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Mobile genome element

Pragathi B Shridhar, Isha R Patel, Jayanthi Gangiredla, Lance W Noll, Xiaorong Shi, Jianfa Bai, Christopher A Elkins, Nancy A Strockbine, T G Nagaraja
Escherichia coli O104:H4, a Shiga toxin-producing hybrid pathotype that was implicated in a major foodborne outbreak in Germany in 2011, has not been detected in cattle. However, serotypes of O104, other than O104:H4, have been isolated from cattle feces, with O104:H7 being the most predominant. In this study, we investigated, based on whole genome sequence analyses, the virulence potential of E. coli O104 strains isolated from cattle feces, since cattle are asymptomatic carriers of E. coli O104. The genomes of ten bovine E...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Lu Zeng, R Daniel Kortschak, Joy M Raison, Terry Bertozzi, David L Adelson
Transposable Elements (TEs) are mobile DNA sequences that make up significant fractions of amniote genomes. However, they are difficult to detect and annotate ab initio because of their variable features, lengths and clade-specific variants. We have addressed this problem by refining and developing a Comprehensive ab initio Repeat Pipeline (CARP) to identify and cluster TEs and other repetitive sequences in genome assemblies. The pipeline begins with a pairwise alignment using krishna, a custom aligner. Single linkage clustering is then carried out to produce families of repetitive elements...
2018: PloS One
Morgan Petrovich, Binh Chu, Dorothy Wright, Jim Griffin, Maryam Elfeki, Brian T Murphy, Rachel Poretsky, George Wells
Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are known to harbor antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) that are disseminated into the environment via effluent. However, few studies have compared abundance, mobilization, and selective pressures for ARGs in WWTPs as a function of variations in secondary treatment bioprocesses. We used shotgun metagenomics to provide a comprehensive analysis of ARG composition, relationship to mobile genetic elements, and co-occurrences with antibiotic production genes (APGs) throughout two full-scale municipal WWTPs, one of which employs biofilm-based secondary treatment and another that uses a suspended growth system...
March 9, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
Andrew J Page, Alexander Wailan, Yan Shao, Kim Judge, Gordon Dougan, Elizabeth J Klemm, Nicholas R Thomson, Jacqueline A Keane
Increasingly rich metadata are now being linked to samples that have been whole-genome sequenced. However, much of this information is ignored. This is because linking this metadata to genes, or regions of the genome, usually relies on knowing the gene sequence(s) responsible for the particular trait being measured and looking for its presence or absence in that genome. Examples of this would be the spread of antimicrobial resistance genes carried on mobile genetic elements (MGEs). However, although it is possible to routinely identify the resistance gene, identifying the unknown MGE upon which it is carried can be much more difficult if the starting point is short-read whole-genome sequence data...
March 12, 2018: Microbial Genomics
Zoé Joly-Lopez, Thomas E Bureau
Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile genetic elements that were once perceived as merely selfish, but are now recognized as potent agents of adaptation. One way TEs contribute to genome evolution is through TE exaptation, a process whereby TEs, which usually persist by replicating in the genome, transform into novel host genes, which thereafter persist by conferring phenotypic benefits. Exapted TEs are known to contribute diverse and vital functions, and may facilitate punctuated equilibrium, yet we have little understanding about the process of TE exaptation...
March 8, 2018: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
Savrina Manhas, Lina Ma, Vivien Measday
Nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) orchestrate cargo between the cytoplasm and nucleus and regulate chromatin organization. NPC proteins, or nucleoporins (Nups), are required for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) gene expression and genomic integration of viral DNA. We utilize the Ty1 retrotransposon of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (S. cerevisiae) to study retroviral integration because retrotransposons are the progenitors of retroviruses and have conserved integrase (IN) enzymes. Ty1-IN targets Ty1 elements into the genome upstream of RNA polymerase (Pol) III transcribed genes such as transfer RNA (tRNA) genes...
March 5, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
Guillaume Méric, Leonardos Mageiros, Ben Pascoe, Dan J Woodcock, Evangelos Mourkas, Sarah Lamble, Rory Bowden, Keith A Jolley, Ben Raymond, Samuel K Sheppard
Bacterial plasmids can vary from small selfish genetic elements to large autonomous replicons that constitute a significant proportion of total cellular DNA. By conferring novel function to the cell, plasmids may facilitate evolution but their mobility may be opposed by co-evolutionary relationships with chromosomes or encouraged via the infectious sharing of genes encoding public goods. Here, we explore these hypotheses through large-scale examination of the association between plasmids and genomes in the phenotypically diverse Bacillus cereus group...
March 6, 2018: Molecular Ecology
Yaqi You, Li Song, Bareng A S Nonyane, Lance B Price, Ellen K Silbergeld
New human pathogens can emerge from the livestock-human interface and spread into human populations through many pathways including livestock products. Occupational contact with livestock is a risk factor for exposure to those pathogens and may cause further spreading of those pathogens in the community. The current study used whole genome sequencing to explore nasal Staphylococcus aureus obtained from hog slaughterhouse workers and their community members, all of whom resided in a livestock-dense region in rural North Carolina...
2018: PloS One
Ying Jin, Molly Hammell
Transposable elements (TE) are mobile genetic elements that can readily change their genomic position. When not properly silenced, TEs can contribute a substantial portion to the cell's transcriptome, but are typically ignored in most RNA-seq data analyses. One reason for leaving TE-derived reads out of RNA-seq analyses is the complexities involved in properly aligning short sequencing reads to these highly repetitive regions. Here we describe a method for including TE-derived reads in RNA-seq differential expression analysis using an open source software package called TEtranscripts...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Peter A Larson, John B Moldovan, Naveen Jasti, Jeffrey M Kidd, Christine R Beck, John V Moran
Human Long interspersed element-1 (L1) retrotransposons contain an internal RNA polymerase II promoter within their 5' untranslated region (UTR) and encode two proteins, (ORF1p and ORF2p) required for their mobilization (i.e., retrotransposition). The evolutionary success of L1 relies on the continuous retrotransposition of full-length L1 mRNAs. Previous studies identified functional splice donor (SD), splice acceptor (SA), and polyadenylation sequences in L1 mRNA and provided evidence that a small number of spliced L1 mRNAs retrotransposed in the human genome...
March 5, 2018: PLoS Biology
Marisa F Nicolás, Pablo Ivan Pereira Ramos, Fabíola Marques de Carvalho, Dhian R A Camargo, Carlene de Fátima Morais Alves, Guilherme Loss de Morais, Luiz G P Almeida, Rangel C Souza, Luciane P Ciapina, Ana C P Vicente, Roney S Coimbra, Ana T Ribeiro de Vasconcelos
The aim of this study was to unravel the genetic determinants responsible for multidrug (including carbapenems) resistance and virulence in a clinical isolate of Klebsiella quasipneumoniae subsp. similipneumoniae by whole-genome sequencing and comparative analyses. Eighty-three clinical isolates initially identified as carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae were collected from nosocomial infections in southeast Brazil. After RAPD screening, the KPC-142 isolate, showing the most divergent DNA pattern, was selected for complete genome sequencing in an Illumina HiSeq 2500 instrument...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Wenli Li, Derek M Bickhart, Luigi Ramunno, Daniela Iamartino, John L Williams, George E Liu
This study sought to characterize differences in gene content, regulation and structure between taurine cattle and river buffalo (one subspecies of domestic water buffalo) using the extensively annotated UMD3.1 cattle reference genome as a basis for comparisons. We identified 127 deletion CNV regions in river buffalo representing 5 annotated cattle genes. We also characterized 583 merged mobile element insertion (MEI) events within the upstream regions of annotated cattle genes. Transcriptome analysis in various tissue types on river buffalo confirmed the absence of four cattle genes...
February 28, 2018: Genomics
Natalia M Vior, Rodney Lacret, Govind Chandra, Siobhán Dorai-Raj, Martin Trick, Andrew W Truman
Bicyclomycin (BCM) is a clinically promising antibiotic that is biosynthesised by Streptomyces cinnamoneus DSM 41675. BCM is structurally characterized by a core cyclo(L-Ile-L-Leu) 2,5-diketopiperazine (DKP) that is extensively oxidized. Here, we identify the BCM biosynthetic gene cluster, which shows that the core of BCM is biosynthesised by a cyclodipeptide synthase and the oxidative modifications are introduced by five 2-oxoglutarate-dependent dioxygenases and one cytochrome P450 monooxygenase. The discovery of the gene cluster enabled the identification of BCM pathways encoded in the genomes of hundreds of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates distributed globally, and heterologous expression of the pathway from P...
March 2, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Xavier Argemi, Chimène Nanoukon, Dissou Affolabi, Daniel Keller, Yves Hansmann, Philippe Riegel, Lamine Baba-Moussa, Gilles Prévost
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a leading cause of nosocomial infections, majorly resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics, and may transfer several mobile genetic elements among the members of its own species, as well as to Staphylococcus aureus ; however, a genetic exchange from S. aureus to S. epidermidis remains controversial. We recently identified two pathogenic clinical strains of S. epidermidis that produce a staphylococcal enterotoxin C3-like (SEC) similar to that by S. aureus pathogenicity islands. This study aimed to determine the genetic environment of the SEC-coding sequence and to identify the mobile genetic elements...
February 25, 2018: Toxins
Francisco Macías, Raquel Afonso-Lehmann, Manuel C López, Inmaculada Gómez, M Carmen Thomas
Introduction: An important portion of the Trypanosoma cruzi genome is composed of mobile genetic elements, which are interspersed with genes on all chromosomes. The L1Tc non-LTR retrotransposon and its truncated version NARTc are the most highly represented and best studied of these elements. L1Tc is actively transcribed in all three forms of the Trypanosoma parasite and encodes the proteins that enable it to autonomously mobilize. This mini review discusses the enzymatic properties of L1Tc that enable its mobilization and possibly the mobilization of other non-autonomous retrotransposons in Trypanosoma...
February 2018: Current Genomics
Yang-Yang Zhang, Zhi-Xin Liang, Chun-Sun Li, Yan Chang, Xiu-Qing Ma, Ling Yu, Liang-An Chen
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important pathogen of nosocomial infections. Nosocomial outbreaks caused by antibiotic-resistant A. baumannii remain a significant challenge. Understanding the antibiotic resistance mechanism of A. baumannii is critical for clinical treatment. The purpose of this study was to determine the whole-genome sequence (WGS) of an extensively drug-resistant (XDR) A. baumannii strain, XDR-BJ83, which was associated with a nosocomial outbreak in a tertiary care hospital of China, and to investigate the antibiotic resistance mechanism of this strain...
February 28, 2018: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
Yusuke Inoue, Masahiko Kumagai, Xianbo Zhang, Tomonori Saga, Deshou Wang, Akihiko Koga, Hiroyuki Takeda
Background: Endogenous viral elements play important roles in eukaryotic evolution by giving rise to genetic novelties. Herpesviruses are a large family of DNA viruses, most of which do not have the ability to endogenize into host genomes. Recently, we identified a novel type of endogenous herpesvirus, which we named " Teratorn ", from the medaka ( Oryzias latipes ) genome, in which the herpesvirus is fused with a piggyBac -like DNA transposon, forming a novel mobile element...
2018: Zoological Letters
Noriko A Cassman, Késia S Lourenço, Janaína B do Carmo, Heitor Cantarella, Eiko E Kuramae
Background: The production of 1 L of ethanol from sugarcane generates up to 12 L of vinasse, which is a liquid waste containing an as-yet uncharacterized microbial assemblage. Most vinasse is destined for use as a fertilizer on the sugarcane fields because of the high organic and K content; however, increased N2 O emissions have been observed when vinasse is co-applied with inorganic N fertilizers. Here we aimed to characterize the microbial assemblage of vinasse to determine the gene potential of vinasse microbes for contributing to negative environmental effects during fertirrigation and/or to the obstruction of bioethanol fermentation...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Jianfeng Wu, Sirui Yang, Di Yu, Wenjing Gao, Xianjun Liu, Kun Zhang, Xueqi Fu, Wanguo Bao, Kaiyu Zhang, Jiaao Yu, Liankun Sun, Shaofeng Wang
Genetic variants near the tumor necrosis factor-α-induced protein 3 gene (TNFAIP3) at the chromosomal region 6q23 demonstrated significant associations with multiple autoimmune diseases. The signals of associations have been explained to the TNFAIP3 gene, the most likely causal gene. In this study, we employed CRISPR/cas9 genome-editing tool to generate cell lines with deletions including a candidate causal variant, rs6927172, at 140 kb upstream of the TNFAIP3 gene. Interestingly, we observed alterations of multiple genes including IL-20RA encoding a subunit of the receptor for interleukin 20...
February 23, 2018: Genes and Immunity
Andrés E Marcoleta, Macarena A Varas, Javiera Ortiz-Severín, Leonardo Vásquez, Camilo Berríos-Pastén, Andrea V Sabag, Francisco P Chávez, Miguel L Allende, Carlos A Santiviago, Octavio Monasterio, Rosalba Lagos
Multiresistant and invasive hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae strains have become one of the most urgent bacterial pathogen threats. Recent analyses revealed a high genomic plasticity of this species, harboring a variety of mobile genetic elements associated with virulent strains, encoding proteins of unknown function whose possible role in pathogenesis have not been addressed. K. pneumoniae virulence has been studied mainly in animal models such as mice and pigs, however, practical, financial, ethical and methodological issues limit the use of mammal hosts...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
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