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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419281/expression-of-the-plasmodium-falciparum-clonally-variant-clag3-genes-in-human-infections
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Sofía Mira-Martínez, Evi van Schuppen, Alfred Amambua-Ngwa, Emmanuel Bottieau, Muna Affara, Marjan Van Esbroeck, Erika Vlieghe, Pieter Guetens, Núria Rovira-Graells, Gloria P Gómez-Pérez, Pedro L Alonso, Umberto D'Alessandro, Anna Rosanas-Urgell, Alfred Cortés
Background.: Many genes of the malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum show clonally variant expression regulated at the epigenetic level. These genes participate in fundamental host-parasite interactions and contribute to adaptive processes. However, little is known about their expression patterns during human infections. A peculiar case of clonally variant genes are the 2 nearly identical clag3 genes, clag3.1 and clag3.2, which mediate nutrient uptake and are linked to resistance to some toxic compounds...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419148/how-long-to-rest-in-unpredictably-changing-habitats
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Mirosław Slusarczyk, Jacek Starzyński, Piotr Bernatowicz
In the present study, we investigated the optimum length of prolonged dormancy (developmental arrest extending over favourable periods) of organisms under uncertain environmental conditions. We used an artificial life model to simulate the evolution of suspended development in the ontogenesis of organisms inhabiting unpredictably changing habitats. A virtual population of semelparous parthenogenetic individuals that varied in a duration of developmental arrest competed for limited resources. At a constant level of available resources, uninterrupted development was the superior life strategy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355056/deconvolution-of-gene-expression-noise-into-spatial-dynamics-of-transcription-factor-promoter-interplay
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Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Ilaria Benedetti, Juhyun Kim, Víctor de Lorenzo
Gene expression noise is not only the mere consequence of stochasticity, but also a signal that reflects the upstream physical dynamics of the cognate molecular machinery. Soil bacteria facing recalcitrant pollutants exploit noise of catabolic promoters to deploy beneficial phenotypes such as metabolic bet-hedging and/or division of biochemical labor. Although the role of upstream promoter-regulator interplay in the origin of this noise is little understood, its specifications are probably ciphered in flow cytometry data patterns...
April 17, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342010/aridity-promotes-bet-hedging-via-delayed-hatching-a-case-study-with-two-temporary-pond-crustaceans-along-a-latitudinal-gradient
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Tom Pinceel, Bram Vanschoenwinkel, Wouter Hawinkel, Karen Tuytens, Luc Brendonck
Climate change does affect not only average rainfall and temperature but also their variation, which can reduce the predictability of suitable conditions for growth and reproduction. This situation is problematic for inhabitants of temporary waters whose reproductive success depends on rainfall and evaporation that determine the length of the aquatic phase. For organisms with long-lived dormant life stages, bet hedging models suggest that a fraction of these should stay dormant during each growing season to buffer against the probability of total reproductive failure in variable environments...
March 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329006/dimorphic-cocoons-of-the-cecropia-moth-hyalophora-cecropia-morphological-behavioral-and-biophysical-differences
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Patrick A Guerra, Steven M Reppert
The larvae of the giant silk moth (Hyalophora cecropia) spin strikingly dimorphic, multilayered cocoons that are either large and fluffy (baggy) or significantly smaller and tightly woven (compact). Although these cocoon-morphs share the same function (i.e., housing for pupal to adult development during overwintering), previous work has been unable to determine why cocoon dimorphism exists. We addressed this issue in cecropia moth cocoons collected along power line right-of-way habitats in Massachusetts. We first characterized the architectural differences between cocoon-morphs for all three cocoon sections (outer and inner envelopes, and the intermediate layer separating the two)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320880/rna-mediated-cis-regulation-in-acinetobacter-baumannii-modulates-stress-induced-phenotypic-variation
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Carly Ching, Kevin Gozzi, Björn Heinemann, Yunrong Chai, Veronica G Godoy
In the nosocomial opportunistic pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii, RecA-dependent mutagenesis, which causes antibiotic resistance acquisition, is linked to the DNA damage response (DDR). Notably, unlike the Escherichia coli paradigm, recA and DDR gene expression in A. baumannii are bimodal. Namely, there is phenotypic variation upon DNA damage, which may provide a bet-hedging strategy for survival. Thus, understanding recA gene regulation is key to elucidate the yet unknown DDR regulation in A. baumannii Here, we identify a structured 5' Untranslated Region (5' UTR) in the recA transcript which serves as a cis-regulatory element...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316133/hatching-date-variability-in-wild-populations-of-four-coexisting-species-of-african-annual-fishes
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Martin Reichard, Radim Blažek, Matej Polačik, Milan Vrtílek
BACKGROUND: Hatching is modulated by a combination of intrinsic and extrinsic factors. Annual killifish are adapted to complete their entire life cycle in annually desiccating habitats. Spending most of their life in the embryonic stage, they have evolved adaptations to survive desiccated conditions and match their hatching with the unpredictable onset of the aquatic phase of the pool. We examined spatial and temporal synchrony of hatching in natural populations of four species of African annual killifish (genus Nothobranchius)...
March 18, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303636/variation-in-seed-packaging-of-a-fleshy-fruited-conifer-provides-insights-into-the-ecology-and-evolution-of-multi-seeded-fruits
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Lucía DeSoto, Rubén Torices, Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Cristina Nabais
The study of intraspecific seed packaging (i.e. seed size/number strategy) variation across different populations may allow a better understanding of the ecological forces that drive seed evolution in plants. Juniperus thurifera (Cupressaceae) provides a good model to study this due to the existence of two subspecies differentiated by phenotypic traits, such as seed size and cone seediness (number of seeds inside a cone) across its range. The aim of this study was to analyse seed packaging (seed mass and cone seediness) variation at different scales (subspecies, populations and individuals) and the relationship between cone and seed traits in European and African J...
March 17, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297706/phytoplankton-can-actively-diversify-their-migration-strategy-in-response-to-turbulent-cues
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Anupam Sengupta, Francesco Carrara, Roman Stocker
Marine phytoplankton inhabit a dynamic environment where turbulence, together with nutrient and light availability, shapes species fitness, succession and selection. Many species of phytoplankton are motile and undertake diel vertical migrations to gain access to nutrient-rich deeper layers at night and well-lit surface waters during the day. Disruption of this migratory strategy by turbulence is considered to be an important cause of the succession between motile and non-motile species when conditions turn turbulent...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252016/an-antimicrobial-peptide-resistant-minor-subpopulation-of-photorhabdus-luminescens-is-responsible-for-virulence
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Annabelle Mouammine, Sylvie Pages, Anne Lanois, Sophie Gaudriault, Gregory Jubelin, Maurine Bonabaud, Stéphane Cruveiller, Emeric Dubois, David Roche, Ludovic Legrand, Julien Brillard, Alain Givaudan
Some of the bacterial cells in isogenic populations behave differently from others. We describe here how a new type of phenotypic heterogeneity relating to resistance to cationic antimicrobial peptides (CAMPs) is determinant for the pathogenic infection process of the entomopathogenic bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens. We demonstrate that the resistant subpopulation, which accounts for only 0.5% of the wild-type population, causes septicemia in insects. Bacterial heterogeneity is driven by the PhoPQ two-component regulatory system and expression of pbgPE, an operon encoding proteins involved in lipopolysaccharide (LPS) modifications...
March 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213964/when-sensing-is-gambling-an-experimental-system-reveals-how-plasticity-can-generate-tunable-bet-hedging-strategies
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Colin S Maxwell, Paul M Magwene
Genotypes can persist in unpredictable environments by "hedging their bets" and producing diverse phenotypes. Theoretical studies have shown that the phenotypic variability needed for a bet-hedging strategy can be generated by factors either inside or outside an organism. However, sensing the environment and bet hedging are frequently treated as distinct evolutionary strategies. Furthermore, nearly all empirical studies of the molecular underpinnings of bet-hedging strategies to date have focused on internal sources of variability...
April 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177154/science-in-brief-streptococcus-zooepidemicus-a-versatile-opportunistic-pathogen-that-hedges-its-bets-in-horses
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March 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168840/mother-s-age-and-hatching-phenology-strategy-of-heterocypris-incongruens-crustacea-ostracoda-in-unpredictable-environment
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Valeria Rossi, Andrea Gandolfi, Paolo Menozzi
We report experimental evidence of egg polyphenism in clonal lineages of Heterocypris incongruens from an ephemeral pond on a Mediterranean Island (Lampedusa, Italy). In controlled laboratory conditions, clonal females produced three different kinds of eggs: (i) resting and desiccation-resistant eggs, (ii) nonresting eggs that hatched gradually within 2 month hydroperiod, and (iii) nonresting delayed development eggs that hatched synchronously. Clonal females showed a diversified bet-hedging strategy to spread risk of reproduction in ponds with unpredictable hydroperiod...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Experimental Zoology. Part A, Ecological Genetics and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165017/bet-hedging-in-bacteriocin-producing-escherichia-coli-populations-the-single-cell-perspective
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Bihter Bayramoglu, David Toubiana, Simon van Vliet, R Fredrik Inglis, Nadav Shnerb, Osnat Gillor
Production of public goods in biological systems is often a collaborative effort that may be detrimental to the producers. It is therefore sustainable only if a small fraction of the population shoulders the cost while the majority reap the benefits. We modelled this scenario using Escherichia coli populations producing colicins, an antibiotic that kills producer cells' close relatives. Colicin expression is a costly trait, and it has been proposed that only a small fraction of the population actively expresses the antibiotic...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152187/clinal-population-divergence-in-an-adaptive-parental-environmental-effect-that-adjusts-seed-banking
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Christian Lampei, Johannes Metz, Katja Tielbörger
Bet-hedging via between-year seed dormancy is a costly strategy for plants in unpredictable environments. Theoretically, fitness costs can be reduced through a parental environmental effect when the environment is partly predictable. We tested whether populations from environments that differ in predictability diverged in parental effects on seed dormancy. Common garden-produced seeds of the two annual plant species Biscutella didyma and Bromus fasciculatus collected along an aridity gradient were grown under 12 irrigation treatments...
February 2, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120801/a-case-for-a-joint-strategy-of-diversified-bet-hedging-and-plasticity-in-the-pea-aphid-wing-polyphenism
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Mary E Grantham, Chris J Antonio, Brian R O'Neil, Yi Xiang Zhan, Jennifer A Brisson
Phenotypic plasticity and diversified bet hedging are strategies for coping with variable environments. Plasticity is favoured when an organism can predict future conditions using environmental cues, while bet hedging is favoured when predictive cues are not available. Theoretical analyses suggest that many organisms should use a mixture of both strategies, because environments often present both scenarios. Here, we examine if the pea aphid wing polyphenism, a well-known case of plasticity, is potentially a mixture of plasticity and bet hedging...
October 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039134/a-family-of-secretory-proteins-is-associated-with-different-morphotypes-in-cryptococcus-neoformans
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Rachana Gyawali, Srijana Upadhyay, Joshua Way, Xiaorong Lin
Cryptococcus neoformans, an opportunistic human fungal pathogen, can undergo a yeast-to-hypha transition in response to environmental cues. This morphological transition is associated with changes in the expression of cell surface proteins. The Cryptococcus cell surface and secreted protein Cfl1 was the first identified adhesin in the Basidiomycota. Cfl1 has been shown to regulate morphology, biofilm formation, and intercellular communication. Four additional homologs of CFL1 are harbored by the Cryptococcus genome: DHA1, DHA2, CPL1, and CFL105 The common features of this gene family are the conserved C-terminal SIGC domain and the presence of an N-terminal signal peptide...
March 1, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036136/maternal-source-of-variability-in-the-embryo-development-of-an-annual-killifish
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M Polačik, C Smith, M Reichard
Organisms inhabiting unpredictable environments often evolve diversified reproductive bet-hedging strategies, expressed as production of multiple offspring phenotypes, thereby avoiding complete reproductive failure. To cope with unpredictable rainfall, African annual killifish from temporary savannah pools lay drought-resistant eggs that vary widely in the duration of embryo development. We examined the sources of variability in the duration of individual embryo development, egg production and fertilization rate in Nothobranchius furzeri...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010811/using-gamm-to-examine-inter-individual-heterogeneity-in-thermal-performance-curves-for-natrix-natrix-indicates-bet-hedging-strategy-by-mothers
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Mathew J Vickers, Fabien Aubret, Aurélie Coulon
The thermal performance curve (TPC) illustrates the dependence on body- and therefore environmental- temperature of many fitness-related aspects of ectotherm ecology and biology including foraging, growth, predator avoidance, and reproduction. The typical thermal performance curve model is linear in its parameters despite the well-known, strong, non-linearity of the response of performance to temperature. In addition, it is usual to consider a single model based on few individuals as descriptive of a species-level response to temperature...
January 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006011/a-precise-temperature-responsive-bistable-switch-controlling-yersinia-virulence
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Aaron Mischa Nuss, Franziska Schuster, Louisa Roselius, Johannes Klein, René Bücker, Katharina Herbst, Ann Kathrin Heroven, Fabio Pisano, Christoph Wittmann, Richard Münch, Johannes Müller, Dieter Jahn, Petra Dersch
Different biomolecules have been identified in bacterial pathogens that sense changes in temperature and trigger expression of virulence programs upon host entry. However, the dynamics and quantitative outcome of this response in individual cells of a population, and how this influences pathogenicity are unknown. Here, we address these questions using a thermosensing virulence regulator of an intestinal pathogen (RovA of Yersinia pseudotuberculosis) as a model. We reveal that this regulator is part of a novel thermoresponsive bistable switch, which leads to high- and low-invasive subpopulations within a narrow temperature range...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
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