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amniotic infection

Ariella Andrade Marchioro, Cristiane Maria Colli, Carla Zangari de Souza, Suelen Santos da Silva, Bruna Tiaki Tiyo, Fernanda F Evangelista, Lourenco Higa, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Ana Lúcia Falavigna-Guilherme
This study detected and compared the levels of IFN-γ, TNF-α, TGF-β and nitric oxide (NO) in amniotic fluid (AF) and serum of pregnancies with acute toxoplasmosis, Southern Brazil. It also was compared the levels of the same mediators in the serum of pregnancies in acute and chronic toxoplasmosis with non-infected. Serological investigation, anti-T gondii IgM and IgG, of the 67 pregnancies was determined by Elisa MEIA. Forty two were uninfected, eight in chronic phase and 17 in acute phase. Among the acute phase, seven agreed to amniocentesis...
March 13, 2018: Cytokine
Nathalia Mayumi Noda-Nicolau, Jossimara Polettini, Márcia Guimarães da Silva, Morgan R Peltier, Ramkumar Menon
The polybacterial invasion of the amniotic cavity and risk of preterm birth is often due to cervicovaginal bacteria such as genital mycoplasmas (Mycoplasma hominis and Ureaplasma urealyticum) and Gardnerella vaginalis. The most studied biomarker associated with preterm birth is interleukin-6 (IL-6), a pleiotropic cytokine that performs different functions based on classical or trans-signaling mechanisms. This study evaluated the changes in IL-6 and IL-6 function associated accessory molecules by human fetal membranes to determine the functional availability of IL-6 assessment in an in vitro model of polybacterial infection...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Reproductive Immunology
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Derek Miller, Yaozhu Leng, Bogdan Panaitescu, Pablo Silva, Jonathan Faro, Ali Alhousseini, Navleen Gill, Sonia S Hassan, Chaur-Dong Hsu
PROBLEM: The immune cellular composition of amniotic fluid is poorly understood. Herein, we determined: 1) the immunophenotype of amniotic fluid immune cells during the second and third trimester in the absence of intra-amniotic infection/inflammation; 2) whether amniotic fluid T cells and ILCs display different phenotypical characteristics to that of peripheral cells; and 3) whether the amniotic fluid immune cells are altered in women with intra-amniotic infection/inflammation. METHOD OF STUDY: Amniotic fluid samples (n = 57) were collected from 15 to 40 weeks of gestation in women without intra-amniotic infection/inflammation...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
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
Jun-Yi Wang, Dian-Qiang Wang, Xiao-Lin Qi, Jun Cheng, Li-Xin Xie
AIM: To evaluate the efficacy of modified corneal ulcer debridement in superficial fungal keratitis unresponsive to medications. METHODS: A total of 209 patients (209 eyes) with fungal keratitis, involving no more than 50% of the stromal depth and not responding to antifungal agents for 2wk, were recruited in this retrospective, noncomparative study. The patients were treated with modified corneal ulcer debridement. All visible corneal infiltrates were removed under an operating microscope to obtain a clean stromal bed and smooth incised edges...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Emmanuelle Varlet-Marie, Yvon Sterkers, Marina Perrotte, Patrick Bastien
Toxoplasmosis is generally a benign infection caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii but can have severe consequences in fetuses of mothers infected during pregnancy (congenital toxoplasmosis) and immunocompromised individuals. PCR-based diagnostic tests have become crucial for its diagnosis. However, this molecular diagnosis essentially relies upon laboratory-developed methods and suffers from a lack of standardization, leading to great variation in methods and performance among laboratories. With the need for accreditation of clinical microbiological laboratories, the use of commercial PCR kits has become an attractive alternative; but thorough evaluation of newly commercialized kits by proficient groups is necessary before any recommendation can be made to parasitology laboratories by health authorities or learned societies...
February 22, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology
Mylène Da Silva, Clara Dombre, Aurélien Brionne, Philippe Monget, Magali Chessé, Marion De Pauw, Maryse Mills, Lucie Combes-Soia, Valérie Labas, Nicolas Guyot, Yves Nys, Sophie Rehault-Godbert
In many amniotes, the amniotic fluid is depicted as a dynamic milieu that participates in the protection of the embryo (cushioning, hydration, and immunity). However, in birds, the protein profile of the amniotic fluid remains unexplored, even though its proteomic signature is predicted to differ compared to human's. In fact, unlike humans, chicken amniotic fluid does not collect excretory products and its protein composition strikingly changes at mid-development due to the massive inflow of egg white proteins, which are thereafter swallowed by the embryo to support its growth...
February 14, 2018: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
Mutsumi Miyauchi, Min Ao, Hisako Furusho, Chanbora Chea, Atsuhiro Nagasaki, Shinnichi Sakamoto, Toshinori Ando, Toshihiro Inubushi, Katsuyuki Kozai, Takashi Takata
Dental infection is risk for preterm birth (PTB) through unclear mechanisms. We established a dental infection-induced PTB mouse model, in which Porphyromonas gingivalis (P.g.) induced PTB by 2 days. We analysed pathogenic factors contributing to PTB and their effects on trophoblasts in vitro. TNF-α, IL-8, and COX-2 were upregulated in P.g.-infected placenta. Galectin-3 (Gal-3), an immune regulator, was significantly upregulated in placenta, amniotic fluid, and serum. In vitro, P.g.-lipopolysaccharide (P.g...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
S X Li, J T Wang, Y Jiang, X Wang, W Y Shi
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of modified deep lamellar keratoplasty (DLKP) combined with antiviral medications for severe herpes necrotizing stromal keratitis. Methods: Retrospective case series study. Modified DLKP was performed in combination with antiviral medications in fifty patients (50 eyes) with severe necrotizing stromal keratitis, which was unresponsive to systemic and topical antiviral treatment for 1 week, at Shandong Eye Hospital. Before surgery, the operated eyes were examined using slit-lamp microscopy...
February 11, 2018: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
Jay Vornhagen, Phoenicia Quach, Verónica Santana-Ufret, Varchita Alishetti, Alyssa Brokaw, Blair Armistead, Hai Qing Tang, James W MacDonald, Theodor K Bammler, Kristina M Adams Waldorf, Niels Uldbjerg, Lakshmi Rajagopal
Preterm birth is a leading cause of neonatal mortality and lacks an effective therapy. Ascending microbial infections from the lower genital tract lead to infection of the placenta, amniotic fluid and fetus causing preterm birth or stillbirth. Directly in the path of an ascending infection is the cervical mucus plug (CMP), a dense mucoid structure in the cervical canal with potential antimicrobial properties. In this study, we aimed to define the components of CMP responsible for antimicrobial activity against a common lower genital tract organism associated with preterm birth and stillbirths, namely Group B Streptococcus (GBS)...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Megan E McCarthy, Catalin S Buhimschi, John T Hardy, Antonette T Dulay, Christine A Laky, Mert-Ozan Bahtyiar, Ramesha Papanna, Guomao Zhao, Irina A Buhimschi
OBJECTIVE: Haptoglobin (Hp) has key immunoregulatory roles that vary with phenotype (Hp1-1, Hp2-1, Hp2-2). Cord blood Hp expression is switched-off in the normal fetus. We hypothesized that in the setting of fetal inflammation placenta becomes inundated with Hp of fetal origin that in turn modulates the output of PGE2 and MMP-9 in a phenotype dependent manner. METHODS: Placentas from 40 pregnancies complicated by preterm birth (PTB) (<37 weeks), without (n = 15) or with (n = 25) intra-amniotic infection and histological chorioamnionitis (HCA) were scored for intensity of Hp immunostaining...
February 2018: Placenta
Loredana Delle Chiaie, Patrick Neuberger, Matthias Vochem, Angela Lihs, Ulrich Karck, Martin Enders
PURPOSE: To determine the frequency of obstetrical adverse events and clinical outcome in infants following antenatal hyperimmune globulin (HIG) treatment for primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in pregnancy. METHODS: Data from 50 women including three twin pregnancies were retrospectively evaluated. Primary infection was defined by seroconversion or the presence of CMV-specific IgM and low IgG avidity. All women received two or more infusions of HIG (200 U/kg)...
February 5, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Gang Zou, Te Liu, Lihe Guo, Yongyi Huang, Ya Feng, Tao Duan
Human amniotic epithelial stem cells (HuAECs) exhibit pluripotent characteristics, which are similar to those of embryonic stem cells, and can differentiate into various adult tissues and cells through directed induction. However, in culture, HuAECs tend to lose their pluripotency, and their directed differentiation capability declines with increasing passage number. The stem cell pluripotency factor octamer‑binding protein 4 (Oct4) is an important transcription factor that promotes stem cell self‑proliferation and maintains their pluripotency...
January 29, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Mamta Dhaneria, Sachin Jain, Poonam Singh, Aditya Mathur, Cecilia Stålsby Lundborg, Ashish Pathak
Very little is known about laboratory-confirmed blood stream infections (LCBIs) in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in resource-limited settings. The aim of this cohort study was to determine the incidence, risk factors, and causative agents of LCBIs in a level-2 NICU in India. The diagnosis of LCBIs was established using the Centre for Disease Control, USA criteria. A predesigned questionnaire containing risk factors associated with LCBIs was filled-in. A total of 150 neonates (43% preterm) were included in the study...
January 30, 2018: Diseases (Basel)
Min Kyoung Kim, Seung Mi Lee, Jung Won Oh, So Yeon Kim, Hye Gyeong Jeong, Sun Min Kim, Chan Wook Park, Jong Kwan Jun, Seo-Kyung Hahn, Joong Shin Park
Objective: In terms of efficacy, several previous studies have shown that the success rate in inhibiting preterm labor was not different between magnesium sulfate and ritodrine. However, there is a paucity of information regarding the efficacy of both medications after consideration of intra-amniotic infection, which is one of the most important prognostic factors in patients of threatened preterm birth. The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of magnesium sulfate with that of ritodrine in preterm labor...
January 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
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OBJECTIVES: Amoxicillin is a broad-spectrum beta-lactam antibiotic. Due to its low toxicity, it is commonly used in obstetrics. The objective of this study was to assess amoxicillin concentrations in amniotic fluid, umbilical blood, placenta and maternal serum two hours following oral administration among pregnant women at term and to assess obstetric and non-obstetric factors that might affect amoxicillin's penetration of these tissues. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 30 full-term pregnant women who qualified for elective Caesarean delivery were included in the study...
December 25, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
Erin M Fricke, Timothy G Elgin, Huiyu Gong, Jeff Reese, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Robert M Weiss, Kathy Zimmerman, Noelle C Bowdler, Karen M Kalantera, David A Mills, Mark A Underwood, Steven J McElroy
PROBLEM: Premature birth complicates 10%-12% of deliveries. Infection and inflammation are the most common etiologies and are associated with increased offspring morbidity and mortality. We hypothesize that lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced maternal inflammation causes direct placenta injury and subsequent injury to the fetal intestine. METHOD OF STUDY: Pregnant C57Bl6 mice were injected intraperitoneally on day 15.5 with 100 μg/kg LPS or saline. Maternal serum, amniotic fluid, placental samples, and ileal samples of offspring were obtained assessed for inflammation and/or injury...
January 25, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
Leila Chimelli, Sheila Moura Pone, Elyzabeth Avvad-Portari, Zilton Farias Meira Vasconcelos, Andrea Araújo Zin, Daniela Prado Cunha, Nathalia Raposo Thompson, Maria Elisabeth Lopes Moreira, Clayton A Wiley, Marcos Vinicius da Silva Pone
During the Zika epidemic in Brazil, a baby was born at term with microcephaly and arthrogryposis. The mother had Zika symptoms at 10 weeks of gestation. At 17 weeks, ultrasound showed cerebral malformation and ventriculomegaly. At 24 weeks, the amniotic fluid contained ZIKV RNA and at birth, placenta and maternal blood were also positive using RT-qPCR. At birth the baby urine contained ZIKV RNA, whereas CSF at birth and urine at 17 days did not. Seizures started at 6 days. EEG was abnormal and CT scan showed cerebral atrophy, calcifications, lissencephaly, ventriculomegaly, and cerebellar hypoplasia...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Noa A Brzezinski-Sinai, Moshe Stavsky, Tal Rafaeli-Yehudai, Maayan Yitshak-Sade, Isaac Brzezinski-Sinai, Majdi Imterat, Salvatore Andrea Mastrolia, Offer Erez
OBJECTIVES: To analyze in a retrospective cohort study the outcomes of pregnancies with isolated oligohydramnios at the late preterm period (34-36.6 weeks of gestation). STUDY DESIGN: This retrospective cohort study included three groups of women: (1) Women with isolated oligohydramnios whose pregnancy was managed conservatively (n = 33 births); (2) women with isolated oligohydramnios who were managed actively (i.e. induction of labor) (n = 111 births); and (3) a control group including women with normal amount of amniotic fluid who had a spontaneous late preterm delivery (n = 10,445 births)...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Miriam Ziemann, Rolf Fimmers, Anastasiia Khaleeva, Rainer Schürg, Markus A Weigand, Thomas Kohl
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous partial amniotic carbon dioxide insufflation (PACI) is one of the most important means for improving visualization during minimally invasive fetoscopic surgery of fetal spina bifida. The purpose of the present study was to analyze maternal and fetal safety aspects of PACI in a recent patient cohort and to present management improvements. METHODS: PACI under general materno-fetal anesthesia was performed during 65 interventions for fetoscopic patch coverage of fetal spina bifida aperta between 21 + 0 and 29 + 1 weeks of gestation...
January 16, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
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