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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342297/an-exact-goodness-of-fit-test-based-on-the-occupancy-problems-to-study-zero-inflation-and-zero-deflation-in-biological-dosimetry-data
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Amanda Fernández-Fontelo, Pedro Puig, Elizabeth A Ainsbury, Manuel Higueras
The goal in biological dosimetry is to estimate the dose of radiation that a suspected irradiated individual has received. For that, the analysis of aberrations (most commonly dicentric chromosome aberrations) in scored cells is performed and dose response calibration curves are built. In whole body irradiation (WBI) with X- and gamma-rays, the number of aberrations in samples is properly described by the Poisson distribution, although in partial body irradiation (PBI) the excess of zeros provided by the non-irradiated cells leads, for instance, to the Zero-Inflated Poisson distribution...
January 12, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341460/intellectual-disability-and-epilepsy-due-to-the-k-l-mediated-xq28-duplication-further-evidence-of-a-distinct-dosage-dependent-phenotype
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David Isum Ward, Bethany A Buckley, Eyby Leon, Jullianne Diaz, Margaret Faust Galegos, Sean Hofherr, Amy Feldman Lewanda
Copy number variants of the X-chromosome are a common cause of X-linked intellectual disability in males. Duplication of the Xq28 band has been known for over a decade to be the cause of the Lubs X-linked Mental Retardation Syndrome (OMIM 300620) in males and this duplication has been narrowed to a critical region containing only the genes MECP2 and IRAK1. In 2009, four families with a distal duplication of Xq28 not including MECP2 and mediated by low-copy repeats (LCRs) designated "K" and "L" were reported with intellectual disability and epilepsy...
January 17, 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339662/cytogenetic-characterization-of-eight-odonata-species-originating-from-the-curonian-spit-the-baltic-sea-russia-using-c-banding-and-fish-with-18s-rdna-and-telomeric-ttagg-n-probes
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Valentina G Kuznetsova, Anna Maryańska-Nadachowska, Nazar A Shapoval, Boris A Anokhin, Anatoly P Shapoval
We studied the karyotypes of 8 dragonfly species originating from the Curonian Spit (the Baltic Sea, Russia) using C-banding and FISH with 18S rDNA and "insect" telomeric (TTAGG)n probes. Our results show that Leucorrhinia rubicunda, Libellula depressa, L. quadrimaculata, Orthetrum cancellatum, Sympetrum danae, and S. vulgatum from the family Libellulidae, as well as Cordulia aenea and Epitheca bimaculata from the family Corduliidae share 2n = 25 (24 + X) in males, with a minute pair of m-chromosomes being present in every karyotype except for that of C...
January 17, 2018: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339108/phenotype-in-girls-and-women-with-turner-syndrome-association-between-dysmorphic-features-karyotype-and-cardio-aortic-malformations
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Iris Noordman, Anthonie Duijnhouwer, Livia Kapusta, Marlies Kempers, Nel Roeleveld, Michiel Schokking, Dominique Smeets, Kim Freriks, Henri Timmers, Janiëlle van Alfen-van der Velden
INTRODUCTION: Turner syndrome (TS) is a genetic disorder characterized by the (partial) absence or a structural aberration of the second sex chromosome and is associated with a variety of phenotypes with specific physical features and cardio-aortic malformations. The objective of this study was to gain a better insight into the differences in dysmorphic features between girls and women with TS and to explore the association between these features, karyotype and cardio-aortic malformations...
January 12, 2018: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338681/the-evolutionary-process-of-mammalian-sex-determination-genes-focusing-on-marsupial-srys
#5
Yukako Katsura, Hiroko X Kondo, Janelle Ryan, Vincent Harley, Yoko Satta
BACKGROUND: Maleness in mammals is genetically determined by the Y chromosome. On the Y chromosome SRY is known as the mammalian male-determining gene. Both placental mammals (Eutheria) and marsupial mammals (Metatheria) have SRY genes. However, only eutherian SRY genes have been empirically examined by functional analyses, and the involvement of marsupial SRY in male gonad development remains speculative. RESULTS: In order to demonstrate that the marsupial SRY gene is similar to the eutherian SRY gene in function, we first examined the sequence differences between marsupial and eutherian SRY genes...
January 16, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337991/hasappy-a-tool-for-candidate-identification-in-pooled-forward-genetic-screens-of-haploid-mammalian-cells
#6
Giulio Di Minin, Andreas Postlmayr, Anton Wutz
Haploid cells are increasingly used for screening of complex pathways in animal genomes. Hemizygous mutations introduced through viral insertional mutagenesis can be directly selected for phenotypic changes. Here we present HaSAPPy a tool for analysing sequencing datasets of screens using insertional mutations in large pools of haploid cells. Candidate gene prediction is implemented through identification of enrichment of insertional mutations after selection by simultaneously evaluating several parameters...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337989/differentially-dimensioned-furrow-formation-by-zygotic-gene-expression-and-the-mbt
#7
Yi Xie, J Todd Blankenship
Despite extensive work on the mechanisms that generate plasma membrane furrows, understanding how cells are able to dynamically regulate furrow dimensions is an unresolved question. Here, we present an in-depth characterization of furrow behaviors and their regulation in vivo during early Drosophila morphogenesis. We show that the deepening in furrow dimensions with successive nuclear cycles is largely due to the introduction of a new, rapid ingression phase (Ingression II). Blocking the midblastula transition (MBT) by suppressing zygotic transcription through pharmacological or genetic means causes the absence of Ingression II, and consequently reduces furrow dimensions...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337117/xist-derepression-in-active-x-chromosome-hinders-pig-somatic-cell-nuclear-transfer
#8
Degong Ruan, Jiangyun Peng, Xiaoshan Wang, Zhen Ouyang, Qingjian Zou, Yi Yang, Fangbing Chen, Weikai Ge, Han Wu, Zhaoming Liu, Yu Zhao, Bentian Zhao, Quanjun Zhang, Chengdan Lai, Nana Fan, Zhiwei Zhou, Qishuai Liu, Nan Li, Qin Jin, Hui Shi, Jingke Xie, Hong Song, Xiaoyu Yang, Jiekai Chen, Kepin Wang, Xiaoping Li, Liangxue Lai
Pig cloning by somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) remains extremely inefficient, and many cloned embryos undergo abnormal development. Here, by profiling transcriptome expression, we observed dysregulated chromosome-wide gene expression in every chromosome and identified a considerable number of genes that are aberrantly expressed in the abnormal cloned embryos. In particular, XIST, a long non-coding RNA gene, showed high ectopic expression in abnormal embryos. We also proved that nullification of the XIST gene in donor cells can normalize aberrant gene expression in cloned embryos and enhance long-term development capacity of the embryos...
January 10, 2018: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336481/the-unguarded-x-and-the-genetic-architecture-of-lifespan-inbreeding-results-in-a-potentially-maladaptive-sex-specific-reduction-of-female-lifespan-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#9
Zahida Sultanova, Muhammed Andic, Pau Carazo
Sex differences in ageing and lifespan are ubiquitous in nature. The "unguarded-X" hypothesis (UXh) suggests they may be partly due to the expression of recessive mutations in the hemizygous sex chromosomes of the heterogametic sex, which could help explain sex-specific ageing in a broad array of taxa. A prediction central to the UX hypothesis is that inbreeding will decrease the lifespan of the homogametic sex more than the heterogametic sex, because only in the former does inbreeding increase the expression of recessive deleterious mutations...
January 16, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336050/sperm-fluorescent-in-situ-hybridisation-study-of-interchromosomal-effect-in-six-tunisian-carriers-of-reciprocal-and-robertsonian-translocations
#10
A Hajlaoui, W Slimani, M Kammoun, A Sallem, S Braham, M Bibi, A Saad, S Mougou-Zerelli
Carriers of structural chromosomal anomalies, translocations and inversions are at increased risk of aneuploid gametes production. Besides the direct effect on the involved chromosomes, these rearrangements might disturb the segregation of other structurally normal chromosomes during meiosis. Such event is known as interchromosomal effect. In this study, six male carriers of translocations, four reciprocals and two Robertsonians, were investigated. In addition, seven fertile men with normal 46,XY karyotypes and normal sperm characteristics were enrolled as a control group...
January 15, 2018: Andrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335548/paternal-easirnas-regulate-parental-genome-dosage-in-arabidopsis
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German Martinez, Philip Wolff, Zhenxing Wang, Jordi Moreno-Romero, Juan Santos-González, Lei Liu Conze, Christopher DeFraia, R Keith Slotkin, Claudia Köhler
The regulation of parental genome dosage is of fundamental importance in animals and plants, as exemplified by X-chromosome inactivation and dosage compensation. The 'triploid block' is a classic example of dosage regulation in plants that establishes a reproductive barrier between species differing in chromosome number1,2. This barrier acts in the embryo-nourishing endosperm tissue and induces the abortion of hybrid seeds through a yet unknown mechanism 3 . Here we show that depletion of paternal epigenetically activated small interfering RNAs (easiRNAs) bypasses the triploid block in response to increased paternal ploidy in Arabidopsis thaliana...
January 15, 2018: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335024/sex-differences-in-the-late-first-trimester-human-placenta-transcriptome
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Tania L Gonzalez, Tianyanxin Sun, Alexander F Koeppel, Bora Lee, Erica T Wang, Charles R Farber, Stephen S Rich, Lauren W Sundheimer, Rae A Buttle, Yii-Der Ida Chen, Jerome I Rotter, Stephen D Turner, John Williams, Mark O Goodarzi, Margareta D Pisarska
BACKGROUND: Development of the placenta during the late first trimester is critical to ensure normal growth and development of the fetus. Developmental differences in this window such as sex-specific variation are implicated in later placental disease states, yet gene expression at this time is poorly understood. METHODS: RNA-sequencing was performed to characterize the transcriptome of 39 first trimester human placentas using chorionic villi following genetic testing (17 females, 22 males)...
January 15, 2018: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333652/establishment-and-characterization-of-a-brain-cell-line-from-kelp-grouper-epinephelus-moara
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X F Liu, Y H Wu, S N Wei, N Wang, Y Z Li, N W Zhang, P F Li, Q W Qin, S L Chen
A new brain-cell line, EMB, was developed from kelp grouper Epinephelus moara, a cultured marine fish. The EMB cells were subcultured for more than 60 passages. The cells were cultured in Leibovitz's L-15 medium (L15) supplemented with antibiotics, foetal bovine serum (FBS), 2-mercaptoethanol (2-ME) and basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF). The cells could grow at 18-30° C, with the maximum growth between 24 and 30° C. The optimum FBS concentration for the cells growth ranged between 15 and 20%. Chromosome analysis indicated that the modal chromosome number was 48 in the cells at passage 45...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333085/next-generation-sequencing-expression-profiling-of-mitochondrial-subunits-in-men-with-klinefelter-syndrome
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Michele Salemi, Laura Cimino, Marika Marino, Rossella Cannarella, Rosita A Condorelli, Corrado Romano, Sandro La Vignera, Aldo E Calogero
Objectives: Klinefelter syndrome (KS) is one of the most common sex-chromosome disorders as it affects up to 1 in every 600-1000 newborn males. Men with KS carry one extra X chromosome and they usually present a 47,XXY karyotype, but less frequent variants have also been reported in literature. KS typical symptoms include tall stature, gynecomastia, broad hips, hypogonadism and absent spermatogenesis. The syndrome is also related to a wide range of cognitive deficits, among which language-based learning disabilities and verbal cognition impairment are frequently diagnosed...
2018: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329524/uncovering-the-evolutionary-history-of-neo-xy-sex-chromosomes-in-the-grasshopper-ronderosia-bergii-orthoptera-melanoplinae-through-satellite-dna-analysis
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Octavio M Palacios-Gimenez, Diogo Milani, Bernardo Lemos, Elio R Castillo, Dardo A Martí, Erica Ramos, Cesar Martins, Diogo C Cabral-de-Mello
BACKGROUND: Neo-sex chromosome systems arose independently multiple times in evolution, presenting the remarkable characteristic of repetitive DNAs accumulation. Among grasshoppers, occurrence of neo-XY was repeatedly noticed in Melanoplinae. Here we analyzed the most abundant tandem repeats of R. bergii (2n = 22, neo-XY♂) using deep Illumina sequencing and graph-based clustering in order to address the neo-sex chromosomes evolution. RESULTS: The analyses revealed ten families of satDNAs comprising about ~1% of the male genome, which occupied mainly C-positive regions of autosomes...
January 8, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328538/conflict-between-heterozygote-advantage-and-hybrid-incompatibility-in-haplodiploids-and-sex-chromosomes
#16
Ana-Hermina Ghenu, Alexandre Blanckaert, Roger K Butlin, Jonna Kulmuni, Claudia Bank
In many diploid species the sex chromosomes play a special role in mediating reproductive isolation. In haplodiploids, where females are diploid and males haploid, the whole genome behaves similarly to the X/Z chromosomes of diploids. Therefore, haplodiploid systems can serve as a model for the role of sex chromosomes in speciation and hybridization. A previously described population of Finnish Formica wood ants displays genome-wide signs of ploidally and sexually antagonistic selection resulting from hybridization...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325627/epigenetic-mechanisms-underlying-nervous-system-diseases
#17
Irfan A Qureshi, Mark F Mehler
Epigenetic mechanisms act as control systems for modulating genomic structure and activity in response to evolving profiles of cell-extrinsic, cell-cell, and cell-intrinsic signals. These dynamic processes are responsible for mediating cell- and tissue-specific gene expression and function and gene-gene and gene-environmental interactions. The major epigenetic mechanisms include DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation; histone protein posttranslational modifications, nucleosome remodeling/repositioning, and higher-order chromatin reorganization; noncoding RNA regulation; and RNA editing...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325624/sex-chromosome-aneuploidies
#18
David Skuse, Frida Printzlau, Jeanne Wolstencroft
Sex chromosome aneuploidies comprise a relatively common group of chromosome disorders characterized by the loss or gain of one or more sex chromosomes. We discuss five of the better-known sex aneuploidies: Turner syndrome (XO), Klinefelter syndrome (XXY), trisomy X (XXX), XYY, and XXYY. Despite their prevalence in the general population, these disorders are underdiagnosed and the specific genetic mechanisms underlying their phenotypes are poorly understood. Although there is considerable variation between them in terms of associated functional impairment, each disorder has a characteristic physical, cognitive, and neurologic profile...
2018: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325267/-analysis-of-clinical-outcomes-of-different-embryo-stage-biopsy-in-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-based-preimplantation-genetic-diagnosis-and-screening
#19
J D Shen, W Wu, L Shu, L L Cai, J Z Xie, L Ma, X P Sun, Y G Cui, J Y Liu
Objective: To evaluate the efficiency of the application of array comparative genomic hybridization (array-CGH) in preimplantation genetic diagnosis or screening (PGD/PGS), and compare the clinical outcomes of different stage embryo biopsy. Methods: The outcomes of 381 PGD/PGS cycles referred in the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University from July 2011 to August 2015 were retrospectively analyzed. There were 320 PGD cycles with 156 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 164 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles, 61 PGS cycles with 23 cleavage-stage-biopsy cycles and 38 trophectoderm-biopsy cycles...
December 25, 2017: Zhonghua Fu Chan Ke za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325096/genetic-determinants-of-circulating-estrogen-levels-and-evidence-of-a-causal-effect-of-estradiol-on-bone-density-in-men
#20
Anna L Eriksson, John R B Perry, Andrea D Coviello, Graciela E Delgado, Luigi Ferrucci, Andrew R Hoffman, Ilpo T Huhtaniemi, M Arfan Ikram, Magnus K Karlsson, Marcus E Kleber, Gail A Laughlin, Yongmei Liu, Mattias Lorentzon, Kathryn L Lunetta, Dan Mellström, Joanne M Murabito, Anna Murray, Maria Nethander, Carrie M Nielson, Inga Prokopenko, Stephen R Pye, Leslie J Raffel, Fernando Rivadeneira, Priya Srikanth, Lisette Stolk, Alexander Teumer, Thomas G Travison, André G Uitterlinden, Dhananjay Vaidya, Dirk Vanderschueren, Joseph M Zmuda, Winfried März, Eric S Orwoll, Pamela Ouyang, Liesbeth Vandenput, Frederick C W Wu, Frank H de Jong, Shalender Bhasin, Douglas P Kiel, Claes Ohlsson
Context: Serum estradiol (E2) and estrone (E1) levels exhibit substantial heritability. No genome-wide association study (GWAS) of estrogen levels has been performed in men of European origin. Objective: To investigate the genetic regulation of serum E2 and E1 in men. Design, setting and participants: GWAS in 11,097 men of European origin from nine epidemiological cohorts. Main Outcome Measures: Genetic determinants of serum E2 and E1 levels...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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