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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087634/genome-wide-identification-of-regulatory-elements-in-sertoli-cells
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Danielle M Maatouk, Anirudh Natarajan, Yoichiro Shibata, Lingyun Song, Gregory E Crawford, Uwe Ohler, Blanche Capel
A current goal of molecular biology is to identify transcriptional networks regulating cell differentiation. However, identifying functional gene regulatory elements has been challenging in the context of developing tissues where material is limited and cell types are mixed. To identify regulatory sites during sex determination, we subjected Sertoli cells from mouse fetal testes to DNaseI-seq and ChIP-seq for H3K27ac. DNaseI-seq identified putative regulatory sites around Sertoli- and pregranulosa-enriched genes; however, active enhancers marked by H3K27ac were enriched proximal only to Sertoli-enriched genes...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087122/human-trophoblast-stem-cells-real-or-not-real
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Ching-Wen Chang, Mana M Parast
Abnormal trophoblast differentiation is the root cause of many placenta-based pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction. Human trophoblast differentiation is difficult to study due to the lack of a stem cell model. Such a multipotent "trophoblast stem" (TS) cell, with the ability to differentiate into all trophoblast subtypes, has been derived from mouse blastocysts, but attempts to derive similar human cells have failed. We consider here several possibilities for the TS cell niche in the human placenta...
January 5, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069986/mechanisms-involved-in-porcine-early-embryo-survival-following-ethanol-exposure
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Florence Pagé-Larivière, Céline Campagna, Marc-André Sirard
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is still a cause of preventable birth defects and developmental disabilities. However, little is known about the impact of ethanol on preimplantation embryos and the molecular mechanisms involved. We aimed to determine the toxicogenomic impacts and the mechanisms involved in preimplantation embryonic survival following 0.2% ethanol exposure in porcine embryos. Gene expression changes were measured with a porcine embryo specific microarray and confirmed by RT-qPCR. Compared to control, ethanol exposure led to a 43% decrease in blastocyst rate and activated pathways associated with oxidative stress and nervous system damage, such as TP53 and TGF...
January 9, 2017: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068868/mir-26a-mediates-adipogenesis-of-amniotic-fluid-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-via-pten-cyclin-e1-and-cdk6
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Ourania Trohatou, Dimitra Zagoura, Nikos Orfanos, Kalliopi I Pappa, Evangelos Marinos, Nicholas Anagnou, Maria G Roubelakis
Recent findings indicate that microRNAs (miRNAs) are critical for the regulatory network of adipogenesis in human mesenchymal stem/stromal cells (MSCs). Fetal MSCs derived from amniotic fluid (AF-MSCs) represent a population of multipotent stem cells characterized by a wide range of differentiation properties that can be applied in cell-based therapies. In this study, miRNA microarray analysis was performed to assess miRNA expression in terminal differentiated AF-MSCs into adipocyte-like cells (AL cells). MiR-26a was identified in high expression levels in AL cells indicating a critical role in the process of adipogenesis...
January 9, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057738/a-population-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-derives-from-gata4-expressing-progenitors-located-in-the-placenta-and-lateral-mesoderm-of-mice
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Ana Cañete, Rita Carmona, Laura Ariza, Maria Jose Sanchez, Anabel Rojas, Ramon Muñoz-Chápuli
GATA transcription factors are expressed in mesoderm and endoderm during development. GATA1-3, but not GATA4, are critically involved in hematopoiesis. An enhancer (G2) of the mouse Gata4 gene directs its expression throughout the lateral mesoderm and the allantois, beginning at E7.5, becoming restricted to the septum transversum by E10.5, and disappearing by midgestation. We have studied the developmental fate of the G2-Gata4 cell lineage using a G2-Gata4Cre;R26REYFP mouse line. We found a substantial number of YFP+ hematopoietic cells of lymphoid, myeloid and erythroid lineages in embryos...
January 5, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054346/optimized-logic-rules-reveal-ifn-%C3%AE-induced-modes-regulated-by-histone-deacetylases-and-protein-tyrosine-phosphatases
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Daniel Van Twisk, Shawn P Murphy, Juilee Thakar
The pro-inflammatory cytokine interferon-γ (IFN-γ) is critical for activating innate and adaptive immunity against tumors and intracellular pathogens. IFN-γ is secreted at the fetal-maternal interface in pregnant women and mice. The outer layer of the placenta in contact with maternal blood is composed of semi-allogeneic trophoblast cells, which constitute the fetal component of the fetal-maternal interface. The simultaneous presence of pro-inflammatory IFN-γ and trophoblast cells at the fetal-maternal interface appears to represent an immunological paradox, for trophoblastic responses to IFN-γ could potentially lead to activation of maternal immunity and subsequent attack of the placenta...
January 5, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053695/study-on-hydroxyurea-response-in-hemoglobinopathies-patients-using-genetic-markers-and-liquid-erythroid-cultures
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Serena Sclafani, Alice Pecoraro, Veronica Agrigento, Antonio Troia, Rosario Di Maggio, Massimiliano Sacco, Aurelio Maggio, Elena D'Alcamo, Rosalba Di Marzo
Increased expression of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) may ameliorate the clinical course of hemoglobinopathies. Hydroxyurea (HU) is the only inducer approved for the treatment of these diseases able to stimulate HbF production but patients' response is highly variable indicating the utility of the identification of pharmacogenomic biomarkers in order to predict pharmacological treatment efficacy. To date few studies to evaluate the role of genetic determinants in HU response have been conducted showing contradictory results...
November 2, 2016: Hematology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053000/myoblast-replication-is-reduced-in-the-iugr-fetus-despite-maintained-proliferative-capacity-in-vitro
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Susan M Soto, Amy C Blake, Stephanie R Wesolowski, Paul J Rozance, Kristen B Barthel, Bifeng Gao, Byron Hetrick, Carrie McCurdy, Natalia G Garza, William Hay, Leslie A Leinwand, Jacob E Friedman, Laura D Brown
Adults who were affected by intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) suffer from reductions in muscle mass and insulin resistance, suggesting muscle growth may be restricted by molecular events that occur during fetal development. To explore the basis of restricted fetal muscle growth, we used a sheep model of progressive placental insufficiency-induced IUGR to assess myoblast proliferation within intact skeletal muscle in vivo and isolated myoblasts stimulated with insulin in vitro. Gastrocnemius and soleus muscle weights were reduced by 25% in IUGR fetuses compared to controls (CON)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046103/transcriptome-profiling-identifies-ribosome-biogenesis-as-a-target-of-alcohol-teratogenicity-and-vulnerability-during-early-embryogenesis
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Mark E Berres, Ana Garic, George R Flentke, Susan M Smith
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) is a leading cause of neurodevelopmental disability. Individuals with FASD may exhibit a characteristic facial appearance that has diagnostic utility. The mechanism by which alcohol disrupts craniofacial development is incompletely understood, as are the genetic factors that can modify individual alcohol vulnerability. Using an established avian model, we characterized the cranial transcriptome in response to alcohol to inform the mechanism underlying these cells' vulnerability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045957/normal-levels-of-sox9-expression-in-the-developing-mouse-testis-depend-on-the-tes-tesco-enhancer-but-this-does-not-act-alone
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Nitzan Gonen, Alexander Quinn, Helen C O'Neill, Peter Koopman, Robin Lovell-Badge
During mouse sex determination, transient expression of the Y-linked gene Sry up-regulates its direct target gene Sox9, via a 3.2 kb testis specific enhancer of Sox9 (TES), which includes a core 1.4 kb element, TESCO. SOX9 activity leads to differentiation of Sertoli cells, rather than granulosa cells from the bipotential supporting cell precursor lineage. Here, we present functional analysis of TES/TESCO, using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in mice. Deletion of TESCO or TES reduced Sox9 expression levels in XY fetal gonads to 60 or 45% respectively relative to wild type gonads, and reduced expression of the SOX9 target Amh...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043182/biocompatible-complex-coated-with-glycosaminoglycan-for-gene-delivery
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Marie Iwanaga, Yukinobu Kodama, Takahiro Muro, Hiroo Nakagawa, Tomoaki Kurosaki, Kayoko Sato, Tadahiro Nakamura, Takashi Kitahara, Hitoshi Sasaki
The purpose of this study was to develop a ternary complex of plasmid DNA (pDNA) electrostatically assembled with dendrigraft poly-L-lysine (DGL) and biodegradable glycosaminoglycan for effective and secure gene delivery. High gene expression of pDNA/DGL complex was confirmed with slight cytotoxicity and erythrocyte agglutination. Anionic ternary complexes of 55.4-223.8 nm were formed by the addition of a glycosaminoglycan such as chondroitin sulfate A (CS-A), chondroitin sulfate B (CS-B), chondroitin sulfate C (CS-C), or hyaluronic acid (HA)...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040389/homozygous-truncating-mutation-in-prenatally-expressed-skeletal-isoform-of-ttn-gene-results-in-arthrogryposis-multiplex-congenita-and-myopathy-without-cardiac-involvement
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Ana Fernández-Marmiesse, M Carmen Carrascosa-Romero, Blanca Alfaro Ponce, Andres Nascimento, Carlos Ortez, Norma Romero, Lourdes Palacios, Cecilia Jimenez-Mallebrera, Cristina Jou, Sofía Gouveia, María L Couce
We report the case of a newborn with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and severe axial hypotonia without cardiac involvement in which, using a customized targeted next-generation sequencing assay for 64 myopathy-associated genes, we detected a novel homozygous truncating mutation, c.38661_38665del, in exon 197 of the TTN gene that is expressed only in the fetal skeletal isoform. Its pathogenicity is supported by evidence of maternal isodisomy for chromosome 2. Muscle pathology showed fibers with core-like areas devoid of oxidative staining and cytoplasmic bodies...
November 11, 2016: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033248/association-between-higher-expression-of-interleukin-8-il-8-and-haplotype-353a-251a-678t-of-il-8-gene-with-preeclampsia-a-case-control-study
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Lei Sun, Dongwei Mao, Yan Cai, Wenhua Tan, Yanlan Hao, Lin Li, Wei Liu
Preeclampsia (PE) is a common pregnancy-specific disorder associated with significant maternal and fetal morbidity and mortality worldwide.The present study was performed to investigate the role of a CXC chemokine interleukin-8 (IL-8), in the pathogenesis of PE. IL-8 expression levels were assessed in placental and serum samples from 160 pregnant women with PE (N = 68 severe, 92 mild) and 140 healthy donors.Results from enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay showed that the concentration of serum IL-8 in PE patients (180...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031337/immune-modifications-in-fetal-membranes-overlying-the-cervix-precede-parturition-in-humans
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Louis Marcellin, Thomas Schmitz, Meriem Messaoudene, Driss Chader, Christophe Parizot, Sébastien Jacques, Jérémy Delaire, Jean Gogusev, Alain Schmitt, Corinne Lesaffre, Michelle Breuiller-Fouché, Anne Caignard, Daniel Vaiman, François Goffinet, Dominique Cabrol, Guy Gorochov, Céline Méhats
In humans, parturition is currently viewed as an intrauterine outbreak of inflammation, accompanied by a massive release of proinflammatory cytokines at the maternal-fetal interface that comprises the maternal decidua, placenta, and fetal membranes. At term, fetal membranes overlying the cervix, the future site of rupture, show altered morphology and are termed the zone of altered morphology (ZAM). These alterations occur in normal fetal membranes during late pregnancy, in preparation for labor. In this study, transcriptome, flow cytometry, electron microscopy, and immunohistochemistry analyses collectively highlight a local shift in gene expression and lymphocyte activation in the ZAM...
December 28, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028317/oral-leptin-supplementation-throughout-lactation-in-rats-prevents-later-metabolic-alterations-caused-by-gestational-calorie-restriction
#15
N Szostaczuk, T Priego, M Palou, A Palou, C Picó
OBJECTIVES: Calorie-restriction during gestation in rats has been seen to produce lasting detrimental effects in the offspring, affecting energy balance control and other related metabolic functions. Our aim was to assess whether leptin supplementation throughout lactation may prevent the dysmetabolic phenotype in adulthood associated with gestational calorie restriction. METHODS: Three groups of male Wistar rats were followed: the offspring of ad libitum fed dams (controls); the offspring of 20% calorie-restricted dams during gestation (CR); and CR rats supplemented with physiological doses of leptin throughout lactation (CR-Leptin)...
December 28, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027635/placental-weight-ratio-affects-placental-mrna-expression-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-i-and-long-isoform-of-the-leptin-receptor-in-plasmodium-falciparuminfected-pregnant-women
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Sukma Oktavianthi, Leily Trianty, Rintis Noviyanti, Hidayat Trimarsanto, Herawati Sudoyo, Safarina G Malik
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Plasmodium falciparum infection during pregnancy is characterised by placental inefficiency caused by infected erythrocyte sequestration. Reduced placental efficiency leads to placental intrauterine adaptation for sustaining fetal growth, which is reflected by changes in the expression of placental genes involved in intrauterine growth regulation. Therefore, we aimed to determine whether the placental weight ratio, an indicator of placental efficiency, affects the placental expression of the components of the insulin-like growth factor axis and leptin signalling pathway in P...
December 2016: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024118/maternal-fetal-cholesterol-transport-in-the-second-half-of-mouse-pregnancy-does-not-involve-lrp2
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Mathijs V Zwier, Maria E Baardman, Theo H van Dijk, Angelika Jurdzinski, Lambertus J Wisse, Vincent W Bloks, Rolf M F Berger, Marco C DeRuiter, Albert K Groen, Torsten Plösch
AIM: Lipoprotein related receptor protein type 2 (LRP2) is highly expressed on both yolk sac and placenta. Mutations in the corresponding gene are associated with severe birth defects in humans, known as Donnai-Barrow syndrome. We here characterized the contribution of LRP2 and maternal plasma cholesterol availability to maternal-fetal cholesterol transport and fetal cholesterol levels in utero in mice. METHODS: Lrp2(+/-) mice were mated heterozygously to yield fetuses of all 3 genotypes...
December 26, 2016: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018922/influence-of-the-expression-of-inflammatory-markers-on-kidney-after-fetal-programming-in-an-experimental-model-of-renal-failure
#18
Carlos Donizete Pereira Júnior, Camila Souza de Oliveira Guimarães, Aline Cristina Souza da Silva, Aldo Rogelis Aquiles Rodrigues, Maria Aparecida da Glória, Vicente de Paula Antunes Teixeira, Niels Olsen Saraiva Câmara, Lenaldo Branco Rocha, Marlene Antônia Dos Reis, Juliana Reis Machado, Laura Penna Rocha, Fernanda Rodrigues Helmo, Rosana Rosa Miranda Corrêa
Objective. To evaluate the expression of inflammatory markers in experimental renal failure after fetal programming. Methods. The offspring aged two and five months were divided into four groups: CC (control dams, control offspring); DC (diabetic dams, control offspring); CFA (control dams, folic acid offspring, 250 mg/Kg); and DFA (diabetic dams, folic acid offspring). Gene expression of inflammatory markers MCP-1, IL-1, NOS3, TGF-β, TNF-α, and VEGF was evaluated by RT-PCR. Results. MCP-1 was increased in the CFA and DFA groups at two and five months of age, as well as in DC5 when compared to CC5...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012457/identification-of-novel-genetic-markers-for-mouse-yolk-sac-cells-by-using-microarray-analyses
#19
Shinomi Yagi, Nobuyoshi Shiojiri
The mouse embryonic yolk sac consists of a visceral yolk sac (VYS) and parietal yolk sac (PYS), and may function as a materno-fetal exchange system for nutrients and wastes, and physical protector for the embryo/fetus. The present study was undertaken to characterize gene expression of the VYS and PYS endodermal cells, and to identify their novel genetic markers from microarray data. Apoa4, Lrp2, Fxyd2, Slc34a3 and Entpd2 were predominantly expressed in VYS epithelial cells. Gkn2 and Pga5 were selected as markers for PYS cells...
January 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012448/expression-patterns-of-the-chromosome-21-microrna-cluster-mir-99a-mir-125b-and-let-7c-in-chorioamniotic-membranes
#20
Bhavi P Modi, Sonya Washington, Scott W Walsh, Colleen Jackson-Cook, Kellie J Archer, Jerome F Strauss
Trisomy 21 (T21) is the most common chromosome abnormality in humans and is associated with a spectrum of phenotypes, including cognitive impairment, congenital heart defects and immune system defects. In addition, T21 is also associated with abnormalities of fetal membranes including chorioamniotic separation, delayed fusion of the chorioamniotic membranes, defects in syncytiotrophoblast formation, as well as amniocyte senescence. There is evidence indicating miRNAs encoded by sequences on chromosome 21 (Chr-21) are involved in several of the cognitive and neurological phenotypes of T21, but the role of Chr-21 derived miRNAs in fetal membrane abnormalities associated with T21 has not been investigated...
January 2017: Placenta
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