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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937611/hcg-biological-functions-and-clinical-applications
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Chinedu Nwabuobi, Sefa Arlier, Frederick Schatz, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Charles Joseph Lockwood, Umit Ali Kayisli
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced primarily by differentiated syncytiotrophoblasts, and represents a key embryonic signal that is essential for the maintenance of pregnancy. hCG can activate various signaling cascades including mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 2 (Smad2), protein kinase C (PKC), and/or protein kinase A (PKA) in several cells types by binding to luteinizing hormone/chorionic gonadotropin receptor (LHCGR) or potentially by direct/indirect interaction with transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGFβR)...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923940/defective-decidualization-during-and-after-severe-preeclampsia-reveals-a-possible-maternal-contribution-to-the-etiology
#2
Tamara Garrido-Gomez, Francisco Dominguez, Alicia Quiñonero, Patricia Diaz-Gimeno, Mirhan Kapidzic, Matthew Gormley, Katherine Ona, Pablo Padilla-Iserte, Michael McMaster, Olga Genbacev, Alfredo Perales, Susan J Fisher, Carlos Simón
In preeclampsia (PE), cytotrophoblast (CTB) invasion of the uterus and spiral arteries is often shallow. Thus, the placenta's role has been a focus. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decidual defects are an important determinant of the placental phenotype. We isolated human endometrial stromal cells from nonpregnant donors with a previous pregnancy that was complicated by severe PE (sPE). Compared with control cells, they failed to decidualize in vitro as demonstrated by morphological criteria and the analysis of stage-specific antigens (i...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922401/rab11-family-expression-in-the-human-placenta-localization-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
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Elizabeth S Taglauer, Patrycja A Artemiuk, Sara R Hanscom, Andrew J Lindsay, Danielle Wuebbolt, Fionnuala M Breathnach, Elizabeth C Tully, Amir R Khan, Mary W McCaffrey
Rab proteins are a family of small GTPases involved in a variety of cellular processes. The Rab11 subfamily in particular directs key steps of intracellular functions involving vesicle trafficking of the endosomal recycling pathway. This Rab subfamily works through a series of effector proteins including the Rab11-FIPs (Rab11 Family-Interacting Proteins). While the Rab11 subfamily has been well characterized at the cellular level, its function within human organ systems is still being explored. In an effort to further study these proteins, we conducted a preliminary investigation of a subgroup of endosomal Rab proteins in a range of human cell lines by Western blotting...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920512/rhythmic-three-part-harmony-the-complex-interaction-of-maternal-placental-and-fetal-circadian-systems
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Peter J Mark, Rachael C Crew, Michaela D Wharfe, Brendan J Waddell
From the perspective of circadian biology, mammalian pregnancy presents an unusual biological scenario in which an entire circadian system (i.e., that of the fetus) is embodied within another (i.e., that of the mother). Moreover, both systems are likely to be influenced at their interface by a third player, the placenta. Successful pregnancy requires major adaptations in maternal physiology, many of which involve circadian changes that support the high metabolic demands of the growing fetus. A functional role for maternal circadian adaptations is implied by the effects of circadian disruption, which result in pregnancy complications including higher risks for miscarriage, preterm labor, and low birth weight...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Biological Rhythms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910635/gestational-stage-and-ifn-%C3%AE-signaling-regulate-zikv-infection-in-utero
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Brett W Jagger, Jonathan J Miner, Bin Cao, Nitin Arora, Amber M Smith, Attila Kovacs, Indira U Mysorekar, Carolyn B Coyne, Michael S Diamond
Although Zika virus (ZIKV)-induced congenital disease occurs more frequently during early stages of pregnancy, its basis remains undefined. Using established type I interferon (IFN)-deficient mouse models of ZIKV transmission in utero, we found that the placenta and fetus were more susceptible to ZIKV infection at earlier gestational stages. Whereas ZIKV infection at embryonic day 6 (E6) resulted in placental insufficiency and fetal demise, infections at midstage (E9) resulted in reduced cranial dimensions, and infection later in pregnancy (E12) caused no apparent fetal disease...
September 13, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903546/cellular-and-molecular-mechanisms-of-viral-infection-in-the-human-placenta
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Moises León-Juárez, Macario Martínez-Castillo, Luis Didier González-García, Addy Cecilia Helguera-Repetto, Verónica Zaga-Clavellina, Julio García-Cordero, Arturo Flores-Pliego, Alma Herrera-Salazar, Edgar Ricardo Vázquez-Martínez, Enrique Reyes-Muñoz
The placenta is a highly specialized organ that is formed during human gestation for conferring protection and generating an optimal microenvironment to maintain the equilibrium between immunological and biochemical factors for fetal development. Diverse pathogens, including viruses, can infect several cellular components of the placenta, such as trophoblasts, syncytiotrophoblasts and other hematopoietic cells. Viral infections during pregnancy have been associated with fetal malformation and pregnancy complications such as preterm labor...
September 29, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902929/women-with-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion-have-decreased-25-oh-vitamin-d-and-vdr-at-the-fetal-maternal-interface
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N Li, H M Wu, F Hang, Y S Zhang, M J Li
Immunological mechanisms have been proposed to underlie the pathogenesis of recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA). Vitamin D has a potent immunomodulatory effect, which may affect pregnancy outcome. The objective of this study was to investigate 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH) D] concentration and vitamin D receptor (VDR) expression in the decidual tissues of RSA patients. Thirty women with RSA (RSA group) and thirty women undergoing elective abortion (control group) were recruited during 2016 from gynecology outpatient clinics...
September 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899653/role-of-autophagy-in-zika-virus-infection-and-pathogenesis
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REVIEW
Abhilash I Chiramel, Sonja M Best
Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved cellular pathway that culminates in lysosomal degradation of selected substrates. Autophagy can serve dual roles in virus infection with either pro- or antiviral functions depending on the virus and the stage of the viral replication cycle. Recent studies have suggested a role for autophagy in Zika virus (ZIKV) replication by demonstrating the accumulation of autophagic vesicles following ZIKV infection in both in vitro and in vivo models. In human fetal neural stem cells, ZIKV inhibits Akt-mTOR signaling to induce autophagy, increase virus replication and impede neurogenesis...
September 9, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893191/recent-expansion-and-adaptive-evolution-of-the-carcinoembryonic-antigen-family-in-bats-of-the-yangochiroptera-subgroup
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Robert Kammerer, Martin Mansfeld, Jana Hänske, Sophie Mißbach, Xiaocui He, Bernd Köllner, Susan Mouchantat, Wolfgang Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: Expansions of gene families are predictive for ongoing genetic adaptation to environmental cues. We describe such an expansion of the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) gene family in certain bat families. Members of the CEA family in humans and mice are exploited as cellular receptors by a number of pathogens, possibly due to their function in immunity and reproduction. The CEA family is composed of CEA-related cell adhesion molecules (CEACAMs) and secreted pregnancy-specific glycoproteins (PSGs)...
September 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890543/the-altered-pd-1-pd-l1-pathway-delivers-the-one-two-punch-effects-to-promote-the-treg-th17-imbalance-in-pre-eclampsia
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Yonghong Zhang, Zhaozhao Liu, Mei Tian, Xiaohui Hu, Liling Wang, Jinlu Ji, Aihua Liao
The programmed cell death-1 (PD-1)/PD-ligand 1 (PD-L1) pathway is critical for normal pregnancy by promoting regulatory T (Treg) cell development and inhibiting the Th17 response. However, the relationship between the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway and the Treg/Th17 imbalance in pre-eclampsia (PE) is an enigma. In this study, decreased PD-1 and PD-L1 expression and a Treg/Th17 imbalance were observed at the maternal-fetal interface in PE. The regulatory effects of the PD-1/PD-L1 pathway on the Treg and Th17 cell quantities were determined in vitro by targeting T-cell proliferation, differentiation and transdifferentiation...
September 11, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883820/decidual-macrophage-functional-polarization-during-abnormal-pregnancy-due-to-toxoplasma-gondii-role-for-lilrb4
#11
Zhidan Li, Mingdong Zhao, Teng Li, Jing Zheng, Xianbing Liu, Yuzhu Jiang, Haixia Zhang, Xuemei Hu
During gestation, Toxoplasma gondii infection produces a series of complications including stillbirths, abortions, and congenital malformations. The inhibitory receptor, LILRB4, which is mainly expressed by professional antigen-presenting cells (especially macrophages and dendritic cells) may play an important immune-regulatory role at the maternal-fetal interface. To assess the role of LILRB4 during T. gondii infection, LILRB4(-/-) and T. gondii infected pregnant mouse models were established. Further, human primary-decidual macrophages were treated with anti-LILRB4 neutralizing antibody and then infected with T...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879060/onset-of-human-preterm-and-term-birth-is-related-to-unique-inflammatory-transcriptome-profiles-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
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Radek Bukowski, Yoel Sadovsky, Hani Goodarzi, Heping Zhang, Joseph R Biggio, Michael Varner, Samuel Parry, Feifei Xiao, Sean M Esplin, William Andrews, George R Saade, John V Ilekis, Uma M Reddy, Donald A Baldwin
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is a main determinant of neonatal mortality and morbidity and a major contributor to the overall mortality and burden of disease. However, research of the preterm birth is hindered by the imprecise definition of the clinical phenotype and complexity of the molecular phenotype due to multiple pregnancy tissue types and molecular processes that may contribute to the preterm birth. Here we comprehensively evaluate the mRNA transcriptome that characterizes preterm and term labor in tissues comprising the pregnancy using precisely phenotyped samples...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28842426/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-are-critical-for-pregnancy-loss-in-sphingosine-kinase-deficient-mice-on-129sv-c57bl-6-background
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Kiyomi Mizugishi, Kouhei Yamashita
Exaggerated maternal immune responses must be strictly controlled to ensure a successful pregnancy. Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) have recently been implicated as a potential mechanism for promoting inflammation in pregnancy-related disorders. In this study, we demonstrated that NETs play a key role in the pathogenesis of sphingosine kinase (Sphk)-mediated pregnancy loss. Perturbing the sphingolipid pathway by disrupting Sphk genes during pregnancy led to excessive NET formation exclusively at the fetomaternal interface and early fetal death...
August 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830992/integrative-single-cell-and-cell-free-plasma-rna-transcriptomics-elucidates-placental-cellular-dynamics
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Jason C H Tsang, Joaquim S L Vong, Lu Ji, Liona C Y Poon, Peiyong Jiang, Kathy O Lui, Yun-Bi Ni, Ka Fai To, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
The human placenta is a dynamic and heterogeneous organ critical in the establishment of the fetomaternal interface and the maintenance of gestational well-being. It is also the major source of cell-free fetal nucleic acids in the maternal circulation. Placental dysfunction contributes to significant complications, such as preeclampsia, a potentially lethal hypertensive disorder during pregnancy. Previous studies have identified significant changes in the expression profiles of preeclamptic placentas using whole-tissue analysis...
August 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826368/impact-of-galectin-1-on-trophoblast-stem-cell-differentiation-and-invasion-in-in-vitro-implantation-model
#15
Minyue Tang, Jiali You, Wei Wang, Yongchao Lu, Xiaoling Hu, Chunyan Wang, Aixia Liu, Yimin Zhu
Trophoblast stem cells (TSCs) differentiate in an orderly manner, which plays an important role in the process of embryo implantation, placentation, and early pregnancy maintenance. At the maternal-fetal interface, the dialogue is crucial between trophoblast cells and endometrial epithelial cells. Previous studies suggested that galectin-1 (Gal-1) may play an important role in placental development. In this study, we used Ishikawa (IK) cells-TSC coculture model to simulate the maternal-fetal interface and induce the differentiation of TSCs by differentiation media...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816360/c-c-motif-chemokine-ligand-2-regulates-lps-induced-inflammation-and-er-stress-to-enhance-proliferation-of-bovine-endometrial-epithelial-cells
#16
Whasun Lim, Hyocheol Bae, Fuller W Bazer, Sung-Man Kim, Gwonhwa Song
Chemokines play an important role in regulating the complex immune system at the maternal-fetal interface during pregnancy. Among various chemokines, C-C motif chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) plays a role in the recruitment of immune regulatory cells to implantation sites within the endometrium. In cattle, CCL2 is abundantly expressed in the uterine endometrium. However, its intracellular signaling has not been identified. In this study, we examined the effects of CCL2 on bovine endometrial (BEND) cell proliferation...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807280/immunization-with-inactivated-antigens-of-neospora-caninum-induces-toll-like-receptors-3-7-8-and-9-in-maternal-fetal-interface-of-infected-pregnant-heifers
#17
M S Marin, Y P Hecker, S Quintana, S E Pérez, M R Leunda, G J Cantón, E R Cobo, D P Moore, A C Odeón
Neospora caninum is an obligate parasite and a major cause of abortion in cattle. Pregnancy failures appear to be associated with weak innate defences on the maternal-fetal interface during infection with N. caninum. Herein, we studied the gene expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in pregnant heifers immunized with different vaccine formulations against N. caninum before mating and then challenged the heifers with live N. caninum on day 70 of gestation. TLR7 and TLR8 expression was upregulated in the placental caruncle of infected-pregnant heifers previously exposed to live N...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794456/activated-nk-cells-cause-placental-dysfunction-and-miscarriages-in-fetal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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Issaka Yougbaré, Wei-She Tai, Darko Zdravic, Brigitta Elaine Oswald, Sean Lang, Guangheng Zhu, Howard Leong-Poi, Dawei Qu, Lisa Yu, Caroline Dunk, Jianhong Zhang, John G Sled, Stephen J Lye, Jelena Brkić, Chun Peng, Petter Höglund, B Anne Croy, S Lee Adamson, Xiao-Yan Wen, Duncan J Stewart, John Freedman, Heyu Ni
Miscarriage and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are devastating complications in fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). We previously reported the mechanisms for bleeding diatheses, but it is unknown whether placental, decidual immune cells or other abnormalities at the maternal-fetal interface contribute to FNAIT. Here we show that maternal immune responses to fetal platelet antigens cause miscarriage and IUGR that are associated with vascular and immune pathologies in murine FNAIT models...
August 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756371/il-27-induces-a-pro-inflammatory-response-in-human-fetal-membranes-mediating-preterm-birth
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Nanlin Yin, Hanbing Wang, Hua Zhang, Huisheng Ge, Bing Tan, Yu Yuan, Xiaofang Luo, David M Olson, Philip N Baker, Hongbo Qi
Inflammation at the maternal-fetal interface has been shown to be involved in the pathogenesis of preterm birth. Interleukin 27 (IL-27), a heterodimeric cytokine, is known to mediate an inflammatory response in some pregnancy complications. In this study, we aimed to determine whether IL-27 could induce an inflammatory reaction at the maternal-fetal interface that would mediate the onset of preterm birth. We found elevated expression of IL-27 in human peripheral serum and elevated expression of its specific receptor (wsx-1) on fetal membranes in cases of preterm birth...
September 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754617/infection-by-schistosoma-mansoni-during-pregnancy-effects-on-offspring-immunity
#20
REVIEW
Vanessa Ribeiro Figliuolo da Paz, Danielly Sequeira, Alexandre Pyrrho
About 25 million Brazilians live in areas at risk of contracting the disease caused by the trematoda Schistosoma mansoni, the schistosomiasis mansoni. Although the adult parasites inhabit the blood vessels, probably the main element responsible for the pathology of the disease are the eggs, whose deposition in the liver results in formation of granulomas and hypersensitivity mediated by CD4 T cells. In the course of infection, the profile of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th2 cytokines released by immune cells is correlated with the extent of inflammation in the granuloma and with the disease severity...
July 25, 2017: Life Sciences
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