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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352600/placental-control-of-metabolic-adaptations-in-the-mother-for-an-optimal-pregnancy-outcome-what-goes-wrong-in-gestational-diabetes
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David J Hill
As pregnancy progresses the placental syncytiotrophoblast increasingly assumes control of maternal glucose homeostasis through the release and counter-balancing effects of placental lactogen (PL) and placental variant growth hormone (GH-V). While local actions of these hormones on placental growth and function are likely to exist, each also exerts indirect actions to ensure fetal nutritional availability through modulation of the maternal insulin/insulin-like growth factor axis. Peripheral insulin resistance results from the increasing levels of GH-V in the maternal circulation and is counter-balanced by an increase in insulin availability through an expansion of maternal pancreatic β-cell mass...
January 9, 2018: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320948/the-profiles-of-soluble-adhesion-molecules-in-the-great-obstetrical-syndromes
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Nikolina Docheva, Roberto Romero, Piya Chaemsaithong, Adi L Tarca, Gaurav Bhatti, Percy Pacora, Bogdan Panaitescu, Noppadol Chaiyasit, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Eli Maymon, Sonia S Hassan, Offer Erez
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to determine the profiles of maternal plasma soluble adhesion molecules in patients with preeclampsia, small-for-gestational-age (SGA) fetuses, acute pyelonephritis, preterm labor with intact membranes (PTL), preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (preterm PROM), and fetal death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted to determine maternal plasma concentrations of sE-selectin, sL-selectin, and sP-selectin as well as sICAM-1, sVCAM-1, and sPECAM-1 in patients with 1) an uncomplicated pregnancy (control, n = 100); 2) preeclampsia (n = 94); 3) SGA fetuses (in women without preeclampsia/hypertension, n = 45); 4) acute pyelonephritis (n = 25); 5) PTL (n = 53); 6) preterm PROM (n = 24); and 7) fetal death (n = 34)...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307240/the-role-of-the-placenta-in-drug-transport-and-fetal-drug-exposure
#3
Gideon Koren, Asher Ornoy
It was assumed for decades that the human placenta serves as a barrier, protecting the fetus from exposure to xenobiotics circulating in the mother. The thalidomide disaster completely reversed this concept. The study of the human placenta is therefore critical to understanding the mechanisms by which xenobiotics reach the fetus and exert their effects. Areas covered: This review describes mechanisms by which drugs interact with the human placenta, and experimental methods to study these interactions in humans...
January 16, 2018: Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29288977/maternal-nutritional-restriction-during-late-gestation-impairs-development-of-the-reproductive-organs-in-both-male-and-female-lambs
#4
F Hoffman, E Boretto, S Vitale, V Gonzalez, G Vidal, M F Pardo, M F Flores, F Garcia, G Bagnis, O C M Queiroz, M B Rabaglino
Maternal nutritional restrictions during late gestation could lead to fetal hypoglycemia. Glucose levels in the fetal sheep regulate circulating insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) levels, which stimulate cell proliferation and differentiation of reproductive organs after binding to its own receptor or estrogen receptors. The objective of this study was to determine the effects of subnutrition of ewes during the last trimester of gestation on the serum glucose/IGF1 levels and development of reproductive organs in their lambs...
December 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259079/ezrin-anchored-pka-phosphorylates-serine-369-and-373-on-connexin-43-to-enhance-gap-junction-assembly-communication-and-cell-fusion
#5
Aleksandra R Dukic, Pascale Gerbaud, Jean Guibourdenche, Bernd Thiede, Kjetil Taskén, Guillaume Pidoux
A limited number of human cells can fuse to form multinucleated syncytia. In the differentiation of human placenta, mononuclear cytotrophoblasts fuse to form an endocrinologically active, non-proliferative, multinucleated syncytium. This syncytium covers the placenta and manages the exchange of nutrients and gases between maternal and fetal circulation. We recently reported protein kinase A (PKA) to be part of a macromolecular signaling complex with ezrin and gap junction protein connexin 43 (Cx43) that provides cAMP-mediated control of gap junction communication...
December 19, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239474/maternal-liver-transplant-another-cause-of-discordant-fetal-sex-determination-using-cell-free-dna
#6
Maria Neofytou, Nathalie Brison, Kris Van den Bogaert, Luc Dehaspe, Koen Devriendt, Anja Geerts, Joris R Vermeesch
NIPT can very accurately determine fetal sex during pregnancy. We present an exceptional case where NIPT contradicts the ultrasound based sex determination. The pregnant woman was recipient of a liver transplant from a male donor. Graft-derived cell-free DNA released into the maternal circulation clouded the NIPT based sex determination. Hence, NIPT is not advisable when the pregnant mother underwent an organ transplant.
December 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232306/differential-effect-of-abcb1-haplotypes-on-promoter-activity
#7
Jordan T Speidel, Meixiang Xu, Sherif Z Abdel-Rahman
OBJECTIVE: Promoter single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the ABCB1 gene, encoding the placental efflux transporter P-glycoprotein, can affect its expression and alter xenobiotic transfer from the maternal to the fetal circulation. Because SNPs are arranged in specific combinations as defined haplotypes, the aims of this study were to: (i) determine the placental haplotype structure of the ABCB1 promoter and (ii) determine the differential effect of these haplotypes on placental ABCB1 promoter activity...
December 11, 2017: Pharmacogenetics and Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216282/sequential-combined-test-second-trimester-maternal-serum-markers-and-circulating-fetal-cells-to-select-women-for-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis
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Paolo Guanciali Franchi, Chiara Palka, Elisena Morizio, Giulia Sabbatinelli, Melissa Alfonsi, Donatella Fantasia, Giammaria Sitar, Peter Benn, Giuseppe Calabrese
From January 1st 2013 to August 31st 2016, 24408 pregnant women received the first trimester Combined test and contingently offered second trimester maternal serum screening to identify those women who would most benefit from invasive prenatal diagnosis (IPD). The screening was based on first trimester cut-offs of ≥1:30 (IPD indicated), 1:31 to 1:899 (second trimester screening indicated) and ≤1:900 (no further action), and a second trimester cut-off of ≥1:250. From January 2014, analysis of fetal cells from peripheral maternal blood was also offered to women with positive screening results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215645/cherchez-la-femme-maternal-incidental-findings-can-explain-discordant-prenatal-cell-free-dna-sequencing-results
#9
REVIEW
Diana W Bianchi
Circulating DNA fragments in a pregnant woman's plasma derive from three sources: placenta, maternal bone marrow, and fetus. Prenatal sequencing to noninvasively screen for fetal chromosome abnormalities is performed on this mixed sample; results can therefore reflect the maternal as well as the fetoplacental DNA. Although it is recommended that pretest counseling include the possibility of detecting maternal genomic imbalance, this seldom occurs. Maternal abnormalities that can affect a prenatal screening test result include disorders that affect the size and metabolism of DNA, such as B12 deficiency, autoimmune disease, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy...
December 7, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213331/noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-aneuploidy-by-circulating-fetal-nucleated-red-blood-cells-and-extravillous-trophoblasts-using-silicon-based-nanostructured-microfluidics
#10
Chung-Er Huang, Gwo-Chin Ma, Hei-Jen Jou, Wen-Hsiang Lin, Dong-Jay Lee, Yi-Shing Lin, Norman A Ginsberg, Hsin-Fu Chen, Frank Mau-Chung Chang, Ming Chen
Background: Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on cell-free DNA in maternal circulation has been accepted worldwide by the clinical community since 2011 but limitations, such as maternal malignancy and fetoplacental mosaicism, preclude its full replacement of invasive prenatal diagnosis. We present a novel silicon-based nanostructured microfluidics platform named as "Cell Reveal™" to demonstrate the feasibility of capturing circulating fetal nucleated red blood cells (fnRBC) and extravillous cytotrophoblasts (EVT) for cell-based noninvasive prenatal diagnosis (cbNIPD)...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208238/toll-like-receptor-2-mediates-local-innate-immune-response-against-trypanosoma-cruzi-in-ex%C3%A2-vivo-infected-human-placental-chorionic-villi-explants
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Christian Castillo, Lorena Muñoz, Ileana Carrillo, Ana Liempi, Lisvaneth Medina, Norbel Galanti, Juan Diego Maya, Ulrike Kemmerling
BACKGROUND: Congenital Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that must cross the placental barrier during transmission. The trophoblast constitutes the first tissue in contact with the maternal-blood circulating parasite. Importantly, the congenital transmission rates are low, suggesting the presence of local placental defense mechanisms. On the other hand, the placenta is considered an immune regulatory organ since it acts as a modulator of fetal and maternal immune responses...
December 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208172/investigation-of-role-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-annexin-a5-and-apelin-by-immunohistochemistry-method-in-placenta-of-preeclampsia-patients
#12
Nese Colcimen, Gülay Bulut, Ozlem Ergul Erkec, Murat Cetin Ragbetli
Preeclampsia is a disease characterized by hypertension and proteinuria occurred after 20 weeks of gestation. Preeclampsia is a major cause of maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality.  The pathophysiological mechanism of preeclampsia is not known exactly yet. Preeclampsia endothelial cell dysfunction, associated with inadequate trophoblastic invasion is characterized by abnormal placentation. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) according to is an angiogenic cytokine, Annexin A5 is among endogenous peptides are both expressed from placental trophoblasts and Apelin is a multifunctional peptide and expressed by placental trophoblasts and endothelial cells...
November 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188622/-two-false-negative-cases-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-fetal-chromosomal-aneuploidies
#13
Ping Wen, Ying Xue, Qin Zhang, Qing Liang, Qiong Li, Haibo Li, Jie Ding, Hong Li, Ting Wang
OBJECTIVE: To explore the limitation of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) technique through analyzing two false negative cases. METHODS: Chromosomal karyotyping analysis was performed on umbilical cord blood sample derived from case 1 at 24 weeks' gestation and peripheral blood sample derived from the neonate of case 2. Placental tissues of case 1 and peripheral blood sample of case 2 were also analyzed by high-throughput sequencing for copy number variations (CNVs)...
December 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185488/microrna-regulation-of-transthyretin-in-trophoblast-differentiation-and-intra-uterine-growth-restriction
#14
Sarbani Saha, Shreeta Chakraborty, Agnihotri Bhattacharya, Arati Biswas, Rupasri Ain
Placental trophoblast cells produce various cytokines, transporters vital to normal embryogenesis. Transthyretin (TTR) aids trans-placental passage of maternal thyroxin (TH) to fetal circulation. Inadequate TH delivery leads to developmental abnormality. Regulation of TTR biosynthesis in placenta is critical for normal embryo development. We showed here that TTR transcripts were expressed more in fetal placenta. Using bioinformatic analysis and confirmation with dual-luciferase reporter assays, we found that miR-200a-3p and miR-141-3p inhibited TTR expression by directly binding to the 3'UTR of TTR, which is reversed by mutation in the microRNA binding site...
November 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167317/rodent-vertical-sleeve-gastrectomy-alters-maternal-immune-health-and-feto-placental-development
#15
Redin A Spann, Wiiliam J Lawson, Gene L Bidwell, C Austin Zamarripa, Rodrigo O Maranon, Sibali Bandyopadhyay, Erin R Taylor, Jane F Reckelhoff, Michael R Garrett, Bernadette E Grayson
Bariatric surgery is increasingly employed to improve fertility and reduce obesity related co-morbidities in obese women. Surgical weight loss not only improves the chance of conception but reduces the risk of pregnancy complications including pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, and macrosomia. However, bariatric procedures increase the incidence of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), fetal demise, thromboembolism and other gestational disorders. Using our rodent model of vertical sleeve gastrectomy (VSG), we tested the hypothesis that VSG in diet-induced, obese dams would cause immune and placental structural abnormalities that may be responsible for fetal demise during pregnancy...
November 22, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154462/the-role-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-in-normal-and-pathological-pregnancies
#16
REVIEW
Rui-Qi Chang, Da-Jin Li, Ming-Qing Li
The survival of allogeneic fetus during pregnancy contradicts the laws of immune responses. Behind this paradoxical phenomenon, the mechanism is quite complex. Indoleamine-2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) is the first and rate-limiting enzyme of tryptophan catabolism. Emerging evidence shows that IDO is expressed at the maternal-fetal interface, including trophoblast cells, decidual stroma cells, decidual immune cells (eg, natural killer cells, T cells, and macrophages), and vascular endothelial cells of decidua and chorion...
November 20, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125628/genomics-based-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-aneuploidy-in-pregnant-women
#17
REVIEW
Mylène Badeau, Carmen Lindsay, Jonatan Blais, Leon Nshimyumukiza, Yemisi Takwoingi, Sylvie Langlois, France Légaré, Yves Giguère, Alexis F Turgeon, William Witteman, François Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Common fetal aneuploidies include Down syndrome (trisomy 21 or T21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18 or T18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13 or T13), Turner syndrome (45,X), Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), Triple X syndrome (47,XXX) and 47,XYY syndrome (47,XYY). Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidies is standard care in many countries, but current biochemical and ultrasound tests have high false negative and false positive rates. The discovery of fetal circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) in maternal blood offers the potential for genomics-based non-invasive prenatal testing (gNIPT) as a more accurate screening method...
November 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099873/assessing-zika-virus-replication-and-the-development-of-zika-specific-antibodies-after-a-mid-gestation-viral-challenge-in-guinea-pigs
#18
Craig J Bierle, Claudia Fernández-Alarcón, Nelmary Hernandez-Alvarado, Jason C Zabeli, Bradley C Janus, Dira S Putri, Mark R Schleiss
Primary Zika virus (ZIKV) infections that occur during pregnancy can cause spontaneous abortion and profoundly disrupt fetal development. While the full range of developmental abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome is not yet known, severe cases of the syndrome can present with microcephaly, extensive neurologic and ocular damage, and pronounced joint malformations. Animal models that accurately recapitulate congenital Zika syndrome are urgently needed for vaccine development and for the study of ZIKV pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097507/noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-single-gene-disorders-by-use-of-droplet-digital-pcr
#19
Joan Camunas-Soler, Hojae Lee, Louanne Hudgins, Susan R Hintz, Yair J Blumenfeld, Yasser Y El-Sayed, Stephen R Quake
BACKGROUND: Prenatal diagnosis in pregnancies at risk of single-gene disorders is currently performed using invasive methods such as chorionic villus sampling and amniocentesis. This is in contrast with screening for common aneuploidies, for which noninvasive methods with a single maternal blood sample have become standard clinical practice. METHODS: We developed a protocol for noninvasive prenatal diagnosis of inherited single-gene disorders using droplet digital PCR from circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma...
November 2, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071724/risk-factors-for-fetomaternal-bleeding-after-laser-therapy-for-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome
#20
Andrew H Chon, Lisa M Korst, Brendan H Grubbs, Eftichia V Kontopoulos, Rubén A Quintero, Ramen H Chmait
OBJECTIVE: To quantify and assess potential risk factors for transplacental passage of fetal red blood cells (RBCs) into the maternal circulation (feto-maternal bleed, FMB) after laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS). STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective study of Rhesus (Rh)-D negative patients that underwent laser surgery for TTTS. Patients with and without post-operative detectable fetal RBCs on Kleihauer-Betke (KB) testing were compared to determine risk factors for FMB...
October 26, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
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