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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817799/human-astrocyte-maturation-captured-in-3d-cerebral-cortical-spheroids-derived-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Steven A Sloan, Spyros Darmanis, Nina Huber, Themasap A Khan, Fikri Birey, Christine Caneda, Richard Reimer, Stephen R Quake, Ben A Barres, Sergiu P Paşca
There is significant need to develop physiologically relevant models for investigating human astrocytes in health and disease. Here, we present an approach for generating astrocyte lineage cells in a three-dimensional (3D) cytoarchitecture using human cerebral cortical spheroids (hCSs) derived from pluripotent stem cells. We acutely purified astrocyte-lineage cells from hCSs at varying stages up to 20 months in vitro using immunopanning and cell sorting and performed high-depth bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing to directly compare them to purified primary human brain cells...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817240/prenatal-presentation-of-mabry-syndrome-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-and-phenotypic-overlap-with-fryns-syndrome
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Kara K Reynolds, Jane Juusola, Gregory M Rice, Philip F Giampietro
We report on a family in which initial features were compatible with Fryns syndrome. The first sibling was a stillborn female with a left diaphragmatic hernia (DH). Her clinical features overlapped with Fryns syndrome. The second pregnancy, a male fetus, was followed for polyhydramnios, hypoplastic mandible, mild enlargement of the fetal bladder, hydronephrosis, and rocker bottom foot deformities. He had facial features similar to his sibling and a large cleft of the secondary palate, small jaw, and secundum atrial septal defect...
August 17, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816587/dna-methylation-independent-growth-restriction-and-altered-developmental-programming-in-a-mouse-model-of-preconception-male-alcohol-exposure
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Richard C Chang, William M Skiles, S Chronister Sarah, Haiqing Wang, Gabrielle I Sutton, Yudhishtar S Bedi, Matthew Snyder, Charles R Long, Michael C Golding
The preconception environment is a significant modifier of dysgenesis and the development of environmentally-induced disease. To date, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASDs) have been exclusively associated with maternal exposures, yet emerging evidence suggests male-inherited alterations in the developmental program of sperm may be relevant to the growth-restriction phenotypes of this condition. Using a mouse model of voluntary consumption, we find chronic preconception male ethanol exposure associates with fetal growth restriction, decreased placental efficiency, abnormalities in cholesterol trafficking, sex-specific alterations in the genetic pathways regulating hepatic fibrosis, and disruptions in the regulation of imprinted genes...
August 17, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812466/florid-intussusceptive-like-microvascular-dysangiogenesis-in-a-preterm-lung
#4
Monique E De Paepe, Merline Kocheekkaran V Benny, Lauren Priolo, Francois I Luks, Svetlana Shapiro
The cellular mechanisms underlying the microvascular dysangiogenesis of bronchopulmonary dysplasia (chronic lung disease of the newborn) remain largely undetermined. We report unusual pulmonary vascular findings in a 27-week-gestation male newborn who died on the second day of life from intractable respiratory failure, following a pregnancy complicated by prolonged membrane rupture and persistent severe oligohydramnios. As expected, postmortem examination revealed pulmonary hypoplasia (lung/body weight ratio: 2...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809063/color-and-power-doppler-combined-with-fetal-intelligent-navigation-echocardiography-fine-to-evaluate-the-fetal-heart
#5
L Yeo, R Romero
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the performance of color and bidirectional power Doppler ultrasound combined with Fetal Intelligent Navigation Echocardiography (FINE) in examining the fetal heart. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted of fetuses in the second and third trimesters with a normal heart or with congenital heart disease (CHD). One or more spatiotemporal image correlation (STIC) volume datasets, combined with color or bidirectional power Doppler (S-flow) imaging, were acquired in the apical four-chamber view...
August 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808378/rutamarin-an-active-constituent-from-ruta-angustifolia-pers-induced-apoptotic-cell-death-in-the-ht29-colon-adenocarcinoma-cell-line
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Shafinah Ahmad Suhaimi, Sok Lai Hong, Sri Nurestri Abdul Malek
BACKGROUND: Ruta angustifolia Pers. is a perennial herb that is cultivated worldwide, including Southeast Asia, for the treatment of various diseases as traditional medicine. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to identify an active principle of R. angustifolia and to investigate its effect on the HT29 cell death. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methanol and fractionated extracts (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and water) of R. angustifolia Pers...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808377/anti-inflammatory-potential-of-petiveria-alliacea-on-activated-raw264-7-murine-macrophages
#7
Rosa Martha Perez Gutierrez, Carlos Hoyo-Vadillo
BACKGROUND: Defense and protection to multiple harmful stimuli are the inflammation, when is self-amplified and uncontrolled is the basis of the pathogenesis of a wide variety of inflammatory illness. The aim of this study was to evaluate if Petiveria alliacea could attenuate inflammation in a murine model of RAW264 macrophages the involved model and its involved mechanism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The ethanol extract from P. alliacea was precipitated with water and supernatant was used for this study (PW)...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808270/a-low-permeability-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-platform-with-direct-contact-between-perfusable-vascular-network-and-astrocytes
#8
Seokyoung Bang, Seung-Ryeol Lee, Jihoon Ko, Kyungmin Son, Dongha Tahk, Jungho Ahn, Changkyun Im, Noo Li Jeon
A novel three dimensional blood brain barrier (BBB) platform was developed by independently supplying different types of media to separate cell types within a single device. One channel (vascular channel, VC) is connected to the inner lumen of the vascular network while the other supplies media to the neural cells (neural channel, NC). Compared to co-cultures supplied with only one type of medium (or 1:1 mixture), best barrier properties and viability were obtained with culturing HUVECs with endothelial growth medium (EGM) and neural cells with neurobasal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (NBMFBS) independently...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807878/sex-dependent-changes-in-lipid-metabolism-ppar-pathways-and-micrornas-that-target-ppars-in-the-fetal-liver-of-rats-with-gestational-diabetes
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Daiana Fornes, Verónica White, Romina Higa, Florencia Heinecke, Evangelina Capobianco, Alicia Jawerbaum
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a prevalent disease that impairs fetal metabolism and development. We have previously characterized a rat model of GDM induced by developmental programming. Here, we analyzed lipid content, the levels of the three PPAR isotypes and the expression of microRNAs that regulate PPARs expression in the liver of male and female fetuses of control and GDM rats on day 21 of pregnancy. We found increased levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the livers of male fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls, and, oppositely, reduced levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, phospholipids and free fatty acids in the livers of female fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls...
August 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807863/prenatal-diagnosis-of-complex-phenotype-in-a-13-week-old-fetus-with-an-interstitial-multigene-deletion-20q13-13-q13-2-by-chromosomal-microarray
#10
Feodora Stipoljev, Danka Miric-Tesanic, Tomislav Hafner, Maja Barbalic, Monika Logara, Ruzica Lasan-Trcic, Ana Vicic, Romana Gjergja-Juraski
We report the first trimester three-dimensional ultrasonographic findings in a 13-week-old fetus with complex phenotype and a de novo 4.7 Mb multigene deletion encompassing chromosome region 20q13.13-q13.2 detected by chromosomal microarray. Fetal sonography detected radial-ray anomalies in the form of bilateral absence of thumbs and the left club hand deformity. The presence of single atrioventricular canal instead of the atrial septal defect typical for Holt-Oram syndrome pointed us to rather suspect the SALL4 related diseases...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807394/preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-the-membranes-a-disease-of-the-fetal-membranes
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Ramkumar Menon, Lauren S Richardson
Preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (pPROM) remains a significant obstetric problem that affects 3-4% of all pregnancies and precedes 40-50% of all preterm births. pPROM arises from complex, multifaceted pathways. In this review, we summarize some old concepts and introduce some novel theories related to pPROM pathophysiology. Specifically, we introduce the concept that pPROM is a disease of the fetal membranes where inflammation-oxidative stress axis plays a major role in producing pathways that can lead to membrane weakening through a variety of processes...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807280/immunization-with-inactivated-antigens-of-neospora-caninum-induces-toll-like-receptors-3-7-8-and-9-in-maternal-fetal-interface-of-infected-pregnant-heifers
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M S Marin, Y P Hecker, S Quintana, S E Pérez, M R Leunda, G J Cantón, E R Cobo, D P Moore, A C Odeón
Neospora caninum is an obligate parasite and a major cause of abortion in cattle. Pregnancy failures appear to be associated with weak innate defences on the maternal-fetal interface during infection with N. caninum. Herein, we studied the gene expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) in pregnant heifers immunized with different vaccine formulations against N. caninum before mating and then challenged the heifers with live N. caninum on day 70 of gestation. TLR7 and TLR8 expression was upregulated in the placental caruncle of infected-pregnant heifers previously exposed to live N...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802248/utility-of-rapid-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-diagnosis-of-neonatal-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-presenting-with-fetal-hydrops-and-liver-failure
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Mersedeh Rohanizadegan, Sarah El-Almery, Anne O'Donnell-Luria, Ivana Mihalek, Peggy Chen, Marilyn Sanders, Kristen Leeman, Megan Cho, Christina Hung, Olaf Bodamer
Rapid whole exome sequencing (rWES) is increasingly used in critically ill newborn infants to inform about diagnosis, clinical management and prognosis. Here we report a male newborn infant with hydrops, pancytopenia and acute liver failure who was listed for liver transplantation. Given the acuity of the presentation, the procedure related morbidity and mortality and lack of diagnosis we employed rWES in the proband and both parents with a turn-around time of 10 business days. rWES returned one maternally inherited, likely pathogenic and one paternally inherited, likely pathogenic variant in NPC1 suggestive of a diagnosis of Niemann Pick disease type C (NPC)...
August 11, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801614/palladium-nanoparticles-entrapped-in-a-self-supporting-nanoporous-gold-wire-as-sensitive-dopamine-biosensor
#14
Xin Yi, Yuxuan Wu, Guoxin Tan, Peng Yu, Lei Zhou, Zhengnan Zhou, Junqi Chen, Zhengao Wang, Jinshan Pang, Chengyun Ning
Traced dopamine (DA) detection is critical for the early diagnosis and prevention of some diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer and schizophrenia. In this research, a novel self-supporting three dimensional (3D) bicontinuous nanoporous electrochemical biosensor was developed for the detection of dopamine by Differential Pulse Voltammetry (DPV). This biosensor was fabricated by electrodepositing palladium nanoparticles (Pd) onto self-supporting nanoporous gold (NPG) wire. Because of the synergistic effects of the excellent catalytic activity of Pd and novel structure of NPG wire, the palladium nanoparticles decorated NPG (Pd/NPG) biosensor possess tremendous superiority in the detection of DA...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800727/a-phased-snp-based-classification-of-sickle-cell-anemia-hbb-haplotypes
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Elmutaz M Shaikho, John J Farrell, Abdulrahman Alsultan, Hatem Qutub, Amein K Al-Ali, Maria Stella Figueiredo, David H K Chui, Lindsay A Farrer, George J Murphy, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Paola Sebastiani, Martin H Steinberg
BACKGROUND: Sickle cell anemia causes severe complications and premature death. Five common β-globin gene cluster haplotypes are each associated with characteristic fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels. As HbF is the major modulator of disease severity, classifying patients according to haplotype is useful. The first method of haplotype classification used restriction fragment length polymorphisms (RFLPs) to detect single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the β-globin gene cluster. This is labor intensive, and error prone...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796105/overexpression-of-glypican-3-promotes-proliferation-regulates-cell-cycle-progression-and-inhibits-apoptosis-of-human-fetal-osteoblastic-cell-line-1-19
#16
Tianyi Cai, Yingzhi Wu, Ronghu Ke, Junyi Yang, Abdulsamad Ghanem, Xiongzheng Mu
Craniosynostosis is a complex disease condition, which involves premature fusion of cranial vault sutures and lacks desirable treatment. Previous studies have demonstrated decreased proliferation rate of osteoblasts and downregulated expression of glypican 3 (GPC3) in syndromic craniosynostosis patients. In this study, quantitative and qualitative analysis were utilized to assess the effect of GPC3 in human fetal osteoblastic cell line, hFOB 1.19. Lentiviral transfection efficiency with green fluorescent protein images was obtained after 72 hours...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795155/detection-of-urine-dna-markers-for-monitoring-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#17
Hie-Won Hann, Surbhi Jain, Grace Park, Jamin D Steffen, Wei Song, Ying-Hsiu Su
AIM: This study aimed to explore the potential of detecting hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-associated DNA markers, TP53 249T mutations and aberrant methylation of RASSF1A and GSTP1 genes, for monitoring HCC recurrence. HCC remains a leading cause of death worldwide, with one of the fastest growing incidence rates in the US. While treatment options are available and new ones emerging, there remains a poor prognosis of this disease mostly due to its late diagnosis and high recurrence rate...
2017: Hepatoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794892/the-use-of-non-invasive-fetal-electrocardiography-in-diagnosing-second-degree-fetal-atrioventricular-block
#18
Igor Lakhno, Joachim A Behar, Julien Oster, Vyacheslav Shulgin, Oleksii Ostras, Fernando Andreotti
BACKGROUND: Complete atrioventricular block in fetuses is known to be mostly associated with autoimmune disease and can be irreversible if no steroids treatment is provided. Conventional methods used in clinical practice for diagnosing fetal arrhythmia are limited since they do not reflect the primary electrophysiological conduction processes that take place in the myocardium. The non-invasive fetal electrocardiogram has the potential to better support fetal arrhythmias diagnosis through the continuous analysis of the beat to beat variation of the fetal heart rate and morphological analysis of the PQRST complex...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794456/activated-nk-cells-cause-placental-dysfunction-and-miscarriages-in-fetal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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Issaka Yougbaré, Wei-She Tai, Darko Zdravic, Brigitta Elaine Oswald, Sean Lang, Guangheng Zhu, Howard Leong-Poi, Dawei Qu, Lisa Yu, Caroline Dunk, Jianhong Zhang, John G Sled, Stephen J Lye, Jelena Brkić, Chun Peng, Petter Höglund, B Anne Croy, S Lee Adamson, Xiao-Yan Wen, Duncan J Stewart, John Freedman, Heyu Ni
Miscarriage and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are devastating complications in fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). We previously reported the mechanisms for bleeding diatheses, but it is unknown whether placental, decidual immune cells or other abnormalities at the maternal-fetal interface contribute to FNAIT. Here we show that maternal immune responses to fetal platelet antigens cause miscarriage and IUGR that are associated with vascular and immune pathologies in murine FNAIT models...
August 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794104/prenatal-hypoxia-and-placental-oxidative-stress-linkages-to-developmental-origins-of-cardiovascular-disease
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Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR, a pregnancy complication where the fetus does not reach its genetic growth potential) is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality with a significant impact on population health. IUGR is associated with gestational hypoxia; which can lead to placental oxidative stress and fetal programming of cardiovascular disease. Mitochondria are a major source of placental oxidative stress and may provide a therapeutic target to mitigate the detrimental effects of placental oxidative stress on pregnancy outcomes...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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