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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909693/unfractionated-and-low-molecular-weight-heparin-and-the-phosphodiesterase-inhibitors-ibmx-and-cilostazol-block-ex-vivo-equid-herpesvirus-type-1-induced-platelet-activation
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Tracy Stokol, Priscila B D Serpa, Muhammad N Zahid, Marjory B Brooks
Equid herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1) is a major pathogen of horses, causing abortion storms and outbreaks of herpes virus myeloencephalopathy. These clinical syndromes are partly attributed to ischemic injury from thrombosis in placental and spinal vessels. The mechanism of thrombosis in affected horses is unknown. We have previously shown that EHV-1 activates platelets through virus-associated tissue factor-initiated thrombin generation. Activated platelets participate in thrombus formation by providing a surface to localize coagulation factor complexes that amplify and propagate thrombin generation...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905410/association-between-preterm-brain-injury-and-exposure-to-chorioamnionitis-during-fetal-life
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Devasuda Anblagan, Rozalia Pataky, Margaret J Evans, Emma J Telford, Ahmed Serag, Sarah Sparrow, Chinthika Piyasena, Scott I Semple, Alastair Graham Wilkinson, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
Preterm infants are susceptible to inflammation-induced white matter injury but the exposures that lead to this are uncertain. Histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) reflects intrauterine inflammation, can trigger a fetal inflammatory response, and is closely associated with premature birth. In a cohort of 90 preterm infants with detailed placental histology and neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at term equivalent age, we used Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical comparison of fractional anisotropy (FA) data and computational morphometry analysis to compute the volumes of whole brain, tissue compartments and cerebrospinal fluid, to test the hypothesis that HCA is an independent antenatal risk factor for preterm brain injury...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903516/metabolic-abnormalities-and-obesity-s-impact-on-the-risk-for-developing-preeclampsia
#3
Frank T Spradley
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, is increasing as a major contributor to perinatal and long-term morbidity of mother and offspring. PE is thought to originate from ischemic insults in the placenta driving the release of pro-hypertensive anti-angiogenic (sFlt-1) and pro-inflammatory (TNFα) factors into the maternal circulation. While the increased incidence of PE is hypothesized to be largely due to the obesity pandemic, the mechanisms whereby obesity increases this risk are unknown...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898936/nutrient-transporters-in-bovine-uteroplacental-tissues-on-days-sixteen-to-fifty-of-gestation
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M S Crouse, K J McLean, M R Crosswhite, L P Reynolds, C R Dahlen, B W Neville, P P Borowicz, J S Caton
During early gestation, nutrients are transported to the developing embryo via transporters in the uterine endometrium and chorioallantois. In the present study, we examined glucose transporters and and the cationic AA transporters , , and to test the hypotheses that 1) relative mRNA expression of transporters would be different among uteroplacental tissue type as gestation progresses and 2) concentrations of glucose and cationic AA would be different among target sites (placental compartments, serum, and histotrophic) and days of gestation...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898863/rapid-communication-expression-of-an-endogenous-retroviral-element-during-early-gestation-in-beef-heifers
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K J McLean, M S Crouse, M R Crosswhite, D N Black, C R Dahlen, P P Borowicz, L P Reynolds, A K Ward, B W Neville, J S Caton
Endogenous retroviral gene elements have been implicated in development and formation of the feto-maternal interface. A variant of the syncytin endogenous retroviral envelope gene family, , was recently found in ruminants. We hypothesized that mRNA would be differentially expressed in utero-placental tissues and would fluctuate during key time points of early gestation in beef heifers. Commercial Angus crossbred heifers ( = 46; ∼15 mo of age; BW = 362.3 ± 34.7kg) housed in 6-animal pens were fed daily with native grass hay and supplemented with cracked corn to gain 0...
October 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897019/-histopathological-changes-in-placental-tissue-with-connection-to-chosen-clinical-cases-in-obstetrics
#6
V Harazím
OBJECTIVE: Evaluation of clinical relevance of histopathological examination on the basis of macroscopic and microscopic analyses of changes in placentas in chosen clinical cases. DESIGN: Summarizing article. SETTING: Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Department of Pathology, City Hospital in Ostrava. METHODS: In this summarizing article we are presenting histopathological changes in placental tissues in connection with chosen clinical cases of obstetrics studied in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics in City Hospital in Ostrava from January to August 2015...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891347/decidual-cd56-natural-killer-cells-in-spontaneous-early-pregnancy-loss-an-immunohistochemical-study
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Balamurugan Senthilnayagam, Sridhar Karthikeyan, Jayapriya Sukumaran, Anoop Srivalsan, Ramesh Rao, Vasantha Subbiah
INTRODUCTION: Natural killer cells are believed to promote placental and trophoblastic growth and provide immune- modulation at maternal-fetal interface in pregnancy and their role in reproductive failure has been a matter of discussion. AIM: To study CD56+ Natural killer cells in spontaneous pregnancy loss. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this prospective observational study, formalin-fixed paraffin embedded sections from products of conception from twenty women each with spontaneous early pregnancy loss (test group) and elective pregnancy termination (control group)...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889918/inner-ear-labyrinth-anatomy-of-monotremes-and-implications-for-mammalian-inner-ear-evolution
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Julia A Schultz, Ulrich Zeller, Zhe-Xi Luo
The monophyletic clade Monotremata branches early from the rest of the mammalian crown group in the Jurassic and members of this clade retain many ancestral mammalian traits. Thus, accurate and detailed anatomical descriptions of this group can offer unique insight into the early evolutionary history of Mammalia. In this study, we examine the inner ear anatomy of two extant monotremes, Ornithorhynchus anatinus and Tachyglossus aculeatus, with the primary goals of elucidating the ancestral mammalian ear morphology and resolving inconsistencies found within previous descriptive literature...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889763/inhibition-of-the-jak2-stat3-sosc1-signaling-pathway-improves-secretion-function-of-vascular-endothelial-cells-in-a-rat-model-of-pregnancy-induced-hypertension
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Jian-Ying Luo, Dan Fu, Ya-Qin Wu, Ying Gao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: The present study aimed to investigate the effects of the JAK2/STAT3/SOSC1 signaling pathway on the secretion function of vascular endothelial cells (VECs) in a rat model of pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). METHODS: A PIH rat model was established. Forty-eight pregnant Sprague-Dawley female rats were selected and assigned into four groups: the normal group (normal non-pregnant rats), the non-PIH group (pregnant rats without PIH), the PIH group (pregnant rats with PIH) and the AG490 group (pregnant rats with PIH treated with AG490)...
November 25, 2016: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887588/longitudinal-reference-ranges-for-maternal-plasma-laeverin-and-its-role-as-a-potential-biomarker-of-preeclampsia
#10
Mona Nystad, Vasilis Sitras, Kari Flo, Christian Widnes, Åse Vårtun, Tom Wilsgaard, Ganesh Acharya
BACKGROUND: Laeverin is a placenta-specific membrane-bound aminopeptidase. In this study we wanted to: 1) serially measure plasma levels of laeverin in healthy women during the second half of pregnancy and postpartum, 2) determine whether laeverin is differently expressed at 22-24 weeks in women who later develop preeclampsia compared to controls, 3) compare laeverin protein expression in placenta and umbilical vein serum in healthy and preeclamptic pregnancies at birth. METHODS: Plasma was obtained serially, approximately every 4-weeks, from 53 healthy women with uncomplicated pregnancies during 22(+0) to 39(+6) weeks of gestation, and at 22-24 weeks from 15 women who later developed preeclampsia...
November 25, 2016: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884139/brominated-flame-retardants-in-placental-tissues-associations-with-infant-sex-and-thyroid-hormone-endpoints
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Christopher Leonetti, Craig M Butt, Kate Hoffman, Stephanie C Hammel, Marie Lynn Miranda, Heather M Stapleton
BACKGROUND: Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in the placenta, but it remains unclear if they disrupt tissue thyroid hormone (TH) metabolism. Our primary goal was to investigate associations between placental BFRs, TH levels, Type 3 deiodinase (DIO3) activity and TH sulfotransferase (SULT) activities. METHODS: Placenta samples collected from 95 women who delivered term (>37 weeks) infants in Durham, NC, USA (enrolled 2010-2011) were analyzed for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP), THs (T4, T3 and rT3), and DIO3 and TH SULT activities...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883216/long-non-coding-rna-uc-187-is-upregulated-in-preeclampsia-and-modulates-proliferation-apoptosis-and-invasion-of-htr-8-svneo-trophoblast-cells
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Chunyu Cao, Jingyun Li, Jun Li, Lan Liu, Xiaoyan Cheng, Ruizhe Jia
Among the preeclampsia-related long non-cording RNAs (lncRNAs) screened with a gene chip in our preliminary study, uc.187 attracted our attention because of its high conservation across different species and significant positive correlation with preeclampsia (PE). The literature and bioinformatics analysis suggested that lncRNA uc.187 might be associated with cell growth, invasion, and apoptosis. The expression of uc.187 in severe preeclamptic placentas (n = 31) and normal placentas (n = 18) was evaluated by real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR)...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879307/unusual-cause-of-profound-weight-loss-in-a-young-woman
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Ashu Rastogi, Pavan Uppula, Kanchan Kumar Mukherjee, Anil Bhansali
A 27-year-old woman presented with anorexia, weight loss and psychiatric symptoms for the past 4 years. She did not have history of headache, visual disturbances or symptoms of raised intracranial pressure. She was sarcopenic with body mass index of 10.16 kg/m(2)Her systemic examination was normal except for temporal hemianopia suggesting a sellar/suprasellar lesion. Hormonal evaluation revealed pan-hypopituitarism with central diabetes insipidus. Subsequent neuroimaging revealed sellar-suprasellar mass lesion with intense contrast enhancement and leptomeningeal metastases...
November 22, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878289/oncogenic-function-of-plac1-on-the-proliferation-and-metastasis-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells
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Yuan Wu, Xiaocong Lin, Xiaoqing Di, Yonghua Chen, Hanning Zhao, Xin Wang
Placenta-specific protein 1 (Plac1), which is selectively expressed in the placental syncytiotrophoblast in adult normal tissues, plays an essential role in normal placental and embryonic development. Accumulating evidence suggests that enhanced Plac1 expression is closely associated with the progression of human cancer. Whether Plac1 contributes to the pathophysiology of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) remains unclear. In the present study, our data revealed that the expression of Plac1 in human HCC tissues was upregulated, which significantly correlated with metastasis of HCC...
November 23, 2016: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873007/difference-in-capsaicinoid-biosynthesis-gene-expression-in-the-pericarp-reveals-elevation-of-capsaicinoid-contents-in-chili-peppers-capsicum-chinense
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Yoshiyuki Tanaka, Fumihiro Nakashima, Erasmus Kirii, Tanjuro Goto, Yuichi Yoshida, Ken-Ichiro Yasuba
This research reveals that the up-regulated expression of multiple capsaicinoid biosynthetic genes in pericarp tissue leads to the elevation of total capsaicinoid content in chili pepper fruit. Capsaicinoids are health-functional compounds that are produced uniquely in chili pepper fruits. A high capsaicinoid level is one of the major parameters determining the commercial quality and health-promoting properties of chili peppers. To investigate the mechanisms responsible for its high contents, we compared an extremely pungent cultivar 'Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Yellow' (MY) with other cultivars of different pungency levels (Fushimi-amanaga, Takanotsume, Red Habanero)...
November 21, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871977/a-time-course-regulatory-and-kinetic-expression-study-of-steroid-metabolizing-enzymes-by-calcitriol-in-primary-cultured-human-placental-cells
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Nancy Noyola-Martínez, Ali Halhali, Verónica Zaga-Clavellina, Andrea Olmos-Ortiz, Fernando Larrea, David Barrera
1,25-dihydroxivitamin D3 (calcitriol), is a secoesteroid involved in several placental functions. In particular, we and others showed that calcitriol regulates peptides, proteins, cytokines and hormones production in human trophoblastic cells. On the other hand, calcitriol modifies the activity and expression of some steroidogenic enzymes, a process that is considered tissue-specific. However, the effects of calcitriol on the expression of enzymes involved in the synthesis of sex steroids in placental tissue have not yet been entirely studied...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871478/transendothelial-migration-of-human-umbilical-mesenchymal-stem-cells-across-uterine-endothelial-monolayers-junctional-dynamics-and-putative-mechanisms
#17
Neven A Ebrahim, Lopa Leach
INTRODUCTION: During pregnancy, fetal stem cells can transfer to the maternal circulation and participate in tissue repair. How they transmigrate across maternal endothelial barriers and whether they can subsequently influence maternal endothelial integrity is not known. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSC) were isolated from Wharton's jelly and their interactions with human uterine microvascular endothelial cell (HUtMEC) monolayers, junctional occupancy and expression/phosphorylation of vascular endothelial (VE)- cadherin and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF-A) secretion was studied over 48h by real time, confocal microscopy, immunoblotting and ELISA...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871477/hypermethylation-of-akt2-gene-is-associated-with-neural-tube-defects-in-fetus
#18
Fei Fei Ma, Ding Ding Cao, Shengrong Ouyang, Renqiao Tang, Zhuo Liu, Yuanyuan Li, Jianxin Wu
INTRODUCTION: Neural-tube defects (NTDs) are common birth defects of complex etiology. Although many studies have confirmed a genetic component, the exact mechanism between DNA methylation and NTDs remains unclear. METHODS: In this work, we investigated the alteration of methylation from placental tissues obtained from 152 normal infants or with NTDs in 130 children with neural-tube defects. Genome-wide changes in DNA methylation were measured using the NimbleGen microarray...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871476/steroid-sulfatase-is-increased-in-the-placentas-and-whole-blood-of-women-with-early-onset-preeclampsia
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Amy M Gratton, Louie Ye, Fiona C Brownfoot, Natalie J Hannan, Clare Whitehead, Ping Cannon, Minh Deo, Peter J Fuller, Stephen Tong, Tu'uhevaha J Kaitu'u-Lino
INTRODUCTION: Preeclampsia is a serious complication of pregnancy affecting 5% of pregnancies. Our team identified 137 genes highly expressed in placenta relative to other human tissues. Here, we have explored a role for steroid sulfatase (STS) in preeclampsia by characterising STS expression and the functional effects of STS on primary placental trophoblasts. METHODS: Characterisation of STS was performed on preterm preeclamptic and gestation-matched normotensive preterm controls who delivered at <34 weeks gestation...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871465/identification-of-genes-for-normalization-of-real-time-rt-pcr-data-in-placental-tissues-from-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy
#20
Yanli Li, Huifang Lu, Yizhen Ji, Sufang Wu, Yongbin Yang
The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial for proper interpretation of RT-qPCR data. To date, a systematic screening for reference genes in placental tissues from intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is missing. Eighteen candidate reference genes were investigated to determine their applicability by descriptive statistics and published algorithms. HPRT1, YWHAZ and PUM1 were found to be the most stable genes and could be used for normalization in gene expression study of placentas from ICP...
December 2016: Placenta
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