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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154754/functional-divergence-of-paralogous-transcription-factors-supported-the-evolution-of-biomineralization-in-echinoderms
#1
Jian Ming Khor, Charles A Ettensohn
Alx1 is a pivotal transcription factor in a gene regulatory network that controls skeletogenesis throughout the echinoderm phylum. We performed a structure-function analysis of sea urchin Alx1 using a rescue assay and identified a novel, conserved motif (Domain 2) essential for skeletogenic function. The paralogue of Alx1, Alx4, was not functionally interchangeable with Alx1, but insertion of Domain 2 conferred robust skeletogenic function on Alx4. We used cross-species expression experiments to show that Alx1 proteins from distantly related echinoderms are not interchangeable, although the sequence and function of Domain 2 are highly conserved...
November 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146998/regulation-of-gene-expression-and-rna-editing-in-drosophila-adapting-to-divergent-microclimates
#2
Arielle L Yablonovitch, Jeremy Fu, Kexin Li, Simpla Mahato, Lin Kang, Eugenia Rashkovetsky, Abraham B Korol, Hua Tang, Pawel Michalak, Andrew C Zelhof, Eviatar Nevo, Jin Billy Li
Determining the mechanisms by which a species adapts to its environment is a key endeavor in the study of evolution. In particular, relatively little is known about how transcriptional processes are fine-tuned to adjust to different environmental conditions. Here we study Drosophila melanogaster from 'Evolution Canyon' in Israel, which consists of two opposing slopes with divergent microclimates. We identify several hundred differentially expressed genes and dozens of differentially edited sites between flies from each slope, correlate these changes with genetic differences, and use CRISPR mutagenesis to validate that an intronic SNP in prominin regulates its editing levels...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145825/assembling-large-genomes-analysis-of-the-stick-insect-clitarchus-hookeri-genome-reveals-a-high-repeat-content-and-sex-biased-genes-associated-with-reproduction
#3
Chen Wu, Victoria G Twort, Ross N Crowhurst, Richard D Newcomb, Thomas R Buckley
BACKGROUND: Stick insects (Phasmatodea) have a high incidence of parthenogenesis and other alternative reproductive strategies, yet the genetic basis of reproduction is poorly understood. Phasmatodea includes nearly 3000 species, yet only the genome of Timema cristinae has been published to date. Clitarchus hookeri is a geographical parthenogenetic stick insect distributed across New Zealand. Sexual reproduction dominates in northern habitats but is replaced by parthenogenesis in the south...
November 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144405/genomic-analysis-of-the-asmt-gene-family-in-solanum-lycopersicum
#4
Weicheng Liu, Dake Zhao, Chunfang Zheng, Chen Chen, Xin Peng, Yuan Cheng, Hongjian Wan
Acetylserotonin methyltransferase (ASMT) is the last enzyme of melatonin biosynthesis and may play a rate-limiting role in the melatonin production of plants. In this study, systematic analysis of the ASMT gene family in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum Mill) has been presented by the integration of the structural features, phylogenetic relationships, exon/intron configuration, and expression profile during growth and development, as well as biotic stresses. The results revealed that the tomato genome encoded a minimum of 14 members, containing three probable encoded pseudogenes...
November 16, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143603/evolution-of-vrn-1-homoeologous-loci-in-allopolyploids-of-triticum-and-their-diploid-precursors
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Andrey B Shcherban, Elena A Salina
BACKGROUND: The key gene in genetic system controlling the duration of the vegetative period in cereals is the VRN1 gene, whose product under the influence of low temperature (vernalization) promotes the transition of the apical meristem cells into a competent state for the development of generative tissues of spike. As early genetic studies shown, the dominant alleles of this gene underlie the spring forms of plants that do not require vernalization for this transition. In wheat allopolyploids various combinations of alleles of the VRN1 homoeologous loci (VRN1 homoeoalleles) provide diversity in such important traits as the time to heading, height of plants and yield...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141666/intron-retention-enhances-gene-regulatory-complexity-in-vertebrates
#6
Ulf Schmitz, Natalia Pinello, Fangzhi Jia, Sultan Alasmari, William Ritchie, Maria-Cristina Keightley, Shaniko Shini, Graham J Lieschke, Justin J-L Wong, John E J Rasko
BACKGROUND: While intron retention (IR) is now widely accepted as an important mechanism of mammalian gene expression control, it remains the least studied form of alternative splicing. To delineate conserved features of IR, we performed an exhaustive phylogenetic analysis in a highly purified and functionally defined cell type comprising neutrophilic granulocytes from five vertebrate species spanning 430 million years of evolution. RESULTS: Our RNA-sequencing-based analysis suggests that IR increases gene regulatory complexity, which is indicated by a strong anti-correlation between the number of genes affected by IR and the number of protein-coding genes in the genome of individual species...
November 16, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139059/evolution-of-rubisco-activase-gene-in-plants
#7
Ragupathi Nagarajan, Kulvinder S Gill
Rubisco activase of plants evolved in a stepwise manner without losing its function to adapt to the major evolutionary events including endosymbiosis and land colonization. Rubisco activase is an essential enzyme for photosynthesis, which removes inhibitory sugar phosphates from the active sites of Rubisco, a process necessary for Rubisco activation and carbon fixation. The gene probably evolved in cyanobacteria as different species differ for its presence. However, the gene is present in all other plant species...
November 14, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138681/cell-signaling-with-extracellular-thioredoxin-and-thioredoxin-like-proteins-insight-into-their-mechanisms-of-action
#8
REVIEW
Thierry Léveillard, Najate Aït-Ali
Thioredoxins are small thiol-oxidoreductase enzymes that control cellular redox homeostasis. Paradoxically, human thioredoxin (TXN1) was first identified as the adult T cell leukemia-derived factor (ADF), a secreted protein. ADF has been implicated in a wide variety of cell-to-cell communication systems acting as a cytokine or a chemokine. TRX80 is a truncated TXN1 protein with cytokine activity. The unconventional secretion mechanism of these extracellular thioredoxins is unknown. The thioredoxin system is relying on glucose metabolism through the pentose phosphate pathway that provides reducing power in the form of NADPH, the cofactor of thioredoxin reductase (TXNRD)...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126284/genetic-drift-and-indel-mutation-in-the-evolution-of-yeast-mitochondrial-genome-size
#9
Shujie Xiao, Duong T Nguyen, Baojun Wu, Weilong Hao
Mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) are remarkably diverse in genome size and organization, but the origins of dynamic mitogenome architectures are still poorly understood. For instance, the mutational burden hypothesis postulates that the drastic difference between large plant mitogenomes and streamlined animal mitogenomes can be driven by their different mutation rates. However, inconsistent trends between mitogenome sizes and mutation rates have been documented in several lineages. These conflicting results highlight the need of systematic and sophisticated investigations on the evolution and diversity of mitogenome architecture...
November 8, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122854/the-substrates-of-nonsense-mediated-mrna-decay-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#10
Virginia S Muir, Audrey P Gasch, Philip Anderson
Nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD) is a conserved pathway that strongly influences eukaryotic gene expression.  Inactivating or inhibiting NMD affects the abundance of a substantial fraction of the transcriptome in numerous species.  Transcripts whose abundance is altered in NMD-deficient cells may represent either direct substrates of NMD or indirect effects of inhibiting NMD.  We present a genome-wide investigation of the direct substrates of NMD in Caenorhabditis elegans  Our goals were (i) to identify mRNA substrates of NMD and (ii) to distinguish those mRNAs from others whose abundance is indirectly influenced by the absence of NMD...
November 9, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120060/heterogeneity-of-intron-presence-absence-in-luticola-sp-bacillariophyta-contributes-to-the-understanding-of-intron-loss
#11
Jichang Han, Lin Zhang, Pu Wang, Guanpin Yang, Song Wang, Yuhang Li, Kehou Pan
Although hypotheses have been proposed and developed to interpret the origins and functions of introns, substantial controversies remain about the mechanism of intron evolution. The availability of introns in the intermediate state is quite helpful for resolving this debate. In this study, a new strain of diatom (denominated as DB21-1) was isolated and identified as Luticola sp., in which multiple types of 18S rDNAs (obtained from genomic DNA; lengths ranged from 2,056 bp to 2,988 bp) were obtained. Based on the alignment between 18S rDNAs and 18S rRNA (obtained from cDNA; 1,783 bp), 7 intron insertion sites (IISs) located in the 18S rDNA were identified, each of which displaying the polymorphism of intron presence/absence...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118120/the-analysis-of-kv-mimivirus-major-capsid-gene-and-its-transcript-highlights-a-distinct-pattern-of-gene-evolution-and-splicing-among-mimiviruses
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Paulo Victor Miranda Boratto, Fábio Pio Dornas, Lorena Christine Ferreira da Silva, Rodrigo Araújo Lima Rodrigues, Graziele Pereira Oliveira, Juliana Reis Cortines, Betânia Paiva Drumond, Jônatas Santos Abrahão
The inclusion of Mimiviridae members in the putative monophyletic NCLDV group is based on genomic and phylogenomic patterns. This shows that, along with other viral families, they share a set of genes known as core or "hallmark genes", including the major capsid protein (MCP). Although previous studies have suggested that the maturation of mimivirus MCP transcripts is dependent on splicing, there is little information about the processing of this transcript in other mimivirus isolates. In this work, we report the characterization of a new mimivirus isolate, called KV mimivirus...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106418/reduced-mutation-rate-in-exons-due-to-differential-mismatch-repair
#13
Joan Frigola, Radhakrishnan Sabarinathan, Loris Mularoni, Ferran Muiños, Abel Gonzalez-Perez, Núria López-Bigas
While recent studies have identified higher than anticipated heterogeneity of mutation rate across genomic regions, mutations in exons and introns are assumed to be generated at the same rate. Here we find fewer somatic mutations in exons than expected from their sequence content and demonstrate that this is not due to purifying selection. Instead, we show that it is caused by higher mismatch-repair activity in exonic than in intronic regions. Our findings have important implications for understanding of mutational and DNA repair processes and knowledge of the evolution of eukaryotic genes, and they have practical ramifications for the study of evolution of both tumors and species...
November 6, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095905/the-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-the-cam-epiphyte-spanish-moss-tillandsia-usneoides-bromeliaceae-and-its-comparative-analysis
#14
Péter Poczai, Jaakko Hyvönen
Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is an epiphytic bromeliad widely distributed throughout tropical and warm temperate America. This plant is highly adapted to extreme environmental conditions. Striking features of this species include specialized trichomes (scales) covering the surface of its shoots aiding the absorption of water and nutrients directly from the atmosphere and a specific photosynthesis using crassulacean acid metabolism (CAM). Here we report the plastid genome of Spanish moss and present the comparison of genome organization and sequence evolution within Poales...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093470/functional-divergence-and-intron-variability-during-evolution-of-angiosperm-terminal-flower1-tfl1-genes
#15
Jian Gao, Bing-Hong Huang, Yu-Ting Wan, JenYu Chang, Jun-Qing Li, Pei-Chun Liao
The protein encoded by the TERMINAL FLOWER1 (TFL1) gene maintains indeterminacy in inflorescence meristem to repress flowering, and has undergone multiple duplications. However, basal angiosperms have one copy of a TFL1-like gene, which clusters with eudicot TFL1/CEN paralogs. Functional conservation has been reported in the paralogs CENTRORADIALIS (CEN) in eudicots, and ROOTS CURL IN NPA (RCNs) genes in monocots. In this study, long-term functional conservation and selective constraints were found between angiosperms, while the relaxation of selective constraints led to subfunctionalisation between paralogs...
November 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079681/non-canonical-ga-and-gg-5-intron-donor-splice-sites-are-common-in-the-copepod-eurytemora-affinis
#16
Hugh M Robertson
The non-canonical 5' intron donor splice sites GA and GG are exceedingly rare in described eukaryotic genomes, however they are present in approximately 12% of introns in the genome of the copepod Eurytemora affinis Failure to recognize the high frequency of these donor sites compromised the modeling of genes in this newly sequenced genome, including ten conserved ionotropic glutamate receptor family genes curated herein. These introns appear to have been acquired recently, along with many additional idiosyncratic introns...
October 27, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071358/tracing-the-evolutionary-history-of-the-cap-superfamily-of-proteins-using-amino-acid-sequence-homology-and-conservation-of-splice-sites
#17
Anup Abraham, Douglas E Chandler
Proteins of the CAP superfamily play numerous roles in reproduction, innate immune responses, cancer biology, and venom toxicology. Here we document the breadth of the CAP (Cysteine-RIch Secretory Protein (CRISP), Antigen 5, and Pathogenesis-Related) protein superfamily and trace the major events in its evolution using amino acid sequence homology and the positions of exon/intron borders within their genes. Seldom acknowledged in the literature, we find that many of the CAP subfamilies present in mammals, where they were originally characterized, have distinct homologues in the invertebrate phyla...
October 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29057470/origin-and-evolution-of-chloroplast%C3%A2-group-i-introns-in-lichen-algae
#18
Alicia Del Hoyo, Raquel Álvarez, Francisco Gasulla, Leonardo Mario Casano, Eva María Del Campo
The history of group I introns is characterized by repeated horizontal transfers, even among phylogenetically distant species. The symbiogenetic thalli of lichens are good candidates for the horizontal transfer of genetic material among distantly related organisms, such as fungi and green algae. The main goal of this study was to determine whether there were different trends in intron distribution and properties among Chlorophyte algae based on their phylogenetic relationships and living conditions. Therefore, we investigated the occurrence, distribution and properties of group I introns within the chloroplast LSU rDNA in 87 Chlorophyte algae including lichen and free-living Trebouxiophyceae compared to free-living non-Trebouxiophyceae species...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048531/origin-and-spread-of-spliceosomal-introns-insights-from-the-fungal-clade-zymoseptoria
#19
Baojun Wu, Allison I Macielog, Weilong Hao
Spliceosomal introns are a key feature of eukaryote genome architecture and have been proposed to originate from selfish group II introns from an endosymbiotic bacterium, that is, the ancestor of mitochondria. However, the mechanisms underlying the wide spread of spliceosomal introns across eukaryotic genomes have been obscure. In this study, we characterize the dynamic evolution of spliceosomal introns in the fungal genus Zymoseptoria at different evolutionary scales, that is, within a genome, among conspecific strains within species, and between different species...
October 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047256/analysis-of-genes-with-alternatively-spliced-transcripts-in-the-leaf-root-panicle-and-seed-of-rice-using-a-long-oligomer-microarray-and-rna-seq
#20
Songhwa Chae, Joung Sug Kim, Kyong Mi Jun, Sang-Bok Lee, Myung Soon Kim, Baek Hie Nahm, Yeon-Ki Kim
Pre-mRNA splicing further increases protein diversity acquired through evolution. The underlying driving forces for this phenomenon are unknown, especially in terms of gene expression. A rice alternatively spliced transcript detection microarray (ASDM) and RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) were applied to differentiate the transcriptome of 4 representative organs of Oryza sativa L. cv. Ilmi: leaves, roots, 1-cm-stage panicles and young seeds at 21 days after pollination. Comparison of data obtained by microarray and RNA-Seq showed a bell-shaped distribution and a co-lineation for highly expressed genes...
October 2017: Molecules and Cells
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