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Martina Belli, Shunichi Shimasaki
Growth and differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) and bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) are oocyte-secreted factors with a leading role in the control of ovarian function in female reproduction, modulating both the cell fate of the somatic granulosa cells and the quality and developmental competence of the egg. This short review aims to consolidate the molecular aspects of GDF9 and BMP15 and their integral actions in female fertility to understand particularly their effects on oocyte quality and fetal growth. The significant consequences of mutations in the GDF9 and BMP15 genes in women with dizygotic twins as well as the clinical relevance of these oocyte factors in the pathogenesis of primary ovarian insufficiency and polycystic ovary syndrome are also addressed...
2018: Vitamins and Hormones
Sandra Heese, Kerstin Hammer, Mareike Möllers, Helen A Köster, Maria K Falkenberg, Maria Eveslage, Janina Braun, Kathrin Oelmeier de Murcia, Walter Klockenbusch, Ralf Schmitz
OBJECTIVE: To compare the adrenal gland size of fetal growth restricted (FGR) and normal control fetuses. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective study the adrenal gland size of 63 FGR fetuses and 343 normal controls was measured between 20 and 41 weeks of gestation. The total width and the medulla width were measured in a new standardized transversal plane. The cortex width and a calculated ratio of the total and medulla width (adrenal gland ratio) were compared between both groups...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Sumire Terasawa, Asuka Kato, Haruki Nishizawa, Takema Kato, Hikari Yoshizawa, Yoshiteru Noda, Jun Miyazaki, Mayuko Ito, Takao Sekiya, Takuma Fujii, Hiroki Kurahashi
Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) and achondroplasia (ACH) are allelic disorders caused by a constitutively active mutation in the FGFR3 gene. Because TD is a lethal disorder and ACH is non-lethal, they need to be distinguished after ultrasound identification of fetal growth retardation with short limbs. Accordingly, we have developed a noninvasive prenatal test using cell-free fetal DNA in the maternal circulation to distinguish TD and ACH. A multiplex PCR system encompassing five mutation hotspots in the FGFR3 gene allowed us to efficiently identify the responsible mutation in cell-free DNA in all examined pregnancies with a suspected TD or ACH fetus...
March 14, 2018: Congenital Anomalies
Sabrina L Roberti, Romina Higa, Verónica White, Theresa L Powell, Thomas Jansson, Alicia Jawerbaum
STUDY QUESTION: What are the consequences of inhibiting mTOR, the mechanistic target of rapamycin, and the peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) and PPARδ pathways in the early post-implantation period on decidual function, embryo viability and feto-placental growth in the rat? SUMMARY ANSWER: mTOR inhibition from day 7 to day 9 of pregnancy in rats caused decidual PPARγ and PPARδ upregulation on day 9 of pregnancy and resulted in embryo resorption by day 14 of pregnancy...
March 12, 2018: Molecular Human Reproduction
Julia F Litzky, Maya A Deyssenroth, Todd M Everson, Barry M Lester, Luca Lambertini, Jia Chen, Carmen J Marsit
BACKGROUND: Depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy have been associated with impaired fetal growth and neurodevelopmental. Because placental imprinted genes play a central role in fetal development and respond to environmental stressors, we hypothesized that imprinted gene expression would be affected by prenatal depression and anxiety. METHODS: Placental gene expression was compared between mothers with prenatal depression and/or anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder/panic and control mothers without psychiatric history (n=458) in the Rhode Island Child Health Study...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Caroline Ovadia, Hanns Ulrich Marschall, Catherine Williamson
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February 28, 2018: Journal of Clinical Research in Pediatric Endocrinology
Sheree L Boulet, Jennifer F Kawwass, Sara Crawford, Michael J Davies, Dmitry M Kissin
We used 2006-2015 US National Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance System data to compare preterm birth and fetal growth for livebo n singletons (24-42 week gestation) following donor versus autologous oocyte in vitro fertilization (IVF). Using binary and multinomial logistic regressi n, we computed adjusted odds ratios (aORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for associations between use of donor oocytes and preterm delivery, small-f r-gestational-age (SGA), and large-for-gestational age (LGA), stratified by fresh and thawed embryo status and accounting for maternal characteristics and year of birth...
March 9, 2018: American Journal of Epidemiology
Stavros Sifakis, Vasilis P Androutsopoulos, Artemis Pontikaki, Alexis Velegrakis, George I Papaioannou, Ourania Koukoura, Demetrios A Spandidos, Nikos Papantoniou
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a gynecological disorder of varying etiology. In the present study, an expression analysis of pregnancy-associated plasma protein A (PAPPA), pregnancy-associated plasma protein A2 (PAPPA2) and placenta-specific-1 (PLAC-1) was conducted in pregnancies with FGR and control pregnancies. Placental tissues were collected from pregnancies with FGR (n=16) and control pregnancies (n=16) and the expression of the genes of interest was examined by qPCR. The mean expression levels of PAPPA and PAPPA2 were significantly lower (P<0...
March 9, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Zahra Laleh Eslamian, Elahe Zarean, Maryam Moshfeghi, Zahra Heidari
Background: Early prediction of adverse neonatal outcome would be possible by Doppler impedance indices of middle cerebral artery (MCA), umbilical artery (UmA), and descending aortal artery (AO) that result in decrease neonatal morbidity and mortality rate. The aim of the present study was a determination of optimal value for the ratio of MCA to descending aorta blood flow (MCA/AO) impedance indices and its comparison with the ratio of MCA to UmA (MCA/UmA) impedance indices and their relationship with neonatal outcome...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Meghan McGee, Shannon Bainbridge, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson
The fetal origins of health and disease framework has identified extremes in fetal growth and birth weight as factors associated with the lifelong generation of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Maternal nutrition plays a critical role in fetal and placental development, in part by providing the methyl groups required to establish the fetus's genome structure and function, notably through DNA methylation. The goal of this narrative review is to describe the role of maternal dietary methyl donor (methionine, folate, and choline) and cofactor (zinc and vitamins B2, B6, and B12) intake in one-carbon metabolism and DNA methylation in the fetus and placenta, as well as their impacts on fetal growth and lifelong health outcomes, with specific examples in animals and humans...
February 26, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
Nan Zhao, Jie Qiu, Shuangge Ma, Yaqun Zhang, Xiaojuan Lin, Zhongfeng Tang, Honghong Zhang, Huang Huang, Ning Ma, Yuan Huang, Michelle L Bell, Qing Liu, Yawei Zhang
Background: Limited epidemiological studies have investigated the relationship between prenatal exposure to ambient particulate matter and risk of abnormal fetal growth, and have reached inconclusive results. No study has been conducted in areas with very high air pollution levels. We investigated the hypothesis that exposure to high levels of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter no larger than 10 µm (PM10) during pregnancy increases the risk of abnormal fetal growth. Methods: A birth cohort study was performed in Lanzhou, China, 2010-12, including 8877 pregnant women with 18 583 ultrasound measurements of four fetal growth parameters during pregnancy, including biparietal diameter (BPD), femur length (FL), head circumference (HC) and abdominal circumference (AC)...
February 26, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
Anber Naqvi, Abdul Qadir, Adeel Mahmood, Mujtaba Baqar, Iqra Aslam, Farhan Sajid, Mehvish Mumtaz, Jun Li, Gan Zhang
The present study biomonitored the placental polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentrations in women from Punjab Province, Pakistan, that provides the pioneer data for occurrence and body burden of PCBs in placental tissues from South Asian women. The ∑34 PCB concentrations in placental tissues were ranged from 20.2 to 115.98 ng/g lipid weight (lip. wt.), with predominance of tetra-PCB (54.67%). The levels of ∑8 DL-PCBs and ∑6 -indicator PCBs were ranged from 2.03 to 27.64 ng/g (lip. wt.) and 1.71 to 30...
March 11, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yuxian Yang, Xiaorong Fan, Jianying Tao, Ting Xu, Yingying Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Lingjun Li, Xiang Li, Hongmei Ding, Miao Sun, Qinqin Gao, Zhice Xu
Prenatal hypoxia causes intrauterine growth retardation. It is unclear whether/how hypoxia affects the bone in fetal and offspring life. This study showed that prenatal hypoxia retarded fetal skeletal growth in rats, inhibited extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and down-regulated of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) signaling in fetal growth plate chondrocytes in vivo and in vitro. In addition, ovariectomized (OVX) was used for study of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Compared with the control, OVX offspring in prenatal hypoxic group showed an enhanced osteoporosis in the femurs, associated with reduced proteoglycan and IGF1 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Simona Cardaropoli, Tullia Todros, Anna Maria Nuzzo, Alessandro Rolfo
Preeclampsia (PE) is a multifactorial pregnancy-induced syndrome and infection could have a role in its etiopathogenesis. Hepcidin, central regulator of iron homeostasis, is an antimicrobial peptide induced by inflammatory/infective stimuli. Therefore, hepcidin could be a good nonspecific marker of infection in PE. In a cross-sectional study, we assessed maternal serum levels (ELISA) and placental expression (Real-Time PCR and ELISA) of hepcidin in PE and normal pregnancies. In a prospective study, hepcidin maternal serum levels were assessed in early pregnancy before PE onset and in age matched controls...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Beatriz Manriquez Rocha, Francisco Mbofana, Osvaldo Loquiha, Chishamiso Mudenyanga, U Vivian Ukah, Laura A Magee, Peter von Dadelszen
In well-resourced settings, reduced circulating maternal free placental growth factor (PlGF) aids in either predicting or confirming the diagnosis of preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, stillbirth, preterm birth, and delivery within 14 days of testing when pre-eclampsia is suspected. This operational pilot implementation of maternal plasma PlGF in women with suspected preeclampsia was conducted in six antenatal clinics in Maputo, Mozambique (six control clinics for comparison). The primary outcome was transfer to higher levels of care, following the informative PlGF assay...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Jiayi Wan, Zheng Hu, Ke Zeng, Yongxiang Yin, Min Zhao, Miaoxin Chen, Qi Chen
Abnormalities in the development of placental vasculature in early pregnancy and the failure of transformation of the spiral arteries are associated with the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Sex hormones influence neovascularisation during pregnancy. However the profiling of estrogen and progesterone in preeclampsia is controversial. In this study we investigated the serum levels of estrogen and progesterone in women with preeclampsia. Blood samples were collected from 86 preeclamptic and 97 gestation-matched normotensive pregnancies...
January 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Dorien Reijnders, Chin-Chi Liu, Xinjing Xu, Anna Zhao, Kelsey Olson, Scott D Butler, Nataki C Douglas, Jenny L Sones
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disease of pregnancy, is a leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity/mortality. Early angiogenic and inflammatory disturbances within the placenta are thought to underlie the development of the maternal PE syndrome and poor pregnancy outcomes. However, the exact etiology remains largely unknown. Here, we use the BPH/5 mouse model of PE to elucidate the way in which inflammation early in pregnancy contributes to abnormal expression of angiogenic factors at the maternal-fetal interface...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
S Parvez, R R Gerona, C Proctor, M Friesen, J L Ashby, J L Reiter, Z Lui, P D Winchester
BACKGROUND: Glyphosate (GLY) is the most heavily used herbicide worldwide but the extent of exposure in human pregnancy remains unknown. Its residues are found in the environment, major crops, and food items that humans, including pregnant women, consume daily. Since GLY exposure in pregnancy may also increase fetal exposure risk, we designed a birth-cohort study to determine exposure frequency, potential exposure pathways, and associations with fetal growth indicators and pregnancy length...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Féaron C Cassidy, Marika Charalambous
In the 1980s, mouse nuclear transplantation experiments revealed that both male and female parental genomes are required for successful development to term ( McGrath and Solter, 1983; Surani and Barton, 1983). This non-equivalence of parental genomes is because imprinted genes are predominantly expressed from only one parental chromosome. Uniparental inheritance of these genomic regions causes paediatric growth disorders such as Beckwith-Wiedemann and Silver-Russell syndromes (reviewed in Peters, 2014). More than 100 imprinted genes have now been discovered and the functions of many of these genes have been assessed in murine models...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Michael B Langford, Jennifer E Outhwaite, Martha Hughes, David R C Natale, David G Simmons
Fetal growth and survival is dependent on the elaboration and propinquity of the fetal and maternal circulations within the placenta. Central to this is the formation of the interhaemal membrane, a multi-cellular lamina facilitating exchange of oxygen, nutrients and metabolic waste products between the mother and fetus. In rodents, this cellular barrier contains two transporting layers of syncytiotrophoblast, which are multinucleated cells that form by cell-cell fusion. Previously, we reported the expression of the GPI-linked cell surface protein LY6E by the syncytial layer closest to the maternal sinusoids of the mouse placenta (syncytiotrophoblast layer I)...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
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