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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815944/neonatal-fractures-as-a-presenting-feature-of-lmod3-associated-congenital-myopathy
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Megan Abbott, Mahim Jain, Rachel Pferdehirt, Yuqing Chen, Alyssa Tran, Mehmet B Duz, Mehmet Seven, Richard A Gibbs, Donna Muzny, Brendan Lee, Ronit Marom, Lindsay C Burrage
Nemaline myopathy is a rare inherited disorder characterized by weakness, hypotonia, and depressed deep tendon reflexes. It is clinically and genetically heterogeneous, with the most severe phenotype presenting as perinatal akinesia, severe muscle weakness, feeding difficulties and respiratory failure, leading to early mortality. Pathogenic variants in 12 genes, encoding components of the sarcomere or factors related to myogenesis, have been reported in patients affected with the disorder. Here, we describe an early, lethal presentation of decreased fetal movements, hypotonia, muscle weakness, and neonatal respiratory failure requiring ventilator support in three siblings from a consanguineous family...
August 16, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811696/relationship-between-fetal-loss-and-serum-gonadal-hormones-level-in-experimental-antiphospholipid-syndrome-mouse
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Shanmugam Velayuthaprabhu, Arunachalam Chinnathambi, Sulaiman Ali Alharbi, Hidehiko Matsubayashi, Govindaraju Archunan
To investigate the effects of antiphospholipid antibodies on establishment of pregnancy and changes in hormones such as estradiol-17ß (E2) and progesterone (P) levels in circulation. Hence, mice were immunized with human β2-Glycoprotein I (β2GPI) and the effect of these antibodies on fetuses weight, placental obsrvation, Serum levels of P and E2 in pregnant mice, hematological were observed. Immunization of mice with human β2-GPI resulted in elevated levels of antiphospholipid antibodies. The experimentally induced antiphospholipid syndrome mouse showed higher rate of fetal resorption, low number of viable fetuses, and "placental abnormalities"...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: IJCB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808675/acute-appendicitis-in-pregnancy-and-the-developing-world
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Tika Ram Bhandari, Sudha Shahi, Sarita Acharya
BACKGROUND: Acute appendicitis is the commonest nonobstetric surgical emergency during pregnancy. The aim of the study was to compare perioperative outcomes of acute appendicitis in pregnant and nonpregnant patients. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records of 56 pregnant patients between 2011 and 2016 who were compared with 164 nonpregnant women of reproductive age who underwent open appendectomy between 2014 and 2016 for acute appendicitis. The patient's demographics and perioperative data were analyzed...
2017: International Scholarly Research Notices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808079/the-impact-of-iugr-on-pancreatic-islet-development-and-%C3%AE-cell-function
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Brit H Boehmer, Sean W Limesand, Paul J Rozance
Placental insufficiency is a primary cause of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR). IUGR increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) throughout life, which indicates that insults from placental insufficiency impair β-cell development during the perinatal period because β-cells have a central role in the regulation of glucose tolerance. The severely IUGR fetal pancreas is characterized by smaller islets, less β-cells, and lower insulin secretion. Because of the important associations among impaired islet growth, β-cell dysfunction, impaired fetal growth, and the propensity for T2DM, significant progress has been made in understanding the pathophysiology of IUGR and programing events in the fetal endocrine pancreas...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807814/development-of-a-chromosomal-microarray-test-for-the-detection-of-abnormalities-in-formalin-fixed-paraffin-embedded-products-of-conception-specimens
#5
Troy J Gliem, Umut Aypar
Testing the products of conception (POC) provides information regarding the cause of fetal loss, and helps determine the recurrence risk for future losses and chromosome abnormalities in subsequent pregnancies. Historically, the Mayo Clinic Cytogenetics Laboratory performed targeted fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) testing to identify aneuploidy of only certain chromosomes in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) POC samples. Chromosomal microarray (CMA) studies utilizing the Affymetrix OncoScan™ FFPE Assay can detect copy number changes across the genome...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805919/cows-exposed-to-heat-stress-during-fetal-life-exhibit-improved-thermal-tolerance
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B M S Ahmed, U Younas, T O Asar, S Dikmen, P J Hansen, G E Dahl
Maternal heat stress during late gestation affects calf function during postnatal life. The objective of the present study was to evaluate whether calves that experience heat stress in utero have altered thermoregulatory responses to acute heat stress later in life. Specifically, the hypothesis was that heat stress in utero would improve the response to acute heat stress at maturity. Females were born to dams exposed to heat stress or cooled during late gestation preceding their birth. All animals were raised postnatally under identical management...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803863/epidermal-e-cadherin-dependent-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-is-phytochemical-inducible-and-accelerates-anagen-hair-cycling
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Noha S Ahmed, Subhadip Ghatak, Mohamed S El Masry, Surya C Gnyawali, Sashwati Roy, Mohamed Amer, Helen Everts, Chandan K Sen, Savita Khanna
Unlike the epidermis, which regenerates continually, hair follicles anchored in the subcutis periodically regenerate by spontaneous repetitive cycles of growth (anagen), degeneration (catagen), and rest (telogen). The loss of hair follicles in response to injuries or pathologies such as alopecia endangers certain inherent functions of the skin. Thus, it is of interest to understand mechanisms underlying follicular regeneration in adults. In this work, a phytochemical rich in the natural vitamin E tocotrienol (TRF) served as a productive tool to unveil a novel epidermal pathway of hair follicular regeneration...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803846/embryo-survival-and-birth-after-minimum-volume-vitrification-or-slow-freezing-of-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-produced-ovine-embryos
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P C Dos Santos-Neto, F Cuadro, N Barrera, M Crispo, A Menchaca
The objective was to evaluate pregnancy outcomes and birth rate of in vivo derived vs. in vitro produced ovine embryos submitted to different cryopreservation methods. A total of 197 in vivo and 240 in vitro produced embryos were cryopreserved either by conventional freezing, or by vitrification with Cryotop or Spatula MVD methods on Day 6 after insemination/fertilization. After thawing/warming and transfer, embryo survival rate on Day 30 of gestation was affected by the source of the embryos (in vivo 53.3%, in vitro 20...
August 10, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803703/viral-hijacking-of-formins-in-neurodevelopmental-pathologies
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REVIEW
Karen Racicot, Sarah VanOeveren, Art Alberts
The 2015 Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak caused global concern when it was determined to cause microcephaly, hearing loss, and other neurodevelopmental manifestations upon fetal exposure. Significant progress has been made in our understanding of the interactions between ZIKV and the pregnant host, but there is still a critical need to understand how ZIKV and other neurotropic viruses affect fetal neurodevelopment. Diaphanous-related formins (Diaphs) have recently been identified as microcephaly-associated proteins in humans and mice...
August 10, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801532/activation-of-nkx2-5-calr-p53-signaling-pathway-by-hyperglycemia-induces-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-adult-zebrafish
#10
Sun Yanyi, Wang Qiuyun, Fang Yuehua, Wu Chunfang, Lu Guoping, Chen Zhenyue
Hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for diabetic cardiomyopathy in humans; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been thoroughly elucidated. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) was used in this study as a novel vertebrate model to explore the signaling pathways of human adult cardiomyopathy. Hyperglycemia was induced by alternately immersing adult zebrafish in a glucose solution or water. The hyperglycemic fish gradually exhibited some hallmarks of cardiomyopathy such as myocardial hypertrophy and apoptosis, myofibril loss, fetal gene reactivation, and severe arrhythmia...
August 11, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800671/-outcomes-of-planned-out-of-hospital-and-low-risk-hospital-births-in-lower-saxony
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Antje Petersen, Lea-Marie Köhler, Christiane Schwarz, Bernhard Vaske, Mechthild M Gross
Introduction Internationally, there is debate on the safety of different birth settings inside and outside of hospitals. Low-risk women in Germany can choose where they give birth, and out-of-hospital births are especially necessary in regions lacking infrastructure. To date, national studies are required. Materials and Methods We investigated planned out-of-hospital (OH) and hospital births in Lower Saxony, Germany, in 2005. Women with a singleton fetus in the vertex position were included once they reached 34+0 gestational weeks...
August 2017: Zeitschrift Für Geburtshilfe und Neonatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800254/sirt1-protects-against-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-decreasing-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-processes
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Haiyan Chu, Shuai Jiang, Qingmei Liu, Yanyun Ma, Xiaoxia Zhu, Minrui Liang, Xiangguang Shi, Weifeng Ding, Xiaodong Zhou, Hejian Zou, Feng Qian, Philip W Shaul, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is the leading cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) is a deacetylase with known anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity in the liver, kidney and skin. The role of SIRT1 in SSc-related pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. In the present work, we determined that the expression of SIRT1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of SSc patients with pulmonary fibrosis is lower than that in SSc patients without pulmonary fibrosis. In in vivo studies of Bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice, SIRT1 activation with Resveratrol reduced collagen production when it was administered either prophylactically during the inflammatory stage or after the development of fibrosis...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794456/activated-nk-cells-cause-placental-dysfunction-and-miscarriages-in-fetal-alloimmune-thrombocytopenia
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Issaka Yougbaré, Wei-She Tai, Darko Zdravic, Brigitta Elaine Oswald, Sean Lang, Guangheng Zhu, Howard Leong-Poi, Dawei Qu, Lisa Yu, Caroline Dunk, Jianhong Zhang, John G Sled, Stephen J Lye, Jelena Brkić, Chun Peng, Petter Höglund, B Anne Croy, S Lee Adamson, Xiao-Yan Wen, Duncan J Stewart, John Freedman, Heyu Ni
Miscarriage and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) are devastating complications in fetal/neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). We previously reported the mechanisms for bleeding diatheses, but it is unknown whether placental, decidual immune cells or other abnormalities at the maternal-fetal interface contribute to FNAIT. Here we show that maternal immune responses to fetal platelet antigens cause miscarriage and IUGR that are associated with vascular and immune pathologies in murine FNAIT models...
August 9, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794394/review-of-toxicity-studies-of-carbon-nanotubes
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Norihiro Kobayashi, Hiroto Izumi, Yasuo Morimoto
OBJECTIVE: We reviewed studies on pulmonary, reproductive, and developmental toxicity caused by carbon nanotubes (CNTs). In paricular, we analyzed how CNT exposure affects the several processes of pulmonary toxicity, including inflammation, injury, fibrosis, and pulmonary tumors. METHODS: In pulmonary toxicity, there are various processes, including inflammation, injury, fibrosis, respiratory tumor in the lungs, and biopersistence of CNTs and genotoxicity as tumor-related factors, to develop the respiratory tumor...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783242/re-conceptualising-stillbirth-and-revisiting-birth-surveillance
#15
K S Joseph, Melanie Basso, Cheryl Davies, Lily Lee
The increased focus on stillbirth related issues in recent years has brought several previously neglected issues 'out of the shadows' [1] and highlighted the need for greater preventive efforts and better care for bereaved mothers and families. Some issues (such as the option of cesarean delivery for fetal death at late gestation [2], viewing the fetus following pregnancy termination for a fetal anomaly [3,4] and acknowledgement of paternal grief and anxiety [5]) reflect a substantial shift from previous traditions in clinical practice...
August 7, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774704/lim-kinase-function-and-renal-growth-potential-role-for-lim-kinases-in-fetal-programming-of-kidney-development
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Alexander J Sparrow, Dylan Sweetman, Simon J M Welham
AIMS: Maternal dietary restriction during pregnancy impairs nephron development and results in offspring with fewer nephrons. Cell turnover in the early developing kidney is altered by exposure to maternal dietary restriction and may be regulated by the LIM-kinase family of enzymes. We set out to establish whether disturbance of LIM-kinase activity might play a role in the impairment of nephron formation. MAIN METHODS: E12.5 metanephric kidneys and HK2 cells were grown in culture with the pharmacological LIM-kinase inhibitor BMS5...
July 31, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770111/estimates-of-uterine-rupture-bad-outcomes-using-propensity-score-and-determinants-of-uterine-rupture-in-mizan-tepi-university-teaching-hospital-case-control-study
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Tegene Legese Dadi, Teklemariam Ergat Yarinbab
BACKGROUND: Uterine rupture is a tear in the wall of uterus which carries grave risks to the mother as well as her baby. OBJECTIVES: To estimate uterine rupture bad outcomes using propensity score and its determinants in Mizan-Tepi University teaching hospital. METHODS: A case control study on 363 participants, 121 cases and 242 controls, was conducted. Data was analyzed by STATA 14. Propensity score matching analysis was used to see causes...
2017: Journal of Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768735/therapeutic-strategies-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy-smn-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Melissa Bowerman, Catherina G Becker, Rafael J Yáñez-Muñoz, Ke Ning, Matthew J A Wood, Thomas H Gillingwater, Kevin Talbot
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a devastating neuromuscular disorder characterized by loss of motor neurons and muscle atrophy, generally presenting in childhood. SMA is caused by low levels of the survival motor neuron protein (SMN) due to inactivating mutations in the encoding gene SMN1 A second duplicated gene, SMN2, produces very little but sufficient functional protein for survival. Therapeutic strategies to increase SMN are in clinical trials, and the first SMN2-directed antisense oligonucleotide (ASO) therapy has recently been licensed...
August 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765371/zika-plasma-viral-dynamics-in-nonhuman-primates-provides-insights-into-early-infection-and-antiviral-strategies
#19
Katharine Best, Jeremie Guedj, Vincent Madelain, Xavier de Lamballerie, So-Yon Lim, Christa E Osuna, James B Whitney, Alan S Perelson
The recent outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) has been associated with fetal abnormalities and neurological complications, prompting global concern. Here we present a mathematical analysis of the within-host dynamics of plasma ZIKV burden in a nonhuman primate model, allowing for characterization of the growth and clearance of ZIKV within individual macaques. We estimate that the eclipse phase for ZIKV, the time between cell infection and viral production, is most likely short (∼4 h), the median within-host basic reproductive number R0 is 10...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761987/depression-anxiety-and-mental-health-service-experiences-of-women-with-a-twin-twin-transfusion-syndrome-pregnancy
#20
Lynn Falletta, Rebecca Fischbein, Surya Sruthi Bhamidipalli, Lauren Nicholas
Symptoms of emotional distress during and after pregnancy may be introduced or exacerbated by unexpected medical conditions in the mother or fetus. Twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), which accounts for 17% of fetal deaths in twins and entails substantial medical uncertainty, may represent a particularly challenging pregnancy experience. Yet, little is known about the impact of TTTS on women's emotional health. We retrospectively surveyed 350 women who experienced a TTTS pregnancy about their experiences at three time points (prior to, during, and after pregnancy) to examine symptoms of anxiety and depression, mental health diagnoses, thoughts of seeking mental healthcare, help received, and preferred mental health services...
July 31, 2017: Archives of Women's Mental Health
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