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KJERSTI MARIE AAGAARD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Obstetrics & Gynecology
AddressOne Baylor Plaza
Houston TX 77030
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    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDepartment of Molecular & Cellular Biology
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    InstitutionBaylor College of Medicine
    DepartmentDepartment of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    DivisionMolecular Physiology & Biophysics


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    1. Murray KO, Gorchakov R, Carlson AR, Berry R, Lai L, Natrajan M, Garcia MN, Correa A, Patel SM, Aagaard K, Mulligan MJ. Prolonged Detection of Zika Virus in Vaginal Secretions and Whole Blood. Emerg Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 15; 23(1). PMID: 27748649.
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    2. McCurdy CE, Schenk S, Hetrick B, Houck J, Drew BG, Kaye S, Lashbrook M, Bergman BC, Takahashi DL, Dean TA, Nemkov T, Gertsman I, Hansen KC, Philp A, Hevener AL, Chicco AJ, Aagaard KM, Grove KL, Friedman JE. Maternal obesity reduces oxidative capacity in fetal skeletal muscle of Japanese macaques. JCI Insight. 2016 Oct 6; 1(16):e86612. PMID: 27734025.
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    3. Lara DA, Morris SA, Maskatia SA, Becker J. Reply. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep; 48(3):405-6. PMID: 27593405.
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    4. Bateni ZH, Clark SL, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Aagaard KM, Blumenfeld YJ, Ramin SM, Lee HC, Fox KA, Moaddab A, Shamshirsaz AA, Salmanian B, Hosseinzadeh P, Racusin DA, Erfani H, Espinoza J, Dildy GA, Belfort MA, Shamshirsaz AA. Trends in the delivery route of twin pregnancies in the United States, 2006-2013. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2016 Oct; 205:120-6. PMID: 27591713.
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    5. Chu DM, Antony KM, Ma J, Prince AL, Showalter L, Moller M, Aagaard KM. The early infant gut microbiome varies in association with a maternal high-fat diet. Genome Med. 2016; 8(1):77. PMID: 27503374; PMCID: PMC4977686.
    6. Greenhalgh K, Meyer KM, Aagaard KM, Wilmes P. The human gut microbiome in health: establishment and resilience of microbiota over a lifetime. Environ Microbiol. 2016 Jul; 18(7):2103-16. PMID: 27059297.
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    7. Kahr MK, De La Torre R, Racusin DA, Suter MA, Mastrobattista JM, Ramin SM, Clark SL, Dildy GA, Belfort MA, Aagaard KM. Birth Rates Among Hispanics and Non-Hispanics and their Representation in Contemporary Obstetric Clinical Trials. Am J Perinatol. 2016 Oct; 33(12):1115-20. PMID: 27367281.
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    8. Racusin DA, Antony KM, Haase J, Bondy M, Aagaard KM. Mode of Delivery in Premature Neonates: Does It Matter? AJP Rep. 2016 Jul; 6(3):e251-9. PMID: 27468363; PMCID: PMC4958016.
    9. Suter MA, Aagaard KM. Disease watch: Zika virus - placental passage and permissivity for infection. Nat Rev Endocrinol. 2016 Aug; 12(8):437-8. PMID: 27339887.
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    10. Chabarria KC, Racusin DA, Antony KM, Kahr M, Suter MA, Mastrobattista JM, Aagaard KM. Marijuana use and its effects in pregnancy. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Oct; 215(4):506.e1-7. PMID: 27263998.
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    11. Pew BK, Harris RA, Sbrana E, Guaman MC, Shope C, Chen R, Meloche S, Aagaard K. Structural and transcriptomic response to antenatal corticosteroids in an Erk3-null mouse model of respiratory distress. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep; 215(3):384.e1-384.e89. PMID: 27143398; PMCID: PMC5003661 [Available on 12/01/16].
    12. Aagaard KM, Kahr MK. Reply. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Sep; 215(3):399. PMID: 27143401.
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    13. Chu DM, Aagaard KM. Microbiome: Eating for trillions. Nature. 2016 Apr 21; 532(7599):316-7. PMID: 27074514; PMCID: PMC4929216 [Available on 07/21/16].
    14. Meyer K, Aagaard K. Microbiome: Antibiotics and the infant microflora. Nat Microbiol. 2016; 1:16040. PMID: 27572452.
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    15. Prince AL, Ma J, Kannan PS, Alvarez M, Gisslen T, Harris RA, Sweeney EL, Knox CL, Lambers DS, Jobe AH, Chougnet CA, Kallapur SG, Aagaard KM. The placental membrane microbiome is altered among subjects with spontaneous preterm birth with and without chorioamnionitis. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May; 214(5):627.e1-627.e16. PMID: 26965447; PMCID: PMC4909356.
    16. Vizuete W, Sexton KG, Nguyen H, Smeester L, Aagaard KM, Shope C, Lefer B, Flynn JH, Alvarez S, Erickson MH, Fry RC. From the Field to the Laboratory: Air Pollutant-Induced Genomic Effects in Lung Cells. Environ Health Insights. 2015; 9(Suppl 4):15-23. PMID: 26917966; PMCID: PMC4760675.
    17. Kahr MK, Suter MA, Ballas J, Ramphul R, Lubertino G, Hamilton WJ, Aagaard KM. Preterm birth and its associations with residence and ambient vehicular traffic exposure. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jul; 215(1):111.e1-111.e10. PMID: 26827876.
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    18. Lara D, Morris SA, Maskatia SA, Challman M, Nguyen M, Feagin DK, Schoppe L, Zhang J, Bhatt A, Sexson-Tejtel SK, Lopez KN, Lawrence EJ, Andreas S, Wang Y, Belfort M, Ruano R, Ayres NA, Altman C, Aagaard K, Becker J. A pilot study of chronic maternal hyperoxygenation and effect on aortic and mitral valve annular dimensions in fetuses with left heart hypoplasia. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Dec 23. PMID: 26700848.
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    19. Kahr MK, Padgett S, Shope CD, Griffin EN, Xie SS, Gonzalez PJ, Levison J, Mastrobattista J, Abramovici AR, Northrup TF, Stotts AL, Aagaard KM, Suter MA. A qualitative assessment of the perceived risks of electronic cigarette and hookah use in pregnancy. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15(1):1273. PMID: 26692352.
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    20. Kahr MK, Antony KM, DelBeccaro M, Hu M, Aagaard KM, Suter MA. Increasing maternal obesity is associated with alterations in both maternal and neonatal thyroid hormone levels. Clin Endocrinol (Oxf). 2016 Apr; 84(4):551-7. PMID: 26562744; PMCID: PMC4789139 [Available on 04/01/17].
    21. McCullough LB, Moaddab A, Fox KA, Aagaard KM, Salmanian B, Raine SP, Shamshirsaz AA, Chervenak FA. Reply. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jan; 214(1):137-8. PMID: 26408086.
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    22. Racusin DA, Villarreal S, Antony KM, Harris RA, Mastrobattista J, Lee W, Shamshirsaz AA, Belfort M, Aagaard KM. Role of Maternal Serum Alpha-Fetoprotein and Ultrasonography in Contemporary Detection of Spina Bifida. Am J Perinatol. 2015 Dec; 32(14):1287-91. PMID: 26332586.
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    23. Kahr MK, Suter MA, Ballas J, Ramin SM, Monga M, Lee W, Hu M, Shope CD, Chesnokova A, Krannich L, Griffin EN, Mastrobattista J, Dildy GA, Strehlow SL, Ramphul R, Hamilton WJ, Aagaard KM. Geospatial analysis of food environment demonstrates associations with gestational diabetes. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Jan; 214(1):110.e1-9. PMID: 26319053.
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    24. Li Q, Kappil MA, Li A, Dassanayake PS, Darrah TH, Friedman AE, Friedman M, Lambertini L, Landrigan P, Stodgell CJ, Xia Y, Nanes JA, Aagaard KM, Schadt EE, Murray JC, Clark EB, Dole N, Culhane J, Swanson J, Varner M, Moye J, Kasten C, Miller RK, Chen J. Exploring the associations between microRNA expression profiles and environmental pollutants in human placenta from the National Children's Study (NCS). Epigenetics. 2015; 10(9):793-802. PMID: 26252056.
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    25. Suter MA, Abramovici AR, Griffin E, Branch DW, Lane RH, Mastrobattista J, Rehan VK, Aagaard K. In utero nicotine exposure epigenetically alters fetal chromatin structure and differentially regulates transcription of the glucocorticoid receptor in a rat model. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Jul; 103(7):583-8. PMID: 26172404.
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    26. Moaddab A, McCullough LB, Chervenak FA, Fox KA, Aagaard KM, Salmanian B, Raine SP, Shamshirsaz AA. Health care justice and its implications for current policy of a mandatory waiting period for elective tubal sterilization. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Jun; 212(6):736-9. PMID: 25935572.
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    27. Prince AL, Chu DM, Seferovic MD, Antony KM, Ma J, Aagaard KM. The perinatal microbiome and pregnancy: moving beyond the vaginal microbiome. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2015 Jun; 5(6). PMID: 25775922.
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    28. Seferovic MD, Goodspeed DM, Chu DM, Krannich LA, Gonzalez-Rodriguez PJ, Cox JE, Aagaard KM. Heritable IUGR and adult metabolic syndrome are reversible and associated with alterations in the metabolome following dietary supplementation of 1-carbon intermediates. FASEB J. 2015 Jun; 29(6):2640-52. PMID: 25757570.
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    29. Ma J, Purcell H, Showalter L, Aagaard KM. Mitochondrial DNA sequence variation is largely conserved at birth with rare de novo mutations in neonates. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Apr; 212(4):530.e1-8. PMID: 25687567.
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    30. Antony KM, Mansouri R, Arndt M, Rocky Hui SK, Jariwala P, Mcmullen VM, Teruya J, Aagaard K. Establishing thromboelastography with platelet-function analyzer reference ranges and other measures in healthy term pregnant women. Am J Perinatol. 2015 May; 32(6):545-54. PMID: 25594216.
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    31. Antony KM, Ma J, Mitchell KB, Racusin DA, Versalovic J, Aagaard K. The preterm placental microbiome varies in association with excess maternal gestational weight gain. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 May; 212(5):653.e1-16. PMID: 25557210; PMCID: PMC4892181.
    32. Racusin DA, Antony K, Showalter L, Sharma S, Haymond M, Aagaard KM. Candy twists as an alternative to the glucola beverage in gestational diabetes mellitus screening. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Apr; 212(4):522.e1-5. PMID: 25446695.
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    33. Goodspeed D, Seferovic MD, Holland W, Mcknight RA, Summers SA, Branch DW, Lane RH, Aagaard KM. Essential nutrient supplementation prevents heritable metabolic disease in multigenerational intrauterine growth-restricted rats. FASEB J. 2015 Mar; 29(3):807-19. PMID: 25395450; PMCID: PMC4422359.
    34. Suter MA, Mastrobattista J, Sachs M, Aagaard K. Is there evidence for potential harm of electronic cigarette use in pregnancy? Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2015 Mar; 103(3):186-95. PMID: 25366492; PMCID: PMC4830434.
    35. Aagaard KM. Author response to comment on "the placenta harbors a unique microbiome". Sci Transl Med. 2014 Sep 17; 6(254):254lr3. PMID: 25232176.
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    36. Aagaard K, Ma J, Antony KM, Ganu R, Petrosino J, Versalovic J. The placenta harbors a unique microbiome. Sci Transl Med. 2014 May 21; 6(237):237ra65. PMID: 24848255.
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    37. Ma J, Prince AL, Bader D, Hu M, Ganu R, Baquero K, Blundell P, Alan Harris R, Frias AE, Grove KL, Aagaard KM. High-fat maternal diet during pregnancy persistently alters the offspring microbiome in a primate model. Nat Commun. 2014; 5:3889. PMID: 24846660; PMCID: PMC4078997.
    38. Suter MA, Ma J, Vuguin PM, Hartil K, Fiallo A, Harris RA, Charron MJ, Aagaard KM. In utero exposure to a maternal high-fat diet alters the epigenetic histone code in a murine model. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 May; 210(5):463.e1-463.e11. PMID: 24793723; PMCID: PMC4368445.
    39. Prince AL, Antony KM, Chu DM, Aagaard KM. The microbiome, parturition, and timing of birth: more questions than answers. J Reprod Immunol. 2014 Oct; 104-105:12-9. PMID: 24793619; PMCID: PMC4157949.
    40. Cuevas Guaman M, Sbrana E, Shope C, Showalter L, Hu M, Meloche S, Aagaard K. Administration of antenatal glucocorticoids and postnatal surfactant ameliorates respiratory distress syndrome-associated neonatal lethality in Erk3(-/-) mouse pups. Pediatr Res. 2014 Jul; 76(1):24-32. PMID: 24732107; PMCID: PMC4062596.
    41. Ma J, Coarfa C, Qin X, Bonnen PE, Milosavljevic A, Versalovic J, Aagaard K. mtDNA haplogroup and single nucleotide polymorphisms structure human microbiome communities. BMC Genomics. 2014; 15:257. PMID: 24694284; PMCID: PMC4234434.
    42. Levison J, Nanthuru D, Chiudzu G, Kazembe PN, Phiri H, Ramin SM, Aagaard KM. Qualitative assessment of attitudes and knowledge on preterm birth in Malawi and within country framework of care. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014; 14:123. PMID: 24690288; PMCID: PMC3975452.
    43. Whitehouse KC, Montealegre JR, Follen M, Scheurer ME, Aagaard K. Sociodemographic factors associated with pap test adherence and cervical dysplasia in surgically sterilized women. J Reprod Infertil. 2014 Apr; 15(2):94-104. PMID: 24918082; PMCID: PMC4032975.
    44. Antony KM, Agrawal A, Arndt ME, Murphy AM, Alapat PM, Guntupalli KK, Aagaard KM. Obstructive sleep apnea in pregnancy: reliability of prevalence and prediction estimates. J Perinatol. 2014 Aug; 34(8):587-93. PMID: 24674980; PMCID: PMC4117820.
    45. Antony KM, Agrawal A, Arndt ME, Murphy AM, Alapat PM, Guntupalli KK, Aagaard KM. Association of adverse perinatal outcomes with screening measures of obstructive sleep apnea. J Perinatol. 2014 Jun; 34(6):441-8. PMID: 24603455.
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    46. Aagaard KM, Segars JH. What is the microbiome and how do we study it? Semin Reprod Med. 2014 Jan; 32(1):3-4. PMID: 24390914; PMCID: PMC4148420.
    47. Ma J, Prince A, Aagaard KM. Use of whole genome shotgun metagenomics: a practical guide for the microbiome-minded physician scientist. Semin Reprod Med. 2014 Jan; 32(1):5-13. PMID: 24390915.
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    48. Prince AL, Antony KM, Ma J, Aagaard KM. The microbiome and development: a mother's perspective. Semin Reprod Med. 2014 Jan; 32(1):14-22. PMID: 24390916.
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    49. Harris RA, Tardif SD, Vinar T, Wildman DE, Rutherford JN, Rogers J, Worley KC, Aagaard KM. Evolutionary genetics and implications of small size and twinning in callitrichine primates. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Jan 28; 111(4):1467-72. PMID: 24379383; PMCID: PMC3910650.
    50. Racusin DA, Crawford NS, Andrabi S, Suter MA, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Showalter L, Sharma S, Haymond M, Aagaard KM. Twizzlers as a cost-effective and equivalent alternative to the glucola beverage in diabetes screening. Diabetes Care. 2013 Oct; 36(10):e169-70. PMID: 24065847; PMCID: PMC3781564.
    51. O'Neil D, Mendez-Figueroa H, Mistretta TA, Su C, Lane RH, Aagaard KM. Dysregulation of Npas2 leads to altered metabolic pathways in a murine knockout model. Mol Genet Metab. 2013 Nov; 110(3):378-87. PMID: 24067359; PMCID: PMC3874417.
    52. Suter MA, Takahashi D, Grove KL, Aagaard KM. Postweaning exposure to a high-fat diet is associated with alterations to the hepatic histone code in Japanese macaques. Pediatr Res. 2013 Sep; 74(3):252-8. PMID: 23788059; PMCID: PMC3766448.
    53. Munch EM, Harris RA, Mohammad M, Benham AL, Pejerrey SM, Showalter L, Hu M, Shope CD, Maningat PD, Gunaratne PH, Haymond M, Aagaard K. Transcriptome profiling of microRNA by Next-Gen deep sequencing reveals known and novel miRNA species in the lipid fraction of human breast milk. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e50564. PMID: 23418415; PMCID: PMC3572105.
    54. Behl M, Rao D, Aagaard K, Davidson TL, Levin ED, Slotkin TA, Srinivasan S, Wallinga D, White MF, Walker VR, Thayer KA, Holloway AC. Evaluation of the association between maternal smoking, childhood obesity, and metabolic disorders: a national toxicology program workshop review. Environ Health Perspect. 2013 Feb; 121(2):170-80. PMID: 23232494; PMCID: PMC3569686.
    55. Aagaard K, Petrosino J, Keitel W, Watson M, Katancik J, Garcia N, Patel S, Cutting M, Madden T, Hamilton H, Harris E, Gevers D, Simone G, McInnes P, Versalovic J. The Human Microbiome Project strategy for comprehensive sampling of the human microbiome and why it matters. FASEB J. 2013 Mar; 27(3):1012-22. PMID: 23165986; PMCID: PMC3574278.
    56. Ganu RS, Ma J, Aagaard KM. The role of microbial communities in parturition: is there evidence of association with preterm birth and perinatal morbidity and mortality? Am J Perinatol. 2013 Sep; 30(8):613-24. PMID: 23161352.
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    57. Suter MA, Anders AM, Aagaard KM. Maternal smoking as a model for environmental epigenetic changes affecting birthweight and fetal programming. Mol Hum Reprod. 2013 Jan; 19(1):1-6. PMID: 23139402; PMCID: PMC3521486.
    58. Menderes G, Athar Ali N, Aagaard K, Sangi-Haghpeykar H. Chlorhexidine-alcohol compared with povidone-iodine for surgical-site antisepsis in cesarean deliveries. Obstet Gynecol. 2012 Nov; 120(5):1037-44. PMID: 23090520.
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    59. Suter MA, Sangi-Haghpeykar H, Showalter L, Shope C, Hu M, Brown K, Williams S, Harris RA, Grove KL, Lane RH, Aagaard KM. Maternal high-fat diet modulates the fetal thyroid axis and thyroid gene expression in a nonhuman primate model. Mol Endocrinol. 2012 Dec; 26(12):2071-80. PMID: 23015752; PMCID: PMC3517714.
    60. Suter MA, Chen A, Burdine MS, Choudhury M, Harris RA, Lane RH, Friedman JE, Grove KL, Tackett AJ, Aagaard KM. A maternal high-fat diet modulates fetal SIRT1 histone and protein deacetylase activity in nonhuman primates. FASEB J. 2012 Dec; 26(12):5106-14. PMID: 22982377; PMCID: PMC3509051.
    61. Riehle K, Coarfa C, Jackson A, Ma J, Tandon A, Paithankar S, Raghuraman S, Mistretta TA, Saulnier D, Raza S, Diaz MA, Shulman R, Aagaard K, Versalovic J, Milosavljevic A. The Genboree Microbiome Toolset and the analysis of 16S rRNA microbial sequences. BMC Bioinformatics. 2012; 13 Suppl 13:S11. PMID: 23320832; PMCID: PMC3426808.
    62. Aagaard K, Riehle K, Ma J, Segata N, Mistretta TA, Coarfa C, Raza S, Rosenbaum S, Van den Veyver I, Milosavljevic A, Gevers D, Huttenhower C, Petrosino J, Versalovic J. A metagenomic approach to characterization of the vaginal microbiome signature in pregnancy. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e36466. PMID: 22719832; PMCID: PMC3374618.
    63. Racusin D, Stevens B, Campbell G, Aagaard KM. Obesity and the risk and detection of fetal malformations. Semin Perinatol. 2012 Jun; 36(3):213-21. PMID: 22713503; PMCID: PMC4005897.
    64. Mahabir S, Aagaard K, Anderson LM, Herceg Z, Hiatt RA, Hoover RN, Linet MS, Medina D, Potischman N, Tretli S, Trichopoulos D, Troisi R. Challenges and opportunities in research on early-life events/exposures and cancer development later in life. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Jun; 23(6):983-90. PMID: 22527169.
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    65. Suter MA, Aagaard K. What changes in DNA methylation take place in individuals exposed to maternal smoking in utero? Epigenomics. 2012 Apr; 4(2):115-8. PMID: 22449181.
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    66. Ganu RS, Harris RA, Collins K, Aagaard KM. Early origins of adult disease: approaches for investigating the programmable epigenome in humans, nonhuman primates, and rodents. ILAR J. 2012; 53(3-4):306-21. PMID: 23744969; PMCID: PMC3747760.
    67. Aagaard-Tillery KM, Jelinek DF. Inhibition of human B lymphocyte cell cycle progression and differentiation by rapamycin. Cell Immunol. 1994 Jul; 156(2):493-507. PMID: 7517796.
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