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Fetal diseases

Plansky Hoang, Jason Wang, Bruce R Conklin, Kevin E Healy, Zhen Ma
The creation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) has provided an unprecedented opportunity to study tissue morphogenesis and organ development through 'organogenesis-in-a-dish'. Current approaches to cardiac organoid engineering rely on either direct cardiac differentiation from embryoid bodies (EBs) or generation of aligned cardiac tissues from predifferentiated cardiomyocytes from monolayer hiPSCs. To experimentally model early cardiac organogenesis in vitro, our protocol combines biomaterials-based cell patterning with stem cell organoid engineering...
April 2018: Nature Protocols
Yong-Jun Xu, Hui Sheng, Tian-Wen Wu, Qing-Yue Bao, You Zheng, Yan-Min Zhang, Yu-Xiang Gong, Jian-Qiang Lu, Zhen-Dong You, Yang Xia, Xin Ni
Pregnant women at risk of preterm labor usually receive synthetic glucocorticoids (sGCs) to promote fetal lung development. Emerging evidence indicates that antenatal sGC increases the risk of affective disorders in offspring. Data from animal studies show that such disorders can be transmitted to the second generation. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the intergenerational effects of prenatal sGC remain largely unknown. Here we show that prenatal dexamethasone (Dex) administration in late pregnancy induced depression-like behavior in first-generation (F1) offspring, which could be transmitted to second-generation (F2) offspring with maternal dependence...
March 15, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Orhan Beger, Uğur Dinç, Burhan Beger, Deniz Uzmansel, Zeliha Kurtoğlu
PURPOSE: The main objective of this study is to showcase the growth dynamics of levator scapulae, rhomboid major, and rhomboid minor algebraically, to help plan surgeries on newborns and young infants. METHODS: Twenty-five formalin-fixed fetuses (11 male-14 female) with a mean gestational age of 21.80 ± 2.61 (range 18-27) weeks present in the inventory of Mersin University Faculty of Medicine Anatomy Department were dissected. Surface area of levator scapulae, rhomboid major, and rhomboid minor was calculated using digital image analysis software; width and length parameters were measured using digital calipers...
March 15, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Mariko Ito, Md Shahin Alam, Mayuko Suzuki, Satoru Takahashi, Miyuki Komura, Natthanan Sangsriratakul, Dany Shoham, Kazuaki Takehara
A quaternary ammonium compound (QAC) was evaluated for its virucidal efficacies with food additive grade calcium hydroxide (FdCa(OH)2 ). When the QAC was diluted 1:500 (QACx500) with redistilled water (dW2 ), it inactivated avian influenza virus (AIV) within 30 sec at 25°C, while at 2°C, it required 1 hr for inactivation. When FdCa(OH)2 powder was added to QACx500 at a final concentration of 0.17%, the mixture, namely Mix500, inactivated AIV within 3 min at 2°C. After contamination with 1% fetal bovine serum (FBS), Mix500 inactivated AIV within 2 hr at 2°C, but QACx500 did not...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
Ramona Weber, Rainer Hospes, Axel Wehrend
The aim of this study was to summarize the current status of the possible causes, clinical symptoms and pathogenesis of abortion in the mare and to evaluate the frequency of varying causes of abortion in German thoroughbred breeding. An analysis of the literature using electronic libraries, journals and textbooks was performed. In addition, the results of examinations of 123 abortions of thoroughbred breeding in central Germany were evaluated. In the literature, bacterial infections are the most frequently described cause of abortion...
February 2018: Tierärztliche Praxis. Ausgabe G, Grosstiere/Nutztiere
Jan Raska, Lucie Ctverackova, Aneta Dydowiczova, Iva Sovadinova, Ludek Blaha, Pavel Babica
HL1-hT1 cell line represents adult human liver stem cells (LSCs) immortalized with human telomerase reverse transcriptase. In this study, HL1-hT1 cells were found to express mesenchymal markers (vimentin, CD73, CD90/THY-1 and CD105) and an early hepatic endoderm marker FOXA2, while not expressing hepatic progenitor (HNF4A, LGR5, α-fetoprotein) or differentiated hepatocyte markers (albumin, transthyretin, connexin 32). In response to microcystin-LR (MC-LR), a time- and concentration-dependent formation of MC-positive protein bands in HL1-hT1 cells was observed...
March 10, 2018: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
B Lisowska-Myjak, E Skarżyńska, M Bakun
Intrauterine environmental factors can be associated with perinatal complications and long-term health outcomes although the underlying mechanisms remain poorly defined. Meconium formed exclusively in utero and passed naturally by a neonate may contain proteins which characterise the intrauterine environment. The aim of the study was proteomic analysis of the composition of meconium proteins and their classification by biological function. Proteomic techniques combining isoelectrofocussing fractionation and LC-MS/MS analysis were used to study the protein composition of a meconium sample obtained by pooling 50 serial meconium portions from 10 healthy full-term neonates...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
Santa Mammana, Paolo Fagone, Eugenio Cavalli, Maria Sofia Basile, Maria Cristina Petralia, Ferdinando Nicoletti, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon
In physiological conditions, different types of macrophages can be found within the central nervous system (CNS), i.e., microglia, meningeal macrophages, and perivascular (blood-brain barrier) and choroid plexus (blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier) macrophages. Microglia and tissue-resident macrophages, as well as blood-borne monocytes, have different origins, as the former derive from yolk sac erythromyeloid precursors and the latter from the fetal liver or bone marrow. Accordingly, specific phenotypic patterns characterize each population...
March 13, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Elżbieta Pac-Kożuchowska, Anna Rakuś-Kwiatosz, Paulina Krawiec
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis may originate during the fetal period, therefore it is reasonable to identify early risk markers of lifestyle diseases. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to determine the relationship between fetal and maternal factors, and the neonatal cord blood lipid profile in term newborns. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study group, there were 206 healthy Polish newborns. Newborn characteristics included sex, gestational age at birth, Apgar score, and anthropometric data (weight and length at birth, neonatal ponderal index, head, chest and abdominal circumferences, placenta weight, and placental-fetal weight ratio)...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Ayako Ohyama, Hiroto Tsuboi, Hisashi Noma, Mayu Terasaki, Masaru Shimizu, Hirofumi Toko, Fumika Honda, Mizuki Yagishita, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Hiromitsu Asashima, Shinya Hagiwara, Yuya Kondo, Isao Matsumoto, Takayuki Sumida
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to clarify associations between maternal clinical features and adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in mothers with connective tissue diseases (CTDs). METHODS: We retrospectively examined maternal clinical features including backgrounds, autoantibodies, CTD flare-ups, and therapies during pregnancies as well as fetal outcomes in 90 pregnancies (66 mothers) at our hospital from January 2006 to September 2016. RESULTS: Underlying CTDs were SLE (N = 41), MCTD (N = 10), RA (N = 15), SS (N = 10), and others (N = 14)...
March 13, 2018: Modern Rheumatology
Francis D Gratte, Sara Pasic, John K Olynyk, George C T Yeoh, David Tosh, Deirdre R Coombe, Janina E E Tirnitz-Parker
The rising prevalence of chronic liver disease, coupled with a permanent shortage of organs for liver transplantation, has sparked enormous interest in alternative treatment strategies. Previous protocols to generate hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) via pancreas-to-liver transdifferentiation have utilised fetal bovine serum, introducing unknown variables and severely limiting study reproducibility. Therefore, the main goal of this study was to develop a protocol for transdifferentiation of pancreatic progenitor cells to HLCs in a chemically defined, serum-free culture medium...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
J Chung, G Phukan, D Vergote, A Mohamed, M Maulik, M Stahn, R J Andrew, G Thinakaran, E Posse de Chaves, S Kar
Amyloid β (Aβ) peptide derived from amyloid precursor protein (APP) plays a critical role in the development of Alzheimer's disease. Current evidence indicates that altered levels/subcellular distribution of cholesterol can regulate Aβ production/clearance, but it remains unclear how cholesterol sequestration within the endosomal-lysosomal (EL) system can influence APP metabolism. Thus, we evaluated the effects of U18666A, which triggers cholesterol redistribution within EL system, on mouse N2a cells expressing different levels of APP in the presence or absence of extracellular cholesterol/lipids provided by fetal bovine serum (FBS)...
March 12, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biology
Ulrik Dolberg Anderson, Maya Jälmby, Marijke M Faas, Stefan R Hansson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate how maternal cell-free fetal hemoglobin and heme impact the scavenger enzyme systems Hemopexin and Heme Oxygenase-1 in patients with preeclampsia (PE). The secondary aims were to evaluate these proteins as biomarkers for severity of the clinical manifestation i.e. hypertension, in early- and late onset PE. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Plasma samples taken within the last 24 h before delivery from 135 patients were analyzed, 89 PE and 46 normal pregnancies...
February 15, 2018: Pregnancy Hypertension
Silvia G V Alvarez, Angela McBrien
The ductus arteriosus (DA) is a crucial part of the fetal circulation, both in the normal fetus and in critical congenital heart disease (CHD). It allows shunting between the pulmonary and systemic circulations. In physiological prenatal conditions, the DA lets the majority of right ventricular output bypass the fluid-filled, high-resistance lungs. The DA can cause hemodynamic compromise in the fetus and neonate when constricted or absent (in isolation or in patients with CHD) and may lead to pre- or postnatal sequelae within other systems when forming part of a vascular ring...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Michael Höckel, Sophia Trott, Nadja Dornhöfer, Lars-Christian Horn, Bettina Hentschel, Benjamin Wolf
BACKGROUND: The incidence of vulvar cancer is increasing, but surgical treatment-the current standard of care-often leads to unsatisfactory outcomes, especially in patients with node-positive disease. Preliminary results at our centre showed that locoregional spread of vulvar carcinoma occurs within tissue domains defined by stepwise embryonic and fetal development (ontogenetic cancer fields and associated lymph node regions). We propose that clinical translation of these insights into practice could improve outcomes of surgical treatment of vulvar cancer...
March 9, 2018: Lancet Oncology
Ming-Qing Gao, Ruiqi Zhang, Yange Yang, Yuru Luo, Ming Jiang, Yingli Zhang, Yong Zhang, Suzhu Qing
Bovine mastitis is an infectious disease of the mammary gland which has been generally treated by antibiotic delivery. While the increasing drug-resistant bacteria and the high consumption of the antibiotic had become a noticeable concern. In a previous study, a mammary special vector expressing human β-defensin 3 (hBD3) was transfected into bovine fetal fibroblasts to produce mastitis-resistant bovine. This investigation focused on potential unintended effects of transgenic milk containing hBD3 produced by these mastitis-resistant bovine on the reproductive system of C57BL/6J mice...
March 9, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Nathan C Twaddle, Michelle Vanlandingham, Frederick A Beland, Daniel R Doerge
Arsenic is ubiquitous in the earth's crust, and human diseases are linked with exposures that are similar to dietary intake estimates. Metabolic methylation of inorganic arsenic facilitates excretion of pentavalent metabolites and decreases acute toxicity; however, tissue binding of trivalent arsenic intermediates is evidence for concomitant metabolic activation. Pregnant and fetal CD-1 mice comprise a key animal model for arsenic carcinogenesis since adult-only exposures have minimal effects. This study evaluated inorganic arsenic and its metabolites in pentavalent and trivalent states in blood and tissues from maternal and fetal CD-1 mice after repeated administration of arsenite through drinking water...
March 9, 2018: Food and Chemical Toxicology
Meghan McGee, Shannon Bainbridge, Bénédicte Fontaine-Bisson
The fetal origins of health and disease framework has identified extremes in fetal growth and birth weight as factors associated with the lifelong generation of chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Maternal nutrition plays a critical role in fetal and placental development, in part by providing the methyl groups required to establish the fetus's genome structure and function, notably through DNA methylation. The goal of this narrative review is to describe the role of maternal dietary methyl donor (methionine, folate, and choline) and cofactor (zinc and vitamins B2, B6, and B12) intake in one-carbon metabolism and DNA methylation in the fetus and placenta, as well as their impacts on fetal growth and lifelong health outcomes, with specific examples in animals and humans...
February 26, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
John C Hobbins, Lawrence D Platt, Joshua A Copel, Anna G Euser, Yalda Afshar, Roxanna A Irani, Deborah Levine, Magda Sanz Cortes, Alfred Abuhamad, Stephanie L Gaw, Karen Harris, Mauricio Herrera, Lauren Lynch, Adriana Melo, Lisa Noguchi, Renato Aguiar, Jeanne S Sheffield, Katherine K Minton
At a think tank bringing together experts on fetal neuroimaging, obstetric infectious diseases, and public health, we discussed trends in all of these areas for Zika virus. There is a wide variety of imaging findings in affected fetuses, influenced by timing of infection and probably host factors. The resources for diagnosis and interventions also vary by location with the hardest hit areas often having the fewest resources. We identified potential areas for both research and clinical collaboration as the Zika virus epidemic continues to evolve...
March 8, 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Azadeh Houshmand-Oeregaard, Maren Schrölkamp, Louise Kelstrup, Ninna S Hansen, Line Hjort, Anne Cathrine Baun Thuesen, Christa Broholm, Elisabeth R Mathiesen, Tine D Clausen, Allan Vaag, Peter Damm
Offspring of women with diabetes in pregnancy exhibit skeletal muscle insulin resistance and are at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, potentially mediated by epigenetic mechanisms or changes in the expression of small non-coding microRNAs. Members of the miR-15 family can alter the expression or function of important proteins in the insulin signaling pathway, affecting insulin sensitivity and secretion. We hypothesized that exposure to maternal diabetes may cause altered expression of these microRNAs in offspring skeletal muscle, representing a potential underlying mechanism by which exposure to maternal diabetes leads to increased risk of cardiometabolic disease in offspring...
March 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
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