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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529976/de-novo-generation-and-characterization-of-new-zika-virus-isolate-using-sequence-data-from-a-microcephaly-case
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Yin Xiang Setoh, Natalie A Prow, Nias Peng, Leon E Hugo, Gregor Devine, Jessamine E Hazlewood, Andreas Suhrbier, Alexander A Khromykh
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged and is the etiological agent of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a spectrum of congenital abnormalities arising from neural tissue infections in utero. Herein, we describe the de novo generation of a new ZIKV isolate, ZIKVNatal, using a modified circular polymerase extension reaction protocol and sequence data obtained from a ZIKV-infected fetus with microcephaly. ZIKVNatal thus has no laboratory passage history and is unequivocally associated with CZS. ZIKVNatal could be used to establish a fetal brain infection model in IFNAR(-/-) mice (including intrauterine growth restriction) without causing symptomatic infections in dams...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522409/neonatal-exposure-to-17%C3%AE-ethynyl-estradiol-ee-disrupts-follicle-development-and-reproductive-hormone-profiles-in-female-rats
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Haolin Zhang, Kazuyoshi Taya, Kentaro Nagaoka, Midori Yoshida, Gen Watanabe
Toxic effects induced by exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals during fetal and neonatal periods can be irreversible and exert effects throughout an animal's entire life. Our previous study showed that neonatal exposure to 17α-ethynyl estradiol (EE) induced irregular estrous cycle in adults. To uncover the reason for the delayed effect after neonatal exposure to EE, reproductive parameters including ovarian weight, ovarian steroidogenesis, and hormonal profiles were investigated in developing female rats...
May 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516946/ccl2-ccr2-signalling-recruits-a-distinct-fetal-microchimeric-population-that-rescues-delayed-maternal-wound-healing
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Mathieu Castela, Dany Nassar, Maria Sbeih, Marie Jachiet, Zhe Wang, Selim Aractingi
Foetal microchimeric cells (FMCs) traffic into maternal circulation during pregnancy and persist for decades after delivery. Upon maternal injury, FMCs migrate to affected sites where they participate in tissue healing. However, the specific signals regulating the trafficking of FMCs to injury sites had to be identified. Here we report that, in mice, a subset of FMCs implicated in tissue repair displays CD11b(+) CD34(+) CD31(+) phenotype and highly express C-C chemokine receptor 2 (Ccr2). The Ccr2 ligand chemokine ligand 2 (Ccl2) enhances the recruitment of FMCs to maternal wounds where these cells transdifferentiate into endothelial cells and stimulate angiogenesis through Cxcl1 secretion...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508399/hdliveflow-with-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Megumi Ito, Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Kenta Yamamoto, Kenji Kanenishi, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Masaoka, Toshiyuki Hata
With the latest advancement of three-dimensional (3D)/four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound machines, HDliveFlow will facilitate more precise evaluations of the fetal and placental circulations [1-5] and gynecologic disorders [6-10]. HDliveFlow silhouette mode is the latest technology to demonstrate vitreous-like clarity of the blood flow. This technique has the ability to preserve and delineate the outline and borders of the blood flow, while showing its core as transparent.
May 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500770/the-role-of-melatonin-in-the-neurodevelopmental-etiology-of-schizophrenia-a-study-in-human-olfactory-neuronal-precursors
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Tania Galván-Arrieta, Citlali Trueta, Montserrat G Cercós, Marcela Valdés-Tovar, Salvador Alarcón, Julian Oikawa, Horacio Zamudio-Meza, Gloria Benítez-King
Dim light exposure of the mother during pregnancy has been proposed as one of the environmental factors that affect the fetal brain development in schizophrenia. Melatonin circulating levels are regulated by the environmental light/dark cycle. This hormone stimulates neuronal differentiation in the adult brain. However, little is known about its role in the fetal human brain development. Olfactory neuronal precursors (ONPs) are useful for studying the physiopathology of neuropsychiatric diseases because they mimic all the stages of neurodevelopment in culture...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493842/mesenchymal-stem-cell-infiltration-during-neoplastic-transformation-of-the-human-prostate
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W Nathaniel Brennen, Baohui Zhang, Ibrahim Kulac, L Nelleke Kisteman, Lizamma Antony, Hao Wang, Alan K Meeker, Angelo M De Marzo, Isla P Garraway, Samuel R Denmeade, John T Isaacs
Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) have been identified in prostate cancer, raising the critical question of their physical and temporal source. Therefore, MSCs were quantified and characterized in benign and malignant prostate tissue representing different disease states and a wide range of age groups from fetal development through adult death using analytical and functional methodologies. In contrast to lineage-restricted Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells (MPCs) found in normal prostate tissue, MSCs with tri-lineage differentiation potential (adipogenesis, osteogenesis, and chondrogenesis) are identified in prostate tissue from a subset of men with prostate cancer, consistent with an influx of more stem-like progenitors (i...
April 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487135/estrogen-enhanced-apical-and-basolateral-secretion-of-apolipoprotein-b-100-by-polarized-trophoblast-derived-bewo-cells
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Miriam Kamper, Florian Mittermayer, Rosalinda Cabuk, Katharina Gelles, Isabella Ellinger, Marcela Hermann
Cholesterol is an important nutrient for fetal development and transplacental transport occurs at all stages of human pregnancy. Furthermore, cholesterol is required for membrane building as well as steroid hormone synthesis. Therefore, all placental cell types require cholesterol for proper function. In human term placenta, the syncytiotrophoblast (STB) faces the maternal circulation. Uptake of maternal-derived cholesterol at the apical membrane of the STB is well understood, but the route by which cholesterol exits at the basal side for subsequent transfer across the fetal endothelial cells (FEC) or to other placental cell types remains not well characterized...
May 6, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487024/co-localization-of-microsomal-prostaglandin-e-synthase-1-with-cyclooxygenase-1-in-layer-ii-of-murine-placental-syncytiotrophoblasts
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Mai Inagaki, Tomohiro Nishimura, Shin-Ichi Akanuma, Takeo Nakanishi, Masanori Tachikawa, Ikumi Tamai, Ken-Ichi Hosoya, Emi Nakashima, Masatoshi Tomi
The placenta is an organ that secretes prostaglandin (PG) E2 into the fetal-placental circulation to regulate both vascular tone and remodeling of the fetal ductus arteriosus. Placental PGE2 synthesis might be mediated by microsomal PGE synthase-1 (mPGES-1), in addition to cyclooxygenase (COX) isoforms. Thus, the purpose of this study is to clarify the temporal and spatial expression patterns of mPGES-1, together with COX-1 and COX-2, in murine placenta. We found that mPGES-1 and COX-1 protein levels continuously increased in the placental labyrinth from gestational day (GD) 13...
May 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487016/the-expression-level-of-c19mc-mirnas-in-early-pregnancy-and-in-response-to-viral-infection
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Tina M F Dumont, Jean-Francois Mouillet, Avaraham Bayer, Christina L Gardner, William B Klimstra, Dana G Wolf, Simcha Yagel, Fabiola Balmir, Anna Binstock, Joseph S Sanfilippo, Carolyn B Coyne, Jacob C Larkin, Yoel Sadovsky
INTRODUCTION: We have previously shown that miRNAs produced from the Chromosome 19 MiRNA Cluster (C19MC), which are expressed almost exclusively in primate trophoblasts and are released into the maternal circulation, reduce viral replication in non-placental cells and can modulate migratory behavior of extravillous trophoblast. We sought to define the expression pattern of C19MC miRNA in early pregnancy and in response to viral infection in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: We prospectively followed women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) and determined their blood level of C19MC miRNA using RT-qPCR...
May 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482725/umbilical-cord-blood-and-maternal-visfatin-pbef-nampt-concentrations-in-preterm-birth-with-and-without-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
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Tereza Pavlová, Filip Zlámal, Zbyněk Šplíchal, Josef Tomandl, Zuzana Hodická, Pavel Ventruba, Julie Bienertová-Vašků
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to investigate differences in visfatin concentrations between mothers with term and preterm birth (PTB) and between mothers who delivered within 7 days and after more than 7 days following admission for PTB/preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). METHODS: Maternal peripheral blood and cord blood was collected from 56 mothers with PTB (31 with PPROM) and 71 mothers with term delivery (3 with PPROM). RESULTS: Maternal visfatin concentration was significantly higher for given gestational age in PTBs compared to term deliveries (p = 0...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481637/hydrogen-sulfide-a-novel-player-in-airway-development-pathophysiology-of-respiratory-diseases-and-antiviral-defenses
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Nikolay Bazhanov, Maria Ansar, Teodora Ivanciuc, Roberto P Garofalo, Antonella Casola
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a biologically relevant signaling molecule in mammals. Together with the volatile substances nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO), H2S is defined as a gasotransmitter, playing a physiological role in a variety of functions such as synaptic transmission, vascular tone, angiogenesis, inflammation and cellular signaling. The generation of H2S is catalyzed by cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE) and 3 mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST). The expression of CBS and CSE is tissue-specific with CBS being expressed predominantly in the brain and CSE in peripheral tissues, including lungs...
May 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465865/a-systematic-review-of-intrapartum-fetal-head-compression-what-is-the-impact-on-the-fetal-brain
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Kent D Heyborne
Objective During labor the fetal head is subjected to pressure related to uterine contractions and maternal pushing. Here we systematically review what is known about fetal head compression and its effects on fetal intracranial pressure, oxygenation, blood flow and cerebral function, and the plausibility that it might cause isolated fetal brain injury. Study Design Systematic review of intrapartum fetal head compression and fetal brain injury in accordance with the MOOSE methodology. The PubMed database was searched using a combination of the terms "fetal," "head," "cranial," "extracranial," "pressure," and "compression...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460045/large-reduction-in-adiponectin-during-pregnancy-is-associated-with-large-for-gestational-age-newborns
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Tove Lekva, Marie Cecilie Paasche Roland, Annika E Michelsen, Camilla Margrethe Friis, Pål Aukrust, Jens Bollerslev, Tore Henriksen, Thor Ueland
Context: Fetuses exposed to an obese intrauterine environment are more likely to be born large-for-gestational age (LGA) and are at increased risk of obesity in childhood and cardiovascular disease (CVD) and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) as adults, but which factors that influence the intrauterine environment is less clear. Objective: To investigate the association between circulating levels of leptin and adiponectin, measured multiple times during pregnancy, and birth weight and prevalence of LGA or small-for-gestational age (SGA) infants...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454696/effect-of-glucocorticoids-on-mechanisms-of-placental-angiogenesis
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Aslı Ozmen, Gozde Unek, Emin Turkay Korgun
The benefits of antenatal glucocorticoid (GC) treatment to promote human fetal lung maturation are well established. However, reports have emerged indicating that maternal exposure to high concentrations of circulating GCs alters placental and fetal development. Because many adult-onset metabolic and cardiovascular disorders have their origins in utero, the importance of prenatal conditions should be considered in detail. Therefore, this review aims to present an overview of the GC effect on placental and fetal development, specifically with regard to mechanisms of placental angiogenesis...
April 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454691/fetal-dna-does-not-induce-preeclampsia-like-symptoms-when-delivered-in-late-pregnancy-in-the-mouse
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Jozef Čonka, Barbora Konečná, Lucia Lauková, Barbora Vlková, Peter Celec
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of preeclampsia is unclear. Fetal DNA is present in higher concentrations in the plasma of pregnant women suffering from preeclampsia than in the plasma of healthy pregnant women. A previously published study has shown that human fetal DNA injected into pregnant mice induces preeclampsia-like symptoms when administered between gestation days 10-14. The aim of our experiment was to determine whether or not similar effects would be induced by administration of human and mouse fetal DNA, as well as mouse adult DNA and lipopolysaccharide during late pregnancy in the mouse...
April 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453539/fetal-hemoglobin-in-umbilical-cord-blood-in-preeclamptic-and-normotensive-pregnancies-a-cross-sectional-comparative-study
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Zahra Masoumi, Mary Familari, Karin Källén, Jonas Ranstam, Per Olofsson, Stefan R Hansson
Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with increased fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in the maternal circulation but its source is unknown. To investigate whether excessive HbF is produced in the placenta or the fetus, the concentration of HbF (cHbF) in the arterial and venous umbilical cord blood (UCB) was compared in 15825 normotensive and 444 PE pregnancies. The effect of fetal gender on cHbF was also evaluated in both groups. Arterial and venous UCB sampled immediately after birth at 36-42 weeks of gestation were analyzed for total Hb concentration (ctHb) (g/L) and HbF% using a Radiometer blood gas analyzer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441439/hemodynamics-and-gas-exchange-during-chest-compressions-in-neonatal-resuscitation
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Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
PURPOSE: Current knowledge about pulmonary/systemic hemodynamics and gas exchange during neonatal resuscitation in a model of transitioning fetal circulation with fetal shunts and fluid-filled alveoli is limited. Using a fetal lamb asphyxia model, we sought to determine whether hemodynamic or gas-exchange parameters predicted successful return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). METHODS: The umbilical cord was occluded in 22 lambs to induce asphyxial cardiac arrest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440792/an-extra-uterine-system-to-physiologically-support-the-extreme-premature-lamb
#18
Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Patrick E McGovern, Ali Y Mejaddam, Jesse D Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C Caskey, Theodore R Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J Schupper, James T Connelly, Kevin C Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L Hedrick, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake
In the developed world, extreme prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity due to a combination of organ immaturity and iatrogenic injury. Until now, efforts to extend gestation using extracorporeal systems have achieved limited success. Here we report the development of a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed 'amniotic fluid' circuit that closely reproduces the environment of the womb...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437575/the-24-segment-sphericity-index-a-new-technique-to-evaluate-fetal-cardiac-diastolic-shape
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Greggory R DeVore, Berthold Klas, Gary Satou, Mark Sklansky
INTRODUCTION: Because of parallel circulation in the fetus and the differential effect various disease states may have on the shape of the right and left ventricles, this study was conducted to evaluate the Sphericity Index (SI) of 24 transverse segments distributed from the base to the apex of the ventricular chambers. METHODS: Two hundred control fetuses were examined between 20 and 40 weeks of gestation. The displacement of the ventricular endocardium during the cardiac cycle was computed using offline software...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428216/maturation-of-platelet-function-during-murine-fetal-development-in-vivo
#20
Andreas Margraf, Claudia Nussbaum, Ina Rohwedder, Sarah Klapproth, Angela R M Kurz, Annamaria Florian, Volker Wiebking, Joachim Pircher, Monika Pruenster, Roland Immler, Steffen Dietzel, Ludmila Kremer, Friedemann Kiefer, Markus Moser, Andreas W Flemmer, Elizabeth Quackenbush, Ulrich H von Andrian, Markus Sperandio
OBJECTIVE: Platelet function has been intensively studied in the adult organism. However, little is known about the function and hemostatic capacity of platelets in the developing fetus as suitable in vivo models are lacking. APPROACH AND RESULTS: To examine fetal platelet function in vivo, we generated a fetal thrombosis model and investigated light-/dye-induced thrombus formation by intravital microscopy throughout gestation. We observed that significantly less and unstable thrombi were formed at embryonic day (E) 13...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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