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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337203/a-universal-vaccine-against-leptospirosis-are-we-going-in-the-right-direction
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André Alex Grassmann, Jéssica Dias Souza, Alan John Alexander McBride
Leptospirosis is the most widespread zoonosis in the world and a neglected tropical disease estimated to cause severe infection in more than one million people worldwide every year that can be combated by effective immunization. However, no significant progress has been made on the leptospirosis vaccine since the advent of bacterins over 100 years. Although protective against lethal infection, particularly in animals, bacterin-induced immunity is considered short term, serovar restricted, and the vaccine can cause serious side effects...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321969/the-pangenome-of-the-genus-clostridium
#2
Zulema Udaondo, Estrella Duque, Juan Luis Ramos
We present the pangenome for the genus Clostridium sensu stricto, which was obtained using highly curated and annotated genomes from 16 species, some of these cause disease, while others are used for the production of added-value chemicals. Multilocus sequencing analysis revealed that species of this genus group into at least two clades that include non-pathogenic and pathogenic strains, suggesting that pathogenicity is dispersed across the phylogenetic tree. The core genome of the genus includes 546 protein families, which mainly comprise those involved in protein translation and DNA repair...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314726/global-distribution-patterns-and-pangenomic-diversity-of-the-candidate-phylum-latescibacteria-ws3
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Ibrahim F Farag, Noha H Youssef, Mostafa S Elshahed
We investigated the global distribution patterns and pangenomic diversity of the candidate phylum "Latescibacteria" (WS3) in 16S rRNA gene as well as metagenomic datasets. We document distinct distribution patterns for various "Latescibacteria" orders in 16S rRNA gene datasets, with prevalence of orders sediment_1 in terrestrial, PBSIII_9 in groundwater and temperate freshwater, and GN03 in pelagic marine, saline-hypersaline, and wastewater habitats. Using a fragment recruitment approach, we identified 68.9 Mb of "Latescibacteria"-affiliated contigs in publicly available metagenomic datasets comprising 73,079 proteins...
March 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287462/snp-discovery-using-a-pangenome-has-the-single-reference-approach-become-obsolete
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Bhavna Hurgobin, David Edwards
Increasing evidence suggests that a single individual is insufficient to capture the genetic diversity within a species due to gene presence absence variation. In order to understand the extent to which genomic variation occurs in a species, the construction of its pangenome is necessary. The pangenome represents the complete set of genes of a species; it is composed of core genes, which are present in all individuals, and variable genes, which are present only in some individuals. Aside from variations at the gene level, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are also an important form of genetic variation...
March 11, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231383/the-pangenome-of-hexaploid-bread-wheat
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Juan D Montenegro, Agnieszka A Golicz, Philipp E Bayer, Bhavna Hurgobin, HueyTyng Lee, Chon-Kit Kenneth Chan, Paul Visendi, Kaitao Lai, Jaroslav Doležel, Jacqueline Batley, David Edwards
There is an increasing understanding that gene presence absence variation plays an important role in the heritability of agronomic traits, however there have been relatively few studies on gene presence absence variation in crop species. Hexaploid wheat is one of the most important food crops in the world and intensive breeding has reduced the genetic diversity of elite cultivars. Major efforts have produced draft genome assemblies for the cultivar Chinese Spring, but it is unknown how well this represents the genome diversity found in current modern elite cultivars...
February 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194158/role-and-regulation-of-acc-deaminase-gene-in-sinorhizobium-meliloti-is-it-a-symbiotic-rhizospheric-or-endophytic-gene
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Alice Checcucci, Elisa Azzarello, Marco Bazzicalupo, Anna De Carlo, Giovanni Emiliani, Stefano Mancuso, Giulia Spini, Carlo Viti, Alessio Mengoni
Plant-associated bacteria exhibit a number of different strategies and specific genes allow bacteria to communicate and metabolically interact with plant tissues. Among the genes found in the genomes of plant-associated bacteria, the gene encoding the enzyme 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase (acdS) is one of the most diffused. This gene is supposed to be involved in the cleaving of plant-produced ACC, the precursor of the plant stress-hormone ethylene toning down the plant response to infection...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187427/genomic-islands-an-overview-of-current-software-and-future-improvements
#7
Siomar de Castro Soares, Letícia de Castro Oliveira, Arun Kumar Jaiswal, Vasco Azevedo
Microbes are highly diverse and widely distributed organisms. They account for ~60% of Earth’s biomass and new predictions point for the existence of 1011 to 1012 species, which are constantly sharing genes through several different mechanisms. Genomic Islands (GI) are critical in this context, as they are large regions acquired through horizontal gene transfer. Also, they present common features like genomic signature deviation, transposase genes, flanking tRNAs and insertion sequences. GIs carry large numbers of genes related to specific lifestyle and are commonly classified in Pathogenicity, Resistance, Metabolic or Symbiotic Islands...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130242/hierarchical-sets-analyzing-pangenome-structure-through-scalable-set-visualizations
#8
Thomas Lin Pedersen
MOTIVATION: The increase in available microbial genome sequences has resulted in an increase in the size of the pangenomes being analyzed. Current pangenome visualizations are not intended for the pangenome sizes possible today and new approaches are necessary in order to convert the increase in available information to increase in knowledge. As the pangenome data structure is essentially a collection of sets we explore the potential for scalable set visualization as a tool for pangenome analysis...
January 27, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125655/assessing-the-genotypic-differences-between-strains-of-corynebacterium-pseudotuberculosis-biovar-equi-through-comparative-genomics
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Rafael A Baraúna, Rommel T J Ramos, Adonney A O Veras, Kenny C Pinheiro, Leandro J Benevides, Marcus V C Viana, Luís C Guimarães, Judy M Edman, Sharon J Spier, Vasco Azevedo, Artur Silva
Seven genomes of Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis biovar equi were sequenced on the Ion Torrent PGM platform, generating high-quality scaffolds over 2.35 Mbp. This bacterium is the causative agent of disease known as "pigeon fever" which commonly affects horses worldwide. The pangenome of biovar equi was calculated and two phylogenomic approaches were used to identify clustering patterns within Corynebacterium genus. Furthermore, other comparative analyses were performed including the prediction of genomic islands and prophages, and SNP-based phylogeny...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117406/insights-into-the-planktothrix-genus-genomic-and-metabolic-comparison-of-benthic-and-planktic-strains
#10
Claire Pancrace, Marie-Anne Barny, Reiko Ueoka, Alexandra Calteau, Thibault Scalvenzi, Jacques Pédron, Valérie Barbe, Joern Piel, Jean-François Humbert, Muriel Gugger
Planktothrix is a dominant cyanobacterial genus forming toxic blooms in temperate freshwater ecosystems. We sequenced the genome of planktic and non planktic Planktothrix strains to better represent this genus diversity and life style at the genomic level. Benthic and biphasic strains are rooting the Planktothrix phylogenetic tree and widely expand the pangenome of this genus. We further investigated in silico the genetic potential dedicated to gas vesicles production, nitrogen fixation as well as natural product synthesis and conducted complementary experimental tests by cell culture, microscopy and mass spectrometry...
January 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095778/the-pangenome-of-antarctic-pseudoalteromonas-bacteria-evolutionary-and-functional-insights
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Emanuele Bosi, Marco Fondi, Valerio Orlandini, Elena Perrin, Isabel Maida, Donatella de Pascale, Maria Luisa Tutino, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Angelina Lo Giudice, Alain Filloux, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of ubiquitous marine bacteria used as model organisms to study the biological mechanisms involved in the adaptation to cold conditions. A remarkable feature shared by these bacteria is their ability to produce secondary metabolites with a strong antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Despite their biotechnological relevance, representatives of this genus are still lacking (with few exceptions) an extensive genomic characterization, including features involved in the evolution of secondary metabolites production...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057677/panviz-interactive-visualization-of-the-structure-of-functionally-annotated-pangenomes
#12
Thomas Lin Pedersen, Intawat Nookaew, David Wayne Ussery, Maria Månsson
PanViz is a novel, interactive, visualization tool for pangenome analysis. PanViz allows visualization of changes in gene group (groups of similar genes across genomes) classification as different subsets of pangenomes are selected, as well as comparisons of individual genomes to pangenomes with gene ontology based navigation of gene groups. Furthermore it allows for rich and complex visual querying of gene groups in the pangenome. PanViz visualizations require no external programs and are easily sharable, allowing for rapid pangenome analyses...
January 5, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053228/diverse-evolutionary-patterns-of-pneumococcal-antigens-identified-by-pangenome-wide-immunological-screening
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Nicholas J Croucher, Joseph J Campo, Timothy Q Le, Xiaowu Liang, Stephen D Bentley, William P Hanage, Marc Lipsitch
Characterizing the immune response to pneumococcal proteins is critical in understanding this bacterium's epidemiology and vaccinology. Probing a custom-designed proteome microarray with sera from 35 healthy US adults revealed a continuous distribution of IgG affinities for 2,190 potential antigens from the species-wide pangenome. Reproducibly elevated IgG binding was elicited by 208 "antibody binding targets" (ABTs), which included 109 variants of the diverse pneumococcal surface proteins A and C (PspA and PspC) and zinc metalloprotease A and B (ZmpA and ZmpB) proteins...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043631/the-first-population-structure-and-comparative-genomics-analysis-of-mycobacterium-africanum-strains-from-ghana-reveals-higher-diversity-of-lineage-5
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Isaac D Otchere, Simon R Harris, Sanches L Busso, Adwoa Asante-Poku, Stephen Osei-Wusu, Kwadwo Koram, Julian Parkhill, Sebastien Gagneux, Dorothy Yeboah-Manu
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: Mycobacterium africanum (MAF) remains an important TB causing pathogen in West Africa; however, little is known about its population structure and actual diversity which may have implications for diagnostics and vaccines. We carried out comparative genomics analysis of candidate Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and MAF using whole genome sequencing. METHODS: Clinical MTB complex strains (n=187) comprising L4 (n=22), L5 (n=126), and L6 (n=39) isolated over 8years from Ghana were whole genome sequenced...
December 2016: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864136/the-underlying-mechanisms-of-genetic-innovation-and-speciation-in-the-family-corynebacteriaceae-a-phylogenomics-approach
#15
Xiao-Yang Zhi, Zhao Jiang, Ling-Ling Yang, Ying Huang
The pangenome of a bacterial species population is formed by genetic reduction and genetic expansion over the long course of evolution. Gene loss is a pervasive source of genetic reduction, and (exogenous and endogenous) gene gain is the main driver of genetic expansion. To understand the genetic innovation and speciation of the family Corynebacteriaceae, which cause a wide range of serious infections in humans and animals, we analyzed the pangenome of this family, and reconstructed its phylogeny using a phylogenomics approach...
November 15, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861551/genomes-of-gardnerella-strains-reveal-an-abundance-of-prophages-within-the-bladder-microbiome
#16
Kema Malki, Jason W Shapiro, Travis K Price, Evann E Hilt, Krystal Thomas-White, Trina Sircar, Amy B Rosenfeld, Gina Kuffel, Michael J Zilliox, Alan J Wolfe, Catherine Putonti
Bacterial surveys of the vaginal and bladder human microbiota have revealed an abundance of many similar bacterial taxa. As the bladder was once thought to be sterile, the complex interactions between microbes within the bladder have yet to be characterized. To initiate this process, we have begun sequencing isolates, including the clinically relevant genus Gardnerella. Herein, we present the genomic sequences of four Gardnerella strains isolated from the bladders of women with symptoms of urgency urinary incontinence; these are the first Gardnerella genomes produced from this niche...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834372/the-pangenome-of-an-agronomically-important-crop-plant-brassica-oleracea
#17
Agnieszka A Golicz, Philipp E Bayer, Guy C Barker, Patrick P Edger, HyeRan Kim, Paula A Martinez, Chon Kit Kenneth Chan, Anita Severn-Ellis, W Richard McCombie, Isobel A P Parkin, Andrew H Paterson, J Chris Pires, Andrew G Sharpe, Haibao Tang, Graham R Teakle, Christopher D Town, Jacqueline Batley, David Edwards
There is an increasing awareness that as a result of structural variation, a reference sequence representing a genome of a single individual is unable to capture all of the gene repertoire found in the species. A large number of genes affected by presence/absence and copy number variation suggest that it may contribute to phenotypic and agronomic trait diversity. Here we show by analysis of the Brassica oleracea pangenome that nearly 20% of genes are affected by presence/absence variation. Several genes displaying presence/absence variation are annotated with functions related to major agronomic traits, including disease resistance, flowering time, glucosinolate metabolism and vitamin biosynthesis...
November 11, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829029/inferring-gene-networks-for-strains-of-dehalococcoides-highlights-conserved-relationships-between-genes-encoding-core-catabolic-and-cell-wall-structural-proteins
#18
Cresten B Mansfeldt, Gretchen W Heavner, Annette R Rowe, Boris Hayete, Bruce W Church, Ruth E Richardson
The interpretation of high-throughput gene expression data for non-model microorganisms remains obscured because of the high fraction of hypothetical genes and the limited number of methods for the robust inference of gene networks. Therefore, to elucidate gene-gene and gene-condition linkages in the bioremediation-important genus Dehalococcoides, we applied a Bayesian inference strategy called Reverse Engineering/Forward Simulation (REFS™) on transcriptomic data collected from two organohalide-respiring communities containing different Dehalococcoides mccartyi strains: the Cornell University mixed community D2 and the commercially available KB-1® bioaugmentation culture...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27826029/cytolethal-distending-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-o157-h43-strain-t22-represents-a-novel-evolutionary-lineage-within-the-o157-serogroup
#19
Domonkos Sváb, Balázs Bálint, Gergely Maróti, István Tóth
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) O157:H7/NM strains are significant foodborne pathogens intensively studied, while other sero- and pathotypes of the O157 serogroup only began to receive more attention. Here we report the first genome sequence of a cytolethal distending toxin (CDT-V) producing E. coli O157:H43 strain (T22) isolated from cattle. The genome consists of a 4.9Mb chromosome assembled into three contigs and one plasmid of 82.4kb. Comparative genomic investigations conducted with the core genomes of representative E...
December 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27819663/two-fundamentally-different-classes-of-microbial-genes
#20
Yuri I Wolf, Kira S Makarova, Alexander E Lobkovsky, Eugene V Koonin
The evolution of bacterial and archaeal genomes is highly dynamic and involves extensive horizontal gene transfer and gene loss(1-4). Furthermore, many microbial species appear to have open pangenomes, where each newly sequenced genome contains more than 10% ORFans, that is, genes without detectable homologues in other species(5,6). Here, we report a quantitative analysis of microbial genome evolution by fitting the parameters of a simple, steady-state evolutionary model to the comparative genomic data on the gene content and gene order similarity between archaeal genomes...
November 7, 2016: Nature Microbiology
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