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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909773/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-fetal-pelvic-cysts
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Styliani Archontaki, Yvan Vial, Sylviane Hanquinet, Reto Meuli, Leonor Alamo
The detection of fetal anomalies has improved in the last years as a result of the generalization of ultrasound pregnancy screening exams. The presence of a cystic imaging in the fetal pelvis is a relatively common finding, which can correspond to a real congenital cystic lesion or result from the anomalous liquid accumulation in a whole pelvic organ, mainly the urinary bladder, the uterus, or the vagina. In selected cases with poor prognosis and/or inconclusive echographic findings, magnetic resonance may bring additional information in terms of the characterization, anatomical location, and real extension of the pathology...
December 1, 2016: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906972/selective-serotonin-reuptake-inhibitor-ssri-antidepressants-in-pregnancy-and-congenital-anomalies-analysis-of-linked-databases-in-wales-norway-and-funen-denmark
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Sue Jordan, Joan K Morris, Gareth I Davies, David Tucker, Daniel S Thayer, Johannes M Luteijn, Margery Morgan, Ester Garne, Anne V Hansen, Kari Klungsøyr, Anders Engeland, Breidge Boyle, Helen Dolk
BACKGROUND: Hypothesised associations between in utero exposure to selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and congenital anomalies, particularly congenital heart defects (CHD), remain controversial. We investigated the putative teratogenicity of SSRI prescription in the 91 days either side of first day of last menstrual period (LMP). METHODS AND FINDINGS: Three population-based EUROCAT congenital anomaly registries- Norway (2004-2010), Wales (2000-2010) and Funen, Denmark (2000-2010)-were linked to the electronic healthcare databases holding prospectively collected prescription information for all pregnancies in the timeframes available...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906905/description-of-13-infants-born-during-october-2015-january-2016-with-congenital-zika-virus-infection-without-microcephaly-at-birth-brazil
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Vanessa van der Linden, André Pessoa, William Dobyns, A James Barkovich, Hélio van der Linden Júnior, Epitacio Leite Rolim Filho, Erlane Marques Ribeiro, Mariana de Carvalho Leal, Pablo Picasso de Araújo Coimbra, Maria de Fátima Viana Vasco Aragão, Islane Verçosa, Camila Ventura, Regina Coeli Ramos, Danielle Di Cavalcanti Sousa Cruz, Marli Tenório Cordeiro, Vivian Maria Ribeiro Mota, Mary Dott, Christina Hillard, Cynthia A Moore
Congenital Zika virus infection can cause microcephaly and severe brain abnormalities (1). Congenital Zika syndrome comprises a spectrum of clinical features (2); however, as is the case with most newly recognized teratogens, the earliest documented clinical presentation is expected to be the most severe. Initial descriptions of the effects of in utero Zika virus infection centered prominently on the finding of congenital microcephaly (3). To assess the possibility of clinical presentations that do not include congenital microcephaly, a retrospective assessment of 13 infants from the Brazilian states of Pernambuco and Ceará with normal head size at birth and laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection was conducted...
December 2, 2016: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905861/sodium-bisulfite-pyrosequencing-revealed-that-developmental-exposure-to-environmental-contaminant-mixtures-does-not-affect-dna-methylation-of-dna-repeats-in-sprague-dawley-rats
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Daniel Desaulniers, Cathy Cummings-Lorbetskie, Nanqin Li, Gong-Hua Xiao, Leonora Marro, Nasrin Khan, Karen Leingartner
Hypomethylation of DNA repeats has been linked to diseases and cancer predisposition. Human studies suggest that higher blood concentrations of environmental contaminants (EC) correlate with levels of hypomethylation of DNA repeats in blood. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of in utero and/or lactational exposure to EC on the methylation of DNA repeats (LINE-1 and identifier element) in Sprague-Dawley rat pups at birth, at postnatal day (PND) 21, and in adulthood (PND78-86). From gestation day 0 to PND20, dams were exposed to a mixture "M" of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), pesticides, and methylmercury (MeHg), at 0...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905410/association-between-preterm-brain-injury-and-exposure-to-chorioamnionitis-during-fetal-life
#5
Devasuda Anblagan, Rozalia Pataky, Margaret J Evans, Emma J Telford, Ahmed Serag, Sarah Sparrow, Chinthika Piyasena, Scott I Semple, Alastair Graham Wilkinson, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
Preterm infants are susceptible to inflammation-induced white matter injury but the exposures that lead to this are uncertain. Histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) reflects intrauterine inflammation, can trigger a fetal inflammatory response, and is closely associated with premature birth. In a cohort of 90 preterm infants with detailed placental histology and neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at term equivalent age, we used Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical comparison of fractional anisotropy (FA) data and computational morphometry analysis to compute the volumes of whole brain, tissue compartments and cerebrospinal fluid, to test the hypothesis that HCA is an independent antenatal risk factor for preterm brain injury...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903815/neonatal-vitamin-d-status-and-risk-of-multiple-sclerosis-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Nete Munk Nielsen, Kassandra L Munger, Nils Koch-Henriksen, David M Hougaard, Melinda Magyari, Kristian T Jørgensen, Marika Lundqvist, Jacob Simonsen, Tine Jess, Arieh Cohen, Egon Stenager, Alberto Ascherio
OBJECTIVE: As previous research has suggested that exposure to vitamin D insufficiency in utero may have relevance for the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), we aimed to examine the direct association between level of neonatal vitamin D and risk of MS. METHODS: We carried out a matched case-control study. Dried blood spots samples (DBSS) belonging to 521 patients with MS were identified in the Danish Newborn Screening Biobank. For every patient with MS, 1-2 controls with the same sex and birth date were retrieved from the Biobank (n = 972)...
November 30, 2016: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899089/familial-forms-of-disorders-of-sex-development-may-be-common-if-infertility-is-considered-a-comorbidity
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Raja Brauner, Flavia Picard-Dieval, Henri Lottmann, Sébastien Rouget, Joelle Bignon-Topalovic, Anu Bashamboo, Ken McElreavey
BACKGROUND: Families with 46,XY Disorders of Sex Development (DSD) have been reported, but they are considered to be exceptionally rare, with the exception of the familial forms of disorders affecting androgen synthesis or action. The families of some patients with anorchia may include individuals with 46,XY gonadal dysgenesis. We therefore analysed a large series of patients with 46,XY DSD or anorchia for the occurrence in their family of one of these phenotypes and/or ovarian insufficiency and/or infertility and/or cryptorchidism...
November 29, 2016: BMC Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899076/the-kaiser-permanente-northern-california-research-program-on-genes-environment-and-health-rpgeh-pregnancy-cohort-study-design-methodology-and-baseline-characteristics
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M M Hedderson, A Ferrara, L A Avalos, S K Van den Eeden, E P Gunderson, D K Li, A Altschuler, S Woo, S Rowell, V Choudhary, F Xu, T Flanagan, C Schaefer, L A Croen
BACKGROUND: Exposures during the prenatal period may have lasting effects on maternal and child health outcomes. To better understand the effects of the in utero environment on children's short- and long-term health, large representative pregnancy cohorts with comprehensive information on a broad range of environmental influences (including biological and behavioral) and the ability to link to prenatal, child and maternal health outcomes are needed. The Research Program on Genes, Environment and Health (RPGEH) pregnancy cohort at Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) was established to create a resource for conducting research to better understand factors influencing women's and children's health...
November 29, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898863/rapid-communication-expression-of-an-endogenous-retroviral-element-during-early-gestation-in-beef-heifers
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K J McLean, M S Crouse, M R Crosswhite, D N Black, C R Dahlen, P P Borowicz, L P Reynolds, A K Ward, B W Neville, J S Caton
Endogenous retroviral gene elements have been implicated in development and formation of the feto-maternal interface. A variant of the syncytin endogenous retroviral envelope gene family, , was recently found in ruminants. We hypothesized that mRNA would be differentially expressed in utero-placental tissues and would fluctuate during key time points of early gestation in beef heifers. Commercial Angus crossbred heifers ( = 46; ∼15 mo of age; BW = 362.3 ± 34.7kg) housed in 6-animal pens were fed daily with native grass hay and supplemented with cracked corn to gain 0...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898591/tenofovir-exposure-in-utero-and-linear-growth-in-hiv-exposed-uninfected-infants
#10
Stanzi M le Roux, Jennifer Jao, Kirsty Brittain, Tamsin K Phillips, Seun Olatunbosun, Agnes Ronan, Allison Zerbe, Elaine J Abrams, Landon Myer
OBJECTIVE: Tenofovir (TDF) affects bone health and is widely used in pregnancy but data are limited on the effects of TDF exposure in utero. We examined the association between duration of in-utero TDF exposure and linear growth in HIV-exposed, uninfected (HEU) infants. DESIGN: A prospective cohort of pregnant women initiating TDF-containing regimens at primary care services in Cape Town, South Africa, were enrolled and followed with their breastfeeding infants through 12 months postpartum...
January 2, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898587/maternal-epigenetics-and-fetal-and-neonatal-growth
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Sofia Kitsiou-Tzeli, Maria Tzetis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The article provides an update on new insights of factors altering inherited maternal epigenome that ultimately affect fetal and neonatal growth. RECENT FINDINGS: A number of new publications have identified mechanisms through which maternal nutrition, environmental exposures such as stress and toxic substances altering expression of imprinted genes during pregnancy can influence fetal and neonatal phenotype and susceptibility to disease development later in life...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895448/neonatal-acute-kidney-injury-following-valsartan-exposure-in-utero-report-of-two-cases
#12
E Tsepkentzi, K Sarafidis, A Sotiriadis, K Chatzistamatiou, V Drossou-Agakidou
BACKGROUND: Maternal sartan intake during pregnancy has been associated with several fetal/neonatal complications related to disturbed renal development. Description of cases: We present two cases of neonatal acute kidney injury (AKI) following valsartan administration during pregnancy and provide evidence for the use of novel AKI biomarkers in these neonates. The first case was a female neonate, delivered at 32+4 weeks of gestation after maternal valsartan intake from 24 to 32 gestational weeks...
January 2016: Hippokratia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894031/artificial-placenta-analysis-of-recent-progress
#13
REVIEW
Stephen D Bird
The artificial placenta (AP) has for many decades captured the imagination of scientists and authors with popular fiction including The Matrix and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", depicting a human surviving ex-utero in an artificial uterine environment (AUE). For scientists this has fascinated as a way forward for extremely preterm infants (EPIs) born less than 28 weeks of gestation. Early successes with mechanical ventilation (MV) for infants born above 28 weeks of gestation meant that AP research lost momentum...
November 11, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889924/dental-ontogeny-of-a-white-shark-embryo
#14
Taketeru Tomita, Kei Miyamoto, Akira Kawaguchi, Minoru Toda, Shin-Ichiro Oka, Ryo Nozu, Keiichi Sato
Unlike most viviparous vertebrates, lamniform sharks develop functional teeth during early gestation. This feature is considered to be related to their unique reproductive mode where the embryo grows to a large size via feeding on nutritive eggs in utero. However, the developmental process of embryonic teeth is largely uninvestigated. We conducted X-ray microcomputed tomography to observe the dentitions of early-, mid-, and full-term embryos of the white shark Carcharodon carcharias (Lamniformes, Lamnidae)...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889436/wide-variation-found-in-care-of-opioid-exposed-newborns
#15
Debra L Bogen, Bonny L Whalen, Laura R Kair, Mark Vining, Beth A King
OBJECTIVE: Standardized practices for the management of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) are associated with shorter lengths of stay, but optimal protocols are not established. We sought to identify practice variations for newborns with in utero chronic opioid exposure among hospitals in the Better Outcomes Through Research for Newborns (BORN) network. METHODS: Nursery site leaders completed a survey about hospitals' policies and practices regarding care for infants with chronic opioid exposure (≥3 weeks)...
November 23, 2016: Academic Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888777/the-effects-of-prenatal-testosterone-on-wages-evidence-from-russia
#16
John V C Nye, Maksym Bryukhanov, Ekaterina Kochergina, Ekaterina Orel, Sergiy Polyachenko, Maria Yudkevich
Is in utero exposure to testosterone correlated with earnings? The question matters for understanding determinants of wage differences that have attracted so much attention among economists in the past decade. Evidence indicates that markers for early testosterone exposure are correlated with traits like risk-taking and aggressiveness. But it is not at all clear how such findings might map into labor market success. We combine unique data from the Russian Longitudinal Monitoring Survey with measured markers (2D:4D ratios) for testosterone exposure and find that lower digit ratios (higher T) correlate with higher wages for women and for men, when controlling for age, education and occupation...
November 19, 2016: Economics and Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888489/the-role-of-dna-methylation-in-hypertension
#17
Masashi Demura, Kiyofumi Saijoh
DNA methylation is the covalent modification of DNA that affects its function, without altering DNA sequences. Three important roles of DNA methylation include intrauterine programming, acquired predisposition, and transgenerational inheritance. A wide variety of factors can affect DNA methylation. Intrauterine programming involves drastic changes in DNA methylation patterns during cellular development and differentiation, which have a long-lasting effect on the predisposition of offspring. Influences from the mother, including maternal nutritional status, modify intrauterine epigenetic programming...
November 26, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887783/a-systematic-review-of-mancozeb-as-a-reproductive-and-developmental-hazard
#18
REVIEW
Jennifer Runkle, Joan Flocks, Jeannie Economos, Anne L Dunlop
BACKGROUND: The potential adverse reproductive and developmental effects of Mancozeb, especially in sensitive subpopulations, have not been fully reviewed for this widely used fungicide. OBJECTIVE: To review the experimental and epidemiologic evidence for the association between exposure to Mancozeb and reproductive and developmental health outcomes using an adaptation of the National Toxicology Program's Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) systematic review framework...
November 22, 2016: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887572/maternal-smoking-impacts-key-biological-pathways-in-newborns-through-epigenetic-modification-in-utero
#19
Daniel M Rotroff, Bonnie R Joubert, Skylar W Marvel, Siri E Håberg, Michael C Wu, Roy M Nilsen, Per M Ueland, Wenche Nystad, Stephanie J London, Alison Motsinger-Reif
BACKGROUND: Children exposed to maternal smoking during pregnancy exhibit increased risk for many adverse health effects. Maternal smoking influences methylation in newborns at specific CpG sites (CpGs). Here, we extend evaluation of individual CpGs to gene-level and pathway-level analyses among 1062 participants in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa) using the Illumina 450 K platform to measure methylation in newborn DNA and maternal smoking in pregnancy, assessed using the biomarker, plasma cotinine...
November 25, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886143/neonatal-diesel-exhaust-particulate-exposure-does-not-predispose-mice-to-adult-cardiac-hypertrophy-or-heart-failure
#20
Yonggang Liu, Chad S Weldy, Michael T Chin
Background: We have previously reported that in utero and early life exposure to diesel exhaust particulates predisposes mice to adult heart failure, and that in utero exposure alone is sufficient to confer this predisposition. This follow up study addresses whether neonatal exposure alone can also confer this predisposition. Methods: Newborn male C57BL/6 mice were exposed to diesel exhaust (DE) particulates immediately after birth until weaning at 21 days of age, whereupon they were transferred to filtered air (FA) conditions...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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