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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215301/neurotrophic-factors-and-maternal-nutrition-during-pregnancy
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M Dhobale
Maternal nutrition is one of the major determinants of pregnancy outcome. It has been suggested that reduced intakes or lack of specific nutrients during pregnancy influences the length of gestation, proper placental and fetal growth during pregnancy. Maternal nutrition, particularly micronutrients such as folate and vitamin B12, and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) are the major determinants of the one carbon cycle and are suggested to be at the heart of intrauterine programming of diseases in adult life...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213399/continuous-model-of-conceptus-implantation-to-the-maternal-endometrium
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Kazuhiko Imakawa, Rulan Bai, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Atsushi Ideta, Yoshito Aoyagi, Kazuya Kusama
As placental morphology as well as trophoblast characteristics exhibit wide diversity across mammalian species, underling molecules were also thought to vary greatly. In the majority of cases, however, regardless of the mode of implantation, physiological and biochemical processes in conceptus implantation to the maternal endometrium including the kinds of gene expression and their products are now considered to share many similarities. In fact, recent progress has identified that in addition to the hormones, cytokines, proteases and cell adhesion molecules classically characterized, molecules related to lymphocyte homing and epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) are all required for the progression of conceptus implantation to placentation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199380/the-effects-of-pravastatin-on-the-normal-human-placenta-lessons-from-ex-vivo-models
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Adelina Balan, Irit Szaingurten-Solodkin, Shani S Swissa, Valeria Feinshtein, Mahmoud Huleihel, Gershon Holcberg, Doron Dukler, Ofer Beharier
INTRODUCTION: Research in animal models and preliminary clinical studies in humans support the use of pravastatin for the prevention of preeclampsia. However, its use during pregnancy is still controversial due to limited data about its effect on the human placenta and fetus. METHODS: In the present study, human placental cotyledons were perfused in the absence or presence of pravastatin in the maternal reservoir (PraM). In addition, placental explants were treated with pravastatin for 5, 24 and 72 h under normoxia and hypoxia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194822/autophagy-regulation-of-physiological-and-pathological-processes-in-the-female-reproductive-tract
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Bin Cao, Alison J Camden, Lindsay A Parnell, Indira U Mysorekar
Autophagy is a ubiquitous cell recycling pathway that delivers cytoplasmic constituents to the lysosome and is essential for normal cellular function. Autophagic activity is up-regulated under physiological conditions as well as stressful conditions such as nutrient deprivation, oxidative stress, hypoxia, inflammation, and infection. Thus, it is essential to regard the functional importance of the pathway and its components in a given tissue context. Here we review what is known about the involvement of autophagy process during physiological processes in the female reproductive tract and in pregnancy from preimplantation to oocyte function to placental development, parturition, and postpartum remodeling of the uterus; as well as in pathological and adverse events during these processes...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187917/oxygen-and-placental-development-parallels-and-differences-with-tumour-biology
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Graham J Burton, Eric Jauniaux, Andrew J Murray
Human placentation involves the invasion of the conceptus into the wall of the uterus, and establishment of a blood supply from the maternal spiral arteries. The placenta has therefore been likened to a malignant tumour, albeit a highly regulated one. Oxygen plays an important role in controlling both placental development and tumour behaviour. In the placenta, early development takes place in a physiological low oxygen environment, which undergoes a transition with onset of the full maternal arterial circulation towards the end of the first trimester...
February 1, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178945/comparative-genomics-of-canine-hemoglobin-genes-reveals-primacy-of-beta-subunit-delta-in-adult-carnivores
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Sara Zaldívar-López, Jennie L Rowell, Elise M Fiala, Isain Zapata, C Guillermo Couto, Carlos E Alvarez
BACKGROUND: The main function of hemoglobin (Hb) is to transport oxygen in the circulation. It is among the most highly studied proteins due to its roles in physiology and disease, and most of our understanding derives from comparative research. There is great diversity in Hb gene evolution in placental mammals, mostly in the repertoire and regulation of the β-globin subunits. Dogs are an ideal model in which to study Hb genes because: 1) they are members of Laurasiatheria, our closest relatives outside of Euarchontoglires (including primates, rodents and rabbits), 2) dog breeds are isolated populations with their own Hb-associated genetics and diseases, and 3) their high level of health care allows for development of biomedical investigation and translation...
February 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177716/a-role-for-maternally-derived-myokines-to-optimize-placental-function-and-fetal-growth-across-gestation
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Chantal Dubé, Céline Aguer, Kristi Adamo, Shannon Bainbridge
Exercise during pregnancy is associated with improved health outcomes for both mother and baby, including a reduced risk of future obesity and susceptibility to chronic diseases. Overwhelming evidence demonstrates a protective effect of maternal exercise against fetal birth weight extremes, reducing the rates of both large- and small-for-gestational-age infants. It is speculated that this protective effect is mediated in part through exercise-induced regulation of maternal physiology and placental development/function...
January 17, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169182/reproductive-disorders-of-marsupials
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Cathy A Johnson-Delaney, Angela M Lennox
Marsupial reproduction differs significantly in anatomy and physiology from that of placental mammals. The gastrointestinal and urogenital tracts empty into a cloaca. Reproductive parameters include gestation and pouch time, as the fetus develops outside of the uterus. Captive marsupials discussed include sugar gliders), short-tailed opossums, Virginia opossums, and Tammar and Bennett's wallabies. Common disease conditions include joey eviction, pouch infections, mastitis, metritis, prostatitis, penile necrosis, and neoplasia...
February 4, 2017: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Exotic Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131969/longitudinal-changes-in-serum-catecholamines-dopamine-serotonin-acth-and-cortisol-in-pregnant-spanish-mares
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María Marcilla, Ana Muñoz, Katy Satué
Systemic physiological changes required for placental and fetal development during pregnancy are associated with an activation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA) in women, but this fact has not been investigated in mares. Venous blood samples were taken monthly from 31 successful Spanish mares during the 11months of pregnancy. During the first 4months of pregnancy, adrenaline (AD), dopamine (DOPA) and ACTH increases, whereas 5-hydroxitryptamine (5-HT) decreased, and noradrenaline (NAD) and cortisol (CORT) did not change...
January 21, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131318/the-role-of-cellular-senescence-in-ageing-of-the-placenta
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Lynne S Cox, Christopher Redman
Aberrant placental ageing is implicated in a high percentage of birth complications, stillbirths and neonatal deaths. Understanding how this complex organ is established and maintained for the 9-10 months of pregnancy and then how and why it undergoes the physiological changes that result in labour at term is therefore of enormous clinical importance. In this review, we assess the evidence that placental ageing results from cellular senescence, a state of terminal proliferation arrest accompanied by characteristic morphological and metabolic changes including a shift to a pro-inflammatory phenotype...
January 16, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127850/the-emerging-role-of-metformin-in-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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REVIEW
Susan G Gray, Treasure McGuire, Neale Cohen, Peter J Little
Metformin use during pregnancy is controversial and there is disparity in the acceptance of metformin treatment in women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in Australia. Despite short term maternal and neonatal safety, the placental transfer of metformin during GDM treatment and absence of long term safety data in offspring has regulators and prescribers cautious about its use. To determine the current role in GDM management, this literature review describes the physiological changes that occur in GDM and other forms of diabetes in pregnancy (DIP), and international changes in guidelines for GDM diagnosis...
January 27, 2017: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123837/heme-oxygenase-carbon-monoxide-in-the-female-reproductive-system-an-overlooked-signalling-pathway
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REVIEW
David Němeček, Markéta Dvořáková, Markéta Sedmíková
For a long time, carbon monoxide (CO) was known for its toxic effect on organisms. But there are still many things left to discover on that molecule. CO is formed directly in the body by the enzymatic activity of heme oxygenase (HO). CO plays an important role in many physiological processes, such as cell protections (against various stress factors), and the regulation of metabolic processes. Recent research proves that CO also operates in the female reproductive system. At the centre of interest is the importance of CO for gestation...
2017: International Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117143/review-placental-derived-biomarkers-of-pregnancy-disorders
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REVIEW
James S M Cuffe, Olivia Holland, Carlos Salomon, Gregory E Rice, Anthony V Perkins
Pregnancy is one of the greatest physiological challenges that a women can experience. The physiological adaptations that accompany pregnancy may increase the risk of developing a number of disorders that can lead to both acute and chronic physiological outcomes. In addition, fetal development may be impaired and, if the fetus survives, the child may be at an increased risk of disease throughout life. Pregnancy disorders are poorly predicted by traditional risk factors and maternal history alone. The identification of biomarkers that can predict incidence and severity of disease would allow for improved and targeted prophylactic therapies to prevent adverse maternal and fetal outcomes...
January 16, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112069/placental-11-%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-type-2-11%C3%AE-hsd2-expression-very-early-during-human-pregnancy
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K G Salvante, K Milano, H J Kliman, P A Nepomnaschy
Maternal physiologic stress during gestation has been reported to be associated with negative developmental outcomes, including intra-uterine growth restriction and reduced birth weight, which can impact postnatal development, behavior and health. The human fetus is partially protected from elevated cortisol exposure by placental 11 β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (11β-HSD2), which oxidizes bioactive cortisol into bio-inactive cortisone. Importantly, despite the critical protective role hypothesized for 11β-HSD2, the onset of its placental expression has yet to be clearly established...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28111314/three-dimensional-flow-patterns-in-the-feto-placental-vasculature-system-of-the-mouse-placenta
#15
Alexander T Shannon, Parisa Mirbod
In this study, three-dimensional (3D) blood flow of the feto-placental vasculature system of the mouse placenta was investigated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methods and finite element analysis. Micro-computerized tomography (micro-CT) images were used to acquire the 3D geometry of the feto-placental vasculature system, and image-processing software has been used to calculate the 3D morphology of the placenta. The flow was analyzed numerically and compared to the experimental data received from the same model...
January 19, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110749/contribution-of-syncytins-and-other-endogenous-retroviral-envelopes-to-human-placenta-pathologies
#16
P-A Bolze, M Mommert, F Mallet
Fusion, proliferation, angiogenesis, immune tolerance, and tissue survival are some of the critical functions involved in the physiological and pathological processes of placenta development. Strikingly, some of these properties are shared by envelope glycoproteins of retroviruses. Part of the overall retroviral world, the human retroviral heritage consists of hundred thousands of elements representing a huge amount of genetic material as compared to our 25,000 genes, whereas only a few tenths of retroviral loci still contain envelope genes exhibiting large open reading frames...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110748/comparative-placental-anatomy-divergent-structures-serving-a-common-purpose
#17
S Hafez
The placenta, one of the most important transient organs, forms by the apposition of fetal membranes and maternal tissues. Its role is to mediate physiological exchanges between mother and fetus. The word "apposition" covers a wide range of structural variations. It includes approximation, adhesion, interdigitation, or actual fusion between fetal and maternal tissues.(1) Formation of the placenta establishes hemotropic nutrition for the fetus: essential metabolites must be provided to maintain the growing fetus, and these must come to it via the maternal circulatory system...
2017: Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099856/screening-bioactives-reveals-nanchangmycin-as-a-broad-spectrum-antiviral-active-against-zika-virus
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Keiko Rausch, Brent A Hackett, Nathan L Weinbren, Sophia M Reeder, Yoel Sadovsky, Christopher A Hunter, David C Schultz, Carolyn B Coyne, Sara Cherry
Zika virus is an emerging arthropod-borne flavivirus for which there are no vaccines or specific therapeutics. We screened a library of 2,000 bioactive compounds for their ability to block Zika virus infection in three distinct cell types with two different strains of Zika virus. Using a microscopy-based assay, we validated 38 drugs that inhibited Zika virus infection, including FDA-approved nucleoside analogs. Cells expressing high levels of the attachment factor AXL can be protected from infection with receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors, while placental-derived cells that lack AXL expression are insensitive to this inhibition...
January 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094006/salt-aldosterone-and-extrarenal-na-sensitive-responses-in-pregnancy
#19
Paula Juliet Scaife, Markus Georg Mohaupt
Outside of pregnancy excessive salt consumption is known to be harmful being linked to increased blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. However, pregnancy represents a major change to a woman's physiology resulting in an intimate adaptation to environmental conditions. It is now becoming apparent that salt is essential for a number of these changes during pregnancy including haematological, cardiac adaptations as well as directly influencing placental development and the uteroplacental immune environment...
January 10, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089907/adenosine-and-preeclampsia
#20
REVIEW
Rocío Salsoso, Marcelo Farías, Jaime Gutiérrez, Fabián Pardo, Delia I Chiarello, Fernando Toledo, Andrea Leiva, Alfonso Mate, Carmen M Vázquez, Luis Sobrevia
Adenosine is an endogenous nucleoside with pleiotropic effects in different physiological processes including circulation, renal blood flow, immune function, or glucose homeostasis. Changes in adenosine membrane transporters, adenosine receptors, and corresponding intracellular signalling network associate with development of pathologies of pregnancy, including preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is a cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality affecting 3-5% of pregnancies. Since the proposed mechanisms of preeclampsia development include adenosine-dependent biological effects, adenosine membrane transporters and receptors, and the associated signalling mechanisms might play a role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
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