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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780778/impact-of-presence-of-antiphospholipid-antibodies-on-in-vitro-fertilization-outcome
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Yeon Hee Hong, Se Jeong Kim, Kyoung Yong Moon, Seul Ki Kim, Byung Chul Jee, Won Don Lee, Seok Hyun Kim
Objective: To investigate prevalence of antiphospholipid antibody (APA) in Korean infertile women undergoing the first in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment and to evaluate the influence of APA on the subsequent IVF outcomes. Method: Two hundred nineteen infertile women who destined the first IVF were prospectively enrolled in 2 infertility centers. Male factor or uterine factor infertility and women with past or current endocrine or immunologic disorders were completely excluded...
May 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773774/us-and-cuban-scientists-forge-collaboration-on-arbovirus-research
#2
Jorge Pérez-Ávila, Maria G Guzmán-Tirado, Jorge Fraga-Nodarse, Gray Handley, James Meegan, Jose L Pelegrino-Martínez de la Cotera, Anthony S Fauci
After December 17, 2014, when the US and Cuban governments announced their intent to restore relations, the two countries participated in various exchange activities in an effort to encourage cooperation in public health, health research and biomedical sciences. The conference entitled Exploring Opportunities for Arbovirus Research Collaboration, hosted at Havana's Hotel Nacional, was part of these efforts and was the first major US-Cuban scientific conference in over 50 years. Its purpose was to share information about current arbovirus research and recent findings, and to explore opportunities for future joint research...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762460/a-new-life-motherhood-after-heart-transplantation-a-single-center-experience-and-review-of-literature
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Francesca Macera, Lucia Occhi, Gabriella Masciocco, Marisa Varrenti, Maria Frigerio
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy after heart transplantation (HTx) may expose the recipient to hemodynamic and immunologic risks, and the newborn to toxic effects of immunosuppressive therapy. Adequate preconception counseling is crucial to identify optimal timing and to modify immunosuppressive therapy in order to minimize risks for both the mother and the fetus. METHOD: We describe our experience with 12 pregnancies occurred in 11 women who had undergone HTx at our center...
May 14, 2018: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758487/maternal-allergy-as-an-isolated-risk-factor-for-early-onset-preeclampsia-an-epidemiological-study
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Anne Kvie Sande, Erik Andreas Torkildsen, Ragnar Kvie Sande, Nils-Halvdan Morken
Immunological mechanisms underlying the development of preeclampsia are well known, but no association to allergy has yet been demonstrated. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation between maternal pre-gestational allergy, and early-onset and late-onset preeclampsia, respectively. It was a retrospective cohort study including all women giving birth in the Norwegian cities of Stavanger (1996-2014) and Bergen (2009-2014). Pre-gestational asthma, allergy, other known risk factors for preeclampsia, maternal age and parity were obtained from the electronic medical record system...
June 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757063/gut-microbiota-composition-in-mid-pregnancy-is-associated-with-gestational-weight-gain-but-not-prepregnancy-body-mass-index
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Anna-Katariina Aatsinki, Henna-Maria Uusitupa, Eveliina Munukka, Henri Pesonen, Anniina Rintala, Sami Pietilä, Leo Lahti, Erkki Eerola, Linnea Karlsson, Hasse Karlsson
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy is a time of numerous hormonal, metabolic, and immunological changes for both the mother and the fetus. Furthermore, maternal gut microbiota composition (GMC) is altered during pregnancy. One major factor affecting GMC in pregnant and nonpregnant populations is obesity. The aim was to analyze associations between maternal overweight/obesity, as well as gestational weight gain (GWG) and GMC. Moreover, the modifying effect of depression and anxiety symptom scores on weight and GMC were investigated...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737906/early-pregnancy-losses-review-of-nomenclature-histopathology-and-possible-etiologies
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M Halit Pinar, Karen Gibbins, Mai He, Stefan Kostadinov, Robert Silver
Miscarriage is a frequent complication of human pregnancy: ∼50% to 70% of spontaneous conceptions are lost prior to the second trimester. Etiology of miscarriage includes genetic abnormalities, infections, immunological and implantation disorders, uterine and endocrine abnormalities, and lifestyle factors. Given such variability, knowledge regarding causes, pathophysiological mechanisms, and morphologies of primary early pregnancy loss has significant gaps; often, pregnancy losses remain unexplained. Pathologic evaluation of miscarriage tissue is an untapped source of knowledge...
May 8, 2018: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29737455/current-and-future-use-of-chloroquine-and-hydroxychloroquine-in-infectious-immune-neoplastic-and-neurological-diseases-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Domenico Plantone, Tatiana Koudriavtseva
The process of finding new therapeutic indications for currently used drugs, defined as 'repurposing', is receiving growing attention. Chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, with an original indication to prevent or cure malaria, have been successfully used to treat several infectious (HIV, Q fever, Whipple's disease, fungal infections), rheumatological (systemic lupus erythematosus, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren's syndrome), and other immunological diseases. Indeed, they have anti-inflammatory, immunomodulating, anti-infective, antithrombotic, and metabolic effects...
May 8, 2018: Clinical Drug Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29735482/cd71-erythroid-suppressor-cells-promote-fetomaternal-tolerance-through-arginase-2-and-pdl-1
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Cole Delyea, Najmeh Bozorgmehr, Petya Koleva, Garett Dunsmore, Shima Shahbaz, Vivian Huang, Shokrollah Elahi
Survival of the allogeneic pregnancy depends on the maintenance of immune tolerance to paternal alloantigens at the fetomaternal interface. Multiple localized mechanisms contribute to the fetal evasion from the mother's immune rejection as the fetus is exposed to a wide range of stimulatory substances such as maternal alloantigens, microbes and amniotic fluids. In this article, we demonstrate that CD71+ erythroid cells are expanded at the fetomaternal interface and in the periphery during pregnancy in both humans and mice...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29727533/-male-factors-and-countermeasures-for-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion
#9
Bao-Fang Jin
Recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) has a very complicated pathogenesis and male factors for this condition should not to be ignored, which are mainly related to genetics, immunology, infection, sperm quality, and others. In case of RSA, an etiological screening ought to be performed for the husband, which involves general, genetic and immunological examinations and infection detection. According to specific etiological factors, such measures as genetic consultation, immunotherapy, and traditional Chinese medication can be taken, which may contribute to the outcome of pregnancy...
October 2017: Zhonghua Nan Ke Xue, National Journal of Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718478/developmental-exposure-to-a-mixture-of-23-chemicals-associated-with-unconventional-oil-and-gas-operations-alters-the-immune-system-of-mice
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Lisbeth A Boulé, Timothy J Chapman, Sara E Hillman, Christopher D Kassotis, Colleen O'Dell, Jacques Robert, Steve N Georas, Susan C Nagel, B Paige Lawrence
Chemicals used in unconventional oil and gas (UOG) operations have the potential to cause adverse biological effects, but this has not been thoroughly evaluated. A notable knowledge gap is their impact on development and function of the immune system. Herein, we report an investigation of whether developmental exposure to a mixture of chemicals associated with UOG operations affects the development and function of the immune system. We used a previously characterized mixture of 23 chemicals associated with UOG, and which was demonstrated to affect reproductive and developmental endpoints in mice...
May 1, 2018: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705830/the-mammary-microenvironment-in-mastitis-in-humans-dairy-ruminants-rabbits-and-rodents-a-one-health-focus
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REVIEW
Katherine Hughes, Christine J Watson
The One Health concept promotes integrated evaluation of human, animal, and environmental health questions to expedite advances benefiting all species. A recognition of the multi-species impact of mastitis as a painful condition with welfare implications leads us to suggest that mastitis is an ideal target for a One Health approach. In this review, we will evaluate the role of the mammary microenvironment in mastitis in humans, ruminants and rabbits, where appropriate also drawing on studies utilising laboratory animal models...
April 28, 2018: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29699959/current-management-of-gynecologic-cancer-in-pregnancy
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Christos Iavazzo, Evelyn Eleni Minis, Ioannis D Gkegkes
Cancer during pregnancy is a particularly challenging complication. The incidence has increased in recent years due to childbering at an advanced maternal age due to career choices and/or the development of reproductive technology. Approximately two thirds of cancer cases during pregnancy are comprised of invasive cervical cancers and breast cancer. Cancer during gestation is characterized by a need for specialized treatment due to major changes in the hormonal profile (estrogen-progesterone), metabolism (enhancement of anabolism), hemodynamic changes (hyperdynamic circulation), immunologic changes (cell mediated and humoral immunity), increased angiogenesis (increased blood flow towards the uterus)...
April 27, 2018: Journal of the Turkish German Gynecological Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29692668/immune-modulation-of-i-v-immunoglobulin-in-women-with-reproductive-failure
#13
REVIEW
Ae R Han, Sung K Lee
Background: The mechanism of maternal immune tolerance of the semi-allogenic fetus has been explored extensively. The immune reaction to defend from invasion by pathogenic microorganisms should be maintained during pregnancy. An imbalance between the immune tolerance to the fetus and immune activation to the pathogenic organisms is associated with poor pregnancy outcomes. This emphasizes that the immune mechanism of successful reproduction is not just immune suppression, but adequate immune modulation...
April 2018: Reproductive Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29691600/a-proinflammatory-cd4-t-cell-phenotype-in-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Angela Sheu, Yixian Chan, Angela Ferguson, Mohammad B Bakhtyari, Wendy Hawke, Chris White, Yuk Fun Chan, Patrick J Bertolino, Heng G Woon, Umaimainthan Palendira, Frederic Sierro, Sue Mei Lau
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: Numerous adaptations of the maternal immune system are necessary during pregnancy to maintain immunological tolerance to the semi-allogeneic fetus. Several complications of pregnancy have been associated with dysregulation of these adaptive mechanisms. While gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has been associated with upregulation of circulating inflammatory factors linked to innate immunity, polarisation of the adaptive immune system has not been extensively characterised in this condition...
April 24, 2018: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29676341/the-prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-trichomonas-vaginalis-infection-amongst-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infected-pregnant-women-attending-the-antenatal-clinics-of-a-university-teaching-hospital-in-lagos-south-western-nigeria
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Olaolopin Ijasan, Kehinde Sharafadeen Okunade, Ayodeji Ayotunde Oluwole
Background: Trichomonas vaginalis infection is the most prevalent non-viral sexually transmitted infection worldwide. Interactions between this infection and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) may cause adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm labour, premature rupture of membranes, chorioamnionitis, low birth weight and post-abortal sepsis. Aims: This study was aimed to determine the prevalence and risk factors of T. vaginalis infection amongst HIV-positive pregnant women attending antenatal care at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Lagos, Nigeria...
January 2018: Nigerian Postgraduate Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29665170/breast-carcinoma-in-pregnancy-with-spheroid-like-placental-metastases-a-case-report
#16
Karolin Froehlich, Hanne Stensheim, Udo R Markert, Gitta Turowski
Breast cancer is one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in pregnancy. Although the tumor is often detected at an advanced stage, placental metastases are rare. Here, we describe the case of a woman with breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy and subsequent metastases. The focus of this study is the large amount of placenta metastases, which have been analyzed immunohistochemically. Staining with trophoblast markers (placenta alkaline phosphatase, beta human chorionic gonadotropin and human placental lactogen) showed the strict localization of metastases in the intervillous space without invasion into fetal tissue...
April 17, 2018: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29651447/impaired-gal-9-dysregulates-the-pbmc-induced-th1-th2-imbalance-in-abortion-prone-matings
#17
Mengzhou He, Ming Jiang, Yuan Zhou, Fanfan Li, Meitao Yang, Yao Fan, Yin Xie, Rajluxmee Beejadhursing, Ling Feng, Dongrui Deng
Recurrent miscarriage is defined as the loss of 3 or more consecutive pregnancies; however, the underlying immunologic mechanisms that trigger pregnancy loss remain largely unelucidated. Galectin-9 (Gal-9) may modulate a variety of biologic functions and play an important role in Th1/Th2 immune deviation. To analyze the mechanism of Gal-9 in abortion, we used the classical abortion-prone mouse model (DBA/2-mated CBA/J mice) to detect the expression of Gal-9 at the maternal-fetal interface. We also mimicked the immune environment of pregnancy by culturing trophoblast cells with peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) to explore how Gal-9 might be involved in the pathogenesis of abortion...
2018: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29630015/maternal-pyrexia-and-villitis-of-unknown-etiology
#18
Dorothy F Graham, Eileen Sung, Bligh Berry
BACKGROUND: Villitis of unknown etiology is an inflammatory placental condition associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes, including fetal growth restriction and preterm birth. CASE: We describe maternal pyrexia with daily rigors in the third trimester of two consecutive pregnancies in the same woman. In her second pregnancy, we found no evidence of infection despite an extensive antenatal investigation (blood and urine cultures, serologies, chest X-ray, abdominal ultrasonogram, echocardiogram)...
May 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29628283/weathering-the-storm-a-review-of-pre-pregnancy-stress-and-risk-of-spontaneous-abortion
#19
REVIEW
Tyralynn Frazier, Carol J Rowland Hogue, Elizabeth A Bonney, Kathryn M Yount, Brad D Pearce
The Weathering Effect is a theory that links stress exposure, over the life-course, with racial disparities in reproductive outcomes, through the effects of social adversity on a woman's body. The concept of maternal "weathering" captures cumulative somatic and psychological adversities that can exacerbate the effects of aging. Much of the evidence for weathering comes from observational studies linking self-report measures with reproductive outcomes. The purpose of this review is to explore biological mechanisms that underlie these observations...
March 1, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29625402/effect-of-tropical-thermal-stress-on-peri-implantation-immune-responses-in-cows
#20
Mohanned Naif Alhussien, Aarti Kamboj, Mustafa Ahmad Aljader, Bibhudatta S K Panda, Munna Lal Yadav, Lakshit Sharma, Seid Mohammed, Aasif Ahmad Sheikh, Masoud Lotfan, Rajeev Kapila, A K Mohanty, Ajay Kumar Dang
Pregnancy losses during the peri-implantation period cause a negative impact on the reproductive and economic performance of dairy herds. In this study, we investigated the possible immunological factors which may contribute to pregnancy loss during the peri-implantation period under different seasons of tropical conditions. Eighteen Karan Fries cows, six cows in each season (W: winter; HH: hot-humid; HD: hot-dry) were selected. These cows exhibited heat and were brought for artificial insemination (AI; day 0)...
March 29, 2018: Theriogenology
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