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Gaetano J Scuderi, Jonathan Butcher
Ischemic heart disease remains one of the most prominent causes of mortalities worldwide with heart transplantation being the gold-standard treatment option. However, due to the major limitations associated with heart transplants, such as an inadequate supply and heart rejection, there remains a significant clinical need for a viable cardiac regenerative therapy to restore native myocardial function. Over the course of the previous several decades, researchers have made prominent advances in the field of cardiac regeneration with the creation of in vitro human pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocyte tissue engineered constructs...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529453/the-role-of-germ-cell-loss-during-primordial-follicle-assembly-a-review-of-current-advances
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REVIEW
Yuan-Chao Sun, Xiao-Feng Sun, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen, Hong Chen
In most female mammals, early germline development begins with the appearance of primordial germ cells (PGCs), and develops to form mature oocytes following several vital processes. It remains well accepted that significant germ cell apoptosis and oocyte loss takes place around the time of birth. The transition of the ovarian environment from fetal to neonatal, coincides with the loss of germ cells and the timing of follicle formation. All told it is common to lose approximately two thirds of germ cells during this transition period...
2017: International Journal of Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528868/pleiotropic-effects-of-trait-associated-genetic-variation-on-dna-methylation-utility-for-refining-gwas-loci
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Eilis Hannon, Mike Weedon, Nicholas Bray, Michael O'Donovan, Jonathan Mill
Most genetic variants identified in genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of complex traits are thought to act by affecting gene regulation rather than directly altering the protein product. As a consequence, the actual genes involved in disease are not necessarily the most proximal to the associated variants. By integrating data from GWAS analyses with those from genetic studies of regulatory variation, it is possible to identify variants pleiotropically associated with both a complex trait and measures of gene regulation...
May 13, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528239/the-experiences-of-women-midwives-and-obstetricians-when-women-decline-recommended-maternity-care-a-feminist-thematic-analysis
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Bec Jenkinson, Sue Kruske, Sue Kildea
BACKGROUND: pregnant women, like all competent adults, have the right to refuse medical treatment, although concerns about maternal and fetal safety can make doing so problematic. Empirical research about refusal of recommended maternity care has mostly described the attitudes of clinicians, with women's perspectives notably absent. DESIGN: feminist thematic analysis of in-depth, semi-structured interviews with women's (n=9), midwives' (n=12) and obstetricians' (n=9) about their experiences of refusal of recommended maternity care...
May 11, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528174/prenatal-exposure-to-di-n-butyl-phthalate-disrupts-the-development-of-adult-leydig-cells-in-male-rats-during-puberty
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Xiaomin Chen, Linxi Li, Huitao Li, Hongguo Guan, Yaoyao Dong, Xiaoheng Li, Qiufan Wang, Qingquan Lian, Guoxin Hu, Ren-Shan Ge
Fetal exposure to di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) causes the adult disease such as lower testosterone production and infertility. However, the mechanism is still unknown. The objective of the present study is to determine how DBP affects the involution of fetal Leydig cells during the neonatal period and how this event causes the delayed development of the adult Leydig cells during puberty. The pregnant Sprague Dawley dams were randomly divided into 3 groups and were gavaged with 0 (corn oil, the vehicle control), 100 or 500mg/kg DBP from gestational day 12 (G12) to G21...
May 17, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527570/mechanisms-of-glucocorticoid-action-during-development
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Jonathan T Busada, John A Cidlowski
Glucocorticoids are primary stress hormones produced by the adrenal cortex. The concentration of serum glucocorticoids in the fetus is low throughout most of gestation but surge in the weeks prior to birth. While their most well-known function is to stimulate differentiation and functional development of the lungs, glucocorticoids also play crucial roles in the development of several other organ systems. Mothers at risk of preterm delivery are administered glucocorticoids to accelerate fetal lung development and prevent respiratory distress...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527301/exploration-of-dietary-patterns-and-alcohol-consumption-in-pregnant-women-in-the-uk-a-mixed-methods-study
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Victoria Coathup, Lesley Smith, Mary Boulton
BACKGROUND: fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a term used to describe a range of physical, cognitive and behavioural deficits in the offspring of women who drank alcohol during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence suggests alcohol consumption in the presence of poor maternal nutrition may increase the risk of harm to the developing fetus. OBJECTIVE: to investigate relationships between maternal dietary patterns and alcohol consumption, and explore which factors influence women's decisions about what to eat and drink during pregnancy...
April 27, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526846/nk-cell-derived-il-10-is-critical-for-dc-nk-cell-dialogue-at-the-maternal-fetal-interface
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Sandra M Blois, Nancy Freitag, Irene Tirado-González, Shi-Bin Cheng, Markus M Heimesaat, Stefan Bereswill, Matthias Rose, Melanie L Conrad, Gabriela Barrientos, Surendra Sharma
DC-NK cell interactions are thought to influence the development of maternal tolerance and de novo angiogenesis during early gestation. However, it is unclear which mechanism ensures the cooperative dialogue between DC and NK cells at the feto-maternal interface. In this article, we show that uterine NK cells are the key source of IL-10 that is required to regulate DC phenotype and pregnancy success. Upon in vivo expansion of DC during early gestation, NK cells expressed increased levels of IL-10. Exogenous administration of IL-10 was sufficient to overcome early pregnancy failure in dams treated to achieve simultaneous DC expansion and NK cell depletion...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526753/altered-feto-placental-vascularization-feto-placental-malperfusion-and-fetal-growth-restriction-in-mice-with-egfl7-loss-of-function
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Lauretta A Lacko, Romulo Hurtado, Samantha Hinds, Michael G Poulos, Jason M Butler, Heidi Stuhlmann
EGFL7 is a secreted, angiogenic factor produced by embryonic endothelial cells. To understand its role in placental development, we established a novel Egfl7 knockout mouse. The mutant mice have gross defects in chorioallantoic branching morphogenesis and placental vascular patterning. Microangiography and 3D imaging revealed patchy perfusion of Egfl7(-/-) placentas marked by impeded blood conductance through sites of narrowed vessels. Consistent with poor feto-placental perfusion, Egfl7 knockout resulted in reduced placental weight and fetal growth restriction...
May 19, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526449/predictors-of-vaginal-delivery-in-medically-indicated-early-preterm-induction-of-labor
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Rachel A Sievert, Spencer G Kuper, Victoria C Jauk, Melissa Parrish, Joseph R Biggio, Lorie M Harper
BACKGROUND: When delivery is indicated prior to 34 weeks, many providers perform a cesarean delivery (CD) rather than induce labor based on perceptions of a high failure rate. Given the morbidity of CD, an accurate estimate of the success rate and factors associated with success in preterm induction of labor (IOL) is important in management decisions. OBJECTIVE: We sought to develop a prediction model for successful induction of labor in preterm patients using factors known at the time the decision is made to deliver...
May 16, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526027/description-of-inter-institutional-referrals-after-admission-for-labor-and-delivery-a-prospective-population-based-cohort-study-in-rural-maharashtra-india
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Archana B Patel, Amber Abhijeet Prakash, Camille Raynes-Greenow, Yamini V Pusdekar, Patricia L Hibberd
BACKGROUND: In 2008, the Indian government introduced financial assistance to encourage health facility deliveries. Facility births have increased, but maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality have not decreased raising questions about the quality of care provided in facilities and access to a quality referral system. We evaluated the potential role of inter-institutional transfers of women admitted for labor and delivery on adverse maternal and neonatal outcomes in an ongoing prospective, population-based Maternal and Newborn Health Registry in Central India...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526012/the-pregnancy-and-fertility-prefer-study-an-italian-multicenter-prospective-cohort-study-on-fertility-preservation-and-pregnancy-issues-in-young-breast-cancer-patients
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Matteo Lambertini, Paola Anserini, Valeria Fontana, Francesca Poggio, Giuseppina Iacono, Annalisa Abate, Alessia Levaggi, Loredana Miglietta, Claudia Bighin, Sara Giraudi, Alessia D'Alonzo, Eva Blondeaux, Davide Buffi, Francesco Campone, Domenico F Merlo, Lucia Del Mastro
BACKGROUND: Fertility and pregnancy issues are of key importance for young breast cancer patients. Despite several advances in the field, there are still multiple unmet needs and barriers in discussing and dealing with these concerns. To address the significant challenges related to fertility and pregnancy issues, the PREgnancy and FERtility (PREFER) study was developed as a national comprehensive program aiming to optimize care and improve knowledge around these topics. METHODS: The PREFER study is a prospective cohort study conducted across several Italian institution affiliated with the Gruppo Italiano Mammella (GIM) group evaluating patterns of care and clinical outcomes of young breast cancer patients dealing with fertility and pregnancy issues...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525898/ginsenoside-rg3-inhibits-the-senescence-of-prostate-stromal-cells-through-down-regulation-of-interleukin-8-expression
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Yanfei Peng, Ran Zhang, Lingfei Kong, Yongmei Shen, Da Xu, Fang Zheng, Jianwei Liu, Qian Wu, Bona Jia, Ju Zhang
Senescent stromal cells support the development of prostate cancer and are considered potential therapeutic targets. This research evaluated the regulatory effects of ginsenoside Rg3 on the senescence of prostatic stromal cells pre-incubated in medium supplemented with 0.5% fetal bovine serum. The results revealed that ginsenoside Rg3 decreased the number of stromal cells positively stained with a senescent cell marker (senescence-associated β-galactosidase). Ginsenoside Rg3 also increased the viability of stromal cells and promoted cell cycle transition from G0/G1 to S phase, as well as inhibited the carcinoma-associated fibroblast-like phenotype in prostate stromal cells, through the up-regulation of smooth muscle cell markers SM22 and smooth muscle myosin heavy chain...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525335/morphometric-abnormalities-in-the-spleen-of-the-progeny-of-mice-fed-epigallocatechin-during-gestation-and-nursing
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B J Bałan, E Skopińska-Różewska, P Skopiński, R Zdanowski, M Leśniak, A Kiepura, S Lewicki
It is very difficult to cure pregnant females suffering from infections, because of the risk which might occur during treatment by several, even herbal, medications. Many of these substances, among them extracts from plants, have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and immunostimulatory properties owing to their polyphenols content, but also may reveal unwanted effects on the fetal development because of their anti-angiogenic properties. The aim of the present study was to elucidate whether daily feeding pregnant and nursing mice 0...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524368/severe-pemphigoid-gestationis-associated-with-acute-disseminated-encephalomyelitis-in-the-setting-of-a-systemic-disorder
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Jawad Oumerzouk, Nabil Abida, Achraf Zaimi, Kaoutar Znati, El Mehdi Zbir, Ahmed Bourazza
Pemphigoid gestationis is a skin-specific autoimmune disorder that can sometimes present as the cutaneous manifestation of a multiorgan disease due to potentially common pathogenic mechanisms. We report a severe form of pemphigoid gestationis in a 32-year-old primigravida woman, who presented at 22 weeks of gestation with headaches and blurred vision, later developing encephalitis, intrauterine fetal demise and dilated cardiomyopathy.
May 19, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523877/mother-nature-in-eczema-maternal-factors-influencing-atopic-dermatitis
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REVIEW
Alexandra R Vaughn, Paige Tannhauser, Raja K Sivamani, Vivian Y Shi
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a highly prevalent chronic inflammatory skin disease. Current knowledge about the etiology of AD suggests that it is multifactorial and involves the interaction of several factors, including environmental triggers, genetics, immunologic factors, and skin barrier dysfunction. The prenatal environment has a significant influence on fetal development, including the maturation of skin barrier function. This review summarizes maternal factors that have been reported to influence the development of AD in offspring, including maternal genetics, nutrition, breastfeeding, environment, and behaviors...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523122/sex-differences-in-rat-placental-development-from-pre-implantation-to-late-gestation
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J I Kalisch-Smith, D G Simmons, M Pantaleon, K M Moritz
BACKGROUND: A male fetus is suggested to be more susceptible to in utero and birth complications. This may be due in part to altered morphology or function of the XY placenta. We hypothesised that sexual dimorphism begins at the blastocyst stage with sex differences in the progenitor trophectoderm (TE) and its derived trophoblast lineages, as these cells populate the majority of cell types within the placenta. We investigated sex-specific differences in cell allocation in the pre-implantation embryo and further characterised growth and gene expression of the placental compartments from the early stages of the definitive placenta through to late gestation...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522661/quantitative-folding-pattern-analysis-of-early-primary-sulci-in-human-fetuses-with-brain-abnormalities
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K Im, A Guimaraes, Y Kim, E Cottrill, B Gagoski, C Rollins, C Ortinau, E Yang, P E Grant
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aberrant gyral folding is a key feature in the diagnosis of many cerebral malformations. However, in fetal life, it is particularly challenging to confidently diagnose aberrant folding because of the rapid spatiotemporal changes of gyral development. Currently, there is no resource to measure how an individual fetal brain compares with normal spatiotemporal variations. In this study, we assessed the potential for automatic analysis of early sulcal patterns to detect individual fetal brains with cerebral abnormalities...
May 18, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522536/a-placental-growth-factor-is-silenced-in-mouse-embryos-by-the-zinc-finger-protein-zfp568
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Peng Yang, Yixuan Wang, Don Hoang, Matthew Tinkham, Anamika Patel, Ming-An Sun, Gernot Wolf, Mairead Baker, Huan-Chieh Chien, Kuan-Yu Nick Lai, Xiaodong Cheng, Che-Kun James Shen, Todd S Macfarlan
Insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF2) is the major fetal growth hormone in mammals. We identify zinc finger protein 568 (ZFP568), a member of the rapidly evolving Kruppel-associated box-zinc finger protein (KRAB-ZFP) family linked primarily to silencing of endogenous retroelements, as a direct repressor of a placental-specific Igf2 transcript (designated Igf2-P0) in mice. Loss of Zfp568, which causes gastrulation failure, or mutation of the ZFP568-binding site at the Igf2-P0 promoter causes inappropriate Igf2-P0 activation...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522409/neonatal-exposure-to-17%C3%AE-ethynyl-estradiol-ee-disrupts-follicle-development-and-reproductive-hormone-profiles-in-female-rats
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Haolin Zhang, Kazuyoshi Taya, Kentaro Nagaoka, Midori Yoshida, Gen Watanabe
Toxic effects induced by exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals during fetal and neonatal periods can be irreversible and exert effects throughout an animal's entire life. Our previous study showed that neonatal exposure to 17α-ethynyl estradiol (EE) induced irregular estrous cycle in adults. To uncover the reason for the delayed effect after neonatal exposure to EE, reproductive parameters including ovarian weight, ovarian steroidogenesis, and hormonal profiles were investigated in developing female rats...
May 15, 2017: Toxicology Letters
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