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BMC Genetics

Jin S Xiong, Steven E McKeand, Fikret Isik, Jill Wegrzyn, David B Neale, Zhao-Bang Zeng, Luciano da Costa E Silva, Ross W Whetten
BACKGROUND: The use of wood as an industrial raw material has led to development of plantation forestry, in which trees are planted, managed, and harvested as crops. The productivity of such plantations often exceeds that of less-intensively-managed forests, and land managers have the option of choosing specific planting stock to produce specific types of wood for industrial use. Stem forking, or division of the stem into two or more stems of roughly equal size, is a character trait important in determining the quality of the stem for production of solid wood products...
October 18, 2016: BMC Genetics
Marinela Dukić, Daniel Berner, Marius Roesti, Christoph R Haag, Dieter Ebert
BACKGROUND: Recombination rate is an essential parameter for many genetic analyses. Recombination rates are highly variable across species, populations, individuals and different genomic regions. Due to the profound influence that recombination can have on intraspecific diversity and interspecific divergence, characterization of recombination rate variation emerges as a key resource for population genomic studies and emphasises the importance of high-density genetic maps as tools for studying genome biology...
October 13, 2016: BMC Genetics
Wen Huang, Qinbo Qin, Huirong Yang, Shuisheng Li, Chaoqun Hu, Yude Wang, Yong Zhang, Shaojun Liu, Haoran Lin
BACKGROUND: Interspecies hybridization is widely used to achieve heterosis or hybrid vigor, which has been observed and harnessed by breeders for centuries. Natural allopolyploid hybrids generally exhibit more superior heterosis than both the diploid progenies and their parental species. However, polyploid formation processes have been long ignored, the genetic basis of heterosis in polyploids remains elusive. RESULTS: In the present study, triploid hybrids had been demonstrated to contain two sets of chromosomes from mother species and one set from father species...
October 7, 2016: BMC Genetics
Bodo Brand, Markus O Scheinhardt, Juliane Friedrich, Daisy Zimmer, Norbert Reinsch, Siriluck Ponsuksili, Manfred Schwerin, Andreas Ziegler
BACKGROUND: The importance of the adrenal gland in regard to lactation and reproduction in cattle has been recognized early. Caused by interest in animal welfare and the impact of stress on economically important traits in farm animals the adrenal gland and its function within the stress response is of increasing interest. However, the molecular mechanisms and pathways involved in stress-related effects on economically important traits in farm animals are not fully understood. Gene expression is an important mechanism underlying complex traits, and genetic variants affecting the transcript abundance are thought to influence the manifestation of an expressed phenotype...
October 6, 2016: BMC Genetics
Weizhao Yang, Yin Qi, Jinzhong Fu
BACKGROUND: High-altitude adaptation provides an excellent system for studying how organisms cope with multiple environmental stressors and interacting genetic modifications. To explore the genetic basis of high-altitude adaptation in poikilothermic animals, we acquired transcriptome sequences from a high-altitude population and a low-altitude population of the Asiatic toad (Bufo gargarizans). Transcriptome data from another high-altitude amphibian, Rana kukunoris and its low-altitude relative R...
October 3, 2016: BMC Genetics
Jiandong Yang, Fujun Shen, Rong Hou, Yang Da
BACKGROUND: A major function of the captive panda population is to preserve the genetic diversity of wild panda populations in their natural habitats. Understanding the genetic composition of the captive panda population in terms of genetic contributions from the wild panda populations provides necessary knowledge for breeding plans to preserve the genetic diversity of the wild panda populations. RESULTS: The genetic contributions from different wild populations to the captive panda population were highly unbalanced, with Qionglai accounting for 52...
October 3, 2016: BMC Genetics
Airi Tiirats, Triin Viltrop, Margit Nõukas, Ene Reimann, Andres Salumets, Sulev Kõks
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive research the genetic component of extremely low birth weight (ELBW) in newborns has remained obscure. RESULTS: The aim of the case study was to identify candidate gene(s) causing ELBW in newborns and hypotrophy in infants. A family of four was studied: mother, father and two ELBW-phenotype children. Studies were made of the medical conditions of the second child at birth and post-partum - peculiar phenotype, micro-anomalies, recurrent infections, suspicion of autoimmune hepatitis, multifactorial encephalopathy and suspected metabolic and chromosomal abnormalities...
2016: BMC Genetics
Anne-Sophie Bouchet, Anne Laperche, Christine Bissuel-Belaygue, Cécile Baron, Jérôme Morice, Mathieu Rousseau-Gueutin, Jean-Eric Dheu, Pierre George, Xavier Pinochet, Thomas Foubert, Olivier Maes, Damien Dugué, Florent Guinot, Nathalie Nesi
BACKGROUND: Nitrogen use efficiency is an important breeding trait that can be modified to improve the sustainability of many crop species used in agriculture. Rapeseed is a major oil crop with low nitrogen use efficiency, making its production highly dependent on nitrogen input. This complex trait is suspected to be sensitive to genotype × environment interactions, especially genotype × nitrogen interactions. Therefore, phenotyping diverse rapeseed populations under a dense network of trials is a powerful approach to study nitrogen use efficiency in this crop...
2016: BMC Genetics
Hong Zhou, Shihang Liu, Yujiao Liu, Yaxi Liu, Jing You, Mei Deng, Jian Ma, Guangdeng Chen, Yuming Wei, Chunji Liu, Youliang Zheng
BACKGROUND: Kernel length is an important target trait in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) breeding programs. However, the number of known quantitative trait loci (QTLs) controlling kernel length is limited. In the present study, we aimed to identify major QTLs for kernel length, as well as putative candidate genes that might influence kernel length in wild barley. RESULTS: A recombinant inbred line (RIL) population derived from the barley cultivar Baudin (H. vulgare ssp...
2016: BMC Genetics
Haron Salih, Wenfang Gong, Shoupu He, Gaofei Sun, Junling Sun, Xiongming Du
BACKGROUND: MYB family proteins are one of the most abundant transcription factors in the cotton plant and play diverse roles in cotton growth and evolution. Previously, few studies have been conducted in upland cotton, Gossypium hirsutum. The recent release of the G. hirsutum genome sequence provides a great opportunity to identify and characterize the entire upland cotton MYB protein family. RESULTS: In this study, we undertook a comprehensive genome-wide characterization and expression analysis of the MYB transcription factor family during cotton fiber development...
2016: BMC Genetics
Yu-Chien Tseng, Barry L Tillman, Ze Peng, Jianping Wang
BACKGROUND: Spotted wilt caused by tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) is one of the major peanut (Arachis hypogaea L.) diseases in the southeastern United States. Occurrence, severity, and symptoms of spotted wilt disease are highly variable from season to season, making it difficult to efficiently evaluate breeding populations for resistance. Molecular markers linked to spotted wilt resistance could overcome this problem and allow selection of resistant lines regardless of environmental conditions...
2016: BMC Genetics
Nivedita Singh, Debjani Roy Choudhury, Gunjan Tiwari, Amit Kumar Singh, Sundeep Kumar, Kalyani Srinivasan, R K Tyagi, A D Sharma, N K Singh, Rakesh Singh
BACKGROUND: The knowledge of the extent and pattern of diversity in the crop species is a prerequisite for any crop improvement as it helps breeders in deciding suitable breeding strategies for their future improvement. Rice is the main staple crop in India with the large number of varieties released every year. Studies based on the small set of rice genotypes have reported a loss in genetic diversity especially after green revolution. However, a detailed study of the trend of diversity in Indian rice varieties is lacking...
2016: BMC Genetics
Amal Tazzite, Yaya Kassogue, Bréhima Diakité, Hassan Jouhadi, Hind Dehbi, Abdellatif Benider, Sellama Nadifi
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer is the most common cause of cancer death among women. Several studies have investigated the relationship between the C3435T polymorphism of ABCB1 gene and risk of breast cancer; but the results are conflicting. In the present study, we sought to assess the relationship between the C3435T polymorphism in ABCB1 gene and the risk of breast cancer in a sample of the Moroccan population. METHODS: A case control study was performed on 60 breast cancer patients and 68 healthy women...
2016: BMC Genetics
Frederick R Bieber, John S Buckleton, Bruce Budowle, John M Butler, Michael D Coble
BACKGROUND: The evaluation and interpretation of forensic DNA mixture evidence faces greater interpretational challenges due to increasingly complex mixture evidence. Such challenges include: casework involving low quantity or degraded evidence leading to allele and locus dropout; allele sharing of contributors leading to allele stacking; and differentiation of PCR stutter artifacts from true alleles. There is variation in statistical approaches used to evaluate the strength of the evidence when inclusion of a specific known individual(s) is determined, and the approaches used must be supportable...
2016: BMC Genetics
Katharina Kempf, Marina Mora-Ortiz, Lydia M J Smith, Roland Kölliker, Leif Skøt
BACKGROUND: Sainfoin is a perennial forage legume with beneficial properties for animal husbandry due to the presence of secondary metabolites. However, worldwide cultivation of sainfoin is marginal due to the lack of varieties with good agronomic performance, adapted to a broad range of environmental conditions. Little is known about the genetics of sainfoin and only few genetic markers are available to assist breeding and genetic investigations. The objective of this study was to develop a set of SSR markers useful for genetic studies in sainfoin and their characterization in diverse germplasm...
2016: BMC Genetics
Joe Fenn, Mike Boursnell, Rebekkah J Hitti, Christopher A Jenkins, Rebecca L Terry, Simon L Priestnall, Patrick J Kenny, Cathryn S Mellersh, Oliver P Forman
BACKGROUND: Cerebellar cortical degeneration (CCD) is an increasingly recognised neurodegenerative disease process affecting many dog breeds. Typical presentation consists of a progressive cerebellar ataxia, with a variable age at onset and rate of progression between different breeds. Cerebellar histopathological findings typically consist of primary Purkinje neuronal degeneration and loss, with variable secondary depletion of the granular and molecular cell layers. Causative genes have been identified associated with CCD in several breeds, allowing screening for selective breeding to reduce the prevalence of these conditions...
2016: BMC Genetics
Weixuan Fu, William R Lee, Behnam Abasht
BACKGROUND: Identification of the genomic signatures of recent selection may help uncover causal polymorphisms controlling traits relevant to recent decades of selective breeding in livestock. In this study, we aimed at detecting signatures of recent selection in commercial broiler chickens using genotype information from single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). A total of 565 chickens from five commercial purebred lines, including three broiler sire (male) lines and two broiler dam (female) lines, were genotyped using the 60K SNP Illumina iSelect chicken array...
2016: BMC Genetics
Tiina Karppanen, Tea Kaartokallio, Miira M Klemetti, Seppo Heinonen, Eero Kajantie, Juha Kere, Katja Kivinen, Anneli Pouta, Anne Cathrine Staff, Hannele Laivuori
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia is a common and heterogeneous vascular syndrome of pregnancy. Its genetic risk profile is yet unknown and may vary between individuals and populations. The rs4606 3' UTR polymorphism of the Regulator of G-protein signaling 2 gene (RGS2) in the mother has been implicated in preeclampsia as well as in the development of chronic hypertension after preeclampsia. The RGS2 protein acts as an inhibitor of physiological vasoconstrictive pathways, and a low RGS2 level is associated with hypertension and obesity, two conditions that predispose to preeclampsia...
2016: BMC Genetics
Bruno E A Fantinatti, Cesar Martins
BACKGROUND: B chromosomes (Bs) are additional chromosomal elements found in a wide range of eukaryotes including fungi, plants and animals. B chromosomes are still enigmatic despite being the subject of hundreds, even thousands of reports. As yet there is no comprehensive theory for the biological role of B chromsomes thus, new studies are needed. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) holds promise for investigating classical issues in chromosome biology. NGS uses a large-scale approach that is required for advancing classical cytogenetic studies...
2016: BMC Genetics
Amel Oueslati, Frederique Ollitrault, Ghada Baraket, Amel Salhi-Hannachi, Luis Navarro, Patrick Ollitrault
BACKGROUND: Chloroplast DNA is a primary source of molecular variations for phylogenetic analysis of photosynthetic eukaryotes. However, the sequencing and analysis of multiple chloroplastic regions is difficult to apply to large collections or large samples of natural populations. The objective of our work was to demonstrate that a molecular taxonomic key based on easy, scalable and low-cost genotyping method should be developed from a set of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) diagnostic of well-established clades...
2016: BMC Genetics
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