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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449025/reltime-rates-collapses-to-a-strict-clock-when-estimating-the-timeline-of-animal-diversification
#1
Jesus Lozano-Fernandez, Mario Dos Reis, Philip C J Donoghue, Davide Pisani
Establishing an accurate timescale for the history of life is crucial to understand evolutionary processes. To this scope, relaxed molecular clock models implemented in a Bayesian MCMC framework are generally used. However, these methods are time consuming. RelTime, a non-Bayesian method implementing a fast, ad hoc, algorithm for relative dating, was developed to overcome the computational inefficiencies of Bayesian software. RelTime was recently used to investigate the origin of animals, and found results consistent with outdated studies from the 1980es and 1990es that recovered metazoans to have a Mesoproterozoic origin (originating approximately 1...
April 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444372/quantifying-the-number-of-independent-organelle-dna-insertions-in-genome-evolution-and-human-health
#2
Einat Hazkani-Covo, William F Martin
Fragments of organelle genomes are often found as insertions in nuclear DNA. These fragments of mitochondrial DNA (numts) and plastid DNA (nupts) are ubiquitous components of eukaryotic genomes. They are, however, often edited out during the genome assembly process, leading to systematic underestimation of their frequency. Numts and nupts, once inserted, can become further fragmented through subsequent insertion of mobile elements or other recombinational events that disrupt the continuity of the inserted sequence relative to the genuine organelle DNA copy...
April 21, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444231/whole-genome-sequencing-of-7-strains-of-staphylococcus-lugdunensis-allows-identification-of-mobile-genetic-elements
#3
Xavier Argemi, Véronique Martin, Valentin Loux, Sandrine Dahyot, Jérémie Lebeurre, Aurélien Guffroy, Mickael Martin, Aurélie Velay, Daniel Keller, Philippe Riegel, Yves Hansmann, Nicodème Paul, Gilles Prévost
Coagulase negative staphylococci are normal inhabitant of the human skin flora that account for an increasing number of infections, particularly hospital-acquired infections. Staphylococcus lugdunensis has emerged as a most virulent species causing various infections with clinical characteristics close to what clinicians usually observe with Staphylococcus aureus and both bacteria share more than 70% of their genome. Virulence of S. aureus relies on a large repertoire of virulence factors, many of which are encoded on mobile genetic elements...
April 21, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444194/evolution-of-the-3r-myb-gene-family-in-plants
#4
Guanqiao Feng, J Gordon Burleigh, Edward L Braun, Wenbin Mei, W Brad Barbazuk
Plant 3R-MYB transcription factors are an important subgroup of the MYB super family in plants; however, their evolutionary history and functions remain poorly understood. We identified 225 3R-MYB proteins from 65 plant species, including algae and all major lineages of land plants. Two segmental duplication events preceding the common ancestor of angiosperms have given rise to three subgroups of the 3R-MYB proteins. Five conserved introns in the domain region of the 3R-MYB genes were identified, which arose through a step-wise pattern of intron gain during plant evolution...
April 20, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430951/evidence-for-a-strong-correlation-between-transcription-factor-protein-disorder-and-organismic-complexity
#5
Inmaculada Yruela, Christopher J Oldfield, Karl J Niklas, A Keith Dunker
Studies of diverse phylogenetic lineages reveal that protein disorder increases in concert with organismic complexity but that differences nevertheless exist among lineages. To gain insight into this phenomenology, we analyzed all of the transcription factor (TF) families for which sequences are known for 17 species spanning bacteria, yeast, algae, land plants, and animals and for which the number of different cell types has been reported in the primary literature. Although the fraction of disordered residues in TF sequences is often moderately or poorly correlated with organismic complexity as gauged by cell type number (r2 < 0...
April 18, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431152/insights-into-the-existence-of-isomeric-plastomes-in-cupressoideae-cupressaceae
#6
Xiao-Jian Qu, Chung-Shien Wu, Shu-Miaw Chaw, Ting-Shuang Yi
The cypress family (Cupressaceae) possesses highly rearranged plastomes that lack a pair of large inverted repeats typically found in land plants. A few cypress species have been reported to contain isomeric plastomes, but whether the existence of isomeric plastomes is ubiquitous in the family remains to be investigated with a broader taxon sampling. In this study, we sequenced the complete plastomes of ten species in Cupressoideae, the largest cypress subfamily. Cupressoideae showed relatively accelerated rates of substitutions at both nonsynonymous and synonymous sites as compared with other subfamilies of Cupressaceae...
April 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431042/cis-regulatory-divergence-in-gene-expression-between-two-thermally-divergent-yeast-species
#7
Xueying C Li, Justin C Fay
Gene regulation is a ubiquitous mechanism by which organisms respond to their environment. While organisms are often found to be adapted to the environments they experience, the role of gene regulation in environmental adaptation is not often known. In this study, we examine divergence in cis-regulatory effects between two Saccharomyces species, S. cerevisiae and S. uvarum, that have substantially diverged in their thermal growth profile. We measured allele specific expression (ASE) in the species' hybrid at three temperatures, the highest of which is lethal to S...
April 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419285/genomic-differentiation-and-demographic-histories-of-atlantic-and-indo-pacific-yellowfin-tuna-thunnus-albacares-populations
#8
J M I Barth, M Damerau, M Matschiner, S Jentoft, R Hanel
Recent developments in the field of genomics have provided new and powerful insights into population structure and dynamics that are essential for the conservation of biological diversity. As a commercially highly valuable species, the yellowfin tuna (Thunnus albacares) is intensely exploited throughout its distribution in tropical oceans around the world, and is currently classified as near threatened. However, conservation efforts for this species have so far been hampered by limited knowledge of its population structure, due to incongruent results of previous investigations...
April 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419219/dna-remodelling-by-strict-partial-endoreplication-in-orchids-an-original-process-in-the-plant-kingdom
#9
Spencer C Brown, Mickaël Bourge, Nicolas Maunoury, Maurice Wong, Michele Wolfe Bianchi, Sandra Lepers-Andrzejewski, Pascale Besse, Sonja Siljak-Yakovlev, Michel Dron, Béatrice Satiat-Jeunemaître
DNA remodelling during endoreplication appears to be a strong developmental characteristic in orchids. In this study, we analysed DNA content and nuclei in 41 species of orchids to further map the genome evolution in this plant family. We demonstrate that the DNA remodelling observed in 36 out of 41 orchids studied corresponds to strict partial endoreplication. Such process is developmentally regulated in each wild species studied. Cytometry data analyses allowed us to propose a model where nuclear states 2C, 4E, 8E, etc...
April 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402527/the-relationship-between-selection-network-connectivity-and-regulatory-variation-within-a-population-of-capsella-grandiora
#10
Emily B Josephs, Stephen I Wright, John R Stinchcombe, Daniel J Schoen
Interactions between genes can have important consequences for how selection shapes sequence variation at these genes. Specifically, genes that have pleiotropic effects by affecting the expression level of many other genes may be under stronger selective constraint. We used coexpression networks to measure connectivity between genes and investigated the relationship between gene connectivity and selection in a natural population of the plant Capsella grandiora. We observed that network connectivity was negatively correlated with genetic divergence due to stronger negative selection on highly-connected genes even when controlling for variation in gene expression level...
April 8, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402423/decostar-reconstructing-the-ancestral-organization-of-genes-or-genomes-using-reconciled-phylogenies
#11
Wandrille Duchemin, Yoann Anselmetti, Murray Patterson, Yann Ponty, Severine Berard, Cedric Chauve, Celine Scornavacca, Vincent Daubin, Eric Tannier
DeCoSTAR is a software that aims at reconstructing the organization of ancestral genes or genomes in the form of sets of neighborhood relations (adjacencies) between pairs of ancestral genes or gene domains. It can also improve the assembly of fragmented genomes by proposing evolutionary-induced adjacencies between scaffolding fragments. Ancestral genes or domains are deduced from reconciled phylogenetic trees under an evolutionary model that considers gains, losses, speciations, duplications, and transfers as possible events for gene evolution...
April 8, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383665/a-pan-genomic-approach-to-understand-the-basis-of-host-adaptation-in-achromobacter
#12
J Jeukens, L Freschi, A T Vincent, J G Emond-Rheault, I Kukavica-Ibrulj, S J Charette, R C Levesque
Over the past decade, there has been a rising interest in Achromobacter sp., an emerging opportunistic pathogen responsible for nosocomial and cystic fibrosis (CF) lung infections. Species of this genus are ubiquitous in the environment, can outcompete resident microbiota, and are resistant to commonly used disinfectants as well as antibiotics. Nevertheless, the Achromobacter genus suffers from difficulties in diagnosis, unresolved taxonomy and limited understanding of how it adapts to the CF lung, not to mention other host environments...
April 5, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379546/unravelling-the-complete-genome-of-archangium-gephyra-dsm-2261t-and-evolutionary-insights-into-myxobacterial-chitinases
#13
Gaurav Sharma, Srikrishna Subramanian
Family Cystobacteraceae is a group of eubacteria within order Myxococcales and class Deltaproteobacteria that includes more than twenty species belonging to six genera i.e. Angiococcus, Archangium, Cystobacter, Hyalangium, Melittangium, and Stigmatella. Earlier these members have been classified based on chitin degrading efficiency such as Cystobacter fuscus and Stigmatella aurantiaca, which are efficient chitin degraders, C. violaceus a partial chitin degrader and Archangium gephyra a chitin non-degrader. Here we report the 12...
April 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379509/a-locus-encoding-variable-defence-systems-against-invading-dna-identified-in-streptococcus-suis
#14
Masatoshi Okura, Takashi Nozawa, Takayasu Watanabe, Kazunori Murase, Ichiro Nakagawa, Daisuke Takamatsu, Makoto Osaki, Tsutomu Sekizaki, Marcelo Gottschalk, Shigeyuki Hamada, Fumito Maruyama
Streptococcus suis, an important zoonotic pathogen, is known to have an open pan-genome and to develop a competent state. In S. suis, limited genetic lineages are suggested to be associated with zoonosis. However, little is known about the evolution of diversified lineages and their respective phenotypic or ecological characteristics. In this study, we performed comparative genome analyses of S. suis, with a focus on the competence genes, mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and genetic elements related to various defence systems against exogenous DNAs (defence elements) that are associated with gene gain/loss/exchange mediated by horizontal DNA movements and their restrictions...
April 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379364/whole-genome-comparative-analysis-of-salmonella-enterica-serovar-newport-strains-reveals-lineage-specific-divergence
#15
Jie Zheng, Yan Luo, Elizabeth Reed, Rebecca Bell, Eric W Brown, Maria Hoffmann
Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica serovar Newport has been associated with various foodborne outbreaks in humans and animals. Phylogenetically, serovar Newport is one of several Salmonella serovars that are polyphyletic. To understand more about the polyphyletic nature of this serovar, six food, environment, and human isolates from different Newport lineages were selected for genome comparison analyses. Whole genome comparisons demonstrated that heterogeneity mostly occurred in the prophage regions. Lineage-specific characteristics were also present in the Salmonella pathogenicity islands and fimbrial operons...
April 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379360/core-genes-evolve-rapidly-in-the-long-term-evolution-experiment-with-escherichia-coli
#16
Rohan Maddamsetti, Philip J Hatcher, Anna G Green, Barry L Williams, Debora S Marks, Richard E Lenski
Bacteria can evolve rapidly under positive selection owing to their vast numbers, allowing their genes to diversify by adapting to different environments. We asked whether the same genes that evolve rapidly in the long-term evolution experiment with Escherichia coli (LTEE) have also diversified extensively in nature. To make this comparison, we identified ∼2000 core genes shared among 60 E. coli strains. During the LTEE, core genes accumulated significantly more nonsynonymous mutations than flexible (i.e...
April 4, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369330/comparative-genomics-of-rhodococcus-equi-virulence-plasmids-indicates-host-driven-evolution-of-the-vap-pathogenicity-island
#17
Iain MacArthur, Elisa Anastasi, Sonsiray Alvarez, Mariela Scortti, José A Vázquez-Boland
The conjugative virulence plasmid is a key component of the Rhodococcus equi accessory genome essential for pathogenesis. There are three host-associated virulence plasmid types: the equine pVAPA and porcine pVAPB circular variants and the linear pVAPN associated with bovine (ruminant) isolates. We recently characterized the R. equi pangenome (Anastasi et al. 2016, GBE 8:3140-3148) and we report here the comparative analysis of the virulence plasmid genomes. Plasmids within each host-associated type were highly similar despite their diverse origins...
March 22, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369297/genome-expression-balance-in-a-triploid-trihybrid-vertebrate
#18
Kyle E McElroy, Robert D Denton, Joel Sharbrough, Laura Bankers, Maurine Neiman, H Lisle Gibbs
Polyploidy is increasingly recognized as a driver of biological diversity. How and why polyploidization affects gene expression is critical to understanding the link between ploidy elevation and diversification. In polyploid plants multiple studies have demonstrated that ploidy elevation can confer major but variable consequences for gene expression, ranging from gene-by-gene alterations to entirely silenced genomes. In contrast, animal polyploids remain largely uncharacterized. Accordingly, how animals respond to and manage polyploidy events is not understood...
March 22, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338961/expressed-structurally-stable-inverted-duplicates-in-mammalian-genomes-as-functional-noncoding-elements
#19
Zhen-Xia Chen, Brian Oliver, Yong E Zhang, Ge Gao, Manyuan Long
Inverted duplicates are a type of repetitive DNA motifs consist of two copies of reverse complementary sequences separated by a spacer sequence. They can lead to genome instability and many may have no function, but some functional small RNAs are processed from hairpins transcribed from these elements. It is not clear whether the pervasive numbers of such elements in genomes, especially those of mammals, is the result of high generation rates of neutral or slightly deleterious duplication events or positive selection for functionality...
March 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338986/genome-wide-estimates-of-transposable-element-insertion-and-deletion-rates-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#20
Jeffrey R Adrion, Michael J Song, Daniel R Schrider, Matthew W Hahn, Sarah Schaack
Knowing the rate at which transposable elements (TEs) insert and delete is critical for understanding their role in genome evolution. We estimated spontaneous rates of insertion and deletion for all known, active TE superfamilies present in a set of Drosophila melanogaster mutation-accumulation (MA) lines using whole genome sequence data. Our results demonstrate that TE insertions far outpace TE deletions in D. melanogaster. We found a significant effect of background genotype on TE activity, with higher rates of insertions in one MA line...
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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