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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323303/the-third-of-a-series-of-articles-for-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-brazilian-society-of-genetics
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Francisco Mauro Salzano, Fabrício Rodrigues Dos Santos, Klaus Hartfelder, Carlos F M Menck
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March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323302/vegetable-and-fruit-juice-enhances-antioxidant-capacity-and-regulates-antioxidant-gene-expression-in-rat-liver-brain-and-colon
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Linhong Yuan, Jinmeng Liu, Jie Zhen, Yao Xu, Shuying Chen, Nicholas Van Halm-Lutterodt, Rong Xiao
To explore the effect of fruit and vegetable (FV) juice on biomarkers of oxidative damage and antioxidant gene expression in rats, 36 adult male Wistar rats were randomly divided into control, low FV juice dosage or high FV juice dosage treatment groups. The rats were given freshly extracted FV juice or the same volume of saline water daily for five weeks. After intervention, serum and tissues specimens were collected for biomarker and gene expression measurement. FV juice intervention increased total antioxidant capacity, glutathione, vitamin C, β-carotene, total polyphenols, flavonoids levels andglutathione peroxidaseenzyme activity in rat serum or tissues (p < 0...
March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323301/genetic-variation-of-the-bronze-locus-mc1r-in-turkeys-from-southern-brazil
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Josmael Corso, Diego Hepp, Mônica C Ledur, Jane O Peixoto, Nelson J R Fagundes, Thales R O Freitas
Domestic turkeys present several color phenotypes controlled by at least five genetic loci, but only one of these has been identified precisely: the bronze locus, which turned out to be the melanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) gene. MC1R variation is important for breeders interested in maintaining or developing different color varieties. In this study, we sequenced most of the MC1R gene from 16 White Holland (the main commercial turkey variety) and 19 pigmented turkeys from southern Brazil with two purposes. The first was to describe the MC1R diversity in White Holland turkeys, which may serve as reservoirs of genetic diversity at this locus...
March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323300/a-walk-on-the-wild-side-oryza-species-as-source-for-rice-abiotic-stress-tolerance
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Paloma Koprovski Menguer, Raul Antonio Sperotto, Felipe Klein Ricachenevsky
Oryza sativa, the common cultivated rice, is one of the most important crops for human consumption, but production is increasingly threatened by abiotic stresses. Although many efforts have resulted in breeding rice cultivars that are relatively tolerant to their local environments, climate changes and population increase are expected to soon call for new, fast generation of stress tolerant rice germplasm, and current within-species rice diversity might not be enough to overcome such needs. The Oryza genus contains other 23 wild species, with only Oryza glaberrima being also domesticated...
March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323299/cyanobacterial-nitrogenases-phylogenetic-diversity-regulation-and-functional-predictions
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Alberto A Esteves-Ferreira, João Henrique Frota Cavalcanti, Marcelo Gomes Marçal Vieira Vaz, Luna V Alvarenga, Adriano Nunes-Nesi, Wagner L Araújo
Cyanobacteria is a remarkable group of prokaryotic photosynthetic microorganisms, with several genera capable of fixing atmospheric nitrogen (N2) and presenting a wide range of morphologies. Although the nitrogenase complex is not present in all cyanobacterial taxa, it is spread across several cyanobacterial strains. The nitrogenase complex has also a high theoretical potential for biofuel production, since H2 is a by-product produced during N2 fixation. In this review we discuss the significance of a relatively wide variety of cell morphologies and metabolic strategies that allow spatial and temporal separation of N2 fixation from photosynthesis in cyanobacteria...
March 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304074/relative-frequency-and-estimated-minimal-frequency-of-lysosomal-storage-diseases-in-brazil-report-from-a-reference-laboratory
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Roberto Giugliani, Andressa Federhen, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Mariluce Riegel, Maira Burin
Lysosomal storage diseases (LSDs) comprise a heterogeneous group of more than 50 genetic conditions of inborn errors of metabolism (IEM) caused by a defect in lysosomal function. Although there are screening tests for some of these conditions, diagnosis usually depends on specific enzyme assays, which are only available in a few laboratories around the world. A pioneer facility for the diagnosis of IEM and LSDs was established in the South of Brazil in 1982 and has served as a reference service since then. Over the past 34 years, samples from 72,797 patients were referred for investigation of IEM, and 3,211 were confirmed as having an LSD (4...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304073/the-plant-cell-cycle-pre-replication-complex-formation-and-controls
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Juliana Nogueira Brasil, Carinne N Monteiro Costa, Luiz Mors Cabral, Paulo C G Ferreira, Adriana S Hemerly
The multiplication of cells in all living organisms requires a tight regulation of DNA replication. Several mechanisms take place to ensure that the DNA is replicated faithfully and just once per cell cycle in order to originate through mitoses two new daughter cells that contain exactly the same information from the previous one. A key control mechanism that occurs before cells enter S phase is the formation of a pre-replication complex (pre-RC) that is assembled at replication origins by the sequential association of the origin recognition complex, followed by Cdt1, Cdc6 and finally MCMs, licensing DNA to start replication...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304072/dealing-with-iron-metabolism-in-rice-from-breeding-for-stress-tolerance-to-biofortification
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Railson Schreinert Dos Santos, Artur Teixeira de Araujo, Camila Pegoraro, Antonio Costa de Oliveira
Iron is a well-known metal. Used by humankind since ancient times in many different ways, this element is present in all living organisms, where, unfortunately, it represents a two-way problem. Being an essential block in the composition of different proteins and metabolic pathways, iron is a vital component for animals and plants. That is why iron deficiency has a severe impact on the lives of different organisms, including humans, becoming a major concern, especially in developing countries where access to adequate nutrition is still difficult...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304071/erratum-screening-for-germline-brca1-brca2-tp53-and-chek2-mutations-in-families-at-risk-for-hereditary-breast-cancer-identified-in-a-population-based-study-from-southern-brazil
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[This corrects the article doi: 10.1590/1678-4685-GMB-2014-0363].
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266684/dna-methylation-modulates-h19-and-igf2-expression-in-porcine-female-eye
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Dongxu Wang, Guodong Wang, Hao Yang, Haibo Liu, Cuie Li, Xiaolan Li, Chao Lin, Yuning Song, Zhanjun Li, Dianfeng Liu
The sexually dimorphic expression of H19/IGF2 is evolutionarily conserved. To investigate whether the expression of H19/IGF2 in the female porcine eye is sex-dependent, gene expression and methylation status were evaluated using quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) and bisulfite sequencing PCR (BSP). We hypothesized that H19/IGF2 might exhibit a different DNA methylation status in the female eye. In order to evaluate our hypothesis, parthenogenetic (PA) cells were used for analysis by qPCR and BSP. Our results showed that H19 and IGF2 were over-expressed in the female eye compared with the male eye (3-fold and 2-fold, respectively)...
March 6, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257527/epigenetic-modifications-and-their-relation-to-caste-and-sex-determination-and-adult-division-of-labor-in-the-stingless-bee-melipona-scutellaris
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Carlos A M Cardoso-Júnior, Patrícia Tieme Fujimura, Célio Dias Santos-Júnior, Naiara Araújo Borges, Carlos Ueira-Vieira, Klaus Hartfelder, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Ana Maria Bonetti
Stingless bees of the genus Melipona, have long been considered an enigmatic case among social insects for their mode of caste determination, where in addition to larval food type and quantity, the genotype also has a saying, as proposed over 50 years ago by Warwick E. Kerr. Several attempts have since tried to test his Mendelian two-loci/two-alleles segregation hypothesis, but only recently a single gene crucial for sex determination in bees was evidenced to be sex-specifically spliced and also caste-specifically expressed in a Melipona species...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257526/molecular-cloning-characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-a-novel-pdrg1-gene-from-black-tiger-shrimp-penaeus-monodon
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Chao Zhao, Wenting Dai, Lihua Qiu
P53 And DNA Damage-Regulated Gene 1 (PDRG1) is a novel gene which plays an important role in chaperone-mediated protein folding. In the present study, the full-length complementary DNA (cDNA) sequence of the PDRG1 gene from Penaeus monodon (PmPDRG1) was cloned by the rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE) method. The cDNA of PmPDRG1 spans 1,613 bp, interrupted by only one short intron, and encodes a protein of 136 amino acids with calculated molecular weight of 15.49 kDa. The temporal expression profile of PmPDRG1 in different tissues and in different developmental stages of the ovary was investigated by real-time quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR)...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257525/foxp-in-tetrapoda-intrinsically-disordered-regions-short-linear-motifs-and-their-evolutionary-significance
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Lucas Henriques Viscardi, Luciana Tovo-Rodrigues, Pamela Paré, Nelson Jurandi Rosa Fagundes, Francisco Mauro Salzano, Vanessa Rodrigues Paixão-Côrtes, Claiton Henrique Dotto Bau, Maria Cátira Bortolini
The FOXP subfamily is probably the most extensively characterized subfamily of the forkhead superfamily, playing important roles in development and homeostasis in vertebrates. Intrinsically disorder protein regions (IDRs) are protein segments that exhibit multiple physical interactions and play critical roles in various biological processes, including regulation and signaling. IDRs in proteins may play an important role in the evolvability of genetic systems. In this study, we analyzed 77 orthologous FOXP genes/proteins from Tetrapoda, regarding protein disorder content and evolutionary rate...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257524/effect-of-soybean-ureases-on-seed-germination-and-plant-development
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Ciliana Rechenmacher, Beatriz Wiebke-Strohm, Luisa A de Oliveira-Busatto, Joseph C Polacco, Célia R Carlini, Maria H Bodanese-Zanettini
Urease catalyzes the hydrolysis of urea to ammonia and carbon dioxide. The ammonia (nitrogen (N) product of urease activity) is incorporated into organic compounds. Thus, urease is involved in N remobilization, as well as in primary N assimilation. Two urease isoforms have been described for soybean: the embryo-specific, encoded by the Eu1 gene, and the ubiquitous urease, encoded by Eu4. A third urease-encoding gene was recently identified, designated Eu5, which encodes the putative protein product SBU-III...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257523/salt-stress-affects-mrna-editing-in-soybean-chloroplasts
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Nureyev F Rodrigues, Guilherme C da Fonseca, Franceli R Kulcheski, Rogério Margis
Soybean, a crop known by its economic and nutritional importance, has been the subject of several studies that assess the impact and the effective plant responses to abiotic stresses. Salt stress is one of the main environmental stresses and negatively impacts crop growth and yield. In this work, the RNA editing process in the chloroplast of soybean plants was evaluated in response to a salt stress. Bioinformatics approach using sRNA and mRNA libraries were employed to detect specific sites showing differences in editing efficiency...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257522/molecular-analyses-reveal-the-occurrence-of-three-new-sympatric-lineages-of-velvet-worms-onychophora-peripatidae-in-the-eastern-amazon-basin
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Williana T R Cunha, Rita C O Santos, Juliana Araripe, Iracilda Sampaio, Horacio Schneider, Péricles S Rêgo
In the present study, we investigated the possible existence of new lineages of peripatids through comparisons between known Neotropical species and specimens obtained from two locations in Pará, a state in eastern Brazilian Amazonia using a molecular approach based on sequences of the mtDNA genes COI, 16Sr RNA, and 18S RNA. The analyses included also sequences of Asian and African taxa for a more systematic understanding of the phylogenetic relationships within the group. The analysis of the COI, 16S rRNA and 18S RNA sequences permitted the identification of three distinct lineages (A, B and C) based on two different phylogenetic approaches (Bayesian methods and ML)...
March 2, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235127/genome-wide-analysis-of-egeve_1-a-transcriptionally-active-endogenous-viral-element-associated-to-small-rnas-in-eucalyptus-genomes
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Helena Sanches Marcon, Juliana Costa-Silva, Alan Péricles Rodrigues Lorenzetti, Celso Luis Marino, Douglas Silva Domingues
Endogenous viral elements (EVEs) are the result of heritable horizontal gene transfer from viruses to hosts. In the last years, several EVE integration events were reported in plants by the exponential availability of sequenced genomes. Eucalyptus grandis is a forest tree species with a sequenced genome that is poorly studied in terms of evolution and mobile genetic elements composition. Here we report the characterization of E. grandis endogenous viral element 1 (EgEVE_1), a transcriptionally active EVE with a size of 5,664 bp...
February 23, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222204/comparative-transcriptome-and-potential-antiviral-signaling-pathways-analysis-of-the-gills-in-the-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii-infected-with-white-spot-syndrome-virus-wssv
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Zhi-Qiang Du, Yan-Hui Jin
Red swamp crayfish is an important model organism for research of the invertebrate innate immunity mechanism. Its excellent disease resistance against bacteria, fungi, and viruses is well-known. However, the antiviral mechanisms of crayfish remain unclear. In this study, we obtained high-quality sequence reads from normal and white spot syndrome virus (WSSV)-challenged crayfish gills. For group normal (GN), 39,390,280 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 172,591 contigs; whereas, 34,011,488 high-quality clean reads were randomly assembled to produce 182,176 contigs for group WSSV-challenged (GW)...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222203/defense-related-proteins-involved-in-sugarcane-responses-to-biotic-stress
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Thais P Souza, Renata O Dias, Marcio C Silva-Filho
Sugarcane is one of the most important agricultural crops in the world. However, pathogen infection and herbivore attack cause constant losses in yield. Plants respond to pathogen infection by inducing the expression of several protein types, such as glucanases, chitinases, thaumatins, peptidase inhibitors, defensins, catalases and glycoproteins. Proteins induced by pathogenesis are directly or indirectly involved in plant defense, leading to pathogen death or inducing other plant defense responses. Several of these proteins are induced in sugarcane by different pathogens or insects and have antifungal or insecticidal activity...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222202/tsc1-and-tsc2-gene-mutations-and-their-implications-for-treatment-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex-a-review
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Clévia Rosset, Cristina Brinckmann Oliveira Netto, Patricia Ashton-Prolla
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by skin manifestations and formation of multiple tumors in different organs, mainly in the central nervous system. Tuberous sclerosis is caused by the mutation of one of two tumor suppressor genes, TSC1 or TSC2. Currently, the development of novel techniques and great advances in high-throughput genetic analysis made mutation screening of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes more widely available. Extensive studies of the TSC1 and TSC2 genes in patients with TSC worldwide have revealed a wide spectrum of mutations...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
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