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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338960/organellar-genomes-from-a-%C3%A2-5-000-years-old-archaeological-maize-sample-are-closely-related-to-nb-genotype
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Bernardo Pérez-Zamorano, Miguel Vallebueno-Estrada, Javier Martínez González, Angel García Cook, Rafael Montiel, Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada, Luis Delaye
The story of how pre-Columbian civilizations developed goes hand-in-hand with the process of plant domestication by Mesoamerican inhabitants. Here we present the almost complete sequence of a mitochondrial genome and a partial chloroplast genome from an archaeological maize sample collected at the Valley of Tehuacán, México. Accelerator mass spectrometry dated the maize sample to be 5,040 to 5,300 years before present (95% probability). Phylogenetic analysis of the mitochondrial genome shows that the archaeological sample branches basal to the other Zea mays genomes, as expected...
March 17, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338961/expressed-structurally-stable-inverted-duplicates-in-mammalian-genomes-as-functional-noncoding-elements
#2
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/28338988/phylogenetics-of-lophotrochozoan-bhlh-genes-and-the-evolution-of-lineage-specific-gene-duplicates
#3
Yongbo Bao, Fei Xu, Sebastian M Shimeld
The gain and loss of genes encoding transcription factors is of importance to understanding the evolution of gene regulatory complexity. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) genes encode a large superfamily of transcription factors. We systematically classify the bHLH genes from five mollusc, two annelid and one brachiopod genomes, tracing the pattern of bHLH gene evolution across these poorly-studied Phyla. 56 to 88 bHLH genes were identified in each genome, with most identifiable as members of previously described bilaterian families, or of new families we define...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338950/non-replicative-rna-recombination-of-an-animal-plus-strand-rna-virus-in-the-absence-of-efficient-translation-of-viral-proteins
#4
Maximiliane Kleine Büning, Denise Meyer, Sophia Austermann-Busch, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Tillmann Rümenapf, Paul Becher
RNA recombination is a major driving force for the evolution of RNA viruses and is significantly implicated in the adaptation of viruses to new hosts, changes of virulence, as well as in the emergence of new viruses including drug-resistant and escape mutants. However, the molecular details of recombination in animal RNA viruses are only poorly understood. In order to determine whether viral RNA recombination depends on translation of viral proteins, a non-replicative recombination system was established which is based on cotransfection of cells with synthetic bovine viral diarrhea virus (family Flaviviridae) RNA genome fragments either lacking the internal ribosome entry site required for cap-independent translation or lacking almost the complete polyprotein coding region...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338924/a-nonsynonymous-snp-catalog-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-virulence-genes-and-its-use-for-detecting-new-potentially-virulent-sublineages
#5
N E Mikheecheva, M V Zaychikova, A V Melerzanov, V N Danilenko
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is divided into several distinct lineages, and various genetic markers such as IS-elements, VNTR, and SNPs are used for lineage identification. We propose an M. tuberculosis classification approach based on functional polymorphisms in virulence genes. An M. tuberculosis virulence genes catalog has been established, including 319 genes from various protein groups, such as proteases, cell wall proteins, fatty acid and lipid metabolism proteins, sigma factors, toxin-antitoxin systems...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338986/genome-wide-estimates-of-transposable-element-insertion-and-deletion-rates-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338982/rna-editing-during-sexual-development-occurs-in-distantly-related-filamentous-ascomycetes
#7
Ines Teichert, Tim Dahlmann, Ulrich Kück, Minou Nowrousian
RNA editing is a posttranscriptional process that modifies RNA molecules leading to transcript sequences that differ from their template DNA. A-to-I editing was found to be widely distributed in nuclear transcripts of metazoa, but was detected in fungi only recently in a study of the filamentous ascomycete Fusarium graminearum that revealed extensive A-to-I editing of mRNAs in sexual structures (fruiting bodies). Here, we searched for putative RNA editing events in RNA-seq data from Sordaria macrospora and Pyronema confluens, two distantly related filamentous ascomycetes, and in data from the Taphrinomycete Schizosaccharomyces pombe...
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338965/burrowers-from-the-past-mitochondrial-signatures-of-ordovician-bivalve-infaunalization
#8
Federico Plazzi, Guglielmo Puccio, Marco Passamonti
Bivalves and gastropods are the two largest classes of extant molluscs. Despite sharing a huge number of features, they do not share a key ecological one: gastropods are essentially epibenthic, while most bivalves are infaunal. However, this is not the ancestral bivalve condition; Cambrian forms were surface crawlers and only during the Ordovician a fundamental infaunalization process took place, leading to bivalves as we currently know them. This major ecological shift is linked to the exposure to a different redox environoments (hypoxic or anoxic) and with the Lower Devonian oxygenation event...
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338939/it-remains-unknown-whether-filaggrin-gene-mutations-evolved-to-increase-cutaneous-synthesis-of-vitamin-d
#9
Jacob P Thyssen, Peter M Elias
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338931/evolutionary-dynamics-of-pathoadaptation-revealed-by-three-independent-acquisitions-of-the-virb-d4-type-iv-secretion-system-in-bartonella
#10
Alexander Harms, Francisca H I D Segers, Maxime Quebatte, Claudia Mistl, Pablo Manfredi, Jonas Körner, Bruno B Chomel, Michael Kosoy, Soichi Maruyama, Philipp Engel, Christoph Dehio
The α-proteobacterial genus Bartonella comprises a group of ubiquitous mammalian pathogens that are studied as a model for the evolution of bacterial pathogenesis. Vast abundance of two particular phylogenetic lineages of Bartonella had been linked to enhanced host adaptability enabled by lineage-specific acquisition of a VirB/D4 type IV secretion system (T4SS) and parallel evolution of complex effector repertoires. However, the limited availability of genome sequences from one of those lineages as well as other, remote branches of Bartonella has so far hampered comprehensive understanding of how the VirB/D4 T4SS and its effectors called Beps have shaped Bartonella evolution...
March 7, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338896/rapid-evolution-of-microrna-loci-in-the-brown-algae
#11
J Mark Cock, Fuli Liu, Delin Duan, Simon Bourdareau, Agnieszka Lipinska, Susana M Coelho, James E Tarver
Stringent searches for microRNAs (miRNAs) have so far only identified these molecules in animals, land plants, chlorophyte green algae, slime molds and brown algae. The identification of miRNAs in brown algae was based on analysis of a single species, the filamentous brown alga Ectocarpus sp. Here we have used deep sequencing of small RNAs and a recently published genome sequence to identify miRNAs in a second brown alga, the kelp Saccharina japonica. S. japonica possesses a large number of miRNAs (117) and these miRNAs are highly diverse, falling into 98 different families...
March 3, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338816/conserved-patterns-of-sex-chromosome-dosage-compensation-in-the-lepidoptera-wz-zz-insights-from-a-moth-neo-z-chromosome
#12
Liuqi Gu, James R Walters, Douglas C Knipple
Where previously described, patterns of sex chromosome dosage compensation in the Lepidoptera (moths and butterflies) have several unusual characteristics. Other female-heterogametic (ZW/ZZ) species exhibit female Z-linked expression that is reduced compared to autosomal expression and male Z expression. In the Lepidoptera, however, Z expression typically appears balanced between sexes but overall reduced relative to autosomal expression, i.e. Z ≈ ZZ < AA. This pattern is not easily reconciled with theoretical expectations for the evolution of sex chromosome dosage compensation...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338804/duplications-and-positive-selection-drive-the-evolution-of-parasitism-associated-gene-families-in-the-nematode-strongyloides-papillosus
#13
Praveen Baskaran, Tegegn G Jaleta, Adrian Streit, Christian Rödelsperger
Gene duplication is one major mechanism playing a role in the evolution of phenotypic complexity and in the generation of novel traits. By comparing parasitic and nonparasitic nematodes, a recent study found that the evolution of parasitism in Strongyloididae is associated with a large expansion in the Astacin and CAP gene families.To gain novel insights into the developmental processes in the sheep parasite Strongyloides papillosus, we sequenced transcriptomes of different developmental stages and sexes. Overall, we found that the majority of genes are developmentally regulated and have one-to-one orthologs in the diverged S...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338802/cross-species-genome-wide-identification-of-evolutionary-conserved-microproteins
#14
Daniel Straub, Stephan Wenkel
MicroProteins are small single-domain proteins that act by engaging their targets into different, sometimes non-productive protein complexes. In order to identify novel microProteins in any sequenced genome of interest, we have developed miPFinder, a program that identifies and classifies potential microProteins. In the past years, several microProteins have been discovered in plants where they are mainly involved in the regulation of development by fine-tuning transcription factor activities. The miPFinder algorithm identifies all up to date known plant microProteins and extends the microProtein concept beyond transcription factors to other protein families...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338777/the-chlamydia-suis-genome-exhibits-high-levels-of-diversity-plasticity-and-mobile-antibiotic-resistance-comparative-genomics-of-a-recent-livestock-cohort-shows-influence-of-treatment-regimes
#15
Helena M B Seth-Smith, Sabrina Wanninger, Nathan Bachmann, Hanna Marti, Weihong Qi, Manuela Donati, Antonietta di Francesco, Adam Polkinghorne, Nicole Borel
Chlamydia suis is an endemic pig pathogen, belonging to a fascinating genus of obligate intracellular pathogens. Of particular interest, this is the only chlamydial species to have naturally acquired genes encoding for tetracycline resistance. To date, the distribution and mobility of the Tet-island is not well understood. Our study focused on whole genome sequencing of 29 C. suis isolates from a recent porcine cohort within Switzerland, combined with data from USA tetracycline-resistant isolates. Our findings show that the genome of C...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338786/recombination-mediated-host-adaptation-by-avian-staphylococcus-aureus
#16
Susan Murray, Ben Pascoe, Guillaume Méric, Leonardos Mageiros, Koji Yahara, Matthew D Hitchings, Yasmin Friedmann, Thomas S Wilkinson, Fraser J Gormley, Dietrich Mack, James E Bray, Sarah Lamble, Rory Bowden, Keith A Jolley, Martin C J Maiden, Sarah Wendlandt, Stefan Schwarz, Jukka Corander, J Ross Fitzgerald, Samuel K Sheppard
Staphylococcus aureus are globally disseminated among farmed chickens causing skeletal muscle infections, dermatitis and septicaemia. The emergence of poultry-associated lineages has involved zoonotic transmission from humans to chickens but questions remain about the specific adaptations that promote proliferation of chicken pathogens. We characterised genetic variation in a population of genome-sequenced S. aureus isolates of poultry and human origin. Genealogical analysis identified a dominant poultry-associated sequence cluster within the CC5 clonal complex...
February 28, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338825/modular-organization-of-residue-level-contacts-shape-the-selection-pressure-on-individual-amino-acid-sites-of-ribosomal-proteins
#17
Saurav Mallik, Sudip Kundu
Understanding the molecular evolution of macromolecular complexes in the light of their structure, assembly and stability is of central importance. Here we address how the modular organization of native molecular contacts shapes the selection pressure on individual residue sites of ribosomal complexes. The bacterial ribosomal complex is represented as a residue contact network where nodes represent amino acid/nucleotide residues and edges represent their van der Waals interactions. We find statistically overrepresented native amino acid-nucleotide contacts (OaantC, one amino acid contacts one or multiple nucleotides, inter-nucleotide contacts are disregarded)...
February 22, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338821/phylogenomic-insights-into-mouse-evolution-using-a-pseudoreference-approach
#18
Brice A J Sarver, Sara Keeble, Ted Cosart, Priscilla K Tucker, Matthew D Dean, Jeffrey M Good
Comparative genomic studies are now possible across a broad range of evolutionary timescales, but the generation and analysis of genomic data across many different species still present a number of challenges. The most sophisticated genotyping and down-stream analytical frameworks are still predominantly based on comparisons to high-quality reference genomes. However, established genomic resources are often limited within a given group of species, necessitating comparisons to divergent reference genomes that could restrict or bias comparisons across a phylogenetic sample...
February 22, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338820/evolutionary-dynamics-of-regulatory-changes-underlying-gene-expression-divergence-among-saccharomyces-species
#19
Brian P H Metzger, Patricia J Wittkopp, Joseph D Coolon
Heritable changes in gene expression are important contributors to phenotypic differences within and between species and are caused by mutations in cis-regulatory elements and trans-regulatory factors. While previous work has suggested that cis-regulatory differences preferentially accumulate with time, technical restrictions to closely related species and limited comparisons have made this observation difficult to test. To address this problem, we used allele-specific RNA-seq data from Saccharomyces species and hybrids to expand both the evolutionary timescale and number of species in which the evolution of regulatory divergence has been investigated...
February 22, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206606/the-small-non-coding-rna-processing-machinery-of-two-living-fossil-species-lungfish-and-coelacanth-gives-new-insights-into-the-evolution-of-the-argonaute-protein-family
#20
Biscotti Maria Assunta, Canapa Adriana, Forconi Mariko, Gerdol Marco, Pallavicini Alberto, Schartl Manfred, Barucca Marco
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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