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Genetic screening

Imene Dalichaouche, Yamina Sifi, Carinne Roudaut, Karima Sifi, Abdelmadjid Hamri, Leila Rouabah, Noureddine Abadi, Isabelle Richard
INTRODUCTION: We report the genetic analysis of a large series of 76 Algerian patients from 65 unrelated families that presented with early onset severe muscular dystrophy and a clinical phenotype resembling Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2C (LGMD2C). METHODS: To define the genetic basis of the diseases in these families, we undertook a series of analysis of the γ-sarcoglycan (SGCG) and DMD genes. RESULTS: Fifteen families were shown to carry SGCG variants...
October 19, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
N Aleksandrova, E Shubina, A Ekimov, T Kodyleva, I Mukosey, N Makarova, E Kulakova, L Levkov, D Trofimov, G Sukhikh
Chromosomal aneuploidies are known for being the main cause of abnormal development of embryos with normal morphology, their implantation failure and early reproductive losses in IVF treatments. Preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) allows selecting embryos with normal chromosomal content and increases IVF treatment efficiency due to higher implantation rates and less frequent early pregnancy losses. New technologies used for PGS allow making genome-wide analysis of the presence of all chromosomes in embryos...
October 2016: Gynecological Endocrinology
Pooja Gopal, Michelle Yee, Jickky Sarathy, Jian Liang Low, Jansy P Sarathy, Firat Kaya, Véronique Dartois, Martin Gengenbacher, Thomas Dick
Pyrazinamide (PZA) is a critical component of first- and second-line treatments of tuberculosis (TB), yet its mechanism of action largely remains an enigma. We carried out a genetic screen to isolate Mycobacterium bovis BCG mutants resistant to pyrazinoic acid (POA), the bioactive derivative of PZA, followed by whole genome sequencing of 26 POA resistant strains. Rather than finding mutations in the proposed candidate targets fatty acid synthase I and ribosomal protein S1, we found resistance conferring mutations in two pathways: missense mutations in aspartate decarboxylase panD, involved in the synthesis of the essential acyl carrier coenzyme A (CoA), and frameshift mutations in the vitro nonessential polyketide synthase genes mas and ppsA-E, involved in the synthesis of the virulence factor phthiocerol dimycocerosate (PDIM)...
September 9, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Simon B Zeichner, Christine Stanislaw, Jane L Meisel
In recent years, we have learned a great deal about pathogenic mutations that increase the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, particularly mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Here we review current guidelines on breast and ovarian cancer screening, prophylactic surgery, and other risk-reduction strategies in patients with these mutations, and we detail the data that drive these recommendations. We also discuss guidelines on screening and management for other cancers associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2, such as male breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, and prostate cancer...
October 15, 2016: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
Abel Jacobus Bronkhorst, Janine Aucamp, Piet J Pretorius
In recent years, cell-free DNA (cfDNA) analysis has received increasing amounts of attention as a potential non-invasive screening tool for the early detection of genetic aberrations and a wide variety of diseases, especially cancer. However, except for some prenatal tests and BEAMing, a technique used to detect mutations in various genes of cancer patients, cfDNA analysis is not yet routinely applied in clinical practice. Although some confusing biological factors inherent to the in vivo setting play a key part, it is becoming increasingly clear that this struggle is mainly due to the lack of an analytical consensus, especially as regards quantitative analyses of cfDNA...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Jelena Belic, Marina Koch, Peter Ulz, Martina Auer, Teresa Gerhalter, Sumitra Mohan, Katja Fischereder, Edgar Petru, Thomas Bauernhofer, Jochen B Geigl, Michael R Speicher, Ellen Heitzer
Recent progress in the analysis of cell-free DNA fragments (cell-free circulating tumor DNA, ctDNA) now allows monitoring of tumor genomes by non-invasive means. However, previous studies with plasma DNA from patients with cancer demonstrated highly variable allele frequencies of ctDNA. Comprehensive genome-wide analysis of tumor genomes is greatly facilitated when plasma DNA has increased amounts of ctDNA. In order to develop a fast and cost-effective pre-screening method for the identification of plasma samples suitable for further extensive qualitative analysis, we adapted the recently described FAST-SeqS method...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Abel Jacobus Bronkhorst, Johannes F Wentzel, Janine Aucamp, Etresia van Dyk, Lissinda H du Plessis, Piet J Pretorius
Non-invasive screening that utilizes cell-free DNA (cfDNA) offers remarkable potential as a method for the early detection of genetic disorders and a wide variety of cancers. Unfortunately, one of the most prominent elements delaying the translation of cfDNA analyses to clinical practice is the lack of knowledge regarding its origin and composition. The elucidation of the origin of cfDNA is complicated by the apparently arbitrary variability of quantitative and qualitative characteristics of cfDNA in the blood of healthy as well as diseased individuals...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yong-Qing Tong, Bei Liu, Chao-Hong Fu, Hong-Yun Zheng, Jian Gu, Hang Liu, Hong-Bo Luo, Yan Li
PKHD1 gene mutations are found responsible for autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD). However, it is inconvenient to detect the mutations by common polymerase chain reaction (PCR) because the open reading frame of PKHD1 is very long. Recently, long-range (LR) PCR is demonstrated to be a more sensitive mutation screening method for PKHD1 by directly sequencing. In this study, the entire PKHD1 coding region was amplified by 29 reactions to avoid the specific PCR amplification of individual exons, which generated the size of 1 to 7 kb products by LR PCR...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Yan-Yan Xu, Yu-Han Tang, Xiao-Ping Guo, Jing Wang, Ping Yao
Studies examining the association of hemochromatosis (HFE) gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to alcoholic liver disease (ALD) yielded inconsistent results. Thus, we performed a metaanalysis to investigate whether the variations in HFE gene increase the risk of ALD. The studies published up to Feb. 2014 were identified by searching PubMed/MEDLINE, ISI Web of Science, EMBASE and China National Knowledge Infrastructure databases, which was complemented by screening the references of the retrieved studies. For all genotypes and alleles, the odds ratios (ORs) with 95% confidence intervals (CIs) according to the heterogeneity were pooled using fixed-effect model...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Martinus J A Daas, Antonius H P van de Weijer, Willem M de Vos, John van der Oost, Richard van Kranenburg
BACKGROUND: Due to the finite nature of global oil resources we are now faced with the challenge of finding renewable resources to produce fuels and chemicals in the future. Lactic acid has great potential as a precursor for the production of bioplastics alternatives to conventional plastics. Efficient lactic acid fermentation from non-food lignocellulosic substrates requires pretreatment and saccharification to generate fermentable sugars. A fermentation process that requires little to no enzyme additions, i...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Joana C Silva, Emmanuel Cornillot, Carrie McCracken, Sahar Usmani-Brown, Ankit Dwivedi, Olukemi O Ifeonu, Jonathan Crabtree, Hanzel T Gotia, Azan Z Virji, Christelle Reynes, Jacques Colinge, Vidya Kumar, Lauren Lawres, Joseph E Pazzi, Jozelyn V Pablo, Chris Hung, Jana Brancato, Priti Kumari, Joshua Orvis, Kyle Tretina, Marcus Chibucos, Sandy Ott, Lisa Sadzewicz, Naomi Sengamalay, Amol C Shetty, Qi Su, Luke Tallon, Claire M Fraser, Roger Frutos, Douglas M Molina, Peter J Krause, Choukri Ben Mamoun
Babesia microti, a tick-transmitted, intraerythrocytic protozoan parasite circulating mainly among small mammals, is the primary cause of human babesiosis. While most cases are transmitted by Ixodes ticks, the disease may also be transmitted through blood transfusion and perinatally. A comprehensive analysis of genome composition, genetic diversity, and gene expression profiling of seven B. microti isolates revealed that genetic variation in isolates from the Northeast United States is almost exclusively associated with genes encoding the surface proteome and secretome of the parasite...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ihssane El Bouchikhi, Laila Bouguenouch, Fatima Zohra Moufid, Mohammed Iraqui Houssaini, Khadija Belhassan, Imane Samri, Ayoub Tahri Joutei, Karim Ouldim, Samir Atmani
OBJECTIVE: Secundum atrial septal defect (ASDII) has multifactorial etiology that is combination of environmental (e.g., mother's exposure to toxicity, ethnicity) and genetic causes. Aim of the present study was to screen a Moroccan population with ASDII for NKX2-5 variants and to assess risk factors that may contribute to emergence of the disorder. METHODS: Thirty-two non-syndromic ASDII patients were screened for NKX2-5 variants using direct sequencing of polymerase chain reactionamplified coding regions...
October 12, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Fen Wei, Jie Chen, Xinye Chen, Baolong Bao
Flatfish with left-right eye asymmetry are the most significant among vertebrates. However, the genetic basis for the control of this characteristic is still unclear. We propose that the gene(s) for eye asymmetry initially control minor differences in cell number in the tissues around the eyes during development. This minor difference is then amplified, causing eye migration during metamorphosis. Therefore, comparing the neurula transcriptomes between flatfish species with different eye-reversal mutants may provide very useful information to screen for genes involved in eye asymmetry...
October 14, 2016: Gene
Jian-Qiang Tan, Da-Yu Chen, Zhe-Tao Li, Ji-Wei Huang, Ti-Zhen Yan, Ren Cai
Medium- and short-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency is a disorder of fatty acid β-oxidation. Gene mutation prevents medium- and short-chain fatty acids from entry into mitochondria for oxidation, which leads to multiple organ dysfunction. In this study, serum acylcarnitines and the organic acid profile in urea were analyzed in two children whose clinical symptoms were hypoglycemia and metabolic acidosis. Moreover, gene mutations in the two children and their parents were evaluated. One of the patients was a 3-day-old male who was admitted to the hospital due to neonatal asphyxia, sucking weakness, and sleepiness...
October 2016: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
S Georgiadou, A Ortiz-Pelaez, M M Simmons, O Windl, M Dawson, P Neocleous, P Papasavva-Stylianou
The results of the study reported here are part of an ongoing integrated research programme aimed at producing additional, robust, evidence on the genetic resistance to classical scrapie in goats, with particular reference to codon 146. The study targeted animals aged ⩾6 years, which were born and raised in infected herds and were being culled for management reasons. A total of 556 animals were tested, and all positive animals (n = 117) were of the susceptible NN genotype. A total of 246 goats heterozygous or homozygous for putatively resistant alleles (S146 and D146) were screened with no positive results...
October 18, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Susanne Hafner, Sabine Haubensak, Tanusree Paul, Oliver Zolk
Background | Differences (polymorphisms) in genes encoding drug targets, drug transport proteins, or drug metabolizing enzymes may be responsible, among other factors, for the observed variation in patients' responses to medications. The field of pharmacogenetics aims to identify patients at higher genetically-determined risk of adverse effects or poor response to medication. This information would allow for modification of dosage or substitution with alternative therapy. However, there is a lack of awareness of pharmacogenetic clinical practise guidelines...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Kriti Sethi, Saravanan Palani, Juan C G Cortés, Mamiko Sato, Mayalagu Sevugan, Mariona Ramos, Shruthi Vijaykumar, Masako Osumi, Naweed I Naqvi, Juan Carlos Ribas, Mohan Balasubramanian
Cytokinesis in many organisms requires a plasma membrane anchored actomyosin ring, whose contraction facilitates cell division. In yeast and fungi, actomyosin ring constriction is also coordinated with division septum assembly. How the actomyosin ring interacts with the plasma membrane and the plasma membrane-localized septum synthesizing machinery remains poorly understood. In Schizosaccharomyces pombe, an attractive model organism to study cytokinesis, the β-1,3-glucan synthase Cps1p / Bgs1p, an integral membrane protein, localizes to the plasma membrane overlying the actomyosin ring and is required for primary septum synthesis...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Yael Haberman, Ayelet Di Segni, Nurit Loberman-Nachum, Ortal Barel, Vered Kunik, Eran Eyal, Nitzan Kol, Goni Hout-Siloni, Brigitte Kochavi, Camila Avivi, Michael Schvimer, Gideon Rechavi, Yair Anikster, Iris Barshack, Batia Weiss
OBJECTIVES: Congenital chronic diarrhea (CCD) is a group of inherited enteropathies presenting in early life and requiring parenteral nutrition. In most cases, genetics may be the key for precise diagnosis. We present an infant girl with CCD that resolved after introduction of fructose-based formula but had no identified mutation in the SLC5A1 gene. Using whole exome sequencing (WES) we identified other mutations that better dictated dietary adjustments. METHODS: WES of the patient and her parents was performed...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Mohammad F Aljabri, Naglaa M Kamal, Moinuddin Arif, Asrar M AlQaedi, Enas Y M Santali
BACKGROUND: Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease (BTRBGD) is a neurometabolic autosomal recessive (AR) disorder characterized by subacute encephalopathy with confusion, convulsions, dysarthria, and dystonia. The disease is completely reversible if treated early with biotin and thiamine, and can be fatal if left untreated.We herein present our experience with in an extended family study of an index case of BTRBGD aiming to support its AR mode of inheritance, diagnose asymptomatic and missed symptomatic cases, and provide family screening with proper genetic counseling...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Fernanda Wisnieski, Mariana Ferreira Leal, Danielle Queiroz Calcagno, Leonardo Caires Santos, Carolina Oliveira Gigek, Elizabeth Suchi Chen, Ricardo Artigiani, Sâmia Demachki, Paulo Pimentel Assumpção, Laércio Gomes Lourenço, Rommel Rodriguez Burbano, Marília Cardoso Smith
Different from genetic alterations, the reversible nature of epigenetic modifications provides an interesting opportunity for the development of clinically relevant therapeutics in different tumors. In this study, we aimed to screen and validate candidate genes regulated by the epigenetic marker associated with transcriptional activation, histone acetylation, in gastric cancer (GC). We first compared gene expression profile of trichostatin A-treated and control GC cell lines using microarray assay. Among the 55 differentially expressed genes identified in this analysis, we chose the up-regulated genes BMP8B and BAMBI for further analyzes, that included mRNA and histone acetylation quantification in paired GC and nontumor tissue samples...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
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