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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103589/the-effects-of-body-mass-index-on-second-trimester-amniotic-fluid-cytokine-and-matrix-metalloproteinase-levels
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Rauf Melekoglu, Osman Ciftci, Sevil Eraslan, Nese Basak, Ebru Celik
AIM: The aim of this study was to determine the effects of obesity on amniotic fluid (AF) inflammatory markers in second-trimester AF, testing the hypothesis that there is a relationship between maternal body mass index (BMI) and fetal inflammatory exposure. METHODS: AF was obtained from 84 singleton pregnant women undergoing elective amniocentesis for karyotype analysis at 16-24 weeks of gestation between April 2014 and May 2016. The cell-free AF was used to analyze interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-6, and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1, MMP-6, and MMP-13...
January 20, 2017: Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102330/new-insights-into-fetal-mammary-gland-morphogenesis-differential-effects-of-natural-and-environmental-estrogens
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Lucia Speroni, Maria Voutilainen, Marja L Mikkola, Skylar A Klager, Cheryl M Schaeberle, Carlos Sonnenschein, Ana M Soto
An increased breast cancer risk during adulthood has been linked to estrogen exposure during fetal life. However, the impossibility of removing estrogens from the feto-maternal unit has hindered the testing of estrogen's direct effect on mammary gland organogenesis. To overcome this limitation, we developed an ex vivo culture method of the mammary gland where the direct action of estrogens can be tested during embryonic days (E)14 to 19. Mouse mammary buds dissected at E14 and cultured for 5 days showed that estrogens directly altered fetal mammary gland development...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102322/size-selective-separation-and-overall-amplification-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-fragments-using-pcr-based-enrichment
#3
Qiwei Yang, Zhenwu Du, Yang Song, Sujie Gao, Shan Yu, He Zhu, Ming Ren, Guizhen Zhang
This study aimed to establish a method for the selective amplification of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) in maternal plasma and preserve the integrity of DNA fragments during amplification, thereby providing a sufficient amount of cffDNA to meet the requirement of routine non-invasive prenatal testing. We amplified DNA molecules in a one-reaction system without considering their particular sequences and lengths (overall amplification) by using PCR-based enrichment. We then modified PCR conditions to verify the effect of denaturation temperature on DNA amplification on various lengths of DNA (selective overall amplification)...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101245/apobec3b-expression-in-human-leptomeninges-and-meningiomas
#4
Mahlon D Johnson, Jay E Reeder, Mary O'Connell
Nucleic acid-editing enzymes of the apolipoprotein B mRNA-editing enzyme (APOBEC) family have been associated with somatic mutation in cancer. However, the role of APOBEC catalytic subunit 3B (APOBEC3B) editing in the pathogenesis of base substitutions in meningiomas is unknown. In the present study, the expression of APOBEC3B was examined by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blot analyses in five fetal and one adult human leptomeninges and 38 meningiomas. Genomic DNA was sequenced using the Illumina Tru-Seq Cancer Panel...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100822/conditional-fetal-and-infant-killing-by-male-baboons
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Matthew N Zipple, Jackson H Grady, Jacob B Gordon, Lydia D Chow, Elizabeth A Archie, Jeanne Altmann, Susan C Alberts
Sexually selected feticide-the death of infants in utero as a result of male behaviour-has only rarely been described or analysed, although it is presumed to be favoured by the same selective pressures that favour sexually selected infanticide. To test this hypothesis, we measured the frequency of feticide and infanticide by male baboons of the Amboseli basin in Kenya, and examined which characteristics of a male and his environment made him more likely to commit feticide and/or infanticide. We found a dramatic increase in fetal and infant death rates, but no increase in death rates of 1- to 2-year-old individuals, following the immigration of males who stood to benefit from feticide and infanticide...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100476/chronic-anemic-hypoxemia-attenuates-glucose-stimulated-insulin-secretion-in-fetal-sheep
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Joshua S Benjamin, Christine B Culpepper, Laura D Brown, Stephanie R Wesolowski, Sonnet S Jonker, Melissa Ann Davis, Sean W Limesand, Randall B Wilkening, William W Hay, Paul J Rozance
Fetal insulin secretion is inhibited by acute hypoxemia. The relationship between prolonged hypoxemia and insulin secretion, however, is less well defined. To test the hypothesis that prolonged fetal hypoxemia impairs insulin secretion, studies were performed in sheep fetuses that were bled to anemic conditions for 9 ± 0 days (anemic, n=19) and compared to control fetuses (n=15). Arterial hematocrit and oxygen content were 34% and 52% lower, respectively, in anemic vs. control fetuses (P<0.0001). Plasma glucose concentrations were 21% higher in the anemic group (P<0...
January 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099781/old-drug-scaffold-new-activity-thalidomide-correlated-compounds-exerting-different-effects-on-breast-cancer-cell-growth-and-progression
#7
Alessia Carocci, Alessia Catalano, Domenico Iacopetta, Maria Stefania Sinicropi
Thalidomide was firstly used as morning sickness relief in pregnant women and then withdrawn from market because of its dramatic effects on fetal normal development. Over the last decades, it has been successfully used for the care of several pathologies, including cancer. Many analogues with improved activity were synthesized and tested. Herein, we report some effects on MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells growth and progression of a small series of thalidomide correlated compounds, very effective in inducing cancer cells death by triggering TNFα-mediated apoptosis...
January 18, 2017: ChemMedChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098911/diagnosis-for-choroideremia-in-a-large-chinese-pedigree-by-next%C3%A2-generation-sequencing-ngs-and-non%C3%A2-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt
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Li Zhu, Jingliang Cheng, Boxu Zhou, Chunli Wei, Weichan Yang, Dong Jiang, Iqra Ijaz, Xiaojun Tan, Rui Chen, Junjiang Fu
To develop an effective strategy to isolate and use cell‑free fetal DNA (cffDNA) for the combined use of next‑generation sequencing (NGS) for diagnosing choroideremia and non‑invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Y chromosome determination, a large Chinese family with an X‑linked recessive disease, choroideremia, was recruited. Cell‑free DNA was extracted from maternal plasma, and SRY polymerase chain reaction amplification was performed using NIPT. Sanger sequencing was subsequently used for fetal amniotic fluid DNA verification...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097507/in-vitro-phase-i-and-phase-ii-drug-metabolism-in-the-liver-of-juvenile-and-adult-g%C3%A3-ttingen-minipigs
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Els Van Peer, Frank Jacobs, Jan Snoeys, Jos Van Houdt, Ils Pijpers, Christophe Casteleyn, Chris Van Ginneken, Steven Van Cruchten
PURPOSE: In view of pediatric drug development, juvenile animal studies are gaining importance. However, data on drug metabolizing capacities of juvenile animals are scarce, especially in non-rodent species. Therefore, we aimed to characterize the in vitro biotransformation of four human CYP450 substrates and one UGT substrate in the livers of developing Göttingen minipigs. METHODS: Liver microsomes from late fetal, Day 1, Day 3, Day 7, Day 28, and adult male and female Göttingen minipigs were incubated with a cocktail of CYP450 substrates, including phenacetin, tolbutamide, dextromethorphan, and midazolam...
January 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096434/precocious-glucocorticoid-exposure-reduces-skeletal-muscle-satellite-cells-in-the-fetal-rat
#10
Ganga Gokulakrishnan, Xiaoyan Chang, Ryan Fleischmann, Marta Fiorotto
Perinatal skeletal muscle growth rates are a function of protein and myonuclear accretion. Precocious exposure of the fetus to glucocorticoids (GLC) in utero impairs muscle growth. Reduced muscle protein synthesis rates contribute to this response, but the consequences for myonuclear hyperplasia are unknown. To test the hypothesis that blunting of Pax7+ muscle progenitor cell proliferative activity by GLC in vivo also contributes to reduced fetal muscle growth, pregnant rats were administered dexamethasone (DEX;1 mg/L drinking water) from embryonic day (ED) 13 to ED21...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095377/associations-of-maternal-leptin-with-neonatal-adiposity-differ-according-to-pregravid-weight
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Julie Patenaude, Guillaume Lacerte, Marilyn Lacroix, Laetitia Guillemette, Catherine Allard, Myriam Doyon, Marie-Claude Battista, Julie Moreau, Julie Ménard, Jean-Luc Ardilouze, Patrice Perron, Marie-France Hivert
BACKGROUND: During pregnancy, maternal circulating leptin is released by maternal adipose tissue and the placenta, and may have a role in fetal development. OBJECTIVES: We investigated maternal leptinemia and glycemia associations with neonatal adiposity, taking into account pregravid weight status. METHODS: We included 235 pregnant women from the Genetics of Glucose Regulation in Gestation and Growth prospective cohort with data: blood samples collected during the 2nd trimester, an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and the measured leptin and glucose levels...
January 18, 2017: Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091399/sex-determination-and-maintenance-the-role-of-dmrt1-and-foxl2
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Shengsong Huang, Leping Ye, Haolin Chen
In many species, including mammals, sex determination is genetically based. The sex chromosomes that individuals carry determine sex identity. Although the genetic base of phenotypic sex is determined at the moment of fertilization, the development of testes or ovaries in the bipotential early gonads takes place during embryogenesis. During development, sex determination depends upon very few critical genes. When one of these key genes functions inappropriately, sex reversal may happen. Consequently, an individual's sex phenotype may not necessarily be consistent with the sex chromosomes that are present...
January 13, 2017: Asian Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088673/relationship-between-neonatal-gastroschisis-and-maternal-body-mass-index-in-a-united-kingdom-population
#13
Joann Hale, Abigail Derbyshire, Alexander Taylor, Clive Osmond, Diana Wellesley, David T Howe
OBJECTIVE: It has been reported that gastroschisis is associated with low maternal body mass index (BMI). We tested this hypothesis in the UK. STUDY DESIGN: We studied cases of gastroschisis ascertained from the regional fetal congenital anomaly register. We compared each affected mother with two controls from the birth register and maternity database. The first control was the next mother to deliver in the hospital, representing the normal population of mothers...
December 15, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088294/suitability-of-small-diagnostic-peripheral-blood-samples-for-cell-therapy-studies
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Coralea Stephanou, Panayiota Papasavva, Myria Zachariou, Petros Patsali, Marilena Epitropou, Petros Ladas, Ruba Al-Abdulla, Soteroulla Christou, Michael N Antoniou, Carsten W Lederer, Marina Kleanthous
BACKGROUND AIMS: Primary hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) are key components of cell-based therapies for blood disorders and are thus the authentic substrate for related research. We propose that ubiquitous small-volume diagnostic samples represent a readily available and as yet untapped resource of primary patient-derived cells for cell- and gene-therapy studies. METHODS: In the present study we compare isolation and storage methods for HSPCs from normal and thalassemic small-volume blood samples, considering genotype, density-gradient versus lysis-based cell isolation and cryostorage media with different serum contents...
February 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088292/human-fetal-intestinal-epithelial-cells-metabolize-and-incorporate-branched-chain-fatty-acids-in-a-structure-specific-manner
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Lei Liu, Zhen Wang, Hui Gyu Park, Chuang Xu, Peter Lawrence, Xueli Su, Vasuki Wijendran, W Allan Walker, Kumar S D Kothapalli, J Thomas Brenna
BACKGROUND: Branched chain fatty acids (BCFA) are constituents of gastrointestinal (GI) tract in healthy newborn human infants, reduce the incidence of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in a neonatal rat model, and are incorporated into small intestine cellular lipids in vivo. We hypothesize that BCFA are taken up, metabolized and incorporated into human fetal cells in vitro. METHODS: Human H4 cells, a fetal non-transformed primary small intestine cell line, were incubated with albumin-bound non-esterified anteiso-17:0, iso-16:0, iso-18:0 and/or iso-20:0, and FA profiles in lipid fractions were analyzed...
January 2017: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087634/genome-wide-identification-of-regulatory-elements-in-sertoli-cells
#16
Danielle M Maatouk, Anirudh Natarajan, Yoichiro Shibata, Lingyun Song, Gregory E Crawford, Uwe Ohler, Blanche Capel
A current goal of molecular biology is to identify transcriptional networks regulating cell differentiation. However, identifying functional gene regulatory elements has been challenging in the context of developing tissues where material is limited and cell types are mixed. To identify regulatory sites during sex determination, we subjected Sertoli cells from mouse fetal testes to DNaseI-seq and ChIP-seq for H3K27ac. DNaseI-seq identified putative regulatory sites around Sertoli- and pregranulosa-enriched genes; however, active enhancers marked by H3K27ac were enriched proximal only to Sertoli-enriched genes...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081297/first-trimester-noninvasive-fetal-rhd-genotyping-using-maternal-dried-blood-spots
#17
Yali Xiong, Stacey Jeronis, Barbara Hoffman, Dan A Liebermann, Ossie Geifman-Holtzman
OBJECTIVE: This study was aimed to evaluate whether maternal dried blood spots (DBS) could be a potential source for the non-invasive fetal RHD genotyping, serving as a combined one-step test for both the First Trimester Screen and the fetal RHD genotyping. METHOD: Both the DBS and the peripheral blood samples from nineteen RhD-negative pregnant women were obtained during the First Trimester Screen. DNA was extracted and Sequential Real-time PCRs were performed to determine the fetal RHD genotypes...
January 12, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079901/the-clinical-utility-of-dna-based-screening-for-fetal-aneuploidy-by-primary-obstetrical-care-providers-in-the-general-pregnancy-population
#18
Glenn E Palomaki, Edward M Kloza, Barbara M O'Brien, Elizabeth E Eklund, Geralyn M Lambert-Messerlian
OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical utility of cell-free DNA (cfDNA)-based screening for aneuploidies offered through primary obstetrical care providers to a general pregnancy population. METHODS: Patient educational materials were developed and validated and providers were trained. Serum was collected for reflexive testing of cfDNA failures. Providers and patients were surveyed concerning knowledge, decision making, and satisfaction. Pregnancy outcome was determined by active or passive ascertainment...
January 12, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079791/a-possible-new-approach-in-the-prediction-of-late-gestational-hypertension-the-role-of-the-fetal-aortic-intima-media-thickness
#19
Silvia Visentin, Ambrogio P Londero, Martina Camerin, Enrico Grisan, Erich Cosmi
The aim was to determine the predictive role of combined screening for late-onset gestational hypertension by fetal ultrasound measurements, third trimester uterine arteries (UtAs) Doppler imaging, and maternal history. This prospective study on singleton pregnancies was conducted at the tertiary center of Maternal and Fetal Medicine of the University of Padua during the period between January 2012 and December 2014. Ultrasound examination (fetal biometry, fetal wellbeing, maternal Doppler study, fetal abdominal aorta intima-media thickness [aIMT], and fetal kidney volumes), clinical data (mother age, prepregnancy body mass index [BMI], and parity), and pregnancy outcomes were collected...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077098/validity-of-gestational-age-estimates-by-last-menstrual-period-and-neonatal-examination-compared-to-ultrasound-in-vietnam
#20
Nicholas P Deputy, Phuong H Nguyen, Hoa Pham, Son Nguyen, Lynnette Neufeld, Reynaldo Martorell, Usha Ramakrishnan
BACKGROUND: Accurate estimation of gestational age is important for both clinical and public health purposes. Estimates of gestational age using fetal ultrasound measurements are considered most accurate but are frequently unavailable in low- and middle-income countries. The objective of this study was to assess the validity of last menstrual period and Farr neonatal examination estimates of gestational age, compared to ultrasound estimates, in a large cohort of women in Vietnam. METHODS: Data for this analysis come from a randomized, placebo-controlled micronutrient supplementation trial in Vietnam...
January 11, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
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