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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146387/dilemmas-in-genetic-counseling-for-low-penetrance-neuro-susceptibility-loci-detected-on-prenatal-chromosomal-microarray-analysis
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Dana Brabbing-Goldstein, Adi Reches, Ran Svirsky, Anat Bar-Shira, Yuval Yaron
BACKGROUND: Chromosomal microarray analysis is standard of care in fetuses with malformations, detecting clinically significant copy number variants in 5-7% of cases over conventional karyotyping. However, it also detects variants of uncertain significance in 1.6% - 4.2% of the cases, some of which are low-penetrance neuro-susceptibility loci. The interpretation of these variants in pregnancy is particularly challenging, because the significance is often unclear and the clinical implications may be difficult to predict...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144536/isolation-and-whole-genome-sequencing-of-fetal-cells-from-maternal-blood-towards-the-ultimate-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
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Fang Chen, Ping Liu, Ying Gu, Zhu Zhu, Amulya Nanisetti, Zhangzhang Lan, Zhiwei Huang, Sophie Jia Liu, Xiongbin Kang, Yuqing Deng, Liqiong Luo, Dan Jiang, Yong Qiu, Jianchang Pan, Jun Xia, Ken Xiong, Chao Liu, Lin Xie, Qianyu Shi, Jing Li, Xiuqing Zhang, Wei Wang, Snezana Drmanac, Hui Jiang, Radoje Drmanac, Xun Xu
OBJECTIVE: To develop a methodology of isolating fetal cells from maternal blood and use deep sequencing demonstrating the promise for more complete and accurate genetic screening compared to other non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). METHODS: Here in this study, we developed a double negative selection (DNS) procedure to unbiasedly enrich fetal cells. After validated by short tandem repeat (STR), the isolated CFCs were subjected to deep whole genome sequencing analysis (WGS)...
November 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132462/-familial-male-limited-precocious-puberty-due-to-asp578his-mutations-in-the-lhcgr-gene-clinical-characteristics-and-gene-analysis-in-an-infant
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Min Wang, Min Li, Yue-Sheng Liu, Si-Min Lei, Yan-Feng Xiao
The aim of the study was to provide a descriptive analysis of familial male-limited precocious puberty (FMPP), which is a rare inherited disease caused by heterozygous constitutively activating mutations of the luteinizing hormone/choriogonadotropin receptor gene (LHCGR). The patient was a ten-month-old boy, presenting with penile enlargement, pubic hair formation, and spontaneous erections. Based on the clinical manifestations and laboratory data, including sexual characteristics, serum testosterone levels, GnRH stimulation test, and bone age, this boy was diagnosed with peripheral precocious puberty...
November 2017: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131922/prenatal-and-postnatal-genetic-testing-why-how-and-when
#4
Joan M Stoler
There have been major advances in genetic testing especially over the last 10 years. We have advanced from looking at simple chromosomes under a microscope to more sophisticated analysis of the DNA makeup of chromosomes and from testing a single gene to sequencing almost all of our genetic material. Similarly, in the field of prenatal testing we have made great strides in screening and diagnostic testing in the hope of detecting significant abnormalities in the fetus while decreasing the risk to the pregnancy...
November 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125674/women-s-preference-for-non-invasive-prenatal-dna-testing-nipt-versus-chromosomal-microarray-after-screening-for-down-syndrome-a-prospective-study
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Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng, Wing Cheong Leung, Tak Yeung Leung, Kwong Wai Choy, Rossa Wai Kwun Chiu, Tsz-Kin Lo, Ka Yin Kwok, Daljit Singh Sahota
OBJECTIVE: To examine preference for follow-up test in women screened high or intermediate risk in 1(st) or 2(nd) trimester Down syndrome screening. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Three public hospitals in Hong Kong, China. SAMPLE: Women with term high risk ≥ 1:250 (HR) or intermediate risk 1:251-1:1200 (IR). METHODS: Women screened high risk were asked to decide among 1) an invasive test plus chromosomal microarray (CMA) to obtain more detailed fetal genetic information, 2) a non-invasive cell free prenatal DNA screening (NIPT) to detect trisomies 13, 18 and 21 to avoid procedure related miscarriage, and 3) decline further testing...
November 10, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124982/pre-gestational-thalassemia-screening-in-mainland-china-the-first-two-years-of-a-preventive-program
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Fan Jiang, Gui-Lan Chen, Jian Li, Xing-Mei Xie, Jian-Ying Zhou, Can Liao, Dong-Zhi Li
In this study, we report the experience of a pre gestational thalassemia screening program at a single center in Southern China. Free thalassemia screening, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis (PND) for couples planning pregnancy were implemented over a 2-year period. Among a total of 83,062 screened individuals (41,531 couples), the allele frequencies of β-thalassemia (β-thal), - -(SEA) and - -(THAI) deletions were 3.79, 5.75 and 0.028%, respectively. Out of the 41,531 couples, 11,039 couples had at least one partner who had a positive screening test; of these, 455 at-risk couples (1...
November 10, 2017: Hemoglobin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120460/prenatal-reflex-dna-screening-for-trisomies-21-18-and-13
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Nicholas J Wald, Wayne J Huttly, Jonathan P Bestwick, Robert Old, Joan K Morris, Ray Cheng, Joe Aquilina, Elisabeth Peregrine, Devender Roberts, Zarko Alfirevic
PurposeThe purpose of the study was to determine the screening performance of prenatal reflex DNA screening for trisomies 21 (T21), 18 (T18), and 13 (T13) as part of a routine service at five hospitals.MethodsWomen who accepted screening had a first-trimester combined test (pregnancy-associated plasma protein A, free β-human chorionic gonadotropin, nuchal translucency interpreted with maternal age). Those with a risk of having an affected pregnancy ≥1 in 800 were reflexed to a DNA sequencing test using stored plasma from the original blood sample, thereby avoiding the need to recall them...
November 9, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120459/informative-priors-on-fetal-fraction-increase-power-of-the-noninvasive-prenatal-screen
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Hanli Xu, Shaowei Wang, Lin-Lin Ma, Shuai Huang, Lin Liang, Qian Liu, Yang-Yang Liu, Ke-Di Liu, Ze-Min Tan, Hao Ban, Yongtao Guan, Zuhong Lu
PurposeNoninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) sequences a mixture of the maternal and fetal cell-free DNA. Fetal trisomy can be detected by examining chromosomal dosages estimated from sequencing reads. The traditional method uses the Z-test, which compares a subject against a set of euploid controls, where the information of fetal fraction is not fully utilized. Here we present a Bayesian method that leverages informative priors on the fetal fraction.MethodOur Bayesian method combines the Z-test likelihood and informative priors of the fetal fraction, which are learned from the sex chromosomes, to compute Bayes factors...
November 9, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118296/mismatch-between-fetal-sexing-and-birth-phenotype-a%C3%A2-case-of-complete-androgen-insensitivity-syndrome
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Keisuke Yoshii, Yasuhiro Naiki, Yumiko Terada, Maki Fukami, Reiko Horikawa
With advancing maternal age, the number of prenatal genetic tests is increasing in many countries. Prenatal genetic tests, such as amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and non-invasive prenatal testing, can disclose fetal chromosomal sex, although these tests were originally designed to prenatally diagnose chromosomal aneuploidies, such as trisomy 21, 18 and 13. Complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS) is an X-linked recessive disorder caused by an androgen receptor dysfunction leading to hormone resistance...
November 9, 2017: Endocrine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115496/prenatal-diagnosis-and-genetic-counseling%C3%A2-for-waardenburg-syndrome-type%C3%A2-i-and-ii-in-chinese-families
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Li Wang, Litao Qin, Tao Li, Hongjian Liu, Lingcao Ma, Wan Li, Dong Wu, Hongdan Wang, Qiannan Guo, Liangjie Guo, Shixiu Liao
Waardenburg syndrome (WS) is an auditory‑pigmentary disorder with varying combinations of sensorineural hearing loss and abnormal pigmentation. The present study aimed to investigate the underlying molecular pathology and provide a method of prenatal diagnosis of WS in Chinese families. A total of 11 patients with WS from five unrelated Chinese families were enrolled. A thorough clinical examination was performed on all participants. Furthermore, patients with WS underwent screening for mutations in the following genes: Paired box 3 (PAX3), melanogenesis associated transcription factor (MITF), SRY‑box 10, snail family transcriptional repressor 2 and endothelin receptor type B using polymerase chain reaction sequencing...
October 25, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105741/epidemiology-of-huntington-disease-in-cyprus-a-20-year-retrospective-study
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C A Demetriou, A Heraclides, C Salafori, G A Tanteles, K Christodoulou, Y Christou, E Zamba-Papanicolaou
Huntington disease (HD) is most prevalent among populations of western European descent and isolated populations where founder effects may operate. The aim of this study was to examine the epidemiology of HD in Cyprus, an island in southern Europe with extensive western European colonization in the past. All registered HD patients in the Cyprus Republic, since 1994, were included. Detailed pedigrees and clinical information were recorded and maps, showing the geographic distribution of HD, were constructed...
November 6, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101864/decision-making-about-prenatal-genetic-testing-among-pregnant-korean-american-women
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Myunghee Jun, Vipavee Thongpriwan, Jeeyae Choi, Kyung Sook Choi, Gwen Anderson
OBJECTIVE: to understand the prenatal genetic testing decision-making processes among pregnant Korean-American women. DESIGN: a qualitative, descriptive research design. PARTICIPANTS: referrals and snowball sampling techniques were used to recruit 10 Korean-American women who had been recommended for amniocentesis during pregnancy in the United States (U.S.). All participants were born in Korea and had immigrated to the U.S. The number of years living in the U...
October 6, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096039/diagnosis-of-lethal-or-prenatal-onset-autosomal-recessive-disorders-by-parental-exome-sequencing
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Karen L Stals, Matthew Wakeling, Júlia Baptista, Richard Caswell, Andrew Parrish, Julia Rankin, Carolyn Tysoe, Garan Jones, Adam C Gunning, Hana Lango-Allen, Lisa Bradley, Angela F Brady, Helena Carley, Jenny Carmichael, Bruce Castle, Deirdre Cilliers, Helen Cox, Charu Deshpande, Abhijit Dixit, Jacqueline Eason, Frances Elmslie, Andrew E Fry, Alan Fryer, Muriel Holder, Tessa Homfray, Emma Kivuva, Victoria McKay, Ruth Newbury-Ecob, Michael Parker, Ravi Savarirayan, Claire Searle, Nora Shannon, Deborah Shears, Sarah Smithson, Ellen Thomas, Peter D Turnpenny, Vinod Varghese, Pradeep Vasudevan, Emma Wakeling, Emma L Baple, Sian Ellard
OBJECTIVE: Rare genetic disorders resulting in prenatal or neonatal death are genetically heterogeneous but testing is often limited by the availability of fetal DNA, leaving couples without a potential prenatal test for future pregnancies. We describe our novel strategy of exome sequencing parental DNA samples to diagnose recessive monogenic disorders in an audit of the first 50 couples referred. METHOD: Exome sequencing was carried out in a consecutive series of 50 couples who had one or more pregnancies affected with a lethal or prenatal-onset disorder...
November 2, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067542/women-s-understanding-and-attitudes-towards-down-syndrome-and-other-genetic-conditions-in-the-context-of-prenatal-screening
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Sarah Long, Peter O'Leary, Roanna Lobo, Jan E Dickinson
In order to explore the impact of potential new technologies in the area of prenatal screening, we conducted a baseline study using qualitative interviews to explore women's attitudes and knowledge regarding current and future prenatal screening technology and methods. Three cohorts were interviewed, including healthy women without children, healthy women with healthy children, and healthy women with children who have de novo genetic disorders. This study aimed to assess the baseline understanding and attitudes of women in Western Australia...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063614/meta-analyses-of-externalizing-disorders-genetics-or-prenatal-alcohol-exposure
#15
Leah Wetherill, Tatiana Foroud, Charles Goodlett
BACKGROUND: Externalizing disorders are heritable precursors to alcohol dependence, common in children of alcoholics (COA), and in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE). Pregnancies involving alcohol exposure sufficient to affect the fetus may involve women with genetic risk for alcohol dependence (AD). We hypothesized that known PAE will increase the odds of having an externalizing disorder compared to COA. METHODS: The odds ratios of three externalizing disorders [attention deficit hyperactivity (ADHD), conduct disorder (CD), and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD)] were obtained for two domains: (1) PAE and (2) COA, by estimating the logged odds ratios (LOR) for each study...
October 23, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059453/what-s-new-in-prenatal-genetics-a-review-of-current-recommendations-and-guidelines
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Annalisa L Post, Amy T Mottola, Jeffrey A Kuller
Importance: The rapid development of prenatal genetic testing and screening tools and choices constantly challenges clinicians to stay up to date on current best practice. Objective: We sought to review, compare, and summarize recent national society guidelines on prepregnancy genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis for aneuploidy with a focus on changes and additions to previous guidelines. Evidence Acquisition: We performed a descriptive review of 8 recently published (2016-2017) national guidelines and updates on prenatal genetic screening and testing including American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists committee opinions and practice bulletins, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine consult series publications, and an American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics position statement...
October 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058294/a-novel-gene-mutation-of-runx2-in-cleidocranial-dysplasia
#17
You-Jian Peng, Qiao-Yun Chen, Dong-Jie Fu, Zhi-Ming Liu, Tian-Tian Mao, Jun Li, Wen-Ting She
Haploinsufficiency of the runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2) gene is widely known to be responsible for cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD). To date, more than 190 mutations in Runx2 gene have been reported to be related to CCD. In this study, a novel mutation of Runx2 gene was observed in a female with CCD. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral venous blood of the proband and eleven members of her family. Genetic testing on these twelve people identified a novel missense mutation (c.895 T>C, Y299H) in exon 5 of the RUNX2 gene in the proband...
October 2017: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054758/cystic-fibrosis-transmembrane-regulator-haplotypes-in-households-of-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
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Daniela Tenório Furgeri, Fernando Augusto Lima Marson, Cyntia Arivabeni Araújo Correia, José Dirceu Ribeiro, Carmen Sílvia Bertuzzo
INTRODUCTION: Nearly 2000 mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene have been reported. The F508del mutation occurs in approximately 50-65% of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). However, molecular diagnosis is not always possible. Therefore, silent polymorphisms can be used to label the mutant allele in households of patients with CF. OBJECTIVE: To verify the haplotypes of four polymorphisms at the CFTR locus in households of patients with CF for pre-fertilization, pre-implantation, and prenatal indirect mutation diagnosis to provide better genetic counseling for families and patients with CF and to associate the genotypes/haplotypes with the F508del mutation screening...
October 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049852/parental-experiences-of-prenatal-whole-exome-sequencing-wes-in-cases-of-ultrasound-diagnosed-fetal-structural-anomaly
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Elizabeth Quinlan-Jones, Sarah C Hillman, Mark D Kilby, Sheila M Greenfield
OBJECTIVE: To explore parental experiences of WES for prenatal diagnosis, and ascertain what influenced their decision-making to undergo testing. METHOD: Twelve women comprised a purposeful sample in a series of semi-structured interviews. All had received a fetal anomaly diagnosis on ultrasound. A topic guide was used, and transcripts were thematically analysed to elicit key themes. RESULTS: Five main themes (parental experiences of prenatal WES, need for information, consent/reasons for prenatal WES, sources of support for prenatal WES, and return of WES findings to families) emerged, some with multiple sub-themes...
October 19, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046733/mosaic-genome-wide-maternal-isodiploidy-an-extreme-form-of-imprinting-disorder-presenting-as-prenatal-diagnostic-challenge
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Susanne Bens, Manuel Luedeke, Tanja Richter, Melanie Graf, Julia Kolarova, Gotthold Barbi, Krisztian Lato, Thomas F Barth, Reiner Siebert
BACKGROUND: Uniparental disomy of certain chromosomes are associated with a group of well-known genetic syndromes referred to as imprinting disorders. However, the extreme form of uniparental disomy affecting the whole genome is usually not compatible with life, with the exception of very rare cases of patients with mosaic genome-wide uniparental disomy reported in the literature. RESULTS: We here report on a fetus with intrauterine growth retardation and malformations observed on prenatal ultrasound leading to invasive prenatal testing...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
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