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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531808/prenatal-diagnosis-of-biliary-atresia-a-case-series
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O Shen, H Y Sela, H Nagar, R Rabinowitz, E Jacobovich, D Chen, E Granot
BACKGROUND: Biliary atresia is a progressive disease presenting with jaundice, and is the most common indication for liver transplantation in the pediatric population. Prenatal series have yielded conflicting results concerning a possible association between BA and prenatal nonvisualization of the gallbladder. AIMS: This retrospective case series was performed to assess the association between biliary atresia, prenatal nonvisualization of the gallbladder and other sonographic signs...
May 19, 2017: Early Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529939/naturally-engineered-maturation-of-cardiomyocytes
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REVIEW
Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528868/pleiotropic-effects-of-trait-associated-genetic-variation-on-dna-methylation-utility-for-refining-gwas-loci
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Eilis Hannon, Mike Weedon, Nicholas Bray, Michael O'Donovan, Jonathan Mill
Most genetic variants identified in genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of complex traits are thought to act by affecting gene regulation rather than directly altering the protein product. As a consequence, the actual genes involved in disease are not necessarily the most proximal to the associated variants. By integrating data from GWAS analyses with those from genetic studies of regulatory variation, it is possible to identify variants pleiotropically associated with both a complex trait and measures of gene regulation...
May 13, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528582/searching-the-web-a-survey-on-the-quality-of-advice-on-postnatal-sequelae-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-the-implication-of-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease
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S Perzel, H Huebner, W Rascher, C Menendez-Castro, A Hartner, F B Fahlbusch
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are pregnancy complications associated with morbidity in later life. Despite a growing body of evidence from current research on developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), little information is currently provided to parents on long-term metabolic, cardiovascular and neurologic consequences. As parents strongly rely on internet-based health-related information, we examined the quality of information on IUGR/FGR sequelae and DOHaD in webpages used by laypersons...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528174/prenatal-exposure-to-di-n-butyl-phthalate-disrupts-the-development-of-adult-leydig-cells-in-male-rats-during-puberty
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Xiaomin Chen, Linxi Li, Huitao Li, Hongguo Guan, Yaoyao Dong, Xiaoheng Li, Qiufan Wang, Qingquan Lian, Guoxin Hu, Ren-Shan Ge
Fetal exposure to di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) causes the adult disease such as lower testosterone production and infertility. However, the mechanism is still unknown. The objective of the present study is to determine how DBP affects the involution of fetal Leydig cells during the neonatal period and how this event causes the delayed development of the adult Leydig cells during puberty. The pregnant Sprague Dawley dams were randomly divided into 3 groups and were gavaged with 0 (corn oil, the vehicle control), 100 or 500mg/kg DBP from gestational day 12 (G12) to G21...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527570/mechanisms-of-glucocorticoid-action-during-development
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Jonathan T Busada, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal cortex. The concentration of serum glucocorticoids in the fetus is low throughout most of gestation but surge in the weeks prior to birth. While their most well-known function is to stimulate differentiation and functional development of the lungs, glucocorticoids also play crucial roles in the development of several other organ systems. Mothers at risk of preterm delivery are administered glucocorticoids to accelerate fetal lung development and prevent respiratory distress...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524929/xeno-free-cultivation-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-from-the-corneal-stroma
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Steffi Matthyssen, Sorcha Ní Dhubhghaill, Veerle Van Gerwen, Nadia Zakaria
Purpose: The human cornea has recently been described as a source of corneal stroma-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). In vitro expansion of these cells involves basal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (FBS). As animal-derived serum can confer a risk of disease transmission and can be subject to considerable lot-to-lot variability, it does not comply with newer Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-required animal component-free culture protocols for clinical translation. Methods: This study investigated animal-free alternatives to FBS for cultivation of human corneal stromal MSCs...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524368/severe-pemphigoid-gestationis-associated-with-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis-in-the-setting-of-a-systemic-disorder
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Jawad Oumerzouk, Nabil Abida, Achraf Zaimi, Kaoutar Znati, El Mehdi Zbir, Ahmed Bourazza
Pemphigoid gestationis is a skin-specific autoimmune disorder that can sometimes present as the cutaneous manifestation of a multiorgan disease due to potentially common pathogenic mechanisms. We report a severe form of pemphigoid gestationis in a 32-year-old primigravida woman, who presented at 22 weeks of gestation with headaches and blurred vision, later developing encephalitis, intrauterine fetal demise and dilated cardiomyopathy.
May 19, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523877/mother-nature-in-eczema-maternal-factors-influencing-atopic-dermatitis
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REVIEW
Alexandra R Vaughn, Paige Tannhauser, Raja K Sivamani, Vivian Y Shi
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a highly prevalent chronic inflammatory skin disease. Current knowledge about the etiology of AD suggests that it is multifactorial and involves the interaction of several factors, including environmental triggers, genetics, immunologic factors, and skin barrier dysfunction. The prenatal environment has a significant influence on fetal development, including the maturation of skin barrier function. This review summarizes maternal factors that have been reported to influence the development of AD in offspring, including maternal genetics, nutrition, breastfeeding, environment, and behaviors...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522651/pregnancy-and-glomerular-disease-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-with-management-guidelines
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Kimberly Blom, Ayodele Odutayo, Kate Bramham, Michelle A Hladunewich
During pregnancy, CKD increases both maternal and fetal risk. Adverse maternal outcomes include progression of underlying renal dysfunction, worsening of urine protein, and hypertension, whereas adverse fetal outcomes include fetal loss, intrauterine growth restriction, and preterm delivery. As such, pregnancy in young women with CKD is anxiety provoking for both the patient and the clinician providing care, and because the heterogeneous group of glomerular diseases often affects young women, this is an area of heightened concern...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521326/the-yield-of-abdominal-ultrasound-in-the-evaluation-of-elevated-liver-enzymes-during-the-second-and-the-third-trimester-of-pregnancy
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Aya Mohr-Sasson, Eyal Schiff, Ramy Rahamim Suday, Zehava Hayman, Yeruham Kleinbaum, Anat Kalter-Farber, Roy Mashiach, Yoav Yinon, Moti Dulitzki, Eyal Sivan, Shali Mazaki-Tovi
AIMS: To determine the clinical yield of abdominal ultrasound in the evaluation of elevated liver enzymes (ELEs) in the second and the third trimester of pregnancy. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study including all pregnant women admitted to a single tertiary care center was conducted between April 2011 and January 2015 with ELE. Inclusion criteria included gestational age above 24 weeks and ELEs, abdominal ultrasound report, and live fetus. Exclusion criteria included known maternal liver disease, structural or chromosomal fetal anomalies, and positive serology for viral hepatitis...
May 19, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520465/mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-in-regenerative-medicine-past-present-and-future
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Ourania Trohatou, Maria G Roubelakis
The concept of Regenerative Medicine combined with Cell based Therapy and Tissue Engineering represents the fourth pillar of healthcare and provides a promising approach for the treatment of serious diseases. Recently, cell based therapies are focused on the use of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs). Human MSCs, that represent a mesoderm derived population of progenitors, are easily expanded in culture. They are capable to differentiate into osteoblasts, chondrocytes, and adipocytes and exhibit the potential to repair or regenerate damaged tissues...
May 18, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516946/ccl2-ccr2-signalling-recruits-a-distinct-fetal-microchimeric-population-that-rescues-delayed-maternal-wound-healing
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Mathieu Castela, Dany Nassar, Maria Sbeih, Marie Jachiet, Zhe Wang, Selim Aractingi
Foetal microchimeric cells (FMCs) traffic into maternal circulation during pregnancy and persist for decades after delivery. Upon maternal injury, FMCs migrate to affected sites where they participate in tissue healing. However, the specific signals regulating the trafficking of FMCs to injury sites had to be identified. Here we report that, in mice, a subset of FMCs implicated in tissue repair displays CD11b(+) CD34(+) CD31(+) phenotype and highly express C-C chemokine receptor 2 (Ccr2). The Ccr2 ligand chemokine ligand 2 (Ccl2) enhances the recruitment of FMCs to maternal wounds where these cells transdifferentiate into endothelial cells and stimulate angiogenesis through Cxcl1 secretion...
May 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515209/for-a-healthier-future-a-virtuous-cycle-for-reducing-exposure-to-persistent-organic-pollutants
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REVIEW
Chisato Mori, Emiko Todaka
In the modern society, people are exposed to various pollutants during their lifetime. Worldwide, the status of children's health has changed in recent decades. Some studies have attempted to identify the causes of these changes and whether they relate to pollutant exposure; however, such attempts have faced major challenges because human life is complex, involving many social and environmental factors. Several long-term cohort studies are being conducted to determine the relationship between diseases and social and environmental factors in children...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512745/implementation-of-multi-disciplinary-care-reduces-maternal-mortality-in-women-with-sickle-cell-disease-living-in-low-resource-setting
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Eugenia Vicky Asare, Edeghonghon Olayemi, Theodore Boafor, Yvonne Dei-Adomakoh, Enoch Mensah, Harriet Ghansah, Yvonne Osei-Bonsu, Selina Crabbe, Latif Musah, Charles Hayfron-Benjamin, Brittany Covert, Adetola A Kassim, Andra James, Mark Rodeghier, Michael R DeBaun, Samuel A Oppong
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is associated with adverse pregnancy outcome. In women with SCD living in low-resource settings, pregnancy is associated with significantly increased maternal and perinatal mortality rates. We tested the hypothesis that implementing a multidisciplinary obstetric and hematology care team in a low-resource setting would significantly reduce maternal and perinatal mortality rates. We conducted a before-and-after study, at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana, to evaluate the effect of a multidisciplinary obstetric-hematology care team for women with SCD in a combined SCD-Obstetric Clinic...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511860/first-trimester-fetal-echocardiography-identification-of-cardiac-structures-for-screening-from-6-to-13%C3%A2-weeks-gestational-age
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Darren Hutchinson, Angela McBrien, Lisa Howley, Yuka Yamamoto, Priya Sekar, Tarek Motan, Venu Jain, Winnie Savard, Lisa K Hornberger
BACKGROUND: Early fetal echocardiography (FE), performed at 12 to 16 weeks' gestational age (GA), can be used to screen for fetal heart disease akin to that routinely performed in the second trimester. The efficacy of FE at earlier GAs has not been as well explored, particularly with recent advances in ultrasound technology. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of early FE in assessing fetal heart structure, and the added benefit of color Doppler (CD), from as early as 6 weeks through to 13(+6) weeks' GA...
May 13, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509990/transient-activation-of-reprogramming-transcription-factors-using-protein-transduction-facilitates-conversion-of-human-fibroblasts-toward-cardiomyocyte-like-cells
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Zaniar Ghazizadeh, Hassan Rassouli, Hananeh Fonoudi, Mehdi Alikhani, Mahmood Talkhabi, Amir Darbandi-Azar, Shuibing Chen, Hossein Baharvand, Nasser Aghdami, Ghasem Hosseini Salekdeh
Derivation of cardiomyocytes directly from patients' own fibroblasts could offer a new therapeutic approach for those with ischemic heart disease. An essential step toward clinical application is to establish safe conversion of human fibroblasts into a cardiac fate. Here we aimed to efficiently and safely generate cardiomyocytes from human fibroblasts by direct delivery of reprogramming recombinant cell permeant form of reprogramming proteins followed by cardio-inductive signals. Human fetal and adult fibroblasts were transiently exposed to transactivator of transcription-fused recombinant OCT4, SOX2, KLF4 and c-MYC for 2 weeks and then were directly differentiated toward protein-induced cardiomyocyte-like cells (p-iCLCs) in a cardiac fate niche, carried out by treatment with a set of cardiogenic small molecules (sequential treatment of Chir, and IWP-2, SB431542 and purmorphamine)...
May 16, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509412/-three-hits-hypothesis-for-developmental-origins-of-health-and-diseases-in-view-of-cardiovascular-abnormalities
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REVIEW
Xiang Li, Mengshu Zhang, Xinghua Pan, Zhice Xu, Miao Sun
"Fetal Origins of Adult Diseases" (FOAD) or "Barker hypothesis," also known as the developmental origins of health and diseases (DoHaD), was initially proposed by David Barker in the 1980s. Progress in past 2 to 3 decades demonstrated that many adult disorders, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, cancer, and others, could be linked to poor development resulting from in utero insults. Utero-environments play a critical role in fetal development. Because the placenta and umbilical cord are the only important connections between the fetus and mother in the uterus, this review pays special attention to recent research and progress in the study of the relationship between those tissues and FOAD...
May 16, 2017: Birth Defects Res
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508399/hdliveflow-with-spatiotemporal-image-correlation-for-the-diagnosis-of-congenital-heart-disease
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Megumi Ito, Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Kenta Yamamoto, Kenji Kanenishi, Hirokazu Tanaka, Hiroshi Masaoka, Toshiyuki Hata
With the latest advancement of three-dimensional (3D)/four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound machines, HDliveFlow will facilitate more precise evaluations of the fetal and placental circulations [1-5] and gynecologic disorders [6-10]. HDliveFlow silhouette mode is the latest technology to demonstrate vitreous-like clarity of the blood flow. This technique has the ability to preserve and delineate the outline and borders of the blood flow, while showing its core as transparent.
May 16, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507202/determination-of-volatile-organic-compounds-exhaled-by-cell-lines-derived-from-hematological-malignancies
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Hongxia Tang, Yan Lu, Lulu Zhang, Zhonghui Wu, Xiaofang Hou, Hailong Xia
Background: The gas human exhaled contains many volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which is related to the health status of body. Analysis of VOCs has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool for certain cancers. Detailed research on the VOCs in gas exhaled by cell can characterize cell type specific metabolites and may be helpful to detect the cancer markers in clinical practice. Methods: Solid phase microextraction-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry was used to detect VOCs in the headspace of tissue culture flask in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cell line JEKO and acute mononuclear leukemia cell line SHI-1, to elaborate the characteristic gaseous biomarkers of hematological malignancies...
May 15, 2017: Bioscience Reports
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