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Levytska Khrystyna K Research Centre for Women's and Infants' Health, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mount Sinai Hospital, 600 University Avenue, Room 3-904, Toronto, ON, Canada M5G 1Z5 ; Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, ON, - - 2014
Common pregnancy complications, such as severe preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, disrupt pregnancy progression and impair maternal and fetal wellbeing. Placentas from such pregnancies exhibit lesions principally within the syncytiotrophoblast (SCT), a layer in direct contact with maternal blood. In humans and mice, glial cell missing-1 (GCM-1) promotes differentiation of ...
Oliaee Davood D Student Research Committee, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad 913750345, - - 2014
To date, there is no report on safety of Artemisia Kopetdaghensis. This study aimed to determine the possible undesirable effects of A. Kopetdaghensis on reproduction of female rats. The pregnant rats were treated (i.p.) with vehicle or 200 and 400 mg/kg of A. Kopetdaghensis hydroalcoholic extract from the 2nd to 8th ...
Lin Yi Y International Peace Maternity and Child Health Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, - - 2014
To elucidate the mechanism by which embryo-resorption and preterm birth were enhanced by pathogenic CpG motif and to develop a counter strategy for normal pregnancy outcome. This is an animal model-based study. In pregnant nonobese diabetic (NOD) mice and wild-type (WT) mice in the same strain background, an infection was ...
Dahl Mette M 0000-0002-8036-3519 Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Centre for Immune Regulation and Reproductive Immunology (CIRRI), Copenhagen University Hospital (Roskilde) and Roskilde Hospital, 7-13 Køgevej, 4000 Roskilde, - - 2014
Pregnancy is an immunological paradox, where fetal antigens encoded by polymorphic genes inherited from the father do not provoke a maternal immune response. The fetus is not rejected as it would be theorized according to principles of tissue transplantation. A major contribution to fetal tolerance is the human leukocyte antigen ...
Siwetz Monika M Institute of Cell Biology, Histology and Embryology, Medical University Graz, Harrachgasse 21/VII, 8010 Graz, - - 2014
The chemokine fractalkine is considered as unique since it exists both as membrane-bound adhesion molecule and as shed soluble chemoattractant. Here the hypothesis was tested whether placental fractalkine can be shed and released into the maternal circulation. Immunohistochemical staining of human first trimester and term placenta sections localized fractalkine at ...
Garrels Wiebke W Institut für Nutztiergenetik, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Mariensee, - - 2014
Human cells migrate between mother and fetus during pregnancy and persist in the respective host for long-term after birth. Fetal microchimerism occurs also in twins sharing a common placenta or chorion. Whether microchimerism occurs in multiparous mammals such as the domestic pig, where fetuses have separate placentas and chorions, is ...
Oz Helieh S HS Department Internal Medicine, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, - - 2014
Toxoplasmosis is a common cause of foodborne, gastrointestinal and congenital syndrome with particularly severe or unknown health consequences. There is no safe and effective preventive or therapeutic modality against congenital toxoplasmosis or to eliminate the persistent chronic infection. Diclazuril to be safe in pregnancy and effective against gastrointestinal toxoplasmosis. CD1 ...
Loewendorf Andrea I AI Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States of - - 2014
Pregnancy poses a unique challenge to the human immune system: the semi-allogeneic fetus must be protected from maternal immune attack while immunity towards pathogens is maintained. Breakdown in maternal-fetal tolerance can lead to pregnancy-specific diseases with potentially high degrees of morbidity and mortality for both the mother and her fetus. ...
Vogelgesang Anja A Division of Newborn Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America; Hanover Medical School, Hanover, - - 2014
Cigarette smoke exposure causes chronic oxidative lung damage. During pregnancy, fetal microchimeric cells traffic to the mother. Their numbers are increased at the site of acute injury. We hypothesized that milder chronic diffuse smoke injury would attract fetal cells to maternal lungs. We used a green-fluorescent-protein (GFP) mouse model to ...
Acurio Jesenia J Vascular Physiology Laboratory, Group of Investigation in Tumor Angiogenesis (GIANT), Group of Research and Innovation in Vascular Health (GRIVAS Health), Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, Universidad del Bío-Bío, Chillán, - - 2014
To investigate the functionality of A2B adenosine receptor (A2BAR) and the nitric oxide (NO) and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) signaling pathway in the endothelial cell proliferation/migration during preeclampsia, we used human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) isolated from normal pregnancies (n = 15) or pregnancies with preeclampsia (n = ...
Salomon Carlos C University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Centre for Clinical Diagnostics, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Queensland, - - 2014
Studies completed to date provide persuasive evidence that placental cell-derived exosomes play a significant role in intercellular communication pathways that potentially contribute to placentation and development of materno-fetal vascular circulation. The aim of this study was to establish the gestational-age release profile and bioactivity of placental cell-derived exosome in maternal ...
von Versen-Höynck Frauke F Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecology Research Unit, Hannover Medical School, Hannover, - - 2014
Endothelial dysfunction is a primary feature of preeclampsia, a pregnancy complication associated with an increased future cardiovascular risk for mother and offspring. Endothelial colony forming cells (ECFC) are endothelial progenitor cells that participate in vasculogenesis and endothelial repair. We hypothesized that the number and functional properties of fetal cord blood-derived ...
Lynge Nilsson Line L Centre for Immune Regulation and Reproductive Immunology, Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Copenhagen University Hospital , Roskilde , - - 2014
In several years after its discovery in the placenta, the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class Ib protein, HLA-G, was not given much attention, nor was it assigned great importance. As time has unraveled, HLA-G has proven to have distinctive functions and an unforeseen and possibly important role in reproduction. HLA-G ...
Perez-Sepulveda Alejandra A Centro de Investigaciones Biomédicas, Faculty of Medicine, Universidad de los Andes , Santiago , - - 2014
Normal pregnancy is considered as a Th2 type immunological state that favors an immune-tolerance environment in order to prevent fetal rejection. Preeclampsia (PE) has been classically described as a Th1/Th2 imbalance; however, the Th1/Th2 paradigm has proven insufficient to fully explain the functional and molecular changes observed during normal/pathological pregnancies. ...
Woidacki Katja K Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University , Magdeburg , - - 2014
During pregnancy, the maternal organism is under the influence of tremendous endocrine as well as immunological changes as an adaptation to the implanted and developing fetus. In most cases, the maternal adaptations to pregnancy ensure both, the protection against harmful pathogens and the tolerance toward the growing semi-allogeneic fetus. However, ...
Schumacher Anne A Department of Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University , Magdeburg , - - 2014
How the semi-allogeneic fetus is tolerated by the maternal immune system remains a fascinating phenomenon. Despite extensive research activity in this field, the mechanisms underlying fetal tolerance are still not well understood. However, there are growing evidences that immune-immune interactions as well as immune-endocrine interactions build up a complex network ...
Chatterjee Piyali P Department of Internal Medicine, Texas A&M Health Science Center , Temple, TX , USA ; Baylor Scott and White Health , Temple, TX , - - 2014
Inflammation mediated by both innate and adaptive immune cells is necessary for several important processes during pregnancy. Pro-inflammatory immune cell activation plays a critical role in embryo implantation, placentation, and parturition; however dysregulation of these cells can lead to detrimental pregnancy outcomes including spontaneous abortion, fetal growth restriction, maternal pathology ...
Hsu Peter P Charles Perkins Centre Nepean , Penrith, NSW , Australia ; Department of Allergy and Immunology, The Children's Hospital at Westmead , Sydney, NSW , Australia ; Sydney Medical School, The University of Sydney , Sydney, NSW , - - 2014
Maternal immune tolerance of the fetus is indispensable for a healthy pregnancy outcome. Nowhere is this immune tolerance more important than at the fetal-maternal interface - the decidua, the site of implantation, and placentation. Indeed, many lines of evidence suggest an immunological origin to the common pregnancy-related disorder, pre-eclampsia. Within ...
Muzzio Damián D Research Laboratory, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Greifswald , Greifswald , - - 2014
During mammalian pregnancy, highly specialized mechanisms of immune tolerance are triggered in order to allow the semi-allogeneic fetus to grow within the maternal uterus in harmony with the maternal immune system. Among other mechanisms, changes in the endocrine status have been proposed to be at least part of the machinery ...
Toselli Chiara C Department of Pediatrics, Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, - - 2014
β-cell mass in the pancreas increases significantly during pregnancy as an adaptation to maternal insulin resistance. Lineage tracing studies in rodents have presented conflicting evidence on the role of cell duplication in the formation of new β-cells during gestation, while recent human data suggest that new islets are a major ...
Fettke Franziska F Department of Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical Faculty, Otto-von-Guericke University , Magdeburg , - - 2014
Reproductive immunology research has long focused on T cell responses to paternal antigens and tolerance mechanisms supporting fetal well-being. The participation of B cells herein was not widely studied. Because of the fascinating immunological uniqueness of pregnancy, it is however to be expected that such pleiotropic cells play a considerable ...
Sharma Surendra S Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Department of Pediatrics, Providence, Rhode Island, USA. - - 2014
Survival of the allogeneic embryo in the uterus depends on the maintenance of immune tolerance at the maternal-fetal interface. The pregnant uterus is replete with activated maternal immune cells. How this immune tolerance is acquired and maintained has been a topic of intense investigation. The key immune cells that predominantly ...
Matson Brooke C BC Departments of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, - - 2014
Precise and local control of the innate immune system within the placenta is an essential component for achieving a normal and healthy pregnancy. One of the most abundant immune cells of the placenta is a subpopulation of natural killer (NK) cells that profusely populates the uterine decidua during early pregnancy. ...
Nancy Patrice P Department of Pathology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, USA. - - 2014
Understanding the function of T cells at the maternal-fetal interface remains one of the most difficult problems in reproductive immunology. A great deal of work over the last two decades has led to the view that the T cells that populate the decidua have important roles in both normal and ...
Soares Michael J MJ Institute for Reproductive Health and Regenerative Medicine, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA. - - 2014
Implantation of the embryo into the uterus triggers the initiation of hemochorial placentation. The hemochorial placenta facilitates the acquisition of maternal resources required for embryo/fetal growth. Uterine spiral arteries form the nutrient supply line for the placenta and fetus. This vascular conduit undergoes gestation stage-specific remodeling directed by maternal natural ...
Polese Barbara B GIGA-I3, Center of Immunoendocrinology, University of Liège , Liège , - - 2014
Acceptance of the fetal semi-allograft by the mother's immune system has become the focus of intensive research. CD4+ T cells are important actors in the establishment of pregnancy. Th1/Th2 paradigm has been expanded to include CD4+ regulatory T (Treg) and T helper 17 (Th17) cells. Pregnancy hormones exert very significant ...
Darmochwal-Kolarz Dorota D Department of Obstetrics and Perinatology, Medical University of Lublin, Ulica Jaczewskiego 8, 20-950 Lublin, - - 2014
Aims. Normal human pregnancy is a complex process of many immunoregulatory mechanisms which protect fetus from the activation of the maternal immune system. The aim of the study was to investigate the apoptosis of lymphocytes in peripheral blood of normal pregnant patients and healthy nonpregnant women. Methods. Sixty pregnant women ...
Wechter Daniel - - 2014
Induced abortion is a controversial topic among obstetricians. "100 Professors" extolled the benefits of elective abortion in a Clinical Opinion published in AJOG. However, scientific balance requires the consideration of a second opinion from practitioners who care for both patients, and who recognize the humanity of both. Alternative approaches to ...
Caballero Teresa T Hospital La Paz Institute for Health Research, (IdiPaz), Madrid, Spain ; Biomedical Research Network on Rare Diseases-U754 (CIBERER), Madrid, - - 2014
two are due to C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency (C1-INH-HAE types I and II) and one is characterized by normal C1-INH (nC1-INH-HAE). The management of pregnancy in patients with HAE is often a clinical challenge owing to potential worsening of the disease in relation to the physiological increase in estrogens and ...
Crunkhorn Rosa Elizabeth Mary RE Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, - - 2014
Although epistaxis is common during pregnancy, large volume epistaxis is rare. Many standard epistaxis management options are limited in pregnancy due to absolute or relative contraindications. Ear, nose and throat surgeons need to be aware of what options can be used safely and effectively. We present a case of a ...
Lindsey Jennifer S JS Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, - - 2014
Background. Massive labial edema is a rare complication during pregnancy that can jeopardize vaginal delivery, as well as leading to maternal and fetal morbidity. It can be related to systemic pathologies, but has been commonly associated with preeclampsia and diabetes. This increased and sometimes longstanding pressure may result in a ...
Fouelifack Florent Ymele FY Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Yaounde Central Hospital, Yaoundé, - - 2014
We herein report a case of abdominal pregnancy managed in Yaounde (Cameroon). The 33 year old G5P2022 woman was referred to our setting for management of an abdominal pregnancy of 34 weeks diagnosed during the first routine obstetrical ultrasonography done two days earlier. This ultrasonography revealed a live foetus within ...
Rouzi Abdulrahim A AA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi - - 2014
The aim of this prospective study was to assess the efficacy of intra-cervical misoprostol in the management of early pregnancy failure. Twenty women with early pregnancy failure received intra-cervical misoprostol via an endometrial sampling cannula. The first dose was 50 μg of misoprostol dissolved in 5 ml of normal saline. The administration ...
Sentürk Senol S 0000-0001-7712-7278 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of Medicine, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University, Merkez, Islampasa Mahallesi, Sehitler Caddesi, No. 74, 53100 Rize, - - 2014
Pemphigoid gestationis (PG) is a rare vesiculobullous dermatosis of pregnancy. It is commonly seen in second or third trimester. The diagnosis is frequently made with direct immunofluorescence studies of perilesional skin. Prompt recognition and appropriate management may reduce morbidity of this disease. Herein we present a case of pemphigoid gestationis ...
Navas Carmen Caballero - - 2014
This essay approaches the medieval Hebrew literature on women's healthcare, with the aim of analysing notions and ideas regarding fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, as conveyed in the texts that form the corpus. Firstly, the work discusses the approach of written texts to pregnancy and childbirth as key elements in the ...
Schlütter Jacob Mørup JM Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Aarhus University Hospital, Skejby, Aarhus, - - 2013
If noninvasive prenatal testing using next generation sequencing is to be effective for pregnant women, a cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) fraction above 4% is essential unless the depth of sequencing is increased. This study's objective is to determine whether physical activity has an effect on the proportion of cell-free DNA ...
Zamudio Stacy - - 2013
One causal model of preeclampsia (PE) postulates that placental hypoxia alters the production of angiogenic growth effectors (AGEs), causing an imbalance leading to maternal endothelial cell dysfunction. We tested this model using the natural experiment of high altitude (HA) residence. We hypothesized that in HA pregnancies (1) circulating sFlt-1 is ...
Zhang Guohui G Department of Forensic Medicine, Hebei North University, Zhangjiakou, 075000, - - 2013
Fetal cell microchimerism refers to the persistence of fetal cells in the maternal tissues following pregnancy. It has been detected in peripheral organs and the brain, but its existence in the spinal cord has not been reported. Our aim was to detect fetal cell microchimerism in the spinal cord of ...
Lee Hye Ryun HR Department of Laboratory Medicine, Gyeongsang National University Hospital, Jinju, - - 2013
Dendritic cells (DCs) play an important role in maintaining pregnancy by inducing tolerance toward the fetus. Such an immunologic change in the mother should be restored to normal after delivery, but few studies have reported postpartum maternal immune recovery, in terms of the types circulating DCs. The level of each ...
Bartmann Catharina C Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital of Würzburg, Würzburg, - - 2013
To date, a multiplicity of factors contributing to the establishment and progression of a successful pregnancy have been postulated. There is emerging evidence that decidual leukocytes could be decisive factors during pregnancy. Despite numerous investigations on immune cells in human early pregnancy decidua, little is known about the physiological composition ...
Bogdan Agnes - - 2013
Progesterone induced blocking factor (PIBF) is required for successful pregnancy. Alternative splicing produces PIBF isoforms with different functions. The full-length (90 kDa) PIBF is involved in cell cycle regulation, whereas smaller secreted forms act as cytokines. We aim to examine the PIBF exon pattern and protein isoform profile in normal and ...
Yu Fei F Department of Nutrition and Food Hygiene, School of Public Health, China Medical University, 92 North 2nd Road, Heping District, Shenyang, China. Electronic address: - - 2013
Iron deficiency (ID) anemia (IDA) alters auditory neural normal development in the mammalian cochlea. Previous results suggest that mild maternal IDA during pregnancy and lactation altered the hearing and nervous system development of the young offspring, but the mechanisms underlying the association are incompletely understood. The objective of this study ...
Moreno-Luna Rafael - - 2013
Endothelial colony-forming cells (ECFCs) are a subset of circulating endothelial progenitor cells that are particularly abundant in umbilical cord blood. We sought to determine whether ECFC abundance in cord blood is associated with maternal body-mass index (BMI) in nonpathologic pregnancies. We measured the level of ECFCs in the cord blood ...
Abumaree M H - - 2013
Workshops are an important part of the IFPA annual meeting as they allow for discussion of specialized topics. At IFPA meeting 2013 there were twelve themed workshops, four of which are summarized in this report. These workshops related to various aspects of placental biology but collectively covered areas of pregnancy ...
Laway Bashir A BA Department of Endocrinology, Sher-I-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, - - 2013
Sheehan's syndrome (SS) presents with hypopituitarism after parturition, usually preceded by postpartum hemorrhage. The first symptom of the disorder is lactation failure because of lactotroph cell necrosis. Recovery of lactotroph function after initial insult has not been reported in the literature. We describe the evaluation of a case of SS ...
Young Brett Chevalier - - 2013
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are integral parts of the innate immune system and have been implicated in complications of pregnancy. The longitudinal expression of TLRs on dendritic cells in the maternal circulation during uncomplicated pregnancies is unknown. The objective of this study was to prospectively evaluate TLR 1-9 as expressed on ...
Ueno Masaya M Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA 90095, - - 2013
The placenta provides the interface for gas and nutrient exchange between the mother and the fetus. Despite its critical function in sustaining pregnancy, the stem/progenitor cell hierarchy and molecular mechanisms responsible for the development of the placental exchange interface are poorly understood. We identified an Epcam(hi) labyrinth trophoblast progenitor (LaTP) ...
Zhou Juan - - 2013
Hypertensive disorder complicating pregnancy (HDCP) is one of the most frequent and serious pregnancy-related diseases, which is closely related to disorders of the maternal immune system, especially the local immune microenvironment of the maternal-fetal interface. Uterine decidual natural killer (dNK) cells are the major immune cells in the maternal-fetal interface ...
Heyer-Chauhan Narinda - - 2013
Abstract Glycosaminoglycans are found in extracellular matrix and on the cell surface in the form of proteoglycans. There is evidence that these molecules regulate biological processes, including cell survival, migration and angiogenesis. Preeclampsia is a common pregnancy disorder associated with insufficient placental development. This study aimed to determine the concentrations ...
Ohara-Imaizumi Mica M Departments of Biochemistry and Cell Physiology Kyorin University School of Medicine, Mitaka, Tokyo 181-8611, - - 2013
In preparation for the metabolic demands of pregnancy, β cells in the maternal pancreatic islets increase both in number and in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion (GSIS) per cell. Mechanisms have been proposed for the increased β cell mass, but not for the increased GSIS. Because serotonin production increases dramatically during pregnancy, ...
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