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Mohammad H Rahbar, Maureen Samms-Vaughan, Manouchehr Hessabi, Aisha S Dickerson, MinJae Lee, Jan Bressler, Sara E Tomechko, Emily K Moreno, Katherine A Loveland, Charlene Coore Desai, Sydonnie Shakespeare-Pellington, Jody-Ann Reece, Renee Morgan, Matthew J Geiger, Michael E O'Keefe, Megan L Grove, Eric Boerwinkle
To date much of the biomonitoring related to exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine (OC) pesticides is from middle to high income countries, including the U.S., Canada and Europe, but such data are lacking for the majority of low to middle income countries. Using data from 64 pregnant mothers who were enrolled in 2011, we aimed to assess the concentrations of the aforementioned toxins in umbilical cord blood serum of 67 Jamaican newborns. For 97 of the 100 PCB congeners and 16 of the 17 OC pesticides, all (100%) concentrations were below their respective limits of detection (LOD)...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Mingcheng Huang, Shan Zeng, Yaoyao Zou, Maohua Shi, Qian Qiu, Youjun Xiao, Guoqiang Chen, Xiuyan Yang, Liuqin Liang, Hanshi Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Increasing evidence indicates the critical role of bromodomain and extra-terminal domain (BET) proteins in regulating immune and inflammatory responses, however, their contribution to vascular inflammation remains to be defined. In this study, we investigated the effect of BET bromodomain inhibition on regulating vascular inflammation and the underlying mechanisms. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were isolated from fresh umbilical cords...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Worawut Choeyprasert, Suradej Hongeng, Usanarat Anurathapan, Samart Pakakasama
Bacteremia during neutropenic episodes is a cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We have used oral ciprofloxacin and penicillin V, from the start of the conditioning regimen until engraftment, for the prophylaxis of bacterial infection. The objective of this study was to retrospectively analyze the prevalence of and risk factors for breakthrough bacteremia during neutropenic episodes in autologous and allogeneic HSCT patients. There were 215 patients enrolled, with a median age of 8...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Hematology
Jing Wang, Binbin Sun, Lingling Tian, Xiaomin He, Qiang Gao, Tong Wu, Seeram Ramakrishna, Jinghao Zheng, Xiumei Mo
Tracheal injuries are one of major challenging issues in clinical medicine because of the poor intrinsic ability of tracheal cartilage for repair. Tissue engineering provides an alternative method for the treatment of tracheal defects by generating replacement tracheal structures. In this study, core-shell nanofibrous scaffold was fabricated to encapsulate bovine serum albumin & rhTGF-β3 (recombinant human transforming growth factor-β3) into the core of the nanofibers for tracheal cartilage regeneration. Characterization of the core-shell nanofibrous scaffold was carried out by scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM), and tensile mechanical test...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Pan Dan, Émilie Velot, Grégory Francius, Patrick Menu, Véronique Decot
: One of the outstanding goals in tissue engineering is to develop a natural coating surface which is easy to manipulate, effective for cell adhesion and fully biocompatible. The ideal surface would be derived from human tissue, perfectly controllable, and pathogen-free, thereby satisfying all of the standards of the health authorities. This paper reports an innovative approach to coating surfaces using a natural extracellular matrix (ECM) extracted from the Wharton's jelly (WJ) of the umbilical cord (referred to as WJ-ECM)...
October 18, 2016: Acta Biomaterialia
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
Brun Jean-Frédéric, Boulot Pierre, Varlet-Marie Emmanuelle
Physiological studies on fetal blood in narrow glass tubes have suggested that fetal optimal hematocrit (hct) might be as high as 60%. A theoretical 'ideal' hct can also be predicted with a theoretical curve of hematocrit/viscosity (h/η) ratio vs hct constructed with Quemada's model. We used the database of one of our previous papers on fetal hemorheology to reinterpret its results with this concept. A series of 28 intrauterine cord punctures (between 19 and 33 weeks gestation) with doppler measurements of resistance in umbilical arteries was studied...
October 18, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Sara Zahedi, Karim Shamsasenjan, Aliakbar Movassaghpour, Parvin Akbarzadehlaleh
Purpose: Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) are one of the essential members of Bone Marrow (BM) microenvironment and the cells affect normal and malignant cells in BM milieu. One of the most important hematological malignancies is Multiple Myeloma (MM). Numerous studies reported various effects of MSCs on myeloma cells. MSCs initiate various signaling pathways in myeloma cells, particularly NF-kβ. NF-kβ signaling pathway plays pivotal role in the survival, proliferation and resistance of myeloma cells to the anticancer drugs, therefore this pathway can be said to be a vital target for cancer therapy...
September 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
Ahmad Tavakoli, Seyed Hamidreza Monavari, Farah Bokharaei-Salim, Hamidreza Mollaei, Bahman Abedi-Kiasari, Fatemeh Hoda Fallah, Helya Sadat Mortazavi
This study aims to determine the prevalence of herpes simplex virus (HSV) infection among pregnant women as well as congenital infection of their newborns in Tehran. One hundred samples of blood sera from pregnant women were analyzed for the presence of HSV specific antibodies. Umbilical cord blood samples from the newborns were analyzed for the presence of HSV DNA using real-time PCR. HSV IgG and IgM antibodies were found in 97% and 2% of pregnant women, respectively. Of all the 100 cord blood samples, 6 were positive for HSV DNA in which 2 cases were from mothers who had detectable IgM...
October 20, 2016: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
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
Omar S Aljitawi, Soumen Paul, Avishek Ganguly, Tara L Lin, Sid Ganguly, George Vielhauer, Maegan L Capitano, Amy Cantelina, Brea Lipe, Jonathan D Mahnken, Amanda Wise, Abigale Berry, Anurag K Singh, Leyla Shune, Christopher Lominska, Sunil Abhyankar, Dennis Allin, Mary Laughlin, Joseph P McGuirk, Hal E Broxmeyer
Umbilical cord blood (UCB) engraftment is in part limited by graft cell dose, generally one log less than that of bone marrow (BM)/peripheral blood (PB) cell grafts. Strategies toward increasing hematopoietic stem/progenitor cell (HSPC) homing to BM have been assessed in order to improve UCB engraftment. Despite recent progress, a complete understanding of how HSPC homing and engraftment are regulated is still elusive. We provide evidence that blocking erythropoietin (EPO)-EPO receptor (R) signaling promotes homing to BM and early engraftment of UCB CD34(+) cells...
October 19, 2016: Blood
Alicia Iglesias-Deus, Alejandro Pérez-Muñuzuri, Adela Urisarri, Adolfo Bautista-Casasnovas, Maria-Luz Couce
BACKGROUND: Umbilical cord hemangioma is very rare and may not be detected prenatally. However, it should be considered in differential diagnosis with other umbilical masses because it can cause significant morbidity. METHODS: We report the case of a newborn referred with suspected omphalitis and umbilical hernia. RESULTS: Physical examination showed an irreducible umbilical tumor, the size of olive, with dubious secretion. The initial suspected diagnosis was urachal or omphalomesenteric duct remnants...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Hicham El Costa, Jordi Gouilly, Jean-Michel Mansuy, Qian Chen, Claude Levy, Géraldine Cartron, Francisco Veas, Reem Al-Daccak, Jacques Izopet, Nabila Jabrane-Ferrat
The outbreak of the Zika Virus (ZIKV) and its association with fetal abnormalities have raised worldwide concern. However, the cellular tropism and the mechanisms of ZIKV transmission to the fetus during early pregnancy are still largely unknown. Therefore, we ex vivo modeled the ZIKV transmission at the maternal-fetal interface using organ culture from first trimester pregnancy samples. Here, we provide evidence that ZIKV strain circulating in Brazil infects and damages tissue architecture of the maternal decidua basalis, the fetal placenta and umbilical cord...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Na Kyung Lee, Hyeong Seop Kim, Dongkyeom Yoo, Jung Won Hwang, Soo Jin Choi, Wonil Oh, Jong Wook Chang, Duk L Na
The success of stem cell therapy is highly dependent on accurate delivery of stem cells to the target site of interest. Possible ways to track the distribution of MSCs in vivo include the use of reporter genes or nanoparticles. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ferumoxytol (Feraheme® [USA], Rienso® [UK]) as a treatment for iron deficiency anemia. Ferumoxytol is an ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticle (USPIO) that has recently been used to track the fate of transplanted cells using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
October 18, 2016: Stem Cell Reviews
Ahmad Abu-Khader, Roya Pasha, Gwendoline C D Ward, Gavin Boisjoli, Nicolas Pineault
Engraftment outcomes are strongly correlated with the numbers of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC) infused. Expansion of umbilical cord blood (CB) HSPC has gained much interest lately since infusion of expanded HSPC can accelerate engraftment and improve clinical outcomes. Many novel protocols based on different expansion strategies of HSPC and their downstream derivatives are under development. Herein, we describe the production and properties of serum-free medium (SFM) conditioned with mesenchymal stromal cells derived-osteoblasts (OCM) for the expansion of umbilical CB cells and progenitors...
October 18, 2016: Cytotechnology
Sabina Martí Gamboa, Jara Pascual Mancho, María Rodrigo Rodríguez, Julia Ruiz Sada, Sergio Castán Mateo
OBJECTIVE: To determine which parameter of the umbilical arterial cord gas analysis, pH, base deficit (BD) or lactate has a bigger predictive ability for neonatal morbidity at term. METHOD: We conducted a four year retrospective cohort study including all non-anomalous, singleton, vertex, term births with neonatal acidemia (umbilical arterial cord gas pH ≤ 7.1). The primary outcomes were a composite neurological morbidity and a composite systemic morbidity. The predictive ability of lactate, BD and pH were compared using ROC curves...
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
Wook-Jin Chung
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening disorder with a poor prognosis and causes pulmonary vascular remodeling accompanied with increased pulmonary arterial medial wall thickness and fibrosis, which leads to vascular and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Despite treatment with prostacyclin, endothelin antagonist, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors the 1-year mortality rate of PAH still remains high. Recent registries, clinical trials, and basic researches have been increasing the knowledge of PAH and it would contribute to potential therapeutic strategies and better clinical outcome...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Sarah M Holmen, Tiki Bakhshi, Maria M Molina, Larissa F Weir
BACKGROUND: Chorioamniotic membrane separation (CMS) is a rare finding that is commonly preceded by invasive fetal procedures. The presence of CMS can also be associated with uncommon maternal or fetal conditions as well as preterm delivery, amniotic band syndrome, umbilical cord complications, and fetal and neonatal death. It is classified as a high-risk antepartum condition due to the significant fetal morbidity and mortality that may ensue. CASE REPORT: A 40-year-old gravida 5 para 1212 at 35 weeks presented for antepartum fetal testing...
October 2016: Military Medicine
Chih-Ping Chen, Tsang-Ming Ko, Yi-Ning Su, Liang-Kai Wang, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Yen-Ni Chen, Shin-Wen Chen, Kevin Ko, Chen-Chi Lee, Li-Feng Chen, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present prenatal diagnosis and molecular cytogenetic characterization of a recombinant chromosome 10 in a fetus associated with a paternal pericentric inversion. CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old woman underwent amniocentesis at 18 weeks of gestation because of an advanced maternal age. Amniocentesis revealed a karyotype of 46,XY,der(10)del(10) (q26.3)dup(10)(p11.2p15). She underwent repeat amniocentesis at 21 weeks of gestation and array comparative genomic hybridization revealed a 31...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
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