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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244799/prenatal-and-early-postnatal-measures-of-brain-development-and-childhood-sleep-patterns
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Desana Kocevska, Maria E Verhoeff, Selma Meinderts, Vincent W Jaddoe, Frank C Verhulst, Sabine J Roza, Maartje P C M Luijk, Henning Tiemeier
BACKGROUND: Brain development underlies maturation of sleep patterns throughout childhood. Intrauterine head growth -marker of early neurodevelopment- has not been associated with childhood sleep characteristics. We explored associations between ultrasonographic measures of prenatal and early postnatal neurodevelopment and childhood sleep. METHODS: Six-thousand-five-hundred-twenty-eight children from a population-based birth cohort (Generation R) were included. Head circumference (HC) and lateral ventricles size were assessed with mid- and late-pregnancy fetal ultrasounds, and with cranial ultrasound 3-20 weeks postnatally...
December 15, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241912/radiofrequency-ablation-for-selective-reduction-in-complex-monochorionic-multiple-pregnancies-a-case-series
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Hong-Mei Wang, Hong-Yan Li, Xie-Tong Wang, Yan-Yun Wang, Lei Li, Bo Liang, Jing Wang, Jia Song
OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety and efficacy of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for selective fetal reduction in complex monochorionic multiple pregnancies. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From July 2011 to January 2015, data on all cases treated with RFA were collected prospectively in our hospital. Indications, procedure details, cause of fetal demise and pregnancy outcomes were analyzed. Sonography and magnetic resonance imaging were performed to detect fetal brain damage...
December 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241384/effects-of-ciprofloxacin-and-quercetin-on-fetal-brain-development-a-biochemical-and-histopathological-study
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Zumrut Dogan, Aymelek Cetin, Ebru Elibol, Nigar Vardi, Yusuf Turkoz
Teratogens cause birth defects and malformations while human development is being completed. In pregnancy, urinary tract infection (UTI) is a common health problem caused by bacteria. The fluoroquinolones such as ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin and gemifloxacin can treat various types of bacterial infections successfully. The aim of this study is to determine whether the use of ciprofloxacin during pregnancy causes oxidative stress on brain tissues of the fetus, and whether quercetin contributes to prevent this damage if stress has already occurred...
December 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241049/prenatal-maternal-mood-patterns-predict-child-temperament-and-adolescent-mental-health
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Laura M Glynn, Mariann A Howland, Curt A Sandman, Elysia P Davis, Michael Phelan, Tallie Z Baram, Hal S Stern
BACKGROUND: This study quantifies the dynamics of maternal mood focusing on unpredictability, and to assess if greater unpredictability of prenatal maternal mood predicts child temperament and internalizing symptoms through early adolescence. METHODS: The association between prenatal mood predictability and child internalizing symptoms were assessed in two longitudinal cohorts (N's = 227 and 180). Maternal mood was assessed repeatedly during pregnancy as early as 15 weeks' gestation...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29235099/variations-from-morning-to-afternoon-of-middle-cerebral-and-umbilical-artery-blood-flow-and-fetal-heart-rate-variability-and-fetal-characteristics-in-the-normally-developing-fetus
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Tehila Avitan, Ari Sanders, Ursula Brain, Dan Rurak, Tim F Oberlander, Ken Lim
OBJECTIVE: To determine if there are changes in maternal uterine blood flow, fetal brain blood flow, fetal heart rate variability, and umbilical blood flow between morning (AM) and afternoon (PM) in healthy, uncomplicated pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: In this prospective study, 68 uncomplicated singleton pregnancies (mean 35 + 0.7 weeks gestation) underwent a standard observational protocol at both 08:00 (AM) and 13:30 (PM) of the same day. This protocol included Doppler measurements of uterine, umbilical, and fetal middle cerebral artery (MCA) volume flow parameters (flow, HR, peak systolic velocity [PSV], PI, and RI) followed by computerized cardiotocography...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234596/exploring-the-multiple-hit-hypothesis-of-preterm-white-matter-damage-using-diffusion-mri
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Madeleine L Barnett, Nora Tusor, Gareth Ball, Andrew Chew, Shona Falconer, Paul Aljabar, Jessica A Kimpton, Nigel Kennea, Mary Rutherford, A David Edwards, Serena J Counsell
Background: Preterm infants are at high risk of diffuse white matter injury and adverse neurodevelopmental outcome. The multiple hit hypothesis suggests that the risk of white matter injury increases with cumulative exposure to multiple perinatal risk factors. Our aim was to test this hypothesis in a large cohort of preterm infants using diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI). Methods: We studied 491 infants (52% male) without focal destructive brain lesions born at < 34 weeks, who underwent structural and dMRI at a specialist Neonatal Imaging Centre...
2018: NeuroImage: Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234149/effect-of-maternal-iron-deficiency-anemia-on-fetal-neural-development
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Sriparna Basu, Dinesh Kumar, Shampa Anupurba, Ashish Verma, Ashok Kumar
OBJECTIVE: Perinatal iron deficiency may have deleterious consequences on fetal neural development. The present study was conducted to determine the effect of maternal iron deficiency anemia (IDA) on fetal hippocampal morphogenesis and production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). STUDY DESIGN: Seventy term, singleton neonates born to mothers with IDA (hemoglobin <110g/L and serum ferritin <12 μg/L) formed the study group. Twenty gestational age-matched neonates born to healthy mothers without IDA (hemoglobin ≥110 g/L and serum ferritin >12 μg/L) served as controls...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233624/first-and-second-trimester-screening-for-fetal-structural-anomalies
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REVIEW
Lindsay Edwards, Lisa Hui
Fetal structural anomalies are found in up to 3% of all pregnancies and ultrasound-based screening has been an integral part of routine prenatal care for decades. The prenatal detection of fetal anomalies allows for optimal perinatal management, providing expectant parents with opportunities for additional imaging, genetic testing, and the provision of information regarding prognosis and management options. Approximately one-half of all major structural anomalies can now be detected in the first trimester, including acrania/anencephaly, abdominal wall defects, holoprosencephaly and cystic hygromata...
December 9, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229852/regulatory-networks-specifying-cortical-interneurons-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-reveal-roles-for-chd2-in-interneuron-development
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Kesavan Meganathan, Emily M A Lewis, Paul Gontarz, Shaopeng Liu, Edouard G Stanley, Andrew G Elefanty, James E Huettner, Bo Zhang, Kristen L Kroll
Cortical interneurons (cINs) modulate excitatory neuronal activity by providing local inhibition. During fetal development, several cIN subtypes derive from the medial ganglionic eminence (MGE), a transient ventral telencephalic structure. While altered cIN development contributes to neurodevelopmental disorders, the inaccessibility of human fetal brain tissue during development has hampered efforts to define molecular networks controlling this process. Here, we modified protocols for directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells, obtaining efficient, accelerated production of MGE-like progenitors and MGE-derived cIN subtypes with the expected electrophysiological properties...
December 11, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229361/a-literature-review-on-maternal-fetal-and-reproductive-disorders-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection
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REVIEW
Shirzad Fallahi, Ali Rostami, Malihe Nourollahpour Shiadeh, Hamed Behniafar, Shahrokh Paktinat
BACKGROUND: Toxoplasma gondii infection is one of the most prevalent infectious disease with worldwide distribution. Congenital toxoplasmosis is annually responsible for 1.20 million disability-adjusted life years around the world, but often it is overlooked many countries. METHODS: We performed an updated review to summarize the current researches on fetal, neonatal and maternal consequences of T. gondii infection and also adverse effects of toxoplasmosis on women reproductive organs...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29228979/contrasting-effect-of-the-latency-reversing-agents-bryostatin-1-and-jq1-on-astrocyte-mediated-neuroinflammation-and-brain-neutrophil-invasion
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Alizé Proust, Corinne Barat, Mathieu Leboeuf, Jean Drouin, Michel J Tremblay
BACKGROUND: Despite effectiveness of the combined antiretroviral therapy, HIV-1 persists in long-lived latently infected cells. Consequently, new therapeutic approaches aimed at eliminating this latent reservoir are currently being developed. A "shock and kill" strategy using latency-reversing agents (LRA) to reactivate HIV-1 has been proposed. However, the impact of LRA on the central nervous system (CNS) remains elusive. METHODS: We used human fetal astrocytes and investigated the effects of several LRA on their functional and secretory activities...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226080/fad-influx-enhances-neuronal-differentiation-of-human-neural-stem-cells-by-facilitating-nuclear-localization-of-lsd1
#12
Kazumi Hirano, Masakazu Namihira
Flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD), synthesized from riboflavin, is redox cofactor in energy production and plays an important role in cell survival. More recently, riboflavin deficiency has been linked to developmental disorders, but its role in stem cell differentiation remains unclear. Here, we show that FAD treatment, using DMSO as a solvent, enabled an increase in the amount of intracellular FAD and promoted neuronal differentiation of human neural stem cells (NSCs) derived not only from fetal brain, but also from induced pluripotent stem cells...
December 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220528/maternal-thyroid-function-in-early-pregnancy-and-neuropsychological-performance-of-the-child-at-5-years-of-age
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Stine Linding Andersen, Stig Andersen, Zeyan Liew, Peter Vestergaard, Jørn Olsen
Context: Abnormal maternal thyroid function in pregnancy may impair fetal brain development, but more evidence is needed to refine and corroborate the hypothesis. Objective: To estimate the association between maternal thyroid function in early pregnancy and neuropsychological performance of the child at 5 years of age. Design: Follow-up study. Participants: A cohort of 1,153 women and their children sampled from the Danish National Birth Cohort...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217485/developmental-origins-of-adult-health-and-disease-the-metabolic-role-of-bdnf-from-early-life-to-adulthood
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REVIEW
Despina D Briana, Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner
Accumulating evidence suggests that the origins of adult disease may occur during fetal life. Thus, the concept of "developmental programming" has been introduced and supported by epidemiological and experimental data. This concept supports the idea that the nutritional and hormonal status during pregnancy could interfere in metabolism control. The mechanisms responsible for this "developmental programming" remain poorly documented. Current research indicates that neurotrophins and particularly brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) may play a crucial role in this process...
December 4, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212715/bcas1-expression-defines-a-population-of-early-myelinating-oligodendrocytes-in-multiple-sclerosis-lesions
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Maryam K Fard, Franziska van der Meer, Paula Sánchez, Ludovico Cantuti-Castelvetri, Sunit Mandad, Sarah Jäkel, Eugenio F Fornasiero, Sebastian Schmitt, Marc Ehrlich, Laura Starost, Tanja Kuhlmann, Christina Sergiou, Verena Schultz, Claudia Wrzos, Wolfgang Brück, Henning Urlaub, Leda Dimou, Christine Stadelmann, Mikael Simons
Investigations into brain function and disease depend on the precise classification of neural cell types. Cells of the oligodendrocyte lineage differ greatly in their morphology, but accurate identification has thus far only been possible for oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and mature oligodendrocytes in humans. We find that breast carcinoma amplified sequence 1 (BCAS1) expression identifies an oligodendroglial subpopulation in the mouse and human brain. These cells are newly formed, myelinating oligodendrocytes that segregate from oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and mature oligodendrocytes and mark regions of active myelin formation in development and in the adult...
December 6, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212205/jnk-inhibitor-alleviates-apoptosis-of-fetal-neural-stem-cells-induced-by-emulsified-isoflurane
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Lei Zhou, Zeyong Yang, Xianfu Lu, Xingxing Li, Xiaohu An, Jing Chai, Qiling Yang, Shikai Yan, Yuanhai Li
Isoflurane can provide both neuroprotection and neurotoxicity in various culture models and in rodent developing brains. Emulsified Isoflurane (EI) is an emulsion formulation of isoflurane, while its underlying molecular mechanism of developemental nerve toxicity largely remains unclear. We hypothesized that EI induced fetal neural stem cells (FNSCs) apoptosis, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation. FNSCs were isolated from the cortex of SD rats during 14 days of gestation...
November 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205599/postnatal-separation-prevents-the-development-of-prenatal-stress-induced-anxiety-in-association-with-changes-in-estrogen-receptor-and-oxytocin-immunoreactivity-in-female-mandarin-vole-microtus-mandarinus-offspring
#17
Fengqin He, Zijian Wang, Guanlin Guo
Estrogen has both anxiogenic and anxiolytic effects because of variation in opposing action on alpha (ERα) and beta (ERβ) estrogen receptors in the medial preoptic area (mPOA), bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) and medial amygdala (MeA). Oxytocin (OT) reverses some of the anxiogenic effects of estrogen in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and supraoptic nucleus (SON). Because anxiety disorders are twice as common in women as in men, and estrogen and OT are more important in females, we examined interactions between prenatal restraint stress (GS) and postnatal early short-term maternal separation (MS) and female mandarin vole behavior, estrogen receptors and OT...
December 4, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197740/gene-set-enrichment-analysis-and-expression-pattern-exploration-implicate-an-involvement-of-neurodevelopmental-processes-in-bipolar-disorder
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Thomas W Mühleisen, Céline S Reinbold, Andreas J Forstner, Lilia I Abramova, Martin Alda, Gulja Babadjanova, Michael Bauer, Paul Brennan, Alexander Chuchalin, Cristiana Cruceanu, Piotr M Czerski, Franziska Degenhardt, Sascha B Fischer, Janice M Fullerton, Scott D Gordon, Maria Grigoroiu-Serbanescu, Paul Grof, Joanna Hauser, Martin Hautzinger, Stefan Herms, Per Hoffmann, Jutta Kammerer-Ciernioch, Elza Khusnutdinova, Manolis Kogevinas, Valery Krasnov, André Lacour, Catherine Laprise, Markus Leber, Jolanta Lissowska, Susanne Lucae, Anna Maaser, Wolfgang Maier, Nicholas G Martin, Manuel Mattheisen, Fermin Mayoral, James D McKay, Sarah E Medland, Philip B Mitchell, Susanne Moebus, Grant W Montgomery, Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Lilijana Oruc, Galina Pantelejeva, Andrea Pfennig, Lejla Pojskic, Alexey Polonikov, Andreas Reif, Fabio Rivas, Guy A Rouleau, Lorena M Schenk, Peter R Schofield, Markus Schwarz, Fabian Streit, Jana Strohmaier, Neonila Szeszenia-Dabrowska, Alexander S Tiganov, Jens Treutlein, Gustavo Turecki, Helmut Vedder, Stephanie H Witt, Thomas G Schulze, Marcella Rietschel, Markus M Nöthen, Sven Cichon
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder (BD) is a common and highly heritable disorder of mood. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified several independent susceptibility loci. In order to extract more biological information from GWAS data, multi-locus approaches represent powerful tools since they utilize knowledge about biological processes to integrate functional sets of genes at strongly to moderately associated loci. METHODS: We conducted gene set enrichment analyses (GSEA) using 2...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193896/in-utero-ultrasound-diagnosis-of-corpus-callosum-agenesis-leading-to-the-identification-of-orofaciodigital-type-1-syndrome-in-female-fetuses
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Caroline Alby, Lucile Boutaud, Maryse Bonnière, Sophie Collardeau-Frachon, Laurent Guibaud, Estelle Lopez, Ange-Line Bruel, Bernard Aral, Pascale Sonigo, Philippe Roth, Claude Vibert-Guigue, Vanina Castaigne, Bruno Carbonne, Nicole Joyé, Laurence Faivre, Marie-Pierre Cordier, Antoinette Bernabe Gelot, Maurizio Clementi, Isabella Mammi, Michel Vekemans, Féréchté Razavi, Marie Gonzales, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Tania Attié-Bitach
BACKGROUND: OFD1 syndrome is a rare ciliopathy inherited on a dominant X-linked mode, typically lethal in males in the first or second trimester of pregnancy. It is characterized by oral cavity and digital anomalies possibly associated with cerebral and renal signs. Its prevalence is between 1/250,000 and 1/50,000 births. It is due to heterozygous mutations of OFD1 and mutations are often de novo (75%). Familial forms show highly variable phenotypic expression. OFD1 encodes a protein involved in centriole growth, distal appendix formation, and ciliogenesis...
November 28, 2017: Birth Defects Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29191741/thrombolytic-therapy-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-during-early-pregnancy
#20
Anne Landais, Hugo Chaumont, Rachel Dellis
Thrombolytic treatment (recombinant tissue plasminogen activator [rt-PA]) has established efficacy in acute ischemic stroke, but pregnancy has been an exclusion criterion for all clinical trials that validated alteplase in acute stroke, so our knowledge about its use in this condition is limited. Herein we report the successful use of intravenous rt-PA thrombolysis, uncomplicated by neither hemorrhage development nor other complication in a woman who was 13 weeks pregnant with acute ischemic stroke. The brain magnetic resonance imaging diffusion-weighted sequences showed increased signal in the territory of the left middle cerebral artery...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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