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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346136/environment-determines-evolutionary-trajectory-in-a-constrained-phenotypic-space
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David T Fraebel, Harry Mickalide, Diane Schnitkey, Jason Merritt, Thomas E Kuhlman, Seppe Kuehn
Constraints on phenotypic variation limit the capacity of organisms to adapt to the multiple selection pressures encountered in natural environments. To better understand evolutionary dynamics in this context, we select Escherichia coli for faster migration through a porous environment, a process which depends on both motility and growth. We find that a trade-off between swimming speed and growth rate constrains the evolution of faster migration. Evolving faster migration in rich medium results in slow growth and fast swimming, while evolution in minimal medium results in fast growth and slow swimming...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345200/all-roads-lead-to-weediness-patterns-of-genomic-divergence-reveal-extensive-recurrent-weedy-rice-origins-from-south-asian-oryza
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Zhongyun Huang, Nelson D Young, Michael Reagon, Katie E Hyma, Kenneth M Olsen, Yulin Jia, Ana L Caicedo
Weedy rice (Oryza spp.), a weedy relative of cultivated rice (O. sativa), infests and persists in cultivated rice fields worldwide. Many weedy rice populations have evolved similar adaptive traits, considered part of the "agricultural weed syndrome," making this an ideal model to study the genetic basis of parallel evolution. Understanding parallel evolution hinges on accurate knowledge of the genetic background and origins of existing weedy rice groups. Using population structure analyses of South Asian and US weedy rice, we show that weeds in South Asia have highly heterogeneous genetic backgrounds, with ancestry contributions both from cultivated varieties (aus and indica) and wild rice...
March 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345048/kin-selection-promotes-female-productivity-and-cooperation-between-the-sexes
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Aleksandra Łukasiewicz, Agnieszka Szubert-Kruszyńska, Jacek Radwan
Hamilton's theory of kin selection explains the evolution of costly traits that benefit other individuals by highlighting the fact that passing genes to offspring is not the only way of increasing the representation of those genes in subsequent generations: Genes are also shared with other classes of relatives. Consequently, any heritable trait that affects fitness of relatives should respond to kin selection. We tested this core prediction of kin selection theory by letting bulb mites (Rhizoglyphus robini) evolve in populations structured into groups of relatives or nonrelatives during the reproductive phase of the life cycle...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344378/the-long-and-the-short-of-it-a-global-analysis-of-hawkmoth-pollination-niches-and-interaction-networks
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Steven D Johnson, Marcela Moré, Felipe W Amorim, William A Haber, Gordon W Frankie, Dara A Stanley, Andrea A Coccuci, Robert A Raguso
1. Proboscis length has been proposed as a key dimension of plant pollination niches, but this niche space has not previously been explored at regional and global scales for any pollination system. Hawkmoths are ideal organisms for exploring pollinator niches as they are important pollinators in most of the biodiverse regions of the earth and vary greatly in proboscis length, with some species having the longest proboscides of all insects. 2. Using datasets for nine biogeographical regions spanning the Old and New World, we ask whether it is possible to identify distinct hawkmoth pollination niches based on the frequency distribution of proboscis length, and whether these niches are reflected in the depths of flowers that are pollinated by hawkmoths...
January 2017: Functional Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342852/effects-of-sub-culturing-on-genetic-and-physiological-parameters-in-different-beauveria-bassiana-isolates
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Naser Eivazian Kary, Zhila Alizadeh
Beauveria bassiana is a fungus which is widely used as a biological insecticide to control a number of economically important insect pests. Knowledge of the genetic diversity of the isolates, understanding the underlying nature of these evolutionary phenomena and finding appropriate and simple screening tools play an important role in developing effective biocontrol agents. Here, we monitored changes of electrophoretic karyotype of small molecules of extrachromosomal DNAs, presumably mitochondrial DNA or plasmids in several individual isolates of B...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341706/partner-abundance-controls-mutualism-stability-and-the-pace-of-morphological-change-over-geologic-time
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Guillaume Chomicki, Susanne S Renner
Mutualisms that involve symbioses among specialized partners may be more stable than mutualisms among generalists, and theoretical models predict that in many mutualisms, partners exert reciprocal stabilizing selection on traits directly involved in the interaction. A corollary is that mutualism breakdown should increase morphological rates of evolution. We here use the largest ant-plant clade (Hydnophytinae), with different levels of specialization for mutualistic ant symbionts, to study the ecological context of mutualism breakdown and the response of a key symbiosis-related trait, domatium entrance hole size, which filters symbionts by size...
March 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341679/industrial-relevance-of-chromosomal-copy-number-variation-in-saccharomyces-yeasts
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Arthur R Gorter de Vries, Jack T Pronk, Jean-Marc G Daran
Chromosomal copy number variation (CCNV) plays a key role in evolution and health of eukaryotes. The unicellular yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important model for studying the generation, physiological impact and evolutionary significance of CCNV. Fundamental studies on this yeast have contributed to an extensive set of methods for analyzing and introducing CCNV. Moreover, these studies provided insight into the balance between negative and positive impacts of CCNV in evolutionary contexts. A growing body of evidence indicates that CCNV not only frequently occurs in industrial strains of Saccharomyces yeasts but is also a key contributor to the diversity of industrially relevant traits...
March 24, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338804/duplications-and-positive-selection-drive-the-evolution-of-parasitism-associated-gene-families-in-the-nematode-strongyloides-papillosus
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Praveen Baskaran, Tegegn G Jaleta, Adrian Streit, Christian Rödelsperger
Gene duplication is one major mechanism playing a role in the evolution of phenotypic complexity and in the generation of novel traits. By comparing parasitic and nonparasitic nematodes, a recent study found that the evolution of parasitism in Strongyloididae is associated with a large expansion in the Astacin and CAP gene families.To gain novel insights into the developmental processes in the sheep parasite Strongyloides papillosus, we sequenced transcriptomes of different developmental stages and sexes. Overall, we found that the majority of genes are developmentally regulated and have one-to-one orthologs in the diverged S...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337988/molecular-heterogeneity-in-major-urinary-proteins-of-mus-musculus-subspecies-potential-candidates-involved-in-speciation
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Jane L Hurst, Robert J Beynon, Stuart D Armstrong, Amanda J Davidson, Sarah A Roberts, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Carole M Smadja, Guila Ganem
When hybridisation carries a cost, natural selection is predicted to favour evolution of traits that allow assortative mating (reinforcement). Incipient speciation between the two European house mouse subspecies, Mus musculus domesticus and M.m.musculus, sharing a hybrid zone, provides an opportunity to understand evolution of assortative mating at a molecular level. Mouse urine odours allow subspecific mate discrimination, with assortative preferences evident in the hybrid zone but not in allopatry. Here we assess the potential of MUPs (major urinary proteins) as candidates for signal divergence by comparing MUP expression in urine samples from the Danish hybrid zone border (contact) and from allopatric populations...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334416/mate-choice-copying-a-fitness-enhancing-behavior-that-evolves-by-indirect-selection
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Mauro Santos, Manuel Sapage, Margarida Matos, Susana A M Varela
A spatially explicit, individual-based simulation model is used to study the spread of an allele for mate-choice copying (MCC) through horizontal cultural transmission when female innate preferences do or do not coevolve with a male viability-increasing trait. Evolution of MCC is unlikely when innate female preferences coevolve with the trait, as copier females cannot express a higher preference than non-copier females for high-fitness males. However, if a genetic polymorphism for innate preference persists in the population, MCC can evolve by indirect selection through hitchhiking: the copying allele hitchhikes on the male trait...
March 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334206/polyploid-species-rely-on-vegetative-reproduction-more-than-diploids-a-re-examination-of-the-old-hypothesis
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Tomáš Herben, Jan Suda, Jitka Klimešová
Background and Aims: Polyploidy is arguably the single most important genetic mechanism in plant speciation and diversification. It has been repeatedly suggested that polyploids show higher vegetative reproduction than diploids (to by-pass low fertility after the polyploidization), but there are no rigorous tests of it. Methods: Data were analysed by phylogenetic regressions of clonal growth parameters, and vegetative reproduction in culture on the ploidy status of a large set of species (approx...
February 27, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333215/genetic-diversity-and-the-efficacy-of-purifying-selection-across-plant-and-animal-species
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Jun Chen, Sylvain Glémin, Martin Lascoux
A central question in evolutionary biology is why some species have more genetic diversity than others and a no less important question is why selection efficacy varies among species. Although these questions have started to be tackled in animals, they have not been addressed to the same extent in plants. Here, we estimated nucleotide diversity at synonymous, πS, and nonsynonymous sites, πN, and a measure of the efficacy of selection, the ratio πN/πS, in 34 animal and 28 plant species using full genome data...
February 25, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332467/fungal-sex-the-mucoromycota
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Soo Chan Lee, Alexander Idnurm
Although at the level of resolution of genes and molecules most information about mating in fungi is from a single lineage, the Dikarya, many fundamental discoveries about mating in fungi have been made in the earlier branches of the fungi. These are nonmonophyletic groups that were once classified into the chytrids and zygomycetes. Few species in these lineages offer the potential of genetic tractability, thereby hampering the ability to identify the genes that underlie those fundamental insights. Research performed during the past decade has now established the genes required for mating type determination and pheromone synthesis in some species in the phylum Mucoromycota, especially in the order Mucorales...
March 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330764/lipid-sugar-carriers-at-the-extremes-the-phosphodolichols-archaea-use-in-n-glycosylation
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REVIEW
Jerry Eichler, Ziqiang Guan
N-glycosylation, a post-translational modification whereby glycans are covalently linked to select Asn residues of target proteins, occurs in all three domains of life. Across evolution, the N-linked glycans are initially assembled on phosphorylated cytoplasmically-oriented polyisoprenoids, with polyprenol (mainly C55 undecaprenol) fulfilling this role in Bacteria and dolichol assuming this function in Eukarya and Archaea. The eukaryal and archaeal versions of dolichol can, however, be distinguished on the basis of their length, degree of saturation and by other traits...
March 19, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325970/making-the-most-of-your-host-the-metrosideros-feeding-psyllids-hemiptera-psylloidea-of-the-hawaiian-islands
#15
Diana M Percy
The Hawaiian psyllids (Psylloidea, Triozidae) feeding on Metrosideros (Myrtaceae) constitute a remarkable radiation of more than 35 species. This monophyletic group has diversified on a single, highly polymorphic host plant species, Metrosideros polymorpha. Eleven Metrosideros-feeding species included in the Insects of Hawaii by Zimmerman are redescribed, and an additional 25 new species are described. Contrary to previous classifications that placed the Metrosideros-feeders in two genera, Trioza Foerster, 1848 and Kuwayama Crawford, 1911, all 36 named species are placed in Pariaconus Enderlein, 1926; and the relationship of this genus to other Pacific taxa within the family Triozidae, and other Austro-Pacific taxa feeding on host plants in Myrtaceae is clarified...
2017: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323435/quantifying-selection-pressure
#16
Evert Haasdijk, Jacqueline Heinerman
Selection is an essential component of any evolutionary systemand analysing this fundamental force in evolution can provide relevant insights into the evolutionary development of a population. The 1990s and early 2000s saw a substantial number of publications that investigated selection pressure through methods such as takeover time and Markov chain analysis. Over the last decade, however, interest in the analysis of selection in evolutionary computing has waned. The established methods for analysis of selection pressure provide little insight when selection is based in more than comparison of fitness values...
March 21, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323336/digest-trait-variation-in-mimulus-provides-new-evidence-for-the-joint-action-of-ecological-sorting-and-character-displacement
#17
Katherine E Eisen
Understanding how closely related species coexist in communities is one of the oldest goals of ecology and evolutionary biology. One long-standing hypothesis is that the evolution of key differences in species' niches or ecological requirements (a process known as niche differentiation) can minimize competition and promote coexistence. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323325/the-evolution-of-siderophore-production-as-a-competitive-trait
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Rene Niehus, Aurore Picot, Nuno M Oliveira, Sara Mitri, Kevin R Foster
Microbes have the potential to be highly cooperative organisms. The archetype of microbial cooperation is often considered to be the secretion of siderophores, molecules scavenging iron, where cooperation is threatened by "cheater" genotypes that use siderophores without making them. Here we show that this view neglects a key piece of biology: siderophores are imported by specific receptors that constrain their use by competing strains. We study the effect of this specificity in an eco-evolutionary model, in which we vary siderophore sharing among strains, and compare fully shared siderophores with private siderophores...
March 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322743/an-experimental-approach-to-the-immuno-modulatory-basis-of-host-parasite-local-adaptation-in-tapeworm-infected-sticklebacks
#19
Madeleine Hamley, Frederik Franke, Joachim Kurtz, Jörn Peter Scharsack
The evolutionary arms race of hosts and parasites often results in adaptations, which may differ between populations. Investigation of such local adaptation becomes increasingly important to understand dynamics of host-parasite interactions and co-evolution. To this end we performed an infection experiment involving pairs of three-spined sticklebacks and their tapeworm parasite Schistocephalus solidus from three geographically separated origins (Germany, Spain and Iceland) in a fully-crossed design for sympatric and allopatric host/parasite combinations...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320418/ovarian-cancer-stem-cells-still-an-elusive-entity
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REVIEW
Michela Lupia, Ugo Cavallaro
The cancer stem cell (CSC) model proposes that tumor development and progression are fueled and sustained by undifferentiated cancer cells, endowed with self-renewal and tumor-initiating capacity. Ovarian carcinoma, based on its biological features and clinical evolution, appears as a prototypical example of CSC-driven disease. Indeed, ovarian cancer stem cells (OCSC) would account not only for the primary tumor growth, the peritoneal spread and the relapse, but also for the development of chemoresistance, thus having profound implication for the treatment of this deadly disease...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer
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