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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538662/maternal-factors-that-induce-epigenetic-changes-contribute-to-neurological-disorders-in-offspring
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REVIEW
Avijit Banik, Deepika Kandilya, Seshadri Ramya, Walter Stünkel, Yap Seng Chong, S Thameem Dheen
It is well established that the regulation of epigenetic factors, including chromatic reorganization, histone modifications, DNA methylation, and miRNA regulation, is critical for the normal development and functioning of the human brain. There are a number of maternal factors influencing epigenetic pathways such as lifestyle, including diet, alcohol consumption, and smoking, as well as age and infections (viral or bacterial). Genetic and metabolic alterations such as obesity, gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and thyroidism alter epigenetic mechanisms, thereby contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs) such as embryonic neural tube defects (NTDs), autism, Down's syndrome, Rett syndrome, and later onset of neuropsychological deficits...
May 24, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532720/the-dietary-composition-of-women-who-delivered-preterm-and-full-term-infants
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Wioletta Waksmańska, Rafał Bobiński, Izabela Ulman-Włodarz, Anna Pielesz, Monika Mikulska
OBJECTIVES: Literature data show that excess and primary deficiency in particular nutrients, vitamins and minerals may lead to pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, hypertension and neural tube defects in the foetus. The aim of the study was to determine differences in average daily consumption of selected nutrients during pregnancy in women who did not supplement their diet and to evaluate the influence of dietary habits on the occurrence of pre-term delivery and hypertension in pregnant women...
June 2017: Applied Nursing Research: ANR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531985/enhancement-of-electro-chemical-properties-of-tio2-nanotubes-for-biological-interfacing
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D Khudhair, H Amani Hamedani, J Gaburro, S Shafei, S Nahavandi, H Garmestani, A Bhatti
Micro/nano electrodes employing nanotubes has attracted paramount attention in recent years due to their inherent superior mechanical and structural properties. Electrical interfaces with different geometries and sizes have been developed as electrodes for measuring action potentials and investigating neural information processing in neural networks. In this work, we investigated the possibility of using TiO2 nanotube arrays that were grown using electrochemical anodization technique, as a micro/nano electrode for neural interfacing...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521150/the-effects-of-copper-oxide-nanoparticles-on-dorsoventral-patterning-convergent-extension-and-neural-and-cardiac-development-of-zebrafish
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Jia Xu, Qiuping Zhang, Xu Li, Sihui Zhan, Lifeng Wang, Dongyan Chen
Currently, nanoparticles are widely used in biomedicine and industry. CuO nanoparticles (CuO-NPs) are versatile materials in our daily life and their toxicity has drawn extensive attention. In this study, we concentrate on the effect of CuO-NPs on early zebrafish development. The results reveal that CuO-NPs can induce abnormal phenotypes of a smaller head and eyes and delayed epiboly. The gene expression pattern shows that CuO-NPs spatially narrow the expression of dorsal genes chordin and goosecoid and alter the expression of dlx3, ntl and hgg which are related to the cell migration of gastrulation...
May 4, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516216/the-role-of-intrauterine-magnetic-resonance-in-the-management-of-myelomenigocele
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Denise Trigubo, Mercedes Negri, Rosana Mabel Salvatico, Gustavo Leguizamón
OBJECTIVE: To assess the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the management of myelomenigocele. BACKGROUND: Spinal dysraphism or neural tube defects (NTD) encompass a heterogeneous group of congenital spinal anomalies that result from the defective closure of the neural tube early in gestation. Myelomeningocele is the most common type of NTD that is compatible with life, with high survival rates but lifelong physical impairments. CONCLUSION: MRI is an important adjunct to ultrasound in assessing NTD, as it pertains to pre-surgical planning and perinatal management...
May 17, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509082/atg7-mediated-autophagy-is-involved-in-the-neural-crest-cell-generation-in-chick-embryo
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Guang Wang, En-Ni Chen, Chang Liang, Jianxin Liang, Lin-Rui Gao, Manli Chuai, Andrea Münsterberg, Yongping Bao, Liu Cao, Xuesong Yang
Autophagy plays a very important role in numerous physiological and pathological events. However, it still remains unclear whether Atg7-induced autophagy is involved in the regulation of neural crest cell production. In this study, we found the co-location of Atg7 and Pax7(+) neural crest cells in early chick embryo development. Upregulation of Atg7 with unilateral transfection of full-length Atg7 increased Pax7(+) and HNK-1(+) cephalic and trunk neural crest cell numbers compared to either Control-GFP transfection or opposite neural tubes, suggesting that Atg7 over-expression in neural tubes could enhance the production of neural crest cells...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506268/ethnic-differences-in-folic-acid-supplement-use-in-a-population-based-cohort-of-pregnant-women-in-norway
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Tarja I Kinnunen, Line Sletner, Christine Sommer, Martine C Post, Anne Karen Jenum
BACKGROUND: Peri-conceptional use of folic acid supplements is recommended to prevent neural tube defects. Correct supplement use seems to be less common among ethnic minorities. We examined ethnic differences in folic acid supplement use before and during pregnancy and possible effect modification by education or planning of pregnancy. METHODS: The participants were 811 healthy pregnant women from a population-based cohort study in Oslo, Norway in 2008-2010. Ethnicity was categorized to five groups (European, Middle Eastern, South Asian, East Asian, African)...
May 15, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500367/evolution-of-posterior-fossa-and-brain-morphology-after-in-utero-repair-of-open-neural-tube-defects-assessed-by-mri
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Christin Rethmann, Ianina Scheer, Martin Meuli, Luca Mazzone, Ueli Moehrlen, Christian Johannes Kellenberger
OBJECTIVES: To describe characteristics of foetuses undergoing in utero repair of open neural tube defects (ONTD) and assess postoperative evolution of posterior fossa and brain morphology. METHODS: Analysis of pre- and postoperative foetal as well as neonatal MRI of 27 foetuses who underwent in utero repair of ONTD. Type and level of ONTD, hindbrain configuration, posterior fossa and liquor space dimensions, and detection of associated findings were compared between MRI studies and to age-matched controls...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499799/mouse%C3%A2-rat-aggregation-chimaeras-can-develop-to-adulthood
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Katarzyna Bożyk, Katarzyna Gilecka, Monika Humięcka, Marcin Szpila, Aneta Suwińska, Andrzej K Tarkowski
In order to examine interactions between cells originating from different species during embryonic development we constructed interspecific mouse↔rat chimaeras by aggregation of 8-cell embryos. Embryos of both species expressed different fluorescent markers (eGFP and DsRed), which enabled us to follow the fate of both components from the moment of aggregation until adulthood. We revealed that in majority of embryos the blastocyst cavity appeared inside the group of rat cells, while the mouse component was allocated to the deeper layer of the inner cell mass and to the polar trophectoderm...
May 9, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495229/intramedullary-epidermoid-cysts-in-adults-case-report-and-updated-literature-review
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T Graillon, P Rakotozanany, M Meyer, H Dufour, S Fuentes
Epidermoid cysts are classical tumors in neurosurgery, but spinal locations are rare and intramedullary locations represent only approximately 80 cases in the literature. Intramedullary epidermoid cysts arise from ectodermic tissue inclusion during neural tube closure. Intramedullary epidermoid cysts are more frequent in young patients and in a thoracic location. We report the case of a 61-year-old patient consulting for bilateral asymmetrical progressive paraparesis and proprioceptive ataxia revealing a T3-T4 exophytic medullar epidermoid cyst...
May 8, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490239/components-of-successful-staple-food-fortification-programs-lessons-from-latin-america
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Reynaldo Martorell, Daniel López de Romaña
BACKGROUND: There are few effectiveness evaluations of food fortification programs, and little is known about what makes programs successful. OBJECTIVE: We examined 3 food fortification programs in Latin America to identify common features that might explain their success and to draw lessons for program design and implementation everywhere: The vitamin A fortification of sugar in Guatemala with impact on vitamin A status of the population, the fortification of a basket of foods with iron and other micronutrients in Costa Rica with impact on iron status and anemia in women and children, and the fortification of wheat flour with folic acid in Chile, which reduced the incidence of neural tube defects...
January 1, 2017: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488934/the-zebrafish-curly-fry-is-required-for-proper-centrosome-and-mitotic-spindle-assembly
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Mi Hye Song, Jeffrey C Medley, John Y Kuwada
The zebrafish curly fry (cfy) mutation leads to a dramatic increase in mitotic index and cell death starting during neural tube formation. The mutant phenotype is cell autonomous and does not result from defects in apical/basal polarity within the neuroepithelium. The increase in mitotic index could be due to increased proliferation or cell cycle arrest in mitosis. cfy embryos were analyzed to examine these two possibilities. By labeling embryos with a pulse of BrdU and anti-phospho-histone 3 and examining the DNA content by fluorescence activated cell sorting, we show that cfy mutants exhibit no increase in proliferation, but a significant increase in the number of cells arrested in mitosis...
May 10, 2017: Zebrafish
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484611/transcriptional-response-of-hoxb-genes-to-retinoid-signalling-is-regionally-restricted-along-the-neural-tube-rostrocaudal-axis
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Nicoletta Carucci, Emanuele Cacci, Paola S Nisi, Valerio Licursi, Yu-Lee Paul, Stefano Biagioni, Rodolfo Negri, Peter J Rugg-Gunn, Giuseppe Lupo
During vertebrate neural development, positional information is largely specified by extracellular morphogens. Their distribution, however, is very dynamic due to the multiple roles played by the same signals in the developing and adult neural tissue. This suggests that neural progenitors are able to modify their competence to respond to morphogen signalling and autonomously maintain positional identities after their initial specification. In this work, we take advantage of in vitro culture systems of mouse neural stem/progenitor cells (NSPCs) to show that NSPCs isolated from rostral or caudal regions of the mouse neural tube are differentially responsive to retinoic acid (RA), a pivotal morphogen for the specification of posterior neural fates...
April 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482072/endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-induced-chop-inhibits-pgc-1%C3%AE-and-causes-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-embryopathy
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Xi Chen, Jianxiang Zhong, Daoyin Dong, Gentao Liu, Peixin Yang
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been implicated in the development of maternal diabetes-induced neural tube defects (NTDs). ER stress-induced C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) plays an important role in the pro-apoptotic execution pathways. However, the molecular mechanism underlying ER stress- and CHOP-induced neuroepithelium cell apoptosis in diabetic embryopathy are still unclear. Deletion of the Chop gene significantly reduced maternal diabetes-induced NTDs. CHOP deficiency abrogated maternal diabetes-induced mitochondrial dysfunction and neuroepithelium cell apoptosis...
May 8, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474787/cadherin-interplay-during-neural-crest-segregation-from-the-non-neural-ectoderm-and-neural-tube-in-the-early-chick-embryo
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Alwyn Dady, Jean-Loup Duband
BACKGROUND: In the avian embryo, neural crest (NC) progenitors arise in the neuroectoderm during gastrulation, long before their dissemination. Although the gene regulatory network involved in NC specification has been deciphered, the mechanisms involved in their segregation from the other neuroectoderm-derived progenitors, notably the epidermis and neural tube, are unknown. Because cadherins mediate cell recognition and sorting, we scrutinized their expression profiles during NC specification and delamination...
May 5, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474670/protein-kinase-c-alpha-suppresses-autophagy-and-induces-neural-tube-defects-via-mir-129-2-in-diabetic-pregnancy
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Fang Wang, Cheng Xu, E Albert Reece, Xuezheng Li, Yanqing Wu, Christopher Harman, Jingwen Yu, Daoyin Dong, Cheng Wang, Penghua Yang, Jianxiang Zhong, Peixin Yang
Gene deletion-induced autophagy deficiency leads to neural tube defects (NTDs), similar to those in diabetic pregnancy. Here we report the key autophagy regulators modulated by diabetes in the murine developing neuroepithelium. Diabetes predominantly leads to exencephaly, induces neuroepithelial cell apoptosis and suppresses autophagy in the forebrain and midbrain of NTD embryos. Deleting the Prkca gene, which encodes PKCα, reverses diabetes-induced autophagy impairment, cellular organelle stress and apoptosis, leading to an NTD reduction...
May 5, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464249/prevalence-of-neural-tube-defects-and-the-impact-of-prenatal-diagnosis-in-three-districts-of-beijing-china
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Lei Jin, Lei Jin, Jingru Yu, Yanjun Xu, Hui Liu, Aiguo Ren
BACKGROUND: The objectives of this study were to explore the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs) in three districts of Beijing, and to evaluate the impact of prenatal diagnosis on the prevalence. METHODS: Data were collected between 2006 and 2012 from the Beijing Birth Defects Surveillance System. P13 and P28 represent the prevalence of NTDs diagnosed from 13 weeks and 28 weeks of gestation, respectively, to 7 days after delivery. Populations were classified as household (permanent) and non-household (non-permanent) because differences exist in access to health care, education, and income, among others...
May 2, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460896/folates-chemistry-analysis-occurrence-biofortification-and-bioavailability
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REVIEW
Ramesh Kumar Saini, Shivraj Hariram Nile, Young-Soo Keum
Folates (Vitamin B9) include both naturally occurring folates and synthetic folic acid used in fortified foods and dietary supplements. Folate deficiency causes severe abnormalities in one-carbon metabolism can result chronic diseases and developmental disorders, including neural tube defects. Mammalian cells cannot synthesize folates de novo; therefore, diet and dietary supplements are the only way to attain daily folate requirements. In the last decade, significant advancements have been made to enhance the folate content of rice, tomato, common bean and lettuce by using genetic engineering approaches...
November 2016: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459463/mycn-induces-neuroblastoma-in-primary-neural-crest-cells
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R R Olsen, J H Otero, J García-López, K Wallace, D Finkelstein, J E Rehg, Z Yin, Y-D Wang, K W Freeman
Neuroblastoma (NBL) is an embryonal cancer of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), which causes 15% of pediatric cancer deaths. High-risk NBL is characterized by N-Myc amplification and segmental chromosomal gains and losses. Owing to limited disease models, the etiology of NBL is largely unknown, including both the cell of origin and the majority of oncogenic drivers. We have established a novel system for studying NBL based on the transformation of neural crest cells (NCCs), the progenitor cells of the SNS, isolated from mouse embryonic day 9...
May 1, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28459369/grainyhead-like-2-in-development-and-cancer
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Lijun Ma, Hongli Yan, Hui Zhao, Jianmin Sun
Grainyhead-like 2 is a human homolog of Drosophila grainyhead. It inhibits epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition that is necessary for cell migration, and it is involved in neural tube closure, epithelial morphogenesis, and barrier formation during embryogenesis by regulation of the expression of cell junction proteins such as E-cadherin and vimentin. Cancer shares many common characters with development such as epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. In addition to its important role in development, grainyhead-like 2 is implicated in carcinogenesis as well...
May 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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