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Preimplantation genetic diagnosis

Sylvia R Kodsi, Sara L Bristow, Joyce E Fox, Avner Hershlag
Preimplantation genetic diagnosis can allow a family with a hereditary genetic mutation to conceive a disease-free child. We report the first published case of a child born without Leber congenital amaurosis through preimplantation genetic testing to a couple who had a son with a homozygous mutation in the GUCY2D gene.
March 13, 2018: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Judy F C Chow, William S B Yeung, Vivian C Y Lee, Estella Y L Lau, Ernest H Y Ng
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the applicability of a commonly used next generation sequencing workflow in detecting unbalanced meiotic segregation products for reciprocal translocation and inversion carriers. STUDY DESIGN: All preimplantation genetic testing treatment cycles performed for reciprocal translocation or inversion carriers from 2012 to April 2017 were included. Three hundreds and forty-two archived whole genome amplified DNA, which had previously analyzed by array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), were retrospectively analyzed by next generation sequencing (NGS)...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Yan Hao, Dawei Chen, Zhiguo Zhang, Ping Zhou, Yunxia Cao, Zhaolian Wei, Xiaofeng Xu, Beili Chen, Weiwei Zou, Mingrong Lv, Dongmei Ji, Xiaojin He
Hearing loss may place a heavy burden on the patient and patient's family. Given the high incidence of hearing loss among newborns and the huge cost of treatment and care (including cochlear implantation), prenatal diagnosis is strongly recommended. Termination of the fetus may be considered as an extreme outcome to the discovery of a potential deaf fetus, and therefore preimplantation genetic diagnosis has become an important option for avoiding the birth of affected children without facing the risk of abortion following prenatal diagnosis...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Joshua Shaw
This essay considers one argument used to defend parents who use preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) to select for deafness and other disabilities. Some bioethicists have argued that a distinction should be drawn between genetically modifying embryos to possess disabilities and using PGD to select embryos that already present markers of them, and that the former is unethical because it inflicts avoidable harms onto the resulting children, whereas the latter is permissible because it allows children with potentially impaired abilities to exist...
April 2018: New Bioethics: a Multidisciplinary Journal of Biotechnology and the Body
Mohammad Amin Tabatabaiefar, Mohammad Reza Pourreza, Parisa Tahmasebi, Nader Saki, Morteza Hashemzadeh Chaleshtori, Rasoul Salehi, Javad Mohammadi-Asl
Objective Hearing loss (HL) is the most common sensory-neural defect and the most heterogeneous trait in humans, with the involvement of >100 genes, which make a molecular diagnosis problematic. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) is a new strategy that can overcome this problem. Study Design Descriptive experimental study. Setting Diagnostic laboratory. Subjects and Methods A comprehensive family history was obtained, and clinical evaluations and pedigree analysis were performed in a family with multiple individuals with HL...
February 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Hongguo Zhang, Ruixue Wang, Linlin Li, Haibo Zhu, Hao Zhang, Ruizhi Liu
Background/aim: This study aimed to explore the breakpoints in chromosome 3 translocation and the clinical features present in male carriers to enable informed genetic counseling of these patients. Materials and methods: A total of 5235 men who were infertile or receiving counseling for infertility were recruited. Cytogenetic analyses were performed using G-banding. A search for translocations on chromosome 3 involved in male infertility was performed using PubMed, Google Scholar, and CNKI. The relationships of translocation breakpoints with male infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss were also analyzed...
February 23, 2018: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
Ana Isabel Morales García, Margarita Martínez Atienza, María García Valverde, Juan Fontes Jimenez, Antonio Martínez Morcillo, M Angustias Esteban de la Rosa, Pablo de Diego Fernández, Miguel García González, Rafael Fernández Castillo, Irene Argüelles Toledo, Juan Antonio Bravo Soto, Rafael Esteban de la Rosa
INTRODUCTION: Although autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease is the most common hereditary kidney disease, available data tend to be limited to after initiation of renal replacement therapy. OBJECTIVE: To ascertain an overview of autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease within the health area of Granada in southern Spain. MATERIAL AND METHODS: From January 2007 to December 2016, we collected clinical, family and demographic information about all patients with autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease, irrespective of whether or not they were treated with RRT, in the Granada health area...
March 2018: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
M Vera-Rodriguez, A Diez-Juan, J Jimenez-Almazan, S Martinez, R Navarro, V Peinado, A Mercader, M Meseguer, D Blesa, I Moreno, D Valbuena, C Rubio, C Simon
STUDY QUESTION: What is the origin and composition of cell-free DNA in human embryo spent culture media? SUMMARY ANSWER: Cell-free DNA from human embryo spent culture media represents a mix of maternal and embryonic DNA, and the mixture can be more complex for mosaic embryos. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In 2016, ~300 000 human embryos were chromosomally and/or genetically analyzed using preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidies (PGT-A) or monogenic disorders (PGT-M) before transfer into the uterus...
February 20, 2018: Human Reproduction
Bedra Sharif, Moumita Barua
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The widespread adoption of next-generation sequencing by research and clinical laboratories has begun to uncover the previously unknown genetic basis of many diseases. In nephrology, one of the best examples of this is seen in focal and segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and nephrotic syndrome. We review advances made in 2017 as a result of human and molecular genetic studies as it relates to FSGS and nephrotic syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: There are more than 50 monogenic genes described in steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome and FSGS, with seven reported in 2017...
February 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
Giovanni Monni, Cristina Peddes, Ambra Iuculano, Rosa Maria Ibba
The incidence of β-thalassemia in Sardinia is high and β-39 is the most common mutation. The prevention campaign started in 1977 and was performed in a single center (Microcitemico Hospital, Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy). It was based on educational programs, population screening by hematological and molecular identification of the carriers. Prenatal and pre-implantation diagnosis was offered to couples at risk. 8564 fetal diagnosis procedures using different invasive approaches and analysis techniques were performed in the last 40 years...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Medicine
Gang Li, Wenbin Niu, Haixia Jin, Jiawei Xu, Wenyan Song, Yihong Guo, Yingchun Su, Yingpu Sun
We investigated the incidence of aneuploidy in embryos from couples carrying monogenic diseases and the effect of embryo aneuploidy screening on the monogenic disease preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). From November 2014 to April 2017, 36 couples carrying monogenic diseases were enrolled. The karyomap gene chip technique was used to analyze the blastocysts from the subjects and select normal embryos for transfer. A total of 43 single-gene PGD cycles were performed. A total of 687 eggs were obtained and 186 blastocysts were biopsed...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Liang Hu, Yajing Wei, Keli Luo, Pingyuan Xie, Fei Gong, Bo Xiong, Yueqiu Tan, Guangxiu Lu, Ge Lin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcomes in carriers of complex chromosomal rearrangements (CCRs). DESIGN: Case series. SETTING: An institute for reproductive and stem cell engineering. PATIENT(S): Seven couples with CCRs. INTERVENTION(S): Assisted reproduction with preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): PGD results, embryo rating, pregnancy outcomes...
February 7, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Chantae Sullivan-Pyke, Anuja Dokras
Preimplantation genetic testing encompasses preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). PGS improves success rates of in vitro fertilization by ensuring the transfer of euploid embryos that have a higher chance of implantation and resulting in a live birth. PGD enables the identification of embryos with specific disease-causing mutations and transfer of unaffected embryos. The development of whole genome amplification and genomic tools, including single nucleotide polymorphism microarrays, comparative genomic hybridization microarrays, and next-generation sequencing, has led to faster, more accurate diagnoses that translate to improved pregnancy and live birth rates...
March 2018: Obstetrics and Gynecology Clinics of North America
Hong-Guo Zhang, Rui-Xue Wang, Yuan Pan, Han Zhang, Lei-Lei Li, Hai-Bo Zhu, Rui-Zhi Liu
Background: Balanced translocations may cause the loss of genetic material at the breakpoints and may result in failure of spermatogenesis. However, carriers of reciprocal translocation may naturally conceive. Genetic counseling of male carriers of translocations remains challenging. This study explores the clinical features of carriers of chromosome 5 translocations, enabling informed genetic counseling of these patients. Results: Of 82 translocation carriers, 9 (11%) were carriers of a chromosome 5 translocation...
2018: Molecular Cytogenetics
Nancy D Perrier
INTRODUCTION: Pancreas, parathyroid, and pituitary, are referred to as the "3 Ps" of MEN1. The time has come to move beyond those Ps and begin to discuss (1) prediction, (2) pausing progression, and (3) prevention of MEN1. METHODS: In preparation for the International Association of Endocrine Surgeons State of the Art address, updates and uncertainties of MEN were reviewed. This included a detailed examination of the MEN1 gene and the library of implicated mutations, exon sequencing databases and cell cycle pathways...
January 30, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Songchang Chen, Shuyuan Li, Junyu Zhang, Lanlan Zhang, Yiyao Chen, Li Wang, Li Jin, Yuting Hu, Xiaoping Qi, Hefeng Huang, Chenming Xu
BACKGROUND: The revised guidelines for the management of medullary thyroid carcinoma recommend that genetic counseling regarding reproductive options, including preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), be considered for all RET mutation carriers of reproductive age to avoid the transmission of multiple endocrine neoplasia type 2 (MEN2). However, the high complexity and cost of PGD have hindered its widespread use. Thus, it is necessary to establish a simple and relatively inexpensive method to facilitate the PGD of MEN2...
March 1, 2018: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
Katalin Komlosi, Stefan Diederich, Desiree Lucia Fend-Guella, Oliver Bartsch, Jennifer Winter, Ulrich Zechner, Michael Beck, Peter Meyer, Susann Schweiger
BACKGROUND: Many of the genetic childhood disorders leading to death in the pre- or neonatal period or during early childhood follow autosomal recessive modes of inheritance and bear specific challenges for genetic counseling and prenatal diagnostics. Parents are carriers but clinically unaffected, and diseases are rare but have recurrence risks of 25% in the same family. Often, affected children (or fetuses) die before a genetic diagnosis can be established, post-mortem analysis and phenotypic descriptions are insufficient and DNA from affected fetuses or children is not available for later analysis...
January 26, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Kelly Reumkens, A J G van Oudheusden, J J G Gietel-Habets, M H E Tummers, C E M de Die-Smulders, L A D M van Osch
For couples at high risk of transmitting a cancer predisposition to offspring, reproductive decision-making can be challenging. As the choice between available reproductive options is preference-sensitive, the use of a decision aid can support these couples in their decisional process. The present study aims to investigate preferences and needs of involved stakeholders regarding the development and implementation of a patient decision aid. Semi-structured interviews assessing the needs and preferences regarding the content and functionalities of a decision support program were conducted among seven couples at risk for hereditary cancer and among eight clinical geneticists involved in oncogenetic counseling...
January 25, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Se Yeon Won, Hannah Kim, Woo Sik Lee, Ji Won Kim, Sung Han Shim
Objective: Indications for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)/preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) cycles and clinical outcomes were evaluated at CHA Gangnam Medical Center. Methods: This is retrospective cohort study. All patients (n=336) who went through in vitro fertilization (IVF)-PGD/PGS cycles (n=486) between January 2014 and December 2015 were included in Fertility Center of CHA Gangnam Medical Center. Patients underwent IVF-PGD/PGS with 24-chromosome screening...
January 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Wen-Bin He, Yue-Qiu Tan, Xiao Hu, Wen Li, Bo Xiong, Ke-Li Luo, Fei Gong, Guang-Xiu Lu, Ge Lin, Juan Du
BACKGROUND: Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a powerful tool for preventing the transmission of Mendelian disorders from generation to generation. However, PGD only can identify monogenically inherited diseases, but not other potential monogenic pathologies. We aimed to use PGD to deliver a healthy baby without congenital FVII deficiency or other common Mendelian diseases in a couple in which both individuals carried a deleterious mutation in the F7 gene. METHODS: After both members of the couple were confirmed to be carriers of the F7 gene mutation by Sanger sequencing, expanded carrier screening (ECS) for 623 recessive inheritance diseases was performed to detect pathological mutations in other genes...
January 24, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
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