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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922085/diversity-of-major-urinary-proteins-mups-in-wild-house-mice
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Michaela Thoß, Viktoria Enk, Hans Yu, Ingrid Miller, Kenneth C Luzynski, Boglarka Balint, Steve Smith, Ebrahim Razzazi-Fazeli, Dustin J Penn
Major urinary proteins (MUPs) are often suggested to be highly polymorphic, and thereby provide unique chemical signatures used for individual and genetic kin recognition; however, studies on MUP variability have been lacking. We surveyed populations of wild house mice (Mus musculus musculus), and examined variation of MUP genes and proteins. We sequenced several Mup genes (9 to 11 loci) and unexpectedly found no inter-individual variation. We also found that microsatellite markers inside the MUP cluster show remarkably low levels of allelic diversity, and significantly lower than the diversity of markers flanking the cluster or other markers in the genome...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921144/the-genetic-architecture-of-the-mhc-class-ii-region-in-british-texel-sheep
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Alsagher O A Ali, Abigail Stear, Karen Fairlie-Clarke, Gholamreza Nikbakht Brujeni, N Mahiza Md Isa, M Shahrom Bin Salisi, Katarzyna Donskow-Łysoniewska, David Groth, Johannes Buitkamp, Michael J Stear
Understanding the structure of the major histocompatibility complex, especially the number and frequency of alleles, loci and haplotypes, is crucial for efficient investigation of the way in which the MHC influences susceptibility to disease. Nematode infection is one of the most important diseases suffered by sheep, and the class II region has been repeatedly associated with differences in susceptibility and resistance to infection. Texel sheep are widely used in many different countries and are relatively resistant to infection...
December 5, 2016: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920783/genomic-tools-in-pearl-millet-breeding-for-drought-tolerance-status-and-prospects
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REVIEW
Desalegn D Serba, Rattan S Yadav
Pearl millet [Penisetum glaucum (L) R. Br.] is a hardy cereal crop grown in the arid and semiarid tropics where other cereals are likely to fail to produce economic yields due to drought and heat stresses. Adaptive evolution, a form of natural selection shaped the crop to grow and yield satisfactorily with limited moisture supply or under periodic water deficits in the soil. Drought tolerance is a complex polygenic trait that various morphological and physiological responses are controlled by 100s of genes and significantly influenced by the environment...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920383/effects-of-fragmentation-on-plant-adaptation-to-urban-environments
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Jonathan Dubois, Pierre-Olivier Cheptou
Urban ecosystems are relatively recent and heavily human-altered terrestrial ecosystems with a surprisingly high diversity of animals, plants and other organisms. Urban habitats are also strongly fragmented and subject to higher temperatures, providing a compelling model for studying adaptation to global change. Crepis sancta (Asteraceae), an annual Mediterranean wasteland weed, occupies fragmented urban environments as well as certain unfragmented landscapes in southern France. We tested for shifts in dispersal, reproductive traits and size across a rural-urban gradient to learn whether and how selection may be driving changes in life history in urban and fragmented habitats...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920252/group-i-paks-promote-skeletal-myoblast-differentiation-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
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Giselle A Joseph, Min Lu, Maria Radu, Jennifer K Lee, Steven J Burden, Jonathan Chernoff, Robert S Krauss
Skeletal myogenesis is regulated by signal transduction, but the factors and mechanisms involved are not well understood. The group I Paks, Pak1 and Pak2, are related protein kinases and direct effectors of Cdc42 and Rac1. Group I Paks are ubiquitously expressed and specifically required for myoblast fusion in Drosophila We report that both Pak1 and Pak2 are activated during mammalian myoblast differentiation. One pathway of activation is initiated by N-cadherin ligation, and involves the cadherin co-receptor Cdo with its downstream effector, Cdc42...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919923/clonality-increases-with-snow-depth-in-the-arctic-dwarf-shrub-empetrum-hermaphroditum
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Miriam J Bienau, R Lutz Eckstein, Annette Otte, Walter Durka
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Vegetative reproduction and spread through clonal growth plays an important role in arctic-alpine ecosystems with short cool growing seasons. Local variation in winter snow accumulation leads to discrete habitat types that may provide divergent conditions for sexual and vegetative reproduction. Therefore, we studied variation in clonal structure of a dominant, evergreen, dwarf shrub (Empetrum nigrum s.l. with the two taxa E. nigrum L. s.s. and E. hermaphroditum Hagerup) along a snow cover gradient and compared clonal diversity and spatial genetic structure between habitats...
December 5, 2016: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919778/a-mutation-in-the-psst-homologue-of-complex-i-nadh-ubiquinone-oxidoreductase-from-tetranychus-urticae-is-associated-with-resistance-to-meti-acaricides
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Sabina Bajda, Wannes Dermauw, Rafaela Panteleri, Naoya Sugimoto, Vassilis Douris, Luc Tirry, Masahiro Osakabe, John Vontas, Thomas Van Leeuwen
The acaricidal compounds pyridaben, tebufenpyrad and fenpyroximate are frequently used in the control of phytophagous mites such as Tetranychus urticae, and are referred to as Mitochondrial Electron Transport Inhibitors, acting at the quinone binding pocket of complex I (METI-I acaricides). Because of their very frequent use, resistance evolved fast more than 20 years ago, and is currently wide-spread. Increased activity of P450 monooxygenases has been often associated with resistance, but target-site based resistance mechanisms were never reported...
December 2, 2016: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919765/late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-brugada-syndrome-a-marker-for-subtle-underlying-cardiomyopathy
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Rachel Bastiaenen, Andrew T Cox, Silvia Castelletti, Yanushi D Wijeyeratne, Nicholas Colbeck, Nadia Pakroo, Hammad Ahmed, Nick Bunce, Lisa Anderson, James C Moon, Sanjay Prasad, Sanjay Sharma, Elijah R Behr
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that the Brugada ECG pattern is a marker of subtle structural heart disease. OBJECTIVE: We characterised Brugada syndrome (BrS) patients using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). METHODS: BrS was diagnosed according to international guidelines. 26% BrS patients carried SCN5A mutations. CMR data from 78 BrS patients were compared with 78 healthy controls (44±15 vs 42±14 years; p=0...
December 2, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919008/phenotype-analysis-of-male-transgenic-mice-overexpressing-mutant-igfbp-2-lacking-the-cardin-weintraub-sequence-motif-reduced-expression-of-synaptic-markers-and-myelin-basic-protein-in-the-brain-and-a-lower-degree-of-anxiety-like-behaviour
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N Schindler, J Mayer, S Saenger, U Gimsa, C Walz, J Brenmoehl, D Ohde, E Wirthgen, A Tuchscherer, V C Russo, M Frank, T Kirschstein, F Metzger, A Hoeflich
Brain growth and function are regulated by insulin-like growth factors I and II (IGF-I and IGF-II) but also by IGF-binding proteins (IGFBPs), including IGFBP-2. In addition to modulating IGF activities, IGFBP-2 interacts with a number of components of the extracellular matrix and cell membrane via a Cardin-Weintraub sequence or heparin binding domain (HBD1). The nature and the signalling elicited by these interactions are not fully understood. Here, we examined transgenic mice (H1d-hBP2) overexpressing a mutant human IGFBP-2 that lacks a specific heparin binding domain (HBD1) known as the Cardin-Weintraub sequence...
November 16, 2016: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918468/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-tadpole-shrimp-triops-longicaudatus-by-illumina-paired-end-sequencing-assembly-annotation-and-marker-discovery
#10
Jiyeon Seong, Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, So Young Park, Hee Ju Hwang, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Mi Young Noh, Seung-Hwan Park, Gwang Joo Jeon, Hong Sik Kong, Soonok Kim, Ui Wook Hwang, Hong Seog Park, Yeon Soo Han, Yong Seok Lee
The tadpole shrimp (Triops longicaudatus) is an aquatic crustacean that helps control pest populations. It inhabits freshwater ponds and pools and has been described as a living fossil. T. longicaudatus was officially declared an endangered species South Korea in 2005; however, through subsequent protection and conservation management, it was removed from the endangered species list in 2012. The limited number of available genetic resources on T. longicaudatus makes it difficult to obtain valuable genetic information for marker-aided selection programs...
December 2, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918307/vegf-regulates-local-inhibitory-complement-proteins-in-the-eye-and-kidney
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Lindsay S Keir, Rachel Firth, Lyndsey Aponik, Daniel Feitelberg, Susumu Sakimoto, Edith Aguilar, Gavin I Welsh, Anna Richards, Yoshihiko Usui, Simon C Satchell, Valeryia Kuzmuk, Richard J Coward, Jonathan Goult, Katherine R Bull, Ruchi Sharma, Kapil Bharti, Peter D Westenskow, Iacovos P Michael, Moin A Saleem, Martin Friedlander
Outer retinal and renal glomerular functions rely on specialized vasculature maintained by VEGF that is produced by neighboring epithelial cells, the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and podocytes, respectively. Dysregulation of RPE- and podocyte-derived VEGF is associated with neovascularization in wet age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), choriocapillaris degeneration, and glomerular thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). Since complement activation and genetic variants in inhibitory complement factor H (CFH) are also features of both ARMD and TMA, we hypothesized that VEGF and CFH interact...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918163/-the-role-of-trefoil-factor-family-in-gynecological-disease
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D Neubert, R Pilka, D Stejskal, G Krejčí
AIM: Trefoil peptides are a family of small proteins that are expressed in a site-specific fashion by certain epithelial tissues. These peptides appear to be important in mucosal healing processes, in neoplastic disease and in human reproduction. DESIGN: Literature review. SETTING: Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University Hospital, Medical Faculty, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic; Department of Laboratory Biochemistry, Central Moravian Hospital Trust, Member of Agel holding, Prostějov...
2016: Ceská Gynekologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917542/genomic-evaluation-of-regional-dairy-cattle-breeds-in-single-breed-and-multibreed-contexts
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D Jónás, V Ducrocq, S Fritz, A Baur, M-P Sanchez, P Croiseau
An important prerequisite for high prediction accuracy in genomic prediction is the availability of a large training population, which allows accurate marker effect estimation. This requirement is not fulfilled in case of regional breeds with a limited number of breeding animals. We assessed the efficiency of the current French routine genomic evaluation procedure in four regional breeds (Abondance, Tarentaise, French Simmental and Vosgienne) as well as the potential benefits when the training populations consisting of males and females of these breeds are merged to form a multibreed training population...
December 4, 2016: Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Zeitschrift Für Tierzüchtung und Züchtungsbiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917442/polymorphisms-in-ten-candidate-genes-are-associated-with-conformational-and-locomotive-traits-in-spanish-purebred-horses
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Natalia Sevane, Susana Dunner, Ana Boado, Javier Cañon
The Spanish Purebred horses, also known as Andalusian horses, compete to the highest standards in international dressage events. Gait and conformation could be used as early selection criteria to detect young horses with promising dressage ability. Although the genetic background of equine size variation has been recently uncovered, the genetic basis of horse conformational and locomotive traits is not known, hampered by the complex genetic architecture underlying quantitative traits and the lack of phenotypic data...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Applied Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917289/a-high-density-multi-parental-snp-genetic-map-on-apple-validates-a-new-mapping-approach-for-outcrossing-species
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Erica A Di Pierro, Luca Gianfranceschi, Mario Di Guardo, Herma Jj Koehorst-van Putten, Johannes W Kruisselbrink, Sara Longhi, Michela Troggio, Luca Bianco, Hélène Muranty, Giulia Pagliarani, Stefano Tartarini, Thomas Letschka, Lidia Lozano Luis, Larisa Garkava-Gustavsson, Diego Micheletti, Marco Cam Bink, Roeland E Voorrips, Ebrahimi Aziz, Riccardo Velasco, François Laurens, W Eric van de Weg
Quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping approaches rely on the correct ordering of molecular markers along the chromosomes, which can be obtained from genetic linkage maps or a reference genome sequence. For apple (Malus domestica Borkh), the genome sequence v1 and v2 could not meet this need; therefore, a novel approach was devised to develop a dense genetic linkage map, providing the most reliable marker-loci order for the highest possible number of markers. The approach was based on four strategies: (i) the use of multiple full-sib families, (ii) the reduction of missing information through the use of HaploBlocks and alternative calling procedures for single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers, (iii) the construction of a single backcross-type data set including all families, and (iv) a two-step map generation procedure based on the sequential inclusion of markers...
2016: Horticulture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916881/optimization-of-cyanine-dye-stability-and-analysis-of-fret-interaction-on-dna-microarrays
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Marcel von der Haar, Christopher Heuer, Martin Pähler, Kathrin von der Haar, Patrick Lindner, Thomas Scheper, Frank Stahl
The application of DNA microarrays for high throughput analysis of genetic regulation is often limited by the fluorophores used as markers. The implementation of multi-scan techniques is limited by the fluorophores' susceptibility to photobleaching when exposed to the scanner laser light. This paper presents combined mechanical and chemical strategies which enhance the photostability of cyanine 3 and cyanine 5 as part of solid state DNA microarrays. These strategies are based on scanning the microarrays while the hybridized DNA is still in an aqueous solution with the presence of a reductive/oxidative system (ROXS)...
November 30, 2016: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916823/vitamin-b12-among-vegetarians-status-assessment-and-supplementation
#17
REVIEW
Gianluca Rizzo, Antonio Simone Laganà, Agnese Maria Chiara Rapisarda, Gioacchina Maria Grazia La Ferrera, Massimo Buscema, Paola Rossetti, Angela Nigro, Vincenzo Muscia, Gaetano Valenti, Fabrizio Sapia, Giuseppe Sarpietro, Micol Zigarelli, Salvatore Giovanni Vitale
Cobalamin is an essential molecule for humans. It acts as a cofactor in one-carbon transfers through methylation and molecular rearrangement. These functions take place in fatty acid, amino acid and nucleic acid metabolic pathways. The deficiency of vitamin B12 is clinically manifested in the blood and nervous system where the cobalamin plays a key role in cell replication and in fatty acid metabolism. Hypovitaminosis arises from inadequate absorption, from genetic defects that alter transport through the body, or from inadequate intake as a result of diet...
November 29, 2016: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916258/the-apicoplast-genomes-of-two-taxonomic-units-of-babesia-from-sheep
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Tao Wang, Guiquan Guan, Pasi K Korhonen, Anson V Koehler, Ross S Hall, Neil D Young, Hong Yin, Robin B Gasser
The apicoplast (ap) is a unique, non-photosynthetic organelle found in most apicomplexan parasites. Due to the essential roles that this organelle has, it has been widely considered as target for drugs against diseases caused by apicomplexans. Exploring the ap genomes of such parasites would provide a better understanding of their systematics and their basic molecular biology for therapeutics. However, there is limited information available on the ap genomes of apicomplexan parasites. In the present study, the ap genomes of two operational taxonomic units of Babesia (known as Babesia sp...
November 6, 2016: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915998/an-update-on-semantic-dementia-genetics-imaging-and-pathology
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REVIEW
Ramon Landin-Romero, Rachel Tan, John R Hodges, Fiona Kumfor
Progressive and relatively circumscribed loss of semantic knowledge, referred to as semantic dementia (SD) which falls under the broader umbrella of frontotemporal dementia, was officially identified as a clinical syndrome less than 50 years ago. Here, we review recent neuroimaging, pathological, and genetic research in SD. From a neuroimaging perspective, SD is characterised by hallmark asymmetrical atrophy of the anterior temporal pole and anterior fusiform gyrus, which is usually left lateralised. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies have revealed widespread changes in connectivity, implicating the anterior temporal regions in semantic deficits in SD...
December 5, 2016: Alzheimer's Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915480/genetic-and-epigenetic-alterations-in-bladder-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Hong-Tao Li, Christopher E Duymich, Daniel J Weisenberger, Gangning Liang
Bladder cancer is one of the most common cancers worldwide, with a high rate of recurrence and poor outcomes as a result of relapse. Bladder cancer patients require lifelong invasive monitoring and treatment, making bladder cancer one of the most expensive malignancies. Lines of evidence increasingly point to distinct genetic and epigenetic alteration patterns in bladder cancer, even between the different stages and grades of disease. In addition, genetic and epigenetic alterations have been demonstrated to play important roles during bladder tumorigenesis...
November 2016: International Neurourology Journal
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