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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820654/locus-specific-dna-methylation-in-the-placenta-is-associated-with-levels-of-pro-inflammatory-proteins-in-cord-blood-and-they-are-both-independently-affected-by-maternal-smoking-during-pregnancy
#1
Sanne D van Otterdijk, Alexandra M Binder, Karin B Michels
We investigated the impact of maternal smoking during pregnancy on placental DNA methylation and how this may mediate the association between maternal smoking and pro-inflammatory proteins in cord blood. The study population consisted of 27 individuals exposed to maternal smoking throughout pregnancy, 32 individuals exposed during a proportion of the pregnancy, and 61 unexposed individuals. Methylation of 11 regions within 6 genes in placenta tissue was assessed by pyrosequencing. Levels of 7 pro-inflammatory proteins in cord blood were assessed by electrochemiluminescence...
August 18, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820420/alterations-in-placenta-redox-status-during-experimental-model-of-hypoxia-induced-preeclampsia
#2
A Sharashenidze, L Panchulidze, T Sanikidze
An important pathogenetic link of preeclampsia (PE) is hypoxia of uterine-placental tissues, accompanied by damage of the vascular endothelium and the release of vasoactive mediators, violate vascular tone and microcirculation in the maternal organism and placenta and development of a number of pathological processes in the mother's and fetus body. The aim of the study was to establish metabolic abnormalities of oxidative metabolism of the placenta during experimental model of PE (uterine/placental hypoxia)...
July 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819109/tlr4-mediated-placental-pathology-and-pregnancy-outcome-in-experimental-malaria
#3
Renato Barboza, Flávia Afonso Lima, Aramys Silva Reis, Oscar Javier Murillo, Erika Paula Machado Peixoto, Carla Letícia Bandeira, Wesley Luzetti Fotoran, Luis Roberto Sardinha, Gerhard Wunderlich, Estela Bevilacqua, Maria Regina D'Império Lima, José Maria Alvarez, Fabio Trindade Maranhão Costa, Lígia Antunes Gonçalves, Sabrina Epiphanio, Cláudio Romerso Farias Marinho
Malaria-associate pregnancy has a significant impact on infant morbidity and mortality. The detrimental effects of malaria infection during pregnancy have been shown to correlate with immune activation in the placental tissue. Herein we sought to evaluate the effect of Toll-like receptors (TLRs) activation on placental malaria (PM) development by using the Plasmodium berghei NK65(GFP) infection model. We observed that activation of the innate immune system by parasites leads to PM due to local inflammation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810880/nlrp7-contributes-to-in-vitro-decidualization-of-endometrial-stromal-cells
#4
Jyun-Yuan Huang, Pei-Hsiu Yu, Yueh-Chun Li, Pao-Lin Kuo
BACKGROUND: Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain (NACHT), leucine rich repeat (LRR) and pyrin domain (PYD) 7 containing protein, NLRP7, is a member of the NLR family which serves as innate immune sensors. Mutations and genetic variants of NLRP7 have been found in women with infertility associated conditions, such as recurrent hydatidiform mole, recurrent miscarriage, and preeclampsia. Decidualization of endometrial stromal cells is a hallmark of tissue remodeling to support embryo implantation and proper placental development...
August 15, 2017: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809844/the-4-vessel-sampling-approach-to-integrative-studies-of-human-placental-physiology-in-vivo
#5
Ane M Holme, Maia B Holm, Marie C P Roland, Hildegunn Horne, Trond M Michelsen, Guttorm Haugen, Tore Henriksen
The human placenta is highly inaccessible for research while still in utero. The current understanding of human placental physiology in vivo is therefore largely based on animal studies, despite the high diversity among species in placental anatomy, hemodynamics and duration of the pregnancy. The vast majority of human placenta studies are ex vivo perfusion studies or in vitro trophoblast studies. Although in vitro studies and animal models are essential, extrapolation of the results from such studies to the human placenta in vivo is uncertain...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806624/bcl-2-bax-protein-and-mrna-expression-in-yak-bos-grunniens-placentomes
#6
JiangFeng Fan, SiJiu Yu, Yan Cui, Gengquan Xu, Libin Wang, Yangyang Pan, Honghong He
Placental function is complex and influenced by various factors; furthermore, it depends on a delicate balance between cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell death. Bcl-2 and Bax proteins are key apoptosis regulators and are considered to play an important role in the maintenance of both dynamic balance and integrity of many tissues. Changes in Bcl-2 and Bax expressions have been described during different developmental stages in normal human placentas. Studies furthermore indicated several pathological placental changes to be related to abnormal Bcl-2 and Bax expressions...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805617/molecular-cytogenetic-characterization-of-a-duplication-of-15q24-2-q26-2-associated-with-anencephaly-and-neural-tube-defect
#7
Chih-Ping Chen, Chen-Yu Chen, Schu-Rern Chern, Peih-Shan Wu, Shin-Wen Chen, Shih-Ting Lai, Chen-Chi Lee, Chien-Wen Yang, Wayseen Wang
OBJECTIVE: We present molecular cytogenetic characterization of a duplication of 15q24.2-q26.2 associated with anencephaly and neural tube defect (NTD). CASE REPORT: A 35-year-old pregnant woman was found to have a fetus with anencephaly by prenatal ultrasound at 12 weeks of gestation. The pregnancy was subsequently terminated, and a malformed fetus was delivered with anencephaly. Cytogenetic analysis of the cultured placental tissues revealed a karyotype of 46,XX,dup(15) (q24...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803881/cell-specific-and-dose-dependent-effects-of-pahs-on-proliferation-cell-cycle-and-apoptosis-protein-expression-and-hormone-secretion-by-placental-cell-lines
#8
Eliza Drwal, Agnieszka Rak, Adam Grochowalski, Tomasz Milewicz, Ewa Lucja Gregoraszczuk
In the preset study we measured the concentrations of 16 priority PAHs in maternal blood and placental tissue by using the GC-MS/MS system, and investigated the effects of selected PAHs (naphthalene, anthracene, phenanthrene, pyrene) and mixtures on BeWo and JEG-3 human placental cell line proliferation (Alamar Blue), cytotoxicity (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (XTT), lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), acid phosphatase (AP), endocrine activity (progesterone and estradiol secretion) and apoptosis (cyclin A1, cyclin D2, cdk 2, cdk 4, Bcl-xl, Bax, and caspase-3 protein expression)...
August 10, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798916/risk-benefit-assessment-of-monomethylmercury-and-omega-3-fatty-acid-intake-for-ringed-seal-consumption-with-particular-emphasis-on-vulnerable-populations-in-the-western-canadian-arctic
#9
Lena Gmelch, Holger Hintelmann, Brendan Hickie, Hermine Kienberger, Gary Stern, Michael Rychlik
Many northern Inuit communities rely on traditional food as major source of nourishment. An essential part of the traditional Arctic diet is marine mammals such as ringed seals or beluga. Being top predators, these animals are often highly contaminated with various toxins. In contrast, some tissues of marine mammals are also characterized by high amounts of n3-PUFAs (omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids). Here, we try to balance the risks associated with the consumption of different tissue types of ringed seals in terms of the neurotoxin monomethylmercury (MMHg) with the benefits of consumption due to high n3-PUFA concentrations...
2017: Frontiers in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797713/image-processing-methods-for-the-structural-detection-and-gradation-of-placental-villi
#10
Zaneta Swiderska-Chadaj, Tomasz Markiewicz, Robert Koktysz, Szczepan Cierniak
The context-based examination of stained tissue specimens is one of the most important procedures in histopathological practice. The development of image processing methods allows for the automation of this process. We propose a method of automatic segmentation of placental structures and assessment of edema present in placental structures from a spontaneous miscarriage. The presented method is based on texture analysis, mathematical morphology, and region growing operations that are applicable to the heterogeneous microscopic images representing histological slides of the placenta...
August 3, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797294/the-anti-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-receptor-1-monoclonal-antibody-d16f7-inhibits-invasiveness-of-human-glioblastoma-and-glioblastoma-stem-cells
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Maria Grazia Atzori, Lucio Tentori, Federica Ruffini, Claudia Ceci, Lucia Lisi, Elena Bonanno, Manuel Scimeca, Eskil Eskilsson, Thomas Daubon, Hrvoje Miletic, Lucia Ricci Vitiani, Roberto Pallini, Pierluigi Navarra, Rolf Bjerkvig, Stefania D'Atri, Pedro Miguel Lacal, Grazia Graziani
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma (GBM) is a highly migratory, invasive, and angiogenic brain tumor. Like vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A), placental growth factor (PlGF) promotes GBM angiogenesis. VEGF-A is a ligand for both VEGF receptor-1 (VEGFR-1) and VEGFR-2, while PlGF interacts exclusively with VEGFR-1. We recently generated the novel anti-VEGFR-1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) D16F7 that diminishes VEGFR-1 homodimerization/activation without affecting VEGF-A and PlGF binding. METHODS: In the present study, we evaluated the expression of VEGFR-1 in human GBM tissue samples (n = 42) by immunohistochemistry, in cell lines (n = 6) and GBM stem cells (GSCs) (n = 18) by qRT-PCR and/or western blot analysis...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: CR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795885/the-influence-of-amniotic-membrane-extracts-on-cell-growth-depends-on-the-part-of-membrane-and-childbirth-mode-selected-a-proof-of-concept-study
#12
M Litwiniuk, M Radowicka, A Krejner, T Grzela
OBJECTIVE: The amniotic membrane (AM) is a rich source of biologically active factors, important for wound healing and is widely used in various clinical applications, including tissue engineering, reconstructive surgery and wound management. The aim of the present proof-of-concept study was to assess the influence of amniotic membrane extracts on in vitro proliferation of main cells involved in tissue regeneration. The assessment was done in regards to the content of selected biologically active factors in amniotic membrane extracts...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Wound Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793392/placental-lesions-in-meconium-aspiration-syndrome
#13
Binnari Kim, Soo-Young Oh, Jung-Sun Kim
Background: Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS) is defined by respiratory distress requiring supplemental oxygen in a meconium-stained neonate. MAS is clinically subclassified as mild, moderate, and severe according to the oxygen requirement. The aims of this study were to compare the histological findings in the placentas of MAS neonates with those of meconium-stained but non-MAS neonates and to analyze the correlation between the severity of MAS and the grade of its histological parameters...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792966/maternal-exposure-to-an-environmentally-relevant-dose-of-triclocarban-results-in-perinatal-exposure-and-potential-alterations-in-offspring-development-in-the-mouse-model
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Heather A Enright, Miranda J S Falso, Michael A Malfatti, Victoria Lao, Edward A Kuhn, Nicholas Hum, Yilan Shi, Ana Paula Sales, Kurt W Haack, Kristen S Kulp, Bruce A Buchholz, Gabriela G Loots, Graham Bench, Kenneth W Turteltaub
Triclocarban (TCC) is among the top 10 most commonly detected wastewater contaminants in both concentration and frequency. Its presence in water, as well as its propensity to bioaccumulate, has raised numerous questions about potential endocrine and developmental effects. Here, we investigated whether exposure to an environmentally relevant concentration of TCC could result in transfer from mother to offspring in CD-1 mice during gestation and lactation using accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS). 14C-TCC (100 nM) was administered to dams through drinking water up to gestation day 18, or from birth to post-natal day 10...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789824/apoptosis-and-cell-proliferation-in-porcine-placental-vascularization
#15
Eva G Sanchis, Andrea L Cristofolini, Mariana R Fiorimanti, Claudio G Barbeito, Cecilia I Merkis
The placenta is a highly vascularized organ, indispensable tothe transfer of nutrients to the growing fetuses. During gestation, there exists an expansion of the placental vascular network through active angiogenesis. The aim of this research was to study cell proliferation and apoptosis through high resolution light microscopy (HRLM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) ultrastructure, immunohistochemistry for Ki67and caspase-3, determination of placental vascular area,and TUNEL assay. Crossbred sows placental tissues from approximately 30±2(n=5), 40±2(n=5), 60±2 (n=5), 80±2(n=5), 90±2(n=5) and 114±2(n=5) days of gestation were used...
July 23, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781890/self-reported-pregnancy-exposures-and-placental-dna-methylation-in-the-marbles-prospective-autism-sibling-study
#16
Rebecca J Schmidt, Diane I Schroeder, Florence K Crary-Dooley, Jacqueline M Barkoski, Daniel J Tancredi, Cheryl K Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Janine M LaSalle
Human placenta is a fetal-derived tissue that offers a unique sample of epigenetic and environmental exposures present in utero. In the MARBLES prospective pregnancy study of high-risk younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pregnancy and environmental factors collected by maternal interviews were examined as predictors of placental DNA methylation, including partially methylated domains (PMDs), an embryonic feature of the placental methylome. DNA methylation data from MethylC-seq analysis of 47 placentas of children clinically diagnosed at 3 years with ASD or typical development using standardized assessments were examined in relation to: child's gestational age, birth-weight, and diagnosis; maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, smoking, education, parity, height, prenatal vitamin and folate intake; home ownership; pesticides professionally applied to lawns or gardens or inside homes, pet flea/tick pouches, collars, or soaps/shampoos used in the 3 months prior to or during pregnancy...
December 2016: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781765/up-and-down-immunity-of-pregnancy-in-humans
#17
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Philippe Le Bouteiller, Armand Bensussan
One part of the human placenta in early pregnancy is particularly important for local immunity: the decidua basalis, which is transformed endometrium located at the site of embryo implantation . This placental bed tissue contains both maternal uterine immune cells, including decidual natural killer (NK) cells, the dominant leukocyte population exhibiting a unique phenotype, and fetal extravillous trophoblast which comes into direct contact with maternal decidual cells . To establish a successful placental development and healthy pregnancy outcome, the maternal immune system must tolerate paternal antigens expressed by trophoblast cells yet remain efficient for clearing any local pathogen infection...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775298/sexual-and-vertical-transmission-of-zika-virus-in-anti-interferon-receptor-treated-rag1-deficient-mice
#18
Clayton W Winkler, Tyson A Woods, Rebecca Rosenke, Dana P Scott, Sonja M Best, Karin E Peterson
Although Zika virus (ZIKV) is primarily transmitted to humans by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, human-to-human transmission has also been observed from males-to-females as well as mother-to-offspring. In the current study, we studied both sexual transmission (STx) and vertical transmission (VTx) of ZIKV using anti-IFNAR1-treatment of Rag1 (-/-) (AIR) mice. These mice have suppressed type I IFN responses and lack adaptive immune responses, leading to a prolonged infection prior to clinical disease. STx of ZIKV from infected AIR males to naive Ifnar1 (-/-) females was observed with greater than 50% incidence, with infection observed in the vaginal tract at early time points...
August 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772220/lentivirus-mediated-mir-23a-overexpression-induces-trophoblast-cell-apoptosis-through-inhibiting-x-linked-inhibitor-of-apoptosis
#19
Lichun Li, Aiqin Hou, Xia Gao, Juan Zhang, Liping Zhang, Juan Wang, Hua Li, Yanbin Song
Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific disorder representing a major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have emerged as critical regulators in PE. However, the precise role of miRNAs in PE remains poorly understood. In this study, we aimed to investigate the potential role of miR-23a and the underlying mechanism in regulating trophoblast cell apoptosis. We found a significant increase of miR-23a expression in placental tissues from PE patients. Lentivirus-mediated miR-23a overexpression significantly induced apoptosis in trophoblast cells in vitro...
July 31, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769031/sex-specific-placental-accumulation-and-behavioral-effects-of-developmental-firemaster-550-exposure-in-wistar-rats
#20
Kylie R Baldwin, Allison L Phillips, Brian Horman, Sheryl E Arambula, Meghan E Rebuli, Heather M Stapleton, Heather B Patisaul
Firemaster® 550 (FM 550) is a commercial flame retardant mixture of brominated and organophosphate compounds applied to polyurethane foam used in furniture and baby products. Due to widespread human exposure, and structural similarities with known endocrine disruptors, concerns have been raised regarding possible toxicity. We previously reported evidence of sex specific behavioral effects in rats resulting from developmental exposure. The present study expands upon this prior finding by testing for a greater range of behavioral effects, and measuring the accumulation of FM 550 compounds in placental tissue...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
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