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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341271/review-shows-that-early-fetal-alcohol-exposure-may-cause-adverse-effects-even-when-the-mother-consumes-low-levels
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Ihsan Sarman
AIM: Studies are increasingly focusing on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) on child health. The aim of this review was to provide paediatricians with new insights to help them communicate key messages about avoiding alcohol during pregnancy. METHODS: Inspired by the 7th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which focused on integrating research, policy and practice, we studied English language papers published since 2010 on how early PAE triggered epigenetic mechanisms that had an impact on the development of some chronic diseases...
January 17, 2018: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341015/in-utero-mri-of-mouse-embryos
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Jiangyang Zhang, Dan Wu, Daniel H Turnbull
Genetically engineered mouse models are used extensively as models of human development and developmental diseases. Conventional histological approaches are static and two-dimensional, and do not provide a full understanding of the dynamic, spatiotemporal changes in developing mouse embryos. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) offers a noninvasive and longitudinal approach for three-dimensional in utero imaging of normal and mutant mouse embryos. In this chapter, we describe MRI approaches that have been developed for imaging the living embryonic mouse brain and vasculature...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339719/mir-181a-5p-suppresses-invasion-and-migration-of-htr-8-svneo-cells-by-directly-targeting-igf2bp2
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Liang Wu, Wen-Yan Song, Ya Xie, Lin-Li Hu, Xiao-Man Hou, Rui Wang, Yang Gao, Jing-Na Zhang, Le Zhang, Wei-Wei Li, Cheng Zhu, Zhi-Ying Gao, Ying-Pu Sun
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-related disease that may cause maternal, neonatal and fetal morbidity and mortality and exists in 3-5% of pregnancies worldwide. The discovery of dysregulated microRNAs and their roles in placental development has provided a new avenue for elucidating the mechanism involved in this pregnancy-specific disorder. Here, the roles of human miR-181a-5p, a microRNA that is increased in both the plasma and placenta of severe pre-eclamptic patients, in invasion and migration of trophoblasts were investigated...
January 16, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338033/intermittent-low-dose-carbon-monoxide-exposure-enhances-survival-and-dopaminergic-differentiation-of-human-neural-stem-cells
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Nanna Dreyer-Andersen, Ana Sofia Almeida, Pia Jensen, Morad Kamand, Justyna Okarmus, Tine Rosenberg, Stig Düring Friis, Alberto Martínez Serrano, Morten Blaabjerg, Bjarne Winther Kristensen, Troels Skrydstrup, Jan Bert Gramsbergen, Helena L A Vieira, Morten Meyer
Exploratory studies using human fetal tissue have suggested that intrastriatal transplantation of dopaminergic neurons may become a future treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease. However, the use of human fetal tissue is compromised by ethical, regulatory and practical concerns. Human stem cells constitute an alternative source of cells for transplantation in Parkinson's disease, but efficient protocols for controlled dopaminergic differentiation need to be developed. Short-term, low-level carbon monoxide (CO) exposure has been shown to affect signaling in several tissues, resulting in both protection and generation of reactive oxygen species...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336267/stem-cells-derived-from-amniotic-fluid-a-potential-pluripotent-like-cell-source-for-cellular-therapy
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Thamil Selvee Ramasamy, Vithya Velaithan, Yelena Yeow, Fazlul H Sarkar
BACKGROUND: Regenerative medicine aims to provide therapeutic treatment for disease or injury, and cell-based therapy is a newer therapeutic approach that the conventional medicine cannot do. The ethical issues rose by the utilisation of human embryonic stem cells (hESC) and the limited capacity of adult stem cells, however, hinder the application of these stem cells in regenerative medicine. Recently, isolation and characterisation of c-kit positive cells from human amniotic fluid, which possess intermediate characteristics between hESCs and adult stem cells, provided a new approach towards realising their promise for fetal and adult regenerative medicine...
January 14, 2018: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335616/roles-of-angiotensin-ii-type-2-receptor-in-mice-with-fetal-growth-restriction
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Toshifumi Yamauchi, Masaki Mogi, Harumi Kan-No, Bao-Shuai Shan, Akinori Higaki, Li-Juan Min, Takashi Higaki, Jun Iwanami, Ei-Ichi Ishii, Masatsugu Horiuchi
Our previous report indicated that vascular injury enhances vascular remodeling in fetal growth restriction (FGR) mice. The angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) is relatively highly expressed in fetal mice. Therefore, we investigated the roles of AT2R in FGR-induced cardiovascular disease using AT2R knockout (AT2KO) mice. Dams (wild-type and AT2KO mice) were fed an isocaloric diet containing 20% protein (NP) or 8% protein (LP) until delivery. Arterial blood pressure, body weight, and histological changes in organs were investigated in offspring...
January 15, 2018: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335447/exposure-to-famine-in-early-life-and-chronic-kidney-diseases-in-adulthood
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Ningjian Wang, Zhiyuan Ning, Fangzhen Xia, Chi Chen, Jing Cheng, Yi Chen, Yingli Lu
OBJECTIVE: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an increasing contributor to the global disease burden. Previous findings indicated that exposure to famine in early life was associated with various metabolic diseases and urinary protein levels. We aimed to assess whether the exposure to China's Great Famine 1959-1962 during fetal or childhood period was associated with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and risk of CKD (eGFR<60 mL/min per 1.73 m2) in adulthood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: SPECT-China was a population-based observational study in 2014-2015...
January 15, 2018: Nutrition & Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335381/the-fetal-programming-of-telomere-biology-hypothesis-an-update
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Sonja Entringer, Karin de Punder, Claudia Buss, Pathik D Wadhwa
Research on mechanisms underlying fetal programming of health and disease risk has focused primarily on processes that are specific to cell types, organs or phenotypes of interest. However, the observation that developmental conditions concomitantly influence a diverse set of phenotypes, the majority of which are implicated in age-related disorders, raises the possibility that such developmental conditions may additionally exert effects via a common underlying mechanism that involves cellular/molecular ageing-related processes...
March 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335024/sex-differences-in-the-late-first-trimester-human-placenta-transcriptome
#9
Tania L Gonzalez, Tianyanxin Sun, Alexander F Koeppel, Bora Lee, Erica T Wang, Charles R Farber, Stephen S Rich, Lauren W Sundheimer, Rae A Buttle, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Jerome I Rotter, Stephen D Turner, John Williams, Mark O Goodarzi, Margareta D Pisarska
BACKGROUND: Development of the placenta during the late first trimester is critical to ensure normal growth and development of the fetus. Developmental differences in this window such as sex-specific variation are implicated in later placental disease states, yet gene expression at this time is poorly understood. METHODS: RNA-sequencing was performed to characterize the transcriptome of 39 first trimester human placentas using chorionic villi following genetic testing (17 females, 22 males)...
January 15, 2018: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334489/association-between-arterial-stiffness-and-wave-reflection-with-subsequent-development-of-placental-mediated-diseases-during-pregnancy-findings-of-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mohamed Waseem Osman, Mintu Nath, Eamonn Breslin, Asma Khalil, David R Webb, Thompson G Robinson, Hatem A Mousa
OBJECTIVE: We present a comprehensive systematic review of published literature to examine, whether arterial stiffness and wave reflection measurements during pregnancy differed between healthy patients and patients with placental-mediated diseases including preeclampsia (PET), small for gestational age (SGA), fetal death, and placental abruption, and a quantitative assessment of the findings using the meta-analysis approach. METHODS: We searched Medline, Embase, and The Cochrane Library for studies of arterial stiffness in pregnancy, analyzed pregnancy outcomes and conducted the meta-analysis of data evaluated by trimesters of pregnancy...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331982/a-false-carrier-state-for-the-c-579g-a-mutation-in-the-ncf1-gene-in-ashkenazi-jews
#11
Martin De Boer, Ronit Gavrieli, Karin van Leeuwen, Haike Reznik Wolf, Maya Dushnitzki, Yifaat Bar-Yosef, Anat Bar-Ziv, Doron Behar, Shlomo Lipitz, Tal Elkan Miller, Anton T J Tool, Taco W Kuijpers, Timo K van den Berg, Baruch Wolach, Dirk Roos, Elon Pras
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the NCF1 gene that encodes p47phox, a subunit of the NADPH oxidase complex, cause chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). In Kavkazi Jews, a c.579G>A (p.Trp193Ter) mutation in NCF1 is frequently found, leading to CGD. The same mutation is found in about 1% of Ashkenazi Jews, although Ashkenazi CGD patients with this mutation have never been described. METHODS: We used Sanger sequencing, multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA), gene scan analysis and Ion Torrent Next Generation Sequencing for genetic analysis, and measured NADPH oxidase activity and p47phox expression...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331020/human-phenotypes-caused-by-piezo1-mutations-one-gene-two-overlapping-phenotypes
#12
Silvia Martin-Almedina, Sahar Mansour, Pia Ostergaard
PIEZO1 is a large mechanosensitive ion channel protein. Diseases associated with PIEZO1 include autosomal recessive Generalised Lymphatic Dysplasia of Fotiou (GLDF) and autosomal dominant Dehydrated Hereditary Stomatocytosis with or without pseudohyperkalemia and/or perinatal oedema (DHS). The two disorders show overlapping features, fetal hydrops/perinatal oedema have been reported in both. Electrophysiological studies suggest opposite mechanisms of action, the mutations identified in GLDF patients cause a loss-of-function mechanism of disease and mutations in DHS patients cause gain-of-function...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329728/gene-expression-patterns-associated-with-human-placental-trophoblast-differentiation
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Shi-Wen Jiang, Wei Zhou, Jianhao Wang, Lauren M Little, Lynn Leaphart, Jacob Jay, Eseosaserea Igbinigie, Haibin Chen, Jinping Li
Cell fusion is a hallmark of placental trophoblast cell differentiation and the mature syncytiotrophoblasts play essential roles for fetal-maternal exchange and production of pregnancy-related hormones. Using a well-established in vitro trophoblast differentiation model, we performed a microarray analysis on mRNA expression in trophoblast and syncytiotrophoblast cell cultures. Dramatic changes in gene expression patterns were detected during trophoblast differentiation. Real-time PCR analysis confirmed the reliability of the microarray data...
January 9, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329576/spontaneous-prematurity-in-fetuses-with-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-a-retrospective-cohort-study-about-prenatal-predictive-factors
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Bruna Maria Lopes Barbosa, Agatha S Rodrigues, Mario Henrique Burlacchini Carvalho, Roberto Eduardo Bittar, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco, Lisandra Stein Bernardes
BACKGROUND: To evaluate possible predictive factors of spontaneous prematurity in fetuses with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed. Inclusion criteria were presence of CDH; absence of fetoscopy; absence of karyotype abnormality; maximum of one major malformation associated with diaphragmatic hernia; ultrasound monitoring at the Obstetrics Clinic of Clinicas Hospital at the University of São Paulo School of Medicine, from January 2001 to October 2014...
January 12, 2018: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329488/genetic-and-molecular-insights-into-genotype-phenotype-relationships-in-osteopathia-striata-with-cranial-sclerosis-oscs-through-the-analysis-of-novel-mouse-wtx-mutant-alleles
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Glenda Comai, Agnès Boutet, Kristina Tanneberger, Filippo Massa, Ana-Sofia Rocha, Aurelie Charlet, Clara Panzolini, Fariba Jian Motamedi, Robert Brommage, Wolfgang Hans, Thomas Funck-Brentano, Martin Hrabe de Angelis, Christine Hartmann, Martine Cohen-Solal, Jürgen Behrens, Andreas Schedl
The X-linked WTX/AMER1 protein forms an important component of the β-catenin destruction complex that can both enhance and suppress canonical β-catenin signalling. Somatic mutations in WTX/AMER1 have been found in a proportion of the pediatric kidney cancer Wilms' tumour. By contrast, germline mutations cause the severe sclerosing bone dysplasia osteopathia striata congenita with cranial sclerosis (OSCS), a condition usually associated with fetal or perinatal lethality in male patients. Here we addressed the developmental and molecular function of WTX by generating two novel mouse alleles...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329322/methylene-tetrahydrofolate-reductase-contributes-to-allergic-airway-disease
#16
Kenneth R Eyring, Brent S Pedersen, Kenneth N Maclean, Sally P Stabler, Ivana V Yang, David A Schwartz
RATIONALE: Environmental exposures strongly influence the development and progression of asthma. We have previously demonstrated that mice exposed to a diet enriched with methyl donors during vulnerable periods of fetal development can enhance the heritable risk of allergic airway disease through epigenetic changes. There is conflicting evidence on the role of folate (one of the primary methyl donors) in modifying allergic airway disease. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that blocking folate metabolism through the loss of methylene-tetrahydrofolate reductase (Mthfr) activity would reduce the allergic airway disease phenotype through epigenetic mechanisms...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328469/human-cytomegalovirus-ul141-protein-interacts-with-celf5-and-affects-viral-dna-replication
#17
Fei Zou, Zhi-Tao Lu, Shuang Wang, Si Wu, Ying-Ying Wu, Zheng-Rong Sun
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is the primary viral cause of congenital abnormalities and mental retardation in newborns. The HCMV UL141‑encoded glycoprotein has been previously revealed to inhibit the cell‑surface expression of cluster of differentiation (CD)155, CD122, tumor necrosis factor‑related apoptosis‑inducing ligand death (TRAIL)‑receptor 1 (R1) and TRAIL‑receptor 2 (R2), thus protecting virally‑infected cells by allowing them to escape natural killer cell‑mediated cytotoxicity...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326803/treatment-of-early-stages-hodgkin-lymphoma-during-pregnancy
#18
Agustin Avilés, Maria-Jesus Nambo, Natividad Neri
Background: To assess maternal and fetal outcome of women and newborns who received chemotherapy during pregnancy to treat Hodgkin lymphoma (HL)in early stages (IA, IIA), we performed a retrospective analysis of a cohort of 44 pregnant women with HL and early stages, diagnosed and treated between 1988 to 2013, at a tertiary reference cancer center. Methods: We analyzed data on HL characteristics and treatment, with a particular attention to maternal and fetal complications; in children, we performed a longer follow-up to detect any anomaly in physical development, scholar performance, psychological, cardiac, neurological function, and intelligence tests...
2018: Mediterranean Journal of Hematology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325496/maternal-thyrotropin-receptor-antibody-concentration-and-the-risk-of-fetal-and-neonatal-thyrotoxicosis-a-systematic-review
#19
Myrthe Marguerite van Dijk, Iris Smits, Eric Fliers, Peter H Bisschop
BACKGROUND: In pregnant women with Graves' disease, maternal thyrotropin receptor antibodies (TRAb) can cross the placenta and induce fetal or neonatal thyrotoxicosis. Symptoms of fetal thyrotoxicosis are tachycardia, intrauterine growth restriction and intra-uterine death. Recommendations on an upper limit of TRAb concentrations below which intensive fetal monitoring can be safely omitted vary between different guidelines. The objective of this study was to define an evidence-based cut-off level for maternal TRAb necessitating additional fetal monitoring during pregnancy...
January 12, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325073/the-women-s-health-diagnostic-gap
#20
Ann M Gronowski, Melanie L Yarbrough
Pregnancy remains a significant health risk to women in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Worldwide, 10 to 20 million women have pregnancy complications including ectopic pregnancy, preterm birth, gestational diabetes mellitus, and hypertensive states, including preeclampsia. Despite advancements in women's health research, there is a large gap in the diagnostic tools available to screen, diagnose, and monitor these conditions. Herein, we examine existing diagnostic tools, such as the human chorionic gonadotropin discriminatory zone, cervicovaginal fetal fibronectin, sFlt-1:PlGF ratio, and glucose tolerance testing...
February 1, 2018: Endocrinology
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