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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441660/the-phenotype-and-outcome-of-infantile-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-a-homozygous-elac2-mutation
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Zarghuna M A Shinwari, Abdulrahman Almesned, Ali Alakhfash, Ahmad M Al-Rashdan, Eissa Faqeih, Zainab Al-Humaidi, Ahmed Alomrani, Malak Alghamdi, Dilek Colak, Abdullah Alwadai, Monther Rababh, Majid Al-Fayyadh, Zuhair N Al-Hassnan
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) in children is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in more than 50 genes. Recently, mutations in the mitochondrial tRNA processing gene, ELAC2, were reported to be associated with the recessively inherited form of hypertrophic CMP (HCM). This study is aimed at describing the cardiac phenotype and outcome of ELAC2 mutation. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing followed by targeted mutation screening to identify the genetic etiology of severe infantile-onset CMP in 64 consanguineous Saudi families...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440899/lissencephaly-expanded-imaging-and-clinical-classification
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Nataliya Di Donato, Sara Chiari, Ghayda M Mirzaa, Kimberly Aldinger, Elena Parrini, Carissa Olds, A James Barkovich, Renzo Guerrini, William B Dobyns
Lissencephaly ("smooth brain," LIS) is a malformation of cortical development associated with deficient neuronal migration and abnormal formation of cerebral convolutions or gyri. The LIS spectrum includes agyria, pachygyria, and subcortical band heterotopia. Our first classification of LIS and subcortical band heterotopia (SBH) was developed to distinguish between the first two genetic causes of LIS-LIS1 (PAFAH1B1) and DCX. However, progress in molecular genetics has led to identification of 19 LIS-associated genes, leaving the existing classification system insufficient to distinguish the increasingly diverse patterns of LIS...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440866/a-prospective-comparison-of-how-the-level-of-response-to-alcohol-and-impulsivity-relate-to-future-dsm-iv-alcohol-problems-in-the-coga-youth-panel
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Marc A Schuckit, Tom L Smith, George Danko, Robert Anthenelli, Lara Schoen, Mari Kawamura, John Kramer, Danielle M Dick, Zoe Neale, Samuel Kuperman, Vivia McCutcheon, Andrey P Anokhin, Victor Hesselbrock, Michie Hesselbrock, Kathleen Bucholz
BACKGROUND: Alcohol problems reflect both environmental and genetic characteristics that often operate through endophenotypes like low levels of response (low LRs) to alcohol and higher impulsivity. Relationships of these preexisting characteristics to alcohol problems have been studied, but few analyses have included both low LR and impulsivity in the same model. METHODS: We extracted prospective data from 1,028 participants in the Prospective Youth Sample of the Collaborative Study for the Genetics of Alcoholism (COGA)...
April 25, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440507/a-novel-splice-site-mutation-of-wrn-c-ivs28-2t-c-identified-in-a-consanguineous-family-with-werner-syndrome
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Pan-Feng Wu, Jie-Yuan Jin, Jing-Jing Li, Ji-Qiang He, Liang-Liang Fan, Min Jin, Hao Huang, Kun Xia, Ju-Yu Tang, Rong Xiang
Werner Syndrome (WS) is a rare, adult‑onset progeroid syndrome that is associated with multiple age‑associated complications and relatively short life expectancy. The characteristics of WS include a 'bird‑like' appearance, canities, cataracts and ulcerations around the ankles. In addition, certain patients develop hypogonadism with atrophic genitalia and infertility. The average life span of affected individuals is 54 years. Previous studies have demonstrated that mutations in the Werner syndrome RecQ like helicase gene (WRN) may contribute to WS...
April 12, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434142/cancer-genetic-counseling-and-testing-in-an-era-of-rapid-change
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Gillian W Hooker, Keelia Rhoads Clemens, John Quillin, Kristen J Vogel Postula, Pia Summerour, Rebecca Nagy, Adam H Buchanan
The impacts of the Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Supreme Court decision regarding patenting DNA segments and multi-gene testing on cancer genetic counseling practice have not been well described. We aimed to assess genetic counselors' perceptions of how their genetic testing-related practices for hereditary breast and/or ovarian cancer (HBOC) changed after these events. One-hundred fifty-two genetic counselors from the National Society of Genetic Counselors Cancer Special Interest Group completed an anonymous, online, mixed-methods survey in November 2013...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433373/preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-for-aneuploidy-testing-in-women-older-than-44-years-a-multicenter-experience
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Filippo Maria Ubaldi, Danilo Cimadomo, Antonio Capalbo, Alberto Vaiarelli, Laura Buffo, Elisabetta Trabucco, Susanna Ferrero, Elena Albani, Laura Rienzi, Paolo E Levi Setti
OBJECTIVE: To report laboratory and clinical outcomes in preimplantation genetic diagnosis for aneuploidies (PGD-A) cycles for women 44 to 47 years old. DESIGN: Multicenter, longitudinal, observational study. SETTING: In vitro fertilization (IVF) centers. PATIENT(S): One hundred and thirty-seven women aged 44.7 ± 0.7 years (range: 44.0-46.7) undergoing 150 PGD-A cycles during April 2013 to January 2016. INTERVENTION(S): Quantitative polymerase chain reaction-based PGD-A on trophectoderm biopsies and cryopreserved euploid single-embryo transfer (SET)...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433368/chromosomal-mosaicism-detected-during-preimplantation-genetic-screening-results-of-a-worldwide-web-based-survey
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Ariel Weissman, Gon Shoham, Zeev Shoham, Simon Fishel, Milton Leong, Yuval Yaron
Embryonic mosaicism, the presence of more than one distinct cell line within an embryo, has recently become the focus of growing attention and controversy in the context of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS). To evaluate the extent of mosaic aneuploidy in clinical practice and to gain insight on the practices and views regarding this issue, we conducted a survey using a prospective, 20-item Web-based questionnaire with questions related to practices and views regarding mosaicism in PGS. A total of 102 in vitro fertilization (IVF) units from 32 countries that performed 108,900 IVF cycles annually responded to the survey...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432734/monogenic-diabetes-syndromes-locus-specific-databases-for-alstr%C3%A3-m-wolfram-and-thiamine-responsive-megaloblastic-anaemia
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Dewi Astuti, Ataf Sabir, Piers Fulton, Malgorzata Zatyka, Denise Williams, Carol Hardy, Gabriella Milan, Francesca Favaretto, Patrick Yu-Wai-Man, Julia Rohayem, Miguel López de Heredia, Tamara Hershey, Lisbeth Tranebjaerg, Jian-Hua Chen, Annabel Chaussenot, Virginia Nunes, Bess Marshall, Susan McAfferty, Vallo Tillmann, Pietro Maffei, Veronique Paquis-Flucklinger, Tarekign Geberhiwot, Wojciech Mlynarski, Kay Parkinson, Virginie Picard, Gema Esteban Bueno, Renuka Dias, Amy Arnold, Caitlin Richens, Richard Paisey, Fumi Urano, Robert Semple, Richard Sinnott, Timothy G Barrett
We developed a variant database for diabetes syndrome genes, using the Leiden Open Variation Database platform, containing observed phenotypes matched to the genetic variations. We populated it with 628 published disease associated variants (December 2016) for: WFS1 (n = 309), CISD2 (n = 3), ALMS1 (n = 268), and SLC19A2 (n = 48) for Wolfram type 1, Wolfram type 2, Alström and Thiamine-responsive megaloblastic anaemia syndromes respectively; and included 23 previously unpublished novel germline variants in WFS1 and 17 variants in ALMS1...
April 21, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431466/next-generation-sequencing-reveals-one-novel-missense-mutation-in-col1a2-gene-in-an-iranian-family-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Farah Talebi, Farideh Ghanbari Mardasi, Mohammadi Asl Javad, Bavarsad Amir Hooshang, Salehi Kambo Masoumeh
BAckground: Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorder characterized by bone loss and bone fragility. The aim of this study was to investigate the variants of three genes involved in the pathogenesis of OI. Methods: Molecular genetic analyses were performed for COL1A1, COL1A2, and CRTAP genes in an Iranian family with OI. The DNA samples were analyzed by next-generation sequencing (NGS) gene panel and Sanger sequencing. Results: Five different variants were identified in COL1A1 and COL1A2, including two variants in COL1A1 and three variants in COL1A2...
April 22, 2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429638/an-unusual-presentation-of-a-cervical-paraspinal-leiomyoma-in-an-adolescent-female
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Jeffrey A Swarz, Arayamparambil C Anilkumar, Douglas C Miller, N Scott Litofsky, Tomoko Tanaka
Objective We describe an apparently unique case of an extra-uterine leiomyoma in the cervical paraspinus including its evaluation and management. Methods A 14-year-old girl was referred to the neurology clinic for an abnormal head CT following a concussion. MRI revealed a homogenously enhancing left cervical paraspinal mass. The patient underwent complete resection and subsequent genetic testing and counseling were obtained to determine the presence of Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) or Hereditary Leiomyomatosis and Renal Cell Cancer (HLRCC) mutations...
January 1, 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429283/use-of-hormones-tissue-factors-and-bioengineering-in-the-management-of-hypospadias
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Aparajita Mitra, Yogesh Kumar Sarin
Hypospadiology is a rapidly evolving field. Progress in the understanding of how hormonal therapy affects the growth of the phallus has allowed surgeons to optimize the tissues for surgery. But conflicting data from a number of studies and a lack of consensus on drugs, their dosing, mode of delivery and timing of use means that the creation of protocols is unlikely to happen in the near future. Nonetheless, there is a hope and the standardization of scientific reporting will make it easier to compare data at the global level...
April 21, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427099/role-of-phosphodiesterases-on-the-function-of-aryl-hydrocarbon-receptor-interacting-protein-aip-in-the-pituitary-gland-and-on-the-evaluation-of-aip-gene-variants
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Laura C Hernández-Ramírez, Giampaolo Trivellin, Constantine A Stratakis
Familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA) is caused in about 20% of cases by loss-of-function germline mutations in the AIP gene. Patients harboring AIP mutations usually present with somatotropinomas resulting either in gigantism or young-onset acromegaly. AIP encodes for a co-chaperone protein endowed with tumor suppressor properties in somatotroph cells. Among other mechanisms proposed to explain this function, a regulatory effect over the 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) signaling pathway seems to play a prominent role...
April 2017: Hormone and Metabolic Research, Hormon- und Stoffwechselforschung, Hormones et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425111/-nails-only-phenotype-and-partial-dominance-of-p-glu170lys-mutation-in-a-family-with-epidermolysis-bullosa-simplex
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Álvaro González-Cantero, Ana Isabel Sánchez-Moya, Cristina Pérez-Hortet, Elena Martínez-Lorenzo, Blas Gómez-Dorado, Cristina Schoendorff-Ortega
Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a heterogeneous group of rare, chronic, inherited skin disorders characterized by marked mechanical fragility of epithelial tissues, with blistering and erosions after minor trauma. We present the first report of a nails-only phenotype in two patients with epidermolysis bullosa simplex (EBS) and a heterozygous pGlu170Lys mutation and the second reported case of EBS associated with a homozygous p.Glu170Lys mutation in the KRT5 gene. Our findings may be relevant for genetic counseling and for understanding the inheritance pattern of EBS...
April 19, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425089/high-diagnostic-yield-of-clinically-unidentifiable-syndromic-growth-disorders-by-targeted-exome-sequencing
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Yoo-Mi Kim, Yun-Jin Lee, Jae Hong Park, Hyoung-Doo Lee, Chong Kun Cheon, Su-Young Kim, Jae-Yeon Hwang, Ja-Hyun Jang, Han-Wook Yoo
As syndromic short stature and overgrowth are heterogeneous and the list of causative genes is rapidly expanding, there is an unmet need for identifying genetic causes based on conventional gene testing or karyotyping. Early diagnosis leads to the proper management of the patient and providing genetic counseling for family members at risk in a timely manner. We conducted targeted exome sequencing to identify the genetic causes of undiagnosed syndromic short stature or overgrowth in 15 pediatric patients from 13 families in Korea...
April 20, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424951/influence-of-genetic-counseling-graduate-program-websites-on-student-application-decisions
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Kristina M Ivan, Susan Hassed, Alix G Darden, Christopher E Aston, Carrie Guy
This study investigated how genetic counseling educational program websites affect application decisions via an online survey sent to current students and recent graduates. Program leadership: directors, assistant directors, associate directors, were also surveyed to determine where their opinions coincided or differed from those reported by students and recent graduates. Chi square analysis and t-tests were used to determine significance of results. A two-sample t-test was used to compare factors students identified as important on a 5-point Likert scale with those identified by directors...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423363/multiple-gene-panel-analysis-in-a-case-series-of-255-women-with-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
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Gianluca Tedaldi, Michela Tebaldi, Valentina Zampiga, Rita Danesi, Valentina Arcangeli, Mila Ravegnani, Ilaria Cangini, Francesca Pirini, Elisabetta Petracci, Andrea Rocca, Fabio Falcini, Dino Amadori, Daniele Calistri
As new genes predisposing to breast (BC) and ovarian cancer (OC) are constantly emerging, the use of panels of genes analyzed by Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) is increasing in clinical diagnostics. The identification of a large number of new germline mutations allows for deeper knowledge of cancer predisposition, although raising many questions about patient management.BC and OC patients recruited by our counseling service between 2012-2015 were included in this study. DNA was extracted from peripheral blood and a panel of 94 genes involved in hereditary tumors was analyzed by NGS...
April 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422808/diagnosis-of-chronic-intestinal-pseudo-obstruction-megacystis-by-sequencing-the-actg2-gene
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Aubrey Milunsky, Clinton Baldwin, Xiaoying Zhang, Daniel Primack, Adrian Curnow, Jeff Milunsky
OBJECTIVES: The diagnosis of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction (CIPO) has depended on clinical features, manometry, and imaging. This report aimed to determine the efficacy of sequencing the ACTG2 gene for diagnosis. In addition, the goal was to determine how often a mutation would be found in our randomly collected cohort of probands and those probands published previously. METHODS: Whole exome sequencing was performed in 4 probands with CIPO. Subsequently, only the ACTG2 gene was sequenced in another 24 probands (total 28)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422417/cranial-irradiation-in-childhood-mimicking-neurofibromatosis-type-ii
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Felix Bokstein, Tom Dubov, Hagit Toledano-Alhadef, Rinat Bernstein-Molho, Shlomi Constantini, D Gareth Evans, Shay Ben-Shachar
Neurofibromatosis type II (NF2) is a genetic disease characterized by bilateral vestibular schwannomas (VS) and other nerve system tumors. However, such tumors may be associated with environmental, rather than a genetic, etiology. Individuals fulfilling the clinical criteria of NF2 who had been treated by head ionized irradiation at a young age were compared for disease characteristics and molecular analysis with non-irradiated sporadic NF2 cases. In the study cohort, three of 33 sporadic adult cases fulfilling NF2 diagnostic criteria had a history of early age cranial irradiation exposure...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420617/application-and-progress-of-high-throughput-sequencing-technologies-in-the-research-of-hereditary-hearing-loss
#19
Wang Cuicui, Yuan Huijun
Hearing loss (HL) is the most common birth defect. Elucidating the genetic basis of hereditary deafness can not only assist diagnosis, provide the basis for genetic counseling and the prevention of deafness, but also bring a deeper understanding of the disease pathogenesis. In the genomic era, high-throughput sequencing technologies, represented by whole genome sequencing (WGS), whole exome sequencing (WES) or target region sequencing, have been widely used in the studies of hereditary HL. Here, we summarize the application and progress of WES and target region sequencing in the research of causative genes and clinical molecular diagnosis of hereditary HL, hoping to be helpful for the development and improvement of clinical genetic diagnosis of deafness in China...
March 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417514/enlarged-cavum-septi-pellucidi-and-vergae-in-the-fetus-a-cause-for-concern
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Yoona K Ho, Michelle Turley, Krishelle L Marc-Aurele, Marilyn C Jones, Elise Housman, Dawn Engelkemier, Lorene E Romine, Paritosh C Khanna, Dolores H Pretorius
OBJECTIVES: To investigate fetal cases identified at our institution to determine whether an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae is associated with other fetal abnormalities and whether its presence warrants more detailed investigation of the fetus. METHODS: In a retrospective study, 15 high- and low-risk patients undergoing prenatal sonography who had an enlarged cavum septi pellucidi or cavum vergae identified were reviewed. Data were collected for the sonographic study indication, gestation age at diagnosis of a prominent cavum, and associated anomalies...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
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