Federico Abascal

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SUMMARY Using an appropriate model of amino acid replacement is very important for the study of protein evolution and phylogenetic inference. We have built a tool for the selection of the best-fit model of evolution, among a set of candidate models, for a given protein sequence alignment. AVAILABILITY ProtTest is available under the GNU license from(More)
We present TranslatorX, a web server designed to align protein-coding nucleotide sequences based on their corresponding amino acid translations. Many comparisons between biological sequences (nucleic acids and proteins) involve the construction of multiple alignments. Alignments represent a statement regarding the homology between individual nucleotides or(More)
We have sequenced the genome of the intracellular symbiont Buchnera aphidicola from the aphid Baizongia pistacea. This strain diverged 80-150 million years ago from the common ancestor of two previously sequenced Buchnera strains. Here, a field-collected, nonclonal sample of insects was used as source material for laboratory procedures. As a consequence,(More)
A statistical approach was applied to select those models that best fit each individual mitochondrial (mt) protein at different taxonomic levels of metazoans. The existing mitochondrial replacement matrices, MtREV and MtMam, were found to be the best-fit models for the mt-proteins of vertebrates, with the exception of Nd6, at different taxonomic levels.(More)
Leucine-rich repeat-containing 8 (LRRC8) proteins are composed of four transmembrane helices and 17 leucine-rich repeats (LRR). Although LRRC8 proteins have been associated with important processes, like maturation of B cells or adipocyte differentiation, their biology and molecular function are largely unknown. We found that LRRC8 proteins originated from(More)
Gap junctions are intercellular channels that link the cytoplasm of neighboring cells in animals, enabling straight passage of ions and small molecules. Two different protein families, pannexins and connexins, form these channels. Pannexins are present in all eumetazoans but echinoderms (and are termed innexins in non-chordates) whereas connexins are(More)
MOTIVATION The study of sequence space, and the deciphering of the structure of protein families and subfamilies, has up to now been required for work in comparative genomics and for the prediction of protein function. With the emergence of structural proteomics projects, it is becoming increasingly important to be able to select protein targets for(More)
Understanding the causes underlying heterogeneity of molecular evolutionary rates among lineages is a long-standing and central question in evolutionary biology. Although several earlier studies showed that modern frogs (Neobatrachia) experienced an acceleration of mitochondrial gene substitution rates compared to non-neobatrachian relatives, no further(More)
BACKGROUND Membrane intrinsic proteins (MIPs) are the proteins in charge of regulating water transport into cells. Because of this essential function, the MIP family is ancient, widespread, and highly diverse. SCOPE OF REVIEW The rapidly accumulating genomic and transcriptomic data from previously poorly known groups such as unicellular eukaryotes, fungi,(More)
The genetic code provides the translation table necessary to transform the information contained in DNA into the language of proteins. In this table, a correspondence between each codon and each amino acid is established: tRNA is the main adaptor that links the two. Although the genetic code is nearly universal, several variants of this code have been(More)