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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154462/the-role-of-indoleamine-2-3-dioxygenase-in-normal-and-pathological-pregnancies
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056235/maternal-effector-t-cells-within-decidua-the-adaptive-immune-response-to-pregnancy
#6
D Lissauer, M D Kilby, P Moss
In human pregnancy the maternal immune system plays a critical role in the regulation of many aspects of human reproduction including implantation, placentation and defence against infection. Interest has been focussed on the role of uterine natural killer cells (uNK) in the maternal decidua whereas effector CD4+ and CD8+ T cells have received much less attention despite the observation that they represent a major proportion of decidual leucocytes in the latter phase of pregnancy. A range of recent studies have demonstrated that human decidual T cells are highly differentiated, express a range of cytokines and cytotoxic markers, and demonstrate a unique transcriptional profile characterized by high level expression of genes involved in interferon-signalling...
September 8, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982650/incidental-detection-of-maternal-neoplasia-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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Nilesh G Dharajiya, Daniel S Grosu, Daniel H Farkas, Ron M McCullough, Eyad Almasri, Youting Sun, Sung K Kim, Taylor J Jensen, Juan-Sebastian Saldivar, Eric J Topol, Dirk van den Boom, Mathias Ehrich
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) uses cell-free DNA (cfDNA)(5) as an analyte to detect copy-number alterations in the fetal genome. Because maternal and fetal cfDNA contributions are comingled, changes in the maternal genome can manifest as abnormal NIPT results. Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) present in cases of maternal neoplasia has the potential to distort the NIPT readout to a degree that prevents interpretation, resulting in a nonreportable test result for fetal aneuploidy...
October 5, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978515/late-gestation-maternal-dietary-methyl-donor-and-cofactor-supplementation-in-sheep-partially-reverses-protection-against-allergic-sensitization-by-iugr
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Amy L Wooldridge, Robert J Bischof, Hong Liu, Gary K Heinemann, Damien S Hunter, Lynne C Giles, Rebecca A Simmons, Yu-Chin Lien, Wenyun Lu, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Karen L Kind, Julie A Owens, Vicki L Clifton, Kathryn L Gatford
Perinatal exposures are associated with altered risks of childhood allergy. Human studies and our previous work suggest restricted growth in utero (IUGR) is protective against allergic disease. The mechanisms are not clearly defined but reduced fetal abundance and altered metabolism of methyl donors are hypothesized as possible underlying mechanisms. We therefore examined whether late gestation maternal dietary methyl donor and co-factor supplementation of the placentally-restricted (PR) sheep pregnancy would reverse allergic protection in progeny...
October 4, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930553/fetal-nucleic-acids-in-maternal-plasma-from-biology-to-clinical-translation
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Neha Bunkar, Arpit Bhargava, Koel Chaudhury, Radhey Shyam Sharma, Nirmal Kumar Lohiya, Pradyumna Kumar Mishra
Exposure to environmental contaminants during the critical window of pregnancy results in deregulation of highly coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in prenatal growth. Such disturbances significantly alter the fetal programming, and lead to various developmental disorders immediately, over the lifetime, or transgenerationally. During the process of placental development, fetal nucleic acids enter maternal plasma as a result of necrotic, apoptotic, and inflammatory mechanisms. These nucleic acids reflect normal or abnormal ongoing cellular changes during prenatal fetal development...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924318/pre-eclampsia-molecular-events-to-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Kavita Sahai, Seema Saraswathy, Tribhuvan Pal Yadav, Devendra Arora, Manu Krishnan
Pre-eclampsia is a hypertensive disorder in pregnancy, which accounts for 10-15% of the maternal and perinatal mortality worldwide. Abnormal placental development and tissue hypoxia are its main etiologic factors. The present diagnostic methods of blood pressure monitoring and renal function evaluation are insufficient in the early detection of pre-eclampsia. Since molecular events portent well ahead of the disease onset, biomarker research for the early diagnosis of pre-eclampsia has recently generated ambitious clinical targets...
April 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833712/cell-free-fetal-dna-analysis-in-maternal-plasma-as-a-screening-test-for-trisomy-21-18-and-13-in-twin-pregnancies
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Grégoire Le Conte, Alexandra Letourneau, Jacques Jani, Pascale Kleinfinger, Laurence Lohmann, Jean-Marc Costa, Alexandra Benachi
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the utility of noninvasive prenatal testing using cell-free circulating fetal DNA (cfDNA) in screening for the three main autosomal fetal trisomies in twin pregnancies. METHODS: CfDNA testing was offered to 492 patients with twin pregnancies without ultrasound anomalies as a first-line screening test or after serum screening in clinical practice. Data were collected prospectively and a retrospective analysis was performed. CfDNA analysis was performed by massively parallel sequencing...
August 18, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28830992/integrative-single-cell-and-cell-free-plasma-rna-transcriptomics-elucidates-placental-cellular-dynamics
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Jason C H Tsang, Joaquim S L Vong, Lu Ji, Liona C Y Poon, Peiyong Jiang, Kathy O Lui, Yun-Bi Ni, Ka Fai To, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
The human placenta is a dynamic and heterogeneous organ critical in the establishment of the fetomaternal interface and the maintenance of gestational well-being. It is also the major source of cell-free fetal nucleic acids in the maternal circulation. Placental dysfunction contributes to significant complications, such as preeclampsia, a potentially lethal hypertensive disorder during pregnancy. Previous studies have identified significant changes in the expression profiles of preeclamptic placentas using whole-tissue analysis...
September 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828340/cell-free-fetal-nucleic-acid-identifier-markers-in-maternal-circulation
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REVIEW
Mahboubeh Ramezanzadeh, Sharifeh Khosravi, Rasoul Salehi
From the discovery of cell-free fetal (cff)-DNA in 1997 so far, many studies have been performed on various aspects of cff-nucleic acid. It is undoubted that currently, invasive prenatal diagnosis progresses to the noninvasive test. However, there are many problems. One of the most challenging issues in this field is differentiation and detection of the small amount of cff-nucleic acid in maternal plasma. Many markers and methods have been used for this purpose. This review makes an attempt to review and compare the studies in the field...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809760/the-milestone-of-non-invasive-prenatal-identification-of-chromosomal-abnormalities-in-fetal-trophoblasts-recovered-from-maternal-blood
#14
Jaime Garcia-Heras
Two recent studies demonstrated that array CGH and NGS allow identification of chromosomal abnormalities in fetal trophoblasts circulating in maternal blood. This remarkable breakthrough paves the way for an improved assay that supersedes the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in cell-free fetal DNA. Furthermore, it is foreseeable to expand the use of this new genomic analysis in trophoblasts to uncover single gene mutations of clinical significance prenatally.
2017: Journal of the Association of Genetic Technologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758828/second-trimester-extracellular-micrornas-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-growth-an-exploratory-study
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Rodosthenis S Rodosthenous, Heather H Burris, Alison P Sanders, Allan C Just, Alexandra E Dereix, Katherine Svensson, Maritsa Solano, Martha M Téllez-Rojo, Robert O Wright, Andrea A Baccarelli
Healthy feto-maternal communication is critical during pregnancy and is orchestrated by the placenta. Dysfunction of the placenta leads to fetal growth complications; however, the underlying biological mechanisms have yet to be fully elucidated. Circulating extracellular microRNAs (exmiRNAs) in the blood have been implicated in cell-to-cell communication. Therefore, exmiRNAs may provide useful biological information about communication between the mother, the fetus, and the placenta during pregnancy. We used logistic regression to determine the association of exmiRNAs with abnormal fetal growth by comparing mothers of infants classified as small-for-gestational age (SGA) (n = 36) and large-for-gestational age (LGA) (n = 13) to appropriate-for-gestational age (AGA), matched by gestational age at delivery and infant sex...
July 31, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754617/infection-by-schistosoma-mansoni-during-pregnancy-effects-on-offspring-immunity
#16
REVIEW
Vanessa Ribeiro Figliuolo da Paz, Danielly Sequeira, Alexandre Pyrrho
About 25 million Brazilians live in areas at risk of contracting the disease caused by the trematoda Schistosoma mansoni, the schistosomiasis mansoni. Although the adult parasites inhabit the blood vessels, probably the main element responsible for the pathology of the disease are the eggs, whose deposition in the liver results in formation of granulomas and hypersensitivity mediated by CD4 T cells. In the course of infection, the profile of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th2 cytokines released by immune cells is correlated with the extent of inflammation in the granuloma and with the disease severity...
July 25, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727021/physiology-and-endocrinology-symposium-the-effects-of-poor-maternal-nutrition-during-gestation-on-offspring-postnatal-growth-and-metabolism
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M L Hoffman, S A Reed, S M Pillai, A K Jones, K K McFadden, S A Zinn, K E Govoni
Poor maternal nutrition during gestation has been linked to poor growth and development, metabolic dysfunction, impaired health, and reduced productivity of offspring in many species. Poor maternal nutrition can be defined as an excess or restriction of overall nutrients or specific macro- or micronutrients in the diet of the mother during gestation. Interestingly, there are several reports that both restricted- and over-feeding during gestation negatively affect offspring postnatal growth with reduced muscle and bone deposition, increased adipose accumulation, and metabolic dysregulation through reduced leptin and insulin sensitivity...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721719/imprinted-nanovelcro-microchips-for-isolation-and-characterization-of-circulating-fetal-trophoblasts-toward-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnostics
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Shuang Hou, Jie-Fu Chen, Min Song, Yazhen Zhu, Yu Jen Jan, Szu Hao Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Dean-An Ling, Shang-Fu Chen, Tracy Ro, An-Jou Liang, Tom Lee, Helen Jin, Man Li, Lian Liu, Yu-Sheng Hsiao, Peilin Chen, Hsiao-Hua Yu, Ming-Song Tsai, Margareta D Pisarska, Angela Chen, Li-Ching Chen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
Circulating fetal nucleated cells (CFNCs) in maternal blood offer an ideal source of fetal genomic DNA for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD). We developed a class of nanoVelcro microchips to effectively enrich a subcategory of CFNCs, i.e., circulating trophoblasts (cTBs) from maternal blood, which can then be isolated with single-cell resolution by a laser capture microdissection (LCM) technique for downstream genetic testing. We first established a nanoimprinting fabrication process to prepare the LCM-compatible nanoVelcro substrates...
August 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715646/l-form-bacteria-cohabitants-in-human-blood-significance-for-health-and-diseases
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Nadya D Markova
From a historical perspective, intriguing assumptions about unknown "live units" in human blood have attracted the attention of researchers, reflecting their desire to define a new class of microorganisms. Thus, the concept of "blood microbiota" brings about many questions about the nature, origin, and biological significance of the "unusual microbial cohabitants" in human blood. In contrast to current views that bloodstream in healthy humans is sterile, the hypothesis about the existence of microbes as L-forms (cell wall deficient bacteria) in human blood has evolved on the basis of known facts about their unique biology, as observed in our studies and those of other authors...
May 2017: Discovery Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714092/serial-block-face-scanning-electron-microscopy-of-erythrocytes-protruding-through-the-human-placental-syncytiotrophoblast
#20
Eleni Palaiologou, Patricia Goggin, David S Chatelet, Emma M Lofthouse, Christopher Torrens, Bram G Sengers, Jane K Cleal, Anton Page, Rohan M Lewis
The syncytiotrophoblast forms a continuous barrier between the maternal and fetal circulations. Here we present a serial block-face scanning electron microscopy (SBFSEM) study, based on a single image stack, showing pooling of fetal blood underneath a region of stretched syncytiotrophoblast that has become detached from the basement membrane. Erythrocytes are protruding from discrete holes in the syncytiotrophoblast suggesting that, under specific circumstances, the syncytiotrophoblast may be permeable to fetal cells...
October 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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