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Guangming Gan, Chenchen Zhang
Discs-large (Dlg) plays important roles in nerve tissue and epithelial tissue in Drosophila. However, the precise positioning of Dlg in the neuromuscular junction remains to be confirmed using an optimized labeling method. In this study, we improved the method of pre-embedding immunogold electron microscopy without the osmic tetroxide procedure, and we found that Lowicryl K4 M resin and low temperature helped to preserve the authenticity of the labeling signal with relatively good contrast. Dlg was strongly expressed in the entire subsynaptic reticulum (SSR) membrane of type Ib boutons, expressed in parts of the SSR membrane of type Is boutons, weakly expressed in axon terminals and axons, and not expressed in pre- or postsynaptic membranes of type Is boutons...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
Mamadou Lamine Fall, John F Boyse, Dechun Wang, Jamie F Willbur, Damon Smith, Martin I Chilvers
Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is a significant threat to soybean production worldwide. In this study, an epidemiological approach was used to examine 11 years of historical data from a soybean management performance trial in order to advance our understanding of Sclerotinia stem rot (SSR) development and to identify environmental predictors of SSR epidemics and associated yield losses. Recursive partitioning analysis suggested that average air temperature and total precipitation in July were the most significant variables associated with disease severity...
December 12, 2017: Phytopathology
Jitendra Kumar, Sunanda Gupta, Revanappa S Biradar, Priyanka Gupta, Sonali Dubey, Narendra Pratap Singh
In the present study, a diverse panel of 96 accessions of lentil germplasm was used to study flowering time over environments and to identify simple sequence repeat markers associated with flowering time through association mapping. The study showed high broad sense heritability estimate (h 2 bs=0.93) for flowering time in lentil. Screening of 534 SSR markers resulted in an identification of 75 SSR polymorphic markers (13.9%) across studied genotypes. These markers amplified 266 loci and generated 697 alleles ranging from two to 16 alleles per locus...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
D V Goryunov, M D Logacheva, M S Ignatov, I A Milyutina, A V Fedorova, A V Troitsky
The mitochondrial genome of the pleurocarpous moss Brachythecium rivulare has been sequenced and annotated. The genome consists of 104,460 base pairs and has approximately the same gene set and organization as other bryophyte mitogenomes. Whole mitochondrial genome comparison between B. rivulare and Physcomitrella patens, Tetraphis pellucida, Anomodon rugelii, and Anomodon attenuatus was performed. The primary cause of bryophyte mitochondrial gene length variation was found to be numerous indels in the introns...
November 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
Peter Mattei
BACKGROUND: Single-site laparoscopy is increasingly popular for straightforward operations like appendectomy. Due to limited triangulation and maneuverability, single-site cholecystectomy is riskier and more difficult. Robotics offer to make it easier and safer. METHODS: Twenty children and adolescents underwent robotic-assisted single-site cholecystectomy at a large academic children's hospital. Patients were not randomized; patients were offered the option of robotic-assisted single-site (SSR) or standard four-incision laparoscopic (LAP) cholecystectomy...
December 7, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
Aimin Wen, Malini Jayawardana, Jason Fiedler, Suraj Sapkota, Gongjun Shi, Zhao Peng, Sanzhen Liu, Frank F White, Adam J Bogdanove, Xuehui Li, Zhaohui Liu
A major gene conferring resistance to bacterial leaf streak was mapped to chromosome 5R in triticale. Bacterial leaf streak (BLS), caused by Xanthomonas translucens pv. undulosa (Xtu), is an important disease of wheat and triticale around the world. Although resistance to BLS is limited in wheat, several triticale accessions have high levels of resistance. To characterize the genetic basis of this resistance, we developed triticale mapping populations using a resistant accession (Siskiyou) and two susceptible accessions (UC38 and Villax St...
December 7, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Siou Ting Gan, Wei Chee Wong, Choo Kien Wong, Aik Chin Soh, Andrzej Kilian, Eng-Ti Leslie Low, Festo Massawe, Sean Mayes
Oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq.) is an outbreeding perennial tree crop with long breeding cycles, typically 12 years. Molecular marker technologies can greatly improve the breeding efficiency of oil palm. This study reports the first use of the DArTseq platform to genotype two closely related self-pollinated oil palm populations, namely AA0768 and AA0769 with 48 and 58 progeny respectively. Genetic maps were constructed using the DArT and SNP markers generated in combination with anchor SSR markers. Both maps consisted of 16 major independent linkage groups (2n = 2× = 32) with 1399 and 1466 mapped markers for the AA0768 and AA0769 populations, respectively, including the morphological trait "shell-thickness" (Sh)...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Applied Genetics
Rey Gastón Loor Solórzano, Fabien De Bellis, Thierry Leroy, Luis Plaza, Hilton Guerrero, Cristian Subia, Darío Calderón, Fabián Fernández, Iván Garzón, Diana Lopez, Danilo Vera
Genetic resources of Coffea canephora have been introduced in several tropical countries with potential for crop development. In Ecuador, the species has been cultivated since the mid-20th century. However, little is known about the diversity and genetic structure of introduced germplasm. This paper provides an overview of the genetic and phenotypic diversity of C. canephora in Ecuador and some proposals for implementing a breeding program. Twelve SSR markers were used to analyze 1491 plants of C. canephora grown in different living collections in Ecuador, compared to 29 genotypes representing the main genetic and geographic diversity groups identified within the species...
2017: TheScientificWorldJournal
Nan Wang, Zhiyong Liu, Yun Zhang, Chengyu Li, Hui Feng
Using bulked segregant analysis combined with next-generation sequencing, we delimited the Brnye1 gene responsible for the stay-green trait of nye in pakchoi. Sequence analysis identified Bra019346 as the candidate gene. "Stay-green" refers to a plant trait whereby leaves remain green during senescence. This trait is useful in the cultivation of pakchoi (Brassica campestris L. ssp. chinensis), which is marketed as a green leaf product. This study aimed to identify the gene responsible for the stay-green trait in pakchoi...
December 5, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
Congli Wang, Mauricio Ulloa, Tra T Duong, Philip A Roberts
Transgressive segregation in cotton (Gossypium spp.) provides an important approach to enhance resistance to the major pest root-knot nematode (RKN) Meloidogyne incognita. Our previous studies reported transgressive RKN resistance in an intraspecific Gossypium hirsutum resistant NemX × susceptible SJ-2 recombinant inbred line (RIL) population and early generations of interspecific cross Gossypium barbadense (susceptible Pima S-7) × G. hirsutum (NemX). However, the underlying functional mechanisms for this phenomenon are not known...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Indra Singh, Shuchi Smita, Dwijesh C Mishra, Sanjeev Kumar, Binay K Singh, Anil Rai
Abiotic stress is one of the major factors responsible for huge yield loss in crop plants. MicroRNAs play a key role in adaptive responses of plants under abiotic stress conditions through post-transcriptional gene regulations. In present study, 95 potential miRNAs were predicted in Brassica juncea using comparative genomics approach. It was noted that these miRNAs, target several transcription factors (TFs), transporter family proteins, signaling related genes, and protease encoding genes. Nineteen distinct miRNA-target regulatory networks were observed with significant involvement in regulation of transcription, response to stimulus, hormone and auxin mediated signaling pathway related gene ontology (GO) term...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Zilong He, Chengwei Zhang, Wanfei Liu, Qiang Lin, Ting Wei, Hasan A Aljohi, Wei-Hua Chen, Songnian Hu
Background: Date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) is a cultivated woody plant with agricultural and economic importance in many countries around the world. With the advantages of next generation sequencing technologies, genome sequences for many date palm cultivars have been released recently. Short sequence repeat (SSR) and single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) can be identified from these genomic data, and have been proven to be very useful biomarkers in plant genome analysis and breeding. Results: Here, we first improved the date palm genome assembly using 130X of HiSeq data generated in our lab...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
Qijun Xu, Xingquan Zeng, Bin Lin, Zeqing Li, Hongjun Yuan, Yulin Wang, Zhasang, Nyima Tashi
BACKGROUND: Clarifying genetic diversity in a large germplasm resource plays important roles in experimental designs that provides flexible utility in fundamental research and breeding in crops. However, the work is limited due to small collections of barley that are insufficient representatives. RESULTS: In the present study, we collected 562 hulless barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) accessions with worldwide geographic origins and evaluated their genetic variability and relatedness based on 93 simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers...
December 6, 2017: BMC Genetics
Arturo Aristizábal, Dino J Tuberquia, María José Sanín
Genetic diversity is key in providing the variation needed to face stochastic change. Increased habitat loss alters population size and dynamics posing serious threats to the conservation of wild species. Colombia has undergone massive deforestation over the last century, but harbours extraordinary high species diversity of genus Zamia (Cycadales), however most of the species are under threat. In this study we targeted the largest accessible remaining populations of two closely related species growing as endemics in the Magdalena Valley region of Colombia...
December 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
Roberta DI Caprio, Giuseppe Monfrecola, Franco Gasparri, Raffaella Micillo, Anna Balato, Serena Lembo
BACKGROUND: Natural antioxidants represent an effective option in the prevention and/or improvement of ultraviolet radiations (UVR)-induced/aggravated skin conditions. UVR cause DNA damage in keratinocytes, directly, in the form of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs), or indirectly, through oxidative stress production. Failure of the repair system can result in genetic mutations primarily responsible for the initiation of NMSCs. The aim of our study was to evaluate the in vitro protective effect of milk thistle and olive purified extracts on cultured keratinocytes after solar simulator irradiations (SSR)...
November 30, 2017: Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia: Organo Ufficiale, Società Italiana di Dermatologia e Sifilografia
Can Yuan, Fang Peng, Ze-Mao Yang, Wen-Juan Zhong, Fang-Sheng Mou, Yi-Yun Gong, Pei-Cheng Ji, De-Qiang Pu, Hai-Yan Huang, Xiao Yang, Chao Zhang
Ligusticum chuanxiong is a well-known traditional Chinese medicine plant. The study on its molecular markers development and germplasm resources is very important. In this study, we obtained 24 422 unigenes by assembling transcriptome sequencing reads of L. chuanxiong root. EST-SSR was detected and 4 073 SSR loci were identified. EST-SSR distribution and characteristic analysis results showed that the mono-nucleotide repeats were the main repeat types, accounting for 41.0%. In addition, the sequences containing SSR were functionally annotated in Gene Ontology (GO) and KEGG pathway and were assigned to 49 GO categories, 242 KEGG pathways, among them 2 201 sequences were annotated against Nr database...
September 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Mulugeta Atnaf, Nasser Yao, Kyalo Martina, Kifle Dagne, Dagne Wegary, Kassahun Tesfaye
White lupin is one of the four economically important species of the Lupinus genus and is an important grain legume in the Ethiopian farming system. However, there has been limited research effort to characterize the Ethiopian white lupin landraces. Fifteen polymorphic simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were used to assess the genetic diversity and population structure of 212 Ethiopian white lupin (Lupinus albus) landraces and two genotypes from different species (Lupinus angustifolius and Lupinus mutabilis) were used as out-group...
2017: PloS One
Jessica Delfini, Vânia Moda-Cirino, Claudete de Fátima Ruas, José Dos Santos Neto, Paulo Maurício Ruas, Juliana Sawada Buratto, Eduardo Augusto Ruas, Leandro Simões Azeredo Gonçalves
Common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) is one of the most important legumes for human consumption and is a staple food in the diet of the population of some countries of Latin America, Africa and Asia. The distinction between cultivars is based predominantly on morphological descriptors, which proved inefficient for the differentiation of some cultivars. This study had the objective of describing, distinguishing and evaluating the agronomic potential of 39 common bean cultivars of the carioca and black grain groups registered for cultivation in Brazil, based on 49 morphoagronomic descriptors and microsatellite (simple sequence repeat -SSR) markers...
2017: PloS One
Zhi-Zhong Li, Meng-Xue Lu, Josphat K Saina, Andrew W Gichira, Qing-Feng Wang, Jin-Ming Chen
Premise of the study: Simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were derived from transcriptomic data for Ottelia acuminata (Hydrocharitaceae), a species comprising five endemic and highly endangered varieties in China. Methods and Results: Sixteen novel SSR markers were developed for O. acuminata var. jingxiensis. One to eight alleles per locus were found, with a mean of 2.896. The observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.000 to 1.000 and 0.000 to 0.793, respectively...
November 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
Zuo-Zhou Li, Hua Tian, Jin-Ju Zhang
Premise of the study: Polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed to reveal the genetic diversity of extant populations and the mating system of Sinowilsonia henryi (Hamamelidaceae). Methods and Results: In this study, nuclear simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers were developed using the Illumina high-throughput sequencing technique (RNA-Seq). The de novo-assembled transcriptome generated a total of 64,694 unique sequences with an average length of 601 bp...
November 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
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