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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335554/complete-and-incomplete-hepatitis-b-virus-particles-formation-function-and-application
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REVIEW
Jianming Hu, Kuancheng Liu
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a para-retrovirus or retroid virus that contains a double-stranded DNA genome and replicates this DNA via reverse transcription of a RNA pregenome. Viral reverse transcription takes place within a capsid upon packaging of the RNA and the viral reverse transcriptase. A major characteristic of HBV replication is the selection of capsids containing the double-stranded DNA, but not those containing the RNA or the single-stranded DNA replication intermediate, for envelopment during virion secretion...
March 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335474/coccolithoviruses-a-review-of-cross-kingdom-genomic-thievery-and-metabolic-thuggery
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Jozef I Nissimov, António Pagarete, Fangrui Ma, Sean Cody, David D Dunigan, Susan A Kimmance, Michael J Allen
Coccolithoviruses (Phycodnaviridae) infect and lyse the most ubiquitous and successful coccolithophorid in modern oceans, Emiliania huxleyi. So far, the genomes of 13 of these giant lytic viruses (i.e., Emiliania huxleyi viruses-EhVs) have been sequenced, assembled, and annotated. Here, we performed an in-depth comparison of their genomes to try and contextualize the ecological and evolutionary traits of these viruses. The genomes of these EhVs have from 444 to 548 coding sequences (CDSs). Presence/absence analysis of CDSs identified putative genes with particular ecological significance, namely sialidase, phosphate permease, and sphingolipid biosynthesis...
March 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335314/effects-of-g-quadruplex-topology-on-electronic-transfer-integrals
#3
Wenming Sun, Daniele Varsano, Rosa Di Felice
G-quadruplex is a quadruple helical form of nucleic acids that can appear in guanine-rich parts of the genome. The basic unit is the G-tetrad, a planar assembly of four guanines connected by eight hydrogen bonds. Its rich topology and its possible relevance as a drug target for a number of diseases have stimulated several structural studies. The superior stiffness and electronic π-π overlap between consecutive G-tetrads suggest exploitation for nanotechnologies. Here we inspect the intimate link between the structure and the electronic properties, with focus on charge transfer parameters...
October 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335020/znhit3-is-defective-in-peho-syndrome-a-severe-encephalopathy-with-cerebellar-granule-neuron-loss
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Anna-Kaisa Anttonen, Anni Laari, Maria Kousi, Yawei J Yang, Tiina Jääskeläinen, Mirja Somer, Eija Siintola, Eveliina Jakkula, Mikko Muona, Saara Tegelberg, Tuula Lönnqvist, Helena Pihko, Leena Valanne, Anders Paetau, Melody P Lun, Johanna Hästbacka, Outi Kopra, Tarja Joensuu, Nicholas Katsanis, Maria K Lehtinen, Jorma J Palvimo, Anna-Elina Lehesjoki
Progressive encephalopathy with oedema, hypsarrhythmia, and optic atrophy (PEHO) syndrome is an early childhood onset, severe autosomal recessive encephalopathy characterized by extreme cerebellar atrophy due to almost total granule neuron loss. By combining homozygosity mapping in Finnish families with Sanger sequencing of positional candidate genes and with exome sequencing a homozygous missense substitution of leucine for serine at codon 31 in ZNHIT3 was identified as the primary cause of PEHO syndrome. ZNHIT3 encodes a nuclear zinc finger protein previously implicated in transcriptional regulation and in small nucleolar ribonucleoprotein particle assembly and thus possibly to pre-ribosomal RNA processing...
March 1, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334773/a-critical-assessment-of-topologically-associating-domain-prediction-tools
#5
Rola Dali, Mathieu Blanchette
Topologically associating domains (TADs) have been proposed to be the basic unit of chromosome folding and have been shown to play key roles in genome organization and gene regulation. Several different tools are available for TAD prediction, but their properties have never been thoroughly assessed. In this manuscript, we compare the output of seven different TAD prediction tools on two published Hi-C data sets. TAD predictions varied greatly between tools in number, size distribution and other biological properties...
March 2, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334050/improving-transcriptome-de-novo-assembly-by-using-a-reference-genome-of-a-related-species-translational-genomics-from-oil-palm-to-coconut
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Alix Armero, Luc Baudouin, Stéphanie Bocs, Dominique This
The palms are a family of tropical origin and one of the main constituents of the ecosystems of these regions around the world. The two main species of palm represent different challenges: coconut (Cocos nucifera L.) is a source of multiple goods and services in tropical communities, while oil palm (Elaeis guineensis Jacq) is the main protagonist of the oil market. In this study, we present a workflow that exploits the comparative genomics between a target species (coconut) and a reference species (oil palm) to improve the transcriptomic data, providing a proteome useful to answer functional or evolutionary questions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332826/packaged-and-free-stmv-rna-genomes-adopt-distinct-conformational-states
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Bridget C Larman, Elizabeth A Dethoff, Kevin M Weeks
The RNA genomes of viruses likely undergo multiple functionally important conformational changes during their replication cycles, changes that are poorly understood at present. We used two complementary in-solution RNA structure probing strategies (SHAPE-MaP and RING-MaP) to examine the structure of the RNA genome of satellite tobacco mosaic virus inside authentic virions and in a capsid-free state. Both RNA states feature similar three-domain architectures in which each major replicative function - translation, capsid coding, and genome synthesis - fall into distinct domains...
March 23, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331182/construction-of-a-high-density-genetic-map-and-quantitative-trait-locus-mapping-in-the-manila-clam-ruditapes-philippinarum
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Hongtao Nie, Xiwu Yan, Zhongming Huo, Liwen Jiang, Peng Chen, Hui Liu, Jianfeng Ding, Feng Yang
Genetic linkage maps are indispensable tools in a wide range of genetic and genomic research. With the advancement of genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) methods, the construction of a high-density linkage maps has become achievable in marine organisms lacking sufficient genomic resources, such as mollusks. In this study, high-density linkage map was constructed for an ecologically and commercially important clam species, Ruditapes philippinarum. For the consensus linkage map, a total of 9658 markers spanning 1926...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331082/kaposi-s-sarcoma-associated-herpesvirus-hijacks-rna-polymerase-ii-to-create-a-viral-transcriptional-factory
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Christopher Phillip Chen, Yuanzhi Lyu, Frank Chuang, Kazushi Nakano, Chie Izumiya, Di Jin, Mel Campbell, Yoshihiro Izumiya
Locally concentrated nuclear factors ensure efficient binding to the DNA templates, facilitating RNA polymerase II recruitment and frequent reutilization of stable pre-initiation complexes. Here we have uncovered a mechanism for effective viral transcription by focal assembly of RNA polymerase II around KSHV genomes in the host cell nucleus. Using immunofluorescent labeling of latent nuclear antigen (LANA) protein, together with fluorescence in situ RNA hybridization (RNA-FISH) of the intron region of immediate-early transcripts, we visualized active transcription of viral genomes in naturally infected cells...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330463/global-transcriptome-analysis-of-huperzia-serrata-and-identification-of-critical-genes-involved-in-the-biosynthesis-of-huperzine-a
#10
Mengquan Yang, Wenjing You, Shiwen Wu, Zhen Fan, Baofu Xu, Mulan Zhu, Xuan Li, Youli Xiao
BACKGROUND: Huperzia serrata (H. serrata) is an economically important traditional Chinese herb with the notably medicinal value. As a representative member of the Lycopodiaceae family, the H. serrata produces various types of effectively bioactive lycopodium alkaloids, especially the huperzine A (HupA) which is a promising drug for Alzheimer's disease. Despite their medicinal importance, the public genomic and transcriptomic resources are very limited and the biosynthesis of HupA is largely unknown...
March 22, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330289/progress-in-genome-sequencing-will-accelerate-molecular-breeding-in-cotton-gossypium-spp
#11
REVIEW
Rong Yan, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Waqas Malik, Tao Zhu, Xuefeng Zong, Sandui Guo, Rui Zhang
Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the single most important spinning fiber that has economic significance worldwide. Cotton is one of the most value-added crops and an excellent model system for the analysis of polyploidization and cell development. Thus, the Cotton Genome Consortium has made rapid and significant progress in whole genome sequencing studies in the last decade. Developments in cotton genome sequencing and assembly provide powerful tools for dissecting the genetic and molecular bases of agronomically important traits and establishing regulatory networks on these processes, which leads to molecular breeding...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327996/genome-sequencing-of-the-sweetpotato-whitefly-bemsia-tabaci-med-q
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Wen Xie, Chunhai Chen, Zezhong Yang, Litao Guo, Xin Yang, Dan Wang, Ming Chen, Jinqun Huang, Yanan Wen, Yang Zeng, Yating Liu, Jixing Xia, Lixia Tian, Hongying Cui, Qingjun Wu, Shaoli Wang, Baoyun Xu, Xianchun Li, Xinqiu Tan, Murad Ghanim, Baoli Qiu, Huipeng Pan, Dong Chu, Helene Delatte, M N Maruthi, Feng Ge, Xueping Zhou, Xiaowei Wang, Fanghao Wan, Yuzhou Du, Chen Luo, Fengming Yan, Evan L Preisser, Xiaoguo Jiao, Brad S Coates, Jinyang Zhao, Qiang Gao, Jinquan Xia, Ye Yin, Yong Liu, Judith K Brown, Xuguo Joe Zhou, Youjun Zhang
Background: The sweetpotato whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a highly destructive agricultural and ornamental crop pest. It damages host plants through both phloem feeding and vectoring plant pathogens. Introductions of B. tabaci are difficult to quarantine and eradicate because of its high reproductive rates, broad host plant range, and insecticide resistance. Findings: A total of 791 Gb of raw DNA sequence from whole genome shotgun sequencing, and 13 BAC pooling libraries were generated by Illumina sequencing using different combinations of mate-pair and pair-end libraries...
March 15, 2017: GigaScience
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/28327966/de-novo-transcriptome-assemblies-of-four-xylem-sap-feeding-insects
#14
Erica E Tassone, Charles C Cowden, S J Castle
Background: Spittle bugs and sharpshooters are well-known xylem sap-feeding insects and vectors of the phytopathogenic bacterium Xylella fastidiosa (Wells), a causal agent of Pierce's disease of grapevines and other crop diseases. Specialized feeding on nutrient-deficient xylem sap is relatively rare among insect herbivores, and only limited genomic and transcriptomic information has been generated for xylem-sap feeders. To develop a more comprehensive understanding of biochemical adaptations and symbiotic relationships that support survival on a nutritionally austere dietary source, transcriptome assemblies for three sharpshooter species and one spittlebug species were produced...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327957/nanosim-nanopore-sequence-read-simulator-based-on-statistical-characterization
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Chen Yang, Justin Chu, René L Warren, Inanç Birol
Background: The MinION sequencing instrument from Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) produces long read lengths from single-molecule sequencing - valuable features for detailed genome characterization. To realize the potential of this platform, a number of groups are developing bioinformatics tools tuned for the unique characteristics of its data. We note that these development efforts would benefit from a simulator software, output of which could be used to benchmark analysis tools. Findings: Here, we introduce NanoSim, a fast and scalable read simulator that captures the technology-specific features of ONT data, and allows for adjustments upon improvement of nanopore sequencing technology...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327954/genome-sequencing-of-the-winged-midge-parochlus-steinenii-from-the-antarctic-peninsula
#16
Sanghee Kim, Mijin Oh, Woongsic Jung, Joonho Park, Han-Gu Choi, Seung Chul Shin
Background: In the Antarctic, only two species of Chironomidae occur naturally-the wingless midge, Belgica antarctica , and the winged midge, Parochlus steinenii . B. antarctica is an extremophile with unusual adaptations. The larvae of B. antarctica are desiccation- and freeze-tolerant and the adults are wingless. Recently, the compact genome of B. antarctica was reported and it is the first Antarctic eukaryote to be sequenced. Although P. steinenii occurs naturally in the Antarctic with B...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327946/draft-genome-of-the-northern-snakehead-channa-argus
#17
Jian Xu, Chao Bian, Kunci Chen, Guiming Liu, Yanliang Jiang, Qing Luo, Xinxin You, Wenzhu Peng, Jia Li, Yu Huang, Yunhai Yi, Chuanju Dong, Hua Deng, Songhao Zhang, Hanyuan Zhang, Qiong Shi, Peng Xu
Background: The Northern snakehead ( Channa argus ), a member of the Channidae family of the Perciformes, and is an economically important freshwater fish native to East Asia. In North America, it has become notorious as an intentionally released invasive species. Its ability to breathe air with gills and migrate short distances over land makes it a good model for bimodal breath research. Therefore, recent research has focused on the identification of relevant candidate genes. Here, we performed whole genome sequencing of C...
March 2, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327943/whole-genome-sequencing-of-chinese-clearhead-icefish-protosalanx-hyalocranius
#18
Kai Liu, Dongpo Xu, Jia Li, Chao Bian, Jinrong Duan, Yanfeng Zhou, Minying Zhang, Xinxin You, Yang You, Jieming Chen, Hui Yu, Gangchun Xu, Di-An Fang, Jun Qiang, Shulun Jiang, Jie He, Junmin Xu, Qiong Shi, Zhiyong Zhang, Pao Xu
Background: Chinese clearhead icefish, Protosalanx hyalocranius , is a representative icefish species with economic importance and special appearance. Due to its great economic values in China, the fish was introduced into Lake Dianchi and several other lakes from the Lake Taihu half a century ago. Similar to the Sinocyclocheilus cavefish, the clearhead icefish has certain cavefish-like traits, such as transparent body and nearly scaleless skin. Here, we provide the whole genome sequence of this surface-dwelling fish and generated a draft genome assembly, aiming at exploring molecular mechanisms for the biological interests...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327913/the-use-of-oxford-nanopore-native-barcoding-for-complete-genome-assembly
#19
Sion C Bayliss, Vicky L Hunt, Maho Yokoyama, Harry A Thorpe, Edward J Feil
Background: The Oxford Nanopore Technologies MinION(TM) is a mobile DNA sequencer that can produce long read sequences with a short turn-around time. Here we report the first demonstration of single contig genome assembly using Oxford Nanopore native barcoding when applied to a multiplexed library of 12 samples and combined with existing Illumina short-read data. This paves the way for the closure of multiple bacterial genomes from a single MinION(TM) sequencing run, given the availability of existing short-read data...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327911/the-genome-sequence-of-the-wisent-bison-bonasus
#20
Kun Wang, Lizhong Wang, Johannes A Lenstra, Jianbo Jian, Yongzhi Yang, Quanjun Hu, Deyong Lai, Qiang Qiu, Tao Ma, Zheng Du, Richard Abbott, Jianquan Liu
Background: The wisent, also known as the European bison, was rescued from extinction approximately 80 years ago through the conservation of 12 individuals. Here, we present the draft genome sequence of a male wisent individual descended from this founding stock. Findings: A total of 366 billion base pairs (Gb) of raw reads from whole-genome sequencing of this wisent were generated using the Illumina HiSeq2000 platform. The final genome assembly (2.58 Gb) is composed of 29,074 scaffolds with an N50 of 4...
March 10, 2017: GigaScience
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