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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732187/do-genetic-markers-of-inflammation-modify-the-relationship-between-periodontitis-and-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-findings-from-the-ship-study
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A A Akinkugbe, C L Avery, A S Barritt, S R Cole, M Lerch, J Mayerle, S Offenbacher, A Petersmann, M Nauck, H Völzke, G D Slade, G Heiss, T Kocher, B Holtfreter
An association between periodontitis and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been reported by experimental animal and epidemiologic studies. This study investigated whether circulating levels of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) and a weighted genetic CRP score representing markers of inflammatory burden modify the association between periodontitis and NAFLD. Data came from 2,481 participants of the Study of Health in Pomerania who attended baseline examination that occurred between 1997 and 2001. Periodontitis was defined as the percentage of sites (0%, <30%, ≥30%) with probing pocket depth (PD) ≥4 mm, and NAFLD status was determined using liver ultrasound assessment...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732117/identification-by-phenotypic-and-genetic-approaches-of-an-indigenous-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-wine-strain-with-high-desiccation-tolerance
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Marianna Zambuto, Rossana Romaniello, Nicoletta Guaragnella, Patrizia Romano, Sonia Votta, Angela Capece
During active dry yeast (ADY) production process, cells are exposed to multiple stresses, such as thermal, oxidative and hyperosmotic shock. Previously, by analyzing cells in exponential growth phase, we selected an indigenous Saccharomyces cerevisiae wine strain, namely CD-6Sc, for its higher tolerance to desiccation and higher expression of specific desiccation stress-related genes in comparison to other yeast strains. In this study, we performed a desiccation treatment on stationary phase cells by comparing the efficacy of two different methods: a "laboratory dry test" in a small-scale (mild stress) and a treatment by spray-drying (severe stress), one of the most appropriate preservation method for yeasts and other micro-organisms...
July 21, 2017: Yeast
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727969/fetal-dysmorphology-still-an-essential-art-analysis-of-the-limitations-of-microarray-in-a-fetal-population-and-a-look-toward-the-genome-sequencing-era
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E Fletcher, M Porteous, K J McKenzie, E J Maher, M J Evans
Cytogenomic microarray allows assessment of the genome at higher resolutions than traditional karyotyping. The objective of this study is to evaluate the utility of microarray in a routine fetal autopsy setting before the advent of routine fetal exome/genome sequencing and the issues these technologies may generate. A systematic review of fetal postmortems at 12-24 weeks gestation between January 2011 and December 2014 was undertaken. Cases where there was no consent for audit, research, or genetic testing were excluded as were cases referred to the Procurator Fiscal, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths...
July 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727340/-phosphocalcic-anomalies-and-bone-fragility-keys-for-the-general-practitioner
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Bérengère Aubry-Rozier, Delphine Stoll, Elena Gonzalez-Rodriguez
How to recognize secondary causes of bone fragility in relation with an abnormal calcium and phosphate laboratory in general practice ? Through clinical cases presentations we will discuss the calcium and phosphate abnormalities which can be related to bone fragility and for which a-specific approach must be proposed. It can be abnormal results of calcium, phosphate or vitamin D. Some causes are frequent, others are iatrogenic, and others are related to a rare disease sometimes of genetic cause which consequences are more important than expected...
April 19, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726806/data-sharing-as-a-national-quality-improvement-program-reporting-on-brca1-and-brca2-variant-interpretation-comparisons-through-the-canadian-open-genetics-repository-cogr
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Matthew S Lebo, Kathleen-Rose Zakoor, Kathy Chun, Marsha D Speevak, John S Waye, Elizabeth McCready, Jillian S Parboosingh, Ryan E Lamont, Harriet Feilotter, Ian Bosdet, Tracy Tucker, Sean Young, Aly Karsan, George S Charames, Ronald Agatep, Elizabeth L Spriggs, Caitlin Chisholm, Nasim Vasli, Hussein Daoud, Olga Jarinova, Robert Tomaszewski, Stacey Hume, Sherryl Taylor, Mohammad R Akbari, Jordan Lerner-Ellis
PurposeThe purpose of this study was to develop a national program for Canadian diagnostic laboratories to compare DNA-variant interpretations and resolve discordant-variant classifications using the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes as a case study.MethodsBRCA1 and BRCA2 variant data were uploaded and shared through the Canadian Open Genetics Repository (COGR; http://www.opengenetics.ca). A total of 5,554 variant observations were submitted; classification differences were identified and comparison reports were sent to participating laboratories...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726804/diagnostic-cytogenetic-testing-following-positive-noninvasive-prenatal-screening-results-a-clinical-laboratory-practice-resource-of-the-american-college-of-medical-genetics-and-genomics-acmg
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Athena M Cherry, Yassmine M Akkari, Kimberly M Barr, Hutton M Kearney, Nancy C Rose, Sarah T South, James H Tepperberg, Jeanne M Meck
Disclaimer: ACMG Clinical Laboratory Practice Resources are developed primarily as an educational tool for clinical laboratory geneticists to help them provide quality clinical laboratory genetic services. Adherence to these practice resources is voluntary and does not necessarily assure a successful medical outcome. This Clinical Laboratory Practice Resource should not be considered inclusive of all proper procedures and tests or exclusive of other procedures and tests that are reasonably directed to obtaining the same results...
July 20, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726667/clinical-and-genetic-peculiarities-of-vascular-manifestations-of-antiphospholipid-syndrome-case-report
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D Vasylyev, L Chernobay, O Vasylieva, M Oliinyk, M Vashuk
Pathogenetic mechanisms of the development of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) are considered in the article, which is the basis for the development of clinical manifestations and laboratory markers of APS. The modern literature data are analyzed, according to which the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies is a hypercoagulable background, and the formation of thrombi occurs under the influence of other allowing procoagulation factors. The classification of the main types of hereditary thrombophilia is given, which is the primary disorder, against the background of which an autoimmune thrombosis APS develops...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726211/genetic-engineering-of-native-chain-combinations-of-b-cell-repertoires-on-the-surface-of-methylotrophic-yeasts-pichia-pastoris
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T V Bobik, E M Shurdova, I V Smirnov, N A Ponomarenko, E N Khurs, V D Knorre, A G Gabibov
We designed genetic constructs for exposing Fab-fragment library of natively paired single cell B-cell receptors on the surface of Pichia pastoris yeast cells. We have previously obtained the A17 antibody in our laboratory [6]. In this study we showed that the newly designed genetic constructs provide a compatible level of A17 antibody Fab fragment on the surface of yeast cells as well as in the case of vectors containing DNA fragments corresponding to each chain of the antibody. The data suggest that the developed approach for constructing immunoglobulin gene libraries is adequate and fully convenient for studying properties of the real human B-lymphocyte repertoire...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725540/the-pathology-and-molecular-genetics-of-sarcomatoid-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Shuanzeng Wei, Tahseen Al-Saleem
Sarcomatoid renal cell carcinoma is a highly aggressive tumor. It is not a distinct histologic entity as it can be found in any subtypes of renal cell carcinoma. Recent molecular and genetic evidence suggest that sarcomatoid component is transformed from a common progenitor of the associated renal cell carcinoma, and the TP53 gene plays a pivotal role in this process. The presence of sarcomatoid carcinoma indicates poor prognosis, which also correlates with the amount of the sarcomatoid component. Therefore, the presence and quantity of sarcomatoid component should be reflected in pathology reports...
2017: Journal of Kidney Cancer and VHL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725447/anti-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-antibodies-asca-are-associated-with-body-fat-mass-and-systemic-inflammation-but-not-with-dietary-yeast-consumption-a-cross-sectional-study
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Anne Stine Kvehaugen, Martin Aasbrenn, Per G Farup
BACKGROUND: Baker's/brewer's yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, has been used as an alternative to antibiotic growth promoters to improve growth performance in animals. In humans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae is among the most commonly detected fungi in fecal samples and likely originates from food. Recently, an association between anti-Saccharomyces cerevisiae antibodies (ASCA) and obesity in humans was suggested, but the cause of the elevated ASCA levels is not clear. Our aim was to study ASCA in morbidly obese subjects and explore potential associations with anthropometrics, diet, co-morbidities and biomarkers of inflammation and gut permeability...
2017: BMC Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724730/stacked-bt-maize-and-arthropod-predators-exposure-to-insecticidal-cry-proteins-and-potential-hazards
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Zdeňka Svobodová, Yinghua Shu, Oxana Skoková Habuštová, Jörg Romeis, Michael Meissle
Genetically engineered (GE) crops with stacked insecticidal traits expose arthropods to multiple Cry proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). One concern is that the different Cry proteins may interact and lead to unexpected adverse effects on non-target species. Bi- and tri-trophic experiments with SmartStax maize, herbivorous spider mites (Tetranychus urticae), aphids (Rhopalosiphum padi), predatory spiders (Phylloneta impressa), ladybeetles (Harmonia axyridis) and lacewings (Chrysoperla carnea) were conducted...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724664/biochemical-molecular-and-clinical-characterization-of-succinate-dehydrogenase-subunit-a-variants-of-unknown-significance
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Amber E Bannon, Jason D Kent, Isaac Forquer, Ajia Town, Lillian R Klug, Kelly E McCann, Carol Beadling, Olivier Harismendy, Jason K Sicklick, Christopher L Corless, Ujwal Shinde, Michael C Heinrich
Patients who inherit a pathogenic loss-of-function genetic variant involving one of the four succinate dehydrogenase (SDH) subunit genes have up to an 86% chance of developing one or more cancers by the age of 50. If tumors are identified and removed early in these high-risk patients, they have a higher potential for cure.  Unfortunately, many alterations identified in these genes are variants of unknown significance (VUS), confounding the identification of high-risk patients. If we could identify misclassified SDH VUS as benign or pathogenic SDH mutations, we could better select patients for cancer screening procedures and remove tumors at earlier stages...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723901/2b-rad-genotyping-for-population-genomic-studies-of-chagas-disease-vectors-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-in-ecuador
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Luis E Hernandez-Castro, Marta Paterno, Anita G Villacís, Björn Andersson, Jaime A Costales, Michele De Noia, Sofía Ocaña-Mayorga, Cesar A Yumiseva, Mario J Grijalva, Martin S Llewellyn
BACKGROUND: Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the main triatomine vector of Chagas disease, American trypanosomiasis, in Southern Ecuador and Northern Peru. Genomic approaches and next generation sequencing technologies have become powerful tools for investigating population diversity and structure which is a key consideration for vector control. Here we assess the effectiveness of three different 2b restriction site-associated DNA (2b-RAD) genotyping strategies in R. ecuadoriensis to provide sufficient genomic resolution to tease apart microevolutionary processes and undertake some pilot population genomic analyses...
July 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723273/the-repair-project-examining-the-biological-impacts-of-sub-background-radiation-exposure-within-snolab-a-deep-underground-laboratory
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Christopher Thome, Sujeenthar Tharmalingam, Jake Pirkkanen, Andrew Zarnke, Taylor Laframboise, Douglas R Boreham
Considerable attention has been given to understanding the biological effects of low-dose ionizing radiation exposure at levels slightly above background. However, relatively few studies have been performed to examine the inverse, where natural background radiation is removed. The limited available data suggest that organisms exposed to sub-background radiation environments undergo reduced growth and an impaired capacity to repair genetic damage. Shielding from background radiation is inherently difficult due to high-energy cosmic radiation...
July 19, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722623/the-use-of-xenosurveillance-to-detect-human-bacteria-parasites-and-viruses-in-mosquito-bloodmeals
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Joseph R Fauver, Alex Gendernalik, James Weger-Lucarelli, Nathan D Grubaugh, Doug E Brackney, Brian D Foy, Gregory D Ebel
Infectious disease surveillance is hindered by several factors, including limited infrastructure and geographic isolation of many resource-poor regions. In addition, the complexities of sample acquisition, processing, and analysis, even in developed regions, can be rate limiting. Therefore, new strategies to survey human populations for emerging pathogens are necessary. Xenosurveillance is a method that utilizes mosquitoes as sampling devices to search for genetic signatures of pathogens in vertebrates. Previously we demonstrated that xenosurveillance can detect viral RNA in both laboratory and field settings...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721832/biomarkers-associated-with-bleeding-risk-in-the-setting-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Skevos Sideris, Stefanos Archontakis, George Latsios, George Lazaros, Konstantinos Toutouzas, Eleftherios Tsiamis, Manolis Vavuranakis, Charalampos Vlachopoulos, Konstantinos Gatzoulis, Konstantinos Tsioufis, Dimitris Tousoulis
Background Prevention of thromboembolic disease, mainly stroke, with oral anticoagulants remains a major therapeutic goal in patients with atrial fibrillation. Unfortunately, despite the high efficacy, anticoagulant therapy is associated with a significant risk of, frequently catastrophic, hemorrhagic complications. Among different clinical and laboratory parameters related to an increased risk of bleeding, several biological markers have been recognized and various risk scores for bleeding have been developed...
July 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721335/investigation-of-newborns-with-abnormal-results-in-a-newborn-screening-program-for-four-lysosomal-storage-diseases-in-brazil
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Heydy Bravo, Eurico Camargo Neto, Jaqueline Schulte, Jamile Pereira, Claudio Sampaio Filho, Fernanda Bittencourt, Fernanda Sebastião, Fernanda Bender, Ana Paula Scholz de Magalhães, Régis Guidobono, Franciele Barbosa Trapp, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Carolina F M Souza, Diana Rojas Málaga, Gabriela Pasqualim, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Roberto Giugliani
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) are genetic disorders, clinically heterogeneous, mainly caused by defects in genes encoding lysosomal enzymes that degrade macromolecules. Several LSDs already have specific therapies that may improve clinical outcomes, especially if introduced early in life. With this aim, screening methods have been established and newborn screening (NBS) for some LSDs has been developed. Such programs should include additional procedures for the confirmation (or not) of the cases that had an abnormal result in the initial screening...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721211/microbial-metal-resistance-and-metabolism-across-dynamic-landscapes-high-throughput-environmental-microbiology
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REVIEW
Hans Carlson, Adam Deutschbauer, John Coates
Multidimensional gradients of inorganic compounds influence microbial activity in diverse pristine and anthropogenically perturbed environments. Here, we suggest that high-throughput cultivation and genetics can be systematically applied to generate quantitative models linking gene function, microbial community activity, and geochemical parameters. Metal resistance determinants represent a uniquely universal set of parameters around which to study and evaluate microbial fitness because they represent a record of the environment in which all microbial life evolved...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720677/synthetic-circulating-cell-free-dna-as-quality-control-materials-for-somatic-mutation-detection-in-liquid-biopsy-for-cancer
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Rui Zhang, Rongxue Peng, Ziyang Li, Peng Gao, Shiyu Jia, Xin Yang, Jiansheng Ding, Yanxi Han, Jiehong Xie, Jinming Li
BACKGROUND: Detection of somatic genomic alterations in tumor-derived cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in the plasma is challenging owing to the low concentrations of cfDNA, variable detection methods, and complex workflows. Moreover, no proper quality control materials are available currently. METHODS: We developed a set of synthetic cfDNA quality control materials (SCQCMs) containing spike-in cfDNA on the basis of micrococcal nuclease digestion carrying somatic mutations as simulated cfDNA and matched genomic DNA as genetic background to emulate paired tumor-normal samples in real clinical tests...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718268/oxymorphone-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy-mimicking-atypical-haemolytic-uremic-syndrome
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Amibhen Gandhi, Saad Ullah, Shani Kotadia, Samer Nasser
Atypical Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) is a rare life threatening entity characterized by thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anaemia and renal dysfunction. It is a thrombotic microangiopathy related to genetic mutations in the alternate complement pathway and has a distinct pathophysiology which makes it harder to distinguish from other microangiopathies. We present a case of a 25-year-old male patient with history of polysubstance abuse who presented with chest pain and dyspnoea. He admitted to using injectable oxymorphone (Opana) two weeks before presentation...
April 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
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