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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804563/count-based-size-correction-analysis-of-maternal-plasma-dna-for-improved-noninvasive-prenatal-detection-of-fetal-trisomies-13-18-and-21
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Li Zhang, Qian Zhu, He Wang, Shanling Liu
PURPOSE: Our goal was to derive more sensitive and accurate Z-scores based on combined DNA count- and size-based algorithms to advance molecular diagnostics for noninvasive prenatal testing of fetal trisomies. METHODS: We included 180 cases at high risk for fetal aneuploidy who underwent amniotic fluid cytogenetic analysis. We calculated their traditional count-based Z-scores, as well as their 100-, 130- and 150-, and 166-bp size-corrected Z-scores, and determined each Z-score's reliability based on its comparison to the cases' cytogenetic results...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801976/implications-of-fetoplacental-mosaicism-on-cell-free-dna-testing-for-sex-chromosome-aneuploidies
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Francesca Romana Grati, Komal Bajaj, Valentina Zanatta, Francesca Malvestiti, Barbara Malvestiti, Livia Marcato, Beatrice Grimi, Federico Maggi, Giuseppe Simoni, Susan J Gross, Jose Ferreira
OBJECTIVE: The unique biological behavior of sex chromosomes has implications for cell-free DNA (cfDNA) testing. Our purpose is to predict the i) false positive/negative rates (FPR/FNR) of cfDNA testing consequent to feto-placental mosaicism for any sex chromosome anomaly (SCA) ii) positive (PPV) and negative predictive values (NPV) of a high- and low-risk cfDNA result for any SCA. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 67030 chorionic villus sampling (CVS) karyotypes, including feto-placental mosaicism cases...
August 11, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795155/detection-of-urine-dna-markers-for-monitoring-recurrent-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Hie-Won Hann, Surbhi Jain, Grace Park, Jamin D Steffen, Wei Song, Ying-Hsiu Su
AIM: This study aimed to explore the potential of detecting hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)-associated DNA markers, TP53 249T mutations and aberrant methylation of RASSF1A and GSTP1 genes, for monitoring HCC recurrence. HCC remains a leading cause of death worldwide, with one of the fastest growing incidence rates in the US. While treatment options are available and new ones emerging, there remains a poor prognosis of this disease mostly due to its late diagnosis and high recurrence rate...
2017: Hepatoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781890/self-reported-pregnancy-exposures-and-placental-dna-methylation-in-the-marbles-prospective-autism-sibling-study
#4
Rebecca J Schmidt, Diane I Schroeder, Florence K Crary-Dooley, Jacqueline M Barkoski, Daniel J Tancredi, Cheryl K Walker, Sally Ozonoff, Irva Hertz-Picciotto, Janine M LaSalle
Human placenta is a fetal-derived tissue that offers a unique sample of epigenetic and environmental exposures present in utero. In the MARBLES prospective pregnancy study of high-risk younger siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), pregnancy and environmental factors collected by maternal interviews were examined as predictors of placental DNA methylation, including partially methylated domains (PMDs), an embryonic feature of the placental methylome. DNA methylation data from MethylC-seq analysis of 47 placentas of children clinically diagnosed at 3 years with ASD or typical development using standardized assessments were examined in relation to: child's gestational age, birth-weight, and diagnosis; maternal pre-pregnancy body mass index, smoking, education, parity, height, prenatal vitamin and folate intake; home ownership; pesticides professionally applied to lawns or gardens or inside homes, pet flea/tick pouches, collars, or soaps/shampoos used in the 3 months prior to or during pregnancy...
December 2016: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781851/cell-free-dna-results-lead-to-unexpected-diagnosis
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Jessica Smith, Victoria Kean, Diana W Bianchi, Gerald Feldman, Nancie Petrucelli, Michael Simon, Bernard Gonik
Maternal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) results that are discordant with the diagnostic fetal karyotype should prompt further investigation. If deeper analysis of the cfDNA results demonstrates a "saw-tooth" pattern characteristic of genome-wide imbalance, maternal malignancy is suggested. Identifying the maternal malignancy can, however, be difficult.
August 2017: Clinical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777863/-application-of-chromosome-microarray-analysis-for-the-delineation-of-pathogenesis-for-fetal-ventriculomegaly
#6
Zhouzhou Li, Fang Fu, Tingying Lei, Ru Li, Xiangyi Jing, Xin Yang, Jin Han, Min Pan, Li Zhen, Can Liao
OBJECTIVE: To assess the value of genome-wide high-resolution chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for the delineation of pathogenesis for fetal ventriculomegaly diagnosed by ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). METHODS: Three hundred and forty-one cases of fetal ventriculomegaly were collected. The samples were grouped based on the extent of lateral ventricular dilatation, presence of additional features, site of occurrence, and the maternal age. All samples were subjected to karyotyping analysis...
August 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771834/molecular-prenatal-diagnosis-of-alpha-and-beta-thalassemia-in-pregnant-hakka-women-in-southern-china
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Pingsen Zhao, Heming Wu, Zhixiong Zhong, Liubing Lan, Mei Zeng, Hualan Lin, Huaxian Wang, Zhiyuan Zheng, Luxian Su, Wei Guo
BACKGROUND: To date, there has been no systematic study of DNA-based prenatal diagnosis of thalassemia in pregnant Hakka women in southern China. METHODS: A total of 279 pregnant Hakka women with confirmed cases of thalassemia who had been treated at the Meizhou People's Hospital in China's Guangdong Province from January 2014 to December 2016 were here enrolled. Genomic DNA was extracted from peripheral blood of couples and villus, amniotic fluid, or fetal cord blood...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771232/di-2-ethylhexyl-phthalate-exposure-impairs-meiotic-progression-and-dna-damage-repair-in-fetal-mouse-oocytes-in-vitro
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Jing-Cai Liu, Fang-Nong Lai, Ling Li, Xiao-Feng Sun, Shun-Feng Cheng, Wei Ge, Yu-Feng Wang, Lan Li, Xi-Feng Zhang, Massimo De Felici, Paul W Dyce, Wei Shen
Di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), is the most common member of the class of phthalates that are used as plasticizers and have become common environmental contaminants. A number of studies have shown that DEHP exposure impacts reproductive health in both male and female mammals by acting as an estrogen analog. Here, we investigated the effects of DEHP on meiotic progression of fetal mouse oocytes by using an in vitro model of ovarian tissue culture. The results showed that 10 or 100 μM DEHP exposure inhibited the progression of oocytes throughout meiotic prophase I, specifically from the pachytene to diplotene stages...
August 3, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28763452/pathogen-reduction-through-additive-free-short-wave-uv-light-irradiation-retains-the-optimal-efficacy-of-human-platelet-lysate-for-the-expansion-of-human-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells
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Sabrina Viau, Lucie Chabrand, Sandy Eap, Judith Lorant, Karl Rouger, Francis Goudaliez, Chryslain Sumian, Bruno Delorme
BACKGROUND: We recently developed and characterized a standardized and clinical grade human Platelet Lysate (hPL) that constitutes an advantageous substitute for fetal bovine serum (FBS) for human mesenchymal stem cell (hMSC) expansion required in cell therapy procedures, avoiding xenogenic risks (virological and immunological) and ethical issues. Because of the progressive use of pathogen-reduced (PR) labile blood components, and the requirement of ensuring the viral safety of raw materials for cell therapy products, we evaluated the impact of the novel procedure known as THERAFLEX UV-Platelets for pathogen reduction on hPL quality (growth factors content) and efficacy (as a medium supplement for hMSC expansion)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762673/interaction-between-maternal-and-paternal-shmt1-c1420t-predisposes-to-neural-tube-defects-in-the-fetus-evidence-from-case-control-and-family-based-triad-approaches
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Prasoona K Rebekah, Sunitha Tella, Srinadh Buragadda, Muni Kumari Tiruvatturu, Jyothy Akka
BACKGROUND: Neural tube defects (NTDs) are caused by the failure of neural tube formation which occurs during early embryonic development. NTDs are the most severe and leading cause of fetal mortality. Serine hydroxymethyl transferase (SHMT1) provides one-carbon units necessary for embryogenesis and defects in one-carbon production result in specific pathological conditions during pregnancy. The present study is aimed to evaluate the association of SHMT1 C1420T with NTD risk in the fetus using fetal, maternal and paternal groups by applying both case-control and family-based triad approaches...
July 17, 2017: Birth defects research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761462/subtypes-distribution-and-frequency-of-blastocystis-sp-isolated-from-diarrheic-and-non-diarrheic-patients
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Nahid Jalallou, Shahrokh Iravani, Mostafa Rezaeian, Atefe Alinaghizade, Hamed Mirjalali
BACKGROUND: Blastocystis is one of the most common parasites, reported from both human and animals. This parasite is more prevalent in regions with low levels of hygiene, close contact with animal and unsuitable disposal systems. The aim of the study was to subtype Blastocystis sp., isolated from diarrheic and non-diarrheic patients using sequencing of 18S ribosomal DNA. METHODS: Totally, 300 stool samples were collected from diarrheic and nondiarrheic patients referred to Imam Reza Hospital, Tehran from Apr to Aug 2015...
January 2017: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753543/nlrp-genes-and-their-role-in-preeclampsia-and-multi-locus-imprinting-disorders
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Lukas Soellner, Kathrin Maria Kopp, Sabine Mütze, Robert Meyer, Matthias Begemann, Sabine Rudnik, Werner Rath, Thomas Eggermann, Klaus Zerres
Preeclampsia (PE) affects 2-5% of all pregnancies. It is a multifactorial disease, but it has been estimated that 35% of the variance in liability of PE are attributable to maternal genetic effects and 20% to fetal genetic effects. PE has also been reported in women delivering children with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS, OMIM 130650), a disorder associated with aberrant methylation at genomically imprinted loci. Among others, members of the NLRP gene family are involved in the etiology of imprinting defects...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753061/low-dose-ionizing-radiation-exposure-oxidative-stress-and-epigenetic-programing-of-health-and-disease
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Sujeenthar Tharmalingam, Shayenthiran Sreetharan, Adomas V Kulesza, Douglas R Boreham, T C Tai
Ionizing radiation exposure from medical diagnostic imaging has greatly increased over the last few decades. Approximately 80% of patients who undergo medical imaging are exposed to low-dose ionizing radiation (LDIR). Although there is widespread consensus regarding the harmful effects of high doses of radiation, the biological effects of low-linear energy transfer (LET) LDIR is not well understood. LDIR is known to promote oxidative stress, however, these levels may not be large enough to result in genomic mutations...
July 28, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749478/molecular-autopsy-in-maternal-fetal-medicine
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Hanan E Shamseldin, Wesam Kurdi, Fatima Almusafri, Maha Alnemer, Alya Alkaff, Zeneb Babay, Amal Alhashem, Maha Tulbah, Nada Alsahan, Rubina Khan, Bahauddin Sallout, Elham Al Mardawi, Mohamed Zain Seidahmed, Niema Meriki, Yasser Alsaber, Alya Qari, Ola Khalifa, Wafaa Eyaid, Zuhair Rahbeeni, Ahmed Kurdi, Mais Hashem, Tarfa Alshidi, Eman Al-Obeid, Firdous Abdulwahab, Niema Ibrahim, Nour Ewida, Karen El-Akouri, Mariam Al Mulla, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Matthias Pergande, Sebahattin Cirak, Saeed Al Tala, Ranad Shaheen, Eissa Faqeih, Fowzan S Alkuraya
PurposeThe application of genomic sequencing to investigate unexplained death during early human development, a form of lethality likely enriched for severe Mendelian disorders, has been limited.MethodsIn this study, we employed exome sequencing as a molecular autopsy tool in a cohort of 44 families with at least one death or lethal fetal malformation at any stage of in utero development. Where no DNA was available from the fetus, we performed molecular autopsy by proxy, i.e., through parental testing.ResultsPathogenic or likely pathogenic variants were identified in 22 families (50%), and variants of unknown significance were identified in further 15 families (34%)...
July 27, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749240/epigenetic-dysregulation-of-the-erythropoietic-transcription-factor-klf1-and-the-beta-like-globin-locus-in-juvenile-myelomonocytic-leukemia
#15
Silvia Fluhr, Christopher Felix Krombholz, Angelina Meier, Thomas Epting, Oliver Mücke, Christoph Plass, Charlotte M Niemeyer, Christian Flotho
Increased levels of fetal hemoglobin (HbF) are a hallmark of more than half of the children diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). Elevated HbF levels in JMML are associated with DNA hypermethylation of distinct gene promoter regions in leukemic cells. Since the regulation of globin gene transcription is known to be under epigenetic control, we set out to study the relation of DNA methylation patterns at β-/γ-globin promoters, mRNA and protein expression of globins, and epigenetic modifications of genes encoding the globin-regulatory transcription factors BCL11A and KLF1 in nucleated erythropoietic precursor cells of patients with JMML...
July 27, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732066/inhibition-of-pulmonary-%C3%AE-carotene-15-15-oxygenase-expression-by-glucocorticoid-involves-ppar%C3%AE
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Xiaoming Gong, Raju Marisiddaiah, Lewis P Rubin
β-carotene 15,15'-oxygenase (BCO1) catalyzes the first step in the conversion of dietary provitamin A carotenoids to vitamin A. This enzyme is expressed in a variety of developing and adult tissues, suggesting that its activity may regulate local retinoid synthesis. Vitamin A and related compounds (retinoids) are critical regulators of lung epithelial development, integrity, and injury repair. A balance between the actions of retinoids and glucocorticoids (GCs) promotes normal lung development and, in particular, alveolarization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727687/hippocampus-dependent-memory-and-allele-specific-gene-expression-in-adult-offspring-of-alcohol-consuming-dams-after-neonatal-treatment-with-thyroxin-or-metformin
#17
E Tunc-Ozcan, S L Wert, P H Lim, A Ferreira, E E Redei
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), the result of fetal alcohol exposure (FAE), affects 2-11% of children worldwide, with no effective treatments. Hippocampus-based learning and memory deficits are key symptoms of FASD. Our previous studies show hypothyroxinemia and hyperglycemia of the alcohol-consuming pregnant rat, which likely affects fetal neurodevelopment. We administered vehicle, thyroxine (T4) or metformin to neonatal rats post FAE and rats were tested in the hippocampus-dependent contextual fear-conditioning paradigm in adulthood...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724248/exposure-to-particulate-air-pollution-during-early-pregnancy-is-associated-with-placental-dna-methylation
#18
Jing Cai, Yan Zhao, Pengcheng Liu, Bin Xia, Qingyang Zhu, Xiu Wang, Qi Song, Haidong Kan, Yunhui Zhang
Maternal exposure to particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter <10μm (PM10) during pregnancy results in adverse birth outcomes. Changes in placental DNA methylation might mediate those adverse effects. In this study, we examined the associations between prenatal PM10 exposure and DNA methylation of LINE1, HSD11B2 and NR3C1 in human placenta. One hundred and eighty-one mother newborn pairs (80 fetal growth restriction newborns, 101 normal newborns) participated in this study. The average PM10 exposure of each trimester and of the whole pregnancy was calculated using daily air pollution concentration data...
July 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721719/imprinted-nanovelcro-microchips-for-isolation-and-characterization-of-circulating-fetal-trophoblasts-toward-noninvasive-prenatal-diagnostics
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Shuang Hou, Jie-Fu Chen, Min Song, Yazhen Zhu, Yu Jen Jan, Szu Hao Chen, Tzu-Hua Weng, Dean-An Ling, Shang-Fu Chen, Tracy Ro, An-Jou Liang, Tom Lee, Helen Jin, Man Li, Lian Liu, Yu-Sheng Hsiao, Peilin Chen, Hsiao-Hua Yu, Ming-Song Tsai, Margareta D Pisarska, Angela Chen, Li-Ching Chen, Hsian-Rong Tseng
Circulating fetal nucleated cells (CFNCs) in maternal blood offer an ideal source of fetal genomic DNA for noninvasive prenatal diagnostics (NIPD). We developed a class of nanoVelcro microchips to effectively enrich a subcategory of CFNCs, i.e., circulating trophoblasts (cTBs) from maternal blood, which can then be isolated with single-cell resolution by a laser capture microdissection (LCM) technique for downstream genetic testing. We first established a nanoimprinting fabrication process to prepare the LCM-compatible nanoVelcro substrates...
July 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719288/evaluation-of-the-protective-effect-of-deoxyribonucleic-acid-vaccines-encoding-granule-antigen-2-and-5-against-acute-toxoplasmosis-in-balb-c-mice
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Xiao Teng Ching, Mun Yik Fong, Yee Ling Lau
AbstractToxoplasma gondii infects a broad range of warm-blooded hosts, including humans. Important clinical manifestations include encephalitis in immunocompromised patients as well as miscarriage and fetal damage during early pregnancy. Toxoplasma gondii dense granule antigen 2 and 5 (GRA2 and GRA5) are essential for parasitophorous vacuole development of the parasite. To evaluate the potential of GRA2 and GRA5 as recombinant DNA vaccine candidates, these antigens were cloned into eukaryotic expression vector (pcDNA 3...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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