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Building A Livestock Genetic And Genomic Information Knowledgebase Through Integrative Developments Of Animal Qtldb And Corrdb, Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, James M. Reecy 2019 Iowa State University

Building A Livestock Genetic And Genomic Information Knowledgebase Through Integrative Developments Of Animal Qtldb And Corrdb, Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, James M. Reecy

James M Reecy

Successful development of biological databases requires accommodation of the burgeoning amounts of data from high-throughput genomics pipelines. As the volume of curated data in Animal QTLdb (https://www.animalgenome.org/QTLdb) increases exponentially, the resulting challenges must be met with rapid infrastructure development to effectively accommodate abundant data curation and make metadata analysis more powerful. The development of Animal QTLdb and CorrDB for the past 15 years has provided valuable tools for researchers to utilize a wealth of phenotype/genotype data to study the genetic architecture of livestock traits. We have focused our efforts on data curation, improved data quality ...


Meta-Analysis Of Genome-Wide Association Studies For Cattle Stature Identifies Common Genes That Regulate Body Size In Mammals, Aniek C. Bouwman, Dorian J. Garrick, James Reecy, Curtis P. Van Tassell 2019 Wageningen UR Livestock Research

Meta-Analysis Of Genome-Wide Association Studies For Cattle Stature Identifies Common Genes That Regulate Body Size In Mammals, Aniek C. Bouwman, Dorian J. Garrick, James Reecy, Curtis P. Van Tassell

James M Reecy

Stature is affected by many polymorphisms of small effect in humans1. In contrast, variation in dogs, even within breeds, has been suggested to be largely due to variants in a small number of genes2,3. Here we use data from cattle to compare the genetic architecture of stature to those in humans and dogs. We conducted a meta-analysis for stature using 58,265 cattle from 17 populations with 25.4 million imputed whole-genome sequence variants. Results showed that the genetic architecture of stature in cattle is similar to that in humans, as the lead variants in 163 significantly ...


Agbiodata Consortium Recommendations For Sustainable Genomics And Genetics Databases For Agriculture, Lisa Harper, Jacqueline Campbell, Ethalinda K. S. Cannon, Monica Poelchau, Carson Andorf, Clayton Birkett, Steve Cannon, David Grant, Zhi-Liang Hu, Gerard Lazo, Rex Nelson, Carissa Park, James Reecy, Taner Z. Sen, Doreen Ware, Margaret Woodhouse 2019 United States Department of Agriculture

Agbiodata Consortium Recommendations For Sustainable Genomics And Genetics Databases For Agriculture, Lisa Harper, Jacqueline Campbell, Ethalinda K. S. Cannon, Monica Poelchau, Carson Andorf, Clayton Birkett, Steve Cannon, David Grant, Zhi-Liang Hu, Gerard Lazo, Rex Nelson, Carissa Park, James Reecy, Taner Z. Sen, Doreen Ware, Margaret Woodhouse

James M Reecy

The future of agricultural research depends on data. The sheer volume of agricultural biological data being produced today makes excellent data management essential. Governmental agencies, publishers and science funders require data management plans for publicly funded research. Furthermore, the value of data increases exponentially when they are properly stored, described, integrated and shared, so that they can be easily utilized in future analyses. AgBioData (https://www.agbiodata.org) is a consortium of people working at agricultural biological databases, data archives and knowledgbases who strive to identify common issues in database development, curation and management, with the goal of creating database ...


Integration Of Machine Learning And Meta-Analysis Identifies The Transcriptomic Bio-Signature Of Mastitis Disease In Cattle, Somayeh Sharifi, Abbas Pakdel, Mansour Ebrahim, James M. Reecy, Samaneh Fazeli Farsani, Esmaeil Ebrahimie 2019 Iowa State University

Integration Of Machine Learning And Meta-Analysis Identifies The Transcriptomic Bio-Signature Of Mastitis Disease In Cattle, Somayeh Sharifi, Abbas Pakdel, Mansour Ebrahim, James M. Reecy, Samaneh Fazeli Farsani, Esmaeil Ebrahimie

James M Reecy

Gram-negative bacteria such as Escherichia coli (E. coli) are assumed to be among the main agents that cause severe mastitis disease with clinical signs in dairy cattle. Rapid detection of this disease is so important in order to prevent transmission to other cows and helps to reduce inappropriate use of antibiotics. With the rapid progress in high-throughput technologies, and accumulation of various kinds of ‘-omics’ data in public repositories, there is an opportunity to retrieve, integrate, and reanalyze these resources to improve the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases and to provide mechanistic insights into host resistance in an efficient ...


Transcriptional And Chemical Changes In Soybean Leaves In Response To Long-Term Aphid Colonization, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Matthew Studham, Adam Klein, Nik Kovinich, Kia Barry, Young-Jin Lee, Gustavo C. Macintosh 2019 Iowa State University

Transcriptional And Chemical Changes In Soybean Leaves In Response To Long-Term Aphid Colonization, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Matthew Studham, Adam Klein, Nik Kovinich, Kia Barry, Young-Jin Lee, Gustavo C. Macintosh

Young-Jin Lee

Soybean aphids (Aphis glycines Matsumura) are specialized insects that feed on soybean (Glycine max) phloem sap. Transcriptome analyses have shown that resistant soybean plants mount a fast response that limits aphid feeding and population growth. Conversely, defense responses in susceptible plants are slower and it is hypothesized that aphids block effective defenses in the compatible interaction. Unlike other pests, aphids can colonize plants for long periods of time; yet the effect on the plant transcriptome after long-term aphid feeding has not been analyzed for any plant–aphid interaction. We analyzed the susceptible and resistant (Rag1) transcriptome response to aphid feeding ...


Sequence Assembly, Xiaoqiu Huang 2019 Iowa State University

Sequence Assembly, Xiaoqiu Huang

Xiaoqiu Huang

We describe an efficient method for assembling short reads into long sequences. In this method, a hashing technique is used to compute overlaps between short reads, allowing base mismatches in the overlaps. Then an overlap graph is constructed, with each vertex representing a read and each edge representing an overlap. The overlap graph is explored by graph algorithms to find unique paths of reads representing contigs. The consensus sequence of each contig is constructed by computing alignments of multiple reads without gaps. This strategy has been implemented as a short read assembly program called PCAP.Solexa. We also describe how ...


Transcriptional And Chemical Changes In Soybean Leaves In Response To Long-Term Aphid Colonization, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Matthew Studham, Adam Klein, Nik Kovinich, Kia Barry, Young-Jin Lee, Gustavo C. Macintosh 2019 Iowa State University

Transcriptional And Chemical Changes In Soybean Leaves In Response To Long-Term Aphid Colonization, Jessica D. Hohenstein, Matthew Studham, Adam Klein, Nik Kovinich, Kia Barry, Young-Jin Lee, Gustavo C. Macintosh

Chemistry Publications

Soybean aphids (Aphis glycines Matsumura) are specialized insects that feed on soybean (Glycine max) phloem sap. Transcriptome analyses have shown that resistant soybean plants mount a fast response that limits aphid feeding and population growth. Conversely, defense responses in susceptible plants are slower and it is hypothesized that aphids block effective defenses in the compatible interaction. Unlike other pests, aphids can colonize plants for long periods of time; yet the effect on the plant transcriptome after long-term aphid feeding has not been analyzed for any plant–aphid interaction. We analyzed the susceptible and resistant (Rag1) transcriptome response to aphid feeding ...


Synder: Inferring Genomic Orthologs From Synteny Maps, Zebulun Arendsee, Andrew Wilkey, Urminder Singh, Jing Li, Manhoi Hur, Eve Syrkin Wurtele 2019 Iowa State University

Synder: Inferring Genomic Orthologs From Synteny Maps, Zebulun Arendsee, Andrew Wilkey, Urminder Singh, Jing Li, Manhoi Hur, Eve Syrkin Wurtele

Genetics, Development and Cell Biology Publications

Ortholog inference is a key step in understanding the evolution and function of a gene or other genomic feature. Yet often no similar sequence can be identified, or the true ortholog is hidden among false positives. A solution is to consider the sequence's genomic context. We present the generic program, synder, for tracing features of interest between genomes based on a synteny map. This approach narrows genomic search-space independently of the sequence of the feature of interest. We illustrate the utility of synder by finding orthologs for the Arabidopsis thaliana 13-member gene family of Nuclear Factor YC transcription factor ...


Mrub_3018 Is Orthologous To E. Coli B2759 (Casb), Kyle Parker, Dr. Lori Scott 2019 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Mrub_3018 Is Orthologous To E. Coli B2759 (Casb), Kyle Parker, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This project is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome analysis project, which uses a collection of online bioinformatics tools to predict gene function. We studied the biological activity of the Mrub_3018 gene, which we hypothesize is orthologous to E. coli gene B2759. We predicted that Mrub_3018(DNA coordinates 3057916… 3058524) encodes the protein CasB. CasB is a protein in the CRISPR CASCADE that will function as a structural protein. When the rest of the proteins form an “S” formation CasB will connect the front and back of the “S” creating a back bone for the structure. It will help bind ...


Mrub_3019 Casa Gene Is An Ortholog To E. Coli B2760, Kelsey Heiland, Dr. Lori Scott 2019 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Mrub_3019 Casa Gene Is An Ortholog To E. Coli B2760, Kelsey Heiland, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This research is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome annotation project which aims to predict gene function with various bioinformatics tools. We investigated the function of Mrub_3019, which encodes the CasA protein involved in the multi-subunit effector complex for the CRISPR-Cas immunity system and predicted it to be an ortholog of E. coli K12 MG1655 b2760 (casA). We predicted that Mrub_3019 encodes the protein CasA, which is involved in PAM recognition of CRISPR interference pathway. Foreign DNA will bind to CasA, which signals Cas3 for helicase-mediated DNA degradation. Our hypothesis is supported by low E-values for pairwise alignment in NCBI ...


Mrub_3015 Is Orthologous To The B2757 Gene Found In Escherichia Coli Coding For Casd, Ramona Collins, Dr. Lori Scott 2019 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Mrub_3015 Is Orthologous To The B2757 Gene Found In Escherichia Coli Coding For Casd, Ramona Collins, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This project is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome analysis project, which uses a collection of online bioinformatics tools to predict gene function. We investigated the biological function of the gene Mrub_3015, which we hypothesize is a component of the CRISPR-Cas prokaryotic defense system. We predict that Mrub_3015 (DNA coordinates 3055550...3056245) encodes the the CRISPR-associated protein cas5, which is integral in maintaining the crRNA-DNA structure, keeping the complex from base pairing with the target phage DNA. Our hypothesis is supported by identical hits for Mrub_3015 and b2527 to the KEGG, Pfam, TIGRfam, CDD and PDB databases as well as ...


Phylogenetic History Of The Amy Gene Cluster In Catarrhines, Christian M. Gagnon 2019 CUNY Hunter College

Phylogenetic History Of The Amy Gene Cluster In Catarrhines, Christian M. Gagnon

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

This study phylogenetically analyzed 30 AMY-related genes from 11 primates. The results show the gradual expansion of the AMY gene family which could have allowed primates to adapt to various ecological landscapes and maximize energy intake from starch-rich foods in periods of food scarcity.


Identifying Genetic Regulators Of Cancer Stem Cell Differentiation For Glioblastoma Therapy, Ann Chen, Yang Xiao, Rong Fan, Jiangbing Zhou 2019 Yale University

Identifying Genetic Regulators Of Cancer Stem Cell Differentiation For Glioblastoma Therapy, Ann Chen, Yang Xiao, Rong Fan, Jiangbing Zhou

Yale Day of Data

Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common and aggressive type of primary brain cancer. Even with treatment, GBM patients have a median survival rate of less than 15 months and a five-year survival rate of 2%. Poor therapeutic outcomes may be attributed to the presence of a subpopulation of cells within tumors, known as cancer stem cells (CSCs), which are resistant to conventional radiotherapy and chemotherapy. CSCs are capable of tumor initiation, sustained self-renewal, and differentiation into terminal cell types. These terminally differentiated cells make up the bulk of the tumor and are sensitive to GBM therapies. Therefore, CSC-directed therapies ...


A Novel Pathway-Based Distance Score Enhances Assessment Of Disease Heterogeneity In Gene Expression, Yunqing Liu, Xiting Yan 2019 Yale University School of Public Health

A Novel Pathway-Based Distance Score Enhances Assessment Of Disease Heterogeneity In Gene Expression, Yunqing Liu, Xiting Yan

Yale Day of Data

Distance-based unsupervised clustering of gene expression data is commonly used to identify heterogeneity in biologic samples. However, high noise levels in gene expression data and the relatively high correlation between genes are often encountered, so traditional distances such as Euclidean distance may not be effective at discriminating the biological differences between samples. In this study, we developed a novel computational method to assess the biological differences based on pathways by assuming that ontologically defined biological pathways in biologically similar samples have similar behavior. Application of this distance score results in more accurate, robust, and biologically meaningful clustering results in both ...


Exploring The Ipf Lung Through The Lens Of Single Cell Rna Sequencing, Taylor Adams, Jonas Schupp 2019 Yale School of Medicine

Exploring The Ipf Lung Through The Lens Of Single Cell Rna Sequencing, Taylor Adams, Jonas Schupp

Yale Day of Data

This poster illustrates the differences between the IPF disease-specific variety of lung macrophages and the two varieties of macrophages known to reside in the normal human lung.


Building A Livestock Genetic And Genomic Information Knowledgebase Through Integrative Developments Of Animal Qtldb And Corrdb, Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, James M. Reecy 2019 Iowa State University

Building A Livestock Genetic And Genomic Information Knowledgebase Through Integrative Developments Of Animal Qtldb And Corrdb, Zhi-Liang Hu, Carissa A. Park, James M. Reecy

Animal Science Publications

Successful development of biological databases requires accommodation of the burgeoning amounts of data from high-throughput genomics pipelines. As the volume of curated data in Animal QTLdb (https://www.animalgenome.org/QTLdb) increases exponentially, the resulting challenges must be met with rapid infrastructure development to effectively accommodate abundant data curation and make metadata analysis more powerful. The development of Animal QTLdb and CorrDB for the past 15 years has provided valuable tools for researchers to utilize a wealth of phenotype/genotype data to study the genetic architecture of livestock traits. We have focused our efforts on data curation, improved data quality ...


Debrowser: Interactive Differential Expression Analysis And Visualization Tool For Count Data, Alper Kucukural, Onur Yukselen, Deniz M. Ozata, Melissa J. Moore, Manuel Garber 2019 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Debrowser: Interactive Differential Expression Analysis And Visualization Tool For Count Data, Alper Kucukural, Onur Yukselen, Deniz M. Ozata, Melissa J. Moore, Manuel Garber

Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology Publications and Presentations

BACKGROUND: Sequencing data has become a standard measure of diverse cellular activities. For example, gene expression is accurately measured by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) libraries, protein-DNA interactions are captured by chromatin immunoprecipitation sequencing (ChIP-Seq), protein-RNA interactions by crosslinking immunoprecipitation sequencing (CLIP-Seq) or RNA immunoprecipitation (RIP-Seq) sequencing, DNA accessibility by assay for transposase-accessible chromatin (ATAC-Seq), DNase or MNase sequencing libraries. The processing of these sequencing techniques involves library-specific approaches. However, in all cases, once the sequencing libraries are processed, the result is a count table specifying the estimated number of reads originating from each genomic locus. Differential analysis to determine which loci ...


The Non-Canonical Smc Protein Smchd1 Antagonises Tad Formation And Compartmentalisation On The Inactive X Chromosome, Michal R. Gdula, Tatyana B. Nesterova, Greta Pintacuda, Jonathan Godwin, Ye Zhan, Hakan Ozadam, Michael McClellan, Daniella Moralli, Felix Krueger, Catherine M. Green, Wolf Reik, Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Edith Heard, Job Dekker, Neil Brockdorff 2019 University of Oxford

The Non-Canonical Smc Protein Smchd1 Antagonises Tad Formation And Compartmentalisation On The Inactive X Chromosome, Michal R. Gdula, Tatyana B. Nesterova, Greta Pintacuda, Jonathan Godwin, Ye Zhan, Hakan Ozadam, Michael Mcclellan, Daniella Moralli, Felix Krueger, Catherine M. Green, Wolf Reik, Skirmantas Kriaucionis, Edith Heard, Job Dekker, Neil Brockdorff

Open Access Articles

The inactive X chromosome (Xi) in female mammals adopts an atypical higher-order chromatin structure, manifested as a global loss of local topologically associated domains (TADs), A/B compartments and formation of two mega-domains. Here we demonstrate that the non-canonical SMC family protein, SmcHD1, which is important for gene silencing on Xi, contributes to this unique chromosome architecture. Specifically, allelic mapping of the transcriptome and epigenome in SmcHD1 mutant cells reveals the appearance of sub-megabase domains defined by gene activation, CpG hypermethylation and depletion of Polycomb-mediated H3K27me3. These domains, which correlate with sites of SmcHD1 enrichment on Xi in wild-type cells ...


Mrub_3014 Is Orthologous To B2756, Samir Abdelkarim, Dr. Lori Scott 2019 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Mrub_3014 Is Orthologous To B2756, Samir Abdelkarim, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This project is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome analysis project, which uses a collection of online bioinformatics tools to predict gene function. We investigated the biological function of the gene Mrub_3014, which we hypothesize is a component of the CRISPR-Cas prokaryotic defense system. We predict that Mrub_3014 (DNA coordinates 3054943..3055575) encodes CRISPR-associated protein Cse3/case which function as an endonuclease. Our hypothesis is supported by identical hits for Mrub_3014 and b2756 to the KEGG, Pfam, TIGRfam, CDD and PDB databases, as well as a low E-value for a pairwise NCBI BLAST comparison. Both protein products are predicted to ...


M. Ruber Mrub_3013 Is Orthologous To E. Coli B2755, Laura Butcher, Dr. Lori Scott 2019 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

M. Ruber Mrub_3013 Is Orthologous To E. Coli B2755, Laura Butcher, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This project is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome analysis project, which uses a collection of online bioinformatics tools to predict gene function. We investigated the biological function of gene Mrub_3013, which we hypothesize is orthologous to b2755 in E. coli K12 MG1655 (a.k.a. Cas1). We investigated the biological function of a gene with the M. ruber locus tag of Mrub_3013, which we hypothesize is a component of the CRISPR-Cas prokaryotic defense system in M. ruber. We predict that Mrub_3013 (DNA coordinates 3,053,978-3,054,940) encodes the protein Cas1 which as part of the CRISPR-Cas system ...


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