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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646875/genome-analysis-of-diploscapter-coronatus-insights-into-molecular-peculiarities-of-a-nematode-with-parthenogenetic-reproduction
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Hideaki Hiraki, Hiroshi Kagoshima, Christopher Kraus, Philipp H Schiffer, Yumiko Ueta, Michael Kroiher, Einhard Schierenberg, Yuji Kohara
BACKGROUND: Sexual reproduction involving the fusion of egg and sperm is prevailing among eukaryotes. In contrast, the nematode Diploscapter coronatus, a close relative of the model Caenorhabditis elegans, reproduces parthenogenetically. Neither males nor sperm have been observed and some steps of meiosis are apparently skipped in this species. To uncover the genomic changes associated with the evolution of parthenogenesis in this nematode, we carried out a genome analysis. RESULTS: We obtained a 170 Mbp draft genome in only 511 scaffolds with a N50 length of 1 Mbp...
June 24, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646326/transposable-elements-mediate-adaptive-debilitation-of-flagella-in-experimental-escherichia-coli-populations
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Gordon R Plague, Krystal S Boodram, Kevin M Dougherty, Sandar Bregg, Daniel P Gilbert, Hira Bakshi, Daniel Costa
Although insertion sequence (IS) elements are generally considered genomic parasites, they can mediate adaptive genetic changes in bacterial genomes. We discovered that among 12 laboratory-evolved Escherichia coli populations, three had experienced at least six different IS1-mediated deletions of flagellar genes. These deletions all involved the master flagellar regulator flhDC, and as such completely incapacitate motility. Two lines of evidence strongly suggest that these deletions were adaptive in our evolution experiment: (1) parallel evolution in three independent populations is highly unlikely just by chance, and (2) one of these deletion mutations swept to fixation within ~1000 generations, which is over two million times faster than expected if this deletion was instead selectively neutral and thus evolving by genetic drift...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646134/complete-mitochondrial-genome-of-clistocoeloma-sinensis-brachyura-grapsoidea-gene-rearrangements-and-higher-level-phylogeny-of-the-brachyura
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Zhao-Zhe Xin, Yu Liu, Dai-Zhen Zhang, Xin-Yue Chai, Zheng-Fei Wang, Hua-Bin Zhang, Chun-Lin Zhou, Bo-Ping Tang, Qiu-Ning Liu
Deciphering the animal mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) is very important to understand their molecular evolution and phylogenetic relationships. In this study, the complete mitogenome of Clistocoeloma sinensis was determined. The mitogenome of C. sinensis was 15,706 bp long, and its A+T content was 75.7%. The A+T skew of the mitogenome of C. sinensis was slightly negative (-0.020). All the transfer RNA genes had the typical cloverleaf structure, except for the trnS1 gene, which lacked a dihydroxyuridine arm...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646115/genome-analysis-of-endomicrobium-proavitum-suggests-loss-and-gain-of-relevant-functions-during-the-evolution-of-intracellular-symbionts
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Hao Zheng, Carsten Dietrich, Andreas Brune
Bacterial endosymbionts of eukaryotes show progressive genome erosion, but detailed investigations of the evolutionary processes involved in the transition to an intracellular lifestyle are generally hampered by the lack of extant free-living lineages. Here, we characterize the genome of the recently isolated, free-living Endomicrobium proavitum, the second member of the Elusimicrobia phylum brought into pure culture, and compare it to the closely related "Candidatus Endomicrobium trichonymphae" strain Rs-D17, a previously described but uncultured endosymbiont of termite gut flagellates...
June 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645921/the-east-asian-origin-of-the-giant-lobelias
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Eric B Knox, Chunjiao Li
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Rapid radiations are difficult to reconstruct when organismal diversification and biogeographic movement outpace the evolution of genes typically used in phylogenetic analyses. The 125 kb of unique sequence from complete plastid genomes (= plastomes) largely solves the molecular sampling problem, and taxon sampling that triangulates the base of each major subclade largely solves the long-branch attraction problem. This combination of molecular and phylogenetic sampling is used to reconstruct the cosmopolitan radiation of lobeliads, with special focus on the origin of the giant lobelias...
June 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645766/phylogenomic-analysis-supports-multiple-instances-of-polyphyly-in-the-oomycete-peronosporalean-lineage
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Marina S Ascunce, Jose C Huguet-Tapia, Almudena Ortiz-Urquiza, Nemat O Keyhani, Edward L Braun, Erica M Goss
The study of biological diversification of oomycetes has been a difficult task for more than a century. Pioneer researchers used morphological characters to describe this heterogeneous group, and physiological and genetic tools expanded knowledge of these microorganisms. However, research on oomycete diversification is limited by conflicting phylogenies. Using whole genomic data from 17 oomycete taxa, we obtained a dataset of 277 core orthologous genes shared among these genomes. Analyses of this dataset resulted in highly congruent and strongly supported estimates of oomycete phylogeny when we used concatenated maximum likelihood and coalescent-based methods; the one important exception was the position of Albugo...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645581/improvement-of-isopropanol-tolerance-of-escherichia-coli-using-adaptive-laboratory-evolution-and-omics-technologies
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Takaaki Horinouchi, Aki Sakai, Hazuki Kotani, Kumi Tanabe, Chikara Furusawa
Isopropanol (IPA) is the secondary alcohol that can be dehydrated to yield propylene. To produce IPA using microorganisms, a significant issue is that the toxicity of IPA causes retardation or inhibition of cell growth, decreasing the yield. One possible strategy to overcome this problem is to improve IPA tolerance of production organisms. For the understanding of tolerance to IPA, we performed parallel adaptive laboratory evolution (ALE) of Escherichia coli under IPA stress. To identify the genotypic change during ALE, we performed genome re-sequencing analyses of obtained tolerant strains...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645261/genome-wide-analysis-of-udp-glycosyltransferase-super-family-in-brassica-rapa-and-brassica-oleracea-reveals-its-evolutionary-history-and-functional-characterization
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Jingyin Yu, Fan Hu, Komivi Dossa, Zhaokai Wang, Tao Ke
BACKGROUND: Glycosyltransferases comprise a highly divergent and polyphyletic multigene family that is involved in widespread modification of plant secondary metabolites in a process called glycosylation. According to conserved domains identified in their amino acid sequences, these glycosyltransferases can be classified into a single UDP-glycosyltransferase (UGT) 1 superfamily. RESULTS: We performed genome-wide comparative analysis of UGT genes to trace evolutionary history in algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes, and angiosperms; then, we further investigated the expansion mechanisms and function characterization of UGT gene families in Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645244/evolution-of-the-vertebrate-insulin-receptor-substrate-irs-gene-family
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Ahmad Al-Salam, David M Irwin
BACKGROUND: Insulin receptor substrate (Irs) proteins are essential for insulin signaling as they allow downstream effectors to dock with, and be activated by, the insulin receptor. A family of four Irs proteins have been identified in mice, however the gene for one of these, IRS3, has been pseudogenized in humans. While it is known that the Irs gene family originated in vertebrates, it is not known when it originated and which members are most closely related to each other. A better understanding of the evolution of Irs genes and proteins should provide insight into the regulation of metabolism by insulin...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645231/evolution-of-hormone-signaling-networks-in-plant-defense
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Matthias L Berens, Hannah M Berry, Akira Mine, Cristiana T Argueso, Kenichi Tsuda
Studies with model plants such as Arabidopsis thaliana have revealed that phytohormones are central regulators of plant defense. The intricate network of phytohormone signaling pathways enables plants to activate appropriate and effective defense responses against pathogens as well as to balance defense and growth. The timing of the evolution of most phytohormone signaling pathways seems to coincide with the colonization of land, a likely requirement for plant adaptations to the more variable terrestrial environments, which included the presence of pathogens...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645099/harnessing-the-natural-diversity-and-in-vitro-evolution-of-cas9-to-expand-the-genome-editing-toolbox
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REVIEW
Tautvydas Karvelis, Giedrius Gasiunas, Virginijus Siksnys
In the past few years, the Cas9 endonuclease from the type II CRISPR-Cas bacterial antiviral defense system has revolutionized the genome editing field. Guided by an RNA molecule, Cas9 can be reprogrammed to target almost any DNA sequence: the only limitation being the short nucleotide sequence in the vicinity of the target, termed the PAM, which is characteristic for each Cas9 protein. Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9 which recognizes the NGG PAM is currently most widely used for genome manipulation. However, Cas9 orthologues and engineered Cas9 variants offer expanded genome targeting capabilities, improved specificity and biochemical properties...
June 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644436/the-lats1-and-lats2-tumor-suppressors-beyond-the-hippo-pathway
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REVIEW
Noa Furth, Yael Aylon
Proper cellular functionality and homeostasis are maintained by the convergent integration of various signaling cascades, which enable cells to respond to internal and external changes. The Dbf2-related kinases LATS1 and LATS2 (LATS) have emerged as central regulators of cell fate, by modulating the functions of numerous oncogenic or tumor suppressive effectors, including the canonical Hippo effectors YAP/TAZ, the Aurora mitotic kinase family, estrogen signaling and the tumor suppressive transcription factor p53...
June 23, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644134/the-conundrum-of-the-epstein-barr-virus-associated-gastric-carcinoma-in-the-americas
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REVIEW
Gonzalo Carrasco-Avino, Ismael Riquelme, Oslando Padilla, Miguel Villaseca, Francisco R Aguayo, Alejandro H Corvalan
Epstein-Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma shows a higher prevalence in the Americas than Asia. We summarize all studies of Epstein Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma in the Americas, focusing on host characteristics, environmental associations and phylogeographic diversity of Epstein-Barr virus strains. In the Americas, the prevalence of Epstein Barr virus-associated gastric carcinoma is 11.4%, more frequent in males and portray predominantly diffuse-type histology. EBERs, EBNAs, BARTs and LMP are the highest expressed genes; their variations in healthy individuals may explain the phylogeographic diversity of Epstein-Barr virus across the region...
June 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643626/what-defines-the-kingdom-fungi
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Thomas A Richards, Guy Leonard, Jeremy G Wideman
The application of environmental DNA techniques and increased genome sequencing of microbial diversity, combined with detailed study of cellular characters, has consistently led to the reexamination of our understanding of the tree of life. This has challenged many of the definitions of taxonomic groups, especially higher taxonomic ranks such as eukaryotic kingdoms. The Fungi is an example of a kingdom which, together with the features that define it and the taxa that are grouped within it, has been in a continual state of flux...
June 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642843/the-impact-of-genome-region-of-difference-4-rd4-on-mycobacterial-virulence-and-bcg-efficacy
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Huanwei Ru, Xiaojia Liu, Chen Lin, Jingyan Yang, Fuzeng Chen, Ruifeng Sun, Lu Zhang, Jun Liu
Comparative genome analyses have revealed a number of regions of difference (RD) among mycobacterial species. The functional consequences of most of these genome variations have not been studied. RD4, which encompasses Rv1506c-Rv1516c of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tb) H37Rv, is absent in the closely related Mycobacterium bovis and M. bovis Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG). On the other hand, we previously found that Mycobacterium marinum has an extended RD4 which includes a number of genes involved in the biosynthesis of lipooligosaccharides (LOSs)...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642787/mutational-signatures-are-critical-for-proper-estimation-of-purifying-selection-pressures-in-cancer-somatic-mutation-data-when-using-the-dn-ds-metric
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Jimmy Van den Eynden, Erik Larsson
Large cancer genome sequencing initiatives have led to the identification of cancer driver genes based on signals of positive selection in somatic mutation data. Additionally, the identification of purifying (negative) selection has the potential to identify essential genes that may be of therapeutic interest. The most widely used way of quantifying selection pressures in protein-coding genes is the dN/dS metric, which compares non-synonymous to synonymous substitution rates. In this study, we examine whether and how this metric is influenced by the mutational processes that have been active during tumor evolution...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642778/characterization-of-salt-induced-epigenetic-segregation-by-genome-wide-loss-of-heterozygosity-and-its-association-with-salt-tolerance-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Min Li, Wen-Sheng Wang, Yun-Long Pang, Jessica R Domingo, Jauhar Ali, Jian-Long Xu, Bin-Ying Fu, Elec B Venus, Zhi-Kang Li
In a breeding effort to develop salt tolerant (ST) rice varieties by designed QTL pyramiding, large numbers of progenies derived from four crosses between salt- or drought- tolerant BC2F5 IR64 introgression lines, were subjected to severe salt stress, resulting in 422 ST plants. The progeny testing of the selected F3 lines under more severe salt stress resulted in identification of 16 promising homozygous lines with high levels of ST. Genetic characterization of the 422 ST F3 progeny and 318 random F2 plants from the same four crosses using 105 segregating SSR markers lead to three interesting discoveries: (1) salt stress can induce genome-wide epigenetic segregation (ES) characterized by complete loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and nearly complete loss of an allele (LOA) in the F3 progenies of four rice populations in a single generation; (2) ∼25% of the stress-induced ES loci were transgenerational and inherited from their salt- and drought- selected parents; and (3) the salt-induced LOH and LOA loci (regions) appeared to contain genes/alleles associated with ST and/or drought tolerance...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642542/the-highly-rearranged-mitochondrial-genomes-of-the-crabs-maja-crispata-and-maja-squinado-majidae-and-gene-order-evolution-in-brachyura
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Andrea Basso, Massimiliano Babbucci, Marianna Pauletto, Emilio Riginella, Tomaso Patarnello, Enrico Negrisolo
We sequenced the mitochondrial genomes of the spider crabs Maja crispata and Maja squinado (Majidae, Brachyura). Both genomes contain the whole set of 37 genes characteristic of Bilaterian genomes, encoded on both α- and β-strands. Both species exhibit the same gene order, which is unique among known animal genomes. In particular, all the genes located on the β-strand form a single block. This gene order was analysed together with the other nine gene orders known for the Brachyura. Our study confirms that the most widespread gene order (BraGO) represents the plesiomorphic condition for Brachyura and was established at the onset of this clade...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642229/evolutionary-dynamics-of-the-kinetochore-network-in-eukaryotes-as-revealed-by-comparative-genomics
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Jolien Je van Hooff, Eelco Tromer, Leny M van Wijk, Berend Snel, Geert Jpl Kops
During eukaryotic cell division, the sister chromatids of duplicated chromosomes are pulled apart by microtubules, which connect via kinetochores. The kinetochore is a multiprotein structure that links centromeres to microtubules, and that emits molecular signals in order to safeguard the equal distribution of duplicated chromosomes over daughter cells. Although microtubule-mediated chromosome segregation is evolutionary conserved, kinetochore compositions seem to have diverged. To systematically inventory kinetochore diversity and to reconstruct its evolution, we determined orthologs of 70 kinetochore proteins in 90 phylogenetically diverse eukaryotes...
June 22, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642169/a-novel-method-to-quantify-base-substitution-mutations-at-the-10-6-per-bp-level-in-dna-samples
#20
Satoshi Yamashita, Naoko Iida, Hideyuki Takeshima, Naoko Hattori, Maeda Masahiro, Takayoshi Kishino, Reiko Nagano, Taichi Shimazu, Shoichiro Tsugane, Toshikazu Ushijima
Somatic base substitution mutations of frequencies at the 10(-6)/bp level are expected to be present in many biomedical samples, such as tissues exposed to carcinogenic factors and exhausted stem cells. However, measurement of such rare mutations has been very difficult in human DNA samples. Here, we invented the use of 100 copies of genomic DNA as a template for amplicon deep sequencing so that a real mutation in a single DNA molecule would be detected at a variant allele frequency of 1% while sequencing errors have less frequency...
June 19, 2017: Cancer Letters
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