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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326560/sex-chromosome-aneuploidy-detection-by-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-helpful-or-hazardous
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Rosemary E Reiss, Marie Discenza, Judith Foster, Lori Dobson, Louise Wilkins-Haug
OBJECTIVES: To assess the incidence of sex chromosome aneuploidy (SCA) predicted by non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), assess test performance, and compare it with nuchal translucency (NT) screening among patients seen in our prenatal diagnosis center. METHODS: We identified suspected cases of SCA by reviewing results from all NIPT samples sent from our center to commercial laboratories offering analysis by cell-free DNA between December 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015...
March 21, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306397/public-views-on-genetics-and-genetic-testing-a-survey-of-the-general-public-in-belgium
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Davit Chokoshvili, Carmen Belmans, Roxanne Poncelet, Sofie Sanders, Deborah Vaes, Danya Vears, Sandra Janssens, Isabelle Huys, Pascal Borry
AIMS: To explore the views of the Belgian public on various topics surrounding genetics and genetic testing (GT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A written questionnaire was administered to visitors of the annual cartoon festival in Knokke-Heist, Belgium, during the summer of 2014. The main theme of the festival was challenges and progress in human genetics and it was attended by more than 100,000 visitors. RESULTS: The survey was completed by 1182 respondents, resulting in a demographically diverse sample with a mean age of 48...
March 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301716/prenatal-screening-it-is-not-just-about-down-syndrome
#3
Mary E Norton
Currently available prenatal genetic testing options include a bewildering array of tests from which patients, providers, insurers, and various health systems have to select. In many cases, patients or providers undergo or recommend multiple screening tests focused on the same conditions, for fear of missing something, even if the chance of that is very small. In the commentary in this issue of BJOG by Alfirevic and colleagues (Alfirevic Z, et al. BJOG In Press), the authors opine on the relationship between cell free DNA screening (cfDNA) and first trimester anatomy ultrasound...
March 16, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301696/toward-an-ethically-sensitive-implementation-of-noninvasive-prenatal-screening-in-the-global-context
#4
Jessica Mozersky, Vardit Ravitsky, Rayna Rapp, Marsha Michie, Subhashini Chandrasekharan, Megan Allyse
Noninvasive prenatal screening using cell-free DNA, which analyzes placental DNA circulating in maternal blood to provide information about fetal chromosomal disorders early in pregnancy and without risk to the fetus, has been hailed as a potential "paradigm shift" in prenatal genetic screening. Commercial provision of cell-free DNA screening has contributed to a rapid expansion of the tests included in the screening panels. The tests can include screening for sex chromosome anomalies, rare subchromosomal microdeletions and aneuploidies, and most recently, the entire fetal genome...
March 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295384/noninvasive-fetal-genotyping-of-paternally-inherited-alleles-using-targeted-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-parentage-testing-cases
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Donggui Yang, Hao Liang, Yu Gao, Shaobin Lin, Zhiming He, Jun Gao, Hongyu Sun, Qing Li, Xiaoyan Ma, Xueling Ou
BACKGROUND: Researchers have sought to develop a noninvasive protocol for paternity analysis that uses fetal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is expected to overcome this challenge because it enables the analysis of millions of DNA molecules at a single-base resolution. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Seven women were involved in prenatal paternity testing cases. Before conventional invasive procedures, cfDNA was isolated from maternal plasma...
March 10, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277305/current-genetic-testing-tools-in-neonatal-medicine
#6
REVIEW
Seema R Lalani
With the growing understanding of the magnitude of genetic diseases in newborns and equally rapid advancement of tools used for genetic diagnoses, healthcare providers must have a sufficient knowledge base to both recognize and evaluate genetic diseases in the neonatal period. Genetic assessment has become an essential aspect of medicine, and professionals need to know when genetic evaluation is indispensable. Much progress has been made in recent years in utilizing massively parallel sequencing for rapid diagnosis of genetic conditions in neonates...
September 28, 2016: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276293/prenatal-detection-of-pik3ca-related-overgrowth-spectrum-in-cultured-amniocytes-using-long-range-pcr-and-next-generation-sequencing
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Elizabeth Quinlan-Jones, Denise Williams, Charlotte Bell, Claire Miller, Carolyn Gokhale, Mark D Kilby
Mutations in PIK3CA are associated with overgrowth spectrum disorders including excessive growth in some areas of the body and the central nervous system. Alterations in PIK3CA occur as somatic, postzygotic events and confer a mosaic genotype with variability in phenotypic expression being commonly observed. We describe the second reported prenatal diagnosis of a PIK3CA-related overgrowth spectrum disorder. The prenatal ultrasound features in this case enabled the presumptive, prospective diagnosis to be made which was then confirmed by genetic testing...
January 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260505/copy-number-variations-with-isolated-fetal-ventriculomegaly
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P Hu, Y Wang, R Sun, L Cao, X Chen, C Liu, C Luo, D Ma, W Wang, X Fu, W Shi, S Yi, K Zhang, H Liu, Z Xu
BACKGROUND: Copy Number Variations (CNVs) are an important genetic cause of a number of neurodevelopmental disorders (NDs). However, the association between CNVs and the development and prognosis of isolated fetal ventriculomegaly (IMV) is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate possible associations between CNVs and the development of fetal IMV. METHODS: This retrospective study recruited 154 subjects with ultrasound-confirmed fetal IMV and 190 subjects in a control cohort who underwent a high-risk prenatal serum screening program...
March 3, 2017: Current Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259715/ethical-issues-in-genetic-counseling
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REVIEW
Nandor Gabor Than, Zoltan Papp
Genetics has made great progress in the past decades, and prenatal diagnosis, predictive genetic testing, and genetic counseling have drawn the limelight of public attention. Because the subject of genetic counseling is of crucial consequence for both the short and long term, its ethical aspects are paramount. The question is whether mankind is mature enough to use this extraordinary knowledge in the right way for the benefit of the society. In the center of ethical questions is the comprehensiveness of information provided to the couples or patients and counseling them about results and making informed educated decisions...
January 23, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258609/prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-retroesophageal-left-brachiocephalic-vein-two-case-reports
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Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng, Kwok Ming Law, Pui Kwan Chak, Ka Fai To, Yiu Man Chan, Tak Yeung Leung
A retroesophageal left brachiocephalic vein is an extremely rare anomaly and has only been reported in 6 postnatal cases. Two prenatally diagnosed cases are reported. On the 3-vessel view, the vein appears as an aberrant vessel transversely coursing behind the aorta and trachea, which subsequently drains into the superior vena cava, giving rise to a U-shaped configuration. On color Doppler sonography, the U sign is bicolored. This anomaly should prompt the sonographer to carefully assess for other congenital heart defects, suggest consideration for genetic testing, and alert the cardiologist because it could affect central line procedures and cardiac interventions after delivery...
March 4, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251433/attitudes-towards-prenatal-genetic-counseling-prenatal-genetic-testing-and-termination-of-pregnancy-among-southeast-and-east-asian-women-in-the-united-states
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Ginger J Tsai, Carrie A Cameron, Jennifer L Czerwinski, Hector Mendez-Figueroa, Susan K Peterson, Sarah Jane Noblin
Recognizing the heterogeneity of the Asian population with regards to acculturation, education, health awareness, and cultural values is vital for tailoring culturally sensitive and appropriate care. Prior studies show that cultural values influence perceptions of genetics within Asian populations. The reputation of the family unit factors into decisions such as pregnancy termination and disclosure of family medical history, and the nondirective model of American genetic counseling may conflict with the historical Asian model of paternalistic health care...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248119/familial-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-from-autopsy-to-prenatal-diagnosis-report-of-a%C3%A2-case
#12
Marta Ježová, Renata Gaillyová
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis is a rare immunologic disorder affecting small children. It is characterized by an excessive and injurious immune response which turns rapidly fatal unless promptly and effectively treated. The main clinical signs are prolonged fever, hepatosplenomegaly, bleeding and laboratory findings of pancytopenia, increased serum transaminases, hypertriglyceridemia and hypofibrinogenemia. Four genes responsible for familiar hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, which is inherited in autosomal recessive manner, have been identified so far...
2017: Ceskoslovenská Patologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233562/recommendations-for-the-use-of-microarrays-in-prenatal-diagnosis
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Javier Suela, Isabel López-Expósito, María Eugenia Querejeta, Rosa Martorell, Esther Cuatrecasas, Lluis Armengol, Eugenia Antolín, Elena Domínguez Garrido, María José Trujillo-Tiebas, Jordi Rosell, Javier García Planells, Juan Cruz Cigudosa
Microarray technology, recently implemented in international prenatal diagnosis systems, has become one of the main techniques in this field in terms of detection rate and objectivity of the results. This guideline attempts to provide background information on this technology, including technical and diagnostic aspects to be considered. Specifically, this guideline defines: the different prenatal sample types to be used, as well as their characteristics (chorionic villi samples, amniotic fluid, fetal cord blood or miscarriage tissue material); variant reporting policies (including variants of uncertain significance) to be considered in informed consents and prenatal microarray reports; microarray limitations inherent to the technique and which must be taken into account when recommending microarray testing for diagnosis; a detailed clinical algorithm recommending the use of microarray testing and its introduction into routine clinical practice within the context of other genetic tests, including pregnancies in families with a genetic history or specific syndrome suspicion, first trimester increased nuchal translucency or second trimester heart malformation and ultrasound findings not related to a known or specific syndrome...
February 20, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231257/targeted-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-sh2d1a-pathogenic-variant-in-a-chinese-family-carrier-screening-and-prenatal-genetic-testing
#14
Jun-Yu Zhang, Song-Chang Chen, Yi-Yao Chen, Shu-Yuan Li, Lan-Lan Zhang, Ying-Hua Shen, Chun-Xin Chang, Yu-Qian Xiang, He-Feng Huang, Chen-Ming Xu
X-linked lymphoproliferative disease type 1 (XLP1) is a rare primary immunodeficiency characterized by a clinical triad consisting of severe EBV-induced hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, B-cell lymphoma, and dysgammaglobulinemia. Mutations in SH2D1A gene have been revealed as the cause of XLP1. In this study, a pregnant woman with recurrence history of birthing immunodeficiency was screened for pathogenic variant because the proband sample was unavailable. We aimed to clarify the genetic diagnosis and provide prenatal testing for the family...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230829/genetic-effects-in-children-exposed-in-prenatal-period-to-ionizing-radiation-after-the-chornobyl-nuclear-power-plant-accident
#15
Ye I Stepanova, V Yu Vdovenko, Zh A Misharina, V I Kolos, L P Mischenko
AIM: To study the genetic effects in children exposed to radiation in utero as a result of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident accounting the total radiation doses and equivalent radiation doses to the red bone marrow. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Incidence of minor developmental anomalies was studied in children exposed to radiation in utero (study group) and in the control group (1144 subjects surveyed in total). Cytogenetic tests using the method of differential G-banding of chromosomes were conducted in 60 children of both study and control groups (10-12-year-olds) and repeatedly in 39 adolescents (15-17-year-olds)...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230630/update-on-the-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-and-its-relevance-to-schizophrenia
#16
Lily Van, Erik Boot, Anne S Bassett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Schizophrenia occurs in ∼25% of individuals with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS), the strongest known molecular genetic risk factor for schizophrenia. This review highlights recent literature in 22q11.2DS as it pertains to psychosis and schizophrenia. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in noninvasive prenatal testing allow for early detection of 22q11.2DS in utero, whereas premature birth has been shown to be a significant risk factor for development of psychotic illness in 22q11...
February 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225420/committee-opinion-no-690-summary-carrier-screening-in-the-age-of-genomic-medicine
#17
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Carrier screening, whether targeted or expanded, allows individuals to consider their range of reproductive options. Ultimately, the goal of genetic screening is to provide individuals with meaningful information that they can use to guide pregnancy planning based on their personal values. Ethnic-specific, panethnic, and expanded carrier screening are acceptable strategies for prepregnancy and prenatal carrier screening. Because all of these are acceptable strategies, each obstetrician-gynecologist or other health care provider or practice should establish a standard approach that is consistently offered to and discussed with each patient, ideally before pregnancy...
March 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209493/quantitative-analysis-of-fetal-facial-morphology-using-3d-ultrasound-and-statistical-shape-modelling-a-feasibility-study
#18
Andrea Dall'Asta, Silvia Schievano, Jan L Bruse, Gowrishankar Paramasivam, Christine Tita Kaihura, David Dunaway, Christoph C Lees
BACKGROUND: The antenatal detection of facial dysmorphism using three-dimensional ultrasound may raise the suspicion of an underlying genetic conditions but infrequently leads to a definitive antenatal diagnosis. Despite advances in array and non invasive prenatal testing, not all genetic conditions can be ascertained from such testing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of quantitative assessment of fetal face features using prenatal three-dimensional ultrasound volumes and statistical shape modelling...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204904/high-risk-individuals-perceptions-of-reproductive-genetic-testing-for-cdh1-mutations
#19
Nina Hallowell, Shirlene Badger, Sue Richardson, Carlos Caldas, Richard H Hardwick, Rebecca C Fitzgerald, Julia Lawton
Reproductive genetic testing- PreNatal Diagnosis (PND) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)-for CDH1 mutations associated with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)is available in the UK. This qualitative interview study examined high-risk individuals' (n = 35) views of CDH1 reproductive genetic testing. Interviewees generally regarded reproductive genetic testing as an acceptable form of HDGC risk management. However, some were concerned that their genetic risks required them to plan reproduction and anticipated difficulties communicating this to reproductive partners...
February 15, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196921/noninvasive-prenatal-screening-of-fetal-aneuploidy-without-massively-parallel-sequencing
#20
Chenming Xu, Ting Wang, Chao Liu, Hong Li, Xiaoyan Chen, Huanhuan Zhu, Songchang Chen, Qiuhong Xin, Jing Tao, Liming Huang, Zhengwen Jiang
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) using plasma cell-free DNA has gained tremendous popularity in the clinical assessment of fetal aneuploidy. Most, if not all, of these tests rely on complex and expensive massively parallel sequencing (MPS) techniques, hindering the use of NIPS as a common screening procedure. METHODS: We have developed and optimized an MPS-independent noninvasive genetic test that can rapidly detect fetal aneuploidy at considerably lower costs...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
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