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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344366/mercury-in-feathers-and-blood-of-gulls-from-the-southern-baltic-coast-poland
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Emilia Szumiło-Pilarska, Lucyna Falkowska, Agnieszka Grajewska, Włodzimierz Meissner
Gulls were assessed as sentinels of contamination in the coastal zone of the Southern Baltic, research material being obtained from dead birds collected on Polish beaches and near fishing ports in 2009-2012. In feathers and blood of four gull species: herring gull (Larus argentatus), common gull (Larus canus), black-headed gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus), and great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), concentration of total mercury (HgT) was assayed, taking into account the type of feathers, sex, and age. Stable isotopes (δ(15)N, δ(13)C) were used as tracers of trophic position in the food web...
2017: Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320321/evolution-of-group-i-introns-in-porifera-new-evidence-for-intron-mobility-and-implications-for-dna-barcoding
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Astrid Schuster, Jose V Lopez, Leontine E Becking, Michelle Kelly, Shirley A Pomponi, Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck, Paco Cárdenas
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrial introns intermit coding regions of genes and feature characteristic secondary structures and splicing mechanisms. In metazoans, mitochondrial introns have only been detected in sponges, cnidarians, placozoans and one annelid species. Within demosponges, group I and group II introns are present in six families. Based on different insertion sites within the cox1 gene and secondary structures, four types of group I and two types of group II introns are known, which can harbor up to three encoding homing endonuclease genes (HEG) of the LAGLIDADG family (group I) and/or reverse transcriptase (group II)...
March 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289743/molecular-modeling-and-structural-characterization-of-a-high-glycine-tyrosine-hair-keratin-associated-protein
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Rakesh S Singh, Jeremy C Palmer, Paul D A Pudney, Prem K C Paul, Christian Johannessen, Pablo G Debenedetti, Janhavi Raut, Ken Lee, Massimo Noro, David Tiemessen
High glycine-tyrosine (HGT) proteins are an important constituent of the keratin associated proteins (KAPs) present in human hair. The glassy state physics of hair fibres are thought to be largely regulated by KAPs, which exist in an amorphous state and are readily affected by environmental conditions. However, there are no studies characterizing the individual KAPs. In this paper, we present the first step to fill this gap by computational modeling and experimental studies on a HGT protein, KAP8.1. In particular, we have modeled the three-dimensional structure of this 63-residue protein using homology information from an anti-freeze protein in snow flea...
March 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283023/genome-analysis-following-a-national-increase-in-scarlet-fever-in-england-2014
#4
Victoria Chalker, Aleksey Jironkin, Juliana Coelho, Ali Al-Shahib, Steve Platt, Georgia Kapatai, Roger Daniel, Chenchal Dhami, Marisa Laranjeira, Timothy Chambers, Rebecca Guy, Theresa Lamagni, Timothy Harrison, Meera Chand, Alan P Johnson, Anthony Underwood
BACKGROUND: During a substantial elevation in scarlet fever (SF) notifications in 2014 a national genomic study was undertaken of Streptococcus pyogenes (Group A Streptococci, GAS) isolates from patients with SF with comparison to isolates from patients with invasive disease (iGAS) to test the hypotheses that the increase in SF was due to either the introduction of one or more new/emerging strains in the population in England or the transmission of a known genetic element through the population of GAS by horizontal gene transfer (HGT) resulting in infections with an increased likelihood of causing SF...
March 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262720/foreign-plastid-sequences-in-plant-mitochondria-are-frequently-acquired-via-mitochondrion-to-mitochondrion-horizontal-transfer
#5
C L Gandini, M V Sanchez-Puerta
Angiosperm mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) exhibit variable quantities of alien sequences. Many of these sequences are acquired by intracellular gene transfer (IGT) from the plastid. In addition, frequent events of horizontal gene transfer (HGT) between mitochondria of different species also contribute to their expanded genomes. In contrast, alien sequences are rarely found in plastid genomes. Most of the plant-to-plant HGT events involve mitochondrion-to-mitochondrion transfers. Occasionally, foreign sequences in mtDNAs are plastid-derived (MTPT), raising questions about their origin, frequency, and mechanism of transfer...
March 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217917/a-comprehensive-phylogenetic-analysis-of-copper-transporting-p1b-atpases-from-bacteria-of-the-rhizobiales-order-uncovers-multiplicity-diversity-and-novel-taxonomic-subtypes
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Ciro Cubillas, Fabiola Miranda-Sánchez, Antonio González-Sánchez, José Pedro Elizalde, Pablo Vinuesa, Susana Brom, Alejandro García-de Los Santos
The ubiquitous cytoplasmic membrane copper transporting P1B-1 and P1B-3 -type ATPases pump out Cu(+) and Cu(2+) , respectively, to prevent cytoplasmic accumulation and avoid toxicity. The presence of five copies of Cu-ATPases in the symbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacteria Sinorhizobium meliloti is remarkable; it is the largest number of Cu(+) -transporters in a bacterial genome reported to date. Since the prevalence of multiple Cu-ATPases in members of the Rhizobiales order is unknown, we performed an in silico analysis to understand the occurrence, diversity and evolution of Cu(+) -ATPases in members of the Rhizobiales order...
February 20, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207825/discovery-of-a-new-family-of-relaxases-in-firmicutes-bacteria
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Gayetri Ramachandran, Andrés Miguel-Arribas, David Abia, Praveen K Singh, Isidro Crespo, César Gago-Córdoba, Jian An Hao, Juan Roman Luque-Ortega, Carlos Alfonso, Ling J Wu, D Roeland Boer, Wilfried J J Meijer
Antibiotic resistance is a serious global problem. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARG), which are widespread in environmental bacteria, can be transferred to pathogenic bacteria via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Gut microbiomes are especially apt for the emergence and dissemination of ARG. Conjugation is the HGT route that is predominantly responsible for the spread of ARG. Little is known about conjugative elements of Gram-positive bacteria, including those of the phylum Firmicutes, which are abundantly present in gut microbiomes...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185083/posterior-only-surgery-with-preoperative-skeletal-traction-for-management-of-severe-scoliosis
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Saeedreza Mehrpour, Reza Sorbi, Reza Rezaei, Keyvan Mazda
PURPOSE: The surgical treatment of severe adolescent spinal deformities is challenging and carries substantial risks of mortality and morbidity. To mitigate this risk, surgeons have employed various methods as this study designed to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of preoperative halo-femoral or halo gravity traction (HGT) followed by posterior-only surgery in the management of severe scoliosis. METHOD: A total number of 23 patients with severe scoliosis treated by preoperative skeletal traction (halo gravity or halo femoral) followed by posterior fusion and instrumentation in one stage...
February 10, 2017: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177699/comparing-phylogenetic-trees-by-matching-nodes-using-the-transfer-distance-between-partitions
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Damian Bogdanowicz, Krzysztof Giaro
Ability to quantify dissimilarity of different phylogenetic trees describing the relationship between the same group of taxa is required in various types of phylogenetic studies. For example, such metrics are used to assess the quality of phylogeny construction methods, to define optimization criteria in supertree building algorithms, or to find horizontal gene transfer (HGT) events. Among the set of metrics described so far in the literature, the most commonly used seems to be the Robinson-Foulds distance...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137747/2b-or-not-2b-experimental-evolution-of-functional-exogenous-sequences-in-a-plant-rna-virus
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Anouk Willemsen, Mark P Zwart, Silvia Ambrós, José L Carrasco, Santiago F Elena
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is pervasive in viruses, and thought to be a key mechanism in their evolution. On the other hand, strong selective constraints against increasing genome size are an impediment for HGT, rapidly purging horizontally transferred sequences and thereby potentially hindering evolutionary innovation. Here we explore experimentally the evolutionary fate of viruses with simulated HGT events, using the plant RNA virus Tobacco etch virus (TEV), by separately introducing two functional, exogenous sequences to its genome...
January 30, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28126282/net-deposition-of-mercury-to-the-antarctic-plateau-enhanced-by-sea-salt
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Yeongcheol Han, Youngsook Huh, Soon Do Hur, Sungmin Hong, Ji Woong Chung, Hideaki Motoyama
Photochemically driven mercury (Hg) exchange between the atmosphere and the Antarctic Plateau snowpack has been observed. An imbalance in bidirectional flux causes a fraction of Hg to remain in the snowpack perennially, but the factors that control the amount of Hg sequestered on the Antarctic Plateau are not fully understood. We analyzed sub-annual variations in total Hg (HgT) deposition to Dome Fuji over the period of 1986-2010 using cold vapor inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry and compared concentrations with those of sea salt components (Na(+) and Cl(-))...
January 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115989/identification-and-characterization-of-the-glucose-dual-affinity-transport-system-in-neurospora-crassa-pleiotropic-roles-in-nutrient-transport-signaling-and-carbon-catabolite-repression
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Bang Wang, Jingen Li, Jingfang Gao, Pengli Cai, Xiaoyun Han, Chaoguang Tian
BACKGROUND: The glucose dual-affinity transport system (low- and high-affinity) is a conserved strategy used by microorganisms to cope with natural fluctuations in nutrient availability in the environment. The glucose-sensing and uptake processes are believed to be tightly associated with cellulase expression regulation in cellulolytic fungi. However, both the identities and functions of the major molecular components of this evolutionarily conserved system in filamentous fungi remain elusive...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115381/adaptive-evolution-of-extreme-acidophile-sulfobacillus-thermosulfidooxidans-potentially-driven-by-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-gene-loss
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Xian Zhang, Xueduan Liu, Yili Liang, Xue Guo, Yunhua Xiao, Liyuan Ma, Bo Miao, Hongwei Liu, Deliang Peng, Wenkun Huang, Yuguang Zhang, Huaqun Yin
Recent phylogenomic analysis has suggested that three strains isolated from different copper mine tailings around the world were taxonomically affiliated with Sulfobacillus thermosulfidooxidans Here, we present a detailed investigation of their genomic features, particularly with respect to metabolic potentials and stress tolerance mechanisms. Comprehensive analysis of the Sulfobacillus genomes identified a core set of essential genes with specialized biological functions in the survival of acidophiles in their habitats, despite differences in their metabolic pathways...
January 23, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110078/escherichia-coli-hgt-engineered-for-high-glucose-throughput-even-under-slowly-growing-or-resting-conditions
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Annette Michalowski, Martin Siemann-Herzberg, Ralf Takors
Aerobic production-scale processes are constrained by the technical limitations of maximum oxygen transfer and heat removal. Consequently, microbial activity is often controlled via limited nutrient feeding to maintain it within technical operability. Here, we present an alternative approach based on a newly engineered Escherichia coli strain. This E. coli HGT (high glucose throughput) strain was engineered by modulating the stringent response regulation program and decreasing the activity of pyruvate dehydrogenase...
January 18, 2017: Metabolic Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100665/co-option-of-bacteriophage-lysozyme-genes-by-bivalve-genomes
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Qian Ren, Chunyang Wang, Min Jin, Jiangfeng Lan, Ting Ye, Kaimin Hui, Jingmin Tan, Zheng Wang, Gerald J Wyckoff, Wen Wang, Guan-Zhu Han
Eukaryotes have occasionally acquired genetic material through horizontal gene transfer (HGT). However, little is known about the evolutionary and functional significance of such acquisitions. Lysozymes are ubiquitous enzymes that degrade bacterial cell walls. Here, we provide evidence that two subclasses of bivalves (Heterodonta and Palaeoheterodonta) acquired a lysozyme gene via HGT, building on earlier findings. Phylogenetic analyses place the bivalve lysozyme genes within the clade of bacteriophage lysozyme genes, indicating that the bivalves acquired the phage-type lysozyme genes from bacteriophages, either directly or through intermediate hosts...
January 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095778/the-pangenome-of-antarctic-pseudoalteromonas-bacteria-evolutionary-and-functional-insights
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Emanuele Bosi, Marco Fondi, Valerio Orlandini, Elena Perrin, Isabel Maida, Donatella de Pascale, Maria Luisa Tutino, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Angelina Lo Giudice, Alain Filloux, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: Pseudoalteromonas is a genus of ubiquitous marine bacteria used as model organisms to study the biological mechanisms involved in the adaptation to cold conditions. A remarkable feature shared by these bacteria is their ability to produce secondary metabolites with a strong antimicrobial and antitumor activity. Despite their biotechnological relevance, representatives of this genus are still lacking (with few exceptions) an extensive genomic characterization, including features involved in the evolution of secondary metabolites production...
January 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067311/supra-operonic-clusters-of-functionally-related-genes-socs-are-a-source-of-horizontal-gene-co-transfers
#17
Tin Yau Pang, Martin J Lercher
Adaptation of bacteria occurs predominantly via horizontal gene transfer (HGT). While it is widely recognized that horizontal acquisitions frequently encompass multiple genes, it is unclear what the size distribution of successfully transferred DNA segments looks like and what evolutionary forces shape this distribution. Here, we identified 1790 gene family pairs that were consistently co-gained on the same branches across a phylogeny of 53 E. coli strains. We estimated a lower limit of their genomic distances at the time they were transferred to their host genomes; this distribution shows a sharp upper bound at 30 kb...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049420/horizontal-gene-transfer-drives-the-evolution-of-rh50-permeases-in-prokaryotes
#18
Giorgio Matassi
BACKGROUND: Rh50 proteins belong to the family of ammonia permeases together with their Amt/MEP homologs. Ammonia permeases increase the permeability of NH3/NH4(+) across cell membranes and are believed to be involved in excretion of toxic ammonia and in the maintenance of pH homeostasis. RH50 genes are widespread in eukaryotes but absent in land plants and fungi, and remarkably rare in prokaryotes. The evolutionary history of RH50 genes in prokaryotes is just beginning to be unveiled...
January 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041851/acquisition-of-phage-sensitivity-by-bacteria-through-exchange-of-phage-receptors
#19
Elhanan Tzipilevich, Michal Habusha, Sigal Ben-Yehuda
Bacteriophages (phages) typically exhibit a narrow host range, yet they tremendously impact horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Here, we investigate phage dynamics in communities harboring phage-resistant (R) and sensitive (S) bacteria, a common scenario in nature. Using Bacillus subtilis and its lytic phage SPP1, we demonstrate that R cells, lacking SPP1 receptor, can be lysed by SPP1 when co-cultured with S cells. This unanticipated lysis was triggered in part by phage lytic enzymes released from nearby infected cells...
January 12, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029340/horizontal-gene-transfer-versus-biostimulation-a-strategy-for-bioremediation-in-goa
#20
Rajesh Pasumarthi, Srikanth Mutnuri
Bioaugmentation, Biostimulation and Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) of catabolic genes have been proven for their role in bioremediation of hydrocarbons. It also has been proved that selection of either biostimulation or bioremediation varies for every contaminated site. The reliability of HGT compared to biostimulation and bioremediation was not tested. The present study focuses on reliability of biostimulatiion, bioaugmentation and HGT during biodegradation of Diesel oil and Non aqueous phase liquids (NAPL)...
December 15, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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