Our new paper on molecular mechanisms that drive regenerative growth in organs of the Burmese python was recently published in BMC Genomics! This study used gene expression data to predict canonical pathways and regulatory molecules that facilitate extreme regenerative growth in the small intestine, kidney, liver, and heart of the Burmese python upon feeding.
This paper was recently featured in the BMC Series Blog post In the Belly of the Beast. which provides an excellent overview of the snake regenerative growth system and the major findings of our study.
Congrats to Audra, Blair, and the co-authors! To read more about this study, please follow the PDF link at the bottom of this post.
Andrew, A.L.*, B. Perry*, D.C. Card, D.R. Schield, R.P. Ruggiero, S.E. McGaugh, A. Chowdhary, S.M. Secor, and T.A. Castoe. 2017. Growth and stress response mechanisms underlying post-feeding regenerative organ growth in the Burmese python. BMC Genomics 18:338. (*co-first authors) PDF