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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630112/rapid-evolution-of-ovarian-biased-genes-in-the-yellow-fever-mosquito-aedes-aegypti
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Carrie A Whittle, Cassandra G Extavour
Males and females exhibit highly dimorphic phenotypes, particularly in their gonads, which is believed to be driven largely by differential gene expression. Typically, the protein sequences of genes upregulated in males, or male-biased genes, evolve rapidly as compared to female-biased and unbiased genes. To date, the specific study of gonad-biased genes remains uncommon in metazoans. Here, we identified and studied a total of 2,927, 2,013 and 4,449 coding-sequences (CDS) with ovary-biased, testis-biased and unbiased expression respectively in the yellow-fever mosquito Aedes aegypti The results showed that ovary-biased and unbiased CDS had higher nonsynonymous to synonymous substitution rates (dN/dS) and lower optimal codon usage (those codons that promote efficient translation) than testis-biased genes...
June 19, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616179/prediction-of-harmful-variants-on-mitochondrial-genes-test-of-habitat-dependent-and-demographic-effects-in-a-euryhaline-fish
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Anti Vasemägi, Janne Sulku, Matthieu Bruneaux, Olaf Thalmann, Hannu Mäkinen, Mikhail Ozerov
Both effective population size and life history may influence the efficacy of purifying selection, but it remains unclear if the environment affects the accumulation of weakly deleterious nonsynonymous polymorphisms. We hypothesize that the reduced energetic cost of osmoregulation in brackish water habitat may cause relaxation of selective constraints at mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) genes. To test this hypothesis, we analyzed 57 complete mitochondrial genomes of Pungitius pungitius collected from brackish and freshwater habitats...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604700/excess-of-non-conservative-amino-acid-changes-in-marine-bacterioplankton-lineages-with-reduced-genomes
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Haiwei Luo, Yongjie Huang, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Jijun Tang
Surface ocean waters are dominated by planktonic bacterial lineages with highly reduced genomes. The best examples are the cyanobacterial genus Prochlorococcus, the alphaproteobacterial clade SAR11 and the gammaproteobacterial clade SAR86, which together represent over 50% of the cells in surface oceans. Several studies have identified signatures of selection on these lineages in today's ocean and have postulated selection as the primary force throughout their evolutionary history. However, massive loss of genomic DNA in these lineages often occurred in the distant past, and the selective pressures underlying these ancient events have not been assessed...
June 12, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547737/08sg2-osbak1-regulates-grain-size-and-number-and-functions-differently-in-indica-and-japonica-backgrounds-in-rice
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Hua Yuan, Shijun Fan, Juan Huang, Shijie Zhan, Shifu Wang, Peng Gao, Weilan Chen, Bin Tu, Bingtian Ma, Yuping Wang, Peng Qin, Shigui Li
BACKGROUND: Both grain size and grain number are significant for rice yield. In the past decade, a number of genes related to grain size and grain number have been documented, however, the regulatory mechanisms underlying them remains ambiguous. RESULTS: We identified a rice small grain (sg2) mutant in an EMS mutant library generated from an indica variety, Shuhui498. Using the MutMap gene mapping strategy, we identified two linkage regions on chromosome 7 and 8, respectively, consistent with the segregation ratios in the F2 population...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537708/nonsynonymous-polymorphisms-in-the-human-as3mt-arsenic-methylation-gene-implications-for-arsenic-toxicity
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Jiaojiao Li, Charles Packianathan, Toby G Rossman, Barry P Rosen
Arsenic methylation, the primary biotransformation in the human body, is catalyzed by the enzyme As(III) S-adenosylmethionine (SAM) methyltransferases (hAS3MT). This process is thought to be protective from acute high-level arsenic exposure. However, with long-term low-level exposure, hAS3MT produces intracellular methylarsenite (MAs(III)) and dimethylarsenite (DMAs(III)), which are considerably more toxic than inorganic As(III) and may contribute to arsenic-related diseases. Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in putative regulatory elements of the hAS3MT gene have been shown to be protective...
June 19, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537236/-allelic-variants-of-immune-response-genes-in-children-with-infectious-complications-during-the-treatment-of-acute-leukemia
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M A Avdonina, I S Abramov, Y I Ammour, T V Nasedkina
Infectious complications that arise during the treatment of children with acute leukemia with chemotherapeutic agents at high doses represent a serious problem in oncohematology. To find genetic conditions that may lead to the development of postchemotherapy infections, the genomes of 12 children with acute leukemia who had severe infectious complications during therapy were examined. At the same time, the coding regions of 17 genes involved in the regulation of the immune response were determined by massive parallel sequencing...
March 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500993/nonsynonymous-changes-of-equine-lentivirus-receptor-1-elr1-gene-in-amino-acids-involved-in-the-interaction-with-equine-infectious-anemia-virus-eiav
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C M Corbi-Botto, S A Sadaba, M E Zappa, P Peral-García, S Díaz
Equine lentivirus receptor-1 (ELR1) has been characterized as the specific functional receptor that mediates equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) entrance to horse macrophages. This receptor is tumor necrosis factor receptor superfamily member 14 (TNFRSF14). The aim of this study was to investigate the occurrence of allelic variants in the coding sequence of equine TNFRSF14 gene by screening for single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in different equine populations. Forty seven horse samples were randomly selected from a reservoir of EIAV-seropositive and seronegative samples collected from different outbreaks and regions of Argentina...
May 2, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431152/insights-into-the-existence-of-isomeric-plastomes-in-cupressoideae-cupressaceae
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Xiao-Jian Qu, Chung-Shien Wu, Shu-Miaw Chaw, Ting-Shuang Yi
The cypress family (Cupressaceae) possesses highly rearranged plastomes that lack a pair of large inverted repeats typically found in land plants. A few cypress species have been reported to contain isomeric plastomes, but whether the existence of isomeric plastomes is ubiquitous in the family remains to be investigated with a broader taxon sampling. In this study, we sequenced the complete plastomes of ten species in Cupressoideae, the largest cypress subfamily. Cupressoideae showed relatively accelerated rates of substitutions at both nonsynonymous and synonymous sites as compared with other subfamilies of Cupressaceae...
April 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413183/a-slc24a2-gene-variant-uncovered-in-pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-by-whole-exome-sequencing
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Lei Wang, Zhuo Shao, Shiyue Chen, Lu Shi, Zhaoshen Li
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) presents as an aggressive malignancy caused by environmental and genetic factors. In order to identify causal genes for PDAC, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) to detect gene mutations in seven pairs of PDAC tissue and adjacent non-tumor tissue samples. Finally, we found a new nonsynonymous single nucleotide variant (nsSNV) in solute carrier 24 family member 2 (SLC24A2) gene resulting in the substitution of native glutamic acid (E) into aspartic acid (D) at position of 287 amino acid (E287D) in SLC24A2 protein, and confirmed this variant by Sanger gene sequencing...
April 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400484/amino-acid-polymorphisms-in-the-fibronectin-binding-repeats-of-fibronectin-binding-protein-a-affect-bond-strength-and-fibronectin-conformation
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Nadia N Casillas-Ituarte, Carlos H B Cruz, Roberto D Lins, Alex C DiBartola, Jessica Howard, Xiaowen Liang, Magnus Höök, Isabelle F T Viana, M Roxana Sierra-Hernández, Steven K Lower
The Staphylococcus aureus cell surface contains cell wall-anchored proteins such as fibronectin-binding protein A (FnBPA) that bind to host ligands (e.g. fibronectin; Fn) present in the extracellular matrix of tissue or coatings on cardiac implants. Recent clinical studies have found a correlation between cardiovascular infections caused by S. aureus and nonsynonymous SNPs in FnBPA. Atomic force microscopy (AFM), surface plasmon resonance (SPR), and molecular simulations were used to investigate interactions between Fn and each of eight 20-mer peptide variants containing amino acids Ala, Asn, Gln, His, Ile, and Lys at positions equivalent to 782 and/or 786 in Fn-binding repeat-9 of FnBPA...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397003/plastome-wide-nucleotide-substitution-rates-reveal-accelerated-rates-in-papilionoideae-and-correlations-with-genome-features-across-legume-subfamilies
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Erika N Schwarz, Tracey A Ruhlman, Mao-Lun Weng, Mohammad A Khiyami, Jamal S M Sabir, Nahid H Hajarah, Njud S Alharbi, Samar O Rabah, Robert K Jansen
This study represents the most comprehensive plastome-wide comparison of nucleotide substitution rates across the three subfamilies of Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae, Mimosoideae, and Papilionoideae. Caesalpinioid and mimosoid legumes have large, unrearranged plastomes compared with papilionoids, which exhibit varying levels of rearrangement including the loss of the inverted repeat (IR) in the IR-lacking clade (IRLC). Using 71 genes common to 39 legume taxa representing all the three subfamilies, we show that papilionoids consistently have higher nucleotide substitution rates than caesalpinioids and mimosoids, and rates in the IRLC papilionoids are generally higher than those in the IR-containing papilionoids...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393414/role-of-seed-germination-in-adaptation-and-reproductive-isolation-in-arabidopsis-lyrata
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Tuomas Hämälä, Tiina M Mattila, Päivi H Leinonen, Helmi Kuittinen, Outi Savolainen
Seed germination is an important developmental and life history stage. Yet, the evolutionary impact of germination has mainly been studied in the context of dormancy, or for its role in reproductive isolation between species. Here, we aim to examine multiple consequences of genetic divergence on germination traits between two Arabidopsis lyrata subspecies: ssp. petraea (Eurasia) and ssp. lyrata (North America). Postdormancy germination time, a potentially adaptive trait, showed differentiation between the populations, and quantitative trait loci (QTL) mapping revealed that the trait variation is mainly controlled by two antagonistic loci...
April 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369607/the-influence-of-hiv-on-the-evolution-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Anastasia S Koch, Daniela Brites, David Stucki, Joanna C Evans, Ronnett Seldon, Alexa Heekes, Nicola Mulder, Mark Nicol, Tolu Oni, Valerie Mizrahi, Digby F Warner, Julian Parkhill, Sebastien Gagneux, Darren P Martin, Robert J Wilkinson
HIV significantly affects the immunological environment during tuberculosis coinfection, and therefore may influence the selective landscape upon which M. tuberculosis evolves. To test this hypothesis whole genome sequences were determined for 169 South African M. tuberculosis strains from HIV-1 coinfected and uninfected individuals and analyzed using two Bayesian codon-model based selection analysis approaches: FUBAR which was used to detect persistent positive and negative selection (selection respectively favoring and disfavoring nonsynonymous substitutions); and MEDS which was used to detect episodic directional selection specifically favoring nonsynonymous substitutions within HIV-1 infected individuals...
July 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369510/antagonistic-coevolution-of-mer-tyrosine-kinase-expression-and-function
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Amanda L Evans, Jack W D Blackburn, Kyle Taruc, Angela Kipp, Brennan S Dirk, Nina R Hunt, Stephen D Barr, Jimmy D Dikeakos, Bryan Heit
TYRO3, AXL, and MERTK (TAM) receptors are a family of receptor tyrosine kinases that maintain homeostasis through the clearance of apoptotic cells, and when defective, contribute to chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases such as atherosclerosis, multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease. In addition, certain enveloped viruses utilize TAM receptors for immune evasion and entry into host cells, with several viruses preferentially hijacking MERTK for these purposes...
July 1, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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: 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 rates of 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/28296211/deleterious-effects-of-non-synonymous-single-nucleotide-variants-of-human-il-1%C3%AE-gene
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Yue-Hui Zhang, Jia Song, Jing Zhang, Jiang Shao
The IL-1β gene is currently topic of interest for its important role in the pathogenesis of intervertebral disk degeneration. The new sequencing technology makes it crucial to study the effects of variants in IL-1β. Thus, 714 IL-1β variants with evidence supporting were collected from the EMBL database. Among them, 62 were non-synonymous single nucleotide variants (nsSNVs). Furthermore, six common nsSNVs were predicted to have damaging effects by SIFT, PolyPhen, PROVEAN and SNPs&GO. Based on the constructed three-dimensional structure of pro-IL-1β, rs375479974 with a mutation of Phe to Ser was proposed to reduce the stability of the pro-IL-1β protein...
March 15, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
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/28282490/gene-augmentation-therapy-for-a-missense-substitution-in-the-cgmp-binding-domain-of-ovine-cnga3-gene-restores-vision-in-day-blind-sheep
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Elisha Gootwine, Mazen Abu-Siam, Alexey Obolensky, Alex Rosov, Hen Honig, Tali Nitzan, Andrey Shirak, Raaya Ezra-Elia, Esther Yamin, Eyal Banin, Edward Averbukh, William W Hauswirth, Ron Ofri, Eyal Seroussi
Purpose: Applying CNGA3 gene augmentation therapy to cure a novel causative mutation underlying achromatopsia (ACHM) in sheep. Methods: Impaired vision that spontaneously appeared in newborn lambs was characterized by behavioral, electroretinographic (ERG), and histologic techniques. Deep-sequencing reads of an affected lamb and an unaffected lamb were compared within conserved genomic regions orthologous to human genes involved in similar visual impairment. Observed nonsynonymous amino acid substitutions were classified by their deleteriousness score...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264646/strain-dependent-mutational-effects-for-pepino-mosaic-virus-in-a-natural-host
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Julia Minicka, Santiago F Elena, Natasza Borodynko-Filas, Błażej Rubiś, Beata Hasiów-Jaroszewska
BACKGROUND: Pepino mosaic virus (PepMV) is an emerging plant pathogen that infects tomatoes worldwide. Understanding the factors that influence its evolutionary success is essential for developing new control strategies that may be more robust against the evolution of new viral strains. One of these evolutionary factors is the distribution of mutational fitness effect (DMFE), that is, the fraction of mutations that are lethal, deleterious, neutral, and beneficial on a given viral strain and host species...
March 6, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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
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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
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