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REVIEW
Matthew B Elkins, Robertson D Davenport, Martin H Bluth
Virtually all the red blood cell and platelet antigen systems have been characterized at the molecular level. Highly reliable methods for red blood cell and platelet antigen genotyping are now available. Genotyping is a useful adjunct to traditional serology and can help resolve complex serologic problems. Although red blood cell and platelet phenotypes can be inferred from genotype, knowledge of the molecular basis is essential for accurate assignment. Genotyping of blood donors is an effective method of identifying antigen-negative and/or particularly rare donors...
June 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771989/bacterial-dna-is-present-in-the-fetal-intestine-and-overlaps-with-that-in-the-placenta-in-mice
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Keith A Martinez, Joann Romano-Keeler, Joseph P Zackular, Daniel J Moore, Robert M Brucker, Christopher Hooper, Shufang Meng, Naoko Brown, Simon Mallal, Jeff Reese, David M Aronoff, Hakdong Shin, Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, Jörn-Hendrik Weitkamp
Bacterial DNA has been reported in the placenta and amniotic fluid by several independent groups of investigators. However, it's taxonomic overlap with fetal and maternal bacterial DNA in different sites has been poorly characterized. Here, we determined the presence of bacterial DNA in the intestines and placentas of fetal mice at gestational day 17 (n = 13). These were compared to newborn intestines (n = 15), maternal sites (mouth, n = 6; vagina, n = 6; colon, n = 7; feces, n = 8), and negative controls to rule out contamination...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771920/maternal-human-telomerase-reverse-transcriptase-variants-are-associated-with-preterm-labor-and-preterm-premature-rupture-of-membranes
#3
Caroline Marrs, Kevin Chesmore, Ramkumar Menon, Scott Williams
OBJECTIVE: Premature aging and short telomere lengths of fetal tissues are associated with spontaneous preterm labor (PTL) and preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM). Maintenance of telomere length is performed by the enzyme telomerase. Human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT) is a subunit of telomerase, and its dysfunction affects telomere shortening. This study assessed whether maternal or fetal genetic variations in the hTERT gene are associated with PTL or pPROM. METHODS: A case (PTL or pPROM) control (term birth) genetic association study was conducted in 654 non-Hispanic white mothers (438 term, 162 PTL, 54 pPROM) and 502 non-Hispanic white newborns (346 term, 116 PTB, 40 pPROM)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766818/cell-free-fetal-dna-a-novel-biomarker-for-early-prediction-of-pre-eclampsia-and-other-obstetric-complications
#4
Naina Kumar, Amit Kant Singh
Hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, especially Pre-eclampsia is one of the major causes of increased maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality all over the world. Early prediction of pre-eclampsia is the need of modern obstetrics, as this can timely prevent the progress of disease as well as related fetal and maternal morbidity and mortality. In addition to the screening of fetal aneuploidies, Rhesus-D status, fetal sex, single gene disorders, the cell-free fetal Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) quantification has emerged out as a promising biomarker for prediction of pre-eclampsia...
May 16, 2018: Current Hypertension Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765446/inhibitory-effect-of-pdgf-bb-and-serum-stimulated-responses-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-by-hinokitiol-via-up-regulation-of-p21-and-p53
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Jiun-Yi Li, Chun-Ping Liu, Wei-Cheng Shiao, Thanasekaran Jayakumar, Yi-Shin Li, Nen-Chung Chang, Shih-Yi Huang, Cheng-Ying Hsieh
Introduction: Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) proliferation plays a major role in the progression of vascular diseases. In the present study, we established the efficacy and the mechanisms of action of hinokitiol, a tropolone derivative found in Chamaecyparis taiwanensis , Cupressaceae, in relation to platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB) and serum-dependent VSMC proliferation. Material and methods: Primary cultured rat VSMCs were pre-treated with hinokitiol and then stimulated by PDGF-BB (10 ng/ml) or serum (10% fetal bovine serum)...
April 2018: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761313/genomewide-dna-methylation-responses-in-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-treated-with-yisui-shengxue-granules
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Yan-Ling Cheng, Xin-Hua Zhang, Yu-Wen Sun, Wen-Juan Wang, Jie Huang, Na-Li Chu, Su-Ping Fang, Zhi-Kui Wu
OBJECTIVE: To examine the clinical effects of Yisui Shengxue Granules () in the treatment of β-thalassemia and explore its mechanism on DNA methylation levels. METHODS: A randomized placebo-controlled double-blinded trial was conducted. Forty patients with β-thalassemia were recruited and distributed randomly by envelope method into an experimental group and a control group, 20 patients in each group. The patients were given Yisui Shengxue Granules in the experimental group and placebo in the control group (12 g/bag three times a day) during a 3-month intervention...
May 3, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760053/size-tagged-preferred-ends-in-maternal-plasma-dna-shed-light-on-the-production-mechanism-and-show-utility-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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Kun Sun, Peiyong Jiang, Ada I C Wong, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Suk Hang Cheng, Haiqiang Zhang, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
Cell-free DNA in human plasma is nonrandomly fragmented and reflects genomewide nucleosomal organization. Previous studies had demonstrated tissue-specific preferred end sites in plasma DNA of pregnant women. In this study, we performed integrative analysis of preferred end sites with the size characteristics of plasma DNA fragments. We mined the preferred end sites in short and long plasma DNA molecules separately and found that these "size-tagged" ends showed improved accuracy in fetal DNA fraction estimation and enhanced noninvasive fetal trisomy 21 testing...
May 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757138/prenatal-non-invasive-foetal-rhd-genotyping-diagnostic-accuracy-of-a-test-as-a-guide-for-appropriate-administration-of-antenatal-anti-d-immunoprophylaxis
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Silvia Manfroi, Chiara Calisesi, Pietro Fagiani, Annalisa Gabriele, Gianluca Lodi, Simonetta Nucci, Susanna Pelliconi, Laura Righini, Vanda Randi
BACKGROUND: Foetal RHD genotyping can be predicted by real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) using cell-free foetal DNA extracted from maternal plasma. The object of this study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy and feasibility of non-invasive RHD foetal genotyping, using a commercial multiple-exon assay, as a guide to appropriate administration of targeted antenatal immunoprophylaxis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cell-free foetal DNA was extracted from plasma of RhD-negative women between 11-30 weeks of pregnancy...
April 9, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752424/placenta-dna-methylation-adaptation-to-maternal-glycemic-response-in-pregnancy
#9
Andres Cardenas, Valerie Gagné-Ouellet, Catherine Allard, Diane Brisson, Patrice Perron, Luigi Bouchard, Marie-France Hivert
Maternal hyperglycemia during pregnancy is associated with excess fetal growth and adverse perinatal and developmental outcomes. Placental epigenetic maladaptation may underlie these associations. We performed an epigenome-wide association study (>850,000 CpG sites) of term placentas and prenatal maternal glycemic response 2-hour post oral glucose challenge at 24-30 weeks of gestation among 448 mother-infant pairs. Maternal 2-hour glycemia post-load was strongly associated with lower DNA methylation of 4 CpGs (FDR q<0...
May 11, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748181/clonal-hematopoiesis-a-new-layer-in-the-liquid-biopsy-story-in-lung-cancer
#10
Joshua Bauml, Benjamin Levy
Cell free DNA (cfDNA) is a unique biospecimen that contains multiple sources of DNA including tumor, germline, fetal, and others. Clonal hematopoiesis, a process that leads to expansion of mutations in peripheral blood cells, is an additional source of DNA that adds a layer of complexity when interpreting results.
May 10, 2018: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745012/clinical-results-after-the-implementation-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-detection-in-maternal-plasma
#11
Cristina Martínez-Payo, Isabel Bada-Bosch, María Martínez-Moya, Tirso Pérez-Medina
AIM: Detection of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal blood is a type of noninvasive prenatal diagnosis test (NIPT), which has already been known for some time but has not yet been introduced in most of public hospitals in Spain. How the implementation of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in a contingent protocol has influenced the aneuploidy screening in our hospital is described. METHODS: Two cohorts of patients with positive combined screening were compared: the first one (years 2012-2013, 5747 patients) from a period of time in which the protocol valid until March 2016 - that included the use of invasive procedures - was applied; and the second one in which the current protocol - that included NIPT versus invasive procedures - was applied (first 7 months after protocol implementation, 898 patients)...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29744644/an-epigenetic-association-of-malformations-adverse-reproductive-outcomes-and-fetal-origins
#12
Mark Lubinsky
VACTERL, the prototype for associated congenital anomalies, also has connections with functional issues such as pregnancy losses, prematurity, growth delays, perinatal difficulties, and parental subfertility. This segues into a broader association with similar connections even in the absence of malformations. DNA methylation disturbances in the ovum are a likely cause, with epigenetic links to individual components and to folate effects before conception, explaining diverse fetal and placental findings and providing a link to fetal origin hypothesis-related effects...
May 9, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29741588/paternal-developmental-toxicant-exposure-is-associated-with-epigenetic-modulation-of-sperm-and-placental-pgr-and-igf2-in-a-mouse-model
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Tianbing Ding, Shilpa Mokshagundam, Paolo F Rinaudo, Kevin G Osteen, Kaylon L Bruner-Tran
Preterm birth (PTB), parturition prior to 37 weeks gestation, is the leading cause of neonatal mortality. The causes of spontaneous PTB are poorly understood; however, recent studies suggest this condition may arise as a consequence of the parental fetal environment. Specifically, we previously demonstrated that developmental exposure of male mice (F1 animals) to the environmental endocrine disruptor 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD) was associated with reduced sperm quantity/quality in adulthood and control female partners frequently delivered preterm...
May 7, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737941/are-congenital-urinary-tract-abnormalities-linked-to-maternal-methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase-polymorphisms-in-fetuses-of-intentionally-terminated-pregnancies-with-oligo-or-anhydramnios
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M Sinan Beksac, Alp Tuna Beksac, Melek Buyukeren, Atakan Tanacan, Hatice Bektas, Safak Gucer
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate fetuses of terminated pregnancies with oligo-or anhydramnios (OAH) to further investigate the association between maternal methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) polymorphisms and fetal urinary tract malformations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 16 pregnancies with OAH (with normal fetal karyotype) that were intentionally terminated before 22nd gestational week. Fetal autopsy was performed in all cases...
May 8, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29732173/alterations-in-sperm-dna-methylation-non-coding-rna-expression-and-histone-retention-mediate-vinclozolin-induced-epigenetic-transgenerational-inheritance-of-disease
#15
Millissia Ben Maamar, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Daniel Beck, Margaux McBirney, Eric Nilsson, Rachel Klukovich, Yeming Xie, Chong Tang, Wei Yan, Michael K Skinner
Epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and phenotypic variation can be induced by several toxicants, such as vinclozolin. This phenomenon can involve DNA methylation, non-coding RNA (ncRNA) and histone retention, and/or modification in the germline (e.g. sperm). These different epigenetic marks are called epimutations and can transmit in part the transgenerational phenotypes. This study was designed to investigate the vinclozolin-induced concurrent alterations of a number of different epigenetic factors, including DNA methylation, ncRNA, and histone retention in rat sperm...
April 2018: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730292/altered-expression-of-pgc-1%C3%AE-and-pdx1-and-their-methylation-status-are-associated-with-fetal-glucose-metabolism-in-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
#16
Lizhen Wang, Hailing Fan, Ludan Zhou, Yanjun Wu, Hongping Lu, Jing Luo
PURPOSE: To investigate the effect of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on the expression and methylation of PGC-1α and PDX1 in placenta and their effects on fetal glucose metabolism. METHODS: 20 cases of full-term placenta without pregnancy complications and umbilical cord abnormalities and 20 cases of GDM group were collected. DNA and RNA were isolated from samples of tissue collected from the fetal side of the placenta immediately after delivery. DNA methylation was quantified at 7 CpG sites within the PGC-1α and PDX1 genes using PCR amplification of bisulfite treated DNA and subsequent DNA sequencing...
May 7, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29725050/efficient-generation-of-transgenic-buffalos-bubalus-bubalis-by-nuclear-transfer-of-fetal-fibroblasts-expressing-enhanced-green-fluorescent-protein
#17
Fenghua Lu, Chan Luo, Nan Li, Qingyou Liu, Yingming Wei, Haiying Deng, Xiaoli Wang, Xiangping Li, Jianrong Jiang, Yanfei Deng, Deshun Shi
The possibility of producing transgenic cloned buffalos by nuclear transfer of fetal fibroblasts expressing enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) was explored in this study. When buffalo fetal fibroblasts (BFFs) isolated from a male buffalo fetus were transfected with pEGFP-N1 (EGFP is driven by CMV and Neo is driven by SV-40) by means of electroporation, Lipofectamine-LTX and X-tremeGENE, the transfection efficiency of electroporation (35.5%) was higher than Lipofectamine-LTX (11.7%) and X-tremeGENE (25...
May 3, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29722560/intrauterine-growth-restriction-decreases-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-signaling-in-fetal-pulmonary-artery-endothelial-cells-of-fetal-sheep
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R Blair Dodson, Kyle N Powers, Jason Gien, Paul J Rozance, Gregory J Seedorf, David Astling, Kenneth Lloyd Jones, Timothy M Crombleholme, Steven H Abman, Cristina M Alvira
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) in premature newborns increases the risk for bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease characterized by disrupted pulmonary angiogenesis and alveolarization. We previously showed that experimental IUGR impairs angiogenesis, however, mechanisms that impair pulmonary artery endothelial cell (PAEC) function are uncertain. The nuclear factor-kappa-B (NFκB) pathway promotes vascular growth in the developing mouse lung, and we hypothesized that IUGR disrupts NFκB-regulated pro-angiogenic targets in fetal PAEC...
May 3, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717932/gestational-hypoxia-and-developmental-plasticity
#19
Charles A Ducsay, Ravi Goyal, William J Pearce, Sean Wilson, Xiang-Qun Hu, Lubo Zhang
Hypoxia is one of the most common and severe challenges to the maintenance of homeostasis. Oxygen sensing is a property of all tissues, and the response to hypoxia is multidimensional involving complicated intracellular networks concerned with the transduction of hypoxia-induced responses. Of all the stresses to which the fetus and newborn infant are subjected, perhaps the most important and clinically relevant is that of hypoxia. Hypoxia during gestation impacts both the mother and fetal development through interactions with an individual's genetic traits acquired over multiple generations by natural selection and changes in gene expression patterns by altering the epigenetic code...
July 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713357/torch-toxoplasmosis-rubella-cytomegalovirus-and-herpes-simplex-virus-screening-of-small-for-gestational-age-and-intrauterine-growth-restricted-neonates-efficacy-study-in-a-single-institute-in-korea
#20
Mi Hae Chung, Chan Ok Shin, Juyoung Lee
Purpose: Routine screening for toxoplasmosis, rubella, cytomegalovirus (CMV), and herpes simplex virus (TORCH) in intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and small for gestational age (SGA) neonates has become a common practice. However, the incidence of TORCH varies across countries, and the cost of TORCH testing may be disadvantageous compared to disease-specific screening. To evaluate the efficacy of TORCH screening, the medical charts of IUGR or SGA neonates born in a single institution in Bucheon, Korea from 2011 to 2015 were reviewed...
April 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
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