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Fredrik Dahl, Olle Ericsson, Olof Karlberg, Filip Karlsson, Mathias Howell, Fredrik Persson, Fredrik Roos, Johan Stenberg, Tarja Ahola, Ida Alftrén, Björn Andersson, Emelie Barkenäs, Birgit Brandner, Jenny Dahlberg, Sara Elfman, Magnus Eriksson, Per-Ola Forsgren, Niels Francois, Anna Gousseva, Faizan Hakamali, Åsa Janfalk-Carlsson, Henrik Johansson, Johanna Lundgren, Atefeh Mohsenchian, Linus Olausson, Simon Olofsson, Atif Qureshi, Björn Skarpås, Anna Sävneby, Eva Åström, Ove Öhman, Magnus Westgren, Helena Kopp-Kallner, Aino Fianu-Jonasson, Argyro Syngelaki, Kypros Nicolaides
Cell-free DNA analysis is becoming adopted for first line aneuploidy screening, however for most healthcare programs, cost and workflow complexity is limiting adoption of the test. We report a novel cost effective method, the Vanadis NIPT assay, designed for high precision digitally-enabled measurement of chromosomal aneuploidies in maternal plasma. Reducing NIPT assay complexity is achieved by using novel molecular probe technology that specifically label target chromosomes combined with a new readout format using a nanofilter to enrich single molecules for imaging and counting without DNA amplification, microarrays or sequencing...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Virginie Chesnais, Alban Ott, Emmanuel Chaplais, Samuel Gabillard, Diego Pallares, Christelle Vauloup-Fellous, Alexandra Benachi, Jean-Marc Costa, Eric Ginoux
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) primary infections of pregnant women can lead to congenital infections of the fetus that could have severe impacts on the health of the newborn. Recent studies have shown that 10-100 billion DNA fragments per milliliter of plasma are circulating cell-free. The study of this DNA has rapidly expanding applications to non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). In this study, we have shown that we can detect viral specific reads in the massively parallel shotgun sequencing (MPSS) NIPT data...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sara Filoche, Beverley Lawton, Angela Beard, Anthony Dowell, Peter Stone
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a new screen for fetal chromosomal abnormalities. It is a screening test based on technology that involves the analysis of feto-placental DNA that is present in maternal blood. This DNA is then analysed for abnormalities of specific chromosomes (eg 13, 18, 21, X, Y). NIPT has a much higher screening capability for chromosomal abnormalities than current combined first trimester screening, with ~99% sensitivity for trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and at least a 10-fold higher positive predictive value...
December 2017: Journal of Primary Health Care
Chun Feng, Zhaobo He, Bo Cai, Jianhong Peng, Jieping Song, Xuechen Yu, Yue Sun, Jing Yuan, Xingzhong Zhao, Yuanzhen Zhang
Detection of detached fetal nucleated red blood cells (fNRBCs) in the maternal peripheral blood may serve as a prospective testing method competing with the cell-free DNA, in non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Methods: Herein, we introduce a facile and effective lab-on-a-chip method of fNRBCs detection using a capture-releasing material that is composed of biotin-doped polypyrrole nanoparticles. To enhance local topographic interactions between the nano-components and fNRBC, a specific antibody, CD147, coated on the nanostructured substrate led to the isolation of fNRBCs from maternal peripheral blood...
2018: Theranostics
Harini Ravi, Gabriel McNeill, Shruti Goel, Steven D Meltzer, Nathan Hunkapiller, Allison Ryan, Brynn Levy, Zachary P Demko
INTRODUCTION: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for aneuploidy using cell-free DNA in maternal plasma has been widely adopted. Recently, NIPT coverage has expanded to detect subchromosomal abnormalities including the 22q11.2 deletion. Validation of a SNP-based NIPT for detection of 22q11.2 deletions demonstrating a high sensitivity (97.8%) and specificity (99.75%) has been reported. We sought to further demonstrate the performance of a revised version of the test in a larger set of pregnancy plasma samples...
2018: PloS One
Chung-Yuan Yang, Chuan-Chi Kao, Shuenn-Dyn Chang, Shih-Yin Huang
OBJECTIVE: To present a case with prenatal diagnosis and cytogenetic characterization of 1p36 deletion syndrome whose first trimester combined testing is abnormal but a normal NIPT result. CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old had an abnormal 1st trimester fetal aneuploidy screening result, but no trisomies 13, 18, 21 were detected by the noninvasive prenatal testing. Amniocentesis was performed after ultrasound showed fetal ventriculomegaly and echogenic bowel. The final conventional cytogenetics revealed a karyotype of 46, XX, del(1)(p36)...
February 2018: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Elder A V Mota, Abel F G Neto, Francisco C Marques, Gunar V S Mota, Marcelo G Martins, Fabio L P Costa, Rosivaldo S Borges, Antonio M J C Neto
The electronic structures and optical properties of triphenylamine-functionalized graphene (G-TPA) doped with transition metals, using water as a solvent, were theoretically investigated to verify the efficiency of photocatalytic hydrogen production with the use of transition metals. This study was performed by Density Functional Theory and Time-dependent Density Functional Theory through Gaussian 09W software, adopting the B3LYP functional for all structures. The 6-31g(d) basis set was used for H, C and N atoms, and the LANL2DZ basis set for transition metals using the Effective Core Potentials method...
July 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Mun Young Chang, Soyeon Ahn, Min Young Kim, Jin Hee Han, Hye-Rim Park, Han Kyu Seo, Jinsun Yoon, Seungmin Lee, Doo-Yi Oh, Changsoo Kang, Byung Yoon Choi
Previously, we introduced a noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) protocol for diagnosing compound heterozygous autosomal recessive point mutations via maternal plasma DNA and simulated control genomic DNA sampling based on fetal DNA fraction. In our present study, we have improved our NIPT protocol to make it possible to diagnose homozygous autosomal recessive point mutations without the need to acquire fetal DNA fraction. Moreover, chi-squared test and empirical statistical range based on the proportion of mutant allele reads among the total reads served as the gatekeeping method...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kevin K Ohlemiller, Tejbeer Kaur, Mark E Warchol, Robert H Withnell
The endocochlear potential (EP) provides part of the electrochemical drive for sound-driven currents through cochlear hair cells. Intense noise exposure (110 dB SPL, 2 h) differentially affects the EP in three inbred mouse strains (C57BL/6 [B6], CBA/J [CBA], BALB/cJ [BALB]) (Ohlemiller and Gagnon, 2007, Hearing Research 224:34-50; Ohlemiller et al., 2011, JARO 12:45-58). At least for mice older than 3 mos, B6 mice are unaffected, CBA mice show temporary EP reduction, and BALB mice may show temporary or permanent EP reduction...
February 1, 2018: Hearing Research
Yi Cheng, Shiyong Zhao, Bernt Johannessen, Jean-Pierre Veder, Martin Saunders, Matthew R Rowles, Min Cheng, Chang Liu, Matthew F Chisholm, Roland De Marco, Hui-Ming Cheng, Shi-Ze Yang, San Ping Jiang
Single-atom catalysts (SACs) are the smallest entities for catalytic reactions with projected high atomic efficiency, superior activity, and selectivity; however, practical applications of SACs suffer from a very low metal loading of 1-2 wt%. Here, a class of SACs based on atomically dispersed transition metals on nitrogen-doped carbon nanotubes (MSA-N-CNTs, where M = Ni, Co, NiCo, CoFe, and NiPt) is synthesized with an extraordinarily high metal loading, e.g., 20 wt% in the case of NiSA-N-CNTs, using a new multistep pyrolysis process...
February 9, 2018: Advanced Materials
Ji Hyae Lim, Bom Yi Lee, Jin Woo Kim, You Jung Han, Jin Hoon Chung, Min Hyoung Kim, Dong Wook Kwak, So Yeon Park, Hee Back Choi, Hyun Mee Ryu
PURPOSE: Recently, fetal placenta-specific epigenetic regions (FSERs) have been identified for quantification of cell-free fetal DNA (cff-DNA) for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiencies of a column-based kit and magnetic bead-based kit for quantification of methylated FSERs from maternal plasma. METHODS: Maternal plasma was extracted from normal pregnant women within the gestational age of 10~13 weeks (n = 24)...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Bin Zhang, Lingyan Pan, Huiyan Wang, Jianbing Liu, Beiyi Lu, Yingping Chen, Wei Long, Bin Yu
OBJECTIVE To assess the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on massive parallel sequencing. METHODS A total of 10 275 maternal blood samples were collected. Fetal chromosomal aneuploides were subjected to low coverage whole genome sequencing. Patients with high risks received further prenatal diagnosis. The outcome of all patients were followed up. RESULTS High-throughput sequencing detected 72 pregnancies with fetal autosomal chromosomal aneuploidy, including 57 cases of trisomy 21, 14 cases of trisomy 18, and 1 case of trisomy 13...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
Pedro Saramago, Huiqin Yang, Alexis Llewellyn, Stephen Palmer, Mark Simmonds, Susan Griffin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the cost-effectiveness of high-throughput, non-invasive prenatal testing (HT-NIPT) for fetal RhD genotype to guide antenatal prophylaxis with anti-D immunoglobulin compared to routine antenatal anti-D immunoglobulin prophylaxis (RAADP). DESIGN: Cost-effectiveness decision-analytic modelling. SETTING: Primary care. PARTICIPANTS: A simulated population of 100,000 RhD negative women not known to be sensitised to the RhD antigen...
February 7, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Bi-Heng Cheng, Jian-Hua Chen, Gao-Hua Wang
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the psychological predictors in Chinese multiparous pregnant women of advanced maternal age (AMA) for choosing aneuploidy screening or diagnostic testing. METHODS: A total of 84 pregnant women of AMA were consecutively enrolled from Renming Hospital, Wuhan University. All participants completed three questionnaires: Zung Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS), Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale (SDS), and Pregnancy Stress Rating Scale (PSRS). Demographic information and the choice of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) versus invasive prenatal diagnosis (PND) were also collected...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Nathalie Brison, Maria Neofytou, Luc Dehaspe, Baran Bayindir, Kris Van Den Bogaert, Leila Dardour, Hilde Peeters, Hilde Van Esch, Griet Van Buggenhout, Annick Vogels, Thomy de Ravel, Eric Legius, Koen Devriendt, Joris R Vermeesch
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal detection of aneuploidies can be achieved with high accuracy through sequencing of cell-free maternal plasma DNA in the maternal blood plasma. However, false positive and negative non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) results remain. Fetoplacental mosaicism is the main cause for false positive and false negative NIPT. We set out to develop a method to detect placental chromosomal mosaicism via genome-wide circulating cell-free maternal plasma DNA screening...
January 31, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
Mei-Juan Xie, Zhi-Kun Liang, Dan He, Wei-Wen Xu, Ying-Song Wu, Xue-Xi Yang, Ming Li
Rare autosomal aneuploidies (RAAs) can cause miscarriage or other pregnancy complications and lead to inconsistent results of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), but many NIPT providers have not yet started to provide related services. Our aim was to develop a semiconductor sequencing platform (SSP)-based method for detecting RAAs when pregnant women performed NIPT. Fifty-three aneuploidy samples with verified karyotyping or array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH) results were collected and subjected to RAAs detection using an SSP to develop a method by genomic sequencing...
January 30, 2018: DNA and Cell Biology
Lisa Hui, Jenna Barclay, Alice Poulton, Briohny Hutchinson, Jane L Halliday
BACKGROUND: Advances in technology can bring great benefits to human health, but their implementation may be influenced by socioeconomic factors, particularly in the field of prenatal screening for Down syndrome. AIM: To analyse screening test indications for, and diagnostic yield of, invasive prenatal diagnostic testing (PNDx) according to socioeconomic status. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of population-based data on PNDx and karyotype results for 2014-2015 in the Australian state of Victoria...
January 30, 2018: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Peter Benn, Francesca Romana Grati
The fetal component of maternal plasma cell-free DNA is primarily derived from cytotrophoblasts and this is the same lineage as the cells routinely analyzed in chorionic villus sample (CVS) direct or semi-direct preparations. We therefore developed an initial theoretical projection for a genome-wide non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) under an assumption that will identify a similar spectrum of cytogenetically unbalanced abnormalities. The specific chromosome abnormalities likely to be detected, additional studies, clinical interpretation issues and counseling burden were considered...
January 24, 2018: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Huikun Duan, Ning Liu, Zhenhua Zhao, Yiqian Liu, Yin Wang, Zhifeng Li, Mengnan Xu, David S Cram, Xiangdong Kong
BACKGROUND: Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a common metabolic disorder caused predominately by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene. The aim of the study was to design and validate the performance of a non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) for PKU using circulating single molecule amplification and resequencing technology (cSMART). METHODS: A total of 18 couples at genetic risk for having a child with PKU were recruited to the study. Gold standard invasive prenatal diagnosis (IPD) was performed on amniocyte or villus cell DNA by Sanger sequencing, targeting the known parental PAH mutations...
January 20, 2018: Archives of Disease in Childhood. Fetal and Neonatal Edition
S Schwartz, M Kohan, R Pasion, P R Papenhausen, L D Platt
OBJECTIVE: Screening via non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) involving the analysis of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) from plasma has become readily available to screen for chromosomal and DNA aberrations through maternal blood. This report reviews a laboratory's experience with follow-up of positive NIPT screens for microdeletions. METHODS: Patients that were screen positive by NIPT for a microdeletion involving 1p, 4p, 5p, 15q, or 22q, who underwent diagnostic studies by either CVS or amniocentesis were evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
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