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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086981/does-antiretroviral-treatment-change-hiv-1-codon-usage-patterns-in-its-genes-a-preliminary-bioinformatics-study
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Navaneethan Palanisamy, Nathan Osman, Frédéric Ohnona, Hong-Tao Xu, Bluma Brenner, Thibault Mesplède, Mark A Wainberg
BACKGROUND: Codon usage bias has been described for various organisms and is thought to contribute to the regulation of numerous biological processes including viral infections. HIV-1 codon usage has been previously shown to be different from that of other viruses and man. It is evident that the antiretroviral drugs used to restrict HIV-1 replication also select for resistance variants. We wanted to test whether codon frequencies in HIV-1 sequences from treatment-experienced patients differ from those of treatment-naive individuals due to drug pressure affecting codon usage bias...
January 7, 2017: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068395/correction-analysis-of-synonymous-codon-usage-bias-of-zika-virus-and-its-adaption-to-the-hosts
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Hongju Wang, Siqing Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenqiang Wei
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2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974854/characterization-of-the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-leucoma-salicis-lepidoptera-lymantriidae-and-comparison-with-other-lepidopteran-insects
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Yu-Xuan Sun, Lei Wang, Guo-Qing Wei, Cen Qian, Li-Shang Dai, Yu Sun, Muhammad Nadeem Abbas, Bao-Jian Zhu, Chao-Liang Liu
The complete mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of Leucoma salicis (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae) was sequenced and annotated. It is a circular molecule of 15,334 bp, containing the 37 genes usually present in insect mitogenomes. All protein-coding genes (PCGs) are initiated by ATN codons, other than cox1, which is initiated by CGA. Three of the 13 PCGs had an incomplete termination codon, T or TA, while the others terminated with TAA. The relative synonymous codon usage of the 13 protein-coding genes (PCGs) was consistent with those of published lepidopteran sequences...
December 15, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966614/imbalanced-positive-selection-maintains-the-functional-divergence-of-duplicated-dihydrokaempferol-4-reductase-genes
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Bing-Hong Huang, Yi-Wen Chen, Chia-Lung Huang, Jian Gao, Pei-Chun Liao
Gene duplication could be beneficial by functional division but might increase the risk of genetic load. The dynamics of duplicated paralogs number could involve recombination, positive selection, and functional divergence. Duplication of DIHYDROFLAVONOL 4-REDUCTASE (DFR) has been reported in several organisms and may have been retained by escape from adaptive conflict (EAC). In this study, we screened the angiosperm DFR gene focusing on a diversified genus Scutellaria to investigate how these duplicated genes are retained...
December 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27964762/new-tools-to-analyze-overlapping-coding-regions
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Amir H Bayegan, Juan Antonio Garcia-Martin, Peter Clote
BACKGROUND: Retroviruses transcribe messenger RNA for the overlapping Gag and Gag-Pol polyproteins, by using a programmed -1 ribosomal frameshift which requires a slippery sequence and an immediate downstream stem-loop secondary structure, together called frameshift stimulating signal (FSS). It follows that the molecular evolution of this genomic region of HIV-1 is highly constrained, since the retroviral genome must contain a slippery sequence (sequence constraint), code appropriate peptides in reading frames 0 and 1 (coding requirements), and form a thermodynamically stable stem-loop secondary structure (structure requirement)...
December 13, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919800/increasing-the-fidelity-of-noncanonical-amino-acid-incorporation-in-cell-free-protein-synthesis
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Qinglei Gan, Chenguang Fan
BACKGROUND: Cell-free protein synthesis provides a robust platform for co-translational incorporation of noncanonical amino acid (ncAA) into proteins to facilitate biological studies and biotechnological applications. Recently, eliminating the activity of release factor 1 has been shown to increase ncAA incorporation in response to amber codons. However, this approach could promote mis-incorporation of canonical amino acids by near cognate suppression. METHODS: We performed a facile protocol to remove near cognate tRNA isoacceptors of the amber codon from total tRNAs, and used the phosphoserine (Sep) incorporation system as validation...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919705/the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-thitarodes-sejilaensis-lepidoptera-hepialidae-a-host-insect-of-ophiocordyceps-sinensis-and-its-implication-in-taxonomic-revision-of-hepialus-adopted-in-china
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Zhiwen Zou, Qiang Min, Shiyu Cheng, Tianrong Xin, Bin Xia
The mitochondrial genome is widely used for phylogenetic analyses and evolutionary biology. The complete mitochondrial genome of Thitarodes sejilaensis (Lepidoptera: Hepialidae) was sequenced and analyzed in this study. This mitogenome is a typical circular molecule of 15,290bp, with the gene content, orientation and order identical to other insects in the family Hepialidae. The genome nucleotide composition is heavily biased towards As and Ts, accounting for 80.87% of total nucleotide content. The major strand shows a positive AT-skew and negative GC-skew...
February 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915291/the-landscape-of-microbial-phenotypic-traits-and-associated-genes
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Maria Brbić, Matija Piškorec, Vedrana Vidulin, Anita Kriško, Tomislav Šmuc, Fran Supek
Bacteria and Archaea display a variety of phenotypic traits and can adapt to diverse ecological niches. However, systematic annotation of prokaryotic phenotypes is lacking. We have therefore developed ProTraits, a resource containing ∼545 000 novel phenotype inferences, spanning 424 traits assigned to 3046 bacterial and archaeal species. These annotations were assigned by a computational pipeline that associates microbes with phenotypes by text-mining the scientific literature and the broader World Wide Web, while also being able to define novel concepts from unstructured text...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915289/codon-usage-is-less-optimized-in-eukaryotic-gene-segments-encoding-intrinsically-disordered-regions-than-in-those-encoding-structural-domains
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Keiichi Homma, Tamotsu Noguchi, Satoshi Fukuchi
Codon usage tends to be optimized in highly expressed genes. A plausible explanation for this phenomenon is that translational accuracy is increased in highly expressed genes with infrequent use of rare codons. Besides structural domains (SDs), eukaryotic proteins generally have intrinsically disordered regions (IDRs) that by themselves do not assume unique three-dimensional structures. As IDRs are free from structural constraint, they can probably accommodate more translational errors than SDs can. Thus, codon usage in IDRs is likely to be less optimized than that in SDs...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905914/development-of-a-gene-synthesis-platform-for-the-efficient-large-scale-production-of-small-genes-encoding-animal-toxins
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Ana Filipa Sequeira, Joana L A Brás, Catarina I P D Guerreiro, Renaud Vincentelli, Carlos M G A Fontes
BACKGROUND: Gene synthesis is becoming an important tool in many fields of recombinant DNA technology, including recombinant protein production. De novo gene synthesis is quickly replacing the classical cloning and mutagenesis procedures and allows generating nucleic acids for which no template is available. In addition, when coupled with efficient gene design algorithms that optimize codon usage, it leads to high levels of recombinant protein expression. RESULTS: Here, we describe the development of an optimized gene synthesis platform that was applied to the large scale production of small genes encoding venom peptides...
December 1, 2016: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903612/the-role-of-4u-as-an-extended-translation-termination-signal-in-bacteria
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Yulong Wei, Xuhua Xia
Termination efficiency of stop codons depends on the first 3' flanking (+4) base in bacteria and eukaryotes. In both Escherichia coli and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, termination read-through is reduced in the presence of +4U; however, the molecular mechanism underlying +4U function is poorly understood. Here, we perform comparative genomics analysis on 25 bacterial species (covering Actinobacteria, Bacteriodetes, Cyanobacteria, Deinococcus-Thermus, Firmicutes, Proteobacteria and Spirochaetae) with bioinformatics approaches to examine the influence of +4U in bacterial translation termination by contrasting between highly and lowly expressed genes (HEGs and LEGs)...
November 30, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897254/high-level-expression-of-improved-thermo-stable-alkaline-xylanase-variant-in-pichia-pastoris-through-codon-optimization-multiple-gene-insertion-and-high-density-fermentation
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Yihong Lu, Cheng Fang, Qinhong Wang, Yuling Zhou, Guimin Zhang, Yanhe Ma
In paper industry, xylanases are used to increase the pulp properties in bleaching process as its eco-friendly nature. The xylanases activity is hindered by high temperature and alkaline conditions with high enzyme production cost in the paper industry. Here, XynHB, an alkaline stable xylanase from Bacillus pumilus HBP8 was mutated at N188A to XynHBN188A. Expressed mutant in E. coli showed 1.5-fold higher xylanase activity than XynHB at 60 °C. The mutant expressed in Pichia pastoris was glycosylated, remained stable for 30 min at 60 °C...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895624/visualizing-evolutionary-relationships-of-multidomain-proteins-an-example-from-receiver-rec-domains-of-sensor-histidine-kinases-in-the-candidatus-maribeggiatoa-str-orange-guaymas-draft-genome
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Barbara J MacGregor
For multidomain proteins, evolutionary changes may occur at the domain as well as the whole-protein level. An example is presented here, with suggestions for how such complicated relationships might be visualized. Earlier analysis of the Candidatus Maribeggiatoa str. Orange Guaymas (BOGUAY; Gammaproteobacteria) single-filament draft genome found evidence of gene exchange with the phylogenetically distant Cyanobacteria, particularly for sensory and signal transduction proteins. Because these are modular proteins, known to undergo frequent duplication, domain swapping, and horizontal gene transfer, a single domain was chosen for analysis...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893824/analysis-of-synonymous-codon-usage-bias-of-zika-virus-and-its-adaption-to-the-hosts
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Hongju Wang, Siqing Liu, Bo Zhang, Wenqiang Wei
Zika virus (ZIKV) is a mosquito-borne virus (arbovirus) in the family Flaviviridae, and the symptoms caused by ZIKV infection in humans include rash, fever, arthralgia, myalgia, asthenia and conjunctivitis. Codon usage bias analysis can reveal much about the molecular evolution and host adaption of ZIKV. To gain insight into the evolutionary characteristics of ZIKV, we performed a comprehensive analysis on the codon usage pattern in 46 ZIKV strains by calculating the effective number of codons (ENc), codon adaptation index (CAI), relative synonymous codon usage (RSCU), and other indicators...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889062/monoallelic-mutations-in-the-translation-initiation-codon-of-klhl24-cause-skin-fragility
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Yinghong He, Kristin Maier, Juna Leppert, Ingrid Hausser, Agnes Schwieger-Briel, Lisa Weibel, Martin Theiler, Dimitra Kiritsi, Hauke Busch, Melanie Boerries, Katariina Hannula-Jouppi, Hannele Heikkilä, Kaisa Tasanen, Daniele Castiglia, Giovanna Zambruno, Cristina Has
The genetic basis of epidermolysis bullosa, a group of genetic disorders characterized by the mechanically induced formation of skin blisters, is largely known, but a number of cases still remain genetically unsolved. Here, we used whole-exome and targeted sequencing to identify monoallelic mutations, c.1A>G and c.2T>C, in the translation initiation codon of the gene encoding kelch-like protein 24 (KLHL24) in 14 individuals with a distinct skin-fragility phenotype and skin cleavage within basal keratinocytes...
December 1, 2016: American Journal of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882066/bioinformatic-analysis-of-codon-usage-and-phylogenetic-relationships-in-different-genotypes-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus
#16
Mojtaba Mortazavi, Mohammad Zarenezhad, Seyed Moayed Alavian, Saeed Gholamzadeh, Abdorrasoul Malekpour, Mohammad Ghorbani, Masoud Torkzadeh Mahani, Safa Lotfi, Ali Fakhrzad
BACKGROUND: The hepatitis C virus (HCV) has six major genotypes. The purpose of this study was to phylogenetically investigate the differences between the genotypes of HCV, and to determine the types of amino acid codon usage in the structure of the virus in order to discover new methods for treatment regimes. METHODS: The codon usage of the six genotypes of the HCV nucleotide sequence was investigated through the online application available on the website Gene Infinity...
October 2016: Hepatitis Monthly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876621/translational-resistivity-conductivity-of-coding-sequences-during-exponential-growth-of-escherichia-coli
#17
Kazuyuki Takai
Codon adaptation index (CAI) has been widely used for prediction of expression of recombinant genes in Escherichia coli and other organisms. However, CAI has no mechanistic basis that rationalizes its application to estimation of translational efficiency. Here, I propose a model based on which we could consider how codon usage is related to the level of expression during exponential growth of bacteria. In this model, translation of a gene is considered as an analog of electric current, and an analog of electric resistance corresponding to each gene is considered...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27845207/codon-usage-pattern-and-prediction-of-gene-expression-level-in-bungarus-species
#18
Supriyo Chakraborty, Debojyoti Nag, Tarikul Huda Mazumder, Arif Uddin
Codon bias study in an organism gains significance in understanding the molecular mechanism as well as the functional conservation of gene expression during the course of evolution. The prime focus in this study is to compare the codon usage patterns among the four species belonging to the genus Bungarus (B. multicinctus, B. fasciatus, B. candidus and B. flaviceps) using several codon bias parameters. Our results suggested that relatively low codon bias exists in the coding sequences of the selected species...
March 10, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842546/optimization-of-construct-design-and-fermentation-strategy-for-the-production-of-bioactive-atf-sap-a-saporin-based-anti-tumoral-upar-targeted-chimera
#19
Alfredo Errico Provenzano, Riccardo Posteri, Francesco Giansanti, Francesco Angelucci, Sopsamorn U Flavell, David J Flavell, Maria Serena Fabbrini, Danilo Porro, Rodolfo Ippoliti, Aldo Ceriotti, Paola Branduardi, Riccardo Vago
BACKGROUND: The big challenge in any anti-tumor therapeutic approach is represented by the development of drugs selectively acting on the target with limited side effects, that exploit the unique characteristics of malignant cells. The urokinase (urokinase-type plasminogen activator, uPA) and its receptor uPAR have been identified as preferential target candidates since they play a key role in the evolution of neoplasms and are associated with neoplasm aggressiveness and poor clinical outcome in several different tumor types...
November 14, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822527/differential-functional-constraints-cause-strain-level-endemism-in-polynucleobacter-populations
#20
Naseer Sangwan, Iratxe Zarraonaindia, Jarrad T Hampton-Marcell, Herbert Ssegane, Tifani W Eshoo, Geeta Rijal, M Cristina Negri, Jack A Gilbert
The adaptation of bacterial lineages to local environmental conditions creates the potential for broader genotypic diversity within a species, which can enable a species to dominate across ecological gradients because of niche flexibility. The genus Polynucleobacter maintains both free-living and symbiotic ecotypes and maintains an apparently ubiquitous distribution in freshwater ecosystems. Subspecies-level resolution supplemented with metagenome-derived genotype analysis revealed that differential functional constraints, not geographic distance, produce and maintain strain-level genetic conservation in Polynucleobacter populations across three geographically proximal riverine environments...
May 2016: MSystems
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