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Alexandra C Sundermann, Troy D Abell, Lisa C Baker, Mark B Mengel, Kathryn E Reilly, Michael A Bonow, Gregory E Hoy, Richard D Clover
BACKGROUND: The specialization of human fat deposits is an inquiry of special importance in the study of fetal growth. It has been theorized that maternal lower-body fat is designated specifically for lactation and not for the growth of the fetus. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to compare the contributions of maternal upper-body versus lower-body adiposity to infant birth weight. We hypothesized that upper-body adiposity would be strongly associated with infant birth weight and that lower-body adiposity would be weakly or negligibly associated with infant birth weight-after adjusting for known determinants...
September 21, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Yan Zhao, Pengcheng Liu, Junyong Wang, Xirong Xiao, Xiangzhou Meng, Yunhui Zhang
BACKGROUND: In utero polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) exposure has been associated with adverse fetal growth. Alterations in placental DNA methylation might mediate those adverse effects. OBJECTIVES: To examine the associations between in utero PBDEs exposure and DNA methylation in human placenta. METHODS: Eighty apparently healthy mother-newborn pairs delivering at the Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical College were enrolled in this study...
October 18, 2016: Environment International
Kelly J McKelvey, Vanessa M Yenson, Anthony W Ashton, Jonathan M Morris, Sharon A McCracken
Inbred strains of mice are powerful models for understanding human pregnancy complications. For example, the exclusive mating of CBA/J females to DBA/2J males increases fetal resorption to 20-35% with an associated decline in placentation and maintenance of maternal Th1 immunity. More recently other complications of pregnancy, IUGR and preeclampsia, have been reported in this model. The aim of this study was to qualify whether the CBA/CaH substrain female can substitute for CBA/J to evoke a phenotype of embryonic/fetal mortality and IUGR...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xuan Zhou, Wei Zhu, Margaret Nowicki, Shida Miao, Haitao Cui, Benjamin Holmes, Robert I Glazer, Lijie Grace Zhang
Metastasis is one of the deadliest consequences of breast cancer, with bone being one of the primary sites of occurrence. Insufficient 3D biomimetic models currently exist to replicate this process in vitro. In this study, we developed a biomimetic bone matrix using 3D bioprinting technology to investigate the interaction between breast cancer (BrCa) cells and bone stromal cells (fetal osteoblasts and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)). A tabletop stereolithography 3D bioprinter was employed to fabricate a series of bone matrices consisting of osteoblasts/MSCs encapsulated in gelatin methacrylate (GelMA) hydrogel with nanocrystalline hydroxyapatite (nHA)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Fen Tang, Yixi Xie, Hui Cao, Hua Yang, Xiaoqing Chen, Jianbo Xiao
Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is a universal growth supplement of cell and tissue culture media. Herein, the influences of FBS on the stability and antioxidant activity of 21 resveratrol analogues were investigated using a polyphenol-protein interaction approach. The structure-stability relationships of resveratrol analogues in FBS showed a clear decrease in the stability of hydroxylated resveratrol analogues in the order: resorcinol-type>pyrogallol-type>catechol-type. The glycosylation and methoxylation of resveratrol analogues enhanced their stability...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
J Y Dong, F Song, Y K Liu, X Q Wang
Objective: To simulate the environmental factors during the process of formation and evolution of hypertrophic scar, so as to explore the effects of moderate and severe hypoxia and low concentration of serum protein on the function of human hypertrophic scar fibroblasts (HSFs). Methods: Human HSFs were routinely cultured. Cells of the 3rd to the 6th passage were divided into 10.0% oxygen+ 10.0% fetal calf serum (FCS), 5.0% oxygen+ 5.0% FCS, and 0.5% oxygen+ 0.5% FCS groups according to the random number table...
October 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
Renu Saigal, Laxmikant Goyal, M L Tank, Suresh Saigal
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) mostly affects young women of reproductive age group. SLE patients may conceive as any normal woman but complication may occur in these patients if the disease is active. Pregnancy in SLE may lead to 1. Aggravation of SLE (Lupus flare) 2. Pre-term delivery, intrauterine growth retardation and foetal loss (in presence of antiphospholipid antibodies) 3. Neonatal lupus especially in presence of Anti-Ro / La antibody. For a successful pregnancy, both from maternal and foetal aspects, disease should be quiescent for at least six months before the conception...
August 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
A L Wilkinson, S H Pedersen, M Urassa, D Michael, A Andreasen, J Todd, S M Kinung'hi, J Changalucha, J M McDermid
OBJECTIVES: HIV infection is associated with chronic systemic inflammation, with or without antiretroviral therapy. Consequences for fetal growth are not understood, particularly in settings where multiple maternal infections and malnutrition are common. The study was designed to examine maternal systemic circulating and umbilical cord blood cytokine concentrations in relation to birth anthropometry in a Tanzanian prospective cohort. METHODS: A 9-plex panel of maternal plasma cytokines in HIV-positive (n=44) and HIV-negative (n=70) mothers and the same cytokines in umbilical cord blood collected at delivery was assayed...
October 20, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Mahbobe Gholami, Seyed Adel Moallem, Mohammad Afshar, Sakineh Amoueian, Leila Etemad, Gholamreza Karimi
OBJECTIVE: Silybum marianum has been used for centuries in herbal medicine for treatment of liver diseases. Currently, there is no data available on the possible effects of silymarin on fetal development. This study aimed to investigate the teratogenic effect of silymarin on BALB/c mice fetuses. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 40 pregnant mice were divided into 4 groups of 10 mice each. Three groups received silymarin at three different doses of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg/day during gestational days (GDs)...
September 2016: Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a common pregnancy complication and is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality. Placental hypoxia contributes to adverse fetal consequences, including IUGR. Exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia can lead to IUGR; however, assessment of maternal vascular function in a rat model of hypoxia, and the mechanisms that may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, has not been extensively studied. We hypothesized that exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia will affect maternal systemic vascular function and increase the uterine artery resistance index (RI), which will be associated with IUGR...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Y Wang, Y Wei, P B Yuan, X J Wang, Y Y Zhao
Objective: To analyze the prognosis of surviving monochorionic co-twin after single intrauterine fetal demise (sIUFD). Methods: Retrospectively analyzed the twin pregnancy cases admitted in Peking University Third Hospital between Jan 2008 and Feb 2015. We recorded perinatal characteristics, neuroimage in co-twin, and followed up the neonatal outcome. Results: 47 cases were found, including 45 cases of monochorionic diamniotic (MCDA) and 2 cases of monochorionic monoamniotic (MCMA). Median gestational age at sIUFD was 27 weeks...
October 11, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Damien Seth Hunter, Susan J Hazel, Karen L Kind, Hong Liu, Danila Marini, Lynne C Giles, Miles J De Blasio, Julie A Owens, Julia B Pitcher, Kathryn L Gatford
Poor perinatal growth in humans results in asymmetrical grey matter loss in fetuses and infants and increased functional and behavioural asymmetry, but specific contributions of pre- and postnatal growth are unclear. We therefore compared strength and direction of lateralization in obstacle avoidance and maze exit preference tasks in offspring of placentally restricted (PR: 10M, 13F) and control (CON: 23M, 17F) sheep pregnancies at 18 and 40 weeks of age, and examined gross brain structure of the prefrontal cortex at 52 weeks of age (PR: 14M, 18F; CON: 23M, 25F)...
October 19, 2016: Laterality
N M Scott, J F Lauzon-Joset, A C Jones, K T Mincham, N M Troy, J Leffler, M Serralha, S L Prescott, S A Robertson, C Pasquali, A Bosco, P G Holt, D H Strickland
Infection-associated inflammatory stress during pregnancy is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction and/or miscarriage. Treatment strategies for protection of at-risk mothers are limited to a narrow range of vaccines, which do not cover the bulk of the common pathogens most frequently encountered. Using mouse models, we demonstrate that oral treatment during pregnancy with a microbial-derived immunomodulator (OM85), currently used clinically for attenuation of infection-associated airway inflammatory symptoms in infants-adults, markedly reduces risk for fetal loss/growth restriction resulting from maternal challenge with bacterial lipopolysaccharide or influenza...
October 19, 2016: Mucosal Immunology
Ellis Voerman, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Oscar H Franco, Eric A P Steegers, Romy Gaillard
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: We aimed to identify critical periods and specific longitudinal growth patterns from fetal life onwards associated with childhood insulin and C-peptide levels. METHODS: In a prospective population-based cohort study of 4328 children, we repeatedly measured (femur) length and (estimated fetal) weight from the second trimester of fetal life until 6 years of age. BMI was calculated from 6 months onwards. Insulin and C-peptide levels were measured at 6 years of age...
October 18, 2016: Diabetologia
Arsenio Spinillo, Fausta Beneventi, Elena Locatelli, Vèronique Ramoni, Roberto Caporali, Claudia Alpini, Giulia Albonico, Chiara Cavagnoli, Carlomaurizio Montecucco
BACKGROUND: The burden of pregnancy complications associated with well defined, already established systemic rheumatic diseases preexisting pregnancy such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus or scleroderma is well known. Systemic rheumatic diseases are characterized by a long natural history with few symptoms, an undifferentiated picture or a remitting course making difficult a timely diagnosis. It has been suggested that screening measures for these diseases could be useful but the impact of unrecognized systemic rheumatic disorders on pregnancy outcome is unknown...
October 18, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
Kathryn J Sharma, Tania F Esakoff, Alyson Guillet, Richard M Burwick, Aaron B Caughey
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether adverse outcomes were more common in late preterm pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia and growth restriction compared to those affected by preeclampsia alone. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study of 8,927 singleton pregnancies with preeclampsia. Pregnancies with small for gestational age (SGA) neonates (birthweight <10(th) percentile) were compared to those appropriate for gestational age (AGA) neonates. Maternal outcomes included cesarean delivery (CD) rate, CD for fetal heart rate (FHR) abnormalities, abruption, postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), maternal transfusion, acute renal failure, and peripartum cardiomyopathy...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Rosemary Townsend, Asma Khalil
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Selective intrauterine growth restriction (sIUGR) in twin pregnancies presents a complex management problem for the fetal medicine specialist. This review summarizes what is currently known about sIUGR pathophysiology, particularly in monochorionic pregnancies and looks at the results of early trials of fetal intervention in high-risk sIUGR pregnancies. RECENT FINDINGS: sIUGR in monochorionic pregnancies is due to unequal placental sharing, but the clinical outcome is determined by the characteristics of the placental vascular anastomoses...
October 15, 2016: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
James Sm Cuffe, Eleanor L Turton, Lisa K Akison, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Karen M Moritz
Maternal stress can impair fetal development and program sex-specific disease outcomes in offspring through the actions of maternally produced glucocorticoids, predominantly corticosterone (Cort) in rodents. We have demonstrated in mice that male but not female offspring prenatally exposed to Cort (33µg/kg/h for 60h beginning at E12.5) develop cardiovascular/renal dysfunction at 12 months. At 6 months of age, renal function was normal but male offspring had increased plasma aldosterone concentrations, suggesting altered adrenal function may precede disease...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
Toshifumi Yamauchi, Masaki Mogi, Hirotomo Nakaoka, Kana Tsukuda, Masanori Kukida, Akinori Higaki, Hui-Yu Bai, Bao-Shuai Shan, Li-Juan Min, Jun Iwanami, Masatugu Horiuchi
OBJECTIVE: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is one of the risks of cardiovascular problems in adulthood. We previously reported that the vascular injury enhanced vascular remodeling in FGR mice, but the mechanisms are still unclear. Angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) is relatively highly expressed in fetal mice but not in adult mice. Therefore, we investigated the effects of AT2R in FGR mice, using AT2R knockout (AT2KO) mice. DESIGN AND METHOD: Dams (C57BL/6J strain (WT) mice and AT2KO mice) were fed an isocaloric diet containing 20% protein (normal protein; NP) or 8% protein (low protein; LP) from 10 weeks of age until delivery...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Hironobu Nakada, Tomofumi Fushima, Akiyo Sekimoto, Yuji Oe, Emiko Sato, Sadayoshi Ito, Hiroshi Sato, Nobuyuki Takahashi
OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia (PE) is pregnancy-induced hypertension with proteinuria. It causes maternal death or fetal growth restriction (FGR). Although high BP can be managed with antihypertensive drugs, there is no effective treatment of FGR associated with PE. We have clarified that nicotinamide (Nam) alleviates PE-like condition and FGR induced by soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) in mice. But the mechanism of how Nam works is unclear. Because Nam induces cytoprotective heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), our aim is to clarify whether HO-1 contributes to therapeutic effect of Nam against FGR associated with PE...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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