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See detailImpact of Transcription Units rearrangement on the evolution of the regulatory network of gamma-proteobacteria.
Gonzalez Perez, Abel D.; Gonzalez Gonzalez, Evelyn; Espinosa Angarica, Vladimir UL et al

in BMC genomics (2008), 9

BACKGROUND: In the past years, several studies begun to unravel the structure, dynamical properties, and evolution of transcriptional regulatory networks. However, even those comparative studies that ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In the past years, several studies begun to unravel the structure, dynamical properties, and evolution of transcriptional regulatory networks. However, even those comparative studies that focus on a group of closely related organisms are limited by the rather scarce knowledge on regulatory interactions outside a few model organisms, such as E. coli among the prokaryotes. RESULTS: In this paper we used the information annotated in Tractor_DB (a database of regulatory networks in gamma-proteobacteria) to calculate a normalized Site Orthology Score (SOS) that quantifies the conservation of a regulatory link across thirty genomes of this subclass. Then we used this SOS to assess how regulatory connections have evolved in this group, and how the variation of basic regulatory connection is reflected on the structure of the chromosome. We found that individual regulatory interactions shift between different organisms, a process that may be described as rewiring the network. At this evolutionary scale (the gamma-proteobacteria subclass) this rewiring process may be an important source of variation of regulatory incoming interactions for individual networks. We also noticed that the regulatory links that form feed forward motifs are conserved in a better correlated manner than triads of random regulatory interactions or pairs of co-regulated genes. Furthermore, the rewiring process that takes place at the most basic level of the regulatory network may be linked to rearrangements of genetic material within bacterial chromosomes, which change the structure of Transcription Units and therefore the regulatory connections between Transcription Factors and structural genes. CONCLUSION: The rearrangements that occur in bacterial chromosomes-mostly inversion or horizontal gene transfer events - are important sources of variation of gene regulation at this evolutionary scale. [less ▲]

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See detailTractor_DB (version 2.0): a database of regulatory interactions in gamma-proteobacterial genomes.
Perez, Abel Gonzalez; Espinosa Angarica, Vladimir UL; Vasconcelos, Ana Tereza R. et al

in Nucleic acids research (2007), 35(Database issue), 132-6

The version 2.0 of Tractor_DB is now accessible at its three international mirrors: www.bioinfo.cu/Tractor_DB, www.tractor.lncc.br and http://www.ccg.unam.mx/tractorDB. This database contains a collection ... [more ▼]

The version 2.0 of Tractor_DB is now accessible at its three international mirrors: www.bioinfo.cu/Tractor_DB, www.tractor.lncc.br and http://www.ccg.unam.mx/tractorDB. This database contains a collection of computationally predicted Transcription Factors' binding sites in gamma-proteobacterial genomes. These data should aid researchers in the design of microarray experiments and the interpretation of their results. They should also facilitate studies of Comparative Genomics of the regulatory networks of this group of organisms. In this paper we describe the main improvements incorporated to the database in the past year and a half which include incorporating information on the regulatory networks of 13-increasing to 30-new gamma-proteobacteria and developing a new computational strategy to complement the putative sites identified by the original weight matrix-based approach. We have also added dynamically generated navigation tabs to the navigation interfaces. Moreover, we developed a new interface that allows users to directly retrieve information on the conservation of regulatory interactions in the 30 genomes included in the database by navigating a map that represents a core of the known Escherichia coli regulatory network. [less ▲]

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