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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871470/the-function-of-mir-519d-in-cell-migration-invasion-and-proliferation-suggests-a-role-in-early-placentation
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Lan Xie, Yoel Sadovsky
The processes of proliferation, migration, and invasion of extravillous trophoblasts are critical for placental implantation and early development, and directly influence pregnancy outcome. Dysregulation of these processes has been associated with placental dysfunction, implicated in clinical conditions such as preeclampsia and placental accreta. Among diverse microRNA (miRNA) species that are expressed in placental trophoblasts, members of the chromosome 19 miRNA cluster (C19MC) stand out in their nearly exclusive expression in the placenta...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871462/placental-expression-of-dna-methyltransferase-1-dnmt1-gender-specific-relation-with-human-placental-growth
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A Mukhopadhyay, G Ravikumar, H Meraaj, P Dwarkanath, A Thomas, J Crasta, T Thomas, A V Kurpad, T S Sridhar
AIMS: Placental physiology and morphology is critically regulated by DNA methylation. As such, placental global DNA methylation and transcript abundance of placental DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) may relate to placental and fetal growth in human pregnancies. We aimed to test correlations of human fetoplacental parameters and birth weight with the placental expression of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) and placental global methylation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Placentae (n = 109) were collected from small- (SGA) and appropriate- (AGA) for gestational age full-term singleton pregnancies (n = 56 SGA and 53 AGA)...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867409/the-postpartum-ultrasound-scan
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REVIEW
Aslı Üçyiğit, Jemma Johns
Ultrasound assessment of the postpartum uterus has a significant role to play in the evaluation of a large proportion of symptomatic puerperal women. Often the imaging modality of choice for excluding retained placental tissue, correct application of postpartum ultrasound could enable more accurate identification of women requiring surgical intervention, with consequent reduction in patient morbidity and clinical workload. This article aims to review the current understanding and application of ultrasound in the puerperium and evaluate the current evidence investigating the physiological and pathological findings of the postpartum uterus and its contents...
August 2016: Ultrasound: Journal of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865621/menaquinone-4-vitamin-k2-up-regulates-expression-of-human-intestinal-alkaline-phosphatase-in-caco-2-cells
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Seiko Noda, Asako Yamada, Rieko Tanabe, Kanae Nakaoka, Takayuki Hosoi, Masae Goseki-Sone
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) hydrolyzes several monophosphate esters into inorganic acid and alcohol. In humans, 4 kinds of ALP isozymes have been identified: tissue-nonspecific ALP, intestinal ALP, placental ALP, and germ cell ALP. Intestinal ALP is expressed at a high concentration in the brush border membrane of intestinal epithelial cells and is known to be affected by several kinds of nutrients, such as lipids, but the physiological function of intestinal ALP has remained elusive. Vitamin K is an essential cofactor for the posttranslational carboxylation of glutamate residues into γ-carboxy glutamate...
October 14, 2016: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859593/placental-specific-overexpression-of-sflt-1-alters-trophoblast-differentiation-and-nutrient-transporter-expression-in-an-iugr-mouse-model
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E Kühnel, V Kleff, V Stojanovska, S Kaiser, R Waldschütz, F Herse, T Plösch, E Winterhager, A Gellhaus
Since it is known that placental overexpression of the human anti-angiogenic molecule sFlt-1, the main candidate in the progression of preeclampsia, lead to intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) in mice by lentiviral transduction of mouse blastocysts, we hypothesize that sFlt-1 influence placental morphology and physiology resulting in fetal IUGR. We therefore examined the effect of sFlt-1 on placental morphology and physiology at embryonic day 18.5 with histologic and morphometric analyses, transcript analyses, immunoblotting, and methylation studies...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854379/longitudinal-maternal-haemodynamics-in-fetal-growth-restriction-in-pregnancies-at-high-risk-for-placental-insufficiency
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Daniel Stott, Papastefanou I, Daniela Paraschiv, Katherine Clark, Nikos A Kametas
OBJECTIVE: Fetal growth restriction is a powerful determinant of poor perinatal outcomes. Our previous work in pregnancies at high risk for the development of hypertension found that early in pregnancy maternal haemodynamics show impaired cardiovascular adaptation in gestations destined to deliver growth-restricted infants. In this study, we serially monitored maternal haemodynamics from the first through to the third trimester in a similar high-risk cohort, in order to determine if, in pregnancies complicated by growth-restriction, these distinct haemodynamic profiles found at presentation persisted throughout pregnancy...
October 31, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852037/placental-immune-editing-switch-pies-learning-about-immunomodulatory-pathways-from-a-unique-case-report
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Miguel H Bronchud, Francesc Tresserra, Wenjie Xu, Sarah Warren, Maite Cusido, Bernat Zantop, Ana Claudia Zenclussen, Alessandra Cesano
The hypothesis of this work is that, in order to escape the natural immune surveillance mechanisms, cancer cells and the surrounding microenvironment might express ectopically genes that are physiologically present in the placenta to mediate fetal immune-tolerance. These natural "placental immune-editing switch" mechanisms (PIES) may represent the result of millions of years of mammalian evolution developed to allow materno-fetal tolerance. Here, we introduce genes of the immune regulatory pathways that are either similarly over- or under-expressed in tumor vs normal tissue...
November 11, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843556/seasonality-of-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-south-australian-population-study
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Petra E Verburg, Graeme Tucker, Wendy Scheil, Jan Jaap H M Erwich, Gus A Dekker, Claire T Roberts
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a seasonal variation in the incidence of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: This retrospective cohort study of 60 306 eligible South Australian live-born singletons during 2007-2011 recorded in the South Australian Perinatal Statistics Collection (SAPSC) examined the incidence of GDM in relation to estimated date of conception (eDoC). Fourier series analysis was used to model seasonal trends...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27827796/effect-of-body-position-and-ventilation-on-umbilical-artery-and-venous-blood-flows-during-delayed-umbilical-cord-clamping-in-preterm-lambs
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Stuart B Hooper, Kelly J Crossley, Valerie A Zahra, Jeroen van Vonderen, Alison Moxham, Andrew W Gill, Martin Kluckow, Arjan B Te Pas, Euan M Wallace, Graeme R Polglase
OBJECTIVE: While delayed umbilical cord clamping (UCC) is thought to facilitate placental to infant blood transfusion, the physiological factors regulating flow in the umbilical arteries and veins during delayed UCC is unknown. We investigated the effects of gravity, by changing fetal height relative to the placenta, and ventilation on umbilical blood flows and the cardiovascular transition during delayed UCC at birth. METHODS: Catheters and flow probes were implanted into preterm lambs (128 days) prior to delivery to measure pulmonary, carotid, umbilical artery (UaBF) and umbilical venous (UvBF) blood flows...
November 8, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818125/aflatoxin-b1-disrupts-transient-receptor-potential-channel-activity-and-increases-cox-2-expression-in-jeg-3-placental-cells
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Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Lai K Leung
Aflatoxins are fungal metabolites which pose a major threat to food safety. Although these mycotoxins are established hepatocarcinogens, their effect on the reproductive organ is unknown. Transient Receptor Potential Channels (TRPs) are ubiquitously expressed in human tissues, including the placenta. These channels are associated with various functions in the placenta. The fetus and the placenta are especially sensitive to xenobiotic assault; therefore, exposure to the aflatoxins during gestation might lead to the undesirable outcome...
November 3, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817870/biological-features-of-placental-programming
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Kent L Thornburg, Kevin Kolahi, Melinda Pierce, Amy Valent, Rachel Drake, Samantha Louey
The placenta is a key organ in programming the fetus for later disease. This review outlines nine of many structural and physiological features of the placenta which are associated with adult onset chronic disease. 1) Placental efficiency relates the placental mass to the fetal mass. Ratios at the extremes are related to cardiovascular disease risk later in life. 2) Placental shape predicts a large number of disease outcomes in adults but the regulators of placental shape are not known. 3) Non-human primate studies suggest that at about mid-gestation, the placenta becomes less plastic and less able to compensate for pathological stresses...
October 20, 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815601/integrating-in-vitro-data-and-physiologically-based-kinetic-pbk-modelling-to-assess-the-in-vivo-potential-developmental-toxicity-of-a-series-of-phenols
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Marije Strikwold, Bert Spenkelink, Laura H J de Haan, Ruud A Woutersen, Ans Punt, Ivonne M C M Rietjens
Toxicity outcomes derived in vitro do not always reflect in vivo toxicity values, which was previously observed for a series of phenols tested in the embryonic stem cell test (EST). Translation of in vitro data to the in vivo situation is therefore an important, but still limiting step for the use of in vitro toxicity outcomes in the safety assessment of chemicals. The aim of the present study was to translate in vitro embryotoxicity data for a series of phenols to in vivo developmental toxic potency values for the rat by physiologically based kinetic (PBK) modelling-based reverse dosimetry...
November 4, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812977/ampk-and-placental-progenitor-cells
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Melissa R Kaufman, Thomas L Brown
AMPK is important in numerous physiological systems but plays a vital role in embryonic and placental development. The placenta is a unique organ that is the essential lifeline between the mother and baby during pregnancy and gestation. During placental development, oxygen concentrations are very low until cells differentiate to establish the appropriate lineages that take on new functions required for placental and embryonic survival. Balancing the oxygen regulatory environment with the demands for energy and need to maintain metabolism during this process places AMPK at the center of maintaining placental cellular homeostasis as it integrates and responds to numerous complex stimuli...
2016: EXS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806983/the-protective-effect-of-apolipoprotein-in-models-of-trophoblast-invasion-and-preeclampsia
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Francesca Charlton, Gabriele Bobek, Tim Stait-Gardner, William S Price, Katrina Maree Mirabito Colafella, Bei Xu, Angela Makris, Kerry-Anne Rye, Annemarie Hennessy
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy. Abnormal placentation associated with poor placental invasion of the uterine vasculature by trophoblast cells, leading to poor placental perfusion, oxidative stress and inflammation, is implicated in its pathogenesis. A dyslipidemia characterised by low plasma levels of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and elevated triglycerides has been described in preeclampsia. Apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), a constituent of HDL is an anti-inflammatory agent. This study investigated whether apoA-I protects against hypertension and adverse placental changes in a pro-inflammatory cytokine (TNF-α) induced model of preeclampsia...
November 2, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27795844/hyaluronic-acid-in-vascular-and-immune-homeostasis-during-normal-pregnancy-and-preeclampsia
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M M Ziganshina, S V Pavlovich, N V Bovin, G T Sukhikh
Preeclampsia (PE) is a multisystem pathologic state that clinically manifests itself after the 20th week of pregnancy. It is characterized by high maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. According to modern concepts, the impairment of trophoblast invasion into maternal spiral arteries, leading to the development of ischemia in placenta, is considered to be the major pathogenetic factor of PE development. Ischemic lesions initiate the development of a systemic inflammatory response (SIR) and endothelial dysfunction, which is the main cause of the multiple organ failure in PE...
July 2016: Acta Naturae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779913/estrogen-suppresses-interaction-of-melanocortin-2-receptor-and-its-accessory-protein-in-the-primate-fetal-adrenal-cortex
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Jeffery S Babischkin, Graham W Aberdeen, Gerald J Pepe, Eugene D Albrecht
We have shown that fetal adrenal fetal zone (FZ) volume and serum dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHAS) levels were increased, whereas definitive and transitional zone (DZ/TZ) volume was unaltered, in baboons in which estrogen levels were suppressed by the administration of the aromatase inhibitor letrozole. The interaction of the melanocortin 2 receptor (MC2R) with its accessory protein (MRAP) is essential for trafficking MC2R to the adrenal cell surface for binding to ACTH. The present study determined whether the estrogen-dependent regulation of fetal adrenocortical development is mediated by ACTH and/or expression/interaction of MC2R and MRAP...
December 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766562/a-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-model-to-predict-human-fetal-exposure-for-a-drug-metabolized-by-several-cyp450-pathways
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Maïlys De Sousa Mendes, Gabrielle Lui, Yi Zheng, Claire Pressiat, Deborah Hirt, Elodie Valade, Naïm Bouazza, Frantz Foissac, Stephane Blanche, Jean-Marc Treluyer, Saik Urien, Sihem Benaboud
BACKGROUND: Pregnant women and their fetuses are exposed to numerous drugs; however, they are orphan populations with respect to the safety and efficacy of drugs. Therefore, the prediction of maternal and fetal drug exposure prior to administration would be highly useful. METHODS: A physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model for nevirapine, which is metabolized by the cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4, 2B6 and 2D6 pathways, was developed to predict maternal and fetal pharmacokinetics (PK)...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764834/increased-heme-oxygenase-1-and-nuclear-factor-erythroid-2-related-factor-2-in-the-placenta-have-a-cooperative-action-on-preeclampsia
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Jing Li, Jun Zhou, Yuanhua Ye, Qunying Liu, Xiaojin Wang, Ning Zhang, Xietong Wang
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown that oxidative stress is an important factor in preeclampsia (PE). Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor-2 (Nrf2) are protective proteins that are involved in combating oxidative stress in the body. Nrf2 is also an essential upstream transcription factor regulating HO-1. This study was aimed at exploring the physiological roles of HO-1 and Nrf2 in PE. METHODS: Serum and placenta were collected from 30 patients who presented with severe PE and 30 healthy pregnant females...
2016: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733378/function-and-hormonal-regulation-of-gata3-in-human-first-trimester-placentation
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Bora Lee, Lindsay L Kroener, Ning Xu, Erica T Wang, Alexandra Banks, John Williams, Mark O Goodarzi, Yii-der I Chen, Jie Tang, Yizhou Wang, Vineela Gangalapudi, Margareta D Pisarska
Pregnancies resulting from fresh in-vitro fertilization (IVF) cycles exposed to supra-physiologic estrogen levels have been associated with higher rates of low birth weight and small for gestational age babies. We identified GATA3, a transcription factor selectively expressed in the trophectoderm during the blastocyst stage of embryo development, in an upstream analysis of genes that were differentially methylated in chorionic villus samples between IVF and non-IVF infertility treatment (NIFT) pregnancies. In this study, we investigate the hypothesis that GATA3 is hormonally regulated and plays an important functional role in trophoblast migration, invasion and placentation...
October 12, 2016: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27697215/differential-expression-of-toll-like-receptors-in-the-human-placenta-across-early-gestation
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Jeffrey Pudney, Xianbao He, Zahrah Masheeb, David W Kindelberger, Wendy Kuohung, Robin R Ingalls
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are an essential component of the innate immune system. While a number of studies have described TLR expression in the female reproductive tract, few have examined the temporal expression of TLRs within the human placenta. We hypothesized that the pattern of TLR expression in the placenta changes throughout the first and second trimester, coincident with physiological changes in placental function and the demands of innate immunity. We collected first and second trimester placental tissue and conducted quantitative PCR analysis for TLRs 1-10, followed by immunohistochemistry to define the cell specific expression pattern of a subset of these receptors...
October 2016: Placenta
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