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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813711/subjects-at-risk-for-genetic-late-onset-neurological-diseases-objective-knowledge
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Ângela Leite, Fernanda Leite, Maria Alzira P Dinis
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study addresses the objective knowledge about the disease of subjects at risk for 3 genetic late-onset neurological diseases (LOND): familial amyloid polyneuropathy (FAP) TTR V30M, Huntington disease (HD), and Machado-Joseph disease (MJD). METHODS: Subjects at risk for FAP, HD, and MJD submitted to genetic counseling to know their status (carrier or non-carrier) and subjects at risk for hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), the control group, completed a sociodemographic questionnaire and answered the open-ended question: "What do you know about this disease?...
August 17, 2017: Public Health Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813239/how-should-clinicians-counsel-a-woman-with-a-strong-family-history-of-early-onset-alzheimer-s-disease-about-her-pregnancy
#2
Marianna V Mapes, Barbara M O'Brien, Louise P King
Counseling patients regarding the benefits, harms, and dilemmas of genetic testing is one of the greatest ethical challenges facing reproductive medicine today. With or without test results, clinicians grapple with how to communicate potential genetic risks as patients weigh their reproductive options. Here, we consider a case of a woman with a strong family history of early-onset Alzheimer's disease (EOAD). She is early in her pregnancy and unsure about learning her own genetic status. We address the ethical ramifications of each of her options, which include genetic testing, genetic counseling, and termination versus continuation of the pregnancy...
July 1, 2017: AMA Journal of Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808920/prospective-turkish-cohort-study-to-investigate-the-frequency-of-niemann-pick-disease-type-c-mutations-in-consanguineous-families-with-at-least-one-homozygous-family-member
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Meral Topçu, Dilek Aktas, Merih Öztoprak, Neslihan Önenli Mungan, Aysel Yuce, Mehmet Alikasifoglu
BACKGROUND: Niemann-Pick disease Type C (NP-C) is a rare, autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder caused by mutations in NPC1 or NPC2 genes. Diagnosis of NP-C can be challenging and is frequently delayed. Identifying mutations in individuals with NP-C and their relatives enables genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis and may support earlier diagnosis. Here we report findings from a prospective cohort study in Turkey, using targeted genetic screening of the families of NP-C probands with homozygous NPC1 or NPC2 mutations...
August 14, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808871/african-american-prostate-cancer-disparities
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REVIEW
Zachary L Smith, Scott E Eggener, Adam B Murphy
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to examine prostate cancer racial disparities specific to the African-American population. RECENT FINDINGS: African-American men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer, present at an earlier age; are more likely to have locally advanced or metastatic disease at diagnosis; and have suboptimal outcomes to standard treatments. Prostate cancer treatment requires a nuanced approach, particularly when applying screening, counseling, and management of African-American men...
August 14, 2017: Current Urology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807866/brca1-2-missense-mutations-and-the-value-of-in-silico-analyses
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Carolin E Sadowski, Daniela Kohlstedt, Cornelia Meisel, Katja Keller, Kerstin Becker, Luisa Mackenroth, Andreas Rump, Evelin Schröck, Pauline Wimberger, Karin Kast
INTRODUCTION: The clinical implications of genetic variants in BRCA1/2 in healthy and affected individuals are considerable. Variant interpretation, however, is especially challenging for missense variants. The majority of them are classified as variants of unknown clinical significance (VUS). Computational (in-silico) predictive programs are easy to access, but represent only one tool out of a wide range of complemental approaches to classify VUS. With this single-center study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of in-silico analyses in a spectrum of different BRCA1/2 missense variants...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807864/reducing-diagnostic-turnaround-times-of-exome-sequencing-for-families-requiring-timely-diagnoses
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Aurélie Bourchany, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Daphné Lehalle, Ange-Line Bruel, Alice Masurel-Paulet, Nolwenn Jean, Sophie Nambot, Marjorie Willems, Laetitia Lambert, Salima El Chehadeh-Djebbar, Elise Schaefer, Aurélia Jaquette, Judith St-Onge, Charlotte Poe, Thibaud Jouan, Martin Chevarin, Patrick Callier, Anne-Laure Mosca-Boidron, Nicole Laurent, Mathilde Lefebvre, Frédéric Huet, Nada Houcinat, Sébastien Moutton, Christophe Philippe, Frédéric Tran-Mau-Them, Antonio Vitobello, Paul Kuentz, Yannis Duffourd, Jean-Baptiste Rivière, Julien Thevenon, Laurence Faivre
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Whole-exome sequencing (WES) has now entered medical practice with powerful applications in the diagnosis of rare Mendelian disorders. Although the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of WES have been widely demonstrated, it is essential to reduce the diagnostic turnaround time to make WES a first-line procedure. Since 2011, the automation of laboratory procedures and advances in sequencing chemistry have made it possible to carry out diagnostic whole genome sequencing from the blood sample to molecular diagnosis of suspected genetic disorders within 50 h...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807863/prenatal-diagnosis-of-complex-phenotype-in-a-13-week-old-fetus-with-an-interstitial-multigene-deletion-20q13-13-q13-2-by-chromosomal-microarray
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Feodora Stipoljev, Danka Miric-Tesanic, Tomislav Hafner, Maja Barbalic, Monika Logara, Ruzica Lasan-Trcic, Ana Vicic, Romana Gjergja-Juraski
We report the first trimester three-dimensional ultrasonographic findings in a 13-week-old fetus with complex phenotype and a de novo 4.7 Mb multigene deletion encompassing chromosome region 20q13.13-q13.2 detected by chromosomal microarray. Fetal sonography detected radial-ray anomalies in the form of bilateral absence of thumbs and the left club hand deformity. The presence of single atrioventricular canal instead of the atrial septal defect typical for Holt-Oram syndrome pointed us to rather suspect the SALL4 related diseases...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807665/a-comparative-study-of-care-practices-for-young-boys-with-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-between-japan-and-european-countries-implications-of-early-diagnosis
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Fumi Takeuchi, Hirofumi Komaki, Zentaro Yamagata, Kazushi Maruo, Sunil Rodger, Janbernd Kirschner, Takeo Kubota, En Kimura, Shin'ichi Takeda, Kathrin Gramsch, Julia Vry, Kate Bushby, Hanns Lochmüller, Keiji Wada, Harumasa Nakamura
Early diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is widely advocated to initiate proactive interventions and genetic counselling. Genetic testing now allows the diagnosis of DMD even prior to the onset of symptoms. However, little is known about care practices and their impact on young DMD boys and families after receiving an early diagnosis. We analysed 64 young boys (Japan, 19; the United Kingdom, 10; Germany, 18; Hungary, 6; Poland, 5; and the Czech Republic, 6) aged <5 years and diagnosed at ≤2 years old among the participants of the cross-sectional study about care practice in DMD...
July 6, 2017: Neuromuscular Disorders: NMD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805615/prenatal-diagnosis-of-holoprosencephaly-associated-with-smith-lemli-opitz-syndrome-slos-in-a-46-xx-fetus
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André Travessa, Patrícia Dias, Pedro Rocha, Ana Berta Sousa
OBJECTIVE: To show the importance of measuring cholesterol precursor levels in amniotic fluid in all pregnancies with ultrasound features (such as holoprosencephaly) suggestive of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome (SLOS), after exclusion of chromosomal anomalies. CASE REPORT: A 28-year-old woman, gravida 1 para 0, performed chorionic villus sampling for fetal karyotyping at 13 weeks of gestation due to positive combined first trimester screening in a fetus with increased nuchal translucency and suspected holoprosencephaly...
August 2017: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803755/communicating-complex-genomic-information-a-counselling-approach-derived-from-research-experience-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
#10
Ny Hoang, Cheryl Cytrynbaum, Stephen W Scherer
Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) share characteristics (impairments in socialization and communication, and repetitive interests and behaviour), but differ in their developmental course, pattern of symptoms, and cognitive and language abilities. The development of standardized phenotyping has revealed ASD to clinically be vastly heterogeneous, ranging from milder presentations to more severe forms associated with profound intellectual disability. Some 100 genes have now been implicated in the etiology of ASD, and advances in genome-wide testing continue to yield new data at an unprecedented rate...
July 29, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803391/mutational-analysis-of-the-rb1-gene-and-the-inheritance-patterns-of-retinoblastoma-in-jordan
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Yacoub A Yousef, Abdelghani Tbakhi, Maysa Al-Hussaini, Ibrahim AlNawaiseh, Ala Saab, Amal Afifi, Maysa Naji, Mona Mohammad, Rasha Deebajah, Imad Jaradat, Iyad Sultan, Mustafa Mehyar
Retinoblastoma (RB) is a childhood cancer developing in the retina due to RB1 pathologic variant. Herein we are evaluating the oncogenic mutations in the RB1 gene and the inheritance patterns of RB in the Jordanian patients. In this prospective study, the peripheral blood of 50 retinoblastoma patients was collected, genomic DNA was extracted, mutations were identified using Quantitative multiplex PCR (QM-PCR), Allele-specific PCR, Next Generation Sequencing analysis, and Sanger sequencing. In this cohort of 50 patients, 20(40%) patients had unilateral RB and 30(60%) were males...
August 12, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801648/an-effective-combination-of-whole-exome-sequencing-and-runs-of-homozygosity-for-the-diagnosis-of-primary-ciliary-dyskinesia-in-consanguineous-families
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Ting Guo, Zhi-Ping Tan, Hua-Mei Chen, Dong-Yuan Zheng, Lv Liu, Xin-Gang Huang, Ping Chen, Hong Luo, Yi-Feng Yang
Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) is clinically characterized by neonatal respiratory distress, chronic sinusitis, bronchiectasis and infertility, and situs inversus in 50% of the patients. PCD is a result of mutations in genes encoding proteins involved in ciliary function, and is primarily inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. Diagnosis of PCD is often a challenging task due to its high clinical and genetic heterogeneities. In the present study, we attempted to use whole-exome sequencing (WES) combined with runs of homozygosity (ROH) approaches to identify the genetic defects in four Chinese consanguineous families with clinical PCD...
August 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800943/genetic-consultation-embedded-in-a-gynecologic-oncology-clinic-improves-compliance-with-guideline-based-care
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Leigha Senter, David M O'Malley, Floor J Backes, Larry J Copeland, Jeffery M Fowler, Ritu Salani, David E Cohn
OBJECTIVE: Analyze the impact of embedding genetic counseling services in gynecologic oncology on clinician referral and patient uptake of cancer genetics services. METHODS: Data were reviewed for a total of 737 newly diagnosed epithelial ovarian cancer patients seen in gynecologic oncology at a large academic medical center including 401 from 11/2011-7/2014 (a time when cancer genetics services were provided as an off-site consultation). These data were compared to data from 8/2014-9/2016 (n=336), when the model changed to the genetics embedded model (GEM), incorporating a cancer genetic counselor on-site in the gynecologic oncology clinic...
August 8, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800606/whole-exome-sequencing-as-a-diagnostic-tool-for-patients-with-ciliopathy-like-phenotypes
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Sheila Castro-Sánchez, María Álvarez-Satta, Mohamed A Tohamy, Sergi Beltran, Sophia Derdak, Diana Valverde
Ciliopathies are a group of rare disorders characterized by a high genetic and phenotypic variability, which complicates their molecular diagnosis. Hence the need to use the latest powerful approaches to faster identify the genetic defect in these patients. We applied whole exome sequencing to six consanguineous families clinically diagnosed with ciliopathy-like disease, and for which mutations in predominant Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) genes had previously been excluded. Our strategy, based on first applying several filters to ciliary variants and using many of the bioinformatics tools available, allowed us to identify causal mutations in BBS2, ALMS1 and CRB1 genes in four families, thus confirming the molecular diagnosis of ciliopathy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797715/universal-point-of-care-testing-for-lynch-syndrome-in-patients-with-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma
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Michael J Metcalfe, Firas G Petros, Priya Rao, Maureen E Mork, Lianchun Xiao, Russell R Broaddus, Surena F Matin
BACKGROUND: Patients with Lynch syndrome (LS) are at risk for upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC). We aim to identify the most reliable means of point-of-care (POC) screening for LS in UTUC patients. METHODS: From January 2013 through July 2016, 115 consecutive UTUC patients without a history of LS were universally screened during their follow-up. We evaluated patient/family history (Amsterdam criteria I [AMS1] and II [AMS2]), tumor immunohistochemistry (IHC) for mismatch repair proteins (MMRP), and microsatellite instability (MSI)...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796236/genetic-disruption-of-the-oncogenic-hmga2-plag1-igf2-pathway-causes-fetal-growth-restriction
#16
Walid Abi Habib, Frédéric Brioude, Thomas Edouard, James T Bennett, Anne Lienhardt-Roussie, Frédérique Tixier, Jennifer Salem, Tony Yuen, Salah Azzi, Yves Le Bouc, Madeleine D Harbison, Irène Netchine
PurposeFetal growth is a complex process involving maternal, placental and fetal factors. The etiology of fetal growth retardation remains unknown in many cases. The aim of this study is to identify novel human mutations and genes related to Silver-Russell syndrome (SRS), a syndromic form of fetal growth retardation, usually caused by epigenetic downregulation of the potent fetal growth factor IGF2.MethodsWhole-exome sequencing was carried out on members of an SRS familial case. The candidate gene from the familial case and two other genes were screened by targeted high-throughput sequencing in a large cohort of suspected SRS patients...
August 10, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794908/unusual-de-novo-partial-trisomy-17p12p11-2-due-to-unbalanced-insertion-into-5p13-1-in-a-severely-affected-boy
#17
Luis Alberto Mendez-Rosado, Araceli Lantigua, Juan Galarza, Ahmed B Hamid Al-Rikabi, Monika Ziegler, Thomas Liehr
Gain of copy numbers can be due to different chromosomal rearrangements such as direct or indirect duplications, translocations, small supernumerary marker chromosomes, or insertions. In a 3-year-old boy with dysmorphic features and developmental delay, chromosome analyses revealed a derivative chromosome 5. Microdissection and reverse fluorescence in situ hybridization identified the in 5p13.1 inserted part as 17p12-p11.2 material. Thus the patient suffered from a rare combination of genomic disorder, that is, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1A and Potocki-Lupski syndrome...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794905/further-clinical-delineation-of-the-mef2c-haploinsufficiency-syndrome-report-on-new-cases-and-literature-review-of-severe-neurodevelopmental-disorders-presenting-with-seizures-absent-speech-and-involuntary-movements
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REVIEW
Irena Vrečar, Josie Innes, Elizabeth A Jones, Helen Kingston, William Reardon, Bronwyn Kerr, Jill Clayton-Smith, Sofia Douzgou
Mutations in the MEF2C ( myocyte enhancer factor 2 ) gene have been established as a cause for an intellectual disability syndrome presenting with seizures, absence of speech, stereotypic movements, hypotonia, and limited ambulation. Phenotypic overlap with Rett's and Angelman's syndromes has been noted. Following the first reports of 5q14.3q15 microdeletions encompassing the MEF2C gene, further cases with point mutations and partial gene deletions of the MEF2C gene have been described. We present the clinical phenotype of our cohort of six patients with MEF2C mutations and compare our findings with previously reported patients as well as with a growing number of genetic conditions presenting with a severe neurodevelopmental, Rett-like, phenotype...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794124/phenotypic-evaluations-of-hbb-c-93-23t-c-a-nucleotide-substitution-in-the-ivs-i-nt-108-of-%C3%AE-globin-gene
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Margherita Vinciguerra, Filippo Cassarà, Monica Cannata, Disma Renda, Giuseppina Calvaruso, Filippo Leto, Cristina Passarello, Aurelio Maggio, Antonino Giambona
BACKGROUND: Thalassaemia and variant haemoglobin are the most common severe monogenic disorders worldwide. AIMS: To develop prenatal diagnosis programmes for the prevention of the most important haemoglobin disorders and identify healthy carriers of thalassaemia. METHODS: Sequencing analysis was used to obtain complete data on gene structure and to correlate specific phenotypic expression with mutations, especially for new or very rare mutations in globin genes...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794079/unusual-father-to-daughter-transmission-of-incontinentia-pigmenti-due-to-mosaicism-in-ip-males
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Francesca Fusco, Matilde Immacolata Conte, Andrea Diociauti, Stefania Bigoni, Maria Francesca Branda, Alessandra Ferlini, Maya El Hachem, Matilde Valeria Ursini
Incontinentia pigmenti (IP; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man catalog #308300) is an X-linked dominant ectodermal disorder caused by mutations of the inhibitor of κ polypeptide gene enchancer in B cells, kinase γ (IKBKG)/ nuclear factor κB, essential modulator (NEMO) gene. Hemizygous IKBKG/NEMO loss-of-function (LoF) mutations are lethal in males, thus patients are female, and the disease is always transmitted from an IP-affected mother to her daughter. We present 2 families with father-to-daughter transmission of IP and provide for the first time molecular evidence that the combination of somatic and germ-line mosaicism for IKBKG/NEMO loss of function mutations in IP males resulted in the transmission of the disease to a female child...
August 9, 2017: Pediatrics
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