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Previous studies have used the zebrafish to investigate the biology of lens crystallin proteins and their roles in development and disease. However, little is known about zebrafish α-crystallin promoter function, how it compares to that of mammals, or whether mammalian...

["Developmental Biology","Molecular Biology","Neuroscience","Ophthalmology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2889v1
132 downloads
715 views

1) DNA metabarcoding holds great promise for the assessment of macroinvertebrates in stream ecosystems. However, few large-scale studies have compared the performance of DNA metabarcoding with that of routine morphological identification. 2) We performed metabarcoding...

["Biodiversity","Environmental Sciences","Molecular Biology","Zoology","Science Policy"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2759v3
652 downloads
2,047 views

A central challenge in the present era of biodiversity loss is to assess and manage human impacts on freshwater ecosystems. Macroinvertebrates are an important group for bioassessment as many taxa show specific responses to environmental conditions. However, generating...

["Biodiversity","Bioinformatics","Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2044v5
1 download
26 views

Background. Sturnira is one of the most species-richness in the Neotropic, and it is found from Mexico, Lesser Antilles to Argentina. Genus forms a well-supported monophyletic clade with at least twenty-one recognized species, and several under taxonomic review....

["Ecology","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Zoology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2886v1
363 downloads
708 views

Microbes, while living in close proximity in biofilms, may in other cases not be closely localized in the environment. In the latter case, their interactions and communications are dependent on myriad factors such as existence of direct connections (e.g., web of...

["Biochemistry","Biotechnology","Cell Biology","Microbiology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.349v6
27 downloads
130 views

Pontoscolex corethrurus (Müller, 1857) plays an important role in soil terrestrial ecosystems and has been widely used as an animal model for a large variety of ecological studies, in particular due to its common presence and generally high abundance in human-disturbed...

["Environmental Sciences","Genetics","Molecular Biology","Soil Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2847v1
31 downloads
113 views

Background. Species identification is essential for controlling disease, understanding epidemiology, and to guide the implementation of phytosanitary measures against fungi from the genus Diaporthe. Accurate Diaporthe species separation requires using multi-loci...

["Microbiology","Molecular Biology","Mycology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2822v1
8 downloads
88 views

The importance of histidine tautomerism for an accurate drug/protein structure determination and their relevance for the interaction between biological systems is recognized. Consequently, here we used a recently introduced method to determine the pKa values of...

["Bioinformatics","Biophysics","Computational Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2816v1
14 downloads
92 views

It is now widely accepted that oligomers consisting of Aβ peptide are the cytotoxic species contributing mostly to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Aβ peptide production results from the specific proteolytic processing of the amyloid precursor protein (APP)....

["Biophysics","Biotechnology","Cell Biology","Molecular Biology","Neuroscience"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2804v1
19 downloads
86 views

Cancer spread away from the primary tumour towards other parts of the body is what is most feared in cancer treatment, and is the leading cause of relapse for patients who are in remission after initial rounds of treatment with surgery, radiation or chemotherapy....

["Biochemistry","Cell Biology","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology","Histology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2800v1
21 downloads
106 views

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:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2799v1
24 downloads
108 views

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:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2782v1
31 downloads
246 views

Introduction 2nd generation sequencing or better known as next-generation sequencing (NGS) represents a cutting-edge technology in life sciences and current foundation for unravelling nucleotide sequences. Since advent of first platforms in 2005 the number of different...

["Bioinformatics","Biotechnology","Genomics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2771v1
61 downloads
282 views

Mitochondrial response to oxidative stress is intricately related to cellular homeostasis due to the high susceptibility of the mitochondrial genome to oxidative damage. Octocoral mitogenomes possess a unique DNA repair gene, mtMutS, potentially capable of counteracting...

["Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2770v1
51 downloads
152 views

Cellular heterogeneity is important to biological processes, including cancer and development. However, proteome heterogeneity is largely unexplored because of the limitations of existing methods for quantifying protein levels in single cells. To alleviate these...

["Biochemistry","Cell Biology","Computational Biology","Developmental Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.2767v1
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