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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335325/nanoscale-electric-characteristics-and-oriented-assembly-of-halobacterium-salinarum-membrane-revealed-by-electric-force-microscopy
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Denghua Li, Yibing Wang, Huiwen Du, Shiwei Xu, Zhemin Li, Yanlian Yang, Chen Wang
Purple membranes (PM) of the bacteria Halobacterium salinarum are a unique natural membrane where bacteriorhodopsin (BR) can convert photon energy and pump protons. Elucidating the electronic properties of biomembranes is critical for revealing biological mechanisms and developing new devices. We report here the electric properties of PMs studied by using multi-functional electric force microscopy (EFM) at the nanoscale. The topography, surface potential, and dielectric capacity of PMs were imaged and quantitatively measured in parallel...
November 2, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334050/improving-transcriptome-de-novo-assembly-by-using-a-reference-genome-of-a-related-species-translational-genomics-from-oil-palm-to-coconut
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Alix Armero, Luc Baudouin, Stéphanie Bocs, Dominique This
The palms are a family of tropical origin and one of the main constituents of the ecosystems of these regions around the world. The two main species of palm represent different challenges: coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a source of multiple goods and services in tropical communities, while oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) is the main protagonist of the oil market. In this study, we present a workflow that exploits the comparative genomics between a target species (coconut) and a reference species (oil palm) to improve the transcriptomic data, providing a proteome useful to answer functional or evolutionary questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333296/stepwise-evolution-of-a-buried-inhibitor-peptide-over-45-million-years
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Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Jose L Panero, David Secco, Kalia Bernath-Levin, Oliver Berkowitz, Nicolas L Taylor, Edward E Schilling, James Whelan, Joshua S Mylne
The de novo evolution of genes and the novel proteins they encode has stimulated much interest in the contribution such innovations make to the diversity of life. Most research on this de novo evolution focuses on transcripts, so studies on the biochemical steps that can enable completely new proteins to evolve and the time required to do so have been lacking. Sunflower PawS1 is an unusual albumin precursor because in addition to producing albumin it also yields a potent, bicyclic protease-inhibitor called SFTI-1...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330322/de-novo-transcriptome-sequencing-in-monsonia-burkeana-revealed-putative-genes-for-key-metabolic-pathways-involved-in-tea-quality-and-medicinal-value
#4
Adugna A Woldesemayat, Khayalethu Ntushelo, David M Modise
Monsonia (Monsonia burkeana Planch. ex Harv) is one of the most valuable tea and traditional medicinal plants used in Southern Africa. In spite of this, there is no sequence information regarding this plant in literature. To provide understanding of the naturally occurring tea and drug-specific products and the key pathways for the biosynthesis of these molecules, we sequenced the leaf transcriptome using Illumina MiSeq platform and generated 2,590,652 paired-end reads that were assembled de novo into 45,450 high-quality transcripts...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327966/de-novo-transcriptome-assemblies-of-four-xylem-sap-feeding-insects
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Erica E Tassone, Charles C Cowden, S J Castle
Background: Spittle bugs and sharpshooters are well-known xylem sap-feeding insects and vectors of the phytopathogenic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa (Wells), a causal agent of Pierce's disease of grapevines and other crop diseases. Specialized feeding on nutrient-deficient xylem sap is relatively rare among insect herbivores, and only limited genomic and transcriptomic information has been generated for xylem-sap feeders. To develop a more comprehensive understanding of biochemical adaptations and symbiotic relationships that support survival on a nutritionally austere dietary source, transcriptome assemblies for three sharpshooter species and one spittlebug species were produced...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325849/phospholipase-d%C3%AE-enhances-diacylglycerol-flux-into-triacylglycerol
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Wenyu Yang, Geliang Wang, Jia Li, Philip David Bates, Xuemin Wang, Douglas K Allen
Plant seeds are the primary source of triacylglycerols (TAG) for food, feed, fuel, and industrial applications. As TAG is produced from diacylglycerol (DAG) successful engineering strategies to enhance TAG levels have focused on the conversion of DAG to TAG. However, the production of TAG can be limited by flux through the enzymatic reactions that supply DAG. In this study, two Arabidopsis phospholipase Dζ genes (AtPLDζ1 and AtPLDζ2) were co-expressed in Camelina sativa to test whether the conversion of phosphatidylcholine (PC) to DAG impacts TAG levels in seeds...
March 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322934/comparative-immunogenomics-of-molluscs
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Jonathan H Schultz, Coen M Adema
Comparative immunology, studying both vertebrates and invertebrates, provided the earliest descriptions of phagocytosis as a general immune mechanism. However, the large scale of animal diversity challenges all-inclusive investigations and the field of immunology has developed by mostly emphasizing study of a few vertebrate species. In addressing the lack of comprehensive understanding of animal immunity, especially that of invertebrates, comparative immunology helps toward management of invertebrates that are food sources, agricultural pests, pathogens, or transmit diseases, and helps interpret the evolution of animal immunity...
March 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320918/hinge-long-read-assembly-achieves-optimal-repeat-resolution
#8
Govinda M Kamath, Ilan Shomorony, Fei Xia, Thomas Courtade, David N Tse
Long-read sequencing technologies have potential to produce gold-standard de novo genome assemblies, but fully exploiting error-prone reads to resolve repeats remains a challenge. Aggressive approaches to repeat resolution often produce mis-assemblies, and conservative approaches lead to unnecessary fragmentation. We present HINGE, an assembler that achieves optimal repeat resolution by distinguishing repeats that can be resolved given the data from those that cannot. This is accomplished by adding "hinges" to reads for constructing an overlap graph where only unresolvable repeats are merged...
March 20, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318821/snf2-family-protein-fft3-suppresses-nucleosome-turnover-to-promote-epigenetic-inheritance-and-proper-replication
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Nitika Taneja, Martin Zofall, Vanivilasini Balachandran, Gobi Thillainadesan, Tomoyasu Sugiyama, David Wheeler, Ming Zhou, Shiv I S Grewal
Heterochromatin can be epigenetically inherited in cis, leading to stable gene silencing. However, the mechanisms underlying heterochromatin inheritance remain unclear. Here, we identify Fft3, a fission yeast homolog of the mammalian SMARCAD1 SNF2 chromatin remodeler, as a factor uniquely required for heterochromatin inheritance, rather than for de novo assembly. Importantly, we find that Fft3 suppresses turnover of histones at heterochromatic loci to facilitate epigenetic transmission of heterochromatin in cycling cells...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314725/a-genome-survey-and-postharvest-transcriptome-analysis-in-lentinula-edodes
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Yuichi Sakamoto, Keiko Nakade, Shiho Sato, Kentaro Yoshida, Kazuhiro Miyazaki, Satoshi Natsume, Naotake Konno
Lentinula edodes is a popular cultivated edible and medicinal mushroom. Lentinula edodes is susceptible to postharvest problems such as gill browning, fruiting body softening, and lentinan degradation. We constructed a de novo assembly draft genome sequence and performed gene prediction of Lentinula edodesDe novo assembly was carried out using short reads from paired-end and mate-paired libraries and long reads by PacBio, resulting in a contig number of 1951 and an N50 of 1 Mb. Further, we predicted genes by Augustus using RNA-seq data from the whole life cycle of Lentinula edodes, resulting in 12,959 predicted genes...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301471/genomic-confirmation-of-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-transmission-from-deceased-donor-to-liver-transplant-recipient
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Ali Bashir, Oliver Attie, Mitchell Sullivan, Robert Sebra, Kavindra V Singh, Deena Altman, Theodore Pak, Jayeeta Dutta, Kieran Chacko, Elizabeth Webster, Martha Lewis, Camille Hamula, Kristin W Delli Carpini, Barbara E Murray, Andrew Kasarskis, Harm van Bakel, Shirish Huprikar
In a liver transplant recipient with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) surgical site and bloodstream infection, a combination of pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, multilocus sequence typing, and whole genome sequencing identified that donor and recipient VRE isolates were highly similar when compared to time-matched hospital isolates. Comparison of de novo assembled isolate genomes was highly suggestive of transplant transmission rather than hospital-acquired transmission and also identified subtle internal rearrangements between donor and recipient missed by other genomic approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300643/draft-genome-sequence-of-multidrug-resistant-salmonella-enterica-serovar-brancaster-strain-ps01-isolated-from-chicken-meat-malaysia
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Pui San Chin, Choo Yee Yu, Geik Yong Ang, Wai-Fong Yin, Kok-Gan Chan
OBJECTIVES: Salmonella spp. represent one of the main diarrhoeal pathogens that are transmitted via the food supply chain. Here we report the draft genome sequence of a multidrug-resistant Salmonella enterica serovar Brancaster (PS01) that was isolated from poultry meat in Malaysia. METHODS: Genomic DNA was extracted from Salmonella strain PS01 and was sequenced using an Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform. The generated reads were de novo assembled using CLC Genomics Workbench...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298915/transcriptomic-analysis-reveals-mechanisms-of-sterile-and-fertile-flower-differentiation-and-development-in-viburnum-macrocephalum-f-keteleeri
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Zhaogeng Lu, Jing Xu, Weixing Li, Li Zhang, Jiawen Cui, Qingsong He, Li Wang, Biao Jin
Sterile and fertile flowers are an important evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) phenotype in angiosperm flowers, playing important roles in pollinator attraction and sexual reproductive success. However, the gene regulatory mechanisms underlying fertile and sterile flower differentiation and development remain largely unknown. Viburnum macrocephalum f. keteleeri, which possesses fertile and sterile flowers in a single inflorescence, is a useful candidate species for investigating the regulatory networks in differentiation and development...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298431/canu-scalable-and-accurate-long-read-assembly-via-adaptive-k-mer-weighting-and-repeat-separation
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Sergey Koren, Brian P Walenz, Konstantin Berlin, Jason R Miller, Nicholas H Bergman, Adam M Phillippy
Long-read single-molecule sequencing has revolutionized de novo genome assembly and enabled the automated reconstruction of reference-quality genomes. However, given the relatively high error rates of such technologies, efficient and accurate assembly of large repeats and closely related haplotypes remains challenging. We address these issues with Canu, a successor of Celera Assembler that is specifically designed for noisy single-molecule sequences. Canu introduces support for nanopore sequencing, halves depth-of-coverage requirements, and improves assembly continuity while simultaneously reducing runtime by an order of magnitude on large genomes versus Celera Assembler 8...
March 15, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295044/novel-transcriptome-assembly-and-comparative-toxicity-pathway-analysis-in-mahi-mahi-coryphaena-hippurus-embryos-and-larvae-exposed-to-deepwater-horizon-oil
#15
Elvis Genbo Xu, Edward M Mager, Martin Grosell, E Starr Hazard, Gary Hardiman, Daniel Schlenk
The impacts of Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil on morphology and function during embryonic development have been documented for a number of fish species, including the economically and ecologically important pelagic species, mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). However, further investigations on molecular events and pathways responsible for developmental toxicity have been largely restricted due to the limited molecular data available for this species. We sought to establish the de novo transcriptomic database from the embryos and larvae of mahi-mahi exposed to water accommodated fractions (HEWAFs) of two DWH oil types (weathered and source oil), in an effort to advance our understanding of the molecular aspects involved during specific toxicity responses...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293880/catalytic-amyloid-fibrils-that-bind-copper-to-activate-oxygen
#16
Alex Sternisha, Olga Makhlynets
Amyloid-like fibrils assembled from de novo designed peptides lock ligands in a conformation optimal for metal binding and catalysis in a manner similar to how metalloenzymes provide proper coordination environment through fold. These supramolecular assemblies efficiently catalyze p-nitrophenyl ester hydrolysis in the presence of zinc and phenol oxidation by dioxygen in the presence of copper. The resulting heterogeneous catalysts are inherently switchable, as addition and removal of the metal ions turns the catalytic activity on and off, respectively...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292322/revealing-large-metagenomic-regions-through-long-dna-fragment-hybridization-capture
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Cyrielle Gasc, Pierre Peyret
BACKGROUND: High-throughput DNA sequencing technologies have revolutionized genomic analysis, including the de novo assembly of whole genomes from single organisms or metagenomic samples. However, due to the limited capacity of short-read sequence data to assemble complex or low coverage regions, genomes are typically fragmented, leading to draft genomes with numerous underexplored large genomic regions. Revealing these missing sequences is a major goal to resolve concerns in numerous biological studies...
March 14, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287176/de-novo-and-reference-transcriptome-assembly-of-transcripts-expressed-during-flowering-provide-insight-into-seed-setting-in-tetraploid-red-clover
#18
Mallikarjuna Rao Kovi, Helga Amdahl, Muath Alsheikh, Odd Arne Rognli
Red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is one of the most important legume forage species in temperate livestock agriculture. Tetraploid red clover cultivars are generally producing less seed than diploid cultivars. Improving the seed setting potential of tetraploid cultivars is necessary to utilize the high forage quality and environmentally sustainable nitrogen fixation ability of red clover. In the current study, our aim was to identify candidate genes involved in seed setting. Two genotypes, 'Tripo' with weak seed setting and 'Lasang' with strong seed setting were selected for transcriptome analysis...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284545/pollen-of-common-ragweed-ambrosia-artemisiifolia-l-illumina-based-de-novo-sequencing-and-differential-transcript-expression-upon-elevated-no2-o3
#19
Feng Zhao, Jörg Durner, J Barbro Winkler, Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann, Tim-Matthias Strom, Dieter Ernst, Ulrike Frank
Common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) is a highly allergenic annual ruderal plant and native to Northern America, but now also spreading across Europe. Air pollution and climate change will not only affect plant growth, pollen production and duration of the whole pollen season, but also the amount of allergenic encoding transcripts and proteins of the pollen. The objective of this study was to get a better understanding of transcriptional changes in ragweed pollen upon NO2 and O3 fumigation. This will also contribute to a systems biology approach to understand the reaction of the allergenic pollen to air pollution and climate change...
March 8, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282950/development%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-gene-based%C3%A2-ssr%C3%A2-markers%C3%A2-in%C3%A2-winged%C3%A2-bean%C3%A2-psophocarpus%C3%A2-tetragonolobus%C3%A2-l-%C3%A2-dc-%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-diversity%C3%A2-assessment
#20
Quin Nee Wong, Alberto Stefano Tanzi, Wai Kuan Ho, Sunir Malla, Martin Blythe, Asha Karunaratne, Festo Massawe, Sean Mayes
Winged bean (Psophocarpus tetragonolobus) is an herbaceous multipurpose legume grown in hot and humid countries as a pulse, vegetable (leaves and pods), or root tuber crop depending on local consumption preferences. In addition to its different nutrient-rich edible parts which could contribute to food and nutritional security, it is an efficient nitrogen fixer as a component of sustainable agricultural systems. Generating genetic resources and improved lines would help to accelerate the breeding improvement of this crop, as the lack of improved cultivars adapted to specific environments has been one of the limitations preventing wider use...
March 9, 2017: Genes
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