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Chorionic villous sampling

Reca Alejandra, Szpilbarg Natalia, Damiano Alicia E
Several aquaporins (AQPs) are expressed in extravillous (EVT) and villous trophoblast cells. Among them, AQP3 is the most abundant AQP expressed in chorionic villi samples from first trimester, followed by AQP1 and AQP9. Although AQP3 expression persists in term placentas, it is significantly decreased in placentas from preeclamptic pregnancies. AQP3 is involved in the migration of different cell types, however its role in human placenta is still unknown. Here, we evaluated the role of AQP3 in the migration of EVT cells during early gestation...
March 19, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Kathryn J Gray, Louise E Wilkins-Haug
Prenatal aneuploidy screening changed significantly in 2012 when cell-free fetal deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was introduced as a noninvasive prenatal test. A noninvasive prenatal test detects cell free fragments of fetal DNA from the placenta circulating in maternal blood that coexist with cell-free DNA (cfDNA) of maternal origin. Using next-generation sequencing, the noninvasive prenatal test compares maternal and fetal cfDNA ratios for chromosomes of interest (i.e., 21, 18, 13, X, and Y) to assess chromosomal aneuploidy...
April 2018: Pediatric Radiology
Giovanni Monni, Cristina Peddes, Ambra Iuculano, Rosa Maria Ibba
The incidence of β-thalassemia in Sardinia is high and β-39 is the most common mutation. The prevention campaign started in 1977 and was performed in a single center (Microcitemico Hospital, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy). It was based on educational programs, population screening by hematological and molecular identification of the carriers. Prenatal and pre-implantation diagnosis was offered to couples at risk. 8564 fetal diagnosis procedures using different invasive approaches and analysis techniques were performed in the last 40 years...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Chen Chen, Shiyue Mei, Chaofeng Zhu, Yilin Ren, Xiangdong Kong
OBJECTIVE To analyze mutation of POMT1 gene in a Chinese family affected with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD). METHODS Peripheral blood samples of the family including one affected and two unaffected individuals, in addition with chorionic villous sample from the fetus, were collected. PCR was used to amplify exons 19 and 20 of the POMT1 gene, and the products were sequenced directly. Based on the result of genetic testing, prenatal diagnosis of the fetus was attained. RESULTS The proband was found to carry a heterozygous missense mutation c...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Anthony R Gregg, Steven R Lindheim
Genomic based technologies are firmly implanted into clinical medicine. They arrived rapidly and their uses continue to evolve in both the pre and postconception periods. These technologies migrated from the prenatal arena into the domain of the reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialists in some cases nearly simultaneously (expanded carrier screening), in others more slowly (chromosome microarrays), and for some technologies the ethical and cost concerns have resulted in a slower diffusion across the disciplines...
February 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Radek Bukowski, Nellie I Hansen, Halit Pinar, Marian Willinger, Uma M Reddy, Corette B Parker, Robert M Silver, Donald J Dudley, Barbara J Stoll, George R Saade, Matthew A Koch, Carol Hogue, Michael W Varner, Deborah L Conway, Donald Coustan, Robert L Goldenberg
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, stillbirth is one of the leading causes of death. Altered fetal growth and placental abnormalities are the strongest and most prevalent known risk factors for stillbirth. The aim of this study was to identify patterns of association between placental abnormalities, fetal growth, and stillbirth. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Population-based case-control study of all stillbirths and a representative sample of live births in 59 hospitals in 5 geographic areas in the U...
2017: PloS One
Jayasri Basu, Enyonam Agamasu, Bolek Bendek, Carolyn M Salafia, Aruna Mishra, Julia Vasquez Lopez, Jessica Kroes, Sharon Claire Dragich, Ashley Thakur, Magdy Mikhail
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), specifically MMP-9 plays a role in human placentation. The enzyme confers an invasive ability to cytotrophoblasts and degrades the endometrial matrix as the cells infiltrate the decidua to keep up with placental growth. Since tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) can induce the synthesis of MMP-9, we investigated the patterns of changes in and correlation between placental villous MMP-9 and TNF-α expressions throughout normal human gestation. Placentas were obtained from 179 normal pregnant women who underwent elective abortion or term delivery...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
Dan Lu, Jian Jenny Tang, Konstantin Zakashansky, Ross S Berkowitz, Tamara Kalir, Yuxin Liu
We report a rare case of heterotopic pregnancy with intrauterine normal gestation alongside tubal complete hydatidiform mole (CHM) that resulted in a viable pregnancy after removal of molar tissue. Because of their rarity and inherent complexity, such cases represent a significant challenge in diagnosis and management. A 34-year-old female in her 10th week of gestation presented with nausea, vomiting, and intermittent abdominal pain that progressively worsened. Imaging studies revealed a normal intrauterine fetus and an 11-cm heterogenous mass in the left adnexal region...
September 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Pathology
Pauline Vachin, Elodie Adda-Herzog, Gihad Chalouhi, Caroline Elie, Marlène Rio, Sophie Rondeau, Nadine Gigarel, Fabienne Jabot Hanin, Sophie Monnot, Roxana Borghese, Joana Bengoa, Yves Ville, Agnes Rotig, Arnold Munnich, Jean-Paul Bonnefont, Julie Steffann
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) disorders have a high clinical variability, mainly explained by variation of the mutant load across tissues. The high recurrence risk of these serious diseases commonly results in requests from at-risk couples for prenatal diagnosis (PND), based on determination of the mutant load on a chorionic villous sample (CVS). Such procedures are hampered by the lack of data regarding mtDNA segregation in the placenta.The objectives of this report were to determine whether mutant loads (1) are homogeneously distributed across the whole placentas, (2) correlate with those in amniocytes and cord blood cells and (3) correlate with the mtDNA copy number...
February 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Kirk P Conrad, Maria Belen Rabaglino, Emiel D Post Uiterweer
In normal human placentation, uterine invasion by trophoblast cells and subsequent spiral artery remodeling depend on cooperation among fetal trophoblasts and maternal decidual, myometrial, immune and vascular cells in the uterine wall. Therefore, aberrant function of anyone or several of these cell-types could theoretically impair placentation leading to the development of preeclampsia. Because trophoblast invasion and spiral artery remodeling occur during the first half of pregnancy, the molecular pathology of fetal placental and maternal decidual tissues following delivery may not be informative about the genesis of impaired placentation, which transpired months earlier...
December 2017: Placenta
Gorazd Rudolf, Nataša Tul, Ivan Verdenik, Marija Volk, Anamarija Brezigar, Nadja Kokalj Vokač, Nataša Jeršin, Bernarda Prosenc, Tanja Premru Sršen, Borut Peterlin
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of prenatal screening and genetic testing for trisomy 21 (T21) on the prevalence of T21 in Slovenia. DESIGN AND SETTING: Data about all prenatally and postnatally confirmed cases of T21 in Slovenia between 1981 and 2012 were collected retrospectively from all genetic laboratories in Slovenia. The expected number of babies with T21 according to maternal age was calculated. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The primary outcomes measures were number of fetuses and newborn infants with T21 diagnosed prenatally and postnatally and the impact of advances in screening and genetic diagnostics on the prevalence of newborns with T21 in Slovenia...
2017: PloS One
M E Ridano, A C Racca, J B Flores-Martin, R Fretes, C L Bandeira, L Reyna, E Bevilacqua, S Genti-Raimondi, G M Panzetta-Dutari
Placental barrier regulates maternal-fetal interchange protecting the baby from damage caused by substances found in the uterine environment or circulating in the vascular system. Organophosphate (OP) pesticides are a paramount group of environmental pollutants used in intensive agriculture for protection against diseases and pests. While many studies have reported an increased risk of pregnancy alterations in pregnant women exposed to OPs, few have analyzed the effects caused by these pesticides in the placenta...
August 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
Sarah C Lassey, Emily S Reiff, Lori Dobson, Bryann Bromley, Louise Wilkins-Haug, Deborah Bartz, Sarah E Little
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to compare the gestational age at termination for trisomy 13, 18, or 21 (aneuploidy) before and after the introduction of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). METHODS: A retrospective cohort of women undergoing termination for aneuploidy at two academic institutions and one private clinic. We compared two time periods: before and after the introduction of NIPT (2006-2011 and 2012-2014, respectively). Maternal demographics and clinical characteristics were abstracted from the medical record...
July 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
Amy Chui, Tilini Gunatillake, Shaun P Brennecke, Vera Ignjatovic, Paul T Monagle, John M Whitelock, Dagmar E van Zanten, Jasper Eijsink, Yao Wang, James Deane, Anthony J Borg, Janet Stevenson, Jan Jaap Erwich, Joanne M Said, Padma Murthi
OBJECTIVE: Biglycan (BGN) has reduced expression in placentae from pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction (FGR). We used first trimester placental samples from pregnancies with later small for gestational age (SGA) infants as a surrogate for FGR. The functional consequences of reduced BGN and the downstream targets of BGN were determined. Furthermore, the expression of targets was validated in primary placental endothelial cells isolated from FGR or control pregnancies. APPROACH AND RESULTS: BGN expression was determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction in placental tissues collected during chorionic villous sampling performed at 10 to 12 weeks' gestation from pregnancies that had known clinical outcomes, including SGA...
June 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Florencia Petracchi, Cecilia Paez, Laura Igarzabal
OBJECTIVE: To compare the cost-effectiveness of performing chorionic villus sampling (CVS) of products of conception (POC) in the evaluation of recurrent miscarriage versus standard evidence-based work-up (EBW) of the couple. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A decision-analytic model was performed in couples with a third miscarriage. Three strategies were considered: (1) the standard EBW of all the patients, comprising parental karyotype, uterine cavity assessment and antiphospholipid antibodies; (2) performing a CVS of POC and a standard karyotype, and if euploid, follow with EBW; and (3) performing a CVS of POC and an arrayCGH and, if normal, follow with EBW...
March 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
Gheona Altarescu
Abstract During the last two decades prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis has become the cornerstone of medical care for family planning to prevent genetic disease. Carrier screening programs for genetic disorders that are prevalent in various populations identify couples and pregnancies at risk of having an affected child. These couples can proceed with a choice of invasive prenatal diagnosis tests of the fetus (chorionic villous sampling and amniocentesis), or non-invasive prenatal testing of free fetal DNA circulation in the maternal blood which has emerged within the last few years and is currently available for fetal sexing for X Linked disorders...
June 2016: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
Yumei Luo, Detu Zhu, Rong Du, Yu Gong, Chun Xie, Xiangye Xu, Yong Fan, Bolan Yu, Xiaofang Sun, Yaoyong Chen
The human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technique promises to provide an unlimited, reliable source of genetically matched pluripotent cells for personalized therapy and disease modeling. Recently, it is observed that cells with ring chromosomes 13 or 17 autonomously correct the defects via compensatory uniparental disomy during cellular reprogramming to iPSCs. This breakthrough finding suggests a potential therapeutic approach to repair large-scale chromosomal aberrations. However, due to the scarceness of ring chromosome samples, the reproducibility of this approach in different individuals is not carefully evaluated yet...
2015: Cell Discovery
Mohan S Kamath, Sujata Pradhan, Eunice Sindhuvi Edison, Shaji Ramachandran Velayudhan, Belavendra Antonisamy, Muthukumar Karthikeyan, Ann M Mangalaraj, Aleyamma Kunjummen, Korula George
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of a transvaginal approach for chorionic villous sampling (CVS). METHODS: We carried out a retrospective data analysis of all the transvaginal CVS procedures performed for the purpose of prenatal diagnosis in a university-level referral center between January 2000 and December 2014. Women underwent the prenatal testing between 10 and 17 weeks of gestation mainly for hematological disorders involving single gene defects...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
Aneta Dobierzewska, Macarena Palominos, Marianela Sanchez, Michael Dyhr, Katja Helgert, Pia Venegas-Araneda, Stephen Tong, Sebastian E Illanes
Preeclampsia (PE), is a serious pregnancy disorder characterized in the early gestation by shallow trophoblast invasion, impaired placental neo-angiogenesis, placental hypoxia and ischemia, which leads to maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality. Here we hypothesized that angiogenic sphingosine kinase-1 (SPHK1)/sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) receptors pathway is impaired in PE. We found that SPHK1 mRNA and protein expression are down-regulated in term placentae and term chorionic villous explants from patients with PE or severe PE (PES), compared with controls...
2016: PloS One
Mahboubeh Ramezanzadeh, Mansour Salehi, Rasoul Salehi
BACKGROUND: Beta-thalassemia is the most prevalent monogenic disease throughout the world. It was the first genetic disorder nominated for nation-wide prevention programs involving population screening for heterozygotes and prenatal diagnosis (PND) in Iran. Due to the high prevalence of beta-thalassemia, the shift from conventional mutation detection methods to more recently developed techniques based on novel innovative technologies are essential. We aimed to develop a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) based protocol using high resolution melting (HRM) analysis for diagnosis of common beta-thalassemia mutations...
2016: Advanced Biomedical Research
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