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Kaihang Wang, Julius Fredens, Simon F Brunner, Samuel H Kim, Tiongsun Chia, Jason W Chin
Synthetic recoding of genomes, to remove targeted sense codons, may facilitate the encoded cellular synthesis of unnatural polymers by orthogonal translation systems. However, our limited understanding of allowed synonymous codon substitutions, and the absence of methods that enable the stepwise replacement of the Escherichia coli genome with long synthetic DNA and provide feedback on allowed and disallowed design features in synthetic genomes, have restricted progress towards this goal. Here we endow E. coli with a system for efficient, programmable replacement of genomic DNA with long (>100-kb) synthetic DNA, through the in vivo excision of double-stranded DNA from an episomal replicon by CRISPR/Cas9, coupled to lambda-red-mediated recombination and simultaneous positive and negative selection...
October 24, 2016: Nature
Filip Bielejec, Guy Baele, Allen G Rodrigo, Marc A Suchard, Philippe Lemey
Various factors determine the rate at which mutations are generated and fixed in viral genomes. Viral evolutionary rates may vary over the course of a single persistent infection and can reflect changes in replication rates and selective dynamics. Dedicated statistical inference approaches are required to understand how the complex interplay of these processes shapes the genetic diversity and divergence in viral populations. Although evolutionary models accommodating a high degree of complexity can now be formalized, adequately informing these models by potentially sparse data, and assessing the association of the resulting estimates with external predictors, remains a major challenge...
July 2016: Virus Evolution
T Fatima Mitterboeck, Jinzhong Fu, Sarah J Adamowicz
Insect lineages have crossed between terrestrial and aquatic habitats many times, for both immature and adult life stages. We explore patterns in molecular evolutionary rates between 42 sister pairs of related terrestrial and freshwater insect clades using publicly available protein-coding DNA sequence data from the orders Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera, Hemiptera, Mecoptera, Trichoptera, and Neuroptera. We furthermore test for habitat-associated convergent molecular evolution in the cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene in general and at a particular amino acid site previously reported to exhibit habitat-linked convergence within an aquatic beetle group...
August 19, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Xingguang Li, Junjie Zai, Haizhou Liu, Yi Feng, Fan Li, Jing Wei, Sen Zou, Zhiming Yuan, Yiming Shao
Following its immergence in December 2013, the recent Zaire Ebola virus (EBOV) outbreak in West Africa has spread and persisted for more than two years, making it the largest EBOV epidemic in both scale and geographical region to date. In this study, a total of 726 glycoprotein (GP) gene sequences of the EBOV full-length genome obtained from West Africa from the 2014 outbreak, combined with 30 from earlier outbreaks between 1976 and 2008 were used to investigate the genetic divergence, evolutionary history, population dynamics, and selection pressure of EBOV among distinct epidemic waves...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Qiang Xu, Yang Shi, Ting Yu, Xuewen Xu, Yali Yan, Xiaohua Qi, Xuehao Chen
Cucumber is an economically important vegetable crop worldwide. Powdery mildew (PM) is one of the most severe diseases that can affect cucumber crops. There have been several research efforts to isolate PM resistance genes for breeding PM-resistant cucumber. In the present study, we used a chromosome segment substitution line, SSL508-28, which carried PM resistance genes from the donor parent, JIN5-508, through twelve generations of backcrossing with a PM-susceptible inbred line, D8. We performed whole-genome resequencing of SSL508-28 and D8 to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), and insertions and deletions (indels)...
2016: PloS One
Hai Du, Feng Ran, Hong-Li Dong, Jing Wen, Jia-Na Li, Zhe Liang
Cytochrome P450 93 family (CYP93) belonging to the cytochrome P450 superfamily plays important roles in diverse plant processes. However, no previous studies have investigated the evolution and expression of the members of this family. In this study, we performed comprehensive genome-wide analysis to identify CYP93 genes in 60 green plants. In all, 214 CYP93 proteins were identified; they were specifically found in flowering plants and could be classified into ten subfamilies-CYP93A-K, with the last two being identified first...
2016: PloS One
B Ślaska, L Grzybowska-Szatkowska, M Bugno-Poniewierska, A Gurgul, A Śmiech, D Różańska, J Dudka
The aim of the study was to identify polymorphisms and mutations in the mitochondrial ND4 gene and to analyse the associations between the occurrence of molecular changes in mtDNA and phenotypic traits in tumours in German Shepherd dogs. Fifty samples obtained from blood and tumour tissues of German Shepherd dogs with diagnosed tumours were analysed. DNA extraction, amplification, and sequencing of the mtDNA ND4 gene, and bioinformatics, statistical, and in silico protein coding SNP analyses were performed...
September 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
Hiroki Otsuka, Hideo Sasai, Mina Nakama, Yuka Aoyama, Elsayed Abdelkreem, Hidenori Ohnishi, Vassiliki Konstantopoulou, Jörn Oliver Sass, Toshiyuki Fukao
Beta-ketothiolase deficiency, also known as mitochondrial acetoacetyl-CoA thiolase (T2) deficiency, is an autosomal recessive disease caused by mutations in the acetyl‑CoA acetyltransferase 1 (ACAT1) gene. A German T2‑deficient patient that developed a severe ketoacidotic episode at the age of 11 months, was revealed to be a compound heterozygote of a previously reported null mutation, c.472A>G (p.N158D) and a novel mutation, c.949G>A (p.D317N), in ACAT1. The c.949G>A mutation was suspected to cause aberrant splicing as it is located within an exonic splicing enhancer sequence (c...
October 10, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Nicolas Rodrigue, Nicolas Lartillot
Codon substitution models have traditionally attempted to uncover signatures of adaptation within protein-coding genes by contrasting the rates of synonymous and nonsynonymous substitutions. Another modeling approach, known as the mutation-selection framework, attempts to explicitly account for selective patterns at the amino acid level, with some approaches allowing for heterogeneity in these patterns across codon sites. Under such a model, substitutions at a given position occur at the neutral or nearly-neutral rate when they are synonymous, or when they correspond to replacements between amino acids of similar fitness; substitutions from high to low (low to high) fitness amino acids have comparatively low (high) rates...
October 15, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Nararat Laopichienpong, Narongrit Muangmai, Lawan Chanhome, Sunutcha Suntrarachun, Panupon Twilprawat, Surin Peyachoknagul, Kornsorn Srikulnath
Snakes exhibit genotypic sex determination with female heterogamety (ZZ males and ZW females), and the state of sex chromosome differentiation also varies among lineages. To investigate the evolutionary history of homologous genes located in the non-recombining region of differentiated sex chromosomes in snakes, partial sequences of the gametologous CTNNB1 gene were analyzed for 12 species belonging to henophid (Cylindrophiidae, Xenopeltidae, and Pythonidae) and caenophid snakes (Viperidae, Elapidae, and Colubridae)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Heredity
Horng-Yunn Dou, Yih-Yuan Chen, Ying-Tsong Chen, Jia-Ru Chang, Chien-Hsing Lin, Keh-Ming Wu, Ming-Shian Lin, Ih-Jen Su, Shih-Feng Tsai
To better understand the transmission and evolution of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) in Taiwan, six different MTB isolates (representatives of the Beijing ancient sublineage, Beijing modern sublineage, Haarlem, East-African Indian, T1, and Latin-American Mediterranean (LAM)) were characterized and their genomes were sequenced. Discriminating among large sequence polymorphisms (LSPs) that occur once versus those that occur repeatedly in a genomic region may help to elucidate the biological roles of LSPs and to identify the useful phylogenetic relationships...
2016: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
Itamar Sela, Yuri I Wolf, Eugene V Koonin
Bacteria and archaea typically possess small genomes that are tightly packed with protein-coding genes. The compactness of prokaryotic genomes is commonly perceived as evidence of adaptive genome streamlining caused by strong purifying selection in large microbial populations. In such populations, even the small cost incurred by nonfunctional DNA because of extra energy and time expenditure is thought to be sufficient for this extra genetic material to be eliminated by selection. However, contrary to the predictions of this model, there exists a consistent, positive correlation between the strength of selection at the protein sequence level, measured as the ratio of nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rates, and microbial genome size...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Kazuaki Okawa, Misa Ohno, Akinori Kashimura, Masahiro Kimura, Yuki Kobayashi, Masayoshi Sakaguchi, Yasusato Sugahara, Minori Kamaya, Yoshihiro Kino, Peter O Bauer, Fumitaka Oyama
Acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase) is implicated in asthma, allergic inflammation, and food processing. Little is known about genetic and evolutional regulation of chitinolytic activity of AMCase. Here, we relate human AMCase polymorphisms to the mouse AMCase, and show that the highly active variants encoded by nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) are consistent with the mouse AMCase sequence. The chitinolytic activity of the recombinant human AMCase was significantly lower than that of the mouse counterpart...
October 4, 2016: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Qinghua Yuan, Zhenyan Fu, Jian Wei, Pei-Shan Li, Hong-Hua Miao, Yu-Xiu Qu, Jie Xu, Jie Qin, Bo-Liang Li, Bao-Liang Song, Yitong Ma
BACKGROUND: Plasma levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) are a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease and are influenced by both heredity and dietary habits. The Niemann-Pick C1 like 1 (NPC1L1) protein mediates efficient dietary cholesterol absorption and contributes to variations in human LDL-C levels. METHODS: In the present study, using high throughput sequencing we identified three non-synonymous (NS) variations and 64 synonymous variations in the NPC1L1 gene from subsets of Chinese Han, Uygur and Kazakh populations with high or low LDL-C...
October 28, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Ellen V S Hessel, Hein A van Lith, Inge G Wolterink-Donselaar, Marina de Wit, Marian J A Groot Koerkamp, Frank C P Holstege, Martien J H Kas, Cathy Fernandes, Pierre N E de Graan
Febrile seizures (FS) are the most common seizure type in children. Recurrent FS are a risk factor for developing temporal lobe epilepsy later in life and are known to have a strong genetic component. Experimental FS (eFS) can be elicited in mice by warm-air induced hyperthermia. We used this model to screen the chromosome substitution strain (CSS) panel derived from C57BL/6J and A/J for FS susceptibility and identified C57BL/6J-Chr2(A) /NaJ (CSS2), as the strain with the strongest FS susceptibility phenotype...
September 30, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Amy Sherborne, Vincent Lavergne, Katharine Yu, Leah Lee, Philip Davidson, Tali Mazor, Ivan V Smirnov, Andrew E Horvai, Mignon Loh, Steven G Dubois, Robert Goldsby, Joseph P Neglia, Sue Hammond, Leslie L Robison, Rosanna Wustrack, Joseph F Costello, Alice Nakamura, Kevin M Shannon, Smita Bhatia, Jean L Nakamura
PURPOSE: Second malignant neoplasms (SMNs) are severe late complications that occur in pediatric cancer survivors exposed to radiotherapy and other genotoxic treatments. To characterize the mutational landscape of treatment-induced sarcomas and to identify candidate SMN-predisposing variants we analyzed germline and SMN tumor samples from pediatric cancer survivors. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: We performed whole exome sequencing (WES) and RNA sequencing on radiation-induced sarcomas arising from two pediatric cancer survivors...
September 28, 2016: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
Vijay Kumar Saxena, Davendra Kumar, S M K Naqvi
GPR50, formerly known as a melatonin-related receptor, is one of the three subtypes of melatonin receptor subfamily, together with MTNR1A and MTNR1B. GPR50, despite its high identity with the melatonin receptor family, does not bind melatonin and is considered to be an ortholog of MTNR1C in mammals. GPR50-expressing cells have been found in the dorsomedial nucleus of the hypothalamus, the periventricular nucleus, and the median eminence. Genetic and functional evidence have been recently investigated linking GPR50 to adaptive thermogenesis and torpor, but still, it is an orphan receptor and is yet to be studied conclusively...
September 27, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
Sushama Telwatte, Chanson J Brumme, Anna C Hearps, Catherine F Latham, Joshua A Hayward, Secondo Sonza, Nicolas Sluis-Cremer, P Richard Harrigan, Gilda Tachedjian
OBJECTIVE: Synonymous substitutions K65K or K66K in HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT) alleviate fitness and fidelity defects in HIV-1 molecular clones harboring thymidine analog mutations (TAMs); however their potential for transmission and persistence is unknown. Here we investigated the temporal appearance of K65K/K66K relative to TAMs in a HIV-1 cohort, their prevalence over time, and their impact on viral fitness in the context of patient-derived RT sequences. METHODS: Retrospective analyses of the temporal appearance and longitudinal prevalence of synonymous substitutions and drug resistance mutations were performed using the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Drug Treatment Program (DTP) database...
September 24, 2016: AIDS
Sibylle Sabrautzki, Michael A Sandholzer, Bettina Lorenz-Depiereux, Robert Brommage, Gerhard Przemeck, Ingrid L Vargas Panesso, Alexandra Vernaleken, Lillian Garrett, Katharina Baron, Ali O Yildirim, Jan Rozman, Birgit Rathkolb, Christine Gau, Wolfgang Hans, Sabine M Hoelter, Susan Marschall, Claudia Stoeger, Lore Becker, Helmut Fuchs, Valerie Gailus-Durner, Martin Klingenspor, Thomas Klopstock, Christoph Lengger, Leuchtenberger Stefanie, Eckhard Wolf, Tim M Strom, Wolfgang Wurst, Martin Hrabě de Angelis
Animal models resembling human mutations are valuable tools to research the features of complex human craniofacial syndromes. This is the first report on a viable dominant mouse model carrying a non-synonymous sequence variation within the endothelin receptor type A gene (Ednra c.386A>T, p.Tyr129Phe) derived by an ENU mutagenesis program. The identical amino acid substitution was reported recently as disease causing in three individuals with the mandibulofacial dysostosis with alopecia (MFDA, OMIM 616367) syndrome...
September 26, 2016: Mammalian Genome: Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society
Xing Chen, Zhangrui Cheng, Dirk Werling, Geoffrey E Pollott, Mazdak Salavati, Kate F Johnson, Faheem Ahmed Khan, D Claire Wathes, Shujun Zhang
Bovine P-selectin (SELP) mediates leukocyte rolling and primes leukocyte adhesion to endothelium, both essential for leukocyte recruitment to an infection site. We investigated SELP-mediated adhesion between bovine peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs) and cultured bovine aortic endothelial cells pre-activated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS). We examined gene polymorphism for bovine selectins SELP, l-selectin (SELL) and E-selectin (SELE) and compared their SNP frequency between five dairy breeds (Holstein, Friesian, Jersey, Ayrshire and Brown Swiss)...
October 2016: Research in Veterinary Science
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