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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647625/thermoresponsive-poly-glycidyl-ether-brushes-on-gold-surface-engineering-parameters-and-their-implication-for-cell-sheet-fabrication
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Silke Heinen, José Luis Cuellar-Camacho, Marie Weinhart
Thermoresponsive polymer coatings, optimized for cell adhesion and thermally-triggered cell detachment, allow the fabrication of confluent cell sheets with intact extracellular matrix. However, rational design guidelines for such coatings are rare, since temperature-triggered cell adhesion and detachment from thermoresponsive surfaces are mechanistically not well understood. Herein, we investigated the impact of molecular weight (2, 9, 24 kDa), grafting density (0.04 - 1.4 chains nm(-2)), morphology, and roughness of well-characterized thermoresponsive poly(glycidyl ether) brushes on the cell response at 37 and 20°C...
June 21, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646647/successful-maintenance-of-key-physiological-parameters-in-preterm-lambs-treated-with-ex%C3%A2-vivo-uterine-environment-therapy-for-a-period-of-1-week
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Haruo Usuda, Shimpei Watanabe, Yuichiro Miura, Masatoshi Saito, Gabrielle C Musk, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Hideyuki Ikeda, Shinichi Sato, Takushi Hanita, Tadashi Matsuda, Alan H Jobe, John P Newnham, Sarah J Stock, Matthew W Kemp
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants born at the border of viability (22-24 weeks' gestation) have high rates of death and lasting disability. Ex vivo uterine environment therapy is an experimental neonatal intensive care strategy that provides gas exchange using parallel membranous oxygenators connected to the umbilical vessels, sparing the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to refine our ex vivo uterine environment therapy platform to eliminate fetal infection and inflammation, while simultaneously extending the duration of hemodynamically stable ex vivo uterine environment therapy to 1 week...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646626/sexual-dimorphism-in-umbilical-vein-blood-flow-during-the-second-half-of-pregnancy-a-longitudinal-study
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Christian Widnes, Kari Flo, Tom Wilsgaard, Anthony O Odibo, Ganesh Acharya
OBJECTIVES: To investigate gestational age-specific serial changes in umbilical vein (UV) volume blood flow during the second half of normal pregnancy and establish sex-specific reference ranges. METHODS: This work was a prospective longitudinal study of singleton low-risk pregnancies. The UV diameter and maximum blood flow velocity were serially measured by sonography at the intra-abdominal portion of the UV over 19 to 41 weeks. Umbilical vein volume blood flow was calculated and normalized for estimated fetal weight...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645875/high-resolution-igh-repertoire-analysis-reveals-fetal-liver-as-the-origin-of-life-long-innate-b-lymphopoiesis-in-humans
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Anindita Roy, Vojtech Bystry, Georg Bohn, Katerina Goudevenou, Tomas Reigl, Maria Papaioannou, Adam Krejci, Sorcha O'Byrne, Aristeidis Chaidos, Andrea Grioni, Nikos Darzentas, Irene A G Roberts, Anastasios Karadimitris
The ontogeny of the natural, public IgM repertoire remains incompletely explored. Here, high-resolution immunogenetic analysis of B cells from (unrelated) fetal, child, and adult samples, shows that although fetal liver (FL) and bone marrow (FBM) IgM repertoires are equally diversified, FL is the main source of IgM natural immunity during the 2nd trimester. Strikingly, 0.25% of all prenatal clonotypes, comprising 18.7% of the expressed repertoire, are shared with the postnatal samples, consistent with persisting fetal IgM+ B cells being a source of natural IgM repertoire in adult life...
June 20, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640960/ferulic-acid-alleviates-symptoms-of-preeclampsia-in-rats-by-upregulating-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor
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Weiyan Gong, Jipeng Wan, Qing Yuan, Quanzhan Man, Xiaojing Zhang
Preeclampsia is a complication affecting pregnant women worldwide, which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. In this study, we evaluated the efficacy of ferulic acid (FA) on an N(ω) -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (L-NAME) induced rat model of preeclampsia. L-NAME was administered to pregnant rats to induce preeclampsia. 48 rats were divided into three experimental groups (n=16 each): control group, preeclampsia group and preeclampsia with FA treatment (preeclampsia+FA). Physiological characteristics such as urine volume, total urine protein and blood pressure were assessed...
June 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637870/cardiac-myocyte-p38%C3%AE-kinase-regulates-angiogenesis-via-myocyte-endothelial-cell-cross-talk-during-stress-induced-remodeling-in-heart
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Beth A Rose, Tomohiro Yokota, Vishnu Chintalgattu, Shuxun Ren, Luisa Iruela-Arispe, Aarif Y Khakoo, Susumu Minamisawa, Yibin Wang
Stress-induced p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activity is implicated in pathological remodeling in the heart. For example, constitutive p38 MAPK activation in cardiomyocytes induces pathological features, including myocyte hypertrophy, apoptosis, contractile dysfunction, and fetal gene expression. However, the physiological function of cardiomyocyte p38 MAPK activity in beneficial compensatory vascular remodeling is unclear. This report investigated the functional role and the underlying mechanisms of cardiomyocyte p38 MAPK activity in cardiac remodeling induced by chronic stress...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635586/gc-1-a-thyromimetic-with-multiple-therapeutic-applications-in-liver-disease
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Amedeo Columbano, Grazia Chiellini, Marta Anna Kowalik
Thyroid hormones, namely 3,5,3'-triiodo-L-thyronine (T3) and 3,5,3',5'-tetraiodo-L-thyronine (thyroxine or T4), influence a variety of physiological processes that have important implications in fetal development, metabolism, cell growth and proliferation. While THs elicit several beneficial effects on lipid metabolism and improve myocardial contractility, these therapeutically desirable effects are associated to a thyrotoxic state, that severely limits the possible use of THs as therapeutic agents. Therefore, several efforts have been made to develop T3 analogues that could retain the beneficial actions (triglyceride, cholesterol, obesity and body mass lowering), without the adverse TH-dependent side effects...
June 13, 2017: Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634910/the-complex-biology-of-the-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-and-its-role-in-the-pituitary-gland
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Robert Formosa, Josanne Vassallo
The aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor best known for its ability to mediate the effects of environmental toxins such as 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD or dioxin), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), benzene, and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) through the initiation of transcription of a number of metabolically active enzymes. Therefore, the AHR has been studied mostly in the context of xenobiotic signaling. However, several studies have shown that the AHR is constitutively active and plays an important role in general cell physiology, independently of its activity as a xenobiotic receptor and in the absence of exogenous ligands...
June 20, 2017: Hormones & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633455/fetal-metabolic-stress-disrupts-immune-homeostasis-and-induces-pro-inflammatory-responses-in-hiv-1-and-cart-exposed-infants
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Johannes C Schoeman, Gontse P Moutloatse, Amy C Harms, Rob J Vreeken, Henriette J Scherpbier, Liesbeth Van Leeuwen, Taco W Kuijpers, Carools J Reinecke, Ruud Berger, Thomas Hankemeier, Madeleine J Bunders
Increased morbidity and fetal growth restriction are reported in uninfected children born to HIV-1-infected women treated with antiretroviral (ARV) therapy. Viruses and/or pharmacological interventions such as ARVs can induce metabolic stress skewing the cell's immune response and restricting (cell) growth. Novel metabolomic techniques provided the opportunity to investigate the impact of fetal HIV-1 and combination ARV therapy (cART)-exposure on the infants' immune-metabolome. Peroxidized lipids, generated by reactive oxygen species, were increased in cART/HIV-1-exposed infants, indicating altered mitochondrial functioning...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
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REVIEW
Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627028/common-findings-in-late-gestation-fetal-echocardiography
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Lauren Tague, Mary T Donofrio, Amanda Fulgium, Robert McCarter, Catherine Limperopoulos, David N Schidlow
OBJECTIVES: Fetal echocardiography provides detailed information about cardiac structure and function in utero. Limited information is available regarding normal findings late in pregnancy. We therefore sought to identify and describe common cardiac findings in late gestation. METHODS: Fetuses with structurally normal hearts were identified in mid gestation within a subset of pregnant women in a prospective study. The atrioventricular valves, right and left atria, aortic isthmus and ductus arteriosus dimensions and flow abnormalities, aneurysm of the septum primum, and presence and grade of tricuspid regurgitation were assessed throughout pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626094/-effect-of-trehalose-on-survival-rate-for-%C3%A2-fat-cells-after-cryopreservation
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Ying Deng, Shaoqian Liu, Hongju Xie, Fangfang Tang, Ming Li, Nian Chen
To explore effects of trehalose as a cryopreserve agent on survival rate of fatty tissue after cryopreservation.
 Methods: The liposuction was used on the abdomen of adult female. After centrifugation and purification, adipose was randomized into the following three groups, the trehalose group, the fetal bovine serum (FBS)+10%DMSO group and the physiological saline group. The specimens were cryopreserved at -196 ℃ for 3 months and then the HE staining, glucose transfer method and CK method were used to detect the cell survival rate in each group...
May 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615711/identification-and-characterization-of-a-rich-population-of-cd34-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-in-human-parotid-sublingual-and-submandibular-glands
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Padma Priya Togarrati, Robson T Sasaki, Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, Nuntana Dinglasan, Xutao Deng, Shivani Desai, Elaine Emmerson, Elizabeth Yee, William R Ryan, Marcelo C P da Silva, Sarah M Knox, Satish K Pillai, Marcus O Muench
Mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs) play crucial roles in maintaining tissue homeostasis during physiological turnovers and injuries. Very little is known about the phenotype, distribution and molecular nature of MSCs in freshly isolated human salivary glands (SGs) as most reports have focused on the analysis of cultured MSCs. Our results demonstrate that the cell adhesion molecule CD34 was widely expressed by the MSCs of human major SGs, namely parotid (PAG), sublingual (SLG) and submandibular (SMG) glands...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606217/nutritional-support-for-low-birth-weight-infants-insights-from-animal-studies
#14
Na Li, Wei Wang, Guoyao Wu, Junjun Wang
Infants born with low birth weights (<2500 g, LBW), accounting for about 15 % of newborns, have a high risk for postnatal growth failure and developing the metabolic syndromes such as type 2 diabetes, CVD and obesity later in life. Improper nutrition provision during critical stages, such as undernutrition during the fetal period or overnutrition during the neonatal period, has been an important mediator of these metabolic diseases. Considering the specific physiological status of LBW infants, nutritional intervention and optimisation during early life merit further attention...
June 13, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599394/pulmo-uterinus-a-history-of-ideas-on-fetal-respiration
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REVIEW
Michael Obladen
Theories about fetal respiration began in antiquity. Aristotle characterized pneuma as warm air, but also as the enabler of vital functions and instrument of the soul. In Galen's system of physiology, the vital spirit was carried by the umbilical arteries, the nutrients by the umbilical vein from the placenta to the fetus. In 1569 Aranzio postulated that the maternal and fetal vasculatures are distinct. From 1670 to 1690, a century before the discovery of oxygen, researchers understood that during respiration some form of exchange with the air must occur, naming the substance biolychnium, phlogiston, sal-nitro, or nitro-aerial particles...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598448/fetal-ductus-venosus-pulsatility-index-and-diameter-during-second-and-third-trimester-of-gestation
#16
P Pokharel, M A Ansari
INTRODUCTION: The ductus venosus is a small funnel shaped vessel found posterior to the fetal liver connecting the intra-abdominal umbilical vein and the inferior vena cava. It is one of the three physiological shunts in the fetus. The main objective of this study is to construct the reference table and normogram for fetal ductus venosus Pulsatility Index and diameter with gestational age. METHODS: This was a prospective cross sectional study conducted during August 2011 to July 2012 taking 294 uncomplicated pregnancies using systemic random sampling method...
January 2017: JNMA; Journal of the Nepal Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598424/raptor-regulates-functional-maturation-of-murine-beta-cells
#17
Qicheng Ni, Yanyun Gu, Yun Xie, Qinglei Yin, Hongli Zhang, Aifang Nie, Wenyi Li, Yanqiu Wang, Guang Ning, Weiqing Wang, Qidi Wang
Diabetes is associated with beta cell mass loss and islet dysfunctions. mTORC1 regulates beta cell survival, proliferation and function in physiological and pathological conditions, such as pregnancy and pancreatectomy. Here we show that deletion of Raptor, which is an essential component of mTORC1, in insulin-expressing cells promotes hypoinsulinemia and glucose intolerance. Raptor-deficient beta cells display reduced glucose responsiveness and exhibit a glucose metabolic profile resembling fetal beta cells...
June 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596239/electrophoresis-of-cell-membrane-heparan-sulfate-regulates-galvanotaxis-in-glial-cells
#18
Yu-Ja Huang, Paula Schiapparelli, Kristen Kozielski, Jordan Green, Emily Lavell, Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, Peter Searson
Endogenous electric fields modulate many physiological processes by promoting directional migration, a process known as galvanotaxis. Despite the importance of galvanotaxis in development and disease, the mechanism by which cells sense and migrate directionally in an electric field remains unknown. Here we show that electrophoresis of cell surface heparan sulfate (HS) critically regulates this process. HS was found to be localized at the anode-facing side in fetal neural progenitor cells (fNPC), fNPC-derived astrocytes, and brain tumor initiating cells (BTICs), regardless of their direction of galvanotaxis...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591252/impact-of-the-use-of-different-diagnostic-criteria-in-the-prevalence-of-dyslipidemia-in-pregnant-women
#19
Alina Coutinho Rodrigues Feitosa, Luciana Tedgue Barreto, Isabela Matos da Silva, Felipe Freire da Silva, Gilson Soares Feitosa
Background: There is a physiologic elevation of total cholesterol (TC) and triglycerides (TG) during pregnancy. Some authors define dyslipidemia (DLP) in pregnant women when TC, LDL and TG concentrations are above the 95th percentile (p95%) and HDL concentration is below the 5th percentile (P5%) for gestational age (GA). Objective: To compare the prevalence of DLP in pregnant women using percentiles criteria with the V Brazilian Guidelines on Dyslipidemia and the association with maternal and fetal outcomes...
June 1, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588050/development-of-a-novel-maternal-fetal-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-model-i-insights-into-factors-that-determine-fetal-drug-exposure-through-simulations-and-sensitivity-analyses
#20
Zufei Zhang, Marjorie Z Imperial, Gabriela I Patilea-Vrana, Janak Wedagedera, Lu Gaohua, Jashvant D Unadkat
Determining fetal drug exposure (except at the time of birth) is not possible for both logistical and ethical reasons. Therefore, we developed a novel maternal-fetal physiologically based pharmacokinetic (m-f-PBPK) model to predict fetal exposure to drugs and populated this model with gestational age-dependent changes in maternal-fetal physiology. Then, we used this m-f-PBPK to: (1) perform a series of sensitivity analyses to quantitatively demonstrate the impact of fetoplacental metabolism and placental transport on fetal drug exposure for various drug dosing regimens administered to the mother; (2) predict the impact of gestational age on fetal drug exposure; and (3) demonstrate that a single umbilical venous: maternal plasma (UV:MP) ratio (even after multiple oral dose administration to steady-state) does not necessarily reflect fetal drug exposure...
June 6, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
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