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  • 1.
    Abdelhalem, Marwa
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Comparison of exosome isolation methods: Size exclusion chromatography versus ultracentrifugation2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Extracellular vesicles are emitted by almost all cell types. They play an important role in cell-to-cell communication by passing biomolecules such as mRNAs to other cells by endocytosis. It is crucial to isolate and purify them from complex body fluids for studying exosomes. Various techniques, including ultracentrifugation, ultrafiltration, precipitation kits, and immunoprecipitation, are used to isolate exosomes (Bu et al., 2019). Each of these techniques has a significant impact on the properties and purity of the EVs obtained. This project aims to understand the effects of different isolation methods on exosome content by comparing the methods of UC and SEC, with three objectives. The first objective was to compare UC and SEC samples and identify DEGs from native EVs. The second objective was to analyze DEG functional annotation between isolation methods to understand their impact on EV content in biological processes and cellular components. The last objective was to investigate the protein-protien interactions (PPI) between the differentially expressed genes. To investigate the effects of EVs isolation methods at the transcriptional level, RNA-seq data were analyzed from a dataset of three different cell lines, including human lung epithelial cells (HTB-177), umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC), and cardiac progenitor cells (CPC). RNA-seq analysis used an available transcriptomic dataset of EV samples isolated by UC and SEC methods. It identified 10, 15509, and 8995 DEGs from HTB, HUVEC, and CPC, respectively, and mapped them to pathways using EnrichR software. The study found that isolation methods and cell line sources affect analysis results. EnrichR analysis revealed the isolation method's impact on exosomal RNA content and regulation of biological processes.

  • 2.
    Ahammu, Sanuja
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Quantitative gut microbiome profile of children growing up on farms2021Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Low rates of allergy are observed in children growing up on a farm, but the factors that contribute to this protective effect are unclear. This study aimed to investigate if living on a farm alters the infant gut microbiota and thereby reduces the risk of developing allergic diseases in later childhood. This study was based on the prospective Farmflora cohort, which included 28 children living on a farm and 35 control children living in a rural area, who were followed from birth to 8 years of age. The gut microbiota was analyzed from 122 fecal samples collected from 48 children during the first 6 months after birth, using quantitative microbiome profiling. This novel method integrates 16S rRNA gene sequencing data with total bacterial load to obtain absolute counts of bacterial abundance. A significant increase in microbial diversity was seen in the gut microbiota of all the infants in the cohort over the first 6 months after birth. Similar alpha and beta diversity levels were observed in the farm and the control children. However, Sutterella, Megasphaera, and Dorea were more abundant in the gut microbiota of farm children. It has previously been observed that the farm environment was associated with low rates of allergy in children at 3 years. Taxa Akkermansia was more abundant in the gut microbiota of infants who were evaluated with allergy at 3 years. In addition, children who were healthy at 8 years had a higher abundance of Bifidobacterium in their gut microbiota at 6 months of age. However, the abundance of Bifidobacterium could not be linked to farm residence in this study. The findings were consistent with previous studies which link the higher abundance of Sutterella, Dorea, and Megasphaera with protection against allergic diseases. In conclusion, the study observed differences in the gut microbiota of children growing up on a farm, who have low rates of allergy, and showed Bifidobacterium may be protective against allergy development.

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  • 3.
    Ahmad, Ansar
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Evaluation of pipelines for analysis of next-generation sequencing data from CRISPR experiments2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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  • 4.
    Ahmed, Suud
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    The battle against sepsis: exploring the genotypic diversity of pseudomonas and proteus clinical isolates2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sepsis is a dangerous and potentially fatal condition that has a mysterious origin, underscoring the significance of prompt and accurate diagnosis and treatment. Bacterial whole-genome sequencing, which is widely used in clinical microbiology, stands at the forefront of sequencing technologies, particularly to combat sepsis. The aim of this thesis is to improve sepsis treatment by examining the genetic characteristics and drug resistance patterns of the common sepsis-causing bacteria Pseudomonas and Proteus spp., by analyzing the whole-genome sequencing data of bacterial isolates using an in-house-developed pipeline. The result was compared with a commercial cloud-based platform from 1928 Diagnostic (Gothenburg, Sweden), as well as the results from a clinical laboratory. Using Illumina HiSeq X next-generation sequencing technology, whole-genome data from 88 isolates of Pseudomonas and Proteus spp. was obtained. The isolates were obtained during a prospective observational study of community-onset severe sepsis and septic shock in adults at Skaraborg Hospital in Sweden's western region. The collected isolates were characterized using approved laboratory techniques, such as phenotypic antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) in accordance with EUCAST guidelines and species identification by MALDI-TOF MS analysis. The species identification result matched the phenotypic method, with the exception of two isolates from Pseudomonas samples and four isolates from Proteus samples. When benchmarking the in-house pipeline and 1928 platform for Pseudomonas spp., predicted 97% of the isolates were resistant to at least one class of the tested antibiotics, of which 94% shows multi-drug resistance. In phenotypes, 88% of the isolates had at least one antibiotic resistance future, of which 68% shows multi-drug resistance. The most prevalent sequence types (STs) identified were ST 3285 and ST111 (9.3%) and ST564 and ST17 (6.98%) each, and both pipelines accurately predicted the number of multilocus types. The in-house pipeline reported 9820 Pseudomonas virulence genes, with PhzB1, a metabolic factor, being the most common gene. It was discovered that there was a significant correlation between the virulence factor gene count and the multilocus sequence typing (MLST) (p = 0.00001). With a Simpson's Diversity Index of 0.98, the urine culture specimens showed the greatest ST diversity. Plasmids were detected in twelve samples (20.93%) in total. In general, this study provided a detailed description of the bacterial future for Pseudomonas and Proteus organisms using WGS data. This research shows the applicability of the in-house and 1928 pipelines in the identification of sepsis-causing organisms with accuracy. It also showed the need for an organized and easy-to-use international pipeline to implement and analyze WGS bacterial data and to compare it with laboratory results as needed.

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  • 5.
    Al Shobky, Mohamed
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Utilization of cancer-specific genome-scale metabolic models in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas for biomarkers discovery and patient stratification2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 40 credits / 60 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinomas initiates in the exocrine part of the pancreatic tissue and represents over 90% of all the pancreatic cancers. Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinomas are extremely aggressive and are one of the most lethal malignant neoplasms. The five-year relative survival is currently less than 8% of the patients. The main reason behind such a low survival rate is that most of the cases are diagnosed at a very late stage. Although substantial advancement in pancreatic cancer research has been done, there has not been any remarkable significance in the mortality to incidence ratio. This is mainly a result of the scarce of early diagnostic characteristic symptoms and reliable biomarkers besides the unresponsiveness to the treatments. In this study, transcriptomics and proteomics data were used for the construction of a genome-scale metabolic model that was used in the detection of altered metabolic pathways, genes and metabolites using gene set analysis and reporter metabolites analysis. As a result, altered metabolic pathways in PDAC tumours were detected, including the lipid metabolism-related pathways as well as carbohydrate metabolism, in addition to nucleotide metabolism, which are considered as potential candidates for diagnostic biomarkers. Moreover, classification of the filtered DIRAC tightly regulated network genes, based on their prognostic values from the pathology atlas, detected two groups of PDAC patients that have significantly different survival outcome. The differential expression analysis of the two groups showed that six of the eight genes used in clustering were showing significantly altered expression, which suggests their importance in PDAC patient stratification. As a conclusion, this study shows the valuable outcome of the GEM reconstructions and other systems-level analyses for elucidating the underlying altered metabolic mechanisms of PDAC. Such analyses results should provide more insights into the biomarker discovery and developing of potential treatments.

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  • 6.
    Alade, Larry
    et al.
    University of Massachusetts.
    Barbosa, Alexandra
    ANICP.
    Bartolino, Valerio
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Beggs, Steven
    Agri-food and Biosciences Institute.
    Bergenius, Mikaela
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Casini, Michele
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Clarke, Maurice
    Marine Institute Rinville.
    Coers, Aukje
    Pelagic RAC Secretariat.
    Deroba, Jonathan
    Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
    Dickey-Collas, Mark
    Wageningen IMARES.
    Enberg, Katja
    Institute of Marine Research.
    Gårdmark, Anna
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
    Gudmundsdóttir, Asta
    Marine Research Institute.
    Hansson, Sture
    University of Stockholm.
    Hatfield, Emma
    Marine Scotland Science Marine Laboratory.
    Hintzen, Niels
    Wageningen IMARES.
    Holmgren, Noél
    University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre.
    Hoines, Åge
    Institute of Marine Research.
    Arge Jacobsen, Jan
    Faroe Marine Research Institute.
    Keating, James
    Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology.
    Krysov, Alexander
    Knipovich Polar Research Institute of Marine Fisheries and Oceanography (PINRO).
    Maersk Lusseau, Susan
    Marine Scotland Science Marine Laboratory.
    Mäntyniemi, Samu
    University of Helsinki.
    McCulla, Alan
    Anglo North Irish Fish Producers' Organization.
    Miller, David
    Wageningen IMARES.
    Mosegård, Henrik
    DTU Aqua - National Institute of Aquatic Resources.
    O'Donoghue, Sean
    Killybegs Fishermen's Organization Ltd..
    Olesen, Christian
    Danish Pelagic Producers' Organization.
    Payne, Mark
    DTU Aqua - National Institute of Aquatic Resources Section for Fisheries Advice.
    Pönni, Jukka
    Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.
    Power, Michael
    St Andrew's Biological Station.
    Raitaniemi, Jari
    Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute.
    Riveiro, Isabel
    Instituto Español de Oceanografia Centro .
    Roel, Beatriz
    Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
    Rohlf, Norbert
    Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries Institute for Sea Fisheries.
    Schoute, Barbara
    International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.
    Schön, Pieter-Jan
    Agri-food and Biosciences Institute.
    Silva, Alexandra
    INRB-IPIMAR.
    Timoshenko, Nikolay
    AtlantNIRO.
    Trenkel, Verena
    Ifremer Nantes Centre.
    Report of the Benchmark Workshop on Pelagic Stocks (WKPELA 2012), 13–17 February 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark2012Report (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Al-Bayati, Omar
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. Baghdad university.
    Optimizing the Fluorescence In situ hybridization technique for a more rapid inspection of Sepsis causative pathogens by employing DNA probes2014Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Abstract

    Sepsis is a serious clinical condition that is characterized by a systemic inflammatory response syndrome resulting from a known or suspected infection. The major clinical symptoms involve an abnormal WBC count, elevated body temperature, respiration and pulse rate. Reported cases with high mortality rate range between 13 - 20 million. In order to treat Sepsis, the detection of bacteria in blood culture is extremely crucial. Treating patients with broad spectrum antibiotics is usually related to adverse effects, drug resistance, increased mortality, and high cost. In the past decades, researches had detected that E. coli and S. aureus are the major role players that cause sepsis. These microbes are molecularly tested by methods like MALDI TOF, FISH and Microarrays.  

    In this analysis, DNA fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assessment for the identification of S. aureus, one of the most frequent blood pathogens, was optimized in the labs of Högskolan i Skövde. As a result, the growth of S. aureus was observed very carefully, optimizing the FISH procedure for gram positive bacteria was done and the sensitivity, stability and specificity of the DNA probe were examined under variant conditions like the continuous decrease in the bacteria cells number and utilizing a mixture of different types of bacteria cells. 

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  • 8.
    Alborgeba, Zainab
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Development and evaluation of a cost-effectiveness analysis model for sepsis diagnosis2020Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction that is caused by a dysregulated host response to infection. Sepsis is a substantial health care and economic burden worldwide and is one of the most common reasons for admission to the hospital and intensive care unit. Early diagnosis and targeted treatment of sepsis are the bases to reduce the mortality and morbidity. Conventional blood culturing is the gold standard method for sepsis diagnostics. However, blood culturing is a time consuming method, requiring at least 48 to 72 hours to get the first results with very low sensitivity and specificity. The aim of this study was to determine and assess the direct sepsis-related costs for PCR-based diagnostic strategies (SeptiFast and POC/LAB). A mathematical model was constructed to compare PCR-based diagnostic strategies with the conventional blood culturing. Three case scenarios were investigated based on data from the United Kingdom, Spain and the Czech Republic. It was found that, POC/LAB was the most cost effective strategy in all countries if it could reduce the hospitalization length of stay with at least 3 days in the normal hospital ward and 1 day in the intensive care unit. Reducing the hospitalization length of stay had the greatest impact on the economic outcomes. While, reducing the costs of the diagnostic strategies did not show a remarkable effect on the economic results. In conclusion, the findings suggest that PCR-rapid diagnostic methods could be cost-effective for the diagnosis of patients with sepsis if they could reduce the hospitalization length of stay.

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  • 9.
    Alekseev, Ilia
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Exploratory analysis of immunological responses in wild and laboratory mice2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The use of mice as a model organism in biomedical research is widespread due to their similarities with humans in anatomy and physiology. However, the genetic isolation of inbred strains from natural populations raises concerns about the reliability of these models. Studies have shown differences in immune responses between wild and laboratory mice, and the use of exploratory tools for large datasets can help to analyze and interpret these differences. The aim statistical analysis of dataset can provide insights into the differences between variables and individuals and guide further investigations. The results showed that LDA provided clear separation between the different groups, and successfully differentiated between stimulation types and mouse strains, with distinct clustering of data points. The KNN algorithm performed best for smaller values of K. However, the selected gender characteristic did not possess strong discriminatory power in separation and further investigation into alternative features or methodologies may be necessary. In conclusion, the aim of providing comparative immunological analysis of wild and laboratory mice types is achieved. This study underscores the importance of careful statistical analysis, acknowledges the limitations of imputation methods, and highlights the potential of LDA and KNN algorithms in analyzing immune response data. As well, highlighting the need for improved models that are able to capture the complexities of immune responses and their relevance to human immunology.

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  • 10.
    Alex, Dona
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Transcriptomic analysis of stimulated and unstimulated naïve B cells of healthy donors and CVID patients2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a primary immune deficiency present in about 1 in 25,000 people, characterized by recurrent infections, low serum immunoglobulin (Ig) levels (IgG, IgA, and sometimes IgM), and reduced vaccine responses. It is genetically a heterogeneous illness that often affects adults or teenagers and requires lifetime clinical care. CVID patients experience recurrent or chronic sinopulmonary tract infections, gastrointestinal disorders, and malignancies. Ig reconstitution administered intravenously or subcutaneously is the main treatment. Although the fundamental causes of CVID are still undefined, studies suggest that a variety of variables, including impaired somatic hypermutation (SHM), B cell maturation, primary B cell dysfunctions, abnormalities in T cells, and antigen-presenting cells are implicated. Understanding the molecular mechanisms driving this disease's genome regulation requires a deep understanding of the gene expression. It is today possible to study both coding and non-coding sections of RNA using next-generation RNA-seq, which allows detecting differentially expressed genes in massive amounts of data, particularly in multifaceted illnesses like CVID. The aim of this study was to identify the differentially expressed genes between unstimulated (ex vivo) and stimulated (in vitro) naïve B cells of CVID patients and healthy donors (HD), and also to identify the underlying biological processes by gene enrichment analysis. The results of this study showed that both in CVID and HD, the stimulated and unstimulated cells were well separated. In the gene set analysis, it was discovered that significantly enriched CVID pathways were mostly involved in immune system-related processes such as adaptive immune response, cytoplasmic translation, granulocyte activation, lymphocyte activation, and lymphocyte differentiation. Therefore, the transcriptomic analysis of this study concluded that the majority of the genes that regulate the immune cell activation process function may have a greater impact on CVID patients than on HD which helps to understand the immunological defects in CVID patients. 

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  • 11.
    Alexander, Suraj Thomas
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Study of up-regulated genes in gene clusters during formation of mature hepatocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells to identify transcription factors and mirnas2021Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The multifunctional purpose of hepatocytes, the functional liver cells within the metabolic, endocrine and secretory functions highlights key importance in emphasizing the research and treatment methods that utilize these cells. Forming 80% of the liver's cells, hepatocytes are involved in many of the primary functions of the liver including the delivery of immune response against pathogens and aiding in the detoxification of drugs. As a result, it provides a valuable basis for medical research. Through the findings of Ghosheh et al. (2017), a method of generating mature hepatocytes was achieved through the human pluripotent stem cells (HPSC), but the generation of hepatocytes in which all the genes are expressed at the right amount through this method proves to be a difficult endeavor. The primary goal of this project is to utilize the established findings to enhance and improve the efficacy of the process that goes behind the generation of mature hepatocytes. The approach towards the current project was initiated with culturing and differentiating three human embryonic stem cell lines and three human-induced pluripotent stem cell lines into mature hepatocytes. In the study mentioned, k-means clustering along with Pearson correlation as the distant measure was run in R to subdivide the top 2000 genes with the highest differential expression into 10 clusters. The cluster data from this paper was used to do the current study, in which the up-regulated and down-regulated gene were first identified for clusters 2, 4 & 6 and 9. The interactions of up-regulated genes in these clusters were further analyzed using Enrichr to identify the different miRNAs for various genes from the clusters. Within cluster 2, a total of 8 genes showed the possibility of being regulated using 4 miRNAs. Transcription factors were also identified for cluster 2 and a combination of HNF1A, EP300, AHR, NFKB1 and HIF1A could repress 8 genes that were not repressed by miRNAs. In cluster 4 & 6, most of the up-regulated genes showcased tumorigenicity and all 20 genes identified could be regulated with the combination of 7 miRNAs. In cluster 9, a combination of 11 miRNAscould be used to regulate 26 out of 27 genes that were analyzed. Ensuring that stem cell products do not turn cancerous is a priority in the medical field. Conducting the analyses of the other clusters aside from 2, 4 & 6 and 9 will prove highly beneficial in reducing the risks pertaining to stem cell mutation due to overexpression of genes.

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  • 12.
    Ali, Nada
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Stress response in cancer cell lines2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Globally, the cases of cancer have been on the rise. This has led to increasing research to find a lasting solution to carcinogenesis. The increase in cancer cases can be due to a change in people’s lifestyles, such as diet and exercise routines which have changed for the worse. In most farms, chemicals as pesticides are added to plants to fasten their growth. These chemicals are carcinogenic, contributing to the increased number of cancer cases worldwide.

    The objective of this research was to observe the cell response of brain, pancreatic, and breast cancer cells to different cortisol levels/concentrations. The three cell lines of interest in this research and present in the mentioned types of cancer are T-47D, PANC-1, and T98G. Their dynamics and roles are identified in this study. Cortisol excretion concentrations during stress and cancer growth are also monitored and compared. Additionally, the study solves the unpredictability of the impacts of stress on the three cancer types.

    The three experimental setups in this study were as follows: 1. Breast cancer cells, obtained from a 54 year old woman with metastatic carcinoma. 2. Brain cancer cells, obtained from a 61 year old female with neuroblastoma. 3. Pancreatic cancer cells, obtained from a 56 year old male with metastatic carcinoma. The cells in the above setups were treated with cortisol in order to see what effect this induced stress has on cell growth.

    The findings of the study concluded higher cortisol concentration increased cancer growth and spread within the body. This was that all three cancer cell types saw an increased effect of cortisol at either 24 hours or 48 hours at a specific concentration, which highlights that cortisol has an important role to play in cancer cells viability.

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  • 13.
    Ali, Sihaam
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Genotypic biodiversity of clinical haemophilus influenzae isolates from patients with suspected community-onset sepsis, Sweden2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Sepsis is defined as a syndrome of life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to an infection. Early detection of sepsis and immediate treatment with antibiotics is critical for patient outcomes. Haemophilus influenzae (H. influenzae) is a gram-negative bacteria known to be a human-adapted pathogen that may cause a variety of communityacquired infections such as sepsis. A rapid increase in beta-lactam resistance in H. influenzae has been noticed and has become a major problem in clinical care. By implementing bacterial whole genome sequencing (WGS) in the clinical laboratory, it can provide a great amount of information such as species identification, serotype identification, antimicrobial resistance prediction, typing for epidemiologic purposes and tracking infectious disease outbreaks. The aim of this study was to analyze WGS data for clinical H. influenzae isolates using an in-house developed bioinformatic pipeline and an automated 1928 Diagnostics platform to evaluate and compare the predicted results in terms of species identification, prediction of resistance and virulence genes. Furthermore, the predicted genotypic antibiotic resistance genes were compared to the phenotypic antimicrobial susceptibility testing obtained from the clinical laboratory. For the in-house developed pipeline, the analysis of H. influenzae WGS data started with quality control and preprocessing (trimming) of FASTQ files. Following, de novo assembly and quality assessment of assembled contigs and lastly gene annotation tools were performed. For 1928 Diagnostics, the untrimmed FASTQ files were uploaded to the 1928 platform. Species identification resulted in a high agreement of predicted H. influenzae for both phenotypic and genotypic methods except for one sample that may have been contaminated. The analysis of antibiotic resistance genes resulted in both in-house developed pipeline and 1928 Diagnostics having a high agreement regarding the prediction of broad-spectrum beta-lactamase in six clinical isolates, all of which predicted bla TEM-1B. The four most common sequence types found in the MLST analysis from the in-house pipeline were ST159, ST388, ST14 and ST12. The analysis of virulence genes yielded a large number of different virulence genes and each of the identified virulence genes codes a specific function that is crucial to the pathogenesis of H. influenzae. In conclusion, the obtained results provide valuable insights into using WGS-based analysis as a reliable tool for determining the pathogen characteristics in clinical bacterial isolates.

  • 14.
    Ali, Umer Shaukat
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Development of a qPCR method for detection and quantification of Ustilago nuda and COX1 gene in Barley seeds2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Barley loose smut caused by the fungal pathogen Ustilago nuda is a global concern with detrimental effects on barley production. Early detection of this infection is vital for effective disease supervision. However, current seed health testing protocols suffer from limitations in terms of time and efficiency. The present research work aimed to produce a method using qPCR for simultaneous screening of barley and U. nuda. A set of primers, 1F and 1R, was employed for the detection of rRNA operon internal transcribed spacer 1 sequence from U. nuda and a part of the COX1 gene, present in barley seeds, was selected as an internal control for comparison with U. nuda. A specific 79 bp target amplicon from a part of the COX1 gene was successfully amplified using COX1 F and COX1 R primers, and cloned into a vector for standard curve generation. However, attempts to replicate the previously published qPCR method by bachelor researcher for U. nuda internal transcribed spacer 1 sequence detection using 1F and 1R primers were unsuccessful. Several efforts were made to reproduce the results, but amplification was not observed. Further optimization, including literature review, primers and probe optimization is required to improve this method. The successful amplification of a part of the COX1 gene in both normal and infected samples underscore its potential as a reliable internal control. However, further research is necessary to refine the detection of U. nuda. This study underscores the need for continuous advancements in disease screening methodologies to meet global market demands.

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  • 15.
    Aliakbari, Massume
    et al.
    Department of Crop Production and Plant Breeding, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
    Cohen, Stephen P.
    Department of Plant Pathology, The Ohio State University, USA.
    Lindlöf, Angelica
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Shamloo-Dashtpagerdi, Roohollah
    Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Higher Education Center of Eghlid, Iran.
    Rubisco activase A (RcaA) is a central node in overlapping gene network of drought and salinity in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and may contribute to combined stress tolerance2021In: Plant physiology and biochemistry (Paris), ISSN 0981-9428, E-ISSN 1873-2690, Vol. 161, p. 248-258Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Co-occurrence of abiotic stresses, especially drought and salinity, is a natural phenomenon in field conditions and is worse for crop production than any single stress. Nowadays, rigorous methods of meta-analysis and systems biology have made it possible to perform cross-study comparisons of single stress experiments, which can uncover main overlapping mechanisms underlying tolerance to combined stress. In this study, a meta-analysis of RNA-Seq data was conducted to obtain the overlapping gene network of drought and salinity stresses in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), which identified Rubisco activase A (RcaA) as a hub gene in the dual-stress response. Thereafter, a greenhouse experiment was carried out using two barley genotypes with different abiotic stress tolerance and evaluated several physiochemical properties as well as the expression profile and protein activity of RcaA. Finally, machine learning analysis was applied to uncover relationships among combined stress tolerance and evaluated properties. We identified 441 genes which were differentially expressed under both drought and salinity stress. Results revealed that the photosynthesis pathway and, in particular, the RcaA gene are major components of the dual-stress responsive transcriptome. Comparative physiochemical and molecular evaluations further confirmed that enhanced photosynthesis capability, mainly through regulation of RcaA expression and activity as well as accumulation of proline content, have a significant association with combined drought and salinity stress tolerance in barley. Overall, our results clarify the importance of RcaA in combined stress tolerance and may provide new insights for future investigations. 

  • 16.
    Almgren, Ingrid
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. studingrid@gmail.com.
    Challenging the dual coding theory: Does Affective Information Play a Greater Role in Abstract Compared to Concrete Word Processing?2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    It has long been held that concrete material has a processing advantage over abstract material, as predicted by Dual Coding Theory (Paivio,1991), although this has been challenged. For example, based on evidence for behavioural and neuroscientific studies, Kousta,, Vigliocco, Vinson, & Del Campo, (2011) proposed that emotional valance had a greater influence in the processing of abstract words, and that under some circumstances there may be no concreteness effect and might even be an abstractness effect. This would not be predicted by DCT. In addition, Isen and Daubman (1984) have claimed that emotional valence, and particularly positive emotion can influence cognitive processing. Specifically, they demonstrated that positive emotion was associated with more inclusive categorization of ambiguous category members. This current study was a 2 x 2 between group design to investigate the effect of positive and negative valence on recognition memory for concrete and abstract words and on categorization. Contrary to what was predicted by Dual Coding Theory, abstract words were generally better recognized than concrete, with there being an additional interaction with valence. A significant interaction between word type and valence on categorization was also found. Results partially support Kousta et al. (2011).

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  • 17.
    Aloysius Gomez, Sherin
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    CARD8 knockdown alters cholesterol crystal-induced inflammatory cytokine release in endothelial cells2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    One of the main components of atherosclerotic plaque is the production and accumulation of cholesterol crystals (CCs), which could serve as a biomarker of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory artery disease that is the root cause of myocardial infarction and stroke. Endothelial dysfunction is one of the main contributors to the development of atherosclerosis. The aim of the study was to investigate whether Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells (HUVECs) can uptake CCs and to examine CCs-induced inflammatory response in HUVECs. Using molecular and functional techniques, the distinctive characteristic of CC-mediated immune response was discovered in HUVECs. CCs were mostly taken up by HUVECs by macropinocytosis and phagocytosis. CCs were found to induce Signal Transducer of Activators of Transcription (STAT) 3 phosphorylation and Interleukin (IL)-6 release in HUVEC. In addition, Caspase activation and recruitment domain 8 (CARD8) knockdown drastically reduced CCs uptake and CCs induced IL-6 expression in HUVECs. Moreover, the stem cell growth factor (SCGF)-b protein release was downregulated in response to CCs. IL-1A and Colony Stimulating Factor (CSF) 2 were identified as the topmost hub nodes interacting with all other differentially expressed proteins. A significant increase in neutrophil adhesion on HUVECS was found in response to CCs and conditioned medium from CCs-treated HUVECs. In conclusion, the study findings suggest that the CCs induceSTAT3-mediated IL-6 release and neutrophil adhesion, thereby promoting inflammation in HUVECs.

  • 18.
    Alteryd, Olivia
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Think your pain away: The neurochemistry of placebo analgesia2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Placebo treatments are inert but are known to alleviate symptoms across numerous clinical conditions. One of the most studied placebo effects is placebo analgesia, which is a placebo effect limited to pain relief. This thesis aims to introduce the current state of research regarding the neuroscience of placebo analgesia and specifically to present research findings regarding the neurotransmission. Studies have demonstrated that placebo analgesia can be elicited through two separate processes interacting with each other; manipulation of expectations and through conditioning. These processes seem to affect neurotransmission in different ways. Many brain areas have been found to be correlated to placebo analgesia. Besides the pain-processing brain areas, studies point to that the prefrontal cortex can have a vital role in the placebo analgesic effect. Known neurotransmitters that have shown to be involved in placebo analgesia are endogenous opioids, cholecystokinin (CCK), and endocannabinoids. Studies point to that endogenous opioids are involved in the placebo analgesic effect when elicited by expectation or conditioned by an opioid drug. CCK act on placebo analgesia by affecting the release of endogenous opioids and endocannabinoids seem to be involved in placebo analgesia while it occurs due to conditioning with non-opioid drugs. Getting a better understanding of placebo analgesia and find ways to apply this knowledge in the clinical context could powerfully develop the whole medical society.

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  • 19.
    Andersson, Carolin
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Lokalisering av framtida områden med värdekärnor i barrskog för tretåig hackspett och svartmes: En artjämförelse och landskapsanalys i Götene, Karlsborg och Skövde kommun2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Today, large population reductions occur for many species due to the lack of habitats. Based on this, it is of great importance to strengthen green infrastructure throughout the landscape and especially in such areas where there is currently a shortage of habitats for various animal and plant species. Value core is the primary indicator for describing qualities in the landscape and can, for example, consist of a key biotope in the forest. The three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) is generally considered a specialist in coniferous forest and the black tit (Periparus ater) is also considered a distinct coniferous forest species. The purpose of the study is to investigate whether there are areas in Götene, Karlsborg and Skövde municipalities that can expand / improve coniferous forest areas with core values. This is done by performing a landscape analysis and comparing the living conditions between the two coniferous forest species, the threetoed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus) and the black tit (Periparus ater). The goal is to try to improve areas with core values in the municipalities concerned in the long term in order to increase the occurrence of the species and the probability of survival. Data for core values, deforestation reports and average height of trees have been analyzed in ArcMap for possible threats to the species' habitat and location of potential future habitat areas. Karlsborg municipality has disturbed the area of value cores and at least felling reports. Skövde municipality has a smaller area of value cores and more felling reports compared to Karlsborg. Götene municipality has the least area of value cores and the most felling reports. Skövde municipality has disturbed area of potential future areas with core values for both species. Karlsborg municipality has slightly less than Skövde and Götene municipality has mined area of potential future areas with value cores for both species. The results of this study cannot be considered as more than a first step in the work of trying to locate future areas with value cores for the threetoed woodpecker and the black tit. For future work, it would be of interest to inventory the "potentially future areas" in the field and thus determine whether this working method is something that can be applied in more municipalities and possibly other bird species to find potential future areas with value cores for species.

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  • 20.
    Andersson, Christoffer
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    PELICAN: a PipELIne, including a novel redundancy-eliminating algorithm, to Create and maintain a topicAl family-specific Non-redundant protein database2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The increasing number of biological databases today requires that users are able to search more efficiently among as well as in individual databases. One of the most widespread problems is redundancy, i.e. the problem of duplicated information in sets of data. This thesis aims at implementing an algorithm that distinguishes from other related attempts by using the genomic positions of sequences, instead of similarity based sequence comparisons, when making a sequence data set non-redundant. In an automatic updating procedure the algorithm drastically increases the possibility to update and to maintain the topicality of a non-redundant database. The procedure creates a biologically sound non-redundant data set with accuracy comparable to other algorithms focusing on making data sets non-redundant

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  • 21.
    Andersson, Loa
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Where can the Vendace (Coregonus albula) live during the least favourable period of the summer stratification in Lake Mälaren?2023Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Temporal stratification in lakes due to high air temperatures and dynamic wind conditions changes the environment for organisms in the depth gradient. For fish that have narrow requirements for temperature and oxygen conditions, stratification can lead to a significant reduction in habitat volume during the summer when surface temperatures are high. In Sweden, temporal stratification occurs between July and October. The vendace (Coregonus albula) is a cold-water fish that is found in several waters around Sweden. In Lake Mälaren, there is targeted commercial fishing for the species, but the total annual catch has drastically decreased in recent decades. Shrinking habitats and longer periods of temporal stratification during the summer could be a partial explanation. Understanding and predicting changes of the vendace populationin Lake Mälaren requires mapping of available habitat during the summer temporal stratification. This study has investigated the worst habitat conditions in terms of habitat thickness for vendace during the years 2017-2022 in Lake Mälaren based on the habitat requirements temperature ≤18 °C and DO concentration ≥2 mg/L. The spatial distribution in two basins where analysed. The results showed that the vendace had limited available habitat in three of seven water bodies investigated (habitat thickness ≤2.5 m). The spatial analysis of the two basins showed that habitat volume represented 41 % and 11 % of the total volume of water in each basin. The available habitat of the vendace during the summer temporal stratification in Lake Mälaren is thus limited in parts of the lake.

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  • 22.
    Andersson, Maja
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    The Physiological Effects of Long-term Unemployment2019Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The stress system is essential for humans and other organisms to survive. However, when stress is prolonged it can have pathological effects on the brain. To experience long-term unemployment is often stressful, for it has been shown to correlate with depression, low self- esteem, learned helplessness and self-destructive behavior. Long-term unemployment also seems to have physiological consequences, for it has been shown to correlate with cortisol dysregulation. The hippocampus is a highly adaptable part of the brain located in the temporal lobe and is long known for its sensitivity to cortisol dysregulation due to stress. The aim of this thesis is to study how long-term unemployment affects physical and psychological well- being, focusing in particular upon finding out whether it affects the hippocampus. The results suggest that that the kind of stress caused by long-term unemployment is similar to the stress affecting the hippocampus. It thus seems to be a reasonably hypothesis that long-term unemployment has a negative influence upon the brain, and the hippocampus in particular.However, there is an additional issue that one needs to take into account. For some studies have shown that people with poor mental health are more likely to be unemployed. If poor mental health is associated with physiological disorders (including a damaged hippocampus), this implies that not only can long-term unemployment (via stress) affect the hippocampus, but a damaged hippocampus (along with other physiological factors) can increase the probability to become unemployed. This means that the relationship between long-term unemployment and a damaged hippocampus need not be a one-way causal relationship.

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  • 23.
    Arif Jahangir, Chowdhury
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Role of BACH1 in regulation of antioxidant mediated metastasis in lung cancer2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Consumption of antioxidant supplements is widely popular worldwide mainly because of their supposed anticancer benefits. Though these benefits against cancer are highly advertised by supplement industry and a well stablished perception in general population, there are not enough studies to support those claims. In fact, several studies have pinpointed antioxidants’ role in promoting tumor proliferation and migration in multiple types of cancer. Nevertheless, the mechanisms behind how antioxidants are actually mediating these events is largely unknown. This study aims to investigate how antioxidants are affecting lung cancer cells migration and to decipher the involvement of the transcription factor BACH1 in it. In this study, effect of antioxidant supplementation on three human Non-small-cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) cell lines were investigated. Antioxidant administration was found to increase cell migration and BACH1 expression in all of them. Effect of inactivation and over activation of BACH1 confirmed significant relation between antioxidant induced migration and BACH1 expression. Along with increased migration, antioxidants increased glycolysis in the cells in a Bach1 dependent manner. Activation of NRF2, the master regulator of endogenous antioxidant expression had also been found to increase migration through up regulation of BACH1. Overall findings of this study confirm Bach1’s role in antioxidant-induced migration in lung cancer from different directions and provides a broader understanding how redox status of cancer cells influence their metastatic ability.

  • 24.
    Arnesén, Lisa
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Vems landskap ska förändras för att öka den biologiska mångfalden?: En studie av skillnaderna i odlingslandskapets konnektivitet med avseende på två skyddsvärda arter med olika preferenser2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Organisms relevant for nature conservation dont follow administrative borders. Because of this there is a need for a landscape perspective within conservation and planning, and a need for the species of interest to have legal protection. Network analysis adapted for ecological purposes has grown to become a powerful tool for studying and communicating the relationships between species dispersion and access to habitat. In this study the following question is posed: How is the Osmoderma eremita and the Pernis apivorus dispersal possibilities in the small scale cultivated landscape of Borås affected by exploitation in respect to a) dispersal ability, b) habitat quality, c) position of habitat patches in a network? The analysis were based on municipal and regional nature conservation data, which in due to confidentiality is not accounted for in the report by maps, coordinates, etc. Several networks were established for both species to indicate how habitat patches are distributed today and how the species dispersal changes depending on which patches are excluded – this was done to imitate how exploitation can affect the species future survival and dispersion. The results showed that the O.e. is mainly inhibited by its poor dispersal abilities, followed by patch position, while the P.a. is the most affected by degrading habitat quality. The most important conclusions of the study were that the O.e. natural dispersal may be restricted but can be improved by linking small network components together and by maintaining the largest components. As for the P.a. it was concluded that a different type of analysis, focusing on its behaviour and need for different patches for different purposes, would generate more interesting results.

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  • 25.
    Ashokkumar, Eswari
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Transcriptional response of enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) in freshwater microcosms2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a water-borne pathogen that causes diarrhoea. ETEC expresses virulence factors such as heat labile toxin (LT), and/or heat stable toxin (ST) that cause diarrhoea. ETEC also express colonization factors that enable attachment to the host epithelium. However, many of the virulence genes that are activated when the bacteria are exposed to stressful conditions are still unknown. In this study, the main focus was to analyse the survival of ETEC strain E2265 in an inefficient nutrient and stressful condition (freshwater) for a prolonged period in order to identify genes that are involved in mechanisms for survival. To thoroughly understand these mechanisms and particular gene activation in freshwater, transcriptomic analysis of ETEC strain E2265 was performed using Illumina paired-end RNA sequencing and differential expressed genes were analyzed using the programming language R. The results showed that genes responsible for metabolic mechanisms, cell repair and biofilm formation were activated after long period incubation in order to adapt and survive in a stressful environment (freshwater). It also indicate that the ETEC strain E2265 can survive in freshwater for long periods and remain culturable. During the more extended period the plasmid borne toxins (LT and ST) remained stable in the genome but not activated by the environmental conditions apart from a short burst of upregulated expression after 2 hours of incubation in freshwater. Also, biofilm formation of E2265 was identified, which is a thin protective layer formed by group of bacteria and genes involved in biofilm formation were activated. The results suggest that ETEC strain E2265 are able to survive for months in freshwater without losing plasmid virulence genes and that genes expression are actively modulated during different phases in early stages of freshwater incubation.

  • 26.
    Asikainen, Anniina
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Evaluation of manual and robotic MiRNA extraction And detecting miR-seps4 in human plasma for early sepsis diagnosis2022Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Sepsis is a life-threatening condition in which a dysregulated immune response causes damage to the patient’s organs. The condition moves fast leaving little time for diagnosis and starting treatment. Early diagnosis would help save lives and reduce the amount of antibiotics used. The aim of this study was to compare manual and robotic extractions for miRNA extraction and to quantify miR-seps4, a possible biomarker for sepsis, from human plasma. During the first part of the study manual extractions done by hand and robotic extractions done using QIAcube (Qiagen) of miRNA using the miRNeasy Serum/Plasma Advanced Kit (Qiagen) were compared using the quantity and purity of RNA they produced. Then two-tailed RT-qPCR was optimised for human plasma spiked with synthetic miR-seps4. The final objective was to use these methods to test whether two-tailed RT-qPCR could be used to identify and quantify miR-seps4 from non-spiked human plasma using the absolute quantification method. The QIAcube (Qiagen) extractions gave a higher concentration of RNA while manual RNA extractions had a higher purity A successfully optimised standard curve was made using synthetic miR-seps4 though the melt curve showed contamination and possible non-specific products. Non-spiked RNA extractions showed successful amplification of miR-seps4 that could be quantified through the absolute quantification method. This makes miR-seps4 a good target for further research and a possible addition to a multi-marker panel for early diagnosis of sepsis. 

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  • 27.
    Asker, Mohammed
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Real-time measurement of locus coeruleus (LC) activity during eating and mild stress with fiber photometry2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Stress has been always associated with a deviating than normal feeding behavior. Both over-eating and under-eating accompanied by altered food choice towards palatable food have been reported in response to stress. The neuronal pathways that link stress with eating are still unclear. Locus Coeruleus (LC) is the main endogenous norepinephrine (NE) secreting nucleus. It lies in the center of the stress response mediating arousal state. LC-NE nucleus with its widespread innervations throughout the brain can modulate brain mechanisms linked with motivation towards food. In this study, the aim was to study the activity of NE neurons in the LC in relation to stress and food intake. The hypothesis was that NE neurons are activated by mild stressors and that this activity drives food intake. Because the association between LC activity and food intake is observational by nature, it is not expected to demonstrate a causal link but to show findings consistent with this hypothesis. Another aim was to standardize the photometry measurements and an analysis paradigm. In response to a stressor, animals showed freezing behavior, with photometry recordings displaying a significant reduction in Ca+2 signals right after the distressing stimulus. When a stressor preceded food intake, LC-NE activity significantly decreased right after the first meal the effect that did not last to the second meal with no difference between chow and palatable food. These results highlight the involvement of LC-NE in modulating feeding behavior by integrating environmental cues and internal needs. Future investigations of distinct, projection-defined, LC-NE sub-populations may reveal more specific food and stress interactions.

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  • 28.
    Backlöf, Kalle
    University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    GROWTH CONDITIONS AND EXPERIMENTAL SETUP FOR BACTERIAL GROWTH AND THE FADING OF PHENOLPHTHALEIN IN ALKALINE SOLUTION2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    The whole project consisted of two different parts. The first subproject were running optical density measurements to assist in finding optimal growth conditions and experimental setup for use of E.coli BL21 (DE3) bacteria with the PYCARD gene transformed into them. The transformed bacteria will be used for generating data for modeling. Previous laboratory attempts had problems with timing of the exponential phase when several tests were performed simultaneously. The optimizations of a method for displaying growth include trying out using different medium but also different inoculation ratios between culture and medium to see the effects on growth rate. Results have shown that lysogeny broth together with an inoculation ratio of 1:25 results in rapid absorbance increase in the bacterial growth curves.The second part of the thesis project was to study the kinetics of fading of phenolphthalein in sodium hydroxide solution in order to provide a basis for experiments illustrating this in laboratory environment. Phenolphthalein is used in many different applications such as an active ingredient in some laxatives but the perhaps most common use is as an acid-base indicator of pH. The experiments were performed by mixing alkaline solutions of varying sodium hydroxide concentration together with sodium chloride, then after addition of phenolphthalein to study absorbance variations over time to illustrate the rate law which correlates the rate of color fade to sodium hydroxide concentration. The results have proven that they correspond directly so that increasing the concentration of sodium hydroxide raised the color fading rate just as much in percent.

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  • 29.
    Backström, Tobias
    et al.
    Evolutionary Biology Centre, Comparative Physiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden / Department of Neuroscience, Physiology Unit, Biomedical Centre (BMC), Uppsala University, Uppsala.
    Pettersson, Andreas
    Department of Food Science, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Johansson, Viktoria
    University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre.
    Winberg, Svante
    Department of Neuroscience, Physiology Unit, Biomedical Centre (BMC), Uppsala University, Uppsala.
    CRF and urotensin I effects on aggression and anxiety-like behavior in rainbow trout2011In: Journal of Experimental Biology, ISSN 0022-0949, E-ISSN 1477-9145, Vol. 214, no 6, p. 907-914Article in journal (Refereed)
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    Corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) is central in the stress response but also modulates several behaviors including anxiety-related behaviors and aggression. In this study, juvenile rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) were tested for competitive ability, determined during dyadic fights for dominance, after intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) administration of CRF, urotensin I (UI), the non-specific CRF antagonist alpha-helical RF(9-41) (ahCRF) or the CRF receptor subtype 1-specific antagonist antalarmin, when paired with a mass-matched con-specific injected with saline. In addition, isolated fish received the same substances. Plasma cortisol and brain monoamines were monitored in all fish. Most fish receiving CRF showed a conspicuous behavior consisting of flaring the opercula, opening the mouth and violent shaking of the head from side to side. When this occurred, the fish immediately forfeited the fight. Similar behavior was observed in most fish receiving UI but no effect on outcome of dyadic fights was noted. This behavior seems similar to non-ambulatory motor activity seen in rats and could be anxiety related. Furthermore, fish receiving CRF at a dose of 1000. ng became subordinate, whereas all other treatments had no effects on the outcome of dyadic fights. In addition, isolated fish receiving ahCRF had lower brain stem concentrations of 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid, serotonin, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid and dopamine. In conclusion, CRF seems to attenuate competitive ability, and both CRF and UI seem to induce anxiety-like behavior.

  • 30.
    Badam, Tejaswi V. S.
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment. Bioinformatics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping university, Sweden.
    de Weerd, Hendrik A.
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment. Bioinformatics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping university, Sweden.
    Martínez-Enguita, David
    Bioinformatics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping university, Sweden.
    Olsson, Tomas
    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Alfredsson, Lars
    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden ; Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Kockum, Ingrid
    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Jagodic, Maja
    Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Center for Molecular Medicine, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Lubovac-Pilav, Zelmina
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Gustafsson, Mika
    Bioinformatics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping university, Sweden.
    A validated generally applicable approach using the systematic assessment of disease modules by GWAS reveals a multi-omic module strongly associated with risk factors in multiple sclerosis2021In: BMC Genomics, E-ISSN 1471-2164, Vol. 22, no 1, article id 631Article in journal (Refereed)
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    Background: There exist few, if any, practical guidelines for predictive and falsifiable multi-omic data integration that systematically integrate existing knowledge. Disease modules are popular concepts for interpreting genome-wide studies in medicine but have so far not been systematically evaluated and may lead to corroborating multi-omic modules. Result: We assessed eight module identification methods in 57 previously published expression and methylation studies of 19 diseases using GWAS enrichment analysis. Next, we applied the same strategy for multi-omic integration of 20 datasets of multiple sclerosis (MS), and further validated the resulting module using both GWAS and risk-factor-associated genes from several independent cohorts. Our benchmark of modules showed that in immune-associated diseases modules inferred from clique-based methods were the most enriched for GWAS genes. The multi-omic case study using MS data revealed the robust identification of a module of 220 genes. Strikingly, most genes of the module were differentially methylated upon the action of one or several environmental risk factors in MS (n = 217, P = 10− 47) and were also independently validated for association with five different risk factors of MS, which further stressed the high genetic and epigenetic relevance of the module for MS. Conclusions: We believe our analysis provides a workflow for selecting modules and our benchmark study may help further improvement of disease module methods. Moreover, we also stress that our methodology is generally applicable for combining and assessing the performance of multi-omic approaches for complex diseases. 

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  • 31.
    Bakhtiyari, Elnaz
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Analysis of differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in neuronal cells from the cerebral cortex of Alzheimer’s disease mouse model2020Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is an aging-related neurodegenerative disorder with large implications for society and individuals. AD is a multi-factor disorder, with these factors having a direct or indirect correlation with each other. Despite many studies with different aspects on molecular and cellular pathways, there is still no specific treatment for AD. Identification of potential pathogenic factors can be done by transcriptomic studies of differentially expressed genes (DEGs), but the outcomes have been contradictory. Using both bioinformatics and meta-analysis methods can be useful for removing such inconsistencies. A useful and common approach for a better understanding of neurodegenerative disease is to assess its molecular causes, by comparing the gene expression levels in healthy and disease tissues. Next-generation RNA-sequencing is a valuable method for analyzing both coding and non-coding regions of RNA, and it has made it possible to identify differentially expressed genes in large-scale data. The aim of the current study was to get a better understanding of the transcriptional changes in AD models, and identify differentially expressed genes between healthy and AD individuals from the adult mouse brain model as well as detecting AD pathways. In this study, the transcriptomes of purified neuron, astrocyte and microglia cells from mouse brains were analyzed using publicly available RNA-seq datasets. The DEGs were identified for all three mentioned cell types using DESeq2 and EdgeR packages. All statistical analyses were performed by R software and the DEGs detected by DESeq2 and edgeR, respectively, were compared using Venn diagrams. Additionally, analyzing the AD pathway was performed using GOrilla tool for visualizing the enriched gene ontology (GO) terms in the list of ranked genes. From this project, it was found that there were very few significantly DEGs between AD and healthy samples in neuron cells, while there were more DEGs in astrocyte and microglia cells. In conclusion, comparing DESeq2 and egeR packages using Venn diagrams showed a slight advantage of DESeq2 in detection accuracy, since it was able to identify more DEGs than edgeR. Moreover, analyzing AD pathway using GOrilla tool indicated that identified enriched GO terms by each cell type differed from each other. For astrocytes, more enriched GO terms were identified than for microglia cells, while no significant enriched GO terms were detected for neuron cells.

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  • 32.
    Banks, H. T.
    et al.
    Center for Research in Scientific Computation North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, USA.
    Banks, J. E.
    Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC) California State University, Monterey Bay Seaside, CA, USA.
    Bommarco, Riccardo
    Department of Ecology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden.
    Curtsdotter, Alva
    Department of Ecology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden.
    Jonsson, Tomas
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. Department of Ecology Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Uppsala, Sweden.
    Laubmeier, A. N.
    Center for Research in Scientific Computation North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC, USA.
    Parameter estimation for an allometric food web model2017In: International journal of pure and applied mathematics, ISSN 1311-8080, E-ISSN 1314-3395, Vol. 114, no 1, p. 143-160Article in journal (Refereed)
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    The application of mechanistic models to natural systems is of interest to ecological researchers. We use the mechanistic Allometric Trophic Network (ATN) model, whichis well-studied for controlled and theoretical systems, to describe the dynamics of the aphidRhopalosiphum padi in an agricultural field. We diagnose problems that arise in a first attemptat a least squares parameter estimation on this system, including formulation of the modelfor the inverse problem and information content present in the data. We seek to establishwhether the field data, as it is currently collected, can support parameter estimation for theATN model.

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  • 33.
    Banu, Most Shova
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Investigation of the interaction of A-MYB and TCFL5 on pachytene PIWI-interacting RNA genes in two sub-species of mice, mus musculus musculus and mus musculus castaneus2023Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
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    Spermatogenesis is a complex process that involves the production of sperm cells from germ cells in order to transmit genetic information to progeny. The PIWI-interacting RNA (piRNA) is a non-coding small silencing RNA that guides the PIWI protein to silence target transposon transcripts to regulate the production of germ cells. In mammals, distinct sets of piRNAs function in gonocytes, spermatogonia, and developing spermatocytes. Coinciding with puberty, pachytene piRNAs, expressed at pachytene stage of meiosis I, silence mRNAs to regulate spermatogenesis. At the onset of meiosis I, the transcription factors A-MYB and TCFL5 initiate the transcription of pachytene piRNA genes via binding to their transcription start sites. This study aims to detect which pachytene piRNA genes are bound by these two transcription factors in two sub-species of mice, Mus Musculus musculus and Mus Musculus castaneus, and if there is a variation in binding regions between these sub-species. Here, chromatin immunoprecipitation followed by sequencing (ChIP-seq) was performed to map the binding regions of A-MYB and TCFL5 in the genomes of mouse sub-species. Three testis tissues from each sub-species were sonicated for ChIP-seq on A-MYB and three from each mouse for TCFL5. Sonication was optimized at high power for 40 cycles of 60 sec on, 30 sec off, for 1 h. After 20 cycles, lysates were transferred to a fresh tube, vortex, and sonicated for 20 more cycles. Library DNAs were average 333-360 bp, and qPCR showed enough DNA for Illumina sequencing. Analysis of sequencing data is ongoing. The transcription start sites of pachytene piRNAs could be identified after analysis.

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  • 34.
    Baxter, John
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Evaluation of Oxford nanopore’s MinION: Use, functionality, and genome assembly2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The rapid and reliable detection of pathogens is of utmost importance in healthcare settings to ensure the appropriate treatment thereby reducing morbidity and mortality for the patient. Current culturing, PCR based and NGS species detection methods are time consuming (Opota et al., 2015), limited in their detection (Buckley et al., 2015), or require specialist skills and are expensive (Basho and Eterovic., 2015). Oxford Technologies Nanopore devices could provide detailed genomic sequencing at a fraction of the cost and without the need for technical bioinformatic skills. This study evaluates the MinION device and analysis tools to suggest best practice. Classification and genotyping of 12 Klebsiella isolates were performed using EPI2ME automated workflows and manual de novo assembly.  Automated workflows using raw MinION reads provided clinically relevant information identified in ~6hrs. Manual de novo assembly and analysis used hybrid, and single source data took >24hrs. The inclusion of MinION long reads overcome problems assembling short reads. Hybrid genomes provided the most contiguous and highly detailed contigs. MinION only read assemblies contained more errors but still identified similar genotypic findings. Automated workflows are rapid and require minimal bioinformatic know-how. There should be a dialogue between clinicians and bioinformaticians to develop bespoke analysis tools.  Although challenges remain around compatible kits and vulnerable flowcells long read sequencing can be an effective tool for species detection and pathogen typing. Furthermore, hybrid assemblies have the potential to advance our genome detailing and discovery.

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  • 35.
    Bedi, Abhishek
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Impact of the new class of clinically relevant drugs: Imipridones on the migration of mantle cell Lymphoma cells2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)is a subtype of B-cell lymphoma characterized by chromosomal translocation t(11;14)(q13;q32), enhancing the expression of cyclin D1, resulting in alteration in cell cycle progression. The translocation is the key event for initiation of mantle cell lymphoma however is not sufficient for the development of the disease. Changes in the expression of the G-protein coupled receptors in different cancer types due to mutations and other regulating mechanisms can lead to changes in expression of proteins, resulting in defects in signalling pathways,favouring tumor dissemination. Growing evidences suggests that the disease progression in various B cell malignancies is due to the interactions between neoplastic B cells and stromal cells in tissue microenvironment. ONC201 is an imipridone, which is an antagonist to a type of G-protein coupled receptor: dopamine receptor D2. ONC201 has the property for inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis. The objective of the project was to investigate the migration of MCL cells towards fetal bovine serum and by this, study the impact of ONC201 on the migration of mantle cell lymphoma cells using chemotaxis assay. Theapoptotic effect of the drug was examined by detection of activecaspase-3 and cleaved PARP proteins using western blotting. The chemotaxis assay and western blot demonstrated that ONC201 inhibited migration of the mantle cell lymphoma cell lines at the concentration-dependent manner without inducing apoptosis in the cells at the investigated time point. The expression of cyclin D1 in the cells treated with ONC201 was also investigated after incubation period of 24 hours and it was observed that ONC201 plays a role in reducing cyclin D1 expression in mantle cell lymphoma cells.

  • 36.
    Behboudi, Afrouz
    et al.
    CMB-Genetics, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Levan, Göran
    CMB-Genetics, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Hedrich, Hans J.
    Zentrales Tierlabor, Medizinische Hochschule Hannover, Germany.
    Klinga-Levan, Karin
    CMB-Genetics, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    High-density marker loss of heterozygosity analysis of rat chromosome 10 in endometrial adenocarcinoma2001In: Genes, Chromosomes and Cancer, ISSN 1045-2257, E-ISSN 1098-2264, Vol. 32, no 4, p. 330-341Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Endometrial cancer is a disease with serious impact on the human population, but not much is known about genetic factors involved in this complex disease. Female BDII rats are genetically predisposed to spontaneous endometrial carcinoma, and the BDII inbred strain provides an experimental animal model for endometrial carcinoma development. In the present study, BDII females were crossed with males from two nonsusceptible inbred rat strains. Endometrial adenocarcinomas (EACs) developed in a proportion of the F1 and F2 progeny. We screened 18 EAC solid tumors and 9 EAC cell cultures for loss of heterozygosity (LOH) using fluorescent-PCR-based marker allelotyping methodology with 47 microsatellite markers covering the proximal part of rat chromosome 10 (RNO10). Conclusive evidence was obtained for LOH/deletion involving about 56 cM in the proximal part of RNO10 in DNA from six out of seven informative tumor cell cultures. Analysis of the solid tumors confirmed the presence of LOH in this part of RNO10 in 14 of 17 informative tumors. However, from the studies in the solid tumors it appeared that in fact three separate segments in the proximal part of RNO10 were affected. These three LOH/deletion regions were located approximately in cytogenetic bands 10q11-12, 10q22, and 10q24. © 2001 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

  • 37.
    Behboudi, Afrouz
    et al.
    Göteborg University Inst. of Biomedicine, Clinical Genetics, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Nordlander, Carola
    Göteborg University Inst. of Cell and Molecular Biology, Genetics, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    Klinga-Levan, Karin
    University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Karlsson, Sandra
    University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Evidence for a tumor suppressor locus distal to Tp53 – a study in experimental endometrial adenocarcinoma2007In: European Journal of Cancer Supplements, ISSN 1359-6349, E-ISSN 1878-1217, Vol. 5, no 4, p. 62-62Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Behboudi, Afrouz
    et al.
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Roshani, Leyla
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Kost-Alimova, Marija
    Microbiology and Tumor Biology Center, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Sjöstrand, Eleonor
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Montelius-Alatalo, Kerstin
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Röhme, Dan
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Klinga-Levan, Karin
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Ståhl, Fredrik
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Detailed chromosomal and radiation hybrid mapping in the proximal part of rat Chromosome 10 and gene order comparison with mouse and human2002In: Mammalian Genome, ISSN 0938-8990, E-ISSN 1432-1777, Vol. 13, no 6, p. 302-309Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The rat provides valuable and sometimes unique models of human complex diseases. To fully exploit the rat models in biomedical research, it is important to have access to detailed knowledge of the rat genome organization as well as its relation to the human genome. Rat Chromosome 10 (RNO10) harbors several important cancer-related genes. Deletions in the proximal part of RNO10 were repeatedly found in a rat model for endometrial cancer. To identify functional and positional candidate genes in the affected region, we used radiation hybrid (RH) mapping and single- and dual-color fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques to construct a detailed chromosomal map of the proximal part of RNO10. The regional localization of 14 genes, most of them cancer-related (Grin2a, Gspt1, Crebbp, Gfer, Tsc2, Tpsb1, Il9r, Il4, Irf1, Csf2, Sparc, Tp53, Thra1, Gh1), and of five microsatellite markers ( D10Mit10, D10Rat42, D10Rat50, D10Rat72, and D10Rat165) was determined on RNO10. For a fifteenth gene, Ppm1b, which had previously been assigned to RNO10, the map position was corrected to RNO6q12-q13.

  • 39.
    Behboudi, Afrouz
    et al.
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Roshani, Leyla
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Lundin, Lisa
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Ståhl, Fredrik
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Klinga-Levan, Karin
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Levan, Göran
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology-Genetics, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    The Functional Significance of Absence: The Chromosomal Segment Harboring Tp53 Is Absent from the T55 Rat Radiation Hybrid Mapping Panel2002In: Genomics, ISSN 0888-7543, E-ISSN 1089-8646, Vol. 79, no 6, p. 844-848Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The T55 rat radiation hybrid (RH) mapping panel has been reported to retain the entire rat genome at retention frequencies between 22% and 37%. However, we found that a small segment of rat chromosome 10 harboring at least four different genes, including Tp53, was completely absent from the panel (retention frequency = 0%). Two other markers located in the vicinity exhibited much reduced retention (2–6%). RH clones are generated by transferring highly fragmented DNA into a recipient cell. There might be a strong selection against the transfer and retention of chromosome segments harboring an intact Tp53, as the action of this gene might prevent proliferation and establishment of the RH clone. Our finding further suggests that unexpected low retention or absence of chromosome segments in an RH panel may represent indications that the segments harbor genes with important functions in cell proliferation control.

  • 40.
    Behboudi, Afrouz
    et al.
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Sjöstrand, Eleonor
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Gómez-Fabre, P.
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Sjöling, Åsa
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Taib, Z.
    Department of Mathematics, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Klinga-Levan, Karin
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Ståhl, Fredrik
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden.
    Levan, Göran
    Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, Lundberg Laboratory, Göteborg University, Sweden ; CMB-Genetics, Göteborg, Sweden.
    Evolutionary aspects of the genomic organization of rat chromosome 102002In: Cytogenetic and Genome Research, ISSN 1424-8581, E-ISSN 1424-859X, Vol. 96, no 1-4, p. 52-59Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Using FISH and RH mapping a chromosomal map of rat chromosome 10 (RNO10) was constructed. Our mapping data were complemented by other published data and the final map was compared to maps of mouse and human chromosomes. RNO10 contained segments homologous to mouse chromosomes (MMU) 11, 16 and 17, with evolutionary breakpoints between the three segments situated in the proximal part of RNO10. Near one of these breakpoints (between MMU17 and 11) we found evidence for an inversion ancestral to the mouse that was not ancestral to the condition in the rat. Within each of the chromosome segments identified, the gene order appeared to be largely conserved. This conservation was particularly clear in the long MMU11-homologous segment. RNO10 also contained segments homologous to three human chromosomes (HSA5, 16, 17). However, within each segment of conserved synteny were signs of more extensive rearrangements. At least 13 different evolutionary breakpoints were indicated in the rat-human comparison. In contrast to what was found between rat and mouse, the rat-human evolutionary breaks were distributed along the entire length of RNO10.

  • 41.
    Benediktsson, Elís Ingi
    University of Skövde, School of Humanities and Informatics.
    Detection and analysis of megasatellites in the human genome using in silico methods2005Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year))Student thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Megasatellites are polymorphic tandem repetitive sequences with repeat-units longer than or equal to 1000 base pairs. The novel algorithm Megasatfinder predicts megasatellites in the human genome. A structured method of analysing the algorithm is developed and conducted. The analysis method consists of six test scenarios. Scripts are created, which execute the algorithm using various parameter settings. Three nucleotide sequences are applied; a real sequence extracted from the human genome and two random sequences, generated using different base probabilities. Usability and accuracy are investigated, providing the user with confidence in the algorithm and its output. The results indicate that Megasatfinder is an excellent tool for the detection of megasatellites and that the generated results are highly reliable. The results of the complete analysis suggest alterations in the default parameter settings, presented as user guidelines, and state that artificially generated sequences are not applicable as models for real DNA in computational simulations.

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  • 42.
    Bengtsson, Ola
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Karakterisering av riskfaktorer kopplade till multipel skleros med hjälp av sjukdoms-moduler2019Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Multiple sclerosis is a common neurological disorder, characterized by increasing disability over time for the affected patient. The disease is considered an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system causes damage to nerves in the central nervous system through demyelination and inflammation. It is currently not understood what causes the disease, but both genetic susceptibility as well as environmental- and lifestyle factors are thought to contribute to disease development.In this project, data of known disease-associated risk factors were used to characterize the processes through which they may alter the risk of disease development. Modules for each risk factor was derived from experimental data, using the MODifieR disease-module inference algorithms. Of the five different risk factors included, each module was analysed using the PASCAL tool and disease specific GWAS data to evaluate the relevance towards the disease.Based on the modules derived using the Clique Sum Permutation module inference method a consensus module comprising 126 genes was identified, which proved to be significantly enriched for disease associated SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms). Additionally, the risk-factor consensus module was compared to disease specific consensus genes previously obtained within the research group. The comparison showed a significant overlap, which indicates that the methodology may provide means of examine the impact of risk-factors in the context of complex disease.

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  • 43.
    Berg Junker, Maria Constance
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience.
    Neural correlates of romantic love and romantic attachment2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the field of neuroscience, being in love and feeling romantically attached to a partner is described as a dynamic process. Romantic love may be viewed as a motivational system, changing throughout time and place, fluctuating on the interest and motivation of the individual. Early memories and attachment towards a caregiver, lay the foundation for later attachment behavior, also known as attachment styles. In this thesis, an exploratory approach is present. The thesis aims to introduce and describe the neural correlates of romantic love and romantic attachment. Brain regions concerned with reward, emotion and thought processing, such as the reward circuitry network of the brain and the limbic system, are being investigated. So are other brain areas involved in romantic love and romantic attachment. Research findings suggest that brain areas responsible for affection, emotional control, learning, memory and social judgment are all involved in the complex processes of being in love and feeling romantically attached. These findings are represented by the involvement of the frontal lobe, cerebral cortex, limbic system, orbitofrontal cortex, and hippocampus, anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), ventral tegmental area (VTA), caudate tail, including the reward pathways of the brain. Distribution and regulation of neurotransmitters such as; vasopressin, oxytocin, dopamine, corticosterone and serotonin are all present in the state of romantic  attachment and romantic love. Overlapping evidence confirms the involvement of the reward circuitry network, together with the limbic system as crucial in the formation and maintenance of a romantic relationship.

  • 44.
    Berg, Lars-Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR).
    Den sociala genen2023In: Psykoterapi, ISSN 2001-5836, no 1, p. 6-15Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Berg, Lars-Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR).
    Den sociala genen som subjekt och objekt2024In: Psykoterapi, ISSN 2001-5836, no 1-2, p. 21-29Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Genforskningen har koncentrerat sig på att urskilja vilka gener som påverkar eller skapar vilka beteenden och tendenser. Det finns till exempel en enda gen SRY, som möjliggör förekomsten av manligt biologiskt kön (Mukherjee, 2018). Det finns en gen FOX P2 som har med språkförmågan att göra. Men det finns tusen andra gener som också har med manligt kön och/eller språkförmåga att göra, som tillåter eller förhindrar manligt kön att uppstå i en viss individ, som hindrar eller tillåter en viss individ i en viss familj med FOX P2 att kunna utveckla normalt tal. Forskningen kring relationer mellan gener och beteenden och fysiologiska egenskaper pågår globalt. Ovan nämnda exempel är två av tusentals.

    Relationerna mellan gener är komplexa; en viss genuppsättning kan inte förutsäga visst beteende med precision. Ändå har till exempel den intensiva adhd-debatten präglats mycket av just behovet att konstatera vissa beteenden och tendenser som bestämda och givna ”av naturen”. I fallet adhd gäller dessutom att man hittills inte har intensivstuderat eller spårat avvikelser på gennivå.

    Neurofysiologin rymmer numera mycket kunskaper om relationen mellan specifika gener och specifika egenskaper. Exempelvis visar autism och Aspberger specifika drag i nervcellerna. Hos personer med autism är enligt vissa studier de trådar som förbinder nervcellerna kortare än hos den fysiologiska normalindividen, och genen FOXP2 är frånvarande hos individer med vissa svårigheter i språklärande. Men hos adhd finner man inte neurofysiologiska särdrag.

  • 46.
    Berg, Lars-Erik
    University of Skövde, School of Health Sciences. University of Skövde, Digital Health Research (DHEAR).
    Genernas samtal2023In: Psykoterapi, ISSN 2001-5836, no 2, p. 27-35Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 47.
    Berg, Sofia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Jonsson, Annie
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Analys av grön infrastruktur för barrnaturskog inom projektområde för planerad vindpark vid Trollugnsberget2023Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Rapporten presenterar och redovisar ett kunskapsunderlag om förutsättningar för biologisk mångfald knuten till barrnaturskog inom och i närområdet av projektområde för vindkraftspark Trollugnsberget i Smedjebackens kommun. Utifrån underlaget kan OX2 prioritera markanvändning och arbeta för att bibehålla och utveckla en grön infrastruktur som bidrar till att uppfylla miljökvalitetsmålen Ett rikt växt- och djurliv samt Levande skogar.

    Kunskapsunderlaget har tagits fram med en ny metod benämnt Biotope Biodiversity Capacity Indicator (BBCI). BBCI är en indikator som uppskattar ett biotoplandskaps förmåga att hålla biologisk mångfald. Metodutveckling har finansierats av Naturvårdsverkets miljöforskningsanslag och framtagning av det specifika underlaget och analyserna i rapporten har finansierats av OX2.

    BBCI bygger på ekologisk kunskap om hur landskapets struktur påverkar arters överlevnad och biologisk mångfald. Med hjälp av indikatorn kan man undersöka om i) landskapet som helhet är hållbart ur ett biologiskt mångfaldsperspektiv, ii) hur många och vilka patcher1 som inte är hållbara i sig själva och iii) hur känsligt landskapets biologiska mångfald är för negativ påverkan på specifika patcher och var en förstärkning skulle kunna göra störst nytta.

    BBCI har beräknats för barrnaturskog som finns inom projektområdet för vindparken samt i dess närhet. Som underlag och indata till biotoplandskapens struktur användes data från genomförd naturvärdesinventering samt från skogsbolagens nyckelbiotopsklassificering. I rapporten redovisas barrnaturskogens långsiktiga hållbarhet för biologisk mångfald och dess känslighet för tidsperspektivet 100 år. Beräkningar har gjorts utifrån två olika fokusarter2 där fokusart 1 har mindre arealkrav jämfört med fokusart 2. Resultaten visar att befintliga förekomster av barrnaturskog inte är hållbara i ett 100-årsperspektiv, varken för fokusart 1 eller 2. Åtgärder som stärker barrnaturskogens förutsättningar att hålla biologisk mångfald är därför att rekommendera.

    1 Patcher kallas de fragment eller avgränsade ytor som finns i landskapet och som består av den biotop som studeras. En patch är ett avgränsat fragment av biotopen som omges av andra typer av livsmiljöer än den som biotopen består av.

    2 BBCI bygger på modellering av fokusarter. En fokusarts möjlighet att fortleva i landskapet indikerar även att många andra arter, som är en del av det ekosystem fokusarten representerar, också kan fortleva i landskapet och därmed biologisk mångfald.

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  • 48.
    Berg, Sofia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Jonsson, Annie
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Jonsson, Tomas
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, Systems Biology Research Environment.
    Quttineh, Nils-Hassan
    Linköpings Universitet.
    Ekologisk funktionalitet av värdekärnor för barrskogar inom Västra Götalands län: Ett strategiskt underlag för planering av förändrad skogsskötsel av barrskogsområden inom Västra Götalands län i syfte att stärka skogarnas förutsättningar att stödja biologisk mångfald och skogens klimatnytta2022Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [sv]

    Skogsstyrelsen redovisar i sin utvärdering av miljömålet Levande skogar 2019 att centrala hinder för uppfyllelse av miljömålet är minskande och fragmenterade livsmiljöer och minskande och/eller små populationer av ett antal hotade arter knutna till skogsekosystemet. En väg framåt för att vända denna trend är att framtidens skogsbruk bland annat bör utvecklas utifrån ett landskapsperspektiv och där hyggesfria skogsbruksmetoder ökar i omfattning.

    Länsstyrelserna i Sverige har genom sitt arbete med regionala handlingsplaner för grön infrastruktur identifierat så kallade värdekärnor – områden av stor betydelse för skogsarternas överlevnad. I denna studie har Västra Götalands läns värdekärnor analyserats med avseende på deras förmåga att stödja biologisk mångfald i ett landskapsperspektiv. Arbetet har gjorts i samverkan med Länsstyrelsen för Västra götalands län.

    Metoden som använts är Biotope Biodiversity Capacity Indicator (BBCI). Metoden har utvecklats inom forskningsprojektet “Landscape biodiversity capacity: a tool for measuring, monitoring and managing” finansierat av Naturvårdsverkets miljöforskningsanslag (2019-2022).

    Resultaten visar vilka geografiskt avgränsade värdekärnor som idag har hög ekologisk funktionalitet och som utgör biologiska överlevnads- och spridningshotspots för arter knutna till barrskogar. Vidare visar resultaten att endast sju kommuner har BBCI-värden över 1, det vill säga, ett hållbart skogslandskap som kan hålla fokusarten i ett 100-årsperspektiv.

    För att nå de svenska miljömålen Levande skogar och Ett rikt växt- och djurliv samt skapa bättre förutsättningar för skogens biologiska mångfald att fortleva behöver nuvarande skogsmetoder med trakthyggesbruk anpassas till brukningsformer som tar större hänsyn till skogens ekosystem. Resultaten från denna studie kan ge prioriteringsunderlag för inom vilka produktionsskogar en så kallad återvildning genom förändrad brukningsmetod skulle kunna resultera i betydelsefull ökad ekologisk funktionalitet på landskapsnivå för de västgötska barrskogarna.     

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  • 49.
    Berg, Sofia
    et al.
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. Dept of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Div. of Theoretical Biology, Linköping Univ., Linköping, Sweden.
    Pimenov, Aexander
    Weierstrass Inst., Berlin, Germany / Environmental Research Inst., Univ. College Cork, Cork, Ireland.
    Palmer, Catherine
    Weierstrass Inst., Berlin, Germany.
    Emmerson, Mark
    School of Biological Sciences, Queen's Univ. Belfast, Belfast, United Kingdom.
    Jonsson, Tomas
    University of Skövde, School of Bioscience. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. Dept of Ecology, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
    Ecological communities are vulnerable to realistic extinction sequences2015In: Oikos, ISSN 0030-1299, E-ISSN 1600-0706, Vol. 124, no 4, p. 486-496Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 50.
    Bergenius, Mikaela
    et al.
    Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Institute of Coastal Research, Öregrund.
    Holmgren, Noél
    University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. University of Skövde, School of Life Sciences.
    Comparison of methods and results for the estimation of a sustainable harvest rate for the Bothnian Sea herring2012In: Report of the Benchmark Workshop on Pelagic Stocks (WKPELA 2012): 13–17 February 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) , 2012Chapter in book (Refereed)
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