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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525603/genome-wide-association-study-of-psychosis-proneness-in-the-finnish-population
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Alfredo Ortega-Alonso, Jesper Ekelund, Antti-Pekka Sarin, Jouko Miettunen, Juha Veijola, Marjo-Riitta Järvelin, William Hennah
The current study examined quantitative measures of psychosis proneness in a nonpsychotic population, in order to elucidate their underlying genetic architecture and to observe if there is any commonality to that already detected in the studies of individuals with overt psychotic conditions, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Heritability, univariate and multivariate genome-wide association (GWAs) tests, including a series of comprehensive gene-based association analyses, were developed in 4269 nonpsychotic persons participating in the Northern Finland Birth Cohort 1966 study with information on the following psychometric measures: Hypomanic Personality, Perceptual Aberration, Physical and Social Anhedonia (also known as Chapman's Schizotypia scales), and Schizoidia scale...
May 19, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525563/omics-biomarkers-in-ophthalmology
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Susette Lauwen, Eiko K de Jong, Dirk J Lefeber, Anneke I den Hollander
"Omics" refers to high-throughput analyses of genes, proteins, or metabolites in a biological system, and is increasingly used for ophthalmic research. These system-based approaches can unravel disease-related processes and are valuable for biomarker discovery. Furthermore, potential therapeutic targets can be identified based on omics results, and targeted follow-up experiments can be designed to gain molecular understanding of the disease and to test new therapies. Here, we review the application of omics techniques in eye diseases, focusing on age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), retinal detachment (RD), myopia, glaucoma, Fuchs' corneal dystrophy (FCD), cataract, keratoconus, and dry eyes...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521532/new-antivirals-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-hepatitis-b
#4
Vincent Soriano, Pablo Barreiro, Laura Benitez, Jose M Peña, Carmen de Mendoza
Current treatment with oral nucleos(t)ides entecavir or tenofovir provide sustained suppression of HBV replication and clinical benefit in most chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infected persons. However, HBV rebound generally occurs upon drug discontinuation due to persistence of genomic HBV reservoirs as episomic cccDNA and chromosomic integrated HBV-DNA. There is renewed enthusiasm on HBV drug discovery following recent successes with antivirals for hepatitis C and immunotherapies for some cancers. Areas covered: New drugs that target distinct steps of the HBV life cycle are been developed, including inhibitors of viral entry, new polymerase inhibitors, capsid and assembly inhibitors, virus release blockers, and disruptors of cccDNA formation and transcription...
May 18, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521441/the-context-of-prostate-cancer-genomics-in-personalized-medicine
#5
Yanling Liu
Prostate cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in males. Heterogeneous genomic aberrations may lead to prostate cancer onset, progression and metastasis. This heterogeneity also contributes to the variety in cancer risk and outcomes, different drug responses and progression, observed between individual patients. Classical prognostic factors, including prostate-specific antigen, Gleason Score and clinical tumor staging, are not sufficient to portray the complexity of a clinically relevant cancer diagnosis, risk prognosis, treatment choice and therapy monitoring...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521409/evaluation-of-a-novel-approach-to-circulating-tumor-cell-isolation-for-cancer-gene-panel-analysis-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Soo Jeong Lee, Cham Han Lee, Sung Ho Choi, Sei Hyun Ahn, Byung Ho Son, Jong Won Lee, Jong Han Yu, Nak-Jung Kwon, Woo Chung Lee, Kap-Seok Yang, Dong Hyoung Lee, Du Yeol Han, Mi So Choi, Pyeong-Soo Park, Hyun Kyung Lee, Myoung Shin Kim, Jinseon Lee, Byung Hee Jeon
Liquid biopsy isolation of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) allows the genomic analysis of CTCs, which is useful in the determination of personalized cancer therapy. In the present study, CTCs from patients with breast cancer were enriched and successfully analyzed using cancer gene panel analysis. Blood samples from 11 patients with breast cancer were collected and CTCs enriched for using size-based filtration. The enriched CTCs were analyzed using immunofluorescence staining with antibodies directed against epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM) and cluster of differentiation 45...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521327/epigenomics-pharmacoepigenomics-and-personalized-medicine-in-cervical-cancer
#7
Shama Prasada Kabekkodu, Sanjiban Chakrabarty, Supriti Ghosh, Angela Brand, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
Epigenomics encompasses the study of genome-wide changes in DNA methylation, histone modifications and noncoding RNAs leading to altered transcription, chromatin structure, and posttranscription RNA processing, respectively, resulting in an altered rate of gene expression. The role of epigenetic modifications facilitating human diseases is well established. Previous studies have identified histone and cytosine code during normal and pathological conditions with special emphasis on how these modifications regulate transcriptional events...
May 19, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517993/your-dna-your-say
#8
Anna Middleton
Genomic and medical data sharing is pivotal if the promise of genomic medicine is to be fully realised. Social scientists working in the genomics arena ask the public 'how is the technology working for you?' Empirical studies on attitudes, values and beliefs are incredibly valuable; they offer a voice from those who are, or will be, directly affected. This is paramount if personalised medicine is to be truly personal. An International attitude study, Your DNA, Your Say, uses film to provide background information and an online survey to gather public views on donating one's own personal DNA and medical data for use by others...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517992/equity-and-value-in-precision-medicine
#9
Muir Gray, Tyra Lagerberg, Viktor Dombrádi
Precision medicine carries huge potential in the treatment of many diseases, particularly those with high-penetrance monogenic underpinnings. However, precision medicine through genomic technologies also has ethical implications. We will define allocative, personal, and technical value ('triple value') in healthcare and how this relates to equity. Equity is here taken to be implicit in the concept of triple value in countries that have publicly funded healthcare systems. It will be argued that precision medicine risks concentrating resources to those that already experience greater access to healthcare and power in society, nationally as well as globally...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517988/the-promise-and-the-hype-of-personalised-medicine
#10
Tim Maughan
Personalised medicine is widely considered as the way of the future for medicine. However, progress in cancer, with a few outstanding exceptions, has fallen below expectations because of the challenges of tumour heterogeneity and clonal evolution. In both benign and malignant disease, diseases caused by single genetic alterations are more amenable to precision medicine approaches. However, most common diseases are caused by a complex interplay of multiple genetic and environmental factors making personalised medicine far more challenging...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517982/data-sharing-and-the-idea-of-ownership
#11
Jonathan Montgomery
Ideas about ownership are sometimes used in discussions of data sharing in personalised medicine. Personal health data are thought by many to be 'theirs'. Paradoxically, personalised medicine (at least in the context of genomics) relies on the aggregation of private data into a dataset that is held as a form of knowledge commons. When the notions of private and common property that lie behind this discourse are made explicit we can use thinking about the justifications and jurisprudence of property both to clarify the persuasiveness and limits of such claims, and also how they differ from other principles that are at stake in the interplay between individual and collective goods in the delivery of personalised medicine...
April 2017: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516087/dna-sequence-analysis-in-clinical-medicine-proceeding-cautiously
#12
REVIEW
Moyra Smith
Delineation of underlying genomic and genetic factors in a specific disease may be valuable in establishing a definitive diagnosis and may guide patient management and counseling. In addition, genetic information may be useful in identification of at risk family members. Gene mapping and initial genome sequencing data enabled the development of microarrays to analyze genomic variants. The goal of this review is to consider different generations of sequencing techniques and their application to exome sequencing and whole genome sequencing and their clinical applications...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515904/weekly-screening-supports-terminating-nosocomial-transmissions-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococci-on-an-oncologic-ward-a-retrospective-analysis
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Stefanie Kampmeier, Dennis Knaack, Annelene Kossow, Stefanie Willems, Christoph Schliemann, Wolfgang E Berdel, Frank Kipp, Alexander Mellmann
BACKGROUND: To investigate the impact of weekly screening within the bundle of infection control measures to terminate vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) transmissions on an oncologic ward. METHODS: A cluster of 12 VRE colonisation and five infections was detected on an oncologic ward between January and April 2015. Subsequently, the VRE point prevalence was detected and, as part of a the bundle of infection control strategies to terminate the VRE cluster, we isolated affected patients, performed hand hygiene training among staff on ward, increased observations by infection control specialists, intensified surface disinfection, used personal protective equipment and initiated an admission screening in May 2015...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515215/an-outbreak-of-ndm-1-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae-in-a-dutch-hospital-with-interspecies-transfer-of-the-resistance-plasmid-and-unexpected-occurrence-in-unrelated-healthcare-centers
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Thijs Bosch, Suzanne P M Lutgens, Mirjam H A Hermans, Peter C Wever, Peter M Schneeberger, Nicole H M Renders, Alexander C A P Leenders, Jan A J W Kluytmans, Annelot Schoffelen, Daan Notermans, Sandra Witteveen, Erik Bathoorn, Leo M Schouls
Introduction. In the Netherlands, the number of cases with New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM)-positive Enterobacteriaceae is low. Here, we report an outbreak of NDM-1 producing Klebsiella pneumoniae in a Dutch hospital with interspecies transfer of the resistance plasmid and unexpected occurrence in other unrelated healthcare centers (HCCs).Methods. Next-generation sequencing was performed on 250 carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae isolates including 42 NDM-positive isolates obtained from 29 persons at the outbreak site...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512697/utilization-of-genetic-counseling-after-direct-to-consumer-genetic-testing-findings-from-the-impact-of-personal-genomics-pgen-study
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Diane R Koeller, Wendy R Uhlmann, Deanna Alexis Carere, Robert C Green, J Scott Roberts
Direct-to-consumer personal genomic testing (DTC-PGT) results lead some individuals to seek genetic counseling (GC), but little is known about these consumers and why they seek GC services. We analyzed survey data pre- and post-PGT from 1026 23andMe and Pathway Genomics customers. Participants were mostly white (91%), female (60%), and of high socioeconomic status (80% college educated, 43% household income of ≥$100,000). After receiving PGT results, 43 participants (4%) made or planned to schedule an appointment with a genetic counselor; 390 (38%) would have used in-person GC had it been available...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512242/a-systematic-analysis-of-oncogenic-gene-fusions-in-primary-colon-cancer
#16
Wigard P Kloosterman, Robert R J Coebergh van den Braak, Mark Pieterse, Markus J van Roosmalen, Anieta M Sieuwerts, Christina Stangl, Ronne Brunekreef, Zarina S Lalmahomed, Salo Ooft, Anne van Galen, Marcel Smid, Armel Lefebvre, Fried Zwartkruis, John W M Martens, John A Foekens, Katharina Biermann, Marco J Koudijs, Jan N M IJzermans, Emile E Voest
Genomic rearrangements that give rise to oncogenic gene fusions can offer actionable targets for cancer therapy. Here we present a systematic analysis of oncogenic gene fusions among a clinically well-characterized, prospectively collected set of 278 primary colon cancers spanning diverse tumor stages and clinical outcomes. Gene fusions and somatic genetic variations were identified in fresh frozen clinical specimens by Illumina RNA-sequencing, the STAR fusion gene detection pipeline, and GATK RNA-seq variant calling...
May 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511612/ngs-analysis-on-tumor-tissue-and-cfdna-for-genotype-directed-therapy-in-metastatic-nsclc-patients-between-hope-and-hype
#17
Alexander T Falk, Simon Heeke, Véronique Hofman, Virginie Lespinet, Camille Ribeyre, Olivier Bordone, Michel Poudenx, Josiane Otto, Georges Garnier, Olivier Castelnau, Joël Guigay, Sylvie Leroy, Charles-Hugo Marquette, Paul Hofman, Marius Ilié
The advent of genomic based precision medicine led to the implementation of biomarker testing in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients. Next generation sequencing (NGS) has been recently implemented to routine diagnostic requirements in lung oncology. Areas covered: Two cases of patients with metastatic NSCLC for whom NGS analysis performed on both tumor and liquid biopsy has not improved the clinical course of their disease are reported. These cases illustrate the difficulty of the so-called "personalized or precision" medicine in clinical routine practice for metastatic NSCLC...
May 17, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511181/1-cmdb-a-curated-database-of-genomic-variations-of-the-one-carbon-metabolism-pathway
#18
Manoj K Bhat, Veerendra P Gadekar, Aditya Jain, Bobby Paul, Padmalatha S Rai, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy
BACKGROUND: The one-carbon metabolism pathway is vital in maintaining tissue homeostasis by driving the critical reactions of folate and methionine cycles. A myriad of genetic and epigenetic events mark the rate of reactions in a tissue-specific manner. Integration of these to predict and provide personalized health management requires robust computational tools that can process multiomics data. The DNA sequences that may determine the chain of biological events and the endpoint reactions within one-carbon metabolism genes remain to be comprehensively recorded...
May 17, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510328/genetic-variants-in-the-genes-encoding-rho-gtpases-and-related-regulators-predict-cutaneous-melanoma-specific-survival
#19
Shun Liu, Yanru Wang, William Xue, Hongliang Liu, Yinghui Xu, Qiong Shi, Wenting Wu, Dakai Zhu, Christopher I Amos, Shenying Fang, Jeffrey E Lee, Terry Hyslop, Yi Li, Jiali Han, Qingyi Wei
Rho GTPases control cell division, motility, adhesion, vesicular trafficking and phagocytosis, which may affect progression and/or prognosis of cancers. Here, we investigated associations between genetic variants of Rho GTPases-related genes and cutaneous melanoma-specific survival (CMSS) by re-analyzing a published melanoma genome-wide association study (GWAS) and validating the results in another melanoma GWAS. In the single-locus analysis of 36,018 SNPs in 129 Rho-related genes, 427 SNPs were significantly associated with CMSS (P<0...
May 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509701/educational-gaps-in-molecular-diagnostics-genomics-and-personalized-medicine-in-dermatopathology-training-a-survey-of-us-dermatopathology-fellowship-program-directors
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Kristin Torre, Kristen Russomanno, Tammie Ferringer, Dirk Elston, Michael J Murphy
BACKGROUND: Molecular technologies offer clinicians the tools to provide high-quality, cost-effective patient care. We evaluated education focused on molecular diagnostics, genomics, and personalized medicine in dermatopathology fellowship. DESIGN: A 20-question online survey was emailed to all (n = 53) Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited dermatopathology training programs in the United States. RESULTS: Thirty-one of 53 program directors responded (response rate = 58%)...
May 2, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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