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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213135/genetic-variants-in-the-peripheral-auditory-system-significantly-affect-adult-cochlear-implant-performance
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A Eliot Shearer, Robert W Eppsteiner, Kathy Frees, Viral Tejani, Christina M Sloan-Heggen, Carolyn Brown, Paul Abbas, Camille Dunn, Marlan R Hansen, Bruce J Gantz, Richard J H Smith
BACKGROUND: Cochlear implantation is an effective habilitation modality for adults with significant hearing loss. However, post-implant performance is variable. A portion of this variance in outcome can be attributed to clinical factors. Recent physiological studies suggest that the health of the spiral ganglion also impacts post-operative cochlear implant outcomes. The goal of this study was to determine whether genetic factors affecting spiral ganglion neurons may be associated with cochlear implant performance...
February 14, 2017: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212807/prevalence-of-brca1-and-brca2-large-genomic-rearrangements-in-tunisian-high-risk-breast-ovarian-cancer-families-implications-for-genetic-testing
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Aouatef Riahi, Habiba Chabouni-Bouhamed, Maher Kharrat
Germline mutations in the BRCA tumor suppressor genes account for a substantial proportion of hereditary breast/ovarian cancer. However, this contribution is lower than expected. This underestimation can partly be explained by the BRCA alterations missed by using Sanger sequencing methods. Thus, large genomic rearrangements (LGRs) in BRCA1 and BRCA2 are responsible for 4-28% of all inherited BRCA mutations. In this study, Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) assay was used for detection of large rearrangements of BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in 36 unrelated high-risk breast/ovarian cancer patients negative for BRCA1/2 point mutations...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211614/opportunities-for-improving-triple-negative-breast-cancer-outcomes-results-of-a-population-based-study
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Elisabetta Rapiti, Kim Pinaud, Pierre O Chappuis, Valeria Viassolo, Aurélie Ayme, Isabelle Neyroud-Caspar, Massimo Usel, Christine Bouchardy
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is associated with a poor prognosis. Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, and referral for genetic counseling are the standard of care. We assessed TNBC prevalence, management, and outcome using data from the population-based Geneva cancer registry. 2591 women had a first invasive stage I-III breast cancer diagnosed between 2003 and 2011. We compared TNBC to other breast cancers (OBC) by χ(2) -test and logistic regression. Kaplan-Meier survival curves, up to 31-12-2014, were compared using log-rank test...
February 17, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211564/the-genomics-of-inherited-bone-marrow-failure-from-mechanism-to-the-clinic
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REVIEW
Talia Wegman-Ostrosky, Sharon A Savage
The inherited bone marrow failure syndromes (IBMFS) typically present with significant cytopenias in at least one haematopoietic cell lineage that may progress to pancytopenia, and are associated with increased risk of cancer. Although the clinical features of the IBMFS are often diagnostic, variable disease penetrance and expressivity may result in diagnostic dilemmas. The discovery of the genetic aetiology of the IBMFS has been greatly facilitated by next-generation sequencing methods. This has advanced understanding of the underlying biology of the IBMFS and been essential in improving clinical management and genetic counselling for affected patients...
February 17, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209157/stakeholder-perspectives-on-the-implementation-of-genetic-carrier-screening-in-a-changing-landscape
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Kim C A Holtkamp, Evelien M Vos, Tessel Rigter, Phillis Lakeman, Lidewij Henneman, Martina C Cornel
BACKGROUND: In most countries, genetic carrier screening is neither offered, nor embedded in mainstream healthcare. Technological developments have triggered a two-fold transition in carrier screening: the expansion from screening one single disorder to many disorders simultaneously, and offering screening universally, regardless of ancestry. This study aims to identify general and population-specific barriers and needs reflected by stakeholders regarding the implementation of carrier screening in a changing landscape...
February 16, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208888/haemoglobinopathies-and-%C3%AE-thalassaemia-among-the-tribals-working-in-the-tea-gardens-of-assam-india
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Anju Barhai Teli, Rumi Deori, Sidhartha Protim Saikia
INTRODUCTION: Prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia are very high in India but information about its status among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam is very less. AIM: The present study was carried out to determine the prevalence of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia among the tribals working in the tea gardens of Assam. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total 1204 samples from the tribals working in tea gardens of Assam were analysed for both Complete Blood Count (CBC) and High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) for detection of haemoglobinopathies and β-thalassaemia...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208880/balanced-autosomal-translocations-in-two-women-reporting-recurrent-miscarriage
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Brindha Arumugam, Chandra R Samuel, Santhiya Sathiyavedu Thyagarajan
Spontaneous abortion or loss of fetus prior to 20 weeks of gestation is observed in 15-20% of clinically recognized pregnancies. Recurrent Miscarriage (RM) is defined as three or more consecutive pregnancy losses and it affects 1-2% of women. Parental chromosomal rearrangements account for 2-5% of RM. This report describes two couples with a clinical history of RM who were subjected to conventional cytogenetic analysis to ascertain the chromosomal aetiology. Analysis of GTG-banded metaphases obtained from cultured lymphocytes at approximately 500-band resolution revealed balanced translocation in the female spouses as 46,XX,t(8;11)(p11...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205045/characteristics-of-brca1-2-mutations-carriers-including-large-genomic-rearrangements-in-high-risk-breast-cancer-patients
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Boyoung Park, Ji Yeon Sohn, Kyong-Ah Yoon, Keun Seok Lee, Eun Hae Cho, Myong Cheol Lim, Moon Jung Yang, Soo Jin Park, Moo Hyun Lee, See Youn Lee, Yoon Jung Chang, Dong Ock Lee, Sun-Young Kong, Eun Sook Lee
PURPOSE: We investigated the prevalence of BRCA1/2 small mutations and large genomic rearrangements in high risk breast cancer patients who attended a genetic counseling clinic. METHODS: In total 478 patients were assessed for BRCA1/2 mutations by direct sequencing, of whom, 306 were identified as non-carriers of BRCA1/2 mutation and assessed for large rearrangement mutations by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification. Family history and clinicopathological characteristics of patients were evaluated...
February 15, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204904/high-risk-individuals-perceptions-of-reproductive-genetic-testing-for-cdh1-mutations
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Nina Hallowell, Shirlene Badger, Sue Richardson, Carlos Caldas, Richard H Hardwick, Rebecca C Fitzgerald, Julia Lawton
Reproductive genetic testing- PreNatal Diagnosis (PND) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD)-for CDH1 mutations associated with Hereditary Diffuse Gastric Cancer (HDGC)is available in the UK. This qualitative interview study examined high-risk individuals' (n = 35) views of CDH1 reproductive genetic testing. Interviewees generally regarded reproductive genetic testing as an acceptable form of HDGC risk management. However, some were concerned that their genetic risks required them to plan reproduction and anticipated difficulties communicating this to reproductive partners...
February 15, 2017: Familial Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199346/revertant-mosaicism-for-family-mutations-is-not-observed-in-brca1-2-phenocopies
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Jacopo Azzollini, Chiara Pesenti, Luca Ferrari, Laura Fontana, Mariarosaria Calvello, Bernard Peissel, Giorgio Portera, Silvia Tabano, Maria Luisa Carcangiu, Paola Riva, Monica Miozzo, Siranoush Manoukian
In BRCA1/2 families, early-onset breast cancer (BrCa) cases may be also observed among non-carrier relatives. These women are considered phenocopies and raise difficult counselling issues concerning the selection of the index case and the residual risks estimate in negative family members. Few studies investigated the presence of potential genetic susceptibility factors in phenocopies, mainly focussing on BrCa-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms. We hypothesized that, as for other Mendelian diseases, a revertant somatic mosaicism, resulting from spontaneous correction of a pathogenic mutation, might occur also in BRCA pedigrees...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198508/genetic-tests-for-low-and-middle-income-countries-a-literature-review
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P E Maltese, E Poplavskaia, I Malyutkina, F Sirocco, A Bonizzato, N Capodicasa, S Y Nicoulina, A Salmina, N Aksutina, M Dundar, T Beccari, S Cecchin, M Bertelli
The aim of this review is to describe a series of ten genetic diseases with Mendelian inheritance pattern in people of low- or middle-income countries, which can be easily identified with simple and affordable methods. Recent information shows that although genetic diseases account for more than 10% of infant mortality in such countries, testing, counseling, and treatment of genetic diseases is not a priority. The selection criteria for the genetic tests that are discussed in this review are: i) the frequency of the genetic disease in the general population, ii) the cost and ease of execution, and iii) the report of validated methods in the literature for the diagnosis of these diseases...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198461/risk-of-other-cancers-in-families-with-melanoma-novel-familial-links
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Christoph Frank, Jan Sundquist, Akseli Hemminki, Kari Hemminki
A family history of cutaneous melanoma ('melanoma') is a well-established risk factor for melanoma. However, less is known about the possible familial associations of melanoma with other discordant cancers. A risk for discordant cancer may provide useful information about shared genetic and environmental risk factors and it may be relevant background data in clinical genetic counseling. Using the Swedish Family-Cancer Database, we assessed the relative risk (RR) for any cancer in families with increasing numbers of first-degree relatives diagnosed with melanoma, including multiple melanoma, and in reverse order RR for melanoma in families of multiple discordant cancers...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197949/the-impact-of-next-generation-sequencing-on-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-epilepsy-in-paediatric-patients
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REVIEW
Davide Mei, Elena Parrini, Carla Marini, Renzo Guerrini
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has contributed to the identification of many monogenic epilepsy syndromes and is favouring earlier and more accurate diagnosis in a subset of paediatric patients with epilepsy. The cumulative information emerging from NGS studies is rapidly changing our comprehension of the relations between early-onset severe epilepsy and the associated neurological impairment, progressively delineating specific entities previously gathered under the umbrella definition of epileptic encephalopathies, thereby influencing treatment choices and limiting the most aggressive drug regimens only to those conditions that are likely to actually benefit from them...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Diagnosis & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197878/two-homozygous-mutations-in-the-exon-5-of-bckdhb-gene-that-may-cause-the-classic-form-of-maple-syrup-urine-disease
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Ling Su, Zhikun Lu, Fatao Li, Yongxian Shao, Huiying Sheng, Yanna Cai, Li Liu
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder caused by defects in the catabolism of the branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs). Classic form of MSUD (CMSUD) is caused by mutations in BCKDHA, BCKDHB, DBT genes mostly. In this study, we analyzed the clinical and genetic characteristics of two patients with CMSUD. Two homozygous mutations, c.517G > T (p.Asp173Tyr) and c.503G > A (p.Arg168His), both in the exon 5 of BCKDHB were detected respectively. The novel mutation p...
February 15, 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197806/recruiting-families-at-risk-for-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer-from-a-statewide-cancer-registry-a-methodological-study
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Maria C Katapodi, Deb Duquette, James J Yang, Kari Mendelsohn-Victor, Beth Anderson, Christos Nikolaidis, Emily Mancewicz, Laurel L Northouse, Sonia Duffy, David Ronis, Kara J Milliron, Nicole Probst-Herbst, Sofia D Merajver, Nancy K Janz, Glenn Copeland, Scott Roberts
PURPOSE: Cancer genetic services (counseling/testing) are recommended for women diagnosed with breast cancer younger than 45 years old (young breast cancer survivors-YBCS) and at-risk relatives. We present recruitment of YBCS, identification and recruitment of at-risk relatives, and YBCS willingness to contact their cancer-free, female relatives. METHODS: A random sample of 3,000 YBCS, stratified by race (Black vs. White/Other), was identified through a population-based cancer registry and recruited in a randomized trial designed to increase use of cancer genetic services...
February 14, 2017: Cancer Causes & Control: CCC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193118/validation-of-polymerase-chain-reaction-based-assay-to-detect-actual-number-of-cgg-repeats-in-fmr1-gene-in-indian-fragile-x-syndrome-patients
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Madhumita Roy Chowdhury, Sandeepa Chauhan, Anjali Dabral, B K Thelma, Neerja Gupta, Madhulika Kabra
Molecular genetic testing for fragile X (FX) is complicated due to the large variation in the size of CGG expansion. The aim of this study was to apply this new technique using AmplideX FMR1 PCR assay, which is considered a better diagnostic tool for detecting expanded alleles in Indian population. The primary objective was to identify the carrier status of females and to correlate the instability of premutation alleles in females with the repeat sizes. 24 children with FX based on rapid PCR and 29 female relatives of these patients were included...
March 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192847/-gastroparesis-in-noonan-syndrome
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Konstantin G Heimrich, Falk Gühne, Solveig Schulz, Stephanie Mutschke, Andreas Stallmach, Jessica Rüddel
We present a case of a 26-year-old female patient with bloating, postprandial nausea and recurrent vomiting after solid food intake. A gastric emptying scintigraphy showed a delayed gastric emptying, defining gastroparesis. Because of her past medical history of short stature and pulmonary stenosis, we initiated genetic counseling where the diagnosis of Noonan syndrome was made. Dietary therapy and medication with domperidone quickly led to relief of the discomfort due to gastroparesis. However, prokinetics are not indicated for long-term therapy, as cardiac arrhythmia may occur...
February 2017: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192633/ehlers-danlos-syndrome-classical-type
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Jessica M Bowen, Glenda J Sobey, Nigel P Burrows, Marina Colombi, Mark E Lavallee, Fransiska Malfait, Clair A Francomano
Classical EDS is a heritable disorder of connective tissue. Patients are affected with joint hypermobility, skin hyperextensibilty, and skin fragility leading to atrophic scarring and significant bruising. These clinical features suggest consideration of the diagnosis which then needs to be confirmed, preferably by genetic testing. The most recent criteria for the diagnosis of EDS were devised in Villefranche in 1997. [Beighton et al. (1998); Am J Med Genet 77:31-37]. The aims set out in the Villefranche Criteria were: to enable diagnostic uniformity for clinical and research purposes, to understand the natural history of each subtype of EDS, to inform management and genetic counselling, and to identify potential areas of research...
February 13, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part C, Seminars in Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191608/experiences-of-pre-implantation-genetic-diagnosis-pgd-in-sweden-a-three-year-follow-up-of-men-and-women
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Stina Järvholm, Ann Thurin-Kjellberg, Malin Broberg
Men and women with a hereditary genetic disease are faced with different options when they wish to become parents. One is pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) which is a combination of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and genetic analysis of the embryo before implantation. The present study focused on men and women's psychological experiences of PGD three years after applying for PGD. Nineteen women and seventeen men (i.e. seventeen couples and two women) participated. The interviews were analysed by thematic method...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Genetic Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190459/mutations-in-inpp5k-cause-a-form-of-congenital-muscular-dystrophy-overlapping-marinesco-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome-and-dystroglycanopathy
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Daniel P S Osborn, Heather L Pond, Neda Mazaheri, Jeremy Dejardin, Christopher J Munn, Khaloob Mushref, Edmund S Cauley, Isabella Moroni, Maria Barbara Pasanisi, Elizabeth A Sellars, R Sean Hill, Jennifer N Partlow, Rebecca K Willaert, Jaipreet Bharj, Reza Azizi Malamiri, Hamid Galehdari, Gholamreza Shariati, Reza Maroofian, Marina Mora, Laura E Swan, Thomas Voit, Francesco J Conti, Yalda Jamshidi, M Chiara Manzini
Congenital muscular dystrophies display a wide phenotypic and genetic heterogeneity. The combination of clinical, biochemical, and molecular genetic findings must be considered to obtain the precise diagnosis and provide appropriate genetic counselling. Here we report five individuals from four families presenting with variable clinical features including muscular dystrophy with a reduction in dystroglycan glycosylation, short stature, intellectual disability, and cataracts, overlapping both the dystroglycanopathies and Marinesco-Sjögren syndrome...
February 1, 2017: American Journal of Human Genetics
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