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Old 11-23-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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A group of researchers at Universitat AutÚnoma de Barcelona (UAB) have discovered the origin of the mucinosis present in Shar Pei dogs, a hereditary disorder responsible for the characteristic wrinkles found in this breed. The research report appears in the journals Veterinary Dermatology and Journal of Heredity. The report details the genetic alteration in this breed which multiplies the activity of an enzyme responsible for an excessive production of hyaluronic acid, a substance which gathers under the skin and produces wrinkles. Understanding this molecular mechanism will give way to new reproduction programmes aimed at improving the health of these animals. It also will be used to learn more about human disorders such as Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) or mucinosis, and to gain more knowledge on the ageing process.
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Old 11-23-2008, 02:29 PM   #2
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Thats useful and interesting info, reading the title I just thought that it was their history and why they had wrinkles, but I like the research into why they have them.
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INteresting..

I LOVE the shar peis (GEE wonder why).

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