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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534661/characterization-of-human-fetal-brain-endothelial-cells-reveals-barrier-properties-suitable-for-in%C3%A2-vitro-modeling-of-the-bbb-with-syngenic-co-cultures
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Allison M Andrews, Evan M Lutton, Lee A Cannella, Nancy Reichenbach, Roshanak Razmpour, Matthew J Seasock, Steven J Kaspin, Steven F Merkel, Dianne Langford, Yuri Persidsky, Servio H Ramirez
Endothelial cells (ECs) form the basis of the blood-brain barrier (BBB), a physical barrier that selectively restricts transport into the brain. In vitro models can provide significant insight into BBB physiology, mechanisms of human disease pathology, toxicology, and drug delivery. Given the limited availability of primary human adult brain microvascular ECs ( aBMVECs), human fetal tissue offers a plausible alternative source for multiple donors and the opportunity to build syngenic tri-cultures from the same host...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529939/naturally-engineered-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes
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REVIEW
Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524376/fluorinated-peg-polypeptide-polyplex-micelles-have-good-serum-resistance-and-low-cytotoxicity-for-gene-delivery
#3
Ting Wu, Longhai Wang, Shenggang Ding, Yezi You
A novel PEGylation polypeptide, poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(l-lysine)-b-poly(l-cysteine) (PEG-PLL-PCys) triblock copolymer is synthesized via the sequential ring-opening polymerization of amino acid N-carboxyanhydrides initiated by methoxypolyethylene glycol amine (mPEG-NH2 , Mw is 2 kDa). Subsequently, the obtained polypeptide is partially conjugated with fluorocarbon chains via disulfide exchange reaction. PLL segment can condense plasmid DNA through an electrostatic force to form a complex core, PEG segment surrounding the complex like a corona can prevent the complex from precipitation and reduce the adsorption of serum, while PCys segment with fluorocarbon can enhance the cellular uptake and the stability of the formed polyplex micelles in physiological conditions...
May 19, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520654/systematic-review-of-hydrotherapy-research-does-a-warm-bath-in-labor-promote-normal-physiologic-childbirth
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Jenna Shaw-Battista
Health sciences research was systematically reviewed to assess randomized controlled trials of standard care versus immersion hydrotherapy in labor before conventional childbirth. Seven studies of 2615 women were included. Six trials examined hydrotherapy in midwifery care and found an effect of pain relief; of these, 2 examined analgesia and found reduced use among women who bathed in labor. One study each found that hydrotherapy reduced maternal anxiety and fetal malpresentation, increased maternal satisfaction with movement and privacy, and resulted in cervical dilation progress equivalent to standard labor augmentation practices...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520518/arrested-development-infantile-hemangioma-and-the-stem-cell-teratogenic-hypothesis
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Shaghayegh Harbi, Hannah Park, Michael Gregory, Peter Lopez, Luis Chiriboga, Paolo Mignatti
BACKGROUND: Early-life programming is defined by the adaptive changes made by the fetus in response to an adverse in utero environment. Infantile hemangioma (IH), a vascular anomaly, is the most common tumor of infancy. Here we take IH as the tumor model to propose the stem cell teratogenic hypothesis of tumorigenesis and the potential involvement of the immune system. OBJECTIVES: Teratogenic agents include chemicals, heavy metals, pathogens, and ionizing radiation...
May 18, 2017: Lymphatic Research and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509412/-three-hits-hypothesis-for-developmental-origins-of-health-and-diseases-in-view-of-cardiovascular-abnormalities
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Xiang Li, Mengshu Zhang, Xinghua Pan, Zhice Xu, Miao Sun
"Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases" (FOAD) or "Barker hypothesis," also known as the developmental origins of health and diseases (DoHaD), was initially proposed by David Barker in the 1980s. Progress in past 2 to 3 decades demonstrated that many adult disorders, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and others, could be linked to poor development resulting from in utero insults. Utero-environments play a critical role in fetal development. Because the placenta and umbilical cord are the only important connections between the fetus and mother in the uterus, this review pays special attention to recent research and progress in the study of the relationship between those tissues and FOAD...
May 16, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509321/evaluation-of-tissue-metalloproteinase-inhibitor-timp-1-and-survivin-levels-during-third-trimester-pregnancy-a-preliminary-report
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Agata Karowicz-Bilińska, Urszula Kowalska-Koprek, Dorota Estemberg, Anita Sikora-Szubert
OBJECTIVES: A proper implantation of trophoblastic cells and an appropriate metalloproteinases activity is required to cause disintegration of basal membranes of cells. The activity of tissue matrix metaloproteinases can be inhibited by their matrix inhibitors - TIMP-s. Survivin is a member of inhibitor of apoptosis proteins family (IAP), that suppresses caspase activation, influences VEGF expression and promotes proliferative action of endothelial cells. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The aim of the study was to assess concentrations of two independent anti-apoptotic factors...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508434/maternal-arterial-stiffness-and-fetal-cardiovascular-physiology-in-diabetic-pregnancies
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Shreya Moodley, Alisa Arunamata, Katie Jo Stauffer, Susan E Nourse, Angela Chen, Amy Quirin, Elif Seda Selamet Tierney
OBJECTIVES: In mothers with pre-gestational or gestational diabetes, abnormal arterial stiffness (stiffer arteries) has been reported. The impact of abnormal maternal arterial stiffness on fetal placental and cardiovascular physiology is unknown. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of maternal diabetes on maternal arterial stiffness and the association with fetal cardiovascular physiology as measured by fetal echocardiography. METHODS: Between December 2013 and January 2017 we conducted a prospective study on diabetic (otherwise healthy) and non-diabetic, healthy pregnant mothers (at 20-28 gestational weeks and 18-40 years of age) who had a normal fetal cardiac echocardiogram and obstetric ultrasound...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504465/effects-of-sa237-a-humanized-anti-interleukin-6-receptor-monoclonal-antibody-on-pre-and-postnatal-development-in-cynomolgus-monkey
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Ryuichi Katagiri, Kana Ishihara-Hattori, Werner Frings, Jun Amano, Antje Fuchs, Shuichi Chiba
BACKGROUND: SA237 is a humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) monoclonal antibody in which the constant and variable regions have been engineered for a longer plasma half-life. According to literature, blocking of IL-6 related functions could have an influence on pregnancy sustainment, development of the immune system, and brain growth. METHODS: SA237 effects on dams, embryo-fetal development, parturition and postnatal development were investigated in an enhanced pre- and postnatal development study, in which SA237 was subcutaneously administered to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys at dose levels of 2 or 50 mg/kg once weekly from gestation day 20 until parturition...
May 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503116/melatonin-pharmacology-functions-and-therapeutic-benefits
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REVIEW
Sylvie Tordjman, Sylvie Chokron, Richard Delorme, Annaëlle Charrier, Eric Bellissant, Nemat Jaafari, Claire Fougerou
BACKGROUND: Melatonin synchronizes central but also peripheral oscillators (fetal adrenal gland, pancreas, liver, kidney, heart, lung, fat, gut, etc.), allowing temporal organization of biological functions through circadian rhythms (24-hour cycles) in relation to periodic environmental changes and therefore adaptation of the individual to his/her internal and external environment. Measures of melatonin are considered the best peripheral indices of human circadian timing based on an internal 24-hour clock...
April 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500947/electrochemical-latent-redox-ratiometric-probes-for-real-time-tracking-and-quantification-of-endogenous-hydrogen-sulfide-production-in-living-cells
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Kesavan Manibalan, Veerappan Mani, Pu-Chieh Chang, Chih-Hung Huang, Sheng-Tung Huang, Kasper Marchlewicz, Suresh Neethirajan
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) was discovered as a third gasotransmitter in biological systems and recent years have seen a growing interest to understand its physiological and pathological functions. However, one major limiting factor is the lack of robust sensors to quantitatively track its production in real-time. We described a facile electrochemical assay based on latent redox probe approach for highly specific and sensitive quantification in living cells. Two chemical probes, Azido Benzyl ferrocene carbamate (ABFC) and N-alkyl Azido Benzyl ferrocene carbamate (NABFC) composed of azide trigger group were designed...
May 4, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499803/establishment-and-characterization-of-primary-astrocyte-culture-from-adult-mouse-brain
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Xiu Sun, Xin Hu, Dan Wang, Yimin Yuan, Shangyao Qin, Zijian Tan, Yakun Gu, Xiao Huang, Cheng He, Zhida Su
As a major class of glial cells, astrocytes have been indicated to play multi-roles in physiological and pathological brain. Astrocyte cultures derived from postnatal mouse brains have been extensively used to characterize their biological properties. However, the inability to culture adult mouse primary astrocytes has long stymied studies of function in adult brain. Here, we developed a protocol to successfully establish highly enriched astrocyte cultures from the brains of adult mouse. Cortical tissues were collected to prepare cell suspension by enzymatic digestion and mechanical dissociation, and then plated onto vessels pre-coated with gelatin and matrigel and cultured in DMEM medium containing 20% fetal bovine serum (FBS)...
May 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490626/minimal-variation-in-eutherian-brain-growth-rates-during-fetal-neurogenesis
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Andrew C Halley
A central question in the evolution of brain development is whether species differ in rates of brain growth during fetal neurogenesis. Studies of neonatal data have found allometric evidence for brain growth rate differences according to physiological variables such as relative metabolism and placental invasiveness, but these findings have not been tested against fetal data directly. Here, we measure rates of exponential brain growth acceleration in 10 eutherian mammals, two marsupials, and two birds. Eutherian brain acceleration exhibits minimal variation relative to body and visceral organ growth, varies independently of correlated growth patterns in other organs, and is unrelated to proposed physiological constraints such as metabolic rate or placental invasiveness...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481637/hydrogen-sulfide-a-novel-player-in-airway-development-pathophysiology-of-respiratory-diseases-and-antiviral-defenses
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Nikolay Bazhanov, Maria Ansar, Teodora Ivanciuc, Roberto P Garofalo, Antonella Casola
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a biologically relevant signaling molecule in mammals. Together with the volatile substances nitric oxide (NO) and carbon monoxide (CO), H2S is defined as a gasotransmitter, playing a physiological role in a variety of functions such as synaptic transmission, vascular tone, angiogenesis, inflammation and cellular signaling. The generation of H2S is catalyzed by cystathionine β-synthase (CBS), cystathionine γ-lyase (CSE) and 3 mercaptopyruvate sulfurtransferase (3-MST). The expression of CBS and CSE is tissue-specific with CBS being expressed predominantly in the brain and CSE in peripheral tissues, including lungs...
May 8, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481226/neonatal-expression-of-rna-binding-protein-igf2bp3-regulates-the-human-fetal-adult-megakaryocyte-transition
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Kamaleldin E Elagib, Chih-Huan Lu, Goar Mosoyan, Shadi Khalil, Ewelina Zasadzińska, Daniel R Foltz, Peter Balogh, Alejandro A Gru, Deborah A Fuchs, Lisa M Rimsza, Els Verhoeyen, Miriam Sansó, Robert P Fisher, Camelia Iancu-Rubin, Adam N Goldfarb
Hematopoietic transitions that accompany fetal development, such as erythroid globin chain switching, play important roles in normal physiology and disease development. In the megakaryocyte lineage, human fetal progenitors do not execute the adult morphogenesis program of enlargement, polyploidization, and proplatelet formation. Although these defects decline with gestational stage, they remain sufficiently severe at birth to predispose newborns to thrombocytopenia. These defects may also contribute to inferior platelet recovery after cord blood stem cell transplantation and may underlie inefficient platelet production by megakaryocytes derived from pluripotent stem cells...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478827/mild-anemia-during-pregnancy-upregulates-placental-vascularity-development
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A Stangret, M Skoda, A Wnuk, M Pyzlak, D Szukiewicz
The connection between maternal hematological status and pregnancy outcome has been shown by many independent researchers. Attention was initially focused on the adverse effects of moderate and severe anemia. Interestingly, some studies revealed that mild anemia was associated with optimal fetal development and was not affecting pregnancy outcome. The explanation for this phenomenon became a target for scientists. Hemodilution, physiologic anemia and relative decrease in hemoglobin concentration are the changes observed during pregnancy but they do not explain the reasons for the positive influence of mild anemia on a fetomaternal unit...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469646/neural-grafting-for-parkinson-s-disease-challenges-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Thomas B Stoker, Nicholas F Blair, Roger A Barker
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative condition which causes a characteristic movement disorder secondary to loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substanitia nigra. The motor disorder responds well to dopamine-replacement therapies, though these result in significant adverse effects due to non-physiological release of dopamine in the striatum, and off-target effects. Cell-based regenerative treatments offer a potential means for targeted replacement of dopamine, in a physiological manner. Dopaminergic neurons for cell-based therapies can be obtained from several sources...
March 2017: Neural Regeneration Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467908/the-rodent-specific-microrna-cluster-within-the-sfmbt2-gene-is-imprinted-and-essential-for-placental-development
#18
Kimiko Inoue, Michiko Hirose, Hiroki Inoue, Yuki Hatanaka, Arata Honda, Ayumi Hasegawa, Keiji Mochida, Atsuo Ogura
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent small noncoding RNAs that are involved in physiological and developmental processes by posttranscriptionally inhibiting gene expression. One of the largest miRNA clusters in mice is located in intron 10 of the Sfmbt2 gene, containing 72 miRNA precursor sequences. In this study, we generated mice lacking the entire Sfmbt2 miRNA cluster to elucidate its functions during development. The Sfmbt2 miRNAs were expressed predominantly from the paternal allele in the placenta, as is the host Sfmbt2 gene...
May 2, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464265/an-improved-method-for-primary-culture-of-normal-cervical-epithelial-cells-and-establishment-of-cell-model-in-vitro-with-hpv-16-e6-gene-by-lentivirus
#19
Tingting Fan, Xiaofu Li, Ya Li, Yanfang Zhi, Shouhua Rong, Guomei Cheng, Xiaoan Zhang
Normal human cervical epitheliums infected with HPVs gene in vitro are underlying molecular models to investigate physiological mechanisms of cervical epithelia and cervical disease. The current study aimed to establish a modified culture method for cervical epithelium and explore the feasibility of transfection with HPV-16 E6 gene mediated by lentivirus in primary cervical cells. The cells were dissociated enzymatically using Dispase II combined with 0.25% Trypsin-0.01% ethylenediamine tetracetic acid(EDTA) or Collagenase I...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461996/renal-colic-during-pregnancy-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-aspects-literature-review
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REVIEW
Leonardo Tortolero Blanco, Moises Rodriguez Socarras, Rubén Fabuena Montero, Elena López Diez, Antonio Ojea Calvo, Sergio Alonso Y Gregorio, José Ramón Cansino, Juan Antonio Galan, Juan Gómez Rivas
INTRODUCTION: Renal colic during pregnancy is a rare urgency but is one of the most common non-obstetric reasons for hospital admission. The management often means a challenge for the urologist and gynecologist due to the complexity involved in preserving the maternal and fetal well-being. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We performed a literature search within the PubMed database. We found 65 related articles in English. We selected 36 for this review prioritizing publications in the last two decades...
2017: Central European Journal of Urology
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