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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535425/prenatal-ambient-air-pollution-exposure-infant-growth-and-placental-mitochondrial-dna-content-in-the-inma-birth-cohort
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Diana B P Clemente, Maribel Casas, Bram G Janssen, Aitana Lertxundi, Loreto Santa-Marina, Carmen Iñiguez, Sabrina Llop, Jordi Sunyer, Mònica Guxens, Tim S Nawrot, Martine Vrijheid
BACKGROUND: The association between prenatal air pollution exposure and postnatal growth has hardly been explored. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), as a marker of oxidative stress, and growth at birth can play an intermediate role in this association. OBJECTIVE: In a subset of the Spanish birth cohort INMA we assessed first whether prenatal nitrogen dioxide (NO2) exposure is associated with infant growth. Secondly, we evaluated whether growth at birth (length and weight) could play a mediating role in this association...
May 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532678/selective-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-monochorionic-diamniotic-twin-pregnancies
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REVIEW
Mar Bennasar, Elisenda Eixarch, Josep Maria Martinez, Eduard Gratacós
Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) affects 10-15% of all monochorionic pregnancies. Early severe forms are associated with intrauterine demise or neurological adverse outcome for both twins. The characteristics of umbilical artery (UA) Doppler in the IUGR fetus determine three clinical types: (I) normal UA Doppler and associated with good prognosis; (II) persistently absent/reverse UA end-diastolic flow and associated with early deterioration of the IUGR twin and very preterm delivery; (III) intermittently absent/reverse end-diastolic flow in the UA, and associated with unexpected fetal demise or neurological injury in one or both twins...
May 19, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532524/is-maternal-periconceptional-smoking-associated-with-2d-4d-digit-ratio-in-their-children
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M P Velez, T E Arbuckle, P Monnier, W D Fraser
The 2nd--4th finger ratio (2D:4D) has been proposed as a potential indicator of greater androgen exposure during fetal development. Maternal periconceptional smoking may alter the homeostasis of fetal androgens, which could in turn result in differential development of 2D:4Ds in utero. The aim of the present study was to assess the effect of maternal periconceptional smoking (i.e. 1 year before through the first trimester of pregnancy) on the 2D:4D of children within The Maternal-Infant Research on Environmental Chemicals (MIREC) study...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529976/de-novo-generation-and-characterization-of-new-zika-virus-isolate-using-sequence-data-from-a-microcephaly-case
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Yin Xiang Setoh, Natalie A Prow, Nias Peng, Leon E Hugo, Gregor Devine, Jessamine E Hazlewood, Andreas Suhrbier, Alexander A Khromykh
Zika virus (ZIKV) has recently emerged and is the etiological agent of congenital Zika syndrome (CZS), a spectrum of congenital abnormalities arising from neural tissue infections in utero. Herein, we describe the de novo generation of a new ZIKV isolate, ZIKVNatal, using a modified circular polymerase extension reaction protocol and sequence data obtained from a ZIKV-infected fetus with microcephaly. ZIKVNatal thus has no laboratory passage history and is unequivocally associated with CZS. ZIKVNatal could be used to establish a fetal brain infection model in IFNAR(-/-) mice (including intrauterine growth restriction) without causing symptomatic infections in dams...
May 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529058/customized-and-non-customized-live-born-birth-weight-curves-of-single-and-uncomplicated-pregnancies-from-the-burgundy-perinatal-network-part-i-methodology
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Thierry Rousseau, Olivia Durand-Maison, Catherine Labruere-Chazal, Florine Tabard, Ahmed Jebrane, Olivia Martz, Eric Benzenine, Jonathan Cottenet, Paul Sagot
OBJECTIVES: To establish non-customized and customized birth-weight curves of single and uncomplicated pregnancies according to gestational age. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We used data for 64.173 mother-infants pairs from the Burgundy perinatal network database (France) over the period 2005 - 2013. A validated procedure was used to link mothers with their newborns, and maternal and fetal pathologies likely to affect birth weight were excluded. Multiple regression analysis with covariate selection was used to build a customized growth curve with maternal and fetal parameters...
May 18, 2017: J Gynecol Obstet Hum Reprod
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528582/searching-the-web-a-survey-on-the-quality-of-advice-on-postnatal-sequelae-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-and-the-implication-of-developmental-origins-of-health-and-disease
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S Perzel, H Huebner, W Rascher, C Menendez-Castro, A Hartner, F B Fahlbusch
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are pregnancy complications associated with morbidity in later life. Despite a growing body of evidence from current research on developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD), little information is currently provided to parents on long-term metabolic, cardiovascular and neurologic consequences. As parents strongly rely on internet-based health-related information, we examined the quality of information on IUGR/FGR sequelae and DOHaD in webpages used by laypersons...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527570/mechanisms-of-glucocorticoid-action-during-development
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Jonathan T Busada, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal cortex. The concentration of serum glucocorticoids in the fetus is low throughout most of gestation but surge in the weeks prior to birth. While their most well-known function is to stimulate differentiation and functional development of the lungs, glucocorticoids also play crucial roles in the development of several other organ systems. Mothers at risk of preterm delivery are administered glucocorticoids to accelerate fetal lung development and prevent respiratory distress...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527483/single-fetal-death-in-monochorionic-twin-pregnancy-co-twin-prognosis-and-neonatal-outcome
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Emídio Vale-Fernandes, Joana Dias, Belandina Gil, Alexandra Cadilhe
The incidence of single fetal death in twin pregnancy varies from 0.5% - 6.8%, leaving the surviving fetus with increased morbi-mortality. The prognosis is worse in monochorionic pregnancies. In addressing these cases it should be noted referral to tertiary center with differentiated perinatal support, induction of fetal lung maturation and termination of pregnancy if there's loss of fetal well-being or possibility of maternal complications and suspected neurological sequelae in the surviving fetus. The risk of iatrogenic prematurity should always be weighed with the possible consequences arising from the fetus staying in a hostile uterine environment...
February 27, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526753/altered-feto-placental-vascularization-feto-placental-malperfusion-and-fetal-growth-restriction-in-mice-with-egfl7-loss-of-function
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Lauretta A Lacko, Romulo Hurtado, Samantha Hinds, Michael G Poulos, Jason M Butler, Heidi Stuhlmann
EGFL7 is a secreted, angiogenic factor produced by embryonic endothelial cells. To understand its role in placental development, we established a novel Egfl7 knockout mouse. The mutant mice have gross defects in chorioallantoic branching morphogenesis and placental vascular patterning. Microangiography and 3D imaging revealed patchy perfusion of Egfl7(-/-) placentas marked by impeded blood conductance through sites of narrowed vessels. Consistent with poor feto-placental perfusion, Egfl7 knockout resulted in reduced placental weight and fetal growth restriction...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523122/sex-differences-in-rat-placental-development-from-pre-implantation-to-late-gestation
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J I Kalisch-Smith, D G Simmons, M Pantaleon, K M Moritz
BACKGROUND: A male fetus is suggested to be more susceptible to in utero and birth complications. This may be due in part to altered morphology or function of the XY placenta. We hypothesised that sexual dimorphism begins at the blastocyst stage with sex differences in the progenitor trophectoderm (TE) and its derived trophoblast lineages, as these cells populate the majority of cell types within the placenta. We investigated sex-specific differences in cell allocation in the pre-implantation embryo and further characterised growth and gene expression of the placental compartments from the early stages of the definitive placenta through to late gestation...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522651/pregnancy-and-glomerular-disease-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature-with-management-guidelines
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Kimberly Blom, Ayodele Odutayo, Kate Bramham, Michelle A Hladunewich
During pregnancy, CKD increases both maternal and fetal risk. Adverse maternal outcomes include progression of underlying renal dysfunction, worsening of urine protein, and hypertension, whereas adverse fetal outcomes include fetal loss, intrauterine growth restriction, and preterm delivery. As such, pregnancy in young women with CKD is anxiety provoking for both the patient and the clinician providing care, and because the heterogeneous group of glomerular diseases often affects young women, this is an area of heightened concern...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522536/a-placental-growth-factor-is-silenced-in-mouse-embryos-by-the-zinc-finger-protein-zfp568
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Peng Yang, Yixuan Wang, Don Hoang, Matthew Tinkham, Anamika Patel, Ming-An Sun, Gernot Wolf, Mairead Baker, Huan-Chieh Chien, Kuan-Yu Nick Lai, Xiaodong Cheng, Che-Kun James Shen, Todd S Macfarlan
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is the major fetal growth hormone in mammals. We identify zinc finger protein 568 (ZFP568), a member of the rapidly evolving Kruppel-associated box-zinc finger protein (KRAB-ZFP) family linked primarily to silencing of endogenous retroelements, as a direct repressor of a placental-specific Igf2 transcript (designated Igf2-P0) in mice. Loss of Zfp568, which causes gastrulation failure, or mutation of the ZFP568-binding site at the Igf2-P0 promoter causes inappropriate Igf2-P0 activation...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522319/association-between-gestational-weight-gain-and-perinatal-outcomes-in-women-with-chronic-hypertension
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Lynn M Yee, Aaron B Caughey, Yvonne W Cheng
BACKGROUND: Gestational weight gain above or below the 2009 Institute of Medicine guidelines has been associated with adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes. Although it has been well established that excess gestational weight gain is associated with the development of gestational hypertension and preeclampsia, the relationship between gestational weight gain and adverse perinatal outcomes among women with pregestational (chronic) hypertension is less clear. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine the relationship between gestational weight gain above and below IOM guidelines and perinatal outcomes in a large, population-based cohort of women with chronic hypertension...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522106/shorter-sleep-duration-in-early-pregnancy-is-associated-with-birth-length-a-prospective-cohort-study-in-wuhan-china
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Weiye Wang, Chunrong Zhong, Yu Zhang, Li Huang, Xi Chen, Xuezhen Zhou, Renjuan Chen, Xiating Li, Mei Xiao, Liping Hao, Xuefeng Yang, Nianhong Yang, Sheng Wei
OBJECTIVES: To examine the association between sleep duration in early pregnancy and fetal growth in a prospective cohort study of 3567 Chinese women. METHODS: Pregnant women at 8-16 weeks of gestation were interviewed using a semi-quantitative questionnaire to assess sleep duration. Birth weight and birth length were measured by a midwife in the delivery room at birth; low birth weight (LBW) was defined as birth weight <2500 g and small for gestational age (SGA) was defined as <10th customized centile...
June 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522033/placenta-directed-gene-therapy-for-fetal-growth-restriction
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REVIEW
Tara Krishnan, Anna L David
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a serious pregnancy complication affecting ∼8% of all pregnancies. There is no treatment to increase fetal growth in the uterus. Gene therapy presents a promising treatment strategy for FGR, with the use of adenoviral vectors encoding for proteins such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and insulin-like growth factor demonstrating improvements in fetal growth, placental function, and neonatal outcome in preclinical studies. Safety assessments suggest no adverse risk to the mother or fetus for VEGF maternal gene therapy; a clinical trial is in development...
May 15, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520809/antenatal-coffee-and-tea-consumption-and-the-effect-on-birth-outcome-and-hypertensive-pregnancy-disorders
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Timothy van der Hoeven, Joyce L Browne, Cuno S P M Uiterwaal, Cornelis K van der Ent, Diederick E Grobbee, Geertje W Dalmeijer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Coffee and tea are commonly consumed during pregnancy. While several of their components, like caffeine, have strong pharmacological effects, the effect on the unborn fetus remains unclear. Caffeine intake has been associated with abortion, preterm birth and fetal growth restriction, but a general consensus on caffeine restriction is still lacking. We aimed to investigate antenatal coffee, tea and caffeine consumption and the effect on birth weight and length, gestational age at birth and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515065/neonatal-vitamin-d-status-from-archived-dried-blood-spots-and-future-risk-of-fractures-in-childhood-results-from-the-d-tect-study-a-population-based-case-cohort-study
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Mina Nicole Händel, Peder Frederiksen, Arieh Cohen, Cyrus Cooper, Berit Lilienthal Heitmann, Bo Abrahamsen
Background: Whether antenatal and neonatal vitamin D status have clinical relevance in fracture prevention has not been examined extensively, although observational studies indicate that fetal life may be a sensitive period in relation to bone growth and mineralization during childhood.Objective: We examined whether 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] concentrations in stored neonatal dried blood spot (DBS) samples are associated with pediatric fracture risk. We hypothesized that in particular, low neonatal vitamin D status may be a risk factor for fracture incidence among children...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514879/growth-restriction-identifying-fetuses-at-risk
#18
Heidi K Leftwich, Bethany Stetson, Bethany Sabol, Katherine Leung, Judith U Hibbard, Isabelle Wilkins
PURPOSE: Examine risks of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and composite perinatal outcomes with estimated fetal weights (EFW) 10-20(th)%, and compare outcomes using umbilical artery Doppler (UAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective, cohort evaluating ultrasound (US) EFW 10th-20(th)%, between 2002-2012. Cases were identified with EFW % 10-20. Controls, EFW >20(th)% were obtained for each case, matched by gestational age and US date. Unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression was used for outcomes...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513857/angiogenesis-during-pregnancy-all-routes-lead-to-mapks
#19
Xiang-Qun Hu, Lubo Zhang
During pregnancy, uterine vasculature undergoes dramatic adaptation to meet the nutrient demand of fetal development and growth, leading to increased uterine blood flow to perfuse the placenta. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology
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
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