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Population Genetics And Bumble Bee Conservation: Saving Species By Thinking Small, Cady Greenslit 2018 Lawrence University

Population Genetics And Bumble Bee Conservation: Saving Species By Thinking Small, Cady Greenslit

Lawrence University Honors Projects

Pollinators have experienced a severe decline over the last few decades, and this includes bumble bee populations (g. Bombus). Bumble bees are important native pollinators, and here I investigate the health of local populations with molecular tools. The field of conservation genetics has created useful methodology for investigating the health and informing management strategies of threatened populations. This work investigates and describes the applications of population genetics, which uses span across the board. These applications are then brought back into the context of bumble bee conservation, and how they fit into the experimental plan I originally designed. I designed an ...


Population Structure, Demographic History, And Environmental Niche Of The Sand Fly Disease Vector Lutzomyia Shannoni (Dyar) (Diptera: Psychodidae) In The U.S., Mexico, And Colombia, Matthew E. Wolkoff 2018 University of Texas at Tyler

Population Structure, Demographic History, And Environmental Niche Of The Sand Fly Disease Vector Lutzomyia Shannoni (Dyar) (Diptera: Psychodidae) In The U.S., Mexico, And Colombia, Matthew E. Wolkoff

Biology Theses

Lutzomyia shannoni (Dyar, 1929) (Diptera: Psychodidae) is the only known sand fly vector of vesicular stomatitis virus, a putative leishmaniasis vector, and also boasts the widest distribution of any sand fly in the New World. Research on Lu. shannoni in Central and South America has revealed genetically divergent subpopulations; however, tentative analysis of Lu. shannoni in the U.S. has failed to detect any significant population structure, even between specimens collected from highly disparate localities.

The present study used four molecular markers to more closely investigate the population structure of Lu. shannoni in the U.S., and assess the species ...


Integration Of Local And Regional Regulatory Information In The Human Genome, Hemangi Govind Chaudhari 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Integration Of Local And Regional Regulatory Information In The Human Genome, Hemangi Govind Chaudhari

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Gene regulation involves the integration of different sources of information at multiple levels. The action of transcription factors is integrated at cis-regulatory sequences (CRSs). Information from many CRSs is combined to drive spatiotemporally regulated gene expression. Prediction of CRS activity from DNA sequence is challenging because most occurrences of transcription factor binding sites (TFBS) are not functional. I assayed the activity of thousands of genomic sequences with Activator Protein 1 (AP-1) binding sites in K562 cells to identify features in flanking sequences that distinguish functional from non-functional TFBS. I find that sequence features directly adjacent to the AP-1 core motif ...


Discovering Rare Hematopoietic Clones Harboring Leukemia-Associated Mutations Using Error-Corrected Sequencing, Andrew Lee Young 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Discovering Rare Hematopoietic Clones Harboring Leukemia-Associated Mutations Using Error-Corrected Sequencing, Andrew Lee Young

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Cancer is a heterogeneous group of diseases that currently takes over half a million lives per year in the United States alone. Our understanding of cancer has improved dramatically over the last forty years, beginning with the discovery that cancer is a disease of the genome. Currently, the set of somatic mutations found in malignancy are largely known. The specific somatic mutations driving an individual’s disease can be readily assessed at clinical presentation. Additionally, the functional consequences for many of these mutations are known as well as their role in tumorigenesis. Despite this understanding, a cure for cancer remains ...


Are We Genetically Adapted To The Neolithic Diet?, Nicola E. Hale 2018 None

Are We Genetically Adapted To The Neolithic Diet?, Nicola E. Hale

Journal of Evolution and Health

No abstract provided.


The Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Clr-1 Is Required For Synaptic Partner Recognition, Aruna Varshney, Kelli Benedetti, Katherine Watters, Raakhee Shankar, David Tatarakis, Doris Coto Villa, Khristina Magallanes, Venia Agenor, William Wung, Fatima Farah, Nebat Ali, Nghi Le, Jacqueline Pyle, Amber Farooqi, Zanett Kieu, Martina Bremer, Miri VanHoven 2018 San Jose State University

The Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Clr-1 Is Required For Synaptic Partner Recognition, Aruna Varshney, Kelli Benedetti, Katherine Watters, Raakhee Shankar, David Tatarakis, Doris Coto Villa, Khristina Magallanes, Venia Agenor, William Wung, Fatima Farah, Nebat Ali, Nghi Le, Jacqueline Pyle, Amber Farooqi, Zanett Kieu, Martina Bremer, Miri Vanhoven

Faculty Publications

During neural circuit formation, most axons are guided to complex environments, coming into contact with multiple potential synaptic partners. However, it is critical that they recognize specific neurons with which to form synapses. Here, we utilize the split GFP-based marker Neuroligin-1 GFP Reconstitution Across Synaptic Partners (NLG-1 GRASP) to visualize specific synapses in live animals, and a circuit-specific behavioral assay to probe circuit function. We demonstrate that the receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase (RPTP) clr-1 is necessary for synaptic partner recognition (SPR) between the PHB sensory neurons and the AVA interneurons in C. elegans. Mutations in clr-1/RPTP result in reduced ...


The Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Clr-1 Is Required For Synaptic Partner Recognition, Aruna Varshney, Kelli Benedetti, Katherine Watters, Raakhee Shankar, David Tatarakis, Doris Coto Villa, Khristina Magallanes, Venia Agenor, William Wung, Fatima Farah, Nebat Ali, Nghi Le, Jacqueline Pyle, Amber Farooqi, Zanett Kieu, Martina Bremer, Miri VanHoven 2018 San Jose State University

The Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase Clr-1 Is Required For Synaptic Partner Recognition, Aruna Varshney, Kelli Benedetti, Katherine Watters, Raakhee Shankar, David Tatarakis, Doris Coto Villa, Khristina Magallanes, Venia Agenor, William Wung, Fatima Farah, Nebat Ali, Nghi Le, Jacqueline Pyle, Amber Farooqi, Zanett Kieu, Martina Bremer, Miri Vanhoven

Miri VanHoven

During neural circuit formation, most axons are guided to complex environments, coming into contact with multiple potential synaptic partners. However, it is critical that they recognize specific neurons with which to form synapses. Here, we utilize the split GFP-based marker Neuroligin-1 GFP Reconstitution Across Synaptic Partners (NLG-1 GRASP) to visualize specific synapses in live animals, and a circuit-specific behavioral assay to probe circuit function. We demonstrate that the receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase (RPTP) clr-1 is necessary for synaptic partner recognition (SPR) between the PHB sensory neurons and the AVA interneurons in Celegans. Mutations in clr-1/RPTP result in reduced ...


Characterization Of An N-Terminal Non-Core Domain Of Rag1 Gene Disrupted Syrian Hamster Model Generated By Crispr Cas9, Jinxin Miao, Baoling Ying, Rong Li, Ann E. Tollefson, Jacqueline F. Spencer, William S.M. Wold, Seok-Hwan Song, Il-Keun Kong, Karoly Toth, Yaohe Wang, Zhongde Wang 2018 Zhengzhou University

Characterization Of An N-Terminal Non-Core Domain Of Rag1 Gene Disrupted Syrian Hamster Model Generated By Crispr Cas9, Jinxin Miao, Baoling Ying, Rong Li, Ann E. Tollefson, Jacqueline F. Spencer, William S.M. Wold, Seok-Hwan Song, Il-Keun Kong, Karoly Toth, Yaohe Wang, Zhongde Wang

Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science Faculty Publications

The accumulating evidence demonstrates that Syrian hamsters have advantages as models for various diseases. To develop a Syrian hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) model of human immunodeficiency caused by RAG1 gene mutations, we employed the CRISPR/Cas9 system and introduced an 86-nucleotide frameshift deletion in the hamster RAG1 gene encoding part of the N-terminal non-core domain of RAG1. Histological and immunohistochemical analyses demonstrated that these hamsters (referred herein as RAG1-86nt hamsters) had atrophic spleen and thymus, and developed significantly less white pulp and were almost completely devoid of splenic lymphoid follicles. The RAG1-nt86 hamsters had barely detectable CD3+ and CD4+ T cells ...


Effects Of Mitochondrial Nadp+-Dependent Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Deficiency On Fructose-Induced Obesity In Mice, Allison Michelle Montalbano, Kaleigh Elizabeth Beane 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Effects Of Mitochondrial Nadp+-Dependent Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Deficiency On Fructose-Induced Obesity In Mice, Allison Michelle Montalbano, Kaleigh Elizabeth Beane

Human Nutrition and Hospitality Innovation Undergraduate Honors Theses

Obesity prevalence in the United States continues to increase and is associated with health consequences such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and hyperlipidemia. Among many contributing factors to obesity, fructose may be one of the major reasons as it disrupts the antioxidant system thereby resulting in an accumulation of reactive oxidative species and leading to obese conditions. The enzyme, isocitrate dehydrogenase 2 (IDH2), reduces nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate from the TCA Cycle, hence might be implicated with not only energy metabolism but also cellular redox homeostasis. Therefore, the hypothesis was that IDH2 deficiency in mice would exacerbate hepatic lipid ...


Evolutionary Conservation Of Midline Repulsion By Robo Family Receptors In Flies And Mice, Allison Loy 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Evolutionary Conservation Of Midline Repulsion By Robo Family Receptors In Flies And Mice, Allison Loy

Biological Sciences Undergraduate Honors Theses

As the nervous system develops in animal embryos, neuronal axons are guided to their synaptic targets by extra cellular cues that signal through axon guidance receptors expressed on the surface of the axon. In animals with bilateral symmetry, one of the important decisions made by nearly every axon in the embryonic nervous system is whether to stay on its own side of the body, or to cross the midline and connect to cells on the opposite side. The Roundabout (Robo) family is an evolutionarily conserved group of axon guidance receptors that regulate midline crossing in a wide range of animal ...


Optimizing Genetic Manipulation Of Methanogens Through Faster Cloning Techniques, Merrisa Jennings 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Optimizing Genetic Manipulation Of Methanogens Through Faster Cloning Techniques, Merrisa Jennings

Biological and Agricultural Engineering Undergraduate Honors Theses

Methanogenesis is the biological production of methane. Only anaerobic archaea known as methanogens are capable of such a metabolic feat. They have strict living conditions and substrate sources which determine their rate of metabolism. This is of particular importance from a greenhouse gas reduction perspective or biogas capturing perspective. One of the best ways to optimize methanogen methane production is via genetic manipulation. The current procedures are timely though, therefore a faster cloning processes should be developed. The objective of this study was to optimize a premade genetic transformation kit known as the Gibson Kit. The Gibson Kit was supposed ...


Functional Studies Of The E. Coli Proc And A Putative Ortholog Mrub_1345, Mourin Azar, Dr. Lori Scott 2018 Augustana College, Rock Island Illinois

Functional Studies Of The E. Coli Proc And A Putative Ortholog Mrub_1345, Mourin Azar, Dr. Lori Scott

Meiothermus ruber Genome Analysis Project

This project is part of the Meiothermus ruber genome analysis project, which uses the bioinformatics tools associated with the Guiding Education through Novel Investigation –Annotation Collaboration Toolkit (GENI-ACT) to predict gene function. We investigated the biological function of Escherichia coli and Meiothermus ruber proC genes using the complementation assay. In this research project, mutants of varying severity to the functional state of the protein were developed. The results showed that two or more amino acid deletions reduced or eliminated ProC function. Amino acid substitutions, on the other hand, were not severe enough to impact ProC function. Double and triple mutants ...


Investigation For Novel Anti-Apoptotic Factors In The Neurons Of Drosophila Melanogaster, Haylie Rachel Lam 2018 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Investigation For Novel Anti-Apoptotic Factors In The Neurons Of Drosophila Melanogaster, Haylie Rachel Lam

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


Genetic Testing And A Real World Case Of Lynch Syndrome, Paige Montanaro 2018 University of Rhode Island

Genetic Testing And A Real World Case Of Lynch Syndrome, Paige Montanaro

Senior Honors Projects

In recent years, advancements in genetic testing methods have revolutionized the medical field by enhancing the ability to identify persons with an inherited predisposition to cancer. According to the American Society for Clinical Oncology, individuals should undergo genetic testing when he or she meets the following criteria: the individual demonstrates familial history that indicates a predisposition to certain cancers, the test can be adequately interpreted, and the results will aid in the diagnosis, treatment, or management of the patient or additional family members at risk. Genetic testing can be done on samples of hair, skin, blood, amniotic fluid, or other ...


Crispr Gene Editing In The Sea Squirt, Ciona Intestinalis, Evelyn Siler, Steven Irvine 2018 University of Rhode Island

Crispr Gene Editing In The Sea Squirt, Ciona Intestinalis, Evelyn Siler, Steven Irvine

Senior Honors Projects

Genetic manipulation has come a long way in the past ten years alone. Scientists have had access to gene editing techniques for decades, but until recently these methods have proven to be expensive and unpredictable. However, thanks to the development of a new, more efficient genome editing strategy called CRISPR/Cas9, more aggressive progress can now be made in genetics research.

CRISPR is not a machine or a physical tool, but rather it is a system that involves introducing a protein into a cell, along with a DNA segment that will attract the protein to a desired location on the ...


Genomic Insights Into The Mitochondria Of 11 Eastern North American Species Of Cladonia, Laurel M. Brigham, Luis M. Allende, Benjamin R. Shipley, Kayla C. Boyd, Tanya J. Higgins, Nicholas Kelly, Carly R. Anderson-Stewart, Kyle Keepers, Cloe S. Pogoda, James C. Lendemer, Erin A. Tripp, Nolan C. Kane 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Genomic Insights Into The Mitochondria Of 11 Eastern North American Species Of Cladonia, Laurel M. Brigham, Luis M. Allende, Benjamin R. Shipley, Kayla C. Boyd, Tanya J. Higgins, Nicholas Kelly, Carly R. Anderson-Stewart, Kyle Keepers, Cloe S. Pogoda, James C. Lendemer, Erin A. Tripp, Nolan C. Kane

University Libraries Open Access Fund Supported Publications

Cladonia is among the most species-rich genera of lichens globally. Species in this lineage, commonly referred to as reindeer lichens, are ecologically important in numerous regions worldwide. In some locations, species of Cladonia can comprise the dominant groundcover, and are a major food source for caribou and other mammals. Additionally, many species are known to produce substances with antimicrobial properties or other characteristics with potentially important medical applications. This exceptional morphological and ecological variation contrasts sharply with the limited molecular divergence often observed among species. As a new resource to facilitate ongoing and future studies of these important species, we ...


Restoration Of Phage Growth On A Non-Permissive Host By Bypassing Transcription Termination Signals, Millicent Ronkainen 2018 Western Kentucky University

Restoration Of Phage Growth On A Non-Permissive Host By Bypassing Transcription Termination Signals, Millicent Ronkainen

Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects

RNA polymerase is the central enzyme in all gene expression. The rpoCY75N mutation in the zinc-binding domain of the β’ subunit of E. coli RNA polymerase blocks a unique RNA-based mechanism of transcription antitermination utilized by bacteriophage HK022 and its relatives. Here, we describe the characterization of mutant phage, orc0368, which overcomes the rpoCY75N mutation. The orc0368 genome varies from the wild type phage genome by 4 single base pair mutations. Three of these mutations were not characterized because they occur in intergenic regions but the fourth was chosen for study because of its location between a series ...


The Association Of Polymorphism Rs3736228 Within The Lrp5 Gene With Bone Mineral Density In A Cohort Of Caucasian Young Adults, Mohamed J. H. Al-Amoodi, Whitney Jones, Danny Lee, Steven McKenzie, Helen C. Miller, Zach Zeller, Seth Stubblefield, Susan Knoblach, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Dustin Hittel, Laura L. Tosi 2018 George Washington University

The Association Of Polymorphism Rs3736228 Within The Lrp5 Gene With Bone Mineral Density In A Cohort Of Caucasian Young Adults, Mohamed J. H. Al-Amoodi, Whitney Jones, Danny Lee, Steven Mckenzie, Helen C. Miller, Zach Zeller, Seth Stubblefield, Susan Knoblach, Heather Gordish-Dressman, Dustin Hittel, Laura L. Tosi

GW Research Days 2016 - Present

INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is a significant burden for our aging population. Developing a better understanding of the genetic underpinnings of poor bone quality may assist in the future development of prevention strategies. Correa-Rodriguez et al. have identified a group of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that were associated with bone mineral density (BMD) in a population of Spanish Caucasians. In particular, they found that SNP rs3736228 in the low-density lipoprotein receptor related protein 5 (LRP5) gene had an influence on BMD. While the role of LRP5 in the Wnt canonical pathway has been fairly well characterized, its association with phenotypic BMD and ...


Genetic Basis Of Larval Crystal Cell Quantity Variation In The Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (Dgrp), Brian Tang 2018 Bernard M Baruch College & CUNYBA Program

Genetic Basis Of Larval Crystal Cell Quantity Variation In The Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (Dgrp), Brian Tang

Student Theses

Crystal cells are one of three requisite hemocytes that take part in fighting infection and wound healing in Drosophila melanogaster (common fruit flies). The developmental genetics of crystal cell formation is only beginning to be discovered. To address this question, we performed a Genome-Wide Association Study (GWAS) on larval crystal cell number from 78 isolines of the Drosophila Genetic Reference Panel (DGRP) collection. The DGRP consists of naturally caught fruit flies that are inbred to near homozygosity with completely sequenced genomes. By placing the wandering third instar larvae under heatshock, a process that induces the melanization of crystal cells, it ...


The Synthesis And Function Of The Peritrophic Matrix In Drosophila Melanogaster, Sean Conway 2018 Marquette University

The Synthesis And Function Of The Peritrophic Matrix In Drosophila Melanogaster, Sean Conway

Dissertations (2009 -)

Maintenance of functional barrier structures separating an organism from and regulating its interaction with the environment is critical for many aspects of fitness. Arguably, the most dynamic interface between an animal and its environment is the gut, as the organism must balance the primary functions, digestion and nutrient acquisition, with several homeostatic and defensive systems including pathogen defense, microbiome maintenance and stem cell renewal. Many animals secrete extracellular barrier structures along their guts to organize and modulate these interactions, including intestinal mucosal secretions in humans and a semi-permeable structure in insects called the peritrophic matrix (PM). In Drosophila, the PM ...


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