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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156813/association-of-variant-in-the-adipoq-gene-and-functional-study-for-its-role-in-atherosclerosis
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Xinzhong Chen, Yanhong Yuan, Yufeng Gao, Qin Wang, Fei Xie, Dongsheng Xia, Yutao Wei, Ting Xie
The burden of atherosclerosis is heritable and associated with elevated risk of developing CVDs. Here, we evaluated genetic variants of adiponectin (ADIPOQ) gene, which has important role in anti- atherosclerosis, with risk of atherosclerosis among a large Chinese population. Our results show that rs74577862 was significantly associated with risk of atherosclerosis (OR=2.08; 95%CI=1.48-2.91; P=2.2×10(-5)). When stratified by atherosclerosis site, rs74577862 was associated with increased risk of both carotid atherosclerosis (OR=2...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155894/estimating-virus-effective-population-size-and-selection-without-neutral-markers
#2
Elsa Rousseau, Benoît Moury, Ludovic Mailleret, Rachid Senoussi, Alain Palloix, Vincent Simon, Sophie Valière, Frédéric Grognard, Frédéric Fabre
By combining high-throughput sequencing (HTS) with experimental evolution, we can observe the within-host dynamics of pathogen variants of biomedical or ecological interest. We studied the evolutionary dynamics of five variants of Potato virus Y (PVY) in 15 doubled-haploid lines of pepper. All plants were inoculated with the same mixture of virus variants and, variant frequencies were determined by HTS in eight plants of each pepper line, at each of six sampling dates. We developed a method for estimating the intensities of selection and genetic drift in a multi-allelic Wright-Fisher model, applicable whether these forces are strong or weak, and in the absence of neutral markers...
November 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154156/delta-beta-correlation-as-a-candidate-endophenotype-of-social-anxiety-a-two-generation-family-study
#3
Anita Harrewijn, Melle J W van der Molen, Irene M van Vliet, Jeanine J Houwing-Duistermaat, P Michiel Westenberg
BACKGROUND: Social anxiety disorder (SAD) is characterized by an extreme and intense fear and avoidance of social situations. In this two-generation family study we examined delta-beta correlation during a social performance task as candidate endophenotype of SAD. METHODS: Nine families with a target participant (diagnosed with SAD), their spouse and children, as well as target's siblings with spouse and children performed a social performance task in which they gave a speech in front of a camera...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153750/family-history-of-diabetes-is-associated-with-enhanced-adipose-lipolysis-evidence-for-the-implication-of-epigenetic-factors
#4
I Dahlman, M Ryden, P Arner
AIMS: Type 2 diabetes is associated with insulin resistance, adipose hypertrophy and increased lipolysis. The heritability of these traits has been determined by associating them with a family history of diabetes. METHODS: Abdominal subcutaneous fat biopsies were obtained from 581 subjects in a cross-sectional study. Fat cells were isolated, and the difference between measured and expected fat-cell volume was used to determine adipose morphology (degree of hypertrophy or hyperplasia)...
November 11, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153325/genetic-and-epigenetic-strategies-potentiate-gal4-activation-to-enhance-fitness-in-recently-diverged-yeast-species
#5
Varun Sood, Jason H Brickner
Certain genes show more rapid reactivation for several generations following repression, a conserved phenomenon called epigenetic transcriptional memory. Following previous growth in galactose, GAL gene transcriptional memory confers a strong fitness benefit in Saccharomyces cerevisiae adapting to growth in galactose for up to 8 generations. A genetic screen for mutants defective for GAL gene memory revealed new insights into the molecular mechanism, adaptive consequences, and evolutionary history of memory...
November 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152902/the-genetics-of-human-personality
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REVIEW
Sandra Sanchez-Roige, Joshua C Gray, James K MacKillop, Chi-Hua Chen, Abraham A Palmer
Personality traits are the relatively enduring patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that reflect the tendency to respond in certain ways under certain circumstances. Twin and family studies have demonstrated that personality traits are moderately heritable, and can predict various lifetime outcomes, including psychopathology. The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) characterizes psychiatric diseases as extremes of normal tendencies, including specific personality traits. This implies that heritable variation in personality traits, such as neuroticism, would share a common genetic basis with psychiatric diseases, such as major depressive disorder (MDD)...
November 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152841/adjusting-for-heterogeneity-of-experimental-data-in-genetic-evaluation-of-dry-matter-intake-in-dairy-cattle
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M E Uddin, T Meuwissen, R F Veerkamp
The objectives of the present study were (i) to find the best fitted model for repeatedly measured daily dry matter intake (DMI) data obtained from different herds and experiments across lactations and (ii) to get better estimates of the genetic parameters and better genetic evaluations. After editing, there were 572,512 daily DMI records of 3,495 animals (Holstein cows) from 11 different herds across 13 lactations and the animals were under 110 different nutritional experiments. The fitted model for this data set was a univariate repeated-measure animal model (called model 1) in which additive genetic and permanent environmental (within and across lactations) effects were fitted as random...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152190/sex-and-weaponry-the-distribution-of-toxin-storage-glands-on-the-bodies-of-male-and-female-cane-toads-rhinella-marina
#8
Wei Chen, Cameron M Hudson, Jayna L DeVore, Richard Shine
The parotoid macroglands of bufonid anurans store (and can expel) large volumes of toxic secretions and have attracted detailed research. However, toxins also are stored in smaller glands that are distributed on the limbs and dorsal surface of the body. Female and male cane toads (Rhinella marina) differ in the location of toxin-storage glands and the extent of glandular structures. Female toads store a larger proportion of their toxins in the parotoids than males as well as (to a lesser extent) in smaller glands on the forelimbs...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151059/genome-wide-association-study-of-telomere-length-among-south-asians-identifies-a-second-rtel1-association-signal
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Dayana A Delgado, Chenan Zhang, Lin S Chen, Jianjun Gao, Shantanu Roy, Justin Shinkle, Mekala Sabarinathan, Maria Argos, Lin Tong, Alauddin Ahmed, Tariqul Islam, Muhammad Rakibuz-Zaman, Golam Sarwar, Hasan Shahriar, Mahfuzar Rahman, Mohammad Yunus, Farzana Jasmine, Muhammad G Kibriya, Habibul Ahsan, Brandon L Pierce
BACKGROUND: Leucocyte telomere length (TL) is a potential biomarker of ageing and risk for age-related disease. Leucocyte TL is heritable and shows substantial differences by race/ethnicity. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) report ~10 loci harbouring SNPs associated with leucocyte TL, but these studies focus primarily on populations of European ancestry. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to enhance our understanding of genetic determinants of TL across populations...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148573/phenotypic-and-genetic-integration-of-personality-and-growth-under-competition-in-the-sheepshead-swordtail-xiphophorus-birchmanni
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K Boulton, C A Walling, A J Grimmer, G G Rosenthal, A J Wilson
Competition for resources including food, physical space, and potential mates is a fundamental ecological process shaping variation in individual phenotype and fitness. The evolution of competitive ability, in particular social dominance, depends on genetic (co)variation among traits causal (e.g., behaviour) or consequent (e.g. growth) to competitive outcomes. If dominance is heritable, it will generate both direct and indirect genetic effects (IGE) on resource dependent traits. The latter are expected to impose evolutionary constraint because winners necessarily gain resources at the expense of losers...
November 17, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148569/exome-sequence-analysis-and-follow-up-genotyping-implicates-rare-ulk1-variants-to-be-involved-in-susceptibility-to-schizophrenia
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Mariam M Al Eissa, Alessia Fiorentino, Sally I Sharp, Niamh L O'Brien, Kate Wolfe, Giovanni Giaroli, David Curtis, Nicholas J Bass, Andrew McQuillin
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a severe, highly heritable psychiatric disorder. Elucidation of the genetic architecture of the disorder will facilitate greater understanding of the altered underlying neurobiological mechanisms. The aim of this study was to identify likely aetiological variants in subjects affected with SCZ. Exome sequence data from a SCZ cas-control sample from Sweden was analysed for likely aetiological variants using a weighted burden test. Suggestive evidence implicated the UNC-51-like kinase (ULK1) gene, and it was observed that four rare variants that were more common in the Swedish SCZ cases were also more common in UK10K SCZ cases, as compared to obesity cases...
November 17, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147900/structural-biology-of-the-dj-1-superfamily
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Nathan Smith, Mark A Wilson
The DJ-1 (also called the DJ-1/PfpI, ThiJ/PfpI, or DJ-1/ThiJ/PfpI) superfamily is a structural and functional diverse group of proteins that are present in most organisms. Many of these proteins remain poorly characterized at the biochemical level, but include some known chaperones, proteases, and various stress response proteins that remain mechanistically mysterious. This chapter outlines what is known from a structural perspective about the cellular and biochemical functions of many of these proteins from distinct clades of the superfamily in several organisms...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147737/genetic-dissection-of-early-season-cold-tolerance-in-sorghum-genome-wide-association-studies-for-seedling-emergence-and-survival-under-field-and-controlled-environment-conditions
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Sebastian Parra-Londono, Karin Fiedler, Mareike Kavka, Birgit Samans, Silke Wieckhorst, Arndt Zacharias, Ralf Uptmoor
A QTL on sorghum chromosome SBI-06 putatively improves field emergence under low-temperature conditions. Low temperatures decisively limit seedling emergence and vigor during early growth of sorghum and, thus, strongly impair geographical expansion. To broaden sorghum cultivation to temperate regions, the establishment of cold-tolerant genotypes is a prioritized breeding goal. The present study aims at the quantification of seedling emergence and survival under chilling temperatures and the detection of marker-trait associations controlling temperature-related seedling establishment...
November 16, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146897/gwas-for-male-pattern-baldness-identifies-71-susceptibility-loci-explaining-38-of-the-risk
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Nicola Pirastu, Peter K Joshi, Paul S de Vries, Marilyn C Cornelis, Paul M McKeigue, NaNa Keum, Nora Franceschini, Marco Colombo, Edward L Giovannucci, Athina Spiliopoulou, Lude Franke, Kari E North, Peter Kraft, Alanna C Morrison, Tõnu Esko, James F Wilson
Male pattern baldness (MPB) or androgenetic alopecia is one of the most common conditions affecting men, reaching a prevalence of ~50% by the age of 50; however, the known genes explain little of the heritability. Here, we present the results of a genome-wide association study including more than 70,000 men, identifying 71 independently replicated loci, of which 30 are novel. These loci explain 38% of the risk, suggesting that MPB is less genetically complex than other complex traits. We show that many of these loci contain genes that are relevant to the pathology and highlight pathways and functions underlying baldness...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146545/werner-syndrome-wrn-gene-variants-and-their-association-with-altered-function-and-age-associated-diseases
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REVIEW
Michel Lebel, Raymond J Monnat
Werner syndrome (WS) is a heritable autosomal recessive human disorder characterized by the premature onset of several age-associated pathologies including cancer. The protein defective in WS patients, WRN, is encoded by a member of the human RECQ gene family that contains both a DNA exonuclease and a helicase domain. WRN has been shown to participate in several DNA metabolic pathways including DNA replication, recombination and repair, as well as telomere maintenance and transcription modulation. Here we review base pair-level genetic variation that has been documented in WRN, with an emphasis on non-synonymous coding single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and their associations with anthropomorphic features, longevity and disease risk...
November 14, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146239/innately-activated-tlr4-signal-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-is-sustained-by-crf-amplification-loop-and-regulates-impulsivity
#16
Irina Balan, Kaitlin T Warnock, Adam Puche, Marjorie C Gondre-Lewis, Laure Aurelian
Cognitive impulsivity is a heritable trait believed to represent the behavior that defines the volition to initiate alcohol drinking. We have previously shown that a neuronal Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) signal located in the central amygdala (CeA) and ventral tegmental area (VTA) controls the initiation of binge drinking in alcohol-preferring P rats, and TLR4 expression is upregulated by alcohol-induced corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) at these sites. However, the function of the TLR4 signal in the nucleus accumbens shell (NAc-shell), a site implicated in the control of reward, drug-seeking behavior and impulsivity and the contribution of other signal-associated genes, are still poorly understood...
November 13, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145429/heritability-of-the-morphology-of-optic-nerve-head-and-surrounding-structures-the-healthy-twin-study
#17
Jong Chul Han, Hyeonyoung Ko, Seung Hoon Kim, Taekkwan Rhee, Seung Wan Nam, Sungsoon Hwang, Ga-In Lee, Joohon Sung, Yun-Mi Song, Changwon Kee
BACKGROUND: Optic nerve head (ONH) and surrounding structures such as β-zone peripapillary atrophy (PPA) are important structures in glaucomatous pathogenesis. Thus, for understanding genetic components in glaucoma pathogenesis, it is necessary to evaluate the heritability of ONH and surrounding structures. The present study investigated the genetic influences on ONH and surrounding structures such as β-zone PPA and retinal vessels. METHODS: A total of 1,205 adult twins and their family members (362 monozygotic (MZ) twin subjects (181 pairs), 64 dizygotic (DZ) twin subjects (32 pairs), and 779 singletons from 261 families), were part of the Korean Healthy Twin Study...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143895/genetic-approaches-to-the-study-of-gene-variants-and-their-impact-on-the-pathophysiology-of-type-2-diabetes
#18
REVIEW
Monica Szabo, Beáta Máté, Katalin Csép, Theodora Benedek
Diabetes mellitus is an incurable progressive disease, characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, which lead to the development of micro- and macrovascular complications. Although the etiopathology of the disease remains unclear, it seems to be multifactorial, with an important interaction between genetics and environmental causes. Currently, the genetics of type 2 diabetes (T2D) is poorly understood. The recent advance of the genetic technologies and with a better understanding of genetics, more than 120 distinct genetic loci, with more than 150 variants, have been identified that may be involved in the pathogenesis of T2D...
November 16, 2017: Biochemical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143608/physical-activity-in-the-prevention-of-human-diseases-role-of-epigenetic-modifications
#19
REVIEW
Elisa Grazioli, Ivan Dimauro, Neri Mercatelli, Guan Wang, Yannis Pitsiladis, Luigi Di Luigi, Daniela Caporossi
Epigenetic modification refers to heritable changes in gene function that cannot be explained by alterations in the DNA sequence. The current literature clearly demonstrates that the epigenetic response is highly dynamic and influenced by different biological and environmental factors such as aging, nutrient availability and physical exercise. As such, it is well accepted that physical activity and exercise can modulate gene expression through epigenetic alternations although the type and duration of exercise eliciting specific epigenetic effects that can result in health benefits and prevent chronic diseases remains to be determined...
November 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143599/epistasis-physical-capacity-related-genes-and-exceptional-longevity-fndc5-gene-interactions-with-candidate-genes-foxoa3-and-apoe
#20
Noriyuki Fuku, Roberto Díaz-Peña, Yasumichi Arai, Yukiko Abe, Hirofumi Zempo, Hisashi Naito, Haruka Murakami, Motohiko Miyachi, Carlos Spuch, José A Serra-Rexach, Enzo Emanuele, Nobuyoshi Hirose, Alejandro Lucia
BACKGROUND: Forkhead box O3A (FOXOA3) and apolipoprotein E (APOE) are arguably the strongest gene candidates to influence human exceptional longevity (EL, i.e., being a centenarian), but inconsistency exists among cohorts. Epistasis, defined as the effect of one locus being dependent on the presence of 'modifier genes', may contribute to explain the missing heritability of complex phenotypes such as EL. We assessed the potential association of epistasis among candidate polymorphisms related to physical capacity, as well as antioxidant defense and cardiometabolic traits, and EL in the Japanese population...
November 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
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