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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543886/human-hairless-protein-roles-in-skin-hair-and-emerging-connections-to-brain-and-other-cancers
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Anas Maatough, G Kerr Whitfield, Lemlem Brook, David Hsieh, Patricia Palade, Jui-Cheng Hsieh
The mammalian hairless protein (HR) is a 130 kDa nuclear transcription factor that is essential for proper skin and hair follicle function. Previous studies have focused on the role of HR in skin maintenance and hair cycling. However, hairless gene (HR) is also expressed in brain and other tissues, where its role remains poorly understood. HR has been reported to contain functional domains that potentially serve in DNA binding, histone demethylation, nuclear translocation signal, and protein-protein interactions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542500/uterine-and-systemic-inflammation-influences-ovarian-follicular-function-in-postpartum-dairy-cows
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Soon Hon Cheong, Ocilon G Sá Filho, Victor A Absalon-Medina, Augusto Schneider, W R Butler, Robert O Gilbert
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of uterine and systemic inflammatory responses to uterine bacterial contamination at calving in dairy cows on the growth and ovulatory outcomes of the first dominant follicle postpartum. Ovulatory capability of the first dominant follicle postpartum was predicted in 53 multiparous cows by using a combination of follicle growth characteristics and circulating estradiol concentrations. Endotoxin levels were assayed in follicular fluid samples that were aspirated the day after ovulatory outcome prediction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536663/endometriosis-nodule-causing-spontaneous-haemoperitoneum-in-pregnancy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Junaid Rafi, Geetha Mahindrakar, Debjani Mukhopadhyay
Spontaneous haemoperitoneum in pregnancy (SHiP) due to endometriosis is a very rare condition and this is a case of a 41-year-old primigravida, who presented at 32 weeks with sudden onset of severe lower abdominal pain without any uterine activity. This was a dichorionic-diamniotic twin pregnancy, following in vitro fertilisation for subfertility secondary to severe endometriosis. On admission, pain score was eight, with ten being the maximum of the scale. The vital signs were stable. Abdominal palpation revealed generalised tenderness with no guarding or palpable contraction...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536048/cell-free-dna-inflammation-and-the-initiation-of-spontaneous-term-labor
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Christina A Herrera, Jay Stoerker, John Carlquist, Gregory J Stoddard, Marc Jackson, Sean Esplin, Nancy C Rose
BACKGROUND: Hypomethylated cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from senescent placental trophoblasts may be involved in the activation of the inflammatory cascade to initiate labor. OBJECTIVE: To determine the changes in cfDNA concentrations, the methylation ratio, and inflammatory markers between women in labor at term versus women without labor. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective cohort study, eligible participants carried a non- anomalous singleton fetus...
May 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532844/effects-of-d-cloprostenol-on-different-layers-and-regions-of-the-bovine-uterus-during-the-follicular-and-luteal-phases
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M Piccinno, R L Sciorsci, V Masciopinto, M De Rosa, A Rizzo
INTRODUCTION: D-cloprostenol is a synthetic PGF2α, commonly used in bovine reproduction, that increases myometral contractility. However, little is known regarding its contractile behaviour and how it depends on the reproductive state and uterine topography (regions and muscular layers). HYPOTHESIS AND OBJECTIVES: These aspects would affect the action of d-cloprostenol on the uterus. Therefore, we hypothesize a possible use of this drug at the time of artificial insemination, to improve conception rates and, in the post-partum, in order to accelerate uterine involution in dairy cattle...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531272/a-novel-isoform-of-tet1-that-lacks-a-cxxc-domain-is-overexpressed-in-cancer
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Charly R Good, Jozef Madzo, Bela Patel, Shinji Maegawa, Nora Engel, Jaroslav Jelinek, Jean-Pierre J Issa
TET1 oxidizes methylated cytosine into 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), resulting in regulation of DNA methylation and gene expression. Full length TET1 (TET1FL) has a CXXC domain that binds to unmethylated CpG islands (CGIs). This CXXC domain allows TET1 to protect CGIs from aberrant methylation, but it also limits its ability to regulate genes outside of CGIs. Here, we report a novel isoform of TET1 (TET1ALT) that has a unique transcription start site from an alternate promoter in intron 2, yielding a protein with a unique translation start site...
May 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529323/an-immunogenic-phenotype-in-paternal-antigen-specific-cd8-t-cells-at-embryo-implantation-elicits-later-fetal-loss-in-mice
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Lachlan M Moldenhauer, Kerrilyn R Diener, John D Hayball, Sarah A Robertson
Central to pregnancy success is a state of T cell tolerance to paternal antigens, which is initiated at conception. The role and regulation of specific phenotypes of CD8(+) T cells in mediating pregnancy tolerance is not clear. This study aimed to investigate the impact on pregnancy outcome of altering the cytokine environment during maternal CD8(+) T cell priming in early pregnancy. Transgenic Act-mOVA male mice were mated to C57BL/6 (B6) females to generate fetuses expressing ovalbumin (OVA) as a model paternal antigen...
May 22, 2017: Immunology and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526519/oxytocin-administration-during-spontaneous-labor-guidelines-for-clinical-practice-chapter-4-oxytocin-efficiency-according-to-implementation-in-insufficient-spontaneous-labor
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Bénédicte Coulm, Véronique Tessier
AIM: To describe the optimal procedures for administering oxytocin in cases of insufficient uterine contractility during spontaneous labor and the maternal and fetal monitoring to accompany it. METHODS: Systematic review of the literature by consultation of the Medline, Micromedex, and Cochrane databases, and international guidelines. RESULTS: Oxytocin must be administered only in hospital settings and monitored according to a written departmental protocol...
May 16, 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526042/c-kit-receptor-immunopositive-interstitial-cells-cajal-type-in-the-porcine-reproductive-tract
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Malgorzata Domino, Bartosz Pawlinski, Romuald Zabielski, Zdzislaw Gajewski
BACKGROUND: Interstitial Cajal cells have been suspected as being the pacemaker cells of smooth muscle motor activity and discharging slow triggering waves in the gut as well as in other organs containing smooth muscles where they are known as interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICLC). The present study describes ICLC localization and density in the porcine oviduct and uterus. Differences in ICLC density were examined using histological, immunohistochemical and immunofluorescent methods and c-kit expression was determined...
May 19, 2017: Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524718/placental-protein-13-pp13-induced-vasodilation-of-resistance-arteries-from-pregnant-and-nonpregnant-rats-occurs-via-endothelial-signaling-pathways
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Tijana Drobnjak, Sveinbjörn Gizurarson, Natalia I Gokina, Hamutal Meiri, Maurizio Mandalá, Berthold Huppertz, George Osol
Placental protein 13 (PP13) induces hypotension in rats. This study aims to evaluate PP13 effects on isolated uterine arteries from nonpregnant and mid-pregnant rats. Vessels were isolated, cannulated, and pressurized to 50 mmHg within an arteriograph, preconstricted and exposed to increasing PP13 concentrations (10(-13)-10(-8) M). PP13 elicited 38-50% arterial vasodilation with half-maximum response (EC50) = 1 pM. The relaxation was mediated by activating the endothelial-signaling pathways of prostaglandin and nitric oxide (NO)...
May 19, 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521396/inhibition-of-mmp-9-expression-by-ritonavir-or-saquinavir-is-associated-with-inactivation-of-the-akt-fra-1-pathway-in-cervical-intraepithelial-neoplasia-cells
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Ilaria Bacigalupo, Clelia Palladino, Patrizia Leone, Elena Toschi, Cecilia Sgadari, Barbara Ensoli, Giovanni Barillari
A reduced incidence and decreased clinical progression of uterine cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) has been observed in women infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) treated with HIV-protease inhibitors (PIs). The HIV-PIs saquinavir (SQV) and ritonavir (RTV) have been demonstrated to efficiently inhibit invasion of human primary CIN cells by downregulating the expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9. The present study further investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the activity of SQV and RTV in CIN...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515367/association-of-impaired-neuronal-migration-with-cognitive-deficits-in-extremely-preterm-infants
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Ken-Ichiro Kubo, Kimiko Deguchi, Taku Nagai, Yukiko Ito, Keitaro Yoshida, Toshihiro Endo, Seico Benner, Wei Shan, Ayako Kitazawa, Michihiko Aramaki, Kazuhiro Ishii, Minkyung Shin, Yuki Matsunaga, Kanehiro Hayashi, Masaki Kakeyama, Chiharu Tohyama, Kenji F Tanaka, Kohichi Tanaka, Sachio Takashima, Masahiro Nakayama, Masayuki Itoh, Yukio Hirata, Barbara Antalffy, Dawna D Armstrong, Kiyofumi Yamada, Ken Inoue, Kazunori Nakajima
Many extremely preterm infants (born before 28 gestational weeks [GWs]) develop cognitive impairment in later life, although the underlying pathogenesis is not yet completely understood. Our examinations of the developing human neocortex confirmed that neuronal migration continues beyond 23 GWs, the gestational week at which extremely preterm infants have live births. We observed larger numbers of ectopic neurons in the white matter of the neocortex in human extremely preterm infants with brain injury and hypothesized that altered neuronal migration may be associated with cognitive impairment in later life...
May 18, 2017: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512147/nrf2-inactivation-enhances-placental-angiogenesis-in-a-preeclampsia-mouse-model-and-improves-maternal-and-fetal-outcomes
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Masahiro Nezu, Tomokazu Souma, Lei Yu, Hiroki Sekine, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Andrew Zu-Sern Wei, Sadayoshi Ito, Akiyoshi Fukamizu, Zsuzsanna K Zsengeller, Tomohiro Nakamura, Atsushi Hozawa, S Ananth Karumanchi, Norio Suzuki, Masayuki Yamamoto
Placental activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays a key role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are thought to affect placental angiogenesis, which is critical for preventing preeclampsia pathology. We examined the role of ROS in preeclampsia by genetically modifying the Keap1-Nrf2 pathway, a cellular antioxidant defense system, in a mouse model of RAS-induced preeclampsia. Nrf2 deficiency would be expected to impair cellular antioxidant responses; however, Nrf2 deficiency in preeclamptic mice improved maternal and fetal survival, ameliorated intra-uterine growth retardation, and augmented oxidative DNA damage...
May 16, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511577/sonographic-assessment-of-the-lower-uterine-segment-during-active-labor-in-women-with-or-without-a-uterine-scar-a-prospective-study
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Eran Barzilay, Amir Shay, Hila Lahav-Ezra, Avi Shina, Sharon Perlman, Reuven Achiron, Yinon Gilboa
OBJECTIVES: No study thus far has evaluated the LUS thickness in active labor. In this study we endeavored to assess the LUS during active labor. METHODS: Using transabdominal sonography in the mid-sagittal position with a full urinary bladder, the thickness of the LUS was measured during active labor phase in women with or without a history of a previous cesarean section. RESULTS: A total of 28 women with a previous cesarean delivery were compared to 29 women without a history of uterine surgery...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507380/malaria-and-diabetes
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Sanjay Kalra, Deepak Khandelwal, Rajiv Singla, Sameer Aggarwal, Deep Dutta
Both malaria and diabetes are more common in the developing world, and are major public health challenges. A direct relationship between these 2 conditions has not been evaluated. This review article assessed the literature guaging the relationship between these two conditions, and suggests a pragmatic approach to management. References for this review were identified through searches of PubMed, Medline, and Embase for articles published to October 2016 using the terms "diabetes" [MeSH Terms] AND "malaria" [All Fields]...
May 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506758/decreased-homodimerization-and-increased-timp-1-complexation-of-uteroplacental-and-uterine-arterial-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-during-hypertension-in-pregnancy
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Juanjuan Chen, Zongli Ren, Minglin Zhu, Raouf A Khalil
Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy manifested as hypertension-in-pregnancy (HTN-Preg) and often intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). Placental ischemia could be an initiating event, but the molecular mechanisms are unclear. To test the hypothesis that dimerization of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) plays a role in HTN-Preg and IUGR, the levels/activity of MMP-9, tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP-1), and their dimerization forms were measured in the placenta, uterus, and uterine artery of normal pregnant (Preg) rats and a rat model of reduced uteroplacental perfusion pressure (RUPP)...
May 12, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504476/thirty-years-of-interferon-tau-research-past-present-and-future-perspective
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Kazuhiko Imakawa, Rulan Bai, Keigo Nakamura, Kazuya Kusama
The year 2017 marks the 30th year since the discovery was made of amino acid and complementary DNA sequences of ovine trophoblast protein-1 (oTP-1), later renamed as interferon-tau (IFNτ). Ovine TP-1 was originally found as a secretory product of sheep conceptuses that rescues maternal corpus luteum (CL) and in fact, the uterine infusion of oTP-1 extended inter-estrous intervals. Finding this signaling molecule as an IFN-like sequence was surprising to the scientific community in reproduction because a homologous molecule in humans possesses anti-viral and anti-prolific activity and is often used in human medicines...
May 15, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498625/biomechanics-of-the-human-uterus
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REVIEW
Kristin M Myers, David Elad
The appropriate biomechanical function of the uterus is required for the execution of human reproduction. These functions range from aiding the transport of the embryo to the implantation site, to remodeling its tissue walls to host the placenta, to protecting the fetus during gestation, to contracting forcefully for a safe parturition and postpartum, to remodeling back to its nonpregnant condition to renew the cycle of menstruation. To serve these remarkably diverse functions, the uterus is optimally geared with evolving and contractile muscle and tissue layers that are cued by chemical, hormonal, electrical, and mechanical signals...
May 12, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494996/prediction-of-labor-onset-type-spontaneous-vs-induced-role-of-electrohysterography
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Jose Alberola-Rubio, Javier Garcia-Casado, Gema Prats-Boluda, Yiyao Ye-Lin, Domingo Desantes, Javier Valero, Alfredo Perales
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Induction of labor (IOL) is a medical procedure used to initiate uterine contractions to achieve delivery. IOL entails medical risks and has a significant impact on both the mother's and newborn's well-being. The assistance provided by an automatic system to help distinguish patients that will achieve labor spontaneously from those that will need late-term IOL would help clinicians and mothers to take an informed decision about prolonging pregnancy. With this aim, we developed and evaluated predictive models using not only traditional obstetrical data but also electrophysiological parameters derived from the electrohysterogram (EHG)...
June 2017: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487952/expression-of-reproductive-hormone-receptors-and-contraction%C3%A2-associated-genes-in-porcine-uterus-during-the-estrous-cycle
#20
Sung-Min An, Sun Suk Kim, Jun Kim, Mee-Na Park, Jae-Eon Lee, Seong Keun Cho, Kyu-Sup Lee, Beum-Soo An
Contraction of uterus tissue frequently occurs throughout the estrous cycle and is regulated by several endogenous factors, including estradiol, progesterone, luteinizing hormone, follicle‑stimulating hormone, oxytocin (OXT) and contraction‑associated proteins (CAPs). Contraction activity of uterus tissue according to the estrous cycle is important, due to the fact that it is directly associated with balanced implantation and stable pregnancy. However, few studies have examined the mechanism of uterus contraction activity in a porcine model...
June 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
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