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O M Shaaban, A M Abbas, H A Abdel Hafiz, A S Abdelrahman, M Rashwan, E R Othman
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy during lactation is common in Egypt and is often unplanned. Overlap between pregnancy and lactation could be associated with an increased risk for the pregnant mother, her fetus as well as her nursing child. AIM OF THE STUDY: The current study aims to compare the maternal and perinatal outcome of pregnancies occurred during lactation with those occurred after weaning in women with substandard nutrition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective-cohort study was carried out in six Maternal and Child Health Centers in Assiut-Egypt...
December 28, 2015: Facts, Views & Vision in ObGyn
Young Me Yoon, Kelsie J Storm, Ashley N Kamimae-Lanning, Natalya A Goloviznina, Peter Kurre
Our mechanistic understanding of Fanconi anemia (FA) pathway function in hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) owes much to their role in experimentally induced DNA crosslink lesion repair. In bone marrow HSPCs, unresolved stress confers p53-dependent apoptosis and progressive cell attrition. The role of FA proteins during hematopoietic development, in the face of physiological replicative demand, remains elusive. Here, we reveal a fetal HSPC pool in Fancd2(-/-) mice with compromised clonogenicity and repopulation...
October 6, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
Krzysztof Mikołajczyk, Radosław Kaczmarek, Marcin Czerwiński
Transcription factor EKLF (Erythroid Krüppel-Like Factor) belongs to the group of Krüppellike factors, which regulate proliferation, differentiation, development and apoptosis of mammalian cells. EKLF factor is present in erythroid cells, where it participates in regulation of hematopoiesis, expression of genes encoding transmembrane proteins (including blood group antigens), and heme biosynthesis enzymes. It is also a key factor in downregulation of γ-globins and activation of β-globin gene expression...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Carolien Zwiers, Irene T M Lindenburg, Frans J C M Klumper, Masja de Haas, Dick Oepkes, Inge L van Kamp
BACKGROUND: maternal alloimmunization to fetal red blood cell antigens is a major cause of fetal anemia, which in untreated cases can lead to hydrops and perinatal death. The cornerstone of the management during pregnancy is intrauterine intravascular blood transfusion. Although this procedure is considered to be relatively safe, (procedure-related) complications continue to occur. OBJECTIVES: to evaluate procedure-related complications and perinatal loss rates of intrauterine transfusion and changes over time, aiming to identify factors leading to improved outcome...
October 5, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Nisha A Lakhi, Gerald J Mizejewski
Elevations of serum alpha-fetoprotein (sAFP) have been reported in fetal and infant states of anemia. Fanconi anemia (FA) belongs to a family of genetic instability disorders which lack the capability to repair DNA breaks. The lesion occurs at a checkpoint regulatory step of the G2 to mitotic transition, allowing FA cells to override cell-cycle arrest. FA DNA repair pathways contain complementation groups known as FANC proteins. FANC proteins form multi-protein complexes with BRCA proteins and are involved in homologous DNA repair...
October 3, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
Xin Yang, Jin-Mei Yan, Jian Li, Xing-Mei Xie, Jian-Ying Zhou, Yan Li, Dong-Zhi Li
Hb Zurich-Albisrieden [HBA2: c.178G > C; α59(E8)Gly→Arg (α2)] is a rare nondeletional α-thalassemia (α-thal) that results from a nucleotide substitution at codon 59 of the α2-globin gene. In this report, we present a fetus with cardiomegaly, enlarged placenta and increased middle cerebral artery-peak systolic velocity (MCA-PSV) at 25 weeks' gestation. Fetal blood sampling revealed the severe anemia [hemoglobin (Hb) level being 5.5 g/dL] and Hb H (β4) disease-like hematological findings with Hb Bart's (γ4) level of 30...
September 30, 2016: Hemoglobin
Thomas W Bastian, William C von Hohenberg, Daniel J Mickelson, Lorene M Lanier, Michael K Georgieff
Iron deficiency (ID), with and without anemia, affects an estimated 2 billion people worldwide. ID is particularly deleterious during early-life brain development, leading to long-term neurological impairments including deficits in hippocampus-mediated learning and memory. Neonatal rats with fetal/neonatal ID anemia (IDA) have shorter hippocampal CA1 apical dendrites with disorganized branching. ID-induced dendritic structural abnormalities persist into adulthood despite normalization of the iron status. However, the specific developmental effects of neuronal iron loss on hippocampal neuron dendrite growth and branching are unknown...
September 27, 2016: Developmental Neuroscience
Marta Wrześniak, Małgorzata Królik, Marta Kepinska, Halina Milnerowicz
OBJECTIVES: Transferrin is a glycosylated protein responsible for transporting iron, an essential metal responsible for proper fetal development. Tobacco is a heavily used xenobiotic having a negative impact on the human body and pregnancy outcomes. Aims of this study was to examine the influence of tobacco smoking on transferrin sialic acid residues and their connection with fetal biometric parameters in women with iron-deficiency. METHODS: The study involved 173 samples from pregnant women, smokers and non-smokers, iron deficient and not...
September 15, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Kidanemariam Alem Berhie, Habtamu Gebremariam Gebresilassie
BACKGROUND: Stillbirth is often defined as fetal death after 24 weeks of gestation, but a fetus greater than any combination of 16, 20, 22, 24, or 28 weeks gestational age and 350 g, 400 g, 500 g, or 1000 g birth weight may be considered stillborn depending on local law. Once the fetus has died, the mother may or may not have contractions and undergo childbirth or in some cases, a Caesarean section. Most stillbirths occur in full-term pregnancies. METHODS: This study has intended to model determinants of experiencing stillbirth among women in child bearing age group of Ethiopia using the Ethiopian demographic and health Survey data (EDHS, 2011)...
2016: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
Vijaya Subramanian, Janani Venkat, Mohana Dhanapal
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To analyze which is superior, Doppler velocimetry or non-stress test or both by means of categorization into four groups and comparing the prediction of perinatal outcome in high-risk pregnancies like anemia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective study conducted at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISO KGH, Madras Medical College, Chennai, in the year 2014. Two hundred high-risk pregnancies like anemia, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy were included in the study...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
C Keller, M S Joosten, A M Middeldorp, M Knapen
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September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Whitney A McCarthy, Edwina J Popek
Fetal anemia and hydrops may be caused by parvovirus B19 infection and maternal alloimmunization to RhD with subsequent hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. The use of intrauterine transfusion over the last few decades has dramatically improved outcomes. Prior literature has extensively documented placental changes associated with untreated parvovirus infection and RhD HDFN in intrauterine fetal demises (IUFD) and pre-term births; however, histopathologic changes in term placentas from term infants treated with IUT have not been reported...
September 19, 2016: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
Mwayiwawo Madanitsa, Linda Kalilani, Victor Mwapasa, Anna M van Eijk, Carole Khairallah, Doreen Ali, Cheryl Pace, James Smedley, Kyaw-Lay Thwai, Brandt Levitt, Duolao Wang, Arthur Kang'ombe, Brian Faragher, Steve M Taylor, Steve Meshnick, Feiko O Ter Kuile
BACKGROUND: In Africa, most plasmodium infections during pregnancy remain asymptomatic, yet are associated with maternal anemia and low birthweight. WHO recommends intermittent preventive therapy in pregnancy with sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (IPTp-SP). However, sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP) efficacy is threatened by high-level parasite resistance. We conducted a trial to evaluate the efficacy and safety of scheduled intermittent screening with malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) and treatment of RDT-positive women with dihydroartemisinin-piperaquine (DP) as an alternative strategy to IPTp-SP...
September 2016: PLoS Medicine
Patricia Hanna Crispín Milart, César Augusto Diaz Molina, Ignacio Prieto-Egido, Andrés Martínez-Fernández
BACKGROUND: Maternal and neonatal mortality figures remain unacceptably high worldwide and new approaches are required to address this problem. This paper evaluates the impact on maternal and neonatal mortality of a pregnancy care package for rural areas of developing countries with portable ultrasound and blood/urine tests. METHODS: An observational study was conducted, with intervention and control groups not randomly assigned. SETTING: Rural areas of the districts of Senahu, Campur and Carcha, in Alta Verapaz Department (Guatemala)...
September 13, 2016: Reproductive Health
Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Madhavi Lakkaraja, Jenny C Jin, Karen C Manotas, Cheryl A Vinograd, Polina Ferd, Julia Gabor, Megan Wissert, Richard L Berkowitz, Janice G McFarland, James B Bussel
BACKGROUND: Incompatibility between parental platelet (PLT) antigens may lead to sensitization of mother and development of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) resulting in fetal thrombocytopenia. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) with or without prednisone is the most effective, evidence-based antenatal treatment for subsequent FNAIT-affected pregnancies. IVIG infusion causes hemolysis in other settings, the degree depending upon patient blood groups (BGs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In ClinicalTrials...
October 2016: Transfusion
Christian Brendel, Swaroopa Guda, Raffaele Renella, Daniel E Bauer, Matthew C Canver, Young-Jo Kim, Matthew M Heeney, Denise Klatt, Jonathan Fogel, Michael D Milsom, Stuart H Orkin, Richard I Gregory, David A Williams
Reducing expression of the fetal hemoglobin (HbF) repressor BCL11A leads to a simultaneous increase in γ-globin expression and reduction in β-globin expression. Thus, there is interest in targeting BCL11A as a treatment for β-hemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia. Here, we found that using optimized shRNAs embedded within an miRNA (shRNAmiR) architecture to achieve ubiquitous knockdown of BCL11A profoundly impaired long-term engraftment of both human and mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) despite a reduction in nonspecific cellular toxicities...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Thais A Fornari, Carolina Lanaro, Dulcinéia M Albuquerque, Regiane Ferreira, Fernando F Costa
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin deletion type-2 (HPFH-2) and Sicilian-δβ-thalassemia are conditions described as large deletions of the human β-like globin cluster, with absent β-globin chains and a compensatory variable increase in γ-globin. HPFH, in general, may be distinguished from DB-Thalassemia by higher fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels, absence of anemia and hypochromic and microcytic erythrocytes. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate a range of cellular processes including erythropoiesis and regulation of transcription factors such as the BCL11A and SOX6 genes, which are related to the regulation of γ-globin expression...
September 3, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Xu Zhang, Binal N Shah, Wei Zhang, Santosh L Saraf, Galina Miasnikova, Adelina Sergueeva, Tatiana Ammosova, Xiaomei Niu, Mehdi Nouraie, Sergei Nekhai, Oswaldo Castro, Mark T Gladwin, Josef T Prchal, Joe G N Garcia, Roberto F Machado, Victor R Gordeuk
Blood erythropoietin (EPO) increases primarily to hypoxia. In sickle cell anemia (homozygous HBB(E6V); HbSS), plasma EPO is elevated due to hemolytic anemia-related hypoxia. Hydroxyurea treatment reduces hemolysis and anemia by increasing fetal hemoglobin, which leads to lower hypoxic transcriptional responses in blood mononuclear cells but paradoxically further increases EPO. To investigate this apparent hypoxia-independent EPO regulation, we assessed two sickle cell disease (SCD) cohorts for genetic associations with plasma EPO, by prioritizing 237,079 quantitative trait loci for expression level and/or transcript isoform variations of 12,727 genes derived from SCD blood mononuclear cells...
August 30, 2016: Human Molecular Genetics
Rosa María Martínez García
El embarazo representa un desafío desde el punto de vista nutricional, debido a que las necesidades de nutrientes están aumentadas y una alteración en su ingesta puede afectar la salud materno-fetal. Estados deficitarios en micronutrientes están relacionados con preeclampsia, retraso del crecimiento intrauterino, aborto y anomalías congénitas. Actualmente, la dieta de muchas madres gestantes es insuficiente en micronutrientes, siendo necesaria su suplementación. Se recomienda la suplementación con ácido fólico en dosis de 400 μg/día, y de 5 mg en embarazadas de riesgo, debiendo comenzar al menos 1 mes antes de la concepción y durante las primeras 12 semanas de gestación, y prolongarla durante todo el embarazo en madres con riesgo nutricional...
2016: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
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