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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738557/multielemental-analysis-of-18-essential-and-toxic-elements-in-amniotic-fluid-samples-by-icp-ms-full-procedure-validation-and-estimation-of-measurement-uncertainty
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B Markiewicz, A Sajnóg, W Lorenc, A Hanć, I Komorowicz, J Suliburska, R Kocyłowski, D Barałkiewicz
Amniotic fluid is the substantial factor in the development of an embryo and fetus due to the fact that water and solutes contained in it penetrate the fetal membranes in an hydrostatic and osmotic way as well as being swallowed by the fetus. Elemental composition of amniotic fluid influences the growth and health of the fetus, therefore, an analysis of amniotic fluid is important because the results would indicate abnormal levels of minerals or toxic elements. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) is often used for determination of trace and ultra-trace level elements in a wide range of matrices including biological samples because of its unique analytical capabilities...
November 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735558/nicotinic-receptor-abnormalities-in-the-cerebellar-cortex-of-sudden-unexplained-fetal-and-infant-death-victims-possible-correlation-with-maternal-smoking
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Anna M Lavezzi, Stefano Ferrero, Luca Roncati, Francesco Piscioli, Luigi Matturri, Teresa Pusiol
Nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) are cationic channels of the neuronal cell membrane, differentially expressed in the central nervous system which, when activated by endogenous acetylcholine or exogenous nicotine, are able to enhance cholinergic transmission. The aim of this study was to investigate in human perinatal age the immunohistochemical expression of the α7-nAChR subtype, given its involvement in neuronal differentiation and its significant vulnerability to the toxic effects of nicotine...
July 2017: ASN Neuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733347/ultrastructural-characteristics-and-immune-profile-of-equine-mscs-from-fetal-adnexa
#3
Eleonora Iacono, Luisa Pascucci, Barbara Rossi, Cinzia Bazzucchi, Aliai Lanci, Monica Ceccoli, Barbara Merlo
Both in human and equine species, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from amniotic membrane (AM) and Wharton's jelly (WJ), may be particularly useful for immediate use or in later stages of life, after cryopreservation in cell bank. The aim of this study was to compare equine AM- and WJ-MSCs in vitro features, that may be relevant for their clinical employment. MSCs were more easily isolated from WJ, even if MSCs derived from AM exhibited more rapid proliferation (P<0.05). Osteogenic and chondrogenic differentiation were more prominent in MSCs derived from WJ...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730105/pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-protects-retinal-ganglion-cells-from-hypoxia-induced-apoptosis-by-preventing-mitochondrial-dysfunction
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Shu-Wei Tian, Yuan Ren, Jin-Zhi Pei, Bai-Chao Ren, Yuan He
AIM: To investigate the potential of pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF) to protect the immortalized rat retinal ganglion cells-5 (RGC-5) exposed to CoCl2-induced chemical hypoxia. METHODS: After being differentiated with staurosporine (SS), RGC-5 cells were cultured in four conditions: control group cells cultured in Dulbecco's modified eagle medium (DMEM) supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum, 100 µmol/mL streptomycin and penicillin (named as normal conditions); hypoxia group cells cultured in DMEM containing 300 µmol/mL CoCl2; cells in the group protected by PEDF were first pretreated with 100 ng/mL PEDF for 2h and then cultured in the same condition as hypoxia group cells; and PEDF group cells that were cultured in the presence of 100 ng/mL PEDF under normal conditions...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729432/tropomodulin1-controls-erythroblast-enucleation-via-regulation-of-f-actin-in-the-enucleosome
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Roberta B Nowak, Julien Papoin, David S Gokhin, Carla Casu, Stefano Rivella, Jeffrey M Lipton, Lionel Blanc, Velia M Fowler
Biogenesis of mammalian red blood cells requires nuclear expulsion by orthochromatic erythoblasts late in terminal differentiation (enucleation), but the mechanism is largely unexplained. Here, we employed high resolution confocal microscopy to analyze nuclear morphology and F-actin rearrangements during the initiation, progression and completion of mouse and human erythroblast enucleation in vivo Mouse erythroblast nuclei acquire a dumbbell-shaped morphology during enucleation, while human bone marrow erythroblast nuclei unexpectedly retain their spherical morphology...
July 20, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727133/is-unexplained-elevated-maternal-serum-alpha-fetoprotein-still-important-predictor-for-adverse-pregnancy-outcome
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Derya Başbuğ, Alper Başbuğ, Cavidan Gülerman
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determined the predictive value of maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein (MSAFP) as a marker for adverse pregnancy outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This study was carried out at Dr. Zekai Tahir Burak Women's Health Education and Research Hospital between 2009 and 2010. This study included a total of 1,177 pregnant women, including 170 in the study group and 1,007 in the control group. Pregnancy outcomes and characteristics were analyzed with regard to the MSAFP value...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715920/genital-tract-gbs-and-rate-of-histologic-chorioamnionitis-in-patients-with-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membrane
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Krunal Patel, Shauna Williams, George Guirguis, Lisa Gittens-Williams, Joseph Apuzzio
INTRODUCTION: Histologic chorioamnionitis (HC) is a common finding in the placenta from patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). The purpose of this study is to determine if HC differs based on the Group B streptococcus (GBS) status in patients managed expectantly with PPROM <34 weeks gestation. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed of patients admitted with PPROM between 23 0/7 and 33 6/7 weeks from 2003 to 2014 at one institution...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715801/fetal-urine-production-rate-in-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-is-associated-with-adverse-neonatal-outcome-a-pilot-study
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Tehila Avitan, Lior Drukker, Hadass Pri-Chen, Ron Rabinowitz, Nurit Algur, Michael S Schimmel, Letizia Schreiber, Tali Bdolah-Abram, Arnon Samueloff, Sorina Grisaru-Granovsky
AIM: In this study, we evaluate the associations between fetal urinary production rate (FUPR), measured by ultrasound, and adverse neonatal outcome in women with preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). METHODS: We conducted a prospective pilot cohort of singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM occurring at gestational week 24 or later managed until spontaneous labor (after 48 h of admission), chorioamnionitis, or induction by protocol at 35 + 0 weeks. FUPR was evaluated by 2D sonography at admission (corrected for gestational age)...
July 18, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714492/estimated-fetal-weight-comparison-of-clinical-versus-ultrasound-estimate
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A Joshi, O B Panta, B Sharma
BACKGROUND: Accurate estimation of fetal weight is of paramount importance in the management of labour and delivery. METHODS: This was a cross sectional study conducted over a period of 6 months in a tertiary care teaching hospital. All singleton term mothers with cephalic presentation and intact membranes with ultrasound examination done within a week were included in the study. IUFD, multiple gestation, malpresentation, diagnosed oligohydramnios or polyhydramnios, pelvic and or abdominal masses, and current weight more than 80 Kgs were excluded from the study...
January 2017: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714092/serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-of-erythrocytes-protruding-through-the-human-placental-syncytiotrophoblast
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Eleni Palaiologou, Patricia Goggin, David S Chatelet, Emma M Lofthouse, Christopher Torrens, Bram G Sengers, Jane K Cleal, Anton Page, Rohan M Lewis
The syncytiotrophoblast forms a continuous barrier between the maternal and fetal circulations. Here we present a serial block-face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM) study, based on a single image stack, showing pooling of fetal blood underneath a region of stretched syncytiotrophoblast that has become detached from the basement membrane. Erythrocytes are protruding from discrete holes in the syncytiotrophoblast suggesting that, under specific circumstances, the syncytiotrophoblast may be permeable to fetal cells...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712670/production-and-regulation-of-interleukin-1-family-cytokines-at-the-materno-fetal-interface
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Louis M Scott, Aled H Bryant, April Rees, Billy Down, Ruth H Jones, Catherine A Thornton
IL-1 family members regulate innate immune responses, are produced by gestation-associated tissues, and have a role in healthy and adverse pregnancy outcomes. To better understand their role at the materno-fetal interface we used a human tissue explant model to map lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated production of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, IL-33, IL-1Ra, IL-18BPa, ST2 and IL-1RAcP by placenta, choriodecidua and amnion. Caspase-dependent processing of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, and IL-33 and the ability of IL-1α, IL-1β, IL-18, and IL-33 to regulate the production of IL-1RA, IL-18BPa, ST2 and IL-1RAcP was also determined...
July 13, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710882/mid-trimester-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes-pprom-etiology-diagnosis-classification-international-recommendations-of-treatment-options-and-outcome
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Michael Tchirikov, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch, James Maher, Jörg Buchmann, Yuri Naberezhnev, Andreas S Winarno, Gregor Seliger
Mid-trimester preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), defined as rupture of fetal membranes prior to 28 weeks of gestation, complicates approximately 0.4%-0.7% of all pregnancies. This condition is associated with a very high neonatal mortality rate as well as an increased risk of long- and short-term severe neonatal morbidity. The causes of the mid-trimester PPROM are multifactorial. Altered membrane morphology including marked swelling and disruption of the collagen network which is seen with PPROM can be triggered by bacterial products or/and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708576/adiponectin-concentration-in-mid-trimester-amniotic-fluid-varies-with-the-%C3%AE-amylase-level-and-maternal-and-neonatal-outcomes
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Joseph Chervenak, Mio Sawai, Lamis El Kabab, Rahul Lohana, Daniel Skupski, Steven S Witkin
OBJECTIVE: Factors influencing intraamniotic adiponectin levels and their functional significance remain incompletely elucidated. We prospectively measured adiponectin in amniotic fluid and identified its associations with maternal parameters, mediators in amniotic fluid and pregnancy outcomes. STUDY DESIGN: Mid-trimester amniotic fluid from 571 women was tested for adiponectin, interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8 and α-amylase by enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA), after which clinical data were obtained...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708537/a-proteomic-study-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-equine-umbilical-cord
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Leandro Maia, Carolina Nogueira de Moraes, Marianne Camargos Dias, Julia Bauzá Martinez, Antonia Odena Caballol, Giorgia Testoni, Carla Martins de Queiroz, Ramón Díaz Peña, Fernanda C Landim-Alvarenga, Eliandre de Oliveira
To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study describing the proteome of equine umbilical cord intervascular matrix mesenchymal stem cells (UCIM-MSCs) in a global and functional manner. The aim of this work was to analyze the proteome of previously characterized UCIM-MSCs to determine protein abundance and classify the identified proteins according to Gene Ontology (GO) terms. Protein classification analysis according to biological process, molecular function and cellular component was performed using the PANTHER (Protein ANalysis THrough Evolutionary Relationships) Classification System, which revealed enrichment for 42 biological processes, 23 molecular functions and 18 cellular components...
May 24, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708523/timing-of-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-changes-in-the-bovine-placentome-after-parturition
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Anthony K McNeel, Jeff D Ondrak, Olivia L Amundson, Tara H Fountain, Elane C Wright, Katherine J Whitman, Carol G Chitko-McKown, Shuna A Jones, Chadwick C Chase, Robert A Cushman
Proper post-partum reproductive performance is important for reproductive efficiency in beef cows, and dystocia decreases post-partum fertility. Crossbred beef cows (n = 1676) were evaluated for lifetime performance based on degree of dystocia at presentation of the first calf. Cows that experienced moderate or severe dystocia produced fewer calves during their productive life (P < 0.01). The exact mechanism is unclear, but may be due to the contributions of dystocia to abnormal placental separation...
May 27, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701259/markers-of-protein-synthesis-are-increased-in-fetal-membranes-and-myometrium-after-human-labour-and-delivery
#16
Stella Liong, Martha Lappas
Preterm birth remains one of the leading causes of neonatal death. Inflammation and maternal infection are two of the leading aetiological factors for preterm birth. Labour is associated with increased production of proinflammatory cytokines, chemokines and prolabour mediators in human gestational tissues. In non-gestational tissues, synthesis of proinflammatory and prolabour mediators is regulated by components of the protein synthesis machinery. Therefore, in the present study we investigated the effect of human labour on the expression of three protein synthesis markers, namely eukaryotic elongation factor 2 kinase (EEF2K), mitogen-activated protein kinase interacting protein kinase 1 (MKNK1) and eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4E (EIF4E), and their role in regulating inflammation in human gestational tissues...
July 13, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693892/the-application-of-decellularized-human-term-fetal-membranes-in-tissue-engineering-and-regenerative-medicine-term
#17
Aida Shakouri-Motlagh, Ramin Khanabdali, Daniel E Heath, Bill Kalionis
Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine (TERM) is a field that applies biology and engineering principles to "restore, maintain or repair a tissue after injury". Besides the potential to treat various diseases, these endeavours increase our understanding of fundamental cell biology. Although TERM has progressed rapidly, engineering a whole organ is still beyond our skills, primarily due to the complexity of tissues. Material science and current manufacturing methods are not capable of mimicking this complexity...
July 4, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679758/a-cell-fusion-based-screening-method-identifies-the-gpi-anchored-protein-ly6e-as-the-receptor-for-the-mouse-endogenous-retroviral-envelope-syncytin-a
#18
Agathe Bacquin, Caroline Bireau, Maxime Tanguy, Charlotte Romanet, Cécile Vernochet, Anne Dupressoir, Thierry Heidmann
Syncytins are envelope genes of retroviral origin that have been exapted for a role in placentation. They are involved in the formation of a syncytial structure (the syncytiotrophoblast) at the fetomaternal interface via their fusogenic activity. The mouse placenta is rather unique among placental mammals since the fetomaternal interface comprises two syncytiotrophoblast layers (ST-I and ST-II) instead of one, as observed in humans and all other hemochorial placentae. Each layer specifically expresses a distinct mouse syncytin, namely syncytin-A (SynA) for ST-I and syncytin-B (SynB) for ST-II, which have been shown to be essential to placentogenesis and embryo survival...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676171/using-a-liver-cell-culture-from-epinephelus-coioides-as-a-model-to-evaluate-the-nonylphenol-induced-oxidative-stress
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Negin Derakhshesh, AbdolAli Movahedinia, Negin Salamat, Mahmoud Hashemitabar, Vahid Bayati
The present study aimed to use primary liver cell culture derived from the orange-spotted grouper, Epinephelus coioides, to assess the toxic effects of nonylphenol (NP) on the hepatocyte viability and the liver antioxidant system. E. coioides was selected due to its commercial importance. NP was used in this study because of its high potential of producing oxidative stress due to increased reactive oxygen species (ROS). A liver of E. coioides was digested with PBS containing 0.1% collagenase IV. The digested cells were moved to Leibovitz L-15 culture medium with 20% fetal bovine serum (FBS), 100IUmL(-1) penicillin, 100μgmL(-1) streptomycin...
July 1, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670836/epithelial-cadherin-disassociates-from-the-lateral-plasma-membrane-of-uterine-epithelial-cells-throughout-pregnancy-in-a-marsupial
#20
Jessica S Dudley, Christopher R Murphy, Michael B Thompson, Bronwyn M McAllan
The uterine luminal epithelium is the first site of contact between fetal and maternal tissues during therian pregnancy and must undergo specialised changes for implantation of the blastocyst to be successful. These changes, collectively termed the plasma membrane transformation (PMT), allow the blastocyst to attach to the uterine epithelium preceding the formation of a placenta. There are similarities in the morphological and molecular changes occurring in live-bearing eutherian species during the PMT studied so far...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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