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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449024/secretagogin-is-expressed-by-developing-neocortical-gabaergic-neurons-in-humans-but-not-mice-and-increases-neurite-arbor-size-and-complexity
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Chandrasekhar S Raju, Julien Spatazza, Amelia Stanco, Phillip Larimer, Shawn F Sorrells, Kevin W Kelley, Cory R Nicholas, Mercedes F Paredes, Jan H Lui, Andrea R Hasenstaub, Arnold R Kriegstein, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla, John L Rubenstein, Michael C Oldham
The neocortex of primates, including humans, contains more abundant and diverse inhibitory neurons compared with rodents, but the molecular foundations of these observations are unknown. Through integrative gene coexpression analysis, we determined a consensus transcriptional profile of GABAergic neurons in mid-gestation human neocortex. By comparing this profile to genes expressed in GABAergic neurons purified from neonatal mouse neocortex, we identified conserved and distinct aspects of gene expression in these cells between the species...
April 26, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448801/the-placental-factor-in-spontaneous-preterm-birth-in-twin-vs-singleton-pregnancies
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Eran Weiner, Ann Dekalo, Ohad Feldstein, Elad Barber, Letizia Schreiber, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: The association between infection and inflammatory response in singleton preterm birth (PTB) is well established, yet, less is known about PTB in twins. We aimed to compare the placental component and pregnancy outcome in pregnancies complicated with PTB of singletons vs. twin deliveries. We hypothesized that due to different underlying mechanisms, placental inflammatory lesions will be more prevalent in placentas derived from singleton pregnancies than twins. STUDY DESIGN: Labor characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology reports of spontaneous PTB at 24-33(6)/7 weeks, from 1/2008-12/2015, were reviewed...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448718/cannabis-use-by-women-during-pregnancy-does-not-influence-infant-dna-methylation-of-the-dopamine-receptor-drd4
#3
Peter D Fransquet, Delyse Hutchinson, Craig A Olsson, Steve Allsop, Elizabeth J Elliott, Lucinda Burns, Richard Mattick, Richard Saffery, Joanne Ryan
BACKGROUND: Maternal cannabis use in pregnancy is linked with long-term adverse behavioral outcomes in offspring. Epigenetic processes established in utero that affect dopaminergic (reward) signaling may mediate risks. Associations between cannabis use and offspring DNA methylation have not been investigated; however, maternal tobacco smoking in pregnancy is associated with distinct patterns of DNA methylation at birth and beyond. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether maternal cannabis use is associated with methylation of the dopamine receptor gene DRD4 promoter in infants...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448623/development-of-the-cutaneous-microbiome-in-the-preterm-infant-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
#4
Mohan Pammi, Jacqueline L O'Brien, Nadim J Ajami, Matthew C Wong, James Versalovic, Joseph F Petrosino
BACKGROUND: Neonatal sepsis in preterm infants is often due to organisms that colonize the skin including Staphylococcus spp. and Candida spp. Development and maturation of the skin microbiome in the neonatal period, especially in preterm infants, may be critical in preventing colonization with pathogens and subsequent progression to neonatal sepsis. Development of the skin microbiome in preterm infants or its determinants in the first 4 weeks of life has not been evaluated. METHODS: We evaluated the skin microbiome from three body sites, antecubital fossa, forehead and gluteal region, in a prospective cohort of 15 preterm (birth weight < 1500 g and < 32 weeks of gestation) and 15 term neonates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448583/characterization-of-the-fecal-microbiome-during-neonatal-and-early-pediatric-development-in-puppies
#5
Blake C Guard, Hanna Mila, Jörg M Steiner, Claire Mariani, Jan S Suchodolski, Sylvie Chastant-Maillard
Limited information is available describing the development of the neonatal fecal microbiome in dogs. Feces from puppies were collected at 2, 21, 42, and 56 days after birth. Feces were also collected from the puppies' mothers at a single time point within 24 hours after parturition. DNA was extracted from fecal samples and 454-pyrosequencing was used to profile 16S rRNA genes. Species richness continued to increase significantly from 2 days of age until 42 days of age in puppies. Furthermore, microbial communities clustered separately from each other at 2, 21, and 42 days of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448526/human-alkaline-phosphatase-dephosphorylates-microbial-products-and-is-elevated-in-preterm-neonates-with-a-history-of-late-onset-sepsis
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Matthew Pettengill, Juan D Matute, Megan Tresenriter, Julie Hibbert, David Burgner, Peter Richmond, José Luis Millán, Al Ozonoff, Tobias Strunk, Andrew Currie, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: A host defense function for Alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) is suggested by the contribution of intestinal ALP to detoxifying bacterial lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in animal models in vivo and the elevation of ALP activity following treatment of human cells with inflammatory stimuli in vitro. However the activity of ALP in human plasma (primarily tissue-nonspecific ALP; TNAP) on lipopolysaccharide and other microbial products has not been assessed, nor has its expression been studied in preterm newborns, a vulnerable population at high risk of sepsis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448064/changes-in-thyroid-hormone-concentrations-during-neonatal-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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L Leeuwen, A F J van Heijst, J van Rosmalen, Y B de Rijke, L W J E Beurskens, D Tibboel, E L T van den Akker, H IJsselstijn
OBJECTIVE: Thyroid hormone concentrations can be disturbed during critical illness. Our aim was to determine changes in thyroid hormone concentrations during neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). STUDY DESIGN: We included 21 ECMO-treated neonates. Age-specific s.d. scores (SDS) of free and total thyroxine (FT4; TT4), reverse and total triiodothyronine (rT3; TT3), thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) and thyroxine-binding globulin (TBG) were determined at six fixed time-points...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448062/association-between-small-for-gestational-age-and-neurocognitive-impairment-at-two-years-of-corrected-age-among-infants-born-at-preterm-gestational-ages-a-cohort-study
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A I Girsen, S C Do, Y Y El-Sayed, S R Hintz, Y J Blumenfeld
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the association between small-for-gestational age (SGA) and neurocognitive impairment at 2 years of corrected age among infants born at preterm gestational ages. STUDY DESIGN: A secondary analysis of a prospectively conducted NICHD/Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units BEAM trial. Non-anomalous pregnancies delivered before 37 weeks of gestation were included in the analysis. Neurocognitive outcomes at 2 years of corrected age were compared between infants who were SGA (<10% for gestational age) and those appropriately grown (AGA)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448051/protocols-for-investigating-the-host-tissue-distribution-transmission-mode-and-effect-on-the-host-fitness-of-a-densovirus-in-the-cotton-bollworm
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Xianming Yang, Pengjun Xu, Robert I Graham, He Yuan, Kongming Wu
Many novel viruses have been discovered in animal hosts using next-generation sequencing technologies. Previously, we reported a mutualistic virus, Helicoverpa armigera densovirus (HaDV2), in a lepidopteran species, the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hubner). Here, we describe the protocols that are currently used to study the effect of HaDV2 on its host. First, we establish a HaDV2-free cotton bollworm colony from a single breeding pair. Then, we orally inoculate some neonate larval offspring with HaDV2-containing filtered liquid to produce two colonies with the same genetic background: one HaDV2-infected, the other uninfected...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447407/wiedemann-rautenstrauch-syndrome-a-phenotype-analysis
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Stefano Paolacci, Debora Bertola, José Franco, Shehla Mohammed, Marco Tartaglia, Bernd Wollnik, Raoul C Hennekam
Wiedemann-Rautenstrauch syndrome (WRS) is a neonatal progeroid disorder characterized by growth retardation, lipodystrophy, a distinctive face, and dental anomalies. Patients reported to date demonstrate a remarkable variability in phenotype, which hampers diagnostics. We performed a literature search, and analyzed 51 reported patients, using the originally reported patients as "gold standard." In 15 patients sufficient information and photographic evidence was available to confirm the clinical diagnosis. In 12 patients the diagnosis was suggestive but lack of data prevented a definite diagnosis, and in 24 patients an alternative diagnosis was likely...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447316/mining-and-environmental-health-disparities-in-native-american-communities
#11
REVIEW
Johnnye Lewis, Joseph Hoover, Debra MacKenzie
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: More than a century of hard rock mining has left a legacy of >160,000 abandoned mines in the Western USA that are home to the majority of Native American lands. This article describes how abrogation of treaty rights, ineffective policies, lack of infrastructure, and a lack of research in Native communities converge to create chronic exposure, ill-defined risks, and tribal health concerns. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent results show that Native Americans living near abandoned uranium mines have an increased likelihood for kidney disease and hypertension, and an increased likelihood of developing multiple chronic diseases linked to their proximity to the mine waste and activities bringing them in contact with the waste...
April 26, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447275/risk-factors-for-shoulder-dystocia-the-impact-of-mother-s-race-and-ethnicity
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Jennifer Gaudet Hefele, Palmira Santos, Grant Ritter, Neha Varma, Ann Hendrich
Shoulder dystocia is a rare but severe birth trauma where the neonate's shoulders fail to deliver after delivery of the head. Failure to deliver the shoulders quickly can lead to severe, long-term injury to the infant, including nerve injury, skeletal fractures, and potentially death. This observational study examined shoulder dystocia risk factors by race and ethnicity using a sample of 19,236 pregnant women who presented for labor and delivery from July 1, 2010 until June 30, 2013 at five locations. Multivariate analyses were used to identify risk factors associated with shoulder dystocia occurrence in racial/ethnic groups with high incidence rates...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447205/treatment-with-geranylgeranylacetone-induces-heat-shock-protein-70-and-attenuates-neonatal-hyperoxic-lung-injury-in-a-model-of-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Shuko Tokuriki, Aiko Igarashi, Takashi Okuno, Genrei Ohta, Hironobu Naiki, Yusei Ohshima
PURPOSE: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a respiratory complication characterized by abnormal alveolar development in premature infants. Geranylgeranylacetone (GGA) can induce heat shock protein (HSP) 70, which has cytoprotective effects against various stressors. Here, we investigated whether GGA protected neonatal lungs from hyperoxic stress in a murine BPD model, and measured the serum HSP70 levels in preterm humans treated with oxygen. METHODS: Newborn mice were exposed to >90% oxygen and administered GGA or vehicle alone orally on days 1, 2, and 3 of life...
April 26, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446959/gestational-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Anna A E Vinkhuyzen, Darryl W Eyles, Thomas H J Burne, Laura M E Blanken, Claudia J Kruithof, Frank Verhulst, Tonya White, Vincent W Jaddoe, Henning Tiemeier, John J McGrath
BACKGROUND: There is growing interest in linking vitamin D deficiency with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The association between vitamin D deficiency during gestation, a critical period in neurodevelopment, and ASD is not well understood. AIMS: To determine the association between gestational vitamin D status and ASD. METHOD: Based on a birth cohort (n=4334), we examined the association between 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD), assessed from both maternal mid-gestation sera and neonatal sera, and ASD (defined by clinical records; n=68 cases)...
March 2017: BJPsych Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446958/syndromic-disorder-of-sex-development-due-to-a-novel-hemizygous-mutation-in-the-carboxyl-terminal-domain-of-atrx
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Masaki Takagi, Hiroko Yagi, Ryuji Fukuzawa, Satoshi Narumi, Tomonobu Hasegawa
Alpha-thalassemia/mental retardation syndrome X-linked (ATRX; OMIM #301040), which is caused by mutations in the ATRX gene, is characterized by alpha-thalassemia, distinct dysmorphic facies, psychomotor development delay and genital abnormalities. Here, we describe a neonatal case of syndromic disorder of sex development, harboring a novel hemizygous mutation, p.Asp2352fs*1 in the carboxyl-terminal domain of ATRX. Our study provides additional evidence that deletion of the carboxyl terminus of ATRX is associated with severe genital anomalies...
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446848/seroepidemiology-study-of-cytomegalovirus-and-rubella-among-pregnant-women-at-st-paul-s-hospital-millennium-medical-college-addis-ababa-ethiopia
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Mamuye Yeshwondm, Nigatu Balkachew, Bekele Delayehu, Getahun Mekonen
BACKGROUND: Maternal cytomegalovirus (CMV) and rubella infections have adverse neonatal outcomes. Both CMV and rubella are more widespread in developing countries and in communities with lower socioeconomic status. The aim of this study was to investigate sero-prevalence of CMV and rubella infection and associated possible risk factors. METHOD: Using cross sectional study design a total of 200 pregnant women were consecutively recruited starting from June and July 2014...
September 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446679/central-nervous-system-infection-with-borna-disease-virus-causes-kynurenine-pathway-dysregulation-and-neurotoxic-quinolinic-acid-production
#17
Simone Formisano, Mady Hornig, Kavitha Yaddanapudi, Mansi Vasishtha, Loren H Parsons, Thomas Briese, W Ian Lipkin, Brent L Williams
Central nervous system infection of neonatal and adult rats with Borna disease virus (BDV) results in neuronal destruction and behavioral abnormalities with differential immune-mediated involvement. Neuroactive metabolites generated from the kynurenine pathway of tryptophan degradation have been implicated in several human neurodegenerative disorders. Here we report that brain expression of key enzymes in the kynurenine pathway are significantly, but differentially, altered in neonatal and adult rats with BDV infection...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446575/evaluation-of-strepb-select-chromagar-and-the-fast-track-diagnostics-group-b-streptococcus-gbs-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-compared-to-routine-culture-for-detection-of-gbs-during-antepartum-screening
#18
Deirdre L Church, Heather Baxter, Tracie Lloyd, Oscar Larios, Daniel B Gregson
Life-threatening infection in neonates due to Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is preventable by screening near-term pregnant women and treatment at delivery. 295 vaginal-rectal swabs were collected from women attending antepartum clinics in Calgary. GBS colonization was detected by the standard culture method (Strep B Carrot broth subbed to blood agar with a neomycin disk), and compared to recovery using Strep Group B Broth (Dalynn Biologicals) subbed to StrepB Select chromagar (CA) (Bio-Rad Laboratories), and the Fast Track Diagnostics GBS real-time PCR (qPCR) assay (Phoenix Airmid Biomedical Corp...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446235/differential-expression-of-cell-cycle-and-wnt-pathway-related-genes-accounts-for-differences-in-the-growth-and-differentiation-potential-of-wharton-s-jelly-and-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Aristea K Batsali, Charalampos Pontikoglou, Dimitrios Koutroulakis, Konstantia I Pavlaki, Athina Damianaki, Irene Mavroudi, Kalliopi Alpantaki, Elisavet Kouvidi, George Kontakis, Helen A Papadaki
BACKGROUND: In view of the current interest in exploring the clinical use of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from different sources, we performed a side-by-side comparison of the biological properties of MSCs isolated from the Wharton's jelly (WJ), the most abundant MSC source in umbilical cord, with bone marrow (BM)-MSCs, the most extensively studied MSC population. METHODS: MSCs were isolated and expanded from BM aspirates of hematologically healthy donors (n = 18) and from the WJ of full-term neonates (n = 18)...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446183/effect-of-different-artificial-shrinkage-methods-when-applied-before-blastocyst-vitrification-on-perinatal-outcomes
#20
Caizhu Wang, Guixue Feng, Bo Zhang, Hong Zhou, Jinhui Shu, Ruoyun Lin, Huanhua Chen, Zhulian Wu
BACKGROUND: In recent years, single blastocyst transfer combined with vitrification has been applied widely, which can maximize the cumulative pregnancy rate in per oocyte retrieval cycles and minimize the multiple pregnancy rate. Thus, the guarantee for these is the effectiveness of vitrified blastocyst. Studies has shown that AS of the blastocoel cavity prior to vitrification can reduce injuries, increase the thawed blastocyst survival rate and implantation rate. Several AS methods have been established...
April 26, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
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