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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156684/a-prenatal-interruption-of-disc1-function-in-the-brain-exhibits-a-lasting-impact-on-adult-behaviors-brain-metabolism-and-interneuron-development
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Dazhi Deng, Chongdong Jian, Ling Lei, Yijing Zhou, Colleen McSweeney, Fengping Dong, Yilun Shen, Donghua Zou, Yonggang Wang, Yuan Wu, Limin Zhang, Yingwei Mao
Mental illnesses like schizophrenia (SCZ) and major depression disorder (MDD) are devastating brain disorders. The SCZ risk gene, disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1), has been associated with neuropsychiatric conditions. However, little is known regarding the long-lasting impacts on brain metabolism and behavioral outcomes from genetic insults on fetal NPCs during early life. We have established a new mouse model that specifically interrupts DISC1 functions in NPCs in vivo by a dominant-negative DISC1 (DN-DISC1) with a precise temporal and spatial regulation...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156418/characterization-of-domestic-pig-spermatogenesis-using-spermatogonial-stem-cell-markers-in-the-early-months-of-life
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Julio Almunia, Kotono Nakamura, Mami Murakami, Shigeo Takashima, Masaki Takasu
In pigs, spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs), which include gonocytes and undifferentiated spermatogonia, are classically defined as being present till up to 2 months of life. However, knowledge about this transition from gonocytes to undifferentiated spermatogonia in pigs is limited. In this study, we characterized pig SSCs in neonatal (n = 6), one-month-old (1-mo-old, n = 6), two-month-old (2-mo-old, n = 6), and adult testes (n = 6) anatomically, histologically, and immunohistologically. Anatomically, testicular circumference (TC) was measured at each development stage...
November 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156109/a-microfabricated-96-well-wound-healing-assay
#3
Shaoliang Luan, Rui Hao, Yuanchen Wei, Deyong Chen, Beiyuan Fan, Fengliang Dong, Wei Guo, Junbo Wang, Jian Chen
This article presents a microfabricated 96-well wound-healing assay enabling high-throughput measurement of cellular migration capabilities. Within each well, the middle area is the wound region, made of microfabricated gold surface with self-assembled PEG repellent for cell seeding. After the formation of a cellular confluent monolayer around the wound region, collagen solution was applied to form three-dimensional matrix to cover the PEG surface, initiating the wound-healing process. By interpreting the numbers of migrated cells into the wound regions as a function of specific stimuli with different concentrations, EC50 (half-maximal effective concentration) was obtained...
November 20, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155576/chronic-arsenic-exposure-increases-a%C3%AE-1-42-production-and-rage-expression-in-rat-brain
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Sandra Aurora Niño, Guadalupe Martel-Gallegos, Adriana Castro-Zavala, Benita Ortega-Berlanga, Juan Manuel Delgado, Hector Hernandez-Mendoza, E Romero-Guzman, Judith Rios-Lugo, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, María Esther Jiménez-Capdeville, Sergio Zarazua
Chronic arsenic exposure during development is associated with alterations of chemical transmission and demyelination, which result in cognitive deficits and peripheral neuropathies. At cellular level, arsenic toxicity involves increased generation of reactive species that induce severe cellular alterations such as DNA fragmentation, apoptosis and lipid peroxidation. It has been proposed that arsenic-associated neurodegeneration could evolve to Alzheimer disease in later life.1,2 In this study, the effects of chronic exposure to inorganic arsenic (3 ppm by drinking water) in Wistar rats on the production and elimination of Amyloid-β (Aβ) were evaluated...
November 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155504/cervical-funneling-or-intra-amniotic-debris-and-preterm-birth-among-nulliparous-women-with-a-midtrimester-cervical-length-less-than-30-mm
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George R Saade, Elizabeth A Thom, William A Grobman, Jay D Iams, Brian M Mercer, Uma M Reddy, Alan T N Tita, Dwight J Rouse, Yoram Sorokin, Ronald J Wapner, Kenneth J Leveno, Sean C Blackwell, M Sean Esplin, Jorge E Tolosa, John M Thorp, Steve N Caritis, J Peter VanDorsten
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the presence of cervical funneling or intra-amniotic debris identified in the second trimester is associated with higher rates of preterm birth (PTB) in asymptomatic nulliparous women with a midtrimester cervical length (CL) less than 30 mm (i.e., less than the 10(th) percentile). METHODS: A secondary cohort analysis of a multicenter trial of women between 16 and 22 weeks with a singleton gestation and a CL less than 30 mm by transvaginal ultrasound randomized to either 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate or placebo...
November 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155262/glucocorticoids-and-cbg-during-pregnancy-in-mammals-diversity-pattern-and-function
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Phoebe D Edwards, Rudy Boonstra
Pregnancy is one of the defining characteristics of placental mammals. Key in the growth and development of the fetus during pregnancy are the dynamics of glucocorticoids (GCs) and their binding protein - corticosteroid-binding globulin (CBG), which determines how much of the GCs are free and biologically active. Out of more than 5,000 species of placental mammals in 19 different orders, our understanding of the dynamics of maternal GCs and CBG during pregnancy is largely limited to the detailed study of 3 groups - sheep, laboratory rodents, and humans...
November 16, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155192/external-genital-development-urethra-formation-and-hypospadias-induction-in-guinea-pig-a-double-zipper-model-for-human-urethral-development
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Shanshan Wang, Mingxin Shi, Dongqing Zhu, Ranjiv Mathews, Zhengui Zheng
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether the guinea pig phallus would be an appropriate model of human penile development, we characterized the embryology and sexual differentiation of guinea pig external genitalia and attend to induce hypospadias in males and tubular urethra formation in females pharmacologically. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The external genitalia of guinea pig were collected from genital swelling initiation to newborn stages and Scanning Electronic Microscopy and histology were performed to visualize the morphology and structure...
November 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155086/systemic-exposure-of-vinpocetine-in-pregnant-sprague-dawley-rats-following-repeated-oral-exposure-an-investigation-of-fetal-transfer
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Suramya Waidyanatha, Heather Troy, Natalie South, Seth Gibbs, Esra Mutlu, Brian Burback, Barry S McIntyre, Natasha Catlin
Vinpocetine is being used worldwide by people of all ages, including pregnant women, for its purported multiple health benefits. However, limited data is available addressing the safety/toxicity of vinpocetine. The National Toxicology Program conducted studies to examine potential effects of vinpocetine on the developing rat. Disposition data is helpful to put the fetal findings into context and provide information on the potential risk for humans. The current study reports the systemic exposure and toxicokinetic (TK) parameters of vinpocetine and metabolite, apovincaminic acid (AVA), in pregnant Harlan Sprague Dawley rats, fetuses and amniotic fluid following oral gavage exposure of dams to 5 and 20mg/kg vinpocetine from gestational day 6 to 18...
November 15, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154791/associations-of-early-life-urinary-triclosan-concentrations-with-maternal-neonatal-and-child-thyroid-hormone-levels
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Joseph M Braun, Aimin Chen, Andrew Hoofnagle, George D Papandonatos, Medina Jackson-Browne, Russ Hauser, Megan E Romano, Margaret R Karagas, Kimberly Yolton, R Thomas Zoeller, Bruce P Lanphear
BACKGROUND: Triclosan, an antimicrobial agent used in some consumer products, reduces endogenous thyroid hormone concentrations in rodents. Despite ubiquitous triclosan exposure and the importance of thyroid hormones for normal fetal development, few human studies have examined the impact of triclosan exposure on maternal, neonatal, or child thyroid hormones. METHODS: In the HOME Study, a prospective cohort from Cincinnati, OH, we measured urinary triclosan concentrations up to three times in pregnant women between 16weeks and delivery, and up to three times in children between age 1-3years...
November 14, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154114/prevalence-and-predictors-of-phthalate-exposure-in-pregnant-women-in-charleston-sc
#10
Abby G Wenzel, John W Brock, Lori Cruze, Roger B Newman, Elizabeth R Unal, Bethany J Wolf, Stephen E Somerville, John R Kucklick
Phthalates are plasticizers commonly detected in human urine due to widespread exposure from PVC plastics, food packaging, and personal care products. Several phthalates are known antiandrogenic endocrine disruptors, which raises concern for prenatal exposure during critical windows of fetal development. While phthalate exposure is ubiquitous, certain demographics are subject to greater or lesser exposure. We sampled urine from 378 pregnant women during the second trimester of gestation living in Charleston, SC, and measured eight urinary phthalate metabolites as biomarkers of phthalate exposure: monobutyl phthalate (MBP), monobenzyl phthalate (MBzP), mono(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (MEHP), mono(2-ethyl-5-oxohexyl) phthalate (MEOHP), mono(2-ethyl-5-hydroxyhexyl) phthalate (MEHHP), monoethyl phthalate (MEP), monoisobutyl phthalate (MiBP), and monomethyl phthalate (MMP)...
November 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153988/isolation-and-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-human-fetal-and-ipsc-derived-cone-photoreceptor-cells
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Emily Welby, Jorn Lakowski, Valentina Di Foggia, Dimitri Budinger, Anai Gonzalez-Cordero, Aaron T L Lun, Michael Epstein, Aara Patel, Elisa Cuevas, Kamil Kruczek, Arifa Naeem, Federico Minneci, Mike Hubank, David T Jones, John C Marioni, Robin R Ali, Jane C Sowden
Loss of cone photoreceptors, crucial for daylight vision, has the greatest impact on sight in retinal degeneration. Transplantation of stem cell-derived L/M-opsin cones, which form 90% of the human cone population, could provide a feasible therapy to restore vision. However, transcriptomic similarities between fetal and stem cell-derived cones remain to be defined, in addition to development of cone cell purification strategies. Here, we report an analysis of the human L/M-opsin cone photoreceptor transcriptome using an AAV2/9...
November 14, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153908/-analysis-of-obstetric-pediatric-care-in-the-perinatal-period-are-births-before-31-weeks-gestation-in-level-2b-maternity-units-avoidable
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I Martin, A Roussel, M-F Olieric, M Feldmann, Y Wallerich, N Trabelsi, A Miton, C Zuily-Lamy, V Valdès, J Fresson
INTRODUCTION: Regionalization of perinatal care has been developed to improve the survival of preterm babies. The mortality rate is higher among very premature infants born outside level-3 maternity units. The objective of this study was to evaluate the preventability of these very premature births occurring outside recommendations within level-2B maternity units. The secondary objective was to describe the care of premature infants between 23 and 24 weeks. METHODS: This is a single-center retrospective qualitative study of the care delivery pathways...
November 16, 2017: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153672/an-intermediate-sflt-1-plgf-ratio-indicates-an-increased-risk-for-adverse-pregnancy-outcome
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Janine Hoffmann, Victoria Ossada, Marie Weber, Holger Stepan
OBJECTIVE: The sFlt-1/PlGF ratio is a valid marker in diagnosing or excluding preeclampsia. The currently used cut offs frame an intermediate zone of 33-85 (<34(0) weeks) or 33-110 (≥34(0) weeks), respectively. In this study we sought to evaluate the relevance of an intermediate sFlt-1/PlGF ratio for the clinical pregnancy course and outcome. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We retrospectively analysed 533 consecutive patients with sFlt-1/PlGF ratio measurements for suspected preeclampsia...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153666/prevalence-risk-factors-and-associated-complications-of-postpartum-hypertension-in-rural-haiti
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Eleanor Kang, Rebekah Sugarman, Hadi Ramadan, Ariel Mueller, Sana Shahul, Joana Lopes Perdigao, David Jean Louis, Rulx Narcisse, Herriot Sannon, Laura Magee, Sarosh Rana
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hypertensive disorders during pregnancy is high in developing countries such as Haiti, however little is known about postpartum hypertension (PPHTN). METHODS: This is a prospective study done at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in rural Haiti among pregnant women age 18 or older who were admitted for labor. Blood pressures were collected before and after delivery and medical charts were reviewed to gather delivery characteristics and fetal/neonatal outcomes...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153658/neurological-function-in-children-born-to-preeclamptic-and-hypertensive-mothers-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Ernesto A Figueiró-Filho, Lauren E Mak, James N Reynolds, Patrick W Stroman, Graeme N Smith, Nils D Forkert, Angelina Paolozza, Matthew T Rätsep, B Anne Croy
BACKGROUND: Offspring whose mothers developed preeclampsia (PE-F1s) show developmental effects that are now being identified, such as cognitive, behavioural, and mood differences compared to offspring from non-complicated pregnancies. We hypothesize that the progressive angiokine dysregulation associated with development of preeclampsia (PE) reflects gene dysregulation in pre-implantation conceptuses, and manifests in all developing fetal tissues rather than exclusively to the placenta...
October 2017: Pregnancy Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153381/prenatal-tvocs-exposure-negatively-influences-postnatal-neurobehavioral-development
#16
Moonhee Chang, Dongheon Lee, Hyesook Park, Mina Ha, Yun-Chul Hong, Yangho Kim, Boong-Nyun Kim, Yeni Kim, Youn-Hee Lim, Eun-Hee Ha
Prenatal exposure to volatile organic compounds may restrict fetal development and adversely influence infants' life. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between prenatal exposure to total volatile organic compounds (TVOC) and postnatal neurobehavioral development. A subsample of 383 pregnant participants was chosen from the prospective birth cohort study of Mother and Children's Environmental Health Study; MOCEH (N=1,751) from three regions of the Republic of Korea (Seoul, Cheon-an, and Ulsan). Participants were enrolled during their first trimester with informed consent...
November 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151792/fluoxetine-modulates-sex-steroid-levels-in-vitro
#17
Diana Lupu, Marcus O D Sjödin, Mukesh Varshney, Johan Lindberg, Felicia Loghin, Joëlle Rüegg
Background and aims: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressants increasingly prescribed against depression during and after pregnancy. However, these compounds cross the placenta and are found in breast milk, thus reaching, and possibly affecting, the fetus and infant during critical developmental stages. Fluoxetine (FLX), a widely used SSRI, can interfere with estrogen signaling, which is important for the development of female sex organs and certain brain areas, among others...
2017: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151681/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-early-onset-glaucoma-following-pediatric-cataract-surgery-in-egyptian-children-one-year-study
#18
Ghada I Gawdat, Maha M Youssef, Nermeen M Bahgat, Dina M Elfayoumi, Mohamed As Eddin
Aim: To study the incidence and risk factors of glaucoma occurring within 1 year following pediatric cataract surgery in Egyptian children. Materials and methods: This is a prospective nonrandomized study conducted at Aburich Children's Hospital, over a period of 1 year on a cohort of Egyptian patients with congenital and infantile cataract. One hundred and fifty eyes of 88 patients were enrolled in this study. All the patients underwent anterior approach removal of lens matter, whereas primary intraocular lens (IOL) implantation was carried at the age of 1 and 2 years for unilateral and bilateral cases respectively...
September 2017: Journal of Current Glaucoma Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151450/identification-and-expression-analysis-of-cdna-encoding-insulin-like-growth-factor-2-in-horses
#19
Kohta Kikuchi, Keisuke Sasaki, Hiroki Akizawa, Hayato Tsukahara, Hanako Bai, Masashi Takahashi, Yasuo Nambo, Hiroshi Hata, Manabu Kawahara
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is responsible for a broad range of physiological processes during fetal development and adulthood, but genomic analyses of IGF2 containing the 5'- and 3'-untranslated regions (UTRs) in equines have been limited. In this study, we characterized the IGF2 mRNA containing the UTRs, and determined its expression pattern in the fetal tissues of horses. The complete equine IGF2 mRNA sequence harboring another exon approximately 2.8 kb upstream from the canonical transcription start site was identified as a new transcript variant...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150616/nmr-metabolomics-for-stem-cell-type-discrimination
#20
Franca Castiglione, Monica Ferro, Evangelos Mavroudakis, Rosalia Pellitteri, Patrizia Bossolasco, Damiano Zaccheo, Massimo Morbidelli, Vincenzo Silani, Andrea Mele, Davide Moscatelli, Lidia Cova
Cell metabolism is a key determinant factor for the pluripotency and fate commitment of Stem Cells (SCs) during development, ageing, pathological onset and progression. We derived and cultured selected subpopulations of rodent fetal, postnatal, adult Neural SCs (NSCs) and postnatal glial progenitors, Olfactory Ensheathing Cells (OECs), respectively from the subventricular zone (SVZ) and the olfactory bulb (OB). Cell lysates were analyzed by proton Nuclear Magnetic Resonance ((1)H-NMR) spectroscopy leading to metabolites identification and quantitation...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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