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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816587/dna-methylation-independent-growth-restriction-and-altered-developmental-programming-in-a-mouse-model-of-preconception-male-alcohol-exposure
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Richard C Chang, William M Skiles, S Chronister Sarah, Haiqing Wang, Gabrielle I Sutton, Yudhishtar S Bedi, Matthew Snyder, Charles R Long, Michael C Golding
The preconception environment is a significant modifier of dysgenesis and the development of environmentally-induced disease. To date, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) have been exclusively associated with maternal exposures, yet emerging evidence suggests male-inherited alterations in the developmental program of sperm may be relevant to the growth-restriction phenotypes of this condition. Using a mouse model of voluntary consumption, we find chronic preconception male ethanol exposure associates with fetal growth restriction, decreased placental efficiency, abnormalities in cholesterol trafficking, sex-specific alterations in the genetic pathways regulating hepatic fibrosis, and disruptions in the regulation of imprinted genes...
August 17, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808079/the-impact-of-iugr-on-pancreatic-islet-development-and-%C3%AE-cell-function
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Brit H Boehmer, Sean W Limesand, Paul J Rozance
Placental insufficiency is a primary cause of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). IUGR increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) throughout life, which indicates that insults from placental insufficiency impair β-cell development during the perinatal period because β-cells have a central role in the regulation of glucose tolerance. The severely IUGR fetal pancreas is characterized by smaller islets, less β-cells, and lower insulin secretion. Because of the important associations among impaired islet growth, β-cell dysfunction, impaired fetal growth, and the propensity for T2DM, significant progress has been made in understanding the pathophysiology of IUGR and programing events in the fetal endocrine pancreas...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807878/sex-dependent-changes-in-lipid-metabolism-ppar-pathways-and-micrornas-that-target-ppars-in-the-fetal-liver-of-rats-with-gestational-diabetes
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Daiana Fornes, Verónica White, Romina Higa, Florencia Heinecke, Evangelina Capobianco, Alicia Jawerbaum
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a prevalent disease that impairs fetal metabolism and development. We have previously characterized a rat model of GDM induced by developmental programming. Here, we analyzed lipid content, the levels of the three PPAR isotypes and the expression of microRNAs that regulate PPARs expression in the liver of male and female fetuses of control and GDM rats on day 21 of pregnancy. We found increased levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the livers of male fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls, and, oppositely, reduced levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, phospholipids and free fatty acids in the livers of female fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls...
August 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794104/prenatal-hypoxia-and-placental-oxidative-stress-linkages-to-developmental-origins-of-cardiovascular-disease
#4
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR, a pregnancy complication where the fetus does not reach its genetic growth potential) is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality with a significant impact on population health. IUGR is associated with gestational hypoxia; which can lead to placental oxidative stress and fetal programming of cardiovascular disease. Mitochondria are a major source of placental oxidative stress and may provide a therapeutic target to mitigate the detrimental effects of placental oxidative stress on pregnancy outcomes...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792988/-validity-of-information-on-birth-weight-for-studies-based-on-fetal-programming
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Gisele Almeida de Noronha, Pauline Lorena Kale, Tania Zdenka Guillén de Torres, Antonio Jose Leal Costa, Maria de Lourdes Tavares Cavalcanti, Moyses Szklo
Birth weight is essential information in fetal programming studies and is generally obtained retrospectively. In Brazil's Information System on Live Births (SINASC), birth weight is valid information but is not always accessible. The study aimed to establish an algorithm for the selection of the most reliable data source for birth weight in the absence of information in the SINASC database. In a cross-sectional study of 6-14-year-old schoolchildren in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, in 2010, birth weight was collected through a self-completed questionnaire, interview, medical records from the Family Physician Program, and the SINASC database...
August 7, 2017: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789711/does-growth-restriction-increase-the-vulnerability-to-acute-ventilation-induced-brain-injury-in-newborn-lambs-implications-for-future-health-and-disease
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B J Allison, S B Hooper, E Coia, G Jenkin, A Malhotra, V Zahra, A Sehgal, M Kluckow, A W Gill, T Yawno, G R Polglase, M Castillo-Melendez, S L Miller
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) and preterm birth are frequent co-morbidities, both are independent risks for brain injury. However, few studies have examined the mechanisms by which preterm FGR increases the risk of adverse neurological outcomes. We aimed to determine the effects of prematurity and mechanical ventilation (VENT) on the brain of FGR and appropriately grown (AG, control) lambs. We hypothesized that FGR preterm lambs are more vulnerable to ventilation-induced acute brain injury. FGR was surgically induced in fetal sheep (0...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778732/transposase-mediated-gene-modulation-in-the-placenta
#7
Marlee Elston, Johann Urschitz
The placenta is an organ vital to fetal development as well as the maintenance of a healthy pregnancy and plays a crucial role in developmental programming of the fetus. The mechanisms that link intrauterine milieu, fetal health and disease development later in life are poorly understood. Placenta-specific gene modulation, both by generating transgenic animals as well as by developing methods for in vivo genetic modifications is a growing area of interest as this approach provides the opportunity to investigate the role of particular genes or gene networks in regulating placental function and fetal growth...
July 29, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774704/lim-kinase-function-and-renal-growth-potential-role-for-lim-kinases-in-fetal-programming-of-kidney-development
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Alexander J Sparrow, Dylan Sweetman, Simon J M Welham
AIMS: Maternal dietary restriction during pregnancy impairs nephron development and results in offspring with fewer nephrons. Cell turnover in the early developing kidney is altered by exposure to maternal dietary restriction and may be regulated by the LIM-kinase family of enzymes. We set out to establish whether disturbance of LIM-kinase activity might play a role in the impairment of nephron formation. MAIN METHODS: E12.5 metanephric kidneys and HK2 cells were grown in culture with the pharmacological LIM-kinase inhibitor BMS5...
July 31, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762611/pregnancy-on-short-daily-home-hemodialysis-using-low-dialysate-flow-rate-a-new-hope-for-the-end-stage-renal-disease-patients
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Vincent Leduc, Maxence Ficheux, Clémence Bechade, Michel Dreyfus, Thierry Lobbedez, Patrick Henri
INTRODUCTION: In France in 2014, there were approximately 1500 patients of reproductive age treated by dialysis. Pregnancy in these patients remains rare, however, the incidence has increased since the 2000s, with a parallel increase in the fetal survival rate. We report 2 cases of pregnancy in short-daily home hemodialysis using low dialysate flow rate. METHODS: Short-daily hemodialysis was continued at the request of the patients. The treatment consisted in an increase of frequency and duration of hemodialysis sessions, an independent blood pressure and dry weight control supervised by nephrological monitoring twice a month and a regular obstetrics follow-up...
August 1, 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758597/preterm-birth-and-renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-evidences-of-activation-and-impact-on-developmental-cardiovascular-disease-risks
#10
Mariane Bertagnolli
Preterm birth (< 37 gestational weeks) reaches 10% of total births worldwide. Early exposure to an ex utero environment can alter organogenesis and maturation in the newborn. This early onset of events can further promote long-term developmental alterations and cardiovascular disease risks. Mechanisms activated during preterm birth and promoting such cardiovascular alterations have just recently been investigated. As a major candidate, the renin angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) can be acutely altered during preterm birth and persistently activated in later life...
July 28, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755466/hypospadias-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-abnormalities-of-the-placenta
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M Hassan Toufaily, Drucilla J Roberts, Marie-Noel Westgate, Anne-Therese Hunt, Lewis B Holmes
BACKGROUND: Hypospadias is more common among male infants with growth restriction, defined as a birth weight less than the 10(th) centile, than in infants with a normal birth weight. Intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR) has been associated, also, with abnormalities of the placenta, such as maternal vascular malperfusion. In a consecutive sample of newborn infants, the association between hypospadias, IUGR and abnormalities of the placenta could be analyzed. METHODS: Affected infants were identified among 289,365 liveborn and stillborn infants in the Active Malformations Surveillance Program between 1972 and 2012...
July 29, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753580/gnp-gapdh1-22-nanovaccines-prevent-neonatal-listeriosis-by-blocking-microglial-apoptosis-and-bacterial-dissemination
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Ricardo Calderon-Gonzalez, Elisabet Frande-Cabanes, Hector Teran-Navarro, José María Marimon, Javier Freire, David Salcines-Cuevas, M Carmen Fariñas, Claudia Gonzalez-Rico, Marco Marradi, Isabel Garcia, Mirian Alkorta-Gurrutxaga, Aida San Nicolas-Gomez, Ana Castañeda-San Pedro, Sonsoles Yañez-Diaz, Soledad Penades, Carmen Punzon, Javier Gomez-Roman, Fernando Rivera, Manuel Fresno, Carmen Alvarez-Dominguez
Clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis are associated with brain disease and fetal loss due to complications in early or late pregnancy, which suggests that microglial function is altered. This is believed to be the first study to link microglial apoptosis with neonatal listeriosis and listeriosis-associated brain disease, and to propose a new nanovaccine formulation that reverses all effects of listeriosis and confers Listeria monocytogenes (LM)-specific immunity. We examined clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis in 2013-2015 and defined two useful prognostic immune biomarkers to design listeriosis vaccines: high anti-GAPDH1-22 titres and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)/interleukin (IL)-6 ratios...
July 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753061/low-dose-ionizing-radiation-exposure-oxidative-stress-and-epigenetic-programing-of-health-and-disease
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Sujeenthar Tharmalingam, Shayenthiran Sreetharan, Adomas V Kulesza, Douglas R Boreham, T C Tai
Ionizing radiation exposure from medical diagnostic imaging has greatly increased over the last few decades. Approximately 80% of patients who undergo medical imaging are exposed to low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR). Although there is widespread consensus regarding the harmful effects of high doses of radiation, the biological effects of low-linear energy transfer (LET) LDIR is not well understood. LDIR is known to promote oxidative stress, however, these levels may not be large enough to result in genomic mutations...
July 28, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751217/human-placenta-expresses-both-peripheral-and-neuronal-isoform-of-tryptophan-hydroxylase
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Laetitia Laurent, Kathy Deroy, Joey St-Pierre, Francine Côté, J Thomas Sanderson, Cathy Vaillancourt
The role of placental serotonin has been an active topic of research notably because of its crucial role in brain development. However, which cell types synthesize serotonin in human placenta remains unknown. Moreover, it is not known if the two tryptophan hydroxylase isoforms (TPH1 and TPH2), the rate-limiting enzymes in serotonin biosynthesis, are expressed in placenta. Human placentas were obtained in first trimester or at term, and trophoblast cells were isolated and purified using a magnetic cell sorter and placed in primary culture...
September 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746265/prevalence-of-rubella-antibodies-among-children-in-the-democratic-republic-of-the-congo
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Vivian H Alfonso, Reena H Doshi, Patrick Mukadi, Stephen G Higgins, Nicole A Hoff, Ado Bwaka, Guillaume Ngoie Mwamba, Emile Okitolonda, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Sue Gerber, Anne W Rimoin
BACKGROUND: While generally mild in children, rubella infection in early pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, fetal death or congenital rubella syndrome (CRS). Rubella vaccination is not yet available as a part of routine immunization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the burden of infection is unknown. METHODS: In collaboration with the 2013-2014 DRC Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), a serosurvey was carried out to assess population immunity to vaccine preventable diseases...
July 19, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744866/effect-of-moderate-30-percent-global-maternal-nutrient-reduction-on-fetal-and-postnatal-baboon-phenotype
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Cun Li, Susan Jenkins, Vicki Mattern, Anthony G Comuzzie, Laura A Cox, Hillary F Huber, Peter W Nathanielsz
BACKGROUND: Most developmental programming studies on maternal nutrient reduction (MNR) are in altricial rodents whose maternal nutritional burden and offspring developmental trajectory differ from precocial non-human primates and humans. METHODS: Control (CTR) baboon mothers ate ad libitum; MNR mothers ate 70% global control diet in pregnancy and lactation. RESULTS: We present offspring morphometry, blood cortisol, and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) during second half of gestation (G) and first three postnatal years...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744256/corticotropin-releasing-hormone-as-the-homeostatic-rheostat-of-feto-maternal-symbiosis-and-developmental-programming-in-utero-and-neonatal-life
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REVIEW
Viridiana Alcántara-Alonso, Pamela Panetta, Patricia de Gortari, Dimitris K Grammatopoulos
A balanced interaction between the homeostatic mechanisms of mother and the developing organism during pregnancy and in early neonatal life is essential in order to ensure optimal fetal development, ability to respond to various external and internal challenges, protection from adverse programming, and safeguard maternal care availability after parturition. In the majority of pregnancies, this relationship is highly effective resulting in successful outcomes. However, in a number of pathological settings, perturbations of the maternal homeostasis disrupt this symbiosis and initiate adaptive responses with unpredictable outcomes for the fetus or even the neonate...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743500/suppression-of-npr1-not-npr2-gene-function-induces-hypertrophic-growth-in-h9c2-cells-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Senthamizharasi Manivasagam, Elangovan Vellaichamy
Npr1 gene (coding for NPR-A) and Npr2 gene (coding for NPR-B) are identified as intrinsic anti-hypertrophic genes that opposes abnormal cardiac remodeling. However, the functional role of Npr1 and Npr2 genes during cardiac hypertrophic growth is not well understood. Hence, the present investigation was aimed to study the effect of Npr1 and Npr2 gene silencing, respectively on β-AR activation induced cardiac hypertrophic growth in H9c2 cells in vitro. The control, Npr1, and Npr2 gene suppressed H9c2 cells, respectively were treated with ISO (10(-5) M) for 48 h...
July 22, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737543/a-program-aimed-at-reducing-anxiety-in-pregnant-women-diagnosed-with-a-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-evaluative-findings-from-a-spanish-study
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Ángela Arranz Betegón, Marta García, Sandra Parés, Gala Montenegro, Georgina Feixas, Nelly Padilla, Alba Camacho, Josefina Goberna, Francesc Botet, Eduard Gratacós
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of anxiety-reducing techniques including music therapy, sophrology, and creative visualization in pregnant women with a fetus diagnosed as small for gestational age and improved fetal and neonatal weight. This was a quasi-experimental study with a nonrandomized clinical trial design. We compared 2 groups of pregnant women with a fetus diagnosed as small for gestational age with no abnormalities on Doppler studies. The control group (n = 93) received standard care, and the intervention group (n = 65), in addition to standard care, underwent a program of 6 sessions led by a midwife or nurse who taught anxiety-reduction techniques...
July 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737122/preserved-heart-function-after-left-ventricular-pressure-overload-in-adult-mice-subjected-to-neonatal-cardiac-hypoplasia
#20
K Heinecke, A Heuser, F Blaschke, C Jux, L Thierfelder, J-D Drenckhahn
Intrauterine growth restriction in animal models reduces heart size and cardiomyocyte number at birth. Such incomplete cardiomyocyte endowment is believed to increase susceptibility toward cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a phenomenon referred to as developmental programming. We have previously described a mouse model of impaired myocardial development leading to a 25% reduction of cardiomyocyte number in neonates. This study investigated the response of these hypoplastic hearts to pressure overload in adulthood, applied by abdominal aortic constriction (AAC)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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