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Effects of Intrauterine Environment on the Magnitude of Differences Within the Pairs of Monozygotic and Dizygotic Twins

  • Małgorzata Waszak (a1), Krystyna Cieślik (a1), Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska (a2), Marlena Szalata (a2), Karolina Wielgus (a3), Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak (a2), Grzegorz Bręborowicz (a4) and Ryszard Słomski (a2)...

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the effects of intrauterine environment on the magnitude of intrapair differences in six somatic traits of monozygotic (MZ) and dizygotic (DZ) twins (1,263 pairs; 424 MZ twins and 839 DZ twins). Differences in intrauterine environments of MZ twins enforced division of the research material into four groups: (1) MZ-MC-TTTS — MZ twins from monochorionic (MC) pregnancies with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), (2) MZ-MC (without TTTS)—MZ twins from MC pregnancies without TTTS, (3) MZ-DC—MZ twins from dichorionic (DC) pregnancies, and (4) DZ—DZ twins. The intrapair differences in all analyzed somatic traits, especially body weight and circumference of the chest, were the largest in the case of MZ twins from MC pregnancies with TTTS. DZ twins were the group presenting with the second largest intrapair differences in the analyzed traits. At the end of pregnancy, that is, in lunar months 9 and 10, the magnitude of intrapair differences in all traits of twins from this group was significantly greater than in MZ twins from both MC and DC pregnancies. Irrespective of the analyzed period, the least evident, statistically insignificant intrapair differences in the studied traits were documented in the case of MZ twins from MC pregnancies without TTTS and twins from DC pregnancies. These findings imply that the differentiating effect of intrauterine environment is associated with the occurrence of TTTS, rather than with chorionicity, as postulated previously.

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address for correspondence: Dr. Małgorzata Waszak, Department of Functional Anatomy, University School of Physical Education, 27/39 Królowej Jadwigi Str., 61-871 Poznan, Poland. E-mail: malwasz@interia.pl

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Effects of Intrauterine Environment on the Magnitude of Differences Within the Pairs of Monozygotic and Dizygotic Twins

  • Małgorzata Waszak (a1), Krystyna Cieślik (a1), Marzena Skrzypczak-Zielińska (a2), Marlena Szalata (a2), Karolina Wielgus (a3), Oliwia Zakerska-Banaszak (a2), Grzegorz Bręborowicz (a4) and Ryszard Słomski (a2)...

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