Functional genetics

Section edited by Federico Canzian

This section incorporates all aspects of the functional analysis of genes and genomes including but not limited to: sequence analysis and genotyping approaches to finding functional variation in genes and gene families, experimental studies of gene function, transcriptional regulation and gene expression.

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  1. Research article

    Hox genes reveal genomic DNA variation in tetraploid hybrids derived from Carassius auratus red var. (female) × Megalobrama amblycephala (male)

    Allotetraploid F1 hybrids (4nF1) (AABB, 4n = 148) were generated from the distant hybridization of Carassius auratus red var. (RCC) (AA, 2n = 100) (♀) × Megalobrama amblycephala (BSB) (BB, 2n = 48) (♂). It has be...

    Y. D. Wang, Q. B. Qin, R. Yang, W. Z. Sun, Q. W. Liu, Y. Y. Huo, X. Huang, M. Tao, C. Zhang, T. Li and S. J. Liu

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:86

    Published on: 11 October 2017

  2. Research article

    Mapping of leptin and its syntenic genes to chicken chromosome 1p

    Misidentification of the chicken leptin gene has hampered research of leptin signaling in this species for almost two decades. Recently, the genuine leptin gene with a GC-rich (~70%) repetitive-sequence content w...

    Eyal Seroussi, Frédérique Pitel, Sophie Leroux, Mireille Morisson, Susanne Bornelöv, Shoval Miyara, Sara Yosefi, Larry A. Cogburn, David W. Burt, Leif Anderson and Miriam Friedman-Einat

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:77

    Published on: 9 August 2017

  3. Research article

    Association between serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms and increased suicidal risk among HIV positive patients in Uganda

    Persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are at an increased risk of suicide. Increased suicidal risk is a predictor of future attempted and completed suicides and has been associated with poor quality of life and...

    Allan Kalungi, Soraya Seedat, Sian M. J. Hemmings, Lize van der Merwe, Moses L. Joloba, Ann Nanteza, Noeline Nakassujja, Harriet Birabwa, Jennifer Serwanga, Pontiano Kaleebu and Eugene Kinyanda

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:71

    Published on: 25 July 2017

  4. Research article

    Dynamics in multiplicity of Plasmodium falciparum infection among children with asymptomatic malaria in central Ghana

    The determinants of malaria parasite virulence is not entirely known, but the outcome of malaria infection (asymptomatic or symptomatic) has been associated with carriage of distinct parasite genotypes. Allele...

    Akua Kyerewaa Botwe, Kwaku Poku Asante, George Adjei, Samuel Assafuah, David Dosoo and Seth Owusu-Agyei

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:67

    Published on: 17 July 2017

  5. Research article

    Genome-wide identification and characterization of SnRK2 gene family in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)

    Sucrose non-fermenting-1-related protein kinase 2 (SnRK2) is a plant-specific serine/threonine kinase family involved in the abscisic acid (ABA) signaling pathway and responds to osmotic stress. A genome-wide ...

    Zhao Liu, Xiaoyang Ge, Zuoren Yang, Chaojun Zhang, Ge Zhao, Eryong Chen, Ji Liu, Xueyan Zhang and Fuguang Li

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:54

    Published on: 12 June 2017

  6. Research article

    In vivo screening reveals interactions between Drosophila Manf and genes involved in the mitochondria and the ubiquinone synthesis pathway

    Mesencephalic Astrocyte-derived Neurotrophic Factor (MANF) and Cerebral Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor (CDNF) form an evolutionarily conserved family of neurotrophic factors. Orthologues for MANF/CDNF are the on...

    Riitta Lindström, Päivi Lindholm, Mari Palgi, Mart Saarma and Tapio I. Heino

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:52

    Published on: 2 June 2017

  7. Research article

    Sucrose non-ferment 1 related protein kinase 2 (SnRK2) genes could mediate the stress responses in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.)

    The SnRKs (sucrose non-fermenting 1 related protein kinase) are a gene family coding for Ser/Thr protein kinases and play important roles in linking the tolerance and metabolic responses of plants to abiotic s...

    Jiangping Bai, Juan Mao, Hongyu Yang, Awais Khan, Aqi Fan, Siyan Liu, Junlian Zhang, Di Wang, Huijuan Gao and Jinlin Zhang

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:41

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  8. Research article

    FecX Bar a Novel BMP15 mutation responsible for prolificacy and female sterility in Tunisian Barbarine Sheep

    Naturally occurring mutations in growth and differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) or bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) genes are associated with increased ovulation rate (OR) and litter size (LS) but also sterility...

    Narjess Lassoued, Zohra Benkhlil, Florent Woloszyn, Ahmed Rejeb, Mohamed Aouina, Mourad Rekik, Stephane Fabre and Sonia Bedhiaf-Romdhani

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:43

    Published on: 15 May 2017

  9. Research article

    High-content behavioral profiling reveals neuronal genetic network modulating Drosophila larval locomotor program

    Two key questions in understanding the genetic control of behaviors are: what genes are involved and how these genes interact. To answer these questions at a systems level, we conducted high-content profiling of

    Boanerges Aleman-Meza, Mario Loeza-Cabrera, Omar Peña-Ramos, Michael Stern and Weiwei Zhong

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:40

    Published on: 12 May 2017

  10. Research article

    A novel nonsense mutation in the tyrosinase gene is related to the albinism in a capuchin monkey (Sapajus apella)

    Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA) is an autosomal recessive inherited condition that affects the pigmentation of eyes, hair and skin. The OCA phenotype may be caused by mutations in the tyrosinase gene (TYR), whic...

    Felipe Tadeu Galante Rocha de Vasconcelos, Einat Hauzman, Leonardo Dutra Henriques, Paulo Roney Kilpp Goulart, Olavo de Faria Galvão, Ronaldo Yuiti Sano, Givago da Silva Souza, Jessica Lynch Alfaro, Luis Carlos de Lima Silveira, Dora Fix Ventura and Daniela Maria Oliveira Bonci

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:39

    Published on: 5 May 2017

  11. Research article

    Quantitative trait locus analysis of heterosis for plant height and ear height in an elite maize hybrid zhengdan 958 by design III

    Plant height (PH) and ear height (EH) are two important agronomic traits in maize selection breeding. F1 hybrid exhibit significant heterosis for PH and EH as compared to their parental inbred lines. To understan...

    Hongjian Li, Qingsong Yang, Nannan Fan, Ming Zhang, Huijie Zhai, Zhongfu Ni and Yirong Zhang

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:36

    Published on: 17 April 2017

  12. Research article

    Genome-wide identification and expression analysis of ClLAX, ClPIN and ClABCB genes families in Citrullus lanatus under various abiotic stresses and grafting

    Auxin plays an important role in regulating plant growth and development as well as in the response of plants to abiotic stresses. Auxin is transported by three kinds of major protein families, including the A...

    Chenliang Yu, Wenqi Dong, Yihua Zhan, Zong-an Huang, Zhimiao Li, Il Seop Kim and Chenghao Zhang

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:33

    Published on: 7 April 2017

  13. Research article

    Transcriptome profiling of Arabian horse blood during training regimens

    Arabian horses are believed to be one of the oldest and most influential horse breeds in the world. Blood is the main tissue involved in maintaining body homeostasis, and it is considered a marker of the proce...

    Katarzyna Ropka-Molik, Monika Stefaniuk-Szmukier, Kacper Żukowski, Katarzyna Piórkowska, Artur Gurgul and Monika Bugno-Poniewierska

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:31

    Published on: 5 April 2017

  14. Research article

    Identification of effector-like proteins in Trichoderma spp. and role of a hydrophobin in the plant-fungus interaction and mycoparasitism

    Trichoderma spp. can establish beneficial interactions with plants by promoting plant growth and defense systems, as well as, antagonizing fungal phytopathogens in mycoparasitic intera...

    Paulina Guzmán-Guzmán, Mario Iván Alemán-Duarte, Luis Delaye, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella and Vianey Olmedo-Monfil

    BMC Genetics 2017 18:16

    Published on: 15 February 2017

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