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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351577/effects-of-excess-thromboxane-a2-on-placental-development-and-nutrient-transporters-in-a-mus-musculus-model-of-fetal-growth-restriction
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Karen J Gibbins, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Ashley S Brown, Matthew Wieben, Richard C Law, Camille M Fung
Hypertensive disease of pregnancy (HDP) with placental insufficiency is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in the developed world. Despite the known negative consequences of HDP both to the mother and fetus, little is known about the longitudinal placental changes that occur as HDP progresses in pregnancy. This is because longitudinal sampling of human placentae during each gestation is impossible. Therefore, using a mouse model of thromboxane A2-analog infusion to mimic human HDP in the last trimester, we calculated placental efficiencies based on fetal and placental weights, quantified spongiotrophoblast and labyrinth thicknesses and vascular density within these layers, examined whether hypoxia signaling pathway involving vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and its receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contributed to vascular change, and examined nutrient transporter abundance including glucose transporters 1 and 3 (GLUT1, GLUT3), neutral amino acid transporters 1, 2, and 4 (SNAT1, SNAT2, and SNAT4), fatty acid transporters 2 and 4 (FATP2, FATP4) and fatty acid translocase (CD36) from embryonic day 15...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351561/preconception-use-of-cart-by-hiv-positive-pregnant-women-increases-the-risk-of-infants-being-born-small-for-gestational-age
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Ingrid J M Snijdewind, Colette Smit, Mieke H Godfried, Rachel Bakker, Jeannine F J B Nellen, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Elisabeth van Leeuwen, Peter Reiss, Eric A P Steegers, Marchina E van der Ende
BACKGROUND: The benefits of combination anti-retroviral therapy (cART) in HIV-positive pregnant women (improved maternal health and prevention of mother to child transmission [pMTCT]) currently outweigh the adverse effects due to cART. As the variety of cART increases, however, the question arises as to which type of cART is safest for pregnant women and women of childbearing age. We studied the effect of timing and exposure to different classes of cART on adverse birth outcomes in a large HIV cohort in the Netherlands...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351431/feasibility-of-phase-contrast-cine-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-measuring-blood-flow-in-the-sheep-fetus
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An Qi Duan, Jack R T Darby, Jia Yin Soo, Mitchell C Lock, Meng Yuan Zhu, Lucy V Flynn, Sunthara Rajan Perumal, Christopher K Macgowan, Joseph B Selvanayagam, Janna L Morrison, Mike Seed
Phase-contrast cine MRI (PC-MRI) is the gold-standard non-invasive technique for measuring vessel blood flow and has previously been applied in the human fetal circulation. We aimed to assess the feasibility of using PC-MRI to define the distribution of the fetal circulation in sheep. Fetuses were catheterized at 119-120 days gestation (term, 150 days) and underwent MRI at 123 days gestation under isoflurane anesthesia, ventilated at a FiO2 of 1.0. PC-MRI was performed using a fetal arterial blood pressure catheter signal for cardiac triggering...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351419/maternal-nutrient-restriction-in-guinea-pigs-as-an-animal-model-for-studying-growth-restricted-offspring-with-post-natal-catch-up-growth
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Catherine L Nevin, Evan Formosa, Yohei Maki, Brad Matushewski, Timothy R H Regnault, Bryan S Richardson
We determined the impact of moderate maternal nutrient restriction (MNR) in guinea pigs with fetal growth restriction (FGR) on offspring body and organ weights, hypothesizing that FGR-MNR animals will show catch-up growth, but with organ-specific differences. Guinea pig sows were fed ad libitum (Control) or 70% of the control diet from 4 week`s pre-conception, switching to 90% at mid-pregnancy (MNR). Control newborns >95g (appropriate for gestational age or AGA, N=37) and MNR newborns <85g (FGR, N=37) were monitored until neonatal (~25 days) or adult (~110 days) necropsy...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348396/a-case-of-umbilical-artery-thrombosis-in-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
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Fouad Lutfallah, Nina Oufkir, Georges A Markou, Delphine Frimigacci, Christophe Poncelet
BACKGROUND Umbilical artery thrombosis is an extremely rare complication during pregnancy. Umbilical artery thrombosis has a poor prognosis and is associated with increased rates of perinatal morbidity, including intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), and fetal mortality. CASE REPORT We report a rare case of umbilical artery thrombosis, diagnosed by ultrasound, at 33 weeks gestation in a 30-year-old woman who had previously had an uneventful pregnancy. CONCLUSIONS Umbilical artery thrombosis is a rare complication of pregnancy that is associated with high fetal mortality...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344838/association-between-human-brucellosis-and-adverse-pregnancy-outcome-a-cross-sectional-population-based-study
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Nesrin Ghanem-Zoubi, Silvia Pessah Eljay, Emilia Anis, Mical Paul
To investigate the association between the incidence of human brucellosis (HB) and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs), a population-based, cross-sectional aggregate data study was conducted in Israel between 2010 and 2014. HB-endemic localities were matched by ethnicity, population size and socioeconomic status to localities with a low incidence of HB. We compared APO rates in high-incidence vs low-incidence localities. The primary outcome was intrauterine fetal demise (IUFD). Secondary outcomes were premature birth (less than 37 weeks), early or threatened labour and poor fetal growth...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343712/zika-virus-infection-in-pregnant-rhesus-macaques-causes-placental-dysfunction-and-immunopathology
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Alec J Hirsch, Victoria H J Roberts, Peta L Grigsby, Nicole Haese, Matthias C Schabel, Xiaojie Wang, Jamie O Lo, Zheng Liu, Christopher D Kroenke, Jessica L Smith, Meredith Kelleher, Rebecca Broeckel, Craig N Kreklywich, Christopher J Parkins, Michael Denton, Patricia Smith, Victor DeFilippis, William Messer, Jay A Nelson, Jon D Hennebold, Marjorie Grafe, Lois Colgin, Anne Lewis, Rebecca Ducore, Tonya Swanson, Alfred W Legasse, Michael K Axthelm, Rhonda MacAllister, Ashlee V Moses, Terry K Morgan, Antonio E Frias, Daniel N Streblow
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during pregnancy leads to an increased risk of fetal growth restriction and fetal central nervous system malformations, which are outcomes broadly referred to as the Congenital Zika Syndrome (CZS). Here we infect pregnant rhesus macaques and investigate the impact of persistent ZIKV infection on uteroplacental pathology, blood flow, and fetal growth and development. Despite seemingly normal fetal growth and persistent fetal-placenta-maternal infection, advanced non-invasive in vivo imaging studies reveal dramatic effects on placental oxygen reserve accompanied by significantly decreased oxygen permeability of the placental villi...
January 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343193/perinatal-sclerostin-concentrations-in-abnormal-fetal-growth-the-impact-of-gestational-diabetes
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Despina D Briana, Maria Boutsikou, Antonios Marmarinos, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner
OBJECTIVE: To prospectively evaluate maternal and cord blood concentrations of sclerostin -an osteocyte-secreted factor, inhibiting osteoblast differentiation and bone formation and associated with adverse metabolism- in pregnancies with normal and abnormal fetal growth. METHODS: Plasma sclerostin concentrations were determined by ELISA in 80 maternal and 80 cord blood samples from asymmetric intrauterine-growth-restricted (IUGR, n = 30), large-for-gestational-age (LGA, n = 30) and appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA, n = 20) singleton full-term pregnancies...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343133/central-nervous-system-malformation-associated-with-methamphetamine-abuse-during-pregnancy
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Silvia Maya-Enero, Júlia Candel-Pau, Mónica Rebollo-Polo, Santiago Candela-Cantó, Rafael de la Torre, María Ángeles López-Vílchez
INTRODUCTION: Prenatal methamphetamine exposure is related to prematurity, fetal growth restriction, neurobehavioral effects and long-term motor and cognitive sequelae. PATIENT PRESENTATION: We report the case of a newborn from a Filipina with no prenatal care with a complex brain malformation. Methamphetamine was identified in maternal and neonatal urine and in maternal hair, raising our suspicion of methamphetamine as a cause of this malformation. DISCUSSION: Methamphetamine abuse is a growing problem worldwide...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342293/genetic-analyses-in-small-for-gestational-age-newborns
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Susanne E Stalman, Nita Solanky, Miho Ishida, Cristina Alemán-Charlet, Sayeda Abu-Amero, Marielle Alders, Lucas Alvizi, William Baird, Charalambos Demetriou, Peter Henneman, Chela James, Lia C Knegt, Lydia J Leon, Marcel M A M Mannens, Adi N Mul, Nicole A Nibbering, Emma Peskett, Faisal I Rezwan, Carrie Ris-Stalpers, Joris A M van der Post, Gerdine A Kamp, Frans B Plötz, Jan M Wit, Philip Stanier, Gudrun E Moore, Raoul C Hennekam
Context: Small for gestational age (SGA) can be a result of fetal growth restriction, associated with perinatal morbidity and mortality. Mechanisms that control prenatal growth are poorly understood. Objective: The aim of the present study was to gain more insight into prenatal growth failure and determine an effective diagnostic approach in SGA newborns. We hypothesized that one or more CNVs and disturbed methylation and sequence variants may be present in genes known to be associated with fetal growth...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339641/longitudinal-assessment-of-abdominal-circumference-versus-estimated-fetal-weight-in-the-detection-of-late-fetal-growth-restriction
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Tri Rahmat Basuki, Javier Caradeux, Elisenda Eixarch, Eduard Gratacós, Francesc Figueras
OBJECTIVES: To perform a longitudinal assessment comparison between estimated fetal weight (EFW) and abdominal circumference (AC) in the prediction of late fetal growth restriction (FGR) as opposed to small for gestational age (SGA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cohort of unselected singleton pregnancies scanned at 32±2 and 37±1 weeks was created. Longitudinal growth assessment by calculating the conditional AC and conditional EFW was performed, and both parameters were compared for their prediction capacity for late FGR and SGA...
January 16, 2018: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335616/roles-of-angiotensin-ii-type-2-receptor-in-mice-with-fetal-growth-restriction
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Toshifumi Yamauchi, Masaki Mogi, Harumi Kan-No, Bao-Shuai Shan, Akinori Higaki, Li-Juan Min, Takashi Higaki, Jun Iwanami, Ei-Ichi Ishii, Masatsugu Horiuchi
Our previous report indicated that vascular injury enhances vascular remodeling in fetal growth restriction (FGR) mice. The angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) is relatively highly expressed in fetal mice. Therefore, we investigated the roles of AT2R in FGR-induced cardiovascular disease using AT2R knockout (AT2KO) mice. Dams (wild-type and AT2KO mice) were fed an isocaloric diet containing 20% protein (NP) or 8% protein (LP) until delivery. Arterial blood pressure, body weight, and histological changes in organs were investigated in offspring...
January 15, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330635/hypotension-due-to-spinal-anesthesia-influences-fetal-circulation-in-primary-caesarean-sections
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K Lato, I Bekes, Peter Widschwendter, T W P Friedl, W Janni, F Reister, G Froeba, U Friebe-Hoffmann
PURPOSE: Hypotension due to spinal anesthesia is a well-known side effect in pregnant women receiving caesarean section. Little is known about its impact on fetal blood circulation. METHODS: 40 women with uncomplicated singleton term pregnancies prepared for caesarean section were prospectively evaluated by Doppler sonography before and immediately after spinal anesthesia. RESULTS: In 90% of the women, blood pressure significantly decreased after spinal anesthesia and 42...
January 12, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329576/spontaneous-prematurity-in-fetuses-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-retrospective-cohort-study-about-prenatal-predictive-factors
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Bruna Maria Lopes Barbosa, Agatha S Rodrigues, Mario Henrique Burlacchini Carvalho, Roberto Eduardo Bittar, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco, Lisandra Stein Bernardes
BACKGROUND: To evaluate possible predictive factors of spontaneous prematurity in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of CDH; absence of fetoscopy; absence of karyotype abnormality; maximum of one major malformation associated with diaphragmatic hernia; ultrasound monitoring at the Obstetrics Clinic of Clinicas Hospital at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, from January 2001 to October 2014...
January 12, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329090/simultaneous-accelerated-solvent-extraction-and-hydrolysis-of-11-nor-%C3%AE-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic-acid-glucuronide-in-meconium-samples-for-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-analysis
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Cinthia de Carvalho Mantovani, Jefferson Pereira E Silva, Guilherme Forster, Rafael Menck de Almeida, Edna Maria de Albuquerque Diniz, Mauricio Yonamine
Cannabis misuse during pregnancy is associated with severe impacts on the mother and baby health, such as newborn low birth weight, growth restriction, pre-term birth, neurobehavioral and developmental deficits. In most of the cases, drug abuse is omitted or denied by the mothers. Thus, toxicological analyzes using maternal-fetal matrices takes place as a suitable tool to assess drug use. Herein, meconium was the chosen matrix to evaluate cannabis exposure through identification and quantification of 11-nor-Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic (THCCOOH)...
January 7, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325496/maternal-thyrotropin-receptor-antibody-concentration-and-the-risk-of-fetal-and-neonatal-thyrotoxicosis-a-systematic-review
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Myrthe Marguerite van Dijk, Iris Smits, Eric Fliers, Peter H Bisschop
BACKGROUND: In pregnant women with Graves' disease, maternal thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAb) can cross the placenta and induce fetal or neonatal thyrotoxicosis. Symptoms of fetal thyrotoxicosis are tachycardia, intrauterine growth restriction and intra-uterine death. Recommendations on an upper limit of TRAb concentrations below which intensive fetal monitoring can be safely omitted vary between different guidelines. The objective of this study was to define an evidence-based cut-off level for maternal TRAb necessitating additional fetal monitoring during pregnancy...
January 12, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325263/-analysis-of-2-204-stillbirths-in-11-hospitals-of-guangdong-province
#17
L Yu, M Tang, X H Fan, H M Du, H Tang, P Chen, S L Xing, C H Su, D J Chen
Objective: To analyze the incidence and causes of stillbirth in 11 hospitals of Guangdong province, and to explore the appropriate interventions. Methods: Clinical data of stillbirth in 11 hospitals of Guangdong province were collected from January 2014 to December 2016. The gestational weeks, causes, maternal conditions and other factors were analyzed. Results: (1) From 2014 to 2016, 103 472 newborns were delivered in the 11 hospitals, and the number of stillbirth was 2 204, with the incidence of 2.13%. Among them, 0...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322860/antenatal-and-neonatal-antecedents-of-executive-dysfunctions-in-extremely-preterm-children
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Alan Leviton, Robert M Joseph, Elizabeth N Allred, T Michael O'Shea, H Gerry Taylor, Karl K C Kuban
To find out why children born extremely preterm are at heightened risk of executive dysfunctions, the authors assessed 716 children who were 10 years old born extremely preterm whose IQ was ≥ 70. A working memory dysfunction (n = 169), an inhibition dysfunction (n = 360), a switching dysfunction (355), and all 3 (executive dysfunction; n = 107) were defined on the basis of Z-scores ≤ -1 on the Differential Ability Scales-II Working Memory composite, and/or on the NEPSY-II Inhibition-Inhibition and Inhibition-Switching subtests...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321641/antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Karen Schreiber, Savino Sciascia, Philip G de Groot, Katrien Devreese, Soren Jacobsen, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastroza, Jane E Salmon, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Ora Shovman, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, such as lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies. APS can present with a variety of clinical phenotypes, including thrombosis in the veins, arteries and microvasculature as well as obstetrical complications. The pathophysiological hallmark is thrombosis, but other factors such as complement activation might be important. Prevention of thrombotic manifestations associated with APS includes lifestyle changes and, in individuals at high risk, low-dose aspirin...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321064/the-role-of-ace2-angiotensin-1-7-and-mas1-receptor-axis-in-glucocorticoid-induced-intrauterine-growth-restriction
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Elham Ghadhanfar, Aseel Alsalem, Shaimaa Al-Kandari, Jumana Naser, Fawzi Babiker, Maie Al-Bader
BACKGROUND: Plasma and urine levels of the potent vasodilator Ang-(1-7) are elevated in mid and late pregnancy and are correlated with elevated placental angiogenesis, fetal blood flow, and rapid fetal growth. We hypothesized that Ang-(1-7), its receptor (Mas1) and the enzymes involved in Ang-(1-7) production (ACE2 and Membrane metallo-endopeptidase; MME) are down regulated in response to glucocorticoid administration contributing to IUGR. METHODS: Pregnant female Sprague-Dawley rats were injected with dexamethasone (DEX; 0...
December 29, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
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