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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535841/the-epigenetic-effects-of-assisted-reproductive-technologies-ethical-considerations
#1
M-C Roy, C Dupras, V Ravitsky
The use of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) has increased significantly, allowing many coping with infertility to conceive. However, an emerging body of evidence suggests that ART could carry epigenetic risks for those conceived through the use of these technologies. In accordance with the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease hypothesis, ART could increase the risk of developing late-onset diseases through epigenetic mechanisms, as superovulation, fertilization methods and embryo culture could impair the embryo's epigenetic reprogramming...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532528/hepatic-calcifications-in-fetal-population-studied-by-autopsies-in-bogota-colombia
#2
M Olaya-C, S Aldana-M, M Maya-G, F Gil
Fetal hepatic calcifications can be caused by infections, chromosomal disorders, thrombotic events, ischemic hepatic necrosis and subcapsular hematomas among others events. Its features and clinical significance are still not well known. We performed an observational study to describe fetal hepatic calcifications and its association with main clinical and histopathological findings from the fetal autopsy database, between 2007 and 2014. Raw odds ratio analysis was performed. We reviewed 591 fetal autopsies: 14 cases with hepatic calcifications, 102 fetuses with chromosomal disorders; 13 with diagnosis of TORSCH (toxoplasma, rubella, syphilis, cytomegalovirus, herpes virus 1 and 2, and others) and 207 with any abnormality in the umbilical cord (UC)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532524/is-maternal-periconceptional-smoking-associated-with-2d-4d-digit-ratio-in-their-children
#3
M P Velez, T E Arbuckle, P Monnier, W D Fraser
The 2nd--4th finger ratio (2D:4D) has been proposed as a potential indicator of greater androgen exposure during fetal development. Maternal periconceptional smoking may alter the homeostasis of fetal androgens, which could in turn result in differential development of 2D:4Ds in utero. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of maternal periconceptional smoking (i.e. 1 year before through the first trimester of pregnancy) on the 2D:4D of children within The Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528582/searching-the-web-a-survey-on-the-quality-of-advice-on-postnatal-sequelae-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-the-implication-of-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease
#4
S Perzel, H Huebner, W Rascher, C Menendez-Castro, A Hartner, F B Fahlbusch
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are pregnancy complications associated with morbidity in later life. Despite a growing body of evidence from current research on developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), little information is currently provided to parents on long-term metabolic, cardiovascular and neurologic consequences. As parents strongly rely on internet-based health-related information, we examined the quality of information on IUGR/FGR sequelae and DOHaD in webpages used by laypersons...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502262/effects-of-combined-iugr-and-prenatal-stress-on-the-development-of-the-hippocampus-in-a-fetal-guinea-pig-model
#5
A L Cumberland, H K Palliser, P Rani, D W Walker, J J Hirst
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and maternal stress during pregnancy are two compromises that negatively impact neurodevelopment and increase the risk of developing later life neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and behavioural disorders. Neurosteroids, particularly allopregnanolone, are important in protecting the developing brain and promoting many essential neurodevelopmental processes. Individually, IUGR and prenatal stress (PS) reduce myelination and neurogenesis within affected fetal brains, however less information is available on the combined effects of these two disorders on the term fetal brain...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482944/increased-birth-weight-is-associated-with-altered-gene-expression-in-neonatal-foreskin
#6
L J Reynolds, R I Pollack, R J Charnigo, C S Rashid, A J Stromberg, S Shen, J M O'Brien, K J Pearson
Elevated birth weight is linked to glucose intolerance and obesity health-related complications later in life. No studies have examined if infant birth weight is associated with gene expression markers of obesity and inflammation in a tissue that comes directly from the infant following birth. We evaluated the association between birth weight and gene expression on fetal programming of obesity. Foreskin samples were collected following circumcision, and gene expression analyzed comparing the 15% greatest birth weight infants (n=7) v...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460650/developmental-toxicant-exposure-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease-induces-differential-sex-associated-microglial-activation-and-increased-susceptibility-to-amyloid-accumulation
#7
A N vonderEmbse, Q Hu, J C DeWitt
As the resident macrophage of the central nervous system, microglia are thought to contribute to Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology through lack of neuroprotection. The role of immune dysfunction in AD may be due to disruption of regulatory signals for the activation of microglia that may occur early in development. We hypothesized that early toxicant exposure would systematically activate microglia, possibly reversing the pathological severity of AD. Offspring of a triple transgenic murine model for AD (3×TgAD) were exposed to a model neurotoxicant, lead acetate, from postnatal days (PND) 5-10...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460648/endothelial-dysfunction-in-individuals-born-after-fetal-growth-restriction-cardiovascular-and-renal-consequences-and-preventive-approaches
#8
C Yzydorczyk, J B Armengaud, A C Peyter, H Chehade, F Cachat, C Juvet, B Siddeek, S Simoncini, F Sabatier, F Dignat-George, D Mitanchez, U Simeoni
Individuals born after intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) have an increased risk of perinatal morbidity/mortality, and those who survive face long-term consequences such as cardiovascular-related diseases, including systemic hypertension, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease and chronic kidney disease. In addition to the demonstrated long-term effects of decreased nephron endowment and hyperactivity of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, individuals born after IUGR also exhibit early alterations in vascular structure and function, which have been identified as key factors of the development of cardiovascular-related diseases...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434427/prenatal-fish-oil-supplementation-and-early-childhood-development-in-the-upstate-kids-study
#9
K Vollet, A Ghassabian, R Sundaram, N Chahal, E H Yeung
Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which play a vital role in fetal growth and development. In utero exposure to omega-3 fatty acids is exclusively dependent on maternal nutrition. Previous studies have suggested that prenatal fish oil supplementation has positive impacts on child neurodevelopment later in life. This study examines the associations between fish oil supplementation both before pregnancy and throughout pregnancy and subsequent child development. Mother-child pairs from the Upstate KIDS Study, a birth cohort consisting of children born between 2008 and 2010, were included...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416037/birth-weight-biological-maturation-and-obesity-in-adolescents-a-mediation-analysis
#10
A O Werneck, D R P Silva, P J Collings, R A Fernandes, E R V Ronque, M J Coelho-E-Silva, L B Sardinha, E S Cyrino
This study was aimed to investigate associations between birth weight and multiple adiposity indicators in youth, and to examine potential mediating effects by biological maturation. This was a school-based study involving 981 Brazilian adolescents aged between 10 and 17 years. Birth weight was reported retrospectively by mothers. Maturation was estimated by age of peak height velocity. Adiposity indicators included body mass index (BMI), waist circumference and percent body fat estimated from triceps and subscapular skinfolds...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416032/physiological-metabolic-and-transcriptional-postnatal-phenotypes-of-in-vitro-fertilization-ivf-in-the-mouse
#11
S K Feuer, P F Rinaudo
Approximately 1-4% of children today are conceived using assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs), including in vitro fertilization (IVF). IVF is considered safe and the great majority of these children are healthy, yet there is increasing physiological and molecular evidence from animal models that ART is associated with postnatal metabolic and cardiovascular alterations. Understanding the mechanisms underlying these changes and determining whether they have biological significance is of paramount importance for optimizing the design of culture conditions and improving the health of ART children across the life course...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416029/the-health-outcomes-of-human-offspring-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technologies-art
#12
M Chen, L K Heilbronn
Concerns have been raised about the health and development of children conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) since 1978. Controversially, ART has been linked with adverse obstetric and perinatal outcomes, an increased risk of birth defects, cancers, and growth and development disorders. Emerging evidence suggests that ART treatment may also predispose individuals to an increased risk of chronic ageing related diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. This review will summarize the available evidence on the short-term and long-term health outcomes of ART singletons, as multiple pregnancies after multiple embryos transfer, are associated with low birth weight and preterm delivery, which can separately increase risk of adverse postnatal outcomes, and impact long-term health...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399949/in-ovo-exposure-to-omega-3-fatty-acids-does-not-enhance-omega-3-long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-broiler-chickens
#13
K Kanakri, J Carragher, B Muhlhausler, R Hughes, R Gibson
The content of omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA) in chicken meat can be boosted by feeding broilers a diet containing α-linolenic acid (ALA, from flaxseed oil), some of which is converted by hepatic enzymes to n-3 LCPUFA. However, most of the accumulated n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) in meat tissues is still in the form of ALA. Despite this, the levels of chicken diets are being enhanced by the inclusion of vegetable and marine sources of omega-3 fats. This study investigated whether the capacity of chicken for n-3 LCPUFA accumulation could be enhanced or inhibited by exposure to an increased supply of ALA or n-3 LCPUFA in ovo...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343464/life-lifestyle-and-location-examining-the-complexities-of-psychological-distress-in-young-adult-indigenous-and-non-indigenous-australians
#14
B Davison, T Nagel, G R Singh
Mental health is fundamental to an individual's health and well-being. Mental health disorders affect a substantial portion of the Australian population, with the most vulnerable time in adolescence and young adulthood. Indigenous Australians fare worse than other Australians on almost every measure of physical and mental health. Cross-sectional data from young adults (21-27 years) participating in the Life Course Program, Northern Territory, Australia, is presented. Rates of psychological distress were high in remote and urban residing Indigenous and urban non-Indigenous young adults...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343461/the-impact-of-maternal-obesity-on-inflammatory-processes-and-consequences-for-later-offspring-health-outcomes
#15
S A Segovia, M H Vickers, C M Reynolds
Obesity is a global epidemic, affecting both developed and developing countries. The related metabolic consequences that arise from being overweight or obese are a paramount global health concern, and represent a significant burden on healthcare systems. Furthermore, being overweight or obese during pregnancy increases the risk of offspring developing obesity and other related metabolic complications in later life, which can therefore perpetuate a transgenerational cycle of obesity. Obesity is associated with a chronic state of low-grade metabolic inflammation...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337952/prenatal-maternal-stress-shapes-children-s-theory-of-mind-the-qf2011-queensland-flood-study
#16
G Simcock, S Kildea, G Elgbeili, D P Laplante, V Cobham, S King
Research shows that stress in pregnancy has powerful and enduring effects on many facets of child development, including increases in behavior problems and neurodevelopmental disorders. Theory of mind is an important aspect of child development that is predictive of successful social functioning and is impaired in children with autism. A number of factors related to individual differences in theory of mind have been identified, but whether theory of mind development is shaped by prenatal events has not yet been examined...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300011/neonatal-fatty-acid-profiles-are-correlated-with-infant-growth-measures-at-6-months
#17
P F O'Tierney-Ginn, D Davina, M Gillingham, D J P Barker, C Morris, K L Thornburg
Rapid weight gain in infancy and low levels of n-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) at birth are associated with increased adiposity later in life. The association between placental LCPUFA delivery and weight gain in infancy is poorly understood. We sought to determine the relationships between maternal phenotype, placental fatty acid transporter expression and offspring growth patterns over the first 6 months. Placental tissue and cord blood were collected at term delivery from women with uncomplicated pregnancies...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260557/the-influence-of-in-vitro-fertilization-and-embryo-culture-on-the-embryo-epigenetic-constituents-and-the-possible-consequences-in-the-bovine-model
#18
M-A Sirard
Medically assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro embryo production, are increasingly being used to palliate infertility. Eggs are produced following a hormonal regimen that stimulates the ovaries to produce a large number of oocytes. Collected oocytes are then fertilized in vitro and allowed to develop in vitro until they are either frozen or transferred to mothers. There are controversial reports on the adverse impacts of these technologies on early embryos and their potential long-term effects...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447568/age-at-menarche-in-relation-to-prenatal-rainy-season-exposure-and-altitude-of-residence-results-from-a-nationally-representative-survey-in-a-tropical-country-erratum
#19
E C Jansen, O F Herrán, N L Fleischer, A M Mondul, E Villamor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382888/placental-restriction-in-multi-fetal-pregnancies-and-between-twin-differences-in-size-at-birth-alter-neonatal-feeding-behaviour-in-the-sheep
#20
R F Peter, J Gugusheff, A L Wooldridge, K L Gatford, B S Muhlhausler
Most individuals whose growth was restricted before birth undergo accelerated or catch-up neonatal growth. This is an independent risk factor for later metabolic disease, but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. This study aimed to test the hypothesis that natural and experimentally induced in utero growth restriction increase neonatal appetite and milk intake. Control (CON) and placentally restricted (PR) ewes carrying multiple fetuses delivered naturally at term. Outcomes were compared between CON (n=14) and PR (n=12) progeny and within twin lamb pairs...
June 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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