Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Breast fibroblasts in both cancer and normal tissues induce phenotypic transformation of breast cancer stem cells: a preliminary study
Leticia Costa-Lotufo –– The research field is quite important and up to date in cancer biology studies.
Unfolding of α-helical 20-residue poly-glutamic acid analyzed by multiple runs of canonical molecular dynamics simulations
Freddie Salsbury Jr –– important model system that is well-characterized in this study
Development of a quantitative loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for the field detection of Erysiphe necator
Jenny Renaut –– Validation of a novel tool for field use in plant pathogen assessment
Pre-trained convolutional neural networks as feature extractors toward improved malaria parasite detection in thin blood smear images
Henkjan Huisman –– It describes experiments that uncover knowledge to help build an affordable diagnostic tool for assessing Malaria in resource-constrained countries.
Characterization of antimicrobial resistance genes in Haemophilus parasuis isolated from pigs in China
Sheng Chen –– A detail characterization of antibiotic resistance in Haemophilus parasuis, which is a very important animal pathogen. No much research work has been done in this organism in particular in the area of antimicrobial resistance.
Interaction of a dinoflagellate neurotoxin with voltage-activated ion channels in a marine diatom
Susanne Menden-Deuer –– The work investigates the physiological basis of toxin targets that are widespread in animals and even phytoplankton.
Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation
Xiaomin Li –– The topic of direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) between iron-reducing bacteria and methanogens has been paid more and more attraction these years, and iron oxides such as magnetite may function like e-pili to facilitate electron transfer. This study, however, demonstrates that e-pili are still necessary for the DIET between between Geobacter and Methanosarcina species, though the presence of magnetite can promote the methane production in this coculture.
Conserving relics from ancient underground worlds: assessing the influence of cave and landscape features on obligate iron cave dwellers from the Eastern Amazon
Jack Stanford –– Great contribution to the conservation of caves and cave faunas.
Evolutionary persistence in Gunnera and the contribution of southern plant groups to the tropical Andes biodiversity hotspot
Luis Eguiarte –– Gunnera is a genus of plants that have fascinated scientist for a long time, in particular for the very large leaves of some species and because its symbiotic relationship with the nitrogen fixing cyanobacteria Nostoc. For a many years, some botanists suspected it to be a very old, primitive genus, perhaps basal in the phylogeny of the Angiosperms. While latter molecular phylogenies did not support this position, this paper shows that indeed Gunnera is an old genus, with a complex evolutionary and phylogeographic history, and a recent radiation in the Andes. All these new results are relevant for understanding why the Neotropics have so many plant species, more than any other similar region in the planet.
The impact of different agroecological conditions on the nutritional composition of quinoa seeds
Alberto Davalos –– Quinoa is a relevant seed for human consumption. Understanding the agronomical characteristics from different varieties cultivated in different places of the world is important in order to promote their widespread cultivation.
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

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A great article I helped peer review published today in @PeerJCompSci #DataMiningandMachineLearning #ScientificComputingandSimulation #SoftwareEngineering

An interesting article about Genome-wide analysis of the SOD gene family in Zostera marina under temperature stress, I handled as an editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Ecology #MolecularBiology #PlantScience

Origin identification of migratory pests (European Starling) using geochemical fingerprinting @thePeerJ

Just published! Although my contribution was minimal, I now have a darter paper. Check it out: Phylogeography of the Yazoo Darter via @thePeerJ

Transcriptional profiling to identify the key genes and pathways of pterygium @thePeerJ