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Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG

Takahiro Sawada, Miho Eguchi, Seiya Asaki, Ryota Kashiwagi, Kousuke Shimomura, Fumiko Taguchi, Hidenori Matsui, Mikihiro Yamamoto, Yoshiteru Noutoshi, Kazuhiro Toyoda, Yuki Ichinose
Our previous studies revealed that flagellar-motility-defective mutants such as ∆fliC of Pseudomonas syringae pv. tabaci 6605 (Pta6605) have remarkably reduced production of N-acyl-homoserine lactones (AHL), quorum-sensing molecules. To investigate the reason of loss of AHL production in ∆fliC mutant, we carried out transposon mutagenesis. Among approximately 14,000 transconjugants, we found 11 AHL production-recovered (APR) strains. In these APR strains, a transposon was inserted into either mexE or mexF, genes encoding for the multidrug efflux pump transporter MexEF-OprN, and mexT, a gene encoding a putative transcriptional activator for mexEF-oprN...
March 16, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Honglei Zhang, Xing Yang, Xu Feng, Haibo Xu, Qin Yang, Li Zou, Mei Yan, Dequan Liu, Xiaosan Su, Baowei Jiao
The high-risk of tumor initiation in patients with Turner syndrome (TS) characterized by X chromosome monosomy in women has been well established and aneuploidy, defined as an abnormal number of chromosomes, is a common feature in human cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms of X chromosome aneuploidy promoting tumorigenesis remain obscure. We propose that chromosome-wide gene dosage imbalance (CDI) may serve as an important mechanism. Here, we assess the relative expression ratios of X chromosome and autosomes (expression ratios of X:AA) between tumor samples and adjacent normal samples across 16 tumor types using expression datasets from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project...
March 15, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Shuo Yang, Tao Fan, Qi Hu, Weipan Xu, Jian Yang, Changwu Xu, Bofang Zhang, Jing Chen, Hong Jiang
MicroRNA-17-5p (miR-17-5p) was indicated to suppress the formation of blood vessels, which is associated with cardiac function after myocardial infarction. In this study, the relationship between miR-17-5p and cardiac function was researched. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells were infected with adenoviruses. Apoptosis was determined by Annexin V-7AAD/PI. Real-time RT-PCR was used to evaluate miR-17-5p and ERK levels. Western blotting was used to determine the levels of ERK, the anti-apoptosis protein bcl-2 and apoptosis proteins, including bax, caspase 3, and caspase 9...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
José R Sandoval, Daniela R Lacerda, Marilza S Jota, Ronald Elward, Oscar Acosta, Donaldo Pinedo, Pierina Danos, Cinthia Cuellar, Susana Revollo, Fabricio R Santos, Ricardo Fujita
This study focuses on the descendants of the royal Inka family. The Inkas ruled Tawantinsuyu, the largest pre-Columbian empire in South America, which extended from southern Colombia to central Chile. The origin of the royal Inkas is currently unknown. While the mummies of the Inka rulers could have been informative, most were destroyed by Spaniards and the few remaining disappeared without a trace. Moreover, no genetic studies have been conducted on present-day descendants of the Inka rulers. In the present study, we analysed uniparental DNA markers in 18 individuals predominantly from the districts of San Sebastian and San Jerónimo in Cusco (Peru), who belong to 12 families of putative patrilineal descent of Inka rulers, according to documented registries...
March 3, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Feng Wang, Guang-Long Wang, Xi-Lin Hou, Meng-Yao Li, Zhi-Sheng Xu, Ai-Sheng Xiong
Carrot (Daucus carota L.) is one of the most economically important root vegetables in the world, providing numerous nutrients for human health. China is the largest country of carrot production in the world, and 'Kurodagosun' has been a major carrot variety in China. Carrot material used in this study was the inbred line 'DC-27', which was derived by forced selfing from 'Kurodagosun'. To understand the genetic system and plant-specific genes of 'Kurodagosun', we report the draft genome sequence of carrot 'DC-27' assembled using a combination of Roche454 and HiSeq 2000 sequencing technologies to achieve 32-fold genome coverage...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Yanping Lin, Kangyu Wang, Xiangyu Li, Chunyu Sun, Rui Yin, Yanfang Wang, Yi Wang, Meiping Zhang
Most genes in a genome exist in the form of a gene family; therefore, it is necessary to have knowledge of how a gene family functions to comprehensively understand organismal biology. The receptor-like kinase (RLK)-encoding gene family is one of the most important gene families in plants. It plays important roles in biotic and abiotic stress tolerances, and growth and development. However, little is known about the functional differentiation and relationships among the gene members within a gene family in plants...
February 21, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Xiaoyun Jia, Hantao Wang, Chaoyou Pang, Qifeng Ma, Junji Su, Hengling Wei, Meizhen Song, Shuli Fan, Shuxun Yu
Gossypium hirsutum L. is the most important fiber crop worldwide and contributes to more than 95% of global cotton production. Marker-assisted selection (MAS) is an effective approach for improving fiber quality, and quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping of fiber quality traits is important for cotton breeding. In this study, a permanent intra-specific recombinant inbred line (RIL) population containing 137 families was used for fiber quality testing. Based on a previously reported high-density genetic map with an average marker distance of 0...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Linda Ye, Lei Gu, Joseph Caprioli, Natik Piri
Rbpms (RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing) is a member of the RRM (RNA Recognition Motif) family of RNA-binding proteins, which is expressed as multiple alternatively spliced transcripts encoding different protein isoforms. We have shown earlier that Rbpms expression in the retina is restricted to retinal ganglion cells (RGCs), and have characterized this gene as a marker for RGCs. The aim of this study was to identify isoforms representing Rbpms in human retinas and to analyze its transcriptional regulation...
February 8, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Yue Hu, Liang Hu, Desheng Gong, Hanlin Lu, Yue Xuan, Ru Wang, De Wu, Daiwen Chen, Keying Zhang, Fei Gao, Lianqiang Che
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) may elicit a series of postnatal body developmental and metabolic diseases due to their impaired growth and development in the mammalian embryo/fetus during pregnancy. In the present study, we hypothesized that IUGR may lead to abnormally regulated DNA methylation in the intestine, causing intestinal dysfunctions. We applied reduced representation bisulfite sequencing (RRBS) technology to study the jejunum tissues from four newborn IUGR piglets and their normal body weight (NBW) littermates...
February 1, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Cong Huang, Chao Shen, Tianwang Wen, Bin Gao, De Zhu, Xiaofang Li, Muhammad Mahmood Ahmed, Dingguo Li, Zhongxu Lin
The quality of fiber is significant in the upland cotton industry. As complex quantitative traits, fiber quality traits are worth studying at a genetic level. To investigate the genetic architecture of fiber quality traits, we conducted an association analysis using a multi-parent advanced generation inter-cross (MAGIC) population developed from eight parents and comprised of 960 lines. The reliable phenotypic data for six major fiber traits of the MAGIC population were collected from five environments in three locations...
February 1, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Fei Wang, Tao Guo, Hongmei Jiang, Ruobi Li, Ting Wang, Ni Zeng, Guanghui Dong, Xiaowen Zeng, Daochuan Li, Yongmei Xiao, Qiansheng Hu, Wen Chen, Xiumei Xing, Qing Wang
Gene knockdown and knockout using RNAi and CRISPR/Cas9 allow for efficient evaluation of gene function, but it is unclear how the choice of technology can influence the results. To compare the phenotypes obtained using siRNA and CRISPR/Cas9 technologies, aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) was selected as an example. In this study, we constructed one HepG2 cell line with a homozygous mutation in the fifth exon of ALDH2 (ALDH2-KO1 cell) using the eukaryotic CRISPR/Cas9 expression system followed by the limited dilution method and one HepG2 cell line with different mutations in the ALDH2 gene (ALDH2-KO2 cell) using the lentivirus CRISPR/Cas9 system...
January 30, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
S Michailidou, G Tsangaris, G C Fthenakis, A Tzora, I Skoufos, S C Karkabounas, G Banos, A Argiriou, G Arsenos
In the present study, genome-wide genotyping was applied to characterize the genetic diversity and population structure of three autochthonous Greek breeds: Boutsko, Karagouniko and Chios. Dairy sheep are among the most significant livestock species in Greece numbering approximately 9 million animals which are characterized by large phenotypic variation and reared under various farming systems. A total of 96 animals were genotyped with the Illumina's OvineSNP50K microarray beadchip, to study the population structure of the breeds and develop a specialized panel of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), which could distinguish one breed from the others...
January 25, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
F Alizadeh, A Bozorgmehr, J Tavakkoly-Bazzaz, M Ohadi
Differential expansion of a number of human short tandem repeats (STRs) at the critical core promoter and 5' untranslated region (UTR) support the hypothesis that at least some of these STRs may provide a selective advantage in human evolution. Following a genome-wide screen of all human protein-coding gene 5' UTRs based on the Ensembl database ( ), we previously reported that the longest STR in this interval is a (GA)32, which belongs to the X-linked zinc finger MYM-type containing 3 (ZMYM3) gene...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Mengyao Wang, Chao Yang, Xiuqing Zhang, Xiangchun Li
The key roles of the TP53 mutation in cancer have been well established. TP53 is the most frequently mutated gene, and its inactivation is widespread among human cancer types. However, the landscape of genomic alterations in human cancers stratified by the TP53 mutation has not yet been described. We obtained somatic mutation and copy number change data of 6551 regular-mutated samples from the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) and compared significantly mutated genes (SMGs), copy number alterations, mutational signatures and mutational strand asymmetries between cancer samples with and without the TP53 mutation...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Herman D Cortes, Rachel Wevrick
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is defined by the triad of deficits in social interactions, deficits in communication, and repetitive behaviors. Common co-morbidities in syndromic forms of ASD include intellectual disability, seizures, and obesity. We asked whether very obese children with ASD had different behavioral, physical and genetic characteristics compared to children with ASD who were not obese. We found that very obese children with ASD had significantly poorer scores on standardized behavioral tests...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Xu Lin, Cheng Peng, Jonathan Greenbaum, Zhang-Fang Li, Ke-Hao Wu, Zeng-Xin Ao, Tong Zhang, Jie Shen, Hong-Wen Deng
Dyslipidemia (DL) is closely related to osteoporosis (OP), while the exact common genetic mechanisms are still largely unknown. We proposed to use novel genetic analysis methods with pleiotropic information to identify potentially novel and/or common genes for the potential shared pathogenesis associated with OP and/or DL. We assessed the pleiotropy between plasma lipid (PL) and femoral neck bone mineral density (FNK BMD). We jointly applied the conditional false discovery rate (cFDR) method and the genetic analysis incorporating pleiotropy and annotation (GPA) method to the summary statistics provided by genome-wide association studies (GWASs) of FNK BMD (n = 49,988) and PL (n = 188,577) to identify potentially novel and/or common genes for BMD/PL...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Sisi Li, Quansheng Xi, Xiaoyu Zhang, Dong Yu, Lin Li, Zhenyang Jiang, Qiuyun Chen, Qing K Wang, Elias I Traboulsi
We investigated an Amish family in which three siblings presented with an early-onset childhood retinal dystrophy inherited in an autosomal recessive fashion. Genome-wide linkage analysis identified significant linkage to marker D2S2216 on 2q11 with a two-point LOD score of 1.95 and a multi-point LOD score of 3.76. Whole exome sequencing was then performed for the three affected individuals and identified a homozygous nonsense mutation (c.C1813T, p.R605X) in the cyclin and CBS domain divalent metal cation transport mediator 4 (CNNM4) gene located within the 2p14-2q14 Jalili syndrome locus...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Chengcheng Tao, Xiang Jin, Liping Zhu, Quanliang Xie, Xuchu Wang, Hongbin Li
Ascorbate peroxidase (APX) is a member of heme-containing peroxidases which catalyze the H2O2-dependent oxidation of a wide range of substrates in plants and animals. As is known, H2O2 acts as a signaling molecule in the regulation of fiber development. Our previous work reported that ascorbate peroxidase 1 (GhAPX1) was important for cotton fiber elongation. However, knowledge about APX gene family members and their evolutionary and functional characteristics in cotton is limited. Here, we report 26 GhAPX genes by genome-wide investigation of tetraploid cotton Gossypium hirsutum...
January 6, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Nóra Á Bana, Anna Nyiri, János Nagy, Krisztián Frank, Tibor Nagy, Viktor Stéger, Mátyás Schiller, Péter Lakatos, László Sugár, Péter Horn, Endre Barta, László Orosz
We present here the de novo genome assembly CerEla1.0 for the red deer, Cervus elaphus, an emblematic member of the natural megafauna of the Northern Hemisphere. Humans spread the species in the South. Today, the red deer is also a farm-bred animal and is becoming a model animal in biomedical and population studies. Stag DNA was sequenced at 74× coverage by Illumina technology. The ALLPATHS-LG assembly of the reads resulted in 34.7 × 103 scaffolds, 26.1 × 103 of which were utilized in Cer.Ela1.0...
January 2, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Yun-Zhi Huang, Lan-Hai Wei, Shi Yan, Shao-Qing Wen, Chuan-Chao Wang, Ya-Jun Yang, Ling-Xiang Wang, Yan Lu, Chao Zhang, Shu-Hua Xu, Da-Li Yao, Li Jin, Hui Li
The Y-chromosome haplogroup C2c1a1a1-M407 is a predominant paternal lineage in Mongolic-speaking populations, especially in Buryats and Kalmyks. However, the origin and internal phylogeny of C2c1a1a1-M407 have not been investigated in detail. In this study, we analyzed twenty-three Y-chromosome sequences of haplogroup C2c1a1a1-M407 and its most closely related clades. We generated a high-resolution phylogenetic tree of haplogroup C2c1a1a1-M407 and its upstream clade C2c1a1-CTS2657, including 32 subclades and 144 non-private Y-chromosome polymorphisms...
December 29, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
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