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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338988/phylogenetics-of-lophotrochozoan-bhlh-genes-and-the-evolution-of-lineage-specific-gene-duplicates
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Yongbo Bao, Fei Xu, Sebastian M Shimeld
The gain and loss of genes encoding transcription factors is of importance to understanding the evolution of gene regulatory complexity. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) genes encode a large superfamily of transcription factors. We systematically classify the bHLH genes from five mollusc, two annelid and one brachiopod genomes, tracing the pattern of bHLH gene evolution across these poorly-studied Phyla. 56 to 88 bHLH genes were identified in each genome, with most identifiable as members of previously described bilaterian families, or of new families we define...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338804/duplications-and-positive-selection-drive-the-evolution-of-parasitism-associated-gene-families-in-the-nematode-strongyloides-papillosus
#2
Praveen Baskaran, Tegegn G Jaleta, Adrian Streit, Christian Rödelsperger
Gene duplication is one major mechanism playing a role in the evolution of phenotypic complexity and in the generation of novel traits. By comparing parasitic and nonparasitic nematodes, a recent study found that the evolution of parasitism in Strongyloididae is associated with a large expansion in the Astacin and CAP gene families.To gain novel insights into the developmental processes in the sheep parasite Strongyloides papillosus, we sequenced transcriptomes of different developmental stages and sexes. Overall, we found that the majority of genes are developmentally regulated and have one-to-one orthologs in the diverged S...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337178/glucose-uptake-in-prochlorococcus-diversity-of-kinetics-and-effects-on-the-metabolism
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María Del Carmen Muñoz-Marín, Guadalupe Gómez-Baena, Jesús Díez, Robert J Beynon, David González-Ballester, Mikhail V Zubkov, José M García-Fernández
We have previously shown that Prochlorococcus sp. SS120 strain takes up glucose by using a multiphasic transporter encoded by the Pro1404 gene. Here, we studied the glucose uptake kinetics in multiple Prochlorococcus strains from different ecotypes, observing diverse values for the Ks constants (15-126.60 nM) and the uptake rates (0.48-6.36 pmol min(-1) mg prot(-1)). Multiphasic kinetics was observed in all studied strains, except for TAK9803-2. Pro1404 gene expression studies during the 21st Atlantic Meridional Transect cruise showed positive correlation with glucose concentrations in the ocean...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335073/clinical-characteristics-and-whole-exome-transcriptome-sequencing-of-coexisting-chronic-myeloid-leukemia-and-myelofibrosis
#4
Malathi Kandarpa, Yi-Mi Wu, Dan Robinson, Patrick William Burke, Arul M Chinnaiyan, Moshe Talpaz
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are clonal hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) disorders that can be classified on the basis of genetic, clinical, phenotypic features. Genetic lesions such as JAK2 mutations and BCR-ABL translocation are often mutually exclusive in MPN patients and lead to essential thrombocythemia, polycythemia vera or myelofibrosis (ET/PV/MF) or chronic myeloid leukemia, respectively. Nevertheless, coexistence of these genetic aberrations in the same patient has been reported. Whether these aberrations occur in the same stem cell or a different cell is unclear, but an unstable genome in the HSCs seems to be the common antecedent...
March 23, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334183/comparative-transcriptional-analysis-of-the-host-specialized-aphids-aphis-gossypii-hemiptera-aphididae
#5
Yuan-Chen Zhang, Hai-Xia Lei, Ning-Hui Miao, Xiang-Dong Liu
Host specialization is an ubiquitous character in aphid populations. Many polyphagous aphid populations usually consist of several subpopulations that have strong fidelity to a specific host or a subset of host range. Host specialization is an evolutional result of food habit of insects. However, genetic basis and molecular mechanism of host specialization are still unclear. In this study, we presented a comparative analysis on global gene expression profiles of three lineages of Aphis gossypii Glover: cotton-specialized (CO), cucurbit-specialized (CU), and CU reared on cowpea (CU-cowpea), using RNA-Seq method...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333296/stepwise-evolution-of-a-buried-inhibitor-peptide-over-45-million-years
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Achala S Jayasena, Mark F Fisher, Jose L Panero, David Secco, Kalia Bernath-Levin, Oliver Berkowitz, Nicolas L Taylor, Edward E Schilling, James Whelan, Joshua S Mylne
The de novo evolution of genes and the novel proteins they encode has stimulated much interest in the contribution such innovations make to the diversity of life. Most research on this de novo evolution focuses on transcripts, so studies on the biochemical steps that can enable completely new proteins to evolve and the time required to do so have been lacking. Sunflower PawS1 is an unusual albumin precursor because in addition to producing albumin it also yields a potent, bicyclic protease-inhibitor called SFTI-1...
March 8, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333264/single-cell-transcriptomics-mega-phylogeny-and-the-genetic-basis-of-morphological-innovations-in-rhizaria
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Anders K Krabberød, Russell J S Orr, Jon Bråte, Tom Kristensen, Kjell R Bjørklund, Kamran Shalchian-Tabrizi
The innovation of the eukaryote cytoskeleton enabled phagocytosis, intracellular transport and cytokinesis, and is responsible for the diversity of eukaryotic morphologies. Still, the relationship between phenotypic innovations in the cytoskeleton and their underlying genotype is poorly understood. To explore the genetic mechanism of morphological evolution of the eukaryotic cytoskeleton we provide the first single cell transcriptomes from uncultured, free-living unicellular eukaryotes: the polycystine radiolarian Lithomelissa setosa (Nassellaria) and Sticholonche zanclea (Taxopodida)...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331573/evolution-of-the-spatula-alcatraz-gene-lineage-and-expression-analyses-in-the-basal-eudicot-bocconia-frutescens-l-papaveraceae
#8
Cecilia Zumajo-Cardona, Barbara Ann Ambrose, Natalia Pabón-Mora
BACKGROUND: SPATULA (SPT) and ALCATRAZ (ALC) are recent paralogs that belong to the large bHLH transcription factor family. Orthologs of these genes have been found in all core eudicots, whereas pre-duplication genes, named paleoSPATULA/ALCATRAZ, have been found in basal eudicots, monocots, basal angiosperms and gymnosperms. Nevertheless, functional studies have only been performed in Arabidopsis thaliana, where SPT and ALC are partially redundant in carpel and valve margin development and ALC has a unique role in the dehiscence zone...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330441/discovery-and-evolution-of-novel-hemerythrin-genes-in-annelid-worms
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Elisa M Costa-Paiva, Nathan V Whelan, Damien S Waits, Scott R Santos, Carlos G Schrago, Kenneth M Halanych
BACKGROUND: Despite extensive study on hemoglobins and hemocyanins, little is known about hemerythrin (Hr) evolutionary history. Four subgroups of Hrs have been documented, including: circulating Hr (cHr), myohemerythrin (myoHr), ovohemerythrin (ovoHr), and neurohemerythrin (nHr). Annelids have the greatest diversity of oxygen carrying proteins among animals and are the only phylum in which all Hr subgroups have been documented. To examine Hr diversity in annelids and to further understand evolution of Hrs, we employed approaches to survey annelid transcriptomes in silico...
March 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327967/genome-sequence-of-pacific-abalone-haliotis-discus-hannai-the-first-draft-genome-in-family-haliotidae
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Bo-Hye Nam, Woori Kwak, Young-Ok Kim, Dong-Gyun Kim, Hee Jeong Kong, Woo-Jin Kim, Jeong-Ha Kang, Jung Youn Park, Cheul Min An, Ji-Young Moon, Choul Ji Park, Jae Woong Yu, Joon Yoon, Minseok Seo, Kwondo Kim, Duk Kyung Kim, SaetByeol Lee, Samsun Sung, Chul Lee, Younhee Shin, Myunghee Jung, Byeong-Chul Kang, Shin Ga-Hee, Sojeong Ka, Kelsey Caetano-Anolles, Seoae Cho, Heebal Kim
Background: Abalones are large marine snails in the family Haliotidae and the genus Haliotis belonging to the class Gastropoda of the phylum Mollusca. The family Haliotidae contains only one genus, Haliotis, and this single genus is known to contain several species of abalone. With 18 additional subspecies, the most comprehensive treatment of Haliotidae considers 56 species valid [1]. Abalone is an economically important fishery and aquaculture animal which is considered a highly-prized seafood delicacy...
March 7, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327131/transcriptome-analysis-of-pancreatic-cells-across-distant-species-highlights-novel-important-regulator-genes
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Estefania Tarifeño-Saldivia, Arnaud Lavergne, Alice Bernard, Keerthana Padamata, David Bergemann, Marianne L Voz, Isabelle Manfroid, Bernard Peers
BACKGROUND: Defining the transcriptome and the genetic pathways of pancreatic cells is of great interest for elucidating the molecular attributes of pancreas disorders such as diabetes and cancer. As the function of the different pancreatic cell types has been maintained during vertebrate evolution, the comparison of their transcriptomes across distant vertebrate species is a means to pinpoint genes under strong evolutionary constraints due to their crucial function, which have therefore preserved their selective expression in these pancreatic cell types...
March 21, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324831/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-in-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Qiaohong Wang, Xia Wu
PD-1/PD-L1 blockade appears to be a very promising immunotherapy with significant clinical benefits and durable responses in multiple tumor types. However, the effectual clinical benefits of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade are hampered by a high rate of primary resistance, where patients do not respond to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade initially. And more distressingly, most patients eventually develop acquired resistance after an initial response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade. The mechanisms underlying primary and acquired resistance to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade have remained ambiguous...
March 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323281/chance-and-necessity-in-the-genome-evolution-of-endosymbiotic-bacteria-of-insects
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Beatriz Sabater-Muñoz, Christina Toft, David Alvarez-Ponce, Mario A Fares
An open question in evolutionary biology is how does the selection-drift balance determine the fates of biological interactions. We searched for signatures of selection and drift in genomes of five endosymbiotic bacterial groups known to evolve under strong genetic drift. Although most genes in endosymbiotic bacteria showed evidence of relaxed purifying selection, many genes in these bacteria exhibited stronger selective constraints than their orthologs in free-living bacterial relatives. Remarkably, most of these highly constrained genes had no role in the host-symbiont interactions but were involved in either buffering the deleterious consequences of drift or other host-unrelated functions, suggesting that they have either acquired new roles or their role became more central in endosymbiotic bacteria...
March 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320919/pan-cancer-analysis-distinguishes-transcriptional-changes-of-aneuploidy-from-proliferation
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Christopher Buccitelli, Lorena Salgueiro, Konstantina Rowald, Rocio Sotillo, Balca R Mardin, Jan O Korbel
Patterns of gene expression in tumors can arise as a consequence of or result in genomic instability, characterized by the accumulation of somatic copy number alterations (SCNAs) and point mutations (PMs). Expression signatures have been widely used as markers for genomic instability, and both SCNAs and PMs could be thought to associate with distinct signatures given their different formation mechanisms. Here we test this notion by systematically investigating SCNA, PM, and transcriptome data from 2660 cancer patients representing 11 tumor types...
March 20, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320315/comparative-transcriptome-analyses-of-flower-development-in-four-species-of-achimenes-gesneriaceae
#15
Wade R Roberts, Eric H Roalson
BACKGROUND: Flowers have an amazingly diverse display of colors and shapes, and these characteristics often vary significantly among closely related species. The evolution of diverse floral form can be thought of as an adaptive response to pollination and reproduction, but it can also be seen through the lens of morphological and developmental constraints. To explore these interactions, we use RNA-seq across species and development to investigate gene expression and sequence evolution as they relate to the evolution of the diverse flowers in a group of Neotropical plants native to Mexico-magic flowers (Achimenes, Gesneriaceae)...
March 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304126/transcript-profiling-of-a-novel-plant-meristem-the-monocot-cambium
#16
Matthew Zinkgraf, Suzanne Gerttula, Andrew Groover
While monocots lack the ability to produce a vascular cambium or woody growth, some monocot lineages evolved a novel lateral meristem, the monocot cambium, which supports secondary radial growth of stems. In contrast to the vascular cambium found in woody angiosperm and gymnosperm species, the monocot cambium produces secondary vascular bundles, which have an amphivasal organization of tracheids encircling a central strand of phloem. Currently there is no information concerning the molecular genetic basis of the development or evolution of the monocot cambium...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304077/alternative-electron-transport-mediated-by-flavodiiron-proteins-is-operational-in-organisms-from-cyanobacteria-up-to-gymnosperms
#17
Petr Ilík, Andrej Pavlovič, Roman Kouřil, Alessandro Alboresi, Tomas Morosinotto, Yagut Allahverdiyeva, Eva-Mari Aro, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Toshiharu Shikanai
Photo-reduction of O2 to water mediated by flavodiiron proteins (FDPs) represents a safety valve for the photosynthetic electron transport chain in fluctuating light. So far, the FDP-mediated O2 photo-reduction has been evidenced only in cyanobacteria and the moss Physcomitrella; however, a recent phylogenetic analysis of transcriptomes of photosynthetic organisms has also revealed the presence of FDP genes in several nonflowering plant groups. What remains to be clarified is whether the FDP-dependent O2 photo-reduction is actually operational in these organisms...
March 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296881/transcriptomic-responses-to-environmental-temperature-by-turtles-with-temperature-dependent-and-genotypic-sex-determination-assessed-by-rnaseq-inform-the-genetic-architecture-of-embryonic-gonadal-development
#18
Srihari Radhakrishnan, Robert Literman, Jennifer Neuwald, Andrew Severin, Nicole Valenzuela
Vertebrate sexual fate is decided primarily by the individual's genotype (GSD), by the environmental temperature during development (TSD), or both. Turtles exhibit TSD and GSD, making them ideal to study the evolution of sex determination. Here we analyze temperature-specific gonadal transcriptomes (RNA-sequencing validated by qPCR) of painted turtles (Chrysemys picta TSD) before and during the thermosensitive period, and at equivalent stages in soft-shell turtles (Apalone spinifera-GSD), to test whether TSD's and GSD's transcriptional circuitry is identical but deployed differently between mechanisms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286733/premammalian-origin-of-the-sperm-specific-slo3-channel
#19
Alberto Vicens, Karla Andrade-López, Diego Cortez, Rosa María Gutiérrez, Claudia L Treviño
Slo3 is a sperm-specific potassium (K(+)) channel essential for male fertility. Slo3 channels have so far been considered to be specific to mammals. Through exploratory genomics, we identified the Slo3 gene in the genome of terrestrial (birds and reptiles) and aquatic (fish) vertebrates. In the case of fish, Slo3 has undergone several episodes of gene loss. Transcriptomic analysis showed that vertebrate Slo3 transcript orthologues are predominantly expressed in testis, in concordance with the mammalian Slo3...
March 2017: FEBS Open Bio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286470/screening-the-molecular-framework-underlying-local-dendritic-mrna-translation
#20
REVIEW
Sanjeev V Namjoshi, Kimberly F Raab-Graham
In the last decade, bioinformatic analyses of high-throughput proteomics and transcriptomics data have enabled researchers to gain insight into the molecular networks that may underlie lasting changes in synaptic efficacy. Development and utilization of these techniques have advanced the field of learning and memory significantly. It is now possible to move from the study of activity-dependent changes of a single protein to modeling entire network changes that require local protein synthesis. This data revolution has necessitated the development of alternative computational and statistical techniques to analyze and understand the patterns contained within...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
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