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Coffee is the beverage consumed during pregnancy that is most commonly associated with adversely affecting the developing fetoplacental unit. Since placental 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD-2) is an important determinant for maintenance of fetal glucocorticoid levels during pregnancy, we investigated the effect of coffee on 11β-HSD-2 expression in the human placental choriocarcinoma cell line, JEG-3. Addition of coffee to the culture medium of JEG-3 cells increased 11β-HSD-2doi:10.1248/jhs.57.436 fatcat:eo4gfdafhzegpacixo4ieaelr4