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Fetal Hemoglobin

Aikaterini Gravia, Vasiliki Chondrou, Alexandra Kolliopoulou, Alexandra Kourakli, Anne John, Argyris Symeonidis, Bassam R Ali, Argyro Sgourou, Adamantia Papachatzopoulou, Theodora Katsila, George P Patrinos
AIMS: Hemoglobinopathies, particularly β-thalassemia and sickle cell disease, are characterized by great phenotypic variability in terms of disease severity, while notable differences have been observed in hydroxyurea treatment efficacy. In both cases, the observed phenotypic diversity is mostly dependent on the elevated fetal hemoglobin levels, resulting from the persistent fetal globin gene expression in the adult erythroid stage orchestrated by intricate mechanisms that still remain only partly understood...
October 21, 2016: Pharmacogenomics
A L Wilkinson, S H Pedersen, M Urassa, D Michael, A Andreasen, J Todd, S M Kinung'hi, J Changalucha, J M McDermid
OBJECTIVES: HIV infection is associated with chronic systemic inflammation, with or without antiretroviral therapy. Consequences for fetal growth are not understood, particularly in settings where multiple maternal infections and malnutrition are common. The study was designed to examine maternal systemic circulating and umbilical cord blood cytokine concentrations in relation to birth anthropometry in a Tanzanian prospective cohort. METHODS: A 9-plex panel of maternal plasma cytokines in HIV-positive (n=44) and HIV-negative (n=70) mothers and the same cytokines in umbilical cord blood collected at delivery was assayed...
October 20, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Mir A Hossain, Yong Shen, Isaac Knudson, Shaleen Thakur, Jared R Stees, Yi Qiu, Betty S Pace, Kenneth R Peterson, Jörg Bungert
Reactivation of γ-globin expression has been shown to ameliorate disease phenotypes associated with mutations in the adult β-globin gene, including sickle cell disease. Specific mutations in the promoter of the γ-globin genes are known to prevent repression of the genes in the adult and thus lead to hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin. One such hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin is associated with a sequence located 567 bp upstream of the Gγ-globin gene which assembles a GATA-containing repressor complex...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
Orsolya Balogh, Marie Roch, Stefanie Keller, Erika Michel, Iris M Reichler
In dogs, there is no diagnostic test to identify and differentiate fetal fluids from maternal urine in the event that a clear-yellowish vulvar discharge is observed pre-whelping. The objective of this study was to find a test that could easily and accurately identify rupture of the fetal membranes preceding parturition. Maternal urine, and amniotic fluid (AMF) and allantoic fluid (ALF) from only one fetus per bitch, were collected intraoperatively during cesarean section. Specific gravity (SG) was analyzed with a refractometer, whereas the presence of leukocytes, protein, glucose, ketones, bilirubin, urobilinogen, nitrite, erythrocyte/hemoglobin (Hb), and the pH were assessed using a urine dipstick (Combur-Test)...
September 21, 2016: Theriogenology
Sofie Ingdam Halkjaer, Lisbeth Nilas, Emma Malchau Carlsen, Dina Cortes, Thórhallur Ingi Halldórsson, Sjúrdur Frodi Olsen, Anders Elm Pedersen, Karen Angeliki Krogfelt, Andreas Munk Petersen
BACKGROUND: Maternal obesity is associated with increased risks of adverse pregnancy-related complications and outcomes for both mothers and infants. Overweight and obese women have an increased risk of pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). Infant Body Mass index (BMI) and the risk of obesity in adulthood are related to maternal gestational weight gain (GWG). Preventive lifestyle and dietary interventions are time-consuming and do not always reduce GWG or the risk of maternal pregnancy complications...
October 11, 2016: Trials
Krzysztof Mikołajczyk, Radosław Kaczmarek, Marcin Czerwiński
Transcription factor EKLF (Erythroid Krüppel-Like Factor) belongs to the group of Krüppellike factors, which regulate proliferation, differentiation, development and apoptosis of mammalian cells. EKLF factor is present in erythroid cells, where it participates in regulation of hematopoiesis, expression of genes encoding transmembrane proteins (including blood group antigens), and heme biosynthesis enzymes. It is also a key factor in downregulation of γ-globins and activation of β-globin gene expression...
October 6, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
Elenoe C Smith, Sidinh Luc, Donyell M Croney, Mollie B Woodworth, Luciano C Greig, Yuko Fujiwara, Minh Nguyen, Falak Sher, Jeffrey D Macklis, Daniel E Bauer, Stuart H Orkin
BCL11A, a repressor of human fetal (γ-)globin expression, is required for immune and hematopoietic stem cell functions and brain development. Regulatory sequences within the gene, which are subject to genetic variation affecting fetal globin expression, display hallmarks of an erythroid enhancer in cell lines and transgenic mice. As such this enhancer is a novel, attractive target for therapeutic gene editing. To explore the roles of such sequences in vivo, we generated mice in which the orthologous 10 kb intronic sequences were removed...
October 5, 2016: Blood
Xin Yang, Jin-Mei Yan, Jian Li, Xing-Mei Xie, Jian-Ying Zhou, Yan Li, Dong-Zhi Li
Hb Zurich-Albisrieden [HBA2: c.178G > C; α59(E8)Gly→Arg (α2)] is a rare nondeletional α-thalassemia (α-thal) that results from a nucleotide substitution at codon 59 of the α2-globin gene. In this report, we present a fetus with cardiomegaly, enlarged placenta and increased middle cerebral artery-peak systolic velocity (MCA-PSV) at 25 weeks' gestation. Fetal blood sampling revealed the severe anemia [hemoglobin (Hb) level being 5.5 g/dL] and Hb H (β4) disease-like hematological findings with Hb Bart's (γ4) level of 30...
September 30, 2016: Hemoglobin
Laleh Shariati, Hossein Khanahmad, Mansoor Salehi, Zahra Hejazi, Ilnaz Rahimmaesh, Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Mohammad Hossein Modarressi
BACKGROUND: β-thalassemia is a major group of human genetic disorders which involves decrease or cease in the normal synthesis of the β-globin chains of hemoglobin. KLF1 is a key regulatory molecule involved in the γ to β-globin gene switching process directly inducing the expression of beta globin gene and indirectly repressing gamma globin. This study was performed to investigate the ability of an engineered CRISPR/Cas9 system to disrupt the KLF1 gene to inhibit the γ to β hemoglobin switching process in K562 cells...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Gene Medicine
Frank A Ferrone
Sickle cell disease is probably the first known assembly disease, and its mechanism has been extensively studied. It arises because of the expression of a mutant hemoglobin that can polymerize, and which does so by a double nucleation mechanism that is now seen to operate in other diseases. The polymers so formed lead to circulatory obstruction in the microcirculation. The accuracy of the description that has been developed is sufficient to describe precisely the impact of molecules that cannot join polymers but that still crowd the solution, including fetal hemoglobin...
September 22, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Joy Adekanmbi, Trefor Higgins, Karina Rodriguez-Capote, Dylan Thomas, Jeffrey Winterstein, Tara Dixon, Jessica L Gifford, Richard Krause, Allison A Venner, Gwen Clarke, Mathew P Estey
BACKGROUND: HbA1c is used in the diagnosis and monitoring of diabetes mellitus (DM). Interference from hemoglobin variants is a well-described phenomenon, particularly with HPLC-based methods. While immunoassays may generate more reliable HbA1c results in the presence of some variants, these methods are susceptible to negative interference from high concentrations of HbF. We report a case where an accurate HbA1c result could not be obtained by any available method due to the presence of a compound hemoglobinopathy...
November 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Numan Cim, Mertihan Kurdoglu, Serhat Ege, Ibrahim Yoruk, Gorkem Yaman, Recep Yildizhan
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the roles of proangiogenic factors including serum vitamin D and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and anti-angiogenic factors including soluble endoglin (sEng) and soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt1) in the diagnosis and severity of late-onset preeclampsia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was conducted at Yuzuncu Yil University Research and Education Hospital Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The study included a patient group of 40 women with late-onset preeclampsia who were pregnant at ≥32 weeks of gestation according to the last menstrual period (LMP) or ultrasonographic fetal biometric measurement and a control group of 40 healthy pregnant women who presented to our clinic for routine pregnancy examination and were at the same age and gestational period with those in the patient group...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
S Yang, D Hwang, J Park, K Chun, Y Kim, J Koh
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September 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Sandra Larsen, Elisabeth Krefting Bjelland, Camilla Haavaldsen, Anne Eskild
OBJECTIVES: To study the associations of maternal hemoglobin concentrations with placental weight and placental to birthweight ratio. STUDY DESIGN: In this retrospective cohort study, we included all singleton pregnancies during the years 1998-2013 at a large public hospital in Norway (n=57062). We compared mean placental weight and placental to birthweight ratio according to maternal hemoglobin concentrations: <9g/dl, 9-13.5g/dl or >13.5g/dl. The associations of maternal hemoglobin concentrations with placental weight and placental to birthweight ratio were estimated by linear regression analyses, and adjustments were made for gestational age at birth, preeclampsia, parity, maternal age, diabetes, body mass index, smoking, offspring sex and year of birth...
August 31, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Madhavi Lakkaraja, Jenny C Jin, Karen C Manotas, Cheryl A Vinograd, Polina Ferd, Julia Gabor, Megan Wissert, Richard L Berkowitz, Janice G McFarland, James B Bussel
BACKGROUND: Incompatibility between parental platelet (PLT) antigens may lead to sensitization of mother and development of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) resulting in fetal thrombocytopenia. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) with or without prednisone is the most effective, evidence-based antenatal treatment for subsequent FNAIT-affected pregnancies. IVIG infusion causes hemolysis in other settings, the degree depending upon patient blood groups (BGs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In ClinicalTrials...
October 2016: Transfusion
Lin Ye, Jiaming Wang, Yuting Tan, Ashley I Beyer, Fei Xie, Marcus O Muench, Yuet Wai Kan
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin (HPFH) is a condition in some individuals who have a high level of fetal hemoglobin throughout life. Individuals with compound heterozygous β-thalassemia or sickle cell disease (SCD) and HPFH have milder clinical manifestations. Using RNA-guided clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-associated Cas9 (CRISPR-Cas9) genome-editing technology, we deleted, in normal hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs), 13 kb of the β-globin locus to mimic the naturally occurring Sicilian HPFH mutation...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Christian Brendel, Swaroopa Guda, Raffaele Renella, Daniel E Bauer, Matthew C Canver, Young-Jo Kim, Matthew M Heeney, Denise Klatt, Jonathan Fogel, Michael D Milsom, Stuart H Orkin, Richard I Gregory, David A Williams
Reducing expression of the fetal hemoglobin (HbF) repressor BCL11A leads to a simultaneous increase in γ-globin expression and reduction in β-globin expression. Thus, there is interest in targeting BCL11A as a treatment for β-hemoglobinopathies, including sickle cell disease (SCD) and β-thalassemia. Here, we found that using optimized shRNAs embedded within an miRNA (shRNAmiR) architecture to achieve ubiquitous knockdown of BCL11A profoundly impaired long-term engraftment of both human and mouse hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) despite a reduction in nonspecific cellular toxicities...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
Tasleem Katchi, Krishna Kolandaivel, Pallavi Khattar, Taliya Farooq, Humayun Islam, Delong Liu
BACKGROUND: Extramedullary hematopoeisis (EMH) can occur in various physiological and pathologic states. The spleen is the most common site of EMH. CASE PRESENTATION: We report a case with hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin with extramedullary hematopoiesis presented as cord compression and cytopenia secondary to multi-paraspinal masses. CONCLUSION: Treatment can be a challenge. Relapse is a possibility.
2016: Biomarker Research
Thais A Fornari, Carolina Lanaro, Dulcinéia M Albuquerque, Regiane Ferreira, Fernando F Costa
Hereditary persistence of fetal hemoglobin deletion type-2 (HPFH-2) and Sicilian-δβ-thalassemia are conditions described as large deletions of the human β-like globin cluster, with absent β-globin chains and a compensatory variable increase in γ-globin. HPFH, in general, may be distinguished from DB-Thalassemia by higher fetal hemoglobin (HbF) levels, absence of anemia and hypochromic and microcytic erythrocytes. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate a range of cellular processes including erythropoiesis and regulation of transcription factors such as the BCL11A and SOX6 genes, which are related to the regulation of γ-globin expression...
September 3, 2016: Experimental Biology and Medicine
Lucia Carmela Cosenza, Laura Breda, Giulia Breveglieri, Cristina Zuccato, Alessia Finotti, Ilaria Lampronti, Monica Borgatti, Francesco Chiavilli, Maria Rita Gamberini, Stefania Satta, Laura Manunza, Franca Rosa De Martis, Paolo Moi, Stefano Rivella, Roberto Gambari, Nicoletta Bianchi
BACKGROUND: Cellular biobanking is a key resource for collaborative networks planning to use same cells in studies aimed at solving a variety of biological and biomedical issues. This approach is of great importance in studies on β-thalassemia, since the recruitment of patients and collection of specimens can represent a crucial and often limiting factor in the experimental planning. METHODS: Erythroid precursor cells were obtained from 72 patients, mostly β-thalassemic, expanded and cryopreserved...
2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
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