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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905150/genetic-parameter-estimates-for-prenatal-and-postnatal-mortality-in-nellore-cattle
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L C Magalhães Silva, F Baldi, C Aboujaoude, G C Venturini, L G Albuquerque, M J R Paranhos da Costa
The aim of this study was to estimate genetic parameters for prenatal (PRE) and postnatal (POS) mortality in Nellore cattle. A total of 13 141 (PRE) and 17 818 (POS) records from Nellore females were used. PRE and POS were recorded using binary scale scores: a score of '1' was given to calves that were born alive (PRE) and those that were alive at weaning (POS), and a score of '0' was given to calves that were not alive at or around birth (PRE), as well as to those weighed at birth but not at weaning (POS)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
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/27898911/estimation-of-the-effects-of-selection-on-french-large-white-reproductive-performance-using-frozen-semen
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P Silalahi, T Tribout, A Prunier, Y Billon, J Gogué, J P Bidanel
Genetic trends for male and female sexual development and components of litter size and weight at birth (LB) as well as traits related to sow lifetime productivity were estimated in a French Large White (LW) pig population using frozen semen. Two experimental groups (EXP = L77 and L98) were produced by inseminating LW sows with either stored frozen semen from 17 LW boars born in 1977 (EXP = L77) or with semen from 23 LW boars born in 1998 (EXP = L98). In each group, about 100 males were measured for testicular development and bulbo-urethral gland development, and 90 gilts were checked for puberty, among which about 50 gilts were measured for their first ovulation rate at puberty (ORP)...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896286/aneuploidy-screening-using-circulating-fetal-cells-in-maternal-blood-by-dual-probe-fish-protocol-a-prospective-feasibility-study-on-a-series-of-172-pregnant-women
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Giuseppe Calabrese, Donatella Fantasia, Melissa Alfonsi, Elisena Morizio, Claudio Celentano, Paolo Guanciali Franchi, Giulia Sabbatinelli, Chiara Palka, Peter Benn, Gianmaria Sitar
BACKGROUND: A long sought goal in medical genetics has been the replacement of invasive procedures for the detection of chromosomal aneuploidies by isolating and analyzing fetal cells or free fetal DNA from maternal blood, avoiding risk to the fetus. However, a rapid, simple, consistent, and low-cost procedure suitable for routine clinical practice has not yet been achieved. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of predicting fetal aneuploidy by applying our recently established dual-probe FISH protocol to fetal cells isolated and enriched from maternal blood...
November 2016: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889305/invasive-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-thalassemia
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REVIEW
Dong-Zhi Li, Yan-Dong Yang
Thalassemia is the most common monogenic inherited disease worldwide, affecting individuals originating from many countries to various extents. As the disease requires long-term care, prevention of the homozygous state presents a substantial global disease burden. The comprehensively preventive programs involve carrier detections, molecular diagnostics, genetic counseling, and prenatal diagnosis. Invasive prenatal diagnosis refers to obtaining fetal material by chorionic villus sampling (CVS) at the first trimester, and by amniocentesis or cordocentesis at the second trimester...
October 26, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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...
October 26, 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885054/impact-of-uteroplacental-insufficiency-on-postnatal-rat-male-gonad
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Valentina Pampanini, Daniela Germani, Antonella Puglianiello, Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, Ahmed Reda, Iuliia Savchuk, Kristin Ros Kjartansdóttir, Stefano Cianfarani, Olle Soder
BACKGROUND: Prenatal events such as intrauterine growth restriction can affect gonadal development of the offspring and have an impact on reproductive health. PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of intrauterine growth restricted induced by uterine artery ligation on the postnatal rat testis. METHODS: Pregnant rats underwent uterine artery ligation at day 19 of gestation. Offspring were sacrificed at 5, 20 and 40 days post-partum (dpp). At sacrifice, one gonad was snap frozen in liquid nitrogen and processed for RNA and steroid extraction...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884779/gene-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-identifies-pnpla1-mutations-in-patients-with-a-phenotypic-spectrum-of-autosomal-recessive-congenital-ichthyosis-the-impact-of-consanguinity
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Hassan Vahidnezhad, Leila Youssefian, Amir Hossein Saeidian, Sirous Zeinali, Parvin Mansouri, Soheila Sotoudeh, Mohammadreza Barzegar, Javad Mohammadi-Asl, Razieh Karamzadeh, Maryam Abiri, Kevin McCormick, Paolo Fortina, Jouni Uitto
Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI) is a heterogeneous group of disorders associated with mutations in at least nine distinct genes. To ascertain the molecular basis of ichthyosis patients in Iran, a country of ∼80 million people with high prevalence of customary consanguineous marriages, we have developed a gene targeted next generation sequencing array consisting of 38 genes reported in association with ichthyosis phenotypes. In a subset of nine extended consanguineous families we found homozygous missense mutations in the PNPLA1 gene, six of them being distinct and previously unpublished...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
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 NIPT results may suggest maternal neoplasm and 77% reported they would disclose such results...
November 23, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862088/prognostic-dilemmas-and-genetic-counseling-for-prenatally-detected-fragile-x-gene-expansions
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Brenda Finucane, Sharyn Lincoln, Lindsay Bailey, Christa Lese Martin
With widespread adoption of fragile X carrier screening in pregnant women, the number of expectant couples receiving news of an unanticipated Fragile X Mental Retardation 1 (FMR1) gene expansion has increased. The most common abnormal result from maternal FMR1 testing involves an intermediate allele, also known as a gray zone result, which requires genetic counseling but poses minimal risk for an adverse developmental outcome. By contrast, the finding of a maternal FMR1 pre- or full mutation during pregnancy has important implications for the woman herself, her unborn child, and her extended family...
November 11, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855520/novel-technologies-emerging-for-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-preimplantation-genetic-testing-for-aneuploidy
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Karen Sermon
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) was introduced as an alternative to prenatal diagnosis: embryos cultured in vitro were analysed for a monogenic disease and only disease-free embryos were transferred to the mother, to avoid the termination of pregnancy with an affected foetus. It soon transpired that human embryos show a great deal of acquired chromosomal abnormalities, thought to explain the low success rate of IVF - hence preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidy (PGT-A) was developed to select euploid embryos for transfer...
December 1, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853526/recent-advances-in-prenatal-genetic-screening-and-testing
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REVIEW
Ignatia B Van den Veyver
The introduction of new technologies has dramatically changed the current practice of prenatal screening and testing for genetic abnormalities in the fetus. Expanded carrier screening panels and non-invasive cell-free fetal DNA-based screening for aneuploidy and single-gene disorders, and more recently for subchromosomal abnormalities, have been introduced into prenatal care. More recently introduced technologies such as chromosomal microarray analysis and whole-exome sequencing can diagnose more genetic conditions on samples obtained through amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling, including many disorders that cannot be screened for non-invasively...
2016: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852253/genomic-profiling-for-copy-number-changes-in-plasma-of-ovarian-cancer-patients-a-new-era-for-cancer-diagnostics
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EDITORIAL
Vathany Kulasingam, Eleftherios P Diamandis
A blood test that can detect human malignancy with high clinical sensitivity and specificity is highly desirable. To achieve this, a tumor marker is needed that correlates with tumor burden and that can be measured with high analytical sensitivity and specificity. Over the past decades, a number of different types of tumor markers have emerged, including proteins such as enzymes, glycoproteins, and oncofetal antigens. Besides proteins, genetic abnormalities such as mutations, amplifications, and circulating tumor DNA have served as tumor markers...
November 17, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843464/molecular-genetic-analysis-of-survival-motor-neuron-gene-in-460-turkish-cases-with-suspicious-spinal-muscular-atrophy-disease
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Afrooz Rashnonejad, Huseyin Onay, Tahir Atik, Ozlem Atan Sahin, Sarenur Gokben, Hasan Tekgul, Ferda Ozkinay
OBJECTIVE: To describe 12 yr experience of molecular genetic diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) in 460 cases of Turkish patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on data from 460 cases, referred to Medical Genetics Laboratory, Ege University's Hospital, Izmir, Turkey, prediagnosed as SMA or with family history of SMA between 2003 and 2014. The PCR-restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and the Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) analysis were performed to detect the survival motor neuron (SMN)1 deletions and to estimate SMN1 and SMN2 gene copy numbers...
2016: Iranian Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830353/genetic-counseling-for-couples-seeking-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-in-japan-experiences-of-pregnant-women-and-their-partners
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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/27829872/noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-aneuploidy-using-cell-free-dna-new-implications-for-maternal-health
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REVIEW
Lisa Hui
The rapid global uptake of noninvasive prenatal testing for Down syndrome based on maternal plasma cell-free DNA has provided new data on the interrelationship between cell-free DNA and maternal health. Specific maternal conditions that can affect the performance of noninvasive prenatal testing include obesity, active autoimmune disease and low molecular weight heparin treatment. There is also a growing appreciation of the implications of discordant noninvasive prenatal testing results for maternal health, including unexpected diagnoses of maternal chromosomal conditions, or rarely, occult cancer...
December 2016: Obstetric Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826806/uptake-of-prenatal-diagnostic-testing-for-retinoblastoma-compared-to-other-hereditary-cancer-syndromes-in-the-netherlands
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Charlotte J Dommering, Lidewij Henneman, Annemarie H van der Hout, Marianne A Jonker, Carli M J Tops, Ans M W van den Ouweland, Rob B van der Luijt, Arjen R Mensenkamp, Frans B L Hogervorst, Egbert J W Redeker, Christine E M de Die-Smulders, Annette C Moll, Hanne Meijers-Heijboer
Since the 1980s the genetic cause of many hereditary tumor syndromes has been elucidated. As a consequence, carriers of a deleterious mutation in these genes may opt for prenatal diagnoses (PND). We studied the uptake of prenatal diagnosis for five hereditary cancer syndromes in the Netherlands. Uptake for retinoblastoma (Rb) was compared with uptake for Von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL), Li-Fraumeni syndrome (LFS), familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), and hereditary breast ovarian cancer (HBOC). A questionnaire was completed by all nine DNA-diagnostic laboratories assessing the number of independent mutation-positive families identified from the start of diagnostic testing until May 2013, and the number of PNDs performed for these syndromes within these families...
November 8, 2016: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815806/first-successful-trial-of-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-pantothenate-kinase-associated-neurodegeneration
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Objoon Trachoo, Chonthicha Satirapod, Bhakbhoom Panthan, Matchuporn Sukprasert, Angkana Charoenyingwattana, Wasun Chantratita, Wicharn Choktanasiri, Suradej Hongeng
PURPOSE: We aim to present a case of a healthy infant born after intracytoplasmic sperm injection-in vitro fertilization (ICSI-IVF) with a preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN) due to PANK2 mutation. METHODS: ICSI-IVF was performed on a Thai couple, 34-year-old female and 33-year-old male, with a family history of PKAN in their first child. Following fertilization, each of the embryos were biopsied in the cleavage stage and subsequently processed for whole-genome amplification...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812765/-esped-survey-tsc-disease-in-children-and%C3%A2-adolescents-preliminary-results-from-a%C3%A2-german%C3%A2-epidemiological-survey
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Lilian Mann, Daniel Ebrahimi-Fakhari, Beate Heinrich, Marina Flotats-Bastardas, Ludwig Gortner, Alexander von Gontard, Justine Niemcyzk, Martin Poryo, Sascha Meyer
BACKGROUND: Tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) disease is a rare genetic, multi-organ disorder characterized by the occurrence of multiple hamartoma. METHODS: In cooperation with ESPED, Germany, a prospective, epidemiological study was performed to assess the incidence of newly diagnosed TSC disease in patients ≤18 years in Germany. Moreover, the following parameters were assessed: 1. Age distribution at initial diagnosis; 2. Percentage of patients with in utero diagnosis of TSC; 3...
November 3, 2016: Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809626/prenatal-diagnosis-of-congenital-upper-limb-differences-a-current-concept-review
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Hamza M Alrabai, Alex Farr, Dieter Bettelheim, Myriam Weber, Sebastian Farr
Congenital upper limb differences are frequently associated with complex syndromes. Ultrasonography is considered the first-line diagnostic modality, and fetal MRI can be useful to further evaluate ill-defined areas. Genetic and non-invasive prenatal testing help to identify the underlying genetic disorder. The diagnostic assessment is a multidisciplinary task that should involve early prenatal consultations with specialists involved in case management and treatment planning. Obstetricians, geneticists, radiologists, psychologists, and dedicated surgeons are needed to provide good parental education, prenatal and postnatal care, and successful outcomes...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
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