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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086878/a-case-of-cranium-bifidum-with-meningocele-in-ayrshire-calf
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Mosiany Letura Kisipan, Caleb Oburu Orenge, David Njogu Gacheru, Raphael Muchangi Ngure
BACKGROUND: Congenital cranial bone defects predispose to herniation of meninges, sometimes with brain tissue involvement, to form a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)-filled cyst in the head. Such defects mainly results from focal failure of neural tube closure during fetal development and has been reported in various species of domestic mammals. CASE PRESENTATION: A one week old Ayrshire calf with a fluctuant swelling on parieto-occipital region of the head was referred to the faculty...
January 13, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076893/-pseudo-feeders-on-fetal-mri-predict-outcome-in-vein-of-galen-malformations
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Guillaume Saliou, Irène Vraka, Jean-Paul Teglas, Marie-Victoire Senat, Philippe Durand, Claire Colmant, Augustin Ozanne, Jelena Martinovic, Pierre Tissiere, Catherine Adamsbaum
OBJECTIVE: While vein of Galen aneurysmal malformations (VGAM) can be diagnosed in the fetus, the challenge is predicting the occurrence of its two major complications: cardiopulmonary failure and encephalomalacia. This study attempts to determine which fetal brain MRI features might be used to predict the development of these complications at birth. METHODS: The cohort was extracted from a prospectively-assembled database of VGAM cases managed at a single referral centre from 2000 to 2014...
January 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075019/differential-recruitment-of-brain-regions-during-response-inhibition-in-children-prenatally-exposed-to-alcohol
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Vikas N Kodali, Joseph L Jacobson, Nadine M Lindinger, Neil C Dodge, Christopher D Molteno, Ernesta M Meintjes, Sandra W Jacobson
BACKGROUND: Response inhibition is a distinct aspect of executive function that is frequently impaired in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD). We used a Go/NoGo (GNG) task in a functional MRI protocol to investigate differential activation of brain regions in the response inhibition network in children diagnosed with full or partial fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS/PFAS), compared with healthy controls. METHODS: A rapid, event-related task with 120 Go and 60 NoGo trials was used to study children aged 8 to 12 years-8 with FAS/PFAS, 17 controls...
January 11, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069920/folding-but-not-surface-area-expansion-is-associated-with-cellular-morphological-maturation-in-the-fetal-cerebral-cortex
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Xiaojie Wang, Colin Studholme, Peta L Grigsby, Antonio E Frias, Verginia C Cuzon Carlson, Christopher D Kroenke
: Altered macroscopic anatomical characteristics of the cerebral cortex have been identified in individuals affected by various neurodevelopmental disorders. However, the cellular developmental mechanisms that give rise to these abnormalities are not understood. Recently, advances in image reconstruction of diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (diffusion MRI) have made possible high resolution in utero measurements of water diffusion anisotropy in the fetal brain. Here, diffusion anisotropy within the developing fetal cerebral cortex is longitudinally characterized in the rhesus macaque, focusing on gestation days (G) 85 through G135 of the 165 day term...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062214/in-utero-exposure-to-atypical-antipsychotic-drug-risperidone-effects-on-fetal-neurotoxicity-in-hippocampal-region-and-cognitive-impairment-in-rat-offspring
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K P Singh, Manoj Kr Singh
Clinical studies indicate that about one-third of pregnant women with psychotic symptoms are exposed to either typical or atypical antipsychotic drugs (APDs). Reports on prenatal subject/model are lacking hence, the present study was undertaken to investigate the effect of prenatal exposure to risperidone (RIS) on the fetal hippocampus, and their related functional changes in young rat offspring. In this study, pregnant Wistar rats were exposed to equivalent therapeutic doses of RIS at 0.8mg/kg, 1.0mg/kg, and 2...
January 3, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052712/the-effects-of-perinatal-steroid-therapy-on-growth-factor-levels-during-different-stages-of-the-developing-brain
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Burçin İşcan, Funda Tuzun, Serap Cilaker Micili, Kazim Tugyan, Nuray Duman, Hasan Ozkan, Abdullah Kumral
OBJECTIVE: Excess glucocorticoid exposure on the fetal brain during critical stages of development has considerable effects on the development of the central nervous system. This study thus aimed to evaluate the differential effects of glucocorticoid exposure on critical growth factor levels during different stages of brain maturation. METHODS: For this purpose, forty-two rat pups were divided into six groups based on the timing of betamethasone administration. Rats in the treatment groups were exposed to intraperitoneal betamethasone injections beginning at different time points (postnatal days 1, 2, and 3)...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049898/developmental-toxicity-of-nanoparticles-on-the-brain
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Masakazu Umezawa, Atsuto Onoda, Ken Takeda
 The toxicity of nanoparticles (nanotoxicology) is being investigated to understand both the health impacts of atmospheric ultrafine particles-the size of which is a fraction (<0.1 μm aerodynamic diameter) of that of PM2.5 (<2.5 μm diameter)-and the safer use of engineered nanomaterials. Developmental toxicity of nanoparticles has been studied since their transfer from pregnant body to fetal circulation and offspring body was first reported. Here we reviewed the developmental toxicity of nanoparticles on the brain, one of the most important organs in maintenance of mental health and high quality of life...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049045/in-vitro-models-reveal-differences-in-the-developmental-neurotoxicity-of-an-environmental-polycylic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-mixture-compared-to-benzo-a-pyrene-neuronotypic-pc12-cells-and-embryonic-neural-stem-cells
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Theodore A Slotkin, Samantha Skavicus, Jennifer Card, Richard T Di Giulio, Frederic J Seidler
In addition to their carcinogenic activity, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are suspected to be developmental neurotoxicants. We evaluated the effects of PAHs with two in vitro models that assess distinct "decision nodes" in neurodifferentiation: neuronotypic PC12 cells, which characterize the transition from cell replication to neurodifferentiation, neurite outgrowth and neurotransmitter specification; and embryonic neural stem cells (NSCs), which evaluate the origination of neurons and glia from precursors...
December 31, 2016: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049006/obatoclax-saliphenylhalamide-and-gemcitabine-inhibit-zika-virus-infection-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-differentially-affect-cellular-signaling-transcription-and-metabolism
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Suvi Kuivanen, Maxim M Bespalov, Jatin Nandania, Aleksandr Ianevski, Vidya Velagapudi, Jef K De Brabander, Denis E Kainov, Olli Vapalahti
An epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection associated with congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly, is ongoing in the Americas and the Pacific. Currently there are no approved therapies to treat this emerging viral disease. Here, we tested three cell-directed broad-spectrum antiviral compounds against ZIKV replication using human retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and a low-passage ZIKV strain isolated from fetal brain. We found that obatoclax, SaliPhe, and gemcitabine inhibited ZIKV infections at noncytotoxic concentrations...
December 31, 2016: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046002/competition-for-materno-fetal-resource-partitioning-in-a-rabbit-model-of-undernourished-pregnancy
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Jorge Lopez-Tello, Maria Arias-Alvarez, Maria Angeles Jimenez-Martinez, Rosa Maria Garcia-Garcia, Maria Rodriguez, Pedro Luis Lorenzo Gonzalez, Ruben Bermejo-Poza, Antonio Gonzalez-Bulnes, Pilar Garcia Rebollar
The major goal of animal production is to obtain abundant and healthy meat for consumers. Maternal food restriction (MFR) is often applied in farms to reduce production costs. However, the suitability of MFR in livestock animals is questionable, as this management may compromise maternal fitness due to a severe negative energetic balance and can induce Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) and prenatal programming in the offspring. Here, we sought to determine, using pregnant rabbits, the consequences of MFR on maternal endocrine and metabolic status and conceptus development...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042822/enduring-sexually-dimorphic-impact-of-in-utero-exposure-to-elevated-levels-of-glucocorticoids-on-midbrain-dopaminergic-populations
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Glenda E Gillies, Kanwar Virdee, Ilse Pienaar, Felwah Al-Zaid, Jeffrey W Dalley
Glucocorticoid hormones (GCs) released from the fetal/maternal glands during late gestation are required for normal development of mammalian organs and tissues. Accordingly, synthetic glucocorticoids have proven to be invaluable in perinatal medicine where they are widely used to accelerate fetal lung maturation when there is risk of pre-term birth and to promote infant survival. However, clinical and pre-clinical studies have demonstrated that inappropriate exposure of the developing brain to elevated levels of GCs, either as a result of clinical over-use or after stress-induced activation of the fetal/maternal adrenal cortex, is linked with significant effects on brain structure, neurological function and behaviour in later life...
December 30, 2016: Brain Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027927/prenatal-stress-affects-placental-cytokines-and-neurotrophins-commensal-microbes-and-anxiety-like-behavior-in-adult-female-offspring-abbreviated-title-prenatal-stress-and-microbiome
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Tamar L Gur, Lena Shay, Aditi Vadodkar Palkar, Sydney Fisher, Vanessa A Varaljay, Scot Dowd, Michael T Bailey
Recent studies demonstrate that exposure to stress changes the composition of the intestinal microbiota, which is associated with development of stress-induced changes to social behavior, anxiety, and depression. Stress during pregnancy has also been related to the emergence of these disorders; whether commensal microbes are part of a maternal intrauterine environment during prenatal stress is not known. Here, we demonstrate that microbiome changes are manifested in the mother, and also found in female offspring in adulthood, with a correlation between stressed mothers and female offspring...
December 24, 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025458/adverse-effects-of-maternal-exposure-to-bisphenol-f-on-the-anxiety-and-depression-like-behavior-of-offspring
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Naoko Ohtani, Hidetomo Iwano, Koshi Suda, Erika Tsuji, Kentaro Tanemura, Hiroki Inoue, Hiroshi Yokota
Bisphenol A (BPA), a well-known endocrine disruptor, is metabolized and eliminated rapidly from the body in adult animals. However, many authors have reported that perinatal BPA exposure alters development of the brain, reproductive system and behavior in the next generation. Recently, BPA substitutes, especially bisphenol F (BPF), have been used because of concerns about the influence of BPA on children, although the actual effects on the next generation are unknown. In this study, we observed behavioral adverse effects of the offspring of mice exposed to BPA or BPF in fetal period...
December 25, 2016: Journal of Veterinary Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018572/placental-methylome-analysis-from-a-prospective-autism-study
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Diane I Schroeder, Rebecca J Schmidt, Florence K Crary-Dooley, Cheryl K Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Daniel J Tancredi, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Janine M LaSalle
BACKGROUND: Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders that are behaviorally diagnosed in early childhood. Most ASD cases likely arise from a complex mixture of genetic and environmental factors, an interface where the epigenetic marks of DNA methylation may be useful as risk biomarkers. The placenta is a potentially useful surrogate tissue characterized by a methylation pattern of partially methylated domains (PMDs) and highly methylated domains (HMDs) reflective of methylation patterns observed in the early embryo...
2016: Molecular Autism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012455/maternal-obesity-alters-brain-derived-neurotrophic-factor-bdnf-signaling-in-the-placenta-in-a-sexually-dimorphic-manner
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Calais S Prince, Alina Maloyan, Leslie Myatt
INTRODUCTION: Obesity is a major clinical problem in obstetrics being associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes and fetal programming. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a validated miR-210 target, is necessary for placental development, fetal growth, glucose metabolism, and energy homeostasis. Plasma BDNF levels are reduced in obese individuals; however, placental BDNF has yet to be studied in the context of maternal obesity. In this study, we investigated the effect of maternal obesity and sexual dimorphism on placental BDNF signaling...
January 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011779/cerebroviz-an-r-package-for-anatomical-visu-alization-of-spatiotemporal-brain-data
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Ethan Bahl, Tanner Koomar, Jacob J Michaelson
: Spatiotemporal transcriptomic profiling has provided valuable insight into the patterning of gene expression throughout the human brain from early fetal development to adulthood. When combined with prior knowledge of a disease's age at onset and region-specificity, these expression profiles have provided the necessary context to both strengthen putative gene-disease associations and infer new associations. While a wealth of spatiotemporal expression data exists, there are currently no tools available to visualize this data within the anatomical context of the brain, thus limiting the intuitive interpretation of many such findings...
December 22, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009303/cerebral-organoids-recapitulate-epigenomic-signatures-of-the-human-fetal-brain
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Chongyuan Luo, Madeline A Lancaster, Rosa Castanon, Joseph R Nery, Juergen A Knoblich, Joseph R Ecker
Organoids derived from human pluripotent stem cells recapitulate the early three-dimensional organization of the human brain, but whether they establish the epigenomic and transcriptional programs essential for brain development is unknown. We compared epigenomic and regulatory features in cerebral organoids and human fetal brain, using genome-wide, base resolution DNA methylome and transcriptome sequencing. Transcriptomic dynamics in organoids faithfully modeled gene expression trajectories in early-to-mid human fetal brains...
December 20, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998085/structural-insight-into-ns5-of-zika-virus-leading-to-the-discovery-of-mtase-inhibitors
#18
Preyesh Stephen, Mariana Baz, Guy Boivin, Sheng-Xiang Lin
Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging mosquito-borne virus recently linked to intrauterine growth restriction including abnormal fetal brain development. The recent outbreak of ZIKV reached pandemic level resulting in an alarming public health emergency. At present, there is limited understanding of the infectious mechanism and no approved therapy. Nonstructural protein 5 is essential for capping and replication of viral RNA and comprises a methyltransferase (MTase) and RNA dependent RNA polymerase domain. Here we used molecular modeling to obtain the structure of ZIKV MTase and molecular docking to identify the additional hydrophobic region uniquely conserved in flavivirus MTase that can be used as a druggable site...
December 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27996031/mild-intrauterine-hypoperfusion-reproduces-neurodevelopmental-disorders-observed-in-prematurity
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Makiko Ohshima, Jacques-Olivier Coq, Kentaro Otani, Yorito Hattori, Yuko Ogawa, Yoshiaki Sato, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Masafumi Ihara, Masahiro Tsuji
Severe intrauterine ischemia is detrimental to the developing brain. The impact of mild intrauterine hypoperfusion on neurological development, however, is still unclear. We induced mild intrauterine hypoperfusion in rats on embryonic day 17 via arterial stenosis with metal microcoils wrapped around the uterine and ovarian arteries. All pups were born with significantly decreased birth weights. Decreased gray and white matter areas were observed without obvious tissue damage. Pups presented delayed newborn reflexes, muscle weakness, and altered spontaneous activity...
December 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984425/effects-of-sample-handling-and-analytical-procedures-on-thyroid-hormone-concentrations-in-pregnant-women-s-plasma
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Gro D Villanger, Emily Learner, Matthew P Longnecker, Helga Ask, Heidi Aase, R Thomas Zoeller, Gun P Knudsen, Ted Reichborn-Kjennerud, Pål Zeiner, Stephanie M Engel
BACKGROUND: Maternal thyroid function is a critical mediator of fetal brain development. Pregnancy-related physiologic changes and handling conditions of blood samples may influence thyroid hormone biomarkers. We investigated the reliability of thyroid hormone biomarkers in plasma of pregnant women under various handling conditions. METHODS: We enrolled 17 pregnant women; collected serum and plasma were immediately frozen. Additional plasma aliquots were subjected to different handling conditions before the analysis of thyroid biomarkers: storage at room temperature for 24 or 48 hours before freezing and an extra freeze-thaw cycle...
December 12, 2016: Epidemiology
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