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  1. The cultivated strawberry Fragaria ×ananassa is one of the most economically-important soft-fruit species. Few structural genomic resources have been reported for Fragaria and there exists an urgent need for the ...

    Authors: Julio Bonet, Elena Lopez Girona, Daniel J Sargent, Monica C Muñoz-Torres, Amparo Monfort, Albert G Abbott, Pere Arús, David W Simpson and Jahn Davik
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:188
  2. The rK39 strip test is reported to be simple, sensitive, specific, non-invasive and economical test. Since this method is supposed to be patient friendly, it may easily be accepted for sero-epidemiological sur...

    Authors: Dharmendra P Singh, Shyam Sundar and Tribhuban M Mohapatra
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:187
  3. Post caesarean wound infection is not only a leading cause of prolonged hospital stay but a major cause of the widespread aversion to caesarean delivery in developing countries. In order to control and prevent...

    Authors: Oliver C Ezechi, Asuquo Edet, Hakim Akinlade, Chidinma V Gab-Okafor and Ebiere Herbertson
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:186
  4. Though the biological process of aphid feeding is well documented, no one to date has sought to apply it as a tool to screen the biological responses to chemicals and drugs, in ecotoxicology, genotoxicology an...

    Authors: Aviv Dombrovsky, Terence Neil Ledger, Gilbert Engler and Alain Robichon
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:185
  5. In eusocial hymenopteran insects, foraging genes, members of the cGMP-dependent protein kinase family, are considered to contribute to division of labor through behavioral caste differentiation. However, the rela...

    Authors: Yosuke Kodaira, Hajime Ohtsuki, Jun Yokoyama and Masakado Kawata
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:184
  6. Comparative genome mapping determines the linkage between homologous genes of related taxa. It has already been used in plants to characterize agronomically important genes in lesser studied species, using inf...

    Authors: Jean-Marc Celton, David Chagné, Stuart D Tustin, Shingo Terakami, Chikako Nishitani, Toshiya Yamamoto and Susan E Gardiner
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:182
  7. The transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) comprise a group of fatal degenerative neurological diseases in humans and other mammals. After infection, the cellular prion protein isoform PrPC is converted...

    Authors: Michael J Taheny, Nerik Izkhakov, Alexander A Vostrov and Wolfgang W Quitschke
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:178
  8. Fragile × syndrome is caused by loss of expression of the FMRP protein involved in the control of a large number of mRNA targets. The Drosophila ortholog dFXR interacts with a protein complex that includes Arg...

    Authors: Charlotte Madsen, Karen Grønskov, Karen Brøndum-Nielsen and Thomas G Jensen
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:177
  9. Discrete RNA structures such as cis-acting replication elements (cre) in the coding region of RNA virus genomes create characteristic suppression of synonymous site variability (SSSV). Different phylogenetic meth...

    Authors: Matías Victoria, Rodney Colina, Marize Pereira Miagostovich, José P Leite and Juan Cristina
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:176
  10. Zbtb7A is a proto-oncogenic transcriptional regulator that plays an important role in adipogenesis, osteogenesis and oncogenesis, but little is known about the regulation of Zbtb7A gene expression which is of ...

    Authors: Xuyu Zu, Lingling Yu, Qinsheng Sun, Feng Liu, Jue Wang, Zhenhua Xie, Ying Wang, Wei Xu and Yuyang Jiang
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:175
  11. Neuro-imaging studies demonstrate plasticity of cortical gray matter before and after practice for some motor and cognitive tasks in adults. Other imaging studies show functional changes after practice, but th...

    Authors: Richard J Haier, Sherif Karama, Leonard Leyba and Rex E Jung
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:174
  12. Although the Jamaica road traffic act mandates motorcycle riders to wear approved helmets, opponents suggest that the local road conditions obviate any benefits from helmet use that have been proven in Develop...

    Authors: Ivor W Crandon, Hyacinth E Harding, Shamir O Cawich, Morton AC Frankson, Georgiana Gordon-Strachan, Noel McLennon, Archibald H McDonald, Doreen Fearon-Boothe, Nicole Meeks-Aitken, Karen Watson-Jones and Kenneth C James
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:172
  13. Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), the leading cause of acute flaccid paralysis worldwide, is an autoimmune disorder involving the loss of the myelin sheaths encasing peripheral nerve axons, leading to a loss of n...

    Authors: Laura Nelson, Robert Gormley, Mark S Riddle, David R Tribble and Chad K Porter
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:171
  14. Recent studies investigating off-line processes of consolidation in motor learning have demonstrated a sudden, short-lived improvement in performance after 5–30 minutes of post-training inactivity. Here, we in...

    Authors: Remy Schmitz, Manuel Schabus, Fabien Perrin, André Luxen, Pierre Maquet and Philippe Peigneux
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:170
  15. Identifying the endogenous RNA induced silencing complex(RISC)-associated RNAs is essential for understanding the cellular regulatory networks by miRNAs. Recently, isolation of RISC-associated mRNAs using anti...

    Authors: Yukinobu Hayashida, Takahiro Nishibu, Kunio Inoue and Tsutomu Kurokawa
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:169
  16. Viruses and small-genome bacteria (~2 megabases and smaller) comprise a considerable population in the biosphere and are of interest to many researchers. These genomes are now sequenced at an unprecedented rat...

    Authors: Padmanabhan Mahadevan, John F King and Donald Seto
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:168
  17. The expression of vaccine antigens in lactic acid bacteria (LAB) is a safe and cost-effective alternative to traditional expression systems. In this study, we investigated i) the expression of Human papillomav...

    Authors: Naima G Cortes-Perez, Pascale Kharrat, Philippe Langella and Luis G Bermúdez-Humarán
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:167
  18. Haemophilus influenzae requires a porphyrin source for aerobic growth and possesses multiple mechanisms to obtain this essential nutrient. This porphyrin requirement may be satisfied by either heme alone, or prot...

    Authors: Daniel J Morton, Thomas W Seale, Timothy M VanWagoner, Paul W Whitby and Terrence L Stull
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:166
  19. It was hypothesised that colorectal cancer (CRC) could be diagnosed in biopsies by measuring the combined expression of a small set of well known genes. Genes were chosen based on their role in either the brea...

    Authors: Caroline A Kerr, Robert Dunne, Barney M Hines, Michelle Zucker, Leah Cosgrove, Andrew Ruszkiewicz, Trevor Lockett and Richard Head
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:164
  20. Venturia inaequalis is an economically-important disease of apple causing annual epidemics of scab worldwide. The pathogen is a heterothallic ascomycete with an annual cycle of sexual reproduction on infected app...

    Authors: Xiangming Xu, Tony Roberts, Dez Barbara, Nick G Harvey, Liqiang Gao and Daniel J Sargent
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:163
  21. In view of the role of TLR2 activation in host defense against mycobacteria, the present study was conducted to examine whether TLR2 polymorphisms could account for the increased prevalence of tuberculosis in ...

    Authors: Debasis Biswas, Shailendra K Gupta, Girish Sindhwani and Abhishek Patras
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:162
  22. We assessed the quality of life of ICU survivors using SF-36 at 4 months after ICU discharge and investigated any correlation of PCS and MCS with age, illness severity and hospital or ICU length of stay. We ex...

    Authors: Fiona J Baldwin, Denise Hinge, Joanna Dorsett and Owen F Boyd
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:160
  23. In Japan, high incidences of interstitial lung disease (ILD) and ILD-related deaths have been reported among gefitinib-treated patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). We investigated the efficacy of ...

    Authors: Masatsugu Nakagawa, Tsutomu Nishimura, Satoshi Teramukai, Harue Tada, Fumihiro Tanaka, Kazuhiro Yanagihara, Kiyoyuki Furuse, Hiromi Wada and Masanori Fukushima
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:157
  24. Genome sequencing projects and comparative genomics studies typically aim to trace the evolutionary history of large gene sets, often requiring human inspection of hundreds of phylogenetic trees. If trees are ...

    Authors: Wei-Hua Chen and Martin J Lercher
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:155
  25. Previous studies showed an association between Coagulation Factor XII 46C>T polymorphism and variation in FXII plasma levels, as 46C>T seems to affect the translation efficiency. Case-control studies in Spanis...

    Authors: Georgios Athanasiadis, Esther Esteban, Magdanela Gayà Vidal, Robert Carreras Torres, Raoudha Bahri and Pedro Moral
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:154
  26. THP-1 is a human monocytic leukemia cell line derived from a patient with acute monocytic leukemia. The cell line differentiates into macrophage-like cells by stimulation with phorbol myristate acetate (PMA). ...

    Authors: Naoki Adati, Ming-Chih Huang, Takahiro Suzuki, Harukazu Suzuki and Toshio Kojima
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:153
  27. The Croatian higher education system is in the process of reforming its medical curricula to comply with European Union standards. We conducted a survey of students enrolled at the University of Zagreb (Croati...

    Authors: Katarina Bojanić, Gregory J Schears, Darrell R Schroeder, Sarah M Jenkins, David O Warner and Juraj Sprung
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:152
  28. An increase in the number of overweight and obese subjects in the general population has been observed.

    Authors: Antonio Hernández-Mijares, Eva Solá-Izquierdo, Francisco Ballester-Mechó, María Teresa Marí-Herrero, Juan Vicente Gilabert-Molés, Natalia Gimeno-Clemente and María Morales-Suárez-Varela
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:151
  29. There are two main technologies for transcriptome profiling, namely, tiling microarrays and high-throughput sequencing. Recently there has been a tremendous amount of excitement about the latter because of the...

    Authors: Rajkumar Sasidharan, Ashish Agarwal, Joel Rozowsky and Mark Gerstein
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:150
  30. Human geneticists are now capable of measuring more than one million DNA sequence variations from across the human genome. The new challenge is to develop computationally feasible methods capable of analyzing ...

    Authors: Nicholas A Sinnott-Armstrong, Casey S Greene, Fabio Cancare and Jason H Moore
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:149
  31. The recent availability of genomic sequences and BAC libraries for a large number of mammals provides an excellent opportunity for identifying comparatively-anchored markers that are useful for creating high-r...

    Authors: Ravikiran Donthu, Harris A Lewin and Denis M Larkin
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:148
  32. The purpose of this study was to test the null hypothesis that there is no difference between the effect of (1) a 5000 ppm fluoride toothpaste, and (2) a 250 ppm fluoride mouth rinse on demineralized human den...

    Authors: Mozhgan Bizhang, Yong-Hee P Chun, Mai-Trinh Winterfeld, Markus J Altenburger, Wolfgang HM Raab and Stefan Zimmer
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:147
  33. Bloodstream infections are frequent causes of human illness and cause major morbidity and death. In order to best define the epidemiology of these infections and to track changes in occurrence, adverse outcome...

    Authors: Kevin B Laupland, Henrik C Schønheyder, Karina J Kennedy, Outi Lyytikäinen, Louis Valiquette, John Galbraith, Peter Collignon, Deirdre L Church, Daniel B Gregson and Pamela Kibsey
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:146
  34. The high diversity of ornamentation type in pollen grains of angiosperms has often been suggested to be linked to diversity in pollination systems. It is commonly stated that smooth pollen grains are associate...

    Authors: Julie Sannier, William J Baker, Marie-Charlotte Anstett and Sophie Nadot
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:145
  35. Adult minimal changes disease (MCD) is usually treated by high corticosteroids dose in order to achieve remission of nephrotic syndrome. In this study, the administration of high steroid dose (prednisolone 1 m...

    Authors: Dimitrios S Goumenos, Pantelitsa Kalliakmani, Eirini Savvidaki and John G Vlachojannis
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:144
  36. Fruit normally develops from the ovary after pollination and fertilization. However, the ovary can also generate seedless fruit without fertilization by parthenocarpy. Parthenocarpic fruit development has been...

    Authors: Barbara Molesini, Giuseppe L Rotino, Angelo Spena and Tiziana Pandolfini
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:143
  37. The cell cycle is promoted by activation of cyclin dependent kinases (Cdks), which are regulated positively by cyclins and negatively by Cdk inhibitors. Proliferation of carcinoma is associated with altered re...

    Authors: Pia Boström, Mirva Söderström, Tuire Palokangas, Tero Vahlberg, Yrjö Collan, Olli Carpen and Pirkko Hirsimäki
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:140
  38. R is the statistical language commonly used by many life scientists in (omics) data analysis. At the same time, these complex analyses benefit from a workflow approach, such as used by the open source workflow...

    Authors: Ingo Wassink, Han Rauwerda, Pieter BT Neerincx, Paul E van der Vet, Timo M Breit, Jack AM Leunissen and Anton Nijholt
    Citation: BMC Research Notes 2009 2:138

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