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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088192/nucleotide-diversity-inflation-as-a-genome-wide-response-to-experimental-lifespan-extension-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Pawel Michalak, Lin Kang, Pernille M Sarup, Mads F Schou, Volker Loeschcke
BACKGROUND: Evolutionary theory predicts that antagonistically selected alleles, such as those with divergent pleiotropic effects in early and late life, may often reach intermediate population frequencies due to balancing selection, an elusive process when sought out empirically. Alternatively, genetic diversity may increase as a result of positive frequency-dependent selection and genetic purging in bottlenecked populations. RESULTS: While experimental evolution systems with directional phenotypic selection typically result in at least local heterozygosity loss, we report that selection for increased lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster leads to an extensive genome-wide increase of nucleotide diversity in the selected lines compared to replicate control lines, pronounced in regions with no or low recombination, such as chromosome 4 and centromere neighborhoods...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087771/genome-wide-convergence-during-evolution-of-mangroves-from-woody-plants
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Shaohua Xu, Ziwen He, Zixiao Guo, Zhang Zhang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Anthony Greenberg, Chung-I Wu, Suhua Shi
When living organisms independently invade a new environment, the evolution of similar phenotypic traits is often observed. An interesting but contentious issue is whether the underlying molecular biology also converges in the new habitat. Independent invasions of tropical intertidal zones by woody plants, collectively referred to as mangrove trees, represent some dramatic examples. The high salinity, hypoxia and other stressors in the new habitat might have affected both genomic features and protein structures...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087686/amoebozoans-are-secretly-but-ancestrally-sexual-evidence-for-sex-genes-and-potential-novel-crossover-pathways-in-diverse-groups-of-amoebae
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Yonas I Tekle, Fiona C Wood, Laura A Katz, Mario A Cerón-Romero, Lydia A Gorfu
Sex is beneficial in eukaryotes as it can increase genetic diversity, reshuffle their genomes, and purge deleterious mutations. Yet, its evolution remains a mystery. The eukaryotic clade supergroup Amoebozoa encompasses diverse lineages of polymorphic amoeboid forms, including both free-living and parasitic lineages. The group is generally believed to be asexual, though recent studies show that some of its members are implicated in cryptic forms of sexual cycles. In this study we conduct a comprehensive inventory and analysis of genes involved in meiosis and related processes, in order to investigate the evolutionary history of sex in the clade...
January 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087660/the-morphophysiological-dormancy-in-amborella-trichopoda-seeds-is-a-pleisiomorphic-trait-in-angiosperms
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Bruno Fogliani, Gildas Gâteblé, Matthieu Villegente, Isabelle Fabre, Nicolas Klein, Nicolas Anger, Carol C Baskin, Charlie P Scutt
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent parsimony-based reconstructions suggest that seeds of early angiosperms had either morphophysiological or physiological dormancy, with the former considered as more probable. The aim of this study was to determine the class of seed dormancy present in Amborella trichopoda, the sole living representative of the most basal angiosperm lineage Amborellales, with a view to resolving fully the class of dormancy present at the base of the angiosperm clade. METHODS: Drupes of A...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077686/evolution-of-iris-colour-in-relation-to-cavity-nesting-and-parental-care-in-passerine-birds
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Gabrielle L Davidson, Alex Thornton, Nicola S Clayton
Strong selection pressures are known to act on animal coloration. Although many animals vary in eye colour, virtually no research has investigated the functional significance of these colour traits. Passeriformes have a range of iris colours, making them an ideal system to investigate how and why iris colour has evolved. Using phylogenetic comparative methods, we tested the hypothesis that conspicuous iris colour in passerine birds evolved in response to (a) coordination of offspring care and (b) cavity nesting, two traits thought to be involved in intra-specific gaze sensitivity...
January 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075479/different-contributions-of-local-and-distant-regulatory-changes-to-transcriptome-divergence-between-stickleback-ecotypes
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Asano Ishikawa, Makoto Kusakabe, Kohta Yoshida, Mark Ravinet, Takashi Makino, Atsushi Toyoda, Asao Fujiyama, Jun Kitano
Differential gene expression can play an important role in phenotypic evolution and divergent adaptation. Although differential gene expression can be caused by both local- and distant-regulatory changes, we know little about their relative contribution to transcriptome evolution in natural populations. Here, we conducted expression quantitative trait loci (eQTL) analysis to investigate the genetic architecture underlying transcriptome divergence between marine and stream ecotypes of threespine sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus)...
January 11, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074535/gene-ages-nomenclatures-and-functional-diversification-of-the-methuselah-methuselah-like-gpcr-family-in-drosophila-and-tribolium
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Markus Friedrich, Jeffery W Jones
Affecting lifespan regulation and oxidative stress resistance, the G-protein coupled receptor (GPCR) gene methuselah (mth) plays important roles in the life history of Drosophila melanogaster. Substantial progress has been made in elucidating the molecular pathways by which mth affects these traits, yet conflicting ideas exist as to how old these genetic interactions are as well as how old the mth gene itself is. Root to these issues is the complex gene family history of the Mth/Mthl GPCR family, which experienced independent expansions in a variety of animal clades, leading to at least six subfamilies in insects...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part B, Molecular and Developmental Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074023/emergence-of-epidemic-zika-virus-transmission-and-congenital-zika-syndrome-are-recently-evolved-traits-to-blame
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Scott C Weaver
The mechanisms responsible for the dramatic emergence of Zika virus (ZIKV), accompanied by congenital Zika syndrome and Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), remain unclear. However, two hypotheses are prominent: (i) evolution for enhanced urban transmission via adaptation to mosquito vectors, or for enhanced human infection to increase amplification, or (ii) the stochastic introduction of ZIKV into large, naive human populations in regions with abundant Aedes aegypti populations, leading to enough rare, severe infection outcomes for their first recognition...
January 10, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073352/you-are-what-you-eat-diet-shapes-body-composition-personality-and-behavioural-stability
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Chang S Han, Niels J Dingemanse
BACKGROUND: Behavioural phenotypes vary within and among individuals. While early-life experiences have repeatedly been proposed to underpin interactions between these two hierarchical levels, the environmental factors causing such effects remain under-studied. We tested whether an individual's diet affected both its body composition, average behaviour (thereby causing among-individual variation or 'personality') and within-individual variability in behaviour and body weight (thereby causing among-individual differences in residual within-individual variance or 'stability'), using the Southern field cricket Gryllus bimaculatus as a model...
January 10, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071788/chromosome-inversions-and-ecological-plasticity-in-the-main-african-malaria-mosquitoes
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Diego Ayala, Pelayo Acevedo, Marco Pombi, Ibrahima Dia, Daniela Boccolini, Carlo Costantini, Frédéric Simard, Didier Fontenille
Chromosome inversions have fascinated the scientific community, mainly because of their role in the rapid adaption of different taxa to changing environments. However, the ecological traits linked to chromosome inversions have been poorly studied. Here, we investigated the roles played by 23 chromosome inversions in the adaptation of the four major African malaria mosquitoes to local environments in Africa. We studied their distribution patterns by using spatially explicit modeling and characterized the ecogeographical determinants of each inversion range...
January 10, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070272/impact-of-temperature-shifts-on-the-joint-evolution-of-seed-dormancy-and-size
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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/28069533/myrteae-phylogeny-calibration-biogeography-and-diversification-patterns-increased-understanding-in-the-most-species-rich-tribe-of-myrtaceae
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Thais N C Vasconcelos, Carol E B Proença, Berhaman Ahmad, Daniel S Aguilar, Reinaldo Aguilar, Bruno S Amorim, Keron Campbell, Itayguara R Costa, Plauto S De-Carvalho, Jair E Q Faria, Augusto Giaretta, Pepijn W Kooij, Duane F Lima, Fiorella F Mazine, Brigido Peguero, Gerhard Prenner, Matheus F Santos, Julia Soewarto, Astrid Wingler, Eve J Lucas
Myrteae (c. 2500 species; 51 genera) is the largest tribe of Myrtaceae and an ecologically important groups of angiosperms in the Neotropics. Systematic relationships in Myrteae are complex, hindering conservation initiatives and jeopardizing evolutionary modelling. A well-supported and robust phylogenetic hypothesis was here targeted towards a comprehensive understanding of the relationships within the tribe. The resultant topology was used as a base for key evolutionary analyses such as age estimation, historical biogeography and diversification rate patterns...
January 6, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068923/domestication-of-rice-has-reduced-the-occurrence-of-transposable-elements-within-gene-coding-regions
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Xukai Li, Kai Guo, Xiaobo Zhu, Peng Chen, Ying Li, Guosheng Xie, Lingqiang Wang, Yanting Wang, Staffan Persson, Liangcai Peng
BACKGROUND: Transposable elements (TEs) are prominent features in many plant genomes, and patterns of TEs in closely related rice species are thus proposed as an ideal model to study TEs roles in the context of plant genome evolution. As TEs may contribute to improved rice growth and grain quality, it is of pivotal significance for worldwide food security and biomass production. RESULTS: We analyzed three cultivated rice species and their closest five wild relatives for distribution and content of TEs in their genomes...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068919/construction-of-high-resolution-recombination-maps-in-asian-seabass
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Le Wang, Bin Bai, Peng Liu, Shu Qing Huang, Zi Yi Wan, Elaine Chua, Baoqing Ye, Gen Hua Yue
BACKGROUND: A high-density genetic map is essential for de novo genome assembly, fine mapping QTL for important complex traits, comparative genomic studies and understanding the mechanisms of genome evolution. Although a number of genomic resources are available in Asian seabass (Lates calcarifer), a high-density linkage map is still lacking. To facilitate QTL mapping for marker-assisted selection and genome assembly, and to understand the genome-wide recombination rates, we constructed high density linkage maps using three families and genotyping by sequencing...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067953/complex-genetic-architecture-underlies-maize-tassel-domestication
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Guanghui Xu, Xufeng Wang, Cheng Huang, Dingyi Xu, Dan Li, Jinge Tian, Qiuyue Chen, Chenglong Wang, Yameng Liang, Yaoyao Wu, Xiaohong Yang, Feng Tian
Maize (Zea mays) tassels underwent profound morphological changes during maize domestication and improvement. Although a number of genes affecting maize inflorescence development have been identified, the genetic basis of the morphological changes in maize tassels since domestication is not well understood. Here, using a large population of 866 maize-teosinte BC2 S3 recombinant inbred lines genotyped using 19 838 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers, we performed high-resolution quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping for five tassel morphological traits...
January 9, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067408/digest-toward-predicting-evolutionary-response-to-environmental-change-the-power-of-integrated-experimental-and-genetic-studies
#16
Øystein H Opedal
How do populations become locally adapted? Answering this requires accurate estimates of two core components of evolution: natural selection acting on phenotypic traits in natural populations, and the genetic architecture of these traits. Despite an ever-growing number of studies, our current understanding is incomplete for both components. In this issue, Ågren et al. examine the genetic basis of differences between two locally adapted populations of thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana). Their study is exemplary in jointly investigating both components of evolution in the wild, and in combining several of the most powerful experimental approaches available to students of evolution...
January 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065919/force-of-habit-shrubs-trees-and-contingent-evolution-of-wood-anatomical-diversity-using-croton-euphorbiaceae-as-a-model-system
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Rafael Arévalo, Benjamin W van Ee, Ricarda Riina, Paul E Berry, Alex C Wiedenhoeft
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Wood is a major innovation of land plants, and is usually a central component of the body plan for two major plant habits: shrubs and trees. Wood anatomical syndromes vary between shrubs and trees, but no prior work has explicitly evaluated the contingent evolution of wood anatomical diversity in the context of these plant habits. METHODS: Phylogenetic comparative methods were used to test for contingent evolution of habit, habitat and wood anatomy in the mega-diverse genus Croton (Euphorbiaceae), across the largest and most complete molecular phylogeny of the genus to date...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064195/endemism-hotspots-are-linked-to-stable-climatic-refugia
#18
Susan Harrison, Reed Noss
BACKGROUND: Centres of endemism have received much attention from evolutionists, biogeographers, ecologists and conservationists. Climatic stability is often cited as a major reason for the occurrences of these geographic concentrations of species which are not found anywhere else. The proposed linkage between endemism and climatic stability raises unanswered questions about the persistence of biodiversity during the present era of rapidly changing climate. KEY QUESTIONS: The current status of evidence linking geographic centres of endemism to climatic stability over evolutionary time was examined...
January 7, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064164/the-relative-contributions-of-the-x-chromosome-and-autosomes-to-local-adaptation
#19
Clémentine Lasne, Carla M Sgrò, Tim Connallon
Models of sex chromosome and autosome evolution yield key predictions about the genomic basis of adaptive divergence, and such models have been important in guiding empirical research in comparative genomics and studies of speciation. In addition to the adaptive differentiation that occurs between species over time, selection also favors genetic divergence across geographic space, with subpopulations of single species evolving conspicuous differences in traits involved in adaptation to local environmental conditions...
January 6, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063346/integrating-genomic-resources-of-flatfish-pleuronectiformes-to-boost-aquaculture-production
#20
Diego Robledo, Miguel Hermida, Juan A Rubiolo, Carlos Fernández, Andrés Blanco, Carmen Bouza, Paulino Martínez
Flatfish have a high market acceptance thus representing a profitable aquaculture production. The main farmed species is the turbot (Scophthalmus maximus) followed by Japanese flounder (Paralichthys olivaceous) and tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis), but other species like Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus), Senegalese sole (Solea senegalensis) and common sole (Solea solea) also register an important production and are very promising for farming. Important genomic resources are available for most of these species including whole genome sequencing projects, genetic maps and transcriptomes...
December 24, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
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