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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138256/low-neonatal-plasma-n-6-n-3-pufa-ratios-regulate-offspring-adipogenic-potential-and-condition-adult-obesity-resistance
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Michael C Rudolph, Matthew R Jackman, David M Presby, Julie A Houck, Patricia G Webb, Ginger C Johnson, Taylor K Soderborg, Becky A de la Houssaye, Ivana V Yang, Jacob E Friedman, Paul S MacLean
Adipose tissue expansion (ATE) progresses rapidly during postnatal life, influenced by both prenatal maternal factors and postnatal developmental cues. The ratio of n-6 relative to n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) is thought to regulate perinatal adipogenesis, but the cellular mechanisms and long-term effects are not well understood. We lowered the fetal and postnatal n-6/n-3 PUFA ratio exposure in wildtype offspring, under standard maternal dietary fat amounts, to test effects of low n-6/n-3 ratios on offspring adipogenesis and adipogenic potential...
November 14, 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138223/effect-of-maternal-high-fat-diet-on-key-components-of-the-placental-and-hepatic-endocannabinoid-system
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Kushal Gandhi, Cun Li, Nadezhda German, Cezary Skobowiat, Maira Carrillo, Raja Reddy Kallem, Eneko Larumbe, Stacy Martinez, Marcel Chuecos, Gary Ventolini, Peter Nathanielsz, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch
INTRODUCTION: Involvement of endogenous cannabinoids (eCBs) in obesity is well-characterized. However, information regarding eCB physiology in obesity associated with pregnancy is sparse. METHODS: From at least 9 months before conception, non-pregnant baboons (Papio spp.) were fed a diet of either 45% fat (HFD; n=11) or 12% fat or a control diet (CTR; n=11), and dietary intervention continued through pregnancy. Maternal and fetal venous plasma samples were evaluated using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to quantify anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG)...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138037/genetic-predisposition-to-preeclampsia-is-conferred-by-fetal-dna-variants-near-flt1-a-gene-involved-in-the-regulation-of-angiogenesis
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Kathryn J Gray, Richa Saxena, S Ananth Karumanchi
Preeclampsia risk is influenced by both the mother's genetic background, as well as the genetics of her fetus; however, the specific genes responsible for conferring preeclampsia risk have largely remained elusive. Evidence that preeclampsia has a genetic predisposition was first detailed in the early 1960's, and overall preeclampsia heritability is estimated at ∼55%. Many traditional gene discovery approaches have been employed to investigate the specific genes that contribute to preeclampsia risk, but these have largely not been successful or reproducible...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130077/study-of-the-factors-leading-to-fetal-and-neonatal-dysthyroidism-in-children-of-patients-with-graves-disease
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Maïa Banigé, Candice Estellat, Valerie Biran, Luc Desfrere, Valerie Champion, Alexandra Benachi, Yves Ville, Marc Dommergues, Pierre-Henri Jarreau, Mostafa Mokhtari, Claire Boithias, Frederic Brioude, Laurent Mandelbrot, Pierre-François Ceccaldi, Delphine Mitanchez, Michel Polak, Dominique Luton
Context: Neonatal hyperthyroidism was first described in 1912 and in 1964 was shown to be linked to transplacental passage of maternal antibodies. Few multicenter studies have described the perinatal factors leading to fetal and neonatal dysthyroidism. Objective: To show how fetal dysthyroidism (FD) and neonatal dysthyroidism (ND) can be predicted from perinatal variables, in particular, the levels of anti-thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAbs) circulating in the mother and child...
June 2017: J Endocr Soc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125628/genomics-based-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-aneuploidy-in-pregnant-women
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REVIEW
Mylène Badeau, Carmen Lindsay, Jonatan Blais, Leon Nshimyumukiza, Yemisi Takwoingi, Sylvie Langlois, France Légaré, Yves Giguère, Alexis F Turgeon, William Witteman, François Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Common fetal aneuploidies include Down syndrome (trisomy 21 or T21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18 or T18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13 or T13), Turner syndrome (45,X), Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), Triple X syndrome (47,XXX) and 47,XYY syndrome (47,XYY). Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidies is standard care in many countries, but current biochemical and ultrasound tests have high false negative and false positive rates. The discovery of fetal circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) in maternal blood offers the potential for genomics-based non-invasive prenatal testing (gNIPT) as a more accurate screening method...
November 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123159/zinc-is-a-critical-regulator-of-placental-morphogenesis-and-maternal-hemodynamics-during-pregnancy-in-mice
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Rebecca L Wilson, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Zona Goh, Dale McAninch, Tanja Jankovic-Karasoulos, Gabriela E Leghi, Jessica A Phillips, Katrina Mirabito Colafella, Cuong Tran, Sean O'Leary, Sam Buckberry, Stephen Pederson, Sarah A Robertson, Tina Bianco-Miotto, Claire T Roberts
Zinc is an essential micronutrient in pregnancy and zinc deficiency impairs fetal growth. We used a mouse model of moderate zinc deficiency to investigate the physiological mechanisms by which zinc is important to placental morphogenesis and the maternal blood pressure changes during pregnancy. A 26% reduction in circulating zinc (P = 0.005) was exhibited in mice fed a moderately zinc-deficient diet. Zinc deficiency in pregnancy resulted in an 8% reduction in both near term fetal and placental weights (both P < 0...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121743/profiling-of-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-disease-associated-microrna-expression-in-umbilical-cord-blood-in-gestational-hypertension-preeclampsia-and-fetal-growth-restriction
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Ilona Hromadnikova, Katerina Kotlabova, Katarina Ivankova, Yulia Vedmetskaya, Ladislav Krofta
BACKGROUND AND METHODS: Gene expression of 29 cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease associated microRNAs was assessed in whole umbilical cord blood, compared between groups [47 gestational hypertension (GH), 56 preeclampsia (PE), 37 fetal growth restriction (FGR) and 44 normal pregnancies] and correlated with the severity of the disease with respect to clinical signs (mild PE vs. severe PE), delivery date (before and after 34weeks of gestation), and Doppler ultrasound parameters [pulsatility index (PI) in the umbilical artery, PI in the middle cerebral artery and the cerebroplacental ratio]...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121458/placental-drug-transport-on-a-chip-a-microengineered-in-vitro-model-of-transporter-mediated-drug-efflux-in-the-human-placental-barrier
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Cassidy Blundell, Yoon-Suk Yi, Lin Ma, Emily R Tess, Megan J Farrell, Andrei Georgescu, Lauren M Aleksunes, Dongeun Huh
The current lack of knowledge about the effect of maternally administered drugs on the developing fetus is a major public health concern worldwide. The first critical step toward predicting the safety of medications in pregnancy is to screen drug compounds for their ability to cross the placenta. However, this type of preclinical study has been hampered by the limited capacity of existing in vitro and ex vivo models to mimic physiological drug transport across the maternal-fetal interface in the human placenta...
November 9, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117499/preclinical-chorioamnionitis-dysregulates-cxcl1-cxcr2-signaling-throughout-the-placental-fetal-brain-axis
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REVIEW
Tracylyn R Yellowhair, Shahani Noor, Jessie R Maxwell, Christopher V Anstine, Akosua Y Oppong, Shenandoah Robinson, Erin D Milligan, Lauren L Jantzie
In the United States, perinatal brain injury (PBI) is a major cause of infant mortality and childhood disability. For a large proportion of infants with PBI, central nervous system (CNS) injury begins in utero with inflammation (chorioamnionitis/CHORIO) and/or hypoxia-ischemia. While studies show CHORIO contributes to preterm CNS injury and is also a common independent risk factor for brain injury in term infants, the molecular mechanisms mediating inflammation in the placental-fetal-brain axis that result in PBI remain a gap in knowledge...
November 5, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117120/increased-serum-levels-of-fetal-tenascin-c-variants-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension-novel-biomarkers-reflecting-vascular-remodeling-and-right-ventricular-dysfunction
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Ilonka Rohm, Katja Grün, Linda Marleen Müller, Daniel Kretzschmar, Michael Fritzenwanger, Atilla Yilmaz, Alexander Lauten, Christian Jung, P Christian Schulze, Alexander Berndt, Marcus Franz
Pulmonary vascular remodeling is a pathophysiological feature that common to all classes of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and right ventricular dysfunction, which is the major prognosis-limiting factor. Vascular, as well as cardiac tissue remodeling are associated with a re-expression of fetal variants of cellular adhesion proteins, including tenascin-C (Tn-C). We analyzed circulating levels of the fetal Tn-C splicing variants B⁺ and C⁺ Tn-C in serum of PH patients to evaluate their potential as novel biomarkers reflecting vascular remodeling and right ventricular dysfunction...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115889/circulating-fetal-and-total-cell-free-dna-and-shla-g-in-black-south-african-women-with-gestational-hypertension-and-pre-eclampsia
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Simeon Eche, Irene Mackraj, Jagidesa Moodley
OBJECTIVE: Quantification of circulating fetal and total cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and soluble human leucocyte antigen (HLAG) in gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia. METHODS: Serum cfDNA were quantified in controls, pre-eclamptics, and gestational hypertensive patients using real-time qPCR. Soluble HLAG was measured by enzyme-linked immune-sorbent assay. RESULTS: Serum fetal and total cfDNA levels were higher in pre-eclampsia compared with the controls and gestational hypertensives (p < 0...
November 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100749/presence-of-benzophenones-commonly-used-as-uv-filters-and-absorbers-in-paired-maternal-and-fetal-samples
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M Krause, H Frederiksen, K Sundberg, F S Jørgensen, L N Jensen, P Nørgaard, C Jørgensen, P Ertberg, A Juul, K T Drzewiecki, N E Skakkebaek, A M Andersson
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have demonstrated widespread exposure of humans to certain benzophenones commonly used as UV filters or UV absorbers; some of which have been demonstrated to have endocrine disrupting abilities. OBJECTIVES: To examine whether benzophenones present in pregnant women pass through the placental barrier to amniotic fluid and further to the fetal blood circulation. METHODS: A prospective study of 200 pregnant women with simultaneously collected paired samples of amniotic fluid and maternal serum and urine...
January 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099873/assessing-zika-virus-replication-and-the-development-of-zika-specific-antibodies-after-a-mid-gestation-viral-challenge-in-guinea-pigs
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Craig J Bierle, Claudia Fernández-Alarcón, Nelmary Hernandez-Alvarado, Jason C Zabeli, Bradley C Janus, Dira S Putri, Mark R Schleiss
Primary Zika virus (ZIKV) infections that occur during pregnancy can cause spontaneous abortion and profoundly disrupt fetal development. While the full range of developmental abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome is not yet known, severe cases of the syndrome can present with microcephaly, extensive neurologic and ocular damage, and pronounced joint malformations. Animal models that accurately recapitulate congenital Zika syndrome are urgently needed for vaccine development and for the study of ZIKV pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097590/molecular-and-cellular-underpinnings-of-normal-and-abnormal-human-placental-blood-flow
#14
Yingchun Li, Ramón A Lorca, Emily J Su
Abnormal placental function is well-established as a major cause for poor pregnancy outcome. Placental blood flow within the maternal uteroplacental compartment, the fetoplacental circulation, or both, is a vital factor in mediating placental function. Impairment in flow in either or both vasculatures is a significant risk factor for adverse pregnancy outcome, potentially impacting maternal well-being, affecting immediate neonatal health, and even influencing the long-term health of the infant. Much remains unknown regarding the mechanistic underpinnings of proper placental blood flow...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097507/noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-single-gene-disorders-by-use-of-droplet-digital-pcr
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Joan Camunas-Soler, Hojae Lee, Louanne Hudgins, Susan R Hintz, Yair J Blumenfeld, Yasser Y El-Sayed, Stephen R Quake
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis in pregnancies at risk of single-gene disorders is currently performed using invasive methods such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis. This is in contrast with screening for common aneuploidies, for which noninvasive methods with a single maternal blood sample have become standard clinical practice. METHODS: We developed a protocol for noninvasive prenatal diagnosis of inherited single-gene disorders using droplet digital PCR from circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma...
November 2, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094424/fetal-sheep-central-hemodynamics-and-cardiac-function-during-ascending-aorta-occlusion
#16
Heikki Huhta, Juulia Junno, Mervi Haapsamo, Tiina Erkinaro, Pasi Ohtonen, Lowell E Davis, A Roger Hohimer, Ganesh Acharya, Juha Rasanen
Fetal aortic isthmus (AoI) allows communication between left (LV) and right (RV) ventricular outputs and represents arterial watershed between the brachiocephalic (brain) and subdiaphragmatic (placenta) circulations. To understand the capability of AoI to maintain the balance between upper and lower body circulations, we performed a complete fetal ascending aorta occlusion in 9 chronically instrumented sheep at near term gestation. We hypothesized that the occlusion would significantly decrease LV output and concomitantly increase RV output in order to maintain adequate systemic cardiac output and perfusion pressure to the fetal brain circulation through retrograde filling of the AoI...
November 2, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093756/a-case-of-placental-trisomy-18-mosaicism-causing-a-false-negative-nipt-result
#17
Jiexia Yang, Yiming Qi, Fangfang Guo, Yaping Hou, Haishan Peng, Dongmei Wang, Haoxin Oy, Aihua Yin
Background: The non-invasive prenatal testing that evaluates circulating cell free DNA, and has been established as an additional pregnancy test for detecting the common fetal trisomies 21, 18 and 13 is rapidly revolutionizing prenatal screening as a result of its increased sensitivity and specificity. However, false positive and false negative results still exist. Case presentation: We presented a case in which the non-invasive prenatal testing results were normal at 15 gestational age (GA), but an ultrasound examination at 30GA showed that the fetus had heart abnormalities, and the third trimester ultrasound at 33GA noted multiple anomalies including a 3...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091282/correlation-between-maternal-anxiety-reactivity-of-fetal-cerebral-circulation-to-auditory-stimulation-and-birth-outcome-in-normotensive-and-gestational-hypertensive-women
#18
Marina Vujović, Mirjana Sovilj, Ljiljana Jeličić, Miodrag Stokić, Darko Plećaš, Snežana Plešinac, Nadežda Nedeljković
This study investigated the correlation between maternal anxiety and blood flow changes through the fetal middle cerebral artery (MCA) after defined acoustic stimulation in 43 normotensive (C) and 40 gestational hypertensive (GH) subjects. Neonatal outcomes (gestational age at birth, Apgar score, birth weight) in the C and GH groups were analyzed. State (STAI-S) and trait (STAI-T) anxiety was assessed using Spielberger's questionnaire. The MCA blood flow was assessed once between 28 and 41 weeks of gestation using color Doppler ultrasound before and after application of defined acoustic stimulus...
November 1, 2017: Developmental Psychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080891/prenatal-dynamics-of-kynurenine-pathway-metabolism-in-mice-focus-on-kynurenic-acid
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Nick Goeden, Francesca M Notarangelo, Ana Pocivavsek, Sarah Beggiato, Alexandre Bonnin, Robert Schwarcz
The kynurenine pathway (KP), the major catabolic route of tryptophan in mammals, contains several neuroactive metabolites, including kynurenic acid (KYNA) and 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK). KP metabolism, and especially the fate of KYNA, during pregnancy is poorly understood, yet it may play a significant role in the development of psychiatric disorders later in life. The present study was designed to investigate the prenatal features of KP metabolism in vivo, with special focus on KYNA. To this end, pregnant CD-1 mice were treated systemically with kynurenine (100 mg/kg), KYNA (10 mg/kg), or saline on embryonic day 18...
October 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071724/risk-factors-for-fetomaternal-bleeding-after-laser-therapy-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
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Andrew H Chon, Lisa M Korst, Brendan H Grubbs, Eftichia V Kontopoulos, Rubén A Quintero, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVE: To quantify and assess potential risk factors for transplacental passage of fetal red blood cells (RBCs) into the maternal circulation (feto-maternal bleed, FMB) after laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study of Rhesus (Rh)-D negative patients that underwent laser surgery for TTTS. Patients with and without post-operative detectable fetal RBCs on Kleihauer-Betke (KB) testing were compared to determine risk factors for FMB...
October 26, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
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