54 downloads
112 views

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of complex microbial genomic DNA templates with degenerate primers can lead to distortion of the underlying community structure due to inefficient primer-template interactions leading to bias. We previously described...

["Bioengineering","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7121
79 downloads
106 views

Lotus (Nelumbo nucifera Gaertn.) is an economically important aquatic plant with multiple applications, but water salinity and cold stress seriously affect lotus yield and distribution. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors (TFs) play a vital...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7153
76 downloads
131 views

Objectives The purpose of this study is to investigate the patterns of complementary and alternative medicine use and its association with time to conventional treatment. Design A cross-sectional study design was designed. Setting and participants The study was...

["Epidemiology","Health Policy","Oncology","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7159
78 downloads
107 views

Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) and other computational biology techniques are gradually discovering the causal gene variants that contribute to late-onset human diseases. After more than a decade of genome-wide association study efforts, these can account...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7168
57 downloads
103 views

The commercial asset value of sequestered forest carbon is based on protocols employed globally, however, their scientific basis has not been validated. We review and analyze commercial forest carbon protocols and offsets, claimed to have reduced net greenhouse...

["Ecosystem Science","Biosphere Interactions","Climate Change Biology","Forestry"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27798v1
29 downloads
67 views

Jerusalem artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus L.) is widely cultivated in Northwest China which has become an emerging economic crop with rapid development. Because of its elevated inulin content and high resistance, it is widely used in functional food, inulin processing,...

["Agricultural Science","Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.27796v1
202 downloads
475 views

Gomphodont cynodonts were close relatives of mammals and one of the Mesozoic lineages of cynodont therapsids that became extinct at the end of the Triassic. Gomphodonts were omnivorous to herbivorous animals characterized by labiolingually expanded postcanines,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.6752
166 downloads
149 views

Background There have been few studies on the partial defoliation response of grass. It has been unclear how partial defoliation may affect roots at the levels of nutrient accumulation and transcriptional regulation. Hereby we report a comprehensive investigation...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7102
36 downloads
122 views

Background Certain personal attributes, such as perfectionism and tolerance of ambiguity, have been identified as influential in high achieving students. Medical students have been identified as high achievers and perfectionistic, and as such may be challenged...

["Evidence Based Medicine","Psychiatry and Psychology","Science and Medical Education"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7109
53 downloads
103 views

Background and objectives Hyperpolarization-activation cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels contribute to the effects of lidocaine. Capsazepine (CPZ), a competitive inhibitor of capsaicin of transient receptor potential vanilloid-1 channel, has also been found...

["Neuroscience","Anesthesiology and Pain Management","Neurology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7111
38 downloads
88 views

Background As one of the important management practices of grassland ecosystems, grazing has fundamental effects on soil properties, vegetation, and soil microbes. Grazing can thus alter soil respiration (Rs) and the soil carbon cycle, yet its impacts and mechanisms...

["Agricultural Science","Ecology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7112
75 downloads
126 views

Background and Aims The link between gut microbiota and type 2 diabetes (T2D) has been addressed by numerous studies. Streptococcus thermophilus from fermented milk products, has been used as a probiotic in previous research. However, whether heat-killed S. thermophilus...

["Microbiology","Diabetes and Endocrinology","Metabolic Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7117
72 downloads
132 views

To compensate for the seasonal imbalance between livestock and forage yield in the cold region of Northeast China, alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) continuous cropping has been widely employed in animal husbandry. However, the effects of continuous cropping of alfalfa...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Microbiology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7127
44 downloads
113 views

Although spatiotemporal analysis of the cephalopod larvae provides the useful information for the effective management of their resources, it has been difficult mainly due to their low numbers in the mixed zooplankton net samples and difficulty in morphological...

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7140
88 downloads
102 views

Background Amaranthus hybridus L. is an annual herb that belongs to the Amaranthceae family, a type of multi-purpose grain, vegetable and feed crop that has received considerable attention due to its great economic value. However, the composition of polysaccharides...

["Biochemistry","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.7149

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