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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933646/antisperm-antibodies-in-repeat-breeding-cows-frequency-detection-and-validation-of-threshold-levels-employing-sperm-immobilization-sperm-agglutination-and-immunoperoxidase-assay
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S K Srivastava, S Shinde, S K Singh, S Mehrotra, M R Verma, A K Singh, S Nandi, N Srivastava, S K Singh, T K Goswami, S K Bhure, H Kumar, S K Ghosh
Antisperm antibodies have been found in repeat-breeding(RB) cows, and those causing agglutination and/or immobilization of sperm are considered to be closely related to unexplained infertility. However, a standard protocol for identifying antisperm antibodies (ASA) in cattle is not validated. Therefore, an investigation was undertaken to evaluate sperm immobilization (SIT), sperm agglutination (SAT) and immunoperoxidase (IPT)assays for detection of ASA in serum and their respective threshold levels for confirmation...
December 8, 2016: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933519/heterogeneous-stock-populations-for-analysis-of-complex-traits
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Leah C Solberg Woods, Richard Mott
Heterogeneous Stock (HS) populations allow for fine-resolution genetic mapping of a variety of complex traits. HS mice and rats were created from breeding together eight inbred strains, followed by maintaining the colony in a manner that minimizes inbreeding. After 50 or more generations of breeding, the resulting animals' chromosomes represent a genetic mosaic of the founders' haplotypes, with the average distance between recombination events in the centiMorgan range. This allows for genetic mapping to only a few Mb, a much smaller region than what can be identified using traditional F2 intercross or backcross mapping strategies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933518/resources-for-systems-genetics
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Robert W Williams, Evan G Williams
A key characteristic of systems genetics is its reliance on populations that vary to a greater or lesser degree in genetic complexity-from highly admixed populations such as the Collaborative Cross and Diversity Outcross to relatively simple crosses such as sets of consomic strains and reduced complexity crosses. This protocol is intended to help investigators make more informed decisions about choices of resources given different types of questions. We consider factors such as costs, availability, and ease of breeding for common scenarios...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933261/efficient-regeneration-system-from-rye-leaf-base-segments
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Kamil Haliloglu, Murat Aydin
Rye is second only to wheat among grains most widely used in the making of bread and is also a very important gene resource for breeding and improvement of wheat and other cereal crops owing to tolerance to abiotic stress factors such as low temperatures, drought and poor soil conditions. However, application of biotechnologies has been limited in rye breeding since it is one of the most recalcitrant species in tissue culture. A simple and fast regeneration system from leaf-base segment explant of rye was developed in this study...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933082/rna-seq-transcriptome-response-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-to-the-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lini
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Leonardo Galindo-González, Michael K Deyholos
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is a hemibiotrophic fungus that causes wilt in flax. Along with rust, fusarium wilt has become an important factor in flax production worldwide. Resistant flax cultivars have been used to manage the disease, but the resistance varies, depending on the interactions between specific cultivars and isolates of the pathogen. This interaction has a strong molecular basis, but no genomic information is available on how the plant responds to attempted infection, to inform breeding programs on potential candidate genes to evaluate or improve resistance across cultivars...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933075/a-non-specific-setaria-italica-lipid-transfer-protein-gene-plays-a-critical-role-under-abiotic-stress
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Yanlin Pan, Jianrui Li, Licong Jiao, Cong Li, Dengyun Zhu, Jingjuan Yu
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are a class of cysteine-rich soluble proteins having small molecular weights. LTPs participate in flower and seed development, cuticular wax deposition, also play important roles in pathogen and abiotic stress responses. A non-specific LTP gene (SiLTP) was isolated from a foxtail millet (Setaria italica) suppression subtractive hybridization library enriched for differentially expressed genes after abiotic stress treatments. A semi-quantitative reverse transcriptase PCR analysis showed that SiLTP was expressed in all foxtail millet tissues...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933068/mapping-quantitative-trait-loci-controlling-high-iron-and-zinc-content-in-self-and-open-pollinated-grains-of-pearl-millet-pennisetum-glaucum-l-r-br
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Sushil Kumar, Charles T Hash, Nepolean Thirunavukkarasu, Govind Singh, Vengaldas Rajaram, Abhishek Rathore, Senthilvel Senapathy, Mahesh D Mahendrakar, Rattan S Yadav, Rakesh K Srivastava
Pearl millet is a multipurpose grain/fodder crop of the semi-arid tropics, feeding many of the world's poorest and most undernourished people. Genetic variation among adapted pearl millet inbreds and hybrids suggests it will be possible to improve grain micronutrient concentrations by selective breeding. Using 305 loci, a linkage map was constructed to map QTLs for grain iron [Fe] and zinc [Zn] using replicated samples of 106 pearl millet RILs (F6) derived from ICMB 841-P3 × 863B-P2. The grains of the RIL population were evaluated for Fe and Zn content using atomic absorption spectrophotometer...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932041/source-apportionment-and-health-risk-assessment-of-heavy-metals-in-soil-for-a-township-in-jiangsu-province-china
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Yanxue Jiang, Sihong Chao, Jianwei Liu, Yue Yang, Yanjiao Chen, Aichen Zhang, Hongbin Cao
Human activities contribute greatly to heavy metal pollution in soils. Concentrations of 15 metal elements were detected in 105 soil samples collected from a typical rural-industrial town in southern Jiangsu, China. Among them, 7 heavy metals-lead, copper, zinc, arsenic, chromium, cadmium, and nickel-were considered in the health risk assessment for residents via soil inhalation, dermal contact, and/or direct/indirect ingestion. Their potential sources were quantitatively apportioned by positive matrix factorization using the data set of all metal elements, in combination with geostatistical analysis, land use investigation, and industrial composition analysis...
December 5, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931928/the-norberg-angle-is-not-an-accurate-predictor-of-canine-hip-conformation-based-on-the-distraction-index-and-the-dorsolateral-subluxation-score
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Ana R Gaspar, Galina Hayes, Catarina Ginja, Mário M Ginja, Rory J Todhunter
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a common complex trait characterized by abnormal hip joint development. Hip joint laxity, an early characteristic of CHD, results in degeneration of the joint due to mechanical trauma, which is a clinical problem mostly in medium to large breed dogs. Clinical signs include pain, decreased activity and lameness. A retrospective, multi-center, cross sectional study of 437 dogs was performed to determine if a Norberg angle (NA) ≥105° accurately predicts a non-dysplastic hip based on a distraction index (DI) cut-off of ≤0...
December 1, 2016: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931187/computational-strategies-for-alternative-single-step-bayesian-regression-models-with-large-numbers-of-genotyped-and-non-genotyped-animals
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Rohan L Fernando, Hao Cheng, Bruce L Golden, Dorian J Garrick
BACKGROUND: Two types of models have been used for single-step genomic prediction and genome-wide association studies that include phenotypes from both genotyped animals and their non-genotyped relatives. The two types are breeding value models (BVM) that fit breeding values explicitly and marker effects models (MEM) that express the breeding values in terms of the effects of observed or imputed genotypes. MEM can accommodate a wider class of analyses, including variable selection or mixture model analyses...
December 8, 2016: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931135/balkan-brachicerous-cattle-the-first-domesticated-cattle-in-europe
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Peter Hristov, Daniela Sirakova, Ivan Mitkov, Nikolai Spassov, Georgi Radoslavov
The present study aimed to compare mitochondrial diversity among Balkan Neolithic/Chalcolithic cattle and present day Shorthorn Rhodopean cattle (Busha) to throw a new insight into European cattle domestication. The results showed that both ancient- and present-day samples belonged to the macrohaplogroup T. From the 28 sequences (8 ancient and 20 modern), the T1 and T2 haplogroup represent about 3.6% (1/28; 1/28). The T3 haplogroup was with the highest frequency - 57% (16/28). Based on the SNPs on 16057A and 16133C, the new T6 haplogroup was proposed...
December 8, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930931/deficiency-in-duox2-activity-alleviates-ileitis-in-gpx1-and-gpx2-knockout-mice-without-affecting-apoptosis-incidence-in-the-crypt-epithelium
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Fong-Fong Chu, R Steven Esworthy, James H Doroshow, Helmut Grasberger, Agnes Donko, Thomas L Leto, Qiang Gao, Binghui Shen
Mice deficient in glutathione peroxidase (GPx)-1 and -2 (GPx1(-/-)GPx2(-/-) double knockout or DKO mice) develop very-early-onset (VEO) ileocolitis, suggesting that lack of defense against reactive oxygen species (ROS) renders susceptibility to intestinal inflammation. Two members of ROS-generating NADPH oxidase family, NOX1 and DUOX2, are highly inducible in the intestinal epithelium. Previously, we reported that Nox1 deficiency ameliorated the pathology in DKO mice (Nox1-TKO). The role of Duox2 in ileocolitis of the DKO mice is evaluated here in Duoxa-TKO mice by breeding DKO mice with Duoxa(-/-) mice (Duoxa-TKO), which do not have Duox2 activity...
November 22, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929430/biological-activities-of-extracts-from-loquat-eriobotrya-japonica-lindl-a-review
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REVIEW
Yilong Liu, Wenna Zhang, Changjie Xu, Xian Li
Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica Lindl.) is a subtropical fruit tree with high medicinal value native to China. Different organs of loquat have been used historically as folk medicines and this has been recorded in Chinese history for thousands of years. Research shows that loquat extracts contain many antioxidants, and different extracts exhibit bioactivity capable of counteracting inflammation, diabetes, cancer, bacterial infection, aging, pain, allergy and other health issues. Bioactive compounds such as phenolics and terpenoids have been isolated and characterized to provide a better understanding of the chemical mechanisms underlying the biological activities of loquat extracts...
December 6, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929044/salt-tolerance-during-germination-and-seedling-growth-of-wild-wheat-aegilops-tauschii-and-its-impact-on-the-species-range-expansion
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Daisuke Saisho, Shigeo Takumi, Yoshihiro Matsuoka
Adaptation to edaphic stress may have a key role in plant species range expansion. Aegilops tauschii Coss., the common wheat's D-genome progenitor native to the Transcaucasus-Middle East region, is a good model to study the relationships between soil salinity and plant distributions: one of its intraspecific sublineages, TauL1b, drove the long-distance eastward expansion of this species range reaching semi-arid-central Asia. Salt tolerance during germination and seedling growth was evaluated in 206 Ae. tauschii accessions by treating seeds with NaCl solutions differing in concentrations...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928597/effects-of-bacillus-cereus-endospores-on-free-living-protist-growth
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Susana S Santos, Niels Bohse Hendriksen, Hans Henrik Jakobsen, Anne Winding
We studied the predator-prey interactions between heterotrophic protists and endospores of Bacillus cereus group bacteria, in order to gain insight on survival and dispersal of B. cereus endospores in the environment. It has been hypothesised that the spore stage protects against digestion by predating protists. Therefore, experiments were carried out to investigate the impact of B. cereus endospores and vegetative cells, as the only food source, on individual amoeboid, flagellated and ciliated protists. The presence of fluorescent-labelled intracellular bacteria confirmed that B...
December 7, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928518/prenatal-transmission-of-scrapie-in-sheep-and-goats-a-case-study-for-veterinary-public-health
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REVIEW
D B Adams
Unsettled knowledge as to whether scrapie transmits prenatally in sheep and goats and transmits by semen and preimplantation embryos has a potential to compromise measures for controlling, preventing and eliminating the disease. The remedy may be analysis according to a systematic review, allowing comprehensive and accessible treatment of evidence and reasoning, clarifying the issue and specifying the uncertainties. Systematic reviews have clearly formulated questions, can identify relevant studies and appraise their quality and can summarise evidence and reasoning with an explicit methodology...
2016: Open veterinary journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928173/incidence-of-post-anesthetic-colic-in-non-fasted-adult-equine-patients
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Patricia A Bailey, Brent A Hague, Michael Davis, Michael D Major, Chad J Zubrod, Jeff E Brakenhoff
The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of post-anesthetic colic in non-fasted adult horses undergoing isoflurane inhalant anesthesia for an elective, non-abdominal procedure at a single referral center. Medical records were searched from May 1, 2012 to May 31, 2014. Inclusion criteria included non-fasted patients ≥ 2 years of age that were anesthetized for an elective, non-abdominal procedure. The incidence of post-anesthetic colic for this study population was 2.5%. None of the risk factors examined (season, age, gender, breed, surgeon, procedure, recumbency, butorphanol administration, additional surgical complications, and the length of anesthesia) were associated with an increased risk of post-anesthetic colic...
December 2016: Canadian Veterinary Journal. la Revue Vétérinaire Canadienne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928001/the-male-handicap-male-biased-mortality-explains-skewed-sex-ratios-in-brown-trout-embryos
#18
P Morán, L Labbé, C Garcia de Leaniz
Juvenile sex ratios are often assumed to be equal for many species with genetic sex determination, but this has rarely been tested in fish embryos due to their small size and absence of sex-specific markers. We artificially crossed three populations of brown trout and used a recently developed genetic marker for sexing the offspring of both pure and hybrid crosses. Sex ratios (SR = proportion of males) varied widely one month after hatching ranging from 0.15 to 0.90 (mean = 0.39 ± 0.03). Families with high survival tended to produce balanced or male-biased sex ratios, but SR was significantly female-biased when survival was low, suggesting that males sustain higher mortality during development...
December 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927997/genetic-diversity-and-genomic-strategies-for-improving-drought-and-waterlogging-tolerance-in-soybeans
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REVIEW
Babu Valliyodan, Heng Ye, Li Song, MacKensie Murphy, J Grover Shannon, Henry T Nguyen
Drought and its interaction with high temperature are the major abiotic stress factors affecting soybean yield and production stability. Ongoing climate changes are anticipated to intensify drought events, which will further impact crop production and food security. However, excessive water also limits soybean production. The success of soybean breeding programmes for crop improvement is dependent on the extent of genetic variation present in the germplasm base. Screening for natural genetic variation in drought- and flooding tolerance-related traits, including root system architecture, water and nitrogen-fixation efficiency, and yield performance indices, has helped to identify the best resources for genetic studies in soybean...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927184/ty1-copia-elements-reveal-diverse-insertion-sites-linked-to-polymorphisms-among-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-accessions
#20
Leonardo Galindo-González, Corinne Mhiri, Marie-Angèle Grandbastien, Michael K Deyholos
BACKGROUND: Initial characterization of the flax genome showed that Ty1-copia retrotransposons are abundant, with several members being recently inserted, and in close association with genes. Recent insertions indicate a potential for ongoing transpositional activity that can create genomic diversity among accessions, cultivars or varieties. The polymorphisms generated constitute a good source of molecular markers that may be associated with phenotype if the insertions alter gene activity...
December 7, 2016: BMC Genomics
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