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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062893/prenatal-alcohol-induced-neuroapoptosis-in-rat-brain-cerebral-cortex-protective-effect-of-folic-acid-and-betaine
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Ibrahim Sogut, Onur Uysal, Aysegul Oglakci, Ferruh Yucel, Kazim Kartkaya, Gungor Kanbak
PURPOSE: Alcohol consumption in pregnancy may cause fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) in the infant. This study aims to investigate prenatal alcohol exposure related neuroapoptosis on the cerebral cortex tissues of newborn rats and possible neuroprotective effects of betaine, folic acid, and combined therapy. METHODS: Pregnant rats were divided into five experimental groups: control, ethanol, ethanol + betaine, ethanol + folic acid, and ethanol + betaine + folic acid combined therapy groups...
January 6, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056569/maternal-side-effects-fetal-neuroprotection-according-to-body-mass-index-after-magnesium-sulfate-in-a-multicenter-randomized-controlled-trial
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Gustavo Vilchez, Jing Dai, Moraima Lagos, Robert J Sokol
OBJECTIVE: Evidence supports the need of dose-adjustment of several drugs according to body mass index (BMI) to prevent toxicity in the underweight, and ensure efficacy in obese women. However, for MgSO4 neuroprotection, the effect of BMI on maternal toxicity and fetal neuroprotection is understudied. We analyze the effect of BMI on maternal/infant outcomes after MgSO4. METHODS: Secondary analysis of a clinical trial that studied MgSO4 neuroprotection. Maternal side effects, magnesium cord levels, and offspring cerebral palsy/death were analyzed along BMI strata using ANOVA and chi-square test...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018896/factors-influencing-neurodevelopment-after-cardiac-surgery-during-infancy
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Hedwig Hubertine Hövels-Gürich
Short- and long-term neurodevelopmental (ND) disabilities with negative impact on psychosocial and academic performance, quality of life, and independence in adulthood are known to be the most common sequelae for surviving children after surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). This article reviews influences and risk factors for ND impairment. For a long time, the search for independent risk factors was focused on the perioperative period and modalities of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). CPB operations to ensure intraoperative vital organ perfusion and oxygen supply with or without circulatory arrest or regional cerebral perfusion bear specific risks...
2016: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008305/magnesium-sulfate-prevents-placental-ischemia-induced-increases-in-brain-water-content-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytokines-in-pregnant-rats
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Linda W Zhang, Junie P Warrington
Magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is the most widely used therapy in the clinic to prevent the progression of preeclampsia, a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy, to eclampsia. Eclampsia, manifested as unexplained seizures and/or coma during pregnancy or postpartum, accounts for ~13% of maternal deaths worldwide. While MgSO4 continues to be used in the clinic, the mechanisms by which it exerts its protective actions are not well understood. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that MgSO4 protects against placental ischemia-induced increases in brain water content and cerebrospinal fluid cytokines...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926461/long-chain-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-regulation-of-ppars-signaling-relationship-to-tissue-development-and-aging
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Francisca Echeverría, Macarena Ortiz, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Luis A Videla
Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) are nuclear receptors that function as ligand-dependent transcription factors that can be activated by different types of fatty acids (FAs). Three isoforms of PPARs have been identify, namely, PPARα, PPARβ/δ, and PPARγ, which are able to bind long-chain polyunsaturated FAs (LCPUFAs), n-3 LCPUFAs being bound with greater affinity to achieve activation. FA binding induces a conformational change of the nuclear receptors, triggering the transcription of specific genes including those encoding for various metabolic and cellular processes such as FA β-oxidation and adipogenesis, thus representing key mediators of lipid homeostasis...
November 2016: Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes, and Essential Fatty Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878553/magnesium-sulfate-provides-neuroprotection-in-eclampsia-like-seizure-model-by-ameliorating-neuroinflammation-and-brain-edema
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Xiaolan Li, Xinjia Han, Jinying Yang, Junjie Bao, Xiaodan Di, Guozheng Zhang, Huishu Liu
Eclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy that is defined by the new onset of grand mal seizures on the basis of preeclampsia and a leading cause of maternal and fetal mortality worldwide. Presently, magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is the most effective treatment, but the mechanism by which MgSO4 prevents eclampsia has yet to be fully elucidated. We previously showed that systemic inflammation decreases the seizure threshold in a rat eclampsia-like model, and MgSO4 treatment can decrease systemic inflammation...
November 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851901/exposure-to-ambient-ultrafine-particulate-matter-alters-the-expression-of-genes-in-primary-human-neurons
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Parrisa Solaimani, Arian Saffari, Constantinos Sioutas, Stephen C Bondy, Arezoo Campbell
Exposure to ambient particulate matter (PM) has been associated with the onset of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, but the mechanism of toxicity remains unclear. To gain insight into this neurotoxicity, this study sought to examine global gene expression changes caused by exposure to ambient ultrafine PM. Microarray analysis was performed on primary human neurons derived from fetal brain tissue after a 24h exposure to 20μg/mL of ambient ultrafine particles. We found a majority of the changes in noncoding RNAs, which are involved in epigenetic regulation of gene expression, and thereby could impact the expression of several other protein coding gene targets...
November 13, 2016: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821206/the-neurodevelopmental-implications-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-in-the-fetus
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David F A Lloyd, Mary A Rutherford, John M Simpson, Reza Razavi
As survival after cardiac surgery continues to improve, an increasing number of patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome are reaching school age and beyond, with growing recognition of the wide range of neurodevelopmental challenges many survivors face. Improvements in fetal detection rates, coupled with advances in fetal ultrasound and MRI imaging, are contributing to a growing body of evidence that abnormal brain architecture is in fact present before birth in hypoplastic left heart syndrome patients, rather than being solely attributable to postnatal factors...
November 8, 2016: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764015/progesterone-as-a-tocolytic-agent-for-preterm-labor-a-systematic-review
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Reshama Navathe, Vincenzo Berghella
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Tocolytic agents have been used for over 60 years in the fight against preterm labor, which ultimately can lead to preterm birth. Currently, clinicians can choose from a variety of drug classes to achieve the primary goal of delaying delivery by 48 h, thereby allowing time for administration of corticosteroids for fetal lung maturity, and if appropriate, starting magnesium sulfate for fetal neuroprotection. However, there are currently no known therapies to maintain the tocolytic effect beyond those initial 48 h...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27681882/immunomodulatory-effects-of-nicotine-on-interleukin-1%C3%AE-activated-human-astrocytes-and-the-role-of-cyclooxygenase-2-in-the-underlying-mechanism
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Priya Revathikumar, Filip Bergqvist, Srividya Gopalakrishnan, Marina Korotkova, Per-Johan Jakobsson, Jon Lampa, Erwan Le Maître
BACKGROUND: The cholinergic anti-inflammatory pathway (CAP) primarily functions through acetylcholine (ACh)-alpha7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) interaction on macrophages to control peripheral inflammation. Interestingly, ACh can also bind α7nAChRs on microglia resulting in neuroprotective effects. However, ACh effects on astrocytes remain elusive. Here, we investigated the effects of nicotine, an ACh receptor agonist, on the cytokine and cholinesterase production of immunocompetent human astrocytes stimulated with interleukin 1β (IL-1β) in vitro...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27651265/choline-and-the-brain-an-epigenetic-perspective
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Rola Aldana Bekdash
Choline is an essential nutrient that is required for normal development of the brain. Via its metabolite betaine, it participates in the synthesis of S-adenosylmethionine, a major methyl donor for histone and DNA methylation, two epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression and may alter brain function. Besides its role in methyl group metabolism, choline also has pivotal functions, including the maintenance of structural integrity of membranes and modulation of cholinergic neurotransmission, functions that are often dysregulated in some neurodegenerative disorders...
2016: Advances in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27618403/ischemia-reduces-inter-alpha-inhibitor-proteins-in-the-brain-of-the-ovine-fetus
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Mariya S Spasova, Xiaodi Chen, Grazyna B Sadowska, Edward R Horton, Yow-Pin Lim, Barbara S Stonestreet
Hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury is a major cause of neurological abnormalities in the perinatal period. Inflammation contributes to the evolution of HI brain injury. Inter-alpha inhibitor proteins (IAIPs) are a family of proteins that are part of the innate immune system. We have reported that endogenous IAIPs exhibit developmental changes in ovine brain and that exogenous IAIP treatment reduces neuronal death in HI neonatal rats. However, the effects of HI on endogenous IAIPs in brain have not been previously examined...
September 12, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27578415/neuroprotective-effects-of-antenatal-magnesium-sulfate-under-inflammatory-conditions-in-a-sprague-dawley-pregnant-rat-model
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Audrey Binette, Simon Blouin, Amélie Ardilouze, Jean-Charles Pasquier
OBJECTIVE: Antenatal magnesium sulfate (MgSO4) is recommended for fetal neuroprotection. The aim of this animal study was to assess the neuroprotective effect of in utero exposure to MgSO4, under inflammatory conditions. METHODS: Timed pregnant Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (n = 29) received four intra-peritoneal (IP) injections of lipopolysaccharides (LPS; 200 μg/kg), combined with increasing concentrations of MgSO4 (25, 50 or 100 mg/kg, n = 19) or saline solution (SS; n = 10)...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27569124/observations-of-fetal-brain-activity-via-non-invasive-magnetoencephalography-following-administration-of-magnesium-sulfate-for-neuroprotection-in-preterm-labor
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Diana I Escalona-Vargas, Andrew S Thagard, Kaitlin McGrail, Peter G Napolitano, Everett F Magann, Curtis L Lowery, Hari Eswaran
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27545716/preventing-newborn-deaths-due-to-prematurity
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REVIEW
Kishwar Azad, Jiji Mathews
Preterm births (PTBs), defined as births before 37 weeks of gestation account for the majority of deaths in the newborn period. Prediction and prevention of PTB is challenging. A history of preterm labour or second trimester losses and accurate measurement of cervical length help to identify women who would benefit from progesterone and cerclage. Fibronectin estimation in the cervicovaginal secretions of a symptomatic woman with an undilated cervix can predict PTB within 10 days of testing. Antibiotics should be given to women with preterm prelabour rupture of membranes but tocolysis has a limited role in the management of preterm labour...
October 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27537918/ethanol-induced-neurodegeneration-and-glial-activation-in-the-developing-brain
#16
REVIEW
Mariko Saito, Goutam Chakraborty, Maria Hui, Kurt Masiello, Mitsuo Saito
Ethanol induces neurodegeneration in the developing brain, which may partially explain the long-lasting adverse effects of prenatal ethanol exposure in fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). While animal models of FASD show that ethanol-induced neurodegeneration is associated with glial activation, the relationship between glial activation and neurodegeneration has not been clarified. This review focuses on the roles of activated microglia and astrocytes in neurodegeneration triggered by ethanol in rodents during the early postnatal period (equivalent to the third trimester of human pregnancy)...
August 16, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27423516/pea-and-luteolin-synergistically-reduce-mast-cell-mediated-toxicity-and-elicit-neuroprotection-in-cell-based-models-of-brain-ischemia
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Edoardo Parrella, Vanessa Porrini, Rosa Iorio, Marina Benarese, Annamaria Lanzillotta, Mariana Mota, Mariella Fusco, Paolo Tonin, PierFranco Spano, Marina Pizzi
The combination of palmitoylethanolamide (PEA), an endogenous fatty acid amide belonging to the family of the N-acylethanolamines, and the flavonoid luteolin has been found to exert neuroprotective activities in a variety of mouse models of neurological disorders, including brain ischemia. Indirect findings suggest that the two molecules can reduce the activation of mastocytes in brain ischemia, thus modulating crucial cells that trigger the inflammatory cascade. Though, no evidence exists about a direct effect of PEA and luteolin on mast cells in experimental models of brain ischemia, either used separately or in combination...
October 1, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27354486/cellular-profiles-and-molecular-mediators-of-lesion-cascades-in-the-placode-in-human-open-spinal-neural-tube-defects
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Bea Kowitzke, Gesa Cohrs, Ivo Leuschner, Arend Koch, Michael Synowitz, Hubertus Maximilian Mehdorn, Janka Held-Feindt, Friederike Knerlich-Lukoschus
Myelomeningoceles (mmc) are clinically challenging CNS malformations. Although improvement in their management has been achieved with respect to antenatal diagnosis, prevention, and fetal surgery, the cellular mechanisms of damage in the neural placode are poorly understood. We aimed to identify cellular and molecular factors in lesion amplifying cascades in mmc placodes. Seventeen mmc specimens obtained during reconstructive surgery that harbored sufficient neuroepithelial tissue were investigated. Normal adult and stillborn spinal cord tissue served as controls...
September 2016: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27317990/preterm-white-matter-brain-injury-is-prevented-by-early-administration-of-umbilical-cord-blood-cells
#19
Jingang Li, Tamara Yawno, Amy Sutherland, Jan Loose, Ilias Nitsos, Robert Bischof, Margie Castillo-Melendez, Courtney A McDonald, Flora Y Wong, Graham Jenkin, Suzanne L Miller
Infants born very preterm are at high risk for neurological deficits including cerebral palsy. In this study we assessed the neuroprotective effects of umbilical cord blood cells (UCBCs) and optimal administration timing in a fetal sheep model of preterm brain injury. 50 million allogeneic UCBCs were intravenously administered to fetal sheep (0.7 gestation) at 12h or 5d after acute hypoxia-ischemia (HI) induced by umbilical cord occlusion. The fetal brains were collected at 10d after HI. HI (n=7) was associated with reduced number of oligodendrocytes (Olig2+) and myelin density (CNPase+), and increased density of activated microglia (Iba-1+) in cerebral white matter compared to control fetuses (P<0...
September 2016: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27317658/magnesium-sulfate-reduces-eeg-activity-but-is-not-neuroprotective-after-asphyxia-in-preterm-fetal-sheep
#20
Robert Galinsky, Vittoria Draghi, Guido Wassink, Joanne O Davidson, Paul P Drury, Christopher A Lear, Alistair J Gunn, Laura Bennet
Magnesium sulfate is now widely recommended for neuroprotection for preterm birth; however, this has been controversial because there is little evidence that magnesium sulfate is neuroprotective. Preterm fetal sheep (104 days gestation; term is 147 days) were randomly assigned to receive sham occlusion (n = 7), i.v. magnesium sulfate (n = 10) or saline (n = 8) starting 24 h before asphyxia until 24 h after asphyxia. Sheep were killed 72 h after asphyxia. Magnesium sulfate infusion reduced electroencephalograph power and fetal movements before asphyxia...
June 17, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
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