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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931792/effects-of-prenatal-methylmercury-exposure-from-minamata-disease-to-environmental-health-studies
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Mineshi Sakamoto, Takaaki Itai, Katsuyuki Murata
Methylmercury, the causative agent of Minamata disease, can easily penetrate the brain, and adult-type Minamata disease patients showed neurological symptoms according to the brain regions where the neurons, mainly in the cerebrum and cerebellum, were damaged. In addition, fetuses are exposed to methylmercury via the placenta from maternal fish consumption, and high-level exposure to methylmercury causes damage to the brains of infants. Typical patients with fetal-type Minamata disease (i.e., serious poisoning caused by in utero exposure to methylmercury) were born during the period of severe methylmercury pollution in 1955-1959, although they showed no abnormality during gestation nor at delivery...
2017: Nihon Eiseigaku Zasshi. Japanese Journal of Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912011/cell-line-dependent-antiviral-activity-of-sofosbuvir-against-zika-virus
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Noreen Mumtaz, Leah C Jimmerson, Lane R Bushman, Jennifer J Kiser, Georgina Aron, Chantal B E M Reusken, Marion P G Koopmans, Jeroen J A van Kampen
The recent epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas and its association with fetal and neurological complications has shown the need to develop a treatment. Repurposing of drugs that are already FDA approved or in clinical development may shorten drug development timelines in case of emerging viral diseases like ZIKV. Initial studies have shown conflicting results when testing sofosbuvir developed for treatment of infections with another Flaviviridae virus, hepatitis C virus. We hypothesized that the conflicting results could be explained by differences in intracellular processing of the compound...
September 11, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910784/fetal-surgery-for-myelomeningocele-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-outcomes-in-fetoscopic-versus-open-repair
#3
Sandra K Kabagambe, Guy W Jensen, Yue Julia Chen, Melissa A Vanover, Diana L Farmer
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The Management of Myelomeningocele (MMC) Study (MOMS) showed that prenatal repair of MMC resulted in improved neurological outcomes but was associated with high rates of obstetrical complications. This study compares outcomes of open and fetoscopic MMC repair. DATA SOURCES: PubMed and Embase studies reporting outcomes of fetal MMC repair published since the completion of the MOMS. RESULTS: We analyzed 11 studies and found no difference in mortality or the rate of shunt placement for hydrocephalus...
September 15, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904658/prenatal-diagnosis-of-caudal-regression-syndrome-and-omphalocele-in-a-fetus-of-a-diabetic-mother
#4
Haifa Bouchahda, Houda El Mhabrech, Hechmi Ben Hamouda, Sobhi Ghanmi, Rim Bouchahda, Habib Soua
The caudal regression syndrome is defined as total or partial agenesis of the sacrum and lumbar spine, frequently associated with other developmental malformations (orthopedic, neurological, genito-urinary, gastrointestinal…). Prenatal diagnosis is possible through fetal ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). A case of fetal caudal regression syndrome with omphalocele from a diabetic mother is presented, demonstrating the sonographic, MRI, CT and X-Ray features diagnostic. We will also discuss neonatal findings, risk factors and prognosis of this condition...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903026/differential-expression-of-genes-in-fetal-brain-as-a-consequence-of-maternal-protein-deficiency-and-nematode-infection
#5
Manjurul Haque, Lisa M Starr, Kristine G Koski, Marilyn E Scott
Maternal dietary protein deficiency and gastrointestinal (GI) nematode infection during early pregnancy have negative impacts on both maternal placental gene expression and fetal growth in the mouse. Here we used next-generation RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) to test our hypothesis that maternal protein deficiency and/or nematode infection also alter the expression of genes in the developing fetal brain. Outbred pregnant CD1 mice were used in a 2x2 design with two levels of dietary protein (24% versus 6%) and two levels of infection (repeated sham versus Heligmosomoides bakeri beginning at gestation day 5)...
September 10, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899472/-long-term-effect-of-oligodendrocyte-precursor-cell-transplantation-on-a-rat-model-of-white-matter-injury-in-the-preterm-infant
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Cheng-Jun Wu, Zhao-Yan Wang, Yin-Xiang Yang, Zuo Luan
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the long-term effect of oligodendrocyte precursor cell (OPC) transplantation on a rat model of white matter injury (WMI) in the preterm infant. METHODS: A total of 80 Sprague-Dawley rats aged 3 days were randomly divided into sham-operation group, model control group, 5-day ventricular/white matter transplantation group, 9-day ventricular/white matter transplantation group, 14-day ventricular/white matter transplantation group (n=10 each)...
September 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888583/food-and-drug-administration-warning-on-anesthesia-and-brain-development-implications-for-obstetric-and-fetal-surgery
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Olutoyin A Olutoye, Byron Wycke Baker, Michael A Belfort, Oluyinka O Olutoye
There has been growing concern about the detrimental effects of certain anesthetic agents on the developing brain. Preclinical studies in small animal models as well as nonhuman primates suggested loss or death of brain cells and consequent impaired neurocognitive function following anesthetic exposure in neonates and late gestation fetuses. Human studies in this area are limited and currently inconclusive. On Dec. 14, 2016, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning regarding impaired brain development in children following exposure to certain anesthetic agents used for general anesthesia, namely the inhalational anesthetics isoflurane, sevoflurane, and desflurane, and the intravenous agents propofol and midazolam, in the third trimester of pregnancy...
September 6, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886699/research-on-advanced-intervention-using-novel-bone-marrow-stem-cell-rainbow-a-study-protocol-for-a-phase-i-open-label-uncontrolled-dose-response-trial-of-autologous-bone-marrow-stromal-cell-transplantation-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Hideo Shichinohe, Masahito Kawabori, Hiroaki Iijima, Tuyoshi Teramoto, Takeo Abumiya, Naoki Nakayama, Ken Kazumata, Shunsuke Terasaka, Teruyo Arato, Kiyohiro Houkin
BACKGROUND: Stroke is a leading cause of death and disability, and despite intensive research, few treatment options exist. However, a recent breakthrough in cell therapy is expected to reverse the neurological sequelae of stroke. Although some pioneer studies on the use of cell therapy for treating stroke have been reported, certain problems remain unsolved. Recent studies have demonstrated that bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) have therapeutic potential against stroke. We investigated the use of autologous BMSC transplantation as a next-generation cell therapy for treating stroke...
September 8, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885087/encephalocele-development-from-a-congenital-meningocele-case-report
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Gurpreet S Gandhoke, Ezequiel Goldschmidt, Robert Kellogg, Stephanie Greene
A fetal MRI study obtained at 21 weeks' gestation revealed a suboccipital meningocele without hydrocephalus. One day after term birth, MRI demonstrated an acquired cerebellar encephalocele, and MRI obtained 5 months later showed progressive enlargement of the encephalocele, still without obvious hydrocephalus. The patient underwent an operation in which an external ventricular drain was placed, the grossly normal cerebellum was reduced into the posterior fossa without resection, and the dural defect was closed...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883881/zinc-and-copper-metabolism-and-risk-of-autism-a-reply-to-sayehmiri-et-al
#10
Keith Fluegge Ba
OBJECTIVE: Sayehmiri et al. recently conducted a meta-analysis to explore the relationship between zinc and copper metabolism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Recent reports have elucidated a full behavioral profile of mice exposed to prenatal zinc deficiency and documented a phenotype similar to that found in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These studies suggest that significant alterations in Zn metabolism may be an important nutritional component in the development of ASD. MATERIALS & METHODS: The idea that prenatal zinc deficiency may be to blame is cursorily challenged...
2017: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882694/embryonic-alcohol-exposure-leading-to-social-avoidance-and-altered-anxiety-responses-in-adult-zebrafish
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Suelen Baggio, Ben Hur Mussulini, Diogo Losch de Oliveira, Robert Gerlai, Eduardo Pacheco Rico
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) is a syndrome characterized by neurological and behavioral impairments. A recently discovered hallmark of FASD is impaired social behavior. Avoidance of social interaction typical of FASD may be the result of increased anxiety. Previously, the zebrafish was successfully used to model embryonic alcohol induced social abnormalities. Here, we analyzed both anxiety and social responses using a zebrafish FASD model, in adult fish. We exposed zebrafish embryos to low concentrations of ethanol (0...
September 4, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878260/%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-signaling-modulates-the-inflammatory-phenotype-of-fetal-brain-microglia-first-evidence-of-interference-by-iron-homeostasis
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M Cortes, M Cao, H L Liu, C S Moore, L D Durosier, P Burns, G Fecteau, A Desrochers, L B Barreiro, J P Antel, M G Frasch
Neuroinflammation in utero may result in life-long neurological disabilities. Microglia play a pivotal role, but the mechanisms are poorly understood. No early postnatal treatment strategies exist to enhance neuroprotective potential of microglia. We hypothesized that agonism on α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) in fetal microglia will augment their neuroprotective transcriptome profile, while the antagonistic stimulation of α7nAChR will achieve the opposite. Using an in vivo - in vitro model of developmental programming of neuroinflammation induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), we validated this hypothesis in primary fetal sheep microglia cultures re-exposed to LPS in presence of a selective α7nAChR agonist or antagonist...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28838147/specific-biomarkers-associated-with-neurological-complications-and-congenital-central-nervous-system-abnormalities-from-zika-virus-infected-patients-in-brazil
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Yiu-Wing Kam, Juliana Almeida Leite, Fok-Moon Lum, Jeslin J L Tan, Bernett Lee, Carla C Judice, Daniel Augusto de Toledo Teixeira, Robert Andreata-Santos, Marco A Vinolo, Rodrigo Angerami, Mariangela Ribeiro Resende, Andre Ricardo Ribas Freitas, Eliana Amaral, Renato Passini Junior, Maria Laura Costa, José Paulo Guida, Clarice Weis Arns, Luis Carlos S Ferreira, Laurent Rénia, Jose Luiz Proença-Modena, Lisa F P Ng, Fabio T M Costa
Background: Zika virus (ZIKV) infections have been linked to different levels of clinical outcomes, ranging from mild rash and fever to severe neurological complications and congenital malformations. Methods: We investigated the clinical and immunological response, focusing on the immune mediators profile in 95 acute ZIKV-infected adult patients from Campinas, Brazil. These patients included 6 pregnant women who later delivered during the course of this study. Clinical observations were recorded during hospitalization...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28826258/fetal-intracranial-hemorrhage-prenatal-diagnosis-and-postnatal-outcomes
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Begoña Adiego, Pilar Martínez-Ten, Carmina Bermejo, María Estévez, Manuel Recio Rodriguez, Tamara Illescas
OBJECTIVE: To present our experience with 14 cases of fetal intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). METHODS: Cases of fetal ICH detected in our institution between 2005 and 2016 by ultrasonography. Maternal characteristics, ultrasound and MRI findings, and postnatal outcome were noted. RESULTS: Twelve cases (86.7%) were identified during a third trimester routine scan at a median gestational age of 30.6 weeks. The ICH was classified as Grade 2 in two cases, Grade 3 in three cases and Grade 4 in nine cases...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815891/cystic-kidneys-in-fetal-walker-warburg-syndrome-with-pomt2-mutation-intrafamilial-phenotypic-variability-in-four-siblings-and-review-of-literature
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Marwa M Nabhan, Nour ElKhateeb, Daniela A Braun, Sungho Eun, Sahar N Saleem, Heon YungGee, Friedhelm Hildebrandt, Neveen A Soliman
Walker-Warburg syndrome (WWS) is a severe form of congenital muscular dystrophy secondary to α-dystroglycanopathy with muscle, brain, and eye abnormalities often leading to death in the first weeks of life. It is transmitted in an autosomal recessive pattern, and has been linked to at least 15 different genes; including protein O-mannosyltransferase 1 (POMT1), protein O-mannosyltransferase 2 (POMT2), protein O-mannose beta-1,2-N acetylglucosaminyltransferase (POMGNT1), fukutin (FKTN), isoprenoid synthase domain-containing protein (ISPD), and other genes...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805611/propofol-in-combination-with-remifentanil-for-cesarean-section-placental-transfer-and-effect-on-mothers-and-newborns-at-different-induction-to-delivery-intervals
#16
Liguo Hu, Jianhui Pan, Shantang Zhang, Jinjing Yu, Keqiang He, Shuhua Shu, Ruiting Wang
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to describe the administration of propofol in combination with remifentanil for the induction of general anesthesia during cesarean section (CS). Our aim was to evaluate its impact on the drug concentrations of the maternal and neonatal blood at different induction of anesthesia to delivery (I-D) intervals as well as its effect on newborns. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this double-blind randomized controlled study, patients undergoing elective CS were administered anesthesia at short (n = 20) or long (n = 20) I-D intervals...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803703/viral-hijacking-of-formins-in-neurodevelopmental-pathologies
#17
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Karen Racicot, Sarah VanOeveren, Art Alberts
The 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak caused global concern when it was determined to cause microcephaly, hearing loss, and other neurodevelopmental manifestations upon fetal exposure. Significant progress has been made in our understanding of the interactions between ZIKV and the pregnant host, but there is still a critical need to understand how ZIKV and other neurotropic viruses affect fetal neurodevelopment. Diaphanous-related formins (Diaphs) have recently been identified as microcephaly-associated proteins in humans and mice...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789711/does-growth-restriction-increase-the-vulnerability-to-acute-ventilation-induced-brain-injury-in-newborn-lambs-implications-for-future-health-and-disease
#18
B J Allison, S B Hooper, E Coia, G Jenkin, A Malhotra, V Zahra, A Sehgal, M Kluckow, A W Gill, T Yawno, G R Polglase, M Castillo-Melendez, S L Miller
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) and preterm birth are frequent co-morbidities, both are independent risks for brain injury. However, few studies have examined the mechanisms by which preterm FGR increases the risk of adverse neurological outcomes. We aimed to determine the effects of prematurity and mechanical ventilation (VENT) on the brain of FGR and appropriately grown (AG, control) lambs. We hypothesized that FGR preterm lambs are more vulnerable to ventilation-induced acute brain injury. FGR was surgically induced in fetal sheep (0...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782473/the-importance-of-hemolysis-and-its-clinical-detection-in-neonates-with-hyperbilirubinemia
#19
Ronald J Wong, Vinod K Bhutani, David K Stevenson
Background: Hyperbilirubinemia is a benign transitional phenomenon that occurs in 60% to 80% of all term infants. The degree of hyperbilirubinemia and hence risk for developing bilirubin-induced neurologic dysfunction or BIND is dependent upon two major processes: (i) bilirubin production and its elimination. Objective: The aim of this review is to address the importance of hemolysis and its clinical detection in neonates with hyperbilirubinemia. Results: In newborns, an increased bilirubin production rate due to hemolysis is often the primary cause of hyperbilirubinemia during the first week of life...
August 7, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780000/systemic-infusions-of-anti-interleukin-1%C3%AE-neutralizing-antibodies-reduce-short-term-brain-injury-after-cerebral-ischemia-in-the-ovine-fetus
#20
Xiaodi Chen, Virginia Hovanesian, Syed Naqvi, Yow-Pin Lim, Richard Tucker, John E Donahue, Edward G Stopa, Barbara S Stonestreet
Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic reperfusion (I/R)-related brain injury is a leading cause of neurologic morbidity and life-long disability in children. Infants exposed to I/R brain injury develop long-term cognitive and behavioral deficits, placing a large burden on parents and society. Therapeutic strategies are currently not available for infants with I/R brain damage, except for hypothermia, which can only be used in full term infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Moreover, hypothermia is only partially protective...
August 2, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
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