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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737261/does-prolonged-grief-treatment-foster-posttraumatic-growth-secondary-results-from-a-treatment-study-with-long-term-follow-up-and-mediation-analysis
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Helga Bartl, Maria Hagl, Michaela Kotoučová, Gabriele Pfoh, Rita Rosner
OBJECTIVES: Prolonged grief disorder (PGD) is a persistent and disabling kind of grief reaction that can be treated effectively with psychotherapeutic interventions. There has been limited investigation of whether these interventions can also enhance positive outcomes of bereavement, such as posttraumatic growth or benefit finding. DESIGN: As part of secondary analyses in a randomized controlled trial evaluating integrative cognitive-behavioural therapy for PGD (PG-CBT), the posttraumatic growth trajectories in 51 outpatients with clinically relevant prolonged grief symptoms were followed up from baseline up to 1...
July 24, 2017: Psychology and Psychotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733530/presence-of-embryonic-dna-in-culture-medium
#2
Linlin Yang, Qiaoying Lv, Wei Chen, Jian Sun, Yu Wu, Yiying Wang, Xiong Chen, Xiaojun Chen, Zhenbo Zhang
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) has successfully assisted couples with genetic diseases to conceive healthy babies during the past decades. However, biopsy of the blastomere has potential lesion to the embryos which commonly results in abortion. Thus, a noninvasive PGD is needed. In the past, the presence of genetic materials in maternal plasma or serum has triggered a great innovation of noninvasive prenatal diagnosis. Nevertheless, it is not clear whether embryonic DNA is also present in embryonic culture medium...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725950/genome-editing-and-assisted-reproduction-curing-embryos-society-or-prospective-parents
#3
Giulia Cavaliere
This paper explores the ethics of introducing genome-editing technologies as a new reproductive option. In particular, it focuses on whether genome editing can be considered a morally valuable alternative to preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Two arguments against the use of genome editing in reproduction are analysed, namely safety concerns and germline modification. These arguments are then contrasted with arguments in favour of genome editing, in particular with the argument of the child's welfare and the argument of parental reproductive autonomy...
July 19, 2017: Medicine, Health Care, and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720156/fmr1-cgg-repeat-expansion-mutation-detection-and-linked-haplotype-analysis-for-reliable-and-accurate-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-of-fragile-x-syndrome
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Indhu-Shree Rajan-Babu, Mulias Lian, Felicia S H Cheah, Min Chen, Arnold S C Tan, Ethiraj B Prasath, Seong Feei Loh, Samuel S Chong
Fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) full-mutation expansion causes fragile X syndrome. Trans-generational fragile X syndrome transmission can be avoided by preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). We describe a robust PGD strategy that can be applied to virtually any couple at risk of transmitting fragile X syndrome. This novel strategy utilises whole-genome amplification, followed by triplet-primed polymerase chain reaction (TP-PCR) for robust detection of expanded FMR1 alleles, in parallel with linked multi-marker haplotype analysis of 13 highly polymorphic microsatellite markers located within 1 Mb of the FMR1 CGG repeat, and the AMELX/Y dimorphism for gender identification...
July 19, 2017: Expert Reviews in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719755/clinical-risk-factors-and-prognostic-model-for-primary-graft-dysfunction-after-lung-transplantation-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
#5
Mary K Porteous, James C Lee, David J Lederer, Scott M Palmer, Edward Cantu, Rupal J Shah, Scarlett L Bellamy, Vibha N Lama, Sangeeta M Bhorade, Maria M Crespo, John F McDyer, Keith M Wille, A Russell Localio, Jonathan B Orens, Pali D Shah, Ann B Weinacker, Selim Arcasoy, David S Wilkes, Lorraine B Ware, Jason D Christie, Steven M Kawut, Joshua M Diamond
RATIONALE: Pulmonary hypertension from pulmonary arterial hypertension or parenchymal lung disease is associated with an increased risk of primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the clinical determinants of severe primary graft dysfunction in pulmonary hypertension and developed and validated a prognostic model. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of patients in the multi-center Lung Transplant Outcomes Group with pulmonary hypertension at transplant listing...
July 18, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711302/potential-selection-of-genetically-balanced-spermatozoa-based-on-the-hypo-osmotic-swelling-test-in-chromosomal-rearrangement-carriers
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Alexandre Rouen, Léa Carlier, Solveig Heide, Matthieu Egloff, Pauline Marzin, Flavie Ader, Mathias Schwartz, Eli Rogers, Nicole Joyé, Richard Balet, Nathalie Lédée, Laura Prat-Ellenberg, Nino Guy Cassuto, Jean-Pierre Siffroi
Chromosomal translocations and other balanced rearrangements, although usually associated with a normal phenotype, can lead to the transmission of an abnormal unbalanced genome to the offspring. Balanced and unbalanced spermatozoa, being indistinguishable, cannot be selected or deselected for prior to IVF and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Spermatozoa from 16 chromosomal rearrangement carriers were studied. After incubation in a hypo-osmotic solution (hypo-osmotic swelling test, or HOST), spermatozoa were fixed on microscope slides...
June 27, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706523/identification-of-optimal-reference-genes-for-normalization-of-qpcr-analysis-during-pepper-fruit-development
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Yuan Cheng, Xin Pang, Hongjian Wan, Golam J Ahammed, Jiahong Yu, Zhuping Yao, Meiying Ruan, Qingjing Ye, Zhimiao Li, Rongqing Wang, Yuejian Yang, Guozhi Zhou
Due to its high sensitivity and reproducibility, quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) is practiced as a useful research tool for targeted gene expression analysis. For qPCR operations, the normalization with suitable reference genes (RGs) is a crucial step that eventually determines the reliability of the obtained results. Although pepper is considered an ideal model plant for the study of non-climacteric fruit development, at present no specific RG have been developed or validated for the qPCR analyses of pepper fruit...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704503/role-of-biomarkers-in-early-infectious-complications-after-lung-transplantation
#8
Borja Suberviola, Luzdivina Rellan, Jordi Riera, Reyes Iranzo, Ascension Garcia Campos, Juan Carlos Robles, Rosario Vicente, Eduardo Miñambres, Miguel Santibanez
BACKGROUND: Infections and primary graft dysfunction are devastating complications in the immediate postoperative period following lung transplantation. Nowadays, reliable diagnostic tools are not available. Biomarkers could improve early infection diagnosis. METHODS: Multicentre prospective observational study that included all centres authorized to perform lung transplantation in Spain. Lung infection and/or primary graft dysfunction presentation during study period (first postoperative week) was determined...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689646/higher-m30-and-high-mobility-group-box-1-protein-levels-in-ex-vivo-lung-perfusate-are-associated-with-primary-graft-dysfunction-after-human-lung-transplantation
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Kohei Hashimoto, Marcelo Cypel, Stephen Juvet, Tomohito Saito, Ricardo Zamel, Tiago N Machuca, Michael Hsin, Hyunhee Kim, Thomas K Waddell, Mingyao Liu, Shaf Keshavjee
BACKGROUND: Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) enables assessment of marginal donor lungs for transplantation, with similar clinical outcomes to conventional lung transplantation. We investigated whether cell death-related proteins in the EVLP perfusate could predict primary graft dysfunction (PGD) after transplantation. METHODS: M30 (indicating epithelial apoptosis), M65 (indicating total epithelial cell death), and high mobility group box 1 (HMGB-1, related to cell death and inflammation) protein levels in EVLP perfusate were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay and correlated with clinical outcomes...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687174/pre-implantation-hla-matching-the-production-of-a-saviour-child
#10
REVIEW
Georgia Kakourou, Christina Vrettou, Maria Moutafi, Joanne Traeger-Synodinos
Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) requires the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) to create several pre-implantation-stage embryos, followed by biopsy of embryonic cells for genetic testing and transfer of selected embryos to the womb to establish a pregnancy. HLA typing of ART-created embryos was first reported in 2001. The aim is to establish a pregnancy that is HLA-compatible with an affected sibling who requires haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. HLA-typing can be performed with or without PGD for the exclusion of a single-gene disorder...
June 16, 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682646/embryo-pooling-a-promising-strategy-for-managing-insufficient-number-of-embryos-in-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis
#11
Xiaokun Hu, Chenhui Ding, Duoduo Zhang, Wen Zhou, Jing Wang, Yanhong Zeng, Jie Lv, Yan-Wen Xu, Can-Quan Zhou
This retrospective study evaluated the embryo pooling strategy for managing insufficient number of embryos in preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) through serial vitrification of cleavage-stage embryos from consecutive cycles, and simultaneous blastocysts biopsy in combination with blastocysts obtained in ultimate fresh cycle. A retrospective analysis of the cumulative pregnancy rate of 68 patients underwent cleavage-stage embryos accumulation (Embryo Pooling Group) and 94 patients underwent one stimulation cycle (Control Group) over a 2-year period were conducted...
July 6, 2017: Gynecological Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676969/genetic-study-of-the-pah-locus-in-the-iranian-population-familial-gene-mutations-and-minihaplotypes
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Masoumeh Razipour, Elaheh Alavinejad, Seyede Zahra Sajedi, Saeed Talebi, Mona Entezam, Neda Mohajer, Golnaz-Ensieh Kazemi-Sefat, Jalal Gharesouran, Aria Setoodeh, Seyyed Mojtaba Mohaddes Ardebili, Mohammad Keramatipour
Phenylketonuria (PKU), one of the most common inborn errors of amino acid metabolism, is caused by mutations in the phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) gene (PAH). PKU has wide allelic heterogeneity, and over 600 different disease-causing mutations in PAH have been detected to date. Up to now, there have been no reports on the minihaplotype (VNTR/STR) analysis of PAH locus in the Iranian population. The aims of the present study were to determine PAH mutations and minihaplotypes in Iranian families with PAH deficiency and to investigate the correlation between them...
July 4, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676074/immunoregulatory-effects-of-multipotent-adult-progenitor-cells-in-a-porcine-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-model
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An Martens, Sofie Ordies, Bart M Vanaudenaerde, Stijn E Verleden, Robin Vos, Dirk E Van Raemdonck, Geert M Verleden, Valerie D Roobrouck, Sandra Claes, Dominique Schols, Eric Verbeken, Catherine M Verfaillie, Arne P Neyrinck
BACKGROUND: Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is considered to be the end result of an inflammatory response targeting the new lung allograft after transplant. Previous research has indicated that MAPC cell therapy might attenuate this injury by its paracrine effects on the pro-/anti-inflammatory balance. This study aims to investigate the immunoregulatory capacities of MAPC cells in PGD when administered in the airways. METHODS: Lungs of domestic pigs (n = 6/group) were subjected to 90 minutes of warm ischemia...
July 5, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672755/pregnancy-outcomes-among-patients-with-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-and-chromosomal-aberration-ca-without-pgd
#14
Maor Kabessa, Avi Harlev, Michael Friger, Ruslan Sergienko, Baila Litwak, Arie Koifman, Naama Steiner, Asher Bashiri
BACKGROUND: Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined by two or more failed clinical pregnancies. Three to four percent of the couples with RPL have chromosomal aberrations (CA) in at least one partner. The parent's structural chromosomal abnormalities may cause an unbalanced karyotype in the conceptus which could lead to implantation failure, early or late pregnancy loss, or delivery of a child with severe physical and/or mental disabilities. OBJECTIVE: To compare live birth rates of couples with CA to couples with normal karyotypes and to investigate medical and obstetric characteristics and pregnancy outcomes of couples with CA and RPL who attend an RPL clinic at a tertiary hospital...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28669368/attitudes-of-palliative-care-clinical-staff-toward-prolonged-grief-disorder-diagnosis-and-grief-interventions
#15
Esther L Davis, Frank P Deane, Gregory D Barclay, Joan Bourne, Vivienne Connolly
OBJECTIVE: The provision of psychological support to caregivers is an important part of the role of the clinical staff working in palliative care. Staff knowledge and attitudes may determine their openness to referring caregivers to a psychological intervention. We recently developed a self-help intervention for grief and psychological distress among caregivers and were interested in exploring the extent to which staff knowledge and attitudes might affect future implementation. The aims of our study were to: (1) examine the acceptability of self-help psychological intervention for caregivers among palliative care clinical staff; (2) examine potential attitudinal barriers toward prolonged grief disorder (PGD) as a diagnosis and interventions for grief; and (3) bolster staff confidence in skills and knowledge in identifying and managing caregiver psychological distress...
July 3, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668821/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-mitochondrial-dna-mutations-analysis-of-one-blastomere-suffices
#16
Suzanne C E H Sallevelt, Joseph C F M Dreesen, Edith Coonen, Aimee D C Paulussen, Debby M E I Hellebrekers, Christine E M de Die-Smulders, Hubert J M Smeets, Patrick Lindsey
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a reproductive strategy for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutation carriers, strongly reducing their risk of affected offspring. Embryos either without the mutation or with mutation load below the phenotypic threshold are transferred to the uterus. Because of incidental heteroplasmy deviations in single blastomere and the relatively limited data available, we so far preferred relying on two blastomeres rather than one. Considering the negative effect of a two-blastomere biopsy protocol compared with a single-blastomere biopsy protocol on live birth delivery rate, we re-evaluated the error rate in our current dataset...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651360/novel-reproductive-technologies-to-prevent-mitochondrial-disease
#17
Lyndsey Craven, Mao-Xing Tang, Gráinne S Gorman, Petra De Sutter, Björn Heindryckx
BACKGROUND: The use of nuclear transfer (NT) has been proposed as a novel reproductive treatment to overcome the transmission of maternally-inherited mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) mutations. Pathogenic mutations in mtDNA can cause a wide-spectrum of life-limiting disorders, collectively known as mtDNA disease, for which there are currently few effective treatments and no known cures. The many unique features of mtDNA make genetic counselling challenging for women harbouring pathogenic mtDNA mutations but reproductive options that involve medical intervention are available that will minimize the risk of mtDNA disease in their offspring...
June 23, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650953/de-novo-paternal-fbn1-mutation-detected-in-embryos-before-implantation
#18
Shuling Wang, Ziru Niu, Hui Wang, Minyue Ma, Wei Zhang, Shu Fang Wang, Jun Wang, Hong Yan, Yifan Liu, Na Duan, Xiandong Zhang, Yuanqing Yao
BACKGROUND Marfan syndrome (MFS) is an autosomal dominant disease caused by mutations in the Fibrillin (FBN)1 gene and characterized by disorders in the cardiovascular, skeletal, and visual systems. The diversity of mutations and phenotypic heterogeneity of MFS make prenatal molecular diagnoses difficult. In this study, we used pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to identify the pathogenic mutation in a male patient with MFS and to determine whether his offspring would be free of the disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS The history and pedigree of the proband were analyzed...
June 26, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648921/karyomapping-a-single-centre-s-experience-from-application-of-methodology-to-ongoing-pregnancy-and-live-birth-rates
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Jara Ben-Nagi, Dagan Wells, Karen Doye, Kalliopi Loutradi, Holly Exeter, Emily Drew, Samer Alfarawati, Roy Naja, Paul Serhal
This study aimed to determine whether karyomapping can be applied to couples requiring preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for single gene disorder (SGD) and/or chromosomal rearrangement. 75/82 (91.5%) and 6/82 (7.3%) couples were referred for autosomal SGD and X-linked disease, respectively. One couple (1.2%) was referred for SGD and chromosomal rearrangement. Of 608 embryos, 146 (24%, 95% CI 21-28) day-3 and 462 (76%, 95% CI 72-79) blastocyst biopsies were performed. A total of 81 embryo transfers were performed; 16/81 (20%) were following day-3 embryo biopsy, 65/81 (80%) were following blastocyst biopsy and cryopreserved embryo transfer...
June 15, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633287/genetic-diseases-and-aneuploidies-can-be-detected-with-a-single-blastocyst-biopsy-a-successful-clinical-approach
#20
Maria Giulia Minasi, Francesco Fiorentino, Alessandra Ruberti, Anil Biricik, Elisabetta Cursio, Ettore Cotroneo, Maria Teresa Varricchio, Matteo Surdo, Francesca Spinella, Ermanno Greco
STUDY QUESTION: Can simultaneous detection of aneuploidies and genetic diseases or chromosomal aberrations in blastocysts reduce the chance of transferring embryos with low implantation potential, guaranteeing good clinical outcomes? SUMMARY ANSWER: The screening for chromosomal aneuploidies revealed that 50.6% of blastocysts diagnosed free of genetic disease or balanced, were aneuploid, therefore avoiding the transfer of blastocysts potentially resulting in implantation failures, miscarriages, or in some cases, in health affected live births...
June 12, 2017: Human Reproduction
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