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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433735/outpatient-endometrial-aspiration-an-alternative-to-methotrexate-for-pregnancy-of-unknown-location
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Iris G Insogna, Leslie V Farland, Stacey A Missmer, Elizabeth S Ginsburg, Paula C Brady
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the utility of an endometrial sampling protocol for the diagnosis of pregnancies of unknown location following in vitro fertilization. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study of 14,505 autologous fresh and frozen in vitro fertilization cycles from 10/2007 to 9/2015 was performed; 110 patients were diagnosed with pregnancy of unknown location, defined as a positive human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) without ultrasound evidence of intrauterine or ectopic pregnancy, and an abnormal hCG trend (<53% rise or <15% fall in two days)...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433375/mosaicism-between-trophectoderm-and-inner-cell-mass
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REVIEW
Antonio Capalbo, Laura Rienzi
Defining the actual incidence and prevalence of mosaicism in human blastocysts still remains a difficult task. The small amount of evidence generated by animal and human studies does not support the existence of mechanisms involved in developmental arrest, clonal depletion, or aneuploidy rescue for abnormal cells in euploid/aneuploid embryos during preimplantation development. However, studies in humans are mainly descriptive and lack functional evidence. Understanding the biological mechanisms that beset preimplantation differentiation holds the potential to reveal the role of aneuploidies and gene dosage imbalances in cell fate decision, providing important clues on the origin and evolution of embryonic mosaicism...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
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REVIEW
Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430615/a-novel-mechanism-of-angiotensin-ii-regulated-placental-vascular-tone-in-the-development-of-hypertension-in-preeclampsia
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430386/peptidome-analysis-of-human-serum-from-normal-and-preeclamptic-pregnancies
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Xiaonan Dai, Xuejing Song, Can Rui, Li Meng, Xuan Xue, Hongjuan Ding, Rong Shen, Jun Li, Jingyun Li, Yuanqing Lu, Wei Long
Preeclampsia is a kind of disease that severely harms the health of pregnant women and infants. To better understand the molecular mechanisms involved in preeclampsia, we used liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to construct a comparative peptidomic profiling of human serum between normal and preeclamptic pregnancies. A total of 201 peptides were confidently identified, with 21 up-regulated and 3 down-regulated. Further analysis indicated that these differentially expressed peptides correlate with enzyme regulator activity, biological regulation, and coagulation cascades occurring during pathological changes of preeclampsia...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429909/association-between-maternal-vitamin-d-status-during-pregnancy-and-offspring-cognitive-function-during-childhood-and-adolescence
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Sargoor R Veena, Ghattu V Krishnaveni, Krishnamachari Srinivasan, Kotrangada P Thajna, Bhavya G Hegde, Catharine R Gale, Caroline Hd Fall
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Animal studies have demonstrated poor cognitive outcomes in offspring in relation to maternal vitamin D deficiency before and/or during pregnancy. Human studies linking maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy with offspring cognitive function are limited. We aimed to test the hypothesis that lower maternal vitamin D status during pregnancy is associated with poor offspring cognitive ability in an Indian population. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Cognitive function was assessed in children from the Mysore Parthenon birth cohort during childhood (age 9-10 years; n=468) and adolescence (age 13-14 years; n=472) using 3 core tests from the Kaufman Assessment Battery for children and additional tests measuring learning, long-term retrieval/ storage, short-term memory, reasoning, verbal fluency, visuo-spatial ability, and attention and concentration...
May 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429508/immunophenotyping-and-activation-status-of-maternal-peripheral-blood-leukocytes-during-pregnancy-and-labour-both-term-and-preterm
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Jianhong Zhang, Oksana Shynlova, Sally Sabra, Annie Bang, Laurent Briollais, Stephen J Lye
The onset of labour in rodents and in humans is associated with physiological inflammation which is manifested by infiltration of activated maternal peripheral leukocytes (mPLs) into uterine tissues. Here, we used flow cytometry to immunophenotype mPLs throughout gestation and labour, both term and preterm. Peripheral blood was collected from non-pregnant women and pregnant women in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimesters. Samples were also collected from women in active labour at term (TL) or preterm (PTL) and compared with women term not-in-labour (TNIL) and preterm not-in-labour (PTNIL)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428943/pathogenic-variant-in-nlrp7-19q13-42-associated-with-recurrent-gestational-trophoblastic-disease-data-from-early-embryo-development-observed-during-in-vitro-fertilization
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E Scott Sills, Alexandra J Obregon-Tito, Harry Gao, Thomas K McWilliams, Anthony T Gordon, Catharine A Adams, Rima Slim
OBJECTIVE: To describe in vitro development of human embryos derived from an individual with a homozygous pathogenic variant in NLRP7 (19q13.42) and recurrent hydatidiform mole (HM), an autosomal recessive condition thought to occur secondary to an oocyte defect. METHODS: A patient with five consecutive HM pregnancies was genomically evaluated via next generation sequencing followed by controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, in vitro fertilization (IVF) with intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo culture, and preimplantation genetic screening...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428000/selected-oxidative-stress-biomarkers-in-antenatal-diagnosis-as-11-14-gestational-weeks
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Marek Pietryga, Piotr Dydowicz, Kinga Toboła, Marta Napierała, Izabela Miechowicz, Anna Gąsiorowska, Maciej Brązert, Ewa Florek
The primary objective in modern obstetrics and prenatal diagnosis is to predict risks of congenital abnormalities. The aim of the research was to assess the correlation between selected oxidative stress biomarkers with the risk of foetal chromosomal aberration evaluated at the first trimester screening. A series of studies show that balanced free radical activity and oxidative homeostasis are essential for proper bodily growth and function. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) may be one of the factors associated with disruption of cell cycle and tissue development, thus leading to developmental abnormalities...
April 17, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427432/anti-human-platelet-antigen-hpa-1a-antibodies-may-affect-trophoblast-functions-crucial-for-placental-development-a-laboratory-study-using-an-in-vitro-model
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Mariana Eksteen, Gøril Heide, Heidi Tiller, Yan Zhou, Nora Hersoug Nedberg, Inigo Martinez-Zubiaurre, Anne Husebekk, Bjørn R Skogen, Tor B Stuge, Mette Kjær
BACKGROUND: Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a bleeding disorder caused by maternal antibodies against paternal human platelet antigens (HPAs) on fetal platelets. Antibodies against HPA-1a are accountable for the majority of FNAIT cases. We have previously shown that high levels of maternal anti-HPA-1a antibodies are associated with clinically significant reduced birth weight in newborn boys. Chronic inflammatory placental lesions are associated with increased risk of reduced birth weight and have previously been reported in connection with FNAIT pregnancies...
April 21, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427372/protocol-for-evaluation-of-the-continuum-of-primary-care-in-the-case-of-a-miscarriage-in-the-emergency-room-a-mixed-method-study
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Francine de Montigny, Chantal Verdon, Diane Dubeau, Annie Devault, Martin St-André, Éric Tchouaket Nguemeleu, Carl Lacharité
BACKGROUND: In Quebec (Canada), nearly 20,000 pregnancies end in miscarriage, and the majority of the miscarriages are dealt with in an emergency unit. Although there are studies documenting the effects of this type of grief on mental health, men's experiences are much less discussed than those of women. Similarly, no study has evaluated best practices in terms of service continuity, from emergency care to community resources. The aim of this study is to better understand the relationships that exist between the organization of emergency room and primary care health services for women presenting with miscarriage, on the one hand, and the positions and experiences of women and men within these services, on the other...
April 20, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427009/early-in-life-dietary-zinc-deficiency-and-supplementation-and-mammary-tumor-development-in-adulthood-female-rats
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Flávia R M da Silva, Tony F Grassi, Joyce R Zapaterini, Lucas T Bidinotto, Luis F Barbisan
Zinc deficiency during pregnancy and postnatal life can adversely increase risk of developing human diseases at adulthood. The present study was designed to evaluate whether dietary zinc deficiency or supplementation during the pregnancy, lactation and juvenile stages interferes in the development of mammary tumors induced by 7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene (DMBA) in female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Pregnant female SD rats were allocated into three groups: zinc-adequate diet (ZnA - 35-mg/kg chow), zinc-deficient diet (ZnD - 3-mg/kg chow) or zinc-supplemented diet (ZnS - 180-mg/kg chow) during gestational day 10 (GD 10) until the litters' weaning...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426990/concentration-of-perfluorinated-compounds-and-cotinine-in-human-foetal-organs-placenta-and-maternal-plasma
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Linn Salto Mamsen, Bo A G Jönsson, Christian H Lindh, Rasmus H Olesen, Agnete Larsen, Erik Ernst, Thomas W Kelsey, Claus Yding Andersen
BACKGROUND: Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) are bio-accumulative pollutants, and prenatal exposure to PFASs is believed to impact human foetal development and may have long-term adverse health effects later in life. Additionally, maternal cigarette smoking may be associated with PFAS levels. Foetal exposure has previously been estimated from umbilical cord plasma, but the actual concentration in foetal organs has never been measured. OBJECTIVES: The concentrations of 5 PFASs and cotinine - the primary metabolite of nicotine - were measured in human foetuses, placentas, and maternal plasma to evaluate to what extent these compounds were transferred from mother to foetus and to determine if the PFAS concentrations were associated with maternal cigarette smoking...
April 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424697/regulation-of-the-functions-of-natural-cytotoxicity-receptors-by-interactions-with-diverse-ligands-and-alterations-in-splice-variant-expression
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REVIEW
Tatiana Pazina, Avishai Shemesh, Michael Brusilovsky, Angel Porgador, Kerry S Campbell
The natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) family is constituted by NKp46, NKp44, and NKp30 in humans, which are expressed mainly on natural killer (NK) cells and are encoded by the ncr1, ncr2, and ncr3 genes, respectively. NCRs have classically been defined as activating receptors that trigger cytotoxicity and cytokine responses by NK cells upon engaging with ligands on tumor cells. Several new findings, however, have challenged this model and identified alternative mechanisms regulating the function of NCRs...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424481/the-first-genome-wide-association-study-identifying-new-susceptibility-loci-for-obstetric-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Mayumi Sugiura-Ogasawara, Yosuke Omae, Minae Kawashima, Licht Toyo-Oka, Seik-Soon Khor, Hiromi Sawai, Tetsuya Horita, Tatsuya Atsumi, Atsuko Murashima, Daisuke Fujita, Tomio Fujita, Shinji Morimoto, Eriko Morishita, Shinji Katsuragi, Tamao Kitaori, Kinue Katano, Yasuhiko Ozaki, Katsushi Tokunaga
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is the most important treatable cause of recurrent pregnancy loss. The live birth rate is limited to only 70-80% in patients with APS undergoing established anticoagulant therapy. Lupus anticoagulant (LA), but not anticardiolipin antibody (aCL), was found to predict adverse pregnancy outcome. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of APS focusing on aCL have shown that several molecules may be involved. This is the first GWAS for obstetric APS focusing on LA. A GWAS was performed to compare 115 Japanese patients with obstetric APS, diagnosed according to criteria of the International Congress on APS, and 419 healthy individuals...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423605/pregnancy-at-early-age-is-associated-with-a-reduction-of-progesterone-responsive-cells-and-epithelial-wnt-signaling-in-human-breast-tissue
#16
Simone Muenst, Robert Mechera, Silvio Däster, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Charlotte K Y Ng, Fabienne Meier-Abt, Walter P Weber, Savas D Soysal
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy at early age is the most significant modifiable factor which consistently decreases lifetime breast cancer risk. However, the underlying mechanisms haven't been conclusively identified. Studies in mice suggest a reduction in progesterone-receptor (PR) sensitive epithelial cells as well as a downregulation of the Wnt signaling pathway as being one of the main mechanisms for the protective effect of early pregnancy. The aim of our study was to validate these findings in humans...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422380/comparing-the-long-acting-and-short-acting-forms-of-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonists-in-the-long-protocol-of-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-retrospective-study
#17
Liyan Duan, Shihua Bao, Kunming Li, Xiaoming Teng, Ling Hong, Xiaoyu Zhao
AIM: This study aimed to compare the efficacy of long- and short-acting gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist on clinical outcomes of in vitro fertilization/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF/ICSI) long protocol cycles. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 478 patients were enrolled from October 2012 to November 2014. The pituitary downregulation result, serum hormone levels, gonadotropin (Gn) dose during controlled ovarian hyperstimulation, and outcome of IVF/ICSI-embryo transfer were compared between the two groups...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422034/endocrine-disruptors-and-prostate-cancer
#18
Eduardo Sénchez de Badajoz, José Maria Lage-Sánchez, Pilar Sánchez-Gallegos
OBJECTIVES: Although prostate cancer is probably the most frequent cancer in men, little is known about its etiology. Clear evidence exists about variations in the incidence of prostate cancer between populations living in different countries. These variations could be explained by differences in lifestyle and a possible association with a set of substances that are able to intervene in the origin of the disease. METHODS: The reason that lifestyle may be the cause of prostate cancer is related to endocrine disruptors...
April 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421508/appendix-d-irvine-scientific-%C3%A2-vitrification-system
#19
Matthew VerMilyea, Amber Brewer
This chapter will describe the use of the Irvine Scientific(®) vitrification and warming solutions (Vit Kits(®)) along with a detailed protocol for the correct use of the CryoTip(®) vitrification device for human embryos and oocytes. Successful pregnancies have been reported after carrying out rapid vitrification methods of oocytes, cleavage stage embryos, and blastocysts using the CryoTip(®) (Popwell et al. Fertil Steril, 101:e20, 2014; Kuwayama et al. Reprod Biomed 11:608-614, 2005; Kuwayama et al. Fertil Steril 84:S187, 2005; Kuwayama et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421497/chapter-13-human-ovarian-tissue-vitrification
#20
Sherman Silber
Ovarian freezing and transplantation has garnered increasing interest as a potential way of preserving fertility in cancer patients as well as for women who just wish to delay childbearing. This chapter spells out our techniques of ovarian cortex vitrification and results for frozen compared to fresh ovarian cortex transplantation (in one single series from one center for the sake of consistency), as well as potentially provides insight into the mechanism behind ovarian follicle recruitment. This represents an effort to simplify and popularize an approach that has yielded favorable results (all cases recovered ovulation and 75% had successful spontaneous pregnancy) in one single, disciplined study...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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