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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335716/human-mfap1-is-a-cryptic-ortholog-of-the-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-spp381-splicing-factor
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Alexander K C Ulrich, Markus C Wahl
BACKGROUND: Pre-mRNA splicing involves the stepwise assembly of a pre-catalytic spliceosome, followed by its catalytic activation, splicing catalysis and disassembly. Formation of the pre-catalytic spliceosomal B complex involves the incorporation of the U4/U6.U5 tri-snRNP and of a group of non-snRNP B-specific proteins. While in Saccharomyces cerevisiae the Prp38 and Snu23 proteins are recruited as components of the tri-snRNP, metazoan orthologs of Prp38 and Snu23 associate independently of the tri-snRNP as members of the B-specific proteins...
March 24, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335725/surface-layer-proteins-from-virulent-clostridium-difficile-ribotypes-exhibit-signatures-of-positive-selection-with-consequences-for-innate-immune-response
#2
Mark Lynch, Thomas A Walsh, Izabela Marszalowska, Andrew E Webb, Micheál MacAogain, Thomas R Rogers, Henry Windle, Dermot Kelleher, Mary J O'Connell, Christine E Loscher
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a nosocomial pathogen prevalent in hospitals worldwide and increasingly common in the community. Sequence differences have been shown to be present in the Surface Layer Proteins (SLPs) from different C. difficile ribotypes (RT) however whether these differences influence severity of infection is still not clear. RESULTS: We used a molecular evolutionary approach to analyse SLPs from twenty-six C. difficile RTs representing different slpA sequences...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335724/a-genetic-chronology-for-the-indian-subcontinent-points-to-heavily-sex-biased-dispersals
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Marina Silva, Marisa Oliveira, Daniel Vieira, Andreia Brandão, Teresa Rito, Joana B Pereira, Ross M Fraser, Bob Hudson, Francesca Gandini, Ceiridwen Edwards, Maria Pala, John Koch, James F Wilson, Luísa Pereira, Martin B Richards, Pedro Soares
BACKGROUND: India is a patchwork of tribal and non-tribal populations that speak many different languages from various language families. Indo-European, spoken across northern and central India, and also in Pakistan and Bangladesh, has been frequently connected to the so-called "Indo-Aryan invasions" from Central Asia ~3.5 ka and the establishment of the caste system, but the extent of immigration at this time remains extremely controversial. South India, on the other hand, is dominated by Dravidian languages...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335721/transcriptomic-insights-into-the-genetic-basis-of-mammalian-limb-diversity
#4
Jennifer A Maier, Marcelo Rivas-Astroza, Jenny Deng, Anna Dowling, Paige Oboikovitz, Xiaoyi Cao, Richard R Behringer, Chris J Cretekos, John J Rasweiler, Sheng Zhong, Karen E Sears
BACKGROUND: From bat wings to whale flippers, limb diversification has been crucial to the evolutionary success of mammals. We performed the first transcriptome-wide study of limb development in multiple species to explore the hypothesis that mammalian limb diversification has proceeded through the differential expression of conserved shared genes, rather than by major changes to limb patterning. Specifically, we investigated the manner in which the expression of shared genes has evolved within and among mammalian species...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335715/cytotype-coexistence-in-the-field-cannot-be-explained-by-inter-cytotype-hybridization-alone-linking-experiments-and-computer-simulations-in-the-sexual-species-pilosella-echioides-asteraceae
#5
Jindřich Chrtek, Tomáš Herben, Radka Rosenbaumová, Zuzana Münzbergová, Zuzana Dočkalová, Jaroslav Zahradníček, Jana Krejčíková, Pavel Trávníček
BACKGROUND: Processes driving ploidal diversity at the population level are virtually unknown. Their identification should use a combination of large-scale screening of ploidy levels in the field, pairwise crossing experiments and mathematical modelling linking these two types of data. We applied this approach to determine the drivers of frequencies of coexisting cytotypes in mixed-ploidy field populations of the fully sexual plant species Pilosella echioides. We examined fecundity and ploidal diversity in seeds from all possible pairwise crosses among 2x, 3x and 4x plants...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335712/exploring-the-evolutionary-origin-of-floral-organs-of-erycina-pusilla-an-emerging-orchid-model-system
#6
Anita Dirks-Mulder, Roland Butôt, Peter van Schaik, Jan Willem P M Wijnands, Roel van den Berg, Louie Krol, Sadhana Doebar, Kelly van Kooperen, Hugo de Boer, Elena M Kramer, Erik F Smets, Rutger A Vos, Alexander Vrijdaghs, Barbara Gravendeel
BACKGROUND: Thousands of flowering plant species attract pollinators without offering rewards, but the evolution of this deceit is poorly understood. Rewardless flowers of the orchid Erycina pusilla have an enlarged median sepal and incised median petal ('lip') to attract oil-collecting bees. These bees also forage on similar looking but rewarding Malpighiaceae flowers that have five unequally sized petals and gland-carrying sepals. The lip of E. pusilla has a 'callus' that, together with winged 'stelidia', mimics these glands...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330441/discovery-and-evolution-of-novel-hemerythrin-genes-in-annelid-worms
#7
Elisa M Costa-Paiva, Nathan V Whelan, Damien S Waits, Scott R Santos, Carlos G Schrago, Kenneth M Halanych
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive study on hemoglobins and hemocyanins, little is known about hemerythrin (Hr) evolutionary history. Four subgroups of Hrs have been documented, including: circulating Hr (cHr), myohemerythrin (myoHr), ovohemerythrin (ovoHr), and neurohemerythrin (nHr). Annelids have the greatest diversity of oxygen carrying proteins among animals and are the only phylum in which all Hr subgroups have been documented. To examine Hr diversity in annelids and to further understand evolution of Hrs, we employed approaches to survey annelid transcriptomes in silico...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320313/retention-of-duplicated-long-wavelength-opsins-in-mosquito-lineages-by-positive-selection-and-differential-expression
#8
Gloria I Giraldo-Calderón, Michael J Zanis, Catherine A Hill
BACKGROUND: Opsins are light sensitive receptors associated with visual processes. Insects typically possess opsins that are stimulated by ultraviolet, short and long wavelength (LW) radiation. Six putative LW-sensitive opsins predicted in the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti and malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae, and eight in the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus, suggest gene expansion in the Family Culicidae (mosquitoes) relative to other insects. Here we report the first detailed molecular and evolutionary analyses of LW opsins in three mosquito vectors, with a goal to understanding the molecular basis of opsin-mediated visual processes that could be exploited for mosquito control...
March 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320321/evolution-of-group-i-introns-in-porifera-new-evidence-for-intron-mobility-and-implications-for-dna-barcoding
#9
Astrid Schuster, Jose V Lopez, Leontine E Becking, Michelle Kelly, Shirley A Pomponi, Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck, Paco Cárdenas
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial introns intermit coding regions of genes and feature characteristic secondary structures and splicing mechanisms. In metazoans, mitochondrial introns have only been detected in sponges, cnidarians, placozoans and one annelid species. Within demosponges, group I and group II introns are present in six families. Based on different insertion sites within the cox1 gene and secondary structures, four types of group I and two types of group II introns are known, which can harbor up to three encoding homing endonuclease genes (HEG) of the LAGLIDADG family (group I) and/or reverse transcriptase (group II)...
March 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320309/correlated-duplications-and-losses-in-the-evolution-of-palmitoylation-writer-and-eraser-families
#10
Stijn Wittouck, Vera van Noort
BACKGROUND: Protein post-translational modifications (PTMs) change protein properties. Each PTM type is associated with domain families that apply the modification (writers), remove the modification (erasers) and bind to the modified sites (readers) together called toolkit domains. The evolutionary origin and diversification remains largely understudied, except for tyrosine phosphorylation. Protein palmitoylation entails the addition of a palmitoyl fatty acid to a cysteine residue. This PTM functions as a membrane anchor and is involved in a range of cellular processes...
March 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302068/late-danubian-mitochondrial-genomes-shed-light-into-the-neolithisation-of-central-europe-in-the-5-th-millennium-bc
#11
Maciej Chyleński, Anna Juras, Edvard Ehler, Helena Malmström, Janusz Piontek, Mattias Jakobsson, Arkadiusz Marciniak, Miroslawa Dabert
BACKGROUND: Recent aDNA studies are progressively focusing on various Neolithic and Hunter - Gatherer (HG) populations, providing arguments in favor of major migrations accompanying European Neolithisation. The major focus was so far on the Linear Pottery Culture (LBK), which introduced the Neolithic way of life in Central Europe in the second half of 6th millennium BC. It is widely agreed that people of this culture were genetically different from local HGs and no genetic exchange is seen between the two groups...
March 16, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302062/ancestral-and-novel-roles-of-pax-family-genes-in-mollusks
#12
Maik Scherholz, Emanuel Redl, Tim Wollesen, André Luiz de Oliveira, Christiane Todt, Andreas Wanninger
BACKGROUND: Pax genes are transcription factors with significant roles in cell fate specification and tissue differentiation during animal ontogeny. Most information on their tempo-spatial mode of expression is available from well-studied model organisms where the Pax-subfamilies Pax2/5/8, Pax6, and Paxα/β are mainly involved in the development of the central nervous system (CNS), the eyes, and other sensory organs. In certain taxa, Pax2/5/8 seems to be additionally involved in the development of excretion organs...
March 16, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292260/ruminant-specific-multiple-duplication-events-of-prdm9-before-speciation
#13
Abinash Padhi, Botong Shen, Jicai Jiang, Yang Zhou, George E Liu, Li Ma
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genetic and evolutionary mechanisms of speciation genes in sexually reproducing organisms would provide important insights into mammalian reproduction and fitness. PRDM9, a widely known speciation gene, has recently gained attention for its important role in meiotic recombination and hybrid incompatibility. Despite the fact that PRDM9 is a key regulator of recombination and plays a dominant role in hybrid incompatibility, little is known about the underlying genetic and evolutionary mechanisms that generated multiple copies of PRDM9 in many metazoan lineages...
March 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288561/coinfection-outcome-in-an-opportunistic-pathogen-depends-on-the-inter-strain-interactions
#14
Hanna Kinnula, Johanna Mappes, Lotta-Riina Sundberg
BACKGROUND: In nature, organisms are commonly coinfected by two or more parasite strains, which has been shown to influence disease virulence. Yet, the effects of coinfections of environmental opportunistic pathogens on disease outcome are still poorly known, although as host-generalists they are highly likely to participate in coinfections. We asked whether coinfection with conspecific opportunistic strains leads to changes in virulence, and if these changes are associated with bacterial growth or interference competition...
March 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288560/duplication-and-concerted-evolution-of-misp-encoding-genes-underlie-the-material-properties-of-minor-ampullate-silks-of-cobweb-weaving-spiders
#15
Jannelle M Vienneau-Hathaway, Elizabeth R Brassfield, Amanda Kelly Lane, Matthew A Collin, Sandra M Correa-Garhwal, Thomas H Clarke, Evelyn E Schwager, Jessica E Garb, Cheryl Y Hayashi, Nadia A Ayoub
BACKGROUND: Orb-web weaving spiders and their relatives use multiple types of task-specific silks. The majority of spider silk studies have focused on the ultra-tough dragline silk synthesized in major ampullate glands, but other silk types have impressive material properties. For instance, minor ampullate silks of orb-web weaving spiders are as tough as draglines, due to their higher extensibility despite lower strength. Differences in material properties between silk types result from differences in their component proteins, particularly members of the spidroin (spider fibroin) gene family...
March 14, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279151/168-million-years-old-marine-lice-and-the-evolution-of-parasitism-within-isopods
#16
Christina Nagler, Matúš Hyžný, Joachim T Haug
BACKGROUND: Isopods (woodlice, slaters and their relatives) are common crustaceans and abundant in numerous habitats. They employ a variety of lifestyles including free-living scavengers and predators but also obligate parasites. This modern-day variability of lifestyles is not reflected in isopod fossils so far, mostly as the life habits of many fossil isopods are still unclear. A rather common group of fossil isopods is Urda (190-100 million years). Although some of the specimens of different species of Urda are considered well preserved, crucial characters for the interpretation of their lifestyle (and also of their phylogenetic position), have so far not been accessible...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274203/comprehensive-transcriptomic-analysis-of-tibetan-schizothoracinae-fish-gymnocypris-przewalskii-reveals-how-it-adapts-to-a-high-altitude-aquatic-life
#17
Chao Tong, Tian Fei, Cunfang Zhang, Kai Zhao
BACKGROUND: Understanding the genetic basis of adaptation to high altitude life is of paramount importance for preserving and managing genetic diversity in highland animals. This objective has been addressed mainly in terrestrial fauna but rarely in aquatic animals. Tibetan Schizothoracinae fish is the ideal model system in evolutionary biology, carrying key insights into evolutionary genetics of speciation and adaptation at high altitude. Gymnocypris przewalskii is the newly formed Schizothoracinae fish species in the Tibetan Plateau, inhabits chronic cold, extreme saline and alkaline aquatic environment in Lake Qinghai, thus evolving the unique genomic signatures to adapt extremely severe environments...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274202/identification-of-constraints-influencing-the-bacterial-genomes-evolution-in-the-pvc-super-phylum
#18
Sandrine Pinos, Pierre Pontarotti, Didier Raoult, Vicky Merhej
BACKGROUND: Horizontal transfer plays an important role in the evolution of bacterial genomes, yet it obeys several constraints, including the ecological opportunity to meet other organisms, the presence of transfer systems, and the fitness of the transferred genes. Bacteria from the Planctomyctetes, Verrumicrobia, Chlamydiae (PVC) super-phylum have a compartmentalized cell plan delimited by an intracytoplasmic membrane that might constitute an additional constraint with particular impact on bacterial evolution...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274200/spatial-turnover-in-host-plant-availability-drives-host-associated-divergence-in-a-south-african-leafhopper-cephalelus-uncinatus
#19
Willem J Augustyn, Bruce Anderson, Jeroen F van der Merwe, Allan G Ellis
BACKGROUND: The evolution of reproductive isolation between herbivorous insect populations is often initiated by shifts to novel host-plants, a process that underlies some of the best examples of ecological speciation. However, it is not well understood why host-shifts occur. Arguably the most common hypothesis is that host-shifts occur in response to competition, while a less frequently invoked hypothesis is that herbivores adapt locally to geographic differences in potential host-plant communities...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274196/asymmetric-cellular-memory-in-bacteria-exposed-to-antibiotics
#20
Roland Mathis, Martin Ackermann
BACKGROUND: The ability to form a cellular memory and use it for cellular decision-making could help bacteria to cope with recurrent stress conditions. We analyzed whether bacteria would form a cellular memory specifically if past events are predictive of future conditions. We worked with the asymmetrically dividing bacterium Caulobacter crescentus where past events are expected to only be informative for one of the two cells emerging from division, the sessile cell that remains in the same microenvironment and does not migrate...
March 9, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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