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Sumire Terasawa, Asuka Kato, Haruki Nishizawa, Takema Kato, Hikari Yoshizawa, Yoshiteru Noda, Jun Miyazaki, Mayuko Ito, Takao Sekiya, Takuma Fujii, Hiroki Kurahashi
Thanatophoric dysplasia (TD) and achondroplasia (ACH) are allelic disorders caused by a constitutively active mutation in the FGFR3 gene. Because TD is a lethal disorder and ACH is non-lethal, they need to be distinguished after ultrasound identification of fetal growth retardation with short limbs. Accordingly, we have developed a noninvasive prenatal test using cell-free fetal DNA in the maternal circulation to distinguish TD and ACH. A multiplex PCR system encompassing five mutation hotspots in the FGFR3 gene allowed us to efficiently identify the responsible mutation in cell-free DNA in all examined pregnancies with a suspected TD or ACH fetus...
March 14, 2018: Congenital Anomalies
Dorien Reijnders, Chin-Chi Liu, Xinjing Xu, Anna Zhao, Kelsey Olson, Scott D Butler, Nataki C Douglas, Jenny L Sones
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disease of pregnancy, is a leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity/mortality. Early angiogenic and inflammatory disturbances within the placenta are thought to underlie the development of the maternal PE syndrome and poor pregnancy outcomes. However, the exact etiology remains largely unknown. Here, we use the BPH/5 mouse model of PE to elucidate the way in which inflammation early in pregnancy contributes to abnormal expression of angiogenic factors at the maternal-fetal interface...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
Michael B Langford, Jennifer E Outhwaite, Martha Hughes, David R C Natale, David G Simmons
Fetal growth and survival is dependent on the elaboration and propinquity of the fetal and maternal circulations within the placenta. Central to this is the formation of the interhaemal membrane, a multi-cellular lamina facilitating exchange of oxygen, nutrients and metabolic waste products between the mother and fetus. In rodents, this cellular barrier contains two transporting layers of syncytiotrophoblast, which are multinucleated cells that form by cell-cell fusion. Previously, we reported the expression of the GPI-linked cell surface protein LY6E by the syncytial layer closest to the maternal sinusoids of the mouse placenta (syncytiotrophoblast layer I)...
March 2, 2018: Scientific Reports
Barbora Konečná, Lucia Lauková, Barbora Vlková
Cell-free self-DNA or RNA may induce an immune response by activating specific sensing receptors. During pregnancy, placental nucleic acids present in the maternal circulation further activate these receptors due to the presence of unmethylated CpG islands. A higher concentration of cell-free fetal DNA is associated with pregnancy complications and a higher risk for fetal rejection. Cell-free fetal DNA originates from placental trophoblasts. It appears in different forms: free, bound to histones in nucleosomes, in neutrophil extracellular traps and in extracellular vesicles...
February 26, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Immunology
Timothy J Lee, Daniel L Rolnik, Melody A Menezes, Andrew C McLennan, Fabricio da Silva Costa
STUDY QUESTION: Are fetal fraction, test failure rate and positive predictive value (PPV) of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) testing different in singleton IVF conceptions compared to spontaneous conceptions? SUMMARY ANSWER: Fetal fraction is significantly lower; test failure rate is higher and PPV of cffDNA testing is lower in singleton pregnancies conceived by IVF than those conceived spontaneously. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: cffDNA testing, which analyses circulating cffDNA in maternal blood, has very high accuracy for detection of trisomy 21 in the general obstetric population...
February 15, 2018: Human Reproduction
Graham J Burton, Eric Jauniaux
Placental-related fetal growth restriction arises primarily due to deficient remodeling of the uterine spiral arteries supplying the placenta during early pregnancy. The resultant malperfusion induces cell stress within the placental tissues, leading to selective suppression of protein synthesis and reduced cell proliferation. These effects are compounded in more severe cases by increased infarction and fibrin deposition. Consequently, there is a reduction in villous volume and surface area for maternal-fetal exchange...
February 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Nathalie Brison, Maria Neofytou, Luc Dehaspe, Baran Bayindir, Kris Van Den Bogaert, Leila Dardour, Hilde Peeters, Hilde Van Esch, Griet Van Buggenhout, Annick Vogels, Thomy de Ravel, Eric Legius, Koen Devriendt, Joris R Vermeesch
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal detection of aneuploidies can be achieved with high accuracy through sequencing of cell-free maternal plasma DNA in the maternal blood plasma. However, false positive and negative non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) results remain. Fetoplacental mosaicism is the main cause for false positive and false negative NIPT. We set out to develop a method to detect placental chromosomal mosaicism via genome-wide circulating cell-free maternal plasma DNA screening...
January 31, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
Alexandre J Vivanti, Jean-Marc Costa, Audrey Rosefort, Pascale Kleinfinger, Laurence Lohmann, Anne-Gael Cordier, Alexandra Benachi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing of achondroplasia using high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis. To propose an optimal diagnosis strategy combining ultrasound scan and cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) analysis. METHODS: Prospective multicenter study. CffDNA was extracted from maternal blood from women at risk for fetal achondroplasia (paternal achondroplasia, previous affected child or suspected rhizomelic shortening). The presence of one of the two main FGFR3 mutations was determined by HRM combined with confirmation by SNaPshot minisequencing...
January 30, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
I J Sullivan, C J Ralph
BACKGROUND: The significance of fetal red blood cell (RBC) contamination in obstetric intra-operative cell salvage is not fully known. It is unclear if we re-infuse a larger volume of fetal RBCs into the maternal circulation than the amount that occurs secondary to transplacental haemorrhages is unclear. We also do not know if there is a critical volume required to cause alloimmunisation or if larger volumes increase the risk. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to provide data on the level of fetal RBC contamination in the maternal circulation prior to delivery and immediately post-partum and to compare these levels to those found in processed cell-salvaged blood...
January 29, 2018: Transfusion Medicine
Carlos Salomon, Zarin Nuzhat, Christopher L Dixon, Ramkumar Menon
Parturition is defined as the action or process of giving birth to offspring. Normal term human parturition ensues following the maturation of fetal organ systems typically between 37 and 40 weeks of gestation. Our conventional understanding of how parturition initiation is signaled revolves around feto-maternal immune and endocrine changes occurring in the intrauterine cavity. These changes in turn correlate with the sequence of fetal growth and development. These important physiological changes also result in homeostatic imbalances which result in heightened inflammatory signaling...
January 25, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Marcia Arenas-Hernandez, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Valeria Garcia-Flores, Claudia Rangel-Escareño, Luis M Alvarez-Salas, Natalia Martinez-Acuña, Joel A Vazquez-Perez, Rodrigo Vega-Sanchez
Prior to and during the process of human labor, maternal circulating leukocytes infiltrate the maternal-fetal interface (choriodecidua) and become activated resembling choriodecidual leukocytes. Since, there is no evidence comparing maternal circulating and choriodecidual leukocytes, herein, we characterized their transcriptome and explored the biological processes enriched in choriodecidual leukocytes. From women undergoing spontaneous term labor we isolated circulating and choriodecidual leukocytes, performed microarray analysis (n = 5) and qRT-PCR validation (n = 9) and interaction network analysis with up-regulated genes...
January 24, 2018: Genes and Immunity
Sathish Kumar Natarajan, Jamal A Ibdah
Acute fatty liver of pregnancy (AFLP), a catastrophic illness for both the mother and the unborn offspring, develops in the last trimester of pregnancy with significant maternal and perinatal mortality. AFLP is also recognized as an obstetric and medical emergency. Maternal AFLP is highly associated with a fetal homozygous mutation (1528G>C) in the gene that encodes for mitochondrial long-chain hydroxy acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD). The mutation in LCHAD results in the accumulation of 3-hydroxy fatty acids, such as 3-hydroxy myristic acid, 3-hydroxy palmitic acid and 3-hydroxy dicarboxylic acid in the placenta, which are then shunted to the maternal circulation leading to the development of acute liver injury observed in patients with AFLP...
January 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Huikun Duan, Ning Liu, Zhenhua Zhao, Yiqian Liu, Yin Wang, Zhifeng Li, Mengnan Xu, David S Cram, Xiangdong Kong
BACKGROUND: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a common metabolic disorder caused predominately by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. The aim of the study was to design and validate the performance of a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for PKU using circulating single molecule amplification and resequencing technology (cSMART). METHODS: A total of 18 couples at genetic risk for having a child with PKU were recruited to the study. Gold standard invasive prenatal diagnosis (IPD) was performed on amniocyte or villus cell DNA by Sanger sequencing, targeting the known parental PAH mutations...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
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
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)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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
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
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
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
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
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