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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110499/dynamic-predictions-using-flexible-joint-models-of-longitudinal-and-time-to-event-data
#1
Jessica Barretta, Li Sub
Joint models for longitudinal and time-to-event data are particularly relevant to many clinical studies where longitudinal biomarkers could be highly associated with a time-to-event outcome. A cutting-edge research direction in this area is dynamic predictions of patient prognosis (e.g., survival probabilities) given all available biomarker information, recently boosted by the stratified/personalized medicine initiative. As these dynamic predictions are individualized, flexible models are desirable in order to appropriately characterize each individual longitudinal trajectory...
January 22, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110272/mitonuclear-interactions-mediate-transcriptional-responses-to-hypoxia-in-drosophila
#2
Jim A Mossman, Jennifer G Tross, Nick A Jourjine, Nan Li, Zhijin Wu, David M Rand
Among the major challenges in quantitative genetics and personalized medicine is to understand how gene × gene interactions (G × G: epistasis) and gene × environment interactions (G × E) underlie phenotypic variation. Here, we use the intimate relationship between mitochondria and oxygen availability to dissect the roles of nuclear DNA (nDNA) variation, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation, hypoxia, and their interactions on gene expression in Drosophila melanogaster Mitochondria provide an important evolutionary and medical context for understanding G × G and G × E given their central role in integrating cellular signals...
November 14, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109041/endemic-cyanophages-and-the-puzzle-of-phage-bacteria-coevolution
#3
Otto X Cordero
A recent genomic analysis of Synechococcus cyanophages sampled for over 15 years reveals a remarkable pattern of stable phage population structure, highly reminiscent of the ecotype structure observed in bacteria and archaeal ecotypes. In this highlight I discuss the importance of this finding and the questions and opportunities it opens to learn more about the nature of phage-bacterial coevolution in the environment. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
January 20, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108601/phylogenomics-using-target-restricted-assembly-resolves-intra-generic-relationships-of-parasitic-lice-phthiraptera-columbicola
#4
Bret M Boyd, Julie M Allen, Nam Nguyen, Andrew D Sweet, Tandy Warnow, Michael D Shapiro, Scott M Villa, Sarah E Bush, Dale H Clayton, Kevin P Johnson
Parasitic "wing lice" (Phthiraptera: Columbicola) and their dove and pigeon hosts are a well-recognized model system for coevolutionary studies at the intersection of micro- and macroevolution. Selection on lice in microevolutionary time occurs as pigeons and doves defend themselves against lice by preening. In turn, behavioral and morphological adaptations of the lice improve their ability to evade host defense. Over macroevolutionary time wing lice tend to cospeciate with their hosts; yet, some species of Columbicola have switched to new host species...
January 19, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103497/host-microbiota-interactions-epigenomic-regulation
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REVIEW
Vivienne Woo, Theresa Alenghat
The coevolution of mammalian hosts and their commensal microbiota has led to the development of complex symbiotic relationships between resident microbes and mammalian cells. Epigenomic modifications enable host cells to alter gene expression without modifying the genetic code, and therefore represent potent mechanisms by which mammalian cells can transcriptionally respond, transiently or stably, to environmental cues. Advances in genome-wide approaches are accelerating our appreciation of microbial influences on host physiology, and increasing evidence highlights that epigenomics represent a level of regulation by which the host integrates and responds to microbial signals...
January 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098555/nematophagous-fungus-arthrobotrys-oligospora-mimics-olfactory-cues-of-sex-and-food-to-lure-its-nematode-prey
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Yen-Ping Hsueh, Matthew R Gronquist, Erich M Schwarz, Ravi David Nath, Ching-Han Lee, Shalha Gharib, Frank C Schroeder, Paul W Sternberg
To study the molecular basis for predator-prey coevolution, we investigated how Caenorhabditis elegans responds to the predatory fungus Arthrobotrys oligospora. C. elegans and other nematodes were attracted to volatile compounds produced by A. oligospora. Gas-chromatographic mass-spectral analyses of A. oligospora-derived volatile metabolites identified several odors mimicking food cues attractive to nematodes. One compound, methyl 3-methyl-2-butenoate (MMB) additionally triggered strong sex- and stage-specific attraction in several Caenorhabditis species...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097084/the-calcium-dependent-protein-kinase-cdpk-and-cdpk-related-kinase-gene-families-in-hevea-brasiliensis-comparison-with-five-other-plant-species-in-structure-evolution-and-expression
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Xiao-Hu Xiao, Meng Yang, Jin-Lei Sui, Ji-Yan Qi, Yong-Jun Fang, Song-Nian Hu, Chao-Rong Tang
Calcium-dependent protein kinases (CDPKs or CPKs) play important roles in various physiological processes of plants, including growth and development, stress responses and hormone signaling. Although the CDPK gene family has been characterized in several model plants, little is known about this gene family in Hevea brasiliensis (the Para rubber tree). Here, we characterize the entire H. brasiliensis CDPK and CDPK-related kinase (CRK) gene families comprising 30 CDPK genes (HbCPK1 to 30) and nine CRK genes (HbCRK1 to 9)...
January 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096240/coevolution-of-leukemia-and-host-immune-cells-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#8
Noelia Purroy, C J Wu
Cumulative studies on the dissection of changes in driver genetic lesions in cancer across the course of the disease have provided powerful insights into the adaptive mechanisms of tumors in response to the selective pressures of therapy and environmental changes. In particular, the advent of next-generation-sequencing (NGS)-based technologies and its implementation for the large-scale comprehensive analyses of cancers have greatly advanced our understanding of cancer as a complex dynamic system wherein genetically distinct subclones interact and compete during tumor evolution...
January 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092408/network-structure-and-local-adaptation-in-coevolving-bacteria-phage-interactions
#9
James Gurney, Lafi Aldakak, Alex Betts, Claire Gougat-Barbera, Timothée Poisot, Oliver Kaltz, Michael E Hochberg
Numerous theoretical and experimental studies have investigated antagonistic coevolution between parasites and their hosts. Although experimental tests of theory from a range of biological systems are largely concordant regarding the influence of several driving processes, we know little as to how mechanisms acting at the smallest scales (individual molecular and phenotypic changes) may result in the emergence of structures at larger scales, such as coevolutionary dynamics and local adaptation. We capitalized on methods commonly employed in community ecology to quantify how the structure of community interaction matrices, so called 'bipartite networks', reflected observed coevolutionary dynamics, and how phages from these communities may or may not have adapted locally to their bacterial hosts...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087275/sequence-structure-and-function-relationships-in-flaviviruses-as-assessed-by-evolutive-aspects-of-its-conserved-non-structural-protein-domains
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Néli José da Fonseca, Marcelo Querino Lima Afonso, Natan Gonçalves Pedersolli, Lucas Carrijo de Oliveira, Dhiego Souto Andrade, Lucas Bleicher
Flaviviruses are responsible for serious diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and zika fever. Their genomes encode a polyprotein which, after cleavage, results in three structural and seven non-structural proteins. Homologous proteins can be studied by conservation and coevolution analysis as detected in multiple sequence alignments, usually reporting positions which are strictly necessary for the structure and/or function of all members in a protein family or which are involved in a specific sub-class feature requiring the coevolution of residue sets...
January 10, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080981/phenotypic-interactions-between-tree-hosts-and-invasive-forest-pathogens-in-the-light-of-globalization-and-climate-change
#11
REVIEW
Jan Stenlid, Jonàs Oliva
Invasive pathogens can cause considerable damage to forest ecosystems. Lack of coevolution is generally thought to enable invasive pathogens to bypass the defence and/or recognition systems in the host. Although mostly true, this argument fails to predict intermittent outcomes in space and time, underlining the need to include the roles of the environment and the phenotype in host-pathogen interactions when predicting disease impacts. We emphasize the need to consider host-tree imbalances from a phenotypic perspective, considering the lack of coevolutionary and evolutionary history with the pathogen and the environment, respectively...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076419/stability-of-a-coevolving-host-parasite-system-peaks-at-intermediate-productivity
#12
Xin-Feng Zhao, Yi-Qi Hao, Quan-Guo Zhang
Habitat productivity may affect the stability of consumer-resource systems, through both ecological and evolutionary mechanisms. We hypothesize that coevolving consumer-resource systems show more stable dynamics at intermediate resource availability, while very low-level resource supply cannot support sufficiently large populations of resource and consumer species to avoid stochastic extinction, and extremely resource-rich environments may promote escalatory arms-race-like coevolution that can cause strong fluctuations in species abundance and even extinction of one or both trophic levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074845/local-coexistence-and-genetic-isolation-of-three-pollinator-species-on-the-same-fig-tree-species
#13
T L Sutton, J L DeGabriel, M Riegler, J M Cook
Molecular tools increasingly reveal cryptic lineages and species that were previously unnoticed by traditional taxonomy. The discovery of cryptic species in sympatry prompts the question of how they coexist in the apparent absence of ecological divergence. However, this assumes first that the molecular taxonomy used to identify cryptic lineages delimits species boundaries accurately. This issue is important, because many diversity studies rely heavily or solely on data from mitochondrial DNA sequences for species delimitation, and several factors may lead to poor identification of species boundaries...
January 11, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073394/gregarine-infection-accelerates-larval-development-of-the-cat-flea-ctenocephalides-felis-bouch%C3%A3
#14
M E Alarcón, A Jara-F, R C Briones, A K Dubey, C H Slamovits
A high degree of specialization between host and parasite is a well-known outcome of a long history of coevolution, and it is strikingly illustrated in a coordination of their life cycles. In some cases, the arms race ensued at the establishment of a symbiotic relationship results in the adoption of manipulative strategies by the parasite. We have already learned that Steinina ctenocephali, a gregarine living in the alimentary canal of cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis follows its phenology and metamorphosis...
January 11, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070272/impact-of-temperature-shifts-on-the-joint-evolution-of-seed-dormancy-and-size
#15
Yang Liu, Sébastien Barot, Yousry A El-Kassaby, Nicolas Loeuille
Seed dormancy and size are two important life-history traits that interplay as adaptation to varying environmental settings. As evolution of both traits involves correlated selective pressures, it is of interest to comparatively investigate the evolution of the two traits jointly as well as independently. We explore evolutionary trajectories of seed dormancy and size using adaptive dynamics in scenarios of deterministic or stochastic temperature variations. Ecological dynamics usually result in unbalanced population structures, and temperature shifts or fluctuations of high magnitude give rise to more balanced ecological structures...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065710/ecoimmunology-and-microbial-ecology-contributions-to-avian-behavior-physiology-and-life-history
#16
REVIEW
Jessica K Evans, Katherine L Buchanan, Simon C Griffith, Kirk C Klasing, BriAnne Addison
Bacteria have had a fundamental impact on vertebrate evolution not only by affecting the evolution of the immune system, but also generating complex interactions with behavior and physiology. Advances in molecular techniques have started to reveal the intricate ways in which bacteria and vertebrates have coevolved. Here, we focus on birds as an example system for understanding the fundamental impact bacteria have had on the evolution of avian immune defenses, behavior, physiology, reproduction and life histories...
January 5, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064190/cytoplasmic-nuclear-incompatibility-between-wild-isolates-of-caenorhabditis-nouraguensis
#17
Piero Lamelza, Michael Ailion
How species arise is a fundamental question in biology. Species can be defined as populations of interbreeding individuals that are reproductively isolated from other such populations. Therefore, understanding how reproductive barriers evolve between populations is essential for understanding the process of speciation. Hybrid incompatibility (for example, hybrid sterility or lethality) is a common and strong reproductive barrier in nature. Here we report a lethal incompatibility between two wild isolates of the nematode Caenorhabditis nouraguensis Hybrid inviability results from the incompatibility between a maternally inherited cytoplasmic factor from each strain and a recessive nuclear locus from the other...
January 6, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063343/a-novel-pathogenic-aviadenovirus-from-red-bellied-parrots-poicephalus-rufiventris-unveils-deep-recombination-events-among-avian-host-lineages
#18
Shubhagata Das, Kathleen Fearnside, Subir Sarker, Jade K Forwood, Shane R Raidal
Competing roles of coevolution, selective pressure and recombination are an emerging interest in virus evolution. We report a novel aviadenovirus from captive red-bellied parrots (Poicephalus rufiventris) that uncovers evidence of deep recombination among aviadenoviruses. The sequence identity of the virus was most closely related to Turkey adenovirus D (42% similarity) and other adenoviruses in chickens, turkeys and pigeons. Sequencing and comparative analysis showed that the genome comprised 40,930 nucleotides containing 42 predicted open reading frames (ORFs) 19 of which had strong similarity with genes from other adenovirus species...
January 4, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056995/aldehyde-dehydrogenase-2-activation-and-coevolution-of-its-%C3%AE%C2%B5pkc-mediated-phosphorylation-sites
#19
Aishwarya Nene, Che-Hong Chen, Marie-Hélène Disatnik, Leslie Cruz, Daria Mochly-Rosen
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial aldehyde dehydrogenase 2 (ALDH2) is a key enzyme for the metabolism of many toxic aldehydes such as acetaldehyde, derived from alcohol drinking, and 4HNE, an oxidative stress-derived lipid peroxidation aldehyde. Post-translational enhancement of ALDH2 activity can be achieved by serine/threonine phosphorylation by epsilon protein kinase C (εPKC). Elevated ALDH2 is beneficial in reducing injury following myocardial infarction, stroke and other oxidative stress and aldehyde toxicity-related diseases...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053064/scientific-knowledge-and-technology-animal-experimentation-and-pharmaceutical-development
#20
Lewis B Kinter, Joseph J DeGeorge
Human discovery of pharmacologically active substances is arguably the oldest of the biomedical sciences with origins >3500 years ago. Since ancient times, four major transformations have dramatically impacted pharmaceutical development, each driven by advances in scientific knowledge, technology, and/or regulation: (1) anesthesia, analgesia, and antisepsis; (2) medicinal chemistry; (3) regulatory toxicology; and (4) targeted drug discovery. Animal experimentation in pharmaceutical development is a modern phenomenon dating from the 20th century and enabling several of the four transformations...
December 2016: ILAR Journal
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