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Yejin Park, Hyun Jin Lee, Yun Ji Jung, Joon Ho Lee, Ja Young Kwon, Young-Han Kim
Neuroblastoma is the most common pediatric extracranial solid tumor derived from primitive neural crest cells of the sympathetic nervous system. Although one-fifths of all neuroblastomas occurs within the thorax, thoracic neuroblastomas detected in fetus have been rarely reported. We report a case of fetal thoracic neuroblastoma with massive pleural effusion detected with prenatal ultrasonography. A 34-year-old Korean second-gravida was referred to our hospital at 30 weeks of gestation for evaluation, after the right lung mass found in the fetus...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Leigh Zerboni, Phillip Sung, Gordon Lee, Ann Arvin
Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is the skin-tropic human alphaherpesvirus responsible for both varicella and herpes zoster. Varicella and herpes zoster skin lesions have similar morphology but herpes zoster occurs disproportionally in older individuals and is often associated with a more extensive local rash and severe zoster-related neuralgia. We hypothesized that skin aging could also influence the outcome of the anterograde axonal transport of VZV to skin. We utilized human skin xenografts maintained in immunodeficient (SCID) mice to study VZV-induced skin pathology in vivo in fetal and adult skin xenografts...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Virology
Claudia Cavallini, Chiara Zannini, Elena Olivi, Riccardo Tassinari, Valentina Taglioli, Martina Rossi, Paola Poggi, Alexandros Chatgilialoglu, Giuliana Simonazzi, Francesco Alviano, Laura Bonsi, Carlo Ventura
Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) are an effective tool in regenerative medicine notably for their intrinsic plentiful paracrine activity rather than differentiating properties. The hMSC secretome includes a wide spectrum of regulatory and trophic factors, encompassing several naked molecules as well as different kinds of extracellular vesicles (EVs). Among EVs, exosomes represent an intriguing population, able to shuttle proteins, transcription factors, and genetic materials, with a relevant role in cell-to-cell communication, modulating biological responses in recipient cells...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
Priyadarsini Kumar, Kewa Gao, Chuwang Wang, Christopher Pivetti, Lee Lankford, Diana Farmer, Aijun Wang
Hemophilia A (HA) is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by mutations in the factor VIII ( FVIII) gene leading to deficient blood coagulation. The current standard of care is frequent infusions of plasma-derived FVIII or recombinant B-domain-deleted FVIII (BDD-FVIII). While this treatment is effective, many patients eventually develop FVIII inhibitors that limit the effectiveness of the infused FVIII. As a monogenic disorder, HA is an ideal target for gene or cell-based therapy. Several studies have investigated allogeneic stem cell therapy targeting in utero or postnatal treatment of HA but have not been successful in completely correcting HA...
January 2018: Cell Transplantation
M Vázquez-Gómez, C García-Contreras, L Torres-Rovira, S Astiz, C Óvilo, A González-Bulnes, B Isabel
Background: The aim of this study was to determine how maternal undernutrition during pregnancy and offspring birth-weight can affect the postnatal development of offspring under farm conditions, which may lead to consequences in its meat and carcass quality. The current study involved a total of 80 litters from Iberian sows fed a diet fulfilling daily requirements ( n  = 47; control) or providing 70% daily requirements ( n  = 33; underfed) from d 38 to d 90 of gestation when fetal tissue development begins...
2018: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
Shirin Niromanesh, Mahboobeh Shirazi, Mitra Eftekhariyazdi, Forough Mortazavi
Background: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy and is related to poor perinatal outcomes. Reduction of neonatal complications of GDM is feasible by assessment of fetal well-being. Both fetal Doppler and NST are used for the screening of high-risk pregnancies. Objective: We aimed to compare the non-stress test (NST) and umbilical artery (UA) Doppler assessments for evaluation of the adverse perinatal outcomes in GDM...
December 2017: Electronic Physician
Luana Paulesu, Ch V Rao, Francesca Ietta, Adalgisa Pietropolli, Carlo Ticconi
Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone of considerable importance in the establishment, promotion and maintenance of human pregnancy. It has been clearly demonstrated that hCG exerts multiple endocrine, paracrine and autocrine actions on a variety of gestational and non-gestational cells and tissues. These actions are directed to promote trophoblast invasiveness and differentiation, placental growth, angiogenesis in uterine vasculature, hormone production, modulation of the immune system at the maternal-fetal interface, inhibition of myometrial contractility as well as fetal growth and differentiation...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Christina M Ferrer, Marielle Alders, Alex V Postma, Seonmi Park, Mark A Klein, Murat Cetinbas, Eva Pajkrt, Astrid Glas, Silvana van Koningsbruggen, Vincent M Christoffels, Marcel M A M Mannens, Lia Knegt, Jean-Pierre Etchegaray, Ruslan I Sadreyev, John M Denu, Gustavo Mostoslavsky, Merel C van Maarle, Raul Mostoslavsky
It has been well established that histone and DNA modifications are critical to maintaining the equilibrium between pluripotency and differentiation during early embryogenesis. Mutations in key regulators of DNA methylation have shown that the balance between gene regulation and function is critical during neural development in early years of life. However, there have been no identified cases linking epigenetic regulators to aberrant human development and fetal demise. Here, we demonstrate that a homozygous inactivating mutation in the histone deacetylase SIRT6 results in severe congenital anomalies and perinatal lethality in four affected fetuses...
March 19, 2018: Genes & Development
Wen Hao Neo, Christopher A G Booth, Emanuele Azzoni, Lijun Chi, Paul Delgado-Olguín, Marella F T R de Bruijn, Sten Eirik W Jacobsen, Adam J Mead
Despite the well-established cell-intrinsic role of epigenetic factors in normal and malignant hematopoiesis, their cell-extrinsic role remains largely unexplored. Herein we investigated the hematopoietic impact of inactivating Ezh2 , a key component of polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), in the fetal liver (FL) vascular niche. Hematopoietic specific ( Vav -iCre) Ezh2 -inactivation enhanced FL hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) expansion with normal FL erythropoiesis. In contrast, endothelium ( Tie2 -Cre) targeted Ezh2 -inactivation resulted in embryonic lethality with severe anemia at E13...
March 19, 2018: Blood
Ming Hu, Zhenhui Zhang, Bin Liu, Shuangwei Zhang, Renjie Chai, Xiaohua Chen, Tianyu Kong, Fangcheng Zhang, Jingzhi Zhang, Shiming Liu, Ningning Liu
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac hypertrophy is a major outcome and compensatory response of the cardiovascular system to hemodynamic and additional stress responses that ultimately lead to heart failure. Auranofin (Aur) has been used for treating rheumatic arthritis for several decades. Aur is a 19S proteasome-associated deubiquitinase inhibitor, and inhibition of the proteasome is speculated to reverse cardiac hypertrophy. However, the role of the deubiquitinases, especially 19S proteasome-associated deubiquitinases, in the regulation of cardiac remodeling remains poorly understood...
March 15, 2018: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
Bożenna Mytar, Małgorzata Stec, Rafał Szatanek, Kazimierz Węglarczyk, Katarzyna Szewczyk, Antoni Szczepanik, Grażyna Drabik, Jarek Baran, Maciej Siedlar, Monika Baj-Krzyworzeka
The three cell lines, designated as gastric cancer (GC)1401, GC1415 and GC1436 were derived from peritoneal effusions from patients with gastric adenocarcinoma. Cell lines were established in tissue culture and in immunodeficient, non-obese diabetic/severe combined immunodeficiency (NOD/SCID) mice. All cell lines were cultured in Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium supplemented with 5% fetal bovine serum. These cell lines were grown as an adherent monolayer with doubling time ranging between 25 h (GC1436 cell line) and 30-34 h (GC1401 and GC1415, respectively)...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Monica G Ferrini, Eduardo Garcia, Andrea Abraham, Jorge N Artaza, Sabine Nguyen, Jacob Rajfer
INTRODUCTION: COMP-4 is a natural compound-based dietary supplement consisting of the combination of ginger, Paullinia cupana, muira puama and l-citrulline, which when given long-term has been shown in the aged rat to a) upregulate iNOS in the penile smooth muscle cells (SMC), b) reverse the corporal SMC apoptosis and fibrosis associated with corporal veno-occlusive dysfunction (CVOD), and c) improve resulting erectile function. To elucidate the mechanism of how COMP-4 and its individual components modulate the iNOS-cGMP pathway, an in vitro study was conducted using a rat corporal primary SMC culture to determine its effect on NOS, soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC), cGMP and the phosphodiesterase 5 enzyme (PDE5)...
March 15, 2018: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
Jae W Song, Gerlinde M Gruber, Janina M Patsch, Rainer Seidl, Daniela Prayer, Gregor Kasprian
Prenatal detection of abnormal white matter tracts might serve as a structural marker for altered neurodevelopment. As a result of many technical and patient-related challenges, the accuracy of prenatal tractography remains unknown. We hypothesized that characteristics of prenatal tractography of the corpus callosum and corticospinal tracts derived from fetal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) data are accurate and predictive of the integrity of these tracts postnatally. We compared callosal and corticospinal tracts of 12 subjects with paired prenatal (age: 23-35 gestational weeks) and postnatal (age: 1 day to 2 years) DTI examinations (b values of 0 s/mm2 and 700 s/mm2 , 16 gradient encoding directions) using deterministic tractography...
April 2018: Pediatric Radiology
M Migda, M S Migda, B Migda, E Wender-Ozegowska
Metabolic syndrome (MS) and obesity is an important risk factor for fetal complications like excessive fetal growth manifested by large for gestational age (LGA) and macrosomia, which is a consequence of metabolic disturbances present in the first trimester of pregnancy. The aim of this prospective observational study is to analyze the relationship between the first trimester biochemical and anthropometric parameters of fetuses with the incidence of their macrosomia and LGA so to early predict such complications in women with symptoms of MS...
December 2017: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
Christophe O Chantre, Patrick H Campbell, Holly M Golecki, Adrian T Buganza, Andrew K Capulli, Leila F Deravi, Stephanie Dauth, Sean P Sheehy, Jeffrey A Paten, Karl Gledhill, Yanne S Doucet, Hasan E Abaci, Seungkuk Ahn, Benjamin D Pope, Jeffrey W Ruberti, Simon P Hoerstrup, Angela M Christiano, Kevin Kit Parker
Wounds in the fetus can heal without scarring. Consequently, biomaterials that attempt to recapitulate the biophysical and biochemical properties of fetal skin have emerged as promising pro-regenerative strategies. The extracellular matrix (ECM) protein fibronectin (Fn) in particular is believed to play a crucial role in directing this regenerative phenotype. Accordingly, Fn has been implicated in numerous wound healing studies, yet remains untested in its fibrillar conformation as found in fetal skin. Here, we show that high extensional (∼1...
March 5, 2018: Biomaterials
Yanan Zhu, Na Zuo, Bin Li, Ying Xiong, Haiyun Chen, Hangyuan He, Zhaoxia Sun, Shuangshuang Hu, Hui Cheng, Ying Ao, Hui Wang
This study aimed to prove that prenatal ethanol exposure (PEE) can induce nephrotic syndrome in male rat offspring and to explore the underlying intrauterine programming mechanisms. Pregnant Wistar rats were intragastrically administered ethanol (4 g/kg d) from gestational day (GD) 9 to GD 20, and the male fetuses were delivered by cesarean section at GD20 and the male adult offspring were euthanized at postnatal week (PW) 24. In vitro, the primary metanephric mesenchyme cells were treated with ethanol at concentrations of 15-60 mM...
March 13, 2018: Toxicology
Safa Ben Mimouna, Sana Boughammoura, Marouane Chemek, Zohra Haouas, Mohamed Banni, Imed Messaoudi
This study was carried out to investigate the effects of maternal Cd and/or Zn exposure on some parameters of Zn metabolism in fetal brain of Wistar rats. Thus, female controls and other exposed by the oral route during the gestation period to Cd (50 mg CdCl2 /L) and/or Zn (ZnCl2 60 mg/L) were used. The male fetuses at age 20 days of gestation (GD20) were sacrificed and their brains were taken for histological, chemical and molecular analysis. Zn depletion was observed in the brains of fetuses issued from mothers exposed to Cd...
March 13, 2018: Chemico-biological Interactions
T Arthur Chang, Gennadiy I Bondarenko, Behzad Gerami-Naini, Jessica G Drenzek, Maureen Durning, Mark A Garthwaite, Jenna Kropp Schmidt, Thaddeus G Golos
BACKGROUND: The initiation of primate embryo invasion into the endometrium and the formation of the placenta from trophoblasts, fetal mesenchyme, and vascular components are essential for the establishment of a successful pregnancy. The mechanisms which direct morphogenesis of the chorionic villi, and the interactions between trophectoderm-derived trophoblasts and the fetal mesenchyme to direct these processes during placentation are not well understood due to a dearth of systems to examine and manipulate real-time primate implantation...
March 16, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Lily Wei Chen, Chien-Jung Huang, Wen-Hui Tu, Chia-Ju Lu, Yi-Chen Sun, Szu-Yuan Lin, Wei-Li Chen
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether lyophilized human platelet lysate (HPL) powder can preserve the growth factor concentrations and epitheliotrophic properties of liquid HPL, and potentially be used as a clinically-friendly treatment option. METHODS: Two commercialized liquid HPLs, UltraGRO TM (Helios, Atlanta, GA) and PLTMax (Mill Creek, Rochester, MI), were obtained and converted to lyophilized powder. After redissolution, lyophilized powder HPLs were compared with liquid HPLs, as well as human peripheral serum (HPS) and fetal bovine serum (FBS) in liquid or redissolved lyophilized powder forms...
2018: PloS One
Agnieszka Drozdowska-Szymczak, Bronisława Pietrzak, Natalia Czaplińska, Joanna Schreiber-Zamora, Zoulikha Jabiry-Zieniewicz, Mirosław Wielgoś, Bożena Kociszewska-Najman
BACKGROUND Immunosuppressive treatment in pregnant organ recipients can affect functions of the fetal and newborn immune system. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of this treatment on selected parameters of the immune system of children born to mothers after liver transplantation. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study included 52 children born to liver recipients and 52 children in the control group. The study was conducted in the 1st Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of Warsaw...
March 16, 2018: Annals of Transplantation: Quarterly of the Polish Transplantation Society
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