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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688976/genomic-analysis-of-the-marine-fish-pathogen-photobacterium-damselae-subsp-piscicida-insertion-sequences-proliferation-is-associated-with-chromosomal-reorganisations-and-rampant-gene-decay
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Miguel Balado, Hicham Benzekri, Alejandro M Labella, M Gonzalo Claros, Manuel Manchado, Juan J Borrego, Carlos R Osorio, Manuel L Lemos
Photobacterium damselae subsp. piscicida (Pdp) is an intracellular fish pathogen that causes photobacteriosis, a disease proven deadly in farmed fish worldwide. This work focuses on the analysis of genome sequences, chromosomes structure and gene contents of two strains from Sparus aurata (DI21) and Solea senegalensis (L091106-03H), isolated on the Spanish Atlantic coast. The comparative genomic analysis revealed that DI21 and L091106-03H share 98% of their genomes, including two virulence plasmids: pPHDP70 encoding siderophore piscibactin synthesis and pPHDP10 encoding the apoptotic toxin AIP56...
July 5, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672223/complete-genome-sequence-of-ostreid-herpesvirus-type-1-%C3%A2%C2%B5var-isolated-during-mortality-events-in-the-pacific-oyster-crassostrea-gigas-in-france-and-ireland
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E A V Burioli, M Prearo, M Houssin
Infections with Ostreid herpesvirus 1 (OsHV-1) microvariants in young Pacific oysters are associated with massive mortality events and significant economic losses. Previous studies, focusing on few regions of the genome, have revealed the genomic diversity of these genotypes with respect to the reference type. We used a NGS process to sequence the whole genome of the OsHV-1 µVar in infected individuals, collected during mortality events in France and Ireland. The final genome length of OsHV-1 µVar was approximately 205kbp, shorter than the reference genotype and the overall genome organisation resembled herpes simplex viruses...
September 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657425/the-regulatory-network-controlling-ethanol-induced-expression-of-alcohol-dehydrogenase-in-the-endophyte-azoarcus-sp-strain-bh72
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Andrea Krause, Henrike Julich, Manasee Mankar, Barbara Reinhold-Hurek
The habitat of the nitrogen-fixing endophyte Azoarcus sp. strain BH72 is grass roots grown under waterlogged conditions which produce under these conditions ethanol. To metabolise ethanol, Azoarcus is with eight alcohol dehydrogenases (ADHs) well equipped, of which ExaA2 and ExaA3 are the most relevant ones. exaA2 and exaA3 are clustered surrounded by genes encoding two-component regulatory systems (TCSs) termed ExaS-ExaR and ElmS-GacA. Functional genomic analyses revealed (1) that expression of the corresponding genes was induced by ethanol, (2) that the genes were also expressed in the rhizoplane or even inside of rice roots, (3) that both TCSs were indispensable for growth on ethanol, and (4) that they were important for competitiveness during rice root colonisation...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651000/assessing-the-impact-of-benzo-a-pyrene-on-marine-mussels-application-of-a-novel-targeted-low-density-microarray-complementing-classical-biomarker-responses
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Mohamed Banni, Susanna Sforzini, Volker M Arlt, Audrey Barranger, Lorna J Dallas, Caterina Oliveri, Yann Aminot, Beniamina Pacchioni, Caterina Millino, Gerolamo Lanfranchi, James W Readman, Michael N Moore, Aldo Viarengo, Awadhesh N Jha
Despite the increasing use of mussels in environmental monitoring and ecotoxicological studies, their genomes and gene functions have not been thoroughly explored. Several cDNA microarrays were recently proposed for Mytilus spp., but putatively identified partial transcripts have rendered the generation of robust transcriptional responses difficult in terms of pathway identification. We developed a new low density oligonucleotide microarray with 465 probes covering the same number of genes. Target genes were selected to cover most of the well-known biological processes in the stress response documented over the last decade in bivalve species at the cellular and tissue levels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640886/epigenomic-diversification-within-the-genus-lupinus
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Karolina Susek, Agnieszka Braszewska-Zalewska, Adam J Bewick, Robert Hasterok, Robert J Schmitz, Barbara Naganowska
Deciphering the various chemical modifications of both DNA and the histone compound of chromatin not only leads to a better understanding of the genome-wide organisation of epigenetic landmarks and their impact on gene expression but may also provide some insights into the evolutionary processes. Although both histone modifications and DNA methylation have been widely investigated in various plant genomes, here we present the first study for the genus Lupinus. Lupins, which are members of grain legumes (pulses), are beneficial for food security, nutrition, health and the environment...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639249/histone-post-translational-modifications-and-nucleosome-organisation-in-transcriptional-regulation-some-open-questions
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Josefa Castillo, Gerardo López-Rodas, Luis Franco
The organisation of chromatin is first discussed to conclude that nucleosomes play both structural and transcription-regulatory roles. The presence of nucleosomes makes difficult the access of transcriptional factors to their target sequences and the action of RNA polymerases. The histone post-translational modifications and nucleosome remodelling are first discussed, from a historical point of view, as mechanisms to remove the obstacles imposed by chromatin structure to transcription. Instead of reviewing the state of the art of the whole field, this review is centred on some open questions...
June 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630025/the-clock-is-ticking-ageing-of-the-circadian-system-from-physiology-to-cell-cycle
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REVIEW
Eva Terzibasi-Tozzini, Antonio Martinez-Nicolas, Alejandro Lucas-Sánchez
The circadian system is the responsible to organise the internal temporal order in relation to the environment of every process of the organisms producing the circadian rhythms. These rhythms have a fixed phase relationship among them and with the environment in order to optimise the available energy and resources. From a cellular level, circadian rhythms are controlled by genetic positive and negative auto-regulated transcriptional and translational feedback loops, which generate 24hour rhythms in mRNA and protein levels of the clock components...
June 16, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615069/regulatory-landscape-fusion-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-through-interactions-between-the-pax3-promoter-and-foxo1-regulatory-elements
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Cristina Vicente-García, Barbara Villarejo-Balcells, Ibai Irastorza-Azcárate, Silvia Naranjo, Rafael D Acemel, Juan J Tena, Peter W J Rigby, Damien P Devos, Jose L Gómez-Skarmeta, Jaime J Carvajal
BACKGROUND: The organisation of vertebrate genomes into topologically associating domains (TADs) is believed to facilitate the regulation of the genes located within them. A remaining question is whether TAD organisation is achieved through the interactions of the regulatory elements within them or if these interactions are favoured by the pre-existence of TADs. If the latter is true, the fusion of two independent TADs should result in the rewiring of the transcriptional landscape and the generation of ectopic contacts...
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588112/the-hoorn-diabetes-care-system-dcs-cohort-a-prospective-cohort-of-persons-with-type-2-diabetes-treated-in-primary-care-in-the-netherlands
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Amber Awa van der Heijden, Simone P Rauh, Jacqueline M Dekker, Joline W Beulens, Petra Elders, Leen M 't Hart, Femke Rutters, Nienke van Leeuwen, Giel Nijpels
PURPOSE: People with type 2 diabetes (T2D) have a doubled morbidity and mortality risk compared with persons with normal glucose tolerance. Despite treatment, clinical targets for cardiovascular risk factors are not achieved. The Hoorn Diabetes Care System cohort (DCS) is a prospective cohort representing a comprehensive dataset on the natural course of T2D, with repeated clinical measures and outcomes. In this paper, we describe the design of the DCS cohort. PARTICIPANTS: The DCS consists of persons with T2D in primary care from the West-Friesland region of the Netherlands...
June 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533154/preconception-and-prenatal-genetic-counselling
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REVIEW
Adonis S Ioannides
Identifying individuals at risk of having children affected by genetic conditions or congenital anomalies allows counselling that aims to inform reproductive decisions. This process takes place either at the preconception or early prenatal stage, although more options are available if risks are identified before the pregnancy. Preconception counselling covers issues that can affect the health of the mother and baby including folic acid supplementation. Carrier screening for autosomal recessive diseases, such as beta thalassaemia, has resulted in a significantly reduced incidence in many countries...
July 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521747/insights-into-the-ancestral-organisation-of-the-mammalian-mhc-class-ii-region-from-the-genome-of-the-pteropid-bat-pteropus-alecto
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Justin H J Ng, Mary Tachedjian, Lin-Fa Wang, Michelle L Baker
BACKGROUND: Bats are an extremely successful group of mammals and possess a variety of unique characteristics, including their ability to co-exist with a diverse range of pathogens. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is the most gene dense and polymorphic region of the genome and MHC class II (MHC-II) molecules play a vital role in the presentation of antigens derived from extracellular pathogens and activation of the adaptive immune response. Characterisation of the MHC-II region of bats is crucial for understanding the evolution of the MHC and of the role of pathogens in shaping the immune system...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521734/higher-order-organisation-of-extremely-amplified-potentially-functional-and-massively-methylated-5s-rdna-in-european-pikes-esox-sp
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Radka Symonová, Konrad Ocalewicz, Lech Kirtiklis, Giovanni Battista Delmastro, Šárka Pelikánová, Sonia Garcia, Aleš Kovařík
BACKGROUND: Pikes represent an important genus (Esox) harbouring a pre-duplication karyotype (2n = 2x = 50) of economically important salmonid pseudopolyploids. Here, we have characterized the 5S ribosomal RNA genes (rDNA) in Esox lucius and its closely related E. cisalpinus using cytogenetic, molecular and genomic approaches. Intragenomic homogeneity and copy number estimation was carried out using Illumina reads. The higher-order structure of rDNA arrays was investigated by the analysis of long PacBio reads...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501562/a-joint-venture-model-of-recontacting-in-clinical-genomics-challenges-for-responsible-implementation
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Sandi Dheensa, Daniele Carrieri, Susan Kelly, Angus Clarke, Shane Doheny, Peter Turnpenny, Anneke Lucassen
Advances in genomics often lead healthcare professionals (HCPs) to learn new information, e.g., about reinterpreted variants that could have clinical significance for patients seen previously. A question arises of whether HCPs should recontact these former patients. We present some findings interrogating the views of patients (or parents of patients) with a rare or undiagnosed condition about how such recontacting might be organised ethically and practically. Forty-one interviews were analysed thematically...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500313/the-mitochondrial-genomes-of-the-acoelomorph-worms-paratomella-rubra-isodiametra-pulchra-and-archaphanostoma-ylvae
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Helen E Robertson, François Lapraz, Bernhard Egger, Maximilian J Telford, Philipp H Schiffer
Acoels are small, ubiquitous - but understudied - marine worms with a very simple body plan. Their internal phylogeny is still not fully resolved, and the position of their proposed phylum Xenacoelomorpha remains debated. Here we describe mitochondrial genome sequences from the acoels Paratomella rubra and Isodiametra pulchra, and the complete mitochondrial genome of the acoel Archaphanostoma ylvae. The P. rubra and A. ylvae sequences are typical for metazoans in size and gene content. The larger I. pulchra  mitochondrial genome contains both ribosomal genes, 21 tRNAs, but only 11 protein-coding genes...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483804/towards-coherent-data-policy-for-biomedical-research-with-elsi-2-0-orchestrating-ethical-legal-and-social-strategies
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J Patrick Woolley
As the recent inaugural Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues (ELSI) 2.0 conference made clear, the effects of information communication technology (ICT) are pervasive in biomedical research. Data initiatives are arising in all corners of biomedicine. Data sharing efforts already promised to surpass even the ambitious goals of the National Human Genome Research Institute, only 5 years after publication of its 10-year vision. ELSI research was established, in part, to address challenges of open data access and data sharing...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461555/cell-scientist-to-watch-mitchell-guttman
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Mitchell received a bachelor's degree in molecular and computational biology and a master's degree in computational biology and bioinformatics from the University of Pennsylvania. He then joined the laboratory of Eric Lander at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and was awarded his PhD in 2012. The same year he was named in the Forbes '30 under 30: science and healthcare' list of rising stars and received an NIH early independence award. Mitchell subsequently moved to the California Institute of Technology as an Assistant Professor to establish his own laboratory...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426782/peste-des-petits-ruminants-ppr-a-neglected-tropical-disease-in-maghreb-region-of-north-africa-and-its-threat-to-europe
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Ratiba Baazizi, Mana Mahapatra, Brian Donald Clarke, Khatima Ait-Oudhia, Djamel Khelef, Satya Parida
BACKGROUND: Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) is a contagious disease listed by the World Organisation for Animal health (OIE) as being a specific hazard. It affects sheep, goats, and wild ungulates, and is prevalent throughout the developing world particularly Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. PPR has been targeted for eradication by 2030 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the OIE, after the successful eradication of the related disease, rinderpest in cattle...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408976/when-tads-go-bad-chromatin-structure-and-nuclear-organisation-in-human-disease
#18
REVIEW
Vera B Kaiser, Colin A Semple
Chromatin in the interphase nucleus is organised as a hierarchical series of structural domains, including self-interacting domains called topologically associating domains (TADs). This arrangement is thought to bring enhancers into closer physical proximity with their target genes, which often are located hundreds of kilobases away in linear genomic distance. TADs are demarcated by boundary regions bound by architectural proteins, such as CTCF and cohesin, although much remains to be discovered about the structure and function of these domains...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399820/multi-scale-structural-community-organisation-of-the-human-genome
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Rasha E Boulos, Nicolas Tremblay, Alain Arneodo, Pierre Borgnat, Benjamin Audit
BACKGROUND: Structural interaction frequency matrices between all genome loci are now experimentally achievable thanks to high-throughput chromosome conformation capture technologies. This ensues a new methodological challenge for computational biology which consists in objectively extracting from these data the structural motifs characteristic of genome organisation. RESULTS: We deployed the fast multi-scale community mining algorithm based on spectral graph wavelets to characterise the networks of intra-chromosomal interactions in human cell lines...
April 11, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396582/a-pair-of-maternal-chromosomes-derived-from-meiotic-nondisjunction-in-trisomy-21-affects-nuclear-architecture-and-transcriptional-regulation
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Sayaka Omori, Hideyuki Tanabe, Kimihiko Banno, Ayumi Tsuji, Nobutoshi Nawa, Katsuya Hirata, Keiji Kawatani, Chikara Kokubu, Junji Takeda, Hidetoshi Taniguchi, Hitomi Arahori, Kazuko Wada, Yasuji Kitabatake, Keiichi Ozono
Eukaryotic genomes are organised into complex higher-order structures within the nucleus, and the three-dimensional arrangement of chromosomes is functionally important for global gene regulation. The existence of supernumerary chromosome 21 in Down syndrome may perturb the nuclear architecture at different levels, which is normally optimised to maintain the physiological balance of gene expression. However, it has not been clearly elucidated whether and how aberrant configuration of chromosomes affects gene activities...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
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