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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334351/effects-of-antenatal-maternal-depressive-symptoms-and-socio-economic-status-on-neonatal-brain-development-are-modulated-by-genetic-risk
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Anqi Qiu, Mojun Shen, Claudia Buss, Yap-Seng Chong, Kenneth Kwek, Seang-Mei Saw, Peter D Gluckman, Pathik D Wadhwa, Sonja Entringer, Martin Styner, Neerja Karnani, Christine M Heim, Kieran J O'Donnell, Joanna D Holbrook, Marielle V Fortier, Michael J Meaney
This study included 168 and 85 mother-infant dyads from Asian and United States of America cohorts to examine whether a genomic profile risk score for major depressive disorder (GPRSMDD) moderates the association between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms (or socio-economic status, SES) and fetal neurodevelopment, and to identify candidate biological processes underlying such association. Both cohorts showed a significant interaction between antenatal maternal depressive symptoms and infant GPRSMDD on the right amygdala volume...
March 18, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330415/novel-detection-of-placental-insufficiency-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-nonhuman-primate
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Jamie O Lo, Victoria H J Roberts, Matthias C Schabel, Xiaojie Wang, Terry K Morgan, Zheng Liu, Colin Studholme, Christopher D Kroenke, Antonio E Frias
The placenta is a vital organ necessary for healthy fetal development. Placental insufficiency creates an in utero environment where the fetus is at risk of insufficient oxygen or nutrient exchange. This is primarily caused by impairment of either maternal or fetal circulation or vascular thrombosis such as placental infarction. As a result of placental dysfunction, affected fetuses may be growth restricted, neurologically impaired, and at risk of increased morbidity and mortality. In a cohort of 4 pregnant Rhesus macaques, we describe antenatal detection of naturally occurring intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) and aberrant fetal neurodevelopment in 1 animal...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320595/brain-death-during-pregnancy-and-prolonged-corporeal-support-of-the-body-a-critical-discussion
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Lynne Staff, Meredith Nash
AIM: To discuss corporeal support of the brain-dead pregnant woman and to critically examine important aspects of this complex situation that remain as yet unexplored. BACKGROUND: When brain death of the woman occurs during pregnancy, the fetus may be kept inside the corporeally supported body for prolonged periods to enable continued fetal growth and development. This has been increasingly reported in medical literature since 1982 and has received considerable media attention in the past few years...
March 17, 2017: Women and Birth: Journal of the Australian College of Midwives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318025/maternal-chronic-hypoxia-increases-expression-of-genes-regulating-lung-liquid-movement-and-surfactant-maturation-in-male-fetuses-in-late-gestation
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Erin V McGillick, Sandra Orgeig, Beth J Allison, Kirsty L Brain, Youguo Niu, Nozomi Itani, Katie L Skeffington, Andrew D Kane, Emilio A Herrera, Dino A Giussani, Janna L Morrison
Chronic fetal hypoxaemia is a common pregnancy complication that may arise from maternal, placental and/or fetal factors. Respiratory outcome of the infant at birth likely depends on the duration, timing and severity of the hypoxaemic insult. We have isolated the effect of maternal chronic hypoxia (MCH) for a month in late gestation on fetal lung development. Pregnant ewes were exposed to normoxia (21% O2 ) or hypoxia (10% O2 ) from 105-138 d gestation (term ∼145 d). At 138 d, gene expression in fetal lung tissue was determined by qRT-PCR...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315866/cerebrospinal-fluid-and-parenchymal-brain-development-and-growth-in-the-healthy-fetus
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Nickie N Andescavage, Adre DuPlessis, Robert McCarter, Gilbert Vezina, Richard Robertson, Catherine Limperopoulos
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to apply quantitative magnetic resonance imaging to characterize absolute cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) development, as well as its relative development to fetal brain parenchyma in the healthy human fetus. DESIGN: We created three-dimensional high-resolution reconstructions of the developing brain for healthy fetuses between 18 and 40 weeks' gestation, segmented the parenchymal and CSF spaces, and calculated the volumes for the lateral, third, and fourth ventricles; extra-axial CSF space; and the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brainstem...
March 18, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304179/discrepancy-in-fetal-head-biometry-between-ultrasound-and-mri-in-suspected-microcephalic-fetuses
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Gal Yaniv, Eldad Katorza, Vered Tsehmaister Abitbol, Arik Eisenkraft, Ronen Bercovitz, Salim Bader, Chen Hoffmann
Background Microcephaly is one of the most common fetal structural abnormalities, and prenatal microcephaly is considered a group I malformation of cortical development diagnosed according to ultrasound (US) skull measurements. Purpose To evaluate the agreement between fetal head US and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) biometric measurements of suspected microcephalic fetuses. Material and Methods This institutional review board-approved retrospective study with waived informed consent included 180 pregnant women and was conducted at our medical center from March 2011 to April 2013...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302607/brain-development-in-fetuses-of-mothers-with-diabetes-a-case-control-mr-imaging-study
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F C Denison, G Macnaught, S I K Semple, G Terris, J Walker, D Anblagan, A Serag, R M Reynolds, J P Boardman
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Offspring exposed to maternal diabetes are at increased risk of neurocognitive impairment, but its origins are unknown. With MR imaging, we investigated the feasibility of comprehensive assessment of brain metabolism ((1)H-MRS), microstructure (DWI), and macrostructure (structural MRI) in third-trimester fetuses in women with diabetes and determined normal ranges for the MR imaging parameters measured. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Women with singleton pregnancies with diabetes (n = 26) and healthy controls (n = 26) were recruited prospectively for MR imaging studies between 34 and 38 weeks' gestation...
March 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293472/learning-and-memory-disabilities-in-iugr-babies-functional-and-molecular-analysis-in-a-rat-model
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Marta Camprubí Camprubí, Rafel Balada Caballé, Juan A Ortega Cano, Maria de Los Angeles Ortega de la Torre, Cristina Duran Fernández-Feijoo, Montserrat Girabent-Farrés, Josep Figueras-Aloy, Xavier Krauel, Soledad Alcántara
INTRODUCTION: 1Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is the failure of the fetus to achieve its inherent growth potential, and it has frequently been associated with neurodevelopmental problems in childhood. Neurological disorders are mostly associated with IUGR babies with an abnormally high cephalization index (CI) and a brain sparing effect. However, a similar correlation has never been demonstrated in an animal model. The aim of this study was to determine the correlations between CI, functional deficits in learning and memory and alterations in synaptic proteins in a rat model of IUGR...
March 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292840/using-brain-organoids-to-understand-zika-virus-induced-microcephaly
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Xuyu Qian, Ha Nam Nguyen, Fadi Jacob, Hongjun Song, Guo-Li Ming
Technologies to differentiate human pluripotent stem cells into three-dimensional organized structures that resemble in vivo organs are pushing the frontiers of human disease modeling and drug development. In response to the global health emergency posed by the Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak, brain organoids engineered to mimic the developing human fetal brain have been employed to model ZIKV-induced microcephaly. Here, we discuss the advantages of brain organoids over other model systems to study development and highlight recent advances in understanding ZIKV pathophysiology and its underlying pathogenesis mechanisms...
March 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288452/fetal-magnetic-resonance-imaging-findings-in-prenatal-zika-virus-infection
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José Enrique Sanín-Blair, Carolina Gutiérrez-Márquez, Diego A Herrera, Arastoo Vossough
Brain lesions and malformations have been described on ultrasonography of prenatal Zika infection; however, there are scarce reports about fetal magnetic resonance (MR) findings. We report 3 cases of fetuses with confirmed intrauterine Zika virus infection evaluated by ultrasound and fetal MR. Various morphometric measurements were assessed and brain maturation was calculated with the fetal total maturation score. Fetuses with prenatal Zika virus infection showed retardation in brain maturation indexes evaluated by fetal MR...
March 14, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282811/replacing-dopamine-neurons-in%C3%A2-parkinson-s-disease-how-did-it-happen
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Anders Björklund, Olle Lindvall
The efforts to develop a dopamine cell replacement therapy for Parkinson's disease have spanned over more than three decades. Based on almost 10 years of transplantation studies in animal models, the first patients receiving grafts of fetal-derived dopamine neuroblasts were operated in Lund in 1987. Over the following two decades, a total of 18 patients were transplanted and followed closely by our team with mixed but also very encouraging results. In this article we tell the story of how the preclinical and clinical transplantation program in Lund evolved...
2017: Journal of Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282781/fetal-brain-anomalies-detection-during-the-first-trimester-expanding-the-scope-of-antenatal-sonography
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Eldad Katorza, Itai Gat, Nir Duvdevani, Nir Meller, Noam Pardo, Eran Barzilay, Reuven Achiron
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe fetal brain anomalies identified during nuchal translucency (NT) examination and their clinical management. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, we evaluated charts of pregnant women performed the first trimester scan (FTS) between 1.1.2011 and 31.12.14 in a tertiary referral center. Study population consisted of 952 patients scheduled for routine NT scan for aneuploidy screening between 11.0 and 13...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281382/elevated-glycemia-and-brain-glucose-utilization-predict-bdnf-lowering-since-early-life
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Maria Angela Guzzardi, Elena Sanguinetti, Antonietta Bartoli, Alessandra Kemeny, Daniele Panetta, Piero A Salvadori, Silvia Burchielli, Patricia Iozzo
Obesity and diabetes associate with neurodegeneration. Brain glucose and BDNF are fundamental in perinatal development. BDNF is related to brain health, food intake and glucose metabolism. We characterized the relationship between glycemia and/or brain glucose utilization (by (18)FDG-PET during fasting and glucose loading), obesity and BDNF in 4-weeks old (pre-obese) and 12-weeks old (obese) Zucker fa/fa rats, and their age-matched fa/+ controls. In 75 human infants, we assessed cord blood BDNF and glucose levels, appetite regulating hormones, body weight and maternal factors...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279665/multiple-sevoflurane-anesthesia-in-pregnant-mice-inhibits-neurogenesis-of-fetal-hippocampus-via-repressing-transcription-factor-pax6
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Fang Fang, Ruixue Song, Xiaomim Ling, Mengyuan Peng, Zhanggang Xue, Jing Cang
Sevoflurane is widely used in non-obstetric surgeries of pregnant women, but its influences on fetal brain are still not fully known. We set out to assess the effects of multiple maternal sevoflurane exposure on neurogenesis and cognitive dysfunction in fetus and offspring. Pregnant mice (gestational day 15.5) and cultured mouse neural stem cells (NSCs) received daily sevoflurane exposure (2.5%×2h and 4.1%×2h respectively) for three consecutive days. Cognitive function of the offspring was determined with the Morris water maze...
March 6, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273661/early-versus-late-onset-fetal-growth-restriction-differentially-affects-the-development-of-the-fetal-sheep-brain
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Anna Karynna Alves de Alencar Rocha, Beth J Allison, Tamara Yawno, Graeme R Polglase, Amy E Sutherland, Atul Malhotra, Graham Jenkin, Margie Castillo-Melendez, Suzanne L Miller
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) is a common complication of pregnancy, principally caused by suboptimal placental function, and is associated with high rates of perinatal mortality and morbidity. Clinical studies suggest that the time of onset of placental insufficiency is an important contributor towards the neurodevelopmental impairments that are evident in children who had FGR. It is however currently unknown how early-onset and late-onset FGR differentially affect brain development. The aim of this study was to examine neuropathology in early-onset and late-onset FGR fetal sheep and to determine whether they differentially alter brain development...
March 9, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273279/tbars-and-bdnf-levels-in-newborns-exposed-to-crack-cocaine-during-pregnancy-a-comparative-study
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Victor Mardini, Luis A Rohde, Keila M Ceresér, Carolina M Gubert, Emily G da Silva, Fernando Xavier, Rodrigo Parcianello, Liane M Röhsig, Flávio Pechansky, Claudia M Szobot
Objectives: To compare levels of a marker of lipid peroxidation (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, TBARS) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in umbilical cord blood (UCB) between newborns exposed to crack/cocaine in utero (exposed newborns [EN], n=57) and non-exposed newborns (NEN, n=99), as well as in maternal peripheral blood at delivery. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. Potential confounders, including perinatal parameters, psychopathology, and use of other substances, were assessed...
March 2, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270404/pbx1-haploinsufficiency-leads-to-syndromic-congenital-anomalies-of-the-kidney-and-urinary-tract-cakut-in-humans
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Pauline Le Tanno, Julie Breton, Marie Bidart, Véronique Satre, Radu Harbuz, Pierre F Ray, Caroline Bosson, Klaus Dieterich, Sylvie Jaillard, Sylvie Odent, Gemma Poke, Rachel Beddow, Maria Christina Digilio, Antonio Novelli, Laura Bernardini, Maria Antonietta Pisanti, Luisa Mackenroth, Karl Hackmann, Ida Vogel, Rikke Christensen, Siv Fokstuen, Frédérique Béna, Florence Amblard, Francoise Devillard, Gaelle Vieville, Alexia Apostolou, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Fitsum Guebre-Egziabher, Hervé Sartelet, Charles Coutton
BACKGROUND: Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) represent a significant healthcare burden since it is the primary cause of chronic kidney in children. CNVs represent a recurrent molecular cause of CAKUT but the culprit gene remains often elusive. Our study aimed to define the gene responsible for CAKUT in patients with an 1q23.3q24.1 microdeletion. METHODS: We describe eight patients presenting with CAKUT carrying an 1q23.3q24.1 microdeletion as identified by chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA)...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269170/sulcal-curve-extraction-using-laplace-beltrami-eigenfunction-level-sets
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Rosita Shishegar, Mary Tolcos, David W Walker, Leigh A Johnston
The complexity of the human cortex is demonstrated in the intricate pattern of gyri and sulci that arise from the cortical folding process during development. Quantitative assessment of cortical folding is important in the definition of normal brain development and provides insight into neurodevelopmental disorders. In this work, a method for sulcal curve extraction is proposed that combines the advantages of previously proposed depth based and curvature based methods. The technique, derived from Laplace Beltrami eigenfunction level sets, maps mean curvature on the level sets, and incorporates depth information using extracted sulci and gyri, a characteristic previously attributed only to depth based methods...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251155/histograms-of-oriented-3d-gradients-for-fully-automated-fetal-brain-localization-and-robust-motion-correction-in-3%C3%A2-t-magnetic-resonance-images
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Ahmed Serag, Gillian Macnaught, Fiona C Denison, Rebecca M Reynolds, Scott I Semple, James P Boardman
Fetal brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a rapidly emerging diagnostic imaging tool. However, automated fetal brain localization is one of the biggest obstacles in expediting and fully automating large-scale fetal MRI processing. We propose a method for automatic localization of fetal brain in 3 T MRI when the images are acquired as a stack of 2D slices that are misaligned due to fetal motion. First, the Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) feature descriptor is extended from 2D to 3D images. Then, a sliding window is used to assign a score to all possible windows in an image, depending on the likelihood of it containing a brain, and the window with the highest score is selected...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247416/heavy-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-is-related-to-smaller-corpus-callosum-in-newborn-mri-scans
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Sandra W Jacobson, Joseph L Jacobson, Christopher D Molteno, Christopher M R Warton, Pia Wintermark, H Eugene Hoyme, Greetje De Jong, Paul Taylor, Fleur Warton, Nadine M Lindinger, R Colin Carter, Neil C Dodge, Ellen Grant, Simon K Warfield, Lilla Zöllei, André J W van der Kouwe, Ernesta M Meintjes
BACKGROUND: MRI studies have consistently demonstrated disproportionately smaller corpus callosa in individuals with a history of prenatal alcohol exposure but have not previously examined the feasibility of detecting this effect in infants. Tissue segmentation of the newborn brain is challenging because analysis techniques developed for the adult brain are not directly transferable, and segmentation for cerebral morphometry is difficult in neonates, due to the latter's incomplete myelination...
March 1, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
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