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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431792/changes-to-histone-modifications-following-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-an-emerging-picture
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REVIEW
Eric J Chater-Diehl, Benjamin I Laufer, Shiva M Singh
Epigenetic mechanisms are important for facilitating gene-environment interactions in many disease etiologies, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Extensive research into the role of DNA methylation and miRNAs in animal models has illuminated the complex role of these mechanisms in FASD. In contrast, histone modifications have not been as well researched, due in part to being less stable than DNA methylation and less well-characterized in disease. It is now apparent that even changes in transient marks can have profound effects if they alter developmental trajectories...
February 4, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429366/analysis-of-transcriptional-activities-of-angiogenic-biomarkers-during-intrauterine-complications-leading-to-preterm-birth
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M Rabajdová, R Dudič, P Urban, V Dudičová, P Urdzík, M Mareková
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia, growth retardation and preterm delivery are the most common reasons leading to increased maternal and perinatal mortality. The increased expression of hypoxia induced factors, such as HIF-1, triggers the overexpression of anti-angiogenic genes. The aim of this study was to determine the transcriptional activity of individual pro- and anti-angiogenic markers (VEGF, HIF-1, sEng, Flt-1, PlGF-1) in maternal blood samples from patients with spontaneous preterm labor, preterm labor in combination with pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction in comparison with physiologically terminated pregnancies...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426964/ipsc-derived-human-microglia-like-cells-to-study-neurological-diseases
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Edsel M Abud, Ricardo N Ramirez, Eric S Martinez, Luke M Healy, Cecilia H H Nguyen, Sean A Newman, Andriy V Yeromin, Vanessa M Scarfone, Samuel E Marsh, Cristhian Fimbres, Chad A Caraway, Gianna M Fote, Abdullah M Madany, Anshu Agrawal, Rakez Kayed, Karen H Gylys, Michael D Cahalan, Brian J Cummings, Jack P Antel, Ali Mortazavi, Monica J Carson, Wayne W Poon, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Microglia play critical roles in brain development, homeostasis, and neurological disorders. Here, we report that human microglial-like cells (iMGLs) can be differentiated from iPSCs to study their function in neurological diseases, like Alzheimer's disease (AD). We find that iMGLs develop in vitro similarly to microglia in vivo, and whole-transcriptome analysis demonstrates that they are highly similar to cultured adult and fetal human microglia. Functional assessment of iMGLs reveals that they secrete cytokines in response to inflammatory stimuli, migrate and undergo calcium transients, and robustly phagocytose CNS substrates...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424684/modulation-of-human-leukocyte-antigen-c-by-human-cytomegalovirus-stimulates-kir2ds1-recognition-by-natural-killer-cells
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Kattria van der Ploeg, Chiwen Chang, Martin A Ivarsson, Ashley Moffett, Mark R Wills, John Trowsdale
The interaction of inhibitory killer cell Ig-like receptors (KIRs) with human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I molecules has been characterized in detail. By contrast, activating members of the KIR family, although closely related to inhibitory KIRs, appear to interact weakly, if at all, with HLA class I. KIR2DS1 is the best studied activating KIR and it interacts with C2 group HLA-C (C2-HLA-C) in some assays, but not as strongly as KIR2DL1. We used a mouse 2B4 cell reporter system, which carries NFAT-green fluorescent protein with KIR2DS1 and a modified DAP12 adaptor protein...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421058/antimicrobial-compounds-produced-by-vaginal-lactobacillus-crispatus-are-able-to-strongly-inhibit-candida-albicans-growth-hyphal-formation-and-regulate-virulence-related-gene-expressions
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Shuai Wang, Qiangyi Wang, Ence Yang, Ling Yan, Tong Li, Hui Zhuang
The female vaginal environment contains diverse microorganisms, and their interactions play significant roles in health and disease. Lactobacillus species are the predominant vaginal microorganisms in healthy women and relevant as a barrier to defense against pathogens, including Candida albicans. The yeast-to-hyphae transition is believed to be a determinant of C. albicans pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the effects of vaginal isolates of L. crispatus (seven strains), L. gasseri (six strains), and L...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420650/changes-in-lxr-signaling-influence-early-pregnancy-lipogenesis-and-protect-against-dysregulated-fetoplacental-lipid-homeostasis
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Vanya Nikolova, Georgia Papacleovoulou, Elena Bellafante, Luiza Borges Manna, Eugene Jansen, Silvère Baron, Shadi Abu-Hayyeh, Malcolm G Parker, Catherine Williamson
Human pregnancy is associated with enhanced de novo lipogenesis in the early stages followed by hyperlipidemia during advanced gestation. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are oxysterol-activated nuclear receptors which stimulate de novo lipogenesis and also promote the efflux of cholesterol from extrahepatic tissues followed by its transport back to the liver for biliary excretion. Although LXR is recognized as a master regulator of triglyceride and cholesterol homeostasis it is unknown whether it facilitates the gestational adaptations in lipid metabolism...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420619/analysis-of-variants-in-upstream-open-reading-frames-of-human-globin-related-genes
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Ye Yuhua, Zhang Qianqian, Zhong Jianmei, Li Yihong, Zhang Li, Yu Qiuxia, Xu Xiangmin
β-thalassemia is an autosomal recessive monogenic disease that is caused by defects in the production of β-like globin chains. Activation of γ-globin gene and the increase in fetal hemoglobin expression have been demonstrated as one of the most important factors to ameliorate the clinical outcome of β-thalassemia patients. In this study, 202 genes or miRNAs associated with human hemoglobin gene expression from 1802 β-thalassemia patients were analyzed with target capture and next generation sequencing strategies in terms of functional variants that might affect hemoglobin gene expression...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420606/epigenetic-regulation-and-related-diseases-during-placental-development
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Liu Fulin, Zhou Jin, Zhang Wei, Wang Hui
The placenta is vital to fetal growth and development, as it bridges the fetus and the mother. Genome-wide epigenetic regulations (e.g., DNA methylation, histone modifications, non-coding RNAs) participate in many aspects of placenta development, including decidua of the uterus, trophoblast cell adhesion and invasion, angiogenesis and placental imprinted gene expression. Environmental factors during pregnancy, such as heavy metals, chemical compounds, modern assisted reproductive technology and the nutrient conditions, may cause abnormal placental epigenetics...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420494/molecular-regulation-and-role-of-angiogenesis-in-reproduction
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REVIEW
Momchil Rizov, Petya Andreeva, Ivanka Dimova
Angiogenesis is an essential process for proper functioning of the female reproductive system and for successful pregnancy realization. The multitude of factors required for physiological angiogenesis and the complexity of regulation of their temporal-spatial activities contribute to aberrations in human fertilization and pregnancy outcomes. In this study, we reviewed the current knowledge of the temporal expression patterns, functions, and regulatory mechanisms of angiogenic factors during foliculogenesis, early implantation/placentation and embryo development, as well as recurrent spontaneous abortions...
April 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418837/rapamycin-promotes-differentiation-increasing-%C3%AE-iii-tubulin-neun-and-neurod-while-suppressing-nestin-expression-in-glioblastoma-cells
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Michela Ferrucci, Francesca Biagioni, Paola Lenzi, Stefano Gambardella, Rosangela Ferese, Maria Teresa Calierno, Alessandra Falleni, Alfonso Grimaldi, Alessandro Frati, Vincenzo Esposito, Cristina Limatola, Francesco Fornai
Glioblastoma cells feature mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) up-regulation which relates to a variety of effects such as: lower survival, higher infiltration, high stemness and radio- and chemo-resistance. Recently, it was demonstrated that mTOR may produce a gene shift leading to altered protein expression. Therefore, in the present study we administered different doses of the mTOR inhibitor rapamycin to explore whether the transcription of specific genes are modified. By using a variety of methods we demonstrate that rapamycin stimulates gene transcription related to neuronal differentiation while inhibiting stemness related genes such as nestin...
March 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414187/metatropic-dysplasia-in-third-trimester-of-pregnancy-and-a-novel-causative-variant-in-the-trpv4-gene
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Sara Bargiacchi, Matteo Della Monica, Roberto Biagiotti, Elena Andreucci, Serena Ciabattoni, Paolo Poggi, Marco Di Maurizio, Claudio Defilippi, Ettore Cariati, Sabrina Giglio
Prenatal diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias is particularly difficult for many reasons and differentiating these disorders in the prenatal period can be challenging because they are rare and many of the ultrasound findings are not necessarily pathognomonic for a specific disorder. The diagnosis is often made just after birth or exitus. The prenatal diagnosis of osteochondrodysplasias is based predominantly upon fetal ultrasound findings and it focuses substantially on the possible lethality of the disorder, without always being able to find a specific name for the disorder...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414124/roles-of-pirnas-in-microcystin-leucine-arginine-mc-lr-induced-reproductive-toxicity-in-testis-on-male-offspring
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Ling Zhang, Hui Zhang, Huan Zhang, Mikael Benson, Xiaodong Han, Dongmei Li
In the present study, we evaluated the toxic effects on the testis of the male offspring of MC-LR exposure during fetal and lactational periods. Pregnant females were distributed into two experimental groups: control group and MC-LR group which were exposed to 0 and 10 μg/L of MC-LR, respectively, through drinking water separately during fetal and lactational periods. At the age of 30 days after birth, the male offspring were euthanized. The body weight, testis index, and histomorphology change were observed and the global changes of piwi-interacting RNA (piRNA) expression were evaluated...
April 13, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413467/calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-protects-type-ii-alveolar-epithelial-cells-from-hyperoxia-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death
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Hongmin Fu, Tiesong Zhang, Rongwei Huang, Zhen Yang, Chunming Liu, Ming Li, Fang Fang, Feng Xu
Hyperoxia therapy for acute lung injury (ALI) may unexpectedly lead to reactive oxygen species (ROS) production and cause additional ALI. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) is a 37 amino acid neuropeptide that regulates inflammasome activation. However, the role of CGRP in DNA damage during hyperoxia is unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of CGRP on DNA damage and the cell death of alveolar epithelial type II cells (AEC II) exposed to 60% oxygen. AEC II were isolated from 19-20 gestational day fetal rat lungs and were exposed to air or to 60% oxygen during treatment with CGRP or the specific CGRP receptor antagonist CGRP8-37...
April 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412885/antenatal-taurine-supplementation-in-fetal-rats-with-growth-restriction-improves-neural-stem-cell-proliferation-by-inhibiting-the-activities-of-rho-family-factors
#14
Yan Wang, Xiang-Wen Li, Jing Liu, Wei Fu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether antenatal taurine supplementation improves neural stem cell proliferation in rats with fetal growth restriction (FGR) through regulating the activity of Rho family factors. METHODS: FGR models were established via food restriction throughout pregnancy. Pregnant rats were randomly divided into the control group, the FGR group (given 40% of the normal daily feeding in the control group), and the Taurine group (FGR model treated with 300 mg/kg·d taurine from gestational day seven)...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410545/lps-stimulation-of-cord-blood-reveals-a-newborn-specific-neutrophil-transcriptomic-response-and-cytokine-production
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Brittany Mathias, Juan C Mira, Jonathan P Rehfuss, Jaimar C Rincon, Ricardo Ungaro, Dina C Nacionales, M Cecilia Lopez, Henry V Baker, Lyle L Moldawer, Shawn D Larson
BACKGROUND: The neonatal innate immune system differs to microbial infection both quantitatively and qualitatively when compared with adults. Here, we provide the first genome-wide ex-vivo expression profile of umbilical cord blood (UCB) neutrophils from full-term infants prior to and in response to whole-blood lipopolysaccharide (LPS) stimulation. Additionally, we provide cytokine expression prior to and following LPS stimulation. The genomic expression and cytokine profile are compared with LPS-stimulated whole blood from healthy adult subjects (HC)...
May 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408374/expression-of-biglycan-in-first-trimester-chorionic-villous-sampling-placental-samples-and-altered-function-in-telomerase-immortalized-microvascular-endothelial-cells
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Amy Chui, Tilini Gunatillake, Shaun P Brennecke, Vera Ignjatovic, Paul T Monagle, John M Whitelock, Dagmar E van Zanten, Jasper Eijsink, Yao Wang, James Deane, Anthony J Borg, Janet Stevenson, Jan Jaap Erwich, Joanne M Said, Padma Murthi
OBJECTIVE: Biglycan (BGN) has reduced expression in placentae from pregnancies complicated by fetal growth restriction (FGR). We used first trimester placental samples from pregnancies with later small for gestational age (SGA) infants as a surrogate for FGR. The functional consequences of reduced BGN and the downstream targets of BGN were determined. Furthermore, the expression of targets was validated in primary placental endothelial cells isolated from FGR or control pregnancies. APPROACH AND RESULTS: BGN expression was determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction in placental tissues collected during chorionic villous sampling performed at 10 to 12 weeks' gestation from pregnancies that had known clinical outcomes, including SGA...
April 13, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407057/thyroid-hormone-economy-in-the-perinatal-mouse-brain-implications-for-cerebral-cortex-development
#17
Soledad Bárez-López, Maria Jesus Obregon, Juan Bernal, Ana Guadaño-Ferraz
Thyroid hormones (THs, T4 and the transcriptionally active hormone T3) play an essential role in neurodevelopment; however, the mechanisms underlying T3 brain delivery during mice fetal development are not well known. This work has explored the sources of brain T3 during mice fetal development using biochemical, anatomical, and molecular approaches. The findings revealed that during late gestation, a large amount of fetal brain T4 is of maternal origin. Also, in the developing mouse brain, fetal T3 content is regulated through the conversion of T4 into T3 by type-2 deiodinase (D2) activity, which is present from earlier prenatal stages...
April 12, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404879/developmental-transcriptome-profiling-of-bovine-muscle-tissue-reveals-an-abundant-gosb-that-regulates-myoblast-proliferation-and-apoptosis
#18
Hui Li, Xuefeng Wei, Jiameng Yang, Dong Dong, Yongzhen Huang, Xianyong Lan, Martin Plath, Chuzhao Lei, Xinglei Qi, Yueyu Bai, Hong Chen
The formation of bovine skeletal muscle involves complex developmental and physiological processes that play a vital role in determining the quality of beef; however, the regulatory mechanisms underlying differences in meat quality are largely unknown. We conducted transcriptome analysis of bovine muscle tissues to compare gene expression profiles between embryonic and adult stages. Total RNAs from skeletal muscle of Qinchuan cattle at fetal and adult stages were used to construct libraries for Illumina next-generation sequencing using the Ribo-Zero RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) method...
March 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401096/regulation-of-the-embryonic-erythropoietic-niche-a-future-perspective
#19
REVIEW
Ayako Yumine, Stuart T Fraser, Daisuke Sugiyama
The production of red blood cells, termed erythropoiesis, occurs in two waves in the developing mouse embryo: first primitive erythropoiesis followed by definitive erythropoiesis. In the mouse embryo, both primitive and definitive erythropoiesis originates in the extra-embryonic yolk sac. The definitive wave then migrates to the fetal liver, fetal spleen and fetal bone marrow as these organs form. The fetal liver serves as the major organ for hematopoietic cell expansion and erythroid maturation after mid-gestation...
March 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396316/extravillous-trophoblast-and-endothelial-cell-crosstalk-mediates-leukocyte-infiltration-to-the-early-remodeling-decidual-spiral-arteriole-wall
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Ruhul H Choudhury, Caroline E Dunk, Stephen J Lye, John D Aplin, Lynda K Harris, Rebecca L Jones
Decidual spiral arteriole (SpA) remodeling is essential to ensure optimal uteroplacental blood flow during human pregnancy, yet very little is known about the regulatory mechanisms. Uterine decidual NK (dNK) cells and macrophages infiltrate the SpAs and are proposed to initiate remodeling before colonization by extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs); however, the trigger for their infiltration is unknown. Using human first trimester placenta, decidua, primary dNK cells, and macrophages, we tested the hypothesis that EVTs activate SpA endothelial cells to secrete chemokines that have the potential to recruit maternal immune cells into SpAs...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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