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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166461/presumed-zika-virus-related-congenital-brain-malformations-the-spectrum-of-ct-and-mri-findings-in-fetuses-and-newborns
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José Daniel Vieira de Castro, Licia Pacheco Pereira, Daniel Aguiar Dias, Lindenberg Barbosa Aguiar, Joanira Costa Nogueira Maia, Jesus Irajacy Fernandes da Costa, Eveline Campos Monteiro de Castro, Francisco Edson de Lucena Feitosa, Francisco Herlânio Costa Carvalho
OBJECTIVE: The new epidemic of Zika virus infection raises grave concerns, especially with the increasingly-recognized link between emerging cases of microcephaly and this infectious disease. Besides small cranial dimensions, there are striking morphologic anomalies in the fetal brain. Key anomalies include cortical developmental malformations and a peculiar distribution of pathologic calcifications. These potentially indicate a new pattern of congenital central nervous system infection...
October 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164087/plasma-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-in-newborn-infants-with-neonatal-abstinence-syndrome
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Lochan Subedi, Hong Huang, Amrita Pant, Philip M Westgate, Henrietta S Bada, John A Bauer, Peter J Giannone, Thitinart Sithisarn
Background: Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a type of growth factor that promotes growth and survival of neurons. Fetal exposure to opiates can lead to postnatal withdrawal syndrome, which is referred as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). Preclinical and clinical studies have shown an association between opiates exposure and alteration in BDNF expression in the brain and serum levels in adult. However, to date, there are no data available on the effects of opiate exposure on BDNF levels in infant who are exposed to opiates in utero and whether BDNF level may correlate with the severity of NAS...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164084/pretreatment-with-human-chorionic-gonadotropin-protects-the-neonatal-brain-against-the-effects-of-hypoxic-ischemic-injury
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Tammy Z Movsas, Rebecca L Weiner, M Banks Greenberg, David M Holtzman, Rafael Galindo
Introduction: Though the human fetus is exposed to placentally derived human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) throughout gestation, the role of hCG on the fetal brain is unknown. Review of the available literature appears to indicate that groups of women with higher mean levels of hCG during pregnancy tend to have offspring with lower cerebral palsy (CP) risk. Given that newborn cerebral injury often precedes the development of CP, we aimed to determine whether hCG may protect against the neurodegenerative effects of neonatal brain injury...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163051/young-human-cholinergic-neurons-respond-to-physiological-regulators-and-improve-cognitive-symptoms-in-an-animal-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Annamaria Morelli, Erica Sarchielli, Giulia Guarnieri, Elisabetta Coppi, Daniela Pantano, Paolo Comeglio, Pamela Nardiello, Anna M Pugliese, Lara Ballerini, Rosanna Matucci, Stefano Ambrosini, Giuseppe Castronovo, Rosa Valente, Benedetta Mazzanti, Sandra Bucciantini, Mario Maggi, Fiorella Casamenti, Pasquale Gallina, Gabriella B Vannelli
The degeneration of cholinergic neurons of the nucleus basalis of Meynert (NBM) in the basal forebrain (BF) is associated to the cognitive decline of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients. To date no resolutive therapies exist. Cell-based replacement therapy is a strategy currently under consideration, although the mechanisms underlying the generation of stem cell-derived NBM cholinergic neurons able of functional integration remain to be clarified. Since fetal brain is an optimal source of neuronal cells committed towards a specific phenotype, this study is aimed at isolating cholinergic neurons from the human fetal NBM (hfNBMs) in order to study their phenotypic, maturational and functional properties...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163000/convergence-of-cortical-thalamocortical-and-callosal-pathways-during-human-fetal-development-revealed-by-diffusion-mri-tractography
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Rongpin Wang, Molly Wilkinson, Tara Kane, Emi Takahashi
There has been evidence that during brain development, emerging thalamocortical (TC) and corticothalamic (CT) pathways converge in some brain regions and follow each other's trajectories to their final destinations. Corpus callosal (CC) pathways also emerge at a similar developmental stage, and are known to converge with TC pathways in specific cortical regions in mature brains. Given the functional relationships between TC and CC pathways, anatomical convergence of the two pathways are likely important for their functional integration...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162041/does-anthracycline-based-chemotherapy-in-pregnant-women-with-cancer-offer-safe-cardiac-and-neurodevelopmental-outcomes-for-the-developing-fetus
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Marialuisa Framarino-Dei-Malatesta, Paolo Sammartino, Angela Napoli
BACKGROUND: Cancer treatment during pregnancy is a growing problem especially now that women delay childbearing. Systemic treatment of these malignancies during pregnancy centers mainly on the anticancer drugs anthracyclines, widely used in treating hematological and breast cancer during pregnancy and sometimes associated with early and late toxicity for the fetus. Owing to concern about their cardiac and neurodevelopmental toxicity more information is needed on which anthracycline to prefer and whether they can safely guarantee a cardiotoxicity-free outcome in the fetus...
November 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159203/varicella-zoster-virus-infected-cerebrovascular-cells-produce-a-proinflammatory-environment
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Dallas Jones, C Preston Neff, Brent E Palmer, Kurt Stenmark, Maria A Nagel
Objective: To test whether varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection of human brain vascular cells and of lung fibroblasts directly increases proinflammatory cytokine levels, consistent with VZV as a causative agent in intracerebral VZV vasculopathy and giant-cell arteritis (GCA). Methods: Conditioned supernatant from mock- and VZV-infected human brain vascular adventitial fibroblasts (HBVAFs), human perineurial cells (HPNCs), human brain vascular smooth muscle cells (HBVSMCs), and human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFLs) were collected at 72 hours postinfection and analyzed for levels of 30 proinflammatory cytokines using the Meso Scale Discovery Multiplex ELISA platform...
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158391/maternal-prolactin-during-late-pregnancy-is-important-in-generating-nurturing-behavior-in-the-offspring
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Taku James Sairenji, Jun Ikezawa, Ryosuke Kaneko, Shinnosuke Masuda, Kaoru Uchida, Yurie Takanashi, Hiroko Masuda, Tomoko Sairenji, Izuki Amano, Yusuke Takatsuru, Kazutoshi Sayama, Kaisa Haglund, Ivan Dikic, Noriyuki Koibuchi, Noriaki Shimokawa
Although maternal nurturing behavior is extremely important for the preservation of a species, our knowledge of the biological underpinnings of these behaviors is insufficient. Here we show that the degree of a mother's nurturing behavior is regulated by factors present during her own fetal development. We found that Cin85-deficient (Cin85(-/-)) mother mice had reduced pituitary hormone prolactin (PRL) secretion as a result of excessive dopamine signaling in the brain. Their offspring matured normally and produced their own pups; however, nurturing behaviors such as pup retrieval and nursing were strongly inhibited...
November 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157751/preliminary-evidence-that-digit-length-ratio-2d-4d-predicts-neural-response-to-delivery-of-motivational-stimuli
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Troy A Webber, Heather E Soder, Geoffrey F Potts, Marina A Bornovalova
Reduced relative length of the 2nd to 4th digits (2D:4D) is thought to partially reflect fetal testosterone (FT) exposure, a process suspected to promote relatively permanent effects on the brain and behavior via structural and functional neuroadaptations. We examined the effect of 2D:4D on neural response - assessed by P2a and feedback-related negativity (FRN) event-related potentials (ERPs) - to motivational stimuli (reward or punishment) using two counterbalanced conditions of a passive S1/S2 outcome prediction design...
November 17, 2017: Biological Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156684/a-prenatal-interruption-of-disc1-function-in-the-brain-exhibits-a-lasting-impact-on-adult-behaviors-brain-metabolism-and-interneuron-development
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Dazhi Deng, Chongdong Jian, Ling Lei, Yijing Zhou, Colleen McSweeney, Fengping Dong, Yilun Shen, Donghua Zou, Yonggang Wang, Yuan Wu, Limin Zhang, Yingwei Mao
Mental illnesses like schizophrenia (SCZ) and major depression disorder (MDD) are devastating brain disorders. The SCZ risk gene, disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1), has been associated with neuropsychiatric conditions. However, little is known regarding the long-lasting impacts on brain metabolism and behavioral outcomes from genetic insults on fetal NPCs during early life. We have established a new mouse model that specifically interrupts DISC1 functions in NPCs in vivo by a dominant-negative DISC1 (DN-DISC1) with a precise temporal and spatial regulation...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155576/chronic-arsenic-exposure-increases-a%C3%AE-1-42-production-and-rage-expression-in-rat-brain
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Sandra Aurora Niño, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Adriana Castro-Zavala, Benita Ortega-Berlanga, Juan Manuel Delgado, Hector Hernandez-Mendoza, E Romero-Guzman, Judith Rios-Lugo, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, María Esther Jiménez-Capdeville, Sergio Zarazua
Chronic arsenic exposure during development is associated with alterations of chemical transmission and demyelination, which result in cognitive deficits and peripheral neuropathies. At cellular level, arsenic toxicity involves increased generation of reactive species that induce severe cellular alterations such as DNA fragmentation, apoptosis and lipid peroxidation. It has been proposed that arsenic-associated neurodegeneration could evolve to Alzheimer disease in later life.1,2 In this study, the effects of chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic (3 ppm by drinking water) in Wistar rats on the production and elimination of Amyloid-β (Aβ) were evaluated...
November 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153695/posterior-encephalopathy-syndrome-in-women-with-eclampsia-predictors-and-outcome
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Anand Kumar Verma, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Yashodhara Pradeep, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Imran Rizvi, Neeraj Kumar, Neera Kohli, Shweta Pandey
BACKGROUND: This study aims to study predictors of posterior encephalopathy syndrome in eclampsia and the impact of posterior encephalopathy syndrome on outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This prospective study enrolled consecutive women with eclampsia. These women were subjected to magnetic resonance imaging of the brain. Predictors of posterior encephalopathy syndrome were determined using univariate, followed by multivariate, analysis. Women were followed for 30days...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153658/neurological-function-in-children-born-to-preeclamptic-and-hypertensive-mothers-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ernesto A Figueiró-Filho, Lauren E Mak, James N Reynolds, Patrick W Stroman, Graeme N Smith, Nils D Forkert, Angelina Paolozza, Matthew T Rätsep, B Anne Croy
BACKGROUND: Offspring whose mothers developed preeclampsia (PE-F1s) show developmental effects that are now being identified, such as cognitive, behavioural, and mood differences compared to offspring from non-complicated pregnancies. We hypothesize that the progressive angiokine dysregulation associated with development of preeclampsia (PE) reflects gene dysregulation in pre-implantation conceptuses, and manifests in all developing fetal tissues rather than exclusively to the placenta...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151792/fluoxetine-modulates-sex-steroid-levels-in-vitro
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Diana Lupu, Marcus O D Sjödin, Mukesh Varshney, Johan Lindberg, Felicia Loghin, Joëlle Rüegg
Background and aims: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressants increasingly prescribed against depression during and after pregnancy. However, these compounds cross the placenta and are found in breast milk, thus reaching, and possibly affecting, the fetus and infant during critical developmental stages. Fluoxetine (FLX), a widely used SSRI, can interfere with estrogen signaling, which is important for the development of female sex organs and certain brain areas, among others...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150340/placental-transfer-and-levels-of-mercury-selenium-vitamin-e-and-docosahexaenoic-acid-in-maternal-and-umbilical-cord-blood
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Mineshi Sakamoto, Hing Man Chan, José L Domingo, Chihaya Koriyama, Katsuyuki Murata
Methylmercury (MeHg) is a neurotoxicant known to affect the developing fetal brain as a sensitive target organ. As most mercury (Hg) in blood is MeHg, total mercury (THg) levels in blood are used to estimate the body burden of MeHg. The nutrients selenium (Se), vitamin E, and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are protective against MeHg toxicity. We compared maternal and cord blood concentrations of biochemical substances, THg and Se, vitamin E, DHA, and other elements, fatty acids, and amino acids in 54 Japanese mother-newborn pairs to elucidate the fetal risk of MeHg toxicity...
November 14, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148884/epidemiology-of-schmallenberg-virus-in-european-bison-bison-bonasus-in-poland
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Julia Kęsik-Maliszewska, Michał K Krzysiak, Maria Grochowska, Lech Lechowski, Christopher Chase, Magdalena Larska
Schmallenberg virus (SBV), an emerging arbovirus in Europe, is an important pathogen in domestic ruminants; however, its impact on free-ranging wild ruminants is not well studied. Three hundred and forty-seven serum samples collected between 2011 and 2016 from 302 European bison (Bison bonasus) from 12 different sites in Poland were tested for the presence of SBV antibodies. In addition, 86 sera were collected between 2013 and 2016 from three species of cervids for testing for SBV antibodies. After the first detection of the virus in Poland in October 2012, the proportion of SBV-seropositive European bison reached 81% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 77...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148609/fetal-brain-ultrasound-tutor-for-interactive-multiplanar-navigation-through-the-normal-fetal-brain
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EDITORIAL
T Ghi, A Dall'Asta, R Conturso, N Volpe, N Schivardi, V Monopoli, A Preziosa, B Tutschek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 17, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146504/minocycline-protects-developing-brain-against-ethanol-induced-damage
#18
Xin Wang, Kai Zhang, Fanmuyi Yang, Zhenhua Ren, Mei Xu, Jacqueline A Frank, Zun-Ji Ke, Jia Luo
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) are caused by ethanol exposure during the pregnancy and is the leading cause of mental retardation. Ethanol exposure during the development results in the loss of neurons in the developing brain, which may underlie many neurobehavioral deficits associated with FASD. It is important to understand the mechanisms underlying ethanol-induced neuronal loss and develop appropriate therapeutic strategies. One of the potential mechanisms involves neuroimmune activation. Using a third trimester equivalent mouse model of ethanol exposure, we demonstrated that ethanol induced a wide-spread neuroapoptosis, microglial activation, and neuroinflammation in C57BL/6 mice...
November 14, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145451/stromal-interaction-molecule-1-haploinsufficiency-causes-maladaptive-response-to-pressure-overload
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Takayoshi Ohba, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Manabu Murakami, Kenji Iino, Takeshi Adachi, Yoshihiro Baba, Tomohiro Kurosaki, Kyoichi Ono, Hiroshi Ito
Stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1), an endo/sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca2+ sensor, has been shown to control a Ca2+-dependent signal that promotes cardiac hypertrophy. However, whether STIM1 has adaptive role that helps to protect against cardiac overload stress remains unknown. We hypothesized that STIM1 deficiency causes a maladaptive response to pressure overload stress. We investigated STIM1 heterozygous KO (STIM1+/-) mice hearts, in which STIM1 protein levels decreased to 27% of wild-type (WT) with no compensatory increase in STIM2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144870/brain-maturation-differences-in-biochemical-composition-of-fetal-and-child-s-brain
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Andrzej Urbanik, Monika Cichocka, Justyna Kozub, Paulina Karcz, Izabela Herman-Sucharska
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to evaluate differences in (1)H MRS spectra of the brain of fetuses and children from 6 to 11 years of age. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 21 healthy fetuses in the third trimester and 22 children were examined using the proton nuclear magnetic resonance. The relative metabolite concentrations to the sum of all metabolites were calculated. RESULTS: In the (1)H MRS spectra of the brain from fetuses and children, there are the same characteristic peaks: N-acetylaspartate (NAA), creatine (Cr), choline (Cho), and myo-inositol (mI)...
October 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
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