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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642294/mhc-class-ii-invariant-chain-peptide-or-gamma-delta-t-cell-depletion-ameliorates-experimental-preeclampsia
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Piyali Chatterjee, Valorie L Chiasson, Geetha Seerangan, Eugene De Guzman, Moheb Milad, Kelsey R Bounds, Olga Gasheva, Richard P Tobin, Mohamad Hatahet, Shelley Kopriva, Kathleen A Jones, M Karen Newell-Rogers, Brett Mitchell
Excessive innate immune system activation and inflammation during pregnancy can lead to organ injury and dysfunction and preeclampsia; however, the molecular mechanisms involved are unknown.  We tested the hypothesis that Toll-like receptor activation induces MHC class II invariant chain peptide (CLIP) expression on immune cells, makes them pro-inflammatory, and are necessary to cause preeclampsia-like features in mice.  Treatment with VG1177, a competitive antagonist peptide for CLIP in the groove of MHC class II, was able to both prevent and treat preeclampsia-like features in mice...
June 22, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638367/gnrh-agonist-trigger-and-lh-activity-luteal-phase-support-versus-hcg-trigger-and-conventional-luteal-phase-support-in-fresh-embryo-transfer-ivf-icsi-cycles-a-systematic-prisma-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Thor Haahr, Matheus Roque, Sandro C Esteves, Peter Humaidan
INTRODUCTION: The use of GnRH agonist (GnRHa) for final oocyte maturation trigger in oocyte donation and elective frozen embryo transfer cycles is well established due to lower ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) rates as compared to hCG trigger. A recent Cochrane meta-analysis concluded that GnRHa trigger was associated with reduced live birth rates (LBRs) in fresh autologous IVF cycles compared to hCG trigger. However, the evidence is not unequivocal, and recent trials have found encouraging reproductive outcomes among couples undergoing GnRHa trigger and individualized luteal LH activity support...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638048/maternal-folate-deficiency-causes-inhibition-of-mtor-signaling-down-regulation-of-placental-amino-acid-transporters-and-fetal-growth-restriction-in-mice
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Fredrick J Rosario, Peter W Nathanielsz, Theresa L Powell, Thomas Jansson
Maternal folate deficiency is linked to restricted fetal growth, however the underlying mechanisms remain to be established. Here we tested the hypothesis that mTOR functions as a folate sensor in vivo in mice and that maternal folate deficiency inhibits placental mTOR signaling and amino acid transporter activity and causes fetal growth restriction. Folate deficient mice had lower serum folate (-60%). In late pregnancy, fetal weight in the folate deficient group was decreased (-17%, p < 0.05), whereas placental weight, litter size and crown rump length were unaltered...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637469/impact-of-phthalate-and-bpa-exposure-during-in-utero-windows-of-susceptibility-on-reproductive-hormones-and-sexual-maturation-in-peripubertal-males
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Deborah J Watkins, Brisa N Sánchez, Martha Maria Téllez-Rojo, Joyce M Lee, Adriana Mercado-García, Clara Blank-Goldenberg, Karen E Peterson, John D Meeker
BACKGROUND: Phthalates and BPA are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) widely used in consumer products. Evidence suggests that phthalate and BPA exposure alters steroid hormone levels in adults, while in utero exposure has been associated with altered fetal reproductive development in boys. However, the impact of exposure during distinct critical windows of in utero development on hormone concentrations and sexual maturation during the pubertal transition has not been examined. The objective of this study was to assess trimester-specific in utero phthalate and BPA exposure in relation to measures of reproductive development among peripubertal boys in a Mexico City birth cohort...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637041/the-effects-of-fungicides-on-human-3%C3%AE-hydroxysteroid-dehydrogenase-1-and-aromatase-in-human-placental-cell-line-jeg-3
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Shuyan Cao, Leping Ye, Ying Wu, Baiping Mao, Lanlan Chen, Xiudi Wang, Ping Huang, Ying Su, Ren-Shan Ge
Placenta secretes a large amount of progesterone and estradiol, which are critical for maintaining pregnancy. In human placenta, 3β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 1 (HSD3B1) catalyzes pregnenolone to form progesterone, and aromatase (CYP19A1) catalyzes testosterone into estradiol. Fungicides display antifungal activities and are widely used to prevent fungal infections in agricultural plants. These chemicals include azoles, such as tebuconazole (TEB), triadimefon (TRI), and vinclozolin (VCZ) or organotins, such as tributyltin (TBT) and tetrabutyltin (TTBT)...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635575/-high-risk-obstetrics-in-tertiary-centres-anaesthetist-hybrid-operating-suite-and-obstetric-critical-care-unit
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C D van der Marel, A J Eggink, R J Stolker
The frequency of pregnancy-related morbidity has increased over recent decades, as has the number of patients with complex congenital cardiac anomalies reaching fertile age, resulting in an increasing number of high-risk pregnancies. In order to optimalise maternal and foetal outcome in these patients, not only is the availability of optimal in-hospital facilities (e.g. obstetric critical care unit, hybrid operating suite) important, but also a multidisciplinary approach which is mandatory for successful maternal and foetal outcome...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633489/effects-of-early-pregnancy-on-uterine-lymphocytes-and-endometrial-expression-of-immune-regulatory-molecules-in-dairy-heifers1
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Sreelakshmi Vasudevan, Manasi M Kamat, Sadhat S Walusimbi, Joy L Pate, Troy L Ott
Natural killer (NK) cells are essential for establishment of human and rodent pregnancies. The function of these and other cytotoxic T cells (CTL) is controlled by stimulatory and inhibitory signaling. A role for cytotoxic cells during early pregnancy in cattle has not been described, but regulation of their function at the fetal-maternal interface is thought to be critical for conceptus survival. The hypothesis that the relative abundance of CTL and expression of inhibitory signaling molecules is increased by the conceptus during early pregnancy was tested...
June 19, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632892/maternal-overweight-and-obesity-and-genital-anomalies-in-male-offspring-a-population-based-swedish-cohort-study
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Linn Håkonsen Arendt, Cecilia Høst Ramlau-Hansen, Morten Søndergaard Lindhard, Tine Brink Henriksen, Jørn Olsen, Yongfu Yu, Sven Cnattingius
BACKGROUND: Overweight and obese pregnant women face higher risk of several critical birth outcomes, including an overall increased risk of congenital abnormalities. Only few studies have focused on associations between maternal overweight and the genital anomalies in boys, cryptorchidism and hypospadias, and results are inconclusive. METHODS: We performed a population-based cohort study and assessed the associations between maternal body mass index (BMI) in early pregnancy and occurrence of cryptorchidism and hypospadias...
June 20, 2017: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632452/the-effect-of-g-csf-on-infertile-women-undergoing-ivf-treatment-a-meta-analysis
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Jie Li, Sien Mo, Yang Chen
Evidence for the effect of granulocyte colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) on infertile women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) remains inconsistent. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of G-CSF on infertile women undergoing IVF. PubMed and EMBASE databases were searched before August 2016. Comparing the transvaginal perfusion of G-CSF and placebo or no treatment, the available studies were considered. The pooled risk ratio (RR) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) was used in the analysis and six studies were included...
August 2017: Systems Biology in Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631934/breast-milk-from-smokers-contains-less-cholesterol-and-protein-and-smaller-size-of-apolipoprotein-a-i-resulting-in-lower-zebrafish-embryo-survivability
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Seong-Min Kim, Suk-Jeong Kim, Jae-Yong Kim, Jae-Ryong Kim, Kyung-Hyun Cho
BACKGROUND: To determine the quality of breast milk (BM), we compared the functions of BM from ex-smokers and nonsmokers. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We analyzed the contents of lipids, glucose, and protein in BM from ex-smokers (10 cigarettes/day for 13 ± 3 years) as well as infant formula. RESULTS: Nonsmokers' BM showed 2.4- and 1.4-fold higher cholesterol and protein contents, respectively, than BM from smokers. Infant formula contained almost no cholesterol, but did show remarkably higher glucose and triglyceride levels than BM...
June 20, 2017: Breastfeeding Medicine: the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631146/motivations-for-interest-disinterest-and-uncertainty-in-intrauterine-device-use-among-young-women
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Anu Manchikanti Gomez, Bridget Freihart
Objective To elucidate salient contraceptive preferences and priorities as they relate to young women's interest or lack thereof in intrauterine device (IUD) use. Methods Qualitative data were drawn from a 2012 survey on contraceptive preferences and IUD interest. Among 413 young (ages 18-29) women, open-ended responses describing reasons for interest, disinterest or uncertainty in future IUD use were examined using a thematic analysis approach. Results Most participants were unsure about (49.2%) or not interested in (30...
June 19, 2017: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630765/enhanced-depth-imaging-optical-coherence-tomography-a-new-way-measuring-choroidal-thickness-in-pregnant-women
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REVIEW
Jun Zhang, Huiyun Wang, Qiubo Yu, Qihu Tong, Qinkang Lu
The body changes markedly during pregnancy; each system behaves differently from a nonpregnant state. As the eyes are the only windows to see directly what is going on in the internal environment, more and more researches have been done to explain the association between ocular changes and the physiological and pathological changes during pregnancy. The choroid is one of the critical parts of the eye, providing nutrition. And abnormal choroid may result in ocular dysfunction and visual problems. As the optical coherence tomography develops, a rapid, direct, noninvasive, and nontoxic way is available to obtain the choroid situation of pregnant women, which may explain the mechanism of pregnancy-related eye diseases...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630538/abortion-law-and-policy-around-the-world-in-search-of-decriminalization
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Marge Berer
The aim of this paper is to provide a panoramic view of laws and policies on abortion around the world, giving a range of country-based examples. It shows that the plethora of convoluted laws and restrictions surrounding abortion do not make any legal or public health sense. What makes abortion safe is simple and irrefutable-when it is available on the woman's request and is universally affordable and accessible. From this perspective, few existing laws are fit for purpose. However, the road to law reform is long and difficult...
June 2017: Health and Human Rights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625171/the-association-between-adolescent-psychopathology-and-subsequent-physical-activity-in-young-adulthood-a-21-year-birth-cohort-study
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S Suetani, A Mamun, G M Williams, J M Najman, J J McGrath, J G Scott
BACKGROUND: The beneficial effects of physical activity (PA) for both physical and mental wellbeing are well established. Given that adolescence presents a critical developmental period during which life-long patterns of PA become established, the exploration of the longitudinal impact of adolescent psychopathology on adult PA status is of interest. METHODS: We analysed prospective data from 3663 young adults who participated in the Mater-University of Queensland Study of Pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623970/localization-of-the-placental-bcrp-abcg2-transporter-to-lipid-rafts-role-for-cholesterol-in-mediating-efflux-activity
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John T Szilagyi, Anna M Vetrano, Jeffrey D Laskin, Lauren M Aleksunes
INTRODUCTION: The breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP/ABCG2) is an efflux transporter in the placental barrier. By transporting chemicals from the fetal to the maternal circulation, BCRP limits fetal exposure to a range of drugs, toxicants, and endobiotics such as bile acids and hormones. The purpose of the present studies was to 1) determine whether BCRP localizes to highly-ordered, cholesterol-rich lipid raft microdomains in placenta microvillous membranes, and 2) determine the impact of cholesterol on BCRP-mediated placental transport in vitro...
July 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622146/relationship-between-various-maternal-conditions-and-lactic-acid-dehydrogenase-activity-in-umbilical-cord-blood-at-birth
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Evangelos Patavoukas, Josefina Åberg-Liesaho, Cecilia Pegelow Halvorsen, Birger Winbladh, Eva Wiberg-Itzel
BACKGROUND: Lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH) is a valuable marker for some of the most important diseases in newborns and the plasma LDH activity in newborns correlates well with conditions such as asphyxia. If LDH should be considered as a useful tool also in obstetric care, key factors associated with maternal health before and during pregnancy which could affect umbilical cord LDH activity need to be known. The aims of this study were to explore relationships between selected maternal conditions and arterial lactic acid dehydrogenase activity (aLDH) in umbilical cord blood at delivery...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619771/revealed-versus-concealed-criteria-for-placental-insufficiency-in-an-unselected-obstetric-population-in-late-pregnancy-ratio37-randomised-controlled-trial-study-protocol
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Francesc Figueras, Eduard Gratacos, Marta Rial, Ilan Gull, Ladislav Krofta, Marek Lubusky, Cruz-Martinez Rogelio, Cruz-Lemini Mónica, Martinez-Rodriguez Miguel, Pamela Socias, Cristina Aleuanlli, Mauro C Parra Cordero
INTRODUCTION: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects 5%-10% of all pregnancies, contributing to 30%-50% of stillbirths. Unfortunately, growth restriction often is not detected antenatally. The last weeks of pregnancy are critical for preventing stillbirth among babies with FGR because there is a pronounced increase in stillbirths among growth-restricted fetuses after 37 weeks of pregnancy. Here we present a protocol (V.1, 23 May 2016) for the RATIO37 trial, which evaluates an integrated strategy for accurately selecting at-risk fetuses for delivery at term...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618983/regulatory-t-cells-show-dynamic-behavior-during-late-pregnancy-delivery-and-the-postpartum-period
#18
Jorge Lima, Catarina Martins, Glória Nunes, Maria-José Sousa, Jorge C Branco, Luís-Miguel Borrego
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are critical immunomodulators during early pregnancy by preventing maternal T-cell activation against fetal cells. However, how populations of maternal Tregs vary during and after pregnancy in humans is still unclear. Therefore, we investigated Treg subsets in the peripheral blood of pregnant women from late pregnancy through the postpartum period. To accomplish this, the following circulating Treg subsets were analyzed in 43 healthy pregnant women and 35 nonpregnant women by flow cytometry during the third trimester, on the day of delivery, and postpartum: CD4(Dim)CD25(Hi), CD4(+)CD25(Hi)Foxp3(+), and CD4(+)CD25(Hi)CD127(-/dim)...
July 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618048/transcriptomic-profiling-in-human-decidua-of-severe-preeclampsia-detected-by-rna-sequencing
#19
Jing Tong, Weixiu Zhao, Hong Lv, Wei-Ping Li, Zi-Jiang Chen, Cong Zhang
Maternal decidua plays a critical role in implantation and placentation. Impaired decidualization causes failed intravascular trophoblast invasion and inadequate placentation and then increases the risk of preeclampsia (PE). RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) has achieved great advances in the characterization and quantification of transcriptomes, is a powerful tool for new transcript discovery, genome annotation and expression profiling. In the present study, we conducted a RNA-Seq analysis to compare gene expression between decidua of PE (n = 3, early-onset severe PE, EOSPE; n = 3, late-onset severe PE, LOSPE) and normal pregnancies (n = 3)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614135/cancer-in-pregnancy-safety-and-efficacy-of-systemic-therapies
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Ingrid Boere, Christianne Lok, Tineke Vandenbroucke, Frédéric Amant
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cancer in pregnancy has become increasingly frequent. It has become clear that for specific cancers under well defined circumstances, oncological treatment in pregnancy can be well tolerated and feasible for both mother and fetus. Continued critical assessment of the available literature and registration of cancer in pregnancy cases and outcomes for mother and child are necessary to work toward implementing optimal cancer treatment during pregnancy. RECENT FINDINGS: Physiologic changes in pregnancy may alter distribution and efficacy of systemic therapy...
June 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
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