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Chiva C.,Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST | Chiva C.,University Pompeu Fabra | Sabido E.,Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST | Sabido E.,University Pompeu Fabra
Journal of Proteome Research | Year: 2017

Targeted proteomics methods in their different flavors rely on the use of a few peptides as proxies for protein quantitation, which need to be specified either prior to or after data acquisition. However, in contrast with discovery methods that use all identified peptides for a given protein to estimate its abundance, targeted proteomics methods are limited in the number of peptides that are used for protein quantitation. Because only a few peptides per protein are acquired or extracted in targeted experiments, the selection of peptides that are used for targeted protein quantitation becomes crucial. Several rules have been proposed to guide peptide selection for targeted proteomics studies, which have generally been based on the amino acidic composition of the peptide sequences. However, the compliance of these rules does not imply that not-conformed peptides are not reproducibly generated nor do they guarantee that the selected peptides correctly represent the behavior of the protein abundance under different conditions. © 2017 American Chemical Society.

Grey C.,Montpellier University | Clement J.A.J.,Montpellier University | Buard J.,Montpellier University | Leblanc B.,Copenhagen University | And 6 more authors.
Genome Research | Year: 2017

In mouse and human meiosis, DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) initiate homologous recombination and occur at specific sites called hotspots. The localization of these sites is determined by the sequence-specific DNA binding domain of the PRDM9 histone methyl transferase. Here, we performed an extensive analysis of PRDM9 binding in mouse spermatocytes. Unexpectedly, we identified a noncanonical recruitment of PRDM9 to sites that lack recombination activity and the PRDM9 binding consensus motif. These sites include gene promoters, where PRDM9 is recruited in a DSB-dependent manner. Another subset reveals DSB-independent interactions between PRDM9 and genomic sites, such as the binding sites for the insulator protein CTCF. We propose that these DSB-independent sites result from interactions between hotspot-bound PRDM9 and genomic sequences located on the chromosome axis. ©2017 Grey et al.

Spataro N.,University Pompeu Fabra | Rodriguez J.A.,University Pompeu Fabra | Navarro A.,University Pompeu Fabra | Navarro A.,National Institute for Bioinformatics INB | And 3 more authors.
Human Molecular Genetics | Year: 2017

Do genes presenting variation that has been linked to human disease have different biological properties than genes that have never been related to disease? What is the relationship between disease and fitness? Are the evolutionary pressures that affect genes linked to Mendelian diseases the same to those acting on genes whose variation contributes to complex disorders? The answers to these questions could shed light on the architecture of human genetic disorders and may have relevant implications when designing mapping strategies in future genetic studies. Here we show that, relative to nondisease genes, human disease (HD) genes have specific evolutionary profiles and protein network properties. Additionally, our results indicate that the mutation-selection balance renders an insufficient account of the evolutionary history of some HD genes and that adaptive selection could also contribute to shape their genetic architecture. Notably, several biological features of HD genes depend on the type of pathology (complex or Mendelian) with which they are related. For example, genes harbouring both causal variants for Mendelian disorders and risk factors for complex disease traits (Complex-Mendelian genes), tend to present higher functional relevance in the protein network and higher expression levels than genes associated only with complex disorders. Moreover, risk variants in Complex-Mendelian genes tend to present higher odds ratios than those on genes associated with the same complex disorders but with no link to Mendelian diseases. Taken together, our results suggest that genetic variation at genes linked to Mendelian disorders plays an important role in driving susceptibility to complex disease. © The Author 2016.

Sullivan A.P.,Pennsylvania State University | de Manuel M.,Institute Of Biologia Evolutiva Csic Upf | Marques-Bonet T.,Institute Of Biologia Evolutiva Csic Upf | Marques-Bonet T.,Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST | And 2 more authors.
Journal of Human Evolution | Year: 2017

The Eurasian sympatry of Neandertals and anatomically modern humans – beginning at least 45,000 years ago and possibly lasting for more than 5000 years – has sparked immense anthropological interest into the factors that potentially contributed to Neandertal extinction. Among many different hypotheses, the “differential pathogen resistance” extinction model posits that Neandertals were disproportionately affected by exposure to novel infectious diseases that were transmitted during the period of spatiotemporal sympatry with modern humans. Comparisons of new archaic hominin paleogenome sequences with modern human genomes have confirmed a history of genetic admixture – and thus direct contact – between humans and Neandertals. Analyses of these data have also shown that Neandertal nuclear genome genetic diversity was likely considerably lower than that of the Eurasian anatomically modern humans with whom they came into contact, perhaps leaving Neandertal innate immune systems relatively more susceptible to novel pathogens. In this study, we compared levels of genetic diversity in genes for which genetic variation is hypothesized to benefit pathogen defense among Neandertals and African, European, and Asian modern humans, using available exome sequencing data (three individuals, or six chromosomes, per population). We observed that Neandertals had only 31–39% as many nonsynonymous (amino acid changing) polymorphisms across 73 innate immune system genes compared to modern human populations. We also found that Neandertal genetic diversity was relatively low in an unbiased set of balancing selection candidate genes for primates, those genes with the highest 1% genetic diversity genome-wide in non-human hominoids (apes). In contrast, Neandertals had similar or higher levels of genetic diversity than humans in 12 major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes. Thus, while Neandertals may have been relatively more susceptible to some novel pathogens and differential pathogen resistance could be considered as one potential contributing factor in their extinction, the expectations of this model are not universally met. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd

Diss G.,Laval University | Diss G.,Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST | Diss G.,University Pompeu Fabra | Gagnon-Arsenault I.,Laval University | And 7 more authors.
Science | Year: 2017

The maintenance of duplicated genes is thought to protect cells from genetic perturbations, but the molecular basis of this robustness is largely unknown. By measuring the interaction of yeast proteins with their partners in wild-type cells and in cells lacking a paralog, we found that 22 out of 56 paralog pairs compensate for the lost interactions. An equivalent number of pairs exhibit the opposite behavior and require each other's presence for maintaining their interactions. These dependent paralogs generally interact physically, regulate each other's abundance, and derive from ancestral self-interacting proteins. This reveals that gene duplication may actually increase mutational fragility instead of robustness in a large number of cases. © 2017, American Association for the Advancement of Science. All rights reserved.

Meyer K.A.,Yale University | Marques-Bonet T.,Institute of Evolutionary Biology UPF CSIC | Marques-Bonet T.,Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies | Marques-Bonet T.,Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST | Sestan N.,Yale University
Molecular Biology and Evolution | Year: 2017

Previous studies have found that genes which are differentially expressed within the developing human brain disproportionately neighbor conserved noncoding sequences (CNSs) that have an elevated substitution rate in humans and in other species. One explanation for this general association of differential expression with accelerated CNSs is that genes with pre-existing patterns of differential expression have been preferentially targeted by species-specific regulatory changes. Here we provide support for an alternative explanation: genes that neighbor a greater number of CNSs have a higher probability of differential expression and a higher probability of neighboring a CNS with lineage-specific acceleration. Thus, neighboring an accelerated element from any species signals that a gene likely neighbors many CNSs. We extend the analyses beyond the prenatal time points considered in previous studies to demonstrate that this association persists across developmental and adult periods. Examining differential expression between non-neural tissues suggests that the relationship between the number of CNSs a gene neighbors and its differential expression status may be particularly strong for expression differences among brain regions. In addition, by considering this relationship, we highlight a recently defined set of putative human-specific gain-of-function sequences that, even after adjusting for the number of CNSs neighbored by genes, shows a positive relationship with upregulation in the brain compared with other tissues examined. © 2017 Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution. All rights reserved.

PubMed | Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Institute Of Medicina Predictiva I Personalitzada Del Cancer, Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology BIST and Idibell Campus In Hospitalet Of Llobregat
Type: | Journal: Scientific reports | Year: 2017

Next generation sequencing panels have been developed for hereditary cancer, although there is some debate about their cost-effectiveness compared to exome sequencing. The performance of two panels is compared to exome sequencing. Twenty-four patients were selected: ten with identified mutations (control set) and fourteen suspicious of hereditary cancer but with no mutation (discovery set). TruSight Cancer (94 genes) and a custom panel (122 genes) were assessed alongside exome sequencing. Eighty-three genes were targeted by the two panels and exome sequencing. More than 99% of bases had a read depth of over 30x in the panels, whereas exome sequencing covered 94%. Variant calling with standard settings identified the 10 mutations in the control set, with the exception of MSH6 c.255dupC using TruSight Cancer. In the discovery set, 240 unique non-silent coding and canonic splice-site variants were identified in the panel genes, 7 of them putatively pathogenic (in ATM, BARD1, CHEK2, ERCC3, FANCL, FANCM, MSH2). The three approaches identified a similar number of variants in the shared genes. Exomes were more expensive than panels but provided additional data. In terms of cost and depth, panels are a suitable option for genetic diagnostics, although exomes also identify variants in non-targeted genes.

PubMed | 2 Wynnum North Road, Explico Foundation, James Cook University, ETH Zurich and 33 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Nature | Year: 2016

The population history of Aboriginal Australians remains largely uncharacterized. Here we generate high-coverage genomes for 83 Aboriginal Australians (speakers of Pama-Nyungan languages) and 25 Papuans from the New Guinea Highlands. We find that Papuan and Aboriginal Australian ancestors diversified 25-40 thousand years ago (kya), suggesting pre-Holocene population structure in the ancient continent of Sahul (Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania). However, all of the studied Aboriginal Australians descend from a single founding population that differentiated ~10-32 kya. We infer a population expansion in northeast Australia during the Holocene epoch (past 10,000 years) associated with limited gene flow from this region to the rest of Australia, consistent with the spread of the Pama-Nyungan languages. We estimate that Aboriginal Australians and Papuans diverged from Eurasians 51-72 kya, following a single out-of-Africa dispersal, and subsequently admixed with archaic populations. Finally, we report evidence of selection in Aboriginal Australians potentially associated with living in the desert.

PubMed | University of Aarhus, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spanish National Cancer Research Center, University Pompeu Fabra and 7 more.
Type: Journal Article | Journal: Genome biology | Year: 2016

Genomic studies of endangered species provide insights into their evolution and demographic history, reveal patterns of genomic erosion that might limit their viability, and offer tools for their effective conservation. The Iberian lynx (Lynx pardinus) is the most endangered felid and a unique example of a species on the brink of extinction.We generate the first annotated draft of the Iberian lynx genome and carry out genome-based analyses of lynx demography, evolution, and population genetics. We identify a series of severe population bottlenecks in the history of the Iberian lynx that predate its known demographic decline during the 20th century and have greatly impacted its genome evolution. We observe drastically reduced rates of weak-to-strong substitutions associated with GC-biased gene conversion and increased rates of fixation of transposable elements. We also find multiple signatures of genetic erosion in the two remnant Iberian lynx populations, including a high frequency of potentially deleterious variants and substitutions, as well as the lowest genome-wide genetic diversity reported so far in any species.The genomic features observed in the Iberian lynx genome may hamper short- and long-term viability through reduced fitness and adaptive potential. The knowledge and resources developed in this study will boost the research on felid evolution and conservation genomics and will benefit the ongoing conservation and management of this emblematic species.

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