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Fetal membranes

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
Bethany Stetson, Judith U Hibbard, Isabelle Wilkins, Heidi Leftwich
OBJECTIVE: To examine the differences in perinatal outcomes among women with a prior preterm birth who received cerclage compared with cerclage plus 17α-hydroxyprogesterone caproate. METHODS: Women with transvaginal cerclage placement and a prior delivery between 16 and 36 weeks of gestation were identified over a 10-year period (July 2002 to May 2012) in this retrospective cohort study. Exclusion criteria were delivery at another institution, abdominal cerclage, multiple gestations, and major fetal anomalies...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Martha A Monson, Karen J Gibbons, M Sean Esplin, Michael W Varner, Tracy A Manuck
OBJECTIVE: To characterize subsequent pregnancy outcomes among women with a history of previable, preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PROM) and assess factors associated with recurrent preterm birth. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of women cared for with a history of one or more singleton pregnancy complicated by preterm PROM at less than 24 weeks of gestation between 2002 and 2013 who were cared for in two tertiary care health systems by a single group of maternal-fetal medicine specialists...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
G Vetter, A Knipprath, A Niklaus, N Kalberer, I Hösli
Introduction: It is estimated that after premature rupture of membranes (PROM) at term, 60% of all women go into labour within 48 h, 95% within 72 h. Often labour is induced after 24 h because the risk of maternal and neonatal infection rises. The majority of clinicians advise hospital care to allow monitoring and detection of problems. But for low-risk patients who meet strict inclusion criteria, sometimes home management is possible. This study examines the safety and costs of home management. Material and Methods: We included 239 patients with PROM at term, 202 of them with hospital and 37 with home management...
October 13, 2016: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
Erica Sarchielli, Paolo Comeglio, Roberta Squecco, Lara Ballerini, Tommaso Mello, Giulia Guarnieri, Eglantina Idrizaj, Benedetta Mazzanti, Linda Vignozzi, Pasquale Gallina, Mario Maggi, Gabriella B Vannelli, Annamaria Morelli
CONTEXT: Previous studies have suggested that inflammatory pathways may impair central regulatory networks involving gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) neuron activity. Studies in humans are strongly hampered by the lack of human GnRH neuron cell lines. OBJECTIVE: To establish an in vitro model of GnRH neurons of human origin and analyze the effects of proinflammatory cytokines on their biological properties. Design, samples and treatments: The primary human fetal hypothalamic (hfHypo) cell cultures were isolated from brain of three 12 week-old fetuses...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Eun Hui Bae, Jong Woon Kim, Hong Sang Choi, Seong Kwon Ma, Soo Wan Kim
Background/Aims: Proteinuria is associated with hypertension and preeclampsia in pregnancy. However, the impact of random urine proteinuria on fetal and maternal outcomes has not been established. We investigated the influence of random urine proteinuria on the clinical outcomes of pregnancy. Methods: From January 2008 to December 2010, 2,822 patients were retrospectively studied. A total of 536 pregnant women with proteinuria in random urine and matched controls without proteinuria via propensity score matching were analyzed...
October 13, 2016: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Mariana Maier Gaelzer, Mariana Silva Dos Santos, Bárbara Paranhos Coelho, Alice Hoffman de Quadros, Fabrício Simão, Vanina Usach, Fátima Costa Rodrigues Guma, Patrícia Setton-Avruj, Guido Lenz, Christianne G Salbego
Glioblastoma (GBM) is the most common and aggressive primary malignant brain tumor in adults. Hypoxia is a distinct feature in GBM and plays a significant role in tumor progression, resistance to treatment, and poor outcome. However, there is lack of studies relating type of cell death, status of Akt phosphorylation on Ser473, mitochondrial membrane potential, and morphological changes of tumor cells after hypoxia and reoxygenation. The rat glioma C6 cell line was exposed to oxygen deprivation (OD) in 5 % fetal bovine serum (FBS) or serum-free media followed by reoxygenation (RO)...
October 6, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Rui Tostoes, John R Dodgson, Ben Weil, Spyridon Gerontas, Chris Mason, Farlan Veraitch
The cell therapy industry would greatly benefit from a simple point of care solution to remove dimethylsulphoxide (DMSO) from small-volume thawed cell suspensions before injection. A novel dead-end filtration device has been designed and validated, which takes advantage of the higher density of thawed cell suspensions to remove the DMSO and protein impurities from the cell suspension without fouling the filter membrane. The filter was designed to avoid fluid circuits and minimize the surface area that is contacted by the cell suspension, thus reducing cell losses by design...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
C Rosales, N Krekeler, B Tennent-Brown, M A Stevenson, D Hanlon
AIMS: To describe selected periparturient variables in a sample of Thoroughbred mares and their foals on a commercial stud farm in New Zealand. METHODS: Data were collected for 969 foaling records from 592 mares by foaling attendants from one Thoroughbred stud farm in the Waikato region of New Zealand for the breeding seasons 2008-2013, inclusive, and collated retrospectively. The association between mare- and foal-level variables and gestation length, time of birth (expressed as the number of hours after midday), fetal membrane retention time, time for the foal to stand and suckle after birth, and foal mortality was quantified using linear and logistic regression models...
October 5, 2016: New Zealand Veterinary Journal
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
Ye Yuan, Ying Yang, Yuchen Tian, Jinkyu Park, Aihua Dai, R Michael Roberts, Yang Liu, Xu Han
Current long term cryopreservation of cell stocks routinely requires the use of liquid nitrogen (LN2), because commonly used cryopreservation media containing cell membrane permeating cryoprotectants are thermally unstable when frozen at higher storage temperatures, e.g. -80 °C. This instability leads to ice recrystallization, causing progressive loss of cell viability over time under the storage conditions provided by most laboratory deep freezers. The dependency on LN2 for cell storage significantly increases operational expense and raises issues related to impaired working efficiency and safety...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ivana Stefanoska, Jasmina Tadić, Aleksandra Vilotić, Milica Jovanović Krivokuća, Tamara Abu Rabi, Ljiljana Vićovac
PURPOSE: Gal-3, which can regulate immune responses upon infection and inflammation, was not studied so far in intrauterine infection leading to pre-term pre-labor rupture of the membranes (PPROM), although gal-1 was reported to be implicated in the process. Gal-3 mRNA and protein expression in amnion and its changes during histological chorioamnionitis were studied here. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fetal membranes were obtained from women with PPROM with (n =15) and without histological chorioamnionitis (n =15) during second and third trimester...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Wangsheng Wang, Chao Liu, Kang Sun
Rupture of fetal membranes (ROM) can initiate parturition at both term and preterm birth. Apoptosis of the amnion epithelium plays a key role in structural remodeling of the membranes preceding ROM. However, the causative factors for apoptosis remain unidentified. Toward the end of gestation, a feed-forward regeneration of cortisol via 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (11β-HSD1) exists in the fetal membranes. Here we have examined whether cortisol accumulation is a causative factor for amnion cells apoptosis...
October 3, 2016: Endocrinology
Jae-Hwan Lee, Changhwan Ahn, Hee Young Kang, Eui-Ju Hong, Sang-Hwan Hyun, Kyung-Chul Choi, Eui-Bae Jeung
Octylphenol (OP) and bisphenol A (BPA) are known as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). During pregnancy, the expression of steroid hormone receptors is controlled by maternal and fetal nutrition. To evaluate the impact of EDCs during pregnancy, ethinyl estradiol (EE, 0.2 mg/kg/day), OP (50 mg/kg/day), and BPA (50 mg/kg/day) were administered to pregnant mice. The mRNA levels of TRPV6 (transient receptor potential cation channels in subfamily V, member 6) decreased significantly by EE and OP. The PMCA1 (ATPase, Ca(++) transporting, plasma membrane 1) mRNA and protein levels decreased significantly by EE, OP, and BPA...
2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Tal Saar, Lorinne Levitt, Hagai Amsalem
Background. Late pregnancy usage of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE-I) and angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) may cause severe oligohydramnios due to fetal renal impairment. Affected neonates will often suffer from fatal, renal, and respiratory failure. Case. A 39-year-old multigravida admitted due to anhydramnios secondary to valsartan (ARB) exposure at 30 weeks' gestation. Following secession of treatment amniotic fluid volume returned to normal. Delivery was induced at 34 weeks' gestation following premature rupture of membranes and maternal fever...
2016: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Barkha Maheshwari, Maitrayee Roy, Shipra Agarwal, S Devi, Ashu Singh, Nita Khurana, Sangeeta Gupta
Umbilical cord ulceration is a rare condition presenting with sudden fetal bradycardia due to fetal hemorrhage and in most cases leading to intrauterine death. A strong association with intestinal atresia has been reported. Most cases present after 30 weeks of gestation, with preterm labor or rupture of membranes followed by sudden fetal bradycardia. We report two such cases of umbilical cord ulceration and review the available literature. One of the cases interestingly presented at 26 weeks, much earlier than what is reported in the world literature...
September 2016: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Moacyr J B M Rêgo, Antônio F Silva Filho, Ana P V Sobral, Eduardo I C Beltrão
The formation of new and functional structural components of several organs, such as parotid glands, can be influenced by the glycocode. This study analyzed the glycobiology of parotid salivary gland tissue during fetal development using specific biochemical probes (lectins and antibodies). Eleven parotid gland samples from human fetuses were obtained from spontaneous abortions at 14-28 weeks of gestation, and tissue sections were analyzed for lectin histochemistry and immunohistochemistry. From the 18th to 26th week, Canavalia ensiformis agglutinin, wheat germ agglutinin, Ulex europaeus agglutinin-I, peanut agglutinin, Sambucus nigra agglutinin, and Vicia villosa agglutinin lectin staining were predominantly observed in the apical and/or basement membranes of the ducts and tubulo-acinar units...
2016: Journal of Oral Science
Kirstine Sneider, Ole Bjarne Christiansen, Iben Blaabjerg Sundtoft, Jens Langhoff-Roos
INTRODUCTION: The objective was to describe recurrence rates of second trimester miscarriage and extreme preterm delivery by phenotype and use of prophylactic cerclage in a register-based cohort. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We included women with a first second trimester miscarriage or extreme preterm delivery (16(+0) - 27(+6) gestational weeks) in Denmark in 1997-2012 (n=9602) by combined use of the Danish Medical Birth Register and the Danish National Patient Register...
September 24, 2016: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
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Corticosteroid administration before anticipated preterm birth is one of the most important antenatal therapies available to improve newborn outcomes. A single course of corticosteroids is recommended for pregnant women between 24 0/7 weeks and 33 6/7 weeks of gestation, including for those with ruptured membranes and multiple gestations. It also may be considered for pregnant women starting at 23 0/7 weeks of gestation who are at risk of preterm delivery within 7 days, based on a family's decision regarding resuscitation, irrespective of membrane rupture status and regardless of fetal number...
October 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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