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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219950/nutritional-modulation-of-mouse-and-human-liver-bud-growth-through-a-branched-amino-acid-metabolism
#1
Hiroyuki Koike, Ran-Ran Zhang, Yasuharu Ueno, Keisuke Sekine, Yun-Wen Zheng, Takanori Takebe, Hideki Taniguchi
Liver bud progenitors experience a transient amplification during early organ growth phase, yet the responsible mechanism was not fully understood. Collective evidence highlighted the specific requirements in stem cell metabolism for expanding organ progenitors during organogenesis and regeneration. Here, transcriptome analyses showed progenitors of mouse and human liver bud growth stage specifically expressed branched chain aminotransferase1 gene, a known breakdown enzyme of branched-chain amino acid (BCAA) for energy generation...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217610/disseminated-tuberculosis-in-a-newborn-infant
#2
Tanu Sagar, Kavita Gupta, Mayuri Rani, Iqbal Rajinder Kaur
Tuberculosis (TB) remaining as one of the deadliest communicable diseases. Congenital infection by vertical transmission is rare but high neonatal mortality (up to 60%) and morbidity warrant early and accurate diagnosis of newborns suffering from TB. Intrauterine infection of tuberculosis is most commonly caused by haematogenous spread from the mother causing placental seedling. The organisms reach the fetus via the umbilical vein and the primary focus is often in the fetal liver in hematgenous spread. Another route of infection is by direct ingestion or aspiration of infected amniotic fluid if the placental caseous lesion ruptures directly into the amniotic cavity...
July 2016: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215317/docosahexaenoic-acid-supplementation-during-pregnancy-as-phospholipids-did-not-improve-the-incorporation-of-this-fatty-acid-into-rat-fetal-brain-compared-with-the-triglyceride-form
#3
Antonio Gázquez, Inmaculada Hernández-Albaladejo, Elvira Larqué
Prenatal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supply is important to ensure an adequate infant neurodevelopment. Several fat supplements with DHA under different chemical structures are available. There is an increased placental phospholipase activity at the end of pregnancy. The hypothesis of this study was to discern whether DHA consumption during pregnancy as phospholipids (PLs) could be more available for placental DHA uptake and fetal accretion than triglycerides (TGs) form. We aimed to evaluate maternofetal DHA status in pregnant rats fed with DHA as PL from egg yolk or TG from algae oil to determine which source might be most effective during pregnancy...
January 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214871/restraint-stress-during-pregnancy-rapidly-raises-kynurenic-acid-levels-in-mouse-placenta-and-fetal-brain
#4
Francesca M Notarangelo, Robert Schwarcz
Stressful events during pregnancy adversely affect brain development and may increase the risk of psychiatric disorders later in life. Early changes in the kynurenine (KYN) pathway (KP) of tryptophan (TRP) degradation, which contains several neuroactive metabolites, including kynurenic acid (KYNA), 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), and quinolinic acid (QUIN), may constitute a molecular link between prenatal stress and delayed pathological consequences. To begin testing this hypothesis experimentally, we examined the effects of a 2-h restraint stress on KP metabolism in pregnant FVB/N mice on gestational day 17...
February 18, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213465/epithelial-morphogenesis-during-liver-development
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Naoki Tanimizu, Toshihiro Mitaka
Tissue stem/progenitor cells supply multiple types of epithelial cells that eventually acquire specialized functions during organ development. In addition, three-dimensional (3D) tissue structures need to be established for organs to perform their physiological functions. The liver contains two types of epithelial cells, namely, hepatocytes and cholangiocytes, which are derived from hepatoblasts, fetal liver stem/progenitor cells (LPCs), in mid-gestation. Hepatocytes performing many metabolic reactions form cord-like structures, whereas cholangiocytes, biliary epithelial cells, form tubular structures called intrahepatic bile ducts...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209904/noninvasive-imaging-of-human-immune-responses-in-a-human-xenograft-model-of-graft-versus-host-disease
#6
Catharina H M J Van Elssen, Mohammad Rashidian, Vladimir Vrbanac, Kai W Wucherpfennig, Zeina El Habre, Jana Sticht, Christian Freund, Johanne Jacobsen, Juanjo Cragnolini, Jessica Ingram, Loes Plaisier, Eric Spierings, Andrew M Tager, Hidde Ploegh
The immune system plays a crucial role in many diseases. Activation or suppression of immunity is often related to clinical outcome. Methods to explore the dynamics of immune responses are important to elucidate their role in conditions characterized by inflammation, such as infectious disease, cancer or auto-immunity. Immuno-PET is a non-invasive method by which disease and immune cell infiltration can be explored simultaneously. Using radiolabeled antibodies or fragments derived from them, it is possible to image disease-specific antigens and immune cell subsets...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207542/rifampicin-induced-disseminated-intravascular-coagulation-in-pulmonary-tuberculosis-treatment-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#7
Guo Chen, Jian-Qing He
RATIONALE: Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) induced by daily rifampicin therapy is rare, especially the patient is absent of malignancy, severe infection, and prior exposure to rifampicin. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of DIC induced by daily rifampicin treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis. A 22-year-old, previously healthy man received an anti-tuberculosis therapy consisting of isoniazid, rifampicin, ethambutol, and pyrazinamide on the daily dose recommended by the World Health Organization tuberculosis guidelines after a diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis...
February 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203309/a-recurrent-case-of-pentalogy-of-cantrell-a-rare-case-with-sonological-findings-and-review-of-literature
#8
Srinivas M Naren Satya, Kamala Retnam Mayilvaganan, Ivvala Sai Prathyusha, Munnangi Satya Gautam, Deepthi Raidu, V N Amogh
BACKGROUND: Pentalogy of Cantrell (POC) is an extremely rare and complex congenital anomaly. Ultrasound is a valuable, safe, nonionizing, cost effective, widely available, and easily reproducible imaging tool and is indispensible in the diagnosis of POC. Despite the rarity of POC, it is imperative for a radiologist to be aware of its wide spectrum of presentation on ultrasound in first trimester of gestation. Most reported cases in literature till now have been sporadic. In this paper, we aimed to report for the first time in literature, a recurrent case of POC detected in the first trimester in a mother whose previous pregnancy also was terminated in the second trimester medically due to the ultrasound diagnosis of POC...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202494/fumarate-hydratase-is-a-critical-metabolic-regulator-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-functions
#9
Amelie V Guitart, Theano I Panagopoulou, Arnaud Villacreces, Milica Vukovic, Catarina Sepulveda, Lewis Allen, Roderick N Carter, Louie N van de Lagemaat, Marcos Morgan, Peter Giles, Zuzanna Sas, Marta Vila Gonzalez, Hannah Lawson, Jasmin Paris, Joy Edwards-Hicks, Katrin Schaak, Chithra Subramani, Deniz Gezer, Alejandro Armesilla-Diaz, Jimi Wills, Aaron Easterbrook, David Coman, Chi Wai Eric So, Donal O'Carroll, Douglas Vernimmen, Neil P Rodrigues, Patrick J Pollard, Nicholas M Morton, Andrew Finch, Kamil R Kranc
Strict regulation of stem cell metabolism is essential for tissue functions and tumor suppression. In this study, we investigated the role of fumarate hydratase (Fh1), a key component of the mitochondrial tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle and cytosolic fumarate metabolism, in normal and leukemic hematopoiesis. Hematopoiesis-specific Fh1 deletion (resulting in endogenous fumarate accumulation and a genetic TCA cycle block reflected by decreased maximal mitochondrial respiration) caused lethal fetal liver hematopoietic defects and hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) failure...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198497/nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-technique-for-the-detection-of-gpc3-and-afp-mrna-in-liver-cancer-micrometastases
#10
J Luo, K Yang, Y G Wen
The incidence of liver cancer has gradually risen to a high level in China, and tumor metastasis occurs via multiple pathways. Alpha fetal protein (AFP) is the main biomarker of liver cancer micrometastases. A recent study showed that glypican-3 (GPC3), which is abundant in hepatoma cells, has promising specificity and could be used to determine the presence of malignant cells. The nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique is superior in experimental sensitivity. Using rat models of liver cancer in the current study, we utilized nested PCR to detect Gpc3 and Afp mRNA to determine their relationship with liver cancer micrometastases...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193074/cobalamin-concentrations-in-fetal-liver-show-gender-differences-a-result-from-using-a-high-pressure-liquid-chromatography-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry-as-an-ultratrace-cobalt-speciation-method
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Janine Bosle, Sven Goetz, Andrea Raab, Eva M Krupp, Kirk G Scheckel, Enzo Lombi, Andrew A Meharg, Paul A Fowler, Jörg Feldmann
Maternal diet and lifestyle choices may affect placental transfer of cobalamin (Cbl) to the fetus. Fetal liver concentration of Cbl reflects nutritional status with regards to vitamin B12, but at these low concentration current Cbl measurement methods lack robustness. An analytical method based on enzymatic extraction with subsequent reversed-phase-high-pressure liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) separation and parallel ICPMS and electrospray ionization (ESI)-Orbitrap-MS to determine specifically Cbl species in liver samples of only 10-50 mg was developed using 14 pig livers...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188612/hepatitis-b-immunoglobulin-during-pregnancy-for-prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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Ahizechukwu C Eke, George U Eleje, Uzoamaka A Eke, Yun Xia, Jiao Liu
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis is a viral infection of the liver. It is mainly transmitted between people through contact with infected blood, frequently from mother to baby in-utero. Hepatitis B poses significant risk to the fetus and up to 85% of infants infected by their mothers at birth develop chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection. Hepatitis B immunoglobulin (HBIG) is a purified solution of human immunoglobulin that could be administered to the mother, newborn, or both. HBIG offers protection against HBV infection when administered to pregnant women who test positive for hepatitis B envelope antigen (HBeAg) or hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg), or both...
February 11, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188211/cluh-regulates-mitochondrial-metabolism-by-controlling-translation-and-decay-of-target-mrnas
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Désirée Schatton, David Pla-Martin, Marie-Charlotte Marx, Henriette Hansen, Arnaud Mourier, Ivan Nemazanyy, Alberto Pessia, Peter Zentis, Teresa Corona, Vangelis Kondylis, Esther Barth, Astrid C Schauss, Vidya Velagapudi, Elena I Rugarli
Mitochondria are essential organelles that host crucial metabolic pathways and produce adenosine triphosphate. The mitochondrial proteome is heterogeneous among tissues and can dynamically change in response to different metabolic conditions. Although the transcriptional programs that govern mitochondrial biogenesis and respiratory function are well known, posttranscriptional regulatory mechanisms remain unclear. In this study, we show that the cytosolic RNA-binding protein clustered mitochondria homologue (CLUH) regulates the expression of a mitochondrial protein network supporting key metabolic programs required under nutrient deprivation...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182292/metastatic-neuroblastoma-diagnosed-on-prenatal-sonographic-examination-performed-for-decreased-fetal-movement
#14
Hector O Chapa, Steven Gywnn Geddie, Rebecca Flores
We report a case of fetal neuroblastoma presenting with massive liver metastasis diagnosed during the biophysical profile sonographic examination performed for decreased fetal movement. The patient presented at 37 weeks' gestation with limited fetal movement over 24 hours. Biophysical profile showed marked polyhydramnios and an enlarged abdomen filled with a homogeneous mass lesion suspicious for liver metastasis. Primary urgent cesarean section was performed revealing a cachectic neonate with a rigid and grossly distended abdomen...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179229/exogenous-amino-acids-suppress-glucose-oxidation-and-potentiate-hepatic-glucose-production-in-late-gestation-fetal-sheep
#15
Laura D Brown, Jaden R Kohn, Paul J Rozance, William W Hay, Stephanie R Wesolowski
Acute amino acid (AA) infusion increases AA oxidation rates in normal late gestation fetal sheep. Because fetal oxygen consumption rate does not change with increased AA oxidation, we hypothesized that AA infusion would suppress glucose oxidation pathways and that the additional carbon supply from AA would activate hepatic glucose production. To test this, late gestation fetal sheep were infused intravenously for 3h with saline or exogenous AA (AA). Glucose tracer metabolic studies were performed and skeletal muscle and liver tissues samples were collected...
February 8, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178643/elevated-serum-visfatin-levels-are-associated-with-poor-prognosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Yifan Sun, Shengbo Zhu, Zhitong Wu, Yiyong Huang, Chunming Liu, Shifu Tang, Lili Wei
Visfatin is considered a pro-inflammatory adipocytokine, and it is commonly increased in obesity-related diseases. This study aimed to evaluate the levels of serum visfatin in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and its diagnostic and predictive value in detecting HCC. Fasting serum levels of visfatin of 135 HCC patients, 115 chronic hepatitis B (CHB) patients, 129 liver cirrhosis (LC) patients, and 149 healthy controls were determined via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Meanwhile, serum alpha fetal protein (AFP) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were also assayed...
February 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178526/crl4-dcaf8-ubiquitin-ligase-targets-histone-h3k79-and-promotes-h3k9-methylation-in-the-liver
#17
Gaofeng Li, Tong Ji, Jiang Chen, Yufei Fu, Lidan Hou, Yan Feng, Tingyue Zhang, Tianyu Song, Jie Zhao, Yoko Endo, Hui Lin, Xiujun Cai, Yong Cang
Transcription from chromosomes is regulated by posttranslational modifications to histones, such as methylation and ubiquitination. Monoubiquitination of histones H2A and H2B influences H3 methylation to reinforce the activation or repression of gene expression. Here, we provide evidence that H3 polyubiquitination represses transcription of fetal and cell-cycle genes in postnatal mouse liver by crosstalk with H3K9 methylation. We found that the CRL4 ubiquitin ligase targets H3 for polyubiquitination at K79 via the DCAF8 substrate receptor in hepatocytes...
February 7, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169916/pharmacodynamic-effects-of-the-fetal-estrogen-estetrol-in-postmenopausal-women-results-from-a-multiple-rising-dose-study
#18
Herjan J T Coelingh Bennink, Carole Verhoeven, Yvette Zimmerman, Monique Visser, Jean-Michel Foidart, Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
OBJECTIVE: Estetrol (E4) is an estrogen produced exclusively by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. In this study the pharmacodynamic effects of escalating doses of E4 in postmenopausal women were investigated. METHODS: This was a partly randomized, open-label, multiple-rising-dose study in 49 postmenopausal women. Participants were randomized to receive either 2 mg E4 or 2 mg estradiol-valerate (E2 V) for 28 days. Subsequent dose-escalation groups were (non-randomized): 10, 20 and 40 mg E4...
February 6, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166970/effects-of-intrauterine-growth-restriction-during-late-pregnancy-on-the-cell-apoptosis-and-related-gene-expression-in-ovine-fetal-liver
#19
Yingchun Liu, Chi Ma, Hui Li, Lingyao Li, Feng Gao, Changjin Ao
This study investigated the effect of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) during late pregnancy on the cell apoptosis and related gene expression in ovine fetal liver. Eighteen time-mated Mongolian ewes with singleton fetuses were allocated to three groups at d 90 of pregnancy: Restricted Group 1 (RG1, 0.18 MJ ME kg BW(-0.75) d(-1), n = 6), Restricted Group 2 (RG2, 0.33 MJ ME kg BW(-0.75) d(-1), n = 6) and a Control Group (CG, ad libitum, 0.67 MJ ME kg BW (-0.75) d (-1), n = 6). Fetuses were recovered at slaughter on d 140...
March 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160259/protein-malnutrition-during-fetal-programming-induces-fatty-liver-in-adult-male-offspring-rats
#20
Sabrina Edith Campisano, Stella Maris Echarte, Enrique Podaza, Andrea Nancy Chisari
We evaluated the effects of protein malnutrition on liver morphology and physiology in rats subjected to different malnutrition schemes. Pregnant rats were fed with a control diet or a low protein diet (LPD). Male offspring rats received a LPD during gestation, lactation, and until they were 60 days old (MM group), a late LPD that began after weaning (CM), or a LPD administrated only during the gestation-lactation period followed by a control diet (MC). On day 60, blood was collected and the liver was dissected out...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
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