Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Assessment of antioxidant properties of membrane ultrafiltration peptides from mungbean meal protein hydrolysates
Chin Ping Tan –– This article highlights the use of peptides from mungbean as a potential antioxidant compound.
The antimicrobial action of polyaniline involves production of oxidative stress while functionalisation of polyaniline introduces additional mechanisms
Monika Mortimer –– Advances knowledge on antimicrobial mechanisms of novel compounds.
Crucial biological functions of CCL7 in cancer
Howard Young –– This is a valuable review on an important topic that is not often reviewed. Thus it will provide a better understanding of the state of the literature on this important chemokine pathway.
How well do force fields capture the strength of salt bridges in proteins?
Emanuele Paci –– The paper provides a test case for testing polarizable force fields for the simulations of proteins.
Pretreating mesenchymal stem cells with electrical stimulation causes sustained long-lasting pro-osteogenic effects
Eva Mezey –– MSCs have a central role in regenerative medicine as well as in immune-regulation. Thus any manipulation that affects the function of these cells is significant since it might alter their character and affect their use.
An improved primer set and amplification protocol with increased specificity and sensitivity targeting the Symbiodinium ITS2 region
Tomas Hrbek –– Optimized protocol for amplification of Symbiodinium ITS2 region, that makes great strides towards generating reproducible and comparable data across a diversity of 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
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.
Repetitive low intensity magnetic field stimulation in a neuronal cell line: a metabolomics study
Francois van der Westhuizen –– The key outcome of the study is the finding, using metabolomics in an in vitro model, to demonstrate the value of low intensity repetitive magnetic in the stimulation of neural tissue and that it modulates neuronal excitability. There is a strong element of novelty in this work and I believe it will be well cited.
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

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