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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646744/systematic-biobanking-novel-imaging-techniques-and-advanced-molecular-analysis-for-precise-tumor-diagnosis-and-therapy-the-polish-mobit-project
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Jacek Niklinski, Adam Kretowski, Marcin Moniuszko, Joanna Reszec, Anna Michalska-Falkowska, Magdalena Niemira, Michal Ciborowski, Radoslaw Charkiewicz, Dorota Jurgilewicz, Miroslaw Kozlowski, Rodryg Ramlau, Cezary Piwkowski, Miroslaw Kwasniewski, Monika Kaczmarek, Andrzej Ciereszko, Tomasz Wasniewski, Robert Mroz, Wojciech Naumnik, Ewa Sierko, Magdalena Paczkowska, Joanna Kisluk, Anetta Sulewska, Adam Cybulski, Zenon Mariak, Boguslaw Kedra, Jacek Szamatowicz, Paweł Kurzawa, Lukasz Minarowski, Angelika Edyta Charkiewicz, Barbara Mroczko, Jolanta Malyszko, Christian Manegold, Lothar Pilz, Heike Allgayer, Mohammed L Abba, Hartmut Juhl, Frauke Koch
Personalized and precision medicine is gaining recognition due to the limitations by standard diagnosis and treatment; many areas of medicine, from cancer to psychiatry, are moving towards tailored and individualized treatment for patients based on their clinical characteristics and genetic signatures as well as novel imaging techniques. Advances in whole genome sequencing have led to identification of genes involved in a variety of diseases. Moreover, biomarkers indicating severity of disease or susceptibility to treatment are increasingly being characterized...
June 21, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646406/podocytes-and-the-quest-for-precision-medicines-for-kidney-diseases
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REVIEW
Peter Mundel
In this review, I describe a 30-year journey in the quest for precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. In 1987, when I started my reseach career, most scientists studying glomerular disease biology were focused on mesangial cells. The crucial role of the podocyte in many kidney diseases characterized by proteinuria, including focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and diabetic nephropathy, had not yet been recognized. We were not aware of genetic causes or drivers of kidney diseases nor of molecular markers and cell culture systems for mechanistic studies of podocyte biology...
June 23, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646288/extremophilic-proteases-as-novel-and-efficient-tools-in-short-peptide-synthesis
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Aneta M Białkowska, Krzysztof Morawski, Tomasz Florczak
The objective of this review is to outline the crucial role that peptides play in various sectors, including medicine. Different ways of producing these compounds are discussed with an emphasis on the benefits offered by industrial enzyme biotechnology. This paper describes mechanisms of peptide bond formation using a range of proteases with different active site structures. Importantly, these enzymes may be further improved chemically and/or genetically to make them better suited for their various applications and process conditions...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646156/mahanine-exerts-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-antileishmanial-activity-by-modulation-of-redox-homeostasis
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Saptarshi Roy, Devawati Dutta, Eswara M Satyavarapu, Pawan K Yadav, Chhabinath Mandal, Susanta Kar, Chitra Mandal
Earlier we have established a carbazole alkaloid (mahanine) isolated from an Indian edible medicinal plant as an anticancer agent with minimal effect on normal cells. Here we report for the first time that mahanine-treated drug resistant and sensitive virulent Leishmania donovani promastigotes underwent apoptosis through phosphatidylserine externalization, DNA fragmentation and cell cycle arrest. An early induction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) suggests that the mahanine-induced apoptosis was mediated by oxidative stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644430/the-clinical-landscape-for-sma-in-a-new-therapeutic-era
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K Talbot, E F Tizzano
Despite significant advances in basic research, the treatment of degenerative diseases of the nervous system remains one of the greatest challenges for translational medicine. The childhood onset motor neuron disorder spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) has been viewed as one of the more tractable targets for molecular therapy, due to a detailed understanding of the molecular genetic basis of the disease. In SMA, inactivating mutations in the SMN1 gene can be partially compensated for by limited expression of SMN protein from a variable number of copies of the SMN2 gene, which provides both a molecular explanation for phenotypic severity and a target for therapy...
June 23, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642172/egfr-t790m-ctdna-testing-platforms-and-their-role-as-companion-diagnostics-correlation-with-clinical-outcomes-to-egfr-tkis
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Zhiyong Liang, Ying Cheng, Yuan Chen, Yanping Hu, Wei-Ping Liu, You Lu, Jie Wang, Ye Wang, Gang Wu, Jian-Ming Ying, He-Long Zhang, Xu-Chao Zhang, Yi-Long Wu
Somatic mutation in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) predict clinical response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and is a promising target for personalised medicine. EGFR mutations have prognostic value. Initially patients respond well to tyrosine kinase inhibitors but finally they would develop resistance and about 50% of this resistance can be attributed to the emergence of EGFR resistant mutation, T790M. This necessitates the need for genetic testing for clinical management of patients...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641556/pharmacogenetic-and-pharmacokinetic-dose-individualization-of-the-taxane-chemotherapeutic-drugs-paclitaxel-and-docetaxel
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Natália Bordin Andriguetti, Suziane Raymundo, Marina Venzon Antunes, Magda Susana Perasolo, Simone Gasparin Verza, Edna Sayuri Suyenaga, Rafael Linden
The taxane drugs paclitaxel and docetaxel, widely used on cancer chemotherapy, are currently dosed mainly based on body-surface area. This approach is associated with wide interindividual variability in drug exposure, leading to suboptimal dosing for many patients. We reviewed the available evidence supporting dose individualization strategies for paclitaxel and docetaxel, focusing mainly on the application of therapeutic drug monitoring by a priori pharmacogenetic data or a posteriori drug measurements in biological fluids...
June 22, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641554/future-of-spermatogonial-stem-cell-culture-application-of-nanofiber-scaffolds
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Azar Shams, Neda Eslahi, Mansoureh Movahedin, Fariborz Izadyar, Hamidreza Asgari, Morteza Koruji
The spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are unique in mammals because they can transmit genetic information from generation to generation and it is of significant importance. In testes, Sertoli cells, peritubular myoid cells, Leydig cells and other interstitial cells contribute to the spermatogonial stem cell "niche". So, creation of niche in in vitro condition that mimics in vivo environment is essential to maintain functional characteristic of SSCs. Nanofiber matrices mimic the architecture and size scale of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM)...
June 22, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641522/advances-on-ppar%C3%AE-research-in-the-emerging-era-of-precision-medicine
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Pinyi Lu, Zhongming Zhao
BACKGROUND: Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) is a member of the nuclear receptor superfamily that functions as a ligand-inducible transcription factor. It regulates glucose and lipid metabolism, immunity, and cellular growth and differentiation. Thiazolidinediones (TZDs) are potent insulin sensitizers that function by activating PPARs, with a high specificity for PPARγ. Due to their ability to preserve pancreatic beta cell function and reduce insulin resistance, TZDs have become one of the most prescribed classes of medications for type 2 diabetes (T2D) since their approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and initial use in 1997...
June 21, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641396/geneticization-in-mim-omim%C3%A2-exploring-historic-and-epistemic-drivers-of-contemporary-understandings-of-genetic-disease
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Rachel A Ankeny
Prior to the genomic sequencing era, the bible for those working in clinical genetics was McKusick's Mendelian Inheritance in Man (MIM), which appeared in multiple editions between the 1960s and the late 1990s. This catalogue was organized according to general patterns of inheritance and focused on phenotypes. Beginning in the mid-1980s, it was replaced by Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM®), a continuously updated catalogue documenting molecular relationships between genetic variation and phenotypic expression...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640738/evaluation-of-the-effect-and-mechanism-of-action-of-local-phenytoin-in-treatment-of-vitiligo
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Asmaa Gaber Abdou, Mohammed Abdelwahed Gaber, Nada Farag Elnaidany, Ayat Elnagar
There are many theories explaining vitiligo such as genetic, autoimmune, neural, free radicals, biochemical, intrinsic defect, melanocytorrhagy and convergent theories. Phenytoin is a widely used anticonvulsant, which is used in cutaneous medicine for treatment of ulcers and epidermolysis bullosa. The aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of topical phenytoin gel in treatment of vitiligo patients and explaining the underlying mechanism using immunohistochemistry for evaluation of HMB45, CD4 and CD8...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Immunoassay & Immunochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640247/genetic-testing-impacts-the-utility-of-prospective-familial-screening-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-through-identification-of-a-nonfamilial-subgroup
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Carol Ko, Patricia Arscott, Maryann Concannon, Sara Saberi, Sharlene M Day, Beverly M Yashar, Adam S Helms
PurposeHypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is considered a hereditary autosomal dominant condition, but genetic testing is positive in only half of patients. In patients with negative genetic tests, the inheritance pattern and utility of family screening are unclear.MethodsSubjects with HCM were prospectively enrolled in a registry. A survey at a median follow-up of 4 years determined the yield of family screening.ResultsThe outcome of cardiac screening on 267 family members was reported by 120 survey respondents...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640246/gwas-signals-revisited-using-human-knockouts
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Sateesh Maddirevula, Fatema AlZahrani, Shams Anazi, Mariam Almureikhi, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Ghada M H Abdel-Salam, Mais Hashem, Niema Ibrahim, Firdous M Abdulwahab, Neama Meriki, Fahad A Bashiri, Meow-Keong Thong, Premala Muthukumarasamy, Rifhan Azwani Mazlan, Ranad Shaheen, Fowzan S Alkuraya
PurposeGenome-wide association studies (GWAS) have been instrumental to our understanding of the genetic risk determinants of complex traits. A common challenge in GWAS is the interpretation of signals, which are usually attributed to the genes closest to the polymorphic markers that display the strongest statistical association. Naturally occurring complete loss of function (knockout) of these genes in humans can inform GWAS interpretation by unmasking their deficiency state in a clinical context.MethodsWe exploited the unique population structure of Saudi Arabia to identify novel knockout events in genes previously highlighted in GWAS using combined autozygome/exome analysis...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640244/systematic-design-and-comparison-of-expanded-carrier-screening-panels
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Kyle A Beauchamp, Dale Muzzey, Kenny K Wong, Gregory J Hogan, Kambiz Karimi, Sophie I Candille, Nikita Mehta, Rebecca Mar-Heyming, K Eerik Kaseniit, H Peter Kang, Eric A Evans, James D Goldberg, Gabriel A Lazarin, Imran S Haque
PurposeThe recent growth in pan-ethnic expanded carrier screening (ECS) has raised questions about how such panels might be designed and evaluated systematically. Design principles for ECS panels might improve clinical detection of at-risk couples and facilitate objective discussions of panel choice.MethodsGuided by medical-society statements, we propose a method for the design of ECS panels that aims to maximize the aggregate and per-disease sensitivity and specificity across a range of Mendelian disorders considered serious by a systematic classification scheme...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640243/in-depth-investigations-of-adolescents-and-adults-with-holoprosencephaly-identify-unique-characteristics
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Karin Weiss, Paul Kruszka, Maria J Guillen Sacoto, Yonit A Addissie, Donald W Hadley, Casey K Hadsall, Bethany Stokes, Ping Hu, Erich Roessler, Beth Solomon, Edythe Wiggs, Audrey Thurm, Robert B Hufnagel, Wadih M Zein, Jin S Hahn, Elaine Stashinko, Eric Levey, Debbie Baldwin, Nancy J Clegg, Mauricio R Delgado, Maximilian Muenke
PurposeWith improved medical care, some individuals with holoprosencephaly (HPE) are surviving into adulthood. We investigated the clinical manifestations of adolescents and adults with HPE and explored the underlying molecular causes.MethodsParticipants included 20 subjects 15 years of age and older. Clinical assessments included dysmorphology exams, cognitive testing, swallowing studies, ophthalmic examination, and brain magnetic resonance imaging. Genetic testing included chromosomal microarray, Sanger sequencing for SHH, ZIC2, SIX3, and TGIF, and whole-exome sequencing (WES) of 10 trios...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640241/long-read-genome-sequencing-identifies-causal-structural-variation-in-a-mendelian-disease
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Jason D Merker, Aaron M Wenger, Tam Sneddon, Megan Grove, Zachary Zappala, Laure Fresard, Daryl Waggott, Sowmi Utiramerur, Yanli Hou, Kevin S Smith, Stephen B Montgomery, Matthew Wheeler, Jillian G Buchan, Christine C Lambert, Kevin S Eng, Luke Hickey, Jonas Korlach, James Ford, Euan A Ashley
PurposeCurrent clinical genomics assays primarily utilize short-read sequencing (SRS), but SRS has limited ability to evaluate repetitive regions and structural variants. Long-read sequencing (LRS) has complementary strengths, and we aimed to determine whether LRS could offer a means to identify overlooked genetic variation in patients undiagnosed by SRS.MethodsWe performed low-coverage genome LRS to identify structural variants in a patient who presented with multiple neoplasia and cardiac myxomata, in whom the results of targeted clinical testing and genome SRS were negative...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640239/temple-syndrome-comprehensive-molecular-and-clinical-findings-in-32-japanese-patients
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Masayo Kagami, Keisuke Nagasaki, Rika Kosaki, Reiko Horikawa, Yasuhiro Naiki, Shinji Saitoh, Toshihiro Tajima, Tohru Yorifuji, Chikahiko Numakura, Seiji Mizuno, Akie Nakamura, Keiko Matsubara, Maki Fukami, Tsutomu Ogata
PurposeTemple syndrome (TS14) is a rare imprinting disorder caused by aberrations at the 14q32.2 imprinted region. Here, we report comprehensive molecular and clinical findings in 32 Japanese patients with TS14.MethodsWe performed molecular studies for TS14 in 356 patients with variable phenotypes, and clinical studies in all TS14 patients, including 13 previously reported.ResultsWe identified 19 new patients with TS14, and the total of 32 patients was made up of 23 patients with maternal uniparental disomy (UPD(14)mat), six patients with epimutations, and three patients with microdeletions...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640238/treatment-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-hunter-syndrome-results-from-a-systematic-evidence-review
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REVIEW
Linda A Bradley, Hamish R M Haddow, Glenn E Palomaki
PurposeA pilot systematic evidence review to establish methodology utility in rare genetic diseases, support clinical recommendations, and identify important knowledge gaps.MethodsBroad-based published/gray-literature searches through December 2015 for studies of males with confirmed mucopolysaccharidosis type II (any age, phenotype, genotype, family history) treated with enzyme replacement therapy or hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Preset inclusion criteria employed for abstract and full document selection, and standardized methods for data extraction and assessment of quality and strength of evidence...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640237/broad-consent-for-health-care-embedded-biobanking-understanding-and-reasons-to-donate-in-a-large-patient-sample
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Gesine Richter, Michael Krawczak, Wolfgang Lieb, Lena Wolff, Stefan Schreiber, Alena Buyx
PurposeTo facilitate ethically acceptable and practically successful health care-embedded biobanking, the attitudes and understanding of patients and their motivation to participate need to be explored.MethodsA questionnaire study was conducted among 760 outpatients of a northern German university hospital to assess their awareness of, and motivation for giving broad consent to health care-embedded biobanking, also addressing the issue of feedback on individual-level research findings.ResultsThe overall willingness to give broad consent was high (86...
June 22, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638388/using-in-situ-symbiotic-seed-germination-to-restore-over-collected-medicinal-orchids-in-southwest-china
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Shi-Cheng Shao, Kevin S Burgess, Jennifer M Cruse-Sanders, Qiang Liu, Xu-Li Fan, Hui Huang, Jiang-Yun Gao
Due to increasing demand for medicinal and horticultural uses, the Orchidaceae is in urgent need of innovative and novel propagation techniques that address both market demand and conservation. Traditionally, restoration techniques have been centered on ex situ asymbiotic or symbiotic seed germination techniques that are not cost-effective, have limited genetic potential and often result in low survival rates in the field. Here, we propose a novel in situ advanced restoration-friendly program for the endangered epiphytic orchid species Dendrobium devonianum, in which a series of in situ symbiotic seed germination trials base on conspecific fungal isolates were conducted at two sites in Yunnan Province, China...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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