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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334989/impaired-fetal-muscle-development-and-jak-stat-activation-mark-disease-onset-and-progression-in-a-mouse-model-for-merosin-deficient-congenital-muscular-dystrophy
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Andreia M Nunes, Ryan D Wuebbles, Apurva Sarathy, Tatiana M Fontelonga, Marianne Deries, Dean J Burkin, Sólveig Thorsteinsdóttir
Merosin-deficient congenital muscular dystrophy type 1A (MDC1A) is a dramatic neuromuscular disease in which crippling muscle weakness is evident from birth. Here we use the dyW mouse model for human MDC1A to trace the onset of the disease during development in utero. We find that myotomal and primary myogenesis proceed normally in homozygous dyW-/-embryos. Fetal dyW-/-muscles display the same number of myofibers as wildtype muscles, but by E18.5 dyW-/-muscles are significantly smaller and muscle size is not recovered post-natally...
March 7, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331629/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-review
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REVIEW
Praveen Kumar Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Rajeshwari Madappa, David H Rothstein, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Congenital Diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is a condition characterized by a defect in the diaphragm leading to protrusion of abdominal contents into the thoracic cavity interfering with normal development of the lungs. The defect may range from a small aperture in the posterior muscle rim to complete absence of diaphragm. The pathophysiology of CDH is a combination of lung hypoplasia and immaturity associated with persistent pulmonary hypertension of newborn (PPHN) and cardiac dysfunction. Prenatal assessment of lung to head ratio (LHR) and position of the liver by ultrasound are used to diagnose and predict outcomes...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329947/-air-pollution-and-adverse-birth-outcome-in-china-a-comprehensive-review
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P F Zhu, Y Zhang, J Ban, T T Li, X M Shi
Objective: To summarize the progress in the research of the association between air pollution and adverse birth outcomes in China. Methods: A literature retrieval was conducted by using the databases of CNKI, Wanfang, Pubmed, Science Direct, and Web of Science to select relevant research papers published before 30(th), June 2016 in China according to inclusion criteria. Finally, 27 papers were included in analysis. Results: Exposure to particulate matter (PM(10)), sulfur dioxide (SO(2)), nitrogen dioxide (NO(2)), total suspended particles (TSP) during pregnancy might increase risk for low birth weight; exposure to PM(10), SO(2), NO(2) during pregnancy might increase risk for premature birth; and exposure to SO(2), NO(2), ozone (O(3)), and PM(10) during pregnancy might increase risk for congenital heart diseases and other birth defects...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326341/cdc42-is-crucial-for-facial-and-palatal-formation-during-craniofacial-development
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Mutsuko Oshima-Nakayama, Atsushi Yamada, Tamaki Kurosawa, Ryo Aizawa, Dai Suzuki, Yoshiro Saito, Hidetoshi Kassai, Yuki Sato, Matsuo Yamamoto, Tatsuo Shirota, Atsu Aiba, Koutaro Maki, Ryutaro Kamijo
Craniofacial deformities with multifactorial etiologies, such as cleft palate and facial dysmorphism, represent some of the most frequent congenital birth defects seen in humans. Their pathogeneses are often related to cranial neural crest (CNC) cells. During CNC cell migration, changes in cell shape and formation, as well as maintenance of subcellular structures, such as filopodia and lamellipodia, are dependent on the complex functions of Rho family small GTPases, which are regulators of actin cytoskeletal organization...
December 2016: Bone Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323386/the-association-of-maternal-lymphatic-markers-and-critical-congenital-heart-defects-in-the-fetus-a-population-based-case-control-study
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Martina A Steurer, Mary E Norton, Rebecca J Baer, Gary M Shaw, Sheila Keating, Anita J Moon-Grady, Christina D Chambers, Laura L Jelliffe-Pawlowski
The objective ot this study was to investigate whether lymphatic markers measured in women during the second trimester are associated with critical congenital heart defects (CCHDs) in offspring. This is a retrospective cohort study of pregnant women who participated in the California Prenatal Screening Program. CCHD data in the offspring was captured by linking birth certificate data with hospital patient discharge records. Second trimester samples were assayed for vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), platelet derived growth factor (PDGF) AA/BB, and PDGF AB...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320512/effect-of-congenital-heart-disease-on-4-year-neurodevelopment-within-multiple-gestation-births
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Amy H Schultz, Richard F Ittenbach, Marsha Gerdes, Gail P Jarvik, Gil Wernovsky, Judy Bernbaum, Cynthia Solot, Robert R Clancy, Susan C Nicolson, Thomas L Spray, Donna McDonald-McGinn, Elaine Zackai, J William Gaynor
OBJECTIVES: We sought to assess the effect of congenital heart disease requiring infant surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass on neurodevelopmental outcomes and growth at 4 years of age, while matching for gestational age, socioeconomic status, maternal gestational conditions, home environment, and parental intelligence by studying multiple-gestation births. METHODS: We performed within-family comparison of 14 multiple-gestation births in which 1 child had congenital heart disease requiring surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass at ≤6 months of age...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319315/maxillofacial-features-and-systemic-malformations-in-expanded-spectrum-hemifacial-microsomia
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Noah Cohen, Erica Cohen, Alberto Gaiero, Silvia Zecca, Graziella Fichera, Federica Baldi, Joseph Felix Giordanetto, Jacques Marie Mercier, Amnon Cohen
Hemifacial microsomia (HFM) is a rare, multisystemic congenital disease with estimated frequency of 1/26370 births in Europe. Most cases are sporadic and caused by unilateral abnormal morphogenesis of the first and second pharyngeal arches. The aim of this study is to define the types and frequency of maxillofacial and systemic malformations in HFM patients. This is a case series study of patients with HFM evaluated at a single institution. Data were acquired through history, physical examination, photographs, diagnostic radiology, and laboratory and analyzed by the FileMakerPro database on 95 patients (54F; 41M) of which 89 met the inclusion criteria...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318359/zika-virus-and-eye
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Rupesh Agrawal, Hnin Hnin Oo, Praveen Kumar Balne, Lisa Ng, Louis Tong, Yee Sin Leo
Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus, is the latest global health concern. Transmission is mainly via Aedes mosquitoes and the infection can be diagnosed on molecular or serologic testings. It typically causes a mild self-remitting illness of low-grade fever, maculopapular rash, and myalgia, but when severe, it is associated with neurological deficits and congenital structural defects. Ocular manifestations are usually mild like nonpurulent conjunctivitis in adults, though it may be linked to uveitis, maculopathy, and hypertensive iridocyclitis...
March 20, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303347/genome-wide-enrichment-of-damaging-de-novo-variants-in-patients-with-isolated-and-complex-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia
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Mauro Longoni, Frances A High, Hongjian Qi, Maliackal P Joy, Regis Hila, Caroline M Coletti, Julia Wynn, Maria Loscertales, Linshan Shan, Carol J Bult, Jay M Wilson, Yufeng Shen, Wendy K Chung, Patricia K Donahoe
Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) is a common and often lethal birth defect characterized by diaphragmatic structural defects and pulmonary hypoplasia. CDH is isolated in 60% of newborns, but may also be part of a complex phenotype with additional anomalies. We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on 87 individuals with isolated or complex CDH and on their unaffected parents, to assess the contribution of de novo mutations in the etiology of diaphragmatic and pulmonary defects and to identify new candidate genes...
March 16, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302740/genetics-and-genomics-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Samir Zaidi, Martina Brueckner
Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect, and because of major advances in medical and surgical management, there are now more adults living with congenital heart disease (CHD) than children. Until recently, the cause of the majority of CHD was unknown. Advances in genomic technologies have discovered the genetic causes of a significant fraction of CHD, while at the same time pointing to remarkable complexity in CHD genetics. This review will focus on the evidence for genetic causes underlying CHD and discuss data supporting both monogenic and complex genetic mechanisms underlying CHD...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301893/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-the-side-of-diaphragmatic-defect-and-associated-nondiaphragmatic-malformations
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Ruža Grizelj, Katarina Bojanić, Jurica Vuković, Toby N Weingarten, Darrell R Schroeder, Juraj Sprung
Background Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) has different clinical presentations depending on whether it is right sided (R-CDH) or left sided (L-CDH). Some have suggested that L-CDH and R-CDH may represent different syndromic phenotypes. This theory would be indirectly supported if different nondiaphragmatic anomalies were associated with laterality. We assessed whether CDH laterality is associated with specific types of nondiaphragmatic anomalies. Methods Cases of CDH were retrospectively identified from five centers, and associated congenital anomalies, prenatal diagnosis, demographics, birth characteristics, and side of the CDH were analyzed...
March 16, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300884/congenital-hemangioma-in-spondylocostal-dysostosis-a-novel-association
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Victor Michael Salinas-Torres
Congenital hemangioma is a benign tumor caused by dysfunction in embryogenesis and vasculogenesis, which progresses during fetal life to manifest as fully developed at birth. Although hemangiomas are the most common tumor of infancy, rapidly involuting congenital hemangioma has not been described in spondylocostal dysostosis. I report the novel association of congenital hemangioma and spondylocostal dysostosis in a Mexican newborn female patient with neural tube defects. Given the embryological relationship between skin and nervous system, I surmise that this association is not coincidental...
September 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291300/-possible-relation-between-antenatal-venlafaxine-use-and-vacterl-association-in-a-newborn-a-case-report
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Muammer Özgür Çevik, Mustafa Çelik, İbrahim Hakan Bucak, Behice Han Almış, Mehmet Turğut
Major depressive disorder is common during antenatal period and many women are prescribed antidepressant drugs despite no antidepressant can be regarded as definitely safe in pregnancy. Previous studies have suggested links between gestational use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) or serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI) and certain birth defects. VACTERL association is a rare group of congenital malformations which were observed to occur together more often than would be expected by chance...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287588/medical-grade-sterilizable-target-for-fluid-immersed-fetoscope-optical-distortion-calibration
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Daniil I Nikitichev, Dzhoshkun I Shakir, François Chadebecq, Marcel Tella, Jan Deprest, Danail Stoyanov, Sébastien Ourselin, Tom Vercauteren
We have developed a calibration target for use with fluid-immersed endoscopes within the context of the GIFT-Surg (Guided Instrumentation for Fetal Therapy and Surgery) project. One of the aims of this project is to engineer novel, real-time image processing methods for intra-operative use in the treatment of congenital birth defects, such as spina bifida and the twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. The developed target allows for the sterility-preserving optical distortion calibration of endoscopes within a few minutes...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287452/congenital-anomalies-in-contaminated-sites-a-multisite-study-in-italy
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Michele Santoro, Fabrizio Minichilli, Anna Pierini, Gianni Astolfi, Lucia Bisceglia, Pietro Carbone, Susanna Conti, Gabriella Dardanoni, Ivano Iavarone, Paolo Ricci, Gioacchino Scarano, Fabrizio Bianchi, RiscRipro Sentieri Working Group
The health impact on populations residing in industrially contaminated sites (CSs) is recognized as a public health concern especially in relation to more vulnerable population subgroups. The aim of this study was to estimate the risk of congenital anomalies (CAs) in Italian CSs. Thirteen CSs covered by regional CA registries were investigated in an ecological study. The observed/expected ratios (O/E) with 90% confidence intervals (CI) for the total and specific subgroups of CAs were calculated using the regional areas as references...
March 10, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286691/spina-bifida-pathogenesis-mechanisms-and-genes-in-mice-and-humans
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REVIEW
Siti W Mohd-Zin, Ahmed I Marwan, Mohamad K Abou Chaar, Azlina Ahmad-Annuar, Noraishah M Abdul-Aziz
Spina bifida is among the phenotypes of the larger condition known as neural tube defects (NTDs). It is the most common central nervous system malformation compatible with life and the second leading cause of birth defects after congenital heart defects. In this review paper, we define spina bifida and discuss the phenotypes seen in humans as described by both surgeons and embryologists in order to compare and ultimately contrast it to the leading animal model, the mouse. Our understanding of spina bifida is currently limited to the observations we make in mouse models, which reflect complete or targeted knockouts of genes, which perturb the whole gene(s) without taking into account the issue of haploinsufficiency, which is most prominent in the human spina bifida condition...
2017: Scientifica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285497/cytomegalovirus-infection-among-pregnant-women-in-beijing-seroepidemiological-survey-and-intrauterine-transmission
#17
Qing-E Jin, Jian-Rong Su, Shan-Na Wu
Primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection during pregnancy can cause congenital defects. Available data for CMV infection during pregnancy in north China is inadequate. The aim of this study was to evaluate the epidemiology of maternal CMV infection and explore the incidence of congenital infection. In this prospective study, serum CMV IgG and IgM antibody were measured in 2887 pregnant women using ELISA, and IgG avidity test was performed on all IgM positive subjects. The seroprevalence of anti-CMV IgG was 94...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284205/usage-of-3d-models-of-tetralogy-of-fallot-for-medical-education-impact-on-learning-congenital-heart-disease
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Yue-Hin Loke, Ashraf S Harahsheh, Axel Krieger, Laura J Olivieri
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common human birth defect, and clinicians need to understand the anatomy to effectively care for patients with CHD. However, standard two-dimensional (2D) display methods do not adequately carry the critical spatial information to reflect CHD anatomy. Three-dimensional (3D) models may be useful in improving the understanding of CHD, without requiring a mastery of cardiac imaging. The study aimed to evaluate the impact of 3D models on how pediatric residents understand and learn about tetralogy of Fallot following a teaching session...
March 11, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281093/maternal-acceptability-of-pulse-oximetry-screening-at-home-after-home-birth-or-very-early-discharge
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Ilona C Narayen, Adrian A Kaptein, Janine A Hogewoning, Nico A Blom, Arjan B Te Pas
The Netherlands has a unique perinatal healthcare system with a high rate of home births and very early discharge after delivery in hospital. Although we demonstrated that pulse oximetry (PO) screening for critical congenital heart disease is feasible in the Netherlands, it is unknown whether parents find the screening acceptable when performed in home birth setting. We assessed the acceptability of PO screening to mothers after screening in home setting. A questionnaire was sent electronically to mothers who gave birth and/or had postnatal care under supervision of a community midwife participating in the Pulse Oximetry Leiden Screening (POLS) study, a feasibility study of PO screening in the Dutch care system, performed in the Leiden region, the Netherlands...
March 9, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280393/prevalence-and-pattern-of-birth-defects-in-a-tertiary-health-facility-in-the-niger-delta-area-of-nigeria
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Mkpe Abbey, Olufemi A Oloyede, Goddy Bassey, Benjamin M Kejeh, Barbara E Otaigbe, Peace I Opara, Austa U Eneh, Chris I Akani
OBJECTIVE: To ascertain the prevalence and pattern of congenital abnormalities that are peculiar to the Niger Delta area of Nigeria. METHODS: This is a descriptive retrospective cross-sectional study. It involved data from the labor ward and neonatal birth registers of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital on the total number of births and the babies that were delivered with major birth defects between August 2011 and December 2014. We also conducted a statistical comparison of the prevalence of congenital abnormalities in the Niger Delta with that in other regions of Nigeria and the developed world of Europe...
2017: International Journal of Women's Health
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