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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936130/angiogenic-proteins-placental-weight-and-perinatal-outcomes-among-pregnant-women-in-tanzania
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Chloe R McDonald, Anne M Darling, Enju Liu, Vanessa Tran, Ana Cabrera, Said Aboud, Willy Urassa, Kevin C Kain, Wafaie W Fawzi
INTRODUCTION: Placental vascular development, and ultimately placental weight, is essential to healthy fetal development. Here, we examined placental weight in a cohort of Tanzanian women in association with angiogenic proteins known to regulate placental vascular development and perinatal outcomes. METHODS: A total of n = 6579 women with recorded placental weight were included in this study. The relative risk of adverse perinatal outcomes (Apgar score, death, asphyxia, respiratory distress, seizures, pneumonia and sepsis) was compared between placental weight in the bottom and top 10th percentiles...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935764/morphofunctional-renal-alterations-in-progeny-of-mice-fed-rhodiola-kirilowii-extracts-or-epigallocatechin-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
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Sławomir Lewicki, Ewa Skopińska-Różewska, Barbara Joanna Bałan, Bolesław Kalicki, Janusz Patera, Jacek Wilczak, Aleksander Wasiutyński, Robert Zdanowski
Treating infections in pregnant patients is potentially dangerous even when herbal medicines are used. Many herbal medicines, among them extracts from plants of Rhodiola genus, have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and immunostimulatory properties owing to their polyphenol content; they may, however, affect fetal development due to their antiangiogenic properties. The aim of this study was to explain whether daily feeding pregnant and lactating mice with 20 mg/kg Rhodiola kirilowii aqueous (RKW) or 50% hydro-alcoholic (RKW-A) extracts, or 0...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933606/relaxin-like-peptides-in-male-reproduction-a-human-perspective
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Richard Ivell, Alexander I Agoulnik, Ravinder Anand-Ivell
The relaxin family of peptide hormones and their cognate G-protein coupled receptors are becoming physiologically well characterized in the cardiovascular system and particularly in female reproductive processes. Much less is known about the physiology and pharmacology of these peptides in male reproduction, particularly as regards the human. H2-relaxin is involved in prostate function and growth, while INSL3 is a major product of the testicular Leydig cells and in the adult appears to modulate steroidogenesis and germ cell survival...
December 9, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933203/maternal-inflammatory-bowel-disease-and-hypospadias-in-male-offspring-a-population-based-study-in-denmark
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Ane Birgitte Telén Andersen, Vera Ehrenstein, Rune Erichsen, Trine Frøslev, Henrik Toft Sørensen
BACKGROUND: The occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and hypospadias has been concurrently increasing, possibly through shared environmental risk factors such as endocrine disrupting compounds. Also, maternal IBD may disturb the normal development of the fetal reproductive tract. However, whether maternal IBD increases the risk of hypospadias in male offspring is unknown. We compared hypospadias risk in sons of mothers with and without IBD. METHODS: We used Danish nationwide population-based registries to conduct a longitudinal prevalence study including all live-born boys from 1979 through 2009...
2016: BMJ Open Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933191/genetics-of-inherited-cardiocutaneous-syndromes-a-review
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Tara Bardawil, Samar Khalil, Christina Bergqvist, Ossama Abbas, Abdul Ghani Kibbi, Fadi Bitar, Georges Nemer, Mazen Kurban
The life of a human being originates as a single cell which, under the influence of certain factors, divides sequentially into multiple cells that subsequently become committed to develop and differentiate into the different structures and organs. Alterations occurring early on in the development process may lead to fetal demise in utero. Conversely, abnormalities at later stages may result in structural and/or functional abnormalities of varying severities. The cardiovascular system and skin share certain developmental and structural factors; therefore, it is not surprising to find several inherited syndromes with both cardiac and skin manifestations...
2016: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931774/neonatal-venlafaxine-discontinuation-syndrome-a-mini-review
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Jonathon Holland, Richard Brown
During pregnancy, the developing fetal brain may be exposed to a range of psychotropic medications. The serotonin-noradrenergic reuptake inhibitor venlafaxine is one such drug, when used as a maternal antidepressant. Here we review the discontinuation phenomenon that may follow in exposed neonates following birth. Adults who abruptly stop taking venlafaxine can experience withdrawal symptoms. Venlafaxine and its metabolites cross the placenta and so the newborn can be exposed to this risk, as well as potential toxicity...
November 25, 2016: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931546/maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-in-pregnant-women-undergoing-balloon-mitral-valvotomy-for-rheumatic-mitral-stenosis
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Desabandhu Vinayakumar, G V Vinod, Suresh Madhavan, Mangalath Narayanan Krishnan
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic mitral stenosis constitutes a major cause of acquired heart disease complicating pregnancy in India. In the present study, we have studied the fetal and maternal outcomes of women undergoing balloon mitral valvotomy during pregnancy. METHODS AND RESULTS: 49 pregnant ladies were included in this study in whom balloon mitral valvotomy was performed. The mean age of these patients was 25.7±3.1 years. The mean gestational age was 23.5±5.2 weeks (12-36 weeks)...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931152/planting-the-seed-origins-composition-and-postnatal-health-significance-of-the-fetal-gastrointestinal-microbiota
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Lisa F Stinson, Matthew S Payne, Jeffrey A Keelan
It has long been assumed that establishment of the fetal microbiome commences with the birthing process. However, recent studies have found bacterial DNA in umbilical cord blood, placenta, amniotic fluid, meconium, and fetal membranes in healthy normal pregnancies, leading to suggestions that the seeding of the fetal microbiome may commence in utero long before delivery. The origins of the microbiota of the fetal gastrointestinal (GI) tract have not yet been conclusively determined, although bacterial translocation from the maternal circulation, or ascension from the vagina, are both likely to be contributing pathways...
December 8, 2016: Critical Reviews in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931048/neurodevelopment-and-health-related-quality-of-life-in-infants-born-with-gastroschisis-a-6-year-retrospective-french-study
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Barthelemy Tosello, Meriem Zahed, Floriane Guimond, Karine Baumstarck, Alice Faure, Fabrice Michel, Olivier Claris, Jerome Massardier, Catherine Gire, Thierry Merrot
Introduction Quantify quality of life (QoL) outcomes in gastroschisis children is little assessed. The primary objective was to describe the long-term outcome of newborns with gastroschisis treated in three tertiary care hospitals of France in terms of neurodevelopment and QoL. Materials and Methods The study reported was a cross-sectional, descriptive multicentric retrospective study assessing the outcome of newborns with gastroschisis, born between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2014, treated at two large and French level III neonatal intensive care units...
December 8, 2016: European Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930960/loss-of-rearranged-l-myc-fusion-rlf-results-in-defects-in-heart-development-in-the-mouse
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L M Bourke, G Del Monte-Nieto, J E Outhwaite, V Bharti, P M Pollock, D G Simmons, A Adam, S S J Hur, G J Maghzal, E Whitelaw, R Stocker, C M Suter, R P Harvey, S K Harten
Recently we reported that Rearranged L-Myc Fusion, RLF, acts as an epigenetic modifier maintaining low levels of DNA methylation at CpG island shores and enhancers across the genome. Here we focus on the phenotype of Rlf null mutant mice generated via an ENU mutagenesis screen, to identify genes required for epigenetic regulation. RLF is expressed in a range of fetal mouse tissues, including the fetal heart. Comprehensive timed-mating studies are consistent with our previously reported findings that Rlf homozygous mutant mice rarely survive to adulthood, with the majority dying shortly after birth...
December 5, 2016: Differentiation; Research in Biological Diversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930651/maternal-and-fetal-pharmacokinetics-of-oral-radiolabeled-and-authentic-bisphenol-a-in-the-rhesus-monkey
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Catherine A VandeVoort, Roy R Gerona, Frederick S Vom Saal, Alice F Tarantal, Patricia A Hunt, Anne Hillenweck, Daniel Zalko
The present study was conducted in pregnant rhesus monkeys to determine the rapidity and extent to which BPA reaches the fetal compartment following oral ingestion, and the 24-hr fate of BPA. To assess metabolism changes during the course of pregnancy, we compared BPA biotransformation during the second and third trimesters in the same animals, measuring the levels of sulfated, gluronidated, and free BPA in maternal serum, amniotic fluid, and fetal serum. All animals showed measurable unconjugated and conjugated BPA in the fetal compartment and slow clearance compared to maternal serum...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929669/fgf23-is-not-required-to-regulate-fetal-phosphorus-metabolism-but-exerts-effects-within-12-hours-after-birth
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Yue Ma, Beth J Kirby, Nicholas A Fairbridge, Andrew C Karaplis, Beate Lanske, Christopher S Kovacs
Loss of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) causes hyperphosphatemia, extraskeletal calcifications, and early mortality; excess FGF23 causes hypophosphatemia with rickets or osteomalacia. However, FGF23 may not be important during fetal development. FGF23 deficiency (Fgf23 null) and FGF23 excess (Phex null) did not alter fetal phosphorus or skeletal parameters. In this study we further tested our hypothesis that FGF23 is not essential for fetal phosphorus regulation but becomes important after birth. Although co-receptor Klotho null adults have extremely high FGF23 concentrations, intact FGF23 was normal in Klotho null fetuses, as were fetal phosphorus and skeletal parameters, and placental and renal expression of FGF23 target genes...
December 8, 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929130/identification-of-a-cd133-cd55-population-functions-as-a-fetal-common-skeletal-progenitor
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Lihong Weng, Xingbin Hu, Bijender Kumar, Mayra Garcia, Ivan Todorov, Xiaoman Jung, Guido Marcucci, Stephen J Forman, Ching-Cheng Chen
In this study, we identified a CD105+CD90.1-CD133-CD55- (CD133-CD55-) population in the fetal skeletal element that can generate bone and bone marrow. Besides osteoblasts and chondrocytes, the CD133-CD55- common progenitors can give rise to marrow reticular stromal cells and perivascular mesenchymal progenitors suggesting they function as the fetal common skeletal progenitor. Suppression of CXCL12 and Kitl expression in CD133-CD55- common progenitors severely disrupted the BM niche formation but not bone generation...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928847/zinc-protection-in-fetal-rats-for-maternal-mercury-exposure-induced-growth-retardation-is-probably-associated-with-s100b-expression
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Zhanping Weng, Zonghua Liu, Shuping Zhang, Hong Tao, Xianghong Ji
AIM: The study was conducted to investigate the effects of maternal mercury exposure on fetal rat development and zinc protection in mercury-exposed rats. METHODS: Pregnant rats were subjected to zinc sulfate pre-feeding, mercury exposure and zinc sulfate co-feeding. The control rats were administered distilled water. On day 19, the placental weight, overall weight, size and tail length of fetal rats, mercury content and S100B level in the placenta were determined using Western blot analysis...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927652/nicotinamide-ameliorates-a-preeclampsia-like-condition-in-mice-with-reduced-uterine-perfusion-pressure
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Tomofumi Fushima, Akiyo Sekimoto, Yuji Oe, Emiko Sato, Sadayoshi Ito, Hiroshi Sato, Nobuyuki Takahashi
Background - Preeclampsia (PE) is pregnancy-induced hypertension with proteinuria that typically develops after 20 weeks of gestation. Anti-hypertensives currently used for PE reduce blood pressure of PE mothers, but do not prevent pre-term delivery, and do not alleviate fetal growth restriction (FGR) associated with PE. We have recently shown that the activation of the ET system exacerbates PE. However, ET receptor antagonists are teratogenic and not suitable for pregnant women. A vitamin B3 nicotinamide (Nam) inhibits vasoconstriction by ET, is generally considered safe and harmless to babies...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927129/edwards-syndrome
#16
Doreen Crawford, Annette Dearmun
Edwards' syndrome is a serious genetic condition that affects fetal cellular functions, tissue development and organogenesis. Most infants with the syndrome are female, but there is no race predominance.
December 8, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926655/maternal-morbidity-after-previable-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
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Sarah K Dotters-Katz, Alexis Panzer, Matthew R Grace, Marcela C Smid, J Adeolu Keku, Catherine J Vladutiu, Kim A Boggess, Tracy A Manuck
OBJECTIVE: To identify risk factors for maternal morbidity after previable prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM). METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of singleton and twin pregnancies complicated by previable PROM (14.0-22.9 weeks of gestation) at a single tertiary care referral institution, 2000-2015. Pregnancies complicated by fetal anomalies, previable PROM within 2 weeks of chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis, and those with contraindications to expectant management (eg, chorioamnionitis) were excluded...
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926461/long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-regulation-of-ppars-signaling-relationship-to-tissue-development-and-aging
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REVIEW
Francisca Echeverría, Macarena Ortiz, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis A Videla
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors that function as ligand-dependent transcription factors that can be activated by different types of fatty acids (FAs). Three isoforms of PPARs have been identify, namely, PPARα, PPARβ/δ, and PPARγ, which are able to bind long-chain polyunsaturated FAs (LCPUFAs), n-3 LCPUFAs being bound with greater affinity to achieve activation. FA binding induces a conformational change of the nuclear receptors, triggering the transcription of specific genes including those encoding for various metabolic and cellular processes such as FA β-oxidation and adipogenesis, thus representing key mediators of lipid homeostasis...
November 2016: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925658/pro-b-cells-propagated-in-stromal-cell-free-cultures-reconstitute-functional-b-cell-compartments-in-immunodeficient-mice
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Lilly von Muenchow, Panagiotis Tsapogas, Llucia Albertí-Servera, Giuseppina Capoferri, Marianne Doelz, Hannie Rolink, Nabil Bosco, Rhodri Ceredig, Antonius G Rolink
Up to now long-term in vitro growth of pro-B cells was thought to require stromal cells. However, here we show that fetal liver (FL) and bone marrow (BM) derived pro-B cells can be propagated long-term in stromal cell-free cultures supplemented with interleukin-7 (IL-7), stem cell factor and FLT3 ligand. Within a week, most cells expressed surface CD19, CD79A, λ5 and VpreB antigens and had rearranged immunoglobulin D-J heavy chain genes. Both FL and BM pro-B cells reconstituted the B-cell compartments of immuno-incompetent Rag2-deficient mice, with FL pro-B cells generating follicular, marginal zone (MZB) and B1a B cells, and BM pro-B cells giving rise mainly to MZB cells...
December 7, 2016: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925619/moderate-hyperoxia-induces-extracellular-matrix-remodeling-by-human-fetal-airway-smooth-muscle-cells
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Elizabeth R Vogel, Rodney D Britt, Arij Faksh, Ine Kuipers, Hitesh Pandya, Y S Prakash, Richard J Martin, Christina M Pabelick
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are at increased risk for airway diseases, such as wheezing and asthma, because of early exposure to risk factors including hyperoxia. As in adult asthma, airway remodeling and increased extracellular matrix (ECM) deposition is involved. METHODS: We assessed the impact of 24-72 h of moderate hyperoxia (50%) on human fetal airway smooth muscle (fASM) ECM deposition through western blot, modified in-cell western, and zymography techniques...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Research
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