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Epigenetics and chromosome biology

Section edited by Cesar Martins

This section incorporates all aspects of chromosome biology and epigenetics including but not limited to: molecular cytogenetics, comparative cytogenetics, studies investigating epigenetics, imprinting, and methylation, cytogenetics and karotyping.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Crucian carp is a popular ornamental strain in Asia with variants in body color. To further explore the genetic mechanisms underlying gray and red body color formation in crucian carp, the skin transcriptomes ...

    Authors: Yongqin Zhang, Jinhui Liu, Wen Fu, Wenting Xu, Huiqin Zhang, Shujuan Chen, Wenbin Liu, Liangyue Peng and Yamei Xiao

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:95

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    Satellite DNAs (satDNAs) are organized in repetitions directly contiguous to one another, forming long arrays and composing a large portion of eukaryote genomes. These sequences evolve according to the concert...

    Authors: Diogo Milani, Érica Ramos, Vilma Loreto, Dardo Andrea Martí, Adauto Lima Cardoso, Karen Cristiane Martinez de Moraes, Cesar Martins and Diogo Cavalcanti Cabral-de-Mello

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:81

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    Undernutrition is an increasingly common problem. Insufficient calorie intake and nutrient deficiencies during pregnancy may have an impact not only on the mother, but may also alter metabolism in the infant. ...

    Authors: Joanna Nowacka-Woszuk, Zofia E. Madeja and Agata Chmurzynska

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:78

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    Although Tellinidae is one of the largest and most diverse families of bivalves, its taxonomy is utterly chaotic. This is mainly due to the morphological diversity and homoplasy displayed by their shells and t...

    Authors: Daniel García-Souto, Gonzalo Ríos and Juan J. Pasantes

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:66

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  5. Content type: Research article

    The levels of circulating cytokines fluctuate with age, acute illness, and chronic disease, and are predictive of mortality; this is also true for patterns of DNA (CpG) methylation. Given that immune cells are...

    Authors: Chris P. Verschoor, Lisa M. McEwen, Vikas Kohli, Christina Wolfson, Dawn ME. Bowdish, Parminder Raina, Michael S. Kobor and Cynthia Balion

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:57

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    MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have a great influence on various physiological functions. A lot of high-throughput sequencing (HTS) research on miRNAs has been executed in the caprine mammary gland at different lactation ...

    Authors: Jinxing Hou, Xiaopeng An, Yuxuan Song, Binyun Cao, Heping Yang, Zhou Zhang, Wenzheng Shen and Yunpu Li

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:38

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    Holocentric chromosomes occur in approximately 750 species of eukaryotes. Among them, the genus Tityus (Scorpiones, Buthidae) has a labile karyotype that shows complex multivalent associations during male meiosis...

    Authors: Bruno Rafael Ribeiro de Almeida, Susana Suely Rodrigues Milhomem-Paixão, Renata Coelho Rodrigues Noronha, Cleusa Yoshiko Nagamachi, Marlyson Jeremias Rodrigues da Costa, Pedro Pereira de Oliveira Pardal, Johne Souza Coelho and Julio Cesar Pieczarka

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:35

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  8. Content type: Research article

    The Atlantic salmon aquaculture industry is investigating the feasibility of using sterile triploids to mitigate genetic interactions with wild conspecifics, however, studies investigating diploid and triploid...

    Authors: A. C. Harvey, P. G. Fjelldal, M. F. Solberg, T. Hansen and K. A. Glover

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:34

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    Head spot is one of the phenotypes identified in the KFRS4/Kyo rat strain. Although previous linkage analysis suggested that Ednrb, which is frequently involved in coat color variations in various animals, could ...

    Authors: Minako Yoshihara, Tetsuya Sato, Daisuke Saito, Osamu Ohara, Takashi Kuramoto and Mikita Suyama

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:29

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Acipenseriformes is a basal lineage of ray-finned fishes and comprise 27 extant species of sturgeons and paddlefishes. They are characterized by several specific genomic features as broad ploidy variation, hig...

    Authors: Radka Symonová, Miloš Havelka, Chris T. Amemiya, William Mike Howell, Tereza Kořínková, Martin Flajšhans, David Gela and Petr Ráb

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:19

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    Interspecies hybridization is widely used to achieve heterosis or hybrid vigor, which has been observed and harnessed by breeders for centuries. Natural allopolyploid hybrids generally exhibit more superior he...

    Authors: Wen Huang, Qinbo Qin, Huirong Yang, Shuisheng Li, Chaoqun Hu, Yude Wang, Yong Zhang, Shaojun Liu and Haoran Lin

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:136

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    B chromosomes (Bs) are additional chromosomal elements found in a wide range of eukaryotes including fungi, plants and animals. B chromosomes are still enigmatic despite being the subject of hundreds, even tho...

    Authors: Bruno E. A. Fantinatti and Cesar Martins

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:119

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    The ability to eliminate a parental genome from a eukaryotic germ cell is a phenomenon observed mostly in hybrid organisms displaying an alternative propagation to sexual reproduction. For most taxa, the under...

    Authors: Marie Doležálková, Alexandr Sember, František Marec, Petr Ráb, Jörg Plötner and Lukáš Choleva

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:100

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex disorder of the central nervous system whose cause is currently unknown. Evidence is increasing that DNA methylation alterations could be involved in inflammatory and neuro...

    Authors: K. Y. Neven, M. Piola, L. Angelici, F. Cortini, C. Fenoglio, D. Galimberti, A. C. Pesatori, E. Scarpini and V. Bollati

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:84

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Increasing evidence suggests the involvement of epigenetic processes in the development of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and recent reviews have focused on findings in post-mortem brain tissue. A systema...

    Authors: Nina Teroganova, Leah Girshkin, Catherine M. Suter and Melissa J. Green

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2016 17:27

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  16. Content type: Research article

    In mammals, multigenerational environmental effects have been documented by either epidemiological studies in human or animal experiments in rodents. Whether such phenomena also occur in birds for more than on...

    Authors: Jean-Michel Brun, Marie-Dominique Bernadet, Alexis Cornuez, Sophie Leroux, Loys Bodin, Benjamin Basso, Stéphane Davail, Mathilde Jaglin, Michel Lessire, Xavier Martin, Nadine Sellier, Mireille Morisson and Frédérique Pitel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:145

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The bisexual fertile tetraploid fish is important in biological evolution. Tetraploid fish fertility is the key factor for stable inheritance. Therefore, elucidating tetraploid fish fertility at the molecular ...

    Authors: Rong Zhou, Yanhong Wu, Min Tao, Chun Zhang and Shaojun Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:119

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    Several reports indicate a commonly deleted chromosomal region independent from, and distal to the TP53 locus in a variety of human tumors. In a previous study, we reported a similar finding in a rat tumor model ...

    Authors: Carola Hedberg Oldfors, Diego Garcia Dios, Anna Linder, Kittichate Visuttijai, Emma Samuelson, Sandra Karlsson, Staffan Nilsson and Afrouz Behboudi

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2015 16:80

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