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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807878/sex-dependent-changes-in-lipid-metabolism-ppar-pathways-and-micrornas-that-target-ppars-in-the-fetal-liver-of-rats-with-gestational-diabetes
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Daiana Fornes, Verónica White, Romina Higa, Florencia Heinecke, Evangelina Capobianco, Alicia Jawerbaum
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a prevalent disease that impairs fetal metabolism and development. We have previously characterized a rat model of GDM induced by developmental programming. Here, we analyzed lipid content, the levels of the three PPAR isotypes and the expression of microRNAs that regulate PPARs expression in the liver of male and female fetuses of control and GDM rats on day 21 of pregnancy. We found increased levels of triglycerides and cholesterol in the livers of male fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls, and, oppositely, reduced levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, phospholipids and free fatty acids in the livers of female fetuses of GDM rats compared to controls...
August 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801392/can-promoting-awareness-of-fetal-movements-and-focusing-interventions-reduce-fetal-mortality-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomised-trial-affirm
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Alexander E P Heazell, Christopher J Weir, Sarah J E Stock, Catherine J Calderwood, Sarah Cunningham Burley, J Frederik Froen, Michael Geary, Alyson Hunter, Fionnuala M McAuliffe, Edile Murdoch, Aryelly Rodriguez, Mary Ross-Davie, Janet Scott, Sonia Whyte, Jane E Norman
BACKGROUND: In 2013, the stillbirth rate in the UK was 4.2 per 1000 live births, ranking 24th out of 49 high-income countries, with an annual rate of reduction of only 1.4% per year. The majority of stillbirths occur in normally formed infants, with (retrospective) evidence of placental insufficiency the most common clinical finding. Maternal perception of reduced fetal movements (RFM) is associated with placental insufficiency and increased risk of subsequent stillbirth.This study will test the hypothesis that the introduction of a package of care to increase women's awareness of the need for prompt reporting of RFM and standardised management to identify fetal compromise with timely delivery in confirmed cases, will reduce the rate of stillbirth...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800376/fetal-bovine-serum-fbs-past-present-future
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Jan van der Valk, Karen Bieback, Christiane Buta, Brett Cochrane, Wilhelm G Dirks, Jianan Fu, James J Hickman, Christiane Hohensee, Roman Kolar, Manfred Liebsch, Francesca Pistollato, Markus Schulz, Daniel Thieme, Tilo Weber, Joachim Wiest, Stefan Winkler, Gerhard Gstraunthaler
The supplementation of culture medium with fetal bovine serum (FBS, also referred to as 'fetal calf serum') is still common practice in cell culture applications. Due to a number of disadvantages in terms of quality and reproducibility of in vitro data, animal welfare concerns, and in light of recent cases of fraudulent marketing, the search for alternatives and the development of serum-free medium formulations gained global attention. Here, we report on the 3rd Workshop on FBS, Serum Alternatives and Serum-free Media, where (a) regulatory aspects, (b) the serum dilemma, (c) alternatives to FBS, (d) case-studies of serum-free in vitro applications, and (e) the establishment of serum-free databases, were discussed...
August 9, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795682/effects-of-antenatal-diet-and-physical-activity-on-maternal-and-fetal-outcomes-individual-patient-data-meta-analysis-and-health-economic-evaluation
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Ewelina Rogozińska, Nadine Marlin, Louise Jackson, Girish Rayanagoudar, Anneloes E Ruifrok, Julie Dodds, Emma Molyneaux, Mireille Nm van Poppel, Lucilla Poston, Christina A Vinter, Fionnuala McAuliffe, Jodie M Dodd, Julie Owens, Ruben Barakat, Maria Perales, Jose G Cecatti, Fernanda Surita, SeonAe Yeo, Annick Bogaerts, Roland Devlieger, Helena Teede, Cheryce Harrison, Lene Haakstad, Garry X Shen, Alexis Shub, Nermeen El Beltagy, Narges Motahari, Janette Khoury, Serena Tonstad, Riitta Luoto, Tarja I Kinnunen, Kym Guelfi, Fabio Facchinetti, Elisabetta Petrella, Suzanne Phelan, Tânia T Scudeller, Kathrin Rauh, Hans Hauner, Kristina Renault, Christianne Jm de Groot, Linda R Sagedal, Ingvild Vistad, Signe Nilssen Stafne, Siv Mørkved, Kjell Å Salvesen, Dorte M Jensen, Márcia Vitolo, Arne Astrup, Nina Rw Geiker, Sally Kerry, Pelham Barton, Tracy Roberts, Richard D Riley, Arri Coomarasamy, Ben Willem Mol, Khalid S Khan, Shakila Thangaratinam
BACKGROUND: Diet- and physical activity-based interventions in pregnancy have the potential to alter maternal and child outcomes. OBJECTIVES: To assess whether or not the effects of diet and lifestyle interventions vary in subgroups of women, based on maternal body mass index (BMI), age, parity, Caucasian ethnicity and underlying medical condition(s), by undertaking an individual patient data (IPD) meta-analysis. We also evaluated the association of gestational weight gain (GWG) with adverse pregnancy outcomes and assessed the cost-effectiveness of the interventions...
August 2017: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792107/intrafetal-laser-for-embryo-reduction-from-dichorionic-triplets-to-dichorionic-twins
#5
Petya Chaveeva, Gergana Peeva, Savino Gil Pugliese, Atanas Shterev, Kypros H Nicolaides
OBJECTIVE: To report the outcome of dichorionic (DC) triplet pregnancies reduced to DC twins by laser ablation of the pelvic vessels of one of the monochorionic twins. METHODS: Intrafetal laser embryo reduction (ER) from DC triplet to DC twins was carried out in 61 pregnancies at 11(+0) - 14(+3) weeks' gestation. Pregnancy outcome was examined and compared to previous studies in DC triplets managed expectantly or by ER to twins or singleton with fetal intracardiac injection of potassium chloride (KCl)...
August 9, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783617/an-age-dependent-response-to-hydroxyurea-in-pediatric-sickle-cell-anemia-patients-with-alpha-thalassemia-trait
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Lisa Figueiredo, Kerry Morrone, Catherine Wei, Karen Ireland, Hillel W Cohen, Catherine Driscoll, Deepa Manwani
Hydroxyurea (HU) is a key drug therapy for individuals with sickle cell anemia (SCA), yet its clinical and hematologic responses can be variable. Various studies have reported the role of α-thalassemia as one of the most prevalent heritable traits that may modify HU response. We provide data from 62 pediatric and adolescent patients with SCA, 26 with co-inherited α-thalassemia trait. Our data suggest that altered hematologic and clinical responses to HU therapy are noted in adolescent SCA individuals with co-inherited α-thalassemia trait...
July 31, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770918/properties-of-in-situ-generated-gold-nanoparticles-in-the-cellular-context
#7
D Drescher, H Traub, T Büchner, N Jakubowski, J Kneipp
Gold nanostructures that serve as probes for nanospectroscopic analysis of eukaryotic cell cultures can be obtained by the in situ reduction of tetrachloroauric acid (HAuCl4). To understand the formation process of such intracellularly grown particles depending on the incubation medium, the reaction was carried out with 3T3 fibroblast cells in three different incubation media, phosphate buffer, Dulbecco's Modified Eagle Medium (DMEM), and standard cell culture medium (DMEM with fetal calf serum). The size, the optical properties, the biomolecular corona, and the localization of the gold nanoparticles formed in situ vary for the different conditions...
August 3, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768450/outcome-of-dichorionic-triamniotic-triplet-the-experience-from-an-emerging-fetal-therapy-center
#8
Luming Sun, Gang Zou, Fenhe Zhou, Yingjun Yang, Dick Oepkes, Tao Duan
OBJECTIVES: To report a cohort of dichorionic triamniotic (DCTA) triplets with access to contemporary fetal interventions. DESIGN: Prospective study. SETTING: A regional referral center for the diagnosis and management of complicated multiple pregnancies. POPULATION: All DCTA triplets receiving consultation and prenatal care at our center from 2010 to 2015. METHODS: The following management alternatives for DCTA were offered: 1) expectant management; 2) reduction of 1 or 2 fetus of the monochorionic component using radio frequency ablation (RFA) after 16 weeks or potassium chloride (KCL) before 16 weeks, respectively; 3) reduction of the isolated fetus using KCL before 16 weeks...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763452/pathogen-reduction-through-additive-free-short-wave-uv-light-irradiation-retains-the-optimal-efficacy-of-human-platelet-lysate-for-the-expansion-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sabrina Viau, Lucie Chabrand, Sandy Eap, Judith Lorant, Karl Rouger, Francis Goudaliez, Chryslain Sumian, Bruno Delorme
BACKGROUND: We recently developed and characterized a standardized and clinical grade human Platelet Lysate (hPL) that constitutes an advantageous substitute for fetal bovine serum (FBS) for human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) expansion required in cell therapy procedures, avoiding xenogenic risks (virological and immunological) and ethical issues. Because of the progressive use of pathogen-reduced (PR) labile blood components, and the requirement of ensuring the viral safety of raw materials for cell therapy products, we evaluated the impact of the novel procedure known as THERAFLEX UV-Platelets for pathogen reduction on hPL quality (growth factors content) and efficacy (as a medium supplement for hMSC expansion)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759122/differential-effects-of-late-gestation-maternal-overnutrition-on-the-regulation-of-surfactant-maturation-in-fetal-and-postnatal-life
#10
Mitchell C Lock, Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, I Caroline McMillen, Beverly S Mühlhäusler, Song Zhang, Janna L Morrison
With the increasing incidence of obesity worldwide, the proportion of women entering pregnancy overweight or obese has increased dramatically. The fetus of an overnourished mother experiences numerous metabolic changes that may modulate lung development and hence successful transition to air-breathing at birth. We used a sheep model of maternal late gestation overnutrition (LGON; from 115 d gestation, term 147 ± 3 d) to determine the effect of exposure to an increased plane of nutrition in late gestation on lung development in the fetus (at 141 d gestation) and the lamb (30 d after birth)...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756503/gestational-age-and-sex-influence-the-susceptibility-of-human-neural-progenitor-cells-to-low-levels-of-mehg
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Karin Edoff, Marilena Raciti, Michaela Moors, Erik Sundström, Sandra Ceccatelli
The developing nervous system is highly susceptible to methylmercury (MeHg), a widespread environmental neurotoxic contaminant. A wide range of morphological and functional outcomes have been described; however, there are still open questions regarding the mechanisms behind the developmental neurotoxic effects induced by low-level exposure. In the present study, we have examined the effects of nanomolar concentrations of MeHg on primary fetal human progenitor cells (hNPCs) with special focus on the role played by developmental stage and sex on the neurotoxic outcome...
July 29, 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756311/neurogenesis-impairment-an-early-developmental-defect-in-down-syndrome
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REVIEW
Fiorenza Stagni, Andrea Giacomini, Marco Emili, Sandra Guidi, Renata Bartesaghi
Down syndrome (DS) is characterized by brain hypotrophy and intellectual disability starting from early life stages. Accumulating evidence shows that the phenotypic features of the DS brain can be traced back to the fetal period since the DS brain exhibits proliferation potency reduction starting from the critical time window of fetal neurogenesis. This defect is worsened by the fact that neural progenitor cells exhibit reduced acquisition of a neuronal phenotype and an increase in the acquisition of an astrocytic phenotype...
July 26, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755792/quantifying-image-quality-improvement-using-elevated-acoustic-output-in-b-mode-harmonic-imaging
#13
Yufeng Deng, Mark L Palmeri, Ned C Rouze, Gregg E Trahey, Clare M Haystead, Kathryn R Nightingale
Tissue harmonic imaging has been widely used in abdominal imaging because of its significant reduction in acoustic noise compared with fundamental imaging. However, tissue harmonic imaging can be limited by both signal-to-noise ratio and penetration depth during clinical imaging, resulting in decreased diagnostic utility. A logical approach would be to increase the source pressure, but the in situ pressures used in diagnostic ultrasound are subject to a de facto upper limit based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guideline for the mechanical index (<1...
July 26, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753483/maternal-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-and-fetal-growth-in-north-east-scotland-a-population-based-study-using-routine-ultrasound-scans
#14
Tom Clemens, Steve Turner, Chris Dibben
BACKGROUND: Maternal ambient air pollution exposure is associated with reduced birthweight. Few studies have examined the effect on growth in utero and none have examined the effect of exposure to particulates less than 2.5µm (PM2.5) and possible effect modification by smoking status. OBJECTIVES: Examine the effect of maternal exposure to ambient concentrations of PM10, PM2.5 and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) for in utero fetal growth, size at birth and effect modification by smoking status...
July 25, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751257/maternal-inflammation-induces-immune-activation-of-fetal-microglia-and-leads-to-disrupted-microglia-immune-responses-behavior-and-learning-performance-in-adulthood
#15
Wandert Schaafsma, Laura Bozal Basterra, Sabrina Jacobs, Nieske Brouwer, Peter Meerlo, Anne Schaafsma, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen
Maternal inflammation during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on embryonic development that persist during adulthood. However, the underlying mechanisms and insights in the responsible cell types are still largely unknown. Here we report the effect of maternal inflammation on fetal microglia, the innate immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS). In mice, a challenge with LPS during late gestation stages (days 15-16-17) induced a pro-inflammatory response in fetal microglia. Adult whole brain microglia of mice that were exposed to LPS during embryonic development displayed a persistent reduction in pro-inflammatory activation in response to a re-challenge with LPS...
July 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744866/effect-of-moderate-30-percent-global-maternal-nutrient-reduction-on-fetal-and-postnatal-baboon-phenotype
#16
Cun Li, Susan Jenkins, Vicki Mattern, Anthony G Comuzzie, Laura A Cox, Hillary F Huber, Peter W Nathanielsz
BACKGROUND: Most developmental programming studies on maternal nutrient reduction (MNR) are in altricial rodents whose maternal nutritional burden and offspring developmental trajectory differ from precocial non-human primates and humans. METHODS: Control (CTR) baboon mothers ate ad libitum; MNR mothers ate 70% global control diet in pregnancy and lactation. RESULTS: We present offspring morphometry, blood cortisol, and adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) during second half of gestation (G) and first three postnatal years...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743956/post-hypoxia-invasion-of-the-fetal-brain-by-multidrug-resistant-staphylococcus
#17
Miguel A Zarate, Michelle D Rodriguez, Eileen I Chang, Jordan T Russell, Thomas J Arndt, Elaine M Richards, Beronica A Ocasio, Eva Aranda, Elizabeth M Gordon, Kevin Yu, Josef Neu, Maureen Keller-Wood, Eric W Triplett, Charles E Wood
Herein we describe an association between activation of inflammatory pathways following transient hypoxia and the appearance of the multidrug resistant bacteria Staphylococcus simulans in the fetal brain. Reduction of maternal arterial oxygen tension by 50% over 30 min resulted in a subseiuent significant over-expression of genes associated with immune responses 24 h later in the fetal brain. The activated genes were consistent with stimulation by bacterial lipopolysaccharide; an influx of macrophages and appearance of live bacteria were found in these fetal brains...
July 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738878/tlr4-response-mediates-ethanol-induced-neurodevelopment-alterations-in-a-model-of-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#18
María Pascual, Jorge Montesinos, Sandra Montagud-Romero, Jerónimo Forteza, Marta Rodríguez-Arias, José Miñarro, Consuelo Guerri
BACKGROUND: Inflammation during brain development participates in the pathogenesis of early brain injury and cognitive dysfunctions. Prenatal ethanol exposure affects the developing brain and causes neural impairment, cognitive and behavioral effects, collectively known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). Our previous studies demonstrate that ethanol activates the innate immune response and TLR4 receptor and causes neuroinflammation, brain damage, and cognitive defects in the developmental brain stage of adolescents...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737543/a-program-aimed-at-reducing-anxiety-in-pregnant-women-diagnosed-with-a-small-for-gestational-age-fetus-evaluative-findings-from-a-spanish-study
#19
Ángela Arranz Betegón, Marta García, Sandra Parés, Gala Montenegro, Georgina Feixas, Nelly Padilla, Alba Camacho, Josefina Goberna, Francesc Botet, Eduard Gratacós
The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of anxiety-reducing techniques including music therapy, sophrology, and creative visualization in pregnant women with a fetus diagnosed as small for gestational age and improved fetal and neonatal weight. This was a quasi-experimental study with a nonrandomized clinical trial design. We compared 2 groups of pregnant women with a fetus diagnosed as small for gestational age with no abnormalities on Doppler studies. The control group (n = 93) received standard care, and the intervention group (n = 65), in addition to standard care, underwent a program of 6 sessions led by a midwife or nurse who taught anxiety-reduction techniques...
July 2017: Journal of Perinatal & Neonatal Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737122/preserved-heart-function-after-left-ventricular-pressure-overload-in-adult-mice-subjected-to-neonatal-cardiac-hypoplasia
#20
K Heinecke, A Heuser, F Blaschke, C Jux, L Thierfelder, J-D Drenckhahn
Intrauterine growth restriction in animal models reduces heart size and cardiomyocyte number at birth. Such incomplete cardiomyocyte endowment is believed to increase susceptibility toward cardiovascular disease in adulthood, a phenomenon referred to as developmental programming. We have previously described a mouse model of impaired myocardial development leading to a 25% reduction of cardiomyocyte number in neonates. This study investigated the response of these hypoplastic hearts to pressure overload in adulthood, applied by abdominal aortic constriction (AAC)...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease
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