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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334409/climate-driven-mitochondrial-selection-a-test-in-australian-songbirds
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Annika Mae Lamb, Han Ming Gan, Chris Greening, Leo Joseph, Yin Peng Lee, Alejandra Morán-Ordóñez, Paul Sunnucks, Alexandra Pavlova
Diversifying selection between populations that inhabit different environments can promote lineage divergence within species and ultimately drive speciation. The mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) encodes essential proteins of the oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) system and can be a strong target for climate-driven selection (i.e. associated with inhabiting different climates). We investigated whether Pleistocene climate changes drove mitochondrial selection and evolution within Australian birds. First, using phylogeographic analyses of the mitochondrial ND2 gene for 17 songbird species, we identified mitochondrial clades (mitolineages)...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333587/genetic-characterization-and-modification-of-a-bioethanol-producing-yeast-strain
#2
Ke Zhang, Ya-Nan Di, Lei Qi, Yang Sui, Ting-Yu Wang, Li Fan, Zhen-Mei Lv, Xue-Chang Wu, Pin-Mei Wang, Dao-Qiong Zheng
Yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains isolated from different sources generally show extensive genetic and phenotypic diversity. Understanding how genomic variations influence phenotypes is important for developing strategies with improved economic traits. The diploid S. cerevisiae strain NY1308 is used for cellulosic bioethanol production. Whole genome sequencing identified an extensive amount of single nucleotide variations and small insertions/deletions in the genome of NY1308 compared with the S288c genome...
January 15, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333270/lessons-from-ten-years-of-genome-wide-association-studies-of-asthma
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REVIEW
Cristina T Vicente, Joana A Revez, Manuel A R Ferreira
Twenty-five genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of asthma were published between 2007 and 2016, the largest with a sample size of 157242 individuals. Across these studies, 39 genetic variants in low linkage disequilibrium (LD) with each other were reported to associate with disease risk at a significance threshold of P<5 × 10-8, including 31 in populations of European ancestry. Results from analyses of the UK Biobank data (n=380 503) indicate that at least 28 of the 31 associations reported in Europeans represent true-positive findings, collectively explaining 2...
December 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333268/progress-of-genome-wide-association-studies-of-ankylosing-spondylitis
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REVIEW
Zhixiu Li, Matthew A Brown
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is an immune-mediated arthritis which primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. Significant progress has been made in discovery of genetic associations with AS by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) over past decade. These findings have uncovered novel pathways involved pathogenesis of the disease and have led to introduction of novel therapeutic treatments for AS. In this Review, we discuss the genetic variations associated with AS identified by GWAS, the major pathways revealed by these AS-associated variations and critical cell types involved in AS development...
December 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333267/type-1-diabetes-genome-wide-association-studies-not-to-be-lost-in-translation
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REVIEW
Flemming Pociot
Genetic studies have identified >60 loci associated with the risk of developing type 1 diabetes (T1D). The vast majority of these are identified by genome-wide association studies (GWAS) using large case-control cohorts of European ancestry. More than 80% of the heritability of T1D can be explained by GWAS data in this population group. However, with few exceptions, their individual contribution to T1D risk is low and understanding their function in disease biology remains a huge challenge. GWAS on its own does not inform us in detail on disease mechanisms, but the combination of GWAS data with other omics-data is beginning to advance our understanding of T1D etiology and pathogenesis...
December 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332303/mitochondrial-dna-nuclear-context-and-the-risk-for-carcinogenesis
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REVIEW
Brett A Kaufman, Martin Picard, Neal Sondheimer
The inheritance of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from mother to child is complicated by differences in the stability of the mitochondrial genome. Although the germ line mtDNA is protected through the minimization of replication between generations, sequence variation can occur either through mutation or due to changes in the ratio between distinct genomes that are present in the mother (known as heteroplasmy). Thus, the unpredictability in transgenerational inheritance of mtDNA may cause the emergence of pathogenic mitochondrial and cellular phenotypes in offspring...
January 14, 2018: Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331867/classification-and-evolution-of-human-papillomavirus-genome-variants-alpha-5-hpv26-51-69-82-alpha-6-hpv30-53-56-66-alpha-11-hpv34-73-alpha-13-hpv54-and-alpha-3-hpv61
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Zigui Chen, Mark Schiffman, Rolando Herrero, Rob DeSalle, Kathryn Anastos, Michel Segondy, Vikrant V Sahasrabuddhe, Patti E Gravitt, Ann W Hsing, Paul K S Chan, Robert D Burk
HPV variants from the same type can be classified into lineages and sublineages based on the complete genome differences and the phylogenetic topologies. We examined nucleotide variations of twelve HPV types within the species Alpha-5 (HPV26, 51, 69, 82), Alpha-6 (HPV30, 53, 56, 66), Alpha-11 (HPV34, 73), Alpha-13 (HPV54) and Alpha-3 (HPV61) by analyzing 1432 partial sequences and 181 complete genomes from multiple geographic populations. The inter-lineage and inter-sublineage mean differences of HPV variants ranged between 0...
January 11, 2018: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331751/comprehensive-genomic-profiling-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-reveals-fgfr1-amplifications-and-tumour-genomic-alterations-burden-as-prognostic-biomarkers-of-survival
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C Dubot, V Bernard, M P Sablin, S Vacher, W Chemlali, A Schnitzler, G Pierron, K Ait Rais, N Bessoltane, E Jeannot, J Klijanienko, O Mariani, T Jouffroy, V Calugaru, C Hoffmann, M Lesnik, N Badois, F Berger, C Le Tourneau, M Kamal, I Bieche
BACKGROUND: We aimed at identifying deleterious genomic alterations from untreated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients, and assessing their prognostic value. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrieved 122 HNSCC patients who underwent primary surgery. Targeted NGS was used to analyse a panel of 100 genes selected among the most frequently altered genes in HNSCC and potential therapeutic targets. We selected only deleterious (activating or inactivating) single nucleotide variations, and copy number variations for analysis...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331671/the-molecular-characteristics-of-avian-influenza-viruses-h9n2-derived-from-air-samples-in-live-poultry-markets
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Yanheng Wu, Jinsi Lin, Shuhuan Yang, Ying Xie, Man Wang, Xueqin Chen, Yayang Zhu, Le Luo, Wuyang Shi
OBJECTIVE: To study the molecular characteristics of H9N2-subtype avian influenza viruses (AIVs) isolated from air samples collected in live poultry markets (LPMs) and explore their sequence identities with AIVs that caused human infection. METHODS: Weekly surveillance of H9N2-subtype AIVs in the air of LPMs was conducted from 2015 to 2016. H9-positive samples were isolated from chicken embryos. Whole genome sequences of the isolated AIVs were obtained through high-throughput sequencing...
January 10, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331465/genome-wide-association-study-for-milk-infrared-wavenumbers
#10
Qiuyu Wang, Henk Bovenhuis
Individual wavenumbers of the infrared (IR) spectra of bovine milk have been shown to be moderately to highly heritable. The objective of this study was to identify genomic regions associated with individual milk IR wavenumbers. This is expected to provide information about the genetic background of milk composition and give insight in the relation between IR wavenumbers and milk components. For this purpose, a genome-wide association study was performed for a selected set of 50 individual IR wavenumbers measured on 1,748 Dutch Holstein cows...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330536/carbon-limitation-drives-gc-content-evolution-of-a-marine-bacterium-in-an-individual-based-genome-scale-model
#11
Ferdi L Hellweger, Yongjie Huang, Haiwei Luo
An important unanswered question in evolutionary genomics is the source of considerable variation of genomic base composition (GC content) even among organisms that share one habitat. Evolution toward GC-poor genomes has been considered a major adaptive pathway in the oligotrophic ocean, but GC-rich bacteria are also prevalent and highly successful in this environment. We quantify the contribution of multiple factors to the change of genomic GC content of Ruegeria pomeroyi DSS-3, a representative and GC-rich member in the globally abundant Roseobacter clade, using an agent-based model...
January 12, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330186/effect-of-plasmid-design-and-type-of-integration-event-on-recombinant-protein-expression-in-pichia-pastoris
#12
Thomas Vogl, Leigh Gebbie, Robin W Palfreyman, Robert Speight
Pichia pastoris (syn. Komagataella phaffii) is one of the most common eukaryotic expression systems for heterologous protein production. Expression cassettes are typically integrated in the genome to obtain stable expression strains. In contrast to Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where short overhangs are sufficient to target highly specific integration, long overhangs are more efficient in P. pastoris and ectopic integration of foreign DNA can occur. Here, we aimed to elucidate the influence of ectopic integration by high throughput screening of >700 transformants and whole genome sequencing of 27 transformants...
January 12, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329426/a-practical-guide-to-estimating-the-heritability-of-pathogen-traits
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Venelin Mitov, Tanja Stadler
Pathogen traits, such as the virulence of an infection, can vary significantly between patients. A major challenge is to measure the extent to which genetic differences between infecting strains explain the observed variation of the trait. This is quantified by the trait's broad-sense heritability, H2. A recent discrepancy between estimates of the heritability of HIV-virulence has opened a debate on the estimators' accuracy. Here, we show that the discrepancy originates from model limitations and important lifecycle differences between sexually reproducing organisms and transmittable pathogens...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328921/tomato-multiomics-reveals-consequences-of-crop-domestication-and-improvement
#14
James Giovannoni
Genome-scale analyses of variation, gene expression, and metabolite accumulation in ancestral, early domesticates, and modern tomatoes by Zhu et al. identify genes underlying fruit chemistry and demonstrate that alleles affecting metabolic quality have been bred into modern varieties as a result of linkage drag. Similar metabolic hitchhikers are likely ubiquitous in other domesticated species.
January 11, 2018: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328552/changes-in-chromosome-counts-and-patterns-in-cho-cell-lines-upon-generation-of-recombinant-cell-lines-and-subcloning
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Sabine Vcelar, Michael Melcher, Norbert Auer, Astrid Hrdina, Anja Puklowski, Friedrich Leisch, Vaibhav Jadhav, Till Wenger, Martina Baumann, Nicole Borth
Chinese hamster ovary cells are the number one production system for therapeutic proteins. A pre-requirement for their use in industrial production of biopharmaceuticals is to be clonal, thus originating from a single cell in order to be phenotypically and genomically identical. In the present study it was evaluated whether standard procedures, such as the generation of a recombinant cell line in combination with selection for a specific and stable phenotype (expression of the recombinant product) or subcloning have any impact on karyotype stability or homogeneity in CHO cells...
January 12, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328532/population-genomic-footprints-of-host-adaptation-introgression-and-recombination-in-coffee-leaf-rust
#16
Diogo Nuno Silva, Vítor Várzea, Octávio Salgueiro Paulo, Dora Batista
Coffee Leaf Rust, caused by Hemileia vastatrix (Hv), represents the biggest threat to coffee production worldwide and ranks amongst the most serious fungal diseases in history. Despite a recent series of outbreaks and emergence of hyper-virulent strains, the population evolutionary history and potential of this pathogen remains poorly understood. To address this issue, we used RADseq to generate ∼19,000 SNPs across a worldwide collection of 37 Hv samples. Contrarily to the longstanding idea that Hv represents a genetically unstructured and cosmopolitan species, our results reveal the existence of a cryptic species complex with marked host tropism...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327728/diverse-modes-of-clonal-evolution-in-hbv-related-hepatocellular-carcinoma-revealed-by-single-cell-genome-sequencing
#17
Meng Duan, Junfeng Hao, Sijia Cui, Daniel L Worthley, Shu Zhang, Zhichao Wang, Jieyi Shi, Longzi Liu, Xiaoying Wang, Aiwu Ke, Ya Cao, Ruibin Xi, Xiaoming Zhang, Jian Zhou, Jia Fan, Chong Li, Qiang Gao
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a cancer of substantial morphologic, genetic and phenotypic diversity. Yet we do not understand the relationship between intratumor heterogeneity and the associated morphologic/histological characteristics of the tumor. Using single-cell whole-genome sequencing to profile 96 tumor cells (30-36 each) and 15 normal liver cells (5 each), collected from three male patients with HBV-associated HCC, we confirmed that copy number variations occur early in hepatocarcinogenesis but thereafter remain relatively stable throughout tumor progression...
January 12, 2018: Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327450/the-black-legend-on-the-spanish-presence-in-the-low-countries-verifying-shared-beliefs-on-genetic-ancestry
#18
Maarten H D Larmuseau, Francesc Calafell, Sarah A Princen, Ronny Decorte, Violet Soen
OBJECTIVES: War atrocities committed by the Spanish army in the Low Countries during the 16th century are so ingrained in the collective memory of Belgian and Dutch societies that they generally assume a signature of this history to be present in their genetic ancestry. Historians claim this assumption is a consequence of the so-called "Black Legend" and negative propaganda portraying and remembering Spanish soldiers as extreme sexual aggressors. The impact of the presence of Spaniards during the Dutch Revolt on the genetic variation in the Low Countries has been verified in this study...
January 11, 2018: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326229/genomic-understanding-of-an-infectious-brain-disease-from-the-desert
#19
Leandro F Moreno, Abdalla A O Ahmed, Balázs Brankovics, Christina A Cuomo, Steph B J Menken, Saad J Taj-Aldeen, Hani Faidah, J Benjamin Stielow, Marcus de M Teixeira, Francesc X Prenafeta-Boldú, Vania A Vicente, Sybren de Hoog
Rhinocladiella mackenziei accounts for the majority of fungal brain infections in the Middle East and is restricted to the arid climate zone between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Neurotropic dissemination caused by this fungus has been reported in immunocompromised, but also immunocompetent individuals. If untreated, the infection is fatal. Outside of humans, the environmental niche of R. mackenziei is unknown, and the fungus has been only cultured from brain biopsies. In this paper we describe the whole genome re-sequencing of two Rhinocladiella mackenziei strains from patients in Saudi Arabia and Qatar...
January 11, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325989/proteomic-analysis-reveals-the-important-roles-of-alpha-5-collagen-and-atp5%C3%AE-during-skin-ulceration-syndrome-progression-of-sea-cucumber-apostichopus-japonicus
#20
Zelong Zhao, Jingwei Jiang, Yongjia Pan, Hongjuan Sun, Xiaoyan Guan, Shan Gao, Zhong Chen, Ying Dong, Zunchun Zhou
Apostichopus japonicus is one of the most important aquaculture species in China. Skin ulceration syndrome (SUS) of sea cucumber is a common and serious disease affected the development of A. japonicus culture industry. To better understand the response mechanisms of A. japonicus during SUS progression, the protein variations in the body wall of A. japonicus at different stages of SUS were investigated by a comparative proteomic approach based on isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantification. A total of 1449 proteins were identified from the samples at different SUS stages...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Proteomics
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