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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
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Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635586/gc-1-a-thyromimetic-with-multiple-therapeutic-applications-in-liver-disease
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Amedeo Columbano, Grazia Chiellini, Marta Anna Kowalik
Thyroid hormones, namely 3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) and 3,5,3',5'-tetraiodo-L-thyronine (thyroxine or T4), influence a variety of physiological processes that have important implications in fetal development, metabolism, cell growth and proliferation. While THs elicit several beneficial effects on lipid metabolism and improve myocardial contractility, these therapeutically desirable effects are associated to a thyrotoxic state, that severely limits the possible use of THs as therapeutic agents. Therefore, several efforts have been made to develop T3 analogues that could retain the beneficial actions (triglyceride, cholesterol, obesity and body mass lowering), without the adverse TH-dependent side effects...
June 13, 2017: Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635351/assessing-the-quality-of-bereavement-care-after-perinatal-death-development-and-piloting-of-a-questionnaire-to-assess-parents-experiences
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Esther Aiyelaagbe, Rebecca E Scott, Victoria Holmes, Emma Lane, Alexander E P Heazell
Understanding parents' experience of care is essential to develop high-quality perinatal bereavement services. This study aimed at developing a questionnaire to identify parents' needs and record their experience of care. The patient experience questionnaire was developed by professionals and parents, and piloted in a tertiary maternity unit. Responses were received from 58 parents. Sensitivity and kindness of staff and time spent with their baby were ranked as 'very important' by 95% of parents. Care in these areas largely met their needs (90%), although 5% of respondents stated that partners could have been more involved...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635162/chlamydia-trachomatis-is-responsible-for-lipid-vacuolation-in-the-amniotic-epithelium-of-fetal-gastroschisis
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Marcia L Feldkamp, Diane M Ward, Theodore J Pysher, Christina T Chambers
BACKGROUND: Vacuolated amniotic epithelium with lipid droplets in gastroschisis placentas is an unusual finding. Mass spectrometry of lipid droplets identified triglycerides, ester-linked to an unusual pattern of fatty acids. We hypothesize that these findings result from a Chlamydia trachomatis infection during the periconceptional period. The rising incidence of chlamydia infections has paralleled the increasing prevalence of gastroschisis among women less than 25 years of age. Histologically, young women are at greatest risk for a chlamydia infection due to their immature columnar epithelium, the preferential site for attachment of Chlamydia trachomatis infectious particle (elementary body)...
June 21, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634788/consistent-reconstruction-of-4d-fetal-heart-ultrasound-images-to-cope-with-fetal-motion
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Christine Tanner, Barbara Flach, Céline Eggenberger, Oliver Mattausch, Michael Bajka, Orcun Goksel
PURPOSE: 4D ultrasound imaging of the fetal heart relies on reconstructions from B-mode images. In the presence of fetal motion, current approaches suffer from artifacts, which are unrecoverable for single sweeps. METHODS: We propose to use many sweeps and exploit the resulting redundancy to automatically recover from motion by reconstructing a 4D image which is consistent in phase, space, and time. An interactive visualization framework to view animated ultrasound slices from 4D reconstructions on arbitrary planes was developed using a magnetically tracked mock probe...
June 20, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633494/silencing-effect-of-hominoid-highly-conserved-non-coding-sequences-on-embryonic-brain-development
#6
Morteza Mahmoudi Saber, Naruya Saitou
Superfamily Hominoidea, which consists of Hominidae (humans and great apes) and Hylobatidae (gibbons), is well-known for sharing human-like characteristics, however, the genomic origins of these shared unique phenotypes have mainly remained elusive. To decipher the underlying genomic basis of Hominoidea-restricted phenotypes, we identified and characterized Hominoidea-restricted highly conserved noncoding sequences (HCNSs) that are a class of potential regulatory elements which may be involved in evolution of lineage-specific phenotypes...
June 19, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632414/changing-us-population-demographics-what-does-this-mean-for-listeriosis-incidence-and-exposure
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Aurelie M Pohl, Régis Pouillot, Jane M Van Doren
Listeria monocytogenes is an important cause of foodborne illness hospitalization, fetal loss, and death in the United States. Listeriosis incidence rate varies significantly among population subgroups with pregnant women, older persons, and the Hispanic population having increased relative risks compared with the other subpopulations. Using estimated rates of listeriosis per subpopulation based on FoodNet data from 2004 to 2009, we evaluate the expected number of cases and incidence rates of listeriosis in the US population and the pregnant women subpopulation as the demographic composition changes over time with respect to ethnicity, pregnancy status, and age distribution...
June 20, 2017: Foodborne Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631031/metals-in-blood-and-eggs-of-green-sea-turtles-chelonia-mydas-from-nesting-colonies-of-the-northern-coast-of-the-sea-of-oman
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Mahmood Sinaei, Mehdi Bolouki
The green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) has been a species of global concern for decades. In this study, heavy metals (mercury: Hg; Cadmium: Cd; Lead: Pb; Copper: Cu; and Zinc: Zn) were measured in blood and three egg fraction of green sea turtles nesting on the northern coast of Sea of Oman. Heavy metals concentrations in blood, yolk, albumen, and egg shell ranged between 0.16-36.78, 0.006-33.88, 0.003-4.02, and 0.002-6.85 μg/g (ww), respectively. According to the results, all heavy metals found in blood samples (n = 12) also were detected in the various parts of the eggs (n = 48)...
June 19, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630649/a-complete-duplication-of-x-chromosome-resulting-in-a-tricentric-isochromosome-originated-by-centromere-repositioning
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N Villa, D Conconi, D Gambel Benussi, G Tornese, F Crosti, E Sala, L Dalprà, V Pecile
BACKGROUND: Neocentromeres are rare and considered chromosomal aberrations, because a non-centromeric region evolves in an active centromere by mutation. The literature reported several structural anomalies of X chromosome and they influence the female reproductive capacity or are associated to Turner syndrome in the presence of monosomy X cell line. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case of chromosome X complex rearrangement found in a prenatal diagnosis. The fetal karyotype showed a mosaicism with a 45,X cell line and a 46 chromosomes second line with a big marker, instead of a sex chromosome...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
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Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630251/valnoctamide-inhibits-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-developing-brain-and-attenuates-neurobehavioral-dysfunctions-and-brain-abnormalities
#11
Sara Ornaghi, Lawrence S Hsieh, Angélique Bordey, Patrizia Vergani, Michael J Paidas, Anthony N van den Pol
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of brain defects and neurological dysfunction in developing human babies. Due to the teratogenicity and toxicity of available CMV antivirals, treatment options during early development are markedly limited. Valnoctamide (VCD), a neuroactive mood stabilizer with no known teratogenic activity, was recently demonstrated to have anti-CMV potential. However, it is not known whether this can be translated into an efficacious therapeutic effect to improve CMV-induced adverse neurological outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630143/extracellular-vesicles-of-stromal-origin-target-and-support-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Gregoire Stik, Simon Crequit, Laurence Petit, Jennifer Durant, Pierre Charbord, Thierry Jaffredo, Charles Durand
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) have been recently reported as crucial mediators in cell-to-cell communication in development and disease. In this study, we investigate whether mesenchymal stromal cells that constitute a supportive microenvironment for hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) released EVs that could affect the gene expression and function of HSPCs. By taking advantage of two fetal liver-derived stromal lines with widely differing abilities to maintain HSPCs ex vivo, we demonstrate that stromal EVs play a critical role in the regulation of HSPCs...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629568/repeatability-of-estimated-fetal-weight-comparison-between-mr-imaging-versus-2d-ultrasound-in-at-and-near-term-patients
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Caroline Kadji, Margaux F Camus, Elisa Bevilacqua, Mieke M Cannie, Teresa Cos Sanchez, Jacques C Jani
INTRODUCTION: Our aim was to evaluate the intra- and inter-observer variability and the impact of operator experience on the estimation of fetal weight (EFW) as measured by 2-dimensional ultrasound (2D-US) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We estimated fetal weight in 46 singleton pregnancies at 35.6-41.4 weeks gestation using 2D-US according to the Hadlock formula and using MR imaging according to the equation developed by Baker. Each examination was performed twice, once by an inexperienced operator and once by an experienced operator...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629280/absent-ductus-venosus-case-series-from-two-tertiary-centres
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Giuseppe Maria Maruotti, Gabriele Saccone, M D Andrea Ciardulli, Laura Letizia Mazzarelli, Vincenzo Berghella, M D Pasquale Martinelli
INTRODUCTION: Congenital absence of the ductus venosus (ADV) is a rare vascular anomaly often associated with fetal cardiac and extracardiac anomalies, aneuploidies, and hydrops. The prognosis depends on the patterns of abnormal venous circulation, on the associated malformations and on chromosomal aberrations. METHODS: We performed a retrospective audit of all consecutive cases with ADV referred in our centres and analysed the outcomes. RESULTS: A total of six cases with prenatally diagnosed ADV were identified...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628106/variants-in-the-fetal-genome-near-flt1-are-associated-with-risk-of-preeclampsia
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Ralph McGinnis, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Nicholas O Williams, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Scott Shooter, Sigrun Hjartardottir, Suzannah Bumpstead, Lilja Stefansdottir, Lucy Hildyard, Jon K Sigurdsson, John P Kemp, Gabriela B Silva, Liv Cecilie V Thomsen, Tiina Jääskeläinen, Eero Kajantie, Sally Chappell, Noor Kalsheker, Ashley Moffett, Susan Hiby, Wai Kwong Lee, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Nigel A B Simpson, Vivien A Dolby, Eleonora Staines-Urias, Stephanie M Engel, Anita Haugan, Lill Trogstad, Gulnara Svyatova, Nodira Zakhidova, Dilbar Najmutdinova, Anna F Dominiczak, Håkon K Gjessing, Juan P Casas, Frank Dudbridge, James J Walker, Fiona Broughton Pipkin, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Reynir T Geirsson, Debbie A Lawlor, Ann-Charlotte Iversen, Per Magnus, Hannele Laivuori, Kari Stefansson, Linda Morgan
Preeclampsia, which affects approximately 5% of pregnancies, is a leading cause of maternal and perinatal death. The causes of preeclampsia remain unclear, but there is evidence for inherited susceptibility. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have not identified maternal sequence variants of genome-wide significance that replicate in independent data sets. We report the first GWAS of offspring from preeclamptic pregnancies and discovery of the first genome-wide significant susceptibility locus (rs4769613; P = 5...
June 19, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627421/hla-g%C3%A2-14bp-insertion-and-the-kir2ds1-hlac2-complex-impact-on-behavioral-impairment-in-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Franca R Guerini, Elisabetta Bolognesi, Matteo Chiappedi, Alessandro Ghezzo, Salvatorica Manca, Michela Zanette, Stefano Sotgiu, Maria Martina Mensi, Milena Zanzottera, Cristina Agliardi, Andrea S Costa, Umberto Balottin, Mario Clerici
Activating KIRs-HLA-C ligands complexes and HLA-G∗14bp insertion/deletion (+/-) polymorphism were associated to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and were suggested to correlate with inflammation during fetal development. We evaluated whether HLA-G∗14bp(+/-) and KIRs-HLA-C complexes are associated with cognitive and behavioral scores and EEG profile in 119 ASD children (58 from Sardinia, 61 from Peninsular Italy). KIR2DS1-C2; KIR2DS2-C1; KIR2DL1-C2; KIR2DL2-C1; KIR2DL3-C1 and HLA-G∗14bp(+/-) were molecularly genotyped by SSP and gel electrophoresis...
June 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627279/maternal-autoimmune-disorders-and-fetal-defects
#17
Anca Maria Panaitescu, Kypros Nicolaides
Maternal autoantibodies can cross the placenta and cause fetal damage. This article summarizes the development and management of fetal thyroid goiter in response to maternal Graves' disease and/or its treatment with antithyroid medication, fetal heart block due to maternal anti-Ro and anti-La antibodies, fetal athrogryposis multiplex congenita in association with maternal myasthenia gravis and fetal brain hemorrhage due to maternal autoimmune thrombocytopenia.
June 18, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627012/effect-of-betamethasone-on-fetal-pulmonary-and-umbilical-artery-doppler-velocimetry-and-relationship-with-respiratory-distress-syndrome-development
#18
Emre Sinan Güngör, Gülşah İlhan, Hüseyin Gültekin, Ali Galip Zebitay, Serdar Cömert, Fatma Ferda Verit
OBJECTIVES: Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. It is primarily a disease of premature neonates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of maternal betamethasone administration on the fetal pulmonary arteries (PAs) and umbilical arteries (UAs) and the correlation between RDS development and PA Doppler results. METHODS: Forty singleton pregnancies between 24 and 34 gestational weeks with a diagnosis of preterm birth were included prospectively...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626870/the-chicken-or-the-egg-sildenafil-therapy-for-fetal-cardiovascular-dysfunction-during-hypoxic-development-studies-in-the-chick-embryo
#19
Ryan T Sless, Nathaniel E Hayward, Paul M Ryan
Chronic hypoxia in the gestating fetus is a common occurrence which invariably leads to a variety of adverse events such as premature delivery, pulmonary hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal/adult cardiovascular dysfunction. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626423/ubiquitin-proteasome-collagen-cup-pathway-in-preterm-premature-rupture-of-fetal-membranes
#20
Xinliang Zhao, Xiaoyan Dong, Xiucui Luo, Jing Pan, Weina Ju, Meijiao Zhang, Peirong Wang, Mei Zhong, Yanhong Yu, W Ted Brown, Nanbert Zhong
Spontaneous preterm birth (sPTB) occurs before 37 gestational weeks, with preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) and spontaneous preterm labor (sPTL) as the predominant adverse outcomes. Previously, we identified altered expression of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) and message RNAs (mRNAs) related to the ubiquitin proteasome system (UPS) in human placentas following pregnancy loss and PTB. We therefore hypothesized that similar mechanisms might underlie PPROM. In the current study, nine pairs of ubiquitin-proteasome-collagen (CUP) pathway-related mRNAs and associated lncRNAs were found to be differentially expressed in PPROM and sPTL...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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