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Fine Grained Compositional Analysis Of Port Everglades Inlet Microbiome Using High Throughput Dna Sequencing, Lauren M. O'Connell, Song Gao, Donald S. McCorquodale Jr., Jay M. Fleisher, Jose Lopez 2018 Nova Southeastern University

Fine Grained Compositional Analysis Of Port Everglades Inlet Microbiome Using High Throughput Dna Sequencing, Lauren M. O'Connell, Song Gao, Donald S. Mccorquodale Jr., Jay M. Fleisher, Jose Lopez

Oceanography Faculty Articles

Background

Similar to natural rivers, manmade inlets connect inland runoff to the ocean. Port Everglades Inlet (PEI) is a busy cargo and cruise ship port in South Florida, which can act as a source of pollution to surrounding beaches and offshore coral reefs. Understanding the composition and fluctuations of bacterioplankton communities (“microbiomes”) in major port inlets is important due to potential impacts on surrounding environments. We hypothesize seasonal microbial fluctuations, which were profiled by high throughput 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing and analysis.

Methods & Results

Surface water samples were collected every week for one year. A total of four samples per ...


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 ...


Involvement Of The Ino80 Complex In Chromosome Segregation, Jesus Moreno 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Involvement Of The Ino80 Complex In Chromosome Segregation, Jesus Moreno

Theses and Dissertations

Chromatin remodeling complexes are multi-protein complexes that regulate the dynamics of the nucleosomes in the genome. The INO80 chromatin remodeling complex participates in varied biological processes such as: transcription, DNA repair, DNA replication and chromosome integrity. It catalyzes the eviction of the H2A.Z variant histone as well as whole nucleosome eviction. This complex is comprised of 15 subunits and the contribution of each to chromosome segregations remains unknown. To evaluate the contribution of each subunit to chromosome segregation, we tested deletion mutants of the non-essential subunits for DNA content and benomyl sensitivity. Also, we assessed members of the SWR1 ...


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 ...


Bayesian Network Modeling And Inference Of Gwas Catalog, Qiuping Pan 2018 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Bayesian Network Modeling And Inference Of Gwas Catalog, Qiuping Pan

Theses and Dissertations

Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have received an increasing attention to understand genotype-phenotype relationships. The Bayesian network has been proposed as a powerful tool for modeling single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)-trait associations due to its advantage in addressing the high computational complex and high dimensional problems. Most current works learn the interactions among genotypes and phenotypes from the raw genotype data. However, due to the privacy issue, genotype information is sensitive and should be handled by complying with specific restrictions. In this work, we aim to build Bayesian networks from publicly released GWAS statistics to explicitly reveal the conditional dependency between SNPs ...


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 ...


Transcriptomics To Develop Biochemical Network Models In Cyanobacteria, Bridget E. Hegarty, Jordan Peccia, Ratanachat Racharaks 2018 Yale University

Transcriptomics To Develop Biochemical Network Models In Cyanobacteria, Bridget E. Hegarty, Jordan Peccia, Ratanachat Racharaks

Yale Day of Data

Through targeted genetic manipulations guided by network modeling, we will create a flexible, cyanobacteria-based platform for the production of biofuel-precursors and valuable chemical products. To build gene-metabolite predictive models, we have characterized Synecococcus elongatus sp. UTEX 2973’s (henceforth, UTEX 2973) gene expression and metabolite production under a number of environmental conditions.


A Genetic Screen To Identify Fission Yeast Genes With Roles In Protecting Against Perturbation Of The Actin Cytoskeleton, Dorota Michalski 2018 The University of Western Ontario

A Genetic Screen To Identify Fission Yeast Genes With Roles In Protecting Against Perturbation Of The Actin Cytoskeleton, Dorota Michalski

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

In the fission yeast, Schizosaccharomyces pombe, stress upon the cell division machinery leads to the activation of a cytokinesis checkpoint. This checkpoint results in a delay in cell cycle progression and the prolonged maintenance of a cytokinesis competent cellular state. In this state the cell is able to continuously reform/repair the actomyosin ring until cell division is achieved. To uncover genes that play a role in enforcing this checkpoint, the actin depolymerizing drug Latrunculin A (LatA) was used to perturb the cytokinetic machinery in a set of 3400 viable haploid S. pombe gene deletion mutants. Thirty-eight gene deletion mutants ...


Copy Number Variation In The Porcine Genome Detected From Whole-Genome Sequence, Rebecca Anderson 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Copy Number Variation In The Porcine Genome Detected From Whole-Genome Sequence, Rebecca Anderson

Honors Theses, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Copy number variations (CNVs) are large insertions, deletions, and duplications in the genome that vary between individuals in a species. These variations are known to impact a broad range of phenotypes from molecular-level traits to higher-order clinical phenotypes. CNVs have been linked to complex traits in humans such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, nervous system disorders, and early-onset extreme obesity. In this study, whole-genome sequence was obtained from 72 founders of an intensely phenotyped experimental swine herd at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center, Nebraska. This included 24 boars (12 Duroc and 12 Landrace ...


Atacseqqc: A Bioconductor Package For Post-Alignment Quality Assessment Of Atac-Seq Data, Jianhong Ou, Haibo Liu, Jun Yu, Michelle A. Kelliher, Lucio H. Castilla, Nathan D. Lawson, Lihua Julie Zhu 2018 Duke University

Atacseqqc: A Bioconductor Package For Post-Alignment Quality Assessment Of Atac-Seq Data, Jianhong Ou, Haibo Liu, Jun Yu, Michelle A. Kelliher, Lucio H. Castilla, Nathan D. Lawson, Lihua Julie Zhu

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

BACKGROUND: ATAC-seq (Assays for Transposase-Accessible Chromatin using sequencing) is a recently developed technique for genome-wide analysis of chromatin accessibility. Compared to earlier methods for assaying chromatin accessibility, ATAC-seq is faster and easier to perform, does not require cross-linking, has higher signal to noise ratio, and can be performed on small cell numbers. However, to ensure a successful ATAC-seq experiment, step-by-step quality assurance processes, including both wet lab quality control and in silico quality assessment, are essential. While several tools have been developed or adopted for assessing read quality, identifying nucleosome occupancy and accessible regions from ATAC-seq data, none of the ...


Evidence For A Unique Dna-Dependent Rna Polymerase In Cereal Crops, Joshua T. Trujillo, Arun S. Seetharam, Matthew B. Hufford, Mark A. Beilstein, Rebecca A. Mosher 2018 University of Arizona

Evidence For A Unique Dna-Dependent Rna Polymerase In Cereal Crops, Joshua T. Trujillo, Arun S. Seetharam, Matthew B. Hufford, Mark A. Beilstein, Rebecca A. Mosher

Genome Informatics Facility Publications

Gene duplication is an important driver for the evolution of new genes and protein functions. Duplication of DNA-dependent RNA polymerase (Pol) II subunits within plants led to the emergence of RNA Pol IV and V complexes, each of which possess unique functions necessary for RNA-directed DNA Methylation. Comprehensive identification of Pol V subunit orthologs across the monocot radiation revealed a duplication of the largest two subunits within the grasses (Poaceae), including critical cereal crops. These paralogous Pol subunits display sequence conservation within catalytic domains, but their carboxy terminal domains differ in length and character of the Ago-binding platform, suggesting unique ...


Identification Of Novel Genetic Variations For Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Als), Guang Xu 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Identification Of Novel Genetic Variations For Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Als), Guang Xu

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

A list of genes have been identified to carry mutations causing familial ALS such as SOD1, TARDBP, C9orf72. But for sporadic ALS, which is 90% of all ALS cases, the underlying genetic variants are still largely unknown. There are multiple genome-wide association study (GWAS) for sporadic ALS, but usually a large number nominated SNP can hardly be replicated in larger cohort analysis. Also majority of GWAS SNP lie within noncoding region of genome, imposing a huge challenge to study their biological role in ALS pathology. With the rapid development of next-generation sequencing technology, we are able to sequence exome and ...


Novel Candidate Genes Important For Asthma And Hypertension Comorbidity Revealed From Associative Gene Networks, Olga V. Saik, Pavel S. Demenkov, Timofey V. Ivanisenko, Elena Yu. Bragina, Maxim B. Freidin, Irina A. Goncharova, Victor E. Dosenko, Olga I. Zolotareva, Ralf Hofestaedt, Inna N. Lavrik, Evgeny I. Rogaev, Vladimir A. Ivanisenko 2018 Institute of Cytology and Genetics

Novel Candidate Genes Important For Asthma And Hypertension Comorbidity Revealed From Associative Gene Networks, Olga V. Saik, Pavel S. Demenkov, Timofey V. Ivanisenko, Elena Yu. Bragina, Maxim B. Freidin, Irina A. Goncharova, Victor E. Dosenko, Olga I. Zolotareva, Ralf Hofestaedt, Inna N. Lavrik, Evgeny I. Rogaev, Vladimir A. Ivanisenko

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Hypertension and bronchial asthma are a major issue for people's health. As of 2014, approximately one billion adults, or ~ 22% of the world population, have had hypertension. As of 2011, 235-330 million people globally have been affected by asthma and approximately 250,000-345,000 people have died each year from the disease. The development of the effective treatment therapies against these diseases is complicated by their comorbidity features. This is often a major problem in diagnosis and their treatment. Hence, in this study the bioinformatical methodology for the analysis of the comorbidity of these two diseases have been ...


Efficient Alignment Algorithms For Dna Sequencing Data, Nilesh Vinod Khiste 2018 The University of Western Ontario

Efficient Alignment Algorithms For Dna Sequencing Data, Nilesh Vinod Khiste

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

The DNA Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies produce data at a low cost, enabling their application to many ambitious fields such as cancer research, disease control, personalized medicine etc. However, even after a decade of research, the modern aligners and assemblers are far from providing efficient and error free genome alignments and assemblies respectively. This is due to the inherent nature of the genome alignment and assembly problem, which involves many complexities. Many algorithms to address this problem have been proposed over the years, but there still is a huge scope for improvement in this research space.

Many new genome ...


The Genome Of The Hi5 Germ Cell Line From Trichoplusia Ni, An Agricultural Pest And Novel Model For Small Rna Biology, Yu Fu, Yujing Yang, Han Zhang, Gwen Farley, Junling Wang, Kaycee A. Quarles, Zhiping Weng, Phillip D. Zamore 2018 Boston University

The Genome Of The Hi5 Germ Cell Line From Trichoplusia Ni, An Agricultural Pest And Novel Model For Small Rna Biology, Yu Fu, Yujing Yang, Han Zhang, Gwen Farley, Junling Wang, Kaycee A. Quarles, Zhiping Weng, Phillip D. Zamore

Open Access Articles

We report a draft assembly of the genome of Hi5 cells from the lepidopteran insect pest, Trichoplusia ni, assigning 90.6% of bases to one of 28 chromosomes and predicting 14,037 protein-coding genes. Chemoreception and detoxification gene families reveal T. ni-specific gene expansions that may explain its widespread distribution and rapid adaptation to insecticides. Transcriptome and small RNA data from thorax, ovary, testis, and the germline-derived Hi5 cell line show distinct expression profiles for 295 microRNA- and > 393 piRNA-producing loci, as well as 39 genes encoding small RNA pathway proteins. Nearly all of the W chromosome is devoted to ...


Impact Of Concurrent Genomic Alterations Detected By Comprehensive Genomic Sequencing On Clinical Outcomes In East-Asian Patients With Egfr-Mutated Lung Adenocarcinoma, Seijiro Sato, Stephen Lyle, Toshifumi Wakai, Masanori Tsuchida 2018 Niigata University

Impact Of Concurrent Genomic Alterations Detected By Comprehensive Genomic Sequencing On Clinical Outcomes In East-Asian Patients With Egfr-Mutated Lung Adenocarcinoma, Seijiro Sato, Stephen Lyle, Toshifumi Wakai, Masanori Tsuchida

Open Access Articles

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has enabled comprehensive detection of genomic alterations in lung cancer. Ethnic differences may play a critical role in the efficacy of targeted therapies. The aim of this study was to identify and compare genomic alterations of lung adenocarcinoma between Japanese patients and the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), which majority of patients are from the US. We also aimed to examine prognostic impact of additional genomic alterations in patients harboring EGFR mutations. Genomic alterations were determined in Japanese patients with lung adenocarcinoma (N = 100) using NGS-based sequencing of 415 known cancer genes, and correlated with clinical outcome. EGFR ...


Determining Bioindicators For Coastal Tidal Marsh Health Using The Food Web Of Larvae Of The Greenhead Horse Fly (Tabanus Nigrovittatus), Devika Rajeev Bhalerao 2018 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College

Determining Bioindicators For Coastal Tidal Marsh Health Using The Food Web Of Larvae Of The Greenhead Horse Fly (Tabanus Nigrovittatus), Devika Rajeev Bhalerao

LSU Master's Theses

The greenhead horse fly Tabanus nigrovittatus Macquart is native to coastal marshlands from Texas to Nova Scotia. The larvae are apex invertebrate predators and their development is dependent on the food web in the soil. Surveillance of T. nigrovittatus after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico showed population crashes of adults in the coastal marshes of East Louisiana near places where oil made landfall, but not in West Louisiana where the oil did not reach. Sediment collection in 2011 from West and East Louisiana revealed larval population crashes in the Eastern coastal region. We hypothesized ...


Insights Into Teleost Sex Determination From The Seriola Dorsalis Genome Assembly, Catherine M. Purcell, Arun S. Seetharam, Owyn Snodgrass, Sofia Ortega-García, John R. Hyde, Andrew J. Severin 2018 National Marine Fisheries Service

Insights Into Teleost Sex Determination From The Seriola Dorsalis Genome Assembly, Catherine M. Purcell, Arun S. Seetharam, Owyn Snodgrass, Sofia Ortega-García, John R. Hyde, Andrew J. Severin

Office of Biotechnology Publications

Background: The assembly and annotation of a genome is a valuable resource for a species, with applications ranging from conservation genomics to gene discovery. Genomic resource development is especially important for species in culture, such as the California Yellowtail (Seriola dorsalis), the likely candidate for the establishment of commercial offshore aquaculture production in southern California. Genomic resource development for this species will improve the understanding of sex and other phenotypic traits, and allow for rapid increases in genetic improvement for and economic gain in culture production.

Results: We describe the assembly and annotation of the S. dorsalis genome, and present ...


Novel Computational Methods For Sequencing Data Analysis: Mapping, Query, And Classification, Xinan Liu 2018 University of Kentucky

Novel Computational Methods For Sequencing Data Analysis: Mapping, Query, And Classification, Xinan Liu

Theses and Dissertations--Computer Science

Over the past decade, the evolution of next-generation sequencing technology has considerably advanced the genomics research. As a consequence, fast and accurate computational methods are needed for analyzing the large data in different applications. The research presented in this dissertation focuses on three areas: RNA-seq read mapping, large-scale data query, and metagenomics sequence classification.

A critical step of RNA-seq data analysis is to map the RNA-seq reads onto a reference genome. This dissertation presents a novel splice alignment tool, MapSplice3. It achieves high read alignment and base mapping yields and is able to detect splice junctions, gene fusions, and circular ...


Core Cis-Element Variation Confers Subgenome-Biased Expression Of A Transcription Factor That Functions In Cotton Fiber Elongation, Bo Zhao, Jun-Feng Cao, Guan-Jing Hu, Zhi-Wen Chen, Lu-Yao Wang, Xiao-Xia Shangguan, Ling-Jian Wang, Ying-Bo Mao, Tian-Zhen Zhang, Jonathan F. Wendel, Xiao-Ya Chen 2018 Chinese Academy of Sciences

Core Cis-Element Variation Confers Subgenome-Biased Expression Of A Transcription Factor That Functions In Cotton Fiber Elongation, Bo Zhao, Jun-Feng Cao, Guan-Jing Hu, Zhi-Wen Chen, Lu-Yao Wang, Xiao-Xia Shangguan, Ling-Jian Wang, Ying-Bo Mao, Tian-Zhen Zhang, Jonathan F. Wendel, Xiao-Ya Chen

Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology Publications

  • Cotton cultivars have evolved to produce extensive, long, seed-born fibers important for the textile industry, but we know little about the molecular mechanism underlying spinnable fiber formation. Here, we report how PACLOBUTRAZOL RESISTANCE 1 (PRE1) in cotton, which encodes a basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor, is a target gene of spinnable fiber evolution.
  • Differential expression of homoeologous genes in polyploids is thought to be important to plant adaptation and novel phenotypes. PRE1 expression is specific to cotton fiber cells, upregulated during their rapid elongation stage and A-homoeologous biased in allotetraploid cultivars. Transgenic studies demonstrated that PRE1 is a positive regulator ...


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