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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820372/microcephaly-caused-by-lymphocytic-choriomeningitis-virus
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Maia Delaine, Anne-Sophie Weingertner, Antoine Nougairede, Quentin Lepiller, Samira Fafi-Kremer, Romain Favre, Rémi Charrel
We report congenital microencephaly caused by infection with lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in the fetus of a 29-year-old pregnant women at 23 weeks' gestation. The diagnosis was made by ultrasonography and negative results for other agents and confirmed by a positive PCR result for lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus in an amniotic fluid sample.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817205/amniotic-fluid-embolism-mortality-rate
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Michael D Benson
AIM: The objective of this study was to determine the mortality rate of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) using population-based studies and case series. METHODS: A literature search was conducted using the two key words: 'amniotic fluid embolism (AFE)' AND 'mortality rate'. Thirteen population-based studies were evaluated, as well as 36 case series including at least two patients. RESULTS: The mortality rate from population-based studies varied from 11% to 44%...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813455/maternal-serum-c-reactive-protein-concentration-and-intra-amniotic-inflammation-in-women-with-preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes
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Ivana Musilova, Marian Kacerovsky, Martin Stepan, Tomas Bestvina, Lenka Pliskova, Barbora Zednikova, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate maternal serum C-reactive protein (CRP) concentrations in pregnancies complicated by preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) in relation to the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and/or intra-amniotic inflammation (IAI). METHODS: Two hundred and eighty-seven women with singleton pregnancies complicated by PPROM between 2014 and 2016 were included in this study. Maternal blood and amniotic fluid samples were collected at the time of admission...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807394/preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-the-membranes-a-disease-of-the-fetal-membranes
#4
Ramkumar Menon, Lauren S Richardson
Preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes (pPROM) remains a significant obstetric problem that affects 3-4% of all pregnancies and precedes 40-50% of all preterm births. pPROM arises from complex, multifaceted pathways. In this review, we summarize some old concepts and introduce some novel theories related to pPROM pathophysiology. Specifically, we introduce the concept that pPROM is a disease of the fetal membranes where inflammation-oxidative stress axis plays a major role in producing pathways that can lead to membrane weakening through a variety of processes...
August 11, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806537/effect-of-oral-hydration-on-external-cephalic-version-at-term
#5
Virna Franca Zobbi, Antonella Nespoli, Elisa Spreafico, Roberta Recalcati, Federica Loi, Antonietta Scian, Stefania Galimberti
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of oral hydration on the success rate of external cephalic version (ECV). DESIGN: Randomized controlled and single-blind trial. SETTING: Academic tertiary hospital with approximately 3,000 births annually. PARTICIPANTS: One hundred sixty-four women at a gestational age of at least 37 weeks with breech-presenting fetuses and normal amniotic fluid indexes (AFIs). METHODS: Participants were randomly assigned to drink 2000 ml or no more than 100 ml of water in the 2 hours before undergoing ECV...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805615/prenatal-diagnosis-of-holoprosencephaly-associated-with-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome-slos-in-a-46-xx-fetus
#6
André Travessa, Patrícia Dias, Pedro Rocha, Ana Berta Sousa
OBJECTIVE: To show the importance of measuring cholesterol precursor levels in amniotic fluid in all pregnancies with ultrasound features (such as holoprosencephaly) suggestive of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), after exclusion of chromosomal anomalies. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman, gravida 1 para 0, performed chorionic villus sampling for fetal karyotyping at 13 weeks of gestation due to positive combined first trimester screening in a fetus with increased nuchal translucency and suspected holoprosencephaly...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805106/measuring-fetal-brain-and-lung-transcripts-in-amniotic-fluid-supernatant-a-comparison-of-digital-pcr-and-rt-qpcr-methods
#7
Lisa Hui, Sally Beard, Natalie J Hannan
PURPOSE: Amniotic fluid (AF) cell-free RNA is a promising source of information regarding fetal physiology. Digital PCR (dPCR) is a direct approach to nucleic acid detection that reports absolute transcript copy number. The aim of this study was to compare quantification of cell-free fetal brain and lung RNA transcripts in AF by reverse transcription-qPCR and dPCR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective hospital-based study performed in 2016-2017. Pulmonary genes were quantified in term AF samples collected at elective cesarean birth; neurodevelopmental genes were measured in preterm samples (< 34 weeks) obtained from women undergoing clinically-indicated amniocentesis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804622/human-placental-growth-hormone-in-normal-and-abnormal-fetal-growth
#8
Alexandros Velegrakis, Maria Sfakiotaki, Stavros Sifakis
Human placental growth hormone (PGH), encoded by the growth hormone (GH) variant gene on chromosome 17, is expressed in the syncytiotrophoblast and extravillous cytotrophoblast layers of the human placenta. Its maternal serum levels increase throughout pregnancy, and gradually replaces the pulsatile secreted pituitary GH. PGH is also detectable in cord blood and in the amniotic fluid. This placental-origin hormone stimulates glyconeogenesis, lipolysis and anabolism in maternal organs, and influences fetal growth, placental development and maternal adaptation to pregnancy...
August 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804563/count-based-size-correction-analysis-of-maternal-plasma-dna-for-improved-noninvasive-prenatal-detection-of-fetal-trisomies-13-18-and-21
#9
Li Zhang, Qian Zhu, He Wang, Shanling Liu
PURPOSE: Our goal was to derive more sensitive and accurate Z-scores based on combined DNA count- and size-based algorithms to advance molecular diagnostics for noninvasive prenatal testing of fetal trisomies. METHODS: We included 180 cases at high risk for fetal aneuploidy who underwent amniotic fluid cytogenetic analysis. We calculated their traditional count-based Z-scores, as well as their 100-, 130- and 150-, and 166-bp size-corrected Z-scores, and determined each Z-score's reliability based on its comparison to the cases' cytogenetic results...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803541/ion-exchange-chromatography-purification-of-extracellular-vesicles
#10
Maja Kosanović, Bojana Milutinović, Sanja Goč, Ninoslav Mitić, Miroslava Janković
Despite numerous studies, isolating pure preparations of extracellular vesicles (EVs) has proven challenging. Here, we compared ion-exchange chromatography (IEC) to the widely used sucrose density gradient (SDG) centrifugation method for the purification of EVs. EVs in bulk were isolated from pooled normal human amniotic fluid (AF) by differential centrifugation followed by IEC or sucrose density gradient separation. The purity of the isolated EVs was evaluated by electrophoresis and lectin blotting/immuno blotting to monitor the distribution of total proteins, different EVs markers, and selected N-glycans...
August 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801056/clinical-evaluation-of-the-new-roche-platform-of-serological-and-molecular-cytomegalovirus-specific-assays-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-congenital-cytomegalovirus-infection
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Angela Chiereghin, Claudia Pavia, Liliana Gabrielli, Giulia Piccirilli, Diego Squarzoni, Gabriele Turello, Dino Gibertoni, Giuliana Simonazzi, Maria Grazia Capretti, Marcello Lanari, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Clinical evaluation of the Elecsys(®) CMV IgM, IgG, IgG Avidity and COBAS AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan CMV (COBAS CMV) assays (Roche Diagnostics AG) in the diagnosis and prognosis of congenital CMV infection was performed. In this study, 150 preselected clinical samples (50 primary infection sera, 50 amniotic fluid [AF] and 50 newborn urine) were processed using Roche serological/molecular CMV-specific tests. Results were compared with those obtained by routine assays (comparator assays). The Elecsys(®) CMV IgM and IgG assays showed a perfect agreement (100%) with the comparator assays...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798738/zika-virus-an-emerging-worldwide-threat
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Irfan A Rather, Jameel B Lone, Vivek K Bajpai, Woon K Paek, Jeongheui Lim
ZIKA virus (ZIKV) poses a severe threat to the world. Recent outbreaks of ZIKV after 2007 along with its quick transmission have made this virus a matter of international concern. The virus shows symptoms that are similar to those caused in the wake of dengue virus (DENV) and other flaviviruses, which makes it difficult to discern the viral infection. Diagnosis is further complicated as the virus cross-reacts with antibodies of other viruses. Currently, molecular diagnosis of the virus is being performed by RT-PCR and IgM-captured enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797201/meconium-staining-of-the-amniotic-fluid-and-the-presence-and-severity-of-acute-placental-inflammation-a-study-of-term-deliveries-in-a-predominantly-african-american-population
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Haleema Saeed, Suzanne M Jacques, Faisal Qureshi
OBJECTIVE: To determine frequency, stage and grade of placental histologic acute maternal inflammatory response (MIR) and fetal inflammatory response (FIR) in meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) in our predominantly African-American population. METHODS: Term placentas with MSAF (n = 310) were evaluated for MIR/ FIR, including stage/grade, and compared with placentas with clear amniotic fluid (AF) (n = 250). MIR/FIR were also evaluated in thick compared to thin MSAF subgroups...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796999/preterm-prelabor-rupture-of-membranes-between-34-and-37-weeks-a-point-of-care-test-of-vaginal-fluid-interleukin-6-concentrations-for-a-noninvasive-detection-of-intra-amniotic-inflammation
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Marian Kacerovsky, Ivana Musilova, Tomas Bestvina, Martin Stepan, Teresa Cobo, Bo Jacobsson
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate whether a previously reported vaginal fluid point-of-care interleukin (IL)-6 cut-off value of 2,500 pg/mL can be used for the identification intra-amniotic inflammation in women with preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM) between 34 and 37 weeks. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective cohort study was conducted in women with singleton gestation complicated by PPROM between 34 + 0 and 36 + 6 weeks. Vaginal fluid was successfully obtained in 118 women from the posterior vaginal fornix via aspiration using a sterile urine sample tube with a suction tip...
August 10, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792998/validation-of-qf-pcr-for-prenatal-diagnoses-in-a-brazilian-population
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Renata Wendel de Moraes, Mario Henrique Burlacchini de Carvalho, Antonio Gomes de Amorim-Filho, Rossana Pulcineli Vieira Francisco, Renata Moscolini Romão, José Eduardo Levi, Marcelo Zugaib
OBJECTIVES: Quantitative fluorescence polymerase chain reaction (QF-PCR) is a rapid and reliable method for screening aneuploidies, but in Brazil, it is not used in public services. We investigated the accuracy of QF-PCR for the prenatal recognition of common aneuploidies and compared these results with cytogenetic results in our laboratory. METHOD: A ChromoQuant QF-PCR kit containing 24 primer pairs targeting loci on chromosomes 21, 13, 18, X and Y was employed to identify aneuploidies of the referred chromosomes...
July 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792066/advances-in-the-analysis-of-less-conventional-human-body-fluids-an-overview-of-the-ce-and-hplc-ms-applications-in-the-years-2015-2017
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Monica Di Venere, Simona Viglio, Maddalena Cagnone, Anna Bardoni, Roberta Salvini, Paolo Iadarola
Aim of this article is to focus the attention of the reader on the application of CE/MS and LC/MS to the analysis of human body fluids not currently used for the diagnosis of disorders and, for this reason, catalogued as "less-/non-conventional" fluids, i.e. tears, nasal secretions, cerumen, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, sputum, exhaled breath condensate, nipple aspirate, breast milk, amniotic fluid, bile, seminal plasma, liposuction aspirate fluid and synovial fluid. The pool of articles presented in this report demonstrates that, rather than being neglected, these fluids are an important resource for the evaluation of possible pathologic conditions...
August 9, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791262/clinical-characteristics-of-pregnancies-complicated-by-congenital-myotonic-dystrophy
#17
Cheonga Yee, Suk-Joo Choi, Soo-Young Oh, Chang-Seok Ki, Cheong-Rae Roh, Jong-Hwa Kim
OBJECTIVE: Although the conventional prevalence of myotonic dystrophy is 1:8,000, the prevalence in Korean population was recently reported as 1:1,245. With higher domestic result than expected, we aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics of pregnancies complicated by congenital myotonic dystrophy in our institution. METHODS: We have reviewed 11 paired cases of neonates diagnosed with congenital myotonic dystrophy and their mothers between July 2004 and May 2014, with clinical features including maternal history of infertility, prenatal ultrasonographic findings, and neonatal outcomes...
July 2017: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790549/genetic-counseling-and-prenatal-diagnosis-of-triploidy-during-the-second-trimester-of-pregnancy
#18
Milenko Kolarski, Begzudin Ahmetovic, Maja Beres, Radomir Topic, Vedran Nikic, Ivana Kavecan, Semin Sabic
INTRODUCTION: Triploidy is a lethal chromosomal numeric abnormality, characterized on extra haploid set of chromosomes. It occurs in 2 to 3% of conceptuses and accounts for approximately 20% of chromosomally abnormal first-trimester miscarriages. As such, triploidy is estimated to occur in 1 of 3,500 pregnancies at 12 weeks', 1 in 30,000 at 16 weeks', and 1 in 250,000 at 20 weeks' gestation. CASE REPORT: We present a case of second-trimester triploidy diagnosed prenataly at our center...
April 2017: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783687/group-b-streptococcus-circumvents-neutrophils-and-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-during-amniotic-cavity-invasion-and-preterm-labor
#19
Erica Boldenow, Claire Gendrin, Lisa Ngo, Craig Bierle, Jay Vornhagen, Michelle Coleman, Sean Merillat, Blair Armistead, Christopher Whidbey, Varchita Alishetti, Veronica Santana-Ufret, Jason Ogle, Michael Gough, Sengkeo Srinouanprachanh, James W MacDonald, Theo K Bammler, Aasthaa Bansal, H Denny Liggitt, Lakshmi Rajagopal, Kristina M Adams Waldorf
Preterm birth is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. Although microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) is associated with most early preterm births, the temporal events that occur during MIAC and preterm labor are not known. Group B streptococci (GBS) are β-hemolytic, Gram-positive bacteria, which commonly colonize the vagina but have been recovered from the amniotic fluid in preterm birth cases. To understand temporal events that occur during MIAC, we used a chronically catheterized nonhuman primate model that closely emulates human pregnancy...
October 14, 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782398/perinatal-outcomes-in-uncomplicated-late-preterm-pregnancies-with-borderline-oligohydramnios
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Erdem Sahin, Yusuf Madendag, Ahter Tanay Tayyar, Mefkure Eraslan Sahin, Ilknur Col Madendag, Gokhan Acmaz, Deniz Unsal, Vesile Senol
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to determine the adverse perinatal outcomes in uncomplicated late preterm pregnancies with borderline oligohydramnios. METHODS: A total of 430 pregnant women with an uncomplicated singleton pregnancy at a gestational age of 34 + 0-36 + 6 weeks were included. Borderline oligohydramnios was defined as an amniotic fluid index (AFI) of 5.1-8 cm, which was measured using the four-quadrant technique. Adverse perinatal outcomes were compared between the borderline and normal AFI groups...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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