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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211199/description-and-molecular-phylogeny-of-a-novel-hypotrich-ciliate-from-the-soil-of-marche-region-italy-including-notes-on-the-mosyss-project
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Daizy Bharti, Santosh Kumar, Antonietta La Terza
The morphology and morphogenesis during cell division of a new stylonychine hypotrich, Rigidocortex quadrinucleatus n. sp., were investigated using live observation and protargol staining. The new species was isolated from soil samples collected from an organic farm in the Marche Region, Italy, in framework of the MOSYSS project. Rigidocortex quadrinucleatus is characterized as follows: cell size about 180 × 80 μm in vivo; four ellipsoidal macronuclear nodules; 44 adoral membranelles: 18 frontal-ventral-transverse cirri consisting of three frontal, four frontoventral, one buccal, three ventral, two pretransverse and five transverse cirri; dorsal kinety 3 with multiple fragmentation; resting cyst with hyaline ridges...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209394/ensifer-shofinae-sp-nov-a-novel-rhizobial-species-isolated-from-root-nodules-of-soybean-glycine-max
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Wen Hao Chen, Sheng Hui Yang, Zhao Hu Li, Xiao Xia Zhang, Xin Hua Sui, En Tao Wang, Wen Xin Chen, Wen Feng Chen
Two bacterial strains isolated from root nodules of soybean were characterized phylogenetically as members of a distinct group in the genus Ensifer based on 16S rRNA gene comparisons. They were also verified as a separated group by the concatenated sequence analyses of recA, atpD and glnII (with similarities ≤93.9% to the type strains for defined species), and by the average nucleotide identities (ANI) between the whole genome sequence of the representative strain CCBAU 251167(T) and those of the closely related strains in Ensifer glycinis and Ensifer fredii (90...
February 2, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209326/ethnobotany-phylogeny-and-omics-for-human-health-and-food-security
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Teresa Garnatje, Josep Peñuelas, Joan Vallès
Here, we propose a new term, 'ethnobotanical convergence', to refer to the similar uses for plants included in the same node of a phylogeny. This phylogenetic approach, together with the 'omics' revolution, shows how combining modern technologies with traditional ethnobotanical knowledge could be used to identify potential new applications of plants.
February 10, 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209125/the-mitochondrial-genome-sequences-of-the-round-goby-and-the-sand-goby-reveal-patterns-of-recent-evolution-in-gobiid-fish
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Irene Adrian-Kalchhauser, Ola Svensson, Verena E Kutschera, Magnus Alm Rosenblad, Martin Pippel, Sylke Winkler, Siegfried Schloissnig, Anders Blomberg, Patricia Burkhardt-Holm
BACKGROUND: Vertebrate mitochondrial genomes are optimized for fast replication and low cost of RNA expression. Accordingly, they are devoid of introns, are transcribed as polycistrons and contain very little intergenic sequences. Usually, vertebrate mitochondrial genomes measure between 16.5 and 17 kilobases (kb). RESULTS: During genome sequencing projects for two novel vertebrate models, the invasive round goby and the sand goby, we found that the sand goby genome is exceptionally small (16...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209119/plastome-phylogeny-and-early-diversification-of-brassicaceae
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Xinyi Guo, Jianquan Liu, Guoqian Hao, Lei Zhang, Kangshan Mao, Xiaojuan Wang, Dan Zhang, Tao Ma, Quanjun Hu, Ihsan A Al-Shehbaz, Marcus A Koch
BACKGROUND: The family Brassicaceae encompasses diverse species, many of which have high scientific and economic importance. Early diversifications and phylogenetic relationships between major lineages or clades remain unclear. Here we re-investigate Brassicaceae phylogeny with complete plastomes from 51 species representing all four lineages or 5 of 6 major clades (A, B, C, E and F) as identified in earlier studies. RESULTS: Bayesian and maximum likelihood phylogenetic analyses using a partitioned supermatrix of 77 protein coding genes resulted in nearly identical tree topologies exemplified by highly supported relationships between clades...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207967/the-synonymy-of-the-toxic-dinoflagellates-prorocentrum-mexicanum-and-p-rhathymum-and-the-description-of-p-steidingerae-sp-nov-prorocentrales-dinophyceae
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Fernando Gómez, Dajun Qiu, Senjie Lin
Prorocentrum mexicanum and P. rhathymum are toxicologically important dinoflagellates, but their relationship is not well defined. We investigated strains from Puerto Rico and Brazil by light and scanning electron microscopies. We provide molecular data from a strain isolated near the type locality of P. rhathymum, and the first morphological and molecular data from the South Atlantic Ocean. The rRNA gene (rDNA) sequences of the Puerto Rican and Brazilian strains were identical, and their morphologies fit the description of P...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207957/phylogenetic-relatedness-explains-highly-interconnected-and-nested-symbiotic-networks-of-woody-plants-and-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-in-a-chinese-subtropical-forest
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Liang Chen, Yong Zheng, Cheng Gao, Xiang-Cheng Mi, Ke-Ping Ma, Tesfaye Wubet, Liang-Dong Guo
Elucidating symbiotic relationships between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) and plants contributes to a better understanding of their reciprocally dependent co-existence and community assembly. However, the main drivers of plant and AMF community assembly remain unclear. In this study, we examined AMF communities from 166 root samples of 17 woody plant species from 10 quadrats in a Chinese subtropical forest using 454 pyrosequencing of 18S rRNA gene to describe symbiotic AMF-plant association. Our results show the woody plant-AMF networks to be highly interconnected and nested, but in anti-modular and anti-specialized manners...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207806/trace-element-accumulation-in-lotic-dragonfly-nymphs-genus-matters
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Dean E Fletcher, Angela H Lindell, Garrett K Stillings, Susan A Blas, J Vaun McArthur
Constituents of coal combustion waste (CCW) expose aquatic organisms to complex mixtures of potentially toxic metals and metalloids. Multi-element trace element analyses were used to distinguish patterns of accumulation among 8 genera of dragonfly nymphs collected from two sites on a CCW contaminated coastal plain stream. Dragonfly nymphs are exceptional for comparing trace element accumulation in syntopic macroinvertebrates that are all predators within the same order (Odonata) and suborder (Anisoptera), but differ vastly in habitat use and body form...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204787/inference-of-evolutionary-jumps-in-large-phylogenies-using-levy-processes
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Pablo Duchen, Christoph Leuenberger, Sandor M Szilagyi, Luke Harmon, Jonathan Eastman, Manuel Schweizer, Daniel Wegmann
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202767/genotype-specific-evolution-of-hepatitis-e-virus
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Adam B Brayne, Bethany L Dearlove, James S Lester, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Simon D W Frost
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is the most common cause of acute viral hepatitis globally. HEV comprises four genotypes with different geographic distributions and host ranges. We utilise this natural case-control study for investigating the evolution of zoonotic viruses compared to single host viruses, using 244 near full length HEV genomes. Genome wide estimates of dN/dS located a region of overlapping reading frames, which is subject to positive selection in genotypes 3 and 4. The open reading frames (ORFs) involved have functions related to host-pathogen interaction, so genotype specific evolution of these regions may reflect their fitness...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202452/entire-plastid-phylogeny-of-the-carrot-genus-daucus-apiaceae-concordance-with-nuclear-data-and-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-dna-insertions-to-the-plastid
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David M Spooner, Holly Ruess, Massimo Iorizzo, Douglas Senalik, Philipp Simon
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: We explored the phylogenetic utility of entire plastid DNA sequences in Daucus and compared the results with prior phylogenetic results using plastid and nuclear DNA sequences. METHODS: We used Illumina sequencing to obtain full plastid sequences of 37 accessions of 20 Daucus taxa and outgroups, analyzed the data with phylogenetic methods, and examined evidence for mitochondrial DNA transfer to the plastid (DcMP). KEY RESULTS: Our phylogenetic trees of the entire data set were highly resolved, with 100% bootstrap support for most of the external and many of the internal clades, except for the clade of D...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201989/revisiting-phylogenetic-signal-strong-or-negligible-impacts-of-polytomies-and-branch-length-information
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Rafael Molina-Venegas, Miguel Á Rodríguez
BACKGROUND: Inaccurate estimates of phylogenetic signal may mislead interpretations of many ecological and evolutionary processes, and hence understanding where potential sources of uncertainty may lay has become a priority for comparative studies. Importantly, the sensitivity of phylogenetic signal indices and their associated statistical tests to incompletely resolved phylogenies and suboptimal branch-length information has been only partially investigated. METHODS: Here, we use simulations of trait evolution along phylogenetic trees to assess whether incompletely resolved phylogenies (polytomic chronograms) and phylogenies with suboptimal branch-length information (pseudo-chronograms) could produce directional biases in significance tests (p-values) associated with Blomberg et al...
February 15, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201983/comparative-analysis-of-the-mitochondrial-genomes-of-colletotrichum-gloeosporioides-sensu-lato-insights-into-the-evolution-of-a-fungal-species-complex-interacting-with-diverse-plants
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Xiaofei Liang, Xianglin Tian, Wenkui Liu, Tingyu Wei, Wei Wang, Qiuyue Dong, Bo Wang, Yanan Meng, Rong Zhang, Mark L Gleason, Guangyu Sun
BACKGROUND: The fungal species complex Colletotrichum gloeosporioides sensu lato contains over 20 plant-interacting species. These species exhibit different life styles (e.g., endophytes, foliar and fruit pathogens) and show considerable variation in host and tissue adaptation strategies. Accurate species delimitation in C. gloeosporioides s.l. is very challenging due to nascent lineage boundaries and phenotypic plasticity, which strongly impedes studies of the complex's host-interaction biology...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198677/decipher-the-ancestry-of-the-plant-specific-lbd-gene-family
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Yimeng Kong, Peng Xu, Xinyun Jing, Longxian Chen, Laigeng Li, Xuan Li
BACKGROUND: Lateral Organ Boundaries Domain (LBD) genes arise from charophyte algae and evolve essential functions in land plants in regulating organ development and secondary metabolism. Although diverse plant species have been investigated to construct the phylogeny of LBD gene family, a detailed and reliable ancestry that characterizes their evolutionary patterns has not been revealed. RESULTS: We develop an improved bioinformatic method that allows robust detection of 431 LBD genes in 11 high-quality land plant genomes...
January 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198504/complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-the-amur-hedgehog-erinaceus-amurensis-erinaceidae-and-higher-phylogeny-of-the-family-erinaceidae
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N H Kim, S J Lim, H M Chae, Y C Park
We sequenced and characterized the complete mitogenome (KX964606) of the Amur hedgehog Erinaceus amurensis to provide more data for comparative mitogenomics of the genus Erinaceus (Erinaceidae). The mitogenome of E. amurensis is a circular molecule 16,941 bp long, consisting of a control region and a conserved set of 37 genes containing 13 protein-coding genes, 22 tRNA genes, and two rRNA genes (12S rRNA and 16S rRNA). The mitogenome of E. amurensis is AT-biased, with a nucleotide composition of 33.9% A, 21...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198372/novel-characteristics-of-the-avian-gyrovirus-2-genome
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Shuai Yao, Xiang Gao, Tianbei Tuo, Chunyan Han, Yulong Gao, Xiaole Qi, Yanping Zhang, Changjun Liu, Honglei Gao, Yongqiang Wang, Xiaomei Wang
Avian gyrovirus 2 (AGV2) was the second member of the viral genus Cyclovirus to be discovered. This virus poses a significant potential threat to humans and poultry due to its global dissemination and infectiousness. We used three overlapping polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) to map the whole genome of AGV2. We then modelled the evolutionary history of these novel sequence data in the context of related sequences from GenBank. We analysed the viral protein characteristics of the different phylogenetic groups and explored differences in evolutionary trends between Chinese strains and strains from other countries...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197720/single-nucleotide-polymorphisms-in-the-whole-genome-sequence-data-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-h-strains-by-cultivation
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Eiji Yokoyama, Shinichiro Hirai, Taichiro Ishige, Satoshi Murakami
Nine Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7/H- (O157) strains were serially cultured three times on LB agar plates. After each sub-culture, five colonies were picked for DNA isolation and whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis. After exclusion of possible recombination-related SNPs, 11, 9, and 34 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were detected in genes in the backbone, O-island, and mobile elements gene categories. This suggested that those SNPs due to cultivation could influence the threshold value set for molecular epidemiological studies of O157...
February 14, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197134/identification-of-a-novel-alternaria-alternata-strain-able-to-hyperparasitize-puccinia-striiformis-f-sp-tritici-the-causal-agent-of-wheat-stripe-rust
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Li Zheng, Jie Zhao, Xiaofei Liang, Gangming Zhan, Shuchang Jiang, Zhensheng Kang
The obligate bitrophic fungus Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst) causes stripe (yellow) rust on wheat worldwide. Here, we report a novel fungal strain able to hyperparasitize Pst. The strain was isolated from gray-colored rust pustules, and was identified as Alternaria alternata (Fr.: Fr.) keissler based on a combination of morphological characteristics and multi-locus (ITS, GAPDH, and RPB2) phylogeny. Upon artificial inoculation, the hyperparasite reduced the production and viability of urediniospores, and produced a typical gray-colored rust pustule symptom...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196764/nuclear-and-membrane-progestin-receptors-in-the-european-eel-characterization-and-expression-in-vivo-through-spermatogenesis
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Marina Morini, David S Peñaranda, María C Vílchez, Rasoul Nourizadeh-Lillabadi, Anne-Gaëlle Lafont, Sylvie Dufour, Juan F Asturiano, Finn-Arne Weltzien, Luz Pérez
Characterization of all the progestin receptor genes (PRs) found in the European eel has been performed. There were five membrane PRs (mPRs): mPRα (alpha), mPRAL1 (alpha-like1), mPRAL2 (alpha-like2), mPRγ (gamma), mPRδ (delta) and two nuclear PRs (nPRs or PGRs): pgr1 and pgr2. In silico studies showed that the C and E(F) domains of Pgr are well conserved among vertebrates whereas the A/B domain is not. Phylogeny and synteny analyses suggest that eel duplicated pgr (pgr1 and pgr2) originated from the teleost-specific third whole genome duplication (3R)...
February 11, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194138/phenotypic-microdiversity-and-phylogenetic-signal-analysis-of-traits-related-to-social-interaction-in-bacillus-spp-from-sediment-communities
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Dolores María Rodríguez-Torres, África Islas-Robles, Zulema Gómez-Lunar, Luis Delaye, Ismael Hernández-González, Valeria Souza, Michael Travisano, Gabriela Olmedo-Álvarez
Understanding the relationship between phylogeny and predicted traits is important to uncover the dimension of the predictive power of a microbial composition approach. Numerous works have addressed the taxonomic composition of bacteria in communities, but little is known about trait heterogeneity in closely related bacteria that co-occur in communities. We evaluated a sample of 467 isolates from the Churince water system of the Cuatro Cienegas Basin (CCB), enriched for Bacillus spp. The 16S rRNA gene revealed a random distribution of taxonomic groups within this genus among 11 sampling sites...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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