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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138223/effect-of-maternal-high-fat-diet-on-key-components-of-the-placental-and-hepatic-endocannabinoid-system
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Kushal Gandhi, Cun Li, Nadezhda German, Cezary Skobowiat, Maira Carrillo, Raja Reddy Kallem, Eneko Larumbe, Stacy Martinez, Marcel Chuecos, Gary Ventolini, Peter Nathanielsz, Natalia Schlabritz-Loutsevitch
INTRODUCTION: Involvement of endogenous cannabinoids (eCBs) in obesity is well-characterized. However, information regarding eCB physiology in obesity associated with pregnancy is sparse. METHODS: From at least 9 months before conception, non-pregnant baboons (Papio spp.) were fed a diet of either 45% fat (HFD; n=11) or 12% fat or a control diet (CTR; n=11), and dietary intervention continued through pregnancy. Maternal and fetal venous plasma samples were evaluated using liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to quantify anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG)...
November 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123159/zinc-is-a-critical-regulator-of-placental-morphogenesis-and-maternal-hemodynamics-during-pregnancy-in-mice
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Rebecca L Wilson, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Zona Goh, Dale McAninch, Tanja Jankovic-Karasoulos, Gabriela E Leghi, Jessica A Phillips, Katrina Mirabito Colafella, Cuong Tran, Sean O'Leary, Sam Buckberry, Stephen Pederson, Sarah A Robertson, Tina Bianco-Miotto, Claire T Roberts
Zinc is an essential micronutrient in pregnancy and zinc deficiency impairs fetal growth. We used a mouse model of moderate zinc deficiency to investigate the physiological mechanisms by which zinc is important to placental morphogenesis and the maternal blood pressure changes during pregnancy. A 26% reduction in circulating zinc (P = 0.005) was exhibited in mice fed a moderately zinc-deficient diet. Zinc deficiency in pregnancy resulted in an 8% reduction in both near term fetal and placental weights (both P < 0...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121458/placental-drug-transport-on-a-chip-a-microengineered-in-vitro-model-of-transporter-mediated-drug-efflux-in-the-human-placental-barrier
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Cassidy Blundell, Yoon-Suk Yi, Lin Ma, Emily R Tess, Megan J Farrell, Andrei Georgescu, Lauren M Aleksunes, Dongeun Huh
The current lack of knowledge about the effect of maternally administered drugs on the developing fetus is a major public health concern worldwide. The first critical step toward predicting the safety of medications in pregnancy is to screen drug compounds for their ability to cross the placenta. However, this type of preclinical study has been hampered by the limited capacity of existing in vitro and ex vivo models to mimic physiological drug transport across the maternal-fetal interface in the human placenta...
November 9, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113124/role-of-placental-vdr-expression-and-function-in-common-late-pregnancy-disorders
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REVIEW
Julia Knabl, Aurelia Vattai, Yao Ye, Julia Jueckstock, Stefan Hutter, Franz Kainer, Sven Mahner, Udo Jeschke
Vitamin D, besides its classical role in bone metabolism, plays a distinct role in multiple pathways of the feto-maternal unit. Calcitriol is the major active ligand of the nuclear vitamin D receptor (VDR). The vitamin D receptor (VDR) is expressed in different uteroplacental parts and exerts a variety of functions in physiologic pregnancy. It regulates decidualisation and implantation, influences hormone secretion and placental immune modulations. This review highlights the role of the vitamin D receptor in physiologic and disturbed pregnancy, as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction, gestational diabetes and preterm birth...
November 6, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108634/maternal-growth-restriction-and-stress-exposure-in-rats-differentially-alters-expression-of-components-of-the-placental-glucocorticoid-barrier-and-nutrient-transporters
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Jessica F Briffa, Sogand S Hosseini, Melanie Tran, Karen M Moritz, James S M Cuffe, Mary E Wlodek
The placenta plays a major role in the development of fetal growth restriction, which affects 10% of pregnancies and contributes to chronic adult disease risk. We have reported that female rats born small develop cardiometabolic dysfunction only during pregnancy. The physiological tests performed during pregnancy induced a maternal stress response as indicated by increased maternal corticosterone concentrations. This stress effected placental growth compared to females who were unhandled during pregnancy. Maternal stress and growth restriction independently program F2 offspring metabolic dysfunction...
November 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105873/morphometric-study-of-the-porcine-placental-vascularization
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A Cristofolini, M Fiorimanti, M Campos, E Sanchis, T Diaz, E Moschetti, C Merkis
The early development in mammals is characterized by the contribution of nutrients from the maternal tissues through the placenta, which is in apposition with foetal membranes and the endometrium, allowing the physiological interchange between the embryos/foetuses and the mother. The aim of this work was to study the number of placental blood vessels and their vascular area through morphometric analyses and the haemotrophic diffusion distance in porcine placental tissues from early gestations, intermediates gestations, advanced gestations and term gestations...
November 6, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105382/hypoxia-from-placental-development-to-fetal-programming
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REVIEW
Lais Fajersztajn, Mariana Matera Veras
Hypoxia may influence normal and different pathological processes. Low oxygenation activates a variety of responses, many of them regulated by hypoxia-inducible factor 1 complex, which is mostly involved in cellular control of O2 consumption and delivery, inhibition of growth and development, and promotion of anaerobic metabolism. Hypoxia plays a significant physiological role in fetal development; it is involved in different embryonic processes, for example, placentation, angiogenesis, and hematopoiesis. More recently, fetal hypoxia has been associated directly or indirectly with fetal programming of heart, brain, and kidney function and metabolism in adulthood...
October 16, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101000/what-is-precise-pathophysiology-in-development-of-hypertension-in-pregnancy-precision-medicine-requires-precise-physiology-and-pathophysiology
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REVIEW
Qinqin Gao, Jiaqi Tang, Na Li, Bailin Liu, Mengshu Zhang, Miao Sun, Zhice Xu
It is widely accepted that placental ischemia is central in the evolution of hypertension in pregnancy. Many studies and reviews have targeted placental ischemia to explain mechanisms for initiating pregnancy hypertension. The placenta is rich in blood vessels, which are the basis for developing placental ischemia. However, is the physiology of placental vessels the same as that of nonplacental vessels? What is the pathophysiology of placental vessels in development of pregnancy hypertension? This review aims to provide a comprehensive summary of special features of placental vascular regulations and the pathophysiological changes linked to preeclamptic conditions...
October 31, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080891/prenatal-dynamics-of-kynurenine-pathway-metabolism-in-mice-focus-on-kynurenic-acid
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Nick Goeden, Francesca M Notarangelo, Ana Pocivavsek, Sarah Beggiato, Alexandre Bonnin, Robert Schwarcz
The kynurenine pathway (KP), the major catabolic route of tryptophan in mammals, contains several neuroactive metabolites, including kynurenic acid (KYNA) and 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK). KP metabolism, and especially the fate of KYNA, during pregnancy is poorly understood, yet it may play a significant role in the development of psychiatric disorders later in life. The present study was designed to investigate the prenatal features of KP metabolism in vivo, with special focus on KYNA. To this end, pregnant CD-1 mice were treated systemically with kynurenine (100 mg/kg), KYNA (10 mg/kg), or saline on embryonic day 18...
October 28, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29066285/understanding-vitamin-d-metabolism-in-pregnancy-from-physiology-to-pathophysiology-and-clinical-outcomes
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Spyridon N Karras, Carol L Wagner, V Daniel Castracane
This critical time frame of intrauterine life development is considered of major importance on the metabolic imprinting of overall health of the offspring, in later life. This requires a delicate immune balance that nurtures the allogeneic fetus, while maintaining reactivity against pathogens. Dysregulation of these tightly controlled biophenomena at a systemic and placental level, have been considered as a potential mechanism mediating pathogenesis of preeclampsia and spontaneous birth. In this context, vitamin D has been considered as a significant regulator of both innate and adaptive immunity by regulating cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis...
October 21, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054861/regulation-of-human-feto-placental-endothelial-barrier-integrity-by-vascular-endothelial-growth-factors-competitive-interplay-between-vegf-a165a-vegf-a165b-pigf-and-ve-cadherin
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Vincent Pang, David O Bates, Lopa Leach
The human placenta nourishes and protects the developing fetus whilst influencing maternal physiology for fetal advantage. It expresses several members of the VEGF family including the pro-angiogenic/pro-permeability VEGF-A165a isoform, the anti-angiogenic VEGF-A165b, placental growth factor (PIGF) and their receptors, VEGFR1 and VEGFR2. Alterations in the ratio of these factors during gestation and in complicated pregnancies have been reported; however the impact of this on feto-placental endothelial barrier integrity is unknown...
October 20, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040188/phagocytosis-of-extracellular-vesicles-extruded-from-the-placenta-by-ovarian-cancer-cells-inhibits-growth-of-the-cancer-cells
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Qi Chen, Victoria Rutten, Wei-Tzu Cheng, Mancy Tong, Jia Wei, Peter Stone, Lai-Ming Ching, Lawrence W Chamley
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is a common gynecological cancer, and parity is negatively associated with the incidence of this disease. This negative association is hypothesized to be due in part to shifting the balance of estrogen and progesterone toward more progesterone and reduced ovulation during pregnancy. However, studies suggested that parity is also associated with estrogen-independent gynecological cancers suggesting balance of hormones may not be the only protective factor. Extracellular vesicles (EVs) play an important role in cell-to-cell communication in physiological and pathological conditions...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039177/-the-involvement-of-galectin-1-in-implantation-and-pregnancy-maintenance-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
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Minyue Tang, Yimin Zhu
As a member of galectins family, galectin-1(Gal-1)is widely expressed in tissues and cells, and participates in a variety of physiological and pathological processes, such as cell adhesion, proliferation, apoptosis and inflammatory reaction. Recently, it has been found that Gal-1 is highly expressed at the maternal-fetal interface and plays important roles in trophoblast cell proliferation, differentiation and invasion, endometrial receptivity, placental angiogenesis and maternal-fetal immune tolerance. In this review, we outline the expression of Gal-1 at the maternal-fetal interface and the involvement of Gal-1 in embryo implantation and pregnancy maintenance, to provide novel insights for the early diagnosis, prognostic assessment and treatment of early pregnancy loss and pregnancy-related diseases...
May 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036567/extra-pituitary-expressed-fsh-is-it-physiologically-important
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Anushka Jayaraman, T Rajendra Kumar
Pituitary gonadotropes synthesize and secrete follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). FSH is a heterodimer that consists of an α-and a β-subunit. The α - subunit is common to other pituitary and placental glycoprotein hormones and the β-subunit is the hormone/receptor specific subunit. Although the pituitary is the main tissue that accounts for circulating hormone, previous and recent reports indicate extra-pituitary sources of FSH production including mouse gonads, human stomach, prostate, umbilical cord vein endothelial cells, uterine myometrium, placenta and chicken abdominal adipose tissue...
September 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29027018/accelerated-growth-of-hemangioblastoma-in-pregnancy-the-role-of-proangiogenic-factors-and-upregulation-of-hypoxia-inducible-factor-hif-in-a-non-oxygen-dependent-pathway
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REVIEW
Yosef Laviv, Joshua L Wang, Matthew P Anderson, Ekkehard M Kasper
Hemangioblastomas (HBs) are benign, highly vascular tumors, often characterized by loss of function of the von Hippel-Lindau (vHL) gene. They are the most common central nervous system tumor observed in vHL syndrome. Loss of function of the vHL gene creates a "pseudo-hypoxic" state, causing overactivation of hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-related pathways. In some cases, HBs can rapidly increase in size during pregnancy to then present acutely, which most frequently occurs after the 20th gestational week...
October 13, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025978/the-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-1-monoclonal-antibody-d16f7-inhibits-glioma-growth-and-angiogenesis-in-vivo
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Maria Grazia Atzori, Lucio Tentori, Federica Ruffini, Claudia Ceci, Elena Bonanno, Manuel Scimeca, Pedro Miguel Lacal, Grazia Graziani
The vascular endothelial growth factor receptor-1 (VEGFR-1) is a tyrosine kinase receptor that does not play a relevant role in physiological angiogenesis in adults, while it is important in tumor angiogenesis. In high-grade glioma VEGFR-1 expression by tumor endothelium and neoplastic cells contributes to the aggressive phenotype. We recently generated an anti-VEGFR-1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) characterized by a novel mechanism of action, since it hampers receptor activation without interfering with ligand binding...
October 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021781/cross-talk-between-adipose-tissue-and-placenta-in-obese-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-pregnancies-via-exosomes
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REVIEW
Nanthini Jayabalan, Soumyalekshmi Nair, Zarin Nuzhat, Gregory E Rice, Felipe A Zuñiga, Luis Sobrevia, Andrea Leiva, Carlos Sanhueza, Jaime Agustín Gutiérrez, Martha Lappas, Dilys Jane Freeman, Carlos Salomon
Obesity is an important public health issue worldwide, where it is commonly associated with the development of metabolic disorders, especially insulin resistance (IR). Maternal obesity is associated with an increased risk of pregnancy complications, especially gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Metabolism is a vital process for energy production and the maintenance of essential cellular functions. Excess energy storage is predominantly regulated by the adipose tissue. Primarily made up of adipocytes, adipose tissue acts as the body's major energy reservoir...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018059/involvement-of-leptin-in-the-molecular-physiology-of-the-placenta
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Malena Schanton, Julieta Lorena Maymó, Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Victor Sanchez-Margalet, Cecilia Varone
Leptin is a homeostatic regulator in the placenta where it promotes proliferation, protein synthesis and the expression of tolerogenic maternal response molecules such as HLA-G. Leptin also exerts an anti-apoptotic action in placenta controlling the expression of p53 master cell cycle regulator under different stress conditions. On the other hand, leptin is an integrative target of different placental stimuli. The expression of leptin in placenta is regulated by hCG, insulin, steroids, hypoxia, and many other growth hormones, suggesting that it might have an important endocrine function in the trophoblastic cells...
October 9, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017960/upper-respiratory-tract-nociceptor-stimulation-and-stress-response-following-acute-and-repeated-cyfluthrin-inhalation-in-normal-and-pregnant-rats-physiological-rat-specific-adaptions-can-easily-be-misunderstood-as-adversities
#19
Juergen Pauluhn
This paper reviews the results from past regulatory and mechanistic inhalation studies in rats with the type II pyrethroid Cyfluthrin. Apart from many chemical irritants, Cyfluthrin was shown to be a neuroexcitatory agent without any inherent tissue-destructive or irritant property. Thus, any Cyfluthrin-induced neuroexcitatory afferent sensory stimulus from peripheral nociceptors in the upper respiratory tract is likely to be perceived as a transient stimulus triggering annoyance and/or avoidance by both rats and humans...
October 7, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988726/placenta-specific-gene-manipulation-using-lentiviral-vector-and-its-application
#20
Tomohiro Tobita, Daiji Kiyozumi, Masahito Ikawa
The placenta is an essential organ for embryo development in the uterus of eutherian mammals. Large contributions in unveiling molecular mechanisms and physiological functions underlying placental formation were made by analyzing mutant and transgenic animals. However, it had been difficult to elucidate whether the placental defects observed in such animals originate from the placenta itself or from the fetus, as both placental and fetal genomes are modified. Therefore strategies to modify the placental genome without affecting the "fetal genome" had been needed...
November 2017: Placenta
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