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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454241/transthyretin-regulates-the-migration-and-invasion-of-jeg-3-cells
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Liyun Gong, Lei Zhu, Shuzhen Wang, Zhenyu Zhang
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific disorder characterized by new-onset hypertension and proteinuria that occurs after 20 weeks of gestation. It involves several organs and continues to be a leading cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. Shallow trophoblast invasion is a common pathological feature of PE. Transthyretin (TTR) is a 56-kDa homotetrameric protein that binds thyroid hormone and retinol binding protein. Dysregulated TTR expression has been found in cases of PE. The aim of the present study was to determine the functional role of TTR in the migration and invasion of JEG-3 choriocarcinoma cells...
March 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453882/the-validity-of-the-observed-to-expected-lung-to-head-ratio-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-in-an-era-of-standardized-neonatal-treatment-a-multicenter-study
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Kitty G Snoek, Nina C J Peters, Joost van Rosmalen, Arno F J van Heijst, Alex J Eggink, Esther Sikkel, René M Wijnen, Hanneke IJsselstijn, Titia E Cohen-Overbeek, Dick Tibboel
OBJECTIVE: To assess the predictive value of observed-to-expected lung-to-head ratio (O/E LHR) for survival and chronic lung disease (CLD) in survivors of left-sided congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) in an era of standardized neonatal treatment, and to evaluate the predictive value of the O/E LHR trajectory for survival. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study was performed in two high-volume CDH centers in the Netherlands in prenatally detected, isolated left-sided CDH patients born between 2008-2014...
April 28, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453864/impact-on-spina-bifida-screening-of-shifting-prenatal-down-syndrome-maternal-serum-screening-from-the-second-trimester-to-the-first
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Emmanuel Spaggiari, Sophie Dreux, Julien J Stirnemann, Isabelle Czerkiewicz, Véronique Houfflin-Debarge, Alexandra Segonne, Jean-Marie Jouannic, Yves Ville, Francoise Muller
OBJECTIVES: Shifting screening for trisomy 21 to the first trimester has resulted in the loss of MSAFP screening for spina bifida. The aim of this study was to study the impact on open spina bifida prenatal screening. STUDY DESIGN: We reviewed prenatally diagnosed cases of spina bifida over three years: 2009 (only second-trimester screening, MSM2T), 2010 (transient period) and 2011 (majority first-trimester screening, MSM1T). Cases were assigned to three groups based on maternal serum markers (MSM2T, MSM1T and "not performed")...
April 28, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453635/peak-bone-mass-and-bone-microarchitecture-in-adults-born-with-low-birth-weight-preterm-or-at-term-a-cohort-study
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Chandima Balasuriya, Kari Anne I Evensen, Mats P Mosti, Ann-Mari Brubakk, Geir W Jacobsen, Marit S Indredavik, Berit Schei, Astrid Kamilla Stunes, Unni Syversen
Context and objectives: Peak bone mass (PBM) is regarded as the most important determinant of osteoporosis. Growing evidence suggests a role of intrauterine programming in skeletal development. We examined PBM and trabecular bone score (TBS) in adults born preterm with very low birth weight (VLBW) or small for gestational age (SGA) at term compared with term-born controls. Design, setting, participants and outcomes: This follow-up cohort study included 186 men and women (25-28 years); 52 preterm VLBW (≤ 1500g), 59 term-born SGA (< 10th percentile), and 75 controls (>10th percentile)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453631/prenatal-cerebellar-growth-trajectories-and-the-impact-of-periconceptional-maternal-and-fetal-factors
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I V Koning, J Dudink, I A L Groenenberg, S P Willemsen, I K M Reiss, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
STUDY QUESTION: CAN WE assess human prenatal cerebellar growth from the first until the third trimester of pregnancy and create growth trajectories to investigate associations with periconceptional maternal and fetal characteristics? SUMMARY ANSWER: Prenatal growth trajectories of the human cerebellum between 9 and 32 weeks gestational age (GA) were created using three-dimensional ultrasound (3D-US) and show negative associations with pre-pregnancy and early first trimester BMI calculated from self-reported and standardized measured weight and height, respectively...
April 27, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453539/fetal-hemoglobin-in-umbilical-cord-blood-in-preeclamptic-and-normotensive-pregnancies-a-cross-sectional-comparative-study
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Zahra Masoumi, Mary Familari, Karin Källén, Jonas Ranstam, Per Olofsson, Stefan R Hansson
Preeclampsia (PE) is associated with increased fetal hemoglobin (HbF) in the maternal circulation but its source is unknown. To investigate whether excessive HbF is produced in the placenta or the fetus, the concentration of HbF (cHbF) in the arterial and venous umbilical cord blood (UCB) was compared in 15825 normotensive and 444 PE pregnancies. The effect of fetal gender on cHbF was also evaluated in both groups. Arterial and venous UCB sampled immediately after birth at 36-42 weeks of gestation were analyzed for total Hb concentration (ctHb) (g/L) and HbF% using a Radiometer blood gas analyzer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453441/fetal-cardiac-time-intervals-in-healthy-pregnancies-an-observational-study-by-fetal-ecg-monica-healthcare-system
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Annette Wacker-Gussmann, Cordula Plankl, Maria Sewald, Karl-Theo Maria Schneider, Renate Oberhoffer, Silvia M Lobmaier
BACKGROUND: Fetal electrocardiogram (fECG) can detect QRS signals in fetuses from as early as 17 weeks' gestation; however, the technique is limited by the minute size of the fetal signal relative to noise ratio. The aim of this study was to evaluate precise fetal cardiac time intervals (fCTIs) with the help of a newly developed fetal ECG device (Monica Healthcare System). METHODS: In a prospective manner we included 15-18 healthy fetuses per gestational week from 32 weeks onwards...
April 28, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453379/pseudoamniotic-band-syndrome-post-fetal-thoracoamniotic-shunting-for-bilateral-hydrothorax
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Michelle Han, Yalda Afshar, Andrew H Chon, Emily Scibetta, Rashmi Rao, Ramen H Chmait
INTRODUCTION: Pseudoamniotic band syndrome (PABS) occurs iatrogenically after fetal surgery or amniocentesis due to chorioamniotic membrane separation. Separation of the amnion from the chorion can expand to form fibrous amniotic bands that can envelope fetal limbs or the umbilical cord, with consequences ranging from limb constriction to fetal demise. CASE REPORT: We report a case of bilateral fetal pleural effusions at 27 weeks' gestation treated by bilateral thoracoamniotic shunts...
April 28, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449356/fetal-head-circumference-and-subpubic-angle-are-independent-risk-factors-for-unplanned-cesarean-and-operative-delivery
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Giuseppe Rizzo, Elisa Aiello, Costanza Bosi, Francesco D' Antonio, Domenico Arduini
INTRODUCTION: To ascertain whether combined ultrasound assessment of fetal head circumference (HC) and maternal subpubic angle (SPA) prior to the onset of labour may predict the likelihood of an unplanned operative delivery (UOD) in nulliparous women at term. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective cohort study of singleton pregnancies in cephalic presentation. Pregnancies experiencing UOD secondary to fetal distress were excluded. HC was assessed transabdominally while SPA values were obtained from a reconstructed coronal plane on three-dimensional(3D) ultrasound performed trans-labially at 36-38 weeks of gestation...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449286/full-dilatation-cesarean-section-a-risk-factor-for-recurrent-second-trimester-loss-and-preterm-birth
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Helena A Watson, Jenny Carter, Anna L David, Paul T Seed, Andrew H Shennan
INTRODUCTION: A previous cesarean section at full dilatation (FDCS) is a risk factor for preterm birth. To provide insight on the risk to subsequent pregnancies, this cohort study compares the outcomes of pregnant women with a previous preterm birth associated either with a prior FDCS or a prior term vaginal delivery. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We identified women attending two inner-city preterm surveillance clinics (Guy's and St Thomas Hospital and University College London Hospital, London, UK) who had a spontaneous late miscarriage (14(+0) -23(+6) weeks) or sPTB (<37weeks) following a term pregnancy, and then a further pregnancy for analysis...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449212/predictors-of-success-of-external-cephalic-version-and-cephalic-presentation-at-birth-among-1-253-women-with-non-cephalic-presentation-using-logistic-regression-and-classification-tree-analyses
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Eileen K Hutton, Julia C Simioni, Lehana Thabane
INTRODUCTION: Among women with a fetus in non-cephalic presentation, external cephalic version (ECV) has been shown to reduce the rate of breech presentation at birth and cesarean birth. Compared to ECV at term, beginning ECV prior to 37 weeks gestation decreases the number of infants in a non-cephalic presentation at birth. The purpose of this secondary analysis was to investigate factors associated with a successful ECV procedure and to present this in a clinically useful format. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Data were collected as part of the Early ECV Pilot and Early ECV2 Trials, which randomised 1,776 women with a fetus in breech presentation to either early ECV (34 to 36 weeks gestation) or delayed ECV (at or after 37 weeks)...
April 27, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449024/secretagogin-is-expressed-by-developing-neocortical-gabaergic-neurons-in-humans-but-not-mice-and-increases-neurite-arbor-size-and-complexity
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Chandrasekhar S Raju, Julien Spatazza, Amelia Stanco, Phillip Larimer, Shawn F Sorrells, Kevin W Kelley, Cory R Nicholas, Mercedes F Paredes, Jan H Lui, Andrea R Hasenstaub, Arnold R Kriegstein, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, John L Rubenstein, Michael C Oldham
The neocortex of primates, including humans, contains more abundant and diverse inhibitory neurons compared with rodents, but the molecular foundations of these observations are unknown. Through integrative gene coexpression analysis, we determined a consensus transcriptional profile of GABAergic neurons in mid-gestation human neocortex. By comparing this profile to genes expressed in GABAergic neurons purified from neonatal mouse neocortex, we identified conserved and distinct aspects of gene expression in these cells between the species...
April 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448910/exposure-to-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-at-late-gestation-modulates-placental-signaling-molecules-in-the-mouse-model
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Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Lai K Leung
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants generally employed in manufacturing household items. Surface water may remove and carry these chemicals to the drainage upon disposal of the items, and ultimately the chemicals enter our food chain. 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is a PBDE congener commonly found in contaminated seafood. The placenta is the site of nutrient exchange and is responsible for reproductive hormone secretion during pregnancy. In the present study, pregnant ICR mice were given p...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448812/effect-of-exposure-to-p-p%C3%A2-dde-during-the-first-half-of-pregnancy-in-the-maternal-thyroid-profile-of-female-residents-in-a-mexican-floriculture-area
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José Ángel Hernández-Mariano, Luisa Torres-Sánchez, Susana Bassol-Mayagoitia, Maria Consuelo Escamilla-Nuñez, Mariano E Cebrian, Érika Adriana Villeda-Gutiérrez, Guadalupe López-Rodríguez, Eunice Elizabeth Félix-Arellano, Julia Blanco-Muñoz
BACKGROUND: Dichlorodiphenyldichloroethene (p,p´-DDE), the main metabolite of dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), has been associated with changes in human thyroid hormone levels. Maternal thyroid hormones are essential for adequate fetal neurodevelopment during the first half of pregnancy. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between maternal p,p´-DDE concentration and the maternal thyroid profile during the first half of pregnancy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed the information of 430 pregnant women from a Mexican floriculture area, with a gestational age ≤16 weeks...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448801/the-placental-factor-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-twin-vs-singleton-pregnancies
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Eran Weiner, Ann Dekalo, Ohad Feldstein, Elad Barber, Letizia Schreiber, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: The association between infection and inflammatory response in singleton preterm birth (PTB) is well established, yet, less is known about PTB in twins. We aimed to compare the placental component and pregnancy outcome in pregnancies complicated with PTB of singletons vs. twin deliveries. We hypothesized that due to different underlying mechanisms, placental inflammatory lesions will be more prevalent in placentas derived from singleton pregnancies than twins. STUDY DESIGN: Labor characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology reports of spontaneous PTB at 24-33(6)/7 weeks, from 1/2008-12/2015, were reviewed...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448718/cannabis-use-by-women-during-pregnancy-does-not-influence-infant-dna-methylation-of-the-dopamine-receptor-drd4
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Peter D Fransquet, Delyse Hutchinson, Craig A Olsson, Steve Allsop, Elizabeth J Elliott, Lucinda Burns, Richard Mattick, Richard Saffery, Joanne Ryan
BACKGROUND: Maternal cannabis use in pregnancy is linked with long-term adverse behavioral outcomes in offspring. Epigenetic processes established in utero that affect dopaminergic (reward) signaling may mediate risks. Associations between cannabis use and offspring DNA methylation have not been investigated; however, maternal tobacco smoking in pregnancy is associated with distinct patterns of DNA methylation at birth and beyond. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether maternal cannabis use is associated with methylation of the dopamine receptor gene DRD4 promoter in infants...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448664/assessment-of-lower-doses-of-intravitreous-bevacizumab-for-retinopathy-of-prematurity-a-phase-1-dosing-study
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David K Wallace, Raymond T Kraker, Sharon F Freedman, Eric R Crouch, Amy K Hutchinson, Amit R Bhatt, David L Rogers, Michael B Yang, Kathryn M Haider, Deborah K VanderVeen, R Michael Siatkowski, Trevano W Dean, Roy W Beck, Michael X Repka, Lois E Smith, William V Good, Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, Lingkun Kong, Jonathan M Holmes
Importance: Intravitreous bevacizumab (0.25 to 0.625 mg) is increasingly used to treat type 1 retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), but there remain concerns about systemic toxicity. A much lower dose may be effective while reducing systemic risk. Objective: To find a dose of intravitreous bevacizumab that was lower than previously used for severe ROP, was effective in this study, and could be tested in future larger studies. Design, Setting, and Participants: Between May 2015 and September 2016, 61 premature infants with type 1 ROP in 1 or both eyes were enrolled in a masked, multicenter, phase 1 dose de-escalation study...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448623/development-of-the-cutaneous-microbiome-in-the-preterm-infant-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
#18
Mohan Pammi, Jacqueline L O'Brien, Nadim J Ajami, Matthew C Wong, James Versalovic, Joseph F Petrosino
BACKGROUND: Neonatal sepsis in preterm infants is often due to organisms that colonize the skin including Staphylococcus spp. and Candida spp. Development and maturation of the skin microbiome in the neonatal period, especially in preterm infants, may be critical in preventing colonization with pathogens and subsequent progression to neonatal sepsis. Development of the skin microbiome in preterm infants or its determinants in the first 4 weeks of life has not been evaluated. METHODS: We evaluated the skin microbiome from three body sites, antecubital fossa, forehead and gluteal region, in a prospective cohort of 15 preterm (birth weight < 1500 g and < 32 weeks of gestation) and 15 term neonates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448569/dynamics-and-complexity-of-body-temperature-in-preterm-infants-nursed-in-incubators
#19
Kerstin Jost, Isabelle Pramana, Edgar Delgado-Eckert, Nitin Kumar, Alexandre N Datta, Urs Frey, Sven M Schulzke
BACKGROUND: Poor control of body temperature is associated with mortality and major morbidity in preterm infants. We aimed to quantify its dynamics and complexity to evaluate whether indices from fluctuation analyses of temperature time series obtained within the first five days of life are associated with gestational age (GA) and body size at birth, and presence and severity of typical comorbidities of preterm birth. METHODS: We recorded 3h-time series of body temperature using a skin electrode in incubator-nursed preterm infants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448526/human-alkaline-phosphatase-dephosphorylates-microbial-products-and-is-elevated-in-preterm-neonates-with-a-history-of-late-onset-sepsis
#20
Matthew Pettengill, Juan D Matute, Megan Tresenriter, Julie Hibbert, David Burgner, Peter Richmond, José Luis Millán, Al Ozonoff, Tobias Strunk, Andrew Currie, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: A host defense function for Alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) is suggested by the contribution of intestinal ALP to detoxifying bacterial lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in animal models in vivo and the elevation of ALP activity following treatment of human cells with inflammatory stimuli in vitro. However the activity of ALP in human plasma (primarily tissue-nonspecific ALP; TNAP) on lipopolysaccharide and other microbial products has not been assessed, nor has its expression been studied in preterm newborns, a vulnerable population at high risk of sepsis...
2017: PloS One
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