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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812058/environmental-pollutants-and-neurodevelopment-review-of-benefits-from-closure-of-a-coal-burning-power-plant-in-tongliang-china
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Vrinda Kalia, Frederica Perera, Deliang Tang
Background. Understanding preventable causes of neurodevelopmental disorders is a public health priority. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) from combustion of fossil fuel, lead, and mercury are among known neurodevelopmental toxicants. Method. For the first time, we comprehensively review the findings from a study by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health and Chinese partners that followed 2 groups of mother-child pairs, one from 2002 and another from 2005, in Tongliang County, China. Pregnant mothers in the 2 cohorts experienced different exposure to PAH because a local coal-burning power plant was shut down in 2004...
2017: Global Pediatric Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811862/allergic-profiles-of-mothers-and-fathers-in-the-japan-environment-and-children-s-study-jecs-a-nationwide-birth-cohort-study
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Kiwako Yamamoto-Hanada, Limin Yang, Kazue Ishitsuka, Tadayuki Ayabe, Hidetoshi Mezawa, Mizuho Konishi, Testsuo Shoda, Kenji Matsumoto, Hirohisa Saito, Yukihiro Ohya
BACKGROUND: The Japan Environment and Children's Study (JECS) is a nationwide, multicenter, prospective birth cohort investigation launched by the Ministry of Environment in Japan. The purpose of the JECS is to evaluate the influence of prenatal and postnatal exposures to environmental factors on the postnatal health of the children. In this study, we evaluated the allergic characteristics of parents within the JECS cohort. METHODS: This study covered a wide geographical area and encompassed 15 regional centers...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811173/prenatal-exposure-to-pyrethroid-pesticides-and-childhood-behavior-and-executive-functioning
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Melissa A Furlong, Dana Boyd Barr, Mary S Wolff, Stephanie M Engel
Several previous studies of pyrethroid biomarkers and behavior have reported associations between concurrent pyrethroid levels and adverse behavioral problems in children. One geospatial study reported associations between prenatal exposure to pyrethroids and autism. However, the association between prenatal pyrethroid biomarkers and childhood behavior is unknown. The Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center is a prospective birth cohort with urinary pyrethroid biomarkers during pregnancy and behavioral measurements at 4, 6, and 7-9 years of age...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811141/the-pharmacokinetic-profile-of-synthetic-cathinones-in-a-pregnancy-model
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Lauren G Strange, Kerri Kochelek, Robert Keasling, Stacy D Brown, Brooks B Pond
In recent years, the abuse of synthetic cathinones or 'bath salts' has become a major public health concern. Although these compounds were initially sold legally and labeled "not for human consumption", the 'bath salts' are psychostimulants, with similar structures and pharmacologic mechanisms to cocaine, the amphetamines, and 3,4 methylendioxymethamphetamine (MDMA, Molly, or Ecstasy). The reported use of these substances by women of child-bearing age highlights the necessity of studies seeking to delineate risks of prenatal exposure...
August 12, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809857/grandmaternal-stress-during-pregnancy-and-dna-methylation-of-the-third-generation-an-epigenome-wide-association-study
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F Serpeloni, K Radtke, S G de Assis, F Henning, D Nätt, T Elbert
Stress during pregnancy may impact subsequent generations, which is demonstrated by an increased susceptibility to childhood and adulthood health problems in the children and grandchildren. Although the importance of the prenatal environment is well reported with regards to future physical and emotional outcomes, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that mediate the long-term consequences of early stress across generations. Recent studies have identified DNA methylation as a possible mediator of the impact of prenatal stress in the offspring...
August 15, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807754/transgenerational-effects-of-early-environmental-insults-on-aging-and-disease-incidence
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REVIEW
Mirela Ambeskovic, Tessa J Roseboom, Gerlinde A S Metz
Adverse early life experiences are major influences on developmental trajectories with potentially life-long consequences. Prenatal or early postnatal exposure to stress, undernutrition or environmental toxicants may reprogram brain development and increase risk of behavioural and neurological disorders later in life. Not only experience within a single lifetime, but also ancestral experience affects health trajectories and chances of successful aging. The central mechanism in transgenerational programming of a disease may the formation of epigenetic memory...
August 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804972/mendelian-randomisation-analysis-provides-no-evidence-for-a-relationship-between-adult-height-and-testicular-cancer-risk
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M Levy, D Hall, A Sud, P Law, K Litchfield, D Dudakia, T B Haugen, R Karlsson, A Reid, R A Huddart, T Grotmol, F Wiklund, R S Houlston, C Turnbull
Observational studies have suggested anthropometric traits, particularly increased height are associated with an elevated risk of testicular cancer (testicular germ cell tumour). However, there is an inconsistency between study findings, suggesting the possibility of the influence of confounding factors. To examine the association between anthropometric traits and testicular germ cell tumour using an unbiased approach, we performed a Mendelian randomisation study. We used genotype data from genome wide association studies of testicular germ cell tumour totalling 5518 cases and 19,055 controls...
August 13, 2017: Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803703/viral-hijacking-of-formins-in-neurodevelopmental-pathologies
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REVIEW
Karen Racicot, Sarah VanOeveren, Art Alberts
The 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak caused global concern when it was determined to cause microcephaly, hearing loss, and other neurodevelopmental manifestations upon fetal exposure. Significant progress has been made in our understanding of the interactions between ZIKV and the pregnant host, but there is still a critical need to understand how ZIKV and other neurotropic viruses affect fetal neurodevelopment. Diaphanous-related formins (Diaphs) have recently been identified as microcephaly-associated proteins in humans and mice...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803196/prenatal-exposure-to-dioxin-like-compounds-is-associated-with-decreased-cord-blood-ige-and-increased-risk-of-wheezing-in-children-aged-up-to-7years-the-hokkaido-study
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Chihiro Miyashita, Yu Ait Bamai, Atsuko Araki, Sachiko Itoh, Machiko Minatoya, Sumitaka Kobayashi, Jumboku Kajiwara, Tsuguhide Hori, Reiko Kishi
INTRODUCTION: In utero exposure to dioxin-like compounds (DLCs) may cause imbalance of immune development in early infancy. However, there are few epidemiological studies into the effects of in utero exposure to DLCs on allergies and infections during childhood. This study evaluates associations between concentrations of maternal DLCs and cord blood immunoglobulin (Ig) E, as well as allergies and infections during childhood. METHOD: We recruited 514 pregnant women in a maternity hospital in Sapporo, Japan, and measured concentrations of DLCs in 426 maternal blood samples using high-resolution gas chromatography/high-resolution mass spectrometry...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803192/early-life-secondhand-smoke-exposure-assessed-by-hair-nicotine-biomarker-may-reduce-children-s-neurodevelopment-at-2years-of-age
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Nur Nadia Mohamed, See Ling Loy, Poh Ying Lim, Abdullah Al Mamun, Hamid Jan Jan Mohamed
Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) can affect fetal brain development as well as subsequent neurodevelopment. This study aimed to determine the association between prenatal and postnatal SHS exposure with children's neurodevelopment at 2years of age. Among 107 mother-child pairs from a Malaysia prospective cohort, prenatal and postnatal SHS exposure was determined based on maternal and child hair nicotine concentrations. Multiple linear regressions were used to determine the association between prenatal and postnatal levels of nicotine in maternal and children's' hair with children's neurodevelopment...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803151/sex-specific-differences-in-effect-of-prenatal-exposure-to-dioxin-like-compounds-on-neurodevelopment-in-japanese-children-sapporo-cohort-study
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Sonomi Nakajima, Yasuaki Saijo, Chihiro Miyashita, Tamiko Ikeno, Seiko Sasaki, Junboku Kajiwara, Reiko Kishi
BACKGROUND: Consistent reports are not available on the effects of dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD)/ polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDF) (dioxin-like compounds [DLCs]) on child neurodevelopment. Further, the effect of background-level exposure to individual DLC isomers is not known. OBJECTIVES: We carried out the Sapporo cohort study to evaluate the effect of prenatal exposure to each DLC isomer on child neurodevelopment at 6 and 18 months of age, and assessed sex-specific differences in these effects...
August 10, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803130/prenatal-phthalate-exposures-and-child-temperament-at-12-and-24-months
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Alison B Singer, Mary S Wolff, Manori J Silva, Antonia M Calafat, Stephanie M Engel
INTRODUCTION: Gestational phthalate exposures have been adversely associated with attention, externalizing, and internalizing behaviors in childhood. Early childhood temperament may be a marker of later behavioral patterns. We therefore sought to determine whether gestational phthalate exposures were associated with infant and toddler temperament. METHODS: The Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Study is a prospective cohort study of children born between May 1998 and July 2001 in New York City (N=404)...
August 9, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801196/prenatal-fine-particulate-exposure-and-early-childhood-asthma-effect-of-maternal-stress-and-fetal-gender
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Alison Lee, Hsiao-Hsien Leon Hsu, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, Sonali Bose, Maria José Rosa, Itai Kloog, Ander Wilson, Joel Schwartz, Sheldon Cohen, Brent A Coull, Robert O Wright, Rosalind J Wright
BACKGROUND: The impact of prenatal ambient air pollution on child asthma may be modified by maternal stress, child sex and exposure dose and timing. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively examined associations between co-exposure to prenatal particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter of less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) and maternal stress on childhood asthma (n=736). METHODS: Daily PM2.5 exposure during pregnancy was estimated using a validated satellite-based spatio-temporally resolved prediction model...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799289/prenatal-exposure-to-fever-is-associated-with-autism-spectrum-disorder-in-the-boston-birth-cohort
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Martha Brucato, Christine Ladd-Acosta, Mengying Li, Deanna Caruso, Xiumei Hong, Jamie Kaczaniuk, Elizabeth A Stuart, M Daniele Fallin, Xiaobin Wang
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is phenotypically and etiologically heterogeneous, with evidence for genetic and environmental contributions to disease risk. Research has focused on the prenatal period as a time where environmental exposures are likely to influence risk for ASD. Epidemiological studies have shown significant associations between prenatal exposure to maternal immune activation (MIA), caused by infections and fever, and ASD. However, due to differences in study design and exposure measurements no consistent patterns have emerged revealing specific times or type of MIA exposure that are most important to ASD risk...
August 11, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798977/risperidone-and-aripiprazole-alleviate-prenatal-valproic-acid-induced-abnormalities-in-behaviors-and-dendritic-spine-density-in-mice
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Yuta Hara, Yukio Ago, Atsuki Taruta, Shigeru Hasebe, Haruki Kawase, Wataru Tanabe, Shinji Tsukada, Takanobu Nakazawa, Hitoshi Hashimoto, Toshio Matsuda, Kazuhiro Takuma
RATIONALE: Rodents exposed prenatally to valproic acid (VPA) exhibit autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like behavioral abnormalities. We recently found that prenatal VPA exposure causes hypofunction of the prefrontal dopaminergic system in mice. This suggests that the dopaminergic system may be a potential pharmacological target for treatment of behavioral abnormalities in ASD patients. OBJECTIVES: In the present study, we examined the effects of antipsychotic drugs, which affect the dopaminergic system, on the social interaction deficits, recognition memory impairment, and reduction in dendritic spine density in the VPA mouse model of ASD...
August 10, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798077/cardiovascular-susceptibility-to-in-vivo-ischemic-myocardial-injury-in-male-and-female-rat-offspring-exposed-to-prenatal-hypoxia
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Amin Shah, Nobutoshi Matsumura, Anita Quon, Jude S Morton, Jason R B Dyck, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) following prenatal hypoxia exposure leads to a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life. Our aim was to evaluate cardiac susceptibility and its pathophysiological mechanisms following acute myocardial infarction (MI) in adult rat offspring exposed to prenatal hypoxia. Male and female rat offspring, which experienced normoxia (21% O2) or hypoxia (11% O2) in utero underwent sham or MI surgery at 12 weeks of age. Echocardiographic data revealed that both sexes had systolic dysfunction following MI surgery, independent of prenatal hypoxia...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796950/age-related-differences-in-neuropsychological-assessment-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-a-cross-sectional-study
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Nicole Taylor, Leah Enns
This cross-sectional study examined six key areas of neuropsychological functioning (cognitive, academic, attention, executive function, adaptive skills) comparing adolescents and school-age children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). The aims were: (1) to examine which neuropsychological measures were predictive of an FASD diagnosis in adolescents and school-age children with PAE, and (2) to compare the neuropsychological performance of adolescents and children diagnosed with FASD. Hierarchical logistic regressions determined that the Full-Scale IQ, Verbal Comprehension and Perceptual Reasoning indices, basic reading and math skills, adaptive functioning at school, and components of executive functioning (dependent on age) improved the probability of an accurate FASD diagnosis in both groups: 9...
August 10, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796310/turmeric-extract-rescues-ethanol-induced-developmental-defect-in-the-zebrafish-model-for-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-fasd
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Pooja Muralidharan, Craig T Connors, Arooj S Mohammed, Swapnalee Sarmah, Kathleen Marrs, James A Marrs, Grady W Chism
Prenatal ethanol exposure causes the most frequent preventable birth disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). The effect of turmeric extracts in rescuing an ethanol-induced developmental defect using zebrafish as a model was determined. Ethanol-induced oxidative stress is one of the major mechanisms underlying FASD. We hypothesize that antioxidant inducing properties of turmeric may alleviate ethanol-induced defects. Curcuminoid content of the turmeric powder extract (5 mg/mL turmeric in ethanol) was determined by UPLC and found to contain Curcumin (124...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794174/maternal-western-diet-age-specifically-alters-female-offspring-voluntary-physical-activity-and-dopamine-and-leptin-related-gene-expression
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Gregory N Ruegsegger, Kolter B Grigsby, Taylor J Kelty, Terese M Zidon, Thomas E Childs, Victoria J Vieira-Potter, David L Klinkebiel, Michael Matheny, Phillip J Scarpace, Frank W Booth
Prenatal overnutrition affects development into adulthood and influences risk of obesity. We assessed the transgenerational effect of maternal Western diet (WD) consumption on offspring physical activity. Voluntary wheel running was increased in juvenile (4-7 wk of age), but decreased in adult (16-19 wk of age), F1 female WD offspring In contrast, no wheel-running differences in F1 male offspring were observed. Increased wheel running in juvenile female WD offspring was associated with up-regulated dopamine receptor (DRD)-1 and -2 in the nucleus accumbens (NAc) and with down-regulated Lepr in the ventral tegmental area (VTA)...
August 9, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791702/developmental-neurotoxicity-of-the-organophosphorus-insecticide-chlorpyrifos-from-clinical-findings-to-preclinical-models-and-potential-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Richard D Burke, Spencer W Todd, Eric Lumsden, Roger J Mullins, Jacek Mamczarz, William P Fawcett, Rao P Gullapalli, William R Randall, Edna F R Pereira, Edson X Albuquerque
Organophosphorus (OP) insecticides are pest-control agents heavily used worldwide. Unfortunately, they are also well known for the toxic effects that they can trigger in humans. Clinical manifestations of an acute exposure of humans to OP insecticides include a well-defined cholinergic crisis that develops as a result of the irreversible inhibition of acetylcholinesterase (AChE), the enzyme that hydrolyzes the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh). Prolonged exposures to levels of OP insecticides that are insufficient to trigger signs of acute intoxication, which are hereafter referred to as subacute exposures, have also been associated with neurological deficits...
August 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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