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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202794/evaluation-of-the-toxoplasma-elite-mgb%C3%A2-real-time-pcr-assay-for-the-diagnosis-of-toxoplasmosis
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Florence Robert-Gangneux, Marie-Pierre Brenier-Pinchart, Hélène Yera, Sorya Belaz, Emmanuelle Varlet-Marie, Patrick Bastien
Molecular diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis or disseminated toxoplasmosis is mainly based on PCR. The repeated DNA element rep529 has become the main DNA target used in most, whether laboratory-developed or commercial, PCR methods. In this multicenter study, we evaluated the Toxoplasma ELITe MGB® (Elitech®) commercial kit, by comparison with three reference quantitative PCR assays (RA) used in routine in three proficient laboratories of the French National Reference Center for Toxoplasmosis network, using Toxoplasma calibrated suspensions diluted to obtain a range of concentrations from 0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188612/hepatitis-b-immunoglobulin-during-pregnancy-for-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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REVIEW
Ahizechukwu C Eke, George U Eleje, Uzoamaka A Eke, Yun Xia, Jiao Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver. It is mainly transmitted between people through contact with infected blood, frequently from mother to baby in-utero. Hepatitis B poses significant risk to the fetus and up to 85% of infants infected by their mothers at birth develop chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) is a purified solution of human immunoglobulin that could be administered to the mother, newborn, or both. HBIG offers protection against HBV infection when administered to pregnant women who test positive for hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg) or hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), or both...
February 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181672/endometriosis-increases-the-risk-of-obstetrical-and-neonatal-complications
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Janne Foss Berlac, Dorthe Hartwell, Charlotte Wessel Skovlund, Jens Langhoff-Roos, Øjvind Lidegaard
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to assess obstetrical complications and neonatal outcomes in women with endometriosis as compared to women without endometriosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: National cohort including all delivering women and their newborns in Denmark 1997-2014. Data were extracted from the Danish Health Register and the Medical Birth Register. Logistic regression analysis provided odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI). Sub-analyses were made for primiparous women with a singleton pregnancy and for women with endometriosis who underwent gynecological surgery before pregnancy...
February 9, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153653/prenatal-diagnosis-and-management-of-vasa-previa-in-twin-pregnancies-a-case-series-and-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Eric Jauniaux, Yaakov Melcer, Ron Maymon
BACKGROUND: Twin pregnancies are at higher risks of velamentous cord insertion (VCI) and vasa previa. In-vitro fertilization (IVF) is an additional risk factor of abnormal cord insertion and thus the incidence of vasa previa is likely to increase over the next decades. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the role of ultrasound imaging in optimizing the management of twins diagnosed with vasa previa antenatally. STUDY DESIGN: We searched our database for twin pregnancies diagnosed with vasa previa and managed antenatally using measurements of cervical length (CL) and performed a systematic review of articles which correlated prenatal diagnosis of vasa previa in twins and pregnancy outcome...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138995/time-course-analysis-of-rna-quality-in-placenta-preserved-by-rnalater-or-flash-freezing
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Nicole M Martin, Katherine M Cooke, Caitlin C Radford, Lauren E Perley, Michelle Silasi, Clare A Flannery
PROBLEM: Preservation of biospecimen quality is critical to accurately and reliably assessing genes and proteins. We evaluated the effect of preparation method and storage duration on RNA quality in placenta and decidua. METHOD OF STUDY: Aliquots of nine placentas and decidua were placed in RNAlater(®) (RL) or flash frozen (FF) within 30 minutes of delivery. RNA was extracted immediately (baseline) and from matched samples stored at -80°C for 1 and 8-10 months...
January 31, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130302/distinct-growth-and-secretome-strategies-by-two-taxonomically-divergent-brown-rot-fungi
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Gerald N Presley, Jonathan S Schilling
: Brown rot fungi are wood-degrading fungi that employ both oxidative and hydrolytic mechanisms to degrade wood. Hydroxyl radicals that facilitate the oxidative component are powerful non-selective oxidants and are incompatible with hydrolytic enzymes unless they are spatially segregated in wood. Differential gene expression has been implicated in Postia placenta to segregate these reactions, but it is unclear if this two-step mechanism varies in other brown rot fungi with different traits and life history strategies, and that occupy different niches in nature...
January 27, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129936/assessment-of-parabens-and-ultraviolet-filters-in-human-placenta-tissue-by-ultrasound-assisted-extraction-and-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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F Vela-Soria, M E Gallardo-Torres, O Ballesteros, C Díaz, J Pérez, A Navalón, M F Fernández, N Olea
Increasing concerns have been raised over recent decades about human exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs), especially about their possible effects on embryo, foetus, newborn, and child. Parabens (PBs) and ultraviolet filters (UV-filters) are prevalent EDCs widely used as additives in cosmetics and personal care products (PCPs). The objective of this study was to determine the presence of four PBs and ten UV-filters in placental tissue samples using a novel analytical method based on ultrasound-assisted extraction (UAE) and ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124800/trans-fatty-acid-accumulation-in-the-human-placenta
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Yoshiro Wada, Shumi Yoshida-Yamamoto, Yoshinao Wada, Masahiro Nakayama, Nobuaki Mitsuda, Hiroyuki Kitajima
Trans fatty acid may impair fetal growth and infant neurodevelopment, but the quantity in a placenta and human tissues remains unknown. To address the issue, a simple and reliable method of quantification is needed. We established a method of quantifying trans-octadecenoic acids (trans-6,8,9,11 18:1 fatty acids, TOAs), a major component of TFA, in human tissue samples, and then determined the TOAs level in the placenta. Oleic acid (OA) (C18:1(9c)) was measured by isotope dilution gas-chromatography mass-spectrometry, and the TOAs level was subsequently calculated based on the ratio of the peak areas for TOAs and OA (TOAs/OA) in the mass chromatogram...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092076/determination-of-trace-elements-in-cow-placenta-by-tungsten-coil-atomic-emission-spectrometry
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Daniel A Gonçalves, Ana C Soncin, George L Donati, Mirian C Dos Santos
Tungsten coil atomic emission spectrometry (WCAES) is used to determine trace levels of Mn (403.1 nm) and Cr (425.5 nm) in cow placenta. All samples were collected in Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil. The instrumental setup is based on a tungsten filament extracted from 150 W, 15 V microscope light bulbs, a solid state power supply, fused silica lens, crossed Czerny-Turner spectrograph, and a thermoelectrically cooled charge-coupled device detector. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for Cr are 2 and 8 μg L(-1), and 20 and 60 μg L(-1) for Mn, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965171/human-placenta-hydrogel-reduces-scarring-in-a-rat-model-of-cardiac-ischemia-and-enhances-cardiomyocyte-and-stem-cell-cultures
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Michael P Francis, Erick Breathwaite, Anna A Bulysheva, Frency Varghese, Rudy U Rodriguez, Sucharita Dutta, Iurii Semenov, Rebecca Ogle, Alexander Huber, Alexandra-Madelaine Tichy, Silvia Chen, Christian Zemlin
INTRODUCTION: Xenogeneic extracellular matrix (ECM) hydrogels have shown promise in remediating cardiac ischemia damage in animal models, yet analogous human ECM hydrogels have not been well development. An original human placenta-derived hydrogel (hpECM) preparation was thus generated for assessment in cardiomyocyte cell culture and therapeutic cardiac injection applications. METHODS AND RESULTS: Hybrid orbitrap-quadrupole mass spectrometry and ELISAs showed hpECM to be rich in collagens, basement membrane proteins, and regenerative growth factors (e...
December 10, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933483/covalent-immobilization-of-human-placental-17%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-onto-glutaraldehyde-activated-silica-coupled-with-lc-tof-ms-for-anti-cancer-drug-screening-applications
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Yin Bai, Wen-Di Zhou, Xian-Min Mu, Qian Zhang, Chen Yu, Bin Di, Meng-Xiang Su
Human 17β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (17β-HSD1), a potential target in breast cancer prevention and therapy, was extracted from human placenta and immobilized on nonporous silica (∼5 μm) with a covalent method for the first time. The optimum initial enzyme concentration and immobilization time during the immobilization process were 0.42 mg mL(-1) and 12 h, repectively. The binding was confirmed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). It could improve the pH, thermal and storage stability compared to free enzyme...
December 8, 2016: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904431/term-live-secondary-abdominal-pregnancy-a-case-report
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Deepika Pannu, Rekha Bharti, H P Anand, Manjula Sharma
Term, live abdominal pregnancy secondary to rupture of a uterine rudimentary horn is a rare condition. Pregnancies conceived in the rudimentary horn of the uterus usually rupture during early gestation and present as a catastrophic event. However, rarely, after rupture of the uterine horn the foetus may continue to grow in the abdominal cavity and reach term gestation. A primigravida with a term pregnancy was referred to our centre for caesarean section with ultrasonography findings of transverse lie and placenta previa...
September 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887588/longitudinal-reference-ranges-for-maternal-plasma-laeverin-and-its-role-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-preeclampsia
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Mona Nystad, Vasilis Sitras, Kari Flo, Christian Widnes, Åse Vårtun, Tom Wilsgaard, Ganesh Acharya
BACKGROUND: Laeverin is a placenta-specific membrane-bound aminopeptidase. In this study we wanted to: 1) serially measure plasma levels of laeverin in healthy women during the second half of pregnancy and postpartum, 2) determine whether laeverin is differently expressed at 22-24 weeks in women who later develop preeclampsia compared to controls, 3) compare laeverin protein expression in placenta and umbilical vein serum in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies at birth. METHODS: Plasma was obtained serially, approximately every 4-weeks, from 53 healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies during 22(+0) to 39(+6) weeks of gestation, and at 22-24 weeks from 15 women who later developed preeclampsia...
November 25, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27825028/peripartum-hysterectomy-incidence-risk-factors-and-clinical-characteristics-in-ireland
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Sarah M Campbell, Paul Corcoran, Edel Manning, Richard A Greene
BACKGROUND: The incidence of peripartum hysterectomy (PH) shows fifty-fold variation worldwide (0.2-10.5/1000 deliveries) and risk factors include advancing maternal age and parity, previous caesarean section (CS) and abnormal placentation. OBJECTIVES: In this first national study of PH in Ireland, our objectives were threefold: to describe the national trend in PH incidence over 15 years since 1999; to assess risk of PH associated with morbidly adherent placenta (MAP), placenta praevia and postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) during 2005-2013; and to describe the causes, interventions and outcomes of PH cases during 2011-2013...
December 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817049/overexpression-of-endogenous-anti-oxidants-with-selenium-supplementation-protects-trophoblast-cells-from-reactive-oxygen-species-induced-apoptosis-in-a-bcl-2-dependent-manner
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Alisha Khera, Jessica J Vanderlelie, Olivia Holland, Anthony V Perkins
The human placenta provides life support for the developing foetus, and a healthy placenta is a prerequisite to a healthy start to life. Placental tissue is subject to oxidative stress which can lead to pathological conditions of pregnancy such as preeclampsia, preterm labour and intrauterine growth restriction. Up-regulation of endogenous anti-oxidants may alleviate placental oxidative stress and provide a therapy for these complications of pregnancy. In this study, selenium supplementation, as inorganic sodium selenite (NaSel) or organic selenomethionine (SeMet), was used to increase the protein production and cellular activity of the important redox active proteins glutathione peroxidase (GPx) and thioredoxin reductase (Thx-Red)...
November 5, 2016: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27804180/non-invasive-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-treatment-of-the-placental-unit-preliminary-in-vivo-study-using-a-monkey-model-of-pregnancy
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J Caloone, C Huissoud, A Kocot, J Vincenot, C Dehay, P Giroud, P Misery, F Allias, R C Rudigoz, D Melodelima
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the feasibility and efficacy of high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) to non-invasively treat placental tissues in a monkey model of pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A toroidal HIFU transducer working at 2.5 MHz with an integrated ultrasound-imaging probe was used. Eight pregnant monkeys were exposed to HIFU treatment after anesthesia. Lesions on placental tissues were performed non-invasively by placing the HIFU probe on the skin. Fetal and maternal parameters, such as maternal heart rate, fetal heart rate, and subcutaneous and intra-amniotic fluid temperature, were recorded during HIFU exposure...
November 2, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701455/regulation-of-hbegf-by-micro-rna-for-survival-of-developing-human-trophoblast-cells
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Chandni V Jain, Philip Jessmon, Brian A Kilburn, Meritxell Jodar, Edward Sendler, Stephen A Krawetz, D Randall Armant
INTRODUCTION: The growth factor HBEGF is upregulated post-transcriptionally in the low O2 environment of the human placenta during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. We have examined the possible roles of HBEGF turnover and micro-RNA (miRNA) in its regulation by O2 in human first trimester trophoblast. METHODS: HTR-8/SVneo trophoblast cells were cultured at 2% or 20% O2. The cells were transfected with a dual luciferase reporter construct (psiCHECK-2) containing no insert (control), the HBEGF 3' untranslated region (3'UTR), or sub-regions of the 3'UTR, as well as with siRNA for DGCR8...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685997/a-lipidomic-analysis-of-placenta-in-preeclampsia-evidence-for-lipid-storage
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Simon H J Brown, Samuel R Eather, Dilys J Freeman, Barbara J Meyer, Todd W Mitchell
In preeclampsia, maternal insulin resistance leads to defective expansion of adipocytes, enhanced adipocyte lipolysis, up-regulation of very low density lipoprotein synthesis, maternal hypertriglyceridaemia and the potential for ectopic fat storage. Our aim was to quantitate and compare the total amount and type of lipid in placenta from pregnancies complicated with preeclampsia and healthy pregnancies. Quantitative lipid analysis of lipid extracts from full thickness placental biopsies was carried out by shotgun lipidomics...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27685614/sirna-transfection-and-emsa-analyses-on-freshly-isolated-human-villous-cytotrophoblasts
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Adjimon Gatien Lokossou, Chirine Toufaily, Amandine Vargas, Benoit Barbeau
Human primary villous cytotrophoblasts are a very useful source of primary cells to study placental functions and regulatory mechanisms, and to comprehend diseases related to pregnancy. In this protocol, human primary villous cytotrophoblasts freshly isolated from placentas through a standard DNase/trypsin protocol are microporated with small interfering RNA (siRNA). This approach provided greater efficiency for siRNA transfection when compared to a lipofection-based method. Transfected cells can subsequently be analyzed by standard Western blot within a time frame of 3-4 days post-transfection...
2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27680785/a4-egfl7-in-placenta-trophoblast-and-endothelial-cells-implications-in-the-pathogenesis-of-pre-eclampsia
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M Massimiani, S Salvi, D Piccirilli, L Vecchione, S Moresi, S Ferrazzani, H Stuhlmann, L Campagnolo
INTRODUCTION: Placental development requires invasion and differentiation of trophoblast cells, together with coordinated fetal vasculogenesis and maternal vascular remodeling. During placental development, extravillous cytotrophoblasts invade the uterine spiral arteries of the decidua and myometrium. These invasive cytotrophoblasts replace the endothelial layer of the maternal spiral arteries, transforming them from high-resistance vessels into large-caliber capacitance vessels capable of adequately nourishing the fetus...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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