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Iron and neonate

Naser Amini, Nasim Vousooghi, Mansoureh Soleimani, Ali Samadikuchaksaraei, Mehdi Akbari, Hosein Safakheil, Pezhman Atafimanesh, Ali Shahbazi, Peiman Brouki Milan, Sara Ramezani, Masoud Mozafari, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei
INTRODUCTION: Hemolytic kernicterus, an indirect bilirubin-induced brain dysfunction, is associated with hyper-bilirubinemia in mammalian neonates. In this study, a new model of kernicterus has been developed using intra-peritoneal injections of phenyl hydrazine and subcutaneous injections of sulfisoxazole. These drugs can potentially induce kernicterus in neonatal through changes in hemolysis and hypo-albumin. METHODS: For this purpose, 7-day-old male Wistar rats (n=72; mean weight 11±1 g) were used...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
Ezhilarasi Krishnamoorthy, Sameer Hassan, Luke Elizabeth Hanna, Indira Padmalayam, Rama Rajaram, Vijay Viswanathan
Lipoic acid synthase (LIAS) is an iron-sulfur cluster mitochondrial enzyme which catalyzes the final step in the de novo pathway for the biosynthesis of lipoic acid, a potent antioxidant. Recently there has been significant interest in its role in metabolic diseases and its deficiency in LIAS expression has been linked to conditions such as diabetes, atherosclerosis and neonatal-onset epilepsy, suggesting a strong inverse correlation between LIAS reduction and disease status. In this study we use a bioinformatics approach to predict its structure, which would be helpful to understanding its role...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
Serafina Perrone, Maria Luisa Tataranno, Simona Negro, Mariangela Longini, Maria Stefania Toti, Maria Gabriella Alagna, Fabrizio Proietti, Francesco Bazzini, Paolo Toti, Giuseppe Buonocore
BACKGROUND: Prenatal conditions of enhanced oxidative stress (OS) linked to inflammation or hypoxia have been associated with impaired fetal growth and preterm delivery. Little is known regarding biomarkers of OS in the cord blood of preterm infants and placental histological patterns. OBJECTIVES: To test the hypothesis that placental lesions indicating chorioamnionitis (CA) or vascular underperfusion (VU) are associated with increased OS in the offspring. METHODS: 120 neonates born below 29(+6) weeks of gestational age (GA) were enrolled...
October 2016: Placenta
William Johnson, Momodou K Darboe, Fatou Sosseh, Patrick Nshe, Andrew M Prentice, Sophie E Moore
Prenatal supplementation with protein-energy (PE) and/or multiple-micronutrients (MMNs) may improve fetal growth, but trials of lipid-based nutritional supplements (LNSs) have reported inconsistent results. We conducted a post-hoc analysis of non-primary outcomes in a trial in Gambia, with the aim to test the associations of LNS with fetal growth and explore how efficacy varies depending on nutritional status. The sample comprised 620 pregnant women in an individually randomized, partially blinded trial with four arms: (a) iron and folic acid (FeFol) tablet (usual care, referent group), (b) MMN tablet, (c) PE LNS, and (d) PE + MMN LNS...
October 2, 2016: Maternal & Child Nutrition
Saori R Yoshii, Akiko Kuma, Takumi Akashi, Taichi Hara, Atsushi Yamamoto, Yoshitaka Kurikawa, Eisuke Itakura, Satoshi Tsukamoto, Hiroshi Shitara, Yoshinobu Eishi, Noboru Mizushima
Autophagy is a cytoplasmic degradation system that is important for starvation adaptation and cellular quality control. Previously, we reported that Atg5-null mice are neonatal lethal; however, the exact cause of their death remains unknown. Here, we show that restoration of ATG5 in the brain is sufficient to rescue Atg5-null mice from neonatal lethality. This suggests that neuronal dysfunction, including suckling failure, is the primary cause of the death of Atg5-null neonates, which would further be accelerated by nutrient insufficiency due to a systemic failure in autophagy...
October 10, 2016: Developmental Cell
Thomas W Bastian, William C von Hohenberg, Daniel J Mickelson, Lorene M Lanier, Michael K Georgieff
Iron deficiency (ID), with and without anemia, affects an estimated 2 billion people worldwide. ID is particularly deleterious during early-life brain development, leading to long-term neurological impairments including deficits in hippocampus-mediated learning and memory. Neonatal rats with fetal/neonatal ID anemia (IDA) have shorter hippocampal CA1 apical dendrites with disorganized branching. ID-induced dendritic structural abnormalities persist into adulthood despite normalization of the iron status. However, the specific developmental effects of neuronal iron loss on hippocampal neuron dendrite growth and branching are unknown...
September 27, 2016: Developmental Neuroscience
Michio Hirata, Isao Kusakawa, Sachiko Ohde, Michiko Yamanaka, Hitoshi Yoda
BACKGROUND: Infants are at particular risk of iron-deficiency anemia. We investigated the changes in the blood count of mother and infant as well as the relationship between them and the relationship between an infant's nutrition method and infant anemia. METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included healthy neonates born between August 2011 and July 2014 in St. Luke's International Hospital, Tokyo, Japan. Data from blood samples of mothers obtained during late pregnancy and those of infants obtained at birth and at the age of 3, 6, and 9 months were analyzed...
September 24, 2016: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
Madhavi Lakkaraja, Jenny C Jin, Karen C Manotas, Cheryl A Vinograd, Polina Ferd, Julia Gabor, Megan Wissert, Richard L Berkowitz, Janice G McFarland, James B Bussel
BACKGROUND: Incompatibility between parental platelet (PLT) antigens may lead to sensitization of mother and development of fetal and neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) resulting in fetal thrombocytopenia. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) with or without prednisone is the most effective, evidence-based antenatal treatment for subsequent FNAIT-affected pregnancies. IVIG infusion causes hemolysis in other settings, the degree depending upon patient blood groups (BGs). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In ClinicalTrials...
October 2016: Transfusion
Morris Gordon, Sahira Isaji, Fiona Tyacke
AIM: To ascertain United Kingdom adherence to European society of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition guidance (ESPGHAN). METHODS: A national cross sectional questionnaire study of neonatal units across England was completed between January and March 2014. All 174 units in the country were attempted to be contacted to complete a telephone survey. This included all level 1, 2 and 3 units. They were initially contacted by phone and asking any senior member of the team about their current practice and procedures...
August 8, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics
Anja Mikolić, Neala Schönwald, Martina Piasek
The effects of cadmium (Cd) were evaluated in offspring exposed from birth until weaning (neonatal day 0-21) and 4 weeks after exposure cessation focusing on iron (Fe) and zinc (Zn) levels in organs and hematological parameters. Wistar female rats were administered 50mg Cd/L in drinking water (Cd-exposed) for 4 weeks before mating and during 3 weeks of gestation plus 3 weeks of lactation. Controls were supplied drinking water. At birth, part of Cd-exposed dams' litters was cross-fostered to control dams (CCd group) and their control litters were cross-fostered to Cd-exposed dams (CdC group)...
December 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Andrew J Ghio
Over several decades, asthma has evolved from being recognized as a single disease to include a diverse group of phenotypes with dissimilar natural histories, pathophysiologies, responses to treatment, and distinctive molecular pathways. With the application of Occam's razor to asthma, it is proposed that there is one cause underlying the numerous phenotypes of this disease and that the responsible molecular pathway is a deficiency of iron in the lung tissues. This deficiency can be either absolute (e.g. asthma in the neonate and during both pregnancy and menstruation) or functional (e...
October 2016: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
Yuan Ru, Eva K Pressman, Elizabeth M Cooper, Ronnie Guillet, Philip J Katzman, Tera R Kent, Stephen J Bacak, Kimberly O O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Little attention has been placed on the unique iron demands that may exist in women with multiple gestations. This merits attention because iron deficiency (ID) during pregnancy is associated with adverse pregnancy outcomes that are known to be more prevalent in multiple births. OBJECTIVE: We characterized longitudinal changes in iron status across pregnancy in a cohort of healthy women with multiple gestations and identified determinants of maternal ID and anemia...
October 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Carlo Caffarelli, Francesca Santamaria, Dora Di Mauro, Carla Mastrorilli, Virginia Mirra, Sergio Bernasconi
This review focuses key advances in different pediatric fields that were published in Italian Journal of Pediatrics and in international journals in 2015. Weaning studies continue to show promise for preventing food allergy. New diagnostic tools are available for identifying the allergic origin of allergic-like symptoms. Advances have been reported in obesity, short stature and autoimmune endocrine disorders. New molecules are offered to reduce weight gain and insulin-resistance in obese children. Regional investigations may provide suggestions for preventing short stature...
August 27, 2016: Italian Journal of Pediatrics
Shivam Agarwal, Vijay Jaiswal, Dharamveer Singh, Prateek Jaiswal, Amit Garg, Amit Upadhyay
AIM: Placental redistribution has been shown to improve haematological outcomes in the immediate neonatal period and early infancy. This study compared the effects of delayed cord clamping (DCC) and umbilical cord milking (UCM) on haematological and growth parameters at 12 months of age. METHODS: This was a follow-up study of a randomised control trial, conducted in a tertiary care paediatric centre from August 2013 to August 2014. We studied 200 apparently healthy Indian infants randomised at birth to receive DCC for 60-90 seconds or UCM...
November 2016: Acta Paediatrica
Rohini Sehgal, Alka Kriplani, Perumal Vanamail, Leema Maiti, Shobha Kandpal, Neeta Kumar
BACKGROUND: Primigravidas (PGs) are high-risk women and anemia in pregnancy is one of the commonest causes of maternal morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: The study was conducted to assess impact of anemia on course and outcome of pregnancy in anemic (Hemoglobin 8-10.9 gm%) and nonanemic PGs. METHODS: This prospective longitudinal study was conducted in All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. PGs 20-30 years age, gestation age 16-18 weeks, hemoglobin >8 gm%, live singleton pregnancy, and no other medical illness were recruited after informed consent...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Public Health
Ruchika Goel, Melissa M Cushing, Aaron A R Tobian
Red blood cell transfusions are a common life-saving intervention for neonates and children with anemia, but transfusion decisions, indications, and doses in neonates and children are different from those of adults. Patient blood management (PBM) programs are designed to assist clinicians with appropriately transfusing patients. Although PBM programs are well recognized and appreciated in the adult setting, they are quite far from standard of care in the pediatric patient population. Adult PBM standards cannot be uniformly applied to children, and there currently is significant variation in transfusion practices...
October 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Masayuki Ochiai, Hiroaki Kurata, Hirosuke Inoue, Koichi Tanaka, Yuki Matsushita, Junko Fujiyoshi, Yoshifumi Wakata, Kiyoko Kato, Tomoaki Taguchi, Hidetoshi Takada
BACKGROUND: The substantial risk of iron overload is not routinely monitored in most of the neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Japan; however, blood transfusion is an essential strategy for successfully treating preterm low-birth-weight infants. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the iron status and clinical features of infants with a birth weight of <1,500 g, i.e. very-low-birth-weight infants (VLBWIs). METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled 176 (82...
August 23, 2016: Neonatology
Amanda E Graf, Scott W Lallier, Gavisha Waidyaratne, Michael D Thompson, Trent E Tipple, Mark E Hester, Aaron J Trask, Lynette K Rogers
Maternal obesity induces chronic inflammatory responses that impact the fetus/neonate during the perinatal period. Inflammation, iron regulation, and myelination are closely interconnected and disruptions in these processes may have deleterious effects on neurodevelopment. Hepcidin levels are increased in response to inflammation causing subsequent decreases in ferroportin and available iron needed for myelination. Our current studies were designed to test the hypotheses that: 1) maternal high fat diet (HFD) prior to and during pregnancy is sufficient to induce inflammation and alter iron regulation in the brain of the offspring, and 2) HFD exposure is associated with altered myelination and neurobehavioral deficits in the offspring...
November 2016: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
Sorayya Kheirouri, Mohammad Alizadeh
This cross-sectional study was carried out to capture possible maternal factors affecting newborns' anthropometric measurements. Data were collected from eight public health centres and referral university hospital records in Tabriz and Heriss districts, north-west Iran, for 807 mother-neonate pairs delivering live singleton births and their offspring during the two years up to August 2014. The incidence of low birth weight (LBW) was 5.1%. A close correlation was found between maternal anthropometry and birth order with neonatal anthropometric data...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Biosocial Science
Shin Jie Choi, Jong Sub Choi, Peter Chun, Jung Kyung Yoo, Jin Soo Moon, Jae Sung Ko, Woo Sun Kim, Gyeong Hoon Kang, Nam-Joon Yi
Neonatal hemochromatosis (NH) is a severe neonatal liver injury that is confirmed by extra-hepatic iron accumulation. Although a recent study described treating NH with exchange transfusions and intravenous immunoglobulin, liver transplantation should be considered for patients with severe liver failure that does not respond to other medical treatment. Herein, we report the case of a two-month-old female infant who presented with persistent ascites and hyperbilirubinemia. Her laboratory findings demonstrated severe coagulopathy, high indirect and direct bilirubin levels, and high ferritin levels...
June 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
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