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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324997/assessing-the-development-of-fetal-myocardial-function-by-a-novel-doppler-myocardial-performance-index
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Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami
Doppler-derived myocardial performance index are used to assess aspects of systolic and diastolic function in adult as well as fetal heart. The Tei Index (TI) is a useful and non-invasive tool. The aim of this study was to determine normal values of fetal left ventricular (LV) TI in early (16-32 weeks) and late trimester (35-41 weeks) fetuses and to develop a new myocardial performance index (K-index; KI) which focuses on fetal diastolic interval when oxygenated blood from the placenta filled in the LV. Simultaneous recordings of Doppler Ultrasound Signal (DUS) of the LV outflow tracts and fetal electrocardiogram signals were obtained in 55 early- and late-trimester fetuses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323629/effects-of-levothyroxine-on-pregnancy-outcomes-in-women-with-thyroid-dysfunction-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#2
Jia Li, Jie Shen, Lan Qin
Context • Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) in pregnancy can be associated with increased complications in pregnant women and neurocognitive deficits in fetuses. Two recently published meta-analyses investigated the effects of levothyroxine (LT4) supplementation on pregnancy outcomes but did not report adverse complications and neonatal outcomes. Objectives • The study intended to assess the effects of LT4 supplementation in the treatment of pregnant women with thyroid dysfunction. Design • The research team performed a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in PubMed, Embase, Web of Science, Chinese BioMedical Literature Service System, and China National Knowledge Infrastructure databases...
March 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319942/right-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernias-is-there-a-correlation-between-prenatal-lung-volume-and-postnatal-survival-as-in-isolated-left-diaphragmatic-hernias
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Teresa Victoria, Enrico Danzer, Edward R Oliver, J Christopher Edgar, Suzanne Iyoob, Emily A Partridge, Ann M Johnson, William H Peranteau, Beverly G Coleman, Alan W Flake, Mark P Johnson, Holly H Hedrick, N Scott Adzick
OBJECTIVES: Whereas left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernias (L-CDH) have been extensively studied and their prognostic parameters delineated, right-sided hernias (R-CDH) have not. Published results remain inconclusive. The aim of this study is to evaluate if proven prognostic indicators of postnatal survival in the fetus with L-CDH apply to the fetus with R-CDH. METHODS: Retrospective single-center study of R-CDH fetuses with available prenatal studies assessed for fetal lung volume by means of ultrasound-measured observed versus expected (O/E) lung area to head circumference (LHR) and magnetic resonance-calculated O/E total lung volume (TLV) in a 12-year time period...
March 21, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319846/presence-of-cytomegalovirus-in-urine-and-blood-of-pregnant-women-with-primary-infection-might-be-associated-with-fetal-infection
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Marie-Luce Delforge, Elena Costa, Françoise Brancart, Deborah Goldman, Isabel Montesinos, Siham Zaytouni, Arnaud Marchant, Catherine Donner
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) congenital infection can result from primary infection, reinfection or reactivation among pregnant women. The risk of vertical transmission is much higher in case of primary infection, and the transmission rate increases with gestational age. However there are still many questions about maternal markers that can predict whether the virus will be transmitted to the fetus. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between the presence and the quantity of CMV in urine and blood of women presenting a primary CMV infection during pregnancy and the presence of congenital infection in their offspring...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319104/diabetes-consequences-in-the-fetus-liver-of-the-non-obese-diabetic-mice
#5
M B Aires, A C V Dos Santos, M S Kubrusly, A C de Lima Luna, L A C D'Albuquerque, D A Maria
DM type 1 (T1D) incidence is increasing around 3% every year and represents risks for maternal and fetal health. The objective of this study was to explore the effects of diabetes on fetus liver cells in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. Hyperglycemic NOD (HNOD), normoglycemic NOD (NNOD) and BALB/c females were used for mating, and the fetus livers were collected at 19.5 gestation day (gd). HNOD group had reduced fetal weight (989.5±68.32 vs 1290±57.39 mg BALB/c, P<0.05) at 19.5 gd and higher glycemia (516...
March 20, 2017: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318025/maternal-chronic-hypoxia-increases-expression-of-genes-regulating-lung-liquid-movement-and-surfactant-maturation-in-male-fetuses-in-late-gestation
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Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Beth J Allison, Kirsty L Brain, Youguo Niu, Nozomi Itani, Katie L Skeffington, Andrew D Kane, Emilio A Herrera, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication that may arise from maternal, placental and/or fetal factors. Respiratory outcome of the infant at birth likely depends on the duration, timing and severity of the hypoxaemic insult. We have isolated the effect of maternal chronic hypoxia (MCH) for a month in late gestation on fetal lung development. Pregnant ewes were exposed to normoxia (21% O2 ) or hypoxia (10% O2 ) from 105-138 d gestation (term ∼145 d). At 138 d, gene expression in fetal lung tissue was determined by qRT-PCR...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317311/novel-pathogenic-variants-in-foxp3-in-fetuses-with-echogenic-bowel-and-skin-desquamation-identified-by-ultrasound
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Raymond J Louie, Queenie K-G Tan, Jennifer B Gilner, R Curtis Rogers, Noelle Younge, Stephanie B Wechsler, Marie T McDonald, Barbara Gordon, Christopher A Saski, Julie R Jones, Shelley J Chapman, Roger E Stevenson, John W Sleasman, Michael J Friez
Immunodysregulation, Polyendocrinopathy, Enteropathy, X-linked (IPEX) syndrome is a rare, X-linked recessive disease that affects regulatory T cells (Tregs) resulting in diarrhea, enteropathy, eczema, and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. IPEX syndrome is caused by pathogenic alterations in FOXP3 located at Xp11.23. FOXP3 encodes a transcription factor that interacts with several partners, including NFAT and NF-κB, and is necessary for the proper cellular differentiation of Tregs. Although variable, the vast majority of IPEX syndrome patients have onset of disease during infancy with severe enteropathy...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315887/flavor-and-taste-development-in-the-first-years-of-life
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Erin Sundseth Ross
Across the first four years of life, infants transition from a diet of liquids to solid foods. Flavor preferences affect the acceptance of novel foods. Fetuses experience flavors in the uterine environment, and some preferences appear to be innate. Sweet and salty foods tend to be accepted by most newborns, while bitter tastes are rejected. Breast fed infants appear to have an advantage over formula fed infants, as their exposure to a varying flavor profile is influenced by the mother's diet. Infants are fairly accepting of novel foods, but rejection of new foods increases across the initial years of life...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315866/cerebrospinal-fluid-and-parenchymal-brain-development-and-growth-in-the-healthy-fetus
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Nickie N Andescavage, Adre DuPlessis, Robert McCarter, Gilbert Vezina, Richard Robertson, Catherine Limperopoulos
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to apply quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to characterize absolute cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) development, as well as its relative development to fetal brain parenchyma in the healthy human fetus. DESIGN: We created three-dimensional high-resolution reconstructions of the developing brain for healthy fetuses between 18 and 40 weeks' gestation, segmented the parenchymal and CSF spaces, and calculated the volumes for the lateral, third, and fourth ventricles; extra-axial CSF space; and the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem...
March 18, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315852/characteristics-and-management-of-mirror-syndrome-a-systematic-review-1956-2016
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Sabah Allarakia, Hassan A Khayat, Moyassar M Karami, Abdulaziz M Aldakhil, Ahmed M Kashi, Abdulrahman H Algain, Mohammad A Khan, Loai S Alghifees, Raed E Alsulami
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical features of mirror syndrome and to correlate the effects of different treatments with the fetal outcomes. DATA SOURCES: Online search up to May 2016 was conducted in the PubMed, Embase (Ovid platform) and clinicalTrials.gov without restrictions of language, date or journal. Only papers providing both fetal and maternal presentations and outcomes were included. RESULTS: The study included 74 papers (n=111), with an additional two patients diagnosed at our center (n=113)...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315668/cmybp-c-was-decreased-via-klhl3-mediated-proteasomal-degradation-in-congenital-heart-diseases
#11
Leitong Wang, Guangrui Lai, Guoming Chu, Xiaoyan Liang, Yanyan Zhao
Cardiac myosin binding protein C (cMyBP-C) is a cardiac structural and regulatory protein; mutations of cMyBP-C are frequently associated with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). Cardiac special transcription factors may regulate the expression of cMyBP-C. However, the role of cMyBP-C in congenital heart diseases (CHD) remains poorly understood. In the current study, western blotting and the MRM approach showed that cMyBP-C expression was significantly reduced in fetuses with CHD compared to those without...
March 15, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314466/gc-ms-based-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-longitudinal-study-identification-of-2-and-3-hydroxybutyrate-as-potential-prognostic-biomarkers
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Danuta Dudzik, Marcin Zorawski, Mariusz Skotnicki, Wieslaw Zarzycki, Antonia García, Santiago Angulo, M Paz Lorenzo, Coral Barbas, M Pilar Ramos
Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM) causes severe short- and long-term complications for the mother, fetus and neonate, including type 2-diabetes (T2DM) later in life. In this pilot study, GC-Q/MS analysis was applied for plasma metabolomics fingerprinting of 24 healthy and 24 women with GDM at different stages of gestation (second and third trimester) and postpartum (one and three months). Multivariate (unsupervised and supervised) statistical analysis was performed to investigate variance in the data, identify outliers and for unbiased assessment of data quality...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306541/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-twin-pregnancies-complicated-by-single-intrauterine-death
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Qiong Luo, Xiujun Han
AIM: To investigate the clinical characteristics and outcome of twin pregnancies complicated by single intrauterine death and how to improve the outcomes of surviving twins. Three thousand three hundred and eighty-four women who delivered twin pregnancies at Women's Hospital, Zhejiang University, School of Medicine were included. Clinical and demographic data on gestational age, etiology, morbidity and mortality for mothers and fetuses were collected. RESULTS: The median gestational age for detecting a single intrauterine death in twin pregnancy was 29 weeks and the average gestational age of pregnancy termination was 32 weeks...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306540/4d-assessment-of-fetal-brain-function-in-diabetic-patients
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Panagiotis Antsaklis, Selma Porovic, George Daskalakis, Asim Kurjak
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether there is a difference in the behavior of fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes under treatment with insulin, compared to fetuses of pregnant women without diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kurjak's antenatal neurodevelopmental test (KANET) - a method that, by application of four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound, assesses fetal behavior in a similar way that neonatologists perform a neurological assessment in newborns - was applied from 28 to 38 weeks of gestation to 40 pregnancies with pre-existing diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) requiring insulin (diabetic group) and to 40 non-diabetic cases, with otherwise low-risk pregnancies (non-diabetic group)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306249/urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolite-associations-with-biomarkers-of-inflammation-angiogenesis-and-oxidative-stress-in-pregnant-women
#15
Kelly K Ferguson, Thomas McElrath, Gerry G Pace, David Weller, Lixia Zeng, Subramaniam Pennathur, David Cantonwine, John D Meeker
Environmental exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is prevalent and may adversely impact pregnancy and development of the fetus. The purpose of this exploratory study was to examine urinary PAH metabolites in association with mediators of these outcomes. To do so we measured a panel of 12 inflammatory, angiogenic, and oxidative stress biomarkers in plasma or urine from women in their third trimester of pregnancy (n=200). Urinary PAH metabolites were highly detectable (>88%) in the study population, and most were higher in women who had lower education levels, higher body mass index, and who were African American...
March 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304324/assessment-of-serum-apolipoprotien-b-and-apolipoprotein-a-1-and-their-ratio-in-healthy-full-term-small-for-gestational-age-newborns
#16
A Agrawal, J Shrivastava, R Dwivedi, M Siddiqui
BACKGROUND: Programmed changes in growth restricted fetuses can increase the risk of adulthood diseases due to elevated serum cholesterol and apolipoprotein-B (Apo-B) concentrations. Increasing evidence demonstrated the role of apoB/apoA-I ratio as a strong risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. OBJECTIVE: To determine the concentration of cord blood lipoproteins and apolipoproteins as well as their correlation with birth weight. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a teaching institution of central India...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304323/diabetic-ketoacidosis-complicating-pregnancy
#17
S N Bryant, C L Herrera, D B Nelson, F G Cunningham
BACKGROUND: Although diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) in pregnancy can result in significant adverse consequences for both mother and fetus, the response to treatment, time course of recovery, and perinatal outcomes have not been well studied in pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: We examined the precipitating factors, laboratory abnormalities, treatment strategies, and clinical recovery in pregnancies complicated by DKA. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cohort study of pregnancies complicated by DKA between October 1999 and June 2015...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304193/peptidomic-analysis-of-fetal-heart-tissue-for-identification-of-endogenous-peptides-involved-in-tetralogy-of-fallot
#18
Jingjing Zhang, Dong Liang, Qing Cheng, Li Cao, Yun Wu, Yan Wang, Shuping Han, Zhangbin Yu, Xianwei Cui, Tianhui Xu, Dingyuan Ma, Ping Hu, Zhengfeng Xu
Tetralogy of fallot (TOF) is one of the most prevalent types of congenital heart diseases. As a category of bioactive molecules, peptides have been proved to participate in various biological processes. However, the role of endogenous peptides in the pathogenesis of TOF has not been studied. In this study, we performed a comparative peptidomic profile in the fetal heart of TOF and the control group for the first time by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Our data demonstrated that a total of 201 peptides derived from 176 precursor proteins were differentially expressed in the heart tissues of TOF fetuses compared with normal controls, including 41 upregulated peptides and 160 downregulated peptides...
March 17, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304179/discrepancy-in-fetal-head-biometry-between-ultrasound-and-mri-in-suspected-microcephalic-fetuses
#19
Gal Yaniv, Eldad Katorza, Vered Tsehmaister Abitbol, Arik Eisenkraft, Ronen Bercovitz, Salim Bader, Chen Hoffmann
Background Microcephaly is one of the most common fetal structural abnormalities, and prenatal microcephaly is considered a group I malformation of cortical development diagnosed according to ultrasound (US) skull measurements. Purpose To evaluate the agreement between fetal head US and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biometric measurements of suspected microcephalic fetuses. Material and Methods This institutional review board-approved retrospective study with waived informed consent included 180 pregnant women and was conducted at our medical center from March 2011 to April 2013...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304101/the-value-of-prenatal-ultrasonographic-diagnosis-of-diastematomyelia
#20
Qiuju Wei, Ailu Cai, Xintian Wang, Xiaoguang Wang, Limei Xie
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the value of prenatal ultrasonographic diagnosis of diastematomyelia, and to provide a basis for the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of fetal diastematomyelia. METHODS: Four fetuses with suspected diastematomyelia based on prenatal ultrasonography are presented. Detailed prenatal ultrasonography was performed to examine spinal cord abnormalities. The region of interest-based spine sagittal plane was defined and 3D volumetric scans were performed, as needed...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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