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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437442/relationship-between-early-onset-severe-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-and-higher-risk-of-meconium-stained-fluid
#1
Maria C Estiú, Maria A Frailuna, Carla Otero, Marcela Dericco, Catherine Williamson, Jose J G Marin, Rocio I R Macias
BACKGROUND: Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) is the commonest gestational liver disease. The risk of adverse fetal outcome has been associated with the severity of maternal hypercholanemia after diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether there is a relationship between the severity and timing of onset of hypercholanemia and the risk of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) and adverse neonatal events. STUDY DESIGN: The study included 382 pregnancies complicated by ICP managed at a referral hospital in Buenos Aires (Argentina) between June 2009 and December 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436588/reduced-erg-dosage-impairs-survival-of-hematopoietic-stem-and-progenitor-cells
#2
Ying Xie, Mia Lee Koch, Xin Zhang, Melanie J Hamblen, Frank J Godinho, Yuko Fujiwara, Huafeng Xie, Jan-Henning Klusmann, Stuart H Orkin, Zhe Li
ERG, an ETS family transcription factor frequently overexpressed in human leukemia, has been implicated as a key regulator of hematopoietic stem cells. However, how ERG controls normal hematopoiesis, particularly at the stem and progenitor cell level, and how it contributes to leukemogenesis remain incompletely understood. Using homologous recombination, we generated an Erg knockdown allele (Erg(kd) ) in which Erg expression can be conditionally restored by Cre recombinase. Erg(kd/kd) animals die at E10.5-E11...
April 24, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433734/prospective-association-of-fetal-liver-blood-flow-at-30-weeks-gestation-with-newborn-adiposity
#3
Satoru Ikenoue, Feizal Waffarn, Masanao Ohashi, Kaeko Sumiyoshi, Chigusa Ikenoue, Claudia Buss, Daniel L Gillen, Hyagriv N Simhan, Sonja Entringer, Pathik D Wadhwa
BACKGROUND: The production of variation in adipose tissue accretion represents a key fetal adaptation to energy substrate availability during gestation. Because umbilical venous blood transports nutrient substrate from the maternal to the fetal compartment, and the fetal liver is the primary organ where nutrient inter-conversion occurs, it has been proposed that variations in the relative distribution of umbilical venous blood flow shunting either through ductus venosus or perfusing the fetal liver represents a mechanism underlying this adaptation...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432216/embryonic-cholecystitis-and-defective-gallbladder-contraction-in-the-sox17-haploinsufficient-model-of-biliary-atresia
#4
Hiroki Higashiyama, Aisa Ozawa, Hiroyuki Sumitomo, Mami Uemura, Ko Fujino, Hitomi Igarashi, Kenya Imaimatsu, Naoki Tsunekawa, Yoshikazu Hirate, Masamichi Kurohmaru, Yukio Saijoh, Masami Kanai-Azuma, Yoshiakira Kanai
The gallbladder excretes cytotoxic bile acids to the duodenum through the cystic duct and common bile duct system. Sox17 haploinsufficiency causes the biliary atresia-like phenotypes and hepatitis in late organogenesis mouse embryos. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms in the Sox17-haploinsufficient gallbladder and liver in the etiology of biliary atresia remain unclear. In this study, transcriptomic analyses revealed the early onset of cholecystitis in the Sox17(+/-) embryos, together with the appearance of ectopic cystic duct-like epithelia in their gallbladders...
April 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428831/cord-blood-hematopoietic-cells-from-preterm-infants-display-altered-dna-methylation-patterns
#5
Olivia M de Goede, Pascal M Lavoie, Wendy P Robinson
BACKGROUND: Premature infants are highly vulnerable to infection. This is partly attributable to the preterm immune system, which differs from that of the term neonate in cell composition and function. Multiple studies have found differential DNA methylation (DNAm) between preterm and term infants' cord blood; however, interpretation of these studies is limited by the confounding factor of blood cell composition. This study evaluates the epigenetic impact of preterm birth in isolated hematopoietic cell populations, reducing the concern of cell composition differences...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425492/fluorescence-and-bioluminescence-imaging-of-angiogenesis-in-flk1-nano-lantern-transgenic-mice
#6
Jun Matsushita, Shigenori Inagaki, Tomomi Nishie, Tomoki Sakasai, Junko Tanaka, Chisato Watanabe, Ken-Ichi Mizutani, Yoshihiro Miwa, Ken Matsumoto, Kazuhiro Takara, Hisamichi Naito, Hiroyasu Kidoya, Nobuyuki Takakura, Takeharu Nagai, Satoru Takahashi, Masatsugu Ema
Angiogenesis is important for normal development as well as for tumour growth. However, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying angiogenesis are not fully understood, partly because of the lack of a good animal model for imaging. Here, we report the generation of a novel transgenic (Tg) mouse that expresses a bioluminescent reporter protein, Nano-lantern, under the control of Fetal liver kinase 1 (Flk1). Flk1-Nano-lantern BAC Tg mice recapitulated endogenous Flk1 expression in endothelial cells and lymphatic endothelial cells during development and tumour growth...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425250/retrospective-analysis-of-maternal-fetal-and-neonatal-outcomesof-intrahepatic-cholestasis-of-pregnancy-at-gazi-university
#7
Berrin Günaydin, Merih Bayram, Melis Altuğ, Semra Cevher, Nuray Bozkurt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Maternal, fetal, and neonatal outcomes in parturients with intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) have been retrospectively documented. We aimed to present pregnancy outcomes of parturients with ICP who underwent delivery. The study was conducted during a 1-year period. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After ethics committee approval, data from 1 January to 31 December 2015 were collected to identify parturients with ICP. RESULTS: Ten out of 37 patients underwent normal spontaneous vaginal delivery (NSVD), and the remaining 27 parturients underwent cesarean section (CS)...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423604/clinicopathologic-and-prognostic-characteristics-of-alpha-fetoprotein-producing-gastric-cancer
#8
Ruji He, Qinyi Yang, Xuqiang Dong, Yao Wang, Weiming Zhang, Lizong Shen, Zhihong Zhang
Alpha-fetoprotein-producing gastric cancer (AFPGC) accounts for 1.5%-7.1% of all gastric cancer cases. Compared with other types of gastric cancer, AFPGC is more aggressive and prone to liver and lymph node (LN) metastasis, with extremely poor prognosis. To improve understanding of AFPGC we reviewed a consecutive series of 82 AFPGC patients and investigated the prognostic factors. The incidence of AFPGC among our gastric cancer patients was 1.95%, and 29.27% of AFPGCs were diagnosed with metastasis at the time of presentation, mainly liver metastasis...
April 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422858/350-560%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-gelatin-sponge-particles-combined-with-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization-for-the-treatment-of-elderly-hepatocellular-carcinoma-the-safety-and-efficacy
#9
Guang Sheng Zhao, Chuang Li, Ying Liu, Zhi Zhong Ren, Xiao Lin Yuan, Jun Zhou, Yue Wei Zhang, Ming Zhang
To retrospectively analyze the safety and efficacy of 350-560 μm gelatin sponge particles combined with single-chemotherapy drug transcatheter arterial chemoembolization (Gs-TACE) for the treatment of elderly hepatocellular carcinoma without surgical resection.Thirty elderly hepatocellular carcinoma patients without surgical resection, who received Gs-TACE in our hospital, were selected. Slowly injected gelatin sponge particles (350-560 μm)+ 10 mg lobaplatin injection into the regional embolization tumor target vessel...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420650/changes-in-lxr-signaling-influence-early-pregnancy-lipogenesis-and-protect-against-dysregulated-fetoplacental-lipid-homeostasis
#10
Vanya Nikolova, Georgia Papacleovoulou, Elena Bellafante, Luiza Borges Manna, Eugene Jansen, Silvère Baron, Shadi Abu-Hayyeh, Malcolm G Parker, Catherine Williamson
Human pregnancy is associated with enhanced de novo lipogenesis in the early stages followed by hyperlipidemia during advanced gestation. Liver X receptors (LXRs) are oxysterol-activated nuclear receptors which stimulate de novo lipogenesis and also promote the efflux of cholesterol from extrahepatic tissues followed by its transport back to the liver for biliary excretion. Although LXR is recognized as a master regulator of triglyceride and cholesterol homeostasis it is unknown whether it facilitates the gestational adaptations in lipid metabolism...
April 18, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407838/-effects-of-maternal-folate-deficiency-on-the-methylation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-system-in-the-offspring-rats
#11
Meng-Meng Wu, Fan Yang, Yi Qu, De-Zhi Mu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of maternal folate deficiency on fetal growth and development and the methylation profiles of insulin-like growth factor system in the offspring rats. METHODS: Twenty-two Sprague-Dawley female rats were randomly assigned to two groups: a folate deficient group (n=12) and a control group (n=10). They were fed with folate deficient and normal diet respectively. Dams were mated after 2 weeks of feeding. Eight female rats from each group were pregnant...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407805/revelation-of-mrnas-and-proteins-in-porcine-milk-exosomes-by-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analysis
#12
Ting Chen, Qian-Yun Xi, Jia-Jie Sun, Rui-Song Ye, Xiao Cheng, Rui-Ping Sun, Song-Bo Wang, Gang Shu, Li-Na Wang, Xiao-Tong Zhu, Qing-Yan Jiang, Yong-Liang Zhang
BACKGROUND: Milk is a complex liquid that provides nutrition to newborns. Recent reports demonstrated that milk is enriched in maternal-derived exosomes that are involved in fetal physiological and pathological conditions by transmission of exosomal mRNAs, miRNAs and proteins. Until now, there is no such research relevant to exosomal mRNAs and proteins in porcine milk, therefore, we have attempted to investigate porcine milk exosomal mRNAs and proteins using RNA-sequencing and proteomic analysis...
April 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407288/efficient-replication-of-blood-borne-hepatitis-c-virus-in-human-fetal-liver-stem-cells
#13
Xuan Guo, Shu Wang, Zhi-Gang Qiu, Ya-Ling Dou, Wei-Li Liu, Dong Yang, Zhi-Qiang Shen, Zhao-Li Chen, Jing-Feng Wang, Bin- Zhang, Xin-Wei Wang, Xiang-Fei Guo, Xue-Lian Zhang, Min Jin, Jun-Wen Li
The development of pathogenic mechanisms, specific antiviral treatments and preventive vaccines for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been limited due to lack of cell culture model that could naturally imitate the entire HCV life cycle. Here, we established a HCV cell culture model based on human fetal liver stem cells (hFLSCs) that supports the entire blood-borne hepatitis C virus (bbHCV) life cycle. More than 90% of cells remained infected by various genotypes. bbHCV was efficiently propagated, and progeny virus were infectious to hFLSCs...
April 13, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406475/depletion-of-polycomb-repressive-complex-2-core-component-eed-impairs-fetal-hematopoiesis
#14
Wenhua Yu, Fang Zhang, Shiyan Wang, Yi Fu, Jiahuan Chen, Xiaodong Liang, Huangying Le, William T Pu, Bing Zhang
Polycomb repressive complex 2 (PRC2), a H3K27me3 methyltransferase complex, promotes the development of many organs by silencing ectopic transcription program. However, currently little is known about the role of PRC2 in blood and vascular development. In this study, we interrogated the function of embryonic ectoderm development (EED), a core PRC2 component, in both endothelial and hematopoietic tissues by inactivating a floxed murine EED allele with Tie2Cre, which catalyzes recombination in endothelial and hematopoietic lineages...
April 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401096/regulation-of-the-embryonic-erythropoietic-niche-a-future-perspective
#15
REVIEW
Ayako Yumine, Stuart T Fraser, Daisuke Sugiyama
The production of red blood cells, termed erythropoiesis, occurs in two waves in the developing mouse embryo: first primitive erythropoiesis followed by definitive erythropoiesis. In the mouse embryo, both primitive and definitive erythropoiesis originates in the extra-embryonic yolk sac. The definitive wave then migrates to the fetal liver, fetal spleen and fetal bone marrow as these organs form. The fetal liver serves as the major organ for hematopoietic cell expansion and erythroid maturation after mid-gestation...
March 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393272/heterozygous-hnrnpu-variants-cause-early-onset-epilepsy-and-severe-intellectual-disability
#16
Nuria C Bramswig, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Fadi F Hamdan, Janine Altmüller, Filippo Beleggia, Nursel H Elcioglu, Catharine Freyer, Erica H Gerkes, Yasemin Kendir Demirkol, Kelly G Knupp, Alma Kuechler, Yun Li, Daniel H Lowenstein, Jacques L Michaud, Kristen Park, Alexander P A Stegmann, Hermine E Veenstra-Knol, Thomas Wieland, Bernd Wollnik, Hartmut Engels, Tim M Strom, Tjitske Kleefstra, Dagmar Wieczorek
Pathogenic variants in genes encoding subunits of the spliceosome are the cause of several human diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases. The RNA splicing process is facilitated by the spliceosome, a large RNA-protein complex consisting of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), and many other proteins, such as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs). The HNRNPU gene (OMIM *602869) encodes the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein U, which plays a crucial role in mammalian development. HNRNPU is expressed in the fetal brain and adult heart, kidney, liver, brain, and cerebellum...
April 9, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386088/induction-of-pro-inflammatory-genes-by-serum-amyloid-a1-in-human-amnion-fibroblasts
#17
Wenjiao Li, Wangsheng Wang, Rujuan Zuo, Chao Liu, Qun Shu, Hao Ying, Kang Sun
Serum amyloid A1 (SAA1) is an acute response protein, which is mainly produced by the liver, during infection. However, it remains unknown whether SAA1 can be produced in human fetal membranes where it is able to elicit events pertinent to labor initiation. We demonstrated that SAA1 was expressed in the fibroblasts and epithelium of the amnion and the trophoblasts of the chorion. Further study in human amnion fibroblasts showed that SAA1 production was augmented by interleukin-1β (IL-1β) and cortisol alone and synergistically, and SAA1 in turn induced the expression of IL-1β, interleukin-6 (IL-6), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and PGE2 production...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385575/intersecting-worlds-of-transfusion-and-transplantation-medicine-an-international-symposium-organized-by-the-canadian-blood-services-centre-for-innovation
#18
REVIEW
Kendra M Hodgkinson, Jeffrey Kiernan, Andrew W Shih, Ziad Solh, William P Sheffield, Nicolas Pineault
The principal theme of the symposium was centered on how the world of regenerative medicine intersects with that of transfusion medicine, with a particular focus on hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) and stem cell therapies. The symposium highlighted several exciting developments and identified areas where additional research is needed. A revised map of human hematopoietic hierarchy was presented based on the functional and phenotypic analysis of thousands of single stem and progenitor cells from adult bone marrow and fetal liver...
March 22, 2017: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384511/osteoblast-specific-deletion-of-hrpt2-cdc73-results-in-high-bone-mass-and-increased-bone-turnover
#19
Casey J Droscha, Cassandra R Diegel, Nicole J Ethen, Travis A Burgers, Mitchell J McDonald, Kevin A Maupin, Agni S Naidu, PengFei Wang, Bin T Teh, Bart O Williams
Inactivating mutations that lead to loss of heterozygosity within the HRPT2/Cdc73 gene are directly linked to the development of primary hyperparathyroidism, parathyroid adenomas, and ossifying fibromas of the jaw (HPT-JT). The protein product of the Cdc73 gene, parafibromin, is a core member of the polymerase-associated factors (PAF) complex, which coordinates epigenetic modifiers and transcriptional machinery to control gene expression. We conditionally deleted Cdc73 within mesenchymal progenitors or within mature osteoblasts and osteocytes to determine the consequences of parafibromin loss within the mesenchymal lineage...
May 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379539/foxa3-is-expressed-in-multiple-cell-lineages-in-the-mouse-testis-and-regulates-pdgfra-expression-in-leydig-cells
#20
Gabriel Garon, Francis Bergeron, Catherine Brousseau, Nicholas M Robert, Jacques J Tremblay
The three FOXA transcription factors are mainly known for their roles in the liver. However, Foxa3-deficient mice become progressively sub/infertile due to germ cell. Since no data was available regarding the localization of the FOXA3 protein in the testis, immunohistochemistry was performed on mouse testis sections. In the fetal testis, a weak but consistent staining for FOXA3 is detected in the nucleus of Sertoli cells. In prepubertal and adult life, FOXA3 remains present in Sertoli cells of some but not all seminiferous tubules...
April 3, 2017: Endocrinology
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