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Screening of aneuploidies

Feng Suo, Chuangxia Wang, Tianya Liu, Yuan Fang, Qin Wu, Maosheng Gu, Lingshan Gou
BACKGROUND: Cell-free fetal DNA are widely used in the prenatal genetic testing during recent years. In the present study, we tried to investigate the clinical practical feasibility of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for prenatal sex chromosome aneuploidy (SCA) analysis among pregnancies in Xuzhou area of China. METHODS: Among a cohort of 8384 pregnancies, maternal plasma samples from our prenatal diagnosis center was subject to the analysis for SCA using NIPT detection...
March 12, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Fredrik Dahl, Olle Ericsson, Olof Karlberg, Filip Karlsson, Mathias Howell, Fredrik Persson, Fredrik Roos, Johan Stenberg, Tarja Ahola, Ida Alftrén, Björn Andersson, Emelie Barkenäs, Birgit Brandner, Jenny Dahlberg, Sara Elfman, Magnus Eriksson, Per-Ola Forsgren, Niels Francois, Anna Gousseva, Faizan Hakamali, Åsa Janfalk-Carlsson, Henrik Johansson, Johanna Lundgren, Atefeh Mohsenchian, Linus Olausson, Simon Olofsson, Atif Qureshi, Björn Skarpås, Anna Sävneby, Eva Åström, Ove Öhman, Magnus Westgren, Helena Kopp-Kallner, Aino Fianu-Jonasson, Argyro Syngelaki, Kypros Nicolaides
Cell-free DNA analysis is becoming adopted for first line aneuploidy screening, however for most healthcare programs, cost and workflow complexity is limiting adoption of the test. We report a novel cost effective method, the Vanadis NIPT assay, designed for high precision digitally-enabled measurement of chromosomal aneuploidies in maternal plasma. Reducing NIPT assay complexity is achieved by using novel molecular probe technology that specifically label target chromosomes combined with a new readout format using a nanofilter to enrich single molecules for imaging and counting without DNA amplification, microarrays or sequencing...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shan Wei, Zachary R Weiss, Zev Williams
Real-time sequencing of short DNA reads has a wide variety of clinical and research applications including screening for mutations, target sequences and aneuploidy. We recently demonstrated that MinION, a nanopore-based DNA sequencing device the size of a USB drive, could be used for short-read DNA sequencing. In this study, an ultra-rapid multiplex library preparation and sequencing method for the MinION is presented and applied to accurately test normal diploid and aneuploidy samples' genomic DNA in under three hours, including library preparation and sequencing...
March 14, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Kathryn M Reese, Jennifer Czerwinski, Sandra Darilek, Anthony Johnson, Malorie Jones, Claire N Singletary
The rate of twinning is rising and since the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing, interest in and uptake of genetic screening and testing in twin pregnancies has not been investigated. This study aimed to explore the attitudes toward and uptake of current prenatal genetic screening and diagnostic testing options for fetal aneuploidy in twin pregnancies. Women being seen for genetic counseling with twin gestations were recruited for participation in a descriptive study with questionnaire (n = 42) and semi-structured phone interview (n = 15)...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Christine M Armour, Shelley Danielle Dougan, Jo-Ann Brock, Radha Chari, Bernie N Chodirker, Isabelle DeBie, Jane A Evans, William T Gibson, Elena Kolomietz, Tanya N Nelson, Frédérique Tihy, Mary Ann Thomas, Dimitri J Stavropoulos
BACKGROUND: The aim of this guideline is to provide updated recommendations for Canadian genetic counsellors, medical geneticists, maternal fetal medicine specialists, clinical laboratory geneticists and other practitioners regarding the use of chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for prenatal diagnosis. This guideline replaces the 2011 Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC)-Canadian College of Medical Geneticists (CCMG) Joint Technical Update. METHODS: A multidisciplinary group consisting of medical geneticists, genetic counsellors, maternal fetal medicine specialists and clinical laboratory geneticists was assembled to review existing literature and guidelines for use of CMA in prenatal care and to make recommendations relevant to the Canadian context...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Hongcui Zhao, Tianjie Li, Yue Zhao, Tao Tan, Changyu Liu, Yali Liu, Liang Chang, Ning Huang, Chang Li, Yong Fan, Yang Yu, Rong Li, Jie Qiao
AIM: The mechanisms coordinating maturation with an environment-driven metabolic shift, a critical step in determining the developmental potential of human in vitro matured (IVM) oocytes, remains to be elucidated. Here, we explored the key genes regulating human oocyte maturation using single-cell RNA sequencing and illuminated the compensatory mechanism from a metabolic perspective by analyzing gene expression. RESULTS: Three key genes that encode CoA-related enzymes were screened from the RNA sequencing data...
February 27, 2018: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Elizaveta Fasler-Kan, Nijas Aliu, Kerstin Wunderlich, Sylvia Ketterer, Sabrina Ruggiero, Steffen Berger, Peter Meyer
The retinal pigment epithelial cell line ARPE-19 was established in 1996 and remains widely used today for biomedical and in particular ophthalmology research. We have analyzed the chromosomes of the ARPE-19 cell line and found cultured cells exist as a heterogeneous mixture having both normal karyotypes and chromosomal rearrangements. In ARPE-19 cells, we observed metaphases with a single translocation t(15;19) and metaphases with two translocations t(5;15) and t(15;19) and a derivative chromosome 9. Aneuploidies have also been detected (monosomy: -16; trisomy: +11, +18)...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Lauren Propst, Gwendolyn Connor, Megan Hinton, Tabitha Poorvu, Jeffrey Dungan
Expanded carrier screening (ECS) is a relatively new carrier screening option that assesses many conditions simultaneously, as opposed to traditional ethnicity-based carrier screening for a limited number of conditions. This study aimed to explore pregnant women's perspectives on ECS, including reasons for electing or declining and anxiety associated with this decision-making. A total of 80 pregnant women were surveyed from Northwestern Medicine's Clinical Genetics Division after presenting for aneuploidy screening...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Genetic Counseling
Timothy J Lee, Daniel L Rolnik, Melody A Menezes, Andrew C McLennan, Fabricio da Silva Costa
STUDY QUESTION: Are fetal fraction, test failure rate and positive predictive value (PPV) of cell-free fetal DNA (cffDNA) testing different in singleton IVF conceptions compared to spontaneous conceptions? SUMMARY ANSWER: Fetal fraction is significantly lower; test failure rate is higher and PPV of cffDNA testing is lower in singleton pregnancies conceived by IVF than those conceived spontaneously. WHAT IS ALREADY KNOWN: cffDNA testing, which analyses circulating cffDNA in maternal blood, has very high accuracy for detection of trisomy 21 in the general obstetric population...
February 15, 2018: Human Reproduction
Chung-Yuan Yang, Chuan-Chi Kao, Shuenn-Dyn Chang, Shih-Yin Huang
OBJECTIVE: To present a case with prenatal diagnosis and cytogenetic characterization of 1p36 deletion syndrome whose first trimester combined testing is abnormal but a normal NIPT result. CASE REPORT: A 33-year-old had an abnormal 1st trimester fetal aneuploidy screening result, but no trisomies 13, 18, 21 were detected by the noninvasive prenatal testing. Amniocentesis was performed after ultrasound showed fetal ventriculomegaly and echogenic bowel. The final conventional cytogenetics revealed a karyotype of 46, XX, del(1)(p36)...
February 2018: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Gang Li, Wenbin Niu, Haixia Jin, Jiawei Xu, Wenyan Song, Yihong Guo, Yingchun Su, Yingpu Sun
We investigated the incidence of aneuploidy in embryos from couples carrying monogenic diseases and the effect of embryo aneuploidy screening on the monogenic disease preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). From November 2014 to April 2017, 36 couples carrying monogenic diseases were enrolled. The karyomap gene chip technique was used to analyze the blastocysts from the subjects and select normal embryos for transfer. A total of 43 single-gene PGD cycles were performed. A total of 687 eggs were obtained and 186 blastocysts were biopsed...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
Nina Desai, Jeffrey M Goldberg, Cynthia Austin, Tommaso Falcone
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether cleavage anomalies, multinucleation, and specific cellular kinetic parameters available from time-lapse imaging are predictive of developmental capacity or blastocyst chromosomal status. DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data. SETTING: Single academic center. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,478 zygotes from patients with blastocysts biopsied for preimplantation genetic screening were cultured in the EmbryoScope...
February 13, 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Brynn Levy, Ronald Wapner
Chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) is performed either by array comparative genomic hybridization or by using a single nucleotide polymorphism array. In the prenatal setting, CMA is on par with traditional karyotyping for detection of major chromosomal imbalances such as aneuploidy and unbalanced rearrangements. CMA offers additional diagnostic benefits by revealing sub-microscopic imbalances or copy number variations that are too small to be seen on a standard G-banded chromosome preparation. These submicroscopic imbalances are also referred to as microdeletions and microduplications, particularly when they include specific genomic regions that are associated with clinical sequelae...
February 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Tamar Goldwaser, Susan Klugman
Screening for fetal aneuploidy via cell-free DNA was described more than two decades ago and has been used clinically by obstetric providers in the United States for more than 5 years. Cell-free DNA affords excellent detection of fetal Down syndrome and other common aneuploidies and thus is sought by patients and providers. However, owing to the source of the DNA and the nature of the screening test, scenarios may arise that require expert counseling about complex issues regarding fetal and maternal health, test interpretation, and management...
February 2018: Fertility and Sterility
Thomas C Winter, Nancy C Rose
OBJECTIVE: The sonologist detects a so-called "soft marker" during approximately 10% of routine second-trimester anatomy examinations and is often uncertain about what further management is appropriate. This article will specifically address the management of patients with sonographic markers for six common entities: choroid plexus cysts (CPCs), ventriculomegaly (VM), echogenic intracardiac focus (EIF), urinary tract dilation (UTD), fetal echogenic bowel (FEB), and femoral and humeral shortening...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Said Assou, Julien Bouckenheimer, John De Vos
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have the potential to differentiate virtually into any cell type in unlimited quantities. Therefore, they are ideal for in vitro tissue modeling or to produce cells for clinical use. Importantly, and differently from immortalized and cancer cell lines, the hiPSC genome scrupulously reproduces that of the cell from which they were derived. However, hiPSCs can develop genetic abnormalities during reprogramming or prolonged cell culture, such as aneuploidies or oncogenic mutations (e...
February 14, 2018: Stem Cells
Aida Catic, Lejla Gurbeta, Amina Kurtovic-Kozaric, Senad Mehmedbasic, Almir Badnjevic
BACKGROUND: The usage of Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) for genome-enabled classifications and establishing genome-phenotype correlations have been investigated more extensively over the past few years. The reason for this is that ANNs are good approximates of complex functions, so classification can be performed without the need for explicitly defined input-output model. This engineering tool can be applied for optimization of existing methods for disease/syndrome classification. Cytogenetic and molecular analyses are the most frequent tests used in prenatal diagnostic for the early detection of Turner, Klinefelter, Patau, Edwards and Down syndrome...
February 13, 2018: BMC Medical Genomics
Rebecca M Reimers, Heather Mason-Suares, Sarah E Little, Bryann Bromley, Emily S Reiff, Lori J Dobson, Louise Wilkins-Haug
OBJECTIVES: This study characterizes cytogenetic abnormalities with ultrasound findings to refine counseling following negative cell-free DNA (cfDNA). METHODS: A retrospective cohort of pregnancies with chromosome abnormalities and ultrasound findings was examined to determine the residual risk following negative cfDNA. Cytogenetic data was categorized as cfDNA detectable for aneuploidies of chromosomes 13, 18, 21, X, or Y or non-cfDNA detectable for other chromosome abnormalities...
February 13, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
Jessica Scholl, Stephen Chasen
Objective To evaluate the utility of ultrasound in identifying fetuses with uncommon chromosomal abnormalities that would be considered not detectable by cell-free fetal deoxyribonucleic acid (cfDNA). Study Design We performed a retrospective study of fetuses with chromosomal abnormalities that would be undetectable by cfDNA, who underwent an 11- to 14-week ultrasound from 2006 to 2016. Results There were 43 pregnancies included. First-trimester ultrasound revealed a fetal abnormality in 19 (44.2%) cases, of which 13 (30...
January 2018: Surgery Journal
Francesca Romana Grati, Gloria Gallazzi, Lara Branca, Federico Maggi, Giuseppe Simoni, Yuval Yaron
The aim of this study was to devise an evidence-based scoring system for prioritizing mosaic aneuploid embryos for transfer. A retrospective analysis was performed of all sequential cytogenetic and molecular results on chorionic villi samples (n = 72,472) and products of conception (n = 3806) analysed at a single centre. The likelihood that a mosaic aneuploidy detected in chorionic villi samples will involve the fetus, the incidence of clinically significant fetal uniparental disomy in the presence of a mosaic in chorionic villi and the chance of the mosaicism culminating in miscarriage were used to generate a scoring system for prioritizing mosaic aneuploid embryos detected by preimplantation genetic screening...
February 9, 2018: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
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