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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110279/walking-the-c4-pathway-past-present-and-future
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REVIEW
Robert T Furbank
The year 2016 marks 50 years since the publication of the seminal paper by Hatch and Slack describing the biochemical pathway we now know as C4 photosynthesis. This review provides insight into the initial discovery of this pathway, the clues which led Hatch and Slack and others to these definitive experiments, some of the intrigue which surrounds the international activities which led up to the discovery, and personal insights into the future of this research field. While the biochemical understanding of the basic pathways came quickly, the role of the bundle sheath intermediate CO2 pool was not understood for a number of years, and the nature of C4 as a biochemical CO2 pump then linked the unique Kranz anatomy of C4 plants to their biochemical specialization...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110275/traces-of-strong-selective-pressures-in-the-genomes-of-c4-grasses
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Pascal-Antoine Christin
C4 photosynthesis is nature's response to CO2 limitations, and evolved recurrently in several groups of plants. To identify genes related to C4 photosynthesis, Huang et al. looked for evidence of past episodes of adaptive evolution in the genomes of C4 grasses. They identified a large number of candidate genes that evolved under divergent selection, indicating that, besides alterations to expression patterns, the history of C4 involved strong selection on protein-coding sequences.
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110274/c4-photosynthesis-50-years-of-discovery-and-innovation
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EDITORIAL
Susanne von Caemmerer, Oula Ghannoum, Robert T Furbank
It is now over half a century since the biochemical characterization of the C4 photosynthetic pathway, and this special issue highlights the sheer breadth of current knowledge. New genomic and transcriptomic information shows that multi-level regulation of gene expression is required for the pathway to function, yet we know it to be one of the most dynamic examples of convergent evolution. Now, a focus on the molecular transition from C3-C4 intermediates, together with improved mathematical models, experimental tools and transformation systems, holds great promise for improving C4 photosynthesis in crops...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109746/diversity-and-evolution-of-tir-domain-containing-proteins-in-bivalves-and-metazoa-new-insights-from-comparative-genomics
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Marco Gerdol, Paola Venier, Paolo Edomi, Alberto Pallavicini
The Toll/interleukin-1 receptor (TIR) domain has a fundamental role in the innate defence response of plants, vertebrate and invertebrate animals. Mostly found in the cytosolic side of membrane-bound receptor proteins, it mediates the intracellular signalling upon pathogen recognition via heterotypic interactions. Although a number of TIR-domain-containing (TIR-DC) proteins have been characterized in vertebrates, their evolutionary relationships and functional role in protostomes are still largely unknown. Due to the high abundance and diversity of TIR-DC proteins in bivalve molluscs, we investigated this class of marine invertebrates as a case study...
January 18, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109326/from-the-evolution-of-protein-sequences-able-to-resist-self-assembly-to-the-prediction-of-aggregation-propensity
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F Bemporad, M Ramazzotti
Folding of polypeptide chains into biologically active entities is an astonishingly complex process, determined by the nature and the sequence of residues emerging from ribosomes. While it has been long believed that evolution has pressed genomes so that specific sequences could adopt unique, functional three-dimensional folds, it is now clear that complex protein machineries act as quality control system and supervise folding. Notwithstanding that, events such as erroneous folding, partial folding, or misfolding are frequent during the life of a cell or a whole organism, and they can escape controls...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108586/fluctuating-selection-in-the-moran
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Antony M Dean, Clarence Lehman, Xiao Yi
Contrary to classical population genetics theory, experiments demonstrate that fluctuating selection can protect a haploid polymorphism in the absence of frequency dependent effects on fitness. Using forward simulations with the Moran model we confirm our analytical results showing that a fluctuating selection regime, with a mean selection coefficient of zero, promotes polymorphism. We find that increases in heterozygosity over neutral expectations are especially pronounced when fluctuations are rapid, mutation is weak, the population size is large and the variance in selection is big...
January 20, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108417/karyotype-description-of-the-african-weakly-electric-fish-campylomormyrus-compressirostris-in-the-context-of-chromosome-evolution-in-osteoglossiformes
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Julia Canitz, Frank Kirschbaum, Ralph Tiedemann
Karyotyping is a basic method to investigate chromosomal evolution and genomic rearrangements. Sixteen genera within the basal teleost order Osteoglossiformes are currently described cytogenetically. Our study adds information to this chromosomal dataset by determining the karyotype of Campylomormyrus compressirostris, a genus of African weakly electric fish that has not been previously examined. Our results indicate a diploid chromosome number of 2n=48 (4sm + 26m + 18a) with a fundamental number of FN=72. This chromosome number is identical to the number documented for the sister taxon of the genus Campylomormyrus, i...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107392/upon-accounting-for-the-impact-of-isoenzyme-loss-gene-deletion-costs-anticorrelate-with-their-evolutionary-rates
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Christopher Jacobs, Luke Lambourne, Yu Xia, Daniel Segrè
System-level metabolic network models enable the computation of growth and metabolic phenotypes from an organism's genome. In particular, flux balance approaches have been used to estimate the contribution of individual metabolic genes to organismal fitness, offering the opportunity to test whether such contributions carry information about the evolutionary pressure on the corresponding genes. Previous failure to identify the expected negative correlation between such computed gene-loss cost and sequence-derived evolutionary rates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been ascribed to a real biological gap between a gene's fitness contribution to an organism "here and now" and the same gene's historical importance as evidenced by its accumulated mutations over millions of years of evolution...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105941/the-loss-of-photosynthetic-pathways-in-the-plastid-and-nuclear-genomes-of-the-non-photosynthetic-mycoheterotrophic-eudicot-monotropa-hypopitys
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Nikolai V Ravin, Eugeny V Gruzdev, Alexey V Beletsky, Alexander M Mazur, Egor B Prokhortchouk, Mikhail A Filyushin, Elena Z Kochieva, Vitaly V Kadnikov, Andrey V Mardanov, Konstantin G Skryabin
BACKGROUND: Chloroplasts of most plants are responsible for photosynthesis and contain a conserved set of about 110 genes that encode components of housekeeping gene expression machinery and photosynthesis-related functions. Heterotrophic plants obtaining nutrients from other organisms and their plastid genomes represent model systems in which to study the effects of relaxed selective pressure on photosynthetic function. The most evident is a reduction in the size and gene content of the plastome, which correlates with the loss of genes encoding photosynthetic machinery which become unnecessary...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105939/evolution-of-mitochondrial-genomes-in-baikalian-amphipods
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Elena V Romanova, Vladimir V Aleoshin, Ravil M Kamaltynov, Kirill V Mikhailov, Maria D Logacheva, Elena A Sirotinina, Alexander Yu Gornov, Anton S Anikin, Dmitry Yu Sherbakov
BACKGROUND: Amphipods (Crustacea) of Lake Baikal are a very numerous and diverse group of invertebrates generally believed to have originated by adaptive radiation. The evolutionary history and phylogenetic relationships in Baikalian amphipods still remain poorly understood. Sequencing of mitochondrial genomes is a relatively feasible way for obtaining a set of gene sequences suitable for robust phylogenetic inferences. The architecture of mitochondrial genomes also may provide additional information on the mechanisms of evolution of amphipods in Lake Baikal...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105921/simba-a-web-tool-for-managing-bacterial-genome-assembly-generated-by-ion-pgm-sequencing-technology
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Diego C B Mariano, Felipe L Pereira, Edgar L Aguiar, Letícia C Oliveira, Leandro Benevides, Luís C Guimarães, Edson L Folador, Thiago J Sousa, Preetam Ghosh, Debmalya Barh, Henrique C P Figueiredo, Artur Silva, Rommel T J Ramos, Vasco A C Azevedo
BACKGROUND: The evolution of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) has considerably reduced the cost per sequenced-base, allowing a significant rise of sequencing projects, mainly in prokaryotes. However, the range of available NGS platforms requires different strategies and software to correctly assemble genomes. Different strategies are necessary to properly complete an assembly project, in addition to the installation or modification of various software. This requires users to have significant expertise in these software and command line scripting experience on Unix platforms, besides possessing the basic expertise on methodologies and techniques for genome assembly...
December 15, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104347/bacterial-resistance-to-antibodies-a-model-evolutionary-study
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Lawrence S Schulman
The tangled nature model of evolution (reviewed in the main text) is adapted for use in the study of antibody resistance acquired by horizontal gene transfer. Exchanges of DNA and the acquisition of resistant gene sequences are considered. For the parameters used, resistant strains rapidly proliferate and dominate, although initial intense antibiotic treatment can occasionally prevent this. Variation in genome distribution appears to be long tailed. If this is reflected in nature, the occurrence of resistant bacterial strains can be expected, as well as considerable variation in patient outcomes...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103791/high-virulence-does-not-necessarily-impede-viral-adaptation-to-a-new-host-a-case-study-using-a-plant-rna-virus
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Anouk Willemsen, Mark P Zwart, Santiago F Elena
BACKGROUND: Theory suggests that high virulence could hinder between-host transmission of microparasites, and that virulence therefore will evolve to lower levels. Alternatively, highly virulent microparasites could also curtail host development, thereby limiting both the host resources available to them and their own within-host effective population size. In this case, high virulence might restrain the mutation supply rate and increase the strength with which genetic drift acts on microparasite populations...
January 19, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103318/static-and-evolving-norovirus-genotypes-implications-for-epidemiology-and-immunity
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Gabriel I Parra, R Burke Squires, Consolee K Karangwa, Jordan A Johnson, Cara Lepore, Stanislav V Sosnovtsev, Kim Y Green
Noroviruses are major pathogens associated with acute gastroenteritis worldwide. Their RNA genomes are diverse, with two major genogroups (GI and GII) comprised of at least 28 genotypes associated with human disease. To elucidate mechanisms underlying norovirus diversity and evolution, we used a large-scale genomics approach to analyze human norovirus sequences. Comparison of over 2000 nearly full-length ORF2 sequences representing most of the known GI and GII genotypes infecting humans showed a limited number (≤5) of distinct intra-genotypic variants within each genotype, with the exception of GII...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103252/comparative-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-grass-pollen-allergens-using-brachypodium-distachyon-as-a-model-system
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Akanksha Sharma, Niharika Sharma, Prem Bhalla, Mohan Singh
Comparative genomics have facilitated the mining of biological information from a genome sequence, through the detection of similarities and differences with genomes of closely or more distantly related species. By using such comparative approaches, knowledge can be transferred from the model to non-model organisms and insights can be gained in the structural and evolutionary patterns of specific genes. In the absence of sequenced genomes for allergenic grasses, this study was aimed at understanding the structure, organisation and expression profiles of grass pollen allergens using the genomic data from Brachypodium distachyon as it is phylogenetically related to the allergenic grasses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103245/anaerobically-grown-escherichia-coli-has-an-enhanced-mutation-rate-and-distinct-mutational-spectra
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Sonal Shewaramani, Thomas J Finn, Sinead C Leahy, Rees Kassen, Paul B Rainey, Christina D Moon
Oxidative stress is a major cause of mutation but little is known about how growth in the absence of oxygen impacts the rate and spectrum of mutations. We employed long-term mutation accumulation experiments to directly measure the rates and spectra of spontaneous mutation events in Escherichia coli populations propagated under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. To detect mutations, whole genome sequencing was coupled with methods of analysis sufficient to identify a broad range of mutational classes, including structural variants (SVs) generated by movement of repetitive elements...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101896/adaptation-of-genetically-monomorphic-bacteria-evolution-of-copper-resistance-through-multiple-horizontal-gene-transfers-of-complex-and-versatile-mobile-genetic-elements
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D Richard, V Ravigné, A Rieux, B Facon, C Boyer, K Boyer, P Grygiel, S Javegny, M Terville, B I Canteros, I Robène, C Vernière, A Chabirand, O Pruvost, P Lefeuvre
Copper-based antimicrobial compounds are widely used to control plant bacterial pathogens. Pathogens have adapted in response to this selective pressure. Xanthomonas citri pv. citri, a major citrus pathogen causing Asiatic citrus canker, was first reported to carry plasmid-encoded copper resistance in Argentina. This phenotype was conferred by the copLAB gene system. The emergence of resistant strains has since been reported in Réunion and Martinique. Using microsatellite-based genotyping and copLAB PCR, we demonstrated that the genetic structure of the copper-resistant strains from these three regions was made up of two distant clusters and varied for the detection of copLAB amplicons...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101376/atpase-activity-tightly-regulates-reca-nucleofilaments-to-promote-homologous-recombination
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Bailin Zhao, Dapeng Zhang, Chengmin Li, Zheng Yuan, Fangzhi Yu, Shangwei Zhong, Guibin Jiang, Yun-Gui Yang, X Chris Le, Michael Weinfeld, Ping Zhu, Hailin Wang
Homologous recombination (HR), catalyzed in an evolutionarily conserved manner by active RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments, maintains genomic integrity and promotes biological evolution and diversity. The structures of RecA/Rad51 nucleofilaments provide information critical for the entire HR process. By exploiting a unique capillary electrophoresis-laser-induced fluorescence polarization assay, we have discovered an active form of RecA nucleofilament, stimulated by ATP hydrolysis, that contains mainly unbound nucleotide sites...
2017: Cell Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100615/rhinovirus-c-asthma-and-cell-surface-expression-of-virus-receptor-cdhr3
#19
Ann C Palmenberg
Human rhinoviruses of the A, B, and C species are defined agents of the common cold. But more than that, the RV-A and RV-C are the dominant cause of hospitalization-category infections in young children, especially those with asthma. The RV-C use of cadherin-related family member 3 (CDHR3) as its cellular receptor, creates a direct phenotypic link between human genetics ("G" vs "A" alleles cause Cys529 vs Tyr529 protein variants) and the efficiency with which RV-C can infect cells. With a lower cell surface display density, the human-specific Cys529 variant apparently confers partial protection from the severest virus-induced asthma episodes...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100306/diverse-novel-astroviruses-identified-in-wild-himalayan-marmots
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Yuanyun Ao, Jiemei Yu, Lili Li, Jingyuan Cao, Hongyan Deng, Yunyun Xin, Mengmeng Liu, Lin Lin, Shan Lu, Jianguo Xu, Zhaojun Duan
With advances in viral surveillance and next generation sequencing, highly diverse novel astroviruses (AstVs) and different animal hosts have been discovered in recent years. However, the existence of AstVs in marmots has yet to be shown. Here, we identified for the first time two highly divergent strains of AstVs, (tentatively named Qinghai Himalayana marmot AstV, HHMAstV1 and HHMAstV2), by viral metagenomic analysis in liver tissues isolated from wild Marmota himalayana in China. Overall, 12 of 99 (12.1%) M...
January 18, 2017: Journal of General Virology
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