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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898587/maternal-epigenetics-and-fetal-and-neonatal-growth
#1
Sofia Kitsiou-Tzeli, Maria Tzetis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The article provides an update on new insights of factors altering inherited maternal epigenome that ultimately affect fetal and neonatal growth. RECENT FINDINGS: A number of new publications have identified mechanisms through which maternal nutrition, environmental exposures such as stress and toxic substances altering expression of imprinted genes during pregnancy can influence fetal and neonatal phenotype and susceptibility to disease development later in life...
November 24, 2016: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893083/cohesive-referencing-errors-during-narrative-production-as-clinical-evidence-of-central-nervous-system-abnormality-in-school-aged-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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John C Thorne, Truman E Coggins
Purpose: Previous evidence suggests that cohesive referencing errors made during narratives may be a behavior that is revealing of underlying central nervous system abnormality in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). The current research extends this evidence. Method: Retrospective analysis of narrative and clinical data from 152 children (ages 6 to 14), 72 of whom had confirmed FASD, was used. Narrative analysis was conducted blind to diagnostic status, age, or gender...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859643/undernourishment-in-utero-and-hepatic-steatosis-in-later-life-a-potential-issue-in-japanese-people-a-review
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REVIEW
Hiroaki Itoh, Keiko Muramatsu-Kato, Urmi J Ferdous, Yukiko Kohmura-Kobayashi, Naohiro Kanayama
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a hepatic manifestation of metabolic syndrome. The prevalence of NAFLD in Japan has nearly doubled in the last 10-15 years. Increasing evidence supports undernourishment in utero being causatively connected with the risk of NAFLD in later life. Low body mass index (BMI) has been common among Japanese women of childbearing age for several decades due to their strong desire to be thin. It is plausible that insufficient maternal energy intake by pregnant Japanese women may underlie the rapid increase in the prevalence of NAFLD in Japan...
November 16, 2016: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853271/foetal-programming-by-methyl-donor-deficiency-produces-steato-hepatitis-in-rats-exposed-to-high-fat-diet
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Anaïs Bison, Aude Marchal-Bressenot, Zhen Li, Ilef Elamouri, Eva Feigerlova, Lu Peng, Remi Houlgatte, Bernard Beck, Gregory Pourié, Jean-Marc Alberto, Remy Umoret, Guillaume Conroy, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Jean-Louis Guéant, Rosa-Maria Guéant-Rodriguez
Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a manifestation of metabolic syndrome, which emerges as a major public health problem. Deficiency in methyl donors (folate and vitamin B12) during gestation and lactation is frequent in humans and produces foetal programming effects of metabolic syndrome, with small birth weight and liver steatosis at day 21 (d21), in rat pups. We investigated the effects of fetal programming on liver of rats born from deficient mothers (iMDD) and subsequently subjected to normal diet after d21 and high fat diet (HF) after d50...
November 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849248/what-we-know-of-the-central-auditory-disorders-in-children-exposed-to-alcohol-during-pregnancy-systematic-review
#5
Humberto de Oliveira Simões, Sthella Zanchetta, Erikson Felipe Furtado
Purpose: To identify the effects of alcohol intake during pregnancy on the central auditory nervous system in relation to their possible diagnosis, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, partial Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Alcohol-Related Birth Defects and Alcohol-Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder, his extension and the hearing assessment method. Research strategy: Systematic and integrative review searched the databases PubMed, LILACS and SciELO, with terms in Portuguese and English "fetal alcohol syndrome", "alcohol-related disorders" associated with "hearing"...
September 2016: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831662/loss-of-the-tgf-%C3%AE-effector-%C3%AE-2sp-promotes-genomic-instability
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Jian Chen, Vivek Shukla, Patrizia Farci, Jaclyn Andricovich, Wilma Jogunoori, Lawrence N Kwong, Lior H Katz, Kirti Shetty, Asif Rashid, Xiaoping Su, Jon White, Lei Li, Alan Yaoqi Wang, Boris Blechacz, Gottumukkala S Raju, Marta Davila, Bao-Ngoc Nguyen, John R Stroehlein, Junjie Chen, Sang Soo Kim, Heather Levin, Keigo Machida, Hidekazu Tsukamoto, Peter Michaely, Alexandros Tzatsos, Lopa Mishra
Exposure to genotoxins such as ethanol-derived acetaldehyde leads to DNA damage and liver injury, and promotes the development of cancer. We report here a major role for the TGF-β/Smad3 adaptor β2-Spectrin (β2SP, gene Sptbn1) in maintaining genomic stability following alcohol-induced DNA damage. β2SP supports DNA repair through β2SP-dependent activation of Fancd2, a core component of the Fanconi anemia complex. Loss of β2SP leads to decreased Fancd2 levels and sensitizes β2SP mutants to DNA damage by ethanol treatment, leading to phenotypes that closely resemble those observed in animals lacking both Aldh2 and Fancd2, and resemble human fetal alcohol syndrome...
November 5, 2016: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829119/social-perception-in-children-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder
#7
Sara A Stevens, Hayyah Clairman, Kelly Nash, Joanne Rovet
Although the profile of social cognitive difficulties is well recognized in children with certain neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), this profile is not as well established in other clinical pediatric populations. The objective of the present study is to examine patterns of social perception in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) compared to typically-developing (TD) control children. A total of 56 children between 8 and 12 years of age-35 with FASD and 21 TD-completed the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Task - Children's Version (RMET-C)...
November 9, 2016: Child Neuropsychology: a Journal on Normal and Abnormal Development in Childhood and Adolescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802933/what-can-be-done-to-lessen-morbidity-associated-with-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#8
REVIEW
Raja Mukherjee, Penny A Cook, Kate M Fleming, Sarah H Norgate
Fetal alcohol syndrome and its wider spectrum of presentation fetal alcohol spectrum disorders represent a range of disorders that are sometimes difficult to recognise as they may present in a way that overlaps with other conditions. This makes identification and recognition challenging, which increases the burden associated with the disorder. When considering the reduction in morbidity, both prevention of exposure to alcohol by the fetus and early identification of cases are required. This selective review seeks to highlight some of the complexities involved as well as highlighting the challenges...
November 1, 2016: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27790525/prevalence-and-predictors-of-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy-in-south-eastern-nigeria
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Chidinma Ifechi Onwuka, Emmanuel Onyebuchi Ugwu, Cyril Chukwudi Dim, Ifeanyi Emmanuel Menuba, Emeka Ifeanyi Iloghalu, Chidozie Ifechi Onwuka
INTRODUCTION: Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a major public health problem because of the enormous deleterious effects on a developing fetus. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is among the highest per capita rates of alcohol consumption in the world, thus suggesting a high burden of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD) in the sub-region. Despite this, there is limited data on alcohol exposed pregnancies for most SSA countries including Nigeria. AIM: To determine the prevalence and predictors of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in Enugu, South-Eastern Nigeria...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734306/functional-connectivity-abnormalities-and-associated-cognitive-deficits-in-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-fasd
#10
Jeffrey R Wozniak, Bryon A Mueller, Sarah N Mattson, Claire D Coles, Julie A Kable, Kenneth L Jones, Christopher J Boys, Kelvin O Lim, Edward P Riley, Elizabeth R Sowell
: Consistent with well-documented structural and microstructural abnormalities in prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), recent studies suggest that functional connectivity (FC) may also be disrupted. We evaluated whole-brain FC in a large multi-site sample, examined its cognitive correlates, and explored its potential to objectively identify neurodevelopmental abnormality in individuals without definitive dysmorphic features. Included were 75 children with PAE and 68 controls from four sites...
October 12, 2016: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27729236/a-review-of-the-physical-features-of-the-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#11
Miguel Del Campo, Kenneth Lyons Jones
The fetal alcohol spectrum of disorders (FASD) includes four diagnostic categories for the clinical consequences of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) in the unborn child. Physical features are necessary for the diagnosis of the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and partial pFAS. Moreover, these features are specific and a diagnosis of FAS can be made even in the absence of knowledge of PAE. Not only growth deficits, microcephaly and the 3 facial features (short palpebral fissures, smooth philtrum and narrow vermillion of the upper lip) are characteristic, since other dysmorphic features particularly in the hands are key to the recognition of FAS...
October 10, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27691980/why-is-the-topic-of-the-biological-embedding-of-experiences-important-for-translation
#12
Michael Rutter
Translational research focuses on innovation in healthcare settings, but this is a two-way process that may have implications for either treatment or prevention. Smoking and lung cancer and the fetal alcohol syndrome are used as examples. Experimental medicine that budges basic and clinical science often constitutes a key way forward. Areas of scientific progress and challenge are discussed in relation to drug action, social cognition, cognitive neuroscience, molecular genetics, gene-environment interaction, and epigenetics...
October 3, 2016: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650665/assays-of-gamma-glutamyl-transferase-and-carbohydrate-deficient-transferrin-combination-from-maternal-serum-improve-the-detection-of-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
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Onni Niemelä, Solja Niemelä, Annukka Ritvanen, Mika Gissler, Aini Bloigu, Marja Vääräsmäki, Eero Kajantie, Martha M Werler, Heljä-Marja Surcel
BACKGROUND: Alcohol use during pregnancy leads to detrimental effects on fetal development. As self-reports by mothers are known to be unreliable for assessing prenatal alcohol exposure, there is a need for sensitive and specific biomarkers for identifying those at risk for alcohol-affected offspring. METHODS: We measured serum gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT), carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT), a mathematically formulated combination of GGT and CDT (GGT-CDT), and ethylglucuronide (EtG) concentrations from 1,936 mothers with a positive (n = 480) or negative (n = 1,456) history of alcohol use at the time of pregnancy...
September 21, 2016: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638329/prevalence-of-alcohol-consumption-during-pregnancy-and-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders-among-the-general-and-aboriginal-populations-in-canada-and-the-united-states
#14
Svetlana Popova, Shannon Lange, Charlotte Probst, Nino Parunashvili, Jürgen Rehm
Prenatal alcohol exposure may cause a number of health complications for the mother and developing fetus, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). This study aimed to estimate the pooled prevalence of i) alcohol use (any amount) and binge drinking (4 or more standard drinks on a single occasion) during pregnancy, and ii) Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and FASD among the general and Aboriginal populations in Canada and the United States, based on the available literature. Comprehensive systematic literature searches and meta-analyses, assuming a random-effects model, were conducted...
September 13, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634962/serotonin-receptors-in-the-medulla-oblongata-of-the-human-fetus-and-infant-the-analytic-approach-of-the-international-safe-passage-study
#15
Robin L Haynes, Rebecca D Folkerth, David S Paterson, Kevin G Broadbelt, S Dan Zaharie, Richard H Hewlett, Johan J Dempers, Elsie Burger, Shabbir Wadee, Pawel Schubert, Colleen Wright, Mary Ann Sens, Laura Nelsen, Bradley B Randall, Hoa Tran, Elaine Geldenhuys, Amy J Elliott, Hein J Odendaal, Hannah C Kinney
The Safe Passage Study is an international, prospective study of approximately 12 000 pregnancies to determine the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) upon stillbirth and the sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). A key objective of the study is to elucidate adverse effects of PAE upon binding to serotonin (5-HT) 1A receptors in brainstem homeostatic networks postulated to be abnormal in unexplained stillbirth and/or SIDS. We undertook a feasibility assessment of 5-HT1A receptor binding using autoradiography in the medulla oblongata (6 nuclei in 27 cases)...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620364/correlation-between-morphological-mri-findings-and-specific-diagnostic-categories-in-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
#16
S Boronat, A Sánchez-Montañez, N Gómez-Barros, C Jacas, L Martínez-Ribot, E Vázquez, M Del Campo
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) include physical and neurodevelopmental abnormalities related to prenatal alcohol exposure. Some neuroimaging findings have been clearly related to FASD, including corpus callosum and cerebellar anomalies. However, detailed studies correlating with specific FASD categories, that is, the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), partial FAS (pFAS) and alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorders (ARND), are lacking. We prospectively performed clinical assessment and brain MR imaging to 72 patients with suspected FASD, and diagnosis was confirmed in 62...
September 9, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27610936/changes-in-drinking-patterns-during-and-after-pregnancy-among-mothers-of-children-with-fetal-alcohol-syndrome-a-study-in-three-districts-of-south-africa
#17
Michael F Urban, Leana Olivier, Jacobus G Louw, Chanelle Lombard, Denis L Viljoen, Fiona Scorgie, Matthew F Chersich
BACKGROUND: Mixed ancestry populations in South Africa have amongst the highest rates of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) worldwide. Defining the drinking patterns of women with a FAS child guides FAS preventive interventions. METHODS: Data were drawn from FAS prevalence surveys conducted in three districts: Witzenberg (Cape Winelands), Frances Baard (inland mining town) and Saldanha Bay (coastal towns). 156 mothers and 50 proxy informants of school-entry children diagnosed with FAS and partial-FAS were interviewed, and compared with 55 controls recruited in Saldanha Bay...
September 1, 2016: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27567698/prenatal-cannabis-exposure-the-first-hit-to-the-endocannabinoid-system
#18
Kimberlei A Richardson, Allison K Hester, Gabrielle L McLemore
As more states and countries legalize medical and/or adult recreational marijuana use, the incidences of Prenatal Cannabis Exposure (PCE) will likely increase. While young people increasingly view marijuana as innocuous, marijuana preparations have been growing in potency in recent years, potentially creating global clinical, public health, and workforce concerns. Unlike fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, there is no phenotypic syndrome associated with PCE. There is also no preponderance of evidence that PCE causes lifelong cognitive, behavioral, or functional abnormalities, and/or susceptibility to subsequent addiction...
August 24, 2016: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27542407/cardiac-neural-crest-ablation-results-in-early-endocardial-cushion-and-hemodynamic-flow-abnormalities
#19
Pei Ma, Shi Gu, Ganga H Karunamuni, Michael W Jenkins, Michiko Watanabe, Andrew M Rollins
Cardiac neural crest cell (CNCC) ablation creates congenital heart defects (CHDs) that resemble those observed in many syndromes with craniofacial and cardiac consequences. The loss of CNCCs causes a variety of great vessel defects, including persistent truncus arteriosus and double-outlet right ventricle. However, because of the lack of quantitative volumetric measurements, less severe defects, such as great vessel size changes and valve defects, have not been assessed. Also poorly understood is the role of abnormal cardiac function in the progression of CNCC-related CHDs...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27491551/cortical-miscommunication-after-prenatal-exposure-to-alcohol
#20
Scott M Lewis, Rosa R Vydrová, Arthur C Leuthold, Apostolos P Georgopoulos
We report on the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on resting-state brain activity as measured by magnetoencephalography (MEG). We studied 37 subjects diagnosed with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder in one of three categories: fetal alcohol syndrome, partial fetal alcohol syndrome, and alcohol-related neurodevelopmental disorder. For each subject, the MEG signal was recorded for 60 s during rest while subjects lay supine. Using time series analysis, we calculated the synchronous neural interactions for all pair-wise combinations of 248 MEG sensors resulting in 30,628 partial correlations for each subject...
August 4, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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