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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913727/regulated-complex-assembly-safeguards-the-fidelity-of-sleeping-beauty-transposition
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Yongming Wang, Diana Pryputniewicz-Dobrinska, Enikö Éva Nagy, Christopher D Kaufman, Manvendra Singh, Steve Yant, Jichang Wang, Anna Dalda, Mark A Kay, Zoltán Ivics, Zsuzsanna Izsvák
The functional relevance of the inverted repeat structure (IR/DR) in a subgroup of the Tc1/mariner superfamily of transposons has been enigmatic. In contrast to mariner transposition, where a topological filter suppresses single-ended reactions, the IR/DR orchestrates a regulatory mechanism to enforce synapsis of the transposon ends before cleavage by the transposase occurs. This ordered assembly process shepherds primary transposase binding to the inner 12DRs (where cleavage does not occur), followed by capture of the 12DR of the other transposon end...
December 1, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913675/motility-and-adhesion-through-type-iv-pili-in-gram-positive-bacteria
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REVIEW
Kurt H Piepenbrink, Eric J Sundberg
Type IV pili are hair-like bacterial surface appendages that play a role in diverse processes such as cellular adhesion, colonization, twitching motility, biofilm formation, and horizontal gene transfer. These extracellular fibers are composed exclusively or primarily of many copies of one or more pilin proteins, tightly packed in a helix so that the highly hydrophobic amino-terminus of the pilin is buried in the pilus core. Type IV pili have been characterized extensively in Gram-negative bacteria, and recent advances in high-throughput genomic sequencing have revealed that they are also widespread in Gram-positive bacteria...
December 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912842/the-rapid-spread-of-carbapenem-resistant-enterobacteriaceae
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REVIEW
Robert F Potter, Alaric W D'Souza, Gautam Dantas
Carbapenems, our one-time silver bullet for multidrug resistant bacterial infections, are now threatened by widespread dissemination of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). Successful expansion of Enterobacteriaceae clonal groups and frequent horizontal gene transfer of carbapenemase expressing plasmids are causing increasing carbapenem resistance. Recent advances in genetic and phenotypic detection facilitate global surveillance of CRE diversity and prevalence. In particular, whole genome sequencing enabled efficient tracking, annotation, and study of genetic elements colocalized with carbapenemase genes on chromosomes and on plasmids...
November 2016: Drug Resistance Updates: Reviews and Commentaries in Antimicrobial and Anticancer Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911777/siderophore-based-microbial-adaptations-to-iron-scarcity-across-the-eastern-pacific-ocean
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Rene M Boiteau, Daniel R Mende, Nicholas J Hawco, Matthew R McIlvin, Jessica N Fitzsimmons, Mak A Saito, Peter N Sedwick, Edward F DeLong, Daniel J Repeta
Nearly all iron dissolved in the ocean is complexed by strong organic ligands of unknown composition. The effect of ligand composition on microbial iron acquisition is poorly understood, but amendment experiments using model ligands show they can facilitate or impede iron uptake depending on their identity. Here we show that siderophores, organic compounds synthesized by microbes to facilitate iron uptake, are a dynamic component of the marine ligand pool in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Siderophore concentrations in iron-deficient waters averaged 9 pM, up to fivefold higher than in iron-rich coastal and nutrient-depleted oligotrophic waters, and were dominated by amphibactins, amphiphilic siderophores with cell membrane affinity...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908230/dna-import-into-mitochondria
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REVIEW
Yu M Konstantinov, A Dietrich, F Weber-Lotfi, N Ibrahim, E S Klimenko, V I Tarasenko, T A Bolotova, M V Koulintchenko
In recent decades, it has become evident that the condition for normal functioning of mitochondria in higher eukaryotes is the presence of membrane transport systems of macromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids). Natural competence of the mitochondria in plants, animals, and yeasts to actively uptake DNA may be directly related to horizontal gene transfer into these organelles occurring at much higher rate compared to the nuclear and chloroplast genomes. However, in contrast with import of proteins and tRNAs, little is known about the biological role and molecular mechanism underlying import of DNA into eukaryotic mitochondria...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906133/the-plastid-genome-of-some-eustigmatophyte-algae-harbours-a-bacteria-derived-six-gene-cluster-for-biosynthesis-of-a-novel-secondary-metabolite
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Tatiana Yurchenko, Tereza Ševčíková, Hynek Strnad, Anzhelika Butenko, Marek Eliáš
Acquisition of genes by plastid genomes (plastomes) via horizontal gene transfer (HGT) seems to be a rare phenomenon. Here, we report an interesting case of HGT revealed by sequencing the plastomes of the eustigmatophyte algae Monodopsis sp. MarTras21 and Vischeria sp. CAUP Q 202. These plastomes proved to harbour a unique cluster of six genes, most probably acquired from a bacterium of the phylum Bacteroidetes, with homologues in various bacteria, typically organized in a conserved uncharacterized putative operon...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905116/unparalleled-replacement-of-native-mitochondrial-genes-by-foreign-homologs-in-a-holoparasitic-plant
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M Virginia Sanchez-Puerta, Laura E García, Josefina Wohlfeiler, Luis F Ceriotti
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) among flowering plant mitochondria occurs frequently and, in most cases, leads to nonfunctional transgenes in the recipient genome. Parasitic plants are particularly prone to this phenomenon, but their mitochondrial genomes (mtDNA) have been largely unexplored. We undertook a large-scale mitochondrial genomic study of the holoparasitic plant Lophophytum mirabile (Balanophoraceae). Comprehensive phylogenetic analyses were performed to address the frequency, origin, and impact of HGT...
November 30, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904954/the-mathematics-of-xenology-di-cographs-symbolic-ultrametrics-2-structures-and-tree-representable-systems-of-binary-relations
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Marc Hellmuth, Peter F Stadler, Nicolas Wieseke
The concepts of orthology, paralogy, and xenology play a key role in molecular evolution. Orthology and paralogy distinguish whether a pair of genes originated by speciation or duplication. The corresponding binary relations on a set of genes form complementary cographs. Allowing more than two types of ancestral event types leads to symmetric symbolic ultrametrics. Horizontal gene transfer, which leads to xenologous gene pairs, however, is inherent asymmetric since one offspring copy "jumps" into another genome, while the other continues to be inherited vertically...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903912/the-complex-evolutionary-history-of-aminoacyl-trna-synthetases
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Anargyros Chaliotis, Panayotis Vlastaridis, Dimitris Mossialos, Michael Ibba, Hubert D Becker, Constantinos Stathopoulos, Grigorios D Amoutzias
Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (AARSs) are a superfamily of enzymes responsible for the faithful translation of the genetic code and have lately become a prominent target for synthetic biologists. Our large-scale analysis of >2500 prokaryotic genomes reveals the complex evolutionary history of these enzymes and their paralogs, in which horizontal gene transfer played an important role. These results show that a widespread belief in the evolutionary stability of this superfamily is misconceived. Although AlaRS, GlyRS, LeuRS, IleRS, ValRS are the most stable members of the family, GluRS, LysRS and CysRS often have paralogs, whereas AsnRS, GlnRS, PylRS and SepRS are often absent from many genomes...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902367/staphylococcal-cassette-chromosome-mec-typing-and-meca-sequencing-in-methicillin-resistant-staphylococci-from-algeria-a-highly-diversified-element-with-new-mutations-in-meca
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Ferhat Djoudi, Celestino Bonura, Abdelaziz Touati, Aurora Aléo, Said Benallaoua, Caterina Mammina
Genetic mechanisms of methicillin resistance are still relevant in staphylococci. The aims of this study are to assess the possible exchanges of staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) among isolates of methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MRS) and to check for known or new mutations in mecA DNA. A total of 35 MRS non-repetitive isolates were recovered, including 20 Staphylococcushaemolyticus, 7 Staphylococcusaureus, 4 Staphylococcussciuri, 2 Staphylococcussaprophyticus and 1 isolate each of Staphylococcusxylosus and Staphylococcuslentus...
November 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902329/abundance-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-in-environmental-bacteriophages
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Taruna Anand, Bidhan Ch Bera, Rajesh K Vaid, Sanjay Barua, Thachamvally Riyesh, Nitin Virmani, Mubarik Hussain, Raj K Singh, Bhupendra N Tripathi
The ecosystem is continuously exposed to a wide variety of antimicrobials through waste effluents, agricultural runoffs, animal related and anthropogenic activities, which contribute to spread of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs). The contamination of ecosystems with ARGs may create increased opportunities for their transfer to naive microbes and eventually lead to entry into the human food chain. Transduction is a significant mechanism of horizontal gene transfer in natural environments, which has traditionally been underestimated as compared to transformation...
October 21, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901648/a-new-drug-design-strategy-killing-drug-resistant-bacteria-by-deactivating-their-hypothetical-genes
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Tit-Yee Wong, Jimmy Kuo
Despite a bacterial genome is complicated by large numbers of horizontally transferred (HT) genes and function unknown hypothetical (FUN) genes, the Genic-Transcriptional-Stop-Signals-Ratio (TSSR) of a genome shows that HT and FUN genes are complementary to all other genes in the genome. When HT or certain FUN genes are omitted from the Escherichia coli K-12 genome, its Genomic-TSSR value becomes totally incomparable to other E. coli strains. The Genic-TSSR correlation tree of a pathogen shows that some FUN genes would form a unique cluster...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part C, Environmental Carcinogenesis & Ecotoxicology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899587/temporal-self-regulation-of-transposition-through-host-independent-transposase-rodlet-formation
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Lauren E Woodard, Laura M Downes, Yi-Chien Lee, Aparna Kaja, Eyuel S Terefe, Matthew H Wilson
Transposons are highly abundant in eukaryotic genomes, but their mobilization must be finely tuned to maintain host organism fitness and allow for transposon propagation. Forty percent of the human genome is comprised of transposable element sequences, and the most abundant cut-and-paste transposons are from the hAT superfamily. We found that the hAT transposase TcBuster from Tribolium castaneum formed filamentous structures, or rodlets, in human tissue culture cells, after gene transfer to adult mice, and ex vivo in cell-free conditions, indicating that host co-factors or cellular structures were not required for rodlet formation...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895636/genomic-and-transcriptomic-evidence-for-carbohydrate-consumption-among-microorganisms-in-a-cold-seep-brine-pool
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Weipeng Zhang, Wei Ding, Bo Yang, Renmao Tian, Shuo Gu, Haiwei Luo, Pei-Yuan Qian
The detailed lifestyle of microorganisms in deep-sea brine environments remains largely unexplored. Using a carefully calibrated genome binning approach, we reconstructed partial to nearly-complete genomes of 51 microorganisms in biofilms from the Thuwal cold seep brine pool of the Red Sea. The recovered metagenome-assembled genomes (MAGs) belong to six different phyla: Actinobacteria, Proteobacteria, Candidatus Cloacimonetes, Candidatus Marinimicrobia, Bathyarchaeota, and Thaumarchaeota. By comparison with close relatives of these microorganisms, we identified a number of unique genes associated with organic carbon metabolism and energy generation...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895624/visualizing-evolutionary-relationships-of-multidomain-proteins-an-example-from-receiver-rec-domains-of-sensor-histidine-kinases-in-the-candidatus-maribeggiatoa-str-orange-guaymas-draft-genome
#15
Barbara J MacGregor
For multidomain proteins, evolutionary changes may occur at the domain as well as the whole-protein level. An example is presented here, with suggestions for how such complicated relationships might be visualized. Earlier analysis of the Candidatus Maribeggiatoa str. Orange Guaymas (BOGUAY; Gammaproteobacteria) single-filament draft genome found evidence of gene exchange with the phylogenetically distant Cyanobacteria, particularly for sensory and signal transduction proteins. Because these are modular proteins, known to undergo frequent duplication, domain swapping, and horizontal gene transfer, a single domain was chosen for analysis...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894995/short-branches-lead-to-systematic-artifacts-when-blast-searches-are-used-as-surrogate-for-phylogenetic-reconstruction
#16
Amanda A Dick, Tim J Harlow, J Peter Gogarten
Long Branch Attraction (LBA) is a well-known artifact in phylogenetic reconstruction when dealing with branch length heterogeneity. Here we show another phenomenon, Short Branch Attraction (SBA), which occurs when BLAST searches, a phenetic analysis, are used as a surrogate method for phylogenetic analysis. This error also results from branch length heterogeneity, but this time it is the short branches that are attracting. The SBA artifact is reciprocal and can be returned 100% of the time when multiple branches differ in length by a factor of more than two...
November 25, 2016: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892531/a-genome-wide-association-study-identifies-a-horizontally-transferred-bacterial-surface-adhesin-gene-associated-with-antimicrobial-resistant-strains
#17
Masato Suzuki, Keigo Shibayama, Koji Yahara
Carbapenems are a class of last-resort antibiotics; thus, the increase in bacterial carbapenem-resistance is a serious public health threat. Acinetobacter baumannii is one of the microorganisms that can acquire carbapenem-resistance; it causes severe nosocomial infection, and is notoriously difficult to control in hospitals. Recently, a machine-learning approach was first used to analyze the genome sequences of hundreds of susceptible and resistant A. baumannii strains, including those carrying commonly acquired resistant mechanisms, to build a classifier that can predict strain resistance...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881071/genome-wide-analyses-of-chitin-synthases-identify-horizontal-gene-transfers-towards-bacteria-and-allow-a-robust-and-unifying-classification-into-fungi
#18
Isabelle R Gonçalves, Sophie Brouillet, Marie-Christine Soulié, Simonetta Gribaldo, Catherine Sirven, Noémie Charron, Martine Boccara, Mathias Choquer
BACKGROUND: Chitin, the second most abundant biopolymer on earth after cellulose, is found in probably all fungi, many animals (mainly invertebrates), several protists and a few algae, playing an essential role in the development of many of them. This polysaccharide is produced by type 2 glycosyltransferases, called chitin synthases (CHS). There are several contradictory classifications of CHS isoenzymes and, as regards their evolutionary history, their origin and diversity is still a matter of debate...
November 24, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877158/ultrastructure-and-viral-metagenome-of-bacteriophages-from-an-anaerobic-methane-oxidizing-methylomirabilis-bioreactor-enrichment-culture
#19
Lavinia Gambelli, Geert Cremers, Rob Mesman, Simon Guerrero, Bas E Dutilh, Mike S M Jetten, Huub J M Op den Camp, Laura van Niftrik
With its capacity for anaerobic methane oxidation and denitrification, the bacterium Methylomirabilis oxyfera plays an important role in natural ecosystems. Its unique physiology can be exploited for more sustainable wastewater treatment technologies. However, operational stability of full-scale bioreactors can experience setbacks due to, for example, bacteriophage blooms. By shaping microbial communities through mortality, horizontal gene transfer, and metabolic reprogramming, bacteriophages are important players in most ecosystems...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875695/microbial-evolution-xenology-apparently-trumps-paralogy
#20
Laura Eme, W Ford Doolittle
Within-genome gene duplication is generally considered the source of extra copies when higher dosage is required and a starting point for evolution of new function. A new study suggests that horizontal gene transfer can appear to play both roles.
November 21, 2016: Current Biology: CB
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