Maternal coordination of the fetal biological clock in utero

Science  27 May 1983:
Vol. 220, Issue 4600, pp. 969-971
DOI: 10.1126/science.6844923


Deoxyglucose labeled with carbon-14 was used in studying the utilization of glucose in the suprachiasmatic nuclei of fetal rats. The results showed that an entrainable circadian clock is present in the suprachiasmatic nuclei during fetal development and that the maternal circadian system coordinates the phase of the fetal clock to environmental lighting conditions.