Peer-reviewed Articles - Biology

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DNA metabarcoding, the PCR-based profiling of natural communities, is becoming the method of choice for biodiversity monitoring because it circumvents some of the limitations inherent to traditional ecological surveys. However, potential sources of bias that can...

["Ecology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3006
40 downloads
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Background Deficiencies in lysosomal a-mannosidase (LAM) activity in animals, caused either by mutations or by consuming toxic alkaloids, lead to severe phenotypic and behavioural consequences. Yet, epialleles adversely affecting LAM expression exist in the honey...

["Biochemistry","Developmental Biology","Molecular Biology","Toxicology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3109
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Background Ancient protein sequences are increasingly used to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships between extinct and extant mammalian taxa. Here, we apply these recent developments to Middle Pleistocene bone specimens of the rhinoceros genus Stephanorhinus....

["Bioinformatics","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Paleontology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3033
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Background Dengue is a global human public health threat, causing severe morbidity and mortality. The occurrence of sequential infection by more than one serotype of dengue virus (DENV) is a major contributing factor for the induction of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever...

["Molecular Biology","Virology","Epidemiology","Infectious Diseases","Public Health"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2970
1 citation
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Degeneracy in the genetic code implies that different codons can encode the same amino acid. Usage preference of synonymous codons has been observed in all domains of life. There is much evidence suggesting that this bias has a major role on protein elongation...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3081
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American trypanosomiasis is a chronic and endemic disease which affects millions of people. Trypanosoma cruzi, its causative agent, has a life cycle that involves complex morphological and functional transitions, as well as a variety of environmental conditions....

["Biochemistry","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Parasitology","Infectious Diseases"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3017
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576 views

The iconic gastropod genus Cyphoma is commonly observed in the Caribbean, where it lives in association with various octocorallian hosts. Each species in the genus Cyphoma has a unique, characteristic mantle pattern and colouration, which separates the valid taxa....

["Biodiversity","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3018
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Background Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a rapidly progressive neurodegenerative disease characterised by the accumulation of aggregated proteins, microglia activation and motor neuron loss. The mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration and disease progression...

["Molecular Biology","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3064
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Background Salmonids are native from the North Hemisphere but have been introduced for aquaculture and sport fishing in the South Hemisphere and inhabit most rivers and lakes in temperate and cold regions worldwide. Five species are included in the Global Invasive...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3045
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In the face of increasing threats to biodiversity, the advancement of methods for surveying biological communities is a major priority for ecologists. Recent advances in molecular biological technologies have made it possible to detect and sequence DNA from environmental...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3044
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Background The Balkans are a major worldwide biodiversity and endemism hotspot. Among the freshwater biota, amphipods are known for their high cryptic diversity. However, little is known about the temporal and paleogeographic aspects of their evolutionary history....

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Biogeography","Evolutionary Studies","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3016
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314 views

Background Sesquiterpenes are 15-carbon terpenes synthesized by sesquiterpene synthases using farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) as a substrate. Recently, a sesquiterpene synthase gene that encodes a 65 kDa protein was isolated from the aromatic plant Persicaria minor....

["Biochemistry","Biotechnology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2961
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Circular RNAs (circRNAs) belong to a recently re-discovered species of RNA that emerge during RNA maturation through a process called back-splicing. A downstream 5′ splice site is linked to an upstream 3′ splice site to form a circular transcript instead of a canonical...

["Bioinformatics","Computational Biology","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2934
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Since three bullhead catfish species were introduced to Europe in the late 19th century, they have spread to most European countries. In Hungary, the brown bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus) was more widespread in the 1970s–1980s, but the black bullhead (Ameiurus melas)...

["Aquaculture","Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.2804
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Tartrazine is a synthetic organic azo dye widely used in food and pharmaceutical products. The current study aimed to evaluate the possible adverse effect of this coloring food additive on renal and hepatic structures and functions. Also, the genotoxic potential...

["Biochemistry","Molecular Biology","Zoology","Histology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3041

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