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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141226/a-pan-cancer-analysis-of-the-expression-and-clinical-relevance-of-small-nucleolar-rnas-in-human-cancer
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Jing Gong, Yajuan Li, Chun-Jie Liu, Yu Xiang, Chunlai Li, Youqiong Ye, Zhao Zhang, David H Hawke, Peter K Park, Lixia Diao, John A Putkey, Liuqing Yang, An-Yuan Guo, Chunru Lin, Leng Han
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) play important roles in tumorigenesis. We systematically investigated the expression landscape and clinical relevance of snoRNAs in >10,000 samples across 31 cancer types from The Cancer Genome Atlas. We observed overall elevated expression of snoRNAs and their ribonucleoproteins in multiple cancer types. We showed complex regulation of snoRNA expression by their host genes, copy number variation, and DNA methylation. Unsupervised clustering revealed that the snoRNA expression subtype is highly concordant with other molecular/clinical subtypes...
November 14, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141004/lack-of-mitochondrial-muts-homolog-1-in-toxoplasma-gondii-disrupts-maintenance-and-fidelity-of-mitochondrial-dna-and-reveals-metabolic-plasticity
#2
Tamila Garbuz, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
The importance of maintaining the fidelity of the mitochondrial genome is underscored by the presence of various repair pathways within this organelle. Presumably, the repair of mitochondrial DNA would be of particular importance in organisms that possess only a single mitochondrion, like the human pathogens Plasmodium falciparum and Toxoplasma gondii. Understanding the machinery that maintains mitochondrial DNA in these parasites is of particular relevance, as mitochondrial function is a validated and effective target for anti-parasitic drugs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140976/independent-degradation-in-genes-of-the-plastid-ndh-gene-family-in-species-of-the-orchid-genus-cymbidium-orchidaceae-epidendroideae
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Hyoung Tae Kim, Mark W Chase
In this paper, we compare ndh genes in the plastid genome of many Cymbidium species and three closely related taxa in Orchidaceae looking for evidence of ndh gene degradation. Among the 11 ndh genes, there were frequently large deletions in directly repeated or AT-rich regions. Variation in these degraded ndh genes occurs between individual plants, apparently at population levels in these Cymbidium species. It is likely that ndh gene transfers from the plastome to mitochondrial genome (chondriome) occurred independently in Orchidaceae and that ndh genes in the chondriome were also relatively recently transferred between distantly related species in Orchidaceae...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140975/natural-variation-of-a-sensor-kinase-controlling-a-conserved-stress-response-pathway-in-escherichia-coli
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Manuela Roggiani, Srujana S Yadavalli, Mark Goulian
Previous studies have shown that exponentially growing Escherichia coli can detect mild acidity (~pH 5.5) and, in response, synthesize enzymes that protect against severe acid shock. This adaptation is controlled by the EvgS/EvgA phosphorelay, a signal transduction system present in virtually every E. coli isolate whose genome has been sequenced. Here we show that, despite this high level of conservation, the EvgS/EvgA system displays a surprising natural variation in pH-sensing capacity, with some strains entirely non-responsive to low pH stimulus...
November 15, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140727/population-genomics-of-herbicide-resistance-adaptation-via-evolutionary-rescue
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Julia M Kreiner, John R Stinchcombe, Stephen I Wright
The evolution of herbicide resistance in weed populations is a highly replicated example of adaptation surmounting the race against extinction, but the factors determining its rate and nature remain poorly understood. Here, we explore theory and empirical evidence for the importance of population genetic parameters-including effective population size, dominance, mutational target size, and gene flow-in influencing the probability and mode of herbicide resistance adaptation and its variation across species. We compiled data on the number of resistance mutations across populations for 79 herbicide-resistant species...
November 15, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140470/database-resources-of-the-national-center-for-biotechnology-information
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The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) provides a large suite of online resources for biological information and data, including the GenBank® nucleic acid sequence database and the PubMed database of citations and abstracts for published life science journals. The Entrez system provides search and retrieval operations for most of these data from 39 distinct databases. The E-utilities serve as the programming interface for the Entrez system. Augmenting many of the Web applications are custom implementations of the BLAST program optimized to search specialized data sets...
November 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140456/minimotif-miner-4-a-million-peptide-minimotifs-and-counting
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Kenneth F Lyon, Xingyu Cai, Richard J Young, Abdullah-Al Mamun, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, Martin R Schiller
Minimotif Miner (MnM) is a database and web system for analyzing short functional peptide motifs, termed minimotifs. We present an update to MnM growing the database from ∼300 000 to >1 000 000 minimotif consensus sequences and instances. This growth comes largely from updating data from existing databases and annotation of articles with high-throughput approaches analyzing different types of post-translational modifications. Another update is mapping human proteins and their minimotifs to know human variants from the dbSNP, build 150...
November 11, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138475/the-rises-and-falls-of-opsin-genes-in-59-ray-finned-fish-genomes-and-their-implications-for-environmental-adaptation
#8
Jinn-Jy Lin, Feng-Yu Wang, Wen-Hsiung Li, Tzi-Yuan Wang
We studied the evolution of opsin genes in 59 ray-finned fish genomes. We identified the opsin genes and adjacent genes (syntenies) in each genome. Then we inferred the changes in gene copy number (N), syntenies, and tuning sites along each phylogenetic branch during evolution. The Exorh (rod opsin) gene has been retained in 56 genomes. Rh1, the intronless rod opsin gene, first emerged in ancestral Actinopterygii, and N increased to 2 by the teleost-specific whole genome duplication, but then decreased to 1 in the ancestor of Neoteleostei fishes...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138459/the-genomic-landscape-of-nepalese-tibeto-burmans-reveals-new-insights-into-the-recent-peopling-of-southern-himalayas
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Guido A Gnecchi-Ruscone, Choongwon Jeong, Sara De Fanti, Stefania Sarno, Michela Trancucci, Davide Gentilini, Anna M Di Blasio, Mingma G Sherpa, Phurba T Sherpa, Giorgio Marinelli, Marco Di Marcello, Luca Natali, Davide Peluzzi, Davide Pettener, Anna Di Rienzo, Donata Luiselli, Marco Sazzini
While much research attention has focused on demographic processes that enabled human diffusion on the Tibetan plateau, little is known about more recent colonization of Southern Himalayas. In particular, the history of migrations, admixture and/or isolation of populations speaking Tibeto-Burman languages, which is supposed to be quite complex and to have reshaped patterns of genetic variation on both sides of the Himalayan arc, remains only partially elucidated. We thus described the genomic landscape of previously unsurveyed Tibeto-Burman (i...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138457/functional-annotation-of-structural-ncrnas-within-enhancer-rnas-in-the-human-genome-implications-for-human-disease
#10
Chao Ren, Feng Liu, Zhangyi Ouyang, Gaole An, Chenghui Zhao, Jun Shuai, Shuhong Cai, Xiaochen Bo, Wenjie Shu
Enhancer RNAs (eRNAs) are a novel class of non-coding RNA (ncRNA) molecules transcribed from the DNA sequences of enhancer regions. Despite extensive efforts devoted to revealing the potential functions and underlying mechanisms of eRNAs, it remains an open question whether eRNAs are mere transcriptional noise or relevant biologically functional species. Here, we identified a catalogue of eRNAs in a broad range of human cell/tissue types and extended our understanding of eRNAs by demonstrating their multi-omic signatures...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138440/structural-basis-for-dna-recognition-of-a-single-stranded-dna-binding-protein-from-enterobacter-phage-enc34
#11
Elina Cernooka, Janis Rumnieks, Kaspars Tars, Andris Kazaks
Modern DNA sequencing capabilities have led to the discovery of a large number of new bacteriophage genomes, which are a rich source of novel proteins with an unidentified biological role. The genome of Enterobacter cancerogenus bacteriophage Enc34 contains several proteins of unknown function that are nevertheless conserved among distantly related phages. Here, we report the crystal structure of a conserved Enc34 replication protein ORF6 which contains a domain of unknown function DUF2815. Despite the low (~15%) sequence identity, the Enc34 ORF6 structurally resembles the gene 2...
November 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138307/microdiversity-of-an-abundant-terrestrial-bacterium-encompasses-extensive-variation-in-ecologically-relevant-traits
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Alexander B Chase, Ulas Karaoz, Eoin L Brodie, Zulema Gomez-Lunar, Adam C Martiny, Jennifer B H Martiny
Much genetic diversity within a bacterial community is likely obscured by microdiversity within operational taxonomic units (OTUs) defined by 16S rRNA gene sequences. However, it is unclear how variation within this microdiversity influences ecologically relevant traits. Here, we employ a multifaceted approach to investigate microdiversity within the dominant leaf litter bacterium, Curtobacterium, which comprises 7.8% of the bacterial community at a grassland site undergoing global change manipulations. We use cultured bacterial isolates to interpret metagenomic data, collected in situ over 2 years, together with lab-based physiological assays to determine the extent of trait variation within this abundant OTU...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138301/genomic-variation-and-evolution-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-st36-over-the-course-of-a-transcontinental-epidemic-expansion
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Jaime Martinez-Urtaza, Ronny van Aerle, Michel Abanto, Julie Haendiges, Robert A Myers, Joaquin Trinanes, Craig Baker-Austin, Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona
Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the leading cause of seafood-related infections with illnesses undergoing a geographic expansion. In this process of expansion, the most fundamental change has been the transition from infections caused by local strains to the surge of pandemic clonal types. Pandemic clone sequence type 3 (ST3) was the only example of transcontinental spreading until 2012, when ST36 was detected outside the region where it is endemic in the U.S. Pacific Northwest causing infections along the U.S. northeast coast and Spain...
November 14, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138237/natural-variation-in-ser1-and-ena6-underlie-condition-specific-growth-defects-in-saccharomyces%C3%A2-cerevisiae
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Amy Sirr, Adrian C Scott, Gareth A Cromie, Catherine L Ludlow, Vida Ahyong, Trey S Morgan, Teresa Gilbert, Aimée M Dudley
Despite their ubiquitous use in laboratory strains, naturally occurring loss-of-function mutations in genes encoding core metabolic enzymes are relatively rare in wild isolates of Saccharomyces cerevisiae Here, we identify a naturally occurring serine auxotrophy in a sake brewing strain from Japan. Through a cross with a honey wine (white tecc) brewing strain from Ethiopia, we map the minimal medium growth defect to SER1, which encodes 3-phosphoserine aminotransferase and is orthologous to the human disease gene, PSAT1 To investigate the impact of this polymorphism under conditions of abundant external nutrients, we examine growth in rich medium alone or with additional stresses, including the drugs caffeine and rapamycin and relatively high concentrations of copper, salt, and ethanol...
November 14, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138229/genomic-structural-variations-lead-to-dysregulation-of-important-coding-and-non-coding-rna-species-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Jan Haas, Stefan Mester, Alan Lai, Karen S Frese, Farbod Sedaghat-Hamedani, Elham Kayvanpour, Tobias Rausch, Rouven Nietsch, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Avisha Carstensen, Mirko Völkers, Carsten Dietrich, Dietmar Pils, Ali Amr, Daniel B Holzer, Diana Martins Bordalo, Daniel Oehler, Tanja Weis, Derliz Mereles, Sebastian Buss, Eva Riechert, Emil Wirsz, Maximilian Wuerstle, Jan O Korbel, Andreas Keller, Hugo A Katus, Andreas E Posch, Benjamin Meder
The transcriptome needs to be tightly regulated by mechanisms that include transcription factors, enhancers, and repressors as well as non-coding RNAs. Besides this dynamic regulation, a large part of phenotypic variability of eukaryotes is expressed through changes in gene transcription caused by genetic variation. In this study, we evaluate genome-wide structural genomic variants (SVs) and their association with gene expression in the human heart. We detected 3,898 individual SVs affecting all classes of gene transcripts (e...
November 14, 2017: EMBO Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137971/clearance-of-schistosome-parasites-by-resistant-genotypes-at-a-single-genomic-region-in-biomphalaria-glabrata-snails-involves-cellular-components-of-the-hemolymph
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Euan R O Allan, Benjamin Gourbal, Camila B Dores, Anais Portet, Christopher J Bayne, Michael S Blouin
Schistosomiasis is one of the most detrimental neglected tropical diseases. Controlling the spread of this parasitic illness requires effective sanitation, access to chemotherapeutic drugs, and control over populations of the freshwater snails, such as Biomphalaria glabrata, that are essential intermediate hosts for schistosomes. Effectively controlling this disease, while minimizing ecological implications of such control, will require an extensive understanding of the immunological interactions between schistosomes and their molluscan intermediate hosts...
November 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137951/triple-negative-breast-cancer-stem-cells-and-african-ancestry
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REVIEW
Evelyn Jiagge, Dhananjay Chitale, Lisa A Newman
Triple-negative breast cancers (TNBC) are more common among African ancestry populations, such as African Americans and western, sub-Saharan Africans, compared to European ancestry populations. This phenotype prevalence contributes to breast cancer outcome disparities between African Americans and Caucasian Americans. Breast cancer stem cells represent the tumor subpopulation responsible for metastatic virulence and ongoing research seeks to characterize the extent to which TNBC versus non-TNBC stem cells may differ...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136208/mouse-phenome-database-an-integrative-database-and-analysis-suite-for-curated-empirical-phenotype-data-from-laboratory-mice
#18
Molly A Bogue, Stephen C Grubb, David O Walton, Vivek M Philip, Georgi Kolishovski, Tim Stearns, Matthew H Dunn, Daniel A Skelly, Beena Kadakkuzha, Gregg TeHennepe, Govindarajan Kunde-Ramamoorthy, Elissa J Chesler
The Mouse Phenome Database (MPD; https://phenome.jax.org) is a widely used resource that provides access to primary experimental trait data, genotypic variation, protocols and analysis tools for mouse genetic studies. Data are contributed by investigators worldwide and represent a broad scope of phenotyping endpoints and disease-related traits in naïve mice and those exposed to drugs, environmental agents or other treatments. MPD houses individual animal data with detailed, searchable protocols, and makes these data available to other resources via API...
November 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136139/rad-seq-reveals-patterns-of-additive-polygenic-variation-caused-by-spatially-varying-selection-in-the-american-eel-anguilla-rostrata
#19
Charles Babin, Pierre-Alexandre Gagnaire, Scott A Pavey, Louis Bernatchez
The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) has an exceptional life cycle characterised by panmictic reproduction at the species scale, random dispersal and selection in a highly heterogeneous habitat extending from subtropical to subarctic latitudes. The genetic consequences of spatially-varying selection in this species have been investigated for decades, revealing subtle clines in allele frequency at a few loci that contrast with complete panmixia on the vast majority of the genome. Because reproduction homogenizes allele frequencies every generation, sampling size and genomic coverage are critical to reach sufficient power to detect selected loci in this context...
November 10, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136137/copy-number-variation-and-expression-analysis-reveals-a-non-orthologous-pinta-gene-family-member-involved-in-butterfly-vision
#20
Aide Macias-Muñoz, Kyle J McCulloch, Adriana D Briscoe
Vertebrate (CRALBP) and Drosophila (PINTA) proteins with a CRAL-TRIO domain transport retinal-based chromophores that bind to opsin proteins and are necessary for phototransduction. The CRAL-TRIO domain gene family is composed of genes that encode proteins with a common N-terminal structural domain. While there is an expansion of this gene family in Lepidoptera, there is no lepidopteran ortholog of pinta. Further, the function of these genes in lepidopterans has not yet been established. Here we explored the molecular evolution and expression of CRAL-TRIO domain genes in the butterfly Heliconius melpomene in order to identify a member of this gene family as a candidate chromophore transporter...
November 9, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
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