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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155105/functional-diversification-of-sea-lamprey-globins-in-evolution-and-development
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Angela Fago, Kim Rohlfing, Elin E Petersen, Agnieszka Jendroszek, Thorsten Burmester
Agnathans have a globin repertoire that markedly differs from that of jawed (gnathostome) vertebrates. The sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) harbors at least 18 hemoglobin, two myoglobin, two globin X, and one cytoglobin genes. However, agnathan hemoglobins and myoglobins are not orthologous to their cognates in jawed vertebrates. Thus, blood-based O2 transport and muscle-based O2 storage proteins emerged twice in vertebrates from a tissue-globin ancestor. Notably, the sea lamprey displays three switches in hemoglobin expression in its life cycle, analogous to hemoglobin switching in vertebrates...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155030/transcriptome-analysis-and-discovery-of-genes-involved-in-immune-pathways-from-coelomocytes-of-onchidium-struma-after-bacterial-challenge
#2
Mingming Zhang, Guo Qiao, Qiang Li, De-Hai Xu, Zhitao Qi, Aiming Wang, Mengyao Xu, Jintian Huang
Onchidium struma widely distributes in subtidal and low-tidal zones, which is considered to be an economical species with rich nutrition, a valuable biomonitor for heavy metal pollution and a representative species for evolution from ocean to land. However, there is limited genetic information available for O. struma development. This study compared transcriptomic profiles of coelomocytes from normal and bacteria infected O. struma by Illumina-based paired-end sequencing to explore the molecular immune mechanism of O...
November 15, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154888/activation-of-yap1-taz-signaling-in-ischemic-heart-disease-and-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#3
Ning Hou, Ying Wen, Xun Yuan, Haodong Xu, Xuejun Wang, Faqian Li, Bo Ye
Genetic manipulation of key components of the evolutionally conserved Hippo pathway has shown that the precise control of these signaling molecules is critical to cardiac development and response to stresses. However, how this pathway is involved in the progression of cardiac dysfunction in different heart diseases remains unclear. We investigated the expressional levels and subcellular localization of Yap1, Taz, and Tead1 and determined Hippo target gene expression in failing human hearts with ischemic heart disease (IHD) and idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDC) and mouse desmin-related cardiomyopathy (DES)...
November 15, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154754/functional-divergence-of-paralogous-transcription-factors-supported-the-evolution-of-biomineralization-in-echinoderms
#4
Jian Ming Khor, Charles A Ettensohn
Alx1 is a pivotal transcription factor in a gene regulatory network that controls skeletogenesis throughout the echinoderm phylum. We performed a structure-function analysis of sea urchin Alx1 using a rescue assay and identified a novel, conserved motif (Domain 2) essential for skeletogenic function. The paralogue of Alx1, Alx4, was not functionally interchangeable with Alx1, but insertion of Domain 2 conferred robust skeletogenic function on Alx4. We used cross-species expression experiments to show that Alx1 proteins from distantly related echinoderms are not interchangeable, although the sequence and function of Domain 2 are highly conserved...
November 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151485/evolution-of-vertebrate-ryanodine-receptors-family-in-relation-to-functional-divergence-and-conservation
#5
Zhiwen Ding, Juan Peng, Yanyan Liang, Chunjie Yang, Guoliang Jiang, Jun Ren, Yunzeng Zou
Ryanodine receptors (RyRs), the large homotetrameric protein complexes, regulate the release of calcium from intracellular stores into the cytosol and play vital roles in the excitation-contraction coupling of cells. However, the evolutionary relationship of RyRs in vertebrates has yet to be elucidated. We identified 22 RyRs from Homo sapiens, Mus musculus, Rattus norvegicus, Gallus gallus, Anolis carolinensis, Rana catesbeiana, and Danio rerio. The phylogenetic relationship, motifs analysis and reconstruction of ancestral RyRs showed that the members of RyR family in vertebrates were grouped into three clades: the RyR1 clade, the RyR2 clade, and the RyR3 clade...
November 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150513/high-prevalence-and-genetic-diversity-of-large-phicd211-phicdif1296t-like-prophages-in-clostridioides-difficile
#6
Julian R Garneau, Ognjen Sekulovic, Bruno Dupuy, Olga Soutourina, Marc Monot, Louis-Charles Fortier
Clostridioides difficile (formerly Clostridium difficile) is a pathogenic bacterium displaying great genetic diversity. A significant proportion of this diversity is due to the presence of integrated prophages. Here, we provide an in-depth analysis of phiCD211, also known as phiCDIF1296T, the largest phage identified in C. difficile so far, with a genome of 131-kbp. It shares morphological and genomic similarity with other large siphophages like phage 949 infecting Lactococcus lactis and phage c-st infecting Clostridium botulinum...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150497/low-molecular-weight-thiols-and-thioredoxins-are-important-players-in-hg-ii-resistance-in-thermus-thermophilus-hb27
#7
J Norambuena, Y Wang, T Hanson, J M Boyd, T Barkay
Mercury (Hg), one of the most toxic and widely distributed heavy metals, has a high affinity for thiol groups. Thiol groups reduce and sequester Hg. Therefore, low molecular weight and protein thiols may be important cell components used in Hg resistance. To date, the role of low molecular weight thiols in Hg-detoxification remains understudied. The mercury resistance (mer) operon of Thermus thermophilus suggests an evolutionary link between Hg(II) resistance and low molecular weight thiol metabolism. This mer operon encodes for an enzyme involved in methionine biosynthesis, Oah...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150452/a-metabolic-hypothesis-for-the-evolution-of-temperature-effects-on-the-arterial-pco2-and-ph-of-vertebrate-ectotherms
#8
Stanley S Hillman, Michael S Hedrick
Body temperature increases in ectothermic vertebrates characteristically lead to both increases in arterial PCO2 (PaCO2) and declines in resting arterial pH (pHa) of about 0.017 pH units/°C increase in temperature. This 'alphastat' pH pattern has previously been interpreted as being evolutionarily-driven by the maintenance of a constant protonation state on the imidazole moiety of histidine protein residues, hence stabilizing protein structure-function. Analysis of the existing data for interclass responses of ectothermic vertebrates show different degrees of PaCO2 increases and pH declines with temperature between the classes with reptiles>amphibians>fish...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149403/structure-function-relationship-of-tctp
#9
Beatriz Xoconostle-Cázares, Roberto Ruiz-Medrano
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a small, multifunctional protein found in most, if not all, eukaryotic lineages, involved in a myriad of key regulatory processes. Among these, the control of proliferation and inhibition of cell death, as well as differentiation, are the most important, and it is probable that other responses are derived from the ability of TCTP to influence them in both unicellular and multicellular organisms. In the latter, an additional function for TCTP stems from its capacity to be secreted via a nonclassical pathway and function in a non-cell autonomous (paracrine) manner, thus affecting the responses of neighboring or distant cells to developmental or environmental stimuli (as in the case of serum TCTP/histamine-releasing factor in mammals and phloem TCTP in Arabidopsis)...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149287/genomic-and-epigenomic-immunity-in-common-bean-the-unusual-features-of-nb-lrr-gene-family
#10
Manon M S Richard, Ariane Gratias, Vincent Thareau, Kyung Do Kim, Sandrine Balzergue, Johann Joets, Scott A Jackson, Valérie Geffroy
In plants, a key class of genes comprising most of disease resistance (R) genes encodes Nucleotide-binding leucine-rich repeat (NL) proteins. Access to common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) genome sequence provides unparalleled insight into the organization and evolution of this large gene family (∼400 NL) in this important crop. As observed in other plant species, most common bean NL are organized in cluster of genes. However, a particularity of common bean is that these clusters are often located in subtelomeric regions close to terminal knobs containing the satellite DNA khipu...
November 15, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148725/chromophore-isomer-stabilization-is-critical-to-efficient-fluorescence-in-cyan-fluorescent-proteins
#11
Guillaume Gotthard, David von Stetten, Damien Clavel, Marjolaine Noirclerc-Savoye, Antoine Royant
ECFP, the first usable Cyan Fluorescent Protein, was obtained by adapting the tyrosine-based chromophore environment in Green Fluorescent Protein to that of a tryptophan-based one. This 1(st)-generation CFP was superseded by the popular Cerulean, CyPet and SCFP3A that were engineered by rational and random mutagenesis. Yet, the latter CFPs still exhibit suboptimal properties of pH sensitivity and reversible photobleaching behavior. These flaws were serendipitously corrected in the 3(rd)-generation CFP mTurquoise and its successors without obvi-ous rationale...
November 17, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148270/a-g3p-13-porcine-group-a-rotavirus-emerging-in-china-is-a-reassortant-and-a-natural-recombinant-in-the-vp4-gene
#12
Z Jing, X Zhang, H Shi, J Chen, D Shi, H Dong, L Feng
Group A rotaviruses (RVAs) are a major cause of serious intestinal disease in piglets. In this study, a novel pig strain was identified in a stool sample from China. The strain was designated RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] and had a G3-P[13]-I5-R1-C1-M1-A8-N1-T1-E1-H1 genome. The viral protein 7 (VP7) and non-structural protein 4 (NSP4) genes of RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] were closely related to cogent genes of human RVAs, suggesting that a reassortment between pig and human strains had occurred. Recombination analysis showed that RVA/Pig/China/LNCY/2016/G3P[13] is a natural recombinant strain between the P[23] and P[7] RVA strains, and crossover points for recombination were found at nucleotides (nt) 456 and 804 of the VP4 gene...
November 16, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147015/structure-of-flgk-reveals-the-divergence-of-the-bacterial-hook-filament-junction-of-campylobacter
#13
Paula V Bulieris, Nausad H Shaikh, Peter L Freddolino, Fadel A Samatey
Evolution of a nano-machine consisting of multiple parts, each with a specific function, is a complex process. A change in one part should eventually result in changes in other parts, if the overall function is to be conserved. In bacterial flagella, the filament and the hook have distinct functions and their respective proteins, FliC and FlgE, have different three-dimensional structures. The filament functions as a helical propeller and the hook as a flexible universal joint. Two proteins, FlgK and FlgL, assure a smooth connectivity between the hook and the filament...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146805/the-structural-basis-of-flagellin-detection-by-naip5-a-strategy-to-limit-pathogen-immune-evasion
#14
Jeannette L Tenthorey, Nicole Haloupek, José Ramón López-Blanco, Patricia Grob, Elise Adamson, Ella Hartenian, Nicholas A Lind, Natasha M Bourgeois, Pablo Chacón, Eva Nogales, Russell E Vance
Robust innate immune detection of rapidly evolving pathogens is critical for host defense. Nucleotide-binding domain leucine-rich repeat (NLR) proteins function as cytosolic innate immune sensors in plants and animals. However, the structural basis for ligand-induced NLR activation has so far remained unknown. NAIP5 (NLR family, apoptosis inhibitory protein 5) binds the bacterial protein flagellin and assembles with NLRC4 to form a multiprotein complex called an inflammasome. Here we report the cryo-electron microscopy structure of the assembled ~1...
November 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146443/differential-responses-of-a-thioredoxin-like-protein-gene-to-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-challenge-in-the-noble-scallop-chlamys-nobilis-with-different-total-carotenoids-content
#15
Hongkuan Zhang, Dewei Cheng, Hongxing Liu, Huaiping Zheng
Being lack of specific immune system, both enzymes and non-enzymatic antioxidants play crucial roles in immune of invertebrates. In the present study, in order to investigate immune roles of enzyme (thioredoxin, TRX) and antioxidants (carotenoids), Golden scallops with golden shell and golden muscle rich in carotenoids content and Brown scallops with brown shell and white muscle less carotenoids content of the noble scallop Chlamys nobilis were challenged by Vibrio parahaemolyticus for 48 h. Firstly, a cDNA of TRX protein gene from the scallop (named as CnTRX) was cloned and characterized...
November 13, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146364/long-term-stability-of-compression-molded-soybean-protein-concentrate-films-stored-under-specific-conditions
#16
Emiliano M Ciannamea, Juan P Espinosa, Pablo M Stefani, Roxana A Ruseckaite
Post-processing evolution of the functional properties of soybean protein concentrate (SPC) films, plasticized with varying levels of glycerol and processed by compression molding, was examined over a period of 90days. Films stored in the glassy state (25±2°C and 65±2% relative humidity) lost glycerol and water over time, as determined by gas chromatography and the decline in moisture content. SPC films plasticized with 40-50% glycerol showed a time-dependent increment of the elastic modulus and the tensile strength...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145803/unraveling-the-evolution-and-coevolution-of-small-regulatory-rnas-and-coding-genes-in-listeria
#17
Franck Cerutti, Ludovic Mallet, Anaïs Painset, Claire Hoede, Annick Moisan, Christophe Bécavin, Mélodie Duval, Olivier Dussurget, Pascale Cossart, Christine Gaspin, Hélène Chiapello
BACKGROUND: Small regulatory RNAs (sRNAs) are widely found in bacteria and play key roles in many important physiological and adaptation processes. Studying their evolution and screening for events of coevolution with other genomic features is a powerful way to better understand their origin and assess a common functional or adaptive relationship between them. However, evolution and coevolution of sRNAs with coding genes have been sparsely investigated in bacterial pathogens. RESULTS: We designed a robust and generic phylogenomics approach that detects correlated evolution between sRNAs and protein-coding genes using their observed and inferred patterns of presence-absence in a set of annotated genomes...
November 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145643/the-merops-database-of-proteolytic-enzymes-their-substrates-and-inhibitors-in-2017-and-a-comparison-with-peptidases-in-the-panther-database
#18
Neil D Rawlings, Alan J Barrett, Paul D Thomas, Xiaosong Huang, Alex Bateman, Robert D Finn
The MEROPS database (http://www.ebi.ac.uk/merops/) is an integrated source of information about peptidases, their substrates and inhibitors. The hierarchical classification is: protein-species, family, clan, with an identifier at each level. The MEROPS website moved to the EMBL-EBI in 2017, requiring refactoring of the code-base and services provided. The interface to sequence searching has changed and the MEROPS protein sequence libraries can be searched at the EMBL-EBI with HMMER, FastA and BLASTP. Cross-references have been established between MEROPS and the PANTHER database at both the family and protein-species level, which will help to improve curation and coverage between the resources...
November 14, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145480/engineering-the-gh1-%C3%AE-glucosidase-from-humicola-insolens-insights-on-the-stimulation-of-activity-by-glucose-and-xylose
#19
Luana Parras Meleiro, José Carlos Santos Salgado, Raquel Fonseca Maldonado, Sibeli Carli, Luiz Alberto Beraldo Moraes, Richard John Ward, João Atílio Jorge, Rosa Prazeres Melo Furriel
The activity of the GH1 β-glucosidase from Humicola insolens (Bglhi) against p-nitrophenyl-β-D-glucopyranoside (pNP-Glc) and cellobiose is enhanced 2-fold by glucose and/or xylose. Kinetic and transglycosylation data showed that hydrolysis is preferred in the absence of monosaccharides. Stimulation involves allosteric interactions, increased transglycosylation and competition of the substrate and monosaccharides for the -1 glycone and the +1/+2 aglycone binding sites. Protein directed evolution has been used to generate 6 mutants of Bglhi with altered stimulation patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145028/the-complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-the-alvinocaridid-shrimp-shinkaicaris-leurokolos-decapoda-caridea-insight-into-the-mitochondrial-genetic-basis-of-deep-sea-hydrothermal-vent-adaptation-in-the-shrimp
#20
Shao'e Sun, Ming Hui, Minxiao Wang, Zhongli Sha
Deep-sea hydrothermal vent is one of the most extreme environments on Earth with low oxygen and high levels of toxins. Decapod species from the family Alvinocarididae have colonized and successfully adapted to this extremely harsh environment. Mitochondria plays a vital role in oxygen usage and energy metabolism, thus it may be under selection in the adaptive evolution of the hydrothermal vent shrimps. In this study, the mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) of alvinocaridid shrimp Shinkaicaris leurokolos (Kikuchi & Hashimoto, 2000) was determined through Illumina sequencing...
November 10, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
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