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Codon usage

Liandong Yang, Zhaolei Zhang, Shunping He
Males and females often display extensive phenotypic differences, and many of these sexual dimorphisms are thought to result from differences between males and females in expression of genes present in both sexes. Sex-biased genes have been shown to exhibit accelerated rates of evolution in a wide array of species, however the cause of this remains enigmatic. In this study, we investigate the extent and evolutionary dynamics of sex-biased gene expression in zebrafish. Our results indicate that both male-biased genes and female-biased genes exhibit accelerated evolution at the protein level...
October 13, 2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
Véronique A Delesalle, Natalie T Tanke, Albert C Vill, Greg P Krukonis
The presence of tRNA genes in bacteriophages has been explained on the basis of codon usage (tRNA genes are retained in the phage genome if they correspond to codons more common in the phage than in its host) or amino acid usage (independent of codon, the amino acid corresponding to the retained tRNA gene is more common in the phage genome than in the bacterial host). The existence of a large database of sequenced mycobacteriophages, isolated on the common host Mycobacterium smegmatis, allows us to test the above hypotheses as well as explore other hypotheses for the presence of tRNA genes...
July 2016: Bacteriophage
Andrew Hart, Servet Martínez
We present a framework based on information theoretic concepts and the Dirichlet distribution for classifying chromosomes based on the degree to which they use synonymous codons uniformly or preferentially, that is, whether or not codons that code for an amino acid appear with the same relative frequency. At its core is a measure of codon usage bias we call the Kullback-Leibler codon information bias (KL-CIB or CIB for short). Being defined in terms of conditional entropy makes KL-CIB an ideal and natural quantity for expressing a chromosome's degree of departure from uniform synonymous codon usage...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Mathematical Biology
Ratna Prabha, Dhananjaya P Singh, Swati Sinha, Khurshid Ahmad, Anil Rai
With the increasing accumulation of genomic sequence information of prokaryotes, the study of codon usage bias has gained renewed attention. The purpose of this study was to examine codon selection pattern within and across cyanobacterial species belonging to diverse taxonomic orders and habitats. We performed detailed comparative analysis of cyanobacterial genomes with respect to codon bias. Our analysis reflects that in cyanobacterial genomes, A- and/or T-ending codons were used predominantly in the genes whereas G- and/or C-ending codons were largely avoided...
October 9, 2016: Marine Genomics
Hui Song, Pengfei Wang, Changsheng Li, Suoyi Han, Javier Lopez-Baltazar, Xinyou Zhang, Xingjun Wang
Lipoxygenase (LOX) genes are widely distributed in plants and play crucial roles in resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. Although they have been characterized in various plants, little is known about the evolution of legume LOX genes. In this study, we identified 122 full-length LOX genes in Arachis duranensis, Arachis ipaënsis, Cajanus cajan, Cicer arietinum, Glycine max, Lotus japonicus and Medicago truncatula. In total, 64 orthologous and 36 paralogous genes were identified. The full-length, polycystin-1, lipoxygenase, alpha-toxin (PLAT) and lipoxygenase domain sequences from orthologous and paralogous genes exhibited a signature of purifying selection...
October 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Azeem Mehmood Butt, Izza Nasrullah, Raheel Qamar, Yigang Tong
The codon usage patterns of viruses reflect the evolutionary changes that allow them to optimize their survival and adapt their fitness to the external environment and, most importantly, their hosts. Here we report the genotype-specific codon usage patterns of Zika virus (ZIKV) strains from the current and previous outbreaks. Several genotype-specific and common codon usage traits were noted in the ZIKV coding sequences, indicating their independent evolutionary origins from a common ancestor. The overall influence of natural selection was more profound than that of mutation pressure, acting on a specific set of viral genes in the Asian-genotype ZIKV strains from the recent outbreak...
October 12, 2016: Emerging Microbes & Infections
Hao Wang, Joel McManus, Carl Kingsford
Ribosome profiling quantitatively captures ribosome locations during translation. The resulting profiles of ribosome locations are widely used to study translational speed. However, an accurate estimation of the ribosome location depends on identifying the A-site from ribosome profiling reads, a problem that was previously unsolved. Here, we propose a novel method to estimate the ribosome A-site positions from high-coverage ribosome profiling reads. Our model allows more reads to be used, accurately explains the 3-nt periodicity of ribosome profiling reads from various lengths, and recovers consistent ribosome positions across different lengths...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
Jung-Ho Park, Munjin Kwon, Yoshihiro Yamaguchi, Bonnie L Firestein, Ji-Young Park, Jieun Yun, Jeong-Ook Yang, Masayori Inouye
More than 31,000 protein-coding sequences (CCDS) have been identified in the human genome. Here, we analyzed codon usage in all human CCDS and found that there is a preferential usage of minor codons for Ala (CGC), Pro (CCG), Ser (UCG), and Thr (ACG) in the initial 50-codon sequences of the CCDS. These codons, with consensus XCG sequences, are most infrequently used among their synonymous codons. Thus, the tRNA concentrations per codon are considered to be highest for the minor codons for Ala, Pro, Ser and Thr in comparison with other synonymous codons for each of them to enhance the translation efficiency...
October 11, 2016: Human Genetics
C J Yang, G Y Li, Y L Cui
The transcriptomes of salt-stressed and unstressed Betula kirghisorum plants were analyzed using high throughput sequencing technology. A total of 52,239,804 and 51,772,998 clean reads were obtained from the two libraries, respectively, and de novo assembled into 60,545 all-unigenes. A total of 39,997 unigenes were annotated using public databases. Overall, 7206 genes were differentially expressed in unigenes and were involved in 127 pathways. Thirteen transcription factor families were identified in B. kirghisorum, including GRAS proteins, which are plant-specific transcription factors...
September 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
C L Li, X Y Du, J Gao, C Wang, H G Guo, F W Dai, X Y Sa, W An, Z W Chen
Meriones unguiculatus (Gerbillinae, Rodentia) is widely used as an animal model of human disease. Here, we provide the first report of the complete mitochondrial genome sequence of M. unguiculatus (GenBank accession Nos. KF425526 and NC_023263). The sequence contained the conserved vertebrate pattern of 13 protein-coding genes, 2 ribosomal RNAs, 22 transfer RNAs, and 1 major noncoding region. We identified one extended termination-associated sequence and one conserved sequence block in the non-coding region...
September 16, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Wei Jiang, Beibei Lv, Xiao Wu, Jinbin Wang, Guogan Wu, Chunhui Shi, Xueming Tang
In this study, trends in synonymous codons usage of V. volvecea have been firstly examined by analysis of complete coding sequences and gene-chip data. The results showed that GC content at three codon positions are obviously different and there were several factors shaping the codon usage of V. volvacea genes, including base composition. The comparison of codon usage among four edible fungi such as V. volvacea, Agaricus bisporus, Coprinopsis cinerea and Pleurotus ostreatus indicated that similarly codon usage pattern was used among V...
October 3, 2016: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
Sudeesh Karumathil, Vijaya R Dirisala, Uthpala Srinadh, Valaboju Nikhil, N Satya Sampath Kumar, Rahul R Nair
Chaetognatha is a minor phylum, comprising transparent marine invertebrates varying in size from 0.5 to 12 cm. The exact phylogenetic position of Chaetognatha in Metazoa has not been deciphered as some embryological characteristics place chaetognaths among deuterostomes and some morphological characteristics place these among protostomes. In this study, the major factors that drive synonymous codon usage bias (SCUB) in the mitogenomes of representative species of Chaetognatha and chosen species of other closely related phyla were analyzed...
2016: Bioinformatics and Biology Insights
Andrew M Waters, Rachel Bagni, Franklin Portugal, James L Hartley
Synonymous mutations in the KRAS gene are clustered at G12, G13, and G60 in human cancers. We constructed 9 stable NIH3T3 cell lines expressing KRAS, each with one of these synonymous mutations. Compared to the negative control cell line expressing the wild type human KRAS gene, all the synonymous mutant lines expressed more KRAS protein, grew more rapidly and to higher densities, and were more invasive in multiple assays. Three of the cell lines showed dramatic loss of contact inhibition, were more refractile under phase contrast, and their refractility was greatly reduced by treatment with trametinib...
2016: PloS One
Kübra Altinel, Kosuke Hashimoto, Yu Wei, Christine Neuveut, Ishita Gupta, Ana Maria Suzuki, Alexandre Dos Santos, Pierrick Moreau, Tian Xia, Soichi Kojima, Sachi Kato, Yasuhiro Takikawa, Isao Hidaka, Masahito Shimizu, Tomokazu Matsuura, Akihito Tsubota, Hitoshi Ikeda, Sumiko Nagoshi, Harukazu Suzuki, Marie-Louise Michel, Didier Samuel, Marie Annick Buendia, Jamila Faivre, Piero Carninci
: Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a major cause of liver diseases including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and more than 650,000 people die annually due to HBV-associated liver failure. Extensive studies of individual promoters have revealed that heterogeneous RNA 5' -ends contribute to the complexity of HBV transcriptome and proteome. Here we provide a comprehensive map of HBV transcription start sites (TSSs) in human liver, HCC and blood, as well as several experimental replication systems, at single nucleotide resolution...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Virology
Kai Yu, Kok Siong Ang, Dong-Yup Lee
Codon optimization has been widely used for designing native or synthetic genes to enhance their expression in heterologous host organisms. We recently developed Codon Optimization On-Line (COOL) which is a web-based tool to provide multi-objective codon optimization functionality for synthetic gene design. COOL provides a simple and flexible interface for customizing codon optimization based on several design parameters such as individual codon usage, codon pairing, and codon adaptation index. User-defined sequences can also be compared against the COOL optimized ones to show the extent by which the user's sequences can be evaluated and further improved...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Zhipeng Zhou, Yunkun Dang, Mian Zhou, Lin Li, Chien-Hung Yu, Jingjing Fu, She Chen, Yi Liu
Codon usage biases are found in all eukaryotic and prokaryotic genomes, and preferred codons are more frequently used in highly expressed genes. The effects of codon usage on gene expression were previously thought to be mainly mediated by its impacts on translation. Here, we show that codon usage strongly correlates with both protein and mRNA levels genome-wide in the filamentous fungus Neurospora Gene codon optimization also results in strong up-regulation of protein and RNA levels, suggesting that codon usage is an important determinant of gene expression...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Mahsa Mir Mohseni, Thomas Höver, Lena Barra, Marcel Kaiser, Pieter C Dorrestein, Jeroen S Dickschat, Till F Schäberle
The biosynthetic gene cluster for the antiplasmodial natural product siphonazole was identified by using a combination of genome mining, imaging, and expression studies in the natural producer Herpetosiphon sp. B060. The siphonazole backbone is assembled from an unusual starter unit from the shikimate pathway that is extended by the action of polyketide synthases and non-ribosomal peptide synthetases with unusual domain structures, including several split modules and a large number of duplicated domains and domains predicted to be inactive...
October 17, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Vishwa Jyoti Baruah, Siddhartha Sankar Satapathy, Bhesh Raj Powdel, Rocktotpal Konwarh, Alak Kumar Buragohain, Suvendra Kumar Ray
The present study was undertaken to investigate the pattern of optimal codon usage in Archaea. Comparative analysis was executed to understand the pattern of codon usage bias between the high expression genes (HEG) and the whole genomes in two Archaeal phyla, Crenarchaea and Euryarchaea. The G+C% of the HEG was found to be less in comparison to the genome G+C% in Crenarchaea, whereas reverse was the case in Euryarchaea. The preponderance of U/A ending codons that code for HEG in Crenarchaea was in sharp contrast to the C/G ended ones in Euryarchaea...
September 2016: Journal of Genetics
Chyi-Ying A Chen, Ann-Bin Shyu
mRNA is the molecule that conveys genetic information from DNA to the translation apparatus. mRNAs in all organisms display a wide range of stability, and mechanisms have evolved to selectively and differentially regulate individual mRNA stability in response to intracellular and extracellular cues. In recent years, three seemingly distinct aspects of RNA biology-mRNA N(6)-methyladenosine (m6A) modification, alternative 3' end processing and polyadenylation (APA), and mRNA codon usage-have been linked to mRNA turnover, and all three aspects function to regulate global mRNA stability in cis...
September 16, 2016: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
Sinan Uğur Umu, Anthony M Poole, Renwick Cj Dobson, Paul P Gardner
A critical assumption of gene expression analysis is that mRNA abundances broadly correlate with protein abundance, but these two are often imperfectly correlated. Some of the discrepancy can be accounted for by two important mRNA features: codon usage and mRNA secondary structure. We present a new global factor, called mRNA:ncRNA avoidance, and provide evidence that avoidance increases translational efficiency. We also demonstrate a strong selection for the avoidance of stochastic mRNA:ncRNA interactions across prokaryotes, and that these have a greater impact on protein abundance than mRNA structure or codon usage...
2016: ELife
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