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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821323/post-mortem-magnetic-resonance-pmmr-imaging-of-the-brain-in-fetuses-and-children-with-histopathological-correlation
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S C Shelmerdine, J C Hutchinson, N J Sebire, T S Jacques, O J Arthurs
Post-mortem magnetic resonance (PMMR) imaging is rapidly emerging as an alternative, "less invasive", and more widely accepted investigative approach for perinatal deaths in the UK. PMMR has a high diagnostic accuracy for congenital and acquired fetal neuropathological anomalies compared to conventional autopsy, and is particularly useful when autopsy is non-diagnostic. The main objectives of this review are to describe and illustrate the range of common normal and abnormal central nervous system (CNS) findings encountered during PMMR investigation...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820892/maternal-autoimmune-antibodies-alter-the-dendritic-arbor-and-spine-numbers-in-the-infragranular-layers-of-the-cortex
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Jeanelle Ariza, Jesus Hurtado, Haille Rogers, Raymond Ikeda, Michael Dill, Craig Steward, Donnay Creary, Judy Van de Water, Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño
An association between maternal IgG antibodies reactive against proteins in fetal brain and an outcome of autism in the child has been identified. Using a mouse model of prenatal intraventricular administration of autism-specific maternal IgG, we demonstrated that these antibodies produce behavioral alterations similar to those in children with ASD. We previously demonstrated that these antibodies bind to radial glial stem cells (RG) and observed an increase in the number of divisions of translocating RG in the developing cortex...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817799/human-astrocyte-maturation-captured-in-3d-cerebral-cortical-spheroids-derived-from-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Steven A Sloan, Spyros Darmanis, Nina Huber, Themasap A Khan, Fikri Birey, Christine Caneda, Richard Reimer, Stephen R Quake, Ben A Barres, Sergiu P Paşca
There is significant need to develop physiologically relevant models for investigating human astrocytes in health and disease. Here, we present an approach for generating astrocyte lineage cells in a three-dimensional (3D) cytoarchitecture using human cerebral cortical spheroids (hCSs) derived from pluripotent stem cells. We acutely purified astrocyte-lineage cells from hCSs at varying stages up to 20 months in vitro using immunopanning and cell sorting and performed high-depth bulk and single-cell RNA sequencing to directly compare them to purified primary human brain cells...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808270/a-low-permeability-microfluidic-blood-brain-barrier-platform-with-direct-contact-between-perfusable-vascular-network-and-astrocytes
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Seokyoung Bang, Seung-Ryeol Lee, Jihoon Ko, Kyungmin Son, Dongha Tahk, Jungho Ahn, Changkyun Im, Noo Li Jeon
A novel three dimensional blood brain barrier (BBB) platform was developed by independently supplying different types of media to separate cell types within a single device. One channel (vascular channel, VC) is connected to the inner lumen of the vascular network while the other supplies media to the neural cells (neural channel, NC). Compared to co-cultures supplied with only one type of medium (or 1:1 mixture), best barrier properties and viability were obtained with culturing HUVECs with endothelial growth medium (EGM) and neural cells with neurobasal medium supplemented with fetal bovine serum (NBMFBS) independently...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805106/measuring-fetal-brain-and-lung-transcripts-in-amniotic-fluid-supernatant-a-comparison-of-digital-pcr-and-rt-qpcr-methods
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Lisa Hui, Sally Beard, Natalie J Hannan
PURPOSE: Amniotic fluid (AF) cell-free RNA is a promising source of information regarding fetal physiology. Digital PCR (dPCR) is a direct approach to nucleic acid detection that reports absolute transcript copy number. The aim of this study was to compare quantification of cell-free fetal brain and lung RNA transcripts in AF by reverse transcription-qPCR and dPCR. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Prospective hospital-based study performed in 2016-2017. Pulmonary genes were quantified in term AF samples collected at elective cesarean birth; neurodevelopmental genes were measured in preterm samples (< 34 weeks) obtained from women undergoing clinically-indicated amniocentesis...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804448/erythropoietin-protects-against-lipopolysaccharide-induced-microgliosis-and-abnormal-granule-cell-development-in-the-ovine-fetal-cerebellum
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Annie R A McDougall, Nadia Hale, Sandra Rees, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Stuart B Hooper, Mary Tolcos
Erythropoietin (EPO) ameliorates inflammation-induced injury in cerebral white matter (WM). However, effects of inflammation on the cerebellum and neuroprotective effects of EPO are unknown. Our aims were to determine: (i) whether lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced intrauterine inflammation causes injury to, and/or impairs development of the cerebellum; and (ii) whether recombinant human EPO (rhEPO) mitigates these changes. At 107 ± 1 days gestational age (DGA; ~0.7 of term), fetal sheep received LPS (~0.9 μg/kg; i...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803788/central-nervous-system-development-related-micrornas-levels-increase-in-the-serum-of-gestational-diabetic-women-during-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy
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M Lamadrid-Romero, K H Solís, M S Cruz-Reséndiz, J E Pérez, N F Díaz, H Flores-Herrera, G García-López, O Perichart, E Reyes-Muñoz, F Arenas-Huertero, P Eguía-Aguilar, A Molina-Hernández
MicroRNAs are heterochronic molecules important during brain development, which could be altered by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM). To explore these molecules in maternal serum, we performed an RT-qPCR analysis. Our results revealed the heterochronic character of some neural development-related microRNA in serum samples of pregnant women. In relation to the first trimester, higher levels of miR-183-5p, -200b-3p, and -125-5p in the second trimester, and higher levels of miR-137 in the third trimester, were found...
August 10, 2017: Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803192/early-life-secondhand-smoke-exposure-assessed-by-hair-nicotine-biomarker-may-reduce-children-s-neurodevelopment-at-2years-of-age
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Nur Nadia Mohamed, See Ling Loy, Poh Ying Lim, Abdullah Al Mamun, Hamid Jan Jan Mohamed
Exposure to secondhand smoke (SHS) can affect fetal brain development as well as subsequent neurodevelopment. This study aimed to determine the association between prenatal and postnatal SHS exposure with children's neurodevelopment at 2years of age. Among 107 mother-child pairs from a Malaysia prospective cohort, prenatal and postnatal SHS exposure was determined based on maternal and child hair nicotine concentrations. Multiple linear regressions were used to determine the association between prenatal and postnatal levels of nicotine in maternal and children's' hair with children's neurodevelopment...
August 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798665/maternal-diabetes-alters-expression-of-micrornas-that-regulate-genes-critical-for-neural-tube-development
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Seshadri Ramya, Sukanya Shyamasundar, Boon Huat Bay, S Thameem Dheen
Maternal diabetes is known to cause neural tube defects (NTDs) in embryos and neuropsychological deficits in infants. Several metabolic pathways and a plethora of genes have been identified to be deregulated in developing brain of embryos by maternal diabetes, although the exact mechanism remains unknown. Recently, miRNAs have been shown to regulate genes involved in brain development and maturation. Therefore, we hypothesized that maternal diabetes alters the expression of miRNAs that regulate genes involved in biological pathways critical for neural tube development and closure during embryogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797157/white-matter-injury-of-prematurity-its-mechanisms-and-clinical-features
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Young Ah Lee
A developing central nervous system is vulnerable to various insults such as infection and ischemia. While increased understanding of the dynamic nature of brain development allows a deeper insight into the pathophysiology of perinatal brain injury, the precise nature of specific fetal and neonatal brain injuries and their short- and long-term clinical consequences need special attention and further elucidation. The current review will describe the pathophysiological aspects and clinical significance of white matter injury of prematurity, a main form of perinatal brain injury in premature newborns, with a particular emphasis on its potential antenatal components...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782259/prenatal-assessment-of-cerebellar-vermian-lobulation-fetal-mri-with-3-tesla-post-mortem-correlation
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Gregor O Dovjak, Peter C Brugger, Gerlinde M Gruber, Jae W Song, Michael Weber, Georg Langs, Dieter Bettelheim, Daniela Prayer, Gregor Kasprian
OBJECTIVES: To optimize the imaging assessment of fetal hindbrain malformations, this observational MRI study aimed to provide quantitative biometric data in normal vermian development in human fetal brains in vivo. METHODS: In this retrospective, review board approved study, 78 fetuses (18-32 gestational weeks (GW)) scanned prenatally at 1.5T, and seven fetuses (16-30GW), scanned within 24 hours post-mortem at 3T,were included. All fetal brains were segmented on a T2-weighted midline sagittal slice...
August 6, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780000/systemic-infusions-of-anti-interleukin-1%C3%AE-neutralizing-antibodies-reduce-short-term-brain-injury-after-cerebral-ischemia-in-the-ovine-fetus
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Xiaodi Chen, Virginia Hovanesian, Syed Naqvi, Yow-Pin Lim, Richard Tucker, John E Donahue, Edward G Stopa, Barbara S Stonestreet
Perinatal hypoxic-ischemic reperfusion (I/R)-related brain injury is a leading cause of neurologic morbidity and life-long disability in children. Infants exposed to I/R brain injury develop long-term cognitive and behavioral deficits, placing a large burden on parents and society. Therapeutic strategies are currently not available for infants with I/R brain damage, except for hypothermia, which can only be used in full term infants with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). Moreover, hypothermia is only partially protective...
August 2, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774363/-quantitative-evaluation-of-white-matter-development-in-fetus-with-growth-restriction-by-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Hua-Wei Wang, Bing Wu, Jing Liu, Fang Liu, Xin-Huai Wu, Ming-Mei Ge
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether fetal growth restriction (FGR) has an adverse effect on white matter development. METHODS: A total of 28 full-term small for gestational age (SGA) infants were enrolled as study subjects and 15 full-term appropriate for gestational age infants were enrolled as control group. Conventional head magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were performed for all infants. The white matter was divided into 122 regions...
August 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770119/first-report-on-fetal-cerebral-polyglucosan-bodies-in-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-vii
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Hazim Kadhim, Valérie Segers, Catheline Vilain, Julie Désir, Nicky D'Haene
We report on the detection of discordant inclusions in the brain of a 25-week female fetus with a very rare lysosomal storage disease, namely, Sly disease (mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) type VII), presenting with nonimmune hydrops fetalis. Besides vacuolated neurons, we found abundant deposition of polyglucosan bodies (PGBs) in the developing brain of this fetus in whom MPS-VII was corroborated by lysosomal beta-glucuronidase-deficiency detected in fetal blood and fetal skin-fibroblasts and by the presence of a heterozygous pathogenic variant in the GUSB gene in the mother...
2017: Case Reports in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763065/genome-wide-association-analysis-identifies-common-variants-influencing-infant-brain-volumes
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K Xia, J Zhang, M Ahn, S Jha, J J Crowley, J Szatkiewicz, T Li, F Zou, H Zhu, D Hibar, P Thompson, P F Sullivan, M Styner, J H Gilmore, R C Knickmeyer
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of adolescents and adults are transforming our understanding of how genetic variants impact brain structure and psychiatric risk, but cannot address the reality that psychiatric disorders are unfolding developmental processes with origins in fetal life. To investigate how genetic variation impacts prenatal brain development, we conducted a GWAS of global brain tissue volumes in 561 infants. An intronic single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in IGFBP7 (rs114518130) achieved genome-wide significance for gray matter volume (P=4...
August 1, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755549/childhood-maltreatment-is-associated-with-increased-risk-of-subclinical-hypothyroidism-in-pregnancy
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Nora K Moog, Christine M Heim, Sonja Entringer, Norbert Kathmann, Pathik D Wadhwa, Claudia Buss
The critical importance of thyroid hormones for fetal development is well established. The developing fetus is dependent on the mother for adequate thyroid hormone supply, and maternal thyroid dysfunction in pregnancy may result in suboptimal fetal development. Because exposure to childhood maltreatment (CM) has been associated with thyroid dysfunction in the non-pregnant state, we sought to test the hypothesis that exposure to CM may represent a risk factor for the development of maternal hypothyroidism in pregnancy...
July 20, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754619/celecoxib-induced-inhibition-of-neurogenesis-in-fetal-frontal-cortex-is-attenuated-by-curcumin-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
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Rong Wang, Shaoqi Tian, Xu Yang, Jiangjun Liu, Yuanhe Wang, Kang Sun
Celecoxib is widely used in pregnant women but its influence on fetal brain neurogenesis is largely unknown. The objective of the present study was to examine the influence of celecoxib to fetal brain development and to investigate whether curcumin could ameliorate celecoxib-induced neurotoxicity. Pregnant mice, cultured neurons and cultured neural progenitor cells were all treated with celecoxib with or without curcumin. The change in proliferation, differentiation and the activity of Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway were then assessed...
July 25, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754515/maternal-systemic-interleukin-6-during-pregnancy-is-associated-with-newborn-amygdala-phenotypes-and-subsequent-behavior-at-2-years-of-age
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Alice M Graham, Jerod M Rasmussen, Marc D Rudolph, Christine M Heim, John H Gilmore, Martin Styner, Steven G Potkin, Sonja Entringer, Pathik D Wadhwa, Damien A Fair, Claudia Buss
BACKGROUND: Maternal inflammation during pregnancy increases the risk for offspring psychiatric disorders and other adverse long-term health outcomes. The influence of inflammation on the developing fetal brain is hypothesized as one potential mechanism but has not been examined in humans. METHODS: Participants were adult women (N = 86) who were recruited during early pregnancy and whose offspring were born after 34 weeks' gestation. A biological indicator of maternal inflammation (interleukin-6) that has been shown to influence fetal brain development in animal models was quantified serially in early, mid-, and late pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753580/gnp-gapdh1-22-nanovaccines-prevent-neonatal-listeriosis-by-blocking-microglial-apoptosis-and-bacterial-dissemination
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Ricardo Calderon-Gonzalez, Elisabet Frande-Cabanes, Hector Teran-Navarro, José María Marimon, Javier Freire, David Salcines-Cuevas, M Carmen Fariñas, Claudia Gonzalez-Rico, Marco Marradi, Isabel Garcia, Mirian Alkorta-Gurrutxaga, Aida San Nicolas-Gomez, Ana Castañeda-San Pedro, Sonsoles Yañez-Diaz, Soledad Penades, Carmen Punzon, Javier Gomez-Roman, Fernando Rivera, Manuel Fresno, Carmen Alvarez-Dominguez
Clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis are associated with brain disease and fetal loss due to complications in early or late pregnancy, which suggests that microglial function is altered. This is believed to be the first study to link microglial apoptosis with neonatal listeriosis and listeriosis-associated brain disease, and to propose a new nanovaccine formulation that reverses all effects of listeriosis and confers Listeria monocytogenes (LM)-specific immunity. We examined clinical cases of neonatal listeriosis in 2013-2015 and defined two useful prognostic immune biomarkers to design listeriosis vaccines: high anti-GAPDH1-22 titres and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)/interleukin (IL)-6 ratios...
July 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751257/maternal-inflammation-induces-immune-activation-of-fetal-microglia-and-leads-to-disrupted-microglia-immune-responses-behavior-and-learning-performance-in-adulthood
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Wandert Schaafsma, Laura Bozal Basterra, Sabrina Jacobs, Nieske Brouwer, Peter Meerlo, Anne Schaafsma, Erik W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen
Maternal inflammation during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on embryonic development that persist during adulthood. However, the underlying mechanisms and insights in the responsible cell types are still largely unknown. Here we report the effect of maternal inflammation on fetal microglia, the innate immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS). In mice, a challenge with LPS during late gestation stages (days 15-16-17) induced a pro-inflammatory response in fetal microglia. Adult whole brain microglia of mice that were exposed to LPS during embryonic development displayed a persistent reduction in pro-inflammatory activation in response to a re-challenge with LPS...
July 24, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
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