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The swine erythropoietin-producing hepatocellular A4 (EphA4) gene, which was detected in the endometrium during embryo implantation in pigs, was one of the potential candidate genes for reproductive traits. In the study, two single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) loci (EphA4_1 and EphA4_2) in exon 3 of EphA4 gene were analyzed to determine whether EphA4(More)
Eph–Ephrin system can induce repulsive forces in cell migration and adhesion during embryonic development in various mammals. In this study, the attachment sites of swine endometrium during pregnancy were used and the physiological role of this system in the step of mammalian embryo implantation was estimated to investigate the involvement of the Eph–Ephrin(More)
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) has caused significant economic losses in the swine industry worldwide. However, there is not an ideal vaccine to provide complete protection against PRRSV. Thus, the need for new antiviral strategies to control PRRSV still remains. Surfactant protein A (SP-A) belongs to the family of C-type(More)
Toll-like receptors (TLRs) play a crucial role in innate immunity, serving as pattern-recognition receptors and the first barrier in host defense against microbial infections. Genetic variations of TLR2 and TLR4 are closely associated with a variety of infectious diseases, particularly lung diseases. In this study, we detected six and four single nucleotide(More)
Fat mass and obesity associated gene (FTO) plays an important role in appetite control and energy consumption in human and mice. In order to examine FTO expression influence on fat deposition in Suzhong pigs, FTO mRNA expression was detected in 16 tissues by RT-PCR, FTO protein expression was detected in 5 tissues by western blot, and association of FTO(More)
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