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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914109/bcor-upregulation-in-a-poorly-differentiated-synovial-sarcoma-with-ss18l1-ssx1-fusion-a-pathologic-and-molecular-pitfall
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Yu-Chien Kao, Yun-Shao Sung, Lei Zhang, Samuel Kenan, Samuel Singer, William D Tap, David Swanson, Brendan C Dickson, Cristina R Antonescu
The diagnosis of poorly differentiated synovial sarcoma (PD-SS) may be challenging due to overlapping morphologic features with other undifferentiated round cell sarcomas (URCS). Particularly relevant is the histologic overlap and shared BCOR overexpression between a subset of SS and URCS with various BCOR genetic abnormalities. Here we report a case of PD-SS lacking the canonical SS18-SSX gene fusion, but showing strong BCOR immunoreactivity and BCOR gene abnormalities by FISH which were misinterpreted as a URCS with BCOR gene rearrangements...
December 3, 2016: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913849/targeted-next-generation-sequencing-reveals-mody-in-up-to-6-5-of-antibody-negative-diabetes-cases-listed-in-the-norwegian-childhood-diabetes-registry
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Bente B Johansson, Henrik U Irgens, Janne Molnes, Paweł Sztromwasser, Ingvild Aukrust, Petur B Juliusson, Oddmund Søvik, Shawn Levy, Torild Skrivarhaug, Geir Joner, Anders Molven, Stefan Johansson, Pål R Njølstad
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: MODY can be wrongly diagnosed as type 1 diabetes in children. We aimed to find the prevalence of MODY in a nationwide population-based registry of childhood diabetes. METHODS: Using next-generation sequencing, we screened the HNF1A, HNF4A, HNF1B, GCK and INS genes in all 469 children (12.1%) negative for both GAD and IA-2 autoantibodies and 469 antibody-positive matched controls selected from the Norwegian Childhood Diabetes Registry (3882 children)...
December 2, 2016: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913833/tight-repulsion-linkage-between-sr36-and-sr39-was-revealed-by-genetic-cytogenetic-and-molecular-analyses
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Bosco Chemayek, Urmil K Bansal, Naeela Qureshi, Peng Zhang, William W Wagoire, Harbans S Bariana
The shortening of Aegilops speltoides segment did not facilitate recombination between stem rust resistance genes Sr36 and Sr39 . Robustness of marker rwgs28 for marker-assisted selection of Sr39 was demonstrated. Stem rust resistance genes Sr39 and Sr36 were transferred from Aegilops speltoides and Triticum timopheevii, respectively, to chromosome 2B of wheat. Genetic stocks RL6082 and RWG1 carrying Sr39 on a large and a shortened Ae. speltoides segments, respectively, and the Sr36-carrying Australian wheat cultivar Cook were used in this study...
December 2, 2016: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913608/the-clinical-utility-of-circulating-neuroendocrine-gene-transcript-analysis-in-well-differentiated-paragangliomas-and-pheochromocytomas
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M Pęczkowska, J Cwikla, M Kidd, A Lewczuk, A Kolasinska-Ćwikła, D Niec, I Michałowska, A Prejbisz, A Januszewicz, J Chiarelli, L Bodei, I Modlin
CONTEXT: Paragangliomas and pheochromocytomas (PPGLs) exhibit variable malignancy, which is difficult to determine by histopathology, amine measurements or tissue genetic analyses. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether a 51-neuroendocrine gene blood analysis has clinical utility as a diagnostic and prognostic marker. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. Well-differentiated PPGLs (n = 32), metastatic (n = 4); SDHx mutation (n = 25); 12 biochemically active, Lanreotide treated (n = 4)...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913528/mutations-in-mpns-prognostic-implications-window-to-biology-and-impact-on-treatment-decisions
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Jamile M Shammo, Brady L Stein
The last decade has witnessed tremendous scientific advances, ushered in by the JAK2 V617F discovery, contributing to enhanced diagnostic capability and understanding of the biology of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Discovery of the calreticulin mutations filled a diagnostic gap; more recent work sheds light on its contribution to disease pathogenesis, and prognosis. Recent studies have also identified novel JAK2 and MPL mutations in patients with essential thrombocythemia and myelofibrosis (MF). Especially in MF, the driver mutational profile has prognostic implications, with additive contributions from the acquisition of additional somatic mutations...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913517/treatment-of-low-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Valeria Santini
The majority of myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients belong to the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) and IPSS-revised (IPSS-R) lower-risk categories. Their precise diagnostics and prognostic stratification is often a challenge, but may ensure the optimization of therapy. The availability of diverse treatment options has significantly improved the quality of life and survival of this group of patients. Anemia is the most relevant cytopenia in terms of frequency and symptoms in lower-risk MDS, and may be treated successfully with erythropoietic stimulating agents, provided a careful selection is performed on the basis of IPSS-R, endogenous erythropoietin levels, and transfusion independence...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913464/new-challenges-in-evaluating-anemia-in-older-persons-in-the-era-of-molecular-testing
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David P Steensma
Anemia is common in older persons, and often remains unexplained despite a thorough clinical history, physical examination, and focused laboratory testing, including marrow aspiration, biopsy, and karyotyping. The advent of molecular genetic testing panels in hematology clinical practice has complicated the evaluation of older patients with unexplained anemia. While the presence of a somatic mutation provides evidence of clonal hematopoiesis and may support a diagnosis of a hematologic neoplasm such as one of the myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), with rare exceptions, individual mutations are not strongly associated with one specific diagnosis, nor are they by themselves diagnostic of neoplasia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913298/a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-suitable-for-the-detection-of-leukotriene-b4
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Steffi Lütkecosmann, Axel Warsinke, Winfried Tschöpe, Rüdiger Eichler, Katja Hanack
Leukotriene B4 as an inflammatory mediator is an important biomarker for different respiratory diseases like asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or cystic lung fibrosis. Therefore the detection of LTB4 is helpful in the diagnosis of these pulmonary diseases. However, until now its determination in exhaled breath condensates suffers from problems of accuracy. Reasons for that could be improper sample collection and preparation methods of condensates and the lack of consistently assay specificity and reproducibility of the used immunoassay detection system...
November 29, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910874/comprehensive-evaluation-of-molecular-enhancers-of-the-isothermal-exponential-amplification-reaction
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Ellie Mok, Eugene Wee, Yuling Wang, Matt Trau
The exponential amplification reaction (EXPAR) is an emerging isothermal nucleic acid amplification method with high potential for molecular diagnostics due to its isothermal nature and high amplification efficiency. However, the use of EXPAR is limited by the high levels of non-specific amplification. Hence, methods that can improve the specificity of EXPAR are desired to facilitate its widespread adoption in practice. Herein, we proposed a strategy to improve EXPAR performance by using molecular enhancers...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910505/characterization-of-an-atomic-hydrogen-source-for-charge-exchange-experiments
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M A Leutenegger, P Beiersdorfer, G L Betancourt-Martinez, G V Brown, N Hell, R L Kelley, C A Kilbourne, E W Magee, F S Porter
We characterized the dissociation fraction of a thermal dissociation atomic hydrogen source by injecting the mixed atomic and molecular output of the source into an electron beam ion trap containing highly charged ions and recording the x-ray spectrum generated by charge exchange using a high-resolution x-ray calorimeter spectrometer. We exploit the fact that the charge exchange state-selective capture cross sections are very different for atomic and molecular hydrogen incident on the same ions, enabling a clear spectroscopic diagnostic of the neutral species...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910065/pathology-of-endometrial-carcinoma
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Sigurd F Lax
On a clinicopathological and molecular level, two distinctive types of endometrial carcinoma, type I and type II, can be distinguished. Endometrioid carcinoma, the typical type I carcinoma, seems to develop through an estrogen-driven "adenoma carcinoma" pathway from atypical endometrial hyperplasia/endometrioid intraepithelial neoplasia (AEH/EIN). It is associated with elevated serum estrogen and high body mass index and expresses estrogen and progesterone receptors. They are mostly low grade and show a favorable prognosis...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910018/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-probe-validation-for-clinical-use
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Jun Gu, Janice L Smith, Patricia K Dowling
In this chapter, we provide a systematic overview of the published guidelines and validation procedures for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) probes for clinical diagnostic use. FISH probes-which are classified as molecular probes or analyte-specific reagents (ASRs)-have been extensively used in vitro for both clinical diagnosis and research. Most commercially available FISH probes in the United States are strictly regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910012/chromosome-preparation-for-chronic-lymphoid-malignancies
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Dorota Koczkodaj, Agata A Filip
Conventional cytogenetics is invariably one of the most important methods used in diagnostics of chronic lymphoproliferations. It complements fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and molecular analysis. Presence of particular chromosomal alterations in chronic lymphocytic leukemia enables patients' stratification into appropriate cytogenetic risk groups and influences treatment decisions. In other non-Hodgkin lymphomas cytogenetic analyses are employed also in minimal residual disease assessment.As lymphocytes in chronic lymphoid malignancies are characterized by low proliferation rate in vitro, it is critical to induce their division in the culture properly...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910009/cancer-cytogenetics-an-introduction
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Thomas S K Wan
The Philadelphia chromosome was the first chromosomal abnormality discovered in cancer using the cytogenetics technique in 1960, and was consistently associated with chronic myeloid leukemia. Over the past five decades, innovative technical advances in the field of cancer cytogenetics have greatly enhanced the detection ability of chromosomal alterations, and have facilitated the research and diagnostic potential of chromosomal studies in neoplasms. These developments notwithstanding, chromosome analysis of a single cell is still the easiest way to delineate and understand the relationship between clonal evolution and disease progression of cancer cells...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909909/obesity-biomarkers-metabolism-and-risk-of-cancer-an-epidemiological-perspective
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Katharina Nimptsch, Tobias Pischon
Obesity is associated with metabolic alterations that may pose a biological link between body fatness and risk of cancer. Elucidating the role of obesity-related biomarkers in cancer development is essential for developing targeted strategies aiming at obesity-associated cancer prevention. Molecular epidemiological studies of the past decades have provided evidence that major hormonal pathways linking obesity and cancer risk include the insulin and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) axis, sex-steroid hormones, adipokines and chronic low-grade inflammation...
2016: Recent Results in Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908343/a%C3%AE-amyloid-pathology-affects-the-hearts-of-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease-mind%C3%A2-the-heart
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Luca Troncone, Marco Luciani, Matthew Coggins, Elissa H Wilker, Cheng-Ying Ho, Kari Elise Codispoti, Matthew P Frosch, Rakez Kayed, Federica Del Monte
BACKGROUND: Individually, heart failure (HF) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) are severe threats to population health, and their potential coexistence is an alarming prospect. In addition to sharing analogous epidemiological and genetic profiles, biochemical characteristics, and common triggers, the authors recently recognized common molecular and pathological features between the 2 conditions. Whereas cognitive impairment has been linked to HF through perfusion defects, angiopathy, and inflammation, whether patients with AD present with myocardial dysfunction, and if the 2 conditions bear a common pathogenesis as neglected siblings are unknown...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908334/antimicrobial-stewardship-in-the-management-of-sepsis
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Michael S Pulia, Robert Redwood, Brian Sharp
Sepsis represents a unique clinical dilemma with regard to antimicrobial stewardship. The standard approach to suspected sepsis in the emergency department centers on fluid resuscitation and timely broad-spectrum antimicrobials. The lack of gold standard diagnostics and evolving definitions for sepsis introduce a significant degree of diagnostic uncertainty that may raise the potential for inappropriate antimicrobial prescribing. Intervention bundles that combine traditional quality improvement strategies with emerging electronic health record-based clinical decision support tools and rapid molecular diagnostics represent the most promising approach to enhancing antimicrobial stewardship in the management of suspected sepsis in the emergency department...
February 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906774/lessons-from-characterization-and-treatment-of-the-autoinflammatory-syndromes
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Ivona Aksentijevich, Michael F McDermott
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The list of genes associated with systemic inflammatory diseases has been steadily growing because of the explosion of new genomic technologies. Significant advances in the past year have deepened our understanding of the molecular mechanisms linked to inflammation and elucidated insights on the efficacy of specific therapies for these and related conditions. We review the molecular pathogenesis of four recently characterized monogenic autoinflammatory diseases: haploinsufficiency of A20, otulipenia, a severe form of pyrin-associated disease, and a monogenic form of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906711/polycystic-ovary-syndrome-in-adolescent-girls
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Natalie Hecht Baldauff, Selma Feldman Witchel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common heterogeneous disorder that appears to have its origins during the peripubertal years. The diagnostic conundrum is that the typical clinical features, irregular menses and acne, occur during normal female puberty. Understanding the physiologic origins and molecular basis of the dysregulated hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in PCOS is fundamental to interrupting the distinctive vicious cycle of hyperandrogenism and chronic anovulation...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906486/the-fractional-occupation-number-weighted-density-as-a-versatile-analysis-tool-for-molecules-with-a-complicated-electronic-structure
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Christoph Alexander Bauer, Andreas Hansen, Stefan Grimme
The fractional occupation number weighted density (FOD) analysis is explored as a general theoretical diagnostic for complicated electronic structures. Its main feature is to provide robustly and fast the information where 'hot' (strongly correlated and chemically active) electrons are localized in a molecule. We demonstrate its usage in four different prototypical applications: (i) As a new and fast measure for the biradical character of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, (ii) for the selection of active orbital spaces in multiconfigurational or complete active space self consistent field (MCSCF/CASSCF) treatments, (iii) as a possibility to consistently describe molecular energy landscapes in regions with varying biradical character as exemplified by partial double bond torsions, and (iv) as a powerful visualization method for static electron correlation effects in large biomolecules in connection with an efficient semi-empirical tight-binding molecular orbital scheme...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
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