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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239420/prc2-is-required-for-extensive-reorganization-of-h3k27me3-during-epigenetic-reprogramming-in-mouse-fetal-germ-cells
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Lexie Prokopuk, Jessica M Stringer, Kirsten Hogg, Kirstin D Elgass, Patrick S Western
BACKGROUND: Defining how epigenetic information is established in the germline during fetal development is key to understanding how epigenetic information is inherited and impacts on evolution and human health and disease. RESULTS: Here, we show that Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 is transiently localized in the nucleus of mouse fetal germ cells, while DNA methylation is removed from the germline. This coincides with significant enrichment of trimethylated lysine 27 on histone 3 near the nuclear lamina that is dependent on activity of the essential PRC2 catalytic proteins, Enhancer of Zeste 1 and/or 2...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238941/theoretical-and-practical-aspects-of-using-fetal-fibroblasts-for-skin-regeneration
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REVIEW
Meirong Li, Yali Zhao, Haojie Hao, Weidong Han, Xiaobing Fu
Cutaneous wounding in late-gestational fetal or postnatal humans results in scar formation without any skin appendages. Early or mid- gestational skin healing in humans is characterized by the absence of scaring in a process resembling regeneration. Tremendous cellular and molecular mechanisms contribute to this distinction, and fibroblasts play critical roles in scar or scarless wound healing. This review discussed the different repair mechanisms involved in wound healing of fibroblasts at different developmental stages and further confirmed that fetal fibroblast transplantation resulted in reduced scar healing in vivo...
February 23, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237964/vulnerability-to-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-of-primary-neurons-derived-from-tg2576-alzheimer-mice-role-of-intraneuronal-abeta-accumulation-and-astrocytes
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Vito Antonio Baldassarro, Alessandra Marchesini, Luciana Giardino, Laura Calzà
Microvascular dysfunction is considered an integral part of Alzheimer disease (AD) pathogenesis, but the possible relationship between amyloid pathology, microvascular dysfunction and cell death is still unclear. In order to investigate the influence of intraneuronal Abeta (Aβ) accumulation on vulnerability to hypoxia, we isolated primary cortical neurons from Tg2576 (carrying the APPSwe mutation) and Wt fetal mice. We first demonstrated that neurons isolated from Tg2576 new-born mice show an increase in VEGFa mRNA expression and a decrease in the expression of the two VEGF receptors, i...
February 24, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237720/11%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-1-and-pregnancy-role-in-the-timing-of-labour-onset-and-in-myometrial-contraction
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Francesco Damiani, Sofia Makieva, Sara F Rinaldi, Lei Hua, Paola Marcolongo, Felice Petraglia, Jane E Norman
Glucocorticoids play a primary role in the maturation of fetal organs and may contribute to the onset of labour. Glucocorticoid activity depends on the 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase family (11β-HSDs), catalysing the interconversion between "active" cortisol into inactive cortisone. No definitive study exists on 11β-HSD expression profile in human decidua and myometrium during pregnancy. We investigated the implications of 11β-HSD1 in the regulation of uterine activity in pregnancy, examining its role on contraction of a myocyte cell line and murine 11β-hsd1 levels in utero...
February 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237394/developmental-changes-in-the-balance-of-glycolytic-atp-production-and-oxidative-phosphorylation-in-ventricular-cells-a-simulation-study
#5
Hitomi I Sano, Tamami Toki, Yasuhiro Naito, Masaru Tomita
The developmental program of the heart requires accurate regulation to ensure continuous circulation and simultaneous cardiac morphogenesis, because any functional abnormalities may progress to congenital heart malformation. Notably, energy metabolism in fetal ventricular cells is regulated in a manner that differs from adult ventricular cells: fetal cardiomyocytes generally have immature mitochondria and fetal ventricular cells show greater dependence on glycolytic ATP production. However, although various characteristics of energy metabolism in fetal ventricular cells have been reported, to our knowledge, a quantitative description of the contributions of these factors to fetal ventricular cell functions has not yet been established...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237347/generation-of-lif-independent-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-from-canine-fetal-fibroblasts
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N J N Gonçalves, F F Bressan, K C S Roballo, F V Meirelles, P L P Xavier, H Fukumasu, C Williams, M Breen, S Koh, R Sper, J Piedrahita, C E Ambrósio
Takahashi and Yamanaka established the first technique in which transcription factors related to pluripotency are incorporated into the genome of somatic cells to enable reprogramming of these cells. The expression of these transcription factors enables a differentiated somatic cell to reverse its phenotype to an embryonic state, generating induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). iPSCs from canine fetal fibroblasts were produced through lentiviral polycistronic human and mouse vectors (hOSKM/mOSKM), aiming to obtain pluripotent stem cells with similar features to embryonic stem cells (ESC) in this animal model...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237345/expression-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-vegf-and-factor-viii-in-the-gilt-placenta-and-its-relation-to-fetal-development
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Gregório C Guimarães, Lorena A Alves, Rafael P Betarelli, Camila S O Guimarães, Fernanda R Helmo, Carlos D Pereira Júnior, Rosana R M Corrêa, Márcio G Zangeronimo
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and von Willebrand factor (Factor VIII) are important components involved in the regulation of vascular development and identification of endothelial cells in many tissues. This study aimed to evaluate the presence of these substances in the placenta of pig fetuses located in different uterine regions and at different gestational ages and correlate them with fetal development. One hundred seventy-five pig fetuses from fifteen gilts slaughtered at 50, 80 and 106 days of pregnancy were used...
April 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237127/-prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-sickle-retinopathy-in-a-sub-saharan-comprehensive-sickle-cell-center
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A K Dembélé, B A Toure, Y S Sarro, A Guindo, B Fané, L Offredo, S Kené, I Conaré, O Tessougué, Y Traoré, Y Badiaga, M B Sidibé, D Diabaté, M Coulibaly, M Kanta, B Ranque, D A Diallo
INTRODUCTION: Retinopathy is a chronic complication with severe functional consequences in patients with sickle cell disease. Its prevalence is not well known in sub-Saharan Africa because of the absence of screening. We report here the results of a routine screening for sickle retinopathy in a Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center in Sub-Saharan Africa. METHODS: Screening of sickle retinopathy was carried out in all sickle cell patients aged 10 and over, followed between 2010 and 2012...
February 22, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231312/analysis-of-the-t-cell-response-to-zika-virus-and-identification-of-a-novel-cd8-t-cell-epitope-in-immunocompetent-mice
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Ryan D Pardy, Maaran M Rajah, Stephanie A Condotta, Nathan G Taylor, Selena M Sagan, Martin J Richer
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging arbovirus of the Flaviviridae family. Although ZIKV infection is typically mild and self-limiting in healthy adults, infection has been associated with neurological symptoms such as Guillain-Barré syndrome, and a causal link has been established between fetal microcephaly and ZIKV infection during pregnancy. These risks, and the magnitude of the ongoing ZIKV pandemic, have created an urgent need for the development of animal models to study the immune response to ZIKV infection...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230829/genetic-effects-in-children-exposed-in-prenatal-period-to-ionizing-radiation-after-the-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
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Ye I Stepanova, V Yu Vdovenko, Zh A Misharina, V I Kolos, L P Mischenko
AIM: To study the genetic effects in children exposed to radiation in utero as a result of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident accounting the total radiation doses and equivalent radiation doses to the red bone marrow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incidence of minor developmental anomalies was studied in children exposed to radiation in utero (study group) and in the control group (1144 subjects surveyed in total). Cytogenetic tests using the method of differential G-banding of chromosomes were conducted in 60 children of both study and control groups (10-12-year-olds) and repeatedly in 39 adolescents (15-17-year-olds)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230760/bioinformatics-approaches-for-fetal-dna-fraction-estimation-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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REVIEW
Xianlu Laura Peng, Peiyong Jiang
The discovery of cell-free fetal DNA molecules in plasma of pregnant women has created a paradigm shift in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Circulating cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been increasingly recognized as an important proxy to detect fetal abnormalities in a noninvasive manner. A variety of approaches for NIPT using next-generation sequencing have been developed, which have been rapidly transforming clinical practices nowadays. In such approaches, the fetal DNA fraction is a pivotal parameter governing the overall performance and guaranteeing the proper clinical interpretation of testing results...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230720/role-of-vitamin-a-retinoic-acid-in-regulation-of-embryonic-and-adult-hematopoiesis
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REVIEW
Ana Cañete, Elena Cano, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli, Rita Carmona
Vitamin A is an essential micronutrient throughout life. Its physiologically active metabolite retinoic acid (RA), acting through nuclear retinoic acid receptors (RARs), is a potent regulator of patterning during embryonic development, as well as being necessary for adult tissue homeostasis. Vitamin A deficiency during pregnancy increases risk of maternal night blindness and anemia and may be a cause of congenital malformations. Childhood Vitamin A deficiency can cause xerophthalmia, lower resistance to infection and increased risk of mortality...
February 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230233/establishment-and-growth-responses-of-nile-tilapia-embryonic-stem-like-cell-lines-under-feeder-free-condition
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Zhenhua Fan, Linyan Liu, Xiaohuan Huang, Yang Zhao, Linyan Zhou, Deshou Wang, Jing Wei
Embryonic stem (ES) cells provide an invaluable tool for molecular analysis of vertebrate development and a bridge linking genomic manipulations in vitro and functional analysis of target genes in vivo. Work towards fish ES cells so far has focused on zebrafish (Danio renio) and medaka (Oryzias latipes). Here we describe the derivation, pluripotency, differentiation and growth responses of ES cell lines from Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), a world-wide commercial farmed fish. These cell lines, designated as TES1-3, were initiated from blastomeres of Nile tilapia middle blastula embryos (MBE)...
February 23, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230167/cytotrophoblast-not-syncytiotrophoblast-dominates-glycolysis-and-oxidative-phosphorylation-in-human-term-placenta
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Kevin S Kolahi, Amy M Valent, Kent L Thornburg
The syncytiotrophoblast (SCT) at the maternal-fetal interface has been presumed to be the primary driver of placental metabolism, and the underlying progenitor cytotrophoblast cells (CTB) an insignificant contributor to placental metabolic activity. However, we now show that the metabolic rate of CTB is much greater than the SCT. The oxygen consumption and extracellular acidification rate, a measure of glycolysis, are both greater in CTB than in SCT in vitro (CTB: 96 ± 16 vs SCT: 46 ± 14 pmol O2 × min(-1) × 100 ng DNA(-1), p < 0...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230075/oxygen-impairs-oligodendroglial-development-via-oxidative-stress-and-reduced-expression-of-hif-1%C3%AE
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Christina Brill, Till Scheuer, Christoph Bührer, Stefanie Endesfelder, Thomas Schmitz
The premature increase of oxygen tension may contribute to oligodendroglial precursor cell (OPC) damage in preterm infants. Fetal OPCs are exposed to low oxygen tissue tensions not matched when cells are cultured in room air. Maturation (A2B5, O4, O1, MBP, CNP, arborization), oxidative stress (nitrotyrosine Western blot, NRF2 and SOD2 expression), apoptosis (TUNEL), proliferation (Ki67), and expression of transcription factors regulated by Hypoxia-Inducible-Factor-1-alpha (Hif-1α) expressed in OPCs (Olig1, Olig2, Sox9, Sox10) were assessed in rat OPCs and OLN93 cells cultured at 5% O2 and 21% O2...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229421/methods-for-long-term-storage-of-murine-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#16
Niketa Sareen, Ejlal Abu-El-Rub, Glen Lester Sequiera, Meenal Moudgil, Sanjiv Dhingra
This chapter is based on a simplified method to validate the current preservation procedure of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Currently, there are various media available for freezing and thus preserving the MSCs, making it hard to decide which agent will be apt for cellular requirements. The study describes the effect of two different compositions of freezing media used in regular cell culture experiments, on the morphology, proliferation, and doubling rate of MSCs. Commonly used agents for the cryopreservation of MSCs include DMSO (Dimethyl Sulfoxide) and FBS (Fetal Bovine Serum) and DMEM (Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229411/therapeutic-application-of-human-wharton-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-skin-injury-of-scid
#17
Vikram Sabapathy, Balasubramanian Sundaram, Sanjay Kumar
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are blossoming as a credible source for regenerative medical applications. The use of fetal MSCs is gaining momentum for therapeutic use. The ease of isolation, enhanced characteristics, and immunomodulation properties renders the utilization of fetal MSCs for numerous clinical applications. In this article, we will demonstrate a step-by-step protocol for isolation of Wharton's jelly MSCs (WJMSCs) from the human umbilical cord matrix, preparation of human platelet lysate, fabricating amniotic membrane scaffold and mice model to study skin regeneration using a combination of MSCs and decellularized amniotic membrane scaffold...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229410/therapeutic-application-of-placental-mesenchymal-stem-cells-reprogrammed-neurospheres-in-spinal-cord-injury-of-scid
#18
Vikram Sabapathy, Franklin Jebaraj Herbert, Sanjay Kumar
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have stimulated much interest in the scientific community and hopes among the general public since their discovery in 1966 due to a variety of potential applications it has in the field of regenerative medicine. Copious amount of literature, as well as long-term animal and human clinical trials, indicates that MSCs can be successfully used for therapeutic purpose without any extreme adversities. MSCs have been isolated from adult and fetal tissues...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228403/antenatal-betamethasone-attenuates-the-angiotensin-1-7-mas-receptor-nitric-oxide-axis-in-isolated-proximal-tubule-cells
#19
Yixin Su, Jianli Bi, Victor M Pulgar, Mark C Chappell, James C Rose
We previously reported a sex-specific effect of antenatal treatment with betamethasone (Beta) on sodium (Na(+)) excretion in adult sheep whereby treated males but not females had an attenuated natriuretic response to Ang-(1-7). The present study determined the Na(+) uptake and nitric oxide (NO) response to low dose Ang-(1-7) (1 pM) in renal proximal tubule cells (RPTC) from adult male and female sheep antenatally exposed to Beta or vehicle. Data were expressed as % of basal uptake or area under the curve (AUC) for Na(+) or % of control for NO...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224721/progesterone-driven-local-regulatory-t-cell-induction-does-not-prevent-fetal-loss-in-the-cba-j%C3%A3-dba-2j-abortion-prone-model
#20
Anne Schumacher, Dominique Dauven, Ana C Zenclussen
PROBLEM: Best known for its endocrine and immunologic properties, progesterone (P4) is a pivotal player for pregnancy success. However, the immunologic actions underlying P4 protection are not completely understood. Here, we investigated whether P4 application in a murine abortion-prone combination regulates regulatory T cells (Treg) and dendritic cells (DCs) and thereby affects pregnancy outcome. METHOD OF STUDY: Progesterone or vehicle was applied to DBA/2J-mated CBA/J abortion-prone animals in early pregnancy...
March 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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