Grace C. Davey

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Although bivalves are among the most-studied marine organisms because of their ecological role and economic importance, very little information is available on the genome sequences of oyster species. This report documents three large-scale cDNA sequencing projects for the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas initiated to provide a large number of expressed(More)
Functional genomics, including analysis of the transcriptome and proteome, provides new opportunities for understanding the molecular processes in muscle and how these influence its conversion to meat. The Quality Pork Genes project was established to identify genes associated with variation in different aspects of raw material (muscle) quality and to then(More)
The PRKAG3 gene encodes the γ3 subunit of adenosine monophosphate activated protein kinase (AMPK), a protein that plays a key role in energy metabolism in skeletal muscle. Non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in this gene such as I199V are associated with important pork quality traits. The objective of this study was to investigate the(More)
Studies conducted with gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata L.) have determined the maximum dietary replacement of fish meal and oil without compromising growth or product quality. The present study aimed to analyze the effect of the nutritional background on fish health and fish fed plant protein-based diets with fish oil (FO diet) or a blend of vegetable(More)
The aim of this study was to identify a set of stably expressed endogenous control genes for quantitative PCR analysis of mRNA expression in the porcine LTL muscle and to subsequently perform expression analysis of potential candidate genes associated with drip loss. Expression stability of seven commonly used reference genes was examined in n=60 pigs from(More)
Achieving an improvement in water-holding capacity (WHC) of pork and a reduction in the incidence of pale, soft and exudative (PSE)- and dark, firm and dry (DFD)-like meat is a major challenge for the swine industry. Using proteomics, we sought to identify proteins associated with WHC and to monitor postmortem protein degradation. Twenty longissimus samples(More)
The worldwide increase in the prevalence of Diabetes mellitus (DM) has highlighted the need for increased research efforts into treatment options for both the disease itself and its associated complications. In recent years, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have been highlighted as a new emerging regenerative therapy due to their multipotency but also due(More)
Warner-Bratzler shear force (WBSF) and % intramuscular fat content (IMF) are objective meat quality measurements that are significantly correlated with aspects of palatability such as tenderness, flavour and juiciness. Using cDNA microarrays, Musculus longissimus transcriptomic profiles at slaughter were compared in samples displaying lower or higher IMF(More)
Ankyrin 1 (ANK1) is a positional and functional candidate gene for both bovine and porcine meat quality. The objectives of this study were: (1) to determine if the gene expression levels of ANK1 are associated with pig meat quality traits; (2) to examine polymorphisms in the promoter region of the porcine ANK1 gene for association with meat quality in(More)
We describe the construction and quality analysis of six cDNA libraries from the liver, ovary, testis, brain, spleen and muscle tissues of adult Atlantic salmon. The cDNA libraries were then screened with total cDNA probes to catalogue clones representing the abundant and rare mRNA populations in each tissue. Subsequently, the 5'-terminal DNA sequences of(More)