Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Upregulation of SPOCK2 inhibits the invasion and migration of prostate cancer cells by regulating the MT1-MMP/MMP2 pathway
Cheng-Chia Yu –– SPOCK2 is associated with the progression of prostate cancer and upregulation of SPOCK2 can inhibit invasion and metastasis.
Three-dimensional printing with biomaterials in craniofacial and dental tissue engineering
Shi-Cong Tao –– This is a very good literature review for researchers who are new to this field.
Structural and evolutionary characteristics of dynamin-related GTPase OPA1
Alfonso Valencia –– The paper provides and uptodate revision, with new data and analysis, on the potential function and evolution of this important protein.
Production and purification of mannan oligosaccharide with epithelial tight junction enhancing activity
Mohammed Gagaoua –– An interesting paper in the field industrial biotechnology
Recruitment of cyanobacteria by reverse transcription quantitative real-time PCR based on expression of Microcystis gene
Cindy Smith –– The approach and methods developed based on RT-Q-PCR will advance current understanding of the recruitment of the cyanobacteria Microsystis from marine sediments to the water column.
Freshwater reservoir offsets on radiocarbon-dated dog bone from the headwaters of the St. Lawrence River, USA
Joanna Moraczewska –– This is an interesting work showing close relationships between dogs and Indian tribes living in Northern America before the emergence of Europeans. This is an interesting work showing close relationships between dogs and Indian tribes living in North America before the emergence of Europeans
Antioxidant activity, α-glucosidase inhibition and phytochemical profiling of Hyophorbe lagenicaulis leaf extracts
Cristina Nogueira –– This article highlights the potential pharmacological application of Hyophorbe lagenicaulis extract in diabetes.
Effects of obesity on the lipid and metabolite profiles of young adults by serum 1H-NMR spectroscopy
Minjun Chen –– It helps better understand the lipid profile in the young adults and the development of obesity in this subpopulation
Deconstructing the Polymerase Chain Reaction II: an improved workflow and effects on artifact formation and primer degeneracy
Marcelino Suzuki –– I believe this article proposes an interesting improvement to a technique to improve the accuracy of microbiote analysis by meta-barcoding of rRNA genes and it has the potential become a standard methodology for this type of analysis which is widespread in microbiology.
Identification and characterization of PsDREB2 promoter involved in tissue-specific expression and abiotic stress response from Paeonia suffruticosa
Kirankumar Mysore –– This manuscript identified a promoter from a tree peony that has tissue specific expression and abiotic stresses. This will be useful in the future to engineer abiotic stress tolerant tree peony.
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Section discussions

Plum and Labonte @ImperialBioeng present #scAnt—an open-source platform for the creation of 3D models of #arthropods Read the full @PeerJLife article #Bioengineering #ConservationBiology #Entomology

Article with @preeticoolstuff @MariJSantiago @ramtash and non-Twit Bridin Muirnion published today in @thePeerJ Do #pregabalin #gabapentin affect acute µ opioid signaling ? Often taken together, in excess ... read it to find out !

Important perspective piece by @Tseng_ZJ in @thePeerJ : comparative FEA studies with low sample size (<11) can lead to false positives (for biomechanical performance - feeding ecology correlations in mammalian skulls, but probably more broadly!).