Majda K. Al-Yatama

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1. A paucity of data relating to free fatty acid (FFA) transport in the human placenta in non-steady state conditions prompted us to undertake the present study. 2. The transport kinetics of palmitic acid in non-steady state conditions have been investigated in vitro using human perfused placental lobules. The effects of varying glucose concentrations on(More)
BACKGROUND The paucity of data relating to transport kinetics of free fatty acids (FFA) in pregnant diabetic women prompted the undertaking of the present study. METHODS Transport kinetics of a model FFA, palmitic acid, have been investigated in Type I diabetic pregnancies, using in vitro perfusion of isolated placental lobules. National Cancer Tissue(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to assess the utility of transvaginal ultrasonography in the evaluation of endometrial morphology in addition to the standard criterion of endometrial thickness for selecting patients for endometrial sampling. METHODS Two hundred and seven consecutive cases of postmenopausal bleeding were evaluated by transvaginal(More)
The sodium hydrogen exchanger isoform, NHE-1 plays an important role in electrolyte and water homeostasis. These functions are compromised in pregnancies complicated with preeclampsia. At present it is not known whether NHE-1 expression is altered during preeclampsia. In the present study the placental level of NHE-1 protein was measured using(More)
Preeclampsia is a common and major cause of maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality. Human leucocyte antigen (HLA) susceptibility and impaired adaptation of the T lymphocyte sub-population and a bi-directional effect of T helper cytokines on the outcome of pregnancy have been reported in patients with preeclampsia. The association between maternal(More)
The present study was undertaken to evaluate a nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for detection of Y chromosome-specific fetal DNA in maternal plasma and urine of pregnant women during different gestational stages. DNA isolated from plasma and urine samples of 80 pregnant women (between 7 and 40 weeks' gestation) underwent amplification for Y(More)
Objective: To evaluate the incidence of hyperemesis gravidarum among pregnant women in Kuwait and the status of HCG, TSH, Total T4 and Free T4 in the serum of patients with hyperemesis gravidarum compared with a control group of women. Methodology: During a 6-month period all patients admitted to Maternity Hospital with features of hyperemesis gravidarum(More)
Wharton's Jelly- derived Mesenchymal stem cells (WJ-MSCs) have gained interest as an alternative source of stem cells for regenerative medicine because of their potential for self-renewal, differentiation and unique immunomodulatory properties. Although many studies have characterized various WJ-MSCs biologically, the expression profiles of the commonly(More)
The objective of the study was to evaluate the effects of antenatal corticosteroid therapy in multiple pregnancy on the incidence and severity of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS). Twenty-two women with twin, 12 with triplet and 2 with quadruplet pregnancies and an emergency group of 20 mothers with twin pregnancies, who only had one course of(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the transport kinetics of a model amino acid, alpha-aminoisobutyric acid (AIB), in the maternal-fetal direction in placentae from pre-eclamptic pregnancies. METHODS Transport kinetics of the amino acid was assessed in vitro using perfusion of human placental lobules. Control placental lobules were perfused for comparison. National(More)