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Aurélie Smets, Thomas Fauchier, Grégory Michel, Pierre Marty, Christelle Pomares
A maternal Toxoplasma gondii infection during pregnancy is a risk for congenital infection through maternal-fetal transplacental transmission. Estimation of the date of infection is of the utmost importance for management and treatment recommendations. In this setting, IgG avidity has been shown to be useful as high avidity rules out an infection dating less than 4 months. The estimated date of infection can also be obtained by the ratio of T. gondii IgG titers measured by the Vidas (bioMérieux) assay versus T...
2016: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
Danielle Dowdall, Christopher Flatley, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to evaluate the association between birth weight centiles and the risk of intrapartum compromise and adverse neonatal outcomes in term pregnancies. METHODS: Retrospective study of 32 468 term singleton births at a major tertiary maternity hospital in Australia. Data comprised gestation, mode, and indication for delivery and adverse perinatal outcomes. Fetal sex and gestational age-specific birth weight centiles were the main exposure variable...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Steen Kølvraa, Ripudaman Singh, Elizabeth A Normand, Sadeem Qdaisat, Ignatia B Van denVeyver, Laird Jackson, Lotte Hatt, Palle Schelde, Niels Uldbjerg, Else Marie Vestergaard, Li Zhao, Rui Chen, Chad A Shaw, Amy M Breman, Arthur L Beaudet
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on fetal cells in maternal blood has the advantage over NIPT based on circulating cell-free fetal DNA in that there is no contamination with maternal DNA. This will most likely result in better detection of chromosomal aberrations including subchromosomal defects. The objective of this study was to test whether fetal cells enriched from maternal blood can be used for cell-based NIPT. METHODS: We present a method for enriching fetal cells from maternal blood, subsequent amplification of the fetal genome and detection of chromosomal and subchromosomal variations in the genome...
October 19, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Christy-Lynn Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a common pregnancy complication and is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality. Placental hypoxia contributes to adverse fetal consequences, including IUGR. Exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia can lead to IUGR; however, assessment of maternal vascular function in a rat model of hypoxia, and the mechanisms that may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, has not been extensively studied. We hypothesized that exposing pregnant rats to hypoxia will affect maternal systemic vascular function and increase the uterine artery resistance index (RI), which will be associated with IUGR...
October 19, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
Miyuki Nishiyama, Akihiko Sekizawa, Kohei Ogawa, Hideaki Sawai, Hiroaki Nakamura, Osamu Samura, Nobuhiro Suzumori, Setsuko Nakayama, Takahiro Yamada, Masaki Ogawa, Yukiko Katagiri, Jun Murotsuki, Yoko Okamoto, Akira Namba, Haruka Hamanoue, Masanobu Ogawa, Kiyonori Miura, Shunichiro Izumi, Yoshimasa Kamei, Haruhiko Sago
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the rates of termination of pregnancy (TOP) for fetal chromosomal abnormalities and factors related to such parental decision in Japan. METHODS: A multicenter retrospective cohort study of chromosomal abnormalities diagnosed before 22 weeks of gestation between April 2008 and March 2015. The pregnancy outcomes and parental decisions were investigated. RESULTS: Among 931 fetuses with chromosome abnormalities, the total TOP rate was 75...
October 19, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Elsa Vera, Nazario Bosco, Lorenz Studer
Modeling late-onset disorders such as Parkinson's disease (PD) using iPSC technology remains a challenge, as current differentiation protocols yield cells with the properties of fetal-stage cells. Here, we tested whether it is possible to accelerate aging in vitro to trigger late-onset disease phenotypes in an iPSC model of PD. In order to manipulate a factor that is involved in natural aging as well as in premature aging syndromes, we used telomere shortening as an age-inducing tool. We show that shortened telomeres result in age-associated as well as potentially disease-associated phenotypes in human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC)-derived midbrain dopamine (mDA) neurons...
October 18, 2016: Cell Reports
Michael Feichtinger, Tina Stopp, Sandra Hofmann, Stephanie Springer, Sophie Pils, Alexandra Kautzky-Willer, Herbert Kiss, Wolfgang Eppel, Andrea Tura, Latife Bozkurt, Christian S Göbl
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: A history of gastric bypass surgery can influence the results of the OGTT recommended during pregnancy. Therefore, we compared OGTT glucose kinetics and pregnancy outcome between pregnant gastric bypass patients and BMI-matched, lean and obese controls. METHODS: Medical records were used to collect data on glucose measurements during the 2 h 75 g OGTT as well as on pregnancy and fetal outcome for 304 women (n = 76 per group, matched for age and date of delivery)...
October 18, 2016: Diabetologia
Sarah Schalekamp-Timmermans, Jerome Cornette, Albert Hofman, Willem A Helbing, Vincent W V Jaddoe, Eric A P Steegers, Bero O Verburg
BACKGROUND: There are sex differences in the risk of development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). According to the developmental origins of health and disease paradigm (DOHaD), CVD originates in fetal life. This study examines fetal sex differences in cardiovascular development in utero. METHODS: In 1028 pregnant women, we assessed fetal circulation using pulsed wave Doppler examinations between 28 and 34 weeks gestation. To test associations between fetal sex and fetal circulation measurements, linear regression models were used adjusting for fetal size, gestational age, and fetal heart rate...
2016: Biology of Sex Differences
Courtney Stanley Sundin, Lauren Bradham Mazac
Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare but serious and potentially deadly complication of pregnancy that is unpreventable and unpredictable. Most AFE events occur during labor; however, approximately one third happen during the immediate postpartum period. Presentation is abrupt and thought to be an abnormal response to fetal materials entering maternal circulation through the placental insertion site. Care providers must recognize the signs and symptoms of AFE and react quickly in effort to treat potential complications...
October 13, 2016: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
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
Vipulkumar Patel, Peter Celec, Magdalena Grunt, Heidi Schwarzenbach, Ingo Jenneckens, Timo Hillebrand
Circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) is a promising diagnostic tool and its size fractionation is of interest. However, kits for isolation of ccfDNA available on the market are designed for small volumes hence processing large sample volumes is laborious. We have tested a new method that enables enrichment of ccfDNA from large volumes of plasma and subsequently allows size-fractionation of isolated ccfDNA into two fractions with individually established cut-off levels of ccfDNA length. This method allows isolation of low-abundant DNA as well as separation of long and short DNA molecules...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Suzanne Drury, Sarah Mason, Fiona McKay, Kitty Lo, Christopher Boustred, Lucy Jenkins, Lyn S Chitty
Our UK National Health Service regional genetics laboratory offers NIPD for autosomal dominant and de novo conditions (achondroplasia, thanataphoric dysplasia, Apert syndrome), paternal mutation exclusion for cystic fibrosis and a range of bespoke tests. NIPD avoids the risks associated with invasive testing, making prenatal diagnosis more accessible to families at high genetic risk. However, the challenge remains in offering definitive diagnosis for autosomal recessive diseases, which is complicated by the predominance of the maternal mutant allele in the cell-free DNA sample and thus requires a variety of different approaches...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Chia Lin Chang, Chia Yu Chang, Da Xian Lee, Po Jen Cheng
Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder that affects 2-8 % of pregnancies. This disorder can lead to seizure, multi-organ failure and maternal death. The best approach to prevent pre-eclampsia-associated adverse outcomes is to be able to prevent pre-eclampsia as early as possible. Unfortunately, current diagnostic methods are ineffective at predicting the risk of pre-eclampsia during early pregnancy. In humans, low levels of a group of placenta-derived Pregnancy Specific Glycoproteins (PSGs) have been associated with intrauterine growth retardation and pre-eclampsia and there is a significant enrichment of cases with deletions in the PSG gene locus in pre-eclampsia patients...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Dick Oepkes, Lieve C Page-Christiaens, Caroline J Bax, Mireille N Bekker, Catia M Bilardo, Elles M J Boon, G Heleen Schuring-Blom, Audrey B C Coumans, Brigitte H Faas, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Attie T Go, Lidewij Henneman, Merryn V E Macville, Eva Pajkrt, Ron F Suijkerbuijk, Karin Huijsdens-vanAmsterdam, Diane Van Opstal, E J Joanne Verweij, Marjan M Weiss, Erik A Sistermans
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical impact of nationwide implementation of genome-wide Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) in pregnancies at increased risk for fetal trisomies 21, 18 and 13. METHOD: Women with elevated risk based on first trimester combined testing (FCT ≥ 1:200) or medical history, not advanced maternal age alone, were offered NIPT as contingent screening test, performed by Dutch University Medical laboratories. We analyzed uptake, test performance, redraw/failure rate, turn-around time and pregnancy outcome...
October 17, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Merel M C Bruijn, Jolande Y Vis, Femke F Wilms, Martijn A Oudijk, Anneke Kwee, Martina M Porath, Guid Oei, Hubertina C J Scheepers, Marc E A Spaanderman, Kitty W M Bloemenkamp, Monique C Haak, Antoinette C Bolte, Frank P H A Vandenbussche, Mallory D Woiski, Caroline J Bax, Jérôme M J Cornette, Johannes J Duvekot, Bas W A Nij Bijvank, Jim van Eyck, Maureen T M Franssen, Krystyna M Sollie, Joris A M van der Post, Patrick M M Bossuyt, Brent C Opmeer, M Kok, Ben W J Mol, Gert-Jan van Baaren
OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracy of the Actim Partus test and fetal fibronectin (fFN) test in the prediction of spontaneous preterm delivery within seven days in symptomatic women undergoing cervical length measurement. STUDY DESIGN: We performed a post-hoc analysis on frozen samples of a nationwide cohort study in all 10 perinatal centres in the Netherlands. We selected samples from women with signs of preterm labour between 24 and 34 weeks of gestational age and a cervical length below 30mm...
September 20, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
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November 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Joginder Pal Attri, Reena Makhni, Savinder Sethi
BACKGROUND: Combined spinal-epidural analgesia has become the preferred technique for labor analgesia as it combines the benefits of both spinal analgesia and flexibility of epidural catheter. Study was carried out with the primary aim to compare levobupivacaine and ropivacaine with fentanyl in terms of onset and duration of sensory block and to know maternal and fetal outcome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a prospective randomized double-blind study, 60 primipara of the American Society of Anesthesiologists health status Class I and II with singleton pregnancy in active stage of labor were randomly allocated into two groups of 30 each...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Amit Agrawal, Veena Asthana, J P Sharma, Vineeta Gupta
BACKGROUND: Subarachnoid block is the preferred technique for providing anesthesia for patients undergoing cesarean section. Various pharmacological agents in added to local anesthetics (LA) modify their original effects in terms of block characteristics and quality of analgesia. However, there is ongoing debate about this practice of using adjuncts with LA. We tested whether addition of lipophilic versus lipophobic opioids to LA gives any clinical benefits to maternal and fetal outcome when used in these patients requiring spinal anesthesia...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Orsolya Balogh, Marie Roch, Stefanie Keller, Erika Michel, Iris M Reichler
In dogs, there is no diagnostic test to identify and differentiate fetal fluids from maternal urine in the event that a clear-yellowish vulvar discharge is observed pre-whelping. The objective of this study was to find a test that could easily and accurately identify rupture of the fetal membranes preceding parturition. Maternal urine, and amniotic fluid (AMF) and allantoic fluid (ALF) from only one fetus per bitch, were collected intraoperatively during cesarean section. Specific gravity (SG) was analyzed with a refractometer, whereas the presence of leukocytes, protein, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen, nitrite, erythrocyte/hemoglobin (Hb), and the pH were assessed using a urine dipstick (Combur-Test)...
September 21, 2016: Theriogenology
Amy C Hermesch, Amanda A Allshouse, Kent D Heyborne
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between body mass index (BMI) and the onset of parturition throughout gestation. METHODS: This was a secondary analysis of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network Preterm Prediction Study. Time-to-spontaneous-birth-event (ie, "survival") methods were used to study the association of BMI with the timing of spontaneous onset of labor throughout gestation with indicated births censored at delivery. A Kaplan-Meier estimate of the probability of spontaneous labor was compared with a log rank test across five categories of BMI (kg/m): underweight (less than 18...
October 6, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
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