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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211275/suppression-of-hydrogen-evolution-by-oxygen-reduction-in-nanoporous-electrocatalysts
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Ellen Benn, Bernard Gaskey, Jonah D Erlebacher
Electroreduction of small molecules in aqueous solution often competes with the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), especially if the reaction is driven even moderately hard using a large overpotential. Here, the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) was studied under proton diffusion-limited conditions in slightly acidic electrolytes - a model system to study the relative transport kinetics of protons and reactants to an electrocatalyst and the relationship between transport and catalytic performance. Using dealloyed nanoporous nickel-platinum (np-NiPt) electrodes, we find the hydrogen evolution reaction can be completely suppressed even at high overpotentials (-400 mV vs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198030/confined-placental-mosaicism-for-22q11-2-deletion-as-the-etiology-for-discordant-positive-nipt-results
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M Bunnell, C Zhang, C Lee, D W Bianchi, L Wilkins-Haug
22q11.2 deletion, the most common microdeletion syndrome within the general population, is estimated to have a prevalence of 1 in 3000-6000. Non-invasive prenatal testing has recently expanded to include screening for several microdeletions including 22q11.2. Given the expansion of prenatal screening options to include microdeletions, it is important to understand the limits of this technology and the variety of reasons that a discordant positive result can occur. Here, we describe a case of a pregnant woman who received a positive non-invasive prenatal maternal plasma screen for 22q11...
February 14, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158220/targeted-capture-enrichment-assay-for-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-of-large-and-small-size-sub-chromosomal-deletions-and-duplications
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Maria C Neofytou, Kyriakos Tsangaras, Elena Kypri, Charalambos Loizides, Marios Ioannides, Achilleas Achilleos, Petros Mina, Anna Keravnou, Carolina Sismani, George Koumbaris, Philippos C Patsalis
Noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using whole genome and targeted sequencing has become increasingly accepted for clinical detection of Trisomy 21 and sex chromosome aneuploidies. Few studies have shown that sub-chromosomal deletions or duplications associated with genetic syndromes can also be detected in the fetus noninvasively. There are still limitations on these methodologies such as the detection of variants of unknown clinical significance, high number of false positives, and difficulties to detect small aberrations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152582/contribution-of-maternal-copy-number-variations-to-false-positive-fetal-trisomies-detected-by-noninvasive-prenatal-testing
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Xiya Zhou, Lili Sui, Yalan Xu, Yijun Song, Qingwei Qi, Jianguang Zhang, Hongmin Zhu, Huaiyu Sun, Feng Tian, Mengnan Xu, David S Cram, Juntao Liu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the contribution and significance of maternal copy number variations (CNVs) to false positive NIPT trisomy results. METHODS: A total of 112,021 patients were referred for NIPT. Fetal aneuploidy testing was performed using low coverage massively parallel sequencing and results reported as chromosome Z-scores. Copy number variation sequencing (CNV-Seq) was used to detect maternal DNA CNVs. RESULTS: Confirmatory amniocentesis and karyotyping of 563 of 781 patients (72%) receiving a positive trisomy result revealed 489 true and 74 false positives...
February 2, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124373/what-do-people-want-to-know-about-nipt-content-analysis-of-questions-emailed-to-national-nipt-information-websites
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Saskia Tamminga, Laura van Dussen, E J Joanne Verweij, Marjon A de Boer, Martina C Cornel, Lidewij Henneman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 26, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109006/attitudes-towards-non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-among-obstetricians-in-pakistan-a-developing-islamic-country
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Shenaz Ahmed, Hussain Jafri, Yasmin Rashid, Gerald Mason, Yasmin Ehsan, Mushtaq Ahmed
OBJECTIVES: Stakeholders' views are essential for informing implementation strategies for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Little is known about such views in developing countries. We explored attitudes toward NIPT among obstetricians in Pakistan, a developing Islamic country. METHODS: A 35-item questionnaire was distributed and collected at eight events (a national conference and seven workshops in five cities) for obstetric professionals on advances in fetal medicine...
January 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098911/diagnosis-for-choroideremia-in-a-large-chinese-pedigree-by-next%C3%A2-generation-sequencing-ngs-and-non%C3%A2-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt
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Li Zhu, Jingliang Cheng, Boxu Zhou, Chunli Wei, Weichan Yang, Dong Jiang, Iqra Ijaz, Xiaojun Tan, Rui Chen, Junjiang Fu
To develop an effective strategy to isolate and use cell‑free fetal DNA (cffDNA) for the combined use of next‑generation sequencing (NGS) for diagnosing choroideremia and non‑invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Y chromosome determination, a large Chinese family with an X‑linked recessive disease, choroideremia, was recruited. Cell‑free DNA was extracted from maternal plasma, and SRY polymerase chain reaction amplification was performed using NIPT. Sanger sequencing was subsequently used for fetal amniotic fluid DNA verification...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062017/non-invasive-prenatal-testing-and-the-unveiling-of-an-impaired-translation-process
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Blake Murdoch, Vardit Ravitsky, Ubaka Ogbogu, Sarah Ali-Khan, Gabrielle Bertier, Stanislav Birko, Tania Bubela, Jeremy De Beer, Charles Dupras, Meika Ellis, Palmira Granados Moreno, Yann Joly, Kalina Kamenova, Zubin Master, Alessandro Marcon, Mike Paulden, François Rousseau, Timothy Caulfield
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an exciting technology with the potential to provide a variety of clinical benefits, including a reduction in miscarriages, via a decline in invasive testing. However, there is also concern that the economic and near-future clinical benefits of NIPT have been overstated and the potential limitations and harms underplayed. NIPT, therefore, presents an opportunity to explore the ways in which a range of social pressures and policies can influence the translation, implementation, and use of a health care innovation...
January 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27972316/systematic-review-of-cost-effectiveness-analysis-cea-of-the-cell-free-dna-cfdna-non-invasive-prenatal-test-nipt-for-trisomy-21-t21-screening
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M Bourdoncle, J Li, A Berthelot, M Cognet, C Sambuc, O Scemama, C Rumeau-Pichon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924908/development-of-novel-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-protocol-for-whole-autosomal-recessive-disease-using-picodroplet-digital-pcr
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Mun Young Chang, Ah Reum Kim, Min Young Kim, Soyoung Kim, Jinsun Yoon, Jae Joon Han, Soyeon Ahn, Changsoo Kang, Byung Yoon Choi
We developed a protocol of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT), employing a higher-resolution picodroplet digital PCR, to detect genetic imbalance in maternal plasma DNA (mpDNA) caused by cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA). In the present study, this approach was applied to four families with autosomal recessive (AR) congenital sensorineural hearing loss. First, a fraction of the fetal DNA in mpDNA was calculated. Then, we made artificial DNA mixtures (positive and negative controls) to simulate mpDNA containing the fraction of cffDNA with or without mutations...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917919/niptric-an-online-tool-for-clinical-interpretation-of-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt-results
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Birgit Sikkema-Raddatz, Lennart F Johansson, Eddy N de Boer, Elles M J Boon, Ron F Suijkerbuijk, Katelijne Bouman, Catia M Bilardo, Morris A Swertz, Martijn Dijkstra, Irene M van Langen, Richard J Sinke, Gerard J Te Meerman
To properly interpret the result of a pregnant woman's non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT), her a priori risk must be taken into account in order to obtain her personalised a posteriori risk (PPR), which more accurately expresses her true likelihood of carrying a foetus with trisomy. Our aim was to develop a tool for laboratories and clinicians to calculate easily the PPR for genome-wide NIPT results, using diploid samples as a control group. The tool takes the a priori risk and Z-score into account. Foetal DNA percentage and coefficient of variation can be given default settings, but actual values should be used if known...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900229/patient-perception-of-negative-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-results
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A Theresa Wittman, S Shahrukh Hashmi, Hector Mendez-Figueroa, Salma Nassef, Blair Stevens, Claire N Singletary
Objective To determine patient perception of residual risk after receiving a negative non-invasive prenatal testing result. Introduction Recent technological advances have yielded a new method of prenatal screening, non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), which uses cell-free fetal DNA from the mother's blood to assess for aneuploidy. NIPT has much higher detection rates and positive predictive values than previous methods however, NIPT is not diagnostic. Past studies have demonstrated that patients may underestimate the limitations of prenatal screening; however, patient perception of NIPT has not yet been assessed...
October 2016: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887921/non-invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-thalassemias-using-maternal-plasma-cell-free-dna
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REVIEW
Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu
Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using maternal plasma cell free DNA has already reshaped the existing prenatal care system for pregnancies screened for common chromosomal aneuploidies. On the other hand, much progress has been made in developing NIPT for monogenic diseases. Thalassemia served as a disease model to develop strategies for NIPT of monogenic traits. One approach focuses on the detection or exclusion of paternally inherited fetal mutations that are absent from the mother's genome. The assessment of maternally inherited mutations in maternal plasma requires the use of highly sensitive DNA quantification techniques...
February 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884201/nickel-pyrithione-induces-apoptosis-in-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-cells-resistant-to-imatinib-via-both-bcr-abl-dependent-and-bcr-abl-independent-mechanisms
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Xiaoying Lan, Chong Zhao, Xin Chen, Peiquan Zhang, Dan Zang, Jinjie Wu, Jinghong Chen, Huidan Long, Li Yang, Hongbiao Huang, Bing Z Carter, Xuejun Wang, Xianping Shi, Jinbao Liu
BACKGROUND: Acquired imatinib (IM) resistance is frequently characterized by Bcr-Abl mutations that affect IM binding and kinase inhibition in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML). Bcr-Abl-T315I mutation is the predominant mechanism of the acquired resistance to IM. Therefore, it is urgent to search for additional approaches and targeting strategies to overcome IM resistance. We recently reported that nickel pyrithione (NiPT) potently inhibits the ubiquitin proteasome system via targeting the 19S proteasome-associated deubiquitinases (UCHL5 and USP14), without effecting on the 20S proteasome...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Hematology & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878832/prenatal-cfdna-screening-results-indicative-of-maternal-neoplasm-survey-of-current-practice-and-management-needs
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Meagan E Giles, Lauren Murphy, Nevena Krstić, Cathy Sullivan, Syed S Hashmi, Blair Stevens
OBJECTIVE: To determine genetic counselors' current practices and management needs for patients with prenatal cfDNA screening results indicative of maternal neoplasm. METHODS: A survey was completed by genetic counselors recruited via the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC). RESULTS: Over 300 genetic counselors were surveyed. Almost all participants (95%) were aware that Noninvasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) results may suggest maternal neoplasm, and 77% reported they would disclose such results...
November 23, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862068/development-and-validation-of-a-fetal-genotyping-assay-with-potential-for-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-hereditary-hearing-loss
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Ying Chen, Yiqian Liu, Benjing Wang, Jun Mao, Ting Wang, Kan Ye, Yanlin Ye, David S Cram, Hong Li
OBJECTIVE: Inherited non-syndromic hearing loss (NSHL) is a common sensory disorder that afflicts otherwise healthy individuals. The aim of the study was to evaluate the performance of circulating single molecule amplification and re-sequencing technology (cSMART) for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) of NSHL. METHOD: Neonatal inheritance of NSHL mutations was determined from bloodspots using SNaPshot genotyping. NIPT of cell-free DNA for fetal NSHL mutations in the GJB2, GJB3 and SLC26A4 genes was performed by a multiplex cSMART assay...
December 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859455/women-s-choices-for-invasive-or-non-invasive-testing-influence-of-gestational-age-and-service-delivery
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An Chen, Henni Tenhunen, Paulus Torkki, Seppo Heinonen, Paul Lillrank, Vedran Stefanovic
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the factors influencing women's post-counseling choices between non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) and invasive prenatal diagnosis in pregnancies with elevated a priori risk of fetal chromosomal abnormalities or after the initial screening. METHODS: Data were collected from test choice database at Fetomaternal Medical Center (FMC) at Helsinki University Hospital, Finland. We focused on the women with gestational age less than 15 weeks and who were offered NIPT or invasive procedure (CVS or amniocentesis) after pre-test counseling...
December 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830353/genetic-counseling-for-couples-seeking-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-in-japan-experiences-of-pregnant-women-and-their-partners
#18
Motoko Watanabe, Mari Matsuo, Masaki Ogawa, Toshitaka Uchiyama, Satoru Shimizu, Naoko Iwasaki, Akemi Yamauchi, Mari Urano, Hironao Numabe, Kayoko Saito
The recent advent of noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has had a significant impact in the field of prenatal testing. Although reports on pregnant women who used NIPT have accumulated, little is known about the experiences of their male partners. In this study, we assessed the experiences of couples who were expecting a child and undergoing NIPT, with a focus on both the pregnant women and their partners. Questionnaires were administered to 282 participants focusing on their specific experiences at three time points: after pre-test counseling (first visit), when undergoing NIPT (second visit), and when results were received (third visit)...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27781087/report-on-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-classical-and-alternative%C3%A2-approaches
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Kateryna S Pantiukh, Nikolay N Chekanov, Igor V Zaigrin, Alexei M Zotov, Alexander M Mazur, Egor B Prokhortchouk
Concerns of traditional prenatal aneuploidy testing methods, such as low accuracy of noninvasive and health risks associated with invasive procedures, were overcome with the introduction of novel noninvasive methods based on genetics (NIPT). These were rapidly adopted into clinical practice in many countries after a series of successful trials of various independent submethods. Here we present results of own NIPT trial carried out in Moscow, Russia. 1012 samples were subjected to the method aimed at measuring chromosome coverage by massive parallel sequencing...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779757/analysis-of-cell-free-fetal-dna-in-maternal-blood-for-detection-of-trisomy-21-18-and-13-in-a-general-pregnant-population-and-in-a-high-risk-population-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Erik Iwarsson, Bo Jacobsson, Jessica Dagerhamn, Thomas Davidson, Eduardo Bernabé, Marianne Heibert Arnlind
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to review the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for detection of trisomy 21, 18 and 13 (T21, T18 and T13) in a general pregnant population as well as to update the data on high-risk pregnancies. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Systematic review and meta-analysis. PubMed, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched. Methodological quality was rated using QUADAS and scientific evidence using GRADE. Summary measures of diagnostic accuracy were calculated using a bivariate random-effects model...
January 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
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