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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431992/genomic-answers-for-recurrent-spontaneous-abortion-in-saudi-arabia-an-array-comparative-genomic-hybridization-approach
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Sajjad Karim, Hasan Salleh Jamal, Abdullraheem Rouzi, Mohammed Salleh M Ardawi, Hans-Juergen Schulten, Zeenat Mirza, Nuha A Alansari, Maha M Al-Quaiti, Heba Abusamra, Muhammad Imran Naseer, Rola Turki, Adeel Gulzar Chaudhary, Mamdooh Gari, Adel Mohammed Abuzenadah, Mohammed Hussain Al-Qhatani
To study the genomics/genetic factors associated with recurrent spontaneous abortion (RSA), as ∼50% of RSA are unexplained. However, chromosome abnormalities have been reported to play major role in RSA. We performed whole genome array-CGH based genomic analysis of forty four Saudi RSA patients to identify potential molecular and chromosomal abnormalities. We identified a total of 845 alterations, usually not detected by classic cytogenetic methods, in different genomic regions using a cut off value of -0...
April 18, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431355/genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-the-populus-trichocarpa-tify-gene-family
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Yue Wang, Feng Pan, Danmei Chen, Wenyuan Chu, Huanlong Liu, Yan Xiang
The plant-specific TIFY proteins are widely present in land plants and play the important roles in the regulation of plant stress-responses. In this study, we carried out a bioinformatics analysis of TIFY genes in Populus trichocarpa by determining the phylogenetic relationship, chromosomal location and gene structure and expression profiles analysis under stresses. The 24 TIFY genes were identified and classified into four subfamilies (ZML, JAZ, PPD and TIFY). The 24 TIFY genes were irregularly located on 13 of the 19 chromosomes; ten gene pairs were involved in large-scale interchromosomal segmental duplication events; we identified 17 collinear TIFY gene pairs in the Populus trichocarpa genome...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431021/patterns-of-genome-wide-diversity-and-population-structure-in-the-drosophila-athabasca-species-complex
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Karen M Wong Miller, Ryan R Bracewell, Michael B Eisen, Doris Bachtrog
The Drosophila athabasca species complex contains three recently diverged, prezygotically isolated semispecies (Western-Northern, Eastern-A, and Eastern-B) that are distributed across North America and share zones of sympatry. Inferences based on a handful of loci suggest that this complex might be an ideal system for studying the genetics of incipient speciation and the evolution of prezygotic isolating mechanisms, but patterns of differentiation have not been characterized systematically. Here, we assembled a draft genome for D...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430818/comparative-genomics-of-burkholderia-multivorans-a-ubiquitous-pathogen-with-a-highly-conserved-genomic-structure
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Charlotte Peeters, Vaughn S Cooper, Philip J Hatcher, Bart Verheyde, Aurélien Carlier, Peter Vandamme
The natural environment serves as a reservoir of opportunistic pathogens. A well-established method for studying the epidemiology of such opportunists is multilocus sequence typing, which in many cases has defined strains predisposed to causing infection. Burkholderia multivorans is an important pathogen in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) and its epidemiology suggests that strains are acquired from non-human sources such as the natural environment. This raises the central question of whether the isolation source (CF or environment) or the multilocus sequence type (ST) of B...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428799/a-novel-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-brassica-napus-inap-cms-with-carpelloid-stamens-via-protoplast-fusion-with-chinese-woad
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Lei Kang, Pengfei Li, Aifan Wang, Xianhong Ge, Zaiyun Li
A novel cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) in Brassica napus (inap CMS) was selected from the somatic hybrid with Isatis indigotica (Chinese woad) by recurrent backcrossing. The male sterility was caused by the conversion of tetradynamous stamens into carpelloid structures with stigmatoid tissues at their tips and ovule-like tissues in the margins, and the two shorter stamens into filaments without anthers. The feminized development of the stamens resulted in the complete lack of pollen grains, which was stable in different years and environments...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428341/ctf4-related-protein-recruits-lhp1-prc2-to-maintain-h3k27me3-levels-in-dividing-cells-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Yue Zhou, Emmanuel Tergemina, Haitao Cui, Alexander Förderer, Benjamin Hartwig, Geo Velikkakam James, Korbinian Schneeberger, Franziska Turck
Polycomb Repressive Complex (PRC) 2 catalyzes the H3K27me3 modification that warrants inheritance of a repressive chromatin structure during cell division, thereby assuring stable target gene repression in differentiated cells. It is still under investigation how H3K27me3 is passed on from maternal to filial strands during DNA replication; however, cell division can reinforce H3K27me3 coverage at target regions. To identify novel factors involved in the Polycomb pathway in plants, we performed a forward genetic screen for enhancers of the like heterochromatin protein 1 (lhp1) mutant, which shows relatively mild phenotypic alterations compared with other plant PRC mutants...
April 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427346/karyotypic-evolution-of-the-medicago-complex-sativa-caerulea-falcata-inferred-from-comparative-cytogenetic-analysis
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Feng Yu, Haiqing Wang, Yanyan Zhao, Ruijuan Liu, Quanwen Dou, Jiangli Dong, Tao Wang
BACKGROUND: Polyploidy plays an important role in the adaptation and speciation of plants. The alteration of karyotype is a significant event during polyploidy formation. The Medicago sativa complex includes both diploid (2n = 2× = 16) and tetraploid (2n = 2× = 32) subspecies. The tetraploid M. ssp. sativa was regarded as having a simple autopolyploid origin from diploid ssp. caerulea, whereas the autopolyploid origin of tetraploid ssp. falcata from diploid form ssp. falcata is still in doubt...
April 21, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426752/somatic-copy-number-alterations-in-gastric-adenocarcinomas-among-asian-and-western-patients
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Steven E Schumacher, Byoung Yong Shim, Giovanni Corso, Min-Hee Ryu, Yoon-Koo Kang, Franco Roviello, Gordon Saksena, Shouyong Peng, Ramesh A Shivdasani, Adam J Bass, Rameen Beroukhim
Gastric cancer, a leading worldwide cause of cancer mortality, shows high geographic and ethnic variation in incidence rates, which are highest in East Asia. The anatomic locations and clinical behavior also differ by geography, leading to the controversial idea that Eastern and Western forms of the disease are distinct. In view of these differences, we investigated whether gastric cancers from Eastern and Western patients show distinct genomic profiles. We used high-density profiling of somatic copy-number aberrations to analyze the largest collection to date of gastric adenocarcinomas and utilized genotyping data to rigorously annotate ethnic status...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426351/chromosome-4-in-drosophila-melanogaster-imperfection-or-interesting-exception
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Michaelyn A Hartmann, Jeff Sekelsky
Drosophila melanogaster chromosome 4 is an anomaly because of its small size, chromatin structure, and most notably its lack of crossing over during meiosis. Earlier ideas about the absence of crossovers on 4 hypothesize that these unique characteristics function to prevent crossovers. Here, we explore hypotheses about the absence of crossovers on 4, how these have been addressed, and new insights into the mechanism behind this suppression. We review recently published results that indicate that global crossover patterning, in particular the centromere effect, make a major contribution to the prevention of crossovers on 4...
April 20, 2017: Fly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426282/emerging-roles-of-macrosatellite-repeats-in-genome-organization-and-disease-development
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Gabrijela Dumbovic, Sonia-V Forcales, Manuel Perucho
Abundant repetitive DNA sequences are an enigmatic part of the human genome. Despite increasing evidence on the functionality of DNA repeats, their biological role is still elusive and under frequent debate. Macrosatellites are the largest of the tandem DNA repeats, located on one or multiple chromosomes. The contribution of macrosatellites to genome regulation and human health was demonstrated for the D4Z4 macrosatellite repeat array on chromosome 4q35. Reduced copy number of D4Z4 repeats is associated with local euchromatinization and the onset of facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy...
April 20, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426272/temperature-dependent-regulation-of-rdna-condensation-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Donglai Shen, Robert V Skibbens
Chromatin condensation during mitosis produces detangled and discrete DNA entities required for high fidelity sister chromatid segregation during mitosis and positions DNA away from the cleavage furrow during cytokinesis. Regional condensation during G1 also establishes a nuclear architecture through which gene transcription is regulated but remains plastic so that cells can respond to changes in nutrient levels, temperature and signaling molecules. To date, however, the potential impact of this plasticity on mitotic chromosome condensation remains unknown...
April 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425621/p53-competent-cells-and-p53-deficient-cells-display-different-susceptibility-to-oxygen-functionalized-graphene-cytotoxicity-and-genotoxicity
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Dayton M Petibone, Thikra Mustafa, Shawn E Bourdo, Andersen Lafont, Wei Ding, Alokita Karmakar, Zeid A Nima, Fumiya Watanabe, Daniel Casciano, Suzanne M Morris, Vasily N Dobrovolsky, Alexandru S Biris
Due to the distinctive physical, electrical, and chemical properties of graphene nanomaterials, numerous efforts pursuing graphene-based biomedical and industrial applications are underway. Oxidation of pristine graphene surfaces mitigates its otherwise hydrophobic characteristic thereby improving its biocompatibility and functionality. Yet, the potential widespread use of oxidized graphene derivatives raises concern about adverse impacts on human health. The p53 tumor suppressor protein maintains cellular and genetic stability after toxic exposures...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424713/comprehensive-genomic-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-the-phosphate-transporter-pht-gene-family-in-apple
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Tingting Sun, Mingjun Li, Yun Shao, Lingyan Yu, Fengwang Ma
Elemental phosphorus (Pi) is essential to plant growth and development. The family of phosphate transporters (PHTs) mediates the uptake and translocation of Pi inside the plants. Members include five sub-cellular phosphate transporters that play different roles in Pi uptake and transport. We searched the Genome Database for Rosaceae and identified five clusters of phosphate transporters in apple (Malus domestica), including 37 putative genes. The MdPHT1 family contains 14 genes while MdPHT2 has two, MdPHT3 has seven, MdPHT4 has 11, and MdPHT5 has three...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424341/alterations-in-three-dimensional-organization-of-the-cancer-genome-and-epigenome
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Joanna Achinger-Kawecka, Phillippa C Taberlay, Susan J Clark
The structural and functional basis of the genome is provided by the three-dimensional (3D) chromatin state. To enable accurate gene regulation, enhancer elements and promoter regions are brought into close spatial proximity to ensure proper, cell type-specific gene expression. In cancer, genetic and epigenetic processes can deregulate the transcriptional program. To investigate whether the 3D chromatin state is also disrupted in cancer we performed Hi-C chromosome conformation sequencing in normal and prostate cancer cells and compared the chromatin interaction maps with changes to the genome and epigenome...
April 19, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Symposia on Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422981/qtl-analysis-and-dissection-of-panicle-components-in-rice-using-advanced-backcross-populations-derived-from-oryza-sativa-cultivars-hr1128-and-nipponbare
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Zhizhong Sun, Xiaoling Yin, Jia Ding, Dong Yu, Miao Hu, Xuewu Sun, Yanning Tan, Xiabing Sheng, Ling Liu, Yi Mo, Ning Ouyang, Beibei Jiang, Guilong Yuan, Meijuan Duan, Dingyang Yuan, Jun Fang
Panicle traits are among the most important agronomic characters which directly relate to yield in rice. Grain number (GN), panicle length (PL), primary branch number (PBN), and secondary branch number (SBN) are the major components of rice panicle structure, and are all controlled by quantitative trait loci (QTLs). In our research, four advanced backcross overlapping populations (BIL152, BIL196a, BIL196b, and BIL196b-156) carrying introgressed segments from chromosome 6 were derived from an indica/japonica cross that used the super-hybrid rice restorer line HR1128 and the international sequenced japonica cultivar 'Nipponbare' as the donor and recurrent parents, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422050/k-mer-content-correlation-and-position-analysis-of-genome-dna-sequences-for-the-identification-of-function-and-evolutionary-features
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Aaron Sievers, Katharina Bosiek, Marc Bisch, Chris Dreessen, Jascha Riedel, Patrick Froß, Michael Hausmann, Georg Hildenbrand
In genome analysis, k-mer-based comparison methods have become standard tools. However, even though they are able to deliver reliable results, other algorithms seem to work better in some cases. To improve k-mer-based DNA sequence analysis and comparison, we successfully checked whether adding positional resolution is beneficial for finding and/or comparing interesting organizational structures. A simple but efficient algorithm for extracting and saving local k-mer spectra (frequency distribution of k-mers) was developed and used...
April 19, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421096/regulation-of-banana-phytoene-synthase-mapsy-expression-characterization-and-their-modulation-under-various-abiotic-stress-conditions
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Navneet Kaur, Ashutosh Pandey, Shivani, Prateek Kumar, Pankaj Pandey, Atul K Kesarwani, Shrikant S Mantri, Praveen Awasthi, Siddharth Tiwari
Phytoene synthase (PSY) is a key regulatory enzyme of carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in plants. The present study examines the role of PSY in carotenogenesis and stress management in banana. Germplasm screening of 10 Indian cultivars showed that Nendran (3011.94 μg/100 g dry weight) and Rasthali (105.35 μg/100 g dry weight) contained the highest and lowest amounts of β-carotene, respectively in ripe fruit-pulp. Nendran ripe pulp also showed significantly higher antioxidant activity as compared to Rasthali...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420739/the-dnak-chaperone-uses-different-mechanisms-to-promote-and-inhibit-replication-of-vibrio-cholerae-chromosome-2
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Jyoti K Jha, Mi Li, Rodolfo Ghirlando, Lisa M Miller Jenkins, Alexander Wlodawer, Dhruba Chattoraj
Replication of Vibrio cholerae chromosome 2 (Chr2) depends on molecular chaperone DnaK to facilitate binding of the initiator (RctB) to the replication origin. The binding occurs at two kinds of site, 12-mers and 39-mers, which promote and inhibit replication, respectively. Here we show that DnaK employs different mechanisms to enhance the two kinds of binding. We found that mutations in rctB that reduce DnaK binding also reduce 12-mer binding and initiation. The initiation defect is suppressed by second-site mutations that increase 12-mer binding only marginally...
April 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420692/an-improved-assembly-and-annotation-of-the-allohexaploid-wheat-genome-identifies-complete-families-of-agronomic-genes-and-provides-genomic-evidence-for-chromosomal-translocations
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Bernardo J Clavijo, Luca Venturini, Christian Schudoma, Gonzalo Garcia Accinelli, Gemy Kaithakottil, Jonathan Wright, Philippa Borrill, George Kettleborough, Darren Heavens, Helen Chapman, James Lipscombe, Tom Barker, Fu-Hao Lu, Neil McKenzie, Dina Raats, Ricardo H Ramirez-Gonzalez, Aurore Coince, Ned Peel, Lawrence Percival-Alwyn, Owen Duncan, Josua Trösch, Guotai Yu, Dan M Bolser, Guy Namaati, Arnaud Kerhornou, Manuel Spannagl, Heidrun Gundlach, Georg Haberer, Robert P Davey, Christine Fosker, Federica Di Palma, Andrew Phillips, A Harvey Millar, Paul J Kersey, Cristobal Uauy, Ksenia V Krasileva, David Swarbreck, Michael W Bevan, Matthew D Clark
Advances in genome sequencing and assembly technologies are generating many high-quality genome sequences, but assemblies of large, repeat-rich polyploid genomes, such as that of bread wheat, remain fragmented and incomplete. We have generated a new wheat whole-genome shotgun sequence assembly using a combination of optimized data types and an assembly algorithm designed to deal with large and complex genomes. The new assembly represents >78% of the genome with a scaffold N50 of 88.8 kb that has a high fidelity to the input data...
April 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419231/antibiotic-resistance-in-staphylococcus-aureus-current-status-and-future-prospects
#20
Timothy J Foster
The major targets for antibiotics in staphylococci are (i) the cell envelope, (ii) the ribosome and (iii) nucleic acids. Several novel targets emerged from recent targeted drug discovery programmes including the ClpP protease and FtsZ from the cell division machinery. Resistance can either develop by horizontal transfer of resistance determinants encoded by mobile genetic elements viz plasmids, transposons and the staphylococcal cassette chromosome or by mutations in chromosomal genes. Horizontally acquired resistance can occur by one of the following mechanisms: (i) enzymatic drug modification and inactivation, (ii) enzymatic modification of the drug binding site, (iii) drug efflux, (iv) bypass mechanisms involving acquisition of a novel drug-resistant target, (v) displacement of the drug to protect the target...
April 13, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
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