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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440792/an-extra-uterine-system-to-physiologically-support-the-extreme-premature-lamb
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Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Patrick E McGovern, Ali Y Mejaddam, Jesse D Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C Caskey, Theodore R Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J Schupper, James T Connelly, Kevin C Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L Hedrick, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake
In the developed world, extreme prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity due to a combination of organ immaturity and iatrogenic injury. Until now, efforts to extend gestation using extracorporeal systems have achieved limited success. Here we report the development of a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed 'amniotic fluid' circuit that closely reproduces the environment of the womb...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438283/effects-of-prenatal-music-stimulation-on-fetal-cardiac-state-newborn-anthropometric-measurements-and-vital-signs-of-pregnant-women-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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J García González, M I Ventura Miranda, F Manchon García, T I Pallarés Ruiz, M L Marin Gascón, M Requena Mullor, R Alarcón Rodriguez, T Parron Carreño
BACKGROUND: Music has been used for medicinal purposes throughout history due to its variety of physiological, psychological and social effects. OBJECTIVE: To identify the effects of prenatal music stimulation on the vital signs of pregnant women at full term, on the modification of fetal cardiac status during a fetal monitoring cardiotocograph, and on anthropometric measurements of newborns taken after birth. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A randomized controlled trial was implemented...
May 2017: Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436367/bilateral-obstructing-ureteric-calculi-in-pregnancy-a-rare-cause-of-acute-renal-failure
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Todd G Manning, Daniel Christidis, David Wetherell, Ruth Cameron-Jeffs, Nathan Lawrentschuk
Bilateral obstructing ureteric calculi is a rare cause of acute renal failure. Although urolithiasis in later pregnancy is not uncommon, the development of bilateral obstruction secondary to ureteric calculi in the first trimester is rare and poses difficulty to diagnosis and management. Symptoms of diseases and physiological changes associated with pregnancy can obscure diagnosis of urolithiasis and obstructive uropathy. Advances in minimally invasive endourology afford intervention with reduced risk to fetal health...
April 2017: Canadian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436103/delivering-an-action-agenda-for-nutrition-interventions-addressing-adolescent-girls-and-young-women-priorities-for-implementation-and-research
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Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Zohra S Lassi, Gilles Bergeron, Berthold Koletzko, Rehana Salam, Angela Diaz, Mireille McLean, Robert E Black, Luz Maria de Rigil, Parul Christian, Andrew M Prentice, Jonathan D Klein, William Keenan, Mark Hanson
Adolescent nutritional behaviors are assuming considerable importance in nutrition interventions given their important relationships with medium- and long-term outcomes. This is the period when young people undergo major anatomical and physiological maturational changes in preparation for adulthood. Nutritional requirements during puberty are higher during adolescence than during the prepubertal stage and during adulthood. A significant proportion of adolescents also become parents, and hence the importance of their health and nutritional status before as well as during pregnancy has its impact on their own health, fetal well-being, and newborn health...
April 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435983/-effect-of-high-altitude-hypoxia-on-fetal-development-during-pregnancy-and-the-reason-analysis
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Juan-Li Liu, Si-Qing Ma, Ta-Na Wuren
High altitude hypoxia is an important factor to affect fetal development during pregnancy. In the special environment, maternal physiological functions are regulated to maintain the maternal and fetal homeostasis, so that limited oxygen is to meet the needs of fetal growth and development. In this review, the literatures about the effects of hypoxic environment on fetal development during pregnancy in recent years were summarized, in which the fetal growth characteristics, maternal physiological regulation, genetic and placental influencing factors in high altitude areas were involved...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435973/acclimatization-to-middle-altitude-hypoxia-protects-against-developmental-and-cognitive-deficits-caused-by-acute-fetal-hypoxia-in-mice
#6
Hui-Lang Liu, Yong-Mei Sun, Chuan-Yu Li, Hai-Chen Niu, Min Su, Jing-Kun Wang
Acute fetal hypoxia (AFH) can elicit postnatal motor deficits and cognitive impairments. To test whether lifelong acclimatization to middle altitude (MA) hypoxia has protective effects on the impairments caused by AFH, ICR mice bred at 1 900 m altitude for 6-7 generations were evaluated under AFH. On gestation day 9 (GD 9), 13 (GD 13) or 17 (GD 17), pregnant mice received a single exposure to acute hypoxia (7% O2, 6 h). Physiological and neurodevelopmental behaviors, motor function (open field), spatial learning and memory (Morris water maze), and anxiety level (elevated plus maze) were examined in the offspring from neonate to adulthood...
April 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434207/maternal-rates-of-lipolysis-and-glucose-production-in-late-pregnancy-are-independently-related-to-fetal-weight
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Barbro Diderholm, Kathryn Beardsall, Peter Murgatroyd, Christoph Lees, Jan Gustafsson, David Dunger
OBJECTIVE: Associations between maternal glucose levels and increased fetal growth are well established and independent relationships with maternal weight, weight gain and insulin resistance are also observed. The relative roles of lipolysis and glucose production in the determination of these observations remain unclear. DESIGN: We examined, through detailed physiological studies, the relationship between maternal late gestational energy substrate production (glucose and glycerol), maternal weight and weight gain, and estimated fetal size in the third trimester...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
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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/28429721/a-mouse-tissue-transcription-factor-atlas
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Quan Zhou, Mingwei Liu, Xia Xia, Tongqing Gong, Jinwen Feng, Wanlin Liu, Yang Liu, Bei Zhen, Yi Wang, Chen Ding, Jun Qin
Transcription factors (TFs) drive various biological processes ranging from embryonic development to carcinogenesis. Here, we employ a recently developed concatenated tandem array of consensus TF response elements (catTFRE) approach to profile the activated TFs in 24 adult and 8 fetal mouse tissues on proteome scale. A total of 941 TFs are quantitatively identified, representing over 60% of the TFs in the mouse genome. Using an integrated omics approach, we present a TF network in the major organs of the mouse, allowing data mining and generating knowledge to elucidate the roles of TFs in various biological processes, including tissue type maintenance and determining the general features of a physiological system...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429366/analysis-of-transcriptional-activities-of-angiogenic-biomarkers-during-intrauterine-complications-leading-to-preterm-birth
#10
M Rabajdová, R Dudič, P Urban, V Dudičová, P Urdzík, M Mareková
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia, growth retardation and preterm delivery are the most common reasons leading to increased maternal and perinatal mortality. The increased expression of hypoxia induced factors, such as HIF-1, triggers the overexpression of anti-angiogenic genes. The aim of this study was to determine the transcriptional activity of individual pro- and anti-angiogenic markers (VEGF, HIF-1, sEng, Flt-1, PlGF-1) in maternal blood samples from patients with spontaneous preterm labor, preterm labor in combination with pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction in comparison with physiologically terminated pregnancies...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428216/maturation-of-platelet-function-during-murine-fetal-development-in-vivo
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Andreas Margraf, Claudia Nussbaum, Ina Rohwedder, Sarah Klapproth, Angela R M Kurz, Annamaria Florian, Volker Wiebking, Joachim Pircher, Monika Pruenster, Roland Immler, Steffen Dietzel, Ludmila Kremer, Friedemann Kiefer, Markus Moser, Andreas W Flemmer, Elizabeth Quackenbush, Ulrich H von Andrian, Markus Sperandio
OBJECTIVE: Platelet function has been intensively studied in the adult organism. However, little is known about the function and hemostatic capacity of platelets in the developing fetus as suitable in vivo models are lacking. APPROACH AND RESULTS: To examine fetal platelet function in vivo, we generated a fetal thrombosis model and investigated light-/dye-induced thrombus formation by intravital microscopy throughout gestation. We observed that significantly less and unstable thrombi were formed at embryonic day (E) 13...
April 20, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425492/fluorescence-and-bioluminescence-imaging-of-angiogenesis-in-flk1-nano-lantern-transgenic-mice
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Jun Matsushita, Shigenori Inagaki, Tomomi Nishie, Tomoki Sakasai, Junko Tanaka, Chisato Watanabe, Ken-Ichi Mizutani, Yoshihiro Miwa, Ken Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Takara, Hisamichi Naito, Hiroyasu Kidoya, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takeharu Nagai, Satoru Takahashi, Masatsugu Ema
Angiogenesis is important for normal development as well as for tumour growth. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying angiogenesis are not fully understood, partly because of the lack of a good animal model for imaging. Here, we report the generation of a novel transgenic (Tg) mouse that expresses a bioluminescent reporter protein, Nano-lantern, under the control of Fetal liver kinase 1 (Flk1). Flk1-Nano-lantern BAC Tg mice recapitulated endogenous Flk1 expression in endothelial cells and lymphatic endothelial cells during development and tumour growth...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420494/molecular-regulation-and-role-of-angiogenesis-in-reproduction
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REVIEW
Momchil Rizov, Petya Andreeva, Ivanka Dimova
Angiogenesis is an essential process for proper functioning of the female reproductive system and for successful pregnancy realization. The multitude of factors required for physiological angiogenesis and the complexity of regulation of their temporal-spatial activities contribute to aberrations in human fertilization and pregnancy outcomes. In this study, we reviewed the current knowledge of the temporal expression patterns, functions, and regulatory mechanisms of angiogenic factors during foliculogenesis, early implantation/placentation and embryo development, as well as recurrent spontaneous abortions...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419567/cardiorespiratory-physiology-in-the-safe-passage-study-protocol-methods-and-normative-values-in-unexposed-infants
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Michael M Myers, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Larry Burd, Jyoti Angal, Coen Groenewald, J David Nugent, Joel S Yang, Joseph R Isler, Kim A Dukes, Fay Robinson, William P Fifer
AIM: The Safe Passage Study, conducted by the Prenatal Alcohol in SIDS and Stillbirth Network, is investigating contributions of prenatal alcohol exposure to fetal and infant demise. This current report presents physiological data from full term infants with no prenatal exposure to alcohol or maternal smoking. METHODS: Data are from 666 infants from the Northern Plains (North and South Dakota) and South Africa. A standardized protocol assessed cardiorespiratory function during baseline and head-up tilts shortly after birth and at 1 month of age...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418785/metabolomics-analysis-of-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-umbilical-cord-blood-mesenchymal-stem-cells-reveals-differential-sensitivity-to-osteogenic-agents
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Michail E Klontzas, Spyros I Vernardis, Manolis Heliotis, Eleftherios Tsiridis, Athanasios Mantalaris
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) of fetal origin, such as umbilical cord blood MSCs (UCB MSCs), have emerged as a promising cell source for musculoskeletal tissue regeneration because of their higher proliferation potential, lack of donor site morbidity, and their off-the-shelf potential. MSCs differentiated toward the osteogenic lineage exhibit a specific metabolic phenotype characterized by reliance to oxidative phosphorylation for energy production and reduced glycolytic rates. Currently, limited information exists on the metabolic transitions at different stages of the osteogenic process after osteoinduction with different agents...
April 18, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414187/metatropic-dysplasia-in-third-trimester-of-pregnancy-and-a-novel-causative-variant-in-the-trpv4-gene
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Sara Bargiacchi, Matteo Della Monica, Roberto Biagiotti, Elena Andreucci, Serena Ciabattoni, Paolo Poggi, Marco Di Maurizio, Claudio Defilippi, Ettore Cariati, Sabrina Giglio
Prenatal diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias is particularly difficult for many reasons and differentiating these disorders in the prenatal period can be challenging because they are rare and many of the ultrasound findings are not necessarily pathognomonic for a specific disorder. The diagnosis is often made just after birth or exitus. The prenatal diagnosis of osteochondrodysplasias is based predominantly upon fetal ultrasound findings and it focuses substantially on the possible lethality of the disorder, without always being able to find a specific name for the disorder...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412101/genetics-of-recurrent-miscarriage-and-fetal-loss
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REVIEW
M H Tur-Torres, C Garrido-Gimenez, J Alijotas-Reig
Despite years of research, miscarriage, particularly when recurrent, continues to pose a medical challenge. An embryo chromosomal error is responsible for 50-60% of recurrent cases; however, up to 30-50% remains an enigma. Successful pregnancy involves different maternal physiologic changes and certain complex interactions between the fetus and the mother by cytokines, angiogenic mediators and hormones. To date, research lines have focused on genetic and epigenetic polymorphisms related mainly to immune response and inflammatory mediators, and have yielded a significant relationship between recurrent miscarriage and immune mechanisms...
March 27, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410419/the-electrical-heart-axis-and-st-events-in-fetal-monitoring-a-post-hoc-analysis-following-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial
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Rik Vullings, Kim M J Verdurmen, Alexandra D J Hulsenboom, Stephanie Scheffer, Hinke de Lau, Anneke Kwee, Pieter F F Wijn, Isis Amer-Wåhlin, Judith O E H van Laar, S Guid Oei
OBJECTIVE: Reducing perinatal morbidity and mortality is one of the major challenges in modern health care. Analysing the ST segment of the fetal electrocardiogram was thought to be the breakthrough in fetal monitoring during labour. However, its implementation in clinical practice yields many false alarms and ST monitoring is highly dependent on cardiotocogram assessment, limiting its value for the prediction of fetal distress during labour. This study aims to evaluate the relation between physiological variations in the orientation of the fetal electrical heart axis and the occurrence of ST events...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407805/revelation-of-mrnas-and-proteins-in-porcine-milk-exosomes-by-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analysis
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Ting Chen, Qian-Yun Xi, Jia-Jie Sun, Rui-Song Ye, Xiao Cheng, Rui-Ping Sun, Song-Bo Wang, Gang Shu, Li-Na Wang, Xiao-Tong Zhu, Qing-Yan Jiang, Yong-Liang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Milk is a complex liquid that provides nutrition to newborns. Recent reports demonstrated that milk is enriched in maternal-derived exosomes that are involved in fetal physiological and pathological conditions by transmission of exosomal mRNAs, miRNAs and proteins. Until now, there is no such research relevant to exosomal mRNAs and proteins in porcine milk, therefore, we have attempted to investigate porcine milk exosomal mRNAs and proteins using RNA-sequencing and proteomic analysis...
April 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404879/developmental-transcriptome-profiling-of-bovine-muscle-tissue-reveals-an-abundant-gosb-that-regulates-myoblast-proliferation-and-apoptosis
#20
Hui Li, Xuefeng Wei, Jiameng Yang, Dong Dong, Yongzhen Huang, Xianyong Lan, Martin Plath, Chuzhao Lei, Xinglei Qi, Yueyu Bai, Hong Chen
The formation of bovine skeletal muscle involves complex developmental and physiological processes that play a vital role in determining the quality of beef; however, the regulatory mechanisms underlying differences in meat quality are largely unknown. We conducted transcriptome analysis of bovine muscle tissues to compare gene expression profiles between embryonic and adult stages. Total RNAs from skeletal muscle of Qinchuan cattle at fetal and adult stages were used to construct libraries for Illumina next-generation sequencing using the Ribo-Zero RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) method...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
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