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Agnieszka Żelaźniewicz, Bogusław Pawłowski
AIM: Hand grip strength (HGS) is a non-invasive measure of physical strength, overall health, and nutritional status. The aim of the study was to test if HGS and its changes in pregnancy are related with offspring sex and birth weight. METHODS: We conducted longitudinal study on 95 healthy pregnant women (mean age 29.57 ± 3.43). HGS was measured in each trimester. A woman's height and changes in weight in pregnancy were also measured. The information on a child's sex, birth weight and the pregnancy week at delivery were derived from hospital records...
March 17, 2018: Early Human Development
Melih Velipasaoglu, Metin Sentürk, Reyhan Ayaz, Barbaros Atesli, H Mete Tanir
This study aimed to elucidate the diagnostic process, the associated anomalies and the perinatal outcomes of right aortic arch (RAA) in a group of low-risk patients. The obstetric imaging database and digital patient files were reviewed between January 2015 and June 2016. There were 12 RAA cases detected prenatally. Seven foetuses had an aberrant left subclavian artery and one foetus had mirror image branching. The prevalence of RAA was 1.8 in 1000. Invasive prenatal diagnosis was offered to patients and seven tests were performed...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gülşah İlhan, Hüseyin Gültekin, Ayça Kubat, Ayse Filiz Gokmen Karasu, Emre Sinan Güngör, Galip Ali Zebitay, Fatma Ferda Verit Atmaca
The aim of the study was to assess the standard foetal biometric measurements and foetal liver volume (FLV) in pregnancies complicated by gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) at the time of GDM screening and to compare the results with foetuses in normal pregnancies. Ninety-seven pregnant women with normal singleton uncomplicated pregnancies between 24 and 28 weeks of gestation were allocated into GDM (+) (n: 33) and GDM (-) (n: 64) groups based on their 75 g oral glucose tolerance test results. Foetal biometric measurements and FLV measurements of the groups were compared...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Rafał Kocyłowski, Iwona Lewicka, Mariusz Grzesiak, Zuzanna Gaj, Anna Sobańska, Joanna Poznaniak, Constantin von Kaisenberg, Joanna Suliburska
PURPOSE: To evaluate the dietary intake of pregnant women and their nutritional status of Ca, Mg, Fe, Zn, and Cu, as the nutritional status of pregnant women is an important factor for the proper progression of a pregnancy and the development and health of the foetus. METHODS: The study was conducted on 108 pregnant women ages 18-42, at 6-32 weeks of gestation. We used a questionnaire and a 24-h recall nutrition interview. Hair samples were taken for testing and the level of each mineral was assessed using atomic absorption spectrometry...
March 14, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Elvira Larqué, Eva Morales, Rosaura Leis, José E Blanco-Carnero
BACKGROUND: To what extent does the circulating 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration help to meet the physiological needs of humans is an ongoing subject of debate. Remaining unexposed to the sun to reduce melanoma cancer risk, current lifestyle with less out door activities, and increasing obesity rates, which in turn increases the storage of vitamin D in the adipose tissue, are presumably factors that contribute to the substantial upsurge in the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in humans...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
G Begnoni, G Serrao, F Musto, G Pellegrini, F M Triulzi, C Dellavia
INTRODUCTION: The development of skeletal structures (cranial base, upper and lower) and upper airways spaces (oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal) of the skull has always been an issue of great interest in orthodontics. Foetal MRI images obtained as screening exam during pregnancy can help to understand the development of these structures using a sample cephalometric analysis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 28 MRI images in sagittal section of foetuses from 20th to 32th weeks of gestation were obtained to dispel doubts about the presence of skeletal malformations...
March 13, 2018: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
Tim S Nawrot, Nelly D Saenen, Julie Schenk, Bram G Janssen, Valeria Motta, Letizia Tarantini, Bianca Cox, Wouter Lefebvre, Charlotte Vanpoucke, Cristina Maggioni, Valentina Bollati
In mammals, a central clock maintains the daily rhythm in accordance with the external environment. At the molecular level, the circadian rhythm is maintained by epigenetic regulation of the Circadian pathway. Here, we tested the role of particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter ≤ 2.5 μm (PM2.5 ) exposure during gestational life on human placental Circadian pathway methylation, as an important molecular target for healthy development. In 407 newborns, we quantified placental methylation of CpG sites within the promoter regions of the following genes: CLOCK, BMAL1, NPAS2, CRY1-2 and PER1-3 using bisulfite-PCR-pyrosequencing...
March 7, 2018: Environment International
Akiko Ohwaki, Haruki Nishizawa, Noriko Aida, Takema Kato, Asuka Kambayashi, Jun Miyazaki, Mayuko Ito, Makoto Urano, Yuka Kiriyama, Makoto Kuroda, Masahiro Nakayama, Shin-Ichi Sonta, Kaoru Suzumori, Takao Sekiya, Hiroki Kurahashi, Takuma Fujii
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March 9, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
L Wen, A Mao, X Zhu, J Xie, K He
A large outbreak of swine abortion, which began in January 2017, is ongoing in Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, China. We identified a new porcine circovirus-like agent, designated P4, in the aborted foetuses from several of these cases of swine reproductive failure. PCR and qRT-PCR analyses confirmed that other common abortogenic agents were not present in these animals. P4 contains a 710-nucleotide circular viral genome, and all strains examined in this study were closely related to the dominant genotype of porcine circovirus type 2...
March 8, 2018: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
Jiao Wang, Jingjing Song, Shuimei Zhou, Yourong Fu, Jeffrey A Bailey, Changxin Shen
BACKGROUND: Identification of RhD antigen epitopes is a key component in understanding the pathogenesis of haemolytic disease of the foetus and newborn. Research has indicated that phage display libraries are useful tools for identifying novel mimic epitopes (mimotopes) which may help to determine antigen specificity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We selected the mimotopes of blood group RhD antigen by affinity panning a phage display library using monoclonal anti-D. After three rounds of biopanning, positive phage clones were identified by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and then sent for sequencing and peptides synthesis...
January 16, 2018: Blood Transfusion, Trasfusione del Sangue
Jadwiga Hamułka, Monika A. Zielińska, Katarzyna Chądzyńska
Background: Exposure to alcohol and tobacco during pregnancy may lead to developmental disorders in the foetus and can also adversely impact pregnancy outcomes and the newborn’s health status. Objective: Assessment of alcohol consumption and tobacco use during pregnancy as well as their impact on pregnancy outcomes and birth parameters of the newborn in a selected group of mothers with children aged ≤ 2 years. Material and methods: The study was conducted in 104 mothers with children aged ≤ 2 years living in the Mazowiecki Voivodeship...
2018: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
Jiri Polivka, Irem Altun, Olga Golubnitschaja
The paper is motivated by severe concerns regarding currently applied care of the pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) characterised by particularly poor outcomes of the disease. Psychological and ethical aspects play a crucial role in PABC: the highest priority not to damage the foetus significantly complicates any treatment generally, and it is quite usual that patients disclaim undergoing any breast cancer treatment during pregnancy. Although, due to global demographic trends, PABC is far from appearing rarely now, severe societal and economic consequences of the disease are still neglected by currently applied reactive medical approach...
March 2018: EPMA Journal
Behailu Kibret, Malin Premaratne, Caley Sullivan, Richard H Thomson, Paul B Fitzgerald
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) is an effective treatment option for severe mental illness during pregnancy. However, there is little knowledge about the amount of electric field produced inside the foetus, which is important to understand the effects of ECT on the foetal excitable tissues. Thus, in this paper, the electric field strength inside the foetus was computed and compared to the basic restriction of the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). A computational human phantom representing a 30-weeks pregnant female, four types of electrode placements and a range of stimulus pulse width (0...
March 7, 2018: Scientific Reports
Keiran D Clement, Andreas Luhmann, Michael Sj Wilson, Pradeep Patil
We report a case of a young woman admitted electively for laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication, and again three days post-operatively as an emergency with profuse vomiting and abdominal pain. She underwent diagnostic laparoscopy, and a small gastric perforation was found at the site of the fundoplication and this was suture-repaired. On both admissions, she was "screened" for pregnancy as per current guidelines. On the second admission, following a CT scan, she was found to have a gravid uterus with a foetus of 16-18 weeks' gestation...
January 1, 2018: Scottish Medical Journal
J Pavlíček, E Klásková, E Doležálková, D Matura, R Špaček, T Gruszka, S Polanská, M Procházka
OBJECTIVE: To audit the development and success rate of prenatal detection of congenital heart defects (CHDs), and to evaluate the effectiveness of diagnostics performed in standardized scanning planes. SETTING: Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital Ostrava. DESIGN: Retrospective study. METHODS: Ultrasound examination of fetal heart (fetal echocardiography) was performed in the second trimester pregnancy. The observed region was the Moravian-Silesian region; the assessment was performed in the retrospective study performed between 2000- 2016...
2018: Ceská Gynekologie
Roberto Sánchez-Sánchez, Ignacio Ferre, Michela Re, Patricia Vázquez, Luis Miguel Ferrer, Javier Blanco-Murcia, Javier Regidor-Cerrillo, Manuel Pizarro Díaz, Marta González-Huecas, Enrique Tabanera, Paula García-Lunar, Julio Benavides, Pablo Castaño, Andrew Hemphill, Matthew A Hulverson, Grant R Whitman, Kasey L Rivas, Ryan Choi, Kayode K Ojo, Lynn K Barrett, Wesley C Van Voorhis, Luis Miguel Ortega-Mora
Neospora caninum is one of the main causes of abortion in cattle, and recent studies have highlighted its relevance as an abortifacient in small ruminants. Vaccines or drugs for the control of neosporosis are lacking. Bumped kinase inhibitors (BKIs), which are ATP-competitive inhibitors of calcium dependent protein kinase 1 (CDPK1), were shown to be highly efficacious against several apicomplexan parasites in vitro and in laboratory animal models. We here present the pharmacokinetics, safety and efficacy of BKI-1553 in pregnant ewes and foetuses using a pregnant sheep model of N...
March 1, 2018: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
Clara Yieh Lin Chong, Frank H Bloomfield, Justin M O'Sullivan
The gut microbiome is established in the newborn period and is recognised to interact with the host to influence metabolism. Different environmental factors that are encountered during this critical period may influence the gut microbial composition, potentially impacting upon later disease risk, such as asthma, metabolic disorder, and inflammatory bowel disease. The sterility dogma of the foetus in utero is challenged by studies that identified bacteria, bacterial DNA, or bacterial products in meconium, amniotic fluid, and the placenta; indicating the initiation of maternal-to-offspring microbial colonisation in utero...
February 28, 2018: Nutrients
M Zuberek, T M Stępkowski, M Kruszewski, A Grzelak
The Lund human mesencephalic (LUHMES) cell line originated from mesencephalon of 8-week human foetus is a renowned in vitro model of human dopaminergic neurons. After differentiation the cells exhibit dopaminergic and neuronal characteristics of biochemically and morphologically mature dopamine-like neurons. In this study we analysed expression of 42 genes from ABC transporter superfamily in both proliferating cells and differentiated neurons after treatment with silver nanoparticles. ABC transporter superfamily is especially known due to the involvement in multidrug resistance phenomenon, but also involvement in transport through blood-brain barrier...
February 24, 2018: Mechanisms of Ageing and Development
Barbara Polese, Virginie Gridelet, Sophie Perrier d'Hauterive, Chantal Renard, Carine Munaut, Henri Martens, David Vermijlen, Irah L King, Nathalie Jacobs, Vincent Geenen
Introduction: Pregnancy is an immune paradox. While the immune system is required for embryo implantation, placental development and progression of gestation, excessive inflammation is associated with pregnancy failure. Similarly, the cytokine IL-17A plays an important role in defence against extracellular pathogens, but its dysregulation can lead to pathogenic inflammation and tissue damage. Although expression of IL-17 has been reported during pregnancy, the cellular source of this cytokine and its relevance to gestation are not clear...
2018: Clinical & Translational Immunology
Wioleta J Omeljaniuk, Katarzyna Socha, Jolanta Soroczynska, Angelika E Charkiewicz, Tadeusz Laudanski, Marek Kulikowski, Edward Kobylec, Maria H Borawska
BACKGROUND: Cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) are toxic elements which, when ingested excessively in food and drinking water, accumulate in selected organs and pass through the placenta barrier to the foetus, showing teratogenic effects. The aim of the study was to determine the concentration of Cd and Pb in blood and placental tissue in women who miscarried. METHODS: The study group consisted of 83 women who miscarried. The control group included 35 women in the first trimester of pregnancy and after childbirth...
January 1, 2018: Clinical Laboratory
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