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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937611/hcg-biological-functions-and-clinical-applications
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Chinedu Nwabuobi, Sefa Arlier, Frederick Schatz, Ozlem Guzeloglu-Kayisli, Charles Joseph Lockwood, Umit Ali Kayisli
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is produced primarily by differentiated syncytiotrophoblasts, and represents a key embryonic signal that is essential for the maintenance of pregnancy. hCG can activate various signaling cascades including mothers against decapentaplegic homolog 2 (Smad2), protein kinase C (PKC), and/or protein kinase A (PKA) in several cells types by binding to luteinizing hormone/chorionic gonadotropin receptor (LHCGR) or potentially by direct/indirect interaction with transforming growth factor beta receptor (TGFβR)...
September 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937574/committee-opinion-no-722-marijuana-use-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
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Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy. The self-reported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2% to 5% in most studies. A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, and its use by pregnant women could increase even further as a result. Because of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937572/obstetric-care-consensus-no-6-periviable-birth
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Approximately 0.5% of all births occur before the third trimester of pregnancy, and these very early deliveries result in the majority of neonatal deaths and more than 40% of infant deaths. A recent executive summary of proceedings from a joint workshop defined periviable birth as delivery occurring from 20 0/7 weeks to 25 6/7 weeks of gestation. When delivery is anticipated near the limit of viability, families and health care teams are faced with complex and ethically challenging decisions. Multiple factors have been found to be associated with short-term and long-term outcomes of periviable births in addition to gestational age at birth...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937569/committee-opinion-summary-no-722-marijuana-use-during-pregnancy-and-lactation
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Cannabis sativa (marijuana) is the illicit drug most commonly used during pregnancy. The self-reported prevalence of marijuana use during pregnancy ranges from 2% to 5% in most studies. A growing number of states are legalizing marijuana for medicinal or recreational purposes, and its use by pregnant women could increase even further as a result. Because of concerns regarding impaired neurodevelopment, as well as maternal and fetal exposure to the adverse effects of smoking, women who are pregnant or contemplating pregnancy should be encouraged to discontinue marijuana use...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937567/obstetric-care-consensus-no-6-summary-periviable-birth
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Approximately 0.5% of all births occur before the third trimester of pregnancy, and these very early deliveries result in the majority of neonatal deaths and more than 40% of infant deaths. A recent executive summary of proceedings from a joint workshop defined periviable birth as delivery occurring from 20 0/7 weeks to 25 6/7 weeks of gestation. When delivery is anticipated near the limit of viability, families and health care teams are faced with complex and ethically challenging decisions. Multiple factors have been found to be associated with short-term and long-term outcomes of periviable births in addition to gestational age at birth...
October 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936585/understanding-intestinal-glucose-transporter-expression-in-obese-compared-to-non-obese-subjects
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Rebecca A Deal, Yueming Tang, Reid Fletcher, Alfonso Torquati, Philip Omotosho
INTRODUCTION: The impact of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on weight loss and co-morbid disease resolution is well established. However, the mechanisms underlying the procedure remain incompletely understood. Intestinal remodeling involving glucose transporters (GLUTs) may play a crucial role. Rat studies have demonstrated morphological adaptation of GLUTs within adipose and intestinal cells in association with the reprogramming of glucose metabolism. There is a limited understanding of the variations in expression amongst GLUT family receptors in the human intestine...
September 21, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934815/-the-fetal-profile-more-than-just-nt
#7
Markus Hoopmann, Karl Oliver Kagan
The midsagittal view of the fetal profile is essential in first trimester screening at 11 + 0 to 13 + 6 weeks of gestation. None of the standard sections in prenatal medicine is as well defined and undergoes such a strong quality assurance program. These requirements were recently challenged by the introduction of cell-free DNA screening. The fetal profile view was previously only needed for the appropriate measurement of the fetal nuchal translucency thickness. In recent years, it became evident that there are many more anomalies or markers for fetal defects that can be seen in this section such as spina bifida, facial clefts or retrognathia...
September 21, 2017: Ultraschall in der Medizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933064/the-influence-of-adipose-tissue-on-brain-development-cognition-and-risk-of-neurodegenerative-disorders
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Liliana Letra, Isabel Santana
The brain is a highly metabolic organ and thus especially vulnerable to changes in peripheral metabolism, including those induced by obesity-associated adipose tissue dysfunction. In this context, it is likely that the development and maturation of neurocognitive circuits may also be affected and modulated by metabolic environmental factors, beginning in utero. It is currently recognized that maternal obesity, either pre-gestational or gestational, negatively influences fetal brain development and elevates the risk of cognitive impairment and neuropsychiatric disorders in the offspring...
2017: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932678/precise-protein-photolithography-p-3-high-performance-biopatterning-using-silk-fibroin-light-chain-as-the-resist
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Wanpeng Liu, Zhitao Zhou, Shaoqing Zhang, Zhifeng Shi, Justin Tabarini, Woonsoo Lee, Yeshun Zhang, S N Gilbert Corder, Xinxin Li, Fei Dong, Liang Cheng, Mengkun Liu, David L Kaplan, Fiorenzo G Omenetto, Guozheng Zhang, Ying Mao, Tiger H Tao
Precise patterning of biomaterials has widespread applications, including drug release, degradable implants, tissue engineering, and regenerative medicine. Patterning of protein-based microstructures using UV-photolithography has been demonstrated using protein as the resist material. The Achilles heel of existing protein-based biophotoresists is the inevitable wide molecular weight distribution during the protein extraction/regeneration process, hindering their practical uses in the semiconductor industry where reliability and repeatability are paramount...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932402/comparative-study-of-sickle-cell-anemia-and-hemoglobin-sc-disease-clinical-characterization-laboratory-biomarkers-and-genetic-profiles
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Milena Magalhães Aleluia, Teresa Cristina Cardoso Fonseca, Regiana Quinto Souza, Fábia Idalina Neves, Caroline Conceição da Guarda, Rayra Pereira Santiago, Bruna Laís Almeida Cunha, Camylla Villas Boas Figueiredo, Sânzio Silva Santana, Silvana Sousa da Paz, Júnia Raquel Dutra Ferreira, Bruno Antônio Veloso Cerqueira, Marilda de Souza Gonçalves
BACKGROUND: In this study, we evaluate the association of different clinical profiles, laboratory and genetic biomarkers in patients with sickle cell anemia (SCA) and hemoglobin SC disease (HbSC) in attempt to characterize the sickle cell disease (SCD) genotypes. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study from 2013 to 2014 in 200 SCD individuals (141 with SCA; 59 with HbSC) and analyzed demographic data to characterize the study population. In addition, we determined the association of hematological, biochemical and genetic markers including the β(S)-globin gene haplotypes and the 3...
2017: BMC Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932228/pertussis-maternal-immunization-narrowing-the-knowledge-gaps-on-the-duration-of-transferred-protective-immunity-and-on-vaccination-frequency
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María Emilia Gaillard, Daniela Bottero, María Eugenia Zurita, Francisco Carriquiriborde, Pablo Martin Aispuro, Erika Bartel, David Sabater-Martínez, María Sol Bravo, Celina Castuma, Daniela Flavia Hozbor
Maternal safety through pertussis vaccination and subsequent maternal-fetal-antibody transfer are well documented, but information on infant protection from pertussis by such antibodies and by subsequent vaccinations is scarce. Since mice are used extensively for maternal-vaccination studies, we adopted that model to narrow those gaps in our understanding of maternal pertussis immunization. Accordingly, we vaccinated female mice with commercial acellular pertussis (aP) vaccine and measured offspring protection against Bordetella pertussis challenge and specific-antibody levels with or without revaccination...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930668/aspects-of-sexual-precocity-and-morphometry-of-uterus-placenta-and-embryos-fetuses-in-piau-breed-and-commercial-line-gilts
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José Carlos Montes, Jurandy Mauro Penitente-Filho, Simone Eliza Facioni Guimarães, Paulo Sávio Lopes, Breno Soares Camilo, Hugo Hideki Shiomi, Daniel Araújo Lima, Rogério Oliveira Pinho, Jhonata Vieira Tavares do Nascimento Pereira, Denise Silva Okano, Karine Assis Costa, José Domingos Guimarães
In view of the importance of the genetic material of local breeds in the swine industry and the lack of information about reproductive performance of Piau females, two experiments were conducted to evaluate puberty and sexual maturity as well as the morphometry of embryos/fetuses, placenta and uterus during the first 90 days of gestation in Piau breed and Commercial line gilts. In experiment I, 37 Piau and 25 commercial line gilts were used. From the 120 days of age, detection of estrus was performed using mature boars from the first to third estrus of each gilt...
September 12, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930595/the-contribution-of-ovine-models-to-perinatal-respiratory-physiology
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Nathalie Samson, Etienne Fortin-Pellerin, Jean-Paul Praud
The dramatic transition to air breathing at birth represents a true challenge for the newborn infant mammal, a period in which neonatal respiratory diseases are common. Since the 1930s, fetal and newborn lambs have been the model of choice for whole-animal studies on neonatal respiration. The present review aims to illustrate the relevance of ovine models in studying the establishment of successful breathing at birth and its maintenance in the early postnatal period, as well as a number of abnormal conditions that can interfere with these processes...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930172/rhein-induces-oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-in-mouse-blastocysts-and-has-immunotoxic-effects-during-embryonic-development
#14
Chien-Hsun Huang, Wen-Hsiung Chan
Rhein, a glucoside chemical compound found in a traditional Chinese medicine derived from the roots of rhubarb, induces cell apoptosis and is considered to have high potential as an antitumor drug. Several previous studies showed that rhein can inhibit cell proliferation and trigger mitochondria-related or endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress-dependent apoptotic processes. However, the side effects of rhein on pre- and post-implantation embryonic development remain unclear. Here, we show that rhein has cytotoxic effects on blastocyst-stage mouse embryos and induces oxidative stress and immunotoxicity in mouse fetuses...
September 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929580/selective-expression-of-egfp-in-mouse-perivascular-astrocytes-by-modification-of-the-mlc1-gene-using-t2a-based-ribosome-skipping
#15
Jordan J Toutounchian, Joseph H McCarty
Perivascular astrocyte end feet closely juxtapose cerebral blood vessels to regulate important developmental and physiological processes including endothelial cell proliferation and sprouting as well as the formation of the blood-brain barrier (BBB). The mechanisms underlying these events remain largely unknown due to a lack of experimental models for identifying perivascular astrocytes and distinguishing these cell types from other astroglial populations. Megalencephalic leukoencephalopathy with subcortical cysts 1 (Mlc1) is a transmembrane protein that is expressed in perivascular astrocyte end feet where it controls BBB development and homeostasis...
September 20, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928662/toxicity-of-nanoparticles-on-the-reproductive-system-in-animal-models-a-review
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REVIEW
Rahim Dad Brohi, Li Wang, Hira Sajjad Talpur, Di Wu, Farhan Anwar Khan, Dinesh Bhattarai, Zia-Ur Rehman, F Farmanullah, Li-Jun Huo
In the last two decades, nanotechnologies demonstrated various applications in different fields, including detection, sensing, catalysis, electronics, and biomedical sciences. However, public concerns regarding the well-being of human may hinder the wide utilization of this promising innovation. Although, humans are exposed to airborne nanosized particles from an early age, exposure to such particles has risen dramatically within the last century due to anthropogenic sources of nanoparticles. The wide application of nanomaterials in industry, consumer products, and medicine has raised concerns regarding the potential toxicity of nanoparticles in humans...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927798/effect-of-charcoal-dextran-stripped-fetal-bovine-serum-on-in-vitro-development-of-bovine-embryos
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Ayman Mesalam, Rami Kong, Imran Khan, Mmr Chowdhury, Byung-Hyun Choi, Sung Woo Kim, Kyu-Woan Cho, Jong-In Jin, Il-Keun Kong
This study investigated the ability of charcoal:dextran stripped fetal bovine serum (CDS FBS) and heat-inactivated fetal bovine serum (HI FBS) to support in vitro development of bovine embryos. The developmental ability and quality of bovine embryos were determined by assessing their cell number, lipid content, mitochondrial activity, gene expression, and cryo-tolerance. The percentage of embryos that formed a blastocyst was significantly (P<0.05) higher in medium containing CDS FBS than in medium containing HI FBS (42...
September 16, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926826/a-low-cerebroplacental-ratio-at-20-24-weeks-of-gestation-can-predict-reduced-fetal-size-later-in-pregnancy-or-at-birth
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Edgar Hernandez-Andrade, Eli Maymon, Offer Erez, Homam Saker, Suchaya Luewan, Maynor Garcia, Hyunyoung Ahn, Adi L Tarca, Bogdan Done, Steven J Korzeniewski, Sonia S Hassan, Roberto Romero
AIM: To determine whether Doppler evaluation at 20-24 weeks of gestation can predict reduced fetal size later in pregnancy or at birth. METHODS: Fetal biometry and Doppler velocimetry were performed in 2,986 women with a singleton pregnancy at 20-24 weeks of gestation. Predictive performances of the umbilical artery pulsatility index (UA-PI) or the mean uterine artery pulsatility index (UtA-PI) >95th percentile, middle cerebral artery pulsatility index, or cerebroplacental ratio (CPR) <5th percentile for early small for gestational age (SGA; <34 weeks of gestation), late SGA (≥34 weeks of gestation), or SGA at birth (birthweight <10th percentile) were analyzed...
September 20, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925570/first-trimester-screening-based-on-ultrasound-and-cfdna-vs-first-trimester-combined-screening-a-randomized-controlled-study
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Karl Oliver Kagan, Fabrina Sroka, Jiri Sonek, Harald Abele, Kai Lüthgens, Maximilian Schmid, Philipp Wagner, Sara Brucker, Diethelm Wallwiener, Markus Hoopmann
OBJECTIVE: Prospective randomized trial to compare the performance of first trimester combined screening (FTCS) with an approach that uses the combination of a detailed ultrasound examination and cfDNA analysis. METHODS: Pregnant women with a normal first-trimester ultrasound examination at 11 to 13 weeks' gestation (fetal NT ≤3.5 mm and no fetal defects) were randomized into two groups. In the first group, the risk of aneuploidy was assessed using FTCS based on the most recent FMF UK algorithm...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924318/pre-eclampsia-molecular-events-to-biomarkers
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REVIEW
Kavita Sahai, Seema Saraswathy, Tribhuvan Pal Yadav, Devendra Arora, Manu Krishnan
Pre-eclampsia is a hypertensive disorder in pregnancy, which accounts for 10-15% of the maternal and perinatal mortality worldwide. Abnormal placental development and tissue hypoxia are its main etiologic factors. The present diagnostic methods of blood pressure monitoring and renal function evaluation are insufficient in the early detection of pre-eclampsia. Since molecular events portent well ahead of the disease onset, biomarker research for the early diagnosis of pre-eclampsia has recently generated ambitious clinical targets...
April 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
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