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      Volume 96, Issue 1

      March 2017,   pages  1-211

    • General Editorial on Publication Ethics

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    • Cloning and expression analysis of zygote arrest 1 (Zar1) in New Zealand white rabbits

      DAN WANG SHU-YU XIE WEI ZHANG CAI-XIA SUN TAO HUANG AN-SI WANG XUE-LEI HAN GUI-RONG SUN MING LI

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      Zygote arrest 1 (Zar1) is an oocyte-specific maternal-effect gene. Previous studies indicate that Zar1 plays important role in early embryo development, but little is known about its function in rabbit. The objectives of this study were to clone the New Zealand white rabbit Zar1 gene and to investigate its expression in various organs in groups of animals with different reproductivetraits.We obtained a 709-bp Zar1 cDNA fragment consisting of an 8-bp exon 1, 161-bp exon 2, 75-bp exon 3, 271-bp exon 4 and 194-bp 3' sequences. The rabbit Zar1 nucleotide sequence showed per cent identities of 91, 88, 88, 87, 86, 87, 76 and 82% with Zar1 orthologues in human, cattle, sheep, pig, mouse, rat, zebrafish and Xenopus laevis, respectively, indicating a high homology with other species and evolutionary conservation. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction analyses revealed nonoocyte-specific Zar1 expression, with expression in spleen, lung, ovary, uterus, heart, liver and kidney. The expression level was highest in the lung. This study may lay the theoretical foundation for the study of ZAR1’s biological function.

    • Sequence variants of the LCORL gene and its association with growth and carcass traits in Qinchuan cattle in China

      Y. J. HAN Y. CHEN Y. LIU X. L. LIU

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      Molecular marker-assisted selection is a better way to satisfy the growing customer requirement with the development of beef cattle growth and breeding research. For now, quantitative trait locus (QTL) for cattle growth and carcass traits, just like body height, body length and carcass weight have been detected on bovine chromosome 6. In this study, ligand-dependent nuclear receptor corepressor-like (LCORL) was selected as the potential positional candidate gene located in chromosome 6 which is closely connected with the bovine growth and carcass traits. A total of 450 Qinchuan beef cattle were used to detect mutations in exon and its neighbouring region, and the promoter region of the bovine LCORL gene. The methods for SNPs detection werepolymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) and created restriction site PCR (CRSPCR), and the results of this study show that there were two variations in intron regions, the other four variations were located in the promoter region. Linkage disequilibrium analysis and haplotype analysis indicated that L78-Q4 had strong linkage disequilibrium, A T G C G C (16.2%) and G C G C A T (16.7%) had higher haplotype frequencies, G C A C A C (0.8%) and G T A C A T (0.7%) had lower haplotype frequencies. Correlation analysis indicated that SNP g. INT+52098A>G was significantly associated with slaughter weight and carcass weight. Based on the research, we selected LCORL as the candidate gene that can contribute to improved marker-assisted selection for the meat performance of Qinchuan beef cattle.

    • Molecular analysis of glycogen storage disease type Ia in Iranian Azeri Turks: identification of a novel mutation

      SHEKARI KHANIANI MAHMOUD AZIZ KHORRAMI MANDANA RAFEEY ROBABEH GHERGHEREHCHI MANSOORI DERAKHSHAN SIMA

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      Glycogen storage diseases (GSDs) are caused by abnormalities in enzymes that are involved in the regulation of gluconeogenesis and glycogenolysis. GSD I, an autosomal recessive metabolic disorder, is the most common GSD and has four subtypes. Here, we examined GSD Ia caused by the defective glucose-6-phosphatase catalytic (G6PC) gene. We investigated the frequency of GSD Ia and clarified its molecular aspect in patients with the main clinical and biochemical characteristics of GSD, including 37 unrelated patients with a mean age of three years at the time of diagnosis. All patients belonged to the Azeri Turkish population. Hypoglycaemia and hypertriglyceridaemia were the most frequent laboratory findings. Mutations were detected by performing direct sequencing. Mutation analysis of the G6PC gene revealed that GSD Ia accounted for 11%in GSD patients with involvement of liver. Three patients were homozygous for R83C mutation. In addition, a novel stop mutation, Y85X, was identified in a patient with the typical features of GSD Ia.

    • Cloning and expression analysis of a new anther-specific gene CaMF4 in Capsicum annuum

      XUEFENG HAO CHANGMING CHEN GUOJU CHEN BIHAO CAO JIANJUN LEI

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      Our previous study on the genic male sterile–fertile line 114AB of Capsicum annuum indicated a diversity of differentially expressed cDNA fragments in fertile and sterile lines. In this study, a transcript-derived fragment (TDF), male fertile 4(CaMF4) was chosen for further investigation to observe that this specific fragment accumulates in the flower buds of the fertile line. The full genomic DNA sequence of CaMF4 was 894 bp in length, containing two exons and one intron, and the complete coding sequence encoded a putative 11.53 kDa protein of 109 amino acids. The derived protein of CaMF4 shared similarity with the members of PGPS/D3 protein family. The expression of CaMF4 was detected in both the flower buds at stage 8 and open flowers of the male fertile line. In contrast to this observation, expression of CaMF4 was not detected in any organs of the male sterile line. Further analysis revealed that CaMF4 was expressed particularly in anthers of the fertile line. Our results suggest that CaMF4 is an anther-specific gene and might be indispensable for anther or pollen development in C.annuum.

    • Genetic structure of Pseudococcus microcirculus (Hemiptera: Pseudococcidae) populations on epiphytic orchids in south Florida

      J. A. ZETTLER K. ADAMS B. FREDERICK A. GUTTING N. INGEBRETSEN A. RAGSDALE A. SCHREY

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      In 2012, the orchid mealy bug Pseudococcus microcirculus was first detected in situ in North America’s more diverse orchid region, the Big Cypress Basin (Collier Co FL). A follow-up survey showed that the mealy bug is more widespread and found on epiphytic orchids in two locations, in both the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve (sites B and F) and the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge (sites M and C). There, we collected mealy bugs (n = 54) from 35 orchid individuals and screened allelic variation at seven microsatellite loci. We estimated genetic diversity and differentiation among all sites and compared the variation among individuals collected on the same plant. Genetic differentiation between sites M and C (FST = 0.03, P < 0.01) and,Mand B (FST = 0.04, P < 0.01) was detected.We also detected significantly lower mean pairwise relatedness among individuals from site B compared to all the other locations, and this population had the lowest inbreeding coefficient. Genetic diversity and mean pairwise relatedness were highly variable among plants with multiple individuals; however, plants from sites F and M tend to have collections of individuals with higher mean pairwise relatedness compared to sites B and C. Our results indicate that there is genetic diversity and differentiation among mealy bugs in these locations, and that collections of individuals on the same plant are genetically diverse. As such, the mealy bugs throughout these areas are likely to be genetically diverse and exist in multiple distinct populations.

    • Transiently expressed pattern during myogenesis and candidate miRNAs of Tmem8C in goose

      KE HE TING REN SONGHUI ZHU SHIRI LIANG AYONG ZHAO

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      Transmembrane protein 8C (Tmem8C) is a muscle-specific membrane protein that controls myoblast fusion, which is essential for the formation of multinucleated muscle fibres. As most of the birds can fly, they have enormous requirement for the muscle, but there are only a few studies of Tmem8C in birds. In this study, we obtained the coding sequence (CDS) of Tmem8Cin goose, predicted miRNAs that can act on the 3' UTR, analysed expression profiles of this gene in breast and leg muscles (BM and LM) during the embryonic period and neonatal stages, and identified miRNAs that might affect the targeted gene. The results revealed a high homology between Tmem8C in goose and other animals (indicated by sequence comparisons and phylogenetic trees), some conservative characteristics (e.g., six transmembrane domains and two E-boxes in the 5' UTR might be the potential binding sites of muscle regulatory factors (MRFs)), and the dN/dS ratio indicated purifying selection acting on this gene, facilitating conservatism in vertebrates. Q-PCR indicated Tmem8C had a peak expression pattern, reaching its highest expression levels in stage E15 in LM and E19 in BM, and then dropping transiently in E23 (P<0.05). We examined 13 candidate miRNAs, and negative relationships were detected both in BM and LM (mir-125b-5p, mir-15a, mir-16-1 and mir-n23). Notably, mir-16-1 significantly decreased luciferase activity in dual luciferase reporter gene (LRG) assay, suggesting that it can be identified as potential factors affecting Tmem8C. This study investigated Tmem8C in water bird for the first time, and provided useful information about this gene and its candidate miRNAs in goose.

    • Potential emigration of Siberian cattle germplasm on Chirikof Island, Alaska

      M. D. MACNEIL L. J. ALEXANDER J. KANTANEN I. A. AMMOSOV Z. I. IVANOVA R. G. POPOV M. OZEROV A. MILLBROOKE M. A. CRONIN

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      Feral cattle residing in Chirikof Island, Alaska, are relatively distinct from breeds used in commercial production in North America. However, preliminary evidence suggested that they exhibit substantial genetic relationship with cattle fromYakutian region of Siberia. Thus, our objective was to further elucidate quantify the origins, admixture and divergence of the Chirikof Island cattle relative to cattle from Siberia and USA. Subject animals were genotyped at 15 microsatellite loci.Compared with Turano–Mongolian and North American cattle, Chirikof Island cattle had similar variation, with slightly less observed heterozygosity, fewer alleles per locus and a positive fixation index. Analysis of the genetic distances revealed two primary clusters; one that contained the North American breeds and the Kazakh White head, and a second that contained the Yakutian and Kalmyk breeds, and the Chirikof population. Thus, it is suggested that Chirikof Island cattle may be a composite of British breeds emanating from North America and Turano–Mongolian cattle. A potential founder effect, consistent withhistorical records of the Russian–American period, may contribute to the adaptation of the Chirikof Island cattle to their harsh high-latitude environment. Further study of adaptive mechanisms manifest by these cattle is warranted.

    • Association of IL-10 gene (−1082A>G, −819C>T and −592C>A) polymorphism and its serum level with metabolic syndrome of north Indian subjects

      AMIT KUMAR MADESHIYA SHRADDHA SINGH SHIPRA DWIVEDI RITURAJ KONWAR SHANKAR MADHAV NATU ASHIM GHATAK

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      Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is an inflammatory disorder, in which various cytokines play important role in tilting balance towards disease state. Interleukin-10 (IL-10) is an important antiinflammatory cytokine, but its genetic polymorphisms and serum levels in Indian MetS subjects are unknown. Three IL-10 gene polymorphisms (−1082A>G (rs1800896), −819C>T (rs1800872) and −592C>A (rs1800871)) were genotyped with PCR-RFLP in MetS subjects (n = 384) and age/sex matched control subjects (n = 386). Serum IL-10 was measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Serum IL-10 level was significantly low in MetS subject and significantly correlated with clinicobiochemical parameters of MetS. Of three investigated promoter polymorphisms, IL-10 –819C> T and –592C>A were significantly associated with risk of MetS. The mutant alleles −819T and −592A of IL-10 gene polymorphism were significantly higher in MetS subjects compared to controls. Of the four different haplotypes obtained, common ACC haplotype and rare GTA haplotype of IL-10 polymorphisms were associated with MetS. The mean of fasting insulin and HOMA-IR were significantly different between the genotypes of both −819C>T and −592C>A polymorphisms of IL-10 in MetS subjects. These results suggested that polymorphisms in IL-10 gene (−819C>T and −592C>A), haplotypes (ACC and GTA) and serum level are significantly associated with risk of MetS. IL- 10 −819C>T and −592C>A polymorphic variants are also significantly associated with insulin level and homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance in north Indian MetS subjects.

    • Complement component 3: characterization and association with mastitis resistance in Egyptian water buffalo and cattle

      NERMIN EL-HALAWANY ABD-EL-MONSIF A. SHAWKY AHMED F. M. AL-TOHAMY LAMEES HEGAZY HAMDY ABDEL-SHAFY MAGDY A. ABDEL-LATIF YASSER A. GHAZI CHRISTIANE NEUHOFF DESSIE SALILEW-WONDIM KARL SCHELLANDER

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      Mastitis is an infectious disease of the mammary gland that leads to reduced milk production and change in milk composition. Complement component C3 plays a major role as a central molecule of the complement cascade involving in killing ofmicroorganisms, either directly or in cooperation with phagocytic cells. C3 cDNA were isolated, from Egyptian buffalo and cattle, sequenced and characterized. The C3 cDNA sequences of buffalo and cattle consist of 5025 and 5019 bp, respectively. Buffalo and cattle C3 cDNAs share 99% of sequence identity with each other. The 4986 bp open reading frame in buffalo encodes a putative protein of 1661 amino acids—as in cattle—and includes all the functional domains. Further, analysis of the C3 cDNA sequences detected six novel single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in buffalo and three novel SNPs in cattle.The association analysis of the detected SNPs with milk somatic cell score as an indicator of mastitis revealed that the most significant association in buffalo was found in the C>A substitution (ss: 1752816097) in exon 27, whereas in cattle it was in the C>T substitution (ss: 1752816085) in exon 12. Our findings provide preliminary information about the contribution of C3 polymorphisms to mastitis resistance in buffalo and cattle.

    • Transcript variations, phylogenetic tree and chromosomal localization of porcine aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and AhR nuclear translocator (ARNT) genes

      AGNIESZKA SADOWSKA LUKASZ PAUKSZTO ANNA NYNCA IZABELA SZCZERBAL KARINA ORLOWSKA SYLWIA SWIGONSKA MONIKA RUSZKOWSKA TOMASZ MOLCAN JAN P. JASTRZEBSKI GRZEGORZ PANASIEWICZ RENATA E. CIERESZKO

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      Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) is a ligand-activated transcription factor best known for mediating xenobiotic-induced toxicity. AhR requires aryl hydrocarbon receptor nuclear translocator (ARNT) to form an active transcription complex and promote the activation of genes which have dioxin responsive element in their regulatory regions. The present study was performed to determine the complete cDNA sequences of porcine AhR and ARNT genes and their chromosomal localization. Total RNA from porcine livers were used to obtain the sequence of the entire porcine transcriptome by next-generation sequencing (NGS;lllumina HiSeq2500). In addition, both, in silico analysis and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) were used to determine chromosomal localization of porcine AhR and ARNT genes. In silico analysis of nucleotide sequences showed that there were two transcript variants of AhR and ARNT genes in the pig. In addition, computer analysis revealed that AhR gene in the pig is located on chromosome 9 and ARNT on chromosome 4. The results of FISH experiment confirmed the localization of porcine AhR and ARNT genes. In the present study, for the first time, the full cDNAs of AhR and ARNT were demonstrated in the pig.In future, it would be interesting to determine the tissue distribution of AhR and ARNT transcript variants in the pig and to test whether these variants are associated with different biological functions and/or different activation pathways.

    • Single-nucleotide polymorphism of INS, INSR, IRS1, IRS2, PPAR-G and CAPN10 genes in the pathogenesis of polycystic ovary syndrome

      MAHESWARI THANGAVELU USHA RANI GODLA SOLOMON F. D. PAUL RAVI MADDALY

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      Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common and a complex female endocrine disorder, and is one of the leading cause of female infertility. Here, we aimed to investigate the association of single-nucleotide polymorphism of INS, INSR, IRS1, IRS2, PPAR-G and CAPN10 gene in the pathogenesis of PCOS. A hospital-based, observational case–control study was carried on 169 PCOS and 169 control women in the southern region of India. Genotype was carried out by real-time polymerase chain reaction. A chi-square (χ2) test was performed and the genotypes were verified to comply with the Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. Odds ratio and 95% confidence interval were calculated to assess the relative risk. Comparison of clinical characteristics of women with PCOS and controls reveal an increase in body mass index (BMI), luteinizing hormone / follicle stimulating hormone (LH/FSH) ratio, glucose levels, insulin, testosterone, hirsutism and antral follicular count in PCOS women. The variant rs1801278 (P = 0.002; OR = 2.88; 95% CI = 1.43, 5.80) show an association with PCOS. In thegenotypic (P = 0.0002) and allelic models (P = 0.000), significance persisted even after Bonferroni correction. The genotypes of SNPs strongly influence BMI, LH, LH/FSH ratio, ovarian volume and antral follicular count in PCOS women. The study results were suggestive of a positive association between Gly972Arg of IRS1 and PCOS in the south Indian population, while INS, IRS2, PPAR-G and CAPN10 failed to show any association with PCOS in our studied population. Further studies focussing the role of IRS1 are warranted to delineate its implication towards PCOS.

    • The Drosophila bipectinata species complex: phylogenetic relationship among different members based on chromosomal variations

      PARUL BANERJEE BASHISTH N. SINGH

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      Making interspecific hybridizations, where possible remains an unparalleled option for studying the intricacies of speciation. In the Drosophila bipectinata species complex comprising of four species, namely D. bipectinata, D. parabipectinata, D. malerkotliana and D. pseudoananassae, interspecific hybrids can be obtained in the laboratory, thus bequeathing an ideal opportunity for studying speciation and phylogeny. With the view of investigating the degree of divergence between each species pair, we planned to study the polytene chromosomes of the F1 hybrids, as it would mirror the level of compatibility between the genomes of the parental species. Two sets of crosses were made, one involving homozygous strains of all four species from India and the other including homozygous strains from different places across the globe. Polytene chromosomes of F1 larvae from both sets of crosses had similar configurations. In F1 larvae from crosses involving D. bipectinata, D. parabipectinata and D. malerkotliana, complex configurations (depicting overlapping inversions) could be detected in different arms. However, they were fairly synapsed, indicating that the differences are only at the level of gene arrangements. The polytene chromosomes of larvae obtained by crossing D. pseudoananassae with the other three species were very thin with gross asynapsis in all the arms, demonstrating that the genome of D. pseudoananassae is widely diverged from rest of the species. The overlapping inversions (reflected in complex configuration), are inferred in the light of earlier chromosomal studies performed in this complex.

    • Cooverexpression of EpCAM and c-myc genes in malignant breast tumours

      SAMIRA SADEGHI ZOHREH HOJATI HOSSEIN TABATABAEIAN

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      The overexpression of epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EpCAM), a proto-oncogene, affects progression, treatment, and diagnosis of many adenocarcinomas. C-myc has been shown to be a downstream target of EpCAM and is also one of the most important proto-oncogenes routinely overexpressed in breast cancer. However, cooverexpression of EpCAM and c-mycgenes has not been investigated in breast cancer tissues, particularly in Iranian population. The aim of this study was to assess the expression of EpCAM and c-myc genes in malignant breast cancer tissues using reverse transcriptase-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) followed by analyses of the association between the outcomes. In this study, 122 fresh tissues, including 104 malignant and 18 benign samples, were disrupted by mortar and pestle, and then the RNA was isolated from the samples and converted to cDNA. The relative expression levels of EpCAM and c-myc genes were measured by2−ΔΔCt method using RT-qPCR. EpCAM protein level was also assessed in 66 cases using Western blot technique. UsingRT-qPCR method, our results showed that EpCAM was overexpressed in 48% of malignant and 11.1% of benign samples. Evaluating EpCAM protein overexpression in a portion of samples depicted the fully concordance rate between Western blot and RT-qPCR techniques. C-myc expression was first evaluated by RT-qPCR method, showing the overexpression rate of 39%and 28% in malignant and benign samples, respectively. These data were also quite concordant with the clinically available immunohistochemistry reports of the same samples studied in this study. Importantly, overexpression of EpCAM and c-myc was significantly associated and showed an agreement of 57.3%. This study demonstrated the cooverexpression of EpCAM and c-myc in breast tumours collected from breast cancer patients of the Iranian population. EpCAM and c-myc positive cases were significantly associated with reduced and enhanced risk of ER/PR positivity respectively. However, both were associatedwith grade III of breast cancer.

    • Phylogenetic analysis of Tibetan mastiffs based on mitochondrial hypervariable region I

      ZHANJUN REN HUILING CHEN XUEJIAO YANG CHENGDONG ZHANG

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      Recently, the number of Tibetan mastiffs, which is a precious germplasm resource and cultural heritage, is decreasing sharply. Therefore, the genetic diversity of Tibetan mastiffs needs to be studied to clarify its phylogenetics relationships and lay the foundation for resource protection, rational development and utilization of Tibetan mastiffs. We sequenced hypervariable region I of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of 110 individuals from Tibet region and Gansu province. A total of 12 polymorphic sites were identified which defined eight haplotypes of which H4 and H8 were unique to Tibetan population with H8 being identified first. The haplotype diversity (Hd: 0.808), nucleotide diversity (Pi: 0.603%), the average number of nucleotide difference (K: 3.917) of Tibetan mastiffs from Gansu were higher than those from Tibet region (Hd: 0.794; Pi: 0.589%; K: 3.831), which revealed higher genetic diversity in Gansu. In terms of total population, the genetic variation was low. The median-joining network and phylogenetic tree based on the mtDNA hypervariable region I showed that Tibetan mastiffs originated from grey wolves, as the other domestic dogs and had different history of maternal origin. The mismatch distribution analysis and neutrality tests indicated that Tibetan mastiffs were in genetic equilibrium or in a population decline.

    • Ubiquitous distribution of fluorescent protein in muscles of four species and two subspecies of eel (genus Anguilla)

      AKI FUNAHASHI TAKAO ITAKURA ABEER A. I. HASSANIN MASAHARU KOMATSU SEIICHI HAYASHI YOSHIO KAMINISHI

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      In this study, the localization of fluorescent protein (FP) was characterized in the muscles of four species and two subspecies of eels Anguilla anguilla, A. australis, A. bicolor bicolor (b.), A. bicolor pacifica (p.) and A. mossambica in addition tothe previously reported A. japonica. The open reading frame of each eel FP was 417 bp encoding 139 amino acid residues. The deduced amino acid sequences among the four species and two subspecies exhibited 91.4–100% identity, and belonged to the fatty-acid-binding protein (FABP) family. The gene structure of eel FPs in A. japonica, A. anguilla, A. australis, A. bicolor b., A. bicolor p. and A. mossambica have four exons and three introns, and were common to that of FABP family. The apo eel FPs expressed by Escherichia coli with recombinant eel FP genes were analysed for the fluorescent properties in the presenceof bilirubin. The excitation and emission spectra of holo eel FPs had the maximum wavelengths of 490–496 and 527–530 nm, respectively. The holo eel FPs indicated that the fluorescent intensities were stronger in A. japonica and A. bicolor than in A. mossambica, A. australis and A. anguilla. The comparison of amino acid sequences revealed two common substitutions in A.mossambica, A. australis and A. anguilla with weak fluorescent intensity.

    • Nucleotide diversity and phylogenetic relationships among Gladiolus cultivars and related taxa of family Iridaceae

      NIRAJ SINGH BALESHWAR MEENA ASHISH KUMAR PAL ROOP KUMAR ROY SRI KRISHNA TEWARI SUSHMA TAMTA TIKAM SINGH RANA

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      The plastid genome regions of two intergenic spacers, psbA–trnH and trnL–trnF, were sequenced to study the nucleotide diversity and phylogenetic relationships among Gladiolus cultivars. Nucleotide diversity of psbA–trnH region was higher than trnL–trnF region of chloroplast. We employed Bayesian, maximum parsimony (MP) and neighbour-joining (NJ) approaches for phylogenetic analysis of Gladiolus and related taxa using combined datasets from chloroplast genome. The psbA–trnH and trnL–trnF intergenic spacers of Gladiolus and related taxa-like Babiana, Chasmanthe, Crocus, Iris, Moraea, Sisyrinchium,Sparaxis and two out group species (Hymenocallis littoralis and Asphodeline lutea) were used in the present investigation. Results showed that subfamily Iridoideae have sister lineage with subfamily Ixioideae and Crocoideae. H. littoralis and A. lutea were separately attached at the base of tree as the diverging Iridaceae relative’s lineage. Present study revealed that psbA–trnH region are useful in addressing questions of phylogenetic relationships among the Gladiolus cultivars, as these intergenic spacers are more variable and have more phylogenetically informative sites than the trnL–trnF spacer, and therefore,are suitable for phylogenetic comparison on a lower taxonomic level. Gladiolus cultivars are extensively used as an ornamental crop and showed high potential in floriculture trade. Gladiolus cultivation still needs to generate new cultivars with stable phenotypes. Moreover, one of the most popular methods for generating new cultivars is hybridization. Hence, information on phylogenetic relationships among cultivars could be useful for hybridization programmes for further improvement of the crop.

    • Genetic analyses for deciphering the status and role of photoperiodic and maturity genes in major Indian soybean cultivars

      SANJAY GUPTA VIRENDER SINGH BHATIA GIRIRAJ KUMAWAT DEVSHREE THAKUR GOURAV SINGH RACHANA TRIPATHI GYANESH SATPUTE RAMGOPAL DEVADAS SAYED MASROOR HUSAIN SURESH CHAND

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      Allelic combinations of major photoperiodic (E1, E3, E4) and maturity (E2) genes have extended the adaptation of quantitative photoperiod sensitive soybean crop from its origin (China ∼35◦N latitude) to both north (up to ∼50◦N) and south (up to 40◦S) latitudes, but their allelic status and role in India (6–35◦N) are unknown. Loss of function and hypoactive alleles of these genes are known to confer photoinsensitivity to long days and early maturity. Early maturity has helped to adapt soybean to short growing season of India. We had earlier found that all the Indian cultivars are sensitive to incandescent long day (ILD) and could identify six insensitive accessions through screening 2071 accessions under ILD. Available models for ILD insensitivity suggested that identified insensitive genotypes should be either e3/e4 or e1 (e1-nl or e1-fs) with either e3 or e4. We foundthat one of the insensitive accessions (EC 390977) was of e3/e4 genotype and hybridized it with four ILD sensitive cultivars JS 335, JS 95-60, JS 93-05, NRC 37 and an accession EC 538828. Inheritance studies and marker-based cosegregation analyses confirmed the segregation of E3 and E4 genes and identified JS 93-05 and NRC 37 as E3E3E4E4 and EC 538828 ase3e3E4E4. Further, genotyping through sequencing, derived cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences (dCAPS) and cleaved amplified polymorphic sequences (CAPS) markers identified JS 95-60 with hypoactive e1-as and JS 335 with loss of function e3-fs alleles. Presence of photoperiodic recessive alleles in these two most popular Indian cultivars suggested for their role in conferring early flowering and maturity. This observation could be confirmed in F2 population derived from the cross JS 95-60 × EC 390977, where individuals with e1-as e1-as and e4e4 genotypes could flower 7 and 2.4 days earlier, respectively. Possibility of identification of new alleles or mechanism for ILD insensitivity and use of photoinsensitivity in Indian conditions have been discussed.

    • CDKN2A and MC1R variants found in Cypriot patients diagnosed with cutaneous melanoma

      GEORGIA KOULERMOU CHRISTOS SHAMMAS ANDREAS VASSILIOU TASSOS C. KYRIAKIDES CONSTANTINA COSTI VASSOS NEOCLEOUS LEONIDAS A. PHYLACTOU MARIA PANTELIDOU

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      The prevalence of genetic variants associated to cutaneous melanoma (CM) has never been determined within Cypriot melanomas. This study evaluates the frequency of variants in cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A (CDKN2A) andmelanocortin-1 receptor (MC1R) in 32 patients diagnosed with CM. Other characteristics and risk factors were also assessed. CDKN2A p.Ala148Thr was detected in three of 32 patients, while the control group revealed no variationswithin CDKN2A. MC1R screening in 32 patients revealed the following variations: p.Val60Leu in 11 patients, p.Arg142His in four patients, p.Thr314Thr in one patient, p.Arg160Trp in one patient, p.Val92Met/p.Thr314Thr in one patient andp.Val92Met/p.Arg142His/p.Thr314Thr in one patient. The control group revealed only p.Val60Leu (in 10 of 45 individuals), which is frequently found in general populations. Two unrelated patients carried CDKN2A p.Ala148Thr in combination with MC1R p.Arg142His, suggesting digenic inheritance that may provide evidence of different gene variants acting synergistically to contribute for CM development. This study confirms the presence of CDKN2A and MC1R variants among Cypriot melanomas and supports existing evidence of a role for these variants in susceptibility to melanoma.

    • Mutational analysis of the GLA gene in Mexican families with Fabry disease

      BIANCA ETHEL GUTIÉRREZ-AMAVIZCA ANDREAS GAL ROCÍO ORTÍZ-OROZCO ULRICH ORTH ERNESTO PRADO MONTES DE OCA JAIME PAUL GUTIÉRREZ-AMAVIZCA LUIS E. FIGUERA

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      Fabry disease (FD) is a lysosomal storage disorder, which develops due to a deficiency in the hydrolytic enzyme, α-galactosidase A (α-Gal A). Alpha-Gal A hydrolyzes glycosphingolipid globotriaosylceramide (Gb3), and an α-Gal Adeficiency leads to Gb3 accumulation in tissues and cells in the body. This pathology is likely to involve multiple systems, but it is generally considered to affect primarily vascular endothelium. In this study, we investigated mutations in the GLA gene, which encodes α-Gal A, in Mexican families with FD. We included seven probands with FD that carried known mutations. We analysed pedigrees of the probands, and performed molecular screening in 65 relatives with the potential of carrying a GLA mutation. Five mutations (P40S, IVS4+4, G328V, R363H, R404del) were detected in seven unrelated Mexican familieswith the classic FD phenotype. Of the 65 relatives examined, 42 (64.6%) had a GLA gene mutation. In summary, among seven Mexican probands with FD, 65 relatives were at risk of carrying a known GLA mutation, and molecular screening identified 42 individuals with the mutation. Thus, our findings showed that it is important to perform molecular analysis in families with FD to detect mutations and to provide accurate diagnoses for individuals that could be affected.

    • Molecular cytogenetic identification of a wheat– Thinopyrum ponticum translocation line resistant to powdery mildew

      FANG HE YINGUANG BAO XIAOLEI QI YINGXUE MA XINGFENG LI HONGGANG WANG

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      Thinopyrum ponticum (2n = 70) serves as a valuable gene pool for wheat improvement. Line SN0224, derived from crosses between Th. ponticum and the common wheat cultivar Yannong15, was identified in the present study. Cytogenetic observations showed that SN0224 contains 42 chromosomes in the root-tip cells and 21 bivalents in the pollen mother cells, therebydemonstrating its cytogenetic stability. Genomic in situ hybridization, probed with the total genomic DNA of Th. ponticum, produced hybridization signals in the distal region of two wheat chromosome arms. After inoculation with the Blumeriagraminis f. sp. tritici (Bgt) isolates, SN0224 exhibited immunity. Segregation in F1s and F2s from the cross SN0224/cv. Huixianhong indicated that SN0224 carries a single dominant gene for powdery mildew (Pm) resistance, which was temporarily designated PmSn0224. Three markers Barc212, Xwmc522 and Xbarc1138 were detected to be linked with PmSn0224. Based on the locations of the markers, PmSn0224 was located on the chromosome 2A. None of the three markers above is linked with the previously reported PM resistance genes on chromosome 2A, and none of the previously reported PM resistance genes on chromosome 2A is related to Th. ponticum. Therefore, PmSn0224 is likely a novel gene putatively from Th. ponticum.

    • A universal, rapid, and inexpensive method for genomic DNA isolation from the whole blood of mammals and birds

      MOHAMMED BAQUR SAHIB A. AL-SHUHAIB

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      There is no ‘one’ procedure for extracting DNA from the whole blood of both mammals and birds, since each species has a unique property that require different methods to release its own DNA. Therefore, to obtain genomic DNA, a universal, rapid, and noncostly method was developed. A very simple biological basis is followed in this procedure, in which, when the bloodis placed in water, it rapidly enters the RBCs by osmosis and causes cells to burst by hemolysis. The validity of extracting genomic DNA was confirmed by several molecular biological experiments. It was found that this method provides an efficient and versatile alternative for extracting bulk amounts of highly-qualified DNA from the blood of a wide range of species. This is the first manuscript that describes use of distilled water as the only eliminator of RBCs among all other known DNA extraction techniques.

    • Genomewide association study for seeding emergence and tiller number using SNP markers in an elite winter wheat population

      GUANG FENG CHEN RU GANG WU DONG MEI LI HAI XIA YU ZHIYING DENG JI CHUN TIAN

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      Seeding emergence and tiller number are the most important traits for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) yield, but the inheritance of seeding emergence and tillering is poorly understood. We conducted a genomewide association study focussing on seeding emergence and tiller number at different growth stages with a panel of 205 elite winter wheat accessions. The populationwas genotyped with a high-density Illumina iSelect 90K SNPs assay. A total of 31 loci were found to be associated with seeding emergence rate (SER) and tiller number in different growth stages. Loci distributed among 12 chromosomesaccounted for 5.35 to 11.33% of the observed phenotypic variation. With this information, 10 stable SNPs were identified for eventual development of cleaved amplified polymorphic sequence markers for SER and tiller number in different growth stages. Additionally, a set of elite alleles were identified, such as Ra_c14761_1348-T, which may increase SER by 13.35%, and Excalibur_c11045_236-A and BobWhite_c8436_391-T, which may increase the rate of available tillering by 14.78 and 8.47%, respectively. These results should provide valuable information for marker-assisted selection and parental selection in wheat breeding programmes.

    • CYP/PON genetic variations as determinant of organophosphate pesticides toxicity

      GURPREET KAUR A. K. JAIN SANDEEP SINGH

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      In the present scenario of increased accumulation of pesticides in the environment, it is important to understand its impact on human health. The focus is on gene–environment interaction, highlighting the consequences and factors that may halt the biotransformation of some pesticides and change their actual dose response curve due to mixed exposure to pesticides. The paraoxonase and cytochrome P450 gene families are involved in the metabolism of oxon derivate (toxic than its parent compound) of organophosphate pesticides, thus, mutations in these genes may impact the metabolic outcome of pesticides and subsequent health hazards. The complex multi gene–environment interaction and one gene – one risk factor are two different aspects to understand the potential health effect related to environmental exposure studies. The genetic polymorphisms areassociated with varying levels of risk within the population, as gene products of varied genotype alter the biotransformation of exogenous/endogenous substrates. This paper is aimed to review the impact of endogenous and exogenous factors on a mechanistic pathway of organophosphate pesticide biotransformation and various risk associated with it among the humanpopulation. Understanding the genetic polymorphism of genes involved in pesticide metabolism and highlighting the gene isoform dependent interindividual differences to metabolize particular pesticides may help us to unravel the reasons behind differential toxicity for pesticides exposure than expected.

    • Noncoding RNAs in protein clearance pathways: implications in neurodegenerative diseases

      SONALI SENGUPTA

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      The importance of noncoding genome has become more evident in recent years. Before genome sequencing, the most well studied portion of our genome was protein coding genes. Interestingly, this coding portion accounted only for 1.5% of the genome, the rest being the noncoding sequences. Noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) are involved in normal cell physiology, stress, and disease states. A class of small ncRNAs and miRNAs has gained much importance because of its involvement in human diseases such as cancer. Involvement of long ncRNAs have also been acknowledged in other human diseases, especially inneurodegenerative diseases. Neurodegenerative diseases are characterized by the presence of abnormally folded proteins that are toxic to the cell. Several studies from model organisms suggest upregulation of pathways that clear this toxic protein may provide protection against neurodegeneration. In this review, I summarize the importance of ncRNAs in protein quality control system of cell that is implicated in this fatal group of neurodegenerative diseases.

    • Erratum: Genomewide analysis of NBS-encoding genes in kiwi fruit (Actinidia chinensis)

      YINGJUN LI YAN ZHONG KAIHUI HUANG ZONG-MING CHENG

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