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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351577/effects-of-excess-thromboxane-a2-on-placental-development-and-nutrient-transporters-in-a-mus-musculus-model-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Karen J Gibbins, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Ashley S Brown, Matthew Wieben, Richard C Law, Camille M Fung
Hypertensive disease of pregnancy (HDP) with placental insufficiency is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in the developed world. Despite the known negative consequences of HDP both to the mother and fetus, little is known about the longitudinal placental changes that occur as HDP progresses in pregnancy. This is because longitudinal sampling of human placentae during each gestation is impossible. Therefore, using a mouse model of thromboxane A2-analog infusion to mimic human HDP in the last trimester, we calculated placental efficiencies based on fetal and placental weights, quantified spongiotrophoblast and labyrinth thicknesses and vascular density within these layers, examined whether hypoxia signaling pathway involving vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and its receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contributed to vascular change, and examined nutrient transporter abundance including glucose transporters 1 and 3 (GLUT1, GLUT3), neutral amino acid transporters 1, 2, and 4 (SNAT1, SNAT2, and SNAT4), fatty acid transporters 2 and 4 (FATP2, FATP4) and fatty acid translocase (CD36) from embryonic day 15...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351489/cooperative-function-of-pdx1-and-oc1-in-multipotent-pancreatic-progenitors-impacts-postnatal-islet-maturation-and-adaptability
#2
Peter A Kropp, Jennifer C Dunn, Bethany A Carboneau, Doris A Stoffers, Maureen Gannon
The transcription factors Pdx1 and Oc1 are co-expressed in multipotent pancreatic progenitors (MPCs), but their expression patterns diverge in hormone-expressing cells, with Oc1 expression being extinguished in the endocrine lineage and Pdx1 being maintained at high levels in β cells. We previously demonstrated that cooperative function of these two factors in MPCs is necessary for proper specification and differentiation of pancreatic endocrine cells. In those studies, we observed a persistent decrease in expression of the β-cell maturity factor MafA...
December 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348275/microangiopathies-in-pregnancy
#3
Jailan Elayoubi, Kavitha Donthireddy, Divyesh Reddy Nemakayala
Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a potentially reversible, life-threatening medical emergency. We present a case of a 21-year-old female with evidence of haemolytic anaemia based on the presence of positive markers of haemolysis. Negative Coomb's test, thrombocytopenia and placental infarcts raised suspicion for a thrombotic microangiopathy. She was diagnosed with TTP and managed with emergency plasma exchange. Her recovery was immediate.A presumptive diagnosis of TTP should be based on the presence of microangiopathic haemolytic anaemia with thrombocytopenia and plasma exchange should be initiated while complete work up is pending...
January 17, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348196/placental-findings-and-effect-of-prophylactic-hydrocortisone-in-extremely-preterm-infants
#4
Alice Héneau, Fabien Guimiot, Damir Mohamed, Aline Rideau Batista Novais, Corinne Alberti, Olivier Baud
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between histologic findings of the placenta and response to early postnatal hydrocortisone treatment used to prevent bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) in extremely preterm infants. METHODS: In an exploratory analysis of the Early Low-Dose Hydrocortisone to Improve Survival Without Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia in Extremely Preterm Infants (PREMILOC) trial, detailed placental analyses were performed on the basis of standardized macroscopic and histologic examinations...
January 18, 2018: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347926/handheld-ultrasound-to-avert-maternal-and-neonatal-deaths-in-2-regions-of-the-philippines-an-ibuntis%C3%A2-intervention-study
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Godofreda V Dalmacion, Ramon T Reyles, Antonia E Habana, Lalaine Mae V Cruz, Maricelle C Chua, Analyn T Ngo, Milagros J Tia-Jocson, Emmanuel S Baja
BACKGROUND: The major causes of maternal and neonatal mortality in the Philippines are hemorrhages and obstructed labor due to placental implantation abnormalities (PIAs), twin pregnancies and fetal malpresentations. All of which are all easily detected by ultrasound. However, women in rural areas and low-income groups do not have access to ultrasound during their prenatal care. We aimed to provide additional evidence on the benefits of handheld ultrasound (HU) for screening pregnancy related abnormalities in order to avert maternal and neonatal deaths...
January 18, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346426/proliferation-and-survival-of-human-amniotic-epithelial-cells-during-their-hepatic-differentiation
#6
Julieta L Maymó, Rodrigo Riedel, Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Marta Magatti, Bernardo Maskin, José Luis Dueñas, Ornella Parolini, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet, Cecilia L Varone
Stem cells derived from placental tissues are an attractive source of cells for regenerative medicine. Amniotic epithelial cells isolated from human amnion (hAECs) have desirable and competitive characteristics that make them stand out between other stem cells. They have the ability to differentiate toward all three germ layers, they are not tumorigenic and they have immunosuppressive properties. Although liver transplantation is the best way to treat acute and chronic hepatic failure patients, there are several obstacles...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345032/mirna-320a-inhibits-trophoblast-cell-invasion-by-targeting-estrogen-related-receptor-gamma
#7
Tian Gao, Mou Deng, Qian Wang
AIM: MicroRNAs (miRs) play an essential role in the modulation of trophoblast function. We explored miR-320a expression in the human placenta. In addition, we report the promising effect and target functional loop of miR-320a in trophoblasts. METHODS: MiR-320a expression was investigated in both pre-eclamptic and healthy placenta tissues by quantitative real time-polymerase chain reaction to determine how miR-320a affected invasion, proliferation and migration in trophoblasts...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343868/galectin-13-a-different-prototype-galectin-does-not-bind-%C3%AE-galacto-sides-and-forms-dimers-via-intermolecular-disulfide-bridges-between-cys-136-and-cys-138
#8
Jiyong Su, Yue Wang, Yunlong Si, Jin Gao, Chenyang Song, Linlin Cui, Runjie Wu, Guihua Tai, Yifa Zhou
During pregnancy, placental protein-13 (galectin-13) is highly expressed in the placenta and fetal tissue, and less so in maternal serum that is related to pre-eclampsia. To understand galectin-13 function at the molecular level, we solved its crystal structure and discovered that its dimer is stabilized by two disulfide bridges between Cys136 and Cys138 and six hydrogen bonds involving Val135, Val137, and Gln139. Native PAGE and gel filtration demonstrate that this is not a crystallization artifact because dimers also form in solution...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343712/zika-virus-infection-in-pregnant-rhesus-macaques-causes-placental-dysfunction-and-immunopathology
#9
Alec J Hirsch, Victoria H J Roberts, Peta L Grigsby, Nicole Haese, Matthias C Schabel, Xiaojie Wang, Jamie O Lo, Zheng Liu, Christopher D Kroenke, Jessica L Smith, Meredith Kelleher, Rebecca Broeckel, Craig N Kreklywich, Christopher J Parkins, Michael Denton, Patricia Smith, Victor DeFilippis, William Messer, Jay A Nelson, Jon D Hennebold, Marjorie Grafe, Lois Colgin, Anne Lewis, Rebecca Ducore, Tonya Swanson, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Rhonda MacAllister, Ashlee V Moses, Terry K Morgan, Antonio E Frias, Daniel N Streblow
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy leads to an increased risk of fetal growth restriction and fetal central nervous system malformations, which are outcomes broadly referred to as the Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS). Here we infect pregnant rhesus macaques and investigate the impact of persistent ZIKV infection on uteroplacental pathology, blood flow, and fetal growth and development. Despite seemingly normal fetal growth and persistent fetal-placenta-maternal infection, advanced non-invasive in vivo imaging studies reveal dramatic effects on placental oxygen reserve accompanied by significantly decreased oxygen permeability of the placental villi...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343164/inflammatory-and-oxidative-responses-in-pregnancies-with-obesity-and-periodontal-disease
#10
Marta Zambon, Chiara Mandò, Alessandra Lissoni, Gaia Maria Anelli, Chiara Novielli, Manuela Cardellicchio, Roberto Leone, Marta Noemi Monari, Maddalena Massari, Irene Cetin, Silvio Abati
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity is related to immunologic and inflammatory systemic modifications that may worsen the pregnancy inflammatory status. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can adversely affect oral biofilms and oral health initiating or worsening periodontal diseases, with enhanced local and systemic oxidative stress and inflammation. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between local salivary and systemic parameters of oxidative stress and inflammation in relation to obesity and periodontal diseases...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342502/antiphospholipid-antibodies-inhibit-trophoblast-toll-like-receptor-and-inflammasome-negative-regulators
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Melissa J Mulla, Ingrid C Weel, Julie A Potter, Stefan M Gysler, Jane E Salmon, Maria T S Peraçoli, Carla V Rothlin, Lawrence W Chamley, Vikki M Abrahams
OBJECTIVE: Women with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) are at risk for pregnancy complications associated with poor placentation and placental inflammation. While these antibodies are heterogeneous, some anti-β2 GPI antibodies can activate human first trimester trophoblast TLR4 and NLRP3. The objective of this study was to determine the role of negative regulators of TLR and inflammasome function in aPL-induced trophoblast inflammation. METHODS: Human trophoblast cells were treated with or without anti-β2 GPI aPL or control IgG in the presence or absence of the common TAM receptor ligand, GAS6, or the autophagy inducer, rapamycin...
January 17, 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342401/matched-placental-and-circulating-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-are-genetically-homologous-at-the-var2csa-id1-dbl2x-locus-by-deep-sequencing
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Andreea Waltmann, Jaymin C Patel, Kyaw L Thwai, Nicholas J Hathaway, Christian M Parobek, Achille Massougbodji, Nadine Fievet, Jeffery A Bailey, Philippe Deloron, Jonathan J Juliano, Nicaise Tuikue Ndam, Steven R Meshnick
In pregnancy-associated malaria, infected erythrocytes accumulate in the placenta. It is unclear if in polyclonal infections this results in distinct peripheral and placental parasite populations. We used long amplicon deep sequencing of Plasmodium falciparum var2csa ID1-DBL2X from 15 matched peripheral and placental samples collected at delivery from a high transmission area to determine genetic homology. Despite substantial sequence variation and detecting 23 haplotypes, the matched pairs mostly contained the same genetic variants, with 11 pairs sharing 100% of their variants, whereas others showed some heterogeneity...
January 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340812/partial-amniotic-carbon-dioxide-insufflation-paci-during-minimally-invasive-fetoscopic-interventions-on-fetuses-with-spina-bifida-aperta
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Miriam Ziemann, Rolf Fimmers, Anastasiia Khaleeva, Rainer Schürg, Markus A Weigand, Thomas Kohl
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous partial amniotic carbon dioxide insufflation (PACI) is one of the most important means for improving visualization during minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery of fetal spina bifida. The purpose of the present study was to analyze maternal and fetal safety aspects of PACI in a recent patient cohort and to present management improvements. METHODS: PACI under general materno-fetal anesthesia was performed during 65 interventions for fetoscopic patch coverage of fetal spina bifida aperta between 21 + 0 and 29 + 1 weeks of gestation...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339719/mir-181a-5p-suppresses-invasion-and-migration-of-htr-8-svneo-cells-by-directly-targeting-igf2bp2
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Liang Wu, Wen-Yan Song, Ya Xie, Lin-Li Hu, Xiao-Man Hou, Rui Wang, Yang Gao, Jing-Na Zhang, Le Zhang, Wei-Wei Li, Cheng Zhu, Zhi-Ying Gao, Ying-Pu Sun
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-related disease that may cause maternal, neonatal and fetal morbidity and mortality and exists in 3-5% of pregnancies worldwide. The discovery of dysregulated microRNAs and their roles in placental development has provided a new avenue for elucidating the mechanism involved in this pregnancy-specific disorder. Here, the roles of human miR-181a-5p, a microRNA that is increased in both the plasma and placenta of severe pre-eclamptic patients, in invasion and migration of trophoblasts were investigated...
January 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338681/the-evolutionary-process-of-mammalian-sex-determination-genes-focusing-on-marsupial-srys
#15
Yukako Katsura, Hiroko X Kondo, Janelle Ryan, Vincent Harley, Yoko Satta
BACKGROUND: Maleness in mammals is genetically determined by the Y chromosome. On the Y chromosome SRY is known as the mammalian male-determining gene. Both placental mammals (Eutheria) and marsupial mammals (Metatheria) have SRY genes. However, only eutherian SRY genes have been empirically examined by functional analyses, and the involvement of marsupial SRY in male gonad development remains speculative. RESULTS: In order to demonstrate that the marsupial SRY gene is similar to the eutherian SRY gene in function, we first examined the sequence differences between marsupial and eutherian SRY genes...
January 16, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337408/maternally-expressed-mir-379-mir-544-cluster-is-dispensable-for-testicular-development-and-spermatogenesis-in-mice
#16
Congcong Cao, Yujiao Wen, Juan Dong, Xiaoli Wang, Weibing Qin, Xunbin Huang, Shuiqiao Yuan
Increasing lines of evidence suggest that miRNAs are closely related to spermatogenesis and male infertility which has aroused widespread concerns.The miR-379/miR-544 locus is the largest known placental mammal-specific miRNA cluster, whose 24 miRNA genes are expressed only from the maternal allele, and located within the high conservation of the imprinted Dlk1â€"Dio3 region.A correct dosage of imprinted genes encoded at the mouse Dlk1-Dio3 genomic interval is essential for embryonic growth and postnatal survival, as well as for muscle growth, skeletal, and neuronal development...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337257/a-comparison-of-the-embryonic-stem-cell-test-and-whole-embryo-culture-assay-combined-with-the-bewo-placental-passage-model-for-predicting-the-embryotoxicity-of-azoles
#17
Myrto Dimopoulou, Aart Verhoef, Caroline A Gomes, Catharina W van Dongen, Ivonne M C M Rietjens, Aldert H Piersma, Bennard van Ravenzwaay
In the present study, we show the value of combining toxico-dynamic and -kinetic in vitro approaches for embryotoxicity testing of azoles. Both the whole embryo culture (WEC) and the embryonic stem cells test (EST) predicted the in vivo potency ranking of twelve tested azoles with moderate accuracy. Combining these results with relative placental transfer rates (Papp values) as determined in the BeWo cell culture model, increased the predictability of both WEC and EST, with R2 values increasing from 0.51 to 0...
January 11, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337222/blockade-of-placental-growth-factor-reduces-vaso-occlusive-complications-in-murine-models-of-sickle-cell-disease
#18
Jian-Ming Gu, Shujun Yuan, Derek Sim, Keith Abe, Perry Liu, Martin Rosenbruch, Peter Bringmann, Katalin Kauser
Vaso-occlusive crisis (VOC) is the most common and debilitating complication of sickle cell disease (SCD); recurrent episodes cause organ damage and contribute to early mortality. Plasma placental growth factor (PlGF) levels are elevated in SCD and can further increase under hypoxic conditions in SCD mice. Treatment with a PlGF-neutralizing antibody (anti-PlGF Ab) in SCD mice reduced levels of monocyte chemoattractant protein-3, eotaxin, macrophage colony-stimulating factor, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 significantly, and macrophage-derived chemokine and macrophage inflammatory protein-3β moderately; this may contribute to inhibition of leukocyte recruitment, activation, and thrombosis...
January 11, 2018: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336373/advances-of-long-noncoding-rnas-mediated-regulation-in-reproduction
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Kang-Sheng Liu, Tai-Ping Li, Hua Ton, Xiao-Dong Mao, Ya-Jun Chen
OBJECTIVE: Advances in genomics and molecular biology have led to the discovery of a large group of uncharacterized long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs). Emerging evidence indicated that many lncRNAs function in multiple biological processes and its dysregulation often causes diseases. Recent studies suggested that almost all regulatory lncRNAs interact with biological macromolecules such as DNA, RNA, and protein. LncRNAs regulate gene expression mainly on three levels, including epigenetic modification, transcription, and posttranscription, through DNA methylation, histone modification, and chromatin remodeling...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335783/maternal-and-neonatal-omentin-1-levels-in-gestational-diabetes
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Marie Franz, Mariella Polterauer, Stephanie Springer, Lorenz Kuessel, Peter Haslinger, Christof Worda, Katharina Worda
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of gestational diabetes on omentin-1 in maternal and cord plasma. As a potent mediator of insulin resistance, Omentin-1, an adipokine derived from human adipose and placental tissue, may be an important player in the pathophysiology of gestational diabetes. METHODS: This was a prospective case-control study. The study included 96 women with gestational diabetes and 96 pregnant women without. Omentin-1 was measured at the time of the oral glucose tolerance test, at 32 weeks in maternal plasma and right after delivery in umbilical cord blood by ELISA assay...
January 15, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
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