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Mol Biol Evol ; 37(9): 2463-2464, 2020 09 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32893295

RESUMO

Identifying the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the etiological agent of the current COVID-19 pandemic, may help us to avoid future epidemics of coronavirus and other zoonoses. Several theories about the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 have recently been proposed. Although Betacoronavirus found in Rhinolophus bats from China have been broadly implicated, their genetic dissimilarity to SARS-CoV-2 is so high that they are highly unlikely to be its direct ancestors. Thus, an intermediary host is suspected to link bat to human coronaviruses. Based on genomic CpG dinucleotide patterns in different coronaviruses from different hosts, it was suggested that SARS-CoV-2 might have evolved in a canid gastrointestinal tract prior to transmission to humans. However, similar CpG patterns are now reported in coronaviruses from other hosts, including bats themselves and pangolins. Therefore, reduced genomic CpG alone is not a highly predictive biomarker, suggesting a need for additional biomarkers to reveal intermediate hosts or tissues. The hunt for the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 continues.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Genoma Viral , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Proteínas Virais/genética , Zoonoses/epidemiologia , Animais , Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Ilhas de CpG , Eutérios/virologia , Evolução Molecular , Expressão Gênica , Mutação , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Vírus Reordenados/classificação , Vírus Reordenados/genética , Vírus Reordenados/patogenicidade , Recombinação Genética , Proteínas Virais/metabolismo , Zoonoses/transmissão , Zoonoses/virologia
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Sci Adv ; 6(27)2020 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32937441

RESUMO

COVID-19 has become a global pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Understanding the origins of SARS-CoV-2 is critical for deterring future zoonosis, discovering new drugs, and developing a vaccine. We show evidence of strong purifying selection around the receptor binding motif (RBM) in the spike and other genes among bat, pangolin, and human coronaviruses, suggesting similar evolutionary constraints in different host species. We also demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2's entire RBM was introduced through recombination with coronaviruses from pangolins, possibly a critical step in the evolution of SARS-CoV-2's ability to infect humans. Similar purifying selection in different host species, together with frequent recombination among coronaviruses, suggests a common evolutionary mechanism that could lead to new emerging human coronaviruses.


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Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Recombinação Genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Betacoronavirus/classificação , Betacoronavirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Sítios de Ligação , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Evolução Molecular , Genoma Viral , Humanos , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Estrutura Terciária de Proteína , Alinhamento de Sequência
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4418, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887885

RESUMO

Chromosomal inversions are recurrent rearrangements that occur between different plant isolates or cultivars. Such inversions may underlie reproductive isolation in evolution and represent a major obstacle for classical breeding as no crossovers can be observed between inverted sequences on homologous chromosomes. The heterochromatic knob (hk4S) on chromosome 4 is the most well-known inversion of Arabidopsis. If a knob carrying accession such as Col-0 is crossed with a knob-less accession such as Ler-1, crossovers cannot be recovered within the inverted region. Our work shows that by egg-cell specific expression of the Cas9 nuclease from Staphylococcus aureus, a targeted reversal of the 1.1 Mb long hk4S-inversion can be achieved. By crossing Col-0 harbouring the rearranged chromosome 4 with Ler-1, meiotic crossovers can be restored into a region with previously no detectable genetic exchange. The strategy of somatic chromosome engineering for breaking genetic linkage has huge potential for application in plant breeding.


Assuntos
Arabidopsis/genética , Cromossomos de Plantas , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Recombinação Genética , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Inversão Cromossômica , Troca Genética , Melhoramento Vegetal/métodos , Plantas
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Infez Med ; 28(3): 302-311, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32920565

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 has created a global disaster by infecting millions of people and causing thousands of deaths across hundreds of countries. Currently, the infection is in its exponential phase in several countries and there is no sign of immediate relief from this deadly virus. At the same time, some "conspiracy theories" have arisen on the origin of this virus due to the lack of a "definite origin". To understand if this controversy is also reflected in scientific publications, here, we reviewed the key articles published at initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic (January 01, 2020 to April 30, 2020) related to the zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-2 and the articles opposing the "conspiracy theories". We also provide an overview on the current knowledge on SARS-CoV-2 Spike as well as the Coronavirus research domain. Furthermore, a few important points related to the "conspiracy theories" such as "laboratory engineering" or "bioweapon" aspects of SARS-CoV-2 are also reviewed. In this article, we have only considered the peer-reviewed publications that are indexed in PubMed and other official publications, and we have directly quoted the authors' statements from their respective articles to avoid any controversy.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Engenharia Genética/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Seleção Genética , Animais , Derramamento de Material Biológico , Armas Biológicas , Quirópteros/virologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Dissidências e Disputas , Eutérios/classificação , Eutérios/virologia , Saúde Global/estatística & dados numéricos , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Recombinação Genética , Alinhamento de Sequência , Zoonoses/virologia
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Biomed Res Int ; 2020: 9089768, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32923488

RESUMO

Purpose: We investigated sequences of the feline coronaviruses (FCoV), which include feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) and feline infectious peritonitis virus (FIPV), from China and other countries to gain insight into the adaptive evolution of this virus. Methods: Ascites samples from 31 cats with suspected FIP and feces samples from 8 healthy cats were screened for the presence of FCoV. Partial viral genome sequences, including parts of the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, were obtained and aligned with additional sequences obtained from the GenBank database. Bayesian phylogenetic analysis was conducted, and the possibility of recombination within these sequences was assessed. Analysis of the levels of selection pressure experienced by these sequences was assessed using methods on both the PAML and Datamonkey platforms. Results: Of the 31 cats investigated, two suspected FIP cats and one healthy cat tested positive for FCoV. Phylogenetic analysis showed that all of the sequences from mainland China cluster together with a few sequences from the Netherlands as a distinct clade when analyzed with FCoV sequences from other countries. Fewer than 3 recombination breakpoints were detected in the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, suggesting that analyses for positive selection could be conducted. A total of 4, 12, 4, and 4 positively selected sites were detected in the nsp12-nsp14, S, N, and 7b genes, respectively, with the previously described site 245 of the S gene, which distinguishes FIPV from FECV, being a positive selection site. Conversely, 106, 168, 25, and 17 negative selection sites in the nsp12-14, S, N, and 7b genes, respectively, were identified. Conclusion: Our study provides evidence that the FCoV genes encoding replicative, entry, and virulence proteins potentially experienced adaptive evolution. A greater number of sites in each gene experienced negative rather than positive selection, which suggests that most of the protein sequence must be conservatively maintained for virus survival. A few of the sites showing evidence of positive selection might be associated with the more severe pathology of FIPV or help these viruses survive other harmful conditions.


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Adaptação Biológica/genética , Coronavirus Felino/genética , Peritonite Infecciosa Felina/virologia , Panleucopenia Felina/virologia , Genoma Viral/genética , Animais , Teorema de Bayes , Gatos , China , Coronavirus Felino/fisiologia , Evolução Molecular , Fezes/virologia , Peritonite Infecciosa Felina/patologia , Panleucopenia Felina/patologia , Mutação , Filogenia , Recombinação Genética , Seleção Genética , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 09 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32937868

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: During the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus evolved, and we therefore aimed to provide an insight into which genetic variants were enriched, and how they spread in Sweden. METHODS: We analyzed 348 Swedish SARS-CoV-2 sequences freely available from GISAID obtained from 7 February 2020 until 14 May 2020. RESULTS: We identified 14 variant sites ≥5% frequency in the population. Among those sites, the D936Y substitution in the viral Spike protein was under positive selection. The variant sites can distinguish 11 mutational profiles in Sweden. Nine of the profiles appeared in Stockholm in March 2020. Mutational profiles 3 (B.1.1) and 6 (B.1), which contain the D936Y mutation, became the predominant profiles over time, spreading from Stockholm to other Swedish regions during April and the beginning of May. Furthermore, Bayesian phylogenetic analysis indicated that SARS-CoV-2 could have emerged in Sweden on 27 December 2019, and community transmission started on February 1st with an evolutionary rate of 1.5425 × 10-3 substitutions per year. CONCLUSIONS: Our study provides novel knowledge on the spatio-temporal dynamics of Swedish SARS-CoV-2 variants during the early pandemic. Characterization of these viral variants can provide precious insights on viral pathogenesis and can be valuable for diagnostic and drug development approaches.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Mutação , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Adulto , Idoso , Teorema de Bayes , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Conjuntos de Dados como Assunto , Evolução Molecular , Feminino , Variação Genética , Genoma Viral , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , RNA Viral/genética , Recombinação Genética , Seleção Genética , Alinhamento de Sequência , Homologia de Sequência do Ácido Nucleico , Suécia/epidemiologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4903, 2020 09 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994412

RESUMO

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has increased the speed and precision of genetic editing in cells and animals. However, model generation for drug development is still expensive and time-consuming, demanding more target flexibility and faster turnaround times with high reproducibility. The generation of a tightly controlled ObLiGaRe doxycycline inducible SpCas9 (ODInCas9) transgene and its use in targeted ObLiGaRe results in functional integration into both human and mouse cells culminating in the generation of the ODInCas9 mouse. Genomic editing can be performed in cells of various tissue origins without any detectable gene editing in the absence of doxycycline. Somatic in vivo editing can model non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) adenocarcinomas, enabling treatment studies to validate the efficacy of candidate drugs. The ODInCas9 mouse allows robust and tunable genome editing granting flexibility, speed and uniformity at less cost, leading to high throughput and practical preclinical in vivo therapeutic testing.


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Sistemas CRISPR-Cas/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/tratamento farmacológico , Descoberta de Drogas/métodos , Edição de Genes/métodos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antineoplásicos/farmacologia , Antineoplásicos/uso terapêutico , Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR/genética , Carcinoma Pulmonar de Células não Pequenas/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Doxiciclina/farmacologia , Ensaios de Seleção de Medicamentos Antitumorais/métodos , Feminino , Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Expressão Gênica/genética , Regulação Neoplásica da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Vetores Genéticos/genética , Células HEK293 , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala/métodos , Humanos , Neoplasias Pulmonares/genética , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , RNA Guia/genética , Recombinação Genética/efeitos dos fármacos , Reprodutibilidade dos Testes , Ativação Transcricional/efeitos dos fármacos , Transfecção/métodos , Transgenes/genética
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Med Sci (Paris) ; 36(8-9): 797-802, 2020.
Artigo em Francês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32755538

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2, which emerged in China at the end of 2019, is responsible for a global health crisis resulting in the confinement of more than 3 billion people worldwide and the sharp decline of the world economy. In this context, a race against the clock is launched in order to develop a treatment to stop the pandemic as soon as possible. A study published in Nature by the Volker Thiel team reports the development of reverse genetics for SARS-CoV-2 allowing them to recreate the virus in just a few weeks. The perspectives of this work are very interesting since it will allow the genetic manipulation of the virus and thus the development of precious tools which will be useful to fight the infection. Even though this approach represents a technological leap that will improve our knowledge of the virus, it also carries the germ of possible misuse and the creation of the virus for malicious purposes. The advantages and disadvantages of recreating SARS-CoV-2 in this pandemic period are discussed in this mini-synthesis.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Organismos Geneticamente Modificados , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Genética Reversa/métodos , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Derramamento de Material Biológico , Cromossomos Artificiais de Levedura , Clonagem Molecular/métodos , Coronaviridae/classificação , Coronaviridae/genética , Coronaviridae/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , DNA Complementar/genética , Especificidade de Hospedeiro , Humanos , Organismos Geneticamente Modificados/genética , Organismos Geneticamente Modificados/patogenicidade , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , RNA Viral/genética , Recombinação Genética , Risco , Vacinas Virais
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738193

RESUMO

There is an urgent need for vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and treat COVID-19. Rapid SARS-CoV-2 countermeasure development is contingent on the availability of robust, scalable, and readily deployable surrogate viral assays to screen antiviral humoral responses, define correlates of immune protection, and down-select candidate antivirals. Here, we generate a highly infectious recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) bearing the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein S as its sole entry glycoprotein and show that this recombinant virus, rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, closely resembles SARS-CoV-2 in its entry-related properties. The neutralizing activities of a large panel of COVID-19 convalescent sera can be assessed in a high-throughput fluorescent reporter assay with rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, and neutralization of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S and authentic SARS-CoV-2 by spike-specific antibodies in these antisera is highly correlated. Our findings underscore the utility of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S for the development of spike-specific therapeutics and for mechanistic studies of viral entry and its inhibition.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/fisiologia , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/fisiologia , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/genética , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/fisiologia , Humanos , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/fisiologia , Recombinação Genética , Serina Endopeptidases/fisiologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Células Vero , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/genética , Vacinas Virais/genética , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Internalização do Vírus , Replicação Viral/genética
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0236285, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841250

RESUMO

Characterizing meiotic recombination rates across the genomes of nonhuman primates is important for understanding the genetics of primate populations, performing genetic analyses of phenotypic variation and reconstructing the evolution of human recombination. Rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) are the most widely used nonhuman primates in biomedical research. We constructed a high-resolution genetic map of the rhesus genome based on whole genome sequence data from Indian-origin rhesus macaques. The genetic markers used were approximately 18 million SNPs, with marker density 6.93 per kb across the autosomes. We report that the genome-wide recombination rate in rhesus macaques is significantly lower than rates observed in apes or humans, while the distribution of recombination across the macaque genome is more uniform. These observations provide new comparative information regarding the evolution of recombination in primates.


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Evolução Molecular , Macaca mulatta/genética , Meiose/genética , Recombinação Genética , Animais , Mapeamento Cromossômico , Marcadores Genéticos , Variação Genética , Genoma , Humanos , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Especificidade da Espécie , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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BMC Infect Dis ; 20(1): 569, 2020 Aug 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753067

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BACKGROUND: HIV-1 produces defective mutants in the process of reproduction. The significance of the mutants has not been well investigated. METHODS: The plasmids of wild type (HIV-1NL4-3) and Env-defective (HIV-1SG3ΔEnv) HIV-1 were co-transfected into HEK293T cells. The progeny virus was collected to infect MT4 cells. The env gene and near-full-length genome (NFLG) of HIV-1 were amplified and sequenced. The phylogenetic diversity, recombinant patterns and hotspots, and the functionality of HIV-1 Env were determined. RESULTS: A total of 42 env genes and 8 NFLGs were successfully amplified and sequenced. Five types of recombinant patterns of env were identified and the same recombinant sites were detected in different patterns. The recombination hotspots were found distributing mainly in conservative regions of env. The recombination between genes of HIV-1NL4-3 and HIV-1SG3Δenv increased the variety of viral quasispecies and resulted in progeny viruses with relative lower infectious ability than that of HIVNL4-3. The defective env genes as well as NFLG could be detected after 20 passages. CONCLUSION: The existence of the defective HIV-1 promotes the phylogenetic evolution of the virus, thus increasing the diversity of virus population. The role of defective genes may be converted from junk genes to useful materials and cannot be neglected in the study of HIV-1 reservoir.


Assuntos
Evolução Molecular , Infecções por HIV/patologia , HIV-1/fisiologia , Produtos do Gene env do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/genética , Células HEK293 , Infecções por HIV/virologia , HIV-1/classificação , HIV-1/genética , Humanos , Filogenia , Plasmídeos/genética , Plasmídeos/metabolismo , Recombinação Genética , Produtos do Gene env do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/química , Produtos do Gene env do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana/metabolismo
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008895, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32760067

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The sequencing of Neanderthal and Denisovan genomes has yielded many new insights about interbreeding events between extinct hominins and the ancestors of modern humans. While much attention has been paid to the relatively recent gene flow from Neanderthals and Denisovans into modern humans, other instances of introgression leave more subtle genomic evidence and have received less attention. Here, we present a major extension of the ARGweaver algorithm, called ARGweaver-D, which can infer local genetic relationships under a user-defined demographic model that includes population splits and migration events. This Bayesian algorithm probabilistically samples ancestral recombination graphs (ARGs) that specify not only tree topologies and branch lengths along the genome, but also indicate migrant lineages. The sampled ARGs can therefore be parsed to produce probabilities of introgression along the genome. We show that this method is well powered to detect the archaic migration into modern humans, even with only a few samples. We then show that the method can also detect introgressed regions stemming from older migration events, or from unsampled populations. We apply it to human, Neanderthal, and Denisovan genomes, looking for signatures of older proposed migration events, including ancient humans into Neanderthal, and unknown archaic hominins into Denisovans. We identify 3% of the Neanderthal genome that is putatively introgressed from ancient humans, and estimate that the gene flow occurred between 200-300kya. We find no convincing evidence that negative selection acted against these regions. Finally, we predict that 1% of the Denisovan genome was introgressed from an unsequenced, but highly diverged, archaic hominin ancestor. About 15% of these "super-archaic" regions-comprising at least about 4Mb-were, in turn, introgressed into modern humans and continue to exist in the genomes of people alive today.


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Fluxo Gênico , Modelos Genéticos , Homem de Neandertal/genética , População/genética , Recombinação Genética , Animais , Evolução Molecular , Migração Humana , Humanos
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PLoS Genet ; 16(8): e1008935, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841233

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Bacterial symbionts bring a wealth of functions to the associations they participate in, but by doing so, they endanger the genes and genomes underlying these abilities. When bacterial symbionts become obligately associated with their hosts, their genomes are thought to decay towards an organelle-like fate due to decreased homologous recombination and inefficient selection. However, numerous associations exist that counter these expectations, especially in marine environments, possibly due to ongoing horizontal gene flow. Despite extensive theoretical treatment, no empirical study thus far has connected these underlying population genetic processes with long-term evolutionary outcomes. By sampling marine chemosynthetic bacterial-bivalve endosymbioses that range from primarily vertical to strictly horizontal transmission, we tested this canonical theory. We found that transmission mode strongly predicts homologous recombination rates, and that exceedingly low recombination rates are associated with moderate genome degradation in the marine symbionts with nearly strict vertical transmission. Nonetheless, even the most degraded marine endosymbiont genomes are occasionally horizontally transmitted and are much larger than their terrestrial insect symbiont counterparts. Therefore, horizontal transmission and recombination enable efficient natural selection to maintain intermediate symbiont genome sizes and substantial functional genetic variation.


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Bactérias/patogenicidade , Bivalves/microbiologia , Transferência Genética Horizontal , Genoma Bacteriano , Recombinação Genética , Simbiose/genética , Animais , Bactérias/genética , Bivalves/genética , Evolução Molecular , Variação Genética
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(8): e1008562, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32833988

RESUMO

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus (MCPyV) is the etiological agent of the majority of Merkel Cell Carcinomas (MCC). MCPyV positive MCCs harbor integrated, defective viral genomes that constitutively express viral oncogenes. Which molecular mechanisms promote viral integration, if distinct integration patterns exist, and if integration occurs preferentially at loci with specific chromatin states is unknown. We here combined short and long-read (nanopore) next-generation sequencing and present the first high-resolution analysis of integration site structure in MCC cell lines as well as primary tumor material. We find two main types of integration site structure: Linear patterns with chromosomal breakpoints that map closely together, and complex integration loci that exhibit local amplification of genomic sequences flanking the viral DNA. Sequence analysis suggests that linear patterns are produced during viral replication by integration of defective/linear genomes into host DNA double strand breaks via non-homologous end joining, NHEJ. In contrast, our data strongly suggest that complex integration patterns are mediated by microhomology-mediated break-induced replication, MMBIR. Furthermore, we show by ChIP-Seq and RNA-Seq analysis that MCPyV preferably integrates in open chromatin and provide evidence that viral oncogene expression is driven by the viral promoter region, rather than transcription from juxtaposed host promoters. Taken together, our data explain the characteristics of MCPyV integration and may also provide a model for integration of other oncogenic DNA viruses such as papillomaviruses.


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Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/patologia , Reparo do DNA por Junção de Extremidades , Poliomavírus das Células de Merkel/genética , Infecções por Polyomavirus/complicações , Infecções Tumorais por Vírus/complicações , Integração Viral , Replicação Viral , Antígenos Virais de Tumores , Neoplasias Ósseas/genética , Neoplasias Ósseas/secundário , Neoplasias Ósseas/virologia , Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/genética , Carcinoma de Célula de Merkel/virologia , Humanos , Infecções por Polyomavirus/genética , Infecções por Polyomavirus/virologia , Recombinação Genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/genética , Neoplasias Cutâneas/patologia , Neoplasias Cutâneas/virologia , Infecções Tumorais por Vírus/genética , Infecções Tumorais por Vírus/virologia , Proteínas Virais/genética
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Arch Virol ; 165(10): 2341-2348, 2020 Oct.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32737584

RESUMO

Much remains unknown concerning the origin of the novel pandemic coronavirus that has raged across the globe since emerging in Wuhan of Hubei province, near the center of the People's Republic of China, in December of 2019. All current members of the family Coronaviridae have arisen by a combination of incremental adaptive mutations, against the backdrop of many recombinational events throughout the past, rendering each a unique mosaic of RNA sequences from diverse sources. The consensus among virologists is that the base sequence of the novel coronavirus, designated SARS-CoV-2, was derived from a common ancestor of a bat coronavirus, represented by the strain RaTG13, isolated in Yunnan province in 2013. Into that ancestral genetic background, several recombination events have since occurred from other divergent bat-derived coronaviruses, resulting in localized discordance between the two. One such event left SARS-CoV-2 with a receptor binding domain (RBD) capable of binding the human ACE-2 receptor lacking in RaTG13, and a second event uniquely added to SARS-CoV-2 a site specific for furin, capable of efficient endoproteolytic cleavage and activation of the spike glycoprotein responsible for virus entry and cell fusion. This paper demonstrates by bioinformatic analysis that such recombinational events are facilitated by short oligonucleotide "breakpoint sequences", similar to CAGAC, that direct recombination naturally to certain positions in the genome at the boundaries between blocks of RNA code and potentially RNA structure. This "breakpoint sequence hypothesis" provides a natural explanation for the biogenesis of SARS-CoV-2 over time and in the wild.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Sequências Repetidas Invertidas , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Viral/genética , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Sequência de Bases , Betacoronavirus/classificação , China/epidemiologia , Quirópteros/virologia , Coronaviridae/classificação , Coronaviridae/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Evolução Molecular , Genoma Viral , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/genética , Humanos , Pandemias , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Recombinação Genética , Alinhamento de Sequência
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Yakugaku Zasshi ; 140(8): 993-1000, 2020.
Artigo em Japonês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32741873

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The human genome consists of more than 20000 genes and is essential for all biological phenomena. To understand these biological phenomena, including diseases, and to be able to modify them, approaches that enable optical control of the genome may be useful. Recently, we developed an optogenetic tool, named photoactivatable Cas9 (PA-Cas9). We divided Cas9 nuclease from the CRISPR-Cas9 system into two fragments and connected photo-inducible dimerization proteins, named Magnet system, to the fragments, leading to the development of PA-Cas9 of which nuclease activity is switchable with light. PA-Cas9 allows direct editing of DNA sequences by light stimulation. Additionally, we developed a light-inducible, RNA-guided programmable system for endogenous gene activation based on the CRISPR-Cas9 system. We demonstrated that this optogenetic tool allows rapid and reversible targeted gene activation by light. Using this tool, we exemplified optical control of neuronal differentiation of human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The CRISPR-Cas9-based, photoactivatable transcription system offers a simple and versatile approach to precise gene activation. In addition to the CRISPR-Cas9-based optogenetic tools, we developed a photoactivatable Cre-loxP system. This tool allows optical control of DNA recombination reaction in an internal organ even by external, noninvasive illumination using LED light source. To date, genome engineering technology and optogenetics technology have emerged separately as different applications. Our studies described above merge these emerging research fields together.


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Proteína 9 Associada à CRISPR , Sistemas CRISPR-Cas , Engenharia Genética , Luz , Optogenética , Ativação Transcricional , Animais , Diferenciação Celular , DNA/genética , Edição de Genes , Genoma Humano , Humanos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes Induzidas/fisiologia , Camundongos , Recombinação Genética
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BMC Res Notes ; 13(1): 398, 2020 Aug 27.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32854762

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OBJECTIVE: In December 2019 a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that is causing the current COVID-19 pandemic was identified in Wuhan, China. Many questions have been raised about its origin and adaptation to humans. In the present work we performed a genetic analysis of the Spike glycoprotein (S) of SARS-CoV-2 and other related coronaviruses (CoVs) isolated from different hosts in order to trace the evolutionary history of this protein and the adaptation of SARS-CoV-2 to humans. RESULTS: Based on the sequence analysis of the S gene, we suggest that the origin of SARS-CoV-2 is the result of recombination events between bat and pangolin CoVs. The hybrid SARS-CoV-2 ancestor jumped to humans and has been maintained by natural selection. Although the S protein of RaTG13 bat CoV has a high nucleotide identity with the S protein of SARS-CoV-2, the phylogenetic tree and the haplotype network suggest a non-direct parental relationship between these CoVs. Moreover, it is likely that the basic function of the receptor-binding domain (RBD) of S protein was acquired by the SARS-CoV-2 from the MP789 pangolin CoV by recombination and it has been highly conserved.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Coronaviridae/genética , Recombinação Genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Adaptação Biológica/genética , Animais , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Quirópteros/virologia , Eutérios/virologia , Evolução Molecular , Furina/metabolismo , Especificidade de Hospedeiro , Humanos , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Filogenia , Seleção Genética , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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PLoS One ; 15(8): e0237652, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32841272

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EV-B93 is a novel serotype within the Enterovirus B species and is uncommon worldwide. Currently, only one full-length genomic sequence (the prototype strain) has been deposited in the GenBank database. In this study, three EV-B93 were identified, including one from an acute flaccid paralysis (AFP) patient (named 99052/XZ/CHN/1999, hereafter XZ99052) and two from healthy children (named 99096/XZ/CHN/1999 and 99167/XZ/CHN/1999, hereafter XZ99096 and XZ99167, respectively) from Tibet in 1999 during the polio eradication program. The identity between the nucleotide and amino acid sequences of the Tibet EV-B93 strain and the EV-B93 prototype strain is 83.2%-83.4% and 96.8%-96.9%, respectively. The Tibet EV-B93 strain was found to have greater nucleotide sequence identity in the P3 region to another enterovirus EV-B107 as per a phylogenetic tree analysis, which revealed that recombination occurred. Seroepidemiology data showed that EV-B93 has not produced an epidemic in Tibet and there may be susceptible individuals. The three Tibet EV-B93 strains are temperature-resistant with prognosticative virulence, suggesting the possibility of a potential large-scale outbreak of EV-B93. The analyzed EV-B93 strains enrich our knowledge about this serotype and provide valuable information on global EV-B93 molecular epidemiology. What is more, they permit the appraisal of the serotype's potential public health impact and aid in understanding the role of recombination events in the evolution of enteroviruses.


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Enterovirus Humano B/genética , Infecções por Enterovirus/virologia , Genoma Viral/genética , Paralisia/virologia , Pré-Escolar , Surtos de Doenças/prevenção & controle , Enterovirus Humano B/isolamento & purificação , Enterovirus Humano B/patogenicidade , Infecções por Enterovirus/epidemiologia , Fezes/virologia , Feminino , Humanos , Lactente , Masculino , Tipagem Molecular , Paralisia/epidemiologia , Filogenia , RNA Viral/genética , Recombinação Genética , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Estudos Soroepidemiológicos , Tibet/epidemiologia
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BMC Bioinformatics ; 21(Suppl 12): 305, 2020 Jul 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32703190

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BACKGROUND: Horizontal gene transfer, i.e. the acquisition of genetic material from nonparent organism, is considered an important force driving species evolution. Many cases of horizontal gene transfer from prokaryotes to eukaryotes have been registered, but no transfer mechanism has been deciphered so far, although viruses were proposed as possible vectors in several studies. In agreement with this idea, in our previous study we discovered that in two eukaryotic proteins bacteriophage recombination site (AttP) was adjacent to the regions originating via horizontal gene transfer. In one of those cases AttP site was present inside the introns of cysteine-rich repeats. In the present study we aimed to apply computational tools for finding multiple horizontal gene transfer events in large genome databases. For that purpose we used a sequence of cysteine-rich repeats to identify genes potentially acquired through horizontal transfer. RESULTS: HMMER remote similarity search significantly detected 382 proteins containing cysteine-rich repeats. All of them, except 8 sequences, belong to eukaryotes. In 124 proteins the presence of conserved structural domains was predicted. In spite of the fact that cysteine-rich repeats are found almost exclusively in eukaryotic proteins, many predicted domains are most common for prokaryotes or bacteriophages. Ninety-eight proteins out of 124 contain typical prokaryotic domains. In those cases proteins were considered as potentially originating via horizontal transfer. In addition, HHblits search revealed that two domains of the same fungal protein, Glycoside hydrolase and Peptidase M15, have high similarity with proteins of two different prokaryotic species, hinting at independent horizontal gene transfer events. CONCLUSIONS: Cysteine-rich repeats in eukaryotic proteins are usually accompanied by conserved domains typical for prokaryotes or bacteriophages. These proteins, containing both cysteine-rich repeats, and characteristic prokaryotic domains, might represent multiple independent horizontal gene transfer events from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. We believe that the presence of bacteriophage recombination site inside cysteine-rich repeat coding sequence may facilitate horizontal genes transfer. Thus computational approach, described in the present study, can help finding multiple sequences originated from horizontal transfer in eukaryotic genomes.


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Bacteriófagos/genética , Transferência Genética Horizontal/genética , Genes Virais , Recombinação Genética/genética , Proteínas Virais/química , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Sequência de Bases , Sequência Conservada , Domínios Proteicos , Proteínas Virais/classificação
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