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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914300/structure-based-analysis-of-bacilli-and-plasmid-dihydrofolate-reductase-evolution
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Mona Alotaibi, Ben Delos Reyes, Tin Le, Phuong Luong, Faramarz Valafar, Robert P Metzger, Gary B Fogel, David Hecht
Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR), a key enzyme in tetrahydrofolate-mediated biosynthetic pathways, has a structural motif known to be highly conserved over a wide range of organisms. Given its critical role in purine and amino acid synthesis, DHFR is a well established therapeutic target for treating a wide range of prokaryotic and eukaryotic infections as well as certain types of cancer. Here we present a structural-based computer analysis of bacterial (Bacilli) and plasmid DHFR evolution. We generated a structure-based sequence alignment using 7 wild-type DHFR x-ray crystal structures obtained from the RCSB Protein Data Bank and 350 chromosomal and plasmid homology models we generated from sequences obtained from the NCBI Protein Database...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912247/molecular-evolution-in-insect-societies-an-eco-evo-devo-synthesis
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Amy L Toth, Sandra M Rehan
The evolution of eusociality is a perennial issue in evolutionary biology, and genomic advances have fueled steadily growing interest in the genetic changes underlying social evolution. Along with a recent flurry of research on comparative and evolutionary genomics in different eusocial insect groups (bees, ants, wasps, and termites), several mechanistic explanations have emerged to describe the molecular evolution of eusociality from solitary behavior. These include solitary physiological ground plans, genetic toolkits of deeply conserved genes, evolutionary changes in protein-coding genes, cis regulation, and the structure of gene networks, epigenetics, and novel genes...
November 28, 2016: Annual Review of Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911943/enhanced-in-planta-fitness-through-adaptive-mutations-in-efpr-a-dual-regulator-of-virulence-and-metabolic-functions-in-the-plant-pathogen-ralstonia-solanacearum
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Anthony Perrier, Rémi Peyraud, David Rengel, Xavier Barlet, Emmanuel Lucasson, Jérôme Gouzy, Nemo Peeters, Stéphane Genin, Alice Guidot
Experimental evolution of the plant pathogen Ralstonia solanacearum, where bacteria were maintained on plant lineages for more than 300 generations, revealed that several independent single mutations in the efpR gene from populations propagated on beans were associated with fitness gain on bean. In the present work, novel allelic efpR variants were isolated from populations propagated on other plant species, thus suggesting that mutations in efpR were not solely associated to a fitness gain on bean, but also on additional hosts...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911438/evolutionary-convergence-in-experimental-pseudomonas-populations
#4
Peter A Lind, Andrew D Farr, Paul B Rainey
Model microbial systems provide opportunity to understand the genetic bases of ecological traits, their evolution, regulation and fitness contributions. Experimental populations of Pseudomonas fluorescens rapidly diverge in spatially structured microcosms producing a range of surface-colonising forms. Despite divergent molecular routes, wrinkly spreader (WS) niche specialist types overproduce a cellulosic polymer allowing mat formation at the air-liquid interface and access to oxygen. Given the range of ways by which cells can form mats, such phenotypic parallelism is unexpected...
December 2, 2016: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895661/the-genome-conformation-as-an-integrator-of-multi-omic-data-the-example-of-damage-spreading-in-cancer
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Fabio Tordini, Marco Aldinucci, Luciano Milanesi, Pietro Liò, Ivan Merelli
Publicly available multi-omic databases, in particular if associated with medical annotations, are rich resources with the potential to lead a rapid transition from high-throughput molecular biology experiments to better clinical outcomes for patients. In this work, we propose a model for multi-omic data integration (i.e., genetic variations, gene expression, genome conformation, and epigenetic patterns), which exploits a multi-layer network approach to analyse, visualize, and obtain insights from such biological information, in order to use achieved results at a macroscopic level...
2016: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890449/independent-evolution-of-genomic-characters-during-major-metazoan-transitions
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Oleg Simakov, Takeshi Kawashima
Metazoan evolution encompasses a vast evolutionary time scale spanning over 600 million years. Our ability to infer ancestral metazoan characters, both morphological and functional, is limited by our understanding of the nature and evolutionary dynamics of the underlying regulatory networks. Increasing coverage of metazoan genomes enables us to identify the evolutionary changes of the relevant genomic characters such as the loss or gain of coding sequences, gene duplications, micro- and macro-synteny, and non-coding element evolution in different lineages...
November 24, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886593/the-evolution-of-micrornas-in-plants
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REVIEW
Jie Cui, Chenjiang You, Xuemei Chen
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a central player in post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression and are involved in numerous biological processes in eukaryotes. Knowledge of the origins and divergence of miRNAs paves the way for a better understanding of the complexity of the regulatory networks that they participate in. The biogenesis, degradation, and regulatory activities of miRNAs are relatively better understood, but the evolutionary history of miRNAs still needs more exploration. Inverted duplication of target genes, random hairpin sequences and small transposable elements constitute three main models that explain the origination of miRNA genes (MIR)...
November 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885003/circadian-clocks-not-your-grandfather-s-clock
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Fred W Turek
The last 20 years have seen the rapid evolution of our understanding of the molecular genes and networks that enable almost all forms of life to generate 24-hour-or circadian-rhythms. One finding has been particularly exciting: that the molecular circadian clock resides in almost all of the cells of the body and that the clock regulates the timing of many cellular and signaling pathways associated with multiple disease states. Such advances represent a new frontier for medicine: circadian medicine.
November 25, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883053/measuring-intratumor-heterogeneity-by-network-entropy-using-rna-seq-data
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Youngjune Park, Sangsoo Lim, Jin-Wu Nam, Sun Kim
Intratumor heterogeneity (ITH) is observed at different stages of tumor progression, metastasis and reouccurence, which can be important for clinical applications. We used RNA-sequencing data from tumor samples, and measured the level of ITH in terms of biological network states. To model complex relationships among genes, we used a protein interaction network to consider gene-gene dependency. ITH was measured by using an entropy-based distance metric between two networks, nJSD, with Jensen-Shannon Divergence (JSD)...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880935/evolutionary-biologic-changes-of-gut-microbiota-in-an-adenoma-carcinoma-sequence-mouse-colorectal-cancer-model-induced-by-1-2-dimethylhydrazine
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Teng Sun, Shanglong Liu, Yanbing Zhou, Zengwu Yao, Dongfeng Zhang, Shougen Cao, Zhiliang Wei, Bin Tan, Yi Li, Zheng Lian, Song Wang
The molecular biological mechanisms underlying the evolutionary biologic changes leading to carcinogenesis remain unclear. The main objective of our study was to explore the evolution of the microbiota community and molecules related with CRC in the dynamic transition from normal colon epithelium to premalignant adenoma with the aid of an 'adenoma-carcinoma sequence' mouse CRC model induced by DMH. We generated a modified mouse CRC model induced by DMH for DNA sequences, and characterized the molecular networks...
November 18, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880830/synonymous-co-variation-across-the-e1-e2-gene-junction-of-hepatitis-c-virus-defines-virion-fitness
#11
Brendan A Palmer, Liam J Fanning
Hepatitis C virus is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus. The gene junction partitioning the viral glycoproteins E1 and E2 displays concurrent sequence evolution with the 3'-end of E1 highly conserved and the 5'-end of E2 highly heterogeneous. This gene junction is also believed to contain structured RNA elements, with a growing body of evidence suggesting that such structures can act as an additional level of viral replication and transcriptional control. We have previously used ultradeep pyrosequencing to analyze an amplicon library spanning the E1/E2 gene junction from a treatment naïve patient where samples were collected over 10 years of chronic HCV infection...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875251/the-impact-of-transposable-elements-on-mammalian-development
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Jose L Garcia-Perez, Thomas J Widmann, Ian R Adams
Despite often being classified as selfish or junk DNA, transposable elements (TEs) are a group of abundant genetic sequences that have a significant impact on mammalian development and genome regulation. In recent years, our understanding of how pre-existing TEs affect genome architecture, gene regulatory networks and protein function during mammalian embryogenesis has dramatically expanded. In addition, the mobilization of active TEs in selected cell types has been shown to generate genetic variation during development and in fully differentiated tissues...
November 15, 2016: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871221/most-of-the-tight-positional-conservation-of-transcription-factor-binding-sites-near-the-transcription-start-site-reflects-their-co-localization-within-regulatory-modules
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Natalia Acevedo-Luna, Leonardo Mariño-Ramírez, Armand Halbert, Ulla Hansen, David Landsman, John L Spouge
BACKGROUND: Transcription factors (TFs) form complexes that bind regulatory modules (RMs) within DNA, to control specific sets of genes. Some transcription factor binding sites (TFBSs) near the transcription start site (TSS) display tight positional preferences relative to the TSS. Furthermore, near the TSS, RMs can co-localize TFBSs with each other and the TSS. The proportion of TFBS positional preferences due to TFBS co-localization within RMs is unknown, however. ChIP experiments confirm co-localization of some TFBSs genome-wide, including near the TSS, but they typically examine only a few TFs at a time, using non-physiological conditions that can vary from lab to lab...
November 21, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870215/detangling-the-evolutionary-developmental-integration-of-dentate-jaws-evidence-that-a-p63-gene-network-regulates-odontogenesis-exclusive-of-mandible-morphogenesis
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Muhammad T Raj, Julia C Boughner
Vertebrate jaws and dentitions fit and function together, yet the genetic processes that coordinate cranial and dental morphogenesis and evolution remain poorly understood. Teeth but not jaws fail to form in the edentate p63(-/-) mouse mutant, which we used here to identify genes important to odontogenesis, but not jaw morphogenesis, and that may allow dentitions to change during development and evolution without necessarily affecting the jaw skeleton. With the working hypothesis that tooth and jaw development are autonomously controlled by discreet gene regulatory networks, using gene expression microarray assays validated by quantitative reverse-transcription PCR we contrasted expression in mandibular prominences at embryonic days (E) 10-13 of mice with normal lower jaw development but either normal (p63(+/-) , p63(+/+) ) or arrested (p63(-/-) ) tooth development...
December 2016: Evolution & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27868089/adaptive-evolution-of-phosphorus-metabolism-in-prochlorococcus
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John R Casey, Adil Mardinoglu, Jens Nielsen, David M Karl
Inorganic phosphorus is scarce in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, where the high-light-adapted ecotype HLI of the marine picocyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus thrives. Physiological and regulatory control of phosphorus acquisition and partitioning has been observed in HLI both in culture and in the field; however, the optimization of phosphorus metabolism and associated gains for its phosphorus-limited-growth (PLG) phenotype have not been studied. Here, we reconstructed a genome-scale metabolic network of the HLI axenic strain MED4 (iJC568), consisting of 568 metabolic genes in relation to 794 reactions involving 680 metabolites distributed in 6 subcellular locations...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867194/regulatory-activities-of-transposable-elements-from-conflicts-to-benefits
#16
Edward B Chuong, Nels C Elde, Cédric Feschotte
Transposable elements (TEs) are a prolific source of tightly regulated, biochemically active non-coding elements, such as transcription factor-binding sites and non-coding RNAs. Many recent studies reinvigorate the idea that these elements are pervasively co-opted for the regulation of host genes. We argue that the inherent genetic properties of TEs and the conflicting relationships with their hosts facilitate their recruitment for regulatory functions in diverse genomes. We review recent findings supporting the long-standing hypothesis that the waves of TE invasions endured by organisms for eons have catalysed the evolution of gene-regulatory networks...
November 21, 2016: Nature Reviews. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867147/evolution-of-krab-containing-zinc-finger-proteins-and-their-roles-in-species-evolution
#17
Wang Jinlong, Wang Jian, Tian Chunyan
The C2H2 zinc finger protein family, one of the largest families of transcription factor/transcriptional regulator in mammal, arose from a small ancestral group of eukaryotic zinc finger transcription factors through many repeated gene duplications accompanied by functional divergence. As the biggest subfamily of C2H2 zinc finger protein family, Kruppel-associated box-containing zinc finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) appeared at the period oftetrapod, expand rapidly along with species evolution, and take about 60% of the total C2H2 zinc finger proteins in human...
November 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866201/comparative-analysis-of-gene-regulatory-network-components-in-the-auditory-hindbrain-of-mice-and-chicken
#18
Benjamin Pawlik, Tina Schlüter, Heiner Hartwich, Saskia Breuel, Lennart Heepmann, Hans Gerd Nothwang
The neurons in the mammalian and avian auditory hindbrain nuclei share a number of significant morphological and physiological properties for fast, secure and precise neurotransmission, such as giant synapses, voltage-gated K+ channels and fast AMPA receptors. Based on the independent evolution of the middle ear in these two vertebrate lineages, on different embryonic origins of the nuclei and on marked differences on the circuit level, these similarities are assumed to reflect convergent evolution. Independent acquisition of similar phenotypes can be produced by divergent evolution of genetic mechanisms or by similar molecular mechanisms...
November 19, 2016: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864070/friend-or-foe-the-tumour-microenvironment-dilemma-in-colorectal-cancer
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REVIEW
Tommaso Colangelo, Giovanna Polcaro, Livio Muccillo, Giovanna D'Agostino, Valeria Rosato, Pamela Ziccardi, Angelo Lupo, Gianluigi Mazzoccoli, Lina Sabatino, Vittorio Colantuoni
The network of bidirectional homotypic and heterotypic interactions established among parenchymal tumour cells and surrounding mesenchymal stromal cells generates the tumour microenvironment (TME). These intricate crosstalks elicit both beneficial and adverse effects on tumour initiation and progression unbalancing the signals and responses from the neighbouring cells. Here, we highlight the structure, activities and evolution of TME cells considering a novel colorectal cancer (CRC) classification based on differential stromal composition and gene expression profiles...
November 16, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862467/combinatorial-control-of-adhesion-of-brucella-abortus-2308-to-host-cells-by-transcriptional-rewiring-of-the-trimeric-autotransporter-btae-gene
#20
Rodrigo Sieira, Magalí G Bialer, Mara S Roset, Verónica Ruiz-Ranwez, Tomás Langer, Gastón M Arocena, Estefanía Mancini, Angeles Zorreguieta
Regulatory network plasticity is a key attribute underlying changes in bacterial gene expression and a source of phenotypic diversity to interact with the surrounding environment. Here, we sought to study the transcriptional circuit of HutC, a regulator of both metabolic and virulence genes of the facultative intracellular pathogen Brucella. Using in silico and biochemical approaches, we identified a novel functional HutC-binding site upstream of btaE, a trimeric-autotransporter adhesin involved in the attachment of Brucella to host extracellular matrix components...
November 12, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
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