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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212902/intrauterine-valproate-exposure-is-associated-with-alterations-in-hippocampal-cell-numbers-and-folate-metabolism-in-a-rat-model-of-valproate-teratogenicity
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Alexander Semmler, Christian Frisch, Christiane Bleul, Desiree Smith, Laurent Bigler, Jean-Christophe Prost, Henk Blom, Michael Linnebank
PURPOSE: Valproate is one of the most commonly used anticonvulsive drugs. Despite its significant benefits, the teratogenicity of valproate is a relevant problem in the treatment of women of childbearing age. In addition to major congenital malformations, such as neural tube defects, reduced intelligence and attention after intrauterine valproate exposure are reported. Until now the mechanisms of teratogenicity of VPA are poorly understood and concepts how to reduce valproate teratogenicity are lacking...
January 27, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208798/maternal%C3%A2-folic%C3%A2-acid%C3%A2-supplementation%C3%A2-during%C3%A2-pregnancy%C3%A2-and%C3%A2-childhood%C3%A2-allergic%C3%A2-disease%C3%A2-outcomes-%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-question%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-timing
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Catrina L McStay, Susan L Prescott, Carol Bower, Debra J Palmer
Since the early 1990s, maternal folic acid supplementation has been recommended prior  to and during the first trimester of pregnancy, to reduce the risk of infant neural tube defects. In  addition, many countries have also implemented the folic acid fortification of staple foods, in order  to promote sufficient intakes amongst women of a childbearing age, based on concerns surrounding  variable dietary and supplementation practices. As many women continue to take folic acid  supplements beyond the recommended first trimester, there has been an overall increase in folate  intakes, particularly in countries with mandatory fortification...
February 9, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197779/colonic-mesenchyme-differentiates-into-smooth-muscle-before-its-colonization-by-vagal-enteric-neural-crest-derived-cells-in-the-chick-embryo
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Annick Bourret, Norbert Chauvet, Pascal de Santa Barbara, Sandrine Faure
During development, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract arises from a primary tube composed of mesoderm and endoderm. The mesoderm gives rise to the digestive mesenchyme, which in turn differentiates into multiple tissues, namely the submucosa, the interstitial cells of Cajal and the smooth muscle cells (SMCs). Concomitant with these early patterning events, the primitive GI tract is colonized by vagal enteric neural crest-derived cells (vENCDCs), a population of cells that gives rise to the enteric nervous system, the intrinsic innervation of the GI tract...
February 15, 2017: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197104/angled-growth-of-the-dental-lamina-is-accompanied-by-asymmetrical-expression-of-the-wnt-pathway-receptor-frizzled-6
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Iveta Putnová, Hana Dosedělová, Vitezslav Bryja, Marie Landová, Marcela Buchtová, Jan Štembírek
Frizzled 6 (FZD6) belongs to a family of proteins that serve as receptors in the WNT signaling pathway. FZD6 plays an important role in the establishment of planar cell polarity in many embryonic processes such as convergent extension during gastrulation, neural tube closure, or hair patterning. Based on its role during hair development, we hypothesized that FZD6 may have similar expression pattern and function in the dental lamina, which is also a distinct epithelial protrusion growing characteristically angled into the mesenchyme...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196803/neural-tube-closure-cellular-molecular-and-biomechanical-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Evanthia Nikolopoulou, Gabriel L Galea, Ana Rolo, Nicholas D E Greene, Andrew J Copp
Neural tube closure has been studied for many decades, across a range of vertebrates, as a paradigm of embryonic morphogenesis. Neurulation is of particular interest in view of the severe congenital malformations - 'neural tube defects' - that result when closure fails. The process of neural tube closure is complex and involves cellular events such as convergent extension, apical constriction and interkinetic nuclear migration, as well as precise molecular control via the non-canonical Wnt/planar cell polarity pathway, Shh/BMP signalling, and the transcription factors Grhl2/3, Pax3, Cdx2 and Zic2...
February 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192527/the-efficacy-of-a-scaffold-free-bio-3d-conduit-developed-from-human-fibroblasts-on-peripheral-nerve-regeneration-in-a-rat-sciatic-nerve-model
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Hirofumi Yurie, Ryosuke Ikeguchi, Tomoki Aoyama, Yukitoshi Kaizawa, Junichi Tajino, Akira Ito, Souichi Ohta, Hiroki Oda, Hisataka Takeuchi, Shizuka Akieda, Manami Tsuji, Koichi Nakayama, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Although autologous nerve grafting is the gold standard treatment of peripheral nerve injuries, several alternative methods have been developed, including nerve conduits that use supportive cells. However, the seeding efficacy and viability of supportive cells injected in nerve grafts remain unclear. Here, we focused on a novel completely biological, tissue-engineered, scaffold-free conduit. METHODS: We developed six scaffold-free conduits from human normal dermal fibroblasts using a Bio 3D Printer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190556/cotransplantation-of-neuroepithelial-stem-cells-with-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-improves-neuronal-differentiation-in-a-rat-aganglionic-model
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Lijuan Zhang, Bin Zhao, Wei Liu, Rui Ma, Rongde Wu, Yingmao Gao
BACKGROUND: Recent advances have raised the possibility of treating Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR) with transplanted neural stem cells. Although these cells have been shown to migrate and differentiate after transplantation, the restoration of intestinal motility by grafted cells is also mediated via the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). We therefore aimed to evaluate the effect of cografting with ICC on neural stem cells after transplanted into aganglionic bowel. METHODS: Neuroepithelial stem cells (NESCs) and ICCs were isolated from neural tube of embryonic rat (embryonic day 11...
February 4, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180024/ciliopathies-genetics-in-pediatric-medicine
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REVIEW
Machteld M Oud, Ideke J C Lamers, Heleen H Arts
Ciliary disorders, which are also referred to as ciliopathies, are a group of hereditary disorders that result from dysfunctional cilia. The latter are cellular organelles that stick up from the apical plasma membrane. Cilia have important roles in signal transduction and facilitate communications between cells and their surroundings. Ciliary disruption can result in a wide variety of clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders with overlapping phenotypes. Because cilia occur widespread in our bodies many organs and sensory systems can be affected when they are dysfunctional...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177882/time-trends-in-the-prevalence-and-epidemiological-characteristics-of-neural-tube-defects-in-liaoning-province-china-2006-2015-a-population-based-study
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Tie-Ning Zhang, Ting-Ting Gong, Yan-Ling Chen, Qi-Jun Wu, Yuan Zhang, Cheng-Zhi Jiang, Jing Li, Li-Li Li, Chen Zhou, Yan-Hong Huang
To evaluate the time trends in the prevalence of neural tube defects and all their subtypes as well as to identify the epidemiological characteristics of these malformations documented in the Liaoning Province of northeast China from 2006 to 2015. This was a population-based observational study using data from 3,248,954 live births as well as from 6217 cases of neural tube defects, 1,600 cases of anencephaly, 2,029 cases of spina bifida, 404 cases of encephalocele, and 3,008 cases of congenital hydrocephalus from 14 cities in Liaoning Province from 2006 to 2015...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176445/the-screening-emperor-has-no-clothes-on-primary-prevention-will-always-trump-testing-for-preterm-birth
#10
Khalid Khan, Donald Dudley
When a woman planning a pregnancy seeks advice, say regarding neural tube defects, we do not tell her, "we have a great screening test that we will use to see if your baby has risk of a serious defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord and as soon as we know that the test is positive we will try to do something about it." In fact we say, "her are some vitamin pills called folate that you should start taking right now so that we can reduce the risk of these defects developing in the first place". This is a primary prevention strategy that we know that works well, and we determined this by performing trials of sufficient sample size with the right design to address this question...
February 8, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170235/reduction-of-fumonisin-toxicity-by-extrusion-and-nixtamalization-alkaline-cooking
#11
Kenneth Voss, Dojin Ryu, Lauren Jackson, Ronald Riley, Janee Gelineau-van Waes
Fumonisins are mycotoxins found in corn. They are toxic to animals and cause cancer in rodents and neural tube defects in LM/Bc mice. Reducing their concentrations in corn-based foods is therefore desirable. Chemical analysis or in vitro bioassays of food extracts might not detect toxic fumonisin reaction products that are unknown or unextractable from food matrices, thus potentially underestimating in vivo toxicity. The effectiveness of two common cooking methods, extrusion and nixtamalization (alkaline cooking), to reduce the toxicity of fumonisin-contaminated corn grits (extrusion) and whole kernel corn (nixtamalization) was shown by means of rat feeding bioassays using fumonisin-specific kidney effects as indicators of potential toxicity...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164510/the-status-of-quality-control-investigation-and-analysis-for-maternal-serum-marker-of-prenatal-screening-laboratories-in-china
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Falin He, Wei Wang, Kun Zhong, Shuai Yuan, Zhiguo Wang
BACKGROUND: This national survey was initiated to investigate the current status of quality control practice of prenatal screening by statistical analysis of the previous half year data of prenatal screening in 2015. METHODS: Data were sent to all Chinese prenatal screening centers via the National Quality Assessment Scheme. This covered the software used, the risk cutoffs, monthly sample throughput, monthly median MoM of AFP, HCG, β-HCG, free β-HCG and uE3, monthly screening positive rates for trisomy 21, trisomy 18, and Open Neural Tube Defect (ONTD)...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161574/covalent-growth-factor-tethering-to-direct-neural-stem-cell-differentiation-and-self-organization
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Trevor R Ham, Mahmoud Farrag, Nic D Leipzig
: Tethered growth factors offer exciting new possibilities for guiding stem cell behavior. However, many of the current methods present substantial drawbacks which can limit their application and confound results. In this work, we developed a new method for the site-specific covalent immobilization of azide-tagged growth factors and investigated its utility in a model system for guiding neural stem cell (NSC) behavior. An engineered interferon-γ (IFN-γ) fusion protein was tagged with an N-terminal azide group, and immobilized to two different dibenzocyclooctyne-functionalized biomimetic polysaccharides (chitosan and hyaluronan)...
February 2, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161389/detailed-expression-profile-of-all-six-glypicans-and-their-modifying-enzyme-notum-during-chick-embryogenesis-and-their-role-in-dorsal-ventral-patterning-of-the-neural-tube
#14
Kawakeb Saad, Anthony Otto, Susanne Theis, Niki Kennerley, Andrea Munsterberg, Graham Luke, Ketan Patel
Vertebrate development is orchestrated by secreted signalling molecules that regulate cell behaviour and cell fate decisions during early embryogenesis. The activity of key signalling molecules including members of Hedgehog, Bone Morphogenetic Proteins and Wnt families are regulated by Glypicans, a family of GPI linked polypeptides. Glypicans either promote or inhibit the action of signalling molecules and add a layer of complexity that needs to be understood in order to fully decipher the processes that regulate early vertebrate development...
February 1, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159518/targeting-ncam-expressing-neuroblastoma-with-polymeric-precision-nanomedicine
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Ela Markovsky, Anat Eldar-Boock, Dikla Ben-Shushan, Hemda Baabur-Cohen, Eilam Yeini, Evgeni Pisarevsky, Ariel Many, Sarit Aviel-Ronen, Iris Barshack, Ronit Satchi-Fainaro
Neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) expression is known to be associated with an aggressive biological behavior, increased metastatic capacity and expression of stem-cell markers in several tumor types. NCAM was also found to be expressed on tumor endothelial cells while forming new capillary-like tubes, but not on normal endothelial cells. An NCAM-targeted polymer-drug conjugate can be used both to target tumors expressing high levels of NCAM as well as the angiogenic vessels and cancer stem cells populations characterized by NCAM expression within tumors...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155231/charge-syndrome-gastrointestinal-involvement-from-mouth-to-anus
#16
REVIEW
A Hudson, M Macdonald, J N Friedman, K Blake
CHARGE syndrome is an autosomal dominant disorder that occurs as a result of a heterozygous loss-of-function mutation in the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding (CHD7) gene, which is important for neural crest cell formation. Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms and feeding difficulties are highly prevalent but are often a neglected area of diagnosis, treatment, and research. Cranial nerve dysfunction, craniofacial abnormalities, and other physical manifestations of this syndrome lead to gut dysmotility, sensory impairment, and oral-motor function abnormalities...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152548/high-folic-acid-diet-enhances-tumour-growth-in-pymt-induced-breast-cancer
#17
Mariann Fagernæs Hansen, Sarah Østrup Jensen, Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer, Pia M Martensen
BACKGROUND: The B-vitamin folate is among the most studied bioactive food compound, and a dietary intake meeting the daily requirements has been found to reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases as well as preventing neural tube defects during fetal development. Several countries have therefore introduced dietary fortification with folic acid. However, clinical and animal studies suggest that folic acid has a dual role in cancer development. METHODS: During the period of initial tumour progression, MMTV-PyMT (MMTV-polyoma virus middle T) transgenic mice were fed with normal diet and high folic acid diet...
February 2, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149108/a-single-center-study-of-epidemiology-of-neural-tube-defects
#18
Mahmood Dhahir Al-Mendalawi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144984/embryonic-development-of-the-axial-column-in-the-little-skate-leucoraja-erinacea
#19
Katharine E Criswell, Michael I Coates, J Andrew Gillis
The morphological patterns and molecular mechanisms of vertebral column development are well understood in bony fishes (osteichthyans). However, vertebral column morphology in elasmobranch chondrichthyans (e.g., sharks and skates) differs from that of osteichthyans, and its development has not been extensively studied. Here, we characterize vertebral development in an elasmobranch fish, the little skate, Leucoraja erinacea, using microCT, paraffin histology, and whole-mount skeletal preparations. Vertebral development begins with the condensation of mesenchyme, first around the notochord, and subsequently around the neural tube and caudal artery and vein...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144959/atrophin-protein-rere-positively-regulates-notch-targets-in-the-developing-vertebrate-spinal-cord
#20
Hui Wang, Hongxing Gui, Michael S Rallo, Zhiyan Xu, Michael P Matise
The Notch signaling pathway controls cell fate decision, proliferation and other biological functions in both vertebrates and invertebrates. Precise regulation of the canonical Notch pathway ensures robustness of the signal throughout development and adult tissue homeostasis. Aberrant Notch signaling results in profound developmental defects and is linked to many human diseases. In this study, we identified the Atrophin family protein RERE (also called Atro2) as a positive regulator of Notch target Hes genes in the developing vertebrate spinal cord...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
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