Birth defect • Sodium valproate
valproic acid; a drug used to treat epilepsy, migraine and bipolar disorder;
may cause birth defects if used during pregnancy.
Today, a study published June 14 in the open-access journal PLOS Biology by Bill
Keyes of the Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology in France
and colleagues reveals one reason why: valproic acid (VPA) involves some cells in
the development of the nervous system. to senescence
a kind of stagnant state that prevents them from growing and dividing well.
VPA is widely used to treat many diseases. However, since the first use,