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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820499/choline-supplementation-normalizes-fetal-adiposity-and-reduces-lipogenic-gene-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-maternal-obesity
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Chauntelle Jack-Roberts, Yaelle Joselit, Khatia Nanobashvili, Rachel Bretter, Olga V Malysheva, Marie A Caudill, Anjana Saxena, Kathleen Axen, Ahmed Gomaa, Xinyin Jiang
Maternal obesity increases fetal adiposity which may adversely affect metabolic health of the offspring. Choline regulates lipid metabolism and thus may influence adiposity. This study investigates the effect of maternal choline supplementation on fetal adiposity in a mouse model of maternal obesity. C57BL/6J mice were fed either a high-fat (HF) diet or a control (NF) diet and received either 25 mM choline supplemented (CS) or control untreated (CO) drinking water for 6 weeks before timed-mating and throughout gestation...
August 18, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814477/iodine-excess-exposure-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-impairs-maternal-thyroid-function-in-rats
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Caroline Serrano-Nascimento, Rafael Salgueiro, Kaio Vitzel, Thiago Urgal Pantaleao, Vania Maria Correa da Costa, Maria Tereza Nunes
Adequate maternal iodine consumption during pregnancy and lactation guarantees normal thyroid hormones (TH) production, which is crucial to the development of the fetus. Indeed, iodine deficiency is clearly related to maternal hypothyroidism and deleterious effects in the fetal development. Conversely, the effects of iodine excess (IE) consumption on maternal thyroid function are still controversial. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the impact of IE exposure during pregnancy and lactation periods on maternal hypothalamus-pituitary-thyroid axis...
August 16, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812468/the-first-reported-case-of-meckel-gruber-syndrome-associated-with-abnormal-karyotype-mosaic-trisomy-17
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Zuzana Cierna, Pavol Janega, Frantisek Grochal, Vladimir Ferianec, Tatiana Braxatorisova, Lucia Strieskova, Jana Malova, Petra Jungova, Tomas Szemes
Meckel-Gruber syndrome (MKS) is a rare lethal autosomal recessive disorder with typical anomalies including encephalocele, multicystic renal dysplasia, congenital liver fibrosis, and polydactyly. MKS is caused by mutations of genes localized on different chromosomes. Karyotypes of published Meckel-Gruber syndrome cases are without any aberrations. We present a male fetus with meningoencephalocele, multicystic renal dysplasia, congenital liver fibrosis, and other anomalies. Standard cytogenetic examination of cultured fetal skin and muscle fibroblasts showed mosaic trisomy 17...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809041/complex-malformations-involving-the-fetal-body-wall-definition-and-classification-issues
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Julia Bijok, Diana Massalska, Anna Kucińska-Chahwan, Anna Posiewka, Alicja Ilnicka, Grzegorz Jakiel, Tomasz Roszkowski
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the sonographic features, cytogenetic results and pregnancy outcomes in complex malformations involving the body wall in a large cohort of fetuses with regard to different definitions proposed in the literature. METHOD: A retrospective study on 96 fetuses with complex malformations comprising ventral wall, craniofacial structures, limbs and umbilical cord that were evaluated between 1997 and 2015. RESULTS: The most common sonographic finding was an extensive ventral wall defect (95...
August 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808352/the-effect-of-androgen-excess-on-maternal-metabolism-placental-function-and-fetal-growth-in-obese-dams
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Romina Fornes, Manuel Maliqueo, Min Hu, Laila Hadi, Juan M Jimenez-Andrade, Kerstin Ebefors, Jenny Nyström, Fernand Labrie, Thomas Jansson, Anna Benrick, Elisabet Stener-Victorin
Pregnant women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are often overweight or obese. To study the effects of maternal androgen excess in obese dams on metabolism, placental function and fetal growth, female C57Bl6J mice were fed a control (CD) or a high fat/high sucrose (HF/HS) diet for 4-10 weeks, and then mated. On gestational day (GD) 15.5-17.5, dams were injected with dihydrotestosterone (CD-DHT, HF/HS-DHT) or a vehicle (CD-Veh, HF/HS-Veh). HF/HS dams had higher fat content, both before mating and on GD18...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28803829/the-vascular-niche-regulates-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cell-lodgment-and-expansion-via-klf6a-ccl25b
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Yuanyuan Xue, Junhua Lv, Chunxia Zhang, Lu Wang, Dongyuan Ma, Feng Liu
In mammals, hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs) rapidly expand in the fetal liver (FL), but the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Here, we characterize zebrafish caudal hematopoietic tissue (CHT) and identify an important cellular and molecular mechanism of HSPC expansion. Time-lapse imaging showed that HSPCs localize adjacent to vascular endothelial cells (ECs), and their migration and expansion display caudal vein-specific orientation in the CHT. RNA sequencing and functional analysis identified that an EC-expressed transcription factor, Krüppel-like factor 6a (Klf6a), is essential for the CHT niche...
August 9, 2017: Developmental Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803536/bovine-viral-diarrhea-virus-1b-fetal-infection-with-extensive-hemorrhage
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Robert W Fulton, Anthony W Confer, Nicholas J Sorensen, Julia F Ridpath, Lurinda J Burge
Bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) 1b was isolated from tissues of a term bovine fetus with petechial hemorrhages noted throughout the body and placenta at autopsy. Fresh lung, kidney, thymus, and liver tissues were examined by direct fluorescent antibody testing and were positive for BVDV antigen and negative for bovine herpesvirus 1 antigen. An organ pool of fresh tissues was positive for noncytopathic (NCP) BVDV-1 by virus isolation. BVDV-1b was identified by sequencing of the 5'-UTR region of the genome...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802248/utility-of-rapid-whole-exome-sequencing-in-the-diagnosis-of-neonatal-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-presenting-with-fetal-hydrops-and-liver-failure
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Mersedeh Rohanizadegan, Sarah El-Almery, Anne O'Donnell-Luria, Ivana Mihalek, Peggy Chen, Marilyn Sanders, Kristen Leeman, Megan Cho, Christina Hung, Olaf Bodamer
Rapid whole exome sequencing (rWES) is increasingly used in critically ill newborn infants to inform about diagnosis, clinical management and prognosis. Here we report a male newborn infant with hydrops, pancytopenia and acute liver failure who was listed for liver transplantation. Given the acuity of the presentation, the procedure related morbidity and mortality and lack of diagnosis we employed rWES in the proband and both parents with a turn-around time of 10 business days. rWES returned one maternally inherited, likely pathogenic and one paternally inherited, likely pathogenic variant in NPC1 suggestive of a diagnosis of Niemann Pick disease type C (NPC)...
August 11, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802114/embryonic-and-fetal-morphology-in-the-lowland-paca-cuniculus-paca-a-precocial-hystricomorph-rodent
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Hani Rocha El Bizri, Frederico Ozanan Barros Monteiro, Rafael Dos Santos de Andrade, João Valsecchi, Diva Anelie de Araújo Guimarães, Pedro Mayor
In mammals, the embryonic and fetal development of a species has evolved to maximize neonatal survival. In this study, we use a sample of 132 embryos/fetuses of wild lowland paca (Cuniculus paca), obtained over a period of 15 years through collaborative methods with local hunters in the Amazon to describe the intrauterine development of external and internal morphology of this Neotropical rodent. We also compare the newborn survival strategy in this species with other rodents. The crown-rump length (CRL) ranged between 0...
August 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800254/sirt1-protects-against-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-fibrosis-by-decreasing-pro-inflammatory-and-pro-fibrotic-processes
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Haiyan Chu, Shuai Jiang, Qingmei Liu, Yanyun Ma, Xiaoxia Zhu, Minrui Liang, Xiangguang Shi, Weifeng Ding, Xiaodong Zhou, Hejian Zou, Feng Qian, Philip W Shaul, Li Jin, Jiucun Wang
Pulmonary fibrosis is the leading cause of death in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Sirtuin1 (SIRT1) is a deacetylase with known anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic activity in the liver, kidney and skin. The role of SIRT1 in SSc-related pulmonary fibrosis is unknown. In the present work, we determined that the expression of SIRT1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of SSc patients with pulmonary fibrosis is lower than that in SSc patients without pulmonary fibrosis. In in vivo studies of Bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice, SIRT1 activation with Resveratrol reduced collagen production when it was administered either prophylactically during the inflammatory stage or after the development of fibrosis...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798939/orphan-nuclear-receptor-tr3-nur77-is-a-specific-therapeutic-target-for-hepatic-cancers
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Yingling Zeng, Xiaoguang Ye, Degui Liao, Shizhang Huang, Huinan Mao, Dezheng Zhao, Huiyan Zeng
OBJECTIVE: Although great success has been achieved in cancer treatment, current cancer therapies, including anti-tumorigenesis and anti-angiogenesis, still face the problems of insufficient efficacy, resistance and intrinsic refractoriness, in addition to their toxic side effects. There is a demand to identify additional targets that can be blocked to turn off the downstream effects of most, if not all, pathways. Our previous studies suggest that orphan nuclear receptor TR3 (human) / Nur77 (mouse) is such a target...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical & Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782473/importance-of-hemolysis-and-its-clinical-detection-in-neonates-with-hyperbilirubinemia
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Ronald J Wong, Vinod K Bhutani, David K Stevenson
Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia is generally a benign transitional phenomenon, and may even be a protective antioxidant mechanism for human neonates who may be vulnerable to the oxidative stress (compared to life in utero) encountered during birth an extra-uterine oxidative environment (1, 2). The pathophysiologic impact of neonatal unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia has been well reviewed in this supplement (see Jon fill-in). The severity of hyperbilirubinemia varies due to the magnitude of an imbalance between two major contributing processes: (i) an increase bilirubin production rate due to an increase in heme turnover (two to three times that of an adult) due to the degradation of fetal red blood cells (RBCs), which have a shortened lifespan, after birth (3, 4); and/or (ii) a diminished ability of the immature newborn liver to conjugate bilirubin and therefore excrete bilirubin in bile...
August 7, 2017: Current Pediatric Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776905/expression-of-cytokine-and-extracellular-matrix-mrnas-in-fetal-hepatic-stellate-cells
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Keai Sinn Tan, Kasem Kulkeaw, Yoichi Nakanishi, Daisuke Sugiyama
In mouse fetal liver, hepatoblasts, sinusoidal endothelial cells and macrophages (or erythroblastic islands) promote differentiation and proliferation of hematopoietic cells through cell-cell interactions and secretion of cytokines and extracellular matrix factors. Until now, we have had little knowledge of the hematopoietic cytokines or extracellular matrix mRNAs expressed in hepatic stellate cells. Using p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75NTR) to mark this cell population, we sorted 12.5, 14.5 and 16.5 dpc hepatic stellate cells and analyzed expression of cytokines and extracellular matrix mRNAs...
August 4, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776092/hepatocytic-differentiation-of-ips-cells-on-decellularized-liver-tissue
#15
Mitsuhi Hirata, Tetsuji Yamaoka
Decellularized tissues (DETs) have been attracting great attention as scaffolds for tissue-engineering approaches. Recently, some studies have reported that decellularized liver tissues (DLT) can provide an excellent environment for the hepatocytic differentiation of hepatic stem/progenitor cells that were already committed to the hepatocyte lineage. However, the effects of DLT on the hepatocytic differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSs) have not yet been established. Here we studied the hepatocytic differentiation of iPSs on DLT and decellularized heart tissues (DHT) in order to determine the tissue-specific effects of DETs on iPSs differentiation...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757162/an-in%C3%A2-vitro-human-liver-model-by-ipsc-derived-parenchymal-and-non-parenchymal-cells
#16
Yuta Koui, Taketomo Kido, Toshimasa Ito, Hiroki Oyama, Shin-Wei Chen, Yuki Katou, Katsuhiko Shirahige, Atsushi Miyajima
During liver development, hepatoblasts and liver non-parenchymal cells (NPCs) such as liver sinusoidal endothelial cells (LSECs) and hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) constitute the liver bud where they proliferate and differentiate. Accordingly, we reasoned that liver NPCs would support the maturation of hepatocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs), which usually exhibit limited functions. We found that the transforming growth factor β and Rho signaling pathways, respectively, regulated the proliferation and maturation of LSEC and HSC progenitors isolated from mouse fetal livers...
August 8, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754617/infection-by-schistosoma-mansoni-during-pregnancy-effects-on-offspring-immunity
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Vanessa Ribeiro Figliuolo da Paz, Danielly Sequeira, Alexandre Pyrrho
About 25 million Brazilians live in areas at risk of contracting the disease caused by the trematoda Schistosoma mansoni, the schistosomiasis mansoni. Although the adult parasites inhabit the blood vessels, probably the main element responsible for the pathology of the disease are the eggs, whose deposition in the liver results in formation of granulomas and hypersensitivity mediated by CD4 T cells. In the course of infection, the profile of T helper 1 (Th1) and Th2 cytokines released by immune cells is correlated with the extent of inflammation in the granuloma and with the disease severity...
July 25, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753580/gnp-gapdh1-22-nanovaccines-prevent-neonatal-listeriosis-by-blocking-microglial-apoptosis-and-bacterial-dissemination
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Ricardo Calderon-Gonzalez, Elisabet Frande-Cabanes, Hector Teran-Navarro, José María Marimon, Javier Freire, David Salcines-Cuevas, M Carmen Fariñas, Claudia Gonzalez-Rico, Marco Marradi, Isabel Garcia, Mirian Alkorta-Gurrutxaga, Aida San Nicolas-Gomez, Ana Castañeda-San Pedro, Sonsoles Yañez-Diaz, Soledad Penades, Carmen Punzon, Javier Gomez-Roman, Fernando Rivera, Manuel Fresno, Carmen Alvarez-Dominguez
Clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis are associated with brain disease and fetal loss due to complications in early or late pregnancy, which suggests that microglial function is altered. This is believed to be the first study to link microglial apoptosis with neonatal listeriosis and listeriosis-associated brain disease, and to propose a new nanovaccine formulation that reverses all effects of listeriosis and confers Listeria monocytogenes (LM)-specific immunity. We examined clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis in 2013-2015 and defined two useful prognostic immune biomarkers to design listeriosis vaccines: high anti-GAPDH1-22 titres and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)/interleukin (IL)-6 ratios...
July 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751574/expression-of-adamts13-in-normal-and-abnormal-placentae-and-its-potential-role-in-angiogenesis-and-placenta-development
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Juan Xiao, Yun Feng, Xueyin Li, Wei Li, Lei Fan, Jing Liu, Xue Zeng, Kaiyue Chen, Xi Chen, Xiaoshui Zhou, X Long Zheng, Suhua Chen
OBJECTIVE: ADAMTS13 (a disintegrin and metalloproteinase with thrombospondin type 1 repeats, member 13) is primarily synthesized in liver. The biosynthesis and its physiological role in placenta are not known. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We used real-time polymerase chain reaction, immunohistochemistry, and Western blotting analyses, as well as proteolytic cleavage of FRETS-VWF73, to determine ADAMTS13 expression in placenta and trophoblasts obtained from individuals with normal pregnancy and patients with severe preeclampsia...
July 27, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750898/the-use-of-a-unique-co-culture-model-of-fetoplacental-steroidogenesis-as-a-screening-tool-for-endocrine-disruptors-the-effects-of-neonicotinoids-on-aromatase-activity-and-hormone-production
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Elyse Caron-Beaudoin, Rachel Viau, Andrée-Anne Hudon-Thibeault, Cathy Vaillancourt, J Thomas Sanderson
Estrogen biosynthesis during pregnancy is dependent on the collaboration between the fetus producing the androgen precursors, and the placenta expressing the enzyme aromatase (CYP19). Disruption of estrogen production by contaminants may result in serious pregnancy outcomes. We used our recently developed in vitro co-culture model of fetoplacental steroidogenesis to screen the effects of three neonicotinoid insecticides on the catalytic activity of aromatase and the production of steroid hormones. A co-culture of H295R human adrenocortical carcinoma cells with fetal characteristics and BeWo human choriocarcinoma cells which display characteristics of the villous cytotrophoblast was exposed for 24h to various concentrations of three neonicotinoids: thiacloprid, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid...
July 24, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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