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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206693/plasmid-and-clonal-interference-during-post-horizontal-gene-transfer-evolution
#1
S Bedhomme, D Perez Pantoja, I G Bravo
Plasmids are nucleic acid molecules that can drive their own replication in a living cell. They can be transmitted horizontally and can thrive in the host cell to high copy numbers. Plasmid replication and gene expression consume cellular resources and cells carrying plasmids incur fitness costs. But many plasmids carry genes that can be beneficial under certain conditions, allowing the cell to endure in the presence of antibiotics, toxins, competitors or parasites. Horizontal transfer of plasmid-encoded genes can thus instantaneously confer differential adaptation to local or transient selection conditions...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188229/the-human-long-interspersed-element-1-retrotransposon-an-emerging-biomarker-of-neoplasia
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REVIEW
Daniel Ardeljan, Martin S Taylor, David T Ting, Kathleen H Burns
BACKGROUND: A large portion of intronic and intergenic space in our genome consists of repeated sequences. One of the most prevalent is the long interspersed element-1 (LINE-1, L1) mobile DNA. LINE-1 is rightly receiving increasing interest as a cancer biomarker. CONTENT: Intact LINE-1 elements are self-propagating. They code for RNA and proteins that function to make more copies of the genomic element. Our current understanding is that this process is repressed in most normal cells, but that LINE-1 expression is a hallmark of many types of malignancy...
February 10, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174149/smartmom-text-messaging-for-prenatal-education-a-qualitative-focus-group-study-to-explore-canadian-women-s-perceptions
#3
Sarah Munro, Amber Hui, Vanessa Salmons, Carolyn Solomon, Emily Gemmell, Nahal Torabi, Patricia A Janssen
BACKGROUND: We engaged Canadian women in the development of a prenatal education program delivered via one-way text messaging called SmartMom. SmartMom is the first peer-reviewed, evidence-based mHealth program for prenatal education in Canada and the first to be endorsed by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. OBJECTIVE: To explore women's preferences for a prenatal education program by text messaging. METHODS: We conducted a qualitative focus group study in three Canadian communities in the Northern Health Authority...
February 7, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167525/the-history-of-bordetella-pertussis-genome-evolution-includes-structural-rearrangement
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Michael R Weigand, Yanhui Peng, Vladimir Loparev, Dhwani Batra, Katherine E Bowden, Mark Burroughs, Pamela K Cassiday, Jamie K Davis, Taccara Johnson, Phalasy Juieng, Kristen Knipe, Marsenia H Mathis, Andrea M Pruitt, Lori Rowe, Mili Sheth, M Lucia Tondella, Margaret M Williams
: Despite high pertussis vaccine coverage, reported cases of whooping cough (pertussis) have increased over the last decade in the United States and other developed countries. Although Bordetella pertussis is well known for its limited gene sequence variation, recent advances in long-read sequencing technology have begun to reveal genome structural heterogeneity among otherwise indistinguishable isolates, even within geographically or temporally defined epidemics. We have compared rearrangements among complete genome assemblies from 257 B...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100588/involvement-of-conserved-amino-acids-in-the-c-terminal-region-of-line-1-orf2p-in-retrotransposition
#5
Claiborne M Christian, Mark Sokolowski, Dawn deHaro, Kristine J Kines, Victoria P Belancio
Long Interspersed Element 1 (LINE-1 or L1) is the only currently active autonomous retroelement in the human genome. Along with the parasitic SVA and SINE Alu, L1 is the source of DNA damage induced by retrotransposition, a copy-and-paste process that has the potential to disrupt gene function and cause human disease. The retrotransposition process is dependent upon the ORF2 protein (ORF2p). However, it is unknown whether most of the protein is important for retrotransposition. In particular, other than the Cys motif, the C-terminus of the protein has not been intensely examined in the context of retrotransposition...
January 18, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077637/role-of-litopenaeus-vannamei-yin-yang-1-in-the-regulation-of-the-white-spot-syndrome-virus-immediate-early-gene-ie1
#6
Ping-Han Huang, Ting-Yi Huang, Pei-Si Cai, Li-Kwan Chang
: Yin Yang 1 (YY1) is a multifunctional zinc-finger transcription factor that regulates many key cellular processes. In this study, we report the cloning of YY1 from shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, (LvYY1). The study shows that LvYY1 is ubiquitously expressed in shrimp tissues, and knockdown of LvYY1 expression by dsRNA injection in WSSV-infected shrimp reduced both mRNA levels of the WSSV immediate-early gene, ie1, as well as overall copy numbers of the WSSV genome. The cumulative mortality of infected shrimp also declined with LvYY1 dsRNA injection...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062463/ymc-2011-a-temperate-phage-of-streptococcus-salivarius-57-i
#7
Wen-Chun Chou, Szu-Chuan Huang, Cheng-Hsun Chiu, Yi-Ywan M Chen
: Streptococcus salivarius is an abundant isolate of the oral cavity. The genome of S. salivarius 57.I consists of a 2-Mb chromosome and a 40,758-bp circular molecule, designated YMC-2011. Annotation of YMC-2011 revealed 55 open reading frames, most of them associated with phage production, although plaque formation is not observed in S. salivarius 57.I after lytic induction using mitomycin C. Results from Southern hybridization and quantitative real-time PCR confirmed that YMC-2011 exists extrachromosomally with an estimated copy number of 3 to 4...
January 6, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053005/two-step-functional-innovation-of-the-stem-cell-factors-wus-wox5-during-plant-evolution
#8
Yuzhou Zhang, Yue Jiao, Hengwu Jiao, Huabin Zhao, Yu-Xian Zhu
WUS and WOX5, which are expressed, respectively, in the organizing center (OC) and the quiescent center (QC), are essential for shoot/root apical stem-cell maintenance in flowering plants. However, little is known about how these stem-cell factors evolved their functions in flowering plants. Here, we show that the WUS/WOX5 proteins acquired two distinct capabilities by a two-step functional innovation process in the course of plant evolution. The first-step is the apical stem-cell maintenance activity of WUS/WOX5, which originated in the common ancestor of ferns and seed plants, as evidenced by the interspecies complementation experiments, showing that ectopic expression of fern Ceratopteris richardii WUS-like (CrWUL) surrounding OC/QC, or exclusive OC-/QC-expressed gymnosperms/angiosperms WUS/WOX5 in Arabidopsis wus-1 and wox5-1 mutants, could rescue their phenotypes...
January 4, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049704/the-nucleotide-excision-repair-pathway-limits-l1-retrotransposition
#9
Geraldine Servant, Vincent A Streva, Rebecca S Derbes, Madushani I Wijetunge, Marc Neeland, Travis B White, Victoria P Belancio, Astrid M Roy-Engel, Prescott L Deininger
Long interspersed elements 1 (L1) are active mobile elements that constitute almost 17% of the human genome. They amplify through a "copy-and-paste" mechanism termed retrotransposition, and de novo insertions related to these elements have been reported to cause 0.2% of genetic diseases. Our previous data demonstrated that the endonuclease complex ERCC1-XPF, which cleaves a 3' DNA flap structure, limits L1 retrotransposition. Although the ERCC1-XPF endonuclease participates in several different DNA repair pathways, such as single-strand annealing, or in telomere maintenance, its recruitment to DNA lesions is best characterized in the nucleotide excision repair (NER) pathway...
January 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011770/simulation-based-estimation-of-branching-models-for-ltr-retrotransposons
#10
Serge Moulin, Nicolas Seux, Stéphane Chrétien, Christophe Guyeux, Emmanuelle Lerat
MOTIVATION: LTR retrotransposons are mobile elements that are able, like retroviruses, to copy and move inside eukaryotic genomes. In the present work, we propose a branching model for studying the propagation of LTR retrotransposons in these genomes. This model allows us to take into account both the positions and the degradation level of LTR retrotransposons copies. In our model, the duplication rate is also allowed to vary with the degradation level. RESULTS: Various functions have been implemented in order to simulate their spread and visualization tools are proposed...
October 6, 2016: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933056/characterization-of-three-novel-sxt-r391-integrating-conjugative-elements-icemfuind1a-and-icemfuind1b-and-icemprchn1-identified-in-the-genomes-of-marinomonas-fungiae-jcm-18476-t-and-marinomonas-profundimaris-strain-d104
#11
Jhasketan Badhai, Subrata K Das
The genus Marinomonas comprises Gram negative bacteria which are widespread in the marine environment and there is no report on the genomic analysis of SXT/R391 ICEs derived from this group of bacteria. This study describes the genomic features of three new SXT/R391 integrating conjugating elements (ICEs) identified in the genome of Marinomonas fungiae JCM 18476(T) (ICEMfuInd1a and ICEMfuInd1b) and in Marinomonas profundimaris strain D104 (ICEMprChn1). Structural organizations of the three ICEs were similar to the typical SXT/R391 family of ICEs and showed high degree of conservation in the core genes...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917981/the-role-of-pastoralism-in-regulating-ecosystem-services
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M A Seid, N J Kuhn, T Z Fikre
Pastoralism is rarely viewed as a major future form of land use, because of well-documented cases of rangeland degradation, attributed to irrational overstocking by pastoralists, and the subsequent losses of ecosystem services. However, pastoralists were actually encouraged to settle and adopt such strategies, copied from rangelands with higher and more reliable rainfall. This curtailed mobility resulted in a shift from opportunistic and extensive land use to more intensive and settled forms of use. The purpose of this review is to examine the link between pastoralism and the provision of ecosystem services by rangelands, focusing on biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913727/regulated-complex-assembly-safeguards-the-fidelity-of-sleeping-beauty-transposition
#13
Yongming Wang, Diana Pryputniewicz-Dobrinska, Enikö Éva Nagy, Christopher D Kaufman, Manvendra Singh, Steve Yant, Jichang Wang, Anna Dalda, Mark A Kay, Zoltán Ivics, Zsuzsanna Izsvák
The functional relevance of the inverted repeat structure (IR/DR) in a subgroup of the Tc1/mariner superfamily of transposons has been enigmatic. In contrast to mariner transposition, where a topological filter suppresses single-ended reactions, the IR/DR orchestrates a regulatory mechanism to enforce synapsis of the transposon ends before cleavage by the transposase occurs. This ordered assembly process shepherds primary transposase binding to the inner 12DRs (where cleavage does not occur), followed by capture of the 12DR of the other transposon end...
January 9, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902415/inversion-of-correia-repeat-enclosed-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae
#14
Firat Elbeyioglu, Sabrina B Roberts, Russell Spencer-Smith, Madhuri Pulijala, Marta A Zelewska, Jean-Christophe Nebel, Lori As Snyder
Neisseria gonorrhoeae is capable of causing gonorrhoea and more complex diseases in the human host. Within the gonococcal genome are over 100 copies of the IS-like Correia Repeat Enclosed Element, which has been predicted to be mobile within the neisserial genomes. Although there is evidence of ancestral movement of these elements, no previous study has provided evidence for current mobilisation. The Correia Repeat Enclosed Element has the ability to alter gene expression and regulation in many ways: by insertional mutagenesis; by introducing promoter elements; by generating mRNA processing sites, and by association with ncRNAs...
November 16, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886494/stochastic-predator-prey-dynamics-of-transposons-in-the-human-genome
#15
Chi Xue, Nigel Goldenfeld
Transposable elements, or transposons, are DNA sequences that can jump from site to site in the genome during the life cycle of a cell, usually encoding the very enzymes which perform their excision. However, some transposons are parasitic, relying on the enzymes produced by the regular transposons. In this case, we show that a stochastic model, which takes into account the small copy numbers of the active transposons in a cell, predicts noise-induced predator-prey oscillations with a characteristic time scale that is much longer than the cell replication time, indicating that the state of the predator-prey oscillator is stored in the genome and transmitted to successive generations...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845163/the-effect-of-htlv-1-virulence-factors-hbz-tax-proviral-load-hla-class-i-and-plasma-neopterin-on-manifestation-of-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis
#16
Hanieh Tarokhian, Mahdi Taghadosi, Hushang Rafatpanah, Taraneh Rajaei, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Narges Valizadeh, S A Rahim Rezaee
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have suggested debatable roles of Tax and HBZ gene expression in the pathogenesis of HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). In this study, HTLV-1 and host interactions in the manifestation of HAM/TSP were evaluated. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted on 33 HAM/TSP patients and 38 HTLV-1 asymptomatic carriers (ACs). HTLV-1-Tax, HBZ gene expression, and proviral load (PVL) were assessed using the quantitative real-time PCR (TaqMan), host plasma neopterin level, and HLA-I, and the clinical manifestation were evaluated...
January 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27814534/changes-in-antibiotic-concentrations-and-antibiotic-resistome-during-commercial-composting-of-animal-manures
#17
Wan-Ying Xie, Xin-Ping Yang, Qian Li, Long-Hua Wu, Qi-Rong Shen, Fang-Jie Zhao
The over-use of antibiotics in animal husbandry in China and the concomitant enhanced selection of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in animal manures are of serious concern. Thermophilic composting is an effective way of reducing hazards in organic wastes. However, its effectiveness in antibiotic degradation and ARG reduction in commercial operations remains unclear. In the present study, we determined the concentrations of 15 common veterinary antibiotics and the abundances of 213 ARGs and 10 marker genes for mobile genetic elements (MGEs) in commercial composts made from cattle, poultry and swine manures in Eastern China...
December 2016: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27809244/accumulation-of-stable-full-length-circular-group-i-intron-rnas-during-heat-shock
#18
Kasper L Andersen, Bertrand Beckert, Benoit Masquida, Steinar D Johansen, Henrik Nielsen
Group I introns in nuclear ribosomal RNA of eukaryotic microorganisms are processed by splicing or circularization. The latter results in formation of full-length circular introns without ligation of the exons and has been proposed to be active in intron mobility. We applied qRT-PCR to estimate the copy number of circular intron RNA from the myxomycete Didymium iridis. In exponentially growing amoebae, the circular introns are nuclear and found in 70 copies per cell. During heat-shock, the circular form is up-regulated to more than 500 copies per cell...
October 31, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807467/a-map-of-mobile-dna-insertions-in-the-nci-60-human-cancer-cell-panel
#19
John G Zampella, Nemanja Rodić, Wan Rou Yang, Cheng Ran Lisa Huang, Jane Welch, Veena P Gnanakkan, Toby C Cornish, Jef D Boeke, Kathleen H Burns
BACKGROUND: The National Cancer Institute-60 (NCI-60) cell lines are among the most widely used models of human cancer. They provide a platform to integrate DNA sequence information, epigenetic data, RNA and protein expression, and pharmacologic susceptibilities in studies of cancer cell biology. Genome-wide studies of the complete panel have included exome sequencing, karyotyping, and copy number analyses but have not targeted repetitive sequences. Interspersed repeats derived from mobile DNAs are a significant source of heritable genetic variation, and insertions of active elements can occur somatically in malignancy...
2016: Mobile DNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27787520/increased-expression-of-ehf-via-gene-amplification-contributes-to-the-activation-of-her-family-signaling-and-associates-with-poor-survival-in-gastric-cancer
#20
Jing Shi, Yiping Qu, Xinru Li, Fang Sui, Demao Yao, Qi Yang, Bingyin Shi, Meiju Ji, Peng Hou
The biological function of E26 transformation-specific (ETS) transcription factor EHF/ESE-3 in human cancers remains largely unknown, particularly gastric cancer. The aim of this study was to explore the role of EHF in tumorigenesis and its potential as a therapeutic target in gastric cancer. By using quantitative RT-PCR (qRT-PCR), immunohistochemistry (IHC) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) assays, we investigated the expression and copy number of EHF in a cohort of gastric cancers and control subjects...
October 27, 2016: Cell Death & Disease
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