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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730459/fetal-programming-as-a-predictor-of-adult-health-or-disease-the-need-to-reevaluate-fetal-heart-function
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Joana O Miranda, Carla Ramalho, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, José Carlos Areias
Epidemiologic and experimental evidence suggests that adverse stimuli during critical periods in utero permanently alters organ structure and function and may have persistent consequences for the long-term health of the offspring. Fetal hypoxia, maternal malnutrition, or ventricular overloading are among the major adverse conditions that can compromise cardiovascular development in early life. With the heart as a central organ in fetal adaptive mechanisms, a deeper understanding of the fetal cardiovascular physiology and of the echocardiographic tools to assess both normal and stressed pregnancies would give precious information on fetal well-being and hopefully may help in early identification of special risk groups for cardiovascular diseases later in life...
July 20, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730238/altered-expression-of-mtor-and-autophagy-in-term-normal-human-placentas
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Qiu Xia Zhang, Quan Na, Weiwei Song
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) and autophagy have been implied in trophoblast cells proliferation and invasion. This study investigated whether mTOR and autophagy were involved in placental development and fetal programming. A total of 90 term normal placentas (37-42 gestational weeks) were collected from women who underwent elective cesarean section, with large for gestational age (LGA), fetal growth restriction (FGR), and appropriate for gestational age (AGA) infants (n=30, respectively). Capillary volume density within peripheral villi significantly decreased in the FGR placentas compared with the AGA group (p<0...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729164/antenatal-antipsychotic-exposure-induces-multigenerational-and-gender-specific-programming-of-adiposity-and-glucose-tolerance-in-adult-mouse-offspring
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E Courty, P Gobalakichenane, M Garcia, A Muscat, C Kazakian, T Ledent, M Moldes, B Blondeau, D Mitanchez, M Buyse, B Fève
Second-generation antipsychotics (SGAs) are well known for their metabolic side effects in humans, including obesity and diabetes. These compounds are maintained during pregnancy to prevent the relapse of psychoses, but they readily diffuse across the placenta to the fetus, as documented with the widely-prescribed drug olanzapine (OLZ). However, observational studies have provided conflicting results on the potential impact of SGAs on fetal growth and body weight, and their effects on metabolic regulation in the offspring...
July 17, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727536/1918-influenza-pandemic-in-utero-exposure-in-the-united-states-and-long-term-impact-on-hospitalizations
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Joseph Kofi Acquah, Roshani Dahal, Frank A Sloan
OBJECTIVES: To explore associations between in utero exposure to the 1918 influenza pandemic and hospitalization rates in old age (≥ 70 years) in the United States. METHODS: We identified individuals exposed (mild and deadly waves) and unexposed in utero to the 1918 influenza pandemic (a natural experiment) by using birth dates from the Asset and Health Dynamics Among the Oldest Old survey. We analyzed differences in hospitalization rates by exposure status with multivariate linear regression...
July 20, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727021/physiology-and-endocrinology-symposium-the-effects-of-poor-maternal-nutrition-during-gestation-on-offspring-postnatal-growth-and-metabolism
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M L Hoffman, S A Reed, S M Pillai, A K Jones, K K McFadden, S A Zinn, K E Govoni
Poor maternal nutrition during gestation has been linked to poor growth and development, metabolic dysfunction, impaired health, and reduced productivity of offspring in many species. Poor maternal nutrition can be defined as an excess or restriction of overall nutrients or specific macro- or micronutrients in the diet of the mother during gestation. Interestingly, there are several reports that both restricted- and over-feeding during gestation negatively affect offspring postnatal growth with reduced muscle and bone deposition, increased adipose accumulation, and metabolic dysregulation through reduced leptin and insulin sensitivity...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722653/directing-visceral-white-adipocyte-precursors-to-a-thermogenic-adipocyte-fate-improves-insulin-sensitivity-in-obese-mice
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Chelsea Hepler, Mengle Shao, Jonathan Y Xia, Alexandra L Ghaben, Mackenzie J Pearson, Lavanya Vishvanath, Ankit X Sharma, Thomas S Morley, William L Holland, Rana K Gupta
Visceral adiposity confers significant risk for developing metabolic disease in obesity whereas preferential expansion of subcutaneous white adipose tissue (WAT) appears protective. Unlike subcutaneous WAT, visceral WAT is resistant to adopting a protective thermogenic phenotype characterized by the accumulation of Ucp1(+) beige/BRITE adipocytes (termed "browning"). In this study, we investigated the physiological consequences of browning murine visceral WAT by selective genetic ablation of Zfp423, a transcriptional suppressor of the adipocyte thermogenic program...
July 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722355/selected-birth-defects-among-males-following-the-united-states-terrorist-attacks-of-11-september-2001
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Parvati Singh, Wei Yang, Gary M Shaw, Ralph Catalano, Tim A Bruckner
BACKGROUND: The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 (hereafter referred to as 9/11) preceded an increase in male fetal deaths and reduced male live births among exposed gestational cohorts across several geographic locations in the United States, including California. We analyze whether the extreme stressor of 9/11 may have selected against frail males in utero by testing if the prevalence of male births with selected defects in California fell among cohorts exposed to the stressor during gestation...
July 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718198/targeted-antenatal-anti-d-prophylaxis-program-for-rhd-negative-pregnant-women-outcome-of-the-first-two-years-of-a-national-program-in-finland
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Katri Haimila, Kati Sulin, Malla Kuosmanen, Inna Sareneva, Anu Korhonen, Suvi Natunen, Jarno Tuimala, Susanna Sainio
The aim of this study was to assess the accuracy of the non-invasive fetal RHD test at 24-26 weeks of gestation as part of the national antenatal screening programme to target routine antenatal anti-D prophylaxis (RAADP) at 28-30 weeks at women carrying an RhD-positive fetus MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study involving all maternity care centres and delivery hospitals in Finland between February 2014 and January 2016. Fetal RHD genotyping using cell-free fetal DNA in maternal plasma was performed with real-time polymerase chain reaction in a centralised setting...
July 17, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717008/the-cardiac-z-disc-protein-cefip-regulates-cardiomyocyte-hypertrophy-by-modulating-calcineurin-signaling
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Franziska Dierck, Christian Kuhn, Claudia Rohr, Susanne Hille, Julia Braune, Samuel Sossalla, Sibylle Molt, Peter F M van der Ven, Dieter O Fürst, Norbert Frey
The z-disc is a structural component at the lateral borders of the sarcomere and is important for mechanical stability and contractility of both cardiac and skeletal muscles. Of note, the sarcomeric z-disc also represents a nodal point in cardiomyocyte function and signaling. Mutations of numerous z-disc proteins are associated with cardiomyopathies and muscle diseases. To identify additional z-disc proteins that might contribute to cardiac disease, we employed an in silico screen for cardiac-enriched cDNAs...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716942/maternal-photoperiod-programs-hypothalamic-thyroid-status-via-the-fetal-pituitary-gland
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Cristina Sáenz de Miera, Béatrice Bothorel, Catherine Jaeger, Valérie Simonneaux, David Hazlerigg
In wild mammals, offspring development must anticipate forthcoming metabolic demands and opportunities. Within species, different developmental strategies may be used, dependent on when in the year conception takes place. This phenotypic flexibility is initiated before birth and is linked to the pattern of day length (photoperiod) exposure experienced by the mother during pregnancy. This programming depends on transplacental communication via the pineal hormone melatonin. Here, we show that, in the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus), the programming effect of melatonin is mediated by the pars tuberalis (PT) of the fetal pituitary gland, before the fetal circadian system and autonomous melatonin production is established...
July 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714607/new-insights-into-how-serotonin-selective-reuptake-inhibitors-shape-the-developing-brain
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REVIEW
Jay A Gingrich, Heli Malm, Mark S Ansorge, Alan Brown, Andre Sourander, Deepika Suri, Cátia M Teixeira, Martha K Caffrey Cagliostro, Darshini Mahadevia, Myrna M Weissman
Development passes through sensitive periods, during which plasticity allows for genetic and environmental factors to exert indelible influence on the maturation of the organism. In the context of central nervous system (CNS) development, such sensitive periods shape the formation of neuro-circuits that mediate, regulate, and control behavior. This general mechanism allows for development to be guided by both the genetic blueprint, as well as the environmental context. While allowing for adaptation, such sensitive periods are also windows of vulnerability during which external and internal factors can confer risk to brain disorders by derailing adaptive developmental programs...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711069/preterm-birth-and-its-impact-on-renal-health
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Valerie A Luyckx
Preterm birth occurs in approximately 10% of all births worldwide. Preterm infants have reduced nephron numbers at birth in proportion to gestational age, and are at increased risk of neonatal acute kidney injury as well as higher blood pressure, proteinuria, and chronic kidney disease later in life. Rapid catch-up growth in preterm infants, especially if resulting in obesity, is a risk factor for end-stage kidney disease among children with proteinuric renal disease. Preterm birth, however, is a risk factor not only for the infant because mothers who deliver preterm have an increased risk of having subsequent preterm deliveries as well as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and renal disease later in life...
July 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710248/microrna-9-regulates-fetal-alcohol-induced-changes-in-d2-receptor-to-promote-prolactin-production
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Omkaram Gangisetty, Shaima Jabbar, Olivia Wynne, Dk K Sarkar
Fetal alcohol exposure (FAE) is known to increase prolactin (PRL) secretion from the pituitary lactotropes. In this study we determined whether microRNAs (miRs) are involved in FAE induced alteration in PRL release. We employed a rat animal model of FAE involving feeding pregnant Fisher 344 rats with a liquid diet containing 6.7% alcohol between gestational day 7 to 21 (AF). Both cyclic and estradiol implanted FAE females showed increased levels of plasma PRL and pituitary PRL mRNA but reduced levels of pituitary dopamine D2 receptor (D2R) and its short spliced form (D2S)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708899/the-cost-effectiveness-of-a-quality-improvement-program-to-reduce-maternal-and-fetal-mortality-in-a-regional-referral-hospital-in-accra-ghana
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David M Goodman, Rohit Ramaswamy, Marc Jeuland, Emmanuel K Srofenyoh, Cyril M Engmann, Adeyemi J Olufolabi, Medge D Owen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of a quality improvement intervention aimed at reducing maternal and fetal mortality in Accra, Ghana. DESIGN: Quasi-experimental, time-sequence intervention, retrospective cost-effectiveness analysis. METHODS: Data were collected on the cost and outcomes of a 5-year Kybele-Ghana Health Service Quality Improvement (QI) intervention conducted at Ridge Regional Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Accra, Ghana, focused on systems, personnel, and communication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707738/prenatal-exposure-to-dexamethasone-in-the-mouse-induces-sex-specific-differences-in-placental-gene-expression
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Ji-Yeon Lee, Hyo Jung Yun, Clara Yuri Kim, Yong Woo Cho, Yongmin Lee, Myoung Hee Kim
Prenatal stress during pregnancy leads to sex-specific effects on fetal development and disease susceptibility over the life span; however, the origin of sex differences has not been identified. The placenta not only plays a key role in fetal growth and development throughout pregnancy, but also affects the fetal programming underlying subsequent adult health and accounts. Therefore, sex-specific adaptation of the placenta may be central to the sex differences in fetal growth and survival. Here, we analyzed the effects of prenatal dexamethasone (Dex) on sex-specific changes in placental gene expression using RNA-Seq...
July 14, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705149/f-treegc-a-questionnaire-based-family-tree-creation-software-for-genetic-counseling-and-genome-cohort-studies
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Tomoharu Tokutomi, Akimune Fukushima, Kayono Yamamoto, Yasushi Bansho, Tsuyoshi Hachiya, Atsushi Shimizu
BACKGROUND: The Tohoku Medical Megabank project aims to create a next-generation personalized healthcare system by conducting large-scale genome-cohort studies involving three generations of local residents in the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake. We collected medical and genomic information for developing a biobank to be used for this healthcare system. We designed a questionnaire-based pedigree-creation software program named "f-treeGC," which enables even less experienced medical practitioners to accurately and rapidly collect family health history and create pedigree charts...
July 14, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693965/maternal-pre-gravid-cardiometabolic-health-and-infant-birthweight-a-prospective-pre-conception-cohort-study
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R Retnakaran, S W Wen, H Tan, S Zhou, C Ye, M Shen, G N Smith, M C Walker
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Both low birthweight and high birthweight have been associated with the development of cardiometabolic disease in adulthood, possibly reflecting the effect of intrauterine fetal programming. As developmental programming can begin before conception, pre-gravid factors that predict birthweight may be relevant in this context. However, little is known about such factors. Thus, we established a pre-conception cohort to identify maternal pre-gravid cardiometabolic determinants of infant birthweight...
May 23, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693432/seroprevalence-and-risk-factors-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-pregnant-women-from-bobo-dioulasso-burkina-faso
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Sanata Bamba, Mamoudou Cissé, Ibrahim Sangaré, Adama Zida, Souleymane Ouattara, Robert T Guiguemdé
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasmosis is one of the common worldwide parasitic zoonosis due to Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). Toxoplasmosis during pregnancy can result in fetal and neonatal death or various congenital defects. The aim of this study was to assess the seroprevalence and risk factors of T. gondii infection in pregnant women following antenatal care (ANC) services at Bobo Dioulasso. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted enrolling a sample of 316 pregnant women attending ANC at centers for maternal and child health of Bobo-Dioulasso town from March 2013 to February 2014...
July 11, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693373/prenatal-growth-patterns-and-birthweight-are-associated-with-differential-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression-of-cardiometabolic-risk-genes-in-human-placentas-a-discovery-based-approach
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Pao-Yang Chen, Alison Chu, Wen-Wei Liao, Liudmilla Rubbi, Carla Janzen, Fei-Man Hsu, Shanthie Thamotharan, Amit Ganguly, Larry Lam, Dennis Montoya, Matteo Pellegrini, Sherin U Devaskar
Inherent genetic programming and environmental factors affect fetal growth in utero. Epidemiologic data in growth-altered fetuses, either intrauterine growth restricted (IUGR) or large for gestational age (LGA), demonstrate that these newborns are at increased risk of cardiometabolic disease in adulthood. There is growing evidence that the in utero environment leads to epigenetic modification, contributing to eventual risk of developing heart disease or diabetes. In this study, we used reduced representation bisulfite sequencing to examine genome-wide DNA methylation variation in placental samples from offspring born IUGR, LGA, and appropriate for gestational age (AGA) and to identify differential methylation of genes important for conferring risk of cardiometabolic disease...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689502/intrauterine-growth-restriction-induced-deleterious-adaptations-in-endothelial-progenitor-cells-possible-mechanism-to-impair-endothelial-function
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V Oliveira, L V de Souza, T Fernandes, S D S Junior, M H C de Carvalho, E H Akamine, L C Michelini, E M de Oliveira, M D C Franco
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) can induce deleterious changes in the modulatory ability of the vascular endothelium, contributing to an increased risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in the long term. However, the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Emerging evidence has suggested the potential role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in vascular health and repair. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the effects of IUGR on vascular reactivity and EPCs derived from the peripheral blood (PB) and bone marrow (BM) in vitro...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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