Project description:This work was to study the transcriptome profiles in the skin of chickens with black versus white skin using high-throughput RNA deep-sequencing technology, to investigate the different expression profiles of the genes involved in skin pigmentation, then look for the main differences between black and white skin colors in Lueyang chickens. 16-week-old white and black female Lueyang chickens (5 birds per color) were selected for the sample collection. A piece of skin (8 mm in diameter) from the left back was collected . Total RNA was extracted from the sample using Trizol reagent . Three RNA samples from either the black or white skin samples were pooled following mRNA isolation. The sequencing of the library was performed using an Illumina HiSeq 2000 (LianChuan Sciences, Hangzhou, China). According the result of sequencing, some colored gene expressions were validated using Real time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR).
Project description:H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been spreading to Asia, Eurasia and African coutries. An original or six of recombinant H5N1 subtype influenza viruses with varying survivability were infected to chickens for elucidating genes correlated with pathogenicity. Overall design: Two chickens were infected with each 10^6EID50/ head virus intranasally, and their lung was collected from infected chicken at 24 hours after infection.
Project description:H5N1 subtype highly pathogenic avian influenza virus has been spreading to Asia, Eurasia and African coutries. An original or six of recombinant H5N1 subtype influenza viruses with varying survivability were infected to chickens for elucidating genes correlated with pathogenicity. Two chickens were infected with each 10^6EID50/ head virus intranasally, and their lung was collected from infected chicken at 24 hours after infection.
Project description:Relative expression levels of mRNAs in chicken cecal epithelia experimentally infected with Eimeria tenella were measured at 4.5 days post-infection. Two weeks old chickens were uninfected (negative control) or were orally inoculated with sporulated oocysts of Eimeria tenella. Cecal epithelia samples were collected from >12 birds in infected or uninfected group at 4.5 d following infections, in which samples from 4 birds were pooled together to form a total 3 biological replicates in each group. Parasite merozoites were also collected from four infected chickens at 5 d after infections. Uninfected control samples, merozoites and infection group samples were selected for RNA extraction and hybridization on Affymetrix microarrays. We used Affymetrix GeneChip chicken genome arrays to detail the chicken cecal epithelia gene expression in the control and E. tenella-infected birds. Infected, uninfected chicken cecal epithelia and merozoites were selected for RNA extraction and hybridization with Affymetrix microarrays. Our goal was to analyze global transcriptome changes in chicken cecal mucous membranes in response to E. tenella infection in vivo. We used infected (T1,T2,T3; three biological replicates) and uninfected (Neg1, Neg2, Neg3; three biological replicates) samples to identify genes that were differentially expressed. Meanwhile, RNA and probes were also prepared from parasite merozoites (Mzt) from infected samples (Mzt) and used as an additional control in microarray hybridization.
Project description:To better understand the hepatic metabolic response to intermittent fasting in chickens, Red Junglefowl chickens were raised on ad libitum (AL) feed until 14 days of age and then kept on AL feeding, switched to chronic feed restriction (CR) to around 70% or switched to an intermittent fasting (IF) regimen consisting of two fed days (150% of age-matched weight-specific AL intake offered daily) followed by a non-fed day. AL and CR were culled at 36 days of age, and IF birds either at 40 days of age (second consecutive feeding day) or 41 days of age (fasting day).