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Alicia Martinez-Varea, Roberto Romero, Yi Xu, Derek Miller, Ahmed I Ahmed, Piya Chaemsaithong, Noppadol Chaiyasit, Lami Yeo, Majid Shaman, Kia Lannaman, Benjamin Cher, Sonia S Hassan, Nardhy Gomez-Lopez
OBJECTIVES: 1) To characterize the cellular composition of the amniotic fluid of patients diagnosed with clinical chorioamnionitis at term, as a function of the presence or absence of microorganisms determined by cultivation techniques, and 2) to characterize the cytokine production by white blood cells present in the amniotic fluid using flow cytometry-based techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Amniotic fluid samples from 20 women who had the diagnosis of clinical chorioamnionitis at term were analyzed using cultivation techniques (for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria as well as genital Mycoplasmas)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
Kamal Niaz, Mohammad Abdollahi
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a deadly flavivirus that has spread from Africa to Asia and European countries. The virus is associated with other viruses in the same genus or family, transmitted by the same mosquito species with known history of fatality. A sudden increase in the rate of infection from ZIKV has made it a global health concern, which necessitates close symptom monitoring, enhancing treatment options, and vaccine production. This paper reviewed current reports on birth defects associated with ZIKV, mode of transmission, body fluids containing the virus, diagnosis , possible preventive measures or treatments, and vaccine development...
October 18, 2016: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
Marta Díaz-Menéndez, Fernando de la Calle-Prieto, Dolores Montero, Eugenia Antolín, Ana Vazquez, Marta Arsuaga, Elena Trigo, Silvia García-Bujalance, María de la Calle, Paz Sánchez Seco, Fernando de Ory, Jose Ramón Arribas
INTRODUCTION: A considerable increase of imported Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been reported in Europe in the last year. This is the result of the large outbreak of the disease in the Americas, along with the increase in the numbers of travellers and immigrants arriving from ZIKV endemic areas. METHODS: A descriptive study was conducted in the Tropical Medicine Unit of Hospital La Paz-Carlos III in Madrid on travellers returning from an endemic area for ZIKV from January to April 2016...
October 12, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
Mariya Angelova, Emil Kovachev, Nikolai Todorov
AIM: The aim of this publication is to present a case of CMV infection during pregnancy, with clinical manifestations of the development of microcephaly and simultaneous dilatation of the 3rd and 4th brain ventricle at 23 weeks gestation. This article discusses the role of ultrasound screening in the second trimester of pregnancy. CASE PRESENTATION: We present the case of a 25-year-old woman with the initials S.K. in her second pregnancy that came to our antenatal Consulting Centre...
September 15, 2016: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Roberta Rizzo, Liliana Gabrielli, Daria Bortolotti, Valentina Gentili, Giulia Piccirilli, Angela Chiereghin, Claudia Pavia, Silvia Bolzani, Brunella Guerra, Giuliana Simonazzi, Francesca Cervi, Maria Grazia Capretti, Enrico Fainardi, Dario Di Luca, Maria Paola Landini, Tiziana Lazzarotto
Human leukocyte antigen-G (HLA-G) is a nonclassical HLA class I antigen that is expressed during pregnancy contributing to maternal-fetal tolerance. HLA-G can be expressed as membrane-bound and soluble forms. HLA-G expression increases strongly during viral infections such as congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infections, with functional consequences in immunoregulation. In this work we investigated the expression of soluble (s)HLA-G and beta-2 microglobulin (component of HLA) molecules in correlation with the risk of transmission and severity of congenital HCMV infection...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
Adriana Suely de Oliveira Melo, Renato Santana Aguiar, Melania Maria Ramos Amorim, Monica B Arruda, Fabiana de Oliveira Melo, Suelem Taís Clementino Ribeiro, Alba Gean Medeiros Batista, Thales Ferreira, Mayra Pereira Dos Santos, Virgínia Vilar Sampaio, Sarah Rogéria Martins Moura, Luciana Portela Rabello, Clarissa Emanuelle Gonzaga, Gustavo Malinger, Renato Ximenes, Patricia Soares de Oliveira-Szejnfeld, Fernanda Tovar-Moll, Leila Chimelli, Paola Paz Silveira, Rodrigo Delvechio, Luiza Higa, Loraine Campanati, Rita M R Nogueira, Ana Maria Bispo Filippis, Jacob Szejnfeld, Carolina Moreira Voloch, Orlando C Ferreira, Rodrigo M Brindeiro, Amilcar Tanuri
Importance: Recent studies have reported an increase in the number of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly whose mothers were infected with the Zika virus (ZIKV) during pregnancy. To our knowledge, most reports to date have focused on select aspects of the maternal or fetal infection and fetal effects. Objective: To describe the prenatal evolution and perinatal outcomes of 11 neonates who had developmental abnormalities and neurological damage associated with ZIKV infection in Brazil...
October 3, 2016: JAMA Neurology
Ivana Stefanoska, Jasmina Tadić, Aleksandra Vilotić, Milica Jovanović Krivokuća, Tamara Abu Rabi, Ljiljana Vićovac
PURPOSE: Gal-3, which can regulate immune responses upon infection and inflammation, was not studied so far in intrauterine infection leading to pre-term pre-labor rupture of the membranes (PPROM), although gal-1 was reported to be implicated in the process. Gal-3 mRNA and protein expression in amnion and its changes during histological chorioamnionitis were studied here. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fetal membranes were obtained from women with PPROM with (n =15) and without histological chorioamnionitis (n =15) during second and third trimester...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Hamideh Pakniat, Fatemeh Mohammadi, Fatemeh Ranjkesh
PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine whether MSAF is associated with endometritis after delivery. METHODS: This cohort study was conducted from 2012 to 2013 in Kosar Hospital of Qazvin, Iran. All women with cesarean delivery (1239 women) beyond 37 weeks of gestational age participated in the study. Data were collected on rates of endomyometritis, quality of amniotic fluid and were analyzed with bivariate and multivariate statistics. Probability values of <...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of India
Takako Tabata, Matthew Petitt, June Fang-Hoover, Martin Zydek, Lenore Pereira
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is the leading viral cause of birth defects, including microcephaly, neurological deficits, hearing impairment, and vision loss. We previously reported that epithelial cells in amniotic membranes of placentas from newborns with intrauterine growth restriction and underlying congenital HCMV infection contain viral proteins in cytoplasmic vesicles. Herein, we immunostained amniotic membranes from 51 placentas from symptomatic and asymptomatic congenital infection with HCMV DNA in amniotic fluid and/or newborn saliva, intrauterine growth restriction, preterm deliveries, and controls...
September 13, 2016: American Journal of Pathology
Charitharth V Lal, Xin Xu, Patricia Jackson, Thomas P Atkinson, Ona M Faye-Petersen, Jegen Kandasamy, Ken Waites, Joseph R Biggio, Amit Gaggar, Namasivayam Ambalavanan
BACKGROUND: Premature rupture of membranes and preterm delivery are associated with Ureaplasma infection. We hypothesized that Ureaplasma induced extracellular collagen fragmentation results in production of the tripeptide PGP (proline-glycine-proline), a neutrophil chemoattractant. PGP release from collagen requires matrix metalloproteases (MMP-8/MMP-9) along with a serine protease, prolyl endopeptidase (PE). METHODS: Ureaplasma culture negative amniotic fluid (indicated preterm birth, n=8; spontaneous preterm birth, n=8) and Ureaplasma positive amniotic fluid (spontaneous preterm birth, n=8) were analyzed by electro-spray ionization-liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for PGP, and for MMP-9 by zymography...
September 15, 2016: Pediatric Research
Kanti Pabbaraju, Sallene Wong, Kara Gill, Kevin Fonseca, Graham A Tipples, Raymond Tellier
BACKGROUND: In the recent past, arboviruses such as Chikungunya (CHIKV) and Zika (ZIKV) have increased their area of endemicity and presented as an emerging global public health threat. OBJECTIVES: To design an assay for the simultaneous detection of ZIKV, CHIKV and Dengue (DENV) 1-4 from patients with symptoms of arboviral infection. This would be advantageous because of the similar clinical presentation typically encountered with these viruses and their co-circulation in endemic areas...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Nanda Kishore Sahoo, Ajay P Desai, Indranil Deb Roy, Vishal Kulkarni
Breach in the palatal vault leading to an abnormal communication between oral and nasal cavity is known as oro-nasal communication. It is an uncommon presentation in day-to-day clinical practice except in some patients of cleft lip and palate.Etiology may be congenital or acquired. Alveolar and palatal cleft defects are the most common etiological factor. The acquired causes may be trauma, periapical pathology, infections, neoplasms, postsurgical complications, and radio and chemo necrosis.Clinical features like nasal regurgitation of food, defective speech, fetid odor, bad taste, and upper respiratory tract and ear infection are associated with oro-nasal communication...
September 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Maurizio Zavattoni, Stefano Paolucci, Antonella Sarasini, Beatrice Tassis, Mariangela Rustico, Aida Quarenghi, Antonio Piralla, Fausto Baldanti
To define diagnostic and prognostic markers of parvovirus B19 (B19V) fetal infection, two groups were investigated: 1) pregnant women with specific symptoms or contacts with symptomatic households (n=37); 2) mothers with pathological ultrasound findings and the relevant fetus at the time of prenatal diagnosis (n=16). In the first group, diagnosis of B19V infection was achieved using IgM detection in 29/37 (78.3%) of patients, while B19V DNA was detected in 36/37 (97.3%) of infected women. In the second group, intrauterine infection was investigated by amniocentesis (n=5), cordocentesis (n=3) or both (n=5)...
September 2016: New Microbiologica
Nicole Marquardt, Martin A Ivarsson, Erik Sundström, Elisabet Åkesson, Elisa Martini, Liv Eidsmo, Jenny Mjösberg, Danielle Friberg, Marius Kublickas, Sverker Ek, Gunilla Tegerstedt, Åke Seiger, Magnus Westgren, Jakob Michaëlsson
Amniotic fluid (AF) surrounds the growing fetus, and cells derived from AF are commonly used for diagnosis of genetic diseases. Intra-amniotic infections are strongly linked to preterm birth, which is the leading cause of perinatal mortality worldwide. Surprisingly little is known, however, about mature hematopoietic cells in AF, which could potentially be involved in immune responses during pregnancy. In this study, we show that the dominating population of viable CD45(+) cells in AF is represented by a subset of fetal CD103(+) group 3 innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) producing high levels of IL-17 and TNF...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Manalee Vishnu Surve, Anjali Anil, Kshama Ganesh Kamath, Smita Bhutda, Lakshmi Kavitha Sthanam, Arpan Pradhan, Rohit Srivastava, Bhakti Basu, Suryendu Dutta, Shamik Sen, Deepak Modi, Anirban Banerjee
Infection of the genitourinary tract with Group B Streptococcus (GBS), an opportunistic gram positive pathogen, is associated with premature rupture of amniotic membrane and preterm birth. In this work, we demonstrate that GBS produces membrane vesicles (MVs) in a serotype independent manner. These MVs are loaded with virulence factors including extracellular matrix degrading proteases and pore forming toxins. Mice chorio-decidual membranes challenged with MVs ex vivo resulted in extensive collagen degradation leading to loss of stiffness and mechanical weakening...
September 2016: PLoS Pathogens
T Myntti, L Rahkonen, A Pätäri-Sampo, M Tikkanen, T Sorsa, J Juhila, O Helve, S Andersson, J Paavonen, V Stefanovic
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association of amniotic fluid (AF) matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) and cathelicidin concentrations with microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) in pregnancies with preterm prelabor rupture of the membranes or intact membranes. STUDY DESIGN: Amniocentesis was performed in 54 singleton pregnancies between 22(+0) and 34(+2) gestational weeks with suspected intra-amniotic infection. AF-MMP-8 was analysed by immunoassay and AF-cathelicidin by commercial ELISA...
September 1, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
Dawid Szpecht, Katarzyna Wiak, Anna Braszak, Marta Szymankiewicz, Janusz Gadzinowski
Proinflammatory cytokines are essential mediators and indicators of an inflammatory process occurring in the body. Their physiological role is to stimulate the immune response, yet their excessive propagation and interaction with cells outside the immune system may be linked to the risk of organ damage. This is specifically important in the case of immature tissues of fetuses and prematurely born infants. Analysis of the concentrations of specific cytokines in different compartments makes it possible to assess the risk of premature birth, preterm rupture of the membranes, and to determine an existing intrauterine infection...
August 19, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Krishna Rao Maddipati, Roberto Romero, Tinnakorn Chaiworapongsa, Piya Chaemsaithong, Sen-Lin Zhou, Zhonghui Xu, Adi L Tarca, Juan Pedro Kusanovic, Ricardo Gomez, Nikolina Docheva, Kenneth V Honn
Clinical chorioamnionitis at term (TCC) is the most common obstetrical infliction diagnosed in labor and delivery units worldwide and is associated with a substantial increase in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. This obstetrical complication is a heterogeneous condition, as only half of patients have detectable microorganisms in the amniotic cavity. Because bioactive lipids play a key role in the initiation and resolution of an inflammatory response, we aimed to characterize the amniotic fluid lipidome in patients with TCC...
October 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
Maria Gańczak, Agnieszka Brodowska
Zika virus (ZIKAV) infections could potentially occur in Poland due to international travel made by its nationals to regions where the Aedes mosquito is active. A causal relationship between prenatal ZIKAV infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies has been found due to the time association between the infection in pregnancy and a presence of congenital nervous system malformations, together with the detectable pathogen in amniotic fluid and fetus's tissues. Two ZIKAV infection cases of pregnant women who were diagnosed with fetal microcephaly in the state of Paraiba, Brazil, later described in Ultrasound Obstetrics and Gynecology by Oliveira Mello et al...
2016: Ginekologia Polska
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