Peer-reviewed Articles

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Background Members of the genus Bifidobacterium are abundant in the feces of babies during the exclusively-milk-diet period of life. Bifidobacterium longum is reported to be a common member of the infant fecal microbiota. However, B. longum is composed of three...

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3375
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Accurate species description in the marine environment is critical for estimating biodiversity and identifying genetically distinct stocks. Analysis of molecular data can potentially improve species delimitations because they are easily generated and independent,...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3356
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Background Sturnira is one of the most species-rich genera in the Neotropics, and it is found from Mexico and the Lesser Antilles to Argentina. This genus forms a well-supported monophyletic clade with at least twenty-one recognized species, as well as several...

["Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3367
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Identifying species groups is an important yet difficult task, with there being no single accepted definition as to what constitutes a species, nor a set of criteria by which they should be delineated. Employing the General Lineage Concept somewhat circumvents...

["Biodiversity","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Taxonomy"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3310
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Fecal samples play an important role in giant panda conservation studies. Optimal preservation conditions and choice of microsatellites for giant panda fecal samples have not been established. In this study, we evaluated the effect of four factors (namely, storage...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3358
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Background The kidney is always subjected to high metabolic demand. The aim of this study was to characterize metabolic profiles of a rat model of chronic kidney disease (CKD) with cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) induced by prolonged hypertension. Methods We used inbred...

["Molecular Biology","Cardiology","Nephrology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3352
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Biomarkers are the measurable changes associated with a physiological or pathophysiological process. The content of urine frequently changes because it is not controlled by homeostatic mechanisms, and these alterations can be a source of biomarkers. However, urine...

["Biochemistry","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3350
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Characteristics of late maturity in fruit are good agronomic traits for extending the harvest period and marketing time. However, underlying molecular basis of the late-maturing mechanism in fruit is largely unknown. In this study, RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) technology...

["Agricultural Science","Biotechnology","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3343
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Background The NDUFS4 gene encodes an 18-kD subunit of mitochondria complex I, and mutations in this gene lead to the development of a severe neurodegenerative disease called Leigh syndrome (LS) in humans. To investigate the disease phenotypes and molecular mechanisms...

["Developmental Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3339
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Sequencing environmental DNA (eDNA) is increasingly being used as an alternative to traditional morphological-based identification to characterize biological assemblages and monitor anthropogenic impacts in marine environments. Most studies only assess eDNA which,...

["Bioinformatics","Environmental Sciences","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3347
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Background Comparative studies of chloroplast genomes (plastomes) across the Chlorophyceae are revealing dynamic patterns of size variation, gene content, and genome rearrangements. Phylogenomic analyses are improving resolution of relationships, and uncovering...

["Evolutionary Studies","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3325
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Stellaria dichotoma L. is widely distributed in Ningxia and surrounding areas in northwestern China. Its root, Radix Stellariae (RS), has been used in herbal formulae for treating asthenic-fever, infection, malaria, dyspepsia in children and several other symptoms....

["Molecular Biology","Diabetes and Endocrinology","Global Health","Pharmacology","Metabolic Sciences"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3305
60 downloads
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The tadpole shrimp, Triops cancriformis, is a freshwater crustacean listed as endangered in the UK and Europe living in ephemeral pools. Populations are threatened by habitat destruction due to land development for agriculture and increased urbanisation. Despite...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Conservation Biology","Ecology","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3228
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Background Phoebe chekiangensis is a rare tree species that is only distributed in south-eastern China. Although this species is famous for its excellent wood properties, it has not been extensively studied at the molecular level. Results Here, the transcriptome...

["Bioinformatics","Genomics","Molecular Biology","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3193
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Symbiotic bacteria are common in insects and can affect various aspects of their hosts’ biology. Although the effects of insect symbionts have been clarified for various insect symbiosis models, due to the difficulty of cultivating them in vitro, there is still...

["Cell Biology","Entomology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7717/peerj.3291

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