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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931159/isolation-and-molecular-characterization-of-the-transformer-gene-from-bactrocera-cucurbitae-diptera-tephritidae
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Ya Luo, Santao Zhao, Jiahui Li, Peizheng Li, Rihui Yan
transformer (tra) is a switch gene of sex determination in many insects, particularly in Dipterans. However, the sex determination pathway in Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), a very destructive pest on earth, remains largely uncharacterized. In this study, we have isolated and characterized one female-specific and two male-specific transcripts of the tra gene (Bcutra) of B. cucurbitae. The genomic structure of Bcutra has been determined and the presence of multiple conserved Transformer (TRA)/TRA-2 binding sites in Bcutra has been found...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931082/barcoding-atlantic-canada-s-mesopelagic-and-upper-bathypelagic-marine-fishes
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Ellen L Kenchington, Shauna M Baillie, Trevor J Kenchington, Paul Bentzen
DNA barcode sequences were developed from 557 mesopelagic and upper bathypelagic teleost specimens collected in waters off Atlantic Canada. Confident morphological identifications were available for 366 specimens, of 118 species and 93 genera, which yielded 328 haplotypes. Five of the species were novel to the Barcode of Life Database (BOLD). Most of the 118 species conformed to expectations of monophyly and the presence of a "barcode gap", though some known weaknesses in existing taxonomy were confirmed and a deficiency in published keys was revealed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931078/microgeographic-population-structuring-of-aedes-aegypti-diptera-culicidae
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André Barretto Bruno Wilke, Ramon Wilk-da-Silva, Mauro Toledo Marrelli
Aedes aegypti is one of the species most favored by changes in the environment caused by urbanization. Its abundance increases rapidly in the face of such changes, increasing the risk of disease transmission. Previous studies have shown that mosquito species that have adapted to anthropogenic environmental changes benefit from urbanization and undergo population expansion. In light of this, we used microsatellite markers to explore how urbanization processes may be modulating Ae. aegypti populations collected from three areas with different levels of urbanization in the city of São Paulo, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930984/high-fat-diet-feeding-and-high-throughput-triacylglyceride-assay-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#4
Soda Balla Diop, Ryan T Birse, Rolf Bodmer
Heart disease is the number one cause of human death worldwide. Numerous studies have shown strong connections between obesity and cardiac malfunction in humans, but more tools and research efforts are needed to better elucidate the mechanisms involved. For over a century, the genetically highly tractable model of Drosophila has been instrumental in the discovery of key genes and molecular pathways that proved to be highly conserved across species. Many biological processes and disease mechanisms are functionally conserved in the fly, such as development (e...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930163/zebrafish-in-translational-cancer-research-insight-into-leukemia-melanoma-glioma-and-endocrine-tumor-biology
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Aurora Irene Idilli, Francesca Precazzini, Maria Caterina Mione, Viviana Anelli
Over the past 15 years, zebrafish have emerged as a powerful tool for studying human cancers. Transgenic techniques have been employed to model different types of tumors, including leukemia, melanoma, glioblastoma and endocrine tumors. These models present histopathological and molecular conservation with their human cancer counterparts and have been fundamental for understanding mechanisms of tumor initiation and progression. Moreover, xenotransplantation of human cancer cells in embryos or adult zebrafish offers the advantage of studying the behavior of human cancer cells in a live organism...
September 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928767/genome-wide-epigenetic-characterization-of-tissues-from-three-germ-layers-isolated-from-sheep-fetuses
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Emanuele Capra, Paola Toschi, Marcello Del Corvo, Barbara Lazzari, Pier A Scapolo, Pasqualino Loi, John L Williams, Alessandra Stella, Paolo Ajmone-Marsan
DNA methylation of regulatory and growth-related genes contributes to fetal programming which is important for maintaining the correct development of three germ layers of the embryo that develope into different tissues and organs, and which persists into adult life. In this study, a preliminary epigenetic screen was performed to define genomic regions that are involved in fetal epigenome remodeling. Embryonic ectodermic tissues (origin of nervous tissue), mesenchymal tissues (origin of connective and muscular tissues), and foregut endoderm tissues (origin of epithelial tissue), from day 28 sheep fetuses were collected and the distribution of methylated CpGs was analyzed using whole-genome bisulfite sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928212/population-and-whole-genome-sequence-based-characterization-of-invasive-group-a-streptococci-recovered-in-the-united-states-during-2015
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Sopio Chochua, Ben J Metcalf, Zhongya Li, Joy Rivers, Saundra Mathis, Delois Jackson, Robert E Gertz, Velusamy Srinivasan, Ruth Lynfield, Chris Van Beneden, Lesley McGee, Bernard Beall
Group A streptococci (GAS) are genetically diverse. Determination of strain features can reveal associations with disease and resistance and assist in vaccine formulation. We employed whole-genome sequence (WGS)-based characterization of 1,454 invasive GAS isolates recovered in 2015 by Active Bacterial Core Surveillance and performed conventional antimicrobial susceptibility testing. Predictions were made for genotype, GAS carbohydrate, antimicrobial resistance, surface proteins (M family, fibronectin binding, T, R28), secreted virulence proteins (Sda1, Sic, exotoxins), hyaluronate capsule, and an upregulated nga operon (encodes NADase and streptolysin O) promoter (Pnga3)...
September 19, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927458/sybr-green-based-one-step-quantitative-real-time-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay-for-the-detection-of-zika-virus-in-field-caught-mosquitoes
#8
Wei-Ping Tien, Gareth Lim, Gladys Yeo, Suzanna Nicole Chiang, Chee-Seng Chong, Lee-Ching Ng, Hapuarachchige Chanditha Hapuarachchi
BACKGROUND: The monitoring of vectors is one of the key surveillance measures to assess the risk of arbovirus transmission and the success of control strategies in endemic regions. The recent re-emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV) in the tropics, including Singapore, emphasizes the need to develop cost-effective, rapid and accurate assays to monitor the virus spread by mosquitoes. As ZIKV infections largely remain asymptomatic, early detection of ZIKV in the field-caught mosquitoes enables timely implementation of appropriate mosquito control measures...
September 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927400/genome-sequencing-of-the-staple-food-crop-white-guinea-yam-enables-the-development-of-a-molecular-marker-for-sex-determination
#9
Muluneh Tamiru, Satoshi Natsume, Hiroki Takagi, Benjamen White, Hiroki Yaegashi, Motoki Shimizu, Kentaro Yoshida, Aiko Uemura, Kaori Oikawa, Akira Abe, Naoya Urasaki, Hideo Matsumura, Pachakkil Babil, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Ryo Matsumoto, Satoru Muranaka, Gezahegn Girma, Antonio Lopez-Montes, Melaku Gedil, Ranjana Bhattacharjee, Michael Abberton, P Lava Kumar, Ismail Rabbi, Mai Tsujimura, Toru Terachi, Wilfried Haerty, Manuel Corpas, Sophien Kamoun, Günter Kahl, Hiroko Takagi, Robert Asiedu, Ryohei Terauchi
BACKGROUND: Root and tuber crops are a major food source in tropical Africa. Among these crops are several species in the monocotyledonous genus Dioscorea collectively known as yam, a staple tuber crop that contributes enormously to the subsistence and socio-cultural lives of millions of people, principally in West and Central Africa. Yam cultivation is constrained by several factors, and yam can be considered a neglected "orphan" crop that would benefit from crop improvement efforts...
September 19, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926153/comparative-and-population-genomics-landscape-of-phellinus-noxius-a-hypervariable-fungus-causing-root-rot-in-trees
#10
Chia-Lin Chung, Tracy J Lee, Mitsuteru Akiba, Hsin-Han Lee, Tzu-Hao Kuo, Dang Liu, Huei-Mien Ke, Toshiro Yokoi, Marylette B Roa, Meiyeh J Lu, Ya-Yun Chang, Pao-Jen Ann, Jyh-Nong Tsai, Chien-Yu Chen, Shean-Shong Tzean, Yuko Ota, Tsutomu Hattori, Norio Sahashi, Ruey-Fen Liou, Taisei Kikuchi, Isheng J Tsai
The order Hymenochaetales of white rot fungi contain some of the most aggressive wood decayers causing tree deaths around the world. Despite their ecological importance and the impact of diseases they cause, little is known about the evolution and transmission patterns of these pathogens. Here, we sequenced and undertook comparative genomics analyses of Hymenochaetales genomes using brown root rot fungus Phellinus noxius, wood-decomposing fungus Phellinus lamaensis, laminated root rot fungus Phellinus sulphurascens, and trunk pathogen Porodaedalea pini...
September 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925387/a-vital-sugar-code-for-ricin-toxicity
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Jasmin Taubenschmid, Johannes Stadlmann, Markus Jost, Tove Irene Klokk, Cory D Rillahan, Andreas Leibbrandt, Karl Mechtler, James C Paulson, Julian Jude, Johannes Zuber, Kirsten Sandvig, Ulrich Elling, Thorsten Marquardt, Christian Thiel, Christian Koerner, Josef M Penninger
Ricin is one of the most feared bioweapons in the world due to its extreme toxicity and easy access. Since no antidote exists, it is of paramount importance to identify the pathways underlying ricin toxicity. Here, we demonstrate that the Golgi GDP-fucose transporter Slc35c1 and fucosyltransferase Fut9 are key regulators of ricin toxicity. Genetic and pharmacological inhibition of fucosylation renders diverse cell types resistant to ricin via deregulated intracellular trafficking. Importantly, cells from a patient with SLC35C1 deficiency are also resistant to ricin...
September 19, 2017: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924718/comprehensive-annotation-and-evolutionary-insights-into-the-canine-canis-lupus-familiaris-antigen-receptor-loci
#12
Jolyon Martin, Hannes Ponstingl, Marie-Paule Lefranc, Joy Archer, David Sargan, Allan Bradley
Dogs are an excellent model for human disease. For example, the treatment of canine lymphoma has been predictive of the human response to that treatment. However, an incomplete picture of canine (Canis lupus familiaris) immunoglobulin (IG) and T cell receptor (TR)-or antigen receptor (AR)-gene loci has restricted their utility. This work advances the annotation of the canine AR loci and looks into breed-specific features of the loci. Bioinformatic analysis of unbiased RNA sequence data was used to complete the annotation of the canine AR genes...
September 19, 2017: Immunogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924510/development-of-est-ssr-markers-for-taxillus-nigrans-loranthaceae-in-southwestern-china-using-next-generation-sequencing
#13
Ning Miao, Lei Zhang, Maoping Li, Liqiang Fan, Kangshan Mao
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: We developed transcriptome microsatellite markers (simple sequence repeats) for Taxillus nigrans (Loranthaceae) to survey the genetic diversity and population structure of this species. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used Illumina HiSeq data to reconstruct the transcriptome of T. nigrans by de novo assembly and used the transcriptome to develop a set of simple sequence repeat markers. Overall, 40 primer pairs were designed and tested; 19 of them amplified successfully and demonstrated polymorphisms...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924509/in-vitro-asymbiotic-germination-for-micropropagation-of-the-recalcitrant-terrestrial-orchid-chloraea-crispa-orchidaceae
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Karla Quiroz, Jessica Saavedra, Hermine Vogel, Gabriela Verdugo, Peter D S Caligari, Rolando García-Gonzáles
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Chloraea crispa is a terrestrial Orchidaceae species native to Chile, characterized by a beautiful and showy inflorescence. The species has a great potential for commercial exploitation in the cut flower industry, but it is essential to improve propagation methods to avoid endangering its natural populations. Because this species is hard to propagate using traditional greenhouse techniques, in vitro techniques offer an effective tool for its large-scale production in terms of germination, growth, and propagation...
August 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924058/localization-of-cdc7-protein-kinase-during-dna-replication-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#15
Daniel Rossbach, D Suzi Bryan, Jay R Hesselberth, Robert Sclafani
DDK, a conserved serine-threonine protein kinase composed of a regulatory subunit, Dbf4, and a catalytic subunit, Cdc7, is essential for DNA replication initiation during S phase of the cell cycle through MCM2-7 helicase phosphorylation. The biological significance of DDK is well characterized, but the full mechanism of how DDK associates with substrates remains unclear. Cdc7 is bound to chromatin in the Saccharomyces cerevisiae genome throughout the cell cycle, but there is little empirical evidence as to specific Cdc7 binding locations...
September 18, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924035/stat1-modulates-tissue-wasting-or-overgrowth-downstream-from-pdgfr%C3%AE
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Chaoyong He, Shayna C Medley, Jang Kim, Chengyi Sun, Hae Ryong Kwon, Hiromi Sakashita, Yair Pincu, Longbiao Yao, Danielle Eppard, Bojie Dai, William L Berry, Timothy M Griffin, Lorin E Olson
Platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) acts through two conserved receptor tyrosine kinases: PDGFRα and PDGFRβ. Gain-of-function mutations in human PDGFRB have been linked recently to genetic diseases characterized by connective tissue wasting (Penttinen syndrome) or overgrowth (Kosaki overgrowth syndrome), but it is unclear whether PDGFRB mutations alone are responsible. Mice with constitutive PDGFRβ signaling caused by a kinase domain mutation (D849V) develop lethal autoinflammation. Here we used a genetic approach to investigate the mechanism of autoinflammation in Pdgfrb(+/D849V) mice and test the hypothesis that signal transducer and activator of transcription 1 (STAT1) mediates this phenotype...
September 18, 2017: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924007/multiple-signaling-pathways-coordinately-regulate-forgetting-of-olfactory-adaptation-through-control-of-sensory-responses-in-c-elegans
#17
Tomohiro Kitazono, Sayuri Hara-Kuge, Osamu Matsuda, Akitoshi Inoue, Manabi Fujiwara, Takeshi Ishihara
Forgetting memories is important for animals to properly respond to continuously changing environments. To elucidate the mechanisms of forgetting, we used one of the behavioral plasticities of C. elegans hermaphrodite, olfactory adaptation to an attractive odorant, diacetyl, as a simple model of learning. In C. elegans, the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway accelerates forgetting of olfactory adaptation by facilitating neural secretion from AWC sensory neurons. In this study, to identify the downstream effectors of the TIR-1/JNK-1 pathway, we conducted a genetic screen for suppressors of the gain-of-function mutant of tir-1 (ok1052), which shows excessive forgetting...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923944/single-master-regulatory-gene-coordinates-the-evolution-and-development-of-butterfly-color-and-iridescence
#18
Linlin Zhang, Anyi Mazo-Vargas, Robert D Reed
The optix gene has been implicated in butterfly wing pattern adaptation by genetic association, mapping, and expression studies. The actual developmental function of this gene has remained unclear, however. Here we used CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to show that optix plays a fundamental role in nymphalid butterfly wing pattern development, where it is required for determination of all chromatic coloration. optix knockouts in four species show complete replacement of color pigments with melanins, with corresponding changes in pigment-related gene expression, resulting in black and gray butterflies...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923586/genetic-code-asymmetry-supports-diversity-through-experimentation-with-posttranslational-modifications
#19
REVIEW
James W Dennis
Protein N-glycosylation has been identified in all three domains of life presumably conserved for its early role in glycoprotein folding. However, the N-glycans added to proteins in the secretory pathway of multicellular organisms are remodeling in the Golgi, increasing structural diversity exponentially and adding new layers of functionality in immunity, metabolism and other systems. The branching and elongation of N-glycan chains found on cell surface receptors generates a gradation of affinities for carbohydrate-binding proteins, the galectin, selectin and siglec families...
September 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923557/a-molecular-approach-towards-taxonomic-identification-of-elasmobranch-species-from-maltese-fisheries-landings
#20
Adriana Vella, Noel Vella, Sarah Schembri
The mitochondrial genome, through the application of DNA barcoding, provides a powerful tool for identifying species even when specimens are either incomplete or belong to species that exhibit cryptic diversity. In fisheries management accurate identification of whole or part of the specimens landed is a fundamental requirement for the conservation of species affected directly or indirectly by the fisheries activities. In this study cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) and NADH dehydrogenase subunit 2 (ND2) sequences were used to genetically distinguish 36 elasmobranch species collected from Maltese (Central Mediterranean) commercial fisheries landings...
September 8, 2017: Marine Genomics
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