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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334822/posigene-automated-and-easy-to-use-pipeline-for-genome-wide-detection-of-positively-selected-genes
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Arne Sahm, Martin Bens, Matthias Platzer, Karol Szafranski
Many comparative genomics studies aim to find the genetic basis of species-specific phenotypic traits. A prevailing strategy is to search genome-wide for genes that evolved under positive selection based on the non-synonymous to synonymous substitution ratio. However, incongruent results largely due to high false positive rates indicate the need for standardization of quality criteria and software tools. Main challenges are the ortholog and isoform assignment, the high sensitivity of the statistical models to alignment errors and the imperative to parallelize large parts of the software...
March 15, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332757/selective-modes-determine-evolutionary-rates-gene-compactness-and-expression-patterns-in-brassica
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Yue Guo, Jing Liu, Jiefu Zhang, Shengyi Liu, Jianchang Du
It has been well documented that most nuclear protein-coding genes in organisms can be classified into two categories, i.e., positively selected genes (PSGs) and negatively selected genes (NSGs). The characteristics and evolutionary fates of different types of genes, however, have been poorly understood. In this study, the rates of nonsynonymous substitution (Ka) and the synonymous substitution (Ks) were investigated by comparing the orthologs between the two sequenced Brassica species, Brassica rapa, and Brassica oleracea, and the evolutionary rates, gene structures, expression patterns, and codon bias were compared between PSGs and NSGs...
March 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299895/deep-sequencing-and-variant-analysis-of-an-italian-pathogenic-field-strain-of-equine-infectious-anaemia-virus
#3
K Cappelli, R F Cook, V Stefanetti, F Passamonti, G L Autorino, M T Scicluna, M Coletti, A Verini Supplizi, S Capomaccio
Equine infectious anaemia virus (EIAV) is a lentivirus with an almost worldwide distribution that causes persistent infections in equids. Technical limitations have restricted genetic analysis of EIAV field isolates predominantly to gag sequences resulting in very little published information concerning the extent of inter-strain variation in pol, env and the three ancillary open reading frames (ORFs). Here, we describe the use of long-range PCR in conjunction with next-generation sequencing (NGS) for rapid molecular characterization of all viral ORFs and known transcription factor binding motifs within the long terminal repeat of two EIAV isolates from the 2006 Italian outbreak...
March 15, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295310/a-rare-case-of-plastid-protein-coding-gene-duplication-in-the-chloroplast-genome-of-euglena-archaeoplastidiata-euglenophyta
#4
Matthew S Bennett, Shin-Han Shiu, Richard E Triemer
Gene duplication is an important evolutionary process that allows duplicate functions to diverge, or, in some cases, allows for new functional gains. However, in contrast to the nuclear genome, gene duplications within the chloroplast are extremely rare. Here, we present the chloroplast genome of the photosynthetic protist Euglena archaeoplastidiata. Upon annotation it was found that the chloroplast genome contained a novel tandem direct duplication which encoded a portion of RuBisCO large subunit (rbcL) followed by a complete copy of ribosomal protein L32 (rpl32) as well as the associated intergenic sequences...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288365/dexd-h-box-rna-helicase-genes-are-differentially-expressed-between-males-and-females-during-the-critical-period-of-male-sex-differentiation-in-channel-catfish
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Changxu Tian, Suxu Tan, Lisui Bao, Qifan Zeng, Shikai Liu, Yujia Yang, Xiaoxiao Zhong, Zhanjiang Liu
DExD/H-box RNA helicases are motor proteins participating in nearly all aspects of cellular processes, especially in RNA metabolism. In this study, a total of 54 DExD/H-box RNA helicase genes including 37 DDX (DEAD-box) and 17 DHX (DEAH-box) genes were characterized in channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus), and annotated through phylogenetic and syntenic analyses. All the catfish RNA helicases contained conserved helicase signature motifs, demonstrating that the RNA helicase gene family was highly conserved...
March 1, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288206/an-in-vivo-system-for-directed-experimental-evolution-of-rabbit-haemorrhagic-disease-virus
#6
Robyn N Hall, Lorenzo Capucci, Markus Matthaei, Simona Esposito, Peter J Kerr, Michael Frese, Tanja Strive
The calicivirus Rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus (RHDV) is widely used in Australia as a biocontrol agent to manage wild European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) populations. However, widespread herd immunity limits the effectiveness of the currently used strain, CAPM V-351. To overcome this, we developed an experimental platform for the selection and characterisation of novel RHDV strains. As RHDV does not replicate in cell culture, variant viruses were selected by serially passaging a highly virulent RHDV field isolate in immunologically naïve laboratory rabbits that were passively immunised 18-24 hours post-challenge with a neutralising monoclonal antibody...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278261/evolutionary-and-biogeographical-implications-of-degraded-laglidadg-endonuclease-functionality-and-group-i-intron-occurrence-in-stony-corals-scleractinia-and-mushroom-corals-corallimorpharia
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Juan Sebastián Celis, David R Edgell, Björn Stelbrink, Daniel Wibberg, Torsten Hauffe, Jochen Blom, Jörn Kalinowski, Thomas Wilke
Group I introns and homing endonuclease genes (HEGs) are mobile genetic elements, capable of invading target sequences in intron-less genomes. LAGLIDADG HEGs are the largest family of endonucleases, playing a key role in the mobility of group I introns in a process known as 'homing'. Group I introns and HEGs are rare in metazoans, and can be mainly found inserted in the COXI gene of some sponges and cnidarians, including stony corals (Scleractinia) and mushroom corals (Corallimorpharia). Vertical and horizontal intron transfer mechanisms have been proposed as explanations for intron occurrence in cnidarians...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270859/genetic-variability-in-e6-e7-and-l1-genes-of-human-papillomavirus-62-and-its-prevalence-in-mexico
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Cristina Artaza-Irigaray, María Guadalupe Flores-Miramontes, Dominik Olszewski, María Teresa Magaña-Torres, María Guadalupe López-Cardona, Yelda Aurora Leal-Herrera, Patricia Piña-Sánchez, Luis Felipe Jave-Suárez, Adriana Aguilar-Lemarroy
BACKGROUND: Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the main etiological agent of cervical cancer, the third most common cancer among women globally and the second most frequent in Mexico. Persistent infection with high-risk HPV genotypes is associated with premalignant lesions and cervical cancer development. HPVs considered as low risk or not yet classified, are often found in coinfection with different HPV genotypes. Indeed, HPV62 is one of the most prevalent HPV detected in some countries, but there is limited information about its prevalence in other regions and there are no HPV62 variants currently described...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261241/analysis-of-plant-pan-genomes-and-transcriptomes-with-get_homologues-est-a-clustering-solution-for-sequences-of-the-same-species
#9
Bruno Contreras-Moreira, Carlos P Cantalapiedra, María J García-Pereira, Sean P Gordon, John P Vogel, Ernesto Igartua, Ana M Casas, Pablo Vinuesa
The pan-genome of a species is defined as the union of all the genes and non-coding sequences found in all its individuals. However, constructing a pan-genome for plants with large genomes is daunting both in sequencing cost and the scale of the required computational analysis. A more affordable alternative is to focus on the genic repertoire by using transcriptomic data. Here, the software GET_HOMOLOGUES-EST was benchmarked with genomic and RNA-seq data of 19 Arabidopsis thaliana ecotypes and then applied to the analysis of transcripts from 16 Hordeum vulgare genotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253868/selections-frameshift-mutations-and-copy-number-variation-detected-on-the-surf-4-1-gene-in-the-western-kenyan-plasmodium-falciparum-population
#10
Jesse N Gitaka, Mika Takeda, Masatsugu Kimura, Zulkarnain Md Idris, Chim W Chan, James Kongere, Kazuhide Yahata, Francis W Muregi, Yoshio Ichinose, Akira Kaneko, Osamu Kaneko
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium falciparum SURFIN4.1 is a putative ligand expressed on the merozoite and likely on the infected red blood cell, whose gene was suggested to be under directional selection in the eastern Kenyan population, but under balancing selection in the Thai population. To understand this difference, surf 4.1 sequences of western Kenyan P. falciparum isolates were analysed. Frameshift mutations and copy number variation (CNV) were also examined for the parasites from western Kenya and Thailand...
March 2, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253282/identification-of-extensive-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-strains-new-clone-st1725-and-high-risk-clone-st233
#11
Pamela Aguilar-Rodea, Gerardo Zúñiga, Benjamín Antonio Rodríguez-Espino, Alma Lidia Olivares Cervantes, Ana Estela Gamiño Arroyo, Sarbelio Moreno-Espinosa, Daniela de la Rosa Zamboni, Briceida López Martínez, María Del Carmen Castellanos-Cruz, Israel Parra-Ortega, Verónica Leticia Jiménez Rojas, Juan Carlos Vigueras Galindo, Norma Velázquez-Guadarrama
Several microorganisms produce nosocomial infections (NIs), among which Pseudomonas aeruginosa stands out as an opportunist pathogen with the capacity to develop multiresistance to first-choice antibiotics. From 2007 to 2013, forty-six NIs produced by P. aeruginosa were detected at a pediatric tertiary care hospital in Mexico with a significant mortality rate (17.39%). All isolates (n = 58/46 patients) were characterized by evaluating their response to several antibiotics as panresistant (PDR), extensively resistant (XDR), multiresistant (MDR) or sensitive (S)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245292/condition-specific-rna-editing-in-the-coral-symbiont-symbiodinium-microadriaticum
#12
Yi Jin Liew, Yong Li, Sebastian Baumgarten, Christian R Voolstra, Manuel Aranda
RNA editing is a rare post-transcriptional event that provides cells with an additional level of gene expression regulation. It has been implicated in various processes including adaptation, viral defence and RNA interference; however, its potential role as a mechanism in acclimatization has just recently been recognised. Here, we show that RNA editing occurs in 1.6% of all nuclear-encoded genes of Symbiodinium microadriaticum, a dinoflagellate symbiont of reef-building corals. All base-substitution edit types were present, and statistically significant motifs were associated with three edit types...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28244149/eukaryotic-translation-initiation-factor-2b-beta-eif2b%C3%AE-a-new-class-of-plant-virus-resistance-gene
#13
Shopan Jannat, Haipeng Mou, Lili Zhang, Changtong Zhang, Weiwei Ma, John A Walsh, Zhongyuan Hu, Jinghua Yang, Mingfang Zhang
Recessive resistances to plant viruses in the Potyvirus genus have been found to be based on mutations in the plant eukaryotic translation initiation factors, eIF4E and eIF4G or their isoforms. Here we report that natural, monogenic recessive resistance to the potyvirus Turnip mosaic virus (TuMV) has been found in a number of mustard (Brassica juncea) accessions. Bulked segregant analysis and sequencing of resistant and susceptible plant lines indicated the resistance is controlled by a single recessive gene, recessive TuMV resistance 03 (retr03), an allele of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor 2B-beta (eIF2Bβ)...
February 28, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242674/in-vitro-activity-of-bedaquiline-against-nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-china
#14
Yu Pang, Huiwen Zheng, Yaoju Tan, Yuanyuan Song, Yanlin Zhao
The main goal of our study was to evaluate in vitro drug susceptibility of bedaquiline against six prevalent pathogenic nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) diseases in China. In addition, we investigated the potential molecular mechanism contributing to the bedaquiline resistance in these different NTM species. For slowly growing mycobacteria (SGM), bedaquiline exhibited the highest activity against Mycobacterium avium, the MIC50 and MIC90 were 0.03 and 16 mg/L, respectively. Of rapidly growing mycobacteria (RGM), Mycobacterium abscessus subsp...
February 27, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225773/whole-genome-duplication-and-molecular-evolution-in-cornus-l-cornaceae-insights-from-transcriptome-sequences
#15
Yan Yu, Qiuyun Xiang, Paul S Manos, Douglas E Soltis, Pamela S Soltis, Bao-Hua Song, Shifeng Cheng, Xin Liu, Gane Wong
The pattern and rate of genome evolution have profound consequences in organismal evolution. Whole-genome duplication (WGD), or polyploidy, has been recognized as an important evolutionary mechanism of plant diversification. However, in non-model plants the molecular signals of genome duplications have remained largely unexplored. High-throughput transcriptome data from next-generation sequencing have set the stage for novel investigations of genome evolution using new bioinformatic and methodological tools in a phylogenetic framework...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222679/comparative-mitogenomics-indicates-respiratory-competence-in%C3%A2-parasitic-viscum-despite%C3%A2-loss-of-complex-i%C3%A2-and-extreme-sequence%C3%A2-divergence-and-reveals-horizontal-gene-transfer-and-remarkable%C3%A2-variation-in-genome-size
#16
Elizabeth Skippington, Todd J Barkman, Danny W Rice, Jeffrey D Palmer
BACKGROUND: Aerobically respiring eukaryotes usually contain four respiratory-chain complexes (complexes I-IV) and an ATP synthase (complex V). In several lineages of aerobic microbial eukaryotes, complex I has been lost, with an alternative, nuclear-encoded NADH dehydrogenase shown in certain cases to bypass complex I and oxidize NADH without proton translocation. The first loss of complex I in any multicellular eukaryote was recently reported in two studies; one sequenced the complete mitogenome of the hemiparasitic aerial mistletoe, Viscum scurruloideum, and the other sequenced the V...
February 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219780/diversification-of-mitochondrial-genome-of-daphnia-galeata-cladocera-crustacea-comparison-with-phylogenetic-consideration-of-the-complete-sequences-of-clones-isolated-from-five-lakes-in-japan
#17
Shin-Ichi Tokishita, Hiroyuki Shibuya, Taku Kobayashi, Masaki Sakamoto, Jin-Yong Ha, Shin-Ichi Yokobori, Hideo Yamagata, Takayuki Hanazato
To characterize genetic diversity and gene flow among Daphnia galeata populations, the complete nucleotide (nt) sequences of the mitochondrial (mt) DNAs of D. galeata clones isolated from five lakes in Japan (Lakes Shirakaba, Suwa, Kizaki, Kasumigaura, and Biwa) were determined. Comparison of non-synonymous (amino acid altering) substitution rates with synonymous substitution rates of D. galeata mt protein-coding genes demonstrated that ATPase8 and COI genes were the most and least susceptible, respectively, to the evolutional forces selecting the aa substitutions...
February 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188180/a-population-genomics-approach-to-assessing-the-genetic-basis-of-within-host-microevolution-underlying-recurrent-cryptococcal-meningitis-infection
#18
Johanna Rhodes, Mathew A Beale, Mathieu Vanhove, Joseph N Jarvis, Shichina Kannambath, John A Simpson, Anthea Ryan, Graeme Meintjes, Thomas S Harrison, Matthew C Fisher, Tihana Bicanic
Recurrence of meningitis due to Cryptococcus neoformans after treatment causes substantial mortality in HIV/AIDS patients across sub-Saharan Africa. In order to determine whether recurrence occurred due to relapse of the original infecting isolate or reinfection with a different isolate weeks or months after initial treatment, we used whole-genome sequencing to assess the genetic basis of infection in 17 HIV-infected individuals with recurrent cryptococcal meningitis. Comparisons revealed a clonal relationship for 15 pairs of isolates recovered before and after recurrence showing relapse of the original infection...
February 10, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185042/phylogenomic-relationship-of-feijoa-acca-sellowiana-o-berg-burret-with-other-myrtaceae-based-on-complete-chloroplast-genome-sequences
#19
Lilian de Oliveira Machado, Leila do Nascimento Vieira, Valdir Marcos Stefenon, Fábio de Oliveira Pedrosa, Emanuel Maltempi de Souza, Miguel Pedro Guerra, Rubens Onofre Nodari
Given their distribution, importance, and richness, Myrtaceae species comprise a model system for studying the evolution of tropical plant diversity. In addition, chloroplast (cp) genome sequencing is an efficient tool for phylogenetic relationship studies. Feijoa [Acca sellowiana (O. Berg) Burret; CN: pineapple-guava] is a Myrtaceae species that occurs naturally in southern Brazil and northern Uruguay. Feijoa is known for its exquisite perfume and flavorful fruits, pharmacological properties, ornamental value and increasing economic relevance...
February 9, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163698/bacillus-amyloliquefaciens-bacillus-velezensis-and-bacillus-siamensis-form-an-operational-group-b-amyloliquefaciens-within-the-b-subtilis-species-complex
#20
Ben Fan, Jochen Blom, Hans-Peter Klenk, Rainer Borriss
The plant growth promoting model bacterium FZB42(T) was proposed as the type strain of Bacillus amyloliquefaciens subsp. plantarum (Borriss et al., 2011), but has been recently recognized as being synonymous to Bacillus velezensis due to phylogenomic analysis (Dunlap C. et al., 2016). However, until now, majority of publications consider plant-associated close relatives of FZB42 still as "B. amyloliquefaciens." Here, we reinvestigated the taxonomic status of FZB42 and related strains in its context to the free-living soil bacterium DSM7(T), the type strain of B...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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