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  1. [Amniotic membrane in conjunctivoplasty].

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    Samoila, O; Lacramioara, Totu; Mihu, D

    2012-01-01

    The basic principles of conjunctival reconstruction are similar in all pathologies that inflict conjunctival tissue loss. Large conjunctival defects are difficult to treat, with little conjunctival reserve that can be used to close the defect. The study had the objective to find alternatives to conjunctival autograft. Frozen amniotic membrane was investigated. From 27 cases, 22 cases were reconstructed using amniotic membrane alone, but in 5 cases conjunctival autograft was also needed. Bulbar conjunctiva was reconstructed in 23 cases, of which 19 with pterygium, 3 with conjunctival tumors, one operatory plague. Fornix reconstruction was carried out in 4 cases, one tumor and 3 symblepharons (2 after conjunctival burns and one pemfigus). The rate of pterygium recurrence was 7,14%. Amniotic membrane can heal large defects of the conjunctiva, either bulbar or forniceal.

  2. Amniotic membrane covering for facial nerve repair

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    Murat Karaman; Arzu Tuncel; Shahrouz Sheidaei; Mehmet Güney (S)enol; Murat Hakan Karabulut; Ildem Deveci; Nihan Karaman

    2013-01-01

    Amniotic membranes have been widely used in ophthalmology and skin injury repair because of their anti-inflammatory properties. In this study, we measured therapeutic efficacy and determined if amniotic membranes could be used for facial nerve repair. The facial nerves of eight rats were dissected and end-to-end anastomosis was performed. Amniotic membranes were covered on the anastomosis sites in four rats. Electromyography results showed that, at the end of the 3rd and 8th weeks after amniotic membrane covering, the latency values of the facial nerves covered by amniotic membranes were significantly shortened and the amplitude values were significantly increased. Compared with simple facial nerve anastomosis, after histopathological examination, facial nerve anastomosed with amniotic membrane showed better continuity, milder inflammatory reactions, and more satisfactory nerve conduction. These findings suggest that amniotic membrane covering has great potential in facial nerve repair.

  3. AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE TRANSPLANTATION FOR KERATITIS.

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    Snezhana Murgova

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Keratitis without proper management tends to perforate the cornea, resulting in severe adverse consequences. In recent studies, amniotic membrane is reported to have anti-inflammatory effect and promote wound healing of corneal ulcer. Purpose: To report on the efficacy of permanent amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT in the treatment of keratitis. Case report: A 58-year-old man with severe keratitis in both eyes caused by long term administration of topical anesthetic (alcaine for electric ophthalmia. Single layer of amniotic membrane (AM was placed on the defect and secured to the limbus with interrupted 10-0 nylon sutures. A bandage contact lens was applied on the AM. Postoperative medication included topical antibiotic, artificial tears and mydriatic. Three months later corticosteroid was included. There was an immediate decrease of patient’s pain after surgery. Complete epithelialization was noted after 1 month. Conclusion: AMT is an alternative adjunctive method of treatment of keratitis; it promotes epithelialization process, decreased inflammation, corneal haze and neovascularization.

  4. Amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid-derived cells: potential tools for regenerative medicine?

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    Parolini, Ornella; Soncini, Maddalena; Evangelista, Marco; Schmidt, Dörthe

    2009-03-01

    Human amniotic membranes and amniotic fluid have attracted increasing attention in recent years as a possible reserve of stem cells that may be useful for clinical application in regenerative medicine. Many studies have been conducted to date in terms of the differentiation potential of these cells, with several reports demonstrating that cells from both the amniotic fluid and membrane display high plasticity. In addition, cells from the amniotic membrane have also been shown to display immunomodulatory characteristics both in vivo and in vitro, which could make them useful in an allotransplantation setting. Here, we provide an overview comparing the latest findings regarding the stem characteristics of cells from both the amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid, as well as on the potential utility of these cells for future clinical application in regenerative medicine.

  5. Effect of Amniotic Membrane Combined with Ciprofloxacin in Curing the Primary Stages of Pseudomonal Keratitis

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    Mohammad Kazem Sharifi Yazdi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Keratitis caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa is often resulted in severe corneal ulcers and perforation, which leads to losses of vision. Human amniotic membrane (HAM forms the inner wall of the membranous sac which surrounds and protects the embryo during gestation. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the amniotic membrane's healing in rabbits with pseudomonas keratitis.Methods: In total 14 rabbits divided in 2 groups of: 1 as Control and 2 as experimental amniotic membrane combined with ciprofloxacin. A 0.05 ml suspension of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ATCC 27853 was injected into rabbit’s corneal stroma, with no interference in control group. In the second group, the amniotic membrane in pieces of 1.5 × 1.5 cm transplanted to the entire corneal surface by eight interrupted 10.0 nylon sutures. In the first day ciprofloxacin drop was injected to the second group every 30 minutes and through second to seventh days every 2 hours. The results of perforation in cornea and the amount of infiltration were registered.Results: The results showed that amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT + ciprofloxacin group had 0% perforation and the control group 85.6%. Average infiltrations were 5 mm in AMT + ciprofloxacin groups and 23.75 mm in control.Conclusion: The use of amniotic membrane with ciprofloxacin was effective in prevention of cornea perforation and controlling the process of pseudomonal keratitis remission. The improvement of inflammation rapidly happened in ciprofloxacin + AMT group.

  6. Cytocompatibility of Three Corneal Cell Types with Amniotic Membrane

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    CHENJian-su; CHENRui; XUJin-tang; DINGYong; ZHAOSong-bin; LISui-lian

    2004-01-01

    Rabbit limbal corneal epithelial cells, corneal endothelial cells and keratocytes were cultured on amniotic membrane. Phase contrast microscope examination was performed daily. Histological and scan electron microscopic examinations were carried out to observe the growth, arrangement and adhesion of cultivated cells. Results showed that three corneal cell types seeded on amniotic membrane grew well and had normal cell morphology. Cultured cells attached firmly on the surface of amniotic membrane. Corneal epithelial cells showed singular layer or stratification. Cell boundaries were formed and tightly opposed. Corneal endothelial cells showed cobblestone or polygonal morphologic characteristics that appeared uniform in size. The cellular arrangement was compact. Keratocytes elongated and showed triangle or dendritic morphology with many intercellular joints which could form networks. In conclusion, amniotic membrane has good scaffold property, diffusion effect and compatibility with corneal cells. The basement membrane side of amniotic membrane facilitated the growth of corneal epithelial cells and endothelial cells and cell junctions were tightly developed. The spongy layer of amniotic membrane facilitated the growth of keratocytes and intercellular joints were rich. Amniotic membrane is an ideal biomaterial for layering tissue engineered cornea.

  7. HUMAN AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE GRAFTING: A BOON IN OCULAR CHEMICAL INJURIES

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    Shashikala

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of the f etal membranes. It has a stromal matrix, a collagen layer, and an overlying basement membrane with a single layer of epithelium. (1 Amniotic membrane has unique properties including an ti-adhesive effects, bacterio-static properties, wound protection, pain redu ction, and epithelialisation effects. Another characteristic of amniotic membrane is the lack of imunogenicity. (2 Amniotic membranes have been used as a dressing to promote he aling of chronic ulcers of the leg and as a biological dressing for burned skin and skin woun ds. (3, 4 It has also been used in surgical reconstruction of artificial vagina, for repairing o mphaloceles, and to prevent tissue adhesion in surgeries of the abdomen, head, or pelvis. (5, 6 Amniotic membrane has been successfully used in ocular conditions like persistent epithelial defects (7, pterygium, (8 Symblepharon (9 and for ocular surface reconstruction. (10, 11 The purpose of this study was to evaluate the use of cryo- preserved Human amniotic membrane graft( HAMT, with or without limbal autograft transplantation (LAT in patients with previous and fr esh chemical eye injuries respectively. Institutional ethical committee approval was obtained .

  8. Indications and Outcomes of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation

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    Alime Güneş

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: To investigate the indications and outcomes of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT. Materials and Methods: A total of 87 eyes who underwent amnion membrane transplantation in our clinic between February 2010 and April 2013 were included in this study. Mean follow-up period was 7.49±7.84 months (range 1-29 months. Amnion membrane defrosted at room temperature and washed three times with saline covered all over the cornea independent of the position and size of the lesion and was sutured to the peripheral cornea circumferentially by 10/0 monofilament suture. At the end of the operation, therapeutic contact lens was placed. All cases were evaluated with respect to duration of surface epithelial healing, visual acuity, presence of recurrence, and infection. Results: Forty-six of the 87 patients (52.8% were men and 41 (47.1% were women. The mean age was 57.02±19.74 years (range 31-89 years in men and 66.69±16.56 years (range 8-88 years in women. The indications were: ulcers in 27 eyes, keratitis in 24 eyes, topical anesthetic abuse in 10 eyes, bullous keratopathy in 7 eyes, conjunctival mass in 7 eyes, symblepharon in 3 eyes, chemical burns in 3 eyes, pterygium in 2 eyes, endophthalmitis in 2 eyes, dellen in 1 eye, and conjunctival laceration in 1 eye. After AMT, 12 patients required second AMT, and 2 cases required third AMT. 2 eyes were eviscerated, 1 eye was exenterated. At the final follow-up visit, except for patients who underwent evisceration and exenteration, improved visual acuity was observed in 45 of the 84 eyes (53.5%. The average of healing time was between 4 and 6 weeks. No infectious, inflammatory, immunologic, or toxic/allergic reactions related to AMT was observed. Conclusion: Amniotic membrane transplantation is a safe and effective technique in ocular surface diseases. (Turk J Ophthalmol 2014; 44: 123-6

  9. A Study on the Preservation of Fresh Amniotic Membrane

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    Liying Xu; Shiyou Zhou; Jiaqi Chen; Longshan Chen; Mei Zhang

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To establish the standard preservation methods of fresh amniotic membranefor clinical use.Methods: Human placentas were collected aseptically from selective caesarean sectionsin normal women in time. Amniotic or placental membrane were peeled and preserved inN.S, P.B. SorDMEM at4°C or cultured in DMEM at 37°C, 5% CO2. Trypan-bluestaining, light and electronic microscopy were observed every six hours after preservation.Results: Seventy percent of amniotic epithelial cells survived after preservation in N. Sfor 6 hours, PBS 12 hours, DMEM 24 hours and 1 week in tissue culture. The amountof living epithelial cells maintained in placental membrane preservation was less thanthat in amniotic membrane preservation at the same time (t-test, P < 0. 01) . Nocollagen degeneration was found during preservation.Conclusion: Preservative solution and time will affect the maintenance time of freshamniotic membrane greatly. Fresh amniotic membrane should be preserved within 6hours in N.S, 12 hours in P.B.S, 24 hours in DMEM at 4 °C and 1 week in tissteculture for clinical use.

  10. Amniotic membrane allografts: development and clinical utility in ophthalmology

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    Rizzuti A

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Allison Rizzuti,1,2 Adam Goldenberg,1 Douglas R Lazzaro1,2 1SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2Kings County Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA Abstract: Amniotic membrane, the innermost layer of the placenta, is a tissue that promotes epithelialization, while decreasing inflammation, neovascularization, and scarring. It is used in the surgical management of a wide variety of ophthalmic conditions where it functions as a graft or patch in ocular surface reconstruction. The development of new preservation techniques, as well as a sutureless amniotic membrane, has allowed for easier, in-office placement, without the disadvantages of an operating room procedure. The purpose of this review is to describe the historical development of amniotic membrane in ophthalmology and to describe its current clinical applications, particularly focusing on recent advances. Keywords: ocular surface, cornea, stem cells, prokera, allograft, patch, transplantation

  11. Endocrine activity of extraembryonic membranes extends beyond placental amniotes.

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    Lori C Albergotti

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: During development, all amniotes (mammals, reptiles, and birds form extraembryonic membranes, which regulate gas and water exchange, remove metabolic wastes, provide shock absorption, and transfer maternally derived nutrients. In viviparous (live-bearing amniotes, both extraembryonic membranes and maternal uterine tissues contribute to the placenta, an endocrine organ that synthesizes, transports, and metabolizes hormones essential for development. Historically, endocrine properties of the placenta have been viewed as an innovation of placental amniotes. However, an endocrine role of extraembryonic membranes has not been investigated in oviparous (egg-laying amniotes despite similarities in their basic structure, function, and shared evolutionary ancestry. In this study, we ask whether the oviparous chorioallantoic membrane (CAM of chicken (Gallus gallus has the capability to synthesize and receive signaling of progesterone, a major placental steroid hormone. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We quantified mRNA expression of key steroidogenic enzymes involved in progesterone synthesis and found that 3beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase, which converts pregnenolone to progesterone exhibited a 464 fold increase in the CAM from day 8 to day 18 of embryonic development (F(5, 68 = 89.282, p<0.0001. To further investigate progesterone synthesis, we performed explant culture and found that the CAM synthesizes progesterone in vitro in the presence of a steroid precursor. Finally, we quantified mRNA expression and performed protein immunolocalization of the progesterone receptor in the CAM. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Collectively, our data indicate that the chick CAM is steroidogenic and has the capability to both synthesize progesterone and receive progesterone signaling. These findings represent a paradigm shift in evolutionary reproductive biology by suggesting that endocrine activity of extraembryonic membranes is not a novel characteristic of

  12. The Amniotic Membrane: Development and Potential Applications - A Review.

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    Favaron, P O; Carvalho, R C; Borghesi, J; Anunciação, A R A; Miglino, M A

    2015-12-01

    Foetal membranes are essential tissues for embryonic development, playing important roles related to protection, breathing, nutrition and excretion. The amnion is the innermost extraembryonic membrane, which surrounds the foetus, forming an amniotic sac that contains the amniotic fluid (AF). In recent years, the amniotic membrane has emerged as a potential tool for clinical applications and has been primarily used in medicine in order to stimulate the healing of skin and corneal diseases. It has also been used in vaginal reconstructive surgery, repair of abdominal hernia, prevention of surgical adhesions and pericardium closure. More recently, it has been used in regenerative medicine because the amniotic-derived stem cells as well as AF-derived cells exhibit cellular plasticity, angiogenic, cytoprotective, immunosuppressive properties, antitumoural potential and the ability to generate induced pluripotent stem cells. These features make them a promising source of stem cells for cell therapy and tissue engineering. In this review, we discussed the development of the amnion, AF and amniotic cavity in different species, as well as the applicability of stem cells from the amnion and AF in cellular therapy.

  13. Potential antitumor therapeutic strategies of human amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid-derived stem cells.

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    Kang, N-H; Hwang, K-A; Kim, S U; Kim, Y-B; Hyun, S-H; Jeung, E-B; Choi, K-C

    2012-08-01

    As stem cells are capable of self-renewal and can generate differentiated progenies for organ development, they are considered as potential source for regenerative medicine and tissue replacement after injury or disease. Along with this capacity, stem cells have the therapeutic potential for treating human diseases including cancers. According to the origins, stem cells are broadly classified into two types: embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and adult stem cells. In terms of differentiation potential, ESCs are pluripotent and adult stem cells are multipotent. Amnion, which is a membranous sac that contains the fetus and amniotic fluid and functions in protecting the developing embryo during gestation, is another stem cell source. Amnion-derived stem cells are classified as human amniotic membrane-derived epithelial stem cells, human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells and human amniotic fluid-derived stem cells. They are in an intermediate stage between pluripotent ESCs and lineage-restricted adult stem cells, non-tumorigenic, and contribute to low immunogenicity and anti-inflammation. Furthermore, they are easily available and do not cause any controversial issues in their recovery and applications. Not only are amnion-derived stem cells applicable in regenerative medicine, they have anticancer capacity. In non-engineered stem cells transplantation strategies, amnion-derived stem cells effectively target the tumor and suppressed the tumor growth by expressing cytotoxic cytokines. Additionally, they also have a potential as novel delivery vehicles transferring therapeutic genes to the cancer formation sites in gene-directed enzyme/prodrug combination therapy. Owing to their own advantageous properties, amnion-derived stem cells are emerging as a new candidate in anticancer therapy.

  14. Transplante de membrana amniótica Amniotic membrane transplantation

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    Hamilton Moreira

    2000-08-01

    Full Text Available O transplante de membrana amniótica tem sido utilizado como alternativa para a reconstrução da superfície ocular em substituição ao tecido conjuntival nos casos de doenças cicatriciais da córnea ou conjuntiva. Tem sido descrito na literatura para o tratamento de defeitos epiteliais persistentes, pterígio recidivado, Síndrome de Stevens-Johnson e Penfigóide cicatricial, queimaduras químicas e ceratopatia bolhosa.Amniotic membrane transplantation has been used as an alternative for ocular surface reconstruction. Indications for amniotic membrane transplantation include persistent epithelial defects, pterygium, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, ocular cicatricial pemphigoid, chemical burns and pseudo-phakik bullous keratopathy.

  15. Immunomodulatory effects of amniotic membrane matrix incorporated into collagen scaffolds.

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    Hortensius, Rebecca A; Ebens, Jill H; Harley, Brendan A C

    2016-06-01

    Adult tendon wound repair is characterized by the formation of disorganized collagen matrix which leads to decreases in mechanical properties and scar formation. Studies have linked this scar formation to the inflammatory phase of wound healing. Instructive biomaterials designed for tendon regeneration are often designed to provide both structural and cellular support. In order to facilitate regeneration, success may be found by tempering the body's inflammatory response. This work combines collagen-glycosaminoglycan scaffolds, previously developed for tissue regeneration, with matrix materials (hyaluronic acid and amniotic membrane) that have been shown to promote healing and decreased scar formation in skin studies. The results presented show that scaffolds containing amniotic membrane matrix have significantly increased mechanical properties and that tendon cells within these scaffolds have increased metabolic activity even when the media is supplemented with the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 beta. Collagen scaffolds containing hyaluronic acid or amniotic membrane also temper the expression of genes associated with the inflammatory response in normal tendon healing (TNF-α, COLI, MMP-3). These results suggest that alterations to scaffold composition, to include matrix known to decrease scar formation in vivo, can modify the inflammatory response in tenocytes. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Biomed Mater Res Part A: 104A: 1332-1342, 2016.

  16. Amniotic Fluid Infection in Preterm Pregnancies with Intact Membranes

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    Rahkonen, Leena; Nupponen, Irmeli; Pätäri-Sampo, Anu; Tikkanen, Minna; Sorsa, Timo; Juhila, Juuso; Andersson, Sture; Paavonen, Jorma; Stefanovic, Vedran

    2017-01-01

    Introduction. Intra-amniotic infection (IAI) is a major cause of preterm labor and adverse neonatal outcome. We evaluated amniotic fluid (AF) proteolytic cascade forming biomarkers in relation to microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and IAI in preterm pregnancies with intact membranes. Material and Methods. Amniocentesis was made to 73 women with singleton pregnancies; 27 with suspected IAI; and 46 controls. AF biomarkers were divided into three cascades: Cascade 1: matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8), MMP-9, myeloperoxidase (MPO), and interleukin-6; Cascade 2: neutrophil elastase (HNE), elafin, and MMP-9; Cascade 3: MMP-2, tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinases-1 (TIMP-1), MMP-8/TIMP-1 molar ratio, and C-reactive protein (CRP). MMP-8 was measured by an immunoenzymometric assay and the others were measured by ELISA. Standard biochemical methods, molecular microbiology, and culture techniques were used. Results. MMP-8, MMP-9, MPO, elafin, and TIMP-1 concentrations were higher in IAI suspected cases compared to controls and also in IAI suspected cases with MIAC compared to those without MIAC when adjusted by gestational age at amniocentesis. All biomarkers except elafin and MMP-2 had the sensitivity of 100% with thresholds based on ROC-curve. Odd ratios of biomarkers for MIAC were 1.2-38 and 95% confidential intervals 1.0-353.6. Conclusions. Neutrophil based AF biomarkers were associated with IAI and MIAC. PMID:28167848

  17. Sutureless fixation of amniotic membrane for therapy of ocular surface disorders.

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    Ilya Kotomin

    Full Text Available Amniotic membrane is applied to the diseased ocular surface to stimulate wound healing and tissue repair, because it releases supportive growth factors and cytokines. These effects fade within about a week after application, necessitating repeated application. Generally, amniotic membrane is fixed with sutures to the ocular surface, but surgical intervention at the inflamed or diseased site can be detrimental. Therefore, we have developed a system for the mounting of amniotic membrane between two rings for application to a diseased ocular surface without surgical intervention (sutureless amniotic membrane transplantation. With this system, AmnioClip, amniotic membrane can be applied like a large contact lens. First prototypes were tested in an experiment on oneself for wearing comfort. The final system was tested on 7 patients in a pilot study. A possible influence of the ring system on the biological effects of amniotic membrane was analyzed by histochemistry and by analyzing the expression of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A, hepatocyte growth factor (HGF, fibroblast growth factor 2 (FGF 2 and pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF from amniotic membranes before and after therapeutic application. The final product, AmnioClip, showed good tolerance and did not impair the biological effects of amniotic membrane. VEGF-A and PEDF mRNA was expressed in amniotic membrane after storage and mounting before transplantation, but was undetectable after a 7-day application period. Consequently, transplantation of amniotic membranes with AmnioClip provides a sutureless and hence improved therapeutic strategy for corneal surface disorders.Trial Registration:ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02168790

  18. Quantitative mapping of intracellular cations in the human amniotic membrane

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    Moretto, Ph.; Llabador, Y.; Simonoff, M.; Razafindrabe, L.; Bara, M.; Guiet-Bara, A.

    1993-05-01

    The effect of magnesium and taurine on the permeability of cell membranes to monovalent cations has been investigated using the Bordeaux nuclear microprobe. PIXE and RBS techniques have been used to provide quantitative measurements and ion distributions in the isolated amniotic membrane. This physiological model for cellular exchanges allowed us to reveal the distribution of most elements involved in cellular pathways and the modifications under different experimental conditions of incubation in physiological fluids. The PIXE microanalysis provided an original viewpoint on these mechanisms. Following this first study, the amnion compact lamina was found to play a role which was not, up to now, taken into account in the interpretation of electrophysiological experimentations. The release of some ionic species, such as K +, from the epithelial cells, during immersion in isotonic fluids, could have been hitherto underestimated.

  19. [Application of amniotic membrane dressings in patients with skin damage].

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    Carrera González, Elier; Noa Hernández, Jose Eduardo; Marín Rojo, Carlos A

    2011-01-01

    The application of amniotic membranes in patients diagnosed with skin damage is a valid treatment option. A care plan following the Virginia Henderson model and NANDA, NOC and NIC taxonomy was applied to 36 patients admitted to the Dr. Miguel Enríquez hospital with different cutaneous lesions. This membrane has already been used for years due to its healing properties. These are attributed to antimicrobial properties reducing infection risk and promoting epithelial activity. They can decrease the need for the use of antibiotics, expendable materials, and can be applied during long periods of healing. This decreases the cost of wide spectrum antibiotic treatments, as well as the time patients spend in hospital. We present the results of this application in cases with several types of skin lesions.

  20. Optimizing amniotic membrane tissue banking protocols for ophthalmic use.

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    Hettiarachchi, D; Dissanayake, V H W; Goonasekera, H W W

    2016-09-01

    Amniotic membrane (AM) due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-scarring and anti-angiogenic properties is used as corneal and wound grafts. When developing AM tissue banks, cell viability, membrane morphology and genomic stability should be preserved following cryopreservation. To analyze the changes rendered to the AM during the process of cryopreservation by comparing different combinations of standard cryopreservation media; fetal bovine serum (FBS), dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO), Dulbecco's modified eagle's medium (DMEM) and glycerol at -80 °C and at -196 °C for a period of 6 weeks and at 4 °C in 70 % alcohol for 6 weeks. Following informed consent, placentae of healthy term pregnancies delivered by elective Cesarean section were collected and AM separated into 5 × 5 cm size sections and under sterile conditions stored in 9:1 DMSO:FBS and 1:1 DMEM:Glycerol at -196 and -80 °C for 6 weeks. Similar sections were also stored at 4 °C in 70 % alcohol for 6 weeks. After storage periods following were assessed; AM epithelial cell viability by trypan blue vital stain, epithelial cell proliferation capacity by cell doubling time, membrane morphology by haematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stain and genomic stability by conventional G-banded karyotyping. Human amniotic epithelial cells were cultured in DMEM and 10 % FBS in humidified atmosphere of 5 % carbon dioxide at 37 °C and were characterized using RT-PCR for Octamer-binding protein 4 (Oct-4) and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) genes. All the above parameters were also assessed in fresh AM. AM obtained from 4 term placentae. Mean cell count and mean cell doubling times in days respectively; for fresh AM 3.8 × 10(6); 1.59, after 6 weeks in DMSO:FBS at -196 °C 3.0 × 10(6); 2.38 and at -80 °C 2.1 × 10(6); 1.60, in DMEM:Glycerol at -196 °C 3.6 × 10(6); 2.33 at -80 °C 23 × 10(6); 1.66 and at 4 °C 3.3 × 10(6); 2.14. Histology analysis of the fresh AM showed an intact epithelial

  1. Repair of an oroantral communication by a human amniotic membrane: a novel technique.

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    Lakshmi, Subha; Bharani, Siva; Ambardar, Kalhan

    2015-08-01

    The amniotic membrane is the innermost layer of fetal membrane and is attached to the chorion in the placenta. This membrane has been used for nearly a century in varied fields such as ophthalmology, reconstructive surgery, and burn treatment. In this case report, we used a human amniotic membrane to repair an iatrogenic oroantral communication that occurred during the extraction of the patient's right upper second molar. A splint was given after the perforation was covered with human amniotic membrane and healing was clinically evaluated at various intervals. The outcome of the study revealed that the human amniotic membrane was an efficient graft material for repairing the defect caused by an iatrogenic oroantral communication following tooth extraction.

  2. Autologous nerve anastomosis versus human amniotic membrane anastomosis A rheological comparison following simulated sciatic nerve injury

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    Guangyao Liu; Qiao Zhang; Yan Jin; Zhongli Gao

    2011-01-01

    The sciatic nerve is biological viscoelastic solid, with stress relaxation and creep characteristics. In this study, a comparative analysis of the stress relaxation and creep characteristics of the sciatic nerve was conducted after simulating sciatic nerve injury and anastomosing with autologous nerve or human amniotic membrane. The results demonstrate that, at the 7 200-second time point, both stress reduction and strain increase in the human amniotic membrane anastomosis group were significantly greater than in the autologous nerve anastomosis group. Our findings indicate that human amniotic membrane anastomosis for sciatic nerve injury has excellent rheological characteristics and is conducive to regeneration of the injured nerve.

  3. A new surgical technique to treat corneal perforations using amniotic membrane and surgical adhesive

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    K.C.S. Pontes

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available The objectives of this study were to compare surgical techniques and the effects of using n-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate and bovine amniotic membrane to repair perforated lesions in corneas. Penetrating keratoplasty was performed in sixty New Zealand White rabbits under general anesthesia. Group 1 (G1 was treated with n-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate, group 2 (G2 received a fragment of amniotic membrane through the anterior chamber and application of n-butyl 2-cyanoacrylate over the lesion, group 3 (G3 was treated with the same technique as G2 with the addition of an amniotic membrane bandage covering the cornea and sutured in the limbus region, and group 4 (G4 was treated with an amniotic membrane sutured to the lesion and an amniotic membrane bandage sutured in the limbus region. Clinical, histological and histomorphometric examinations of the corneas were performed. The membrane acted as a barrier for aqueous humor in G2 and G3, thereby keeping the surface dry for adhesive application; it also prevented the adhesive from contacting intraocular structures. The groups treated with amniotic membrane and surgical adhesive showed better results than the groups treated with either material alone. Thus, the combination of the membrane with the adhesive is recommended for this type of lesion.

  4. EFFECT OF HUMAN AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE ON CORNEAL EPITHELIUM AND YAC-1 CELL

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    叶纹; 沈玺; 钟一声

    2003-01-01

    Objective To study the effect of the amniotic membrane on enhancing the proliferation of corneal epithelia and YAC 1 cell.MethodsAfter the primary culture of the rabbits corneal epithelia and YAC 1 cells, they were seeded on the upper surface or stromal matrix side of amniotic membrane respectively. The proliferation results were observed by MTT test.ResultsThe amniotic membrane was found significantly enhancing the proliferation of corneal epithelia on the d1,d3,and d5 after culture. The proliferation rate was 28.93%,23.32%,23.41%(P<0.05)respectively, but the d7 proliferation rate was 20.72%(P>0.05).On the d1,d3,d7 after culture,the YAC 1 cells proliferation rate was 34.87%,36.28%,33.86%(P<0.01)respectively.ConclusionOur results demonstrated that the amniotic membrane could enhance the prolifera tion of both corneal epithelia and YAC 1 cells significantly. Although amniotic membrane has been suggested as an ideal material for reconstruction of ocular surface, special attention should be paid during amniotic membrane transplantation for treating ocular surface lesion resulted from epibulbar tumors.

  5. Amniotic membrane can be a valid source for wound healing

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    ElHeneidy H

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Hossam ElHeneidy,1 Eman Omran,1 Ahmed Halwagy,1 Hesham Al-Inany,1 Mirvat Al-Ansary,2 Amr Gad3 1Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, 2Department of Clinical Pathology, 3Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt Abstract: Amniotic membrane (AM can promote proper epithelialization with suppression of excessive fibrosis by creating a supportive milieu for regeneration of chronic ulcer bed.Objective: The objective of this study is to investigate whether AM scaffold can modulate the healing of a wound by promoting tissue reconstruction rather than promoting scar tissue formation.Subjects and methods: AM was obtained and prepared and then applied to patients with chronic leg ulcers who were randomly divided into two different groups. Group I (control group included eleven patients in whom ulcers were treated with conventional wound dressings that were changed daily for 8 weeks. Group II (study group included 14 patients in whom the AM was placed in contact with the ulcer and held in place with a secondary dressing, which was changed daily. Follow-up was done to detect healing rate and detection of ulcer size, assessment of pain, and to take ulcer images (days 0, 7, 14, 21, 30, 45, and 60.Results: In group I, all ulcers showed no reduction in their size, and ulcer floor remained the same. Healthy granulations were present in two ulcers (18.2% and absent in nine ulcers (81.8%. There was no improvement of pain level in the eleven ulcers. In group II, complete healing of 14 ulcers occurred in 14–60 days with a mean of 33.3±14.7; healing rate range was 0.064–2.22 and the mean 0.896±0.646 cm2/day. Healthy granulations were present in 13 ulcers (92.9% and absent in one ulcer (7.1%. Three ulcers (21.4% were of mild severity (grade 1 ulcers while eleven ulcers (78.6% were of moderate severity (grade 2 ulcers. The healing rate was faster in ulcers of mild severity (1.7±0.438 cm2/day in comparison to ulcers of moderate

  6. Amniotic Membrane Transplantation in Herpetic Keratitis and Bacterial Keratitis

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    Elif Eraslan Yusufoğlu

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To evaluate the effect of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT in the treatment of corneal ulcers resulting from herpetic keratitis (HK and bacterial keratitis (BK. Material and Method: Forty-six patients (25 HK, 21 BK treated with AMT for HK or BK-related corneal ulcers between January 2009 and September 2011 were followed prospectively. The visual acuities and ulcer characteristics (depth and localization prior to AMT and epithelialization time, as well as final visual acuities after AMT, were evaluated. Results: The mean age was 51.9±17.0 years in HK and 53.3±22.0 years in BK and the mean follow-up time was 12.6±6.1 (5-33 months and 10.2±6.8 (3-27 months, respectively. The ulcers were mostly central in HK (72% and paracentral in BK (52.4% (p=0.03. Ulcer depth was deeper than 1/2 of the cornea in 14 (56% HK and in 7 (33.3% BK (p=0.290. Eight HK patients had scars from previous herpetic keratitis episodes. The mean epithelialization time was 22.3±8.5 (12-50 days in HK and 22.1±10.9 (8-45 days in BK (p=0.488. While epithelialization was achieved in all the patients with BK, 3 HK patients needed adjunctive surgeries (conjunctival flap, tectonic penetrating keratoplasty in spite of three AMTs. Although visual acuities improved significantly in both groups, this improvement was more evident in BK cases (p=0.018 for HK and p<0.001 for BK. Discussion: Amniotic membrane transplantation is an effective and safe treatment for bacterial and herpetic corneal ulcers. The reason for the lower final visual acuities in the herpetic group was thought to be related to a more central location, deeper involvement and scars due to previous attacks.(Turk J Ophthalmol 2013; 43: 229-35

  7. Amniotic Membrane Extract Preparation: What is the Best Method?

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    Mirgholamreza Mahbod

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: To compare different preparation methods for a suitable amniotic membrane (AM extract containing a given amount of growth factors. Methods: In this interventional case series, we dissected the AM from eight placentas within 24 hours after delivery, under clean conditions. After washing and mixing, AM extracts (AMEs were prepared using pulverization and homogenization methods, and different processing and storing conditions. Main outcome measures were the amount of added protease inhibitor (PI, the relative centrifugal force (g, in-process temperature, repeated extraction times, drying percentage, repeated pulverization times, and the effect of filtering with 0.2 μm filters. Extract samples were preserved at different temperature and time parameters, and analyzed for hepatic growth factor (HGF and total protein using ELISA and calorimetric methods, respectively. Results: The extracted HGF was 20% higher with pulverization as compared to homogenization, and increased by increasing the PI to 5.0 μl/g of dried AM. Repeating centrifugation up to 3 times almost doubled the extracted HGF and protein. Storing the AME at −170° for 6 months caused a 50% drop in the level of HGF and protein. Other studied parameters showed no significant effect on the extracted amount of HGF or total protein. Conclusion: Appropriate extraction methods with an adequate amount of PI increases the level of extractable components from harvested AMs. To achieve the maximal therapeutic effects of AMEs, it is necessary to consider the half-life of its bioactive components.

  8. Both Freshly Prepared and Frozen-Stored Amniotic Membrane Cells Express the Complement Inhibitor CD59

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    Ágnes Füst

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Amniotic membrane proved to be very effective tool in the treatment of a number of ocular surface diseases. The amniotic membrane, however, has to be stored before its transplantation onto the ocular surface followed by mandatory serologic control in order to exclude the transmission of certain viruses. Therefore it is most important to study if cryopreservation of the membrane affects cell surface expression of the molecules. We measured cell surface expression of CD59, a membrane-bound complement inhibitor on the cells of freshly prepared and cryopreserved amniotic membrane. Cells of amniotic membrane were separated mechanically. Epithelial and mesenchymal cells were identified by the intracellular expression of nanog and the cell surface ICAM1 positivity, respectively. Multicolor flow cytometric immunophenotyping was used for determination of the CD59 expression. CellQuest-Pro software program (Becton Dickinson was used both for measurements and analysis. CD59-positive cells could be detected in all investigated samples and in all investigated cell types, although the expression level of CD59 differed. CD59 was expressed both on freshly prepared and frozen-stored samples. Higher level of CD59 was detected on ICAM1+ mesenchymal cells than on nanog+ epithelial cells. Our findings indicate that amniotic membranes maintain their complement inhibiting capacity after cryopreservation.

  9. Comparison of Characteristics of Human Amniotic Membrane and Human Adipose Tissue Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Dizaji Asl, Khadijeh; Shafaei, Hajar; Soleimani Rad, Jafar; Nozad, Hojjat Ollah

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    BACKGROUND Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are ideal candidates for treatment of diseases. Amniotic membranes are an inexpensive source of MSCs (AM-MSC) without any donor site morbidity in cell therapy. Adipose tissue derived stem cells (ASCs) are also suitable cells for cell therapy. There is discrepancy in CD271 expression among MSCs from different sources. In this study, the characteristics of AM-MSC and ASCs and CD271 expression were compared. METHODS Adult adipose tissue samples were obtained from patients undergoing elective surgical procedure, and samples of amniotic membrane were collected immediately after caesarean operation. After isolation and expansion of MSCs, the proliferation rate and viability of cells were evaluated through calculating DT and MTT assay. Expression of routine mesenchymal specific surface antigens of MSCs and CD271 was evaluated by flow cytometry for both types of cells. RESULTS The growth rate and viability of the MSCs from the amniotic membrane was significantly higher compared with the ASCs. The low expression of CD14 and CD45 indicated that AM-MSC and ASCs are non hematopoietic cells, and both cell types expressed high percentages of CD44, CD105. The results revealed that AM-MSC and ASCs expressed no CD271 on their surfaces. CONCLUSION This study showed that amniotic membrane is a suitable cell source for cell therapy, and CD271 is a negative marker for MSCs identification from amniotic membrane and adipose tissue.

  10. Treatment of ligneous conjunctivitis with amniotic membrane transplantation and topical cyclosporine

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    Ozlem Yalcin Tok

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Ligneous conjunctivitis (LC is a rare form of bilateral chronic recurrent disease in which thick membranes form on the palpebral conjunctiva and other mucosal sites. We report the clinical features and describe the management of two cases. Case 1 was an 8-month-old patient with bilateral membranous conjunctivitis. Case 2 was a 5-year-old patient with unilateral membranous conjunctivitis, esotropia, mechanical ptosis and complicated cataract, and had been treated with a number of medications. Histological investigation of the membrane in both cases showed LC. Treatments with amniotic membrane transplantation and institution of topical cyclosporine have shown good response. There has been complete resolution of the membranes with no recurrence at the end of 40- and 28-month follow-ups, respectively. No treatment related side effects were seen. Thus, it appears that amniotic membrane transplantation and topical cyclosporine are effective alternatives for the treatment of LC.

  11. The potential of mesenchymal stem cells derived from amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid for neuronal regenerative therapy.

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    Kim, Eun Young; Lee, Kyung-Bon; Kim, Min Kyu

    2014-03-01

    The mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), which are derived from the mesoderm, are considered as a readily available source for tissue engineering. They have multipotent differentiation capacity and can be differentiated into various cell types. Many studies have demonstrated that the MSCs identified from amniotic membrane (AM-MSCs) and amniotic fluid (AF-MSCs) are shows advantages for many reasons, including the possibility of noninvasive isolation, multipotency, self-renewal, low immunogenicity, anti-inflammatory and nontumorigenicity properties, and minimal ethical problem. The AF-MSCs and AM-MSCs may be appropriate sources of mesenchymal stem cells for regenerative medicine, as an alternative to embryonic stem cells (ESCs). Recently, regenerative treatments such as tissue engineering and cell transplantation have shown potential in clinical applications for degenerative diseases. Therefore, amnion and MSCs derived from amnion can be applied to cell therapy in neuro-degeneration diseases. In this review, we will describe the potential of AM-MSCs and AF-MSCs, with particular focus on cures for neuronal degenerative diseases.

  12. Effect of the Human Amniotic Membrane on Liver Regeneration in Rats

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    Sipahi, Mesut; Şahin, Sevinç; Arslan, Ergin; Börekci, Hasan; Metin, Bayram; Cantürk, Nuh Zafer

    2015-01-01

    Introduction. Operations are performed for broader liver surgery indications for a better understanding of hepatic anatomy/physiology and developments in operation technology. Surgery can cure some patients with liver metastasis of some tumors. Nevertheless, postoperative liver failure is the most feared complication causing mortality in patients who have undergone excision of a large liver mass. The human amniotic membrane has regenerative effects. Thus, we investigated the effects of the human amniotic membrane on regeneration of the resected liver. Methods. Twenty female Wistar albino rats were divided into control and experimental groups and underwent a 70% hepatectomy. The human amniotic membrane was placed over the residual liver in the experimental group. Relative liver weight, histopathological features, and biochemical parameters were assessed on postoperative day 3. Results. Total protein and albumin levels were significantly lower in the experimental group than in the control group. No difference in relative liver weight was observed between the groups. Hepatocyte mitotic count was significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group. Hepatic steatosis was detected in the experimental group. Conclusion. Applying the amniotic membrane to residual liver adversely affected liver regeneration. However, mesenchymal stem cell research has the potential to accelerate liver regeneration investigations. PMID:26457000

  13. Effect of the Human Amniotic Membrane on Liver Regeneration in Rats

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    Mesut Sipahi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Operations are performed for broader liver surgery indications for a better understanding of hepatic anatomy/physiology and developments in operation technology. Surgery can cure some patients with liver metastasis of some tumors. Nevertheless, postoperative liver failure is the most feared complication causing mortality in patients who have undergone excision of a large liver mass. The human amniotic membrane has regenerative effects. Thus, we investigated the effects of the human amniotic membrane on regeneration of the resected liver. Methods. Twenty female Wistar albino rats were divided into control and experimental groups and underwent a 70% hepatectomy. The human amniotic membrane was placed over the residual liver in the experimental group. Relative liver weight, histopathological features, and biochemical parameters were assessed on postoperative day 3. Results. Total protein and albumin levels were significantly lower in the experimental group than in the control group. No difference in relative liver weight was observed between the groups. Hepatocyte mitotic count was significantly higher in the experimental group than in the control group. Hepatic steatosis was detected in the experimental group. Conclusion. Applying the amniotic membrane to residual liver adversely affected liver regeneration. However, mesenchymal stem cell research has the potential to accelerate liver regeneration investigations.

  14. Ultrastructural study of the neovagina following the utilization of human amniotic membrane for treatment of congenital absence of the vagina

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    L.F. Bleggi-Torres

    1997-07-01

    Full Text Available We present an ultrastructural study of the utilization of human amniotic membrane in the treatment of congenital absence of the vagina in 10 patients. All patients were surgically treated with application of an amniotic membrane graft using the modified McIndoe and Bannister technique. Sixty days after surgery, samples of the vaginal neo-epithelium were collected for transmission electron microscopy analysis. The ultrastructural findings consisted of a lining of mature squamous epithelium indicating the occurrence of metaplasia of the amniotic epithelium into the vaginal epithelium. The cells were arranged in layers as in the normal vaginal epithelium, i.e., superficial, intermediate and deep layers. There were desmosomes and cytoplasmic intermediate cytokeratin filaments, as well as some remnant features of the previous amniotic epithelium. These findings suggest that human amniotic membrane is able to complete metaplasia into squamous cells but the mechanism of this cellular transformation is unknown

  15. Amniotic fluid volume and composition after fetal membrane resection in late-gestation sheep.

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    Brace, Robert A; Cheung, Cecilia Y

    2011-11-01

    The chronically catheterized fetal sheep is a widely used model for fetal physiologic and pathophysiologic investigations. Catheterization involves opening the amniochorion to gain access to the fetus. In the current study, we explored the role of the amnion and amniochorion in maintaining normal amniotic fluid volume (AFV) and composition and fetal blood-gas status after surgery. Fetal sheep were catheterized at 119.6 ± 0.3 (mean ± SE, n = 25) d gestation (term, approximately 147 d). An opening equal to approximately 5% of total membrane surface area was created by resecting a portion of the amnion or amniochorion during surgery. The uterine wall was closed in all animals. Compared with control sheep (AFV = 992 ± 153 mL, n = 11), resection of the amnion had no significant effect on AFV (745 ± 156 mL, n = 7) measured 5 d after surgery, whereas resection of the amniochorion resulted in extensive loss of amniotic fluid (AFV = 131 ± 38 mL, n = 7). This loss resulted from extensive entry of amniotic fluid into the space between the chorion and uterine wall. Amniotic fluid, fetal plasma, and urinary solute concentrations; arterial pH; oxygen tension; and carbon dioxide tension were unchanged. A small opening in the amnion has minimal effects on ovine AFV, whereas a small opening in the amniochorion results in oligohydramnios. In addition, the amnion appears to be the primary site that limits the rate of amniotic fluid absorption by the chorionic vasculature.

  16. Nonpreserved amniotic membrane transplantation for bilateral toxic keratopathy caused by topical anesthetic abuse: a case report

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    Altinok Ayse

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Corneal damage associated with abuse of topical anesthetics is a rare clinic entity. Topical anesthetic abuse is one of the causes of ring keratitis. Ring keratitis is easily overlooked because it can mimic acanthamoeba keratitis or other infectious keratitis. The outcome is often poor, leading to persistent epithelial defects, corneal scarring, and perforations. Case presentation We report the clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of a 65-year-old Caucasian man, who worked as a health care worker, with bilateral toxic keratopathy caused by topical anesthetic abuse. Nonpreserved amniotic membrane transplantation was performed for both eyes of the patient. Conclusion It is important to identify and treat patients who abuse topical anesthetics before permanent vision loss ensues. Nonpreserved amniotic membrane transplantation may be useful in relieving pain and improving corneal surface in anesthetic agent abusers.

  17. A prospective study of 20 foot and ankle wounds treated with cryopreserved amniotic membrane and fluid allograft.

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    Werber, Bruce; Martin, Erin

    2013-01-01

    We reviewed the background information and previous clinical studies that considered the use of allogeneic amniotic tissue and fluid (granulized amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid) in the treatment of chronic diabetic foot wounds. This innovation represents a relatively new approach to wound management by delivering a unique allograft of live human cells in a nonimmunogenic structural tissue matrix. Developed to fill soft tissue defects and bone voids and to convey antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory capabilities, granulized amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid does not require fetal death, because its procurement is performed with maternal consent during birth. In the present investigation, 20 chronic wounds (20 patients) that had been treated with standard wound therapy for a mean of 36.6 ± 31.58 weeks and with a mean baseline area of 10.15 ± 19.54 cm(2) were followed up during a 12-week observation period or until they healed. A total of 18 of the wounds (90%) healed during the 12-week observation period, and none of the wounds progressed to amputation. From our experience with the patients in the present case series, we believe that granulized amniotic membrane and amniotic fluid represents a useful option for the treatment of chronic diabetic foot wounds.

  18. Human amniotic membrane as an intestinal patch for neomucosal growth in the rabbit model.

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    Barlas, M; Gökçora, H; Erekul, S; Dindar, H; Yücesan, S

    1992-05-01

    This experiment was carried out as a preliminary study, an attempt to grow new intestinal mucosa on human amniotic membrane in the terminal ileum in 37 rabbits. After ketamin sulfate anesthesia at laparatomy, 5-cm ileal defects were patched with human amniotic membrane (5 x 2 cm). These patched intestines were investigated on the first postoperative day and the 2nd, 5th, 10th, and 20th weeks corresponding to 4, 5, 5, 10, and 10 rabbits, respectively. Only three rabbits died in the early postoperative period. There was no evidence of intestinal obstruction or dilatation with barium meal. Microscopically, the neomucosa consisted of a thin layer of columnar epithelial cells at 2 weeks with more maturity of the villi and less irregularity and branching by 20 weeks. All patches were covered with neomucosa commencing at 2 weeks and covering the whole patch area by 20 weeks. This technique's advantages are the large size and the ease of the availability of the human amniotic membrane for neonates at risk without jeopardizing the neonates tissues. It is hoped that this method might be considered when neonatal material is scarce.

  19. Applications of Amniotic Membrane and Fluid in Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine

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    Kerry Rennie

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The amniotic membrane (AM and amniotic fluid (AF have a long history of use in surgical and prenatal diagnostic applications, respectively. In addition, the discovery of cell populations in AM and AF which are widely accessible, nontumorigenic and capable of differentiating into a variety of cell types has stimulated a flurry of research aimed at characterizing the cells and evaluating their potential utility in regenerative medicine. While a major focus of research has been the use of amniotic membrane and fluid in tissue engineering and cell replacement, AM- and AF-derived cells may also have capabilities in protecting and stimulating the repair of injured tissues via paracrine actions, and acting as vectors for biodelivery of exogenous factors to treat injury and diseases. Much progress has been made since the discovery of AM and AF cells with stem cell characteristics nearly a decade ago, but there remain a number of problematic issues stemming from the inherent heterogeneity of these cells as well as inconsistencies in isolation and culturing methods which must be addressed to advance the field towards the development of cell-based therapies. Here, we provide an overview of the recent progress and future perspectives in the use of AM- and AF-derived cells for therapeutic applications.

  20. Roles of secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor amniotic membrane in oral wound healing

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    Elly Munadziroh

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available Secretory Leukocyte Protease Inhibitor (SLPI is serine protease inhibitor. Secretory Leukocyte Protease Inhibitor is a protein found in secretions such as whole saliva, seminal fluid, cervical mucus, synovial fluid, breast milk, tears, and cerebral spinal fluid, as in secretions from the nose and bronchi, amniotic fluid and amniotic membrane etc. These findings demonstrate that SLPI function as a potent anti protease, anti inflammatory, bactericidal, antifungal, tissue repair, extra cellular synthesis. Impaired healing states are characterized by excessive proteolysis and often bacterial infection, leading to the hypothesis that SLPI may have a role in the process. The objectives of this article are to investigate the role of SLPI in oral inflammation and how it contributes to tissue repair in oral mucosa. The oral wound healing responses are impaired in the SLPI sufficient mice and matrix synthesis and collagen deposition are delayed. This study indicated that SLPI is a povital factor necessary for optimal wound healing.

  1. Antioxidant Vitamin Status in the Serum and Amniotic Fluid of Women with Premature Rupture of the Fetal Membranes.

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    Barrett, Bridget M.

    The purpose of this study was to examine the status of antioxidant vitamins in women with premature rupture of the fetal membranes. Specimens of blood and amniotic fluid were obtained from 80 pregnant subjects included both smokers and non-smokers during the third trimester. The concentrations of ascorbic acid (ASA), beta -carotene, retinol and alpha -tocopherol in serum and amniotic fluid were determined. The experimental group consisted of those subjects with PROM while the control subjects were those with normal pregnancy. No statistical differences were found between the PROM and control groups in retinol and vitamin E concentrations in amniotic fluid and serum. Serum ASA concentrations of PROM subjects were not different from controls, but the PROM subjects had significantly lower amniotic fluid ASA concentrations. However, in a study with fewer subjects a lower serum ASA concentration in the PROM subjects was observed. The ratio of amniotic fluid ASA concentration to ASA serum concentration was significantly lower in PROM patients than in controls in both studies. This suggests that low levels of ASA in the amniotic fluid, but not in serum is better associated with PROM. A low amniotic fluid concentration of ASA may reflect an inefficient transfer and/or increased fetal utilization. Alterations in ASA concentration in the amniotic fluid may affect the integrity of the chorioamnion leading to PROM. beta -Carotene was not found in the amniotic fluid. Serum beta-carotene levels were significantly lower in the PROM group compared to the control group. Low concentrations of beta-carotene in maternal serum in smokers not only associated with poor maternal outcome (PROM) but also compromised the fetal outcome (decreased birth weight). Maintenance of adequate serum beta-carotene concentration and amniotic fluid ASA in smokers may result in better maternal and fetal outcome. This study demonstrated that nutrition is an important factor in the prevention of PROM.

  2. Corneal Neovascularization Suppressed by TIMP2 Released from Human Amniotic Membranes

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    Xiang Ma; Jun Li

    2005-01-01

    Purpose: To investigate the effects of culture medium of human amniotic membrane (AM) on corneal neovascularization (CNV) induced by basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in mice.Methods: Culture medium of amniotic membrane was prepared by cultivating AM (with epithelium side up) in EGM basic medium for 3 days, and was collected separately to three groups, e.g. Control (EGM only), AM with epithelium (AM) and AM without epithelium (De-AM). Corneal neovascularization was induced in mice by using micropocket assay with Hydron polymer pellets containing 100 ng bFGF. Migration and proliferation of human umbilical cord vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) were performed in Boyden chambers and by using the CyQUANT fluorescence binding assay respectively.The levels of tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase 1 and 2 (TIMP1, TIMP2) in culture medium were determined by ELISA assay.Results: CNV induced by bFGF was significantly suppressed by culture medium of amniotic membrane. When the medium was applied as an eyedrop 4 times a day for 7 days,the area of CNV was (2.48±0.76) mm2,(0.64±0.52) mm2 and (1.96±0.65) mm2 incontrol, AM and De-AM group respectively. The migration and proliferation of HUVEC were strongly inhibited by culture medium of AM with epithelium, while the De-AM had no effect on the migration of HUVEC cells. The high level of TIMP2 was found in AM group, but not in De-AM group, while there was no difference in the amount of TIMP1 in medium among three groups.Conclusion: Culture medium of amniotic membrane significantly suppresses the corneal nevovascularization induced by bFGF. The mechanism of which at least in part is that high level of TIMP2 protein secreted or released into the culture medium of AM and inhibition of migration and growth of vascular endothelial cells.

  3. Clinical outcomes of amniotic membrane loaded with5-FU PLGA nanoparticles in experimental trabeculectomy

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    Fang; Hu; Xiang-Yun; Zeng; Zhao-Lian; Xie; Lin-Lin; Liu; Liang; Huang

    2015-01-01

    AIM: To evaluate the effect of amniotic membrane loaded with 5-fluorouracil poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid)(PLGA) nanoparticles(5-FU-NPs) in the surgical outcomes of experimental trabeculectomy in rabbits.METHODS: Thirty-two New Zealand white rabbits were randomly categorized into four groups with 8 rabbits in each group. Group 1, the control group, performed traditional trabeculectomy without adjuvant treatment.While the experimental groups performed compound trabeculectomy with different implantations including amniotic membrane(group 2), 5-FU-NPs(group 3) and amniotic membrane loaded with 5-FU-NPs(group 4).Clinical evaluations including IOP measurement and filtration bleb analysis were performed in all groups postoperatively.RESULTS: There is no significant difference of mean IOP in all groups at first 7d after surgery. While at P14,mean IOPs of experimental group 2(9.8 ±2.1 mm Hg),groups 3(8.9 ±2.8 mm Hg) and group 4(7.6 ±2.3 mm Hg)were significantly reduced compared to control group(12.4 ±2.6 mm Hg; n =8, P <0.05). At P21, mean IOPs of groups 3(11.7±3.2 mm Hg) and group 4(9.9±1.6 mm Hg)were significantly decreased compare to control group(17.9±1.6 mm Hg) and group 2(16.6 ±2.8 mm Hg; n =8,P <0.05). At P28, mean IOPs of groups 3(13.8±3.3 mm Hg)and group 4(10.6 ±2.0 mm Hg) were also significantly reduced compare to control group(19.4±2.3 mm Hg) and group 2(18.5 ±2.4 mm Hg; n =8, P <0.05). Meanwhile mean IOP of group 4 is significantly decreased compared to group 3 at P28(n =8, P <0.05). Survival analysis of functional filtration blub in all groups revealed the longest survival time in group 4(24.9±5.1d) compared to that in group 3(20.6 ±4.3d), group 2(15.0 ±5.2d) and control group(10.1±5.7d).CONCLUSION: Amniotic membrane loaded with 5-FuNPs may function as an effective anti-scarring implant and provides improved long-term surgical outcomes for experimental trabeculectomy in rabbits.

  4. Evaluation of the effects of acyclovir and/or human amniotic membrane on herpes virus culture and quantitative virus inactivity by real-time polymerase chain reaction

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    Feride; Aylin; Kantarci; Ali; Reza; Faraji; Aykut; Ozkul; Fikret; Akata

    2014-01-01

    ·AIM: To investigate the permeability of amniotic membrane in herpes virus cell culture to acyclovir with real time polymerase chain reaction(RT-PCR).·METHODS: Madin-Darby Bovine Kidney(MDBK) cell culture and Bovine Herpes Virus(BHV1) type 1 were used in the study. Cell cultures were grouped into two on the basis of herpes virus inoculation. Each group was sub-grouped into three. Amniotic membrane(V-HAM),acyclovir(V-A), and amniotic membrane and acyclovir(V-HAM-A) were applied to these subgroup cultures,respectively. After the application of the membrane and the drug, the cultures were evaluated at 24 and 48 h for cytopathic effect positive(CPE +) with a tissue culture microscope. In the CPE(+) samples, the DNA was extracted for viral DNA analysis by RT-PCR.·RESULTS: In control cultures without herpes virus CPE was not detected. Besides, amniotic membrane and acyclovir did not have cytotoxic effect on cell cultures.CPE were detected in Bovine Herpesvirus type-1inoculated cell cultures after amniotic membrane and/or acyclovir application. DNA analysis with RT-PCR indicated that Cycle threshold(Ct) values were lower in the BHV1 and membrane applied group(amniotic membrane group < acyclovir group < membrane and acyclovir group). This showed that membrane did not have antiviral effect. The membrane and acyclovir cell culture groups with high Ct values indicated thatmembrane was permeable and had a low barrier effect to drug.·CONCLUSION: In our in-vitro study, we found that amniotic membrane, which can be used in the treatment of corneal diseases, did not have antiviral effect. Besides,we detected that amniotic membrane was permeable to acyclovir in BHV-1 inoculated MDBK cell culture.However, more studies are necessary to investigate the quantitative effects of amniotic membrane and acyclovir.

  5. An Ultra-thin Amniotic Membrane as Carrier in Corneal Epithelium Tissue-Engineering.

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    Zhang, Liying; Zou, Dulei; Li, Sanming; Wang, Junqi; Qu, Yangluowa; Ou, Shangkun; Jia, Changkai; Li, Juan; He, Hui; Liu, Tingting; Yang, Jie; Chen, Yongxiong; Liu, Zuguo; Li, Wei

    2016-02-15

    Amniotic membranes (AMs) are widely used as a corneal epithelial tissue carrier in reconstruction surgery. However, the engineered tissue transparency is low due to the translucent thick underlying AM stroma. To overcome this drawback, we developed an ultra-thin AM (UAM) by using collagenase IV to strip away from the epithelial denuded AM (DAM) some of the stroma. By thinning the stroma to about 30 μm, its moist and dry forms were rendered acellular, optically clear and its collagen framework became compacted and inerratic. Engineered rabbit corneal epithelial cell (RCEC) sheets generated through expansion of limbal epithelial cells on UAM were more transparent and thicker than those expanded on DAM. Moreover, ΔNp63 and ABCG2 gene expression was greater in tissue engineered cell sheets expanded on UAM than on DAM. Furthermore, 2 weeks after surgery, the cornea grafted with UAM based cell sheets showed higher transparency and more stratified epithelium than the cornea grafted with DAM based cell sheets. Taken together, tissue engineered corneal epithelium generated on UAM has a preferable outcome because the transplanted tissue is more transparent and better resembles the phenotype of the native tissue than that obtained by using DAM for this procedure. UAM preserves compact layer of the amniotic membrane and maybe an ideal substrate for corneal epithelial tissue engineering.

  6. Amniotic Membrane Transplant with a Special Technique (Motowa's Sandwich Technique) in Mooren's Ulcer.

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    Al Motowa, Saeed; Al Zobidi, Mohammed

    2015-01-01

    To illustrate amniotic membrane transplant (AMT) with a novel surgical technique ("sandwich technique") for treating patients with malignant Mooren's ulcer. A case report of a patient with bilateral, malignant Mooren's ulcer who had undergone systemic steroid therapy and topical immunosuppresive therapy to stabilize his condition. However, perforation of cornea occurred in one eye. AMT with a new surgical technique ("Motowa's sandwich technique") was performed to treat this case. On the 1(st) day postoperatively, there was no pain, no photophobia, and visual acuity was same as preoperatively. At 4 weeks postoperatively, visual acuity improved in the right eye to 20/160 with pinhole, and there was no fluorescein staining. The right eye was quiet. Amniotic membrane transplant with "Motowa's sandwich technique" resulted in the preservation of the anatomical integrity and progression of disease was halted along with an improved vision. This technique is a novel surgical modality in treating Mooren's ulcer. Further study on a large cohort of patients is required for evidence-based data to verify the outcome of this initial case report.

  7. The effects of different preservation processes on the total protein and growth factor content in a new biological product developed from human amniotic membrane.

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    Russo, Alessandra; Bonci, Paola; Bonci, Paolo

    2012-06-01

    The aim of this work is to quantify the total protein and growth factors content in a tissue-suspension obtained from processed human amniotic membrane (hAM). hAM was collected, frozen, freeze dried, powdered and sterilized by γ-irradiation. At each step of the process, samples were characterized for the total protein amounts by a Bradford protein assay and for the growth factor concentrations by ELISA test of the tissue suspensions. Frozen-hAM samples show higher release of total proteins and specific growth factors in the tissue suspension in comparison with freeze-dried hAM. We observed that even if the protein extraction is hindered once the tissue is dried, the powdering process allows a greater release in the tissue suspension of total proteins and growth factors after tissue re-solubilization in comparison with only the freeze-drying process (+91 ± 13% for EGF, +16 ± 4% for HGF, +11 ± 5% for FGF, +16 ± 9% for TGF-β1), and a greater release of EGF (85 ± 10%) in comparison with only the freezing process, because proteins become much readily solubilized in the solution. According with these results, we describe a protocol to obtain a new sterile biological product from hAM tissue, with well-known effects of thermal, mechanical and physical processes on the total protein and grow factors contents.

  8. The effects of cryopreservation on angiogenesis modulation activity of human amniotic membrane.

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    Yazdanpanah, Ghasem; Paeini-Vayghan, Ghodsieh; Asadi, Samira; Niknejad, Hassan

    2015-12-01

    Amniotic membrane (AM), as the innermost layer of placenta, has side dependent effects on the angiogenesis. Cryopreservation is a necessary process to avoid the challenging problems of fresh tissues; a procedure which makes the AM ready-to-use. Since the cryopreservation can influence the AM characteristics for experimental and clinical purposes, in this study the effects of cryopreservation were evaluated on angiogenesis modulation activity of the AM compared to fresh tissues in an animal model. The AM was implanted mesenchymal side up or epithelial side up in a rat dorsal skinfold chamber. The length and number of branches of formed capillaries were measured via intravital microscopy after 7 days. The amount of IL-8 (interleukin-8) and TIMP-2 (Tissue Inhibitor of Matrix Metalloproteinase-2) as two factors in amniotic cells which have great impacts on angiogenesis were evaluated using ELISA assay. The epithelial surface of cryopreserved AM had inhibitory effects on vessel formation. The cryopreserved amniotic mesenchymal side increased the vessel length and sprout. The result of cryopreserved AM on angiogenesis was similar to that of fresh tissues. The levels of IL-8 and TIMP-2 in cryopreserved samples were significantly less than fresh AMs which shows that angio-modulatory properties are not limited to the effects of amnion epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells and the other components such as extracellular matrix may contribute in angio-modulatory effects. These promising results show that inducing and inhibitory effects of the AM, which make it an appropriate candidate for different clinical situations, were maintained after cryopreservation.

  9. Cat amniotic membrane multipotent cells are nontumorigenic and are safe for use in cell transplantation

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    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Atanasio S Vidane,1 Aline F Souza,1 Rafael V Sampaio,1 Fabiana F Bressan,2 Naira C Pieri,1 Daniele S Martins,2 Flavio V Meirelles,2 Maria A Miglino,1 Carlos E Ambrósio2 1Department of Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil; 2Department of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Animal Sciences and Food Engineering, University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Abstract: Amnion-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs are multipotent cells with an enhanced ability to differentiate into multiple lineages. AMSCs can be acquired through noninvasive methods, and therefore are exempt from the typical ethical issues surrounding stem cell use. The objective of this study was to isolate and characterize AMSCs from a cat amniotic membrane for future application in regenerative medicine. The cat AMSCs were harvested after mechanical and enzymatic digestion of amnion. In culture medium, the cat AMSCs adhered to a plastic culture dish and displayed a fibroblast-like morphology. Immunophenotyping assays were positive for the mesenchymal stem cell-specific markers CD73 and CD90 but not the hematopoietic markers CD34, CD45, and CD79. Under appropriate conditions, the cat AMSCs differentiated into osteogenic, chondrogenic, and adipogenic cell lineages. One advantage of cat AMSCs was nonteratogenicity, assessed 4 weeks post injection of undifferentiated AMSCs into immunodeficient mice. These findings suggest that cat amniotic membranes may be an important and useful source of mesenchymal stem cells for clinical applications, especially for cell or tissue replacement in chronic and degenerative diseases. Keywords: amnion, cats, cell differentiation, fetal membranes, mesenchymal cells

  10. Phacoemulsification after penetrating keratoplasty with autologous limbal transplant and amniotic membrane transplant in chemical burns

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    Arora Ritu

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a patient who had earlier penetrating keratoplasty with amniotic membrane transplant and autologous limbal cell transplant for chemical injury who underwent cataract surgery by phacoaspiration. A posterior limbal incision with corneal valve was made superotemporally with extreme caution to avoid damage to the limbal graft. Aspiration flow rates and vacuum were kept low to avoid any turbulence during surgery. A 6.0 mm optic diameter acrylic foldable intraocular lens was inserted in the bag. The patient achieved a best-corrected visual acuity of 6/12 at 10 months′ follow-up with a clear corneal graft. We conclude that caution during wound construction and phacoaspiration can help preserve corneal and limbal graft integrity in patients undergoing cataract surgery after corneal graft and limbal transplantation.

  11. Combined conjunctival autograft and overlay amniotic membrane transplantation; a novel surgical treatment for pterygium.

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    Ghanavati, Siamak Zarei; Shousha, Mohamed Abou; Betancurt, Carolina; Perez, Victor L

    2014-01-01

    The authors report the long-term results of combined conjunctival autograft and overlay amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) for treatment of pterygium as a new surgical technique. Nineteen patients including 12 male and 7 female subjects with pterygium (primary, 14 cases; recurrent, 5 cases) underwent combined conjunctival autograft and overlay AMT and were followed from 10 to 26 months. Mean age was 44.21±12.49 (range, 29.0-73.0) years. In one patient with grade T3 primary pterygium, the lesion recurred (5.2%, recurrence rate). No intra-and postoperative complication developed. This procedure seems a safe and effective surgical technique for pterygium treatment. Protection of the ocular surface during the early postoperative period reduces the friction-induced inflammation and might be helpful to prevent the recurrence.

  12. Ocular rehabilitation following socket reconstruction with amniotic membrane transplantation with failed primary hydroxyapatite implant post enucleation.

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    Aggarwal, Himanshi; Kumar, Pradeep; Singh, Raghuwar Dayal; Chand, Pooran; Alvi, Habib A

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    There are several clinical situations that require enucleation in children, with retinoblastoma being the most common. Intra-orbital implants are routinely placed in children at the time of initial surgery to provide motility and cosmesis in addition to adequate orbital volume. Current practice employs intra-orbital implants made of nonporous silicone, hydroxyapatite, or porous polyethylene. Complications are usually minimal with these implants but they do occur. The purpose of this clinical report is to describe the rehabilitation of a pediatric patient with failed primary intra-orbital coralline hydroxyapatite implant post enucleation, who was successfully fitted with custom ocular prosthesis following secondary socket reconstruction with amniotic membrane transplantation after removal of infected implant.

  13. Amniotic membrane grafts for the prevention of esophageal stricture after circumferential endoscopic submucosal dissection.

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    Maximilien Barret

    Full Text Available The prevention of esophageal strictures following circumferential mucosal resection remains a major clinical challenge. Human amniotic membrane (AM is an easily available material, which is widely used in ophthalmology due to its wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-fibrotic properties. We studied the effect of AM grafts in the prevention of esophageal stricture after endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD in a swine model.In this prospective, randomized controlled trial, 20 swine underwent a 5 cm-long circumferential ESD of the lower esophagus. In the AM Group (n = 10, amniotic membrane grafts were placed on esophageal stents; a subgroup of 5 swine (AM 1 group was sacrificed on day 14, whereas the other 5 animals (AM 2 group were kept alive. The esophageal stent (ES group (n = 5 had ES placement alone after ESD. Another 5 animals served as a control group with only ESD.The prevalence of symptomatic strictures at day 14 was significantly reduced in the AM group and ES groups vs. the control group (33%, 40% and 100%, respectively, p = 0.03; mean esophageal diameter was 5.8±3.6 mm, 6.8±3.3 mm, and 2.6±1.7 mm for AM, ES, and control groups, respectively. Median (range esophageal fibrosis thickness was 0.87 mm (0.78-1.72, 1.19 mm (0.28-1.95, and 1.65 mm (0.7-1.79 for AM 1, ES, and control groups, respectively. All animals had developed esophageal strictures by day 35.The anti-fibrotic effect of AM on esophageal wound healing after ESD delayed the development of esophageal stricture in our model. However, this benefit was of limited duration in the conditions of our study.

  14. Methods of amniotic membrane fixation in ocular amniotic membrane surgeries%眼表羊膜手术的羊膜固定方式

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    王淑荣; 刘畅; 何宇茜; 刘鑫; 苏冠方; 张妍

    2016-01-01

    Various ocular surface disorders like alkali burns and corneal ulcers can all cause damage to the cornea and conjunctiva, and often induce corneal neovascularization ( CNV ) that affects the visual function. However, amniotic membranes ( AM ) can promote the rapid epithelization of acute injured corneas and conjunctiva defects, diminish scarring, and perform anti -inflammatory effect. Therefore, AM has been widely used in ocular surface reconstructions and treatment of CNV. But the key problem is how to fix the AM. Only ensuring the adhesive time and cover area with convenient operation and little stimulation can achieve the best curative effect. This article reviews the methods of AM fixation in AM patch technique.%眼表碱烧伤、角膜溃疡等多种眼表疾病均可造成角膜、结膜的损伤和缺失,且常伴有角膜新生血管的形成,进而影响视觉功能。而羊膜具有使急性损伤的角膜或结膜缺损区迅速上皮化,抑制炎症、减少瘢痕形成等作用。因此在眼表重建及治疗角膜新生血管方面,羊膜已得到大量应用。但在术中如何固定羊膜十分关键。既保证黏附时间和覆盖面积,又保证操作便捷且刺激性小才能达到最佳治疗效果。本文即对羊膜遮盖术中羊膜的固定方式进行综述。

  15. The experience of women in hospital rest with preterm premature rupture of de amniotic membranes

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Hospital bed rest in a preterm premature rupture of the amniotic membranes involves a crisis situation for women with very high emotional effects.To understand the needs felt of the gestantes with pregnancies of high risk on the part of the professionals, it will improve the quality of the attention and it can help to diminish the stress levels at this vulnerable period and to confronting the maternity.Aim: Investigate women´s experience when they are resting in hospital in cases de preterm premature rupture of membranes.Methodology: Phenomenological study, It has taken as a population of study to women hospitalized in the plant of obstetrics of high risk from Gregorio Marañón Hospital, with preterm premature rupture of membranes between 24 and 31 weeks of gestation.Data collection: Was be carried out by means of the individual interviews in hospitable environment; observation and withdrawal of notes during the accomplishment of this one.

  16. The use of Amniotic membrane in the treatment of Burns in Children a clinical trial at the university Teaching Hospital, Lusaka

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    This is a clinical trial which was carried out at the University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka from the 1st of July to the 31st December, 1994. It involved treatment of burns in forty children using gamma irradiated amniotic membrane produced at the hospital. The results showed that it is feasible to produce Gamma irradiated biological dressings from amniotic membrane at this hospital. The amniotic membrane was easy to apply on burns and the treatment was acceptable to the majority of parents with burnt children. The use of amniotic membrane was non inflammatory to the wounds in all forty patients (100%), reduced wound infection in thirty three patients (82.5%), increased the rate of wound healing in thirty nine patients (97.5%), and resulted in good quality wound healing in thirty one patients (77.5%). Therefore, the treatment offers a good alternative in the treatment of burns in children at the hospital

  17. Production of an acellular matrix from amniotic membrane for the synthesis of a human skin equivalent.

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    Sanluis-Verdes, Anahí; Yebra-Pimentel Vilar, Maria Teresa; García-Barreiro, Juan Javier; García-Camba, Marta; Ibáñez, Jacinto Sánchez; Doménech, Nieves; Rendal-Vázquez, Maria Esther

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    Human amniotic membrane (HAM) has useful properties as a dermal matrix substitute. The objective of our work was to obtain, using different enzymatic or chemical treatments to eliminate cells, a scaffold of acellular HAM for later use as a support for the development of a skin equivalent. The HAM was separated from the chorion, incubated and cryopreserved. The membrane underwent different enzymatic and chemical treatments to eliminate the cells. Fibroblasts and keratinocytes were separately obtained from skin biopsies of patients following a sequential double digestion with first collagenase and then trypsin-EDTA (T/E). A skin equivalent was then constructed by seeding keratinocytes on the epithelial side and fibroblasts on the chorionic side of the decellularizated HAM. Histological, immunohistochemical, inmunofluorescent and molecular biology studies were performed. Treatment with 1% T/E at 37 °C for 30 min totally removed epithelial and mesenchymal cells. The HAM thus treated proved to be a good matrix to support adherence of cells and allowed the achievement of an integral and intact scaffold for development of a skin equivalent, which could be useful as a skin substitute for clinical use.

  18. Clinical application of amniotic membranes on a patient with epidermolysis bullosa.

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    Martínez Pardo, M E; Reyes Frías, M L; Ramos Durón, L E; Gutiérrez Salgado, E; Gómez, J C; Marín, M A; Luna Zaragoza, D

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    The case of a patient with dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa treated with radiosterilised amniotic membranes is presented. The disorder is a congenital disease characterised by a poor desmosomal junction in the keratinocyte membrane. After proper donor screening, amnios were collected at Hospital Central Sur de Alta Especialidad (HCSAE), PEMEX and microbiological analysis was performed at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, FQUNAM, (Biology Dept. of the Chemistry Faculty, National Autonomous University of Mexico), before and after radiation sterilisation. Processing, packaging and sterilisation were performed at Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, ININ, (National Nuclear Research Institute). The patient, a ten-year-old boy with severe malnutrition, extensive loss of skin and pseudomonad infection in the whole body, was treated with gentle debridement in a Hubbard bath. Later amnion application was performed with sterilised amnios by using two different processes, in one of which the amnion was sterilised with paracetic acid, preserved in glycerol, kindly donated by the German Institute for Tissue and Cell Replacement and applied by Dr. Johannes C. Bruck, IAEA visiting expert, and the other amnion was processed at ININ: air dried and sterilised by gamma radiation at dose of 30 kGy. After spontaneous epithelisation was successfully promoted for seven days, the pain was alleviated and mobility was improved in a few hours and the patient's general condition was so improved that in a month he was discharged. Unfortunately, because this disease is revertive and has malignant degeneration, the prognosis is not good.

  19. Comment on amniotic membrane covering promotes healing of cornea epithelium and improves visual acuity after debridement for fungal keratitis

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    <正>Dear Editor,We congratulate Zeng et al[1]for their study entitled"Amniotic membrane covering promotes healing of cornea epithelium and improves visual acuity after debridement for fungal keratitis".The authors endeavored to present an alternative method for ophthalmologists in the treatment of a challenging case.We would like to express our reservations and ask for the attitudes of the authors about

  20. Evaluation of clinical, antiinflammatory and antiinfective properties of amniotic membrane used for guided tissue regeneration: A randomized controlled trial

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    Aravind Kumar; Rampalli Viswa Chandra; Aileni Amarender Reddy; Bavigadda Harish Reddy; Chakravarthy Reddy; Anumala Naveen

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    Background: The objective of this study was to evaluate the antiinflammatory, antiinfective and clinical properties of amniotic membrane (AM) when used for guided tissue regeneration (GTR) in contained interdental defects. Materials and Methods: A total of 30 subjects participated in this study. Two sites in each subject were randomly assigned into each of the following experimental groups; test group: AM with bone graft and control group: Bone graft only. Clinical parameters included rec...

  1. Amniotic membrane transplant with a special technique (Motowa′s sandwich technique in Mooren′s ulcer

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    Saeed Al Motowa

    2015-01-01

    Amniotic membrane transplant with "Motowa′s sandwich technique" resulted in the preservation of the anatomical integrity and progression of disease was halted along with an improved vision. This technique is a novel surgical modality in treating Mooren′s ulcer. Further study on a large cohort of patients is required for evidence-based data to verify the outcome of this initial case report.

  2. Function curve of the membranes that regulate amniotic fluid volume in sheep.

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    Faber, Job; Anderson, Debra; Hohimer, Roger; Yang, Qin; Giraud, George; Davis, Lowell

    2005-07-01

    Seven singleton 120-day fetal lambs were prepared with a shunt from the lung to the gastric end of the esophagus, a bladder catheter, and multiple amniotic fluid and vascular catheters. The urachus was ligated. Beginning 7 days later, amniotic fluid volumes were determined by drainage, followed by replacement with 1 liter of lactated Ringer (LR) solution. Urine flow into the amnion was measured continuously. In 14 of 27 experiments, amniotic fluid volumes were determined again 2 days after the inflow into the amnion had consisted of urine only and in 13 experiments after the inflow of urine had been supplemented by an intraamniotic infusion of LR solution. Intramembranous absorption was calculated from the inflows and the changes in volume between the beginning and end of each experiment. The relations between absorption rate and amniotic fluid volume, the "function curves," were highly individual. Urine production during the infusion of LR solution did not decrease, fetal plasma renin activity decreased (P amniotic fluid volume increased by 140% [SE (27%), P amniotic fluid per day. During the infusion of LR solution, the increase in the rate of absorption matched the rate of infusion (both in ml/h), with a regression coefficient of 0.75 (P amniotic fluid volumes, volume is not limited by the absorptive capacity of the amniochorion, and, at least in these preparations, the position of the function curve and not the natural rate of inflow was the major determinant of resting amniotic fluid volume.

  3. Human amniotic membrane-derived stromal cells (hAMSC) interact depending on breast cancer cell type through secreted molecules.

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    Kim, Sun-Hee; Bang, So Hee; Kang, So Yeong; Park, Ki Dae; Eom, Jun Ho; Oh, Il Ung; Yoo, Si Hyung; Kim, Chan-Wha; Baek, Sun Young

    2015-02-01

    Human amniotic membrane-derived stromal cells (hAMSC) are candidates for cell-based therapies. We examined the characteristics of hAMSC including the interaction between hAMSC and breast cancer cells, MCF-7, and MDA-MB-231. Human amniotic membrane-derived stromal cells showed typical MSC properties, including fibroblast-like morphology, surface antigen expression, and mesodermal differentiation. To investigate cell-cell interaction via secreted molecules, we cultured breast cancer cells in hAMSC-conditioned medium (hAMSC-CM) and analyzed their proliferation, migration, and secretome profiles. MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231 cells exposed to hAMSC-CM showed increased proliferation and migration. However, in hAMSC-CM, MCF-7 cells proliferated significantly faster than MDA-MB-231 cells. When cultured in hAMSC-CM, MCF-7 cells migrated faster than MDA-MB-231 cells. Two cell types showed different profiles of secreted factors. MCF-7 cells expressed much amounts of IL-8, GRO, and MCP-1 in hAMSC-CM. Human amniotic membrane-derived stromal cells interact with breast cancer cells through secreted molecules. Factors secreted by hAMSCs promote the proliferation and migration of MCF-7 breast cancer cells. For much safe cell-based therapies using hAMSC, it is necessary to study carefully about interaction between hAMSC and cancer cells.

  4. Reconstruction of Rabbit Corneal Layer Composed of Corneal Fibroblasts and Corneal Epithelium on the Lyophilized Amniotic Membrane

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    Many researchers have employed the cryopreserved amniotic membrane(CAM) and corneal epithelial cells in the treatment of a severely damaged burned cornea, with corneal epithelial cells cultured on an amniotic membrane (AM). The lyophilized amniotic membrane (LAM) has a higher graft take and a longer shelf life; it is easier to store and safer because of gamma irradiation. Two Teflon rings(Ahn's supporter) were made for culturing the cells on the LAM, and were then used to support the LAM. To reconstruct a corneal layer composed of corneal fibroblasts and epithelium, the corneal fibroblasts were first cultivated on the stromal side of LAM for five days, followed by epithelial cells culture on the epithelial side, by using the air-liquid interface culture. The reconstructed corneal layer composed of corneal fibroblasts and corneal epithelial cells has a much healthier basal layer of corneal epithelium than the reconstructed corneal epithelium, which was got by using only corneal epithelial cells, and resembles the epithelium of normal corneas, without the horny layer. Thus, the reconstruction of the corneal layer by using a LAM is considered to be a good in vitro model, not only for its application in toxicological test kits, but also for transplantation in patients with a severely damaged cornea.

  5. Human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cell-loaded amniotic membrane for the repair of radial nerve injury

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    Zhi Li; Hanjiao Qin; Zishan Feng; Wei Liu; Ye Zhou; Lifeng Yang; Wei Zhao; Youjun Li

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    In this study, we loaded human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells onto human amniotic membrane with epithelial cells to prepare nerve conduits, i.e., a relatively closed nerve regeneration chamber. After neurolysis, the injured radial nerve was enwrapped with the prepared nerve conduit, which was fixed to the epineurium by sutures, with the cellon the inner surface of the conduit. Simultaneously, a 1.0 mL aliquot of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cellsuspension was injected into the distal and proximal ends of the injured radial nerve with 1.0 cm intervals. A total of 1.75 × 107 cells were seeded on the amniotic membrane. In the control group, patients received only neurolysis. At 12 weeks after celltransplantation, more than 80%of patients exhibited obvious improvements in muscular strength, and touch and pain sensations. In contrast, these improve-ments were observed only in 55-65% of control patients. At 8 and 12 weeks, muscular electro-physiological function in the region dominated by the injured radial nerve was significantly better in the transplantation group than the control group. After celltransplantation, no immunological rejec-tions were observed. These findings suggest that human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cel-loaded amniotic membrane can be used for the repair of radial nerve injury.

  6. Amniotic membrane transplant with superficial keratectomy in superficial corneal degenerations: Efficacy in a rural population of north India

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    Rao Aparna

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To evaluate the applicability and efficacy of superficial keratectomy with transplantation of preserved amniotic membrane in superficial corneal degenerations in a rural population of Northern India in terms of visual improvement and surface regularization. Settings: Peripheral referral center in rural north India. Materials and Methods: This was a prospective non-comparative interventional case series where 24 eyes of 20 farmers from peripheral rural areas (M:F = 19:1 with visually significant superficial degenerative disorders (15 eyes with climatic droplet keratopathy one of which was associated with Salzmann nodular degeneration and nine eyes with band-shaped keratopathy were subjected to amniotic membrane transplantation (single or multiple layer combined with superficial keratectomy. Subjective and objective outcomes after surgery were evaluated and analyzed and statistical significance of the outcomes in various disorders was evaluated. Results: Eighty-eight per cent (21 eyes had symptomatic relief from distressing preoperative symptoms while postoperative visual improvement by two or more lines was achieved in 23 eyes (96% over a mean follow-up period of 26.8 ± 10.2 months. The surface irregularity present preoperatively was relieved in 23 cases while postoperative decline of vision with visually significant scarring was seen in one case (4%, which was labeled as failure. Conclusions: Amniotic membrane transplant with superficial keratectomy helped achieve subjective comfort, visual rehabilitation and clinical regularization of the corneal surface in superficial corneal degenerations during the mean followup of 26.8 ± 10.2 months in rural setups.

  7. Allogeneic amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stromal cell transplantation in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia

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    Kimura M

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Amniotic membrane contains a multipotential stem cell population and is expected to possess the machinery to regulate immunological reactions. We investigated the safety and efficacy of allogeneic amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stromal cell (AMSC transplantation in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia as a preclinical trial. Methods. Porcine AMSCs were isolated from amniotic membranes obtained by cesarean section just before delivery and were cultured to increase their numbers before transplantation. Chronic myocardial ischemia was induced by implantation of an ameroid constrictor around the left circumflex coronary artery. Four weeks after ischemia induction, nine swine were assigned to undergo either allogeneic AMSC transplantation or normal saline injection. Functional analysis was performed by echocardiography, and histological examinations were carried out by immunohistochemistry 4 weeks after AMSC transplantation. Results. Echocardiography demonstrated that left ventricular ejection fraction was significantly improved and left ventricular dilatation was well attenuated 4 weeks after AMSC transplantation. Histological assessment showed a significant reduction in percentage of fibrosis in the AMSC transplantation group. Injected allogeneic green fluorescent protein (GFP-expressing AMSCs were identified in the immunocompetent host heart without the use of any immunosuppressants 4 weeks after transplantation. Immunohistochemistry revealed that GFP colocalized with cardiac troponin T and cardiac troponin I. Conclusions. We have demonstrated that allogeneic AMSC transplantation produced histological and functional improvement in the impaired myocardium in a porcine model of chronic myocardial ischemia. The transplanted allogeneic AMSCs survived without the use of any immunosuppressants and gained cardiac phenotype through either their transdifferentiation or cell fusion.

  8. New Amniotic Membrane Based Biocomposite for Future Application in Reconstructive Urology.

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    Full Text Available Due to the capacity of the amniotic membrane (Am to support re-epithelisation and inhibit scar formation, Am has a potential to become a considerable asset for reconstructive urology i.e., reconstruction of ureters and urethrae. The application of Am in reconstructive urology is limited due to a poor mechanical characteristic. Am reinforcement with electrospun nanofibers offers a new strategy to improve Am mechanical resistance, without affecting its unique bioactivity profile. This study evaluated biocomposite material composed of Am and nanofibers as a graft for urinary bladder augmentation in a rat model.Sandwich-structured biocomposite material was constructed from frozen Am and covered on both sides with two-layered membranes prepared from electrospun poly-(L-lactide-co-E-caprolactone (PLCL. Wistar rats underwent hemicystectomy and bladder augmentation with the biocomposite material.Immunohistohemical analysis (hematoxylin and eosin [H&E], anti-smoothelin and Masson's trichrome staining [TRI] revealed effective regeneration of the urothelial and smooth muscle layers. Anti-smoothelin staining confirmed the presence of contractile smooth muscle within a new bladder wall. Sandwich-structured biocomposite graft material was designed to regenerate the urinary bladder wall, fulfilling the requirements for normal bladder tension, contraction, elasticity and compliance. Mechanical evaluation of regenerated bladder wall conducted based on Young's elastic modulus reflected changes in the histological remodeling of the augmented part of the bladder. The structure of the biocomposite material made it possible to deliver an intact Am to the area for regeneration. An unmodified Am surface supported regeneration of the urinary bladder wall and the PLCL membranes did not disturb the regeneration process.Am reinforcement with electrospun nanofibers offers a new strategy to improve Am mechanical resistance without affecting its unique bioactivity profile.

  9. Amniotic membrane extract ameliorates benzalkonium chloride-induced dry eye in a murine model.

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    Xiao, Xinye; Luo, Pingping; Zhao, Hui; Chen, Jingyao; He, Hui; Xu, Yuxue; Lin, Zhirong; Zhou, Yueping; Xu, Jianjiang; Liu, Zuguo

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    Human amniotic membrane (AM) is avascular but contains various beneficial bioactive factors, its extract (AE) is also effective in treating many ocular surface disorders. In this study, we for the first time evaluated the therapeutic effects of AE on dry eye induced by benzalkonium chloride in a BALB/c mouse model. Topical application of AE (1.5 and 3 μg/eye/day) resulted in significantly longer tear break-up time on Day 3 and 6, lower fluorescein staining scores on Day 3, and lower inflammatory index on Day 6. AE reduced corneal epithelial K10 expression, inflammatory infiltration, and levels of TNF-α, IL-1β and IL-6 in BAC treated mice than that in the control mice. Moreover, decreased TUNEL positive cells in cornea and increased goblet cells in conjunctiva were also observed in AE treated corneas. Finally, AE induced more Ki-67 positive cells in corneal epithelium of dry eye mouse. Taken together, our data provide further support for BAC induced dry eye model as a valuable for dry eye study and suggest a great potential for AE as a therapeutic agent in the clinical treatment of dry eye.

  10. Nukbone® promotes proliferation and osteoblastic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells from human amniotic membrane

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    Rodríguez-Fuentes, Nayeli; Rodríguez-Hernández, Ana G. [Depto. Microbiología y Parasitología, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City 04510 (Mexico); Enríquez-Jiménez, Juana [Depto. Biología de la Reproducción, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán (INCMNSZ), México City 14000 (Mexico); Alcántara-Quintana, Luz E. [Subd. de Investigación, Centro Nacional de la Transfusión Sanguínea, Secretaria de Salud, Mexico City 07370 (Mexico); Fuentes-Mera, Lizeth [Depto. Biología Molecular e Histocompatibilidad, Hospital General “Dr. Manuel Gea González”, México City 4800 (Mexico); Piña-Barba, María C. [Depto. Materiales Metálicos y Cerámicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México City 04510 (Mexico); Zepeda-Rodríguez, Armando [Depto. Biología Celular y Tisular, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), México City 04510 (Mexico); and others

    2013-05-10

    Highlights: •Nukbone showed to be a good scaffold for adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of stem cells. •Nukbone induced osteoblastic differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells. •Results showed that Nukbone offer an excellent option for bone tissue regeneration due to properties. -- Abstract: Bovine bone matrix Nukbone® (NKB) is an osseous tissue-engineering biomaterial that retains its mineral and organic phases and its natural bone topography and has been used as a xenoimplant for bone regeneration in clinics. There are not studies regarding its influence of the NKB in the behavior of cells during the repairing processes. The aim of this research is to demonstrate that NKB has an osteoinductive effect in human mesenchymal stem cells from amniotic membrane (AM-hMSCs). Results indicated that NKB favors the AM-hMSCs adhesion and proliferation up to 7 days in culture as shown by the scanning electron microscopy and proliferation measures using an alamarBlue assay. Furthermore, as demonstrated by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction, it was detected that two gene expression markers of osteoblastic differentiation: the core binding factor and osteocalcin were higher for AM-hMSCs co-cultured with NKB in comparison with cultivated cells in absence of the biomaterial. As the results indicate, NKB possess the capability for inducing successfully the osteoblastic differentiation of AM-hMSC, so that, NKB is an excellent xenoimplant option for repairing bone tissue defects.

  11. Bilateral Mooren's ulcer - Customised corneal graft with additional amniotic membrane graft.

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    Bhandari, Vipul; Siddharthan, K S

    2015-01-01

    Mooren's ulcer (MU) is a rare and painful peripheral corneal ulceration which occurs in the absence of any associated scleritis, and any detectable systemic disease. A 60-year-old male patient was referred to us with bilateral peripheral corneal ulceration. Best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) in both eyes was counting finger at one metre. The right eye showed a 180° thinning with perforation at 8 o'clock position. The left eye showed a 360° thinning with central contact lens type cornea. After complete blood analysis we started the patient on cyclophosphamide orally along with high doses of oral steroids. A crescentic excision of the thinned cornea and crescentic customised corneal graft with additional amniotic membrane graft (AMG) was done first for the right eye and a 360° peripheral lamellar corneal graft with additional AMG for the left eye. The BCVA of RE was 1/60 improving to 6/36 with plus ten aphakic glasses and LE was 3/60. Hand fashioned full thickness crescentic customised corneal graft with additional AMG and a peripheral 360° lamellar corneal graft with additional AMG in these cases are a novel approach to Mooren's ulcer with gratifying results.

  12. Active Pedicle Epithelial Flap Transposition Combined with Amniotic Membrane Transplantation for Treatment of Nonhealing Corneal Ulcers

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    Ting Zhang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. The objective was to evaluate the efficacy of active pedicle epithelial flap transposition combined with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT in treating nonhealing corneal ulcers. Material and Methods. Eleven patients (11 eyes with nonhealing corneal ulcer who underwent the combined surgery were included. Postoperatively, ulcer healing time was detected by corneal fluorescein staining. Visual acuity, intraocular pressure, surgical complications, and recurrence were recorded. Corneal status was inspected by the laser scanning confocal microscopy and anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT. Results. The primary diseases were herpes simplex keratitis (8 eyes, corneal graft ulcer (2 eyes, and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (1 eye. All epithelial flaps were intact following surgery, without shedding or displacement. Mean ulcer healing time was 10.8±3.1 days, with a healing rate of 91%. Vision significantly improved from 1.70 to 0.82 log MAR (P=0.001. A significant decrease in inflammatory cell infiltration and corneal stromal edema was revealed 2 months postoperatively by confocal microscopy and AS-OCT. Corneal ulcer recurred in 1 eye. None of the patients developed major complications. Conclusion. Active pedicle epithelial flap transposition combined with AMT is a simple and effective treatment for nonhealing corneal ulcers.

  13. Transplantation of human limbal cells cultivated on amniotic membrane for reconstruction of rat corneal epithelium after alkaline burn

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    SONG E; YANG Wei; CUI Zhi-hua; DONG Yu; SUI Dong-ming; GUAN Xiao-kang; MA Yang-ling

    2005-01-01

    Background The transplantation of limbal epithelial cells cultivated on amniotic membrane is a newly developed treatment for limbal stem cell deficiency. The purpose of our study was to investigate the biological characteristics of limbal epithelial cells and evaluate the effect of transplantation of cultivated human limbal epithelial cells on ocular surface reconstruction in limbal stem cell deficiency rat model. Methods Human limbal cells were isolated and cultivated in vitro. Cytokertins 3, 12, and 19 (K3, K12 and K19) and p63 were detected by immunofluorescent staining or RT-PCR. BrdU labelling test was used to identify the slow cycling cells in the cultures. Limbal stem cell deficiency was established in rat cornea by alkali burn. Two weeks after injury, the rats received transplants of human limbal stem cells cultivated on amniotic membrane carrier. The therapeutic effect was evaluated by slit lamp observation, Hemotoxin and Eosin (HE) staining and immunofluorescent staining.Results On day 7 in primary culture, p63 and K19 were strongly expressed by most cells but only a few cells expressed K3. On days 14 and 21, p63 and K19 were still expressed by a majority of cells, but the expressive intensity of p63 decreased in a number of cells, while the proportion of K3 positive cells increased slightly and some cells coexpressed p63 and K3. RT-PCR showed that gene expression of both p63 and K12 were positive in cultivated limbal cells, but in mature superficial epithelial cells, only K12 was detected. BrdU labelling test showed that most cells were labelled with BrdU after 7 days' labelling and BrdU label retaining cells were observed after chasing for 21 days with BrdU free medium. For in vivo test, slit lamp observation, HE staining and immunofluorescent staining showed that the rats receiving transplant of human limbal stem cells cultivated on amniotic membrane grew reconstructed corneas with intact epithelium, improved transparency and slight or no

  14. Augmented dried versus cryopreserved amniotic membrane as an ocular surface dressing.

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    Claire L Allen

    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Dried amniotic membrane (AM can be a useful therapeutic adjunct in ophthalmic surgery and possesses logistical advantages over cryopreserved AM. Differences in preservation techniques can significantly influence the biochemical composition and physical properties of AM, potentially affecting clinical efficacy. This study was established to investigate the biochemical and structural effects of drying AM in the absence and presence of saccharide lyoprotectants and its biocompatibility compared to cryopreserved material. METHODS: AM was cryopreserved or dried with and without pre-treatment with trehalose or raffinose and the antioxidant epigallocatechin (EGCG. Structural and visual comparisons were assessed using electron microscopy. Localisation, expression and release of AM biological factors were determined using immunoassays and immunofluorescence. The biocompatibility of the AM preparations co-cultured with corneal epithelial cell (CEC or keratocyte monolayers were assessed using cell proliferation, cytotoxicity, apoptosis and migration assays. RESULTS: Drying devitalised AM epithelium, but less than cryopreservation and cellular damage was reduced in dried AM pre-treated with trehalose or raffinose. Dried AM alone, and with trehalose or raffinose showed greater factor retention efficiencies and bioavailability compared to cryopreserved AM and demonstrated a more sustained biochemical factor time release in vitro. Cellular health assays showed that dried AM with trehalose or raffinose are compatible and superior substrates compared to cryopreserved AM for primary CEC expansion, with increased proliferation and reduced LDH and caspase-3 levels. This concept was supported by improved wound healing in an immortalised human CEC line (hiCEC co-cultured with dried and trehalose or raffinose membranes, compared to cryopreserved and fresh AM. CONCLUSIONS: Our modified preservation process and our resultant optimised dried AM has enhanced

  15. Fabrication and Characterization of Spongy Denuded Amniotic Membrane Based Scaffold for Tissue Engineering

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    Ehsan Taghiabadi

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: As a biological tissue material, amniotic membrane (AM has low immunogenicity and to date has been widely adopted in clinical practice. However, some features such as low biomechanical consistency and rapid biodegradation is limited the application of AM. Therefore, in this study, we fabricated a novel three-dimensional (3D spongy scaffold made of the extracellular matrix (ECM of denuded AM. Due to their unique characteristics which are similar to the skin, these scaffolds can be considered as an alternative option in skin tissue engineering. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, cellular components of human amniotic membrane (HAM were removed with 0.03% (w/v sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS. Quantitative analysis was performed to determine levels of Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs, collagen, and deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA. To increase the low efficiency and purity of the ECM component, especially collagen and GAG, we applied an acid solubilization procedure hydrochloridric acid (HCl 0.1 M with pepsin (1 mg/ml. In the present experiment 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethyl aminopropyl carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC/N-hydroxysuccinimide (NHS cross linker agent was used to improve the mechanical properties of 3D lyophilized AM scaffold. The spongy 3D AM scaffolds were specified, by scanning electron microscopy, hematoxylin and eosin (H&E staining, a swelling test, and mechanical strength and in vitro biodegradation tests. Human fetal fibroblast culture systems were used to establish that the scafolds were cytocompatible. Results: Histological analysis of treated human AM showed impressive removal of cellular components. DNA content was diminished after treatment (39 ± 4.06 μg/ml vs. 341 ± 29.60 μg/ml. Differences were observed between cellular and denude AM in matrix collagen (478 ± 18.06 μg/mg vs. 361 ± 27.47 μg/mg.With the optimum concentration of 1 mM NHS/EDC ratio1:4, chemical cross-linker agent could significantly increase the

  16. Survey of Pregnancy Outcome in Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes with Amniotic Fluid Index <5 and ≥5

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    Fatemeh Tavassoli

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Objectives: Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM is among the most important causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study is to survey the pregnancy outcomes in preterm premature rupture of membranes with an amniotic fluid index of 5.Methods: This prospective cohort study was performed on 137 pregnant women complicated by preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM with a gestational age of 28-34 weeks during October 2006 to October 2008. The patients were divided in two groups according to their amniotic fluid index; AFI<5 (77cases, AFI≥5 (60cases. The Chi-squared test for qualitative variables and T-student test for quantitative variables were used to analyze the results.Results: The results showed that there was no significant difference in terms of the number of pregnancies, gestational age at rupture of membranes and birthweight between the two groups. However, the results demonstrated that the patients with AFI<5 exhibited a significantly shorter latency period (p=0.049, a higher rate of cesarean due to fetal distress (p=0.008, a lower neonatal Apgar score in the first minute (p=0.0127 and a higher rate of neonatal death during the first week (p=0.045.Conclusion: Overall, PPROM with oligohydroamnios is associated with shorter latency, higher rate of C/S, higher rate of early neonatal death and lower neonatal Apgar.

  17. Technique of cultivating limbal derived corneal epithelium on human amniotic membrane for clinical transplantation

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    Fatima A

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : The technique of transplantation of cultivated limbal epithelium rather than direct limbal tissue isa novel method of "cell therapy" involved in reconstructing the ocular surface in severe limbal stem celldeficiency [LSCD], caused by chemical burns. Aim : To describe a simple feeder-cell free technique of cultivating limbal epithelium on human amniotic membrane[HAM]. Materials and Methods : The limbal tissues (2 mm were harvested from patients with LSCD. These tissueswere proliferated in vitro on HAM supplemented by human corneal epithelial cell medium and autologousserum. Cultures covering more ?50% area of 2.5x5 cm HAM were considered adequate for clinical use. Thecultured epithelium was characterized by histopathology and immunophenotyping.Results: A total of 542 cultures out of 250 limbal tissues were cultivated in the laboratory from January 2001through July 2005. The culture explants showed that clusters of cells emerging from the edge of the explantsin one-three days formed a complete monolayer within 10-14 days. In 86% of cultures (464 of 542, thegrowth was observed within one-two days. Successful explant cultures were observed in 98.5% (534 of 542cultures with 91% explant cultures showing an area of ?6.25 cm2 (6.25 - 12.5 cm2 range. The cultivatedepithelium was terminated between 10-14 days for clinical transplantation. The problems encountered wereinadequate growth (2 of 542 and contamination (2 of 542. Conclusions : We demonstrate a simple technique of generating a sheet of corneal epithelium from a limbalbiopsy. This new technique could pave the way for a novel form of cell therapy.

  18. Bacterial contamination of amniotic membrane in a tissue bank from Iran.

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    Aghayan, Hamid Reza; Goodarzi, Parisa; Baradaran-Rafii, Alireza; Larijani, Bagher; Moradabadi, Leila; Rahim, Fakher; Arjmand, Babak

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    Human Amniotic Membrane (AM) transplantation can promote tissue healing and reduce inflammation, tissue scarring and neovascularization. Homa Peyvand Tamin (HPT) tissue bank has focused on manufacturing human cell and tissue based products including AM. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and identify bacterial contamination of AMs that is produced by HPT for several ophthalmic applications. From July 2006 to April 2011, 122 placentas from cesarean sections were retrieved by HPT after obtaining informed consent from the donors. Besides testing donor's blood sample for viral markers, microbiological evaluation was performed pre and post processing. During tissue processing, decontamination was performed by an antibiotic cocktail including; Gentamicin, Ceftriaxone and Cloxacillin. Of 271 cesarean section AM donors who were screened as potential donors, 122 were accepted for processing and assessed for microbiological contamination. Donors' age were between 21 and 41 years (Mean = 27.61 ± 0.24). More than 92% of mothers were in their first or second gravidity with full term pregnancies. The most prevalent organisms were Staphylococci species (72.53%). After processing, contamination rates markedly decreased by 84.62% (p value = 0.013). According to our results, most of bacterial contaminations were related to donation process and the contamination pattern suggests procurement team as a source. Therefore we recommend that regular training programs should be implemented by tissue banks for procurement staff. These programs should focus on improved donor screening and proper aseptic technique for tissue retrieval. We also suggest that tissue banks should periodically check the rate and types of tissue contaminations. These data help them to find system faults and to update processing methods.

  19. Photo-cross-linking of amniotic membranes for limbal epithelial cell cultivation

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    Lai, Jui-Yang, E-mail: jylai@mail.cgu.edu.tw

    2014-12-01

    In the present study, we developed photo-cross-linked amniotic membrane (AM) as a limbal stem cell niche. After ultraviolet (UV) irradiation for varying time periods, the biological tissues were studied by determinations of cross-linking structure, degradability, and nutrient permeation ability. Our results showed that the number of cross-links per unit mass of AM significantly increased with increasing illumination time from 5 to 50 min. However, the cross-link formation was inhibited by longer irradiation time (i.e., 150 min), probably due to the scission of tissue collagen chains through irradiation. The biological stability and matrix permeability of photo-cross-linked AM materials strongly depended on their cross-linking densities affected by the UV irradiation. In vitro biocompatibility studies including cell viability and pro-inflammatory gene expression analyses demonstrated that, irrespective of the irradiation time employed, the physically cross-linked biological tissues exhibited negligible cytotoxicity and similar interleukin-6 (IL-6) mRNA levels. The data clearly indicate that these AM matrices do not cause potential harm to the corneal epithelial cells. After the growth of limbal epithelial cells (LECs) on AM substrates, Western blot analyses were conducted to examine the expression of ABCG2. It was found that the ability of UV-irradiated AM to maintain the undifferentiated precursor cell phenotype was significantly enhanced with increasing extent of photo-cross-linking. In summary, the UV irradiation time may have a profound influence on the fabrication of photo-cross-linked AM matrices for LEC cultivation. - Highlights: • We report the development of photo-cross-linked AM as a limbal stem cell niche. • Cross-linked structure of tissue materials was controlled by UV irradiation time. • Biostability and matrix permeability of AM depended on cross-linking density. • All the studied photo-cross-linked AM showed good in vitro biocompatibility.

  20. Biomechanical assays amniotic membrane preserved in glycerol correlating with optical coherence tomography (OCT) and thermal gravimetric analysis (TG)

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    Soares, Fernando Augusto N.; Santin, Stefany P.; Martino Junior, Antonio C.; Machado, Luci Diva B.; Freitas, Anderson Z.; Mathor, Monica B., E-mail: fernandonevessoares@yahoo.com.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energetias Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    Amnion or amniotic membranes (AM) are interchangeable terms used in the literature being internal part of the fetal membranes, non-vascular and multicellular tissue. The amnion has been widely used as a graft ophthalmic surgical as well as carrier substrate stem cell tissue equivalent for ocular surface reconstruction. The AM reduces scar formation and inflammation on the ocular surface, promotes epithelization also been used as a biological bandage covering the wound or burns, reducing dehydration and allowing regeneration of these areas. The amnion has usually 0.02 to 0.5 mm thick and consists of five subsequent layers: epithelium, basement membrane, compact layer, fibroblast layer and spongy layer. The mechanical strength from the membrane structure as well as the elasticity are factors attractive to the use of amnion as a surgical graft. Higher levels of rigidity and strength may improve the graft resistance necessary to resist the stress induced during growth of the new tissue formed. The amniotic membrane is obtained at elective caesarean section and subsequently, under sterile conditions, sectioned and separated from chorion and placenta, and free blood clots. The serological tests are done at the time of collection of tissue and 6 months after delivery to confirm the results. There are different methods for storing MA in tissue banks as fresh, high concentrations of glycerol, among others. The use of fresh membrane has some limitations due to the need to rapid use and high risk of contamination, however the amniotic membrane in glycerol has antiviral and antibacterial property which is dependent on the concentration, time and temperature. The AM used in transplants must be sterile to prevent the transmission of any disease. Although sterilization by radiation is an effective procedure, it can interfere on the membrane structure. Thus, verification of potential changes caused by ionizing radiation in amnion was made using the tensile test by calculating the

  1. Primary study of treatment of fungal keratitis by amniotic membrane transplantation and amniotic membrane cover%羊膜移植联合羊膜覆盖治疗真菌性角膜炎分析

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    姜剑; 毕宏生; 王兴荣; 窦冉; 左振刚; 许静

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨角膜清创联合羊膜移植羊膜覆盖治疗真菌性角膜炎的手术适应证的选择和临床效果.方法 2008年3月至2009年11月就诊的17例真菌性角膜炎患者,视力为FC/50cm~0.2,经角膜刮片法10%KOH溶液处理后查见菌丝,常规全身、局部抗真菌治疗3周至2个月后,患者病情迁延不愈,角膜涂片仍见菌丝.手术适应证为感染深度小于1/3角膜厚度,感染范围小于1/3角膜面积.手术方式:在局麻下行角膜清创,至角膜植床无明显感染迹象.溃疡面行羊膜小植片移植,角膜表面行羊膜大植片覆盖.术后结膜下注射0.2%氟康唑注射液0.5ml.结果 16例患者术后视力为0.5~1.0,感染得到控制.羊膜小植片与角膜融合,可见角膜组织内云翳形成.1例患者术后感染灶融解,改行板层角膜移植术后治愈.结论 角膜清创联合羊膜移植羊膜覆盖可以有效治疗药物难以治愈的表浅真菌性角膜炎.良好的手术适应证的选择不仅可以治愈真菌性角膜炎,而且可以获得良好的术后视力.真菌复发和角膜融解是手术后的危险因素.%Objective To evaluate the efficiency ofamniotic membrane transplantation and amniotic membrane cover for fungal keratitis. Methods Amniotic membrane transplantation and amniotc membrane cover was done on 17 cases of fungal keratitis after infected tissue had been completely cleared in our hospital fiom March 2008 to November 2009. Results Amniotic membrane graft grown well. Sixteen cases of fungal keratitis were cured and visual acuity were 0.5-1.0, and one recurring case was performed lamellar keratoplasty and visual acuity was 0.2. Conclusions Amniotic membrane transplantation and amniotic membrane cover is an effective method for fungal keratitis.

  2. Comparative Study of Pregnancy Outcome in Premature Rupture of Membranes With Amniotic Fluid Indices of less and more than 5

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    F Tavassoli

    2010-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM is one of the most important causes of perinatal morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to evaluate pregnancy outcome in preterm premature rupture of the membranes with amniotic fluid index less than 5 and more than 5. Methods: This prospective study was performed on 137 pregnant women with gestational age of 28-34 weeks with PPROM from Oct 2006 to Oct 2008. The patients were divided in two groups according to amniotic fluid index: AFI<5 (77 cases, AFI≥5 (60 cases. Chi-square test was used for qualitative variables, while T-student test was used for quantitative test. Results: Both groups were similar with respect to number of pregnancies, gestational age at rupture of the membranes and birth weight. In the group with AFI<5, applied latency was significantly shorter (PV=0.049, rate of cesarean section was higher due to fetal distress (PV=0.008, neonatal Apgar score in first minute was lower during the first week (PV=0.0127 and the rate of neonatal death was higher (PV=0.045 during the first week. Conclusion: An AFI<5 cm after PPROM is associated with earlier delivery, higher rate of cesarean due to fetal distress, higher rate of neonatal death, and lower neonatal Apgar score in first minute during the first week

  3. Term Amniotic membrane is a high throughput source for multipotent Mesenchymal Stem Cells with the ability to differentiate into endothelial cells in vitro

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    Alviano, Francesco; Fossati, Valentina; Marchionni, Cosetta

    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Term Amniotic membrane (AM) is a very attractive source of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) due to the fact that this fetal tissue is usually discarded without ethical conflicts, leading to high efficiency in MSC recovery with no intrusive procedures. Here we confirmed that term AM......, as previously reported in the literature, is an abundant source of hMSCs; in particular we further investigated the AM differentiation potential by assessing whether these cells may also be committed to the angiogenic fate. In agreement with the recommendation of the International Society for Cellular Therapy......, the mesenchymal cells herein investigated were named Amniotic Membrane-human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (AM-hMSC). RESULTS: The recovery of hMSCs and their in vitro expansion potential were greater in amniotic membrane than in bone marrow stroma. At flow cytometry analysis AM-hMSCs showed an immunophenotypical...

  4. The Calcium Binding Protein, S100B, is Increased in the Amniotic Fluid of Women with Intra-Amniotic Infection/Inflammation Following Preterm Labor with Intact or Ruptured Membranes

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    Friel, Lara A.; Romero, Roberto; Edwin, Sam; Nien, Jyh Kae; Gomez, Ricardo; Chaiworapongsa, Tinnakorn; Kusanovic, Juan Pedro; Tolosa, Jorge E.; Hassan, Sonia S.; Espinoza, Jimmy

    2008-01-01

    Objective S100B is produced by glia of the central and peripheral nervous systems and is considered a marker of neurologic injury in the perinatal period. Indeed, increased neonatal urine S100B concentration is associated with adverse neurological outcomes including intraventricular hemorrhage and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, while elevated adult serum concentrations are associated with infectious diseases/sepsis. The objective of this study was to determine whether amniotic fluid (AF) S100B concentrations change with advancing gestational age and intra-amniotic infection (IAI). Study Design S100B concentration was measured in the AF of women in midtrimester, at term, and in pregnancies with preterm labor and intact membranes (PTL) or preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM), with and without IAI. Placental pathology was performed and neonatal outcomes were analyzed. Results (1) AF S100B concentration did not change during gestation; (2) patients with IAI had significantly higher AF S100B concentration than those without IAI following an episode of PTL or PPROM and; (3) neonates who had morbidity/mortality had had an elevated AF S100B concentration; however, this could be explained by the association with intra-amniotic infection/inflammation. Thus, AF S100B concentration was not an independent predictor of neonatal morbidity or fetal/neonatal death. Conclusions An elevated concentration of AF S100B may reflect intra-amniotic infection/inflammation and not necessarily fetal neurologic damage. PMID:17624933

  5. Amniotic Fluid Glucose Concentration: A Marker for Infection in Preterm Labor and Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

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    Gary A. Dildy

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    Full Text Available Amniotic fluid Gram stain and culture have been utilized as laboratory tests of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity. The Gram stain of amniotic fluid has a low sensitivity in the detection of clinical infection or microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity, and amniotic fluid culture results are not immediately available for management decisions. Glucose concentration is used to diagnose infection in other sites such as cerebrospinal fluid.

  6. Amniotic fluid water dynamics.

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    Beall, M H; van den Wijngaard, J P H M; van Gemert, M J C; Ross, M G

    2007-01-01

    Water arrives in the mammalian gestation from the maternal circulation across the placenta. It then circulates between the fetal water compartments, including the fetal body compartments, the placenta and the amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is created by the flow of fluid from the fetal lung and bladder. A major pathway for amniotic fluid resorption is fetal swallowing; however in many cases the amounts of fluid produced and absorbed do not balance. A second resorption pathway, the intramembranous pathway (across the amnion to the fetal circulation), has been proposed to explain the maintenance of normal amniotic fluid volume. Amniotic fluid volume is thus a function both of the amount of water transferred to the gestation across the placental membrane, and the flux of water across the amnion. Membrane water flux is a function of the water permeability of the membrane; available data suggests that the amnion is the structure limiting intramembranous water flow. In the placenta, the syncytiotrophoblast is likely to be responsible for limiting water flow across the placenta. In human tissues, placental trophoblast membrane permeability increases with gestational age, suggesting a mechanism for the increased water flow necessary in late gestation. Membrane water flow can be driven by both hydrostatic and osmotic forces. Changes in both osmotic/oncotic and hydrostatic forces in the placenta my alter maternal-fetal water flow. A normal amniotic fluid volume is critical for normal fetal growth and development. The study of amniotic fluid volume regulation may yield important insights into the mechanisms used by the fetus to maintain water homeostasis. Knowledge of these mechanisms may allow novel treatments for amniotic fluid volume abnormalities with resultant improvement in clinical outcome.

  7. Amniotic fluid

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    ... carefully. Removing a sample of the fluid through amniocentesis can provide information about the sex, health, and development of the fetus. Images Amniocentesis Amniotic fluid Polyhydramnios Amniotic fluid References Cunningham FG, ...

  8. Microfiltration of wheat starch suspensions using multichannel ceramic membrane

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    Ikonić Bojana B.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available This work investigates influence of different process parameters such as transmembrane pressure, flow rate and concentration of wheat starch suspension on the average permeate flux and permeate flux decline. Used membrane in all experiments was 19 channels ceramic membrane with 0.2 μm pore size. Experimental results were analyzed using response surface methodology. It is observed that the significant average permeate flux enhancement of 200% was achieved by the increase of the transmembrane pressure, while the increase of flow rate and concentration affected the increase in average permeate flux in the range of 40-100%. Permeate flux decline was almost independent of the transmembrane pressure, but the increase of the flow rate, as well as the decrease of the concentration led to decrease of permeate flux decline in the range of 20-50%.

  9. Bone density of defects treated with lyophilized amniotic membrane versus collagen membrane: a tomographic and histomorfogenic study in rabbit´s femur

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    Liz Katty Ríos

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to compare the bone density of bone defects treated with lyophilizated amniotic membrane (LAM and collagen Membrane (CM, at 3 and 5 weeks. Two bone defects of 4 mm in diameter and 6 mm deep were created in left distal femoral diaphysis of New Zealand rabbits (n = 12. The animals were randomly divided into 2 groups. One of the defects was covered with lyophilized amniotic membrane (Rosa Chambergo Tissue Bank/National Institute of Child Health-IPEN, Lima, Peru or collagen Membrane (Dentium Co, Seoul, Korea. The second was left uncovered (NC. The rabbits were killed after 3 and 5 weeks (3 rabbits/period. The results showed a high bone density and repair of the defect by new bone. The tomographic study revealed that the bone density of the defects treated with LAM at 3 weeks was equivalent to the density obtained with CM and higher density compared with NC (p 0.05. The results show that lyophilizated amniotic membrane provides bone density equal or higher to the collagen membrane. RESUMEN El propósito de este estudio fue comparar la densidad ósea (DO de defectos óseos tratados con membrana amniótica liofilizada (MAL y membrana de colágeno (MC, a las 3 y 5 semanas. Se crearon dos defectos óseos, de 4 mm de diámetro y 6 mm de profundidad, en la diáfisis femoral distal izquierda de conejos Nueva Zelanda (n=12. Los animales fueron divididos aleatoriamente en 2 grupos. Uno de los defectos fue cubierto con membrana amniótica liofilizada (Banco de tejidos Rosa Chambergo/INSN-IPEN, Lima, Perú o membrana de colágeno (Dentium Co, Seoul, Korea. El segundo se dejó sin cubrir (NC. Los conejos fueron sacrificados después de 3 y 5 semanas (3 conejos/periodo. Los resultados mostraron una alta DO y reparación del defecto por hueso neoformado. El estudio tomográfico reveló que la DO de los defectos tratados con MAL a las 3 semanas fue comparable a la densidad obtenida con MC y mayor comparado con la densidad de NC (p

  10. Peculiarity of Porcine Amniotic Membrane and Its Derived Cells: A Contribution to the Study of Cell Therapy from a Large Animal Model.

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    Lange-Consiglio, Anna; Corradetti, Bruna; Bertani, Sabrina; Notarstefano, Valentina; Perrini, Claudia; Marini, Maria Giovanna; Arrighi, Silvana; Bosi, Giampaolo; Belloli, Angelo; Pravettoni, Davide; Locatelli, Valentina; Cremonesi, Fausto; Bizzaro, Davide

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    The aim of this work was to provide, for the first time, a protocol for isolation and characterization of stem cells from porcine amniotic membrane in view of their potential uses in regenerative medicine. From three samples of allanto-amnion recovered at delivery, the amniotic membrane was stripped from overlying allantois and digested with trypsin and collagenase to isolate epithelial (amniotic epithelial cells [AECs]) and mesenchymal cells, respectively. Proliferation, differentiation, and characterization studies by molecular biology and flow cytometry were performed. Histological examination revealed very few mesenchymal cells in the stromal layer, and a cellular yield of AECs of 10 × 10(6)/gram of digested tissue was achieved. AECs readily attached to plastic culture dishes displaying typical cuboidal morphology and, although their proliferative capacity decreased to the fifth passage, AECs showed a mean doubling time of 24.77 ± 6 h and a mean frequency of one fibroblast colony-forming unit (CFU-F) for every 116.75 plated cells. AECs expressed mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) mRNA markers (CD29, CD166, CD90, CD73, CD117) and pluripotent markers (Nanog and Oct 4), whereas they were negative for CD34 and MHCII. Mesodermic, ectodermic, and endodermic differentiation was confirmed by staining and expression of specific markers. We conclude that porcine amniotic membrane can provide an attractive source of stem cells that may be a useful tool for biomedical research.

  11. Dehydrated Amniotic Membrane Allograft for Treatment of Chronic Leg Ulcers in Patients With Multiple Comorbidities: A Case Series

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    Barr, Stephen M.

    2016-01-01

    Cellular and/or tissue-based products (CTPs) are emerging treatment options for chronic non-healing wounds. Dehydrated amniotic membrane allograft (DAMA) was used in 7 patients whose wounds had not responded adequately to standard and adjuvant therapies; four VLUs, 2 surgical wounds, and 1 DFU. Patients had multiple comorbidities, including 2 with autoimmune disorders (CREST syndrome and systemic lupus erythematosus). Patients received 3–8 applications of DAMA at weekly to biweekly intervals (average, 5.4 applications). Complete wound healing was observed in 6 of 7 patients during study period, with an average time to closure of 7.9 weeks. Closure was achieved in 3 of 7 patients after 3 DAMA applications. In the patient with CREST syndrome who did not completely close, DAMA reduced the area and volume by nearly 50% and later went on to closure. These cases suggest that DAMA is a viable option for recalcitrant DFUs, VLUs, and surgical wounds. PMID:27104144

  12. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Human-Derived Amniotic Membrane Stem Cells Using PEGylated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Maryam Naseroleslami

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: The label and detection of cells injected into target tissues is an area of focus for researchers. Iron oxide nanoparticles can be used to label cells as they have special characteristics. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of iron oxide nanoparticles on human-derived amniotic membrane stem cell (hAMCs survival and to investigate the magnetic properties of these nanoparticles with increased contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI. Materials and Methods: In this experimental study, we initially isolated mesenchymal stem cells from amniotic membranes and analyzed them by flow cytometry. In addition, we synthesized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs and characterized them by various methods. The SPIONs were incubated with hAMCs at concentrations of 25-800 μg/mL. The cytotoxicity of nanoparticles on hAMCs was measured by the MTT assay. Next, we evaluated the effectiveness of the magnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents. Solutions of SPION were prepared in water at different iron concentrations for relaxivity measurements by a 1.5 Tesla clinical MRI instrument. Results: The isolated cells showed an adherent spindle shaped morphology. Polyethylene glycol (PEG-coated SPIONs exhibited a spherical morphology. The average particle size was 20 nm and magnetic saturation was 60 emu/g. Data analysis showed no significant reduction in the percentage of viable cells (97.86 ± 0.41% after 72 hours at the 125 μg/ml concentration compared with the control. The relaxometry results of this SPION showed a transverse relaxivity of 6.966 (μg/ml.s-1 Conclusion: SPIONs coated with PEG used in this study at suitable concentrations had excellent labeling efficiency and biocompatibility for hAMCs.

  13. Amniotic membrane covering promotes healing of cornea epithelium and improves visual acuity after debridement for fungal keratitis

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    Bo; Zeng; Ping; Wang; Ling-Juan; Xu; Xin-Yu; Li; Hong; Zhang; Gui-Gang; Li

    2014-01-01

    AIM:To investigate the effect of amniotic membrane covering(AMC) on the healing of cornea epithelium and visual acuity for fungal keratitis after debridement.METHODS:Twenty fungal keratitis patients were divided into two groups randomly, the AMC group and the control group, ten patients each group. Both debridement of the infected cornea tissue and standard anti-fungus drugs treatments were given to every patients, monolayer amniotic membrane were sutured to the surface of the entire cornea and bulbar conjunctiva with 10-0 nylon suture for patients in the AMC group.The diameter of the ulcer was determined with slit lamp microscope and the depth of the infiltration was determined with anterior segment optical coherence tomography. Uncorrected visual acuity(UCVA) was tested before surgery and three month after healing of the epithelial layer. The healing time of the cornea epithelium, visual acuity(VA) was compared between the two groups using t- test.RESULTS:There was no statistical difference of the diameter of the ulcer, depth of the infiltration, height of the hypopyon and VA between the two groups beforesurgery(P >0.05). The average healing time of the AMC group was 6.89 ±2.98 d, which was statistically shorter than that of the control group(10.23±2.78d)(P <0.05).The average UCVA of the AMC group was 0.138 ±0.083,which was statistically better than that of the control group(0.053±0.068)(P <0.05).CONCLUSION:AMC surgery could promote healing of cornea epithelium after debridement for fungal keratitis and lead to better VA outcome.

  14. Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Human-Derived Amniotic Membrane Stem Cells Using PEGylated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles

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    Naseroleslami, Maryam; Parivar, Kazem; Khoei, Samideh; Aboutaleb, Nahid

    2016-01-01

    Objective The label and detection of cells injected into target tissues is an area of focus for researchers. Iron oxide nanoparticles can be used to label cells as they have special characteristics. The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of iron oxide nanoparticles on human-derived amniotic membrane stem cell (hAMCs) survival and to investigate the magnetic properties of these nanoparticles with increased contrast in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Materials and Methods In this experimental study, we initially isolated mesenchymal stem cells from amniotic membranes and analyzed them by flow cytometry. In addition, we synthesized superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) and characterized them by various methods. The SPIONs were incubated with hAMCs at concentrations of 25-800 μg/mL. The cytotoxicity of nanoparticles on hAMCs was measured by the MTT assay. Next, we evaluated the effectiveness of the magnetic nanoparticles as MRI contrast agents. Solutions of SPION were prepared in water at different iron concentrations for relaxivity measurements by a 1.5 Tesla clinical MRI instrument. Results The isolated cells showed an adherent spindle shaped morphology. Polyethylene glycol (PEG)-coated SPIONs exhibited a spherical morphology. The average particle size was 20 nm and magnetic saturation was 60 emu/g. Data analysis showed no significant reduction in the percentage of viable cells (97.86 ± 0.41%) after 72 hours at the 125 μg/ml concentration compared with the control. The relaxometry results of this SPION showed a transverse relaxivity of 6.966 (μg/ml.s)-1 Conclusion SPIONs coated with PEG used in this study at suitable concentrations had excellent labeling efficiency and biocompatibility for hAMCs. PMID:27602314

  15. Evaluation of Human Amniotic Membrane as a Wound Dressing for Split-Thickness Skin-Graft Donor Sites

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    Denys J. Loeffelbein

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Human amniotic membrane (HAM has been used as a biomaterial in various surgical procedures and exceeds some qualities of common materials. We evaluated HAM as wound dressing for split-thickness skin-graft (STSG donor sites in a swine model (Part A and a clinical trial (Part B. Part A: STSG donor sites in 4 piglets were treated with HAM or a clinically used conventional polyurethane (PU foil (n=8 each. Biopsies were taken on days 5, 7, 10, 20, 40, and 60 and investigated immunohistochemically for alpha-smooth muscle actin (αSMA: wound contraction marker, von Willebrand factor (vWF: angiogenesis, Ki-67 (cell proliferation, and laminin (basement membrane integrity. Part B: STSG donor sites in 45 adult patients (16 female/29 male were treated with HAM covered by PU foam, solely by PU foam, or PU foil/paraffin gauze (n=15 each. Part A revealed no difference in the rate of wound closure between groups. HAM showed improved esthetic results and inhibitory effects on cicatrization. Angioneogenesis was reduced, and basement membrane formation was accelerated in HAM group. Part B: no difference in re-epithelialization/infection rate was found. HAM caused less ichor exudation and less pruritus. HAM has no relevant advantage over conventional dressings but might be a cost-effective alternative.

  16. Phosphatidylglycerol determination in the amniotic fluid from a PAD placed over the vulva: a method for diagnosis of fetal lung maturity in cases of premature ruptured membranes.

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    Estol, P C; Poseiro, J J; Schwarcz, R

    1992-01-01

    Four hundred and forty seven pregnant women with ruptured membranes, were prospectively studied in order to assess the diagnostic capacity of Phosphatidylglycerol (PhG) determination in amniotic fluid recovered from vulval pads in the diagnosis of Hyaline Membrane Disease (HMD). The identification of PhG was performed using one dimensional silica gel thin layer chromatography. The sensitivity of PhG determination in the diagnosis of HMD in newborns of the total population was found to be 88.2%, with a specificity of 76.9%. In the study population, the incidence of HMD was 7.6%, the negative predictive value was 98.8% and, the positive predictive value was 24.0%. When the 265 newborns of the gestational age group of less than or equal to 34 weeks is considered, we observed an incidence of HMD of 12.1%. The diagnostic capacity of PhG in this group was shown by a sensitivity of 87.5%, a specificity of 76.4%, a positive predictive value of 33.7% and a negative predictive value of 97.8%. This method of assessment of fetal lung maturity has a diagnostic capability similar to that described by other authors, who used amniotic fluid obtained vaginally or transabdominally. The procedure described here of amniotic fluid collection is non-invasive, harmless to the mother and fetus and simple to perform. The characteristics of this method, allow serial studies of the amniotic fluid to be carried out.

  17. Clinical significance of histologic chorioamnionitis with a negative amniotic fluid culture in patients with preterm labor and premature membrane rupture

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    Park, Jeong Woo; Park, Kyo Hoon; Jung, Eun Young

    2017-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of histological chorioamnionitis (HCA) with a negative amniotic fluid (AF) culture on adverse pregnancy and neonatal outcomes and inflammatory status in the AF compartment in women with preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). Methods This is a retrospective cohort study of 153 women diagnosed as having a preterm labor or PPROM (20–34 weeks) who delivered singleton gestations within 48 hours of amniocentesis. AF obtained through amniocentesis was cultured, and interleukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) levels were determined. The placentas were examined histologically. Results The prevalence of HCA with negative AF culture was 23.5% (36/153). The women with HCA but with a negative AF culture (group 2) and those with a positive AF culture (group 3) had a significantly lower mean gestational age at amniocentesis and delivery than those with a negative AF culture and without HCA (group 1). Women in group 3 had the highest levels of AF IL-6, IL-8, and MMP-9, followed by those in group 2, and those in group 1. Composite neonatal morbidity was significantly higher in groups 2 and 3 than in group 1, but this was no longer significant after adjusting for confounders caused mainly by the impact of gestational age. Discussion In the women who delivered preterm neonates, HCA with a negative AF culture was associated with increased risks of preterm birth, intense intra-amniotic inflammatory response, and prematurity-associated composite neonatal morbidity, and its risks are similar to the risk posed by positive AF culture. PMID:28278303

  18. Endothelin-1 and macrophage colony-stimulating factor are co-localized in human amnion membrane cells and secreted into amniotic fluid.

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    Fried, Gabriel; Sand, Anna; Ostlund, Eva; Andersson, Eva; Byström, Birgitta; Ståbi, Berit

    2003-11-01

    We have examined the cellular localization and human amniotic fluid content of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and macrophage colony-stimulating factor (M-CSF). The study material consisted of amniotic fluid from 20 patients referred for amniocentesis, and placental samples from normal deliveries. ET-1 and M-CSF were analysed by radioimmunoassay and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay respectively. The cellular localization of ET-1 and M-CSF in the amnion membranes was analysed by double-labelling immunocytochemistry using fluorescein isothiocyanate- and Cy3-labelled secondary antibodies. Release of ET-1 and M-CSF was studied in cultured amniocytes. We found that the mean +/- SD concentrations of ET-1 and M-CSF in fetal amniotic fluid were 45.6 +/- 17.3 pmol/l (range 16.8-85.5) and 7323 +/- 3415 ng/l (range 2640-12 110) respectively. Double-labelling immunocytochemistry showed that both M-CSF and ET-1 were co-localized in the same cells to a high extent. Further analysis revealed that levels of M-CSF, but not ET-1, were significantly correlated with pregnancy length. Both M-CSF and ET-1 were released from cultured amniocytes in response to interleukin-1. These findings show that ET-1 and M-CSF are partly co-localized to specific cells in the human amniotic membrane. As both M-CSF and ET-1 were released from cultured amniocytes in vitro, this suggests that they both may be secreted into fetal amniotic fluid in vivo as well.

  19. The use of amniotic membrane in trabeculectomy for the treatment of primary open-angle glaucoma: a prospective study

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    Stavrakas P

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Panagiotis Stavrakas1, Gerasimos Georgopoulos1, Maria Milia1, Dimitris Papaconstantinou1, Maria Bafa2, Efthymios Stavrakas2, Mihalis Moschos11Department of Ophthalmology, University of Athens Medical School, General Hospital of Athens (Geniko Kratiko Hospital, Athens, Greece; 2Department of Ophthalmology, Thriassio General Hospital, Athens, GreeceBackground: To investigate the effectiveness of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT on improving the outcomes of trabeculectomy in primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG.Methods: Fifty-nine eyes affected by primary open-angle glaucoma were enrolled in this prospective randomized study. Thirty-two eyes underwent amnion-shielded trabeculectomy (study group and 27 eyes underwent trabeculectomy without any antimetabolites (control group. Success was defined as intraocular pressure (IOP <21 mmHg without any medications at 24 months follow-up. The two groups were compared in terms of IOP, bleb morphology, bleb survival and risk of failure, glaucoma medications, and complications.Results: There was no statistically significant difference in terms of postoperative IOP between the two groups and at 24 months median IOP was 15.5 mmHg for the AMT group and 16 mmHg for the control group. IOP postoperative reduction was 8 mmHg for the AMT group versus 6 mmHg for the non AMT group (P = 0.276. Two patients from the study group developed IOP >21 mmHg in contrast to seven patients from the classic trabeculectomy group. The study group had 61.0% less risk of developing IOP >21 mmHg (P = 0.203. No major complications in the AMT group were observed. AMT blebs were diffuse with mild vascularization.Conclusion: In patients with POAG, AMT showed favorable effects on bleb survival, however data failed to provide firm evidence that AMT could be used as a routine procedure in trabeculectomy.Keywords: amniotic membrane, trabeculectomy, primary open-angle glaucoma, glaucoma filtering blebIn memory of Professor Mihalis Moschos. "We

  20. Application of Human Amniotic Membrane in Canine Penile Tunica Albuginea Defect: First Step toward an Innovating New Method for Treatment of Peyronie?s Disease

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    M. Salehipour

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Purposes To evaluate the efficacy of human amniotic membrane (AM grafting in the canine penile tunica albuginea defect; we developed an animal model as the first step toward an innovating new method for the treatment of Peyronie’s disease, penile cancers, and congenital deformities of the penis. Material and Methods From August to September 2011, ten healthy male dogs were selected. A rhomboid incision about 3x2cm over the tunica albuginea and its overlying squamous epithelium was made and then excised. The amniotic membrane was folded twice on itself and grafted on the defect. After 8 weeks, artificial erection was made for 5 dogs and for the other 5 dogs after 12 weeks. After artificial erection, partial penectomy was done and histopathological evaluation was performed on the grafts. Results Artificial erection performed successfully in all of the dogs. No infection or any other complication was seen. Histopathological examination showed complete re-epithelialization with squamous epithelium and collagen fiber deposition. Also, no dysplasia was seen. Conclusions The amniotic membrane can be used as a suitable substitution for tunica albuginea. It is safe, inexpensive, biodegradable, and available and may be used for the treatment of Peyronie’s disease, penile cancers, congenital penile deformities, and penile reconstructive surgery.

  1. Intra-amniotic infection/inflammation as a risk factor for subsequent ruptured membranes after clinically indicated amniocentesis in preterm labor.

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    Lee, Sung Youn; Park, Kyo Hoon; Jeong, Eun Ha; Oh, Kyung Joon; Ryu, Aeli; Kim, Ahra

    2013-08-01

    The aim of this study was to determine whether intra-amniotic infection/inflammation (IAI) was associated with subsequent ruptured membranes in women with preterm labor and intact membranes who had a clinically indicated amniocentesis. This retrospective cohort study included 237 consecutive women with preterm labor (20-34.6 weeks) who underwent amniocentesis. The clinical and laboratory parameters evaluated included demographic variables, gestational age, C-reactive protein (CRP) and amniotic fluid (AF) white blood cell, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and culture results. IAI was defined as a positive AF culture and/or an elevated AF IL-6 level (>2.6 ng/mL). The primary outcome was ruptured membranes in the absence of active labor occurring within 48 hours of amniocentesis. Preterm premature rupture of membranes subsequently developed in 10 (4.2%) women within 48 hr of amniocentesis. Multivariate analysis demonstrated that only IAI was independently associated with the ruptured membranes occurring within 48 hr of amniocentesis. In the predictive model based on variables assessed before amniocentesis, only CRP level was retained. IAI is an independent risk factor for subsequent ruptured membranes after clinically indicated amniocentesis in preterm labor. Prior to amniocentesis, measurement of serum CRP level can provide a risk assessment for the subsequent development of ruptured membranes after the procedure.

  2. [Cytological-energetic principle of the amniotic fluid examination on female patients with diagnosis of preterm premature rupture of membranes - up to now experiences and perspectives].

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    Müllerová, K; Kelbich, P; Švecová, M

    2015-12-01

    In our study we have dealt with the amniotic fluid examination on female patients with diagnosis of preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM). For one of the most important task in the feto-maternal medicine we consider the discovered method of amniotic fluid examination which is capable of the earliest possible detection in an intraamniotic inflammatory response. Unnoticed could harm or in the most serious cases threat the life of fetus or its mother. This was also the main reason why we chose this topic for our study. We have not been interested only in already known interleu-kin-6 (IL-6), but we have approached the examination comprehensively. We used the cytological-energetic principle supplemented by the examination of aspartate-amino-transferase (AST), in which already are long-term experiences in investigating other extracellular fluids. We have monitored values of C-reactive protein (CRP) and leucocytes in maternal serum, IL-6, AST and energetic score ratio (KEB) in amniotic fluid. Further we have investigated which imunocompetent cells have been dominant in amniotic fluid at different types of inflamantory reaction. According to the results of the examination of the control groups, it was necessary to correct the KEB limit in comparison to KEB limits of other extracellular fluids. Although our study includes untill now only 44 patients - 21 controls and 23 investigated persons, we have been already able to find out some trends of changes in observed parametres. As a very impotant discovery we consider the fact, that KEB, AST and cytological examination of amniotic fluid seem to be the methods for prediction of chorioamnionitis as reliable as the examination of IL-6. These methods are besides less expensive and therefore more suitable for the use in the small hospitals and developing countries. We continue in our study to confirm the previously found trends on the larger numbers of patients.

  3. Amniotic membrane modulates innate immune response inhibiting PRRs expression and NF-κB nuclear translocation on limbal myofibroblasts.

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    Domínguez-López, Alfredo; Bautista-de Lucio, Victor Manuel; Serafín-López, Janet; Robles-Sánchez, Edson; Garfias, Yonathan

    2014-10-01

    Corneal damage observed in a viral infection such as herpetic stromal keratitis is mainly caused by proinflammatory molecules released by resident cells in the response to viral antigens. There are pattern recognition receptors like MDA5, RIG-1, and TLR3, that recognize viral dsRNA and after activation, the innate immune response is exacerbated inducing the synthesis and secretion of inflammatory cytokines through NF-κB activation. Amniotic membrane (AM) has demonstrated to reduce inflammation by several mechanisms, however the effect of AM on innate immune receptors such as MDA5, RIG-1, and TLR3 has not been reported. In this study, we have determined that the presence of AM significantly inhibited the synthesis and secretion of proinflammatory cytokines on human limbal myofibroblasts (HLM) stimulated with poly I:C. Similarly, the presence of AM reduced the protein expression of MDA5, RIG-1, and TLR3 on poly I:C stimulated HLM. Additionally, the presence of the AM significantly inhibited the NF-κB nuclear translocation when the HLM were poly I:C stimulated, and concomitantly, the AM was able to relocate cadherins affecting the myofibroblastic cellular morphology. These results suggest that AM generates an anti-inflammatory microenvironment, and specific inhibition of NFκB nuclear translocation on infected corneal tissue would reduce the inflammation undesirable effects, explaining in part the beneficial usefulness of transplanting AM on herpetic stromal keratitis.

  4. Resection and Cryotherapy Combined with Amniotic Membrane Transplantation for the Treatment of Vernal Keratoconjunctivitis with Giant Papillae

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    JIANG Dongling; ZHANG Mingchang; HU Yanhua

    2006-01-01

    To evaluate the efficacy and safety of resection and cryotherapy combined with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) for the treatment of vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC) with giant papillae (GP). Eight patients (16 eyes involved) with VKC, characterized by GP on the upper tarsal conjunctiva, underwent resection and cryotherapy in combination with AMT. The follow-up lasted for 3-22 months. The results showed that corneal shield ulcers and superficial punctuate keratitis healed during the first week after surgery and did not recur. Fourteen eyes (87.5 %) were symptom-free 1 month after surgery, and no GP, ectropion, trichiasis and other complications were noted, but the blood vessels of upper tarsal conjunctiva could not be clearly seen and a little conjunctival scar was observed. Recurrence of GP was observed in 2 eyes (12.5 %), with the area being less and irritation milder as compared with those before the operation. Among the two eyes, one eye was treated by cyclosporine eyedrops with improvement, but the other eye showed no improvement after the treatment, and underwent a second surgery with a cotton patch soaked in fluorouracil applied onto the supratarsal area after resection and cryotherapy. Four months after the treatment the patient presented no symptoms and GP did not recur. It is concluded that the resection and cryotherapy combined with AMT is an effective and safe treatment for VKC with GP.

  5. Amniotic fluid embolism

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    Kiranpreet Kaur

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE is one of the catastrophic complications of pregnancy in which amniotic fluid, fetal cells, hair, or other debris enters into the maternal pulmonary circulation, causing cardiovascular collapse. Etiology largely remains unknown, but may occur in healthy women during labour, during cesarean section, after abnormal vaginal delivery, or during the second trimester of pregnancy. It may also occur up to 48 hours post-delivery. It can also occur during abortion, after abdominal trauma, and during amnio-infusion. The pathophysiology of AFE is not completely understood. Possible historical cause is that any breach of the barrier between maternal blood and amniotic fluid forces the entry of amniotic fluid into the systemic circulation and results in a physical obstruction of the pulmonary circulation. The presenting signs and symptoms of AFE involve many organ systems. Clinical signs and symptoms are acute dyspnea, cough, hypotension, cyanosis, fetal bradycardia, encephalopathy, acute pulmonary hypertension, coagulopathy etc. Besides basic investigations lung scan, serum tryptase levels, serum levels of C3 and C4 complements, zinc coproporphyrin, serum sialyl Tn etc are helpful in establishing the diagnosis. Treatment is mainly supportive, but exchange transfusion, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, and uterine artery embolization have been tried from time to time. The maternal prognosis after amniotic fluid embolism is very poor though infant survival rate is around 70%.

  6. Evaluation of clinical, antiinflammatory and antiinfective properties of amniotic membrane used for guided tissue regeneration: A randomized controlled trial

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    Aravind Kumar

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The objective of this study was to evaluate the antiinflammatory, antiinfective and clinical properties of amniotic membrane (AM when used for guided tissue regeneration (GTR in contained interdental defects. Materials and Methods: A total of 30 subjects participated in this study. Two sites in each subject were randomly assigned into each of the following experimental groups; test group: AM with bone graft and control group: Bone graft only. Clinical parameters included recording site-specific measures of plaque, gingivitis, probing pocket depth (PPD, and clinical attachment loss (CAL. The levels of interleukin-1β (IL-1β and human beta-defensin-2 (hBD-2 levels in gingival crevicular fluid (GCF from the test and control sites were measured by using commercially available enzyme linked immunosorbent assay kits. The evaluation of bone fill was performed by using digital subtraction technique and morphometric area analysis. One-way analysis of variance followed by the post-hoc test was used for intragroup and intergroup comparison. A P < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: Combination therapy using an AM increased bone fill and reduced PPD and CAL when compared to controls. AM also resulted in a significant reduction of GCF IL-1β levels and insignificant increase in the hBD-2 levels. Conclusion: From this trial conducted over a period of 24 weeks, AM demonstrated a marked antiinflammatory effect and its use resulted in an improvement in periodontal parameters. AM has the potential to function as a barrier for GTR and the unique properties associated with this material can augment its potential as a matrix for periodontal regeneration.

  7. Effect of gamma radiation on the expression of mRNA growth factors in glycerol cryopreserved human amniotic membrane.

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    Yatim, Rusidah Mat; Kannan, Thirumulu Ponnuraj; Ab Hamid, Suzina Sheikh

    2016-12-01

    Human amniotic membrane (HAM) due to its high biocompatibility, low immunogenicity, anti-microbial, anti-viral properties as well as the presence of growth factors has been used in various clinical applications. The growth factors play an important role in wound healing. The current study aimed to explore the effect of 15 kGy gamma radiation dose on selected growth factors and receptors mRNA present in HAM. Eight growth factors, namely, EGF, HGF, KGF, TGF-α, TGF-β1, TGF-β2, TGF-β3 and bFGF and two growth factor receptors, HGFR and KGFR were evaluated in this study. The total RNA was extracted and converted to complimentary DNA using commercial kits. Subsequently, the mRNA expressions of these growth factors were evaluated using real-time PCR and the results were statistically analyzed using REST-MCS software. This study confirmed the presence of these mRNA growth factors and receptors in fresh, glycerol cryopreserved and irradiated glycerol cryopreserved HAM. In glycerol cryopreserved HAM, the results showed up-regulation of HGF and bFGF and down-regulation of EGF, HGFR, KGF, KGFR, TGF-α, TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 relative to the fresh HAM which acted as the control, whereas in irradiated glycerol cryopreserved HAM, the results showed up-regulation of EGF, HGF, KGF, KGFR, TGF-β1, TGF-β2 and TGF-β3 and down-regulation of HGFR, TGF-α and bFGF relative to the glycerol cryopreserved HAM which acted as the control. However, these mRNA expressions did not show any statistical significant difference compared to the control groups. This study concluded that a dose of 15 kGy of gamma radiation did not affect the mRNA expression for the growth factors' and receptors' in the glycerol cryopreserved HAM.

  8. Amniotic Membrane Modifies the Genetic Program Induced by TGFß, Stimulating Keratinocyte Proliferation and Migration in Chronic Wounds.

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    Antonia Alcaraz

    Full Text Available Post-traumatic large-surface or deep wounds often cannot progress to reepithelialisation because they become irresponsive in the inflammatory stage, so intervention is necessary to provide the final sealing epidermis. Previously we have shown that Amniotic Membrane (AM induced a robust epithelialisation in deep traumatic wounds.To better understand this phenomenon, we used keratinocytes to investigate the effect of AM on chronic wounds. Using keratinocytes, we saw that AM treatment is able to exert an attenuating effect upon Smad2 and Smad3 TGFß-induced phosphorylation while triggering the activation of several MAPK signalling pathways, including ERK and JNK1, 2. This also has a consequence for TGFß-induced regulation on cell cycle control key players CDK1A (p21 and CDK2B (p15. The study of a wider set of TGFß regulated genes showed that the effect of AM was not wide but very concrete for some genes. TGFß exerted a powerful cell cycle arrest; the presence of AM however prevented TGFß-induced cell cycle arrest. Moreover, AM induced a powerful cell migration response that correlates well with the expression of c-Jun protein at the border of the healing assay. Consistently, the treatment with AM of human chronic wounds induced a robust expression of c-Jun at the wound border.The effect of AM on the modulation of TGFß responses in keratinocytes that favours proliferation together with AM-induced keratinocyte migration is the perfect match that allows chronic wounds to move on from their non-healing state and progress into epithelialization. Our results may explain why the application of AM on chronic wounds is able to promote epithelialisation.

  9. An experimental study on the fate of the amniotic membrane after amniotic membrane transplantation for acute alkaline burn of rat cornea%羊膜移植治疗大鼠角膜碱烧伤后羊膜转归的研究

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    陈酉; 晏晓明; 吴海荣; 荣蓓

    2012-01-01

    及角膜基质间,且同一种羊膜移植方法中羊膜与角膜融合的位置关系可以是以上3种位置关系中的一种或多种同时存在,但差异无统计学意义(H=4.206,P=0.122).结论 羊膜溶解后可存在于角膜组织中,无缝线羊膜移植较传统羊膜移植方法手术时间短、炎症反应轻,在角膜视路病变治疗中具有更广阔的应用前景.%Objective Use three different methods of amniotic membrane transplantation for acute alkaline burn of rat cornea,to investigate the difference on operation time,reabsorption time of amniotic membrane,integration patterns of amniotic membrane into the cornea among the three amniotic membrane transplantation methods.Methods SD rats were randomly assigned into five groups.Group A: simply alkaline burn of cornea; Group B: inlay method; Group C: overlay method; Group D: sutureless method;Group E: normal.Prepared the model of corneal alkaline burn of the right eyes of group A-D rats,performed three different methods of amniotic membrane transplantation on Group B-D rats respectively within 24 hours after alkaline burn.The operation time was recorded.Observed the eyes with slit-lamp microscopy after transplantation,recorded the reabsorption time of amniotic membrane.HE staining and immmunohistochemical staining against human collagen Ⅳ were performed for pathological study.The results were analysed with Image-Pro Plus 6.0 software.The integration patterns of amniotic membrane into the cornea after amniotic membrane reabsorbed were observed.Results ( 1 ) Operation time: Group B was ( 35.500 ± 2.878 )minutes ; Group C was ( 33.375 ± 2.973 ) minutes ; Group D was (9.875 ± 1.246 ) minutes.There was statistical significance between group B and group D ( P < 0.001 ),group C and group D ( P < 0.001 ).There was no statistical significance between group B and group C (P =0.102).(2) Reabsorption time of amniotic membrane: Group B was (16.625 ±3.662) days; Group C was (9.250 ±2.188) days

  10. Regulation of amniotic fluid volume.

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    Beall, M H; van den Wijngaard, J P H M; van Gemert, M J C; Ross, M G

    2007-01-01

    Water arrives in the mammalian gestation from the maternal circulation across the placenta. It then circulates between the fetal water compartments, including the fetal body compartments, the placenta and the amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is created by the flow of fluid from the fetal lung and bladder. A major pathway for amniotic fluid resorption is fetal swallowing; however, in many cases the amounts of fluid produced and absorbed do not balance. A second resorption pathway, the intramembranous pathway (across the amnion to the fetal circulation), has been proposed to explain the maintenance of normal amniotic fluid volume. Amniotic fluid volume is thus a function both of the amount of water transferred to the gestation across the placental membrane, and the flux of water across the amnion. Water flux across biologic membranes may be driven by osmotic or hydrostatic forces; existing data suggest that intramembranous flow in humans is driven by the osmotic difference between the amniotic fluid and the fetal serum. The driving force for placental flow is more controversial, and both forces may be in effect. The mechanism(s) responsible for regulating water flow to and from the amniotic fluid is unknown. In other parts of the body, notably the kidney, water flux is regulated by the expression of aquaporin water channels on the cell membrane. We hypothesize that aquaporins have a role in regulating water flux across both the amnion and the placenta, and present evidence in support of this theory. Current knowledge of gestational water flow is sufficient to allow prediction of fetal outcome when water flow is abnormal, as in twin-twin transfusion syndrome. Further insight into these mechanisms may allow novel treatments for amniotic fluid volume abnormalities with resultant improvement in clinical outcome.

  11. Human amniotic membrane, best healing accelerator, and the choice of bone induction for vestibuloplasty technique (an animal study

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    Ahad Khoshzaban

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Mohammad H Samandari1, Shahriar Adibi2, Ahad Khoshzaban3, Sara Aghazadeh5, Parviz Dihimi4, Siamak S Torbaghan6, Saeed H Keshel5, Zohreh Shahabi71Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry Faculty, 2Dental Research of Torabinejad Research Centre, 3Iranian Tissue Bank Research and Preparation Centre, Imam Khomeini Hospital Complex, 4Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Dentistry Faculty, Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Isfahan, Iran; 5Stem Cells Preparation Unit, Eye Research Center, Farabi Hospital, 6Department of Pathology, Imam Khomeini Medical Centre, 7BMT Center, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, IranObjective: To investigate the effects of amniotic membrane (AM in bone induction and wound healing after vestibuloplasty surgery on animal samples while receptacle proteins such as growth factors were considered as accelerators for wound healing and bone induction after these operations.Material and methods: Ten adult dogs (5 females, 5 males; race, Iranian mixed; weight, 44 pounds were included, which underwent surgery for transplantation on mandible and maxillary. AM was used for promoting bone induction and healing.Results: The tissue samples were obtained after 2, 8, and 12 weeks for histology survey. No significant differences were observed between male and female or left and right jaws. AM decreased fibrinoleukocytic exudates and inflammation in the experimental group, had significant effects on bone formation, considerably improves wound healing, and gives rise to bone induction (P < 0.0001.Conclusions: Our study findings indicate that the AM is a suitable cover for different injuries and acellular AM has the potential for rapid improvement and bone induction. The AM contains collagen, laminin, and fibronectin, which provide an appropriate substrate for bone induction. This substrate promoted bone induction and might contribute to induction of the progenitor cells and/or stem

  12. Membrana amniótica nas cirurgias reconstrutivas da superfície ocular nas ceratoconjuntivites cicatriciais Amniotic membrane for ocular surface reconstruction in cicatricial keratoconjunctivitis

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    José Alvaro Pereira Gomes

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: A membrana amniótica tem se consolidado como útil adjuvante no tratamento de afecções da superfície ocular. Sua utilização baseia-se na capacidade de beneficiar o processo de epitelização, além de reduzir os processos inflamatório, angiogênico e cicatricial. O objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar a utilização da membrana amniótica como adjuvante no tratamento das ceratoconjuntivites cicatriciais. Métodos: A membrana amniótica foi captada a partir de parto cesárea e conservada em meio de preservação de córnea e glicerol 1:1 e conservada à -80ºC. Onze olhos de 10 pacientes portadores de ceratoconjuntivite cicatricial grave foram submetidos à cirurgia reconstrutiva da superfície ocular empregando membrana amniótica associada (8 casos ou não (3 casos a transplante de limbo e conjuntiva. Dos 10 pacientes, 3 tinham diagnóstico de síndrome de Stevens-Johnson (SSJ (4 olhos, 6 queimadura ocular por álcali (6 olhos e 1 trauma mecânico (1 olho. Resultados: O tempo médio de seguimento foi de 5,22 meses (variação entre 2 e 13 meses. Um caso de SSJ apresentou infecção pós-operatória e foi excluído da análise dos resultados. Dos outros 10 casos, obtivemos êxito na reconstrução da superfície ocular em 8 casos (80%. Insucesso foi observado em 2 casos de SSJ que apresentavam necrose de córnea no momento da cirurgia (20%. Em relação à acuidade visual, observamos que todos os pacientes apresentaram melhora ou manutenção da acuidade visual. Conclusões: O uso de membrana amniótica constitui uma opção alternativa de grande utilidade na reconstrução da superfície ocular dos casos graves de ceratoconjuntivites cicatriciais que não estejam apresentando necrose estromal. Estudos com maior casuística e tempo de seguimento são necessários para melhor avaliar esse procedimento.Purpose: Amniotic membrane has been consolidated as an useful adjunct in the treatment of ocular surface disorders. Its use is

  13. On the dielectric relaxation of biological cell suspensions: the effect of the membrane electrical conductivity.

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    Di Biasio, A; Cametti, C

    2011-06-01

    Due to the mismatch of the electrical parameters (the permittivity ϵ' and the electrical conductivity σ) of the membrane of a biological cell with the ones of the cytosol and the extracellular medium, biological cell suspensions are the site, under the influence of an external electric field, of large dielectric relaxations in the radiowave frequency range. However, a point still remains controversial, i.e., whether or not the value of membrane conductivity σ(s) might be extracted from the de-convolution of the dielectric spectra or otherwise if it would be more reasonable to assign to the membrane conductivity a value equal to zero. This point is not to be considered with superficiality since it concerns an a priori choice which ultimately influences the values of the electrical parameters deduced from this technique. As far as this point is concerned, the opinion of the researchers in this field diverges. We believe that, at least within certain limits, the membrane conductivity can be deduced from the shape of the relaxation spectra. We substantiate this thesis with two different examples concerning the first a suspension of human normal erythrocyte cells and the second a suspension of human lymphocyte cells. In both cases, by means of an accurate fitting procedure based on the Levenberg-Marquardt method for complex functions, we can evaluate the membrane conductivity σ(s) with its associated uncertainty. The knowledge of the membrane electrical conductivity will favor the investigation of different ion transport mechanisms across the cell membrane.

  14. 人羊膜在牙种植术中的临床应用研究%Clinical Application of the Human Amniotic Membrane in Dental Implantation

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    汪文丰; 翟幼文; 王鑫; 黄啸林

    2014-01-01

    目的:观察人羊膜联合生物骨粉(Bio-Oss)引导骨再生术应用于牙种植的临床疗效。方法:将32例骨量不足的患者按随机数字表法分为A、B两组各16例。两组植入种植体同时植入Bio-Oss与自体骨的混合物,A组表面覆盖人羊膜,B组表面覆盖金属钛膜。术后1、3、6、12个月通过临床检查及X线检查评价临床疗效。结果:两组植骨区新骨形成均良好,牙槽嵴外形丰满,种植体无松动脱落,均完成了冠修复。长期随访示A组骨吸收量更小,与B组比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。结论:人羊膜及金属钛膜联合引导骨再生术应用于种植区骨量不足的患者均可取得较好的疗效,但人羊膜组效果更佳。%Objective:To observe the clinical curative effect of amniotic membrane combined with Bio-Oss guided bone regeneration in dental implant.Method:32 cases of bone defects were randomly divided into the group A, B for 16 cases. While in the implantation of Bio-Oss and autogenous bone,the group A covered with human amniotic membrane,the group B with titanium membrane. The clinical efficacy after 1,3,6 and 12 months’ treatment were evaluated by clinical examination and X-ray examination.Result:The two groups had a good bone formation in bone graft area,alveolar ridge shape plump,no implant got loosen or missed,and finally the crown were all completed. The long term follow-up showed there was less bone absorption in the group A,and compared with the group B,the difference was statistically significant(P<0.01).Conclusion:Human amniotic membrane and titanium membrane combined with guided bone regeneration technique applied in the planting area of bone deficiency patients can affect well,and human amniotic membrane get a more significant effect than titanium membrane.

  15. Impact and Penetration of Nanoparticle Suspension Drops into Porous Membranes

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    Sahu, Rakesh; Yarin, Alexander; Pourdeyhimi, Behnam

    2014-03-01

    The impacts and dynamic penetration of drops with suspended nanoparticles into porous membranes are studied experimentally and theoretically. This type of penetration is radically different from the wettability-driven imbibition. Two types of membranes are used in the experiments: (i) glass fiber filter membrane (wettable) and (ii) PTFE depth filter (non-wettable). The nanoparticle entrainment and deposition inside the membrane bulk is used to mostly visualize the ultimate penetration fronts of the carrier fluid by observing the cut cross-sections of the filter membranes, albeit also provides an insight into potentially new applications like circuit printing on nonwovens. The experimental results demonstrate that during the dynamic focusing responsible for water penetration into micro- and nanopores, water can penetrate into a non-wettable porous medium (PTFE). Water also penetrates by the same focusing mechanism into the wettable glass fiber membrane, where it additionally spreads on a much longer time scale due to the wettability-driven flow. A theory explaining dynamic penetration of liquid into porous medium after drop impact is proposed. It is used to explain and predict water penetration into the non-wettable media after drop impact, and the results are compared with the experimental data. The work was supported by the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center (NCRC).

  16. Group B streptococcal infection of the choriodecidua induces dysfunction of the cytokeratin network in amniotic epithelium: a pathway to membrane weakening.

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    Jeroen P Vanderhoeven

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Early events leading to intrauterine infection remain poorly defined, but may hold the key to preventing preterm delivery. To determine molecular pathways within fetal membranes (chorioamnion associated with early choriodecidual infection that may progress to preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM, we examined the effects of a Group B Streptococcus (GBS choriodecidual infection on chorioamnion in a nonhuman primate model. Ten chronically catheterized pregnant monkeys (Macaca nemestrina at 118-125 days gestation (term = 172 days received choriodecidual inoculation of either GBS (n = 5 or saline (n = 5. Cesarean section was performed in the first week after GBS or saline inoculation. RNA extracted from chorioamnion (inoculation site was profiled by microarray. Single gene, Gene Set, and Ingenuity Pathway Analysis results were validated using qRT-PCR (chorioamnion, Luminex (amniotic fluid, AF, immunohistochemistry, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. Despite uterine quiescence in most cases, significant elevations of AF cytokines (TNF-α, IL-8, IL-1β, IL-6 were detected in GBS versus controls (p2-fold change, p<0.05. Remarkably, GBS exposure was associated with significantly downregulated expression of multiple cytokeratin (CK and other cytoskeletal genes critical for maintenance of tissue tensile strength. Immunofluorescence revealed highly significant changes in the CK network within amniocytes with dense CK aggregates and retraction from the cell periphery (all p = 0.006. In human pregnancies affected by PPROM, there was further evidence of CK network retraction with significantly shorter amniocyte foot processes (p = 0.002. These results suggest early choriodecidual infection results in decreased cellular membrane integrity and tensile strength via dysfunction of CK networks. Downregulation of CK expression and perturbations in the amniotic epithelial cell intermediate filament network occur after GBS

  17. Tratamento da úlcera corneana experimental com membrana amniótica Experimental corneal ulcer treated with amniotic membrane

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    Eliana Cristina Louza Monteiro

    2000-02-01

    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a evolução da úlcera de córnea experimental tratada com enxerto de membrana amniótica (MA homóloga. Métodos: Foram utilizados 18 coelhos, divididos em dois grupos experimentais: úlcera corneana (G1 e úlcera corneana tratada com enxerto de MA (G2. A ulceração corneana foi induzida na córnea toda, com álcool absoluto e lâmina de bisturi. Os animais foram sacrificados em três momentos experimentais: 7 dias (M1, 15 dias (M2 e 30 dias (M3 após a indução da ulceração. Os defeitos corneanos foram avaliados com fotodocumentação por analisador de imagem Luzex-F e exames histopatológicos, comparando-se os resultados por meio da análise de variância. Resultados: O resultado do exame morfométrico mostrou desepitelização maior em G2 no M1; a opacidade corneana foi mais intensa na área central da córnea, sendo significativamente maior em G1 no M3. Os neovasos corneanos também foram mais intensos em G1. A avaliação histopatológica revelou ulceração epitelial em dois animais de G1 no M2 e em dois de G2 no M1; o edema estromal foi mais intenso em G1, assim como a presença de neovasos. Conclusão: O uso de MA homóloga no tratamento da úlcera corneana experimental não acelerou a cicatrização, porém preveniu o edema estromal e a formação de neovascularização corneana. A cicatrização se mostrou mais deficiente na área central da córnea.Purpose: To evaluate healing of experimental corneal ulcer of rabbit eyes terated with homologous amniotic membrane (AM graft. Methods: 18 rabbits were used and divided into two experimental groups: corneal ulcer (G1 and corneal ulcer treated with AM graft (G2. Corneal ulcer was induced by a total epithelial removal using a scalpel and absolute alcohol. The animals were sacrificed at three experimental moments: 7 days (M1, 15 days (M2 and 30 days (M3 after the induction of the ulceration. Corneal defects were evaluated with image analyzer Luzex-F and histopathologic

  18. Hydroxyapatite ocular prosthesis implants wrapped by human amniotic membrane%羊膜包裹的羟基磷灰石义眼座植入

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    刘文斌; 孙思勤; 温耀春; 万川

    2001-01-01

    Objective To observe the clinical effects of human amniotic membrane as an alternative substrate for wrapping hydroxyapatite ocular prosthesis implants.Methods After enucleation, hydroxyapatite orbital implants wrapped by human amniotic membrane were implanted with four rectus sutured to the implants .Among them, 4 cases were given primary implantation and 3 cases secondary implantation.Results After 8 to 39 week follow-up, it was found that in 6 cases, the eyelids were plump and prosthesis moved well, but one implant was removed because of failure of scleral patch graft for implant exposure.Conclusion The clinical results were satisfactory for ocular prosthesis implantation of hydroxyapatite sphere wrapped by human amniotic membrane, which may be considered as an alternative substrate for ocular prosthesis implants wrapper.%目的观察羊膜包裹的羟基磷灰石义眼座植入的临床效果。方法 7例眼球摘除术后,以库存的人羊膜缝合包裹选定的合适直径的义眼座,后段覆盖羊膜多处开窗后将义眼座植入肌椎内,再通过义眼座前1/3处穿出 4条缝线将 4条直肌缝合固定在义眼座上,然后分层缝合筋膜、结膜。结果追踪观察 8~39 wk,除 1例因局部放疗后眼结膜、筋膜萎缩,义眼座暴露,库存异体巩膜修补失败后,将义眼座取出外,其余 6例外观饱满,义眼活动良好。结论羊膜包裹的羟基磷灰石义眼座效果良好。羊膜可成为新的义眼座包裹物。

  19. 羊水葡萄糖及白介素-6在胎膜早破中的意义%Determination of Amniotic Fluid Glucose and Interleukin 6in Premature Rupture of Membranes

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    陈丽红; 胡继芬; 游彩玲; 马炎辉

    2001-01-01

    Objective To study the relationship between amniotic cavity infection and the content of glucose and interleukin 6(IL 6) in amniotic fluid in premature rupture of membranes(PMOR) group. Methods To chose randomly 70 examples of PMOR patients without pregnant complication in 1994~1999. Leading by Brightness mode of ultrasound, amniotic fluid was obtained by puncturing the amnion through abdomen. Amniotic fluid glucose was determined quantitatively by "Glucose oxidizing enzyme", IL 6 was measured by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay. Results The content of glucose in amniotic fluid decreased obviously while the quantity of IL 6 increased distinctively in the group with PMOR and amniotic cavity infection. When the content of glucose in amniotic fluid was lower than 0.55 mmol/L while the quantity of IL 6 higher than 315 ng/L, the sensitivity of amniotic cavity infection was expected to be 100%, the specificity over 80%. Conclusion In the PMOR group, to determine the content of glucose and IL 6 in amniotic fluid can predict amniotic cavity infection rapidly and conveniently.%目的探讨胎膜早破患者羊水中葡萄糖及白介素 6(IL 6)含量与宫内感染的关系。方法随机选择1994~1999年70例无妊娠并发症的胎膜早破的患者,在B超引导下,经腹行羊膜腔内穿刺,抽取羊水,用葡萄糖氧化酶方法测定羊水中葡萄糖,用酶联免疫方法测定IL 6含量。结果胎膜早破并宫内感染者,羊水葡萄糖含量明显下降,IL 6含量则明显增高,当羊水葡萄糖含量≤0.55 mmol/L,IL 6含量≥315 ng/L时,预测宫内感染的敏感性100%,特异性>80.00%。结论胎膜早破患者,测定羊水葡萄糖及IL 6含量,能早期快速预测宫内感染。

  20. The isolation of plasma membrane from protoplasts of soybean suspension cultures.

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    Galbraith, D W; Northcote, D H

    1977-04-01

    A procedure for the isolation of plasma membranes from protoplasts of suspension-cultured soybean is described. Protoplasts were prepared by enzymic digestion of the cell wall and the plasma membrane was labelled with radioactive diazotized sulphanilic acid. The membrane systems from broken protoplasts were separated by continuous isopycnic sucrose gradient centrifugation. Radioactivity was localized in a band possessing a buoyant density of 1-14 g ml-1. The activities of NADPH- and NADH-cytochrome c reductase, fumarase, Mg2+-ATPase, IDPase and acid phosphodiesterase in the various regions of the density gradient were determined. A plasma membrane fraction was selected which was relatively uncontaminated with membranes derived from endoplasmic reticulum, tonoplasts and mitochondria. The results indicated that Mg2+-ATPase and possibly acid phosphodiesterase were associated with the plasma membrane.

  1. Combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft with amniotic membrane transplantation as a prophylactic surgical procedure to prevent corneal graft rejection after penetrating keratoplasty: case report

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    Paolo Capozzi

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine if the use of combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT is a safe and effective prophylactic surgical procedure to prevent corneal graft after penetrating keratoplasty (PK. Methods. We report the case of a 17 years old patient with a history of congenital glaucoma, trabeculectomy and multiple corneal graft rejections, presenting total limbal cell deficiency. To reduce the possibility of graft rejection in the left eye after a new PK, a two step procedure was performed. At first the patient underwent a combined HLA matched limbal stem cells allograft (LAT and AMT and then, 10 months later, a new PK. Results. During 12 months of follow-up, the corneal graft remained stable and smooth, with no sign of graft rejection. Conclusions. In our patient, the prophylactic use of LAT from HLA-matched donors and AMT before PK, may result in a better prognosis of corneal graft survival.

  2. Membrana amniótica no tratamento dos afinamentos corneais e esclerais Amniotic membrane in the treatment of corneal and scleral thinning

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    Daniella Fairbanks

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Investigar a utilização da membrana amniótica como adjuvante no tratamento e restabelecimento de espessura dos afinamentos córneo-esclerais e epitelização corneal. MÉTODOS: A membrana amniótica foi captada a partir de parto cesáreo e conservada em meio de preservação de córnea e glicerol 1:1 e conservada a -80ºC. Sete olhos de 7 pacientes, sendo 4 portadores de afinamento corneal por afecções neurotróficas (Grupo 1: 2 herpes simples vírus; 1 após transplante de córnea; 1 por radioterapia e 3 portadores de afinamento escleral após exérese de pterígio (Grupo 2: 2 com beta-terapia e 1 sem beta-terapia foram submetidos à cirurgia para restabelecimento da superfície ocular e espessura córneo-escleral empregando membrana amniótica. RESULTADOS: O tempo médio de seguimento foi de 12 meses (variação entre 11 meses e 15 meses. Um caso de úlcera neurotrófica secundária a radioterapia apresentou insucesso. Obtivemos sucesso do restabelecimento da superfície ocular e da espessura nos outros 6 casos. Em relação à acuidade visual, 1 caso obteve melhora e os outros 6 permaneceram inalterados. A média de tempo de epitelização foi de 26,6 ± 5,8 dias para o grupo 1 e 10,6 ± 4,0 dias para o grupo 2. CONCLUSÕES: O uso de membrana amniótica constitui opção alternativa de grande utilidade na reconstrução da superfície ocular dos casos de afinamento córneo-escleral. Estudos com maior casuística e tempo de seguimento são necessários para melhor avaliar esse procedimento.PURPOSE: To evaluate the use of amniotic membrane (AM as an adjunct to the treatment of corneal and scleral thinnings. METHODS: Amniotic membrane was obtained at the time of cesarean section and was preserved at -80ºC in glycerol and cornea culture media at a ratio of 1:1. Seven eyes from 7 patients were divided into Group 1: neurotrophic ulcers secondary to herpes simplex virus keratitis (2 cases, after corneal transplantation (1 case, and

  3. Effect of the Mode of Application of Cryopreserved Human Amniotic Membrane on Adhesion Formation after Abdomino-Pelvic Surgery in a Mouse Model.

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    Nassif, Joseph; Abbasi, Sehrish A; Kechli, Mohamad Karim; Boutary, Suzan S; Ghulmiyyah, Labib; Khalifeh, Ibrahim; Abou Ghaddara, Hussein; Nassar, Anwar H

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    Adhesions after abdomino-pelvic surgery are a cause of morbidity and reoperations. The use of human amniotic membrane (HAM) for adhesion prevention has given controversial results. The mode of administration of the amniotic membrane has not been well studied. This study assessed the efficacy of two modes of application of cryopreserved HAM, patch or fragmented in Lactated Ringer (LR) solution, for the prevention of pelvic adhesion formation postabdomino-pelvic surgery in a mice model. After a midline laparotomy incision, a small cautery lesion was done on each side of the abdominal wall peritoneum in mice. In Group A (control; n = 42), the abdomen was closed directly, Group B (n = 42) received 2.5 ml of LR prior to closure. In Groups C (n = 42) and D (n = 42), a 2 cm × 2 cm patch of HAM and another one fragmented and dispersed in 2.5 ml of LR were applied prior to closure, respectively. Two weeks later, a laparotomy was performed, and gross and pathological evaluation of adhesions, fibrosis, angiogenesis, and inflammation were conducted. Group D exhibited a significantly lower rate of gross adhesion formation. Fibrosis was significantly lowest in Group C as compared to the control. Group B had the lowest vascular formation in the adhesions. The use of HAM fragmented in LR solution is associated with a significantly lower incidence of postoperative adhesions in mice when compared to LR alone, HAM patch, or control. The mechanism of action of this reduction needs to be elucidated by future studies.

  4. Optimization of the flux values in multichannel ceramic membrane microfiltration of Baker`s yeast suspension

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    Milović Nemanja R.

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    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to estimate the effects of the operating parameters on the baker's yeast microfiltration through multichannel ceramic membrane. The selected parameters were transmembrane pressure, suspension feed flow, and initial suspension concentration. In order to investigate the influence and interaction effects of these parameters on the microfiltration operation, two responses have been chosen: average permeate flux and flux decline. The Box-Behnken experimental design and response surface methodology was used for result processing and process optimization. According to the obtained results, the most important parameter influencing permeate flux during microfiltration is the initial suspension concentration. The maximum average flux value was achieved at an initial concentration of 0.1 g/L, pressure around 1.25 bars and a flow rate at 16 L/h. [Projekat Ministarstva nauke Republike Srbije, br. TR 31002

  5. The effects of acellular amniotic membrane matrix on osteogenic differentiation and ERK1/2 signaling in human dental apical papilla cells.

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    Chen, Yi-Jane; Chung, Min-Chun; Jane Yao, Chung-Chen; Huang, Chien-Hsun; Chang, Hao-Hueng; Jeng, Jiiang-Huei; Young, Tai-Horng

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    The amniotic membrane (AM) has been widely used in the field of tissue engineering because of the favorable biological properties for scaffolding material. However, little is known about the effects of an acellular AM matrix on the osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells. In this study, it was found that both basement membrane side and collagenous stroma side of the acellular AM matrix were capable of providing a preferential environment for driving the osteogenic differentiation of human dental apical papilla cells (APCs) with proven stem cell characteristics. Acellular AM matrix potentiated the induction effect of osteogenic supplements (OS) such as ascorbic acid, β-glycerophosphate, and dexamethasone and enhanced the osteogenic differentiation of APCs, as seen by increased core-binding factor alpha 1 (Cbfa-1) phosphorylation, alkaline phosphatase activity, mRNA expression of osteogenic marker genes, and mineralized matrix deposition. Even in the absence of soluble OS, acellular AM matrix also could exert the substrate-induced effect on initiating APCs' differentiation. Especially, the collagenous stroma side was more effective than the basement membrane side. Moreover, the AM-induced effect was significantly inhibited by U0126, an inhibitor of extracellular signaling-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) signaling. Taken together, the osteogenic differentiation promoting effect on APCs is AM-specific, which provides potential applications of acellular AM matrix in bone/tooth tissue engineering.

  6. Statistical mechanics of a colloidal suspension in contact with a fluctuating membrane.

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    Bickel, T; Benhamou, M; Kaïdi, H

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    Surface effects are generally prevailing in confined colloidal systems. Here we report on dispersed nanoparticles close to a fluid membrane. Exact results regarding the static organization are derived for a dilute solution of nonadhesive colloids. It is shown that thermal fluctuations of the membrane broaden the density profile, but on average colloids are neither accumulated nor depleted near the surface. The radial correlation function is also evaluated, from which we obtain the effective pair potential between colloids. This entropically driven interaction shares many similarities with the familiar depletion interaction. It is shown to be always attractive with range controlled by the membrane correlation length. The depth of the potential well is comparable to the thermal energy, but depends only indirectly upon membrane rigidity. Consequences for the stability of the suspension are also discussed.

  7. Amniotic fluid (image)

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    Amniotic fluid surrounds the growing fetus in the womb and protects the fetus from injury and temperature changes. ... of fetal movement and permits musculoskeletal development. The amniotic fluid can be withdrawn in a procedure called amniocentsis ...

  8. Amniotic Fluid Analysis

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    ... page: Was this page helpful? Also known as: Amniocentesis; Amnio; Culture - amniotic fluid; Culture - amniotic cells; Fetal ... Back to top When is it ordered? While amniocentesis is safe and has been performed for many ...

  9. 拔牙创使用人羊膜的临床研究%Clinical Application of the Human Amniotic Membrane in Tooth Extraction Wound

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    翟幼文; 汪文丰; 黄啸林; 梁向新; 王鑫

    2015-01-01

    目的:观察人羊膜植入临床拔牙创后对牙槽骨愈合的影响.方法:选用来本院需拔除双侧下颌第二前磨牙正畸治疗的患者20例,右侧拔牙创植入人羊膜作为试验组,左侧拔牙创作为空白对照.术后1、2、3个月拍口腔全景片,观察新骨形成情况及牙槽嵴吸收评价拔牙创愈合情况.结果:术后1周牙龈愈合及术后1、2、3个月拔牙创新骨形成量试验组优于对照组,术后1、2、3个月牙槽嵴吸收高度试验组均明显低于对照组(P0.01).结论:临床拔牙创植入人羊膜能促进拔牙创的早期愈合,保存牙槽嵴高度.%Objective:To observe the effect of human amniotic membrane planted in tooth extraction wound in the knitting of alveolar bone.Method:20 patients who need to extract the two lower second premolars because of orthodontic treatment in our department were chosen. The right side were considered as the experimental group with the human amniotic membrane implanted in tooth extraction wound, and the left as blank control group. Then the condition of knitting after tooth extraction and the absorption of alveolar bone were observed by taking oral panoramic pieces respectively in the first,second and third months,to evaluate the knitting of the tooth extraction wound.Result:The healing of the gingiva in the experimental group was better than in the control group one week after the operation.The same happened in the new bone formation in the tooth extraction wound.The height of alveolar ridge absorbed in experimental group were significantly lower than control group in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd month(P0.01).Conclusion:Human amnion can promote the healing of tooth extraction wound in early days and keep the height of alveolar ridge.

  10. 羊膜移植术在眼外伤中的临床应用探讨%Clinical Application of Amniotic Membrane Transplantation in Eye Trauma

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    陈世沛

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To investigate clinical application of amniotic membrane transplantation in eye trauma.Method:From September 2009 to September 2011,60 patients with ocular trauma were treated in our hospital,In all of the patients 18,cases with fungal corneal ulcer (clear trauma history),20 cases with traumatic corneal perforation,and 22 cases with severe alkali burns patients.Medical attendants carefully observe the clinical efficacy,including repair of the cornea,post-operative visual acuity and corneal neovascularization vascular growth after keratoplasty.Result:Of the 60 patients,45 cases cured,while 10 cases improved,only 5 cases invalid.Follow up the cases which improved or cured after surgery by regular visits of six months to a year,and there's no abnormal symptoms and all cured.Conclusion:Amniotic membrane transplantation in the treatment of eye trauma is not only efficacy,but also less damage to the eye.It is an effective method fo ocular trauma treatment.%目的:探讨羊膜移植术在外伤中的临床应用.方法:我院自2008年9月至201 1年9月,共收治了眼外伤患者60例,其中真菌性角膜溃疡患者(有明确的外伤史)18例,外伤性角膜穿孔患者20例,重度碱烧伤患者22例.在对其进行了角膜移植术治疗后,医护人员认真地观察了患者的临床疗效,包括角膜的修复情况、手术后的视力以及角膜新生的血管的生长情况.结果:本组60例患者在术后,治愈的达45例,好转的10例,无效的仅为5例.并且再度对好转和治愈的患者实施手术后,随访了半年至一年,均治愈并且没有再出现什么异常症状.结论:羊膜移植术在治疗外伤时,疗效显著,对眼部的损害小,是治疗眼外伤行之有效的方法.

  11. Hair Follicle Morphogenesis in the Treatment of Mouse Full-Thickness Skin Defects Using Composite Human Acellular Amniotic Membrane and Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Minjuan, Wu; Jun, Xiong; Shiyun, Shao; Sha, Xu; Haitao, Ni

    2016-01-01

    Early repair of skin injury and maximal restoration of the function and appearance have become important targets of clinical treatment. In the present study, we observed the healing process of skin defects in nude mice and structural characteristics of the new skin after transplantation of isolated and cultured adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs) onto the human acellular amniotic membrane (AAM). The result showed that ADMSCs were closely attached to the surface of AAM and grew well 24 h after seeding. Comparison of the wound healing rate at days 7, 14, and 28 after transplantation showed that ADMSCs seeded on AAM facilitated the healing of full-thickness skin wounds more effectively as compared with either hAM or AAM alone, indicating that ADMSCs participated in skin regeneration. More importantly, we noticed a phenomenon of hair follicle development during the process of skin repair. Composite ADMSCs and AAM not only promoted the healing of the mouse full-thickness defects but also facilitated generation of the appendages of the affected skin, thus promoting restoration of the skin function. Our results provide a new possible therapy idea for the treatment of skin wounds with respect to both anatomical regeneration and functional restoration. PMID:27597871

  12. Excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay for recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis: A retrospective comparative clinical data analysis

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    Chen, Yingxin; Gao, Minghong; Duncan, Joshua K.; Ran, Di; Roe, Denise J.; Belin, Michael W.; Wang, Mingwu

    2016-01-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel surgical intervention, excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay (EKCAI), for the treatment of recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who underwent excisional keratectomy combined with conjunctival flap inlay (EKCFI), EKCAI or therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK) from January 2006 to January 2011. Recalcitrance was determined as being unresponsive to standard medical antifungal therapy for at ≥1 week. Outcome measures among the three intervention modalities were compared. A total of 128 patients had a follow-up of ≥1 year after the primary intervention. The success rates of interventions at 1-year follow-up were 58.33% in the EKCFI group, 88.37% in the EKCAI group and 93.44% in the TPK group (P<0.0002). The preoperative visual acuity of the three groups were similar (P=0.6458), while the postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of patients without recurrence was significantly different among the three groups 3 months after surgery. The best postoperative BCVA was found in the TPK group, while the worst was in the EKCFI group. In conclusion, EKCAI does not require donor cornea, is straightforward surgically, and has a favorable success rate compared with EKCFI. PMID:27882109

  13. Hair Follicle Morphogenesis in the Treatment of Mouse Full-Thickness Skin Defects Using Composite Human Acellular Amniotic Membrane and Adipose Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells

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    Wu Minjuan

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Early repair of skin injury and maximal restoration of the function and appearance have become important targets of clinical treatment. In the present study, we observed the healing process of skin defects in nude mice and structural characteristics of the new skin after transplantation of isolated and cultured adipose derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADMSCs onto the human acellular amniotic membrane (AAM. The result showed that ADMSCs were closely attached to the surface of AAM and grew well 24 h after seeding. Comparison of the wound healing rate at days 7, 14, and 28 after transplantation showed that ADMSCs seeded on AAM facilitated the healing of full-thickness skin wounds more effectively as compared with either hAM or AAM alone, indicating that ADMSCs participated in skin regeneration. More importantly, we noticed a phenomenon of hair follicle development during the process of skin repair. Composite ADMSCs and AAM not only promoted the healing of the mouse full-thickness defects but also facilitated generation of the appendages of the affected skin, thus promoting restoration of the skin function. Our results provide a new possible therapy idea for the treatment of skin wounds with respect to both anatomical regeneration and functional restoration.

  14. Excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay for recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis: A retrospective comparative clinical data analysis.

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    Chen, Yingxin; Gao, Minghong; Duncan, Joshua K; Ran, Di; Roe, Denise J; Belin, Michael W; Wang, Mingwu

    2016-11-01

    The aim of the present study was to investigate the efficacy of a novel surgical intervention, excisional keratectomy combined with focal cryotherapy and amniotic membrane inlay (EKCAI), for the treatment of recalcitrant filamentary fungal keratitis. A retrospective analysis was performed of patients who underwent excisional keratectomy combined with conjunctival flap inlay (EKCFI), EKCAI or therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK) from January 2006 to January 2011. Recalcitrance was determined as being unresponsive to standard medical antifungal therapy for at ≥1 week. Outcome measures among the three intervention modalities were compared. A total of 128 patients had a follow-up of ≥1 year after the primary intervention. The success rates of interventions at 1-year follow-up were 58.33% in the EKCFI group, 88.37% in the EKCAI group and 93.44% in the TPK group (P<0.0002). The preoperative visual acuity of the three groups were similar (P=0.6458), while the postoperative best-corrected visual acuity (BCVA) of patients without recurrence was significantly different among the three groups 3 months after surgery. The best postoperative BCVA was found in the TPK group, while the worst was in the EKCFI group. In conclusion, EKCAI does not require donor cornea, is straightforward surgically, and has a favorable success rate compared with EKCFI.

  15. EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON HUMAN AMNIOTIC MEMBRANE FOR REPAIRING TENDON SHEATH DEFECT%人羊膜修复腱鞘缺损的实验研究

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    高鸣; 赵红芳; 田德虎; 于昆仑; 白江博; 董瑞一; 张国辉

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨人羊膜修复鸡足趾腱鞘缺损后防止肌腱粘连的可行性和有效性.方法 取行剖腹产术产妇自愿捐赠的胎盘,制备大小为1.5 cm×1.0 cm的羊膜片.3~6月龄健康雄性来亨鸡40只,体重(1.86±0.04)kg,取双足第3趾制备肌腱、腱鞘损伤模型.“8”字缝合修复肌腱后,右足采用羊膜片修复缺损腱鞘(A组),左足缺损腱鞘不作处理(B组).术后1、2、4、6周各取10只实验动物行大体及组织学观察,并按照Tang等肌腱粘连大体观察分级标准进行分级,生物力学试验测定肌腱滑移度及总屈趾角度.结果 术后实验动物均存活至实验完成,切口均愈合良好.随术后时间延长,大体及组织学观察显示两组均有假鞘(新生腱鞘)形成,但A组假鞘较B组成熟、光滑.术后1、6周A组肌腱粘连分级均明显优于B组,差异有统计学意义(P< 0.05).生物力学试验测定示,术后1、2周两组肌腱滑移度比较,差异均无统计学意义(P> 0.05),4、6周时A组肌腱滑移度均较B组长(P<0.05).术后1、2、4、6周A组总屈趾角度均小于B组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).结论 采用人羊膜修复鸡腱鞘缺损能有效预防肌腱粘连,利于肌腱滑动功能的恢复.%Objective To investigate the feasibility and effect of human amniotic membrane in prevention of tendon adhension after tendon sheat defect repair. Methods The amniotic membrane in size of 1.5 cm × 1.0 cm was harvested from human placenta which was voluntary donated from maternal after cesarean. Forty healthy male Leghorn chicken (aged 3-6 months) were selected, weighing (1.86 ± 0.04) kg. The model of flexor digitorum profundus tendon and tendon sheath defects was established at the third toe. After repair of the flexor digitorum profundus tendon, the human amniotic membrane was used to repair the tendon sheath defect in the right foot (group A), but tendon sheath defect was not repaired in the left foot (group B) . At 1, 2, 4

  16. Inhibitor of intramembranous absorption in ovine amniotic fluid.

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    Brace, Robert A; Cheung, Cecilia Y; Anderson, Debra F

    2014-02-01

    Intramembranous absorption increases during intra-amniotic infusion of physiological saline solutions. The increase may be due partly to the concomitant elevation in fetal urine production as fetal urine contains a stimulator of intramembranous absorption. In this study, we hypothesized that the increase in intramembranous absorption during intra-amniotic infusion is due, in part, to dilution of a nonrenal inhibitor of intramembranous absorption that is present in amniotic fluid. In late-gestation fetal sheep, amniotic fluid volume and the four primary amniotic inflows and outflows were determined over 2-day intervals under three conditions: 1) control conditions when fetal urine entered the amniotic sac, 2) during intra-amniotic infusion of 2 l/day of lactated Ringer solution when urine entered the amniotic sac, and 3) during the same intra-amniotic infusion when fetal urine was continuously replaced with lactated Ringer solution. Amniotic fluid volume, fetal urine production, swallowed volume, and intramembranous absorption rate increased during the infusions independent of fetal urine entry into the amniotic sac or its replacement. Lung liquid secretion rate was unchanged during infusion. Because fetal membrane stretch has been shown not to be involved and because urine replacement did not alter the response, we conclude that the increase in intramembranous absorption that occurs during intra-amniotic infusions is due primarily to dilution of a nonrenal inhibitor of intramembranous absorption that is normally present in amniotic fluid. This result combined with our previous study suggests that a nonrenal inhibitor(s) together with a renal stimulator(s) interact to regulate intramembranous absorption rate and, hence, amniotic fluid volume.

  17. Does reduction of amniotic fluid affect fetal movements?

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    Sival, D A; Visser, G H; Prechtl, H F

    1990-01-01

    The effect of the amount of amniotic fluid on the form of fetal general movements was studied longitudinally in 19 pregnancies complicated by premature rupture of the amniotic membranes (PROM). Before birth, general movements were studied weekly by means of 1-h ultrasound observations, performed und

  18. Decellularized human amniotic membrane: more is needed for an efficient dressing for protection of burns against antibiotic-resistant bacteria isolated from burn patients.

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    Gholipourmalekabadi, M; Bandehpour, M; Mozafari, M; Hashemi, A; Ghanbarian, H; Sameni, M; Salimi, M; Gholami, M; Samadikuchaksaraei, A

    2015-11-01

    Human amniotic membranes (HAMs) have attracted the attention of burn surgeons for decades due to favorable properties such as their antibacterial activity and promising support of cell proliferation. On the other hand, as a major implication in the health of burn patients, the prevalence of bacteria resistant to multiple antibiotics is increasing due to overuse of antibiotics. The aim of this study was to investigate whether HAMs (both fresh and acellular) are an effective antibacterial agent against antibiotic-resistant bacteria isolated from burn patients. Therefore, a HAM was decellularized and tested for its antibacterial activity. Decellularization of the tissue was confirmed by hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) and 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) staining. In addition, the cyto-biocompatibility of the acellular HAM was proven by the cell viability test (3-(4,5-dimethyl-2-thiazolyl)-2,5-diphenyl-2H-tetrazolium bromide, MTT) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The resistant bacteria were isolated from burns, identified, and tested for their susceptibility to antibiotics using both the antibiogram and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques. Among the isolated bacteria, three blaIMP gene-positive Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains were chosen for their high resistance to the tested antibiotics. The antibacterial activity of the HAM was also tested for Klebsiella pneumoniae (American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) 700603) as a resistant ATCC bacterium; Staphylococcus aureus (mecA positive); and three standard strains of ATCC bacteria including Escherichia coli (ATCC 25922), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (ATCC 27833), and S. aureus (ATCC 25923). Antibacterial assay revealed that only the latter three bacteria were susceptible to the HAM. All the data obtained from this study suggest that an alternative strategy is required to complement HAM grafting in order to fully protect burns from nosocomial infections.

  19. Heavy Chain-Hyaluronan/Pentraxin 3 from Amniotic Membrane Suppresses Inflammation and Scarring in Murine Lacrimal Gland and Conjunctiva of Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease

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    Ogawa, Yoko; He, Hua; Mukai, Shin; Imada, Toshihiro; Nakamura, Shigeru; Su, Chen-Wei; Mahabole, Megha; Tseng, Scheffer C. G.; Tsubota, Kazuo

    2017-01-01

    Chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) is a major complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Dry eye disease is the prominent ocular sequel of cGVHD and is caused by excessive inflammation and fibrosis in the lacrimal glands. Heavy chain-Hyaluronan/Pentraxin 3 (HC-HA/PTX3) is a complex purified from human amniotic membrane (AM) and known to exert anti-inflammatory and anti-scarring actions. In this study, we utilized a mouse model of cGVHD to examine whether HC-HA/PTX3 could attenuate dry eye disease elicited by cGVHD. Our results indicated that subconjunctival and subcutaneous injection of HC-HA/PTX3 preserved tear secretion and conjunctival goblet cell density and mitigated inflammation and scarring of the conjunctiva. Such therapeutic benefits were associated with suppression of scarring and infiltration of inflammatory/immune cells in the lacrimal glands. Furthermore, HC-HA/PTX3 significantly reduced the extent of infiltration of CD45+ CD4+ IL-17+ cells, CD45+ CD34+ collagen I+ CXCR4+ fibrocytes, and HSP47+ activated fibroblasts that were accompanied by upregulation of collagen type Iα1, collagen type IIIα1 and NF-kB in lacrimal glands. Collectively, these pre-clinical data help prove the concept that subcutaneous and subconjunctival injection of HC-HA/PTX3 is a novel approach to prevent dry eye disease caused by cGVHD and allow us to test its safety and efficacy in future human clinical trials. PMID:28165063

  20. Experimental Study of Membrane Fouling during Crossflow Microfiltration of Yeast and Bacteria Suspensions: Towards an Analysis at the Microscopic Level.

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    Hassan, Ines Ben; Ennouri, Monia; Lafforgue, Christine; Schmitz, Philippe; Ayadi, Abdelmoneim

    2013-05-10

    Microfiltration of model cell suspensions combining macroscopic and microscopic approaches was studied in order to better understand microbial membrane fouling mechanisms. The respective impact of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast and Escherichia coli bacteria on crossflow microfiltration performances was investigated using a multichannel ceramic 0.2 µm membrane. Pure yeast suspensions (5 µm ovoid cells) and mixtures of yeast and bacteria (1 to 2.5 µm rod shape cells) were considered in order to analyse the effect of interaction between these two microorganisms on fouling reversibility. The resistances varied significantly with the concentration and characteristics of the microorganisms. Membrane fouling with pure yeast suspension was mainly reversible. For yeast and bacteria mixed suspensions (6 g L-1 yeast concentration) the increase in bacteria from 0.15 to 0.30 g L-1 increased the percentage of normalized reversible resistance. At 10 g L-1 yeast concentration, the addition of bacteria tends to increase the percentage of normalized irreversible resistance. For the objective of performing local analysis of fouling, an original filtration chamber allowing direct in situ observation of the cake by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) was designed, developed and validated. This device will be used in future studies to characterize cake structure at the microscopic scale.

  1. Experimental Study of Membrane Fouling during Crossflow Microfiltration of Yeast and Bacteria Suspensions: Towards an Analysis at the Microscopic Level

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    Full Text Available Microfiltration of model cell suspensions combining macroscopic and microscopic approaches was studied in order to better understand microbial membrane fouling mechanisms. The respective impact of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast and Escherichia coli bacteria on crossflow microfiltration performances was investigated using a multichannel ceramic 0.2 µm membrane. Pure yeast suspensions (5 µm ovoid cells and mixtures of yeast and bacteria (1 to 2.5 µm rod shape cells were considered in order to analyse the effect of interaction between these two microorganisms on fouling reversibility. The resistances varied significantly with the concentration and characteristics of the microorganisms. Membrane fouling with pure yeast suspension was mainly reversible. For yeast and bacteria mixed suspensions (6 g L−1 yeast concentration the increase in bacteria from 0.15 to 0.30 g L−1 increased the percentage of normalized reversible resistance. At 10 g L−1 yeast concentration, the addition of bacteria tends to increase the percentage of normalized irreversible resistance. For the objective of performing local analysis of fouling, an original filtration chamber allowing direct in situ observation of the cake by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM was designed, developed and validated. This device will be used in future studies to characterize cake structure at the microscopic scale.

  2. A Solvent-Free Surface Suspension Melt Technique for Making Biodegradable PCL Membrane Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering Applications.

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    Suntornnond, Ratima; An, Jia; Tijore, Ajay; Leong, Kah Fai; Chua, Chee Kai; Tan, Lay Poh

    2016-03-21

    In tissue engineering, there is limited availability of a simple, fast and solvent-free process for fabricating micro-porous thin membrane scaffolds. This paper presents the first report of a novel surface suspension melt technique to fabricate a micro-porous thin membrane scaffolds without using any organic solvent. Briefly, a layer of polycaprolactone (PCL) particles is directly spread on top of water in the form of a suspension. After that, with the use of heat, the powder layer is transformed into a melted layer, and following cooling, a thin membrane is obtained. Two different sizes of PCL powder particles (100 µm and 500 µm) are used. Results show that membranes made from 100 µm powders have lower thickness, smaller pore size, smoother surface, higher value of stiffness but lower ultimate tensile load compared to membranes made from 500 µm powder. C2C12 cell culture results indicate that the membrane supports cell growth and differentiation. Thus, this novel membrane generation method holds great promise for tissue engineering.

  3. Multilayer amniotic membrane plugging for the treatment of small corneal perforation associated with ulceration%多层羊膜填塞治疗微小角膜溃疡穿孔

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    周雄; 曾波

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the efficacy, safety and limitation of multilayer amniotic membrane plugging for small corneal perforation associated with ulceration. Methods 12 cases ( 12 eyes ) of small corneal perforation secondary to ulceration were treated by amniotic membrane plugging including 6 cases of bacterial keratitis,2 cases of virus keratitis and 4 cases of fungal keratitis. The size of the perforation was 0. 5 ~ 3. 0 mm in diameter. The necrotic tissues were removed and the multilayer amniotic membrane was applied to tamp the perforation and another big amniotic membrane was covered on the surface of the entire cornea. Postoperative medication was continued to treat the original diseases. All patients were followed up for 6~24 months and the reformation of the anterior chamber,recovery of the ulcer,corneal thickness and complications were observed. Results The anterior chamber was reformed at the first day postoperatively and was kept in normal depth in the follow-up time with perforation area being closed tightly. Between postoperative 40 ~ 60 days, the ulcer was recovered with scar and the surface of the ulcer was covered with corneal epithelium, whose thickness was normal. The vision of all patients was improved with different degrees. During the follow-up, no case of recurrence or severe complication was noticed. Conclusion Multilayer amniotic membrane plugging is safe and effective in the treatment of small corneal perforation associated with ulceration, but the ulcer was healed with scar.%目的 观察多层羊膜填塞治疗微小角膜溃疡穿孔的临床效果,了解其有效性、安全性和局限性.方法 对12例12眼角膜溃疡继发微小穿孔(穿孔直径0.5~3.0 mm)患者采用多层羊膜填塞治疗.其中细菌性6例、病毒性2例、真菌性4例.清除溃疡处坏死组织,用多层羊膜填塞穿孔,其表层羊膜间断或连续缝合固定于浅层角膜上,单层羊膜再次覆盖于整个角膜表面,连续或间断缝

  4. Visfatin/Pre-B Cell Colony-Enhancing Factor in Amniotic Fluid in Normal Pregnancy, Spontaneous Labor at Term, Preterm Labor and Prelabor Rupture of Membranes: an Association with Subclinical Intrauterine Infection in Preterm Parturition

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    Mazaki-Tovi, Shali; Romero, Roberto; Kusanovic, Juan Pedro; Erez, Offer; Gotsch, Francesca; Mittal, Pooja; Than, Nandor Gabor; Nhan-Chang, Chia-lang; Hamill, Neil; Vaisbuch, Edi; Chaiworapongsa, Tinnakorn; Edwin, Samuel S.; Nien, Jyh Kae; Gomez, Ricardo; Espinoza, Jimmy; Kendal-Wright, Claire; Hassan, Sonia S.; Bryant-Greenwood, Gillian

    2008-01-01

    Objective Visfatin, a novel adipokine originally discovered as a pre-B-cell colony enhancing factor, is expressed by amniotic epithelium, cytotrophoblast, and decidua and is over-expressed when fetal membranes are exposed to mechanical stress and/or pro-inflammatory stimuli. Visfatin expression by fetal membranes is dramatically up-regulated after normal spontaneous labor. The aims of this study were to determine if visfatin is detectable in amniotic fluid (AF) and whether its concentration changes with gestational age, spontaneous labor, preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (preterm PROM) and in the presence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC). Methods In this cross-sectional study, visfatin concentration in AF was determined in patients in the following groups: 1) mid-trimester (n=75); 2) term not in labor (n=27); 3) term in spontaneous labor (n=51); 4) patients with preterm labor with intact membranes (PTL) without MIAC who delivered at term (n=35); 5) patients with PTL without MIAC who delivered preterm (n=52); 6) patients with PTL with MIAC (n=25); 7) women with preterm PROM without MIAC (n=26); and 8) women with preterm PROM with MIAC (n=26). Non-parametric statistics were used for analysis. Results 1) The median AF concentration of visfatin was significantly higher in patients at term than in midtrimester; 2) Among women with PTL who delivered preterm, the median visfatin concentration was significantly higher in patients with MIAC than those without MIAC; 3) Similarly, patients with PTL and MIAC had a higher median AF visfatin concentration than those with PTL who delivered at term; 4) Among women with preterm PROM, the median AF visfatin concentration was significantly higher in patients with MIAC than those without MIAC. Conclusions 1) Visfatin is a physiologic constituent of AF; 2) The concentration of AF visfatin increases with advancing gestational age; 3) AF visfatin concentration is elevated in patients with MIAC, regardless of the

  5. Amniotic Fluid Embolism

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    ... oxygen can cause permanent, severe neurological damage or brain death. Lengthy hospital stay. Women who survive an amniotic ... Infant death. Your baby is at risk of brain injury or death. Prompt evaluation and delivery of your baby improves ...

  6. Correlation analysis of outcome of pregnancy according to the residual amount of amniot-ic fluid after full-term premature rupture of fetal membranes%足月胎膜早破残余羊水量对妊娠结局的影响

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    石海霞; 杭木兰

    2015-01-01

    difference(P<0.05). The intrauterine infection rate, the incidence of neonatal disease, the meconium stained amniotic fluid rate and the incidence of fetal distress in Group C were higher than in Group A, with statistically significant difference(P<0.05).The othercomparisonsbetween groups showed no significant difference.From the Logistic regression analysis results of the risk factors on maternal intrauterine infec-tion rate and neonatal morbidity, it was known that the residual amount of amniotic fluid, the time of membranes ruptured till delivery and the meconium stained amniotic fluid were the main factors influencing the maternal intrauterine infection rate and neonatal morbidi-ty.Conclusions The residual amount of amniotic fluid after full-term premature rupture of fetal membranes closely relates to the preg-nancy outcome.The less the residual amount of amniotic fluid, the more seriousthe threat of maternal and infant health.

  7. Processo de reparação de lesões da córnea e a membrana amniótica na oftalmologia Repair process of corneal damage and the amniotic membrane in ophthalmology

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    Kelly Cristine de Sousa Pontes

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Os eventos que fazem parte do processo de reparação de lesões da córnea ocorrem simultaneamente e envolvem proliferação, migração, diferenciação e apoptose celular, além da comunicação intercelular. Vários fatores solúveis, além de proteínas da matriz mesenquimal, proteoglicanos, enzimas proteolíticas e alguns tipos celulares são abordados nesta revisão, na qual explicam-se os processos de reparação de lesões superficiais ou penetrantes da córnea. A membrana amniótica, muito utilizada na cirurgia oftálmica, foi estudada por apresentar funções que colaboram com o processo de reparação. Entretanto, tais funções poderão ser perdidas quando tal tecido for submetido à conservação. Assim, torna-se importante conhecer o processo de reparação de lesões que envolvem, ou não, a córnea em toda a sua espessura e escolher a melhor forma de utilização da membrana amniótica quando ela for indicada na terapia para estas lesões.The events included in the process of repair of corneal damage occur simultaneously and involve proliferation, migration, differentiation, cell apoptosis and intercellular communication. Several soluble factors, mesenchymal matrix proteins, proteoglycans, proteolytic enzymes and some cell types are covered in this review, which explains the processes of repair of corneal wounds, either superficial or penetrating. The amniotic membrane, used in ophthalmic surgery, was studied because of the contribution of its functions to the repair process. However, these functions may be lost when the amniotic membrane is subjected to conservation. Therefore, it is important to understand the repair process of lesions involving or not the entire thickness of the cornea, and choose the best use of the amniotic membrane, when it is indicated for the treatment of these lesions.

  8. 双层羊膜移植治疗蚕蚀性角膜溃疡的显微技术探讨%Microtechnique of bilayer amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment of Mooren's ulcer

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    肖璇; 赵靖; 王殿强; 谢立信

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the mierotechnique of bilayer amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment of Mooren's ulcer and evaluate the efficacy. Methods Six patients (6 eyes) with Mooren's ulcer were recruited for this study. After medical treatment or lameilar keratoplasty failed to arrest progress of corneal ulcer, bilayer amniotic membrane transplantation was performed for the treatment. We investigated the integrity of corneal epithelium, the healing of corneal ulcer, the improvement of stromal edema, the atrophy of neovessels, the transformation of amniotic membrane and the occurrence of relapse. Results All patients were followed up for 24-34 months (mean 30 months). In all cases, superficial anmiotic membrane dissolved or shed on postoperative day 7-11, disconnecting now. Corneal ulcer healed within 7-15 days postoperatively. In 5 eyes, corneal stromal edema faded away within 2-3 weeks. Corneal neovessels regressed within 2-3 months. The deeper grafts were adhered into the ulcer and fused with the cornea 3 months after the operation. Corneal transparence or macula was achieved within 5-8 months. No recurrence of Moorcn's ulcer was oc-curred in 4 patients during the follow-up period, while 2 eyes relapsed for the exposure of sutures and not re-moving the stitches timely, which had been treated with lamellar keratoplasty and no recurrence again during the follow-up period. Conclusion Bilayer amniotic membrane transplantation has advantages for Mooren's ulcer treatment. Mastering the microsurgical techniques and removing the stitches timely are the key to the success of surgery. It also provides good conditions for the further conduct of keratoplasty.%目的 探讨双层羊膜移植术治疗蚕蚀性角膜溃疡的显微手术要领及临床疗效.方法 对经药物及(或)板层角膜移植术治疗无效或复发的蚕蚀性角膜溃疡6例(6眼),行双层羊膜移植术,观察术后角膜上皮及溃疡的愈合、基质水肿消退、新生血管萎缩

  9. Effectiveness of amniotic membrane transplantation combined with mitomycin C in the treatment of pterygium: a meta-analysis%羊膜移植联合丝裂霉素C治疗翼状胬肉的Meta分析

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    宋寅伟; 于爱华; 蔡小军

    2010-01-01

    目的:比较羊膜移植联合丝裂霉素C(mitomycin C,MMC)与羊膜移植在翼状胬肉治疗中的有效性和安全性.方法:我们进行Meta分析进行比较.计算机扩大检索Cochrane图书馆,MEDLINE,EMBASE,CBMdisc,CNKI.等数据库获得数据.通过Cochrane协作网提供的RevMan4.2软件进行数据统计分析.结果:羊膜移植联合MMC显著降低了翼状胬肉的复发率.但是否会增加术后的并发症仍需更多的临床试验证实.入选的6项临床试验均报道了翼状胬肉术后的复发率,包括882眼,3项临床试验报道了术后并发症情况.Meta分析的结果显示羊膜移植联合MMC组复发率为5.41%,只进行羊膜移植组复发率为16.89%,相对危险度为0.32,95%可信区间为0.19-0.56,Z值为4.06,P<0.001.2项研究报道了术后早期点状角膜炎的发生情况,羊膜移植联合MMC组与羊膜移植组的发病率分别为17.14%和0.00%,相对危险度为12.11,95%可信区间为1.62-90.76.结论:与羊膜移植相比,羊膜移植联合MMC联合治疗翼状胬肉显著降低了术后复发率.%·AIM: To evaluate the recurrence rate and safety of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) augmented with mitomycin C (MMC) compared with amniotic membrane transplantation alone during the pterygium excision.·METHODS: We took a meta-analysis on this program.Pertinent studies were selected through extensive searches of the Cochrane Library, MEDLINE, EMBASE,CBMdisc, CNKI. Pooled estimates were carried out in RevMan software V4.2.·RESULTS: Six trials reported postoperative recurrence rate of pterygium, included 882 eyes, three trials reported the complications. The results of meta-analysis showed that recurrence rate of AMT plus MMC group was 5.41%,AMT alone group was 16.89%, relative risk (RR) was 0.32, 95%CI ranged from 0.19 to 0.56, Zwas 4.06, P< 0.001. Two trials reported early complication as punctata keratitis, the incidence rate of AMT plus MMC group and AMT alone group were 17.14% and 0.00

  10. Meta-analysis of limbal stem cell transplantation and amniotic membrane transplantation for pterygium%角膜缘干细胞移植与羊膜移植治疗翼状胬肉的Meta分析

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    于晓明; 吴欣怡

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the clinical effect of limbal stem cell transplantation and amniotic membrane transplantation in the treatment of pterygium by evidence based medicine. Methods Clinical data of effect in limbal stem cell transplantation and amniotic membrane transplantation were collected from computer literature searching, which was carried out in PubMed, EMBASE, Wanfang and VIP database etc, also performed searching based on www. baidu. com and www. google. com. Meta analysis that recommended by Cochrane Collaboration was done for the data obtained that 3 126 eyes that met with the eleven criteria of enrollment were included in this study. Publication bias was assessed by using a funnel plot. Results The results of meta-analysis showed that 35 RCTs evaluated the pterygium recurrent rate after grafting including 3 126 eyes, the incidence rate including 1 108 eyes, and the mean time of corneal epithelium wound healing including 900 eyes. In comparison with the amniotic membrane transplantation group, the recurrent rates of pterygium (P < 0.000 01) and the total complication rate (P = 0.01) were lower in the limbal stem cell transplantation group. Moreover , the mean time of corneal epithelium wound healing was shorter in the limbal stem cell transplantation group. Conclusion Corneal limbal stem cell autograft is an effective way to reduce the recurrent rate of pterygium and the incidence of symblepharon and to accelerate the healing of corneal wound comparing with amniotic membrane transplantation.%目的 以循证医学证据评价角膜缘干细胞移植和羊膜移植治疗翼状胬肉的临床疗效.方法 通过计算机检索Pubmed数据库、EMBASE、万方数据库、中国期刊全文数据库和维普数据库,并结合文献追溯的方法,收集关于角膜缘干细胞移植和羊膜移植治疗翼状胬肉临床疗效的随机前瞻性对照试验(RCT),并按Cochrane协作网推荐的方法对符合纳入标准的35个研究,共3 126只眼进

  11. Effects of different cryopreservation methods on the ultrastructure and viability of amniotic membrane%不同冻存方法对羊膜超微结构和上皮细胞活性的影响

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    刘岱; 金洁; 解芳; 张超; 卢建建; 徐家杰; 徐军; 滕利

    2015-01-01

    背景:羊膜冻存方法众多,对羊膜超微结构和生物活性的影响不一,目前尚无有效的冻存方法。  目的:比较不同冻存方法对羊膜超微结构和活性影响的研究,探寻更为理想的冻存方法。  方法:将新鲜羊膜采用深低温和玻璃化冻存法保存,分别于冻存后3,6个月复苏羊膜,以新鲜羊膜组织为对照组,比较羊膜的超微结构差异、羊膜上皮细胞离体氧分压和乳酸脱氢酶活性。  结果与结论:不同冻存方法保存的羊膜超微结构有明显改变,但玻璃化冻存对其超微结构的影响相对较小;与新鲜羊膜相比较,深低温冻存组3,6个月羊膜的乳酸脱氢酶灰度值和氧分压明显降低(P 0.05)。结果证实,羊膜的玻璃化冻存技术优于深低温冻存技术,不仅维持了羊膜的超微结构,而且保持了羊膜上皮细胞的功能和活性。%BACKGROUND: There are currently many cryopreservation methods for the aminotic membrane, which have varying effects on the ultrastructure and biological activity of amniotic membrane, but on no one is effective. OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of different cryopreservation methods on the ultrastructure and viability of aminotic membrane and to seek the ideal cryopreservation method. METHODS: Aminotic membrane separated from the fresh placenta was preserved respectively with deep-frozen cryopreservation and vitrification, and everyway was run for 3 and 6 months. Fresh aminotic membrane was used as control. The ultrastructure of aminotic membrane was observed by transmission electron microscopy, and the viability of aminotic membrane was assessed by microcomputer analysis system for biological oxygen consumption, and immunohistochemical staining combined with image analysis system was used for lactate dehydrogenase activity. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:After 3 and 6 months of crypreservation, the damage to the ultrastructure of aminotic membrane by

  12. 紫外光-核黄素诱导羊膜胶原交联的实验研究%Cross-linking of human amniotic membrane by ultraviolet A-riboflavin

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    赵红红; 孙旭光; 梁庆丰; 邓世靖; 王智群; 李然

    2012-01-01

    Background Studies confirmed that ultraviolet A (UVA)- riboflavin photodynamic therapy can control keratoconus progresses by altering the physicochemical property of cornea.The collagen components of amniotic membrane transplantation is similar to that of cornea and amniotic membrane transplantation has been widely used to ocular surface reconstruction.However,the study on UVA riboflavin-induced-collagen crosslinking for amniotic tissue is less now. Objective This study was to investigate the role of UVA-riboflavin on frozen-preserved human amniotic membrane. Methods Human amnions were obtained in informed consent and prepared into 2 mm×15 mm pieces and were then divided into 4 groups using lottery method and 6 pieces for each group.The first 3 groups were treated with the photosensitizer riboflavin and UVA-irradiation ( wavelength:370 nm ; irradiation energy:1,2 or 3 mW/cm2,distance:10 mm) for 30 minutes,and the untreated fourth group was as control group.Biomechanical stress-strain test was performed using a microcomputer-controlled biomaterial tester and the stress(mN) was recorded when the strains were set to 5%,10% and 15%.The 7 mm diameter of human amniotic membrane pieces were trephined and divided into 4 groups(5 pieces for each group) with the treated method as mentioned above,and then the buttons were exposed to 0.1% collagenase Ⅰ solution.The transparency was scored and the complete dissolving time was record.In histological evaluation,three groups (3 pieces for each group) of human amniotic membranes were treated using UVAriboflavin(3 mW/cm2),0.1% riboflavin,normal saline for 30 minutes respectively and examined under the transmission electron microscopy.This study was performed under the permission of the Ethic Commission of Beijing Tongren Hospital. Results When the strain was 5%,10%,15%,the stress of control group and 1,2,3 mW/cm2UVA group were statistically signifcantly different ( F =3.411,P =0.037; F =9.927,P =0.001;F=11.118,P=0

  13. 角膜清创联合羊膜移植治疗表浅真菌性角膜炎临床观察%Clinical observation of corneal debridement combined with amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment of superfic fungal keratitis

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    赵庆亮

    2011-01-01

    目的 观察角膜清创联合羊膜移植治疗表浅真菌性角膜炎的临床疗效.方法 选择2007年9月至2010年9月在我院确诊的表浅真菌性角膜炎患者经眼局部抗真菌药物治疗无效或病程长、迁延不愈者36例(36只眼),采用角膜清创联合羊膜移植手术治疗.术后随访3~6个月,裂隙灯观察角膜与羊膜愈合情况、共焦显微镜观察羊膜转归等.结果 术后2例真菌感染复发,经板层角膜移植治愈.34例术后1~2周角膜上皮愈合,角膜水肿、炎症反应消退,羊膜与角膜融为一体,3个月逐渐吸收,残留轻重不等角膜云翳或斑翳,眼表稳定,视力较术前明显提高.结论 角膜清创联合羊膜移植手术简单易行,是治疗表浅真菌性角膜炎的一种有效方法.%Objective To evaluate the efficacy of corneal debridement combined with amniotic membrane transplantation for the treatment of superfic fungal keratitis. Methods 36 patients ( 36 eyes ) with superfic fungal keratitis were referred to our hospital fiom September 2007 to September 2010. The patients with persistent cornea ulcer after treatment of topical antifungal drug over 3 ~ 7 days underwent corneal debridement combined with amniotic membrane transplantation.We investigated the healing of corneal ulcer and amniotic membrane with slit biomicroscope, and the transformation of amniotic membrane with confocal microscopy. Results Corneal epithelium in 34 cases healed. Corneal inflammation and edema disappeared within two weeks postoperatively, except in two cases with fungal keratitis who had been cured by lamellar keratoplasty relapse. Amniotic membranes that adhered with the cornea dissolved and different degree corneal nebula or macula was observed 3 months after operation. Visual acuity was improved obviously. Conclusion Corneal debridement combined with amniotic membrane transplantation was effective and easy for treatment of superfic fungal keratitis.

  14. Comparative study of effects of magnesium and taurine on electrical parameters of natural and artificial membranes. VIII. Effect on the ultrastructure of human amniotic epithelial cells.

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    Guiet-Bara, A; Bara, M; Durlach, J

    1991-03-01

    The ultrastructure of human amniotic epithelial cells from normal pregnancies, at term, was studied using transmission electron microscopy. The results were analysed by a stereological method which indicates the ratio between the volume of the intercellular space (R1, the microvilli (R2), and the podocytes (R3) versus the cell volume. At low concentration (2 mM), MgCl2 decreased R1 and R3 and had no significant effect on R2. In contrast, taurine (2 mM) increased R1 and had no significant effect on R2 and R3. There is no vicarious action between Mg and taurine. These data are in contrast to the results obtained after electrophysiological studies, which indicates that the structural targets for Mg and taurine are different from the targets responsible for ionic transfer.

  15. 孕足月胎膜早破残余羊水量与母儿预后的关系%Residue amniotic fluid volume after premature rupture of membranes and maternal-fetal outcome

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    桑琳; 吴艳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To determine the relationship between the residue amniotic fluid volume after premature rupture of membranes (PROM) and maternal-fetal prognosis. Methods 162 pregnant women with PROM were studied , hospitalized in department of Obstetrics and Gynecology ,the Affiliated Hefei Hospital of Anhui Medical University from Jun . 2011 to Dec. 2011. According to Amniotic fluid index (AFl)by ultrasound,patients were assigned into three groups :(1)Group of normal amniotic fluid;90 pregnant women(80 mm≤ AFI 0. 05 ). The rupture distance delivery time of three groups had no significant difference (P >0. 05). The puerperal morbidity of three groups had no significant difference (P >0. 05). The Neonatal asphyxia of oligohydramnios group was significantly higher than that of normal amniotic fluid group ( P 0. 05 ). There was no significant difference between borderline oligohydramnios group and oligohydramnios group (P >0. 05). Conclusion Oligohydramnios after prom increase neonatal asphyxia and cesarean section rate . The amniotie fluid volume might be an important prognostic indicator to assess the maternal and neonatal outcomes when PROM happened .%目的 探讨足月胎膜早破残余羊水量与母儿预后关系.方法 采用回顾性研究方法选择该院2011年6-12月162例孕足月胎膜早破病例,根据破膜后残余羊水的羊水指数(AFI)将162例孕妇分成三组,其中羊水指数正常组90例(80 mm≤AFI<180 mm),可疑羊水过少组40例(50 mm≤AFI<80 mm),羊水过少组32例(AFI<50 mm).比较其分娩方式及母儿结局.结果 羊水过少组剖宫产率明显高于羊水指数正常组,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).可疑羊水过少组与羊水指数正常组相比剖宫产率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),三组破膜距分娩时间相比差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05),三组产后产褥病率发生率差异均无统计学意义(P>0.05),羊水过少组新生儿窒息率明显高于羊水指数正常

  16. Graded membrane supports produced by centrifugal casting of a slightly polydisperse suspension

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    Biesheuvel, P. Maarten; Breedveld, Victor; Higler, Arnoud P.; Verweij, Henk

    2001-01-01

    Tubular structures of a continuous particle size gradient are formed if a hollow cylindrical mold filled with a suspension of dispersed powder with a size distribution is centrifuged around its center axis. The mean particle size in the final structure increases gradually with increasing radial coor

  17. Effectiveness of the radio sterilized amniotic membrane transplantation vs conjunctival auto graft implant in the pterygium surgery with intraoperative mitomycin C;Eficacia del trasplante de membrana amniotica radioesterilizada vs injerto autologo conjuntival en la cirugia de pterigion con mitocomina C intraoperatoria

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    Tellez Y, L.; Martinez P, M. E. [ININ, Banco de Tejidos Radioesterilizados, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, Ocoyoacac 52750, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Vazquez M, L. [Hospital General de Mexico, Departamento de Cornea, Dr. Balmis No. 148, Col. Doctores, 06726 Mexico D. F. (Mexico)

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    At the present time the traditional surgical handling of the pterygium with conjunctival implant presents high frequency. In this work the obtained results of a controlled clinic practice blind double are presented of the period of December from 2008 to December 2009, realized in the Medical Unit of Ambulatory Attention 231 of the Mexican Institute of the Public Health located in Metepec, Mexico State, in order to demonstrate the effectiveness and security of the alternative use of the radio sterilized amniotic membrane and intraoperative mitomycin C. For the study was included patients with diagnostic of primary nasal pterygium in one or both eyes, adults of both genus with an age range of 20 to 60 years, and was used radio sterilized amniotic membrane processed in the Bank of Radio Sterilized Tissues of the National Institute of Nuclear Research. (Author)

  18. Amniotic fluid embolism

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    Thongrong, Cattleya; Kasemsiri, Pornthep; Hofmann, James P; Bergese, Sergio D.; Thomas J Papadimos; Gracias, Vicente H.; Adolph, Michael D.; Stawicki, Stanislaw P A

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    Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is an unpredictable and as-of-yet unpreventable complication of maternity. With its low incidence it is unlikely that any given practitioner will be confronted with a case of AFE. However, this rare occurrence carries a high probability of serious sequelae including cardiac arrest, ARDS, coagulopathy with massive hemorrhage, encephalopathy, seizures, and both maternal and infant mortality. In this review the current state of medical knowledge about AFE is outline...

  19. Transplante de membrana amniótica associado ao transplante de conjuntiva autólogo no tratamento do pterígio primário Amniotic membrane transplantation associated with conjunctival autograft for primary pterygium treatment

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    Alessandra Guerra Daros Castellano

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar a eficácia do transplante de membrana amniótica associada ao transplante de conjuntiva autólogo no tratamento do pterígio primário. MÉTODOS: Analisou-se prospectivamente 26 pacientes (14 mulheres e 12 homens com idade entre 20 e 60 anos, atendidos no ambulatório de oftalmologia do Hospital Universitário Evangélico de Curitiba e que foram submetidos ao tratamento do pterígio primário com cirurgia de exérese do pterígio e uso de membrana amniótica associada ao transplante de conjuntiva autólogo, entre abril e novembro de 2001. Foram analisados: grau do pterígio, complicações pós-operatórias e recidivas. RESULTADOS: No pós-operatório 4 casos (15,38% tiveram complicações, nenhuma considerada séria, sendo a mais freqüente a retração do enxerto em 2 casos. No sexto mês após a cirurgia, 24 pacientes (92,3% obtiveram sucesso cirúrgico e 2 pacientes (7,69% tiveram recidiva corneana ou conjuntival. Dos pacientes que tiveram complicações, 50% sofreram recidiva do pterígio (PPURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of amniotic membrane transplantation associated with conjunctival autograft in primary pterygium treatment. METHODS: We have analyzed, prospectively, 26 patients (14 women and 12 men, from 20 to 60 years old, examined at the Evangelic Hospital Ophthalmology Outpatient Clinic. They were submitted to primary pterygium treatment with pterygium excision surgery, amniotic membrane transplantation and conjunctival autograft, from April to November, 2001. The evaluated aspects were: degree of pterygium, postoperative complications and recurrence. RESULTS: Four cases (15,38% showed complications, none of them considered serious, conjunctival graft contraction in 2 cases being the most frequent. After a follow-up of 6 months, 24 patients (92,3% had a successful result and 2 patients (7,69% had corneal or conjunctival recurrence. Among the patients with complications 50% presented pterygium recurrence (P

  20. Análise ultraestrutural e de fatores de crescimento de diferentes métodos de preservação da membrana amniótica utilizada em cirurgia ocular Ultrastructural and growth factor analysis of amniotic membrane preserved by different methods for ocular surger

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    Janethe Deolinda de Oliveira Pena

    2007-10-01

    the presence of growth factors and cytokines of amniotic membrane preserved in glycerol/MEM (1:1 or undiluted dimethyl sulfoxide through electron microscopy. METHODS: Amniotic membrane preserved in glycerol/MEM (1:1 or undiluted dimethyl sulfoxide were processed for transmission and scaning electron microscopy. As control, freshly collected amniotic membrane was fixed and processed for electron microscopy. The cytokines and growth factors assessed were: TGF-beta (transforming growth factor beta; TGF-b activ (activated transforming growth factor beta; EGF (epidermal growth factor; FGF-4 (fibroblast growth factor 4; bFGF (basic fibroblast growth factor; IL-4 (interleukin 4; PGE2 (prostaglandin E2; IL-10 (interleukin 10; KGF (keratinocyte growth factor; HGF (hepatocyte growth factor. RESULTS: Amniotic membrane from the control group showed intact epithelium, with surface microvilli and junctional complexes between the cells and the basal membrane. Glycerol/MEM preserved amniotic membrane had similar aspect to the control, with higher epithelial cells. Those amniotic membranes preserved in dimethyl sulfoxide disclosed less intercellular junction and detachment of the epithelium from the basal membrane. The cytokines and growth factors did not disclose significant differences, except for FGF-4, bFGF, PGE2 and KGF. CONCLUSIONS: Amniotic membrane preserved in glycerol/MEM showed a better tissue structure, with less detachment of the epithelium from the basal membrane, in comparison to undiluted dimethyl sulfoxide. The majority of the growth factors and cytokines were kept with both techniques of preservation.

  1. Biological characteristics and dopaminergic neural-like cell differentiation potential of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells%人羊膜间充质干细胞生物学特征及向多巴胺能神经元样细胞的分化

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    周文然; 李新; 王文波; 谢燕霞; 唐娜; 阎影

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    干细胞所保留的多向分化潜能和有效分化成为多巴胺能神经元样细胞的特性。%BACKGROUND:Human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells (AMSCs) are considered to be one kind of adult stem cells that can be easily obtained in large quantities without using an invasive method. Because of their low immunogenicity, anti-inflammatory properties, multipotency of differentiation and without ethical issue, human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells have been proposed as a good candidate to be used in celltherapy and regenerative medicine. However, the biological properties and the differentiation capacity of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells are stil poorly characterized. OBJECTIVE:To establish a practical method for isolation and purification of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells, and to study the biological characteristics and dopaminergic neural-like celldifferentiation potential of the human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells. METHODS:Human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells were disassociated and isolated from the amniotic membrane by trypsin and col agenase based enzymic digestion, and purified by percol mediated density gradient centrifugation. Expressions of surface antigens and transcription factors of the human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells were determined by flow cytometry and western blot assays. Based on the osteogenic and adipogenic induction, the multipotent differentiation capability of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells was determined. Induction of neural celldifferentiation of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stem cells was conducted in Neurabasal conditioning medium with ATRA supplement. Neural cellassociated bio-markers were determined by immunofluoresence staining and confocal microscope. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION:In this study, we performed a practical method to isolate and purify human

  2. Porous ceramic membranes: suspension processing, mechanical and transport properties, and application in the osmotic tensiometer

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    Biesheuvel, Pieter Maarten

    2000-01-01

    Synthetic membranes are increasingly used for energy-efficient separation of liquid and gaseous mixtures in household applications, environmental technology and the chemical and energy industry. Besides, membranes are used in component-specific sensors in gas and liquid streams, preferably combined

  3. Timing of Histologic Progression from Chorio-Deciduitis to Chorio-Deciduo-Amnionitis in the Setting of Preterm Labor and Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes with Sterile Amniotic Fluid.

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    Chan-Wook Park

    Full Text Available Histologic chorio-deciduitis and chorio-deciduo-amnionitis (amnionitis in extra-placental membranes are known to represent the early and advanced stages of ascending intra-uterine infection. However, there are no data in humans about the time required for chorio-deciduitis to develop and for chorio-deciduitis without amnionitis to progress to chorio-deciduitis with amnionitis, and the effect of prolongation of pregnancy on the development of chorio-deciduitis and amnionitis in patients with preterm labor and intact membranes (PTL and preterm premature rupture of membranes (preterm-PROM. We examined these issues in this study.The study population consisted of 289 women who delivered preterm (133 cases with PTL, and 156 cases with preterm-PROM and who had sterile amniotic fluid (AF defined as a negative AF culture and the absence of inflammation as evidenced by a matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8 level <23 ng/ml. We examined the association between amniocentesis-to-delivery interval and inflammatory status in the extra-placental membranes (i.e., inflammation-free extra-placental membranes, choroi-deciduitis only, and chorio-deciduitis with amnionitis in patients with PTL and preterm-PROM.Amniocentesis-to-delivery interval was longer in cases of chorio-deciduitis with amnionitis than in cases of chorio-deciduitis only in both PTL (median [interquartile-range (IQR]; 645.4 [319.5] vs. 113.9 [526.9] hours; P = 0.005 and preterm-PROM (131.3 [135.4] vs. 95.2 [140.5] hours; P<0.05. Amniocentesis-to-delivery interval was an independent predictor of the development of both chorio-deciduitis and amnionitis after correction for confounding variables such as gestational age at delivery in the setting of PTL, but not preterm-PROM.These data confirm for the first time that, in cases of both PTL and preterm-PROM with sterile AF, more time is required to develop chorio-deciduitis with amnionitis than chorio-deciduitis alone in extra-placental membranes. Moreover

  4. Investigation of Midtrimester Amniotic Fluid Factors as Potential Predictors of Term and Preterm Deliveries

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    Ariadne Malamitsi-Puchner

    2006-01-01

    elastase (r=0.508, P<.002. Conclusions. Midtrimester amniotic fluid SLPI concentrations significantly decrease when membrane rupture precedes pre- or full-term labor. However, none of the investigated substances predict preterm delivery.

  5. Proteomic characterization of golgi membranes enriched from Arabidopsis suspension cell cultures

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    Hansen, Sara Fasmer; Ebert, Berit; Rautengarten, Carsten

    2016-01-01

    The plant Golgi apparatus has a central role in the secretory pathway and is the principal site within the cell for the assembly and processing of macromolecules. The stacked membrane structure of the Golgi apparatus along with its interactions with the cytoskeleton and endoplasmic reticulum has...... historically made the isolation and purification of this organelle difficult. Density centrifugation has typically been used to enrich Golgi membranes from plant microsomal preparations, and aside from minor adaptations, the approach is still widely employed. Here we outline the enrichment of Golgi membranes...

  6. Comparison of membrane filtration rates and hydrophobic grid membrane filter coliform and Escherichia coli counts in food suspensions using paddle-type and pulsifier sample preparation procedures.

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    Sharpe, A N; Hearn, E M; Kovacs-Nolan, J

    2000-01-01

    Food suspensions prepared by Pulsifier contained less debris and filtered 1.3x to 12x faster through hydrophobic grid membrane filters (HGMFs) than those prepared by Stomacher 400. Coliform and Escherichia coli counts made by an HGMF method yielded 84 and 36 paired samples, respectively, positive by both suspending methods. Overall counts of pulsificates and stomachates did not differ significantly for either analysis, though coliform counts by Pulsifier were significantly higher in mushrooms and significantly lower in ground pork (P = 0.05). Regression equations for log10 counts of coliform and E. coli by Pulsifier and Stomacher were: Pulsifier = 0.12 + 0.97 x Stomacher, and Pulsifier = 0.01 + 1.01 x Stomacher, respectively.

  7. Amniotic fluid embolism

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    Rudra A

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    Full Text Available The disastrous entry of amniotic fluid into the maternal circulation leads to dramatic sequelae of clinical events, characteristically referred to as Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE. The underlying mechanism for AFE is still poorly understood. Unfortunately, this situation has very grave maternal and fetal consequences. AFE can occur during labor, caesarean section, dilatation and evacuation or in the immediate postpartum period. The pathophysiology is believed to be immune mediated which affects the respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological and hematological systems. Undetected and untreated it culminates into fulminant pulmonary edema, intractable convulsions, disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC, malignant arrhythmias and cardiac arrest. Definite diagnosis can be confirmed by identification of lanugo, fetal hair and fetal squamous cells (squames in blood aspirated from the right ventricle. Usually the diagnosis is made clinically and by exclusion of other causes. The cornerstone of management is a multidisciplinary approach with supportive treatment of failing organs systems. Despite improved modalities for diagnosing AFE, and better intensive care support facilities, the mortality is still high.

  8. Performance of Aged PAC Suspensions in a Hybrid Membrane Process for Drinking Water Production

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    Stoquart, Céline

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    Les procédés membranaires hybrides (PMH) allient la filtration membranaire basse pression à l’usage du charbon actif en poudre (CAP). Afin de diminuer les coûts opérationnels du procédé, il a été proposé de laisser vieillir le CAP dans le PMH et donc de minimiser le dosage de CAP frais. Peu d’information est disponible quant à la capacité résiduelle d’adsorption de suspensions de CAP âgées. L’importance relative de l’adsorption et de la biodégradation dans les réacteurs à CAP âgés sur le trai...

  9. Membrana amniótica preservada em glicerina no reparo de feridas cutâneas de membros locomotores de eqüinos Equine amniotic membrane preserved in glycerin in reparing the equine limbs cütaneous wounds

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    Valdemir Alves de Oliveira

    1998-12-01

    Full Text Available Neste estudo experimental, avaliou-se o uso de membrana amniótica eqüina preservada em glicerina 98%, à temperatura ambiente, em feridas com cura por segunda intenção, nos membros locomotores de eqüinos. Foram provocadas cirurgicamente feridas de 9,6cm² na face lateral da articulação metacarpo-falangeana, face medial do terço proximal do metacarpo e face lateral do terço médio do metatarso de ambos os membros locomotores de cinco eqüinos adultos, perfazendo total de trinta feridas. Foram constituídos dois grupos experimentais com quinze feridas cada, sendo um destes grupos tratado com membrana amniótica, e o outro, grupo controle, tendo recebido apenas gaze umidecida em solução fisiológica. Os curativos foram trocados a cada 48horas, tendo sido a membrana amniótica e a gaze umidecida substituídas. Em todas as feridas foram mensurados a área, o grau de secreção, a formação de tecido de granulação exuberante e o tempo para a epitelização se completar. Realizou-se também exame bacteriológico e histopatológico em um grupo de feridas, tratadas e controle. Na membrana amniótica, fez-se determinação bioquímica de proteínas e identificação de fator de crescimento de fibroblasto. Em todas as feridas tratadas, observou-se: menor tempo para cicatrização, menor formação de tecido de granulação exuberante, menor incidência de bactérias patológicas e menor aumento na área total.In the present experimental study, the use of the equine amniotic membrane preserved in glvcerol 98%, at room temperature, in wounds with secound intention healing of equine limbs were evaluated. Surgical wounds of the size of 9.6cm² were made on the fetiock joint, medial aspect of the proximal third of the metacarpus and lateral aspect of the medium third of the metatarsus ofboth limbs offive adult horses, making a total of thirty wounds. Two experimental groups were made with fifteen wounds in each group, where one of these groups was

  10. Management of Amniotic Sheet with a Hammock-like Placenta

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    Liangcheng Wang

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available An amniotic sheet is a septation in the amniotic cavity with a perforation that allows amniotic fluid to pass through. Although the incidence of abnormal placental implantation is higher in such cases, the management recommendations remain unclear. We report a case of an amniotic sheet with a hammock-like placenta located in the center of the uterine cavity. A 25-year-old woman with a history of two dilation and curettage procedures was found to have an amniotic cavity separated by a septum that contained part of the placenta. At gestational Week 32, magnetic resonance images revealed that the placenta was attached from the anterior to posterior uterine walls and resembled a hammock hanging in the center of the uterus. Subsequently, continuous intravenous administration of ritodrine hydrochloride and magnesium sulfate were given. The pregnancy was extended to Week 36. Elective cesarean section was performed, and a 3212-g female infant was delivered. Thus, owing to the risk of umbilical cord complications and placental injury secondary to premature rupture of membranes, aggressive and careful perinatal management is required in such cases.

  11. Effects of ionizing radiation on glycerolated amniotic membranes as a substract for cultured human epithelium; Efeitos da radiacao ionizante em membranas amnioticas gliceroladas empregadas como substrato ao cultivo de epitelio humano

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    Paggiaro, Andre Oliveira

    2011-07-01

    The amniotic membrane (AM) is a biomaterial with biological properties that are beneficial to tissue repair. It has been used as a temporary coverage to threat burns and chronic wounds. Recently, it has been served as a substrate for keratinocytes culture to construct a living skin equivalent. However, MA is a biological material, and its transplantation could cause infectious disease for receptors. So, it must be preserved and sterilized before clinical use. The aim of this study was to evaluate the radiation effects on glycerol-preserved MA, considering its compatibility to support human keratinocytes culture. Four MA were stored in high concentrations of glycerol (> 85%) and half of them were radio sterilized with a dose of 25 kGy. Then, we established two groups: nonirradiated MA (MA-ni) and irradiated MA (MA-i). Both groups was deepithelialized by a standardized protocol and was investigated morphologically, immunohistochemical and ultrastructural. Subsequently human keratinocytes were cultivated immersed and in air-liquid interface on denuded surface of MA-i and MA-ni. The results were compared at 14 and 21 days of culture by light and electron microscopy. After epithelial denudation, analyses demonstrated the continuity of the basement membrane in MA-ni group, whereas in the irradiated group, there was no indication of the basement membrane’s presence on the surface of MA. The cell cultures showed that in the non-irradiated group, there was growth of a multi-layered and differentiated epithelium, with a stratum corneum’s formation in air-liquid interface. In the irradiated group, the epithelium had only two or three layer, little cell differentiation, with the same results immersed or air-liquid interface system. Glycerol-preserved MA was biocompatible with the growth of a cultivated epithelium, showing its potential as a skin substitute. Irradiation at 25 kGy cause structural damage to the tissue, making changes in basement membrane, that facilitates

  12. MACROPHAGE MIGRATION INHIBITORY FACTOR IN PATIENTS WITH PRETERM PARTURITION AND MICROBIAL INVASION OF THE AMNIOTIC CAVITY

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    Chaiworapongsa, Tinnakorn; Romero, Roberto; Espinoza, Jimmy; Kim, Yeon Mee; Edwin, Samuel; Bujold, Emmanuel; Gomez, Ricardo; Kuivaniemi, Helena

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    OBJECTIVE Macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) has emerged as an important mediator of septic shock. The administration of MIF increases lethality during endotoxemia, whereas neutralization of this cytokine prevents endotoxic shock and death associated with bacterial infection. The objective of this study was to determine whether there is a change in the amniotic fluid concentration of MIF in intra-amniotic infection and human parturition. STUDY DESIGN A cross-sectional study was conducted in women in the following categories: 1) midtrimester (n=84); 2) preterm labor and intact membranes who delivered at term (n=33), who delivered preterm (n=53), and preterm labor with intra-amniotic infection (n=23); 3) preterm premature rupture of membranes (PROM) with (n=25) and without intra-amniotic infection (n=26); and 4) term with intact membranes, in labor (n=52), and not in labor (n=31). MIF concentrations in amniotic fluid were determined using a sensitive and specific immunoassay. MIF concentrations in maternal plasma were also determined in patients with preterm labor and intact membranes. Immunohistochemistry was conducted in chorioamniotic membranes obtained from a different set of patients presenting with preterm labor with (n=18) and without (n=20) histologic chorioamnionitis. Quantitative RT-PCR was used to measure MIF mRNA expression in chorioamniotic membranes of patients with preterm labor with (n=13) and without (n=13) histologic chorioamnionitis. Parametric and non-parametric, receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve, survival analysis, and Cox regression model were used for analysis. RESULTS Immunoreactive MIF was detectable in 96% (313/327) of amniotic fluid samples. The concentration of amniotic fluid MIF at term was higher than that in the midtrimester (p=0.004). Intra-amniotic infection in women with preterm labor and preterm PROM was associated with a significant increase in median amniotic fluid MIF concentration (p0.05). There was no

  13. Biological potential of nanomaterials strongly depends on the suspension media: experimental data on the effects of fullerene C₆₀ on membranes.

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    Drašler, Barbara; Drobne, Damjana; Poklar Ulrih, Nataša; Ota, Ajda

    2016-01-01

    Fullerenes (C60) are some of the most promising carbon nanomaterials to be used for medical applications as drug delivery agents. Computational and experimental studies have proposed their ability to enter cells by penetrating lipid bilayers. The aim of our study was to provide experimental evidence on whether pristine C60 in physiological media could penetrate cell membranes. The effect was tested on phospholipid vesicles (liposomes) composed of 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine, and validated on isolated human red blood cells (RBCs). We incubated the liposomes in an aqueous suspension of C60 and dissolved the lipids and C60 together in chloroform and subsequently formatted the liposomes. By differential scanning calorimetry measurements, we assessed the effect of C60 on the phospholipid thermal profile. The latter was not affected after the incubation of liposomes in the C60 suspension; also, a shape transformation of RBCs did not occur. Differently, by dispersing both C60 and the phospholipids in chloroform, we confirmed the possible interaction of C60 with the bilayer. We provide experimental data suggesting that the suspension medium is an important factor in determining the C60-membrane interaction, which is not always included in computational studies. Since the primary particle size is not the only crucial parameter in C60-membrane interactions, it is important to determine the most relevant characteristics of their effects on membranes.

  14. Neovaginoplastia com membrana amniótica na síndrome de Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser Neovaginoplasty using amniotic membrane in Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome

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    Bruno Ramalho de Carvalho

    2007-12-01

    neovagina de aspecto adequado.PURPOSE: to evaluate the results of neovaginoplasty with the use of a human amniotic graft in patients with the Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser (MRKH syndrome. METHODS: the study was a retrospective analysis of a series of 28 patients with the MRKH syndrome conducted from 1990 to 2003. The patients were attended and treated at the Ambulatório de Ginecologia Infanto-Puberal (AGIP of the Hospital Universitário of the Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto of the Universidade de São Paulo (FMRP-USP, being submitted to neovaginoplasty by the technique of McIndoe and Bannister, modified by the use of a human amniotic membrane graft. Epithelization, amplitude and depth of the neovaginas were evaluated 7 and 40 days after the procedure. Patient satisfaction was determined during the late postoperative period in terms of the presence of discomfort and dyspareunia during sexual relations. RESULTS: postoperatively, seven patients (25% presented vaginal stenosis and six of them were submitted to a new surgical intervention, one had shortening of the neovagina, corrected with the use of exercises with a vaginal mold, three (10.7% developed a rectovaginal fistula, one (3.6% a uterovesical fistula, and one (3.6% excess skin in the vaginal introitus - all successfully corrected with surgery. Four patients (14.3% presented urinary tract infection. Two months after surgery, 11/19 patients (57.8% presented satisfactory sexual activity and 42% dyspareunia, and within a maximum period of four years, 20/21 patients (95.2% had satisfactory sexual activity and 4.8% dyspareunia. CONCLUSIONS: an amniotic membrane graft is a good option for the treatment of vaginal agenesis. Perioperative follow-up involves educational guidance regarding the use of the mold and regarding patient sexuality in order to reduce the complaints of dysfunctional coitus in the presence of a favorable surgical evolution and a neovagina of adequate aspect.

  15. Secretion and membrane recycling in plant cells: novel intermediary structures visualized in ultrarapidly frozen sycamore and carrot suspension-culture cells.

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    Staehelin, L A; Chapman, R L

    1987-05-01

    Freeze-fracture electron microscopy of propane-jet-frozen samples has been employed to investigate vesicle-mediated secretion and membrane recycling events in carrot (Daucus carota L.) and sycamore maple (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) suspension-culture cells. Stabilization of the cells by means of ultrarapid freezing has enabled us to preserve the cells in a turgid state and to visualize new intermediate membrane configurations related to these events. Indeed, many of the observed membrane configurations, such as flattened membrane vesicles with slit-shaped membrane fusion sites and horseshoe-shaped membrane infoldings, appear to result from the action of turgor forces on the plasma membrane. Individual cells exhibited great variations in numbers and types of membrane configurations postulated to be related to secretion and membrane-recycling events. In the majority of cells, the different membrane profiles displayed a patchy distribution, and within each patch the membrane configurations tended to be of the same stage. This result indicates that secretory events are triggered in domains measuring from 0.1 to about 10 μm in diameter. Based on an extensive analysis of the different membrane configurations seen in our samples, we have formulated the following model of vesicle-mediated secretion in plant cells: Fusion of a secretory vesicle with the plasma membrane leads to the formation of a single, narrow-necked pore that increases in diameter up to about 60 nm. During discharge, the vesicle is flattened, forming a disc-shaped structure perpendicular to the plane of the plasma membrane. As the vesicle is flattened, the pore is converted to a slit, the maximum length of which coincides with the diameter of the flattened vesicle. The flattened vesicle then tips over and concomitantly the plasma-membrane slit becomes curved into a horseshoe-shaped configuration as it extends along the outer margins of the tipped-over vesicle. Some coated pits are present interspersed

  16. 角膜板层清创联合无缝线羊膜移植术治疗表浅真菌性角膜炎%Clinical observation of corneal lamellar debridement combined with sutureless amniotic membrane transplantation for the treatment of superficial fungal keratitis

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    张皇; 艾明

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the clinical efficacy of corneal lamellar debridement combined with sutureless amniotic membrane transplantation for the treatment of superficial fungal keratitis. ●METHODS:Totally 22 cases (22 eyes) with superficial fungal keratitis were referred to our hospital from April 2012 to October 2013. The patients with persistent cornea ulcer after treatment of local and systemic antifungal drugs underwent corneal lamellar debridement combined with sutureless amniotic membrane transplantation, and the recipient bed was covered with an amniotic membrane using fibrin sealant during the operation. All patients were still given topical antifungal therapy for 1 -2mo after operation. The followed- up time was 3mo or above. We observed the corneal healing and amniotic membrane adhesion by split lamp microscope, and investigated the transformation of amniotic membrane and fungal infection recurrence with confocal microscope. ●RESULTS: Corneal edema and anterior chamber reaction of 21 patients disappeared gradually, and no amniotic membrane graft dissolved and shed off within 1-2wk postoperatively. Two weeks after operation, the graft integrated into the corneal and the corneal wounds' thickness increased gradually, the corneal epithelium reconstructed and corneas became clear. Four weeks after operation, the corneal scarring developed gradually and fluorescence staining was negative. Nineteen cases' amniotic membranes that adhered with the cornea dissolved 4wk after operation. There were different degrees of corneal nebula or macula remained 3mo postoperatively. All patients' vision improved in varying degrees, except in 1 case with fungal keratitis who had been cured by lamellar keratoplasty. ●CONCLUSlON:Corneal lamellar debridement combined with sutureless amniotic membrane transplantation can effectively remove the foci of inflammation, improve the local efficacy, shorten the operation time, relieve the postoperative reaction, and promote cornea union

  17. Disorders in the Morphology and Nanostructure of Erythrocyte Membranes after Long-term Storage of Erythrocyte Suspension: Atomic Force Microscopy Study.

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    Moroz, V V; Chernysh, A M; Kozlova, E K; Sergunova, V A; Gudkova, O E; Khoroshilov, S E; Onufrievich, A D; Kostin, A I

    2015-07-01

    Disorders in the erythrocyte morphology and structure of their membranes during long-term storage of erythrocyte suspension (30 days at 4°C) were studied by atomic force microscopy. The morphology and nanostructure of erythrocyte membranes, biochemical parameters, ion exchange parameters, and hemoglobin spectra were recorded. The transformation of erythrocyte morphology and destruction of their membranes were observed throughout the storage period. Irreversible forms of spheroechinocytes and their fragments formed by the end of storage. The concentrations of potassium ions and lactate in solution of the blood preservatiive increased, while pH value decreased. Hemolysis detected by the erythrocyte "leakage" effect was observed starting from days 16-23 of storage.

  18. The Relationship Between Pregnancy Outcomes and the Residue Amniotic Fluid Volume After Premature Rupture of Membranes in the Normal Period of Gestation%足月胎膜早破孕妇剩余羊水量与妊娠结局

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    余立波

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨足月胎膜早破孕妇剩余羊水量对妊娠结局的影响。方法孕足月胎膜早破孕妇分为羊水量正常组、羊水量偏少组、羊水量过少组。统计分析三组宫内感染、剖宫产率、胎儿宫内窘迫及新生儿窒息的差别。结果羊水量过少组剖宫产率、胎儿宫内窘迫发生率、新生儿窒息的发生率高于另外两组(P<0.05);三组间羊膜腔感染率差异无统计学意义(P>0.05)。结论胎膜早破的剩余羊水量过少可导致剖宫产率、胎儿宫内窘迫及新生儿窒息发生率升高。%Objective: To determine the relationship between the residue amniotic fluid volume after premature rupture of membranes (PROM) in the normal period of gestation. Methods:According to amniotic fluid index (AFI) by ultrasound, pregnant women were divided intogroup of normal amniotic fluid, group of borderline oligohydramnios, and group of oligohydramnios. Analyzed and compared the rate of intrauterine infection, cesarean section, fetal distress and neonatal asphyxia. Result: Group of oligohydramnios had a high rates of cesarean section, fetal distress and neonatal asphyxia compared with other two groups (P0.05). Conclusion:Oligohydramnios after PROM is associated with the increasing risks of cesarean section, fetal distress and neonatal asphyxia.

  19. Transplante de membrana amniótica canina criopreservada para cicatrização de córnea com deficiência de células límbicas em coelhos Transplantation of cryopreserved canine amniotic membrane for cicatrisation in cornea with limbal stem cells deficiency in rabbits

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    D.N. Cremonini

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se as alterações relacionadas à deficiência das células límbicas precursoras do epitélio corneano de coelhos e o efeito da membrana amniótica sobre sua cicatrização. A lesão, induzida com n-heptanol associado à peritomia conjuntival em 360°, foi recoberta com membrana amniótica canina, suturada à episclera perilímbica, criopreservada em meio para congelação de embrião ou em meio próprio, ambos com glicerol a 50% e mantida a -80°C. O grupo-controle não foi tratado com a membrana. As avaliações histológicas foram realizadas ao sétimo, 15º e 30º dias. Todos desenvolveram deficiência de células germinativas do limbo, denominada conjuntivalização, com presença de neovascularização, inflamação e defeitos epiteliais recorrentes, caracterizada na histopatologia pela presença de neovasos, edema, leucócitos e células caliciformes. O transplante de membrana amniótica não foi eficiente para o tratamento desta deficiência, entretanto auxiliou o processo de cicatrização da córnea.Changes related to limbal stem cells deficiency in corneal epithelium in rabbits, as well as the results of amniotic membrane transplant on the cicatrisation were evaluated. The ulcer was induced with n-heptanol associated to 360° conjunctival peritomy; the corneal surface was covered with canine amniotic membrane, sutured to perilimbal episclera, cryopreserved in embryo solution or own medium, both with 50% glycerol and stored at -80°C. The control group was not treated with membrane. Histological evaluations were performed at seven, 15, and 30 days. All of them developed limbal stem cells deficiency, named conjunctivalization, with neovascularization, inflammation and recurrent epithelial defects, observed in histopathology by the occurrence of neovascularization, edema, leukocytes and goblet cells. Thus amniotic membrane transplantation was not efficient in the treatment of limbal stem cells deficiency, however it helped in

  20. Clinical Observation of Applying Fibrin Glue in the Pterygium Excisions with Sutureless Amniotic Membrane Transplantation%纤维蛋白胶在翼状胬肉切除联合无缝线羊膜移植术中应用的临床观察

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    邸新; 姚涛; 赵宇丹; 何伟

    2010-01-01

    目的 观察与探讨纤维蛋白胶在翼状胬肉切除联合羊膜移植术中应用的方式方法和临床效果.方法 筛选原发性翼状胬肉患者21人(26只眼),行胬肉切除联合羊膜移植术.所有患者随机分为无缝线组及缝线组:无缝线组11人(13只眼),术中将胬肉组织切除后,采用纤维蛋白胶黏合固定羊膜植片;缝线组10人(13只眼),以10-0尼龙缝线间断缝合固定羊膜植片.术后随访6个月,记录手术时间、术后症状和体征.并应用SPSS统计软件对两组结果进行分析.结果 无缝线组手术时间(13.6±3.5)min明显短于缝线组(22.3±5.2)rain(P<0.01).术后2周内(拆线前),无缝线组术眼疼痛、异物感和流泪等局部刺激症状均显著轻于缝线组(P<0.01).两组术后均未发生植片移位并发症.无缝线组术后羊膜植片贴附紧密,均于术后1周内迅速上皮化.缝线组术后有5只眼(38.5%)发生羊膜下积液,羊膜上皮化较无缝线组略迟,于术后8~ 10d完全上皮化.无缝线组羊膜愈合良好,局部无明显瘢痕发生;缝线组均出现不同程度的缝线刺激性瘢痕.术后6个月随访期内两组均未见胬肉复发.结论 在翼状胬肉切除联合羊膜移植术中使用纤维蛋白胶可替代手术缝线,使用方便,并明显缩短手术时间,减轻术后刺激症状,并利于羊膜愈合、减轻局部瘢痕,达到更好的美容目的 .%Objective To observe and investigate the clinical efficacy of fibrin glue for attaching human amniotic membrane after primary pterygium excision. Methods Twenty-one patients (26 eyes) with primary pterygium underwent pterygium excision with amniotic membrane transplantation.Patients were randomized to two groups: fibrin glue group and suture group.In fibrin glue group, 11 patients (13 eyes) underwent pterygium excision, and the bare sclera was covered with an amniotic membrane using fibrin glue for graft adherence; while in suture group,10 patients (13 eyes), after

  1. 冷冻联合羊膜移植治疗镰孢菌属真菌性角膜溃疡%Clinical observation of cryotherapy and amniotic membrane transplantation in the management of Fusarium corneal ulcer

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    谢琼; 高明宏; 禹海

    2014-01-01

    AIM:To examine the efficacy and safety of cryotherapy in the management of Fusarium corneal ulcer. METHODS: Retrospective contract analysis of the clinical data of 41 patients ( 41 eyes ) who infected with Fusarium corneal ulcer. All of them underwent focal lesion keratectomy combined with amniotic membrane transplantation between January 2010 and May 2013. The cryotherapy treatment group of 22 cases (22 eyes), non-cryotherapy group of 19 cases ( 19 eyes ) . All the cases were followed up for 3 ~12mo. We analyzed the healing of corneal ulcer, corneal neovascularization, postoperative visual acuity, complications and ulcer recurrences. RESULTS: There were no significant difference for the two groups at the cure rate and the recovery rate, the corneal neovascularization and postoperative visual acuity (P>0. 05). The total effective rate and corneal healing time in cryotherapy group was significantly higher than that in non - cryotherapy group ( P CONCLUSION: Cryotherapy is an effective and safe method for the treatment of Fusarium corneal ulcer.%目的:探讨冷冻治疗镰孢菌属真菌性角膜溃疡的安全性和有效性。  方法:回顾性系列病例研究。对2010-01/2013-05于我院手术治疗的经真菌培养阳性,并鉴定菌种为镰孢菌属的真菌性角膜溃疡住院患者41例41眼进行回顾性分析。所有患者均行病灶切除联合羊膜移植术,其中冷冻组22例22眼,无冷冻组19例19眼,术后随访时间3~12mo,分析对比术后疗效、角膜溃疡愈合时间、视力、角膜新生血管化程度、并发症及复发情况。  结果:冷冻组总有效率明显优于无冷冻组(P0.05)。两组术后视力均较术前有所提高且差异有统计学意义(P0.05),角膜病灶区遗留不同程度角膜瘢痕。冷冻组的角膜溃疡愈合时间比无冷冻组显著缩短(P<0.05)。冷冻组无并发症发生,无冷冻组1例发生继发性青光眼。结论:冷冻治疗镰孢菌属真菌性角膜溃疡

  2. Drug delivery human amniotic membrane scaffold combined with neural stem cells transplantation in the treatment of spinal cord injury%人羊膜缓释支架联合神经干细胞治疗脊髓损伤

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    王沛; 祁全; 王挽涛; 张铮

    2016-01-01

    of a new medical biomaterial drug delivery denuded human amniotic membrane (DHAM) scaffold combined with neural stem cells transplantation in rat spinal cord injury model.Methods The NSCs were separated,cultured,purified and identified from bilateral hippocampus of 24-hour-old SD rats (n =8).The human amniotic membrane was obtained from the healthy pregnant women and was prepared to DHAM.Two DHAM was cut into 4 by 4 cm in size.The NSCs (5 × 109 cells/L) were seeded on two DHAM.The mixture of fibrin-glue (2.5 ml) and nerve growth factor (18 μg) were aspersed on one no cell side of DHAM to construct drug delivery scaffold.The nerve growth factor (18 μg) were purely aspersed on one no cell side of another DHAM to construct no drug delivery scaffold.Thirty-six rats were made into spinal cord injury models through spinal cord complete section,and were randomly divided into three groups.In group A,the drug delivery scaffold was transplanted in rat spinal cord injury model.In group B,the no drug delivery scaffold was transplanted.In group C,rats received no treatment.After 1,2,4,and 8 weeks of surgery,the hindlimbs functional recovery was evaluated by the Basso-Beattie-Bresnahan (BBB) locomotor rating score.Morphological changes were tested by Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining,silver staining and immunohistochemistry staining after 8 weeks of surgery.Results The BBB score was higher in group A (11.63 ± 0.58) than in both other groups(P <0.05).HE staining showed different appearance in each group.In group A,most of DHAM arranged parallel.In the scaffold,there were many living cells.Some cells erupted silkiness fibers.And the silkiness fibers were growing in a directional manner.In group B,the DHAM did not keep the parallel arrangement.The DHAM arranged like waves or net.The silkiness fibers erupted by cells tended to tangle and did not have a directional manner.In group C,there were cavities in broken ends of spinal cords.The new born silkiness fibers tangled together

  3. Proteomic profiling of the amniotic fluid to detect inflammation, infection, and neonatal sepsis.

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    Catalin S Buhimschi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Proteomic analysis of amniotic fluid shows the presence of biomarkers characteristic of intrauterine inflammation. We sought to validate prospectively the clinical utility of one such proteomic profile, the Mass Restricted (MR score. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We enrolled 169 consecutive women with singleton pregnancies admitted with preterm labor or preterm premature rupture of membranes. All women had a clinically indicated amniocentesis to rule out intra-amniotic infection. A proteomic fingerprint (MR score was generated from fresh samples of amniotic fluid using surface-enhanced laser desorption ionization (SELDI mass spectrometry. Presence or absence of the biomarkers of the MR score was interpreted in relationship to the amniocentesis-to-delivery interval, placental inflammation, and early-onset neonatal sepsis for all neonates admitted to the Newborn Special Care Unit (n = 104. Women with "severe" amniotic fluid inflammation (MR score of 3 or 4 had shorter amniocentesis-to-delivery intervals than women with "no" (MR score of 0 inflammation or even "minimal" (MR score of 1 or 2 inflammation (median [range] MR 3-4: 0.4 d [0.0-49.6 d] versus MR 1-2: 3.8 d [0.0-151.2 d] versus MR 0: 17.0 d [0.1-94.3 d], p 100 cells/mm3, whereas the combination of Gram stain and MR score was best for rapid prediction of intra-amniotic infection (positive amniotic fluid culture. CONCLUSIONS: High MR scores are associated with preterm delivery, histological chorioamnionitis, and early-onset neonatal sepsis. In this study, proteomic analysis of amniotic fluid was shown to be the most accurate test for diagnosis of intra-amniotic inflammation, whereas addition of the MR score to the Gram stain provides the best combination of tests to rapidly predict infection.

  4. 以人羊膜为支架的表皮黑素细胞培养与生物活性鉴定%Culture of human epidermal melanocytes with human amniotic membrane as a scaffold and their biological ability identification

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    佘小光; 刘小明; 雷铁池

    2011-01-01

    目的 从吸引疱疱顶微小皮片建立人表皮黑素细胞(MC)原代培养,以人羊膜为支架培养MC,观察羊膜对MC黏附、增殖和树突发育的影响.方法 用负压吸疱法分离疱顶微小皮片,多巴染色后对取自同一个体下腹部和前臂屈侧皮片的MC进行计数.皮片经胰酶消化后自基底面轻刮表皮细胞建立原代MC培养,将培养的第2~4代MC接种至新鲜或冻存羊膜上共孵育不同时间后,倒置显微镜下观察MC形态和树突发育.行石蜡包埋组织切片,HE染色后观察MC对羊膜的黏附.用MTT比色法测定接种在羊膜上的MC存活率.结果 前臂屈侧吸引疱疱顶皮片多巴染色阳性细胞个数为(1543.1±113.3)个/mm2,腹部皮片为(857.4±101.7)个/mm2.在4周内建立MC原代培养至少需要从2个疱顶(面积约25.1 mm2)的前臂皮片获取的表皮细胞.倒置显微镜下观察,与单纯接种细胞培养皿的MC比较,接种至新鲜或冻存羊膜上继续培养4、8、12 d的MC形态多为两极,树突细长延伸.HE染色示MC能黏附并均匀分布在羊膜的基底膜层表面.MTT法测定结果示,羊膜对MC的分裂增殖有抑制,但冻存羊膜与新鲜羊膜对MC增殖抑制差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).结论 人前臂屈侧皮肤富含活性MC,是获取吸引疱疱顶微小皮片建立MC原代培养的较好部位.人羊膜支持MC黏附生长和树突发育,有望成为一种能荷载体外培养扩增MC的人源生物支架.%Objective To establish a primary culture of human melanocytes from tiny skin sheets harvested by using a suction blister method, to carry out a serial subcultivation of the melanocytes with human amniotic membrane (AM) as a scaffold, and to observe the influence of AM on the adhesion, proliferation and dendrite development of melanocytes. Methods Tiny skin sheets were collected from the flexual forearm or lower abdomen of a healthy male volunteer by a suction blister method and melanocytes in the skin sheet were

  5. Amniotic Band Syndrome, Perinatal Hospice, and Palliative Care versus Active Management

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    Shadi Rezai

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Amniotic band syndrome and sequence are a relatively rare condition in which congenital anomalies occur as a result of the adherence and entrapment of fetal parts with coarse fibrous bands of the amniotic membrane. A large percentage of reported cases have an atypical gestational history. The frequency of this obstetric complication is not affected by fetal gender, genetic abnormality, or prenatal infection. Case. A 21-year-old, G1P0 female parturient at 18 weeks and 5 days with a single intrauterine gestation during a routine ultrasound evaluation was noted to have amniotic band sequence. The pregnancy was subsequently complicated by preterm premature rupture of membranes with oligohydramnios, resulting in a surviving neonate scheduled for rehabilitative treatment. Conclusion. Amniotic band syndrome is an uncommon congenital anomaly resulting in multiple disfiguring and disabling manifestations. Several theories are proposed with most involving early rupture of the amnion and entanglement of fetal parts by amniotic bands. This syndrome can be manifested by development of multiple malformations, with the majority of the defects being limb abnormalities of a disorganized nature, as in the case we present. In the absence of a clear etiology of consequential congenital abnormalities, obstetric management guidelines should use shared decision models to focus on the quality of life for the offspring.

  6. Proteomic Analysis of Amniotic Fluid to Identify Women with Preterm Labor and Intra-amniotic Inflammation/Infection

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    Romero, Roberto; Espinoza, Jimmy; Rogers, Wade T.; Moser, Allan; Nien, Jyh Kae; Kusanovic, Juan Pedro; Gotsch, Francesca; Erez, Offer; Gomez, Ricardo; Edwin, Sam; Hassan, Sonia S.

    2008-01-01

    Objective Examination of the amniotic fluid proteome has been used to identify biomarkers for intra-amniotic inflammation, as well as those that may be useful in predicting the outcome of preterm labor. The purpose of this study was to combine a novel computational method of pattern discovery with mass spectrometric proteomic profiling of amniotic fluid to discover biomarkers of intra-amniotic infection/inflammation (IAI). Methods This cross-sectional study included patients with spontaneous preterm labor and intact membranes who delivered at term (n=59) and those who delivered preterm with IAI (n=60). Proteomic profiling was performed using SELDI mass spectrometry. A proteomic profile was acquired through multiple simultaneous SELDI conditions which were combined in a single proteomic “fingerprint” using a novel computational approach. Classification of patients based on their associated SELDI-TOF mass spectra as belonging to either the class of individuals with preterm delivery with IAI or term delivery was accomplished by constructing an empirical model. The first phase in the construction of this empirical model involved the selection of adjustable parameters utilizing a training/testing subset of data. The second phase tested the generalization of the model by utilizing a blinded validation set of patients who were not employed in parameter selection. Results Gestational age at amniocentesis was not significantly different between the groups. Thirty-nine unique mass spectrometric peaks discriminated patients with preterm labor/delivery with IAI from those with preterm labor and term delivery. In the testing/training dataset, the classification accuracies (averaged over 100 random draws) were: 91.4% (40.2/44) for patients with preterm delivery with IAI, and 91.2% (40.1/44) for term delivery. The overall accuracy of the classification of patients in the validation dataset was 90.3% (28/31). Conclusions Proteomic analysis of amniotic fluid allowed the

  7. Conditioned Medium From Human Amniotic Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Limits Infarct Size and Enhances Angiogenesis

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    Danieli, Patrizia; Malpasso, Giuseppe; Cluffreda, Maria Chiara; Cervio, Elisabetta; Calvillo, Laura; Copes, Francesco; Pisano, Federica; Mura, Manuela; Kleijn, Lennaert; de Boer, Rudolf A.; Viarengo, Gianluca; Rosti, Vittorio; Spinillo, Arsenio; Roccio, Marianna; Gnecchi, Massimiliano

    2015-01-01

    The paracrine properties of human amniotic membrane-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hAMCs) have not been fully elucidated. The goal of the present study was to elucidate whether hAMCs can exert beneficial paracrine effects on infarcted rat hearts, in particular through cardioprotection and angiog

  8. Association of H-Translocating ATPase in the Golgi Membrane System from Suspension-Cultured Cells of Sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.).

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    Ali, M S; Akazawa, T

    1986-05-01

    The Golgi complex and the disrupted vesicular membranes were prepared from suspension-cultured cells of sycamore (Acer pseudoplatanus L.) using protoplasts as the starting material and employing linear sucrose density gradient centrifugation followed by osmolysis (Ali et al. [1985] Plant Cell Physiol 26: 1119-1133). The isolated Golgi fraction was found to be enriched with marker enzyme activities and depleted of the activity of a typical mitochondrial marker enzyme, cytochrome c oxidase. Golgi complex, and vesicular membranes derived thereof were found to contain the specific ATPase (specific activity of about 0.5 to 0.7 micromoles per minute per milligram protein). Inhibitor studies suggested that the ATPase of Golgi was different from plasma membrane, tonoplast and mitochondrial ATPases as it was not inhibited by sodium vanadate, potassium nitrate, oligomycin and sodium azide. The sensitivity to N-ethylmaleimide further distinguished the Golgi ATPase from F(0) to F(1) ATPase of mitochondria. The internal acidification was measured by monitoring the difference in absorbance at 550 nanometers minus 600 nanometers using neutral red as a probe. The maximum rate detected with Golgi and disrupted membrane system was 0.49 and 0.61 optical density unit per minute per milligram protein, at pH 7.5, respectively, indicating that the proton pump activity was tightly associated with the Golgi membranes. In both cases, the acidification was inhibited 70 to 90% by various ionophores, indicating that the proton pump was electrogenic in nature. Both the Golgi ATPase activity and ATP-dependent acidification were profoundly inhibited by N,N'-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide, which also indicate that the two activities are catalyzed by the same enzyme.

  9. 病灶清创联合羊膜移植治疗迁延性真菌性角膜炎的疗效观察%Lesion debridement combined with amniotic membrane transplantation treating persistent fungal keratitis

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    张军; 王丽娅; 刘森玉; 伟伟

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨病灶清创联合羊膜移植治疗迁延性真菌性角膜炎疗效的有效性和安全性.方法 回顾性研究.共收集2007年3月至2008年3月河南省眼科研究所确诊的迁延性真菌性角膜炎患者16例(16只眼).临床确诊的真菌性角膜炎患者(角膜刮片或真菌培养阳性者)经及时,规范的抗真菌药物治疗4~6周,角膜溃疡病灶仍存,荧光素染色上皮缺损至少2 mm角膜浸润病灶未累及角膜深层(裂隙灯检查浸润病灶深度<1/3角膜厚度,无内皮斑、前房积脓)者,行病灶清创联合羊膜移植术治疗.结果 16例患者中11例(68.8%)病变处于活动期(术前共焦显微镜检查及10%氢氧化钾涂片检查:阳性),5例(31.2%)病变处于非活动期(术前共焦显微镜检查及10%氢氧化钾涂片检查:阴性)术后平均愈合时间(13.21±6.35)d(7~26)d;其中活动期病变组平均上皮愈合时间(14.22±7.05)d;非活动期病变组平均上皮愈合时间(11.40±5.03)d.两组上皮愈合时间差异无统计学意义(P>0.05).所有病例随访期间未见严重的并发症.结论 病灶清创联合羊膜移植对治疗迁延性真菌性角膜炎有着良好的疗效,是治疗迁延性真菌性角膜炎的又一方法.%Objective To investigate the therapeutic effect and complication of amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT) combined with debridement in persistent fungal keratitis. Methods Diagnosis of fungal keratitis was confirmed by corneal scraping examination or fungal cultures in 16eyes of 16 patients.The indications to perform AMT combined with debridement were to promote reepithelialization in non-healing ulcers.Antifungal agents were administered throughout the whole course of hospitalization.Repeated cultures were performed immediately before AMT combined debridement.The main outcome measurements were epithelial healing rate,necessity therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK),and persistence of infection. Results During follow

  10. MMP and TIMP in cornea alkaline burn after amniotic membrane transplantation in mice%碱烧伤小鼠行羊膜移植后MMP及TIMP表达的变化

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    朱晶; 程旭康

    2011-01-01

    目的:通过检测羊膜移植对小鼠角膜碱烧伤后不同时间点基质金属蛋白酶(metalloproteinases,MMP-2,8,9)及金属蛋白酶组织抑制剂(tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases,TIMP-1,2)的表达,探讨羊膜移植在碱烧伤病程中所起的作用.方法:将40只Balb/c小鼠随机分为实验组和对照组,采用1mol/L氢氧化钠溶液烧伤小鼠角膜;实验组小鼠右眼行羊膜移植加睑裂缝合术,对照组仅行睑裂缝合术.分别在羊膜移植后的第0,2,7,14d处死小鼠,应用Western blot检测不同时间点MMP-2,8,9及TIMP-1,2的表达,增强化学发光法(enhanced chemiluminescent,ECL)对结果进行分析.结果:对照组角膜中MMP-2,8,9在第2d出现表达,第14d达到峰值,且表达主要位于基质层及上皮下的炎性细胞中.碱烧伤后第2d TIMP-1仅微弱表达,第7d可见表达增加,第14d到达峰值.TIMP-2第2d即可见表达增加,后持续增强.实验组各时间点MMP-2,8,9表达均低于对照组(P<0.01),TIMP-1,2的表达均高于对照组(P<0.01).结论:行羊膜移植可通过抑制MMP的表达,促进TIMP表达,从而抑制和延迟碱烧伤后角膜炎性浸润及溃疡的发生和发展,对碱烧伤后角膜的重塑起着重要作用.%AIM: To study metalloproteinases(MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases(TIMP) expresion in cornea of mice with alkaline burns treated with amniotic membrane transplantation (AMT), and to evaluate the effect of AMT in treatment of alkaline burns.METHODS: Forty Balb/c mice were divided into two groups (experimental group and control group) and their right eye corneas were burned with alkali(NaOH). The cornea was treated with AMT and secured with a tarsorrhaphy in experimental group, while the control group underwent tarsorrhaphy alone. At different time points(0, 2, 7, 14 days) after AMT, mice were killed and the expressions of MMP and TIMP in cornea were measured by the Western blot technique, and the results were analyzed by enhanced

  11. Spectral luminescence analysis of amniotic fluid

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    Slobozhanina, Ekaterina I.; Kozlova, Nataly M.; Kasko, Leonid P.; Mamontova, Marina V.; Chernitsky, Eugene A.

    1997-12-01

    It is shown that the amniotic fluid has intensive ultra-violet luminescence caused by proteins. Along with it amniotic fluid radiated in the field of 380 - 650 nm with maxima at 430 - 450 nm and 520 - 560 nm. The first peak of luminescence ((lambda) exc equals 350 nm; (lambda) em equals 430 - 440 nm) is caused (most probably) by the presence in amniotic fluid of some hormones, NADH2 and NADPH2. A more long-wave component ((lambda) exc equals 460 nm; (lambda) em equals 520 - 560 nm) is most likely connected with the presence in amniotic fluid pigments (bilirubin connected with protein and other). It is shown that intensity and maximum of ultra-violet luminescence spectra of amniotic fluid in normality and at pathology are identical. However both emission spectra and excitation spectra of long-wave ((lambda) greater than 450 nm) luminescence of amniotic fluid from pregnant women with such prenatal abnormal developments of a fetus as anencephaly and spina bifida are too long-wave region in comparison with the norm. Results of research testify that spectral luminescent analysis of amniotic fluid can be used for screening of malformations of the neural tube. It is very difficult for a practical obstetrician to reveal pregnant women with a high risk of congenital malformations of the fetus. Apart from ultrasonic examination, cytogenetic examination of amniotic fluid and defumination of concentrations of alpha-fetoprotein and acetylcholin-esterases in the amniotic fluid and blood plasma are the most widely used diagnostic approaches. However, biochemical and cytogenetic diagnostic methods are time-consuming. In the present work spectral luminescence properties of the amniotic fluid are investigated to determine spectral parameters that can be used to reveal pregnant women with a high risk of congenital malformations of their offsprings.

  12. 21 CFR 884.1550 - Amniotic fluid sampler (amniocentesis tray).

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Amniotic fluid sampler (amniocentesis tray). 884... Diagnostic Devices § 884.1550 Amniotic fluid sampler (amniocentesis tray). (a) Identification. The amniotic fluid sampler (amniocentesis tray) is a collection of devices used to aspirate amniotic fluid from...

  13. Suspension membrane reactor for biological elimination of non-degradable materials from mixed effluents. Final report; Suspensionsmembranreaktor zur biologischen Eliminierung schwer abbaubarer Stoffe aus Abwassergemischen. Abschlussbericht

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    Raebiger, N.; Schierenbeck, A.

    2002-07-01

    An earlier research project had shown that a combined process involving membrane filtration and a bioreactor ensure substrate-specific times of residue inside the reactor, i.e. high selective conversation at low discharge rates. The second project aimed at higher flexibility. For this purpose, a two-stage suspension membrane reactor was developed in which the filtration stage and the bioreactor were decoupled. The liquid effluents are concentrated first in a nanofiltration stage, and the permeate, which should be free of non-degradable materials, is discharged. The concentrate is treated in the biological reaction stage and recirculated into the nanofiltration stage in order to ensure complete degradation during a substrate-specific time of residue. An intermediate microfiltration stage serves to retain biomass and prevent the growth of a biofilm in the nanofiltration stage. The method was tested with the practically relevant model pollutant 4-chlorophenol and a real industrial effluent from the antifelting stage of a Bremen woollen mill (Bremer Wollkaemmerei), with a high AOX concentration. [German] Im vorhergehenden Teil des Forschungsvorhabens konnte gezeigt werden, dass durch eine kombinierte Anwendung der Membranfiltration mit einem Bioreaktor eine substratspezifische Verweilzeitverteilung im Reaktor und damit eine hohe selektive Umsatzleistung bei gleichzeitig niedrigen Ablaufwerten realisierbar ist. Um eine groessere Flexibilitaet bei dem Einsatz verschiedener Membranmodule zu realisieren, wurde in dem zweiten Abschnitt des Forschungsvorhabens eine zweistufige Anlage vom Typ des Suspensions-Membranreaktors entwickelt, bei der Filtration und Bioreaktor entkoppelt werden. Das zu reinigende Abwasser wird zunaechst in einer Nanofiltrationsstufe aufkonzentriert, das moeglichst an schwer abbaubaren Stoffen freie Permeat bildet den Ablauf der Anlage. Der Konzentratstrom wird in der nachfolgenden Reaktionsstufe biologisch behandelt und in die Nanofiltrationsstufe

  14. Observations on the alkaline phosphatase isoenzyme distribution in maternal and amniotic fluid compartments in Nigerian parturients.

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    Okpere, E; Okorodudu, A; Gbinigie, O

    1988-01-01

    Estimation of the alkaline phosphates isoenzymes in paired maternal serum and amniotic fluids in term uncomplicated pregnancies and in patients with pre-eclampsia, showed poor correlation coefficients between the levels of both heat stable and heat labile isoenzymes. There was a statistically significant fall in AF (P less than .05) HSAP in pre-eclampsia and a highly significant rise of HLAP in meconial liquor. It is concluded that the poor correlation between the levels of HSAP in maternal serum and amniotic fluid (despite their common source of origin), the normal levels of HLAP in maternal serum in the presence of significantly high levels of HSAP in maternal serum in the presence of significantly diminished levels in amniotic fluid point to a state of relatively diminished permeability of the chorioamniotic membranes to the alkaline phosphatase isoenzymes in Nigerians.

  15. Preparation and in vitro release study of recombinant human epidermal growth factor/chitosan nanoparticle-loaded fibrin-binding amniotic membrane%载表皮生长因子/壳聚糖纳米粒纤维蛋白胶胶联羊膜的制备及体外释药评价

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    周文君; 赵敏; 牟彦

    2011-01-01

    背景:纤维蛋白胶胶联羊膜作为一种无需缝合生物移植材料还无法有效地在局部长时间缓释药物,特别是对于一些不稳定的生物活性蛋白药物.目的:构建新型的能有效缓释蛋白药物的载表皮生长因子壳聚糖纳米粒纤维蛋白胶羊膜复合体.方法:制备表皮生长因子/壳聚糖载药纳米粒并考察其表征,然后将载药纳米粒掺入纤维蛋白胶,再将载纳米粒的纤维蛋白胶和羊膜胶联黏合,制备出负载表皮生长因子/壳聚糖纳米粒纤维蛋白胶胶联羊膜,并进行形态学和体外释药观察,检测释放出的表皮生长因子生物活性.结果与结论:表皮生长因子/壳聚糖纳米粒的粒径为(275.7±6.8) nm,Zeta电位为(32.7±0.6) mV,包封率为(67.03±1.22)%,多分散指数为0.23±0.04,形态圆形均一,载纳米粒纤维蛋白胶能够很好地与羊膜胶联黏合,表面呈网状结构,纳米粒充斥其中.载表皮生长因子/壳聚糖纳米粒纤维蛋白胶胶联羊膜体外释药可达14 d,释放的表皮生长因子生物活性可保持7 d以上.说明制备的载重组人表皮生长因子/壳聚糖纳米粒纤维蛋白胶胶联羊膜作为一种无缝合生物移植材料可在局部缓慢释放表皮生长因子.%BACKGROUND: As a sutureless implantable biomaterial, fibrin-binding amniotic membrane can not deliver drugs in a sustainedand efficient way locally, especially for those instable bioactive proteins.OBJECTIVE: To construct a novel sutureless implantable composite biomaterial by combining recombinant human epidermalgrowth factor (rhEGF)-loaded chitosan nanoparticles, fibrin gel and amniotic membrane, which could deliver therapeutic proteins ina sustained way.METHODS: rhEGF-loaded chitosan nanoparticles were prepared and characterized, and then they were incorporated into a fibringel matrix during polymerization. By binding the prepared fibrin gel to a piece of amniotic membrane, a rhEGF/chitosannanoparticle-loaded fibrin

  16. Living related conjunctival limbal allograft and amniotic membrane transplantation for limbal stem cell deficiency in chemically injured eyes%活体异体结膜缘和羊膜移植治疗化学性眼外伤造成的角膜缘干细胞缺失

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    Mehdi Hosseini Tehrani; Asoo Ali Mahmoudi; Hassan Hashemi; Syed Jafar Oskouee; Javad Amuzadeh; Mohammad Taher Rajabi; Masoomeh Taherzadeh; Hamideh Shenazandi

    2008-01-01

    目的:评价利用活体异体结膜缘和羊膜移植治疗化学性眼外伤造成的角膜缘干细胞缺失的临床效果.方法:从2005-07/2007-12,本研究包括了9名男性化学性眼外伤患者(10眼).所有患者接受了亲属活体异体结膜缘和羊膜移植,2例眼接受了睑缝术.用环孢菌素和泼尼松龙进行全身性免疫抑制.结果:在3例眼中观察到完全角膜上皮化(30%),其中1例在术后1.5mo出现免疫排斥,角膜溶解引起穿孔,加大全身性免疫抑制剂量来控制病情.3例眼中植片无法在角膜表面重新形成上皮,被定为原发性失败.其余4眼有部分上皮形成,但上皮细胞无法完全覆盖角膜表面.术前最佳矫正视力从手动到1m处数指,术后最佳矫正视力从光感到20/80.有5眼视力得到改进,不需其他治疗.手术失败的主要原因为干眼症和持续性炎症.结论:对于能控制泪量和眼部炎症的病例,亲属活体异体角膜缘和羊膜移植是治疗化学性眼外伤造成的角膜缘干细胞缺失最佳方法之一.%AIM: To evaluate the clinical success of living related conjunctival limbal and amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment of chemical injury induced limbal stem cell deficiency.METHODS: From July 2005 to December 2007, 10 eyes of 9 male patients with chemical injury induced limbal stem cell deficiency were included in the study. All subjects underwent living related conjunctival limbal and amniotic membrane transplantation. Blepharorrhaphy was performed in two cases. Systemic immunosuppression with cyclosporine and prednisolone was initiated.RESULTS: Complete corneal epithelialization was observed in 3 eyes (30%). In one of the patients immunologic rejection and corneal melting led to perforation 1.5 months after surgery. The increasing dose of systemic immunosuppression was used to control it. Three eyes were described as primary failure because graft could not re-epithelialize the corneal surface. The remained four

  17. Therapeutic potential of amniotic fluid stem cells.

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    Abdulrazzak, Hassan; De Coppi, Paolo; Guillot, Pascale V

    2013-03-01

    Human amniotic fluid cells have been used traditionally as a diagnostic tool for genetic anomalies. More recently it has been recognized that amniotic fluid contains populations of stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells (AFMSC) were first to be described. These cells are able to differentiate towards mesodermal lineages. More recently cells with broader potential, defined as amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSC), were also isolated. They have intermediate characteristics between embryonic and adult stem cells and are able to differentiate into lineages representative of all three germ layers but unlike ES cells they do not form tumours in vivo. Furthermore, AFSC have been reverted to functional pluripotency in a transgene-free approach using an epigenetics modifier. These characteristics, together with absence of ethical issues concerning their employment, have made stem cells from amniotic fluid a promising candidate for cell therapy and tissue engineering.

  18. [Ultrasound echographic imaging and measurement of the amniotic cavity and yolk sac in early pregnancy: comparative study of intact and disordered pregnancies].

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    Funk, A; Fendel, H

    1988-01-01

    The chorionic cavity, vertex-breech length, yolk sac, and amnion were systematically demonstrated and measured in 50 early pregnancies, i.e., between the end of the sixth and the tenth week of gestation post menstruationem (p.m.). This was done in 23 cases with clinically and sonographically intact pregnancies without symptoms of abortion, in 12 cases with living embryos with symptoms of abortion, and in 15 cases of retained miscarriage. The thin amniotic membrane is sonographically demonstrated as a narrow, sharply defined reflected band in the chorionic cavity. In addition to direct demonstration of the amniotic membrane, the amniotic cavity can be demonstrated by a density difference in the echogenicity of the chorionic and amniotic fluids. While there are delicate, homogenously distributed inner echoes in the chorionic cavity, the amniotic cavity is empty save for the embryo structure. Sonographically, therefore, the amniotic cavity stands out as a spherical structure within the chorionic cavity. In all pregnancies with a living embryo it was possible to demonstrate the yolk sac sonographically as a sharply defined ring structure in the chorionic cavity. In 10 of the 15 cases of retained miscarriage only a rudimentary remnant of the yolk sac could be detected. The development of the amniotic and chorionic cavities and vertex-breech length was constant in the pregnancies with living embryos, the amnion developing synchronously with the vertex-breech length.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  19. Transplante de membrana amniótica em casos agudos graves de queimadura ocular química e síndrome de Stevens-Johnson Amniotic membrane transplantation for severe acute cases of chemical ocular burn and Stevens-Johnson syndrome

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    José Reinaldo da Silva Ricardo

    2009-04-01

    .PURPOSE: To study the therapeutic potential of amniotic membrane transplantation in cases of severe acute chemical ocular burn and Stevens-Johnson syndrome. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of eight patients, with a total of ten eyes, submitted to amniotic membrane transplantation for treatment of ocular chemical burns and Stevens-Johnson syndrome in the acute phase between January 1999 and May 2008 in the Ophthalmology Department of UNIFESP. Data relating to sex, age, degree of chemical burns, etiology, affected eye, ophthalmological findings, extension of amniotic membrane, surgeries, additional time between the injury and surgery in days, visual acuity before and after surgery, epithelial defect healing (days, complications and time of follow-up in months were collected. RESULTS: The average age of patients was 35.7 ± 23.04 years, with six men and two women. Three patients (four eyes had Stevens-Johnson syndrome and five patients (six eyes had chemical ocular burn. The epithelial defect was healed at an average of 27.8 ± 4.7 days (ranging from 20 and 35 days. All patients presented limbal stem cell deficiency in a median follow-up of 7.8 ± 2.8 months (ranging from six and twelve months and four eyes developed symblepharon. CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that the amniotic membrane transplantation represents an additive that can be carried out in the serious cases of ocular chemical burn and Stevens-Johnson syndrome with the finality of promoting the epithelialization and abolishing the inflammation and its consequences, if compared with other studies that treated similar cases with medical therapy only. On the other hand, it is not possible to avoid the limbic deficiency in these cases, which in the future will need limbal stem cell transplantation or other surgeries for correction of the ocular surface.

  20. Transplante de células-tronco epiteliais límbicas alógenas expandidas ex vivo sobre membrana amniótica: relato de caso Transplantation of allogenic limbal epithelial stem cells cultivated ex vivo on amniotic membrane: case report

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    José Álvaro Pereira Gomes

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Paciente apresentou falência de transplante de limbo e conjuntiva de doador vivo alógeno no olho direito após ceratoconjuntivite epidêmica. Após alguns meses, foi submetida a transplante de células-tronco epiteliais límbicas alógenas cultivadas ex vivo sobre membrana amniótica (primeiro caso no Brasil, tendo evoluído com epitelização total da córnea e melhora da acuidade visual. Após o 3º mês da cirurgia, iniciou-se neovascularização superficial periférica com piora da transparência corneana. A visão manteve-se 0,1 após um ano de cirurgia.Case report of a patient who developed failure of an allogenic living related conjunctival limbal transplantation in the right eye after an episode of epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. After a few months, she underwent transplantation of allogenic limbal epithelial stem cells cultivated ex vivo on amniotic membrane (first case in Brazil. The patient evolved with total corneal epithelialization and improvement of the visual acuity. Three months after the surgery, peripheral superficial neovascularization with worsening of the corneal transparency was observed. The vision remained 0.1 after one year of the transplantation.

  1. Membraner

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    Bach, Finn

    2009-01-01

    Notatet giver en kort introduktion til den statiske virkemåde af membraner og membrankonstruktioner......Notatet giver en kort introduktion til den statiske virkemåde af membraner og membrankonstruktioner...

  2. [Human amniotic epithelium (HAE) as a possible source of stem cells (SC)].

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    García-López, Guadalupe; García-Castro, Irma Lydia; Avila-González, Daniela; Molina-Hernández, Anayansi; Flores-Herrera, Héctor; Merchant-Larios, Horacio; Díaz-Martínez, Fabián

    2015-01-01

    There have been major recent advances in the field of developmental biology due to the investigation on stem cells (SC). Stem cells are characterized by their capacity of auto-renewal and differentiation to different cellular phenotypes. Based on the developmental stage, they can be classified into two different types: embryonic SCs and adult SCs. It has been widely reported that several problems need to be resolved before their possible clinical applications. As a result, fetal membranes have been suggested as an alternative source of SCs. In the human amniotic epithelium, the presence of markers of pluripotent SC´s has been reported, and its capacity as a feeder layer for expansion of different SC types. Also, fetal membranes are a discarded product after delivery, and thus there are not any ethical issues related to its use. In conclusion, the human amniotic epithelium can be a strong candidate for regenerative medicine.

  3. Clinical aspects of the 360 º conjunctival graft and amniotic membrane cryopreserved transplantation in corneal ulcers in dogsAspectos clínicos do enxerto conjuntival 360º e do implante da membrana amniótica criopreservada no tratamento de úlceras de córnea em cães

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    Gabriel Thadeu Nogueira Martins Ferreira

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    Full Text Available To evaluate the clinical application of implant of the canine cryopreserved amniotic membrane (DMEM plus DMSO 1:1 and 360° conjunctival flap in the treatment of progressive corneal ulceration. 10 dogs of the different breeds, males and females, aging four months to four years old with deep corneal ulceration and different clinical progression were divided in two groups: G1=360° conjunctival graft (n=5 and G2=implant of amniotic membrane, sutured at the edge of the ulcer with epithelial side facing up, associated with the third eyelid flap (n=5. The comparative analysis between groups was: complications, blepharospasm, ocular secretion, corneal vascularization, epithelial defect and corneal opacification in six moments (first emergency care, surgery and 3, 7, 15 and 30 days of postoperative. Without epithelial defect was evaluated quality of the scar. It was used score scale for subjective to qualify of the ocular signs. In G1, it was observed the non-adherence of the conjunctival graft to the ulcer (n=2, dehiscence of the suture (n=2, anterior synechia (n=2 and intense chemosis (n=1. In G2, it was not observed these complications. It was not significant difference between the groups to others ocular parameters, but it was different among the start and end moments of the same groups (ocular secretion, corneal vascularization, epithelial defect. The corneal opacity was more intense in G1. According to the clinical results, the cryopreserved amniotic membrane implant proved to be as effective in the corneal ulceration in comparison to the 360° conjunctival flap, because probably, the membrane promoted a trophic support for epithelialization, anti-inflamatory effect associated with important to the end result phenotype. Avaliar a aplicação clínica do implante da membrana amniótica canina criopreservada em DMEM (Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Médium e DMSO4 (dimetilsulfóxido na proporção 1:1 e do enxerto conjuntival 360º no tratamento de

  4. Diversity of microbes in amniotic fluid.

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    DiGiulio, Daniel B

    2012-02-01

    Recent polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based studies estimate the prevalence of microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) to be ≥30-50% higher than that detected by cultivation-based methods. Some species that have been long implicated in causing MIAC remain among the common invaders (e.g. Ureaplasma spp., Mycoplasma spp., Fusobacterium spp. Streptococcus spp., Bacteroides spp. and Prevotella spp.). Yet we now know from studies based on PCR of the 16S ribosomal DNA that cultivation-resistant anaerobes belonging to the family Fusobacteriaceae (particularly Sneathia sanguinegens, and Leptotrichia spp.) are also commonly found in amniotic fluid. Other diverse microbes detected by PCR of amniotic fluid include as-yet uncultivated and uncharacterized species. The presence of some microbial taxa is associated with specific host factors (e.g. Candida spp. and an indwelling intrauterine device). It appears that MIAC is polymicrobial in 24-67% of cases, but the potential role of pathogen synergy is poorly understood. A causal relationship between diverse microbes, as detected by PCR, and preterm birth is supported by types of association (e.g. space, time and dose) proposed as alternatives to Koch's postulates for inferring causality from molecular findings. The microbial census of the amniotic cavity remains unfinished. A more complete understanding may inform future research directions leading to improved strategies for preventing, diagnosing and treating MIAC.

  5. Polyhydramnios in Lrp4 knockout mice with bilateral kidney agenesis: Defects in the pathways of amniotic fluid clearance.

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    Tanahashi, Hiroshi; Tian, Qing-Bao; Hara, Yoshinobu; Sakagami, Hiroyuki; Endo, Shogo; Suzuki, Tatsuo

    2016-02-05

    Amniotic fluid volume during mid-to-late gestation depends mainly on the urine excretion from the foetal kidneys and partly on the fluid secretion from the foetal lungs during foetal breathing-like movements. Urine is necessary for foetal breathing-like movements, which is critical for foetal lung development. Bilateral renal agenesis and/or obstruction of the urinary tract lead to oligohydramnios, which causes infant death within a short period after birth due to pulmonary hypoplasia. Lrp4, which functions as an agrin receptor, is essential for the formation of neuromuscular junctions. Herein, we report novel phenotypes of Lrp4 knockout (Lrp4(-/-)) mice. Most Lrp4(-/-) foetuses showed unilateral or bilateral kidney agenesis, and Lrp4 knockout resulted in polyhydramnios. The loss of Lrp4 compromised foetal swallowing and breathing-like movements and downregulated the expression of aquaporin-9 in the foetal membrane and aquaporin-1 in the placenta, which possibly affected the amniotic fluid clearance. These results suggest that amniotic fluid removal was compromised in Lrp4(-/-) foetuses, resulting in polyhydramnios despite the impairment of urine production. Our findings indicate that amniotic fluid removal plays an essential role in regulating the amniotic fluid volume.

  6. Research on Ceramic Membrane Cross-flow Deep Filtration of Heterogeneous Particle Size Suspension%非均粒悬浮液的陶瓷膜错流深滤速度研究

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    杨德武; 周庄

    2012-01-01

    根据使用陶瓷膜中存在的问题,并以非对称陶瓷膜结构特点为基础,提出了以陶瓷膜支撑层(深层)与膜层共同作为过滤介质的一种新的陶瓷膜错流深层过滤方式。用非均粒径高岭土悬浮液,经过自行设计的实验流程和错流过滤器,进行了陶瓷膜错流深层过滤等实验。对取得的实验数据进行分析对比,得到了在相同操作条件下新方式比传统错流膜过滤的过滤阻力增长减缓、过滤速度更快且更稳定等结论。%Based on the characteristic of the ceramic membrane,this thesis use the membrane layer and supporting layer together to filter suspension.this article develops a new way of ceramic membrane filtration,which is named ceramic membrane cross-flow deep filtration.Using the heterogeneous particle size suspension as the material,the experiment is finished in a self-design filter and process is also brand new.According to analysis the results which are acquired by the experiment,it is presented in this work that the rate of filtration which is obtained when the ceramic membrane filtration is applying the new way is faster and more stable than the traditional cross-flow membrane filtration.

  7. Estudo por microscopia eletrônica do epitélio de neovaginas confeccionadas com membrana amniótica e pesquisa de receptores para estrogênios Electron microscope study of the epithelium of neovagina constructed with amniotic membrane: estrogen receptor evaluation

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    Mauri José Piazza

    1999-06-01

    cortes histológicos obtidos em biópsias de neovaginas revestidas com membrana amniótica.Purpose: to verify changes in amnion epithelia after neovaginoplasty and the presence of estrogen receptor in this tissue using electron microscopy (TEM. Methods: a group consisting of 33 young patients with vaginal agenesy, most of them amenorreic, either incapable or having difficulty to adequately perform sexual activity, underwent surgical correction of the anomaly by the McIndoe-Banister technique. In each woman, a cavity was created through an opening of the vesicorectal space. A mold made of artificial sponge with a condom recovered by amniotic membrane was introduced into the cavity. After eight days, the mold was removed, leaving a developing neoepithelium from the amniotic membrane. Results: The TEM conducted in samples of tissue obtained from neovaginas showed similar results in all three layers of these epithelia, either in the cytoplasm or the cellular microstructures in comparison with normal women. The intensity of staining of the estrogen receptors on the vaginal neoepithelium of the group of women who underwent the surgical procedure was similar to that of normal women. The estrogen receptors were heterogeneously distributed in the three layers of the tissue in all women. The analysis of the vaginal neoepithelium obtained from amniotic membrane revealed, through the TEM, all the characteristics of a regular vaginal epithelium.

  8. Human amniotic epithelial cell transplantation for the repair of injured brachial plexus nerve: evaluation of nerve viscoelastic properties

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    Hua Jin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The transplantation of embryonic stem cells can effectively improve the creeping strength of nerves near an injury site in animals. Amniotic epithelial cells have similar biological properties as embryonic stem cells; therefore, we hypothesized that transplantation of amniotic epithelial cells can repair peripheral nerve injury and recover the creeping strength of the brachial plexus nerve. In the present study, a brachial plexus injury model was established in rabbits using the C 6 root avulsion method. A suspension of human amniotic epithelial cells was repeatedly injected over an area 4.0 mm lateral to the cephal and caudal ends of the C 6 brachial plexus injury site (1 × 10 6 cells/mL, 3 μL/injection, 25 injections immediately after the injury. The results showed that the decrease in stress and increase in strain at 7,200 seconds in the injured rabbit C 6 brachial plexus nerve were mitigated by the cell transplantation, restoring the viscoelastic stress relaxation and creep properties of the brachial plexus nerve. The forepaw functions were also significantly improved at 26 weeks after injury. These data indicate that transplantation of human amniotic epithelial cells can effectively restore the mechanical properties of the brachial plexus nerve after injury in rabbits and that viscoelasticity may be an important index for the evaluation of brachial plexus injury in animals.

  9. Human amniotic epithelial cell transplantation for the repair of injured brachial plexus nerve:evaluation of nerve viscoelastic properties

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    Hua Jin; Qi Yang; Feng Ji; Ya-jie Zhang; Yan Zhao; Min Luo

    2015-01-01

    The transplantation of embryonic stem cells can effectively improve the creeping strength of nerves near an injury site in animals. Amniotic epithelial cells have similar biological properties as em-bryonic stem cells; therefore, we hypothesized that transplantation of amniotic epithelial cells can repair peripheral nerve injury and recover the creeping strength of the brachial plexus nerve. In the present study, a brachial plexus injury model was established in rabbits using the C6root avulsion method. A suspension of human amniotic epithelial cells was repeatedly injected over an area 4.0 mm lateral to the cephal and caudal ends of the C6 brachial plexus injury site (1 × 106 cells/mL, 3μL/injection, 25 injections) immediately after the injury. The results showed that the decrease in stress and increase in strain at 7,200 seconds in the injured rabbit C6 brachial plexus nerve were mitigated by the cell transplantation, restoring the viscoelastic stress relaxation and creep properties of the brachial plexus nerve. The forepaw functions were also signiifcantly improved at 26 weeks after injury. These data indicate that transplantation of human amniotic epithelial cells can effec-tively restore the mechanical properties of the brachial plexus nerve after injury in rabbits and that viscoelasticity may be an important index for the evaluation of brachial plexus injury in animals.

  10. Preparation of multichannel Zr02 ultrafilration membrane with suspension derived from wet chemical synthesis%湿化学法制备多通道ZrO2超滤膜

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    周邢; 邱鸣慧; 范益群

    2011-01-01

    Zirconia ultrafiltration membranes were fabricated by the wet chemical route.The multichannel zirconia mierofiltration membrane with the pore size of 200 nm served as the substrate, and zireonia nanoparticle suspension was used to form the membrane layer.The effects of sintering temperature on the microstrueture were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis and nitrogen adsorption/desorption.The morphology of the membrane was analyzed by scanning electron microscope (SEM).The permeation and separation performances of the membranes were evaluated by cross-section filtration.The results showed that the membranes were crack-free when the sintering temperature was controlled at 600 ℃.The membrane had higher pure water flux and the molecular weight cut off (MWCO) was 20 000 for multichannel zirconia membrane.The retention rate of the egg albumin (Mw =43 000) reached 95%.%采用孔径为200nm的多通道ZrO2膜为底膜,利用湿化学法制备小孔径ZrO2超滤膜.结合N2吸附-脱附法和X线衍射分析,考察烧结温度对膜结构的影响,确定合适的烧结温度.通过扫描电镜(SEM)表征膜形貌,采用错流过滤考察膜的渗透和分离性能.结果表明:烧结温度为600℃时可以制备完整无缺陷的ZrO2超滤膜,所制备的超滤膜具有高纯水通量,截留相对分子质量(MWCO)为20 000,对相对分子质量为43 000卵清蛋白的截留率达到96%.

  11. Prognostic potential of amniotic fluid analysis at birth on canine neonatal outcomes.

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    Groppetti, D; Martino, P A; Ravasio, G; Bronzo, V; Pecile, A

    2015-12-01

    Glucose, lactate and cortisol concentrations in amniotic fluid were measured at birth in 95 pups and related to neonatal viability based on Apgar scoring and to neonatal mortality. Neither amniotic parameters nor neonatal mortality were associated with the Apgar score. Stillborn pups showed high lactate (P amniotic concentrations (P amniotic fluid differences were observed between normal and malformed pups. Amniotic glucose (P amniotic fluid collected at birth could be a valuable predictor of neonatal outcomes in dogs.

  12. 聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜与人羊膜基质细胞联合构建骨组织工程细胞/支架复合体%Combination application of human amniotic mesenchymal cells and poly (L-lactic acid)/hydroxyapatite membranes for construction of cells/scaffold complexes in bone tissue engineering

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    钟金晟; 梅芳; 齐伟宏; 杨小平

    2012-01-01

    背景 前期研究通过静电纺丝技术获得的聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜有利于细胞的贴附和生长.目的 分析电纺聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜和人羊膜基质细胞构建骨组织工程细胞/支架复合体的可行性.方法 利用MTT 法检测聚乳酸和聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜浸提液对人羊膜基质细胞增殖的影响;将第3 代人羊膜基质细胞培养于含聚乳酸和聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜的成骨诱导培养液中,进行组织学检查及免疫荧光细胞化学染色检测.结果 与结论 聚乳酸和聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜浸提液对人羊膜基质细胞均无明显细胞毒性.与两种膜材料复合培养后,人羊膜基质细胞细胞增殖明显,可观察到钙化结节的形成,钙化结节处细胞Ⅰ型胶原和碱性磷酸酶表达阳性,且聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜组细胞钙化结节数量及成熟程度优于聚乳酸组.说明电纺聚乳酸/羟基磷灰石膜与人羊膜基质细胞可以共同构建成细胞/支架复合体,具有应用于骨组织工程的潜力.%BACKGROUND: Previous study has shown that electrospun poly (L-lactic acid)/hydroxyapatite (PLLA/HA) membranes aresuitable for cellular adhesion and proliferation.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the feasibility of the human amniotic mesenchymal cells (hAMCs) and PLLA/HA membranesconstructing the complex of seed cells/scaffold in bone tissue engineering.METHODS: Effect of leaching liquor from the PLLA and PLLA/HA membranes on the proliferation of hAMCs was detected by3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay method. The third passage of hAMCs were cultured in theosteogenic induce media containing PLLA and PLLA/HA membranes, and then were detected by histological andimmunofluorescence cytochemical staining.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The leaching liquor of the PLLA and PLLA/HA had no cytotoxicity on the hAMCs. After seededonto two kinds of the membranes, hAMCs proliferated actively and calcified nodules were

  13. Amniotic fluid protein profiles of intraamniotic inflammatory response to Ureaplasma spp. and other bacteria.

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    Marian Kacerovsky

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the amniotic fluid protein profiles and the intensity of intraamniotic inflammatory response to Ureaplasma spp. and other bacteria, using the multiplex xMAP technology. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was undertaken in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University Hospital Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic. A total of 145 pregnant women with preterm prelabor rupture of membranes between gestational age 24+0 and 36+6 weeks were included in the study. Amniocenteses were performed. The presence of Ureaplasma spp. and other bacteria was evaluated using 16S rRNA gene sequencing. The levels of specific proteins were determined using multiplex xMAP technology. RESULTS: The presence of Ureaplasma spp. and other bacteria in the amniotic fluid was associated with increased levels of interleukin (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, brain-derived neurotropic factor, granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor, monocyte chemotactic protein-1, macrophage inflammatory protein-1, and matrix metalloproteinasis-9. Ureaplasma spp. were also associated with increased levels of neurotropin-3 and triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells-1. CONCLUSIONS: The presence of Ureaplasma spp. in the amniotic fluid is associated with a slightly different protein profile of inflammatory response, but the intensity of inflammatory response to Ureaplasma spp. is comparable with the inflammatory response to other bacteria.

  14. Antibacterial Effect of Human Amnion Membrane

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    Kashani, L. (MD

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: Along with antibiotics, the use of biological methods to combat bacteria is notably considered. A natural barrier such as amniotic membrane is one of the ways of dealing with bacterial infections. The aim of this study was to determine the antibacterial effect of human amniotic membrane. Materials and Methods: This descriptive study was performed in Dezyani teaching Hospital of Gorgan University of Medical Sciences, Iran. To evaluate the antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli bacteria, 20 amniotic membranes were obtained from postpartum mothers and examined by repeated dilution, diffusion and extraction techniques. Data were collected by observation method and described by mean and standard deviation. Results: The antibacterial activity was found in 15% of the samples against Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, while no antibacterial activity was found against E. coli. Given the 15% positive responses, "Diffusion" and "repeated dilution" techniques were more effective in investigating the antibacterial effect of amniotic membrane. Conclusion: The results show the probability of antimicrobial effect of amniotic membrane tissue and it seems that this property can be affected by many factors.

  15. Detection of Bacteroides fragilis endotoxin in amniotic fluid by counterimmunoelectrophoresis

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    I. Beckmann (Ilse); K. de Graaff (K.); F. Meisel-Mikolajczyk; H.C.S. Wallenburg (Henk)

    1994-01-01

    textabstractThe ability of counter immunoelectrophoresis (CIE) to detectBacteroides fragilis endotoxin in amniotic fluid in small concentrations was evaluated. A method was developed which, in combination with ultrafiltration, permits detection ofB. fragilis endotoxin in amniotic fluid in a concentr

  16. Phthalates and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid in human amniotic fluid

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    Jensen, Morten Søndergaard; Nørgaard-Pedersen, Bent; Toft, Gunnar;

    2012-01-01

    Measures of prenatal environmental exposures are important, and amniotic fluid levels may directly reflect fetal exposures during hypothesized windows of vulnerability.......Measures of prenatal environmental exposures are important, and amniotic fluid levels may directly reflect fetal exposures during hypothesized windows of vulnerability....

  17. Early mesozoic coexistence of amniotes and hepadnaviridae.

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    Alexander Suh

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Hepadnaviridae are double-stranded DNA viruses that infect some species of birds and mammals. This includes humans, where hepatitis B viruses (HBVs are prevalent pathogens in considerable parts of the global population. Recently, endogenized sequences of HBVs (eHBVs have been discovered in bird genomes where they constitute direct evidence for the coexistence of these viruses and their hosts from the late Mesozoic until present. Nevertheless, virtually nothing is known about the ancient host range of this virus family in other animals. Here we report the first eHBVs from crocodilian, snake, and turtle genomes, including a turtle eHBV that endogenized >207 million years ago. This genomic "fossil" is >125 million years older than the oldest avian eHBV and provides the first direct evidence that Hepadnaviridae already existed during the Early Mesozoic. This implies that the Mesozoic fossil record of HBV infection spans three of the five major groups of land vertebrates, namely birds, crocodilians, and turtles. We show that the deep phylogenetic relationships of HBVs are largely congruent with the deep phylogeny of their amniote hosts, which suggests an ancient amniote-HBV coexistence and codivergence, at least since the Early Mesozoic. Notably, the organization of overlapping genes as well as the structure of elements involved in viral replication has remained highly conserved among HBVs along that time span, except for the presence of the X gene. We provide multiple lines of evidence that the tumor-promoting X protein of mammalian HBVs lacks a homolog in all other hepadnaviruses and propose a novel scenario for the emergence of X via segmental duplication and overprinting of pre-existing reading frames in the ancestor of mammalian HBVs. Our study reveals an unforeseen host range of prehistoric HBVs and provides novel insights into the genome evolution of hepadnaviruses throughout their long-lasting association with amniote hosts.

  18. Estudo retrospectivo da utilização do transplante de membrana amniótica em um serviço terciário de Oftalmologia Retrospective study of amniotic membrane transplantation in a terciary ophthalmic health care service

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    Eduardo Conforti de Oliveira

    2008-08-01

    ável. CONCLUSÃO: O enxerto de membrana amniótica nas diferentes doenças avaliadas apresentou resultados favoráveis na maioria delas. Esta técnica pode ser considerada como boa alternativa terapêutica a ser empregada nestas situações, além de ser um método barato e de fácil execução cirúrgica.OBJECTIVE: During the last years amniotic membrane (AM autograft has been frequently used for reconstruction of the ocular surface in many diseases. This study intends to analyze the major indications for AM as well the results of this procedure. METHODS: Data of 107 patients who had done AM autograft surgery were retrospectively analised regarding the indications and postoperatory follow-up. RESULTS: The indications for AM autograft was ptherygium 33.64% (n=36, persistent epithelial defect 29.90% (n=32, simblepharum 18.69% (n=20, chemical injury 6.54%(n=7, vernal conjunctivitis 4.67% (n=5, Stevens-Johnson 2.80% (n=3, ocular cicatricial penfigoid 1.86% (n=2, bullous keratopathy 1.86%(n=2. At the follow-up of ptherygium was observed recurrence between 6,25%(in primary ptherygium and 15% (in recurrence ptherygium. No recurrence was observed in simblepharum surgery for complications due ptherygium. Recovery of epithelial integrity was between 50 and 80% depending the disease. In the acute phase of chemical burns recovery was observed in 50%, however in chronic chemical burns the recovery was only in 33% of the cases. The AM in vernal conjunctivitis to resolve giant papillae, 80% of the cases showed good evolution. In 100% of the case due bullous keratopathy the patients had improvement of the pain. In Steven-Johnsons syndrome (SJS at the acute phase the patients had improevment of the inflammatory component. In the chronic phase of SJS, 50% of the patients had favorable evolution after the procedure. CONCLUSION: Amniotic membrane autograft showed promising results for the majority ocular surface diseases enrroled in this study. This surgical tecnic cheap and easy doing asweel a

  19. Identification of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD-inducible genes in human amniotic epithelial cells

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    Kokame Koichi

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Exposure to dioxins results in a broad range of pathophysiological disorders in human fetuses. In order to evaluate the effects of dioxins on the feto-placental tissues, we analyzed the gene expression in 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD treated primary cultures of human amniotic epithelial cells. Methods Human amniotic epithelial cells were dispersed by trypsin from amniotic membranes and cultured in DME/Ham's F12 medium supplemented with 10% FBS. Two weeks after plating, cells were treated with 50 nM TCDD or DMSO (control, further incubated for 48 hrs, and the gene expression was analyzed by DNA microarray technology and quantitative real-time PCR. Results Thirty eight TCDD-inducible genes, including cytochromeP4501A1 and cytochromeP4501B1, were identified. One of the remarkable profiles of the gene expression was the prominent up-regulation of interferon-inducible genes. The genes involved in the interferon gene expression and interferon signaling pathways were also up-regulated. Furthermore, the expression of genes related to collagen synthesis or degradation was enhanced by TCDD. Conclusion Using DNA microarray and quantitative real-time PCR analyses, we identified TCDD-inducible genes, including interferon-inducible genes and genes related to collagen synthesis or degradation, in human amniotic epithelial cells.

  20. Amniotic membrane transplantation: An option for ocular surface disorders

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    Shreya Thatte

    2011-01-01

    Conclusion : AMT in various ocular surface pathologies shows success in achieving the goal of symptomatic relief, improved epithelialization, stromal healing and vision. Reduction in inflammation, corneal haze and recurrence of original disease is achieved with minimum complications.

  1. Neurogenic differentiation of amniotic fluid stem cells.

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    Rosner, M; Mikula, M; Preitschopf, A; Feichtinger, M; Schipany, K; Hengstschläger, M

    2012-05-01

    In 2003, human amniotic fluid has been shown to contain stem cells expressing Oct-4, a marker for pluripotency. This finding initiated a rapidly growing and very promising new stem cell research field. Since then, amniotic fluid stem (AFS) cells have been demonstrated to harbour the potential to differentiate into any of the three germ layers and to form three-dimensional aggregates, so-called embryoid bodies, known as the principal step in the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells. Marker selection and minimal dilution approaches allow the establishment of monoclonal AFS cell lineages with high proliferation potential. AFS cells have a lower risk for tumour development and do not raise the ethical issues of embryonic stem cells. Compared to induced pluripotent stem cells, AFS cells do not need exogenic treatment to induce pluripotency, are chromosomal stable and do not harbour the epigenetic memory and accumulated somatic mutations of specific differentiated source cells. Compared to adult stem cells, AFS can be grown in larger quantities and show higher differentiation potential. Accordingly, in the recent past, AFS became increasingly accepted as an optimal tool for basic research and probably also for specific cell-based therapies. Here, we review the current knowledge on the neurogenic differentiation potential of AFS cells.

  2. Proteomic profiling of amniotic fluid in premature labor using two-dimensional liquid separation and mass spectrometry

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    Bujold, Emmanuel; Romero, Roberto; Kusanovic, Juan Pedro; Erez, Offer; Gotsch, Francesca; Chaiworapongsa, Tinnakorn; Gomez, Ricardo; Espinoza, Jimmy; Vaisbuch, Edi; Kim, Yeon Mee; Edwin, Samuel; Pisano, Mike; Allen, Beth; Podust, Vladimir N.; Dalmasso, Enrique A.; Rutherford, Jennifer; Rogers, Wade; Moser, Allan; Yoon, Bo Hyun; Barder, Tim

    2011-01-01

    Objective Simultaneous analysis of the protein composition of biological fluids is now possible. Such an approach can be used to identify biological markers of disease and to understand the pathophysiology of disorders that have eluded classification, diagnosis, and treatment. The purpose of this study was to analyze the differences in protein composition in amniotic fluid of patients in preterm labor. Study Design Amniotic fluid was obtained by amniocenteses from three groups of women with preterm labor and intact membranes: (1) women without intra-amniotic infection/inflammation (IAI) who delivered at term; (2) women without intra-amniotic IAI who delivered a preterm neonate; and (3) women with IAI. Intra-amniotic infection was defined as a positive amniotic fluid culture for microorganisms. Intra-amniotic inflammation was defined as an elevated amniotic fluid interleukin (IL)-6 (≥2.3 ng/mL). Two-dimensional (2D) chromatography was used for analysis. The first dimension separated proteins by isoelectric point, while the second, by the degree of hydrophobicity. 2D protein maps were generated using different experimental conditions (reducing agents as well as protein concentration). The maps were used to discern subsets of isoelectric point/hydrophobicity containing differentially expressed proteins. Protein identification of differentially expressed fractions was conducted with mass spectrometry. ELISA immunoassays as well as surface-enhanced laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (SELDI-TOF MS)--based on-chip antibody capture immunoassay were also used for confirmation of a specific protein that was differentially expressed. Results 1) Amniotic fluid protein composition can be analyzed using a combination of 2D liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry for the identification of proteins differentially expressed in patients in preterm labor; 2) While total insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) concentration did not change

  3. Proteome analysis of human amnion and amniotic fluid by two-dimensional electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry.

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    Park, Soo-Jin; Yoon, Won-Gap; Song, Jin-Su; Jung, Hyun Sook; Kim, Chong Jai; Oh, Soo Young; Yoon, Bo Hyun; Jung, Guhung; Kim, Hie-Joon; Nirasawa, Takashi

    2006-01-01

    Proteome analysis by 2-DE and PMF by MALDI-TOF MS was performed on human amnion and amniotic fluid at term. Ninety-two soluble and nineteen membrane proteins were identified from amnion. Thirty-five proteins were identified from amniotic fluid. Calgranulin A and B were found in all patients infected with Ureaplasma urealyticum, but not in any of the patients without infection, indicating that they are potential markers of intrauterine infection. Identity of calgranulin A and B was confirmed by MALDI-TOF/TOF MS. This study represents the first extensive analysis of the human amnion and amniotic fluid proteome at term and demonstrates that 2-DE and MALDI-TOF MS is a useful tool for identifying clinically significant biomarkers of problematic pregnancies.

  4. Amniotic fluid embolism and isolated coagulopathy: atypical presentation of amniotic fluid embolism.

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    Awad, I T

    2012-02-03

    A 41-year-old multigravida presented at 32 weeks of gestation with polyhydramnios and an anencephalic fetus. Abnormal bleeding as a result of disseminated intravascular coagulation complicated an emergency Caesarean section for severe abdominal pain thought to be due to uterine rupture. Massive transfusion with blood products was necessary and the abdomen packed to control bleeding. The patient was transferred to the intensive care unit where she made a slow but complete recovery. Amniotic fluid embolism with atypical presentation of isolated coagulopathy is the likely diagnosis in this case. The case serves to demonstrate that amniotic fluid embolism may present with symptoms and signs other than the classical pattern of dyspnoea, cyanosis and hypotension.

  5. A rare combination of amniotic constriction band with osteogenesis imperfecta.

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    Shah, Krupa Hitesh; Shah, Hitesh

    2015-11-11

    Amniotic constriction bands and osteogenesis imperfecta are disorders arising from a collagen defect. We report a rare association of amniotic bands with osteogenesis imperfecta in a child. The child was born with multiple amniotic bands involving the right leg, both hands and both feet. Multiple fractures of long bones of lower limbs occurred in childhood due to trivial trauma. Deformities of the femur and tibia due to malunion with osteopenia and blue sclerae were present. The patient was treated with z plasty of constriction band of the right tibia and bisphosphonate for osteogenesis imperfecta. This rare association of both collagen diseases may provide further insight for the pathogenesis of these diseases.

  6. 羊水栓塞临床救治分析%Amniotic fluid embolism analysis to clinical treatment

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    危卫萍

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨预防羊水栓塞的诱发因素及其临床诊断和救治方法。方法:回顾近3年来我院发生4例孕产妇羊水栓塞诊断、抢救、治疗过程。结果:在我国,羊水栓塞死亡已经成为分娩孕产妇死亡的第二大原因;羊水栓塞发病诱因主要有宫缩过强、急产、胎膜早破、羊水浑浊、高龄初产、多产、前置胎盘、胎盘早剥、剖宫产等。结论:及早诊断、尽早治疗,抢救治疗正确,是成功的关键。%Objective to study the prevention of amniotic fluid embolism induced factors and clinical diagnosis and treatment methods.Methods to review the recent 3 years in our 4 cases of maternal amniotic fluid embolism diagnosis, rescue and treatment process.Results in our country, amniotic fluid embolism death has become the second leading cause of maternal death childbirth;Amniotic fluid embolism the triggers are too strong, the emergency birth contractions, premature rupture of membranes, amniotic fluid turbidity, older first-timer, productive, placenta previa, placental abruption, cesarean section, etc.Conclusion early diagnosis, early treatment, rescue treatment, the right is the key to success.

  7. Acellular amniotic membrane and small intestinal submucosa promote skin repair and vascularization in rats%脱细胞羊膜与小肠黏膜下层促进大鼠皮肤缺损修复和血管形成

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    霍艳丽; 马洁华; 柏树令; 王军

    2011-01-01

    Objective To observe the repairing effects and vascularization of the small intestinal submucosa and the acellular amnion for full-thickness skin defects in rats. Methods Two full-thickness skin defects, which were close to the vertebral column, were created on both sides of the dorsum of the SD rats.The skin defects were randomly divided into three groups covered by the acellular amniotic membrane in Group A, the small intestinal submucosa ( SIS) in Group B, and the physiological saline gauze in Group C (the control group) respectively. After two weeks, the sample were harvested for histological evaluation,immunohistochemical staining of K19 and VEGF, as well as for determination of expression levels of VEGF mRNA with RT-PCR. Results Immunohistochemical staining of K19 and VEGF showed that there were more positive cells in group A and B than in group C, and maximum in group A; RT-PCR results showed that the expression levels of VEGF mRNA were higher in group A and B than group C, and maximum in group A too. The results of the statistical analysis of the research data showed that there were statistically significant differences between the three groups (P< 0. 05). Conclusion The results indicate that HAM and SIS increases K19 positive cells and enhance expression levels of VEGF, thus promoting skin repair and vascularization in rats.%目的 观察脱细胞羊膜(HAM)与小肠黏膜下层(SIS)促进大鼠皮肤缺损修复和血管形成的作用.方法 SD大鼠24只,在两侧背部各做1个直径为1.8cm圆形全层皮肤缺损.创面随机分为A组、B组和C组.A组HAM覆盖,B组SIS覆盖,C组纱布覆盖.在2周时处死动物取材,HE染色观察皮肤缺损修复情况.免疫组织化学染色检测K19和VEGF,RT-PCR检测VEGF mRNA的表达.结果 A组、B组愈合较好.C组愈合较差.免疫组织化学染色显示,A、B组K19、VEGF阳性细胞显著多于C组,其中A组最多;RT-PCR结果显示,A、B组比C组表达更多的VEGF mRNA其中A组最多,

  8. Atypical presentation of amniotic band sequence.

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    Bodamer, O A; Popek, E J; Bacino, C

    2001-04-22

    Amniotic Band Sequence (ABS) is a disruption sequence that results in a variable group of abnormalities secondary to the disruption process and subsequent deformations. The incidence of ABS ranges from 1:1,200 to 1:15,000 live-born, and is even higher in still-born [Froster and Baird, 1993: Am J Med Genet 46:497-500]. The pathophysiology of ABS remains controversial, but a close look to critical periods of embryogenesis and/or organogenesis has helped in understanding pathogenetic mechanisms leading to the ABS disruption. The abnormalities are typically limited to external structures; however, associated internal malformations as seen in the case reported here may occur [Hunter and Carpenter, 1986: Am J Med Genet 24:691-700]. The prognosis depends on the severity of the abnormalities and the involvement of internal organs [Froster and Baird; 1993: Am J Med Genet 46:497-500; Levy, 1998: Ped Rev 19:249].

  9. Hiccups and amniotic fluid regulation in early pregnancy.

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    Murchison, Andrew G

    2015-05-01

    Hiccups are an unexplained phenomenon and a subject of medical curiosity. They arise through a reflex arc with central control at the level of the medulla, and their primary physiological effect is the generation of negative intra-thoracic pressure. This paper presents the hypothesis that hiccups serve a purpose during the first half of gestation, when they are most prevalent; namely, that they promote amniotic fluid influx to the primitive gut, allowing fluid to be transferred to the foetal and then maternal vasculature. Furthermore, hiccups could be provoked by increasing amniotic fluid volume and pressure, and act in a regulatory capacity. This hypothesis could be tested by studying foetal movements in the first half of gestation, and assessing whether there is correlation with amniotic fluid flux in the developing gut. Ascertaining whether hiccups increase in frequency with increasing amniotic fluid volume would provide evidence for or against a regulatory function.

  10. Preventing misdiagnosis in amniotic band sequence: a case report

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    Cristiane Rúbia Ferreira; Cibelle Freitas Pinto Lima; Ana Maria Andrello Gonçalves Pereira de Melo

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    Amniotic band sequence (ABS) is an uncommon and heterogeneous congenital disorder caused by entrapment of fetal parts by fibrous amniotic bands, causing distinctive structural abnormalities involving limbs, trunk, and craniofacial regions. The incidence ranges between 1/1200 and 1/15,000 live births, but is higher in stillbirths and previable fetuses. The intrinsic theory attributes the constriction band syndrome as an inherent development defect of embryogenesis while the extrinsic theory pr...

  11. Amniotic Fluid Cells Proliferation in Normal and Down Syndrome Subjects

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    Honcea Adina

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21 is the most common chromosomal anomaly, and it represents the most common congenital cause of infants’ intellectual disability. Subjects with this syndrome are affected by degenerative processes caused by accelerated aging or unknown ethyologies. In recent years, accumulating evidence revealed increased potential of amniotic fluid-derived stem cells to be used in regenerative therapy. Our aim was to assess differences in immunophenotype, cell morphology and proliferation of amniotic fluid cells from normal and Down Syndrome pregnancies using a quantitative cytometry approach. Results revealed the emergence of a population of small sized cells in Down Syndrome derived amniotic fluid cells that are readily visible upon microscopic inspection. Hence, the fluorescence–based quantitative image cytometry determinations showed a tendency of decrease in both cell and nuclei size in trisomy, with no significant modification in nuclei circularity, as measured following actin cytoskeleton and nuclei labeling. The propensity of Ki67 positive cells was found to be increased in Down Syndrome derived cells (48.92% as compared to normal specimens (28.68%. However, cells in S and G2/M cell cycle phases decreased from 32.91% to 4.49% in diseased cells. Further studies are devoted to understanding the molecular basis of the observed differences in the proliferation ability of Down Syndrome amniotic cells, in order to evaluate the potential therapeutic effect of amniotic fluid stem cells for tissue regeneration in subjects with trisomy and to find correlations between amniotic cells phenotype and patient prognosis.

  12. 人羊膜负载猪骨髓间充质干细胞体外生长的形态特点%Morphological study on the growth of human amniotic membrane loaded with porcine bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells

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    闫国和; 艾国平; 汪代杰; 邹仲敏; 冉新泽; 王军平; 李蓉; 粟永萍; 程天民

    2007-01-01

    充质干细胞在人羊膜的基质面生长4 d切面,骨髓间充质干细胞在人羊膜上大多呈双层生长,细胞呈纺锤状,胞核两端胞浆突起较长,互相重叠,染色质以常染色质为主,核仁明显,可见丰富细胞器,如粗面内质网,线粒体.结论:人羊膜对骨髓间充质干细胞有明显的促增殖作用,骨髓间充质干细胞可以人羊膜为载体在体外进行培养,人羊膜是骨髓间充质干细胞的良好载体.%BACKGROUND: Human amniotic membrane (HAM) contains various ingredents such as collagen, glycoprotein,proteoglycan, integrin and laminated body, and so on, and expresses many kinds of growth factors and mRNA-associated proteins. And these ingredents can supply abundant nutriments for cellular proliferation and differentiation, and benefit cells to grow and propagate. Whether or not HAM can load porcine bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMSCs) to well grow on it deserves to be further investigated.OBJECTIVE: To set up a method of tissue engineering of human amniotic membrane loading porcine BMSCs and observe the morphological characteristics of growth and proliferation of BMSCs seeded on HAM.DESIGN: Randomized controlled observation.SETTING: State Key Laboratory of Trauma, Burn and Combined Injury, General Institute of Combined Injuries, Academy of Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University of Chinese PLA.MATERIALS: This experiment was carried out in the State Key Laboratory of Trauma, Burn and Combined Injury,General Institute of Combined Injuries, Academy of Preventive Medicine, Third Military Medical University of Chinese PLA between January and November 2003. Three Guizhou minipigs of either gender, aged 2 to 3 months, weighing from 6 to 8 kg, were provided by the Experimental Animal Center, Third Military Medical University of Chinese PLA. Main reagent:ISCOVE'S modified DULBECCO'S medium (IMDM) culture medium (Hyclone, USA); high-quality fetal bovine serum PAA (Germany

  13. Human Amnion Membrane: Potential Applications in Oral and Periodontal Field.

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    Mohan, Ranjana; Bajaj, Aashima; Gundappa, Mohan

    2017-01-01

    Human amniotic membrane (HAM) is derived from the fetal membranes which consist of the inner amniotic membrane made of single layer of amnion cells fixed to collagen-rich mesenchyme attached to chorion. HAM has low immunogenicity, anti-inflammatory properties and their cells can be isolated without the sacrifice of human embryos. Amniotic membrane has biological properties which are important for the experimental and clinical applications in managing patients of various medical specialties. Abundant, natural and wonderful biomembrane not only protects the foetus but also has various clinical applications in the field of dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT surgery, orthopedics and dental surgery. As it is discarded post-partum it may be useful for regenerative medicine and cell therapy to treat damaged or diseased tissues.

  14. Human Amnion Membrane: Potential Applications in Oral and Periodontal Field

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    Mohan, Ranjana; Bajaj, Aashima; Gundappa, Mohan

    2017-01-01

    Human amniotic membrane (HAM) is derived from the fetal membranes which consist of the inner amniotic membrane made of single layer of amnion cells fixed to collagen-rich mesenchyme attached to chorion. HAM has low immunogenicity, anti-inflammatory properties and their cells can be isolated without the sacrifice of human embryos. Amniotic membrane has biological properties which are important for the experimental and clinical applications in managing patients of various medical specialties. Abundant, natural and wonderful biomembrane not only protects the foetus but also has various clinical applications in the field of dermatology, ophthalmology, ENT surgery, orthopedics and dental surgery. As it is discarded post-partum it may be useful for regenerative medicine and cell therapy to treat damaged or diseased tissues. PMID:28316944

  15. Application of human amniotic mesenchymal cells as an allogeneic transplantation cell source in bone regenerative therapy

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    Tsuno, Hiroaki [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Yoshida, Toshiko [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Nogami, Makiko [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Koike, Chika; Okabe, Motonori [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Noto, Zenko [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Arai, Naoya; Noguchi, Makoto [Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan); Nikaido, Toshio, E-mail: tnikaido@med.u-toyama.ac.jp [Department of Regenerative Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences for Research, University of Toyama, 2630 Sugitani Toyama, Toyama 930-0194 (Japan)

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    Autogenous mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have therapeutic applications in bone regenerative therapy due to their pluripotency. However, the ability of MSCs to proliferate and differentiate varies between donors. Furthermore, alternative sources of MSCs are required for patients with contraindications to autogenous cell therapy. The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential of mesenchymal cells from the human amniotic membrane (HAM) as a source of cells for allogeneic transplantation in bone regenerative therapy. Cells that retained a proliferative capacity of more than 50 population doubling level were distinguished from other HAM cells as HAM{alpha} cells and induced to osteogenic status-their in vivo osteogenesis was subsequently investigated in rats. It was found that HAM{alpha} cells were spindle shaped and were positive for MSC markers and negative for hematopoietic stem cell markers. Alkaline phosphatase activity and calcium deposition increased with osteogenic status of HAM{alpha} cells. The expression of osteocalcin mRNA was increased in HAM{alpha} cells cultured on calcium phosphate scaffolds. Moreover, xenografted HAM{alpha} cells remained viable and produced extracellular matrix for several weeks. Thus, this study suggests that human amniotic mesenchymal cells possess osteogenic differentiation potential and could be applied to allogeneic transplantation in bone regenerative therapy. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Human amniotic mesenchymal cells include cells (HAM{alpha} cells) that have the properties of MSCs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HAM{alpha} cells have excellent osteogenic differentiation potential. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Osteogenic differentiation ability of HAM{alpha} was amplified by calcium phosphate scaffolds. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer HAM{alpha} cells can be applicable to allogeneic cell transplantation in bone regenerative therapy.

  16. Elevated amniotic fluid amino acid levels in fetuses with gastroschisis

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    A. Kale

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Our objective was to measure maternal plasma and amniotic fluid amino acid concentrations in pregnant women diagnosed as having fetuses with gastroschisis in the second trimester of pregnancy. Twenty-one pregnant women who had fetuses with gastroschisis detected by ultrasonography (gastroschisis group in the second trimester and 32 women who had abnormal triple screenings indicating an increased risk for Down syndrome but had healthy fetuses (control group were enrolled in the study. Amniotic fluid was obtained by amniocentesis, and maternal plasma samples were taken simultaneously. The chromosomal analysis of the study and control groups was normal. Levels of free amino acids and non-essential amino acids were measured in plasma and amniotic fluid samples using EZ:fast kits (EZ:fast GC/FID free (physiological amino acid kit by gas chromatography (Focus GC AI 3000 Thermo Finnigan analyzer. The mean levels of essential amino acids (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, and valine and non-essential amino acids (alanine, glycine, proline, and tyrosine in amniotic fluid were found to be significantly higher in fetuses with gastroschisis than in the control group (P < 0.05. A significant positive correlation between maternal plasma and amniotic fluid concentrations of essential and nonessential amino acids was found only in the gastroschisis group (P < 0.05. The detection of significantly higher amino acid concentrations in the amniotic fluid of fetuses with a gastroschisis defect than in healthy fetuses suggests the occurrence of amino acid malabsorption or of amino acid leakage from the fetus into amniotic fluid.

  17. Effects of topical 0.2% Cyclosporine A on corneal neovascularization induced by xenologous amniotic membrane implantation into a corneal stroma micropocket of rats Efeitos do uso tópico da Ciclosporina A (CsA 0,2% na neovascularização corneal induzida pelo implante de membrana amniótica xenógena em microbolsa no estroma da córnea de ratos

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    Juliana F. Milani

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The objective of the study was to evaluate the topical effects of 0.2% Cyclosporine A (CsA on corneal neovascularization of rats following surgical implantation of equine amniotic membrane into a corneal stroma micropocket. The implantation of xenologous amniotic membrane was performed bilaterally in 90 rats. In the same day of the surgery each right eye started receiving topical CsA twice a day. The left eye received no medication and served as a control. The evaluation of corneal neovascularization was performed by computerized image analysis and histopathological evaluation at 1, 3, 7, 15, 30 and 60 days postoperatively. For the image analysis 10 animals were used per time period, and for the histopathological examination, five animals were used per time period. Image analysis found that corneal neovascularization began on the 3rd postoperative day, reached its peak on the 7th day, and then progressively and rapidly decreased. Statistic analysis indicated that neovascularization of the CsA treated eye on the 7th day was significantly higher than that observed in untreated eyes. On the 30th day, however, this pattern was reversed with the neovascularization observed in the CsA treated eyes declining to the low levels observed on the 3rd day. The degree of neovascularization in the untreated eyes on the 30th day declined to the baseline levels found on day 3 at the 60th day. Histopathological analysis indicated that deposition of collagen in the implanted tissue was completed by the 15th day. Therefore, we concluded that (1 equine amniotic membrane in rat corneal stroma produced an intense neovascularization until the 15th day postoperatively and then regressed, (2 deposition of collagen of the implanted tissue was completed on the 15th day postoperatively, and (3 use of CsA was associated with increase in the corneal neovascularization initially, followed by a quick and intense regression.Este estudo teve como objetivo a avaliação dos

  18. INFLUENCE OF AMNIOTIC FLUID INDEX ON FOETAL OUTCOME

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In these days of smaller families and the obstetrician having to share the onus of giving a healthy child capable of independent existence as well as to ensure that the population is limited for further progress of this developing country, the estimation o f foetal maturity assumes greatest practical importance. As means to achieving the end, estimates of foetal maturity have been done by various clinical and laboratory methods of which assessment of amniotic fluid index assumes importance. The objective is to study the correlation of amniotic fluid index on foetal outcome at term gestation . MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study was carried out on two hundred antenatal women who attended the institute of obstetrics and gynaecology at a Government Hospital for Wome n and Children in Visakhapatnam from Jan 2014 to Jan 2015. It is a comparative prospective study comparing 100 cases of Oligohydramnios (amniotic fluid index 5 cm as control group. RESU LTS : Perinatal outcome was inferred by noting the various parameters and Statistical Analysis was done by applying the chisquare (x2 test and the value of probability was taken . CONCLUSION: The goal of antepartum fetal surveillance is to identify the fetu s at increased risk. Amniotic fluid volume has been proved as an indirect measure of feto - placental function and hence the estimation of amniotic fluid volume assists the obstetrician in risk assessment

  19. Stem cells from amniotic fluid--Potential for regenerative medicine.

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    Loukogeorgakis, Stavros P; De Coppi, Paolo

    2016-02-01

    Regenerative medicine has recently been established as an emerging field focussing on repair, replacement or regeneration of cells, tissues and whole organs. The significant recent advances in the field have intensified the search for novel sources of stem cells with potential for therapy. Recently, researchers have identified the amniotic fluid as an untapped source of stem cells that are multipotent, possess immunomodulatory properties and do not have the ethical and legal limitations of embryonic stem cells. Stem cells from the amniotic fluid have been shown to differentiate into cell lineages representing all three embryonic germ layers without generating tumours, which make them an ideal candidate for tissue engineering applications. In addition, their ability to engraft in injured organs and modulate immune and repair responses of host tissues suggest that transplantation of such cells may be useful for the treatment of various degenerative and inflammatory diseases affecting major tissues/organs. This review summarises the evidence on amniotic fluid cells over the past 15 years and explores the potential therapeutic applications of amniotic fluid stem cells and amniotic fluid mesenchymal stem cells.

  20. Catecholamines in amniotic fluid as indicators of intrapartum fetal stress.

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    Yashiro,Yuriko

    1985-08-01

    Full Text Available Catecholamines were measured in the amniotic fluid and in the first voided newborn urine obtained from appropriate-for-date infants of term deliveries. Catecholamine values in the amniotic fluid and urine were nearly equal when expressed in terms of creatinine. Significant positive correlations were observed between the amniotic fluid and urine of norepinephrine and epinephrine. In normal cases (n = 32 that underwent uneventful vaginal delivery, the 95% confidence limits for norepinephrine and epinephrine in the amniotic fluid were 1.53 to 2.33 ng/ml and 0.16 to 0.30 ng/ml, respectively. In cases of moderate stress (n = 12, only norepinephrine showed significantly higher values than the normal cases, while in cases of severe stress (n = 12, norepinephrine became more significantly high, and epinephrine was found to be elevated significantly. A significant difference was noted in the incidence of fetal stress between the infants with more than and those with less than 2.30 ng/ml of norepinephrine, the upper limits of the normal 95% confidence limits. However, for epinephrine such a significant difference was not noted. It was concluded that amniotic fluid catecholamines are of fetal origin and reflect fetal sympathoadrenal activity directly, even during labor, and that their level may be a good indicator of fetal condition and stress.

  1. Serum-Free Cryopreservation of Human Amniotic Epithelial Cells

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    H. Niknejad

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction & Objective: One of the important issues in long term storage of cells is removal of animal serum from cell culture environments. The aim of this study was to evaluate amni-otic fluid (AF, which is full of growth factors, as substitute for fetal bovine serum (FBS in the cryopreservation protocol. Materials & Methods: In this experimental study human amniotic epithelial cells were isolated from placentas which were seronegative for microbial infections. The cells were preserved in 24 different patterns for 12 months in -196 ?C (liquid nitrogen and viability of cells were determined before and after cryopreservation by trypan blue and MTT assay. Moreover, Oct-4 expression was studied to determine pluripotency before and after cryopreservation with immunocytochemistry. Results were compared between groups with ANOVA (Tukey Post-Test. P.value under 0.01 and 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The presence of DMEM, FBS or AF is necessary for amniotic cell cryopreservation. Trypan-blue, MTT and immunocytochemistry showed that there isn’t significant difference between using AF and FBS in viability and pluripotency of cells. Moreover, results showed that DMSO is a better cryoprotectant compared to glycerol. Conclusion : Results showed that amniotic fluid can be a proper substitute for FBS in amniotic epithelial cells cryopreservation. (Sci J Hamadan Univ Med Sci 2013; 20 (1:15-24

  2. 21 CFR 862.1455 - Lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio in amniotic fluid test system.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 8 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio in amniotic fluid... Clinical Chemistry Test Systems § 862.1455 Lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio in amniotic fluid test system. (a) Identification. A lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio in amniotic fluid test system is a device intended to measure...

  3. EDITORIAL: Colloidal suspensions Colloidal suspensions

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    Petukhov, Andrei; Kegel, Willem; van Duijneveldt, Jeroen

    2011-05-01

    Special issue in honour of Henk Lekkerkerker's 65th birthday Professor Henk N W Lekkerkerker is a world-leading authority in the field of experimental and theoretical soft condensed matter. On the occasion of his 65th birthday in the summer of 2011, this special issue celebrates his many contributions to science. Henk Lekkerkerker obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry at the University of Utrecht (1968) and moved to Calgary where he received his PhD in 1971. He moved to Brussels as a NATO fellow at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and was appointed to an assistant professorship (1974), an associate professorship (1977) and a full professorship (1980) in physical chemistry at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. In 1985 he returned to The Netherlands to take up a professorship at the Van 't Hoff Laboratory, where he has been ever since. He has received a series of awards during his career, including the Onsager Medal (1999) of the University of Trondheim, the Bakhuys Roozeboom Gold Medal (2003) of the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the ECIS-Rhodia European Colloid and Interface Prize (2003), and the Liquid Matter Prize of the European Physical Society (2008). He was elected a member of KNAW in 1996, was awarded an Academy Chair position in 2005, and has held several visiting lectureships. Henk's work focuses on phase transitions in soft condensed matter, and he has made seminal contributions to both the theoretical and experimental aspects of this field. Here we highlight three major themes running through his work, and a few selected publications. So-called depletion interactions may lead to phase separation in colloid-polymer mixtures, and Henk realised that the partitioning of polymer needs to be taken into account to describe the phase behaviour correctly [1]. Colloidal suspensions can be used as model fluids, with the time- and length-scales involved leading to novel opportunities, notably the direct observation of capillary waves at a

  4. Meconium-Stained Amniotic Fluid as an Independent Risk Factor for Fever and Postpartum Infection in Term Pregnancy

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Background: The aim of this study was to statistically evaluate the hypothesis that the presence of meconium-stained amniotic fluid is associated with postpartum maternal infection.Methods: This prospective cohort study included 573 term pregnant women in labor, with no other medical problems, that underwent cesarean section for pregnancy termination. Women with prolonged active-phase labor, prolonged rupture of membranes, complicated cesarean section and pre-operative infections were excluded from this study.The subjects were divided into two groups: 280 women with meconium-stained amniotic fluid (M group, and 293 women with clear amniotic fluid (C group. A comparison was done regarding postpartum fever, endometritis and wound infection between the two groups. Students t-test and chi square test were used for data analysis, along with linear regression, with p<0.05 indicating significance.Results: Among the 573 women, a total of 82 women (14% had fever after cesarean; 42 women from the M group, and 40 women from the C group (p= 0.3. Among the 82 women who had fever, 33 women had continuous fever, 6.5% in group M and 2.7% in group C (p<0.05, RR: 1.98, 95% CI 1.3-3.1. Among the 573 women, 4% developed endometritis 5% in group M and 2% in group C (p<0.05, RR: 2.3, 95%, CI 1.3-3.4. Similarly, among the 573 women, a total of 5 women (1% developed wound infection, 1.7% in group M and 0.68% in group C (p=0.7.Conclusion: Meconium-stained amniotic fluid is associated with increased postpartum infection independent of other risk factors for infection.

  5. Toward consistent terminology: assessment and reporting of amniotic fluid volume.

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    Moise, Kenneth J

    2013-10-01

    Amniotic fluid is typically measured by ultrasound using the amniotic fluid index (AFI) or the maximum vertical pocket (MVP). Although both parameters correlate poorly with the actual amniotic fluid volume measured with dye-dilution methods, cross-sectional studies have been used to establish gestational norms. The current acceptable definition of polyhydramnios in the late second and the third trimester in both singleton and multiple gestations is a MVP > 8 cm, while the definition of oligohydramnios is a MVP < 2 cm. The pocket to be measured should exclude the umbilical cord or fetal parts. Randomized clinical trials have indicated that defining oligohydramnios as a MVP < 2 cm will result in fewer obstetrical interventions and similar perinatal outcomes when compared to an AFI < 5 cm.

  6. Ultracytochemical study on the permeability of the human amniotic epithelium.

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    Matsubara, S; Tamada, T

    1991-06-01

    In order to elucidate and characterize the transport pathway of the substances in the amniotic fluid, the permeability of the term human amnion was studied ultracytochemically, with lanthanum or horse radish peroxidase (HRP) as a tracer. Pieces of the term human amnion were exposed to the solutions containing lanthanum or HRP, and processed for electronmicroscopy. Precipitates indicating lanthanum or HRP were observed in the lateral intercellular spaces of the amniotic epithelial cells through the entire depth of the spaces. Generally, pinocytosis of HPR was not observed. In rare cases, however, diffuse uptake of HRP was noticed in the cells of the electron-lucent cytoplasm. These facts indicated that the human amniotic epithelium is quite permeable and that this particular intercellular pathway is important in the mechanism of the transfer of substances between the mother and the fetus.

  7. Incidence, diagnosis and pathophysiology of amniotic fluid embolism.

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    Ito, F; Akasaka, J; Koike, N; Uekuri, C; Shigemitsu, A; Kobayashi, H

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    Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) is a rare clinical entity, sometimes fatal. A review was conducted to describe the frequency, diagnosis and pathophysiology of AFE. The reported incidences ranged from 1.9 cases per 100,000 maternities (UK) to 6.1 per 100,000 maternities (Australia), which can vary considerably, depending on the period, region of study and the definition. Although the development of amniotic fluid-specific markers would have an impact on early diagnosis, definition of AFE based on these markers is not widely accepted. To date, immunological mechanisms, amniotic fluid-dependent anaphylactic reaction and complement activation, have been proposed as potential pathogenetic and pathophysiological mechanisms. Immune cell activation induced through complement activation may be associated with the mechanism that immediately initiates maternal death, only in susceptible individuals. This review will focus on advances in the field of AFE biology and discuss the prevalence, diagnosis and pathophysiology of AFE.

  8. Amniotic fluid as a vital sign for fetal wellbeing.

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    Dubil, Elizabeth A; Magann, Everett F

    2013-05-01

    Introduction: Amniotic fluid, once thought to merely provide protection and room for necessary movement and growth for the fetus, is now understood to be a highly complex and dynamic system that is studied as a data point to interpret fetal wellbeing. Methods: Assessment of amniotic fluid volume is now routine when performing a sonographic evaluation of fetal status and is an important consideration in the assessment and management of perinatal morbidity and mortality.(1)(,)(2) In this review, we will cover the dynamics that affect amniotic fluid volume, review methods for measurement and quantification of volume, review definitions for normative data as related to neonatal outcomes, and provide evidence based guidance on the workup and management options for oligoydramnios and polyhydramnios in singleton and twin pregnancies. Conclusions: When abnormalities of fluid exist, appropriate workup to uncover the underlying etiology should be initiated as adverse fetal outcomes are sometimes associated with these variations from normalcy.

  9. Urinary incontinence - retropubic suspension

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    ... Marchetti-Krantz (MMK) procedure; Laparoscopic retropubic colposuspension; Needle suspension; Burch colposuspension ... bladder. There are two ways to do retropubic suspension: open surgery or laparoscopic surgery. Either way, surgery ...

  10. Suspension Trauma / Orthostatic Intolerance

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    ... of Science and Technology Assessment Printer Friendly Version Suspension Trauma/Orthostatic Intolerance Safety and Health Information Bulletin ... information about the hazards of orthostatic intolerance and suspension trauma when using fall arrest systems. This bulletin: ...

  11. Dielectric properties of human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid

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    Peyman, A [Physical Dosimetry Department, Health Protection Agency, Chilton, Didcot OX11 0RQ (United Kingdom); Gabriel, C [MCL-P, Newbury RG14 5PY, Berkshire (United Kingdom); Benedickter, H R; Froehlich, J, E-mail: Azadeh.peyman@hpa.org.uk [Electromagnetic Fields and Microwave Electronics Laboratory, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich (Switzerland)

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    The dielectric properties of freshly delivered human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid have been acquired at 37 deg. C and in the frequency range of 200 MHz-10 GHz. The experimental data were fitted to a Cole-Cole expression. The results show that dielectric properties of the umbilical cord are significantly higher than placenta due to the presence of high water content Wharton's jelly. The results also demonstrate large differences in the dielectric properties of amniotic and cerebrospinal fluids. The data presented can be used in numerical simulations of the exposure of pregnant women to electromagnetic fields. (note)

  12. Dielectric properties of human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid

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    Peyman, A.; Gabriel, C.; Benedickter, H. R.; Fröhlich, J.

    2011-04-01

    The dielectric properties of freshly delivered human placenta, umbilical cord and amniotic fluid have been acquired at 37 °C and in the frequency range of 200 MHz-10 GHz. The experimental data were fitted to a Cole-Cole expression. The results show that dielectric properties of the umbilical cord are significantly higher than placenta due to the presence of high water content Wharton's jelly. The results also demonstrate large differences in the dielectric properties of amniotic and cerebrospinal fluids. The data presented can be used in numerical simulations of the exposure of pregnant women to electromagnetic fields.

  13. Collapsing granular suspensions

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    Kadau, D.; Andrade Jr, J. S.; Herrmann, H. J.

    2009-01-01

    A 2D contact dynamics model is proposed as a microscopic description of a collapsing suspension/soil to capture the essential physical processes underlying the dynamics of generation and collapse of the system. Our physical model is compared with real data obtained from in situ measurements performed with a natural collapsing/suspension soil. We show that the shear strength behavior of our collapsing suspension/soil model is very similar to the behavior of this collapsing suspension soil, for...

  14. Amniotic fluid may act as a transporting pathway for signaling molecules and stem cells during the embryonic development of amniotes.

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    Tong, Xinglong

    2013-11-01

    Amniotic fluid (AF) is formed at the very early stages of pregnancy, and is present throughout embryonic development of amniotes. It is well-known that AF provides a protective sac around the fetus that allows fetal movement and growth, and prevents mechanical and thermal shock. However, a growing body of evidence has shown that AF contains a number of proteins and peptides, including growth factors and cytokines, which potently affect cellular growth and proliferation. In addition, pluripotent stem cells have recently been identified in AF. Herein, this article reviews the biological properties of AF during embryonic development and speculates that AF may act as a transporting pathway for signaling molecules and stem cells during amniote embryonic development. Defining this novel function of AF is potentially significant for further understanding embryonic development and regenerative medicine, preventing genetic diseases, and developing therapeutic options for human malignancies.

  15. Maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 2 in a baby with trisomy 2 mosaicism in amniotic fluid culture

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    Harrison, K.B. [Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ (United States); Eisenger, K.; Brown, S. [Columbia Univ., NY (United States)] [and others

    1994-09-01

    We describe the first case of a baby with maternal uniparental disomy for chromosome 2. Growth failure, hypothyroidism and hyaline membrane disease were present at birth, and the first year of life was complicated by bronchopulmonary dysplasia. At 14 months, motor and intellectual development appear to be normal, but growth remains below the 10th percentile. The baby was investigated for uniparental disomy because trisomy 2 mosaicism had been detected in a second trimester amniocentesis. This is the first reported case in which amniotic fluid chromosome mosaicism has been associated with uniparental disomy. Implications for prenatal diagnosis are considered.

  16. Maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 2 in a baby with trisomy 2 mosaicism in amniotic fluid culture

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    Harrison, K. [Morristown Memorial Hospital, NJ (United States); Eisenger, K.; Brown, S. [Columbia Univ., New York, NY (United States)] [and others

    1995-08-28

    We describe the first case of a baby with maternal uniparental disomy of chromosome 2. Growth failure, hypothyroidism, and hyaline membrane disease were present at birth, and the first year of life was complicated by bronchopulmonary dysplasia. At age 14 months, motor and intellectual development were normal, but growth remained below the 10th centile. The baby was investigated for uniparental disomy because trisomy 2 mosaicism had been detected in a second trimester amniocentesis. This is the first reported case in which amniotic fluid chromosome mosaicism has been associated with uniparental disomy. Implications for prenatal diagnosis are considered. 26 refs., 4 figs.

  17. 羊膜带综合征相关畸形的相关因素、诊断及处理结果分析%Amniotic band syndrome deformity related factors, diagnosis, and treatment results

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    梁莉; 黄桂芳; 黄贞; 陆启升

    2013-01-01

    , abdominal wall defect edge for amniotic membrane gradually to cutaneous squamous epithelial migration ( amniotic - ectoderm transition zone). Another example is a simple meningoencephalocele malformations, all cases of B ultrasound imaging in amniotic fluid can be seen floating band echo, the part attached to the fetus; amniotic band adhesions of fetal limb portion of visible deformity deformity, often to scan the amniotic band echo & the adhesion. Conclusion: ABS mainly for outer surface of tissue and organ defects; involvement of tissue and organ because of its occurrence in the critical period, because of the amniotic sac and amniotic membrane rupture with adhesions interference and teratogenicity j the severity of the deformity and range depends on the amnion rupture time and site. ABS prevention, pregnancy trimester routine ultrasound screening, early diagnosis, early intervention.

  18. Aquaporins in ovine amnion: responses to altered amniotic fluid volumes and intramembranous absorption rates.

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    Cheung, Cecilia Y; Anderson, Debra F; Brace, Robert A

    2016-07-01

    Aquaporins (AQPs) are transmembrane channel proteins that facilitate rapid water movement across cell membranes. In amniotic membrane, the AQP-facilitated transfer of water across amnion cells has been proposed as a mechanism for amniotic fluid volume (AFV) regulation. To investigate whether AQPs modulate AFV by altering intramembranous absorption (IMA) rate, we tested the hypothesis that AQP gene expression in the amnion is positively correlated with IMA rate during experimental conditions when IMA rate and AFV are modified over a wide range. The relative abundances of AQP1, AQP3, AQP8, AQP9, and AQP11 mRNA and protein were determined in the amnion of 16 late-gestation ovine fetuses subjected to 2 days of control conditions, urine drainage, urine replacement, or intraamniotic fluid infusion. AQP mRNA levels were determined by RT-qPCR and proteins by western immunoblot. Under control conditions, mRNA levels among the five AQPs differed more than 20-fold. During experimental treatments, mean IMA rate in the experimental groups ranged from 100 ± 120 mL/day to 1370 ± 270 mL/day. The mRNA levels of the five AQPs did not change from control and were not correlated with IMA rates. The protein levels of AQP1 were positively correlated with IMA rates (r(2) = 38%, P = 0.01) while the remaining four AQPs were not. These findings demonstrate that five AQPs are differentially expressed in ovine amnion. Our study supports the hypothesis that AQP1 may play a positive role in regulating the rate of fluid transfer across the amnion, thereby participating in the dynamic regulation of AFV.

  19. Amniotic Fluid MMP-9 and Neurotrophins in Autism Spectrum Disorders

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    Abdallah, Morsi; Pearce, Brad D; Larsen, Nanna

    2012-01-01

    Evidence suggests that some developmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), are caused by errors in brain plasticity. Given the important role of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and neurotrophins (NTs) in neuroplasticity, amniotic fluid samples for 331 ASD cases and 698...

  20. Lactate to creatinine ratio in amniotic fluid : a pilot study

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    Torrance, Helen L.; Pistorius, Lourens; Voorbij, Hieronymus A. M.; Visser, Gerard H. A.

    2013-01-01

    Measurement of amniotic fluid (AF) lactate concentration in complicated pregnancies may provide information on the extent of fetal acidemia. However, normalisation for AF volume may be necessary by calculating the lactate: creatinine (L: C) ratio. We measured these AF parameters and compared them to

  1. Microbial prevalence, diversity and abundance in amniotic fluid during preterm labor: a molecular and culture-based investigation.

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    Daniel B DiGiulio

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Preterm delivery causes substantial neonatal mortality and morbidity. Unrecognized intra-amniotic infections caused by cultivation-resistant microbes may play a role. Molecular methods can detect, characterize and quantify microbes independently of traditional culture techniques. However, molecular studies that define the diversity and abundance of microbes invading the amniotic cavity, and evaluate their clinical significance within a causal framework, are lacking. METHODS AND FINDINGS: In parallel with culture, we used broad-range end-point and real-time PCR assays to amplify, identify and quantify ribosomal DNA (rDNA of bacteria, fungi and archaea from amniotic fluid of 166 women in preterm labor with intact membranes. We sequenced up to 24 rRNA clones per positive specimen and assigned taxonomic designations to approximately the species level. Microbial prevalence, diversity and abundance were correlated with host inflammation and with gestational and neonatal outcomes. Study subjects who delivered at term served as controls. The combined use of molecular and culture methods revealed a greater prevalence (15% of subjects and diversity (18 taxa of microbes in amniotic fluid than did culture alone (9.6% of subjects; 11 taxa. The taxa detected only by PCR included a related group of fastidious bacteria, comprised of Sneathia sanguinegens, Leptotrichia amnionii and an unassigned, uncultivated, and previously-uncharacterized bacterium; one or more members of this group were detected in 25% of positive specimens. A positive PCR was associated with histologic chorioamnionitis (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 20; 95% CI, 2.4 to 172, and funisitis (adjusted OR 18; 95% CI, 3.1 to 99. The positive predictive value of PCR for preterm delivery was 100 percent. A temporal association between a positive PCR and delivery was supported by a shortened amniocentesis-to-delivery interval (adjusted hazard ratio 4.6; 95% CI, 2.2 to 9.5. A dose

  2. Some considerations on Meconial Amniotic Fluid in the new born babies

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    Cleopatra Cabrera Cuellar

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Background: Many functions are attributed to amniotic liquid, there is no doubt, after all, about the negative consequences of its alteration. The differentiation between physiological meconium and pathological meconium can modify the perinatal results. Objectives: to determine if the presence of the meconium considered pathological, is significantly related to the morbimortality of the patients. Method: an analytic and prospective study was made, control case type, of 504 newborn children with meconial amniotic liquid, and the same number of newborn children with clear amniotic liquid. Results: the pathological meconial amniotic liquid was associated to a low Apgar percentage, in the first minute of 5,2 %. When the meconial amniotic liquid resulted physiological it was of 0,4 %. The morbility associated to perinatal hypoxia raised from 0,4 % when the meconial amniotic liquid was physiological, and to 4,85 when it was pathological. The necessity of ventilation, associated to the pathological meconial amniotic liquid, was of 3,1 %. There were 3 deaths in the pathological meconial amniotic liquid group, for a 1,3 % of mortality. When the meconial amniotic liquid colour was intensified during delivery labour, it was observed a low Apgar percentage of 11 %. Conclusions: the meconial amniotic fluid is presented in the 23% of the patients in our study increasing its incidence as long as the gestational age and the weight of the patient were higher. Preeclampsia is associated in a very significant way to the presence of meconium which is considered pathological.

  3. Collapsing granular suspensions.

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    Kadau, D; Andrade, J S; Herrmann, H J

    2009-11-01

    A 2D contact dynamics model is proposed as a microscopic description of a collapsing suspension/soil to capture the essential physical processes underlying the dynamics of generation and collapse of the system. Our physical model is compared with real data obtained from in situ measurements performed with a natural collapsing/suspension soil. We show that the shear strength behavior of our collapsing suspension/soil model is very similar to the behavior of this collapsing suspension soil, for both the unperturbed and the perturbed phases of the material.

  4. Human amniotic fluid: a source of stem cells for possible therapeutic use.

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    Dziadosz, Margaret; Basch, Ross S; Young, Bruce K

    2016-03-01

    Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with the capacity for differentiation. Amniotic fluid cells have emerged only recently as a possible source of stem cells for clinical purposes. There are no ethical or sampling constraints for the use of amniocentesis as a standard clinical procedure for obtaining an abundant supply of amniotic fluid cells. Amniotic fluid cells of human origin proliferate rapidly and are multipotent with the potential for expansion in vitro to multiple cell lines. Tissue engineering technologies that use amniotic fluid cells are being explored. Amniotic fluid cells may be of clinical benefit for fetal therapies, degenerative disease, and regenerative medicine applications. We present a comprehensive review of the evolution of human amniotic fluid cells as a possible modality for therapeutic use.

  5. Rat full term amniotic fluid harbors highly potent stem cells.

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    Mun-Fun, Hoo; Ferdaos, Nurfarhana; Hamzah, Siti Nurusaadah; Ridzuan, Noridzzaida; Hisham, Nurul Afiqah; Abdullah, Syahril; Ramasamy, Rajesh; Cheah, Pike See; Thilakavathy, Karrupiah; Yazid, Mohd Nazri; Nordin, Norshariza

    2015-10-01

    Amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCs) are commonly isolated from mid-term amniotic fluid (AF) of animals and human collected via an invasive technique, amniocentesis. Alternatively, AFSCs could be collected at full-term. However, it is unclear whether AFSCs are present in the AF at full term. Here, we aimed to isolate and characterize stem cells isolated from AF of full term pregnant rats. Three stem cell lines have been established following immuno-selection against the stem cell marker, c-kit. Two of the new lines expressed multiple markers of pluripotency until more than passage 90. Further, they spontaneously differentiated into derivatives of the three primary germ layers through the formation of good quality embryoid bodies (EBs), and can be directly differentiated into neural lineage. Their strong stemness and potent neurogenic properties highlight the presence of highly potent stem cells in AF of full-term pregnancies, which could serve as a potential source of stem cells for regenerative medicine.

  6. Amniotic fluid-borne hepatocyte growth factor protects rat pups against experimental necrotizing enterocolitis.

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    Jain, Sunil K; Baggerman, Eric W; Mohankumar, Krishnan; Namachivayam, Kopperuncholan; Jagadeeswaran, Ramasamy; Reyes, Victor E; Maheshwari, Akhil

    2014-03-01

    Fetal swallowing of amniotic fluid, which contains numerous cytokines and growth factors, plays a key role in gut mucosal development. Preterm birth interrupts this exposure to amniotic fluid-borne growth factors, possibly contributing to the increased risk of necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) in premature infants. We hypothesized that supplementation of formula feeds with amniotic fluid can provide amniotic fluid-borne growth factors and prevent experimental NEC in rat pups. We compared NEC-like injury in rat pups fed with infant formula vs. formula supplemented either with 30% amniotic fluid or recombinant hepatocyte growth factor (HGF). Cytokines/growth factors in amniotic fluid were measured by immunoassays. Amniotic fluid and HGF effects on enterocyte migration, proliferation, and survival were measured in cultured IEC6 intestinal epithelial cells. Finally, we used an antibody array to investigate receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) activation and immunoblots to measure phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling. Amniotic fluid supplementation in oral feeds protected rat pups against NEC-like injury. HGF was the most abundant growth factor in rat amniotic fluid in our panel of analytes. Amniotic fluid increased cell migration, proliferation, and cell survival in vitro. These effects were reproduced by HGF and blocked by anti-HGF antibody or a PI3K inhibitor. HGF transactivated several RTKs in IEC6 cells, indicating that its effects extended to multiple signaling pathways. Finally, similar to amniotic fluid, recombinant HGF also reduced the frequency and severity of NEC-like injury in rat pups. Amniotic fluid supplementation protects rat pups against experimental NEC, which is mediated, at least in part, by HGF.

  7. Thigh-leg skin tube pedicle and amniotic band syndrome.

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    Altamirano, Eugenia; Drut, Ricardo; Perelló, Ariel

    2009-01-01

    We are reporting the case of a young infant presenting with a cutaneous tubular bridge running from the dorsal aspect of the middle third of the thigh to the middle third of the leg resulting in a permanent flexion position of the limb. This finding was associated with another related to the amniotic band syndrome. Surgical resection showed a tube formed exclusively by normal skin tissue. The case appears unique although related lesions have been reported in the literature.

  8. Major complication after intrauterine vesico-amniotic shunting

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    Springer Alexander

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Bilateral foetal uropathy is the leading cause of chronic renal failure in childhood. Vesico-amniotic shunting (VAS is a simple, feasible, and widely used procedure for decompressing the foetal urinary system. We report a case of a boy with bilateral foetal uropathy who underwent VAS at a gestational age of 29 weeks. Vesico-abdominal shunt dislodgement occurred and led to urinary ascites and anhydramnios. Postpartal laparotomy showed a shunt perforation between the urinary bladder and the peritoneal cavity.

  9. Suspension trauma; Le traumatisme de suspension

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    Trudel, S. [Le Centre de sante et de services sociaux du rocher Perce, Chandler, PQ (Canada)

    2010-07-01

    This presentation discussed the precautions that should be taken to avoid falls from wind turbines or transmission towers. Suspension trauma was explained by a medical doctor in terms of physiology and the body's normal circulation and the elements that disturb normal physiology when in suspension. The trauma occurs following a fall, which carries the risk of 1or more disorders, such as massive hemorrhage, high cardiac pulse, and constriction of blood vessels. Nausea, vertigo, cardiac arrhythmia and sweating occur 15 to 20 minutes following the fall. The presentation emphasized the importance of having qualified personnel at the site and wearing proper harnesses and equipment that supports the neck. figs.

  10. Research on School Suspension

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    Iselin, Anne-Marie

    2010-01-01

    Schools across the nation report increases in the use of punitive disciplinary methods (e.g., suspension). The need for these disciplinary practices to address serious student misconduct is undisputed. What research has questioned is why some students seem to be suspended more often than others, what effects suspension has on students, and whether…

  11. Results of six years of cytogenetic studies in amniotic fluid

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    Enelis Reyes Reyes

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: research into different genetic diseases is one of the preventive programs of paramount importance at public health level. The early detection of chromosomopathies and the establishment of an appropriate strategy reduce the morbidity-morality rate and improve the patients’ quality of life.Objective: to describe the behavior of the results of the cytogenetic studies in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women from Las Tunas province during six years: from 2008 to 2014.Methods: a retrospective and descriptive study was carried out to assess the results of cytogenetic studies in amniotic liquid during six years: from 2008 to 2014. The statistical records were checked and the results, the indication criteria, the behavior of the age groups in women advanced in age and the diagnosed chromosomopathies were assessed.Results: the samples with results that exceeded the non-conclusive and positive women prevailed; 2, 3 positive cases of chromosomopathies were diagnosed out of 100 studied women at risk; pregnant women of advanced gestational years prevailed as indication criterion, being the 37 to 40 years old age group the predominant one; in the positive cases, numeric chromosomopathies of the type trisomy 21 or Down’s syndrome prevailed, with a frequency of 1, 2 out of 100 pregnant women at risk.Conclusions: the program of the cytogenetic diagnosis in the amniotic fluid has been an effective tool to detect congenital prenatal defects by chromosomopathies, very useful in the process of genetic advice.

  12. RESEARCH ON REDUCING PREMATURITY RUPTURE OF MEMBRANE

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    Maria URSACHI (BOLOTA

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The membranes surrounding the amniotic cavity are composed from amnion and chorion, tightly adherent layers which are composed of several cell types, including epithelial cells, trophoblasts cells and mesenchyme cells, embedded in a collagenous matrix. They retain amniotic fluid, secret substances into the amniotic fluid, as well as to the uterus and protect the fetus against upward infections from urogenital tract. Normally, the membranes it breaks during labor. Premature rupture of the amniotic sac (PRAS is defined as rupture of membranes before the onset of labor. Premature rupture of the fetal membrane, which occurs before 37 weeks of gestation, usually, refers to preterm premature rupture of membranes. Despite advances in the care period, premature rupture of membranes and premature rupture of membranes preterm continue to be regarded as serious obstetric complications. On the term 8% - 10% of pregnant women have premature rupture of membranes; these women are at increased risk of intrauterine infections, where the interval between membrane rupture and expulsion is rolled-over. Premature rupture of membranes preterm occurs in approximately 1% of all pregnancies and is associated with 30% -40% of preterm births. Thus, it is important to identify the cause of pre-term birth (after less than 37 completed weeks of "gestation" and its complications, including respiratory distress syndrome, neonatal infection and intraventricular hemorrhage. Objectives: the development of the protocol of the clinical trial on patients with impending preterm birth, study clinical and statistical on the socio-demographic characteristics of patients with imminent preterm birth; clinical condition of patients and selection of cases that could benefit from the application of interventional therapy; preclinical investigation (biological and imaging of patients with imminent preterm birth; the modality therapy; clinical investigation of the effectiveness of short

  13. Cell-free fetal DNA in amniotic fluid supernatant for prenatal diagnosis.

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    Soltani, M; Nemati, M; Maralani, M; Estiar, M A; Andalib, S; Fardiazar, Z; Sakhinia, E

    2016-04-30

    In widespread conviction, amniotic fluid is utilized for prenatal diagnosis. Amniotic fluid supernatant is usually discarded, notwithstanding being a good source of fetal DNA. The aim of the present study was to assess cell-free fetal DNA extracted from amniotic fluid supernatant for application in prenatal diagnosis such as gender determination and early diagnosis of β-thalassemia. Samples of amniotic fluid of 70 pregnant women were collected and went through routine tests along with tests for cell-free fetal DNA from amniotic fluid supernatant. The DNA in the amniotic fluid supernatant was extracted and analyzed for gender determination by PCR and Real-time PCR. ARMS-PCR was applied to test early diagnosis of IVS II-I mutation (common β-thalassemia mutation) and E7V mutation for sickle cell anemia using DNA extracted from the amniotic fluid supernatant. Using the cell-free fetal DNA extracted from the amniotic fluid supernatant, the sensitivity of PCR and Real-time PCR for gender detection was compared with the routine cytogenetic method. The fetus tested for sickle cell anemia and β-thalassemia was observed to be healthy but heterozygous for IVS II-I mutation. The findings indicated that cell-free fetal DNA from amniotic fluid supernatant can be a good source of fetal DNA and be used in early prenatal diagnosis since because of its fast and accurate application. Therefore, it would be suggested that the amniotic fluid supernatant's disposal is prevented because if the tests needs to be repeated, cell-free fetal DNA extracted from the amniotic fluid supernatant can be used as an alternative source for prenatal diagnosis.

  14. Amniotic fluid cathelicidin in PPROM pregnancies: from proteomic discovery to assessing its potential in inflammatory complications diagnosis.

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    Vojtech Tambor

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM complicated by microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC leading to histological chorioamnionitis (HCA significantly impacts perinatal morbidity. Unfortunately, no well-established tool for identifying PPROM patients threatened by these disorders is available. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We performed an unbiased exploratory analysis of amniotic fluid proteome changes due to MIAC and HCA. From among the top five proteins that showed the most profound and significant change, we sought to confirm results concerning cathelicidin (P49913, CAMP_HUMAN, since an ELISA kit was readily available for this protein. In our exploratory proteomic study, cathelicidin showed a ∼6-fold higher concentration in PPROM patients with confirmed MIAC and HCA. We verified significantly higher levels of cathelicidin in exploratory samples (women without both MIAC and HCA: median 1.4 ng/ml; women with both conditions confirmed: median 3.6 ng/ml; p = 0.0003. A prospective replication cohort was used for independent validation and for assessment of cathelicidin potential to stratify women with MIAC leading to HCA from women in whom at least one of these conditions was ruled out. We confirmed the association of higher amniotic fluid cathelicidin levels with MIAC leading to HCA (the presence of both MIAC and HCA: median 3.1 ng/ml; other women: median 1.4 ng/ml; p<0.0001. A cathelicidin concentration of 4.0 ng/ml was found to be the best cut-off point for identifying PPROM women with both MIAC and HCA. When tested on the validation cohort, a sensitivity of 48%, a specificity of 90%, a likelihood ratio of 5.0, and an area under receiver-operating characteristic curve of 71% were achieved for identification of women with MIAC leading to HCA. CONCLUSIONS: Our multi-stage study suggests cathelicidin as a candidate marker that should be considered for a panel of amniotic fluid proteins permitting identification

  15. A step-by-step diagnosis of exclusion in a twin pregnancy with acute respiratory failure due to non-fatal amniotic fluid embolism: a case report

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    Papaioannou Vasilios E

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Respiratory failure may develop during the later stages of pregnancy and is usually associated with tocolysis or other co-existing conditions such as pneumonia, sepsis, pre-eclampsia or amniotic fluid embolism syndrome. Case presentation We present the case of a 34-year-old healthy woman with a twin pregnancy at 31 weeks and 6 days who experienced acute respiratory failure, a few hours after administration of tocolysis (ritodrine, due to preterm premature rupture of the membranes. Her chest discomfort was significantly ameliorated after the ritodrine infusion was stopped and a Cesarean section was performed 48 hours later under spinal anesthesia; however, 2 hours after surgery she developed severe hypoxemia, hypotension, fever and mild coagulopathy. The patient was intubated and transferred to the intensive care unit where she made a quick and uneventful recovery within 3 days. As there was no evidence for drug- or infection-related thromboembolic or myocardial causes of respiratory failure, we conclude that our patient experienced a rare type of non-fatal amniotic fluid embolism. Conclusion In spite of the lack of solid scientific support for our diagnosis, we conclude that our patient suffered an uncommon type of amniotic fluid embolism syndrome and we believe that this report highlights the need for extreme vigilance and a high index of suspicion for such a diagnosis in any pregnant individual.

  16. A randomized controlled trial of foley catheter, extra-amniotic saline infusion and prostaglandin e2 suppository for labor induction.

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    Mandana Mansour Ghanaie

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study is to further compare the efficacy of PGE2 suppository, the intracervical foley catheter and extra-amniotic saline infusion in nulliparous women referred for labor induction.Totally 368 nulliparous women with a Bishop score ≤ 4 with singleton gestation, vertex presentation and intact membrane referred for labor induction were randomly assigned to 3 groups; Foley catheter alone, Extra-amniotic saline infusion (EASI and PGE2 suppository. All women received concurrent dilute oxytocine infusion. The change in the Bishop Score, labor progress, various labor endpoints and outcomes of labor were assessed.From 363 women studied after exclusion of 5, 119 were assigned to EASI, 121 to Foley and 118 to PGE2. Patients' demographics did not differ significantly between three groups nor did indication for induction (P = 0.0001. The EASI group had a significant improvement in Bishop Score 6 hours after induction. The mean time to active phase was 357±135min for EASI,457±178 for Foley and 609±238 min for PGE2 group respectively (P < 0.05.rate of spontaneous rupture of membranes was higher in the EASI group (P = 0.0001 and the mean time from the start of induction up to spontaneous rupture of membranes in the EASI group was shorter than other group(P < 0.05. The mean time to vaginal delivery was 14.8±6.1 in EASI group,11.4±4.8 in Foley and 18.9±6.4 in PGE2 group(P < 0.05.there were no differences in Apgar scores, mean neonatal birth weight and neonatal morbidity.Our study showed that pre-induction cervical ripening by EASI with concurrent oxytocin is better than Foley and PGE2 in Bishop score and various labor end point and outcomes.

  17. Neonatal Responsiveness to the Odor of Amniotic and Lacteal Fluids: A Test of Perinatal Chemosensory Continuity.

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    Marlier, Luc; Schaal, Benoist; Soussignan, Robert

    1998-01-01

    Studied head-orientation response of breast-feeding neonates in paired-choice odor tests. Found that 2-day olds detected amniotic fluid and colostrum, treating them as similar sensorily and/or hedonically. Four-day olds exhibited a preference for breast milk. Three-day olds oriented longer toward the odor of their own amniotic fluid than alien…

  18. Analysis of relationship between amniotic fluid pollution and neonatal asphyxia%羊水污染与新生儿窒息关系的分析

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    李晓明

    2015-01-01

    羊水污染是胎儿窘迫的重要临床表现。羊水污染与新生儿窒息发生率呈正相关。因此,临床上应加强产程观察,及时发现羊水污染并根据羊水污染程度正确分析判断胎儿缺氧状况,尽早积极处理,降低新生儿窒息率、围产儿死亡率,预防胎粪吸入综合症。此外,脐带因素、胎盘因素、胎膜早破、早产、产程及胎位异常均可导致胎儿窘迫和新生儿窒息,这些因素也必须关注。%Amniotic fluid pollution is the important clinical manifestation of fetal distress. The incidence of amniotic fluid pollution was positively correlated with the incidence of neonatal asphyxia. Therefore, clinical should strengthen the observation of birth process, timely detection of amniotic fluid contamination and according to the degree of amniotic fluid pollution correct analysis determine fetal hypoxia condition, early aggressive treatment, reduce the rate of neonatal asphyxia and perinatal mortality, prevention of meconium aspiration syndrome. In addition, umbilical cord factors, placental factors, premature rupture of membranes, premature birth, birth process and fetal abnormalities can lead to fetal distress and neonatal asphyxia, so we should also must pay close attention to these factors.

  19. Microfluidic Bead Suspension Hopper

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    Price, Alexander K.; MacConnell, Andrew B.; Paegel, Brian M.

    2014-01-01

    Many high-throughput analytical platforms, from next-generation DNA sequencing to drug discovery, rely on beads as carriers of molecular diversity. Microfluidic systems are ideally suited to handle and analyze such bead libraries with high precision and at minute volume scales; however, the challenge of introducing bead suspensions into devices before they sediment usually confounds microfluidic handling and analysis. We developed a bead suspension hopper that exploits sedimentation to load b...

  20. The Mystical Suspension

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    Héctor Santiesteban Oliva

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available Mistical suspension, silence, time, absolute, ontology, ineffability, aletheiaIn the mystical ecstasy there is a sensorial and intellectual suspension when contemplating the absolute, the ontological Being. Silence is not only significant: it is revealing. The greatest expression of experience inner silence . The word is insufficient when the ontological reality is revealed. Revelation or truth , the Greek concept of aletheia, takes on greater significance in that transcendental experience. It is also suspended phenomenological time and remains eternity open.

  1. Amniotic fluid sludge as a marker of intra-amniotic infection and histological chorioamnionitis in cervical insufficiency: a report of four cases and literature review.

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    Paules, Cristina; Moreno, Esther; Gonzales, Ariel; Fabre, Ernesto; González de Agüero, Rafael; Oros, Daniel

    2016-01-01

    Amniotic fluid sludge (AFS) is defined as the presence of particulate matter in the amniotic fluid in close proximity to the cervix. Although its prevalence is known to correlate with the risk of preterm delivery, initial reports describe a strong association between AFS and microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and histological chorioamnionitis. However, AFS is also present in uncomplicated pregnancies, and its prevalence appears to increase with gestational age. Recent evidence debates the usefulness of AFS as a marker of early preterm delivery risk. We present four cases with AFS diagnosed by transvaginal ultrasound at admission for cervical insufficiency between 20 and 24 weeks of gestation, with confirmed lower genital tract and intra-amniotic infections by amniocentesis and histological chorioamnionitis and funisitis. Our findings reinforce the presence of AFS as a useful marker of MIAC, chorioamnionitis and funisitis that increase the likelihood of preterm delivery at an extreme gestational age.

  2. Quantitative analysis of the toxicity of human amniotic fluid to cultured rat spinal cord.

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    Drewek, M J; Bruner, J P; Whetsell, W O; Tulipan, N

    1997-10-01

    It has been proposed that the myelodysplastic components of a myelomeningocele are secondarily damaged as the result of exposure to amniotic fluid, the so-called 'two-hit' hypothesis. The critical time at which this secondary insult might occur has not been clearly defined. The present study addresses this issue by quantitatively assessing the toxic effects of human amniotic fluid of various gestational ages upon organotypic cultures of rat spinal cord. Using an assay for lactate dehydrogenase efflux to evaluate toxicity in such spinal cord cultures, we found that the amniotic fluid became toxic at approximately 34 weeks' gestation. This toxic effect of amniotic fluid appears to emerge rather suddenly. Accordingly, it seems reasonable to suggest that prevention of exposure of vulnerable spinal cord tissue to this toxicity by surgical closure of a myelomeningocele defect prior to the emergence of toxicity in amniotic fluid may prevent injury to vulnerable myelodysplastic spinal cord tissue.

  3. Preventing misdiagnosis in amniotic band sequence: a case report

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    Cristiane Rúbia Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Amniotic band sequence (ABS is an uncommon and heterogeneous congenital disorder caused by entrapment of fetal parts by fibrous amniotic bands, causing distinctive structural abnormalities involving limbs, trunk, and craniofacial regions. The incidence ranges between 1/1200 and 1/15,000 live births, but is higher in stillbirths and previable fetuses. The intrinsic theory attributes the constriction band syndrome as an inherent development defect of embryogenesis while the extrinsic theory proposes that an early amnion rupture is responsible for the adherent bands. It is also suggested that amputations and constriction rings might be due to vascular disturbances. Anomalies resulting from amniotic bands are quite variable and sometimes may simulate chromosomal abnormalities. The authors report a case of a 36-week-gestation male neonate who lived for 29 hours after a vaginal delivery with an Apgar score of 8/9/9. The mother was primipara, and the prenatal was uneventful except for two episodes of urinary tract infections. The newborn examination depicted multiple anomalies characterized by exencephaly, bilateral labial cleft with distorted nostrils and palate cleft. There was also facial skin tag band, exophthalmos with hypoplasia of the eyelids. The limbs showed distal amputation of the fingers in both hands and feet, oligodactyly associated with syndactyly in the left foot, ring constriction in the right leg, the presence of right hyperextension, and clubfoot. The upper limbs showed length discrepancies. Karyotype analysis was normal at 46 XY. The authors conclude that the recognition of the malformations secondary to ABS is important in genetic counseling to prevent misdiagnosis between chromosomal and secondary disruption disorders.

  4. [Amniotic band sequence and bilateral choanal atresia: a case report].

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    Del Toro-Valero, Azucena; Estrada-De la Fuente, Alejandro; Velázquez Santana, Héctor; Glicerio González, Jorge; Navarro Meza, María Cristina; Ortega-Hinojosa, Lilia; López-Cardona, María Guadalupe

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    Amniotic band sequence (ABS) is a group malformation that mainly affects limbs; clinically, constriction rings and lymphedema of the fingers, arms and legs, acrosyndactyly and pseudosyndactyly are observed; also there is congenital amputation of limbs due to distal swelling. Less frequently, craniofacial and trunk involvement are reported in some patients. Etiology is still unknown and most cases are isolated. In this report we present the case of a 45-day-old male with diagnosis of SBA and bilateral choanal atresia as attached finding, and review possible causes of SBA and associated alterations.

  5. Extra-amniotic prostaglandin E2 and the unfavourable cervix.

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    Shepherd, J; Sims, C; Craft, I

    1976-10-02

    A small dose of prostaglandin E2 suspended in a viscous medium was instilled as a single application into the extra-amniotic space of patients with unfavourable induction features the day before planned induction in an attempt to improve the condition of the cervix. Two groups of 15 patients were studied, one receiving prostaglandin E2 250 mug suspended in methyl ethyl cellulose ('Tylose') 6% solution, and the other tylose alone. Cervical status did not change in those receiving tylose alone, whereas a significant improvement occurred in 14 out of 15 patients receiving the prostaglandin. Labour began before formal induction in 1 patient receiving tylose and in 8 receiving prostaglandin.

  6. Intraamniotic Inflammation in Women with Preterm Prelabor Rupture of Membranes.

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    Full Text Available To characterize subgroups of preterm prelabor rupture of membranes (PPROM and short-term neonatal outcomes based on the presence and absence of intraamniotic inflammation (IAI and/or microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC.One hundred and sixty-six Caucasian women with singleton pregnancies were included in this study. Amniotic fluid samples were obtained by transabdominal amniocentesis (n=166 and were assayed for interleukin-6 levels by a lateral flow immunoassay. The presence of Ureaplasma species, Mycoplasma hominis, Chlamydia trachomatis, and 16S rRNA was evaluated in the amniotic fluid. IAI was defined as amniotic fluid IL-6 values, measured by a point of care test, higher than 745 pg/mL.Microbial-associated IAI (IAI with MIAC and sterile intraamniotic inflammation (IAI alone were found in 21% and 4%, respectively, of women with PPROM. Women with microbial-associated IAI had higher microbial loads of Ureaplasma species in the amniotic fluid than women with MIAC alone. No differences in the short-term neonatal morbidity with respect to the presence of microbial-associated IAI, sterile IAI and MIAC alone were found after adjusting for the gestational age at delivery in women with PPROM.Microbial-associated but not sterile intraamniotic inflammation is common in Caucasian women with PPROM. The gestational age at delivery but not the presence of inflammation affects the short-term neonatal morbidity of newborns from PPROM pregnancies.

  7. A new approach to the pathomechanism of amniotic fluid embolism:unknown role of amniotic cells in the induction of disseminated intravascular coagulation

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    Mieczyslaw Uszyński; Waldemar Uszyński

    2012-01-01

    There are four concepts (theories) of amniotic fluid embolism (AFE). The aim of the study was to perform their critical review and to popularize a novel integrated concept. We searched Medline (from its inception to 2011), using key words:amniotic fluid embolism, amniotic cells, tissue factor, leukotriene and microparticles. Articles most eligible for the study of etiopathomechanism of AFE were chosen by title and/or abstract contents. The analysis of the publications revealed that:(i) the integrated concept of AFE is an adequate tool to interpret the complication, being particularly useful for taking direct therapeutic decisions; (ii) disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in this complication is induced not by tissue factor (TF) of amniotic origin but by spectacular procoagulant activity of apoptosis-affected amniotic cells. Descriptions of molecular processes were provided. In clonclusioin, there are two independent pathways of AFE-the DIC pathway and the leukotriene pathway. It is not the TF but the apoptosis-affected amniotic cells that are responsible for the process of DIC in AFE. 3. One of the therapeutic conclusions of the new approach to the concept of AFE indicates that attempts to use heparin in AFE are justified (at the onset of the complication).

  8. Elemental profile in amniotic fluid of some Nigerian pregnant women.

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    Yahaya, M I; Ogunfowokan, A O; Orji, E O

    2011-06-01

    In this study concentration level of calcium, cadmium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, nickel, lead and zinc were determined in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women, aged 15 - 45 years enrolled at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex Ile - Ife. This was with a view to predict the body burden of the metals in the pregnant women and assess the health implications of the toxic elements to the pregnant women and their fetuses. Fifty samples of the amniotic fluid were collected from the pregnant women. The efficiency of extraction of trace metals using conventional wet acid digestion method (CDM) and microwave induced acid digestion method (MWD) was determined by recovery experiments. Levels of trace metals were determined using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry. The high percentage recoveries obtained from MWD made it a more efficient method than the CDM and hence its adoption for sample digestion. Statistical analysis of data using descriptive and inferential statistics revealed that age; education and profession have effects on the levels of the trace metals. The mean levels of most of the toxic metals obtained in this study were lower than the recommended limits of trace metals in women whole blood.

  9. Macroevolutionary diversity of amniote limb proportions predicted by developmental interactions.

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    Young, Nathan M

    2013-11-01

    Mammals, birds, and reptiles exhibit a remarkable diversity of limb proportions. These evolved differences are thought to reflect selection for biomechanical, postural, and locomotor requirements primarily acting on independent variation in later fetal and postnatal segmental growth. However, earlier conserved developmental events also have the potential to impact the evolvability of limb proportions by limiting or biasing initial variation among segments. Notably, proximo-distal patterning of the amniote limb through activation-inhibition dynamics predicts that initial proportions of segments should exhibit both tradeoffs between stylopod and autopod and a diagnostic reduction in variance of the zeugopod. Here it is demonstrated that this developmental "design rule" predicts patterns of macroevolutionary diversity despite the effects of variation in segmental growth over ontogeny, lineage-specific differences in phylogenetic history, or functional adaptation. These results provide critical comparative evidence of a conserved Turing-like mechanism in proximo-distal limb segmentation, and suggest that development has played a previously unrecognized role in the evolvability of limb proportions in a wide range of amniote taxa.

  10. Amniotic fluid-derived stem cells in regenerative medicine research.

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    Joo, Sunyoung; Ko, In Kap; Atala, Anthony; Yoo, James J; Lee, Sang Jin

    2012-02-01

    The stem cells isolated from amniotic fluid present an exciting possible contribution to the field of regenerative medicine and amniotic fluid-derived stem (AFS) cells have significant potential for research and therapeutic applications. AFS cells are multipotent, showing the ability to differentiate into cell types from all three embryonic germ layers. They express both embryonic and adult stem cell markers, expand extensively without feeder cells, double in 36 h, and are not tumorigenic. The AFS cells can be maintained for over 250 population doublings and preserve their telomere length and a normal karyotype. They differentiate easily into specific cell lineages and do not require human embryo tissue for their isolation, thus avoiding the current controversies associated with the use of human embryonic stem (ES) cells. The discovery of the AFS cells has been recent, and a great deal of work remains to be performed on the characterization and use of these cells. This review describes the various differentiated lineages that AFS cells can form and the future of these promising new stem cells in regenerative medicine research.

  11. Adenovirus E1A/E1B Transformed Amniotic Fluid Cells Support Human Cytomegalovirus Replication

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    Full Text Available The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV replicates to high titers in primary human fibroblast cell cultures. A variety of primary human cells and some tumor-derived cell lines do also support permissive HCMV replication, yet at low levels. Cell lines established by transfection of the transforming functions of adenoviruses have been notoriously resistant to HCMV replication and progeny production. Here, we provide first-time evidence that a permanent cell line immortalized by adenovirus type 5 E1A and E1B (CAP is supporting the full HCMV replication cycle and is releasing infectious progeny. The CAP cell line had previously been established from amniotic fluid cells which were likely derived from membranes of the developing fetus. These cells can be grown under serum-free conditions. HCMV efficiently penetrated CAP cells, expressed its immediate-early proteins and dispersed restrictive PML-bodies. Viral DNA replication was initiated and viral progeny became detectable by electron microscopy in CAP cells. Furthermore, infectious virus was released from CAP cells, yet to lower levels compared to fibroblasts. Subviral dense bodies were also secreted from CAP cells. The results show that E1A/E1B expression in transformed cells is not generally repressive to HCMV replication and that CAP cells may be a good substrate for dense body based vaccine production.

  12. Human amniotic epithelial cells combined with silk ifbroin scaffold in the repair of spinal cord injury

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    Ting-gang Wang; Jie Xu; Ai-hua Zhu; Hua Lu; Zong-ning Miao; Peng Zhao; Guo-zhen Hui; Wei-jiangWu

    2016-01-01

    Treatment and functional reconstruction atfer central nervous system injury is a major medical and social challenge. An increasing number of researchers are attempting to use neural stem cells combined with artiifcial scaffold materials, such as ifbroin, for nerve repair. However, such approaches are challenged by ethical and practical issues. Amniotic tissue, a clinical waste product, is abundant, and amniotic epithe-lial cells are pluripotent, have low immunogenicity, and are not the subject of ethical debate. We hypothesized that amniotic epithelial cells combined with silk ifbroin scaffolds would be conducive to the repair of spinal cord injury. To test this, we isolated and cultured amniotic epithelial cells, and constructed complexes of these cells and silk ifbroin scaffolds. Implantation of the cell-scaffold complex into a rat model of spinal cord injury resulted in a smaller glial scar in the damaged cord tissue than in model rats that received a blank scaffold, or amniotic epithelial cells alone. In addition to a milder local immunological reaction, the rats showed less inlfammatory cell inifltration at the trans-plant site, milder host-versus-gratf reaction, and a marked improvement in motor function. hTese ifndings conifrm that the transplantation of amniotic epithelial cells combined with silk ifbroin scaffold can promote the repair of spinal cord injury. Silk ifbroin scaffold can provide a good nerve regeneration microenvironment for amniotic epithelial cells.

  13. Frequency and clinical significance of short cervix in patients with preterm premature rupture of membranes

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    Lee, Seung Mi; Park, Kyo Hoon; Jung, Eun Young; Jang, Ji Ae; Yoo, Ha-Na

    2017-01-01

    Objective Cervical length measurement has been uggested as a useful tool for predicting intra-amniotic infection/inflammation in preterm labor, but little information is available in the setting of preterm premature rupture of membranes (pPROM). We aimed to determine whether a short cervical length is independently associated with an increased risk of intra-amniotic infection or inflammation and impending preterm delivery in women with pPROM. Methods This was a retrospective cohort study involving 171 consecutive singleton pregnant women with pPROM (21+0–33+6 weeks’ gestation), who underwent amniocentesis. Amniotic fluid (AF) was cultured, and assayed for interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8. Cervical length was measured at the time of amniocentesis by transvaginal ultrasonography with an aseptic technique. Short cervical length was defined as a cervical length of ≤15 mm. Intra-amniotic infection was defined as a positive AF culture for microorganisms and intra-amniotic inflammation was defined as elevated AF concentrations of IL-6 or IL-8 (IL-6 ≥1.5 ng/mL and/or IL-8 ≥1.3 ng/mL). Results Fifty (29.2%) women had a sonographic cervical length of ≤15mm. On univariate analysis, short cervical length was associated with an increased risk for intra-amniotic infection and/or inflammation; no other parameters studied showed a significant association. Multivariable analyses indicated that short cervical length was significantly associated with a higher risk of impending preterm delivery (within 2 days of measurement, within 7 days of measurement, and before 34 weeks), and remained significant after adjustment for potential confounders. Conclusion In women with pPROM, short cervical length is associated with an increased risk for intra-amniotic infection/inflammation and associated with impending preterm delivery, independent of the presence of intra-amniotic infection/inflammation. PMID:28358839

  14. A comparison of microfiltration and inertia-based microfluidics for large scale suspension separation

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    Dijkshoorn, J.P.; Schutyser, M.A.I.; Wagterveld, R.M.; Schroen, C.G.P.H.; Boom, R.M.

    2017-01-01

    Separation of suspensions can be carried out by microfiltration and microfluidic techniques, although both rely on different principles. Conventional microfiltration involves retention of particles by a porous membrane, but is limited by (irreversible) particle accumulation and concentration polariz

  15. 人类羊膜上皮细胞与间充质干细胞的免疫调节功能%The immune regulation functions of human amniotic epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells

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    王佳萍

    2010-01-01

    成体干细胞是一种具有自我更新和多向分化能力的细胞,在组织工程、基因治疗和细胞移植领域具有较好的应用前景.近年研究显示,人类羊膜中也存在两种干细胞:羊膜上皮细胞(HAEC)和羊膜间充质干细胞(hAMSC),由于具有来源广泛、取材方便、多向分化潜能以及免疫原性低等优点,在细胞移植中表现出免疫调节等作用,且可作为细胞组织工程种子,正逐渐成为干细胞研究领域的热点之一.现就两种羊膜细胞生物学特性、免疫调节机制以及临床运用的潜在价值进行综述.%Adult stem cells are a kind of cells which have the capability to differentiate into multiple cell types as well as self renew continuously. They have great therapeutic potential in tissue engineering,genetherapy and cell transplantation.In recent study, it has been found that there were two kinds of stem cells in human amniotic membrane,including human amniotic epithelial cells and human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells. As a new source of stem cells, these two amniotic cells have become the hot spot in stem cells research due to their advantages such as extensive resource, easy to acquire, multi-differentiation potential and negligible antigenicity. This article reviewed biological characteristics, immune regulation mechanism and prospect on amniotic epithelial cells and mesenchymal cells.

  16. 羊水栓塞导致孕产妇死亡的相关因素分析%Analysis of Related Factors of Maternal Death Cause of Amniotic Fluid Embolism

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    刘晓慧

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the causes of maternal deaths caused by amniotic fluid embolism.Methods Aretrospective analysis was made on the amniotic fluid embolism in our hospital from 2010 to 2014 received 35 cases died, looking to the related risk factors of clinical information from their.ResultsThe reason why this occurred in 35 patients of amniotic fluid embolism with oxytocin, misoprostol, cervical laceration, turbid amniotic fluid, premature rupture of membranes, amniotic fluid embolism occurred due to oxytocin accounted for 28.6% of the total number of cases study. There were 18 patients with diagnosis of embolism is the performance of the 10, is to create the conditions to change death.ConclusionAmniotic fluid embolism clinical onset speed, produced a greater threat to maternal life safety, provide accurate diagnosis and timely and effective rescue can avoid the death of parturient, need to give attention to the early diagnosis in clinic, especially the use of oxytocin, like this can maximize the prevention of amniotic fluid embolism.%目的:探讨羊水栓塞引起产妇死亡的原因。方法对我院2010年至2014年接收的羊水栓塞死亡病例35例进行回顾分析,从他们的临床病例资料来进行相关危险因素的寻找。结果这35例患者发生羊水栓塞的原因有催产素、米索前列醇引产、宫颈裂伤、羊水混浊、胎膜早破等,而因催产素出现羊水栓塞的病例占研究总数的28.6%。有18例患者是对其表现诊断为栓塞死亡,10是可创造条件改变死亡。结论羊水栓塞临床发病速度快,对产妇的生命安全产生了较大了威胁,对产妇提供准确的诊断和及时有效的抢救能够避免其死亡,在临床中需要对早期诊断给予重视,特别是催产素的使用,这样能够最大限度的预防羊水栓塞。

  17. Alternatives to Student Suspension

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    Robinett, David

    2012-01-01

    Seven years ago, James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles set a school record with 613 student suspensions, out of a total enrollment of 5,000 students. The school, made famous by the 1988 film "Stand and Deliver", was no stranger to the high rates of student discipline all too common within the Los Angeles Unified School…

  18. Viscosity of colloidal suspensions

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    Cohen, E.G.D. [Rockefeller Univ., New York, NY (United States); Schepper, I.M. de [Delft Univ. of Technology (Netherlands)

    1995-12-31

    Simple expressions are given for the effective Newtonian viscosity as a function of concentration as well as for the effective visco-elastic response as a function of concentration and imposed frequency, of monodisperse neutral colloidal suspensions over the entire fluid range. The basic physical mechanisms underlying these formulae are discussed. The agreement with existing experiments is very good.

  19. Cryonic Suspension and the Law.

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    Smith, George P.; Hall, Clare

    1987-01-01

    Analyzes three central problems which adversely affect use, development, and perfection of cryonic suspension of individuals: the extent to which a physician may be guilty of malpractice in assisting with a suspension; the need for a recognition of suspension; and the present effect of the law's anachronistic treatment of estate devolution upon a…

  20. Current Concepts of Immunology and Diagnosis in Amniotic Fluid Embolism

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    Michael D. Benson

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Amniotic fluid embolism (AFE is one of the leading causes of maternal mortality and morbidity in developed countries. Current thinking about pathophysiology has shifted away from embolism toward a maternal immune response to the fetus. Two immunologic mechanisms have been studied to date. Anaphylaxis appears to be doubtful while the available evidence supports a role for complement activation. With the mechanism remaining to be elucidated, AFE remains a clinical diagnosis. It is diagnosed based on one or more of four key signs/symptoms: cardiovascular collapse, respiratory distress, coagulopathy, and/or coma/seizures. The only laboratory test that reliably supports the diagnosis is the finding of fetal material in the maternal pulmonary circulation at autopsy. Perhaps the most compelling mystery surrounding AFE is not why one in 20,000 parturients are afflicted, but rather how the vast majority of women can tolerate the foreign antigenic presence of their fetus both within their uterus and circulation?

  1. Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Wharton's Jelly and Amniotic Fluid.

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    Joerger-Messerli, Marianne S; Marx, Caterina; Oppliger, Byron; Mueller, Martin; Surbek, Daniel V; Schoeberlein, Andreina

    2016-02-01

    The discovery of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in perinatal sources, such as the amniotic fluid (AF) and the umbilical connective tissue, the so-called Wharton's jelly (WJ), has transformed them into promising stem cell grafts for the application in regenerative medicine. The advantages of AF-MSCs and WJ-MSCs over adult MSCs, such as bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs), include their minimally invasive isolation procedure, their more primitive cell character without being tumourigenic, their low immunogenicity and their potential autologous application in congenital disorders and when cryopreserved in adulthood. This chapter gives an overview of the biology of AF-MSCs and WJ-MSCs, and their regenerative potential based on the results of recent preclinical and clinical studies. In the end, open questions concerning the use of WJ-MSCs and AF-MSCs in regenerative medicine will be emphasized.

  2. IMPACT OF MECONIUM STAINED AMNIOTIC FLUID ON EARLY NEONATAL OUTCOME

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To find out the incidence, neonatal outcome and associated maternal antepartum & intrapartum risk factors of meconium stained amniotic fluid (MSAF. DESIGN: Prospective St udy. SETTINGS: Neonatal Unit of Hospital and PNC Ward. SUBJECTS & METHODS: Prospective Study was conducted including 100 babies born with meconium stained amniotic fluid who are admitted in NICU and with mother in PNC ward in a period of six months (April 2012 - October 2012 excluding those who born with congenital abnormalities. Detail history of babies and mother with MSAF noted with emphasis on antepartum and intrapartum risk factors and outcome in terms of morbidity and mortality. RESULTS: Incidence of M SAF in the study was 8. 98%. Out of 100, 24 babies were admitted to NICU with most common indications being birth asphyxia (16% and Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS (6%. Majority babies were delivered through thin Meconium Stained Liquor (MSL (44% fo llowed by thick (35% and moderate (21%. Total number of deaths were 9 and all these babies had thick meconium with severe birth asphyxia. Ninety one babies were born at >37 weeks of gestation and 57 had birth weight over 2. 5 Kg. Nineteen percent were no n vigorous requiring tracheal suctioning and positive pressure ventilation at birth. Common mode of delivery was emergency Cesarean in 83% patients. Common maternal and fetal risk factors were fetal distress (30% followed by Oligohydramnios (30%, Pregnan cy induced hypertension (PIH (24%, anemia (14%, severe anemia (5%, Antepartum hemorrhage (4% and Antepartum eclampsia (4%. CONCLUSIONS: Oligohydramnios, PIH, anemia and fetal distress were common antenatal and intranatal factors associated with MSAF. Major morbidity and indication for NICU admission was Birth asphyxia and non vigorous babies. Mortality rate was 9% which is commonly associated with thick meconium and severe birth asphyxia.

  3. Human placental lactogen levels in amniotic fluid in normal and toxemic pregnancies.

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    Lolis, D; Kaskarelis, D

    1978-01-01

    Amniotic fluid human placental lactogen (HPL) levels were measured by radioimmunoassay in 162 cases of women with normal pregnancy and 43 with toxemic pregnancy, in the last trimester of pregnancy. A significant differences in levels was observed.

  4. A Mini Overview of Isolation, Characterization and Application of Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells.

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    Gholizadeh-Ghalehaziz, Shiva; Farahzadi, Raheleh; Fathi, Ezzatollah; Pashaiasl, Maryam

    2015-11-01

    Amniotic fluid represents rich sources of stem cells that can be used in treatments for a wide range of diseases. Amniotic fluid- stem cells have properties intermediate between embryonic and adult mesenchymal stem cells which make them particularly attractive for cellular regeneration and tissue engineering. Furthermore, scientists are interested in these cells because they come from the amniotic fluid that is routinely discarded after birth. In this review we give a brief introduction of amniotic fluid followed by a description of the cells present within this fluid and aim to summarize the all existing isolation methods, culturing, characterization and application of these cells. Finally, we elaborate on the differentiation and potential for these cells to promote regeneration of various tissue defects, including fetal tissue, the nervous system, heart, lungs, kidneys, bones, and cartilage in the form of table.

  5. Cerebroside Sulfatase Activity in Cultivated Human Skin Fibroblasts and Amniotic Fluid Cells

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    Booth, Carol W.; And Others

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    Prenatal monitoring for metachromatic leukodystrophy (a fatal inherited metabolic disorder) suggested that the determination of levels of cerebroside sulfatase in the amniotic fluid helped in the prenatal detection of this disorder. (DB)

  6. Matrix metalloproteinase-2 is elevated in midtrimester amniotic fluid prior to the development of preeclampsia

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    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To evaluate levels of matrix metalloproteinases (MMP and their inhibitors (TIMP in second trimester amniotic fluid of women with hypertensive disorders compared to normotensive women. Study Design Amniotic fluid was obtained from 133 women undergoing genetic second trimester amniocentesis. Zymography was performed for MMP characterization and an MMP-2 ELISA kit was used to determine MMP-2 levels. TIMP-2 expression was evaluated using western blot. Results Mean amniotic fluid MMP-2 and TIMP-2 levels were significantly higher in women who developed a hypertensive disorder compared to normotensive women (P Conclusion Higher amniotic fluid MMP-2 and TIMP-2 levels are found in women who eventually develop preeclampsia.

  7. Proposed diagnostic criteria for the case definition of amniotic fluid embolism in research studies.

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    Clark, Steven L; Romero, Roberto; Dildy, Gary A; Callaghan, William M; Smiley, Richard M; Bracey, Arthur W; Hankins, Gary D; D'Alton, Mary E; Foley, Mike; Pacheco, Luis D; Vadhera, Rakesh B; Herlihy, J Patrick; Berkowitz, Richard L; Belfort, Michael A

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    Amniotic fluid embolism is a leading cause of maternal mortality in developed countries. Our understanding of risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis is hampered by a lack of uniform clinical case definition; neither histologic nor laboratory findings have been identified unique to this condition. Amniotic fluid embolism is often overdiagnosed in critically ill peripartum women, particularly when an element of coagulopathy is involved. Previously proposed case definitions for amniotic fluid embolism are nonspecific, and when viewed through the eyes of individuals with experience in critical care obstetrics, would include women with a number of medical conditions much more common than amniotic fluid embolism. We convened a working group under the auspices of a committee of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and the Amniotic Fluid Embolism Foundation whose task was to develop uniform diagnostic criteria for the research reporting of amniotic fluid embolism. These criteria rely on the presence of the classic triad of hemodynamic and respiratory compromise accompanied by strictly defined disseminated intravascular coagulopathy. It is anticipated that limiting research reports involving amniotic fluid embolism to women who meet these criteria will enhance the validity of published data and assist in the identification of risk factors, effective treatments, and possibly useful biomarkers for this condition. A registry has been established in conjunction with the Perinatal Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to collect both clinical information and laboratory specimens of women with suspected amniotic fluid embolism in the hopes of identifying unique biomarkers of this condition.

  8. Maternal and fetal characteristics associated with meconium-stained amniotic fluid

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    Balchin, Imelda; Whittaker, John C; Lamont, Ronald F;

    2011-01-01

    To estimate the rates of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (AF) and adverse outcome in relation to gestational age and racial group, and to investigate the predictors of meconium-stained AF.......To estimate the rates of meconium-stained amniotic fluid (AF) and adverse outcome in relation to gestational age and racial group, and to investigate the predictors of meconium-stained AF....

  9. Diagnóstico laboratorial do líquido amniótico Laboratory diagnosis of amniotic fluid

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    Sabrina Gonçalves Campana

    2003-09-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho tem como objetivos a definição e a fisiologia do líquido amniótico, ressaltando aspectos citológicos e principais técnicas para diagnóstico laboratorial das patologias mais freqüentes. A metodologia utilizada foi a revisão bibliográfica atualizada relacionando os aspectos citológicos com a idade gestacional e técnicas laboratoriais para diagnóstico das principais patologias em que são observadas alterações do líquido amniótico, concluindo-se que este é um importante componente do ambiente intra-uterino. Sua produção e absorção dependem de uma série de mecanismos interdependentes entre o feto, a placenta, as membranas e o organismo materno. Atualmente este fluido pode fornecer inúmeras informações sobre a saúde fetal, realizando-se diversas técnicas, entre elas a amniocentese e a dosagem de alfafetoproteína, que pode detectar defeitos do tubo neural e trissomia do cromossomo 21. A análise do líquido amniótico reforça a importância da realização adequada de um pré-natal, sendo importante relacionar os resultados laboratoriais com a clínica.This present paper aims the definition of the amniotic fluid and its physiology standing out cytological aspects and main techniques for laboratorial diagnosis of the most frequent pathologies. The methodology was based on updated bibliographical research relating the cytological aspects with the pregnancy age and laboratorial techniques for diagnosis of the main pathologies in which alterations of the amniotic fluid are observed, concluding that this is an important component of the intrauterine environment. Its production and absorption depend on a series of interdependent mechanisms among the fetus, the placenta, the membranes and the maternal organism. Currently this fluid can supply innumerable information on the fetal health by the use of diverse techniques, among which, amniocentesis and dosage of alpha-fetoprotein, which can detect defects of the

  10. Regulation of intramembranous absorption and amniotic fluid volume by constituents in fetal sheep urine.

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    Anderson, Debra F; Jonker, Sonnet S; Louey, Samantha; Cheung, Cecilia Y; Brace, Robert A

    2013-09-01

    Our objective was to test the hypothesis that fetal urine contains a substance(s) that regulates amniotic fluid volume by altering the rate of intramembranous absorption of amniotic fluid. In late gestation ovine fetuses, amniotic fluid volumes, urine, and lung liquid production rates, swallowed volumes and intramembranous volume and solute absorption rates were measured over 2-day periods under control conditions and when urine was removed and continuously replaced at an equal rate with exogenous fluid. Intramembranous volume absorption rate decreased by 40% when urine was replaced with lactated Ringer solution or lactated Ringer solution diluted 50% with water. Amniotic fluid volume doubled under both conditions. Analysis of the intramembranous sodium and chloride fluxes suggests that the active but not passive component of intramembranous volume absorption was altered by urine replacement, whereas both active and passive components of solute fluxes were altered. We conclude that fetal urine contains an unidentified substance(s) that stimulates active intramembranous transport of amniotic fluid across the amnion into the underlying fetal vasculature and thereby functions as a regulator of amniotic fluid volume.

  11. 未足月胎膜早破残余羊水量与妊娠结局的相关性研究%Study on the Correlation between Residual Amniotic Fluid Volume of Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes and Pregnancy Outcome

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    陶冬梅

    2013-01-01

      目的:探讨未足月胎膜早破残余羊水量与妊娠结局的相关性。方法:选择2005年1月-2011年12月于笔者所在医院住院分娩的105例未足月胎膜早破孕妇,根据胎膜破裂后羊水指数(AFI)的测定结果将孕妇分为羊水量正常组、羊水量偏少组、羊水量过少组,三组均予抗生素预防感染、糖皮质激素促胎肺成熟、宫缩抑制剂抑制宫缩等治疗,观察比较分析三组相关指标。结果:羊水量过少组孕妇破膜后的潜伏时间、羊膜腔感染、新生儿早期败血症、产后子宫内膜炎、胎儿窘迫、新生儿窒息、缺氧缺血心肌损害、围生儿死亡情况等方面比较差异均有统计学意义(均P0.05),高于羊水量正常组(P0.05),higher than the amount of normal group (P<0.05).Conclusion:In pregnant women without premature rupture of membranes at term,looking for water treatment process to close monitoring of the sheep,monitoring for symptoms such as infection,fetal distress,assess mother son,relax appropriately cesarean section indications,its emergency cesarean delivery end of pregnancy,postpartum and strengthening resistance to infection,prevention and treatment of diseases such as neonatal asphyxia,maternal infection,perinatal morbidity and mortality.

  12. Dense Suspension Splash

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    Zhang, Wendy; Dodge, Kevin M.; Peters, Ivo R.; Ellowitz, Jake; Klein Schaarsberg, Martin H.; Jaeger, Heinrich M.

    2014-03-01

    Upon impact onto a solid surface at several meters-per-second, a dense suspension plug splashes by ejecting liquid-coated particles. We study the mechanism for splash formation using experiments and a numerical model. In the model, the dense suspension is idealized as a collection of cohesionless, rigid grains with finite surface roughness. The grains also experience lubrication drag as they approach, collide inelastically and rebound away from each other. Simulations using this model reproduce the measured momentum distribution of ejected particles. They also provide direct evidence supporting the conclusion from earlier experiments that inelastic collisions, rather than viscous drag, dominate when the suspension contains macroscopic particles immersed in a low-viscosity solvent such as water. Finally, the simulations reveal two distinct routes for splash formation: a particle can be ejected by a single high momentum-change collision. More surprisingly, a succession of small momentum-change collisions can accumulate to eject a particle outwards. Supported by NSF through its MRSEC program (DMR-0820054) and fluid dynamics program (CBET-1336489).

  13. Amniotic fluid iodine concentrations do not vary in pregnant women with varying iodine intake.

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    García-Fuentes, Eduardo; Gallo, Manuel; García, Laureano; Prieto, Stephanie; Alcaide-Torres, Javier; Santiago, Piedad; Velasco, Inés; Soriguer, Federico

    2008-06-01

    Iodine deficiency is an important clinical and public health problem. Its prevention begins with an adequate intake of iodine during pregnancy. International agencies recommend at least 200 microg iodine per d for pregnant women. We assessed whether iodine concentrations in the amniotic fluid of healthy pregnant women are independent of iodine intake. This cross-sectional, non-interventional study included 365 consecutive women who underwent amniocentesis to determine the fetal karyotype. The amniocentesis was performed with abdominal antisepsis using chlorhexidine. The iodine concentration was measured in urine and amniotic fluid. The study variables were the intake of iodized salt and multivitamin supplements or the prescription of a KI supplement. The mean level of urinary iodine was 139.0 (SD 94.5) microg/l and of amniotic fluid 15.81 (SD 7.09) microg/l. The women who consumed iodized salt and those who took a KI supplement had significantly higher levels of urinary iodine than those who did not (P = 0.01 and P = 0.004, respectively). The urinary iodine levels were not significantly different in the women who took a multivitamin supplement compared with those who did not take this supplement, independently of iodine concentration or multivitamin supplement. The concentrations of iodine in the amniotic fluid were similar, independent of the dietary iodine intake. Urine and amniotic fluid iodine concentrations were weakly correlated, although the amniotic fluid values were no higher in those women taking a KI supplement. KI prescription at recommended doses increases the iodine levels in the mother without influencing the iodine levels in the amniotic fluid.

  14. 水通道蛋白9与羊水量异常的研究进展%Research progress on relationship between expression of aquaporin 9 and amniotic fluid volume abnormality

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    解雁飞; 李红梅

    2013-01-01

    水通道蛋白普遍存在于人体组织器官的细胞膜上,跨过脂质双分子层转运水及其它小分子物质,调节人体内的水平衡代谢。近年来研究发现水通道蛋白是羊水平衡的重要通道,参与母胎的液体交换。水通道蛋白9作为水通道蛋白家族中重要成员之一,目前被认为表达于人类的胎膜和胎盘,可能是羊水膜内调节中的一种重要的水通道。对水通道蛋白9在人胎盘胎膜的分布以及水通道蛋白9与羊水量异常相关性的深入研究,有助于探索羊水量异常的发生机制,从而为治疗羊水量异常提供新的思路和方向。为进一步明确羊水量异常的发病机制以指导临床的诊治,该文就国内外水通道蛋白9及其与羊水量异常关系的研究进展进行了综述。%Aquaporin ( AQP ) , which exists widely in cell membrane of human tissues and organs , passes through lipidic bilayer ( phospholipid bilayer ) to transport water and other small molecules and regulates water metabolic balance in body .Recent studies have found that AQP is an important passage for amnion fluid balance and maternal-fetal fluid exchange .As one of the important members of the AQPs family, AQP9 is now believed to be expressed in human fetal membrane and placenta , and it may be an important water passage for amniotic fluid intramembrane regulation .Deep investigationes on distribution of AQP 9 in fetal membranes and placenta and its relationship with amniotic fluid volume abnormality is contributive to explore mechanisms of amniotic fluid volume abnormality , so as to provide a new idea and direction for the treatment .In order to further clarify the pathogenesis of abnormal amniotic fluid volume and to guide the clinical diagnosis and treatment , the article reviewed recent advance both at home and abroad in AQP 9 and its relationship with amniotic fluid volume abnormality .

  15. Developmental genetic bases behind the independent origin of the tympanic membrane in mammals and diapsids.

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    Kitazawa, Taro; Takechi, Masaki; Hirasawa, Tatsuya; Adachi, Noritaka; Narboux-Nême, Nicolas; Kume, Hideaki; Maeda, Kazuhiro; Hirai, Tamami; Miyagawa-Tomita, Sachiko; Kurihara, Yukiko; Hitomi, Jiro; Levi, Giovanni; Kuratani, Shigeru; Kurihara, Hiroki

    2015-04-22

    The amniote middle ear is a classical example of the evolutionary novelty. Although paleontological evidence supports the view that mammals and diapsids (modern reptiles and birds) independently acquired the middle ear after divergence from their common ancestor, the developmental bases of these transformations remain unknown. Here we show that lower-to-upper jaw transformation induced by inactivation of the Endothelin1-Dlx5/6 cascade involving Goosecoid results in loss of the tympanic membrane in mouse, but causes duplication of the tympanic membrane in chicken. Detailed anatomical analysis indicates that the relative positions of the primary jaw joint and first pharyngeal pouch led to the coupling of tympanic membrane formation with the lower jaw in mammals, but with the upper jaw in diapsids. We propose that differences in connection and release by various pharyngeal skeletal elements resulted in structural diversity, leading to the acquisition of the tympanic membrane in two distinct manners during amniote evolution.

  16. Prenatal toxoplasmosis diagnosis from amniotic fluid by PCR

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    Vidigal Paula Vieira Teixeira

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Toxoplasmosis is one of the most common infections all over the world. Most cases are asymptomatic, except in immunosuppressed individuals and fetuses, which can be seriously damaged. Prenatal diagnosis should be made as soon as possible since treatment of the mother can minimize fetal sequelae. Our aim in this study was to test the polymerase chain reaction technique (PCR in 86 samples of amniotic fluid from women who seroconverted during pregnancy. DNA was amplified using external primers and, in a second step, internal primers, in a nested PCR system. Samples were also inoculated into mice and the newborn were evaluated by T. gondii serology, skull x-ray, transfontanel ultrasound, fundoscopic examination, lumbar puncture and clinical examination. PCR was positive in seven cases and negative in 79. Among PCR-positive cases, two were negative by inoculation into mice and by clinical evaluation; among PCR-negative ones, three had clinical evidence of toxoplasmosis and one was positive after inoculation into mice. PCR showed values of sensitivity = 62.5% and specificity = 97.4%; the values of inoculation into mice where 42.9% and 100%, respectively. Although PCR should not be used alone for prenatal diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis, it is a promising method and deserves more studies to improve its efficacy.

  17. Adaptation of group A Streptococcus to human amniotic fluid.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: For more than 100 years, group A Streptococcus has been identified as a cause of severe and, in many cases, fatal infections of the female urogenital tract. Due to advances in hospital hygiene and the advent of antibiotics, this type of infection has been virtually eradicated. However, within the last three decades there has been an increase in severe intra- and post-partum infections attributed to GAS. METHODOLOGY: We hypothesized that GAS alters its transcriptome to survive in human amniotic fluid (AF and cause disease. To identify genes that were up or down regulated in response to growth in AF, GAS was grown in human AF or standard laboratory media (THY and samples for expression microarray analysis were collected during mid-logarithmic, late-logarithmic, and stationary growth phases. Microarray analysis was performed using a custom Affymetrix chip and normalized hybridization values derived from three biological replicates were collected at each growth point. Ratios of AF/THY above a 2-fold change and P-value <0.05 were considered significant. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The majority of changes in the GAS transcriptome involved down regulation of multiple adhesins and virulence factors and activation of the stress response. We observed significant changes in genes involved in the arginine deiminase pathway and in the nucleotide de novo synthesis pathway. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our work provides new insight into how pathogenic bacteria respond to their environment to establish infection and cause disease.

  18. Satellited 4q identified in amniotic fluid cells

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    Miller, I.; Hsieh, C.L.; Songster, G. [Stanford Univ. Medical Center, Stanford, CA (United States)] [and others

    1995-01-16

    Extra material was identified on the distal long arm of a chromosome 4 in an amniotic fluid specimen sampled at 16.6 weeks of gestational age. There was no visible loss of material from chromosome 4, and no evidence for a balanced rearrangement. The primary counseling issue in this case was advanced maternal age. Ultrasound findings were normal, and family history was unremarkable. The identical 4qs chromosome was observed in cells from a paternal peripheral blood specimen and appeared to be an unbalanced rearrangement. This extra material was NOR positive in lymphocytes from the father, but was negative in the fetal amniocytes. Father`s relatives were studied to verify the familial origin of this anomaly. In situ hybridization with both exon and intron sequences of ribosomal DNA demonstrated that ribosomal DNA is present at the terminus of the 4qs chromosome in the fetus, father, and paternal grandmother. This satellited 4q might have been derived from a translocation event that resulted in very little or no loss from the 4q and no specific phenotype. This derivative chromosome 4 has been inherited through at least 3 generations of phenotypically normal individuals. 8 refs., 3 figs.

  19. Microfiltration: Membrane development and module design

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    Roesink, Hendrik Dirk Willem

    The development of a type of hydrophilic microfiltration membranes is described. Studies which may result in a design of microfiltration modules containing capillary membranes are presented. The membranes are prepared from a solution containing two polymers and are of flat or cylindrical geometry. Attention is focused an capillary membranes, which are tubular membranes of outer diameter 0.5 to 5 mm, prepared by means of a dry-wet spining process. Different flow conditions of the feed suspension in the modules are described. The most favorable configuration appears to be transverse flow. A model to calculate the pressure drop in the bore of the capillary membrane during filtration and backflushing is presented.

  20. Changes of Nerve Growth Factor in Amniotic Fluid and Correlation with Ventriculomegaly

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    Xiao-yan Xia; Xing-hua Huang; Yi-xin Xia; Wei-hua Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Objective To detect the change of nerve growth iactor (NGF) level in human amniotic fluid during gestation, and to explore the relationship between this change and fetal ventriculomegaly (VM). Methods The studied subjects (collected from 2004 to 2007) were divided into four groups, including the second-trimester pregnancy group (n=113), third-trimester pregnancy group (n= 110), fetal cerebral VM group (n= 12), and health), control group (n= 12) which matched with the VM group in gestational weeks. The amniotic fluid specimens were obtained during amniocentesis or cesarean section. The NGF levels in amniotic fluid were detected with enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.Results A significantly negative correlation was found between gestational age and the NGF level in amniotic fluid (r=-0.6149, P<0.0001). The NGF level in patients with fetal VM was significantly lower than that in healthy controls (33.95+29.24 pg/mL vs. 64.73+ 16.21 pg/mL, P=0.024). Conclusion NGF levels in amniotic fluid may be a sensitive marker for fetal VM.

  1. Amnion and Chorion Membranes: Potential Stem Cell Reservoir with Wide Applications in Periodontics

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    Akanksha Gupta; Kedige, Suresh D.; Kanu Jain

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    The periodontal therapy usually aims at elimination of disease causing bacteria and resolution of inflammation. It involves either resective or regenerative surgery to resolve the inflammation associated defects. Over the years, several methods have been used for achievement of periodontal regeneration. One of the oldest biomaterials used for scaffolds is the fetal membrane. The amniotic membranes of developing embryo, that is, amnion (innermost lining) and chorion (a layer next to it), have ...

  2. Synergic activation of toll-like receptor (TLR 2/6 and 9 in response to Ureaplasma parvum & urealyticum in human amniotic epithelial cells.

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    Martha Triantafilou

    Full Text Available Ureaplasma species are the most frequently isolated microorganisms inside the amniotic cavity and have been associated with spontaneous abortion, chorioamnionitis, premature rupture of the membranes (PROM, preterm labour (PL pneumonia in neonates and bronchopulmonary dysplasia in neonates. The mechanisms by which Ureaplasmas cause such diseases remain unclear, but it is believed that inappropriate induction of inflammatory responses is involved, triggered by the innate immune system. As part of its mechanism of activation, the innate immune system employs germ-lined encoded receptors, called pattern recognition receptors (PRRs in order to "sense" pathogens. One such family of PRRs are the Toll like receptor family (TLR. In the current study we aimed to elucidate the role of TLRs in Ureaplasma-induced inflammation in human amniotic epithelial cells. Using silencing, as well as human embryonic kidney (HEK transfected cell lines, we demonstrate that TLR2, TLR6 and TLR9 are involved in the inflammatory responses against Ureaplasma parvum and urealyticum serovars. Ureaplasma lipoproteins, such as Multiple Banded antigen (MBA, trigger responses via TLR2/TLR6, whereas the whole bacterium is required for TLR9 activation. No major differences were observed between the different serovars. Cell activation by Ureaplasma parvum and urealyticum seem to require lipid raft function and formation of heterotypic receptor complexes comprising of TLR2 and TLR6 on the cell surface and TLR9 intracellularly.

  3. Amniotic Mesenchymal Stem Cells: A New Source for Hepatocyte-Like Cells and Induction of CFTR Expression by Coculture with Cystic Fibrosis Airway Epithelial Cells

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    Valentina Paracchini

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    Full Text Available Cystic fibrosis (CF is a monogenic disease caused by mutations in the CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR gene, with lung and liver manifestations. Because of pitfalls of gene therapy, novel approaches for reconstitution of the airway epithelium and CFTR expression should be explored. In the present study, human amniotic mesenchymal stem cells (hAMSCs were isolated from term placentas and characterized for expression of phenotypic and pluripotency markers, and for differentiation potential towards mesoderm (osteogenic and adipogenic lineages. Moreover, hAMSCs were induced to differentiate into hepatocyte-like cells, as demonstrated by mixed function oxidase activity and expression of albumin, alpha1-antitrypsin, and CK19. We also investigated the CFTR expression in hAMSCs upon isolation and in coculture with CF airway epithelial cells. Freshly isolated hAMSCs displayed low levels of CFTR mRNA, which even decreased with culture passages. Following staining with the vital dye CM-DiI, hAMSCs were mixed with CFBE41o- respiratory epithelial cells and seeded onto permeable filters. Flow cytometry demonstrated that 33–50% of hAMSCs acquired a detectable CFTR expression on the apical membrane, a result confirmed by confocal microscopy. Our data show that amniotic MSCs have the potential to differentiate into epithelial cells of organs relevant in CF pathogenesis and may contribute to partial correction of the CF phenotype.

  4. Detection of placental alpha microglobulin-1 versus insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-1 in amniotic fluid at term: a comparative study.

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    Pollet-Villard, Marie; Cartier, Régine; Gaucherand, Pascal; Doret, Muriel

    2011-06-01

    We compared two biochemical tests of premature rupture of membranes (PROM) in vitro: Actim PROM (Medix Biochemica, Kauniainen, Finland), which detects insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1, and AmniSure (AmniSure International LLC, Cambridge, MA), which detects placental alpha microglobulin-1. Samples of amniotic fluid were collected during caesarean section in 41 patients. A dilution series was prepared and both tests were performed twice at each dilution. Sensitivity, detection limit, response time, and reproducibility of both tests were compared. Both tests' sensitivity was 100% at dilution 1:10 and 1:20. AmniSure sensitivity was higher at dilution 1:40 and 1:80 ( P AmniSure had a lower detection limit than Actim PROM. AmniSure response times were shorter and reproducibility was higher than Actim PROM ( P AmniSure had a lower detection limit of amniotic fluid than Actim PROM, with a shorter response time, a higher sensitivity, and a better reproducibility.

  5. CMOS based sensor for dielectric spectroscopy of biological cell suspension

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    Guha, S.; Schmalz, K.; Meliani, C.; Wenger, Ch

    2013-04-01

    In this work we investigate the use of microwave frequency range to measure the concentration of cells in a biological cell suspension. A theoretical model is discussed and the advantage of high frequency, which is to avoid dispersion mechanisms due to the cell parameters at lower frequencies (for example membrane capacitance), has been described. Interdigitated capacitor (IDC) has been proposed as the sensor for analysing the concentration of a cell species in the suspension. The read-out circuit is a VCO using the IDC and a pair of inductors as resonator. The capacitance of the IDC which is the function of the permittivity of the biological cell suspension determines the resonant frequency of the LC tank oscillator. Thus the concentration of cells in a solution, affecting its permittivity, is read out as the frequency of the oscillator.

  6. 48 CFR 209.407 - Suspension.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 3 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension. 209.407... OF DEFENSE ACQUISITION PLANNING CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility 209.407 Suspension....

  7. 75 FR 27923 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

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    ... 3150-AI76 Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Final... nonprocurement debarment and suspension. These regulations cover grants, cooperative agreements and other...) guidance on nonprocurement debarment and suspension found in OMB's regulations. DATES: Effective June...

  8. Human amniotic fluid derived cells can competently substitute dermal fibroblasts in a tissue-engineered dermo-epidermal skin analog

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    Hartmann-Fritsch, Fabienne; Hosper, Nynke; Luginbuehl, Joachim; Biedermann, Thomas; Reichmann, Ernst; Meuli, Martin

    2013-01-01

    Human amniotic fluid comprises cells with high differentiation capacity, thus representing a potential cell source for skin tissue engineering. In this experimental study, we investigated the ability of human amniotic fluid derived cells to substitute dermal fibroblasts and support epidermis formati

  9. Development of a Sterile Amniotic Membrane Tissue Graft Using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    sterilized product .10 Exposure to gamma irradiation is an effective method of sterilization, but results in severe degradation of the collagenous stroma of...dried using hexamethyldi- silazane (Electron Microscopy Sciences, Hatfield, PA). The samples were then sputter coated with a thin layer (10 nm) of gold...with MesenPRO RS growth supplement, an antibiotic –antimycotic solution (100 U/mL penicillin G, 100 mg/mL streptomycin sulfate, and 0.25 mg/mL ampho

  10. Effectiveness of lyophilized amniotic membrane as barrier in guided bone regeneration in rabbit tibias

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    Yábar Condori, Jusef; Castro Rodríguez, Yuri; Grados Pomarino, Sixto; Medina Calderón, Katia; Castro Gamero, Emma

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    El presente estudio tuvo como objetivo determinar el efecto de la membrana amniótica liofilizada usada como barrera biológica en el proceso de regeneración ósea guiada en tibias de conejos. Materiales y métodos: se utilizaron 10 conejos de raza Nueva Zelanda de 2 a 2.5 Kg y de 4 a 6 meses de edad, en los cuales se crearon defectos circulares óseos de 4mm de diámetro en la región más inferior de las extremidades posteriores del conejo (tibias). Se formaron 2 grupos, el de control (no se colocó...

  11. Hypoxanthine in fetal umbilical venous blood and amniotic fluid from pregnancies complicated by rhesus isoimmunization.

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    Stangenberg, M; Legarth, J; Hong-Lie, C; Lingman, G; Persson, B; Rahman, F; Westgren, M

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    Concentrations of hypoxanthine (HX) was determined in umbilical venous blood and amniotic fluid obtained at 74 instances in 36 rhesus immunized patients before the onset of labor. HX concentrations were related to gestational age, concentrations of hemoglobin and lactate, pH, and partial oxygen pressure in umbilical venous blood. Multiple regression analysis revealed hemoglobin concentration to be the only variable that had any explanatory power to HX in amniotic fluid. No one of the studied variables gave any significant contribution to a regression model to explain HX in umbilical venous blood. We conclude that HX levels in umbilical venous blood and in amniotic fluid from rhesus immunized patients were not associated with fetal blood gases before the onset of labor.

  12. Contribution of neonatal amniotic fluid testing to diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis.

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    Filisetti, Denis; Yera, Hélène; Villard, Odile; Escande, Benoît; Wafo, Estelle; Houfflin-Debarge, Véronique; Delhaes, Laurence; Bastien, Patrick

    2015-05-01

    We evaluated the molecular diagnosis of congenital toxoplasmosis (CT) on neonatal amniotic fluid samples from 488 mother-child pairs. Maternal infection during pregnancy was diagnosed and dated or could not be ruled out. Forty-six cases of CT were defined according to the European Research Network on CT classification system and case definitions. Neonatal amniotic fluid testing had an overall sensitivity of 54% (95% confidence interval [95% CI], 39 to 69%) and a specificity of 100% (95% CI, 99 to 100%). Its sensitivity was 33% (95% CI, 13 to 59%) when antenatal diagnosis was positive and 68% (95% CI, 48 to 84%) when antenatal diagnosis was negative or lacking. This difference in sensitivity may have been due to treatment of antenatally diagnosed cases. Relative to postnatal serology, neonatal amniotic fluid testing allowed an earlier diagnosis to be made in 26% of the cases (95% CI, 9 to 51%).

  13. Pathogenesis and management of peripartum coagulopathic calamities (disseminated intravascular coagulation and amniotic fluid embolism).

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    Levi, Marcel

    2013-01-01

    Acute coagulopathic peripartum calamities are relatively rare but contribute importantly to maternal morbidity and mortality in the Western world. Abruptio placenta, amniotic fluid embolism, and retained fetal or placental material may lead to fulminant intravascular activation of coagulation which results in thromboembolic complications and consumption coagulopathy causing severe hemorrhage. The central underlying pathophysiological pathway in the coagulopathy associated with these syndromes is the occurrence of tissue factor, released from the placenta and amniotic fluid, in the circulation, in combination with low levels of physiological anticoagulant factors during pregnancy. The diagnosis of DIC may be made trough conventional composite scoring systems employing routine coagulation tests, whereas for the diagnosis of amniotic fluid embolism measurement of insulin like growth factor binding protein-1 seems promising. Therapy is aimed at removing the precipitating factor combined with supportive adjunctive treatment options.

  14. AMNIOTIC FLUID STEM CELLS: THE KNOWN, THE UNKNOWN AND POTENTIAL REGENERATIVE MEDICINE APPLICATIONS.

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    Loukogeorgakis, Stavros P; De Coppi, Paolo

    2016-12-23

    The amniotic fluid has been identified as an untapped source of cells with broad potential, which possess immunomodulatory properties and don't have the ethical and legal limitations of embryonic stem cells. CD117(c-Kit)+ cells selected from amniotic fluid have been shown to differentiate into cell lineages representing all three embryonic germ layers without generating tumours, making them ideal candidates for regenerative medicine applications. Moreover, their ability to engraft in injured organs and modulate immune and repair responses of host tissues, suggest that transplantation of such cells may be useful for the treatment of various degenerative and inflammatory diseases. Although significant questions remain regarding the origin, heterogeneous phenotype and expansion potential of amniotic fluid stem cells, evidence to date supports their potential role as a valuable stem cell source for the field of regenerative medicine. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

  15. [Ultrasonographic density of amniotic fluid and its correlation with fetal pulmonary maturity].

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    Romero-Gutiérrez, G; Avelar-Jaime, R

    1996-07-01

    In order to determine if the amniotic fluid density is correlated with fetal lung maturity, we carried out a prospective study in the Hospital de Gineco-Obstetricia del Centro Médico León del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social. One hundred and forty one patients with pregnancies between 13 and 41 gestation weeks were included. The amniotic fluid density was calculated by counting the level of echoes (free-floating particles) in the amniotic fluid. We found a significant correlation (P < 0.05) between the level of echoes and the gestation age, nevertheless, the correlation coefficient was very low (R = 0.28), therefore we concluded that this procedure is not a reliable predictor of fetal lung maturity.

  16. Stem Cells in Amniotic Fluid - What are the Next Steps to Do?

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    Hengstschläger M

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available It is the hope of patients and investigators that in future the characterisation and isolation of human stem cells will allow the establishment of new therapeutic concepts for a wide variety of diseases. Recently, we found a new source for stem cells. Human amniotic fluid contains cells, which express Oct-4, a marker for pluripotent stem cells. In addition, we described amniotic fluid cells expressing markers for neuronal stem cells. The latter harbour the potential to differentiate into neurogenic cells. This opened a new field in stem cell research. In this review I want to summarise the current knowledge about amniotic fluid cells focusing on the open questions, which need to be investigated in future.

  17. The role of amniotic fluid in force transfer during human birth

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    Baumer, Alexa; Lehn, Andrea; Leftwich, Megan

    2013-11-01

    This study seeks to understand the fundamental fluid dynamic processes involved in human birth. We begin by examining the importance of amniotic fluid. This is done using two experimental techniques that approximate the laboring human uterus to different degrees of anatomical correctness. The first, in which a latex uterus is filled with fluid and a solid fetus is extracted, investigates the importance of both amniotic fluid properties and fetal position in the force required to remove a fetus. The second experiment simplifies the geometry of birth even more. In this case, a solid cylindrical rod is pulled through a highly flexible outer tube. The force to pull the inner cylinder as a function of the gap fluid properties is measured. By carefully controlling the fluid properties of the experiment, the study will provide further insight into the roles of amniotic fluid in human birth.

  18. LIF analysis of cervical mucus and amniotic fluid for maturity monitoring in pregnancy

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    Vaitkuviene, Aurelija; Auksorius, Egidijus; Ramasauskaite, Diana; Smilgeviciute, Ale; Tamasauskas, Oldas; Vanseviciute, Rasa; Veleckas, Doras

    2004-09-01

    The aim of this study was to assess the feasibility of autoflorescence spectroscopy in the diagnosis of cervix maturity through cervical mucus florescence and foetal lung maturity through amniotic fluid fluorescence. LED and broadband Mercury light were used to induce fluorescence in cervical mucus and amniotic fluid respectively. Mature specimens compared to immature ones showed a significant decrease in cervical mucus fluorescence values measured at 420 nm (p = 0.0004) and in measured amniotic fluid fluorescence values at 410 nm (p = 0.0686). Probability-based classification algorithm was developed to identify samples 'maturity' through analysis of the fluorescence spectra. Employing fluorescence intensity at 420 nm for cervix maturity diagnosis rendered optimal sensitivity of 92.9%, specificity of 83.3% and area under the ROC curve of 91.1%.

  19. Human amniotic epithelial cells express specific markers of nerve cells and migrate along the nerve fibers in the corpus callosum

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    Zhiyuan Wu; Guozhen Hui; Yi Lu; Tianjin Liu; Qin Huang; Lihe Guo

    2012-01-01

    Human amniotic epithelial cells were isolated from a piece of fresh amnion. Using immunocytochemical methods, we investigated the expression of neuronal phenotypes (microtubule-associated protein-2, glial fibrillary acidic protein and nestin) in human amniotic epithelial cells. The conditioned medium of human amniotic epithelial cells promoted the growth and proliferation of rat glial cells cultured in vitro, and this effect was dose-dependent. Human amniotic epithelial cells were further transplanted into the corpus striatum of healthy adult rats and the grafted cells could integrate with the host and migrate 1-2 mm along the nerve fibers in corpus callosum. Our experimental findings indicate that human amniotic epithelial cells may be a new kind of seed cells for use in neurograft.

  20. Hedgehog can drive terminal differentiation of amniote slow skeletal muscle

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    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Secreted Hedgehog (Hh signalling molecules have profound influences on many developing and regenerating tissues. Yet in most vertebrate tissues it is unclear which Hh-responses are the direct result of Hh action on a particular cell type because Hhs frequently elicit secondary signals. In developing skeletal muscle, Hhs promote slow myogenesis in zebrafish and are involved in specification of medial muscle cells in amniote somites. However, the extent to which non-myogenic cells, myoblasts or differentiating myocytes are direct or indirect targets of Hh signalling is not known. Results We show that Sonic hedgehog (Shh can act directly on cultured C2 myoblasts, driving Gli1 expression, myogenin up-regulation and terminal differentiation, even in the presence of growth factors that normally prevent differentiation. Distinct myoblasts respond differently to Shh: in some slow myosin expression is increased, whereas in others Shh simply enhances terminal differentiation. Exposure of chick wing bud cells to Shh in culture increases numbers of both muscle and non-muscle cells, yet simultaneously enhances differentiation of myoblasts. The small proportion of differentiated muscle cells expressing definitive slow myosin can be doubled by Shh. Shh over-expression in chick limb bud reduces muscle mass at early developmental stages while inducing ectopic slow muscle fibre formation. Abundant later-differentiating fibres, however, do not express extra slow myosin. Conversely, Hh loss of function in the limb bud, caused by implanting hybridoma cells expressing a functionally blocking anti-Hh antibody, reduces early slow muscle formation and differentiation, but does not prevent later slow myogenesis. Analysis of Hh knockout mice indicates that Shh promotes early somitic slow myogenesis. Conclusions Taken together, the data show that Hh can have direct pro-differentiative effects on myoblasts and that early-developing muscle requires Hh for

  1. A SONOGRAPHIC SHORT CERVIX AS THE ONLY CLINICAL MANIFESTATION OF INTRA-AMNIOTIC INFECTION

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    HASSAN, SONIA; ROMERO, ROBERTO; HENDLER, ISRAEL; GOMEZ, RICARDO; KHALEK, NAHLA; ESPINOZA, JIMMY; NIEN, JYH KAE; BERRY, STANLEY M.; BUJOLD, EMMANUEL; CAMACHO, NATALIA; SOROKIN, YORAM

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE A sonographically short cervix is a powerful predictor of spontaneous preterm delivery. However, the etiology and optimal management of a patient with a short cervix in the mid-trimester of pregnancy remain uncertain. Microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity (MIAC) and intra-amniotic inflammation are frequently present in patients with spontaneous preterm labor or acute cervical insufficiency. This study was conducted to determine the rate of MIAC and intra-amniotic inflammation in patients with a cervical length <25 mm in the mid-trimester. STUDY DESIGN A retrospective cohort study was conducted of patients referred to our high risk clinic because of a sonographic short cervix or a history of a previous preterm birth. Amniocenteses were performed for the evaluation of MIAC and for karyotype analysis in patients with a short cervix. Fluid was cultured for aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, as well as genital mycoplasmas. Patients with MIAC were treated with antibiotics selected by their physician. RESULTS Of 152 patients with a short cervix at 14–24 weeks, 57 had amniotic fluid analysis. The prevalence of MIAC was 9% (5/57). Among these patients, the rate of preterm delivery (<32 weeks) was 40% (2/5). Microorganisms isolated from amniotic fluid included Ureaplasma urealyticum (n=4) and Fusobacterium nucleatum (n=1). Patients with a positive culture for Ureaplasma urealyticum received intravenous Azithromycin. Three patients with Ureaplasma urealyticum had a sterile amniotic fluid culture after treatment, and subsequently delivered at term. The patient with Fusobacterium nucleatum developed clinical chorioamnionitis and was induced. CONCLUSION 1) Sub-clinical MIAC was detected in 9% of patients with a sonographically short cervix (<25 mm); and 2) maternal parenteral treatment with antibiotics can eradicate MIAC caused by Ureaplasma urealyticum. This was associated with delivery at term in the three patients whose successful treatment was documented by

  2. Prophylaxis of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome by intra-amniotic administration of pulmonary surfactant

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    张建平; 王英兰; 王蕴慧; 张睿; 陈环; 苏浩彬

    2004-01-01

    Background Neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (NRDS) is caused by a deficiency in pulmonary surfactant (PS) and is one of the main reasons of neonatal mortality. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intra-amniotic administration of pulmonary surfactant for prophylaxis of NRDS.Methods Forty-five pregnant women who were due for preterm delivery and whose fetuses' lungs proved immature were divided into two groups. Fifteen women (study group) were administered one dose of pulmonary surfactant injected into the amniotic cavity and delivered within several hours. Nothing was injected into the amniotic cavity of 30 women of the control group. The proportion of neonatal asphyxia, NRDS, mortality and the time in hospital were analyzed to determine if there was any difference between the two groups. Results There was no significant difference between the two groups for neonatal asphyxia. Foam tests showed that higher proportion of neonates in the study group than in the control group (56.3% vs 13.3%, P<0.05) had lung maturity. A greater number of control neonates (11/30, 32.3%) had NRDS, compared with the neonates given PS via the amniotic cavity before delivery (1/16, 6.3%, P<0.05). The neonates in the study group spent nearly 10 days less in hospital than the control group [(32.4±7.6) days vs (42.0±15.7) days, P<0.05], but the difference in mortality between the two groups was not statistically significant. Conclusions Intra-amniotic administration of pulmonary surfactant can significantly reduce the proportion of NRDS and the time in hospital of preterm neonates. Whether this method can reduce the mortality of preterm neonates needs to be evaluated further. Intra-amniotic administration of pulmonary surfactant provides an additional effectual means for NRDS prophylaxis.

  3. Management of the Amniotic Band Syndrome with Cleft Palate: Literature Review and Report of a Case

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    Cortez-Ortega, Carolina; Flores-Velázquez, Joselín; Ruiz-Rodríguez, Socorro; Noyola-Frías, Miguel Ángel; Santos-Díaz, Miguel Ángel

    2017-01-01

    Amniotic Band Syndrome (ABS) is a group of congenital malformations that includes the majority of typical constriction rings and limb and digital amputations, together with major craniofacial, thoracic, and abdominal malformations. The syndrome is caused by early rupture of the amniotic sac. Some of the main oral manifestations include micrognathia, hyperdontia, and cleft lip with or without cleft palate, which is present in 14.6% of patients with this syndrome. The purpose of this report was to describe the clinical characteristics and the oral treatment provided to a 6-month-old male patient affected with ABS with cleft lip and palate. PMID:28246561

  4. Unifying suspension and granular rheology.

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    Boyer, François; Guazzelli, Élisabeth; Pouliquen, Olivier

    2011-10-28

    Using an original pressure-imposed shear cell, we study the rheology of dense suspensions. We show that they exhibit a viscoplastic behavior similarly to granular media successfully described by a frictional rheology and fully characterized by the evolution of the friction coefficient μ and the volume fraction ϕ with a dimensionless viscous number I(v). Dense suspension and granular media are thus unified under a common framework. These results are shown to be compatible with classical empirical models of suspension rheology and provide a clear determination of constitutive laws close to the jamming transition.

  5. Effect of membrane polymeric materials on relationship between surface pore size and membrane fouling in membrane bioreactors

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    Miyoshi, Taro; Yuasa, Kotaku; Ishigami, Toru; Rajabzadeh, Saeid; Kamio, Eiji; Ohmukai, Yoshikage; Saeki, Daisuke; Ni, Jinren; Matsuyama, Hideto

    2015-03-01

    We investigated the effect of different membrane polymeric materials on the relationship between membrane pore size and development of membrane fouling in a membrane bioreactor (MBR). Membranes with different pore sizes were prepared using three different polymeric materials, cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB), polyvinyl butyral (PVB), and polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), and the development of membrane fouling in each membrane was evaluated by batch filtration tests using a mixed liquor suspension obtained from a laboratory-scale MBR. The results revealed that the optimal membrane pore size to mitigate membrane fouling differed depending on membrane polymeric material. For PVDF membranes, the degree of membrane fouling decreased as membrane pore size increased. In contrast, CAB membranes with smaller pores had less fouling propensity than those with larger ones. Such difference can be attributed to the difference in major membrane foulants in each membrane; in PVDF, they were small colloids or dissolved organics in which proteins are abundant, and in CAB, microbial flocs. The results obtained in this study strongly suggested that optimum operating conditions of MBRs differ depending on the characteristics of the used membrane.

  6. Turtle isochore structure is intermediate between amphibians and other amniotes.

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    Chojnowski, Jena L; Braun, Edward L

    2008-10-01

    indicating that the isochore structure of turtles is intermediate between that of amphibians and other amniotes. These data are consistent with some thermal hypotheses of isochore evolution, but we believe that the credible set of models for isochore evolution still includes a variety of models. These data expand the amount of genomic data available from reptiles upon which future studies of reptilian genomics can build.

  7. 49 CFR 238.427 - Suspension system.

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  8. 78 FR 2622 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  9. 77 FR 2646 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  10. 34 CFR 85.1015 - Suspension.

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  11. 29 CFR 1472.670 - Suspension.

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  12. 22 CFR 1008.670 - Suspension.

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  13. 75 FR 5890 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  14. 7 CFR 3017.1015 - Suspension.

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  15. 19 CFR 146.82 - Suspension.

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  16. 50 CFR 13.27 - Permit suspension.

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  17. 15 CFR 29.670 - Suspension.

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  18. 39 CFR 957.27 - Suspension.

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  19. 48 CFR 2909.407 - Suspension.

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  20. 49 CFR 570.8 - Suspension systems.

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    ... 49 Transportation 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension systems. 570.8 Section 570.8... Pounds or Less § 570.8 Suspension systems. (a) Suspension condition. Ball joint seals shall not be cut or... out from or missing from suspension joints. Radius rods shall not be missing or damaged....

  1. 77 FR 9856 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  2. 41 CFR 105-68.1015 - Suspension.

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  3. 29 CFR 98.1015 - Suspension.

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  4. 2 CFR 182.670 - Suspension.

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  5. 28 CFR 83.670 - Suspension.

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  6. 77 FR 7537 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  7. 78 FR 2624 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  8. 31 CFR 19.1015 - Suspension.

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  9. 75 FR 4000 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  10. 22 CFR 1508.1015 - Suspension.

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  11. 45 CFR 1641.11 - Suspension.

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  12. 45 CFR 1173.670 - Suspension.

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  13. 22 CFR 1509.670 - Suspension.

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  14. 43 CFR 43.670 - Suspension.

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  15. 49 CFR 570.61 - Suspension system.

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    ... 49 Transportation 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension system. 570.61 Section 570.61... 10,000 Pounds § 570.61 Suspension system. (a) Suspension condition. Ball joint seals shall not be cut... bushings shall not be cracked, extruded out from or missing from suspension joints. Radius rods shall...

  16. 76 FR 5284 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  17. 13 CFR 147.670 - Suspension.

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  18. 78 FR 5734 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  19. 29 CFR 1471.1015 - Suspension.

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  20. 2 CFR 180.1015 - Suspension.

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  1. 14 CFR 1267.670 - Suspension.

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  2. 31 CFR 10.82 - Expedited suspension.

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  4. 76 FR 2596 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  5. 22 CFR 208.1015 - Suspension.

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  6. 29 CFR 94.670 - Suspension.

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  7. 49 CFR 32.670 - Suspension.

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  8. 77 FR 2650 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  9. 21 CFR 1405.670 - Suspension.

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  10. 45 CFR 630.670 - Suspension.

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  11. 24 CFR 21.670 - Suspension.

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  12. 7 CFR 3021.670 - Suspension.

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  14. 78 FR 5736 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  16. 75 FR 9111 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  17. 20 CFR 439.670 - Suspension.

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  18. 5 CFR 919.1015 - Suspension.

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  19. 21 CFR 1404.1015 - Suspension.

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  1. 76 FR 9666 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  7. 75 FR 60 - Suspension of Community Eligibility

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  8. Paradoxical ratcheting in cornstarch suspensions

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    Shinbrot, Troy; Siu, Theo; Rutala, Matthew

    2014-11-01

    Cornstarch suspensions are well known to exhibit strong shear thickening, and we show as a result that they must - and do - climb vertically vibrating rods and plates. This occurs because when the rod moves upward, it shears the suspension against gravity, and so the fluid stiffens, but when the rod moves downward, the suspension moves with gravity, and so the fluid is more compliant. This causes the fluid to be dragged up by the upstroke more than it is dragged down by the downstroke, effectively ratcheting the fluid up the rod every cycle. We show experimentally and computationally that this effect is paradoxically caused by gravity - and so goes away when gravity is removed - and we show that the suspension can be made to balance on the uphill side of an inclined rod in an analog of the inverted ``Kapitza pendulum,'' closely related to the recent report by Ramachandran & Nosonovsky, Soft Matter 10, 4633 (2014).

  9. ALPHA-FETOPROTEIN IN FETAL SERUM, AMNIOTIC-FLUID, AND MATERNAL SERUM

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    VANLITH, JMM; BEEKHUIS, [No Value; VANLOON, AJ; MANTINGH, A; DEWOLF, BTHM; BREED, ASPM

    1991-01-01

    In order to gain more insight into the association between alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) and fetal chromosomal disorders, especially Down's syndrome, we measured AFP in fetal serum, amniotic fluid, and maternal serum at cordocentesis. We compared the concentration and gradient of AFP in these three compar

  10. [Assessment of AFP in amniotic fluid: comparison of three automated techniques].

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    Leguy, Marie-Clémence; Tavares, Silvina Dos Reis; Tsatsaris, Vassili; Lewin, Fanny; Clauser, Eric; Guibourdenche, Jean

    2011-01-01

    Ultrasound scanning is useful to detect neural tube defect (NTD) but scarcely distinguished between closed NTD and open NTD, which had very different prognosis. An amniotic fluid punction is thus mandatory to search for an increase in alpha foeto protein (AFP) levels and for the presence of acetylcholinesterase which identified open NTD. However, AFP levels fluctuate both with the gestational age and the assay used. Our aim was to establish normative values for AFP in amniotic fluid in the second half of pregnancy using three different immunoassays and to improve their clinical relevance. Amniotic fluid punctions were performed on 527 patients from 9 week of gestation (WG) to 37 WG either for maternal age, Trisomy 21 screening, increase in nucal translucency (control group, n = 527) or for suspicion of neural tube defect or abdominal defect (n = 5). AFP was measured using the immunoassay developed for serum AFP on the Access 2 system, the Immulite 2000 and the Advia Centaur. Results were expressed in ng/ml, multiple of the median (MoM) and percentiles. AFP decrease by 1.5 fold between 9 and 19 WG. When NTD was suspected, an increase in anmniotic AFP was observed (from 2.5 MoM to 9.3 MoM) confirming an open NTD. In conclusion, the assay developed on those 3 automates is suitable for the measurement of AFP in amniotic fluid.

  11. Amniotic Fluid Stem Cells and Their Application in Cell-Based Tissue Regeneration

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    Mohamadreza Baghaban Eslaminejad

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Advances in stem cell biotechnology hold great promise in the field of tissue engineering andregenerative medicine. Of interest are marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs, embryonic stemcells (ESCs, and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs. In addition, amniotic fluid stem cells (AFSCshave attracted attention as a viable choice following the search for an alternative stem cellsource. Investigators are interested in these cells because they come from the amniotic fluid that isroutinely discarded after birth. There have been multiple investigations conducted worldwide in anattempt to better understand AF-SCs in terms of their potential use in regenerative medicine. In thisreview we give a brief introduction of amniotic fluid followed by a description of the cells presentwithin this fluid. Their history related to stem cell discovery in the amniotic fluid as well as themain characteristics of AF-SCs are discussed. Finally, we elaborate on the potential for these cellsto promote regeneration of various tissue defects, including fetal tissue, the nervous system, heart,lungs, kidneys, bones, and cartilage.

  12. Catalytic ferrous iron in amniotic fluid as a predictive marker of human maternal-fetal disorders.

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    Hattori, Yuka; Mukaide, Takahiro; Jiang, Li; Kotani, Tomomi; Tsuda, Hiroyuki; Mano, Yukio; Sumigama, Seiji; Hirayama, Tasuku; Nagasawa, Hideko; Kikkawa, Fumitaka; Toyokuni, Shinya

    2015-01-01

    Amniotic fluid contains numerous biomolecules derived from fetus and mother, thus providing precious information on pregnancy. Here, we evaluated oxidative stress of human amniotic fluid and measured the concentration of catalytic Fe(II). Amniotic fluid samples were collected with consent from a total of 89 subjects in Nagoya University Hospital, under necessary medical interventions: normal pregnancy at term, normal pregnancy at the 2nd trimester, preterm delivery with maternal disorders but without fetal disorders, congenital diaphragmatic hernia, fetal growth restriction, pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes mellitus, Down syndrome and trisomy 18. Catalytic Fe(II) and oxidative stress markers (8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine, 8-OHdG; dityrosine) were determined with RhoNox-1 and specific antibodies, respectively, using plate assays. Levels of 8-OHdG and dityrosine were higher in the 3rd trimester compared with the 2nd trimester in normal subjects, and the abnormal groups generally showed lower levels than the controls, thus suggesting that they represent fetal metabolic activities. In contrast, catalytic Fe(II) was higher in the 2nd trimester than the 3rd trimester in the normal subjects, and overall the abnormal groups showed higher levels than the controls, suggesting that high catalytic Fe(II) at late gestation reflects fetal pathologic alterations. Notably, products of H2O2 and catalytic Fe(II) remained almost constant in amniotic fluid.

  13. Association between fetal weight and amniotic fluid index in women of Central India

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    Nitin Wadnere

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : The placenta is important for fetal growth and well-being. Defective placentation and impaired placental circulation may result in anomalies in fetal growth. Placental volume in the second trimester appears to be closely related to the neonatal weight. The association of body weight with urine output has been observed in human neonates. Our goal is to assess the association of the amniotic fluid index (AFI with the estimated fetal weight (EFW. Materials and Methods : Thirteen hundred and ninety-three pregnant women were prospectively studied by means of an ultrasound over a 12-month period. The fetal weight (FW was estimated using a combination of fetal parameters - bi-parietal diameter, fetal trunk cross-sectional area, and femur length. AFI was assessed using the four quadrant method. The level of statistical significance was set at P ≤ 0.05. Result s: There was no statistically significant association between AFI and EFW (P > 0.05; r = 0.413. We also did not find a significant association between AFI and EFW for all subdivisions of gestation age, except in the 24 - 28 weeks and 29 - 32 weeks′ groups. Conclusion : The FW calculations and amniotic index show a variation in values in late pregnancy. There does not appear to be a linear association between the ultrasound estimate of FW and the amniotic index. The implication of this is that the fetal size need not be taken into cognizance when alterations in amniotic fluid values are noted.

  14. [Spectrophotometric characteristics of the amniotic fluid in Rh isoimmunization following intrauterine fetal blood transfusions].

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    Matrova, T S; Vasileva, Iu

    1989-01-01

    The amniotic fluids of 7 pregnant women with Rh-isoimmunization were examined. On the basis of the data of this investigation as well as of the clinical and ultrasound data intrauterine blood transfusions were made in fetuses--from 4 to 8 in number. Forty two spectrophotometric analyses were made in all, but the amniotic fluids were examined before intrauterine blood transfusions as well as before the performance of each subsequent blood transfusion. The authors found changes in the characteristic of the amniotic fluid after intrauterine blood transfusion, which were manifested by the fact that the pigment peak of delta 450 nm was reduced, but the peak of delta 410 nm was increased. In connection with these findings after intrauterine blood transfusions delta 450 nm lost its diagnostic and prognostic value. delta 410 nm before intrauterine blood transfusions manifested gravity of fetal hemolytic disease. After intrauterine blood transfusions its increase was due to blood transfusions and accumulation of methemoglobin in the amniotic fluid.

  15. Lamotrigine in pregnancy - therapeutic drug monitoring in maternal blood, amniotic fluid, and cord blood.

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    Paulzen, Michael; Lammertz, Sarah E; Veselinovic, Tanja; Goecke, Tamme W; Hiemke, Christoph; Gründer, Gerhard

    2015-09-01

    This study is the first to measure and correlate lamotrigine concentrations in maternal blood, amniotic fluid, and umbilical cord blood and account for distribution of the drug between these three compartments. Concentrations of lamotrigine were measured in six mother-infant pairs at the time of delivery. Daily doses of lamotrigine ranged between 200 and 650 mg. Daily doses were correlated with maternal serum and umbilical cord blood concentrations, and serum levels were correlated with levels in amniotic fluid. Lamotrigine levels in serum correlated strongly with the lamotrigine levels in amniotic fluid (r=+0.986, Pamniotic fluid was in a range between 0.31 and 0.75 (mean 0.58, SD 0.17); the penetration ratio into the fetal circulation, calculated on the basis of umbilical cord blood levels, was found to be in a range between 0.48 and 1.27 (mean 0.81, SD 0.28). Lamotrigine concentrations in amniotic fluid provided evidence that maternally administered lamotrigine is accessible to the fetus in a manner not previously appreciated. Furthermore, the penetration ratio into umbilical cord blood calculated here is in line with the largest study carried out so far to explore transplacental transfer.

  16. Osteogenic differentiation of amniotic fluid mesenchymal stromal cells and their bone regeneration potential.

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    Pipino, Caterina; Pandolfi, Assunta

    2015-05-26

    In orthopedics, tissue engineering approach using stem cells is a valid line of treatment for patients with bone defects. In this context, mesenchymal stromal cells of various origins have been extensively studied and continue to be a matter of debate. Although mesenchymal stromal cells from bone marrow are already clinically applied, recent evidence suggests that one may use mesenchymal stromal cells from extra-embryonic tissues, such as amniotic fluid, as an innovative and advantageous resource for bone regeneration. The use of cells from amniotic fluid does not raise ethical problems and provides a sufficient number of cells without invasive procedures. Furthermore, they do not develop into teratomas when transplanted, a consequence observed with pluripotent stem cells. In addition, their multipotent differentiation ability, low immunogenicity, and anti-inflammatory properties make them ideal candidates for bone regenerative medicine. We here present an overview of the features of amniotic fluid mesenchymal stromal cells and their potential in the osteogenic differentiation process. We have examined the papers actually available on this regard, with particular interest in the strategies applied to improve in vitro osteogenesis. Importantly, a detailed understanding of the behavior of amniotic fluid mesenchymal stromal cells and their osteogenic ability is desirable considering a feasible application in bone regenerative medicine.

  17. Peptidomic Analysis of Amniotic Fluid for Identification of Putative Bioactive Peptides in Ventricular Septal Defect

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    Xing Li

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Background: Ventricular septal defect (VSD is one of the most common congenital heart diseases and to date the role of peptides in human amniotic fluid in the pathogenesis of VSD have been rarely investigated. Methods: To gain insight into the mechanisms of protein and peptides in cardiovascular development, we constructed a comparative peptidomic profiling of human amniotic fluid between normal and VSD fetuses using a stable isobaric labeling strategy involving tandem mass tag reagents, followed by nano liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry. Results: We identified and quantified 692 non-redundant peptides, 183 of which were differentially expressed in the amniotic fluid of healthy and VSD fetuses; 69 peptides were up regulated and 114 peptides were down regulated. These peptides were imported into the Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA and identified putative roles in cardiovascular system morphogenesis and cardiogenesis. Conclusion: We concluded that 35 peptides located within the functional domains of their precursor proteins could be candidate bioactive peptides for VSD. The identified peptide changes in amniotic fluid of VSD fetuses may advance our current understanding of congenital heart disease and these peptides may be involved in the etiology of VSD.

  18. Amniotic fluid RNA gene expression profiling provides insights into the phenotype of Turner syndrome.

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    Massingham, Lauren J; Johnson, Kirby L; Scholl, Thomas M; Slonim, Donna K; Wick, Heather C; Bianchi, Diana W

    2014-09-01

    Turner syndrome is a sex chromosome aneuploidy with characteristic malformations. Amniotic fluid, a complex biological material, could contribute to the understanding of Turner syndrome pathogenesis. In this pilot study, global gene expression analysis of cell-free RNA in amniotic fluid supernatant was utilized to identify specific genes/organ systems that may play a role in Turner syndrome pathophysiology. Cell-free RNA from amniotic fluid of five mid-trimester Turner syndrome fetuses and five euploid female fetuses matched for gestational age was extracted, amplified, and hybridized onto Affymetrix(®) U133 Plus 2.0 arrays. Significantly differentially regulated genes were identified using paired t tests. Biological interpretation was performed using Ingenuity Pathway Analysis and BioGPS gene expression atlas. There were 470 statistically significantly differentially expressed genes identified. They were widely distributed across the genome. XIST was significantly down-regulated (p Turner syndrome transcriptome from other aneuploidies we previously studied. Manual curation of the differentially expressed gene list identified genes of possible pathologic significance, including NFATC3, IGFBP5, and LDLR. Transcriptomic differences in the amniotic fluid of Turner syndrome fetuses are due to genome-wide dysregulation. The hematologic/immune system differences may play a role in early-onset autoimmune dysfunction. Other genes identified with possible pathologic significance are associated with cardiac and skeletal systems, which are known to be affected in females with Turner syndrome. The discovery-driven approach described here may be useful in elucidating novel mechanisms of disease in Turner syndrome.

  19. Extra-amniotic prostaglandin F2alpha in gel for prelabor cervical ripening.

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    Thiery, M; Parewyck, W; de Gezelle, H; van Kets, H; Derom, R; Martens, G

    1978-08-01

    In 22 normal term gravidas with unfavorable cervix, 5 mg PGF2alpha in Tylose gel was instilled into the extra-amniotic space. The treatment improved the cervical state so much that the women could be successfully induced by conventional methods. The procedure was well tolerated by the mother and it appeared to be perinatally safe.

  20. Amniotic fluid and colostrum as potential diets in the critical care of preterm infants

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    Støy, Ann Cathrine Findal; Viberg Østergaard, Mette; Torp Sangild, Per

    2015-01-01

    be species independent, maybe allowing colostrum from one species (i.e., lactating cows) to be used as the first enteral diet for infants for whom mother’s milk is lacking. The use of amniotic fluid and bovine colostrum in the critical care of neonates is still at an experimental stage, but animal studies...

  1. Stable isotope dilution analysis of orotic acid and uracil in amniotic fluid

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    Jakobs, C.; Sweetman, L.; Nyhan, W.L.; Gruenke, L.; Craig, J.C.; Wadman, S.K.

    1984-01-01

    Rapid, sensitive and accurate stable isotope dilution assays were developed for the measurement of orotic acid and uracil in amniotic fluid. The method utilizes [15N2]orotic acid and [15N2]uracil as internal standards, isolation by liquid partition chromatography and quantitation by chemical ionizat

  2. Osteogenic differentiation of amniotic fluid mesenchymalstromal cells and their bone regeneration potential

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    2015-01-01

    In orthopedics, tissue engineering approach usingstem cells is a valid line of treatment for patients withbone defects. In this context, mesenchymal stromalcells of various origins have been extensively studiedand continue to be a matter of debate. Although mesenchymalstromal cells from bone marrow are alreadyclinically applied, recent evidence suggests that one mayuse mesenchymal stromal cells from extra-embryonictissues, such as amniotic fluid, as an innovative andadvantageous resource for bone regeneration. Theuse of cells from amniotic fluid does not raise ethicalproblems and provides a sufficientnumber of cellswithout invasive procedures. Furthermore, they donot develop into teratomas when transplanted, aconsequence observed with pluripotent stem cells.In addition, their multipotent differentiation ability,low immunogenicity, and anti-inflammatory propertiesmake them ideal candidates for bone regenerativemedicine. We here present an overview of the featuresof amniotic fluid mesenchymal stromal cells and theirpotential in the osteogenic differentiation process.We have examined the papers actually availableonthis regard, with particular interest in the strategiesapplied to improve in vitro osteogenesis. Importantly, adetailed understanding of the behavior of amniotic fluidmesenchymal stromal cells and their osteogenic abilityis desirable considering a feasible application in boneregenerative medicine.

  3. "Point de suspension"

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    2004-01-01

    CERN - Globe of Science and Innovation 20 and 21 October Acrobatics, mime, a cappella singing, projections of images, a magical setting... a host of different tools of a grandeur matching that of the Universe they relate. A camera makes a massive zoom out to reveal the multiple dimensions of Nature. Freeze the frame: half way between the infinitesimally small and the infinitesimally large, a man suspends his everyday life (hence the title "Point de Suspension", which refers to the three dots at the end of an uncompleted sentence) to take a glimpse of the place he occupies in the great history of the Universe. An unusual perspective on what it means to be a human being... This wondrous show in the Globe of Science and Innovation, specially created by the Miméscope* company for the official ceremony marking CERN's fiftieth anniversary, is a gift from the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, which also wishes to share this moment of wonder with the local population. There will be three perfo...

  4. "Point de suspension"

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    2004-01-01

    CERN - Globe of Science and Innovation 20 and 21 October Acrobatics, mime, a cappella singing, projections of images, a magical setting... a host of different tools of a grandeur matching that of the Universe they relate. A camera makes a massive zoom out to reveal the multiple dimensions of Nature. Freeze the frame: half way between the infinitesimally small and the infinitesimally large, a man suspends his everyday life (hence the title "Point de Suspension", which refers to the three dots at the end of an uncompleted sentence) to take a glimpse of the place he occupies in the great history of the Universe. An unusual perspective on what it means to be a human being... This spectacle in the Globe of Science and Innovation, specially created by the Miméscope* company for the official ceremony marking CERN's fiftieth anniversary, is a gift from the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, which also wishes to share this moment of wonder with the local population. There will be three performances for...

  5. "Point de suspension"

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    2004-01-01

    http://www.cern.ch/cern50/ CERN - Globe of Science and Innovation 20 and 21 October Acrobatics, mime, a cappella singing, projections of images, a magical setting... a host of different tools of a grandeur matching that of the Universe they relate. A camera makes a massive zoom out to reveal the multiple dimensions of Nature. Freeze the frame: half way between the infinitesimally small and the infinitesimally large, a man suspends his everyday life (hence the title "Point de Suspension", which refers to the three dots at the end of an uncompleted sentence) to take a glimpse of the place he occupies in the great history of the Universe. An unusual perspective on what it means to be a human being... This wondrous show in the Globe of Science and Innovation, specially created by the Miméscope* company for the official ceremony marking CERN's fiftieth anniversary, is a gift from the Government of the Republic and Canton of Geneva, which also wishes to share this moment of wonder with the local pop...

  6. Levels of Pesticides and Their Metabolites in Wistar Rat Amniotic Fluids and Maternal Urine upon Gestational Exposure

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    Bossi, Rossana; Vinggaard, Anne Marie; Taxvig, Camilla;

    2013-01-01

    Concentrations of pesticides and selected metabolites in rat urine and amniotic fluid were determined as biomarker upon oral administration of Wistar rats to two pesticide mixtures consisting of three to five pesticides (bitertanol, propiconazole, cypermethrin, malathion, and terbuthylazine......). The pesticides and their metabolites were found in rat amniotic fluid and urine, generally in dose-response concentrations in relation to dosage. The measurement of the substances in the amniotic fluid indicated that the fetus was exposed to the pesticides as well as their metabolites. Moreover, the pesticides...

  7. Importance of Interaction between Integrin and Actin Cytoskeleton in Suspension Adaptation of CHO cells.

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    Walther, Christa G; Whitfield, Robert; James, David C

    2016-04-01

    The biopharmaceutical production process relies upon mammalian cell technology where single cells proliferate in suspension in a chemically defined synthetic environment. This environment lacks exogenous growth factors, usually contributing to proliferation of fibroblastic cell types such as Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. Use of CHO cells for production hence requires a lengthy 'adaptation' process to select clones capable of proliferation as single cells in suspension. The underlying molecular changes permitting proliferation in suspension are not known. Comparison of the non-suspension-adapted clone CHO-AD and a suspension-adapted propriety cell line CHO-SA by flow cytometric analysis revealed a highly variable bi-modal expression pattern for cell-to-cell contact proteins in contrast to the expression pattern seen for integrins. Those have a uni-modal expression on suspension and adherent cells. Integrins showed a conformation distinguished by regularly distributed clusters forming a sphere on the cell membrane of suspension-adapted cells. Actin cytoskeleton analysis revealed reorganisation from the typical fibrillar morphology found in adherent cells to an enforced spherical subcortical actin sheath in suspension cells. The uni-modal expression and specific clustering of integrins could be confirmed for CHO-S, another suspension cell line. Cytochalasin D treatment resulted in breakdown of the actin sheath and the sphere-like integrin conformation demonstrating the link between integrins and actin in suspension-adapted CHO cells. The data demonstrates the importance of signalling changes, leading to an integrin rearrangement on the cell surface, and the necessity of the reinforcement of the actin cytoskeleton for proliferation in suspension conditions.

  8. Membrane dynamics

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    Bendix, Pól Martin

    2015-01-01

    Current topics include membrane-protein interactions with regard to membrane deformation or curvature sensing by BAR domains. Also, we study the dynamics of membrane tubes of both cells and simple model membrane tubes. Finally, we study membrane phase behavior which has important implications...... for the lateral organization of membranes as wells as for physical properties like bending, permeability and elasticity...

  9. EVALUATION OF AMNIOT IC FLUID VOLUME AND ITS RELATION TO PERINATAL OUTCOME

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    Urmila

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Amniotic fluid is an indicator of placental function on the fetal development. The AFI is the most commonly used method of measuring amniotic fluid. AIMS: We aimed to study the amniotic fluid volume in pregnancies beyond 34 weeks of gestation and to evalu ate the predictive value of amniotic fluid index (AFI 5 cm during one year from August 2013 to July 2014. The women's history, clinical examination recorded and AFI were measured using the Phelan's technique and the perinatal outcome compared between the two groups i.e. AFI 5cm. STATISTICAL ANALYSIS USED: Chi - square test was carried out at 5% (  =0.05 level of significance to analyze the collected data for final outcome. RESULTS: Labour was induced in 30% in group A as compared to 18% in group B. Induction of labour was significantly less in cases with AFI>5 cm of same gestational age group. The non - reassuring fetal heart rate were recorded more often in group A i.e. AFI < 5 cm. The incidence of meconium sta ining in caesarean section and low 5 min Apgar score was higher in patients with oligohydramnios i.e. AFI < 5 cm (p=0.015, 0.012, 0.027 respectively. There was no significant difference in NICU admissions and perinatal death between the two groups. CONCLUSIO N: Amniotic fluid index is a helpful tool in determining the high risk patients during labour and AFI < 5 cm is one of the indicators of comparatively poor perinatal outcome.

  10. A fetal and an intra-amniotic inflammatory response is more severe in preterm labor than in preterm PROM in the context of funisitis: unexpected observation in human gestations.

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    Chan-Wook Park

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: Although intra-amniotic(IA infection is present in both preterm labor and intact membranes(PTL and preterm premature rupture of membranes(preterm-PROM, it is more common in preterm-PROM than in PTL. Microorganisms and their products in the amniotic-cavity can elicit an inflammatory-response in fetus as well as in amniotic-cavity in the progression of acute histologic chorioamnionitis(acute-HCA. A fundamental question is whether a fetal and an IA inflammatory-response is more severe in preterm-PROM than in PTL, in the same-context of acute-HCA with or without fetal-involvement. The purpose of current-study was to answer this-question. STUDYDESIGN: Study population consisted of 213 singleton preterm-gestations(.05 for each;3 however, acute-HCA with funisitis was associated with a significantly higher median AF MMP-8 and UCP CRP concentration and higher rate of cervical dilatation≥3 cm or 4 cm in PTL than in preterm-PROM(AF MMP-8, 675 ng/mlvs.417 ng/ml; UCP CRP, 969 ng/mlvs.397 ng/ml;each for p<.05, despite less common IA infection in PTL than in preterm-PROM(29%vs.57%;p<.05. CONCLUSIONS: A fetal and an IA inflammatory-response is more severe in PTL than in preterm-PROM in the context of funisitis, despite less common IA infection. This unexpected observation may indicate the fundamental difference in the pathogenesis between PTL and preterm-PROM.

  11. A new way to apply ultrasound in cross-flow ultrafiltration: application to colloidal suspensions.

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    Hengl, N; Jin, Y; Pignon, F; Baup, S; Mollard, R; Gondrexon, N; Magnin, A; Michot, L; Paineau, E

    2014-05-01

    A new coupling of ultrasound device with membrane process has been developed in order to enhance cross-flow ultrafiltration of colloidal suspensions usually involved in several industrial applications included bio and agro industries, water and sludge treatment. In order to reduce mass transfer resistances induced by fouling and concentration polarization, which both are main limitations in membrane separation process continuous ultrasound is applied with the help of a vibrating blade (20 kHz) located in the feed channel all over the membrane surface (8mm between membrane surface and the blade). Hydrodynamic aspects were also taking into account by the control of the rectangular geometry of the feed channel. Three colloidal suspensions with different kinds of colloidal interaction (attractive, repulsive) were chosen to evaluate the effect of their physico-chemical properties on the filtration. For a 90 W power (20.5 W cm(-2)) and a continuous flow rate, permeation fluxes are increased for each studied colloidal suspension, without damaging the membrane. The results show that the flux increase depends on the initial structural properties of filtered dispersion in terms of colloidal interaction and spatial organizations. For instance, a Montmorillonite Wyoming-Na clay suspension was filtered at 1.5 × 10(5)Pa transmembrane pressure. Its permeation flux is increased by a factor 7.1, from 13.6 L m(-2)h(-1) without ultrasound to 97 L m(-2)h(-1) with ultrasound.

  12. [The imbalance of metal-containing proteins and free metal ions in the amniotic fluid during fetal growth].

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    Pogorelova, T N; Linde, V A; Gunko, V O; Selyutina, S N

    2016-01-01

    The levels of zinc, copper, iron, and magnesium ions, and some of their binding proteins have been investigated in an amniotic fluid under the fetal growth retardation (FGR). FGR, developed under conditions of placental insufficiency, is characterized by a decrease in the content of zinc, iron, and magnesium ions and by an increase in the copper content in the amniotic fluid in the II and III trimesters of pregnancy. During these trimesters the levels of ceruloplasmin, ferritin, and Ca2+,Mg2+-ATPase were lower in FGR, while the level of zinc-a-2-glycoprotein was higher than during the same periods of normal pregnancy. Changes in the parameters studied in the amniotic fluid were associated with developmental disorders of the newborns. These changes obviously have a pathogenetic importance in the development of FGR, and the levels of metal ions and their ratio in the amniotic fluid can be used as markers of the pre- and postnatal pathology.

  13. Characterisation of non-maternal serum proteins in amniotic fluid at weeks 16 to 18 of gestation

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    Drøhse, H; Christensen, H; Myrhøj, Vibeke;

    1998-01-01

    Proteins found in amniotic fluid are mainly serum proteins, probably of maternal origin. About 5% of the total protein concentration has the potential of being fetal or decidual in origin. Only a few of these proteins have been isolated and characterised. In order to describe the foetal...... and decidual components in amniotic fluid more extensively, a polyspecific antiserum to amniotic fluid at weeks 16-18 of gestation was raised. Specificities in the antiserum to serum proteins were removed by adsorption. Several proteins of non-serum protein origin reacted with the antiserum. Three...... of these proteins were chosen for isolation and further characterisation. With the use of immunological methods, SDS-PAGE and N-terminal sequencing we identified two of the proteins as C-terminal propeptides of procollagen Type I and Type III, which have not hitherto been described in amniotic fluid. The third...

  14. Human amniotic fluid derived cells can competently substitute dermal fibroblasts in a tissue-engineered dermo-epidermal skin analog

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    PURPOSE: Human amniotic fluid comprises cells with high differentiation capacity, thus representing a potential cell source for skin tissue engineering. In this experimental study, we investigated the ability of human amniotic fluid derived cells to substitute dermal fibroblasts and support epidermis formation and stratification in a humanized animal model. METHODS: Dermo-epidermal skin grafts with either amniocytes or with fibroblasts in the dermis were compared in a rat model. Full-thicknes...

  15. Control of quadriaxial cardan suspension

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    Novozhilov, I. V.

    1984-04-01

    A quadriaxial Cardan suspension is to be servomechanically controlled so as to stabilize a definite orientation of the platform during arbitrary motion of the frame. The problem is solved with the use of five orthogonal systems of coordinates tied one to the platform, one to each of the three gimbals, and one to the frame respectively. The suspension is assumed to be structurally perfectly rigid and to be part of a gyroscopic indicator-stabilization system. The corresponding dynamic equations are written as equations for angular momenta and several variants of control, for the various rotations, are constructed. One such variant, a more intricate one, is course-vertical control. Dynamic control of the suspension in a stationary frame, to ensure any arbitrarily prescribed angular evolutions of the platform, is also considered and the procedure for constructing such a control is outlined.

  16. Prenatal imaging of amniotic band sequence: utility and role of fetal MRI as an adjunct to prenatal US

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    Neuman, Jeremy [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Staten Island University Hospital, Department of Radiology, Staten Island, NY (United States); Calvo-Garcia, Maria A.; Kline-Fath, Beth M.; Bitters, Constance; Merrow, Arnold C.; Guimaraes, Carolina V.A. [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Cincinnati, OH (United States); Lim, Foong-Yen [Cincinnati Children' s Hospital Medical Center, Department of Fetal Surgery, Cincinnati, OH (United States)

    2012-05-15

    Amniotic band sequence and its US manifestations have been well-described. There is little information, however, regarding the accuracy and utility of fetal MRI. To describe the MRI findings in amniotic band sequence and to compare the diagnostic accuracy of MRI and US. Prenatal MRI and US studies were retrospectively reviewed in 14 consecutive pregnancies with confirmed amniotic band sequence. Both studies were evaluated for amniotic band visualization, body part affected, type of deformity, umbilical cord involvement and vascular abnormality. Amniotic bands were confidently identified with MRI in 8 fetuses (57%), suggested with MRI in 3 fetuses (21%) and confidently seen by US in 13 fetuses (93%). Neither modality detected surgically proven bands on one fetus. Both techniques were equally able to define the body part affected and the type of deformity. At least one limb abnormality was visualized in all cases and truncal involvement was present in two cases. Cord involvement was identified in seven cases, with one case detected only by MRI. Fetal MRI is able to visualize amniotic bands and their secondary manifestations and could be complementary to prenatal US when fetal surgery is contemplated. (orig.)

  17. The Rheology of Concentrated Suspensions

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    Andreas Acrivos

    2004-09-07

    Research program on the rheological properties of flowing suspensions. The primary purpose of the research supported by this grant was to study the flow characteristics of concentrated suspensions of non-colloidal solid particles and thereby construct a comprehensive and robust theoretical framework for modeling such systems quantitatively. At first glance, this seemed like a modest goal, not difficult to achieve, given that such suspensions were viewed simply as Newtonian fluids with an effective viscosity equal to the product of the viscosity of the suspending fluid times a function of the particle volume fraction. But thanks to the research findings of the Principal Investigator and of his Associates, made possible by the steady and continuous support which the PI received from the DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences, the subject is now seen to be more complicated and therefore much more interesting in that concentrated suspensions have been shown to exhibit fascinating and unique rheological properties of their own that have no counterpart in flowing Newtonian or even non-Newtonian (polymeric) fluids. In fact, it is generally acknowledged that, as the result of these investigations for which the PI received the 2001 National Medal of Science, our understanding of how suspensions behave under flow is far more detailed and comprehensive than was the case even as recently as a decade ago. Thus, given that the flow of suspensions plays a crucial role in many diverse physical processes, our work has had a major and lasting impact in a subject having both fundamental as well as practical importance.

  18. Isolation of plasmodesmata from Arabidopsis suspension culture cells.

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    Grison, Magali S; Fernandez-Calvino, Lourdes; Mongrand, Sébastien; Bayer, Emmanuelle M F

    2015-01-01

    Due to their position firmly anchored within the plant cell wall, plasmodesmata (PD) are notoriously difficult to isolate from plant tissue. Yet, getting access to isolated PD represents the most straightforward strategy for the identification of their molecular components. Proteomic and lipidomic analyses of such PD fractions have provided and will continue to provide critical information on the functional and structural elements that define these membranous nano-pores. Here, we describe a two-step simple purification procedure that allows isolation of pure PD-derived membranes from Arabidopsis suspension cells. The first step of this procedure consists in isolating cell wall fragments containing intact PD while free of contamination from other cellular compartments. The second step relies on an enzymatic degradation of the wall matrix and the subsequent release of "free" PD. Isolated PD membranes provide a suitable starting material for the analysis of PD-associated proteins and lipids.

  19. Amnion and Chorion Membranes: Potential Stem Cell Reservoir with Wide Applications in Periodontics

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    Akanksha Gupta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The periodontal therapy usually aims at elimination of disease causing bacteria and resolution of inflammation. It involves either resective or regenerative surgery to resolve the inflammation associated defects. Over the years, several methods have been used for achievement of periodontal regeneration. One of the oldest biomaterials used for scaffolds is the fetal membrane. The amniotic membranes of developing embryo, that is, amnion (innermost lining and chorion (a layer next to it, have the properties with significant potential uses in dentistry. This paper reviews the properties, mechanism of action, and various applications of these placental membranes in general and specifically in Periodontics.

  20. Amnion and Chorion Membranes: Potential Stem Cell Reservoir with Wide Applications in Periodontics.

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    Gupta, Akanksha; Kedige, Suresh D; Jain, Kanu

    2015-01-01

    The periodontal therapy usually aims at elimination of disease causing bacteria and resolution of inflammation. It involves either resective or regenerative surgery to resolve the inflammation associated defects. Over the years, several methods have been used for achievement of periodontal regeneration. One of the oldest biomaterials used for scaffolds is the fetal membrane. The amniotic membranes of developing embryo, that is, amnion (innermost lining) and chorion (a layer next to it), have the properties with significant potential uses in dentistry. This paper reviews the properties, mechanism of action, and various applications of these placental membranes in general and specifically in Periodontics.

  1. Active Control of Suspension Bridges

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    Thoft-Christensen, Palle

    In this paper some recent research on active control of very long suspension bridges, is presented. The presentation is based on research work at Aalborg University, Denmark. The active control system is based on movable flaps attached to the bridge girder. Wind load on bridges with or without...... flaps attached to the girder is briefly presented. A simple active control system is discussed. Results from wind tunnel experiments with a bridge section show that flaps can be used effectively to control bridge girder vibrations. Flutter conditions for suspension bridges with and without flaps...

  2. Discuss the intrapartum amniotic fluid meconium contamination by amniotic fluid%经宫颈羊水置换术治疗产时羊水胎粪污染探讨

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    刘海梅

    2013-01-01

    Objective To estimate the intrapartum amniotic fluid meconium contamination by amniotic fluid. Methods 37 cases with intrapartum amniotic fluid meconium contamination were collected ,all of them were treated by amniotic fluid. The cura-tive effect were recorded. Results The intrapartum amniotic fluid meconium contamination were got improved,29 cases of amniot-ic fluid clarification,no occurrence degree of amniotic fluid pollution;there was no MAS,only 1 case appeared neonatal asphyxia, and no complications. Conclusion It can improve the conditions for the intrapartum amniotic fluid meconium contamination by amniotic fluid,and it can reduce the occurrence rate for MAS and neonatal asphyxia rate.%目的:评价经宫颈羊水置换术治疗产时羊水胎粪污染的疗效。方法我院在2010年1月-2013年1月期间共收治了37例羊水胎粪污染的孕妇,对所有孕妇均采取了羊水置换术治疗,统计治疗后的疗效。结果37例接受羊水置换术的孕妇在分娩羊水污染程度得到了极大的改善,其中29例羊水澄清,无1例出现羊水Ⅲ°污染;所有新生儿中均未出现MAS症,仅有1例出现了新生儿窒息,且没有1例出现术后并发症。结论经宫颈羊水置换术,可有效改善胎儿宫内羊水胎粪污染的状况,降低MAS的发生率和新生儿的窒息率。

  3. Chemical analysis of succinylacetone and 4-hydroxyphenyllactate in amniotic fluid using selective ion monitoring.

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    Jakobs, C; Sweetman, L; Nyhan, W L

    1984-01-01

    A method for the measurement of the concentration of succinylacetone and 4-hydroxyphenyllactic acid in amniotic fluid was developed for the prenatal diagnosis of hereditary tyrosinemia. Succinylacetone was converted to 5-methyl-3-isoxazolepropionic acid and isolated with 4-hydroxyphenyllactic acid by liquid partition chromatography and the trimethylsilyl derivatives quantified by ammonia chemical ionization selected ion monitoring gas chromatography-mass spectrometry with 2-hydroxy-n-caproic acid as the internal standard. The concentration of 4-hydroxyphenyllactic acid in normal amniotic fluid was 1.97 +/- 0.75 (S.D.) mumol/l while succinylacetone was undetectable. A pregnancy at risk for tyrosinemia type II was monitored. The concentration of 4-hydroxyphenyllactic acid was within the normal range and a healthy child was born.

  4. [Imbalance of system of glutamin - glutamic acid in the placenta and amniotic fluid at placental insufficiency].

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    Pogorelova, T N; Gunko, V O; Linde, V A

    2014-01-01

    Metabolism of glutamine and glutamic acid has been investigated in the placenta and amniotic fluid under conditions of placental insufficiency. The development of placental insufficiency is characterized by the increased content of glutamic acid and a decrease of glutamine in both placenta and amniotic fluid. These changes changes were accompanied by changes in the activity of enzymes involved in the metabolism of these amino acids. There was a decrease in glutamate dehydrogenase activity and an increase in glutaminase activity with the simultaneous decrease of glutamine synthetase activity. The compensatory decrease in the activity of glutamine keto acid aminotransferase did not prevent a decrease in the glutamine level. The impairments in the system glutamic acid-glutamine were more pronounced during the development of premature labor.

  5. Thoraco-amniotic shunting for fetal pleural effusion--a case series.

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    Walsh, J

    2011-11-15

    Fetal pleural effusion is a rare occurrence, with an incidence of 1 per 10-15,000 pregnancies. The prognosis is related to the underlying cause and is often poor. There is increasing evidence that in utero therapy with thoraco-amniotic shunting improves prognosis by allowing lung expansion thereby preventing hydrops and pulmonary hypoplasia. This is a review of all cases of fetal pleural effusion managed over an eight year period the National Maternity Hospital Dublin. Over the nine year period there were 21 cases of fetal pleural effusion giving an overall incidence of 1 per 9281 deliveries. Of these, 15 underwent thoraco-amniotic shunting. There were associated anomalies diagnosed in 5 (33%) of cases. The overall survival in our cohort was 53%. The presence of hydrops was a poor prognostic factor, with survival in cases with hydrops of 33% (3\\/9) compared to 83% (5\\/6) in those cases without associated hydrops.

  6. Amniotic fluid embolism with involvement of the brain, lungs, adrenal glands, and heart.

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    Balazic, J; Rott, T; Jancigaj, T; Popović, M; Zajfert-Slabe, M; Svigelj, V

    2003-06-01

    The case of a healthy 31-year-old woman in the 40th week of second pregnancy is presented. During preparation for an emergency caesarean section, she developed an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) with unusual and unique features. The acute onset of disease with cardiorespiratory failure with hypotension, tachycardia, cyanosis, respiratory disturbances and loss of consciousness, suggested at first a pulmonary thromboembolism, but the appearance of convulsions led to the diagnosis of AFE. The patient died after 5 days due to an untreatable brain edema. At autopsy, AFE with the usually associated disseminated intravascular coagulation was found in the lungs, brain, left adrenal gland, kidneys, liver and heart. Eosinophilic inflammatory infiltrates were found in the lungs, hepatic portal fields and especially in the heart, suggesting a specific hypersensitivity reaction to fetal antigens. Moreover, intravascular accumulation of macrophages in the lungs also favored a non-specific immune reaction to amniotic fluid constituents.

  7. Facilitation of suction termination using extra-amniotic prostaglandins in gel.

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    Craft, I L; Evans, D V; Richfield, L B

    1979-07-01

    Extra-amniotic prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) suspended in a slow release gel (Tylose) was instilled in 35 patients prior to a planned surgical termination in an attempt to dilate the cervix, minimize cervical trauma, and reduce the possible risk of cervical trauma, and reduce the possible risk of cervical incompetence and its sequelae. Dilatation occurred in all patients to a minimum of 8 mm and 74% aborted before surgical evacuation performed 6 to 24 hours after injection. No serious side effects occurred. Extra-amniotic PGE2 in gel should be considered as a primary procedure when the cervix is obviously immature on examination. If the cervix is found to be tight and unyielding at surgical dilatation, the latter procedure should be dicontinued and PGE2 in gel injected.

  8. Use of low-frequency electrical impedance measurements to determine phospholipid content in amniotic fluid

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    DeLuca, F.; Cametti, C.; Zimatore, G.; Maraviglia, B.; Pachi', A.

    1996-09-01

    In this report we propose a new method for an in vitro test of the foetal lung maturity based on the measurement of the electrical conductivity of the overall amniotic fluid obtained from transabdominal amniocentesis, since this quantity can be linked to a first approximation in a very simple way to the phospholipid content. We have carried out measurements of 85 different samples of amniotic fluid as a function of gestation weeks and we have observed a pronounced change of the electrical conductivity that reflects the increase in the phospholipid concentration occurring at the end of normal pregnancies. The method could be further developed to obtain similar information on in vivo experiments by means of bioelectric impedance tomography, taking advantage of the frequency dependence of the tissue electrical impedance.

  9. Vesico-amniotic shunting for lower urinary tract obstruction in a fetus with VACTERL association.

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    Kanasugi, Tomonobu; Kikuchi, Akihiko; Haba, Gen; Sasaki, Yuri; Isurugi, Chizuko; Oyama, Rie; Sugiyama, Toru

    2016-09-01

    Newborn cases of VACTERL association with lower urinary tract obstruction (LUTO) are rare and there have been no reports on those patients undergoing fetal therapy in English literature. We successfully performed vesico-amniotic shunting in a fetus having LUTO caused by abnormality of the external genitalia at 16 weeks' gestation. Although fetal karyotype was normal 46XY, follow-up fetal ultrasound examinations revealed ventriculomegaly in the brain, a small stomach and a right multicystic dysplastic kidney. MRI at 31 weeks' gestation suggested lobar type holoprosencephaly. Diagnosis of VACTERL association was confirmed postnatally. We consider that vesico-amniotic shunting is indicated for a fetus of VACTERL association with LUTO if the parents wish the procedure after genetic counseling and explanations about the fetal conditions.

  10. A novel amniote model of epimorphic regeneration: the leopard gecko, Eublepharis macularius

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    McLean Katherine E; Vickaryous Matthew K

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Background Epimorphic regeneration results in the restoration of lost tissues and structures from an aggregation of proliferating cells known as a blastema. Among amniotes the most striking example of epimorphic regeneration comes from tail regenerating lizards. Although tail regeneration is often studied in the context of ecological costs and benefits, details of the sequence of tissue-level events are lacking. Here we investigate the anatomical and histological events that characte...

  11. A comparative examination of odontogenic gene expression in both toothed and toothless amniotes

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    Alexis J. Lainoff; Moustakas-Verho, Jacqueline E.; Hu, Diane; Kallonen, Aki; Marcucio, Ralph S.; Hlusko, Leslea J

    2015-01-01

    A well-known tenet of murine tooth development is that BMP4 and FGF8 antagonistically initiate odontogenesis, but whether this tenet is conserved across amniotes is largely unexplored. Moreover, changes in BMP4-signaling have previously been implicated in evolutionary tooth loss in Aves. Here we demonstrate that Bmp4, Msx1, and Msx2 expression is limited proximally in the red-eared slider turtle (Trachemys scripta) mandible at stages equivalent to those at which odontogenesis is initiated in ...

  12. Prenatal Diagnosis of Amniotic Band Syndrome in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy using 3D Ultrasound

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    Luciano Marcondes Machado Nardozza

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Amniotic band syndrome is characterized by a build-up of bands and strings of fibrous tissue that adhere to the fetus and can compress parts of the fetus, thus causing malformations and even limb amputation while the fetus is still in the uterus. The clinical manifestations are extremely variable and their extent may range from a single abnormality, like a constriction ring, to multiple abnormalities. Such abnormalities are generally diagnosed at the end of the first or the beginning of the second trimester using two-dimensional ultrasonography (2DUS. Three-dimensional ultrasonography (3DUS in rendering mode allows spatial analysis of the fetus and amniotic band, thus enabling better comprehension of this pathological condition and better counseling for the parents. There has not previously been any evidence to show that 3DUS would be useful in cases of late diagnosis (third trimester of amniotic band syndrome. In the present case, a primigravid woman underwent her second obstetric ultrasound scan in the 34 th week, from which we observed two bands in contact with the right forearm, but with normal movement of this limb and its fingers. 3DUS made it possible to see the spatial relationship of these bands to the fetal body, thereby confirming their adherence to the limb. After the birth, the prenatal diagnosis of amniotic band syndrome without limb constriction was confirmed. A surgical procedure was carried out on the third day after birth to excise the bands, and the newborn was then discharged in a good general condition.

  13. A comparative study of the protein C system in mother's blood, cord blood and amniotic fluid.

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    Ewa Zekanowska; Waldemar Uszyński; Mieczysław Uszyński; Jarosław Kuczyński; Marek Szymański

    2010-01-01

    Activated protein C (APC) is an important anticoagulant which plays a role in pathophysiology of pregnancy, e.g. in maintenance of the uteroplacental circulation and development of the fetus as well as in pathogenesis of preeclampsia. The study objective was to compare the levels of the respective components of the protein C system (protein C, PC; protein S, PS; thrombomodulin, TM) as well as thrombin activatable fibrinolysis inhibitor - TAFI in mother's blood, cord blood and amniotic fluid. ...

  14. Characteristics of human amniotic fluid mesenchymal stem cells and their tropism to human ovarian cancer.

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    Liru Li

    Full Text Available The mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs derived from amniotic fluid (AF have become an attractive stem cells source for cell-based therapy because they can be harvested at low cost and avoid ethical disputes. In human research, stem cells derived from AF gradually became a hot research direction for disease treatment, specifically for their plasticity, their reduced immunogenicity and their tumor tropism regardless of the tumor size, location and source. Our work aimed to obtain and characterize human amniotic fluid mesenchymal stem cells (AFMSCs and detect their ovarian cancer tropsim in nude mice model. Ten milliliters of twenty independent amniotic fluid samples were collected from 16-20 week pregnant women who underwent amniocentesis for fetal genetic determination in routine prenatal diagnosis in the first affiliated hospital of Harbin medical university. We successfully isolated the AFMSCs from thirteen of twenty amniotic fluid samples. AFMSCs presented a fibroblastic-like morphology during the culture. Flow cytometry analyses showed that the cells were positive for specific stem cell markers CD73,CD90, CD105, CD166 and HLA-ABC (MHC class I, but negative for CD 45,CD40, CD34, CD14 and HLA-DR (MHC class II. RT-PCR results showed that the AFMSCs expressed stem cell marker OCT4. AFMSCs could differentiate into bone cells, fat cells and chondrocytes under certain conditions. AFMSCs had the high motility to migrate to ovarian cancer site but didn't have the tumorigenicity. This study enhances the possibility of AFMSCs as drug carrier in human cell-based therapy. Meanwhile, the research emphasis in the future can also put in targeting therapy of ovarian cancer.

  15. Producing a highly concentrated coal suspension

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    Mokudzu, K.; Atsudzima, T.; Kiyedzuka, Y.

    1983-06-03

    Coal from wet and dry grinding is loaded into a mixer with a mixer arm with the acquisition of a highly concentrated suspension. Foamers (for instance, alkylbenzolsulfonate) and foam stabilizers (for instance diethanolamide of lauric acid) are added in a ratio of 10 to (2 to 5). The high fluidity of the suspension is maintained by injecting air into the suspension and an 80 percent concentration of the suspension is achieved.

  16. Rheology and structural arrest of casein suspensions

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    Dahbi, Louisa; Alexander, M.; Trappe, Véronique; Dhont, J. K. G.; Schurtenberger, Peter

    2010-01-01

    The rheology of milk powder suspensions is investigated up to very high concentrations, where structural arrest occurs. The main component of the milk powder investigated is casein, so that the suspensions can be regarded as casein suspensions. Four concentration regimes are identified. For effective casein volume fractions less than 0.54 the concentration dependence of the zero-shear viscosity is similar to that of hard-sphere suspensions. However, due to the elastic deformation of the casei...

  17. Ceramic Ultrafiltration Membrane from Nanosilica Particles

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    Wahid, Zarina Abdul; Ramli, Rafindde; Muchtar, Andanastuti; Mohammad, Abd Wahab

    This study attempts to develop asymmetric ceramic membrane filter from nanosilica particles for ultrafiltration (UF) membrane. The alumina tube was used as a support and was coated with SiC which acted as an intermediate layer or microfiltration (MF) layer. The UF membrane was developed using the filtration technique through chemical suspension of the particles. Nanosilica was suspended in HCl acid, iso-propanol and acetone before it was deposited on the alumina tube using a special coating assembly. The membranes were characterised for pore size, thickness and microstructure. This study found that the use of nanoparticles for membrane development could easily control the pore size as well as the thickness of the membrane. The uniformity of the membrane thickness could also be achieved through this filtration technique.

  18. The ontogenetic transformation of the mesosaurid tarsus: a contribution to the origin of the primitive amniotic astragalus.

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    Piñeiro, Graciela; Núñez Demarco, Pablo; Meneghel, Melitta D

    2016-01-01

    The hypotheses about the origin of the primitive amniotic tarsus are very speculative. Early studies argued that the origin of the astragalus, one of the largest proximal bones in the tarsus of basal amniotes, was produced by either the fusion of two, three, or even four of the original tarsal bones, the intermedium, the tibiale and the proximal centralia (c4 and c3), or that the intermedium alone transforms into the primitive astragalus. More recent studies have shown that the structure of the tarsus in Captorhinus supports the former hypothesis about a fusion of the intermedium, the tibiale, the proximal centrale (c4) and eventually c3, producing a purportedly multipartite structure of the amniotic astragalus, but the issue remained contentious. Very well preserved tarsi of the Early Permian aquatic amniote Mesosaurus tenuidens Gervais, 1864-1865, which represent the most complete ontogenetic succession known for a basal amniote (the other exceptional one is provided by the Late Permian diapsid Hovasaurus boulei Piveteau, 1926), suggest that there is more than one ossification center for the astragalus and that these fuse during late embryonic stages or maybe early after birth. A non-hatched Mesosaurus in an advanced stage of development shows that the tarsus is represented by a single bone, most probably the astragalus, which seems to be formed by the suturing of three bones, here interpreted as being the intermedium, the tibiale, probably already integrated to the c4 in an earlier stage of the development, and the c3. An amniote-like tarsal structure is observed in very basal Carboniferous and Permian tetrapods such as Proterogyrinus, Gephyrostegus, the diadectids Diadectes and Orobates, some microsaurs like Tuditanus and Pantylus and possibly Westlothiana, taxa that were all considered as true amniotes in their original descriptions. Therefore, the structure of the amniotic tarsus, including the configuration of the proximal series formed by the astragalus and

  19. The ontogenetic transformation of the mesosaurid tarsus: a contribution to the origin of the primitive amniotic astragalus

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    Graciela Piñeiro

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    Full Text Available The hypotheses about the origin of the primitive amniotic tarsus are very speculative. Early studies argued that the origin of the astragalus, one of the largest proximal bones in the tarsus of basal amniotes, was produced by either the fusion of two, three, or even four of the original tarsal bones, the intermedium, the tibiale and the proximal centralia (c4 and c3, or that the intermedium alone transforms into the primitive astragalus. More recent studies have shown that the structure of the tarsus in Captorhinus supports the former hypothesis about a fusion of the intermedium, the tibiale, the proximal centrale (c4 and eventually c3, producing a purportedly multipartite structure of the amniotic astragalus, but the issue remained contentious. Very well preserved tarsi of the Early Permian aquatic amniote Mesosaurus tenuidens Gervais, 1864–1865, which represent the most complete ontogenetic succession known for a basal amniote (the other exceptional one is provided by the Late Permian diapsid Hovasaurus boulei Piveteau, 1926, suggest that there is more than one ossification center for the astragalus and that these fuse during late embryonic stages or maybe early after birth. A non-hatched Mesosaurus in an advanced stage of development shows that the tarsus is represented by a single bone, most probably the astragalus, which seems to be formed by the suturing of three bones, here interpreted as being the intermedium, the tibiale, probably already integrated to the c4 in an earlier stage of the development, and the c3. An amniote-like tarsal structure is observed in very basal Carboniferous and Permian tetrapods such as Proterogyrinus, Gephyrostegus, the diadectids Diadectes and Orobates, some microsaurs like Tuditanus and Pantylus and possibly Westlothiana, taxa that were all considered as true amniotes in their original descriptions. Therefore, the structure of the amniotic tarsus, including the configuration of the proximal series formed by

  20. Dynamics of the colloidal suspensions

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    ZHANG Hai-yan; MA Hong-ru

    2006-01-01

    This article offers a survey on our current knowledge of the dynamics of the colloidal suspension,where each particle experiences the friction force with solvent,hydrodynamic interaction,and potential force from surrounding particles and thermodynamic force.It further contains a summary of the basic concepts about microstructures and equilibrium properties,and of analytical and numerical methods,which are relevant for the theoretical description of the suspensions.The description of the dynamics of colloidal particles,based on the generalized Smoluchowski equation,is justified for the time scale accessible in DLS experiments.The combined influence of hard sphere or electrostatic potential and solvent-mediated hydrodynamic interaction on the short-time dynamics of monodisperse suspensions is investigated in detail.A thorough study of tracer-diffusion in hard sphere and charge-stabilized suspensions is presented.Mean-square displacements and long-time tracer-diffusion coefficients are calculated with two alternative approximations,i.e.,a mode-coupling scheme and a single relaxation time ansatz.

  1. Suspension-Firing of Biomass

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    Shafique Bashir, Muhammad; Jensen, Peter Arendt; Frandsen, Flemming;

    2012-01-01

    This paper is the second of two papers, describing probe measurements of deposit buildup and removal (shedding), conducted in a 350 MWth suspension-fired boiler, firing straw and wood. Investigations of deposit buildup and shedding have been made by use of an advanced online deposit probe and a s...

  2. Modeling of curvilinear suspension flows

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    Morris, Jeffrey F.; Boulay, Fabienne

    1996-11-01

    The curvilinear parallel-plate and cone-and-plate rheometric flows of monodisperse noncolloidal suspensions have been modeled. Although nonuniform in shear rate, dotγ, the parallel-plate flow has been shown experimentally(A. W. Chow, S. W. Sinton, J. H. Iwayima & T. S. Stephens 1994 Phys. Fluids) 6, 2561. not to exhibit particle migration, contrary to predictions of prior suspension-flow modeling. Predictions of nonuniform particle volume fraction, φ, by the suspension-balance model(P. R. Nott & J. F. Brady 1994 J. Fluid Mech.) 275, 157. for parallel-plate and cone-and-plate flow without normal stress differences are presented. The ``nonmigration'' in parallel-plate flow may be attributed to bulk suspension normal stress differences: assuming the bulk stress has the form Σ ~ η dotγ Q(φ) with η the fluid viscosity, nonmigration is predicted for parallel-plate flow provided that Q_33 = (1/2) Q_11 at the bulk φ of interest, with 1 the flow direction and 3 the vorticity direction. Extending the model to include normal stress differences satisfying this requirement, a range of migration behavior is predicted for the cone-and-plate flow depending upon the ratio Q_11/Q_22.

  3. Shear Thinning of Noncolloidal Suspensions

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    Vázquez-Quesada, Adolfo; Tanner, Roger I.; Ellero, Marco

    2016-09-01

    Shear thinning—a reduction in suspension viscosity with increasing shear rates—is understood to arise in colloidal systems from a decrease in the relative contribution of entropic forces. The shear-thinning phenomenon has also been often reported in experiments with noncolloidal systems at high volume fractions. However its origin is an open theoretical question and the behavior is difficult to reproduce in numerical simulations where shear thickening is typically observed instead. In this letter we propose a non-Newtonian model of interparticle lubrication forces to explain shear thinning in noncolloidal suspensions. We show that hidden shear-thinning effects of the suspending medium, which occur at shear rates orders of magnitude larger than the range investigated experimentally, lead to significant shear thinning of the overall suspension at much smaller shear rates. At high particle volume fractions the local shear rates experienced by the fluid situated in the narrow gaps between particles are much larger than the averaged shear rate of the whole suspension. This allows the suspending medium to probe its high-shear non-Newtonian regime and it means that the matrix fluid rheology must be considered over a wide range of shear rates.

  4. Methylmalonic Acid in Amniotic Fluid and Maternal Urine as a Marker for Neural Tube Defects

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    罗小平; 张炼; 魏虹; 刘皖君; 王慕逖; 宁琴

    2004-01-01

    To evaluate the implication of methymalonic acid (MMA) in the early diagnosis of neural tube defects (NTD), a quantitative assay for MMA was established by using gas chromatographymass spectrometry with stable isotope of MMA as an internal standard. Amniotic fluid and maternal urine MMA concentration, maternal serum folate, red blood cell folate and vitamin B12 levels were measured in the middle term of NTD-affected and normal pregnancies. Amniotic fluid and maternal urine MMA concentrations in the middle term of NTD affected pregnancies (1.4 ± 0.9 μmol/L, and 22.1 ± 12.6 nmol/μmol creatinine) were significantly higher than that of normal pregnancies (1.0±0.4μ mol/L, and 2.5± 1.1 nmol/μmol creatinine). There was no significant difference between normal and NTD pregnancies for serum folate, red blood cell folate and vitamin B12 levels.The results suggested that MMAs in amniotic fluid and maternal urine are sensitive markers for early diagnosis of NTD. Vitamin B12 is an active cofactor involved in the remethylation of homocycteine and its deficiency is an independent risk factor for NTD. MMA is a specific and sensitive marker for intracellular vitamin B12 deficiency. This study suggests that it is necessary to monitor the vitamin B12 deficiency and advocates vitamin B12 supplementation with folate prevention program.

  5. Amniotic fluid volume: Rapid MR-based assessment at 28-32 weeks gestation

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    Hilliard, N.J.; Hawkes, R.; Patterson, A.J.; Graves, M.J.; Priest, A.N.; Hunter, S.; Set, P.A.; Lomas, D.J. [Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Lees, C. [Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Department of Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, London (United Kingdom)

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    This work evaluates rapid magnetic resonance projection hydrography (PH) based amniotic fluid volume (AFV) estimates against established routine ultrasound single deepest vertical pocket (SDVP) and amniotic fluid index (AFI) measurements, in utero at 28-32 weeks gestation. Manual multi-section planimetry (MSP) based measurement of AFV is used as a proxy reference standard. Thirty-five women with a healthy singleton pregnancy (20-41 years) attending routine antenatal ultrasound were recruited. SDVP and AFI were measured using ultrasound, with same day MRI assessing AFV with PH and MSP. The relationships between the respective techniques were assessed using linear regression analysis and Bland-Altman method comparison statistics. When comparing estimated AFV, a highly significant relationship was observed between PH and the reference standard MSP (R{sup 2} = 0.802, p < 0.001). For the US measurements, SDVP measurement related most closely to amniotic fluid volume, (R{sup 2} = 0.470, p < 0.001), with AFI demonstrating a weaker relationship (R{sup 2} = 0.208, p = 0.007). This study shows that rapid MRI based PH measurement is a better predictor of AFV, relating more closely to our proxy standard than established US techniques. Although larger validation studies across a range of gestational ages are required this approach could form part of MR fetal assessment, particularly where poly- or oligohydramnios is suspected. (orig.)

  6. Phylogenetic, functional, and structural components of variation in bone growth rate of amniotes.

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    Cubo, Jorge; Legendre, Pierre; de Ricqlès, Armand; Montes, Laëtitia; de Margerie, Emmanuel; Castanet, Jacques; Desdevises, Yves

    2008-01-01

    The biological features observed in every living organism are the outcome of three sets of factors: historical (inherited by homology), functional (biological adaptation), and structural (properties inherent to the materials with which organs are constructed, and the morphogenetic rules by which they grow). Integrating them should bring satisfactory causal explanations of empirical data. However, little progress has been accomplished in practice toward this goal, because a methodologically efficient tool was lacking. Here we use a new statistical method of variation partitioning to analyze bone growth in amniotes. (1) Historical component. The variation of bone growth rates contains a significant phylogenetic signal, suggesting that the observed patterns are partly the outcome of shared ancestry. (2) Functional causation. High growth rates, although energy costly, may be adaptive (i.e., they may increase survival rates) in taxa showing short growth periods (e.g., birds). In ectothermic amniotes, low resting metabolic rates may limit the maximum possible growth rates. (3) Structural constraint. Whereas soft tissues grow through a multiplicative process, growth of mineralized tissues is accretionary (additive, i.e., mineralization fronts occur only at free surfaces). Bone growth of many amniotes partially circumvents this constraint: it is achieved not only at the external surface of the bone shaft, but also within cavities included in the bone cortex as it grows centrifugally. Our approach contributes to the unification of historicism, functionalism, and structuralism toward a more integrated evolutionary biology.

  7. Acid- and alkaline phosphatase in amniotic fluid in normal and complicated pregnancy.

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    Beckman, G; Beckman, L; Löfstrand, T

    1978-01-01

    171 samples of amniotic fluid were obtained by abdominal amniocentesis from 67 women with complicated pregnancies (isoimmunization, diabetes mellitus or toxaemia). The levels of heat-labile alkaline phosphatase (HLAP), heat-stable alkaline phosphatase (HSAP) and acid phosphatase (AcP) were determined and compared to the enzyme levels in 179 samples from women with normal pregnancies of corresponding gestational ages. HLAP showed two "peaks" of activity, one in the 5th-22nd week and the other at term. HSAP and AcP showed increased activity at term. HSAP was decreased (p less than 0.01) in isoimmunization between the 36th and 40th week. 11 cases of toxaemia with placental insufficiency showed no differences in the levels of HLAP and HSAP compared with normal pregnancy. AcP showed no differences between normal and complicated pregnancy. Samples contaminated by blood showed no significant increase in the acid- and alkaline phosphatase levels. Samples contaminated by meconium showed a complex pattern. Some samples had normal enzyme levels, some had high levels of HLAP only and some had high levels of HSAP and AcP. The origin of the enzymes is not known with certainty. HSAP in amniotic fluid is most likely not of placental but intestinal origin. Determinations of acid- and alkaline phosphatase in amniotic fluid seem to be of little values in the clinical management of complicated pregnancy.

  8. Immunosuppressive activity of human amniotic fluid of normal and abnormal pregnancies.

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    Shohat, B; Faktor, J M

    1988-01-01

    Twenty specimens of amniotic fluid (AF) obtained between week 16 and 18 of gestation from normal pregnant women and six specimens from pregnant women in which trisomia of chromosome 21 was found were tested for immunosuppressive activity. Incubation of normal human donor lymphocytes with 0.2-1 mL of AF from normal pregnant women for one hour at 37 degrees C was sufficient for induction of significant inhibition of the ability of these cells to induce a local xenogeneic graft-versus-host reaction (GVHR) as well as inhibition of E and E-active rosette formation, the GVHR being the most sensitive test. On the other hand, amniotic fluid obtained from the six pregnant women in which trisomia of chromosome 21 was found showed no inhibitory activity in either the E or E-active rosette formation, nor in the local xenogeneic graft-versus-host reaction. AF from all the women tested was found to have no effect on phenotype expression of the lymphocytes, as tested by the monoclonal antibodies OKT4+ and OKT8+, nor on B-lymphocytes, as tested by surface immunoglobulins. No correlation was found between the alpha-fetoprotein levels in the sera of those women and the immunosuppressive activity. These findings indicate that genetic defects of the conceptus are not limited to the embryo but may affect the composition of immunosuppressive components present in normal amniotic fluid.

  9. Concentrations of Mineral in Amniotic Fluid and Their Relations to Selected Maternal and Fetal Parameters.

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    Suliburska, J; Kocyłowski, R; Komorowicz, I; Grzesiak, M; Bogdański, P; Barałkiewicz, D

    2016-07-01

    The concentrations of various trace elements in amniotic fluid (AF) change over the course of pregnancy, with gestational age and fetus growth. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the concentrations of selected essential and toxic elements in AF and their relations to maternal and fetal parameters. The study was carried out in 39 pregnant women, aged 34.6 ± 4.7 years, between weeks 16 and 26 of gestation. Amniotic fluid samples were obtained during the standard procedure of amniocentesis in high-risk patients for chromosomal abnormalities. An inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) technique was used to determine the levels of Al, As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mg, Mn, Ni, Sr, U, and V in AF. Body mass and blood pressure were measured in all the women. The basic parameters of fetal development were also assayed. It was found that the age of the mother, the gender of the fetus, and the week of the pregnancy may affect the concentrations of mineral in the amniotic fluid. Moreover, several significant correlations between the essential and toxic elements and maternal and fetal parameters were observed. In particular, negative and positive correlations between fetal parameters and magnesium and copper levels in AF, respectively, were seen. The present findings demonstrate the association between minerals in AF and fetal development.

  10. What was the ancestral sex-determining mechanism in amniote vertebrates?

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    Johnson Pokorná, Martina; Kratochvíl, Lukáš

    2016-02-01

    Amniote vertebrates, the group consisting of mammals and reptiles including birds, possess various mechanisms of sex determination. Under environmental sex determination (ESD), the sex of individuals depends on the environmental conditions occurring during their development and therefore there are no sexual differences present in their genotypes. Alternatively, through the mode of genotypic sex determination (GSD), sex is determined by a sex-specific genotype, i.e. by the combination of sex chromosomes at various stages of differentiation at conception. As well as influencing sex determination, sex-specific parts of genomes may, and often do, develop specific reproductive or ecological roles in their bearers. Accordingly, an individual with a mismatch between phenotypic (gonadal) and genotypic sex, for example an individual sex-reversed by environmental effects, should have a lower fitness due to the lack of specialized, sex-specific parts of their genome. In this case, evolutionary transitions from GSD to ESD should be less likely than transitions in the opposite direction. This prediction contrasts with the view that GSD was the ancestral sex-determining mechanism for amniote vertebrates. Ancestral GSD would require several transitions from GSD to ESD associated with an independent dedifferentiation of sex chromosomes, at least in the ancestors of crocodiles, turtles, and lepidosaurs (tuataras and squamate reptiles). In this review, we argue that the alternative theory postulating ESD as ancestral in amniotes is more parsimonious and is largely concordant with the theoretical expectations and current knowledge of the phylogenetic distribution and homology of sex-determining mechanisms.

  11. Prenatal exposure to maternal infection alters cytokine expression in the placenta, amniotic fluid, and fetal brain.

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    Urakubo, A; Jarskog, L F; Lieberman, J A; Gilmore, J H

    2001-01-15

    Prenatal exposure to infection appears to increase the risk of schizophrenia and other neurodevelopmental disorders. We have hypothesized that cytokines, generated in response to maternal infection, play a key mechanistic role in this association. E16 timed pregnancy rats were injected i.p. with Escherichia coli lipopolysaccharide (LPS) to model prenatal exposure to infection. Placenta, amniotic fluid and fetal brains were collected 2 and 8h after LPS exposure. There was a significant treatment effect of low-dose (0.5mg/kg) LPS on placenta cytokine levels, with significant increases of interleukin (IL)-1beta (P<0.0001), IL-6 (P<0.0001), and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha) (P=0.0001) over the 2 and 8h time course. In amniotic fluid, there was a significant effect of treatment on IL-6 levels (P=0.0006). Two hours after maternal administration of high-dose (2.5mg/kg) LPS, there were significant elevations of placenta IL-6 (P<0.0001), TNF-alpha (P<0.0001), a significant increase of TNF-alpha in amniotic fluid (P=0.008), and a small but significant decrease in TNF-alpha (P=0.035) in fetal brain. Maternal exposure to infection alters pro-inflammatory cytokine levels in the fetal environment, which may have a significant impact on the developing brain.

  12. Regulation of amniotic fluid volume: mathematical model based on intramembranous transport mechanisms.

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    Brace, Robert A; Anderson, Debra F; Cheung, Cecilia Y

    2014-11-15

    Experimentation in late-gestation fetal sheep has suggested that regulation of amniotic fluid (AF) volume occurs primarily by modulating the rate of intramembranous transport of water and solutes across the amnion into underlying fetal blood vessels. In order to gain insight into intramembranous transport mechanisms, we developed a computer model that allows simulation of experimentally measured changes in AF volume and composition over time. The model included fetal urine excretion and lung liquid secretion as inflows into the amniotic compartment plus fetal swallowing and intramembranous absorption as outflows. By using experimental flows and solute concentrations for urine, lung liquid, and swallowed fluid in combination with the passive and active transport mechanisms of the intramembranous pathway, we simulated AF responses to basal conditions, intra-amniotic fluid infusions, fetal intravascular infusions, urine replacement, and tracheoesophageal occlusion. The experimental data are consistent with four intramembranous transport mechanisms acting in concert: 1) an active unidirectional bulk transport of AF with all dissolved solutes out of AF into fetal blood presumably by vesicles; 2) passive bidirectional diffusion of solutes, such as sodium and chloride, between fetal blood and AF; 3) passive bidirectional water movement between AF and fetal blood; and 4) unidirectional transport of lactate into the AF. Further, only unidirectional bulk transport is dynamically regulated. The simulations also identified areas for future study: 1) identifying intramembranous stimulators and inhibitors, 2) determining the semipermeability characteristics of the intramembranous pathway, and 3) characterizing the vesicles that are the primary mediators of intramembranous transport.

  13. Maternal Plasma and Amniotic Fluid Chemokines Screening in Fetal Down Syndrome

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    Piotr Laudanski

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Chemokines exert different inflammatory responses which can potentially be related to certain fetal chromosomal abnormalities. The aim of the study was to determine the concentration of selected chemokines in plasma and amniotic fluid of women with fetal Down syndrome. Method. Out of 171 amniocentesis, we had 7 patients with confirmed fetal Down syndrome (15th–18th weeks of gestation. For the purpose of our control, we chose 14 women without confirmed chromosomal aberration. To assess the concentration of chemokines in the blood plasma and amniotic fluid, we used a protein macroarray, which allows the simultaneous determination of 40 chemokines per sample. Results. We showed significant decrease in the concentration of 4 chemokines, HCC-4, IL-28A, IL-31, and MCP-2, and increase in the concentration of CXCL7 (NAP-2 in plasma of women with fetal Down syndrome. Furthermore, we showed decrease in concentration of 3 chemokines, ITAC, MCP-3, MIF, and increase in concentration of 4 chemokines, IP-10, MPIF-1, CXCL7, and 6Ckine, in amniotic fluid of women with fetal Down syndrome. Conclusion. On the basis of our findings, our hypothesis is that the chemokines may play role in the pathogenesis of Down syndrome. Defining their potential as biochemical markers of Down syndrome requires further investigation on larger group of patients.

  14. Hyaluronic acid, an important factor in the wound healing properties of amniotic fluid: in vitro studies of re-epithelialisation in human skin wounds.

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    Nyman, Erika; Huss, Fredrik; Nyman, Torbjörn; Junker, Johan; Kratz, Gunnar

    2013-04-01

    Foetal wounds are unique in their ability to heal rapidly without forming scars. The amniotic fluid, rich in nutrients, growth factors, and hyaluronic acid, surrounds the foetus and is essential to foetal wound healing. The wound healing properties of foetal wounds may be the result of high concentrations of hyaluronic acid. This study aimed to verify that amniotic fluid induces re-epithelialisation in human skin wounds in vitro and to study whether this ability is dependent on hyaluronic acid. Standard deep dermal wounds were produced in vitro in human skin. The skin samples, with a central wound, were incubated in different culture media. Varying concentrations of amniotic fluid and amniotic fluid with added hyaluronidase were tested, and re-epithelialisation was assessed at 3, 7, and 12 days using light microscopy, after staining with haematoxylin and eosin. Amniotic fluid 50% resulted in a significantly higher (p < 0.05) grade of re-epithelialisation than Dulbecco's modified Eagle's medium and 10% amniotic fluid at all time points. When 50% amniotic fluid was compared with 10% foetal calf serum, no significant difference was found in grades of re-epithelialisation on days 3 and 12 and significantly higher grades of re-epithelialisation on day 7 (p < 0.05). Degradation of hyaluronic acid in the medium that contained 50% amniotic fluid gave significantly impaired re-epithelialisation (p < 0.05) on culture days 3 and 7. In conclusion, amniotic fluid promotes accelerated re-epithelialisation and hyaluronic acid is an important ingredient.

  15. 7 CFR 3015.123 - Suspension.

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  16. 36 CFR 1212.670 - Suspension.

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  3. 21 CFR 520.1640 - Oxibendazole suspension.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Suspension. 26.16 Section 26.16 Food and Drugs... Provisions for Pharmaceutical Good Manufacturing Practices § 26.16 Suspension. (a) Each party has the right... after such notification, the contested authority will be suspended. (d) Upon the suspension of...

  7. 32 CFR 776.82 - Interim suspension.

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    ... 32 National Defense 5 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Interim suspension. 776.82 Section 776.82... Complaint Processing Procedures § 776.82 Interim suspension. (a) Where the Rules Counsel determines there is... interim suspension, pending completion of a professional responsibility investigation. The...

  8. 49 CFR 393.207 - Suspension systems.

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    ... 49 Transportation 5 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension systems. 393.207 Section 393.207... NECESSARY FOR SAFE OPERATION Frames, Cab and Body Components, Wheels, Steering, and Suspension Systems § 393.207 Suspension systems. (a) Axles. No axle positioning part shall be cracked, broken, loose or...

  9. 75 FR 24494 - Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension

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    ...; ] ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION 2 CFR Chapter 58 Nonprocurement Debarment and Suspension AGENCY: U.S... proposed debarment and suspension regulations. These proposed regulations will apply to nonprocurement... Management and Budget (OMB) in a document on nonprocurement debarment and suspension published in the...

  10. 48 CFR 509.407 - Suspension.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension. 509.407 Section 509.407 Federal Acquisition Regulations System GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION COMPETITION AND ACQUISITION PLANNING CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility 509.407 Suspension....

  11. 48 CFR 2009.407 - Suspension.

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    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 6 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 true Suspension. 2009.407 Section 2009.407 Federal Acquisition Regulations System NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION COMPETITION AND ACQUISITION PLANNING CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility 2009.407 Suspension....

  12. 21 CFR 522.1289 - Lufenuron suspension.

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    ... 21 Food and Drugs 6 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Lufenuron suspension. 522.1289 Section 522.1289 Food and Drugs FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (CONTINUED) ANIMAL... Lufenuron suspension. (a) Specifications. Each milliliter of sterile aqueous suspension contains...

  13. 32 CFR 552.80 - Suspension period.

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    ... 32 National Defense 3 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 true Suspension period. 552.80 Section 552.80 National... Suspension period. All solicitation privileges suspended by installation commanders will be for a specific time. Normally, it will not exceed 2 years. When the suspension period expires, the agent may...

  14. 48 CFR 409.407 - Suspension.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 4 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension. 409.407 Section 409.407 Federal Acquisition Regulations System DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE COMPETITION AND ACQUISITION PLANNING CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS Debarment, Suspension and Ineligibility 409.407 Suspension....

  15. 22 CFR 127.8 - Interim suspension.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 22 Foreign Relations 1 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false Interim suspension. 127.8 Section 127.8 Foreign... Interim suspension. (a) The Managing Director of the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls or the Director of the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance is authorized to order the interim suspension...

  16. 40 CFR 36.670 - Suspension.

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    ... 40 Protection of Environment 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspension. 36.670 Section 36.670... REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) Definitions § 36.670 Suspension. Suspension means... contracts (48 CFR part 9, subpart 9.4) and the common rule, Government-wide Debarment and...

  17. 38 CFR 48.670 - Suspension.

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    ... 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief 2 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspension. 48.670...) GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) Definitions § 48.670 Suspension. Suspension means an action taken by a Federal agency that immediately prohibits a recipient...

  18. 32 CFR 26.670 - Suspension.

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    ... 32 National Defense 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Suspension. 26.670 Section 26.670 National... GOVERNMENTWIDE REQUIREMENTS FOR DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) Definitions § 26.670 Suspension. Suspension means an action taken by a Federal agency that immediately prohibits a recipient...

  19. 25 CFR 558.5 - License suspension.

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    2010-04-01

    ... 25 Indians 2 2010-04-01 2010-04-01 false License suspension. 558.5 Section 558.5 Indians NATIONAL... MANAGEMENT OFFICIALS § 558.5 License suspension. (a) If, after the issuance of a gaming license, the... tribe shall suspend such license and shall notify in writing the licensee of the suspension and...

  20. 48 CFR 9.407 - Suspension.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 48 Federal Acquisition Regulations System 1 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Suspension. 9.407 Section 9.407 Federal Acquisition Regulations System FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION ACQUISITION PLANNING CONTRACTOR QUALIFICATIONS Debarment, Suspension, and Ineligibility 9.407 Suspension....