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Gao L.,Leiden University | Van Den Hurk K.,Maastricht University | Moerkerk P.T.M.,Leiden University | Goeman J.J.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Investigative Dermatology | Year: 2014

Dysplastic nevi are melanocytic lesions that represent an intermediate stage between common nevus and melanoma. Histopathological distinction of dysplastic nevus from melanoma can be challenging and there is a requirement for molecular diagnostic markers. In this study, we examined promoter CpG island methylation of a selected panel of genes, identified in a genome-wide methylation screen, across a spectrum of 405 melanocytic neoplasms. Promoter methylation analysis in common nevi, dysplastic nevi, primary melanomas, and metastatic melanomas demonstrated progressive epigenetic deregulation. Dysplastic nevi were affected by promoter methylation of genes that are frequently methylated in melanoma but not in common nevi. We assessed the diagnostic value of the methylation status of five genes in distinguishing primary melanoma from dysplastic nevus. In particular, CLDN11 promoter methylation was specific for melanoma, as it occurred in 50% of primary melanomas but in only 3% of dysplastic nevi. A diagnostic algorithm that incorporates methylation of the CLDN11, CDH11, PPP1R3C, MAPK13, and GNMT genes was validated in an independent sample set and helped distinguish melanoma from dysplastic nevus (area under the curve 0.81). Melanoma-specific methylation of these genes supports the utility as epigenetic biomarkers and could point to their significance in melanoma development. © 2014 The Society for Investigative Dermatology. Source

Benschop C.C.G.,Netherlands Forensic Institute | Quaak F.C.A.,Netherlands Forensic Institute | Boon M.E.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | Sijen T.,Netherlands Forensic Institute | Kuiper I.,Netherlands Forensic Institute
International Journal of Legal Medicine | Year: 2012

Forensic analysis of biological traces generally encompasses the investigation of both the person who contributed to the trace and the body site(s) from which the trace originates. For instance, for sexual assault cases, it can be beneficial to distinguish vaginal samples from skin or saliva samples. In this study, we explored the use of microbial flora to indicate vaginal origin. First, we explored the vaginal microbiome for a large set of clinical vaginal samples (n0240) by next generation sequencing (n0338,184 sequence reads) and found 1,619 different sequences. Next, we selected 389 candidate probes targeting genera or species and designed a microarray, with which we analysed a diverse set of samples; 43 DNA extracts from vaginal samples and 25 DNA extracts from samples from other body sites, including sites in close proximity of or in contact with the vagina. Finally, we used the microarray results and next generation sequencing dataset to assess the potential for a future approach that uses microbial markers to indicate vaginal origin. Since no candidate genera/species were found to positively identify all vaginal DNA extracts on their own, while excluding all non-vaginal DNA extracts, we deduce that a reliable statement about the cellular origin of a biological trace should be based on the detection of multiple species within various genera. Microarray analysis of a sample will then render a microbial flora pattern that is probably best analysed in a probabilistic approach. © Springer-Verlag 2011. Source

Hrushesky W.J.M.,University of South Carolina | Sothern R.B.,University of Minnesota | Du-Quiton J.,University of South Carolina | Quiton D.F.T.,University of South Carolina | And 2 more authors.
Astrobiology | Year: 2011

Periodic episodes of increased sunspot activity (solar electromagnetic storms) occur with 10-11 and 5-6 year periodicities and may be associated with measurable biological events. We investigated whether this sunspot periodicity characterized the incidence of Pap smear-determined cervical epithelial histopathologies and human physiologic functions. From January 1983 through December 2003, monthly averages were obtained for solar flux and sunspot numbers; six infectious, premalignant and malignant changes in the cervical epithelium from 1,182,421 consecutive, serially independent, screening Pap smears (59°9″N, 4°29″E); and six human physiologic functions of a healthy man (oral temperature, pulse, systolic and diastolic blood pressure, respiration, and peak expiratory flow), which were measured ∼5 times daily during ∼34,500 self-measurement sessions (44°56″N, 93°8″W). After determining that sunspot numbers and solar flux, which were not annually rhythmic, occurred with a prominent 10-year and a less-prominent 5.75-year periodicity during this 21-year study span, each biological data set was analyzed with the same curve-fitting procedures. All six annually rhythmic Pap smear-detected infectious, premalignant and malignant cervical epithelial pathologies showed strong 10-year and weaker 5.75-year cycles, as did all six self-measured, annually rhythmic, physiologic functions. The phases (maxima) for the six histopathologic findings and five of six physiologic measurements were very near, or within, the first two quarters following the 10-year solar maxima. These findings add to the growing evidence that solar magnetic storm periodicities are mirrored by cyclic phase-locked rhythms of similar period length or lengths in human physiology and pathophysiology. © Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Source

Roeters A.M.E.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | Boon M.E.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | Van Haaften M.,Diakonessenhuis | Vernooij F.,University Utrecht | And 2 more authors.
Diagnostic Cytopathology | Year: 2010

The Dutch cytological coding system, KOPAC, enables to code for eight inflammatory events, that is koilocytosis (related to human papillomavirus (HPV)), Trichomonas, dysbacteriosis [related to bacterial vaginosis (BV)], Candida, Gardnerella, Actinomyces, Chlamydia, and non-specific inflammation (leucocytosis). This study presents an analysis of 1,008,879 smears. Of each smear, the age of the woman and the reason for smear taking (screening or indication) was available. The cytoscores (per mille) for these codes were calculated. For the screening smears, the cytoscores were for koilocytosis (HPV) 2.6, for Trichomonas vaginalis 1.9, for dysbacteriosis 31.4, for Candida albicans 9.8, for Gardnerella vaginalis 0.7, for Actinomyces 6.9, for Chlamydia 0.8, and for non-specific inflammatory changes 66.4. For the calculation of the Odds Ratio (OR), normal smears were used as a reference. The cytoscores for Chlamydia and Gardnerella covaried with high grade SIL (HSIL), with an OR of 7 and 12, respectively. In addition, the OR for Trichomonas vaginalis, for dysbacteriosis, and for leucocytosis proved to be significantly high in the indication smears. This study provides an oversight of HSIL and the full range of cervical infections as detected by cytology, proving that this infectious byproduct of screening can be very valuable. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc. Source

Smit P.W.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | Elliott I.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | Elliott I.,University of Nottingham | Peeling R.W.,Leiden Cytology and Pathology Laboratory | And 5 more authors.
American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene | Year: 2014

Tropical infectious diseases diagnosis and surveillance are often hampered by difficulties of sample collection and transportation. Filter paper potentially provides a useful medium to help overcome such problems. We reviewed the literature on the use of filter paper, focusing on the evaluation of nucleic acid and serological assays for diagnosis of infectious diseases using dried blood spots (DBS) compared with recognized gold standards. We reviewed 296 eligible studies and included 101 studies evaluating DBS and 192 studies on other aspects of filter paper use. We also discuss the use of filter paper with other body fluids and for tropical veterinary medicine. In general, DBS perform with sensitivities and specificities similar or only slightly inferior to gold standard sample types. However, important problems were revealed with the uncritical use of DBS, inappropriate statistical analysis, and lack of standardized methodology. DBS have great potential to empower healthcare workers by making laboratory-based diagnostic tests more readily accessible, but additional and more rigorous research is needed. Copyright © 2014 by The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Source

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