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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535425/prenatal-ambient-air-pollution-exposure-infant-growth-and-placental-mitochondrial-dna-content-in-the-inma-birth-cohort
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Diana B P Clemente, Maribel Casas, Bram G Janssen, Aitana Lertxundi, Loreto Santa-Marina, Carmen Iñiguez, Sabrina Llop, Jordi Sunyer, Mònica Guxens, Tim S Nawrot, Martine Vrijheid
BACKGROUND: The association between prenatal air pollution exposure and postnatal growth has hardly been explored. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), as a marker of oxidative stress, and growth at birth can play an intermediate role in this association. OBJECTIVE: In a subset of the Spanish birth cohort INMA we assessed first whether prenatal nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure is associated with infant growth. Secondly, we evaluated whether growth at birth (length and weight) could play a mediating role in this association...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535404/placental-inflammation-and-its-relationship-to-cervicovaginal-fetal-fibronectin-in-preterm-birth
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Laura van der Krogt, Alexandra E Ridout, Paul T Seed, Andrew H Shennan
OBJECTIVE: Late miscarriage and preterm birth are frequently thought to be associated with inflammation and infection, although in most cases the underlying cause of early delivery remains unknown. The placenta is the organ that links mother and fetus during pregnancy, and postnatal examination may provide useful information about pathophysiology. The relationship between placental pathological lesions and predictive markers of early delivery has not been explored. We sought to characterize preterm deliveries according to placental pathology and relate these to the performance of reliable predictive markers, fetal fibronectin and cervical length...
May 3, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534997/reduced-expression-of-follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-mrna-and-protein-in-pregnancies-complicated-by-pre%C3%A2-eclampsia
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Mo Li, Yifan Jia, Yan Ling, Yilu Chen, Lu Zhang, Dan Luo, Lidan Lai, Meijun Guo, Dalei Zhang, Min Ren, Hong Xu, Haibin Kuang
Expression and function of the follicle‑stimulating hormone receptor (FSHR) are traditionally thought to be limited to the ovary in females. However, recent studies have indicated that the FSHR is also expressed in endothelial cells of the placental vasculature, and that the haploinsufficiency of the feto‑placental FSHR impaired the growth of the mouse placenta. The aim of the current study was to investigate the placental expression of FSH and FSHR in pregnancies complicated by pre‑eclampsia. Placental tissue samples were collected from 20 pregnancies with pre‑eclampsia and 25 normal pregnancies...
May 18, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534963/n-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-iva-promotes-invasion-of-choriocarcinoma
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Kimihiro Nishino, Eiko Yamamoto, Kaoru Niimi, Yoko Sekiya, Yoriko Yamashita, Fumitaka Kikkawa
Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) results from the malignant transformation of placental trophoblasts which secrete human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as do normal placenta or hydatidiform mole. N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase IV (GnT-IV) is a glycosyltransferase which catalyses the formation of β1,4GlcNAc branches on the mannose core of N-glycans. Previous studies reported that β1,4GlcNAc branches on hCG were detected in GTN but not in normal pregnancy or hydatidiform mole. The aim of the present study was to understand the role of GnT-IVa in choriocarcinoma and find the target proteins for GnT-IVa glycosylation which contribute to the malignancy of choriocarcinoma...
May 23, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534711/expressions-of-irisin-and-urotensin-ii-and-their-relationships-with-blood-pressure-in-patients-with-preeclampsia
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Li-Jie Zhang, Qian Xie, Chao-Shu Tang, Ai-Hua Zhang
The aims of this study are to observe irisin and urotensin II (UII) levels in serum and placenta in normal pregnant and preeclamptic women and investigate the relationship between expressions irisin and UII, and their association with blood pressure. A total of 67 pregnant subjects were recruited, including 31 healthy and 36 preeclamptic pregnant women. Serum irisin and UII concentrations were measured. Expressions of fibronectin type III domain-containing protein 5 (FNDC5) (irisin precursor) and UII in placenta specimens were performed...
May 23, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533359/selective-regulation-of-notch-ligands-during-angiogenesis-is-mediated-by-vimentin
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Daniel Antfolk, Marika Sjöqvist, Fang Cheng, Kimmo Isoniemi, Camille L Duran, Adolfo Rivero-Muller, Christian Antila, Rasmus Niemi, Sebastian Landor, Carlijn V C Bouten, Kayla J Bayless, John E Eriksson, Cecilia M Sahlgren
Notch signaling is a key regulator of angiogenesis, in which sprouting is regulated by an equilibrium between inhibitory Dll4-Notch signaling and promoting Jagged-Notch signaling. Whereas Fringe proteins modify Notch receptors and strengthen their activation by Dll4 ligands, other mechanisms balancing Jagged and Dll4 signaling are yet to be described. The intermediate filament protein vimentin, which has been previously shown to affect vascular integrity and regenerative signaling, is here shown to regulate ligand-specific Notch signaling...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532843/expression-and-regulation-of-interleukin-6-and-its-receptor-at-the-maternal-conceptus-interface-during-pregnancy-in-pigs
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Inkyu Yoo, Jisoo Han, Minjeong Kim, Hwanhee Jang, Soojin Sa, Sun-Ho Choi, Hakhyun Ka
It has been well established that interleukin 6 (IL6), a pleiotropic cytokine with multiple functional roles, is widely expressed in the female reproductive tract and mediates blastocyst implantation and placental development in many species. Uterine expression of IL6 during early pregnancy has been studied in pigs, but expression and function of IL6 at the maternal-placental interface throughout pregnancy have not been determined. Thus, we examined expression of IL6 and its receptors, IL6 receptor (IL6R) and GP130, in the uterine endometrium on Days 12 and 15 of the estrous cycle, and Days 12, 15, 30, 60, 90, and 114 of pregnancy, conceptus on Days 12 and 15, and chorioallantoic tissues on Days 30, 60, 90, and 114 of pregnancy in pigs...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532830/transrectal-ultrasonography-for-measuring-of-combined-utero-placental-thickness-in-pregnant-mangalarga-marchador-mares
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REVIEW
Isabela S Campos, Guilherme N de Souza, Aline E Pinna, Ana M R Ferreira
This study aimed to measure the physiological changes in the combined utero-placental thickness (CUPT) during the course of normal pregnancy in Mangalarga Marchador mares. Transrectal B-mode ultrasonography was used to measure CUPT in 42 pregnant mares with a mean age, 8.7 (±3.5 years). CUPT was measured every month from 150 days of gestation until delivery. CUPT was expressed as an average of three measurements of the distance (mm) between the middle part of the uterine artery and the allantoic fluid. A General Linear Model was used to evaluate the major effects of the chronological age and stage of gestation on CUPT in mares...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532678/selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Mar Bennasar, Elisenda Eixarch, Josep Maria Martinez, Eduard Gratacós
Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) affects 10-15% of all monochorionic pregnancies. Early severe forms are associated with intrauterine demise or neurological adverse outcome for both twins. The characteristics of umbilical artery (UA) Doppler in the IUGR fetus determine three clinical types: (I) normal UA Doppler and associated with good prognosis; (II) persistently absent/reverse UA end-diastolic flow and associated with early deterioration of the IUGR twin and very preterm delivery; (III) intermittently absent/reverse end-diastolic flow in the UA, and associated with unexpected fetal demise or neurological injury in one or both twins...
May 19, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532255/outpatient-vs-inpatient-management-for-superimposed-preeclampsia-without-severe-features-a-retrospective-multicenter-study
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Corina N Schoen, Sindy C Moreno, Gabriele Saccone, Nora M Graham, Lauren C Hand, Giuseppe M Maruotti, Pasquale Martinelli, Vincenzo Berghella, Amanda Roman
PURPOSE: To determine if women with preterm superimposed preeclampsia without severe features can be successfully and safely triaged to outpatient management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a multicenter, retrospective, cohort study of singleton pregnancies with superimposed preeclampsia without severe features diagnosed before 37 weeks managed outpatient versus inpatient at Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia, USA) and at University of Naples (Naples, Italy) from January 2008 to July 2015...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532199/determination-of-the-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-gestational-impaired-glucose-tolerance-and-to-assess-whether-this-parameter-is-a-possible-prognostic-indicator-of-adverse-fetal-outcome
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Ismail Bhorat, Morgan Pillay, Tarylee Reddy
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate if the myocardial performance index (MPI) is altered in fetuses in women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance (GIGT), controlled on diet and whether this parameter is also predictive of adverse outcome in this group, as in poorly controlled gestational diabetes. METHOD: In a prospective cross-sectional study thirty two women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance on diet in the 3(rd) trimester were recruited and matched with 32 women with normal pregnancies (control group)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531338/placental-exosomes-as-early-biomarker-of-preeclampsia-potential-role-of-exosomal-micrornas-across-gestation
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Carlos Salomon, Dominic Guanzon, Katherin Scholz-Romero, Sherri Longo, Paula Correa, Sebastian E Illanes, Gregory E Rice
Context: There is a need to develop strategies for early prediction of patients who will develop preeclampsia (PE), in order to establish preventive strategies to reduce the prevalence and severity of the disease and their associated complications. Objective: The objective of this study was to investigate whether exosomes and their microRNA cargo present in maternal circulation can be used as early biomarker for PE. Design, Setting, Patients, and Interventions: A retrospective stratified study design was used to quantify total exosomes (EXO) and placenta-derived exosomes (PdE) present in maternal plasma of normal (n=32 per time point) and PE (n=15 per time point) pregnancies...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529267/endometrial-adenocarcinoma-with-choriocarcinomatous-differentiation-in-the-uterus-of-a-goat
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Masashi Kawashima, Risa Segawa, Toshinori Yoshida, Hirotada Murayama, Rei Nagahara, Masayuki Kimura, Natsumi Endo, Tomomi Tanaka, Makoto Shibutani
An 11-year-old female goat had invasive and metastatic endometrial adenocarcinoma in the uterus. There was a notable proliferation of endometrial epithelial cells in a tubular growth pattern, with a desmoplastic response. The endometrial epithelial tumor cells metastasized to the kidney, liver and lung. In contrast to the primary and metastatic tumor cells, pleomorphic tumor cells with a choriocarcinoma-like growth pattern infiltrated the mesometrium. Cell proliferation activity was high in both types of tumor cells...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527688/clinical-development-of-a-var2csa-based-placental-malaria-vaccine-pamvac-quantifying-vaccine-antigen-specific-memory-b-t-cell-activity-in-beninese-primigravidae
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Komi Gbédandé, Nadine Fievet, Firmine Viwami, Sem Ezinmegnon, Saadou Issifou, Jean-Philippe Chippaux, Yannelle Dossou, Kabirou Moutairou, Achille Massougbodji, Nicaise Ndam, Willem Adriaan de Jongh, T Max M Søgaard, Ali Salanti, Morten A Nielsen, Meral Esen, Benjamin Mordmüller, Philippe Deloron, Adrian J F Luty
BACKGROUND: The antigen VAR2CSA plays a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of pregnancy-associated malaria (PAM) caused by Plasmodium falciparum. A VAR2CSA-based vaccine candidate, PAMVAC, is under development by an EU-funded multi-country consortium (PlacMalVac project). As part of PAMVAC's clinical development, we quantified naturally acquired vaccine antigen-specific memory B and T cell responses in Beninese primigravidae recruited at the beginning of pregnancy and followed up to delivery and beyond...
May 17, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527570/mechanisms-of-glucocorticoid-action-during-development
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Jonathan T Busada, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal cortex. The concentration of serum glucocorticoids in the fetus is low throughout most of gestation but surge in the weeks prior to birth. While their most well-known function is to stimulate differentiation and functional development of the lungs, glucocorticoids also play crucial roles in the development of several other organ systems. Mothers at risk of preterm delivery are administered glucocorticoids to accelerate fetal lung development and prevent respiratory distress...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527266/-risk-factors-associated-with-the-development-of-perinatal-asphyxia-in-neonates-at-the-hospital-universitario-del-valle-cali-colombia-2010-2011
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Javier Torres-Muñoz, Christian Rojas, Diana Mendoza-Urbano, Darly Marín-Cuero, Sandra Orobio, Carlos Echandía
INTRODUCTION: Perinatal asphyxia is one of the main causes of perinatal mortality and morbidity worldwide and it generates high costs for health systems; however, it has modifiable risk factors. OBJECTIVE: To identify the risk factors associated with the development of perinatal asphyxia in newborns at Hospital Universitario del Valle, Cali, Colombia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incident cases and concurrent controls were examined. Cases were defined as newborns with moderate to severe perinatal asphyxia who were older than or equal to 36 weeks of gestational age, needed advanced resuscitation and presented one of the following: early neurological disorders, multi-organ commitment or a sentinel event...
April 1, 2017: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526846/nk-cell-derived-il-10-is-critical-for-dc-nk-cell-dialogue-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
#17
Sandra M Blois, Nancy Freitag, Irene Tirado-González, Shi-Bin Cheng, Markus M Heimesaat, Stefan Bereswill, Matthias Rose, Melanie L Conrad, Gabriela Barrientos, Surendra Sharma
DC-NK cell interactions are thought to influence the development of maternal tolerance and de novo angiogenesis during early gestation. However, it is unclear which mechanism ensures the cooperative dialogue between DC and NK cells at the feto-maternal interface. In this article, we show that uterine NK cells are the key source of IL-10 that is required to regulate DC phenotype and pregnancy success. Upon in vivo expansion of DC during early gestation, NK cells expressed increased levels of IL-10. Exogenous administration of IL-10 was sufficient to overcome early pregnancy failure in dams treated to achieve simultaneous DC expansion and NK cell depletion...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526753/altered-feto-placental-vascularization-feto-placental-malperfusion-and-fetal-growth-restriction-in-mice-with-egfl7-loss-of-function
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Lauretta A Lacko, Romulo Hurtado, Samantha Hinds, Michael G Poulos, Jason M Butler, Heidi Stuhlmann
EGFL7 is a secreted, angiogenic factor produced by embryonic endothelial cells. To understand its role in placental development, we established a novel Egfl7 knockout mouse. The mutant mice have gross defects in chorioallantoic branching morphogenesis and placental vascular patterning. Microangiography and 3D imaging revealed patchy perfusion of Egfl7(-/-) placentas marked by impeded blood conductance through sites of narrowed vessels. Consistent with poor feto-placental perfusion, Egfl7 knockout resulted in reduced placental weight and fetal growth restriction...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526138/gata-factors-master-regulators-of-gene-expression-in-trophoblast-progenitors
#19
Soumen Paul, Pratik Home, Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Soma Ray
Mammalian reproduction is critically dependent on trophoblast cells, which ensure embryo implantation and placentation. Development of trophoblast cell lineages is a multi-step process and relies upon proper spatial and temporal gene expression, which is regulated by multiple transcription factors. However, most of the transcription factors that are implicated in trophoblast development regulate gene expression at a specific developmental stage or in a specific trophoblast subtype. In contrast, recent studies from our group and other laboratories indicate that conserved GATA family of transcription factors, GATA2 and GATA3, are important to regulate gene expression at multiple stages of trophoblast development...
May 10, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524836/effect-of-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-on-the-expression-of-multidrug-resistance-associated-protein-2-in-a-human-placental-trophoblast-cell-line
#20
Hong-Yu Duan, Dan Ma, Kai-Yu Zhou, Tao Wang, Yi Zhang, Yi-Fei Li, Jin-Lin Wu, Yi-Min Hua, Chuan Wang
BACKGROUND: Placental multidrug resistance-associated protein 2 (MRP2), encoded by ABCC2 gene in human, plays a significant role in regulating drugs' transplacental transfer rates. Studies on placental MRP2 regulation could provide more therapeutic targets for individualized and safe pharmacotherapy during pregnancy. Currently, the roles of epigenetic mechanisms in regulating placental drug transporters are still unclear. This study aimed to investigate the effect of histone deacetylases (HDACs) inhibition on MRP2 expression in the placental trophoblast cell line and to explore whether HDAC1/2/3 are preliminarily involved in this process...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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