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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932593/dexamethasone-induced-intrauterine-growth-restriction-is-associated-with-altered-expressions-of-metastasis-tumor-antigens-and-cell-cycle-control-proteins-in-rat-placentas
#1
Mariam Alqaryyan, Narayana Kilarkaje, Abdeslam Mouihate, Maie D Al-Bader
Molecular mechanisms affecting placental formation in intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) pregnancies are not clearly understood. Since metastasis tumor antigens (MTAs) MTA1 and MTA2 promote cell proliferation and MTA3 suppresses it, we hypothesized that IUGR alters cell survival/cell death programs driven by placental MTAs. To induce IUGR, pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were given daily intraperitoneal injections of either saline or dexamethasone (0.4 mg/kg) starting from 14 days of gestation (dg) to either 19 dg or 21 dg...
December 8, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920344/smad3-4-binding-to-promoter-ii-of-p450arom-so-as-to-regulate-aromatase-expression-in-endometriosis
#2
Juan Qu, Yuanyuan Zhu, Xiadi Wu, Juan Zheng, Zhen Hou, Yugui Cui, Yundong Mao, Jiayin Liu
Activin A can stimulate aromatase P450 (P450arom) expression in eutopic endometrial stromal cells (ESCs) of endometriosis by activin type I receptor-Smad pathway. In order to identify Smad3/4 binding to P450arom promoter II that mediates activin A response in ESCs, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) products of a serial truncated deletion of the P450arom promoter II region between -904 and +87 bp were inserted into the pGL3-basic vector to generate the promoter reporter plasmids. Luciferase reporter plasmids were cotransfected into cells with or without activin A (25 ng/mL)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920343/epidermal-growth-factor-rescues-endothelial-dysfunction-in-primary-human-tissues-in-vitro
#3
Roxanne Hastie, Stephen Tong, Natalie J Hannan, Fiona Brownfoot, Ping Cannon, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, responsible for over 60 000 maternal deaths annually. Endothelial dysfunction is a central aspect to its pathophysiology, and currently, no medical therapeutic is available for its treatment. In this study, we aim to investigate the effect of epidermal growth factor (EGF) on endothelial dysfunction using primary human tissues. We performed a number of in vitro assays that mimic the vascular endothelial dysfunction that occurs in preeclampsia. Epidermal growth factor reduced the expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, a marker of endothelial dysfunction, after insult with tumor necrosis factor α (TNF-α) or serum from women with preeclampsia...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920342/experimentally-induced-preterm-birth-in-sheep-following-a-clinical-course-of-antenatal-betamethasone-effects-on-growth-and-long-term-survival
#4
Vivian B Nguyen, Robert De Matteo, Richard Harding, Aneta Stefanidis, Graeme R Polglase, M Jane Black
Preterm births account for approximately 10% of births worldwide, with the majority (∼80%) being moderate preterm. Our aim was to determine the effects of moderate preterm birth on survival and long-term growth of male and female offspring using an ovine model of preterm birth that was preceded by a clinically relevant dose of corticosteroids. Ewes were induced to deliver preterm or at term; those assigned to deliver preterm were administered antenatal betamethasone (11.4 mg, 2 doses, 24 hours apart). The growth (body weight and body dimensions) of offspring was monitored to adulthood (62 weeks) when the animals were humanely killed for organ collection...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920341/serum-mir-451a-levels-are-significantly-elevated-in-women-with-endometriosis-and-recapitulated-in-baboons-papio-anubis-with-experimentally-induced-disease
#5
Warren B Nothnick, Tommaso Falcone, Niraj Joshi, Asgerally T Fazleabas, Amanda Graham
We have previously demonstrated that human microRNA-451a (miR-451a) endometriotic lesion expression is significantly higher compared to that of the corresponding eutopic endometrium. The objective of the current study was to examine the relationship between lesion and serum content of miR-451a and to determine the utility of serum miR-451a in distinguishing between women with and without visible signs of endometriosis. Eighty-one participants were enrolled in this study, 41 with confirmed endometriosis and 40 without visible signs of endometriosis at laparoscopy (n = 20) or symptoms of endometriosis (pain, infertility n = 20)...
December 5, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903796/decreased-endometrial-expression-of-leukemia-inhibitory-factor-receptor-disrupts-the-stat3-signaling-in-adenomyosis-during-the-implantation-window
#6
Chih-Feng Yen, Shuen-Kuei Liao, S Joseph Huang, Selcuk Tabak, Felice Arcuri, Chyi-Long Lee, Aydin Arici, Felice Petraglia, Hsin-Shih Wang, Umit A Kayisli
BACKGROUND: Adenomyosis was found to have negative impacts on embryo implantation. Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF), proposed to be a molecular marker for endometrial receptivity, works through the LIF receptor (LIFR) on both the embryo and the endometrium. We aimed to evaluate the endometrial expression of LIF and LIFR and its subsequent signaling in patients with adenomyosis during the window of implantation (WOI). METHODS: Endometrium was obtained during the WOI from patients with adenomyosis (age <45 years) who underwent hysterectomy and from age-matched controls who had no endometriosis or adenomyosis...
November 30, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899739/impact-of-immune-deficiency-on-remodeling-of-maternal-resistance-vasculature-4-weeks-postpartum-in-mice
#7
Elizabeth A Bonney, Ann Howard, Kendall Krebs, Kelly Begin, Kelsey Veilleux, Natalia I Gokina
Pregnancy manifests changes in the vascular and immune systems that persist postpartum (PP), have important implications for future pregnancies, and may modify responses to cardiovascular stress in late life. The association between immune and vascular function and the generation or progression of cardiovascular disease beg the question of whether altered immunity modifies pregnancy-induced changes in the vasculature. Our objective was to compare changes in the function and remodeling of systemic resistance vessels 4 weeks PP in normal C57BL/6 (B6), and immunodeficient mice recombinase 1-deficient/B6 (Rag1(-/-))...
November 28, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884950/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-in-the-amniotic-cavity-of-women-with-intra-amniotic-infection-a-new-mechanism-of-host-defense
#8
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Derek Miller, Ronald Unkel, Majid Shaman, Suzanne M Jacques, Bogdan Panaitescu, Valeria Garcia-Flores, Sonia S Hassan
OBJECTIVE: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) control microbial infections through their antimicrobial activities attributed to DNA, histones, granules, and cytoplasmic proteins (eg, elastase). Intra-amniotic infection is characterized by the influx of neutrophils into the amniotic cavity; therefore, the aim of this study was to determine whether amniotic fluid neutrophils form NETs in this inflammatory process. METHODS: Amniotic fluid samples from women with intra-amniotic infection (n = 15) were stained for bacteria detection using fluorescent dyes...
November 23, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879454/molecular-mechanisms-of-androstenediol-in-the-regulation-of-the-proliferative-process-of-human-endometrial-cells
#9
Francisca Plaza-Parrochia, Lorena Oróstica, Paula García, Carolina Vera, Carmen Romero, Luis Valladares, Margarita Vega
Proliferation in endometria of women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is increased, similar to the biosynthesis of androstenediol (estrogenic metabolite). As previously shown, in human endometrial cells, androstenediol increases CYCLIN D1 levels and KI67 and decreases P27 content. The objective of the present investigation was to determine the mechanisms by which androstenediol promotes endometrial cell-cycle progression. Estrogen receptor α (ERα) activation and changes in CYCLIN D1 and P27 levels were evaluated by Western blot in T-HESC and St-T1b endometrial cell lines, using receptor antagonists; activation of PI3K-protein kinase B (AKT) and mitogen-activated protein kinases-extracellular signal-regulated kinases (MAPK-ERK)1/2 pathways was evaluated using PI3K, MAPK/ERK kinase (MEK)1/2, and RNA-polymerase II inhibitors...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879453/effects-of-supplementation-of-human-endometriotic-fluids-on-in-vitro-mouse-preantral-follicle-culture
#10
Seul Ki Kim, Byung Chul Jee, Seok Hyun Kim
This study aimed to investigate the potential detrimental effect of human endometriotic fluids (EFs) on in vitro growth of mouse preantral follicles. Preantral follicles (isolated from ovaries of 7- to 8-week-old mice) were cultured in growth medium for 10 days and then in maturation medium for 2 days. During in vitro culture, EF supernatants (0%, 2.5%, 5%, and 10%) were supplemented. Meiotic spindle integrity of metaphase II (MII) oocytes was analyzed. Hormone (17β-estradiol and anti-Müllerian hormone [AMH]) levels in the final spent media were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879452/umbilical-cord-blood-circulating-progenitor-cells-and-endothelial-colony-forming-cells-are-decreased-in-preeclampsia
#11
Diane L Gumina, Claudine P Black, Vivek Balasubramaniam, Virginia D Winn, Christopher D Baker
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific disease characterized by the new onset of hypertension and proteinuria. Mothers with PE are known to develop endothelial dysfunction, but its effect on infants has been understudied, as newborns are often asymptomatic. Recent studies indicate that infants born from preeclamptic pregnancies develop endothelial dysfunction including higher blood pressure during childhood and an increased risk of stroke later in life. We hypothesize that PE reduces the number and function of fetal angiogenic progenitor cells and may contribute to this increased risk...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879451/tetraspanins-and-mouse-oocyte-microvilli-related-to-fertilizing-ability
#12
Achraf Benammar, Ahmed Ziyyat, Brigitte Lefèvre, Jean-Philippe Wolf
Our electron microscopy observations demonstrate for the first time that the number of microvilli on the mice oocyte membrane decreases when meiosis progresses from prophase I to metaphase II (MII) stage, and the morphology of the microvilli also changes. Microvilli are significantly shorter and larger on the ovulated oocyte membrane than at the previous stages. Although clathrin vesicles clearly disappear during oocyte maturation, exosome-like vesicles begin to be secreted at the metaphase I stage, more strongly at the MII stage...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879450/human-placental-arterial-distensibility-birth-weight-and-body-size-are-positively-related-to-fetal-homocysteine-concentration
#13
Stephen W D'Souza, Nita Solanky, Jane Guarino, Stuart Moat, Colin P Sibley, Michael Taggart, Jocelyn D Glazier
Methionine demethylation during metabolism generates homocysteine (Hcy) and its remethylation requires folate and cobalamin. Elevated Hcy concentrations are associated with vascular-related complications of pregnancy, including increased vascular stiffness, predictive of clinical vascular disease. Maternal and fetal total Hcy (tHcy) concentrations are positively related, yet the influence of Hcy on fetoplacental vascular function in normal pregnancy has not been examined. We hypothesized that Hcy alters fetoplacental vascular characteristics with influences on fetal growth outcomes...
November 21, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872196/induction-of-ectonucleotide-pyrophosphatase-phosphodiesterase-3-during-the-periovulatory-period-in-the-rat-ovary
#14
Fei-Xue Li, Jiao-Jiao Yu, Ying Liu, Xiao-Ping Miao, Thomas E Curry
Ectonucleotide pyrophosphatase/phosphodiesterase 3 (Enpp3) is involved in multiple physiological processes, such as morphological changes and inflammatory processes. The present study investigated the spatiotemporal expression pattern and regulatory mechanisms controlling expression of Enpp3 in the rat ovary during the periovulatory period. Immature female rats were injected with pregnant mare serum gonadotropin to stimulate follicular development. Ovaries, granulosa cells, or theca-interstitial cells were collected at various times after human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) administration...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872195/estrogen-receptors-and-signaling-in-fibroids-role-in-pathobiology-and-therapeutic-implications
#15
Mostafa A Borahay, Mehmet R Asoglu, Aymara Mas, Sarah Adam, Gokhan S Kilic, Ayman Al-Hendy
Uterine fibroids are the most common gynecologic tumors with a significant medical and financial burden. Several genetic, hormonal, and biological factors have been shown to contribute to the development and growth of fibroid tumors. Of these factors, estrogen is particularly critical since fibroids are considered estrogen dependent because no prepubertal cases have been described in the literature and tumors tend to regress after menopause. Understanding the role of estrogen in fibroids is not only important for understanding the pathobiology of fibroids but also for the development of successful therapeutics...
November 20, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856999/simvastatin-alleviates-pathology-in-a-rat-model-of-preeclampsia-involving-erk-mapk-pathway
#16
Xiujuan Dong, Dandan Shi
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific condition characterized by new-onset hypertension. There is evidence suggesting that imbalances of angiogenic factors, oxidative stress, and inflammation may be central to the pathogenesis of PE. We sought to investigate whether simvastatin would reduce mean arterial pressure, restore the angiogenic balance, and ameliorate inflammation and oxidative stress in a nitric oxide synthase inhibitor NG-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (l-NAME)-induced rat model of PE. We found that blood pressure was significantly increased in the l-NAME group compared to normal pregnant dams (P < ...
November 16, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852922/abnormal-expression-of-trail-receptors-in-decidual-tissue-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-infected-rats-during-early-pregnancy-loss
#17
Jinzhi Lu, Liya Zhu, Lei Zhang, Jinpeng Jiang, Fang Xie, Qing Huang, Xiaolan Li, Cunjian Yi
Chlamydia trachomatis is the scientific name of pathogenic bacteria causing infection that has been linked to spontaneous abortion. In this study, the expression pattern of tumor necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL; a cytokine related to cell apoptosis) and its receptors was monitored in the decidua of C trachomatis-infected pregnant rats during early gestation to investigate the potential role of this molecular system in C trachomatis-induced spontaneous abortion. The data showed that C trachomatis infection significantly altered the messenger RNA (mRNA) expression of the receptors; death receptor (DR) 4 and DR5 increased, but decoy receptor (DcR) 1 and DcR2 decreased...
November 16, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852921/a-role-for-the-inflammasome-in-spontaneous-labor-at-term-with-acute-histologic-chorioamnionitis
#18
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Olesya Plazyo, Ronald Unkel, Nandor Gabor Than, Piya Chaemsaithong, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Zhong Dong, Adi L Tarca, Vikki M Abrahams, Lami Yeo, Sonia S Hassan
Inflammasomes are cytosolic signaling platforms that regulate the activation of caspase (CASP)-1, which induces the maturation of interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18. Herein, we determined whether the chorioamniotic membranes from women in spontaneous labor at term with acute histologic chorioamnionitis express major inflammasome components and whether these changes are associated with the activation of CASP-1 and CASP-4 and the release of mature IL-1β and IL-18. When comparing the chorioamniotic membranes from women in spontaneous labor at term with acute histologic chorioamnionitis to those without this placental lesion, we found that (1) the messenger RNA (mRNA) abundance of NLR family pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3), NLR family CARD domain containing 4 (NLRC4), absent in melanoma 2 (AIM2), and nucleotide binding oligomerization domain 2 (NOD2) was higher; (2) the NLRP3 and NLRC4 protein quantities were increased; (3) the mRNA and protein expressions of CASP-1 and its active forms were greater; (4) CASP-4 was increased at the mRNA level only; (5) the mRNA and protein expressions of IL-1β and its mature form were higher; and (6) a modest increase in the total protein concentration and abundance of the mature form of IL-18 was observed...
November 16, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852920/thrombin-induced-inflammation-in-human-decidual-cells-is-not-affected-by-heparin
#19
Michael P Smrtka, Liping Feng, Amy P Murtha, Chad A Grotegut
OBJECTIVE: Thrombin (Thr) generation at the uteroplacental interface induces inflammation and weakens fetal membranes. Tissue factor (TF) is a powerful procoagulant that is increased by Thr in decidual cells (DCs). The TF expression may play an important role in modulating Thr-induced inflammation. The purpose of this study was to assess the effect of heparin, including nonanticoagulant (desulfated) heparins, on basal and Thr-induced expression of TF and inflammatory cytokines in DCs...
November 16, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837083/a-first-trimester-biomarker-panel-for-predicting-the-development-of-gestational-diabetes
#20
Antonio Farina, Elizabeth Eklund, Dalila Bernabini, Mariangela Paladino, Francesca Righetti, Giuseppe Monti, Geralyn Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: Serum markers measured early in pregnancy have been associated with the later diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). This study aims to explore the performance of a panel of first-trimester biochemical markers for the prediction of GDM. METHODS: A case-control study was performed that included 12 women who developed GDM and 60 controls matched for maternal and gestational age at blood collection. Levels of pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPP-A), soluble endoglin, pregnancy protein 13, and adiponectin (Adipo) were measured on residual sera used in first-trimester screening for Down syndrome...
November 11, 2016: Reproductive Sciences
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