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[en] Many biological systems can be described as networks where different elements interact, in order to perform biological processes. We introduce a network associated with the Gene Ontology. Specifically, we construct a correlation-based network where the vertices are the terms of the Gene Ontology and the link between each two terms is weighted on the basis of the number of genes that they have in common. We analyze a filtered network obtained from the correlation-based network and we characterize its evolution over different releases of the Gene Ontology.
[en] NSrp70 (nuclear speckle-related protein 70), a recently discovered protein and it belongs to the serine/arginine (SR) rich related protein family. NSrp70 is recognized as an important splicing factor comprising RNA recognition motif (RRM) and arginine/serine (RS)-like regions at the N- and C-terminus respectively, along with two coiled coil domains at each terminus. However, other functions of NSrp70 remain unelucidated. In this study, we investigated the role of NSrp70 in Xenopus embryogenesis and found that its maternal expression plays a critical role in embryonic development. Knockdown of NSrp70 resulted in dramatic reduction in the length of developing tadpoles and mild to severe malformation in Xenopus embryos. In addition, knockdown of NSrp70 resulted in an extremely short axis by blocking gastrulation and convergent extension. Further, animal cap assays along with activin A treatment revealed that NSrp70 is an essential factor for dorsal mesoderm induction as knockdown of NSrp70 caused a dramatic down-regulation of dorsal mesoderm specific genes and its loss significantly shortened the elongation region of animal caps. In conclusion, NSrp70 is crucial for early embryonic development, influencing gastrulation and mesoderm induction. - Highlights: • NSrp70 is required for proper length and dorso-anterior structures. • NSrp70 is essential for gastrulation movement during embryogenesis. • NSrp70 is crucial component for dorsal mesoderm induction.
[en] Aim of the study: The effect of physical and chemical conditions at proliferation stage was evaluated in order to elucidate if this stage is the determinant phase to induce a marked effect in Pinus halepensis somatic embryogenesis. Area of study: The study was conducted in research laboratories of Neiker (Arkaute, Spain). Material and methods: Pinus halepensis embryonal masses from ten embryogenic cell lines subjected to nine treatments (tissues cultured at three temperatures on media supplemented with three agar concentrations) at proliferation stage. Main results: Significant differences were observed among different proliferation conditions months later at the end of maturation, germination and acclimatization stages. Research highlights: Aleppo pine embryonal masses are cultured under standard conditions on a culture medium supplemented with 4.5 g/L Gelrite® at 23ºC. However, better results in terms of plantlet production can be obtained proliferating the embryonal masses at 18ºC in a culture media with significantly lower water availability.
[en] The radioactive contamination of omnivorous fish species (Cyprinus carpio, Hypophtalmictys nobilis Richardson), of herbivorous fish species (Hypophtalmictys molitrix Valenciennes) and carnivorous fish species (Silurus glanis L., Esox Lucius L.) has been investigated. Orientative data have been obtained by analyzing samples originating from various sites. Though differences appeared between the analyzed samples, no incorporations of outstanding nature have been observed. In accordance with experiences described in literature, the isotope Sr-90 is accumulated in an increased degree in the skeleton of fish living in ponds. This is valid in all cases when the vital processes are regulated artificially by fishery methods. A particularly important factor is that the individual fish living in ponds are 2-3 or at most 4 years of age i.e. from the aspect of their ontogenesis their organism is in a strongly build-up phase. Sr-90 proved to be accumulated in a relatively greater amount in the organisms of herbivorous fish. (P.J.)
[en] Both normal development and neoplastic progression involve cellular transitions from one physiological state to another. Whereas much is being discovered about signal transduction networks involved in regulating these transitions, little progress has been made in identifying the higher order genetic determinants that establish and maintain mammary cell identity and dictate cell type-specific responses to mammotropic signals. Homeobox genes are a large superfamily of genes whose members function in establishing and maintaining cell fate and cell identity throughout embryonic development. Recent genetic and expression analyses strongly suggest that homeobox genes may perform similar functions at specific developmental transition points in the mammary gland. These analyses also suggest that homeobox genes may play a contributory or causal role in breast cancer
[en] Congenital defects in a seven-week-old mix-breed dog leading to urinary incontinence and fecal retention are evaluated. Anatomical defects detected by contrast radiography and confirmed by gross pathological examination included partial sacral duplication, hemivertebra, and duplication of the bladder, descending colon, and rectum. This combination of defects represents either a caudal midline duplication of the primitive hindgut or incipient twinning
[en] In a pigeon of the breed ''Thuringian White Bib'' a stunted third leg was found, which was attached to the left of the ventral cloacal aspect. A disturbance of the embryonic development at the third to fourth day of incubation was thought to be the cause of this anomaly