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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341044/antenatal-medical-therapies-to-improve-lung-development-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Aidan Kashyap, Philip DeKoninck, Kelly Crossley, Marta Thio, Graeme Polglase, Francesca Maria Russo, Jan Deprest, Stuart Hooper, Ryan Hodges
Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a birth defect characterized by failed closure of the diaphragm, allowing abdominal viscera to herniate into the thoracic cavity and subsequently impair pulmonary and vascular development. Despite improving standardized postnatal management, there remains a population of severe CDH for whom postnatal care falls short. In these severe cases, antenatal surgical intervention (fetoscopic endoluminal tracheal occlusion [FETO]) may improve survival; however, FETO increases the risk of preterm delivery, is not widely offered, and still fails in half of cases...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334310/dendritic-polyglycerol-nanoparticles-show-charge-dependent-bio-distribution-in-early-human-placental-explants-and-reduce-hcg-secretion
#2
Herbert Juch, Liudmila Nikitina, Sabine Reimann, Martin Gauster, Gottfried Dohr, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Denise Hoch, Karin Kornmueller, Rainer Haag
A thorough understanding of nanoparticle bio-distribution at the feto-maternal interface will be a prerequisite for their diagnostic or therapeutic application in women of childbearing age and for teratologic risk assessment. Therefore, the tissue interaction of biocompatible dendritic polyglycerol nanoparticles (dPG-NPs) with first- trimester human placental explants were analyzed and compared to less sophisticated trophoblast-cell based models. First-trimester human placental explants, BeWo cells and primary trophoblast cells from human term placenta were exposed to fluorescence labeled, ∼5 nm dPG-NPs, with differently charged surfaces, at concentrations of 1 µM and 10 nM, for 6 and 24 h...
January 15, 2018: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328881/factors-affecting-the-virological-response-among-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-patients-in-yemen
#3
Zaid Mutahar Mohammed Alezzi, Ayman Yosry Abd El Rehim, Waleed Fouad Fathallah, Mansour Ali Alamrani, Fouad Hezam Othman
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is increasingly seen as a major public health problem, threat, and concern worldwide. In Yemen about 1.7% of the population is infected with chronic hepatitis C. This study aimed to detect the predictors for response to pegylated interferon and ribavirin (Peg-IFN/RBV) in chronic HCV Yemeni patients. The study was conducted on 100 patients with chronic HCV who received Peg-IFN/RBV in the 48th Military Hospital in Sana'a Yemen, from 2011 to 2013. All patients were subjected to complete history taking, thorough clinical examinations, routine laboratory investigation, and abdominal ultrasonography...
January 2018: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317337/heart-and-bile-acids-clinical-consequences-of-altered-bile-acid-metabolism
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REVIEW
Tharni Vasavan, Elisa Ferraro, Effendi Ibrahim, Peter Dixon, Julia Gorelik, Catherine Williamson
Cardiac dysfunction has an increased prevalence in diseases complicated by liver cirrhosis such as primary biliary cholangitis and primary sclerosing cholangitis. This observation has led to research into the association between abnormalities in bile acid metabolism and cardiac pathology. Approximately 50% of liver cirrhosis cases develop cirrhotic cardiomyopathy. Bile acids are directly implicated in this, causing QT interval prolongation, cardiac hypertrophy, cardiomyocyte apoptosis and abnormal haemodynamics of the heart...
January 6, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317300/mesenchymal-stem-cells-therapy-protects-fetuses-from-resorption-and-induces-th2-type-cytokines-profile-in-abortion-prone-mouse-model
#5
Amir Salek Farrokhi, Amir-Hassan Zarnani, Seyed Mohammad Moazzeni
The imbalance of Th1/Th2 cytokines is well known in recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) mouse model. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess potent immunoregulatory properties that could modulate the Th1 cytokine responses in benefit of Th2 types. In this study, we aimed to analyze the local and systemic balance of Th1/Th2 cytokines following MSCs therapy. Syngeneic adipose derived MSCs were administered to abortion prone mice during the implantation window. The abortion rate was determined and IL-4, IL-6, IL-12, IL-2, IFN-γ and GM-CSF gene expression was evaluated by Real-Time-PCR in decidual and placental tissues of pregnant mice at day 13...
January 6, 2018: Transplant Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312570/serum-microrna-signatures-and-metabolomics-have-high-diagnostic-value-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#6
Hai-Ning Liu, Hao Wu, Yan-Jie Chen, Yu-Jen Tseng, Enkhnaran Bilegsaikhan, Ling Dong, Xi-Zhong Shen, Tao-Tao Liu
Background: Many new diagnostic biomarkers have been developed for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). We selected two methods with high diagnostic value, the detection of serum microRNAs and metabolomics based on gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS), and attempted to establish appropriate models. Methods: We reviewed the diagnostic efficiencies of all microRNAs identified by previous diagnostic tests. Then we chose appropriate microRNAs to validate the diagnostic efficiencies, and determined the optimal combination...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244071/the-glycosyltransferase-eogt-regulates-adropin-expression-in-decidualizing-human-endometrium
#7
Joanne Muter, Mohammad T Alam, Pavle Vrljicak, Flavio S V Barros, Peter T Ruane, Lauren J Ewington, John D Aplin, Melissa Westwood, Jan J Brosens
In pregnancy, resistance of endometrial decidual cells to stress signals is critical for the integrity of the feto-maternal interface and, by extension, survival of the conceptus. O-GlcNAcylation is an essential post-translational modification that links glucose sensing to cellular stress resistance. Unexpectedly, decidualization of primary endometrial stromal cells (EnSCs) was associated with a 60% reduction in O-GlcNAc modified proteins, reflecting downregulation of the enzyme that adds O-GlcNAc to substrates (O-GlcNAc transferase, OGT) but not the enzyme that removes the modification (O-GlcNAcase, OGA)...
December 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230092/fetomaternal-and-pediatric-toxoplasmosis
#8
Helieh S Oz
Toxoplasmosis is one of the most important causes of foodborne illnesses and inflammatory complications, as well as congenital disorders. Promiscuous Toxoplasma is transmitted by contaminated food and animal produce, water, vegetations, fruits and sexually through semen. Toxoplasma infects nucleated cells with a unique tropism for muscles and central nervous system and a mind bugging malicious effect. Pregnant women with acute or reactivated toxoplasmosis can transmit Toxoplasma via transplacental to the fetus...
December 2017: Journal of pediatric infectious diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219853/effects-of-a-soybean-milk-product-on-feto-neonatal-development-in-rats
#9
Eun Suk An, Dongsun Park, Young-Hwan Ban, Choi Jieun, Da Woom Seo, Yoon Bok Lee, Mi Yae Shon, Ehn-Kyoung Choi, Yun-Bae Kim
Since estrogenic pollutants and phytoestrogens can cause the disorder of the reproductive system, the effects of a soybean milk product (Vegemil<sup>®</sup> containing 162 ppm isoflavones) on the feto-neonatal development, including male reproductive function, were investigated. Pregnant rats were fed the soybean milk (5% or 100% in drinking water) from gestational day (GD) 6 to parturition or to post-natal day (PND) 56. Specifically, the rats were divided into 4 groups: the control group (drinking water), the GD5% group (5% soybean milk during only the GD period), the GD-PND5% group (5% soybean milk during the GD and PND periods), and the GD-PND100% group (100% soybean milk instead of water during the GD and PND periods)...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208239/syncytial-nuclei-accumulate-at-the-villous-surface-in-iugr-while-proliferation-is-unchanged
#10
E Haeussner, C Schmitz, D Grynspan, F Edler von Koch, H-G Frank
INTRODUCTION: Placental syncytiotrophoblast is responsible for feto-maternal nutrient exchange during pregnancy. It is assumed that in IUGR, placental dysfunction is crucially bound to compromised stability and function of syncytiotrophoblast, the latter being related to altered proliferation of villous trophoblast. Cell cycle data obtained on conventional thin sections has produced inconsistent results. In the present study we investigated cell cycle markers found in the villous trophoblast using a novel 3D histological quantification method...
December 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198970/the-choriocarcinoma-cell-line-jeg-3-upregulates-regulatory-t-cell-phenotypes-and-modulates-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-through-hla-g
#11
Wenna Nascimento Melsted, Sara Hyldig Matzen, Mads Hald Andersen, Thomas Vauvert F Hviid
An understanding of the interactions between immune cells and trophoblast cells, as well as choriocarcinoma cells, are of extreme importance in reproductive immunology and cancer immunology. In this study, we found that the human HLA-G-positive choriocarcinoma cell line JEG-3 upregulates CD4+CD25hiCD127lo T cells, increases the expression of HLA-G+CD4+ and CD8+ T cells, and decreases the expression of ILT2+ on CD4+ T cells in resting PBMCs after six days of co-culture. Expression of HLA-G on JEG-3 cells did not affect regulatory T cell phenotypes, but promoted modulation of pro-inflammatory cytokines IFN-γ, TNF-α and IL-17A...
November 30, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197012/co-culture-of-h295r-adrenocortical-carcinoma-and-bewo-choriocarcinoma-cells-to-study-feto-placental-interactions-focus-on-estrogen-biosynthesis
#12
Andrée-Anne Hudon Thibeault, J Thomas Sanderson, Cathy Vaillancourt
Estrogens are produced in large amounts during pregnancy, as a result of a tightly regulated cooperation between the maternal and fetal adrenal cortex, which produce androgen precursors, and the placental villous trophoblast, which transforms these precursors into estrogens. These estrogens play an important role in proper placental function, in adaptation of the mother to pregnancy, as well as in adequate fetal development. Disruption of estrogen production is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes and fetal malformation or altered fetal programming...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29186532/loss-of-offspring-peg3-reduces-neonatal-ultrasonic-vocalisations-and-increases-maternal-anxiety-in-wild-type-mothers
#13
G I McNamara, H D J Creeth, D J Harrison, K E Tansey, R M Andrews, A R Isles, R M John
Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health conditions during pregnancy and can impair the normal development of mother-infant interactions. These adversities are associated with low birth weight and increased risk of behavioural disorders in children. We recently reported reduced expression of the imprinted gene PATERNALLY EXPRESSED GENE 3 (PEG3) in placenta of human infants born to depressed mothers. Expression of Peg3 in brain has previously been linked maternal behaviour in rodents, at least in some studies, with mutant dams neglecting their pups...
November 24, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167317/rodent-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy-alters-maternal-immune-health-and-feto-placental-development
#14
Redin A Spann, Wiiliam J Lawson, Gene L Bidwell, C Austin Zamarripa, Rodrigo O Maranon, Sibali Bandyopadhyay, Erin R Taylor, Jane F Reckelhoff, Michael R Garrett, Bernadette E Grayson
Bariatric surgery is increasingly employed to improve fertility and reduce obesity related co-morbidities in obese women. Surgical weight loss not only improves the chance of conception but reduces the risk of pregnancy complications including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and macrosomia. However, bariatric procedures increase the incidence of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), fetal demise, thromboembolism and other gestational disorders. Using our rodent model of vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), we tested the hypothesis that VSG in diet-induced, obese dams would cause immune and placental structural abnormalities that may be responsible for fetal demise during pregnancy...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161966/altered-downstream-target-gene-expression-of-the-placental-vitamin-d-receptor-in-human-idiopathic-fetal-growth-restriction
#15
Thy Ph Nguyen, Hannah Ej Yong, Tejasvy Chollangi, Shaun P Brennecke, Susan J Fisher, Euan M Wallace, Peter R Ebeling, Padma Murthi
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects up to 5% of pregnancies and is associated with significant perinatal complications. Maternal deficiency of vitamin D, a secosteroid hormone, is common in FGR-affected pregnancies. We recently demonstrated that decreased expression of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in idiopathic FGR placentae could impair trophoblast growth. As strict regulation of cell-cycle genes in trophoblast cells is critical for optimal feto-placental growth, we hypothesised that pathologically decreased placental VDR contributes to aberrant regulation of cell-cycle genes...
November 22, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153690/time-course-of-angiotensin-ii-dependent-vascular-and-metabolic-effects-of-preeclampsia
#16
Paula Rosas, Cecilia Tufiño, Ismael Bracho Valdes, Rosa A Bobadilla Lugo
Pregnancy is characterized by a blunted pressor response to angiotensin II that is progressively lost during preeclampsia complicated pregnancies. Renin angiotensin system (RAS) plays a pivotal role in cardiovascular and renal function but its role in normal and pathological pregnancy is far from being clarified. It is not as clear if hypertension and particularly pregnancy-induced hypertension as the initial event, can trigger some of the metabolic syndrome components, and if these changes are angiotensin II mediated...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142561/feto-maternal-outcomes-and-glycemic-control-in-metformin-versus-insulin-treated-gestational-diabetics
#17
Rabia Arshad, Samia Khanam, Fuad Shaikh, Nasim Karim
Objective: To evaluate and compare feto-maternal outcomes and glycemic control in metformin versus insulin treated gestational diabetics. Methods: The study was conducted in 2010- 2012 as a part of M. Phil at Civil hospital, Lyari General Hospital and Mamji Hospital in Karachi. After written informed consent, 71 GDM diagnosed females with WHO criteria were enrolled. They were divided into two groups. Group-A, 32 females were given oral metformin 500 mg TDS while Group-B, 39 females were given insulin 0...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141178/peri-conception-and-first-trimester-diet-modifies-reproductive-development-in-bulls
#18
K J Copping, M D Ruiz-Diaz, C S Rutland, N P Mongan, M J Callaghan, I C McMillen, R J Rodgers, V E A Perry
Nutritional perturbation during gestation alters male reproductive development in rodents and sheep. In cattle both the developmental trajectory of the feto-placental unit and its response to dietary perturbations is dissimilar to that of these species. This study examined the effects of dietary protein perturbation during the peri-conception and first trimester periods upon reproductive development in bulls. Nulliparous heifers (n=360) were individually fed a high- or low-protein diet (HPeri and LPeri) from 60 days before conception...
November 16, 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127374/prediction-of-human-prenatal-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-and-bisphenol-a-glucuronide-from-an-ovine-semi-physiological-toxicokinetic-model
#19
Glenn Gauderat, Nicole Picard-Hagen, Pierre-Louis Toutain, Rémi Servien, Catherine Viguié, Sylvie Puel, Marlène Z Lacroix, Tanguy Corbel, Alain Bousquet-Melou, Véronique Gayrard
Bisphenol A (BPA) risk assessment is hampered by the difficulty of determining the extent of internal exposure in the human fetus and uncertainties regarding BPA toxicokinetics (TK) in the maternal-fetal unit. A feto-maternal TK model describing BPA and BPA glucuronide (BPAG) disposition in sheep was humanized, using human TK data obtained after d6-BPA administration on a cookie, to predict BPA and BPAG kinetics in the human mother-fetus unit. Validation of the model predictions included the assessed dose proportionality of BPA and BPAG disposition and the similarity between the simulated and measured time courses of BPA and BPAG in fetal rhesus monkeys after BPA maternal dosing...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115294/placental-growth-factor-and-pre-eclampsia
#20
REVIEW
K Chau, A Hennessy, A Makris
Placental growth factor (PlGF) is an increasingly important molecule in the prediction, diagnosis and treatment of pre-eclampsia. It has pro-angiogenic effects on the feto-placental circulation and supports trophoblast growth. Mechanisms by which PlGF expression is regulated continue to be investigated. Low circulating PlGF precedes the manifestation of clinical disease in pre-eclamptic pregnancies and intrauterine growth restriction. This suggests that low PlGF is a marker of abnormal placentation, but it remains uncertain whether this is a cause or consequence...
December 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
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