Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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Background Worldwide, the number of recorded human hantavirus infections as well as the number of affected countries is on the rise. In Europe, most human hantavirus infections are caused by the Puumala virus (PUUV), with bank voles (Myodes glareolus) as reservoir...

["Parasitology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4255
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Ichniotherium tracks with a relatively short pedal digit V (digit length ratio V/IV < 0.6) form the majority of yet described Late Carboniferous to Early Permian diadectomorph tracks and can be related to a certain diadectid clade with corresponding phalangeal...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology","Taxonomy","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4346
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Interest in the ecology of sponges on coral reefs has grown in recent years with mounting evidence that sponges are becoming dominant members of reef communities, particularly in the Caribbean. New estimates of water column processing by sponge pumping activities...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Marine Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4343
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The ubiquitous daily rhythms in mammalian physiology are guided by progression of the circadian clock. In mice, systemic disruption of the clock can promote tumor growth. In vitro, multiple oncogenes can disrupt the clock. However, due to the difficulties of studying...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genomics","Oncology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4327
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Carnivorous plants are striking examples of evolutionary convergence, displaying complex and often highly similar adaptations despite lack of shared ancestry. Using available carnivorous plant genomes along with non-carnivorous reference taxa, this study examines...

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4322
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Migratory birds often follow detours when confronted with ecological barriers, and understanding the extent and the underlying drivers of such detours can provide important insights into the associated cost to the annual energy budget and the migration strategies....

["Animal Behavior","Biogeography","Conservation Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4304
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Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae are the two main microsporidian parasites causing nosematosis in the honey bee Apis mellifera. The aim of the present study is to investigate the presence of Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae in the area of Bulgaria. The 16S (SSU) rDNA...

["Entomology","Genetics","Parasitology","Veterinary Medicine"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4252
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Background Lowland areas in tropical East and Southeast Asia have a long history of conversion from forestland to agricultural land, with many remaining forests being chronically degraded by wood cutting, livestock grazing, and burning. Wetland-breeding amphibians...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4220
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Background The Hungarian draft is a horse breed with a recent mixed ancestry created in the 1920s by crossing local mares with draught horses imported from France and Belgium. The interest in its conservation and characterization has increased over the last few...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Veterinary Medicine","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4198
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Members of the anaerobic gut fungi (AGF) reside in rumen, hindgut, and feces of ruminant and non-ruminant herbivorous mammals and reptilian herbivores. No protocols for gene insertion, deletion, silencing, or mutation are currently available for the AGF, rendering...

["Molecular Biology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4276
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Background N-acetylcarnosine (NAC), a dipeptide with powerful antioxidant properties that is extensively used as a pharmaceutical prodrug for the treatment of cataract and acute gastric disease, was investigated by molecular dynamics with the GROMACS program in...

["Bioengineering","Biophysics","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4270
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400 views

Background Competitive interactions in biological communities can be thought of as giving rise to “assembly rules” that dictate the species that are able to co-exist. Ant communities in tropical canopies often display a particular pattern, an “ant mosaic”, in which...

["Animal Behavior","Biodiversity","Ecology","Entomology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4231
48 downloads
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Dengue is endemic throughout tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Currently, there is no clinically approved therapeutic drug available for this acute viral infection. Although the first dengue vaccine Dengvaxia has been approved for use in certain countries,...

["Molecular Biology","Evidence Based Medicine","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3939
74 downloads
690 views

Background Assessing outcomes of habitat management is critical for informing and adapting conservation plans. From 2013–2019, a multi-stage management initiative, led by the American Bird Conservancy (ABC), aims to create >25,000 ha of shrubland and early-successional...

["Conservation Biology","Ecology","Natural Resource Management"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4319
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Background Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) is associated with insulin dysregulation, which often manifests as post-prandial hyperinsulinemia. Circulating concentrations of the incretin hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) correlate with an increased insulin...

["Veterinary Medicine","Diabetes and Endocrinology","Gastroenterology and Hepatology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4316

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