Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Evaluating multi-locus phylogenies for species boundaries determination in the genus Diaporthe

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Blanca Landa –– The review was on time and very productive and thoroughly conducted
Random sampling causes the low reproducibility of rare eukaryotic OTUs in Illumina COI metabarcoding

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Hrbek –– Much needed study that explores previously unexplored sources of error in metabarcoding studies important for the future of this area of ecology.
Transcriptomic analysis reveals metabolic switches and surface remodeling as key processes for stage transition in Trypanosoma cruzi

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Tomas Perez-Acle –– A parsimoniously executed research and well written article about transcriptomic studies on T. cruzi that may shed lights on novel targets for the treatment of the chronic disease produced by this parasite.
Spatial distribution of environmental DNA in a nearshore marine habitat

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Magnus Johnson –– The use of e-DNA for ecological surveys is an important development of interest to a broad range of scientists.
Inhibition of calcineurin by FK506 stimulates germinal vesicle breakdown of mouse oocytes in hypoxanthine-supplemented medium

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Shao-Chen Sun –– Introducing the use of the inhibitor with the oocyte model.
Intersexual differences of heat shock response between two amphipods (Eulimnogammarus verrucosus and Eulimnogammarus cyaneus) in Lake Baikal

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Alex Ford –– The research of thermal tolerance and thermal stress between and within species is an important field in the study of changing climates and the ability of organisms to adapt. This manuscript provides some interesting new data on the inter & intra species differences in heat shock protein responses of temperature stress.
Osmolyte regulation by TonEBP/NFAT5 during anoxia-recovery and dehydration–rehydration stresses in the freeze-tolerant wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Dunxian Tan –– This observation provides novel information in the field of ischemia/reperfusion protection
Optimizing the use of a sensor resource for opponent polarization coding

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Mario Negrello –– This article contains an insighful and thorough analysis of the physical constraints for encoding and the processing of information in polarized vision, and more specifically, in polarization opponency. This article is exemplary for the field of neural coding in that it covers multiple angles in the analysis with solid logics and deep appreciation for the biological phenomenon under study.
Sponge exhalent seawater contains a unique chemical profile of dissolved organic matter

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Joseph Pawlik –– The importance of DOM in coral reef ecosystems is just beginning to be appreciated -- this paper is on the leading edge in this research area.
Hydrogel scaffolds promote neural gene expression and structural reorganization in human astrocyte cultures

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Luciano Fadiga –– technically sound, it addresses a relevant topic

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Great! 1st citation of my 'Transcriptomic analysis reveals metabolic switches and surface remodeling as key processes for stage transition in Trypanosoma cruzi' article published in #OpenAccess journal @thePeerJ https://t.co/uEbwtUndKm

Neat @thePeerJ study by LeRay and Knowlton: Low reproducibility of rare OTUs https://t.co/AgqILMVuhU via @thePeerJ @alpineedna @MatSeymour