauterine growth-restricted newborns: modulation by newborn nutrition. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2005 Jan; 288(1):R91-6. PMID: 15297266.
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    73. Gayle DA, Beloosesky R, Desai M, Amidi F, Nuñez SE, Ross MG. Maternal LPS induces cytokines in the amniotic fluid and corticotropin releasing hormone in the fetal rat brain. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2004 Jun; 286(6):R1024-9. PMID: 14988088.
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    74. Ladella SJ, Desai M, Cho Y, Ross MG. Maternal plasma hypertonicity is accentuated in the postterm rat. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2003 Nov; 189(5):1439-44. PMID: 14634583.
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    75. Desai M, Guerra C, Wang S, Ross MG. Programming of hypertonicity in neonatal lambs: resetting of the threshold for vasopressin secretion. Endocrinology. 2003 Oct; 144(10):4332-7. PMID: 12960036.
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    76. Ross MG, El-Haddad M, DeSai M, Gayle D, Beall MH. Unopposed orexic pathways in the developing fetus. Physiol Behav. 2003 Jun; 79(1):79-88. PMID: 12818712.
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    77. Desai M, Xu Z, Guerra C, Kallichanda N, Ross MG. Maternal DDAVP-induced hyponatremia preserves fetal urine flow during acute fetal hemorrhage. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2003 Aug; 285(2):R373-9. PMID: 12689853.
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