Jolena N. Fleming-Waddell

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The callipyge mutation causes postnatal muscle hypertrophy in heterozygous lambs that inherit a paternal callipyge allele (+/CLPG). Our hypothesis was that the up-regulation of one or both of the affected paternally expressed genes (DLK1 or PEG11) initiates changes in biochemical and physiological pathways in skeletal muscle to induce hypertrophy. The goal(More)
Members of the Ty3-Gypsy retrotransposon family are rare in mammalian genomes despite their abundance in invertebrates and some vertebrates. These elements contain a gag-pol-like structure characteristic of retroviruses but have lost their ability to retrotranspose into the mammalian genome and are thought to be inactive relics of ancient retrotransposition(More)
Callipyge sheep exhibit extreme postnatal muscle hypertrophy in the loin and hindquarters as a result of a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in the imprinted DLK1-DIO3 domain on ovine chromosome 18. The callipyge SNP up-regulates the expression of surrounding transcripts when inherited in cis without altering their allele-specific imprinting status. The(More)
The developmental competence of oocytes is progressively attained as females approach puberty. The poor quality of prepubertally derived oocytes suggests that essential processes during cytoplasmic maturation have not been completed. The objective of this experiment was to identify genes in oocytes that are associated with good (cyclic females) and poor(More)
OBJECTIVE Numerous researchers have evaluated the insulin-like growth factors (IGF) influence on mammalian fetal development. Although IGF has been explored in the avian system, questions remain on the role of IGF in avian development. Therefore, the current study evaluated the mRNA abundance of IGF in the amnion and allantoic membranes and developing small(More)
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