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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529976/de-novo-generation-and-characterization-of-new-zika-virus-isolate-using-sequence-data-from-a-microcephaly-case
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Yin Xiang Setoh, Natalie A Prow, Nias Peng, Leon E Hugo, Gregor Devine, Jessamine E Hazlewood, Andreas Suhrbier, Alexander A Khromykh
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged and is the etiological agent of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a spectrum of congenital abnormalities arising from neural tissue infections in utero. Herein, we describe the de novo generation of a new ZIKV isolate, ZIKVNatal, using a modified circular polymerase extension reaction protocol and sequence data obtained from a ZIKV-infected fetus with microcephaly. ZIKVNatal thus has no laboratory passage history and is unequivocally associated with CZS. ZIKVNatal could be used to establish a fetal brain infection model in IFNAR(-/-) mice (including intrauterine growth restriction) without causing symptomatic infections in dams...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528868/pleiotropic-effects-of-trait-associated-genetic-variation-on-dna-methylation-utility-for-refining-gwas-loci
#2
Eilis Hannon, Mike Weedon, Nicholas Bray, Michael O'Donovan, Jonathan Mill
Most genetic variants identified in genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of complex traits are thought to act by affecting gene regulation rather than directly altering the protein product. As a consequence, the actual genes involved in disease are not necessarily the most proximal to the associated variants. By integrating data from GWAS analyses with those from genetic studies of regulatory variation, it is possible to identify variants pleiotropically associated with both a complex trait and measures of gene regulation...
May 13, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527483/single-fetal-death-in-monochorionic-twin-pregnancy-co-twin-prognosis-and-neonatal-outcome
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Emídio Vale-Fernandes, Joana Dias, Belandina Gil, Alexandra Cadilhe
The incidence of single fetal death in twin pregnancy varies from 0.5% - 6.8%, leaving the surviving fetus with increased morbi-mortality. The prognosis is worse in monochorionic pregnancies. In addressing these cases it should be noted referral to tertiary center with differentiated perinatal support, induction of fetal lung maturation and termination of pregnancy if there's loss of fetal well-being or possibility of maternal complications and suspected neurological sequelae in the surviving fetus. The risk of iatrogenic prematurity should always be weighed with the possible consequences arising from the fetus staying in a hostile uterine environment...
February 27, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522662/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-value-changes-and-clinical-correlation-in-90-cases-of-cytomegalovirus-infected-fetuses-with-unremarkable-fetal-mri-results
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D Kotovich, J S B Guedalia, C Hoffmann, G Sze, A Eisenkraft, G Yaniv
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cytomegalovirus is the leading intrauterine infection. Fetal MR imaging is an accepted tool for fetal brain evaluation, yet it still lacks the ability to accurately predict the extent of the neurodevelopmental impairment, especially in fetal MR imaging scans with unremarkable findings. Our hypothesis was that intrauterine cytomegalovirus infection causes diffusional changes in fetal brains and that those changes may correlate with the severity of neurodevelopmental deficiencies...
May 18, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522661/quantitative-folding-pattern-analysis-of-early-primary-sulci-in-human-fetuses-with-brain-abnormalities
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K Im, A Guimaraes, Y Kim, E Cottrill, B Gagoski, C Rollins, C Ortinau, E Yang, P E Grant
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aberrant gyral folding is a key feature in the diagnosis of many cerebral malformations. However, in fetal life, it is particularly challenging to confidently diagnose aberrant folding because of the rapid spatiotemporal changes of gyral development. Currently, there is no resource to measure how an individual fetal brain compares with normal spatiotemporal variations. In this study, we assessed the potential for automatic analysis of early sulcal patterns to detect individual fetal brains with cerebral abnormalities...
May 18, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514694/the-association-of-prenatal-cocaine-exposure-externalizing-behavior-and-adolescent-substance-use
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Sonia Minnes, Meeyoung O Min, June-Yung Kim, Meredith W Francis, Adelaide Lang, Miaoping Wu, Lynn T Singer
Prenatal cocaine exposure (PCE) may increase adolescent substance use through alterations of neurotransmitter systems affecting fetal brain development. The relationship between PCE and substance use at 15 and 17 years was examined. Subjects (365: 186 PCE; 179 non-cocaine exposed (NCE)) supplied biologic and self-report data using the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) and Computerized Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (C-DISC 4) at ages 15 and 17. The relationship between PCE and substance use was assessed using General Estimating Equation (GEE) analyses controlling for confounding factors including violence exposure and preschool lead level...
March 24, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512712/post-translational-tubulin-modifications-in-human-astrocyte-cultures
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V Bleu Knight, Elba E Serrano
The cytoskeletal protein tubulin plays an integral role in the functional specialization of many cell types. In the central nervous system, post-translational modifications and the expression of specific tubulin isotypes in neurons have been analyzed in greater detail than in their astrocytic counterparts. In this study, we characterized post-translational specifications of tubulin in human astrocytes using the normal human astrocyte (NHA; Lonza) commercial cell line of fetal origin. Immunocytochemical techniques were implemented in conjunction with confocal microscopy to image class III β-tubulin (βIII-tubulin), acetylated tubulin, and polyglutamylated tubulin using fluorescent antibody probes...
May 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511728/birth-weight-interacts-with-a-functional-variant-of-the-oxytocin-receptor-gene-oxtr-to-predict-executive-functioning-in-children
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Mark Wade, Heather Prime, Thomas J Hoffmann, Louis A Schmidt, Thomas G O'Connor, Jennifer M Jenkins
Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR) is associated with several psychiatric conditions characterized by deficits in executive functioning (EF). A specific OXTR variant, rs2254298, has previously been associated with brain functioning in regions implicated in EF. Moreover, birth weight variation across the entire range is associated with individual differences in cortical structure and function that underlie EF. This is the first study to examine the main and interactive effect between rs2254298 and birth weight on EF in children...
May 17, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509324/three-dimensional-neurosonography-a-novel-field-in-fetal-medicine
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Michał Lipa, Ritsuko Kimata Pooh, Mirosław Wielgoś
Neurosonography is a promising technique for prenatal diagnosis, combining features of ultrasound imaging with fetal neurology. The brain is a three-dimensional structure, therefore observing brain structure in the three basic planes (sagittal, coronal and axial) is mandatory. The anterior fontanelle and sagittal suture may serve as acoustic ultrasound windows in the transvaginal brain scan, allowing to obtain high-resolution neuroimages of the intracranial structures. Furthermore, three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound combined with the transvaginal brain approach provides detailed and sophisticated neuroimages...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507642/diagnostic-imaging-of-pregnant-women-the-role-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Monika Bekiesińska-Figatowska, Anna Romaniuk-Doroszewska, Sylwia Szkudlińska-Pawlak, Agnieszka Duczkowska, Jarosław Mądzik, Martyna Szopa-Krupińska, Tomasz M Maciejewski
BACKGROUND: Presentation of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in pregnant women in the Department of Diagnostic Imaging, Institute of Mother and Child, Warsaw, Poland. MATERIAL/METHODS: Forty-three symptomatic pregnant women underwent MRI between 9 and 33 weeks of gestation (mean of 23 weeks). Moreover, we included 2 pregnant women who underwent fetal MRI and had incidental abnormalities. RESULTS: In 9 cases, we excluded the suspected brain abnormalities...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505611/novel-insights-in-fetal-cardiomyopathy-due-to-in-utero-herpes-simplex-virus-infection
#11
Tamara Margit Jutta Pahlitzsch, Elisa Theresa Helbig, Nanette Sarioglu, Larry Hinkson, Katharina von Weizsäcker, Wolfgang Henrich
This is a case report of fatal cardiomyopathy in a fetus following maternal intrauterine infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV), despite the mother having no symptoms of an infection. The fetus showed signs of a disseminated infection affecting the heart, brain, lungs, liver, adrenal glands, and skin. HSV cardiomyopathy, characterized by vast necrosis, extensive calcifications, and inflammatory infiltration, was found to be the cause of intrauterine fetal death. To our knowledge, this is a unique report of an asymptomatic maternal nonprimary or recurrent HSV infection that induced a transmission of HSV resulting in extensive and fatal changes in the fetal heart...
May 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504465/effects-of-sa237-a-humanized-anti-interleukin-6-receptor-monoclonal-antibody-on-pre-and-postnatal-development-in-cynomolgus-monkey
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Ryuichi Katagiri, Kana Ishihara-Hattori, Werner Frings, Jun Amano, Antje Fuchs, Shuichi Chiba
BACKGROUND: SA237 is a humanized anti-interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R) monoclonal antibody in which the constant and variable regions have been engineered for a longer plasma half-life. According to literature, blocking of IL-6 related functions could have an influence on pregnancy sustainment, development of the immune system, and brain growth. METHODS: SA237 effects on dams, embryo-fetal development, parturition and postnatal development were investigated in an enhanced pre- and postnatal development study, in which SA237 was subcutaneously administered to pregnant cynomolgus monkeys at dose levels of 2 or 50 mg/kg once weekly from gestation day 20 until parturition...
May 15, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503116/melatonin-pharmacology-functions-and-therapeutic-benefits
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Sylvie Tordjman, Sylvie Chokron, Richard Delorme, Annaëlle Charrier, Eric Bellissant, Nemat Jaafari, Claire Fougerou
BACKGROUND: Melatonin synchronizes central but also peripheral oscillators (fetal adrenal gland, pancreas, liver, kidney, heart, lung, fat, gut, etc.), allowing temporal organization of biological functions through circadian rhythms (24-hour cycles) in relation to periodic environmental changes and therefore adaptation of the individual to his/her internal and external environment. Measures of melatonin are considered the best peripheral indices of human circadian timing based on an internal 24-hour clock...
April 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502700/fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-fasd-and-competency-to-stand-trial-cst-suggestions-for-a-best-practices-approach-to-forensic-evaluation
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REVIEW
Jerrod M Brown, Jeffrey Haun, Patricia A Zapf, Natalie Novick Brown
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), an umbrella term for neurodevelopmental conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure, is overrepresented in the U.S. juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. The brain damage in FASD manifests in a combination of cognitive and adaptive impairments that potentially reduce ability to function adequately during the criminal justice process, including capacity to stand trial (CST). Despite the high risk of arrest and conviction in this population, relatively little research guides CST assessment for defendants who have or may have FASD...
May 11, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502262/effects-of-combined-iugr-and-prenatal-stress-on-the-development-of-the-hippocampus-in-a-fetal-guinea-pig-model
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A L Cumberland, H K Palliser, P Rani, D W Walker, J J Hirst
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and maternal stress during pregnancy are two compromises that negatively impact neurodevelopment and increase the risk of developing later life neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, depression and behavioural disorders. Neurosteroids, particularly allopregnanolone, are important in protecting the developing brain and promoting many essential neurodevelopmental processes. Individually, IUGR and prenatal stress (PS) reduce myelination and neurogenesis within affected fetal brains, however less information is available on the combined effects of these two disorders on the term fetal brain...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501220/7-8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine-2-deoxiguanosine-ratio-determined-in-hydrolysates-of-brain-dna-by-ultrachromatrography-coupled-to-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Isabel Torres-Cuevas, Miguel Aupi, Miguel Angel Asensi, Máximo Vento, Ángel Ortega, Javier Escobar
7,8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) is an abundant DNA lesion formed by oxidation of the nucleoside 2'-deoxyguanosine (2-dG) and one of the most studied and accepted oxidative stress biomarkers. 8-OHdG has a strong carcinogenic potential, and prolonged oxidative stress heightens pathological conditions and especially cancer risk. Our aim was to develop, validate and apply a reliable method to assess DNA oxidation in genomic cellular DNA of sensible target organs such as brain. A procedure to isolate and digest the DNA of brain tissue properly for further detection of 8-OHdG and 2-dG by Ultra Performance Liquid Chromatography-tandem Mass Spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) was optimized...
August 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500770/the-role-of-melatonin-in-the-neurodevelopmental-etiology-of-schizophrenia-a-study-in-human-olfactory-neuronal-precursors
#17
Tania Galván-Arrieta, Citlali Trueta, Montserrat G Cercós, Marcela Valdés-Tovar, Salvador Alarcón, Julian Oikawa, Horacio Zamudio-Meza, Gloria Benítez-King
Dim light exposure of the mother during pregnancy has been proposed as one of the environmental factors that affect the fetal brain development in schizophrenia. Melatonin circulating levels are regulated by the environmental light/dark cycle. This hormone stimulates neuronal differentiation in the adult brain. However, little is known about its role in the fetal human brain development. Olfactory neuronal precursors (ONPs) are useful for studying the physiopathology of neuropsychiatric diseases because they mimic all the stages of neurodevelopment in culture...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499803/establishment-and-characterization-of-primary-astrocyte-culture-from-adult-mouse-brain
#18
Xiu Sun, Xin Hu, Dan Wang, Yimin Yuan, Shangyao Qin, Zijian Tan, Yakun Gu, Xiao Huang, Cheng He, Zhida Su
As a major class of glial cells, astrocytes have been indicated to play multi-roles in physiological and pathological brain. Astrocyte cultures derived from postnatal mouse brains have been extensively used to characterize their biological properties. However, the inability to culture adult mouse primary astrocytes has long stymied studies of function in adult brain. Here, we developed a protocol to successfully establish highly enriched astrocyte cultures from the brains of adult mouse. Cortical tissues were collected to prepare cell suspension by enzymatic digestion and mechanical dissociation, and then plated onto vessels pre-coated with gelatin and matrigel and cultured in DMEM medium containing 20% fetal bovine serum (FBS)...
May 10, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497730/-development-of-gnrh-neurons-in-humans-new-insights-from-3d-imaging-of-fetal-brains
#19
Anne-Laure Barbotin, Vincent Prévot, Paolo Giacobini
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Médecine Sciences: M/S
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496945/gestational-exposure-to-silymarin-increases-susceptibility-of-balb-c-mice-fetuses-to-apoptosis
#20
Mahbobe Gholami, Seyed Adel Moallem, Mohammad Afshar, Leila Etemad, Gholamreza Karimi
BACKGROUND: Silymarin is a flavonolignan that has been the subject of research to evaluate the beneficial properties for decades. Silymarin has been known for its potent cytoprotective, hepatoprotective and antioxidant activities. The goal of the present study was to gain a deeper understanding of possible molecular mechanisms of apoptosis of the injuries induced by silymarin on BALB/c mice fetuses. METHODS: The present experimental study was carried out in virgin female BALB/c mice...
April 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
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