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Pediatric Research

Joaquin Escribano, Natalia Ferré, Mariona Gispert-Llaurado, Veronica Luque, Carmen Rubio-Torrents, Marta Zaragoza-Jordana, Isabel Polanco, Francisco M Codoñer, Empar Chenoll, Mireia Morera, Jose Antonio Moreno Muñoz, Montserrat Rivero, Ricardo Closa-Monasterolo
BACKGROUND: Intestinal microbiota of breast-fed infants is plenty of beneficial bifidobacteria. We aimed to determine whether an infant formula supplemented with probiotic Bifidobacterium longum subsp. infantis CECT7210 (B. infantis IM1®) is effective at reducing diarrhoea incidence in healthy term infants. METHODS: Double-blinded, randomized, multicentre, controlled clinical trial, where formula-fed infants (<3 months) received an infant formula supplemented (Probiotic) or not (Control) with 107 cfu/g of B...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Sigrid Baumgartner, Monika Olischar, Martin Wald, Tobias Werther, Angelika Berger, Thomas Waldhör, Georg Fischer, Ulrike Salzer-Muhar
BACKGROUND: Postnatally, the immature left ventricle (LV) is subjected to high systemic afterload. Hypothesizing that LV pumping would change during transition-adaptation we analyzed the LV in preterm infants (GA≤32+6), clinically stable or with a hemodynamically significant PDA (hPDA) by applying a pump model. METHODS: Pumping was characterized by EA (effective arterial elastance, reflecting afterload), EES (endsystolic LV elastance, reflecting contractility), EA /EES -coupling ratios, descriptive EA :EES relations and EA /EES -graphs...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Elizabeth Hisle-Gorman, Apryl Susi, Theophil Stokes, Gregory Gorman, Christine Erdie-Lalena, Cade M Nylund
OBJECTIVE: We explored the association of 29 previously reported neonatal, perinatal and prenatal conditions and exposures with later diagnosis of ASD in a large sample of children followed over multiple years. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective case-cohort study was formed using the Military Health System database. Cases were identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes for ASD between 2000 and 2013 and were matched 3:1 with controls on sex, date of birth, and enrollment time-frame...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Wissam Shalish
Pediatric Research accepted article preview online, 14 March 2018. doi:10.1038/pr.2018.28.
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Bernadette O Erokwu, Christian E Anderson, Chris A Flask, Katherine M Dell
BACKGROUND: Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) is associated with significant mortality and morbidity and there are currently no disease-specific treatments available for ARPKD patients. One major limitation in establishing new therapies for ARPKD is a lack of sensitive measures of kidney disease progression. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can provide multiple quantitative assessments of disease. METHODS: We applied quantitative image analysis of high resolution (non-contrast) T2-weighted MRI techniques to study cystic kidney disease progression and response to therapy in the PCK rat model of ARPKD...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Antonio G Cabrera, Kathleen K Kibler, R Blaine Easley, Michelle Goldsworthy, Lara S Shekerdemian, Dean B Andropoulos, Jeffrey Heinle, Erin A Gottlieb, Eric Vu, Ken M Brady
BACKGROUND: Elevated arterial blood pressure (ABP) is common after superior bidirectional cavo-pulmonary anastomosis (BCPA). The effects of elevated ABP after BCPA on cerebrovascular hemodynamics are unknown. We sought to determine the relationship between elevated ABP and cerebrovascular autoregulation after BCPA. METHODS: Prospective, observational study on infants with single-ventricle physiology after BCPA surgery. Continuous recordings of mean ABP, mean cavo-pulmonary pressure (PAP), near-infrared spectroscopy measures of cerebral oximetry (rSO2), and relative cerebral blood volume index (BVI) were obtained from admission to extubation...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Tamas Jilling, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, C Michael Cotten, Colin A Martin, Akhil Maheshwari, Kurt Schibler, Joshua Levy, Grier P Page
BACKGROUND: Twin studies suggest that genetic factors may account for up to 50% increased risk for necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), but genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for NEC are lacking. METHODS: Genotyping was done on Illumina BeadChip, followed by analysis using PLINK with logistic regression under an additive model. RESULTS: Among 751 extremely low birth weight (<1000 g, >401 g) neonates, 30 had surgical NEC. 261 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) showed association with NEC at P<0...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Josefine Starnberg, Mikael Norman, Björn Westrup, Magnus Domellöf, Staffan K Berglund
BACKGROUND: Being born with very low birth weight (<1500 g) is associated with poorer neurocognition later in life. The aim of this study was to explore neurodevelopmental functions in those born with marginally low birth weight (LBW; 2000-2500 g). METHODS: This was originally a randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of early iron supplementation in 285 marginally LBW children. Herein, we explored the combined marginally LBW group and compared their results to 95 normal birth weight (NBW; 2501-4500 g) controls in an observational design...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Ludmila N Bakhireva, Jean Lowe, Laura M Garrison, Sandra Cano, Yuridia Leyva, Fares Qeadan, Julia M Stephen
INTRODUCTION: Earlier identification of children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains a challenge. The objective of this study was to identify neurobehavioral (NB) outcomes associated with PAE in infants. METHODS: This manuscript evaluates NB outcomes at 6.33±1.12 months of age in 93 infants (39 PAE and 54 No-PAE) recruited prospectively into the ENRICH cohort. PAE was assessed by prospective repeated TLFB interviews and a panel of ethanol biomarkers. NB outcomes were evaluated by the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID-III), Parenting Stress Index (PSI), Infant Behavior Questionnaire (IBQ-R), and Infant Sensory Profile (ISP)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Maggie A Stanislawski, Catherine A Lozupone, Brandie D Wagner, Merete Eggesbø, Marci K Sontag, Nichole Nusbacher, Mercedes Martinez, Dana Dabelea
BACKGROUND: Recent evidence supports that the gut microbiota may be involved in the pathophysiology of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), and may also offer avenues for treatment or prevention. METHODS: We investigated the associations among gut microbiota, diet and hepatic fat fraction (HFF) in 107 adolescents. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) was used to assess HFF, and 16S rRNA gene sequencing was performed on collected fecal samples. Dietary intake was assessed using Food Frequency Questionnaires...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Julia F Litzky, Maya A Deyssenroth, Todd M Everson, Barry M Lester, Luca Lambertini, Jia Chen, Carmen J Marsit
BACKGROUND: Depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy have been associated with impaired fetal growth and neurodevelopmental. Because placental imprinted genes play a central role in fetal development and respond to environmental stressors, we hypothesized that imprinted gene expression would be affected by prenatal depression and anxiety. METHODS: Placental gene expression was compared between mothers with prenatal depression and/or anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder/panic and control mothers without psychiatric history (n=458) in the Rhode Island Child Health Study...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Carolyn J Baglole, Feng Liang, Hussein Traboulsi, Angela Rico de Souza, Christian Giordano, Josephine T Tauer, Frank Rauch, Basil J Petrof
BACKGROUND: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is most often caused by mutations in type I collagen genes. Respiratory complications have been largely attributed to spine and ribcage deformities. We hypothesized that direct involvement of the pulmonary parenchyma and/or diaphragm by the disease may occur. METHODS: In Col1a1Jrt/+ mice, a model of severe dominant OI, mean linear intercept length (Lm) was used to assess distal airspace size. Cross-sectional area (CSA) and myosin heavy chain (MyHC) phenotype of diaphragm muscle fibers, as well as contractile properties, were determined...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
May W Chen, Michael Reyes, Ewa Kulikowicz, Laura Martin, David J Hackam, Raymond C Koehler, Jennifer K Lee
BACKGROUND: Abdominal near-infrared spectroscopy (aNIRS) may detect gastrointestinal hypoxia before necrotizing enterocolitis develops. We sought to validate aNIRS during splanchnic hypoxia and hypoperfusion in neonatal piglets. METHODS: Anesthetized piglets underwent systemic hypoxia or 3-h superior mesenteric artery (SMA) ligation with aNIRS monitoring. RESULTS: During progressive hypoxia, gastrointestinal tissue oxyhemoglobin saturation measured by aNIRS decreased linearly with oxyhemoglobin saturation measured directly in the portal vein...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Stephanie J Attarian, Sandra L Leibel, Ping Yang, Danielle N Alfano, Brian P Hackett, F Sessions Cole, Aaron Hamvas
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the NKX2-1 gene are associated with lung disease in infants and children. We hypothesize that disruption of normal surfactant gene expression with these mutations contributes to the respiratory phenotypes observed. METHODS: To assess transactivational activity, co-transfection of luciferase reporter vectors containing surfactant protein B or C (SFTPB or SFTPC) promoters with NKX2-1 plasmids was performed and luciferase activity measured...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Terhi Tapiainen, Niko Paalanne, Mysore V Tejesvi, Pirjo Riikola M, Katja Korpela, Tytti Pokka, Jarmo Salo, Tuula Kaukola, Anna Maria Pirttilä, Matti Uhari, Marjo Renko
BACKGROUND: Meconium is formed before birth and may reflect the microbiome of the fetus. To test our hypothesis, we investigated whether maternal factors during pregnancy, such as biodiversity of the living environment, influence the microbiome of the first stool more than immediate perinatal factors. METHODS: We recruited 218 consecutive newborn infants from one hospital. Regions of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene were sequenced to characterize the microbiomes of the first-pass meconium samples (N=212)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Marissa C Michel, Tarah T Colaizy, Jonathan M Klein, Jeffrey L Segar, Edward F Bell
BackgroundWe examined changes in the causes and circumstances of death in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) over 20 years.MethodsFor 551 infants who died between 1993 and 2013, the principal cause of death was recorded. Circumstances of death were assigned to one of the following four categories: death following cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), death while being mechanically ventilated without CPR, death after withholding life-support interventions, and death after withdrawal of life support. Data were compared across four 5-year epochs...
February 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Wissam Shalish, Lara Kanbar, Martin Keszler, Sanjay Chawla, Lajos Kovacs, Smita Rao, Bogdan A Panaitescu, Alyse Laliberte, Doina Precup, Karen Brown, Robert E Kearney, Guilherme M Sant'Anna
BackgroundThe optimal approach for reporting reintubation rates in extremely preterm infants is unknown. This study aims to longitudinally describe patterns of reintubation in this population over a broad range of observation windows following extubation.MethodsTiming and reasons for reintubation following a first planned extubation were collected from infants with birth weight ≤1,250 g. An algorithm was generated to discriminate between reintubations attributable to respiratory and non-respiratory causes...
January 31, 2018: Pediatric Research
Allen G Wu, Andrea J Pruijssers, Judy J Brown, Jennifer E Stencel-Baerenwald, Danica M Sutherland, Jason A Iskarpatyoti, Terence S Dermody
BACKGROUND: Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to viral encephalitis, but the mechanisms are unknown. We determined the age-dependent contribution of innate and adaptive immune functions to reovirus-induced encephalitis in mice. METHODS: Newborn wild-type mice, 2 to 20 days of age, were inoculated with reovirus or diluent and monitored for mortality, weight gain, and viral load. Four and 15-day-old IFNAR -/- and RAG2 -/- mice were inoculated with reovirus and similarly monitored...
January 24, 2018: Pediatric Research
Yongyan Shi, Tianjing Liu, Xinyi Zhao, Li Yao, Ana Hou, Jianhua Fu, Xindong Xue
BackgroundThe toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) has been reported to play an important role in necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). As an established regulator of TLR4, vitamin D has been demonstrated to be intestinal-protective. This study aims at finding out whether the vitamin D/vitamin D receptor (VDR) pathway ameliorates NEC by regulating TLR4.MethodsSerum 25-hydrovitamin D (25(OH)D) was tested and compared in 15 preterm infants with NEC, 12 preterm infants without known complications and 20 healthy term infants...
January 24, 2018: Pediatric Research
Kezhen Huang, Subhajit Mukherjee, Vera DesMarais, Joseph M Albanese, Ektor Rafti, Andrew Draghi, Leigh A Maher, Kamal M Khanna, Sridhar Mani, Adam P Matson
BACKGROUND: There is substantial evidence that signaling through Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) contributes to the pathogenesis of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). Pregnane X receptor (PXR), a xenobiotic sensor and signaling intermediate for certain host-bacterial metabolites, has been shown to negatively regulate TLR4 signaling. Here we investigated the relationship between PXR and TLR4 in the developing murine intestine and explored the capacity of PXR to modulate inflammatory pathways involved in experimental NEC...
January 23, 2018: Pediatric Research
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