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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Identification of a GC-rich leptin gene in chicken.

Abstract Leptin (LEP) plays a key role in the regulation of energy balance in mammals, with less well-defined roles in lower vertebrates. The existence of LEP orthologs in birds has been controversial and only recently have several avian LEP genes been reported. Still, LEP has been assumed to be missing from the chicken (Gallus gallus) genome. Here, we identify the chicken LEP (cLEP), which shares only 25% amino acid sequence identity with its human ortholog. However, it has considerably higher homology with avian LEPs, and phylogenetic analysis shows it as clustering with avian LEP sequences. The cLEP and the other…

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Draft genome sequence of Escherichia coli S51, a chicken isolate harboring a chromosomally encoded mcr-1 gene.

We present the draft genome of Escherichia coli S51, a colistin-resistant extended-spectrum ß-lactamase-producing strain isolated in 2015 from raw chicken meat imported from Germany. Assembly and annotation of this draft genome resulted in a 4,994,918-bp chromosome and revealed a chromosomally encoded mcr-1 gene responsible for the colistin resistance of the strain. Copyright © 2016 Zurfluh et al.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

New high copy tandem repeat in the content of the chicken W chromosome.

The content of repetitive DNA in avian genomes is considerably less than in other investigated vertebrates. The first descriptions of tandem repeats were based on the results of routine biochemical and molecular biological experiments. Both satellite DNA and interspersed repetitive elements were annotated using library-based approach and de novo repeat identification in assembled genome. The development of deep-sequencing methods provides datasets of high quality without preassembly allowing one to annotate repetitive elements from unassembled part of genomes. In this work, we search the chicken assembly and annotate high copy number tandem repeats from unassembled short raw reads. Tandem repeat (GGAAA)n…

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