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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534502/engaging-and-disengaging-recurrent-inhibition-coincides-with-sensing-and-unsensing-of-a-sensory-stimulus
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Debajit Saha, Wensheng Sun, Chao Li, Srinath Nizampatnam, William Padovano, Zhengdao Chen, Alex Chen, Ege Altan, Ray Lo, Dennis L Barbour, Baranidharan Raman
Even simple sensory stimuli evoke neural responses that are dynamic and complex. Are the temporally patterned neural activities important for controlling the behavioral output? Here, we investigated this issue. Our results reveal that in the insect antennal lobe, due to circuit interactions, distinct neural ensembles are activated during and immediately following the termination of every odorant. Such non-overlapping response patterns are not observed even when the stimulus intensity or identities were changed...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530678/the-complex-genetics-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Xiaoqin Liu, Hisato Yagi, Shazina Saeed, Abha S Bais, George C Gabriel, Zhaohan Chen, Kevin A Peterson, You Li, Molly C Schwartz, William T Reynolds, Manush Saydmohammed, Brian Gibbs, Yijen Wu, William Devine, Bishwanath Chatterjee, Nikolai T Klena, Dennis Kostka, Karen L de Mesy Bentley, Madhavi K Ganapathiraju, Phillip Dexheimer, Linda Leatherbury, Omar Khalifa, Anchit Bhagat, Maliha Zahid, William Pu, Simon Watkins, Paul Grossfeld, Stephen A Murray, George A Porter, Michael Tsang, Lisa J Martin, D Woodrow Benson, Bruce J Aronow, Cecilia W Lo
Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects up to 1% of live births. Although a genetic etiology is indicated by an increased recurrence risk, sporadic occurrence suggests that CHD genetics is complex. Here, we show that hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS), a severe CHD, is multigenic and genetically heterogeneous. Using mouse forward genetics, we report what is, to our knowledge, the first isolation of HLHS mutant mice and identification of genes causing HLHS. Mutations from seven HLHS mouse lines showed multigenic enrichment in ten human chromosome regions linked to HLHS...
May 22, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502261/profiles-of-executive-function-across-children-with-distinct-brain-disorders-traumatic-brain-injury-stroke-and-brain-tumor
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Gabriel C Araujo, Tanya N Antonini, Vicki Anderson, Kathryn A Vannatta, Christina G Salley, Erin D Bigler, H Gerry Taylor, Cynthia Gerhardt, Kenneth Rubin, Maureen Dennis, Warren Lo, Mark T Mackay, Anne Gordon, Christine Hajek Koterba, Alison Gomes, Mardee Greenham, Keith Owen Yeates
OBJECTIVES: This study examined whether children with distinct brain disorders show different profiles of strengths and weaknesses in executive functions, and differ from children without brain disorder. METHODS: Participants were children with traumatic brain injury (N=82; 8-13 years of age), arterial ischemic stroke (N=36; 6-16 years of age), and brain tumor (N=74; 9-18 years of age), each with a corresponding matched comparison group consisting of children with orthopedic injury (N=61), asthma (N=15), and classmates without medical illness (N=68), respectively...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490568/noninvasive-detection-of-f8-int22h-related-inversions-and-sequence-variants-in-maternal-plasma-of-hemophilia-carriers
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Irena Hudecova, Peiyong Jiang, Joanna Davies, Y M Dennis Lo, Rezan A Kadir, Rossa W K Chiu
Direct detection of F8 and F9 sequence variants in maternal plasma of hemophilia carriers has been demonstrated by microfluidics digital PCR. Noninvasive prenatal assessment of the most clinically relevant group of sequence variants among hemophilia patients, namely those involving int22h-related inversions disrupting the F8 gene, poses additional challenges due to its molecular complexity. We investigated the use of droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) and targeted massively parallel sequencing (MPS) for maternal plasma DNA analysis to noninvasively determine fetal mutational status in pregnancies at risk for hemophilia...
May 10, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472425/prodromal-parkinsonism-and-neurodegenerative-risk-stratification-in-rem-sleep-behaviour-disorder
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Thomas R Barber, Michael Lawton, Michal Rolinski, Samuel Evetts, Fahd Baig, Claudio Ruffmann, Aimie Gornall, Johannes C Klein, Christine Lo, Gary Dennis, Oliver Bandmann, Timothy Quinnell, Zenobia Zaiwalla, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Michele Tm Hu
Objectives.: REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) is the most specific marker of prodromal alpha-synucleinopathies. We sought to delineate the baseline clinical characteristics of RBD and evaluate risk stratification models. Methods.: Clinical assessments were performed in 171 RBD, 296 control and 119 untreated Parkinson's (PD) subjects. Putative risk measures were assessed as predictors of prodromal neurodegeneration and Movement Disorders Society (MDS) criteria for prodromal PD were applied...
May 4, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431003/intracoronary-autologous-bone-marrow-cell-transfer-after-myocardial-infarction-the-boost-2-randomised-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Kai C Wollert, Gerd P Meyer, Jochen Müller-Ehmsen, Carsten Tschöpe, Vernon Bonarjee, Alf Inge Larsen, Andreas E May, Klaus Empen, Emmanuel Chorianopoulos, Ulrich Tebbe, Johannes Waltenberger, Heiko Mahrholdt, Benedikta Ritter, Jens Pirr, Dieter Fischer, Mortimer Korf-Klingebiel, Lubomir Arseniev, Hans-Gert Heuft, Jan E Brinchmann, Diethelm Messinger, Bernd Hertenstein, Arnold Ganser, Hugo A Katus, Stephan B Felix, Meinrad P Gawaz, Kenneth Dickstein, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Dennis Ladage, Simon Greulich, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: Intracoronary infusion of autologous nucleated bone marrow cells (BMCs) enhanced the recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) after ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) in the randomised-controlled, open-label BOOST trial. We reassessed the therapeutic potential of nucleated BMCs in the randomised placebo-controlled, double-blind BOOST-2 trial conducted in 10 centres in Germany and Norway. Methods and results: Using a multiple arm design, we investigated the dose-response relationship and explored whether γ-irradiation which eliminates the clonogenic potential of stem and progenitor cells has an impact on BMC efficacy...
April 19, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384795/child-and-adolescent-health-from-1990-to-2015-findings-from-the-global-burden-of-diseases-injuries-and-risk-factors-2015-study
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Nicholas Kassebaum, Hmwe Hmwe Kyu, Leo Zoeckler, Helen Elizabeth Olsen, Katie Thomas, Christine Pinho, Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Lalit Dandona, Alize Ferrari, Tsegaye Tewelde Ghiwot, Simon I Hay, Yohannes Kinfu, Xiaofeng Liang, Alan Lopez, Deborah Carvalho Malta, Ali H Mokdad, Mohsen Naghavi, George C Patton, Joshua Salomon, Benn Sartorius, Roman Topor-Madry, Stein Emil Vollset, Andrea Werdecker, Harvey A Whiteford, Kalkidan Hasen Abate, Kaja Abbas, Solomon Abrha Damtew, Muktar Beshir Ahmed, Nadia Akseer, Rajaa Al-Raddadi, Mulubirhan Assefa Alemayohu, Khalid Altirkawi, Amanuel Alemu Abajobir, Azmeraw T Amare, Carl A T Antonio, Johan Arnlov, Al Artaman, Hamid Asayesh, Euripide Frinel G Arthur Avokpaho, Ashish Awasthi, Beatriz Paulina Ayala Quintanilla, Umar Bacha, Balem Demtsu Betsu, Aleksandra Barac, Till Winfried Bärnighausen, Estifanos Baye, Neeraj Bedi, Isabela M Bensenor, Adugnaw Berhane, Eduardo Bernabe, Oscar Alberto Bernal, Addisu Shunu Beyene, Sibhatu Biadgilign, Boris Bikbov, Cheryl Anne Boyce, Alexandra Brazinova, Gessessew Bugssa Hailu, Austin Carter, Carlos A Castañeda-Orjuela, Ferrán Catalá-López, Fiona J Charlson, Abdulaal A Chitheer, Jee-Young Jasmine Choi, Liliana G Ciobanu, John Crump, Rakhi Dandona, Robert P Dellavalle, Amare Deribew, Gabrielle deVeber, Daniel Dicker, Eric L Ding, Manisha Dubey, Amanuel Yesuf Endries, Holly E Erskine, Emerito Jose Aquino Faraon, Andre Faro, Farshad Farzadfar, Joao C Fernandes, Daniel Obadare Fijabi, Christina Fitzmaurice, Thomas D Fleming, Luisa Sorio Flor, Kyle J Foreman, Richard C Franklin, Maya S Fraser, Joseph J Frostad, Nancy Fullman, Gebremedhin Berhe Gebregergs, Alemseged Aregay Gebru, Johanna M Geleijnse, Katherine B Gibney, Mahari Gidey Yihdego, Ibrahim Abdelmageem Mohamed Ginawi, Melkamu Dedefo Gishu, Tessema Assefa Gizachew, Elizabeth Glaser, Audra L Gold, Ellen Goldberg, Philimon Gona, Atsushi Goto, Harish Chander Gugnani, Guohong Jiang, Rajeev Gupta, Fisaha Haile Tesfay, Graeme J Hankey, Rasmus Havmoeller, Martha Hijar, Masako Horino, H Dean Hosgood, Guoqing Hu, Kathryn H Jacobsen, Mihajlo B Jakovljevic, Sudha P Jayaraman, Vivekanand Jha, Tariku Jibat, Catherine O Johnson, Jost Jonas, Amir Kasaeian, Norito Kawakami, Peter N Keiyoro, Ibrahim Khalil, Young-Ho Khang, Jagdish Khubchandani, Aliasghar A Ahmad Kiadaliri, Christian Kieling, Daniel Kim, Niranjan Kissoon, Luke D Knibbs, Ai Koyanagi, Kristopher J Krohn, Barthelemy Kuate Defo, Burcu Kucuk Bicer, Rachel Kulikoff, G Anil Kumar, Dharmesh Kumar Lal, Hilton Y Lam, Heidi J Larson, Anders Larsson, Dennis Odai Laryea, Janni Leung, Stephen S Lim, Loon-Tzian Lo, Warren D Lo, Katharine J Looker, Paulo A Lotufo, Hassan Magdy Abd El Razek, Reza Malekzadeh, Desalegn Markos Shifti, Mohsen Mazidi, Peter A Meaney, Kidanu Gebremariam Meles, Peter Memiah, Walter Mendoza, Mubarek Abera Mengistie, Gebremichael Welday Mengistu, George A Mensah, Ted R Miller, Charles Mock, Alireza Mohammadi, Shafiu Mohammed, Lorenzo Monasta, Ulrich Mueller, Chie Nagata, Aliya Naheed, Grant Nguyen, Quyen Le Nguyen, Elaine Nsoesie, In-Hwan Oh, Anselm Okoro, Jacob Olusegun Olusanya, Bolajoko O Olusanya, Alberto Ortiz, Deepak Paudel, David M Pereira, Norberto Perico, Max Petzold, Michael Robert Phillips, Guilherme V Polanczyk, Farshad Pourmalek, Mostafa Qorbani, Anwar Rafay, Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar, Mahfuzar Rahman, Rajesh Kumar Rai, Usha Ram, Zane Rankin, Giuseppe Remuzzi, Andre M N Renzaho, Hirbo Shore Roba, David Rojas-Rueda, Luca Ronfani, Rajesh Sagar, Juan Ramon Sanabria, Muktar Sano Kedir Mohammed, Itamar S Santos, Maheswar Satpathy, Monika Sawhney, Ben Schöttker, David C Schwebel, James G Scott, Sadaf G Sepanlou, Amira Shaheen, Masood Ali Shaikh, June She, Rahman Shiri, Ivy Shiue, Inga Dora Sigfusdottir, Jasvinder Singh, Naris Silpakit, Alison Smith, Chandrashekhar Sreeramareddy, Jeffrey D Stanaway, Dan J Stein, Caitlyn Steiner, Muawiyyah Babale Sufiyan, Soumya Swaminathan, Rafael Tabarés-Seisdedos, Karen M Tabb, Fentaw Tadese, Mohammad Tavakkoli, Bineyam Taye, Stephanie Teeple, Teketo Kassaw Tegegne, Girma Temam Shifa, Abdullah Sulieman Terkawi, Bernadette Thomas, Alan J Thomson, Ruoyan Tobe-Gai, Marcello Tonelli, Bach Xuan Tran, Christopher Troeger, Kingsley N Ukwaja, Olalekan Uthman, Tommi Vasankari, Narayanaswamy Venketasubramanian, Vasiliy Victorovich Vlassov, Elisabete Weiderpass, Robert Weintraub, Solomon Weldemariam Gebrehiwot, Ronny Westerman, Hywel C Williams, Charles D A Wolfe, Rachel Woodbrook, Yuichiro Yano, Naohiro Yonemoto, Seok-Jun Yoon, Mustafa Z Younis, Chuanhua Yu, Maysaa El Sayed Zaki, Elias Asfaw Zegeye, Liesl Joanna Zuhlke, Christopher J L Murray, Theo Vos
Importance: Comprehensive and timely monitoring of disease burden in all age groups, including children and adolescents, is essential for improving population health. Objective: To quantify and describe levels and trends of mortality and nonfatal health outcomes among children and adolescents from 1990 to 2015 to provide a framework for policy discussion. Evidence Review: Cause-specific mortality and nonfatal health outcomes were analyzed for 195 countries and territories by age group, sex, and year from 1990 to 2015 using standardized approaches for data processing and statistical modeling, with subsequent analysis of the findings to describe levels and trends across geography and time among children and adolescents 19 years or younger...
June 1, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380634/the-radiosurgery-fractionation-quandary-single-fraction-or-hypofractionation
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John P Kirkpatrick, Scott G Soltys, Simon S Lo, Kathryn Beal, Dennis C Shrieve, Paul D Brown
Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), typically administered in a single session, is widely employed to safely, efficiently, and effectively treat small intracranial lesions. However, for large lesions or those in close proximity to critical structures, it can be difficult to obtain an acceptable balance of tumor control while avoiding damage to normal tissue when single-fraction SRS is utilized. Treating a lesion in 2 to 5 fractions of SRS (termed "hypofractionated SRS" [HF-SRS]) potentially provides the ability to treat a lesion with a total dose of radiation that provides both adequate tumor control and acceptable toxicity...
April 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280050/single-stranded-dna-library-preparation-preferentially-enriches-short-maternal-dna-in-maternal-plasma
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Joaquim S L Vong, Jason C H Tsang, Peiyong Jiang, Wing-Shan Lee, Tak Yeung Leung, K C Allen Chan, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested that single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) library preparation can enrich short DNA species from the plasma of healthy individuals, cancer patients, and transplant recipients. Based on previous observations that fetal DNA molecules in the maternal plasma are shorter than maternal DNA molecules, ssDNA library preparation may potentially enrich fetal DNA and provide substantial improvement in noninvasive prenatal testing. METHODS: We tested this hypothesis by comparing the maternal plasma DNA sequencing results using 2 types of ssDNA library preparation methods and a standard double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) library method using samples from first- and third-trimester pregnancies...
May 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238813/genomewide-bisulfite-sequencing-reveals-the-origin-and-time-dependent-fragmentation-of-urinary-cfdna
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Timothy H T Cheng, Peiyong Jiang, Jacqueline C W Tam, Xiao Sun, Wing-Shan Lee, Stephanie C Y Yu, Jeremy Y C Teoh, Peter K F Chiu, Chi-Fai Ng, Kai-Ming Chow, Cheuk-Chun Szeto, K C Allen Chan, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo
Urinary cell-free (cf) DNA holds great potential as a completely noninvasive form of liquid biopsy. Knowledge of the composition of cfDNA by tissue of origin is useful for guiding its clinical uses. We conducted a global survey of urinary cfDNA composition using genomewide bisulfite sequencing. While previous studies focused on detecting cfDNA from a single source at a time, genomewide tissue specific methylation signatures allow us to simultaneously deduce the proportional contribution from each contributing tissue...
June 2017: Clinical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194040/abnormal-degradation-of-the-neuronal-stress-protective-transcription-factor-hsf1-in-huntington-s-disease
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Rocio Gomez-Pastor, Eileen T Burchfiel, Daniel W Neef, Alex M Jaeger, Elisa Cabiscol, Spencer U McKinstry, Argenia Doss, Alejandro Aballay, Donald C Lo, Sergey S Akimov, Christopher A Ross, Cagla Eroglu, Dennis J Thiele
Huntington's Disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by poly-glutamine expansion in the Htt protein, resulting in Htt misfolding and cell death. Expression of the cellular protein folding and pro-survival machinery by heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) ameliorates biochemical and neurobiological defects caused by protein misfolding. We report that HSF1 is degraded in cells and mice expressing mutant Htt, in medium spiny neurons derived from human HD iPSCs and in brain samples from patients with HD...
February 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165140/coffee-control-free-noninvasive-fetal-chromosomal-examination-using-maternal-plasma-dna
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Kun Sun, K C Allen Chan, Irena Hudecova, Rossa W K Chiu, Y M Dennis Lo, Peiyong Jiang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to develop an approach for analyzing plasma DNA sequencing data for noninvasive fetal chromosomal aneuploidy testing that does not require the comparison with control samples or a series of selected genomic regions. RESULTS: We developed the control-free noninvasive fetal chromosomal examination (COFFEE) algorithm by utilizing the size differences between the fetally derived and maternally derived DNA molecules in maternal plasma...
February 6, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146470/rare-and-low-frequency-coding-variants-alter-human-adult-height
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Eirini Marouli, Mariaelisa Graff, Carolina Medina-Gomez, Ken Sin Lo, Andrew R Wood, Troels R Kjaer, Rebecca S Fine, Yingchang Lu, Claudia Schurmann, Heather M Highland, Sina Rüeger, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Anne E Justice, David Lamparter, Kathleen E Stirrups, Valérie Turcot, Kristin L Young, Thomas W Winkler, Tõnu Esko, Tugce Karaderi, Adam E Locke, Nicholas G D Masca, Maggie C Y Ng, Poorva Mudgal, Manuel A Rivas, Sailaja Vedantam, Anubha Mahajan, Xiuqing Guo, Goncalo Abecasis, Katja K Aben, Linda S Adair, Dewan S Alam, Eva Albrecht, Kristine H Allin, Matthew Allison, Philippe Amouyel, Emil V Appel, Dominique Arveiler, Folkert W Asselbergs, Paul L Auer, Beverley Balkau, Bernhard Banas, Lia E Bang, Marianne Benn, Sven Bergmann, Lawrence F Bielak, Matthias Blüher, Heiner Boeing, Eric Boerwinkle, Carsten A Böger, Lori L Bonnycastle, Jette Bork-Jensen, Michiel L Bots, Erwin P Bottinger, Donald W Bowden, Ivan Brandslund, Gerome Breen, Murray H Brilliant, Linda Broer, Amber A Burt, Adam S Butterworth, David J Carey, Mark J Caulfield, John C Chambers, Daniel I Chasman, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Rajiv Chowdhury, Cramer Christensen, Audrey Y Chu, Massimiliano Cocca, Francis S Collins, James P Cook, Janie Corley, Jordi Corominas Galbany, Amanda J Cox, Gabriel Cuellar-Partida, John Danesh, Gail Davies, Paul I W de Bakker, Gert J de Borst, Simon de Denus, Mark C H de Groot, Renée de Mutsert, Ian J Deary, George Dedoussis, Ellen W Demerath, Anneke I den Hollander, Joe G Dennis, Emanuele Di Angelantonio, Fotios Drenos, Mengmeng Du, Alison M Dunning, Douglas F Easton, Tapani Ebeling, Todd L Edwards, Patrick T Ellinor, Paul Elliott, Evangelos Evangelou, Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, Jessica D Faul, Mary F Feitosa, Shuang Feng, Ele Ferrannini, Marco M Ferrario, Jean Ferrieres, Jose C Florez, Ian Ford, Myriam Fornage, Paul W Franks, Ruth Frikke-Schmidt, Tessel E Galesloot, Wei Gan, Ilaria Gandin, Paolo Gasparini, Vilmantas Giedraitis, Ayush Giri, Giorgia Girotto, Scott D Gordon, Penny Gordon-Larsen, Mathias Gorski, Niels Grarup, Megan L Grove, Vilmundur Gudnason, Stefan Gustafsson, Torben Hansen, Kathleen Mullan Harris, Tamara B Harris, Andrew T Hattersley, Caroline Hayward, Liang He, Iris M Heid, Kauko Heikkilä, Øyvind Helgeland, Jussi Hernesniemi, Alex W Hewitt, Lynne J Hocking, Mette Hollensted, Oddgeir L Holmen, G Kees Hovingh, Joanna M M Howson, Carel B Hoyng, Paul L Huang, Kristian Hveem, M Arfan Ikram, Erik Ingelsson, Anne U Jackson, Jan-Håkan Jansson, Gail P Jarvik, Gorm B Jensen, Min A Jhun, Yucheng Jia, Xuejuan Jiang, Stefan Johansson, Marit E Jørgensen, Torben Jørgensen, Pekka Jousilahti, J Wouter Jukema, Bratati Kahali, René S Kahn, Mika Kähönen, Pia R Kamstrup, Stavroula Kanoni, Jaakko Kaprio, Maria Karaleftheri, Sharon L R Kardia, Fredrik Karpe, Frank Kee, Renske Keeman, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Hidetoshi Kitajima, Kirsten B Kluivers, Thomas Kocher, Pirjo Komulainen, Jukka Kontto, Jaspal S Kooner, Charles Kooperberg, Peter Kovacs, Jennifer Kriebel, Helena Kuivaniemi, Sébastien Küry, Johanna Kuusisto, Martina La Bianca, Markku Laakso, Timo A Lakka, Ethan M Lange, Leslie A Lange, Carl D Langefeld, Claudia Langenberg, Eric B Larson, I-Te Lee, Terho Lehtimäki, Cora E Lewis, Huaixing Li, Jin Li, Ruifang Li-Gao, Honghuang Lin, Li-An Lin, Xu Lin, Lars Lind, Jaana Lindström, Allan Linneberg, Yeheng Liu, Yongmei Liu, Artitaya Lophatananon, Jian'an Luan, Steven A Lubitz, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, David A Mackey, Pamela A F Madden, Alisa K Manning, Satu Männistö, Gaëlle Marenne, Jonathan Marten, Nicholas G Martin, Angela L Mazul, Karina Meidtner, Andres Metspalu, Paul Mitchell, Karen L Mohlke, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Anna Morgan, Andrew D Morris, Andrew P Morris, Martina Müller-Nurasyid, Patricia B Munroe, Mike A Nalls, Matthias Nauck, Christopher P Nelson, Matt Neville, Sune F Nielsen, Kjell Nikus, Pål R Njølstad, Børge G Nordestgaard, Ioanna Ntalla, Jeffrey R O'Connel, Heikki Oksa, Loes M Olde Loohuis, Roel A Ophoff, Katharine R Owen, Chris J Packard, Sandosh Padmanabhan, Colin N A Palmer, Gerard Pasterkamp, Aniruddh P Patel, Alison Pattie, Oluf Pedersen, Peggy L Peissig, Gina M Peloso, Craig E Pennell, Markus Perola, James A Perry, John R B Perry, Thomas N Person, Ailith Pirie, Ozren Polasek, Danielle Posthuma, Olli T Raitakari, Asif Rasheed, Rainer Rauramaa, Dermot F Reilly, Alex P Reiner, Frida Renström, Paul M Ridker, John D Rioux, Neil Robertson, Antonietta Robino, Olov Rolandsson, Igor Rudan, Katherine S Ruth, Danish Saleheen, Veikko Salomaa, Nilesh J Samani, Kevin Sandow, Yadav Sapkota, Naveed Sattar, Marjanka K Schmidt, Pamela J Schreiner, Matthias B Schulze, Robert A Scott, Marcelo P Segura-Lepe, Svati Shah, Xueling Sim, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Kerrin S Small, Albert Vernon Smith, Jennifer A Smith, Lorraine Southam, Timothy D Spector, Elizabeth K Speliotes, John M Starr, Valgerdur Steinthorsdottir, Heather M Stringham, Michael Stumvoll, Praveen Surendran, Leen M 't Hart, Katherine E Tansey, Jean-Claude Tardif, Kent D Taylor, Alexander Teumer, Deborah J Thompson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Betina H Thuesen, Anke Tönjes, Gerard Tromp, Stella Trompet, Emmanouil Tsafantakis, Jaakko Tuomilehto, Anne Tybjaerg-Hansen, Jonathan P Tyrer, Rudolf Uher, André G Uitterlinden, Sheila Ulivi, Sander W van der Laan, Andries R Van Der Leij, Cornelia M van Duijn, Natasja M van Schoor, Jessica van Setten, Anette Varbo, Tibor V Varga, Rohit Varma, Digna R Velez Edwards, Sita H Vermeulen, Henrik Vestergaard, Veronique Vitart, Thomas F Vogt, Diego Vozzi, Mark Walker, Feijie Wang, Carol A Wang, Shuai Wang, Yiqin Wang, Nicholas J Wareham, Helen R Warren, Jennifer Wessel, Sara M Willems, James G Wilson, Daniel R Witte, Michael O Woods, Ying Wu, Hanieh Yaghootkar, Jie Yao, Pang Yao, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Robin Young, Eleftheria Zeggini, Xiaowei Zhan, Weihua Zhang, Jing Hua Zhao, Wei Zhao, Wei Zhao, He Zheng, Wei Zhou, Jerome I Rotter, Michael Boehnke, Sekar Kathiresan, Mark I McCarthy, Cristen J Willer, Kari Stefansson, Ingrid B Borecki, Dajiang J Liu, Kari E North, Nancy L Heard-Costa, Tune H Pers, Cecilia M Lindgren, Claus Oxvig, Zoltán Kutalik, Fernando Rivadeneira, Ruth J F Loos, Timothy M Frayling, Joel N Hirschhorn, Panos Deloukas, Guillaume Lettre
Height is a highly heritable, classic polygenic trait with approximately 700 common associated variants identified through genome-wide association studies so far. Here, we report 83 height-associated coding variants with lower minor-allele frequencies (in the range of 0.1-4.8%) and effects of up to 2 centimetres per allele (such as those in IHH, STC2, AR and CRISPLD2), greater than ten times the average effect of common variants. In functional follow-up studies, rare height-increasing alleles of STC2 (giving an increase of 1-2 centimetres per allele) compromised proteolytic inhibition of PAPP-A and increased cleavage of IGFBP-4 in vitro, resulting in higher bioavailability of insulin-like growth factors...
February 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077575/effector-attenuating-substitutions-that-maintain-antibody-stability-and-reduce-toxicity-in-mice
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Megan Lo, Hok Seon Kim, Raymond K Tong, Travis W Bainbridge, Jean-Michel Vernes, Yin Zhang, Yuwen Linda Lin, Shan Chung, Mark S Dennis, Y Joy Yu Zuchero, Ryan J Watts, Jessica A Couch, Y Gloria Meng, Jasvinder K Atwal, Randall J Brezski, Christoph Spiess, James A Ernst
The antibody Fc region regulates antibody cytotoxic activities and serum half-life. In a therapeutic context, however, the cytotoxic effector function of an antibody is often not desirable and can create safety liabilities by activating native host immune defenses against cells expressing the receptor antigens. Several amino acid changes in the Fc region have been reported to silence or reduce the effector function of antibodies. These earlier studies focused primarily on the interaction of human antibodies with human Fc-γ receptors, and it remains largely unknown how such changes to Fc might translate to the context of a murine antibody...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974386/combined-count-and-size-based-analysis-of-maternal-plasma-dna-for-noninvasive-prenatal-detection-of-fetal-subchromosomal-aberrations-facilitates-elucidation-of-the-fetal-and-or-maternal-origin-of-the-aberrations
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Stephanie C Y Yu, Peiyong Jiang, K C Allen Chan, Brigitte H W Faas, Kwong W Choy, Wing C Leung, Tak Y Leung, Y M Dennis Lo, Rossa W K Chiu
BACKGROUND: Noninvasive prenatal detection of fetal subchromosomal copy number aberrations (CNAs) can be achieved through massively parallel sequencing of maternal plasma DNA. However, when a mother herself is a carrier of a CNA, one cannot discern if her fetus has inherited the CNA. In addition, false-positive results would become more prevalent when more subchromosomal regions are analyzed. METHODS: We used a strategy that combined count- and size-based analyses of maternal plasma DNA for the detection of fetal subchromosomal CNAs in 7 target regions for 10 test cases...
February 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932412/universal-haplotype-based-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-for-single-gene-diseases
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Winnie W I Hui, Peiyong Jiang, Yu K Tong, Wing-Shan Lee, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Maria I New, Rezan A Kadir, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Y M Dennis Lo, Rossa W K Chiu
BACKGROUND: Researchers have developed approaches for the noninvasive prenatal testing of single gene diseases. One approach that allows for the noninvasive assessment of both maternally and paternally inherited mutations involves the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in maternal plasma DNA with reference to parental haplotype information. In the past, parental haplotypes were resolved by complex experimental methods or inferential approaches, such as through the analysis of DNA from other affected family members...
February 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27799561/second-generation-noninvasive-fetal-genome-analysis-reveals-de-novo-mutations-single-base-parental-inheritance-and-preferred-dna-ends
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K C Allen Chan, Peiyong Jiang, Kun Sun, Yvonne K Y Cheng, Yu K Tong, Suk Hang Cheng, Ada I C Wong, Irena Hudecova, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
Plasma DNA obtained from a pregnant woman was sequenced to a depth of 270× haploid genome coverage. Comparing the maternal plasma DNA sequencing data with the parental genomic DNA data and using a series of bioinformatics filters, fetal de novo mutations were detected at a sensitivity of 85% and a positive predictive value of 74%. These results represent a 169-fold improvement in the positive predictive value over previous attempts. Improvements in the interpretation of the sequence information of every base position in the genome allowed us to interrogate the maternal inheritance of the fetus for 618,271 of 656,676 (94...
December 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27784706/dried-blood-spot-reference-intervals-for-steroids-and-amino-acids-in-a-neonatal-cohort-of-the-national-children-s-study
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Dennis J Dietzen, Michael J Bennett, Stanley F Lo, Vijay L Grey, Patti M Jones
BACKGROUND: Reference intervals from children are limited by access to healthy children and their limited blood volumes. In this study we set out to fill gaps in pediatric reference intervals for amino acids and steroid hormones using dried blood spots (DBS) from a cohort of the National Children's Study. METHODS: Deidentified DBS annotated with age, birthweight, sex, and geographic location were obtained from 310 newborns aged 0-4 days and analyzed for 25 amino acids and 4 steroid hormones using LC-MS/MS...
December 2016: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27774548/a-biotin-conjugated-glutathione-responsive-fret-based-fluorescent-probe-with-a-ferrocenyl-bodipy-as-the-dark-quencher
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Wen-Jing Shi, Pui-Chi Lo, Shirui Zhao, Roy C H Wong, Qiong Wang, Wing-Ping Fong, Dennis K P Ng
An efficient ferrocenyl BODIPY based dark quencher has been developed and employed to construct a FRET-based fluorescent probe that contains a biotin moiety as a potential directing ligand for cancer cells and a glutathione-cleavable disulfide linker connecting the quencher and a distyryl BODIPY fluorophore. This molecular probe is deactivated in the native form through FRET followed by intramolecular charge transfer due to the ferrocenyl unit. However, upon interaction with glutathione in phosphate buffered saline and inside cancer cells, the fluorescence emission is significantly increased due to detachment of the fluorophore from the quencher...
October 24, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27620950/cell-free-dna-in-maternal-plasma-and-serum-a-comparison-of-quantity-quality-and-tissue-origin-using-genomic-and-epigenomic-approaches
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COMPARATIVE STUDY
Felix C K Wong, Kun Sun, Peiyong Jiang, Yvonne K Y Cheng, K C Allen Chan, Tak Y Leung, Rossa W K Chiu, Yuk Ming Dennis Lo
OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were to compare the concentrations, size profiles and major tissue contributors of cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in plasma and in serum. DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirteen pregnant women in the third trimester were recruited for this study. We collected EDTA-plasma and serum samples using various collection tubes. We determined their cfDNA concentrations and fetal cfDNA fractions using a zinc-finger X (ZFX)/zinc-finger Y (ZFY) droplet digital polymerase chain reaction (ZFX/ZFY ddPCR) assay...
December 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
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