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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921983/the-first-state-in-the-catalytic-cycle-of-the-water-oxidizing-enzyme-identification-of-a-water-derived-%C3%AE-hydroxo-bridge
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Thomas Lohmiller, Vera Krewald, Arezki Sedoud, A William Rutherford, Frank Neese, Wolfgang Lubitz, Dimitrios A Pantazis, Nicholas Cox
Nature's water splitting catalyst, an oxygen-bridged tetra-manganese calcium (Mn4O5Ca) complex, sequentially activates two substrate water molecules generating molecular O2. Its reaction cycle is composed of five intermediate (Si) states, where the index i indicates the number of oxidizing equivalents stored by the cofactor. After formation of the S4 state, the product dioxygen is released and the cofactor returns to its lowest oxidation state, S0. Membrane-inlet mass spectrometry measurements suggest that at least one substrate is bound throughout the catalytic cycle, as the rate of (18)O-labeled water incorporation into the product O2 is slow, on a millisecond to second timescale depending on the S state...
September 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921302/comparative-evolutionary-genomics-of-corynebacterium-with-special-reference-to-codon-and-amino-acid-usage-diversities
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Shilpee Pal, Indrani Sarkar, Ayan Roy, Pradeep K Das Mohapatra, Keshab C Mondal, Arnab Sen
The present study has been aimed to the comparative analysis of high GC composition containing Corynebacterium genomes and their evolutionary study by exploring codon and amino acid usage patterns. Phylogenetic study by MLSA approach, indel analysis and BLAST matrix differentiated Corynebacterium species in pathogenic and non-pathogenic clusters. Correspondence analysis on synonymous codon usage reveals that, gene length, optimal codon frequencies and tRNA abundance affect the gene expression of Corynebacterium...
September 18, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921008/molecular-characterization-of-very-virulent-infectious-bursal-disease-virus-strains-circulating-in-egypt-from-2003-to-2014
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Awad A Shehata, Hesham Sultan, Mohammed Y Halami, Shaimaa Talaat, Thomas W Vahlenkamp
In the present study, four very virulent infectious bursal disease virus (vvIBDV) isolates from flocks of chickens with vaccination failure in Egypt in 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2014 were characterized. The four viruses, designated USC2003, USC2007, USC2010 and USC2014, were detected by reverse transcription PCR, subjected to sequencing of both genomic segments (A and B) and compared with geographically and phylogenetically diverse IBDV strains. Phylogenetic analysis of segment A (complete) and B (partial) revealed a close relationship between Egyptian and vvIBDV reference strains of European and Asian origin...
September 18, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918744/intracellular-cargo-transport-by-kinesin-3-motors
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REVIEW
N Siddiqui, A Straube
Intracellular transport along microtubules enables cellular cargoes to efficiently reach the extremities of large, eukaryotic cells. While it would take more than 200 years for a small vesicle to diffuse from the cell body to the growing tip of a one-meter long axon, transport by a kinesin allows delivery in one week. It is clear from this example that the evolution of intracellular transport was tightly linked to the development of complex and macroscopic life forms. The human genome encodes 45 kinesins, 8 of those belonging to the family of kinesin-3 organelle transporters that are known to transport a variety of cargoes towards the plus end of microtubules...
July 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918303/decoding-noises-in-hiv-computational-genotyping
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MingRui Jia, Timothy Shaw, Xing Zhang, Dong Liu, Ye Shen, Amara E Ezeamama, Chunfu Yang, Ming Zhang
Lack of a consistent and reliable genotyping system can critically impede HIV genomic research on pathogenesis, fitness, virulence, drug resistance, and genomic-based healthcare and treatment. At present, mis-genotyping, i.e., background noises in molecular genotyping, and its impact on epidemic surveillance is unknown. For the first time, we present a comprehensive assessment of HIV genotyping quality. HIV sequence data were retrieved from worldwide published records, and subjected to a systematic genotyping assessment pipeline...
September 14, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918301/mathematical-fundamentals-for-the-noise-immunity-of-the-genetic-code
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Elena Fimmel, Lutz Strüngmann
Symmetry is one of the essential and most visible patterns that can be seen in nature. Starting from the left-right symmetry of the human body, all types of symmetry can be found in crystals, plants, animals and nature as a whole. Similarly, principals of symmetry are also some of the fundamental and most useful tools in modern mathematical natural science that play a major role in theory and applications. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the desire to understand the origin of life, based on the genetic code, forces us to involve symmetry as a mathematical concept...
September 13, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917057/the-fungal-tree-of-life-from-molecular-systematics-to-genome-scale-phylogenies
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Joseph W Spatafora, M Catherine Aime, Igor V Grigoriev, Francis Martin, Jason E Stajich, Meredith Blackwell
The kingdom Fungi is one of the more diverse clades of eukaryotes in terrestrial ecosystems, where they provide numerous ecological services ranging from decomposition of organic matter and nutrient cycling to beneficial and antagonistic associations with plants and animals. The evolutionary relationships of the kingdom have represented some of the more recalcitrant problems in systematics and phylogenetics. The advent of molecular phylogenetics, and more recently phylogenomics, has greatly advanced our understanding of the patterns and processes associated with fungal evolution, however...
September 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916791/genomic-structure-and-evolution-of-the-mating-type-locus-in-the-green-seaweed-ulva-partita
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Tomokazu Yamazaki, Kensuke Ichihara, Ryogo Suzuki, Kenshiro Oshima, Shinichi Miyamura, Kazuyoshi Kuwano, Atsushi Toyoda, Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Masahira Hattori, Shigeyuki Kawano
The evolution of sex chromosomes and mating loci in organisms with UV systems of sex/mating type determination in haploid phases via genes on UV chromosomes is not well understood. We report the structure of the mating type (MT) locus and its evolutionary history in the green seaweed Ulva partita, which is a multicellular organism with an isomorphic haploid-diploid life cycle and mating type determination in the haploid phase. Comprehensive comparison of a total of 12.0 and 16.6 Gb of genomic next-generation sequencing data for mt(-) and mt(+) strains identified highly rearranged MT loci of 1...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916155/ancestral-resurrection-of-anthropoid-estrogen-receptor-%C3%AE-demonstrates-functional-consequences-of-positive-selection
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Amy Weckle, Michael R McGowen, Jun Xing, Caoyi Chen, Kirstin N Sterner, Zhuo-Cheng Hou, Roberto Romero, Derek E Wildman
Anthropoid primates arose during the Eocene approximately 55 million years ago (mya), and extant anthropoids share a most recent common ancestor ∼40 mya. Paleontology has been very successful at describing the morphological phenotypes of extinct anthropoids. Less well understood is the molecular biology of these extinct species as well as the phenotypic consequences of evolutionary variation in their genomes. Here we resurrect the most recent common ancestral anthropoid estrogen receptor β gene (ESR2) and demonstrate that the function of this ancestral estrogen receptor has been maintained during human descent but was altered during early New World monkey (NWM) evolution by becoming a more potent transcriptional activator...
September 12, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915920/current-situation-of-h9n2-subtype-avian-influenza-in-china
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REVIEW
Min Gu, Lijun Xu, Xiaoquan Wang, Xiufan Liu
In China, H9N2 subtype avian influenza outbreak is firstly reported in Guangdong province in 1992. Subsequently, the disease spreads into vast majority regions nationwide and has currently become endemic there. Over vicennial genetic evolution, the viral pathogenicity and transmissibility have showed an increasing trend as year goes by, posing serious threat to poultry industry. In addition, H9N2 has demonstrated significance to public health as it could not only directly infect mankind, but also donate partial or even whole cassette of internal genes to generate novel human-lethal reassortants like H5N1, H7N9, H10N8 and H5N6 viruses...
September 15, 2017: Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915729/thermal-diffusion-in-binary-mixtures-transient-behavior-and-transport-coefficients-from-equilibrium-and-non-equilibrium-molecular-dynamics
#11
Sara Bonella, Mauro Ferrario, Giovanni Ciccotti
Equilibrium and non-equilibrium molecular dynamics simulations are combined to compute the full set of coefficients that appear in the phenomenological equations describing thermal transport in a binary mixture subject to a constant thermal gradient. The Dynamical Non-Equilibrium Molecular Dynamics approach (D-NEMD) is employed to obtain the microscopic time evolution of the density and temperature fields, together with that of the mass and energy fluxes. D-NEMD enables to study not only the steady state, but also the evolution of the fields during the transient that follows the onset of the thermal gradient, up to the establishment of the steady state...
September 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915003/the-evolution-of-dna-templated-synthesis-as-a-tool-for-materials-discovery
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Rachel K O'Reilly, Andrew J Turberfield, Thomas R Wilks
Precise control over reactivity and molecular structure is a fundamental goal of the chemical sciences. Billions of years of evolution by natural selection have resulted in chemical systems capable of information storage, self-replication, catalysis, capture and production of light, and even cognition. In all these cases, control over molecular structure is required to achieve a particular function: without structural control, function may be impaired, unpredictable, or impossible. The search for molecules with a desired function is often achieved by synthesizing a combinatorial library, which contains many or all possible combinations of a set of chemical building blocks (BBs), and then screening this library to identify "successful" structures...
September 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914620/new-developments-in-the-molecular-mechanisms-of-pancreatic-tumorigenesis
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Matthäus Felsenstein, Ralph H Hruban, Laura D Wood
Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease with a dismal prognosis in dire need of novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The past decade has witnessed an explosion of data on the genetic alterations that occur in pancreatic cancer, as comprehensive next-generation sequencing analyses have been performed on samples from large cohorts of patients. These studies have defined the genomic landscape of this disease and identified novel candidates whose mutations contribute to pancreatic tumorigenesis. They have also clarified the genetic alterations that underlie multistep tumorigenesis in precursor lesions and provided insights into clonal evolution in pancreatic neoplasia...
September 13, 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913165/molecular-characterization-of-babesia-peircei-and-babesia-ugwidiensis-provides-insight-into-the-evolution-and-host-specificity-of-avian-piroplasmids
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Michael J Yabsley, Ralph E T Vanstreels, Barbara C Shock, Michaelle Purdee, Elizabeth C Horne, Michael A Peirce, Nola J Parsons
There are 16 recognized species of avian-infecting Babesia spp. (Piroplasmida: Babesiidae). While the classification of piroplasmids has been historically based on morphological differences, geographic isolation and presumed host and/or vector specificities, recent studies employing gene sequence analysis have provided insight into their phylogenetic relationships and host distribution and specificity. In this study, we analyzed the sequences of the 18S rRNA gene and ITS-1 and ITS-2 regions of two Babesia species from South African seabirds: Babesia peircei from African penguins (Spheniscus demersus) and Babesia ugwidiensis from Bank and Cape cormorants (Phalacrocorax neglectus and P...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913164/haemoprotozoa-making-biological-sense-of-molecular-phylogenies
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REVIEW
Peter O'Donoghue
A range of protistan parasites occur in the blood of vertebrates and are transmitted by haematophagous invertebrate vectors. Some 48 genera are recognized in bood primarily on the basis of parasite morphology and host specificity; including extracellular kinetoplastids (trypanosomatids) and intracellular apicomplexa (haemogregarines, haemococcidia, haemosporidia and piroplasms). Gene sequences are available for a growing number of species and molecular phylogenies often link parasite and host or vector evolution...
December 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912835/a-unique-set-of-complex-chromosomal-abnormalities-in-an-infant-with-myeloid-leukemia-associated-with-down-syndrome
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Daiane Correa de Souza, Amanda Faria de Figueiredo, Daniela R Ney Garcia, Elaine Sobral da Costa, Moneeb A K Othman, Thomas Liehr, Eliana Abdelhay, Maria Luiza Macedo Silva, Teresa de Souza Fernandez
BACKGROUND: Children with Down syndrome (DS) have an enhanced risk of developing acute leukemia, with the most common subtype being acute megakaryoblastic leukemia (AMKL). Myeloid leukemia in Down syndrome (ML-DS) is considered a disease with distinct clinical and biological features. There are few studies focusing on the clonal cytogenetic changes during evolution of ML-DS. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we describe a complex karyotype involving a previously unreported set of chromosomal abnormalities acquired during progression of ML-DS in an infant boy: derivative der(1)t(1;15)(q24;q23), translocation t(4;5)(q26;q33) and derivative der(15)t(7;15)(p21;q23)...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912548/phylogenetic-implications-of-nuclear-rrna-igs-variation-in-stipa-l-poaceae
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Katarzyna Krawczyk, Marcin Nobis, Arkadiusz Nowak, Monika Szczecińska, Jakub Sawicki
The article takes up the problem of deficiency of molecular marker, which could illustrate molecular variability as well as phylogenetic relation within the genus of Stipa L. (Poaceae). Researches made so far hadn't delivered sufficient information about relationships between particular taxa from the genus of Stipa. In the present study, we analyzed variability and phylogenetic informativeness of nuclear ribosomal DNA in six species from the genus against five other species from Poaceae including a division of this region into functional elements and domains...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912478/the-molecular-epidemiology-of-hiv-1-in-the-comunidad-valenciana-spain-analysis-of-transmission-clusters
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Juan Ángel Patiño-Galindo, Manoli Torres-Puente, María Alma Bracho, Ignacio Alastrué, Amparo Juan, David Navarro, María José Galindo, Dolores Ocete, Enrique Ortega, Concepción Gimeno, Josefina Belda, Victoria Domínguez, Rosario Moreno, Fernando González-Candelas
HIV infections are still a very serious concern for public heath worldwide. We have applied molecular evolution methods to study the HIV-1 epidemics in the Comunidad Valenciana (CV, Spain) from a public health surveillance perspective. For this, we analysed 1804 HIV-1 sequences comprising protease and reverse transcriptase (PR/RT) coding regions, sampled between 2004 and 2014. These sequences were subtyped and subjected to phylogenetic analyses in order to detect transmission clusters. In addition, univariate and multinomial comparisons were performed to detect epidemiological differences between HIV-1 subtypes, and risk groups...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912431/phylogeography-of-the-sand-dollar-genus-encope-implications-regarding-the-central-american-isthmus-and-rates-of-molecular-evolution
#19
Simon E Coppard, H A Lessios
Vicariant events have been widely used to calibrate rates of molecular evolution, the completion of the Central American Isthmus more extensively than any other. Recent studies have claimed that rather than the generally accepted date of ~3 million years ago (Ma), the Isthmus was effectively complete by the middle Miocene, 13 Ma. We present a fossil calibrated phylogeny of the new world sand dollar genus Encope, based on one nuclear and four mitochondrial genes, calibrated with fossils at multiple nodes. Present day distributions of Encope are likely the result of multiple range contractions and extinction events...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911734/both-point-mutations-and-low-expression-levels-of-the-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-%C3%AE-1-subunit-are-associated-with-imidacloprid-resistance-in-an-aphis-gossypii-glover-population-from-a-bt-cotton-field-in-china
#20
Xuewei Chen, Fen Li, Anqi Chen, Kangsheng Ma, Pingzhuo Liang, Ying Liu, Dunlun Song, Xiwu Gao
Aphis gossypii Glover is a destructive pest of numerous crops throughout the world. Although the expansion of Bt cotton cultivation has helped to control some insect pests, the damage from cotton aphids has not been mitigated. The evolution of aphid resistance to imidacloprid has made its chemical control more difficult since its introduction in 1991. Field populations of A. gossypii that were collected from different transgenic (Bt) cotton planting areas of China in 2014 developed different levels of resistance to imidacloprid...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
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