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Shirin Niromanesh, Mahboobeh Shirazi, Mitra Eftekhariyazdi, Forough Mortazavi
Background: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy and is related to poor perinatal outcomes. Reduction of neonatal complications of GDM is feasible by assessment of fetal well-being. Both fetal Doppler and NST are used for the screening of high-risk pregnancies. Objective: We aimed to compare the non-stress test (NST) and umbilical artery (UA) Doppler assessments for evaluation of the adverse perinatal outcomes in GDM...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Gabrielle C Musk, Matthew W Kemp
Short-term anaesthesia of the pregnant ewe may be required for caesarean delivery of a preterm foetus within a research protocol. The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the acid-base and haematological status of the ewe and foetus at the time of surgical delivery by collecting maternal and foetal arterial blood samples. Fifteen date-mated singleton-pregnant merino cross ewes at 122.0 (±0.5) days of gestation were anaesthetised with a combination of midazolam (0.5 mg/kg) and ketamine (10 mg/kg) by intravenous injection...
January 1, 2018: Laboratory Animals
Wenjing Lu, Yang Wang, Yu Zhang, Huaibin Liang, Xuanqiang Tu, Jirong He, Guoyuan Yang, Lili Zeng
OBJECTIVE: To explore the function of blood microRNA-15a (miR-15a) in the pathogenesis of acute cerebral ischemia. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from acute ischemic stroke (AIS) patients within 72 h after onset and normal control healthy. A model of ischemia in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) was established by oxygen and glucose deprivation (OGD). MiR-15a in patients and in cells was measured by real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
March 19, 2018: Current Neurovascular Research
Hellen Namusoke, Maria Musoke Nannyonga, Robert Ssebunya, Victoria Kirabira Nakibuuka, Edison Mworozi
Background: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy carries high case fatality rates ranging between 10-60%, with 25% of survivors have an adverse long-term neurodevelopment outcome. Despite the above, there is paucity of data regarding its magnitude and short term outcomes in a low resource setting like Uganda. Therefore we set out to determine the incidence and short term outcomes of Newborns with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy at St.Francis Hospital, Nsambya. Methods: This was a Prospective Cohort study conducted between October 2015 and January 2016 at St...
2018: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
Beyza Gökçinar-Yagci, Nilgün Yersal, Petek Korkusuz, Betül Çelebi-Saltik
Small-diameter vascular grafts are needed for the treatment of coronary artery diseases in the case of limited accessibility of the autologous vessels. Synthetic scaffolds have many disadvantages so in recent years vascular constructs (VCs) made from cellularized natural scaffolds was seen to be very promising but number of studies comprising this area is very limited. In our study, our aim is to generate fully natural triple-layered VC that constitutes all the layers of blood vessel with vascular cells. CD146+ perivascular cells (PCs) were isolated from human umbilical cord vein (HUCV) and differentiated into smooth muscle cells (SMCs) and fibroblasts...
March 14, 2018: Microvascular Research
Jole Mariella, Eleonora Iacono, Aliai Lanci, Barbara Merlo, Caterina Palermo, Lee Morris, Carolina Castagnetti
The umbilical cord (UC), the connection between mother and fetus via the umbilical vessels, carries nutrients and oxygenated blood to the fetus through the umbilical vein and removes deoxygenated blood and waste products via the umbilical arteries. It is designed to protect blood flow to the fetus during pregnancy. In equine medicine, only a few studies have described the UC, and most of these involved Thoroughbreds. The present study describes and compares the macroscopic features of the equine umbilical cord in three different breeds and in relation to the foal's gender...
March 7, 2018: Theriogenology
May W Chen, Michael Reyes, Ewa Kulikowicz, Laura Martin, David J Hackam, Raymond C Koehler, Jennifer K Lee
BACKGROUND: Abdominal near-infrared spectroscopy (aNIRS) may detect gastrointestinal hypoxia before necrotizing enterocolitis develops. We sought to validate aNIRS during splanchnic hypoxia and hypoperfusion in neonatal piglets. METHODS: Anesthetized piglets underwent systemic hypoxia or 3-h superior mesenteric artery (SMA) ligation with aNIRS monitoring. RESULTS: During progressive hypoxia, gastrointestinal tissue oxyhemoglobin saturation measured by aNIRS decreased linearly with oxyhemoglobin saturation measured directly in the portal vein...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Mahmod Panahi, Naeimeh Yousefi Mesri, Eva-Britt Samuelsson, Kirsten G Coupland, Charlotte Forsell, Caroline Graff, Saara Tikka, Bengt Winblad, Matti Viitanen, Helena Karlström, Erik Sundström, Homira Behbahani
Cerebral autosomal-dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL) is a familial fatal progressive degenerative disorder. One of the pathological hallmarks of CADASIL is a dramatic reduction of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in cerebral arteries. Using VSMCs from the vasculature of the human umbilical cord, placenta and cerebrum of CADASIL patients, we found that CADASIL VSMCs had a lower proliferation rate compared to control VSMCs. Exposure of control VSMCs and endothelial cells (ECs) to media derived from CADASIL VSMCs lowered the proliferation rate of all cells examined...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Zbynĕk Straňák, Simona Feyereislová, Peter Korček, Eugene Dempsey
Postnatal adaptation in preterm newborn comprises complex physiological processes that involve significant changes in the circulatory and respiratory system. Increasing hemoglobin level and blood volume following placental transfusion may be of importance in enhancing arterial oxygen content, increasing cardiac output, and improving oxygen delivery. The European consensus on resuscitation of preterm infants recommends delayed cord clamping (DCC) for at least 60 s to promote placenta-fetal transfusion in uncompromised neonates...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
Zahra Laleh Eslamian, Elahe Zarean, Maryam Moshfeghi, Zahra Heidari
Background: Early prediction of adverse neonatal outcome would be possible by Doppler impedance indices of middle cerebral artery (MCA), umbilical artery (UmA), and descending aortal artery (AO) that result in decrease neonatal morbidity and mortality rate. The aim of the present study was a determination of optimal value for the ratio of MCA to descending aorta blood flow (MCA/AO) impedance indices and its comparison with the ratio of MCA to UmA (MCA/UmA) impedance indices and their relationship with neonatal outcome...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
M Mohta, S Duggal, G T Chilkoti
Treatment of post-spinal hypotension during caesarean section assumes special concern in pre-eclamptic patients due to a compromised fetoplacental circulation and increased risk of placental hypoperfusion. Phenylephrine and ephedrine are the most commonly used vasopressors, although the best choice is still not clear. We studied 80 pre-eclamptic women with a singleton pregnancy who underwent caesarean section with spinal anaesthesia, and who developed hypotension defined as a decrease in systolic arterial pressure ≥ 20% from baseline or absolute value < 100 mmHg...
March 9, 2018: Anaesthesia
Qipeng Sun, Zhengyu Huang, Fei Han, Ming Zhao, Ronghua Cao, Daqiang Zhao, Liangqing Hong, Ning Na, Heng Li, Bin Miao, Jianmin Hu, Fanhang Meng, Yanwen Peng, Qiquan Sun
BACKGROUND: Kidneys from deceased donors are being used to meet the growing need for grafts. However, delayed graft function (DGF) and acute rejection incidences are high, leading to adverse effects on graft outcomes. Optimal induction intervention should include both renal structure injury repair and immune response suppression. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) with potent anti-inflammatory, regenerative, and immune-modulatory properties are considered a candidate to prevent DGF and acute rejection in renal transplantation...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
Taito Kitano, Ayako Ohgitani, Kumiko Takagi, Ikuyo Arai, Hajime Yasuhara, Reiko Ebisu, Yoshinori Takeda, Satoko Ishibashi, Kohei Morita, Hideki Minowa
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March 7, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Shujun Yang, Xuenan Mi, Yu Chen, Congrui Feng, Zhihui Hou, Rutai Hui, Weili Zhang
Vascular endothelial senescence contributes to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD), but the mechanisms are yet to be clarified. We identified that microRNA-216a (miR-216a) significantly increased in senescent endothelial cells. The replicative senescence model of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) was established to explore the role of miR-216a in endothelial ageing and dysfunction. Luciferase assay indicated that Smad3 was a direct target of miR-216a. Stable expression of miR-216a induced a premature senescence-like phenotype in HUVECs with an impairment in proliferation and migration and led to an increased adhesion to monocytes by inhibiting Smad3 expression and thereafter modulating the degradation of NF-κB inhibitor alpha (IκBα) and activation of adhesion molecules...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Fu-Ping Shi, Xue-Hong Wang, Hong-Xin Zhang, Meng-Meng Shang, Xiao-Xi Liu, Hai-Min Sun, Yue-Ping Song
Objectives: To investigate the effect of miR-103 on the angiogenesis of ischemic stroke rats via targeting vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) at the molecular level. Materials and Methods: Rat models had received the middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) or sham operation before grouping, and cell models of oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) were performed. FITC-dextran, matrigel, and Trans-well assays were used to evaluate the vascular density, tube formation, and cell migration respectively...
March 2018: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Amanda R Jensen, Natalie A Drucker, Michael J Ferkowicz, Troy A Markel
BACKGROUND: Umbilical-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (USCs) have shown promise in the protection of ischemic organs. We hypothesized that USCs would improve mesenteric perfusion, preserve intestinal histological architecture, and limit inflammation by nitric oxide-dependent mechanisms following intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury. METHODS: Adult wild-type C57BL/6J (WT) and endothelial nitric oxide synthase knock out (eNOS KO) mice were used: (1) WT IR + vehicle, (2) WT IR + USC, (3) eNOS KO IR + vehicle, and (4) eNOS KO IR + USC...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Naïk Vietti Violi, Rafael Duran, Boris Guiu, Jean-Pierre Cercueil, Christophe Aubé, Antonia Digklia, Isabelle Pache, Pierre Deltenre, Jean-François Knebel, Alban Denys
BACKGROUND: Radiofrequency ablation is the recommended treatment for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma who have lesions smaller than 3 cm and are therefore not candidates for surgery. Microwave ablation is a more recent technique with certain theoretical advantages that have not yet been confirmed clinically. We aimed to compare the efficacy of both techniques in the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma lesions of 4 cm or smaller. METHODS: We did a randomised controlled, single-blinded phase 2 trial at four tertiary university centres in France and Switzerland...
March 1, 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jia-Feng Fang, Xu-Na Huang, Xiao-Yan Han, Xi Ouyang, Lei Fan, Xin Zhao, Ze-Hong Chen, Hong-Bo Wei
BACKGROUND: Whether combined transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) is more effective than transplantation of a single cell type in the restoration of erectile function is unknown. AIM: To investigate the effect of combined transplantation of MSCs and EPCs on restoration of erectile function in rats with cavernous nerve injury (CNI). METHODS: MSCs were isolated from human bone marrow and EPCs were isolated from human umbilical cord blood...
March 2018: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Polina V Popova, Liudmila B Vasileva, Alexandra S Tkachuk, Maxim V Puzanov, Yana A Bolotko, Evgenii A Pustozerov, Andrey S Gerasimov, Irina E Zazerskaya, Olga A Li, Elena Y Vasilyeva, Anna A Kostareva, Renata I Dmitrieva, Elena N Grineva
Maternal gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is considered to be an important factor that epigenetically predisposes offspring to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. However, the mechanisms of how intrauterine hyperglycaemia affects offspring have not been thoroughly studied. The mammalian tribbles homologue 1 (TRIB1) gene is associated with plasma lipid concentrations and coronary artery disease (CAD). Our aim was to study the effect of GDM and its treatment terms on the level of TRIB1 gene expression in human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) of newborns from women with and without GDM...
March 5, 2018: Genetics Research
C Y Lan, B Ling, W W Guo, W Yin, X G Zhong, Y M Han, X F Dong
Objective: To detect the possible molecular mechanisms of the formation of vessels that encapsulated tumor clusters (VETC) and identify the relationship between vimentin protein expression in endothelial cells and contrast-enhanced ultrasound characters in VETC (+ ) hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Methods: A total of 64 paraffin embedded HCC tissue samples were collected, all of which the tumor diameters were between 2 cm and 5 cm measured by the preoperative ultrasound. Immunohistochemistry staining for CD34 was used to detect the formation of VETC and the expressions of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2) and vimentin were also determined...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
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