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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443481/impact-of-abnormal-dna-methylation-of-imprinted-loci-on-human-spontaneous-abortion
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Yudong Liu, Yan Tang, Desheng Ye, Weixu Ma, Shuxian Feng, Xuelan Li, Xingyu Zhou, Xin Chen, Shiling Chen
Currently, there is a growing concern regarding the safety of assisted reproductive technology (ART) due to increased risk of spontaneous abortion (SA) and imprinting disorders in ART-conceived offspring. Early investigations suggested that aberrant genetic imprinting may be related to pregnancy loss; however, few studies have used human tissue specimens. Here the DNA methylation patterns of 3 imprinted genes, including maternally inherited GRB10 and the paternally inherited IGF2 and PEG3 genes, were evaluated in human chorionic villus samples by pyrosequencing and bisulfite sequencing polymerase chain reaction...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440505/detection-of-fetal-epigenetic-biomarkers-through-genome-wide-dna-methylation-study-for-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis
#2
Hong-Dan Wang, Lin Liu, Hui-Ru Zhao, Qiao-Fang Hou, Jing-Bin Yan, Wei-Li Shi, Qian-Nan Guo, Li Wang, Shi-Xiu Liao, Bo-Feng Zhu
The discovery of cell-free DNA fetal (cff DNA) in maternal plasma during pregnancy provides a novel perspective for the development of non‑invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD). Against the background of maternal DNA, the use of the relatively low concentration of cff DNA is limited in NIPD. Therefore, in order to overcome the complication of the background of maternal DNA and expand the scope of cff DNA application in clinical practice, it is necessary to identify novel universal fetal‑specific DNA markers...
April 25, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433422/postnatal-choline-supplementation-selectively-attenuates-hippocampal-microrna-alterations-associated-with-developmental-alcohol-exposure
#3
Sridevi Balaraman, Nirelia M Idrus, Rajesh C Miranda, Jennifer D Thomas
Prenatal alcohol exposure can result in a range of physical, neuropathological, and behavioral alterations, collectively termed fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). We have shown that supplementation with the nutrient choline reduces the severity of developmental alcohol-associated deficits in hippocampal-dependent behaviors and normalizes some aspects of hippocampal cholinergic development and DNA methylation patterns. Alcohol's developmental effects may also be mediated, in part, by altering microRNAs (miRNAs) that serve as negative regulators of gene translation...
January 3, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433420/dna-methylation-program-in-normal-and-alcohol-induced-thinning-cortex
#4
Nail Can Öztürk, Marisol Resendiz, Hakan Öztürk, Feng C Zhou
While cerebral underdevelopment is a hallmark of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), the mechanism(s) guiding the broad cortical neurodevelopmental deficits are not clear. DNA methylation is known to regulate early development and tissue specification through gene regulation. Here, we examined DNA methylation in the onset of alcohol-induced cortical thinning in a mouse model of FASD. C57BL/6 (B6) mice were administered a 4% alcohol (v/v) liquid diet from embryonic (E) days 7-16, and their embryos were harvested at E17, along with isocaloric liquid diet and lab chow controls...
February 20, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431792/changes-to-histone-modifications-following-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-an-emerging-picture
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REVIEW
Eric J Chater-Diehl, Benjamin I Laufer, Shiva M Singh
Epigenetic mechanisms are important for facilitating gene-environment interactions in many disease etiologies, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Extensive research into the role of DNA methylation and miRNAs in animal models has illuminated the complex role of these mechanisms in FASD. In contrast, histone modifications have not been as well researched, due in part to being less stable than DNA methylation and less well-characterized in disease. It is now apparent that even changes in transient marks can have profound effects if they alter developmental trajectories...
February 4, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428831/cord-blood-hematopoietic-cells-from-preterm-infants-display-altered-dna-methylation-patterns
#6
Olivia M de Goede, Pascal M Lavoie, Wendy P Robinson
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are highly vulnerable to infection. This is partly attributable to the preterm immune system, which differs from that of the term neonate in cell composition and function. Multiple studies have found differential DNA methylation (DNAm) between preterm and term infants' cord blood; however, interpretation of these studies is limited by the confounding factor of blood cell composition. This study evaluates the epigenetic impact of preterm birth in isolated hematopoietic cell populations, reducing the concern of cell composition differences...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423190/the-clinical-utility-of-genome-wide-non-invasive-prenatal-screening
#7
Francesco Fiorentino, Sara Bono, Francesca Pizzuti, Sara Duca, Arianna Polverari, Monica Faieta, Marina Baldi, Laura Diano, Francesca Spinella
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we expanded conventional cell-free fetal DNA(cfDNA)-based non-invasive prenatal testing(NIPT) to cover the entire genome. We aimed to compare the performance of the two test in a large general population of pregnant women, in order to assess the clinical utility of the genome-wide screening. METHOD: Genome-wide cfDNA analysis was offered to 12.114 pregnant women undergoing NIPT for common fetal aneuploidy. Sequencing data were analyzed using an algorithm optimized to identify aneuploidies and subchromosomal aberrations...
April 17, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422514/vitamin-c-prevents-offspring-dna-methylation-changes-associated-with-maternal-smoking-in-pregnancy
#8
Lyndsey E Shorey-Kendrick, Cindy T McEvoy, Betsy Ferguson, Julja Burchard, Byung S Park, Lina Gao, Brittany H Vuylsteke, Kristin F Milner, Cynthia D Morris, Eliot R Spindel
BACKGROUND: Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy demonstrate lifelong decreases in pulmonary function. DNA methylation changes associated with maternal smoking during pregnancy have been described in placenta and cord blood at delivery, in fetal lung, and in buccal epithelium and blood during childhood. We recently demonstrated in a randomized clinical trial (NCT00632476) that vitamin C supplementation to pregnant smokers can lessen the impact of maternal smoking on offspring pulmonary function and decrease the incidence of wheeze at one year of age...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420606/epigenetic-regulation-and-related-diseases-during-placental-development
#9
Liu Fulin, Zhou Jin, Zhang Wei, Wang Hui
The placenta is vital to fetal growth and development, as it bridges the fetus and the mother. Genome-wide epigenetic regulations (e.g., DNA methylation, histone modifications, non-coding RNAs) participate in many aspects of placenta development, including decidua of the uterus, trophoblast cell adhesion and invasion, angiogenesis and placental imprinted gene expression. Environmental factors during pregnancy, such as heavy metals, chemical compounds, modern assisted reproductive technology and the nutrient conditions, may cause abnormal placental epigenetics...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420516/prenatal-diagnosis-and-molecular-cytogenetic-characterization-of%C3%A2-low-level-mosaic-trisomy-12-at-amniocentesis-associated-with%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-favorable-pregnancy-outcome
#10
Chih-Ping Chen, Chen-Ju Lin, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Chen-Wen Pan, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis of low-level mosaic trisomy 12. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 18 weeks of gestation because of advanced maternal age, which revealed a karyotype of 47,XX,+12[5]/46,XX[24] consistent with 17.2% (5/29) mosaicism for trisomy 12. Repeat amniocentesis performed at 21 weeks of gestation revealed a karyotype of 47,XX,+12[4]/46,XX[6] consistent with 40% (4/10) mosaicism for trisomy 12. Interphase fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) on 112 uncultured amniocytes detected 23 cells with trisomy 12 consistent with 20...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420511/prenatal-diagnosis-and-molecular-cytogenetic-characterization-of-concomitant-familial-small-supernumerary-marker-chromosome-derived-from-chromosome-4q-4q11-1-q13-2-and-5q13-2-microdeletion-with-no-apparent-phenotypic-abnormality
#11
Chih-Ping Chen, Schu-Rern Chern, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Peih-Shan Wu, Chien-Wen Yang, Chen-Chi Lee, Meng-Shan Lee, Chen-Wen Pan, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis and molecular cytogenetic characterization of concomitant familial small supernumerary marker chromosome 4 [sSMC(4)] derived from 4q11.1-q12 and q13.2, and 5q13.2 microdeletion with no apparent phenotypic abnormality. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A 32-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 21 weeks of gestation because of absent nasal bone on fetal ultrasound. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 47,XX,+mar[13]/46,XX[3]. Array comparative genomic hybridization analysis on the cultured amniocytes revealed a 2...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417514/enlarged-cavum-septi-pellucidi-and-vergae-in-the-fetus-a-cause-for-concern
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Yoona K Ho, Michelle Turley, Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Marilyn C Jones, Elise Housman, Dawn Engelkemier, Lorene E Romine, Paritosh C Khanna, Dolores H Pretorius
OBJECTIVES: To investigate fetal cases identified at our institution to determine whether an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae is associated with other fetal abnormalities and whether its presence warrants more detailed investigation of the fetus. METHODS: In a retrospective study, 15 high- and low-risk patients undergoing prenatal sonography who had an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae identified were reviewed. Data were collected for the sonographic study indication, gestation age at diagnosis of a prominent cavum, and associated anomalies...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415763/low-numbers-of-pre-leukemic-fusion-genes-are-frequently-present-in-umbilical-cord-blood-without-affecting-dna-damage-response
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Pavol Kosik, Milan Skorvaga, Matus Durdik, Lukas Jakl, Ekaterina Nikitina, Eva Markova, Katarina Kozics, Eva Horvathova, Igor Belyaev
Despite widely accepted notion that many childhood leukemias are likely developed from hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSPC) with pre-leukemic fusion genes (PFG) formed in embryonic/fetal development, the data on PFG incidence in newborns are contradictive. To provide a better understanding of a prenatal origin of leukemia, umbilical cord blood from 500 newborns was screened for the presence of the most frequent PFG associated with pediatric B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This screening revealed relatively high incidence of ETV6-RUNX1, BCR-ABL1 (p190) and MLL-AF4 at very low frequencies, averaging ~14 copies per 100,000 cells...
March 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413467/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-protects-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-from-hyperoxia-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death
#14
Hongmin Fu, Tiesong Zhang, Rongwei Huang, Zhen Yang, Chunming Liu, Ming Li, Fang Fang, Feng Xu
Hyperoxia therapy for acute lung injury (ALI) may unexpectedly lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cause additional ALI. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a 37 amino acid neuropeptide that regulates inflammasome activation. However, the role of CGRP in DNA damage during hyperoxia is unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of CGRP on DNA damage and the cell death of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) exposed to 60% oxygen. AEC II were isolated from 19-20 gestational day fetal rat lungs and were exposed to air or to 60% oxygen during treatment with CGRP or the specific CGRP receptor antagonist CGRP8-37...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413450/fetal-testis-organ-culture-reproduces-the-dynamics-of-epigenetic-reprogramming-in-rat-gonocytes
#15
Arlette Rwigemera, Fabien Joao, Geraldine Delbes
BACKGROUND: Epigenetic reprogramming is a critical step in male germ cell development that occurs during perinatal life. It is characterized by the remodeling of different epigenetic marks such as DNA methylation (5mC) and methylation of histone H3. It has been suggested that endocrine disruptors can affect the male germline epigenome by altering epigenetic reprogramming, but the mechanisms involved are still unknown. We have previously used an organ culture system that maintains the development of the different fetal testis cell types, to evaluate the effects of various endocrine disruptors on gametogenesis and steroidogenesis in the rat...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411382/interaction-between-maternal-and-paternal-shmt1-c1420t-predisposes-to-neural-tube-defects-in-the-fetus-evidence-from-case-control-and-family-based-triad-approaches
#16
Prasoona K Rebekah, Sunitha Tella, Srinadh Buragadda, Muni Kumari Tiruvatturu, Jyothy Akka
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are caused by the failure of neural tube formation which occurs during early embryonic development. NTDs are the most severe and leading cause of fetal mortality. Serine hydroxymethyl transferase (SHMT1) provides one-carbon units necessary for embryogenesis and defects in one-carbon production result in specific pathological conditions during pregnancy. The present study is aimed to evaluate the association of SHMT1 C1420T with NTD risk in the fetus using fetal, maternal and paternal groups by applying both case-control and family-based triad approaches...
April 14, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407838/-effects-of-maternal-folate-deficiency-on-the-methylation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-system-in-the-offspring-rats
#17
Meng-Meng Wu, Fan Yang, Yi Qu, De-Zhi Mu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of maternal folate deficiency on fetal growth and development and the methylation profiles of insulin-like growth factor system in the offspring rats. METHODS: Twenty-two Sprague-Dawley female rats were randomly assigned to two groups: a folate deficient group (n=12) and a control group (n=10). They were fed with folate deficient and normal diet respectively. Dams were mated after 2 weeks of feeding. Eight female rats from each group were pregnant...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402032/furosemide-loading-test-in-a-case-of-homozygous-solute-carrier-family-12-member-1-slc12a1-mutation-g-62382825g-a-p-pro372leu-in-japanese-black-cattle
#18
Kiyotoshi Hasegawa, Shinji Sasaki, Yoichi Sakamoto, Akifumi Takano, Megumi Takayama, Tomoko Higashi, Yoshikazu Sugimoto, Yasuaki Yasuda
Hydrallantois is the excessive accumulation of fluid in the allantoic cavity in a pregnant animal and is associated with fetal death. We recently identified a recessive missense mutation in the solute carrier family 12, member 1 (SLC12A1) gene (g.62382825G>A, p.Pro372Leu) that is associated with hydrallantois in Japanese Black cattle. Unexpectedly, we found a case of the homozygous risk-allele for SLC12A1 in a calf, using a PCR-based direct DNA sequencing test. The homozygote was outwardly healthy up to 3 months of age and the mother did not exhibit any clinical symptoms of hydrallantois...
April 12, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397377/yield-of-a-12-13-week-scan-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-fetal-congenital-anomalies-in-the-cell-free-dna-era
#19
M J A Kenkhuis, M Bakker, F Bardi, F Fontanella, M K Bakker, H Fleurke-Rozema, C M Bilardo
OBJECTIVE: Aim of the study was to assess the percentage and type of anomalies (structural and chromosomal) that can be detected at an early scan performed at 12-13 weeks' gestation, as opposed to the present screening policy (20 -week scan). METHODS: Sonographers accredited for the nuchal translucency (NT) measurement were asked, after additional training, to participate into the study. The early scans were performed according to a protocol, in six ultrasound practices and 2 referral centers in the Northeast of the Netherlands...
April 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397325/analysis-of-cell-free-dna-in-maternal-blood-in-screening-for-aneuploidies-updated-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
M M Gil, V Accurti, B Santacruz, M N Plana, K H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To review clinical validation or implementation studies of maternal blood cell-free (cf) DNA analysis and define the performance of screening for fetal trisomies 21, 18 and 13 and sex chromosome aneuploidies. DATA SOURCES: Searches of PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane library were performed to identify all peer-reviewed articles on cfDNA testing in screening for aneuploidies between January 2011, when the first such study was published and 31 December 2016...
April 11, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
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