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Neonatal Platelets

Marta Ferro, Hada C Macher, Pilar Noguerol, Pilar Jimenez-Arriscado, Patrocinio Molinero, Juan M Guerrero, Amalia Rubio
Fetal and Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a condition which could occur when pregnant women develop an alloimmunization against paternally inherited antigens of the fetal platelets. Approximately 80 % of FNAIT cases are caused by anti-HPA-1a, about 15 % by anti-HPA-5b and 5 % by other HPA antibodies. Only 2 % of the total population is HPA-1a negative (HPA-1b1b). The HPA-1a allele differs by one single nucleotide from HPA-1b allele, yet it represents around 27 % of total severe thrombocytopenias...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Susanna Sainio, Kaija Javela, Jarno Tuimala, Katri Haimila
Lack of reliable laboratory parameters is the main challenge in the management of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). Despite the long-known association between the HLA-DRB3*01:01 allele and human platelet antigen 1a (HPA-1a) alloimmunisation, maternal human leucocyte antigen (HLA) typing has been of little clinical value. Recently, other DRB3 allele variants have been suggested to predict the severity of FNAIT. In this nationwide population-based retrospective cohort study, we performed extensive HLA typing of 96 women, accounting for 87% of our cohort of 110 families with confirmed or possible HPA-1a-immunisation...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Haematology
Orkun Cetin, Erbil Karaman, Harun Arslan, Ali Kolusarı, Recep Yıldızhan, Mesut Ozgokce, Abdussamet Batur, Ibrahim Akbudak
PURPOSE: To compare maternal liver elasticity scores by Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastosonography in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies and its association with the severity of the disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two healthy, 33 mild, 33 severe preeclamptic and 28 pregnant women with Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes, and Low Platelets (HELLP) syndrome were included into the study. Maternal liver elasticity was measured by ARFI elastosonography at the first day of puerperium...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Marije M Kamphuis, Heidi Tiller, E S van den Akker, Magnus Westgren, Eleonor Tiblad, Dick Oepkes
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the management and outcome of a large international cohort of cases of pregnancies complicated by fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT). METHODS: This was an observational prospective and retrospective cohort study of all cases of FNAIT entered into the international multicentre No IntraCranial Haemorrhage (NOICH) registry during the period of 2001-2010. We evaluated human platelet antigen (HPA) specificity, the antenatal and postnatal interventions performed, and clinical outcome...
October 12, 2016: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Bo Zhu, Yumei Chen, Xiaolu Shen, Xishi Liu, Sun-Wei Guo
BACKGROUND: Recently emerging evidence indicates that endometriotic lesions are wounds undergoing repeated tissue injury and repair (ReTIAR), and platelets induce epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), fibroblast-to-myofibroblast transdifferentiation (FMT), leading ultimately to fibrosis. Due to the commonality of cyclic bleeding as in endometriosis, adenomyotic lesions are also wounds that undergo ReTIAR, and we have recently provided evidence corroborating platelet-induced EMT, FMT and fibrogenesis in adenomyosis...
October 10, 2016: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Imene Dahmane Ayadi, Emira Ben Hamida, Asma Youssef, Yosra Sdiri, Zahra Marrakchi
Background Thrombocytopenia is a common clinical problem in neonatal intensive care units, affecting about 20 to 35% of all admitted neonates. Even most episodes are mild or moderate, severe episodes could be life-threatening or responsible for sequelae. Objectives The aims of this study were to describe the prevalence, clinical diagnoses, and to determine risk factors for poor prognosis of thrombocytopenia in a neonatal intensive care unit. Methods We carried out a retrospective study in the neonatal intensive care unit of Charles Nicolle Hospital of Tunis, a tertiary neonatal care center, over a four years period (January 2010 to December 2013)...
April 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
Maria Therese Ahlen, Anne Husebekk, Ida Løken Killie, Bjørn Skogen, Tor Brynjar Stuge
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a pregnancy-related condition caused by maternal antibodies binding an alloantigen on fetal platelets. In most cases the alloantigen is formed by a single amino acid, integrin β3 Leu33, referred to as human platelet antigen-1a (HPA-1a). Production of anti-HPA-1a antibodies likely depends on CD4(+) T cells that recognize the same alloantigen in complex with the HLA-DRA/DRB3*01:01 molecule. While this complex is well characterized, T cell recognition of it is not...
September 8, 2016: JCI Insight
Bo Yang, Xiangyu Gao, Yi Ren, Yun Wang, Qinglin Zhang
The aim of the present study was to analyze the changes of plasma and urinary prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) levels in preterm infants with symptomatic patent ductus arteriosus (sPDA) treated with oral ibuprofen and acetaminophen. A total of 87 preterm infants with sPDA admitted to the Neonatal Ward of the Affiliated Xuzhou Hospital of Medical College of Southeast University from October, 2012 to June, 2015 were selected and randomly divided into the ibuprofen group (n=43, 10 mg/kg ibuprofen administered orally as initial dose, followed by 5 mg/kg during the first 24 and 48 h later) and acetaminophen group (n=44, 15 mg/kg acetaminophen administered orally once every 6 h for three days)...
October 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
R Phuangtham, A Romphruk, C Puapairoj, C Leelayuwat, A V Romphruk
OBJECTIVES: A comparative study of allele frequencies at HPA-1 to -6 and HPA-15 in Burmese and Karen populations as well as at HPA-15 in north-eastern Thais (NET) is presented. BACKGROUND: Human platelet antigens (HPAs) are clinically important in several immune platelet disorders, including foetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT), post-transfusion purpura (PTP) and platelet transfusion refractoriness (PTR). The knowledge of antigen frequencies in a population is essential for the evaluation of patients suffering from immune-mediated platelet disorders...
October 3, 2016: Transfusion Medicine
Cheng Zhou, Dongfang Wang, Cherry Ballard-Croft, Guangfeng Zhao, Hassan K Reda, Stephen Topaz, Joseph Zwischenberger
OBJECTIVE: We are developing a transapical-to-aorta double lumen cannula (TAA DLC) for a less-invasive/more dependable neonatal left ventricular assist device. METHODS: The 18-Fr TAA DLC prototypes were bench tested and evaluated for 6 hours in neonate lambs (n = 6, 7.7-10 kg). The cardiac apex was exposed through a left anterolateral thoracotomy through the sixth intercostal space. The TAA DLC was inserted through a mattress stitch on apex, passing LV-aortic valve, into the ascending aorta with insertion/deployment guided by pressure waveform...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Vinay Vamadev Kulkarni, Sourabh Dutta, Venkataseshan Sundaram, Shiv Sajan Saini
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether preterm thrombocytopenia within 24 hours of birth is associated with delayed closure of patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and higher proportion of hemodynamically significant PDA (Hs-PDA). METHODS: Neonates (gestation 26(0/7)-33(6/7) weeks, age <24 hours) with known platelet count and PDA on echocardiogram were prospectively enrolled. Asphyxia, congenital infections, structural heart disease, major malformations and clinical sepsis were exclusions...
September 28, 2016: Pediatrics
Dimitri Poddighe, Elena Virginia, Marco Nedbal, Annarosa Soresina, Paola Bruni
A male newborn developed a post-natal cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, arising in the clinical setting of congenital thrombocytopenia, which was diagnosed as being alloimmune. The evidence of active CMV infection in an infant showing slow-resolution lower airways infection, persistent neonatal and low platelet volume thrombocytopenia, and diffuse eczema (associated to very high levels of serum immunoglobulin E) led to the diagnosis of Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) before the third month of life, despite the presence of several confounding clinical factors...
September 1, 2016: Le Infezioni in Medicina
Munehiro Furuichi, Isao Miyairi
BACKGROUND: Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus (CoNS) is the predominant cause of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSI). Infants in neonatal intensive care units (NICU) often suffer from CoNS CRBSI, which are often refractory to treatment. OBJECTIVES: We sought to evaluate risk factors for developing persistent bacteremia due to CoNS CRBSI in infants, in order to identify those who require early aggressive management. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective case-control study of infants in the NICU who developed CRBSI due to CoNS...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Guoliang Meng, Yujiao Xiao, Yan Ma, Xin Tang, Liping Xie, Jieqiong Liu, Yue Gu, Ying Yu, Chung-Min Park, Ming Xian, Xin Wang, Albert Ferro, Rui Wang, Philip K Moore, Zhiren Zhang, Hong Wang, Yi Han, Yong Ji
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a gasotransmitter that regulates multiple cardiovascular functions. Krüppel-like factor 5 (KLF5) exerts diverse functions in the cardiovascular system. Whether and how H2S regulates KLF5 in myocardial hypertrophy is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: In our study, hypertrophic myocardial samples in the clinic were collected and underwent histological and molecular biological analysis. Spontaneously hypertensive rats and neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were studied for functional and signaling responses to GYY4137, an H2S-releasing compound...
September 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Gurleen Wander, Francesa Neuberger, Mandish K Dhanjal, Catherine Nelson-Piercy, May Ching Soh
Most published cases of cytomegalovirus infection in pregnancy relate to congenital abnormalities in neonates infected in early pregnancy, while the mother remains asymptomatic. We describe a diagnostically challenging case of an immunosuppressed woman with scleroderma who developed deranged liver function tests attributed to intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy and haemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets syndrome but was ultimately found to have disseminated cytomegalovirus. Cytomegalovirus can present in a myriad of ways...
September 2016: Obstetric Medicine
Carole R Mendelson, Alina P Montalbano, Lu Gao
Preterm birth remains the major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality throughout the world. This is due, in part, to our incomplete understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the maintenance of pregnancy and the initiation of parturition at term. In this article, we review our current knowledge of the complex, interrelated and concerted mechanisms whereby progesterone maintains myometrial quiescence throughout most of pregnancy, as well as those that mediate the upregulation of the inflammatory response and decline in progesterone receptor function leading to parturition...
September 11, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Wasiluk Alicja, Polewko Agnieszka, Laudanski Piotr, Redzko Slawomir, Kicel-Wesolowska Barbara, Dabrowska Milena, Milewski Robert
BACKGROUND: The current study objective was to compare blood platelet indices in late preterm newborns (LPN) and full term newborns (FTN). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We recruited 58 LPN and 71 FTN. Platelet indices were estimated in blood samples collected from the umbilical artery. RESULTS: LPN demonstrated a decreased count of blood platelets (249 × 10³/μL) as compared to FTN (295 × 10³/μL), p < 0.001. Platelet hematocrit (PCT) also showed substantial differences in both groups (LPN = 0...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Noriko Mitsuiki, Keita Tamanuki, Kenshi Sei, Jun Ito, Aiko Kishi, Kenji Kobayashi, Yoshiho Hatai, Masayuki Nagasawa
We report a neonate of severe cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection who presented vomiting, severe thrombocytopenia and thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). He showed occasional vomiting at 3 weeks of age and visited us with systemic petechiae at 29 days old. Platelet was markedly decreased to 18,000/μL and fragmented red blood cells were increased in the peripheral blood. Intravenous ganciclovir (GCV) administration was started at 35 days old after detection of CMV in the peripheral blood. His normal values of T-cell receptor excision circles (TREC) and signal joint kappa-deleting recombination excision circles (sjKREC) excluded the possibility of severe immunodeficiency...
September 11, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Ying-Jan Weng, Anne Husebekk, Björn Skogen, Mette Kjaer, Liang-Tzung Lin, Thierry Burnouf
Fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a severe disease that is caused by maternal alloantibodies generated during pregnancy or at delivery as a result of incompatibility between maternal and fetal human platelet antigens (HPAs) inherited from the father. Antibody-mediated immune suppression using anti-HPA-1a immunoglobulins is thought to be able to prevent FNAIT caused by HPA-1a. A fractionation process to prepare anti-HPA-1a immunoglobulin (Ig) G (IgG) from human plasma was therefore developed...
2016: PloS One
Laura A Magee, Peter von Dadelszen, Joel Singer, Terry Lee, Evelyne Rey, Susan Ross, Elizabeth Asztalos, Kellie E Murphy, Jennifer Menzies, Johanna Sanchez, Amiram Gafni, Michael Helewa, Eileen Hutton, Gideon Koren, Shoo K Lee, Alexander G Logan, Wessel Ganzevoort, Ross Welch, Jim G Thornton, Jean-Marie Moutquin
: To determine whether clinical outcomes differed by occurrence of severe hypertension in the international CHIPS trial (Control of Hypertension in Pregnancy Study), adjusting for the interventions of "less tight" (target diastolic blood pressure [dBP] 100 mm Hg) versus "tight" control (target dBP 85 mm Hg). In this post-hoc analysis of CHIPS data from 987 women with nonsevere nonproteinuric preexisting or gestational hypertension, mixed effects logistic regression was used to compare the following outcomes according to occurrence of severe hypertension, adjusting for allocated group and the influence of baseline factors: CHIPS primary (perinatal loss or high-level neonatal care for >48 hours) and secondary outcomes (serious maternal complications), birth weight <10th percentile, preeclampsia, delivery at <34 or <37 weeks, platelets <100×10(9)/L, elevated liver enzymes with symptoms, maternal length of stay ≥10 days, and maternal readmission before 6 weeks postpartum...
November 2016: Hypertension
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