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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623968/oxygen-and-tissue-culture-affect-placental-gene-expression
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O Brew, M H F Sullivan
INTRODUCTION: Placental explant culture is an important model for studying placental development and functions. We investigated the differences in placental gene expression in response to tissue culture, atmospheric and physiologic oxygen concentrations. METHODS: Placental explants were collected from normal term (38-39 weeks of gestation) placentae with no previous uterine contractile activity. Placental transcriptomic expressions were evaluated with GeneChip(®) Human Genome U133 Plus 2...
July 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620819/cellular-growth-and-tube-formation-of-htr8-svneo-trophoblast-effects-of-exogenously-added-fatty-acid-binding-protein-4-and-its-inhibitor
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Sanjay Basak, Arnab Sarkar, Santosh Mathapati, Asim K Duttaroy
Adequate placental angiogenesis is critical for the establishment of the placental circulation and thus for normal feto-placental growth and development. Fatty acid-binding protein-4 (FABP4) plays a pro-angiogenic role in endothelial cells; however, very little information is available in placental first trimester trophoblast cells. Here we report that exogenously added FABP4 (exo-FABP4) stimulated tube formation (as a measure of in vitro angiogenesis) in HTR8/SVneo trophoblastic cells. HTR-8/SVneo cells were incubated in the presence of exogenously added FABP4 at different concentrations and time points...
June 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607365/neuropilin-1-associated-molecules-in-the-blood-distinguish-poor-prognosis-breast-cancer-a-cross-sectional-study
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Adviti Naik, Noura Al-Zeheimi, Charles Saki Bakheit, Marwa Al Riyami, Adil Al Jarrah, Mansour S Al Moundhri, Zamzam Al Habsi, Maysoon Basheer, Sirin A Adham
Circulating plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear (PBMCs) cells provide an informative snapshot of the systemic physiological state. Moreover, they provide a non-invasively accessible compartment to identify biomarkers for personalized medicine in advanced breast cancer. The role of Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) and its interacting molecules in breast tumor tissue was correlated with cancer progression; however, the clinical impact of their systemic levels was not extensively evaluated. In this cross-sectional study, we found that circulating and tumor tissue expression of NRP-1 and circulating placental growth factor (PlGF) increase in advanced nodal and metastatic breast cancer compared with locally advanced disease...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599394/pulmo-uterinus-a-history-of-ideas-on-fetal-respiration
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REVIEW
Michael Obladen
Theories about fetal respiration began in antiquity. Aristotle characterized pneuma as warm air, but also as the enabler of vital functions and instrument of the soul. In Galen's system of physiology, the vital spirit was carried by the umbilical arteries, the nutrients by the umbilical vein from the placenta to the fetus. In 1569 Aranzio postulated that the maternal and fetal vasculatures are distinct. From 1670 to 1690, a century before the discovery of oxygen, researchers understood that during respiration some form of exchange with the air must occur, naming the substance biolychnium, phlogiston, sal-nitro, or nitro-aerial particles...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596078/identification-of-an-oxytocinase-vasopressinase-like-leucyl-cystinyl-aminopeptidase-lnpep-in-teleost-fish-and-evidence-for-hypothalamic-mrna-expression-linked-to-behavioral-social-status
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Emma A Elkins, Kayla A Walti, Kathryn E Newberry, Sean C Lema
The vasotocin/vasopressin and isotocin/mesotocin/oxytocin family of nonapeptides regulate social behaviors and physiological functions associated with reproductive physiology and osmotic balance. While experimental and correlative studies provide evidence for these nonapeptides as modulators of behavior across all classes of vertebrates, mechanisms for nonapeptide inactivation in regulating these functions have been largely overlooked. Leucyl-cystinyl aminopeptidase (LNPEP) - also known as vasopressinase, oxytocinase, placental leucine aminopeptidase (P-LAP), and insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) - is a membrane-bound zinc-dependent metalloexopeptidase enzyme that inactivates vasopressin, oxytocin, and select other cyclic polypeptides...
June 6, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588050/development-of-a-novel-maternal-fetal-physiologically-based-pharmacokinetic-model-i-insights-into-factors-that-determine-fetal-drug-exposure-through-simulations-and-sensitivity-analyses
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Zufei Zhang, Marjorie Z Imperial, Gabriela I Patilea-Vrana, Janak Wedagedera, Lu Gaohua, Jashvant D Unadkat
Determining fetal drug exposure (except at the time of birth) is not possible for both logistical and ethical reasons. Therefore, we developed a novel maternal-fetal physiologically based pharmacokinetic (m-f-PBPK) model to predict fetal exposure to drugs and populated this model with gestational age-dependent changes in maternal-fetal physiology. Then, we used this m-f-PBPK to: (1) perform a series of sensitivity analyses to quantitatively demonstrate the impact of fetoplacental metabolism and placental transport on fetal drug exposure for various drug dosing regimens administered to the mother; (2) predict the impact of gestational age on fetal drug exposure; and (3) demonstrate that a single umbilical venous: maternal plasma (UV:MP) ratio (even after multiple oral dose administration to steady-state) does not necessarily reflect fetal drug exposure...
June 6, 2017: Drug Metabolism and Disposition: the Biological Fate of Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585704/the-regulations-and-role-of-circadian-clock-and-melatonin-in-uterine-receptivity-and-pregnancy-an-immunological-perspective
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Gene Chi Wai Man, Tao Zhang, Xiaoyan Chen, Jianzhang Wang, Fangrong Wu, Yingyu Liu, Chi Chiu Wang, Ying Cheong, Tin Chiu Li
During normal pregnancy, the mechanism by which the fetus escapes immunological rejection by the maternal womb remains elusive. Given the biological complexities, the immunological mechanism is unlikely to be simply an allograft response in acceptance or rejection of the early pregnancy. Circadian clock responsible for the mammalian circadian rhythm is an endogenously generated rhythm associated with almost all physiological processes including reproduction. There is now growing evidence to suggest that the circadian clocks are intricately linked to the immune system and pregnancy...
June 6, 2017: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579623/reference-curve-for-the-mean-uterine-artery-pulsatility-index-in-singleton-pregnancies
#8
Alexander Weichert, Andreas Hagen, Michael Tchirikov, Ilka B Fuchs, Wolfgang Henrich, Michael Entezami
INTRODUCTION: Doppler sonography of the uterine artery (UA) is done to monitor pregnancies, because the detected flow patterns are useful to draw inferences about possible disorders of trophoblast invasion. Increased resistance in the UA is associated with an increased risk of preeclampsia and/or intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and perinatal mortality. In the absence of standardized figures, the normal ranges of the various available reference curves sometimes differ quite substantially from one another...
May 2017: Geburtshilfe und Frauenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559354/rna-seq-reveals-conservation-of-function-among-the-yolk-sacs-of-human-mouse-and-chicken
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Tereza Cindrova-Davies, Eric Jauniaux, Michael G Elliot, Sungsam Gong, Graham J Burton, D Stephen Charnock-Jones
The yolk sac is phylogenetically the oldest of the extraembryonic membranes. The human embryo retains a yolk sac, which goes through primary and secondary phases of development, but its importance is controversial. Although it is known to synthesize proteins, its transport functions are widely considered vestigial. Here, we report RNA-sequencing (RNA-seq) data for the human and murine yolk sacs and compare those data with data for the chicken. We also relate the human RNA-seq data to proteomic data for the coelomic fluid bathing the yolk sac...
May 30, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542142/deletion-of-pdcd5-in-mice-led-to-the-deficiency-of-placenta-development-and-embryonic-lethality
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Ge Li, Chentong Xu, Xin Lin, Liujing Qu, Dan Xia, Beiqi Hongdu, Yan Xia, Xiaokun Wang, Yaxin Lou, Qihua He, Dalong Ma, Yingyu Chen
Programmed cell death 5 (PDCD5) is an apoptosis promoter molecule that displays multiple biological activities. However, the function of PDCD5 in vivo has not yet been investigated. Here, we generated a Pdcd5 knockout mouse model to study the physiological role of PDCD5 in vivo. Knockout of the Pdcd5 gene resulted in embryonic lethality at mid-gestation. Histopathological analysis revealed dysplasia in both the LZs and JZs in Pdcd5(-/-) placentas with defects in spongiotrophoblasts and trophoblast giant cells...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532830/transrectal-ultrasonography-for-measuring-of-combined-utero-placental-thickness-in-pregnant-mangalarga-marchador-mares
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REVIEW
Isabela S Campos, Guilherme N de Souza, Aline E Pinna, Ana M R Ferreira
This study aimed to measure the physiological changes in the combined utero-placental thickness (CUPT) during the course of normal pregnancy in Mangalarga Marchador mares. Transrectal B-mode ultrasonography was used to measure CUPT in 42 pregnant mares with a mean age, 8.7 (±3.5 years). CUPT was measured every month from 150 days of gestation until delivery. CUPT was expressed as an average of three measurements of the distance (mm) between the middle part of the uterine artery and the allantoic fluid. A General Linear Model was used to evaluate the major effects of the chronological age and stage of gestation on CUPT in mares...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508434/maternal-arterial-stiffness-and-fetal-cardiovascular-physiology-in-diabetic-pregnancies
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Shreya Moodley, Alisa Arunamata, Katie Jo Stauffer, Susan E Nourse, Angela Chen, Amy Quirin, Elif Seda Selamet Tierney
OBJECTIVES: In mothers with pre-gestational or gestational diabetes, abnormal arterial stiffness (stiffer arteries) has been reported. The impact of abnormal maternal arterial stiffness on fetal placental and cardiovascular physiology is unknown. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of maternal diabetes on maternal arterial stiffness and the association with fetal cardiovascular physiology as measured by fetal echocardiography. METHODS: Between December 2013 and January 2017 we conducted a prospective study on diabetic (otherwise healthy) and non-diabetic, healthy pregnant mothers (at 20-28 gestational weeks and 18-40 years of age) who had a normal fetal cardiac echocardiogram and obstetric ultrasound...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506676/bile-acids-and-gestation
#13
REVIEW
Saraid McIlvride, Peter H Dixon, Catherine Williamson
There are numerous profound maternal physiological changes that occur from conception onwards and adapt throughout gestation in order to support a healthy pregnancy. By the time of late gestation, when circulating pregnancy hormones are at their highest concentrations, maternal adaptations include relative hyperlipidemia, hypercholanemia and insulin resistance. Bile acids have now been established as key regulators of metabolism, and their role in gestational changes in metabolism is becoming apparent. Bile acid homeostasis is tightly regulated by the nuclear receptor FXR, which has been shown to have reduced activity during pregnancy...
May 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495606/the-synthetic-cannabinoid-win-55-212-induced-apoptosis-in-cytotrophoblasts-cells-by-a-mechanism-dependent-on-cb1-receptor
#14
Marta Almada, Lia Costa, Bruno Miguel Fonseca, Cristina Amaral, Natércia Teixeira, Georgina Correia-da-Silva
The endocannabinoid system has evolved as a key regulator in several pathological and physiological processes, including placentation, decidualization and implantation. In addition, it is known that Cannabis and cannabinoids negatively affect female reproduction. Although, the biological action of synthetic cannabinoids, such as WIN-55,212, in human fertility and pregnancy outcome remain to be unveiled. A tight balance between proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis of trophoblast cells is required for placental development and pregnancy outcome...
June 15, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490626/minimal-variation-in-eutherian-brain-growth-rates-during-fetal-neurogenesis
#15
Andrew C Halley
A central question in the evolution of brain development is whether species differ in rates of brain growth during fetal neurogenesis. Studies of neonatal data have found allometric evidence for brain growth rate differences according to physiological variables such as relative metabolism and placental invasiveness, but these findings have not been tested against fetal data directly. Here, we measure rates of exponential brain growth acceleration in 10 eutherian mammals, two marsupials, and two birds. Eutherian brain acceleration exhibits minimal variation relative to body and visceral organ growth, varies independently of correlated growth patterns in other organs, and is unrelated to proposed physiological constraints such as metabolic rate or placental invasiveness...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478827/mild-anemia-during-pregnancy-upregulates-placental-vascularity-development
#16
A Stangret, M Skoda, A Wnuk, M Pyzlak, D Szukiewicz
The connection between maternal hematological status and pregnancy outcome has been shown by many independent researchers. Attention was initially focused on the adverse effects of moderate and severe anemia. Interestingly, some studies revealed that mild anemia was associated with optimal fetal development and was not affecting pregnancy outcome. The explanation for this phenomenon became a target for scientists. Hemodilution, physiologic anemia and relative decrease in hemoglobin concentration are the changes observed during pregnancy but they do not explain the reasons for the positive influence of mild anemia on a fetomaternal unit...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467908/the-rodent-specific-microrna-cluster-within-the-sfmbt2-gene-is-imprinted-and-essential-for-placental-development
#17
Kimiko Inoue, Michiko Hirose, Hiroki Inoue, Yuki Hatanaka, Arata Honda, Ayumi Hasegawa, Keiji Mochida, Atsuo Ogura
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) represent small noncoding RNAs that are involved in physiological and developmental processes by posttranscriptionally inhibiting gene expression. One of the largest miRNA clusters in mice is located in intron 10 of the Sfmbt2 gene, containing 72 miRNA precursor sequences. In this study, we generated mice lacking the entire Sfmbt2 miRNA cluster to elucidate its functions during development. The Sfmbt2 miRNAs were expressed predominantly from the paternal allele in the placenta, as is the host Sfmbt2 gene...
May 2, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467149/is-preterm-placental-calcification-related-to-adverse-maternal-and-foetal-outcome
#18
Ashraf Jamal, Maryam Moshfeghi, Saeedreza Moshfeghi, Nooshin Mohammadi, Elahe Zarean, Nadia Jahangiri
This prospective cohort study aimed to evaluate the role of premature placental calcification in adverse pregnancy outcomes and identify its associated potential risk factors. We consecutively enrolled 293 women who presented to three academic medical centres from September 2011 to March 2013. Participants underwent transabdominal sonographies between 28-36 weeks of gestation in an attempt to determine placental maturity. We compared maternal and foetal outcomes between two groups of women, those with grade III placenta (n = 69) and those without grade III placenta (n = 224)...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28457640/whole-organism-concentration-ratios-in-wildlife-inhabiting-australian-uranium-mining-environments
#19
Gillian A Hirth, Mathew P Johansen, Julia G Carpenter, Andreas Bollhöfer, Nicholas A Beresford
Wildlife concentration ratios for (226)Ra, (210)Pb, (210)Po and isotopes of Th and U from soil, water, and sediments were evaluated for a range of Australian uranium mining environments. Whole-organism concentration ratios (CRwo-media) were developed for 271 radionuclide-organism pairs within the terrestrial and freshwater wildlife groups. Australian wildlife often has distinct physiological attributes, such as the lower metabolic rates of macropod marsupials as compared with placental mammals. In addition, the Australian CRswo-media originate from tropical and semi-arid climates, rather than from the temperate-dominated climates of Europe and North America from which most (>90%) of internationally available CRwo-media values originate...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448910/exposure-to-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-at-late-gestation-modulates-placental-signaling-molecules-in-the-mouse-model
#20
Yun Zhu, Yan Qin Tan, Lai K Leung
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are flame retardants generally employed in manufacturing household items. Surface water may remove and carry these chemicals to the drainage upon disposal of the items, and ultimately the chemicals enter our food chain. 2,2',4,4'-Tetrabromodiphenyl ether (BDE-47) is a PBDE congener commonly found in contaminated seafood. The placenta is the site of nutrient exchange and is responsible for reproductive hormone secretion during pregnancy. In the present study, pregnant ICR mice were given p...
April 22, 2017: Chemosphere
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