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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330080/transgenic-rice-plants-expressing-synthetic-cry2ax1-gene-exhibits-resistance-to-rice-leaffolder-cnaphalocrosis-medinalis
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R Manikandan, N Balakrishnan, D Sudhakar, V Udayasuriyan
Bacillus thuringiensis is a major source of insecticidal genes imparting insect resistance in transgenic plants. Level of expression of transgenes in transgenic plants is important to achieve desirable level of resistance against target insects. In order to achieve desirable level of expression, rice chloroplast transit peptide sequence was fused with synthetic cry2AX1 gene to target its protein in chloroplasts. Sixteen PCR positive lines of rice were generated by Agrobacterium mediated transformation using immature embryos...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329187/bumped-kinase-inhibitors-for-therapy-of-cryptosporidiosis
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Matthew A Hulverson, Sumiti Vinayak, Ryan Choi, Deborah A Schaefer, Alejandro Castellanos-Gonzalez, Rama S R Vidadala, Carrie F Brooks, Gillian T Herbert, Dana P Betzer, Grant R Whitman, Hayley N Sparks, Samuel L M Arnold, Kasey L Rivas, Lynn K Barrett, A Clinton White, Maly Dustin J, Michael W Riggs, Boris Striepen, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Kayode K Ojo
Bumped kinase inhibitors (BKIs) of Cryptosporidium parvum calcium-dependent protein kinase 1 (CpCDPK1) are leading candidates for treatment of cryptosporidiosis diarrhea. Potential cardiotoxicity related to anti-human ether-à-go-go potassium channel (hERG) activity of the first generation anti-Cryptosporidium BKIs triggered further testing for efficacy. A luminescence assay adapted for high-throughput screening was used to measure inhibitory activities of BKIs on in vitro C. parvum. Furthermore, neonatal and interferon-γ knockout mouse models of C...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327433/sonographic-prediction-of-outcome-of-vacuum-deliveries-a-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study
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Birgitte H Kahrs, Sana Usman, Tullio Ghi, Aly Youssef, Erik A Torkildsen, Elsa Lindtjørn, Tilde B Østborg, Sigurlaug Benediktsdottir, Lis Brooks, Lotte Harmsen, Pål R Romundstad, Kjell Å Salvesen, Christoph C Lees, Torbjørn M Eggebø
BACKGROUND: Safe management of the second stage of labor is of great importance. Unnecessary interventions should be avoided and correct timing of interventions focused. Ultrasound assessment of fetal position and station has a potential to improve the precision in diagnosing and managing prolonged or arrested labors. The decision to perform vacuum delivery is traditionally based on subjective assessment by digital vaginal examination and clinical expertise and there is currently no method of objectively quantifying the likelihood of successful delivery...
March 18, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326518/chorionic-thickness-and-plgf-concentrations-as-early-predictors-of-small-for-gestational-age-birth-weight-in-a-low-risk-population
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Anna Gąsiorowska, Marek Pietryga, Agnieszka Zawiejska, Piotr Dydowicz, Katarzyna Ziółkowska, Hubert Wolski, Jacek Brązert
OBJECTIVES: SGA is associated with higher incidence of postnatal complications, including suboptimal neurodevelopment and increased cardiovascular risk. Screening for SGA, carried out at 11-13 (+ 6d) gestational weeks enables to reduce or completely eliminate the above mentioned complications. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between chorionic thickness, concentration of PIGF protein and foetal birth weight in a single low-risk pregnancy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included 76 patients at 11-13 (+ 6d) gestational weeks, monitored throughout preg-nancy...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325959/perinatal-mortality-associated-with-positive-postmortem-cultures-for-common-oral-flora
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Mai He, Alison R Migliori, Patricia Lauro, C James Sung, Halit Pinar
Introduction. To investigate whether maternal oral flora might be involved in intrauterine infection and subsequent stillbirth or neonatal death and could therefore be detected in fetal and neonatal postmortem bacterial cultures. Methods. This retrospective study of postmortem examinations from 1/1/2000 to 12/31/2010 was searched for bacterial cultures positive for common oral flora from heart blood or lung tissue. Maternal age, gestational age, age at neonatal death, and placental and fetal/neonatal histopathological findings were collected...
2017: Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325787/impaired-defenses-of-neonatal-mouse-alveolar-macrophage-with-cftr-deletion-are-modulated-by-glutathione-and-tgf%C3%AE-1
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Theresa W Gauthier, Jocelyn R Grunwell, Xiao-Du Ping, Frank L Harris, Lou Ann S Brown
Our understanding of the intrinsic effects of cystic fibrosis (CF) transmembrane conductance regulator (cftr) deletion on resident neonatal alveolar macrophage (AM) remains limited. We previously demonstrated that diminished glutathione (GSH) or excessive AM transforming growth factor beta one (TGFβ1) contributes to AM dysfunction in a variety of disease states. In this study, using a gut-corrected cftr neonatal knockout (KO) mouse model and a siRNA-manipulated macrophage-like cell line (THP-1 cell), we hypothesized (1) that cftr mutation alone increases neonatal AM oxidant stress and cellular TGFβ1 signaling via altered GSH, thereby impairing cellular function, and (2) that exogenous GSH attenuates AM alterations and dysfunction in the KO AM In neonatal KO mice, the baseline bronchoalveolar lavage fluid demonstrated a near doubling in mixed disulfides (P ≤ 0...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325683/biomimetic-scaffolds-with-three-dimensional-undulated-microtopographies
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Jonelle Z Yu, Emrullah Korkmaz, Monica I Berg, Philip R LeDuc, O Burak Ozdoganlar
Many human and animal tissues naturally possess three-dimensional (3D) micro-scale geometries enabling certain physiological functions. Absence of these microgeometries in engineered tissues may undermine the effectiveness of corresponding tissue repair and regeneration. This paper introduces a novel approach to create tissue scaffolds with biomimetic 3D undulated microtopographies. The mechanical micromilling technology is used for precise and reproducible fabrication of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) master molds with 3D undulated microtopographies...
February 14, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325171/pregnancy-and-neonatal-outcomes-among-a-cohort-of-hiv-infected-women-in-a-large-italian-teaching-hospital-a-30-year-retrospective-study
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S Grignolo, R Agnello, D Gerbaldo, C Gotta, C Alicino, F Del Puente, L Taramasso, B Bruzzone, C Gustavino, S Trasino, A DE Maria, G Icardi, C Viscoli, A DI Biagio
The primary study objective was to investigate three decades from 1985 to 2014 of changes in pregnancies among HIV-infected women. The secondary objective was to assess risk factors associated with preterm delivery and severe small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infants in HIV-infected women. A retrospective review of deliveries among pregnant HIV-infected women at the University of Genoa and IRCCS San Martino-IST in Genoa between 1985 and 2014 was performed. Univariate and multivariable analyses were used to study the variables associated with neonatal outcomes...
March 22, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324904/quantifying-neonatal-sucking-performance-promise-of-new-methods
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Gilson J Capilouto, Tommy J Cunningham, David R Mullineaux, Eleonora Tamilia, Christos Papadelis, Peter J Giannone
Neonatal feeding has been traditionally understudied so guidelines and evidence-based support for common feeding practices are limited. A major contributing factor to the paucity of evidence-based practice in this area has been the lack of simple-to-use, low-cost tools for monitoring sucking performance. We describe new methods for quantifying neonatal sucking performance that hold significant clinical and research promise. We present early results from an ongoing study investigating neonatal sucking as a marker of risk for adverse neurodevelopmental outcomes...
April 2017: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324040/cord-blood-adipocyte-fatty-acid-binding-protein-levels-correlate-with-gestational-age-and-birth-weight-in-neonates
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Kyoung Eun Joung, Sule Umit Cataltepe, Zoe Michael, Helen Christou, Christos S Mantzoros
Context: Infants born small for gestational age (SGA) have increased risk for obesity and metabolic syndrome in future life, but the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. Adipocyte fatty acid binding protein, is an adipokine that has been implicated in modulation of insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism. Higher plasma AFABP levels are associated with increased risk of metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular morbidity in adults. Alterations in AFABP levels during fetal growth have not been characterized...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322850/absence-of-functional-fetal-regulatory-t-cells-in-humans-causes-in-utero-organ-specific-autoimmunity
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Eric J Allenspach, Laura S Finn, Mara H Rendi, Ahmet Eken, Akhilesh K Singh, Mohamed Oukka, Sean D Taylor, Matthew C Altman, Corinne L Fligner, Hans D Ochs, David J Rawlings, Troy R Torgerson
Regulatory T cells play a critical role in preventing fetal organ-specific autoimmunity in humans. Autopsies of neonatal IPEX patients shortly after birth demonstrate chronic exocrine-dominant pancreatitis with tertiary lymphoid structures containing expanded oligoclonal T/B lymphocytes.
March 16, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322345/nursing-staff-fluctuation-and-pathogenic-burden-in-the-nicu-effective-outbreak-management-and-the-underestimated-relevance-of-non-resistant-strains
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Kai O Hensel, Rhea van den Bruck, Ingo Klare, Michael Heldmann, Beniam Ghebremedhin, Andreas C Jenke
In the course of a hospital management takeover, a microbial outbreak took place in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Here, we characterize the outbreak and its management. About 4 months prior to takeover, there was a sharp increase in positive isolates for MSSA and multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs). Simultaneously, the nursing staff sick leave rate increased dramatically which directly correlated with the number of infection/colonization per week (r(2) = 0.95, p = 0.02). During the following months we observed several peaks in positive isolates of methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), MDROs and subsequently a vancomycin-resistant enterococcus (VRE) outbreak...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321847/antenatal-corticosteroids-for-accelerating-fetal-lung-maturation-for-women-at-risk-of-preterm-birth
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Devender Roberts, Julie Brown, Nancy Medley, Stuart R Dalziel
BACKGROUND: Respiratory morbidity including respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a serious complication of preterm birth and the primary cause of early neonatal mortality and disability. While researching the effects of the steroid dexamethasone on premature parturition in fetal sheep in 1969, Liggins found that there was some inflation of the lungs of lambs born at gestations at which the lungs would be expected to be airless. Liggins and Howie published the first randomised controlled trial in humans in 1972 and many others followed...
March 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321211/first-foods-and-gut-microbes
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Martin F Laursen, Martin I Bahl, Kim F Michaelsen, Tine R Licht
The establishment of the human gut microbiota in early life has been associated with later health and disease. During the 1st months after birth, the microbial composition in the gut is known to be affected by the mode of delivery, use of antibiotics, geographical location and type of feeding (breast/formula). Consequently, the neonatal period and early infancy has attracted much attention. However, after this first period the gut microbial composition continues to develop until the age of 3 years, and these 1st years have been designated "a window of opportunity" for microbial modulation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320787/investigating-skin-to-skin-care-patterns-with-extremely-preterm-infants-in-the-nicu-and-their-effect-on-early-cognitive-and-communication-performance-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Jenn Gonya, William C Ray, R Wolfgang Rumpf, Guy Brock
OBJECTIVES: The primary objective of the study was to investigate how patterns of skin-to-skin care might impact infant early cognitive and communication performance. DESIGN: This was a retrospective cohort study. SETTING: This study took place in a level-IV all-referral neonatal intensive care unit in the Midwest USA specialising in the care of extremely preterm infants. PARTICIPANTS: Data were collected from the electronic medical records of all extremely preterm infants (gestational age <27 weeks) admitted to the unit during 2010-2011 and who completed 6-month and 12-month developmental assessments in the follow-up clinic (n=97)...
March 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320639/exposure-to-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-and-volatile-organic-compounds-among-recently-pregnant-rural-guatemalan-women-cooking-and-heating-with-solid-fuels
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John R Weinstein, Renée Asteria-Peñaloza, Anaité Diaz-Artiga, Gilberto Davila, S Katharine Hammond, Ian T Ryde, Joel N Meyer, Neal Benowitz, Lisa M Thompson
BACKGROUND: Household air pollution is a major contributor to death and disability worldwide. Over 95% of rural Guatemalan households use woodstoves for cooking or heating. Woodsmoke contains carcinogenic or fetotoxic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Increased PAHs and VOCs have been shown to increase levels of oxidative stress. OBJECTIVE: We examined PAH and VOC exposures among recently pregnant rural Guatemalan women exposed to woodsmoke and compared exposures to levels seen occupationally or among smokers...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320565/handshake-free-zone-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-initial-feasibility-study
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Joanna J Parga, Maria Valadez, Ruey-Kang R Chang, Anahit Sarin-Gulian, Heaven Holdbrooks, Mark S Sklansky
BACKGROUND: The handshake represents a social custom with special importance in health care settings. However, handshakes can transmit disease and compliance with hand hygiene protocols averages <50%. We hypothesized that a handshake-free zone (HFZ) could be established within our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and would be well-received by patient families and their health care providers (HCPs). METHODS: We established an HFZ and conducted a prospective cohort study in the NICU at 2 UCLA Medical Centers...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320279/plasticity-of-central-and-peripheral-sources-of-noradrenaline-in-rats-during-ontogenesis
#18
N S Bondarenko, L K Dilmukhametova, A Yu Kurina, A R Murtazina, A Ya Sapronova, A P Sysoeva, M V Ugrumov
The morphogenesis of individual organs and the whole organism occurs under the control of intercellular chemical signals mainly during the perinatal period of ontogenesis in rodents. In this study, we tested our hypothesis that the biologically active concentration of noradrenaline (NA) in blood in perinatal ontogenesis of rats is maintained due to humoral interaction between its central and peripheral sources based on their plasticity. As one of the mechanisms of plasticity, we examined changes in the secretory activity (spontaneous and stimulated release of NA) of NA-producing organs under deficiency of its synthesis in the brain...
March 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319444/retro-orbital-venous-sinus-delivery-of-raav9-mediates-high-level-transduction-of-brain-and-retina-compared-with-temporal-vein-delivery-in-neonatal-mouse-pups
#19
Alisha M Gruntman, Lin Su, Terence R Flotte
In order to pursue a clinical gene therapy for a human neurologic disease, it is often necessary to perform proof-of-concept trials in mouse models of that disease. In order to demonstrate a potential clinical efficacy, one must be able to select an appropriate vector and route of delivery for the appropriate age group in the disease model. Since many diseases require correction early in life, investigators often need to deliver recombinant adeno-associated viral (rAAV) vectors to neonatal mice. Herein, general central nervous system expression patterns of nuclear GFP following delivery of rAAV by three different routes are reported...
March 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319283/critically-evaluating-best-management-practices-for-preventing-freshwater-turtle-extinctions
#20
R J Spencer, J U Van Dyke, Michael B Thompson
Ex situ conservation tools, such as captive breeding for reintroduction, are considered last resort to help recover threatened or endangered species. However, they may also provide alternative strategies where reducing threats directly is difficult or ineffective. Headstarting, or captive rearing of eggs or neonate animals and subsequent release into the wild, has been controversial for decades. A major criticism is that headstarting is a symptomatic treatment of conservation problems (halfway technology), however, it may provide a mechanism to address multiple threats, particularly in close proximity of population centres...
March 20, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
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