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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516216/the-role-of-intrauterine-magnetic-resonance-in-the-management-of-myelomenigocele
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Denise Trigubo, Mercedes Negri, Rosana Mabel Salvatico, Gustavo Leguizamón
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the management of myelomenigocele. BACKGROUND: Spinal dysraphism or neural tube defects (NTD) encompass a heterogeneous group of congenital spinal anomalies that result from the defective closure of the neural tube early in gestation. Myelomeningocele is the most common type of NTD that is compatible with life, with high survival rates but lifelong physical impairments. CONCLUSION: MRI is an important adjunct to ultrasound in assessing NTD, as it pertains to pre-surgical planning and perinatal management...
May 17, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506268/ethnic-differences-in-folic-acid-supplement-use-in-a-population-based-cohort-of-pregnant-women-in-norway
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Tarja I Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C Post, Anne Karen Jenum
BACKGROUND: Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic acid supplement use before and during pregnancy and possible effect modification by education or planning of pregnancy. METHODS: The participants were 811 healthy pregnant women from a population-based cohort study in Oslo, Norway in 2008-2010. Ethnicity was categorized to five groups (European, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, African)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500367/evolution-of-posterior-fossa-and-brain-morphology-after-in-utero-repair-of-open-neural-tube-defects-assessed-by-mri
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Christin Rethmann, Ianina Scheer, Martin Meuli, Luca Mazzone, Ueli Moehrlen, Christian Johannes Kellenberger
OBJECTIVES: To describe characteristics of foetuses undergoing in utero repair of open neural tube defects (ONTD) and assess postoperative evolution of posterior fossa and brain morphology. METHODS: Analysis of pre- and postoperative foetal as well as neonatal MRI of 27 foetuses who underwent in utero repair of ONTD. Type and level of ONTD, hindbrain configuration, posterior fossa and liquor space dimensions, and detection of associated findings were compared between MRI studies and to age-matched controls...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490239/components-of-successful-staple-food-fortification-programs-lessons-from-latin-america
#4
Reynaldo Martorell, Daniel López de Romaña
BACKGROUND: There are few effectiveness evaluations of food fortification programs, and little is known about what makes programs successful. OBJECTIVE: We examined 3 food fortification programs in Latin America to identify common features that might explain their success and to draw lessons for program design and implementation everywhere: The vitamin A fortification of sugar in Guatemala with impact on vitamin A status of the population, the fortification of a basket of foods with iron and other micronutrients in Costa Rica with impact on iron status and anemia in women and children, and the fortification of wheat flour with folic acid in Chile, which reduced the incidence of neural tube defects...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488934/the-zebrafish-curly-fry-is-required-for-proper-centrosome-and-mitotic-spindle-assembly
#5
Mi Hye Song, Jeffrey C Medley, John Y Kuwada
The zebrafish curly fry (cfy) mutation leads to a dramatic increase in mitotic index and cell death starting during neural tube formation. The mutant phenotype is cell autonomous and does not result from defects in apical/basal polarity within the neuroepithelium. The increase in mitotic index could be due to increased proliferation or cell cycle arrest in mitosis. cfy embryos were analyzed to examine these two possibilities. By labeling embryos with a pulse of BrdU and anti-phospho-histone 3 and examining the DNA content by fluorescence activated cell sorting, we show that cfy mutants exhibit no increase in proliferation, but a significant increase in the number of cells arrested in mitosis...
May 10, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482072/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-chop-inhibits-pgc-1%C3%AE-and-causes-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-embryopathy
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Xi Chen, Jianxiang Zhong, Daoyin Dong, Gentao Liu, Peixin Yang
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been implicated in the development of maternal diabetes-induced neural tube defects (NTDs). ER stress-induced C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) plays an important role in the pro-apoptotic execution pathways. However, the molecular mechanism underlying ER stress- and CHOP-induced neuroepithelium cell apoptosis in diabetic embryopathy are still unclear. Deletion of the Chop gene significantly reduced maternal diabetes-induced NTDs. CHOP deficiency abrogated maternal diabetes-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and neuroepithelium cell apoptosis...
May 8, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474670/protein-kinase-c-alpha-suppresses-autophagy-and-induces-neural-tube-defects-via-mir-129-2-in-diabetic-pregnancy
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Fang Wang, Cheng Xu, E Albert Reece, Xuezheng Li, Yanqing Wu, Christopher Harman, Jingwen Yu, Daoyin Dong, Cheng Wang, Penghua Yang, Jianxiang Zhong, Peixin Yang
Gene deletion-induced autophagy deficiency leads to neural tube defects (NTDs), similar to those in diabetic pregnancy. Here we report the key autophagy regulators modulated by diabetes in the murine developing neuroepithelium. Diabetes predominantly leads to exencephaly, induces neuroepithelial cell apoptosis and suppresses autophagy in the forebrain and midbrain of NTD embryos. Deleting the Prkca gene, which encodes PKCα, reverses diabetes-induced autophagy impairment, cellular organelle stress and apoptosis, leading to an NTD reduction...
May 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464249/prevalence-of-neural-tube-defects-and-the-impact-of-prenatal-diagnosis-in-three-districts-of-beijing-china
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Lei Jin, Lei Jin, Jingru Yu, Yanjun Xu, Hui Liu, Aiguo Ren
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to explore the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in three districts of Beijing, and to evaluate the impact of prenatal diagnosis on the prevalence. METHODS: Data were collected between 2006 and 2012 from the Beijing Birth Defects Surveillance System. P13 and P28 represent the prevalence of NTDs diagnosed from 13 weeks and 28 weeks of gestation, respectively, to 7 days after delivery. Populations were classified as household (permanent) and non-household (non-permanent) because differences exist in access to health care, education, and income, among others...
May 2, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460896/folates-chemistry-analysis-occurrence-biofortification-and-bioavailability
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Ramesh Kumar Saini, Shivraj Hariram Nile, Young-Soo Keum
Folates (Vitamin B9) include both naturally occurring folates and synthetic folic acid used in fortified foods and dietary supplements. Folate deficiency causes severe abnormalities in one-carbon metabolism can result chronic diseases and developmental disorders, including neural tube defects. Mammalian cells cannot synthesize folates de novo; therefore, diet and dietary supplements are the only way to attain daily folate requirements. In the last decade, significant advancements have been made to enhance the folate content of rice, tomato, common bean and lettuce by using genetic engineering approaches...
November 2016: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453788/usage-of-dexamethasone-increases-the-risk-of-cranial-neural-crest-dysplasia-in-the-chick-embryo
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Xin Cheng, He Li, Yu Yan, Guang Wang, Zachary Berman, Manli Chuai, Xuesong Yang
Dexamethasone (Dex) is commonly used in the treatment of a variety of benign and malignant conditions. Unfortunately, although it has a variety of teratogenic effects, it remains used in clinical practice for pregnant women mainly due to limited alternatives. However, there is limited knowledge of the mechanisms that lead to the observed teratogenic effects. In this study, the effects of Dex during embryogenesis on neural crest development were evaluated in the early chick embryos. First, we demonstrated that 100µL 10-6 M Dex treatment leads to craniofacial developmental defects, and also retards embryo growth and plausibly can cause embryo demise...
April 27, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439323/caudal-regression-syndrome-a-case-series-of-a-rare-congenital-anomaly
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Yogesh Kumar, Nishant Gupta, Kusum Hooda, Pranav Sharma, Salil Sharma, Puneet Kochar, Daichi Hayashi
BACKGROUND: Caudal regression syndrome is a rare, neural tube defect characterized by an abnormal development of the caudal aspect of the vertebral column and the spinal cord., It results in neurological deficits ranging from bladder and bowel involvement to severe sensory and motor deficits in the lower limbs. Maternal diabetes, genetic factors and some teratogens have been shown to be associated with its pathogenesis. Caudal regression syndrome is usually diagnosed initially by antenatal ultrasound with more definitive diagnosis made by antenatal or postnatal MRI...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434941/dysregulation-of-the-sirt1-oct6-axis-contributes-to-environmental-stress-induced-neural-induction-defects
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Guoping Li, Zeyidan Jiapaer, Rong Weng, Yi Hui, Wenwen Jia, Jiajie Xi, Guiying Wang, Songcheng Zhu, Xin Zhang, Dandan Feng, Ling Liu, Xiaoqing Zhang, Jiuhong Kang
Environmental stresses are increasingly acknowledged as core causes of abnormal neural induction leading to neural tube defects (NTDs). However, the mechanism responsible for environmental stress-triggered neural induction defects remains unknown. Here, we report that a spectrum of environmental stresses, including oxidative stress, starvation, and DNA damage, profoundly activate SIRT1, an NAD(+)-dependent lysine deacetylase. Both mouse embryos and in vitro differentiated embryonic stem cells (ESCs) demonstrated a negative correlation between the expression of SIRT1 and that of OCT6, a key neural fate inducer...
May 9, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
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Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430874/developmental-sall2-transcription-factor-a-new-player-in-cancer
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Viviana E Hermosilla, Matias I Hepp, David Escobar, Carlos Farlas, Elizabeth N Riffo, Ariel F Castro, Roxana Pincheira
SALL2, also known as Spalt-like transcription factor 2, is a member of the SALL family of transcription factors involved in development and conserved through evolution. Since its identification in 1996, findings indicate that SALL2 plays a role in neurogenesis, neuronal differentiation and eye development. Consistently, SALL2 deficiency associates with neural tube defects and coloboma, a congenital eye disease. Relevant to cancer, clinical studies indicate that SALL2 is deregulated in various cancers, and is a specific biomarker for Synovial Sarcoma...
April 18, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430184/the-ubiquitin-ligase-lin41-trim71-targets-p53-to-antagonize-cell-death-and-differentiation-pathways-during-stem-cell-differentiation
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Duong Thi Thuy Nguyen, Daniel Richter, Geert Michel, Sibylle Mitschka, Waldemar Kolanus, Elisa Cuevas, F Gregory Wulczyn
Rapidity and specificity are characteristic features of proteolysis mediated by the ubiquitin-proteasome system. Therefore, the UPS is ideally suited for the remodeling of the embryonic stem cell proteome during the transition from pluripotent to differentiated states and its inverse, the generation of inducible pluripotent stem cells. The Trim-NHL family member LIN41 is among the first E3 ubiquitin ligases to be linked to stem cell pluripotency and reprogramming. Initially discovered in C. elegans as a downstream target of the let-7 miRNA, LIN41 is now recognized as a critical regulator of stem cell fates as well as the timing of neurogenesis...
June 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425110/neural-tube-defects-risk-factors-and-preventive-measures
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REVIEW
Atsuo Kondo, Takuya Matsuo, Nobuhito Morota, Atsuya S Kondo, Ikuyo Okai, Hiromi Fukuda
For the last 25 years, it has been proven that the occurrence or recurrence of neural tube defects can be prevented with the administration of folic acid before and early pregnancy. At present, over 80 countries in the world, except Japan, have mandated the fortification of wheat flour and/or rice with folic acid, which has resulted in a significant reduction in the prevalence of neural tube defects. In 2000, the Japanese government recommended folic acid 400 µg daily for young women of childbearing age and women who are planning to conceive...
April 19, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424947/neurodevelopmental-effects-of-antiepileptic-drugs
#17
Marissa Kellogg, Kimford J Meador
Increasing evidence suggests that exposure to certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) during critical periods of development may induce transient or long-lasting neurodevelopmental deficits across cognitive, motor and behavioral domains. The developing nervous system may endure prolonged chronic exposure to AEDs during pregnancy (in utero) or during childhood, which can lead to neurodevelopmental defects such as congenital neural tube defects, lower IQ, language deficits, autism and ADHD. To date, valproate is the most widely recognized AED to significantly negatively affect neurodevelopment, and demonstrates greater adverse effects than any other AEDs that have been assessed...
April 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420274/comparison-of-serum-folate-25-oh-vitamin-d-and-calcium-levels-between-pregnants-with-and-without-fetal-anomaly-of-neural-tube-origin
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Hicran Acar Sirinoglu, Kaan Pakay, Murat Aksoy, Işil Turan Bakırci, Enis Ozkaya, Ilhan Sanverdi
AIM: The aim of this study was to compare serum folate, vitamin B12, 25-OH vitamin D and calcium levels between pregnants with and without fetal anomaly of neural tube origin. METHODS: One hundred seventy eight pregnants were recruited for this study. Pregnants with and without sonographically detected fetal anomaly of neural tube origin were compared in terms of serum folate, vitamin B12, 25-OH vitamin D and calcium levels. RESULTS: There were significant differences between groups with regard to age, serum 25 OH vitamin D, 1,25 OH vitamin D, folate, calcium and B 12 levels...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415531/new-synthesis-of-poly-ortho-methoxyaniline-nanostructures-and-its-application-to-construct-modified-multi-wall-carbon-nanotube-graphite-paste-electrode-for-simultaneous-determination-of-uric-acid-and-folic-acid
#19
Hossein Rajabi, Meissam Noroozifar
Uric acid (UA) and folic acid (FA) are compounds of biomedical interest. In humans, about 70% of daily uric acid disposal occurs via the kidneys, and in 5-25% of humans, impaired renal (kidney) excretion leads to hyperuricemia. Folate is another form folic acid of which is known as, is one of the B vitamins. It is used as a supplement by women to prevent neural tube defects developing during pregnancy. Polyortho-methoxyaniline nanostructures (POMANS) was synthesized with a new two phase (organic-water) synthesis method...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412554/prompt-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-induced-by-a-hierarchically-aligned-fibrin-nanofiber-hydrogel
#20
Jinrong Du, Jianheng Liu, Shenglian Yao, Haiquan Mao, Jiang Peng, Xun Sun, Zheng Cao, Yongdong Yang, Bo Xiao, Yiguo Wang, Peifu Tang, Xiumei Wang
Fibrin plays a crucial role in peripheral nerve regeneration, which could occur spontaneously in the format of longitudinally oriented fibrin cables during the initial stage of nerve regeneration. This fibrin cable can direct migration and proliferation of Schwann cells and axonal regrowth, which is very important to nerve regeneration. In the present study, we prepared a three-dimensional hierarchically aligned fibrin nanofiber hydrogel (AFG) through electrospinning and molecular self-assembly to resemble the architecture and biological function of the native fibrin cable...
April 12, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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