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Non invasive prenatal diagnosis

Christian Schäfer, Tobias Paprotka, Ellen Heitzer, Mark Eccleston, Johannes Noe, Stefan Holdenrieder, Frank Diehl, Alain Thierry
Researchers working in industrial laboratories as well as in academic laboratories discussed topics related to the use of extracellular nucleic acids in different fields. These included areas like non-invasive prenatal diagnosis, the application of different methods for the analysis and characterization of patients with benign and malignant diseases and technical aspects associated with extracellular nucleic acids. In addition, the possibilities and chances for a cooperation of researchers working in different worlds, i...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Suzanne Drury, Sarah Mason, Fiona McKay, Kitty Lo, Christopher Boustred, Lucy Jenkins, Lyn S Chitty
Our UK National Health Service regional genetics laboratory offers NIPD for autosomal dominant and de novo conditions (achondroplasia, thanataphoric dysplasia, Apert syndrome), paternal mutation exclusion for cystic fibrosis and a range of bespoke tests. NIPD avoids the risks associated with invasive testing, making prenatal diagnosis more accessible to families at high genetic risk. However, the challenge remains in offering definitive diagnosis for autosomal recessive diseases, which is complicated by the predominance of the maternal mutant allele in the cell-free DNA sample and thus requires a variety of different approaches...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Marta Ferro, Hada C Macher, Pilar Noguerol, Pilar Jimenez-Arriscado, Patrocinio Molinero, Juan M Guerrero, Amalia Rubio
Fetal and Neonatal alloimmune thrombocytopenia (FNAIT) is a condition which could occur when pregnant women develop an alloimmunization against paternally inherited antigens of the fetal platelets. Approximately 80 % of FNAIT cases are caused by anti-HPA-1a, about 15 % by anti-HPA-5b and 5 % by other HPA antibodies. Only 2 % of the total population is HPA-1a negative (HPA-1b1b). The HPA-1a allele differs by one single nucleotide from HPA-1b allele, yet it represents around 27 % of total severe thrombocytopenias...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Zehra Ordulu, Tammy Kammin, Harrison Brand, Vamsee Pillalamarri, Claire E Redin, Ryan L Collins, Ian Blumenthal, Carrie Hanscom, Shahrin Pereira, India Bradley, Barbara F Crandall, Pamela Gerrol, Mark A Hayden, Naveed Hussain, Bibi Kanengisser-Pines, Sibel Kantarci, Brynn Levy, Michael J Macera, Fabiola Quintero-Rivera, Erica Spiegel, Blair Stevens, Janet E Ulm, Dorothy Warburton, Louise E Wilkins-Haug, Naomi Yachelevich, James F Gusella, Michael E Talkowski, Cynthia C Morton
In this exciting era of "next-gen cytogenetics," integrating genomic sequencing into the prenatal diagnostic setting is possible within an actionable time frame and can provide precise delineation of balanced chromosomal rearrangements at the nucleotide level. Given the increased risk of congenital abnormalities in newborns with de novo balanced chromosomal rearrangements, comprehensive interpretation of breakpoints could substantially improve prediction of phenotypic outcomes and support perinatal medical care...
October 5, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
Wanjun Zhu, Xiao-Yan Zhang, Sadie L Marjani, Jialing Zhang, Wengeng Zhang, Shixiu Wu, Xinghua Pan
Single-cell sequencing (SCS) is a fast-growing, exciting field in genomic medicine. It enables the high-resolution study of cellular heterogeneity, and reveals the molecular basis of complicated systems, which facilitates the identification of new biomarkers for diagnosis and for targeting therapies. It also directly promotes the next generation of genomic medicine because of its ultra-high resolution and sensitivity that allows for the non-invasive and early detection of abnormalities, such as aneuploidy, chromosomal translocation, and single-gene disorders...
October 13, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Rory Windrim, John Kingdom, Hyun-Jung Jang, Peter N Burns
BACKGROUND: Morbidly adherent placentation now complicates approximately 1 in 500 pregnancies. Our group and others have demonstrated that antenatal diagnosis of invasive placentation and team-based delivery reduce severe morbidity. Ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are both employed in the antenatal evaluation of pregnancies with suspected placenta increta/percreta. Accurate diagnosis in this context is essential to direct resources appropriately. Ultrasound methods, including colour and power Doppler, are the mainstays of screening at-risk women, whereas MRI is reserved for diagnostic purposes because of its cost and limited accessibility...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Anne S Bassett, Gregory Costain, Christian R Marshall
Most major neuropsychiatric outcomes of concern to families are not detectable by prenatal ultrasound. The introduction of genome-wide chromosomal microarray analysis to prenatal clinical diagnostic testing has increased the detection of pathogenic 22q11.2 deletions, which cause the most common genomic disorder. The recent addition of this and other microdeletions to non-invasive prenatal screening methods using cell-free fetal DNA has further propelled interest in outcomes. Conditions associated with 22q11...
October 8, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Clare L Whitehead, Susan P Walker, Stephen Tong
Circulating nucleic acids have revolutionized prenatal diagnosis in the last decade, allowing non-invasive screening for single gene or chromosomal defects using a single sample of maternal blood. In addition to deoxyribonucleic acids (DNA), ribonucleic acids (RNA) from the placenta are released into the maternal blood from early in pregnancy and may reflect changes in gene expression occurring within the placenta. Measuring circulating RNA may therefore provide insights into the placental transcriptome without the need for invasive testing...
October 6, 2016: Prenatal Diagnosis
Janine Aucamp, Abel J Bronkhorst, Christoffel P S Badenhorst, Piet J Pretorius
The discovery of quantitative and qualitative differences of the circulating DNA (cirDNA) between healthy and diseased individuals inclined researchers to investigate these molecules as potential biomarkers for non-invasive diagnosis and prognosis of various pathologies. However, except for some prenatal tests, cirDNA analyses have not been readily translated to clinical practice due to a lack of knowledge regarding its composition, function, and biological and evolutionary origins. We believe that, to fully grasp the nature of cirDNA and the extracellular vesicles (EVs) and protein complexes with which it is associated, it is necessary to probe the early and badly neglected work that contributed to the discovery and development of these concepts...
September 20, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
Kristen Wigby, Cheryl D'Epagnier, Susan Howell, Amy Reicks, Rebecca Wilson, Lisa Cordeiro, Nicole Tartaglia
Triple X syndrome (47, XXX) occurs in approximately 1:1,000 female births and has a variable phenotype of physical and psychological features. Prenatal diagnosis rates of 47, XXX are increasing due to non-invasive prenatal genetic testing. Previous studies suggest that prenatal diagnosed females have better neurodevelopmental outcomes. This cross-sectional study describes diagnosis, physical features, medical problems, and neurodevelopmental features in a large cohort of females with 47, XXX. Evaluation included review of medical and developmental history, physical exam, cognitive, and adaptive testing...
November 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Joris Robert Vermeesch, Thierry Voet, Koenraad Devriendt
The past decade has seen the development of technologies that have revolutionized prenatal genetic testing; that is, genetic testing from conception until birth. Genome-wide single-cell arrays and high-throughput sequencing analyses are dramatically increasing our ability to detect embryonic and fetal genetic lesions, and have substantially improved embryo selection for in vitro fertilization (IVF). Moreover, both invasive and non-invasive mutation scanning of the genome are helping to identify the genetic causes of prenatal developmental disorders...
September 15, 2016: Nature Reviews. Genetics
Malgorzata I Srebniak, Merel C de Wit, Karin E M Diderich, Lutgarde C P Govaerts, Marieke Joosten, Maarten F C M Knapen, Marnix J Bos, Gerda A G Looye-Bruinsma, Mieke Koningen, Attie T J I Go, Robert Jan H Galjaard, Diane Van Opstal
BACKGROUND: Since non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in maternal blood became available, we evaluated which chromosome aberrations found in our cohort of fetuses with an enlarged NT in the first trimester of pregnancy (tested with SNP microarray) could be detected by NIPT as well. METHOD: 362 fetuses were referred for cytogenetic testing due to an enlarged NT (≥3.5 mm). Chromosome aberrations were investigated using QF-PCR, karyotyping and whole genome SNP array...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Barrie G Suskin, Anthony C Sciscione, Nickolas Teigen, Thomas M Jenkins, Ronald J Wapner, Anthony R Gregg, Susan J Gross, Komal Bajaj
BACKGROUND: More than a decade ago, Jenkins et al described a survey of Maternal Fetal Medicine fellows that showed chorionic villus sampling training was limited for Maternal Fetal Medicine fellows in the United States. Prenatal screening and diagnosis has rapidly evolved since then including the introduction of non-invasive aneuploidy screening utilizing cell-free fetal DNA. Yet, chorionic villus sampling remains the only method available for first trimester genetic diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the chorionic villus sampling training of Maternal Fetal Medicine fellows with respect to availability, competency standards, and educational methodology...
August 13, 2016: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Alan Diot, Eszter Dombi, Tiffany Lodge, Chunyan Liao, Karl Morten, Janet Carver, Dagan Wells, Tim Child, Iain G Johnston, Suzannah Williams, Joanna Poulton
One in 400 people has a maternally inherited mutation in mtDNA potentially causing incurable disease. In so-called heteroplasmic disease, mutant and normal mtDNA co-exist in the cells of carrier women. Disease severity depends on the proportion of inherited abnormal mtDNA molecules. Families who have had a child die of severe, maternally inherited mtDNA disease need reliable information on the risk of recurrence in future pregnancies. However, prenatal diagnosis and even estimates of risk are fraught with uncertainty because of the complex and stochastic dynamics of heteroplasmy...
August 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
Hachmerian M, Angelova L, Ivanov St, Kovachev E
Maternal biochemical screening and the new non-invasive prenatal screening tests as well as prenatal diagnostic tests as tools to fight serious chromosomal diseases have their possibilities and limitations. The article presents analysis of the results in 7 201 pregnant women: 4426 first trimester and 2775 second trimester biochemical screening, together with 994 calculated integrated risks performed in the Laboratory of medical genetics in 2013 and 2014 year. A matter of mass screening in both periods is the criterion of efficiency--financially justified reasons on the basis of comparison "sensitivity" of different approaches...
2016: Akusherstvo i Ginekologii︠a︡
Gheona Altarescu
Abstract During the last two decades prenatal genetic screening and diagnosis has become the cornerstone of medical care for family planning to prevent genetic disease. Carrier screening programs for genetic disorders that are prevalent in various populations identify couples and pregnancies at risk of having an affected child. These couples can proceed with a choice of invasive prenatal diagnosis tests of the fetus (chorionic villous sampling and amniocentesis), or non-invasive prenatal testing of free fetal DNA circulation in the maternal blood which has emerged within the last few years and is currently available for fetal sexing for X Linked disorders...
June 2016: Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews: PER
Lotte Hatt, Mads M Aagaard, Cathrine Bach, Jesper Graakjaer, Steffen Sommer, Inge E Agerholm, Steen Kølvraa, Anders Bojesen
Methylation-based non-invasive prenatal testing of fetal aneuploidies is an alternative method that could possibly improve fetal aneuploidy diagnosis, especially for trisomy 13(T13) and trisomy 18(T18). Our aim was to study the methylation landscape in placenta DNA from trisomy 13, 18 and 21 pregnancies in an attempt to find trisomy-specific methylation differences better suited for non-invasive prenatal diagnosis. We have conducted high-resolution methylation specific bead chip microarray analyses assessing more than 450,000 CpGs analyzing placentas from 12 T21 pregnancies, 12 T18 pregnancies and 6 T13 pregnancies...
2016: PloS One
E De Franco, R Caswell, J A L Houghton, V Iotova, A T Hattersley, S Ellard
AIMS: An early genetic diagnosis of neonatal diabetes guides clinical management and results in improved treatment in ~ 40% of patients. In the offspring of individuals with neonatal diabetes, a prenatal diagnosis allows accurate estimation of the risk of developing diabetes and, eventually, the most appropriate treatment for the baby. In this study, we performed non-invasive prenatal genetic testing for a fetus at risk of inheriting a paternal KCNJ11 p.R201C mutation causing permanent neonatal diabetes...
June 29, 2016: Diabetic Medicine: a Journal of the British Diabetic Association
Jing Liu, Hao Hu, Na Ma, Zhengjun Jia, Yuchun Zhou, Jiancheng Hu, Hua Wang
BACKGROUND: Partial duplications of the distal 9q have been rarely reported in literatures. The key features included characteristic facial appearance, long fingers and toes, slight psychomotor retardation, heart murmur et al. But rare severe congenital heart defects (CHD) such as TOF were reported to be associated with 9qter duplications. CASE PRESENTATION: A 23-year-old woman was referred for genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis at 25(3/7) weeks of gestation due to her male fetus, diagnosed as Tetralogy of Fallot Syndrome (TOF) by prenatal ultrasound...
2016: Molecular Cytogenetics
Shan Dan, Yuan Yuan, Yaoshen Wang, Chao Chen, Changxin Gao, Song Yu, Yan Liu, Wei Song, Asan, Hongmei Zhu, Ling Yang, Hongmei Deng, Yue Su, Xin Yi
BACKGROUND: Since the discovery of cell-free foetal DNA in the plasma of pregnant women, many non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed. In the area of skeletal dysplasia diagnosis, some PCR-based non-invasive prenatal testing assays have been developed to facilitate the ultrasound diagnosis of skeletal dysplasias that are caused by de novo mutations. However, skeletal dysplasias are a group of heterogeneous genetic diseases, the PCR-based method is hard to detect multiple gene or loci simultaneously, and the diagnosis rate is highly dependent on the accuracy of the ultrasound diagnosis...
2016: PloS One
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