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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437474/improvement-of-a-tissue-maceration-technique-for-the-determination-of-placental-involvement-in-schistosomiasis
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Martha Charlotte Holtfreter, Heinrich Neubauer, Tanja Groten, Hosny El-Adawy, Jana Pastuschek, Joachim Richter, Dieter Häussinger, Mathias Wilhelm Pletz, Benjamin Thomas Schleenvoigt
Schistosomiasis in pregnancy may cause low birth weight, prematurity and stillbirth of the offspring. The placenta of pregnant women might be involved when schistosome ova are trapped in placental tissue. Standard histopathological methods only allow the examination of a limited amount of placental tissue and are therefore not sufficiently sensitive. Thus, placental schistosomiasis remains underdiagnosed and its role in contributing to schistosomiasis-associated pregnancy outcomes remains unclear. Here we investigated an advanced maceration method in order to recover a maximum number of schistosome ova from the placenta...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437461/comparison-of-risk-factors-and-outcomes-of-gestational-hypertension-and-pre-eclampsia
#2
Minxue Shen, Graeme N Smith, Marc Rodger, Ruth Rennicks White, Mark C Walker, Shi Wu Wen
BACKGROUND: It remains an enigma whether gestational hypertension (GH) and pre-eclampsia (PE) are distinct entities or different spectrum of the same disease. We aimed to compare the risk factors and outcomes between GH and PE. METHOD: A total of 7,633 pregnant women recruited between 12 and 20 weeks of gestation in the Ottawa and Kingston Birth Cohort from 2002 to 2009 were included in the analysis. Cox proportional hazards model was used to identify and compare the risk factors for GH and PE by treating gestational age at delivery as the survival time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437435/infective-respiratory-syncytial-virus-is-present-in-human-cord-blood-samples-and-most-prevalent-during-winter-months
#3
Angela Mary Fonceca, Abha Chopra, Avram Levy, Paul Stanton Noakes, Matthew Wee-Peng Poh, Natasha Leanne Bear, Susan Prescott, Mark Lloyd Everard
BACKGROUND: Human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) remains the most common cause of severe lower respiratory tract disease amongst infants, and continues to cause annual epidemics of respiratory disease every winter worldwide. Demonstrating placental transmission of viable RSV in human samples is a major paradigm shift in respiratory routes considered likely for RSV transmission. METHODS: Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) was used to identify RSV present in cord blood mononucleocytes (CBM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436303/choline-supplementation-during-pregnancy-protects-against-gestational-lipopolysaccharide-induced-inflammatory-responses
#4
Min Zhang, Xinjia Han, Juejie Bao, Jinying Yang, Shao-Qing Shi, Robert E Garfield, Huishu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the effects and mechanisms of choline, an essential nutrient and a selective α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) agonist, on the prevention of symptoms and the effects on the cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathways (CAP) in a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced inflammatory response in a rat model. METHODS: Inflammation was induced by LPS treatment (1.0 μg LPS/kg body weight) on gestational day (GD) 14. Nonpregnant and pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were placed on a normal choline diet (1...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436167/placental-histopathology-associated-with-preeclampsia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Maria Letizia Falco, Janani Sivanathan, Arianna Laoreti, Basky Thilaganathan, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: Preeclampsia is associated with impaired trophoblast invasion and typical villous and vascular placental lesions. The primary aim was to conduct a systematic review in order to quantify the prevalence of placental histopathological lesions in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia. METHODS: MEDLINE, EMBASE and CINAHL were searched electronically and relevant articles reporting placental histopathological lesions were assessed according to the following criteria: study design, number of pregnancies, type of preeclampsia and whether the pathologist was blinded to the clinical information...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436063/placental-histology-findings-in-relation-to-pre-eclampsia-implications-for-interpretation-of-retrospective-studies
#6
Neil Sebire
In this issue Khalil et al. report the findings of a systematic review of studies reporting placental histological features in relation to pre-eclampsia (PET).(1) The main findings of this study were first, that whilst certain histological patterns were more common in PET than controls, similar features were also noted in unaffected cases, and secondly, that the results were related to whether the histological features in the studies were assessed blindly, with significantly greater apparent differences between groups reported in unblinded studies...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435983/-effect-of-high-altitude-hypoxia-on-fetal-development-during-pregnancy-and-the-reason-analysis
#7
Juan-Li Liu, Si-Qing Ma, Ta-Na Wuren
High altitude hypoxia is an important factor to affect fetal development during pregnancy. In the special environment, maternal physiological functions are regulated to maintain the maternal and fetal homeostasis, so that limited oxygen is to meet the needs of fetal growth and development. In this review, the literatures about the effects of hypoxic environment on fetal development during pregnancy in recent years were summarized, in which the fetal growth characteristics, maternal physiological regulation, genetic and placental influencing factors in high altitude areas were involved...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435192/effect-of-peripartum-nutritional-management-on-plasma-profile-of-steroid-hormones-metabolites-and-postpartum-fertility-in-buffaloes
#8
R M Kalasariya, A J Dhami, K K Hadiya, D N Borkhatariya, J A Patel
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of peripartum protein and minerals supplementation on plasma profile of steroid hormones, metabolites, and fertility in rural buffaloes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 85 advanced pregnant (~8 months) pluriparous buffaloes selected at farmers' doorstep in three tribal villages of Middle Gujarat were randomly divided into two groups, viz., control (n=45) and nutrients treatment (40). The buffaloes of treatment group (n=40), in addition to farmers feeding schedule/control, received daily 1...
March 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435049/exposure-of-decidualized-hiesc-to-low-oxygen-tension-and-leucine-deprivation-results-in-increased-igfbp-1-phosphorylation-and-reduced-igf-i-bioactivity
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Majida Abu Shehab, Kyle Biggar, Sahil Sagar Singal, Karen Nygard, Shawn Shun-Cheng Li, Thomas Jansson, Madhulika B Gupta
Phosphorylation of decidual IGFBP-1 enhances binding of IGF-I, limiting the bioavailability of this growth factor which may contribute to reduced placental and fetal growth. The mechanisms regulating decidual IGFBP-1 phosphorylation are incompletely understood. Using decidualized human immortalized endometrial stromal cell () we tested the hypothesis that low oxygen tension or reduced leucine availability, believed to be common in placental insufficiency, increase the phosphorylation of decidual IGFBP-1. Multiple reaction monitoring-MS (MRM-MS) was used to identify/quantify IGFBP-1 phosphorylation...
April 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434870/maternal-socioeconomic-disadvantage-is-associated-with-transcriptional-indications-of-greater-immune-activation-and-slower-tissue-maturation-in-placental-biopsies-and-newborn-cord-blood
#10
Gregory E Miller, Ann E Borders, Amy H Crockett, Kharah M Ross, Sameen Qadir, Lauren Keenan-Devlin, Adam K Leigh, Paula Ham, Jeffrey Ma, Jesusa M G Arevalo, Linda M Ernst, Steve W Cole
Children from economically disadvantaged families experience worse cognitive, psychiatric, and medical outcomes compared to more affluent youth. Preclinical models suggest some of the adverse influence of disadvantage could be transmitted during gestation via maternal immune activation, but this hypothesis has not been tested in humans. It also remains unclear whether prenatal interventions can mitigate such effects. To fill these gaps, we conducted two studies. Study 1 characterized the socioeconomic conditions of 79 women during pregnancy...
April 20, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434815/is-canada-ready-to-adopt-maternal-placental-growth-factor-testing-to-improve-clinical-outcomes-for-women-with-suspected-preeclampsia
#11
Melissa G Walker, Emmanuel Bujold, John C Kingdom
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434777/the-heat-shock-protein-60-promotes-progesterone-synthesis-in-mitochondria-of-jeg-3-cells
#12
Jessica Monreal-Flores, María Teresa Espinosa-García, Alejandro García-Regalado, Fabian Arechavaleta-Velasco, Federico Martínez
Progesterone synthesis in human placenta is essential to maintain pregnancy. The limiting step in placental progesterone synthesis is cholesterol transport from the cytoplasm to the inner mitochondrial membrane. Multiple proteins located in mitochondrial contact sites seem to play a key role in this process. Previously, our group identified the heat shock protein 60 (HSP60) as part of mitochondrial contact sites in human placenta, suggesting its participation in progesterone synthesis. Here, we examined the role of HSP60 in progesterone synthesis...
April 20, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434376/pre-clinical-and-clinical-development-of-the-first-placental-malaria-vaccine
#13
Caroline Pehrson, Ali Salanti, Thor G Theander, Morten A Nielsen
Malaria during pregnancy is a massive health problem in endemic areas. Placental malaria infections caused by Plasmodium falciparum are responsible for up to one million babies being born with a low birth weight every year. Significant efforts have been invested into preventing the condition. Areas covered: Pub Med was searched using the broad terms "malaria parasite placenta" to identify studies of interactions between parasite and host, "prevention of placental malaria" to identify current strategies to prevent placental malaria, and "placental malaria vaccine" to identify pre-clinical vaccine development...
April 24, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434222/isomer-specific-transplacental-transfer-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-results-from-a-survey-of-paired-maternal-cord-sera-and-placentas
#14
Fangfang Chen, Shanshan Yin, Barry C Kelly, Weiping Liu
Currently, information regarding isomer-specific concentrations of PFHxS, PFOS, and PFOA in human placenta, and corresponding placental-maternal ratios (RPM) of these compounds does not exist. The objective of the present study was to assess the occurrence, and distribution of different PFHxS, PFOS and PFOA isomers in maternal serum, umbilical cord serum and placenta to gain a better understanding of transplacental transport efficiency and prenatal exposure risks. The study involved quantitative determination of isomer-specific concentrations of PFHxS, PFOS and PFOA in samples of maternal serum (n = 32), cord serum (n = 32) and placenta (n = 32) from pregnant women in Wuhan, China...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433632/role-of-microrna-130b-in-placental-pgc-1%C3%AE-tfam-mitochondrial-biogenesis-pathway
#15
Shaoning Jiang, April M Teague, Jeanie B Tryggestad, Steven D Chernausek
Diabetes during pregnancy is associated with abnormal placenta mitochondrial function and increased oxidative stress, which affect fetal development and offspring long-term health. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-γ coactivator-1α (PGC-1α) is a master regulator of mitochondrial biogenesis and energy metabolism. The molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of PGC-1α in placenta in the context of diabetes remain unclear. The present study examined the role of microRNA 130b (miR-130b-3p) in regulating PGC-1α expression and oxidative stress in a placental trophoblastic cell line (BeWo)...
April 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433370/assessing-the-true-incidence-of-mosaicism-in-preimplantation-embryos
#16
REVIEW
Maria Vera-Rodriguez, Carmen Rubio
Modern technologies applied to the field of preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidy screening (PGD-A) have improved the ability to identify the presence of mosaicism. Consequently, new questions can now be addressed regarding the potential impact of embryo mosaicism on diagnosis accuracy and the feasibility of considering mosaic embryos for transfer. The frequency of chromosomal mosaicism in products of conception (POCs) of early miscarriages has been reported to be low. Mosaic embryos with an aneuploid inner cell mass are typically lost during the first trimester owing to spontaneous miscarriages...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433086/intergenerational-transmission-of-maternal-childhood-maltreatment-exposure-implications-for-fetal-brain-development
#17
REVIEW
Claudia Buss, Sonja Entringer, Nora K Moog, Philipp Toepfer, Damien A Fair, Hyagriv N Simhan, Christine M Heim, Pathik D Wadhwa
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence suggests the deleterious consequences of exposure to childhood maltreatment (CM) not only might endure over the exposed individual's lifespan but also might be transmitted across generations. The time windows, mechanisms, and targets of such intergenerational transmission are poorly understood. The prevailing paradigm posits that mother-to-child transmission of the effects of maternal CM likely occurs after her child's birth. The authors seek to extend this paradigm and advance a transdisciplinary framework that integrates the concepts of biological embedding of life experiences and fetal origins of health and disease risk...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432903/the-decidua-of-preeclamptic-like-bph-5-mice-exhibits-an-exaggerated-inflammatory-response-during-early-pregnancy
#18
C Y Heyward, J L Sones, H E Lob, L C Yuen, K E Abbott, W Huang, Z R Begun, S D Butler, A August, C A Leifer, R L Davisson
Preeclampsia is a devastating complication of pregnancy characterized by late-gestation hypertension and proteinuria. Because the only definitive treatment is delivery of the fetus and placenta, preeclampsia contributes to increased morbidity and mortality of both mother and fetus. The BPH/5 mouse model, which spontaneously develops a syndrome strikingly similar to preeclampsia, displays excessive inflammation and suppression of inflammation improves pregnancy outcomes. During early pregnancy, decidual macrophages play an important role in promoting maternal tolerance to fetal antigens and regulating tissue remodeling, two functions that are critical for normal placental development...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430877/the-accessible-chromatin-landscape-during-conversion-of-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-trophoblast-by-bmp4
#19
Yajun Liu, Dewu Ding, Hongde Liu, Xiao Sun
Human embryonic stem cells (hESC) exposed to the growth factor bone morphogenic protein 4 (BMP4) in the absence of FGF2 have been used as a model to study the development of placental development. However, little is known about the cis-regulatory mechanisms underlying this important process. In this study, we used the public available chromatin accessibility data of hESC H1 cells and BMP4-induced trophoblast (TB)cell lines to identify DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs) in the two cell lines, as well as the transcription factor binding sites within the DHSs...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430615/a-novel-mechanism-of-angiotensin-ii-regulated-placental-vascular-tone-in-the-development-of-hypertension-in-preeclampsia
#20
Qinqin Gao, Jiaqi Tang, Na Li, Xiuwen Zhou, Yongmei Li, Yanping Liu, Jue Wu, Yuxian Yang, Ruixiu Shi, Axin He, Xiang Li, Yingying Zhang, Jie Chen, Lubo Zhang, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
The present study tested the hypothesis that angiotensin II plays a role in the regulation of placental vascular tone, which contributes to hypertension in preeclampsia. Functional and molecular assays were performed in large and micro placental and non-placental vessels from humans and animals. In human placental vessels, angiotensin II induced vasoconstrictions in 78.7% vessels in 155 tests, as referenced to KCl-induced contractions. In contrast, phenylephrine only produced contractions in 3.0% of 133 tests...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
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