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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222327/diversity-evolution-and-population-dynamics-of-avian-influenza-viruses-circulating-in-the-live-poultry-markets-in-china
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Liang-Jun Chen, Xian-Dan Lin, Jun-Hua Tian, Yong Liao, Xu-Hua Ying, Jian-Wei Shao, Bin Yu, Jing-Jing Guo, Miao-Ruo Wang, Ying Peng, Mang Shi, Edward C Holmes, Zhan-Qiu Yang, Yong-Zhen Zhang
Live poultry markets (LPMs) are an important source of novel avian influenza viruses (AIV). During 2015-2016 we surveyed AIV diversity in ten LPMs in Hubei, Zhejiang and Jiangxi provinces, China. A high diversity and prevalence of AIVs (totaling 12 subtypes) was observed in LPMs in these provinces. Strikingly, however, the subtypes discovered during 2015-2016 were markedly different to those reported by us in these same localities one year previously, suggesting a dynamic shift in viral genetic diversity over the course of a single year...
February 18, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222239/evolutionary-rescue-and-local-adaptation-under-different-rates-of-temperature-increase-a-combined-analysis-of-changes-in-phenotype-expression-and-genotype-frequency-in-paramecium-microcosms
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Joshua Killeen, Claire Gougat-Barbera, Sascha Krenek, Oliver Kaltz
Evolutionary Rescue (ER) occurs when populations, which have declined due to rapid environmental change, recover through genetic adaptation. The success of this process and the evolutionary trajectory of the population strongly depend on the rate of environmental change. Here we investigated how different rates of temperature increase (from 23°C to 32°C) affect population persistence and evolutionary change in experimental microcosms of the protozoan Paramecium caudatum. Consistent with theory on ER, we found that those populations experiencing the slowest rate of temperature increase were the least likely to become extinct and tended to be the best adapted to the new temperature environment...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
#3
Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222201/linkage-and-mapping-of-quantitative-trait-loci-associated-with-angular-leaf-spot-and-powdery-mildew-resistance-in-common-beans
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Denis Bassi, Boris Briñez, Juliana Santa Rosa, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Caléo Panhoca de Almeida, Stella Maris Nucci, Larissa Chariel Domingos da Silva, Alisson Fernando Chiorato, Rosana Pereira Vianello, Luis Eduardo Aranha Camargo, Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair, Luciana Lasry Benchimol-Reis
Angular leaf spot (ALS) and powdery mildew (PWM) are two important fungi diseases causing significant yield losses in common beans. In this study, a new genetic linkage map was constructed using single sequence repeats (SSRs) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in a segregating population derived from the AND 277 x SEA 5 cross, with 105 recombinant inbred lines. Phenotypic evaluations were performed in the greenhouse to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with resistance by means of the composite interval mapping analysis...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222182/epidemiological-tracing-of-bovine-tuberculosis-in-switzerland-multilocus-variable-number-of-tandem-repeat-analysis-of-mycobacterium-bovis-and-mycobacterium-caprae
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Giovanni Ghielmetti, Simone Scherrer, Ute Friedel, Daniel Frei, Dominique Suter, Lukas Perler, Max M Wittenbrink
BACKGROUND: After 15 years of absence, in 2013 bovine tuberculosis (bTB), caused by Mycobacterium (M.) bovis and M. caprae, reemerged in the Swiss dairy cattle population. In order to identify the sources of infection as well as the spread of the agents, molecular-epidemiologic tracing by MIRU-VNTR analysis in combination with spoligotyping was performed. A total of 17 M. bovis and 7 M. caprae isolates were cultured from tuberculous bovine lymph nodes and analyzed with a set of 49 genetic markers by using automated capillary electrophoresis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222154/a-non-synonymous-snp-with-the-allele-frequency-correlated-with-the-altitude-may-contribute-to-the-hypoxia-adaptation-of-tibetan-chicken
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Sichen Li, Diyan Li, Xiaoling Zhao, Yan Wang, Huadong Yin, Lanyun Zhou, Chengling Zhong, Qing Zhu
The hypoxia adaptation to high altitudes is of considerable interest in the biological sciences. As a breed with adaptability to highland environments, the Tibetan chicken (Gallus gallus domestics), provides a biological model to search for genetic differences between high and lowland chickens. To address mechanisms of hypoxia adaptability at high altitudes for the Tibetan chicken, we focused on the Endothelial PAS domain protein 1 (EPAS1), a key regulatory factor in hypoxia responses. Detected were polymorphisms of EPAS1 exons in 157 Tibetan chickens from 8 populations and 139 lowland chickens from 7 breeds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222092/the-genetic-basis-of-resistance-and-matching-allele-interactions-of-a-host-parasite-system-the-daphnia-magna-pasteuria-ramosa-model
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Gilberto Bento, Jarkko Routtu, Peter D Fields, Yann Bourgeois, Louis Du Pasquier, Dieter Ebert
Negative frequency-dependent selection (NFDS) is an evolutionary mechanism suggested to govern host-parasite coevolution and the maintenance of genetic diversity at host resistance loci, such as the vertebrate MHC and R-genes in plants. Matching-allele interactions of hosts and parasites that prevent the emergence of host and parasite genotypes that are universally resistant and infective are a genetic mechanism predicted to underpin NFDS. The underlying genetics of matching-allele interactions are unknown even in host-parasite systems with empirical support for coevolution by NFDS, as is the case for the planktonic crustacean Daphnia magna and the bacterial pathogen Pasteuria ramosa...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221833/evolution-of-thermal-reaction-norms-in-seasonally-varying-environments
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Priyanga Amarasekare, Christopher Johnson
Thermal reaction norms of ectotherms exhibit a distinctive latitudinal pattern: the temperature at which performance is maximized coincides with the mean habitat temperature in tropical ectotherms but exceeds the mean temperature in temperate ectotherms. We hypothesize, on the basis of Jensen's inequality, that this pattern is driven by latitudinal variation in seasonal temperature fluctuations. We test this hypothesis with an eco-evolutionary model that integrates the quantitative genetics of reaction norm evolution with stage-structured population dynamics, which we parameterize with data from insects...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221368/no-evidence-for-the-presence-of-genetic-variants-predisposing-to-psychotic-disorders-on-the-non-deleted-22q11-2-allele-of-vcfs-patients
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M Guipponi, F Santoni, M Schneider, C Gehrig, X B Bustillo, W R Kates, B Morrow, M Armando, S Vicari, F Sloan-Béna, M Gagnebin, V Shashi, S R Hooper, S Eliez, S E Antonarakis
The velo-cardio-facial syndrome (VCFS) is caused by hemizygous deletions on chromosome 22q11.2. The VCFS phenotype is complex and characterized by frequent occurrence of neuropsychiatric symptoms with up to 25-30% of cases suffering from psychotic disorders compared with only ~1% in the general population (odds ratio≈20-25). This makes the 22q11.2 deletion one of the most prominent risk factors for schizophrenia. However, its penetrance for neuropsychiatric phenotypes is incomplete suggesting that additional risk factors are required for disease development...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221366/pathway-wide-association-study-identifies-five-shared-pathways-associated-with-schizophrenia-in-three-ancestral-distinct-populations
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C Liu, C A Bousman, C Pantelis, E Skafidas, D Zhang, W Yue, I P Everall
Genome-wide association studies have confirmed the polygenic nature of schizophrenia and suggest that there are hundreds or thousands of alleles associated with increased liability for the disorder. However, the generalizability of any one allelic marker of liability is remarkably low and has bred the notion that schizophrenia may be better conceptualized as a pathway(s) disorder. Here, we empirically tested this notion by conducting a pathway-wide association study (PWAS) encompassing 255 experimentally validated Kyoto Encyclopedia of Genes and Genomes (KEGG) pathways among 5033 individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and 5332 unrelated healthy controls across three distinct ethnic populations; European-American (EA), African-American (AA) and Han Chinese (CH)...
February 21, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221244/hla-amino-acid-polymorphisms-and-kidney-allograft-survival
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Malek Kamoun, Keith P McCullough, Martin Maiers, Marcelo A Fernandez Vina, Hongzhe Li, Valerie Teal, Alan B Leichtman, Robert M Merion
BACKGROUND: The association of HLA mismatching with kidney allograft survival has been well established. We examined whether amino acid mismatches at the antigen recognition site of HLA molecules represent independent and incremental risk factors for kidney graft failure (GF) beyond those mismatches assessed at the antigenic (2-digit) specificity. METHODS: Data on 240,024 kidney transplants performed between 1987 and 2009 were obtained from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients...
February 18, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221099/sphingomyelin-phosphodiesterase-3-enhances-cytodifferentiation-of-periodontal-ligament-cells
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S Miyauchi, J Kitagaki, R Masumoto, A Imai, K Kobayashi, A Nakaya, S Kawai, C Fujihara, Y Asano, M Yamashita, M Yanagita, S Yamada, M Kitamura, S Murakami
Sphingomyelin phosphodiesterase 3 ( Smpd3), which encodes neutral sphingomyelinase 2 (nSMase2), is a key molecule for skeletal development as well as for the cytodifferentiation of odontoblasts and alveolar bone. However, the effects of nSMase2 on the cytodifferentiation of periodontal ligament (PDL) cells are still unclear. In this study, the authors analyzed the effects of Smpd3 on the cytodifferentiation of human PDL (HPDL) cells. The authors found that Smpd3 increases the mRNA expression of calcification-related genes, such as alkaline phosphatase (ALPase), type I collagen, osteopontin, Osterix (Osx), and runt-related transcription factor (Runx)-2 in HPDL cells...
March 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220980/the-fire-ant-social-chromosome-supergene-variant-sb-shows-low-diversity-but-high-divergence-from-sb
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Rodrigo Pracana, Anurag Priyam, Ilya Levantis, Richard A Nichols, Yannick Wurm
Variation in social behavior is common yet little is known about the genetic architectures underpinning its evolution. A rare exception is in the fire ant Solenopsis invicta: Alternative variants of a supergene region determine whether a colony will have exactly one or up to dozens of queens. The two variants of this region are carried by a pair of "social chromosomes", SB and Sb, which resemble a pair of sex chromosomes. Recombination is suppressed between the two chromosomes in the supergene region. While the X-like SB can recombine with itself in SB/SB queens, recombination is effectively absent in the Y-like Sb because Sb/Sb queens die before reproducing...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220807/field-based-high-throughput-phenotyping-rapidly-identifies-genomic-regions-controlling-yield-components-in-rice
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Paul Tanger, Stephen Klassen, Julius P Mojica, John T Lovell, Brook T Moyers, Marietta Baraoidan, Maria Elizabeth B Naredo, Kenneth L McNally, Jesse Poland, Daniel R Bush, Hei Leung, Jan E Leach, John K McKay
To ensure food security in the face of population growth, decreasing water and land for agriculture, and increasing climate variability, crop yields must increase faster than the current rates. Increased yields will require implementing novel approaches in genetic discovery and breeding. Here we demonstrate the potential of field-based high throughput phenotyping (HTP) on a large recombinant population of rice to identify genetic variation underlying important traits. We find that detecting quantitative trait loci (QTL) with HTP phenotyping is as accurate and effective as traditional labor-intensive measures of flowering time, height, biomass, grain yield, and harvest index...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220806/on-the-long-term-stability-of-clines-in-some-metabolic-genes-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Rodrigo Cogni, Kate Kuczynski, Spencer Koury, Erik Lavington, Emily L Behrman, Katherine R O'Brien, Paul S Schmidt, Walter F Eanes
Very little information exists for long-term changes in genetic variation in natural populations. Here we take the unique opportunity to compare a set of data for SNPs in 15 metabolic genes from eastern US collections of Drosophila melanogaster that span a large latitudinal range and represent two collections separated by 12 to 13 years. We also expand this to a 22-year interval for the Adh gene and approximately 30 years for the G6pd and Pgd genes. During these intervals, five genes showed a statistically significant change in average SNP allele frequency corrected for latitude...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220687/environmental-factors-seven-gwas-identified-susceptibility-loci-and-risk-of-gastric-cancer-and-its-precursors-in-a-chinese-population
#16
Meng Cai, Shuyang Dai, Wanqing Chen, Changfa Xia, Lingeng Lu, Shuguang Dai, Jun Qi, Minjie Wang, Meilin Wang, Lanping Zhou, Fuhua Lei, Tingting Zuo, Hongmei Zeng, Xiaohang Zhao
Gene-environment interactions may increase gastric cancer (GC) risk. Seven susceptibility loci identified by genome-wide association studies (GWASs) suggest that genetic factors play a role in gastric carcinogenesis. Meanwhile, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, smoking, and alcohol drinking are also important environmental factors for gastric cancer. However, studies to explore the role of gene-environment interactions in gastric carcinogenesis, and particularly the relationship between the seven susceptibility loci and their potential interactions with H...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220510/diverse-and-novel-rhd-variants-in-australian-blood-donors-with-a-weak-d-phenotype-implication-for-transfusion-management
#17
E C McGowan, G H Lopez, C M Knauth, Y-W Liew, J A Condon, L Ramadi, K Parsons, E M Turner, R L Flower, C A Hyland
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Variant RHD genes associated with the weak D phenotype can result in complete or partial D-epitope expression on the red cell. This study examines the genetic classification in Australian blood donors with a weak D phenotype and correlates RHD variants associated with the weak D phenotype against D-epitope profile. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Following automated and manual serology, blood samples from donors reported as 'weak D' (n = 100) were RHD genotyped by a commercial SNP-typing platform and Sanger sequencing...
February 20, 2017: Vox Sanguinis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220321/a-snapshot-of-chlamydia-trachomatis-genetic-diversity-using-multilocus-sequence-type-analysis-in-an-australian-metropolitan-setting
#18
J A Danielewski, S Phillips, F Y S Kong, K S Smith, J S Hocking, R Guy, C K Fairley, S M Garland, S N Tabrizi
High-resolution screening methodologies which enable the differentiation of Chlamydia trachomatis at the strain level, directly from clinical samples, can provide the detailed information required for epidemiological questions such as the dynamics of treatment failure. In addition, they give a detailed snapshot of circulating C. trachomatis genetic variation, data which are currently lacking for the Australian population. In the context of two Australian clinical trials, we assessed the genetic diversity of C...
February 20, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220030/novel-paradigms-of-salt-and-hypertension
#19
Wenguang Feng, Louis J Dell'Italia, Paul W Sanders
Salt resistance/sensitivity refers specifically to the effect of dietary sodium chloride (salt) intake on BP. Increased dietary salt intake promotes an early and uniform expansion of extracellular fluid volume and increased cardiac output. To compensate for these hemodynamic changes and maintain constant BP in salt resistance, renal and peripheral vascular resistance falls and is associated with an increase in production of nitric oxide. In contrast, the decline in peripheral vascular resistance and the increase in nitric oxide are impaired or absent in salt sensitivity, promoting an increase in BP in these individuals...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219962/psychological-manifestations-of-celiac-disease-autoimmunity-in-young-children
#20
Laura B Smith, Kristian F Lynch, Kalle Kurppa, Sibylle Koletzko, Jeffrey Krischer, Edwin Liu, Suzanne Bennett Johnson, Daniel Agardh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Psychological symptoms can be associated with celiac disease; however, this association has not been studied prospectively in a pediatric cohort. We examined mother report of psychological functioning in children persistently positive for tissue transglutaminase autoantibodies (tTGA), defined as celiac disease autoimmunity (CDA), compared with children without CDA in a screening population of genetically at-risk children. We also investigated differences in psychological symptoms based on mothers' awareness of their child's CDA status...
February 20, 2017: Pediatrics
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