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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819188/highly-stabilized-core-satellite-gold-nanoassemblies-in-vivo-dna-directed-self-assembly-peg-modification-and-cell-imaging
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Liangfeng Tang, Guiping Yu, Lishan Tan, Min Li, Xiulong Deng, Jianyu Liu, Aiqing Li, Xuandi Lai, Jianqiang Hu
Au nanoparticles (NPs) have important applications in bioimaging, clinical diagnosis and even therapy due to its water-solubility, easy modification and drug-loaded capability, however, easy aggregation of Au NPs in normal saline and serum greatly limits its applications. In this work, highly stabilized core-satellite Au nanoassemblies (CSAuNAs) were constructed by a hierarchical DNA-directed self-assembly strategy, in which satellite Au NPs number could be effectively tuned through varying the ratios of core-AuNPs-ssDNA and satellite-AuNPs-ssDNAc...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819007/effects-of-antenatal-melatonin-therapy-on-lung-structure-in-growth-restricted-newborn-lambs
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Graeme R Polglase, Jade Barbuto, Beth J Allison, Tamara Yawno, Amy Elizabeth Sutherland, Atul Malhotra, Keith E Schulze, Euan M Wallace, Graham Jenkin, Sharon D Ricardo, Suzanne L Miller
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress arising from suboptimal placental function contributes to a multitude of pathologies in infants compromised by fetal growth restriction (FGR). FGR infants are at high risk for respiratory dysfunction after birth and poor long-term lung function. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the contribution of oxidative stress to adverse lung development and the effects of melatonin administration, a powerful anti-oxidant, on lung structure in FGR lambs...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818572/ribavirin-inhibits-zika-virus-zikv-replication-in-vitro-and-suppresses-viremia-in-zikv-infected-stat1-deficient-mice
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Naganori Kamiyama, Ryusuke Soma, Shinya Hidano, Kei Watanabe, Hiroshi Umekita, Chiaki Fukuda, Kaori Noguchi, Yoshiko Gendo, Takashi Ozaki, Akira Sonoda, Nozomi Sachi, Lucky Ronald Runtuwene, Yumako Miura, Etsuro Matsubara, Shigeru Tajima, Tomohiko Takasaki, Yuki Eshita, Takashi Kobayashi
Zika fever, a mosquito-borne infectious disease caused by Zika virus (ZIKV), is an epidemic disease for which no effective therapy has been established. The recent outbreaks of ZIKV in Brazil and French Polynesia have been linked to a considerable increase in the incidence of fetal microcephaly and other diseases such as Guillain-Barre syndrome. Because there is currently no specific therapy or vaccine, the early exploitation of a method to prevent expansion of ZIKV is a high priority. To validate commonly used antiviral drugs, we evaluated the effect of ribavirin, a drug used to treat hepatitis C with interferon-β (IFN-β), on ZIKV replication...
August 14, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817212/fingolimod-against-endotoxin-induced-fetal-brain-injury-in-a-rat-model
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And Yavuz, Mekin Sezik, Ozlem Ozmen, Halil Asci
AIM: Fingolimod is a sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor modulator used for multiple sclerosis treatment and acts on cellular processes such as apoptosis, endothelial permeability, and inflammation. We hypothesized that fingolimod has a positive effect on alleviating preterm fetal brain injury. METHODS: Sixteen pregnant rats were divided into four groups of four rats each. On gestational day 17, i.p. endotoxin was injected to induce fetal brain injury, followed by i...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816710/establishment-of-primary-cell-culture-from-ascitic-fluid-and-solid-tumor-obtained-from-epithelial-ovarian-carcinoma-patients
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Rajarshi Kar, Diwesh Chawla, Bindiya Gupta, Mohit Mehndiratta, Neelam Wadhwa, Rachna Agarwal
OBJECTIVE: Ovarian cancer is the seventh leading cause of cancer death worldwide. This is mainly due to late diagnosis and high rate of relapse and resistance following chemotherapy. In the present study, we describe simple and cost-effective method to establish primary culture from ascitic fluid and solid tumor obtained from epithelial ovarian carcinoma patient, which may provide a better tool for in vitro testing of drug sensitivity and designing individualized treatment protocol. METHODS: Complete Dulbecco modified Eagle medium (DMEM) was prepared by supplementing DMEM with 10% fetal bovine serum and antibiotics (ciprofloxacin and amphotericin B)...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813702/tocolysis-for-in-utero-surgery-atosiban-performs-distinctly-better-than-magnesium-sulfate
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Nicole Ochsenbein-Kölble, Franziska Krähenmann, Margret Hüsler, Martin Meuli, Ueli Moehrlen, Lucca Mazzone, Peter Biro, Roland Zimmermann
INTRODUCTION: To compare tocolysis with magnesium sulfate versus atosiban regarding the occurrence of short-term preterm labor and maternal side effects during and after open fetal myelomeningocele (MMC) repair. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective nonrandomized cohort study was performed including 30 fetal MMC cases. The first 15 cases (group 1) received magnesium sulfate according to the MOMS protocol. In the following 15 cases (group 2), magnesium sulfate was substituted by atosiban...
August 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813271/prenatal-parenting
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Vivette Glover, Lauren Capron
Parenting begins before birth. This includes prenatal maternal and paternal bonding with the baby, and biological effects on fetal development. Recent research has confirmed how prenatal maternal stress can alter the development of the fetus and the child, and that this can persist until early adulthood. Children are affected in different ways depending, in part, on their own genetic makeup. The fetus may also have a direct effect on prenatal maternal mood and later parenting behaviour via the placenta. The father is important prenatally too...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811873/a-human-plasma-derived-supplement-preserves-function-of-human-vascular-cells-in-absence-of-fetal-bovine-serum
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C Castells-Sala, J Martorell, M Balcells
Current techniques for cell culture routinely use animal-derived components. Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most widely applied supplement, but it often displays significant batch-to-batch variations and is generally not suitable for clinical applications in humans. A robust and xeno-free alternative to FBS is of high interest for cellular therapies, from early in vitro testing to clinical trials in human subjects. In the current work, a highly consistent human plasma derived supplement (SCC) has been tested, as a potential substitute of FBS in primary human vascular cells culture...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803917/sca1-cells-from-the-heart-possess-a-molecular-circadian-clock-and-display-circadian-oscillations-in-cellular-functions
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Bastiaan C Du Pré, Evelyne J Demkes, Dries A M Feyen, Pieterjan Dierickx, Sandra Crnko, Bart J M Kok, Joost P G Sluijter, Pieter A Doevendans, Marc A Vos, Toon A B Van Veen, Linda W Van Laake
Stem cell antigen 1-positive (SCA1(+)) cells (SPCs) have been investigated in cell-based cardiac repair and pharmacological research, although improved cardiac function after injection has been variable and the mode of action remains unclear. Circadian (24-hr) rhythms are biorhythms regulated by molecular clocks that play an important role in (patho)physiology. Here, we describe (1) the presence of a molecular circadian clock in SPCs and (2) circadian rhythmicity in SPC function. We isolated SPCs from human fetal heart and found that these cells possess a molecular clock based on typical oscillations in core clock components BMAL1 and CRY1...
August 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802248/utility-of-rapid-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-diagnosis-of-neonatal-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-presenting-with-fetal-hydrops-and-liver-failure
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Mersedeh Rohanizadegan, Sarah El-Almery, Anne O'Donnell-Luria, Ivana Mihalek, Peggy Chen, Marilyn Sanders, Kristen Leeman, Megan Cho, Christina Hung, Olaf Bodamer
Rapid whole exome sequencing (rWES) is increasingly used in critically ill newborn infants to inform about diagnosis, clinical management and prognosis. Here we report a male newborn infant with hydrops, pancytopenia and acute liver failure who was listed for liver transplantation. Given the acuity of the presentation, the procedure related morbidity and mortality and lack of diagnosis we employed rWES in the proband and both parents with a turn-around time of 10 business days. rWES returned one maternally inherited, likely pathogenic and one paternally inherited, likely pathogenic variant in NPC1 suggestive of a diagnosis of Niemann Pick disease type C (NPC)...
August 11, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801702/paeonol-attenuates-aging-mrc-5-cells-and-inhibits-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-of-premalignant-hacat-cells-induced-by-aging-mrc-5-cell-conditioned-medium
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Lihua Yang, Shangping Xing, Kun Wang, Hua Yi, Biaoyan Du
Senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP) factors, such as IL-6 and IL-8, are extremely critical in tissue microenvironment. Senescent human fibroblasts facilitate epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in premalignant epithelial cells mainly through the secretion of SASP factors. Meanwhile, premalignant human HaCaT Keratinocyte (HaCaT) cells as immortal epithelial cells are susceptible to malignant transformation. Paeonol, an herbal phenolic component found in peonies, exerts anti-aging and anti-tumor efficacies, while the molecular mechanisms of paeonol on EMT in premalignant HaCaT cells induced by SASP factors are unclear...
August 12, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798939/orphan-nuclear-receptor-tr3-nur77-is-a-specific-therapeutic-target-for-hepatic-cancers
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Yingling Zeng, Xiaoguang Ye, Degui Liao, Shizhang Huang, Huinan Mao, Dezheng Zhao, Huiyan Zeng
OBJECTIVE: Although great success has been achieved in cancer treatment, current cancer therapies, including anti-tumorigenesis and anti-angiogenesis, still face the problems of insufficient efficacy, resistance and intrinsic refractoriness, in addition to their toxic side effects. There is a demand to identify additional targets that can be blocked to turn off the downstream effects of most, if not all, pathways. Our previous studies suggest that orphan nuclear receptor TR3 (human) / Nur77 (mouse) is such a target...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical & Experimental Oncology
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/28783617/an-age-dependent-response-to-hydroxyurea-in-pediatric-sickle-cell-anemia-patients-with-alpha-thalassemia-trait
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Lisa Figueiredo, Kerry Morrone, Catherine Wei, Karen Ireland, Hillel W Cohen, Catherine Driscoll, Deepa Manwani
Hydroxyurea (HU) is a key drug therapy for individuals with sickle cell anemia (SCA), yet its clinical and hematologic responses can be variable. Various studies have reported the role of α-thalassemia as one of the most prevalent heritable traits that may modify HU response. We provide data from 62 pediatric and adolescent patients with SCA, 26 with co-inherited α-thalassemia trait. Our data suggest that altered hematologic and clinical responses to HU therapy are noted in adolescent SCA individuals with co-inherited α-thalassemia trait...
July 31, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780497/neonatal-management-and-outcome-after-thoracoamniotic-shunt-placement-for-fetal-hydrothorax
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Ruben S G M Witlox, Frans J C M Klumper, Arjan B Te Pas, Erik W van Zwet, Dick Oepkes, Enrico Lopriore
AIM: To evaluate the short-term neonatal outcome after fetal thoracoamniotic shunt placement for isolated hydrothorax. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of infants with isolated hydrothorax treated with thoracoamniotic shunt placement at our fetal therapy centre between 2001 and 2016. RESULTS: In total 48 fetuses were treated with a thoracoamniotic shunt. All fetuses had signs of hydrops at the time of intervention. Median (IQR) gestational age at shunting was 28...
August 5, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776092/hepatocytic-differentiation-of-ips-cells-on-decellularized-liver-tissue
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Mitsuhi Hirata, Tetsuji Yamaoka
Decellularized tissues (DETs) have been attracting great attention as scaffolds for tissue-engineering approaches. Recently, some studies have reported that decellularized liver tissues (DLT) can provide an excellent environment for the hepatocytic differentiation of hepatic stem/progenitor cells that were already committed to the hepatocyte lineage. However, the effects of DLT on the hepatocytic differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs) have not yet been established. Here we studied the hepatocytic differentiation of iPSs on DLT and decellularized heart tissues (DHT) in order to determine the tissue-specific effects of DETs on iPSs differentiation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768736/congenital-diaphragmatic-hernias-from-genes-to-mechanisms-to-therapies
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REVIEW
Gabrielle Kardon, Kate G Ackerman, David J McCulley, Yufeng Shen, Julia Wynn, Linshan Shang, Eric Bogenschutz, Xin Sun, Wendy K Chung
Congenital diaphragmatic hernias (CDHs) and structural anomalies of the diaphragm are a common class of congenital birth defects that are associated with significant morbidity and mortality due to associated pulmonary hypoplasia, pulmonary hypertension and heart failure. In ∼30% of CDH patients, genomic analyses have identified a range of genetic defects, including chromosomal anomalies, copy number variants and sequence variants. The affected genes identified in CDH patients include transcription factors, such as GATA4, ZFPM2, NR2F2 and WT1, and signaling pathway components, including members of the retinoic acid pathway...
August 1, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768735/therapeutic-strategies-for-spinal-muscular-atrophy-smn-and-beyond
#18
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/28768450/outcome-of-dichorionic-triamniotic-triplet-the-experience-from-an-emerging-fetal-therapy-center
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Luming Sun, Gang Zou, Fenhe Zhou, Yingjun Yang, Dick Oepkes, Tao Duan
OBJECTIVES: To report a cohort of dichorionic triamniotic (DCTA) triplets with access to contemporary fetal interventions. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: A regional referral center for the diagnosis and management of complicated multiple pregnancies. POPULATION: All DCTA triplets receiving consultation and prenatal care at our center from 2010 to 2015. METHODS: The following management alternatives for DCTA were offered: 1) expectant management; 2) reduction of 1 or 2 fetus of the monochorionic component using radio frequency ablation (RFA) after 16 weeks or potassium chloride (KCL) before 16 weeks, respectively; 3) reduction of the isolated fetus using KCL before 16 weeks...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763452/pathogen-reduction-through-additive-free-short-wave-uv-light-irradiation-retains-the-optimal-efficacy-of-human-platelet-lysate-for-the-expansion-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sabrina Viau, Lucie Chabrand, Sandy Eap, Judith Lorant, Karl Rouger, Francis Goudaliez, Chryslain Sumian, Bruno Delorme
BACKGROUND: We recently developed and characterized a standardized and clinical grade human Platelet Lysate (hPL) that constitutes an advantageous substitute for fetal bovine serum (FBS) for human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) expansion required in cell therapy procedures, avoiding xenogenic risks (virological and immunological) and ethical issues. Because of the progressive use of pathogen-reduced (PR) labile blood components, and the requirement of ensuring the viral safety of raw materials for cell therapy products, we evaluated the impact of the novel procedure known as THERAFLEX UV-Platelets for pathogen reduction on hPL quality (growth factors content) and efficacy (as a medium supplement for hMSC expansion)...
2017: PloS One
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