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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454089/genome-wide-gene-expression-analysis-of-45-days-pregnant-fetal-cotyledons-vis-a-vis-non-pregnant-caruncles-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis
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Masoud Lotfan, Syed Azmal Ali, Munnalal Yadav, Suman Chuadhary, Manoj Kumar Jena, Sudarshan Kumar, Ashok Kumar Mohanty
The crosstalk between fetus and mother starts with the onset of placental attachment to the uterus. The cotyledons and caruncles are the two anatomically distinct structures that play a crucial role in this physiological communication. Using Agilent Gene Chip Genome microarray, we measured the expression profile of pregnancy cotyledons in comparison to caruncular reminiscence of the uteri in non-pregnant buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) for the detection of the early post-pregnancy rapid changes in cellular expression of mRNA transcripts...
February 14, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447663/prenatal-diagnosis-by-chromosomal-microarray-analysis
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REVIEW
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447173/dynamic-changes-of-setd2-a-histone-h3k36-methyltransferase-in-porcine-oocytes-ivf-and-scnt-embryos
#3
Yun Fei Diao, Tao Lin, Xiaoxia Li, Reza K Oqani, Jae Eun Lee, So Yeon Kim, Dong Il Jin
SETD2 (SET domain containing protein 2) acts as a histone H3 lysine 36 (H3K36)-specific methyltransferase and may play important roles in active gene transcription in human cells. However, its expression and role in porcine oocytes and preimplantation embryos are not well understood. Here, we used immunofluorescence and laser scanning confocal microscopy to examine SETD2 expression in porcine fetal fibroblasts, oocytes, and preimplantation embryos derived from in vitro fertilization (IVF), parthenogenetic activation (PA), and somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446977/establishment-growth-proliferation-and-gene-expression-of-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-transgenic-fetal-fibroblasts-containing-human-insulin-gene-and-production-of-embryos-by-handmade-cloning-using-these-cells
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Parul Mehta, Ramakant Kaushik, Karn Pratap Singh, Ankur Sharma, Manoj Kumar Singh, Manmohan Singh Chauhan, Prabhat Palta, Suresh Kumar Singla, Radhey Sham Manik
The aim of the present study was to compare transgenic cells, containing human insulin gene kept under the control of mammary gland-specific buffalo beta-lactoglobulin promoter, and their counterparts, that is, nontransgenic cells, for examining their potential for the production of embryos following somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT). The gene construct was delivered into buffalo fetal fibroblasts (BFF) by nucleofection following which, the transfected cells were selected by culture in the presence of G418 for 3 weeks...
February 15, 2018: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29442275/five-novel-oncogenic-signatures-could-be-utilized-as-afp-related-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-based-on-next-generation-sequencing
#5
Zheng Yu, Rongchang Wang, Fan Chen, Jianru Wang, Xiaohui Huang
BACKGROUND: Alpha-fetal protein (AFP) is an important conventional clinical diagnostic indicator of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the utilization of AFP alone might yield deceptive results due to its limited sensitivity and accuracy. AIMS: Our study was designed to investigate latent diagnostic biomarkers that could function as auxiliary clinical indicators of HCC and enhance the accuracy of joint diagnosis with AFP. METHODS: We analyzed gene expression profiles and clinical data from HCC patients in The Cancer Genome Atlas database...
February 13, 2018: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440752/one-step-noninvasive-prenatal-testing-nipt-for-autosomal-recessive-homozygous-point-mutations-using-digital-pcr
#6
Mun Young Chang, Soyeon Ahn, Min Young Kim, Jin Hee Han, Hye-Rim Park, Han Kyu Seo, Jinsun Yoon, Seungmin Lee, Doo-Yi Oh, Changsoo Kang, Byung Yoon Choi
Previously, we introduced a noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT) protocol for diagnosing compound heterozygous autosomal recessive point mutations via maternal plasma DNA and simulated control genomic DNA sampling based on fetal DNA fraction. In our present study, we have improved our NIPT protocol to make it possible to diagnose homozygous autosomal recessive point mutations without the need to acquire fetal DNA fraction. Moreover, chi-squared test and empirical statistical range based on the proportion of mutant allele reads among the total reads served as the gatekeeping method...
February 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29439729/application-of-neural-networks-for-classification-of-patau-edwards-down-turner-and-klinefelter-syndrome-based-on-first-trimester-maternal-serum-screening-data-ultrasonographic-findings-and-patient-demographics
#7
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29435496/zika-virus-alters-dna-methylation-of-neural-genes-in-an-organoid-model-of-the-developing-human-brain
#8
Sylvie Janssens, Michael Schotsaert, Rahul Karnik, Vinod Balasubramaniam, Marion Dejosez, Alexander Meissner, Adolfo García-Sastre, Thomas P Zwaka
Zika virus (ZIKV) infection during early pregnancy can cause microcephaly and associated defects at birth, but whether it can induce neurologic sequelae that appear later in life remains unclear. Using a model of the developing brain based on embryonic stem cell-derived brain organoids, we studied the impact of ZIKV infection on the DNA methylation pattern across the entire genome in selected neural cell types. The virus unexpectedly alters the DNA methylome of neural progenitors, astrocytes, and differentiated neurons at genes that have been implicated in the pathogenesis of a number of brain disorders, most prominently mental retardation and schizophrenia...
January 2018: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29432581/14q32-and-let-7-micrornas-regulate-transcriptional-networks-in-fetal-and-adult-human-erythroblasts
#9
Samuel Lessard, Mélissa Beaudoin, Stuart H Orkin, Daniel E Bauer, Guillaume Lettre
In humans, fetal erythropoiesis takes place in the liver whereas adult erythropoiesis occurs in the bone marrow. Fetal and adult erythroid cells are not only produced at different sites, but are also distinguished by their respective transcriptional program. In particular, whereas fetal erythroid cells express γ-globin chains to produce fetal hemoglobin (HbF), adult cells express β-globin chains to generate adult hemoglobin. Understanding the transcriptional regulation of the fetal-to-adult hemoglobin switch is clinically important as re-activation of HbF production in adult erythroid cells would represent a promising therapy for the hemoglobin disorders sickle cell disease and β-thalassemia...
February 8, 2018: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29428902/recent-advance-on-genome-editing-for-therapy-of-%C3%AE-hemoglobinopathies
#10
Jia-Wei Liu, Tao Hong, Xin Qin, Ying-Min Liang, Ping Zhang
β-hemoglobinopathies are one of six groups of common illnesses affecting human health. Although the genetic mechanisms have been elucidated for several decades, curable treatment options, other than allogeneic bone marrow transplantation, are still lacking. In recent years, rapid development in genome editing technologies and their clinical applications have opened up new directions for treatment of β-hemoglobinopathies. Genome editing technologies, as applied in autologous CD34 + hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells, represents a promising remedial means for the β-globin disorders...
February 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29424717/presence-of-waddlia-chondrophila-in-hot-water-systems-from-non-domestic-buildings-in-france
#11
Gemma Agustí, Thomas Le Calvez, Marie-Cecile Trouilhé, Philippe Humeau, Francesc Codony
The presence of Waddlia chondrophila has been related to respiratory tract infections and human and animal fetal death. Although several sources of infection have been suggested, the actual source remains unknown and limited information exists on the prevalence of W. chondrophila in the environment. This pathogen has been previously detected in well water but its presence has not been confirmed in water networks. Since these bacteria have been detected in water reservoirs, it has been hypothesized that they can access artificial water systems and survive until they find appropriate conditions to proliferate...
February 2018: Journal of Water and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29419860/-performance-of-prenatal-screening-by-non-invasive-cell-free-fetal-dna-testing-for-women-with-various-indications
#12
Bin Zhang, Lingyan Pan, Huiyan Wang, Jianbing Liu, Beiyi Lu, Yingping Chen, Wei Long, Bin Yu
OBJECTIVE To assess the performance of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) based on massive parallel sequencing. METHODS A total of 10 275 maternal blood samples were collected. Fetal chromosomal aneuploides were subjected to low coverage whole genome sequencing. Patients with high risks received further prenatal diagnosis. The outcome of all patients were followed up. RESULTS High-throughput sequencing detected 72 pregnancies with fetal autosomal chromosomal aneuploidy, including 57 cases of trisomy 21, 14 cases of trisomy 18, and 1 case of trisomy 13...
February 10, 2018: Zhonghua Yi Xue Yi Chuan Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Yixue Yichuanxue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29414846/pediatric-palliative-care-in-infants-and-neonates
#13
REVIEW
Brian S Carter
The application of palliative and hospice care to newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) has been evident for over 30 years. This article addresses the history, current considerations, and anticipated future needs for palliative and hospice care in the NICU, and is based on recent literature review. Neonatologists have long managed the entirety of many newborns' short lives, given the relatively high mortality rates associated with prematurity and birth defects, but their ability or willingness to comprehensively address of the continuum of interdisciplinary palliative, end of life, and bereavement care has varied widely...
February 7, 2018: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409968/regulation-of-vascular-signalling-by-nuclear-sprouty2-in-fetal-lung-epithelial-cells-implications-for-co-ordinated-airway-and-vascular-branching-in-lung-development
#14
David J Walker, Stephen C Land
Sprouty2 (Spry2) acts as a central regulator of tubular growth and branch patterning in the developing mammalian lung by controlling both magnitude and duration of growth factor signalling. To determine if this protein coordinates airway and vascular growth factor signalling, we tested the hypothesis that Spry2 links the primary cue for airway outgrowth, fibroblast growth factor-10 (FGF-10), to genomic events underpinning the expression and release of vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A). Using primary fetal distal lung epithelial cells (FDLE) from rat, and immortalised human bronchial epithelial cells (16HBE14o-), we identified a nuclear sub-population of Spry2 which interacted with regions of the rat and human VEGF-A promoter spanning the hypoxia response element (HRE) and adjacent 3' sites...
January 31, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29409445/integrative-analysis-of-methylomic-and-transcriptomic-data-in-fetal-sheep-muscle-tissues-in-response-to-maternal-diet-during-pregnancy
#15
Hadjer Namous, Francisco Peñagaricano, Marcello Del Corvo, Emanuele Capra, David L Thomas, Alessandra Stella, John L Williams, Paolo Ajmone Marsan, Hasan Khatib
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have established a link between maternal diet and the physiological and metabolic phenotypes of their offspring. In previous studies in sheep, we demonstrated that different maternal diets altered the transcriptome of fetal tissues. However, the mechanisms underlying transcriptomic changes are poorly understood. DNA methylation is an epigenetic mark regulating transcription and is largely influenced by dietary components of the one-carbon cycle that generate the methyl group donor, SAM...
February 6, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29407514/prenatal-stress-and-genetic-risk-how-prenatal-stress-interacts-with-genetics-to-alter-risk-for-psychiatric-illness
#16
REVIEW
Parker W Abbott, Serena B Gumusoglu, Jada Bittle, David Q Beversdorf, Hanna E Stevens
Risk for neuropsychiatric disorders is complex and includes an individual's internal genetic endowment and their environmental experiences and exposures. Embryonic development captures a particularly complex period, in which genetic and environmental factors can interact to contribute to risk. These environmental factors are incorporated differently into the embryonic brain than postnatal one. Here, we comprehensively review the human and animal model literature for studies that assess the interaction between genetic risks and one particular environmental exposure with strong and complex associations with neuropsychiatric outcomes-prenatal maternal stress...
January 30, 2018: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29396076/-what-are-the-real-purpose-and-scope-of-screening-for-aneuploidy
#17
T Quibel, P Rozenberg
In France, the recommended method for Down syndrome screening is the first trimester combined test, the risk assessment, based on maternal age, ultrasound measurement of fetal nuchal translucency and maternal serum markers (free β-hCG and PAPP-A). The Down syndrome detection rate is 78.7% at a screen positive rate of 5%. However, the best screening test is the integrated test using a combination of first trimester combined test and second trimester quadruple test (serum α-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin, unconjugated E3, and dimeric inhibin-A) and being able to achieve a detection rate for Down syndrome of approximately 96% at a screen-positive rate of 5%...
January 27, 2018: Gynecologie, Obstetrique, Fertilite & Senologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29393376/microrna-expression-profiling-in-placenta-and-maternal-plasma-in-early-pregnancy-loss
#18
Mohammad Kazem Hosseini, Tuba Gunel, Ece Gumusoglu, Ali Benian, Kilic Aydinli
Early pregnancy loss (EPL), also termed early miscarriage, is determined as the unintentional expulsion of an embryo or fetus prior to the 12th week of gestation. EPL frequency is ~15% in pregnancies. Fetal development and growth is associate with placental function and vessel development; therefore, the placental genome would represent a useful miscarriage model for (epi)genetic and genomic studies. An important factor of placental development and function is epigenetic regulation of gene expression. microRNAs (miRNAs) are the primary epigenetic regulators which have an important role in placental development and function...
January 31, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29388226/predicting-fetoplacental-chromosomal-mosaicism-during-non-invasive-prenatal-testing
#19
Nathalie Brison, Maria Neofytou, Luc Dehaspe, Baran Bayindir, Kris Van Den Bogaert, Leila Dardour, Hilde Peeters, Hilde Van Esch, Griet Van Buggenhout, Annick Vogels, Thomy de Ravel, Eric Legius, Koen Devriendt, Joris R Vermeesch
OBJECTIVE: Non-invasive prenatal detection of aneuploidies can be achieved with high accuracy through sequencing of cfDNA in the maternal blood plasma. However, false positive and negative NIPT results remain. Fetoplacental mosaicism is the main cause for false positive and false negative NIPT. We set out to develop a method to detect placental chromosomal mosaicism via genome-wide circulating cell-free maternal plasma DNA (cfDNA) screening. METHOD: Aneuploidy detection was combined with fetal fraction determination to enable the detection of placental mosaicism...
January 31, 2018: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29381081/epigenetic-mechanisms-in-the-placenta-related-to-infant-neurodevelopment
#20
Barry M Lester, Carmen J Marsit
As the 'third brain' the placenta links the developing fetal brain and the maternal brain enabling study of epigenetic process in placental genes that affect infant neurodevelopment. We described the characteristics and findings of the 17 studies on epigenetic processes in placental genes and human infant neurobehavior. Studies showed consistent findings in the same cohort of term healthy infants across epigenetic processes (DNA methylation, genome wide, gene and miRNA expression) genomic region (single and multiple genes, imprinted genes and miRNAs) using candidate gene and genome wide approaches and across biobehavioral systems (neurobehavior, cry acoustics and neuroendocrine)...
January 30, 2018: Epigenomics
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