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Ahmed Alfares, Taghrid Aloraini, Lamia Al Subaie, Abdulelah Alissa, Ahmed Al Qudsi, Ahmed Alahmad, Fuad Al Mutairi, Abdulrahman Alswaid, Ali Alothaim, Wafaa Eyaid, Mohammed Albalwi, Saeed Alturki, Majid Alfadhel
PurposeWhole-exome sequencing (WES) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) are used to diagnose genetic and inherited disorders. However, few studies comparing the detection rates of WES and WGS in clinical settings have been performed.MethodsVariant call format files were generated and raw data analysis was performed in cases in which the final molecular results showed discrepancies. We classified the possible explanations for the discrepancies into three categories: the time interval between the two tests, the technical limitations of WES, and the impact of the sequencing system type...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Sidi M Ghaber, Nawel Trabelsi, Mohamed L Salem, Faten Haddad, Aminetou Abba, Imen Darragi, Salem Abbes
Unstable hemoglobins (Hbs) are a group of Hb disorders that could be the origin of chronic hemolytic anemia. Most of these disorders are caused by point mutations taking place in the globin genes and affecting the stability of the Hb molecule. They are inherited as autosomal dominant diseases and described worldwide. Herein we report a new observation of an unstable variant in the Mauritanian population. The patient was a young girl of Mauritanian origin. She presented with chronic hemolytic anemia with an unknown etiology after being referred to several medical centers...
March 22, 2018: Hemoglobin
Isabelle M Henry, Luca Comai, Ek Han Tan
Chromothripsis, or chromosome shattering, occurs after chromosomes missegregate, are pulverized and subsequently repaired erroneously, leading to highly complex structural rearrangements. In plants, chromothripsis has been observed as a result of mitotic malfunction connected with the incomplete loss of haploid inducer chromosomes during uniparental genome elimination. Uniparental genome elimination, a process that results in haploid induction, is a phenomenon that typically results in the loss of an entire parental chromosome set in early embryos, resulting in haploid plants...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Chengzhi Wang, Bing Zhu, Jun Xiong
Cells need to appropriately balance transcriptional stability and adaptability in order to maintain their identities while responding robustly to various stimuli. Eukaryotic cells use an elegant "epigenetic" system to achieve this functionality. "Epigenetics" is referred to as heritable information beyond the DNA sequence, including histone and DNA modifications, ncRNAs and other chromatin-related components. Here, we review the mechanisms of the epigenetic inheritance of a repressive chromatin state, with an emphasis on recent progress in the field...
March 13, 2018: Science China. Life Sciences
Mohammad Hashemi, Hiva Danesh, Fatemeh Bizhani, Mojgan Mokhtari, Gholamreza Bahari, Farhad Tabasi, Mohsen Taheri
Recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA) is a common health problem affecting women of reproductive age. Altered expression of vascular endothelial growth factor ( VEGF ) has been associated with spontaneous abortion. The present case-control study aimed to evaluate the impact of the 18-bp insertion/deletion (ins/del) polymorphism (rs35569394) in the promoter region of the VEGF gene on idiopathic RSA. Genomic DNA from 93 patients with RSA and 93 healthy fertile women of southeastern Iran was isolated using the salting-out method...
March 2018: Biomedical Reports
Marta Podgórska, Monika Ołdak, Anna Marthaler, Alina Fingerle, Barbara Walch-Rückheim, Stefan Lohse, Cornelia S L Müller, Thomas Vogt, Mart Ustav, Artur Wnorowski, Magdalena Malejczyk, Sławomir Majewski, Sigrun Smola
Persistent genus β-HPV (human papillomavirus) infection is a major co-factor for non-melanoma skin cancer in patients suffering from the inherited skin disease epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV). Malignant EV lesions are particularly associated with HPV type 5 or 8. There is clinical and molecular evidence that HPV8 actively suppresses epithelial immunosurveillance by interfering with the recruitment of Langerhans cells, which may favor viral persistence. Mechanisms how persistent HPV8 infection promotes the carcinogenic process are, however, less well understood...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Margaret S Smith, Andrew Shirley, Michael R Strand
Most social insects are free living and produce castes that develop in response to extrinsic environmental cues. Caste-forming polyembryonic insects, in contrast, are all endoparasitoids that form social groups inside the bodies of host insects. The best studied polyembryonic wasp is Copidosoma floridanum (Ashmead), which produces ∼3,000 clonal offspring that develop into two castes named reproductive and soldier larvae. Caste determination in this species is mediated by whether or not embryos inherit primary germ cells (PGCs)...
September 2017: Annals of the Entomological Society of America
Judit Balog, Remko Goossens, Richard J L F Lemmers, Kirsten R Straasheijm, Patrick J van der Vliet, Anita van den Heuvel, Chiara Cambieri, Nicolas Capet, Léonard Feasson, Veronique Manel, Julian Contet, Marjolein Kriek, Colleen M Donlin-Smith, Claudia A L Ruivenkamp, Patricia Heard, Stephen J Tapscott, Jannine D Cody, Rabi Tawil, Sabrina Sacconi, Silvère M van der Maarel
BACKGROUND: 18p deletion syndrome is a rare disorder caused by partial or full monosomy of the short arm of chromosome 18. Clinical symptoms caused by 18p hemizygosity include cognitive impairment, mild facial dysmorphism, strabismus and ptosis. Among other genes, structural maintenance of chromosomes flexible hinge domain containing 1 ( SMCHD1 ) is hemizygous in most patients with 18p deletions. Digenic inheritance of a SMCHD1 mutation and a moderately sized D4Z4 repeat on a facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) permissive genetic background of chromosome 4 can cause FSHD type 2 (FSHD2)...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
José A Del Campo, Rocío Gallego-Durán, Paloma Gallego, Lourdes Grande
Genetics and epigenetics play a key role in the development of several diseases, including nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Family studies demonstrate that first degree relatives of patients with NAFLD are at a much higher risk of the disease than the general population. The development of the Genome Wide Association Study (GWAS) technology has allowed the identification of numerous genetic polymorphisms involved in the evolution of diseases (e.g., PNPLA3 , MBOAT7 ). On the other hand, epigenetic changes interact with inherited risk factors to determine an individual's susceptibility to NAFLD...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Ewa Kruminis-Kaszkiel, Judyta Juranek, Wojciech Maksymowicz, Joanna Wojtkiewicz
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein-9 nuclease (Cas9) is a genome editing tool that has recently caught enormous attention due to its novelty, feasibility, and affordability. This system naturally functions as a defense mechanism in bacteria and has been repurposed as an RNA-guided DNA editing tool. Unlike zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas9 takes advantage of an RNA-guided DNA endonuclease enzyme, Cas9, which is able to generate double-strand breaks (DSBs) at specific genomic locations...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Chiara Fenoglio, Elio Scarpini, Maria Serpente, Daniela Galimberti
Alzheimer's disease (AD) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD) represent the first cause of dementia in senile and pre-senile population, respectively. A percentage of cases have a genetic cause, inherited with an autosomal dominant pattern of transmission. The majority of cases, however, derive from complex interactions between a number of genetic and environmental factors. Gene variants may act as risk or protective factors. Their combination with a variety of environmental exposures may result in increased susceptibility to these diseases or may influence their course...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Christian Griñán-Ferré, Rubén Corpas, Dolors Puigoriol-Illamola, Verónica Palomera-Ávalos, Coral Sanfeliu, Mercè Pallàs
Epigenetics is emerging as the missing link among genetic inheritance, environmental influences, and body and brain health status. In the brain, specific changes in nucleic acids or their associated proteins in neurons and glial cells might imprint differential patterns of gene activation that will favor either cognitive enhancement or cognitive loss for more than one generation. Furthermore, derangement of age-related epigenetic signaling is appearing as a significant risk factor for illnesses of aging, including neurodegeneration and Alzheimer's disease (AD)...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
J F Ji, Y P Zhao
The article outlined the speeches of Surgeon Branch during the Annual Scientific Conference of Chinese Medical Association in 2018.From the perspectives of inheritance, innovation, standardization and improvement, it summarizes the major progress of Chinese surgery in 2017 and introduces the objectives and action plans of Chinese Medical Association Branch of Surgery this year.
April 1, 2018: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
A E Webb, I A Youngworth, M Kaya, C L Gitter, E A O'Hare, B May, H H Cheng, M E Delany
Wingless-2 (wg-2) is an autosomal recessive mutation in chicken that results in an embryonic lethal condition. Affected individuals exhibit a multisystem syndrome characterized by absent wings, truncated legs, and craniofacial, kidney, and feather malformations. Previously, work focused on phenotype description, establishing the autosomal recessive pattern of Mendelian inheritance and placing the mutation on an inbred genetic background to create the congenic line UCD Wingless-2.331. The research described in this paper employed the complementary tools of breeding, genetics, and genomics to map the chromosomal location of the mutation and successively narrow the size of the region for analysis of the causative element...
March 19, 2018: Poultry Science
Adam Domonkos Tarnoki, Andrea Agnes Molnar, David Laszlo Tarnoki, Levente Littvay, Emanuela Medda, Corrado Fagnani, Antonio Arnolfi, Filippo Farina, Claudio Baracchini, Giorgio Meneghetti, Giacomo Pucci, Giuseppe Schillaci, Maria Antonietta Stazi, György L Nadasy
AIMS: The elasticity of the internal jugular vein (IJV) is a major determinant of cerebral venous drainage and right atrium venous return. However, the level of genetic determination of IJV dimensions, compliance and distensibility has not been studied yet. METHODS: 170 adult Caucasian twins (43 monozygotic [MZ] and 42 dizygotic [DZ] pairs) were involved from the Italian twin registry. Anteroposterior and mediolateral diameters of the IJV were measured bilaterally by ultrasonography...
2018: PloS One
Shaoran Yang, Kaili Zhang
Carbon materials derived from biomass are promising electrode materials for supercapacitor application due to their specific porosity, low cost and electrochemical stability. Herein, a hierarchical porous carbon derived from corncob was developed for use as electrodes. Benefitting from its hierarchical porosity, inherited from the natural structure of corncob, high BET surface area (1471.4 m²·g-1 ) and excellent electrical conductivity, the novel carbon material exhibited a specific capacitance of 293 F·g-1 at 1 A·g-1 in 6 M KOH electrolyte and maintained at 195 F·g-1 at 5 A·g-1 ...
March 21, 2018: Nanomaterials
Hirofumi Noguchi, Chika Miyagi-Shiohira, Yoshiki Nakashima
Induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells have significant implications for overcoming most of the ethical issues associated with embryonic stem (ES) cells. The pattern of expressed genes, DNA methylation, and covalent histone modifications in iPS cells are very similar to those in ES cells. However, it has recently been shown that, following the reprogramming of mouse/human iPS cells, epigenetic memory is inherited from the parental cells. These findings suggest that the phenotype of iPS cells may be influenced by their cells of origin and that their skewed differentiation potential may prove useful in the generation of differentiated cell types that are currently difficult to produce from ES/iPS cells for the treatment of human diseases...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Despina Apostolopoulou, Olga S Kaxira, Angeliki Hatzaki, Kanaris P Panagopoulos, Konstantinos Alexandrou, Alexander Stratoudakis, Panagoula Kollia, Vassiliki Aleporou
INTRODUCTION: Craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of cranial sutures, is usually divided into 2 major categories: syndromic and nonsyndromic. Mutations in the FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3, TWIST1, and EFNB1 genes cause the common craniosynostosis syndromes Muenke, Crouzon and Crouzon with acanthosis nigricans, Apert, Pfeiffer, Saethre-Chotzen, and Craniofrontonasal. Overlapping features among craniosynostosis syndromes, phenotypic heterogeneity even within the same syndrome, especially in the case of Muenke syndrome, and inadequate clinical evaluation can lead to misdiagnosis, which molecular testing can help clarify...
January 1, 2018: Cleft Palate-craniofacial Journal
Jane E Wilcox, Ray E Hershberger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To describe recent advancements in cardiovascular genetics made possible by leveraging next-generation sequencing (NGS), and to provide a framework for practical applications of genetic testing for hypertrophic (HCM), dilated (DCM), and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathies (ARVC). RECENT FINDINGS: The availability of NGS has made possible extensive reference databases. These, combined with recent initiatives to compile previously siloed commercial and research cardiomyopathy data sets, provide a more powerful and precise approach to cardiovascular genetic medicine...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Tina Stopp, Michael Feichtinger, Wolfgang Eppel, Thomas M Stulnig, Peter Husslein, Christian Göbl
McArdle disease or glycogen storage disease (GSD) type V is a rare autosomal recessive inherited disorder in skeletal muscle metabolism leading to exercise intolerance, muscle cramps and in some cases to rhabdomyolysis and acute renal failure due to elevated serum myoglobin levels. Albeit the uterine smooth muscle is not affected, pregnancy and delivery can be physically strenuous and may require specific anesthesiologic care. However, data on pregnancy progress and outcome and on special implications linked to anesthesia in women with McArdle's disease is scarce, thus posing a challenge to pre- and peripartal management...
March 21, 2018: Gynecological Endocrinology
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