Evolution of Reproductive Morphology in Leaf Endophytes

submitted by: JeffreyTownsend
The endophytic lifestyle has played an important role in the evolution of the morphology of reproductive structures (body) in one of the most problematic groups in fungal classification, the Leotiomycetes (Ascomycota). Mapping fungal morphologies to two groups in the Leiotiomycetes, the Rhytismatales and Hemiphacidiaceae reveals significant divergence in body size, shape and complexity. Mapping ecological roles to these taxa reveals that the groups include endophytic fungi living on leaves...
Authors: Zheng Wang, Peter R. Johnston, Zhu L. Yang, Jeffrey P. Townsend

Wiggle—Predicting Functionally Flexible Regions from Primary Sequence

submitted by: jgu
The Wiggle series are support vector machine–based predictors that identify regions of functional flexibility using only protein sequence information. Functionally flexible regions are defined as regions that can adopt different conformational states and are assumed to be necessary for bioactivity. Many advances have been made in understanding the relationship between protein sequence and structure. This work contributes to those efforts by making strides to understand the relationship...
Authors: Jenny Gu, Michael Gribskov, Philip E Bourne