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      Volume 96, Issue 2

      June 2017,   pages  213-397

    • Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in Garcinia gummi-gutta by next-generation sequencing and cross-species amplification

      K. V. RAVISHANKAR R. VASUDEVA BYATROY HEMANTH B. S. SANDYA B. R. STHAPIT V. A. PARTHASARATHY V. RAMANATHA RAO

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      Garcinia gummi-gutta (L.) Roxb. (Clusiaceae) is an endemic, semidomesticated, fruit-yielding tree species distributed in the Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka. Various bioactive phytochemicals, such as garcinol, benzophenones and xanthones are isolated from G. gummi-gutta and have shown antibacterial, antiviral and antioxidant activities. We sequenced the totalgenomic DNA using Illumina Hiseq 2000 platform and examined 241,141,804 bp high quality data, assembled into 773,889 contigs. In these contigs, 27,313 simple-sequence repeats (SSRs) were identified, among which mononucleotide repeats were predominant (44.98%) followed by dinucleotide and trinucleotide repeats. Primers were designed for 9964 microsatellites among which 32 randomly selected SSR primer pairs were standardized for amplification. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of genomic DNA in 30 G. gummi-gutta genotypes revealed polymorphic information content (PIC) across all 32 loci ranging from 0.867 to 0.951, with a mean value of 0.917. The observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.00 to 0.63 and 0.896 to 0.974, respectively. Alleles per locus ranged from 12 to 27. This is the first report on the development of genomic SSR markers in G. gummi-gutta using next-generation sequencing technology. The genomic SSR markers developedin this study will be useful in identification, mapping, diversity and breeding studies.

    • Genetic analysis of drug metabolizing phase-I enzymes CYP3A4 in Tibetan populations

      LIJUN LIU YU CHANG SHULI DU XUGANG SHI HUA YANG LONGLI KANG TIANBO JIN DONGYA YUAN YONGJUN HE

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      The enzymatic activity of CYP3A4 results in broad interindividual variability in response to certain pharmacotherapies. The present study aimed to screen Tibetan volunteers for CYP3A4 genetic polymorphisms. Previous research has focussed on Han Chinese patients, while little is known about the genetic variation of CYP3A4 in the Tibetan populations. Here, we adopted DNA sequencing to investigate the promoter, exons and surrounding introns, and 3'-untranslated region of the CYP3A4 gene in 96 unrelated healthy Tibetan individuals.We identified 20 different CYP3A4 polymorphisms in the Tibetan population, including two novel variants (21824 A>G and 15580 G>C). In addition, we also determined the allele frequencies of CYP3A4*1Aand CYP3A4*1H were 82.29% and 28.13%, respectively. CYP3A4*1P and *1G were relatively rare with frequencies of only 1.04% and 0.52%, respectively. Our results provide information on CYP3A4 polymorphisms in Tibetan individuals which may help to optimize pharmacotherapy effectiveness by providing personalized medicine to this ethnic group.

    • Small suitability of the DLEC1, MLH1 and TUSC4 mRNA expression analysis as potential prognostic or differentiating markers for NSCLC patients in the Polish population

      JACEK KORDIAK KAROLINA H. CZARNECKA DOROTA PASTUSZAK-LEWANDOSKA ADAM ANTCZAK MONIKA MIGDALSKA-SE¸K EWA NAWROT DARIA DOMAN´ SKA- SENDEROWSKA JUSTYNA KISZAŁKIEWICZ EWA BRZEZIAN´ SKA- LASOTA

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      According to the latest data, lung cancer is one of the most common cancer worldwide, men contributing nearly 21.2% and women 8.6% of all diagnosed cancers. Late detection of tumour drastically reduces the chance for a cure.Thus, it is important to search for candidate biomarkers for screening of early stage nonsmall cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). Tumour suppressor genes, DLEC1, TUSC4 and MLH1, localized on 3p21 are recognized to play a rolein NSCLC carcinogenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between the DLEC1, TUSC4 and MLH1 mRNA expression, and clinical features of NSCLC patients, tobacco addiction, and tumour histopathologicalcharacteristics. The DLEC1, TUSC4 and MLH1 expression was analysed in lung tumour tissue samples obtained from 69 patients diagnosed with NSCLC: squamous cell carcinoma (n = 34), adenocarcinoma (n = 24), large cell carcinoma (n = 5), carcinoma adenosquamosum (n = 5). A decreased gene expression (RQ < 0.7) was observed for DLEC1 in 60.9% of tumour samples, for MLH1 in 50.7% and for TUSC4 in 26% of NSCLC samples. DLEC1 was decreased in more aggressive subtypes: large cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma-squamous cell carcinoma. The simultaneousdownregulation of two of the studied genes, DLEC1 andMLH1,was observed in 30.4% of NSCLCsamples, highlighting the importance of these two genes in lung carcinogenesis. We found no correlation between the DLEC1, TUSC4 andMLH1 gene expression and NSCLC patient characteristics (gender, age and smoking) or cancer histopathology. No significant differences in the gene expression among NSCLC subtypes indicate the weakness of DLEC1, TUSC4 and MLH1 expression analysis as potential differentiating markers of NSCLC subtypes in the Polish population.

    • Expression analysis of argonaute, Dicer-like, and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase genes in cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) in response to abiotic stress

      DEFANG GAN MENGDAN ZHAN FENG YANG QIQI ZHANG KELING HU WENJUAN XU QINGHUI LU LING ZHANG DANDI LIANG

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      Posttranscriptional control of gene expression can be achieved through RNA interference when the activities of Dicer-like (DCL), argonaute (AGO) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RDR) proteins are significant. In this study, we analysed the expression of seven AGO, five DCL and eight RDR genes in cucumber under cold, heat, hormone, salinity and dehydration treatments using quantitative reverse-transcription PCR (qRT-PCR). All CsAGO, CsDCL and CsRDR genes were differentially expressed under abiotic stress treatment. In response to abiotic stress treatment, most genes were expressed at higher levels in flowers or stems than in other organs, whereas some CsAGOs (CsAGO1c, CsAGO6 and CsAGO7) and CsRDRs (CsRDR1d andCsRDR2) were highly expressed in roots during dehydration treatment. The expression patterns indicate that most CsDCLs, CsAGOs and CsRDRs respond to abiotic stress, and stems or flowers are the most sensitive organs, followed by roots. This is the first report of expression analysis of all CsDCL, CsAGO and CsRDR family genes in cucumber under abiotic stress, whichprovides basic information and insights into the putative roles of these genes in abiotic stress. The results of this study should serve as a basis for further functional characterization of these gene families in cucumber and related Cucurbitaceae species.

    • Association of NFKB1A and microRNAs variations and the susceptibility to atherosclerosis

      TUBA ONER CANER ARSLAN GUVEN YENM˙IS BERK ARAP˙I C˙IGDEM TEL B˙IRSEN AYDEM˙IR GONUL KAN˙IGUR SULTUYBEK

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      Atherosclerosis (AT) is a chronic immuno-inflammatory disease characterized by inflammatory mediators and immune activation in arterial wall. Although NF-κB and microRNAs are involved in the atherosclerotic lesions, the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis is still unknown. The aim of this study was to investigate the association of atherosclerosis with NFKB1-rs28362491, NFKBIA-rs696, pre-miRNA-146a-rs2910164 and pre-miRNA-499-rs3746444 polymorphisms as well as the analysis of their single and combined effects on its susceptibility in a Turkish population. We analysed thedistribution of NFKB1-94 ins/del ATTG (rs28362491), NFKBIA (rs696), pre miR-146a (rs2910164) and pre-miR-499 (rs3746444) genetic polymorphisms using PCR-RFLP assay in 150 atherosclerotic patients and 145 healthy controls in a Turkish population. The data revealed no significant differences in the distribution of the genotype and alleles of rs28362491 ,whereas AA genotype of rs696 lead to a higher risk for atherosclerotic patients. TT genotype and T allele of pre-miR-499 rs3746444 were found to be associated with atherosclerosis risk. In addition, significant differences were found between atherosclerotic patients and control subjects, concerning pre-miR-146a rs2910164 polymorphism. The subjects carrying the GG genotype and G allele of rs2910164 were found to have an increased risk against AT. Theresults of combined genotype analysis, showed no notable differences between the multiple comparisons of rs28362491– rs696 whereas rs28362491–rs2910164 ins/ins/GG is associated with increased AT risk. The combined genotypes of rs28362491/rs3746444 ins/ins/TT, revealed a significant protective effect on AT. These findings indicate that genetic polymorphisms of NFKB1A rs696, pre-miR-146a rs2910164 and pre-miR-499 rs3746444 may represent novel markers of AT susceptibility.

    • Ne2 encodes protein(s) and the altered RuBisCO could be the proteomics leader of hybrid necrosis in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)

      SI RUI PAN XING LAI PAN QIANYING PAN YIN HONG SHI LI ZHANG YUN FAN YAN RUI XUE

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      Wheat hybrid necrosis is caused by the interaction of two dominant complementary genes, Ne1 and Ne2, located on chromosome arms 5BL and 2BS, respectively. The sequences of Ne1 or Ne2 have not yet been identified. It is also not known whether Ne1 and Ne2 are structural or regulatory genes. Understanding the proteomic pathways may provide a knowledge base for protecting or maximizing the photosynthesis capacity of wheat. Using DIGE and MALDITOF-TOF MS, the flag leaf protein patterns of the two unique F14 near-isogenic line siblings (NILs), the necrotic ShunMai 12Ah (Ne1Ne1Ne2Ne2) and the normal ShunMai 12Af (Ne1Ne1ne2ne2) were compared. Due to the presence or absence of Ne2, (i) three protein spots were expressed or disappeared, (ii) seven RuBisCO-related proteins were altered significantly, and (iii) 21 photosynthesis/glucose related proteins were changed significantly. Three hypotheses were deduced, (i) Ne1 may also encode protein(s), (ii) genetic maladjustment of RuBisCO could lead to early leaf death, and (iii) interactions between nuclear genes and chloroplast genes could determine photosynthetic traits. Our hypothetical model presents the RuBisCO pathway of hybrid necrosis in wheat and explains how Ne1 and Ne2 interact at molecular level.

    • Identification and validation of reference genes for gene expression studies in sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) based on transcriptomic sequence data

      HONGNA MU TAOZE SUN CHEN XU LIANGGUI WANG YUANZHENG YUE HUOGEN LI XIULIAN YANG

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      Accurate normalized data is a primary requisite for quantifying gene expression using RT-qPCR technology. Despite this importance, however, suitable reference genes in Osmanthus fragrans are not available. In this study, seven potentialcandidate reference genes (OfL25-1, OfL25-10, OfRP2, OfTUA, OfTUB3, OfUBQ2 and Of18S) were evaluated to determine which one would be the most reliable reference genes. The expression levels of the candidate referencegenes were analysed by RT-qPCR in flower, leaf, pedicel, blossom bud tissues, as well as in floral organs at different developmental stages.GeNormand NormFinderwere used to statistically analyse transcript variation.Results indicated that OfRP2 and OfL25-10 were the optimal reference genes for use in RT-qPCR when analysing different stages of floral development; while OfTUB3 and OfL25-1 were optimal across tissues. The selected reference genes were used to examineOfMYB1 expression. The results appeared to be useful for future gene expression analyses aiming to characterize developmental stages and tissues of O. fragrans.

    • A systematic analysis of the association studies between CASP8 D302H polymorphisms and breast cancer risk

      YINLIANG ZHANG WEI LI YI HONG GUOYING WU KAN HE DAHAI LIU

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      Caspase 8 (CASP8) is a regulator of apoptosis, whose genetic variation has been reported to be associated with the risk of various cancers. Especially, the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) rs1045485, which generates the substitution D302H in CASP8, is likely to be associated with breast cancer. Several previous studies have reported the association of CASP8 D302H polymorphism with breast cancer; however, the results are inconsistent. To validate the association between CASP8 D302H polymorphism and breast cancer risk, we performed an updated meta-analysis of 18 studies including 27,807 cases and 32,332 controls. We tested the overall association between this SNP and breast cancer susceptibility and stratified subgroups based on countries where cases are from. We confirmed a significant correlation between CASP8 D302H polymorphism and the reduced breast cancer susceptibility in population from UK, Germany and Poland, but no significant association was observed in other countries, such as Finland or USA. Our findings indicate the relationship of SNP CASP8 D302H and breast cancer would not be universal but only be sensitive in some particular European countries. The genetic difference for diverse countries may be useful in individual and precision medicine or health.

    • Genetics and mapping of a new leaf rust resistance gene in Triticum aestivum L. × Triticum timopheevii Zhuk. derivative ‘Selection G12’

      AMIT KUMAR SINGH JAI BHAGWAN SHARMA VINOD PRADEEP KUMAR SINGH ANUPAM SINGH NIHARIKA MALLICK

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      A Triticum timopheevii-derived bread wheat line, Selection G12, was screened with 40 pathotypes of leaf rust pathogen, Puccinia triticina at seedling stage and with two most commonly prevalent pathotypes 77-5 and 104-2 at adult plant stage. Selection G12 showed resistance at both seedling and adult plant stages. Genetic analysis in F1, F2 and F2.3 families at the seedling stage revealed that leaf rust resistance in Selection G12 is conditioned by a single incompletely dominant gene. The leaf rust resistance gene was mapped to chromosome 3BL with SSR markers Xgwm114 and Xgwm547 flanking the gene at a distance of 28.3 cM and 6 cM, respectively. Based on the nature of resistance and chromosomal location, it is inferred that Selection G12 carries a new gene for leaf rust resistance, tentatively named as LrSelG12.

    • Prion protein gene polymorphisms in Turkish native goat breeds

      HASAN MEYDAN ERKAN PEHL˙IVAN MUSTAFA MUHIP ÖZKAN MEHMET ALI YILDIZ WILFRED GOLDMANN

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      Susceptibility to ‘scrapie’ disease in goats is influenced by polymorphisms of the prion protein (PRNP) gene. The aim of this study was to identify PRNP gene polymorphisms in a total of 356 scrapie disease-free goats from 10 Turkish native breeds. Eighteen single-nucleotide polymorphisms were detected in the caprine PRNP open-reading frame. Ten previously describedamino acid substitutions (I142M, H143R, N146S, N146D, R151H, R154H, P168Q, R211Q, Q222K and P240S) and two novel dimorphisms (G134E and Q163P) were identified. The strongest association between caprine PRNP and relative resistance to scrapie disease has been reported previously for polymorphisms at codons 146 (S/D) and 222 (K). In the present study, thesethree PrP variants were relatively rare with 6.3%. This is the first report on PRNP gene variation in Turkish native goat breeds and our knowledge of these polymorphisms will assist goat breeding programmes to reduce the risk of scrapie.

    • cDNA cloning, structural analysis, SNP detection and tissue expression profile of the IGF1 gene in Malabari and Attappady Black goats of India

      THOMAS NAICY THIRUPATHY VENKATACHALAPATHY THAZHATHUVEETTIL ARAVINDAKSHAN KUNNIYOOR CHEEMANI RAGHAVAN MANGATTUMURUPPEL MINI KULANGARA SHYAMA

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      Insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) plays an important role in growth, reproduction, foetal development and cell proliferation. The present study was conducted to clone and sequence the full-length coding sequence of the caprine IGF1 gene from Attappady Black and Malabari breeds, two indigenous goat breeds of south India, to analyse its structure, and to ascertainthe relative abundance of IGF1 mRNA in different tissues. The caprine IGF1 cDNA (GenBank accession nos: KJ549851 and KJ549852) contained a 465-bp open reading frame encoding IGF1 protein with 154 amino acid residues. A novel SNP was detected in the 3' UTR region, g.931A>G. Genotyping was performed in 277 goats from the two genetic groups using the PCR-single strand conformational polymorphism (SSCP) and two genotypes, AA and AG were observed at this locus. IGF1 is a secretary pathway protein with 49 amino acid-long signal peptide with 19 phosphorylation sites. Caprine IGF1 amino acid sequence was 83–99% identical to other species with highest identity with the ruminants. Relative expression of IGF1 was highest in uterus and liver (P< 0.05), followed by oviduct and muscle. This work provided an important experimental basis for further research on the functions of IGF1 in goats.

    • Molecular characterization and expression of the GDF9 gene in New Zealand white rabbits

      CAIXIA SUN SHUYU XIE TAO HUANG WEI ZHANG ANSI WANG DAN WANG MING LI GUIRONG SUN

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      Growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) has been shown to be involved in regulating follicular development and reproduction in many mammalian species. However, related information about the effect of the GDF9 gene onreproductive traits of New Zealand white rabbits was rarely reported. In this study, rabbits were distributed into two groups (poor and prolific offspring productions) and cloning and quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) were employed tocharacterize the rabbit GDF9 gene. By cloning, 2515-bp genomic DNA and 1359-bp cDNA sequences were obtained. Comparing the two cDNA sequences, three potential mutation sites (C.539C>T,C.562G>C and C.718C>G) in exon2 of the GDF9 gene were found, and the corresponding amino acids changed (P.183T>M, P.188E>Q and P.240L>V). The qPCR results revealed that GDF9 was not tissue-specific, but rather expressed in all collected tissues. The expression level of the GDF9 gene was highest in the ovary, and was significantly increased (P< 0.05) compared with the other tissues. The liver had the second highest expression, and the heart and spleen had the least expression in New Zealand white rabbits. In the prolific group, the expression quantity of the GDF9 gene significantly increased (P < 0.05) in the heart, spleen, ovary, liver and uterus (P < 0.01) than the other groups. The amino acid sequence identities of human, sheep, goat, mouse, cattle, pig, cat, donkey, Nancy Ma’s night monkey and olive baboon were 72, 68, 69, 66, 69, 71, 67, 73, 75 and 73%, respectively. Bioinformatics analysis was executed, and a random coil was determined to be the primary secondary structure.

    • A cross-sectional study of PRNP gene in two native Sicilian goat populations in Italy: a relation between prion gene polymorphisms and scrapie incidence

      SERGIO MIGLIORE STEFANO AGNELLO SALVATORE D’AVOLA WILFRED GOLDMANN VINCENZO DI MARCO LO PRESTI MARIA VITALE

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      Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are a group of neurodegenerative diseases affecting humans and animals, and scrapie in small ruminants is considered the archetype of TSEs. Derivata di Siria is a native dairy goat of Sicily (south Italy), which is related to Syrian goat breeds. Scrapie disease is considered endemic in Sicily since 1997, following the administration of an infected vaccine.Derivata di Siria goatswere involved in six of 66 scrapie-infected flocks in Sicily. Prion protein gene (PRNP) analysis revealed that none of the scrapie cases carried the p.Gln222Lys variant. Sequencing of PRNP in this goat population showed a high frequency (15%) of p.Gln222Lys variant confirming itsassociation with scrapie resistance. PRNP polymorphisms were also analysed in the population of Pantelleria, a small Sicilian Island, where scrapie has never been reported. The native goat breed ‘Pantesca’ was maintained up to almost80 years and the size of the sheep population on this island has historically been very low. Currently, a crossbreed goat population of 253 heads is present on the island. PRNP genotyping of Pantelleria goats showed genetic variation, withlow presence of wild-type goats and the lack of protective alleles. These data reinforce the association between PRNP polymorphisms in small ruminants and scrapie incidence.

    • Prevalence and spectrum of thalassaemia in Changsha, Hunan province, China: discussion of an innovative screening strategy

      JUN HE HOULIN ZENG LIN ZHU HANMEI LI LIANGCHENG SHI LANPING HU

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      Hunan province located in the south of China has a high incidence of haemoglobinopathies. In the present study, we surveyed the accurate population frequency data of the local population in Changsha city of Hunan province inChina. The data includes the carrying rate, gene mutation types and their distribution features for thalassaemia. In total, 7500 consecutive samples from five geographical areas of Changsha were analysed for both haematological andmolecular parameters. Therewas a high prevalence of carriers of α-thalassaemia (2.57%), β-thalassaemia (1.9%) and both α-thalassaemia and β-thalassaemia (0.08%). Overall, 4.54% of the population in this area represented heterozygouscarriers of α-thalassaemia and β-thalassaemia. The mutation spectrum of α-thalassaemia and β-thalassaemia and its haematological characterization were fully described for this area. The present study is the first to report the prevalence of thalassaemia in Hunan province population. Both α-thalassaemia and β-thalassaemia carriers are widely distributed in Changsha. The knowledge gained from the present study will allow for an estimation of the projected number of pregnant women at risk for thalassaemia, and the design of a screening strategy for the control of thalassaemia in Changsha.

    • Expression and imprinting of DIO3 and DIO3OS genes in Holstein cattle

      WENZHI YANG DONGJIE LI GUANNAN WANG XIHONG WU MINGYUE ZHANG CUI ZHANG YALI CUI SHIJIE LI

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      DIO3 and DIO3OS are two imprinted genes identified in mouse and humans. The DIO3 gene, which encodes for the type 3 deiodinase, is preferentially expressed from the paternal allele, while the DIO3OS transcript is transcribed inopposite orientation to DIO3, multiple noncoding and alternatively splicing isoforms from maternal allele. In this study, the five splice variants of DIO3OS were identified in Holstein cattle and had complex, tissue-specific expression patterns observed in eight tissues, including heart, liver, spleen, lung, kidney, muscle, fat and brain. In the G+C rich region, upstream from the cattle DIO3 gene, there were three small conserved regions and some promoter elements similar to those observed in mouse and humans. An allele-specific expression analysis-based SNP method revealed that DIO3 and DIO3OS genes exhibited monoallelic expression in the eight tissues, indicating that DIO3 and DIO3OS are imprinted in cattle.

    • Molecular characterization, expression profile of the FSHR gene and its association with egg production traits in muscovy duck

      JIGUO XU XINFENG GAO XING LI QIAO YE ENDASHAW JEBESSA BAHARELDIN ALI ABDALLA QINGHUA NIE

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      Follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and its receptor play a key role in the follicular development and regulation of steroidogenesis in the ovary and spermatogenesis in the testis. The purpose of this study was to characterize themuscovy duck FSHR gene, identify SNPs and their association with egg production traits in muscovy ducks. Here, we cloned the complementary DNA (cDNA) sequence of FSHR, and examined the expression patterns of FSHR gene in adult female muscovy duck tissues. The cloned cDNA of the muscovy duck FSHR gene shared high similarity to those of pekin duck (Anas platyrhynchos) (95.7%) and chicken (93.2%). Three different muscovy duck FSHR transcripts were identified. Quantitative real-time PCR (RT-qPCR) results showed that the FSHR gene was expressed in all the 14 testedtissues, and the highest expression level was seen in the ovary. A total of 16 SNPs were identified, among which, four SNPs were located in the coding region of FSHR. The SNP C320T is significantly associated with egg production at 59 weeks of age (P < 0.05), whereas the SNP A227G is significantly associated with age at first egg stage (P < 0.05).These results suggest that the two SNPs (A227G and C320T) of FSHR gene are associated with egg production traits and could be potential markers that can be used for marker-assisted selection programmes to increase egg production in muscovy duck.

    • Molecular systematics of Indian Alysicarpus (Fabaceae) based on analyses of nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences

      AKRAM GHOLAMI SHWETA SUBRAMANIAM R. GEETA ARUN K. PANDEY

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      Alysicarpus Necker ex Desvaux (Fabaceae, Desmodieae) consists of ∼30 species that are distributed in tropical and subtropical regions of theworld. In India, the genus is represented by ca. 18 species, ofwhich seven are endemic. Sequences of the nuclear Internal transcribed spacer from38 accessions representing 16 Indian specieswere subjected to phylogeneticanalyses. The ITS sequence data strongly support the monophyly of the genus Alysicarpus. Analyses revealed four major well-supported clades within Alysicarpus. Ancestral state reconstructions were done for two morphological characters, namely calyx length in relation to pod (macrocalyx and microcalyx) and pod surface ornamentation (transversely rugose and nonrugose). The present study is the first report on molecular systematics of Indian Alysicarpus.

    • Study of bantam miRNA expression in brain tumour resulted due to loss of polarity modules in Drosophila melanogaster

      ANIMESH BANERJEE JAGAT K. ROY

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      Disturbance of delicate concordance between stem cell proliferation, specification and differentiation during brain development leads to several neural disorders including tumours. Accumulating evidences have demonstratedinvolvement of short noncoding microRNAs (miRNAs) in governing several biological as well as pathological processes, including tumourigenesis across various species. Drosophila bantam miRNA, known to regulate critical physiological functions is reported to have elevated expression in ovarian tumour. Here, we provide an update on the expression of bantam miRNA in Drosophila brain tumour background resulting due to loss of well characterized polarity proteins, Brat, Lgl and Scrib. Since, both miRNA TaqMan assay and bantam sensor assay showed elevated expression of bantam in brain tumour background, it clearly reflects presence of an antagonistic relationship between polarity proteins and bantam miRNA indicating of its involvement in tumour progression.

    • Characterization of duck (Anas platyrhynchos) MHC class I gene in two duck lines

      LIN ZHANG WEI-JIE LIU JIA-QIANG WU MIN-LI XU ZHENG-JIE KONG YAN-YAN HUANG SHAO-HUA YANG

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      To enrich gene polymorphism ofDuMHCI and provide data for further studies on disease resistance, 14DuMHCI genes from Weishan Ma duck and Cherry Valley duck were cloned, and their characterization were investigated. The overallconservation of the 14 alleles could be observed within the sequences, and relative conservation were also displayed in the peptide-binding domain and CD8 interaction sites. Based on full-length amino acid homology, MHC class I fromdifferent duck lines could be divided into 13 gene groups and three novel gene groups existed.Moreover, 14 key variable residues corresponding to gene groups division were exhibited on the homology modelling constructed based on theresolved protein structure of DuMHC I. This study explicit the characteristics of DuMHC I in the two duck lines and could contribute to design effective diagnostics and vaccines for the species against various infections.

    • Genetic diversity and population structure of blue-crested lizard, Calotes mystaceus Duméril & Bibron, 1837 (Squamata: Agamidae) in Thailand

      WEERACHAI SAIJUNTHA SUTTHIRA KHUMKRATOK KOMGRIT WONGPAKAM SUDARAT THANONKEO CHADAPORN SENAKHUN SOMBAT APPAMARAKA SURAPON YODSIRI WEERA THONGNETR WARAYUTT PILAP WATEE KONGBUNTAD WITTAYA TAWONG TAKESHI AGATSUMA TREVOR N. PETNEY CHAIRAT TANTRAWATPAN

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      The blue-crested lizard, Calotes mystaceus Duméril & Bibron, 1837, is listed as a protected wild animal in Thailand. Its population is likely to be dramatically reduced due to massive hunting in several areas in this country. Basic information on its population genetics is therefore needed to facilitate its conservation. Thus, in this study we investigated the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (CO1) sequence variation of 238 individualC.mystaceus from 42 different geographical localities of the north, west, central, east and northeast regions of Thailand. High genetic diversity and genetic differentiation at the intrapopulation and interpopulation levels was observed.We detected 63 unique haplotypes and 12 common/shared haplotypes. The phylogenetic analysis reveals two major lineages, I and II. These two lineages are separated by mountain ranges, which play an important role as natural barriers blocking gene flow. Our finding reveal at least two cryptic lineages represented in C. mystaceus populations in Thailand. However, a comprehensive investigationof the morphology, biology, ecology and genetic diversity of C. mystaceus in other regions within its area of distribution is needed.

    • Molecular genetic analysis of consanguineous families with primary microcephaly identified pathogenic variants in the ASPM gene

      MUZAMMIL AHMAD KHAN CHRISTIAN WINDPASSINGER MUHAMMAD ZEESHAN ALI MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR HADIA GUL SAFDAR ABBAS SAADULLAH KHAN MUHAMMAD BADAR RAMZI M. MOHAMMAD ZAFAR NAWAZ

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      Autosomal recessive primary microcephaly is a rare genetic disorder that is characterized by reduced head circumference and a varying degree of intellectual disability. Genetic studies on consanguineous families with primary microcephaly have identified 15 (MCPH) causative genes that include MCPH1, WDR62, CDK5RAP2, CASC5, ASPM, CENPJ, STIL, CEP135,CEP152, ZNF335, PHC1, CDK6, CENPE, SASS6 MFSD2A ANKLE2 and CIT (Khan et al. 2014; Yamamoto et al. 2014; Alakbarzade et al. 2015;Morris-Rosendahl and Kaindl 2015; Basit et al. 2016). Physiologically, most of these MCPH proteins are involved in cell cycle and its regulation. In the present clinical genetic study, we have present two consanguineous Pakistanifamilies segregating primary microcephaly and intellectual disability. These families were ascertained from the Saraiki ethnic part of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan. Whole exome sequencing in one family revealed a novel 1-bp deletion NM_018136.4: c.10013delA (p.Asp3338Valfs*2), while the other family showed a previously reported nonsense mutation NM_018136.4: c.9730C>T (rs199422195 (p.Arg3244*)) in ASPM gene. The novel frame-shift mutation (p.Asp3338Valfs*2) in ASPM presumably truncates the protein synthesis that results in loss of armadillo-type fold domain.

    • Mutation analysis of COL4A3 and COL4A4 genes in a Chinese autosomal-dominant Alport syndrome family

      LIWEI GUO DUAN LI SHUANGSHUANG DONG DONGHAO WANG BAOSHENG YANG YANMEI HUANG

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      Autosomal dominant Alport syndrome (ADAS) accounts for 5% of all cases of Alport syndrome (AS), a primary basement membrane disorder arising from mutations in genes encoding the type IV collagen protein family.Mutationsin COL4A3 and COL4A4 genes were reported to be associated with ADAS. In this study, clinical data in a large consanguineous family with seven affected members were reviewed, and genomic DNA was extracted. For mutationscreening, all exons of COL4A3 and COL4A4 genes were polymerase chain reaction-amplified and direct sequenced from genomic DNA, and the mutations were analyzed by comparing with members in this family, 100 ethnicitymatchedcontrols and the sequence of COL4A3 and COL4A4 genes from GenBank. A novel mutation determining a nucleotide change was found, i.e. c.4195 A>T (p.Met1399Leu) at 44th exon of COL4A4 gene, and this mutationshowed heterozygous in all patients of this family. Also a novel intron mutation (c.4127+11 C>T) was observed at COL4A4 gene. Thus the novel missense mutation c.4195 A>T (p.Met1399Leu) and the intron mutation (c.4127+11C>T) at COL4A4 gene might be responsible for ADAS of this family. Our results broadened the spectrum of mutations in COL4A4 and had important implications in the diagnosis, prognosis, and genetic counselling of ADAS.

    • The indefinable term ‘prokaryote’ and the polyphyletic origin of genes

      MASSIMO DI GIULIO

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      An analysis has been performed on implications existing between the presence/absence of the evolutionary stage of the prokaryote, that is to say, the presence/absence of common characteristics between archaea and bacteria, and the monophyletic/polyphyletic origin of genes of proteins. Thereafter, a theorem stating that: ‘the polyphyletic origin of proteins would imply the absence of common characteristics between bacteria and archaea and therefore the lack of the evolutionary stage of the prokaryote, and vice versa that the indefinable prokaryote stage implies a polyphyletic origin of proteins’, has been made and validated. The conclusion is that given the absence of truth in common characteristics between archaea and bacteria, the origin of genes of proteins should have been polyphyletic.

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