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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416208/fetal-and-perinatal-stem-cells-in-cardiac-regeneration-moving-forward-to-the-paracrine-era
#1
C Balbi, S Bollini
Cardiovascular disease (CD) is a major burden for Western society. Regenerative medicine has provided encouraging results, yet it has not addressed the focal defects causing CD and mainly related to the inefficient repair programme of the heart. In this scenario, stem cells have been broadly investigated and their paracrine effect proposed as a possible working strategy to boost endogenous mechanisms of repair and regeneration from within the cardiac tissue. The scientific community is now focusing on identifying the most effective stem cell secretome, as the whole of bioactive factors and extracellular vesicles secreted by stem cells and endowed with regenerative potential...
April 12, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413063/amniotic-membrane-application-for-the-healing-of-chronic-wounds-and-ulcers
#2
Gregorio Castellanos, Ángel Bernabé-García, José M Moraleda, Francisco J Nicolás
Wound healing usually follows a predictable sequence and prognosis of events. Its evolutionary process is the result of a complicated interaction between patient-related factors, the wound, the treatment used and the skills and knowledge of the professionals who treat them. Only through a meticulous initial assessment of the wound is it possible to identify the factors that contribute to its complexity. The challenge for professionals will be to implement efficient therapies at the right time and in the most cost-efficient way in order to reduce associated problems, treat the symptoms and expectations of the patients and achieve adequate wound healing whenever possible...
April 10, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411943/immunomodulatory-properties-of-human-placental-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells
#3
M H Abumaree, F M Abomaray, M A Alshabibi, A S AlAskar, B Kalionis
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) are isolated from various fetal and adult tissues such as bone marrow, adipose tissue, cord blood and placenta. Placental MSCs (pMSCs), the main focus of this review, are relatively new MSC types that are not as intensively studied compared with bone marrow-derived MSCs (BMMSCs). MSCs modulate the immune functions of important immune cells involved in alloantigen recognition and elimination, including antigen presenting cells (APCs), T cells, B cells and natural killer (NK) cells...
April 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411944/differentiation-of-amniotic-epithelial-cells-into-various-liver-cell-types-and-potential-therapeutic-applications
#4
Maura Fanti, Roberto Gramignoli, Monica Serra, Erika Cadoni, Stephen C Strom, Fabio Marongiu
The aim of Regenerative Medicine is to replace or regenerate human cells, tissues or organs in order to restore normal function. Among all organs, the liver is endowed with remarkable regenerative capacity. Nonetheless, there are conditions in which this ability is impaired, and the use of isolated cells, including stem cells, is being considered as a possible therapeutic tool for the management of chronic hepatic disease. Placenta holds great promise for the field of regenerative medicine. It has long been used for the treatment of skin lesions and in ophthalmology, due to its ability to modulate inflammation and promote healing...
March 30, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372817/angiopoietin-2-in-placentation-and-tumor-biology-the-yin-and-yang-of-vascular-biology
#5
Qiong Wang, Gendie E Lash
There are several parallels between placental and tumor biology. Both require rapid acquisition of a blood supply to supply oxygen and nutrients, the placenta through neoangiogenesis and tumors by co-opting the existing vasculature. In addition, successful pregnancy also requires remodeling of the maternal uterine spiral arteries. Angiopoietins (Angs) are a family of angiogenic growth factors, the best studied being Ang-1 and Ang-2, which signal through the membrane tyrosine kinase receptor Tie2, and in simple terms have opposite effects with Ang-1 acting to stabilize newly formed blood vessels and Ang-2 having a destabilizing effect...
March 30, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392013/characterizing-the-lipid-and-metabolite-changes-associated-with-placental-function-and-pregnancy-complications-using-ion-mobility-spectrometry-mass-spectrometry-and-mass-spectrometry-imaging
#6
Kristin E Burnum-Johnson, Erin S Baker, Thomas O Metz
Successful pregnancy is dependent upon discrete biological events, which include embryo implantation, decidualization, and placentation. Problems associated with each of these events can cause infertility or conditions such as preeclampsia. A greater understanding of the molecular changes associated with these complex processes is necessary to aid in identifying treatments for each condition. Previous nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and mass spectrometry studies have been used to identify metabolites and lipids associated with pregnancy-related complications...
March 29, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411942/transplacental-nutrient-transfer-in-the-human-in%C3%A2-vivo-determined-by-4-vessel-sampling
#7
Trond M Michelsen, Ane M Holme, Tore Henriksen
BACKGROUND: The intrauterine environment and especially the fetal nutritional conditions affect lifelong health. There are few human in vivo studies on fetal nutrition. The importance to test experimentally based concepts of fetal nutrition in a human in vivo setting is becoming increasingly apparent. A way of testing nutrient transfer in human is 4-vessel sampling, which implies blood sampling from artery and vein on both sides of the placenta. Here we give a brief review of the studies using the 4-vessel sampling method...
March 24, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343731/endoplasmic-reticulum-aminopeptidase-2-a-common-immunological-link-to-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-and-cancer-clearance
#8
Eun D Lee
Endoplasmic Reticulum Aminopeptidase 2 (ERAP2) trims HLA class I-binding peptides, determining the peptide repertoire presented for immune recognition. Variation in the ERAP2 amino acid sequence could affect the ability of some fetuses and tumors to achieve immune evasion. For example, homozygosity for an ERAP2 variant that has increased trimming efficiency for hydrophobic molecules has never been detected in mothers and fetuses. Thus, it is possible that this single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the ERAP2 gene has been selected against in order to prevent alteration of the immune privileged uterine environment, and to allow tumors to escape immune recognition...
March 18, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330647/hypoxia-and-hif-pathway-in-cancer-and-the-placenta
#9
Philip S Macklin, James McAuliffe, Christopher W Pugh, Atsushi Yamamoto
In this review we note that the placenta and cancer both develop in microenvironments in which there are gradients of oxygen availability. Whilst fundamentally different in that placental development is organised and physiological whilst cancer is chaotic and pathological, there are similarities in their respective capacities to proliferate, invade adjacent tissues, generate a blood supply and avoid rejection by the immune system. We provide a brief description of the hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway and indicate the ways by which HIF activity can be regulated to achieve oxygen homeostasis...
March 16, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325691/preface-ifpa-meeting-2016
#10
Leslie Myatt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 14, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298249/corrigendum-to-acute-atherosis-in-vacuum-suction-biopsies-of-decidua-basalis-an-evidence-based-research-definition-placenta-37c-2016-26-33
#11
Patji Alnaes-Katjavivi, Fiona Lyall, Borghild Roald, Christopher W G Redman, Anne Cathrine Staff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 12, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318555/regulation-of-the-prorenin-angiotensin-system-by-oxygen-and-mirnas-parallels-between-placentation-and-tumour-development
#12
Sarah J Delforce, Eugenie R Lumbers, Kirsty G Pringle
Tissue renin-angiotensin systems (RASs) are involved in tissue growth and development as they are important regulators of angiogenesis, cell proliferation and migration. The placental RAS is most highly expressed in early gestation, at a time when the oxygen tension within the conceptus is reduced, and plays a key role in placental growth and development. Similar to the placenta, tumour development relies on proliferation, angiogenesis and invasion in order to grow and metastasize. The RAS is known to be upregulated in a variety of solid tumours, including ovarian, endometrial, cervical, breast and prostate...
March 10, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318556/natural-killer-cells-in-placentation-and-cancer-implications-for-hypertension-during-pregnancy
#13
Heather Yvonne Small, Denise C Cornelius, Tomasz J Guzik, Christian Delles
Hypertension during pregnancy is the most common medical condition encountered during gestation. Despite this, knowledge of the mechanisms that underlie the disease and the development of new therapies are limited. Hypertension during pregnancy and some forms of cancer confer an increased risk to the development of cardiovascular disease later in life; one mechanism which may link these conditions is the involvement of natural killer (NK) cells. Whilst immunology and immunotherapy are well-developed areas in oncology; the complex mechanisms of the immune system in health and disease at the maternal-fetal interface are less well-defined...
March 7, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284454/ifpa-meeting-2016-workshop-report-ii-placental-imaging-placenta-and-development-of-other-organs-sexual-dimorphism-in-placental-function-and-trophoblast-cell-lines
#14
Jennifer Adibi, Graham J Burton, Vicki Clifton, Sally Collins, Antonio E Frias, Lobke Gierman, Peta Grigsby, Helen Jones, Cheryl Lee, Alina Maloyan, Udo R Markert, Diana M Morales-Prieto, Padma Murthi, Leslie Myatt, Jurgen Pollheimer, Victoria Roberts, Wendy Robinson, Carolyn Salafia, Matthias Schabel, Dinesh Shah, John Sled, Cathy Vaillancourt, Maja Weber, Perrie F O'Tierney-Ginn
Workshops are an important part of the IFPA annual meeting as they allow for discussion of specialized topics. At IFPA meeting 2016 there were twelve themed workshops, four of which are summarized in this report. These workshops addressed challenges, strengths and limitations of techniques and model systems for studying the placenta, as well as future directions for the following areas of placental research: 1) placental imaging; 2) sexual dimorphism; 3) placenta and development of other organs; 4) trophoblast cell lines...
March 6, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284455/uterine-nk-cells-and-macrophages-in-pregnancy
#15
Marijke M Faas, Paul de Vos
The presence of immune cells in the placental bed is important for both mother and child. Although various immune cells can be found in the placental bed, such as regulatory T cells and dendritic cells, uterine NK cells and macrophages are the most prominent immune cells in the placental bed in early pregnancy. uNK cell and macrophage numbers in the placental bed decrease in the third trimester. These cells seem to be specifically adapted for their function and environment. uNK cells do not show cytotoxic activity, but are producers of cytokines, growth factors and many other factors...
March 2, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274545/tumour-and-placenta-establishment-the-importance-of-antigen-processing-and-presentation
#16
Emma Reeves, Edward James
Classical and non-classical MHC class I (MHC I) molecules displayed at the cell surface are essential for the induction of innate and adaptive immune responses. Classical MHC I present endogenously derived peptides to CD8(+) T cells for immunosurveillance of infected or malignant cells. By contrast, non-classical MHC I, in particular HLA-G, also display peptides, but primarily act as immunomodulatory ligands for the innate immune response and are an important component for extravillous trophoblast invasion to form the placenta in pregnancy...
February 28, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238455/androgen-dependent-mechanisms-of-pro-angiogenic-networks-in-placental-and-tumor-development
#17
Veronika M Metzler, Simone de Brot, Robert S Robinson, Jennie N Jeyapalan, Emad Rakha, Thomas Walton, David S Gardner, Emma F Lund, Jonathan Whitchurch, Daisy Haigh, Jack M Lochray, Brian D Robinson, Cinzia Allegrucci, Rupert G Fray, Jenny L Persson, Niels Ødum, Regina R Miftakhova, Albert A Rizvanov, Ieuan A Hughes, Rieko Tadokoro-Cuccaro, David M Heery, Catrin S Rutland, Nigel P Mongan
The placenta and tumors share important characteristics, including a requirement to establish effective angiogenesis. In the case of the placenta, optimal angiogenesis is required to sustain the blood flow required to maintain a successful pregnancy, whereas in tumors establishing new blood supplies is considered a key step in supporting metastases. Therefore the development of novel angiogenesis inhibitors has been an area of active research in oncology. A subset of the molecular processes regulating angiogenesis are well understood in the context of both early placentation and tumorigenesis...
February 20, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216257/prediction-of-low-birth-weight-methodological-issues
#18
LETTER
Siamak Sabour
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 13, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216258/review-systematic-review-of-the-utility-of-the-fetal-cerebroplacental-ratio-measured-at-term-for-the-prediction-of-adverse-perinatal-outcome
#19
REVIEW
Liam Dunn, Helen Sherrell, Sailesh Kumar
AIM: This systematic review evaluates the utility of the fetal cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) when assessed at term (from 37 + 0 weeks gestation) as a predictor of adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes. DATA SOURCES AND SEARCH STRATEGY: An electronic search of Pubmed and Embase using variations of 'cerebroplacental ratio' and 'cerebroumbilical ratio' was conducted by two independent reviewers. Full text studies written in English that reported on low CPR and its correlation with relevant obstetric and perinatal outcomes were included...
February 12, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202182/implantation-and-extravillous-trophoblast-invasion-from-rare-archival-specimens-to-modern-biobanking
#20
Gerit Moser, Berthold Huppertz
Extravillous trophoblast invasion serves to attach the placenta to the uterus and to enable access to nutrients for the embryo throughout pregnancy - secretions of the uterine glands in the first trimester, maternal blood in the second and third trimester. For assessing extravillous trophoblast invasion, histology (in combination with immunohistochemistry) still plays a major role in placental research. This is especially true for the re-assessment of rare archival specimens from early human implantation sites or placenta in utero with the background of recent knowledge which may help to strengthen current hypotheses...
February 8, 2017: Placenta
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