Monique E. Maubert

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Exposure to prenatal inflammation is a known risk factor for long term neurobehavioral disorders including cerebral palsy, schizophrenia, and autism. Models of systemic inflammation during pregnancy have demonstrated an association with an immune response an adverse neurobehavioral outcomes for the exposed fetus. Yet, the most common route for an(More)
BACKGROUND Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can arise from genetic mutations that compromise intestinal epithelial cell integrity or immune regulation. SHIP has previously been shown to play a pivotal role in limiting the number of immunoregulatory cells and their function. AIM To determine whether SHIP plays a pivotal role in control of immune tolerance(More)
OBJECTIVE Clinically, vaginal progesterone (VP) and 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17P) have been shown to prevent preterm birth (PTB) in high-risk populations. We hypothesize that treatment with these agents may prevent PTB by altering molecular pathways involved in uterine contractility or cervical remodeling. STUDY DESIGN Using a mouse model,(More)
In many individuals, drug abuse is intimately linked with HIV-1 infection. In addition to being associated with one-third of all HIV-1 infections in the United States, drug abuse also plays a role in disease progression and severity in HIV-1-infected patients, including adverse effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Specific systems within the brain(More)
The authors describe the first case of an isolated bilateral radial ray reduction occurring in a fetus exposed in utero to valproic acid; the diagnosis was made by ultrasound during the second trimester. This case of an isolated radial ray reduction associated with valproic acid use in pregnancy is a reminder for sonographers to carefully examine not only(More)
The blood-brain barrier (BBB) has been defined as a critically important protective barrier that is involved in providing essential biologic, physiologic, and immunologic separation between the central nervous system (CNS) and the periphery. Insults to the BBB can cause overall barrier damage or deregulation of the careful homeostasis maintained between the(More)
BACKGROUND Numerous systems exist to model the blood-brain barrier (BBB) with the goal of understanding the regulation of passage into the central nervous system (CNS) and the potential impact of selected insults on BBB function. These models typically focus on the intrinsic cellular properties of the BBB, yet studies of peripheral cell migration are often(More)
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