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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366216/continuous-flow-microfluidic-separation-and-processing-of-rare-cells-and-bioparticles-found-in-blood-a-review
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REVIEW
Maria Antfolk, Thomas Laurell
Rare cells in blood, such as circulating tumor cells or fetal cells in the maternal circulation, posses a great prognostic or diagnostic value, or for the development of personalized medicine, where the study of rare cells could provide information to more specifically targeted treatments. When conventional cell separation methods, such as flow cytometry or magnetic activated cell sorting, have fallen short other methods are desperately sought for. Microfluidics have been extensively used towards isolating and processing rare cells as it offers possibilities not present in the conventional systems...
May 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348149/pharmacokinetics-and-placental-transfer-of-elvitegravir-and-dolutegravir-and-other-antiretrovirals-during-pregnancy
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Bassam H Rimawi, Erica Johnson, Augustine Rajakumar, Sijia Tao, Yong Jiang, Scott Gillespie, Raymond F Schinazi, Mark Mirochnick, Martina L Badell, Rana Chakraborty
The integrase inhibitors, elvitegravir (EVG) and dolutegravir (DTG), rapidly decrease plasma HIV-1 viral load, a key factor in the prevention of maternal-to-fetal transmission of HIV-1. No data have been reported on the concentration of these drugs in cord blood, maternal peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) concentrations or placental tissue in pregnant women. We present in vivo pharmacokinetic data on antiretrovirals (ARV) within maternal and cord blood, and within placentae from HIV-1-infected pregnant women...
March 27, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338787/total-and-fetal-circulating-cell-free-dna-angiogenic-and-antiangiogenic-factors-in-preeclampsia-and-hellp-syndrome
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Rocío Muñoz-Hernández, Pablo Medrano-Campillo, Maria L Miranda, Hada C Macher, Jose Manuel Praena-Fernández, Antonio J Vallejo-Vaz, María J Dominguez-Simeon, Rafael Moreno-Luna, Pablo Stiefel
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia (PE) is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy characterized by hypertension and proteinuria. The HELLP syndrome is the most severe form of PE. The aim of the present study was to determine different potential biomarkers that may help us perform an early diagnosis of the disease, assess on the severity of the disease, and/or predict maternal or fetal adverse outcomes. METHODS: We measured serum levels of total and fetal circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA), soluble endoglin, soluble form of vascular endothelial growth factor receptor, and placental growth factor in a healthy control group of pregnant women (n = 26), patients with mild (n = 37) and severe PE (n = 25), and patients with HELLP syndrome (n = 16)...
February 25, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326960/placental-pathologic-features-in-fetomaternal-hemorrhage-detected-by-flow-cytometry
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Natasha E Lewis, Laura Marszalek, Linda M Ernst
Background Fetomaternal hemorrhage (FMH) is a poorly understood entity that can have significant clinical effects. Flow cytometry is a reliable and relatively new method for FMH diagnosis. The objective of this study was to correlate placental pathology with FMH detected by flow cytometry. Methods All patients with available placentas and FMH flow cytometric testing performed from 2009 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. Cases were defined as ≥0.10% fetal red blood cells (RBCs) in the maternal circulation while controls contained <0...
March 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320871/essential-roles-of-l-type-amino-acid-transporter-1-in-syncytiotrophoblast-development-by-presenting-fusogenic-4f2hc
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Ryuichi Ohgaki, Takahiro Ohmori, Saori Hara, Saya Nakagomi, Masami Kanai-Azuma, Kazuko Kaneda-Nakashima, Suguru Okuda, Shushi Nagamori, Yoshikatsu Kanai
Layer(s) of epithelial syncytium, syncytiotrophoblast, differentiates from chorionic trophoblasts via cell fusion and separates maternal and fetal circulations in hemochorial placentas. L-type amino acid transporter 1 (LAT1) and its covalently-linked ancillary subunit 4F2hc are colocalized on both maternal and fetal surface of syncytiotrophoblasts, implying their roles in amino acid transfer through the placental barrier. In this study, LAT1 knockout, in addition, revealed a novel role of LAT1 in syncytiotrophoblast development...
March 20, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301696/toward-an-ethically-sensitive-implementation-of-noninvasive-prenatal-screening-in-the-global-context
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Jessica Mozersky, Vardit Ravitsky, Rayna Rapp, Marsha Michie, Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Megan Allyse
Noninvasive prenatal screening using cell-free DNA, which analyzes placental DNA circulating in maternal blood to provide information about fetal chromosomal disorders early in pregnancy and without risk to the fetus, has been hailed as a potential "paradigm shift" in prenatal genetic screening. Commercial provision of cell-free DNA screening has contributed to a rapid expansion of the tests included in the screening panels. The tests can include screening for sex chromosome anomalies, rare subchromosomal microdeletions and aneuploidies, and most recently, the entire fetal genome...
March 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230760/bioinformatics-approaches-for-fetal-dna-fraction-estimation-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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REVIEW
Xianlu Laura Peng, Peiyong Jiang
The discovery of cell-free fetal DNA molecules in plasma of pregnant women has created a paradigm shift in noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Circulating cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been increasingly recognized as an important proxy to detect fetal abnormalities in a noninvasive manner. A variety of approaches for NIPT using next-generation sequencing have been developed, which have been rapidly transforming clinical practices nowadays. In such approaches, the fetal DNA fraction is a pivotal parameter governing the overall performance and guaranteeing the proper clinical interpretation of testing results...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176826/annexin-a5-organized-in-2d-network-at-the-plasmalemma-eases-human-trophoblast-fusion
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Severine A Degrelle, Pascale Gerbaud, Ludovic Leconte, Fatima Ferreira, Guillaume Pidoux
Only a limited number of human cells can fuse to form a multinucleated syncytium. Cell fusion occurs as part of the differentiation of some cell types, including myotubes in muscle and osteoclasts in remodeling bone. In the differentiation of the human placenta, mononuclear cytotrophoblasts aggregate and fuse to form endocrinologically active, non-proliferative, multinucleated syncytia. These syncytia allow the exchange of nutrients and gases between the maternal and fetal circulation. Alteration of syncytial formation during pregnancy affects fetal growth and the outcome of the pregnancy...
February 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134670/noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-for-single-gene-disorders
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Stephanie Allen, Elizabeth Young, Benjamin Bowns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis for single gene disorders is coming to fruition in its clinical utility. The presence of cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been recognized for many years, and a number of applications have developed from this. Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis for single gene disorders has lagged behind due to complexities of technology development, lack of investment and the need for validation samples for rare disorders. RECENT FINDINGS: Publications are emerging demonstrating a variety of technical approaches and feasibility of clinical application...
April 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122716/relaxin-confers-cytotrophoblast-protection-from-hypoxiareoxygenation-injury-through-the-phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase-akt-protein-kinase-b-cell-survival-pathway
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Oluseyi Ogunleye, Bertha Campo, Diana Herrera, Emiel D Post Uiterweer, Kirk P Conrad
Preeclampsia affects 3-5% of pregnancies, contributes to 10-15% of maternal mortality, and is a leading cause of prematurity and increased long-term morbidity in those affected. Contemporary understanding of preeclampsia's maternal-fetal interface suggests a major role for placental oxidative stress resulting from ischemia-reperfusion injury. We hypothesized the pregnancy hormone relaxin would reduce cytotrophoblast apoptosis, necrosis (aponecrosis) and export of placental debris into maternal circulation. If so, relaxin might be employed as a therapeutic intervention to diminish activation of the maternal systemic inflammatory response central to clinical disease development...
January 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110750/role-of-exosomes-in-placental-homeostasis-and-pregnancy-disorders
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C Salomon, G E Rice
The human placenta is a unique organ that performs the function of the majority of fetal organs across gestation. How the placenta communicates with maternal tissues to prepare them for pregnancy is not fully understood. Recently, it has been established that placental cells can communicate with maternal tissues to regulate their biological function via extracellular vesicles (EVs). EVs are subclassified into exosomes or microvesicles (MVs) according to their size, cell or tissue of origin, functions, and physical features...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062543/multiple-slc-and-abc-transporters-contribute-to-the-placental-transfer-of-entecavir
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Zhiyuan Ma, Xi Yang, Ting Jiang, Mengru Bai, Caihong Zheng, Su Zeng, Dongli Sun, Huidi Jiang
Entecavir (ETV), a nucleoside analogue with high efficacy against hepatitis B virus, is recommended as a first-line antiviral drug for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B. However, scant information is available on the use of ETV in pregnancy. To better understand the safety of ETV in pregnant women, we aimed to demonstrate whether ETV could permeate placental barrier and the underlying mechanism. Our study showed that small amount of ETV could permeate across placenta in mice. ETV accumulation in activated or non-activated BeWo cells (treated with or without forskolin) was sharply reduced in the presence of 100 μM of adenosine, cytidine and in Na+ free medium, indicating that nucleoside transporters possibly mediate the uptake of ETV...
January 6, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049898/developmental-toxicity-of-nanoparticles-on-the-brain
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Masakazu Umezawa, Atsuto Onoda, Ken Takeda
 The toxicity of nanoparticles (nanotoxicology) is being investigated to understand both the health impacts of atmospheric ultrafine particles-the size of which is a fraction (<0.1 μm aerodynamic diameter) of that of PM2.5 (<2.5 μm diameter)-and the safer use of engineered nanomaterials. Developmental toxicity of nanoparticles has been studied since their transfer from pregnant body to fetal circulation and offspring body was first reported. Here we reviewed the developmental toxicity of nanoparticles on the brain, one of the most important organs in maintenance of mental health and high quality of life...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007981/frontline-science-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-mdscs-facilitate-maternal-fetal-tolerance-in-mice
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Suzanne Ostrand-Rosenberg, Pratima Sinha, Chas Figley, Ramses Long, DoHwan Park, Darryl Carter, Virginia K Clements
During successful pregnancy, a woman is immunologically tolerant of her genetically and antigenically disparate fetus, a state known as maternal-fetal tolerance. How this state is maintained has puzzled investigators for more than half a century. Diverse, immune and nonimmune mechanisms have been proposed; however, these mechanisms appear to be unrelated and to act independently. A population of immune suppressive cells called myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) accumulates in pregnant mice and women. Given the profound immune suppressive function of MDSCs, it has been suggested that this cell population may facilitate successful pregnancy by contributing to maternal-fetal tolerance...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939894/review-fetal-maternal-communication-via-extracellular-vesicles-implications-for-complications-of-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Stefanie Adam, Omar Elfeky, Vyjayanthi Kinhal, Suchismita Dutta, Andrew Lai, Nanthini Jayabalan, Zarin Nuzhat, Carlos Palma, Gregory E Rice, Carlos Salomon
The maternal physiology experiences numerous changes during pregnancy which are essential in controlling and maintaining maternal metabolic adaptations and fetal development. The human placenta is an organ that serves as the primary interface between the maternal and fetal circulation, thereby supplying the fetus with nutrients, blood and oxygen through the umbilical cord. During gestation, the placenta continuously releases several molecules into maternal circulation, including hormones, proteins, RNA and DNA...
December 5, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903743/uric-acid-crystals-induce-placental-inflammation-and-alter-trophoblast-function-via-an-il-1-dependent-pathway-implications-for-fetal-growth-restriction
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Marie-Eve Brien, Cyntia Duval, Julia Palacios, Ines Boufaied, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Mathieu Nadeau-Vallée, Cathy Vaillancourt, Colin P Sibley, Vikki M Abrahams, Rebecca L Jones, Sylvie Girard
Excessive placental inflammation is associated with several pathological conditions, including stillbirth and fetal growth restriction. Although infection is a known cause of inflammation, a significant proportion of pregnancies have evidence of inflammation without any detectable infection. Inflammation can also be triggered by endogenous mediators, called damage associated molecular patterns or alarmins. One of these damage-associated molecular patterns, uric acid, is increased in the maternal circulation in pathological pregnancies and is a known agonist of the Nlrp3 inflammasome and inducer of inflammation...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896286/aneuploidy-screening-using-circulating-fetal-cells-in-maternal-blood-by-dual-probe-fish-protocol-a-prospective-feasibility-study-on-a-series-of-172-pregnant-women
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Giuseppe Calabrese, Donatella Fantasia, Melissa Alfonsi, Elisena Morizio, Claudio Celentano, Paolo Guanciali Franchi, Giulia Sabbatinelli, Chiara Palka, Peter Benn, Gianmaria Sitar
BACKGROUND: A long sought goal in medical genetics has been the replacement of invasive procedures for the detection of chromosomal aneuploidies by isolating and analyzing fetal cells or free fetal DNA from maternal blood, avoiding risk to the fetus. However, a rapid, simple, consistent, and low-cost procedure suitable for routine clinical practice has not yet been achieved. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of predicting fetal aneuploidy by applying our recently established dual-probe FISH protocol to fetal cells isolated and enriched from maternal blood...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871478/transendothelial-migration-of-human-umbilical-mesenchymal-stem-cells-across-uterine-endothelial-monolayers-junctional-dynamics-and-putative-mechanisms
#18
Neven A Ebrahim, Lopa Leach
INTRODUCTION: During pregnancy, fetal stem cells can transfer to the maternal circulation and participate in tissue repair. How they transmigrate across maternal endothelial barriers and whether they can subsequently influence maternal endothelial integrity is not known. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSC) were isolated from Wharton's jelly and their interactions with human uterine microvascular endothelial cell (HUtMEC) monolayers, junctional occupancy and expression/phosphorylation of vascular endothelial (VE)- cadherin and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A) secretion was studied over 48h by real time, confocal microscopy, immunoblotting and ELISA...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862068/development-and-validation-of-a-fetal-genotyping-assay-with-potential-for-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-hereditary-hearing-loss
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Ying Chen, Yiqian Liu, Benjing Wang, Jun Mao, Ting Wang, Kan Ye, Yanlin Ye, David S Cram, Hong Li
OBJECTIVE: Inherited non-syndromic hearing loss (NSHL) is a common sensory disorder that afflicts otherwise healthy individuals. The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of circulating single molecule amplification and re-sequencing technology (cSMART) for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) of NSHL. METHOD: Neonatal inheritance of NSHL mutations was determined from bloodspots using SNaPshot genotyping. NIPT of cell-free DNA for fetal NSHL mutations in the GJB2, GJB3 and SLC26A4 genes was performed by a multiplex cSMART assay...
December 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861499/maternal-filarial-infection-influences-the-development-of-regulatory-t-cells-in-children-from-infancy-to-early-childhood
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Madhusmita Bal, Manoranjan Ranjit, K Gopinath Achary, Ashok K Satapathy
BACKGROUND: Children born from filarial infected mothers are comparatively more susceptible to filarial infection than the children born to uninfected mothers. But the mechanism of such increased susceptibility to infection in early childhood is not exactly known. Several studies have shown the association of active filarial infection with T cell hypo-responsiveness which is mediated by regulatory T cells (Tregs). Since the Tregs develop in the thymus from CD4+ CD25hi thymocytes at an early stage of the human fetus, it can be hypothesized that the maternal infection during pregnancy affects the development of Tregs in children at birth as well as early childhood...
November 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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