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Walter I - - 2006
In the endotheliochorial placenta of the cat, the maternal surface epithelium and parts of the connective tissue have to be removed to bring the fetal blood vessels in close contact to the maternal capillaries. The composition of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the feline uterus is not known and it ...
Banu S K - - 2005
Uteroplacental prostaglandins (PGs) play pivotal roles in the maintenance and termination of pregnancy in mammals. In the present study, we have characterized the expression of prostaglandin transporter (PGT) in placentome caruncles, intercaruncular tissues, fetal membranes, and utero-ovarian plexus during pregnancy in cattle. Pregnant bovine uteri were collected and classified into ...
Bebo Bruce F BF - - 2005
The capacity of the pregnancy state to regulate T-cell function is well documented. A consequence of this regulation is that many T-cell mediated autoimmune disorders, including multiple sclerosis (MS) are suppressed during pregnancy. The suppression of MS during pregnancy is more potent than the currently available treatments for this disease. ...
Murthi P - - 2005
The aim of the study was to determine the incidence and spatial distribution of apoptotic cell in fetal membranes obtained from human pregnancies complicated with fetal growth restriction (FGR) for which there was no established cause. Fetal membrane samples from normal (n=10) and FGR-affected (n=10) pregnancies were collected and stored ...
Rahl Peter B - - 2005
The activation of Rab GTPases is a critical focal point of membrane trafficking events in eukaryotic cells; however, the cellular mechanisms that spatially and temporally regulate this process are poorly understood. Here, we identify a null allele of ELP1 as a suppressor of a mutant in a Rab guanine nucleotide ...
Kusakabe Ken - - 2005
Uterine natural killer (uNK) cells in the pregnant uterus are known to be associated with the normal development of the placenta. In the mouse pregnant uterus, many uNK cells exist during mid pregnancy, although they show a sudden decrease during late pregnancy and almost disappear before delivery. Our previous study ...
Ge Ren-Shan - - 2005
Corticosterone (CORT) suppresses Leydig cell steroidogenesis by inhibiting the expression of proteins involved in testosterone biosynthesis including steroidogenic acute regulatory protein and steroidogenic enzymes. In most cells, intracellular glucocorticoid levels are controlled by either or both of the two known isoforms of 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (11beta HSD): the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide ...
Ikegami Isamu - - 2005
Chlorella, when heterotrophically cultivated in the dark, is able to grow with Zn2+ at 10-40 mM, which is 10 times the concentration lethal to autotrophically grown cells. However, the lag phase is prolonged with increasing concentrations of Zn2+; for example, in this study, 1 d of the control lag phase ...
Umeda Yukiko - - 2005
In the course of our screening program for regulators of a molecular chaperone GRP78 expression, we isolated a novel inhibitor of GRP78 expression, designated as prunustatin A, from Streptomyces violaceoniger 4521-SVS3. The structure of prunustatin A was determined by a series of NMR analyses to be an oxidized type of ...
Osuji Nnenna - - 2005
The effect of pregnancy on T-cell large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukaemia has not been previously described. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical features of three patients with T-cell LGL leukaemia; each of them had one or more pregnancies during disease evolution. Pregnancy was associated with sustained improvement in neutrophil count and ...
Kølvraa Steen - - 2005
Fetal cells, present in the blood of pregnant women, are potential targets for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. The fetal erythroblast has been the favorite target cell type. We investigated four methods of enrichment for fetal erythroblasts, identifying only three fetal erythroblasts in 573 ml of maternal blood. This is much less ...
Vincent Stéphane D - - 2005
Blimp1, a zinc-finger containing DNA-binding transcriptional repressor, functions as a master regulator of B cell terminal differentiation. Considerable evidence suggests that Blimp1 is required for the establishment of anteroposterior axis formation and the formation of head structures during early vertebrate development. In mouse embryos, Blimp1 is strongly expressed in axial ...
Takimoto-Ohnishi Eriko - - 2005
We previously identified a transgenic mouse model that developed pregnancy-associated hypertension (PAH) and intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) by mating females expressing human angiotensinogen (hANG) with males expressing human renin (hRN). These phenotypic defects were not observed in the opposite type of mating combination, despite the feto-placental overexpression of hRN and ...
Lee H - - 2005
Lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein receptor-1 (LOX-1) was originally identified as a receptor for oxidatively modified low-density lipoprotein. It has been reported that oxidative stress and hyperlipidemia play important roles in the etiology of preeclampsia, and that placental oxidative stress may stimulate syncytiotrophoblast apoptosis in preeclampsia. In this study, we examined ...
Dosiou Chrysoula - - 2005
The endocrine system and the immune system interact closely during implantation and maintenance of pregnancy. One of the most striking examples of this communication is at the level of the decidua (endometrium of pregnancy). Here, under the influence of sex steroids, there is a dramatic increase of a unique population ...
Østensen M - - 2005
OBJECTIVE: To study the putative shift of a Th1 to a Th2 immune response in pregnancy and its reversal post partum in healthy women and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were examined by FACS analysis for the expression of activation markers CD25 and HLA-DR ...
Pasmatzi E - - 2005
The purpose of this study was to investigate the carbohydrate residue composition of cell surface in the developing epidermis and to define the chronological sequence of its alterations in human fetuses from the 10th to the 20th weeks of gestation and at the 23rd week of gestation, using a panel ...
Jimenez Daniel F - - 2005
BACKGROUND: Studies in humans have shown that during pregnancy fetal cells can enter the maternal circulation and persist for many years. While we have previously reported the presence of cell-free fetal DNA during pregnancy in rhesus monkeys, it is unknown whether cells circulate and persist long term in maternal tissues. ...
Buzza M S - - 2006
The intracellular serpin Proteinase Inhibitor-9 (PI-9) is a potent inhibitor of the cytotoxic lymphocyte (CL) proteinase granzyme B, a major effector molecule used by CLs to induce target cell apoptosis. PI-9 is produced by CLs to protect against mis-directed granzyme B. However, PI-9 expression has also been reported in immune ...
Sitar Giammaria - - 2005
Fetal cells are always present in maternal blood starting in the first trimester of pregnancy, however a rapid, simple, and consistent procedure for their isolation for prenatal non-invasive genetic investigation is still lacking. Sensitivity and recovery of fetal cells is jeopardized by the minute amount of circulating fetal cells and ...
van den Brûle Frédéric - - 2005
Trophoblast invasion is a key process during human placentation. This event constitutes the basis of the conversion of the uterine spiral arteries, a process which allows an adequate vascular connection between the intervillous space and the maternal blood flow. Trophoblast invasion is transient, with stringent spatial and temporal control. Preeclampsia, ...
Bai S X - - 2005
Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are responsible for extracellular matrix (ECM) degradation, and their functions are regulated by tissue inhibitors of MMPs (TIMPs). The evidence for the roles of MMPs and TIMPs in implantation and placentation has remained insufficient in humans, especially during the early stages. Tubal pregnancy has some similarities to ...
Shooner Carl - - 2005
BACKGROUND: During early rat pregnancy, trophoblast of the tiny embryo joins with the endometrium and epithelial cells undergo apoptosis. Near the end of pregnancy, regression of the decidua basalis (DB) is also observed (from day 14 to 20). However, little is known about the intra-cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in ...
Wagner Kay-Uwe - - 2005
The identification of cancer-initiating epithelial subtypes (i.e. cancer stem cells) is important for gaining a more comprehensive understanding of the process of neoplastic transformation and tumorigenesis. Since reproductive history has a major impact on breast tumorigenesis, it is reasonable to assume that pregnancy and lactation have enduring effects on the ...
Bulla Roberta - - 2005
The placenta has a unique structural organization that allows fetal cells expressing paternal alloantigens to establish a peaceful cohabitation with the maternal immune system. The fetal cells are continuously exposed to the humoral and cellular components of the maternal immune system present in the maternal blood that circulates in the ...
Matthiesen Leif - - 2005
Preeclampsia is a placenta-dependent disorder with both local and systemic anomalies with neonatal and maternal morbidity. It is manifested late in pregnancy, but the onset is during early stages of gestation. The current hypothesis regarding the aetiology of preeclampsia is focused on maladaptation of immune responses and defective trophoblast invasion. ...
Abban G - - 2005
Implantation presents the remarkable synchronisation between the development of embryo and differentiation of endometrium. Cell-cell adhesion is an important phenomenon taking place during blastocyst implantation in uterine membrane. We think that the investigation of existence and the level of integrins in women can be a guide for treatment of infertility. ...
Varla-Leftherioti M - - 2005
Previous studies have revealed that women with unexplained recurrent spontaneous abortions have a limited repertoire of inhibitory KI receptors (inhKIRs) and that the inhKIRs they possess do not have specificity for the human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-Cw molecules that would be expressed on trophoblast. We sought to confirm these findings by ...
Wei Peng - - 2005
To study the apoptosis and its mechanism at the fetal-maternal interface of early gestation, localization of apoptotic cells in the implantation sites of the rhesus monkey on day 17, 19, 28 and 34 of pregnancy were first examine by using the TUNEL technique. The expression of Ki67, a molecular marker ...
Nielsen Jeppe Lund - - 2005
Microautoradiography (MAR) is an efficient method to obtain reliable information about the ecophysiology of microorganisms at the single cell level in mixed communities. Data obtained by the traditional MAR method can now be improved significantly when MAR is combined with fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) with oligonucleotide probes for the ...
Dubernard G - - 2005
Trophoblast invasion in uterine pregnancy is fine-tuned for the remodelling of the uterine wall and its vascularization. Tubal pregnancy, which occurs in a limited number of patients, involves a dramatic trophoblast invasion in a context of a poor decidualization. By studying the histology of the extravillous trophoblast (EVC) in the ...
Yu X W - - 2005
OBJECTIVES: To compare tumor necrosis factor receptor 1 (TNFR1) protein expression in women with unexplained early spontaneous abortion (UESA) and normal pregnancy. METHODS: In a prospective study, 62 women with UESA and 60 with normal pregnancy were studied. Decidual membrane TNFR1 was detected by flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry, and serum ...
Wooding F B P - - 2005
Pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAGs) comprise a large group of placental antigens of the aspartic proteinase family. Phylogenetic analysis indicated that the PAGs form two distinct groups, one of ancient origin and one produced by a more recent series of gene duplications. This paper summarises the molecular biological and biochemical studies ...
Hahn S - - 2005
The analysis of fetal cells, and more recently cell free fetal nucleic acids, in maternal blood has to date largely been concerned with the development of risk free methods for prenatal diagnosis. Although elevated feto-maternal cell trafficking has long been associated with preeclampsia, it has only recently been shown that ...
Wang Yu - - 2004
Fetal microchimerism indicates a mixture of cells of maternal and fetal origin seen in maternal tissues during and after pregnancy. Controversy exists about whether persistent fetal microchimerism is related with some autoimmune disorders occurring during and after pregnancy. In the current experiment, an animal model in which EGFP positive cells ...
Steel J H JH Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, UK. - - 2005
The aim of this study was to determine the maternal or fetal origin of inflammatory leukocytes in fetal membranes from cases of chorioamnionitis. Fetal membranes were collected from male preterm infants and chorioamnionitis was diagnosed histologically. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation for X and Y chromosomes was used to determine the ...
Hannan Natalie J - - 2004
Leukocytes are critical mediators of endometrial remodeling, but the mechanisms by which leukocyte subpopulations enter the uterus are currently unknown. Endometrial leukocytes have no genomic progesterone receptors; thus, we hypothesized that leukocyte migration is induced indirectly by progesterone-regulated chemokines. Fractalkine (CX3CL1), a chemotactic membrane-bound adhesion factor, and its receptor (CX3CR1) ...
Schofield Gemma - - 2005
Leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) is transiently expressed on Day (D) 1 of pregnancy by the uterine epithelium and on D4 specifically by the glandular epithelium. The Lif knockout female mice are infertile because of uterine defects that affect embryo implantation, but pregnancy can be rescued in these mice by injections ...
McAleer Mary Frances - - 2004
Normal trophoblast function, including implantation, hormone production, and formation of the selectively permeable maternofetal barrier, is essential for the establishment and maintenance of the fetoplacental unit and proper fetal development. Maternal cytotoxicant exposure causes the destruction of these cells, especially the terminally differentiated syncytiotrophoblasts, and results in a myriad of ...
Falcidia E - - 2004
Fetal nucleated red blood cells (FNRBCs) circulate in the maternal blood throughout pregnancy. Even if the frequency of fetal cells in the maternal circulation remains to be ascertained, complications of pregnancy such as fetal cells aneuploidies, preeclampsia, abnormal Doppler of the uterine artery without symptoms of preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction ...
Kobayashi Ayako - - 2004
Transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP)-like (TAPL, ABCB9) is a half-type ATP binding cassette (ABC) protein belonging to subfamily B highly homologous to the TAP, a hetero-dimeric complex consisting of a TAP1 and a TAP2 subunit. Human TAPL, to which was tagged with green fluorescence protein (GFP) at its carboxyl ...
Faber-Swensson Anders Per AP School of Medical Practice and Population Health, The University of Newcastle, New South Wales, - - 2004
To assess endothelial cell function throughout normal human pregnancy. Longitudinal observational study. Pregnant women attending antenatal clinics and female nursing staff. Flow mediated dilatation (FMD) was measured by high resolution ultrasound and used as a surrogate measure for endothelial cell function and measured in pregnant women and in non-pregnant female ...
Mao Tin K TK Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology, University of California at Davis, Davis, CA 95616, - - 2004
The E2 component of mitochondrial pyruvate dehydrogenase complex (PDC-E2) is the immunodominant autoantigen of primary biliary cirrhosis. Whereas lipoylation of PDC-E2 is essential for enzymatic activity and predominates under normal conditions, other biochemical systems exist that also target the lysine residue, including acylation of fatty acids or xenobiotics and ubiquitinylation. ...
Caucheteux Stéphane M - - 2005
In the present work, we have analyzed the roles of two molecules involved in the regulation of cell survival, Bcl2 and Fas, in the pregnancy-induced down-regulation of B lymphopoiesis in mice. Our results show that the overexpression of the anti-apoptotic molecule Bcl2 in Bcl2-transgenic (Tg) B cells is able to ...
Barrett A W - - 2005
The aim of this study was to analyse the immunohistochemical differentiation profile of the stratified squamous epithelium of the adult human lip. Full-thickness lower lips taken from 31 cadavers were analysed. Sections were stained with haematoxylin and eosin, periodic acid-Schiff (PAS), cytokeratins (CK), loricrin, involucrin, profilaggrin and filaggrin. The stratified ...
Ericsson A - - 2005
BACKGROUND: Placental glucose transport mechanisms in early pregnancy are poorly understood. The aims of this study were to investigate the expression of glucose transporter (GLUT) isoforms 1, 3 and 4 in first trimester villous tissue, to assess the effects of insulin on glucose uptake and compare them with term. METHODS: ...
Wright Alexi - - 2004
Aneuploid cells in the placenta are associated with poor pregnancy outcomes, but the mechanisms are unclear. Here, we examined the cytotrophoblast (CTB) differentiation pathway that leads to uterine invasion in pregnancies complicated by trisomy 21 (T21) as compared with their normal counterparts. Surprisingly, we observed a wide spectrum of T21 ...
Okuda Tomohiro - - 2004
OBJECTIVE: Fetal cells cross the feto-maternal barrier and circulate in maternal peripheral blood; thus, this study aimed to show the relationship between clinical evidence in pregnancy and qualitative feto-maternal barrier changes. METHODS: The expression of fetal hemoglobin gamma chain messenger RNA (HbF-gamma mRNA) was measured by quantitative reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain ...
Niitsu Nozomi - - 2004
Lymphomas rarely develop during pregnancy, but hepatosplenic gammadelta T-cell lymphoma (HSgammadeltaTCL) is extremely rare. We encountered a case of T-cell intracellular antigen-1 (TIA-1) positive and granzyme B-positive HSgammadeltaTCL that developed early during the course of pregnancy. The patient was a 31-yr-old female who was referred to our hospital because of ...
Lee Hyung-Yul - - 2005
Relaxin promotes marked growth of the cervix during the second half of rat pregnancy, and this growth is accompanied by an increase in both epithelial and stromal cells. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that the extent to which relaxin promotes proliferation and inhibits apoptosis of ...
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