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Yun Chai, Miaomiao Qu, Meng Jin
This study was designed to evaluate the application effect of single balloon catheters and dinoprostone on promoting cervical ripening of pregnant women in late-term pregnancy and their influences on stress and inflammatory responses. A total of 160 pregnant women with indications of labor induction were included and randomly divided into the control (n=80) and observation (n=80) groups. Patients in the control group received labor induction by administration of dinoprostone at the vaginal vault, while those in the observation group received labor induction by domestic single balloon catheters...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Luba Sominsky, Christine L Jasoni, Hannah Twigg, Sarah J Spencer
The hypothalamus is a key centre for regulation of vital physiological functions, such as appetite, stress responsiveness and reproduction. Development of the different hypothalamic nuclei and its major neuronal populations begins prenatally in both altricial and precocial species, with the fine tuning of neuronal connectivity and attainment of adult function established postnatally, and maintained throughout adult life. The perinatal period is highly susceptible to environmental insults that, by disrupting critical developmental processes, can set the tone for the establishment of adult functionality...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Endocrinology
Ludmila N Bakhireva, Jean Lowe, Laura M Garrison, Sandra Cano, Yuridia Leyva, Fares Qeadan, Julia M Stephen
INTRODUCTION: Earlier identification of children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) remains a challenge. The objective of this study was to identify neurobehavioral (NB) outcomes associated with PAE in infants. METHODS: This manuscript evaluates NB outcomes at 6.33±1.12 months of age in 93 infants (39 PAE and 54 No-PAE) recruited prospectively into the ENRICH cohort. PAE was assessed by prospective repeated TLFB interviews and a panel of ethanol biomarkers. NB outcomes were evaluated by the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (BSID-III), Parenting Stress Index (PSI), Infant Behavior Questionnaire (IBQ-R), and Infant Sensory Profile (ISP)...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Julia F Litzky, Maya A Deyssenroth, Todd M Everson, Barry M Lester, Luca Lambertini, Jia Chen, Carmen J Marsit
BACKGROUND: Depression and/or anxiety during pregnancy have been associated with impaired fetal growth and neurodevelopmental. Because placental imprinted genes play a central role in fetal development and respond to environmental stressors, we hypothesized that imprinted gene expression would be affected by prenatal depression and anxiety. METHODS: Placental gene expression was compared between mothers with prenatal depression and/or anxiety/obsessive compulsive disorder/panic and control mothers without psychiatric history (n=458) in the Rhode Island Child Health Study...
March 14, 2018: Pediatric Research
Katrina M Moss, Gabrielle Simcock, Vanessa E Cobham, Sue Kildea, David P Laplante, Suzanne King
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March 9, 2018: Early Human Development
S Druyan, M Ruzal, D Shinder, A Haron
The prenatal circulatory system is adaptive and capable of plasticity designed for the needs of the growing tissue. When a broiler embryo is faced with hypoxic stress, the process of angiogenesis in tissues begins. Exposure to hypoxic conditions of 17% oxygen during the chorioallantoic membrane (CAM) development (E5 to E12) affected the circulatory system and contributed to an increase in the blood oxygen carrying capacity. The present study aimed to evaluate the effects of hypoxic exposure during CAM development on post-hatch performance of broilers and to examine whether hypoxic exposure improved sustainability of birds exposed to acute heat stress...
March 8, 2018: Poultry Science
Facundo Mendes Garrido Abregú, María Natalia Gobetto, Lorena Vanesa Juriol, Carolina Caniffi, Rosana Elesgaray, Analía Lorena Tomat, Cristina Arranz
Micronutrient malnutrition during intrauterine and postnatal growth may program cardiovascular diseases in adulthood. We examined whether moderate zinc restriction in male and female rats throughout fetal life, lactation and/or postweaning growth induces alterations that can predispose to the onset of vascular dysfunction in adulthood. Female Wistar rats were fed low- or control zinc diets from pregnancy to offspring weaning. After weaning, offspring were fed either a low- or a control zinc diet until 81 days...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Anna Kurek, Katarzyna Głombik, Jan Detka, Agnieszka Basta-Kaim, Marta Kubera, Władysław Lasoń, Bogusława Budziszewska
Obesity is a disease that often co-occurs with depression, and some evidence indicates that chronic stress in the perinatal period, in association with overactive glucocorticoids, can cause permanent changes that increase the risk of the development of both depression and obesity later in life. However, the mechanism responsible for the overly potent action of glucocorticoids in both depression and obesity is not known. The aim of the present study was to determine the expression of glucocorticoid receptors (GRs) and mineralocorticoid receptors (MRs) and the factors that affect GR function (FKBP51, Bag-1 and HSP70) in a prenatal stress animal model of depression, a model of obesity and a model of both depression and obesity...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Neuroendocrinology
Di Ye, Li Zhang, Weidong Fan, Xianquan Zhang, Erbo Dong
Synthetic antidepressants in current use for the complex etiopathogeneses of depression have slow response and remission as well as various unpleasant side effects. As a result, it is imperative to develop new antidepressants with more effectiveness and less severe side effects. Recent studies demonstrated that genipin, the aglycon of geniposide, extracted from Gardenia jasminoides Ellis has antidepressive effects. However, knowledge regarding the molecular mechanisms of its antidepressant effects remains limited...
March 9, 2018: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
S Parvez, R R Gerona, C Proctor, M Friesen, J L Ashby, J L Reiter, Z Lui, P D Winchester
BACKGROUND: Glyphosate (GLY) is the most heavily used herbicide worldwide but the extent of exposure in human pregnancy remains unknown. Its residues are found in the environment, major crops, and food items that humans, including pregnant women, consume daily. Since GLY exposure in pregnancy may also increase fetal exposure risk, we designed a birth-cohort study to determine exposure frequency, potential exposure pathways, and associations with fetal growth indicators and pregnancy length...
March 9, 2018: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
Jos F Brosschot, Bart Verkuil, Julian F Thayer
Prolonged physiological stress responses form an important risk factor for disease. According to neurobiological and evolution-theoretical insights the stress response is a default response that is always "on" but inhibited by the prefrontal cortex when safety is perceived. Based on these insights the Generalized Unsafety Theory of Stress (GUTS) states that prolonged stress responses are due to generalized and largely unconsciously perceived unsafety rather than stressors. This novel perspective necessitates a reconstruction of current stress theory, which we address in this paper...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Shilpa Sharma, Ravi Shankar Akundi
BACKGROUND: Depression is a widespread phenomenon with varying degrees of pathology in different patients. Various hypotheses have been proposed for the cause and continuance of depression. Some of these include, but not limited to, the monoamine hypothesis, the neuroendocrine hypothesis, and the more recent epigenetic and inflammatory hypotheses. OBJECTIVE: In this article, we review all the above hypotheses with a focus on the role of mitochondria as the connecting link...
March 2, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
Shiri Shkedi-Rafid, Yael Hashiloni-Dolev
Advanced genomic tests in pregnancy, such as chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), provide higher detection rates yet often produce probabilistic and uncertain information. This study aimed to understand how the most knowledgeable patients, i.e., pregnant genetic counselors, act in their own pregnancies, thereby gaining insight into the impact of patients' knowledge on the diagnostic process. Seventeen interviews were conducted with Israeli genetic counselors, either pregnant or up to 2 years post-pregnancy...
March 3, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Marco Del Giudice, Emily S Barrett, Jay Belsky, Sarah Hartman, Michelle M Martel, Susanne Sangenstedt, Christopher W Kuzawa
Developmental plasticity is a widespread property of living organisms, but different individuals in the same species can vary greatly in how susceptible they are to environmental influences. In humans, research has sought to link variation in plasticity to physiological traits such as stress reactivity, exposure to prenatal stress-related hormones such as cortisol, and specific genes involved in major neurobiological pathways. However, the determinants of individual differences in plasticity are still poorly understood...
February 23, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
Lutiana Roque Simões, Gustavo Sangiogo, Michael Hikaru Tashiro, Jaqueline S Generoso, Cristiano Julio Faller, Diogo Dominguini, Gustavo Antunes Mastella, Giselli Scaini, Vijayasree Vayalanellore Giridharan, Monique Michels, Drielly Florentino, Fabricia Petronilho, Gislaine Zilli Réus, Felipe Dal-Pizzol, Alexandra I Zugno, Tatiana Barichello
Evidence suggest that prenatal immune system disturbance contributes largely to the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric disorders. We investigated if maternal immune activation (MIA) could induce inflammatory alterations in fetal brain and pregnant rats. Adult rats subjected to MIA also were investigated to evaluate if ketamine potentiates the effects of infection. On gestational day 15, Wistar pregnant rats received lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to induce MIA. After 6, 12 and 24 h, fetus brain, placenta, and amniotic fluid were collected to evaluate early effects of LPS...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Monica R McLemore, Molly R Altman, Norlissa Cooper, Shanell Williams, Larry Rand, Linda Franck
BACKGROUND: Chronic stress is a known risk factor for preterm birth, yet little is known about how healthcare experiences add to or mitigate perceived stress. In this study, we described the pregnancy-related healthcare experiences of 54 women of color from Fresno, Oakland, and San Francisco, California, with social and/or medical risk factors for preterm birth. METHODS: This study was a secondary analysis of focus group data generated as part of a larger project focused on patient and community involvement in preterm birth research...
February 16, 2018: Social Science & Medicine
Marisa N Spann, Catherine Monk, Dustin Scheinost, Bradley S Peterson
Prenatal maternal immune activation (MIA) is associated with altered brain development and risk of psychiatric disorders in offspring. Translational human studies of MIA are few in number. Alterations of the salience network has been implicated in the pathogenesis of the same psychiatric disorders associated with MIA. If MIA is pathogenic, then associated abnormalities in the salience network should be detectable in neonates immediately after birth. We tested the hypothesis that 3rd trimester MIA of adolescent women who are at risk for high stress and inflammation, is associated with the strength of functional connectivity in the salience network of their neonate...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Alexandra Miranda, Nuno Sousa
An adverse maternal hormonal environment during pregnancy can be associated with abnormal brain growth. Subtle changes in fetal brain development have been observed even for maternal hormone levels within the currently accepted physiologic ranges. In this review, we provide an update of the research data on maternal hormonal impact on fetal neurodevelopment, giving particular emphasis to thyroid hormones and glucocorticoids. Thyroid hormones are required for normal brain development. Despite serum TSH appearing to be the most accurate indicator of thyroid function in pregnancy, maternal serum free T4 levels in the first trimester of pregnancy are the major determinant of postnatal psychomotor development...
February 2018: Brain and Behavior
Nancy Aaron Jones, Aliza Sloan
The infant's psycho-physiological regulatory system begins to develop prenatally and continues to mature during the postnatal period. Temperament is a construct comprising tonic individual differences in dispositional physiological and behavioural reactions as well as an evolving ability to regulate to environmental conditions. Theoretical models and research have shown that neurohormonal and -physiological factors contribute to individual development and impact infant behaviours as well as the developing regulatory system...
April 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
Marissa Sobolewski, Garima Varma, Beth Adams, David W Anderson, Jay S Schneider, Deborah A Cory-Slechta
Developmental exposure to lead (Pb) and prenatal stress (PS) both impair cognition, which could derive from their joint targeting of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the brain mesocorticolimbic (MESO) system, including frontal cortex (FC) and hippocampus (HIPP). Glucocorticoids modulate both FC and HIPP function and associated mediation of cognitive and other behavioral functions. The present study sought to determine whether developmental Pb±PS exposures altered glucocorticoid-related epigenetic profiles in brain MESO regions in offspring of female mice exposed to 0 or 100 ppm Pb acetate drinking water from 2 mos prior to breeding until weaning, with half further exposed to prenatal restraint stress from gestational day 11-18...
February 21, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
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