Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

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Pretreating mesenchymal stem cells with electrical stimulation causes sustained long-lasting pro-osteogenic effects

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Comparing the biomechanical characteristics between squat and standing serves in female table tennis athletes

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Silvia Comani –– The information provided on the table tennis serve technique can be relevent to athletes and coaches.
An improved primer set and amplification protocol with increased specificity and sensitivity targeting the Symbiodinium ITS2 region

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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.
Breast fibroblasts in both cancer and normal tissues induce phenotypic transformation of breast cancer stem cells: a preliminary study

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 8 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
The impact of different agroecological conditions on the nutritional composition of quinoa seeds

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.
Repetitive low intensity magnetic field stimulation in a neuronal cell line: a metabolomics study

Editor rating: 7 / 10

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.

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Pretreating mesenchymal stem cells with electrical stimulation causes sustained long-lasting pro-osteogenic effects https://t.co/QcuMNQiYYy @thePeerJ https://t.co/AKFOPol5Dq

Comparing the biomechanical characteristics between squat and standing serves in female table tennis athletes https://t.co/m1Ke4ir1zZ @thePeerJ https://t.co/P5MjvRMdbF

to all peeps doing #Symbiodinium ITS2 typing: check out the new & improved primer pair and robust PCR protocol .. works well in particular for non-host environments https://t.co/zz8DZyLON3 .. ground truthing & future proofing ITS2 @TaraExpeditions @thePeerJ @KAUST_News

Necessity of electrically conductive pili for methanogenesis with magnetite stimulation https://t.co/QeLRkDBbnK More evidence that nanoscale magnetite acts as a cytochrome surrogate, but can not itself promote long-range (µm) electron transfer. Protein nanowires (e-pili) needed https://t.co/dtEscpKQAJ

Repetitive low intensity magnetic field stimulation in a neuronal cell line: a metabolomics study https://t.co/IMEpexpS9M @thePeerJ https://t.co/sDHkz3aQB1