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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549159/a-non-photosynthetic-diatom-reveals-early-steps-of-reductive-evolution-in-plastids
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Ryoma Kamikawa, Daniel Moog, Stefan Zauner, Goro Tanifuji, Ken-Ichiro Ishida, Hideaki Miyashita, Shigeki Mayama, Tetsuo Hashimoto, Uwe-G Maier, John M Archibald, Yuji Inagaki
Non-photosynthetic plastids retain important biological functions and are indispensable for cell viability. However, the detailed processes underlying the loss of plastidal functions other than photosynthesis remain to be fully understood. In this study, we used transcriptomics, subcellular localization, and phylogenetic analyses to characterize the biochemical complexity of the non-photosynthetic plastids of the apochlorotic diatom Nitzschia sp. NIES-3581. We found that these plastids have lost isopentenyl pyrophosphate (IPP) biosynthesis and ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO)-based carbon fixation but have retained various proteins for other metabolic pathways, including amino acid biosynthesis, and a portion of the Calvin-Benson cycle comprised only of glycolysis/gluconeogenesis, and the reductive pentose phosphate pathway (rPPP)...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544882/inference-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-genome-scale-regulatory-networks-in-large-phylogenies
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Christopher Koch, Jay Konieczka, Toni Delorey, Ana Lyons, Amanda Socha, Kathleen Davis, Sara A Knaack, Dawn Thompson, Erin K O'Shea, Aviv Regev, Sushmita Roy
Changes in transcriptional regulatory networks can significantly contribute to species evolution and adaptation. However, identification of genome-scale regulatory networks is an open challenge, especially in non-model organisms. Here, we introduce multi-species regulatory network learning (MRTLE), a computational approach that uses phylogenetic structure, sequence-specific motifs, and transcriptomic data, to infer the regulatory networks in different species. Using simulated data from known networks and transcriptomic data from six divergent yeasts, we demonstrate that MRTLE predicts networks with greater accuracy than existing methods because it incorporates phylogenetic information...
May 24, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544664/to-reproduce-or-work-insect-castes-emerge-from-socially-induced-changes-in-nutrition-related-genes
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Amy L Toth
In social species, there is a fundamental trade-off between 'me' and 'we'; that is, should I reproduce, or should I work to help others to reproduce? In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Okada et al. () delve into the evolution and genetic mechanisms of this core question, focusing on social caste formation in insects. The authors take advantage of a unique ant in the genus Diacamma, which has secondarily lost the classic, highly different queens and workers found in many other ants, bees and wasps. Instead, Diacamma ant castes are decided via aggressive dominance interactions among adult females, similar to dominance hierarchies seen in primitively social insects and many social vertebrates...
June 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544438/genome-wide-identification-characterization-and-evolution-of-cuticular-protein-genes-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis-diptera-culicidae
#4
Bai-Qi Liu, Liang Qiao, Qi-Yi He, Yong Zhou, Shuang Ren, Bin Chen
Thirteen cuticular proteins (CPs) families have been recognized in arthropods. In this study, 250 Anopheles sinensis CP genes were identified and named based on genome and transcriptome sequences. They were classified into 10 families based on motifs and phylogenetic analyses. In 11 other insect species, 9 had CP numbers > 150 while Apis mellifera and Tribolium castaneum had CP numbers less than 52. The CPs of 8 species occupied > 1.4% of the total genomic gene number whereas in 3 species the CPs occupied < 1%...
May 24, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541415/transcriptome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-divaricata-and-radialis-like-genes-of-the-mediterranean-orchid-orchis-italica
#5
Maria Carmen Valoroso, Sofia De Paolo, Giovanni Iazzetti, Serena Aceto
Bilateral symmetry of flowers is a relevant novelty that has occurred many times throughout the evolution of flowering plants. In Antirrhinum majus, establishment of flower dorso-ventral asymmetry is mainly due to interaction of TCP (CYC and DICH) and MYB (DIV, RAD and DRIF) transcription factors. In the present study, we characterized 8 DIV-, 4 RAD- and 2 DRIF-like genes from the transcriptome of Orchis italica, an orchid species with bilaterally symmetric and resupinate flowers. We found a similar number of DIV- and RAD-like genes within the genomes of Phalaenopsis equestris and Dendrobium catenatum orchids...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538728/the-sunflower-genome-provides-insights-into-oil-metabolism-flowering-and-asterid-evolution
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Hélène Badouin, Jérôme Gouzy, Christopher J Grassa, Florent Murat, S Evan Staton, Ludovic Cottret, Christine Lelandais-Brière, Gregory L Owens, Sébastien Carrère, Baptiste Mayjonade, Ludovic Legrand, Navdeep Gill, Nolan C Kane, John E Bowers, Sariel Hubner, Arnaud Bellec, Aurélie Bérard, Hélène Bergès, Nicolas Blanchet, Marie-Claude Boniface, Dominique Brunel, Olivier Catrice, Nadia Chaidir, Clotilde Claudel, Cécile Donnadieu, Thomas Faraut, Ghislain Fievet, Nicolas Helmstetter, Matthew King, Steven J Knapp, Zhao Lai, Marie-Christine Le Paslier, Yannick Lippi, Lolita Lorenzon, Jennifer R Mandel, Gwenola Marage, Gwenaëlle Marchand, Elodie Marquand, Emmanuelle Bret-Mestries, Evan Morien, Savithri Nambeesan, Thuy Nguyen, Prune Pegot-Espagnet, Nicolas Pouilly, Frances Raftis, Erika Sallet, Thomas Schiex, Justine Thomas, Céline Vandecasteele, Didier Varès, Felicity Vear, Sonia Vautrin, Martin Crespi, Brigitte Mangin, John M Burke, Jérôme Salse, Stéphane Muños, Patrick Vincourt, Loren H Rieseberg, Nicolas B Langlade
The domesticated sunflower, Helianthus annuus L., is a global oil crop that has promise for climate change adaptation, because it can maintain stable yields across a wide variety of environmental conditions, including drought. Even greater resilience is achievable through the mining of resistance alleles from compatible wild sunflower relatives, including numerous extremophile species. Here we report a high-quality reference for the sunflower genome (3.6 gigabases), together with extensive transcriptomic data from vegetative and floral organs...
May 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537264/draft-genome-of-spinach-and-transcriptome-diversity-of-120-spinacia-accessions
#7
Chenxi Xu, Chen Jiao, Honghe Sun, Xiaofeng Cai, Xiaoli Wang, Chenhui Ge, Yi Zheng, Wenli Liu, Xuepeng Sun, Yimin Xu, Jie Deng, Zhonghua Zhang, Sanwen Huang, Shaojun Dai, Beiquan Mou, Quanxi Wang, Zhangjun Fei, Quanhua Wang
Spinach is an important leafy vegetable enriched with multiple necessary nutrients. Here we report the draft genome sequence of spinach (Spinacia oleracea, 2n=12), which contains 25,495 protein-coding genes. The spinach genome is highly repetitive with 74.4% of its content in the form of transposable elements. No recent whole genome duplication events are observed in spinach. Genome syntenic analysis between spinach and sugar beet suggests substantial inter- and intra-chromosome rearrangements during the Caryophyllales genome evolution...
May 24, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536600/evolinc-a-tool-for-the-identification-and-evolutionary-comparison-of-long-intergenic-non-coding-rnas
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Andrew D L Nelson, Upendra K Devisetty, Kyle Palos, Asher K Haug-Baltzell, Eric Lyons, Mark A Beilstein
Long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs) are an abundant and functionally diverse class of eukaryotic transcripts. Reported lincRNA repertoires in mammals vary, but are commonly in the thousands to tens of thousands of transcripts, covering ~90% of the genome. In addition to elucidating function, there is particular interest in understanding the origin and evolution of lincRNAs. Aside from mammals, lincRNA populations have been sparsely sampled, precluding evolutionary analyses focused on their emergence and persistence...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535807/identification-of-putative-olfactory-g-protein-coupled-receptors-in-crown-of-thorns-starfish-acanthaster-planci
#9
Rebecca E Roberts, Cherie A Motti, Kenneth W Baughman, Noriyuki Satoh, Michael R Hall, Scott F Cummins
BACKGROUND: In marine organisms, and in particular for benthic invertebrates including echinoderms, olfaction is a dominant sense with chemosensation being a critical signalling process. Until recently natural product chemistry was the primary investigative approach to elucidate the nature of chemical signals but advances in genomics and transcriptomics over the last decade have facilitated breakthroughs in understanding not only the chemistry but also the molecular mechanisms underpinning chemosensation in aquatic environments...
May 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535794/mutation-site-and-context-dependent-effects-of-esr1-mutation-in-genome-edited-breast-cancer-cell-models
#10
Amir Bahreini, Zheqi Li, Peilu Wang, Kevin M Levine, Nilgun Tasdemir, Lan Cao, Hazel M Weir, Shannon L Puhalla, Nancy E Davidson, Andrew M Stern, David Chu, Ben Ho Park, Adrian V Lee, Steffi Oesterreich
BACKGROUND: Mutations in the estrogen receptor alpha (ERα) 1 gene (ESR1) are frequently detected in ER+ metastatic breast cancer, and there is increasing evidence that these mutations confer endocrine resistance in breast cancer patients with advanced disease. However, their functional role is not well-understood, at least in part due to a lack of ESR1 mutant models. Here, we describe the generation and characterization of genome-edited T47D and MCF7 breast cancer cell lines with the two most common ESR1 mutations, Y537S and D538G...
May 23, 2017: Breast Cancer Research: BCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535261/recruitment-of-a-lineage-specific-virulence-regulatory-pathway-promotes-intracellular-infection-by-a-plant-pathogen-experimentally-evolved-into-a-legume-symbiont
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Delphine Capela, Marta Marchetti, Camille Clérissi, Anthony Perrier, Dorian Guetta, Carine Gris, Marc Valls, Alain Jauneau, Stéphane Cruveiller, Eduardo P C Rocha, Catherine Masson-Boivin
Ecological transitions between different lifestyles, such as pathogenicity, mutualism and saprophytism, have been very frequent in the course of microbial evolution, and often driven by horizontal gene transfer. Yet, how genomes achieve the ecological transition initiated by the transfer of complex biological traits remains poorly known. Here we used experimental evolution, genomics, transcriptomics and high-resolution phenotyping to analyze the evolution of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum into legume symbionts, following the transfer of a natural plasmid encoding the essential mutualistic genes...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529881/iso-seq-analysis-of-nepenthes-ampullaria-nepenthes-rafflesiana-and-nepenthes%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-hookeriana-for-hybridisation-study-in-pitcher-plants
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Muhammad Mu'izzuddin Zulkapli, Muhammad Aqil Fitri Rosli, Faris Imadi Mohd Salleh, Normah Mohd Noor, Wan Mohd Aizat, Hoe-Han Goh
Tropical pitcher plants in the species-rich Nepenthaceae family of carnivorous plants possess unique pitcher organs. Hybridisation, natural or artificial, in this family is extensive resulting in pitchers with diverse features. The pitcher functions as a passive insect trap with digestive fluid for nutrient acquisition in nitrogen-poor habitats. This organ shows specialisation according to the dietary habit of different Nepenthes species. In this study, we performed the first single-molecule real-time isoform sequencing (Iso-Seq) analysis of full-length cDNA from Nepenthes ampullaria which can feed on leaf litter, compared to carnivorous Nepenthes rafflesiana, and their carnivorous hybrid Nepenthes × hookeriana...
June 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529652/de-novo-assembly-of-the-liver-transcriptome-of-the-european-starling-sturnus-vulgaris
#13
Mark F Richardson, William B Sherwin, Lee A Rollins
The European starling, Sturnus vulgaris, is a prolific and worldwide invasive species that also has served as an important model for avian ecological and invasion research. Although the genome sequence recently has become available, no transcriptome data have been published for this species. Here, we have sequenced and assembled the S. vulgaris liver transcriptome, which will provide a foundational resource for further annotation and validation of the draft genome. Moreover, it will be important for ecological and evolutionary studies investigating the genetic factors underlying rapid evolution and invasion success in this global invader...
2017: Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524624/pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-progress-in-understanding-the-disease-and-prioritizing-strategies-for-drug-development
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REVIEW
P Ghataorhe, C J Rhodes, L Harbaum, M Attard, J Wharton, M R Wilkins
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), at one time a largely overlooked disease, is now the subject of intense study in many academic and biotech groups. The availability of new treatments has increased awareness of the condition. This in turn has driven a change in the demographics of PAH, with an increase in the mean age at diagnosis. The diagnosis of PAH in more elderly patients has highlighted the need for careful phenotyping of patients and for further studies to understand how best to manage pulmonary hypertension associated with, for example, left heart disease...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521943/developmental-regulation-and-evolution-of-scaling-novel-insights-through-the-study-of-onthophagus-beetles
#15
REVIEW
Sofia Casasa, Daniel B Schwab, Armin P Moczek
Scaling relationships play critical roles in defining biological shape, trait functionality, and species characteristics, yet the developmental basis of scaling and its evolution remain poorly resolved in most taxa. In the horned beetle genus Onthophagus, scaling relationships of most traits are largely comparable across many species, however, the morphology and scaling of horns, a recent evolutionary invention, has diversified dramatically, ranging from modestly to highly positively linear to more complex sigmoidal allometries...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521939/developmental-and-evolutionary-mechanisms-shaping-butterfly-eyespots
#16
REVIEW
Patrícia Beldade, Carolina M Peralta
Butterfly eyespots are visually compelling models to study the reciprocal interactions between evolutionary and developmental processes that shape phenotypic variation. They are evolutionarily diversified, ecologically relevant, and developmentally tractable, and have made key contributions to linking genotype, development, phenotype and fitness. Advances in the availability of analytical tools (e.g. gene editing and visualization techniques) and resources (e.g. genomic and transcriptomic data) are boosting the detailed dissection of the mechanisms underlying eyespot development and evolution...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510761/the-diversity-of-carbon-dioxide-concentrating-mechanisms-in-marine-diatoms-as-inferred-from-their-genetic-content
#17
Chen Shen, Christopher L Dupont, Brian M Hopkinson
Marine diatoms are one of the most ecologically significant primary producers in the ocean. Most diatoms use a CO2-concentrating mechanism (CCM) to overcome the scarcity of CO2 in the ocean and limitations of the carbon-fixing enzyme Rubisco. However, the CCMs in model diatoms differ substantially in their genetic make-up and structural organization. To assess the extent of CCM diversity in marine diatoms more generally, we analyzed genome and transcriptome data from 31 diatom strains to identify putative CCM genes, examine the overall CCM architecture, and study CCM development in the context of the evolutionary history of these diatoms...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505375/between-a-pod-and-a-hard-test-the-deep-evolution-of-amoebae
#18
Seungho Kang, Alexander K Tice, Frederick W Spiegel, Jeffrey D Silberman, Tomáš Pánek, Ivan Cepicka, Martin Kostka, Anush Kosakyan, Daniel M Alcântara, Andrew J Roger, Lora L Shadwick, Alexey Smirnov, Alexander Kudryavstev, Daniel J G Lahr, Matthew W Brown
Amoebozoa is the eukaryotic supergroup sister to Obazoa, the lineage that contains the animals and Fungi, as well as their protistan relatives, and the breviate and apusomonad flagellates. Amoebozoa is extraordinarily diverse, encompassing important model organisms and significant pathogens. Although amoebozoans are integral to global nutrient cycles and present in nearly all environments, they remain vastly understudied. We present a robust phylogeny of Amoebozoa based on broad representative set of taxa in a phylogenomic framework (325 genes)...
May 15, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505260/evolution-of-two-short-interspersed-elements-in-callorhinchus-milii-chondrichthyes-holocephali-and-related-elements-in-sharks-and-the-coelacanth
#19
Andrea Luchetti, Federico Plazzi, Barbara Mantovani
Short interspersed elements (SINEs) are non-autonomous retrotransposons. Although they usually show fast evolutionary rates, in some instances highly conserved domains (HCDs) have been observed in elements with otherwise divergent sequences and from distantly related species. Here we document the life history of two HCD-SINE families in the elephant shark Callorhinchus milii, one specific to the holocephalan lineage (CmiSINEs) and another one (SacSINE1-CM) with homologous elements in sharks and the coelacanth (SacSINE1s, LmeSINE1s)...
May 13, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504275/transcriptomic-and-macroevolutionary-evidence-for-phenotypic-uncoupling-between-frog-life-history-phases
#20
Katharina C Wollenberg Valero, Joan Garcia-Porta, Ariel Rodríguez, Mónica Arias, Abhijeet Shah, Roger Daniel Randrianiaina, Jason L Brown, Frank Glaw, Felix Amat, Sven Künzel, Dirk Metzler, Raphael D Isokpehi, Miguel Vences
Anuran amphibians undergo major morphological transitions during development, but the contribution of their markedly different life-history phases to macroevolution has rarely been analysed. Here we generate testable predictions for coupling versus uncoupling of phenotypic evolution of tadpole and adult life-history phases, and for the underlying expression of genes related to morphological feature formation. We test these predictions by combining evidence from gene expression in two distantly related frogs, Xenopus laevis and Mantidactylus betsileanus, with patterns of morphological evolution in the entire radiation of Madagascan mantellid frogs...
May 15, 2017: Nature Communications
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