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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783045/factors-affecting-gene-expression-and-activity-of-heme-and-manganese-dependent-catalases-in-lactobacillus-casei-strains
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Annamaria Ricciardi, Rocco Gerardo Ianniello, Eugenio Parente, Teresa Zotta
Catalases reduce oxidative stress by degrading hydrogen peroxide to molecular oxygen and water. The presence of heme-dependent or manganese-dependent catalases was observed for a long time in lactic acid bacteria (LAB) but, to date, knowledge on the factors affecting gene expression and enzymatic functionality are limited to a very few strains. In this study, the effect of atmosphere of incubation (not aerated static growth vs aerated shaken growth) and supplementation with Fe2+ , hemin, Mn2+ or their combinations on the catalase production of respiration-competent strain Lactobacillus casei N87 was evaluated using a 24 factorial design...
May 8, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782644/on-the-relationship-between-phylogenetic-diversity-and-trait-diversity
#2
Caroline M Tucker, T Jonathan Davies, Marc W Cadotte, William D Pearse
Niche differences are key to understanding the distribution and structure of biodiversity. To examine niche differences, we must first characterize how species occupy niche space, and two approaches are commonly used in the ecological literature. The first uses species traits to estimate multivariate trait space (so-called functional trait diversity, FD); the second quantifies the amount of time or evolutionary history captured by a group of species (phylogenetic diversity, PD). It is often-but controversially-assumed that these putative measures of niche space are at a minimum correlated and perhaps redundant, since more evolutionary time allows for greater accumulation of trait changes...
May 21, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779502/multi-locus-phylogenetics-of-the-midichloria-endosymbionts-reveals-variable-specificity-of-association-with-ticks
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M Buysse, O Duron
Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii is a maternally inherited bacterium of ticks with a unique intra-mitochondrial lifestyle. Here, we investigate on the evolutionary history of these associations and the degree of Midichloria-tick specificity. While previous surveys used the 16S rRNA gene as an exclusive molecular marker, we rather developed a multi-locus typing method based on four more variable housekeeping genes (groEL, rpoB, dnaK and ftsZ) and on one flagellum gene (fliC) present in Midichloria genomes...
May 21, 2018: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778723/paleocene-eocene-and-plio-pleistocene-sea-level-changes-as-species-pumps-in-southeast-asia-evidence-from-althepus-spiders
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Fengyuan Li, Shuqiang Li
Sea-level change has been viewed as a primary driver in the formation of biodiversity. Early studies confirmed that Plio-Pleistocene sea-level changes led to the isolation and subsequent genetic differentiation of Southeast (SE) Asian organisms over short geological timescales. However, long-time consequences of sea-level fluctuations remain unclear. Herein, we analyze the evolutionary history of Althepus (spiders) whose distribution encompasses Indo-Burma and the Sunda shelf islands to understand how sea-level changes over shallow and deep timescales effected their history...
May 17, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778701/natural-history-of-avian-papillomaviruses
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Daniel A Truchado, Richard A J Williams, Laura Benítez
Papillomaviruses (Family: Papillomaviridae) are small non-enveloped viruses that cause skin and mucosa infections in diverse vertebrates. The vast majority have been detected in mammals. However, the number of papillomaviruses described in birds is growing, especially because of metagenomic studies. Seven complete genomes and one partial sequence have been described, corresponding to five papillomavirus genera. These have been detected from various sample types, including skin, internal epithelium, and faecal material, from seven highly diverse wild and captive avian species...
May 17, 2018: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776336/phylogenomic-analysis-of-apoidea-sheds-new-light-on-the-sister-group-of-bees
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Manuela Sann, Oliver Niehuis, Ralph S Peters, Christoph Mayer, Alexey Kozlov, Lars Podsiadlowski, Sarah Bank, Karen Meusemann, Bernhard Misof, Christoph Bleidorn, Michael Ohl
BACKGROUND: Apoid wasps and bees (Apoidea) are an ecologically and morphologically diverse group of Hymenoptera, with some species of bees having evolved eusocial societies. Major problems for our understanding of the evolutionary history of Apoidea have been the difficulty to trace the phylogenetic origin and to reliably estimate the geological age of bees. To address these issues, we compiled a comprehensive phylogenomic dataset by simultaneously analyzing target DNA enrichment and transcriptomic sequence data, comprising 195 single-copy protein-coding genes and covering all major lineages of apoid wasps and bee families...
May 18, 2018: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774232/multiple-origins-of-green-blood-in-new-guinea-lizards
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Zachary B Rodriguez, Susan L Perkins, Christopher C Austin
Several species of lizards from the megadiverse island of New Guinea have evolved green blood. An unusually high concentration of the green bile pigment biliverdin in the circulatory system of these lizards makes the blood, muscles, bones, tongue, and mucosal tissues bright green in color, eclipsing the crimson color from their red blood cells. This is a remarkable physiological feature because bile pigments are toxic physiological waste products of red blood cell catabolism and, when chronically elevated, cause jaundice in humans and all other vertebrates...
May 2018: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771354/methylation-guide-rna-evolution-in-archaea-structure-function-and-genomic-organization-of-110-c-d-box-srna-families-across-six-pyrobaculum-species
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Lauren M Lui, Andrew V Uzilov, David L Bernick, Andrea Corredor, Todd M Lowe, Patrick P Dennis
Archaeal homologs of eukaryotic C/D box small nucleolar RNAs (C/D box sRNAs) guide precise 2'-O-methyl modification of ribosomal and transfer RNAs. Although C/D box sRNA genes constitute one of the largest RNA gene families in archaeal thermophiles, most genomes have incomplete sRNA gene annotation because reliable, fully automated detection methods are not available. We expanded and curated a comprehensive gene set across six species of the crenarchaeal genus Pyrobaculum, particularly rich in C/D box sRNA genes...
May 16, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768482/sequencing-of-complete-mitochondrial-genomes-confirms-synonymization-of-hyalomma-asiaticum-asiaticum-and-kozlovi-and-advances-phylogenetic-hypotheses-for-the-ixodidae
#9
Zhi-Qiang Liu, Yan-Feng Liu, Nuer Kuermanali, Deng-Feng Wang, Shi-Jun Chen, Hui-Ling Guo, Li Zhao, Jun-Wei Wang, Tao Han, Yuan-Zhi Wang, Jie Wang, Chen-Feng Shen, Zhuang-Zhi Zhang, Chuang-Fu Chen
Phylogeny of hard ticks (Ixodidae) remains unresolved. Mitochondrial genomes (mitogenomes) are increasingly used to resolve phylogenetic controversies, but remain unavailable for the entire large Hyalomma genus. Hyalomma asiaticum is a parasitic tick distributed throughout the Asia. As a result of great morphological variability, two subspecies have been recognised historically; until a morphological data-based synonymization was proposed. However, this hypothesis was never tested using molecular data. Therefore, objectives of this study were to: 1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765641/combined-morphological-and-phylogenomic-re-examination-of-malawimonads-a-critical-taxon-for-inferring-the-evolutionary-history-of-eukaryotes
#10
Aaron A Heiss, Martin Kolisko, Fleming Ekelund, Matthew W Brown, Andrew J Roger, Alastair G B Simpson
Modern syntheses of eukaryote diversity assign almost all taxa to one of three groups: Amorphea, Diaphoretickes and Excavata (comprising Discoba and Metamonada). The most glaring exception is Malawimonadidae, a group of small heterotrophic flagellates that resemble Excavata by morphology, but branch with Amorphea in most phylogenomic analyses. However, just one malawimonad, Malawimonas jakobiformis , has been studied with both morphological and molecular-phylogenetic approaches, raising the spectre of interpretation errors and phylogenetic artefacts from low taxon sampling...
April 2018: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764372/genomic-evidence-for-intraspecific-hybridization-in-a-clonal-and-extremely-halotolerant-yeast
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Cene Gostinčar, Jason E Stajich, Jerneja Zupančič, Polona Zalar, Nina Gunde-Cimerman
BACKGROUND: The black yeast Hortaea werneckii (Dothideomycetes, Ascomycota) is one of the most extremely halotolerant fungi, capable of growth at NaCl concentrations close to saturation. Although dothideomycetous fungi are typically haploid, the reference H. werneckii strain has a diploid genome consisting of two subgenomes with a high level of heterozygosity. RESULTS: In order to explain the origin of the H. werneckii diploid genome we here report the genome sequencing of eleven strains isolated from different habitats and geographic locations...
May 15, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763665/selection-and-paucity-of-phylogenetic-signal-challenge-the-utility-of-alpha-tubulin-in-reconstruction-of-evolutionary-history-of-free-living-litostomateans-protista-ciliophora
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Ľubomír Rajter, Peter Vďačný
The class Litostomatea represents a highly diverse but monophyletic group, uniting both free-living and endosymbiotic ciliates. Ribosomal RNA genes and ITS-region sequences helped to recognize and define the main litostomatean lineages, but did not provide enough phylogenetic signal to unambiguously resolve their interrelationships. In this study, we attempted to improve the resolution among main free-living predatory lineages by adding the gene coding for alpha-tubulin. However, our phylogenetic analyses challenged the performance of alpha-tubulin in reconstruction of evolutionary history of free-living litostomateans...
May 12, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761210/biochemical-properties-of-bacterial-reverse-transcriptase-related-rvt-gene-products-multimerization-protein-priming-and-nucleotide-preference
#13
Irina A Yushenova, Irina R Arkhipova
Cellular reverse transcriptase-related (rvt) genes represent a novel class of reverse transcriptases (RTs), which are only distantly related to RTs of retrotransposons and retroviruses, but, similarly to telomerase RTs, are immobilized in the genome as single-copy genes. They have been preserved by natural selection throughout the evolutionary history of large taxonomic groups, including most fungi, a few plants and invertebrates, and even certain bacteria, being the only RTs present across different domains of life...
May 14, 2018: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760889/measuring-inferential-importance-of-taxa-using-taxon-influence-indices
#14
John S S Denton, Eric W Goolsby
Assessing the importance of different taxa for inferring evolutionary history is a critical, but underutilized, aspect of systematics. Quantifying the importance of all taxa within a dataset provides an empirical measurement that can establish a ranking of extant taxa for ecological study and/or quantify the relative importance of newly announced or redescribed specimens to enable the disentangling of novelty and inferential influence. Here, we illustrate the use of taxon influence indices through analysis of both molecular and morphological datasets, introducing a modified Bayesian approach to the taxon influence index that accounts for model and topological uncertainty...
May 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760463/marsarchaeota-are-an-aerobic-archaeal-lineage-abundant-in-geothermal-iron-oxide-microbial-mats
#15
Zackary J Jay, Jacob P Beam, Mensur Dlakić, Douglas B Rusch, Mark A Kozubal, William P Inskeep
The discovery of archaeal lineages is critical to our understanding of the universal tree of life and evolutionary history of the Earth. Geochemically diverse thermal environments in Yellowstone National Park provide unprecedented opportunities for studying archaea in habitats that may represent analogues of early Earth. Here, we report the discovery and characterization of a phylum-level archaeal lineage proposed and herein referred to as the 'Marsarchaeota', after the red planet. The Marsarchaeota contains at least two major subgroups prevalent in acidic, microaerobic geothermal Fe(III) oxide microbial mats across a temperature range from ~50-80 °C...
May 14, 2018: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760391/asynchronous-evolution-of-interdependent-nest-characters-across-the-avian-phylogeny
#16
Yi-Ting Fang, Mao-Ning Tuanmu, Chih-Ming Hung
Nest building is a widespread behavior among birds that reflects their adaptation to the environment and evolutionary history. However, it remains unclear how nests evolve and how their evolution relates to the bird phylogeny. Here, by examining the evolution of three nest characters-structure, site, and attachment-across all bird families, we reveal that nest characters did not change synchronically across the avian phylogeny but had disparate evolutionary trajectories. Nest structure shows stronger phylogenetic signal than nest site, while nest attachment has little variation...
May 14, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760102/broad-receptor-engagement-of-an-emerging-global-coronavirus-may-potentiate-its-diverse-cross-species-transmissibility
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Wentao Li, Ruben J G Hulswit, Scott P Kenney, Ivy Widjaja, Kwonil Jung, Moyasar A Alhamo, Brenda van Dieren, Frank J M van Kuppeveld, Linda J Saif, Berend-Jan Bosch
Porcine deltacoronavirus (PDCoV), identified in 2012, is a common enteropathogen of swine with worldwide distribution. The source and evolutionary history of this virus is, however, unknown. PDCoV belongs to the Deltacoronavirus genus that comprises predominantly avian CoV. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that PDCoV originated relatively recently from a host-switching event between birds and mammals. Insight into receptor engagement by PDCoV may shed light into such an exceptional phenomenon. Here we report that PDCoV employs host aminopeptidase N (APN) as an entry receptor and interacts with APN via domain B of its spike (S) protein...
May 14, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758275/employing-hypothesis-testing-and-data-from-multiple-genomic-compartments-to-resolve-recalcitrant-backbone-nodes-in-goodenia-s-l-goodeniaceae
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Rachel S Jabaily, Kelly A Shepherd, Pryce S Michener, Caroline J Bush, Rodrigo Rivero, Andrew G Gardner, Emily B Sessa
Goodeniaceae is a primarily Australian flowering plant family with a complex taxonomy and evolutionary history. Previous phylogenetic analyses have successfully resolved the backbone topology of the largest clade in the family, Goodenia s.l., but have failed to clarify relationships within the species-rich and enigmatic Goodenia clade C, a prerequisite for taxonomic revision of the group. We used genome skimming to retrieve sequences for chloroplast, mitochondrial, and nuclear markers for 24 taxa representing Goodenia s...
May 11, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758274/rapid-diversification-and-hybridization-have-shaped-the-dynamic-history-of-the-genus-elaenia
#19
Qian Tang, Scott V Edwards, Frank E Rheindt
Multi-locus data have proven invaluable in phylogenetic reconstruction and species delimitation. However, the mixed genetic signal from different loci can make inference of evolutionary history challenging and may produce incongruences depending on analytical and marker choice. Aside from incomplete lineage sorting (ILS) following diversification events that have had little time for deep differentiation, the most common causes of incongruent phylogenies are genetic introgression confounding a bifurcating evolutionary trajectory...
May 11, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753711/chloroplast-phylogeny-of-aa-genome-rice-species
#20
Ali Mohammad Moner, Agnelo Furtado, Robert J Henry
Whole chloroplast genome sequence analysis of 58 wild and domesticated rice samples was used to investigate their phylogeny providing more detail on the biogeography of the major groups of wild A genome rices globally. An optimized chloroplast assembly method was developed and applied to extracting high quality whole chloroplast genome sequences from shot gun whole DNA sequencing data. Forty complete high quality chloroplast genome sequences were assembled (including; temperate japonica, tropical japonica and aus)...
May 10, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
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