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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346682/receptor-usage-of-a-novel-bat-lineage-c-betacoronavirus-reveals-evolution-of-mers-related-coronavirus-spike-proteins-for-human-dpp4-binding
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Susanna K P Lau, Libiao Zhang, Hayes K H Luk, Lifeng Xiong, Xingwen Peng, Kenneth S M Li, Xiangyang He, Pyrear Su-Hui Zhao, Rachel Y Y Fan, Antonio C P Wong, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Jian-Piao Cai, Jasper F W Chan, Yinyan Sun, Dongyan Jin, Honglin Chen, Terrence C K Lau, Raven K H Kok, Wenhui Li, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Patrick C Y Woo
Although bats are known to harbor MERS-CoV-related viruses, the role of bats in the evolutionary origin and pathway remains obscure. We identified a novel MERS-CoV-related betacoronavirus, Hp-BatCoV HKU25, from Chinese pipistrelle bats. While being closely related to MERS-CoV in most genome regions, its spike protein occupies a phylogenetic position between that of Ty-BatCoV HKU4 and Pi-BatCoV HKU5. Since Ty-BatCoV HKU4 but not Pi-BatCoV HKU5 can utilize MERS-CoV receptor, hDPP4, for cell entry, we tested the ability of Hp-BatCoV HKU25 to bind and utilize hDPP4...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346435/influenza-a-virus-hemagglutinin-glycosylation-compensates-for-antibody-escape-fitness-costs
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Ivan Kosik, William L Ince, Lauren E Gentles, Andrew J Oler, Martina Kosikova, Matthew Angel, Javier G Magadán, Hang Xie, Christopher B Brooke, Jonathan W Yewdell
Rapid antigenic evolution enables the persistence of seasonal influenza A and B viruses in human populations despite widespread herd immunity. Understanding viral mechanisms that enable antigenic evolution is critical for designing durable vaccines and therapeutics. Here, we utilize the primerID method of error-correcting viral population sequencing to reveal an unexpected role for hemagglutinin (HA) glycosylation in compensating for fitness defects resulting from escape from anti-HA neutralizing antibodies...
January 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346413/genetic-diversity-and-potential-routes-of-transmission-of-mycobacterium-bovis-in-mozambique
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Adelina Machado, Teresa Rito, Solomon Ghebremichael, Nuelma Muhate, Gabriel Maxhuza, Custodia Macuamule, Ivania Moiane, Baltazar Macucule, Angelica Suzana Marranangumbe, Jorge Baptista, Joaquim Manguele, Tuija Koivula, Elizabeth Maria Streicher, Robin Mark Warren, Gunilla Kallenius, Paul van Helden, Margarida Correia-Neves
Bovine tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease with largely unknown impact in Africa, with risk factors such as HIV and direct contact with animals or consumption of Mycobacterium bovis infected animal products. In order to understand and quantify this risk and design intervention strategies, good epidemiological studies are needed. Such studies can include molecular typing of M. bovis isolates. The aim of this study was to apply these tools to provide novel information concerning the distribution of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in Mozambique and thereby provide relevant information to guide policy development and strategies to contain the disease in livestock, and reduce the risk associated with transmission to humans...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344933/unexpected-terrestrial-hand-posture-diversity-in-wild-mountain-gorillas
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Nathan E Thompson, Kelly R Ostrofsky, Shannon C McFarlin, Martha M Robbins, Tara S Stoinski, Sergio Almécija
OBJECTIVES: Gorillas, along with chimpanzees and bonobos, are ubiquitously described as 'knuckle-walkers.' Consequently, knuckle-walking (KW) has been featured pre-eminently in hypotheses of the pre-bipedal locomotor behavior of hominins and in the evolution of locomotor behavior in apes. However, anecdotal and behavioral accounts suggest that mountain gorillas may utilize a more complex repertoire of hand postures, which could alter current interpretations of African ape locomotion and its role in the emergence of human bipedalism...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344851/the-evolution-of-crispr-cas9-and-their-cousins-hope-or-hype
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REVIEW
Kulbhushan Chaudhary, Anirudha Chattopadhyay, Dharmendra Pratap
Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 system allows biologists to edit genomic DNA of any cell in precise and specific way, entailing great potential for crop improvement, drug development and gene therapy. The system involves a nuclease (Cas9) and a designed guide RNA that are involved in wide range of applications such as genome modification, transcriptional modulation, genomic loci marking and RNA tracking. The limitation of the technique, in view of resistance of thymidine-rich genome to Cas9 cleavage, has now been overcome by the use of Cpf1 nuclease...
January 17, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343575/high-resolution-sequencing-of-viral-populations-during-early-siv-infection-reveals-evolutionary-strategies-for-rapid-escape-from-emerging-env-specific-antibody-responses
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Sergio Ita, Alison K Hill, Evan C Lam, Fay J Dufort, Xiao Yang, Ruchi Newman, Sivan Leviyang, Ismael B Fofana, Welkin E Johnson
Primate lentiviruses, including the human and simian immunodeficiency viruses (HIV and SIV), produce infections marked by persistent, ongoing viral replication. This occurs despite the presence of virus-specific adaptive immune responses, including antibodies targeting the viral envelope glycoprotein (Env), and evolution of antibody-escape variants is a well-documented feature of lentiviral infection. Here, we examined the evolutionary dynamics of the SIV env gene during early infection (≤ 29 weeks post-infection) in a cohort of four SIVmac251-infected rhesus macaques...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342959/structural-insights-in-multifunctional-papillomavirus-oncoproteins
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REVIEW
Irina Suarez, Gilles Trave
Since their discovery in the mid-eighties, the main papillomavirus oncoproteins E6 and E7 have been recalcitrant to high-resolution structure analysis. However, in the last decade a wealth of three-dimensional information has been gained on both proteins whether free or complexed to host target proteins. Here, we first summarize the diverse activities of these small multifunctional oncoproteins. Next, we review the available structural data and the new insights they provide about the evolution of E6 and E7, their multiple interactions and their functional variability across human papillomavirus (HPV) species...
January 15, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340900/xenin-the-oldest-after-insulin
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Alexander T Maryanovich, Dmitry Yu Kormilets, Andrey D Polyanovsky
Xenin is a regulatory peptide first isolated from the human gastric mucosa. Using an open-access protein database MEDLINE (33 million molecules; 11 billion amino acid residues) and our original computer program, we conducted a search for the xenin motifs in the primary structure of proteins across almost the entire taxonomic range of evolution. Motifs with 40% homology to human xenin are already present in prokaryotes. Homology reaches 84-96% in single-cell algae and plants, becoming complete since bony fishes...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340252/positive-selection-on-human-gamete-recognition-genes
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Michael W Hart, Daryn A Stover, Vanessa Guerra, Sahar V Mozaffari, Carole Ober, Carina F Mugal, Ingemar Kaj
Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other mammals have focused in particular on evidence for positive or diversifying selection that shapes the evolution of genes that encode sperm-binding proteins expressed in the egg coat or zona pellucida (ZP). By fitting phylogenetic models of codon evolution to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, we identified candidate sites evolving under diversifying selection in the human genes ZP3 and ZP2...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339519/evidence-for-convergent-evolution-of-sine-directed-staufen-mediated-mrna-decay
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Bronwyn A Lucas, Eitan Lavi, Lily Shiue, Hana Cho, Sol Katzman, Keita Miyoshi, Mikiko C Siomi, Liran Carmel, Manuel Ares, Lynne E Maquat
Primate-specific Alu short interspersed elements (SINEs) as well as rodent-specific B and ID (B/ID) SINEs can promote Staufen-mediated decay (SMD) when present in mRNA 3'-untranslated regions (3'-UTRs). The transposable nature of SINEs, their presence in long noncoding RNAs, their interactions with Staufen, and their rapid divergence in different evolutionary lineages suggest they could have generated substantial modification of posttranscriptional gene-control networks during mammalian evolution. Some of the variation in SMD regulation produced by SINE insertion might have had a similar regulatory effect in separate mammalian lineages, leading to parallel evolution of the Staufen network by independent expansion of lineage-specific SINEs...
January 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338056/context-dependent-autoprocessing-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-protease-precursors
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ChihFeng Tien, Liangqun Huang, Susan M Watanabe, Jordan T Speidel, Carol A Carter, Chaoping Chen
HIV-1 protease autoprocessing is responsible for liberation of free mature protease (PR) from the Gag-Pol polyprotein precursor. A cell-based model system was previously developed to examine the autoprocessing mechanism of fusion precursors carrying the p6*-PR miniprecursor sandwiched between various proteins or epitopes. We here report that precursor autoprocessing is context-dependent as its activity and outcomes can be modulated by sequences upstream of p6*-PR. This was exemplified by the 26aa maltose binding protein (MBP) signal peptide (SigP) when placed at the N-terminus of a fusion precursor...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337994/a-reassessment-of-the-montmaurin-la-niche-mandible-haute-garonne-france-in-the-context-of-european-pleistocene-human-evolution
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Amélie Vialet, Mario Modesto-Mata, María Martinón-Torres, Marina Martínez de Pinillos, José-María Bermúdez de Castro
We here present a comparative study of the Montmaurin-LN Middle Pleistocene mandible (Haute-Garonne, France). This mandible, of which its right and left molar series are preserved in situ, was found in La Niche cave (Montmaurin's karst system) in 1949, and was first attributed to the 'Mindel-Riss' interglacial (= MIS 9 to 11) based on its geological context. Later studies based on geological and faunal evidence have attributed the Montmaurin-LN mandible to MIS 7. Following a detailed morphological and metric comparative study of the mandible in the 1970s, it was interpreted in the light of a still limited fossil record and the prevailing paradigm back then...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336306/mers-cov-spillover-at-the-camel-human-interface
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Gytis Dudas, Luiz Max Carvalho, Andrew Rambaut, Trevor Bedford
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a zoonotic virus from camels causing significant mortality and morbidity in humans in the Arabian Peninsula. The epidemiology of the virus remains poorly understood, and while case-based and seroepidemiological studies have been employed extensively throughout the epidemic, viral sequence data have not been utilised to their full potential. Here we use existing MERS-CoV sequence data to explore its phylodynamics in two of its known major hosts, humans and camels...
January 16, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336025/how-children-invented-humanity
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REVIEW
David F Bjorklund
I use the commentaries of Legare, Clegg, and Wen and of Frankenhuis and Tiokhin as jumping-off points to discuss an issue hinted at both in my essay and their commentaries: How a developmental perspective can help us achieve a better understanding of evolution. I examine briefly how neoteny may have contributed to human morphology; how developmental plasticity in great apes, and presumably our common ancestor with them, may have led the way to advances in social cognition; and how the "invention" of childhood contributed to unique human cognitive abilities...
January 16, 2018: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335803/contribution-of-transposable-elements-and-distal-enhancers-to-evolution-of-human-specific-features-of-interphase-chromatin-architecture-in-embryonic-stem-cells
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Gennadi V Glinsky
Transposable elements have made major evolutionary impacts on creation of primate-specific and human-specific genomic regulatory loci and species-specific genomic regulatory networks (GRNs). Molecular and genetic definitions of human-specific changes to GRNs contributing to development of unique to human phenotypes remain a highly significant challenge. Genome-wide proximity placement analysis of diverse families of human-specific genomic regulatory loci (HSGRL) identified topologically associating domains (TADs) that are significantly enriched for HSGRL and designated rapidly evolving in human TADs...
January 15, 2018: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335774/genomic-trade-offs-are-autism-and-schizophrenia-the-steep-price-of-the-human-brain
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J M Sikela, V B Searles Quick
Evolution often deals in genomic trade-offs: changes in the genome that are beneficial overall persist even though they also produce disease in a subset of individuals. Here, we explore the possibility that such trade-offs have occurred as part of the evolution of the human brain. Specifically, we provide support for the possibility that the same key genes that have been major contributors to the rapid evolutionary expansion of the human brain and its exceptional cognitive capacity also, in different combinations, are significant contributors to autism and schizophrenia...
January 15, 2018: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335377/heritability-of-telomere-variation-it-is-all-about-the-environment
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REVIEW
Hannah L Dugdale, David S Richardson
Individual differences in telomere length have been linked to survival and senescence. Understanding the heritability of telomere length can provide important insight into individual differences and facilitate our understanding of the evolution of telomeres. However, to gain accurate and meaningful estimates of telomere heritability it is vital that the impact of the environment, and how this may vary, is understood and accounted for. The aim of this review is to raise awareness of this important, but much under-appreciated point...
March 5, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335359/recruitment-of-additional-corticospinal-pathways-in-the-human-brain-with-state-dependent-paired-associative-stimulation
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Dominic Kraus, Georgios Naros, Robert Guggenberger, Maria Teresa Leão, Ulf Ziemann, Alireza Gharabaghi
Standard brain stimulation protocols modify human motor cortex excitability by modulating the gain of the activated corticospinal pathways. However, the restoration of motor function following lesions of the corticospinal tract requires also the recruitment of additional neurons to increase the net corticospinal output. For this purpose, we investigated a novel protocol based on brain state-dependent paired associative stimulation.Motor imagery (MI)-related electroencephalography was recorded in healthy males and females for brain state-dependent control of both cortical and peripheral stimulation in a brain-machine interface environment...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335247/the-genetics-of-domestication-research-into-the-domestication-of-livestock-and-companion-animals-sheds-light-both-on-their-evolution-and-human-history
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335224/adaptive-scanning-near-minimum-deformation-atomic-force-microscope-imaging-of-soft-sample-in-liquid-live-mammalian-cell-example
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Juan Ren, Qingze Zou
In this paper, an adaptive-scanning mode (ASM) of atomic force microscope (AFM) with near-minimum sample deformation is proposed for imaging live biological samples in liquid. Conventional contact mode (CM) imaging of live cells is rather slow (scan rate  <  0.2 Hz), and as the imaging speed increases, significant deformation of the soft and highly corrugated cell membrane is induced. Such a low speed CM imaging of live biological samples is not only time consuming, but also incapable of capturing dynamic biological evolutions occurring in seconds to minutes...
December 28, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
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