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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526655/digital-morphometrics-a-new-upper-airway-phenotyping-paradigm-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
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Richard J Schwab, Sarah E Leinwand, Cary B Bearn, Greg Maislin, Ramya Bhat Rao, Adithya Nagaraja, Stephen Wang, Brendan T Keenan
BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with changes in pharyngeal anatomy. The goal of this study was to objectively and reproducibly quantify pharyngeal anatomy using digital morphometrics based on a laser ruler, and to assess differences between apneics and controls and associations with AHI (apnea-hypopnea index). This is the first study to use digital morphometrics to quantify intraoral risk factors for OSA. METHODS: Digital photographs were obtained using an intraoral laser ruler and digital camera in 311 controls (mean AHI=4...
May 16, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525980/the-distribution-of-mitochondrial-dna-haplogroup-h-in-southern-iberia-indicates-ancient-human-genetic-exchanges-along-the-western-edge-of-the-mediterranean
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Candela L Hernández, Jean M Dugoujon, Andrea Novelletto, Juan N Rodríguez, Pedro Cuesta, Rosario Calderón
BACKGROUND: The structure of haplogroup H reveals significant differences between the western and eastern edges of the Mediterranean, as well as between the northern and southern regions. Human populations along the westernmost Mediterranean coasts, which were settled by individuals from two continents separated by a relatively narrow body of water, show the highest frequencies of mitochondrial haplogroup H. These characteristics permit the analysis of ancient migrations between both shores, which may have occurred via primitive sea crafts and early seafaring...
May 19, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525340/detection-of-bordetella-avium-by-taqman-real-time-pcr-in-tracheal-swabs-from-wildlife-birds
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T Stenzel, D Pestka, B Tykałowski, M Śmiałek, A Koncicki, A Bancerz-Kisiel
Bordetella avium, the causing agent of bordetellosis, a highly contagious infection of the respiratory tract in young poultry, causes significant losses in poultry farming throughout the world. Wildlife birds can be a reservoir of various pathogens that infect farm animals. For this reason the studies were conducted to estimate the prevalence of Bordetella avium in wildlife birds in Poland. Tracheal swab samples were collected from 650 birds representing 27 species. The bacterial DNA was isolated directly from the swabs and screened for Bordetella avium by TaqMan real-time PCR...
March 28, 2017: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524730/recent-advances-in-genetic-testing-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#4
Michael A Iacocca, Robert A Hegele
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic cause of premature coronary heart disease that is widely underdiagnosed and undertreated. To improve the identification of FH and initiate timely and appropriate treatment strategies, genetic testing is becoming increasingly offered worldwide as a central part of diagnosis. Areas covered: Recent advances have been propelled by an improved understanding of the genetic determinants of FH together with substantially reduced costs of appropriate screening strategies...
May 19, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524225/-how-must-we-manage-epileptic-encephalopathies-in-infants-conclusions
#5
V Soto-Insuga
Epileptic encephalopathies are defined as epileptic syndromes in which the epileptic activity per se (in the form of frequent seizures or the presence of interictal epileptiform activity) contributes to a cognitive and behavioural disorder that is more important than could be expected from the causation of the disorder. Their aetiological diagnosis is fundamental to allow an early treatment to be established. We propose a diagnostic algorithm for patients with epileptic encephalopathy with onset during the first year of life, which includes management coordinated with electroencephalographic studies, neuroimaging, and screening for metabolic and genetic disorders...
May 17, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524181/common-pitfalls-in-preclinical-cancer-target-validation
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REVIEW
William G Kaelin
An alarming number of papers from laboratories nominating new cancer drug targets contain findings that cannot be reproduced by others or are simply not robust enough to justify drug discovery efforts. This problem probably has many causes, including an underappreciation of the danger of being misled by off-target effects when using pharmacological or genetic perturbants in complex biological assays. This danger is particularly acute when, as is often the case in cancer pharmacology, the biological phenotype being measured is a 'down' readout (such as decreased proliferation, decreased viability or decreased tumour growth) that could simply reflect a nonspecific loss of cellular fitness...
May 19, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523882/phacomatosis-pigmentokeratotica-a-mosaic-rasopathy-with-malignant-potential
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Amit Om, Sara S Cathey, Robert M Gathings, Michelle Hudspeth, Jennifer A Lee, Sean Marzolf, Lara Wine Lee
Phacomatosis pigmentokeratotica (PPK) is a rare epidermal nevus syndrome characterized by the co-occurrence of a nevus sebaceous arranged along the lines of Blaschko with a speckled lentiginous nevus (SLN). We report a novel KRAS mutation in a patient with a large nevus sebaceous and an SLN who subsequently developed a vaginal botryoid rhabdomyosarcoma, an association not previously reported in the literature. This case expands our knowledge of the genetic basis for phacomatosis, in which mutations in HRAS have been previously described, although this report provides evidence that activating mutations in KRAS or HRAS may cause PPK...
May 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523323/discovery-of-a-new-mutation-in-the-desmin-gene-in-a-young-patient-with-cardiomyopathy-and-muscular-weakness
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Ruxandra Oana JurcuŢ, Alexandra Eugenia Bastian, Sebastian Militaru, Aura Popa, Emilia Manole, Bogdan Alexandru Popescu, Jonna Tallila, Bogdan Ovidiu Popescu, Carmen Doina Ginghină
A 25-year-old woman with a five years history of syncope, mild left ventricular hypertrophy and moderately enlarged atria, was diagnosed with third degree atrioventricular heart block alternating with atrioventricular heart block 2:1, and received a dual chamber pacemaker. After three years of evolution, she developed atrial fibrillation, marked biatrial enlargement, severely depressed longitudinal myocardial velocities, associated with mild girdle weakness and slight increase in creatine kinase level. The diagnosis of restrictive cardiomyopathy with mild skeletal myopathy imposed the screening for a common etiology...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523286/synthetic-lethality-screens-using-rnai-in-combination-with-crispr-based-knockout-in-drosophila-cells
#9
Benjamin E Housden, Hilary E Nicholson, Norbert Perrimon
A synthetic lethal interaction is a type of genetic interaction where the disruption of either of two genes individually has little effect but their combined disruption is lethal. Knowledge of synthetic lethal interactions can allow for elucidation of network structure and identification of candidate drug targets for human diseases such as cancer. In Drosophila, combinatorial gene disruption has been achieved previously by combining multiple RNAi reagents. Here we describe a protocol for high-throughput combinatorial gene disruption by combining CRISPR and RNAi...
February 5, 2017: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523047/alpha-thalassemia-deletions-found-in-suspected-cases-of-beta-thalassemia-major-in-pakistani-population
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Saba Shahid, Muhammad Nadeem, Danish Zahid, Jawad Hassan, Saqib Ansari, Tahir Shamsi
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE: Alpha (α) thalassemia is a hereditary disorder and is caused by deletions or mutations in globin genes. It is present in two clinically significant forms: hemoglobin Bart hydrops fetalis (Hb Bart) syndrome and hemoglobin H (HbH) disease. It is highly prevalent in South-East Asia or Mediterranean countries. The most common deletion reported in alpha thalassemia in Pakistani population was -α(3.7) with a frequency of 8.3%, and the rare forms were -α(4.2) (0.2%) and ααα(anti3...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523008/genetic-interaction-between-arabidopsis-qpm3-1-locus-and-bacterial-effector-gene-hopw1-1-underlies-natural-variation-in-quantitative-disease-resistance-to-pseudomonas-infection
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Qi Luo, Wei-Wei Liu, Ke-Di Pan, You-Liang Peng, Jun Fan
Wide quantitative variation in plant disease resistance across Arabidopsis wild populations has been documented and the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. To investigate the genetic and molecular basis of this variation, Arabidopsis recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from Aa-0 × Col-0 and Gie-0 × Col-0 crosses were constructed and used for inoculation with Pseudomonas syringae pathovars maculicola ES4326 (ES4326) and tomato DC3000 (DC3000). Bacterial growth assays revealed continuous distribution across the large differences between the most and the least susceptible lines in the RILs...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522688/polycystic-kidney-disease-without-an-apparent-family-history
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Ioan-Andrei Iliuta, Vinusha Kalatharan, Kairong Wang, Emilie Cornec-Le Gall, John Conklin, Marina Pourafkari, Ryan Ting, Chen Chen, Alessia C Borgo, Ning He, Xuewen Song, Christina M Heyer, Sarah R Senum, Young-Hwan Hwang, Andrew D Paterson, Peter C Harris, Korosh Khalili, York Pei
The absence of a positive family history (PFH) in 10%-25% of patients poses a diagnostic challenge for autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD). In the Toronto Genetic Epidemiology Study of Polycystic Kidney Disease, 210 affected probands underwent renal function testing, abdominal imaging, and comprehensive PKD1 and PKD2 mutation screening. From this cohort, we reviewed all patients with and without an apparent family history, examined their parental medical records, and performed renal imaging in all available parents of unknown disease status...
May 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522341/systemic-and-ocular-fluid-compounds-as-potential-biomarkers-in-age-related-macular-degeneration
#13
REVIEW
Eveline Kersten, Constantin C Paun, Rosa L Schellevis, Carel B Hoyng, Cécile Delcourt, Imre Lengyel, Tunde Peto, Marius Ueffing, Caroline C W Klaver, Sascha Dammeier, Anneke I den Hollander, Eiko K de Jong
Biomarkers can help unravel mechanisms of disease and identify new targets for therapy. They can also be useful in clinical practice for monitoring disease progression, evaluation of treatment efficacy and risk assessment in multifactorial diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is a highly prevalent progressive retinal disorder for which multiple genetic and environmental risk factors have been described, but the exact etiology is not yet fully understood. Many compounds have been evaluated for their association with AMD...
May 15, 2017: Survey of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522225/genetic-screening-of-spinal-muscular-atrophy-using-a-real-time-modified-cop-pcr-technique-with-dried-blood-spot-dna
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Mawaddah Ar Rochmah, Nur Imma Fatimah Harahap, Emma Tabe Eko Niba, Kenta Nakanishi, Hiroyuki Awano, Ichiro Morioka, Kazumoto Iijima, Toshio Saito, Kayoko Saito, Poh San Lai, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Atsuko Takeuchi, Yoshihiro Bouike, Maya Okamoto, Hisahide Nishio, Masakazu Shinohara
BACKGROUND: Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a common neuromuscular disorder caused by mutations in SMN1. More than 95% of SMA patients carry homozygous SMN1 deletion. SMA is the leading genetic cause of infant death, and has been considered an incurable disease. However, a recent clinical trial with an antisense oligonucleotide drug has shown encouraging clinical efficacy. Thus, early and accurate detection of SMN1 deletion may improve prognosis of many infantile SMA patients. METHODS: A total of 88 DNA samples (37 SMA patients, 12 carriers and 39 controls) from dried blood spots (DBS) on filter paper were analyzed...
May 15, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521441/the-context-of-prostate-cancer-genomics-in-personalized-medicine
#15
Yanling Liu
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in males. Heterogeneous genomic aberrations may lead to prostate cancer onset, progression and metastasis. This heterogeneity also contributes to the variety in cancer risk and outcomes, different drug responses and progression, observed between individual patients. Classical prognostic factors, including prostate-specific antigen, Gleason Score and clinical tumor staging, are not sufficient to portray the complexity of a clinically relevant cancer diagnosis, risk prognosis, treatment choice and therapy monitoring...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521375/a-genetic-marker-associated-with-shoulder-dislocation
#16
Stuart Kim, John P Kleimeyer, Marwa A Ahmed, Andy L Avins, Michael Fredericson, Jason L Dragoo, John P A Ioannidis
Shoulder dislocations are common shoulder injuries associated with athletic activity in contact sports, such as football, rugby, wrestling, and hockey. Identifying genetic loci associated with shoulder dislocation could shed light on underlying mechanisms for injury and identify predictive genetic markers. To identify DNA polymorphisms associated with shoulder dislocation, a genome-wide association screen was performed using publically available data from the Research Program in Genes, Environment and Health including 662 cases of shoulder dislocation and 82 602 controls from the European ancestry group...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520786/a-systematic-genetic-screen-for-genes-involved-in-sensing-inorganic-phosphate-availability-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#17
Joonhyuk Choi, Abbhirami Rajagopal, Yi-Fan Xu, Joshua D Rabinowitz, Erin K O'Shea
Saccharomyces cerevisiae responds to changes in extracellular inorganic phosphate (Pi) availability by regulating the activity of the phosphate-responsive (PHO) signaling pathway, enabling cells to maintain intracellular levels of the essential nutrient Pi. Pi-limitation induces upregulation of inositol heptakisphosphate (IP7) synthesized by the inositol hexakisphosphate kinase Vip1, triggering inhibition of the Pho80/Pho85 cyclin-cyclin dependent kinase (CDK) complex by the CDK inhibitor Pho81, which upregulates the PHO regulon through the CDK target and transcription factor Pho4...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520731/genetically-engineered-probiotic-for-the-treatment-of-phenylketonuria-pku-assessment-of-a-novel-treatment-in-vitro-and-in-the-pahenu2-mouse-model-of-pku
#18
Katherine E Durrer, Michael S Allen, Ione Hunt von Herbing
Phenylketonuria (PKU) is a genetic disease characterized by the inability to convert dietary phenylalanine to tyrosine by phenylalanine hydroxylase. Given the importance of gut microbes in digestion, a genetically engineered microbe could potentially degrade some ingested phenylalanine from the diet prior to absorption. To test this, a phenylalanine lyase gene from Anabaena variabilis (AvPAL) was codon-optimized and cloned into a shuttle vector for expression in Lactobacillus reuteri 100-23C (pHENOMMenal). Functional expression of AvPAL was determined in vitro, and subsequently tested in vivo in homozygous PAHenu2 (PKU model) mice...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520665/family-history-of-migraine-associated-with-posttraumatic-migraine-symptoms-following-sport-related-concussion
#19
Alicia Sufrinko, Jamie McAllister-Deitrick, R J Elbin, Michael W Collins, Anthony P Kontos
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether family history of migraine increased the likelihood of posttraumatic migraine (PTM) symptom presentation in adolescents following concussion, and examine the influence of family history of migraine and PTM on postinjury outcomes. SETTING: Outpatient concussion clinic. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 153 patients with concussion (103 males and 50 females) aged 15.72 ± 1.48 years (range 12-18 years). DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study of patients presenting for initial evaluation 4...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520207/comparison-of-f13a1-gene-mutations-in-73-patients-treated-with-recombinant-fxiii-a2
#20
V Ivaškevičius, A Biswas, M-L Garly, J Oldenburg
INTRODUCTION: Congenital factor XIII (FXIII) deficiency is a rare, autosomal recessive bleeding disorder usually caused by mutations in the F13A1 gene that produce a severe quantitative (type I) deficiency of the FXIII-A subunit. AIM: To determine the genotypes of patients with severe FXIII-A deficiency treated with recombinant FXIII-A subunit (rFXIII-A2 ) participating in three international efficacy and safety trials. METHODS: We determined the genotypes of 73 patients in total; 32 had already undergone genotype analysis and were known to carry F13A1 mutations that have been previously reported in the literature...
May 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
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