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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793031/cloning-overexpression-and-purification-of-a-gene-of-unknown-function-of-prophage-loci-from-candidatus-liberibacter-asiaticus-the-destructive-bacterial-pathogen-of-huanglongbing-disease-in-citrus-plants
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Duangtip Sudhan, Thamrongjet Puttamuk, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij, Pitak Chuawong
Citrus Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening is one of the most destructive diseases affecting citrus industry worldwide. The causal agent in Asia is a phloem-limited, Gram-negative bacterium, 'Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus' (CLas). Within the genome of CLas lies prophage regions, classified as Type-A, B, C, and D. In particular, Type-D has been indicated to correlate with the blotchy-mottle symptoms of citrus trees. Here we reported the cloning, overexpression, and purification of the ORF1, an open reading frame from the partial Type-D region of CLas obtained from an infected lime tree (Citrus aurantifolia Swingle)...
May 21, 2018: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792903/endogenous-pararetrovirus-sequences-are-widely-present-in-citrinae-genomes
#2
Huiwen Yu, Xia Wang, Zhihao Lu, Yuantao Xu, Xiuxin Deng, Qiang Xu
Endogenous pararetroviruses (EPRVs) are characterized in several plant genomes and their biological effects have been reported. In this study, hundreds of EPRV segments were identified in six Citrinae genomes. A total of 1,034 EPRV segments were identified in the genomes of sweet orange, 2,036 in pummelo, 598 in clementine mandarin, 752 in Ichang papeda, 2,060 in citron and 245 in atalantia. Genomic analysis indicated that EPRV segments tend to cluster as hot spots in the genomes, particularly on chromosome 2 and 5...
May 21, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792566/clues-to-an-evolutionary-mystery-the-genes-for-t-toxin-enabler-of-the-devastating-1970-southern-corn-leaf-blight-epidemic-are-present-in-ancestral-species-suggesting-an-ancient-origin
#3
Bradford J Condon, Candace E Elliott, Jonathan Gonzalez, Sung-Hwan Yun, Yasunori Akagi, Tyr Wiesner-Hanks, Motoichiro Kodama, Gillian Turgeon
The Southern Corn Leaf Blight epidemic of 1970 devastated fields of T-cytoplasm corn planted in monoculture throughout the eastern US. The epidemic was driven by race T, a previously unseen race of Cochliobolus heterostrophus. A second fungus, Phyllosticta zeae-maydis, with the same biological specificity, appeared coincidentally. Race T produces T-toxin, while P. zeae-maydis produces PM-toxin, both host selective polyketide toxins necessary for supervirulence. Present abundance of genome sequences offers an opportunity to tackle the evolutionary origins of T- and PM- toxin biosynthetic genes, previously thought unique to these species...
May 24, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792207/metagenomic-analysis-of-viruses-associated-with-maize-lethal-necrosis-in-kenya
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Mwathi Jane Wamaitha, Deepti Nigam, Solomon Maina, Francesca Stomeo, Anne Wangai, Joyce Njoki Njuguna, Timothy A Holton, Bramwel W Wanjala, Mark Wamalwa, Tanui Lucas, Appolinaire Djikeng, Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Maize lethal necrosis is caused by a synergistic co-infection of Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) and a specific member of the Potyviridae, such as Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) or Johnson grass mosaic virus (JGMV). Typical maize lethal necrosis symptoms include severe yellowing and leaf drying from the edges. In Kenya, we detected plants showing typical and atypical symptoms. Both groups of plants often tested negative for SCMV by ELISA...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792165/molecular-characterization-and-differential-expression-suggested-diverse-functions-of-p-type-ii-ca-2-atpases-in-triticum-aestivum-l
#5
Mehak Taneja, Santosh Kumar Upadhyay
BACKGROUND: Plant P-type II Ca2+ ATPases are formed by two distinct groups of proteins (ACAs and ECAs) that perform pumping of Ca2+ outside the cytoplasm during homeostasis, and play vital functions during development and stress management. In the present study, we have performed identification and characterisation of P-type II Ca 2+ ATPase gene family in an important crop plant Triticum aestivum. RESULTS: Herein, a total of 33 TaACA and 9 TaECA proteins were identified from the various chromosomes and sub-genomes of Triticum aestivum...
May 23, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789973/chromosomal-distribution-of-soybean-retrotransposon-sore-1-suggests-its-recent-preferential-insertion-into-euchromatic-regions
#6
Kenta Nakashima, Jun Abe, Akira Kanazawa
Retrotransposons constitute a large portion of plant genomes. The chromosomal distribution of a wide variety of retrotransposons has been analyzed using genome sequencing data in several plants, but the evolutionary profile of transposition has been characterized for a limited number of retrotransposon families. Here, we characterized 96 elements of the SORE-1 family of soybean retrotransposons using genome sequencing data. Insertion time of each SORE-1 element into the genome was estimated on the basis of sequence differences between the 5' and 3' long terminal repeats (LTRs)...
May 22, 2018: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789384/mutations-in-eid1-and-lnk2-caused-light-conditional-clock-deceleration-during-tomato-domestication
#7
Niels A Müller, Lei Zhang, Maarten Koornneef, José M Jiménez-Gómez
Circadian period and phase of cultivated tomato ( Solanum lycopersicum ) were changed during domestication, likely adapting the species to its new agricultural environments. Whereas the delayed circadian phase is mainly caused by allelic variation of EID1 , the genetic basis of the long circadian period has remained elusive. Here we show that a partial deletion of the clock gene LNK2 is responsible for the period lengthening in cultivated tomatoes. We use resequencing data to phylogenetically classify hundreds of tomato accessions and investigate the evolution of the eid1 and lnk2 mutations along successive domestication steps...
May 22, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788925/de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-the-eight-major-organs-of-sacha-inchi-plukenetia-volubilis-and-the-identification-of-genes-involved-in-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-metabolism
#8
Xiao-Di Hu, Bang-Zhen Pan, Qiantang Fu, Longjian Niu, Mao-Sheng Chen, Zeng-Fu Xu
BACKGROUND: Sacha Inchi (Plukenetia volubilis L.), which belongs to the Euphorbiaceae, has been considered a new potential oil crop because of its high content of polyunsaturated fatty acids in its seed oil. The seed oil especially contains high amounts of α-linolenic acid (ALA), which is useful for the prevention of various diseases. However, little is known about the genetic information and genome sequence of Sacha Inchi, which has largely hindered functional genomics and molecular breeding studies...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788921/signatures-of-host-specialization-and-a-recent-transposable-element-burst-in-the-dynamic-one-speed-genome-of-the-fungal-barley-powdery-mildew-pathogen
#9
Lamprinos Frantzeskakis, Barbara Kracher, Stefan Kusch, Makoto Yoshikawa-Maekawa, Saskia Bauer, Carsten Pedersen, Pietro D Spanu, Takaki Maekawa, Paul Schulze-Lefert, Ralph Panstruga
BACKGROUND: Powdery mildews are biotrophic pathogenic fungi infecting a number of economically important plants. The grass powdery mildew, Blumeria graminis, has become a model organism to study host specialization of obligate biotrophic fungal pathogens. We resolved the large-scale genomic architecture of B. graminis forma specialis hordei (Bgh) to explore the potential influence of its genome organization on the co-evolutionary process with its host plant, barley (Hordeum vulgare). RESULTS: The near-chromosome level assemblies of the Bgh reference isolate DH14 and one of the most diversified isolates, RACE1, enabled a comparative analysis of these haploid genomes, which are highly enriched with transposable elements (TEs)...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788052/fast-evolution-and-lineage-specific-gene-family-expansions-of-aphid-salivary-effectors-driven-by-interactions-with-host-plants
#10
Hélène Boulain, Fabrice Legeai, Endrick Guy, Stéphanie Morlière, Nadine E Douglas, Jonghee Oh, Marimuthu Murugan, Michael Smith, Julie Jaquiéry, Jean Peccoud, Frank F White, James C Carolan, Jean-Christophe Simon, Akiko Sugio
Effector proteins play crucial roles in plant-parasite interactions by suppressing plant defenses and hijacking plant physiological responses to facilitate parasite invasion and propagation. Although effector proteins have been characterized in many microbial plant pathogens, their nature and role in adaptation to host plants are largely unknown in insect herbivores. Aphids rely on salivary effector proteins injected into the host plants to promote phloem sap uptake. Therefore, gaining insight into the repertoire and evolution of aphid effectors is key to unveiling the mechanisms responsible for aphid virulence and host plant specialization...
May 18, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786865/infection-with-phytopathogenic-bacterium-inhibits-melatonin-biosynthesis-decreases-longevity-of-its-vector-and-suppresses-the-free-radical-defense
#11
Yasser Nehela, Nabil Killiny
Vector-borne phytopathogenic bacteria may alter the reproductive fitness, survival, behavior, and metabolism of their vectors. Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) is associated with the Huanglongbing (HLB; also known as citrus greening disease), one of the most destructive citrus diseases worldwide, and transmitted by Asian citrus psyllid, Diaphorina citri (Insecta, Hemiptera, Liviidae). The genome sequencing of CLas revealed that it does not have the ability to synthesize tryptophan, the precursor of melatonin, and it must acquire it from its host plant or insect vector to achieve its biological processes, such as growth and multiplication...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786171/root-bacterial-endophytes-confer-drought-resistance-and-enhance-expression-and-activity-of-a-vacuolar-h-pumping-pyrophosphatase-in-pepper-plants
#12
Gianpiero Vigani, Eleonora Rolli, Ramona Marasco, Marta Dell'Orto, Grégoire Michoud, Asma Soussi, Noura Raddadi, Sara Borin, Claudia Sorlini, Graziano Zocchi, Daniele Daffonchio
It has been previously shown that the transgenic overexpression of the plant root vacuolar proton pumps H+ -ATPase (V-ATPase) and H+ -PPase (V-PPase) confer tolerance to drought. Since plant-root endophytic bacteria can also promote drought tolerance, we hypothesize that such promotion can be associated to the enhancement of the host vacuolar proton pumps expression and activity. To test this hypothesis, we selected two endophytic bacteria endowed with an array of in vitro plant growth promoting traits. Their genome sequences confirmed the presence of traits previously shown to confer drought resistance to plants, such as the synthesis of nitric oxide and of organic volatile organic compounds...
May 22, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786120/identification-and-characterization-of-a-tombusvirus-isolated-from-japanese-gentian
#13
Koki Fujisaki, Chika Tateda, Asuka Shirakawa, Mari Iwai, Yoshiko Abe
The DECS (dsRNA isolation, exhaustive amplification, cloning and sequencing) analysis technique for viral diagnosis detected a tombusvirus in Japanese gentian not displaying severe symptoms. We tentatively named this virus "gentian virus A" (GeVA). GeVA systemically but inefficiently infected Japanese gentian without causing visible symptoms, while it led to severe symptoms in some other plants. The complete genome sequence of GeVA indicated a typical tombusvirus-like structure. Phylogenetic analysis of the deduced amino acid sequences of four tombusvirus-encoded proteins did not reveal other known tombusviruses that were closely-related to GeVA, suggesting that it is a novel tombusvirus...
May 21, 2018: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785615/molecular-characterization-of-proton-beam-induced-mutations-in-soybean-using-genotyping-by-sequencing
#14
Woon Ji Kim, Jaihyunk Ryu, Juhyun Im, Sang Hun Kim, Si-Yong Kang, Jeong-Hee Lee, Sung-Hwan Jo, Bo-Keun Ha
Proton beam irradiation is a next-generation technique to develop mutant crop varieties. The mutagenic effects and molecular mechanisms of radiation are important multi-disciplinary research subjects. This study was conducted to investigate the types of mutations induced in the soybean genome by proton beam irradiation. In total, 22 plants, including 10 M2 plants treated with proton beam irradiation at 118 and 239 Gy, each, and two wild-type plants (Daepung) were sequenced by genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS)...
May 21, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784956/dynamics-and-function-of-dna-methylation-in-plants
#15
REVIEW
Huiming Zhang, Zhaobo Lang, Jian-Kang Zhu
DNA methylation is a conserved epigenetic modification that is important for gene regulation and genome stability. Aberrant patterns of DNA methylation can lead to plant developmental abnormalities. A specific DNA methylation state is an outcome of dynamic regulation by de novo methylation, maintenance of methylation and active demethylation, which are catalysed by various enzymes that are targeted by distinct regulatory pathways. In this Review, we discuss DNA methylation in plants, including methylating and demethylating enzymes and regulatory factors, and the coordination of methylation and demethylation activities by a so-called methylstat mechanism; the functions of DNA methylation in regulating transposon silencing, gene expression and chromosome interactions; the roles of DNA methylation in plant development; and the involvement of DNA methylation in plant responses to biotic and abiotic stress conditions...
May 21, 2018: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784821/characterization-of-gossypol-biosynthetic-pathway
#16
Xiu Tian, Ju-Xin Ruan, Jin-Quan Huang, Chang-Qing Yang, Xin Fang, Zhi-Wen Chen, Hui Hong, Ling-Jian Wang, Ying-Bo Mao, Shan Lu, Tian-Zhen Zhang, Xiao-Ya Chen
Gossypol and related sesquiterpene aldehydes in cotton function as defense compounds but are antinutritional in cottonseed products. By transcriptome comparison and coexpression analyses, we identified 146 candidates linked to gossypol biosynthesis. Analysis of metabolites accumulated in plants subjected to virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) led to the identification of four enzymes and their supposed substrates. In vitro enzymatic assay and reconstitution in tobacco leaves elucidated a series of oxidative reactions of the gossypol biosynthesis pathway...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783978/climatic-differentiation-in-polyploid-apomictic-ranunculus-auricomus-complex-in-europe
#17
Juraj Paule, Franz G Dunkel, Marco Schmidt, Thomas Gregor
BACKGROUND: Polyploidy and apomixis are important factors influencing plant distributions often resulting in range shifts, expansions and geographical parthenogenesis. We used the Ranunculus auricomus complex as a model to asses if the past and present distribution and climatic preferences were determined by these phenomena. RESULTS: Ecological differentiation among diploids and polyploids was tested by comparing the sets of climatic variables and distribution modelling using 191 novel ploidy estimations and 561 literature data...
May 21, 2018: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783941/a-transposable-element-annotation-pipeline-and-expression-analysis-reveal-potentially-active-elements-in-the-microalga-tisochrysis-lutea
#18
Jérémy Berthelier, Nathalie Casse, Nicolas Daccord, Véronique Jamilloux, Bruno Saint-Jean, Grégory Carrier
BACKGROUND: Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile DNA sequences known as drivers of genome evolution. Their impacts have been widely studied in animals, plants and insects, but little is known about them in microalgae. In a previous study, we compared the genetic polymorphisms between strains of the haptophyte microalga Tisochrysis lutea and suggested the involvement of active autonomous TEs in their genome evolution. RESULTS: To identify potentially autonomous TEs, we designed a pipeline named PiRATE (Pipeline to Retrieve and Annotate Transposable Elements, download: https://doi...
May 22, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783940/small-rna-based-prediction-of-hybrid-performance-in-maize
#19
Felix Seifert, Alexander Thiemann, Tobias A Schrag, Dominika Rybka, Albrecht E Melchinger, Matthias Frisch, Stefan Scholten
BACKGROUND: Small RNA (sRNA) sequences are known to have a broad impact on gene regulation by various mechanisms. Their performance for the prediction of hybrid traits has not yet been analyzed. Our objective was to analyze the relation of parental sRNA expression with the performance of their hybrids, to develop a sRNA-based prediction approach, and to compare it to more common SNP and mRNA transcript based predictions using a factorial mating scheme of a maize hybrid breeding program...
May 21, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783718/functional-genomics-approaches-to-studying-symbioses-between-legumes-and-nitrogen-fixing-rhizobia
#20
REVIEW
Martina Lardi, Gabriella Pessi
Biological nitrogen fixation gives legumes a pronounced growth advantage in nitrogen-deprived soils and is of considerable ecological and economic interest. In exchange for reduced atmospheric nitrogen, typically given to the plant in the form of amides or ureides, the legume provides nitrogen-fixing rhizobia with nutrients and highly specialised root structures called nodules. To elucidate the molecular basis underlying physiological adaptations on a genome-wide scale, functional genomics approaches, such as transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, have been used...
May 18, 2018: High-throughput
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