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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535266/mechanism-of-bacterial-gene-rearrangement-spra-catalyzed-precise-dna-recombination-and-its-directionality-control-by-sprb-ensure-the-gene-rearrangement-and-stable-expression-of-spsm-during-sporulation-in-bacillus-subtilis
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Kimihiro Abe, Takuo Takamatsu, Tsutomu Sato
A sporulation-specific gene, spsM, is disrupted by an active prophage, SPβ, in the genome of Bacillus subtilis. SPβ excision is required for two critical steps: the onset of the phage lytic cycle and the reconstitution of the spsM-coding frame during sporulation. Our in vitro study demonstrated that SprA, a serine-type integrase, catalyzed integration and excision reactions between attP of SPβ and attB within spsM, while SprB, a recombination directionality factor, was necessary only for the excision between attL and attR in the SPβ lysogenic chromosome...
May 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534046/genetic-analysis-of-age-at-onset-variation-in-spinocerebellar-ataxia-type-2
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K P Figueroa, Hilary Coon, Nieves Santos, Luis Velazquez, Luis Almaguer Mederos, Stefan-M Pulst
OBJECTIVE: To examine heritability of the residual variability of spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA2) age at onset (AO) after controlling for CAG repeat length. METHODS: From 1955 to 2001, dates of birth, CAG repeat lengths, AO, sex, familial inheritances, and clinical manifestations were collected for a large Cuban SCA2 cohort of 382 affected individuals, including 129 parent-child pairs and 69 sibships. Analyses were performed with log-transformed AO in the GENMOD procedure to predict AO using repeat length, taking into account family structure...
June 2017: Neurology. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533481/massively-parallel-sequencing-and-genome-wide-copy-number-analysis-revealed-a-clonal-relationship-in-benign-metastasizing-leiomyoma
#3
Ren-Chin Wu, An-Shine Chao, Li-Yu Lee, Gigin Lin, Shu-Jen Chen, Yen-Jung Lu, Huei-Jean Huang, Chi-Feng Yen, Chien Min Han, Yun-Shien Lee, Tzu-Hao Wang, Angel Chao
Benign metastasizing leiomyoma (BML) is a rare disease entity typically presenting as multiple extrauterine leiomyomas associated with a uterine leiomyoma. It has been hypothesized that the extrauterine leiomyomata represent distant metastasis of the uterine leiomyoma. To date, the only molecular evidence supporting this hypothesis was derived from clonality analyses based on X-chromosome inactivation assays. Here, we sought to address this issue by examining paired specimens of synchronous pulmonary and uterine leiomyomata from three patients using targeted massively parallel sequencing and molecular inversion probe array analysis for detecting somatic mutations and copy number aberrations...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527524/c9orf72-hexanucleotide-repeat-expansions-and-ataxin-2-intermediate-length-repeat-expansions-in-indian-patients-with-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
#4
Priyam Narain, James Gomes, Rohit Bhatia, Inder Singh, Perumal Vivekanandan
Repeat expansions in the chromosome 9 open reading frame 72 (C9orf72) gene have been recognized as a major contributor to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia in the Caucasian population. Intermediate length repeat expansions of CAG (polyQ) repeat in the ATXN2 gene have also been reported to increase the risk of developing ALS in North America and Europe. We screened 131 ALS patients and 127 healthy controls from India for C9orf72 and ATXN2 repeat expansions. We found pathogenic hexanucleotide expansions in 3 of the 127 sporadic ALS patients, in 1 of the 4 familial ALS patients, and in none of the healthy controls...
April 26, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523639/association-mapping-of-yield-and-yield-related-traits-under-reproductive-stage-drought-stress-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#5
B P Mallikarjuna Swamy, Noraziyah Abd Aziz Shamsudin, Site Noorzuraini Abd Rahman, Ramil Mauleon, Wickneswari Ratnam, Ma Teressa Sta Cruz, Arvind Kumar
BACKGROUND: The identification and introgression of major-effect QTLs for grain yield under drought are some of the best and well-proven approaches for improving the drought tolerance of rice varieties. In the present study, we characterized Malaysian rice germplasm for yield and yield-related traits and identified significant trait marker associations by structured association mapping. RESULTS: The drought screening was successful in screening germplasm with a yield reduction of up to 60% and heritability for grain yield under drought was up to 78%...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522692/mitotic-chromosome-assembly-despite-nucleosome-depletion-in-xenopus-egg-extracts
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Keishi Shintomi, Fukashi Inoue, Hiroshi Watanabe, Keita Ohsumi, Miho Ohsugi, Tatsuya Hirano
The nucleosome is the fundamental structural units of eukaryotic chromatin. During mitosis, duplicated nucleosome fibers are organized into a pair of rod-shaped structures (chromatids) within a mitotic chromosome. However, it remains unclear whether nucleosome assembly is indeed an essential prerequisite for mitotic chromosome assembly. Here, we combined mouse sperm nuclei and Xenopus cell-free egg extracts depleted of the histone chaperone Asf1 and found that chromatid-like structures could be assembled even in the near-absence of nucleosomes...
May 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514774/demonstration-of-5-methylcytosine-rich-dna-sequences-in-chiroptera
#7
Michael Schmid, Claus Steinlein, Christian Lomb, Marianne Volleth
5-Methylcytosine-rich heterochromatic regions were demonstrated in metaphase chromosomes of 5 species of Chiroptera by indirect immunofluorescence using a monoclonal anti-5-methylcytosine antibody. These species belong to 4 genera and 2 families and are characterized by divergent karyotypes. One species (Glauconycteris beatrix) has an extremely low diploid chromosome number of 2n = 22 with only meta- to submetacentric elements and remarkably large amounts of constitutive heterochromatin located in the centromeric and pericentromeric regions of all chromosome pairs...
May 18, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511174/noninvasive-prenatal-detection-of-trisomy-21-by-targeted-semiconductor-sequencing-a-technical-feasibility-study
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Yanwei Xi, Aryan Arbabi, Amy J M McNaughton, Alison Hamilton, Danna Hull, Helene Perras, Tillie Chiu, Shawna Morrison, Claire Goldsmith, Emilie Creede, Gregory J Anger, Christina Honeywell, Mireille Cloutier, Natasha Macchio, Courtney Kiss, Xudong Liu, Susan Crocker, Gregory A Davies, Michael Brudno, Christine M Armour
OBJECTIVE: To develop an alternate noninvasive prenatal testing method for the assessment of trisomy 21 (T21) using a targeted semiconductor sequencing approach. METHODS: A customized AmpliSeq panel was designed with 1,067 primer pairs targeting specific regions on chromosomes 21, 18, 13, and others. A total of 235 samples, including 30 affected with T21, were sequenced with an Ion Torrent Proton sequencer, and a method was developed for assessing the probability of fetal aneuploidy via derivation of a risk score...
May 17, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510256/interregional-cytogenetic-comparisons-in-halichoeres-and-thalassoma-wrasses-labridae-of-coastal-and-insular-regions-of-the-southwestern-atlantic
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K D J Amorim, M B Cioffi, L A C Bertollo, R X Soares, L L Calado, A T Borges, G W W F Costa, W F Molina
The distribution patterns of marine biodiversity are complex, resulting from vicariant events and species dispersion, as well as local ecological and adaptive conditions. Furthermore, the wide geographic distribution of some species may be hindered by biogeographical barriers that can interfere in the gene flow. Cytogenetic analyses in marine fishes, especially those involving populations in small remote insular environments, remain scarce. In the Western Atlantic, species of wrasses from the genera Halichoeres and Thalassoma occur in biogeographic arrangements that make it possible to analyze cytogenetic patterns between coastal and widely separated island populations...
May 10, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506636/multiple-dna-interactions-contribute-to-the-initiation-of-telomerase-elongation
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Ahu Karademir Andersson, Cecilia Gustafsson, Roopesh Krishnankutty, Marita Cohn
Telomerase maintains telomere length and chromosome integrity by adding short tandem repeats of single-stranded DNA to the 3' ends, via reverse transcription of a defined template region of its RNA subunit. To further understand the telomerase elongation mechanism, we studied the primer utilization and extension activity of the telomerase from the budding yeast Naumovozyma castellii (Saccharomyces castellii), which displays a processive nucleotide and repeat addition polymerization. For the efficient initiation of canonical elongation, telomerase required 4nt primer 3' end complementarity to the template RNA...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505203/cytological-and-morphological-analysis-of-hybrids-between-brassicoraphanus-and-brassica-napus-for-introgression-of-clubroot-resistant-trait-into-brassica-napus-l
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Zongxiang Zhan, Chinedu Charles Nwafor, Zhaoke Hou, Jianfang Gong, Bin Zhu, Yingfen Jiang, Yongming Zhou, Jiangsheng Wu, Zhongyun Piao, Yue Tong, Chao Liu, Chunyu Zhang
Interspecific hybridization is a powerful tool for improvement of crop species, it has the potential to broaden the genetic base and create new plant forms for breeding programs. Synthetic allopolyploid is a widely-used model for the study of genetic recombination and fixed heterosis in Brassica. In Brassica napus breeding, identification and introgression of new sources of clubroot resistance trait from wild or related species into it by hybridization is a long-term crop management strategy for clubroot disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504856/cell-free-dna-copy-number-variations-in-plasma-from-colorectal-cancer-patients
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Jian Li, Rachel L Dittmar, Shu Xia, Huijuan Zhang, Meijun Du, Chiang-Ching Huang, Brooke R Druliner, Lisa Boardman, Liang Wang
To evaluate clinical utility of cell free DNA (cfDNA), we performed whole genome sequencing to systematically examine plasma cfDNA copy number variations (CNVs) in a cohort of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC, n=80), polyps (n=20) and healthy controls (n=35). We initiallycompared cfDNA yield in 20 paired serum-plasma samples and observed significantly higher cfDNA concentration in serum (median=81.20ng, range 7.18-500ng/ml) than in plasma (median=5.09ng, range 3.76-62.8ng/ml) (p<0.0001). However, tumor-derived cfDNA content was significantly lower in serum than in matched plasma samples tested...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502657/rpl10l-is-required-for-male-meiotic-division-by-compensating-for-rpl10-during-meiotic-sex-chromosome-inactivation-in-mice
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Long Jiang, Tao Li, Xingxia Zhang, Beibei Zhang, Changping Yu, Yang Li, Suixing Fan, Xiaohua Jiang, Teka Khan, Qiaomei Hao, Peng Xu, Daita Nadano, Mahmoud Huleihel, Eitan Lunenfeld, P Jeremy Wang, Yuanwei Zhang, Qinghua Shi
The mammalian sex chromosomes have undergone profound changes during their evolution from an ancestral pair of autosomes [1-4]. Specifically, the X chromosome has acquired a paradoxical sex-biased function by redistributing gene contents [5, 6] and has generated a disproportionately high number of retrogenes that are located on autosomes and exhibit male-biased expression patterns [6]. Several selection-based models have been proposed to explain this phenomenon, including a model of sexual antagonism driving X inactivation (SAXI) [6-8] and a compensatory mechanism based on meiotic sex chromosome inactivation (MSCI) [6, 8-11]...
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501862/chromosome-painting-in-trogon-s-surrucura-aves-trogoniformes-reveals-a-karyotype-derived-by-chromosomal-fissions-fusions-and-inversions
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Tiago M Degrandi, Analía Del Valle Garnero, Patricia C M O'Brien, Malcolm A Ferguson-Smith, Rafael Kretschmer, Edivaldo H C de Oliveira, Ricardo J Gunski
Trogons are forest birds with a wide distribution, being found in Africa, Asia, and America, and are included in the order Trogoniformes, family Trogonidae. Phylogenetic studies using molecular data have not been able to determine the phylogenetic relationship among the different genera of trogons. So far, no cytogenetic data for these birds exist. Hence, the aim of this study was to characterize the karyotype of Trogon surrucura surrucura by means of classical and molecular cytogenetics. We found a diploid chromosome number of 2n = 82, similar to most birds, with several derived features compared to chicken and the putative ancestral avian karyotype...
May 13, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500332/sexual-homomorphism-in-dioecious-trees-extensive-tests-fail-to-detect-sexual-dimorphism-in-populus-%C3%A2
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Athena D McKown, Jaroslav Klápště, Robert D Guy, Raju Y Soolanayakanahally, Jonathan La Mantia, Ilga Porth, Oleksandr Skyba, Faride Unda, Carl J Douglas, Yousry A El-Kassaby, Richard C Hamelin, Shawn D Mansfield, Quentin C B Cronk
The evolution of sexual dimorphism and expansion of sex chromosomes are both driven through sexual conflict, arising from differing fitness optima between males and females. Here, we pair work in poplar (Populus) describing one of the smallest sex-determining regions known thus far in complex eukaryotes (~100 kbp) with comprehensive tests for sexual dimorphism using >1300 individuals from two Populus species and assessing 96 non-reproductive functional traits. Against expectation, we found sexual homomorphism (no non-reproductive trait differences between the sexes), suggesting that gender is functionally neutral with respect to non-reproductive features that affect plant survival and fitness...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495837/congressing-kinetochores-progressively-load-ska-complexes-to-prevent-force-dependent-detachment
#16
Philip Auckland, Nicholas I Clarke, Stephen J Royle, Andrew D McAinsh
Kinetochores mediate chromosome congression by either sliding along the lattice of spindle microtubules or forming end-on attachments to their depolymerizing plus-ends. By following the fates of individual kinetochores as they congress in live cells, we reveal that the Ska complex is required for a distinct substep of the depolymerization-coupled pulling mechanism. Ska depletion increases the frequency of naturally occurring, force-dependent P kinetochore detachment events, while being dispensable for the initial biorientation and movement of chromosomes...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493118/position-matters-multiple-functions-of-linc-dependent-chromosome-positioning-during-meiosis
#17
Kazuhiro Katsumata, Eriko Nishi, Sadia Afrin, Kaoru Narusawa, Ayumu Yamamoto
Chromosome positioning is crucial for multiple chromosomal events, including DNA replication, repair, and recombination. The linker of nucleoskeleton and cytoskeleton (LINC) complexes, which consist of conserved nuclear membrane proteins, were shown to control chromosome positioning and facilitate various biological processes by interacting with the cytoskeleton. However, the precise functions and regulation of LINC-dependent chromosome positioning are not fully understood. During meiosis, the LINC complexes induce clustering of telomeres, forming the bouquet chromosome arrangement, which promotes homologous chromosome pairing...
May 10, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486097/stopping-chromosomes-from-breaking-bad
#18
Rima Sandhu, G Valentin Börner
The scaffolding that holds chromosome pairs together plays a key role in limiting the levels of double-strand breaks.
May 9, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485258/chromosomal-aberrations-in-monozygotic-and-dizygotic-twins-versus-singletons-in-denmark-during-1968-2009
#19
Lone Kroeldrup, Lisbeth A Larsen, Christina Fagerberg, Jens M Hertz, Kaare Christensen
BACKGROUND: Hall (Embryologic development and monozygotic twinning. Acta Geneticae Medicae et Gemellologiae, Vol. 45, 1996, pp. 53-57) hypothesized that chromosomal aberrations can lead to monozygotic (MZ) twinning. However, twinning and chromosomal aberrations increase prenatal mortality and could reduce the prevalence of chromosomal aberrations in live-born twins. We compared prevalence proportion ratios (PPR) of chromosomal aberrations and trisomy 21 (T21) in live-born twins versus singletons born in Denmark during 1968-2009...
May 9, 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480886/live-cell-imaging-of-single-genomic-loci-with-quantum-dot-labeled-tales
#20
Yingxin Ma, Mingxiu Wang, Wei Li, Zhiping Zhang, Xiaowei Zhang, Tianwei Tan, Xian-En Zhang, Zongqiang Cui
Single genomic loci are often related to specific cellular functions, genetic diseases, or pathogenic infections. Visualization of single genomic loci in live human cells is currently of great interest, yet it remains challenging. Here, we describe a strategy for live cell imaging of single genomic loci by combining transcription activator-like effectors (TALEs) with a quantum dot labelling technique. We design and select a pair of TALEs that specifically target HIV-1 proviral DNA sequences, and use bioorthogonal ligation reactions to label them with different colour quantum dots (QDs)...
May 8, 2017: Nature Communications
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