Metabolomic profiling of maternal hair suggests rapid development of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy

Jamie V. de Seymour, Stephanie Tu, Xiaoling He, Hua Zhang, Ting Li Han, Philip N. Baker, Karolina Sulek

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Introduction: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a common maternal liver disease; development can result in devastating consequences, including sudden fetal death and stillbirth. Currently, recognition of ICP only occurs following onset of clinical symptoms. Objective: Investigate the maternal hair metabolome for predictive biomarkers of ICP. Methods: The maternal hair metabolome (gestational age of sampling between 17 and 41 weeks) of 38 Chinese women with ICP and 46 pregnant controls was analysed using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Results: Of 105 metabolites detected in hair, none were significantly associated with ICP. Conclusion: Hair samples represent accumulative environmental exposure over time. Samples collected at the onset of ICP did not reveal any metabolic shifts, suggesting rapid development of the disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number79
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished or Issued - 1 Jun 2018


  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry
  • Hair
  • Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy
  • Metabolomics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Biochemistry

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