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1. The wildtype hair color banding found in mammals; including some felidae; hairs are lighter or gray at the base and tipped with dark or blak pigment. Multiple banding on a hair may occur.
See also: Dasyprocta.
2. A tropic rodent.
See: Dasyprocta.
[Fr., native Indian]
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Molecular biology A gene expressed during the hair-growth cycle in the neonatal skin of mice, in which it is a paracrine regulator of pigmentation. The secreted agouti protein antagonises binding of alpha-melanocyte-stimulating hormone to its receptor (melanocortin 1 receptor) on the surface of hair bulb melanocytes, altering intracellular cAMP levels. Because of its role in regulating coat colour, agouti has served as a model of gene action and interaction.
Zoology A popular term for any of the guinea pig-like rodents of the genus Dasyprocta, which are native to the Western Hemisphere.
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a fur coloration in which there are alternating light and dark bands of colour on the individual hairs, giving a speckled brownish appearance. Such a fur coloration is found in mammals such as rabbits, rats and mice.
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The alpaca agouti gene: genomic locus, transcripts and causative mutations of eumelanic and pheomelanic coat color.
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There were 12 pairs of well-designed foliate papillae in the tongue of the agouti [12] and between 22 and 25 pairs in the tongue of the American castor 17].
In 2003, when Waterland was at Duke University, he and Randy Jirtle altered the diet of yellow-coated mother agouti mice during their pregnancy.
Comparison of diets of the acouchy, agouti and paca, the three largest terrestrial rodents of French Guianan forests.
For example, a gene called Agouti has been used extensively as a model to study the effects of environmental (i.e., dietary) exposures on DNA methylation.
Much of the research included in the book involves humans (e.g., twin studies), rats, cats (X-inactivation), and agouti mice.
La sistematica establecida en la lapa (Cuniculus paca), indica que se encontraba agrupada dentro del genero Agouti, donde se pueden hallar diferentes trabajos y publicaciones que la reportan de esta manera 4,38.