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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550025/mineralocorticoid-receptor-null-mice-informing-cell-type-specific-roles
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Timothy James Cole, Morag Young
The mineralocorticoid receptor (MR) mediates the actions of two important adrenal corticosteroid hormones, aldosterone and cortisol. The cell signalling roles of the MR in vivo have expanded enormously since the cloning of human MR gene 30 years ago and the first MR gene knockout in mice nearly 20 years ago. Complete ablation of the MR revealed important roles postnatally for regulation of kidney epithelial functions, with MR-null mice dying 1-2 weeks postnatally from renal salt wasting and hyperkalaemia, with elevated plasma renin and aldosterone...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549634/maternal-adverse-childhood-experience-and-infant-health-biomedical-and-psychosocial-risks-as-intermediary-mechanisms
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Sheri Madigan, Mark Wade, Andre Plamondon, Jonathon L Maguire, Jennifer M Jenkins
OBJECTIVE: To assess the mechanisms accounting for the transfer of risk from one generation to the next, especially as they relate to maternal adverse childhood experiences and infant physical and emotional health outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Participants were 501 community mother-infant dyads recruited shortly after the birth and followed up at 18 months. Mothers retrospectively reported on their adverse childhood experiences. The main outcome measures were parent-reported infant physical health and emotional problems...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549589/serum-retinol-levels-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-preterm-infants
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Hsing-Jin Chen, Chyong-Hsin Hsu, Bor-Luen Chiang
BACKGROUND: Glucocorticoids are frequently administered to preterm infants, both antenatally and postnatally; however, the effect on serum retinol levels has not been determined. The risk of bronchopulmonary dysplasia is increased in premature infants with low retinol concentrations. OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to determine the effect of glucocorticoid administration on serum retinol levels in preterm infants. METHODS: All infants <1250 g or <29 weeks' gestation admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit within 48 h of birth were eligible for inclusion...
May 23, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549434/the-potential-of-task-shifting-in-scaling-up-services-for-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hiv-a-time-and-motion-study-in-dar-es-salaam-tanzania
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Helga Naburi, Anna Mia Ekström, Phares Mujinja, Charles Kilewo, Karim Manji, Gunnel Biberfeld, David Sando, Guerino Chalamila, Till Bärnighausen
BACKGROUND: In many African countries, prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) services are predominantly delivered by nurses. Although task-shifting is not yet well established, community health workers (CHWs) are often informally used as part of PMTCT delivery. According to the 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) Task-shifting Guidelines, many PMTCT tasks can be shifted from nurses to CHWs. METHODS: The aim of this time and motion study in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was to estimate the potential of task-shifting in PMTCT service delivery to reduce nurses' workload and health system costs...
May 26, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549068/oligodendroglial-myelination-requires-astrocyte-derived-lipids
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Nutabi Camargo, Andrea Goudriaan, Anne-Lieke F van Deijk, Willem M Otte, Jos F Brouwers, Hans Lodder, David H Gutmann, Klaus-Armin Nave, Rick M Dijkhuizen, Huibert D Mansvelder, Roman Chrast, August B Smit, Mark H G Verheijen
In the vertebrate nervous system, myelination of axons for rapid impulse propagation requires the synthesis of large amounts of lipids and proteins by oligodendrocytes and Schwann cells. Myelin membranes are thought to be cell-autonomously assembled by these axon-associated glial cells. Here, we report the surprising finding that in normal brain development, a substantial fraction of the lipids incorporated into central nervous system (CNS) myelin are contributed by astrocytes. The oligodendrocyte-specific inactivation of sterol regulatory element-binding protein (SREBP) cleavage-activating protein (SCAP), an essential coactivator of the transcription factor SREBP and thus of lipid biosynthesis, resulted in significantly retarded CNS myelination; however, myelin appeared normal at 3 months of age...
May 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549058/histone-deacetylase-adaptation-in-single-ventricle-heart-disease-and-a-young-animal-model-of-right-ventricular-hypertrophy
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Weston W Blakeslee, Kimberly M Demos-Davies, Douglas D Lemon, Katharina M Lutter, Maria A Cavasin, Sam Payne, Karin Nunley, Carlin S Long, Timothy A McKinsey, Shelley D Miyamoto
BACKGROUNDHistone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors are promising therapeutics for various forms of cardiac disease. The purpose of this study was to assess cardiac HDAC catalytic activity and expression in children with single ventricle heart disease of right ventricular morphology (SV), as well as in a rodent model of right ventricular hypertrophy (RVH).METHODSHomogenates of RV explants from non-failing controls and SV children were assayed for HDAC catalytic activity and HDAC isoform expression. Postnatal 1-day old rat pups were placed in hypoxic conditions and echocardiographic analysis, gene expression, HDAC catalytic activity and isoform expression studies of the RV were performed...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549057/both-antenatal-and-postnatal-inflammation-contribute-information-about-the-risk-of-brain-damage-in-extremely-preterm-newborns
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Diana Yanni, Steven Korzeniewski, Elizabeth N Allred, Raina N Fichorova, T Michael O'Shea, Karl Kuban, Olaf Dammann, Alan Leviton
BACKGROUNDPreterm newborns exposed to intrauterine inflammation are at increased risk of neurodevelopmental disorders. We hypothesized that adverse outcomes are more strongly associated with a combination of antenatal and postnatal inflammation than with either of them alone.METHODSWe defined antenatal inflammation as histologic inflammation in the placenta. We measured the concentrations of seven inflammation-related proteins in blood obtained on postnatal days 1, 7, and 14 from 763 infants born before 28 weeks of gestation...
May 26, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548369/invadosomes-are-coming-new-insights-into-function-and-disease-relevance
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Elyse K Paterson, Sara A Courtneidge
Invadopodia and podosomes are discrete, actin-based molecular protrusions that form in cancer cells and normal cells respectively in response to diverse signaling pathways and extracellular matrix cues. Although they participate in a host of different cellular processes, they share a common functional theme of controlling pericellular proteolytic activity, which sets them apart from other structures that function in migration and adhesion, including focal adhesions, lamellipodia, and filopodia. In this review, we highlight research that explores the function of these complex structures, including roles for podosomes in embryonic and postnatal development, in angiogenesis and remodeling of the vasculature, in maturation of the post-synaptic membrane, in antigen sampling and recognition, and in cell-cell fusion mechanisms, as well as the involvement of invadopodia at multiple steps of the metastatic cascade, and how all of this may apply in the treatment of human disease states...
May 26, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548285/neonatal-hypoxia-ischemia-in-rat-increases-doublecortin-concentration-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Catherine Brégère, Urs Fisch, Martin H Sailer, Wolfgang S Lieb, Laurie Chicha, Fabienne Goepfert, Thomas Kremer, Raphael Guzman
Doublecortin (DCX) is a microtubule-associated protein widely used as an indicator of neurogenesis in immunohistochemical analyses of the postmortem adult brain. A recent study reported that DCX can be quantified in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) from healthy rats between postnatal day 0 (P0) and P30. However, it is currently unclear whether the concentration of DCX in the CSF (CSF-DCX) may represent a measure of endogenous neurogenesis. To address this question, the present study examined the impact of a neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury, known to induce neurogenesis, on CSF-DCX...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548091/cellular-interplay-via-cytokine-hierarchy-causes-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-raf1-mutant-noonan-syndrome
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Jiani C Yin, Mathew J Platt, Xixi Tian, Xue Wu, Peter H Backx, Jeremy A Simpson, Toshiyuki Araki, Benjamin G Neel
Noonan syndrome (NS) is caused by mutations in RAS/ERK pathway genes, and is characterized by craniofacial, growth, cognitive and cardiac defects. NS patients with kinase-activating RAF1 alleles typically develop pathological left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), which is reproduced in Raf1(L613V/+) knock-in mice. Here, using inducible Raf1(L613V) expression, we show that LVH results from the interplay of cardiac cell types. Cardiomyocyte Raf1(L613V) enhances Ca(2+) sensitivity and cardiac contractility without causing hypertrophy...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547837/does-body-image-influence-the-relationship-between-body-weight-and-breastfeeding-maintenance-in-new-mothers
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Vivien Swanson, Alice Keely, Fiona C Denison
OBJECTIVES: Obese women have lower breastfeeding initiation and maintenance rates than healthy weight women. Research generally focuses on biomedical explanations for this. Psychosocial factors including body image and well-being after childbirth are less well understood as predictors of breastfeeding. In obese and healthy weight women, we investigated changes in body image between 72 hrs post-delivery and 6-8 weeks post-natal, studying how women's body image related to breastfeeding initiation and maintenance...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547795/synaptogenesis-and-synaptic-protein-localization-in-the-postnatal-development-of-rod-bipolar-cell-dendrites-in-mouse-retina
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Zvan A Anastassov, Weiwei Wang, Felice A Dunn
Retinal responses to photons originate in rod photoreceptors and are transmitted to the ganglion cell output of the retina through the primary rod bipolar pathway. At the first synapse of this pathway, input from multiple rods is pooled into individual rod bipolar cells. This architecture is called convergence. Convergence serves to improve sensitivity of rod vision when photons are sparse. Establishment of convergence depends on the development of a proper complement of dendritic tips and transduction proteins in rod bipolar cells...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547659/quiescent-adult-stem-cells-in-murine-teeth-are-regulated-by-shh-signaling
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Yuko Ishikawa, Mitsushiro Nakatomi, Hiroko Ida-Yonemochi, Hayato Ohshima
The mechanisms regulating the maintenance of quiescent adult stem cells in teeth remain to be fully elucidated. Our aim is to clarify the relationship between BrdU label-retaining cells (LRCs) and sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling in murine teeth. After prenatal BrdU labeling, mouse pups were analyzed during postnatal day 1 (P1) to week 5 (P5W). Paraffin sections were processed for immunohistochemistry for BrdU, Sox2, Gli1, Shh, Patched1 (Ptch1) and Ki67 and for in situ hybridization for Shh and Ptch1. Dense LRCs, Gli1-(+) cells and Ptch1-(+) cells were co-localized in the outer enamel epithelium of the apical bud and apical dental papilla of incisors...
May 26, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547531/neonatal-hyperoxia-perturbs-neuronal-development-in-the-cerebellum
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Till Scheuer, Yuliya Sharkovska, Victor Tarabykin, Katharina Marggraf, Vivien Brockmöller, Christoph Bührer, Stefanie Endesfelder, Thomas Schmitz
Impaired postnatal brain development of preterm infants often results in neurological deficits. Besides pathologies of the forebrain, maldeveolopment of the cerebellum is increasingly recognized to contribute to psychomotor impairments of many former preterm infants. However, causes are poorly defined. We used a hyperoxia model to define neonatal damage in cerebellar granule cell precursors (GCPs) and in Purkinje cells (PCs) known to be essential for interaction with GCPs during development. We exposed newborn rats to 24 h 80% O2 from age P6 to P7 to identify postnatal and long-term damage in cerebellar GCPs at age P7 after hyperoxia and also after recovery in room air thereafter until P11 and P30...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546511/the-nanci-nkx2-1-gene-duplex-buffers-nkx2-1-expression-to-maintain-lung-development-and-homeostasis
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Michael J Herriges, David J Tischfield, Zheng Cui, Michael P Morley, Yumiao Han, Apoorva Babu, Su Li, MinMin Lu, Isis Cendan, Benjamin A Garcia, Stewart A Anderson, Edward E Morrisey
A subset of long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) is spatially correlated with transcription factors (TFs) across the genome, but how these lncRNA-TF gene duplexes regulate tissue development and homeostasis is unclear. We identified a feedback loop within the NANCI (Nkx2.1-associated noncoding intergenic RNA)-Nkx2.1 gene duplex that is essential for buffering Nkx2.1 expression, lung epithelial cell identity, and tissue homeostasis. Within this locus, Nkx2.1 directly inhibits NANCI, while NANCI acts in cis to promote Nkx2...
May 25, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546101/an-efficient-and-cost-effective-method-of-generating-postnatal-p2-5-mouse-primary-hippocampal-neuronal-cultures
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A Kaar, S J Morley, M G Rae
BACKGROUND: Primary culture of postnatal central neurons is a widely used methodology for applications such as the investigation of neuronal development, protein trafficking/distribution and cellular signalling. However, successful production and maintenance of such cultures, particularly from postnatal animals, can be challenging. In attempting to surmount these difficulties, several disparate culturing methodologies have been developed. Such methodologies are centred on the identification and optimisation of critical steps and, as such, the protocols and reagents utilised can differ quite markedly from protocol to protocol, often with the suggestion that the use of a (usually expensive) proprietary reagent(s), lengthy substrate preparation and/or cell isolation techniques is/are necessary for successful culture preparation...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546087/region-specific-oligodendrocyte-transcription-factor-expression-in-a-model-of-neonatal-hypoxic-injury
#17
Bethann M Affeldt, Andre Obenaus, Jonathan Chan, Andrea C Pardo
White matter injury (WMI) of prematurity is associated with a spectrum of neurological disorders ranging from mild cognitive and behavioral deficits to cerebral palsy. Translational studies have implicated impaired oligodendrocyte development after hypoxia as the primary cause of WMI, but the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. The goal of this study was to identify alterations in the expression of oligodendrocyte precursor cell transcription factors in a mouse model of transient mild global hypoxia...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545908/influence-of-postnatal-glucocorticoids-on-hippocampal-dependent-learning-varies-with-elevation-patterns-and-administration-methods
#18
Dragana I Claflin, Kevin D Schmidt, Zachary D Vallandingham, Michal Kraszpulski, Michael B Hennessy
Recent interest in the lasting effects of early-life stress has expanded to include effects on cognitive performance. An increase in circulating glucocorticoids is induced by stress exposure and glucocorticoid effects on the hippocampus likely underlie many of the cognitive consequences. Here we review studies showing that corticosterone administered to young rats at the conclusion of the stress-hyporesponsiveness period affects later performance in hippocampally-mediated trace eyeblink conditioning. The nature and even direction of these effects varies with the elevation patterns (level, duration, temporal fluctuation) achieved by different administration methods...
May 22, 2017: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545473/defining-disrespect-and-abuse-of-newborns-a-review-of-the-evidence-and-an-expanded-typology-of-respectful-maternity-care
#19
REVIEW
Emma Sacks
Amid increased attention to quality of obstetric care and respectful maternity care globally, insufficient focus has been given to quality of care and respectful care for newborns in the postnatal period. Especially in low and middle income countries, where low utilisation of obstetric and neonatal services is of concern, it is plausible that poor quality of care or mistreatment of newborns or stillborn infants will influence future care seeking, both for the health care needs of the growing infant and for subsequent pregnancies...
May 25, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545422/quality-of-antenatal-care-predicts-retention-in-skilled-birth-attendance-a-multilevel-analysis-of-28-african-countries
#20
Adanna Chukwuma, Adaeze C Wosu, Chinyere Mbachu, Kelechi Weze
BACKGROUND: An effective continuum of maternal care ensures that mothers receive essential health packages from pre-pregnancy to delivery, and postnatally, reducing the risk of maternal death. However, across Africa, coverage of skilled birth attendance is lower than coverage for antenatal care, indicating mothers are not retained in the continuum between antenatal care and delivery. This paper explores predictors of retention of antenatal care clients in skilled birth attendance across Africa, including sociodemographic factors and quality of antenatal care received...
May 25, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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