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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346682/receptor-usage-of-a-novel-bat-lineage-c-betacoronavirus-reveals-evolution-of-mers-related-coronavirus-spike-proteins-for-human-dpp4-binding
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Susanna K P Lau, Libiao Zhang, Hayes K H Luk, Lifeng Xiong, Xingwen Peng, Kenneth S M Li, Xiangyang He, Pyrear Su-Hui Zhao, Rachel Y Y Fan, Antonio C P Wong, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Jian-Piao Cai, Jasper F W Chan, Yinyan Sun, Dongyan Jin, Honglin Chen, Terrence C K Lau, Raven K H Kok, Wenhui Li, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Patrick C Y Woo
Although bats are known to harbor MERS-CoV-related viruses, the role of bats in the evolutionary origin and pathway remains obscure. We identified a novel MERS-CoV-related betacoronavirus, Hp-BatCoV HKU25, from Chinese pipistrelle bats. While being closely related to MERS-CoV in most genome regions, its spike protein occupies a phylogenetic position between that of Ty-BatCoV HKU4 and Pi-BatCoV HKU5. Since Ty-BatCoV HKU4 but not Pi-BatCoV HKU5 can utilize MERS-CoV receptor, hDPP4, for cell entry, we tested the ability of Hp-BatCoV HKU25 to bind and utilize hDPP4...
January 16, 2018: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344267/break-breast-cancer-addiction-by-crispr-cas9-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Haitao Yang, MariaLynn Jaeger, Averi Walker, Daniel Wei, Katie Leiker, Tao Weitao
Breast cancer is the leading diagnosed cancer for women globally. Evolution of breast cancer in tumorigenesis, metastasis and treatment resistance appears to be driven by the aberrant gene expression and protein degradation encoded by the cancer genomes. The uncontrolled cancer growth relies on these cellular events, thus constituting the cancerous programs and rendering the addiction towards them. These programs are likely the potential anticancer biomarkers for Personalized Medicine of breast cancer. This review intends to delineate the impact of the CRSPR/Cas-mediated genome editing in identification and validation of these anticancer biomarkers...
2018: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343939/kinetics-of-procalcitonin-in-pediatric-patients-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
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REVIEW
Sara Bobillo, Javier Rodríguez-Fanjul, Anna Solé, Julio Moreno, Mònica Balaguer, Elisabeth Esteban, Francisco José Cambra, Iolanda Jordan
Objectives: To assess the kinetics of procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) in pediatric patients who required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and to analyze its relationship with morbidity and mortality. Patients and methods: Prospective observational study including pediatric patients who required ECMO. Both PCT and CRP were sequentially drawn before ECMO (P0) and until 72 hours after ECMO. Results: A total of 40 patients were recruited...
2018: Biomarker Insights
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343788/multiple-losses-of-photosynthesis-and-convergent-reductive-genome-evolution-in-the-colourless-green-algae-prototheca
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Shigekatsu Suzuki, Rikiya Endoh, Ri-Ichiroh Manabe, Moriya Ohkuma, Yoshihisa Hirakawa
Autotrophic eukaryotes have evolved by the endosymbiotic uptake of photosynthetic organisms. Interestingly, many algae and plants have secondarily lost the photosynthetic activity despite its great advantages. Prototheca and Helicosporidium are non-photosynthetic green algae possessing colourless plastids. The plastid genomes of Prototheca wickerhamii and Helicosporidium sp. are highly reduced owing to the elimination of genes related to photosynthesis. To gain further insight into the reductive genome evolution during the shift from a photosynthetic to a heterotrophic lifestyle, we sequenced the plastid and nuclear genomes of two Prototheca species, P...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343761/a-high-throughput-approach-for-the-generation-of-orthogonally-interacting-protein-pairs
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Justin Lawrie, Xi Song, Wei Niu, Jiantao Guo
In contrast to the nearly error-free self-assembly of protein architectures in nature, artificial assembly of protein complexes with pre-defined structure and function in vitro is still challenging. To mimic nature's strategy to construct pre-defined three-dimensional protein architectures, highly specific protein-protein interacting pairs are needed. Here we report an effort to create an orthogonally interacting protein pair from its parental pair using a bacteria-based in vivo directed evolution strategy...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343217/ceratocystis-cacaofunesta-genome-analysis-reveals-a-large-expansion-of-extracellular-phosphatidylinositol-specific-phospholipase-c-genes-pi-plc
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Eddy Patricia Lopez Molano, Odalys García Cabrera, Juliana Jose, Leandro Costa do Nascimento, Marcelo Falsarella Carazzolle, Paulo José Pereira Lima Teixeira, Javier Correa Alvarez, Ricardo Augusto Tiburcio, Paulo Massanari Tokimatu Filho, Gustavo Machado Alvares de Lima, Rafael Victório Carvalho Guido, Thamy Lívia Ribeiro Corrêa, Adriana Franco Paes Leme, Piotr Mieczkowski, Gonçalo Amarante Guimarães Pereira
BACKGROUND: The Ceratocystis genus harbors a large number of phytopathogenic fungi that cause xylem parenchyma degradation and vascular destruction on a broad range of economically important plants. Ceratocystis cacaofunesta is a necrotrophic fungus responsible for lethal wilt disease in cacao. The aim of this work is to analyze the genome of C. cacaofunesta through a comparative approach with genomes of other Sordariomycetes in order to better understand the molecular basis of pathogenicity in the Ceratocystis genus...
January 17, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342959/structural-insights-in-multifunctional-papillomavirus-oncoproteins
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REVIEW
Irina Suarez, Gilles Trave
Since their discovery in the mid-eighties, the main papillomavirus oncoproteins E6 and E7 have been recalcitrant to high-resolution structure analysis. However, in the last decade a wealth of three-dimensional information has been gained on both proteins whether free or complexed to host target proteins. Here, we first summarize the diverse activities of these small multifunctional oncoproteins. Next, we review the available structural data and the new insights they provide about the evolution of E6 and E7, their multiple interactions and their functional variability across human papillomavirus (HPV) species...
January 15, 2018: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342939/deciphering-the-evolution-and-development-of-the-cuticle-by-studying-lipid-transfer-proteins-in-mosses-and-liverworts
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REVIEW
Tiina A Salminen, D Magnus Eklund, Valentin Joly, Kristina Blomqvist, Daniel P Matton, Johan Edqvist
When plants conquered land, they developed specialized organs, tissues, and cells in order to survive in this new and harsh terrestrial environment. New cell polymers such as the hydrophobic lipid-based polyesters cutin, suberin, and sporopollenin were also developed for protection against water loss, radiation, and other potentially harmful abiotic factors. Cutin and waxes are the main components of the cuticle, which is the waterproof layer covering the epidermis of many aerial organs of land plants. Although the in vivo functions of the group of lipid binding proteins known as lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are still rather unclear, there is accumulating evidence suggesting a role for LTPs in the transfer and deposition of monomers required for cuticle assembly...
January 15, 2018: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340900/xenin-the-oldest-after-insulin
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Alexander T Maryanovich, Dmitry Yu Kormilets, Andrey D Polyanovsky
Xenin is a regulatory peptide first isolated from the human gastric mucosa. Using an open-access protein database MEDLINE (33 million molecules; 11 billion amino acid residues) and our original computer program, we conducted a search for the xenin motifs in the primary structure of proteins across almost the entire taxonomic range of evolution. Motifs with 40% homology to human xenin are already present in prokaryotes. Homology reaches 84-96% in single-cell algae and plants, becoming complete since bony fishes...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340796/the-complete-plastome-of-macaw-palm-acrocomia-aculeata-jacq-lodd-ex-mart-and-extensive-molecular-analyses-of-the-evolution-of-plastid-genes-in-arecaceae
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Amanda de Santana Lopes, Túlio Gomes Pacheco, Tabea Nimz, Leila do Nascimento Vieira, Miguel P Guerra, Rubens O Nodari, Emanuel Maltempi de Souza, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa, Marcelo Rogalski
The plastome of macaw palm was sequenced allowing analyses of evolution and molecular markers. Additionally, we demonstrated that more than half of plastid protein-coding genes in Arecaceae underwent positive selection. Macaw palm is a native species from tropical and subtropical Americas. It shows high production of oil per hectare reaching up to 70% of oil content in fruits and an interesting plasticity to grow in different ecosystems. Its domestication and breeding are still in the beginning, which makes the development of molecular markers essential to assess natural populations and germplasm collections...
January 16, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340786/in-silico-identification-and-experimental-validation-of-amino-acid-motifs-required-for-the-rho-of-plants-gtpase-mediated-activation-of-receptor-like-cytoplasmic-kinases
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Dézi Bianka Lajkó, Ildikó Valkai, Mónika Domoki, Dalma Ménesi, Györgyi Ferenc, Ferhan Ayaydin, Attila Fehér
Several amino acid motifs required for Rop-dependent activity were found to form a common surface on RLCKVI_A kinases. This indicates a unique mechanism for Rho-type GTPase-mediated kinase activation in plants. Rho-of-plants (Rop) G-proteins are implicated in the regulation of various cellular processes, including cell growth, cell polarity, hormonal and pathogen responses. Our knowledge about the signalling pathways downstream of Rops is continuously increasing. However, there are still substantial gaps in this knowledge...
January 16, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340252/positive-selection-on-human-gamete-recognition-genes
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Michael W Hart, Daryn A Stover, Vanessa Guerra, Sahar V Mozaffari, Carole Ober, Carina F Mugal, Ingemar Kaj
Coevolution of genes that encode interacting proteins expressed on the surfaces of sperm and eggs can lead to variation in reproductive compatibility between mates and reproductive isolation between members of different species. Previous studies in mice and other mammals have focused in particular on evidence for positive or diversifying selection that shapes the evolution of genes that encode sperm-binding proteins expressed in the egg coat or zona pellucida (ZP). By fitting phylogenetic models of codon evolution to data from the 1000 Genomes Project, we identified candidate sites evolving under diversifying selection in the human genes ZP3 and ZP2...
2018: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339833/the-known-knowns-and-known-unknowns-of-extracellular-nm23-h1-ndpk-proteins
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REVIEW
Chris M Bunce, Farhat L Khanim
Nucleoside diphosphate kinases (NDPKs/NDK/NME) are a multifunctional class of proteins conserved throughout evolution. Whilst many of the functions of NDPKs have been identified as intracellular, extracellular eukaryotic and prokaryotic NDPK proteins are also detected in multiple systems and have been implicated in both normal physiology and disease. This review provides an overview of where the field stands on our developing understanding of how NDPK proteins get out of cells, the physiological role of extracellular NDPKs, and how extracellular NDPKs may signal to cells...
January 16, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339745/genomic-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-asian-honeybee-apis-cerana-provides-novel-insights-into-honeybee-biology
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Qingyun Diao, Liangxian Sun, Huajun Zheng, Zhijiang Zeng, Shengyue Wang, Shufa Xu, Huoqing Zheng, Yanping Chen, Yuanyuan Shi, Yuezhu Wang, Fei Meng, Qingliang Sang, Lianfei Cao, Fang Liu, Yongqiang Zhu, Wenfeng Li, Zhiguo Li, Congjie Dai, Minjun Yang, Shenglu Chen, Runsheng Chen, Shaowu Zhang, Jay D Evans, Qiang Huang, Jie Liu, Fuliang Hu, Songkun Su, Jie Wu
The Asian honeybee Apis cerana is one of two bee species that have been commercially kept with immense economic value. Here we present the analysis of genomic sequence and transcriptomic exploration for A. cerana as well as the comparative genomic analysis of the Asian honeybee and the European honeybee A. mellifera. The genome and RNA-seq data yield new insights into the behavioral and physiological resistance to the parasitic mite Varroa the evolution of antimicrobial peptides, and the genetic basis for labor division in A...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338715/landscape-genomics-natural-selection-drives-the-evolution-of-mitogenome-in-penguins
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Barbara Ramos, Daniel González-Acuña, David E Loyola, Warren E Johnson, Patricia G Parker, Melanie Massaro, Gisele P M Dantas, Marcelo D Miranda, Juliana A Vianna
BACKGROUND: Mitochondria play a key role in the balance of energy and heat production, and therefore the mitochondrial genome is under natural selection by environmental temperature and food availability, since starvation can generate more efficient coupling of energy production. However, selection over mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) genes has usually been evaluated at the population level. We sequenced by NGS 12 mitogenomes and with four published genomes, assessed genetic variation in ten penguin species distributed from the equator to Antarctica...
January 16, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338103/interrogating-protein-phosphatases-with-chemical-activity-probes
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Garrett Casey, Cliff Stains
Protein phosphatases, while long overlooked, have recently become appreciated as drivers of both normal- and disease-associated signaling events. As a result, the spotlight is now turning torwards this enzyme family and efforts geared towards the development of modern chemical tools for studying these enzymes are well underway. This minireview focuses on the evolution of chemical activity probes, both optical and covalent, for the study of protein phosphatases. Small-molecule probes, global monitoring of phosphatase activity through the use of covalent modifiers, and targeted fluorescence-based activity probes are discussed...
January 16, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338056/context-dependent-autoprocessing-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-type-1-protease-precursors
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ChihFeng Tien, Liangqun Huang, Susan M Watanabe, Jordan T Speidel, Carol A Carter, Chaoping Chen
HIV-1 protease autoprocessing is responsible for liberation of free mature protease (PR) from the Gag-Pol polyprotein precursor. A cell-based model system was previously developed to examine the autoprocessing mechanism of fusion precursors carrying the p6*-PR miniprecursor sandwiched between various proteins or epitopes. We here report that precursor autoprocessing is context-dependent as its activity and outcomes can be modulated by sequences upstream of p6*-PR. This was exemplified by the 26aa maltose binding protein (MBP) signal peptide (SigP) when placed at the N-terminus of a fusion precursor...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337984/anteroposterior-axis-patterning-by-early-canonical-wnt-signaling-during-hemichordate-development
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Sébastien Darras, Jens H Fritzenwanker, Kevin R Uhlinger, Ellyn Farrelly, Ariel M Pani, Imogen A Hurley, Rachael P Norris, Michelle Osovitz, Mark Terasaki, Mike Wu, Jochanan Aronowicz, Marc Kirschner, John C Gerhart, Christopher J Lowe
The Wnt family of secreted proteins has been proposed to play a conserved role in early specification of the bilaterian anteroposterior (A/P) axis. This hypothesis is based predominantly on data from vertebrate embryogenesis as well as planarian regeneration and homeostasis, indicating that canonical Wnt (cWnt) signaling endows cells with positional information along the A/P axis. Outside of these phyla, there is strong support for a conserved role of cWnt signaling in the repression of anterior fates, but little comparative support for a conserved role in promotion of posterior fates...
January 16, 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337313/complete-genome-sequencing-of-the-luminescent-bacterium-vibrio-qinghaiensis-sp-q67-using-pacbio-technology
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Liang Gong, Yu Wu, Qijie Jian, Chunxiao Yin, Taotao Li, Vijai Kumar Gupta, Xuewu Duan, Yueming Jiang
Vibrio qinghaiensis sp.-Q67 (Vqin-Q67) is a freshwater luminescent bacterium that continuously emits blue-green light (485 nm). The bacterium has been widely used for detecting toxic contaminants. Here, we report the complete genome sequence of Vqin-Q67, obtained using third-generation PacBio sequencing technology. Continuous long reads were attained from three PacBio sequencing runs and reads >500 bp with a quality value of >0.75 were merged together into a single dataset. This resultant highly-contiguous de novo assembly has no genome gaps, and comprises two chromosomes with substantial genetic information, including protein-coding genes, non-coding RNA, transposon and gene islands...
January 16, 2018: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337273/identification-of-epistatic-mutations-and-insights-into-the-evolution-of-the-influenza-virus-using-a-mass-based-protein-phylogenetic-approach
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Elma H Akand, Kevin M Downard
A mass-based protein phylogenetic approach developed in this laboratory has been applied to study mutation trends and identify consecutive or near-consecutive mutations typically associated with positive epistasis. While epistasis is thought to occur commonly in the evolution of viruses, the extent of epistasis in influenza, and its role in the evolution of immune escape and drug resistant mutants, remains to be systematically investigated. Here putative epistatic mutations within H3 hemagglutinin in type A influenza are identified where leading parent mutations were found to predominate within reported antigenic sites of the protein...
January 11, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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