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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805606/detection-of-sea-type-%C3%AE-thalassemia-in-embryo-biopsies-by-digital-pcr
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Ta-Hsien Lee, Ya-Chiung Hsu, Chia Lin Chang
OBJECTIVE: Accurate and efficient pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) based on the analysis of single or oligo-cells is needed for timely identification of embryos that are affected by deleterious genetic traits in in vitro fertilization (IVF) clinics. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is the backbone of modern genetic diagnoses, and a spectrum of PCR-based techniques have been used to detect various thalassemia mutations in prenatal diagnosis (PND) and PGD. Among thalassemias, SEA-type α-thalassemia is the most common variety found in Asia, and can lead to Bart's hydrops fetalis and serious maternal complications...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803747/novel-heterozygous-mutations-of-the-insr-gene-in-a-familial-case-of-donohue-syndrome
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Litao Qin, Xiaobo Li, Qiaofang Hou, Hongdan Wang, Guiyu Lou, Tao Li, Li Wang, Hongyan Liu, Xichuan Li, Shixiu Liao
Donohue syndrome (DS), a rare autosomal recessive disease which represents severe insulin resistance, pre- and postnatal growth retardation, hypertrichosis, and dysmorphic features, is caused by mutations in the insulin receptor (INSR) gene. Here, we have reported the clinical, molecular, and biochemical characterizations of a patient with DS. In this article, we have also reported a case with 2 novel INSR mutations and the DS phenotype. Using next-generation sequencing (NGS), we screened 27 known genes involved in inherited maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) and identified compound heterozygous mutations in the INSR gene in the patient with DS, c...
August 10, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802704/early-miscarriage-rate-in-lean-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-women-after-euploid-embryo-transfer-a-matched-pair-study
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Lu Luo, Fang Gu, Huying Jie, Chenhui Ding, Qiang Zhao, Qiong Wang, Canquan Zhou
The early miscarriage rate is reported to be higher in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with non-PCOS patients. However, whether PCOS is an independent risk factor for early miscarriage is still controversial; to what extent embryonic aneuploidy accounts for miscarriages of PCOS is still unknown. In this 1:3 matched-pair study, 67 lean PCOS patients and 201 controls matched for age, body mass index (BMI) and embryo scores undergoing a single euploid blastocyst transfer in vitrified-warmed cycles were analysed...
July 29, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797020/brief-report-selection-of-hiv-1-variants-with-higher-transmission-potential-by-1-tenofovir-gel-microbicide
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Nobubelo K Ngandu, Jonathan M Carlson, Denis R Chopera, Nonkululeko Ndabambi, Quarraisha Abdool Karim, Salim Abdool Karim, Carolyn Williamson
BACKGROUND: Women in the CAPRISA 004 trial assigned to use 1% tenofovir (TFV) microbicide gel, who became HIV-1 infected, had higher viral load set-point and slower antibody avidity maturation compared with placebo participants. We investigated whether TFV gel was selected for viruses with altered genetic characteristics. SETTING: The participants of the CAPRISA 004 trial (n = 28 TFV and 43 placebo) were from KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa and were infected with HIV-1 subtype C...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756566/pten-hamartoma-of-the-soft-tissue-the-initial-manifestation-of-an-underlying-pten-hamartoma-tumor-syndrome-in-a-4-year-old-female
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Charles B Chism, Lindsay Crawford, Amanda Tchakarov, Alyaa Al-Ibraheemi, Nicholas M Beckmann
A 4-year-old female was referred to pediatric orthopedic surgery for left leg pain and limping for 3 months following a motor vehicle collision. Recently, the patient's mother had noted left knee swelling and dragging of the left leg when walking. Past medical history was significant for hip dysplasia with slight leg length discrepancy. The patient was otherwise healthy. Physical examination was remarkable for left pre-patellar soft tissue fullness with normal range of motion. There was no warmth or tenderness...
July 29, 2017: Skeletal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752571/haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-primary-immunodeficiency-syndromes-a-5-year-single-centre-experience
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Melissa Norman, Clementine David, Brynn Wainstein, John B Ziegler, Richard Cohn, Richard Mitchell, Tracey O'Brien, Susan Russell, Toby Trahair, Annette Trickett, Katie Frith, Paul Gray
AIM: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a central therapy in the treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDs). Over the past 5 years, outcomes have been greatly improved due to earlier diagnosis, improved donor availability, advancements in graft manipulation and the use of less toxic preparative regimens. We present a 5-year audit of HSCT for PID at a single Australian tertiary hospital. METHODS: Retrospective case note review identified diagnosis, pre-transplant medical morbidity, transplant protocol, engraftment, adverse events, post-transplant immune reconstitution and general health...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28752085/review-of-pediatric-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma
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REVIEW
Reshma Bholah, Timothy Edward Bunchman
Pheochromocytoma (PCC) and paraganglioma (PGL) are rare chromaffin cell tumors which secrete catecholamines and form part of the family of neuroendocrine tumors. Although a rare cause of secondary hypertension in pediatrics, the presentation of hypertension in these patients is characteristic, and treatment is definitive. The gold standard for diagnosis is via measurement of plasma free metanephrines, with imaging studies performed for localization, identification of metastatic lesions and for surgical resection...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746017/tumor-evolution-heterogeneity-and-therapy-for-our-patients-with-advanced-cancer-how-far-have-we-come
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Wafik S El-Deiry, Barry Taylor, Joel W Neal
The clinical and molecular heterogeneity of various cancer types is well documented. In the era of precision oncology whereby molecular profiling of tumors is incorporated into clinical care, both intra- and intertumoral molecular and genetic heterogeneity have been described. Together, they impact patient treatment and outcomes. Host genetics and the tumor microenvironment impact on tumor evolution and heterogeneity through variations in immune cell infiltration, stromal variations, and selection pressures from hypoxia or nutrient stress, among others...
2017: American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730893/multicenter-study-of-genetic-abnormalities-associated-with-severe-oligospermia-and-non-obstructive-azoospermia
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Chong Xie, Xiangfeng Chen, Yulin Liu, Zhengmu Wu, Ping Ping
Objective * Chong Xie, Xiangfeng Chen, and Yulin Liu contributed equally to this work. Genetic defects are identified in nearly 20% of infertile males. Determining the frequency and types of major genetic abnormalities in severe male infertility helps inform appropriate genetic counseling before assisted reproductive techniques. Methods Cytogenetic results of 912 patients with non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA) and severe oligozoospermia (SOS) in Eastern China were reviewed in this multicenter study from January 2011 to December 2015...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728686/spontaneous-coronary-artery-dissection-associated-with-pregnancy
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Marysia S Tweet, Sharonne N Hayes, Elisabeth Codsi, Rajiv Gulati, Carl H Rose, Patricia J M Best
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD) is the most common cause of pregnancy-associated myocardial infarction and remains poorly characterized. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to assess presentation, clinical factors, and outcomes of pregnancy-associated spontaneous coronary artery dissection (P-SCAD) compared with spontaneous coronary artery dissection not associated with pregnancy (NP-SCAD). METHODS: A Mayo Clinic registry was established in 2010 to include comprehensive retrospective and prospective SCAD data...
July 25, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727893/outcome-after-prenatal-and-postnatal-diagnosis-of-complex-congenital-heart-defects-and-the-influence-of-genetic-anomalies
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Katya De Groote, Ellen Vanhie, Ellen Roets, Paul Ramaekers, Hans De Wilde, Joseph Panzer, Kristof Vandekerckhove, Thierry Bove, Katrien François, Koen Van Herck, Daniël De Wolf
OBJECTIVE: Determine prenatal detection rate, mortality and association with genetic abnormalities in patients with severe CHD. METHOD: Single center retrospective study in patients with severe CHD diagnosed pre or postnatally (2006 to 2014). RESULTS: 567 patients were included, 176 (31%) after prenatal diagnosis, with large differences in prenatal detection rate among CHD types. Coarctation (24%), tetralogy of Fallot (21%) and univentricular heart (19%) were the most prevalent CHD...
July 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725922/genetic-testing-protocol-reduces-costs-and-increases-rate-of-genetic-diagnosis-in-infants-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Gabrielle C Geddes, Donald Basel, Peter Frommelt, Aaron Kinney, Michael Earing
Genetic testing is routinely performed on infants with critical congenital heart disease (CHD). This project reviewed the effect of implementing a genetic testing protocol in this population. Charts of infants with critical CHD were reviewed for genetic testing and results across two time periods: the time before implementation of a genetic testing protocol (pre-protocol) and the time after implementation (post-protocol). The use of karyotype, 22q11.2 Deletion testing, and chromosomal microarray were compared across these two time periods...
July 19, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725580/pre-biopsy-mri-as-an-adjunct-for-cancer-detection-in-men-with-elevated-psa-and-no-previous-biopsy
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REVIEW
Facundo Uriburu-Pizarro, Veeru Kasivisvanathan, Philippe Puech, Arnauld Villers
The role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) prior to biopsy in the diagnosis of prostate cancer in biopsy-naïve patients has been strengthened by recent developments such as the PIRADS V2 criteria, which cover acquisition, interpretation, and reporting for clinical practice and data collection for research. Important questions on the role of prostate MRI remain: can MRI be used as a triage test before first biopsy series? Can it be used to avoid the use of systematic biopsies (SB) and instead use only targeted biopsies (TB) to MRI-suspicious lesions? Studies to evaluate image guided TB compared to SB have started to accumulate...
June 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712952/a-robust-high-throughput-fungal-biosensor-assay-for-the-detection-of-estrogen-activity
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Christoph Zutz, Karen Wagener, Desislava Yankova, Stefanie Eder, Erich Möstl, Marc Drillich, Kathrin Rychli, Martin Wagner, Joseph Strauss
Estrogenic active compounds are present in a variety of sources and may alter biological functions in vertebrates. Therefore, it is crucial to develop innovative analytical systems that allow us to screen a broad spectrum of matrices and deliver fast and reliable results. We present the adaptation and validation of a fungal biosensor for the detection of estrogen activity in cow derived samples and tested the clinical applicability for pregnancy diagnosis in 140 mares and 120 cows. As biosensor we used a previously engineered genetically modified strain of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans, which contains the human estrogen receptor alpha and a reporter construct, in which β-galactosidase gene expression is controlled by an estrogen-responsive-element...
July 14, 2017: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712537/efficacy-and-safety-of-voretigene-neparvovec-aav2-hrpe65v2-in-patients-with-rpe65-mediated-inherited-retinal-dystrophy-a-randomised-controlled-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Stephen Russell, Jean Bennett, Jennifer A Wellman, Daniel C Chung, Zi-Fan Yu, Amy Tillman, Janet Wittes, Julie Pappas, Okan Elci, Sarah McCague, Dominique Cross, Kathleen A Marshall, Jean Walshire, Taylor L Kehoe, Hannah Reichert, Maria Davis, Leslie Raffini, Lindsey A George, F Parker Hudson, Laura Dingfield, Xiaosong Zhu, Julia A Haller, Elliott H Sohn, Vinit B Mahajan, Wanda Pfeifer, Michelle Weckmann, Chris Johnson, Dina Gewaily, Arlene Drack, Edwin Stone, Katie Wachtel, Francesca Simonelli, Bart P Leroy, J Fraser Wright, Katherine A High, Albert M Maguire
BACKGROUND: Phase 1 studies have shown potential benefit of gene replacement in RPE65-mediated inherited retinal dystrophy. This phase 3 study assessed the efficacy and safety of voretigene neparvovec in participants whose inherited retinal dystrophy would otherwise progress to complete blindness. METHODS: In this open-label, randomised, controlled phase 3 trial done at two sites in the USA, individuals aged 3 years or older with, in each eye, best corrected visual acuity of 20/60 or worse, or visual field less than 20 degrees in any meridian, or both, with confirmed genetic diagnosis of biallelic RPE65 mutations, sufficient viable retina, and ability to perform standardised multi-luminance mobility testing (MLMT) within the luminance range evaluated, were eligible...
July 13, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711302/potential-selection-of-genetically-balanced-spermatozoa-based-on-the-hypo-osmotic-swelling-test-in-chromosomal-rearrangement-carriers
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Alexandre Rouen, Léa Carlier, Solveig Heide, Matthieu Egloff, Pauline Marzin, Flavie Ader, Mathias Schwartz, Eli Rogers, Nicole Joyé, Richard Balet, Nathalie Lédée, Laura Prat-Ellenberg, Nino Guy Cassuto, Jean-Pierre Siffroi
Chromosomal translocations and other balanced rearrangements, although usually associated with a normal phenotype, can lead to the transmission of an abnormal unbalanced genome to the offspring. Balanced and unbalanced spermatozoa, being indistinguishable, cannot be selected or deselected for prior to IVF and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Spermatozoa from 16 chromosomal rearrangement carriers were studied. After incubation in a hypo-osmotic solution (hypo-osmotic swelling test, or HOST), spermatozoa were fixed on microscope slides...
June 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711074/hereditary-renal-diseases
#17
Lakshmi Mehta, Belinda Jim
Hereditary kidney disease comprises approximately 10% of adults and nearly all children who require renal replacement therapy. Technologic advances have improved our ability to perform genetic diagnosis and enhanced our understanding of renal and syndromic diseases. In this article, we review the genetics of renal diseases, including common monogenic diseases such as polycystic kidney disease, Alport syndrome, and Fabry disease, as well as complex disorders such as congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract...
July 2017: Seminars in Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702341/severe-dyspnea-in-a-patient-with-neurofibromatosis-type-1
#18
P B Poble, J C Dalphin, B Degano
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is a genetic disease in which pulmonary complications are rare, but severe, especially pulmonary hypertension (PH). The mechanisms underlying the onset of PH in patients with NF1 are unclear and might be multifactorial. In particular, the frequent presence of pulmonary parenchymal lesions makes etiological diagnosis of PH difficult. We describe here the case of a patient with NF1 admitted to our clinic with dyspnea and right heart failure revealing severe pre-capillary PH. Parenchymal lesions were mild and PH was attributed to pulmonary vascular involvement...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701203/discovery-of-a-novel-dominant-mutation-in-the-ren-gene-after-forty-years-of-renal-disease-a-case-report
#19
Rhian L Clissold, Helen C Clarke, Olivera Spasic-Boskovic, Kim Brugger, Stephen Abbs, Coralie Bingham, Charles Shaw-Smith
BACKGROUND: Heterozygous mutations in the gene encoding renin (REN) cause autosomal dominant tubulointerstitial kidney disease (ADTKD), early-onset anaemia and hyperuricaemia; only four different mutations have been described in the published literature to date. We report a novel dominant REN mutation discovered in an individual after forty years of renal disease. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57 year old Caucasian woman with chronic kidney disease stage five was reviewed in a regional joint renal genetics clinic...
July 12, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695165/neonatal-retinoblastoma
#20
REVIEW
Tero T Kivelä, Theodora Hadjistilianou
From 7% to 10% of all retinoblastomas and from 44% to 71% of familial retinoblastomas in developed countries are diagnosed in the neonatal period, usually through pre- or post-natal screening prompted by a positive family history and sometimes serendipitously during screening for retinopathy of prematurity or other reasons. In developing countries, neonatal diagnosis of retinoblastoma has been less common. Neonatal retinoblastoma generally develops from a germline mutation of RB1, the retinoblastoma gene, even when the family history is negative and is thus usually hereditary...
July 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
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