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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433624/temporal-slice-registration-and-robust-diffusion-tensor-reconstruction-for-improved-fetal-brain-structural-connectivity-analysis
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Bahram Marami, Seyed Sadegh Mohseni Salehi, Onur Afacan, Benoit Scherrer, Caitlin K Rollins, Edward Yang, Judy A Estroff, Simon K Warfield, Ali Gholipour
Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging, or DWI, is one of the most promising tools for the analysis of neural microstructure and the structural connectome of the human brain. The application of DWI to map early development of the human connectome in-utero, however, is challenged by intermittent fetal and maternal motion that disrupts the spatial correspondence of data acquired in the relatively long DWI acquisitions. Fetuses move continuously during DWI scans. Reliable and accurate analysis of the fetal brain structural connectome requires careful compensation of motion effects and robust reconstruction to avoid introducing bias based on the degree of fetal motion...
April 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433086/intergenerational-transmission-of-maternal-childhood-maltreatment-exposure-implications-for-fetal-brain-development
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REVIEW
Claudia Buss, Sonja Entringer, Nora K Moog, Philipp Toepfer, Damien A Fair, Hyagriv N Simhan, Christine M Heim, Pathik D Wadhwa
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence suggests the deleterious consequences of exposure to childhood maltreatment (CM) not only might endure over the exposed individual's lifespan but also might be transmitted across generations. The time windows, mechanisms, and targets of such intergenerational transmission are poorly understood. The prevailing paradigm posits that mother-to-child transmission of the effects of maternal CM likely occurs after her child's birth. The authors seek to extend this paradigm and advance a transdisciplinary framework that integrates the concepts of biological embedding of life experiences and fetal origins of health and disease risk...
May 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431793/alcohol-effects-on-the-epigenome-in-the-germline-role-in-the-inheritance-of-alcohol-related-pathology
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REVIEW
Lucy G Chastain, Dipak K Sarkar
Excessive alcohol exposure has severe health consequences, and clinical and animal studies have demonstrated that disruptions in the epigenome of somatic cells, such as those in brain, are an important factor in the development of alcohol-related pathologies, such as alcohol-use disorders (AUDs) and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). It is also well known that alcohol-related health problems are passed down across generations in human populations, but the complete mechanisms for this phenomenon are currently unknown...
March 6, 2017: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428837/large-is-required-for-normal-astrocyte-migration-and-retinal-vasculature-development
#4
Min Zhou, Herui Wang, Hui Ren, Rui Jiang, Chi Zhang, Xiaohui Wu, Gezhi Xu
BACKGROUND: Persistent fetal vasculature (PFV) is a congenital developmental anomaly of the eye that accounts for about 5% of childhood blindness. The molecular mechanism of PFV remains unclear. As a glycosyltransferase of α-dystroglycan, LARGE mutations have been found in congenital muscular dystrophy patients with brain abnormalities. Spontaneous Large mutant mice displayed similar symptoms of human muscle-eye-brain disorders. However, the detailed roles of Large in ocular vasculature development still need to be uncovered...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426964/ipsc-derived-human-microglia-like-cells-to-study-neurological-diseases
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Edsel M Abud, Ricardo N Ramirez, Eric S Martinez, Luke M Healy, Cecilia H H Nguyen, Sean A Newman, Andriy V Yeromin, Vanessa M Scarfone, Samuel E Marsh, Cristhian Fimbres, Chad A Caraway, Gianna M Fote, Abdullah M Madany, Anshu Agrawal, Rakez Kayed, Karen H Gylys, Michael D Cahalan, Brian J Cummings, Jack P Antel, Ali Mortazavi, Monica J Carson, Wayne W Poon, Mathew Blurton-Jones
Microglia play critical roles in brain development, homeostasis, and neurological disorders. Here, we report that human microglial-like cells (iMGLs) can be differentiated from iPSCs to study their function in neurological diseases, like Alzheimer's disease (AD). We find that iMGLs develop in vitro similarly to microglia in vivo, and whole-transcriptome analysis demonstrates that they are highly similar to cultured adult and fetal human microglia. Functional assessment of iMGLs reveals that they secrete cytokines in response to inflammatory stimuli, migrate and undergo calcium transients, and robustly phagocytose CNS substrates...
April 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424010/olfactory-development-part-1-function-from-fetal-perception-to-adult-wine-tasting
#6
Harvey B Sarnat, Laura Flores-Sarnat, Xing-Chang Wei
Discrimination of odorous molecules in amniotic fluid occur after 30 weeks' gestation; fetuses exhibit differential responses to maternal diet. Olfactory reflexes enable reliable neonatal testing. Olfactory bulbs can be demonstrated reliably by MRI after 30 weeks' gestation, and their hypoplasia or aplasia also documented by late prenatal and postnatal MRI. Olfactory axons project from nasal epithelium to telencephalon before olfactory bulbs form. Fetal olfactory maturation remains incomplete at term for neuronal differentiation, synaptogenesis, myelination, and persistence of the transitory fetal ventricular recess...
May 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423959/diabetic-pregnancy-maternal-and-fetal-docosahexaenoic-acid-a-review-of-existing-evidence
#7
Pauline Léveillé, Clémence Rouxel, Mélanie Plourde
OBJECTIVE: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is vital for fetal development especially during the third trimester of gestation when the speed of fetal brain growth is at its peak. Diabetes modifies the maternal fatty acid profile, which may in turn change the quantity and/or quality of lipids transferred to the fetus. Neonates born to diabetic mothers might be more vulnerable to DHA deficiency leading to lower cognitive scores together with lower overall intellectual quotients when compared to control...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422948/beyond-the-uterine-environment-nonhuman-primate-model-to-investigate-maternal-fetal-and-neonatal-outcomes-following-chronic-intrauterine-infection
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Meredith A Kelleher, Zheng Liu, Xiaojie Wang, Christopher D Kroenke, Lisa A Houser, Brandy L Dozier, Lauren D Martin, Ken B Waites, Cindy McEvoy, Robert L Schelonka, Peta L Grigsby
BACKGROUND: Intrauterine infection is a significant cause of early preterm birth. We have developed a fetal-neonatal model in the rhesus macaque to determine the impact of chronic intrauterine infection with Ureaplasma parvum on early neonatal reflexes and brain development. METHODS: Time-mated, pregnant rhesus macaques were randomized to be inoculated with U. parvum (serovar 1; 10(5)cfu) or control media at ~120 dGA. Neonates were delivered by elective hysterotomy at 135-147 dGA (term=167d) stabilized and cared for in our nonhuman primate neonatal intensive care unit...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418941/prenatal-fluoxetine-modifies-the-behavioral-and-hormonal-responses-to-stress-in-male-mice-role-for-glucocorticoid-insensitivity
#9
Ronit Avitsur
Women with major depressive disorder during pregnancy often use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) antidepressants. These drugs readily cross the placental barrier and impact the developing fetal brain. Recently, we reported that prenatal fluoxetine (FLX), an SSRI antidepressant drug, altered corticosterone and behavioral responses to stress in female mouse offspring. The present study assessed the effects of prenatal FLX on these responses in males. The results showed that prenatal FLX significantly augmented the corticosterone response to acute stress in young prepubescent mice...
April 17, 2017: Behavioural Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417514/enlarged-cavum-septi-pellucidi-and-vergae-in-the-fetus-a-cause-for-concern
#10
Yoona K Ho, Michelle Turley, Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Marilyn C Jones, Elise Housman, Dawn Engelkemier, Lorene E Romine, Paritosh C Khanna, Dolores H Pretorius
OBJECTIVES: To investigate fetal cases identified at our institution to determine whether an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae is associated with other fetal abnormalities and whether its presence warrants more detailed investigation of the fetus. METHODS: In a retrospective study, 15 high- and low-risk patients undergoing prenatal sonography who had an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae identified were reviewed. Data were collected for the sonographic study indication, gestation age at diagnosis of a prominent cavum, and associated anomalies...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417285/alcohol-and-thiamine-deficiency-trigger-differential-mitochondrial-transition-pore-opening-mediating-cellular-death
#11
REVIEW
Abdoulaye Bâ
Accumulating evidence has shown that binge-type alcohol intake in mothers interferes with thiamine deficiency (TD) to promote the fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS). Developmental alcohol or TD exposures act either synergistically or separately to reproduce FAS features e.g. intrauterine growth retardation and related microcephaly characterized by extensive cellular death induced by one another neurotoxicant. However molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying apoptosis in both alcohol and TD toxicities are unknown...
June 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415680/long-term-neurocognitive-dysfunction-in-offspring-via-ngf-erk-creb-signaling-pathway-caused-by-ketamine-exposure-during-the-second-trimester-of-pregnancy-in-rats
#12
Yanan Li, Xinran Li, Cen Guo, Lina Li, Yuxin Wang, Yiming Zhang, Yu Chen, Wenhan Liu, Li Gao
Early life exposure to ketamine caused neurohistopathologic changes and persistent cognitive dysfunction. For this study, a pregnant rat model was developed to investigate neurocognitive effects in the offspring, following ketamine exposure during the second trimester. Pregnant rats on gestational day 14 (equal to midtrimester pregnancy in humans), intravenously received 200 mg/kg ketamine for 3 h. Their behavior was tested (Morris water maze, odor recognition test, and fear conditioning) at postnatal days (P25-30)...
March 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407838/-effects-of-maternal-folate-deficiency-on-the-methylation-of-insulin-like-growth-factor-system-in-the-offspring-rats
#13
Meng-Meng Wu, Fan Yang, Yi Qu, De-Zhi Mu
OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of maternal folate deficiency on fetal growth and development and the methylation profiles of insulin-like growth factor system in the offspring rats. METHODS: Twenty-two Sprague-Dawley female rats were randomly assigned to two groups: a folate deficient group (n=12) and a control group (n=10). They were fed with folate deficient and normal diet respectively. Dams were mated after 2 weeks of feeding. Eight female rats from each group were pregnant...
April 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407057/thyroid-hormone-economy-in-the-perinatal-mouse-brain-implications-for-cerebral-cortex-development
#14
Soledad Bárez-López, Maria Jesus Obregon, Juan Bernal, Ana Guadaño-Ferraz
Thyroid hormones (THs, T4 and the transcriptionally active hormone T3) play an essential role in neurodevelopment; however, the mechanisms underlying T3 brain delivery during mice fetal development are not well known. This work has explored the sources of brain T3 during mice fetal development using biochemical, anatomical, and molecular approaches. The findings revealed that during late gestation, a large amount of fetal brain T4 is of maternal origin. Also, in the developing mouse brain, fetal T3 content is regulated through the conversion of T4 into T3 by type-2 deiodinase (D2) activity, which is present from earlier prenatal stages...
April 12, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406573/robo1-regulates-the-migration-of-human-subventricular-zone-neural-progenitor-cells-during-development
#15
Hugo Guerrero-Cazares, Emily Lavell, Linda Chen, Paula Schiapparelli, Montserrat Lara-Velazquez, Vivian Capilla-Gonzalez, Gabrielle Drummond, Anna Christina Clements, Liron Noiman, Katrina Thaler, Anne Burke, Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa
Human neural progenitor cell (NPC) migration within the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ganglionic eminence is an active process throughout early brain development. The migration of human NPCs from the SVZ to the olfactory bulb during fetal stages resembles what occurs in adult rodents. As the human brain develops during infancy, this migratory stream is drastically reduced in cell number and becomes barely evident in adults. The mechanisms regulating human NPC migration are unknown. The Slit-Robo signaling pathway has been defined as a chemorepulsive cue involved in axon guidance and neuroblast migration in rodents...
April 13, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402971/implicating-receptor-activator-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-rank-rank-ligand-signalling-in-microglial-responses-to-toll-like-receptor-stimuli
#16
Anton Kichev, Pascale Eede, Pierre Gressens, Claire Thornton, Henrik Hagberg
Inflammation in the perinatal brain caused by maternal or intrauterine fetal infection is now well established as an important contributor to the development of perinatal brain injury. Exposure to inflammatory products can impair perinatal brain development and act as a risk factor for neurological dysfunction, cognitive disorders, cerebral palsy, or preterm birth. Pre-exposure to inflammation significantly exacerbates brain injury caused by hypoxic/ischaemic insult. Tumour necrosis factor (TNF) is a family of cytokines largely involved in inflammation signalling...
April 13, 2017: Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402153/maternal-fetal-transmission-of-zika-virus-routes-and-signals-for-infection
#17
Bin Cao, Michael S Diamond, Indira U Mysorekar
The emerging mosquito-borne virus, Zika virus (ZIKV), has been causally associated with adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes, including miscarriage, microcephaly, serious brain abnormalities, and other birth defects indicative of a congenital ZIKV syndrome. In this review, we highlight work from human and animal studies on routes of infection in pregnancy that lead to adverse fetal and neonatal outcomes. A number of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms and signaling molecules that may have key roles in ZIKV infection pathogenesis are discussed along with putative viral entry pathways...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Interferon & Cytokine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397721/ultrasonographic-characteristics-of-cortical-sulcus-development-in-the-human-fetus-between-18-and-41-weeks-of-gestation
#18
Xi Chen, Sheng-Li Li, Guo-Yang Luo, Errol R Norwitz, Shu-Yuan Ouyang, Hua-Xuan Wen, Ying Yuan, Xiao-Xian Tian, Jia-Min He
BACKGROUND: Fetal brain development is a complicated process that continues throughout pregnancy. Fetal sulcus development has typical morphological features. Assessment of fetal sulcus development to understand the cortical maturation and development by prenatal ultrasound has become widespread. This study aimed to explore a reliable method to assess cortical sulcus and to describe the normal sonographic features of cortical sulcus development in the human fetus between 18 and 41 weeks of gestation...
April 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393934/sevoflurane-decreases-self-renewal-capacity-and-causes-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-mediated-damage-of-rat-fetal-neural-stem-cells
#19
Zeyong Yang, Jingjing Lv, Xingxing Li, Qiong Meng, Qiling Yang, Wei Ma, Yuanhai Li, Zun Ji Ke
Increasing studies have demonstrated that sevoflurane can induce neurotoxicity in the developing brains. JNK normally promotes apoptosis. It was hypothesized that sevoflurane affected the proliferation and differentiation of FNSCs and induced cell apoptosis, which caused the learning and memory deficits via JNK pathway. Sevoflurane at a concentration of 1.2% did not induce damage on the FNSCS. However, concentrations of 2.4% and 4.8% decreased the cell viability, as shown by the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) assay, and increased apoptosis, as shown by flow cytometry...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393272/heterozygous-hnrnpu-variants-cause-early-onset-epilepsy-and-severe-intellectual-disability
#20
Nuria C Bramswig, Hermann-Josef Lüdecke, Fadi F Hamdan, Janine Altmüller, Filippo Beleggia, Nursel H Elcioglu, Catharine Freyer, Erica H Gerkes, Yasemin Kendir Demirkol, Kelly G Knupp, Alma Kuechler, Yun Li, Daniel H Lowenstein, Jacques L Michaud, Kristen Park, Alexander P A Stegmann, Hermine E Veenstra-Knol, Thomas Wieland, Bernd Wollnik, Hartmut Engels, Tim M Strom, Tjitske Kleefstra, Dagmar Wieczorek
Pathogenic variants in genes encoding subunits of the spliceosome are the cause of several human diseases, such as neurodegenerative diseases. The RNA splicing process is facilitated by the spliceosome, a large RNA-protein complex consisting of small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), and many other proteins, such as heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs). The HNRNPU gene (OMIM *602869) encodes the heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoprotein U, which plays a crucial role in mammalian development. HNRNPU is expressed in the fetal brain and adult heart, kidney, liver, brain, and cerebellum...
April 9, 2017: Human Genetics
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