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LA BIOLOGIA DELLO SVILUPPO PRENATALE

The Biology of Prenatal Development
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Chapter 1   Introduction

The dynamic process by which the single-cell human zygote(zī΄gōt)[1] becomes a 100 trillion (1014) cell adult[2] is perhaps the most remarkable phenomenon in all of nature.

Researchers now know that many of the routine functions performed by the adult body become established during pregnancy – often long before birth.[3]

The developmental period before birth is increasingly understood as a time of preparation during which the developing human acquires the many structures, and practices the many skills, needed for survival after birth.

Chapter 1   Introduction

Il processo dinamico tramite il quale lo zigote umano unicellulare diventa un adulto con 100 trilioni di cellule è forse il fenomeno più straordinario che avviene in natura.

I ricercatori ora sanno che molte delle funzioni di routine compiute dal corpo adulto si stabilizzano durante la gravidanza, spesso molto prima della nascita.

Il periodo di sviluppo prenatale è sempre più concepito come una fase di preparazione durante la quale si evolvono le strutture dell'essere umano nel grembo, e sviluppa le varie facoltà necessarie alla sopravvivenza post-parto.

Chapter 2   Terminology

Pregnancy in humans normally lasts approximately 38 weeks[4] as measured from the time of fertilization,[5] or conception,[6] until birth.

During the first 8 weeks following fertilization, the developing human is called an embryo,[7] which means "growing within."[8] This time, called the embryonic period,[9] is characterized by the formation of most major body systems.[10]

From the completion of 8 weeks until the end of pregnancy, "the developing human is called a fetus," which means "unborn offspring." During this time, called the fetal period, the body grows larger and its systems begin to function.[11]

All embryonic and fetal ages in this program refer to the time since fertilization.[12]

Chapter 2   Terminology

La gravidanza negli esseri umani dura di norma 38 settimane dalla fecondazione, o concepimento, fino alla nascita.

Durante le prime 8 settimane che seguono la fecondazione, l'essere umano in via di sviluppo è chiamato embrione, che significa "che germoglia dentro". Questo periodo di gestazione, chiamato periodo embrionale, è caratterizzato dalla formazione dei principali sistemi organici.

Dal compimento delle 8 settimane fino alla fine della gravidanza, "l'essere umano in via di sviluppo è chiamato feto", che significa "germoglio in gestazione". Durante questo periodo, detto fase fetale, il corpo cresce e i suoi sistemi iniziano a funzionare.

Tutti gli stadi fetali ed embrionali in questo programma partono dalla fecondazione.

 

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[1] Gasser, 1975, 1.
[2] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 2; Lodish et al., 2000, 12.
[3] Vindla and James, 1995, 598.
[4] Cunningham et al., 2001, 226; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 92.
[5] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 9.
[6] Spraycar, 1995, 377 & 637.
[7] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 87.
[8] Quote from Ayto, 1990, 199.
[9] Human development during the 8-week embryonic period has been divided into a series of 23 stages called Carnegie Stages. These stages are well described in O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987. Because human growth is unique and dependent on multiple factors, different embryos may reach a certain developmental milestone or a certain size at slightly different ages. This internationally-accepted staging system provides a way to describe development independent of age and size. Each of the 23 Carnegie Stages has specific structural features. As we describe various milestones of development, the Carnegie Stage at which they occur will be noted by a designation such as: [Carnegie Stage 2]. See Appendix B for additional information relating embryonic staging and age assignments.
[10] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 3.
[11] Quotes from Moore and Persaud, 2003, 3: “After the embryonic period (eight weeks), the developing human is called a fetus.“ Also see O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 87.
[12] This convention, termed “postfertilization age“ by O’Rahilly, has been long preferred by embryologists. [see Mall, 1918, 400; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999b, 39; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 88 & 91.] Obstetricians and radiologists typically assign age based on the time elapsed since the first day of the last menstrual period prior to fertilization. This is correctly termed “postmenstrual age“ and begins 2 weeks before fertilization occurs. To summarize: postmenstrual age = postfertilization age + 2 weeks. Therefore, postmenstrual age equals approximately 2 weeks at the time of fertilization. The commonly used term “gestational age“ has been used with both age conventions and is best either avoided or carefully defined with each use.

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The Embryonic Period (The First 8 Weeks)

Embryonic Development: The First 4 Weeks

Chapter 3   Fertilization

Biologically speaking, "human development begins at fertilization,"[13] when a woman and a man each combine 23 of their own chromosomes through the union of their reproductive cells.

A woman's reproductive cell is commonly called an "egg" but the correct term is oocyte (ō´ō-sīt).[14]

Likewise, a man's reproductive cell is widely known as a "sperm," but the preferred term is spermatozoon (sper´mă-tō-zō´on).[15]

Following the release of an oocyte from a woman's ovary in a process called ovulation (ov´yū-lā´shŭn),[16] the oocyte and spermatozoon join within one of the uterine tubes,[17] which are often referred to as Fallopian tubes.

The uterine tubes link a woman's ovaries to her uterus or womb.

The resulting single-celled embryo is called a zygote,[18] meaning "yoked or joined together."[19]

The Embryonic Period (The First 8 Weeks)

Embryonic Development: The First 4 Weeks

Chapter 3   Fertilization

Dal punto di vista biologico, "lo sviluppo umano inizia dalla fecondazione", quando una donna e un uomo combinano 23 dei loro cromosomi attraverso l'unione delle loro cellule riproduttive.

La cellula riproduttiva di una donna è comunemente chiamata "uovo", ma il termine scientificamente corretto è ovocita.

Allo stesso modo, la cellula riproduttiva di un uomo è universalmente nota come "sperma" ma il termine più utilizzato è spermatozoo.

Seguendo il tragitto di un ovocita dall'ovaio di una donna attraverso il processo della "ovulazione", l'ovocita e lo spermatozoo si uniscono all'interno di una delle tube uterine, a cui spesso ci si riferisce con il nome di "tube di Falloppio".

Le tube uterine collegano le ovaie di una donna al suo utero - o ventre materno.

L'embrione unicellulare che ne risulta è chiamato zigote, che significa "congiunte o unite insieme".

Chapter 4   DNA, Cell Division, and Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF)

DNA

The zygote's 46 chromosomes[20] represent the unique first edition of a new individual's complete genetic blueprint. This master plan resides in tightly coiled molecules called DNA. They contain the instructions for the development of the entire body.

DNA molecules resemble a twisted ladder known as a double helix.[21] The rungs of the ladder are made up of paired molecules, or bases, called guanine, cytosine, adenine, and thymine.

Guanine pairs only with cytosine, and adenine with thymine.[22] Each human cell contains approximately 3 billion (3×109) base pairs.[23]

The DNA of a single cell contains so much information that if it were represented in printed words, simply listing the first letter of each base would require over 1.5 million (1.5×106) pages of text![24]

If laid end-to-end, the DNA in a single human cell measures 3⅓ feet or 1 meter.[25]

If we could uncoil all of the DNA within an adult's 100 trillion (1014) cells, it would extend over 63 billion (6.3×1010) miles. This distance reaches from the earth to the sun and back 340 times.[26]

Cell Division

Approximately 24 to 30 hours after fertilization, the zygote completes its first cell division.[27] Through the process of mitosis, one cell splits into two, two into four, and so on.[28]

Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF)

As early as 24 to 48 hours after fertilization begins, pregnancy can be confirmed by detecting a hormone called "early pregnancy factor" in the mother's blood.[29]

Chapter 4   DNA, Cell Division, and Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF)

DNA

I 46 cromosomi dello zigote rappresentano l'unica prima edizione del progetto genetico completo di un nuovo individuo. Questo piano generale risiede in molecole saldamente attorcigliate costituenti il DNA. Esse contengono le istruzioni per lo sviluppo di tutto il corpo.

Le molecole del DNA somigliano ad una scala attorcigliata a doppia elica. I pioli della scala sono fatti di molecole accoppiate, o basi, chiamate guanina, citosina, adenina e timina.

La guanina si unisce solo con la citosina, l'adenina con la timina. Ogni cellula umana contiene approssimativamente 3 miliardi di queste coppie di basi.

Il DNA di una singola cellula contiene una quantità di informazioni che se fossero rappresentate in parole stampate, facendo semplicemente la lista della prima lettera di ogni base occuperebbero oltre 1,5 milioni di pagine di testo!

Se fosse steso per lungo, il DNA di una singola cellula umana misurerebbe 1 metro.

Se potessimo srotolare tutto il DNA all'interno di 100 trilioni di cellule di un adulto, si estenderebbe per oltre 63 miliardi miglia. Questa è la stessa distanza percorribile tra la terra e il sole andata e ritorno per 340 volte.

Cell Division

Approssimativamente dalle 24 alle 30 ore dopo la fecondazione, lo zigote completa la sua prima divisione cellulare. Attraverso il processo di mitosi, una cellula si divide in due, da due in quattro, e così via.

Early Pregnancy Factor (EPF)

A 24-48 ore dall'inizio della fecondazione, la gravidanza può essere confermata localizzando un ormone nel sangue materno detto "fattore di inizio di gravidanza".

 

 


[13] Quote from Moore and Persaud, 2003, 16; From O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 9: “Fertilization is the procession of events that begins when a spermatozoon makes contact with an oocyte or its investments and ends with the intermingling of maternal and paternal chromosomes at metaphase of the first mitotic division of the zygote.“ See Carlson, 2004, 3; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 8. [Carnegie Stage 1]
[14] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 25: “The term ‘egg’ should be discarded from human embryology.“ From O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 9: “The term ‘egg’ is best reserved for a nutritive object frequently seen on the breakfast table.“
[15] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 23-24.
[16] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 30.
[17] Dorland and Bartelmez, 1922, 372; Gasser, 1975, 1; Mall, 1918, 421; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 31.
[18] Gasser, 1975, 1; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 33.
[19] Quote from Saunders, 1970, 1; Spraycar, 1995, 1976.
[20] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 34.
[21] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 24; Watson and Crick, 1953, 737.
[22] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 24; Lodish et al., 2000, 103; Watson and Crick, 1953, 737.
[23] Lodish et al., 2000, 456.
[24] See Appendix A.
[25] See Appendix A; Alberts et al., 1998, 189.
[26] See Appendix A.
[27] Hertig, 1968, 26; Hertig and Rock, 1973, 130; (cited by O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 12); Shettles, 1958, 400.
[28] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 34.
[29] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 33 & 60; Morton et al., 1992, 72; Nahhas and Barnea, 1990, 105.

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Chapter 5   Early Stages (Morula and Blastocyst) and Stem Cells

By 3 to 4 days after fertilization, the dividing cells of the embryo assume a spherical shape and the embryo is called a morula (mōr´ū-lă).[30]

By 4 to 5 days, a cavity forms within this ball of cells and the embryo is then called a blastocyst.[31]

The cells inside the blastocyst are called the inner cell mass and give rise to the head, body, and other structures vital to the developing human.[32]

Cells within the inner cell mass are called embryonic stem cells because they have the ability to form each of the more than 200 cell types contained in the human body.[33]

Chapter 5   Early Stages (Morula and Blastocyst) and Stem Cells

Nei 3/4 giorni successivi alla fecondazione, le cellule divisorie dell'embrione assumono una forma sferica e l'embrione viene chiamato morula.

Tra i 4 e i 5 giorni, si forma una cavità all'interno di questo accumulo di cellule e l'embrione viene chiamato blastocisti.

Le cellule all'interno della blastocisti sono chiamate massa cellulare interna e sono all'origine di testa, corpo e di altre strutture vitali per l'essere umano in via di sviluppo.

Le cellule all'interno della massa cellulare interna vengono chiamate 'cellule staminali embrionali' perché in grado di formare ognuno degli oltre 200 tipi di cellule contenute nel corpo umano.

Chapter 6   1 to 1½ Weeks: Implantation and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

After traveling down the uterine tube, the early embryo embeds itself into the inner wall of the mother's uterus. This process, called implantation, begins 6 days and ends 10 to 12 days after fertilization.[34]

Cells from the growing embryo begin to produce a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (human kō-rē-on'ik gō'nad-ō-trō'pin), or hCG, the substance detected by most pregnancy tests.[35]

HCG directs maternal hormones to interrupt the normal menstrual cycle, allowing pregnancy to continue.[36]

Chapter 6   1 to 1½ Weeks: Implantation and Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG)

Dopo essersi spostato attraverso le tube uterine, l'embrione iniziale si attacca alla parete interna dell'utero materno. Tale processo, detto impianto, inizia a 6 giorni e termina dai 10 ai 12 giorni dopo la fecondazione.

Le cellule dell'embrione in via di sviluppo iniziano a produrre un ormone detto gonadotropina corionica umana, o HCG, la sostanza rilevata dalla maggior parte dei test di gravidanza.

L'HCG fa sì che gli ormoni materni interrompano il normale ciclo mestruale, permettendo che la gravidanza continui.

Chapter 7   The Placenta and Umbilical Cord

Following implantation, cells on the periphery of the blastocyst give rise to part of a structure called the placenta (plă-sen'tă), which serves as an interface between the maternal and embryonic circulatory systems.

The placenta delivers maternal oxygen, nutrients, hormones, and medications to the developing human; removes all waste products; and prevents maternal blood from mixing with the blood of the embryo and fetus.[37]

The placenta also produces hormones and maintains embryonic and fetal body temperature slightly above that of the mother's.[38]

The placenta communicates with the developing human through the vessels of the umbilical (ŭm-bil'i-kăl) cord.[39]

The life support capabilities of the placenta rival those of intensive care units found in modern hospitals.

Chapter 7   The Placenta and Umbilical Cord

Dopo l'impianto, le cellule alla periferia della blastocisti danno origine a parte di una struttura detta placenta, che serve da collegamento tra i sistemi circolatori materno ed embrionale.

La placenta rilascia ossigeno materno, sostanze nutritive, ormoni e cure all'essere umano in via di sviluppo; rimuove tutti gli scarti ed impedisce che il sangue materno si mescoli con quello dell'embrione e del feto.

La placenta, inoltre, produce ormoni e mantiene la temperatura corporea embrionale e fetale leggermente al di sopra rispetto a quella della madre.

La placenta comunica con l'essere umano in via di sviluppo attraverso i vasi del cordone ombelicale.

Le capacità di sostegno vitale della placenta sono alla stregua di quelle delle unità di terapia intensive degli ospedali moderni.

 

 


[30] Gasser, 1975, 1; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 37; Spraycar, 1995, 1130: “Morula“ is derived from the Latin word morus meaning “mulberry.“ [Carnegie Stage 2]
[31] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 39. [Carnegie Stage 3]
[32] Gasser, 1975, 1; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 39; Sadler, 2005, 6.
[33] Alberts et al., 1998, 32. For a discussion and definition of embryonic stem cells see the website of the National Institutes of Health: http://stemcells.nih.gov/infoCenter/stemCellBasics.asp#3
[34] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 40; Implantation begins with attachment of the blastocyst at about 6 days after fertilization. [Attachment of the blastocyst to the inner wall of the uterus is a transient event and is the hallmark of Carnegie Stage 4.] See also Adams, 1960, 13-14; Cunningham et al., 2001, 20; Hamilton, 1949, 285-286; Hertig, 1968, 41; Hertig and Rock, 1944, 182; Hertig and Rock, 1945, 81 & 83; Hertig and Rock, 1949, 183; Hertig et al., 1956, 444. [Carnegie Stage 5]
[35] Chartier et al., 1979, 134; Cunningham et al., 2001, 27; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 43.
[36] Cunningham et al., 2001, 20 & 26-27; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 31.
[37] Hertig, 1968, 16; Cunningham et al., 2001, 86 & 136; For a detailed description of the placenta see Hamilton and Boyd, 1960. For a detailed description of the placenta vasculature see Harris and Ramsey, 1966. This separation of maternal and fetal blood is almost but not quite perfect as a small number of fetal cells may be found in the maternal circulation and vice-versa. See Cunningham et al., 2001, 96 & 136.
[38] Liley, 1972, 101; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 78-79.
[39] For a detailed description of umbilical cord formation see Florian, 1930.

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Chapter 8   Nutrition and Protection

By 1 week, cells of the inner cell mass form two layers called the hypoblast and epiblast.[40]

The hypoblast gives rise to the yolk sac,[41] which is one of the structures through which the mother supplies nutrients to the early embryo.[42]

Cells from the epiblast form a membrane called the amnion (am-nē-on),[43] within which the embryo and later the fetus develop until birth.

Chapter 8   Nutrition and Protection

Entro la prima settimana, le cellule della massa cellulare interna formano due strati detti ipoblasto ed epiblasto.

L'ipoblasto dà origine ad un sacco vitellino, che è una delle strutture attraverso le quali la madre fornisce sostanze nutritive all'embrione iniziale.

Le cellule dell'epiblasto formano una membrana chiamata sacco amniotico, all'interno del quale l'embrione e poi il feto si sviluppano fino alla nascita.

Chapter 9   2 to 4 Weeks: Germ Layers and Organ Formation

By approximately 2½ weeks, the epiblast has formed 3 specialized tissues, or germ layers, called ectoderm, endoderm, and mesoderm.[44]

Ectoderm gives rise to numerous structures including the brain, spinal cord, nerves, skin, nails, and hair.

Endoderm produces the lining of the respiratory system and digestive tract and generates portions of major organs such as the liver and pancreas.

Mesoderm forms the heart, kidneys, bones, cartilage, muscles, blood cells, and other structures.[45]

By 3 weeks the brain is dividing into 3 primary sections called the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain.[46]

Development of the respiratory and digestive systems is also underway.[47]

As the first blood cells appear in the yolk sac,[48] blood vessels form throughout the embryo, and the tubular heart emerges.[49]

Almost immediately, the rapidly growing heart folds in upon itself as separate chambers begin to develop.[50]

The heart begins beating 3 weeks and 1 day following fertilization.[51]

The circulatory system is the first body system, or group of related organs, to achieve a functional state.[52]

Chapter 9   2 to 4 Weeks: Germ Layers and Organ Formation

Dopo circa 2 settimane e 1/2, l'epiblasto ha formato 3 tessuti specializzati, o strati germinativi, detti ectoderma, endoderma e mesoderma.

L'ectoderma crea numerose strutture come il cervello, il midollo spinale, i nervi, la pelle, le unghie ed i capelli.

L'endoderma produce il rivestimento interno dell'apparato respiratorio e digerente, e produce parti degli organi principali come il fegato ed il pancreas.

Il mesoderma forma il cuore, i reni, le ossa, la cartilagine, i muscoli, le cellule del sangue, ed altre strutture.

Entro 3 settimane il cervello si divide in 3 sezioni primarie dette prosencefalo, mesencefalo, e rombencefalo.

Gli apparati respiratorio e digerente si stanno sviluppando.

Mentre le prime cellule del sangue compaiono nel sacco vitellino, i vasi sanguigni si formano attraverso l'embrione ed emerge il cuore tubolare.

Quasi immediatamente, il cuore in crescita rapida ripiega su se stesso mentre iniziano a svilupparsi delle camere separitmo.

Il cuore inizia a battere 3 settimane e 1 giorno dopo la fecondazione.

L'apparato circolatorio è il primo sistema corporeo, o gruppo di organi correlati, ad ottenere uno stato funzionale.

Chapter 10   3 to 4 Weeks: The Folding of the Embryo

Between 3 and 4 weeks, the body plan emerges as the brain, spinal cord, and heart of the embryo are easily identified alongside the yolk sac.

Rapid growth causes folding of the relatively flat embryo.[53] This process incorporates part of the yolk sac into the lining of the digestive system and forms the chest and abdominal cavities of the developing human.[54]

Chapter 10   3 to 4 Weeks: The Folding of the Embryo

Dopo 3 o 4 settimane, la struttura corporea emerge mentre il cervello, il midollo spinale, e il cuore dell'embrione sono facilmente identificati insieme al sacco vitellino.

La crescita rapida causa un ripiegamento dell'embrione relativamente piatto. Tale processo inserisce parte del sacco vitellino nel rivestimento interno dell'apparato digerente e forma il torace e le cavità addominali dell'essere umano in via di sviluppo.

 

 


[40] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 39.
[41] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 50; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 82. [Carnegie Stages 5 & 6]; In humans, the term “yolk sac“ has fallen out of favor among some embryologists (including O’Rahilly and Müller) because it is not a nutrient reservoir and does not contain yolk. The technically preferred term is umbilical vesicle. This structure plays a vital role in the transfer of nutrients from mother to embryo before placental circulation becomes fully functional.
[42] Campbell et al., 1993, 756; Kurjak et al., 1994, 437; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 82.
[43] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 29; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 43. [Carnegie Stages 4-5]
[44] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 14 & 135. [Carnegie Stage 7]; It should be noted there are many examples of organs derived from multiple germ layers. For instance, the liver is largely derived from endoderm but contains blood vessels and blood cells derived from mesoderm and nerves of ectodermal origin.
[45] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 80 & 83; Sadler, 2005, 9.
[46] Bartelmez, 1923, 236; Müller and O’Rahilly, 1983, 419-420 & 429; O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1979, 123 & 129; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1984, 422; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 90; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 47 & 52. [Carnegie Stage 9]
[47] DiFiore and Wilson, 1994, 221; Fowler et al., 1988, 793; Grand et al., 1976, 793-794 & 796 & 798; O’Rahilly, 1978, 125; O’Rahilly and Boyden, 1973, 238-239; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1984, 421; O’Rahilly and Tucker, 1973, 6 & 8 & 23; Streeter, 1942, 232 & 235.
[48] Carlson, 2004, 117.
[49] Gilmour, 1941, 28; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 86. [Carnegie Stage 9]
[50] Campbell, 2004, 14; Carlson, 2004, 116 & 446; Navaratnam, 1991, 147-148; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 99. [Carnegie Stage 10]
[51] Campbell, 2004, 14; Carlson, 2004, 430; De Vries and Saunders, 1962, 96; Gardner and O’Rahilly, 1976, 583; Gilbert-Barness and Debich-Spicer, 1997, 650; Gittenger-de Groot et al., 2000, 17; van Heeswijk et al., 1990, 151; Kurjak and Chervenak, 1994, 439; Navaratnam, 1991, 147-148; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 99; Wisser and Dirschedl, 1994, 108. [Carnegie Stage 10, possibly late Stage 9]
[52] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 70: “The cardiovascular system is the first organ system to reach a functional state.“
[53] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 78.
[54] Gasser, 1975, 26; Moore and Persaud, 2003, 78.

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Embryonic Development: 4 to 6 Weeks

Chapter 11   4 Weeks: Amniotic Fluid

By 4 weeks the clear amnion surrounds the embryo in a fluid-filled sac.[55] This sterile liquid, called amniotic (am-nē-ot'ik) fluid, provides the embryo with protection from injury.[56]

Embryonic Development: 4 to 6 Weeks

Chapter 11   4 Weeks: Amniotic Fluid

Entro 4 settimane il sacco amniotico trasparente circonda l'embrione con un sacco pieno di liquido. Questo liquido sterile, detto liquido amniotico, protegge l'embrione da lesioni.

Chapter 12   The Heart in Action

The heart typically beats about 113 times per minute.[57]

Note how the heart changes color as blood enters and leaves its chambers with each beat.

The heart will beat approximately 54 million (5.4×107) times before birth and over 3.2 billion (3.2×109) times over the course of an 80-year lifespan.[58]

Chapter 12   The Heart in Action

Il cuore solitamente batte circa 113 volte al minuto.

Notate come il cuore cambia colore quando il sangue entra ed esce dalle sue camere ad ogni battito.

Il cuore batterà approssimativamente 54 milioni di volte prima della nascita ed oltre 3,2 miliardi di volte in 80 anni.

Chapter 13   Brain Growth

Rapid brain growth is evidenced by the changing appearance of the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain.

Chapter 13   Brain Growth

La rapida crescita del cervello è evidenziata dal cambiamento del prosencefalo, del mesencefalo, e del rombencefalo.

Chapter 14   Limb Buds

Upper and lower limb development begins with the appearance of the limb buds by 4 weeks.[59]

The skin is transparent at this point because it is only one cell thick.

As the skin thickens, it will lose this transparency, which means that we will only be able to watch internal organs develop for about another month.[60]

Chapter 14   Limb Buds

Lo sviluppo degli arti superiori ed inferiori inizia con la comparsa degli arti entro 4 settimane.

La pelle a questo punto è trasparente perché ha solo lo spessore di una cellula.

La pelle, ispessendosi, perderà questa trasparenza, il che significa che saremo solo in grado di osservare gli organi interni svilupparsi per circa un altro mese.

Chapter 15   5 Weeks: Cerebral Hemispheres

Between 4 and 5 weeks, the brain continues its rapid growth and divides into five distinct sections.[61]

The head comprises about one-third of the embryo's total size.[62]

The cerebral (ser'ĕ-brăl) hemispheres appear,[63] gradually becoming the largest parts of the brain.[64]

Functions eventually controlled by the cerebral hemispheres include thought, learning, memory, speech, vision, hearing, voluntary movement, and problem-solving.[65]

Chapter 15   5 Weeks: Cerebral Hemispheres

Per 4 o 5 settimane il cervello continua la sua rapida crescita e si divide in 5 sezioni distinte.

La testa include circa 1/3 del totale dell'embrione.

Compaiono gli emisferi cerebrali che gradualmente diventano la parte più grande del cervello.

Le funzioni controllate dagli emisferi cerebrali comprendono il pensiero, l'apprendimento, la memoria, la parola, la vista, l'udito, i movimenti volontari e la risoluzione dei problemi.

 

 


[55] Gasser, 1975, 30; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 80.
[56] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 81.
[57] van Heeswijk et al., 1990, 153.
[58] See Appendix A.
[59] Gasser, 1975, 49 & 59; O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1975, 11; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1985, 148 & 151; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 143; Streeter, 1945, 30; Uhthoff, 1990, 7 & 141. [upper and lower limb buds: Carnegie Stages 12 & 13]
[60] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 486; O’Rahilly, 1957, 459; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 165. For information about the first-trimester, direct-imaging technique used in this program (called embryoscopy), see Cullen et al., 1990.
[61] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 134; Sadler, 2005, 106. [Carnegie Stage 15]
[62] Laffont, 1982, 5.
[63] Bartelmez and Dekaban, 1962, 25; Campbell, 2004, 17; O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1979, 130; O’Rahilly et al., 1984, 249; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 115; van Dongen and Goudie, 1980, 193. [Carnegie Stage 14]
[64] Moore, 1980, 938.
[65] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 663-677.

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Chapter 16   Major Airways

In the respiratory system, the right and left main stem bronchi (brong'kī) are present[66] and will eventually connect the trachea (trā´kē-ă), or windpipe, with the lungs.

Chapter 16   Major Airways

Nel sistema respiratorio, sono presenti i principali ceppi di destra e di sinistra dei bronchi, che alla fine collegheranno la trachea ai polmoni.

Chapter 17   Liver and Kidneys

Note the massive liver filling the abdomen adjacent to the beating heart.

The permanent kidneys appear by 5 weeks.[67]

Chapter 17   Liver and Kidneys

Notate il fegato enorme che riempie l'addome vicino al cuore che batte.

I reni permanenti compaiono entro 5 settimane.

Chapter 18   Yolk Sac and Germ Cells

The yolk sac contains early reproductive cells called germ cells. By 5 weeks these germ cells migrate to the reproductive organs adjacent to the kidneys.[68]

Chapter 18   Yolk Sac and Germ Cells

Il sacco vitellino contiene le prime cellule riproduttive dette cellule germinali. Entro 5 settimane queste cellule germinali migrano agli organi riproduttivi situati vicino ai reni.

Chapter 19   Hand Plates and Cartilage

Also by 5 weeks, the embryo develops hand plates,[69] and cartilage formation begins by 5½ weeks.[70]

Here we see the left hand plate and wrist at 5 weeks and 6 days.

Chapter 19   Hand Plates and Cartilage

Inoltre entro 5 settimane l'embrione sviluppa gli abbozzi delle mani, e la formazione della cartilagine inizia a 5 settimane e 1/2.

Qui vediamo l'abbozzo della mano sinistra e del polso a 5 settimane e 6 giorni.

 

 


[66] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 245; O’Rahilly and Boyden, 1973, 239; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 291; Sparrow et al., 1999, 550.
[67] Angtuaco et al., 1999, 13; Lipschutz, 1998, 384; Moore and Persaud, 2003, 288; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 167 & 182; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 301; Sadler, 2005, 72. [Carnegie Stage 14]
[68] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 23; Waters and Trainer, 1996, 16; Witschi, 1948, 70, 77 & 79.
[69] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 175; Streeter, 1948, 139. [Carnegie Stage 15 ]
[70] O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1975, 4. [Carnegie Stages 16 and 17 ]

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Embryonic Development: 6 to 8 Weeks

Chapter 20   6 Weeks: Motion and Sensation

By 6 weeks the cerebral hemispheres are growing disproportionately faster than other sections of the brain.

The embryo begins to make spontaneous and reflexive movements.[71] Such movement is necessary to promote normal neuromuscular development.

A touch to the mouth area causes the embryo to reflexively withdraw its head.[72]

Embryonic Development: 6 to 8 Weeks

Chapter 20   6 Weeks: Motion and Sensation

Entro 6 settimane gli emisferi cerebrali crescono in modo sproporzionatamente veloce rispetto alle altre sezioni del cervello.

L'embrione inizia a fare movimenti spontanei e di riflesso. Tale movimento è necessario per stimolare il normale sviluppo neuromuscolare.

Il toccare la zona della bocca fa sì che l'embrione ripieghi di riflesso la testa.

Chapter 21   The External Ear and Blood Cell Formation

The external ear is beginning to take shape.[73]

By 6 weeks, blood cell formation is underway in the liver where lymphocytes are now present.[74] This type of white blood cell is a key part of the developing immune system.

Chapter 21   The External Ear and Blood Cell Formation

L'orecchio esterno sta iniziando a prendere forma.

Entro 6 settimane, si avvia la formazione delle cellule del sangue nel fegato dove ora sono presenti i linfociti. Questo tipo di cellule bianche del sangue sono una parte importantissima per lo sviluppo del sistema immunitario.

Chapter 22   The Diaphragm and Intestines

The diaphragm (dī'ă-fram), the primary muscle used in breathing, is largely formed by 6 weeks.[75]

A portion of the intestine now protrudes temporarily into the umbilical cord. This normal process, called physiologic herniation (fiz-ē-ō-loj'ik her-nē-ā'shŭn), makes room for other developing organs in the abdomen.[76]

Chapter 22   The Diaphragm and Intestines

Il diaframma, che è il muscolo principale utilizzato nella respirazione, è in gran parte formato entro 6 settimane.

Una parte dell'intestino ora sporge temporaneamente dal cordone ombelicale. Questo normale processo, detto ernia fisiologica, fa sì che si sviluppino altri organi dell'addome.

Chapter 23   Hand Plates and Brainwaves

At 6 weeks the hand plates develop a subtle flattening.[77]

Primitive brainwaves have been recorded as early as 6 weeks and 2 days.[78]

Chapter 23   Hand Plates and Brainwaves

A 6 settimane gli abbozzi delle mani sviluppano un sottile appiattimento.

Le onde cerebrali primitive sono state registritmo a 6 settimane e 2 giorni.

 

 


[71] Birnholz et al., 1978, 539; de Vries et al., 1982, 301 & 304: “The first movements were observed at 7.5 weeks postmenstrual age.“ [or 5½ weeks postfertilization age]; Humphrey, 1964, 99: earliest reflex 5½ weeks; Humphrey, 1970, 12; Humphrey and Hooker, 1959, 76; Humphrey and Hooker, 1961, 147; Kurjak and Chervenak, 1994, 48; Visser et al., 1992, 175-176: “Endogenously generated fetal movements can first be observed after 7 weeks postmenstrual age (i.e. 5 weeks after conception);“ Natsuyama, 1991, 13; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 336: 5½ weeks postfertilization; Sorokin and Dierker, 1982, 723 & 726; Visser et al., 1992, 175-176; Natsuyama, 1991, 13: Spontaneous movement observed by “Carnegie stage 15“ (about 33 days postfertilization); Hogg, 1941, 373: Reflex activity begins at 6½ weeks [adjusted to postfertilization age].
[72] Goodlin, 1979, D-128.
[73] Karmody and Annino, 1995, 251; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 480; Streeter, 1948, 190.
[74] Kurjak and Chervenak, 1994, 19.
[75] de Vries et al., 1982, 320.
[76] Gilbert-Barness and Debich-Spicer, 1997, 774; Grand et al., 1976, 798; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 213; Sadler, 2005, 66; Spencer, 1960, 9; Timor-Tritsch et al., 1990, 287.
[77] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 202-203.
[78] Borkowski and Bernstine, 1955, 363 (cited by Bernstine, 1961, 63 & 66; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 195; van Dongen and Goudie, 1980, 193.); Hamlin, 1964, 113. For a summary of in utero fetal encephalography (measuring brainwaves) in the near- term fetus using abdominal and vaginal electrodes see Bernstine et al., 1955.

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Chapter 24   Nipple Formation

Nipples appear along the sides of the trunk shortly before reaching their final location on the front of the chest.[79]

Chapter 24   Nipple Formation

I capezzoli compaiono lungo I lati del petto appena prima di raggiungere la loro collocazione finale sul torace.

Chapter 25   Limb Development

By 6½ weeks, the elbows are distinct, the fingers are beginning to separate,[80] and hand movement can be seen.

Bone formation, called ossification (os'i-fi-kā'shŭn), begins within the clavicle, or collar bone, and the bones of the upper and lower jaw.[81]

Chapter 25   Limb Development

Entro 6 settimane e 1/2, si distinguono i gomiti, le dita stanno iniziando a separarsi, e si può notare il movimento delle mani.

La formazione delle ossa, detta ossificazione, inizia con la clavicola e con le ossa della mascella superiore e inferiore.

Chapter 26   7 Weeks: Hiccups and Startle Response

Hiccups have been observed by 7 weeks.[82]

Leg movements can now be seen, along with a startle response.[83]

Chapter 26   7 Weeks: Hiccups and Startle Response

Si sono osservati dei singhiozzi entro 7 settimane.

Ora si possono vedere dei movimenti delle gambe con dei sussulti.

Chapter 27   The Maturing Heart

The four-chambered heart is largely complete.[84] On average, the heart now beats 167 times per minute.[85]

Electrical activity of the heart recorded at 7½ weeks reveals a wave pattern similar to the adult's.[86]

Chapter 27   The Maturing Heart

Il cuore, diviso in 4 camere, è in gran parte completo. In media il cuore ora batte 167 volte al minuto.

L'attività elettrica del cuore registrata a 7 settimane e 1/2 rivela uno schema di onde simile a quello di un adulto.

Chapter 28   Ovaries and Eyes

In females, the ovaries are identifiable by 7 weeks.[87]

By 7½ weeks, the pigmented retina of the eye is easily seen and the eyelids are beginning a period of rapid growth.[88]

Chapter 28   Ovaries and Eyes

Nelle femmine le ovaie sono visibili entro 7 settimane.

Entro 7 settimane e 1/2 la retina pigmentata dell'occhio è facilmente riconoscibile e le palpebre crescono rapidamente.

Chapter 29   Fingers and Toes

Fingers are separate and toes are joined only at the bases.

The hands can now come together, as can the feet.[89]

Knee joints are also present.[90]

Chapter 29   Fingers and Toes

Le dita sono separate e le dita dei piedi sono unite solo alle basi.

Le mani ora possono unirsi così come i piedi.

Sono presenti anche le rotule.

 

 


[79] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1985, 155: “The nipple appears at stages 17 and 18.“ [41-44 days postfertilization]; Wells, 1954, 126.
[80] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 221; Streeter, 1948, 187.
[81] Carlson, 2004, 189; O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1972, 293; O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1975, 19; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 385; Sperber, 1989, 122 & 147. [Carnegie Stage 19]
[82] de Vries et al., 1982, 305 & 311; Visser et al., 1992, 176.
[83] de Vries et al., 1988, 96; Visser et al., 1992, 176.
[84] Cooper and O’Rahilly, 1971, 292; James, 1970, 214; Jordaan, 1979, 214; Streeter, 1948, 192; Vernall, 1962, 23: “The four chambers of the heart and the associated major vessels are externally apparent in a close approximation to their adult positions.“ [Carnegie Stage 18]
[85] van Heeswijk et al., 1990, 153.
[86] Straus et al., 1961, 446 (cited by Gardner and O’Rahilly, 1976, 571.):  “…an electrocardiogram with the classical P, QRS, and T configuration has been obtained from a 23mm human embryo (Straus, Walker, and Cohen, 1961).“
[87] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 320. [Carnegie Stage 20]
[88] Andersen et al., 1965, 646; O’Rahilly, 1966, 35; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 259; Pearson, 1980, 39; Streeter, 1951, 193. [Carnegie Stage 22] Pigment within the retina is present from about 37 days postfertilization per O’Rahilly, 1966, 25. [Carnegie Stage 16]
[89] Streeter, 1951, 191; reiterated by O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 257.
[90] O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1975, 11; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 262.

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The 8-Week Embryo

Chapter 30   8 Weeks: Brain Development

At 8 weeks the brain is highly complex[91] and constitutes almost half of the embryo's total body weight.[92]

Growth continues at an extraordinary rate.

The 8-Week Embryo

Chapter 30   8 Weeks: Brain Development

Dopo 8 settimane il cervello è molto complesso e costituisce quasi la metà del peso corporeo totale dell'embrione.

La crescita continua ad un ritmo straordinario.

Chapter 31   Right- and Left-Handedness

By 8 weeks, 75 percent of embryos exhibit right-hand dominance. The remainder is equally divided between left-handed dominance and no preference. This is the earliest evidence of right- or left-handed behavior.[93]

Chapter 31   Right- and Left-Handedness

Entro 8 settimane il 75% degli embrioni mostra il predominio della mano destra. Gli embrioni restanti sono equamente divisi tra mancini e ambidestri. Questa è la prima prova di un comportamento da destri o mancini.

Chapter 32   Rolling Over

Pediatric textbooks describe the ability to "roll over" as appearing 10 to 20 weeks after birth.[94] However, this impressive coordination is displayed much earlier in the low-gravity environment of the fluid-filled amniotic sac.[95] Only the lack of strength required to overcome the higher gravitational force outside the uterus prevents newborns from rolling over.[96]

The embryo is becoming more physically active during this time.

Motions may be slow or rapid, single or repetitive, spontaneous or reflexive.

Head rotation, neck extension, and hand-to-face contact occur more often.[97]

Touching the embryo elicits squinting, jaw movement, grasping motions, and toe pointing.[98]

Chapter 32   Rolling Over

I libri di testo di pediatria enunciano che la capacità di "rotearsi" compare dalle 10 alle 20 settimane dopo la nascita. Tuttavia questa fantastica capacità di coordinazione viene mostrata molto presto dall'ambiente a bassa gravità del sacco amniotico pieno di liquido. Solo la mancanza della forza richiesta per superare la forza gravitazionale più alta all'esterno dell'utero impedisce ai neonati di girarsi.

L'embrione sta diventando più attivo dal punto di vista fisico durante la gestazione.

I movimenti possono essere lenti o veloci, singoli o ripetuti, spontanei o di riflesso.

La rotazione della testa, l'estensione del collo ed il contatto viso-mani avviene molto spesso.

Il fatto di toccare l'embrione stimola gli occhi, il movimento della mascella, la presa e l'utilizzo del pollice.

Chapter 33   Eyelid Fusion

Between 7 and 8 weeks, the upper and lower eyelids rapidly grow over the eyes and partially fuse together.[99]

Chapter 33   Eyelid Fusion

Per 7 o 8 settimane le palpebre superiori e inferiori crescono rapidamente oltre gli occhi e in parte si fondono.

Chapter 34   "Breathing" Motion and Urination

Although there is no air in the uterus, the embryo displays intermittent breathing motions by 8 weeks.[100]

By this time, kidneys produce urine which is released into the amniotic fluid.[101]

In male embryos, the developing testes begin to produce and release testosterone (tes-tos´tĕ-rōn).[102]

Chapter 34   "Breathing" Motion and Urination

Nonostante l'assenza di aria nell'utero, l'embrione mostra dei movimenti respiratori intermittenti entro 8 settimane.

A questo punto i reni producono urina che viene rilasciata nel liquido amniotico.

Negli embrioni maschili le teste in via di sviluppo iniziano a produrre e a rilasciare il testosterone.

Chapter 35   The Limbs and Skin

The bones, joints, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels of the limbs closely resemble those in adults.[103]

By 8 weeks the epidermis, or outer skin, becomes a multi-layered membrane,[104] losing much of its transparency.

Eyebrows grow as hair appears around the mouth.[105]

Chapter 35   The Limbs and Skin

Le ossa, le articolazioni, i muscoli, i nervi e i vasi sanguigni degli arti somigliano molto a quelli degli adulti.

Entro 8 settimane l'epidermide, o pelle esterna, diventa una membrana a più strati, perdendo molto della sua trasparenza.

Le sopracciglia crescono mentre del pelo compare attorno alla bocca.

Chapter 36   Summary of the First 8 Weeks

Eight weeks marks the end of the embryonic period.

During this time, the human embryo has grown from a single cell into the nearly 1 billion (109) cells[106] which form over 4,000 (4×103) distinct anatomic structures.

The embryo now possesses more than 90 percent of the structures found in adults.[107]

Chapter 36   Summary of the First 8 Weeks

L'ottava settimana segna la fine del periodo embrionale.

Durante la gestazione, l'embrione umano è arrivato da una singola cellula a quasi 1 miliardo di cellule che formano oltre 4.000 strutture anatomiche distinte.

L'embrione ora possiede più del 90% delle strutture che si trovano negli adulti.

 

 


[91] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 288: “The brain at [Carnegie] Stage 23 is far more advanced morphologically than is generally appreciated, to such an extent that functional considerations are imperative.“
[92] Jordaan, 1979, 149.
[93] Hepper et al., 1998, 531; McCartney and Hepper, 1999, 86.
[94] Bates, 1987, 534.
[95] de Vries et al., 1982, 320; Goodlin and Lowe, 1974, 348; Humphrey, 1970, 8.
[96] Liley, 1972, 101.
[97] de Vries et al., 1982, 311.
[98] Humphrey, 1964, 102; Humphrey, 1970, 19.
[99] Process described by Andersen et al., 1965, 648-649; O’Rahilly, 1966, 36-37; O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 261. [Carnegie Stage 23]
[100] Connors et al., 1989, 932; de Vries et al., 1982, 311; McCray, 1993, 579; Visser et al.,1992, 177.
[101] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 304; Windle, 1940, 118; (Windle reports urine formation begins at nine weeks.)
[102] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 307; Waters and Trainer, 1996, 16-17.
[103] O’Rahilly and Gardner, 1975, 15: ”By the end of the embryonic proper (Stage 23, 8 postovulatory weeks), all of the major skeletal, articular, muscular, neural, and vascular elements of the limbs are present in a form and arrangement closely resembling those of the adult.“ See O’Rahilly, 1957, for a summary of joint types and a description of limb joint development during the embryonic period. See Gray et al., 1957, for a detailed examination of the bones and joints of the hand throughout the embryonic and fetal periods.
[104] Hogg, 1941, 407; Pringle, 1988, 178.
[105] Hogg, 1941, 387; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 169.
[106] Pringle, 1988, 176.
[107] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 87: “It has been estimated that more than 90% of the more than 4500 named structures of the adult body become apparent during the embryonic period (O’Rahilly).“

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The Fetal Period (8 Weeks through Birth)

Chapter 37   9 Weeks: Swallows, Sighs, and Stretches

The fetal period continues until birth.

By 9 weeks, thumb sucking begins[108] and the fetus can swallow amniotic fluid.[109]

The fetus can also grasp an object,[110] move the head forward and back, open and close the jaw, move the tongue, sigh,[111] and stretch.[112]

Nerve receptors in the face, the palms of the hands, and the soles of the feet can sense light touch.[113]

"In response to a light touch on the sole of the foot," the fetus will bend the hip and knee and may curl the toes.[114]

The eyelids are now completely closed.[115]

In the larynx, the appearance of vocal ligaments signals the onset of vocal cord development.[116]

In female fetuses, the uterus is identifiable[117] and immature reproductive cells called oogonia (ō-ō-gō′nē-ă) are replicating within the ovary.[118]

External genitalia begin to distinguish themselves as either male or female.[119]

The Fetal Period (8 Weeks through Birth)

Chapter 37   9 Weeks: Swallows, Sighs, and Stretches

La fase fetale continua fino alla nascita.

Entro 9 settimane il feto inizia a succhiarsi il pollice e può deglutire il liquido amniotico.

Il feto può anche afferrare un oggetto, muovere la testa avanti e indietro, aprire e chiudere la mascella, muovere la lingua, sospirare e sgranchirsi.

I recettori nervosi del viso, dei palmi delle mani e le piante dei piedi possono percepire un tocco leggero.

"In risposta ad un tocco leggero sulla pianta del piede", il feto stringerà i fianchi e le ginocchia e piegherà le dita dei piedi.

Le palpebre ora sono completamente chiuse.

Nella laringe, la comparsa dei legamenti vocali segnala l'inizio dello sviluppo delle corde vocali.

Nei feti delle femmine, l'utero è identificabile e le cellule riproduttive immature, dette ovogoni, iniziano a riprodursi all'interno dell'ovario.

I genitali esterni iniziano a distinguersi tra maschio o femmina.

Chapter 38   10 Weeks: Rolls Eyes and Yawns, Fingernails & Fingerprints

A burst of growth between 9 and 10 weeks increases body weight by over 75 percent.[120]

By 10 weeks, stimulation of the upper eyelid causes a downward rolling of the eye.[121]

The fetus yawns and often opens and closes the mouth.[122]

Most fetuses suck the right thumb.[123]

Sections of intestine within the umbilical cord are returning to the abdominal cavity.[124]

Ossification is underway in most bones.[125]

Fingernails and toenails begin to develop.[126]

Unique fingerprints appear 10 weeks after fertilization. These patterns can be used for identification throughout life.[127]

Chapter 38   10 Weeks: Rolls Eyes and Yawns, Fingernails & Fingerprints

Il periodo di crescita dopo 9 o 10 settimane accresce il peso corporeo di oltre il 75%.

Entro 10 settimane la sollecitazione della palpebra superiore causa un'oscillazione all'indietro dell'occhio.

Il feto sbadiglia e spesso apre e chiude la bocca.

Molti succhiano il pollice destro.

Delle sezioni dell'intestino all'interno del cordone ombelicale stanno tornando alla cavità addominale.

Avviene l'ossificazione di gran parte delle ossa.

Iniziano a svilupparsi le unghie delle mani e dei piedi.

Le singole dita delle mani compaiono 10 settimane dopo la fecondazione. Queste strutture possono essere utilizzate pr l'identificazione.

Chapter 39   11 Weeks: Absorbs Glucose and Water

By 11 weeks the nose and lips are completely formed.[128] As with every other body part, their appearance will change at each stage of the human life cycle.

The intestine starts to absorb glucose and water swallowed by the fetus.[129]

Though sex is determined at fertilization, external genitalia can now be distinguished as male or female.[130]

Chapter 39   11 Weeks: Absorbs Glucose and Water

Entro 11 settimane il naso e le labbra sono completamente formati. Come con ogni altra parte del corpo, il loro aspetto cambierà in ogni fase del ciclo di vita umano.

L'intestino inizia ad assorbire glucosio e acqua che vengono deglutiti dal feto.

Nonostante il sesso sia determinato alla fecondazione, i genitali esterni ora si possono distinguere tra maschio o femmina.

 

 


[108] Liley, 1972, 103.
[109] Campbell, 2004, 24; de Vries, 1982, 311; Petrikovsky et al., 1995, 605.
[110] Robinson and Tizard, 1966, 52; Valman and Pearson, 1980, 234.
[111] de Vries et al., 1982, 305-307.
[112] de Vries et al., 1982, 311.
[113] Humphrey, 1964, 96; Humphrey, 1970, 16-17 (cited by Reinis and Goldman, 1980, 232); Humphrey and Hooker, 1959, 77-78.
[114] Robinson and Tizard, 1966, 52; Quote from Valman and Pearson, 1980, 234.
[115] Andersen et al., 1965, 648-649; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 465; Pearson, 1980, 39-41.
[116] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1984, 425. See also Campbell, 2004, 29.
[117] O’Rahilly, 1977a, 128; O’Rahilly, 1977b, 53; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 327.
[118] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 25 & 322.
[119] Campbell, 2004, 28 & 35; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 336.
[120] Brenner et al., 1976, 561.
[121] Goodlin, 1979, D-128; Humphrey, 1964, 102.
[122] de Vries et al., 1982, 309.
[123] Hepper et al., 1991, 1109.
[124] Grand et al., 1976, 798; Pringle, 1988, 178; Sadler, 2005, 66; Spencer, 1960, 9. [Pringle reports the bowel returns into the abdomen during the ninth or tenth week.]
[125] Cunningham et al., 2001, 133.
[126] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 170-171.
[127] Babler, 1991, 95; Penrose and Ohara, 1973, 201; For an overview of ridge formation in the skin of the hands see Cummins, 1929.
[128] Timor-Tritsch et al., 1990, 291.
[129] Koldovský et al., 1965, 186.
[130] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 336; Wilson, 1926, 29.

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Chapter 40   3 to 4 Months (12 to 16 Weeks): Taste Buds, Jaw Motion, Rooting Reflex, Quickening

Between 11 and 12 weeks, fetal weight increases nearly 60 percent.[131]

Twelve weeks marks the end of the first third, or trimester, of pregnancy.

Distinct taste buds now cover the inside of the mouth. By birth, taste buds will remain only on the tongue and roof of the mouth.[132]

Bowel movements begin as early as 12 weeks and continue for about 6 weeks.[133]

The material first expelled from the fetal and newborn colon is called meconium (mĭ-kō'nē-ŭm).[134] It is composed of digestive enzymes, proteins, and dead cells shed by the digestive tract.[135]

By 12 weeks, upper limb length has nearly reached its final proportion to body size. The lower limbs take longer to attain their ultimate proportions.[136]

With the exception of the back and the top of the head, the body of the entire fetus now responds to light touch.[137]

Sex-dependent developmental differences appear for the first time. For instance, female fetuses exhibit jaw movement more frequently than males.[138]

In contrast to the withdrawal response seen earlier, stimulation near the mouth now evokes a turning toward the stimulus and an opening of the mouth.[139] This response is called the "rooting reflex" and it persists after birth, helping the newborn find his or her mother's nipple during breastfeeding.[140]

The face continues to mature as fat deposits begin to fill out the cheeks[141] and tooth development begins.[142]

By 15 weeks, blood-forming stem cells arrive and multiply in the bone marrow. Most blood cell formation will occur here.[143]

Although movement begins in the 6-week embryo, a pregnant woman first senses fetal movement between 14 and 18 weeks.[144] Traditionally, this event has been called quickening.[145]

Chapter 40   3 to 4 Months (12 to 16 Weeks): Taste Buds, Jaw Motion, Rooting Reflex, Quickening

Tra la fine dell'11a e la 12a settimana, il peso del feto aumenta di circa il 60%.

La dodicesima settimana segna la fine del primo trimestre della gravidanza.

Ora le papille gustative coprono l'interno della bocca. Alla nascita le papille gustative rimarranno solo sulla lingua e sul palato.

Il movimento degli intestini inizia dopo 12 settimane e continua per circa 6 settimane.

Il materiale espulso dal colon del feto e del nascituro viene detto meconium. Esso è composto di enzimi digerenti, proteine e cellule morte perse dal tratto digerente.

Entro 12 settimane la lunghezza degli arti superiori ha quasi raggiunto la sua proporzione finale. Gli arti inferiori impiegano più tempo a raggiungere la loro proporzione definitiva.

Ad eccezione della schiena e della parte alta della testa, il corpo del feto ora risponde ad un tocco leggero.

Le differenze evolutive dipendenti dal sesso compaiono per la prima volta. Ad esempio, le femmine esibiscono un movimento della mascella più di frequente dei maschi.

Contrariamente alla risposta appena vista, la sollecitazione attorno alla bocca ora provoca un inversione dello stimulo e l'apertura della bocca. Questa risposta si chiama "riflesso di radicamento" e persiste dopo la nascita, aiutando il neonato a trovare il capezzolo della madre durante l'allattamento al seno.

Il viso continua a maturare quando i depositi di grasso iniziano a riempire le guance e inizia lo sviluppo dei denti.

Entro 15 settimane le cellule staminali che formano il sangue arrivano e si moltiplicano nel midollo osseo. La formazione della maggior parte delle cellule sanguigne avverrà qui.

Nonostante il movimento inizi nell'embrione dopo 6 settimane, una donna incinta percepisce prima il movimento del feto tra la settimana 14 e la 18. Solitamente questo fatto viene chiamato 'movimento fetale'.

 

 


[131] Brenner, 1976, 561.
[132] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 3; Miller, 1982, 169; Mistretta and Bradley, 1975, 80.
[133] Abramovich and Gray, 1982, 296; Ramón y Cajal and Martinez, 2003, 154-155, report visualizing defecation (bowel movements) with ultrasound in utero in all 240 fetuses studied between 15 and 41 weeks [postmenstrual age].
[134] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 257; For a description of meconium by Aristotle see Grand et al., 1976, 791.
[135] Grand et al., 1976, 806.
[136] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 105.
[137] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 2; Reinis and Goldman, 1980, 232.
[138] Hepper et al., 1997, 1820.
[139] Mancia, 1981, 351.
[140] Bates, 1979, 419.
[141] Poissonnet et al., 1983, 7; Poissonnet et al., 1984, 3: In a study of 488 fetuses, Poissonnet’s group found that adipose tissue (fat) appears in the face from 14 weeks postfertilization. By 15 weeks, fat appears in the abdominal wall, back, kidneys, and shoulders. By 16 weeks, fat is also present throughout the upper and lower limbs.
[142] Pringle, 1988, 178. [Thirteenth week postfertilization]
[143] Pringle, 1988, 179.
[144] Sorokin and Dierker, 1982, 720; Leader, 1995, 595: “Some pregnant women reported fetal flutters as early as 12 weeks (quickening).“ Women also tend to accurately recognize fetal movement at earlier fetal ages during second and subsequent pregnancies as compared to first pregnancies.
[145] Spraycar, 1995, 1479; Timor-Tritsch et al., 1976, 70.

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Chapter 41   4 to 5 Months (16 to 20 Weeks): Stress Response, Vernix Caseosa, Circadian Rhythms

By 16 weeks, procedures involving the insertion of a needle into the abdomen of the fetus trigger a hormonal stress response releasing noradrenalin, or norepinephrin (nor-ep'i-nef'rin), into the bloodstream.[146]

In the respiratory system, the bronchial tree is now nearly complete.[147]

A protective white substance, called vernix caseosa (ver'niks caseo'sa), now covers the fetus. Vernix protects the skin from the irritating effects of amniotic fluid.[148]

From 19 weeks fetal movement, breathing activity, and heart rate begin to follow daily cycles called circadian (ser-kā'dē-ăn) rhythms.[149]

Chapter 41   4 to 5 Months (16 to 20 Weeks): Stress Response, Vernix Caseosa, Circadian Rhythms

Entro 16 settimane gli esami prevedono l'inserimento di un ago nell'addome del feto provocando una risposta ormonale con rilascio di noradrenalina, o di norepinefrina nel flusso sanguigno.

Nel sistema respiratorio l'albero bronchiale ora è quasi completo.

Una sostanza bianca protettiva, detta vernix caseosa, ora circonda il feto. La vernix protegge la pelle dalle irritazioni del liquido amniotico.

Dopo 19 settimane iniziano il movimento fetale, l'attività respiratoria, e il ritmo cardiaco per seguire i cicli giornalieri detti ritmi circadiani.

Chapter 42   5 to 6 Months (20 to 24 Weeks): Responds to Sound; Hair and Skin; Age of Viability

By 20 weeks the cochlea, which is the organ of hearing, has reached adult size[150] within the fully developed inner ear. From now on, the fetus will respond to a growing range of sounds.[151]

Hair begins to grow on the scalp.

All skin layers and structures are present, including hair follicles and glands.[152]

By 21 to 22 weeks after fertilization, the lungs gain some ability to breathe air.[153] This is considered the age of viability because survival outside the womb becomes possible for some fetuses.[154]

Chapter 42   5 to 6 Months (20 to 24 Weeks): Responds to Sound; Hair and Skin; Age of Viability

Entro 20 settimane la coclea, che è l'organo dell'udito, ha raggiunto le dimensioni adulte nell'orecchio interno completamente sviluppato. Da adesso in poi, il feto risponderà ad una gamma crescente di suoni.

Iniziano a crescere i capelli sul cuoio capelluto.

Sono presenti tutti gli strati e le strutture epidermiche, inclusi i follicoli piliferi e le ghiandole.

A 21 o 22 settimane dopo la fecondazione, i polmoni acquisiscono una certa capacità di respirare aria. Questo viene considerato il periodo della vitalità perché sopravvivere al di fuori del ventre materno diventa possibile.

 

 


[146] Giannakoulopoulos et al., 1999, 494 & 498-499; Glover and Fisk, 1999, 883; Smith et al., 2000, 161. Cortisol levels also rise after invasive procedures following 21 weeks postfertilization - see Giannakoulopoulos et al., 1994, 80.
[147] DiFiore and Wilson, 1994, 221-222; Pringle, 1988, 178. [There is some disagreement among experts regarding when the bronchial tree is complete. Some say completion occurs as early as 16 weeks postfertilization while others say it occurs after birth.]
[148] Campbell, 2004, 48; Moore and Persaud, 2003, 107; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 168.
[149] de Vries et al., 1987, 333; Goodlin and Lowe, 1974, 349; Okai et al., 1992, 391 & 396; Romanini and Rizzo, 1995, 121; For a description of the circadian system, see Rosenwasser, 2001, 127; From Vitaterna et al., 2001, 92: Glossary: “Circadian: A term derived from the Latin phrase “circa diem,“ meaning “about a day;“ refers to biological variations or rhythms with a cycle of approximately 24 hours.“
[150] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 5-6; Querleu et al., 1989, 410.
[151] Glover and Fisk, 1999, 882; Hepper and Shahidullah, 1994, F81; Querleu et al., 1989, 410; Sorokin and Dierker, 1982, 725 & 730; Valman and Pearson, 1980, 233-234.
[152] Pringle, 1988, 180.
[153] Hansen and Corbet, 1998, 542.
[154] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 92, report the age of viability as 20 weeks postfertilization; Draper et al., 1999, 1094, report a survival rate of 2% at 20 weeks postfertilization, 6% at 21 weeks, and 16% at 22 weeks. Moore and Persaud, 2003, 103, report viability at 22 weeks; Wood et al., 2000, 379, report survival rates of 11% at 21 weeks, 26% at 22 weeks and 44% at 23 weeks (postfertilization weeks) based on premature birth data from the United Kingdom during 1995. Cooper et al. 1998, 976, (Figure 2) report infants with a birth weight over 500 grams experienced survival rates (all approximate) of 28% at 21 weeks postfertilization, 50% at 22 weeks, 67% at 23 weeks, and  77% at 24 weeks. Draper et al., 2003, updated their previously published survival tables for premature infants and now report an overall survival rate of 7% at 20 weeks, 15% at 21 weeks, 29% at 22 weeks, 47% at 23 weeks and 65% at 24 weeks. [All ages corrected to reflect postfertilization age.] These survival tables are available online at http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/319/7217/1093/DC1. Their methodology is described in their earlier paper (Draper et al., 1999, 1093-1094.) Note: These published survival tables reflect postmenstrual ages. Hoekstra et al., 2004, e3, report a survival rate of 66% at 23 weeks and 81% at 24 weeks “gestational age“ [not specifically defined] for premature births from 1996 to 2000 at their center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Chapter 43   6 to 7 Months (24 to 28 Weeks): Blink-Startle; Pupils Respond to Light; Smell and Taste

By 24 weeks the eyelids reopen[155] and the fetus exhibits a blink-startle response.[156] This reaction to sudden, loud noises typically develops earlier in the female fetus.[157]

Several investigators report exposure to loud noise may adversely affect fetal health. Immediate consequences include prolonged increased heart rate, excessive fetal swallowing, and abrupt behavioral changes.[158] Possible long-term consequences include hearing loss.[159]

The fetal respiratory rate can rise as high as 44 inhalation-exhalation cycles per minute.[160]

During the third trimester of pregnancy, rapid brain growth consumes more than 50 percent of the energy used by the fetus. Brain weight increases between 400 and 500 percent.[161]

By 26 weeks the eyes produce tears.[162]

The pupils respond to light as early as 27 weeks.[163] This response regulates the amount of light reaching the retina[164] throughout life.

All components required for a functioning sense of smell are operational. Studies of premature babies reveal the ability to detect odors as early as 26 weeks after fertilization.[165]

Placing a sweet substance in the amniotic fluid increases the rate of fetal swallowing. In contrast, decreased fetal swallowing follows the introduction of a bitter substance. Altered facial expressions often follow.[166]

Through a series of step-like leg motions similar to walking, the fetus performs somersaults.[167]

The fetus appears less wrinkled as additional fat deposits form beneath the skin.[168] Fat plays a vital role in maintaining body temperature and storing energy after birth.

Chapter 43   6 to 7 Months (24 to 28 Weeks): Blink-Startle; Pupils Respond to Light; Smell and Taste

Entro 24 settimane le palpebre si riaprono e il feto mostra una risposta. Questa reazione ai rumori forti e improvvisi di solito si sviluppa prima nel feto femminile.

Diverse indagini dimostrano che l'esposizione a rumori forti possono influenzare negativamente la salute del feto. Le immediate conseguenze includono un protratto aumento del ritmo cardiaco, una deglutizione fetale eccessiva e bruschi cambiamenti di umore. Una delle possibili conseguenze a lungo termine includono la perdita dell'udito.

Il ritmo respiratorio fetale può arrivare fino a 44 cicli di inspirazioni ed espirazioni al minuto.

Durante il terzo trimestre della gravidanza, la rapida crescita del cervello consuma più del 50% dell'energia utilizzata dal feto. Il peso del cervello aumenta del 400-500%.

Entro 26 settimane gli occhi producono le lacrime.

Le pupille rispondono alla luce dopo 27 settimane. Questa risposta regola la quantità di luce che raggiunge la retina durante la vita.

Tutte le componenti richieste per il funzionamento dell'olfatto sono operative. Gli studi sui bambini prematuri rivelano la capacità di percepire gli odori 26 settimane dopo la fecondazione.

Il fatto di immettere una sostanza dolce nel liquido amniotico fa aumentare il ritmo della deglutizione fetale. Al contrario una deglutizione fetale diminuita è provocata dall'introduzione di una sostanza amara. Spesso ne conseguono espressioni facciali alterate.

Attraverso una serie di movimenti delle gambe simili alla deambulazione, il feto fa delle capriole.

Il feto appare meno rugoso quando si formano dei depositi di grasso sottocutanei aggiuntivi. Il grasso gioca un ruolo vitale nel mantenimento della temperatura corporea e nel deposito di energia dopo la nascita.

 

 


[155] Open eyes are visualized by 4D ultrasound following 22 weeks postfertilization per Campbell 2002, 3; De Lia, 2002, personal communication; O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 465. For a detailed ultrastructural study of the union between the upper and lower eyelids see Andersen et al., 1967, 293.
[156] Birnholz and Benacerraf, 1983, 517 (cited by Drife, 1985, 778); See also Campbell, 2002, 3: Professor Stuart Campbell correctly points out that the eyes of the fetus are closed most of the time and a true blink requires the eyes to be open. Perhaps the “blink-startle“ response would be more accurately termed “squint-startle.“
[157] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 9.
[158] Visser et al., 1989, 285.
[159] Gerhardt, 1990, 299; Petrikovsky et al., 1993, 548-549; Pierson, 1996, 21 & 26.
[160] Natale et al., 1988, 317.
[161] Growth of the human brain, 1975, 6; Mancuso and Palla, 1996, 290.
[162] Isenberg et al., 1998, 773-774.
[163] Robinson and Tizard, 1966, 52.
[164] Noback et al., 1996, 263.
[165] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 3.
[166] Lecanuet and Schaal, 1996, 3; Liley, 1972, 102; Moore and Persaud, 2003, 219; Reinis and Goldman, 1980, 227.
[167] Liley, 1972, 100.
[168] England, 1983, 29.

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Chapter 44   7 to 8 Months (28 to 32 Weeks): Sound Discrimination, Behavioral States

By 28 weeks the fetus can distinguish between high- and low-pitched sounds.[169]

By 30 weeks, breathing movements are more common and occur 30 to 40 percent of the time in an average fetus.[170]

During the last 4 months of pregnancy, the fetus displays periods of coordinated activity punctuated by periods of rest. These behavioral states reflect the ever-increasing complexity of the central nervous system.[171]

Chapter 44   7 to 8 Months (28 to 32 Weeks): Sound Discrimination, Behavioral States

Entro 28 settimane il feto è in grado di distinguere tra suoni acuti e gravi.

Entro 30 settimane, i movimenti respiratori sono più comuni e avvengono per il 30-40% del tempo in un feto medio.

Durante gli ultimi 4 mesi di gravidanza, il feto mostra dei periodi di coordinamento dell'attività intervallati da periodi di riposo. Questi stati comportamentali riflettono la sempre più crescente complessità del sistema nervoso centrale.

Chapter 45   8 to 9 Months (32 to 36 Weeks): Alveoli Formation, Firm Grasp, Taste Preferences

By approximately 32 weeks, true alveoli (al-vē'ō-lī), or air "pocket" cells, begin developing in the lungs. They will continue to form until 8 years after birth.[172]

At 35 weeks the fetus has a firm hand grasp.[173]

Fetal exposure to various substances appears to affect flavor preferences after birth. For instance, fetuses whose mothers consumed anise, a substance which gives licorice its taste, showed a preference for anise after birth. Newborns without fetal exposure disliked anise.[174]

Chapter 45   8 to 9 Months (32 to 36 Weeks): Alveoli Formation, Firm Grasp, Taste Preferences

Entro circa 32 settimane i veri alveoli, o "tasche" d'aria, iniziano a svilupparsi nei polmoni. Essi continueranno a formarsi fino ad 8 anni dopo la nascita.

A 35 settimane il feto ha una presa solida.

L'esposizione embrionale a varie sostanze sembra influenzare le preferenze ai sapori dopo la nascita. Ad esempio, i feti le cui madri hanno consumato l'anice, una sostanza che dà alla liquirizia il suo sapore, hanno mostrato una preferenza per l'anice dopo la nascita. I neonati senza esposizione fetale non amano l'anice.

Chapter 46   9 Months to Birth (36 Weeks through Birth)

The fetus initiates labor[175] by releasing large amounts of a hormone called estrogen (es´trō-jen)[176] and thus begins the transition from fetus to newborn.

Labor is marked by powerful contractions of the uterus, resulting in childbirth.[177]

From fertilization to birth and beyond, human development is dynamic, continuous, and complex. New discoveries about this fascinating process increasingly show the vital impact of fetal development on lifelong health.

As our understanding of early human development advances, so too will our ability to enhance health––both before and after birth.

Chapter 46   9 Months to Birth (36 Weeks through Birth)

Il feto inizia il suo travaglio rilasciando grandi quantità di un ormone chiamato 'estrogeno' e quindi inizia la transizione dal feto al neonato.

Il travaglio è marcato da forti contrazioni dell'utero che contraddistinguono il parto.

Dalla fecondazione alla nascita ed oltre, lo sviluppo umano è dinamico, continuo e complesso. Questo nuovo processo affascinante mostra sempre più l'impatto vitale dello sviluppo fetale nella salute di tutta la vita.

La nostra comprensione dei progressi dello sviluppo umano, quindi la nostra abilità ad aumentare la salute -- sia prima che dopo la nascita.

 

 


[169] Glover and Fisk, 1999, 882; Hepper and Shahidullah, 1994, F81.
[170] Connors et al., 1989, 932; de Vries et al., 1985, 117; Patrick et al., 1980, 26 & 28; Visser et al., 1992, 178.
[171] DiPietro et al., 2002, 2: “One of the hallmarks of development before birth is the coalescence of patterns of fetal and behavioral and cardiac function into behavioral states, which is widely viewed as reflective of the developing integration of the central nervous system.“
[172] Lauria et al., 1995, 467.
[173] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 108.
[174] Schaal et al., 2000, 729.
[175] Liley, 1972, 100.
[176] Moore and Persaud, 2003, 131.
[177] Cunningham et al., 2001, 252.

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Appendix A − Calculations

To the Sun and Back: Determining the Length of DNA in an Adult

Given:

1.      The DNA molecule measures 3.4×10-9 meters per 10 base pairs.[178]

2.      There are 3 billion (3×109) base pairs per cell.

3.      There are an estimated 100 trillion (1014) cells per adult.

4.      The distance from the earth to the sun is approximately 93 million miles.

5.      There are 2.54 centimeters (cm) per inch.

Step 1   Compute the length of DNA in a single cell:

3.4×10-9 meters/10 base pairs ×  3×109 base pairs/cell = 1.02 meters of DNA per cell

Step 2   Compute the total length of DNA in an adult’s 100 trillion cells:

1.02 meters of DNA/cell × 1014 cells  =  1.02×1014 meters of DNA per adult*

Step 3   Convert 1.02×1014 meters to miles:

1.02×1014 meters × 100 cm/meter × 1inch/2.54 cm × 1 foot/12 inches × 1 mile/5,280 feet
 = 6.3379×1010miles of DNA

Step 4   Compute how many round trips from the earth to the sun:

6.3379×1010 miles of DNA ÷ (93,000,000 miles/trip × 2 trips/round trip)  =

340 round trips between earth and sun

Therefore, the DNA in a single adult, if oriented in linear fashion, would exceed 63 billion miles in length. This is long enough to extend from the earth to the sun and back––340 times.

* Approximately 25 trillion red blood cells are present in the adult.[179] It should be noted that red blood cells contain DNA early in their maturation phase but this DNA degenerates and is not present in the mature form. This calculation includes the DNA from red blood cells.

 

 


[178] Lodish et al., 2000, 104.
[179] Guyton and Hall, 2000, 2.

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A Tight Squeeze: Appreciating the Number of Bases Contained in the DNA of a Single Cell

The following page contains a list of 3,808 capital letters each of which represents a single base.

Given:

1.      A, G, T, and C each represent a base within the DNA of a single cell.

2.      Each line contains 68 letters without spaces representing 68 bases.

3.      Each page contains 56 lines. (Page size: 8½ × 11 inches, font: Times New Roman, font size: 10, spaces between letters: none, lines: single spaced, margins: as shown)

4.      Each cell contains 3 billion base pairs equaling 6 billion bases.

The calculation of the number of pages required to list all DNA bases in a single cell is as follows:

68 bases/line × 56 lines/page  =  3,808 bases/page

6,000,000,000 bases/cell ÷ 3,808 bases/page  =  1,575,630 pages/cell



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Climate Control: Approximating the Normal Range of Embryonic and Fetal Body Temperature

Given:

1.      The placenta maintains embryonic and fetal temperature between 0.5 ºC and 1.5 ºC above maternal core temperature.[180]

2.      Maternal core temperature is approximately 99.6º Fahrenheit.

3.      The formula to convert temperature from Fahrenheit (ºF) to Celsius (ºC) is:

ºC = 5/9 (ºF - 32)

The calculation to compute the range of embryonic and fetal body temperature is as follows:

Step 1             Convert maternal core temperature to Celsius:

Maternal core temperature in ºC: ºC = 5/9 (99.6 - 32) = 37.56 ºC

Step 2             Compute lower and upper ranges of fetal body temperature in Celsius:

Lower range (Celsius) = maternal core temperature + 0.5 ºC = 37.56 + 0.5 = 38.2 ºC

Upper range (Celsius) = maternal core temperature + 1.5 ºC = 37.56 + 1.5 = 39.2 ºC

Step 3             Convert results to Fahrenheit:

ºC = 5/9 (ºF - 32)                     9/5 ºC = (ºF - 32)                     ºF = 9/5 ºC + 32

Substituting to find the lower limit of fetal body temperature

ºF = 9/5 ºC + 32                      ºF = 9/5 (38.16) + 32   ºF = 100.7º

Substituting to find the upper limit of fetal body temperature

ºF = 9/5 ºC + 32                      ºF = 9/5 (39.16) + 32   ºF = 102.5º

Summary of Normal Embryonic and Fetal Body Temperature Range

  °F °C
Lower Limit 100.7 38.2
Upper Limit 102.5 39.2

 

 


[180] Liley, 1972, 101.

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The Beat Goes On: Estimating the Total Number of Heartbeats Before Birth and Beyond

The Embryonic Period

Week # Average Heart Rate
(Beats per Minute)
Beats per Week Running Total
4 113.00 1,139,040 1,139,040
5 132.00 1,330,560 2,469,600
6 151.00 1,522,080 3,991,680
7 170.00 1,713,600 5,705,280
8 169.03 1,703,845 7,409,125
(Approximately 7.41 million beats during the embryonic period)

Various authors agree the heart rate peaks at 7 weeks. Reported heart rates vary however. Van Heeswijk et al. report a peak heart rate of 167 ± 8 beats per minute (bpm)[181] while Leeuwen et al. report a peak rate of 175 bpm.[182] Van Lith et al. report the median fetal heart rate peaks at 177 bpm at 7 weeks.[183] One hundred seventy (170) bpm has been chosen as the peak heart rate for illustration purposes in this calculation. The heart rate for the various weeks from 7 through 38 have been calculated via linear interpolations[184] assuming heart rates of 170 bpm at 7 weeks and 140 bpm at term or 38 weeks.[185]

(Note: Heart rates are estimated. Living conditions and individual experience can and will vary.)

The Fetal Period

Week # Average Heart Rate
(Beats per Minute)
Beats per Week Running Total
9 168.06 1,694,090 9,103,216
10 167.10 1,684,336 10,787,551
11 166.13 1,674,581 12,462,132
12 165.16 1,664,826 14,126,958
13 164.19 1,655,071 15,782,029
14 163.23 1,645,316 17,427,346
15 162.26 1,635,562 19,062,907
16 161.29 1,625,807 20,688,714
17 160.32 1,616,052 22,304,766
18 159.35 1,606,297 23,911,063
19 158.39 1,596,542 25,507,605
20 157.42 1,586,787 27,094,393
21 156.45 1,577,033 28,671,425
22 155.48 1,567,278 30,238,703
23 154.52 1,557,523 31,796,226
24 153.55 1,547,768 33,343,994
25 152.58 1,538,013 34,882,008
26 151.61 1,528,259 36,410,266
27 150.65 1,518,504 37,928,770
28 149.68 1,508,749 39,437,519
29 148.71 1,498,994 40,936,513
30 147.74 1,489,239 42,425,752
31 146.77 1,479,484 43,905,237
32 145.81 1,469,730 45,374,966
33 144.84 1,459,975 46,834,941
34 143.87 1,450,220 48,285,161
35 142.90 1,440,465 49,725,626
36 141.94 1,430,710 51,156,337
37 140.97 1,420,956 52,577,292
38 140.00 1,411,201 53,988,493
(Approximately 54 million beats before birth)

Counting the Beats of a Lifetime

The Postnatal Period from Birth to 80 Years

Year # Average Heart Rate
(Beats per Minute)*[186]
Beats per Year Running Total
1 120 63,115,200 63,115,200
2 110 57,855,600 120,970,800
3 103 54,173,880 175,144,680
4 103 54,173,880 229,318,560
5 103 54,173,880 283,492,440
6 103 54,173,880 337,666,320
7 95 49,966,200 387,632,520
8 95 49,966,200 437,598,720
9 95 49,966,200 487,564,920
10 95 49,966,200 537,531,120
11 85 44,706,600 582,237,720
12 85 44,706,600 626,944,320
13 85 44,706,600 671,650,920
14 85 44,706,600 716,357,520
15 80 42,076,800 758,434,320
16 80 42,076,800 800,511,120
17 75 39,447,000 839,958,120
18 75 39,447,000 879,405,120
19 70 36,817,200 916,222,320
20 70 36,817,200 953,039,520
21-80 70 2,209,032,000 3,162,071,520
(Approximately 3.16 billion beats from birth to age 80 years)
Estimated Total Heart Beats From the
3-Week Embryo to Age 80 Years
3,216,060,000
(Approximately 3.2 Billion Beats Per Lifetime)

 

 


[181] van Heeswijk et al., 1990, 153.
[182] Leeuwen et al., 1999, 265.
[183] van Lith et al., 1992, 741.
[184] See Appendix A.
[185] DiPietro et al., 1996, 2559.
[186] Age appropriate pediatric heart rates adapted from Bates, 1987, 541.

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Appendix B − Relating Embryonic Age & Stage

O’Rahilly and Müller’s Age Assignments vs. Carnegie Stages, 1987 to 2001

 

Carnegie
Stage
Number
of Somites
Greatest
Length (mm)
1987 Age [187]
Convention
(in PF Days*)
1999 Age [188]
Convention
(in PF Days*)
2001 Age [189]
Convention
(in PF Days*)
1   0.1 - 0.15 1 - 1
2   0.1 - 0.2 1½ - 3 2 - 3 2 - 3
3   0.1 - 0.2 4 4 - 5 4 - 5
4   0.1 - 0.2 5 - 6 6 6
5   0.1 - 0.2 7 - 12 7 - 12 -
5a   0.1 7 - 8 - 7 - 8
5b   0.1 9 - 9
5c   0.15 - 0.2 11 - 12 - 11 - 12
6   0.2 13 17 17
6a   - - - -
6b   - - - -
7   0.4 16 19 19
8   1.0 - 1.5 18 23 -
8a   - - - 23
8b   - - - 23
9 1-3 1.5 - 2.5 20 26 25
10 4-12 2 - 3.5 22 29 28
11 13-20 2.5 - 4.5 24 30 29
12 21-29 3 - 5 26 31 30
13 30+ 4 - 6 28 32 32
14   5 - 7 32 33 33
15   7 - 9 33 35 36
16   8 - 11 37 37 38
17   11 - 14 41 40 41
18   13 - 17 44 42 44
19   16 - 18 47½  44 46
20   18 - 22 50½  47 49
21   22 - 24 52 50 51
22   23 - 28 54 52 53
23   27 - 31 56½  56 56

* PF Days = Postfertilization Days

 

There is international agreement among embryologists that human development during the embryonic period be divided into 23 stages (which were initially proposed by Mall, described by Streeter, and amended by O’Rahilly and Müller in 1987).[190] These have come to be known as Carnegie Stages. Particular internal and external features are required for inclusion in any given embryonic stage. These stages are independent of age and length and the use of the term ‘stage’ should be reserved for reference to this system per O’Rahilly and Müller in multiple publications.

Along with nearly-universal acceptance of the human embryonic staging system, a variety of age assignments have been proposed for each embryonic stage. Streeter believed the embryonic period spanned a 47- to 48-day period instead of the 56-day period accepted today. The Endowment for Human Development adopts the convention set forth by O’Rahilly and Müller in 1987 which has received widespread, but not universal, acceptance. O’Rahilly and Müller have since proposed amending this convention in light of transvaginal ultrasound data through a personal communication with Dr. Josef Wisser in 1992.[191] These alternate proposals are provided for the interested reader.

For instance, the onset of embryonic cardiac contraction (onset of the heartbeat) has long been described as a Carnegie Stage 10 or possibly a late Stage 9 event.[192] We report this event occurring at an age of 3 weeks, 1 day (22 days) postfertilization using the 1987 convention. Others may report this occurrence at 28 or 29 days as shown above. Of interest is a paper by Wisser and Dirschedl who reported using transvaginal ultrasound to visualize the embryonic heartbeat 23 days postfertilization in two embryos fertilized in vitro “with exactly known … age“ and “in embryos from 2 mm of greatest length onwards.“[193] This finding most closely coincides with the 1987 age convention. Schats et al. reported the earliest cardiac activity at 25 days after follicle aspiration in embryos conceived in vitro.[194] Tezuka et al. reported the earliest cardiac activity at 23 days postfertilization in embryos conceived naturally.[195]

There is considerable variation in normal human development during the postnatal period. The prenatal period is no different with variations in the size, rate of growth, and order of appearance of some structures or functions. No one knows the exact age range for each stage with absolute certainty. These approximations may change in the future as additional knowledge is gained through careful, published research.

 

 


[187] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1987, 3. Greatest length data is essentially uniform throughout the various texts.
[188] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a. Various pages.
[189] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 490. Table A-1 – essentially unchanged from the 1996 edition. The 2001 convention differs only slightly from the 1999 convention as shown.
[190] O’Rahilly and Müller, 2001, 3.
[191] O’Rahilly and Müller, 1999a, 13.
[192] See footnote #51.
[193] Quotes from Wisser and Dirschedl, 1994, 108.
[194] Schats et al., 1990, 989.
[195] Tezuka, 1991, 211.

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Full Names of Journals Cited

Journal Abbreviation Journal Name
Acta Anat Acta Anatomica
Acta Opthalmol Acta Ophthalmologica
Adv Contracept Advances in Contraception
Alcohol Res Health Alcohol Research & Health
Am J Anat The American Journal of Anatomy
Am J Cardiol The American Journal of Cardiology
Am J Kidney Dis American Journal of Kidney Diseases
Am J Obstet Gynecol American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Am J Reprod Immunol American Journal of Reproductive Immunology and Microbiology
Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
Am J Roentgenol American Journal of Roentgenology
Anat Embryol Anatomy and Embryology
Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol The Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Ann R Coll Surg Eng Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
Arch Dis Child Archives of Disease in Childhood
Arch Ophthalmol Archives of Ophthalmology
Aust N Z J Psychiatry The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Biol Neonate Biology of the Neonate
Birth Defects Orig Artic Ser Birth Defects Original Article Series
Br J Obstet Gynaecol British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Br Med Bull British Medical Bulletin
Br Med J British Medical Journal
Chem Senses Chemical Senses
Child Dev Child Development
Clin Obstet Gynecol Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Contrib Embryol Contributions to Embryology
Dev Med Child Neurol Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Dev Pharmacol Ther Developmental Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Early Hum Dev Early Human Development
Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Eye Eye
Facial Plast Surg Facial Plastic Surgery
Fertil Steril Fertility and Sterility
Fetal Ther Fetal Therapy
Gastroenterology Gastroenterology
Gynecol Invest Gynecologic Investigation
Gynecol Obstet Invest Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Int J Psychoanal The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis
Ir J Med Sci Irish Journal of Medical Science
J Clin Ultrasound Journal of Clinical Ultrasound
J Comp Neurol The Journal of Comparative Neurology
J Med Genet Journal of Medical Genetics
J Comp Neurol Journal of Neuroradiology
J Pathol Bacteriol The Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology
J Pediatr Surg Journal of Pediatric Surgery
J Perinat Med Journal of Perinatal Medicine
J Anat Journal of Anatomy
JAMA JAMA : The Journal of the American Medical Association
Lancet Lancet
N Engl J Med The New England Journal of Medicine
N Z Med J New Zealand Medical Journal
Nature Nature
Neurology Neurology
Neuropsychologia Neuropsychologia
Nutr Rev Nutrition Reviews
Obstet Gynecol Obstetrics & Gynecology
Pediatr Pathol Lab Med Pediatric Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Pediatr Res Pediatric Research
Pediatrics Pediatrics
Physiol Rev Physiological Reviews
Science Science
Semin Pediatr Surg Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Semin Perinatol Seminars in Perinatology
Semin Reprod Endocrinol Seminars in Reproductive Endocrinology
Semin Roentgenol Seminars in Roentgenology
Teratology Teratology
Trans Am Neurol Assoc Transactions of the American Neurological Association
Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Z Anat Entwicklungsgesch Zeitschrift fur Anatomie und Entwicklungsgeschichte

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Program Index

A

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abdomen 8, 9, 14
abdominal 6, 12
activity 10, 14, 16
adenine 4
adult(s) 3, 4, 10, 11, 14
age 14
age of viability 14
air 11, 14, 16
alveoli 16
amnion 6, 7
amniotic fluid 7, 11, 12, 14, 15
anise 16
articular 11

B

base pairs 17
base(s) 4, 18
behavior(al) 11, 15, 16
billion 4, 7, 11
birth 3, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16
blastocyst 5
blink-startle 15
blood 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13
blood cells 6
blood vessels 6, 11
blueprint 4
body 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15
body plan 6
bone(s) 6, 10, 11, 12, 13
bowel 13
brain 6, 7, 9, 11, 15
breastfeeding 13
breathing 9, 11, 16
bronchi 8
bronchial tree 14
buds 7, 13

C

cardiac 16, 21
cardiovascular 6
Carnegie Stage(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 21
cartilage 6, 8
cell(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 16
central nervous system 16
cerebral hemispheres 7, 9
chambers 6, 7
cheeks 13
chest 6, 10
childbirth 16
chromosomes 4
circulatory 5, 6
clavicle 10
close 12
cochlea 14
collar bone 10
conception 3
contraction 16
cytosine 4

D

day(s) 5, 6, 8, 10
development(al) 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 16
diaphragm 9
digestive 6, 13
distinguish(ed) 12, 16
DNA 4, 17, 18

E

ear 9, 14
early pregnancy factor (EPF) 4
earth 4, 17
ectoderm 6
egg 4
elbows 10
electrocardiogram 10
electrodes 9
embryo 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13
embryology 4
embryonic 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 19, 20
embryonic period 11, 20
encephalography 9
endoderm 6
energy 15
enzymes 13
epiblast 6
epidermis 11
estrogen 16
extension 11
eye(s) 10, 11, 12, 15
eyelids 10, 11, 12, 15

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F

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face 11, 12, 13
Fallopian tubes 4
fat 13, 15
female 10, 12, 13, 15
fertilization 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 16
fetal 3, 5, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
fetal period 3, 12, 17
fetus 3, 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
fingerprints 12
fingers 10
flattening 9
fluid 7, 11, 12, 14, 15
folding 6
follicles 14
forebrain 6, 7
formation 3, 8, 11, 12
function(s) 3, 7, 21
fuse 11

G

genitalia 12
germ cells 8
germ layers 6
gestational age 3, 14
glands 14
glucose 12
grasp 12, 16
grasping 11
gravity 11
grow(ing)(s) 3, 5, 6, 9, 11, 14
growth 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 15
guanine 4

H

hair 6, 11, 14
hand(s) 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16
head 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13
health 15, 16
hearing 7, 14, 15
hearing loss 15
heart 6, 7, 8, 10, 14, 15
heart rate 14, 15, 20
heartbeat(s) 20
helix 4
hindbrain 6, 7
hormone(s) 5
hours 4, 14
human 3, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 16
human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) 5
hypoblast 6

I

implantation 5
inner cell mass 5, 6
intestine 9, 12

J

jaw 10, 11, 12, 13
jaw movement 11, 13
joints 10, 11

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K

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kidneys 6, 8, 11
knee 10

L

labor 16
larynx 12
learning 7
left-handed 11
leg 15
licorice 16
life cycle 12
lifespan 7
light 12, 13, 15
limb(s) 7, 11, 13
lips 12
liver 6, 8, 9
lungs 8, 14, 16
lymphocytes 9

M

male 11, 12, 13
man 4
marrow 13
maternal 4, 5, 19
meconium 13
medications 5
memory 7
menstrual cycle 5
mesoderm 6
metaphase 4
meters 17
midbrain 6, 7
miles 4, 17
million 4, 7, 17
mitosis 4
molecule(s) 4, 17
morula 5
mouth 9, 11, 12, 13
move 12
movement(s) 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 16
mulberry 5
muscle(s) 6, 11
muscular 11

N

nails 6
nerve(s) 6, 11
neural 11
neuromuscular 9
newborn(s) 11, 13, 14, 16
nipple(s) 10, 13
noise 15
noradrenaline 14
norepinephrine 14
nose 12

O

odors 15
oocyte 4
oogonia 12
open(s) 12, 13, 15
ossification 10
ovaries 4, 10
ovary 4, 12
ovulation 4
oxygen 5

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P

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palms 12
pancreas 6
percent 11, 12, 13, 15, 16
physiologic herniation 9
placenta 5, 19
postfertilization age 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, 20
postmenstrual age 3, 9, 13, 14
postnatal 20
preference(s) 11, 16
pregnancy 3, 4, 5, 13, 15, 16
premature(ly) 14, 15
prenatal 21
problem-solving 7
proportion 13
protection 7
pupils 15

Q

quickening 13

R

reflex 13
reflexive(ly) 9, 11
reopen 15
reproductive 4, 8, 12
respiratory 6, 8, 14, 15
respond(s) 13, 14, 15
response 10, 12, 13, 14, 15
retina 10, 15
right-hand 11
rolling over 11
roof 13
rooting reflex 13
rotation 11

S

sac 6, 7
scalp 14
sense(s) 12, 13, 15
sex 12
sigh 12
skeletal 11
skin 6, 7, 11, 14, 15
skin layers 14
sole(s) 12
somersaults 15
sounds 14, 16
speech 7
sperm 4
spermatozoon 4
spinal cord 6
spontaneous 9, 11
squinting 11
startle 10, 15
stem cells 5, 13
stimulation 12, 13
stress response 14
stretch 12
structure(s) 3, 5, 6, 11, 14, 21
survival 3, 14
swallow(ed)(ing) 12, 15
system(s) 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 14, 16, 21

T

taste 13, 16
taste buds 13
tears 15
temperature 5, 15, 19
testes 11
testosterone 11
thought 7
thumb sucking 12
thymine 4
toes 10, 12
tongue 12, 13
tooth 13
touch(ing) 9, 11, 12, 13
trachea 8
transparency 7, 11
trillion 3, 4, 17
trimester 13, 15
trunk 10

U

umbilical cord 5, 9, 12
umbilical vesicle 6
urine 11
uterine tube(s) 4, 5
uterus 4, 5, 11, 12, 16

V

vascular 11
vernix caseosa 14
viability 14
vocal cord development 12
vocal ligaments 12

W

walking 15
water 12
weight 11, 12, 13, 15
white blood cell 9
windpipe 8
woman 4, 13
womb 4, 14
wrinkled 15
wrist 8

Y

yawns 12
yolk sac 6, 8

Z

zygote 3, 4