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REVIEW
Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526519/oxytocin-administration-during-spontaneous-labor-guidelines-for-clinical-practice-chapter-4-oxytocin-efficiency-according-to-implementation-in-insufficient-spontaneous-labor
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Bénédicte Coulm, Véronique Tessier
AIM: To describe the optimal procedures for administering oxytocin in cases of insufficient uterine contractility during spontaneous labor and the maternal and fetal monitoring to accompany it. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature by consultation of the Medline, Micromedex, and Cochrane databases, and international guidelines. RESULTS: Oxytocin must be administered only in hospital settings and monitored according to a written departmental protocol...
May 16, 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526027/description-of-inter-institutional-referrals-after-admission-for-labor-and-delivery-a-prospective-population-based-cohort-study-in-rural-maharashtra-india
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Archana B Patel, Amber Abhijeet Prakash, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Yamini V Pusdekar, Patricia L Hibberd
BACKGROUND: In 2008, the Indian government introduced financial assistance to encourage health facility deliveries. Facility births have increased, but maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality have not decreased raising questions about the quality of care provided in facilities and access to a quality referral system. We evaluated the potential role of inter-institutional transfers of women admitted for labor and delivery on adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes in an ongoing prospective, population-based Maternal and Newborn Health Registry in Central India...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511860/first-trimester-fetal-echocardiography-identification-of-cardiac-structures-for-screening-from-6-to-13%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age
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Darren Hutchinson, Angela McBrien, Lisa Howley, Yuka Yamamoto, Priya Sekar, Tarek Motan, Venu Jain, Winnie Savard, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: Early fetal echocardiography (FE), performed at 12 to 16 weeks' gestational age (GA), can be used to screen for fetal heart disease akin to that routinely performed in the second trimester. The efficacy of FE at earlier GAs has not been as well explored, particularly with recent advances in ultrasound technology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of early FE in assessing fetal heart structure, and the added benefit of color Doppler (CD), from as early as 6 weeks through to 13(+6) weeks' GA...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509990/transient-activation-of-reprogramming-transcription-factors-using-protein-transduction-facilitates-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-toward-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Hassan Rassouli, Hananeh Fonoudi, Mehdi Alikhani, Mahmood Talkhabi, Amir Darbandi-Azar, Shuibing Chen, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Derivation of cardiomyocytes directly from patients' own fibroblasts could offer a new therapeutic approach for those with ischemic heart disease. An essential step toward clinical application is to establish safe conversion of human fibroblasts into a cardiac fate. Here we aimed to efficiently and safely generate cardiomyocytes from human fibroblasts by direct delivery of reprogramming recombinant cell permeant form of reprogramming proteins followed by cardio-inductive signals. Human fetal and adult fibroblasts were transiently exposed to transactivator of transcription-fused recombinant OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC for 2 weeks and then were directly differentiated toward protein-induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (p-iCLCs) in a cardiac fate niche, carried out by treatment with a set of cardiogenic small molecules (sequential treatment of Chir, and IWP-2, SB431542 and purmorphamine)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508519/fetal-cardiac-remodeling-in-twin-pregnancies-conceived-by-assisted-reproductive-technologies
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Brenda Valenzuela-Alcaraz, Mónica Cruz-Lemini, Mérida Rodríguez-López, Ana Goncé, Laura García-Otero, Helena Ayuso, Marta Sitges, Bart Bijnens, Juan Balasch, Eduard Gratacós, Fátima Crispi
BACKGROUND: Recent data suggest that singleton fetuses conceived by assisted reproductive technologies (ART) present cardiovascular remodeling that may persist postnatally. Twin pregnancies are more frequent in the ART population, and are associated with increased adverse perinatal outcomes like hypertensive disorders, gestational diabetes and preterm birth. However, it is unknown whether cardiac remodeling is also present in twin pregnancies conceived by ART. Our aim was to assess the presence of fetal cardiac remodeling and dysfunction in twin pregnancies conceived by ART, as compared to spontaneously conceived (SC) ones...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508399/hdliveflow-with-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-heart-disease
#7
Megumi Ito, Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Kenta Yamamoto, Kenji Kanenishi, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Masaoka, Toshiyuki Hata
With the latest advancement of three-dimensional (3D)/four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound machines, HDliveFlow will facilitate more precise evaluations of the fetal and placental circulations [1-5] and gynecologic disorders [6-10]. HDliveFlow silhouette mode is the latest technology to demonstrate vitreous-like clarity of the blood flow. This technique has the ability to preserve and delineate the outline and borders of the blood flow, while showing its core as transparent.
May 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507627/prenatally-diagnosis-and-outcome-of-fetuses-with-cardiac-rhabdomyoma-single-centre-experience
#8
Ramush Bejiqi, Ragip Retkoceri, Hana Bejiqi
BACKGROUND: Cardiac rhabdomyoma (CRs) are the most common primary tumour of the heart in infants and children. Usually are multiple and, basing on the location can cause a haemodynamic disturbance, dysrhythmias or heart failure during the fetal and early postnatal period. CRs have a natural history of spontaneous regression and are closely associated with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). It has an association with tuberous sclerosis (TS), and in those, the tumour may regress and disappear completely, or remain consistent in size...
April 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505611/novel-insights-in-fetal-cardiomyopathy-due-to-in-utero-herpes-simplex-virus-infection
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Tamara Margit Jutta Pahlitzsch, Elisa Theresa Helbig, Nanette Sarioglu, Larry Hinkson, Katharina von Weizsäcker, Wolfgang Henrich
This is a case report of fatal cardiomyopathy in a fetus following maternal intrauterine infection with herpes simplex virus (HSV), despite the mother having no symptoms of an infection. The fetus showed signs of a disseminated infection affecting the heart, brain, lungs, liver, adrenal glands, and skin. HSV cardiomyopathy, characterized by vast necrosis, extensive calcifications, and inflammatory infiltration, was found to be the cause of intrauterine fetal death. To our knowledge, this is a unique report of an asymptomatic maternal nonprimary or recurrent HSV infection that induced a transmission of HSV resulting in extensive and fatal changes in the fetal heart...
May 16, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503116/melatonin-pharmacology-functions-and-therapeutic-benefits
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REVIEW
Sylvie Tordjman, Sylvie Chokron, Richard Delorme, Annaëlle Charrier, Eric Bellissant, Nemat Jaafari, Claire Fougerou
BACKGROUND: Melatonin synchronizes central but also peripheral oscillators (fetal adrenal gland, pancreas, liver, kidney, heart, lung, fat, gut, etc.), allowing temporal organization of biological functions through circadian rhythms (24-hour cycles) in relation to periodic environmental changes and therefore adaptation of the individual to his/her internal and external environment. Measures of melatonin are considered the best peripheral indices of human circadian timing based on an internal 24-hour clock...
April 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498066/atrial-fibrillation-in-pregnancy-a-growing-challenge
#11
Vasiliki Katsi, Georgios Georgiopoulos, Maria Marketou, Dimitrios Oikonomou, Fragiskos Parthenakis, Thomas Makris, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, P Vardas, Dimitris Tousoulis
Atrial fibrillation (AF) constitutes a relatively infrequent pregnancy complication, which may be a therapeutic Gordian knot. Indeed, sparse data exist regarding the prevalence, prognosis and management of AF during pregnancy. In general, AF occurs as a benign, self-limited arrhythmia but occasionally may have severe hemodynamic consequences in pregnant patients suffering from heart failure, congenital heart disease, or other comorbidities. Extra-cardiac causes of AF should always be meticulously excluded. Treatment decisions are difficult, since medications may cross placental barrier and potentially affect fetal growth and organogenesis or even result in fetal bradyarrhythmias...
May 12, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497716/polyglucosan-bodies-in-placental-extravillious-trophoblast-for-the-diagnosis-of-fatal-perinatal-neuromuscular-type-glycogen-storage-disease-type-iv
#12
Weiming Yu, Marie-Anne Brundler, James R Wright
The fatal infantile neuromuscular type is the most severe form of glycogen storage disease type IV. We report a case of a 22-day-old female neonate born at 34 weeks gestation with polyhyramnios, fetal hydrops, and severe hypotonia. Placental examination revealed numerous periodic acid schiff (PAS)-positive diastase-resistant polyglucosan bodies in the cytoplasm of extravillous trophoblast predominantly in the placental basal plate. Muscle biopsy and autopsy findings supported a diagnosis of neuromuscular-type glycogen storage disease IV with extensive involvement of skeletal muscle, heart, and liver...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496945/gestational-exposure-to-silymarin-increases-susceptibility-of-balb-c-mice-fetuses-to-apoptosis
#13
Mahbobe Gholami, Seyed Adel Moallem, Mohammad Afshar, Leila Etemad, Gholamreza Karimi
BACKGROUND: Silymarin is a flavonolignan that has been the subject of research to evaluate the beneficial properties for decades. Silymarin has been known for its potent cytoprotective, hepatoprotective and antioxidant activities. The goal of the present study was to gain a deeper understanding of possible molecular mechanisms of apoptosis of the injuries induced by silymarin on BALB/c mice fetuses. METHODS: The present experimental study was carried out in virgin female BALB/c mice...
April 2017: Avicenna Journal of Medical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495194/neospora-caninum-abortion-in-a-malayan-tapir-tapirus-indicus
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M Peters, C Osmann, P Wohlsein, G Schares
A captive 17-year old female Malayan tapir (Tapirus indicus) aborted a fetus with a crown rump length of 19cm in early pregnancy. The fetus showed an early state of mummification. Histologically, a multifocal mononuclear encephalitis, myocarditis and periportal hepatitis was present indicating a possible protozoal cause of abortion. Although immunohistologically, Neospora (N.) caninum antigen could not be demonstrated, N. caninum DNA was detected by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) in brain, heart, liver and lung of the fetus...
May 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490840/toll-like-receptor-9-promotes-survival-in-serca2a-ko-heart-failure-mice
#15
Yangchen Dhondup, Ivar Sjaastad, Øystein Sandanger, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Muhammad Shakil Ahmed, Håvard Attramadal, Alexandra Vanessa Finsen, Lili Zhang, Trine Ranheim, Katrine Alfsnes, Pål Aukrust, Geir Christensen, Arne Yndestad, Leif Erik Vinge
Aim. Inflammation is important in heart failure (HF). The role of the immune receptor toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9) in HF is not understood and not investigated in diastolic HF. We investigated the role of TLR9 in a murine diastolic HF model caused by cardiomyocyte SERCA2a excision. Methods and Results. We crossed SERCA2a KO and TLR9 KO mice to generate four mouse lines. Tamoxifen-induced cardiomyocyte SERCA2a gene excision was carried out in mice, causing diastolic HF. After 7.6 weeks, cardiac functions and dimensions were analyzed by echocardiography and heart tissues were processed...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484895/diagnosis-of-umbilical-cord-entanglement-in-a-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancy-with-spontaneous-septostomy-of-the-dividing-membranes-using-dual-gate-doppler-imaging
#16
Ayumu Ito, Masahiko Nakata, Ayako Oji, Mayumi Takano, Nahomi Umemura, Sumito Nagasaki, Toshimitsu Maemura, Mineto Morita
Umbilical cord entanglement is the leading cause of fetal mortality in monoamniotic twin pregnancies and a pseudo monoamniotic environment. Published methods for detecting this complication include color Doppler and pulsed Doppler sonography; however, no method provides an absolute diagnosis. In this case, we report the diagnosis of umbilical cord entanglement using dual-gate Doppler imaging. A 35-year-old woman was referred to our hospital at 28 weeks of gestation for prenatal management because of diagnosis of a monochorionic diamniotic twin pregnancy with spontaneous septostomy of the dividing membranes...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484495/mitochondrial-dna-hypomethylation-is-a-biomarker-associated-with-induced-senescence-in-human-fetal-heart-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#17
Dehai Yu, Zhonghua Du, Lingling Pian, Tao Li, Xue Wen, Wei Li, Su-Jeong Kim, Jialin Xiao, Pinchas Cohen, Jiuwei Cui, Andrew R Hoffman, Ji-Fan Hu
Background. Fetal heart can regenerate to restore its normal anatomy and function in response to injury, but this regenerative capacity is lost within the first week of postnatal life. Although the specific molecular mechanisms remain to be defined, it is presumed that aging of cardiac stem or progenitor cells may contribute to the loss of regenerative potential. Methods. To study this aging-related dysfunction, we cultured mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from human fetal heart tissues. Senescence was induced by exposing cells to chronic oxidative stress/low serum...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482343/fetal-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-the-first-trimester-as-a-screening-marker-for-congenital-heart-defects-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
Carolina Scala, Maddalena Morlando, Alessandra Familiari, Umberto Leone Roberti Maggiore, Simone Ferrero, Francesco D'Antonio, Asma Khalil
BACKGROUND: Assessment of tricuspid flow has been reported to improve the performance of screening for aneuploidies and congenital heart defects (CHD). However, the performance of tricuspid regurgitation (TR) as a screening marker for CHD in euploid fetuses is yet to be established. The main aim of this meta-analysis was to establish the predictive accuracy of TR for CHD. METHODS: MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library were searched electronically utilizing combinations of the relevant medical subject heading for "fetus," "tricuspid regurgitation," and "first trimester...
May 9, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481127/fetal-cardiac-impairment-in-nitrofen-induced-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-postmortem-microcomputed-tomography-imaging-study
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Gloria Pelizzo, Valeria Calcaterra, Claudio Lombardi, Rossana Bussani, Vanessa Zambelli, Annalisa De Silvestri, Ana Custrin, Manuel Belgrano, Floriana Zennaro
INTRODUCTION: We assessed the post-mortem micro-CT utility to evaluate fetal cardiac impairment in nitrofen-induced congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). METHODS: At 9.5d postconception (dpc), pregnant rats were exposed to nitrofen. At +18 and +21dpc, fetuses were harvested by cesarean section. Postmortem micro-CT and autopsy were performed. Fetuses were assigned to three experimental groups: Control group (C), Nitrofen group (N, exposition to nitrofen without CDH), CDH group...
May 8, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478816/effects-of-hypnosis-during-pregnancy-a-psychophysiological-study-on-maternal-stress
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Fabien Legrand, Corinne Grévin-Laroche, Elisabeth Josse, Guillaume Polidori, Hervé Quinart, Redha Taïar
Because it induces a state of reduced awareness and deep relaxation, hypnosis is thought to be efficient at relieving stress and anxiety. This study examined whether hypnosis may alter the pattern and time evolution of maternal and fetal stress. Here we report a 23-yrs-old primigravida woman at 31-weeks' gestation who underwent daily sessions of hypnosis during one week. An A (baseline)-B (intervention) - A' (return to baseline) design was used. Each study phase lasted one week. The State Anxiety Inventory (SAI) was completed daily...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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