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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213870/molecular-characterization-of-bovine-leukemia-virus-from-moldovan-dairy-cattle
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Aneta Pluta, Marzena Rola-Łuszczak, Piotr Kubiś, Svetlana Balov, Roman Moskalik, Bhudipa Choudhury, Jacek Kuźmak
Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is the causative agent of enzootic bovine leukosis (EBL), a disease that has worldwide distribution. Whilst it has been eradicated in most of Western Europe and Scandinavia, it remains a problem in other regions, particularly Eastern Europe and South America. For this study, in 2013, 24 cattle from three farms in three regions of Moldova were screened by ELISA and nested PCR. Of these cattle, 14 which were PCR positive, and these were molecularly characterized based on the nucleotide sequence of the env gene and the deduced amino acid sequence of the encoded gp51 protein...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207813/interacting-networks-of-resistance-virulence-and-core-machinery-genes-identified-by-genome-wide-epistasis-analysis
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Marcin J Skwark, Nicholas J Croucher, Santeri Puranen, Claire Chewapreecha, Maiju Pesonen, Ying Ying Xu, Paul Turner, Simon R Harris, Stephen B Beres, James M Musser, Julian Parkhill, Stephen D Bentley, Erik Aurell, Jukka Corander
Recent advances in the scale and diversity of population genomic datasets for bacteria now provide the potential for genome-wide patterns of co-evolution to be studied at the resolution of individual bases. Here we describe a new statistical method, genomeDCA, which uses recent advances in computational structural biology to identify the polymorphic loci under the strongest co-evolutionary pressures. We apply genomeDCA to two large population data sets representing the major human pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) and Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus)...
February 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202622/the-hypertension-pandemic-an-evolutionary-perspective
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Bernard C Rossier, Murielle Bochud, Olivier Devuyst
Hypertension affects over 1.2 billion individuals worldwide and has become the most critical and expensive public health problem. Hypertension is a multifactorial disease involving environmental and genetic factors together with risk-conferring behaviors. The cause of the disease is identified in ∼10% of the cases (secondary hypertension), but in 90% of the cases no etiology is found (primary or essential hypertension). For this reason, a better understanding of the mechanisms controlling blood pressure in normal and hypertensive patients is the aim of very active experimental and clinical research...
March 2017: Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195309/ploidy-tug-of-war-evolutionary-and-genetic-environments-influence-the-rate-of-ploidy-drive-in-a-human-fungal-pathogen
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Aleeza C Gerstein, Heekyung Lim, Judith Berman, Meleah A Hickman
Variation in baseline ploidy is seen throughout the tree of life, yet the factors that determine why one ploidy level is maintained over another remain poorly understood. Experimental evolution studies using asexual fungal microbes with manipulated ploidy levels intriguingly reveals a propensity to return to the historical baseline ploidy, a phenomenon that we term 'ploidy drive'. We evolved haploid, diploid, and polyploid strains of the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans under three different nutrient limitation environments to test whether these conditions, hypothesized to select for low ploidy levels, could counteract ploidy drive...
February 14, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192799/cyp1b1-regulates-ocular-fissure-closure-through-a-retinoic-acid-independent-pathway
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Antionette L Williams, Jessica Eason, Bahaar Chawla, Brenda L Bohnsack
Purpose: Mutations in the CYP1B1 gene are the most commonly identified genetic causes of primary infantile-onset glaucoma. Despite this disease association, the role of CYP1B1 in eye development and its in vivo substrate remain unknown. In the present study, we used zebrafish to elucidate the mechanism by which cyp1b1 regulates eye development. Methods: Zebrafish eye and neural crest development were analyzed using live imaging of transgenic zebrafish embryos, in situ hybridization, immunostaining, TUNEL assay, and methylacrylate sections...
February 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187187/widespread-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-common-risk-alleles-associated-to-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Renato Polimanti, Joel Gelernter
The human brain is the outcome of innumerable evolutionary processes; the systems genetics of psychiatric disorders could bear their signatures. On this basis, we analyzed five psychiatric disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and schizophrenia (SCZ), using GWAS summary statistics from the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium. Machine learning-derived scores were used to investigate two natural-selection scenarios: complete selection (loci where a selected allele reached fixation) and incomplete selection (loci where a selected allele has not yet reached fixation)...
February 10, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182489/do-capuchin-monkeys-sapajus-apella-prefer-symmetrical-face-shapes
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Annika Paukner, Lauren J Wooddell, Carmen E Lefevre, Eric Lonsdorf, Elizabeth Lonsdorf
In humans, facial symmetry has been linked to an individual's genetic quality, and facial symmetry has a small yet significant effect on ratings of facial attractiveness. The same evolutionary processes underlying these phenomena may also convey a selective advantage to symmetrical individuals of other primate species, yet to date, few studies have examined sensitivity to facial symmetry in nonhuman primates. Here we presented images of symmetrical and asymmetrical human and monkey faces to tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus apella) and hypothesized that capuchins would visually prefer symmetrical faces of opposite-sex conspecifics...
February 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178945/comparative-genomics-of-canine-hemoglobin-genes-reveals-primacy-of-beta-subunit-delta-in-adult-carnivores
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Sara Zaldívar-López, Jennie L Rowell, Elise M Fiala, Isain Zapata, C Guillermo Couto, Carlos E Alvarez
BACKGROUND: The main function of hemoglobin (Hb) is to transport oxygen in the circulation. It is among the most highly studied proteins due to its roles in physiology and disease, and most of our understanding derives from comparative research. There is great diversity in Hb gene evolution in placental mammals, mostly in the repertoire and regulation of the β-globin subunits. Dogs are an ideal model in which to study Hb genes because: 1) they are members of Laurasiatheria, our closest relatives outside of Euarchontoglires (including primates, rodents and rabbits), 2) dog breeds are isolated populations with their own Hb-associated genetics and diseases, and 3) their high level of health care allows for development of biomedical investigation and translation...
February 8, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170438/the-effective-rate-of-influenza-reassortment-is-limited-during-human-infection
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Ashley Sobel Leonard, Micah T McClain, Gavin J D Smith, David E Wentworth, Rebecca A Halpin, Xudong Lin, Amy Ransier, Timothy B Stockwell, Suman R Das, Anthony S Gilbert, Rob Lambkin-Williams, Geoffrey S Ginsburg, Christopher W Woods, Katia Koelle, Christopher J R Illingworth
We characterise the evolutionary dynamics of influenza infection described by viral sequence data collected from two challenge studies conducted in human hosts. Viral sequence data were collected at regular intervals from infected hosts. Changes in the sequence data observed across time show that the within-host evolution of the virus was driven by the reversion of variants acquired during previous passaging of the virus. Treatment of some patients with oseltamivir on the first day of infection did not lead to the emergence of drug resistance variants in patients...
February 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164795/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-genus-enterococcus
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Zhi Zhong, Wenyi Zhang, Yuqin Song, Wenjun Liu, Haiyan Xu, Xiaoxia Xi, Bilige Menghe, Heping Zhang, Zhihong Sun
As important lactic acid bacteria, Enterococcus species are widely used in the production of fermented food. However, as some strains of Enterococcus are opportunistic pathogens, their safety has not been generally accepted. In recent years, a large number of new species have been described and classified within the genus Enterococcus, so a better understanding of the genetic relationships and evolution of Enterococcus species is needed. In this study, the genomes of 29 type strains of Enterococcus species were sequenced...
March 2017: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163708/loss-of-cd44-dim-expression-from-early-progenitor-cells-marks-t-cell-lineage-commitment-in-the-human-thymus
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Kirsten Canté-Barrett, Rui D Mendes, Yunlei Li, Eric Vroegindeweij, Karin Pike-Overzet, Tamara Wabeke, Anton W Langerak, Rob Pieters, Frank J T Staal, Jules P P Meijerink
Human T-cell development is less well studied than its murine counterpart due to the lack of genetic tools and the difficulty of obtaining cells and tissues. Here, we report the transcriptional landscape of 11 immature, consecutive human T-cell developmental stages. The changes in gene expression of cultured stem cells on OP9-DL1 match those of ex vivo isolated murine and human thymocytes. These analyses led us to define evolutionary conserved gene signatures that represent pre- and post-αβ T-cell commitment stages...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163236/evolution-of-the-merozoite-surface-protein-7-msp7-family-in-plasmodium-vivax-and-p-falciparum-a-comparative-approach
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Andreína I Castillo, M Andreína Pacheco, Ananias A Escalante
Malaria parasites (genus Plasmodium) are a diverse group found in many species of vertebrate hosts. These parasites invade red blood cells in a complex process comprising several proteins, many encoded by multigene families, one of which is merozoite surface protein 7 (msp7). In the case of Plasmodium vivax, the most geographically widespread human-infecting species, differences in the number of paralogs within multigene families have been previously explained, at least in part, as potential adaptations to the human host...
February 2, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162899/exceptional-evolutionary-expansion-of-prefrontal-cortex-in-great-apes-and-humans
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Jeroen B Smaers, Aida Gómez-Robles, Ashley N Parks, Chet C Sherwood
One of the enduring questions that has driven neuroscientific enquiry in the last century has been the nature of differences in the prefrontal cortex of humans versus other animals [1]. The prefrontal cortex has drawn particular interest due to its role in a range of evolutionarily specialized cognitive capacities such as language [2], imagination [3], and complex decision making [4]. Both cytoarchitectonic [5] and comparative neuroimaging [6] studies have converged on the conclusion that the proportion of prefrontal cortex in the human brain is greatly increased relative to that of other primates...
January 27, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161998/paternal-genetic-structure-in-contemporary-mennonite-communities-from-the-american-midwest
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Kristine G Beaty, M J Mosher, Michael H Crawford, Phillip Melton
Over the last 35 years, researchers from the Laboratory of Biological Anthropology at the University of Kansas have been working with Mennonite communities to better understand evolutionary patterns of fission-fusion in relationship to their genetic history and population structure. In this study, short tandem repeat (STR) markers from the nonrecombining region of the Y chromosome (NRY) provided increased resolution of the molecular population structure for these groups. NRY is known to be informative for determining paternal genetic ancestral patterns in recently derived human populations...
April 2016: Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161376/genetics-and-genomics-of-alcohol-responses-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Annie Park, Alfredo Ghezzi, Thilini P Wijesekera, Nigel S Atkinson
Drosophila melanogaster has become a significant model organism for alcohol research. In flies, a rich variety of behaviors can be leveraged for identifying genes affecting alcohol responses and adaptations. Furthermore, almost all genes can be easily genetically manipulated. Despite the great evolutionary distance between flies and mammals, many of the same genes have been implicated in strikingly similar alcohol-induced behaviors. A major problem in medical research today is that it is difficult to extrapolate from any single model system to humans...
February 1, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146303/thermal-tolerance-in-the-keystone-species-daphnia-magna-a-candidate-gene-and-an-outlier-analysis-approach
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M Jansen, A N Geerts, A Rago, K I Spanier, C Denis, L De Meester, L Orsini
Changes in temperature have occurred throughout Earth's history. However, current warming trends exacerbated by human activities impose severe and rapid loss of biodiversity. Although understanding the mechanisms orchestrating organismal response to climate change is important, remarkably few studies document their role in nature. This is because only few systems enable the combined analysis of genetic and plastic responses to environmental change over long time-spans. Here, we characterize genetic and plastic responses to temperature increase in the aquatic keystone grazer Daphnia magna combining a candidate gene and an outlier analysis approach...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145439/evolutionary-and-ecological-forces-that-shape-the-bacterial-communities-of-the-human-gut
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J S Messer, E R Liechty, O A Vogel, E B Chang
Since microbes were first described in the mid-1600s, we have come to appreciate that they live all around and within us with both beneficial and detrimental effects on nearly every aspect of our lives. The human gastrointestinal tract is inhabited by a dynamic community of trillions of bacteria that constantly interact with each other and their human host. The acquisition of these bacteria is not stochastic but determined by circumstance (environment), host rules (genetics, immune state, mucus, etc), and dynamic self-selection among microbes to form stable, resilient communities that are in balance with the host...
February 1, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141822/e6-and-e7-gene-polymorphisms-in-human-papillomavirus-types-58-and-33-identified-in-southwest-china
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Zuyi Chen, Yaling Jing, Qiang Wen, Xianping Ding, Tao Wang, Xuemei Mu, Yuwei Chenzhang, Man Cao
Cancer of the cervix is associated with infection by certain types of human papillomavirus (HPV). The gene variants differ in immune responses and oncogenic potential. The E6 and E7 proteins encoded by high-risk HPV play a key role in cellular transformation. HPV-33 and HPV-58 types are highly prevalent among Chinese women. To study the gene intratypic variations, polymorphisms and positive selections of HPV-33 and HPV-58 E6/E7 in southwest China, HPV-33 (E6, E7: n = 216) and HPV-58 (E6, E7: n = 405) E6 and E7 genes were sequenced and compared to others submitted to GenBank...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139890/pharmacogenomics-of-17-alpha-hydroxyprogesterone-caproate-for-recurrent-preterm-birth-a-case-control-study
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T A Manuck, W S Watkins, M S Esplin, J Biggio, R Bukowski, S Parry, H Zhan, H Huang, W Andrews, G Saade, Y Sadovsky, U M Reddy, J Ilekis, M Yandell, M W Varner, L B Jorde
OBJECTIVE: To compare maternal genotypes between women with and without significant prolongation of pregnancy in the setting of 17-alpha hydroxyprogesterone caproate (17-P) administration for the prevention of recurrent preterm birth (PTB). DESIGN: Case-control. SETTING: Three tertiary-care centres across the USA. POPULATION: Women (n = 99) with ≥ 1 prior singleton spontaneous PTB, receiving 17-P. METHODS: Women were classified as having successful prolongation of pregnancy during the 17-P treated pregnancy, in two ways: (1) Definition A: success/non-success based on difference in gestational age at delivery between 17-P-treated and untreated pregnancies (success: delivered ≥ 3 weeks later with 17-P) and (2) Definition B: success/non-success based on reaching term (success: delivered at term with 17-P)...
January 31, 2017: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138846/chromosome-range-whole-genome-high-throughput-experimental-haplotyping-by-single-chromosome-microdissection
#20
Li Ma, Wenzhi Li, Qing Song
Haplotype is fundamental genetic information; it provides essential information for deciphering the functional and etiological roles of genetic variants. As haplotype information is closely related to the functional and etiological impact of genetic variants, it is widely anticipated that haplotype information will be extremely valuable in a wide spectra of applications, including academic research, clinical diagnosis of genetic disease and in the pharmaceutical industry. Haplotyping is essential for LD (linkage disequilibrium) mapping, functional studies on cis-interactions, big data imputation, association studies, population studies, and evolutionary studies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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