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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913634/comparative-analysis-highlights-variable-genome-content-of-wheat-rusts-and-divergence-of-the-mating-loci
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Christina A Cuomo, Guus Bakkeren, Hala Badr Khalil, Vinay Panwar, David Joly, Rob Linning, Sharadha Sakthikumar, Xiao Song, Xian Adiconis, Lin Fan, Jonathan M Goldberg, Joshua Z Levin, Sarah Young, Qiandong Zeng, Yehoshua Anikster, Myron Bruce, Meinan Wang, Chuntao Yin, Brent McCallum, Les J Szabo, Scot Hulbert, Xiaming Chen, John P Fellers
Three members of the Puccinia genus, P. triticina (Pt), P. striiformis f.sp. tritici (Pst), and P. graminis f.sp. tritici (Pgt), cause the most common and often most significant foliar diseases of wheat. While similar in biology and life cycle, each species is uniquely adapted and specialized. The genomes of Pt and Pst were sequenced and compared to that of Pgt to identify common and distinguishing gene content, to determine gene variation among wheat rust pathogens, other rust fungi and basidiomycetes, and to identify genes of significance for infection...
December 2, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911793/heterogeneous-yet-stable-v%C3%AE-2-t-cell-profiles-define-distinct-cytotoxic-effector-potentials-in-healthy-human-individuals
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Paul L Ryan, Nital Sumaria, Christopher J Holland, Claire M Bradford, Natalia Izotova, Capucine L Grandjean, Ali S Jawad, Lesley A Bergmeier, Daniel J Pennington
Human γδ T cells display potent responses to pathogens and malignancies. Of particular interest are those expressing a γδ T-cell receptor (TCR) incorporating TCRδ-chain variable-region-2 [Vδ2((+))], which are activated by pathogen-derived phosphoantigens (pAgs), or host-derived pAgs that accumulate in transformed cells or in cells exposed to aminobisphosphonates. Once activated, Vδ2((+)) T cells exhibit multiple effector functions that have made them attractive candidates for immunotherapy. Despite this, clinical trials have reported mixed patient responses, highlighting a need for better understanding of Vδ2((+)) T-cell biology...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910854/the-genetic-basis-and-fitness-consequences-of-sperm-midpiece-size-in-deer-mice
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Heidi S Fisher, Emily Jacobs-Palmer, Jean-Marc Lassance, Hopi E Hoekstra
An extensive array of reproductive traits varies among species, yet the genetic mechanisms that enable divergence, often over short evolutionary timescales, remain elusive. Here we examine two sister-species of Peromyscus mice with divergent mating systems. We find that the promiscuous species produces sperm with longer midpiece than the monogamous species, and midpiece size correlates positively with competitive ability and swimming performance. Using forward genetics, we identify a gene associated with midpiece length: Prkar1a, which encodes the R1α regulatory subunit of PKA...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909228/divergent-outcomes-of-fructose-consumption-on-exercise-capacity-of-rats-friend-or-foe
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Angela Sun, An Huang, Elizabeth Kertowidjojo, Su Song, Thomas H Hintze, Dong Sun
To test the hypothesis that high fructose (HF) consumption divergently affects exercise capability, as a function of feeding duration, rats were fed a normal (as control) or a normal caloric diet with HF for 3, 6, 10 and 30 days respectively, and run on a treadmill. Results show that running distance and work were significantly increased, associated with greater exercise oxygen consumption in rats fed HF for 3 (HF-3D) and 6 days, but were decreased in rats fed HF for 30 days (HF-30D) compared to their respective control rats...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907154/pheromone-recognition-and-selectivity-by-comr-proteins-among-streptococcus-species
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Erin Shanker, Donald A Morrison, Antoine Talagas, Sylvie Nessler, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna
Natural transformation, or competence, is an ability inherent to bacteria for the uptake of extracellular DNA. This process is central to bacterial evolution and allows for the rapid acquirement of new traits, such as antibiotic resistance in pathogenic microorganisms. For the Gram-positive bacteria genus Streptococcus, genes required for competence are under the regulation of quorum sensing (QS) mediated by peptide pheromones. One such system, ComRS, consists of a peptide (ComS) that is processed (XIP), secreted, and later imported into the cytoplasm, where it binds and activates the transcription factor ComR...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903799/cxcr6-mediated-sivagmsab-entry-into-sabaeus-african-green-monkey-lymphocytes-implicates-widespread-use-of-non-ccr5-pathways-in-natural-host-infections
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Katherine S Wetzel, Yanjie Yi, Sarah T C Elliott, Dino Romero, Beatrice Jacquelin, Beatrice H Hahn, Michaela Muller-Trutwin, Cristian Apetrei, Ivona Pandrea, Ronald G Collman
: African green monkeys (AGM) and sooty mangabeys (SM) are well-studied natural hosts of SIV, which do not progress to AIDS when infected with their species-specific viruses. SIV natural hosts express very low levels of the canonical entry coreceptor CCR5, and recent studies have shown that CCR5 is dispensable for SIV infection of SM in vivo, and blocking CCR5 does not prevent ex vivo infection of PBMC from SM or vervet AGM. In both hosts, CXCR6 is an efficient entry pathway in vitro...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902423/characterization-of-cis-elements-in-the-promoter-of-trz2-encoding-schizosaccharomyces-pombe-mitochondrial-trna-3-end-processing-enzyme
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Jinyu Liu, Linting Huang, Yirong Wang, Ying Huang
The endonuclease tRNase Z is responsible for the 3'-end processing of tRNA precursors, which is one of the essential steps in tRNA maturation. The fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains two essential tRNase ZL genes (trz1 and trz2) involved in nuclear and mitochondrial tRNA 3'-end processing, respectively. Our previous studies suggest that trz2 is expressed at a very low level. Here we report characterization of the trz2 promoter. Using lacZ as a reporter, we show that the trz2 promoter contains a HomolD box and a very weak diverged TATA element...
November 22, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901108/survey-of-the-green-picoalga-bathycoccus-genomes-in-the-global-ocean
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Thomas Vannier, Jade Leconte, Yoann Seeleuthner, Samuel Mondy, Eric Pelletier, Jean-Marc Aury, Colomban de Vargas, Michael Sieracki, Daniele Iudicone, Daniel Vaulot, Patrick Wincker, Olivier Jaillon
Bathycoccus is a cosmopolitan green micro-alga belonging to the Mamiellophyceae, a class of picophytoplankton that contains important contributors to oceanic primary production. A single species of Bathycoccus has been described while the existence of two ecotypes has been proposed based on metagenomic data. A genome is available for one strain corresponding to the described phenotype. We report a second genome assembly obtained by a single cell genomics approach corresponding to the second ecotype. The two Bathycoccus genomes are divergent enough to be unambiguously distinguishable in whole DNA metagenomic data although they possess identical sequence of the 18S rRNA gene including in the V9 region...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900808/genetic-and-developmental-basis-for-fin-shape-variation-in-african-cichlid-fishes
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Dina Navon, Nathan Olearczyk, R Craig Albertson
Adaptive radiations are often characterized by the rapid evolution of traits associated with divergent feeding modes. For example, the evolutionary history of African cichlids is marked by repeated and coordinated shifts in skull, trophic, fin and body shape. Here, we seek to explore the molecular basis for fin shape variation in Lake Malawi cichlids. We first described variation within an F2 mapping population derived by crossing two cichlid species with divergent morphologies including fin shape. We then used this population to genetically map loci that influence variation in this trait...
November 4, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897001/differential-pathway-dependency-discovery-associated-with-drug-response-across-cancer-cell-lines
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Gil Speyer, Divya Mahendra, Hai J Tran, Jeff Kiefer, Stuart L Schreiber, Paul A Clemons, Harshil Dhruv, Michael Berens, Seungchan Kim
The effort to personalize treatment plans for cancer patients involves the identification of drug treatments that can effectively target the disease while minimizing the likelihood of adverse reactions. In this study, the gene-expression profile of 810 cancer cell lines and their response data to 368 small molecules from the Cancer Therapeutics Research Portal (CTRP) are analyzed to identify pathways with significant rewiring between genes, or differential gene dependency, between sensitive and non-sensitive cell lines...
2016: Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894884/modulation-of-the-heat-shock-response-is-associated-with-acclimation-to-novel-temperatures-but-not-adaptation-to-climatic-variation-in-the-ants-aphaenogaster-picea-and-a-rudis
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Sara Helms Cahan, Andrew D Nguyen, John Stanton-Geddes, Clint A Penick, Yainna Hernáiz-Hernández, Bernice B DeMarco, Nicholas J Gotelli
Ecological diversification into thermally divergent habitats can push species toward their physiological limits, requiring them to accommodate temperature extremes through plastic or evolutionary changes that increase persistence under the local thermal regime. One way to withstand thermal stress is to increase production of heat shock proteins, either by maintaining higher baseline abundance within cells or by increasing the magnitude of induction in response to heat stress. We evaluated whether environmental variation was associated with expression of three heat shock protein genes in two closely-related species of woodland ant, Aphaenogaster picea and A...
November 25, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894806/genetic-divergence-in-the-transcriptional-engram-of-chronic-alcohol-abuse-a-laser-capture-rna-seq-study-of-the-mouse-mesocorticolimbic-system
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Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Ashutosh K Pandey, Maren L Smith, Suzhen Gong, Jesse Ingels, Michael F Miles, Marcelo F Lopez, Lu Lu, Robert W Williams
Genetic factors that influence the transition from initial drinking to dependence remain enigmatic. Recent studies have leveraged chronic intermittent ethanol (CIE) paradigms to measure changes in brain gene expression in a single strain at 0, 8, 72 h, and even 7 days following CIE. We extend these findings using LCM RNA-seq to profile expression in 11 brain regions in two inbred strains - C57BL/6J (B6) and DBA/2J (D2) - 72 h following multiple cycles of ethanol self-administration and CIE. Linear models identified differential expression based on treatment, region, strain, or interactions with treatment...
October 15, 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894125/intronic-polyadenylation-of-pdgfr%C3%AE-in-resident-stem-cells-attenuates-muscle-fibrosis
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Alisa A Mueller, Cindy T van Velthoven, Kathryn D Fukumoto, Tom H Cheung, Thomas A Rando
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor α (PDGFRα) exhibits divergent effects in skeletal muscle. At physiological levels, signalling through this receptor promotes muscle development in growing embryos and angiogenesis in regenerating adult muscle. However, both increased PDGF ligand abundance and enhanced PDGFRα pathway activity cause pathological fibrosis. This excessive collagen deposition, which is seen in aged and diseased muscle, interferes with muscle function and limits the effectiveness of gene- and cell-based therapies for muscle disorders...
November 28, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891578/dual-specificity-phosphatase-15-regulates-erk-activation-in-schwann-cells
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José F Rodríguez-Molina, Camila Lopez-Anido, Ki H Ma, Chongyu Zhang, Tyler Olson, Katharina N Muth, Matthias Weider, John Svaren
Schwann cells and oligodendrocytes are the myelinating cells of the peripheral and central nervous system, respectively. Despite having different myelin components and different transcription factors driving their terminal differentiation there are shared molecular mechanisms between the two. Sox10 is one common transcription factor required for several steps in development of myelinating glia. However, other factors are divergent as Schwann cells need the transcription factor Egr2/Krox20 and oligodendrocytes require Myrf...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886593/the-evolution-of-micrornas-in-plants
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REVIEW
Jie Cui, Chenjiang You, Xuemei Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a central player in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and are involved in numerous biological processes in eukaryotes. Knowledge of the origins and divergence of miRNAs paves the way for a better understanding of the complexity of the regulatory networks that they participate in. The biogenesis, degradation, and regulatory activities of miRNAs are relatively better understood, but the evolutionary history of miRNAs still needs more exploration. Inverted duplication of target genes, random hairpin sequences and small transposable elements constitute three main models that explain the origination of miRNA genes (MIR)...
November 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885600/method-for-the-successful-crystallization-of-the-ferric-uptake-regulator-from-campylobacter-jejuni
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Sabina Sarvan, Jean-François Couture
The Ferric Uptake Regulator (FUR) is a transcription factor (TF) regulating the expression of several genes to control iron levels in prokaryotes. Members of this family of TFs share a common structural scaffold that typically comprises two regions that include a DNA binding and dimerization domains. While this structural organization is conserved, FUR proteins employ different mechanisms to bind divergent DNA binding elements and regulate gene expression in the absence or presence of regulatory metals. These findings, combined with the observations that FUR proteins display different geometries in regard to the relative orientation of the DNA binding and dimerization domains, have highlighted an expanding repertoire of molecular mechanisms controlling the activity of this family of TFs...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884940/ecological-speciation-of-bacteriophage-lambda-in-allopatry-and-sympatry
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Justin R Meyer, Devin T Dobias, Sarah J Medina, Lisa Servilio, Animesh Gupta, Richard E Lenski
Understanding the conditions that allow speciation to occur is difficult because most research has focused on either long-lived organisms or asexual microorganisms. We propagated bacteriophage λ, a virus with rapid generations and frequent recombination, on two Escherichia coli host genotypes that expressed either the LamB or OmpF receptor. When supplied with either single host (allopatry), λ improved its binding to the available receptor while losing its ability to use the alternative. When evolving on both hosts together (sympatry), the viruses split into two lineages with divergent receptor preferences...
November 24, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884657/the-origin-and-diversification-of-the-developmental-mechanisms-that-pattern-the-vertebrate-head-skeleton
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REVIEW
Tyler Square, David Jandzik, Marek Romášek, Robert Cerny, Daniel Medeiros
The apparent evolvability of the vertebrate head skeleton has allowed a diverse array of shapes, sizes, and compositions of the head in order to better adapt species to their environments. This encompasses feeding, breathing, sensing, and communicating: the head skeleton somehow participated in the evolution of all these critical processes for the last 500 million years. Through evolution, present head diversity was made possible via developmental modifications to the first head skeletal genetic program. Understanding the development of the vertebrate common ancestor's head skeleton is thus an important step in identifying how different lineages have respectively achieved their many innovations in the head...
November 21, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882534/hybridizing-in-a-big-way
#19
William Hatchett
Gene regulation plays an important role in an organism's development and morphological evolution. However, the importance of regulatory divergence in speciation remains unclear. Hybrids between mammalian species often differ in size from their parents due to dramatic parent-of-origin growth effects (Vrana 2007; Brekke and Good 2014, Wolf et al. 2014). The parent-of-origin effects on growth are usually manifest in the placenta and embryo development stage, when the embryo is highly sensitive to gene dosage/expression (Haig 1996)...
November 24, 2016: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881725/tata-box-insertion-provide-a-selected-mechanism-for-enhancing-gene-expression-to-adapt-fe-deficiency
#20
Meiling Zhang, Yuanda Lv, Yi Wang, Jocelyn K C Rose, Fei Shen, Zhenyun Han, Xinzhong Zhang, Xuefeng Xu, Ting Wu, Zhenhai Han
Intraspecific genetic variation is essential for plant responses and adaption to evolutionary challenges, such as changing environmental conditions. The development the Earth's aerobic atmosphere has increased the iron (Fe) demand of organisms and Fe deficiency has become a limiting environmental factor for plant growth. We demonstrate here that the adaptation of apple trees to Fe deficiency is achieved by the modification of the promoter of the Iron-Regulated Transporter1 (IRT1) gene. Specifically, an IRT1 mutant allele with a TATA-box insertion in the promoter upstream of the IRT1 coding region enhances IRT1 expression...
November 23, 2016: Plant Physiology
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