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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641158/determinants-of-cortisol-during-pregnancy-the-abcd-cohort
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Laura S Bleker, Tessa J Roseboom, Tanja G Vrijkotte, Rebecca M Reynolds, Susanne R de Rooij
BACKGROUND: Psychosocial stress during pregnancy has been proposed as a major contributor of glucocorticoid-mediated programming of the fetal hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis, with later adverse health consequences. However, evidence linking maternal stress to maternal cortisol values during pregnancy is inconclusive. A possible explanation for this is that other maternal factors overshadow any potential effects of stress on cortisol levels. We studied a large cohort of pregnant women with extensive data on pregnancy characteristics to determine the respective contributions of biological, environmental and psychosocial stress factors to cortisol levels in pregnancy...
May 31, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636613/in-vivo-immune-signatures-of-healthy-human-pregnancy-inherently-inflammatory-or-anti-inflammatory
#2
Caroline Graham, Rishma Chooniedass, William P Stefura, Allan B Becker, Malcolm R Sears, Stuart E Turvey, Piush J Mandhane, Padmaja Subbarao, Kent T HayGlass
Changes in maternal innate immunity during healthy human pregnancy are not well understood. Whether basal immune status in vivo is largely unaffected by pregnancy, is constitutively biased towards an inflammatory phenotype (transiently enhancing host defense) or exhibits anti-inflammatory bias (reducing potential responsiveness to the fetus) is unclear. Here, in a longitudinal study of healthy women who gave birth to healthy infants following uncomplicated pregnancies within the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) cohort, we test the hypothesis that a progressively altered bias in resting innate immune status develops...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635116/maternal-smoking-alcohol-and-caffeine-exposures-and-risk-of-hypospadias
#3
Suzan L Carmichael, Chen Ma, Gary M Shaw
BACKGROUND: We examined the association of hypospadias risk with maternal smoking and consumption of alcohol and caffeine. METHODS: We analyzed data from mothers of 2437 moderate/severe cases and 5472 nonmalformed controls born from 1997 to 2011 who participated in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS). Exposures were assessed by maternal telephone interviews. Logistic regression was used to estimate odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CIs) adjusted for mother's age, parity, race-ethnicity, education, vitamin/mineral supplement intake, obesity, and study center...
June 21, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634705/how-does-pregnancy-affect-the-patients-with-pituitary-adenomas-a-study-on-113-pregnancies-from-turkey
#4
Z Karaca, S Yarman, I Ozbas, P Kadioglu, M Akturk, F Kilicli, H S Dokmetas, R Colak, H Atmaca, Z Canturk, Y Altuntas, N Ozbey, N Hatipoglu, F Tanriverdi, K Unluhizarci, F Kelestimur
OBJECTIVE: Data regarding pregnancies in relation to pituitary tumors are limited. The effects of pregnancy on pituitary adenomas and the effects of adenoma itself (hormonal activity, mass effects and pituitary insufficiency) and/or treatment on the ongoing gestation and developing fetus were evaluated. METHODS: The study was a retrospective study. A questionnaire involving questions regarding medical history before index gestation, history of related pregnancy, result of index gestation and postpartum follow-up of the patients was filled by the investigator in one of the eight Referral Endocrinology Centers from Turkey...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630618/perinatal-effects-of-scorpion-venoms-maternal-and-offspring-development
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Ana Leticia Coronado Dorce, Adriana do Nascimento Martins, Valquiria Abrão Coronado Dorce, Ana Leonor Abrahão Nencioni
Scorpion envenomation is a public health problem, especially in tropical and subtropical countries. Considering the high incidence of scorpionism in some areas, pregnant women and nursing mothers may be possible victims. Scorpion stings alter the release of neurotransmitters and some cytokines. These mediators act as organizers and programmers in the adequate formation of the nerves, and non-physiological concentrations of them during the brain organization originate disorders and diseases that can appear later in the life of the individual...
2017: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630251/valnoctamide-inhibits-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-developing-brain-and-attenuates-neurobehavioral-dysfunctions-and-brain-abnormalities
#6
Sara Ornaghi, Lawrence S Hsieh, Angélique Bordey, Patrizia Vergani, Michael J Paidas, Anthony N van den Pol
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is the most common infectious cause of brain defects and neurological dysfunction in developing human babies. Due to the teratogenicity and toxicity of available CMV antivirals, treatment options during early development are markedly limited. Valnoctamide (VCD), a neuroactive mood stabilizer with no known teratogenic activity, was recently demonstrated to have anti-CMV potential. However, it is not known whether this can be translated into an efficacious therapeutic effect to improve CMV-induced adverse neurological outcomes...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629418/prenatal-brain-disruption-in-isolated-sulfite-oxidase-deficiency
#7
Hsiu-Fen Lee, Ching-Shiang Chi, Chi-Ren Tsai, Hung-Chieh Chen, I-Chun Lee
BACKGROUND: Isolated sulfite oxidase deficiency (ISOD) is a very rare autosomal recessive inherited neurometabolic disease. The most striking postnatal neuroimaging finding is multicystic encephalomalacia, which occurs rapidly within days to weeks after birth and mimics severe hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. The aim of this study was to describe the prenatal neuroimaging features in a neonate and a fetus diagnosed with ISOD. RESULTS: We report an 11-day-old female neonate who presented with feeding difficulties, decreased activity, neonatal seizures, and movement disorders within a few days after birth...
June 19, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628798/maternal-liver-docosahexaenoic-acid-dha-stores-are-increased-via-higher-serum-unesterified-dha-uptake-in-pregnant-long-evans-rats
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Adam H Metherel, Alex P Kitson, Anthony F Domenichiello, R J Scott Lacombe, Kathryn E Hopperton, Marc-Olivier Trépanier, Shoug M Alashmali, Lin Lin, Richard P Bazinet
Maternal docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6n-3) supplies the developing fetus during pregnancy; however, the mechanisms are unclear. We utilized pregnant rats to determine rates of DHA accretion, tissue unesterified DHA uptake and whole-body DHA synthesis-secretion. Female rats maintained on a DHA-free, 2% α-linolenic acid diet were either:1) sacrificed at 56 days for baseline measures, 2) mated and sacrificed at 14-18 days of pregnancy or 3) or sacrificed at 14-18 days as age-matched virgin controls. Maternal brain, adipose, liver and whole body fatty acid concentrations was determined for balance analysis, and kinetic modeling was used to determine brain and liver plasma unesterified DHA uptake and whole-body DHA synthesis-secretion rates...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627012/effect-of-betamethasone-on-fetal-pulmonary-and-umbilical-artery-doppler-velocimetry-and-relationship-with-respiratory-distress-syndrome-development
#9
Emre Sinan Güngör, Gülşah İlhan, Hüseyin Gültekin, Ali Galip Zebitay, Serdar Cömert, Fatma Ferda Verit
OBJECTIVES: Respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) is a major cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality. It is primarily a disease of premature neonates. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of maternal betamethasone administration on the fetal pulmonary arteries (PAs) and umbilical arteries (UAs) and the correlation between RDS development and PA Doppler results. METHODS: Forty singleton pregnancies between 24 and 34 gestational weeks with a diagnosis of preterm birth were included prospectively...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626870/the-chicken-or-the-egg-sildenafil-therapy-for-fetal-cardiovascular-dysfunction-during-hypoxic-development-studies-in-the-chick-embryo
#10
Ryan T Sless, Nathaniel E Hayward, Paul M Ryan
Chronic hypoxia in the gestating fetus is a common occurrence which invariably leads to a variety of adverse events such as premature delivery, pulmonary hypertension, intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and fetal/adult cardiovascular dysfunction. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620929/cartilage-canals-in-the-distal-intermediate-ridge-of-the-tibia-of-fetuses-and-foals-are-surrounded-by-different-types-of-collagen
#11
Ingunn Risnes Hellings, Nils Ivar Dolvik, Stina Ekman, Kristin Olstad
Some epiphyseal growth cartilage canals are surrounded by a ring of hypereosinophilic matrix consisting of collagen type I. Absence of the collagen type I ring may predispose canal vessels to failure and osteochondrosis, which can lead to fragments in joints (osteochondrosis dissecans). It is not known whether the ring develops in response to programming or biomechanical force. The distribution that may reveal the function of the ring has only been described in the distal femur of a limited number of foals...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619840/does-3t-fetal-mri-improve-image-resolution-of-normal-brain-structures-between-20-and-24-weeks-gestational-age
#12
G Priego, N J Barrowman, J Hurteau-Miller, E Miller
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stronger magnetic fields have the potential to improve fetal image resolution. Our objective was to detect whether there was better anatomic resolution of brain structures in fetuses imaged with a 3T magnet compared with a 1.5T magnet. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multiple cerebral and facial anatomic structures were retrospectively assessed in 28 fetal MR imaging scans with normal findings (12 at 3T and 16 at 1.5T) with a 0 -3 grading score. Fetuses were assessed during the second trimesters (gestational age, 20 -24 weeks)...
June 15, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619691/a-mouse-model-of-antepartum-stillbirth
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Anum Rahman, Lindsay S Cahill, Yu-Qing Zhou, Johnathan Hoggarth, Monique Y Rennie, Mike Seed, Christopher K Macgowan, John C Kingdom, S Lee Adamson, John G Sled
BACKGROUND: Many stillbirths of normally-formed fetuses in the third trimester could be prevented via delivery if reliable means to anticipate this outcome existed. However, since the etiology of these stillbirths is often unexplained and, although the underlying mechanism is presumed to be hypoxia from "placental insufficiency", the placentas often appear normal on histopathologic examination. Gestational age is a risk factor for antepartum stillbirth, with a rapid rise in stillbirth rates after 40 weeks gestation...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618098/pre-labor-fetal-cardiac-function-and-its-relationship-with-intrapartum-fetal-compromise-and-neonatal-status-at-term
#14
Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively investigate the relationship between fetal cardiac function and Doppler parameters with intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in term appropriately grown fetuses prior to labour. Secondary outcomes were to correlate prenatal cardiac function with neonatal acid base status, intrapartum fetal heart rate abnormalities adverse neonatal outcomes. METHODS: This was a blinded, prospective, observational, cohort study, at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia...
June 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617366/-an-effect-of-disease-modifying-drugs-on-the-development-of-children-born-to-mothers-with-multiple-sclerosis
#15
D S Kasatkin, N N Spirin, T V Vinogradova, A S Shytova
AIM: To evaluate an effect of mother's treatment with disease-modifying drugs (DMD) on the mental and physical development of the child in the first year of life. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty pregnancies resulted in birth of live babies in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) were studied. The diagnosis of MS was made to the mother before conception of the child. Seven mothers did not receive DMD at the moment of conception (controls), 13 mother were treated with interferon-beta (IFN) and 10 with glatiramer acetate...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615898/teratogenic-effects-of-carbamazepine-in-mice
#16
Manna Jose, Harikrishnan Vijayakumar Sreelatha, Manjula Valiyamattathil James, Sabareeswaran Arumughan, Sanjeev Varghese Thomas
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine the teratogenic effects of carbamazepine (CBZ) in BALB/c mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Mature female and male BALB/c mice (25-30 g) were used for all experiments. After standardization of administration and dose of CBZ, animals in the CBZ-treated groups (CBZ 450 mg/kg and 600 mg/kg) were fed on medicinal diet. The dams in the control group were mated on the same day as that of the CBZ-treated dams. After cesarean section (CS), fetal viability status and weights were recorded...
April 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615018/the-aquaglyceroporin-aqp9-contributes-to-the-sex-specific-effects-of-in-utero-arsenic-exposure-on-placental-gene-expression
#17
Emily F Winterbottom, Devin C Koestler, Dennis Liang Fei, Eric Wika, Anthony J Capobianco, Carmen J Marsit, Margaret R Karagas, David J Robbins
BACKGROUND: Sex-specific factors play a major role in human health and disease, including responses to environmental stresses such as toxicant exposure. Increasing evidence suggests that such sex differences also exist during fetal development. In a previous report using the resources of the New Hampshire Birth Cohort Study (NHBCS), we found that low-to-moderate in utero exposure to arsenic, a highly toxic and widespread pollutant, was associated with altered expression of several key developmental genes in the fetal portion of the placenta...
June 14, 2017: Environmental Health: a Global Access Science Source
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614294/human-fetal-dendritic-cells-promote-prenatal-t-cell-immune-suppression-through-arginase-2
#18
Naomi McGovern, Amanda Shin, Gillian Low, Donovan Low, Kaibo Duan, Leong Jing Yao, Rasha Msallam, Ivy Low, Nurhidaya Binte Shadan, Hermi R Sumatoh, Erin Soon, Josephine Lum, Esther Mok, Sandra Hubert, Peter See, Edwin Huang Kunxiang, Yie Hou Lee, Baptiste Janela, Mahesh Choolani, Citra Nurfarah Zaini Mattar, Yiping Fan, Tony Kiat Hon Lim, Dedrick Kok Hong, Ker-Kan Tan, John Kit Chung Tam, Christopher Schuster, Adelheid Elbe-Bürger, Xiao-Nong Wang, Venetia Bigley, Matthew Collin, Muzlifah Haniffa, Andreas Schlitzer, Michael Poidinger, Salvatore Albani, Anis Larbi, Evan W Newell, Jerry Kok Yen Chan, Florent Ginhoux
During gestation the developing human fetus is exposed to a diverse range of potentially immune-stimulatory molecules including semi-allogeneic antigens from maternal cells, substances from ingested amniotic fluid, food antigens, and microbes. Yet the capacity of the fetal immune system, including antigen-presenting cells, to detect and respond to such stimuli remains unclear. In particular, dendritic cells, which are crucial for effective immunity and tolerance, remain poorly characterized in the developing fetus...
June 14, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613964/early-and-late-onset-preeclampsia-and-the-dna-methylation-of-circadian-clock-and-clock-controlled-genes-in-placental-and-newborn-tissues
#19
C B van den Berg, I Chaves, E M Herzog, S P Willemsen, G T J van der Horst, R P M Steegers-Theunissen
The placenta is important in providing a healthy environment for the fetus and plays a central role in the pathophysiology of preeclampsia (PE). Fetal and placental developments are influenced by epigenetic programming. There is some evidence that PE is controlled to an altered circadian homeostasis. In a nested case-control study embedded in the Rotterdam Periconceptional Cohort, we obtained placental tissue, umbilical cord leukocytes (UCL), and human umbilical venous endothelial cells of 13 early-onset PE, 16 late-onset PE and 83 controls comprising 36 uncomplicated and 47 complicated pregnancies, i...
June 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611945/pregnant-greek-women-may-have-a-higher-prevalence-of-iodine-deficiency-than-the-general-greek-population
#20
Eftychia G Koukkou, Ioannis Ilias, Irene Mamalis, Kostas B Markou
BACKGROUND: Adequate dietary iodine consumption, predicted via the urinary iodine concentration (UIC), is necessary for normal thyroid function and for the neurodevelopment of fetuses and neonates. The general population of Greece is considered to be iodine sufficient, but our preliminary findings suggest that Greek pregnant women are at risk of iodine deficiency. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to estimate the thyroid function and UIC in a representative population of pregnant Greek women...
February 2017: European Thyroid Journal
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