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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438164/aggregation-dispersion-transitions-of-t4-phage-triggered-by-environmental-ion-availability
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Bożena Szermer-Olearnik, Marek Drab, Mateusz Mąkosa, Maria Zembala, Jakub Barbasz, Krystyna Dąbrowska, Janusz Boratyński
BACKGROUND: Bacteriophage survives in at least two extremes of ionic environments: bacterial host (high ionic-cytosol) and that of soil (low ionic-environmental water). The impact of ionic composition in the micro- and macro-environments has not so far been addressed in phage biology. RESULTS: Here, we discovered a novel mechanism of aggregation/disaggregation transitions by phage virions. When normal sodium levels in phage media (150 mM) were lowered to 10 mM, advanced imaging by scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy and dynamic light scattering all revealed formation of viral packages, each containing 20-100 virions...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438021/a-new-improved-and-extended-version-of-the-multicell-bacterial-simulator-gro
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Martín Eduardo Gutiérrez, Paula Gregorio-Godoy, Guillermo Pérez Del Pulgar, Luis Enrique Muñoz, Sandra Sáez, Alfonso Rodriguez-Paton
gro is a cell programming language developed in Klavins Lab for simulating colony growth and cell-cell communication. It is used as a synthetic biology prototyping tool for simulating multicellular biocircuits. In this work, we present several extensions made to gro that improve the performance of the simulator, make it easier to use and provide new functionalities. The new version of gro is between one and two orders of magnitude faster than the original version. It is able to grow microbial colonies with up to 10(5) cells in less than 20 minutes...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436429/human-fetal-heart-specific-coexpression-network-involves-congenital-heart-disease-defect-candidate-genes
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Bo Wang, Guoling You, Qihua Fu
Heart development is a complex process requiring dynamic transcriptional regulation. Disturbance of this process will lead to severe developmental defects such as congenital heart disease/defect (CHD). CHD is a group of complex disorder with high genetic heterogeneity, common pathways associated with CHD remains largely unknown. In the manuscript, we focused on the tissue specific genes in human fetal heart samples to explore such pathways. We used the RNA microarray dataset of human fetal tissues from ENCODE project to identify genes with heart tissue specific expression...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435878/evolutionary-dynamics-of-crispr-gene-drives
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Charleston Noble, Jason Olejarz, Kevin M Esvelt, George M Church, Martin A Nowak
The alteration of wild populations has been discussed as a solution to a number of humanity's most pressing ecological and public health concerns. Enabled by the recent revolution in genome editing, clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) gene drives-selfish genetic elements that can spread through populations even if they confer no advantage to their host organism-are rapidly emerging as the most promising approach. However, before real-world applications are considered, it is imperative to develop a clear understanding of the outcomes of drive release in nature...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435875/mandrills-use-olfaction-to-socially-avoid-parasitized-conspecifics
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Clémence Poirotte, François Massol, Anaïs Herbert, Eric Willaume, Pacelle M Bomo, Peter M Kappeler, Marie J E Charpentier
The evolutionary transition from a solitary to a social lifestyle entails an elevated parasite cost because the social proximity associated with group living favors parasite transmission. Despite this cost, sociality is widespread in a large range of taxonomic groups. In this context, hosts would be expected to have evolved behavioral mechanisms to reduce the risk of parasite infection. Few empirical studies have focused on the influence of pathogen-mediated selection on the evolution of antiparasitic behavior in wild vertebrates...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435856/dynamic-microbiome-evolution-in-social-bees
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Waldan K Kwong, Luis A Medina, Hauke Koch, Kong-Wah Sing, Eunice Jia Yu Soh, John S Ascher, Rodolfo Jaffé, Nancy A Moran
The highly social (eusocial) corbiculate bees, comprising the honey bees, bumble bees, and stingless bees, are ubiquitous insect pollinators that fulfill critical roles in ecosystem services and human agriculture. Here, we conduct wide sampling across the phylogeny of these corbiculate bees and reveal a dynamic evolutionary history behind their microbiota, marked by multiple gains and losses of gut associates, the presence of generalist as well as host-specific strains, and patterns of diversification driven, in part, by host ecology (for example, colony size)...
March 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432478/the-arabidopsis-splicing-factors-atu2af65-atu2af35-and-atsf1-shuttle-between-nuclei-and-cytoplasms
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Hyo-Young Park, Keh Chien Lee, Yun Hee Jang, Soon-Kap Kim, May Phyo Thu, Jeong Hwan Lee, Jeong-Kook Kim
The Arabidopsis splicing factors, AtU2AF65, AtU2AF35, and AtSF1 shuttle between nuclei and cytoplasms. These proteins also move rapidly and continuously in the nuclei, and their movements are affected by ATP depletion. The U2AF65 proteins are splicing factors that interact with SF1 and U2AF35 proteins to promote U2snRNP for the recognition of the pre-mRNA 3' splice site during early spliceosome assembly. We have determined the subcellular localization and movement of these proteins' Arabidopsis homologs. It was found that Arabidopsis U2AF65 homologs, AtU2AF65a, and AtU2AF65b proteins interact with AtU2AF35a and AtU2AF35b, which are Arabidopsis U2AF35 homologs...
April 21, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429724/clonal-evolution-in-myelodysplastic-syndromes
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Pedro da Silva-Coelho, Leonie I Kroeze, Kenichi Yoshida, Theresia N Koorenhof-Scheele, Ruth Knops, Louis T van de Locht, Aniek O de Graaf, Marion Massop, Sarah Sandmann, Martin Dugas, Marian J Stevens-Kroef, Jaroslav Cermak, Yuichi Shiraishi, Kenichi Chiba, Hiroko Tanaka, Satoru Miyano, Theo de Witte, Nicole M A Blijlevens, Petra Muus, Gerwin Huls, Bert A van der Reijden, Seishi Ogawa, Joop H Jansen
Cancer development is a dynamic process during which the successive accumulation of mutations results in cells with increasingly malignant characteristics. Here, we show the clonal evolution pattern in myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients receiving supportive care, with or without lenalidomide (follow-up 2.5-11 years). Whole-exome and targeted deep sequencing at multiple time points during the disease course reveals that both linear and branched evolutionary patterns occur with and without disease-modifying treatment...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429538/finding-a-partner-in-the-ocean-molecular-and-evolutionary-bases-of-the-response-to-sexual-cues-in-a-planktonic-diatom
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Swaraj Basu, Shrikant Patil, Daniel Mapleson, Monia Teresa Russo, Laura Vitale, Cristina Fevola, Florian Maumus, Raffaella Casotti, Thomas Mock, Mario Caccamo, Marina Montresor, Remo Sanges, Maria Immacolata Ferrante
Microalgae play a major role as primary producers in aquatic ecosystems. Cell signalling regulates their interactions with the environment and other organisms, yet this process in phytoplankton is poorly defined. Using the marine planktonic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata, we investigated the cell response to cues released during sexual reproduction, an event that demands strong regulatory mechanisms and impacts on population dynamics. We sequenced the genome of P. multistriata and performed phylogenomic and transcriptomic analyses, which allowed the definition of gene gains and losses, horizontal gene transfers, conservation and evolutionary rate of sex-related genes...
April 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429314/evolutionary-origin-of-euglena
#10
Bożena Zakryś, Rafał Milanowski, Anna Karnkowska
Euglenids (Excavata, Discoba, Euglenozoa, Euglenida) is a group of free-living, single-celled flagellates living in the aquatic environments. The uniting and unique morphological feature of euglenids is the presence of a cell covering called the pellicle. The morphology and organization of the pellicle correlate well with the mode of nutrition and cell movement. Euglenids exhibit diverse modes of nutrition, including phagotrophy and photosynthesis. Photosynthetic species (Euglenophyceae) constitute a single subclade within euglenids...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428848/modeling-activity-patterns-of-wildlife-using-time-series-analysis
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Jindong Zhang, Vanessa Hull, Zhiyun Ouyang, Liang He, Thomas Connor, Hongbo Yang, Jinyan Huang, Shiqiang Zhou, Zejun Zhang, Caiquan Zhou, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu
The study of wildlife activity patterns is an effective approach to understanding fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes. However, traditional statistical approaches used to conduct quantitative analysis have thus far had limited success in revealing underlying mechanisms driving activity patterns. Here, we combine wavelet analysis, a type of frequency-based time-series analysis, with high-resolution activity data from accelerometers embedded in GPS collars to explore the effects of internal states (e...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425443/hybridization-of-strength-pareto-multiobjective-optimization-with-modified-cuckoo-search-algorithm-for-rectangular-array
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Khairul Najmy Abdul Rani, Mohamedfareq Abdulmalek, Hasliza A Rahim, Neoh Siew Chin, Alawiyah Abd Wahab
This research proposes the various versions of modified cuckoo search (MCS) metaheuristic algorithm deploying the strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm (SPEA) multiobjective (MO) optimization technique in rectangular array geometry synthesis. Precisely, the MCS algorithm is proposed by incorporating the Roulette wheel selection operator to choose the initial host nests (individuals) that give better results, adaptive inertia weight to control the positions exploration of the potential best host nests (solutions), and dynamic discovery rate to manage the fraction probability of finding the best host nests in 3-dimensional search space...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424085/the-within-host-population-dynamics-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-vary-with-treatment-efficacy
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Andrej Trauner, Qingyun Liu, Laura E Via, Xin Liu, Xianglin Ruan, Lili Liang, Huimin Shi, Ying Chen, Ziling Wang, Ruixia Liang, Wei Zhang, Wang Wei, Jingcai Gao, Gang Sun, Daniela Brites, Kathleen England, Guolong Zhang, Sebastien Gagneux, Clifton E Barry, Qian Gao
BACKGROUND: Combination therapy is one of the most effective tools for limiting the emergence of drug resistance in pathogens. Despite the widespread adoption of combination therapy across diseases, drug resistance rates continue to rise, leading to failing treatment regimens. The mechanisms underlying treatment failure are well studied, but the processes governing successful combination therapy are poorly understood. We address this question by studying the population dynamics of Mycobacterium tuberculosis within tuberculosis patients undergoing treatment with different combinations of antibiotics...
April 19, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423191/origins-and-evolution-of-innate-lymphoid-cells-wardens-of-barrier-immunity
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Daniel R Neill, Robin J Flynn
The identification, in the late 2000's, of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) as a new class of non-B, non-T lymphocytes has led to global efforts to understand their functions, plasticity, and evolutionary origins and to define their place within the leukocyte family. Although this work has uncovered striking similarities in the developmental cues, lineage-specific transcription factors and functional capacities of innate and adaptive lymphocytes, it has become clear that ILCs play a unique and defining role as stewards of barrier defence and that this sets them apart from their adaptive cousins...
April 19, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422284/is-a-larger-refuge-always-better-dispersal-and-dose-in-pesticide-resistance-evolution
#15
Daisuke Takahashi, Takehiko Yamanaka, Masaaki Sudo, David A Andow
The evolution of resistance against pesticides is an important problem of modern agriculture. The high-dose/refuge strategy, which divides the landscape into treated and non-treated (refuge) patches, has proven effective at delaying resistance evolution. However, theoretical understanding is still incomplete, especially for combinations of limited dispersal and partially recessive resistance. We reformulate a two-patch model based on the Comins model and derive a simple quadratic approximation to analyze the effects of limited dispersal, refuge size and dominance for high efficacy treatments on the rate of evolution...
April 19, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422135/genomic-evidence-of-hybridization-between-two-independent-invasions-of-european-green-crab-carcinus-maenas-in-the-northwest-atlantic
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N W Jeffery, C DiBacco, B F Wringe, R R E Stanley, L C Hamilton, P N Ravindran, I R Bradbury
Invasive species have been associated with significant negative impacts in their introduced range often outcompeting native species, yet the long-term evolutionary dynamics of biological invasions are not well understood. Hybridization, either among waves of invasion or between native and introduced populations, could alter the ecological and evolutionary impacts of invasions yet has rarely been studied in marine invasive species. The European green crab (Carcinus maenas) invaded eastern North America twice from northern and southern locations in its native range...
April 19, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421015/music-and-its-inductive-power-a-psychobiological-and-evolutionary-approach-to-musical-emotions
#17
Mark Reybrouck, Tuomas Eerola
The aim of this contribution is to broaden the concept of musical meaning from an abstract and emotionally neutral cognitive representation to an emotion-integrating description that is related to the evolutionary approach to music. Starting from the dispositional machinery for dealing with music as a temporal and sounding phenomenon, musical emotions are considered as adaptive responses to be aroused in human beings as the product of neural structures that are specialized for their processing. A theoretical and empirical background is provided in order to bring together the findings of music and emotion studies and the evolutionary approach to musical meaning...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419447/divergence-and-evolution-of-assortative-mating-in-a-polygenic-trait-model-of-speciation-with-gene-flow
#18
Himani Sachdeva, Nicholas H Barton
Assortative mating is an important driver of speciation in populations with gene flow and is predicted to evolve under certain conditions in few-locus models. However, the evolution of assortment is less understood for mating based on quantitative traits, which are often characterized by high genetic variability and extensive linkage disequilibrium between trait loci. We explore this scenario for a two-deme model with migration, by considering a single polygenic trait subject to divergent viability selection across demes, as well as assortative mating and sexual selection within demes, and investigate how trait divergence is shaped by various evolutionary forces...
April 17, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418649/nature-s-selection-of-geranyl-group-as-a-trna-modification-the-effects-of-chain-length-on-base-pairing-specificity
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Phensinee Haruehanroengra, Sweta Vangaveti, Srivathsan V Ranganathan, Rui Wang, Alan Chen, Jia Sheng
The recently discovered geranyl modification on the 2-thio position of wobble U34 residues in tRNA(Glu), tRNA(Lys), and tRNA(Gln) in several bacteria has been found to enhance the U:G pairing specificity and reduce the frameshifting error during translation. It is a fundamentally interesting question why nature chose a C10 terpene group in tRNA systems. In this study, we explore the significance of the terpene length on base-paring stability and specificity using a series of 2-thiouridine analogues containing different lengths of carbon chains, namely, methyl- (C1), dimethylallyl- (C5), and farnesyl-modified (C15) 2-thiothymidines in a DNA duplex...
April 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416820/contrasting-evolutionary-genome-dynamics-between-domesticated-and-wild-yeasts
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Jia-Xing Yue, Jing Li, Louise Aigrain, Johan Hallin, Karl Persson, Karen Oliver, Anders Bergström, Paul Coupland, Jonas Warringer, Marco Cosentino Lagomarsino, Gilles Fischer, Richard Durbin, Gianni Liti
Structural rearrangements have long been recognized as an important source of genetic variation, with implications in phenotypic diversity and disease, yet their detailed evolutionary dynamics remain elusive. Here we use long-read sequencing to generate end-to-end genome assemblies for 12 strains representing major subpopulations of the partially domesticated yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and its wild relative Saccharomyces paradoxus. These population-level high-quality genomes with comprehensive annotation enable precise definition of chromosomal boundaries between cores and subtelomeres and a high-resolution view of evolutionary genome dynamics...
April 17, 2017: Nature Genetics
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