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  1. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is responsible for detecting and addressing foreign pathogens inside the body. While the general structure of MHC genes is relatively well conserved among mammalian s...

    Authors: Natascha M. D. Ivy-Israel, Carolyn E. Moore, Tonia S. Schwartz and Stephen S. Ditchkoff

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:83

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  2. Although the molecular function of wolframin remains unclear, the lack of this protein is known to cause stress in the endoplasmic reticulum. Some variants in the Wolfram Syndrome 1 gene (WFS1) were associated wi...

    Authors: Dora Koller, Eniko Kubinyi, Zsuzsanna Elek, Helga Nemeth, Adam Miklosi, Maria Sasvari-Szekely and Zsolt Ronai

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:82

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  3. Both genetic and environmental factors contribute to type 2 diabetes development. We used consomic mice established from an animal type 2 diabetes model to identify susceptibility genes that contribute to type...

    Authors: Misato Kobayashi, Hironori Ueda, Naru Babaya, Michiko Itoi-Babaya, Shinsuke Noso, Tomomi Fujisawa, Fumihiko Horio and Hiroshi Ikegami

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:81

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  4. Bacterial fruit blotch (BFB), a disease caused by Acidovorax citrulli, results in significant economic losses in melon. The causal QTLs and genes for resistance to this disease have yet to be identified. Resistan...

    Authors: Md. Rafiqul Islam, Mohammad Rashed Hossain, Denison Michael Immanuel Jesse, Hee-Jeong Jung, Hoy-Taek Kim, Jong-In Park and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:80

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  5. The HTR1B gene encodes the 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT1B) receptor, which is involved in a variety of brain activities and mental disorders. The regulatory effects of non-coding regions on genomic DNA are one of ma...

    Authors: Xi Xia, Mei Ding, Jin-feng Xuan, Jia-xin Xing, Hao Pang, Jun Yao, Xue Wu and Bao-jie Wang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:79

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  6. Information on population structure and genetic diversity of germplasm in a breeding programme is useful because it enhances judicious utilisation of genetic resources to achieve breeding objectives. Seventy e...

    Authors: Ebenezer Obeng-Bio, Baffour Badu-Apraku, Beatrice Elohor Ifie, Agyemang Danquah, Essie Takyiwaa Blay, Mustapha Abu Dadzie, Gilbert Tchala Noudifoulè and Abidemi Olutayo Talabi

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:78

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  7. Marek’s disease (MD) is a highly neoplastic disease primarily affecting chickens, and remains as a chronic infectious disease that threatens the poultry industry. Copy number variation (CNV) has been examined ...

    Authors: Hao Bai, Yanghua He, Yi Ding, Qin Chu, Ling Lian, Eliyahu M. Heifetz, Ning Yang, Hans H. Cheng, Huanmin Zhang, Jilan Chen and Jiuzhou Song

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:77

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  8. Drought during reproductive stage is among the main abiotic stresses responsible for drastic reduction of grain yield in rainfed rice. The genetic mechanism of reproductive stage drought tolerance is very comp...

    Authors: Saumya Ranjan Barik, Elssa Pandit, Shakti Prakash Mohanty, Deepak Kumar Nayak and Sharat Kumar Pradhan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:76

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  9. Marker gene surveys have a wide variety of applications in species identification, population genetics, and molecular epidemiology. As these methods expand to new types of organisms and additional markers beyo...

    Authors: Matthew L. Workentine, Rebecca Chen, Shawna Zhu, Stefan Gavriliuc, Nicolette Shaw, Jill de Rijke, Elizabeth M. Redman, Russell W. Avramenko, Janneke Wit, Jocelyn Poissant and John S. Gilleard

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:74

    Content type: Database

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  10. RNA-sequencing was performed to explore the bovine liver transcriptomes of Holstein cows to detect potential functional genes related to lactation and milk composition traits in dairy cattle. The bovine transc...

    Authors: Qian Li, Ruobing Liang, Yan Li, Yanxia Gao, Qiufeng Li, Dongxiao Sun and Jianguo Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:72

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  11. In several fish species homozygous and heterozygous clonal lines have been produced using gynogenetic and androgenetic techniques. These lines are standardized and can be reproduced over generations. In rainbo...

    Authors: Tom Johnny Hansen, David Penman, Kevin Alan Glover, Thomas William Kenneth Fraser, Tone Vågseth, Anders Thorsen, Anne Grete Eide Sørvik and Per Gunnar Fjelldal

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:71

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  12. Activated charcoal (AC) is highly adsorbent and is often used to promote seedling growth in plant tissue culture; however, the underlying molecular mechanism remains unclear. In this study, root and leaf tissu...

    Authors: Fu-shuang Dong, Meng-yu lv, Jin-ping Wang, Xue-ping Shi, Xin-xia Liang, Yong-wei Liu, Fan Yang, He Zhao, Jian-Fang Chai and Shuo Zhou

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:69

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  13. Antimicrobial peptides play important roles in both plant and animal defense systems. Moreover, over-expression of CaAMP1 (Capsicum annuum antimicrobial protein 1), an antimicrobial protein gene isolated from C. ...

    Authors: Lu Niu, Xiaofang Zhong, Yuanyu Zhang, Jing Yang, Guojie Xing, Haiyun Li, Dongbo Liu, Rui Ma, Yingshan Dong and Xiangdong Yang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:68

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  14. Munchkin cats were founded on a naturally occurring mutation segregating into long-legged and short-legged types. Short-legged cats showed disproportionate dwarfism (chondrodysplasia) in which all four legs ar...

    Authors: Ann-Kathrin Struck, Marina Braun, Kim Aline Detering, Peter Dziallas, Jasmin Neßler, Michael Fehr, Julia Metzger and Ottmar Distl

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:67

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  15. African indigenous taurine cattle display unique adaptive traits shaped by husbandry management, regional climate and exposure to endemic pathogens. They are less productive with respect to milk and meat prod...

    Authors: Archile Paguem, Babette Abanda, Mbunkah Daniel Achukwi, Praveen Baskaran, Stefan Czemmel, Alfons Renz and Albert Eisenbarth

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:64

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  16. The disease gene of fragile X syndrome, FMR1 gene, encodes fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). The alternative splicing (AS) of FMR1 can affect the structure and function of FMRP. However, the biological...

    Authors: Wen-jing Yang, Ai-zhen Yan, Yong-jun Xu, Xiao-yan Guo, Xian-guo Fu, Dan Li, Juan Liao, Duo Zhang and Feng-hua Lan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:63

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  17. The exploitation of novel alleles from wild rice that were lost during rice cultivation could be very important for rice breeding and evolutionary studies. Plant height (PH) was a target of artificial selectio...

    Authors: Lizhen Zhang, Jingfen Huang, Yanyan Wang, Rui Xu, Ziyi Yang, Zhigang Zhao, Shijia Liu, Yunlu Tian, Xiaoming Zheng, Fei Li, Junrui Wang, Yue Song, Jiaqi Li, Yongxia Cui, Li-Fang Zhang, Yunlian Cheng…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:62

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  18. Due to ethical reasons, surgical castration of young male piglets in their first week of life without anesthesia will be banned in Germany from 2021. Breeding against boar taint is already implemented in sire ...

    Authors: Ines Brinke, Christine Große-Brinkhaus, Katharina Roth, Maren J. Pröll-Cornelissen, Hubert Henne, Karl Schellander and Ernst Tholen

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:61

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  19. Peanut is one of the primary sources for vegetable oil worldwide, and enhancing oil content is the main objective in several peanut breeding programs of the world. Tightly linked markers are required for faste...

    Authors: Nian Liu, Li Huang, Weigang Chen, Bei Wu, Manish K. Pandey, Huaiyong Luo, Xiaojing Zhou, Jianbin Guo, Haiwen Chen, Dongxin Huai, Yuning Chen, Yong Lei, Boshou Liao, Xiaoping Ren, Rajeev K. Varshney and Huifang Jiang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:60

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  20. Triploid organisms have three sets of chromosomes. In Atlantic salmon, hydrostatic pressure treatment of newly fertilized eggs has been extensively used to produce triploids which are functionally sterile due ...

    Authors: K. A. Glover, A. C. Harvey, T. J. Hansen, P. G. Fjelldal, F. N. Besnier, J. B. Bos, F. Ayllon, J. B. Taggart and M. F. Solberg

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:59

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  21. Bacterial chondronecrosis with osteomyelitis (BCO) develops in the growth plate (GP) of the proximal femur and tibia and is initiated by damage to the less mineralized chondrocytes followed by colonization of ...

    Authors: Haniel Cedraz de Oliveira, Adriana Mércia Guaratini Ibelli, Simone Eliza Facioni Guimarães, Mauricio Egídio Cantão, Jane de Oliveira Peixoto, Luiz Lehmann Coutinho and Mônica Corrêa Ledur

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:58

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  22. Domestication is the process by which organisms become adapted to the human-controlled environment. Since the selection pressures that act upon cultured and natural populations differ, adaptations that favour ...

    Authors: Beatrix Bicskei, John B. Taggart, James E. Bron and Kevin A. Glover

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:57

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  23. Skin lesions and dermatoses in cattle are often associated with infections due to bacteria, fungi or environmental risk factors. Dermatoses with genetic etiology have been described in cattle. Among these rare...

    Authors: Irene M. Häfliger, Marlene Sickinger, Mark Holsteg, Leif M. Raeder, Manfred Henrich, Siegfried Marquardt, Cord Drögemüller and Gesine Lühken

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:55

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  24. Ascites syndrome is a hypertensive, multifactorial, multigene trait affecting meat-type chickens imposing significant economic losses on the broiler industry. A region containing the CPQ gene has been previous...

    Authors: Alia Parveen, Christa D. Jackson, Shatovisha Dey, Katy Tarrant, Nicholas Anthony and Douglas D. Rhoads

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:54

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  25. Caudata species such as salamanders are easily affected by environmental changes, which can drastically reduce their population. The effects of acute X-rays and chronic γ-irradiation on Hynobius lichenatus, the J...

    Authors: Toshiki Kamada, Yumi Une, Kumi Matsui, Shoichi Fuma, Teruo Ikeda and Mariko Okamoto

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:53

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  26. TERMINAL FLOWER 1 (TFL1) is a member of phosphatidylethanolamine-binding protein (PEBP) family, which plays an important role in the determination of floral meristem identity and regulates flowering time in highe...

    Authors: Sukarkarn Sriboon, Haitao Li, Chaocheng Guo, Thaveep Senkhamwong, Cheng Dai and Kede Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:52

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  27. The accumulation and remobilization of stem water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) are determinant physiological traits highly influencing yield potential in wheat against drought stress. However, knowledge gains o...

    Authors: Mengfei Li, Yuan Liu, Jingfu Ma, Peipei Zhang, Caixiang Wang, Junji Su and Delong Yang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:50

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  28. Tilapias (Family Cichlidae) are the second most important group of aquaculture species in the world. They have been the subject of much research on sex determination due to problems caused by early maturation ...

    Authors: Khanam Taslima, Stefanie Wehner, John B. Taggart, Hugues de Verdal, John A. H. Benzie, Michaël Bekaert, Brendan J. McAndrew and David J. Penman

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:49

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  29. Wheat leaf rust is an important disease worldwide. Understanding the pathogenic molecular mechanism of Puccinia triticina Eriks. (Pt) and the inconstant toxic region is critical for managing the disease. The pres...

    Authors: Jie Wei, Liping Cui, Na Zhang, Dongdong Du, Qingfang Meng, Hongfei Yan, Daqun Liu and Wenxiang Yang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:48

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  30. Due to the advent of SNP array technology, a genome-wide analysis of genetic differences between populations and breeds has become possible at a previously unattainable level. The Wright’s fixation index (Fst) an...

    Authors: M. G. Smaragdov and A. A. Kudinov

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:47

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  31. Development of wheat cultivars with multiple disease resistance and high quality are major objectives in modern wheat breeding programs. Gene stacking is an efficient approach to achieve this target. In this s...

    Authors: Weijun Zheng, Song Li, ZiHui Liu, Qi Zhou, Yanru Feng and Shoucheng Chai

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:45

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  32. Heat stress adversely affects pig growth and reproduction performance by reducing feed intake, weight gain, farrowing rate, and litter size. Heat tolerance is an important characteristic in pigs, allowing them...

    Authors: Yuqing He, Christian Maltecca, Francesco Tiezzi, Emmanuel Lozada Soto and William L. Flowers

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:44

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  33. Constraints in migratory capabilities, such as the disruption of gene flow and genetic connectivity caused by habitat fragmentation, are known to affect genetic diversity and the long-term persistence of popul...

    Authors: Jennifer Brunke, Isa-Rita M. Russo, Pablo Orozco-terWengel, Elke Zimmermann, Michael W. Bruford, Benoit Goossens and Ute Radespiel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:43

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  34. Following publication of the original article [1], the authors flagged that the article had published with the author ‘Ali Jalil Sarghale’ erroneously omitted from the author list.

    Authors: Seyed Mohammad Ghoreishifar, Hossein Moradi-Shahrbabak, Mohammad Hossein Fallahi, Ali Jalil Sarghale, Mohammad Moradi-Shahrbabak, Rostam Abdollahi-Arpanahi and Majid Khansefid

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:42

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2020 21:16

  35. Horses produce only one foal from an eleven-month gestation period, making the maintenance of high reproductive rates essential. Genetic bottlenecks and inbreeding can increase the frequency of deleterious var...

    Authors: Evelyn T. Todd, Natasha A. Hamilton, Brandon D. Velie and Peter C. Thomson

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:41

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  36. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) can play important roles in uterine and ovarian functions. However, little researches have been done on the role of lncRNAs in the adrenal gland of sheep. Herein, RNA sequencing ...

    Authors: Qing Xia, Qiuling Li, Shangquan Gan, Xiaofei Guo, Xiaosheng Zhang, Jinlong Zhang and Mingxing Chu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:39

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  37. While there is evidence of both purifying and balancing selection in immune defense genes, large-scale genetic diversity in antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), an important part of the innate immune system released...

    Authors: Maria Cortázar-Chinarro, Yvonne Meyer-Lucht, Tom Van der Valk, Alex Richter-Boix, Anssi Laurila and Jacob Höglund

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:38

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  38. While sodium is attractive at low and aversive at high concentrations in most studied species, including Caenorhabditis elegans, the molecular mechanisms behind transduction remain poorly understood. Additionally...

    Authors: Joseph Dao, Aileen Lee, Dana K. Drecksel, Nicole M. Bittlingmaier and Theodore M. Nelson

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:37

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  39. Following publication of the original article [1], it has been brought to the authors’ attention that in their paper (Rodrigues et al. 2016) they reported the genome size based on 2C values (diploid genome) wh...

    Authors: Ana S. B. Rodrigues, Sara E. Silva, Francisco Pina-Martins, João Loureiro, Mariana Castro, Karim Gharbi, Kevin P. Johnson, Christopher H. Dietrich, Paulo A. V. Borges, José A. Quartau, Chris D. Jiggins, Octávio S. Paulo and Sofia G. Seabra

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:36

    Content type: Correction

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    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2016 17:144

  40. Autotetraploid Carassius auratus (4nRCC, 4n = 200, RRRR) was derived from the whole genome duplication of diploid red crucian carp (Carassius auratus red var.) (2nRCC, 2n = 100, RR). To investigate the genetic ef...

    Authors: Xu Huang, Qinbo Qin, Kaijun Gong, Chang Wu, Yuwei Zhou, Qian Chen, Wenjing Feng, Yiying Xing, Chongqing Wang, Yude Wang, Liu Cao, Min Tao and Shaojun Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:35

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  41. Intramuscular fat (IMF) content is an important factor in porcine meat quality. Previously, we showed that miR-34a was less abundant in liver tissue from pigs with higher backfat thickness, compared to pigs wi...

    Authors: Wenwen Wang, Xiuxiu Li, Ning Ding, Jun Teng, Shen Zhang, Qin Zhang and Hui Tang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:33

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  42. Publicly available genome data provides valuable information on the genetic variation patterns across different modern human populations. Neuropeptide genes are crucial to the nervous, immune, endocrine system...

    Authors: Kah Yee Tai, KokSheik Wong, Farhang Aghakhanian, Ishwar S Parhar, Jasbir Dhaliwal and Qasim Ayub

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:31

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  43. Indigenous domestic chicken represents a major source of protein for agricultural communities around the world. In the Middle East and Africa, they are adapted to hot dry and semi-dry areas, in contrast to the...

    Authors: Ahmed S. Al-Jumaili, Selma Farah Boudali, Adebabay Kebede, Sahar A. Al-Bayatti, Abdulamir A. Essa, Abulgasim Ahbara, Riyadh S. Aljumaah, Raed M. Alatiyat, Joram M. Mwacharo, Gro Bjørnstad, Arifa N. Naqvi, Semir Bechir Suheil Gaouar and Olivier Hanotte

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:30

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