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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938115/a-human-bi-specific-antibody-against-zika-virus-with-high-therapeutic-potential
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Jiaqi Wang, Marco Bardelli, Diego A Espinosa, Mattia Pedotti, Thiam-Seng Ng, Siro Bianchi, Luca Simonelli, Elisa X Y Lim, Mathilde Foglierini, Fabrizia Zatta, Stefano Jaconi, Martina Beltramello, Elisabetta Cameroni, Guntur Fibriansah, Jian Shi, Taylor Barca, Isabel Pagani, Alicia Rubio, Vania Broccoli, Elisa Vicenzi, Victoria Graham, Steven Pullan, Stuart Dowall, Roger Hewson, Simon Jurt, Oliver Zerbe, Karin Stettler, Antonio Lanzavecchia, Federica Sallusto, Andrea Cavalli, Eva Harris, Shee-Mei Lok, Luca Varani, Davide Corti
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, causes devastating congenital birth defects. We isolated a human monoclonal antibody (mAb), ZKA190, that potently cross-neutralizes multi-lineage ZIKV strains. ZKA190 is highly effective in vivo in preventing morbidity and mortality of ZIKV-infected mice. NMR and cryo-electron microscopy show its binding to an exposed epitope on DIII of the E protein. ZKA190 Fab binds all 180 E protein copies, altering the virus quaternary arrangement and surface curvature...
September 21, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938051/pregnancy-disorders-in-africa-and-the-obstetric-dilemma
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Annettee Nakimuli, Ashley Moffett
The high neonatal and maternal morbidity and mortality associated with the extremes of birth weight is referred to as the obstetric dilemma. Pre-eclampsia and other conditions that lead to low birth weight are considered as the Great Obstetrical Syndromes (GOS). At the other extreme is high birth weight resulting in obstructed labour. Fetal weight largely depends on placental function and defective placentation is a common feature of the GOS. There is evidence that the local uterine immune system (KIR and HLA-C) regulates placentation, with racial differences noted...
December 1, 2016: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934941/folic-acid-usage-and-associated-factors-in-the-prevention-of-neural-tube-defects-among-pregnant-women-in-ethiopia-cross-sectional-study
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Meselech Ambaw Dessie, Ejigu Gebeye Zeleke, Shimelash Bitew Workie, Ayanaw Worku Berihun
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects are among the most common birth defects, contributing to miscarriage, infant mortality, severe congenital abnormalities and serious disabilities. It is burdensome to patients, caregivers, healthcare systems and society. It could be reduced if women consume a folic acid supplement before and during the early weeks of pregnancy. This study assesses folic acid usage and associated factors for the prevention of neural tube defects among pregnant women in Ethiopia...
September 21, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933347/employer-sponsored-plan-expenditures-for-infants-born-preterm
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Scott D Grosse, Norman J Waitzman, Ninee Yang, Karon Abe, Wanda D Barfield
BACKGROUND: Care for infants born preterm or with major birth defects is costly. Specific estimates of financial burden for different payers are lacking, in part because use of administrative data to identify preterm infants and costs is challenging. METHODS: We used private health insurance claims data and billing codes to identify live births during 2013 and calculated first-year expenditures for employer-sponsored health plans for infants born preterm, both overall and stratified by major birth defects...
September 21, 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932296/genetic-diagnosis-of-chromosomal-congenital-anomalies-in-albanian-pediatric-patients-by-array-cgh
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Anila Babameto-Laku, Dorina Roko, Gentian Vyshka
AIM: The aim of our study was to identify chromosomal imbalances by whole-genome microarray-based comparative genomic hybridization (array CGH) in DNA samples of children in which karyotype results cannot be obtained. The present paper describes the first Albanian experience of an array CGH application. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The cohort included seven children with developmental delay or intellectual disability, facial dysmorphism and congenital anomalies according to clinical criteria, suggestive of chromosomal anomalies...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931341/the-neurotoxic-effects-of-prenatal-gabapentin-and-oxcarbazepine-exposure-on-newborn-rats
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Zuleyha Erisgin, Bulent Ayas, Jens R Nyengaard, N Ercument Beyhun, Yuksel Terzi
Teratogenicity is a problematic issue for pregnant women because of x-ray radiation, drugs, genetic and unknown variables. First generation antiepileptic drugs (AED) like valproic acid are well-known teratogens for developing foetuses. However, their usage is necessary in order to prevent maternal seizures. The underlying mechanism of birth defects associated with AED exposure remains unclear and information about the neurotoxic effects of prenatal exposure to AED is still limited. Oxcarbazepine (OXC) and gabapentin (GBP) are second generation antiepileptic drugs...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928975/a-unique-association-of-noonan-syndrome-and-47-xyy-syndrome-in-a-male-presenting-with-failure-to-thrive
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Edward J Bellfield, Zohra Shad
We describe a 24-month-old male patient who presented to our Genetics-Endocrinology Clinic with a history of failure to thrive, short stature and cryptorchidism. Soon after birth he was diagnosed with 47,XYY syndrome, but due unusual facial features had further diagnostic workup which revealed Noonan syndrome (NS) as well. This report illustrates significant phenotypic-cytogenetic variability within the clinical presentation of NS and 47,XYY syndrome, as well as the need to investigate patients for other genetic defects when phenotype does not correlate with genotype...
September 2017: Oxford Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928919/free-flap-transfer-reconstruction-in-managing-tongue-carcinoma-during-pregnancy
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Yuko Miyazaki, Kenji Fukuda, Kazutoshi Fujita, Soh Nishimoto, Tomonori Terada, Ryu Wada, Yohei Sotsuka, Kenichiro Kawai, Masao Kakibuchi
Malignant oral cancers do not commonly occur in pregnant women. But when they do, the presence of a foetus and maternal physiological changes complicate and limit the treatment options. Risk benefit assessment and balancing of them are always important. A 33-year-old woman, who was 25 weeks pregnant, presented with a squamous cell carcinoma on her tongue. She was clinically staged II (T2, N0 and M0). Discussions between the patient, surgical teams and obstetricians agreed to continue her pregnancy while managing the tumour...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928416/zika-virus-infection-confers-protection-against-west-nile-virus-challenge-in-mice
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Ángela Vázquez-Calvo, Ana-Belén Blázquez, Estela Escribano-Romero, Teresa Merino-Ramos, Juan-Carlos Saiz, Miguel A Martín-Acebes, Nereida Jiménez de Oya
Flaviviruses are RNA viruses that constitute a worrisome threat to global human and animal health. Zika virus (ZIKV), which was initially reported to cause a mild disease, recently spread in the Americas, infecting millions of people. During this recent epidemic, ZIKV infection has been linked to serious neurological diseases and birth defects, specifically Guillain-Barrè syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly. Because information about ZIKV immunity remains scarce, we assessed the humoral response of immunocompetent mice to infection with three viral strains of diverse geographical origin (Africa, Asia and America)...
September 20, 2017: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926727/early-pregnancy-intrauterine-fetal-exposure-to-maternal-smoking-and-impact-on-fetal-telomere-length
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Hooman Mirzakhani, Immaculata De Vivo, J Steven Leeder, Roger Gaedigk, Carrie A Vyhlidal, Scott T Weiss, Kelan Tantisira
BACKGROUND: Reduced telomere length, or its accelerated attrition, has been implicated in aging, mortality, and several human diseases, including respiratory diseases. Age dependent manifestation of telomere-mediated disease during life span indicates the role of developmental stage in these diseases and highlights the importance of fetal developmental process in utero and at earlier life stages. Environmental determinants during developmental and later stages of life could affect telomere length...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926086/common-variants-in-dlg1-locus-are-associated-with-non-syndromic-cleft-lip-with-or-without-cleft-palate
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Adrianna Mostowska, Agnieszka Gaczkowska, Kacper Żukowski, Kerstin U Ludwig, Kamil K Hozyasz, Piotr Wójcicki, Elizabeth Mangold, Anne C Böhmer, Stefanie Heilmann-Heimbach, Michael Knapp, Małgorzata Zadurska, Barbara Biedziak, Margareta Budner, Agnieszka Lasota, Agata Daktera-Micker, Paweł P Jagodziński
Non-syndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (nsCL/P) is a common craniofacial anomaly with a complex and heterogeneous etiology. Knowledge regarding specific genetic factors underlying this birth defect is still not well understood. Therefore, we conducted an independent replication analysis for the top-associated variants located within the DLG1 locus at chromosome 3q29, which was identified as a novel cleft-susceptibility locus in our genome-wide association study (GWAS). Mega-analysis of the pooled individual data from the GWAS and replication study confirmed that common DLG1 variants are associated with the risk of nsCL/P...
September 19, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925605/predictivity-of-nonclinical-male-reproductive-findings-for-human-effects
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Anthony R Scialli, Richard V Clark, Robert E Chapin
BACKGROUND: Testing of pharmaceutical products for reproductive toxicity in male laboratory animals is required for registration. METHODS: We evaluated whether the results of studies showing male reproductive toxicity in experimental animals was predictive of reproductive effects in men participating in clinical trials. We surveyed companies for information on pharmaceutical candidates that had shown male reproductive toxicity in nonclinical studies for which there was information on male reproductive effects in clinical trials...
September 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925604/epidemiology-and-prognosis-of-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-utah
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Hari Shanmugam, Luca Brunelli, Lorenzo D Botto, Sergey Krikov, Marcia L Feldkamp
BACKGROUND: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a relatively frequent and severe malformation. Population-based data on clinical presentation and associated mortality are scarce. We examined a state-wide cohort of infants with a clinically validated diagnosis of CDH to assess their clinical profile, sociodemographic patterns, and infant mortality. METHODS: We identified CDH cases from Utah's statewide population-based surveillance program among the cohort of all pregnancy outcomes (live births, stillbirths, and pregnancy terminations) delivered from 1999 to 2011...
September 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925591/melinjo-gnetum-gnemon-seed-extract-consumption-during-lactation-improved-vasodilation-and-attenuated-the-development-of-hypertension-in-female-offspring-of-fructose-fed-pregnant-rats
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Rachael A Uson-Lopez, Saori Kataoka, Yuuka Mukai, Shin Sato, Masaaki Kurasaki
BACKGROUND: Fructose intake has been correlated with increased prevalence of metabolic disorders including hypertension. In pregnant rats, fructose intake has been reported to have adverse effects on the health of its offspring. This study investigated the effects of gestational maternal fructose consumption and if supplementation with melinjo seed extracts to the maternal diet during lactation could benefit the offspring in later life. METHODS: Pregnant rats were randomly divided into three groups: untreated (CC), fructose-treated (FC), and fructose and melinjo-treated (FM)...
September 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925590/analytic-methods-for-evaluating-patterns-of-multiple-congenital-anomalies-in-birth-defect-registries
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A J Agopian, Jane A Evans, Philip J Lupo
BACKGROUND: It is estimated that 20 to 30% of infants with birth defects have two or more birth defects. Among these infants with multiple congenital anomalies (MCA), co-occurring anomalies may represent either chance (i.e., unrelated etiologies) or pathogenically associated patterns of anomalies. While some MCA patterns have been recognized and described (e.g., known syndromes), others have not been identified or characterized. Elucidating these patterns may result in a better understanding of the etiologies of these MCAs...
September 19, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920104/variable-phenotypic-penetrance-of-thrombosis-in-adult-mice-after-tissue-selective-and-temporally-controlled-thbd-gene-inactivation
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Thijs E van Mens, Hai-Po H Liang, Sreemanti Basu, Irene Hernandez, Mark Zogg, Jennifer May, Min Zhan, Qiuhui Yang, Jamie Foeckler, Shawn Kalloway, Rashmi Sood, Caren Sue Karlson, Hartmut Weiler
Thrombomodulin (Thbd) exerts pleiotropic effects on blood coagulation, fibrinolysis, and complement system activity by facilitating the thrombin-mediated activation of protein C and thrombin-activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor and may have additional thrombin- and protein C (pC)-independent functions. In mice, complete Thbd deficiency causes embryonic death due to defective placental development. In this study, we used tissue-selective and temporally controlled Thbd gene ablation to examine the function of Thbd in adult mice...
June 27, 2017: Blood Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918399/inactivated-influenza-vaccination-in-first-trimester-does-not-appear-to-increase-risk-of-birth-defects
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Annette Regan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 16, 2017: Evidence-based Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915908/advances-in-paediatrics-in-2016-current-practices-and-challenges-in-allergy-autoimmune-diseases-cardiology-endocrinology-gastroenterology-infectious-diseases-neonatology-nephrology-neurology-nutrition-pulmonology
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REVIEW
Carlo Caffarelli, Francesca Santamaria, Dora Di Mauro, Carla Mastrorilli, Silvia Montella, Sergio Bernasconi
This review reports main progresses in various pediatric issues published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics and in international journals in 2016. New insights in clinical features or complications of several disorders may be useful for our better understanding. They comprise severe asthma, changing features of lupus erythematosus from birth to adolescence, celiac disease, functional gastrointestinal disorders, Moebius syndrome, recurrent pneumonia. Risk factors for congenital heart defects, Kawasaki disease have been widely investigated...
September 16, 2017: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915335/ecm-related-myopathies-and-muscular-dystrophies-pros-and-cons-of-protein-therapies
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Pam M Van Ry, Tatiana M Fontelonga, Pamela Barraza-Flores, Apurva Sarathy, Andreia M Nunes, Dean J Burkin
Extracellular matrix (ECM) myopathies and muscular dystrophies are a group of genetic diseases caused by mutations in genes encoding proteins that provide critical links between muscle cells and the extracellular matrix. These include structural proteins of the ECM, muscle cell receptors, enzymes, and intracellular proteins. Loss of adhesion within the myomatrix results in progressive muscle weakness. For many ECM muscular dystrophies, symptoms can occur any time after birth and often result in reduced life expectancy...
September 12, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914788/a-decrease-of-incidence-cases-of-fumonisins-in-south-korean-feedstuff-between-2011-and-2016
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Juhee Park, Hansub Chang, Seungran Hong, Dongho Kim, Soohyun Chung, Chan Lee
Several plant pathogen Fusarium species produce fumonisins (FUMs); which can end up in food and feed and; when ingested; can exhibit harmful effects on humans and livestock. Mycotoxin intoxication by fumonisin B₁ (FB₁) and fumonisin B₂ (FB₂) can cause porcine pulmonary edema; leukoencephalomalacia in equines; esophageal cancer and birth defects by natural contamination. Herein; the occurrence of FB₁ and FB₂ in feedstuff (compound feed and feed ingredients) was investigated between 2011 and 2016 in South Korea...
September 15, 2017: Toxins
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