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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925392/environmental-and-maternal-factors-associated-with-gross-placental-morphology-in-dairy-cattle
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M M Kamal, M Van Eetvelde, L Vandaele, G Opsomer
This article reports on a study of gross placental morphology of 282 expelled placentas from 89 primi- and 193 multiparous Holstein dams immediately after calving and examines associations with environmental factors such as typical herd features and season of calving, and maternal factors such as age at calving, level of milk yield at conception and cumulative amount of milk produced during gestation. The highest correlation between calf measurements and placental characteristics was found between the weight of the calf and the total cotyledonary surface (r = ...
December 7, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924673/postnatal-outcome-and-placental-blood-flow-after-plasmapheresis-during-pregnancy
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Mária Jakó, Andrea Surányi, Márta Janáky, Péter Klivényi, László Kaizer, László Vécsei, György Bártfai, Gábor Németh
PURPOSE: Plasmapheresis in pregnancy adversely affects maternal hemodynamics, however there are studies suggesting it to reduce pregnancy loss in immunological diseases when medication is more harmful to the fetus. The overall optimal plasmapheresis treatment protocol remains unknown. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pregnant with neuromyelitis optica was followed up after receiving six volumes of fresh frozen plasma via plasmapheresis. RESULTS: The placenta compensated the hemodynamic change until the 33rd week of gestation, resulting a small for gestational age, otherwise healthy girl...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921031/amniotic-epithelial-cells-a-new-tool-to-combat-aging-and-age-related-diseases
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Clara Di Germanio, Michel Bernier, Rafael de Cabo, Barbara Barboni
The number of elderly people is growing at an unprecedented rate and this increase of the aging population is expected to have a direct impact on the incidence of age-related diseases and healthcare-associated costs. Thus, it is imperative that new tools are developed to fight and slow age-related diseases. Regenerative medicine is a promising strategy for the maintenance of health and function late in life; however, stem cell-based therapies face several challenges including rejection and tumor transformation...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920131/maternal-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentration-during-midterm-pregnancy-and-children-s-blood-pressure-at-age-4
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Sanghyuk Bae, Youn-Hee Lim, Young Ah Lee, Choong Ho Shin, Se-Young Oh, Yun-Chul Hong
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been reported to be associated with adverse health effects, including high blood pressure (BP). BPA is also suspected to cross placenta in pregnancy and might affect children's health. The present study was aimed to evaluate the effect of prenatal exposure to BPA on the BP of the child at the age of 4. We followed up 645 children at the age of 4 who were born from women who participated midterm during their pregnancy in a birth cohort study from August 2008 to July 2011. Because BPA and BP showed nonlinear association, we constructed a piecewise regression model to examine the association between urinary BPA concentration of mother at around 20 weeks of gestation and BP of the child at age 4 and to determine threshold level of BPA for the association...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917469/association-of-dysfunctional-synapse-defective-1-syde1-with-restricted-fetal-growth-syde1-regulates-placental-cell-migration-and-invasion
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Hsiao-Fan Lo, Ching-Yen Tsai, Chie-Pein Chen, Liang-Jie Wang, Yun-Shien Lee, Chia-Yu Chen, Chung-Tiang Liang, Mei-Leng Cheong, Hungwen Chen
The transcription factor glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) regulates trophoblast differentiation and function during placentation. Decreased GCM1 expression is associated with preeclampsia, suggesting that abnormal expression of GCM1 target genes may contribute to the pathogenesis of pregnancy complications. Here we identified a novel GCM1 target gene, synapse defective 1 (SYDE1), which encodes a RhoGAP that is highly expressed in human placenta, and demonstrated that SYDE1 promotes cytoskeletal remodelling and cell migration and invasion...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915495/placental-respiratory-chain-complex-activities-in-high-risk-pregnancies
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Mojtaba Beyramzadeh, Zeliha Gunnur Dikmen, Nergiz K Erturk, Zafer Selcuk Tuncer, Filiz Akbiyik
OBJECTIVES: Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation is the key energy source for placental functions and fetal growth. The purpose of this study was to investigate the function of placenta in high risk pregnancies by measuring mitochondrial respiratory chain complex (RCC) activities, and to evaluate the correlation between double test risk ratio and RCC activities. METHODS: The placenta samples were collected from 50 pregnant women. The controls consisted of 20 normal uncomplicated pregnancies and the study group (n = 30) consisted of preeclampsia (PE), intrauterin growth restriction (IUGR), advanced maternal age (AMA), twins and preterm deliveries...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915237/placental-morphology-in-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorders
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Marlene Tai, Anna Piskorski, Jennifer C W Kao, Lynn A Hess, Suzanne M de la Monte, Füsun Gündoğan
AIMS: Maternal alcohol drinking adversely affects pregnancy outcome. Although fetal health and development are highly dependent upon the integrity of placentation, little is known about placental morphology following gestational exposure to alcohol in humans. METHODS: In this clinical study, subjects were recruited between 2010 and 2013 from an outpatient substance abuse and mental health treatment center for women. Data collected included maternal age, substance abuse history, comorbidities, pregnancy outcomes, gestational age at delivery, birth weight and placental weight...
December 3, 2016: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906186/preimplantation-factor-is-an-anti-apoptotic-effector-in-human-trophoblasts-involving-p53-signaling-pathway
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Hadia Moindjie, Esther Dos Santos, Rita-Josiane Gouesse, Nelly Swierkowski-Blanchard, Valérie Serazin, Eytan R Barnea, François Vialard, Marie-Noëlle Dieudonné
From the earliest stages of gestation, embryonic-maternal interaction has a key role in a successful pregnancy. Various factors present during gestation may significantly influence this type of juxta/paracrine interaction. PreImplantation Factor (PIF) is a recently identified factor with activity at the fetomaternal interface. PIF is secreted by viable embryos and directly controls placental development by increasing the invasive capacity of human extravillous trophoblasts (EVTs). To further specify PIF's role in the human placenta, we analyzed the genome-wide expression profile of the EVT in the presence of a synthetic PIF analog (sPIF)...
December 1, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906038/craniopagus-parasiticus-a-parasitic-head-protruding-from-temporal-area-of-cranium-a-case-report
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Wassihun Nega, Meku Damte, Yonas Girma, Getachew Desta, Mengistu Hailemariam
BACKGROUND: Craniopagus parasiticus is rare with an incidence of approximately four to six cases in 10,000,000 births. In our case, the head of the parasitic twin protruded from the temporal area of the normal twin's cranium. The parasitic twin had two deformed lower limbs, of which one was rudimentary, and long bones of the bilateral lower limbs and some pelvic bone. Dissection of the mass of the parasitic twin's body revealed the intestine but no chest organs or abdominal organs. There was a rudimentary labium but no vaginal opening...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905410/association-between-preterm-brain-injury-and-exposure-to-chorioamnionitis-during-fetal-life
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Devasuda Anblagan, Rozalia Pataky, Margaret J Evans, Emma J Telford, Ahmed Serag, Sarah Sparrow, Chinthika Piyasena, Scott I Semple, Alastair Graham Wilkinson, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
Preterm infants are susceptible to inflammation-induced white matter injury but the exposures that lead to this are uncertain. Histologic chorioamnionitis (HCA) reflects intrauterine inflammation, can trigger a fetal inflammatory response, and is closely associated with premature birth. In a cohort of 90 preterm infants with detailed placental histology and neonatal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data at term equivalent age, we used Tract-based Spatial Statistics (TBSS) to perform voxel-wise statistical comparison of fractional anisotropy (FA) data and computational morphometry analysis to compute the volumes of whole brain, tissue compartments and cerebrospinal fluid, to test the hypothesis that HCA is an independent antenatal risk factor for preterm brain injury...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902772/relation-between-birth-weight-and-intraoperative-hemorrhage-during-cesarean-section-in-pregnancy-with-placenta-previa
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Hiroaki Soyama, Morikazu Miyamoto, Hiroki Ishibashi, Masashi Takano, Hidenori Sasa, Kenichi Furuya
BACKGROUND: Placenta previa, one of the most severe obstetric complications, carries an increased risk of intraoperative massive hemorrhage. Several risk factors for intraoperative hemorrhage have been identified to date. However, the correlation between birth weight and intraoperative hemorrhage has not been investigated. Here we estimate the correlation between birth weight and the occurrence of intraoperative massive hemorrhage in placenta previa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included all 256 singleton pregnancies delivered via cesarean section at our hospital because of placenta previa between 2003 and 2015...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899973/expression-patterns-of-maspin-and-mutant-p53-are-associated-with-the-development-of-gestational-trophoblastic-neoplasia
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Pengming Sun, Qibin Wu, Guanyu Ruan, Xiu Zheng, Yiyi Song, Jianfan Zhun, Lixiang Wu, Walter H Gotlieb
Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a group of conditions that originate from the abnormal proliferation of trophoblastic cells. GTDs encompass hydatidiform moles (HMs) and gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN). GTNs are a group of malignant diseases that require chemotherapy, or more aggressive treatment. There is a requirement for more tumor markers to predict the development of GTN from HMs. The current study evaluated the expression of maspin and tumor protein p53 (p53) in GTD, and their role in predicting the development of GTN...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894195/accelerated-placental-aging-in-early-onset-preeclampsia-pregnancies-identified-by-dna-methylation
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Benjamin T Mayne, Shalem Y Leemaqz, Alicia K Smith, James Breen, Claire T Roberts, Tina Bianco-Miotto
AIM: To determine whether dynamic DNA methylation changes in the human placenta can be used to predict gestational age. MATERIALS & METHODS: Publicly available placental DNA methylation data from 12 studies, together with our own dataset, using Illumina Infinium Human Methylation BeadChip arrays. RESULTS & CONCLUSION: We developed an accurate tool for predicting gestational age of placentas using 62 CpG sites. There was a higher predicted gestational age for placentas from early onset preeclampsia cases, but not term preeclampsia, compared with their chronological age...
November 29, 2016: Epigenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894031/artificial-placenta-analysis-of-recent-progress
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Stephen D Bird
The artificial placenta (AP) has for many decades captured the imagination of scientists and authors with popular fiction including The Matrix and Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World", depicting a human surviving ex-utero in an artificial uterine environment (AUE). For scientists this has fascinated as a way forward for extremely preterm infants (EPIs) born less than 28 weeks of gestation. Early successes with mechanical ventilation (MV) for infants born above 28 weeks of gestation meant that AP research lost momentum...
November 11, 2016: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891739/acardiac-twin-pregnancies-part-iv-acardiac-onset-from-unequal-embryonic-splitting-simulated-by-a-fetoplacental-resistance-model
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Martin J C van Gemert, Jeroen P H M van den Wijngaard, K Marieke Paarlberg, Helena M Gardiner, Peter G J Nikkels
BACKGROUND: Benirschke postulated that acardiac twinning occurs when markedly unequal embryonic splitting combines with arterioarterial (AA) and venovenous placental anastomoses. We tested this hypothesis by model simulations and by comparison of outcomes with 18 "pseudo-" (twin fetus with beating heart but otherwise with clear signs of an acardiac) and 3 "normal" acardiac cases. METHODS: The smaller/larger cell volume ratio at embryonic splitting becomes the smaller/larger embryonic/fetal blood volume ratio (a)...
November 28, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part A, Clinical and Molecular Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884139/brominated-flame-retardants-in-placental-tissues-associations-with-infant-sex-and-thyroid-hormone-endpoints
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Christopher Leonetti, Craig M Butt, Kate Hoffman, Stephanie C Hammel, Marie Lynn Miranda, Heather M Stapleton
BACKGROUND: Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are endocrine disruptors that bioaccumulate in the placenta, but it remains unclear if they disrupt tissue thyroid hormone (TH) metabolism. Our primary goal was to investigate associations between placental BFRs, TH levels, Type 3 deiodinase (DIO3) activity and TH sulfotransferase (SULT) activities. METHODS: Placenta samples collected from 95 women who delivered term (>37 weeks) infants in Durham, NC, USA (enrolled 2010-2011) were analyzed for polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), 2,4,6-tribromophenol (2,4,6-TBP), THs (T4, T3 and rT3), and DIO3 and TH SULT activities...
November 25, 2016: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871473/placental-histology-in-spontaneous-and-indicated-preterm-birth-a-case-control-study
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Tobias A J Nijman, Elvira O G van Vliet, Manon J N Benders, Ben Willem J Mol, Arie Franx, Peter G J Nikkels, Martijn A Oudijk
INTRODUCTION: Placental pathology is an important contributor in preterm birth, both spontaneous and indicated. The aim of this study was to describe and compare placental histological features of spontaneous preterm birth versus indicated preterm birth. METHODS: A case control study was performed at the University Medical Center Utrecht. Women with spontaneous or indicated preterm birth (17-37 weeks of gestation) delivered in 2009 were included. Women with a pregnancy complicated by congenital and/or chromosomal abnormalities were excluded...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871472/an-immunohistochemical-study-of-placental-syncytiotrophoblasts-in-neonatal-hemochromatosis
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Aiko Shimono, Yuko Imoto, Haruhiko Sakamoto, Yoichi Chiba, Koichi Matsumoto, Machi Kawauchi, Takashi Kusaka, Hirokazu Tanaka, Toshiyuki Hata, Yoshio Kushida, Masaki Ueno
INTRODUCTION: Neonatal hemochromatosis (NH) is a rare neonatal disorder that results in liver cirrhosis with hemosiderin deposition in the liver and other organs, similarly to hereditary hemochromatosis. Excess iron is transferred from the mother to fetus through the placenta in NH. We examined the expression of iron metabolism-related substances in placental syncytiotrophoblasts (STB) by immunostaining to clarify how the transfer of iron through STB increases in NH. METHODS: Immunostaining was performed using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded sections of placentae from three NH cases, four gestational age-matched controls, and, depending on the antibody examined, five to seven full-term controls...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871469/placental-telomere-length-decline-with-gestational-age-differs-by-sex-and-tert-dnmt1-and-dnmt3a-dna-methylation
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Samantha L Wilson, Yao Liu, Wendy P Robinson
INTRODUCTION: Telomere length (TL) has been suggested to be influenced by inherited genetic and epigenetic variation, hormonal effects, oxidative stress and age. However, the dynamics of TL during in utero development have not been well explored. This study investigates the relationship between placental TL and sex, gestational age (GA), and DNA methylation (DNAm). Placental TL is further evaluated in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia (PE) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), conditions hypothesized to lead to decreased placental TL due to increased oxidative stress...
December 2016: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871462/placental-expression-of-dna-methyltransferase-1-dnmt1-gender-specific-relation-with-human-placental-growth
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A Mukhopadhyay, G Ravikumar, H Meraaj, P Dwarkanath, A Thomas, J Crasta, T Thomas, A V Kurpad, T S Sridhar
AIMS: Placental physiology and morphology is critically regulated by DNA methylation. As such, placental global DNA methylation and transcript abundance of placental DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) may relate to placental and fetal growth in human pregnancies. We aimed to test correlations of human fetoplacental parameters and birth weight with the placental expression of DNA methyltransferases (DNMT1 and DNMT3A) and placental global methylation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Placentae (n = 109) were collected from small- (SGA) and appropriate- (AGA) for gestational age full-term singleton pregnancies (n = 56 SGA and 53 AGA)...
December 2016: Placenta
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