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Kelly J McKelvey, Vanessa M Yenson, Anthony W Ashton, Jonathan M Morris, Sharon A McCracken
Inbred strains of mice are powerful models for understanding human pregnancy complications. For example, the exclusive mating of CBA/J females to DBA/2J males increases fetal resorption to 20-35% with an associated decline in placentation and maintenance of maternal Th1 immunity. More recently other complications of pregnancy, IUGR and preeclampsia, have been reported in this model. The aim of this study was to qualify whether the CBA/CaH substrain female can substitute for CBA/J to evoke a phenotype of embryonic/fetal mortality and IUGR...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a common pregnancy complication and is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality. Placental hypoxia contributes to adverse fetal consequences, including IUGR. Exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia can lead to IUGR; however, assessment of maternal vascular function in a rat model of hypoxia, and the mechanisms that may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, has not been extensively studied. We hypothesized that exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia will affect maternal systemic vascular function and increase the uterine artery resistance index (RI), which will be associated with IUGR...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Masahiro Nezu, Tomokazu Souma, Lei Yu, Hiroki Sekine, Takashi Moriguchi, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Sadayoshi Ito, Norio Suzuki, Masayuki Yamamoto
OBJECTIVE: Placental activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in pathogenesis of preeclampsia. RAS induces reactive oxygen species (ROS) production by activating NADPH oxidases. Keap1-Nrf2 system is a critical regulator for cellular anti-oxidative stress response through controlling transcription of antioxidant genes. This study has explored the relationship between RAS-induced ROS signaling and Keap1-Nrf2 system in preeclampsia. DESIGN AND METHOD: To examine the contribution of Keap1-Nrf2 system to preeclampsia pathology, we generated transgenic mouse models of preeclampsia/pregnancy-associated hypertension (PAH mice), in which RAS is activated selectively in late pregnancy, under deficient, normal or active Nrf2 conditions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Xiang Kong, Yan Kong, Fangyuan Zhang, Tingting Wang, Jin Yan
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is a specific pregnancy-related disorder without standard medical therapies. Ursodeoxycholic acid (UDCA) is the most used medicine, but the efficacy and safety of UDCA remain uncertain. Several meta-analyses had been made to assess the effects of UDCA in ICP. However, the samples were not large enough to convince obstetricians to use UDCA. We conducted a meta-analysis to evaluate the effects and safety of UDCA in patients with ICP, which included only randomized controlled trials (RCTs)...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Gamze Durhan, Hatice Ünverdi, Canan Deveci, Mehmet Büyükşireci, Jale Karakaya, Tülin Değirmenci, Ahmet Bayrak, Pınar Koşar, Sema Hücümenoğlu, Yusuf Ergün
The aim of this study was to investigate the differences of placental elasticity between intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR) and normal pregnancies to show whether or not there is any association between histopathological changes and placental elasticity. Fifty-five human placentas were collected at delivery, including 25 with IUGR and 30 controls. Strain elastography (SE) was performed ex vivo and all placentas were examined histopathologically. Elasticity index (EI) and histopathological findings were compared between groups...
October 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Emilio A Herrera, Francisca Cifuentes-Zúñiga, Esteban Figueroa, Cristian Villanueva, Cherie Hernández, René Alegría, Viviana Arroyo, Estefania Peñaloza, Marcelo Farías, Ricardo Uauy, Paola Casanello, Bernardo J Krause
In humans, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with vascular dysfunction, oxidative stress and signs of endothelial programming in umbilical vessels. We aimed to determine the effects of maternal antioxidant treatment with N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on fetal endothelial function and eNOS programming in IUGR guinea pigs. IUGR was induced by implanting ameroid constrictors on uterine arteries of pregnant guinea pigs at mid gestation, receiving half of the sows NAC in the drinking water (from day 34 until term)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Jens Henrichs, Viki Verfaille, Laura Viester, Myrte Westerneng, Bert Molewijk, Arie Franx, Henriette van der Horst, Judith E Bosmans, Ank de Jonge, Petra Jellema
BACKGROUND: Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) is a major risk factor for perinatal mortality and morbidity. Thus, there is a compelling need to introduce sensitive measures to detect IUGR fetuses. Routine third trimester ultrasonography is increasingly used to detect IUGR. However, we lack evidence for its clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness and information on ethical considerations of additional third trimester ultrasonography. This nationwide stepped wedge cluster-randomized trial examines the (cost-)effectiveness of routine third trimester ultrasonography in reducing severe adverse perinatal outcome through subsequent protocolized management...
October 13, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Isabel Friedmann, Elias M Dahdouh, Perlyne Kugler, Gracia Mimran, Jacques Balayla
OBJECTIVE: Public Health initiatives, such as the "Safe to Sleep" campaign, have traditionally targeted infants' risk factors for the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, controversy remains regarding maternal and obstetrical risk factors for SIDS. In our study, we sought out to determine both modifiable and non-modifiable obstetrical and maternal risk factors associated with SIDS. METHODS: We conducted a population-based cohort study using the CDC's Linked Birth-Infant Death data from the United States for the year 2010...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Hao Zhang, Weipeng Su, Zhixiong Ying, Yueping Chen, Le Zhou, Yue Li, Jingfei Zhang, Lili Zhang, Tian Wang
PURPOSE: The objective of the present study was to test the hypothesis that N-acetylcysteine (NAC) may play beneficial roles against intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR)-induced hepatic damage in suckling piglets. METHODS: Fourteen IUGR and seven normal birth weight (NBW) neonatal male piglets were selected. Piglets were weaned at 7 days of postnatal age and fed the control formula milk (NBW-CON and IUGR-CON groups) or the control formula milk supplemented with 1...
October 8, 2016: European Journal of Nutrition
Deepak Sharma, Pradeep Sharma, Sweta Shastri
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is defined as growth of fetus below its in-utero growth potential. Small for Gestational Age (SGA) is defined as newborn with birth weight less than 10(th) centile as per the gestational age, sex and race. There exists major difference between IUGR and SGA. IUGR infants have multiple short term and long term complications and IUGR is a silent cause of various morbidity and mortality in these infants. IUGR/SGA is usually end results of maternal, placental, fetal and genetic causes...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Mohamed Ali Abdelkader, Wafaa Ramadan, Amir A Gabr, Ahmed Kamel, Rasha W Abdelrahman
PURPOSE: To determine the sonographic criteria for diagnosis of fetal intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), using both gray scale ultrasound, and tomographic ultrasound imaging (TUI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A prospective multicenter study, recruiting patients at risk of fetal ICH over four years. All cases with fetal ICH had serial ultrasound assessments, including TUI, fetal and postnatal MRIs. RESULTS: 21 patients were diagnosed with fetal ICH, 2 cases had extracerebral (subdural) hemorrhage, 16 cases had intracerebral (intraventricular) hemorrhage and 3 cases had combined hemorrhage...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Yoshimitsu Fujii, Eriko Kanda, Masato Hirabayashi, Kenji Mine, Atsushi Ohashi, Shoji Tsuji, Kazunari Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Trisomies 13 and 18 (T13/18) are autosomal trisomy syndromes with dismal prognoses. Deciding whether to perform a chromosomal analysis for the definitive diagnosis is often difficult (even for experienced pediatricians) because representative clinical signs may not be found in all T13/18 neonates. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate any clinical signs that could be useful for screening for T13/18 in participants without the representative clinical signs traditionally found in odd-looking neonates with malformation syndromes...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Owen J Arthurs, A Rega, F Guimiot, N Belarbi, J Rosenblatt, V Biran, M Elmaleh, G Sebag, M Alison
OBJECTIVES: Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) is a sensitive method to assess brain maturation or detect brain lesions, providing Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC) values as a measure of water diffusion. Abnormal ADC values are seen in ischemic brain lesions, such as acute or chronic hypoxia. The aim of this study was to assess whether ADC values in the fetal brain were different in a group of fetuses exposed to severe vascular intrauterine growth restriction, compared to normal controls...
October 5, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
M D Ruiz-González, M D Cañete, J L Gómez-Chaparro, A Rodríguez-Torronteras, N Abril, R Cañete, J L López-Barea
The data are related to the proteomic analysis of 43 newborns with intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) and 45 newborns with appropriate weight for gestational age (AGA) carried out by separation via 2DE and analyzed by MS-TOF/TOF. All newborns were separated into three gestational age groups, "Very Preterm" 29-32 weeks, "Moderate Preterm" 33-36 weeks, and, "Term" ≥37weeks. From each newborn, blood was drawn three times from birth to 1 month life. High-abundant serum proteins were depleted, and the minority ones were separated by 2DE and analyzed for significant expression differences...
December 2016: Data in Brief
Lisa Stroux, Boris Martinez, Enma Coyote Ixen, Nora King, Rachel Hall-Clifford, Peter Rohloff, Gari D Clifford
Limited funding for medical technology, low levels of education and poor infrastructure for delivering and maintaining technology severely limit medical decision support in low- and middle-income countries. Perinatal and maternal mortality is of particular concern with millions dying every year from potentially treatable conditions. Guatemala has one of the worst maternal mortality ratios, the highest incidence of intra-uterine growth restriction (IUGR), and one of the lowest gross national incomes per capita within Latin America...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Maie D Al-Bader, Sara A Jasem, Narayana Kilarkaje
Gestational carbenoxolone exposure inhibits placental 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11β-HSD), the physiological barrier for glucocorticoids, which increases fetal exposure to glucocorticoids and induces intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). We hypothesized that carbenoxolone exposure influences the expression of placental estrogen receptors-α and β (ERα & ERβ) and p53 leading to inhibited fetal and placental growth. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats were injected twice daily with either carbenoxolone (10mg/kg; s...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Exposure to altered intrauterine conditions during pregnancy influences both fetal growth and organ development. Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication associated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) that may influence the risk of infants experiencing respiratory complications at birth. There are a variety of signalling pathways that contribute to normal fetal lung development at the molecular level. The specific molecular effects of chronic hypoxaemia associated with IUGR on lung development are likely to be dependent on the specific aetiology (maternal, placental and/or fetal factors) that can alter hormone concentrations, oxygen and nutrient transport to the fetus...
August 21, 2016: Paediatric Respiratory Reviews
D Di Martino, S Zullino, D Casati, A S Grimaldi, V Sterpi, G Principato, M Garbin, E Ferrazzi
AIMS: To investigate maternal hemodynamic status in pregnancies complicated by IUGR and in the post-partum. METHODS: In this prospective study, we enrolled pregnant women between 24 and 38 weeks divided in severe and mild IUGR and a group of controls matched for gestational age. Severe IUGR was defined as abdominal circumference <5th centile and a Doppler velocimetry in umbilical artery42SD. Mild IUGR was defined as an abdominal circumference <10th centile and a Doppler velocimetry in umbilical artery <2SD...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
S Vonck, J Oben, A S Staelens, D Lanssens, K Tomsin, W Gyselaers
INTRODUCTION: Maternal cardiovascular adaptations are mandatory for a normal course of pregnancy. Disturbed adaptations predispose to gestational complications further in pregnancy such as hypertension disorders and/or fetal growth restriction. We aim to explore the early gestational cardiovascular profile in uncomplicated pregnancy, in gestational hypertensive disorders and isolated intra-uterine growth retardation. METHODS: Cardiovascular assessments were done using a standard protocol with impedance cardiography (Niccomo, SonoSite, MedisMedinizinischeMesstechnik GmbH, Ilmenau, Germany) and bio-impedance (Maltron BIOSCAN 920-II; Maltron International LTD, Essex, UK) around 12 weeks of gestation...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
D Di Martino, S Zullino, D Casati, A S Grimaldi, C Mastroianni, V Sterpi, E Rosti, M Garbin, E Ferrazzid
AIMS: To compare maternal hemodynamic profile during pregnancy and at 6-12 months after delivery in pregnancies with different HDP phenotypes or severe IUGR. METHODS: We enrolled patients between 24 and 38 weeks of gestation: HDP with appropriate for gestational age foetuses (HDP-AGAf), HDP with IUGR (HDP-IUGR), severe IUGR and Controls matched for gestational age. Severe IUGR was defined as abdominal circumference <5th centile and a PI in umbilical artery42SD...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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