Peer-reviewed Articles

Seamounts are important deep ocean entities that serve as reservoirs for varied types of habitats and fauna. During the Chinese cruises in the northwestern Pacific seamount areas, a new starfish species of order Brisingida, Astrolirus patricki, was found at 1,458–2,125...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9071

Background Brasilonema is a cyanobacterial genus found on the surface of mineral substrates and plants such as bromeliads, orchids and eucalyptus. B. octagenarum stands out among cyanobacteria due to causing damage to the leaves of its host in an interaction not...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Genomics","Microbiology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9158

Background Serious haze episodes have been a seasonal event in Chiang Mai province for more than a decade. In 2008, local government agencies introduced comprehensive measures to control haze and limit its impacts on public health. This study assessed the acute...

["Epidemiology","Public Health","Natural Resource Management","Environmental Impacts","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9207

Background Burkholderia pseudomallei causes melioidosis, a serious illness that can be fatal if untreated or misdiagnosed. Culture from clinical specimens remains the gold standard but has low diagnostic sensitivity. Method In this study, we developed a rapid,...

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9238

The surface area (SA) of organs and cells may vary with temperature, which changes the SA exchange limitation on metabolic flows as well as the influence of temperature on metabolic scaling. The effect of SA change can intensify (when the effect is the same as...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Ecology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9242

Objectives To demonstrate the screening value of echocardiography for portopulmonary hypertension (POPH) in liver transplant candidates. Design Systematic review and meta-analysis. Background POPH is a complication of end-stage liver disease that adversely affects...

["Gastroenterology and Hepatology","Internal Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9243

The resources available for conserving biodiversity are limited, and so protected areas need to be established in places that will achieve objectives for minimal cost. Two of the main algorithms for solving systematic conservation planning problems are Simulated...

["Biodiversity","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Spatial and Geographic Information Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9258

Background Density of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TIL) and expressions of certain immune-related genes have prognostic and predictive values in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC); however, factors determining the immunophenotype of HCC patients are still unclear....

["Bioinformatics","Molecular Biology","Oncology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.8301

The genus Chiropterotriton is endemic to Mexico with a geographical distribution along the Sierra Madre Oriental, the Trans Mexican Volcanic Belt and the Sierra de Juárez. The recent use of molecular tools has shown that Mexico’s amphibian diversity is highly underestimated,...

["Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.8800

Background A better understanding of the neural changes associated with paresis in stroke patients could have important implications for therapeutic approaches. Dynamic Causal Modeling (DCM) for functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is commonly used for...

["Neuroscience","Radiology and Medical Imaging"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.8942

Endemic sponges (Demosponges, Lubomirskiidae) dominate the fauna of the littoral zone of Lake Baikal. These freshwater sponges live in symbiosis with diverse eukaryotes and prokaryotes, including chlorophyll-containing microalgae. Within the last 5 years, the incidence...

["Bioinformatics","Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9080

MicroRNAs play crucial roles during the process of plant development under stress conditions. Copper is an essential micronutrient for most organisms and serves as an important redox-active cofactor for various functional proteins. In the present study, we investigated...

["Agricultural Science","Molecular Biology","Plant Science","Ecotoxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9105

Hypocotyl elongation is a critical sign of seed germination and seedling growth, and it is regulated by multi-environmental factors. Light, temperature, and water potential are the major environmental stimuli, and their regulatory mechanism on hypocotyl growth...

["Agricultural Science","Developmental Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9106

Background Research focused on extreme environments is often associated with difficulties in obtaining fresh plant material. Herbaria may provide great support as they house large collections of specimens from different parts of the world. Accordingly, there is...

["Biodiversity","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9109

Commensal microorganisms are essential to the normal development and function of many aspects of animal biology, including digestion, nutrient absorption, immunological development, behaviors, and evolution. The specific microbial composition and evolution of the...

["Evolutionary Studies","Microbiology","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.9124

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