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Jill A McKay, Long Xie, Michiel Adriaens, Chris T Evelo, Dianne Ford, John C Mathers
Growing evidence supports the hypothesis that the in utero environment can have profound implications for fetal development and later life offspring health. Current theory suggests conditions experienced in utero prepare, or "programme", the fetus for its anticipated post-natal environment. The mechanisms responsible for these programming events are poorly understood but are likely to involve gene expression changes. Folate is essential for normal fetal development and inadequate maternal folate supply during pregnancy has long term adverse effects for offspring...
October 22, 2016: Nutrients
Manasi Talwadekar, Sophia Fernandes, Vaijayanti Kale, Lalita Limaye
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are known to express a wide range of markers belonging to all the three lineages: mesodermal, ectodermal and endodermal. Therefore, the possibility of their transdifferentiation towards a neural lineage has been an aspect of active research. In the present study, MSCs were isolated from human placental tissue (P-MSC) and subjected them to neural differentiation. It was found that the P-MSCs differentiated towards neural lineage in appropriate differentiation conditions. However, when a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor - valproic acid (VPA) - was incorporated in the medium, there was a further increase in their neural differentiation potential...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
J Man, J C Hutchinson, A E Heazell, M Ashworth, I Jeffrey, N J Sebire
OBJECTIVES: Placental abnormalities are a common cause of death in stillbirth, ranking second only to unexplained deaths, though there is wide variation in the proportion attributed to placental disease. In clinical practice, interpretation of the significance of placental findings is difficult, since many placental features in stillbirths overlap with those in live births. Our aim was to examine objectively classified placental findings from a series of > 1000 autopsies following intrauterine death in order to evaluate the role of placental histological examination in determining the cause of death...
October 25, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
J Man, J C Hutchinson, A E Heazell, M Ashworth, S Levine, N J Sebire
OBJECTIVES: There have been several attempts to classify cause of death (CoD) in stillbirth; however, all such systems are subjective, allowing for observer bias and making comparisons between systems challenging. This study aimed to examine factors relating to determination of CoD using a large dataset from two specialist centers in which observer bias had been reduced by classifying findings objectively and assigning CoD based on predetermined criteria. METHODS: Detailed autopsy reports from intrauterine deaths in the second and third trimesters during 2005-2013 were reviewed and findings entered into a specially designed database, in which CoD was assigned using predefined objective criteria...
October 25, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Yogi Chang-Yo Hsuan, Cheng-Hsien Lin, Ching-Ping Chang, Mao-Tsun Lin
BACKGROUND: Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation has been reported to improve neurological function following neural injury. Many physiological and molecular mechanisms involving MSC therapy-related neuroprotection have been identified. METHODS: A review is presented of articles that pertain to MSC therapy and diverse brain injuries including stroke, neural trauma, and heat stroke, which were identified using an electronic search (e.g., PubMed), emphasize mechanisms of MSC therapy-related neuroprotection...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
B Hirschmugl, G Desoye, P Catalano, I Klymiuk, H Scharnagl, S Payr, E Kitzinger, C Schliefsteiner, U Lang, C Wadsack, S Hauguel-de Mouzon
BACKGROUND: Obesity before pregnancy is associated with impaired metabolic status of the mother and the offspring later in life. These adverse effects have been attributed to epigenetic changes in utero, but little is known about the role of placental metabolism and its contribution to fetal development. OBJECTIVES: We examined the impact of maternal pre-pregnancy obesity on the expression of genes involved in placental lipid metabolism in lean and obese women. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Seventy-three lean and obese women with healthy pregnancy were recruited at term elective cesarean delivery...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Stephanie R Wesolowski, Karim C El Kasmi, Karen R Jonscher, Jacob E Friedman
Changes in the maternal environment leading to an altered intrauterine milieu can result in subtle insults to the fetus, promoting increased lifetime disease risk and/or disease acceleration in childhood and later in life. Particularly worrisome is that the prevalence of NAFLD is rapidly increasing among children and adults, and is being diagnosed at increasingly younger ages, pointing towards an early-life origin. A wealth of evidence, in humans and non-human primates, suggests that maternal nutrition affects the placenta and fetal tissues, leading to persistent changes in hepatic metabolism, mitochondrial function, the intestinal microbiota, liver macrophage activation and susceptibility to NASH postnatally...
October 26, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
A Moteetee, L Seleteng Kose
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Reproductive healthcare has been highlighted as a major challenge in Lesotho mainly due to the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. As a result other reproductive ailments have not received much attention, particularly because healthcare facilities are already limited and many of them are inaccessible. For these reasons, medicinal plants play a major role in primary healthcare system in the country, in addition the plants are easily accessible, more affordable, and their use forms part of the cultural heritage...
October 22, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Gunvor Hilde, Anne Eskild, Katrine Mari Owe, Kari Bø, Elisabeth K Bjelland
BACKGROUND: Women with high levels of physical exercise have increased demand for oxygen and nutrients. Thus, in pregnancies of women with high levels of exercise it is conceivable that the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the placenta is sub-optimal, and growth could be impaired. OBJECTIVE: To study the association of frequency of exercise during pregnancy with placental weight and placental to birthweight ratio. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective study of 80,515 singleton pregnancies in the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Eran Weiner, Letizia Schreiber, Ehud Grinstein, Ohad Feldstein, Noa Rymer-Haskel, Jacob Bar, Michal Kovo
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to compare obstetric outcome and placental-histopathology in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia with severe features with and without HELLP syndrome. METHODS: Labor, maternal characteristics, neonatal outcome and placental histopathology of pregnancies complicated with severe preeclampsia during 2008-2015 were reviewed. Results were compared between those without signs of HELLP syndrome (severe preeclampsia group) and those with concomitant HELLP syndrome (HELLP group)...
November 2016: Placenta
Junichi Hasegawa, Nao Suzuki
Since superb Micro-vascular Imaging (SMI) is a new blood flow imaging technique that employs a unique algorithm to minimize motion artifacts, it can visualize low-velocity blood flow in small vessels. We demonstrate SMI imaging of the placental infarction in a case with fetal growth restriction, comparing a normal placenta on the same gestation. While SMI image in normal placenta clearly shows structures from the branching vessels to the peripheral villous trees in the cotyledons, they could not be seen in the case of fetal growth restriction...
November 2016: Placenta
Olivia Cambiaso, De-Peng Zhao, Jose I Abasolo, Horacio A Aiello, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore, Lucas Otaño
INTRODUCTION: The type of cord insertion within monochorionic twin pairs could be different. The purpose of study is to evaluate the association of different combinations of placental umbilical cord insertions with birth weight discordance in a large cohort of monochorionic twins. METHODS: All consecutive monochorionic placentas from either uncomplicated twin pregnancies or with fetal weight discordance examined and injected with color dye at our centers were included in this study (n = 374)...
November 2016: Placenta
Yao Wang, Guiying Nie
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia (PE) is a life-threatening pregnancy disorder characterized by wide-spread endothelial dysfunction. Placental factors circulating in the maternal blood are believed to cause endothelial dysfunction. Our previous study identified HtrA4 as a placenta-specific serine protease that is released into the maternal circulation and significantly increased in early-onset PE. In this study, we examined the impact of HtrA4 on expression of endothelial genes related to vessel biology, using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) as a model...
November 2016: Placenta
Edward Corry, Fionnuala Mone, Ricardo Segurado, Paul Downey, Peter McParland, Fionnuala M McAuliffe, Eoghan E Mooney
INTRODUCTION: The objectives of this study were firstly to determine the proportion of placental pathology in fetuses affected by trisomy 21 (T21) using current pathological descriptive terminology and secondly to examine if a correlation existed between the finding of an abnormal umbilical artery Doppler (UAD) waveform, the presence of T21 and defined placental pathological categories. METHODS: This case-control study assessed singleton fetuses with karyotypically confirmed trisomy 21 where placental histopathology had been conducted from 2003 to 2015 inclusive, within a university tertiary obstetric centre...
November 2016: Placenta
Josef Reznicek, Martina Ceckova, Lenka Tupova, Frantisek Staud
INTRODUCTION: All HIV positive pregnant women should receive combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) to prevent mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) of the virus. It has recently been shown that fetal exposure of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTIs) tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF) and abacavir is decreased by placental ABC transporters p-glycoprotein (ABCB1) and BCRP (ABCG2). The aim of this study was to evaluate transporter-mediated drug-drug interactions (DDI) between etravirine (TMC125), a novel non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor used in cART, and the NRTIs and to assess the relevance of such DDI for transplacental pharmacokinetics of TDF and abacavir...
November 2016: Placenta
Wenyang Hou, Didem P Sarikaya, Loydie A Jerome-Majewska
INTRODUCTION: Chorioallantoic fusion is essential for development of the labyrinth layer of the mouse placenta. However, events that occur after chorioallantoic attachment remain poorly described, partly due to difficulties of conducting ex vivo analysis of the placenta. Herein, we report conditions for ex vivo culture of the developing murine placenta. METHODS: Mesometrial halves of decidua containing pre-attachment chorions were cultured alone or with explants of allantoides from stage-matched controls and analyzed by confocal and immunofluorescence microscopy...
November 2016: Placenta
Julie Bergeron, Noha Gerges, Clémence Guiraut, Djordje Grbic, Marie-Julie Allard, Louis-Charles Fortier, Cathy Vaillancourt, Guillaume Sébire
Infection or inflammation during pregnancy is known to lead to maternal immune activation triggering a fetal inflammatory response syndrome associated with deleterious effects, such as brain injury and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Group B Streptococcus (GBS) - one of the most common bacterium colonizing pregnant women - can be responsible for chorioamnionitis. Given that interleukin (IL)-1β has a major role in anti-GBS host defense, we hypothesized that IL-1β-driven innate immune response is implicated in GBS-induced chorioamnionitis...
November 2016: Placenta
Nathália Azevedo Portilho, Priscila Tavares Guedes, B Anne Croy, Marcelo Pelajo-Machado
Previous studies have shown that human and mouse placentas have hematopoietic potential during mid-gestation. In this investigation, we used histological and immunohistological approaches to visualize hematopoietic cells in mouse placenta between 9.5 and 12.5 days of gestation (gd), identifying their topography and niche. Putative hematopoietic foci were present on 10.5 and 11.5 gd but not 9.5 or 12.5 gd and was restricted to the placental labyrinth. Two major niches each with distinctive hematopoietic cell clusters were present...
November 2016: Placenta
Chiara Tersigni, Fiorella Di Nicuolo, Giuseppe Maulucci, Alessandro Rolfo, Domenica Giuffrida, Manuela Veglia, Marco De Spirito, Giovanni Scambia, Tullia Todros, Nicoletta Di Simone
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality worldwide. It is defined by new onset of hypertension and proteinuria after the 20th week of gestation and characterized by systemic exaggerated inflammatory response. D6 is a chemokines scavenger receptor that binds with high affinity CC chemokines, internalizes and targets the ligands for degradation. It is expressed in trophoblast-derived tissues and prevents excessive placenta leukocyte infiltration...
2016: PloS One
Elke Winterhager
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2016: Stem Cell Investigation
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