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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916814/low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-contributes-to-%C3%AE-carotene-uptake-in-the-maternal-liver
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Varsha Shete, Brianna K Costabile, Youn-Kyung Kim, Loredana Quadro
Vitamin A regulates many essential mammalian biological processes, including embryonic development. β-carotene is the main source of vitamin A in the human diet. Once ingested, it is packaged into lipoproteins, predominantly low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and transported to different sites within the body, including the liver and developing tissues, where it can either be stored or metabolized to retinoids (vitamin A and its derivatives). The molecular mechanisms of β-carotene uptake by the liver or developing tissues remain elusive...
November 29, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913585/the-influence-of-placental-metabolism-on-fatty-acid-transfer-to-the-fetus
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Simone Perazzolo, Birgit Hirschmugl, Christian Wadsack, Gernot Desoye, Rohan M Lewis, Bram G Sengers
The factors determining Fatty acid transfer across the placenta are not fully understood. This study used a combined experimental and computational modelling approach to explore placental transfer of non-esterified fatty acids and identify rate-determining processes. The isolated perfused human placenta was used to study the uptake and transfer of [(13)C]-fatty acids and the release of endogenous fatty acids. Only 6.2 ± 0.8% of the maternal (13)C-fatty acids taken up by the placenta was delivered to the fetal circulation...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903516/metabolic-abnormalities-and-obesity-s-impact-on-the-risk-for-developing-preeclampsia
#3
Frank T Spradley
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is increasing as a major contributor to perinatal and long-term morbidity of mother and offspring. PE is thought to originate from ischemic insults in the placenta driving the release of pro-hypertensive anti-angiogenic (sFlt-1) and pro-inflammatory (TNFα) factors into the maternal circulation. While the increased incidence of PE is hypothesized to be largely due to the obesity pandemic, the mechanisms whereby obesity increases this risk are unknown...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884139/brominated-flame-retardants-in-placental-tissues-associations-with-infant-sex-and-thyroid-hormone-endpoints
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Christopher Leonetti, Craig M Butt, Kate Hoffman, Stephanie C Hammel, Marie Lynn Miranda, Heather M Stapleton
BACKGROUND: Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in the placenta, but it remains unclear if they disrupt tissue thyroid hormone (TH) metabolism. Our primary goal was to investigate associations between placental BFRs, TH levels, Type 3 deiodinase (DIO3) activity and TH sulfotransferase (SULT) activities. METHODS: Placenta samples collected from 95 women who delivered term (>37 weeks) infants in Durham, NC, USA (enrolled 2010-2011) were analyzed for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP), THs (T4, T3 and rT3), and DIO3 and TH SULT activities...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871977/a-time-course-regulatory-and-kinetic-expression-study-of-steroid-metabolizing-enzymes-by-calcitriol-in-primary-cultured-human-placental-cells
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Nancy Noyola-Martínez, Ali Halhali, Verónica Zaga-Clavellina, Andrea Olmos-Ortiz, Fernando Larrea, David Barrera
1,25-dihydroxivitamin D3 (calcitriol), is a secoesteroid involved in several placental functions. In particular, we and others showed that calcitriol regulates peptides, proteins, cytokines and hormones production in human trophoblastic cells. On the other hand, calcitriol modifies the activity and expression of some steroidogenic enzymes, a process that is considered tissue-specific. However, the effects of calcitriol on the expression of enzymes involved in the synthesis of sex steroids in placental tissue have not yet been entirely studied...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871475/villus-packing-density-and-lacunarity-markers-of-placental-efficiency
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R G Shah, C M Salafia, T Girardi, G S Merz
We evaluate, in routine H&E histology slides, villus quantity in a given area (villous packing density, VPD) and the pattern or "gappiness" of villous distribution (lacunarity), and test for correlations with a proxy for fetoplacental metabolic rate, β calculated as (ln (placental weight)/ln (birthweight)) from Kleiber's law [1]. Three ∼4.3 mm(2) images each were obtained from 88 term placentas. Ranges of VPD and lacunarity were each correlated with β (r = 0.31, p = 0.003, r = 0.23, p = 0.03 and respectively)...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871472/an-immunohistochemical-study-of-placental-syncytiotrophoblasts-in-neonatal-hemochromatosis
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Aiko Shimono, Yuko Imoto, Haruhiko Sakamoto, Yoichi Chiba, Koichi Matsumoto, Machi Kawauchi, Takashi Kusaka, Hirokazu Tanaka, Toshiyuki Hata, Yoshio Kushida, Masaki Ueno
INTRODUCTION: Neonatal hemochromatosis (NH) is a rare neonatal disorder that results in liver cirrhosis with hemosiderin deposition in the liver and other organs, similarly to hereditary hemochromatosis. Excess iron is transferred from the mother to fetus through the placenta in NH. We examined the expression of iron metabolism-related substances in placental syncytiotrophoblasts (STB) by immunostaining to clarify how the transfer of iron through STB increases in NH. METHODS: Immunostaining was performed using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections of placentae from three NH cases, four gestational age-matched controls, and, depending on the antibody examined, five to seven full-term controls...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871288/tissue-specific-expression-of-human-fatty-acid-oxidation-enzyme-genes-in-late-pregnancy
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Jose L Bartha, Fernando Bugatto, Álvaro Fernández-Deudero, Rosa Fernández-Macías, Germán Perdomo
BACKGROUND: Abnormal fatty acid oxidation (FAO) is associated with maternal and fetal complications during pregnancy. The contribution of maternal and fetal tissues to FAO capacity during late pregnancy is important to understand the pathophysiology of pregnancy-associated complications. The aim of this study was to determine the expression levels of mitochondrial FAO enzymes in maternal and fetal tissues during late normal pregnancy. METHODS: We have measured by Real-time PCR the levels of long- and medium -chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD and MCAD), two acyl-CoA dehydrogenases that catalyze the initial step in the mitochondrial FAO spiral...
November 21, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842594/fetal-gender-and-gestational-age-differentially-affect-pcsk9-levels-in-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Ulrich Pecks, Werner Rath, Nicolai Maass, Bartlomiej Berger, Imke Lueg, André Farrokh, Sabrina Farrokh, Christel Eckmann-Scholz
BACKGROUND: Maternal and fetal Low Density Lipoprotein-Cholesterol (LDL-C) concentrations are compromised in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Generally, LDL-C catabolism is under control of PCSK9 by binding to the LDL-receptor leading to its degradation. Hence, we hypothesized a role for PCSK9 in the modulation of lipid metabolism and placental transport in IUGR. METHODS: 172 women, 70 IUGR and 102 controls were included in the study. Maternal and fetal serum PCSK9 levels and lipid profiles including LDL-C were measured...
November 14, 2016: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835804/gap-junctional-connexin-messenger-rna-expression-in-the-ovine-uterus-and-placenta-effects-of-estradiol-17%C3%AE-treatment-early-pregnancy-stages-and-embryo-origin
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M L Johnson, D A Redmer, L P Reynolds, A T Grazul-Bilska
Gap junctions play a major role in direct, contact-dependent cell-cell communication, and they have been implicated in the regulation of cellular metabolism and the coordination of cellular functions during growth and differentiation of organs and tissues. Gap junctional channels, composed of connexin (Cx) proteins, have been detected and shown to be influenced by hormones (eg, estrogen and progesterone) in uterine and placental tissues in several species. We hypothesized that (1) the messenger RNA (mRNA) for Cx26, Cx32, Cx37, and Cx43 is expressed in the uterus of ovariectomized sheep treated with estradiol-17β (E2) and in ovine placenta during early pregnancy, (2) E2-treatment of ovariectomized ewes would cause time-specific changes in Cx26, Cx32, Cx37, and Cx43 mRNA expression (experiment 1), and (3) expression of these 4 Cx would vary across the days of early pregnancy (experiment 2) and will be affected by embryo origin (ie, after application of assisted reproductive technologies [ARTs]; experiment 3)...
January 2017: Domestic Animal Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817870/biological-features-of-placental-programming
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Kent L Thornburg, Kevin Kolahi, Melinda Pierce, Amy Valent, Rachel Drake, Samantha Louey
The placenta is a key organ in programming the fetus for later disease. This review outlines nine of many structural and physiological features of the placenta which are associated with adult onset chronic disease. 1) Placental efficiency relates the placental mass to the fetal mass. Ratios at the extremes are related to cardiovascular disease risk later in life. 2) Placental shape predicts a large number of disease outcomes in adults but the regulators of placental shape are not known. 3) Non-human primate studies suggest that at about mid-gestation, the placenta becomes less plastic and less able to compensate for pathological stresses...
October 20, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812977/ampk-and-placental-progenitor-cells
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Melissa R Kaufman, Thomas L Brown
AMPK is important in numerous physiological systems but plays a vital role in embryonic and placental development. The placenta is a unique organ that is the essential lifeline between the mother and baby during pregnancy and gestation. During placental development, oxygen concentrations are very low until cells differentiate to establish the appropriate lineages that take on new functions required for placental and embryonic survival. Balancing the oxygen regulatory environment with the demands for energy and need to maintain metabolism during this process places AMPK at the center of maintaining placental cellular homeostasis as it integrates and responds to numerous complex stimuli...
2016: EXS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810111/embryonic-exposures-to-perfluorooctanesulfonic-acid-pfos-disrupt-pancreatic-organogenesis-in-the-zebrafish-danio-rerio
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Karilyn E Sant, Haydee M Jacobs, Katrina A Borofski, Jennifer B Moss, Alicia R Timme-Laragy
Perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) is a ubiquitous environmental contaminant, previously utilized as a non-stick application for consumer products and firefighting foam. It can cross the placenta, and has been repeatedly associated with increased risk for diabetes in epidemiological studies. Here, we sought to establish the hazard posed by embryonic PFOS exposures on the developing pancreas in a model vertebrate embryo, and develop criteria for an adverse outcome pathway (AOP) framework to study the developmental origins of metabolic dysfunction...
January 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796886/presence-of-telocytes-in-a-non-innervated-organ-the-placenta
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Cleofina Bosco, Eugenia Díaz
This chapter discusses the relationship between failure in placentation and the subsequent alterations in the normal structure of the placenta. Interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICLC) were observed for the first time in the human placenta in 2007 and later were named telocytes. Strong evidence confirms that in the placental chorionic villi, TC are located strategically between the smooth muscle cells (SMC) of the fetal blood vessel wall and the stromal myofibroblasts. As the placenta is a non-innervated organ and considering the strategic position of telocytes in chorionic villi, it has been postulated that their function would be related to signal transduction mechanisms involved in the regulation of the blood flow in the fetal vessels, as well as in the shortening/lengthening of the chorionic villi providing the necessary rhythmicity to the process of maternal/fetal metabolic exchange...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793454/the-association-of-plasma-glucose-bhba-and-nefa-with-postpartum-uterine-diseases-fertility-and-milk-production-of-holstein-dairy-cows
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M L S Bicalho, E C Marques, R O Gilbert, R C Bicalho
The objective of this study was to investigate the association between the metabolic indicators such as nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), β-hydroxybutyrate (BHBA), and glucose during the transition period and the development of uterine diseases. In total, 181 Holstein dairy cows were enrolled in the study. Plasma glucose, NEFA, and BHBA concentrations were measured at -50, -6, 3, 7, and 14 days relative to parturition. All cows enrolled in the study were evaluated for retained placenta (RP), metritis, and endometritis...
January 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793368/loss-of-placental-thrombomodulin-in-oocyte-donation-pregnancies
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Manon Bos, Hans J Baelde, Jan A Bruijn, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Marie-Louise P van der Hoorn, Rosanne J Turner
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether thrombomodulin dysregulation is involved in the development of preeclampsia after oocyte donation (OD). Women who become pregnant after OD are prone to develop preeclampsia, a syndrome characterized by an aberrant immunologic response, hypercoagulability, and endothelial dysfunction. A mediator of inflammation and coagulation is thrombomodulin, which has a possible role to play in this syndrome. DESIGN: Case-control study. SETTING: Not applicable...
October 25, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780978/maternal-obesity-modulates-intracellular-lipid-turn-over-in-the-human-term-placenta
#17
B Hirschmugl, G Desoye, P Catalano, I Klymiuk, H Scharnagl, S Payr, E Kitzinger, C Schliefsteiner, U Lang, C Wadsack, S Hauguel-de Mouzon
BACKGROUND: Obesity before pregnancy is associated with impaired metabolic status of the mother and the offspring later in life. These adverse effects have been attributed to epigenetic changes in utero, but little is known about the role of placental metabolism and its contribution to fetal development. OBJECTIVES: We examined the impact of maternal pre-pregnancy obesity on the expression of genes involved in placental lipid metabolism in lean and obese women. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Seventy-three lean and obese women with healthy pregnancy were recruited at term elective cesarean delivery...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780972/developmental-origins-of-nafld-a-womb-with-a-clue
#18
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Stephanie R Wesolowski, Karim C El Kasmi, Karen R Jonscher, Jacob E Friedman
Changes in the maternal environment leading to an altered intrauterine milieu can result in subtle insults to the fetus, promoting increased lifetime disease risk and/or disease acceleration in childhood and later in life. Particularly worrisome is that the prevalence of NAFLD is rapidly increasing among children and adults, and is being diagnosed at increasingly younger ages, pointing towards an early-life origin. A wealth of evidence, in humans and non-human primates, suggests that maternal nutrition affects the placenta and fetal tissues, leading to persistent changes in hepatic metabolism, mitochondrial function, the intestinal microbiota, liver macrophage activation and susceptibility to NASH postnatally...
October 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777632/the-effect-of-maternal-undernutrition-on-the-rat-placental-transcriptome-protein-restriction-up-regulates-cholesterol-transport
#19
Zoe Daniel, Angelina Swali, Richard Emes, Simon C Langley-Evans
BACKGROUND: Fetal exposure to a maternal low protein diet during rat pregnancy is associated with hypertension, renal dysfunction and metabolic disturbance in adult life. These effects are present when dietary manipulations target only the first half of pregnancy. It was hypothesised that early gestation protein restriction would impact upon placental gene expression and that this may give clues to the mechanism which links maternal diet to later consequences. METHODS: Pregnant rats were fed control or a low protein diet from conception to day 13 gestation...
2016: Genes & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773992/the-kynurenine-pathway-is-a-double-edged-sword-in-immune-privileged-sites-and-in-cancer-implications-for-immunotherapy
#20
Jean-Pierre Routy, Bertrand Routy, Gina M Graziani, Vikram Mehraj
The term "immune privilege" was originally coined to describe the suppression of inflammatory responses within organs protected by anatomic barriers, ie, the eyes, brain, placenta, and testes. However, cellular and metabolic processes, which orchestrate immune responses, also control inflammation within these sites. Our current understanding of tolerogenic mechanisms has extended the definition of immune privilege to include hair follicles, the colon, and cancer. By catabolizing tryptophan, cells expressing the enzyme indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase produce kynurenine metabolites, which orchestrate local and systemic responses to control inflammation, thus maintaining immune privilege...
2016: International Journal of Tryptophan Research: IJTR
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