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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147574/generational-comparisons-f1-versus-f3-of-vinclozolin-induced-epigenetic-transgenerational-inheritance-of-sperm-differential-dna-methylation-regions-epimutations-using-medip-seq
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Daniel Beck, Ingrid Sadler-Riggleman, Michael K Skinner
Environmentally induced epigenetic transgenerational inheritance of disease and phenotypic variation has been shown to involve DNA methylation alterations in the germline (e.g. sperm). These differential DNA methylation regions (DMRs) are termed epimutations and in part transmit the transgenerational phenotypes. The agricultural fungicide vinclozolin exposure of a gestating female rat has previously been shown to promote transgenerational disease and epimutations in F3 generation (great-grand-offspring) animals...
July 2017: Environmental Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145928/note-of-clarification-potential-risks-to-offspring-of-intrauterine-exposure-to-maternal-age-related-obstetric-complications
#2
Juan J Tarín, Miguel A García-Pérez, Antonio Cano
Several hypotheses have been proposed to explain the negative effects of delayed motherhood on an offspring's morbidity later in life. However, these hypotheses are not supported by clinical and epidemiological evidence. Because advanced maternal age is associated with increased risk of obstetric complications, the aim of the present study was to ascertain whether the negative effects on offspring of intrauterine exposure to maternal age-related obstetric complications may explain the reported negative effects of delayed motherhood on offspring...
August 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142404/chalepin-a-compound-from-ruta-angustifolia-l-pers-exhibits-cell-cycle-arrest-at-s-phase-suppresses-nuclear-factor-kappa-b-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-signal-transducer-and-activation-of-transcription-3-stat3-phosphorylation-and-extrinsic-apoptotic-pathway-in-non-small-cell
#3
Jaime Stella Moses Richardson, Norhaniza Aminudin, Sri Nurestri Abd Malek
Background: Plants have been a major source of inspiration in developing novel drug compounds in the treatment of various diseases that afflict human beings worldwide. Ruta angustifolia L. Pers known locally as Garuda has been conventionally used for various medicinal purposes such as in the treatment of cancer. Objective: A dihydrofuranocoumarin named chalepin, which was isolated from the chloroform extract of the plant, was tested on its ability to inhibit molecular pathways of human lung carcinoma (A549) cells...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141958/dna-methylation-defines-regional-identity-of-human-intestinal-epithelial-organoids-and-undergoes-dynamic-changes-during-development
#4
Judith Kraiczy, Komal M Nayak, Kate J Howell, Alexander Ross, Jessica Forbester, Camilla Salvestrini, Roxana Mustata, Sally Perkins, Amanda Andersson-Rolf, Esther Leenen, Anke Liebert, Ludovic Vallier, Philip C Rosenstiel, Oliver Stegle, Gordon Dougan, Robert Heuschkel, Bon-Kyoung Koo, Matthias Zilbauer
OBJECTIVE: Human intestinal epithelial organoids (IEOs) are increasingly being recognised as a highly promising translational research tool. However, our understanding of their epigenetic molecular characteristics and behaviour in culture remains limited. DESIGN: We performed genome-wide DNA methylation and transcriptomic profiling of human IEOs derived from paediatric/adult and fetal small and large bowel as well as matching purified human gut epithelium. Furthermore, organoids were subjected to in vitro differentiation and genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 technology...
November 15, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138110/neuronal-loss-in-the-developing-cerebral-cortex-of-normal-and-bax-deficient-mice-effects-of-ethanol-exposure
#5
Sheena M Britton, Michael W Miller
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder is associated with defects in neuronal generation, migration, and differentiation. The present study tested the hypothesis that ethanol exposure during the period of naturally occurring neuronal death causes a time- and Bax-dependent neuronal loss. Wild-type and Bax knockout mice were given a pair of injections (two hours apart) of ethanol (2.5 g/kg) or saline on postnatal day (P) 4, P7, P10, or P13. Mean blood ethanol concentration was 435 mg/dl one hour after the second injection...
November 11, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138037/genetic-predisposition-to-preeclampsia-is-conferred-by-fetal-dna-variants-near-flt1-a-gene-involved-in-the-regulation-of-angiogenesis
#6
Kathryn J Gray, Richa Saxena, S Ananth Karumanchi
Preeclampsia risk is influenced by both the mother's genetic background, as well as the genetics of her fetus; however, the specific genes responsible for conferring preeclampsia risk have largely remained elusive. Evidence that preeclampsia has a genetic predisposition was first detailed in the early 1960's, and overall preeclampsia heritability is estimated at ∼55%. Many traditional gene discovery approaches have been employed to investigate the specific genes that contribute to preeclampsia risk, but these have largely not been successful or reproducible...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134693/microglia-from-offspring-of-dams-with-allergic-asthma-exhibit-epigenomic-alterations-in-genes-dysregulated-in-autism
#7
Annie Vogel Ciernia, Milo Careaga, Janine M LaSalle, Paul Ashwood
Dysregulation in immune responses during pregnancy increases the risk of a having a child with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases among pregnant women, and symptoms often worsen during pregnancy. We recently developed a mouse model of maternal allergic asthma (MAA) that induces changes in sociability, repetitive, and perseverative behaviors in the offspring. Since epigenetic changes help a static genome adapt to the maternal environment, activation of the immune system may epigenetically alter fetal microglia, the brain's resident immune cells...
November 14, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133038/new-metalo-therapeutics-of-nsaids-against-human-breast-cancer-cells
#8
Christina N Banti, Constantina Papatriantafyllopoulou, Anastasios J Tasiopoulos, Sotiris K Hadjikakou
The non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID's)-silver(I) metallodrugs of aspirin (aspH), salicylic acid (salH2), naproxen (napH) acid or p-hydrobenzoic acid (pHbzaH) and the mitochondriotropic triphenylarsine (tpAs) with the formulae [Ag(asp)(tpAs)3] (1), [Ag(salH)(tpAs)3] (2), [Ag(nap)(tpAs)3] (3) and {[Ag(pHbza)(tpAs)3]∙(dmf)} (4) and [Ag(tpAs)3(NO3)] (5) have been synthesized and characterized by m.p., FT-IR, UV-vis and (1)H NMR, spectroscopic techniques and X-ray crystallography. The in vitro cytotoxic activity of 1-5 against human breast adenocarcinoma cancer cells: MCF-7 (positive to estrogen receptors (ERs)) and MDA-MB-231 (negative to estrogen receptors (ERs)) was evaluated...
November 10, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131362/sex-discordance-identification-following-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
#9
Ebony J Richardson, Fergus P Scott, Andrew C McLennan
OBJECTIVE: To characterize genotype-phenotype discordance identified in the routine clinical setting, and explore the associated diagnostic and counseling challenges. METHOD: Cases were derived from a cohort of pregnant women who attended a multi-site specialist prenatal screening and ultrasound service for non-invasive prenatal testing by cell-free DNA analysis and mid-trimester fetal morphology assessment. RESULTS: Seven cases of genotype-phenotype discordance were identified from a cohort of 12,919 women between June 2013 - March 2017 (incidence 1/1845 pregnancies)...
November 13, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131052/prenatal-screening-for-22q11-2-deletion-using-a-targeted-microarray-based-cell-free-dna-test
#10
Maximilian Schmid, Eric Wang, Patrick E Bogard, Elisa Bevilacqua, Coleen Hacker, Susie Wang, Jigna Doshi, Karen White, Jennifer Kaplan, Andrew Sparks, Jacques C Jani, Renee Stokowski
OBJECTIVE: To determine the performance of a targeted microarray-based cell-free DNA (cfDNA) test (Harmony Prenatal Test®) for the identification of pregnancies at increased risk for 22q11.2 deletion. METHODS: Test performance was determined in 2 steps including a total of 1,953 plasma samples. Analytical validation was performed in 1,736 plasma samples. Clinical verification of performance was performed in an additional 217 prospectively ascertained samples from pregnancies with fetal deletion status determined by diagnostic testing...
November 8, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128491/screening-for-fetal-chromosomal-and-subchromosomal-disorders
#11
REVIEW
Sarah Harris, Dallas Reed, Neeta L Vora
Screening for fetal chromosomal disorders has evolved greatly over the last four decades. Initially, only maternal age-related risks of aneuploidy were provided to patients. This was followed by screening with maternal serum analytes and ultrasound markers, followed by the introduction and rapid uptake of maternal plasma cell-free DNA-based screening. Studies continue to demonstrate that cfDNA screening for common aneuploidies has impressive detection rates with low false-positive rates. The technology continues to push the boundaries of prenatal screening as it is now possible to screen for less common aneuploidies and subchromosomal disorders...
November 8, 2017: Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126899/merimepodib-an-impdh-inhibitor-suppresses-replication-of-zika-virus-and-other-emerging-viral-pathogens
#12
Xiao Tong, Jeanon Smith, Natalya Bukreyeva, Takaaki Koma, John T Manning, Raj Kalkeri, Ann D Kwong, Slobodan Paessler
Zika virus (ZIKV), a member of the Flaviviridae family, has recently been linked to abnormal pregnancies, fetal death, microcephaly, and Guillain-Barré syndrome in humans. Merimepodib (MMPD, VX-497), a potent inhibitor of inosine-5'-monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH), has shown antiviral activity against HCV and a variety of DNA and RNA viruses in vitro. In this report, we expand the antiviral spectrum of MMPD, and demonstrate that MMPD inhibits ZIKV RNA replication with an EC50 of 0.6 μM. Furthermore, MMPD reduces the virus production of ZIKV as well as several other important emerging viral pathogens such as Ebola, Lassa, Chikungunya, and Junin viruses...
November 8, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126132/cost-effective-and-accurate-method-of-measuring-fetal-fraction-using-snp-imputation
#13
Minjeong Kim, Jai-Hoon Kim, Kangseok Kim, Sunshin Kim
Motivation: With the discovery of cell-free fetal DNA in maternal blood, the demand for non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) has been increasing. To obtain reliable NIPT results, it is important to accurately estimate the fetal fraction. In this study, we propose an accurate and cost-effective method for measuring fetal fractions using single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Results: A total of 84 samples were sequenced via semiconductor sequencing using a 0.3x sequencing coverage...
November 8, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125674/women-s-preference-for-non-invasive-prenatal-dna-testing-nipt-versus-chromosomal-microarray-after-screening-for-down-syndrome-a-prospective-study
#14
Yvonne Kwun Yue Cheng, Wing Cheong Leung, Tak Yeung Leung, Kwong Wai Choy, Rossa Wai Kwun Chiu, Tsz-Kin Lo, Ka Yin Kwok, Daljit Singh Sahota
OBJECTIVE: To examine preference for follow-up test in women screened high or intermediate risk in 1(st) or 2(nd) trimester Down syndrome screening. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Three public hospitals in Hong Kong, China. SAMPLE: Women with term high risk ≥ 1:250 (HR) or intermediate risk 1:251-1:1200 (IR). METHODS: Women screened high risk were asked to decide among 1) an invasive test plus chromosomal microarray (CMA) to obtain more detailed fetal genetic information, 2) a non-invasive cell free prenatal DNA screening (NIPT) to detect trisomies 13, 18 and 21 to avoid procedure related miscarriage, and 3) decline further testing...
November 10, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125628/genomics-based-non-invasive-prenatal-testing-for-detection-of-fetal-chromosomal-aneuploidy-in-pregnant-women
#15
REVIEW
Mylène Badeau, Carmen Lindsay, Jonatan Blais, Leon Nshimyumukiza, Yemisi Takwoingi, Sylvie Langlois, France Légaré, Yves Giguère, Alexis F Turgeon, William Witteman, François Rousseau
BACKGROUND: Common fetal aneuploidies include Down syndrome (trisomy 21 or T21), Edward syndrome (trisomy 18 or T18), Patau syndrome (trisomy 13 or T13), Turner syndrome (45,X), Klinefelter syndrome (47,XXY), Triple X syndrome (47,XXX) and 47,XYY syndrome (47,XYY). Prenatal screening for fetal aneuploidies is standard care in many countries, but current biochemical and ultrasound tests have high false negative and false positive rates. The discovery of fetal circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) in maternal blood offers the potential for genomics-based non-invasive prenatal testing (gNIPT) as a more accurate screening method...
November 10, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121006/origin-and-clinical-relevance-of-chromosomal-aberrations-other-than-the-common-trisomies-detected-by-genome-wide-nips-results-of-the-trident-study
#16
Diane Van Opstal, Merel C van Maarle, Klaske Lichtenbelt, Marjan M Weiss, Heleen Schuring-Blom, Shama L Bhola, Mariette J V Hoffer, Karin Huijsdens-van Amsterdam, Merryn V Macville, Angelique J A Kooper, Brigitte H W Faas, Lutgarde Govaerts, Gita M Tan-Sindhunata, Nicolette den Hollander, Ilse Feenstra, Robert-Jan H Galjaard, Dick Oepkes, Stijn Ghesquiere, Rutger W W Brouwer, Lean Beulen, Sander Bollen, Martin G Elferink, Roy Straver, Lidewij Henneman, Godelieve C Page-Christiaens, Erik A Sistermans
PurposeNoninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) using cell-free DNA in maternal blood is highly sensitive for detecting fetal trisomies 21, 18, and 13. Using a genome-wide approach, other chromosome anomalies can also be detected. We report on the origin, frequency, and clinical significance of these other chromosome aberrations found in pregnancies at risk for trisomy 21, 18, or 13.MethodsWhole-genome shallow massively parallel sequencing was used and all autosomes were analyzed.ResultsIn 78 of 2,527 cases (3...
October 2, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120459/informative-priors-on-fetal-fraction-increase-power-of-the-noninvasive-prenatal-screen
#17
Hanli Xu, Shaowei Wang, Lin-Lin Ma, Shuai Huang, Lin Liang, Qian Liu, Yang-Yang Liu, Ke-Di Liu, Ze-Min Tan, Hao Ban, Yongtao Guan, Zuhong Lu
PurposeNoninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) sequences a mixture of the maternal and fetal cell-free DNA. Fetal trisomy can be detected by examining chromosomal dosages estimated from sequencing reads. The traditional method uses the Z-test, which compares a subject against a set of euploid controls, where the information of fetal fraction is not fully utilized. Here we present a Bayesian method that leverages informative priors on the fetal fraction.MethodOur Bayesian method combines the Z-test likelihood and informative priors of the fetal fraction, which are learned from the sex chromosomes, to compute Bayes factors...
November 9, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29115889/circulating-fetal-and-total-cell-free-dna-and-shla-g-in-black-south-african-women-with-gestational-hypertension-and-pre-eclampsia
#18
Simeon Eche, Irene Mackraj, Jagidesa Moodley
OBJECTIVE: Quantification of circulating fetal and total cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and soluble human leucocyte antigen (HLAG) in gestational hypertension and pre-eclampsia. METHODS: Serum cfDNA were quantified in controls, pre-eclamptics, and gestational hypertensive patients using real-time qPCR. Soluble HLAG was measured by enzyme-linked immune-sorbent assay. RESULTS: Serum fetal and total cfDNA levels were higher in pre-eclampsia compared with the controls and gestational hypertensives (p < 0...
November 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111429/megakaryocyte-and-polyploidization
#19
REVIEW
Stefania Mazzi, Larissa Lordier, Najet Debili, Hana Raslova, William Vainchenker
In mammals, platelets are produced in the blood by cytoplasmic fragmentation of megakaryocytes (MKs). Platelet production is thus dependent on both the MK number and size. During differentiation, MKs switch from a division by mitosis to polyploidization by endomitosis to increase their size. The endomitotic process includes several successive rounds of DNA replication with an entry in mitosis with a failure in late cytokinesis and a defect in karyokinesis. This leads to a giant cell with a modal ploidy at 16N and one multilobulated nucleus...
October 27, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110322/in-silico-size-selection-is-effective-in-reducing-false-positive-nips-cases-of-monosomy-x-that-are-due-to-maternal-mosaic-monosomy-x
#20
Jekaterina Shubina, Dmitry Yu Trofimov, Ilya Yu Barkov, Olga K Stupko, Andrey Yu Goltsov, Irina S Mukosey, Nana K Tetruashvili, Lyudmila V Kim, Vladimir A Bakharev, Natalia A Karetnikova, Taisya O Kochetkova, Regina V Krasheninnikova, Andrey A Bystritskiy, Gennady T Sukhikh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to establish maternal contribution to false positive NIPS results and develop the method to distinguish maternal and fetal origin of high-risk monosomy X noninvasive prenatal DNA screening (NIPS) calls including mosaic maternal cases. METHOD: A total of 906 women carrying singleton pregnancies have been recruited. Maternal plasma DNA semiconductor massive parallel sequencing was performed to detect common aneuploidies. For the case of high monosomy X risk call, analysis method to distinguish fetal and maternal monosomy X have been additionally applied...
November 7, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
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