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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110460/ability-of-rf5-and-rf6-to-restore-fertility-of-chinsurah-boro-ii-type-cytoplasmic-male-sterile-oryza-sativa-ssp-japonica-lines
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Honggen Zhang, Jianlan Che, Yongshen Ge, Yan Pei, Lijia Zhang, Qiaoquan Liu, Minghong Gu, Shuzhu Tang
BACKGROUND: Three-line Oryza sativa (ssp. japonica) hybrids have been developed mainly using Chinsurah Boro II (BT)-type cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS). The Rf1 gene restores the fertility of BT-type CMS lines, and is the only fertility restorer gene (Rf) that has been used to produce three-line japonica hybrids. Using more Rf genes to breed BT-type restorer lines may broaden the genetic diversity of the restorer lines, and represents a viable approach to improve the heterosis level of BT-type japonica hybrids...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110440/molecular-characterization-of-echinococcus-granulosus-isolates-from-bulgarian-human-cystic-echinococcosis-patients
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Irina Marinova, Markus Spiliotis, Junhua Wang, Marin Muhtarov, Ilias Chaligiannis, Smaro Sotiraki, Iskra Rainova, Bruno Gottstein, Ghalia Boubaker
Although cystic echinococcosis (CE) is highly endemic in Bulgaria, there is still scarce information about species and/or genotypes of the Echinococcus granulosus complex that infect humans. Our study tackled the genetic diversity of E. granulosus complex in a cohort of 30 Bulgarian CE patients. Ten animal E. granulosus isolates from neighboring Greece were additionally included. Specimens were comparatively analyzed for partial sequences of five mitochondrial (mt) (cox I, nad I, rrnS, rrnL, and atp6) and three nuclear (nc) genes (act II, hbx 2, and ef-1α) using a PCR-sequencing approach...
January 21, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110091/genome-wide-association-analyses-reveal-the-genetic-basis-of-stigma-exsertion-in-rice
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Hao Zhou, Pingbo Li, Weibo Xie, Saddam Hussain, Yibo Li, Duo Xia, Hu Zhao, Shengyuan Sun, Junxiao Chen, Hong Ye, Jun Hou, Da Zhao, Guanjun Gao, Qinglu Zhang, Gongwei Wang, Xingming Lian, Jinghua Xiao, Sibin Yu, Xianghua Li, Yuqing He
Stigma exsertion, a key determinant of the rice mating system, greatly contributes to the application of heterosis in rice. As few QTLs have been fine mapped or cloned, the genetic architecture of stigma exsertion is quite unclear. We performed genome-wide association study of stigma exsertion and related traits using 6.5 million SNPs characterized in 533 diverse accessions of Oryza sativa. We identified 23 loci significantly associated with stigma exsertion and related traits, three of which were co-located with three major grain size genes GS3, GW5 and GW2...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110020/tumor-evolution-linear-branching-neutral-or-punctuated
#4
Alexander Davis, Ruli Gao, Nicholas Navin
Intratumor heterogeneity has been widely reported in human cancers, but our knowledge of how this genetic diversity emerges over time remains limited. A central challenge in studying tumor evolution is the difficulty in collecting longitudinal samples from cancer patients. Consequently, most studies have inferred tumor evolution from single time-point samples, providing very indirect information. These data have led to several competing models of tumor evolution: linear, branching, neutral and punctuated. Each model makes different assumptions regarding the timing of mutations and selection of clones, and therefore has different implications for the diagnosis and therapeutic treatment of cancer patients...
January 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109265/population-genetics-of-mouse-lemur-vomeronasal-receptors-current-versus-past-selection-and-demographic-inference
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Philipp Hohenbrink, Nicholas I Mundy, Ute Radespiel
BACKGROUND: A major effort is underway to use population genetic approaches to identify loci involved in adaptation. One issue that has so far received limited attention is whether loci that show a phylogenetic signal of positive selection in the past also show evidence of ongoing positive selection at the population level. We address this issue using vomeronasal receptors (VRs), a diverse gene family in mammals involved in intraspecific communication and predator detection. In mouse lemurs, we previously demonstrated that both subfamilies of VRs (V1Rs and V2Rs) show a strong signal of directional selection in interspecific analyses...
January 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109261/genetic-diversity-extent-of-linkage-disequilibrium-and-persistence-of-gametic-phase-in-canadian-pigs
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Daniela A Grossi, Mohsen Jafarikia, Luiz F Brito, Marcos E Buzanskas, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Flávio S Schenkel
BACKGROUND: Knowledge on the levels of linkage disequilibrium (LD) across the genome, persistence of gametic phase between breed pairs, genetic diversity and population structure are important parameters for the successful implementation of genomic selection. Therefore, the objectives of this study were to investigate these parameters in order to assess the feasibility of a multi-herd and multi-breed training population for genomic selection in important purebred and crossbred pig populations in Canada...
January 21, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108874/surviving-in-isolation-genetic-variation-bottlenecks-and-reproductive-strategies-in-the-canarian-endemic-limonium-macrophyllum-plumbaginaceae
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Ares Jiménez, Barbara Weigelt, Arnoldo Santos-Guerra, Juli Caujapé-Castells, José María Fernández-Palacios, Elena Conti
Oceanic archipelagos are typically rich in endemic taxa, because they offer ideal conditions for diversification and speciation in isolation. One of the most remarkable evolutionary radiations on the Canary Islands comprises the 16 species included in Limonium subsection Nobiles, all of which are subject to diverse threats, and legally protected. Since many of them are single-island endemics limited to one or a few populations, there exists a risk that a loss of genetic variation might limit their long-term survival...
January 20, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108869/molecular-identification-of-malassezia-species-in-patients-with-malassezia-folliculitis-in-sfax-tunisia
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F Cheikhrouhou, R Guidara, A Masmoudi, H Trabelsi, S Neji, H Sellami, F Makni, A Ayadi
AIM: Malassezia folliculitis is caused by the invasion of hair follicles by large numbers of Malassezia cells. Several Malassezia researches still use cultures, morphology and biochemical techniques. The aim of this study was to identify Malassezia species isolated from patients diagnosed with folliculitis, at the Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory of Sfax University Hospital, and to explore the genetic diversity of Malassezia by using PCR-RFLP and PCR-sequencing targeting the rDNA region of the Malassezia genome...
January 20, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108845/liver-involvement-in-congenital-disorders-of-glycosylation-cdg-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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REVIEW
D Marques-da-Silva, V Dos Reis Ferreira, M Monticelli, P Janeiro, P A Videira, P Witters, J Jaeken, D Cassiman
Congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) are a rapidly growing family of genetic diseases caused by defects in glycosylation. Nearly 100 CDG types are known so far. Patients present a great phenotypic diversity ranging from poly- to mono-organ/system involvement and from very mild to extremely severe presentation. In this literature review, we summarize the liver involvement reported in CDG patients. Although liver involvement is present in only a minority of the reported CDG types (22 %), it can be debilitating or even life-threatening...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108445/multi-rate-poisson-tree-processes-for-single-locus-species-delimitation-under-maximum-likelihood-and-markov-chain-monte-carlo
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P Kapli, S Lutteropp, J Zhang, K Kobert, P Pavlidis, A Stamatakis, T Flouri
MOTIVATION: In recent years, molecular species delimitation has become a routine approach for quantifying and classifying biodiversity. Barcoding methods are of particular importance in large-scale surveys as they promote fast species discovery and biodiversity estimates. Among those, distance-based methods are the most common choice as they scale well with large datasets; however, they are sensitive to similarity threshold parameters and they ignore evolutionary relationships. The recently introduced "Poisson Tree Processes" (PTP) method is a phylogeny-aware approach that does not rely on such thresholds...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108432/living-on-the-edge-conservation-genetics-of-seven-thermophilous-plant-species-in-a-high-arctic-archipelago
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Siri Birkeland, Idunn Elisabeth Borgen Skjetne, Anne Krag Brysting, Reidar Elven, Inger Greve Alsos
Small, isolated, and/or peripheral populations are expected to harbour low levels of genetic variation and may therefore have reduced adaptability to environmental change, including climate warming. In the Arctic, global warming has already caused vegetation change across the region and is acting as a significant stressor on Arctic biodiversity. Many of the rare plants in the Arctic are relicts from early Holocene warm periods, but their ability to benefit from the current warming is dependent on the viability of their populations...
January 20, 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108375/the-role-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-in-lung-sarcoidosis
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Esmaeil Mortaz, Ian M Adcock, Atefhe Abedini, Arda Kiani, Mehdi Kazempour-Dizaji, Masoud Movassaghi, Johan Garssen
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disorder of unknown etiology. Infection, genetic factors, autoimmunity and an aberrant innate immune system have been explored as potential causes of sarcoidosis. The etiology of sarcoidosis remains unknown, and it is thought that it might be caused by an infectious agent in a genetically predisposed, susceptible host. Inflammation results from recognition of evolutionarily conserved structures of pathogens (Pathogen-associated molecular patterns, PAMPs) and/or from reaction to tissue damage associated patterns (DAMPs) through recognition by a limited number of germ line-encoded pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108348/epigenetic-basis-of-cancer-health-disparities-looking-beyond-genetic-differences
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REVIEW
Aamir Ahmad, Shafquat Azim, Haseeb Zubair, Mohammad Aslam Khan, Seema Singh, James E Carter, Rodney Rocconi, Ajay P Singh
Despite efforts at various levels, racial health disparities still exist in cancer patients. These inequalities in incidence and/or clinical outcome can only be explained by a multitude of factors, with genetic basis being one of them. Several investigations have provided convincing evidence to support epigenetic regulation of cancer-associated genes, which results in the differential transcriptome and proteome, and may be linked to a pre-disposition of individuals of certain race/ethnicity to early or more aggressive cancers...
January 17, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107530/broad-scale-genetic-diversity-of-cannabis-for-forensic-applications
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Christophe Dufresnes, Catherine Jan, Friederike Bienert, Jérôme Goudet, Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis (hemp and marijuana) is an iconic yet controversial crop. On the one hand, it represents a growing market for pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. On the other hand, plants synthesizing the psychoactive THC produce the most widespread illicit drug in the world. Yet, the difficulty to reliably distinguish between Cannabis varieties based on morphological or biochemical criteria impedes the development of promising industrial programs and hinders the fight against narcotrafficking. Genetics offers an appropriate alternative to characterize drug vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107483/genetic-divergence-in-domestic-japanese-quail-inferred-from-mitochondrial-dna-d-loop-and-microsatellite-markers
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Mitsuo Nunome, Mikiharu Nakano, Ryo Tadano, Ryoka Kawahara-Miki, Tomohiro Kono, Shinji Takahashi, Takaharu Kawashima, Akira Fujiwara, Keijiro Nirasawa, Makoto Mizutani, Yoichi Matsuda
To assess the genetic diversity of domestic Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) populations, and their genetic relationships, we examined mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop sequences and microsatellite markers for 19 Japanese quail populations. The populations included nine laboratory lines established in Japan (LWC, Quv, RWN, WE, AWE, AMRP, rb-TKP, NIES-L, and W), six meat-type quail lines reimported from Western countries (JD, JW, Estonia, NIES-Br, NIES-Fr, and NIES-Hn), one commercial population in Japan, and three wild quail populations collected from three Asian areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107476/origin-and-dispersal-history-of-two-colonial-ascidian-clades-in-the-botryllus-schlosseri-species-complex
#16
Marie L Nydam, Kirsten B Giesbrecht, Emily E Stephenson
Human-induced global warming and species introductions are rapidly altering the composition and functioning of Earth's marine ecosystems. Ascidians (Phylum Chordata, Subphylum Tunicata, Class Ascidiacea) are likely to play an increasingly greater role in marine communities. The colonial ascidian B. schlosseri is a cryptic species complex comprising five genetically divergent clades (A-E). Clade A is a global species, and Clade E has so far been identified in European waters only. Using the largest mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I datasets yet assembled, we determine the origin and dispersal history of these species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107409/targeted-deletion-of-a-plasmodium-site-2-protease-impairs-life-cycle-progression-in-the-mammalian-host
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Konstantinos Koussis, Evi Goulielmaki, Anna Chalari, Chrislaine Withers-Martinez, Inga Siden-Kiamos, Kai Matuschewski, Thanasis G Loukeris
Site-2 proteases (S2P) belong to the M50 family of metalloproteases, which typically perform essential roles by mediating activation of membrane-bound transcription factors through regulated intramembrane proteolysis (RIP). Protease-dependent liberation of dormant transcription factors triggers diverse cellular responses, such as sterol regulation, Notch signalling and the unfolded protein response. Plasmodium parasites rely on regulated proteolysis for controlling essential pathways throughout the life cycle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107382/cross-breeding-is-inevitable-to-conserve-the-highly-inbred-population-of-puffin-hunter-the-norwegian-lundehund
#18
Anne Kettunen, Marc Daverdin, Turid Helfjord, Peer Berg
The Norwegian Lundehund is a highly endangered native dog breed. Low fertility and high frequency predisposition to intestinal disorder imply inbreeding depression. We assessed the genetic diversity of the Lundehund population from pedigree data and evaluated the potential of optimal contribution selection and cross-breeding in the long-term management of the Lundehund population. The current Norwegian Lundehund population is highly inbred and has lost 38.8% of the genetic diversity in the base population. Effective population size estimates varied between 13 and 82 depending on the method used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107222/romidepsin-induced-hiv-1-viremia-during-effective-art-contains-identical-viral-sequences-with-few-deleterious-mutations
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Anni Winckelmann, Kirston Barton, Bonnie Hiener, Timothy E Schlub, Wei Shao, Thomas A Rasmussen, Lars Østergaard, Ole S Søgaard, Martin Tolstrup, Sarah Palmer
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the origin of the HIV-1 viremia induced by the latency-reversing agent romidepsin. DESIGN: Six individuals on suppressive antiretroviral therapy received romidepsin administered intravenously once weekly for three consecutive weeks. CD4+ T-cells were obtained at baseline, following the second and third romidepsin infusion, and 10 weeks after the final romidepsin treatment. METHODS: Single-genome sequencing of the env region was used to genetically characterize the virus from proviral DNA, the transcribed cell-associated RNA and the plasma RNA pool...
January 19, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106948/genetic-differentiation-associated-with-host-plants-and-geography-among-six-widespread-species-of-south-american-blepharoneura-fruit-flies-tephritidae
#20
Kristina Ottens, Isaac S Winkler, Matthew L Lewis, Sonja J Scheffer, Géssica A Gomes-Costa, Marty A Condon, Andrew A Forbes
Tropical herbivorous insects are astonishingly diverse and many are highly host-specific. Much evidence suggests that herbivorous insect diversity is a function of host-plant diversity; yet, the diversity of some lineages exceeds the diversity of plants. Although most species of herbivorous fruit flies in the Neotropical genus Blepharoneura are strongly host-specific (they deposit their eggs in a single host plant species and flower sex), some species are collected from multiple hosts or flowers and these may represent examples of lineages that are diversifying via changes in host use...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
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