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Fetal hypoxia

V Jakoubek, V Hampl
Alcohol abuse during pregnancy is a well-known factor in fetal morbidity, including smaller fetal size. We have shown that chronic hypoxia, considered the main pathogenetic factor in intrauterine growth restriction, elevates fetoplacental vascular resistance (and vasoconstrictor reactivity) and thus, presumably, reduces placental blood flow. We thus hypothesized that alcohol may affect the fetus - in addition to other mechanisms - by altering fetoplacental vascular resistance and/or reactivity. Using isolated, double-perfused rat placenta model, we found that maternal alcohol intake in the last third of gestation doubled the vasoconstrictor responses to angiotensin II but did not affect resting vascular resistance...
March 12, 2018: Physiological Research
Yuxian Yang, Xiaorong Fan, Jianying Tao, Ting Xu, Yingying Zhang, Wenna Zhang, Lingjun Li, Xiang Li, Hongmei Ding, Miao Sun, Qinqin Gao, Zhice Xu
Prenatal hypoxia causes intrauterine growth retardation. It is unclear whether/how hypoxia affects the bone in fetal and offspring life. This study showed that prenatal hypoxia retarded fetal skeletal growth in rats, inhibited extracellular matrix (ECM) synthesis and down-regulated of insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) signaling in fetal growth plate chondrocytes in vivo and in vitro. In addition, ovariectomized (OVX) was used for study of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Compared with the control, OVX offspring in prenatal hypoxic group showed an enhanced osteoporosis in the femurs, associated with reduced proteoglycan and IGF1 signaling...
March 7, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Dorien Reijnders, Chin-Chi Liu, Xinjing Xu, Anna Zhao, Kelsey Olson, Scott D Butler, Nataki C Douglas, Jenny L Sones
Preeclampsia (PE), a hypertensive disease of pregnancy, is a leading cause of fetal and maternal morbidity/mortality. Early angiogenic and inflammatory disturbances within the placenta are thought to underlie the development of the maternal PE syndrome and poor pregnancy outcomes. However, the exact etiology remains largely unknown. Here, we use the BPH/5 mouse model of PE to elucidate the way in which inflammation early in pregnancy contributes to abnormal expression of angiogenic factors at the maternal-fetal interface...
March 9, 2018: Physiological Genomics
Shashikant L Sholapurkar
The survival of cardiotocography (CTG) as a tool for intrapartum fetal monitoring seems threatened somewhat unjustifiably and unwittingly despite the absence of better alternatives. Fetal heart rate (FHR) decelerations are center-stage (most important) in the interpretation of CTG with maximum impact on three-tier classification. The pattern-discrimination of FHR decelerations is inexorably linked to their nomenclature. Unscientific or flawed nomenclature of decelerations can explain the dysfunctional CTG interpretation leading to errors in detection of acidemic fetuses...
April 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Kate E Hawkins, Michelangelo Corcelli, Kate Dowding, Anna M Ranzoni, Filipa Vlahova, Kwan-Leong Hau, Avina Hunjan, Donald Peebles, Pierre Gressens, Henrik Hagberg, Paolo de Coppi, Mariya Hristova, Pascale V Guillot
Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have huge potential for regenerative medicine. In particular, the use of pluripotent stem cell-derived mesenchymal stem cells (PSC-MSCs) overcomes the hurdle of replicative senescence associated with the in vitro expansion of primary cells and has increased therapeutic benefits in comparison to the use of various adult sources of MSCs in a wide range of animal disease models. On the other hand, fetal MSCs exhibit faster growth kinetics and possess longer telomeres and a wider differentiation potential than adult MSCs...
February 28, 2018: Stem Cells Translational Medicine
Alexandra N Shin, Limin Han, Chiranjib Dasgupta, Lei Huang, Shumei Yang, Lubo Zhang
SIRT1 regulates cell senescence. We investigated a novel role of SIRT1 in the regulation of cardiomyocyte terminal differentiation in the developing heart. Retinoic acid (RA)-induced binucleation of H9c2 cells was associated with increased SIRT1 expression. Inhibition of SIRT1 activity or expression significantly decreased RA-induced binucleation. SIRT1 expression was minimal in the fetal heart and significantly upregulated in the hearts of postnatal day 7 (P7) rat pups. In contrast, heart-specific miR-133a expression was high in the fetal heart but significantly reduced in P7 pup hearts...
January 30, 2018: Oncotarget
Olga Vajnerova, Petr Kafka, Tereza Kratzerova, Karel Chalupsky, Vaclav Hampl
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes is a well-known risk factor in pregnancy. Because maternal diabetes involves oxidative stress that is also induced by chronic hypoxia and can alter vascular function, we sought to determine the effects of chronic maternal hyperglycemia on the fetoplacental vasculature in rats and to compare it with the effects of chronic hypoxia. METHODS: Diabetes was induced in female rats by a streptozotocin injection at a neonatal age. When these animals reached adulthood, their hyperglycemia was confirmed and they were inseminated...
March 2018: Placenta
Ruxandra I Sava, Keith L March, Carl J Pepine
Pregnancy-related hypertension (PHTN) syndromes are a frequent and potentially deadly complication of pregnancy, while also negatively impacting the lifelong health of the mother and child. PHTN appears in women likely to develop hypertension later in life, with the stress of pregnancy unmasking a subclinical hypertensive phenotype. However, distinguishing between PHTN and chronic hypertension is essential for optimal management. Preeclampsia (PE) is linked to potentially severe outcomes and lacks effective treatments due to poorly understood mechanisms...
February 27, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
Qinyin Deng, Nanlin Yin, Ying Chen, Nan Shan, Xiru Liu, Hongbo Qi
OBJECTIVE: Many studies have confirmed that N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase III (GnT-III) is correlated with tumor invasion and metastasis. However, the expression of GnT-III and its role in normal pregnancy and preeclampsia (PE) has not been reached. So the primary objective of this study is to determine GnT-III expression in normal pregnancy and whether its expression is vulnerable to oxidative stress in the trophoblast cells. METHODS: Human first trimester villous tissues from normal pregnancies and third trimester placentas from pregnancies with or without preeclampsia (PE) were used for the detection of GnT-III expression...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Jaqueline Vieira Carletti, Ana Correia-Branco, Claudia Raquel Silva, Nelson Andrade, Lenir Orlandi Pereira Silva, Fátima Martel
Preeclampsia is a pregnancy disorder characterized by maternal blood pressure, fetal growth restriction and intrauterine hypoxia. Folic acid is a vitamin required during pregnancy. In this work, we investigated the relationship between preeclampsia and the intake of distinct doses of folic acid during pregnancy. Considering that preeclampsia is associated with increased placental oxidative stress levels, we investigated the effect of oxidative stress induced by tert-butylhydroperoxide (TBH) in human trophoblast-derived cells cultured upon deficient/low, physiological and supra-physiological folic acid levels...
February 6, 2018: Reproductive Toxicology
Katarzyna Karwasik-Kajszczarek, Iwona Chmiel-Perzyńska, Jacek Marcin Robak, Aleksandra Billewicz-Kraczkowska, Agnieszka Pedrycz, Agata Smoleń, Janusz Jacek Kraczkowski
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to determine the impact of the experimental diabetes and the chronic hypoxia on pregnancy development and rat fetal body weight. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The experiment was performed on female Wistar rats. Animals were divided into the experimen-tal groups. I - Controls, II - Untreated diabetes, III - Insulin-treated diabetes, IV - No diabetes with chronic hypoxia, V - Untreated diabetes and chronic hypoxia, VI - Insulin- treated diabetes and chronic hypoxia...
2018: Ginekologia Polska
David J Walker, Stephen C Land
Sprouty2 (Spry2) acts as a central regulator of tubular growth and branch patterning in the developing mammalian lung by controlling both magnitude and duration of growth factor signalling. To determine if this protein coordinates airway and vascular growth factor signalling, we tested the hypothesis that Spry2 links the primary cue for airway outgrowth, fibroblast growth factor-10 (FGF-10), to genomic events underpinning the expression and release of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A). Using primary fetal distal lung epithelial cells (FDLE) from rat, and immortalised human bronchial epithelial cells (16HBE14o-), we identified a nuclear sub-population of Spry2 which interacted with regions of the rat and human VEGF-A promoter spanning the hypoxia response element (HRE) and adjacent 3' sites...
January 31, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Alexander E P Heazell, Tomasina Stacey, Louise M O'Brien, Edwin A Mitchell, Jane Warland
Changes in fetal movement are associated with increased risk of stillbirth after 28 weeks of pregnancy. The majority of studies have focussed on maternal perception of reduced fetal movements, which is associated with stillbirth via placental dysfunction. Recent studies have also described an association between a single episode of excessive fetal movements and late stillbirth. We present a hypothesis that a sudden episode of excessive fetal activity indicates fetal compromise relating to underlying disturbance of the in utero environment, which if it persists can lead to fetal death...
February 2018: Medical Hypotheses
Milla Summanen, Susanne Bäck, Juha Voipio, Kai Kaila
Mammalian birth is accompanied by a period of obligatory asphyxia, which consists of hypoxia (drop in blood O2 levels) and hypercapnia (elevation of blood CO2 levels). Prolonged, complicated birth can extend the asphyxic period, leading to a pathophysiological situation, and in humans, to the diagnosis of clinical birth asphyxia, the main cause of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). The neuroendocrine component of birth asphyxia, in particular the increase in circulating levels of arginine vasopressin (AVP), has been extensively studied in humans...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Mélanie Lambert, Angèle Boet, Catherine Rucker-Martin, Pedro Mendes-Ferreira, Véronique Capuano, Stéphane Hatem, Rui Adão, Carmen Brás-Silva, Aurélie Hautefort, Jean-Baptiste Michel, Peter Dorfmuller, Elie Fadel, Tom Kotsimbos, Laura Price, Philippe Jourdon, David Montani, Marc Humbert, Frédéric Perros, Fabrice Antigny
Aims: Mutations in the KCNK3 gene, which encodes for an outward-rectifier K+ channel, have been identified in patients suffering from pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), and constitute the first described channelopathy in PAH. In human PAH and experimental pulmonary hypertension (PH), we demonstrated that KCNK3 expression and function are severely reduced in pulmonary vascular cells, promoting PH-like phenotype at the morphologic and hemodynamic levels. Since KCNK3 channel is also expressed in both the human and rodent heart, we aimed to elucidate the pathophysiological role of KCNK3 channel in right ventricular (RV) hypertrophy (RVH) related to PH...
January 19, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Ling Chen, Zahra Heidari Zadi, Jin Zhang, Steven M Scharf, Eung-Kwon Pae
PURPOSE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is common in pregnancy, and may compromise fetal and even postnatal development. We developed an animal model to determine if maternal OSA could have lasting effects in offspring. METHODS: Pregnant Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to reduced ambient O2 from 21 to 4-5 %, approximately once/minute (chronic intermittent hypoxia - CIH) for 8 hours/day during gestation days 3-19. Similarly-handled animals exposed to ambient air served as controls (HC)...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
Karen J Gibbins, Katherine N Gibson-Corley, Ashley S Brown, Matthew Wieben, Richard C Law, Camille M Fung
Hypertensive disease of pregnancy (HDP) with placental insufficiency is the most common cause of fetal growth restriction (FGR) in the developed world. Despite the known negative consequences of HDP both to the mother and fetus, little is known about the longitudinal placental changes that occur as HDP progresses in pregnancy. This is because longitudinal sampling of human placentae during each gestation is impossible. Therefore, using a mouse model of thromboxane A2-analog infusion to mimic human HDP in the last trimester, we calculated placental efficiencies based on fetal and placental weights, quantified spongiotrophoblast and labyrinth thicknesses and vascular density within these layers, examined whether hypoxia signaling pathway involving vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and its receptors (VEGFR1, VEGFR2) and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) contributed to vascular change, and examined nutrient transporter abundance including glucose transporters 1 and 3 (GLUT1, GLUT3), neutral amino acid transporters 1, 2, and 4 (SNAT1, SNAT2, and SNAT4), fatty acid transporters 2 and 4 (FATP2, FATP4) and fatty acid translocase (CD36) from embryonic day 15...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
D Wu, X Han, J Feng, Y J Song
Objective: To investigate the expression changes of high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1) and the 2B receptor of N- methyl -D- aspartate receptor (NR2B) in status epilepticus (SE). Methods: (1) Primary hippocampal neurons from SD rats with 16 to 18 days of fetal age were cultured in vitro for 7 days, and exposed to Mg(2+) free media for 3 hours. Those cultured neurons were randomly divided into control group and intermittent hypoxia group. (2) SD rats with similar weight were selected and randomly divided into control group and SE model group...
January 2, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Munmun Rawat, Sushma Nangia, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
Meconium-stained amniotic fluid (MSAF) during delivery is a marker of fetal stress. Neonates born through MSAF often need resuscitation and are at risk of meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), air leaks, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and death. The neonatal resuscitation approach to MSAF has evolved over the last three decades. Previously, nonvigorous neonates soon after delivery were suctioned under the vocal cords with direct visualization technique using a meconium aspirator...
January 16, 2018: American Journal of Perinatology
Nanna Dreyer-Andersen, Ana Sofia Almeida, Pia Jensen, Morad Kamand, Justyna Okarmus, Tine Rosenberg, Stig Düring Friis, Alberto Martínez Serrano, Morten Blaabjerg, Bjarne Winther Kristensen, Troels Skrydstrup, Jan Bert Gramsbergen, Helena L A Vieira, Morten Meyer
Exploratory studies using human fetal tissue have suggested that intrastriatal transplantation of dopaminergic neurons may become a future treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease. However, the use of human fetal tissue is compromised by ethical, regulatory and practical concerns. Human stem cells constitute an alternative source of cells for transplantation in Parkinson's disease, but efficient protocols for controlled dopaminergic differentiation need to be developed. Short-term, low-level carbon monoxide (CO) exposure has been shown to affect signaling in several tissues, resulting in both protection and generation of reactive oxygen species...
2018: PloS One
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