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The family Toxoderidae (Mantodea) contains an ecologically diverse group of praying mantis species that have in common greatly elongated bodies. In this study, we sequenced and compared the complete mitochondrial genomes of two Toxoderidae species, Paratoxodera...

["Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4595
36 downloads
255 views

Trans-acting small interfering RNAs (ta-siRNAs) are transcribed from protein non-coding genomic TAS loci and belong to a plant-specific class of endogenous small RNAs. These siRNAs have been found to regulate gene expression in most taxa including seed plants,...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4636
141 downloads
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Background DNA metabarcoding is used to generate species composition data for entire communities. However, sequencing errors in high-throughput sequencing instruments are fairly common, usually requiring reads to be clustered into operational taxonomic units (OTUs),...

["Biogeography","Bioinformatics","Molecular Biology","Freshwater Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4644
124 downloads
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The budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus) is one of the most widely studied parrot species, serving as an excellent animal model for behavior and neuroscience research. Until recently, it was unknown how sexual differences in the behavior, physiology, and development...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4615
68 downloads
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Background Haemophilus parasuis is a common porcine respiratory pathogen that causes high rates of morbidity and mortality in farmed swine. We performed a molecular characterization of antimicrobial resistance genes harbored by H. parasuis from pig farms in China....

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Epidemiology","Statistics"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4613
52 downloads
330 views

Many kinases are still ‘orphans,’ which means knowledge about their substrates, and often also about the processes they regulate, is lacking. Here, DIA1/C3orf58, a member of a novel predicted kinase-like family, is shown to be present in the endoplasmic reticulum...

["Bioinformatics","Cell Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4599
39 downloads
589 views

Acetic acid bacteria have unique metabolic characteristics that suit them for a variety of biotechnological applications. They possess an arsenal of membrane-bound dehydrogenases in the periplasmic space that are capable of regiospecific and enantioselective partial...

["Biotechnology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4626
65 downloads
416 views

Background The spread of tumors through neural routes is common in several types of cancer in which patients suffer from a moderate-to-severe neuropathy, neural damage and a distorted quality of life. Here we aim to examine the expression profiles of transient...

["Molecular Biology","Neuroscience","Anesthesiology and Pain Management","Oncology","Pharmacology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4622
37 downloads
237 views

Background Stellera chamaejasme Linn, an important poisonous plant of the China grassland, is toxic to humans and livestock. The rapid expansion of S. chamaejasme has greatly damaged the grassland ecology and, consequently, seriously endangered the development...

["Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4535
133 downloads
901 views

Background Intense landscaping often alters the plant composition in urban areas. Knowing which plant species that pollinators are visiting in urban areas is necessary for understanding how landscaping impacts biodiversity and associated ecosystem services. The...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Ecosystem Science","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4572
57 downloads
270 views

Catalase (CAT) is an antioxidant enzyme that plays a significant role in cellular protection against oxidative damage by degradation of hydrogen peroxide to oxygen and water. In the present study, the complete CAT cDNA sequence of Zostera marina was identified...

["Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4532
168 downloads
553 views

Background Magnetite-mediated direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species is increasingly being invoked to explain magnetite stimulation of methane production in anaerobic soils and sediments. Although magnetite-mediated...

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Biogeochemistry"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4541
50 downloads
478 views

Virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) is an attractive tool for determining gene function in plants. The present study constitutes the first application of VIGS in S. pseudocapsicum, which has great ornamental and pharmaceutical value, using tobacco rattle virus...

["Agricultural Science","Biotechnology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4424
148 downloads
1,227 views

We can recover genetic information from organisms of all kinds using environmental sampling. In recent years, sequencing this environmental DNA (eDNA) has become a tractable means of surveying many species using water, air, or soil samples. The technique is beginning...

["Biodiversity","Ecology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Biological Oceanography"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4521
85 downloads
588 views

Circular RNAs (circRNAs), a class of recently discovered non-coding RNAs, play a role in biological and developmental processes. A recent study showed that circRNAs exist in plants and play a role in their environmental stress responses. However, cotton circRNAs...

["Agricultural Science","Bioinformatics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.4500

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