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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344313/dna-methylation-as-a-predictor-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
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Alexandre A Lussier, Alexander M Morin, Julia L MacIsaac, Jenny Salmon, Joanne Weinberg, James N Reynolds, Paul Pavlidis, Albert E Chudley, Michael S Kobor
Background: Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a developmental disorder that manifests through a range of cognitive, adaptive, physiological, and neurobiological deficits resulting from prenatal alcohol exposure. Although the North American prevalence is currently estimated at 2-5%, FASD has proven difficult to identify in the absence of the overt physical features characteristic of fetal alcohol syndrome. As interventions may have the greatest impact at an early age, accurate biomarkers are needed to identify children at risk for FASD...
2018: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331020/human-phenotypes-caused-by-piezo1-mutations-one-gene-two-overlapping-phenotypes
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Silvia Martin-Almedina, Sahar Mansour, Pia Ostergaard
PIEZO1 is a large mechanosensitive ion channel protein. Diseases associated with PIEZO1 include autosomal recessive Generalised Lymphatic Dysplasia of Fotiou (GLDF) and autosomal dominant Dehydrated Hereditary Stomatocytosis with or without pseudohyperkalemia and/or perinatal oedema (DHS). The two disorders show overlapping features, fetal hydrops/perinatal oedema have been reported in both. Electrophysiological studies suggest opposite mechanisms of action, the mutations identified in GLDF patients cause a loss-of-function mechanism of disease and mutations in DHS patients cause gain-of-function...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329728/gene-expression-patterns-associated-with-human-placental-trophoblast-differentiation
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Shi-Wen Jiang, Wei Zhou, Jianhao Wang, Lauren M Little, Lynn Leaphart, Jacob Jay, Eseosaserea Igbinigie, Haibin Chen, Jinping Li
Cell fusion is a hallmark of placental trophoblast cell differentiation and the mature syncytiotrophoblasts play essential roles for fetal-maternal exchange and production of pregnancy-related hormones. Using a well-established in vitro trophoblast differentiation model, we performed a microarray analysis on mRNA expression in trophoblast and syncytiotrophoblast cell cultures. Dramatic changes in gene expression patterns were detected during trophoblast differentiation. Real-time PCR analysis confirmed the reliability of the microarray data...
January 9, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326803/treatment-of-early-stages-hodgkin-lymphoma-during-pregnancy
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Agustin Avilés, Maria-Jesus Nambo, Natividad Neri
Background: To assess maternal and fetal outcome of women and newborns who received chemotherapy during pregnancy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)in early stages (IA, IIA), we performed a retrospective analysis of a cohort of 44 pregnant women with HL and early stages, diagnosed and treated between 1988 to 2013, at a tertiary reference cancer center. Methods: We analyzed data on HL characteristics and treatment, with a particular attention to maternal and fetal complications; in children, we performed a longer follow-up to detect any anomaly in physical development, scholar performance, psychological, cardiac, neurological function, and intelligence tests...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323706/the-origins-and-homeostasis-of-monocytes-and-tissue-resident-macrophages-in-physiological-situation
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REVIEW
Yang Zhao, Weilong Zou, Junfeng Du, Yong Zhao
Monocytes and macrophages are critical effectors and regulators of innate immune response. They not only play crucial and distinctive roles in homeostasis, but also contribute to some pathologic processes. The heterogeneity of the macrophage lineage has been widely recognized and, in part, is a result of the specialization of resident macrophages in particular tissue microenvironments. Monocytes are usually known to originate in the bone marrow from a common myeloid progenitor that is shared with neutrophils, and they are then released into the peripheral blood...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321036/maternal-engineered-nanomaterial-inhalation-during-gestation-alters-the-fetal-transcriptome
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P A Stapleton, Q A Hathaway, C E Nichols, A B Abukabda, M V Pinti, D L Shepherd, C R McBride, J Yi, V C Castranova, J M Hollander, T R Nurkiewicz
BACKGROUND: The integration of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) is well-established and widespread in clinical, commercial, and domestic applications. Cardiovascular dysfunctions have been reported in adult populations after exposure to a variety of ENM. As the diversity of these exposures continues to increase, the fetal ramifications of maternal exposures have yet to be determined. We, and others, have explored the consequences of ENM inhalation during gestation and identified many cardiovascular and metabolic outcomes in the F1 generation...
January 10, 2018: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320537/correlation-of-a-new-index-reflecting-the-fluctuation-of-parasympathetic-tone-and-fetal-acidosis-in-an-experimental-study-in-a-sheep-model
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C Garabedian, Y Clermont-Hama, D Sharma, E Aubry, L Butruille, P Deruelle, L Storme, J De Jonckheere, V Houfflin-Debarge
The autonomic nervous system plays a leading role in the control of fetal homeostasis. Fetal heart rate variability (HRV) analysis is a reflection of its activity. We developed a new index (the Fetal Stress Index, FSI) reflecting parasympathetic tone. The objective of this study was to evaluate this index as a predictor of fetal acid-base status. This was an experimental study on chronically instrumented fetal lambs (n = 11, surgery at 128 +/- 2 days gestational age, term = 145 days). The model was based on 75% occlusion of the umbilical cord for a maximum of 120 minutes or until an arterial pH ≤ 7...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319206/butyl-paraben-promotes-apoptosis-in-human-trophoblast-cells-through-increased-oxidative-stress-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#8
Changwon Yang, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Butyl paraben (BP) has antimicrobial effects and is widely used as a preservative in cosmetics, foods, and pharmaceuticals. It is also absorbed into various tissues of the human body. It is known that BP is measurable in maternal and fetal tissues during pregnancy, but the effects of BP on placental development, essential for maintaining normal pregnancy, are unclear. Therefore, we investigated the effect of BP on the proliferation, apoptosis, and invasiveness of human trophoblast cells, using an HTR8/SVneo cell line...
January 10, 2018: Environmental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315373/female-offspring-from-chronic-hyperandrogenemic-dams-exhibit-delayed-puberty-and-impaired-ovarian-reserve
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Zhiqiang Wang, Mingjie Shen, Ping Xue, Sara A DiVall, James Segars, Sheng Wu
Female offspring of many species exposed to high doses of androgens in utero experience endocrine dysfunction during adulthood. The phenotype of offspring from females with pre-pregnancy hyperandrogenemia and impaired ovulation, however, has not been examined. We developed a mouse model of hyperandrogenemia by implanting a low dose dihydrotestosterone (DHT) pellet 15 days before conception. The serum DHT levels in dams treated with the pellet were 1.7 to 2 fold higher (p<0.005) than levels in dams without DHT...
January 5, 2018: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314764/biomimetic-fetal-rotation-bioreactor-for-engineering-bone-tissues-effect-of-cyclic-strains-on-upregulation-of-osteogenic-gene-expression
#10
Akhilandeshwari Ravichandran, Feng Wen, Jing Lim, Mark Seow Khoon Chong, Jerry K Y Chan, Swee-Hin Teoh
Cells respond to physiological mechanical stresses especially during early fetal development. Adopting a biomimetic approach, it is necessary to develop bioreactor systems to explore the effects of physiologically relevant mechanical strains and shear stresses for functional tissue growth and development. This study introduces a multimodal bioreactor system that allows application of cyclic compressive strains on premature bone grafts that are cultured under biaxial rotation (chamber rotation about two axes) conditions for bone tissue engineering...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311296/ibuprofen-alters-human-testicular-physiology-to-produce-a-state-of-compensated-hypogonadism
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David Møbjerg Kristensen, Christèle Desdoits-Lethimonier, Abigail L Mackey, Marlene Danner Dalgaard, Federico De Masi, Cecilie Hurup Munkbøl, Bjarne Styrishave, Jean-Philippe Antignac, Bruno Le Bizec, Christian Platel, Anders Hay-Schmidt, Tina Kold Jensen, Laurianne Lesné, Séverine Mazaud-Guittot, Karsten Kristiansen, Søren Brunak, Michael Kjaer, Anders Juul, Bernard Jégou
Concern has been raised over increased male reproductive disorders in the Western world, and the disruption of male endocrinology has been suggested to play a central role. Several studies have shown that mild analgesics exposure during fetal life is associated with antiandrogenic effects and congenital malformations, but the effects on the adult man remain largely unknown. Through a clinical trial with young men exposed to ibuprofen, we show that the analgesic resulted in the clinical condition named "compensated hypogonadism," a condition prevalent among elderly men and associated with reproductive and physical disorders...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305255/comparative-analysis-of-gene-expression-in-maternal-peripheral-blood-and-monocytes-during-spontaneous-preterm-labor
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Alison G Paquette, Oksana Shynlova, Mark Kibschull, Nathan D Price, Stephen J Lye
BACKGROUND: Preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death worldwide, and is associated with significant cognitive and physiological challenges in later life. There is a pressing need to define the mechanisms that initiate spontaneous preterm labor , and for development of novel clinical biomarkers to identify high-risk pregnancies. Most preterm birth studies utilize fetal tissues, and there is limited understanding of the transcriptional changes that occur in mothers undergoing spontaneous preterm labor...
January 2, 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29303051/a-novel-function-of-geranylgeraniol-in-regulating-testosterone-production
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Hsin-Jung Ho, Hitoshi Shirakawa, Puspo E Giriwono, Asagi Ito, Michio Komai
Isoprenoids play widely differing roles in various physiological processes in animals and plants. Geranylgeraniol (GGOH) is an isoprenoid found in plants, and is an important metabolic derivative in the isoprenoid/cholesterol synthesis pathway. Earlier studies focused on GGOH's ability to improve the side effects of bisphosphonate therapy by regulating the mevalonate pathway. More recently, the mevalonate pathway-independent effects of GGOH have been described, including anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and neuroprotective activities...
January 5, 2018: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29302701/structure-and-function-of-the-nppa-nppb-cluster-locus-during-heart-development-and-disease
#14
REVIEW
Joyce Man, Phil Barnett, Vincent M Christoffels
Atrial natriuretic factor and brain natriuretic peptide are two important biomarkers in clinical cardiology. These two natriuretic peptide hormones are encoded by the paralogous genes Nppa and Nppb, which are evolutionary conserved. Both genes are predominantly expressed by the heart muscle during the embryonic and fetal stages, and in particular Nppa expression is strongly reduced in the ventricles after birth. Upon cardiac stress, Nppa and Nppb are strongly upregulated in the ventricular myocardium. Much is known about the molecular and physiological ques inducing Nppa and Nppb expression; however, the transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of the Nppa-Nppb cluster in vivo has proven to be quite complex and is not well understood...
January 4, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287139/fetal-interventions-for-structural-heart-disease
#15
David N Schidlow, Lindsay Freud, Kevin Friedman, Wayne Tworetzky
Fetal cardiac intervention (FCI) offers the potential to alter in utero anatomy and physiology. For aortic stenosis with evolving hypoplastic left heart syndrome and pulmonary atresia with intact ventricular septum with evolving hypoplastic right heart syndrome, FCI may result in maintenance of a biventricular circulation, thus avoiding single-ventricle palliation and its attendant complications. In the case of hypoplastic left heart syndrome with intact atrial septum, FCI may ameliorate in utero pathophysiology and portend a more favorable postnatal prognosis...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287133/cardiac-function-and-dysfunction-in-the-fetus
#16
Luke Eckersley, Lisa K Hornberger
Evaluation of fetal cardiac function is one of the most important components of fetal echocardiography. Fetal cardiac dysfunction is closely linked to risk of intrauterine fetal demise, in many, but not all cases is indicative of worse postnatal prognosis and may prompt the use of medications or interventions to optimize outcomes. There may be implications for termination versus continuation of pregnancy, an indication for early delivery, a change in location and even mode of delivery. In extreme cases, fetal cardiac dysfunction may prompt prenatal or early neonatal listing for cardiac transplantation...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287132/fetal-echocardiography-for-planning-perinatal-and-delivery-room-care-of-neonates-with-congenital-heart-disease
#17
Laura Sanapo, Jay D Pruetz, Maciej Słodki, M Beth Goens, Anita J Moon-Grady, Mary T Donofrio
Fetal echocardiography facilitates the prenatal diagnosis of infants with congenital heart disease (CHD) and through sequential examinations, allows assessment of fetal hemodynamics and cardiovascular status from the time of diagnosis to delivery. Fetal cardiologists have created diagnostic protocols aimed at risk stratifying severity and potential postnatal compromise in fetuses with CHD, and identifying those who may require special intervention at birth or within the first days of life. In this article, we review fetal cardiovascular physiology, the progression of CHD in utero and fetal echocardiographic findings used for risk stratification of newborns with CHD, as well as some of the basic principles of planning for the neonatal resuscitation and initial transitional care of these complex newborns...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287129/new-advances-in-fetal-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-quantifying-the-distribution-of-blood-flow-and-oxygen-transport-potential-applications-in-fetal-cardiovascular-disease-diagnosis-and-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Liqun Sun, Christopher K Macgowan, Sharon Portnoy, John G Sled, Shi-Joon Yoo, Lars Grosse-Wortmann, Edgar Jaeggi, John Kingdom, Mike Seed
Until recently, our modern understanding of fetal circulatory physiology has been largely based on invasive measurements made in fetal sheep. However, new MRI technology developed by our group has provided equivalent information about the distribution of blood flow and oxygen transport noninvasively. The initial findings largely confirm prior estimates about the human fetal circulation extrapolated from fetal sheep data and human ultrasound data. Here we describe the hemodynamics of the normal late gestation human fetal circulation by MRI and speculate about what the advent of this technology might mean in terms of the management of fetuses affected by placental insufficiency and congenital heart disease...
December 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29280474/anemia-in-pregnancy-a-pragmatic-approach
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Dongmei Sun, Anne McLeod, Shital Gandhi, Ann Kinga Malinowski, Nadine Shehata
Importance: Anemia is common in pregnancy, ranging from 5.4% in developed countries to more than 80% in developing countries. Anemia in pregnancy has been associated with prematurity, low birth weight, and adverse pregnancy outcomes. Objective: This review uses clinical vignettes to illustrate the clinical presentations, approach to diagnosis, maternal and fetal implications, and treatment for the common etiologies of anemia in pregnancy. Evidence Acquisition: Literature review...
December 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278642/maternal-phenylketonuria-syndrome-studies-in-mice-suggest-a-potential-approach-to-a-continuing-problem
#20
William L Zeile, Helen C McCune, Donald G Musson, Brian O'Donnell, Charles A O'Neill, Laurie S Tsuruda, Roberto T Zori, Philip J Laipis
BACKGROUND: Untreated Phenylketonuria (PKU), one of the most common human genetic disorders, usually results in mental retardation. While a protein-restricted artificial diet can prevent retardation, dietary compliance in adults is often poor. In pregnant PKU women, noncompliance can result in maternal PKU syndrome, where high phenylalanine (Phe) levels cause severe fetal complications. Enzyme substitution therapy using phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) corrects PKU in BTBR phenylalanine hydroxylase (Pahenu2) mutant mice, suggesting a potential for maternal PKU syndrome treatment in humans...
December 21, 2017: Pediatric Research
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