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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814542/fragile-x-newborn-screening-lessons-learned-from-a-multisite-screening-study
#1
Donald B Bailey, Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, Louise W Gane, Sonia Guarda, Randi Hagerman, Cynthia M Powell, Flora Tassone, Anne Wheeler
BACKGROUND: Delays in the diagnosis of children with fragile X syndrome (FXS) suggest the possibility of newborn screening as a way to identify children earlier. However, FXS does not have a proven treatment that must be provided early, and ethical concerns have been raised about the detection of infants who are carriers. This article summarizes major findings from a multisite, prospective, longitudinal pilot screening study. METHODS: Investigators in North Carolina, California, and Illinois collaborated on a study in which voluntary screening for FXS was offered to parents in 3 birthing hospitals...
June 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814382/predictive-utility-of-swab-screening-for-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-in-selection-of-empiric-antibiotics-for-enterococcus-sterile-site-infections-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#2
Ian Brasg, Marion Elligsen, Derek MacFadden, Nick Daneman
BACKGROUND: Swab screening for vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) is used to identify VRE carriers and thus prevent transmission of this organism. We tested whether screening results could have unintended benefits in predicting the vancomycin susceptibility of subsequent Enterococcus infections experienced by these patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all patients admitted to a large tertiary care hospital between 2010 and 2015 who underwent swab screening for VRE before experiencing an Enterococcus sterile-site infection...
August 15, 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813729/carrier-screening-what-is-new
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EDITORIAL
Keith Hansen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813500/telomere-biology-and-telomerase-mutations-in-cirrhotic-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#4
Flávia S Donaires, Natália F Scatena, Raquel M Alves-Paiva, Joshua D Podlevsky, Dhenugen Logeswaran, Barbara A Santana, Andreza C Teixeira, Julian J-L Chen, Rodrigo T Calado, Ana L C Martinelli
Telomeres are repetitive DNA sequences at linear chromosome termini, protecting chromosomes against end-to-end fusion and damage, providing chromosomal stability. Telomeres shorten with mitotic cellular division, but are maintained in cells with high proliferative capacity by telomerase. Loss-of-function mutations in telomere-maintenance genes are genetic risk factors for cirrhosis development in humans and murine models. Telomerase deficiency provokes accelerated telomere shortening and dysfunction, facilitating genomic instability and oncogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811895/long-term-rearrangement-of-retinal-structures-in-a-novel-mutation-of-x-linked-retinoschisis
#5
Stefano Piermarocchi, Stefania Miotto, Davide Colavito, Elda Del Giudice, Alberta Leon, Veronica Maritan, Rita Piermarocchi, Alma Patrizia Tormene
The aim of the present study was to report a novel mutation in the retinoschisin 1 (RS1) gene in a Caucasian family affected by X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS) and to describe the long-term modification of retinal structure. Two brothers with an early onset maculopathy were diagnosed with XLRS. Fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography and electroretinogram analyses were performed. Their sister was also examined. All subjects were screened for mutations in the RS1 gene...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811712/association-between-cyp24a1-polymorphisms-and-the-risk-of-colonic-polyps-and-colon-cancer-in-a-chinese-population
#6
Xue-Qi Chen, Jia-Yu Mao, Wen-Bin Li, Jian Li, Hong Yang, Jia-Ming Qian, Jing-Nan Li
AIM: To determine the pathogenesis and potential single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) as screening sites for colonic polyps, colon cancer and ulcerative colitis, and to analyze the possible association between these genetic polymorphisms and the three diseases. METHODS: We evaluated genetic polymorphisms in 144 newly diagnosed colonic polyp patients, 96 colon cancer patients and 44 ulcerative colitis patients. The four SNPs genotyped were rs4809957, rs6068816, rs6091822 and rs8124792...
July 28, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810972/when-military-fitness-standards-no-longer-apply-the-high-prevalence-of-metabolic-syndrome-in-recent-air-force-retirees
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Marcus M Cranston, Mark W True, Jana L Wardian, Rishawn M Carriere, Tom J Sauerwein
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is strongly associated with cardiovascular disease. With MetS prevalence rates increasing in the U.S. population, prevention efforts have largely focused on diet and exercise interventions. Before retirement, military service members have met fitness requirements for at least 20 years, and have lower MetS rates compared to age-matched U.S. population controls (23.4% vs. 39.0%), which suggests a protective effect of the lifestyle associated with military service...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809414/carrier-photogeneration-drift-and-recombination-in-a-semiconducting-carbon-nanotube-network
#8
A Eckstein, V Bertašius, V Jašinskas, I Namal, T Hertel, V Gulbinas
Charge carrier photogeneration, drift and recombination in thin film networks of polymer-wrapped (6,5)-single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) blended with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) have been investigated by using transient photocurrent and time-delayed collection field (TDCF) techniques. Three distinct transient photocurrent components on the nano- and microsecond timescales have been identified. We attribute the dominant (>50% of total extracted charge) ultrashort photocurrent component with a decay time below our experimental time-resolution of 2 ns to the intratube hole motion...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807819/carrier-characteristics-influence-the-kinetics-of-passive-drug-loading-into-lipid-nanoemulsions
#9
Katrin Göke, Heike Bunjes
Passive loading as a novel screening approach is a material-saving tool for the efficient selection of a suitable colloidal lipid carrier system for poorly water soluble drug candidates. This method comprises incubation of preformed carrier systems with drug powder and subsequent determination of the resulting drug load of the carrier particles after removal of excess drug. For reliable routine use and to obtain meaningful loading results, information on the kinetics of the process is required. Passive loading proceeds via a dissolution-diffusion based mechanism, where drug surface area and drug water solubility are key parameters for fast passive loading...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807240/role-of-exosomes-in-treatment-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#10
REVIEW
Demetrios Moris, Eliza W Beal, Jeffery Chakedis, Richard A Burkhart, Carl Schmidt, Mary Dillhoff, Xufeng Zhang, Stamatios Theocharis, Timothy M Pawlik
Exosomes are nanovesicles that may play a role in intercellular communication by acting as carriers of functional contents such as proteins, lipids, RNA molecules and circulating DNA from donor to recipient cells. In addition, exosomes may play a potential role in immunosurveillance and tumor pathogenesis and progression. Recently, research has increasingly focused on the role of exosomes in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), the most common primary liver malignancy. We herein review data on emerging experimental and clinical studies focused on the role of exosomes in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, progression and chemotherapy response of patients with HCC...
September 2017: Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803391/mutational-analysis-of-the-rb1-gene-and-the-inheritance-patterns-of-retinoblastoma-in-jordan
#11
Yacoub A Yousef, Abdelghani Tbakhi, Maysa Al-Hussaini, Ibrahim AlNawaiseh, Ala Saab, Amal Afifi, Maysa Naji, Mona Mohammad, Rasha Deebajah, Imad Jaradat, Iyad Sultan, Mustafa Mehyar
Retinoblastoma (RB) is a childhood cancer developing in the retina due to RB1 pathologic variant. Herein we are evaluating the oncogenic mutations in the RB1 gene and the inheritance patterns of RB in the Jordanian patients. In this prospective study, the peripheral blood of 50 retinoblastoma patients was collected, genomic DNA was extracted, mutations were identified using Quantitative multiplex PCR (QM-PCR), Allele-specific PCR, Next Generation Sequencing analysis, and Sanger sequencing. In this cohort of 50 patients, 20(40%) patients had unilateral RB and 30(60%) were males...
August 12, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801073/newborn-screening-for-carnitine-palmitoyltransferase-ii-deficiency-using-c16-c18-1-c2-evaluation-of-additional-indices-for-adequate-sensitivity-and-lower-false-positivity
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Go Tajima, Keiichi Hara, Miyuki Tsumura, Reiko Kagawa, Satoshi Okada, Nobuo Sakura, Shinsuke Maruyama, Atsuko Noguchi, Tomonari Awaya, Mika Ishige, Nobuyuki Ishige, Ikuma Musha, Sayaka Ajihara, Akira Ohtake, Etsuo Naito, Yusuke Hamada, Tomotaka Kono, Tomoko Asada, Hideo Sasai, Toshiyuki Fukao, Ryoji Fujiki, Osamu Ohara, Ryosuke Bo, Kenji Yamada, Hironori Kobayashi, Yuki Hasegawa, Seiji Yamaguchi, Masaki Takayanagi, Ikue Hata, Yosuke Shigematsu, Masao Kobayashi
BACKGROUND: Carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) II deficiency is one of the most common forms of mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation disorder (FAOD). However, newborn screening (NBS) for this potentially fatal disease has not been established partly because reliable indices are not available. METHODS: We diagnosed CPT II deficiency in a 7-month-old boy presenting with hypoglycemic encephalopathy, which apparently had been missed in the NBS using C16 and C18:1 concentrations as indices...
July 31, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800150/heterozygosity-for-p2y12-receptor-gene-mutation-associated-with-postoperative-hemorrhage-in-a-greater-swiss-mountain-dog
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Rebecca S Flores, Mary K Boudreaux, Barbara Vasquez, Poppy Bristow, Lillian R Aronson, Kari Santoro-Beer, Mary Beth Callan
A 3-year-old, female Greater Swiss Mountain dog developed a hemoperitoneum following an exploratory laparotomy and ovariohysterectomy. Platelet count, PT, APTT, and plasma von Willebrand factor antigen concentration were within RIs. A buccal mucosal bleeding time (BMBT) was prolonged. Given the probability of a hereditary thrombopathia, the dog was administered desmopressin, fresh platelet transfusions, and aminocaproic acid to control hemorrhage. Subsequently, DNA testing for the P2Y12 receptor gene mutation identified the dog as being a heterozygote (carrier)...
August 11, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794111/clinical-characteristics-and-long-term-outcome-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-individuals-with-a-mybpc3-myosin-binding-protein-c-founder-mutation
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Hannah G van Velzen, Arend F L Schinkel, Rogier A Oldenburg, Marjon A van Slegtenhorst, Ingrid M E Frohn-Mulder, Jolanda van der Velden, Michelle Michels
BACKGROUND: MYBPC3 (Myosin-binding protein C) founder mutations account for 35% of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) cases in the Netherlands. We compared clinical characteristics and outcome of MYBPC3 founder mutation (FG+) HCM with nonfounder genotype-positive (G+) and genotype-negative (G-) HCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 680 subjects: 271 FG+ carriers, 132 G+ probands with HCM, and 277 G- probands with HCM. FG+ carriers included 134 FG+ probands with HCM, 54 FG+ relatives diagnosed with HCM after family screening, 74 FG+/phenotype-negative relatives, and 9 with noncompaction or dilated cardiomyopathy...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793334/spheroid-growth-in-ovarian-cancer-alters-transcriptome-responses-for-stress-pathways-and-epigenetic-responses
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Trillitye Paullin, Chase Powell, Christopher Menzie, Robert Hill, Feng Cheng, Christopher J Martyniuk, Sandy D Westerheide
Ovarian cancer is the most lethal gynecological cancer, with over 200,000 women diagnosed each year and over half of those cases leading to death. These poor statistics are related to a lack of early symptoms and inadequate screening techniques. This results in the cancer going undetected until later stages when the tumor has metastasized through a process that requires the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT). In lieu of traditional monolayer cell culture, EMT and cancer progression in general is best characterized through the use of 3D spheroid models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793149/genotypic-and-phenotypic-features-of-bap1-cancer-syndrome-a-report-of-8-new-families-and-review-of-cases-in-the-literature
#16
Alexandra M Haugh, Ching-Ni Njauw, Jeffrey A Bubley, Anna Elisa Verzì, Bin Zhang, Emily Kudalkar, Timothy VandenBoom, Kara Walton, Brian L Swick, Raj Kumar, Huma Q Rana, Sarah Cochrane, Shelley R McCormick, Christopher R Shea, Hensin Tsao, Pedram Gerami
Importance: Patients with germline mutations in BAP1 may develop several flesh-colored melanocytic BAP1-mutated atypical intradermal tumors (MBAITs). These tumors generally develop earlier than other BAP1-associated tumors, highlighting an important role for dermatologists in identifying and screening patients with a history suggestive of a germline mutation. Objective: To describe 8 new families with germline mutations in BAP1 and provide a comprehensive review of reported cases...
August 9, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791521/online-module-for-carrier-screening-in-ashkenazi-jewish-individuals-compared-with-in-person-genetics-education-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Chia Wei Fan, Lysanne Castonguay, Sonja Rummell, Sébastien Lévesque, John J Mitchell, Guillaume Sillon
To increase accessibility to genetics services for low-urgency patients seeking Ashkenazi Jewish (AJ) carrier screening, we designed an interactive computer (IC) module that provides pre-test genetics education and allows genetics professionals to order the test without meeting the patients beforehand. We compared this module with in-person genetic counseling (GC) using a randomized trial. AJ individuals were randomized to undergo genetics education via the IC module (n = 26) or GC (n = 28). We compared post-interventional genetics knowledge, perceived genetic risk, and anxiety between the two groups, after accounting for pre-interventional scores, using ANCOVA...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791007/prospective-study-of-a-cohort-of-russian-nijmegen-breakage-syndrome-patients-demonstrating-predictive-value-of-low-kappa-deleting-recombination-excision-circle-krec-numbers-and-beneficial-effect-of-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-hsct
#18
Elena Deripapa, Dmitry Balashov, Yulia Rodina, Alexandra Laberko, Natalya Myakova, Nataliia V Davydova, Maria A Gordukova, Dmitrii S Abramov, Galina V Pay, Larisa Shelikhova, Andrey P Prodeus, Mikhail A Maschan, Alexey A Maschan, Anna Shcherbina
BACKGROUND: Nijmegen breakage syndrome (NBS) is a combined primary immunodeficiency with DNA repair defect, microcephaly, and other phenotypical features. It predominantly occurs in Slavic populations that have a high frequency of carriers with the causative NBN gene c.657_661del5 mutation. Due to the rarity of the disease in the rest of the world, studies of NBS patients are few. Here, we report a prospective study of a cohort of Russian NBS patients. METHODS: 35 Russian NBS patients of ages 1-19 years, referred to our Center between years 2012 and 2016, were prospectively studied...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28778077/interactions-between-vitamin-d-receptor-vdr-gene-and-interleukin-6%C3%A2-gene-and-environment-factors-on-coronary-heart-disease-risk-in-a-chinese-han-population
#19
Ma Jun, Guan Xue-Qiang, Li Jia, Xue Yang-Jing, Zheng Cheng, Jin Ge
AIMS: To investigate the association of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within Interleukin-6 (IL- 6) and vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene, and additional gene- gene and gene- smoking interaction with coronary heart disease (CHD) risk in a Chinese population. METHODS: Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) examination was used by SNPstats (http://bioinfo.iconcologia.net/SNPstats). Generalized multifactor dimensionality reduction (GMDR) was used to screen the best interaction combination among SNPs and smoking...
July 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774260/large-intragenic-deletion-of-cdc73-exons-4-10-in-a-three-generation-hyperparathyroidism-jaw-tumor-hpt-jt-syndrome-family
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Vito Guarnieri, Raewyn M Seaberg, Catherine Kelly, M Jean Davidson, Simon Raphael, Andrew Y Shuen, Filomena Baorda, Orazio Palumbo, Alfredo Scillitani, Geoffrey N Hendy, David E C Cole
BACKGROUND: Inactivating mutations of CDC73 cause Hyperparathyroidism-Jaw Tumour syndrome (HPT-JT), Familial Isolated Hyperparathyroidism (FIHP) and sporadic parathyroid carcinoma. We conducted CDC73 mutation analysis in an HPT-JT family and confirm carrier status of the proband's daughter. METHODS: The proband had primary hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid carcinoma) and uterine leiomyomata. Her father and daughter had hyperparathyroidism (parathyroid adenoma) but no other manifestations of HPT-JT...
August 3, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
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