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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409196/evolutionary-analysis-of-the-mammalian-tuftelin-sequence-reveals-features-of-functional-importance
#1
S Delgado, D Deutsch, J Y Sire
Tuftelin (TUFT1) is an acidic, phosphorylated glycoprotein, initially discovered in developing enamel matrix. TUFT1 is expressed in many mineralized and non-mineralized tissues. We performed an evolutionary analysis of 82 mammalian TUFT1 sequences to identify residues and motifs that were conserved during 220 million years (Ma) of evolution. We showed that 168 residues (out of the 390 residues composing the human TUFT1 sequence) are under purifying selection. Our analyses identified several, new, putatively functional domains and confirmed previously described functional domains, such as the TIP39 interaction domain, which correlates with nuclear localization of the TUFT1 protein, that was demonstrated in several tissues...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405712/emergence-of-new-srnas-in-enteric-bacteria-is-associated-with-low-expression-and-rapid-evolution
#2
Fenil R Kacharia, Jess A Millar, Rahul Raghavan
Non-coding small RNAs (sRNAs) are critical to post-transcriptional gene regulation in bacteria. However, unlike for protein-coding genes, the evolutionary forces that shape sRNAs are not understood. We investigated sRNAs in enteric bacteria and discovered that recently emerged sRNAs evolve at significantly faster rates than older sRNAs. Concomitantly, younger sRNAs are expressed at significantly lower levels than older sRNAs. This process could potentially facilitate the integration of newly emerged sRNAs into bacterial regulatory networks...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397003/plastome-wide-nucleotide-substitution-rates-reveal-accelerated-rates-in-papilionoideae-and-correlations-with-genome-features-across-legume-subfamilies
#3
Erika N Schwarz, Tracey A Ruhlman, Mao-Lun Weng, Mohammad A Khiyami, Jamal S M Sabir, Nahid H Hajarah, Njud S Alharbi, Samar O Rabah, Robert K Jansen
This study represents the most comprehensive plastome-wide comparison of nucleotide substitution rates across the three subfamilies of Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae, Mimosoideae, and Papilionoideae. Caesalpinioid and mimosoid legumes have large, unrearranged plastomes compared with papilionoids, which exhibit varying levels of rearrangement including the loss of the inverted repeat (IR) in the IR-lacking clade (IRLC). Using 71 genes common to 39 legume taxa representing all the three subfamilies, we show that papilionoids consistently have higher nucleotide substitution rates than caesalpinioids and mimosoids, and rates in the IRLC papilionoids are generally higher than those in the IR-containing papilionoids...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382496/molecular-evolutionary-constraints-that-determine-the-avirulence-state-of-clostridium-botulinum-c2-toxin
#4
A Prisilla, R Prathiviraj, P Chellapandi
Clostridium botulinum (group-III) is an anaerobic bacterium producing C2 toxin along with botulinum neurotoxins. C2 toxin is belonged to binary toxin A family in bacterial ADP-ribosylation superfamily. A structural and functional diversity of binary toxin A family was inferred from different evolutionary constraints to determine the avirulence state of C2 toxin. Evolutionary genetic analyses revealed evidence of C2 toxin cluster evolution through horizontal gene transfer from the phage or plasmid origins, site-specific insertion by gene divergence, and homologous recombination event...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378191/testing-for-the-occurrence-of-selective-episodes-during-the-divergence-of-otophysan-fishes-insights-from-mitogenomics
#5
Alejandro D'Anatro, Facundo Giorello, Matías Feijoo, Enrique P Lessa
How natural selection shapes biodiversity constitutes a topic of renewed interest during the last few decades. The division Otophysi comprises approximately two-thirds of freshwater fish diversity and probably underwent an extensive adaptive radiation derived from a single invasion of the supercontinent Pangaea, giving place to the evolution of the main five Otophysan lineages during a short period of time. Little is known about the factors involved in the processes that lead to lineage diversification among this group of fishes and identifying directional selection acting over protein-coding genes could offer clues about the processes acting on species diversification...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378190/autocatalytic-sets-and-rna-secondary-structure
#6
Wim Hordijk
The dominant paradigm in origin of life research is that of an RNA world. However, despite experimental progress towards the spontaneous formation of RNA, the RNA world hypothesis still has its problems. Here, we introduce a novel computational model of chemical reaction networks based on RNA secondary structure and analyze the existence of autocatalytic sub-networks in random instances of this model, by combining two well-established computational tools. Our main results are that (i) autocatalytic sets are highly likely to exist, even for very small reaction networks and short RNA sequences, and (ii) sequence diversity seems to be a more important factor in the formation of autocatalytic sets than sequence length...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331938/involvement-of-clustered-genes-in-mammalian-functions-their-relation-in-a-rat-mutant-strain
#7
LETTER
Naoki Nanashima, Toshiyuki Yamada, Takeshi Shimizu, Shigeki Tsuchida
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285392/a-consensus-method-for-ancestral-recombination-graphs
#8
Mary K Kuhner, Jon Yamato
We propose a consensus method for ancestral recombination graphs (ARGs) that generates a single ARG representing commonalities among a cloud of ARGs defined for the same genomic region and set of taxa. Our method, which we call "threshold consensus," treats a genomic location as a potential recombination breakpoint only if the number of ARGs in the cloud possessing a breakpoint at that location exceeds a chosen threshold. The estimate is further refined by ignoring recombinations that do not change the local tree topologies, as well as collapsing breakpoint locations separated only by invariant sites...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243687/the-isochores-as-a-fundamental-level-of-genome-structure-and-organization-a-general-overview
#9
REVIEW
Maria Costantini, Héctor Musto
The recent availability of a number of fully sequenced genomes (including marine organisms) allowed to map very precisely the isochores, based on DNA sequences, confirming the results obtained before genome sequencing by the ultracentrifugation in CsCl. In fact, the analytical profile of human DNA showed that the vertebrate genome is a mosaic of isochores, typically megabase-size DNA segments that belong to a small number of families characterized by different GC levels. In this review, we will concentrate on some general genome features regarding the compositional organization from different organisms and their evolution, ranging from vertebrates to invertebrates until unicellular organisms...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224181/photosystem-ii-is-a-chimera-of-reaction-centers
#10
LETTER
Tanai Cardona
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220195/molecular-convergent-evolution-of-the-mybpc2-gene-among-three-high-elevation-amphibian-species
#11
LETTER
Weizhao Yang, Bin Lu, Jinzhong Fu
We report a strong pattern of molecular-level convergent/parallel evolution of the MYBPC2 gene. Three high-elevation amphibian species, Bufo gargarizans minshanicus, Nanorana pleskei, Rana kukunoris, revealed remarkable numbers of convergent and parallel amino acid substitutions. On the MYBPC2 gene tree of eleven anurans, the three distantly related species formed a strongly supported clade that was away from their respective relatives. Furthermore, we generated both model-based and empirical data-based null distributions for neutral convergent evolution...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168328/patterns-of-evolutionary-trajectories-and-domestication-history-within-the-genus-hordeum-assessed-by-remap-markers
#12
Georgi Bonchev, Roman Dusinský, Pavol Hauptvogel, Miroslav Švec
The patterns of genetic diversity related to the taxonomy and domestication history of 85 accessions representing the main four species of the genus Hordeum were examined by retrotransposon-microsatellite amplified polymorphism (REMAP) markers based on the retrotransposon BARE-1. A substantial level of genetic polymorphisms at among- and within-species level was observed showing that this retrotransposon family and its adjacent genomic regions has been a target for genome dynamics during the evolution and domestication of barley...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243688/the-origin-of-life-models-and-data
#13
Kathryn A Lanier, Loren Dean Williams
A general framework for conventional models of the origin of life (OOL) is the specification of a 'privileged function.' A privileged function is an extant biological function that is excised from its biological context, elevated in importance over other functions, and transported back in time to a primitive chemical or geological environment. In RNA or Clay Worlds, the privileged function is replication. In Metabolism-First Worlds, the privileged function is metabolism. In Thermal Vent Worlds, the privileged function is energy harvesting from chemical gradients...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233029/experimental-evolution-of-escherichia-coli-harboring-an-ancient-translation-protein
#14
Betül Kacar, Xueliang Ge, Suparna Sanyal, Eric A Gaucher
The ability to design synthetic genes and engineer biological systems at the genome scale opens new means by which to characterize phenotypic states and the responses of biological systems to perturbations. One emerging method involves inserting artificial genes into bacterial genomes and examining how the genome and its new genes adapt to each other. Here we report the development and implementation of a modified approach to this method, in which phylogenetically inferred genes are inserted into a microbial genome, and laboratory evolution is then used to examine the adaptive potential of the resulting hybrid genome...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210761/the-evolutionary-loss-of-rnai-key-determinants-in-kinetoplastids-as-a-multiple-sporadic-phenomenon
#15
Andrey V Matveyev, João M P Alves, Myrna G Serrano, Vladimir Lee, Ana M Lara, William A Barton, André G Costa-Martins, Stephen M Beverley, Erney P Camargo, Marta M G Teixeira, Gregory A Buck
We screened the genomes of a broad panel of kinetoplastid protists for genes encoding proteins associated with the RNA interference (RNAi) system using probes from the Argonaute (AGO1), Dicer1 (DCL1), and Dicer2 (DCL2) genes of Leishmania brasiliensis and Crithidia fasciculata. We identified homologs for all the three of these genes in the genomes of a subset of these organisms. However, several of these organisms lacked evidence for any of these genes, while others lacked only DCL2. The open reading frames encoding these putative proteins were structurally analyzed in silico...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116472/the-role-of-microsatellites-in-streptophyta-gene-evolution
#16
LETTER
Abdulqader Jighly, Ayed M Al-Abdallat, Loai M Alnemer
Microsatellites form hotspot regions for recombination. In this research, we investigated whether genic microsatellites can be responsible for generating new genes by enhancing crossover between gene containing microsatellites and other genomic regions. We tested our hypothesis on 33,531 UniGene entries containing microsatellites. Each sequence was divided into microsatellites upstream and downstream fragments, and each pair of sequences was compared to study the microsatellites effect. The candidate pairs of genes are supposed to share a high similar fragment in one side of the microsatellites, while the other fragments should be completely different...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004131/ancient-and-recent-duplications-support-functional-diversity-of-daphnia-opsins
#17
Christopher S Brandon, Matthew J Greenwold, Jeffry L Dudycha
Daphnia pulex has the largest known family of opsins, genes critical for photoreception and vision in animals. This diversity may be functionally redundant, arising from recent processes, or ancient duplications may have been preserved due to distinct functions and independent contributions to fitness. We analyzed opsins in D. pulex and its distant congener Daphnia magna. We identified 48 opsins in the D. pulex genome and 32 in D. magna. We inferred the complement of opsins in the last common ancestor of all Daphnia and evaluated the history of opsin duplication and loss...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995274/emergence-of-life-on-earth-a-physicochemical-jigsaw-puzzle
#18
REVIEW
Jan Spitzer
We review physicochemical factors and processes that describe how cellular life can emerge from prebiotic chemical matter; they are: (1) prebiotic Earth is a multicomponent and multiphase reservoir of chemical compounds, to which (2) Earth-Moon rotations deliver two kinds of regular cycling energies: diurnal electromagnetic radiation and seawater tides. (3) Emerging colloidal phases cyclically nucleate and agglomerate in seawater and consolidate as geochemical sediments in tidal zones, creating a matrix of microspaces...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913840/finding-direction-in-the-search-for-selection
#19
Grant Thiltgen, Mario Dos Reis, Richard A Goldstein
Tests for positive selection have mostly been developed to look for diversifying selection where change away from the current amino acid is often favorable. However, in many cases we are interested in directional selection where there is a shift toward specific amino acids, resulting in increased fitness in the species. Recently, a few methods have been developed to detect and characterize directional selection on a molecular level. Using the results of evolutionary simulations as well as HIV drug resistance data as models of directional selection, we compare two such methods with each other, as well as against a standard method for detecting diversifying selection...
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909757/erratum-to-small-rnas-from-a-big-genome-the-pirna-pathway-and-transposable-elements-in-the-salamander-species-desmognathus-fuscus
#20
M J Madison-Villar, Cheng Sun, Nelson C Lau, Matthew L Settles, Rachel Lockridge Mueller
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
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