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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352511/draft-genome-and-reference-transcriptomic-resources-for-the-urticating-pine-defoliator-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-lepidoptera-notodontidae
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B Gschloessl, F Dorkeld, H Berges, G Beydon, O Bouchez, M Branco, A Bretaudeau, C Burban, E Dubois, P Gauthier, E Lhuillier, J Nichols, S Nidelet, S Rocha, L Sauné, R Streiff, M Gautier, C Kerdelhué
The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) is the main pine defoliator in the Mediterranean region. Its urticating larvae cause severe human and animal health concerns in the invaded areas. This species shows a high phenotypic variability for various traits, such as phenology, fecundity, and tolerance to extreme temperatures. This study presents the construction and analysis of extensive genomic and transcriptomic resources, which are an obligate prerequisite to understand their underlying genetic architecture...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352281/differential-dna-methylation-and-transcription-profiles-in-date-palm-roots-exposed-to-salinity
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Ibtisam Al-Harrasi, Rashid Al-Yahyai, Mahmoud W Yaish
As a salt-adaptive plant, the date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) requires a suitable mechanism to adapt to the stress of saline soils. There is growing evidence that DNA methylation plays an important role in regulating gene expression in response to abiotic stresses, including salinity. Thus, the present study sought to examine the differential methylation status that occurs in the date palm genome when plants are exposed to salinity, and to identify salinity responsive genes that are regulated by DNA methylation...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352030/the-daunting-polygenicity-of-mental-illness-making-a-new-map
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REVIEW
Steven E Hyman
An epochal opportunity to elucidate the pathogenic mechanisms of psychiatric disorders has emerged from advances in genomic technology, new computational tools and the growth of international consortia committed to data sharing. The resulting large-scale, unbiased genetic studies have begun to yield new biological insights and with them the hope that a half century of stasis in psychiatric therapeutics will come to an end. Yet a sobering picture is coming into view; it reveals daunting genetic and phenotypic complexity portending enormous challenges for neurobiology...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352010/genetics-of-syndromic-and-non-syndromic-mitral-valve-prolapse
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REVIEW
Thierry Le Tourneau, Jean Mérot, Antoine Rimbert, Solena Le Scouarnec, Vincent Probst, Hervé Le Marec, Robert A Levine, Jean-Jacques Schott
Mitral valve prolapse (MVP) is a common condition that affects 2%-3% of the general population. MVP is thought to include syndromic forms such as Marfan syndrome and non-syndromic MVP, which is the most frequent form. Myxomatous degeneration and fibroelastic deficiency (FED) are regarded as two different forms of non-syndromic MVP. While FED is still considered a degenerative disease associated with ageing, frequent familial clustering has been demonstrated for myxomatous MVP. Familial and genetic studies led to the recognition of reduced penetrance and large phenotypic variability, and to the identification of prodromal or atypical forms as a part of the complex spectrum of the disease...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351914/high-resolution-transcription-maps-reveal-the-widespread-impact-of-roadblock-termination-in-yeast
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Tito Candelli, Drice Challal, Jean-Baptiste Briand, Jocelyne Boulay, Odil Porrua, Jessie Colin, Domenico Libri
Transcription termination delimits transcription units but also plays important roles in limiting pervasive transcription. We have previously shown that transcription termination occurs when elongating RNA polymerase II (RNAPII) collides with the DNA-bound general transcription factor Reb1. We demonstrate here that many different DNA-binding proteins can induce termination by a similar roadblock (RB) mechanism. We generated high-resolution transcription maps by the direct detection of RNAPII upon nuclear depletion of two essential RB factors or when the canonical termination pathways for coding and non-coding RNAs are defective...
January 19, 2018: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351850/systematic-gene-to-phenotype-arrays-a-high-throughput-technique-for-molecular-phenotyping
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Philipp A Jaeger, Lilia Ornelas, Cameron McElfresh, Lily R Wong, Randolph Y Hampton, Trey Ideker
We have developed a highly parallel strategy, systematic gene-to-phenotype arrays (SGPAs), to comprehensively map the genetic landscape driving molecular phenotypes of interest. By this approach, a complete yeast genetic mutant array is crossed with fluorescent reporters and imaged on membranes at high density and contrast. Importantly, SGPA enables quantification of phenotypes that are not readily detectable in ordinary genetic analysis of cell fitness. We benchmark SGPA by examining two fundamental biological phenotypes: first, we explore glucose repression, in which SGPA identifies a requirement for the Mediator complex and a role for the CDK8/kinase module in regulating transcription...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351603/the-unexpected-function-of-a-flavin-dependent-oxidoreductase-fox-from-variovorax-paradoxus-tbea6
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Christina Meinert, Marc Schürmann, Jan-Eike Domeyer, Anja Poehlein, Rolf Daniel, Alexander Steinbüchel
3,3'-Thiodipropionic acid (TDP) is used as an additive in food and cosmetic industry and as precursor substrate for biotechnical polythioester production. Its catabolism was investigated in Variovorax paradoxus TBEA6 previous to this study. It was reported that the insertion of the transposon Tn5::mob into a gene showing high homology to flavin-dependent oxidoreductases (fox) resulted in impaired growth with TDP. Therefore, it was assumed that the initial cleavage of TDP is catalyzed by an FAD-dependent oxidoreductase (Fox, VPARA_05580)...
January 17, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351342/a-homozygous-missense-variant-in-vwa2-encoding-an-interactor-of-the-fraser-complex-in-a-patient-with-vesicoureteral-reflux
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Amelie T van der Ven, Birgit Kobbe, Stefan Kohl, Shirlee Shril, Hans-Martin Pogoda, Thomas Imhof, Hadas Ityel, Asaf Vivante, Jing Chen, Daw-Yang Hwang, Dervla M Connaughton, Nina Mann, Eugen Widmeier, Mary Taglienti, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Makiko Nakayama, Prabha Senguttuvan, Selvin Kumar, Velibor Tasic, Elijah O Kehinde, Shrikant M Mane, Richard P Lifton, Neveen Soliman, Weining Lu, Stuart B Bauer, Matthias Hammerschmidt, Raimund Wagener, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Congenital anomalies of the kidney and urinary tract (CAKUT) are the most common cause (40-50%) of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. About 40 monogenic causes of CAKUT have so far been discovered. To date less than 20% of CAKUT cases can be explained by mutations in these 40 genes. To identify additional monogenic causes of CAKUT, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and homozygosity mapping (HM) in a patient with CAKUT from Indian origin and consanguineous descent. We identified a homozygous missense mutation (c...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350613/fgf-mediated-mapk-and-pi3k-akt-signals-make-distinct-contributions-to-pluripotency-and-the-establishment-of-neural-crest
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Lauren Geary, Carole LaBonne
Early vertebrate embryos possess cells with the potential to generate all embryonic cell types. While this pluripotency is progressively lost as cells become lineage restricted, Neural Crest cells retain broad developmental potential. Here, we provide novel insights into signals essential for both pluripotency and neural crest formation in Xenopus. We show that FGF signaling controls a subset of genes expressed by pluripotent blastula cells, and find a striking switch in the signaling cascades activated by FGF signaling as cells lose pluripotency and commence lineage restriction...
January 19, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349608/comparative-transcriptomics-uncovers-differences-in-photoautotrophic-versus-photoheterotrophic-modes-of-nutrition-in-relation-to-secondary-metabolites-biosynthesis-in-swertia-chirayita
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Tarun Pal, Jibesh Kumar Padhan, Pawan Kumar, Hemant Sood, Rajinder S Chauhan
Swertia chirayita is a high-value medicinal herb exhibiting antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anticancer, antiediematogenic and antipyretic properties. Scarcity of its plant material has necessitated in vitro production of therapeutic metabolites; however, their yields were low compared to field grown plants. Possible reasons for this could be differences in physiological and biochemical processes between plants grown in photoautotrophic versus photoheterotrophic modes of nutrition. Comparative transcriptomes of S...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348692/genome-wide-search-for-higher-order-epistasis-as-modifiers-of-treatment-effects-on-bone-mineral-density-in-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Cindy Im, Kirsten K Ness, Sue C Kaste, Wassim Chemaitilly, Wonjong Moon, Yadav Sapkota, Russell J Brooke, Melissa M Hudson, Leslie L Robison, Yutaka Yasui, Carmen L Wilson
Single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) contributing to interactions between regulatory elements that modulate gene transcription may explain some of the uncharacterized variation for complex traits. We explored this hypothesis among 856 adult survivors of pediatric cancer exposed to curative treatments that adversely affect bone mineral density (BMD). To restrict our search to interactions among SNPs in regulatory elements, our analysis considered 75523 SNPs mapped to putative promoter or enhancer regions. In anticipation that power to detect higher order epistasis would be low using an exhaustive search and a Bonferroni-corrected threshold for genome-wide significance (e...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348659/blm-helicase-suppresses-recombination-at-g-quadruplex-motifs-in-transcribed-genes
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Niek van Wietmarschen, Sarra Merzouk, Nancy Halsema, Diana C J Spierings, Victor Guryev, Peter M Lansdorp
Bloom syndrome is a cancer predisposition disorder caused by mutations in the BLM helicase gene. Cells from persons with Bloom syndrome exhibit striking genomic instability characterized by excessive sister chromatid exchange events (SCEs). We applied single-cell DNA template strand sequencing (Strand-seq) to map the genomic locations of SCEs. Our results show that in the absence of BLM, SCEs in human and murine cells do not occur randomly throughout the genome but are strikingly enriched at coding regions, specifically at sites of guanine quadruplex (G4) motifs in transcribed genes...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348139/dissecting-the-functions-of-smg5-smg7-and-pnrc2-in-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-of-human-cells
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Pamela Nicholson, Asimina Gkratsou, Christoph Josi, Martino Colombo, Oliver Mühlemann
The term "nonsense-mediated mRNA decay" (NMD) originally described the degradation of mRNAs with premature translation-termination codons (PTCs), but its meaning has recently been extended to be a translation-dependent post-transcriptional regulator of gene expression affecting 3-10 % of all mRNAs. The degradation of NMD target mRNAs involves both exonucleolytic and endonucleolytic pathways in mammalian cells. While the latter is mediated by the endonuclease SMG6, the former pathway has been reported to require a complex of SMG5-SMG7 or SMG5-PNRC2 binding to UPF1...
January 18, 2018: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347914/in-depth-proteomic-analysis-of-boar-spermatozoa-through-shotgun-and-gel-based-methods
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Jean M Feugang, Shengfa F Liao, Scott T Willard, Peter L Ryan
BACKGROUND: Mature spermatozoa contain numerous epididymal and seminal plasma proteins, which full identification through high-throughput technologies may allow for a better understanding of the sperm biology. Therefore, we conducted a global proteomic analysis of boar spermatozoa through shotgun and gel-based methodologies. RESULTS: The total proteins were extracted from mature spermatozoa and subjecsted to proteome analyses. Functional analyses of gene ontology representations and pathway enrichments were conducted on the shotgun dataset, followed by immunology and gene expression validations...
January 18, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347909/identification-of-minor-effect-qtls-for-plant-architecture-related-traits-using-super-high-density-genotyping-and-large-recombinant-inbred-population-in-maize-zea-mays
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Baobao Wang, Han Liu, Zhipeng Liu, Xiaomei Dong, Jinjie Guo, Wei Li, Jing Chen, Chi Gao, Yanbin Zhu, Xinmei Zheng, Zongliang Chen, Jian Chen, Weibin Song, Andrew Hauck, Jinsheng Lai
BACKGROUND: Plant Architecture Related Traits (PATs) are of great importance for maize breeding, and mainly controlled by minor effect quantitative trait loci (QTLs). However, cloning or even fine-mapping of minor effect QTLs is very difficult in maize. Theoretically, large population and high density genetic map can be helpful for increasing QTL mapping resolution and accuracy, but such a possibility have not been actually tested. RESULTS: Here, we employed a genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) strategy to construct a linkage map with 16,769 marker bins for 1021 recombinant inbred lines (RILs)...
January 18, 2018: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346752/epitranscriptomic-m6a-regulation-of-axon-regeneration-in-the-adult-mammalian-nervous-system
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Yi-Lan Weng, Xu Wang, Ran An, Jessica Cassin, Caroline Vissers, Yuanyuan Liu, Yajing Liu, Tianlei Xu, Xinyuan Wang, Samuel Zheng Hao Wong, Jessica Joseph, Louis C Dore, Qiang Dong, Wei Zheng, Peng Jin, Hao Wu, Bin Shen, Xiaoxi Zhuang, Chuan He, Kai Liu, Hongjun Song, Guo-Li Ming
N6-methyladenosine (m6A) affects multiple aspects of mRNA metabolism and regulates developmental transitions by promoting mRNA decay. Little is known about the role of m6A in the adult mammalian nervous system. Here we report that sciatic nerve lesion elevates levels of m6A-tagged transcripts encoding many regeneration-associated genes and protein translation machinery components in the adult mouse dorsal root ganglion (DRG). Single-base resolution m6A-CLIP mapping further reveals a dynamic m6A landscape in the adult DRG upon injury...
January 17, 2018: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346651/bipartite-network-analysis-of-gene-sharings-in-the-microbial-world
#17
Eduardo Corel, Raphaël Méheust, Andrew K Watson, James O McInerney, Philippe Lopez, Eric Bapteste
Extensive microbial gene flows affect how we understand virology, microbiology, medical sciences, genetic modification and evolutionary biology. Phylogenies only provide a narrow view of these gene flows: plasmids and viruses, lacking core genes, cannot be attached to cellular life on phylogenetic trees. Yet viruses and plasmids have a major impact on cellular evolution, affecting both the gene content and the dynamics of microbial communities. Using bipartite graphs that connect up to 149,000 clusters of homologous genes with 8217 related and unrelated genomes, we can in particular show patterns of gene sharing that do not map neatly with the organismal phylogeny...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346615/the-rna-splicing-endonuclease-from-the-euryarchaeaon-methanopyrus-kandleri-is-a-heterotetramer-with-constrained-substrate-specificity
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Ayano Kaneta, Kosuke Fujishima, Wataru Morikazu, Hiroyuki Hori, Akira Hirata
Four different types (α4, α'2, (αβ)2 and ε2) of RNA-splicing endonucleases (EndAs) for RNA processing are known to exist in the Archaea. Only the (αβ)2 and ε2 types can cleave non-canonical introns in precursor (pre)-tRNA. Both enzyme types possess an insert associated with a specific loop, allowing broad substrate specificity in the catalytic α units. Here, the hyperthermophilic euryarchaeon Methanopyrus kandleri (MKA) was predicted to harbor an (αβ)2-type EndA lacking the specific loop. To characterize MKA EndA enzymatic activity, we constructed a fusion protein derived from MKA α and β subunits (fMKA EndA)...
January 13, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345800/haplotype-based-genotyping-by-sequencing-in-oat-genome-research
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Wubishet A Bekele, Charlene P Wight, Shiaoman Chao, Catherine J Howarth, Nicholas A Tinker
In a de-novo genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) analysis of short, 64-base tag-level haplotypes in 4657 accessions of cultivated oat, we discovered 164741 tag-level (TL) genetic variants containing 241224 SNPs. From this, the marker-density of an oat consensus map was increased by the addition of more than 70000 loci. The mapped TL genotypes of a 635-line diversity panel were used to infer chromosome-level (CL) haplotype maps. These maps revealed differences in the number and size of haplotype blocks, as well as differences in haplotype diversity between chromosomes and subsets of the diversity panel...
January 18, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345197/neonatal-hyperoxia-depletes-pulmonary-vein-cardiomyocytes-in-adult-mice-via-mitochondrial-oxidation
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Min Yee, Ethan David Cohen, William Domm, George A Porter, Andrew N McDavid, Michael A O'Reilly
Supplemental oxygen given to preterm infants has been associated with permanently altering postnatal lung development. Now that these individuals are reaching adulthood, there is growing concern that early-life oxygen exposure may also promote cardiovascular disease through poorly understood mechanisms. We previously reported that adult mice exposed to 100% oxygen between postnatal days 0-4 develop pulmonary hypertension defined pathologically by capillary rarefaction, dilation of arterioles and veins, cardiac failure, and a reduced lifespan...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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