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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103259/characterization-and-genetic-variation-of-vibrio-cholerae-isolated-from-clinical-and-environmental-sources-in-thailand
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Achiraya Siriphap, Pimlapas Leekitcharoenphon, Rolf S Kaas, Chonchanok Theethakaew, Frank M Aarestrup, Orasa Sutheinkul, Rene S Hendriksen
Cholera is still an important public health problem in several countries, including Thailand. In this study, a collection of clinical and environmental V. cholerae serogroup O1, O139, and non-O1/non-O139 strains originating from Thailand (1983 to 2013) was characterized to determine phenotypic and genotypic traits and to investigate the genetic relatedness. Using a combination of conventional methods and whole genome sequencing (WGS), 78 V. cholerae strains were identified. WGS was used to determine the serogroup, biotype, virulence, mobile genetic elements, and antimicrobial resistance genes using online bioinformatics tools...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103232/a-model-of-compound-heterozygous-loss-of-function-alleles-is-broadly-consistent-with-observations-from-complex-disease-gwas-datasets
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Jaleal S Sanjak, Anthony D Long, Kevin R Thornton
The genetic component of complex disease risk in humans remains largely unexplained. A corollary is that the allelic spectrum of genetic variants contributing to complex disease risk is unknown. Theoretical models that relate population genetic processes to the maintenance of genetic variation for quantitative traits may suggest profitable avenues for future experimental design. Here we use forward simulation to model a genomic region evolving under a balance between recurrent deleterious mutation and Gaussian stabilizing selection...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102915/transgenerational-effects-alter-plant-defense-and-resistance-in-nature
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Jack Colicchio
Trichomes, or leaf hairs, are epidermal extensions that take a variety of forms and perform many functions in plants, including herbivore defense. In this study, I document genetically determined variation, within-generation plasticity, and a direct role of trichomes in herbivore defense for Mimulus guttatus. After establishing the relationship between trichomes and herbivory, I test for transgenerational effects of wounding on trichome density and herbivore resistance. Patterns of inter-annual variation in herbivore density and the high cost of plant defense makes plant-herbivore interactions a system in which transgenerational phenotypic plasticity (TPP) is apt to evolve...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102888/genetic-polymorphisms-in-estrogen-metabolic-pathway-associated-with-risks-of-alzheimer-s-disease-evidence-from-a-southern-chinese-population
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Lu Hua Chen, Yan Hui Fan, Patrick Yu Ping Kao, Deborah Tip Yin Ho, Joyce Cheuk Tung Ha, Leung Wing Chu, You-Qiang Song
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether genetic variations on the estrogen metabolic pathway would be associated with risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Individuals were recruited at the Memory Clinic, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong. PARTICIPANTS: Chinese individuals with (n = 426) and without (n = 350) AD. MEASUREMENTS: All subjects underwent a standardized cognitive assessment and genotyping of four candidate genes on the estrogen metabolic pathway (estrogen receptor α gene (ESR1), estrogen receptor β gene (ESR2), cytochrome P450 19A1 gene (CYP19A1), cytochrome P450 11A1 gene (CYP11A1))...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102197/a-novel-dominant-gjb2-dfna3-mutation-in-a-chinese-family
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Hongyang Wang, Kaiwen Wu, Lan Yu, Linyi Xie, Wenping Xiong, Dayong Wang, Jing Guan, Qiuju Wang
To decipher the phenotype and genotype of a Chinese family with autosomal dominant non-syndromic hearing loss (ADNSHL) and a novel dominant missense mutation in the GJB2 gene (DFNA3), mutation screening of GJB2 was performed on the propositus from a five-generation ADNSHL family through polymerase chain reaction amplification and Sanger sequencing. The candidate variation and the co-segregation of the phenotype were verified in all ascertained family members. Targeted genes capture and next-generation sequencing (NGS) were performed to explore additional genetic variations...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102151/pleiotropic-genetic-effects-influencing-sleep-and-neurological-disorders
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REVIEW
Olivia J Veatch, Brendan T Keenan, Philip R Gehrman, Beth A Malow, Allan I Pack
Research evidence increasingly points to the large impact of sleep disturbances on public health. Many aspects of sleep are heritable and genes influencing traits such as timing, EEG characteristics, sleep duration, and response to sleep loss have been identified. Notably, large-scale genome-wide analyses have implicated numerous genes with small effects on sleep timing. Additionally, there has been considerable progress in the identification of genes influencing risk for some neurological sleep disorders. For restless legs syndrome, implicated variants are typically in genes associated with neuronal development...
February 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102150/ultra-rare-genetic-variation-in-common-epilepsies-a-case-control-sequencing-study
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BACKGROUND: Despite progress in understanding the genetics of rare epilepsies, the more common epilepsies have proven less amenable to traditional gene-discovery analyses. We aimed to assess the contribution of ultra-rare genetic variation to common epilepsies. METHODS: We did a case-control sequencing study with exome sequence data from unrelated individuals clinically evaluated for one of the two most common epilepsy syndromes: familial genetic generalised epilepsy, or familial or sporadic non-acquired focal epilepsy...
February 2017: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102034/common-and-well-documented-hla-alleles-over-all-of-europe-and-within-european-sub-regions-a-catalogue-from-the-european-federation-for-immunogenetics
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A Sanchez-Mazas, J M Nunes, D Middleton, J Sauter, S Buhler, A McCabe, J Hofmann, D M Baier, A H Schmidt, G Nicoloso, M Andreani, Z Grubic, J-M Tiercy, K Fleischhauer
BACKGROUND: A catalogue of common and well-documented (CWD) human leukocyte antigen (HLA), previously established by the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (ASHI), is widely used as indicator for typing ambiguities to be resolved in tissue transplantation or for checking the universality of any HLA allele in the world. However, European population samples, which are characterized by a substantial level of genetic variation, are underrepresented in the ASHI catalogue...
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101967/host-related-factors-explaining-interindividual-variability-of-carotenoid-bioavailability-and-tissue-concentrations-in-humans
#9
Torsten Bohn, Charles Desmarchelier, Lars O Dragsted, Charlotte S Nielsen, Wilhelm Stahl, Ralph Rühl, Jaap Keijer, Patrick Borel
Carotenoid dietary intake and their endogenous levels have been associated with a decreased risk of several chronic diseases. There are indications that carotenoid bioavailability depends, in addition to the food matrix, on host factors. These include diseases (e.g. colitis), life-style habits (e.g. smoking), gender and age, as well as genetic variations including single nucleotide polymorphisms that govern carotenoid metabolism. These are expected to explain interindividual differences that contribute to carotenoid uptake, distribution, metabolism and excretion, and therefore possibly also their association with disease risk...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101800/is-the-genetic-background-of-co-stimulatory-cd28-ctla-4-pathway-the-risk-factor-for-prostate-cancer
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Lidia Karabon, K Tupikowski, A Tomkiewicz, A Partyka, E Pawlak-Adamska, A Wojciechowski, A Kolodziej, J Dembowski, R Zdrojowy, I Frydecka
The impairment of immunological surveillance caused by aberrant T cell activation can lead to an inadequate anti-tumor response. Therefore, deregulation in co-stimulatory pathway might be associated with cancer susceptibility. Here we undertook a prospective study to investigate whether genetic variations in gene encoding molecule CD28 and CTLA-4 playing pivotal role in regulating adoptive immune response can influence susceptibility to prostate cancer. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CTLA-4 and CD28 genes were genotyped in 301 prostate cancer (PCa) patients and 301 controls...
January 18, 2017: Pathology Oncology Research: POR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101436/development-and-characterization-of-microsatellite-primers-in-the-endangered-mediterranean-shrub-ziziphus-lotus-rhamnaceae
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Ana González-Robles, Antonio J Manzaneda, Jesús M Bastida, Nick Harvey, Rafael Jaime, Teresa Salido, Luisa M Martínez, Ana Fernández-Ocaña, Julio M Alcántara, Pedro J Rey
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Microsatellite primers were developed to characterize and evaluate patterns of genetic diversity and structure in the endangered Mediterranean shrub Ziziphus lotus (Rhamnaceae). METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty microsatellite primers were developed for Z. lotus, of which 14 were polymorphic. We evaluated microsatellite polymorphism in 97 specimens from 18 Spanish and seven Moroccan populations. Between two and eight alleles were found per locus, and the average number of alleles was 5...
December 2016: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101435/microsatellite-markers-for-nuphar-japonica-nymphaeaceae-an-aquatic-plant-in-the-agricultural-ecosystem-of-japan
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Toshiaki Kondo, Sonoko Watanabe, Takashi Shiga, Yuji Isagi
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Nuphar species (Nymphaeaceae) are representative aquatic plants in irrigation ponds in Japanese agricultural ecosystems. We developed 15 polymorphic microsatellite markers for N. japonica and confirmed their utility for its close relatives N. oguraensis var. akiensis and N. ×saijoensis, which originated from natural hybridization between N. japonica and N. oguraensis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Genetic variation was characterized in 15 polymorphic loci in three populations of N...
December 2016: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101368/polymorphisms-in-the-canine-monoamine-oxidase-a-maoa-gene-identification-and-variation-among-five-broad-dog-breed-groups
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James Sacco, Andrew Ruplin, Paul Skonieczny, Michael Ohman
BACKGROUND: In humans, reduced activity of the enzyme monoamine oxidase type A (MAOA) due to genetic polymorphisms within the MAOA gene leads to increased brain neurotransmitter levels associated with aggression. In order to study MAOA genetic diversity in dogs, we designed a preliminary study whose objectives were to identify novel alleles in functionally important regions of the canine MAOA gene, and to investigate whether the frequencies of these polymorphisms varied between five broad breed groups (ancient, herding, mastiff, modern European, and mountain)...
2017: Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101335/novel-snps-in-il-17f-and-il-17a-genes-associated-with-somatic-cell-count-in-chinese-holstein-and-inner-mongolia-sanhe-cattle
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Tahir Usman, Yachun Wang, Chao Liu, Yanghua He, Xiao Wang, Yichun Dong, Hongjun Wu, Airong Liu, Ying Yu
BACKGROUND: Bovine mastitis is the most common and costly disease of lactating cattle worldwide. Apart from milk somatic cell count (SCC) and somatic cell score (SCS), serum cytokines such as interleukin-17 (IL-17) and interleukin-4 (IL-4) may also be potential indicators for bovine mastitis. The present study was designed to investigate the effects of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in bovine IL-17F and IL-17A genes on SCC, SCS and serum cytokines in Chinese Holstein and Inner-Mongolia Sanhe cattle, and to compare the mRNA expression variations of the cows with different genotypes...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100912/cryptic-splice-activation-but-not-exon-skipping-is-observed-in-minigene-assays-of-dystrophin-c-9361-1g-a-mutation-identified-by-ngs
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Emma Tabe Eko Niba, Atsushi Nishida, Van Khanh Tran, Dung Chi Vu, Masaaki Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Awano, Tomoko Lee, Yasuhiro Takeshima, Hisahide Nishio, Masafumi Matsuo
Next-generation sequencing (NGS) discloses nucleotide changes in the genome. Mutations at splicing regulatory elements are expected to cause splicing errors, such as exon skipping, cryptic splice site activation, partial exon loss or intron retention. In dystrophinopathy patients, prediction of splicing outcomes is essential to determine the phenotype: either severe Duchenne or mild Becker muscular dystrophy, based on the reading frame rule. In a Vietnamese patient, NGS identified a c.9361+1G>A mutation in the dystrophin gene and an additional DNA variation of A>G at +117 bases in intron 64...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100911/variants-on-chromosome-4q21-near-pkd2-and-siblings-are-associated-with-dental-caries
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Scott Eckert, Eleanor Feingold, Margaret Cooper, Michael M Vanyukov, Brion S Maher, Rebecca L Slayton, Marcia C Willing, Steven E Reis, Daniel W McNeil, Richard J Crout, Robert J Weyant, Steven M Levy, Alexandre R Vieira, Mary L Marazita, John R Shaffer
A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) for dental caries nominated the chromosomal region 4q21 near ABCG2, PKD2 and the SIBLING (small integrin-binding ligand N-linked glycoprotein) gene family. In this investigation, we followed up and fine-mapped this region using a tag-SNP (single-nucleotide polymorphism) approach in 13 age- and race-stratified samples from 6 independent studies (N=4089). Participants were assessed for dental caries via intraoral examination and 49 tag-SNPs were genotyped capturing much of the variation in the 4q21 locus...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100847/genetic-background-of-aberrant-thermogenin-expression-ucp1-in-obesity-leading-to-metabolic-syndrome
#17
Małgorzata Stosio, Agata Witkowicz, Anna Kowalska, Lidia Karabon
Cardiovascular and metabolic disturbances individually and interdependently lead to chronic pathological conditions observed in cardio-metabolic diseases (CMDs). In Europe, the morbidity and mortality caused by cardiovascular disease are the highest among all diseases. Therefore, it seems important to search for new and alternative therapies for obesity, which is the main cause of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and cardiovascular disease (CD). Great attention has been paid to the role of brown adipose tissue in fat burning and the possibility of transformation of the white adipose tissue to cells with brown adipose tissue function as a potential form of treatment of obesity...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100823/conspicuous-plumage-colours-are-highly-variable
#18
Kaspar Delhey, Beatrice Szecsenyi, Shinichi Nakagawa, Anne Peters
Elaborate ornamental traits are often under directional selection for greater elaboration, which in theory should deplete underlying genetic variation. Despite this, many ornamental traits appear to remain highly variable and how this essential variation is maintained is a key question in evolutionary biology. One way to address this question is to compare differences in intraspecific variability across different types of traits to determine whether high levels of variation are associated with specific trait characteristics...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100788/genomic-infectious-disease-epidemiology-in-partially-sampled-and-ongoing-outbreaks
#19
Xavier Didelot, Christophe Fraser, Jennifer Gardy, Caroline Colijn
Genomic data is increasingly being used to understand infectious disease epidemiology. Isolates from a given outbreak are sequenced, and the patterns of shared variation are used to infer which isolates within the outbreak are most closely related to each other. Unfortunately, the phylogenetic trees typically used to represent this variation are not directly informative about who infected whom - a phylogenetic tree is not a transmission tree. However, a transmission tree can be inferred from a phylogeny while accounting for within-host genetic diversity by colouring the branches of a phylogeny according to which host those branches were in...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100590/inferring-individual-inbreeding-and-demographic-history-from-segments-of-identity-by-descent-in-ficedula-flycatcher-genome-sequences
#20
Marty Kardos, Anna Qvarnström, Hans Ellegren
Individual inbreeding and historical demography can be estimated by analyzing runs of homozygosity (ROH), which are indicative of chromosomal segments of identity by descent (IBD). Such analyses have so far been rare in natural populations due to limited genomic resources. We analyzed ROH in whole genome sequences from 287 Ficedula flycatchers representing four species, with the objectives of evaluating the causes of genome-wide variation in the abundance of ROH and inferring historical demography. ROH were clearly more abundant in genomic regions with low recombination rate...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
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