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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315830/paternal-induction-of-hybrid-dysgenesis-in-drosophila-melanogaster-is-weakly-correlated-with-both-p-element-and-hobo-element-dosage
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Satyam P Srivastav, Erin S Kelleher
Transposable elements (TEs) are virtually ubiquitous components of genomes, yet they often impose significant fitness consequences on their hosts. In addition to producing specific deleterious mutations by insertional inactivation, TEs also impose general fitness costs by inducing DNA damage and participating in ectopic recombination. These latter fitness costs are often assumed to be dosage-dependent, with stronger effects occurring in the presence of higher TE copy numbers. We test this assumption in Drosophila melanogaster by considering the relationship between the copy number of two active DNA transposons, P-element and hobo element, and the incidence of hybrid dysgenesis, a sterility syndrome associated with transposon activity in the germline...
March 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315050/forensic-use-of-y-chromosome-dna-a-general-overview
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Manfred Kayser
The male-specific part of the human Y chromosome is widely used in forensic DNA analysis, particularly in cases where standard autosomal DNA profiling is not informative. A Y-chromosomal gene fragment is applied for inferring the biological sex of a crime scene trace donor. Haplotypes composed of Y-chromosomal short tandem repeat polymorphisms (Y-STRs) are used to characterise paternal lineages of unknown male trace donors, especially suitable when males and females have contributed to the same trace, such as in sexual assault cases...
March 17, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314238/paternity-testing-and-other-inference-about-relationships-from-dna-mixtures
#3
Peter J Green, Julia Mortera
We present methods for inference about relationships between contributors to a DNA mixture and other individuals of known genotype: a basic example would be testing whether a contributor to a mixture is the father of a child of known genotype. The evidence for such a relationship is evaluated as the likelihood ratio for the specified relationship versus the alternative that there is no relationship. We analyse real casework examples from a criminal case and a disputed paternity case; in both examples part of the evidence was from a DNA mixture...
February 16, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296079/magel2-knockout-mice-manifest-altered-social-phenotypes-and-a-deficit-in-preference-for-social-novelty
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Michael D Fountain, Huifang Tao, Chun-An Chen, Jiani Yin, Christian P Schaaf
MAGEL2 is one of five protein-coding, maternally imprinted, paternally expressed genes in the Prader-Willi syndrome-critical domain on chromosome 15q11-q13. Truncating pathogenic variants of MAGEL2 cause Schaaf-Yang syndrome (OMIM #615547), a neurodevelopmental disorder related to Prader-Willi syndrome. Affected individuals manifest a spectrum of neurocognitive and behavioral phenotypes, including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Magel2 knockout mice carrying a maternally inherited, imprinted wildtype allele and a paternally inherited Magel2-lacZ knock-in allele, which abolishes endogenous Magel2 gene function, exhibit several features reminiscent of the human Prader-Willi phenotypes, including neonatal growth retardation, excessive weight gain after weaning, and increased adiposity in adulthood...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295978/entrepreneurial-and-parental-love-are-they-the-same
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Marja-Liisa Halko, Tom Lahti, Kaisa Hytönen, Iiro P Jääskeläinen
Here we tested the hypothesis that entrepreneurs' emotional experience and brain responses toward their own firm resemble those of parents toward their own children. Using fMRI, we measured the brain activity while male entrepreneurs viewed pictures of their own and of a familiar firm, and while fathers viewed pictures of their own and of a familiar child. The entrepreneurs who self-rated as being very closely attached with their venture showed a similar suppression of activity in the posterior cingulate cortex, temporoparietal junction, and dorsomedial prefrontal cortex as fathers during viewing pictures of their own children versus familiar children...
March 13, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295819/variants-in-bak1-spry4-and-gab2-are-associated-with-pediatric-germ-cell-tumors-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Erin L Marcotte, Nathan Pankratz, James F Amatruda, A Lindsay Frazier, Mark Krailo, Stella Davies, Jacqueline R Starr, C Lau Ching, Michelle Roesler, Erica Langer, Caroline Hallstrom, Anthony J Hooten, Jenny N Poynter
Germ cell tumors (GCT) are a rare form of childhood cancer that originate from the primordial germ cell. Recent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified susceptibility alleles for adult testicular GCT (TGCT). We test whether these SNPs are associated with GCT in pediatric and adolescent populations. This case-parent triad study includes individuals with GCT diagnosed between ages 0-19. We evaluated 26 SNPs from GWAS of adult TGCT and estimated main effects for pediatric GCT within complete trios (N=366) using the transmission disequilibrium test...
March 13, 2017: Genes, Chromosomes & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295384/noninvasive-fetal-genotyping-of-paternally-inherited-alleles-using-targeted-massively-parallel-sequencing-in-parentage-testing-cases
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Donggui Yang, Hao Liang, Yu Gao, Shaobin Lin, Zhiming He, Jun Gao, Hongyu Sun, Qing Li, Xiaoyan Ma, Xueling Ou
BACKGROUND: Researchers have sought to develop a noninvasive protocol for paternity analysis that uses fetal cell-free DNA (cfDNA) in maternal plasma. Massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is expected to overcome this challenge because it enables the analysis of millions of DNA molecules at a single-base resolution. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Seven women were involved in prenatal paternity testing cases. Before conventional invasive procedures, cfDNA was isolated from maternal plasma...
March 10, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295376/both-maternally-and-paternally-imprinted-genes-regulate-seed-development-in-rice
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Jingya Yuan, Sushu Chen, Wu Jiao, Longfei Wang, Limei Wang, Wenxue Ye, Jie Lu, Delin Hong, Siliang You, Zhukuan Cheng, Dong-Lei Yang, Z Jeffrey Chen
Genetic imprinting refers to the unequal expression of paternal and maternal alleles of a gene in sexually reproducing organisms, including mammals and flowering plants. Although many imprinted genes have been identified in plants, the functions of these imprinted genes have remained largely uninvestigated. We report genome-wide analysis of gene expression, DNA methylation and small RNAs in the rice endosperm and functional tests of five imprinted genes during seed development using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR-associated gene9 (CRISPR/Cas9) gene editing technology...
March 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278357/factors-associated-with-the-health-and-cognition-of-6-8-year-old-children-in-kwazulu-natal-south-africa
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Oluwakemi R Ajayi, Glenda Matthews, Myra Taylor, Jane Kvalsvig, Leslie L Davidson, Shuaib Kauchali, Claude A Mellins
OBJECTIVE: To investigate 6-8 year-old children's health, nutritional status and cognitive development in a predominantly rural area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. METHODS: Cohort study of 1383 children investigating the association of demographic variables (area of residence, sex, pre- school education, HIV status, height for age and haemoglobin level) and family variables (socioeconomic status, maternal and paternal level of education), with children's cognitive performance...
March 9, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274385/secondhand-smoke-exposure-of-children-at-home-and-prevalence-of-parental-smoking-following-implementation-of-the-new-tobacco-control-law-in-macao
#10
Z L Zheng, H Y Deng, C P Wu, W L Lam, W S Kuok, W J Liang, H L Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate secondhand smoke exposure (SHS) of children at home and the prevalence of parental smoking after implementation of the new tobacco control law in Macao. This study explored whether the smoking ban in public places in Macao has decreased the prevalence of smoking or led to increased SHS exposure of children at home. As smokers cannot smoke in public places any more, they may smoke at home more frequently; a displacement effect of smoke-free legislation. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey...
March 2017: Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272533/paternity-testing-under-the-cloak-of-recreational-genetics
#11
Nathalie Moray, Katherina E Pink, Pascal Borry, Maarten Hd Larmuseau
Direct-to-consumer (DTC) internet companies are selling widely advertised and highly popular genetic ancestry tests to the broad public. These tests are often classified as falling within the scope of so-called 'recreational genetics', but little is known about the impact of using these services. In this study, a particular focus is whether minors (and under what conditions) should be able to participate in the use of these DTC tests. Current ancestry tests are easily able to reveal whether participants are related and can, therefore, also reveal misattributed paternity, with implications for the minors and adults involved in the testing...
March 8, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266014/snord116-deletions-cause-prader-willi-syndrome-with-a-mild-phenotype-and-macrocephaly
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Paolo Fontana, Marina Grasso, Fabio Acquaviva, Elena Gennaro, Maria Laura Galli, Mariateresa Falco, Francesca Scarano, Gioacchino Scarano, Fortunato Lonardo
Prader-Willi syndrome is a complex condition caused by lack of expression of imprinted genes in the paternally derived region of chromosome 15 (15q11q13). A small number of patients with Prader-Willi phenotype have been discovered to have narrow deletions, not encompassing the whole critical region, but only the SNORD116 cluster, which includes genes codifying for small nucleolar RNAs. This kind of deletion usually is not detected by the classic DNA methylation analysis test. We present the case of a male patient with a mild Prader-Willi phenotype and a small deletion including SNORD116, diagnosed by methylation-sensitive MLPA...
March 7, 2017: Clinical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243771/analysis-of-four-novel-x-chromosomal-short-tandem-repeats-within-71%C3%A2-kb-of-the-xp22-3-region
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Takeki Nishi, Kenji Fukui, Kimiharu Iwadate
DNA testing using X-chromosomal short tandem repeat (X-STR) polymorphisms has been used in maternity/paternity and complex kinship cases. Analyses of repeat sequences, surveys on racial statistics, and development of practical applications for DNA testing continue to be reported. In this study, we identified four novel tetranucleotide STR loci located in the X chromosome, which is the basis of X-STR research. These four tetranucleotide STRs were located within 71 kb of the chromosome Xp22.3 region. Using sequence analysis of the structure of repeat sequences, we identified simple repeat sequences of TAAA, CTTT, TATC, and GATA with rare insertions...
February 27, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241183/association-of-gestational-weight-gain-and-maternal-body-mass-index-in-early-pregnancy-with-risk-for-nonaffective-psychosis-in-offspring
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Euan Mackay, Christina Dalman, Håkan Karlsson, Renee M Gardner
Importance: Prenatal exposure to famine is associated with a 2-fold risk for nonaffective psychoses. Less is known about whether maternal nutrition states during pregnancy modify offspring risk for nonaffective psychoses in offspring in well-fed populations. Objective: To determine whether gestational weight gain (GWG) during pregnancy and maternal body mass index (BMI) in early pregnancy are associated with risk for nonaffective psychoses in offspring. Design, Setting and Participants: This population-based cohort study used data from Swedish health and population registers to follow up 526 042 individuals born from January 1, 1982, through December 31, 1989, from 13 years of age until December 31, 2011...
February 22, 2017: JAMA Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221825/ecological-and-social-factors-constrain-spatial-and-temporal-opportunities-for-mating-in-a-migratory-songbird
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Sara A Kaiser, Benjamin B Risk, T Scott Sillett, Michael S Webster
Many studies of sexual selection assume that individuals have equal mating opportunities and that differences in mating success result from variation in sexual traits. However, the inability of sexual traits to explain variation in male mating success suggests that other factors moderate the strength of sexual selection. Extrapair paternity is common in vertebrates and can contribute to variation in mating success and thus serves as a model for understanding the operation of sexual selection. We developed a spatially explicit, multifactor model of all possible female-male pairings to test the hypothesis that ecological (food availability) and social (breeding density, breeding distance, and the social mate's nest stage) factors influence an individual's opportunity for extrapair paternity in a socially monogamous bird, the black-throated blue warbler, Setophaga caerulescens...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220109/temporal-stability-and-the-effect-of-transgenerational-transfer-on-fecal-microbiota-structure-in-a-long-distance-migratory-bird
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Jakub Kreisinger, Lucie Kropáčková, Adéla Petrželková, Marie Adámková, Oldřich Tomášek, Jean-François Martin, Romana Michálková, Tomáš Albrecht
Animal bodies are inhabited by a taxonomically and functionally diverse community of symbiotic and commensal microorganisms. From an ecological and evolutionary perspective, inter-individual variation in host-associated microbiota contributes to physiological and immune system variation. As such, host-associated microbiota may be considered an integral part of the host's phenotype, serving as a substrate for natural selection. This assumes that host-associated microbiota exhibits high temporal stability, however, and that its composition is shaped by trans-generational transfer or heritable host-associated microbiota modulators encoded by the host genome...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219490/a-multisite-study-of-family-functioning%C3%A2-impairment-in-pediatric-obsessive-compulsive-disorder
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S Evelyn Stewart, Yu-Pei Hu, Aldrich Leung, Elaine Chan, Dianne M Hezel, Sarah Yao Lin, Laura Belschner, Casey Walsh, Daniel A Geller, David L Pauls
OBJECTIVE: Familial aspects of pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), including accommodation and treatment, have received notable and warranted attention. However, individual perspectives of its repercussions on family functioning, including emotional and occupational parental burden, have not been closely examined. The present study details this topic using a large multicenter sample. METHOD: Participants included 354 youth affected with OCD and their mothers and fathers ascertained through OCD programs in Boston, Massachusetts (n = 180) and Vancouver, British Columbia (n = 174)...
March 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215682/correlation-between-phenotype-genotype-and-antral-follicle-population-in-beef-heifers
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F Morotti, G M G Santos, C Koetz Júnior, K C Silva-Santos, V M Roso, M M Seneda
The present study was performed in indicus-taurus heifers 1) to determine if the antral follicle count (AFC) exhibits repeatability from puberty to yearling age and 2) to evaluate whether the phenotypic and genotypic parameters used in genetic improvement programs are correlated with AFC. In study I, Braford heifers (3/8 Nelore x 5/8 Hereford, n = 137) were serially examined by ultrasonography (with 60-day intervals) from weaning (9 ± 1 mo of age) to yearling ages (20 ± 1 mo of age) to monitor the numbers of antral follicles...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213547/laboratory-selection-and-characterization-of-resistance-to-the-bacillus-thuringiensis-vip3aa-toxin-in-heliothis-virescens-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#19
Brian R Pickett, Asim Gulzar, Juan Ferré, Denis J Wright
Laboratory selection with Vip3Aa of a field-derived population of Heliothis virescens produced >2040-fold resistance in 12 generations of selection. The Vip-Sel resistant population showed little cross-resistance to Cry1Ab and no cross-resistance to Cry1Ac. Resistance was unstable after 15 generations without exposure to the toxin. F1 reciprocal crosses between Vip-Unsel and Vip-Sel indicated a strong paternal influence on the inheritance of resistance. Resistance ranged from almost completely recessive (mean h = 0...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212940/hippocampal-nr3c1-dna-methylation-can-mediate-part-of-preconception-paternal-stress-effects-in-rat-offspring
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Somayeh Niknazar, Arezo Nahavandi, Ali Asghar Peyvandi, Hassan Peyvandi, Navid Ahmady Roozbahany, Hojjat-Allah Abbaszadeh
Many studies have been shown that maternal stress during pregnancy and in early life period influences offspring in the behavioral and molecular aspects in human and animal models. Recent research has indicated that the environmental condition of males before conception has effects on next generations. We evaluated whether preconception paternal stress (PPS) could influence on hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor gene (GR), (NR3C1) expression, corticosterone response and behavioral outcomes of their offspring...
May 1, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
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