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See detailPatrocles: a database of polymorphic miRNA-mediated gene regulation in vertebrates
Hiard, Samuel ULg; Charlier, Carole ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2010), 38(Database), 640-651

The Patrocles database (http://www.patrocles.org/) compiles DNA sequence polymorphisms (DSPs) that are predicted to perturb miRNA-mediated gene regulation. Distinctive features include: (i) the coverage ... [more ▼]

The Patrocles database (http://www.patrocles.org/) compiles DNA sequence polymorphisms (DSPs) that are predicted to perturb miRNA-mediated gene regulation. Distinctive features include: (i) the coverage of seven vertebrate species in its present release, aiming for more when information becomes available, (ii) the coverage of the three compartments involved in the silencing process (i.e. targets, miRNA precursors and silencing machinery), (iii) contextual information that enables users to prioritize candidate ‘Patrocles DSPs’, including graphical information on miRNA-target coexpression and eQTL effect of genotype on target expression levels, (iv) the inclusion of Copy Number Variants and eQTL information that affect miRNA precursors as well as genes encoding components of the silencing machinery and (v) a tool (Patrocles finder) that allows the user to determine whether her favorite DSP may perturb miRNA-mediated gene regulation of custom target sequences. To support the biological relevance of Patrocles' content, we searched for signatures of selection acting on ‘Patrocles single nucleotide polymorphisms (pSNPs)’ in human and mice. As expected, we found a strong signature of purifying selection against not only SNPs that destroy conserved target sites but also against SNPs that create novel, illegitimate target sites, which is reminiscent of the Texel mutation in sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent approaches to phylogenomic reconstruction
Baurain, Denis ULg; Philippe, Hervé

in Caetano-Anollés, Gustavo (Ed.) Evolutionary Genomics and Systems Biology (2010)

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See detailF1FO ATP synthase mutants in Chlamydomonas: Stability and oligomycin resistance mediated by atypical Asa7 protein; interaction between chloroplastic and mitochondrial bioenergetics
Lapaille, Marie ULg; Escobar-Ramírez, Adelma; Degand, Hervé et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (BBA) - Bioenergetics (2010), 1797(Supplement 1), 29

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See detailA reduction method for noisy Boolean networks
Fourré, Frédéric; Baurain, Denis ULg

E-print/Working paper (2009)

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See detailPatrocles: a database of polymorphic miR-mediated gene regulation in vertebrates
Baurain, Denis ULg; Hiard, Samuel ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

Scientific conference (2009, September 29)

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See detailOrigin and evolution of SR proteins in Eukaryotes
Califice, Sophie ULg; Baurain, Denis ULg; Hanikenne, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2009, February 05)

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See detailPatrocles: a database of polymorphic miRNA-mediated gene regulation
Hiard, Samuel ULg; Baurain, Denis ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

Conference (2008, March 03)

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See detailOrigin and distribution of Calvin cycle fructose and sedoheptulose bisphosphatases in Plantae and complex algae: A single secondary origin of complex red plastids and subsequent propagation via tertiary endosymbioses
Teich, René; Zauner, Stefan; Baurain, Denis ULg et al

in Protist (2007), 158(3), 263-276

Sedoheptulose-1,7-bisphosphatase (SBPase) and fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase) are essential nuclear-encoded enzymes involved in land plant Calvin cycle and gluconeogenesis. In this study, we cloned ... [more ▼]

Sedoheptulose-1,7-bisphosphatase (SBPase) and fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase) are essential nuclear-encoded enzymes involved in land plant Calvin cycle and gluconeogenesis. In this study, we cloned seven SBP and seven FBP cDNAs/genes and established sequences from all lineages of photosynthetic eukaryotes, in order to investigate their origin and evolution. Our data are best explained by a single recruitment of plastid-targeted SBP in Plantae after primary endosymbiosis and a further distribution to algae with complex plastids. While SBP is universally found in photosynthetic lineages, its presence in apicomplexa, ciliates, trypanosomes, and ascomycetes is surprising given that no metabolic function beyond the one in the plastid Calvin cycle is described so far. Sequences of haptophytes, cryptophytes, diatoms, and peridinin-containing dinoflagellates (complex red lineage) strongly group together in the SBP tree and the same assemblage is recovered for plastid-targeted FBP sequences, although this is less supported. Both SBP and plastid-targeted FBP are most likely of red algal origin. Including phosphoribulokinase, fructose bisphosphate aldolase, and glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase, a total of five independent plastid-related nuclear-encoded markers support a common origin of all complex rhodoplasts via a single secondary endosymbiosis event. However, plastid phylogenies are incongruent with those of the host cell, as illustrated by the cytosolic FBP isoenzyme. These results are discussed in the context of Cavalier-Smith's far-reaching chromalveolate hypothesis. In our opinion, a more plausible evolutionary scenario would be the establishment of a unique secondary rhodoplast and its subsequent spread via tertiary endosymbioses. (c) 2007 Elsevier GmbH. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLack of resolution in the animal phylogeny: Closely spaced cladogeneses or undetected systematic errors?
Baurain, Denis ULg; Brinkmann, Henner; Philippe, Hervé

in Molecular Biology and Evolution (2007), 24(1), 6-9

A recent phylogenomic study reported that the animal phylogeny was unresolved despite the use of 50 genes. This lack of resolution was interpreted as "a positive signature of closely spaced cladogenetic ... [more ▼]

A recent phylogenomic study reported that the animal phylogeny was unresolved despite the use of 50 genes. This lack of resolution was interpreted as "a positive signature of closely spaced cladogenetic events." Here, we propose that this lack of resolution is rather due to the mutual cancellation of the phylogenetic signal (historical) and the nonphylogenetic signal (due to systematic errors) that results from inadequate taxon sampling and/or model of sequence evolution. Starting with a data set of comparable size, we use 3 different strategies to reduce the nonphylogenetic signal: 1) increasing the number of species; 2) replacing a fast-evolving species by a slowly evolving one; and 3) using a better model of sequence evolution. In all cases, the phylogenetic resolution is markedly improved, in agreement with our hypothesis that the originally reported lack of resolution was artifactual. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogenomics: how far back in the past can we go?
Brinkmann, Henner; Baurain, Denis ULg; Philippe, Hervé

in Pudritz, Ralph; Higgs, Paul; Stone, Jonathan (Eds.) Planetary Systems and the Origins of Life (2007)

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See detailPhylogénomique des lignées photosynthétiques
Baurain, Denis ULg; Brinkmann, Henner; Philippe, Hervé

Scientific conference (2006, December 22)

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See detailAnimal evolution — A fully-resolved phylogenomic tree argues against the Cambrian explosion hypothesis
Philippe, Hervé; Brinkmann, Henner; Baurain, Denis ULg

Poster (2006, March)

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See detailThe animal phylogeny and the fundamental importance of taxon sampling
Philippe, Hervé; Brinkmann, Henner; Baurain, Denis ULg

Scientific conference (2006, February 20)

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See detailVertebrate origins: does the tunic make the man?
Delsuc, Frédéric; Baurain, Denis ULg; Philippe, Hervé

in Medecine Sciences : M/S (2006), 22(8-9, AUG-SEP), 688-690

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See detailAssessing the effects of compositional heterogeneity on phylogenomic analyses
Baurain, Denis ULg; Beiko, Robert G.; Ragan, Mark A.

Conference (2005, November 04)

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See detailApplication of the Lempel-Ziv complexity to the alignment-free sequence comparison of protein families
Bacha, Sofiène; Baurain, Denis ULg

Scientific conference (2005, August 26)

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See detailLe darwinisme peut-il tout expliquer ?
Baurain, Denis ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2005)

Vus d'Europe, les procès opposant les farouches défenseurs du darwinisme à leurs pugnaces détracteurs ont de quoi faire sourire. Certes, il n'y a pas qu'aux Etats-Unis que l'on puisse encore trouver des ... [more ▼]

Vus d'Europe, les procès opposant les farouches défenseurs du darwinisme à leurs pugnaces détracteurs ont de quoi faire sourire. Certes, il n'y a pas qu'aux Etats-Unis que l'on puisse encore trouver des Chrétiens fondamentalistes persuadés que Dieu a créé la Terre en six jours. En revanche, aucun gouvernement de nos contrées n'aurait l'idée saugrenue de faire interdire l'enseignement de la théorie de l'évolution dans nos écoles, ni même de l'autoriser à la condition expresse de la traiter sur le même pied que le créationnisme inspiré d'une lecture littérale de la Genèse. Cela dit, croire que le refus de l'évolution par "sélection naturelle des mutations favorables" se limite aux couches populaires de l'Amérique conservatrice serait inexact. En réalité, les plus acharnés des tenants du créationnisme pur et dur -- ou de son avatar à peine plus subtil, l'Intelligent Design -- sont généralement des intellectuels, voire dans certains cas des biologistes qui ont renoncé à toute carrière dans l'orthodoxie académique. Faut-il n'y voir qu'aveuglement religieux ? Sans doute, mais pas seulement... Originellement proposée en 1859, la théorie de l'évolution de Charles Darwin a profondément bouleversé la science et la société toute entière. Débarrassé de ses relents lamarckiens par August Weismann entre 1883 et 1888, le darwinisme, désormais qualifié de "néo-", s'est enrichi de la génétique de Gregor Mendel pour donner naissance en 1937, sous l'impulsion de Theodosius Dobzhansky, à la théorie synthétique de l'évolution. C'est dans cette incarnation "moderne" qu'il est devenu l'unique paradigme de la biologie contemporaine. Pourtant, loin des feux de la rampe, le couple infernal mutation/sélection ne satisfait pas tous les spécialistes. A quel point sa toute puissance peut-elle être mise en doute ? Dispose-t-on réellement de preuves de son efficacité, ou même tout simplement de son existence ? La diversité de la Vie sur Terre peut-elle s'expliquer par un principe aussi naïvement libéral ? C'est à ces questions et à quelques autres que nous tenterons de répondre au cours de cette conférence-débat, tout en tâchant de rester prudemment en dehors de toute considération métaphysique. Docteur en Sciences (Génétique Moléculaire Végétale), Denis BAURAIN est bioinformaticien à l'Université de Liège. Financées par le FNRS, ses recherches portent essentiellement sur l'histoire évolutive des premières cellules à noyau telle qu'on peut l'inférer à partir des séquences de gènes. [less ▲]

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