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Amniotic membranes

Winnie Huiyan Sim, Edward Araujo Júnior, Fabricio Da Silva Costa, Penelope Marie Sheehan
AIM: To assess the contemporary maternal and neonatal outcomes following expectant management of preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) prior to 24 weeks' gestation and to identify prognostic indicators of this morbid presentation. METHODS: We performed a systematic review in the Pubmed and EMBASE databases to identify the primary (perinatal mortality, severe neonatal morbidity and serious maternal morbidity) and secondary (neonatal survival and morbidity) outcomes following expectant management of previable PPROM...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Susanna Holmlund, Tommi Kauko, Jaakko Matomäki, Miia Tuominen, Juha Mäkinen, Päivi Rautava
BACKGROUND: To date, several studies concerning the effects of induced abortion (IA) on women's later psychosocial well-being and future delivery complications have been published. However, the lack of reports on woman's physical well-being during their first full-term pregnancy occurring after IA is what inspired the current study. Here, we evaluate the physical well-being and use of maternity services of first-time mothers with a history of IA. METHODS: Finnish National Birth Registry data from 2008 to 2010 were linked with the Induced Abortion Registry data from 1983 to 2007...
October 24, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Yunes Panahi, Danial Roshandel, Mohammad Mehdi Sadoughi, Mostafa Ghanei, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Sulfur mustard (SM; mustard gas) is a classic chemical warfare agent that has been used in several wars and is still a potential threat especially in the Middle-East region. Victims experience acute symptoms in air-exposed organs including skin, respiratory tract and the eyes. Survivors of the acute stage might develop chronic or delayed-onset complications in the exposed organs. The exact mechanism(s) of SM-induced tissue damage is still unknown, however DNA alkylation and oxidative damage are the most relevant mechanisms...
October 21, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
M T Cardoso, A O Pinheiro, A S Vidane, J B Casals, V C de Oliveira, Njn Gonçalves, D S Martins, C E Ambrósio
The biosafety of innovative procedures that utilize stem cells in regenerative medicine has been addressed in several studies. Previous work has showed no tumour formation following the use of feline and human amniotic membrane-derived stem cells (AMSCs). In contrast, tumour formation was observed when canine AMSCs were utilized. These findings suggested that feline and human, but not canine, AMSCs are suitable for cell transplantation trials. This study aimed to further evaluate the feasibility of utilizing canine AMSCs for transplantation purposes as well as for felines...
October 23, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
A S Vidane, A O Pinheiro, J B Casals, D Passarelli, McFns Hage, R S Bueno, D S Martins, C E Ambrósio
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common clinical condition in domestic cats, characterized by tubulointerstitial, vascular and glomerular inflammation and severe fibrosis. Studies in rodent model of induced CKD have shown a decrease and stabilization of the clinical condition. In this study was evaluated the safety and effect of intrarenal and intravenous infusion of allogeneic mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) derived from feline amniotic membrane in cats with naturally occurring CKD. Cat AMSCs were harvested after mechanical and enzymatic digestion of amnion...
October 23, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
Marion Rouzaire, Aurélie Comptour, Corinne Belville, Damien Bouvier, Gaël Clairefond, Flora Ponelle, Vincent Sapin, Denis Gallot, Loïc Blanchon
Thirty percent of preterm births directly result from preterm premature rupture of fetal membranes (PPROM). Clinical management currently proposes using a collagen plug to mechanically stop loss of amniotic fluid. Vitamin A and its active metabolite (retinoic acid) have well-known pro-healing properties and could thus make good candidates as a proposable adjuvant to this mechanical approach. Here we investigate the molecular mechanisms involved in the pro-healing properties of all-trans retinoic acid (atRA) in fetal membranes via an approach using an in vitro primary amniocyte wound model and transcriptomics...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
A Schilimow, B Wiechens
In this article, a case of recurrent epithelial defects in neurotrophic keratopathy is described. Multiple abrasions of the corneal epithelium with a therapeutic contact lens, corneal stitches, and amniotic membrane transplantation in combination with artificial tears brought only short-term success. However, a botulinum toxin A induced protective ptosis could finally achieve permanent epithelial closure. As this case shows, protective ptosis can be a promising approach in spite of multiple previous ineffective therapeutic efforts...
October 20, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Yunus Dogramaci, Ibrahim Gökhan Duman
BACKGROUND: Human amniotic membrane is used to prevent peritendinous adhesions after tendon injuries. This study compares the mechanical properties of modified Kessler repairs and modified Kessler repairs strengthened using multiple layers of human amniotic membrane. METHODS: Twenty flexor digitorum profundus tendons of sheep forelimbs were sutured by the two-strand modified Kessler technique (group A) and by the two-strand modified Kessler repair reinforced with multiple layers of human amniotic membrane (group B)...
September 2, 2016: Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association
Rongxin Chen, Guofu Huang, Shu Liu, Wenfang Ma, Xiaofang Yin, Shiyou Zhou
PURPOSE: This study compared the outcomes of a limbal conjunctival autograft (LCAG) with those of an amniotic membrane graft (AMG) followed by intraoperative 0.02 % mitomycin C (MMC) to treat recurrent pterygium. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, ninety-six eyes with recurrent pterygium were enrolled and randomly allocated into two groups using a computer-generated random number table. Pterygium removal was followed by intraoperative 0.02 % MMC for 3 min and then either LCAG or AMG transplantation...
October 20, 2016: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
Dilraj S Grewal, Tamer H Mahmoud
A 54-year-old male developed symptomatic scleral buckle exposure 16 years after placement and presented with large conjunctival defects with fibrosed edges. Following surgical removal of the buckle elements, primary conjunctival closure could not be achieved due to significant wound tension despite undermining the conjunctival edges to mobilize the conjunctiva. A dehydrated amniotic membrane graft (Ambio5; IOP Ophthalmics, Costa Mesa, CA) was placed on the scleral bed and secured in place with fibrin sealant (TISSEEL; Baxter International, Westlake Village, CA)...
October 1, 2016: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
Eugenio Baraldi, Giuseppe Giordano, Matteo Stocchero, Laura Moschino, Patrizia Zaramella, Maria Rosa Tran, Silvia Carraro, Roberto Romero, Maria Teresa Gervasi
OBJECTIVE: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a serious complication associated with preterm birth. A growing body of evidence suggests a role for prenatal factors in its pathogenesis. Metabolomics allows simultaneous characterization of low molecular weight compounds and may provide a picture of such a complex condition. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether an unbiased metabolomic analysis of amniotic fluid (AF) can be used to investigate the risk of spontaneous preterm delivery (PTD) and BPD development in the offspring...
2016: PloS One
Sarah M Holmen, Tiki Bakhshi, Maria M Molina, Larissa F Weir
BACKGROUND: Chorioamniotic membrane separation (CMS) is a rare finding that is commonly preceded by invasive fetal procedures. The presence of CMS can also be associated with uncommon maternal or fetal conditions as well as preterm delivery, amniotic band syndrome, umbilical cord complications, and fetal and neonatal death. It is classified as a high-risk antepartum condition due to the significant fetal morbidity and mortality that may ensue. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old gravida 5 para 1212 at 35 weeks presented for antepartum fetal testing...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Michael P Gaspar, Hesham M Abdelfattah, Ian W Welch, Michael M Vosbikian, Patrick M Kane, Mark S Rekant
BACKGROUND: Perineural scarring of the ulnar nerve is a predominant cause of symptom recurrence after surgical treatment for primary cubital tunnel syndrome (CuTS). We report our preliminary experience in revision ulnar nerve decompression and nerve wrapping with an amniotic membrane allograft adhesion barrier for treatment of recurrent CuTS. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review with prospective follow-up of patients with recurrent CuTS who were treated with revision neurolysis with amniotic membrane nerve wrapping...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Orsolya Balogh, Marie Roch, Stefanie Keller, Erika Michel, Iris M Reichler
In dogs, there is no diagnostic test to identify and differentiate fetal fluids from maternal urine in the event that a clear-yellowish vulvar discharge is observed pre-whelping. The objective of this study was to find a test that could easily and accurately identify rupture of the fetal membranes preceding parturition. Maternal urine, and amniotic fluid (AMF) and allantoic fluid (ALF) from only one fetus per bitch, were collected intraoperatively during cesarean section. Specific gravity (SG) was analyzed with a refractometer, whereas the presence of leukocytes, protein, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen, nitrite, erythrocyte/hemoglobin (Hb), and the pH were assessed using a urine dipstick (Combur-Test)...
September 21, 2016: Theriogenology
Y Liu, L-B Guo, J-K Xu
OBJECTIVE: These case series present a retrospective analysis of clinical effects that an allogeneic amniotic cell transplantation can have in treating 4 patients with type 2 diabetes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eligible diabetic patients were onset within 3 years, with fasting blood glucose > 7.0 mmol/l. Stem - cells that are collected from neonatal amniotic membrane when a child is born (2 x 107 cells) - are used for the treatment of these patients. Measured by the flow cytometry, stem cells transfer clusters of differentiation CD113 and CD34 at a high level, and through the femoral artery on the left, they are administered into the patient's pancreatic dorsal artery...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Zala Lužnik, Marko Hawlina, Elvira Maličev, Marina Bertolin, Andreja Nataša Kopitar, Alojz Ihan, Stefano Ferrari, Petra Schollmayer
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of prolonged limbal explants cultured without any scaffolds or on amniotic membrane (AM) on the viability, proliferation and differentiation potential of putative phenotypically defined cultured limbal mesenchymal (LMSC) and epithelial stem cells (LESC). METHODS: Limbal explants were cultivated on cryopreserved intact AM or plastic plates using medium supplemented with only human serum. AM was positioned with either the epithelial or stromal side up...
2016: PloS One
Andrew Raines, Mei-Shu Shih, Lorraine Chua, Chen-Wei Su, Scheffer Cg Tseng, Julie O'Connell
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degenerative joint disease and to date, no disease modifying osteoarthritis drug exist. Amniotic membrane and umbilical cord products have been used clinically in several diseases due to their anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring properties. In the present study, we sought to evaluate whether a particulate amniotic membrane and umbilical cord (AM/UC) matrix could aid in attenuating disease progression. Lewis rats underwent medial meniscus transection (MMT) to induce OA. Two weeks after surgery, animals received intra-articular injections (50 μL) of either 50 µg/µL or 100 µg/µL particulate AM/UC or saline control and were subsequently euthanized 1 or 4 weeks later...
October 5, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
Meeta Pathak, O K Olstad, Liv Drolsum, Morten C Moe, Natalia Smorodinova, Sarka Kalasova, Katerina Jirsova, Bjørn Nicolaissen, Agate Noer
Patients with limbal stem cell deficiency (LSCD) often experience pain and photophobia due to recurrent epithelial defects and chronic inflammation of the cornea. Successfully restoring a healthy corneal surface in these patients by transplantation of ex vivo expanded human limbal epithelial cells (LECs) may alleviate these symptoms and significantly improve their quality of life. The clinical outcome of transplantation is known to be influenced by the quality of transplanted cells. Presently, several different protocols for cultivation and transplantation of LECs are in use...
October 1, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Madhavilatha Routhu, Sreedevi Thakkallapelli, Prashanthi Mohan, Nadeem Ahmed
Body stalk anomaly (BSA) and amniotic band syndrome (ABS) are rare similar fetal sporadic polymalformative syndromes of unknown etiology, though there are certain differences between them. BSA is a combination of developmental abnormalities involving neural tube, body wall, and the limbs with persistent extra embryonic coelomic cavity. ABS is characterized by the presence of thin membrane-like strands attached to fetal body parts and causing constrictions and amputations. This is a cohort study involving 32,100 patients who were referred for routine antenatal ultrasound scan...
2016: International Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Roberta Rizzo, Liliana Gabrielli, Daria Bortolotti, Valentina Gentili, Giulia Piccirilli, Angela Chiereghin, Claudia Pavia, Silvia Bolzani, Brunella Guerra, Giuliana Simonazzi, Francesca Cervi, Maria Grazia Capretti, Enrico Fainardi, Dario Di Luca, Maria Paola Landini, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) is a nonclassical HLA class I antigen that is expressed during pregnancy contributing to maternal-fetal tolerance. HLA-G can be expressed as membrane-bound and soluble forms. HLA-G expression increases strongly during viral infections such as congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections, with functional consequences in immunoregulation. In this work we investigated the expression of soluble (s)HLA-G and beta-2 microglobulin (component of HLA) molecules in correlation with the risk of transmission and severity of congenital HCMV infection...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
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