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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914866/co-signaling-molecules-in-maternal-fetal-immunity
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Yuan-Yuan Xu, Song-Cun Wang, Da-Jin Li, Mei-Rong Du
Physiologically, a successful pregnancy requires the maternal immune system to recognize and tolerate the semiallogeneic fetus, and allow for normal invasion of trophoblasts. Thus, pregnancy complications are considered to be associated with dysfunctional maternal-fetal crosstalk. Co-signaling molecules are a group of cell surface molecules that positively or negatively modulate the immune response. Well studied in the fields of oncology and transplantation, they are also suggested to be involved in maternal-fetal crosstalk...
November 30, 2016: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914539/the-effects-of-alpha-cypermethrin-exposure-on-biochemical-and-redox-parameters-in-pregnant-rats-and-their-newborns
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Leila Hocine, Hafida Merzouk, Sid Ahmed Merzouk, Hafeda Ghorzi, Meriem Youbi, Michel Narce
Pyrethroid insecticides are extensively used in agriculture and in household activities. During pregnancy, they might affect maternal metabolic status and there after fetal development. In this work, we studied metabolic and redox effects of low dose alpha-cypermethrin exposure in pregnant rats and their offspring. The diet containing alpha cypermethrin at 0.02mg/kg/day was consumed during the entire gestation. Plasma biochemical parameters as well as liver lipid and oxidative stress markers were determined...
November 2016: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910710/management-of-a-pregnant-woman-with-thyrotropinoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Carolina M Perdomo, Jorge A Árabe, Miguel Á Idoate, Juan C Galofré
INTRODUCTION: Pituitary disorders during pregnancy are uncommon. The approach should include a close follow-up in order to reduce maternal and fetal risks associated with physiological changes during pregnancy or treatment side effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report a 21-year-old woman with a thyroid-stimulating hormone-secreting pituitary macroadenoma and positive antithyroid antibodies. She was initially treated using transsphenoidal pituitary surgery. The patient relapsed 17-month post-surgery...
December 2, 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899895/developmental-origins-of-cardiometabolic-diseases-role-of-the-maternal-diet
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REVIEW
João H Costa-Silva, Aiany C Simões-Alves, Mariana P Fernandes
Developmental origins of cardiometabolic diseases have been related to maternal nutritional conditions. In this context, the rising incidence of arterial hypertension, diabetes type II, and dyslipidemia has been attributed to genetic programming. Besides, environmental conditions during perinatal development such as maternal undernutrition or overnutrition can program changes in the integration among physiological systems leading to cardiometabolic diseases. This phenomenon can be understood in the context of the phenotypic plasticity and refers to the adjustment of a phenotype in response to environmental input without genetic change, following a novel, or unusual input during development...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899160/physiopathology-of-vesico-ureteral-reflux
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REVIEW
Salvatore Arena, Roberta Iacona, Pietro Impellizzeri, Tiziana Russo, Lucia Marseglia, Eloisa Gitto, Carmelo Romeo
Vescico-Ureteral Reflux (VUR) is a common condition in childhood, caused by a congenital anomaly at the Vescico-Ureteral Junction (VUJ) level. It seems that the main cause could be an abnormal embryological development occurred during the early stage of fetal life.Refluxing ureteral endings show structural and functional anomalies: previous studies have shown a significant decrease in alfa actin, miosin and desmin contents as well as an high rate of atrophy and muscular degeneration with disorganized muscular fibres...
November 29, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896244/adaptive-responses-of-cardiac-function-to-fetal-postural-change-as-gestational-age-increases
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Woo Jin Kim, Hye Jin Choi, Sun Young Yang, Boo Hae Koo, Ki Hoon Ahn, Geum Joon Cho, Soon Cheol Hong, Min-Jeong Oh, Hai-Joong Kim
OBJECTIVE: The cardiovascular system maintains homeostasis through a series of adaptive responses to physiological requirements. However, little is known about the adaptation of fetal cardiac function to gravity, according to gestational age. In the present study, we aimed to evaluate the adaptive responses of cardiac function to postural changes, using Tei index measurements. METHODS: Fetal echocardiography and Doppler examination were performed on 114 women with vertex singleton pregnancies at 19 to 40 weeks' gestation...
November 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894883/incubation-relative-humidity-induces-renal-morphological-and-physiological-remodeling-in-the-embryo-of-the-chicken-gallus-gallus-domesticus
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Greta Bolin, Benjamin Dubansky, Warren W Burggren
The metanephric kidneys of the chicken embryo, along with the chorioallantoic membrane, process water and ions to maintain osmoregulatory homeostasis. We hypothesized that changes in relative humidity (RH) and thus osmotic conditions during embryogenesis would alter the developmental trajectory of embryonic kidney function. White leghorn chicken eggs were incubated at one of 25-30% relative humidity, 55-60% relative humidity, and 85-90% relative humidity. Embryos were sampled at days 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18 to examine embryo and kidney mass, glomerular characteristics, body fluid osmolalities, hematological properties, and whole embryo oxygen consumption...
November 25, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893507/case-study-obstetrical-trauma-with-maternal-death-and-fetal-survival
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Matthew Mowry
Trauma during pregnancy is the leading cause of non-obstetric-related maternal and fetal death. This article summarizes obstetric physiology and outlines the assessment and treatment of traumatic injuries of the pregnant patient. A case is presented in which a pregnant woman with blunt abdominal trauma was managed efficiently in a trauma center within a hospital that does not have in-house obstetric services.
January 2017: Critical Care Nursing Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893464/the-h3k9-dimethyltransferases-ehmt1-2-protect-against-pathological-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Bernard Thienpont, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Emma Louise Robinson, Hanneke Okkenhaug, Elena Loche, Arianna Ferrini, Patrick Brien, Kanar Alkass, Antonio Tomasso, Asmita Agrawal, Olaf Bergmann, Ivar Sjaastad, Wolf Reik, Hywel Llewelyn Roderick
Cardiac hypertrophic growth in response to pathological cues is associated with reexpression of fetal genes and decreased cardiac function and is often a precursor to heart failure. In contrast, physiologically induced hypertrophy is adaptive, resulting in improved cardiac function. The processes that selectively induce these hypertrophic states are poorly understood. Here, we have profiled 2 repressive epigenetic marks, H3K9me2 and H3K27me3, which are involved in stable cellular differentiation, specifically in cardiomyocytes from physiologically and pathologically hypertrophied rat hearts, and correlated these marks with their associated transcriptomes...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881286/renal-adaptive-changes-and-sodium-handling-in-the-fetal-to-newborn-transition
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REVIEW
Jeffrey L Segar
Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management is critical for optimal care of very low birth weight or sick infants. Delivery of such care requires an understanding of developmental changes in renal water and salt handling that occur with advancing gestational age as well as postnatal age. This review focuses on the principles of sodium homeostasis during fetal and postnatal life. The physiology of renal tubular transport mechanisms, as well as neurohumoral factors impacting renal tubular transport are highlighted...
November 20, 2016: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879258/nucleophosmin-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-npm-alk-the-ultimate-oncogene-and-therapeutic-target
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Michael T Werner, Chen Zhao, Qian Zhang, Mariusz A Wasik
Anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) is a receptor tyrosine kinase physiologically expressed by fetal neural cells. However, aberrantly expressed ALK is involved in the pathogenesis of diverse malignancies including distinct types of lymphoma, lung carcinoma, and neuroblastoma. The aberrant ALK expression in non-neural cells results from chromosomal translocations that create novel fusion proteins. These protein hybrids are comprised of the proximal part of a partner gene including its promoter region and the distal part of ALK including coding sequence for the entire kinase domain...
November 22, 2016: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873373/cardiac-output-and-blood-flow-redistribution-in-the-fetus-with-d-loop-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-and-intact-ventricular-septum-insights-into-the-pathophysiology
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Max E Godfrey, Kevin G Friedman, Monika Drogosz, Abraham M Rudolph, Wayne Tworetzky
OBJECTIVES: Although the postnatal physiology of D-loop transposition of the great arteries with intact ventricular septum (DTGA-IVS) is well established, little is known about fetal DTGA-IVS. In the normal fetus, the pulmonary valve (PV) is larger than the aortic valve (AoV), there is exclusive right to left flow at the foramen ovale (FO) and ductus arteriosus (DA), and the left ventricle (LV) ejects 40% of combined ventricular output (CVO) through the aorta, primarily to the brain. In DTGA-IVS, the LV ejects O2 -rich blood to the pulmonary artery, theoretically leading to pulmonary vasodilation, increased branch pulmonary arterial flow and reduced DA flow...
November 22, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871462/placental-expression-of-dna-methyltransferase-1-dnmt1-gender-specific-relation-with-human-placental-growth
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A Mukhopadhyay, G Ravikumar, H Meraaj, P Dwarkanath, A Thomas, J Crasta, T Thomas, A V Kurpad, T S Sridhar
AIMS: Placental physiology and morphology is critically regulated by DNA methylation. As such, placental global DNA methylation and transcript abundance of placental DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) may relate to placental and fetal growth in human pregnancies. We aimed to test correlations of human fetoplacental parameters and birth weight with the placental expression of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) and placental global methylation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Placentae (n = 109) were collected from small- (SGA) and appropriate- (AGA) for gestational age full-term singleton pregnancies (n = 56 SGA and 53 AGA)...
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/27862351/p2y12-receptor-is-expressed-on-human-microglia-under-physiological-conditions-throughout-development-and-is-sensitive-to-neuroinflammatory-diseases
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Alexander Mildner, Hao Huang, Josefine Radke, Werner Stenzel, Josef Priller
Microglia are resident immune cells in the central nervous system (CNS), which are essential for immune defence and critically contribute to neuronal functions during homeostasis. Until now, little is known about microglia biology in humans in part due to the lack of microglia-specific markers. We therefore investigated the expression of the purinergic receptor P2Y12 in human brain tissue. Compared to classical markers used to identify microglia such as Iba1, CD68 or MHCII, we found that P2Y12 is expressed on parenchymal microglia but is absent from perivascular or meningeal macrophages...
November 12, 2016: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859593/placental-specific-overexpression-of-sflt-1-alters-trophoblast-differentiation-and-nutrient-transporter-expression-in-an-iugr-mouse-model
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E Kühnel, V Kleff, V Stojanovska, S Kaiser, R Waldschütz, F Herse, T Plösch, E Winterhager, A Gellhaus
Since it is known that placental overexpression of the human anti-angiogenic molecule sFlt-1, the main candidate in the progression of preeclampsia, lead to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) in mice by lentiviral transduction of mouse blastocysts, we hypothesize that sFlt-1 influence placental morphology and physiology resulting in fetal IUGR. We therefore examined the effect of sFlt-1 on placental morphology and physiology at embryonic day 18.5 with histologic and morphometric analyses, transcript analyses, immunoblotting, and methylation studies...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854505/wireless-medical-telemetry-service-is-changing-not-going-away
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Jonathan Temple, Paul Sherman
The Wireless Medical Telemetry Service (WMTS) was established in 1999 by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to protect the use of licensed medical telemetry for physiological and fetal monitoring. The WMTS space has three frequency bands: 608-614 MHz (over-the-air [OTA] television channel 37), 1,395-1,400 MHz, and 1,427-1,432 MHz. This article addresses the recent FCC rule affecting the OTA channel 37 WMTS band. We also will address the potential impact on WMTS use in the hospital, the potential risks, and what hospitals need to do to mitigate those risks...
September 2016: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854380/physiologic-adaptation-of-plasma-volume-during-pregnancy-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Sander de Haas, Chahinda Ghossein-Doha, Sander Mj van Kuijk, Joris van Drongelen, Marc Ea Spaanderman
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this systematic review and meta-analyses was to comprehensively describe the physiological pattern of gestational plasma volume adjustments during human singleton pregnancies and compare this to the pattern of pregnancies complicated by pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia or fetal growth restriction. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of the current literature on plasma volume adjustments during physiological and complicated pregnancies...
November 11, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854379/longitudinal-maternal-haemodynamics-in-fetal-growth-restriction-in-pregnancies-at-high-risk-for-placental-insufficiency
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Daniel Stott, Papastefanou I, Daniela Paraschiv, Katherine Clark, Nikos A Kametas
OBJECTIVE: Fetal growth restriction is a powerful determinant of poor perinatal outcomes. Our previous work in pregnancies at high risk for the development of hypertension found that early in pregnancy maternal haemodynamics show impaired cardiovascular adaptation in gestations destined to deliver growth-restricted infants. In this study, we serially monitored maternal haemodynamics from the first through to the third trimester in a similar high-risk cohort, in order to determine if, in pregnancies complicated by growth-restriction, these distinct haemodynamic profiles found at presentation persisted throughout pregnancy...
October 31, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852726/thyroid-hormone-regulated-genes-in-cerebral-cortex-development
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Juan Bernal
The physiological and developmental effects of thyroid hormones are mainly due to the control of gene expression after interaction of T3 with the nuclear receptors. To understand the role of thyroid hormones on cerebral cortex development, knowledge of the genes regulated by T3 during specific stages of development is required. In our laboratory we previously identified genes regulated by T3 in primary cerebrocortical cells in culture. By comparing these data with transcriptomics of purified cell types from the developing cortex, the cellular targets of T3 can be identified...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
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