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  • Associations of single nucleotide polymorphisms in the bovine prolactin
           gene with phenotypic traits in beef cattle
    • Authors: Laura Meyer; Jeremy Powell; Bryan Kutz; Michael Looper; A. Hayden Brown; Charles Rosenkrans
      Pages: 7 - 11
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 5
      Author(s): Laura Meyer, Jeremy Powell, Bryan Kutz, Michael Looper, A. Hayden Brown, Charles Rosenkrans
      Fall-calving Angus-based cows (n =170 unique cows; 400 calving records during three years) were used to determine prolactin (Prl) genotype and haplotype effects on phenotypic traits. Genomic DNA, from buffy coat, was genotyped at three Prl SNP sites (C1286T, A1134T, and G8398A). Traits of interest were: pre-breeding body condition score (BCS) and weight, Julian calving date, calf birth weight, cow weight and BCS at weaning, calf weaning weight, adjusted 205-day weight and cow efficiency. Hair coat scores were determined each year in May, June, and July. Heterozygous cows at SNP C1286T had a lower (P <0.05) calving rate when compared to homozygous cows. Calf birth weight was affected (P <0.05) by genotypes at A1134T. Genotype at G8398A did not affect (P >0.10) phenotypic traits. Six haplotypes were identified: CAG (n =107), TAA (n =173), CTG (n =50), TTA (n =32), TAG (n =50), and TTG (n =37); n represents total number of records for that haplotype during 3-year study. Calving percentage for CAG cows was greater (P <0.05) than TTA, TAG, and TTG cows (96 vs. 83%; respectively, CAG vs. mean of TTA, TAG, and TTG). Haplotype CAG cows had earlier hair coat shedding. In addition, CAG cows had a larger calving rate (P <0.05) and greater (P <0.05) cow efficiency (45±0.9%) than TTG cows. Cows with Prl haplotype CTG or TAG cow efficiency decreased from ≤3 to 4–10 and were missing in ≥11years' group, suggesting those cows may have sustainability issues. Our results suggest that mutations associated with the bovine Prl gene may be useful as early selection tools for replacement cattle.

      PubDate: 2017-07-03T08:57:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.06.002
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2017)
  • Comparative transcriptome analysis reveals potential gene targets for
           ovipositional inhibition by diallyl trisulfide against female Sitotroga
    • Authors: Min Ma; Yi-Yi Ying; Zhi-Ya He; Yan Lu; Xue-Gang Li; Chao-Liang Lei; Feng-Lian Yang
      Pages: 12 - 18
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 5
      Author(s): Min Ma, Yi-Yi Ying, Zhi-Ya He, Yan Lu, Xue-Gang Li, Chao-Liang Lei, Feng-Lian Yang
      The angoumois grain moth, Sitotroga cerealella Olivier, is a serious stored-grain pest worldwide. In previous studies, we demonstrated that diallyl trisulfide (DATS), one of active substances from garlic essential oil, inhibited oviposition of S. cerealella, but the mechanism for this inhibition remains unclear. We suspected that DATS-regulated gene expression changes in S. cerealella may be a reason for the modulation of fertility and reproductive behaviors of the moth. Comparative transcriptomes of female S. cerealella were built by RNA-sequencing to detect differences between DATS exposure and background air with special lights on the key genes related to the fecundity. A total of 304 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were detected in female moth after exposure to DATS, of which 120 were up-regulated, and 184 were down-regulated. Sixty-two of these DEGs encoding proteins involved in growth and development of eggs and regulation of hormones and mating behavior were identified, and of these, 49 were annotated as chorion protein. Meanwhile, quantitative real-time PCR verified that DEG data were reliable for further transcriptional analysis. Additionally, the results of ovarian dissection and oviposition activity bioassay suggest that DATS has negative effects on ovarian development and fecundity of S. cerealella. Our comprehensive sequence resource with desirable quality enriched the genomic platform of S. cerealella, and the DEGs that were identified will facilitate understanding of the molecular mechanism of ovipositional inhibition by DATS.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.07.001
      Issue No: Vol. 5 (2017)
  • Long noncoding RNAs: Unexplored players in the drug response of the sea
           louse Caligus rogercresseyi
    • Authors: Diego Valenzuela-Miranda; Kayvan Etebari; Sassan Asgari; Cristian Gallardo-Escárate
      Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 4
      Author(s): Diego Valenzuela-Miranda, Kayvan Etebari, Sassan Asgari, Cristian Gallardo-Escárate
      Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), endogenous RNAs with restricted or null coding potential, are emerging as key regulators of multiple biological processes in several species. Despite the importance of these transcripts, few studies have characterized marine crustacean lncRNAs or the modulation of these in response to chemical exposure. Therefore, the present study mainly focused on identifying lncRNAs in the sea louse Caligus rogercresseyi, an ectoparasite of primary concern to the Chilean salmon industry. A bioinformatics pipeline for lncRNAs discovery was designed, revealing 1835 putative lncRNA sequences in the C. rogercresseyi transcriptome. Furthermore, C. rogercresseyi lncRNAs evidenced features classical of lncRNAs, such as lower values of GC content, length, transcription activity, and minimum free energy as compared with coding transcripts. Furthermore, since developed resistance against delousing drugs is a major threat to the management and control of sea lice, the transcriptional modulation of C. rogercresseyi lncRNAs during exposure to delousing drugs was also evaluated. Unlike coding transcripts, lncRNAs were mainly downregulated after exposure to either deltamethrin or azamethiphos, showing transcription patterns similar to other, better studied non-coding RNAs in arthropods. Finally, a subset of lncRNAs exhibited a strong transcriptional correlation to genes commonly associated with the drug response, such as ABC transporters, cytochrome p450, and glutathione S-transferase, among others. Our findings provide one of the first comprehensive lncRNA characterizations in a crustacean, contributing towards understandings on the regulatory role of lncRNAs during the drug response in Caligus rogercresseyi.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.03.001
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2017)
  • The Caligus rogercresseyi miRNome: Discovery and transcriptome profiling
           during the sea lice ontogeny
    • Authors: C. Gallardo-Escárate; V. Valenzuela-Muñoz; S. Boltaña; G. Nuñez-Acuña; D. Valenzuela-Miranda; A.T. Gonçalves; C. Détrée; E. Tarifeño-Saldivia; R. Farlora; S. Roberts; H.M. Putnam
      Pages: 8 - 22
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 4
      Author(s): C. Gallardo-Escárate, V. Valenzuela-Muñoz, S. Boltaña, G. Nuñez-Acuña, D. Valenzuela-Miranda, A.T. Gonçalves, C. Détrée, E. Tarifeño-Saldivia, R. Farlora, S. Roberts, H.M. Putnam
      Small RNA sequencing in the copepod ectoparasite Caligus rogercresseyi was conducted to evidence putative roles of non-coding RNAs during the sea louse ontogeny. Here, differentially expressed miRNAs and mRNAs for each developmental stage were analyzed in parallel with bioinformatic gene target predictions. Based on sequence analysis, C. rogercresseyi miRNome comprises 673 conserved miRNAs, including precursors, 5′ and 3′ isomiRs. The conserved miRNAs include 40 families found in twelve different arthropods species. The results also showed that C. rogercresseyi miRNome exhibit stage-specific expression patterns, with miRNA-996-4 and miRNA-124 displaying sex-biased expression. Target prediction of these miRNAs identifies possible silencing mechanism of sex-related genes. Furthermore, bantam isomiRs were highly transcribed during the infective stage of copepodid and target prediction using differentially expressed genes in Atlantic salmon infested with sea lice, suggests a putative role of these miRNAs in the host-pathogen interaction. This is the first study reporting a miRNA repertoire in a marine copepod ectoparasite that affects the salmon aquaculture worldwide.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.03.002
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2017)
  • Comparison of complete mitochondrial DNA sequences between old and new
           world strains of the cowpea aphid, Aphis craccivora (Hemiptera: Aphididae)
    • Authors: Weilin Sun; Bao-Lam Huynh; James Adebayo Ojo; Brad S. Coates; Francis Kusi; Philip A. Roberts; Barry R. Pittendrigh
      Pages: 23 - 29
      Abstract: Publication date: June 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 4
      Author(s): Weilin Sun, Bao-Lam Huynh, James Adebayo Ojo, Brad S. Coates, Francis Kusi, Philip A. Roberts, Barry R. Pittendrigh
      Mitochondrial DNA provides useful tools for inferring population genetic structure within a species and phylogenetic relationships between species. The complete mitogenome sequences were assembled from strains of the cowpea aphids, Aphis craccivora, from the old (15,308bp) and new world (15,305bp) using shotgun Illumina HiSeq 2500 sequence reads. The A. craccivora mitogenomes have 13 protein coding genes (PCGs), 22 transfer RNAs and 2 ribosomal RNAs in the same order and orientation found among Insecta. The two A. craccivora mitogenomes do not contain long intergenic repeats as found in other members of the family Aphididae. Comparisons between strains indicated a 99.7% sequence identity, wherein 57 and 11 substitutions were respectively predicted among reads from new and old world strains. Among these substitutions, 31 and 2 were in PCGs of new world and old world aphids, respectively, and out of which 28 and 2 were nonsynonymous. A majority of the substitutions were in NADH Dehydrogenase subunit 1. Phylogenetic analysis of full mitogenomes sequences predicted that Aphididae as monophyletic and clustered with Pterocommatinae and Aphidinae at subfamily level.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.03.003
      Issue No: Vol. 4 (2017)
  • Genome wide analysis of NAC gene family ‘sequences’ in sugarcane and
           its comparative phylogenetic relationship with rice, sorghum, maize and
           Arabidopsis for prediction of stress associated NAC genes
    • Authors: Manimekalai Ramaswamy; Jini Narayanan; Gokul Manickavachagam; Selvi Athiappan; Meena Arun; Gomathi R; Bakshi Ram
      Pages: 1 - 11
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Manimekalai Ramaswamy, Jini Narayanan, Gokul Manickavachagam, Selvi Athiappan, Meena Arun, Gomathi R, Bakshi Ram
      A total of 85 NAC genes of sugarcane (ScNAC) were retrieved from GRASSIUS (grass regulatory information server). An overview of this gene family is presented including conserved domains, phylogenies, comparative analysis of NAC genes of sugarcane with its closest relative sorghum and with other monocot species. Among the Poaceae family, the NAC genes from sugarcane showed high sequence identity with most of the NAC genes of Sorghum bicolor. A highly conserved two proline residues, a glycine, phenyl alanine and leucine residues are present in N-terminal domain. Conserved amino acid residues and phylogeny helps us to classify the ScNAC gene family into two major groups (Group I and II) and five subgroups (A–E). The analysis of phylogenetic tree of NAC protein sequences of sugarcane with sorghum, rice, maize and Arabidopsis reveals distinct clades with several orthologs and paralogs. A total of 30 pairs of paralogous NAC genes were identified in sugarcane. Based on the orthology, putative stress associated NAC genes were predicted in sugarcane. These stress associated NAC genes of sugarcane and their orthologs from other species were clustered in the phylogenetic tree and shared common motifs, revealing the possibility of functional similarities within this subgroup.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.10.003
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Genome-wide identification, cloning and characterization of SNARE genes in
           bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and their response to leaf rust
    • Authors: S. Chandra; P. Halder; M. Kumar; K. Mukhopadhyay
      Pages: 12 - 20
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): S. Chandra, P. Halder, M. Kumar, K. Mukhopadhyay
      SNAREs (soluble N-ethylmaleimide sensitive factor adaptor protein receptors) are small polypeptides characterized by a particular domain called the SNARE motif. Compared with the genome of other eukaryotes, monocotyledonous and dicotyledonous plants have more SNAREs indicating their important roles in higher plant species. Higher plants have the capability to form SNARE complexes that are important in determining the precise process of vesicle fusion for intracellular trafficking pathways. SNAREs have been reported to be engaged in the delivery of cell wall precursors to the newly formed cell plate during cytokinesis. The role of SNARE genes in response to plant-pathogen interaction is still not well understood. We found 35 SNARE genes in the wheat genome using a Hidden Markov Model. In this study with combined usage of in silico and molecular cloning technologies, we identified and characterized three SNARE genes (SNARE3, SNARE5 and SNARE6). The deduced amino acid sequences of these SNARE genes contained two characteristic conserved domains – a SNARE motif and a transmembrane domain, and they showed a high degree of homology with other eukaryotic SNARE genes. Phylogenetic analysis and three dimensional structures built with the help of Modeller software confirmed the presence of SNARE motifs in the proteins. The spatio-temporal expression profiling studies exemplify the positive role of SNARE transcripts have in resistant and susceptible wheat plants during incompatible and compatible interaction respectively, in response to Puccinia triticina induced leaf-rust infection. Taken together, our study suggests a role for SNARE genes in vesicle mediated resistance to leaf rust in wheat.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.002
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Ontogeny and expression analysis of tube (interleukin-1
           receptor-associated kinase-4 homolog) from Penaeus monodon in response to
           white spot syndrome virus infection and on exposure to ligands
    • Authors: K. Sreedharan; A. Deepika; Anutosh Paria; P.P. Suresh Babu; M. Makesh; K.V. Rajendran
      Pages: 21 - 31
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): K. Sreedharan, A. Deepika, Anutosh Paria, P.P. Suresh Babu, M. Makesh, K.V. Rajendran
      Tube, an IRAK- 4 (Interleukin-1 receptor-associated kinase-4) homolog, is a key component in the Toll signalling pathway that has diverse role in the innate immunity of organisms including the ontogenic development. In the present study, Tube from Penaeus monodon (PmIRAK-4) was studied in response to infection with white spot syndrome virus (WSSV) and on exposure to various ligands. The ontogenic expression pattern of PmIRAK-4 in different developmental stages of P. monodon showed that the gene was constitutively expressed in all the stages tested with the maximum expression detected in egg. Immune-modulation of PmIRAK-4 in response to WSSV was studied in post-larvae, juveniles and adult P. monodon in vivo, and in primary haemocyte cultures at different time-points post-infection in vitro. PmIRAK-4 displayed significant up-regulation in haemocytes, gill, lymphoid organ and stomach at all time-points in vivo as well as in primary haemocyte cultures in vitro. To understand the post-injection stress on the immune-modulation, we have compared the expression level of PmIRAK-4 using zero hour (un-injected) and phosphate buffered saline (PBS)-injected controls, wherein the trend in expression was found to be similar. Following in vitro stimulation with ligands such as lipopolysaccharide and peptidoglycan, significant up-regulation of the gene could be observed at all time-points. However, poly I:C induction resulted in down-regulation of the same at early time-points. The ubiquitous expression of PmIRAK-4 in different larval and post-larval stages implies the involvement of the gene in defense mechanism during early developmental stages of P. monodon. Further, the modulation of expression of PmIRAK-4 in response to WSSV and different ligands indicates its possible role in immune responses in shrimp.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.10.002
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • De novo sequencing and comparative analysis of peduncle transcriptomes in
           Hovenia acerba
    • Authors: Shu-Dong Zhang; Li-Zhen Ling
      Pages: 32 - 36
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Shu-Dong Zhang, Li-Zhen Ling
      The fresh fleshy peduncles of Hovenia acerba have been used as a food supplement and traditional herbal medicine (i.e. immunostimulatory and antialcoholism) for a long time. However, little is known about the genetic factors underlying peduncle development. Here, we presented the first transcriptome-wide peduncle development research at two developmental stages using Illumina's Genome Analyzer. Our results indicated that a total of 146,206 unigenes were identified and their functional annotation and classification revealed that the unigenes involved in energy catabolism and genetic information processing were necessary to the developing of peduncle in H. acerba. The comparison of Gene Ontology (GO) annotation between two developmental stages indicated that the term of oxidation-reduction process exhibited the big difference in unigene number, in which the possible relative transcription factors were identified. However, we found that these transcription factors were partly involved in oxidation-reduction process and most of them were involved in regulation of transcription. The metabolic process was classified into the second different GO term when compared unigene number between two stages. Combined with the KEGG pathway annotation, we found that carbohydrate metabolism showed the major difference in unigene number, which might contribute to the biosynthesis of polysaccharides as immunostimulatory agent. Finally, 54 candidate genes encoding 14 enzymes were found to biosynthesize flavonoid that has the antialcoholism effect. This study is the first report on transcriptome information in H. acerba and will promote to understand the genetic mechanism of peduncle development.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.001
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • miRNA mediated gene regulatory network analysis of Cichorium intybus
    • Authors: Swati Srivastava; Noopur Singh; Gaurava Srivastava; Ashok Sharma
      Pages: 37 - 45
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Swati Srivastava, Noopur Singh, Gaurava Srivastava, Ashok Sharma
      Cichorium intybus commonly known as chicory, is an important medicinal plants having different therapeutic properties. Several studies have been done on plant miRNAs for understanding their role in biological functions. However, no miRNAs are reported in miRBase for the genus C. intybus. In the present study, we used a homology based search and in-silico approach for identifying miRNA in C. intybus. Twenty eight potential miRNA families were predicted. Out of 28 predicted miRNA families, 17 were found to regulate 349 target transcripts and play important role in different biological, cellular and metabolic process. To understand the miRNA mediated gene regulatory control and to validate predicted miRNA targets, a biological network was also constructed. Further study of C. intybus miRNA regulation mechanisms may help us to know more about the important roles of miRNAs in C. intybus.
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      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.003
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Cloning of invertebrate gonadotropin-releasing hormone receptor
           (GnRHR)-like gene in Yesso scallop, Patinopecten yessoensis
    • Authors: Kazue Nagasawa; Kouta Muroi; Tongchai Thitiphuree; Yuki Minegishi; Naoki Itoh; Makoto Osada
      Pages: 46 - 56
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Kazue Nagasawa, Kouta Muroi, Tongchai Thitiphuree, Yuki Minegishi, Naoki Itoh, Makoto Osada
      Although the invGnRH peptide was characterized from the nerve ganglia in bivalves, its signaling mechanism is nevertheless unclear. The objective of this paper was to identify the invGnRHR cDNA from Yesso scallop as a first step for understanding of invGnRH in bivalve neuroendocrine system. We performed PCR cloning mediated with transcriptome survey and expression analysis with various tissues of the scallop. Our results showed that we identified an invGnRHR-like cDNAs from not only Yesso scallop Patinopecten yessoensis but also Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas. In addition, we subsequently identified an adipokinetic hormone receptor (AKHR)-like and AKH-like cDNA pair from the scallop. Comparison of the tissue distributions of both receptor mRNAs suggested functional divergence of two homologous neuropeptides. In brief, py-GnRHR-like mRNA showed broad distribution in various tissues including the nerve ganglia, while py-AKHR-like mRNA was expressed in the nerve ganglia and restricted to some limited peripheral tissues. The findings suggested that both py-GnRH and py-AKH signals were utilized via their own receptors. qPCR assays revealed their receptor mRNA expression in the gonads during a maturation, showing that py-GnRHR-like mRNA in the pre-mature gonads was higher than other mature stages.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.005
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Genetic and environmental effect on the growth characteristics and
           bioactive components of eight-year-old Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch
    • Authors: Xiaosu Miao; Rongxiu Liu; Hongpei Liu; Fulai Yu; Jiyong Wang; Wenquan Wang; Shengli Wei
      Pages: 57 - 62
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Xiaosu Miao, Rongxiu Liu, Hongpei Liu, Fulai Yu, Jiyong Wang, Wenquan Wang, Shengli Wei
      Licorice derived from Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fisch is an important traditional Chinese medicine. The cultivated licorice has gradually replaced the wild licorice, becoming the main source, while its quality is unstable. To explore the influence of genetic and environment on the quality of cultivated licorice, the growth characteristics and the contents of glycyrrhizin and liquiritin of eight-year-old licorice were analyzed. The growth characteristics and contents of glycyrrhizin and liquiritin of eight-year-old licorice varied in different provenances. Especially, the contents of lycyrrhizin and liquiritin of different sources existed significant variation owing to genetic expression. Further, the growth characteristics were negatively correlated with temperature and moisture, while the contents of glycyrrhizin and liquiritin were positively correlated with temperature and negatively correlated with moisture. It indicated that there were significant geographic variations in the growth of eight-year-old licorice, which was associated with genetic expression and the ecological environment.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.004
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Estimation of dominance effects related to mastitis and production traits
           for CXCR1 gene using logistic regression analysis in dairy cattle
    • Authors: Masoumeh Bagheri; Azadeh Zahmatkesh
      Pages: 63 - 66
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Masoumeh Bagheri, Azadeh Zahmatkesh
      The dominance effect is important for mastitis, which is the major source of economic loss in dairy herds. The objective of this study was to evaluate dominance effects of CXCR1 gene for clinical mastitis and production traits in Holstein dairy cattle using the selective genotyping method. Records of 305-day lactation were obtained for production traits and for the number of cases of clinical mastitis per lactation. Cows were selected based on extreme values (highest and lowest CMR values) for clinical mastitis residuals (CMR) from mixed model analyses. Each of the two extreme groups of cowswas genotyped for CXCR1 gene and then, associations between genotypes and CMR and also breeding values for traits of interest were estimated by applying logistic regression analyses. Allele G of CXCR1 gene was associated with fewer cases for clinical mastitis (CM), and showed desired effects on production traits, especially on milk, protein and fat yield. Effects of dominance ranged from −0.03 SD to 0.55 SD for the production traits and CM. For milk production traits, positive values for dominance indicated a surplus in these traits. Result showed that CXCR1 gene may be a valuable candidate gene for improvement of mastitis resistance as well as production traits in dairy cattle herds and the dominance effects may not be negligible.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.006
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Population structuring of selected mungbean landraces of the Odisha State
           of India via DNA marker-based genetic diversity analysis
    • Authors: Ram Chandra Jena; Khusbu Agarwal; Tarini Shankar Ghosh; Pradeep Kumar Chand
      Pages: 67 - 86
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Ram Chandra Jena, Khusbu Agarwal, Tarini Shankar Ghosh, Pradeep Kumar Chand
      Ever-increasing demands of mungbean consumption, wide eco-geographical variations and inadequate achievements through conventional breeding necessitate comprehensive assessment of genetic variability coupled with population patterning. In the present work 30 mungbean landraces of the Odisha State of India representing four different geographical regions (populations) along with some Indian genotypes were used for elucidation of genetic diversity and population structure analysis using 52 SCoT (gene-targeted) and 45 RAPD (arbitrary) markers. SCoT markers proved to be more effective than RAPD in ascertaining genetic diversity at genotype level (% polymorphism, Rp, PIC, EMR, MI, GI and I) and population level (Na, Ne, H, I, Ht and Hs). Unique bands (23 RAPD and 47 SCoT) were generated which enabled identification of 16 and 25 genotypes respectively. Genetic diversity parameters of East Odisha revealed high genetic variability compared to other populations. AMOVA revealed >95% variation within the populations which is further supported by high gene flow and low level of genetic differentiation. UPGMA dendrogram and population structure grouped genotypes into 8 major clusters irrespective of their geographical affiliations. However, genotypes belonging to certain clusters exhibited significant geographical and morphological preferences using the cumulative strategy. The study illustrated the importance of combined marker analysis, which uses complementary information from two distinct and analogous markers and in the process, offers accurate and reliable results. Further, the applicability of in silico analysis in performing a high resolution patterning of genetic divergence and population structure was demonstrated.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.11.007
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Genomic organization and structural diversity of germin-like protein
           coding genes in foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.)
    • Authors: Dipnarayan Saha; Rajeev Singh Rana; Lalit Arya; Tapan Kumar Mondal
      Pages: 87 - 98
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Dipnarayan Saha, Rajeev Singh Rana, Lalit Arya, Tapan Kumar Mondal
      Germin-like protein (GLP) genes in plants constitute a multigene family that functions in a variety of biological processes, such as plant growth and development and respond to abiotic and biotic stresses. Available genome sequences of foxtail millet (Setaria italica) have facilitated the identification and delineation of the GLP gene family, which is perhaps the first report in any millet crop. A total of 20 SiGLP genes were mapped in six of the nine foxtail millet chromosomes. The majority of these SiGLP genes, except six, clustered into five known germin (GER) groups and revealed group-specific variations in their gene structure and conserved protein motifs. The SiGLP genes shared homologous relationship within and across plant genomes as per their syntenic chromosomal regions, indicating gene duplication and expansion in course of plant evolution. Gene expression dynamics revealed four out of the 20 SiGLP genes having a putative functional role in different tissues. The presence of diverse cis-acting regulatory elements in the putative SiGLP promoter sequences and homology-based 3-D protein structure predictions revealed their possible functional diversity. The present work encompasses a molecular insight into the organization and functions of SiGLP gene family members. This may serve as a platform for functional analysis and their efficient utilizations in genetic improvement of foxtail millet and other related crops.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.12.001
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Phylogenetic analysis and drought-responsive expression profiles of the
           WRKY transcription factor family in maize
    • Authors: Ting Zhang; Dengfeng Tan; Li Zhang; Xiaoyan Zhang; Zhaoxue Han
      Pages: 99 - 108
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Ting Zhang, Dengfeng Tan, Li Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhang, Zhaoxue Han
      WRKY transcription factors play diverse roles in biotic and abiotic stresses. However, little comprehensive study has been presented about maize WRKY genes in drought stress response. In the present study, the phylogenetic relationships between ZmWRKYs and known WRKYs were analyzed, and it was shown that the gene structure and motif compositions were conserved within a group or a subgroup identified. And then, the expression profiling of ZmWRKY genes based on the global microarray data revealed eight genes responded to drought stress. Additionally, RNA-Seq profiling showed that 58 ZmWRKY genes were induced in drought stress. Real-time quantitative RT-PCR was used to verify the expression patterns of several candidate drought-responsive ZmWRKY genes. The cis-elements analysis of ten candidate ZmWRKY genes showed that the putative promoter of each gene includes at least a drought-responsive MBS element. Furthermore, the protein-protein interaction analyses revealed the intricate co-regulatory and co-expression network, which was consistent with the drought-responsive expression profiles of ZmWRKYs. Thus, these results provide a fundamental clue for cloning functional maize WRKY genes.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.01.001
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • Eukaryotic initiation factor 4E binding protein family members are widely
           expressed in fish tissues: Cloning and distribution of 4E-BPs in
           Schizothorax prenanti
    • Authors: Fangjun Lin; Dengyue Yuan; Defang Chen; Zhiqiong Li
      Pages: 109 - 115
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2017
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 3
      Author(s): Fangjun Lin, Dengyue Yuan, Defang Chen, Zhiqiong Li
      Schizothorax prenanti (Cypriniformes, Cyprinidae, Schizothoracinae) is an endemic, valuable fish in the southwest of China. Although a series of studies concerning the genetic and endocrine control of feeding and growth in S. prenanti have been examined in our laboratory, the mechanism is still unclear. To better understand these mechanisms, complete coding sequences of the eukaryotic initiation factor 4E binding proteins (4E-BP1, 4E-BP2 and 4E-BP3) were isolated in S. prenanti and their mRNA distributions examined in different tissues. S. prenanti 4E-BP1, 4E-BP2 and 4E-BP3 consisted of 120, 113 and 111 amino acids and exhibited a quite high degree of amino acid identity, respectively, to their cyprinid fish homologs. Phylogenetic analysis of the 4E-BPs sequences showed three main branches of vertebrate 4E-BPs. However, it was of interest that teleost 4E-BP1 clustered with vertebrate 4E-BP3, while the tetrapod 4E-BP1 formed a distinct clade. The mRNAs of all 4E-BPs were ubiquitously expressed in S. prenanti tissues, including brain, pituitary, eye, heart, gut, hepatopancreas, kidney, spleen, gonad, muscle, skin and gill. The widespread distributions suggest that 4E-BPs might have distinct physiological actions in S. prenanti, in particular on the brain, pituitary, gut, hepatopancreas and muscle, which involved feeding and growth regulation. This preliminary study opens the way for further functional studies on the mechanisms of the regulation of feeding and growth in S. prenanti and other teleost.

      PubDate: 2017-04-20T19:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.10.001
      Issue No: Vol. 3 (2017)
  • A missense mutation affects the mobility of high molecular weight glutenin
           Dy10 subunit in SDS-PAGE
    • Authors: Yan Wang; Qing-Yun Zheng; Zhen-Ru Guo; Yuan-Yuan Qiao; Yong-Li Cao; Cai-Hong Liu; Bin-Jie Xu; Zheng-Yuan Wei; Lu-Juan Zong; Chen Chen; Ya-Nan Han; Qing Chen; Xi Gong; Shi-Yu Hua; You-Liang Zheng; Peng-Fei Qi; Yu-Ming Wei; Xiu-Jin Lan; Ji-Rui Wang
      Pages: 1 - 4
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): Yan Wang, Qing-Yun Zheng, Zhen-Ru Guo, Yuan-Yuan Qiao, Yong-Li Cao, Cai-Hong Liu, Bin-Jie Xu, Zheng-Yuan Wei, Lu-Juan Zong, Chen Chen, Ya-Nan Han, Qing Chen, Xi Gong, Shi-Yu Hua, You-Liang Zheng, Peng-Fei Qi, Yu-Ming Wei, Xiu-Jin Lan, Ji-Rui Wang
      High-molecular-weight glutenin subunits (HMW-GS) are important in wheat end-use quality. We characterized a HMW-GS Dy10 mutant subunit with faster mobility than Dy10 in SDS-PAGE, and with equal mobility to Dy10 in urea-containing SDS-PAGE gel. A missense mutation was identified in the mutant subunit, which led to substitution of the 328th amino acid residue from ser (S) to phe (F) in the repetitive domain. The Dy10 subunit containing the missense mutation was designated as Dy10-m328SF (Genbank No. KU934284). Our results indicate that a single amino acid substitution in the repetitive domain can change the mobility of Dy10.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.001
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • The alterations in endometrial and myometrial transcriptome at the time of
           maternal recognition of pregnancy in pigs
    • Authors: B. Wojciechowicz; G. Kotwica; J. Kołakowska; K. Zglejc; M. Martyniak; A. Franczak
      Pages: 5 - 10
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): B. Wojciechowicz, G. Kotwica, J. Kołakowska, K. Zglejc, M. Martyniak, A. Franczak
      The maternal recognition of pregnancy in pigs occurs around day 12–13 of gestation. During this period embryo-derived signals act on the endometrium and the myometrium to trigger tissue-specific responses that lead to proper implantation and maintenance of pregnancy. The present study utilized gene expression microarrays to examine embryo-induced alterations in porcine endometrial and myometrial transcriptome on days 12–13 of pregnancy. It has been confirmed that the endometrium and the myometrium, in response to embryonic signals, express unique set of genes. However, a key discovery of this study is the fact that genes that encode crucial factors involved in maternal recognition of pregnancy and preparation of uterus for implantation are regulated similarly in both tissues. Genes responsible for PGs synthesis (PTGES2, PTGR2), uterine development and remodeling (HOXA10, GRB10, MTOR) and innate immune response and immunomodulation (NFKBIA, TRAFD1) were regulated similarly in the endometrium and the myometrium. This suggests that in pigs these tissues act in sync to support embryos during peri-implantation.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.004
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Three sorghum serpin recombinant proteins inhibit midgut trypsin activity
           and growth of corn earworm
    • Authors: Eric T. Johnson; Christopher D. Skory; Todd A. Naumann; Mohamad A. Jairajpuri; Patrick F. Dowd
      Pages: 11 - 16
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): Eric T. Johnson, Christopher D. Skory, Todd A. Naumann, Mohamad A. Jairajpuri, Patrick F. Dowd
      The sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) genome contains a number of putative serpins (serine protease inhibitors) that are expressed under varying conditions, but little is known about their biological function. One of the sorghum serpin genes encodes a protein that contains reactive center residues Leu-Arg-X (X=small residue), called a LR serpin. Similar plant-derived LR serpin proteins can inactivate mammalian trypsins and have activity against insect trypsins. In this study the sorghum LR serpin, and two non-LR sorghum serpins, which were expressed in Escherichia coli and purified using immobilized metal-affinity chromatography, were shown to inhibit in vitro trypsin activity from larval midgut extract of corn earworm (Helicoverpa zea) and fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda). Each serpin was added individually to sorghum leaf insect diet that was fed to corn earworm and fall armyworm larvae. Statistically significant reductions (30–53%) in the mean weight of corn earworm larvae, but not for fall armyworm larvae, were found in the larvae feeding on diet containing each of the serpins compared to the mean weight of those feeding on control diet. These studies suggest that the sorghum serpin genes could be utilized for corn earworm larvae resistance in sorghum breeding but fall armyworm larvae have compensatory mechanisms to counter the tested sorghum serpins.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.005
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Differential fructan accumulation and expression of fructan biosynthesis,
           invertase and defense genes is induced in Agave tequilana plantlets by
           sucrose or stress-related elicitors
    • Authors: Edgar M. Suárez-González; Paola A. Palmeros Suárez; José M. Cruz-Rubio; Norma A. Martínez-Gallardo; Ismael Cisneros Hernández; John P. Délano-Frier; Juan F. Gómez-Leyva
      Pages: 17 - 28
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): Edgar M. Suárez-González, Paola A. Palmeros Suárez, José M. Cruz-Rubio, Norma A. Martínez-Gallardo, Ismael Cisneros Hernández, John P. Délano-Frier, Juan F. Gómez-Leyva
      The effect of short-term treatments with non-toxic concentrations of chemical elicitors of carbon mobilization and/or defense responses on fructan accumulation and complexity was analyzed in Agave tequilana plantlets. These included sucrose (ExSuc), salicylic acid (SA), and methyl jasmonate (MeJA). Methyl viologen (MV), an oxidative-stress elicitor, was also tested. Stems of ExSuc- and SA-treated agaves accumulated fructan with contrasting degree of polymerization (DP), being higher (DP12) in the ExSuc treatment. The difference agreed with 1-SST, 6G-FFT and 6-fructan exohydrolase (FEH) gene expression patterns. Thus, a strong, 6G-FFT expression detected 6days after treatment (DAT), coupled to a systematic repression of FEH genes occurred in Ex-Suc treated agaves. Conversely, SA treatment induced maximum 6G-FFT expression and a transitory induction of FEH genes 2 DAT. MV also induced an accumulation of low-DP fructans 6 DAT. Additionally, it stimulated the highest fructan accumulation in leaves. Contrariwise, MeJA led to a depletion of soluble non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs) and fructan, particularly in leaves. An inverse relationship between high invertase and FEH gene expression levels and minimal NSCs and fructan reserves was observed in response to MeJA. Low DP fructan accumulation by MV could not be attributed to a measurable oxidative stress. Still, high antioxidant enzyme activity, indirectly manifesting oxidative stress, coincided with fructan accumulation in MV-treated agaves. High invertase and FEH expression levels induced by MeJA in leaves, and to a lesser degree by SA and MV, coincided with transcript accumulation of defense-related genes, and were, to a certain extent, in accordance with the “sweet immunity” concept, linking sugar and defense signaling.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.003
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Comparison of full mitochondrial genomes for the rice weevil, Sitophilus
           oryzae and the maize weevil, Sitophilus zeamais (Coleoptera:
    • Authors: James Adebayo Ojo; M. Carmen Valero; Weilin Sun; Brad S. Coates; Adebayo Amos Omoloye; Barry R. Pittendrigh
      Pages: 29 - 37
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): James Adebayo Ojo, M. Carmen Valero, Weilin Sun, Brad S. Coates, Adebayo Amos Omoloye, Barry R. Pittendrigh
      Complete mitochondrial genome sequences were assembled for the rice weevil, Sitophilus oryzae (17,602bp) and the maize weevil, S. zeamais (18,105bp; Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Dryophthorinae), which encode 13 protein coding genes (PCGs), 22 transfer RNAs, and 2 ribosomal RNAs that is typical among Animalia. The A+T-rich control regions of S. oryzae (2818bp) and S. zeamais (2832bp) are the longest described to date among curculionoidea (weevils). Additionally, non-coding intergenic regions have increased in size due to expansion of tandem repeat arrays, but is more pronounced in S. zeamais (606bp) compared to S. oryzae (109bp). A total of 69 and 22 substitution mutations were found among reads from S. oryzae and S. zeamais, out of which 68 and 2 were predicted in the PCGs respectively, with a majority in NADH Dehydrogenase subunit I. Phylogenetic analyses of coleopteran insects based upon full mitogenomes PCG sequence supported the existence of Curculionoidea and Tenebrionoidea as a monophyletic group, whereas the Cucujoidea and Elateroidea remain paraphyletic. The mitogenomes of these two Sitophilus species provide insight into short-term evolutionary relationships among curculionid beetles, and provide resources for the potential deciphering of more broad systematic questions in the Order Coleoptera.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.007
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Genome-wide identification and characterization of the R2R3MYB
           transcription factor superfamily in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.)
    • Authors: Shijie Wang; Zhen Chen; Tuo Ji; Qinghua Di; Lujun Li; Xiufeng Wang; Min Wei; Qinghua Shi; Yan Li; Biao Gong; Fengjuan Yang
      Pages: 38 - 52
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): Shijie Wang, Zhen Chen, Tuo Ji, Qinghua Di, Lujun Li, Xiufeng Wang, Min Wei, Qinghua Shi, Yan Li, Biao Gong, Fengjuan Yang
      The R2R3MYB proteins comprise one of the largest families of transcription factors and play regulatory roles in developmental processes and defense responses in plants. However, limited comprehensive genomic and functional analyses of these genes in eggplant (Solanum melongena L.) have been performed. In this study, 73 R2R3MYB genes were identified in the recently released eggplant genome and further classified into 20 subgroups based on the phylogenetic analysis of their complete protein sequences. Phylogenetic comparisons of this superfamily’s members among eggplant, tomato, Arabidopsis, grape, rice, poplar, soybean, cucumber and apple revealed that the putative functions of some of the eggplant R2R3MYB proteins were clustered into the Arabidopsis functional clades. The tissue specificity or differential expression of SmR2R3MYBs in different tissues suggested the differential regulation of tissue development as well as metabolism. The transcript abundance analysis under abiotic stress identified a group of R2R3MYB genes that responded to one or more treatments, suggesting that SmR2R3MYBs played major roles in the plants response to abiotic stress and were involved in signal transduction pathways. Genes related to anthocyanin synthesis were also identified. This study not only provides a solid foundation for the functional dissection of the eggplant R2R3MYB gene family, but may also be useful for the future synthesis of anthocyanins in eggplant.
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      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.09.006
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Structural components of chemosensory protein mutations in the silkworm
           moth, Bombyx mori
    • Authors: Ning Xuan; Balaji Rajashekar; Sergo Kasvandik; Jean-François Picimbon
      Pages: 53 - 58
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 2
      Author(s): Ning Xuan, Balaji Rajashekar, Sergo Kasvandik, Jean-François Picimbon
      The letter addresses the contribution of RNA editing to tissue-specific diversification of insect chemosensory proteins (CSPs) with a particular focus on the moth Bombyx mori. This narrow focus on RNA editing of a single gene family in a single insect species might have a broad significance to an integrated view of protein structure evolution. Including protein structure models of new edited variants and mapping the position of specific cysteine and glycine residues believed to be inserted though or mediated via mutation, we suggest effects of RNA editing on CSP protein function.
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      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.08.006
      Issue No: Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Deciphering the effect of mutations on fruit ripening quality associated
           gene expression pattern in spontaneous monogenic tomato mutants
    • Authors: Harshata Pal; Murali Sharaff; Avinash Sethi; Pranab Hazra; Debasis Mazumder; Shree P. Pandey
      Pages: 1 - 14
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Harshata Pal, Murali Sharaff, Avinash Sethi, Pranab Hazra, Debasis Mazumder, Shree P. Pandey
      To decipher the effect of spontaneous monogenic mutations on fruit ripening associated gene expression pattern, an integrated effort has been made to investigate tomato colored mutants high pigment-1(hp-1), high pigment-2 dark green (hp-2 dg ), old gold crimson(og) c and ripening impaired mutant ripening inhibitor (rin), during fruit ripening. Quantitative real time polymerase chain reaction was performed to assess relative transcript accumulation for carotenogenic pathway genes, ethylene anabolic genes, cell wall modifying genes and MADS-BOX transcription factor gene LeMADS-RIN. The non photomorphogenic high pigment mutant og c was studied at the transcriptional level for the first time which provided the basis to select the mutant og c as a suitable candidate of non-transgenic source for pigment enrichment by future development of hybrids. Regression analysis found that LeZDS and CYC-B were the sole positive contributors for lycopene and β-carotene content, respectively, and fruit firmness was negatively correlated to LeEXP, LePG, LeTBG-4, PME. Highly similar fruit firmness was observed in hp-2 dg with the mutant rin, which is desirable for extended shelf life. Expression of the major ripening regulator gene LeMADS-RIN was also induced in high pigment mutants. Future characterization of the promoter region of candidate genes may decipher unknown regulatory aspects of these mutants.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.05.001
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • A yeast library-hybrid assay to screen maize-Rhizoctonia transcription
           factors and protein-protein interactions in one experimental pipeline
    • Authors: Xuan Tang; Junwei Shi; Wubei Dong
      Pages: 15 - 22
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Xuan Tang, Junwei Shi, Wubei Dong
      Yeast one- (Y1H) and two-hybrid (Y2H) assays are widely used to study transcription factors (TFs) and protein-protein interactions (PPIs), respectively. Here we combined the Y1H and Y2H into a yeast library-hybrid (YLH) assay, which can systematically screen transcription factors (TFs) and PPIs in one experimental pipeline. In typical TFs, the DNA-binding domain (DBD) and activation domain (AD) evolved separately, but were covalently linked. In the YLH assay, TFs are identified based on functionally conserved ADs, whereas in various Y1H assays TFs are identified based on DBDs. Using the YLH method, we isolated 51 pairs of maize-Rhizoctonia PPIs and 38 novel Rhizoctonia solani TFs. TFs and PPIs related to pathogen virulence and plant resistance responses were isolated by the YLH assay. Our results show that 57.75% of isolated TFs contain typical DBDs such as Zn2Cys6, nucleic acid-binding OB-fold, winged helix repressor DNA-binding, and zinc finger CCHC-type. Key PPI pairs related to major functional categories such as metabolism and cellular signalling were obtained. The percentage of verified PPIs is 69.39%. We proved that common TFs have nonspecific or broad-spectrum activities in the yeast plasmid gene expression system. YLH screening can be conducted on library scales to systematically reveal possible TFs and PPIs at the same time.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.05.002
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Cloning and sequencing of Tert gene in gilthead seabream, Sparus aurata,
           and European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax: Expression patterns in germ
           and somatic cells
    • Authors: María Úbeda-Manzanaro; Juan B. Ortiz-Delgado; Carmen Sarasquete
      Pages: 23 - 32
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): María Úbeda-Manzanaro, Juan B. Ortiz-Delgado, Carmen Sarasquete
      Tert gene encodes a catalytic subunit of the enzyme telomerase, which protects telomeres from abnormal folds and their degradation. In mammals, the activity of telomerase in tissues of adults is limited to stem cells with high potential for proliferation, finding expression in the cells of the germline, tumors and neoplastic cells, although the Tert gene seems to be ubiquitous in fish. To gain insight on Tert implication for fish gonad cell differentiation and gametogenesis progress, we cloned the Tert cDNA of two reared marine fish species, gilthead seabream (Sparus aurata) and European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), and their quantitative and qualitative Tert mRNA expression were analyzed. Two Tert transcripts encoding proteins which differ at their functional C-terminal end were isolated from gilthead seabream, whereas only one Tert transcript was identified from European seabass. The qPCR assays showed that Tert genes are expressed ubiquitously in both fish species, and the highest expression levels were found in gonads and particularly in differentiating or maturating germ cells, which could suggest an important role of Tert genes in gametogenesis and cell-tissue development of fish species.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.05.003
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Identification of potential stress responsive microRNAs and their targets
           in Cajanus spp.
    • Authors: P.S. Shanmugavadivel; K.R. Soren; Aravind Kumar Konda; S.K. Chaturvedi; N.P. Singh
      Pages: 33 - 37
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): P.S. Shanmugavadivel, K.R. Soren, Aravind Kumar Konda, S.K. Chaturvedi, N.P. Singh
      Plant under stress exercises a variety of changes at genetic and molecular level, including microRNA (miRNA) mediated post-transcriptional gene silencing. MicroRNA is a small endogenous non-coding RNA, which regulates the target genes post-transcriptionally. In the present study, 9 stress responsive miRNAs was successfully identified from available stress related EST libraries of Cajanus species applying computational approach. Six of them namely., miRNA156, miRNA2924, miRNA6214, miRNA5652, miRNA1862 and miRNA7982 are responsive to heat, drought and flood stresses and 3 miRNAs namely, miRNA395, miRNA417 and miRNA867 are disease responsive in Cajanus spp. Three out of 9 miRNAs namely, miRNA156, miRNA6214 and miRNA1862 identified in heat, drought and flood stress libraries, respectively belonged to Cajanus scarabaeoides, a close wild relative of C. cajan. miRNA156, miRNA1862, miRNA395 and miRNA417 target different transcription factors like wrky, cw-type zing finger protein, b3 domain containing protein and bsd domain-containing transcription factors. The target genes of identified miRNAs are playing crucial role in well defined molecular pathways like., cell division, translation machinery, epigenetic modification and ubiquitin proteasome pathway. The stress responsive miRNAs of Cajanus species identified in the present study provides a better understanding of the regulatory role of miRNAs in biotic and abiotic stresses.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.06.001
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Functional analysis of the fruit-specific promoter of VqSTS6 from the
           Chinese wild grape, Vitis quinquangularis
    • Authors: Jing He; Dan Wang; Jianxia Zhang; Yuejin Wang
      Pages: 38 - 45
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Jing He, Dan Wang, Jianxia Zhang, Yuejin Wang
      Stilbene synthase plays important roles in the secondary metabolic pathways of many plants as polyketide synthase. Increased consumption of its metabolite, resveratrol, is highly beneficial to our health. The stilbene synthase 6 gene (VqSTS6) has been obtained from the Chinese wild Vitis quinquangularis accession ‘Danfeng-2’. Our previous studies have shown that this stilbene synthase gene exhibits higher levels of expression than other VqSTSs in the all six grape organs. To characterize gene expression, we cloned the promoter of VqSTS6 by homologous cloning. Alignment between the VqSTS6 gene sequence and Vitis vinifera VvSTS48 showed 99.24% identity. The promoter of VqSTS6 fused with the β-glucuronidase (GUS) gene was transformed into tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L. ‘Micro-Tom’) and the activity expression in four organs (roots, stems, leaves and fruits) was analyzed. This revealed that expression was much higher in the fruit than in the other three organs. We also used promoter deletion to show that the –518 bp to –411 bp region contained skn-1_motifs are the core functional promoter region in fruit development. These results evidence the special role of VqSTS6 promoter in regulating its expression in a high-resveratrol grapevine.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.06.002
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Molecular characterization of a Se-containing glutathione peroxidases gene
           and its expressions to heavy metals compared with non-Se-containing
           glutathione peroxidases in Venerupis philippinarum
    • Authors: Ming Cong; Lei Zhang; Linbao Zhang; Jianmin Zhao; Huifeng Wu; Haiqiang Chen; Junli Kong
      Pages: 46 - 52
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Ming Cong, Lei Zhang, Linbao Zhang, Jianmin Zhao, Huifeng Wu, Haiqiang Chen, Junli Kong
      Heavy metal pollution is an increasing environmental problem around the coastline. As a kind of sedentary mollusk, Venerupis philippinarum is an important sentinel to survey the environmental quality of coastal flat. Glutathione peroxidases are important anti-oxidant enzymes to alleviate oxidative stress caused by heavy metals. In the present study, a new cDNA sequence encoding a Se-containing glutathione peroxidase (VpSeGPx2) was isolated from V. philippinarum. The full-length cDNA of VpSeGPx2 was 963bp with a conserved selenocysteine insertion sequence (SECIS) in its 3′-UTR, encoding a polypeptide of 242 amino acids with a signal peptide of 19-amino acids. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that VpSeGPx2 was clustered with Se-GPx proteins from marine mollusks. VpSeGPx2 was found to be significantly down-regulated by 10μg/L of copper and up-regulated by 40μg/L of copper. However, cadmium exposure seemed to have no significant effect on the expression of VpSeGPx2 transcripts. As for a previously cloned non-Se-containing VpGPx, both concentrations of copper exposure (10 and 40μg/L) significantly increased its mRNA expression, and a higher concentration (40μg/L) of cadmium significantly inhibited the expression of VpGPx transcript. These results suggested that VpSeGPx2 and VpGPx were both involved in the detoxification of copper pollution but seemed to play a different role in cadmium pollution.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.06.003
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Expression and localization of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family in
           corpus luteum during different stages of estrous cycle and synergistic
           role of FGF2 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on
           steroidogenesis, angiogenesis and survivability of cultured buffalo luteal
    • Authors: S.R. Mishra; M.S. Parmar; V.S. Chouhan; G. Rajesh; V.P. Yadav; M.K. Bharti; Jaya Bharati; T. Mondal; R. Reshma; A. Paul; S.S. Dangi; B.C. Das; L.A. González; G.T. Sharma; G. Singh; M. Sarkar
      Pages: 53 - 68
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): S.R. Mishra, M.S. Parmar, V.S. Chouhan, G. Rajesh, V.P. Yadav, M.K. Bharti, Jaya Bharati, T. Mondal, R. Reshma, A. Paul, S.S. Dangi, B.C. Das, L.A. González, G.T. Sharma, G. Singh, M. Sarkar
      The aim of this study was to document the expression and localization of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family members comprising of fibroblast growth factor (FGF1, FGF2, FGF7, FGF10), and their receptors (FGFR1, FGFR2, FGFR3, FGFR4, FGFR2IIIB, FGFR2IIIC) in buffalo corpus luteum (CL) obtained at different stages of the estrous cycle. In addition, the synergistic role of FGF2 and/or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) on P4 secretion and mRNA expression of steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR), cytochrome P450 (CYP11A1), 3-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (3βHSD), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), BCL-2 associated X protein (BAX) and von willebrand factor (vWF) were studied in luteal cell culture obtained from mid-luteal phase (MLP) of estrous cycle in buffalo. Real-time PCR (qPCR), western blot, and immunohistochemistry were used to investigate mRNA and protein expressions, and the localization of examined factors whereas P4 secretion was assessed by RIA. The mRNA and protein expression of FGF1 and FGFR1 were maximum (P<0.05) during MLP whereas FGF2 was maximum (P<0.05) during early luteal phase (ELP). FGF7, FGF10, FGFR2, FGFR3, FGFR4, FGFR2IIIb, and FGFR2IIIc mRNA and protein expression did not change among luteal phases. FGF family members were localized in cytoplasm of luteal cells as well as in endothelial cells. P4 secretion in luteal cells treated with FGF2 or VEGF alone showed the maximum values (P<0.05) with the highest dose at 72h. P4 secretion was found to be greater (P<0.05) in luteal cells treated with FGF2+VEGF compared to FGF2 or at 72h of incubation. The mRNA expression of all factors were maximum (P<0.05) whereas BAX was minimum (P<0.05) at highest dose cultured for 72h of luteal cells subjected with either protein alone or in combination. Summarizing, the present findings explore the synergistic role of FGF2 and VEGF on steroidogenesis, angiogenesis, cell viability through an autocrine and paracrine actions in buffalo CL.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.07.001
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Association of TLR4 gene variants with milk production traits in crossbred
    • Authors: Chinmoy Mishra; Subodh Kumar; H.M. Yathish; Rajni Choudhary; Amit Kumar
      Pages: 69 - 71
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Chinmoy Mishra, Subodh Kumar, H.M. Yathish, Rajni Choudhary, Amit Kumar
      The identification of dairy cows with higher milk yield potential has been pursued for many years in different herds. Genomic studies have suggested that Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) within major genes may affect milk production and consequently result economic benefit to the farmers. Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) is an immunogenic gene activating innate and adaptive immune responses which is present in very close proximity to the quantitative trait loci (QTL) affecting milk production traits. The present research work was designed to explore the possible genetic variations in 5′ upstream region of TLR4 gene in Vrindavani cattle and their possible associations with milk production traits viz. total lactation milk yield, 305days milk yield and lactation length. Nucleotide variability in 5′ upstream region of TLR4 gene was identified by PCR-RFLP and subsequent sequencing. The haplotypes were constructed using those SNPs. The association of these haplotypes with production traits was studied using SAS 9.3 software. Statistically significant association between these haplotypes and TLMY was observed. However, no significant association was found between haplotypes with MY305 and LL.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.07.002
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Effects of fish oil supplementation and supplementation period on adipose
           tissue generation sites and the gene expression of enzymes involved in
           metabolizing adipose tissue in Holstein bulls under various forage types
    • Authors: Hossein Zakariapour Bahnamiri; Mahdi Ganjkhanlou; Mostafa Sadeghi; Mohammad Jjavad Najaf-panah; Abolfazl Zali; Wang ZuYang
      Pages: 72 - 78
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Hossein Zakariapour Bahnamiri, Mahdi Ganjkhanlou, Mostafa Sadeghi, Mohammad Jjavad Najaf-panah, Abolfazl Zali, Wang ZuYang
      To investigate the effects of alfalfa hay (AH) proportion, fish oil (FO) supplementation, and the length of FO supplementation on lipoprotein lipase (LPL), peroxisome proliferator activated receptorγ (PPARγ) and stearoyl-COA desaturase (SCD) gene expression in various adipose tissue depots, 36 Holstein bulls (initial body weight of 345±61kg) were randomly assigned to 6 dietary treatments in a 2×3 factorial arrangement, with 2 levels of AH (10 and 20% of dietary dry matter) and 3 levels of FO (0, 1.05 and 2.1% of dry matter). Samples of adipose tissue were collected at the middle and end of the period (day 90), after slaughtering. The RT-qPCR technique was used for gene expression analyses. The relative mRNA abundance of lipogenic genes was not correlated with AH proportion and FO interaction. Supplementation of FO increased LPL and SCD gene expression in visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissues regardless of AH proportion (P <0.05). The gene expression of PPARγ was not affected by dietary treatments. Supplementation of FO increased the mRNA abundance of SCD1 gene more in subcutaneous than visceral adipose tissue (P <0.01). Gene expression of PPARγ and SCD enzymes increased as a result of prolonged FO supplementation (P <0.01), whereas LPL mRNA abundance was lower at the end of period comparing to the middle period (P <0.01). The results demonstrate that FO supplementation increases the abundance of adipose tissue SCD mRNA, which in the case of enhancement in UFAs concentration as a result of higher mRNA abundance and enzyme activity, can benefit both human and animal health. Moreover, the duration of FO supplementation was found to be an important factor in regulating enzymes involved in adipose tissue metabolism.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.07.003
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Changes in transferrin gene expression after exposure to iron and
           Aeromonas hydrophila infection in yellow snapper (Lutjanus argentiventris)
    • Authors: Martha Reyes-Becerril; Carlos Angulo; Miriam Angulo; Felipe Ascencio-Valle
      Pages: 79 - 87
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Martha Reyes-Becerril, Carlos Angulo, Miriam Angulo, Felipe Ascencio-Valle
      Transferrin (Tfa) plays an important role in iron regulation and is also known to be involved in response to infections. In this study, the full-length cDNA of the transferrin gene from Lutjanus argentiventris was cloned and characterized. The full-length cDNA of the tfa was 2482bp encoding 690 amino acids containing an N-terminal signal peptide and the two conserved lobes. Tfa protein was highly similar to fish transferrins such as those from Larimichthys crocea (80%), Pagrus major (80%) and Dicentrarchus labrax (80%). Transferrin constitutive expression was found to be the highest in spleen and head-kidney. Moreover, the mRNA expression levels of tfa were measured by real-time PCR at 24 and 96h in juveniles exposed to iron (Fe2x) during Aeromonas hydrophila infection. In general, the expression of tfa decreased in liver and intestine and increased in gill and skin in the iron group compared to control. The iron followed by Aeromonas hydrophila infection group caused a down-regulation in transferrin gene expression in all analyzed tissues at any point during the experiment. These findings demonstrate the evolutionary conservation of transferrin functions in vertebrates, involved in both the immune response and iron metabolism.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.04.002
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Identification of a GC-rich leptin gene in chicken
    • Authors: Helena Farkašová; Tomáš Hron; Jan Pačes; Petr Pajer; Daniel Elleder
      Pages: 88 - 92
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Helena Farkašová, Tomáš Hron, Jan Pačes, Petr Pajer, Daniel Elleder
      Leptin (LEP) plays a key role in the regulation of energy balance in mammals, with less well-defined roles in lower vertebrates. The existence of LEP orthologs in birds has been controversial and only recently have several avian LEP genes been reported. Still, LEP has been assumed to be missing from the chicken (Gallus gallus) genome. Here, we identify the chicken LEP (cLEP), which shares only 25% amino acid sequence identity with its human ortholog. However, it has considerably higher homology with avian LEPs, and phylogenetic analysis shows it as clustering with avian LEP sequences. The cLEP and the other known avian LEP sequences all have high GC content. We argue that this property is behind the technical difficulties impeding the identification of these avian genes. The identification of cLEP can be expected to help elucidate leptin signaling pathways in wild and domestic chickens.
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      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.04.001
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • RNA interference in Haliotis rufescens myostatin evidences upregulation of
           insulin signaling pathway
    • Authors: Crisleri Carrera-Naipil; Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz; Juan Antonio Valdés; Alfredo Molina; Cristian Gallardo-Escárate
      Pages: 93 - 99
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Crisleri Carrera-Naipil, Valentina Valenzuela-Muñoz, Juan Antonio Valdés, Alfredo Molina, Cristian Gallardo-Escárate
      Muscle growth rate is a critical issue for abalone aquaculture due to impacts on production costs. However, knowledge of the molecular mechanisms involved in molluscan myogenesis is limited. Therefore, the myostatin gene in the red abalone Haliotis rufescens (Hr-MSTN) was characterized and evaluated at the transcriptional level using RNA interference and gene silencing correlated with the insulin pathway as a proxy for somatic growth. Hr-MSTN cDNA was comprised of 2346 base pairs that encoded 489 amino acids and that contained structural characteristics typical of the transforming growth factor-β superfamily, including C-terminal signal peptide, propeptide domain, and transforming growth factor-β regions. Gene expression analysis revealed ubiquitous transcript expression in all tested red abalone tissues, but the muscle and mantle evidenced the highest transcriptional activity. RNA interference against MSTN mRNA significantly downregulated MSTN at 14days post-injection, correlating with an upregulation of the insulin-related genes Insulin receptor, Growth factor receptor bound 2, and Proto-oncogene serine/threonine-protein kinase. These results suggest that MSTN silencing can promote activation of the insulin transcription pathway and consequently trigger somatic growth in the red abalone. This study is the first to evaluate the role of MSTN in gastropods using RNA interference, thus providing new perspectives for genetic improvement programs in abalone aquaculture.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.07.004
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Branchial transcriptional responses of spotted scat, Scatophagus argus, to
           acute hypo-osmotic stress
    • Authors: Maoliang Su; Pan Hu; Jianan Zhou; Jie Ma; Siqi Li; Lang Gui; Junbin Zhang
      Pages: 100 - 108
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Maoliang Su, Pan Hu, Jianan Zhou, Jie Ma, Siqi Li, Lang Gui, Junbin Zhang
      The spotted scat (Scatophagus argus) is a euryhaline marine fish with the capability to withstand different salinity levels and can tolerate abrupt transfer from salt water (SW) to fresh water (FW) or vice versa. Differentially expressed genes were identified by constructing suppression subtractive hybridization (SSH) cDNA libraries to explore branchial osmoregulatory mechanisms affected by salinity challenge. After trimming and blasting, 105 uniquely expressed sequence tags were identified. Among them, 24 candidate genes involved in the stress response, metabolism, and the respiratory chain were chosen for further validation by real-time polymerase chain reaction. More than two-fold expression differences were observed in ADP-ribosylation factor 1 (arf1), cyclic AMP-responsive element-binding protein 3-like 4 (creb3l4), EVI5-like protein (evi5l), protocadherin fat 2 (fat2), transferrin receptor protein 2 (tfr2), C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (cxcr4), aquaporin-3 (aqp3), sodium/potassium-transporting ATPase subunit beta-233 (nka β 233 ), serum and glucocorticoid-regulated kinase 1 (sgk1), and ras GTPase-activating-like protein IQGAP1 (iqgap1). Among these genes, aqp and nka are important osmoregulatory factors. AQP3 protein was observed being localized to the membranes of mitochondrion-rich cells (MRCs) and pillar cells of the gill of S. argus, and NKA β233 subunit isoform was only found in MRC membranes by immunostaining. Significant differences in aqp3 and nka β 233 expression occurred within 24h after being transferring into the freshwater, and nka β 233 expression level continued to highly upregulated 2 and 7days post-transfer (dpt). These results suggest that branchial aqp3 and nka β 233 play important roles in response to hypo-osmotic stress in S. argus.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.04.003
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Association between myostatin gene (MSTN-1) polymorphism and growth traits
           in domesticated rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)
    • Authors: Sajad Nazari; Valiolah Jafari; Mohammad Pourkazemi; Hamed Kolangi Miandare; Hossein Ali Abdolhay
      Pages: 109 - 115
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Sajad Nazari, Valiolah Jafari, Mohammad Pourkazemi, Hamed Kolangi Miandare, Hossein Ali Abdolhay
      In this study, the polymorphism of myostatin gene (MSTN-1) as a candidate gene for quantitative traits was analyzed in the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The association between the MSTN-1 polymorphisms and growth traits were also studied. Forty broodstock parents of rainbow trout from two farms including Yasuj and Shahrkord were selected and tagged. These spawning were mated and then juveniles were raised at the ponds until 5months post-hatching. Two single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs: g.660T > C and g.1904C > A) in intron 1 and 2 regions of the MSTN-1 gene in rainbow trout were determined by DNA sequencing and PCR-single stranded conformation polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) methods. The assessment results demonstrated that these two site mutations are synonymous mutations and therefore 6 haplotypes were revealed in these samples (n =120). Moreover, One way ANOVA of the SNPs and growth traits revealed the genotypes of SNP g.1904C > A are associated with the length and body weight at 90 and 150days of age (P <0.05), whereas no significant association was found between the SNP g.660T > C and growth trait parameters. These results provide evidence that SNPs in MSTN-1 gene may be associated with length and body weight during the early stages of life (from hatching to 5months of age), therefore MSTN-1 gene may be used for rainbow trout breeding program.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.08.003
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • Estimation of genetic variability and population structure in Ephedra
           gerardiana Wall. ex Stapf (Ephedraceae): An endangered and endemic high
           altitude medicinal plant
    • Authors: Baleshwar Meena; Vandana Tiwari; Niraj Singh; Kamalesh Singh Mahar; Yogesh Kumar Sharma; Tikam Singh Rana
      Pages: 116 - 125
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Baleshwar Meena, Vandana Tiwari, Niraj Singh, Kamalesh Singh Mahar, Yogesh Kumar Sharma, Tikam Singh Rana
      Ephedra gerardiana is commonly known as ‘Gerard's Joint fir’, used in the indigenous systems as well as in modern systems of medicine. Almost every part of the plant possesses innumerable medicinal properties. Here we examined the genetic diversity and population structure of E. gerardiana employing Direct Amplification of Minisatellite DNA (DAMD) and Inter Simple Sequence Repeats (ISSR) methods. The cumulative (DAMD and ISSR) marker data revealed a high genetic diversity (P=90.84%, H=0.30, I=0.45) at species level than at population levels (P=62.43%, H=0.22, I=0.33), and moderate genetic differentiation (GST =0.27) among populations. Unweighted pair group method for arithmetic mean (UPGMA), Principle coordinate analysis (PCoA) and Bayesian clustering analysis revealed a significant population structure, and are in congruence with geographic distribution of the accessions. Mantel test revealed a significant correlation between geographic and genetic distances (r =0.86, P=0.007). Comparatively, high genetic diversity at species level than the population levels showed that these populations have evolved in response to their respective environments, and geographical isolation have played an important role in genetic differentiation and population structuring. However, increasing anthropogenic pressure on natural habitats of E. gerardiana, warrants immediate in-situ and ex-situ conservation measures to preserve diverse genotypes available in western Himalayan region for long term sustainability of E. gerardiana. To the best of our knowledge, present study seems to be the first endeavour to analyse genetic diversity and population structure of E. gerardiana using molecular markers.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.08.002
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • A meta-analysis of potential candidate genes associated with salinity
           stress tolerance in rice
    • Authors: Sukhdeep Kaur; M.A. Iquebal; Sarika Jaiswal; Gitanjali Tandon; R.M. Sundaram; R.K. Gautam; K.P. Suresh; Anil Rai; Dinesh Kumar
      Pages: 126 - 134
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Sukhdeep Kaur, M.A. Iquebal, Sarika Jaiswal, Gitanjali Tandon, R.M. Sundaram, R.K. Gautam, K.P. Suresh, Anil Rai, Dinesh Kumar
      Even though cultivated rice is highly sensitive to salinity, significant variability exists in the primary and secondary gene-pool of rice with respect to traits of salinity tolerance. Breeding salinity tolerance rice varieties is imperative due to climate change and increasing rice demand for global population. A meta-analysis of plethora of genomic data and published literature available on various genes/factors associated with response to rice salinity and tolerance can be used to enlist selected candidates genes affecting salinity. Such genes can be utilized to identify potential candidate salinity resistance genes from donor rice genotypes and facilitate their transfer to high yielding varieties of rice through marker-assisted breeding. This approach has tremendous advantage over transgenic approach as no bio-safety or regulatory issues are involved in exploiting the variability. Meta-analyses were performed on three datasets viz., rice microarray data of 166 series comprising of 2586 samples, 1228 published research literature in the last one and half decades and RNA-Seq data of 454 and Illumina from Sequence Retrieval Archive (SRA) at NCBI. Among microarray dataset, six salinity related series were finally selected and multi experiment analysis revealed 2289 differentially expressed genes belonging to 44 gene families. Out of these, 13 families viz., AP2-EREBP, AUX/IAA, bZIP, C2H2, bHLH, C3H, HB, HSF, MYB, MYB-related, NAC, Tify and WRKY were selected. Applying various parameters on the published literature data, 13 genes were selected, of which five were common to the different microarray datasets. From RNA-Seq data, total of 751 differentially expressed genes were obtained from 21 gene families, out of which 11 genes were common with those obtained from microarray data and five genes, viz., AP2-EREBP/DREB, MYB, HSF, bZIP and NAC were common to all the three data sets. Based on the results obtained, a total of 31 meta-analyzed genes have been selected and recommended for use in genetic improvement programs aimed at salinity resistance in rice. The meta-analysis of microarray, RNA-Seq and published literature has been successfully used to select 31 best salinity tolerance associated genes which can be exploited by candidate gene approach for targeted introgression through marker assisted breeding. This approach has multi-fold advantages, as it obviates statutory and ecological issues. Such endeavors are more warranted for combating the key abiotic stresses like salinity, whose effects are increasing due to a changing climate.

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2016.08.001
      Issue No: Vol. 1 (2017)
  • The differentially expressed genes identification in dwarf mutant of
           Gossypium hirsutum by RNA-Seq approach
    • Authors: Zhao Liang; Di Jiachun; Guo Qi; Zhao Jun; Zhou Xiangyang; Chen Xusheng
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 August 2017
      Source:Agri Gene
      Author(s): Zhao Liang, Di Jiachun, Guo Qi, Zhao Jun, Zhou Xiangyang, Chen Xusheng
      Demands for dwarf plants are increasing, because dwarfism is one of the most important traits in modern crop breeding. Gibberellin (GA) is an essential hormone that is involved in many aspects of plant growth and development. A cotton mutant shows that ultra-dwarf (average plant height is 10cM), blade twisting and cannot grow normally, but the mutant could change to normal plant with GA treatment in the process of growth. To comprehensively survey the patterns of gene expression, RNA-Seq was used in this paper. Approximately 93.5% of all tags could be mapped reference sequences. 77,686 genes could detect expression level by the map. A total of 11,403 DEGs between the samples were detected. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to evaluate the results of RNA-Seq for gene expression profiles. Based on KEGG analysis, a total of 425 genes involved in plant hormone biosynthesis and signal transduction. Among those genes, 27 DEGs involved in GA biosynthesis and 20 in signal transduction. Gh_A06G1386 and Gh_D06G1730, a pair of homoeologous genes, may be candidate genes based on results of fine mapping and RNA-Seq analysis.

      PubDate: 2017-08-10T01:26:28Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.08.001
  • Identification of a type I interferon (IFN) gene from Japanese eel and its
           expression analysis in vivo and in vitro
    • Authors: Jianjun Feng; Peng Lin; Yilei Wang; Songlin Guo; Ziping Zhang; Lili Yu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 July 2017
      Source:Agri Gene
      Author(s): Jianjun Feng, Peng Lin, Yilei Wang, Songlin Guo, Ziping Zhang, Lili Yu
      Type I interferon (IFN) is a key cytokine of innate immune response for viral infection in teleost fish. In present study we report the identification of a type I IFN gene (AjIFN) from Japanese eel (Anguilla japonica) and provide evidence that AjIFN has been involved in Japanese eel host response against not only the virus but also the bacterial infection. The full-length cDNA of AjIFN (826bp) has an ORF of 531bp. The analysis of NCBI CDD showed that the AjIFN protein had the typical conserved domains, including IFabd conserved domain, and two conserved cysteine residues potentially forming disulphide bridges. Based on the phylogenetic analysis, AjIFN was classified into type I IFNs families belonging to the subgroup-a of the 2Cys group. In vivo, the AjIFN expressions in liver and kidney were induced following injection with LPS, the viral mimic poly I:C, and Aeromonas hydrophila infection. In vitro, the AjIFN transcripts of Japanese eel liver cells were enhanced by LPS, poly I:C and CpG-DNA stimulation and no change of the expression level was found post PGN treatment. Following A. hydrophila infection, the low concentration of 1×106 cfu/mL failed to induce the expression of AjIFN whereas the concentration of 1×107 cfu/mL and 1×108 cfu/mL successfully induced the expression of AjIFN. These results collectively suggested AjIFN is an inducible gene possibly involved in Japanese eel defense against viral and bacterial infection.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T16:12:30Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.07.003
  • The mitogenome of the brown pod-sucking bug Clavigralla tomentosicollis
           Stäl (Hemiptera: Coreidae)
    • Authors: Laura D. Steele; Weilin Sun; M. Carmen Valero; James Adebayo Ojo; Keon Mook Seong; Brad S. Coates; Venu M. Margam; Manuele Tamò; Barry R. Pittendrigh
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 July 2017
      Source:Agri Gene
      Author(s): Laura D. Steele, Weilin Sun, M. Carmen Valero, James Adebayo Ojo, Keon Mook Seong, Brad S. Coates, Venu M. Margam, Manuele Tamò, Barry R. Pittendrigh
      The brown pod-sucking bug, Clavigralla tomentosicollis Stäl (Hemiptera: Coreidae), causes significant damage to cultivated cowpea, Vigna unguiculata Walp, a staple crop in sub-Saharan Africa. C. tomentosicollis pierce and suck sap from cowpea pods, resulting in reduced grain yield and quality. The complete, 16,089bp mitogenome of C. tomentosicollis encodes 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs), 22 transfer RNAs (tRNAs), two ribosomal RNAs (rRNAs) and an A+T rich control region, with gene order and orientation identical to that of the insect ancestral gene order. The initiation and termination codons for the PCGs used standard ATN codons and TAA or TAG codons respectively. All predicted tRNAs fold into a clover-leaf secondary structures with the exception of tRNA-Ser (AGN) with a semi-loop dihydrouridine arm. The 1509bps A+T rich region contains a single 89bp tandem repeat unit duplicated 3.7 times. When compared with other published Coreoidea mitogenomes, C. tomentosicollis was also highly A−T skewed, and similar in both size and A−T%; however, its longer tandem repeat within the A+T rich region was unique. The C. tomentosicollis mitogenome can serve as a foundation to combine molecular marker data with pest monitoring strategies to better understand the population dynamics of this species.

      PubDate: 2017-07-24T16:12:30Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.07.002
  • Foreword
    • Authors: Alejandro Rooney
      Abstract: Publication date: August 2016
      Source:Agri Gene, Volume 1
      Author(s): Alejandro P. Rooney

      PubDate: 2017-07-13T12:12:31Z
  • Metagenome analysis of antibiotic resistance genes in fecal microbiota of
    • Authors: Panpan Tong; Xue Ji; Lizhi Chen; Jun Liu; Lizhi Xu; Lingwei Zhu; Wei Zhou; Guo Liu; Shujuan Wang; Xuejun Guo; Shuzhang Feng; Yang Sun
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 June 2017
      Source:Agri Gene
      Author(s): Panpan Tong, Xue Ji, Lizhi Chen, Jun Liu, Lizhi Xu, Lingwei Zhu, Wei Zhou, Guo Liu, Shujuan Wang, Xuejun Guo, Shuzhang Feng, Yang Sun
      Numerous environmental reservoirs contribute to the problem of acquired antibiotic resistance of human pathogens. One environmental reservoir of particular importance is the intestinal bacteria of poultry. Antibiotics are often used to prevent sickness and improve production in chicken farms. Hence, the intestinal microbial community of chickens as a reservoir for antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) has received increasing attention. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence, diversity, and abundance of ARGs and mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and the distribution of plasmids in layer and broiler feces using Illumina high-throughput sequencing. Metagenomic analysis showed that Proteobacteria, Firmicutes, Bacteroidetes, and Actinobacteria were predominate in chicken feces. At the genus level, Escherichia coli may be predominant in chicken feces with a relative abundance of plasmids. Sequencing reads revealed differences in the distribution of plasmids in microbial communities between layer and broiler feces. Genes coding for antibiotic resistance were identified in both communities. BLAST analysis against the Antibiotic Resistance Genes Database (ARDB) further revealed that layer and broiler feces contained various ARGs with high abundances, among which vancomycin (van) was the most abundant, accounting for >36% of all reads of ARGs. Beta-lactam resistance genes (bl) were highly enriched in the broiler feces, among which bl2e_cbla was the most abundant, but was absent in layer feces. Over 20 types of insertion sequences were detected in each fecal sample. These results highlight the prevalence of ARGs, plasmids, and MGEs in chicken feces, which warrants further studies to better elucidate the risk to public health.

      PubDate: 2017-06-17T03:18:51Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.06.001
  • PCR optimization and allele distribution of SNAC1 gene coding region in
           rice (Oryza sativa L.)
    • Authors: Narjes Tabkhkar; Babak Rabiei; Habibollah Samizadeh Lahiji; Maryam Hosseini Chaleshtori
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 May 2017
      Source:Agri Gene
      Author(s): Narjes Tabkhkar, Babak Rabiei, Habibollah Samizadeh Lahiji, Maryam Hosseini Chaleshtori
      Drought is the most serious abiotic stress that limits crop production in rain-fed environments. In this study genetic diversity of SNAC1 gene investigated in a collection of 83 diverse rice accessions from different geographical origins. Amplification of SNAC1 gene exons was performed by combined hot start-touchdown PCR protocol. The average number of alleles was 9.5 alleles. A total of 6 rare alleles were identified from exons of SNAC1. The average gene diversity index, PIC (Polymorphism information content) and Shannon value were 0.8518, 0.8343 and 2.0469, respectively. Evolutionary study based on Ewens-Watterson test showed that exon 1 of SNAC1 gene was probability under genetic drift. To identify potential SSR markers in SNAC1 gene sequence, SSR distributions within rice SNAC1 gene sequence were mined. Totally 15 microsatellite loci were detected which tri-nucleotide motifs (8) was being most abundant, followed by di- (6) and tetra-nucleotide (1) motifs. Maximum loci were found in 3′ UTR (5) (Untranslated regions), followed by in 5′ UTR (4) and coding sequences (3 for each exon). The present study revealed genetic divergence of SNAC1 gene coding regions and also mined SSR distributions within SNAC1 gene sequence and introduced an optimized PCR method. This information can be used for the development of drought tolerant rice varieties.

      PubDate: 2017-05-19T10:30:23Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.aggene.2017.05.001
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