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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726798/gene-therapy-research-in-asia
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REVIEW
Hong-Xin Deng, Yuan Wang, Qiu-Rong Ding, Da-Li Li, Yu-Quan Wei
Gene therapy has shown great potential for the treatment of diseases that previously were either untreatable or treatable but not curable with conventional schemes. Recent progress in clinical gene therapy trials has emerged in various severe diseases, including primary immunodeficiencies, leukodystrophies, Leber's congenital amaurosis, haemophilia as well as retinal dystrophy. The clinical transformation and industrialization of gene therapy in Asia have been remarkable and continue making steady progress...
July 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712180/causes-of-chronic-non-infectious-diarrhoea-in-infants-less-than-6-months-of-age-rarely-recognized-entities
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Iqra Mushtaq, Huma Ashraf Cheema, Hassan Suleman Malik, Nadia Waheed, Muhammad Almas Hashmi, Hassan Suleman Malik
BACKGROUND: Non-infectious causes of chronic diarrhoea are important and easily missed. The study was done with the objectives to identify different causes of chronic non-infectious diarrhoea in infants less than 6 months of age. METHODS: All patients less than 6 months of age presenting for the first time to a Paediatric Gastroenterology tertiary care centre with a history of chronic diarrhoea and negative stool cultures were enrolled over a period of 8 months...
January 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694008/-reduced-intensity-conditioning-haematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-genetic-diseases-experience-of-the-spanish-working-group-for-bone-marrow-transplantation-in-children
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Lucía López-Granados, Montserrat Torrent, Ana Sastre, Marta Gonzalez-Vicent, Cristina Díaz de Heredia, Bienvenida Argilés, Antonia Pascual, José M Pérez-Hurtado, Luisa Sisinni, Miguel Ángel Diaz, Izaskun Elorza, M Angeles Dasí, Isabel Badell
INTRODUCTION: Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) involves implanting cellular elements capable of generating a new and healthy haematopoietic system. Reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) consists of an immunosuppressive treatment to facilitate a progressive implant with lower morbidity. This type of conditioning can also lead to myelosuppression, which is potentially reversible over time. Reduced intensity conditioning enables HSCT to be performed on patients with genetic diseases for whom added comorbidity is undesirable due to the high doses of chemotherapy that accompanies conventional myeloablative regimens...
July 7, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682769/epidemiology-of-toxoplasma-gondii-infection-in-native-tibetans-in-tibet-china
#4
Kun Li, Meng Wang, Hui Zhang, Zhixin Lei, Lihong Zhang, Houqiang Luo, Gang Qiu, Khalid Mehmood, Muhammad Shahzad, Jiakui Li
Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) is one of the most common and widespread protozoan parasite which caused toxoplasma infection in animals and humans. Toxoplasma infection in healthy people is usually asymptomatic and it can lead to serious pathological effects in congenital cases and immunodeficient patients. The aim of the study is to investigate the prevalence of T. gondii infection in native Tibetans in Tibet as scarce information is available on such a high plateau. A total of 600 blood samples were collected from Tibetans people who visited the hospital in Nyingchi city with the history of flu, swollen lymph glands, muscle pain, and neurological or eyes complications (showing single or more signs)...
September 26, 2017: Acta Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658867/diagnostic-dilemma-in-a-15-year-old-boy-with-recurrent-pneumococcal-meningitis
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Aniruddha Ghosh, Saurav Sharma, Partha Pratim Halder, Arunaloke Bhattacharya, Swapan Mukherjee
Recurrent bacterial meningitis is very rare phenomenon in paediatric age group. Finding the aetiology of recurrent meningitis often poses diagnostic challenge to clinicians. Among the several aetiologies, structural deficiencies at the base of skull, congenital or acquired, are readily correctable ones and hence it's imperative to find out the location of the gap in order to surgically repair it. We report the diagnostic dilemma faced while managing a 15-year-old boy with recurrent pneumococcal meningitis. Aetiology could only be found after exclusion of immunodeficiency and performing a series of imaging studies...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649784/allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-congenital-disorders-a-single-center-experience
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Maura Faraci, Stefano Giardino, Francesca Bagnasco, Giuseppe Morreale, M Paola Terranova, Daniela Di Martino, Edoardo Lanino
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT) is the treatment of choice for a variety of congenital disorders. We report the experience of children affected by congenital diseases other than bone marrow failure syndromes who received allo-HSCT over a period of 25 years at G. Gaslini Paediatric Research Institute. HSCTs were performed in 57 children with congenital diseases (25 with congenital immunodeficiencies, 10 with severe combined immunodeficiencies, and 22 with metabolic diseases). Overall survival rate at 3 years in the whole group of patients was 76...
June 26, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640799/screening-for-syphilis-and-other-sexually-transmitted-infections-in-pregnant-women-guam-2014
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Susan Cha, Tasneem Malik, Winston E Abara, Mia S DeSimone, Bernadette Schumann, Esther Mallada, Michael Klemme, Vince Aguon, Anne Marie Santos, Thomas A Peterman, Gail Bolan, Mary L Kamb
Prenatal screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can prevent adverse perinatal outcomes. In Guam, the largest of the three U.S. territories in the Pacific, primary and secondary syphilis rates among women increased 473%, from 1.1 to 6.3 per 100,000 during 2009-2013 (1). In 2013, the first congenital syphilis case after no cases since 2008 was reported (1,2). Little is known about STI screening coverage and factors associated with inadequate screening among pregnant women in Guam. This study evaluated the prevalence of screening for syphilis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), chlamydia, and gonorrhea, and examined correlates of inadequate screening among pregnant women in Guam...
June 23, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638688/spontaneous-regression-of-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-disorder-in-a-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-patient-after-the-discontinuation-of-methotrexate-and-etanercept
#8
Ariane Klein, Harald Reinhard, Annette M Mueller, Gerd Horneff
A case of a 16-year-old female with polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) since the age of 4 years is reported here. This patient also suffered from multiple congenital anomalies. On long-term treatment with oral methotrexate (MTX) and etanercept, multiple subcutaneous nodules were detected, which were accompanied by increased lactate dehydrogenase and uric acid levels. A biopsy of the largest nodule revealed Epstein-Barr (EB) virus-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). The patient was classified as clinical stage IIIA due to a mediastinal lesion...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637621/gata2-deficiency-and-related-myeloid-neoplasms
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Marcin W Wlodarski, Matthew Collin, Marshall S Horwitz
The GATA2 gene codes for a hematopoietic transcription factor that through its two zinc fingers (ZF) can occupy GATA-DNA motifs in a countless number of genes. It is crucial for the proliferation and maintenance of hematopoietic stem cells. During the past 5 years, germline heterozygous mutations in GATA2 were reported in several hundred patients with various phenotypes ranging from mild cytopenia to severe immunodeficiency involving B cells, natural killer cells, CD4(+) cells, monocytes and dendritic cells (MonoMAC/DCML), and myeloid neoplasia...
April 2017: Seminars in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636882/foxn1-italian-founder-mutation-in-indian-family-implications-in-prenatal-diagnosis
#10
Akella Radha Rama Devi, Nagesh Narayan Panday, Shaik Mohammad Naushad
The Forkhead box N1 (FOXN1) is a transcriptional factor regulating the development, differentiation and function of thymic epithelial cells; maintaining T-lineage progenitors in bone marrow; promoting terminal differentiation of epithelial cells of hair follicles. Mutation in FOXN1 was reported to cause a rare disorder characterized by rudimentary thymus gland, T-cell immunodeficiency, congenital alopecia and nail dystrophy within an Italian community. This is the first report of FOXN1 p.R255X mutation from India, outside this endogamous Italian community...
June 18, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609016/multiparametric-whole-blood-dissection-a-one-shot-comprehensive-picture-of-the-human-hematopoietic-system
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Luca Basso-Ricci, Serena Scala, Raffaella Milani, Maddalena Migliavacca, Attilio Rovelli, Maria Ester Bernardo, Fabio Ciceri, Alessandro Aiuti, Luca Biasco
Human hematopoiesis is a complex and dynamic system where morphologically and functionally diverse mature cell types are generated and maintained throughout life by bone marrow (BM) Hematopoietic Stem/Progenitor Cells (HSPC). Congenital and acquired hematopoietic disorders are often diagnosed through the detection of aberrant frequency or composition of hematopoietic cell populations. We here describe a novel protocol, called "Whole Blood Dissection" (WBD), capable of analyzing in a single test-tube, hematopoietic progenitors and all major mature cell lineages composing either BM or peripheral blood (PB) through a multiparametric flow-cytometry analysis...
June 13, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566565/gata-transcription-factors-basic-principles-and-related-human-disorders
#12
Tohru Fujiwara
The development of mature blood cell from hematopoietic stem cells is regulated by transcription factors that coordinate the expression of lineage-specific genes. GATA transcription factors are zinc finger DNA-binding proteins that play crucial roles in various biological processes, including hematopoiesis. Among GATA family proteins, GATA-1, GATA-2, and GATA-3 are essential for hematopoiesis. GATA-1 functions to promote development of erythrocytes, megakaryocytes, eosinophils, and mast cells. Mutations in GATA-1 are associated with acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL), congenital erythroid hypoplasia (Diamond-Blackfan anemia; DBA), and X-linked anemia and/or thrombocytopenia...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545044/differentiation-of-spontaneously-contracting-cardiomyocytes-from-non-virally-reprogrammed-human-amniotic-fluid-stem-cells
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Aaron J Velasquez-Mao, Christopher J M Tsao, Madeline N Monroe, Xavier Legras, Beatrice Bissig-Choisat, Karl-Dimiter Bissig, Rodrigo Ruano, Jeffrey G Jacot
Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect. The limiting factor in tissue engineering repair strategies is an autologous source of functional cardiomyocytes. Amniotic fluid contains an ideal cell source for prenatal harvest and use in correction of congenital heart defects. This study aims to investigate the potential of amniotic fluid-derived stem cells (AFSC) to undergo non-viral reprogramming into induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) followed by growth-factor-free differentiation into functional cardiomyocytes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543917/a-novel-pgm3-mutation-is-associated-with-a-severe-phenotype-of-bone-marrow-failure-severe-combined-immunodeficiency-skeletal-dysplasia-and-congenital-malformations
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Guillermo Pacheco-Cuéllar, Julie Gauthier, Valérie Désilets, Christian Lachance, Marlène Lemire-Girard, Françoise Rypens, Françoise Le Deist, Hélène Decaluwe, Michel Duval, Dorothée Bauron Dal Soglio, Victor Kokta, Élie Haddad, Philippe M Campeau
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDGs) affect multiple systems and present a broad spectrum of clinical features, often including skeletal dysplasia and exome sequencing has led to the identification of new CDG genes . Immune and skeletal phenotypes associated with mutations in PGM3, encoding a protein which converts N-acetyl-glucosamine-6-phosphate into N-acetyl-glucosamine-1-phosphate, were recently reported. Through exome sequencing, we identified a novel homozygous mutation (c.1219T > C; p...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540525/identification-of-22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-via-newborn-screening-for-severe-combined-immunodeficiency
#15
Jessica C Barry, Terrence Blaine Crowley, Soma Jyonouchi, Jennifer Heimall, Elaine H Zackai, Kathleen E Sullivan, Donna M McDonald-McGinn
PURPOSE: Chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS), the most common cause of DiGeorge syndrome, is quite variable. Neonatal diagnosis traditionally relies on recognition of classic features and cytogenetic testing, but many patients come to attention only following identification of later onset conditions, such as hypernasal speech due to palatal insufficiency and developmental and behavioral differences including speech delay, autism, and learning disabilities that would benefit from early interventions...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491877/nodular-regenerative-hyperplasia-a-case-of-rare-prognosis
#16
Mindy Lee, Manhal Izzy, Ashwin Akki, Kathryn Tanaka, Harmit Kalia
Introduction: Nodular regenerative hyperplasia (NRH) is a known etiology of noncirrhotic portal hypertension. Cases of biopsy-proven NRH in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients have been described. While these patients often have normal synthetic liver function, several reports described disease progression to liver failure. Case: We here present a 26-year-old woman with history of congenital HIV on antiretroviral therapy complicated by Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at age 14. CD4 counts have been >300 with undetectable viral load...
January 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488400/kaposi-sarcoma-oral-malformations-mitral-dysplasia-and-scoliosis-associated-with-7q34-q36-3-heterozygous-terminal-deletion
#17
Carolyn C Jackson, Alain Lefèvre-Utile, Anne Guimier, Valérie Malan, Julie Bruneau, Antoine Gessain, Olivier Cassar, Jeanne Amiel, Aurélie Cobat, Vimel Rattina, Laurent Abel, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Stéphane Blanche
Chromosome 7 germline macrodeletions have been implicated in human congenital malformations and developmental delays. We herein report a novel heterozygous macrodeletion of 7q34-q36.3 in a 16-year-old girl originally from West Indies. Similar to previously reported cases of germline chromosome 7q terminal deletions, our patient has dental malposition, and developmental (growth and intellectual) delay. Novel phenotypic features include endemic Kaposi sarcoma (KS), furrowed tongue, thoracolumbar scoliosis, and mild mitral valve dysplasia...
May 9, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480529/acne-conglobata-in-a-long-term-survivor-with-trisomy-13-accompanied-by-selective-igm-deficiency
#18
Chiyoko N Inoue, Yoshiko Tanaka, Nobuko Tabata
Trisomy 13 (T13) is a congenital chromosomal disorder that is usually fatal within 2 years of birth, and only a few patients have been reported to reach adolescence. Here, we report a male long-term survivor of T13, currently 15 years of age, with a several-year history of extensive acne conglobata (AC) with abscesses on the face and neck. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus was consistently isolated from the pustular lesions. Serum IgM levels were extremely low at 10 mg/dl. There were no abnormalities in neutrophil and total B cell number, or in serum IgA and IgG levels...
May 7, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480154/congenital-tracheobronchomegaly-mounier-kuhn-syndrome-in-a-woman-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-a-case-report
#19
Amanda Fletcher, Justin Stowell, Socrates Jamoulis
Congenital tracheobronchomegaly (Mounier-Kuhn Syndrome, MKS) is a rare idiopathic disorder characterized by dilation of the central airways, including the trachea and first through fourth order bronchi. MKS disproportionately affects men and results in chronic respiratory tract infections. The diagnosis is made through the synthesis of clinical and radiological data. Here we report a unique case of MKS in a patient with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. A 45-year-old African American woman with a past medical history of HIV, tobacco and recreational drug abuse, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sleep apnea, and a 15-year history of recurrent respiratory infections presented with dyspnea, wheezing, a productive cough, increased yellow-green sputum production, and subjective fevers...
April 4, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466095/survival-of-the-fetus-fetal-b-and-t-cell-receptor-repertoire-development
#20
REVIEW
Erez Rechavi, Raz Somech
A mature and diverse T and B cell receptor repertoire is a prerequisite for immunocompetence. In light of its increased susceptibility to infection, the human fetus has long been considered deficient in this regard. However, data accumulated since the 1990s and in earnest in the past couple of years paints a more complicated picture. As we describe in this review, mechanisms responsible for generating a diverse receptor repertoire, such as somatic recombination, class switch recombination, and somatic hypermutation, are all operational to surprising extents in the growing fetus...
May 2, 2017: Seminars in Immunopathology
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