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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348080/squid-ink-polysaccharide-prevents-chemotherapy-induced-injury-in-the-testes-of-reproducing-mice
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Ping Luo, Hua-Zhong Liu, Xiao-Yan Le, Hui Du, Xin-Huang Kang
The present study was conducted to investigate the preventive effects of squid ink polysaccharides (SIP) on the damage of sperm and reproduction induced by cyclophosphamide that is most commonly used for treating clinically cancers. Male Kunming mice exposed to cyclophosphamide were administered with SIP and were sacrificed to determine sperm parameters, testicular antioxidant ability and reproductive capacity. Data indicated that cyclophosphamide caused obvious changes in mice such as significant reduction (P<0...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344657/effects-of-hereditary-moderate-high-fat-diet-on-metabolic-performance-and-physical-endurance-capacity-in-c57bl-6-offspring
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Fang Liu, Guirong Zhang, Xue Sheng, Shang Liu, Meng Cui, Heyun Guo, Jianbin Xue, Lingyun Zhang
Obesity in pregnant women presents a risk to fetal health, leading to numerous metabolic syndromes and chronic inflammation risks. Previously, physical exercise was considered to be one of the primary treatments for obesity. However, the effect of fat consumption throughout the life cycle on physical endurance capacity remains unknown. A total of two groups of female mice (age, 6 weeks; C57BL/6J) were fed with a normal chow diet and a moderate high fat diet (MHFD), during pregnancy and lactation (8 weeks), with the offspring receiving the same diet as the mother...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335024/sex-differences-in-the-late-first-trimester-human-placenta-transcriptome
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Tania L Gonzalez, Tianyanxin Sun, Alexander F Koeppel, Bora Lee, Erica T Wang, Charles R Farber, Stephen S Rich, Lauren W Sundheimer, Rae A Buttle, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Jerome I Rotter, Stephen D Turner, John Williams, Mark O Goodarzi, Margareta D Pisarska
BACKGROUND: Development of the placenta during the late first trimester is critical to ensure normal growth and development of the fetus. Developmental differences in this window such as sex-specific variation are implicated in later placental disease states, yet gene expression at this time is poorly understood. METHODS: RNA-sequencing was performed to characterize the transcriptome of 39 first trimester human placentas using chorionic villi following genetic testing (17 females, 22 males)...
January 15, 2018: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327352/ultrasound-findings-provide-clues-to-investigate-founder-mutations-expressed-as-runs-of-homozygosity-in-chromosomal-microarray-studies
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Hagit Daum, Israela Lerer, Ayala Frumkin, Daniel Rosenak, Nili Yanai, Shay Porat, Simcha Yagel, Vardiella Meiner
OBJECTIVES: Chromosomal microarray analysis is effectively applied prenatally to detect copy number changes. Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) probes included in the microarray platform can detect regions of excessive homozygosity and identical-by-descent genomic stretches. The utility of the latter as part of prenatal diagnosis is not well established. Recessive founder mutations are well recognized within distinct ethnic groups. Combining these data with prenatal sonography provides accurate focused molecular diagnoses quickly...
January 11, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321641/antiphospholipid-syndrome
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Karen Schreiber, Savino Sciascia, Philip G de Groot, Katrien Devreese, Soren Jacobsen, Guillermo Ruiz-Irastroza, Jane E Salmon, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Ora Shovman, Beverley J Hunt
Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, such as lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin antibodies and anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 antibodies. APS can present with a variety of clinical phenotypes, including thrombosis in the veins, arteries and microvasculature as well as obstetrical complications. The pathophysiological hallmark is thrombosis, but other factors such as complement activation might be important. Prevention of thrombotic manifestations associated with APS includes lifestyle changes and, in individuals at high risk, low-dose aspirin...
January 11, 2018: Nature Reviews. Disease Primers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313222/establishment-of-an-embryonic-cell-line-from-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana-blattaria-blattidae-and-a-preliminary-study-of-telomerase-activity-changes-during-the-culturing-process
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Xin Zhang, Ying Feng, Wei-Feng Ding, Xian Li, Si-Cong Xie
Despite the pest status and medicinal value of the American cockroach Periplaneta americana, few attempts have been made to establish cell lines from this insect owing to the difficulty of culturing Blattarian cells. Here, we describe the establishment of the RIRI-PA1 line from P. americana embryo tissue following primary culture in modified Grace's medium containing 20% fetal bovine serum. RIRI-PA1 was found to primarily consist of attached spindle-shaped and giant cells, which attach themselves to their container...
January 8, 2018: In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology. Animal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306610/hypoglycemia-during-oral-glucose-tolerance-test-among-post-bariatric-surgery-pregnant-patients-incidence-and-perinatal-significance
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Amihai Rottenstreich, Ram Elazary, Yossef Ezra, Geffen Kleinstern, Nahum Beglaibter, Uriel Elchalal
BACKGROUND: While hypoglycemia during an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) has been shown to occur in a considerable portion of nonpregnant post-bariatric surgery (BS) patients, its incidence among pregnant post-BS patients evaluated for gestational diabetes has only been sparsely studied. OBJECTIVES: We investigated OGTT results and pregnancy outcomes in pregnant women who underwent 3 types of bariatric procedures before pregnancy. SETTING: A university hospital...
December 8, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305293/beyond-screening-for-chromosomal-abnormalities-advances-in-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-single-gene-disorders-and-fetal-exome-sequencing
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Jane Hayward, Lyn S Chitty
Emerging genomic technologies, largely based around next generation sequencing (NGS), are offering new promise for safer prenatal genetic diagnosis. These innovative approaches will improve screening for fetal aneuploidy, allow definitive non-invasive prenatal diagnosis (NIPD) of single gene disorders at an early gestational stage without the need for invasive testing, and improve our ability to detect monogenic disorders as the aetiology of fetal abnormalities. This presents clinicians and scientists with novel challenges as well as opportunities...
January 2, 2018: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286930/hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury-planned-delivery-before-intrapartum-events
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David Odd, Axel Heep, Karen Luyt, Tim Draycott
BACKGROUND: Mothers are increasingly given greater control over many of the choices around birth, although there is little robust evidence to inform these choices. After an infant is born with HIE the question of whether it was predictable, or preventable, is often raised. Intrapartum 'sentinel' events and antenatal predictors of HIE have been well described, however there is little evidence how antenatal and intrapartum factors interact. This is particularly important when elective delivery by lower segment caesarean section (LSCS) has been shown to be beneficial in high risk groups...
2017: Journal of Neonatal-perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285173/rapamycin-therapy-for-neonatal-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-with-cardiac-rhabdomyomas-a-case-report-and-review
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Shanshan Mao, Qi Long, Huijia Lin, Jinling Liu
Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease that varies greatly in its expression. The current study reports a novel case of TSC caused by a TSC2 mutation (TSC2c.1642_1643insA or TSC2p.K549fsX589), in which multiple cardiac rhabdomyomas were detected by fetal echocardiography in week 31 of pregnancy. The infant was delivered successfully; however, seizures began 16 days following birth. Subsequent genetic tests confirmed a diagnosis of TSC. Rapamycin treatment resulted in regression of cardiac rhabdomyomas and controlled seizures...
December 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276699/zika-virus-an-emerging-global-health-threat
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Rahul Mittal, Desiree Nguyen, Luca H Debs, Amit P Patel, George Liu, Vasanti M Jhaveri, Sae-In S Kay, Jeenu Mittal, Emmalee S Bandstra, Ramzi T Younis, Prem Chapagain, Dushyantha T Jayaweera, Xue Zhong Liu
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging healthcare threat. The presence of the mosquito Aedes species across South and Central America in combination with complementary climates have incited an epidemic of locally transmitted cases of ZIKV infection in Brazil. As one of the most significant current public health concerns in the Americas, ZIKV epidemic has been a cause of alarm due to its known and unknown complications. At this point, there has been a clear association between ZIKV infection and severe clinical manifestations in both adults and neonates, including but not limited to neurological deficits such as Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) and microcephaly, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273403/zika-virus-an-emerging-infectious-disease-with-serious-perinatal-and-neurologic-complications
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Thomas B Casale, Michael N Teng, Jamie P Morano, Thomas Unnasch, Charles J Lockwood
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a flavivirus that is primarily transmitted by Aedes aegypti, the mosquito vector also important in the transmission of the flaviviruses responsible for dengue fever, yellow fever and chikungunya. Due to occurrence in the same geographic regions, serological cross-reactivity, and similar, albeit often less severe clinical manifestations as dengue and chikungunya infections, ZIKV infection likely went undetected and/or misdiagnosed for many years. ZIKV is somewhat unique among flaviviruses in its ability to also be transmitted via sexual contact, non-sexual body fluids and perinatally...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29247464/no-call-nipt-gives-important-information
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Niels Uldbjerg
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on cell free fetal DNA fragments in maternal serum samples (cffDNA) is a well-established method for Downs-screening in early pregnancy. The sensitivity is above 99%. However, when used for screening of younger women without risk factors, the positive predictive value is below 50%, i.e. a suspicion of Down's syndrome based on NIPT must be confirmed by an invasive diagnostic test such as via chorion villus sampling (CVS). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved...
December 16, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242840/the-mid-childhood-and-adolescent-antecedents-of-women-s-external-locus-of-control-orientation
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Jean Golding, Steven Gregory, Yasmin Iles-Caven, Stephen Nowicki
Background: External locus of control orientation (ELOC) is a powerful predictor of adverse consequences in regard to health, educational attainment, inter-personal relationships and well-being. Although many cross-sectional studies have been carried out, relatively little is known about antecedent factors influencing the development of ELOC. Methods: Over 12,000 pregnant women who enrolled in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) in south-west England, had completed a brief version of the Adult Nowicki-Strickland Internal-External LOC scale, together with detailed questions concerning their own parents and childhood...
2017: Wellcome Open Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241094/adhesion-of-human-monocytes-to-oxygen-and-nitrogen-containing-plasma-polymers-effect-of-surface-chemistry-and-protein-adsorption
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Sara Babaei, Natalie Fekete, Corinne A Hoesli, Pierre-Luc Girard-Lauriault
The interactions between monocytes and biomaterials can potentially be modulated by controlling the chemical and structural surface properties of biomaterials. The objective of this study was to determine the effect of plasma-deposited functional organic coatings on monocyte adhesion and differentiation into macrophages. Organic coatings with varying oxygen and nitrogen concentration were prepared by low-pressure plasma co-polymerization of binary gas mixtures combining a hydrocarbon (butadiene/ethylene) and a heteroatom-containing gas (carbon dioxide/ammonia) to deposit either oxygen or nitrogen-containing coatings...
December 6, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233624/first-and-second-trimester-screening-for-fetal-structural-anomalies
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REVIEW
Lindsay Edwards, Lisa Hui
Fetal structural anomalies are found in up to 3% of all pregnancies and ultrasound-based screening has been an integral part of routine prenatal care for decades. The prenatal detection of fetal anomalies allows for optimal perinatal management, providing expectant parents with opportunities for additional imaging, genetic testing, and the provision of information regarding prognosis and management options. Approximately one-half of all major structural anomalies can now be detected in the first trimester, including acrania/anencephaly, abdominal wall defects, holoprosencephaly and cystic hygromata...
December 9, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233487/genetic-counselling-patient-education-and-informed-decision-making-in-the-genomic-era
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REVIEW
Sylvia A Metcalfe
Genomic technologies are now being applied to reproductive genetic screening. Circulating cell-free DNA testing in pregnancy for fetal chromosomal abnormalities is becoming more widely used as a screening test, and expanded carrier screening for autosomal and X-linked recessive conditions for more than a hundred conditions is available to couples for testing before and during pregnancy. These are most typically available as a commercial test. The purpose of reproductive genetic screening is to facilitate autonomous reproductive choices...
December 7, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230179/transplacental-nutrient-transport-mechanisms-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-in-rodent-models-and-humans
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REVIEW
Elke Winterhager, Alexandra Gellhaus
Although the causes of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) have been intensively investigated, important information is still lacking about the role of the placenta as a link from adverse maternal environment to adverse pregnancy outcomes of IUGR and preterm birth. IUGR is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular, metabolic, and neurological diseases later in life. Determination of the most important pathways that regulate transplacental transport systems is necessary for identifying marker genes as diagnostic tools and for developing drugs that target the molecular pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215645/cherchez-la-femme-maternal-incidental-findings-can-explain-discordant-prenatal-cell-free-dna-sequencing-results
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REVIEW
Diana W Bianchi
Circulating DNA fragments in a pregnant woman's plasma derive from three sources: placenta, maternal bone marrow, and fetus. Prenatal sequencing to noninvasively screen for fetal chromosome abnormalities is performed on this mixed sample; results can therefore reflect the maternal as well as the fetoplacental DNA. Although it is recommended that pretest counseling include the possibility of detecting maternal genomic imbalance, this seldom occurs. Maternal abnormalities that can affect a prenatal screening test result include disorders that affect the size and metabolism of DNA, such as B12 deficiency, autoimmune disease, and intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy...
December 7, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215081/experimental-zika-virus-inoculation-in-a-new-world-monkey-model-reproduces-key-features-of-the-human-infection
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Charles Y Chiu, Claudia Sánchez-San Martín, Jerome Bouquet, Tony Li, Shigeo Yagi, Manasi Tamhankar, Vida L Hodara, Laura M Parodi, Sneha Somasekar, Guixia Yu, Luis D Giavedoni, Suzette Tardif, Jean Patterson
A monkey model of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is urgently needed to better understand transmission and pathogenesis, given its proven association with fetal brain defects in pregnant women and acute neurological illness. Here we experimentally infected 4 male marmosets with ZIKV (prototype 1947 African strain) and monitored them clinically with sampling of various body fluids and tissues for nearly 3 months. We show that the course of acute infection with ZIKV in these New World monkeys resembles the human illness in many respects, including (1) lack of apparent clinical symptoms in most cases, (2) persistence of the virus in body fluids such as semen and saliva for longer periods of time than in serum, and (3) generation of neutralizing antibodies as well as an antiviral immunological host response...
December 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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