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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788824/activation-of-ampk-in-human-placental-explants-impairs-mitochondrial-function-and-cellular-metabolism
#1
Daphne Landau, Maricela Haghiac, Judi Minium, Yelenna Skomorovska-Prokvolit, Virtu Calabuig-Navarro, Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a cellular energy sensor whose phosphorylation increases energy production. We sought to evaluate the placenta-specific effect of AMPK activation on the handling of nutrients required for fetal development. METHODS: Explants were isolated from term placenta of 29 women (pregravid body mass index: 29.1 ± 9.9 kg/m2 ) and incubated for 24 hours with 0 to 100 µmol/L resveratrol or 0 to 1 mmol/L of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxyamide ribonucleoside (AICAR)...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788108/porphyromonas-gingivalis-strain-dependent-inhibition-of-uterine-spiral-artery-remodeling-in-the-pregnant-rat
#2
P Phillips, M B Brown, A Progulske-Fox, X J Wu, L Reyes
Porphyromonas gingivalis (Pg), is an important periodontal pathogen that is also implicated in pregnancy complications involving defective deep placentation (DDP). We hypothesized that Pg invasion of the placental bed promotes DDP. Pregnant rats were intravenously inoculated with sterile vehicle, Pg strain W83, or A7436 at gestation day (GD) 14 (acute cohort). Non-pregnant rats received repeated oral inoculations for 3 months before breeding (chronic cohort). Tissues and/or sera were collected at GD18 for analysis...
May 18, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786111/high-glucose-suppresses-the-viability-and-proliferation-of-htr%C3%A2-8-svneo-cells-through-regulation-of-the-mir%C3%A2-137-prkaa1-il%C3%A2-6-axis
#3
Hai-Yan Peng, Ming-Qing Li, Hua-Ping Li
The aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism underlying the high glucose (HG)‑associated regulation of HTR‑8/SVneo cell viability and proliferation during gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), and to verify the association of microRNA (miR)‑137, protein kinase AMP‑activated catalytic subunit α1 (PRKAA1) and interlukin‑6 (IL‑6). miR‑137‑overexpressing and negative control HTR‑8/SVneo cells were established by lentiviral vector infection. Cell Counting Kit‑8 and colony formation assays were used to analyze the viability and proliferation of HTR‑8/SVneo cells...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784793/camp-inducible-coactivator-crtc3-attenuates-brown-adipose-tissue-thermogenesis
#4
Young-Sil Yoon, Wen-Wei Tsai, Sam Van de Velde, Zhijiang Chen, Kuo-Fen Lee, Donald A Morgan, Kamal Rahmouni, Shigenobu Matsumura, Ezra Wiater, Youngsup Song, Marc Montminy
In response to cold exposure, placental mammals maintain body temperature by increasing sympathetic nerve activity in brown adipose tissue (BAT). Triggering of β-adrenergic receptors on brown adipocytes stimulates thermogenesis via induction of the cAMP/PKA pathway. Although cAMP response element-binding protein (CREB) and its coactivators-the cAMP-regulated transcriptional coactivators (CRTCs)-mediate transcriptional effects of cAMP in most tissues, other transcription factors such as ATF2 appear critical for induction of thermogenic genes by cAMP in BAT...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777495/ameliorative-effect-of-ginseng-extract-on-phthalate-and-bisphenol-a-reprotoxicity-during-pregnancy-in-rats
#5
Islam M Saadeldin, Mohamed A Hussein, Aida Hamid Suleiman, Mahmoud G Abohassan, Mona M Ahmed, Amr A Moustafa, Abdullah F Moumen, Ayman Abdel-Aziz Swelum
Phthalates (such as DEHP) and bisphenol A (BPA) are widely used chemicals in plastics manufacturing and exert public health concerns as endocrine disrupters. This study was designed to investigate the deleterious effect of DEHP and BPA on endocrine profile of pregnant female rats and the combined treatment with ginseng extract (Panax ginseng). Seventy-two pregnant rats were divided into six groups (control, ginseng, DEHP, BPA, Gin + DEHP, and Gin + BPA), 12 females per each group. The drugs were supplemented from pregnancy day 0 until day 20...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774963/glucocorticoid-signaling-regulates-cell-invasion-and-migration-in-the-human-first-trimester-trophoblast-cell-line-sw-71
#6
Edwina P Kisanga, Zhonghua Tang, Seth Guller, Shannon Whirledge
PROBLEM: The development of the placenta and its functions are sensitive to infection and stress, which can activate the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Adrenally produced glucocorticoids are the body's primary mediators of the inflammatory and stress response. Although the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) is expressed in all human villous trophoblast tissue, the effect of glucocorticoids on placentation is not well understood. METHOD OF STUDY: Using microarray analysis, we identified the glucocorticoid-regulated transcriptional profile in the immortalized first-trimester extravillous trophoblast cell line Swan...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774074/placenta-specific-drug-delivery-by-trophoblast-targeted-nanoparticles-in-mice
#7
Baozhen Zhang, Lunbo Tan, Yan Yu, Baobei Wang, Zhilong Chen, Jinyu Han, Mengxia Li, Jie Chen, Tianxia Xiao, Balamurali K Ambati, Lintao Cai, Qing Yang, Nihar R Nayak, Jian Zhang, Xiujun Fan
Rationale: The availability of therapeutics to treat pregnancy complications is severely lacking, mainly due to the risk of harm to the fetus. In placental malaria, Plasmodium falciparum- infected erythrocytes (IEs) accumulate in the placenta by adhering to chondroitin sulfate A (CSA) on the surfaces of trophoblasts. Based on this principle, we have developed a method for targeted delivery of payloads to the placenta using a synthetic placental CSA-binding peptide (plCSA-BP) derived from VAR2CSA, a CSA-binding protein expressed on IEs...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772265/administration-of-low-dose-triclosan-to-pregnant-ewes-results-in-placental-uptake-and-reduced-estradiol-sulfotransferase-activity-in-fetal-liver-and-placenta
#8
Erin N Jackson, Laura Rowland-Faux, Margaret O James, Charles E Wood
Sulfonation is a major pathway of estrogen biotransformation with a role in regulating estrogen homeostasis in humans and sheep. Previous in vitro studies found that triclosan is an especially potent competitive inhibitor of ovine placental estrogen sulfotransferase, with Kic of <0.1 nM. As the placenta is the main organ responsible for estrogen synthesis in pregnancy in both women and sheep, and the liver is another site of estrogen biotransformation, this study examined the effects of triclosan exposure of pregnant ewes on placental and hepatic sulfotransferase activity...
May 14, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767691/thyroid-hormones-and-female-reproduction
#9
Juneo F Silva, Natália M Ocarino, Rogéria Serakides
Thyroid hormones are vital for the proper functioning of the female reproductive system, since they modulate the metabolism and development of ovarian, uterine and placental tissues. Therefore, hypo- and hyperthyroidism may result in subfertility or infertility in both women and animals. Other well-documented sequelae of maternal thyroid dysfunctions include menstrual/estral irregularity, anovulation, abortion, preterm delivery, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, postpartum thyroiditis, and mental retardation in children...
May 14, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765448/overexpressed-ho-1-is-associated-with-reduced-stat3-activation-in-preeclampsia-placenta-and-inhibits-stat3-phosphorylation-in-placental-jeg-3-cells-under-hypoxia
#10
Hong-Mei Qu, Li-Ping Qu, Xiao-Yan Li, Xian-Zhen Pan
Introduction: Inadequate trophoblast invasion and placentation are widely believed to contribute to preeclampsia, and multiple lines of evidence indicate the involvement of hypoxia in preeclampsia. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the association of placental hypoxia with preeclampsia are not clear. Material and methods: The present study focused on the role in preeclampsia of heme oxygenase 1 (HO-1), which is an inducible isoform of HO in response to hypoxia, via examining the expression of HO-1 and the expression and phosphorylation (Tyr705) of Signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT) 3 in preeclamptic placentas via the immunohistochemical method, western blotting assay and RT-qPCR method...
April 2018: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765033/an-epizootic-of-chlamydia-psittaci-equine-reproductive-loss-associated-with-suspected-spillover-from-native-australian-parrots
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Cheryl Jenkins, Martina Jelocnik, Melinda L Micallef, Francesca Galea, Alyce Taylor-Brown, Daniel R Bogema, Michael Liu, Brendon O'Rourke, Catherine Chicken, Joan Carrick, Adam Polkinghorne
Chlamydia psittaci is an avian pathogen capable of spill-over infections to humans. A parrot C. psittaci strain was recently detected in an equine reproductive loss case associated with a subsequent cluster of human C. psittaci infections. In this study, we screened for C. psittaci in cases of equine reproductive loss reported in regional New South Wales, Australia during the 2016 foaling season. C. psittaci specific-PCR screening of foetal and placental tissue samples from cases of equine abortion (n = 161) and foals with compromised health status (n = 38) revealed C...
May 16, 2018: Emerging Microbes & Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763375/chromosomal-architecture-and-placental-expression-of-the-human-growth-hormone-gene-family-are-targeted-by-pre-pregnancy-maternal-obesity
#12
Yan Jin, Hana Vakili, SongYan Liu, Savas Menticoglou, Margaret E Bock, Peter A Cattini
The human (h) placental lactogenic hormone chorionic somatomammotropin (CS) is highly produced during pregnancy and acts as a metabolic adaptor in response to maternal insulin resistance. Maternal obesity can exacerbate this "resistance" and a >75% decrease in CS RNA levels was observed in term placentas from obese versus lean women. The genes coding for hCS (hCS-A and hCS-B) and placental growth hormone (hGH-V) as well as the hCS-L pseudogene and pituitary growth hormone (GH) gene (hGH-N) are located at a single locus on chromosome 17...
May 15, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760053/size-tagged-preferred-ends-in-maternal-plasma-dna-shed-light-on-the-production-mechanism-and-show-utility-in-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
#13
Kun Sun, Peiyong Jiang, Ada I C Wong, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Suk Hang Cheng, Haiqiang Zhang, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
Cell-free DNA in human plasma is nonrandomly fragmented and reflects genomewide nucleosomal organization. Previous studies had demonstrated tissue-specific preferred end sites in plasma DNA of pregnant women. In this study, we performed integrative analysis of preferred end sites with the size characteristics of plasma DNA fragments. We mined the preferred end sites in short and long plasma DNA molecules separately and found that these "size-tagged" ends showed improved accuracy in fetal DNA fraction estimation and enhanced noninvasive fetal trisomy 21 testing...
May 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757275/isolation-of-primary-human-decidual-cells-from-the-fetal-membranes-of-term-placentae
#14
Tali Farine, Michael Parsons, Stephen Lye, Oksana Shynlova
The decidua, also known as the pregnant endometrium, is a critically important reproductive tissue. Decidual cells, comprised mainly of decidualized stromal cells and immune cells, are responsible for the secretion of hormonal and inflammatory factors which are critical for successful blastocyst implantation, placental development and play a role in the initiation of labor at term and preterm. Many pregnancy complications can arise from perturbations of a fine balance of different cell populations comprising decidua...
April 30, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756272/harnessing-human-decellularized-blood-vessel-matrices-and-cellular-construct-implants-to-promote-bone-healing-in-an-ex-vivo-organotypic-bone-defect-model
#15
Stefanie Inglis, Karl Heinrich Schneider, Janos M Kanczler, Heinz Redl, Richard O C Oreffo
Decellularized matrices offer a beneficial substitute for biomimetic scaffolds in tissue engineering. The current study examines the potential of decellularized placental vessel sleeves (PVS) as a periosteal protective sleeve to enhance bone regeneration in embryonic day 18 chick femurs contained within the PVS and cultured organotypically over a 10 day period. The femurs are inserted into decellularized biocompatibility-tested PVS and maintained in an organotypic culture for a period of 10 days. In femurs containing decellularized PVS, a significant increase in bone volume (p < 0...
May 14, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755409/glial-cells-missing-1-regulates-equine-chorionic-gonadotrophin-beta-subunit-via-binding-to-the-proximal-promoter
#16
Jordan E Read, Victoria Cabrera-Sharp, Phoebe Kitscha, Judith E Cartwright, Peter J King, Robert C Fowkes, Amanda M de Mestre
Equine chorionic gonadotrophin (eCG) is a placental glycoprotein critical for early equine pregnancy and used therapeutically in a number of species to support reproductive activity. The factors in trophoblast that transcriptionally regulate eCGβ-subunit ( LHB ), the gene which confers the hormones specificity for the receptor, are not known. The aim of this study was to determine if glial cells missing 1 regulates LHB promoter activity. Here, studies of the LHB proximal promoter identified four binding sites for glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) and western blot analysis confirmed GCM1 was expressed in equine chorionic girdle (ChG) and surrounding tissues...
2018: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754696/follicle-stimulating-hormone-receptor-protein-is-expressed-in-ovine-uterus-during-the-estrous-cycle-and-utero-placenta-during-early-pregnancy-an-immunohistochemical-study
#17
Anna T Grazul-Bilska, Arshi Reyaz, Veselina Valkov, Sheri T Dorsam, Dale A Redmer
Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is a well characterized gonadotropin that controls primarily development and functions of ovarian follicles in mammalian species. FSH binds to a specific G protein-coupled receptor (FSHR) belonging to the glycoprotein hormone receptor family that plays an essential role in reproduction. Although the primary location of FSHR is in the gonads (mainly in ovarian follicles), FSHR protein and/or mRNA have also been detected in extragonadal female reproductive tissues including embryo, placenta, endometrium, cervix, ovarian cancer tissues, and/or endometriotic lesions in several species...
May 11, 2018: Acta Histochemica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754448/periodontal-infection-with-porphyromonas-gingivalis-induces-preterm-birth-and-lower-birth-weight-in-rats
#18
Shanshan Liang, Hongyu Ren, Haiying Guo, Wenyan Xing, Chang Liu, Yaoting Ji, Han Jiang, Ping Zhang, Minquan Du
Preterm birth (PTB), accompanied by low birth weight (LBW) or not, is a syndrome with tremendous risk factors and long-term health consequences for children. In recent decades, overwhelming studies have shown that periodontitis contributes to prematurity and LBW. This study was conducted to determine the link between maternal periodontitis and the pathogenesis of PTB and/or LBW through a rat infection model induced by Porphyromonas gingivalis, an important periodontopathic bacterium. The murine model was established by surgically ligating the left mandibular 1st molars and inoculating with P...
May 13, 2018: Molecular Oral Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752424/placenta-dna-methylation-adaptation-to-maternal-glycemic-response-in-pregnancy
#19
Andres Cardenas, Valerie Gagné-Ouellet, Catherine Allard, Diane Brisson, Patrice Perron, Luigi Bouchard, Marie-France Hivert
Maternal hyperglycemia during pregnancy is associated with excess fetal growth and adverse perinatal and developmental outcomes. Placental epigenetic maladaptation may underlie these associations. We performed an epigenome-wide association study (>850,000 CpG sites) of term placentas and prenatal maternal glycemic response 2-hour post oral glucose challenge at 24-30 weeks of gestation among 448 mother-infant pairs. Maternal 2-hour glycemia post-load was strongly associated with lower DNA methylation of 4 CpGs (FDR q<0...
May 11, 2018: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29750805/pilot-study-of-placental-tissue-collection-processing-and-measurement-procedures-for-large-scale-assessment-of-placental-inflammation
#20
Lindsey A Sjaarda, Katherine A Ahrens, Daniel L Kuhr, Tiffany L Holland, Ukpebo R Omosigho, Brian T Steffen, Natalie L Weir, Hannah K Tollman, Robert M Silver, Michael Y Tsai, Enrique F Schisterman
BACKGROUND: Placental dysfunction is related to many pregnancy complications, but collecting placental specimens for investigation in large scale epidemiologic studies is often infeasible. Standard procedures involving immediate collection after birth and snap freezing are often cost prohibitive. We aimed to collect pilot data regarding the feasibility and precision of a simpler approach, the collection of tissue samples following 24 hours of refrigeration of whole placentae at 4°C, as compared to the "gold standard" of snap freezing excised tissue within 40 minutes of delivery for the assessment of inflammatory cytokines...
2018: PloS One
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