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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222133/maternal-psychological-stress-induced-developmental-disability-neonatal-mortality-and-stillbirth-in-the-offspring-of-wistar-albino-rats
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Sakthivel Govindaraj, Annadurai Shanmuganathan, Ravindran Rajan
BACKGROUND: Stress is an inevitable part of life, and maternal stress during the gestational period has dramatic effects in the early programming of the physiology and behavior of offspring. The developmental period is crucial for the well-being of the offspring. Prenatal stress influences the developmental outcomes of the fetus, in part because the developing brain is particularly vulnerable to stress. The etiology of birth defects of the offspring is reported to be 30-40% genetic and 7-10% multifactorial, with the remaining 50% still unknown and also there is no clear cause for neonatal mortality and still-birth...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220983/clinical-and-molecular-cytogenetic-analyses-of-four-families-with-1q21-1-microdeletion-or-microduplication
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Hong-Dan Wang, Lin Liu, Dong Wu, Tao Li, Cun-Ying Cui, Lian-Zhong Zhang, Cheng-Zeng Wang
BACKGROUND: Little information is available regarding penetrance of the 1q21.1 copy number variants (CNVs). We explored the clinical significance of 1q21.1 microdeletion or microduplication. METHODS: In four families, chromosome karyotype was analyzed using G-banding karyotype analysis technology, CNVs were detected using array-comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH), and then quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) was used to validate candidate CNVs. Sequence signature in the breakpoint region was analyzed using UCSC databases...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Gene Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212714/droplet-based-digital-pcr-application-in-cancer-research
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G Perkins, H Lu, F Garlan, V Taly
The efficient characterization of genetic and epigenetic alterations in oncology, virology, or prenatal diagnostics requires highly sensitive and specific high-throughput approaches. Nevertheless, with the use of conventional methods, sensitivity and specificity were largely limited. By partitioning individual target molecules within distinct compartments, digital PCR (dPCR) could overcome these limitations and detect very rare sequences with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. In dPCR, the sample is diluted such that each individual partition will contain no more than one target sequence...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211984/prenatal-diagnosis-of-inverted-duplication-deletion-8p-syndrome-mimicking-trisomy-18
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Mehmet Ozgur Akkurt, Amanda Higgs, Ozerk T Turan, Ozhan M Turan, Sifa Turan
Inverted duplication deletion of 8p (invdupdel[8p]) is a well-described and uncommon chromosomal rearrangement. The majority of the reported cases have revealed no life-threatening malformations. Although the invdupdel[8p] syndrome in children with central nervous system abnormalities has been reported before, we present the first prenatal microarray diagnosis of invdupdel[8p] syndrome mimicking trisomy 18 due to similar sonographic features. Contrary to reported cases with invdupdel[8p] syndrome, the present case had severe polyvalvular dysplasia and the infant deceased at day 12 of life...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209493/quantitative-analysis-of-fetal-facial-morphology-using-3d-ultrasound-and-statistical-shape-modelling-a-feasibility-study
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Andrea Dall'Asta, Silvia Schievano, Jan L Bruse, Gowrishankar Paramasivam, Christine Tita Kaihura, David Dunaway, Christoph C Lees
BACKGROUND: The antenatal detection of facial dysmorphism using three-dimensional ultrasound may raise the suspicion of an underlying genetic conditions but infrequently leads to a definitive antenatal diagnosis. Despite advances in array and non invasive prenatal testing, not all genetic conditions can be ascertained from such testing. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of quantitative assessment of fetal face features using prenatal three-dimensional ultrasound volumes and statistical shape modelling...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208888/haemoglobinopathies-and-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-among-the-tribals-working-in-the-tea-gardens-of-assam-india
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Anju Barhai Teli, Rumi Deori, Sidhartha Protim Saikia
INTRODUCTION: Prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia are very high in India but information about its status among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam is very less. AIM: The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total 1204 samples from the tribals working in tea gardens of Assam were analysed for both Complete Blood Count (CBC) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for detection of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207930/elevation-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-a-fetus-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii
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Francyne Kubaski, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Robert W Mason, Pravin Patel, Maira G Burin, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Bender, Sandra Leistner-Segal, Carolina A Moreno, Denise P Cavalcanti, Roberto Giugliani, Shunji Tomatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify GAGs in amniotic fluid (AF) from an MPS VII fetus compared with age-matched fetuses obtained from normal pregnancies. METHOD: Disaccharides were measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), compared to age-matched controls. Enzyme assay was performed in AF supernatant or cultured amniocytes. GUSB was analyzed by next generation sequencing using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine with a customized panel...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204904/high-risk-individuals-perceptions-of-reproductive-genetic-testing-for-cdh1-mutations
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Nina Hallowell, Shirlene Badger, Sue Richardson, Carlos Caldas, Richard H Hardwick, Rebecca C Fitzgerald, Julia Lawton
Reproductive genetic testing- PreNatal Diagnosis (PND) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)-for CDH1 mutations associated with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)is available in the UK. This qualitative interview study examined high-risk individuals' (n = 35) views of CDH1 reproductive genetic testing. Interviewees generally regarded reproductive genetic testing as an acceptable form of HDGC risk management. However, some were concerned that their genetic risks required them to plan reproduction and anticipated difficulties communicating this to reproductive partners...
February 15, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202385/long-term-consequences-of-disrupting-adenosine-signaling-during-embryonic-development
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Scott A Rivkees, Christopher C Wendler
There is growing evidence that disruption in the prenatal environment can have long-lasting effects on an individual's health in adulthood. Research on the fetal programming of adult diseases, including cardiovascular disease, focuses on epi-mutations, which alter the normal pattern of epigenetic factors such as DNA methylation, miRNA expression, or chromatin modification, rather than traditional genetic alteration. Thus, understanding how in utero chemical exposures alter epigenetics and lead to adult disease is of considerable public health concern...
February 12, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202133/toddlers-later-diagnosed-with-autism-exhibit-multiple-structural-abnormalities-in-temporal-corpus-callosum-fibers
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Noa Fingher, Ilan Dinstein, Michal Ben-Shachar, Shlomi Haar, Anders M Dale, Lisa Eyler, Karen Pierce, Eric Courchesne
Interhemispheric functional connectivity abnormalities are often reported in autism and it is thus not surprising that structural defects of the corpus callosum (CC) are consistently found using both traditional MRI and DTI techniques. Past DTI studies however, have subdivided the CC into 2 or 3 segments without regard for where fibers may project to within the cortex, thus placing limitations on our ability to understand the nature, timing and neurobehavioral impact of early CC abnormalities in autism. Leveraging a unique cohort of 97 toddlers (68 autism; 29 typical) we utilized a novel technique that identified seven CC tracts according to their cortical projections...
January 23, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197878/two-homozygous-mutations-in-the-exon-5-of-bckdhb-gene-that-may-cause-the-classic-form-of-maple-syrup-urine-disease
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Ling Su, Zhikun Lu, Fatao Li, Yongxian Shao, Huiying Sheng, Yanna Cai, Li Liu
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by defects in the catabolism of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Classic form of MSUD (CMSUD) is caused by mutations in BCKDHA, BCKDHB, DBT genes mostly. In this study, we analyzed the clinical and genetic characteristics of two patients with CMSUD. Two homozygous mutations, c.517G > T (p.Asp173Tyr) and c.503G > A (p.Arg168His), both in the exon 5 of BCKDHB were detected respectively. The novel mutation p...
February 15, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196921/noninvasive-prenatal-screening-of-fetal-aneuploidy-without-massively-parallel-sequencing
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Chenming Xu, Ting Wang, Chao Liu, Hong Li, Xiaoyan Chen, Huanhuan Zhu, Songchang Chen, Qiuhong Xin, Jing Tao, Liming Huang, Zhengwen Jiang
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) using plasma cell-free DNA has gained tremendous popularity in the clinical assessment of fetal aneuploidy. Most, if not all, of these tests rely on complex and expensive massively parallel sequencing (MPS) techniques, hindering the use of NIPS as a common screening procedure. METHODS: We have developed and optimized an MPS-independent noninvasive genetic test that can rapidly detect fetal aneuploidy at considerably lower costs...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193110/pontine-tegmental-cap-dysplasia-in-an-extremely-preterm-infant-and-review-of-the-literature
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Sylvie Picker-Minh, Sebastian Hartenstein, Hans Proquitté, Sebastian Fröhler, Vera Raile, Nadine Kraemer, Sarah Apeshiotis, Michael Leipoldt, Karim D Kalache, Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, Eugen Boltshauser, Wei Chen, Angela M Kaindl
Pontine tegmental cap dysplasia is a rare hindbrain malformation syndrome with a hypoplastic pons, a tissue protrusion into the fourth ventricle, and cranial nerve dysfunction. We here report clinical, imaging, and genetic findings of the first extremely low-birth-weight preterm infant with pontine tegmental cap dysplasia born at 25 weeks of gestation and provide an overview of 29 sporadic cases. A prenatally diagnosed hypoplastic and rostrally shifted cerebellum was indicative of a hindbrain defect and later identified as an early sign of pontine tegmental cap dysplasia in our patient...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186603/-prenatal-genetic-analysis-of-two-fetuses-with-miller-dieker-syndrome
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Shaobin Lin, Yanmin Luo, Jianzhu Wu, Baojiang Chen, Yuanjun Ji, Yi Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To perform molecular cytogenetic study on two fetuses with abnormal ultrasound findings and analyze their genotype-phenotype correlation. METHODS: G-banded karyotyping, single nucleotide polymorphism array (SNP array) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) were performed on amniotic fluid cells from both fetuses and peripheral blood samples from their parents. Results of SNP array were analyzed with bioinformatics software. RESULTS: G-banded karyotyping failed to detect any abnormalities in both fetuses and their parents...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186593/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-a-case-with-46-xx-del-4-dup-21
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Lin Zhang, Meihong Ren, Guining Song, Xuexia Liu, Jing Zhang, Xiaohong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the genetic cause and prognosis of a fetus with a rare karyotype. METHODS: Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was used for verifying a structural chromosomal abnormality detected by conventional karyotyping analysis. Whole genome DNA microarray was used to analyze copy number variations carried by the fetus. RESULTS: The fetus was found to have a 46,XX,dup(21)(?q21q22) karyotype, which was verified by FISH analysis as repetition of chromosome 21 region, namely nuc ish 21q22×3...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186586/-analysis-of-clinical-phenotype-and-genotype-of-unstable-hemoglobin-rush
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Shijun Ge, Biqing Yang, Wei Yi, Kai Huang, Hongxian Liu, Xiaoqin Huang, Jiayou Chu, Zhaoqing Yang
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the hematological and genetic characteristics of unstable hemoglobin Rush (Hb Rush) and compound heterozygote of Hb Rush and thalassemia. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples and genomic DNA from three patients (including two ethnic Dai and one Han Chinese) with anemia of undetermined origin were collected. Hematological phenotypes of these patients were determined through red blood cell analysis and hemoglobin electrophoresis. Genotypes of alpha- and beta-globin genes, -158 XmnⅠ polymorphic site of (G)γ promoter region, and haplotypes of 7 polymorphic restriction sites in the beta-globin gene cluster were determined using PCR-based methods and DNA sequencing...
February 10, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181689/prenatal-diagnosis-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-in-131-chinese-families-with-dystrophinopathy
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Huanhuan Wang, Yan Xu, Xiaoqing Liu, Lei Wang, Wenting Jiang, Bing Xiao, Wei Wei, Yingwei Chen, Weiping Ye, Xing Ji
OBJECTIVES: To report 6-year clinical prenatal diagnosis experience of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD)-affected families evaluated at a single prenatal diagnosis center in China and establish a reliable and rational prenatal diagnosis procedure for DMD families. METHODS: The prenatal diagnosis data of 146 at-risk pregnancies in 131 DMD families referred to our center from 2010 to 2016 were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: The mutation detection rate of the probands was greater than 99%...
February 9, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180199/ultrasound-and-mri-comprehensive-approach-in-prenatal-diagnosis-of-fetal-osteochondrodysplasias-cases-series
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Costin Berceanu, Ioana Andreea Gheonea, Simona Vlădăreanu, Monica Mihaela Cîrstoiu, Radu Vlădăreanu, Claudia Mehedinţu, Sabina Berceanu, Răzvan Ciortea, Elvira Brătilă
AIM: To present the systematic ultrasonographic assessment in fetal osteochondrodysplasias and to evaluate the fetal MRI intake, as a complementary exploration to US, in the prenatal diagnosis and perinatal prognosis of fetal nonlethal osteochondrodysplasias. Material and methods: In this tertiary multicentre study were included 37 cases diagnosed prenatally with various entities in the category of nonlethal fetal osteochondrodysplasias. The initial diagnosis was carried out by the routine or detailed ultrasound examination...
January 31, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180146/-i-think-we-ve-got-too-many-tests-prenatal-providers-reflections-on-ethical-and-clinical-challenges-in-the-practice-integration-of-cell-free-dna-screening
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B L Gammon, S A Kraft, M Michie, M Allyse
BACKGROUND: The recent introduction of cell-free DNA-based non-invasive prenatal screening (cfDNA screening) into clinical practice was expected to revolutionize prenatal testing. cfDNA screening for fetal aneuploidy has demonstrated higher test sensitivity and specificity for some conditions than conventional serum screening and can be conducted early in the pregnancy. However, it is not clear whether and how clinical practices are assimilating this new type of testing into their informed consent and counselling processes...
July 2016: Ethics, Medicine, and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180029/the-major-histocompatibility-complex-mhc-in-schizophrenia-a-review
#20
Ryan Mokhtari, Herbert M Lachman
Epidemiological studies and mouse models suggest that maternal immune activation, induced clinically through prenatal exposure to one of several infectious diseases, is a risk factor in the development of schizophrenia. This is supported by the strong genetic association established by genome wide association studies (GWAS) between the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) locus and schizophrenia. HLA proteins (also known in mice as the major histocompatibility complex; MHC) are mediators of the T-lymphocyte responses, and genetic variability is well-established as a risk factor for autoimmune diseases and susceptibility to infectious diseases...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical & Cellular Immunology
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