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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913843/molecular-evolution-in-historical-perspective
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Edna Suárez-Díaz
In the 1960s, advances in protein chemistry and molecular genetics provided new means for the study of biological evolution. Amino acid sequencing, nucleic acid hybridization, zone gel electrophoresis, and immunochemistry were some of the experimental techniques that brought about new perspectives to the study of the patterns and mechanisms of evolution. New concepts, such as the molecular evolutionary clock, and the discovery of unexpected molecular phenomena, like the presence of repetitive sequences in eukaryotic genomes, eventually led to the realization that evolution might occur at a different pace at the organismic and the molecular levels, and according to different mechanisms...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913366/deepr-a-convolutional-net-for-medical-records
#2
Phuoc Nguyen, Truyen Tran, Nilmini Wickramasinghe, Svetha Venkatesh
Feature engineering remains a major bottleneck when creating predictive systems from electronic medical records. At present, an important missing element is detecting predictive regular clinical motifs from irregular episodic records. We present Deepr (short for Deep record), a new end-to-end deep learning system that learns to extract features from medical records and predicts future risk automatically. Deepr transforms a record into a sequence of discrete elements separated by coded time gaps and hospital transfers...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912796/staphylococcal-species-heterogeneity-in-the-nasal-microbiome-following-antibiotic-prophylaxis-revealed-by-tuf-gene-deep-sequencing
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Claire L McMurray, Katherine J Hardy, Szymon T Calus, Nicholas J Loman, Peter M Hawkey
BACKGROUND: Staphylococci are a major constituent of the nasal microbiome and a frequent cause of hospital-acquired infection. Antibiotic surgical prophylaxis is administered prior to surgery to reduce a patient's risk of postoperative infection. The impact of surgical prophylaxis on the nasal staphylococcal microbiome is largely unknown. Here, we report the species present in the nasal staphylococcal microbiome and the impact of surgical prophylaxis revealed by a novel culture independent technique...
December 2, 2016: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911897/heterologous-protection-against-asian-zika-virus-challenge-in-rhesus-macaques
#4
Matthew T Aliota, Dawn M Dudley, Christina M Newman, Emma L Mohr, Dane D Gellerup, Meghan E Breitbach, Connor R Buechler, Mustafa N Rasheed, Mariel S Mohns, Andrea M Weiler, Gabrielle L Barry, Kim L Weisgrau, Josh A Eudailey, Eva G Rakasz, Logan J Vosler, Jennifer Post, Saverio Capuano, Thaddeus G Golos, Sallie R Permar, Jorge E Osorio, Thomas C Friedrich, Shelby L O'Connor, David H O'Connor
BACKGROUND: Zika virus (ZIKV; Flaviviridae, Flavivirus) was declared a public health emergency of international concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) in February 2016, because of the evidence linking infection with ZIKV to neurological complications, such as Guillain-Barre Syndrome in adults and congenital birth defects including microcephaly in the developing fetus. Because development of a ZIKV vaccine is a top research priority and because the genetic and antigenic variability of many RNA viruses limits the effectiveness of vaccines, assessing whether immunity elicited against one ZIKV strain is sufficient to confer broad protection against all ZIKV strains is critical...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911722/dawn-of-the-in-vivo-rna-structurome-and-interactome
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Chun Kit Kwok
RNA is one of the most fascinating biomolecules in living systems given its structural versatility to fold into elaborate architectures for important biological functions such as gene regulation, catalysis, and information storage. Knowledge of RNA structures and interactions can provide deep insights into their functional roles in vivo For decades, RNA structural studies have been conducted on a transcript-by-transcript basis. The advent of next-generation sequencing (NGS) has enabled the development of transcriptome-wide structural probing methods to profile the global landscape of RNA structures and interactions, also known as the RNA structurome and interactome, which transformed our understanding of the RNA structure-function relationship on a transcriptomic scale...
October 15, 2016: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911253/luteolibacter-flavescens-sp-nov-isolated-from-deep-seawater
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Chongya Zhang, Bolin Dong, Ruijun Wang, Yue Su, Shuaibo Han, Xiaoyun Yu, Zhe Zhao, Geyi Fu, Cong Sun, Min Wu
A novel Gram-stain-negative, rod-shaped, non-motile strain, designated GKXT, was isolated from deep seawater. Strain GKXT was able to grow at 20-35 °C (optimum, 25 °C), pH 5.5-9.5 (optimum, 7.5) and 0-4.0 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum, 1.0 %). The major fatty acids were C16:1 ω9c (15.4 %), C16:0 (18.4 %), C14:0 (12.0 %), iso-C14:0 (30.1 %) and anteiso-C15:0 (5.7 %). Strain GKXT contained phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), phosphatidylmethylethanoamine (PME), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), diphosphatidylglycerol (DPG) and one unidentified glycolipid (GL) as the main polar lipids...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909445/identification-and-profiling-of-micrornas-expressed-in-elongating-cotton-fibers-using-small-rna-deep-sequencing
#7
Yanmei Wang, Yan Ding, Jin-Yuan Liu
Plant microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to play essential roles in the regulation of gene expression. In this study, small RNA deep sequencing was applied to explore novel miRNAs expressed in elongating cotton fibers. A total of 46 novel and 96 known miRNAs, primarily derived from the corresponding specific loci in genome of Gossypium arboreum, were identified. 64 miRNAs were shown to be differentially expressed during the fiber elongation process; 16 were predicted to be novel miRNAs while the remaining 48 belong to known miRNA families...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909431/the-microbiota-of-recreational-freshwaters-and-the-implications-for-environmental-and-public-health
#8
Chang Soo Lee, Minseok Kim, Cheonghoon Lee, Zhongtang Yu, Jiyoung Lee
The microbial communities in recreational freshwaters play important roles in both environmental and public health perspectives. In this study, the bacterial community structure and its associations with freshwater environments were investigated by analyzing the summertime microbiomes of three beach waters in Ohio (East Fork, Delaware, and Madison lakes) together with environmental and microbial water quality parameters. From the swimming season of 2009, 21 water samples were collected from the three freshwater beaches...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907180/deep-staged-transcriptomic-resources-for-the-novel-coleopteran-models-atrachya-menetriesi-and-callosobruchus-maculatus
#9
Matthew A Benton, Nathan J Kenny, Kai H Conrads, Siegfried Roth, Jeremy A Lynch
Despite recent efforts to sample broadly across metazoan and insect diversity, current sequence resources in the Coleoptera do not adequately describe the diversity of the clade. Here we present deep, staged transcriptomic data for two coleopteran species, Atrachya menetriesi (Faldermann 1835) and Callosobruchus maculatus (Fabricius 1775). Our sampling covered key stages in ovary and early embryonic development in each species. We utilized this data to build combined assemblies for each species which were then analysed in detail...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907167/infusion-advancing-discovery-of-fusion-genes-and-chimeric-transcripts-from-deep-rna-sequencing-data
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Konstantin Okonechnikov, Aki Imai-Matsushima, Lukas Paul, Alexander Seitz, Thomas F Meyer, Fernando Garcia-Alcalde
Analysis of fusion transcripts has become increasingly important due to their link with cancer development. Since high-throughput sequencing approaches survey fusion events exhaustively, several computational methods for the detection of gene fusions from RNA-seq data have been developed. This kind of analysis, however, is complicated by native trans-splicing events, the splicing-induced complexity of the transcriptome and biases and artefacts introduced in experiments and data analysis. There are a number of tools available for the detection of fusions from RNA-seq data; however, certain differences in specificity and sensitivity between commonly used approaches have been found...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907077/transcriptome-and-multivariable-data-analysis-of-corynebacterium-glutamicum-under-different-dissolved-oxygen-conditions-in-bioreactors
#11
Yang Sun, Wenwen Guo, Fen Wang, Feng Peng, Yankun Yang, Xiaofeng Dai, Xiuxia Liu, Zhonghu Bai
Dissolved oxygen (DO) is an important factor in the fermentation process of Corynebacterium glutamicum, which is a widely used aerobic microbe in bio-industry. Herein, we described RNA-seq for C. glutamicum under different DO levels (50%, 30% and 0%) in 5 L bioreactors. Multivariate data analysis (MVDA) models were used to analyze the RNA-seq and metabolism data to investigate the global effect of DO on the transcriptional distinction of the substance and energy metabolism of C. glutamicum. The results showed that there were 39 and 236 differentially expressed genes (DEGs) under the 50% and 0% DO conditions, respectively, compared to the 30% DO condition...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905550/deep-sequencing-of-transcriptome-profiling-of-gstm2-knock-down-in-swine-testis-cells
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Yuqi Lv, Yi Jin, Yongqiang Zhou, Jianjun Jin, Zhenfa Ma, Zhuqing Ren
Glutathione-S-transferases mu 2 (GSTM2), a kind of important Phase II antioxidant enzyme of eukaryotes, is degraded by nonsense mediated mRNA decay due to a C27T substitution in the fifth exon of pigs. As a reproductive performance-related gene, GSTM2 is involved in embryo implantation, whereas, functional deficiency of GSTM2 induces pre- or post-natal death in piglets potentially. To have some insight into the role of GSTM2 in embryo development, high throughput RNA sequencing is performed using the swine testis cells (ST) with the deletion of GSTM2...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905513/whole-genome-scanning-for-the-litter-size-trait-associated-genes-and-snps-under-selection-in-dairy-goat-capra-hircus
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Fang-Nong Lai, Hong-Li Zhai, Ming Cheng, Jun-Yu Ma, Shun-Feng Cheng, Wei Ge, Guo-Liang Zhang, Jun-Jie Wang, Rui-Qian Zhang, Xue Wang, Ling-Jiang Min, Jiu-Zhou Song, Wei Shen
Dairy goats are one of the most utilized domesticated animals in China. Here, we selected extreme populations based on differential fecundity in two Laoshan dairy goat populations. Utilizing deep sequencing we have generated 68.7 and 57.8 giga base of sequencing data, and identified 12,458,711 and 12,423,128 SNPs in the low fecundity and high fecundity groups, respectively. Following selective sweep analyses, a number of loci and candidate genes in the two populations were scanned independently. The reproduction related genes CCNB2, AR, ADCY1, DNMT3B, SMAD2, AMHR2, ERBB2, FGFR1, MAP3K12 and THEM4 were specifically selected in the high fecundity group whereas KDM6A, TENM1, SWI5 and CYM were specifically selected in the low fecundity group...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904804/mining-snps-in-extracellular-vesicular-transcriptome-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-a-step-closer-to-early-diagnosis-of-neglected-chagas-disease
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Pallavi Gaur, Anoop Chaturvedi
One of the newest and strongest members of intercellular communicators, the Extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their enclosed RNAs; Extracellular RNAs (exRNAs) have been acknowledged as putative biomarkers and therapeutic targets for various diseases. Although a very deep insight has not been possible into the physiology of these vesicles, they are believed to be involved in cell-to-cell communication and host-pathogen interactions. EVs might be significantly helpful in discovering biomarkers for possible target identification as well as prognostics, diagnostics and developing vaccines...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903900/autoregulation-of-mbnl1-function-by-exon-1-exclusion-from-mbnl1-transcript
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Patryk Konieczny, Ewa Stepniak-Konieczna, Katarzyna Taylor, Łukasz J Sznajder, Krzysztof Sobczak
Muscleblind-like proteins (MBNLs) are regulators of RNA metabolism. During tissue differentiation the level of MBNLs increases, while their functional insufficiency plays a crucial role in myotonic dystrophy (DM). Deep sequencing of RNA molecules cross-linked to immunoprecipitated protein particles (CLIP-seq) revealed that MBNL1 binds to MBNL1 exon 1 (e1) encoding both the major part of 5'UTR and an amino-terminal region of MBNL1 protein. We tested several hypotheses regarding the possible autoregulatory function of MBNL1 binding to its own transcript...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903644/a-reference-data-set-of-5-4-million-phased-human-variants-validated-by-genetic-inheritance-from-sequencing-a-three-generation-17-member-pedigree
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Michael A Eberle, Epameinondas Fritzilas, Peter Krusche, Morten Källberg, Benjamin L Moore, Mitchell A Bekritsky, Zamin Iqbal, Han-Yu Chuang, Sean J Humphray, Aaron L Halpern, Semyon Kruglyak, Elliott H Margulies, Gil McVean, David R Bentley
Improvement of variant calling in next-generation sequence data requires a comprehensive, genome-wide catalog of high-confidence variants called in a set of genomes for use as a benchmark. We generated deep, whole-genome sequence data of 17 individuals in a three-generation pedigree and called variants in each genome using a range of currently available algorithms. We used haplotype transmission information to create a phased "Platinum" variant catalog of 4.7 million single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) plus 0...
November 30, 2016: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902860/genetic-and-biochemical-interactions-between-the-bacterial-replication-initiator-dnaa-and-the-nucleoid-associated-protein-rok-in-bacillus-subtilis
#17
Charlotte A Seid, Janet L Smith, Alan D Grossman
We identified interactions between the conserved bacterial replication initiator and transcription factor DnaA and the nucleoid-associated protein Rok of Bacillus subtilis. DnaA binds directly to clusters of DnaA boxes at the origin of replication and elsewhere, including the promoters of several DnaA-regulated genes. Rok, an analog of H-NS from gamma-proteobacteria that affects chromosome architecture and Lsr2 from Mycobacteria, binds A+T-rich sequences throughout the genome and represses expression of many genes...
November 30, 2016: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902327/microbaculum-marinum-gen-nov-sp-nov-isolated-from-deep-seawater
#18
Yue Su, Shuaibo Han, Ruijun Wang, Xiaoyun Yu, Geyi Fu, Can Chen, Chongya Zhang, Yu Li, Cong Sun, Min Wu
A Gram-stain-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped and non-motile bacterium, designated HSF11T, was isolated from deep seawater of the South China Sea. Growth was observed at 20-40 °C (optimum, 35 °C), pH 5.0-8.5 (optimum, 7.0-7.5) and with 0-7 % NaCl (optimum, 2 %). Bacteriochlorophyll a and poly-β-hydroxybutyrate (PHB) granules were not detected. Nitrate could be reduced to nitrite. The major fatty acids (≥5 %) of strain HSF11T were C19:0 cyclo ω8c, C18:0 and C16:0. The isoprenoid quinone was Q-10. The total lipids were diphosphatidylglycerol (DPG), phosphatidylglycerol (PG), two unknown phospholipids (PL1, PL2), one unknown aminolipid (AL1) and three unknown lipids (L1, L3, L4)...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902293/colwellia-marinimaniae-sp-nov-a-hyperpiezophilic-species-isolated-from-an-amphipod-within-the-challenger-deep-mariana-trench
#19
Masataka Kusube, Than S Kyaw, Kumiko Tanikawa, Roger A Chastain, Kevin Hardy, James Cameron, Douglas H Bartlett
An obligately piezophilic strain was isolated from an amphipod crustacean obtained in the Challenger Deep region of the Mariana Trench during the DEEPSEA CHALLENGE expedition. The strain, MTCD1T, grew at extremely high hydrostatic pressures, with a growth range of 80-140 MPa (optimum: 120 MPa) at 6°C. Phylogenetic analyses based on the 16S rRNA gene sequence indicates that it is closely affiliated with the genus Colwellia. Comparative 16S rRNA gene sequence analyses revealed 95.7%, 95.5%, and 95.2% similarity to Colwellia maris ABE-1T, Colwellia piezophila Y233GT, and Colwellia psychrerythraea 34HT, respectively...
November 16, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902238/description-of-algoriphagus-iocasae-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-deep-sea-sediment-of-okinawa-trough
#20
Qing-Lei Sun, Li Sun
In this study, we reported the identification and species characterization of a novel Gram-staining-negative bacterium, strain S61T, isolated from the deep sea sediment in the Okinawa Trough. Growth of strain S61T occurred at 4-37 °C (optimum, 25 °C), pH 6.0-10.0 (optimum, 7.0), and with 0-8 % (w/v) NaCl (optimum, 2 %). Phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA gene sequence indicated that strain S61T belonged to the genus Algoriphagus. The closest phylogenetic neighbors of strain S61T were A. lutimaris S1-3T (98...
October 24, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
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