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Karen Seiter, Kyaw Htun, Paul Baskind, Zach Liu
Background: Myelodysplastic syndromes and acute myeloid leukemia usually occur sporadically in older adults. More recently cases of familial acute myeloid leukemia and/or myelodysplastic syndrome have been reported. Case presentation: Currently we report a father and son who both developed myelodysplastic syndrome that progressed to acute myeloid leukemia. Both patients were found to have the identical mutation of ASXL1 on nextgen sequencing of both hematologic and nonhematologic tissues...
2018: Biomarker Research
Frances L Lynch, Patricia Himes, Marian J Gilmore, Elissa M Morris, Jennifer L Schneider, Tia L Kauffman, Elizabeth Shuster, Jacob A Reiss, John F Dickerson, Michael C Leo, James V Davis, Carmit K McMullen, Benjamin S Wilfond, Katrina A B Goddard
Advances in technology and the promise of personalized health care are driving greater use of genome sequencing (GS) for a variety of clinical scenarios. As health systems consider adopting GS, they need to understand the impact of GS on the organization and cost of care. While research has documented a dramatic decrease in the cost of sequencing and interpreting GS, few studies have examined how GS impacts genetic counseling workloads. This study examined the time needed to provide genetic counseling for GS in the context of preconception carrier screening...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Yachao Cao, Akram Elmahdy, Hanjiang Zhu, Xiaoying Hui, Howard Maibach
Six chemical warfare agent simulants (trimethyl phosphate, dimethyl adipate, 2-chloroethyl methyl sulfide, diethyl adipate, chloroethyl phenyl sulfide and diethyl sebacate) were studied in in vitro human skin to explore relationship between dermal penetration/absorption and the mechanisms of simulant partitioning between stratum corneum (SC) and water as well as between dermal decontamination gel (DDGel) and water. Both binding affinity to and decontamination of simulants using DDGel were studied. Partition coefficients of six simulants between SC and water (Log PSC/w ) and between DDGel and water (Log PDDGel/w ) were determined...
January 7, 2018: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
Peter J Pappas, Sanjiv Lakhanpal, Khanh Q Nguyen, Rohan Vanjara
BACKGROUND: Chronic venous disorders (CVDs) have been estimated to affect up to 20 million Americans. Despite this huge prevalence, the signs, symptoms, and treatment outcomes in patients 65 years of age and older are not well defined. Our goal was to determine the presentation and treatment outcomes in elderly patients compared with a cohort of patients younger than 65 years. METHODS: From January 2015 to December 2016, we retrospectively reviewed prospectively collected data from 38,750 patients with CVD from the Center for Vein Restoration's electronic medical record (NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Irvine, Calif)...
January 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Mohammad A Al-Muhaizea, Faten AlMutairi, Rawan Almass, Safinaz AlHarthi, Mazhor S Aldosary, Maysoon Alsagob, Ali AlOdaib, Dilek Colak, Namik Kaya
The objective of this study was the identification of likely genes and mutations associated with an autosomal recessive (AR) rare spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) phenotype in two patients with infantile onset, from a consanguineous family. Using genome-wide SNP screening, autozygosity mapping, targeted Sanger sequencing and nextgen sequencing, family segregation analysis, and comprehensive neuropanel, we discovered a novel mutation in SPTBN2. Next, we utilized multiple sequence alignment of amino acids from various species as well as crystal structures provided by protein data bank (PDB# 1WYQ and 1WJM) to model the mutation site and its effect on β-III-spectrin...
December 1, 2017: Cerebellum
Anatoliy I Masyuk, Tatyana V Masyuk, Maria J Lorenzo Pisarello, Jingyi Francess Ding, Lorena Loarca, Bing Q Huang, Nicholas F LaRusso
Polycystic liver disease (PLD) is a group of genetic disorders with limited treatment and significant morbidity. Hepatic cysts arise from cholangiocytes exhibiting a hyperproliferative phenotype. Considering that hyperproliferation of many cell types is associated with alterations in autophagy, we hypothesized that autophagy is altered in PLD cholangiocytes, contributes to hepatic cystogenesis, and might represent a potential therapeutic target. We employed Functional Pathway Cluster Analysis (FPCA) and NextGen Sequencing (NGS), transmission electron microscopy, immunofluorescence confocal microscopy, and western blotting to assess autophagy in human and rodent PLD cholangiocytes...
October 10, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
Tia L Kauffman, Stephanie A Irving, Michael C Leo, Marian J Gilmore, Patricia Himes, Carmit K McMullen, Elissa Morris, Jennifer Schneider, Benjamin S Wilfond, Katrina A B Goddard
BACKGROUND: While translational genomic sequencing research is increasing, few studies have been limited to healthy individuals; most have focused on patients with a disease or a strong family history of a disorder. The limited studies that have included healthy individuals have focused on the disclosure of medically actionable secondary results, rather than carrier status, to assess reproductive risks. To address this important gap, we conducted the NextGen study, which focuses on carrier status and medically actionable secondary findings in a population of women planning a pregnancy...
September 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Kárita Antunes Costa, Mariana Vallim Salles, Chris Whitebirch, John Chiang, Juliana Maria Ferraz Sallum
BACKGROUND: Retinal dystrophies constitute a group of diseases characterized by clinical variability and pronounced genetic heterogeneity. Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common subtype of hereditary retinal dystrophy and is characterized by a progressive loss of peripheral field vision (Tunnel Vision), eventual loss of central vision, and progressive night blindness. The characteristics of the fundus changes include bone-spicule formations, attenuated blood vessels, reduced and/or abnormal electroretinograms, changes in structure imaged by optical coherence tomography, and subjective changes in visual function...
2017: International Journal of Retina and Vitreous
Mary Shimoyama, Jennifer R Smith, Elizabeth Bryda, Takashi Kuramoto, Laura Saba, Melinda Dwinell
Rats remain a major model for studying disease mechanisms and discovery, validation, and testing of new compounds to improve human health. The rat's value continues to grow as indicated by the more than 1.4 million publications (second to human) at PubMed documenting important discoveries using this model. Advanced sequencing technologies, genome modification techniques, and the development of embryonic stem cell protocols ensure the rat remains an important mammalian model for disease studies. The 2004 release of the reference genome has been followed by the production of complete genomes for more than two dozen individual strains utilizing NextGen sequencing technologies; their analyses have identified over 80 million variants...
July 1, 2017: ILAR Journal
K R Velmurugan, R T Varghese, N C Fonville, H R Garner
There remains a large discrepancy between the known genetic contributions to cancer and that which can be explained by genomic variants, both inherited and somatic. Recently, understudied repetitive DNA regions called microsatellites have been identified as genetic risk markers for a number of diseases including various cancers (breast, ovarian and brain). In this study, we demonstrate an integrated process for identifying and further evaluating microsatellite-based risk markers for lung cancer using data from the cancer genome atlas and the 1000 genomes project...
November 16, 2017: Oncogene
Susan M Capalbo, John M Antle, Clark Seavert
Research on next generation agricultural systems models shows that the most important current limitation is data, both for on-farm decision support and for research investment and policy decision making. One of the greatest data challenges is to obtain reliable data on farm management decision making, both for current conditions and under scenarios of changed bio-physical and socio-economic conditions. This paper presents a framework for the use of farm-level and landscape-scale models and data to provide analysis that could be used in NextGen knowledge products, such as mobile applications or personal computer data analysis and visualization software...
July 2017: Agricultural Systems
John M Antle, James W Jones, Cynthia E Rosenzweig
Agricultural system models have become important tools to provide predictive and assessment capability to a growing array of decision-makers in the private and public sectors. Despite ongoing research and model improvements, many of the agricultural models today are direct descendants of research investments initially made 30-40 years ago, and many of the major advances in data, information and communication technology (ICT) of the past decade have not been fully exploited. The purpose of this Special Issue of Agricultural Systems is to lay the foundation for the next generation of agricultural systems data, models and knowledge products...
July 2017: Agricultural Systems
John M Antle, James W Jones, Cynthia Rosenzweig
The purpose of this Special Issue of Agricultural Systems is to lay the foundation for the next generation of agricultural systems data, models and knowledge products. In the Introduction to this Special Issue, we described a vision for accelerating the rate of agricultural innovation and meeting the growing global need for food and fiber. In this concluding article of the NextGen Special Issue we synthesize insights and formulate a strategy to advance data, models, and knowledge products that are consistent with this vision...
July 2017: Agricultural Systems
Hyunmin Koo, Joseph A Hakim, Casey D Morrow, Peter G Eipers, Alfonso Davila, Dale T Andersen, Asim K Bej
In this study, using NextGen sequencing of the collective 16S rRNA genes obtained from two sets of samples collected from Lake Obersee, Antarctica, we compared and contrasted two bioinformatics tools, PICRUSt and Tax4Fun. We then developed an R script to assess the taxonomic and predictive functional profiles of the microbial communities within the samples. Taxa such as Pseudoxanthomonas, Planctomycetaceae, Cyanobacteria Subsection III, Nitrosomonadaceae, Leptothrix, and Rhodobacter were exclusively identified by Tax4Fun that uses SILVA database; whereas PICRUSt that uses Greengenes database uniquely identified Pirellulaceae, Gemmatimonadetes A1-B1, Pseudanabaena, Salinibacterium and Sinobacteraceae...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Ekaterina Gerasimov, Alex Zelikovsky, Ion Măndoiu, Yurij Ionov
BACKGROUND: For fighting cancer, earlier detection is crucial. Circulating auto-antibodies produced by the patient's own immune system after exposure to cancer proteins are promising bio-markers for the early detection of cancer. Since an antibody recognizes not the whole antigen but 4-7 critical amino acids within the antigenic determinant (epitope), the whole proteome can be represented by a random peptide phage display library. This opens the possibility to develop an early cancer detection test based on a set of peptide sequences identified by comparing cancer patients' and healthy donors' global peptide profiles of antibody specificities...
June 7, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
Paula Paulo, Pedro Pinto, Ana Peixoto, Catarina Santos, Carla Pinto, Patrícia Rocha, Isabel Veiga, Gabriela Soares, Catarina Machado, Fabiana Ramos, Manuel R Teixeira
Despite the growing knowledge of the genetic background behind the cancers that occur in a context of hereditary predisposition, personal or family cancer history may not be clear enough to support directional gene testing. Defined targeted next-generation sequencing gene panels allow identification of the causative disease mutations of multigene syndromes and differential diagnosis for syndromes with phenotypically overlapping characteristics. Herein, we established a next-generation sequencing analysis pipeline for the molecular diagnosis of multiple inherited cancer predisposing syndromes using the commercially available target sequencing panel TruSight Cancer...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Molecular Diagnostics: JMD
Sojeong Ka, Sunho Lee, Jonghee Hong, Yangrae Cho, Joohon Sung, Han-Na Kim, Hyung-Lae Kim, Jongsun Jung
BACKGROUND: Several recent studies showed that next-generation sequencing (NGS)-based human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing is a feasible and promising technique for variant calling of highly polymorphic regions. To date, however, no method with sufficient read depth has completely solved the allele phasing issue. In this study, we developed a new method (HLAscan) for HLA genotyping using NGS data. RESULTS: HLAscan performs alignment of reads to HLA sequences from the international ImMunoGeneTics project/human leukocyte antigen (IMGT/HLA) database...
May 12, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
Leif E Peterson, Tatiana Kovyrshina
Computational methods were employed to determine progression inference of genomic alterations in commonly occurring cancers. Using cross-sectional TCGA data, we computed evolutionary trajectories involving selectivity relationships among pairs of gene-specific genomic alterations such as somatic mutations, deletions, amplifications, downregulation, and upregulation among the top 20 driver genes associated with each cancer. Results indicate that the majority of hierarchies involved TP53, PIK3CA, ERBB2, APC, KRAS, EGFR, IDH1, VHL, etc...
April 2017: Heliyon
Saeam Shin, Yoonjung Kim, Seoung Chul Oh, Nae Yu, Seung-Tae Lee, Jong Rak Choi, Kyung-A Lee
In this study, we validated the analytical performance of BRCA1/2 sequencing using Ion Torrent's new bench-top sequencer with amplicon panel with optimized bioinformatics pipelines. Using 43 samples that were previously validated by Illumina's MiSeq platform and/or by Sanger sequencing/multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification, we amplified the target with the Oncomine™ BRCA Research Assay and sequenced on Ion Torrent S5 XL (Thermo Fisher Scientific, Waltham, MA, USA). We compared two bioinformatics pipelines for optimal processing of S5 XL sequence data: the Torrent Suite with a plug-in Torrent Variant Caller (Thermo Fisher Scientific), and commercial NextGENe software (Softgenetics, State College, PA, USA)...
May 23, 2017: Oncotarget
Curtis R Warren, Cashell E Jaquish, Chad A Cowan
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Next Generation Genetic Association Studies Consortium has used induced pluripotent stem cell technology to study the effects of common genetic variants in vitro. This issue of Cell Stem Cell and affiliated journals include several manuscripts describing the results of the consortium's efforts.
April 6, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
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