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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636232/a-genetic-stochastic-process-model-for-genome-wide-joint-analysis-of-biomarker-dynamics-and-disease-susceptibility-with-longitudinal-data
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Liang He, Ilya Zhbannikov, Konstantin G Arbeev, Anatoliy I Yashin, Alexander M Kulminski
Unraveling the underlying biological mechanisms or pathways behind the effects of genetic variations on complex diseases remains one of the major challenges in the post-GWAS (where GWAS is genome-wide association study) era. To further explore the relationship between genetic variations, biomarkers, and diseases for elucidating underlying pathological mechanism, a huge effort has been placed on examining pleiotropic and gene-environmental interaction effects. We propose a novel genetic stochastic process model (GSPM) that can be applied to GWAS and jointly investigate the genetic effects on longitudinally measured biomarkers and risks of diseases...
June 21, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635966/testing-models-of-refugial-isolation-colonization-and-population-connectivity-in-two-species-of-montane-salamanders
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S M Rovito, S D Schoville
Pleistocene glaciations have profoundly affected patterns of genetic diversity within many species. Temperate alpine organisms likely experienced dramatic range shifts, given that much of their habitat was glaciated during this time. While the effects of glaciations are relatively well understood, the spatial locations of refugia and processes that gave rise to current patterns of diversity are less well known. We use a microsatellite data set to test hypotheses of population connectivity and refugial isolation in the web-toed salamanders (Hydromantes) of the Sierra Nevada...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635949/non-coding-variants-contribute-to-the-clinical-heterogeneity-of-ttr-amyloidosis
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Andrea Iorio, Antonella De Lillo, Flavio De Angelis, Marco Di Girolamo, Marco Luigetti, Mario Sabatelli, Luca Pradotto, Alessandro Mauro, Anna Mazzeo, Claudia Stancanelli, Federico Perfetto, Sabrina Frusconi, Filomena My, Dario Manfellotto, Maria Fuciarelli, Renato Polimanti
Coding mutations in TTR gene cause a rare hereditary form of systemic amyloidosis, which has a complex genotype-phenotype correlation. We investigated the role of non-coding variants in regulating TTR gene expression and consequently amyloidosis symptoms. We evaluated the genotype-phenotype correlation considering the clinical information of 129 Italian patients with TTR amyloidosis. Then, we conducted a re-sequencing of TTR gene to investigate how non-coding variants affect TTR expression and, consequently, phenotypic presentation in carriers of amyloidogenic mutations...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634304/redox-dependent-interaction-between-thaumatin-like-protein-and-%C3%AE-glucan-influences-malting-quality-of-barley
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Surinder Singh, Rajiv K Tripathi, Peggy G Lemaux, Bob B Buchanan, Jaswinder Singh
Barley is the cornerstone of the malting and brewing industry. It is known that 250 quantitative trait loci (QTLs) of the grain are associated with 19 malting-quality phenotypes. However, only a few of the contributing genetic components have been identified. One of these, on chromosome 4H, contains a major malting QTL, QTL2, located near the telomeric region that accounts, respectively, for 28.9% and 37.6% of the variation in the β-glucan and extract fractions of malt. In the current study, we dissected the QTL2 region using an expression- and microsynteny-based approach...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634295/population-genomic-inference-of-the-strength-and-timing-of-selection-against-gene-flow
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Simon Aeschbacher, Jessica P Selby, John H Willis, Graham Coop
The interplay of divergent selection and gene flow is key to understanding how populations adapt to local environments and how new species form. Here, we use DNA polymorphism data and genome-wide variation in recombination rate to jointly infer the strength and timing of selection, as well as the baseline level of gene flow under various demographic scenarios. We model how divergent selection leads to a genome-wide negative correlation between recombination rate and genetic differentiation among populations...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634199/characterising-cis-regulatory-variation-in-the-transcriptome-of-histologically-normal-and-tumour-derived-pancreatic-tissues
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Mingfeng Zhang, Soren Lykke-Andersen, Bin Zhu, Wenming Xiao, Jason W Hoskins, Xijun Zhang, Lauren M Rost, Irene Collins, Martijn van de Bunt, Jinping Jia, Hemang Parikh, Tongwu Zhang, Lei Song, Ashley Jermusyk, Charles C Chung, Bin Zhu, Weiyin Zhou, Gail L Matters, Robert C Kurtz, Meredith Yeager, Torben Heick Jensen, Kevin M Brown, Halit Ongen, William R Bamlet, Bradley A Murray, Mark I McCarthy, Stephen J Chanock, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Brian M Wolpin, Jill P Smith, Sara H Olson, Gloria M Petersen, Jianxin Shi, Laufey Amundadottir
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the genetic architecture of gene expression in pancreatic tissues. DESIGN: We performed expression quantitative trait locus (eQTL) analysis in histologically normal pancreatic tissue samples (n=95) using RNA sequencing and the corresponding 1000 genomes imputed germline genotypes. Data from pancreatic tumour-derived tissue samples (n=115) from The Cancer Genome Atlas were included for comparison. RESULTS: We identified 38 615 cis-eQTLs (in 484 genes) in histologically normal tissues and 39 713 cis-eQTL (in 237 genes) in tumour-derived tissues (false discovery rate <0...
June 20, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634105/genetic-diversity-in-the-c-terminus-of-merozoite-surface-protein-1-among-plasmodium-knowlesi-isolates-from-selangor-and-sabah-borneo-malaysia
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Nan Jiun Yap, Xiang Ting Goh, Anson V Koehler, Timothy William, Tsin Wen Yeo, Indra Vythilingam, Robin B Gasser, Yvonne A L Lim
Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite of macaques, has emerged as an important parasite of humans. Despite the significance of P. knowlesi malaria in parts of Southeast Asia, very little is known about the genetic variation in this parasite. Our aim here was to explore sequence variation in a molecule called the 42kDa merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-1), which is found on the surface of blood stages of Plasmodium spp. and plays a key role in erythrocyte invasion. Several studies of P. falciparum have reported that the C-terminus (a 42kDa fragment) of merozoite surface protein-1 (MSP-142; consisting of MSP-119 and MSP-133) is a potential candidate for a malaria vaccine...
June 17, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633448/the-origin-of-novelty-through-the-evolution-of-scaling-relationships
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H Frederik Nijhout, Kenneth Z McKenna
Morphological novelty is often thought of as the evolution of an entirely new body plan or the addition of new structures to existing body plans. However, novel morphologies may also arise through modification of organ systems within an existing body plan. The evolution of novel scaling relationships between body size and organ size constitutes such a novel morphological feature. Experimental studies have demonstrated that there is genetic variation for allometries and that scaling relationships can evolve under artificial selection...
June 16, 2017: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633403/structured-populations-of-sulfolobus-acidocaldarius-with-susceptibility-to-mobile-genetic-elements
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Rika E Anderson, Angela Kouris, Christopher H Seward, Kate M Campbell, Rachel J Whitaker
The impact of a structured environment on genome evolution can be determined through comparative population genomics of species that live in the same habitat. Recent work comparing three genome sequences of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius suggested that highly structured, extreme, hot spring environments do not limit dispersal of this thermoacidophile, in contrast to other co-occurring Sulfolobus species. Instead, a high level of conservation among these three S. acidocaldarius genomes was hypothesized to result from rapid, global-scale dispersal promoted by low susceptibility to viruses that sets S...
June 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633351/data-compression-can-discriminate-broilers-by-selection-line-detect-haplotypes-and-estimate-genetic-potential-for-complex-phenotypes
#10
N J Hudson, R J Hawken, R Okimoto, R L Sapp, A Reverter
Accurately establishing the relationships among individuals lays the foundation for genetic analyses such as genome-wide association studies and identification of selection signatures. Of particular interest to the poultry industry are estimates of genetic merit based on molecular data. These estimates can be commercially exploited in marker-assisted breeding programs to accelerate genetic improvement. Here, we test the utility of a new method we have recently developed to estimate animal relatedness and applied it to genetic parameter estimation in commercial broilers...
June 15, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633043/de-novo-12q22-q23-3-duplication-associated-with-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Maria Stella Vari, Monica Traverso, Tommaso Bellini, Francesca Madia, Francesca Pinto, Carlo Minetti, Pasquale Striano, Federico Zara
PURPOSE: Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common form of focal epilepsy and may be associated with acquired central nervous system lesions or could be genetic. Various susceptibility genes and environmental factors are believed to be involved in the aetiology of TLE, which is considered to be a heterogeneous, polygenic, and complex disorder. Rare point mutations in LGI1, DEPDC5, and RELN as well as some copy number variations (CNVs) have been reported in families with TLE patients...
June 15, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632991/uncovering-the-repertoire-of-fungal-secondary-metabolites-from-fleming-s-lab-to-the-international-space-station
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Tomasz Boruta
Fungi produce a variety of secondary metabolites (SMs), low-molecular weight compounds associated with many potentially useful biological activities. The examples of biotechnologically relevant fungal metabolites include penicillin, a beta-lactam antibiotic, and lovastatin, a cholesterol-lowering drug. The discovery of pharmaceutical lead compounds within the microbial metabolic pools relies on the selection and biochemical characterization of promising strains. Not all SMs are produced under standard cultivation conditions, hence the uncovering of chemical potential of investigated strains often requires the use of induction strategies to awake the associated biosynthetic genes...
June 20, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632342/variation-in-gene-regulation-underlying-annual-and-perennial-flowering-in-arabideae-species
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Jannice Friedman
The diversity of life history strategies within the angiosperms illustrates the evolutionary flexibility of reproductive characteristics. The number of times an individual reproduces is a key life history trait, and transitions from iteroparous perennials to semelparous annuals have occurred frequently in the flowering plants. Despite the frequency of this evolutionary transition, and the importance of annuality versus perenniality to both agriculture and ecology, understanding the molecular and genetic mechanisms involved in perennial flowering is in their infancy...
July 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631899/dual-molecular-diagnosis-contributes-to-atypical-prader-willi-phenotype-in-monozygotic-twins
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Fernanda S Jehee, Valdirene T de Oliveira, Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Rafaella X Pietra, Fernando V M Rubatino, Natália V Carobin, Gabrielle S Vianna, Mariana L de Freitas, Karla S Fernandes, Beatriz S V Ribeiro, Hennie T Brüggenwirth, Roza Ali-Amin, Janson J White, Zeynep C Akdemir, Shalini N Jhangiani, Richard A Gibbs, James R Lupski, Monica C Varela, Célia Koiffmann, Carla Rosenberg, Cláudia M B Carvalho
We describe monozygotic twin girls with genetic variation at two separate loci resulting in a blended phenotype of Prader-Willi syndrome and Pitt-Hopkins syndrome. These girls were diagnosed in early infancy with Prader-Willi syndrome, but developed an atypical phenotype, with apparent intellectual deficiency and lack of obesity. Array-comparative genomic hybridization confirmed a de novo paternal deletion of the 15q11.2q13 region and exome sequencing identified a second mutational event in both girls, which was a novel variant c...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631859/determining-the-drivers-of-population-structure-in-a-highly-urbanized-landscape-to-inform-conservation-planning
#15
Henri A Thomassen, Ryan J Harrigan, Kathleen Semple Delaney, Seth P D Riley, Laurel E K Serieys, Katherine Pease, Robert K Wayne, Thomas B Smith
Understanding the environmental contributors to population structure is of paramount importance for conservation in urbanized environments. We used spatially-explicit models to determine genetic population structure under current and future environmental conditions across a highly fragmented, human-dominated environment in Southern California to assess the effects of natural ecological variation and urbanization. We focused on seven common species with diverse habitat requirements, home range sizes, and dispersal abilities...
June 20, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630745/correlation-between-hox-code-and-vertebral-morphology-in-the-mouse-towards-a-universal-model-for-synapsida
#16
Christine Böhmer
BACKGROUND: The importance of the cervical vertebrae as part of the skull-neck system in facilitating the success and diversity of tetrapods is clear. The reconstruction of its evolution, however, is problematic because of the variation in the number of vertebrae, making it difficult to identify homologous elements. Quantification of the morphological differentiation in the neck of diverse archosaurs established homologous units of vertebrae (i.e. modules) resulting from Hox gene expression patterns within the cervical vertebral column...
2017: Zoological Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630471/candidatus-mycoplasma-girerdii-replicates-diversifies-and-co-occurs-with-trichomonas-vaginalis-in-the-oral-cavity-of-a-premature-infant
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Elizabeth K Costello, Christine L Sun, Erica M Carlisle, Michael J Morowitz, Jillian F Banfield, David A Relman
Genital mycoplasmas, which can be vertically transmitted, have been implicated in preterm birth, neonatal infections, and chronic lung disease of prematurity. Our prior work uncovered 16S rRNA genes belonging to a novel, as-yet-uncultivated mycoplasma (lineage 'Mnola') in the oral cavity of a premature neonate. Here, we characterize the organism's associated community, growth status, metabolic potential, and population diversity. Sequencing of genomic DNA from the infant's saliva yielded 1.44 Gbp of high-quality, non-human read data, from which we recovered three essentially complete (including 'Mnola') and three partial draft genomes (including Trichomonas vaginalis)...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630452/remote-memories-are-enhanced-by-comt-activity-through-dysregulation-of-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-the-prefrontal-cortex
#18
D Scheggia, E Zamberletti, N Realini, M Mereu, G Contarini, V Ferretti, F Managò, G Margiani, R Brunoro, T Rubino, M A De Luca, D Piomelli, D Parolaro, F Papaleo
The prefrontal cortex (PFC) is a crucial hub for the flexible modulation of recent memories (executive functions) as well as for the stable organization of remote memories. Dopamine in the PFC is implicated in both these processes and genetic variants affecting its neurotransmission might control the unique balance between cognitive stability and flexibility present in each individual. Functional genetic variants in the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) gene result in a different catabolism of dopamine in the PFC...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630351/evolutionary-radiation-of-lanthipeptides-in-marine-cyanobacteria
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Andres Cubillos-Ruiz, Jessie W Berta-Thompson, Jamie W Becker, Wilfred A van der Donk, Sallie W Chisholm
Lanthipeptides are ribosomally derived peptide secondary metabolites that undergo extensive posttranslational modification. Prochlorosins are a group of lanthipeptides produced by certain strains of the ubiquitous marine picocyanobacteria Prochlorococcus and Synechococcus Unlike other lanthipeptide-producing bacteria, picocyanobacteria use an unprecedented mechanism of substrate promiscuity for the production of numerous and diverse lanthipeptides using a single lanthionine synthetase. Through a cross-scale analysis of prochlorosin biosynthesis genes-from genomes to oceanic populations-we show that marine picocyanobacteria have the collective capacity to encode thousands of different cyclic peptides, few of which would display similar ring topologies...
June 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630130/how-a-genetically-stable-extremophile-evolves-modes-of-genome-diversification-in-the-archaeon-sulfolobus-acidocaldarius
#20
Dominic Mao, Dennis W Grogan
In order to analyze in molecular terms how Sulfolobus genomes diverge, damage-induced mutations and natural polymorphisms (PMs) were identified in laboratory constructs and wild-type isolates, respectively, of Sulfolobus acidocaldarius Among wild-type isolates drawn from one local population, pairwise nucleotide divergence averaged 4 x 10(-6), which is about 0.15% of the corresponding divergence reported for Sulfolobus islandicus The most variable features of wild-type S. acidocaldarius genomes were homopolymer (mononucleotide) tracts and longer tandem repeats, consistent with the spontaneous mutations that occur under laboratory conditions...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
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