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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350798/research-priorities-for-harnessing-plant-microbiomes-in-sustainable-agriculture
#1
Posy E Busby, Chinmay Soman, Maggie R Wagner, Maren L Friesen, James Kremer, Alison Bennett, Mustafa Morsy, Jonathan A Eisen, Jan E Leach, Jeffery L Dangl
Feeding a growing world population amidst climate change requires optimizing the reliability, resource use, and environmental impacts of food production. One way to assist in achieving these goals is to integrate beneficial plant microbiomes-i.e., those enhancing plant growth, nutrient use efficiency, abiotic stress tolerance, and disease resistance-into agricultural production. This integration will require a large-scale effort among academic researchers, industry researchers, and farmers to understand and manage plant-microbiome interactions in the context of modern agricultural systems...
March 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344773/escherichia-coli-st131-a-multidrug-resistant-clone-primed-for-global-domination
#2
REVIEW
Johann D D Pitout, Rebekah DeVinney
A single extra-intestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) clone, named sequence type (ST) 131, is responsible for millions of global antimicrobial-resistant (AMR) infections annually. Population genetics indicate that ST131 consists of different clades (i.e. A, B, and C); however, clade C is the most dominant globally. A ST131 subclade, named C1-M27, is emerging in Japan and has been responsible for the recent increase in AMR ExPEC in that country. The sequential acquisition of several virulence and AMR genes associated with mobile genetic elements during the 1960s to 1980s primed clade C (and its subclades C1 and C2) for success in the 1990s to 2000s...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344657/well-positioned-nucleosomes-punctuate-polycistronic-pol-ii-transcription-units-and-flank-silent-vsg-gene-arrays-in-trypanosoma-brucei
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Johannes Petrus Maree, Megan Lindsay Povelones, David Johannes Clark, Gloria Rudenko, Hugh-George Patterton
BACKGROUND: The compaction of DNA in chromatin in eukaryotes allowed the expansion of genome size and coincided with significant evolutionary diversification. However, chromatin generally represses DNA function, and mechanisms coevolved to regulate chromatin structure and its impact on DNA. This included the selection of specific nucleosome positions to modulate accessibility to the DNA molecule. Trypanosoma brucei, a member of the Excavates supergroup, falls in an ancient evolutionary branch of eukaryotes and provides valuable insight into the organization of chromatin in early genomes...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344646/comparative-insights-into-the-saccharification-potentials-of-a-relatively-unexplored-but-robust-penicillium-funiculosum-glycoside-hydrolase-7-cellobiohydrolase
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Funso Emmanuel Ogunmolu, Navya Bhatt Kammachi Jagadeesha, Rakesh Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Dinesh Gupta, Syed Shams Yazdani
BACKGROUND: GH7 cellobiohydrolases (CBH1) are vital for the breakdown of cellulose. We had previously observed the enzyme as the most dominant protein in the active cellulose-hydrolyzing secretome of the hypercellulolytic ascomycete-Penicillium funiculosum (NCIM1228). To understand its contributions to cellulosic biomass saccharification in comparison with GH7 cellobiohydrolase from the industrial workhorse-Trichoderma reesei, we natively purified and functionally characterized the only GH7 cellobiohydrolase identified and present in the genome of the fungus...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344109/phylogenomic-proximity-and-metabolic-discrepancy-of-methanosarcina-mazei-go1-across-methanosarcinal-genomes
#5
M Bharathi, P Chellapandi
Methanosarcina mazei Go1 is a heterotrophic methanogenic archaean contributing a significant role in global methane cycling and biomethanation process. Phylogenomic relatedness and metabolic discrepancy of this genome were described herein by comparing its whole genome sequence, intergenomic distance, genome function, synteny homologs and origin of replication, and marker genes with very closely related genomes, Methanosarcina acetivorans and Methanosarcina barkeri. Phylogenomic analysis of this study revealed that genome functional feature and metabolic core of M...
March 23, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342941/is-there-any-crosstalk-between-the-chemotaxis-and-virulence-induction-signaling-in-agrobacterium-tumefaciens
#6
REVIEW
Minliang Guo, Zhiwei Huang, Jing Yang
Agrobacterium tumefaciens, a soil-born phytopathogenic bacterium, is well known as a nature's engineer due to its ability to genetically transform the host by transferring a DNA fragment (called T-DNA) from its Ti plasmid to host-cell genome. To combat the harsh soil environment and seek the appropriate host, A. tumefaciens can sense and be attracted by a large number of chemical compounds released by wounded host. As a member of α-proteobacterium, A. tumefaciens has a chemotaxis system different from that found in Escherichia coli, since many chemoattractants for A...
March 23, 2017: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342451/tert-promoter-mutations-in-telomere-biology
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REVIEW
Barbara Heidenreich, Rajiv Kumar
Telomere repeats at chromosomal ends, critical to genome integrity, are maintained through an elaborate network of proteins and pathways. Shelterin complex proteins shield telomeres from induction of DNA damage response to overcome end protection problem. A specialized ribonucleic protein, telomerase, maintains telomere homeostasis through repeat addition to counter intrinsic shortcomings of DNA replication that leads to gradual sequence shortening in successive mitoses. The biogenesis and recruitment of telomerase composed of telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) subunit and an RNA component, takes place through the intricate machinery that involves an elaborate number of molecules...
January 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338950/non-replicative-rna-recombination-of-an-animal-plus-strand-rna-virus-in-the-absence-of-efficient-translation-of-viral-proteins
#8
Maximiliane Kleine Büning, Denise Meyer, Sophia Austermann-Busch, Gleyder Roman-Sosa, Tillmann Rümenapf, Paul Becher
RNA recombination is a major driving force for the evolution of RNA viruses and is significantly implicated in the adaptation of viruses to new hosts, changes of virulence, as well as in the emergence of new viruses including drug-resistant and escape mutants. However, the molecular details of recombination in animal RNA viruses are only poorly understood. In order to determine whether viral RNA recombination depends on translation of viral proteins, a non-replicative recombination system was established which is based on cotransfection of cells with synthetic bovine viral diarrhea virus (family Flaviviridae) RNA genome fragments either lacking the internal ribosome entry site required for cap-independent translation or lacking almost the complete polyprotein coding region...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338901/characterization-of-the-genuine-type-2-chromatic-acclimation-in-the-two-geminocystis-cyanobacteria
#9
Yuu Hirose, Naomi Misawa, Chinatsu Yonekawa, Nobuyoshi Nagao, Mai Watanabe, Masahiko Ikeuchi, Toshihiko Eki
Certain cyanobacteria can adjust the wavelengths of light they absorb by remodeling their photosynthetic antenna complex phycobilisome via a process called chromatic acclimation (CA). Although several types of CA have been reported, the diversity of the molecular mechanisms of CA among the cyanobacteria phylum is not fully understood. Here, we characterized the molecular process of CA of Geminocystis sp. strains National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES)-3708 and NIES-3709. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy revealed that both strains dramatically alter their phycoerythrin content in response to green and red light...
March 8, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338834/comparative-genomics-of-microsporidian-genomes-reveals-a-minimal-non-coding-rna-set-and-new-insights-for-transcription-in-minimal-eukaryotic-genomes
#10
Abdel Belkorchia, Jean-François Pombert, Valérie Polonais, Nicolas Parisot, Frédéric Delbac, Jean-François Brugère, Pierre Peyret, Christine Gaspin, Eric Peyretaillade
Microsporidia are ubiquitous intracellular pathogens whose opportunistic nature led to their increased recognition with the rise of the AIDS pandemic. As the RNA world was largely unexplored in this parasitic lineage, we developed a dedicated in silico methodology to carry out exhaustive identification of ncRNAs across the Encephalitozoon and Nosema genera. Thus, the previously missing U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) and small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) targeting only the LSU rRNA were highlighted and were further validated using 5' and 3'RACE-PCR experiments...
February 28, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337468/comparative-analysis-data-of-sf1-and-sf2-helicases-from-three-domains-of-life
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Wafi Chaar, Hiba Ibrahim, Juliana Kozah, Hala Chamieh
SF1 and SF2 helicases are important molecular motors that use the energy of ATP to unwind nucleic acids or nucleic-acid protein complexes. They are ubiquitous enzymes and found in almost all organisms sequenced to date. This article provides a comparative analysis for SF1 and SF2 helicase families from three domains of life archaea, human, bacteria. Seven families are conserved in these three representatives and includes Upf1-like, UvrD-like, Rad3-like, DEAD-box, RecQ-like. Snf2 and Ski2-like. The data highlight conservation of the helicase core motifs for each of these families...
April 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337187/defining-and-evaluating-a-core-genome-multilocus-sequence-typing-scheme-for-whole-genome-sequence-based-typing-of-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#12
Haijian Zhou, Wenbing Liu, Tian Qin, Chen Liu, Hongyu Ren
At present, the most used methods for Klebsiella pneumoniae subtyping are multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE). However, the discriminatory power of MLST could not meet the need for distinguishing outbreak and non-outbreak isolates and the PFGE is time-consuming and labor-intensive. A core genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST) scheme for whole-genome sequence-based typing of K. pneumoniae was developed for solving the disadvantages of these traditional molecular subtyping methods...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336969/complete-genome-sequence-and-comparative-genomics-of-the-probiotic-yeast-saccharomyces-boulardii
#13
Indu Khatri, Rajul Tomar, K Ganesan, G S Prasad, Srikrishna Subramanian
The probiotic yeast, Saccharomyces boulardii (Sb) is known to be effective against many gastrointestinal disorders and antibiotic-associated diarrhea. To understand molecular basis of probiotic-properties ascribed to Sb we determined the complete genomes of two strains of Sb i.e. Biocodex and unique28 and the draft genomes for three other Sb strains that are marketed as probiotics in India. We compared these genomes with 145 strains of S. cerevisiae (Sc) to understand genome-level similarities and differences between these yeasts...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336813/the-innate-immune-response-in-fetal-lung-mesenchymal-cells-targets-vegfr2-expression-and-activity
#14
Rachel M Medal, Amanda M Im, Yasutoshi Yamamoto, Omar Lakhdari, Timothy S Blackwell, Hal M Hoffman, Debashis Sahoo, Lawrence S Prince
In preterm infants, soluble inflammatory mediators target lung mesenchymal cells, disrupting airway and alveolar morphogenesis. However, how mesenchymal cells respond directly to microbial stimuli remains poorly characterized. Our objective was to measure the genome-wide innate immune response in fetal lung mesenchymal cells exposed to the bacterial endotoxin lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Using Affymetrix MoGene 1.0st arrays, we showed that LPS induced expression of unique innate immune transcripts heavily weighted toward CC and CXC family chemokines...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336770/ptac10-a-key-subunit-of-plastid-encoded-rna-polymerase-promotes-chloroplast-development
#15
Sun Hyun Chang, Sangyool Lee, Tae Young Um, Ju-Kon Kim, Yang Do Choi, Geupil Jang
Regulation of photosynthetic gene expression by plastid-encoded RNA polymerase (PEP) is essential for chloroplast development. The activity of PEP largely relies on at least 12 PEP-associated proteins (PAPs) encoded in the nuclear genome of plant cells. A recent model proposed that these PAPs regulate the establishment of the PEP complex through broad PAP-PEP or PAP-PAP interactions. In this study, we identified the Arabidopsis thaliana seedling lethal mutant ptac10-1, which has defects in chloroplast development, and found that the mutant phenotype is caused by the suppression of PLASTID S1 RNA-BINDING DOMAIN PROTEIN (pTAC10/PAP3)...
March 23, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335732/lung-function-associated-gene-integrator-complex-subunit-12-regulates-protein-synthesis-pathways
#16
Alexander K Kheirallah, Cornelia H de Moor, Alen Faiz, Ian Sayers, Ian P Hall
BACKGROUND: Genetic studies of human lung function and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease have identified a highly significant and reproducible signal on 4q24. It remains unclear which of the two candidate genes within this locus may regulate lung function: GSTCD, a gene with unknown function, and/or INTS12, a member of the Integrator Complex which is currently thought to mediate 3'end processing of small nuclear RNAs. RESULTS: We found that, in lung tissue, 4q24 polymorphisms associated with lung function correlate with INTS12 but not neighbouring GSTCD expression...
March 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334152/repeated-and-diverse-losses-of-corolla-bilateral-symmetry-in-the-lamiaceae
#17
Jinshun Zhong, Jill C Preston, Lena C Hileman, Elizabeth A Kellogg
Background and Aims: Independent evolution of derived complex characters provides a unique opportunity to assess whether and how similar genetic changes correlate with morphological convergence. Bilaterally symmetrical corollas have evolved multiple times independently from radially symmetrical ancestors and likely represent adaptations to attract specific pollinators. On the other hand, losses of bilateral corolla symmetry have occurred sporadically in various groups, due to either modification of bilaterally symmetrical corollas in late development or early establishment of radial symmetry...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333945/environmental-reservoirs-of-pathogenic-mycobacteria-across-the-ethiopian-biogeographical-landscape
#18
Hayley C King, Tanya Khera-Butler, Phillip James, Brian B Oakley, Girume Erenso, Abraham Aseffa, Rob Knight, Elizabeth M Wellington, Orin Courtenay
The Mycobacterium genus comprises over one-hundred-and-fifty recognised species, the majority of which reside in the environment and many of which can be pathogenic to mammals. Some species of environmental mycobacteria may interfere with BCG vaccination efficacy and in tuberculin test interpretation. Examining biogeographic trends in the distribution of members of the mycobacteria across a number of physicochemical and spatial gradients in soil and water environments across Ethiopia using oligotyping identified differential distributions of pathogenic and significant species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333320/cross-resistance-to-lincosamides-streptogramins-a-and-pleuromutilins-in-streptococcus-agalactiae-isolates-from-the-usa
#19
Paulina A Hawkins, Caitlin S Law, Benjamin J Metcalf, Sopio Chochua, Delois M Jackson, Lars F Westblade, Robert Jerris, Bernard W Beall, Lesley McGee
Background: Streptococcus agalactiae (Group B Streptococcus, GBS) is a leading cause of meningitis, sepsis and pneumonia in neonates in the United States. GBS also causes invasive disease in older infants, pregnant women, children and young adults with underlying medical conditions, and older adults. Resistance to lincosamides in the absence of erythromycin resistance is rare in GBS, but has been previously reported in clinical isolates, both on its own or in combination with resistance to streptogramins A and pleuromutilins (L/LSA/LSAP phenotypes)...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333195/genome-wide-genetic-analyses-highlight-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-mapk-signaling-in-the-pathogenesis-of-endometriosis
#20
Outi Uimari, Nilufer Rahmioglu, Dale R Nyholt, Katy Vincent, Stacey A Missmer, Christian Becker, Andrew P Morris, Grant W Montgomery, Krina T Zondervan
STUDY QUESTION: Do genome-wide association study (GWAS) data for endometriosis provide insight into novel biological pathways associated with its pathogenesis? SUMMARY ANSWER: GWAS analysis uncovered multiple pathways that are statistically enriched for genetic association signals, analysis of Stage A disease highlighted a novel variant in MAP3K4, while top pathways significantly associated with all endometriosis and Stage A disease included several mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK)-related pathways...
February 9, 2017: Human Reproduction
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