Damir Marjanovic

Damir Marjanovic
International BURCH University · Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

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February 2000 - September 2014
Institute for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
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  • Head of the Laboratory for Forensic Genetics

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Publications (256)
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Aim To investigate the influence of specific intrapopulation genetic structures on interpopulation relationships. Special focus was on the influence of island population isolation on the substructuring of the Croatian population, and the influence of regional population groups on the sub-structuring of Southeast European populations. Methods Autoso...
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Aim: To analyze an additional set of ˝Y-chromosome genetic markers to acquire a more detailed insight into the diversity of the Croatian population. Methods: A total of 518 Yfiler Plus profiles were genotyped. Allele frequencies, haplotype frequencies, and haplotype diversity were calculated by using the STRAF software v. 2.0.4. Genetic distance...
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Aim: To use the method of meta-analysis to assess the influence of island population isolation on the sub-structuring of the Croatian population, as well as the influence of regional population groups on the sub-structuring of the Southeastern European population with regard to basic population genetic statistical parameters calculated by using ST...
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Aim: To investigate the influence of specific intrapopulation genetic structures on interpopulation relationships. Special focus was the influence of island population isolation on the substructuring of the Croatian population, and the influence of regional population groups on the substructuring of Southeast European populations. Methods: Autos...
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Objectives Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is triggered by extremely stressful environmental events and characterized by high emotional distress, re-experiencing of trauma, avoidance and hypervigilance. The present study uses polygenic risk scores (PRS) derived from the UK Biobank (UKBB) mega-cohort analysis as part of the PGC PTSD GWAS effort...
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Background Serostudies are important resources when following pandemics and predicting their further spread, as well as determining the length of protection against reinfection and vaccine development. The aim of this study was to update data on the prevalence of seropositive individuals in Canton Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (B&H) from Septemb...
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Aim To analyze additional set of Y-Chromosome genetic markers to acquire a more detailed insight into the diversity of the Croatian population. Methods The total number of 518 Yfiler™ Plus profiles was genotyped. Allele, haplotype frequencies and haplotype diversity, were calculated using the STRAF software package v2.0.4. Genetic distances were q...
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Bosnia and Herzegovina is located in the South-Eastern Europe, characterized by numerous historical influences, massive migration processes and complex population structure. For that reason, the aim of this study is to provide an accurate and precise update of the population genetics data of allele frequencies on 23 Y-STR loci in Bosnia and Herzego...
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Introduction Serological detection of SARS-CoV-2-specific IgG and IgM antibodies is becoming increasingly important in management of COVID-19 pandemic. Material and methods We are reporting the first results of COVID-19 serological testing in Bosnia and Herzegovina on 2,841 samples collected and analyzed in two medical institutions in Sarajevo. An...
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Human Y-chromosomal haplogroups are an important tool used in population genetics and forensic genetics. A conventional method used for Y haplogroup assignment is based on a set of Y-single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers deployed, which exploits the low mutation rate nature of these markers. Y chromosome haplogroups can be successfully predi...
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Human gene F5, encoding coagulation factor V, was previously reported to be highly polymorphic. Apart from FV Leiden, several other rare variants have been detected in clinical practice and associated with thrombotic events, especially in cases when patient’s phenotype and FV Leiden genotype were not in agreement. In this study, the prevalence of 1...
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This is the first report of molecular and epidemiology findings from Bosnia and Herzegovina related to ongoing SARS-CoV-2 epidemic. Whole Genome Sequence of four samples from COVID-19 outbreaks was done in two laboratories in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Veterinary Faculty Sarajevo and Alea Genetic Center). All four BiH sequences cluster mainly with Eur...
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– Modern Bosnia and Herzegovina is a state consisting of multiple ethnicities and regions located in the Western Balkan, with a very complex history. The earliest historical findings show that its area was inhabited since the Paleolithic. From that time, this part of Europe, especially the region of the Modern Bosnia and Herzegovina, could be recog...
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Background: The human angiotensin I converting enzyme 1 (ACE1) gene insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism is classified based on the presence or absence of a 287 bp Alu sequence. The ACE1 D allele is associated with higher ACE1 concentrations in tissues. Previous research has shown that susceptibility to severe acute respiratory syndrome coronaviru...
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In a relatively short period of time new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has become a global threat, both to human health and to the functioning of human society in general. This pandemic is certainly neither the first nor is it likely to be the last disease episode in human history. At the moment, it is still too early to make a reliable assessment...
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Whole Genome Sequence of four samples from COVID-19 outbreaks was done in two laboratories in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Veterinary Faculty Sarajevo and Alea Genetic Center). All four BiH sequences cluster mainly with European ones (Italy, Austria, France, Sweden, Cyprus, England). The constructed phylogenetic tree indicates probable multiple independ...
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The human genetic diversity of the Americas has been affected by several events of gene flow that have continued since the colonial era and the Atlantic slave trade. Moreover, multiple waves of migration followed by local admixture occurred in the last two centuries, the impact of which has been largely unexplored. Here, we compiled a genome-wide d...
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This study was conducted to confirm preliminary anthropological research indicating the specificity of isolated Selška Valley populations and implement clear mapping of genetic distances between neighboring populations and similar "inland island" populations from the region. The sample consisted of 86 unrelated individuals born in the Selška Valley...
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Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by highly traumatic experiences. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the neuropeptide S receptor 1 (NPSR1) and the glutamate decarboxylase 1(GAD1) gene on PTSD and its psychopathological aspects among indiv...
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Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a complex stress related disorder, that follows a severe traumatic experience, characterized with an intense sense of terror, fear, and helplessness. The aim of this study is to identify associations of genetic variations within candidate genes DRD2 and DRD4 with various PTSD related phenotypes....
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Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a disorder that occurs in some people who have experienced a severe traumatic event. Several genetic studies suggest that gene encoding proteins of catechol-O-methyl-transferase (COMT) may be relevant for the pathogenesis of PTSD. Some researchers suggested that the elevation of interleukin-6 (IL...
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Background: Exposure to life-threatening events is common and everyone will most likely experience this type of trauma during their lifetime. Reactions to these events are highly heterogeneous and seems to be influenced by genes as well. Some individuals will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while others will not. In this study, our a...
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Background: Individuals who are exposed to traumatic events are at an increased risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a condition during which an individual's ability to function is impaired by emotional responses to memories of those events. The gene coding for neuropeptide Y (NPY) and the gene coding for brain-derived neurotro...
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Background: The aim of this study is to investigate the association of gene variations of the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and the serotonin transporter solute carrier family 6 member 4 (SLC6A4) gene with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) severity and coping strategies in patients with war related PTSD. Subjects and methods: The study included...
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Short tandem repeats (STRs) markers are routinely used in population biodiversity research, kinship testing, identification and forensic analysis of biological evidence. Determination of frequencies of genetic markers in a given population is crucial for any further population-genetic and forensic-genetic studies. In that manner, the aim of our stu...
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The human genetic diversity of the Americas has been shaped by several events of gene flow that have continued since the Colonial Era and the Atlantic slave trade. Moreover, multiple waves of migration followed by local admixture occurred in the last two centuries, the impact of which has been largely unexplored. Here we compiled a genome-wide data...
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Background: Serbs mainly live in the territory of the recently reestablished state of Serbia. However, turbulent history in the Balkan Peninsula led to settlement of Serbs not only within present day Serbia but also in different parts of neighbouring countries. Aim: To define polymorphisms of 23 Y-chromosomal short tandem repeat (STR) loci in a mod...
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The science of the 21st century has not given up on its rapid development. The pace of evident progress in certain scientifc disciplines, especially those relying on applied genetics, does not allow for a breakthrough in the collection, sorting and presentation of the latest achievements made in hundreds of laboratories around the world. Continuous...
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Several association studies focusing on FTO gene polymorphisms have been published in the past years; however, the association between FTO-related conditions and FTO gene variants remains unexplained. Population genetics and association studies of different populations provide a valuable tool for further research. Thus, the aim of this systematic r...
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The aim of this study is to provide an insight into Balkan populations' genetic relations utilizing in silico analysis of Y-STR haplotypes and performing haplogroup predictions together with network analysis of the same haplotypes for visualization of the relations between chosen haplotypes and Balkan populations in general. The population dataset...
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Novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are becoming a therapy of choice in everyday clinical practice after almost 50 years during which warfarin and related coumarin derivatives were used as the main anticoagulants. Advantages of NOACs over standard anticoagulants include their predictable pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, stable plasma concentrat...
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Introduction: Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have lately been used for prediction of metabolic processes that may be related to obesity. The aim of our study was to examine the association of SNPs of several genes with obesity and physical activity in 18 healthy volunteers. Methods: We used buccal swabs to collect and extract DNA from 18 v...
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Since the introduction of the term low copy number DNA, also referred as low template DNA, touch DNA or trace DNA analysis, it has quickly become focal point of forensic DNA testing as well as other DNA based studies. Low template DNA (ltDNA) samples can be described as the samples which involve single source samples with template DNA in concentrat...
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The region of Western Balkans has been inhabited since the Paleolithic era and was the route of the spread of farming from the Middle East to Europe during the Neolithic era. In the present study, Y-STR data from European populations have been used to construct median-joining networks. The study was performed using Whit Athey’s Haplogroup Predictor...
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This study compares the results obtained using two multiplex systems, PowerPlex® 16 System and PowerPlex® Fusion System, to evaluate the probability of a specific kinship relationship between the offspring of three pairs of identical twins, such as full kinship (siblings), first-degree relatives (first cousins) and half-siblings. Genomic DNA was is...
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can develop after experiencing or witnessing any severe traumatic event such as combat. Point prevalence rates in war-affected regions, e.g. Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo, range from 18% to 35%. Noradrenergic dysfunction as represented by e.g. elevated noradrenaline concentrations in the cerebrospinal fluid of P...
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Introduction: Several analysis for different population conclude that endothelial plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 gene polymorphism, -675 ID, 4G/5G PAI-1 (ref SNP ID: rs1799889, also described as rs34857375, has merged into rs1799762) may increase risk of pregnancy loss (PL). However, there is a disagreement as to the association 4G allele with p...
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The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of RR, RX and XX genotypes of rs1815739 single nucleotide polymorphism of ACTN3 gene in general population of six Balkan countries. This SNP is currently thought to give genetic predisposition for advantageous sport performance, with its R allele positively correlating with better performance...
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Background: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is characterized by an overactive noradrenergic system conferring core PTSD symptoms such as hyperarousal and re-experiencing. Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is one of the key enzymes mediating the turnover of noradrenaline. Here, DNA methylation of the MAOA gene exonI/intronI region was investigated fo...
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Background: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is characterized by an overactive noradrenergic system conferring core PTSD symptoms such as hyperarousal and re-experiencing. Monoamine oxidase A (MAO-A) is one of the key enzymes mediating the turnover of noradrenaline. Here, DNA methylation of the MAOA gene exonI/intronI region was investigated f...
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Widely considered as one of the cradles of human civilization, Mesopotamia is largely situated in the Republic of Iraq, which is also the birthplace of the Sumerian, Akkadian, Assyrian and Babylonian civilizations. These lands were subsequently ruled by the Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arabs, Mongolians, Ottomans and finally British prior to the indep...
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Pairwise genetic distance matrix based on Nei's DA values between the five major ethnic groups from Northern Iraq and representative nearby and distant populations. (XLS)
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In silico Y-chromosomal haplogroup assignments for the Northern Iraqi samples by the Whit Athey 21-haplogroup prediction and the NevGen Y-DNA haplogroup predictor algorithms (n = 500). (DOC)
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Table A: Allele frequencies of the 17 Y-STR loci for the combined Northern Iraqi population (n = 500). Table B: Allele frequencies of the 17 Y-STR loci for the Northern Iraq Arab population (n = 102). Table C: Allele frequencies of the 17 Y-STR loci for the Northern Iraq Kurdish population (n = 104). Table D: Allele frequencies of the 17 Y-STR loci...
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17-loci Y-STR haplotypes observed in the Northern Iraqi populations (n = 500). (DOCX)
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Allele frequencies of the 15 polymorphic STR loci (D3S1358, TH01, D21S11, D18S51, Penta E, D5S818, D13S317, D7S820, D16S539, CSF1PO, Penta D, vWA, D8S1179, TPOX, FGA) for Bosnian and Herzegovinian population were established and statistical forensic parameters were calculated. In order to expand national population data with allele frequencies and...
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Today, Iraq is home to numerous ethnic groups, each with their distinct lingual and cultural traditions. Among these ethnic groups, the Iraqi Turkmens (Arabic: تركمان العراق‎‎, Turkish: Irak Türkmenleri, Irak Türkleri) are a Turkish speaking ethnic group that constitute the second largest minority in Iraq. In this study, the paternal lineages of a...
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Aim To determine newest the most accurate allele frequencies for 15 short tandem repeat (STR) loci in the Bosnian and Herzegovinian population, calculate statistical parameters, and compare them with the relevant data for seven neighboring populations. Methods Genomic DNA was obtained from buccal swabs of 1000 unrelated individuals from all region...
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The floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014 caused landslides all over the country. In the small village of Šerići, near the town of Zenica, a landslide destroyed the local cemetery, relocated graves, and commingled skeletal remains. As the use of other physical methods of identification (facial recognition, fingerprint analysis, dental analys...
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The relationship between genetic risk factors of thrombophilia and pregnancy loss (PL) is being discussed. The focus has been on F5 1691G>A, F2 20210G>A, and MTHFR 677C>T polymorphisms that may predispose women to microthrombosis during the stages of embryo implantation and placentation. Although, the frequencies of these polymorphisms were reporte...
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The main aim of this review is to summarize and discuss the current state of knowledge on chemical toxicity and radioactivity of depleted uranium (DU) and their effect on living systems and cell lines. This was done by presenting a summary of previous investigations conducted on different mammalian body systems and cell cultures in terms of potenti...
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Stress is a part of human life, especially for urban citizens. Stress is inseparable characteristics of student life, especially exam days. Stress management is one of the first steps which can affect students success during the exams, especially in universities. Blood pressure is the first stress observation symptom to understand its level. Theref...
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In a study of the Bosnian-Herzegovinian (B&H) population, Y chromosome marker frequencies for 100 individuals, generated using PowerPlex® Y23 kit, were used to perform Y chromosome haplogroup assignment via Whit Athey’s Haplogroup Predictor. This Whit Athey’s algorithm determines Y chromosome haplogroups from Y chromosome short tandem repeat (Y-STR...
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Aberrant methylation is one of the driving forces of cancer genome development. Although the rate of methylation appears massively variable across the genome, it is mainly observed in histone modification, chromatin organization, DNA accessibility, or promoter sequence. Methylation of promoter sequence occurs mostly to cytosine nucleotides, which c...
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Genetic factors of thrombophilia in women with pregnancy loss
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The 1691G>A FV polymorphism is considered to be one of the leading genetic risk factors of pregnancy loss. Recently, also other heritable factors of thrombophilia that may predispose to microthrombosis mainly in trophoblast or placenta leading to obstetrical complications attract an attention. In recent studies it was found that both, 1691G>A FV an...