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Filip Čtvrtlík, Pavel Koranda, Jan Schovánek, Jozef Škarda, Igor Hartmann, Zbyněk Tüdös
The topic of pheochromocytomas is becoming increasingly popular as a result of major advances in different medical fields, including laboratory diagnosis, genetics, therapy, and particularly in novel advances in imaging techniques. The present review article discusses current clinical, biochemical, genetic and histopathological aspects of the diagnosis of pheochromocytomas and planning of pre-surgical preparation and subsequent surgical treatment options. The main part of the paper is focused on the role of morphological imaging methods (primarily computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) and functional imaging (scintigraphy and positron emission tomography) in the diagnosis and staging of pheochromocytomas...
April 2018: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Shivani Mishra, Himani Pandey, Priyanka Srivastava, Kausik Mandal, Shubha R Phadke
OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence and spectrum of Connexin 26 (GJB2) mutations in pre-lingual non-syndromic hearing loss (NSHL) patients in authors' centre and to review the data of Indian patients from the literature. METHODS: Sanger sequencing of entire coding region contained in single exon (Exon 2) of GJB2 gene in 15 patients of NSHL. RESULTS: GJB2 mutations were found in 40% (6/15) of NSHL patients, out of which mono-allelic were 33...
March 15, 2018: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
Sangeeta Chattoo
This paper engages critically with the global assemblage framing sickle cell and thalassaemia disorders as a 'global health crisis'; and the promise of genomics, largely DNA-based carrier/pre-conceptual screening, prenatal diagnosis with a view to terminations, deployed in framing a solution to these historically racialised spectrum of diseases as essentially preventable. Sickle cell and thalassaemia are recessively inherited, potentially life-threatening haemoglobin disorders with significant variation of severity, often needing life-long treatment...
April 2018: Anthropology & Medicine
Junya Hashimoto, Yuko Hamasaki, Yusuke Takahashi, Mai Kubota, Taketo Yanagisawa, Yoshihiro Itabashi, Masaki Muramatsu, Takeshi Kawamura, Naonori Kumagai, Yoko Ohwada, Ken Sakai, Seiichiro Shishido
AIM: Epstein syndrome is a hereditary disease characterised by macrothrombocytopaenia and progressive nephritis. The abnormality of the MYH9 gene has a strong relationship to the severity of the disease. Severe Epstein syndrome progresses to end-stage renal disease rapidly after adolescence. There is no established therapy. We sought to clarify appropriate management of Epstein syndrome nephropathy. METHODS: Epstein syndrome patients who underwent renal transplantation at our institution between March 2009 and March 2017 were enrolled...
March 13, 2018: Nephrology
Christoph Rehmann-Sutter
Do we have a moral obligation to genetically cure embryos rather than selecting between them? Such an obligation would be an ethical argument for human germline gene editing (hGGE) to avoid the inheritance of genetic conditions instead of using pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). In this article, the intuition that we do have such a moral obligation is critically evaluated. The article first develops a theoretical framework for discussing the ethical questions of hGGE. This framework is based on an exploration of the phenomenology of the germline, from both biological and philosophical points of view...
April 2018: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
Hye-Yeong Kim, Xiaolei Wang, Rui Kang, Daolin Tang, Brian A Boone, Herbert J Zeh, Michael T Lotze, W Barry Edwards
Noninvasive detection of both early pancreatic neoplasia and metastases could enhance strategies to improve patient survival in this disease that is notorious for an extremely poor prognosis. There are almost no identifiable targets for non-invasive diagnosis by positron emission tomography (PET) for patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Over-expression of the receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) is found on the cell surface of both pre-neoplastic lesions and invasive PDAC. Here, a RAGE-specific single chain (scFv) was developed, specific for PET imaging in syngeneic mouse models of PDAC...
2018: PloS One
A Klin, W Jones
The future of neurodevelopmental medicine has the potential of situating child neurology at the forefront of a broad-based public health effort to optimize neurodevelopmental outcomes of children born with high-prevalence and diverse genetic, pre- and peri-natal, and environmental burdens compromising early brain development and leading to lifetime disabilities. Building on advancements in developmental social neuroscience and in implementation science, this shift is already occurring in the case of emblematic neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism...
March 1, 2018: Revista de Neurologia
J William Langston, Jesse C Wiley, Michele Tagliati
The diagnosis of Parkinson's disease (PD) currently relies almost exclusively on the clinical judgment of an experienced neurologist, ideally a specialist in movement disorders. However, such clinical diagnosis is often incorrect in a large percentage of patients, particularly in the early stages of the disease. A commercially available, objective and quantitative marker of nigrostriatal neurodegeneration was recently provided by 123-iodine123 I-ioflupane SPECT imaging, which is however unable to differentiate PD from a variety of other parkinsonian syndromes associated with striatal dopamine deficiency...
2018: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
Sumana Chatterjee, Lucy Shapiro, Stephen J Rose, Talat Mushtaq, Peter E Clayton, Svetlana Ten, Amrit Bhangoo, Uma Kumbattae, Renuka Dias, Martin O Savage, Louise A Metherell, Helen L Storr
BACKGROUND: Patients with homozygous intronic pseudoexon GH receptor(GHR) mutations(6Ψ) have growth hormone Insensitivity(GHI) (growth failure, IGF1 deficiency and normal/elevated serum GH). We report 9 patients in addition to previously described 11 GHR 6Ψ patients and their responses to rhIGF1 therapy. METHODS: 20 patients (12 males, 11 families, mean age 4.0±2.2yrs) were diagnosed genetically in our centre. Phenotypic data and responses to rhIGF1 treatment were provided by referring clinicians...
March 2, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Graham R Serjeant, Nicki Chin, Monika R Asnani, Beryl E Serjeant, Karlene P Mason, Ian R Hambleton, Jennifer M Knight-Madden
Globally, the majority of persons born with sickle cell disease do not have access to hydroxyurea or more expensive interventions. The objectives were to estimate the survival in homozygous sickle cell disease, unbiased by symptomatic selection and to ascertain the causes of death in a pre-hydroxyurea population. The utility of early life biomarkers and genetically determined phenotypes to predict survival was assessed. A cohort study based on neonatal diagnosis was undertaken at the Sickle Cell Unit, a specialist clinic delivering care to persons with sickle cell disease in Jamaica...
2018: PloS One
Svetlana O Sharapova, Alena V Valochnik, Irina E Guryanova, Inga S Sakovich, Olga V Aleinikova
Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT) is a rare neurodegenerative disease characterized by an early onset ataxia, oculocutaneous telangiectasia, immunodeficiency, recurrent infections, radio-sensitivity, and a predisposition to malignancy. We present the case of a child with coexistent AT and trisomy X (47,XXX). We used fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) to confirm that this person had 47,XXX karyotype in blood cells, bone marrow, fibroblasts, and buccal smear. Standard cytogenetic studies (not banded) were conducted on blood cells...
February 28, 2018: Immunogenetics
Edoardo Virgilio, Enrico Giarnieri, Maria Rosaria Giovagnoli, Monica Montagnini, Antonella Proietti, Rosaria D'Urso, Paolo Mercantini, Stefano Valabrega, Genoveffa Balducci, Marco Cavallini
BACKGROUND/AIM: Detecting free tumor cells in the peritoneal lavage fluid of gastric cancer patients permits to assess a more accurate prognosis, predict peritoneal recurrence and select cases for a more aggressive treatment. Currently, cytology and molecular biology comprise the two most popular methods of detection that are under constant study by researchers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We burrowed into the available literature comparing cytological with molecular detection of free intraperitoneal gastric cancer cells...
March 2018: Anticancer Research
Serena Wong, Elena Ratner, Natalia Buza
AIMS: Prophylactic total hysterectomy (TH) and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (BSO) have become routine procedures in women at genetic risk for gynecologic malignancies. Intraoperative pathology diagnosis of an occult malignancy provides the opportunity for immediate surgical staging and helps avoiding a second surgery. However, no standard guidelines exist for optimal intraoperative evaluation (IOE) of these specimens. We performed a retrospective analysis of prophylactic TH and BSO cases to assess the presence of gross findings, frozen and permanent section sampling practices, frozen section diagnoses and diagnostic discrepancies...
February 26, 2018: Histopathology
Maja Rothenberg-Thurley, Susanne Amler, Dennis Goerlich, Thomas Köhnke, Nikola P Konstandin, Stephanie Schneider, Maria C Sauerland, Tobias Herold, Max Hubmann, Bianka Ksienzyk, Evelyn Zellmeier, Stefan K Bohlander, Marion Subklewe, Andreas Faldum, Wolfgang Hiddemann, Jan Braess, Karsten Spiekermann, Klaus H Metzeler
Some patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who are in complete remission after induction chemotherapy harbor persisting pre-leukemic clones, carrying a subset of leukemia-associated somatic mutations. There is conflicting evidence on the prognostic relevance of these clones for AML relapse. Here, we characterized paired pre-treatment and remission samples from 126 AML patients for mutations in 68 leukemia-associated genes. Fifty patients (40%) retained ≥1 mutation during remission at a VAF of ≥2%. Mutation persistence was most frequent in DNMT3A (65% of patients with mutations at diagnosis), SRSF2 (64%), TET2 (55%), and ASXL1 (46%), and significantly associated with older age (p < 0...
February 23, 2018: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Giovanni Monni, Cristina Peddes, Ambra Iuculano, Rosa Maria Ibba
The incidence of β-thalassemia in Sardinia is high and β-39 is the most common mutation. The prevention campaign started in 1977 and was performed in a single center (Microcitemico Hospital, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy). It was based on educational programs, population screening by hematological and molecular identification of the carriers. Prenatal and pre-implantation diagnosis was offered to couples at risk. 8564 fetal diagnosis procedures using different invasive approaches and analysis techniques were performed in the last 40 years...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Brynn Levy, Ronald Wapner
Chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) is performed either by array comparative genomic hybridization or by using a single nucleotide polymorphism array. In the prenatal setting, CMA is on par with traditional karyotyping for detection of major chromosomal imbalances such as aneuploidy and unbalanced rearrangements. CMA offers additional diagnostic benefits by revealing sub-microscopic imbalances or copy number variations that are too small to be seen on a standard G-banded chromosome preparation. These submicroscopic imbalances are also referred to as microdeletions and microduplications, particularly when they include specific genomic regions that are associated with clinical sequelae...
February 2018: Fertility and Sterility
José Luis Soto, Ignacio Blanco, Orland Díez, Javier García Planells, Isabel Lorda, Gert Matthijs, Mercedes Robledo, Erika Souche, Conxi Lázaro
Genetic diagnosis of hereditary cancer syndromes offers the opportunity to establish more effective predictive and preventive measures for the patient and their families. The ultimate objective is to decrease cancer morbidity and mortality in high genetic risk families. Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) offers an important improvement in the efficiency of genetic diagnosis, allowing an increase in diagnostic yield with a substantial reduction in response times and economic costs. Consequently, the implementation of this new technology is a great opportunity for improvement in the clinical management of affected families...
February 10, 2018: Medicina Clínica
Simonetta Marucci, Laura Dalla Ragione, Giulia De Iaco, Tania Mococci, Maria Vicini, Edoardo Guastamacchia, Vincenzo Triggiani
There is great interest, supported by clinical experience, in the relationship between Eating Disorders (EDs) and psychiatric symptoms and diseases. The psychopathology of EDs is also referred to many risk and protective factors, and there is some evidence in the literature, also about genetic and neurobiological factors involved. EDs are often associated with pre-morbid psychiatric disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, mood and anxiety disorders. The great amount of scientific articles dealing with the relationship between EDs and psychopathology confirms the complexity of these problems and the difficulties in diagnosis and treatment...
February 12, 2018: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
Phoebe Star, Annabel Goodwin, Rony Kapoor, R Max Conway, Georgina V Long, Richard A Scolyer, Pascale Guitera
The germline BAP1 (BRCA1-associated protein-1) mutation and associated cancer pre-disposition syndrome was first described in 2011. Since then, physicians have considered this diagnosis for patients with a characteristic personal or family history of BAP1-associated tumours (mainly uveal and cutaneous melanoma, pleural/peritoneal mesothelioma, renal cell carcinoma and BAP1-deficient melanocytic lesions). However, a positive germline BAP1 mutation detection creates significant uncertainty in terms of appropriate cancer surveillance...
March 2018: European Journal of Cancer
Matthew Mold, Dorcas Umar, Andrew King, Christopher Exley
Autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder of unknown aetiology. It is suggested to involve both genetic susceptibility and environmental factors including in the latter environmental toxins. Human exposure to the environmental toxin aluminium has been linked, if tentatively, to autism spectrum disorder. Herein we have used transversely heated graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry to measure, for the first time, the aluminium content of brain tissue from donors with a diagnosis of autism...
March 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
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