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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915040/differences-in-the-effective-population-sizes-of-males-and-females-do-not-require-differences-in-their-distribution-of-offspring-number
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Fernando L Mendez
Difference in male and female effective population sizes has, at times, been attributed to both sexes having unequal variance in their number of offspring. Such difference is paralleled by the relative effective sizes of autosomes, sex chromosomes, and mitochondrial DNA. I develop a simple framework to calculate the inbreeding effective population sizes for loci with different modes of inheritance. In this framework, I separate the effects due to mating strategy and those due to genetic transmission. I then show that, in addition to differences in the variance in offspring size, skew in the male/female effective sizes can also be caused by family composition...
November 30, 2016: Theoretical Population Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914684/sickle-cell-disease-in-the-older-adult
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REVIEW
Mya S Thein, Norris E Igbineweka, Swee Lay Thein
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited haemoglobin disorder, associated with recurrent painful episodes, ongoing haemolytic anaemia and progressive multi-organ damage. Until the early 1990s, survival beyond the fourth decade for a patient with SCD was considered unusual and prompted case reports. Nowadays, in countries with developed health care systems, more than 90 percent of newborns with SCD survive into adulthood. Nevertheless, their life expectancy is still shortened by more than two decades compared to the general population...
November 30, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914683/paediatric-cutaneous-adnexal-tumours-a-study-of-559-cases
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Amanda M Ireland, Nathan T Harvey, Bligh D Berry, Benjamin A Wood
Cutaneous adnexal tumours encompass a wide group of lesions with apocrine, eccrine, follicular, sebaceous and mixed differentiation. The large majority are benign and represent sporadic lesions, though malignant forms are occasionally encountered and some cases develop in the setting of inherited tumour syndromes. Accurate histological classification can be difficult as there are numerous histological appearances, many of which are individually uncommon, and complex, overlapping and historically variable nomenclature is typical...
November 30, 2016: Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914223/osteogenesis-imperfecta-new-genes-reveal-novel-mechanisms-in-bone-dysplasia
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REVIEW
Heeseog Kang, A C S Aryal, Joan C Marini
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a skeletal dysplasia characterized by fragile bones and short stature and known for its clinical and genetic heterogeneity which is now understood as a collagen-related disorder. During the last decade, research has made remarkable progress in identifying new OI-causing genes and beginning to understand the intertwined molecular and biochemical mechanisms of their gene products. Most cases of OI have dominant inheritance. Each new gene for recessive OI, and a recently identified gene for X-linked OI, has shed new light on its (often previously unsuspected) function in bone biology...
November 19, 2016: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913685/novel-biomarkers-in-kidney-disease-roles-for-cilia-wnt-signalling-and-atmin-in-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Paraskevi Goggolidou, Patricia D Wilson
Biomarkers, the measurable indicators of biological conditions, are fast becoming a popular approach in providing information to track disease processes that could lead to novel therapeutic interventions for chronic conditions. Inherited, chronic kidney disease affects millions of people worldwide and although pharmacological treatments exist for some conditions, there are still patients whose only option is kidney dialysis and kidney transplantation. In the past 10 years, certain chronic kidney diseases have been reclassified as ciliopathies...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913609/ap2s1-and-gna11-mutations-not-a-common-cause-of-familial-hypocalciuric-hypercalcemia
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Silje Hovden, Lars Rejnmark, Søren A Ladefoged, Peter H Nissen
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcemia (FHH) type 1 is caused by mutations in the gene encoding the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR). Recently, mutations affecting codon 15 in the gene AP2S1 have been shown to cause FHH type 3 in up to 26% of CASR-negative FHH patients. Similarly, mutations in the gene GNA11 have been shown to cause FHH type 2. We hypothesized that mutations in AP2S1 and GNA11 are causative in Danish patients with suspected FHH and that these mutations are not found in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT), which is the main differential diagnostic disorder...
February 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913547/new-treatment-approaches-to-von-willebrand-disease
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Michelle Lavin, James S O'Donnell
von Willebrand disease (VWD) is the commonest inherited bleeding disorder and results from either a quantitative or qualitative deficiency in the plasma glycoprotein von Willebrand factor (VWF). Recent large cohort studies have significantly enhanced our understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of VWD. In contrast, however, there have been relatively few advances in the therapeutic options available for the treatment of bleeding in patients with VWD. Established treatment options include tranexamic acid, 1-deamino-8-d-arginine vasopressin (DDAVP), and plasma-derived VWF concentrates...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913540/sickle-cell-disease-an-inherited-thrombophilia
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Ted Wun, Ann Brunson
Activation of the hemostatic system occurs in patients with sickle cell disease. The extent to which this activation contributes to sickle cell pathophysiology is uncertain. Clinical trials of anticoagulants or platelet inhibitors have demonstrated the ability to decrease biomarkers of hemostatic activation, but this has generally not resulted in improvement in clinically relevant outcomes. Venous thromboembolism (VTE: deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism) has been until recently an underappreciated complication of sickle cell disease, with incident event and recurrence rates consistent with a strong thrombophilia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913534/myelodysplastic-and-myeloproliferative-disorders-of-childhood
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Henrik Hasle
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and myeloproliferative disorders are rare in children; they are divided into low-grade MDS (refractory cytopenia of childhood [RCC]), advanced MDS (refractory anemia with excess blasts in transformation), and juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML), each with different characteristics and management strategies. Underlying genetic predisposition is recognized in an increasing number of patients. Germ line GATA2 mutation is found in 70% of adolescents with MDS and monosomy 7. It is challenging to distinguish RCC from aplastic anemia, inherited bone marrow failure, and reactive conditions...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913496/discussing-and-managing-hematologic-germ-line-variants
#10
Wendy Kohlmann, Joshua D Schiffman
With the introduction of genomic technologies, more hereditary cancer syndromes with hematologic malignancies are being described. Up to 10% of hematologic malignancies in children and adults may be the result of an underlying inherited genetic risk. Managing these patients with hereditary hematologic malignancies, including familial leukemia, remains a clinical challenge because there is little information about these relatively rare disorders. This article covers some of the issues related to the diagnosis and interpretation of variants associated with hereditary hematologic malignancies, including the importance of an accurate family history in interpreting genetic variants associated with disease...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913480/thrombosis-in-the-setting-of-cancer
#11
Michael B Streiff
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a common cause of adverse outcomes in patients with cancer. The risk of VTE varies with cancer type, stage and grade, cancer therapy, and supportive care, as well as patient characteristics including age, ethnicity, and inherited and acquired comorbid conditions. VTE prophylaxis should be provided to all hospitalized cancer patients and high-risk outpatients. Low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) remains the first-line therapy for VTE in patients with active cancer. Anticoagulation should be continued as long as there is evidence of active disease or patients are receiving cancer treatment...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913467/transplantation-for-bone-marrow-failure-current-issues
#12
Régis Peffault de Latour
The preferred treatment of idiopathic aplastic anemia (AA) is allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-identical sibling donor. Transplantation from a well-matched unrelated donor (MUD) may be considered for patients without a sibling donor after failure of immunosuppressive therapy, as may alternative transplantation (mismatched, cord blood or haplo-identical HSCT) for patients without a MUD. HSCT may also be contemplated for congenital disorders in cases of pancytopenia or severe isolated cytopenia...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913465/aplastic-anemia-and-clonal-evolution-germ-line-and-somatic-genetics
#13
Akiko Shimamura
Clonal progression to myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remains a dreaded complication for a subset of patients with bone marrow failure (BMF). Recognizing risk factors for the development of MDS or AML would inform individualized treatment decisions and identify patients who may benefit from early or upfront hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Now that next-generation DNA sequencing is available in the clinical laboratory, research has focused on the implications of germ line and somatic mutations for diagnosing and monitoring patients with BMF...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913461/primary-immune-deficiencies-with-defects-in-neutrophil-function
#14
Mary C Dinauer
Immune deficiencies resulting from inherited defects in neutrophil function have revealed important features of the innate immune response. Although sharing an increased susceptibility to bacterial and fungal infections, these disorders each have distinctive features in their clinical manifestations and characteristic microbial pathogens. This review provides an update on several genetic disorders with impaired neutrophil function, their pathogenesis, and treatment strategies. These include chronic granulomatous disease, which results from inactivating mutations in the superoxide-generating nicotinamide dinucleotide phosphate oxidase...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913455/inherited-thrombophilia-a-double-edged-sword
#15
Saskia Middeldorp
Inherited thrombophilia is a blood coagulation disorder that increases the risk for venous thromboembolism (VTE). During the last decades, the practice of testing has evolved from testing selected populations, leading to high perceived risks, to broad testing for various conditions that included VTE, arterial thrombosis, and pregnancy complications. Because results of such tests usually do not guide treatment decisions, not testing patients with VTE for inherited thrombophilia is on the "Choosing Wisely" list endorsed by multiple specialty societies, including ASH...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913368/content-driven-associative-memories-for-color-image-patterns
#16
Mingming Li, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Tong Heng Lee
This paper presents a novel content-driven associative memory (CDAM) to associate large-scale color images based on the subjects that represent the images' content. Compared to traditional associative memories, CDAM inherits their tolerance to random noise in images and possesses greater robustness against correlated noise that distorts an image's spatial contextual structure. A three-layer recurrent neural tensor network (RNTN) is designed as the network model of CDAM. Multiple salient objects detection algorithm and partial radial basis function (PRBF) kernel are proposed for subject determination and content-driven association, respectively...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913285/autosomal-recessive-spinocerebellar-ataxia-20-report-of-a-new-patient-and-review-of-literature
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Anju Shukla, Priyanka Upadhyai, Jhanvi Shah, K Neethukrishna, Stephanie Bielas, K M Girisha
Inherited ataxias are an extremely heterogeneous group of disorders. Autosomal recessive spinocerebellar ataxia 20 (SCAR20) is a recently described disorder characterized by intellectual disability, ataxia, coarse facial features, progressive loss of Purkinje cells in the cerebellum and often hearing loss and skeletal abnormalities. Mutations in the gene SNX14, which plays an important role in autophagy, have been found to cause SCAR20. The unique clinical findings of progressive coarsening of facial features makes the clinical phenotype recognizable among the various hereditary ataxias...
November 29, 2016: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913212/vcp-cooperates-with-ubxd1-to-degrade-mitochondrial-outer-membrane-protein-mcl1-in-model-of-huntington-s-disease
#18
Xing Guo, Xin Qi
Proteasome-dependent turnover of mitochondrial outer membrane (OMM)-associated proteins is one of the mechanisms for maintaining proper mitochondrial quality and function. However, the underlying pathways and their implications in human disease are poorly understood. Huntington's disease (HD) is a fatal, inherited neurodegenerative disorder caused by expanded CAG repeats in the N terminal of the huntingtin gene (mutant Huntingtin, mtHtt). In this study, we show an extensive degradation of the OMM protein MCL1 (Myeloid cell leukemia sequence 1) in both HD mouse striatal cells and HD patient fibroblasts...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912983/hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Josef Veselka, Nandan S Anavekar, Philippe Charron
Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy is an inherited myocardial disease defined by cardiac hypertrophy (wall thickness ≥15 mm) that is not explained by abnormal loading conditions, and left ventricular obstruction greater than or equal to 30 mm Hg. Typical symptoms include dyspnoea, chest pain, palpitations, and syncope. The diagnosis is usually suspected on clinical examination and confirmed by imaging. Some patients are at increased risk of sudden cardiac death, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation...
November 29, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912743/str-realigner-a-realignment-method-for-short-tandem-repeat-regions
#20
Kaname Kojima, Yosuke Kawai, Kazuharu Misawa, Takahiro Mimori, Masao Nagasaki
BACKGROUND: In the estimation of repeat numbers in a short tandem repeat (STR) region from high-throughput sequencing data, two types of strategies are mainly taken: a strategy based on counting repeat patterns included in sequence reads spanning the region and a strategy based on estimating the difference between the actual insert size and the insert size inferred from paired-end reads. The quality of sequence alignment is crucial, especially in the former approaches although usual alignment methods have difficulty in STR regions due to insertions and deletions caused by the variations of repeat numbers...
December 3, 2016: BMC Genomics
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