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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331019/cis-regulator-runaway-and-divergence-in-asexuals
#1
Frédéric Fyon, Thomas Lenormand
With the advent of new sequencing technologies, the evolution of gene expression is becoming a subject of intensive genomic research, with sparking debates upon the role played by these kinds of changes in adaptive evolution and speciation. In this paper, we model expression evolution in species differing by their reproductive systems. We consider different rates of sexual versus asexual reproduction and the different type of parthenogenesis (apomixis and the various modes of automixis). We show that competition for expression leads to two selective processes on cis-regulatory regions that act independently to organism-level adaptation...
January 13, 2018: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330348/weak-epistasis-may-drive-adaptation-in-recombining-bacteria
#2
Brian J Arnold, Michael U Gutmann, Yonatan H Grad, Samuel K Sheppard, Jukka Corander, Marc Lipsitch, William P Hanage
The impact of epistasis on the evolution of multilocus traits depends on recombination. While sexually-reproducing eukaryotes recombine so frequently that epistasis between polymorphisms is not considered to play a large role in short-term adaptation, many bacteria also recombine, some to the degree that their populations are described as 'panmictic' or 'freely recombining'. However, whether this recombination is sufficient to limit the ability of selection to act on epistatic contributions to fitness is unknown...
January 12, 2018: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324177/tobacco-use-among-adults-by-sexual-orientation-findings-from-the-population-assessment-of-tobacco-and-health-study
#3
Christopher W Wheldon, Annette R Kaufman, Karin A Kasza, Richard P Moser
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to characterize lifetime tobacco use across two measures of sexual orientation and six types of tobacco products. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (Wave 1, 2013-2014, USA) to estimate the prevalence of tobacco use (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars, pipes, hookah, and smokeless) stratified by gender (men/women), age (< 25/≥ 25 years old), and sexual orientation...
January 2018: LGBT Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323249/probabilistic-data-integration-identifies-reliable-gametocyte-specific-proteins-and-transcripts-in-malaria-parasites
#4
Lisette Meerstein-Kessel, Robin van der Lee, Will Stone, Kjerstin Lanke, David A Baker, Pietro Alano, Francesco Silvestrini, Chris J Janse, Shahid M Khan, Marga van de Vegte-Bolmer, Wouter Graumans, Rianne Siebelink-Stoter, Taco W A Kooij, Matthias Marti, Chris Drakeley, Joseph J Campo, Teunis J P van Dam, Robert Sauerwein, Teun Bousema, Martijn A Huynen
Plasmodium gametocytes are the sexual forms of the malaria parasite essential for transmission to mosquitoes. To better understand how gametocytes differ from asexual blood-stage parasites, we performed a systematic analysis of available 'omics data for P. falciparum and other Plasmodium species. 18 transcriptomic and proteomic data sets were evaluated for the presence of curated "gold standards" of 41 gametocyte-specific versus 46 non-gametocyte genes and integrated using Bayesian probabilities, resulting in gametocyte-specificity scores for all P...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321869/imitating-the-cost-of-males-a-hypothesis-for-coexistence-of-all-female-sperm-dependent-species-and-their-sexual-host
#5
Christelle Leung, Bernard Angers
All-female sperm-dependent species are particular asexual organisms that must coexist with a closely related sexual host for reproduction. However, demographic advantages of asexual over sexual species that have to produce male individuals could lead both to extinction. The unresolved question of their coexistence still challenges and fascinates evolutionary biologists. As an alternative hypothesis, we propose those asexual organisms are afflicted by a demographic cost analogous to the production of males to prevent exclusion of the host...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321849/population-genomics-and-geographical-parthenogenesis-in-japanese-harvestmen-opiliones-sclerosomatidae-leiobunum
#6
Mercedes Burns, Marshal Hedin, Nobuo Tsurusaki
Naturally occurring population variation in reproductive mode presents an opportunity for researchers to test hypotheses regarding the evolution of sex. Asexual reproduction frequently assumes a geographical pattern, in which parthenogenesis-dominated populations are more broadly dispersed than their sexual conspecifics. We evaluate the geographical distribution of genomic signatures associated with parthenogenesis using nuclear and mitochondrial DNA sequence data from two Japanese harvestman sister taxa, Leiobunum manubriatum and Leiobunum globosum...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318912/population-genetics-of-verticillium-dahliae-in-iran-based-on-microsatellite-and-snp-markers
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Vahideh Rafiei, Ziaeddin Banihashemi, Laura S Bautista-Jalon, María Del Mar Jiménez-Gasco, Gillian Turgeon, Michael G Milgroom
Verticillium dahliae is a plant pathogenic fungus that reproduces asexually and its population structure is highly clonal. In the present study, 78 V. dahliae isolates from Iran were genotyped for mating type, SNPs and microsatellites to assign them to clonal lineages and to determine population genetic structure in Iran. The mating type of all isolates was MAT1-2. Based on neighbor-joining analysis and minimum spanning networks constructed from SNPs and microsatellite genotypes, all but four isolates were assigned to lineage 2B824; four isolates were assigned to lineage 4B...
January 10, 2018: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317356/comparative-proteomics-of-the-larval-and-adult-stages-of-the-model-cestode-parasite-mesocestoides-corti
#8
Jeferson Camargo de Lima, Karina Mariante Monteiro, Tatiana Noel Basika Cabrera, Gabriela Prado Paludo, Hercules Moura, John R Barr, Arnaldo Zaha, Henrique Bunselmeyer Ferreira
Mesocestoides corti is a widely used model for the study of cestode biology, and its transition from the larval tetrathyridium (TT) stage to the strobilated, adult worm (ST) stage can be induced and followed in vitro. Here, a proteomic approach was used to describe and compare M. corti TT and ST protein repertories. Overall, 571 proteins were identified, 238 proteins in TT samples and 333 proteins in ST samples. Among the identified proteins, 207 proteins were shared by TTs and STs, while 157 were stage-specific, being 31 exclusive from TTs, and 126 from STs...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316140/a-male-gametocyte-osmiophilic-body-and-microgamete-surface-protein-of-the-rodent-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-yoelii-pymigs-plays-a-critical-role-in-male-osmiophilic-body-formation-and-exflagellation
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Mayumi Tachibana, Tomoko Ishino, Eizo Takashima, Takafumi Tsuboi, Motomi Torii
Anopheles mosquitoes transmit Plasmodium parasites of mammals, including the species that cause malaria in humans. Malaria pathology is caused by rapid multiplication of parasites in asexual intraerythrocytic cycles. Sexual stage parasites are also produced during the intraerythrocytic cycle, and are ingested by the mosquito, initiating gametogenesis and subsequent sporogonic stage development. Here, we present a Plasmodium protein, termed microgamete surface protein (MiGS), which has an important role in male gametocyte osmiophilic body (MOB) formation and microgamete function...
January 5, 2018: Cellular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29311293/pfcdpk1-is-critical-for-malaria-parasite-gametogenesis-and-mosquito-infection
#10
Abhisheka Bansal, Alvaro Molina-Cruz, Joseph Brzostowski, Poching Liu, Yan Luo, Karthigayan Gunalan, Yuesheng Li, José M C Ribeiro, Louis H Miller
Efforts to knock out Plasmodium falciparum calcium-dependent protein kinase 1 (PfCDPK1) from asexual erythrocytic stage have not been successful, indicating an indispensable role of the enzyme in asexual growth. We recently reported generation of a transgenic parasite with mutant CDPK1 [Bansal A, et al. (2016) MBio 7:e02011-16]. The mutant CDPK1 (T145M) had reduced activity of transphosphorylation. We reasoned that CDPK1 could be disrupted in the mutant parasites. Consistent with this assumption, CDPK1 was successfully disrupted in the mutant parasites using CRISPR/Cas9...
January 8, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310662/assessment-of-the-quality-and-quantity-of-naturally-induced-antibody-responses-to-eba175riii-v-in-ghanaian-children-living-in-two-communities-with-varying-malaria-transmission-patterns
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Hamza B Abagna, Festus K Acquah, Ruth Okonu, Nii A Aryee, Michael Theisen, Linda E Amoah
BACKGROUND: Recent global reports on malaria suggest significant decrease in disease severity and an increase in control interventions in many malaria endemic countries, including Ghana. However, a major driving force sustaining malaria transmission in recent times is the asymptomatic carriage of malaria parasites, which can enhance immune responses against parasite antigens. This study determined the prevalence and relative avidities of naturally induced antibodies to EBA175RIII-VLl in asymptomatic children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission patterns...
January 8, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305053/structure-kinetics-molecular-and-redox-properties-of-a-cytosolic-and-developmentally-regulated-fungal-catalase-peroxidase
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Vanessa Vega-García, Adelaida Díaz-Vilchis, Juan-Pablo Saucedo-Vázquez, Alejandro Solano-Peralta, Enrique Rudiño-Piñera, Wilhelm Hansberg
CAT-2, a cytosolic catalase-peroxidase (CP) from Neurospora crassa, which is induced during asexual spore formation, was heterologously expressed and characterized. CAT-2 had the Met-Tyr-Trp adduct required for catalase activity. Its KM for H2O2 was micromolar for peroxidase and millimolar for catalase activity. A Em = -158 mV reduction potential value was obtained and the Soret band shift suggested a mixture of low and high spin ferric iron. CAT-2 EPR spectrum at 10 K indicated an axial and a rhombic component...
January 2, 2018: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304870/dynamics-of-anti-msp3-and-pfs230-antibody-responses-and-multiplicity-of-infection-in-asymptomatic-children-from-southern-ghana
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Linda E Amoah, Festus K Acquah, Ruth Ayanful-Torgby, Akua Oppong, Joana Abankwa, Evans K Obboh, Susheel K Singh, Michael Theisen
BACKGROUND: During a Plasmodium infection, exposure of human host immune cells to both the asexual and the sexual stages of the parasite elicit immune responses. These responses may be protective and prevent the development of high parasitaemia and its associated clinical symptoms, or block the transmission of malaria to an uninfected person. This study aimed at examining the dynamics of naturally acquired immune responses against the asexual and sexual forms of Plasmodium falciparum as well as assessing differences in the multiplicity of infection (MOI) in asymptomatic Ghanaian children living in two communities with varying malaria transmission intensities...
January 5, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304859/a-phase-1-evaluation-of-the-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic-interaction-of-the-anti-malarial-agents-kaf156-and-piperaquine
#14
F Joel Leong, Jay Prakash Jain, Yiyan Feng, Budhaditya Goswami, Daniel S Stein
BACKGROUND: KAF156 is a novel imidazolopiperazine anti-malarial with activity against pre-erythrocytic liver stages, asexual and sexual blood stages. Based on in vitro data, a two-way pharmacokinetic interaction was hypothesized for KAF156 use in combination with piperaquine (PPQ) as both drugs are CYP3A4 substrates and inhibitors. Potential combination effects on the QT interval were also assessed. METHODS: This was an open-label, parallel-group, single-dose study in healthy volunteers randomized to three parallel arms (1:1:1) of 800 mg KAF156 + 1280 mg PPQ, 800 mg KAF156 alone and 1280 mg PPQ alone...
January 5, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29304258/the-relative-contribution-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-plasmodium-vivax-and-plasmodium-falciparum-infections-to-the-infectious-reservoir-in-a-low-endemic-setting-in-ethiopia
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Fitsum G Tadesse, Hannah C Slater, Wakweya Chali, Karina Teelen, Kjerstin Lanke, Mulualem Belachew, Temesgen Menberu, Girma Shumie, Getasew Shitaye, Lucy C Okell, Wouter Graumans, Geert-Jan van Gemert, Soriya Kedir, Addisu Tesfaye, Feleke Belachew, Wake Abebe, Hassen Mamo, Robert Sauerwein, Taye Balcha, Abraham Aseffa, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Endalamaw Gadisa, Chris Drakeley, Teun Bousema
Background: The majority of P. vivax and P. falciparum infections in low-endemic settings are asymptomatic. The relative contribution to the infectious reservoir of these infections, often of low-parasite-density, compared to clinical malaria cases, is currently unknown but important for malaria elimination strategies. Methods: We assessed infectivity of passively-recruited symptomatic malaria patients (n=41) and community-recruited asymptomatic individuals with microscopy- (n=41) and PCR-detected infections (n=82) using membrane feeding assays with Anopheles arabiensis mosquitoes in Adama, Ethiopia...
January 3, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300948/the-effects-of-transcription-and-recombination-on-mutational-dynamics-of-short-tandem-repeats
#16
Monika Zavodna, Andrew Bagshaw, Rudiger Brauning, Neil J Gemmell
Short tandem repeats (STR) are ubiquitous components of the genomic architecture of most living organisms. Recent work has highlighted the widespread functional significance of such repeats, particularly around gene regulation, but the mutational processes underlying the evolution of these highly abundant and highly variable sequences are not fully understood. Traditional models assume that strand misalignment during replication is the predominant mechanism, but empirical data suggest the involvement of other processes including recombination and transcription...
December 29, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298673/analysis-of-the-hybrid-genomes-of-two-field-isolates-of-the-soil-borne-fungal-species-verticillium-longisporum
#17
Johan Fogelqvist, Georgios Tzelepis, Sarosh Bejai, Jonas Ilbäck, Arne Schwelm, Christina Dixelius
BACKGROUND: Brassica plant species are attacked by a number of pathogens; among them, the ones with a soil-borne lifestyle have become increasingly important. Verticillium stem stripe caused by Verticillium longisporum is one example. This fungal species is thought to be of a hybrid origin, having a genome composed of combinations of lineages denominated A and D. In this study we report the draft genomes of 2 V. longisporum field isolates sequenced using the Illumina technology. Genomic characterization and lineage composition, followed by selected gene analysis to facilitate the comprehension of its genomic features and potential effector categories were performed...
January 3, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29289750/arohap-an-effective-algorithm-for-single-individual-haplotype-reconstruction-based-on-asexual-reproduction-optimization
#18
Mohammad-H Olyaee, Alireza Khanteymoori
In this paper, a method for single individual haplotype (SIH) reconstruction using Asexual reproduction optimization (ARO) is proposed. Haplotypes, as a set of genetic variations in each chromosome, contain vital information such as the relationship between human genome and diseases. Finding haplotypes in diploid organisms is a challenging task. Experimental methods are expensive and require special equipment. In SIH problem, we encounter with several fragments and each fragment covers some parts of desired haplotype...
December 14, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282837/do-reef-corals-age
#19
John C Bythell, Barbara E Brown, Thomas B L Kirkwood
Hydra is emerging as a model organism for studies of ageing in early metazoan animals, but reef corals offer an equally ancient evolutionary perspective as well as several advantages, not least being the hard exoskeleton which provides a rich fossil record as well as a record of growth and means of ageing of individual coral polyps. Reef corals are also widely regarded as potentially immortal at the level of the asexual lineage and are assumed not to undergo an intrinsic ageing process. However, putative molecular indicators of ageing have recently been detected in reef corals...
December 28, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282057/in-vitro-anti-malarial-interaction-and-gametocytocidal-activity-of-cryptolepine
#20
Arnold Donkor Forkuo, Charles Ansah, Kwesi Boadu Mensah, Kofi Annan, Ben Gyan, Anjo Theron, Dalu Mancama, Colin W Wright
BACKGROUND: Discovery of novel gametocytocidal molecules is a major pharmacological strategy in the elimination and eradication of malaria. The high patronage of the aqueous root extract of the popular West African anti-malarial plant Cryptolepis sanguinolenta (Periplocaceae) in traditional and hospital settings in Ghana has directed this study investigating the gametocytocidal activity of the plant and its major alkaloid, cryptolepine. This study also investigates the anti-malarial interaction of cryptolepine with standard anti-malarials, as the search for new anti-malarial combinations continues...
December 28, 2017: Malaria Journal
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