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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529323/an-immunogenic-phenotype-in-paternal-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cells-at-embryo-implantation-elicits-later-fetal-loss-in-mice
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Lachlan M Moldenhauer, Kerrilyn R Diener, John D Hayball, Sarah A Robertson
Central to pregnancy success is a state of T cell tolerance to paternal antigens, which is initiated at conception. The role and regulation of specific phenotypes of CD8(+) T cells in mediating pregnancy tolerance is not clear. This study aimed to investigate the impact on pregnancy outcome of altering the cytokine environment during maternal CD8(+) T cell priming in early pregnancy. Transgenic Act-mOVA male mice were mated to C57BL/6 (B6) females to generate fetuses expressing ovalbumin (OVA) as a model paternal antigen...
May 22, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523429/kir-lilrb-and-their-ligands-genes-as-potential-biomarkers-in-recurrent-implantation-failure
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REVIEW
Izabela Nowak, Karolina Wilczyńska, Jacek R Wilczyński, Andrzej Malinowski, Paweł Radwan, Michał Radwan, Piotr Kuśnierczyk
Reproductive failure in humans is a very important social and economic problem, because nowadays women decide to conceive later in life and delay motherhood. Unfortunately, with increasing age they have less chance for natural fertilization and maintenance of pregnancy. Many of them need assisted reproductive technology. Approximately 10% of women after in vitro fertilization-embryo transfers experience recurrent implantation failure (RIF). Multiple factors may contribute to RIF, including oocyte and sperm quality, parental chromosomal anomalies, genetic or metabolic abnormalities of the embryo, poor uterine receptivity, immunological disturbances in the implantation site, and some gynecologic pathologies such as endometriosis, uterine fibroids, hydrosalpinx and endometrial polyps...
May 18, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512386/oxidative-stress-biomarkers-establishment-of-reference-values-for-isoprostanes-aopp-and-npbi-in-cord-blood
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Mariangela Longini, Elisa Belvisi, Fabrizio Proietti, Francesco Bazzini, Giuseppe Buonocore, Serafina Perrone
Oxidative stress (OS) is a common pathogenic factor involved in the onset of several diseases in humans, from immunologic disorders to malignancy, being a serious public health problem. In perinatal period, OS has been associated with adverse outcome of pregnancy and neonatal diseases. Dangerous effects of OS are mediated by increased production of free radicals (FRs) following various mechanisms, such as hypoxia, ischemia reperfusion, hyperoxia, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, Fenton chemistry, and prostaglandin metabolism...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509320/premature-fetal-tissues-are-possible-source-of-valuable-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Filip Andrzej Dąbrowski, Anna Burdzinska, Agnieszka Kulesza, Beata Kaleta, Leszek Pączek, Mirosław Wielgoś
OBJECTIVES: Comparison of the ability to inhibit alloactivated lymphocytes proliferation of human Wharton Jelly (WJ) and amniotic membrane (AM) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from preterm and term pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Term-WJ-MSCs (n = 5) and Preterm-WJ-MSCs (n = 1) were obtained from tissue explants by adherent method. Term-AM-MSCs (n = 5) and Preterm-AM-MSCs (n = 1) were obtained by tripsin and collagenase digestion method. Term and Preterm MSCs phenotype was confirmed in vitro by flow cytometry...
2017: Ginekologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507767/post-traumatic-stress-in-pregnant-women-with-primary-cytomegalovirus-infection-and-risk-of-congenital-infection-in-newborns
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Francesco Vadini, Elisa Tracanna, Ennio Polilli, Monica Tontodonati, Elena Ricci, Francesca Santilli, Giustino Parruti
BACKGROUND: Substantial evidence indicates that perinatal mental disturbances are associated with the risk for negative maternal-newborn outcomes. A neuroendocrine brain-placenta interaction has been described to explain the association between prenatal stress-related disorders and placental abnormalities. Whether these mechanisms may affect the likelihood of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of infections has never been investigated. AIMS: To evaluate the role of psychological factors in cytomegalovirus (CMV) MTCT in pregnant women with primary CMV infection...
November 2016: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501406/effect-of-inhibiting-the-lactogenic-signal-at-calving-on-milk-production-and-metabolic-and-immune-perturbations-in-dairy-cows
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N Vanacker, S Ollier, F Beaudoin, R Blouin, P Lacasse
During the periparturient period, the abrupt increase in energy demand for milk production often induces metabolic and immunological disturbances in dairy cows. Our previous work has shown that reducing milk output by milking once a day or incompletely in the first few days of lactation reduces these disturbances. The aim of this study was to reduce metabolic and immunological disturbances by limiting milk production during the first week of lactation by inhibiting the lactogenic signal driven by prolactin...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501364/immune-modulation-treatments-where-is%C3%A2-the-evidence
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REVIEW
Malene Meisner Hviid, Nick Macklon
While advances in assisted reproductive techniques have been substantial, failure of the apparently viable embryo to implant remains a source of distress and frustration to patients and specialists alike. The unique maternal immunological response to the embryo and the notion that defects in early placentation underlie the great complications of pregnancy have focused attention on the therapeutic potential of peri-implantation immunomodulation. On the face of it, the rationale for this approach is very attractive...
May 10, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498052/decreased-expression-of-mmp-9-in-cd8-cells-in-placenta-with-severe-preeclampsia
#8
M Orlovic, V Tomic, K Vukojevic, I Hudic, V Mandic, I Azinovic, D Soldo, M Kajic, V Soljic
We compared the number of CD4-positive (CD4(+)) and CD8-positive (CD8(+)) cells in severe and non-severe preeclampsia (PE), and in normal pregnancy. We also evaluated the expression of matrix metalloproteinase 9 (MMP-9) in CD4(+) and CD8(+) cells. Immunohistochemistry for CD4(+) and CD8(+) was performed on the decidua basalis of 15 severe and 13 non-severe PE women and compared to decidual tissue of 19 normal pregnancies (control group). Co-expression of MMP-9 with CD8(+) and CD4(+) cells was determined by double immunofluorescence staining...
May 12, 2017: Biotechnic & Histochemistry: Official Publication of the Biological Stain Commission
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492051/prognosis-for-women-diagnosed-with-melanoma-during-before-or-after-pregnancy-weighing-the-evidence
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REVIEW
Sarah P Todd, Marcia S Driscoll
Approximately one third of women who are diagnosed with malignant melanoma are of childbearing age. Therefore, it is not surprising that some studies have found malignant melanoma to be one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in pregnant women. The impact of pregnancy-related hormonal changes on melanoma development and progression remains controversial. Women undergo immunologic changes during pregnancy that may decrease tumor surveillance. Additionally, hormone receptors are found on some melanomas...
March 2017: International Journal of Women's Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488965/mild-to-moderate-foeto-maternal-haemorrhage-in-the-third-trimester-and-at-term-of-pregnancy-quantitative-determination-and-clinical-diagnostic-evaluation
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Fausta Beneventi, Chiara Cavagnoli, Elena Locatelli, Silvia Bariselli, Margherita Simonetta, Gianluca Viarengo, Cesare Perotti, Arsenio Spinillo
BACKGROUND: Foeto-maternal haemorrhage (FMH), a gestational event that occurs before or during delivery, consists of a loss of foetal blood into the maternal circulation. FMH occurs more frequently during the third trimester or labour both in normal and complicated pregnancies. In the case of alloimmunisation, the maternal immunological response and the severity of the resulting foetal or neonatal disease depend on the amount of foetal blood that passes into the maternal circulation. The aim of this study was to determine FMH in the third trimester and at term of pregnancy and to evaluate the role of clinical and ultrasound markers in the prediction of FMH...
April 19, 2017: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481180/trophoblast-glycoprotein-tpgb-5t4-in-human-placenta-expression-regulation-and-presence-in-extracellular-microvesicles-and-exosomes
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S M K Alam, S Jasti, S K Kshirsagar, D S Tannetta, R A Dragovic, C W Redman, I L Sargent, H C Hodes, T L Nauser, T Fortes, A M Filler, K Behan, D R Martin, T A Fields, B K Petroff, M G Petroff
BACKGROUND: Many parallels exist between growth and development of the placenta and that of cancer. One parallel is shared expression of antigens that may have functional importance and may be recognized by the immune system. Here, we characterize expression and regulation of one such antigen, Trophoblast glycoprotein (TPGB; also called 5T4), in the placenta across gestation, in placentas of preeclamptic (PE) pregnancies, and in purified microvesicles and exosomes. METHODS: Trophoblast glycoprotein expression was analyzed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), Western blot, and immunohistochemistry...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480895/immunological-implications-of-pregnancy-induced-microchimerism
#12
REVIEW
Jeremy M Kinder, Ina A Stelzer, Petra C Arck, Sing Sing Way
Immunological identity is traditionally defined by genetically encoded antigens, with equal maternal and paternal contributions as a result of Mendelian inheritance. However, vertically transferred maternal cells also persist in individuals at very low levels throughout postnatal development. Reciprocally, mothers are seeded during pregnancy with genetically foreign fetal cells that persist long after parturition. Recent findings suggest that these microchimeric cells expressing non-inherited, familially relevant antigenic traits are not accidental 'souvenirs' of pregnancy, but are purposefully retained within mothers and their offspring to promote genetic fitness by improving the outcome of future pregnancies...
May 8, 2017: Nature Reviews. Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474799/non-allergic-rhinitis-position-paper-of-the-european-academy-of-allergology-and-clinical-immunology
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P W Hellings, L Klimek, C Cingi, I Agache, C Akdis, C Bachert, J Bousquet, P Demoly, P Gevaert, V Hox, C Hupin, L Kalogjera, F Manole, R Mösges, J Mullol, N B Muluk, A Muraro, N Papadopoulos, R Pawankar, C Rondon, M Rundenko, S F Seys, E Toskala, L Van Gerven, L Zhang, N Zhang, W J Fokkens
This EAACI position paper aims at providing a state-of-the-art overview on non-allergic rhinitis (NAR). A significant number of patients suffering from persistent rhinitis are defined as non-allergic non-infectious rhinitis (NANIR) patients, often denominated in short as having NAR. NAR is defined as a symptomatic inflammation of the nasal mucosa with the presence of minimal 2 nasal symptoms like nasal obstruction, rhinorrhoea, sneezing, and/or itchy nose, without clinical evidence of endonasal infection and without systemic signs of sensitization to inhalant allergens...
May 5, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473031/-recurrent-pregnancy-loss
#14
Maria Christine Krog, Astrid Marie Kolte, Karen Husby, Pia Egerup, Elisabeth Clare Larsen, Ole Bjarne Christiansen, Henriette Svarre Nielsen
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined as three or more consecutive pregnancy losses, and it affects 2-3% of couples trying to conceive. RPL is a multifactorial disorder, and only few evidence-based treatments are available. It is associated with an increased prevalence of stress and major depression, and also with immunogenetic markers, autoimmunity and an increase of the risk of cardiovascular disease in later life. Immunology seems to be a key element in RPL, and further research is needed to understand the pathogenesis of this heterogeneous condition in order to develop personalized treatment...
April 24, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464218/granulocytic-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-from-human-cord-blood-modulate-t-helper-cell-response-towards-an-anti-inflammatory-phenotype
#15
Natascha Köstlin, Margit Vogelmann, Bärbel Spring, Julian Schwarz, Judith Feucht, Christoph Härtel, Thorsten W Orlikowsky, Christian F Poets, Christian Gille
Infections are a leading cause of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The outstandingly high susceptibility to infections early in life is mainly attributable to the compromised state of the neonatal immune system. One important difference to the adult immune system is a bias towards T helper (Th) 2-responses in newborns. However, mechanisms regulating neonatal T-cell responses are yet incompletely understood. Granulocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells (GR-MDSC) are myeloid cells with a granulocytic phenotype that suppress various functions of other immune cells and accumulate under physiological conditions during pregnancy in maternal and foetal blood...
May 2, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464190/amniotic-fluid-embolism-is-a-new-pregnancy-possible-case-report
#16
Ana Filipa Cabrita Caeiro, Irina Dulce Tapadinhas Matos Ramilo, Ana Paula Santos, Elizabeth Ferreira, Isabel Santos Batalha
Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare but potentially catastrophic clinical condition, characterized by a combination of signs and symptoms that reflect respiratory distress, cardiovascular collapse and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Its pathogenesis is still unclear. More recently, the traditional view of obstruction of pulmonary capillary vessels by amniotic fluid emboli as the main explanation for the etiology has been ruled out, and immunologic factors and the activation of the inflammatory cascade took on an important role...
May 2, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454555/a-critical-assessment-of-the-sterile-womb-and-in-utero-colonization-hypotheses-implications-for-research-on-the-pioneer-infant-microbiome
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REVIEW
Maria Elisa Perez-Muñoz, Marie-Claire Arrieta, Amanda E Ramer-Tait, Jens Walter
After more than a century of active research, the notion that the human fetal environment is sterile and that the neonate's microbiome is acquired during and after birth was an accepted dogma. However, recent studies using molecular techniques suggest bacterial communities in the placenta, amniotic fluid, and meconium from healthy pregnancies. These findings have led many scientists to challenge the "sterile womb paradigm" and propose that microbiome acquisition instead begins in utero, an idea that would fundamentally change our understanding of gut microbiota acquisition and its role in human development...
April 28, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450276/pregnancy-and-bile-acid-disorders
#18
Vanessa Pataia, Peter H Dixon, Catherine Williamson
During pregnancy, extensive adaptations in maternal metabolic and immunological physiology occur. Consequently, pre-existing disease may be exacerbated or attenuated and new disease susceptibility may be unmasked. Cholestatic diseases, characterized by a supraphysiological raise in bile acid levels, require careful monitoring during pregnancy. This review describes the latest advances in the knowledge of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP), the commonest bile acid disorder specific to pregnancy, with a focus on the disease etiology and potential mechanisms of ICP-associated adverse pregnancy outcomes, including fetal demise...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432664/human-perinatal-immunity-in-physiological-conditions-and-during-infection
#19
REVIEW
Gijs T J van Well, Leonie A Daalderop, Tim Wolfs, Boris W Kramer
The intrauterine environment was long considered sterile. However, several infectious threats are already present during fetal life. This review focuses on the postnatal immunological consequences of prenatal exposure to microorganisms and related inflammatory stimuli. Both the innate and adaptive immune systems of the fetus and neonate are immature, which makes them highly susceptible to infections. There is good evidence that prenatal infections are a primary cause of preterm births. Additionally, the association between antenatal inflammation and adverse neonatal outcomes has been well established...
December 2017: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428937/intravenous-immunoglobulin-g-in-women-with-reproductive-failure-the-korean-society-for-reproductive-immunology-practice-guidelines
#20
REVIEW
Nayoung Sung, Ae Ra Han, Chan Woo Park, Dong Wook Park, Joon Cheol Park, Na Young Kim, Kyung Sil Lim, Ji Eun Shin, Chang Woo Joo, Seung Eun Lee, Jae Won Kim, Sung Ki Lee
The task force of the Korean Society for Reproductive Immunology recommends intravenous immunoglobulin G treatment in women with reproductive failure, including recurrent pregnancy loss and/or repeated implantation failure, who show cellular immune factors such as abnormal natural killer cell levels, natural killer cell cytotoxicity, and/or type 1 T helper immunity.
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
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