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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352746/the-common-bean-cok-4-and-the-arabidopsis-fer-kinase-domain-share-similar-function-in-plant-growth-and-defense
#1
Rafhael Felipin Azevedo, Maria Celeste Gonçalves Vidigal, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Maeli Melotto
Receptor-like kinases are membrane proteins that can be shared by diverse signaling pathways. Among them, the Arabidopsis thaliana FERONIA (FER) plays a role in the balance between distinct signals to control growth and defense. We have found that COK-4, a putative kinase encoded in the common bean anthracnose resistance locus Co-4 that is transcriptionally regulated during immune response, is highly similar to the kinase domain of FER. To assess whether COK-4 is a functional ortholog of FER, we expressed COK-4 in the wild type Col-0 and the fer-5 mutant of Arabidopsis and evaluated FER-associated traits...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352089/cryptic-production-of-trans-3-hydroxyproline-in-echinocandin-b-biosynthesis
#2
Johanna Mattay, Stefanie Houwaart, Wolfgang Hüttel
Echinocandins are antifungal nonribosomal hexapeptides produced by fungi. Two of the amino acids are hydroxy-l-prolines: trans-4-hydroxy-l-proline and, in most echinocandin structures, (trans-2,3)-3-hydroxy-(trans-2,4)-4-methyl-l-proline. In the case of echinocandin biosynthesis by Glarea lozoyensis, both amino acids are found in pneumocandin A0, while in pneumocandin B0 the latter residue is substituted by trans-3- hydroxy-l-proline (3-Hyp). We have recently reported that all three amino acids are generated by the 2-oxoglutarate-dependent proline hydroxylase GloF...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351990/saa3-is-a-key-mediator-of-the-protumorigenic-properties-of-cancer-associated-fibroblasts-in-pancreatic-tumors
#3
Magdolna Djurec, Osvaldo Graña, Albert Lee, Kevin Troulé, Elisa Espinet, Lavinia Cabras, Carolina Navas, María Teresa Blasco, Laura Martín-Díaz, Miranda Burdiel, Jing Li, Zhaoqi Liu, Mireia Vallespinós, Francisco Sanchez-Bueno, Martin R Sprick, Andreas Trumpp, Bruno Sainz, Fátima Al-Shahrour, Raul Rabadan, Carmen Guerra, Mariano Barbacid
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is characterized by the presence of abundant desmoplastic stroma primarily composed of cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs). It is generally accepted that CAFs stimulate tumor progression and might be implicated in drug resistance and immunosuppression. Here, we have compared the transcriptional profile of PDGFRα+ CAFs isolated from genetically engineered mouse PDAC tumors with that of normal pancreatic fibroblasts to identify genes potentially implicated in their protumorigenic properties...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351800/drug-resistance-genes-pvcrt-o-and-pvmdr-1-polymorphism-in-patients-from-malaria-endemic-south-western-coastal-region-of-india
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Shiny Joy, Benudhar Mukhi, Susanta K Ghosh, Rajeshwara N Achur, D Channe Gowda, Namita Surolia
BACKGROUND: Malaria is highly prevalent in many parts of India and is mostly caused by the parasite species Plasmodium vivax followed by Plasmodium falciparum. Chloroquine (CQ) is the first-line treatment for blood stage P. vivax parasites, but cases of drug resistance to CQ have been reported from India. One of the surveillance strategies which is used to monitor CQ drug resistance, is the analysis of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of the associated gene markers. Susceptibility to CQ can also be determined by copy number assessment of multidrug resistant gene (mdr-1)...
January 19, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351742/herv-w-group-evolutionary-history-in-non-human-primates-characterization-of-erv-w-orthologs-in-catarrhini-and-related-erv-groups-in-platyrrhini
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Nicole Grandi, Marta Cadeddu, Jonas Blomberg, Jens Mayer, Enzo Tramontano
BACKGROUND: The genomes of all vertebrates harbor remnants of ancient retroviral infections, having affected the germ line cells during the last 100 million years. These sequences, named Endogenous Retroviruses (ERVs), have been transmitted to the offspring in a Mendelian way, being relatively stable components of the host genome even long after their exogenous counterparts went extinct. Among human ERVs (HERVs), the HERV-W group is of particular interest for our physiology and pathology...
January 19, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351733/glutamate-synthases-from-conifers-gene-structure-and-phylogenetic-studies
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Ángel García-Gutiérrez, Francisco M Cánovas, Concepción Ávila
BACKGROUND: Plants synthesize glutamate from ammonium by the combined activity of the enzymes glutamine synthetase (GS) and glutamate synthase (GOGAT) through the glutamate synthase cycle. In plants, there are two forms of glutamate synthases that differ in their electron donors, NADH-GOGAT (EC 1.4.1.14) and Fd-GOGAT (EC 1.4.7.1), which have differential roles either in primary ammonia assimilation or in the reassimilation of ammonium from different catabolic processes. Glutamate synthases are complex iron-sulfur flavoproteins containing functional domains involved in the control and coordination of their catalytic activities in annual plants...
January 19, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351565/sumo-targeting-of-a-stress-tolerant-ulp1-sumo-protease
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Jennifer Peek, Catherine Harvey, Dreux Gray, Danny Rosenberg, Likhitha Kolla, Reuben Levy-Myers, Rui Yin, Jonathan L McMurry, Oliver Kerscher
SUMO proteases of the SENP/Ulp family are master regulators of both sumoylation and desumoylation and regulate SUMO homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. SUMO conjugates rapidly increase in response to cellular stress, including nutrient starvation, hypoxia, osmotic stress, DNA damage, heat shock, and other proteotoxic stressors. Nevertheless, little is known about the regulation and targeting of SUMO proteases during stress. To this end we have undertaken a detailed comparison of the SUMO-binding activity of the budding yeast protein Ulp1 (ScUlp1) and its ortholog in the thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus, KmUlp1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349631/promoter-analysis-of-the-fish-gene-of-slow-cardiac-type-myosin-heavy-chain-implicated-in-specification-of-muscle-fiber-types
#8
Shigeharu Kinoshita, Saltuk Bugrahan Ceyhun, Asaduzzamann Md, Bhuiyan Sharmin Siddique, Dadasaheb B Akolkar, Shuichi Asakawa, Shugo Watabe
Vertebrate skeletal muscles consist of heterogeneous tissues containing various types of muscle fibers, where specification of the fiber type is crucial for muscle development. Fish are an attractive experimental model to study the mechanisms of such fiber type specification because of the separated localization of slow and fast muscles in the trunk myotome. We examined regulation of expression of the torafugu gene of slow/cardiac-type myosin heavy chain, MYH M5 , and isolated an operational promoter in order to force its tissue-specific expression across different fish species via the transgenic approach in zebrafish and medaka...
January 18, 2018: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349608/comparative-transcriptomics-uncovers-differences-in-photoautotrophic-versus-photoheterotrophic-modes-of-nutrition-in-relation-to-secondary-metabolites-biosynthesis-in-swertia-chirayita
#9
Tarun Pal, Jibesh Kumar Padhan, Pawan Kumar, Hemant Sood, Rajinder S Chauhan
Swertia chirayita is a high-value medicinal herb exhibiting antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, anticancer, antiediematogenic and antipyretic properties. Scarcity of its plant material has necessitated in vitro production of therapeutic metabolites; however, their yields were low compared to field grown plants. Possible reasons for this could be differences in physiological and biochemical processes between plants grown in photoautotrophic versus photoheterotrophic modes of nutrition. Comparative transcriptomes of S...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349599/evolution-of-eukaryal-and-archaeal-pseudouridine-synthase-pus10
#10
Elisabeth Fitzek, Archi Joardar, Ramesh Gupta, Matt Geisler
In archaea, pseudouridine (Ψ) synthase Pus10 modifies uridine (U) to Ψ at positions 54 and 55 of tRNA. In contrast, Pus10 is not found in bacteria, where modifications at those two positions are carried out by TrmA (U54 to m5U54) and TruB (U55 to Ψ55). Many eukaryotes have an apparent redundancy; their genomes contain orthologs of archaeal Pus10 and bacterial TrmA and TruB. Although eukaryal Pus10 genes share a conserved catalytic domain with archaeal Pus10 genes, their biological roles are not clear for the two reasons...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348201/solution-structure-of-sperm-lysin-yields-novel-insights-into-molecular-dynamics-of-rapid-protein-evolution
#11
Damien B Wilburn, Lisa M Tuttle, Rachel E Klevit, Willie J Swanson
Protein evolution is driven by the sum of different physiochemical and genetic processes that usually results in strong purifying selection to maintain biochemical functions. However, proteins that are part of systems under arms race dynamics often evolve at unparalleled rates that can produce atypical biochemical properties. In the marine mollusk abalone, lysin and vitelline envelope receptor for lysin (VERL) are a pair of rapidly coevolving proteins that are essential for species-specific interactions between sperm and egg...
January 18, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346364/mutations-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-neuroligin-like-glit-1-the-apoptosis-pathway-and-the-calcium-chaperone-crt-1-increase-dopaminergic-neurodegeneration-after-6-ohda-treatment
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Sarah-Lena Offenburger, Elisabeth Jongsma, Anton Gartner
The loss of dopaminergic neurons is a hallmark of Parkinson's disease, the aetiology of which is associated with increased levels of oxidative stress. We used C. elegans to screen for genes that protect dopaminergic neurons against oxidative stress and isolated glit-1 (gliotactin (Drosophila neuroligin-like) homologue). Loss of the C. elegans neuroligin-like glit-1 causes increased dopaminergic neurodegeneration after treatment with 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA), an oxidative-stress inducing drug that is specifically taken up into dopaminergic neurons...
January 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346089/genererating-a-core-cluster-of-fasciola-hepatica-virulence-and-immunomodulation-related-genes-using-a-comparative-in-silico-approach
#13
Orçun Haçarız, Gearóid P Sayers
A total of 71 virulence and immunomodulation-related transcripts (VIRs) of Fasciola hepatica have been previously proposed (Haçarız et al., 2015). In an attempt to further refine this cohort, an in silico meta analysis approach was carried out using publicly available sequence data of related liver flukes, Clonorchis sinensis and Opisthorchis viverrini. Data of both liver flukes were investigated in terms of sequential homology with data of non-parasitic organisms, pathogens and VIRs of F. hepatica, directional selection (Ka/Ks), and cytokine signaling relation (protein motif based)...
December 28, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344086/correlation-of-structure-function-and-protein-dynamics-in-gh7-cellobiohydrolases-from-trichoderma-atroviride-t-reesei-and-t-harzianum
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Anna S Borisova, Elena V Eneyskaya, Suvamay Jana, Silke F Badino, Jeppe Kari, Antonella Amore, Magnus Karlsson, Henrik Hansson, Mats Sandgren, Michael E Himmel, Peter Westh, Christina M Payne, Anna A Kulminskaya, Jerry Ståhlberg
Background: The ascomycete fungus Trichoderma reesei is the predominant source of enzymes for industrial conversion of lignocellulose. Its glycoside hydrolase family 7 cellobiohydrolase (GH7 CBH) TreCel7A constitutes nearly half of the enzyme cocktail by weight and is the major workhorse in the cellulose hydrolysis process. The orthologs from Trichoderma atroviride (TatCel7A) and Trichoderma harzianum (ThaCel7A) show high sequence identity with TreCel7A, ~ 80%, and represent naturally evolved combinations of cellulose-binding tunnel-enclosing loop motifs, which have been suggested to influence intrinsic cellobiohydrolase properties, such as endo-initiation, processivity, and off-rate...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343515/discovery-of-genes-required-for-lipoteichoic-acid-glycosylation-predicts-two-distinct-mechanism-for-wall-teichoic-acid-glycosylation
#15
Jeanine Rismondo, Matthew G Percy, Angelika Gründling
The bacterial cell wall is an important and highly complex structure that is essential for bacterial growth because it protects bacteria from cell lysis and environmental insults. A typical Gram-positive bacterial cell wall is composed of peptidoglycan and the secondary cell wall polymers, wall teichoic acid (WTA) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA). In many Gram-positive bacteria, LTA is a polyglycerol-phosphate chain that is decorated with D-alanine and sugar residues. However, the function of and proteins responsible for the glycosylation of LTA are either unknown or not well-characterized...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343513/using-genetic-buffering-relationships-identified-in-fission-yeast-to-reveal-susceptibilities-in-cells-lacking-hamartin-or-tuberin-function
#16
Ashyad Rayhan, Adam Faller, Ryan Chevalier, Alannah Mattice, Jim Karagiannis
Tuberous sclerosis complex is an autosomal dominant disorder characterized by benign tumors arising from the abnormal activation of mTOR signaling in cells lacking TSC1 (hamartin) or TSC2 (tuberin) activity. To expand the genetic framework surrounding this group of growth regulators, we utilized the model eukaryote Schizosaccharomyces pombe to uncover and characterize genes that buffer the phenotypic effects of mutations in the orthologous tsc1 or tsc2 loci. Our study identified two genes: fft3 (encoding a DNA helicase) and ypa1 (encoding a peptidyle-prolyl cis/trans isomerase)...
January 17, 2018: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343494/uncovering-genomic-regions-associated-with-trypanosoma-infections-in-wild-populations-of-the-tsetse-fly-glossina-fuscipes
#17
Andrea Gloria-Soria, W Augustine Dunn, Xiaoqing Yu, Aurélien Vigneron, Kuang-Yao Lee, Mo Li, Brian L Weiss, Hongyu Zhao, Serap Aksoy, Adalgisa Caccone
Vector-borne diseases are responsible for more than one million deaths every year but genomic resources for most species responsible for their transmission are limited. This is true for neglected diseases such as sleeping sickness (Human African Trypanosomiasis), a disease caused by Trypanosoma parasites vectored by several species of tseste flies within the genus Glossina We describe an integrative approach that identifies statistical associations between trypanosome infection status of Glossina fuscipes fuscipes (Gff) flies from Uganda, for which functional studies are complicated because the species cannot be easily maintained in laboratory colonies, and ~73,000 polymorphic sites distributed across the genome...
January 17, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342236/magnamwar-an-r-package-for-genome-wide-association-studies-of-bacterial-orthologs
#18
Corinne E Sexton, Hayden Z Smith, Peter D Newell, Angela E Douglas, John M Chaston
Summary: Here we report on an R package for genome-wide association studies of orthologous genes in bacteria. Before using the software, orthologs from bacterial genomes or metagenomes are defined using local or online implementations of OrthoMCL. These presence-absence patterns are statistically associated with variation in user-collected phenotypes using the Mono-Associated GNotobiotic Animals Metagenome-Wide Association R package (MAGNAMWAR). Genotype-phenotype associations can be performed with several different statistical tests based on the type and distribution of the data...
January 12, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340581/gene-turnover-and-diversification-of-the-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-globin-gene-families-in-sauropsid-vertebrates
#19
Federico G Hoffmann, Michael W Vandewege, Jay F Storz, Juan C Opazo
The genes that encode the α- and β-chain subunits of vertebrate hemoglobin have served as a model system for elucidating general principles of gene family evolution, but little is known about patterns of evolution in amniotes other than mammals and birds. Here we report a comparative genomic analysis of the α- and β-globin gene clusters in sauropsids (archosaurs and nonavian reptiles). The objectives were to characterize changes in the size and membership composition of the α- and β-globin gene families within and among the major sauropsid lineages, to reconstruct the evolutionary history of the sauropsid α- and β-globin genes, to resolve orthologous relationships, and to reconstruct evolutionary changes in the developmental regulation of gene expression...
January 11, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340253/rbiomirgs-an-all-in-one-mirna-gene-set-analysis-solution-featuring-target-mrna-mapping-and-expression-profile-integration
#20
Jing Zhang, Kenneth B Storey
Background: With the continuous discovery of microRNA's (miRNA) association with a wide range of biological and cellular processes, expression profile-based functional characterization of such post-transcriptional regulation is crucial for revealing its significance behind particular phenotypes. Profound advancement in bioinformatics has been made to enable in depth investigation of miRNA's role in regulating cellular and molecular events, resulting in a huge quantity of software packages covering different aspects of miRNA functional analysis...
2018: PeerJ
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