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Intron evolution

Rosa Calvello, Maria A Panaro, Rosaria Salvatore, Vincenzo Mitolo, Antonia Cianciulli
The "canonical" introns begin by the dinucleotide GT and end by the dinucleotide AG. GT, together with a few downstream nucleotides, and AG, with a few of the immediately preceding nucleotides, are thought to be the strongest splicing signals (5'ss and 3'ss, respectively). We examined the composition of the intronic initial and terminal hexanucleotides of the mitochondrial solute carrier genes (SLC25A's) of zebrafish, chicken, mouse, and human. These genes are orthologous and we selected the transcripts in which the arrangement of exons and introns was superimposable in the species considered...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Félix LaRoche-Johnston, Caroline Monat, Benoit Cousineau
BACKGROUND: Group II introns are catalytically active RNA and mobile retroelements present in certain eukaryotic organelles, bacteria and archaea. These ribozymes self-splice from the pre-mRNA of interrupted genes and reinsert within target DNA sequences by retrohoming and retrotransposition. Evolutionary hypotheses place these retromobile elements at the origin of over half the human genome. Nevertheless, the evolution and dissemination of group II introns was found to be quite difficult to infer...
October 20, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Jason T Huff, Daniel Zilberman, Scott W Roy
The discovery of introns four decades ago was one of the most unexpected findings in molecular biology. Introns are sequences interrupting genes that must be removed as part of messenger RNA production. Genome sequencing projects have shown that most eukaryotic genes contain at least one intron, and frequently many. Comparison of these genomes reveals a history of long evolutionary periods during which few introns were gained, punctuated by episodes of rapid, extensive gain. However, although several detailed mechanisms for such episodic intron generation have been proposed, none has been empirically supported on a genomic scale...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Madeleine Berger, Alin Mirel Puinean, Emma Randall, Christoph T Zimmer, Wellington M Silva, Pablo Bielza, Linda M Field, David Hughes, Ian Mellor, Keywan Hassani-Pak, Herbert A A Siqueira, Martin S Williamson, Chris Bass
Many genes increase coding capacity by alternate exon usage. The gene encoding the insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) α6 subunit, target of the bio-insecticide spinosad, is one example of this and expands protein diversity via alternative splicing of mutually exclusive exons. Here we show that spinosad resistance in the tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta is associated with aberrant regulation of splicing of Taα6 resulting in a novel form of insecticide resistance mediated by exon skipping. Sequencing of the α6 subunit cDNA from spinosad selected and unselected strains of T...
October 17, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Qijiang Jin, Xin Hu, Xin Li, Bei Wang, Yanjie Wang, Hongwei Jiang, Neil Mattson, Yingchun Xu
Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase (TPS) plays a key role in plant carbohydrate metabolism and the perception of carbohydrate availability. In the present work, the publicly available Nelumbo nucifera (lotus) genome sequence database was analyzed which led to identification of nine lotus TPS genes (NnTPS). It was found that at least two introns are included in the coding sequences of NnTPS genes. When the motif compositions were analyzed we found that NnTPS generally shared the similar motifs, implying that they have similar functions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Yi Wang, Ling Xu, Roger Thilmony, Frank M You, Yong Q Gu, Devin Coleman-Derr
PIECE (Plant Intron Exon Comparison and Evolution) is a web-accessible database that houses intron and exon information of plant genes. PIECE serves as a resource for biologists interested in comparing intron-exon organization and provides valuable insights into the evolution of gene structure in plant genomes. Recently, we updated PIECE to a new version, PIECE 2.0 ( or PIECE 2.0 contains annotated genes from 49 sequenced plant species as compared to 25 species in the previous version...
October 13, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
Shumayla, Shailesh Sharma, Rohit Kumar, Venugopal Mendu, Kashmir Singh, Santosh K Upadhyay
The leucine rich repeat receptor like kinases (LRRK) constitute the largest subfamily of receptor like kinases (RLK), which play critical roles in plant development and stress responses. Herein, we identified 531 TaLRRK genes in Triticum aestivum (bread wheat), which were distributed throughout the A, B, and D sub-genomes and chromosomes. These were clustered into 233 homologous groups, which were mostly located on either homeologous chromosomes from various sub-genomes or in proximity on the same chromosome...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Pengkai Wang, Tielong Cheng, Mengzhu Lu, Guangxin Liu, Meiping Li, Jisen Shi, Ye Lu, Thomas Laux, Jinhui Chen
The APETALA2 (AP2) genes represent the AP2 group within a large group of DNA-binding proteins called AP2/EREBP. The AP2 gene is functional and necessary for flower development, stem cell maintenance, and seed development, whereas the other members of AP2 group redundantly affect flowering time. Here we study the phylogeny of AP2 group genes in spermatophytes. Spermatophyte AP2 group genes can be classified into AP2 and TOE types, six clades, and we found that the AP2 group homologs in gymnosperms belong to the AP2 type, whereas TOE types are absent, which indicates the AP2 type gene are more ancient and TOE type was split out of AP2 type and losing the major function...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Kewei Feng, Fuyan Liu, Jinwei Zou, Guangwei Xing, Pingchuan Deng, Weining Song, Wei Tong, Xiaojun Nie
Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascades are the conserved and universal signal transduction modules in all eukaryotes, which play the vital roles in plant growth, development, and in response to multiple stresses. In this study, we used bioinformatics methods to identify 86 MAPKKK protein encoded by 73 MAPKKK genes in Brachypodium. Phylogenetic analysis of MAPKKK family from Arabidopsis, rice, and Brachypodium has classified them into three subfamilies, of which 28 belonged to MEKK, 52 to Raf, and 6 to ZIK subfamily, respectively...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Wei Gao, Lu Long, Xinquan Tian, Jingjing Jin, Huili Liu, Hui Zhang, Fuchun Xu, Chunpeng Song
Stress-associated proteins (SAPs) containing the A20/AN1 zinc-finger domain play important roles in response to both biotic and abiotic stresses in plants. Nevertheless, few studies have focused on the SAP gene family in cotton. To explore the distributions and expression patterns of these genes, we performed genome-wide identification and characterization of SAPs in tetraploid Gossypium hirsutum L. TM-1 (AD1). A total of 37 genes encoding SAPs were identified, 36 of which were duplicated in the A and D sub-genomes...
September 28, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
Lihui Wang, Xiujuan Bei, Jiansheng Gao, Yaxuan Li, Yueming Yan, Yingkao Hu
BACKGROUND: Multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) transporter proteins are present in all organisms. Although the functions of some MATE gene family members have been studied in plants, few studies have investigated the gene expansion patterns, functional divergence, or the effects of positive selection. RESULTS: Forty-five MATE genes from rice and 56 from Arabidopsis were identified and grouped into four subfamilies. MATE family genes have similar exon-intron structures in rice and Arabidopsis; MATE gene structures are conserved in each subfamily but differ among subfamilies...
September 26, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Changwei Bi, Yiqing Xu, Qiaolin Ye, Tongming Yin, Ning Ye
WRKY proteins are the zinc finger transcription factors that were first identified in plants. They can specifically interact with the W-box, which can be found in the promoter region of a large number of plant target genes, to regulate the expressions of downstream target genes. They also participate in diverse physiological and growing processes in plants. Prior to this study, a plenty of WRKY genes have been identified and characterized in herbaceous species, but there is no large-scale study of WRKY genes in willow...
2016: PeerJ
Thomas J Meyer, Ulrike Held, Kimberly A Nevonen, Sabine Klawitter, Thomas Pirzer, Lucia Carbone, Gerald G Schumann
LAVA ( L: INE- A: lu- V: NTR- A: lu-like) elements comprise a family of non-autonomous, composite, non-LTR retrotransposons specific to gibbons and may have played a role in the evolution of this lineage. A full-length LAVA element consists of portions of repeats found in most primate genomes: CT-rich, Alu-like, and VNTR regions from the SVA retrotransposon, and portions of the AluSz and L1ME5 elements. To evaluate whether the gibbon genome currently harbors functional LAVA elements capable of mobilization by the endogenous LINE-1 (L1) protein machinery and which LAVA components are important for retrotransposition, we established a trans-mobilization assay in HeLa cells...
September 15, 2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
Bidhan Chandra Roy, Ashutosh Mukherjee
Ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs) function as glutamate-activated ion channels in rapid synaptic transmission in animals. Arabidopsis thaliana possess 20 glutamate receptor-like genes (AtGLRs) in its genome which are involved in many functions including light signal transduction and calcium homeostasis. However, little is known about the physico-chemical, functional and structural properties of AtGLRs. In this study, glutamate receptor-like genes of A. thaliana have been studied in silico. Exon-intron structures revealed common origin of majority of these genes...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Gisele S Philippsen, Juliana S Avaca-Crusca, Ana P U Araujo, Ricardo DeMarco
Transposable elements (TEs) are DNA sequences able to transpose in the host genome, a remarkable feature that enables them to influence evolutive trajectories of species. An investigation about the TE distribution and TE impact in different gene regions of the green algae species Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Volvox carteri was performed. Our results indicate that TEs are very scarce near introns boundaries, suggesting that insertions in this region are negatively selected. This contrasts with previous results showing enrichment of tandem repeats in introns boundaries and suggests that different evolutionary forces are acting in these different classes of repeats...
December 5, 2016: Gene
João Paulo Machado, Siby Philip, Emanuel Maldonado, Stephen J O'Brien, Warren E Johnson, Agostinho Antunes
A diverse group of genes are involved in the tooth development of mammals. Several studies, focused mainly on mice and rats, have provided a detailed depiction of the processes coordinating tooth formation and shape. Here we surveyed 236 tooth-associated genes in 39 mammalian genomes and tested for signatures of selection to assess patterns of molecular adaptation in genes regulating mammalian dentition. Of the 236 genes, 31 (∼13.1%) showed strong signatures of positive selection that may be responsible for the phenotypic diversity observed in mammalian dentition...
2016: Genome Biology and Evolution
Vladyslav S Bondarenko, Mikhail S Gelfand
A typical eukaryotic gene is comprised of alternating stretches of regions, exons and introns, retained in and spliced out a mature mRNA, respectively. Although the length of introns may vary substantially among organisms, a large fraction of genes contains short introns in many species. Notably, some Ciliates (Paramecium and Nyctotherus) possess only ultra-short introns, around 25 bp long. In Paramecium, ultra-short introns with length divisible by three (3n) are under strong evolutionary pressure and have a high frequency of in-frame stop codons, which, in the case of intron retention, cause premature termination of mRNA translation and consequent degradation of the mis-spliced mRNA by the nonsense-mediated decay mechanism...
2016: PloS One
Zhehao Jin, Jin-Hee Kim, Sang Un Park, Soo-Un Kim
Two cDNAs for indole-3-glycerol phosphate lyase homolog were cloned from Polygonum tinctorium. One encoded cytosolic indole synthase possibly in indigoid synthesis, whereas the other encoded a putative tryptophan synthase α-subunit. Indigo is an old natural blue dye produced by plants such as Polygonum tinctorium. Key step in plant indigoid biosynthesis is production of indole by indole-3-glycerol phosphate lyase (IGL). Two tryptophan synthase α-subunit (TSA) homologs, PtIGL-short and -long, were isolated by RACE PCR from P...
September 1, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
Weilong Guo, Michael Q Zhang, Hong Wu
Although non-CG methylations are abundant in several mammalian cell types, their biological significance is sparsely characterized. We gathered 51 human and mouse DNA methylomes from brain neurons, embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells, primordial germ cells and oocytes. We utilized an unbiased sub-motif prediction method and reported CW as the representative non-CG methylation context, which is distinct from CC methylation in terms of sequence context and genomic distribution. A two-dimensional comparison of non-CG methylations across cell types and species was performed...
2016: Scientific Reports
Jana Kralovicova, Igor Vorechovsky
The auxiliary factor of U2 small nuclear ribonucleoprotein (U2AF) facilitates branch point (BP) recognition and formation of lariat introns. The gene for the 35-kD subunit of U2AF gives rise to two protein isoforms (termed U2AF35a and U2AF35b) that are encoded by alternatively spliced exons 3 and Ab, respectively. The splicing recognition sequences of exon 3 are less favorable than exon Ab, yet U2AF35a expression is higher than U2AF35b across tissues. We show that U2AF35b repression is facilitated by weak, closely spaced BPs next to a long polypyrimidine tract of exon Ab...
August 26, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
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