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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103318/static-and-evolving-norovirus-genotypes-implications-for-epidemiology-and-immunity
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Gabriel I Parra, R Burke Squires, Consolee K Karangwa, Jordan A Johnson, Cara Lepore, Stanislav V Sosnovtsev, Kim Y Green
Noroviruses are major pathogens associated with acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Their RNA genomes are diverse, with two major genogroups (GI and GII) comprised of at least 28 genotypes associated with human disease. To elucidate mechanisms underlying norovirus diversity and evolution, we used a large-scale genomics approach to analyze human norovirus sequences. Comparison of over 2000 nearly full-length ORF2 sequences representing most of the known GI and GII genotypes infecting humans showed a limited number (≤5) of distinct intra-genotypic variants within each genotype, with the exception of GII...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103238/weak-genetic-structure-in-northern-african-dromedary-camels-reflects-their-unique-evolutionary-history
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Youcef Amine Cherifi, Suheil Bechir Semir Gaouar, Rosangela Guastamacchia, Khalid Ahmed El-Bahrawy, Asmaa Mohammed Aly Abushady, Abdoallah Aboelnasr Sharaf, Derradji Harek, Giovanni Michele Lacalandra, Nadhira Saïdi-Mehtar, Elena Ciani
Knowledge on genetic diversity and structure of camel populations is fundamental for sustainable herd management and breeding program implementation in this species. Here we characterized a total of 331 camels from Northern Africa, representative of six populations and thirteen Algerian and Egyptian geographic regions, using 20 STR markers. The nineteen polymorphic loci displayed an average of 9.79 ± 5.31 alleles, ranging from 2 (CVRL8) to 24 (CVRL1D). Average He was 0.647 ± 0.173. Eleven loci deviated significantly from Hardy-Weinberg proportions (P<0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103060/a-new-algorithm-using-the-non-dominated-tree-to-improve-non-dominated-sorting
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Patrik Gustavsson, Anna Syberfeldt
Non-dominated sorting is a technique often used in evolutionary algorithms to determine the quality of solutions in a population. The most common algorithm is the Fast Non-dominated Sort (FNS). This algorithm, however, has the drawback that its performance deteriorates when the population size grows. The same drawback applies also to other non-dominating sorting algorithms such as the Efficient Non-dominated Sort with Binary Strategy (ENS-BS). An algorithm suggested to overcome this drawback is the Divide-and-Conquer Non-dominated Sort (DCNS) which works well on a limited number of objectives but deteriorates when the number of objectives grows...
January 19, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102248/tracing-the-peopling-of-the-world-through-genomics
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Rasmus Nielsen, Joshua M Akey, Mattias Jakobsson, Jonathan K Pritchard, Sarah Tishkoff, Eske Willerslev
Advances in the sequencing and the analysis of the genomes of both modern and ancient peoples have facilitated a number of breakthroughs in our understanding of human evolutionary history. These include the discovery of interbreeding between anatomically modern humans and extinct hominins; the development of an increasingly detailed description of the complex dispersal of modern humans out of Africa and their population expansion worldwide; and the characterization of many of the genetic adaptions of humans to local environmental conditions...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101534/pathogenicity-determinants-of-the-human-malaria-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum-have-ancient-origins
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Andrew J Brazier, Marion Avril, Maria Bernabeu, Maxwell Benjamin, Joseph D Smith
Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the human malaria parasites, is a member of the Laverania subgenus that also infects African Great Apes. The virulence of P. falciparum is related to cytoadhesion of infected erythrocytes in microvasculature, but the origin of dangerous parasite adhesion traits is poorly understood. To investigate the evolutionary history of the P. falciparum cytoadhesion pathogenicity determinant, we studied adhesion domains from the chimpanzee malaria parasite P. reichenowi. We demonstrate that the P...
January 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100823/conspicuous-plumage-colours-are-highly-variable
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Kaspar Delhey, Beatrice Szecsenyi, Shinichi Nakagawa, Anne Peters
Elaborate ornamental traits are often under directional selection for greater elaboration, which in theory should deplete underlying genetic variation. Despite this, many ornamental traits appear to remain highly variable and how this essential variation is maintained is a key question in evolutionary biology. One way to address this question is to compare differences in intraspecific variability across different types of traits to determine whether high levels of variation are associated with specific trait characteristics...
January 25, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100708/the-origin-of-floral-organ-identity-quartets
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Philip Ruelens, Zhicheng Zhang, Hilda van Mourik, Steven Maere, Kerstin Kaufmann, Koen Geuten
The origin of flowers has puzzled plant biologists ever since Darwin referred to their sudden appearance in the fossil record as an abominable mystery. Flowers are considered to be an assembly of protective, attractive and reproductive male and female leaf-like organs. Their origin cannot be understood by a morphological comparison to gymnosperms, their closest relatives, which develop separate male or female cones. Despite these morphological differences, gymnosperms and angiosperms possess a similar genetic toolbox consisting of phylogenetically related MADS-domain proteins...
January 18, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100665/co-option-of-bacteriophage-lysozyme-genes-by-bivalve-genomes
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Qian Ren, Chunyang Wang, Min Jin, Jiangfeng Lan, Ting Ye, Kaimin Hui, Jingmin Tan, Zheng Wang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Wen Wang, Guan-Zhu Han
Eukaryotes have occasionally acquired genetic material through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). However, little is known about the evolutionary and functional significance of such acquisitions. Lysozymes are ubiquitous enzymes that degrade bacterial cell walls. Here, we provide evidence that two subclasses of bivalves (Heterodonta and Palaeoheterodonta) acquired a lysozyme gene via HGT, building on earlier findings. Phylogenetic analyses place the bivalve lysozyme genes within the clade of bacteriophage lysozyme genes, indicating that the bivalves acquired the phage-type lysozyme genes from bacteriophages, either directly or through intermediate hosts...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100647/marpodb-an-open-registry-for-marchantia-polymorpha-genetic-parts
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Mihails Delmans, Bernardo Pollak, Jim Haseloff
Marchantia polymorpha is an extant relative of the earliest terrestrial plants and has attracted a substantial interest as a model organism for evolutionary and developmental studies. Given its relatively simple genome, compact gene families, simple morphology, ease of propagation and transformation, M. polymorpha is becoming a promising platform for plant synthetic biology. Modular genetic parts have been essential for development of synthetic biology approaches, so we sought to design an engineering oriented database for M...
January 18, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100614/human-rhinovirus-diversity-and-evolution-how-strange-the-change-from-major-to-minor
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Nicole Lewis-Rogers, Jon Seger, Frederick R Adler
: Rhinoviruses are the most common cause of the common cold. Their many distinct lineages fall into "major" and "minor" groups that use different cell-surface receptors to enter host cells. Minor-group rhinoviruses are more immunogenic in laboratory studies, although their patterns of transmission and their cold symptoms are broadly similar to those of the major group. Here we present evolutionary evidence that minor-group viruses are also more immunogenic in humans. A key finding is that rates of amino-acid substitution at exposed sites in the capsid proteins VP2, VP3 and VP1 tend to be elevated in minor-group relative to major-group viruses, while rates at buried sites show no consistent differences...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100184/cnvs-into-the-wild-screening-the-genomes-of-conifer-trees-picea-spp-reveals-fewer-gene-copy-number-variations-in-hybrids-and-links-to-adaptation
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Julien Prunier, Sébastien Caron, John MacKay
BACKGROUND: Copy number variations (CNVs) have been linked to different phenotypes in human, including many diseases. A genome-scale understanding of CNVs is available in a few plants but none are wild species, leaving a knowledge gap regarding their genome biology and evolutionary role. We developed a reliable CNV detection method for species lacking contiguous reference genome. We selected multiple probes within 14,078 gene sequences and developed comparative genome hybridization on arrays...
January 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100168/effects-of-pleistocene-sea-level-fluctuations-on-mangrove-population-dynamics-a-lesson-from-sonneratia-alba
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Yuchen Yang, Jianfang Li, Shuhuan Yang, Xinnian Li, Lu Fang, Cairong Zhong, Norman C Duke, Renchao Zhou, Suhua Shi
BACKGROUND: A large-scale systematical investigation of the influence of Pleistocene climate oscillation on mangrove population dynamics could enrich our knowledge about the evolutionary history during times of historical climate change, which in turn may provide important information for their conservation. RESULTS: In this study, phylogeography of a mangrove tree Sonneratia alba was studied by sequencing three chloroplast fragments and seven nuclear genes. A low level of genetic diversity at the population level was detected across its range, especially at the range margins, which was mainly attributed to the steep sea-level drop and associated climate fluctuations during the Pleistocene glacial periods...
January 18, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100017/subspecies-delineation-amid-phenotypic-geographic-and-genetic-discordance-in-a-songbird
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Jennifer Walsh, Irby J Lovette, Virginia Winder, Chris S Elphick, Brian J Olsen, W Gregory Shriver, Adrienne I Kovach
Understanding the processes that drive divergence within and among species is a long-standing goal in evolutionary biology. Traditional approaches to assessing differentiation rely on phenotypes to identify intra- and interspecific variation, but many species express subtle morphological gradients in which boundaries among forms are unclear. This intraspecific variation may be driven by differential adaptation to local conditions and may thereby reflect the evolutionary potential within a species. Here, we combine genetic and morphological data to evaluate intraspecific variation within the Nelson's (Ammodramus nelsoni) and saltmarsh (A...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100011/association-mapping-of-morphological-traits-in-wild-and-captive-zebra-finches-reliable-within-but-not-between-populations
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Ulrich Knief, Holger Schielzeth, Niclas Backström, Georg Hemmrich-Stanisak, Michael Wittig, Andre Franke, Simon C Griffith, Hans Ellegren, Bart Kempenaers, Wolfgang Forstmeier
Identifying causal genetic variants underlying heritable phenotypic variation is a longstanding goal in evolutionary genetics. We previously identified several quantitative trait loci (QTL) for five morphological traits in a captive population of zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) by whole-genome linkage mapping. We here follow up on these studies with the aim to narrow down on the quantitative trait variants (QTN) in one wild and three captive populations. First, we performed an association study using 672 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within candidate genes located in the previously identified QTL regions in a sample of 939 wild-caught zebra finches...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099784/investigating-the-extent-of-parallelism-in-morphological-and-genomic-divergence-among-lake-trout-ecotypes-in-lake-superior
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Alysse Perreault-Payette, Andrew M Muir, Frederick Goetz, Charles Perrier, Eric Normandeau, Pascal Sirois, Louis Bernatchez
Understanding the emergence of species through the process of ecological speciation is a central question in evolutionary biology which also has implications for conservation and management. Lake Trout (Salvelinus namaycush) is renowned for the occurrence of different ecotypes linked to resource and habitat use throughout North America. We aimed to unravel the fine genetic structure of the four Lake Trout ecotypes in Lake Superior. A total of 486 individuals from four sites were genotyped at 6822 filtered SNPs using RADseq technology...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099782/back-to-basics-using-colour-polymorphisms-to-study-evolutionary-processes
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Erik I Svensson
Here, I suggest that colour polymorphic study systems have been underutilized to answer general questions about evolutionary process, such as morph frequency-dynamics between generations and population divergence in morph frequencies. Colour polymorphisms can be used to study fundamental evolutionary processes like frequency-dependent selection, gene flow, recombination and correlational selection for adaptive character combinations. However, many previous studies of colour polymorphism often suffer from weak connections to population genetic theory...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099770/cryptic-lineages-of-a-common-alpine-mayfly-show-strong-life-history-divergence
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Marie Leys, Irene Keller, Christopher T Robinson, Katja Räsänen
Understanding ecological divergence of morphologically similar but genetically distinct species ̶ previously considered as a single morphospecies ̶ is of key importance in evolutionary ecology and conservation biology. Despite their morphological similarity, cryptic species may have evolved distinct adaptations. If such ecological divergence is unaccounted for, any predictions about their responses to environmental change and biodiversity loss may be biased. We used spatio-temporally replicated field surveys of larval cohort structure and population genetic analyses (using nuclear microsatellite markers) to test for life history divergence between two cryptic lineages of the alpine mayfly Baetis alpinus in the Swiss Alps...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099513/the-tetraspanin-associated-uroplakins-family-upk2-3-is-evolutionarily-related-to-ptprq-a-phosphotyrosine-phosphatase-receptor
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Javier U Chicote, Rob DeSalle, José Segarra, Tung-Tien Sun, Antonio García-España
Uroplakins are a widespread group of vertebrate integral membrane proteins that belong to two different families: UPK1a and UPK1b belong to the large tetraspanin (TSPAN) gene family, and UPK3a, UPK3b, UPK3c, UPK3d, UPK2a and UPK2b form a family of their own, the UPK2/3 tetraspanin-associated family. In a previous study, we reported that uroplakins first appeared in vertebrates, and that uroplakin tetraspanins (UPK1a and UPK1b) should have originated by duplication of an ancestor tetraspanin gene. However, the evolutionary origin of the UPK2/3 family remains unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099466/biogeography-in-cellana-patellogastropoda-nacellidae-with-special-emphasis-on-the-relationships-of-southern-hemisphere-oceanic-island-species
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Claudio A González-Wevar, Tomoyuki Nakano, Alvaro Palma, Elie Poulin
Oceanic islands lacking connections to other land are extremely isolated from sources of potential colonists and have acquired their biota mainly through dispersal from geographically distant areas. Hence, isolated island biota constitutes interesting models to infer biogeographical mechanisms of dispersal, colonization, differentiation, and speciation. Limpets of the genus Cellana (Nacellidae: Patellogastropoda) show limited dispersal capacity but are broadly distributed across the Indo-Pacific including many endemic species in isolated oceanic islands...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098347/evolutionary-origin-of-phytochrome-responses-and-signaling-in-land-plants
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Keisuke Inoue, Ryuichi Nishihama, Takayuki Kohchi
Phytochromes comprise one of the major photoreceptor families in plants, and they regulate many aspects of plant growth and development throughout the plant life cycle. A canonical land plant phytochrome originated in the common ancestor of streptophytes. Phytochromes have diversified in seed plants and some basal land plants due to lineage-specific gene duplications that occurred during the course of land plant evolution. Molecular genetic analyses using Arabidopsis thaliana suggested that there are two types of phytochromes in angiosperms, light-labile type I and light-stable type II, which have different signaling mechanisms and which regulate distinct responses...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
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