Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

Melatonin improves the efficiency of super-ovulation and timed artificial insemination in sheep
Dunxian Tan –– This report provides valuable information in the field of photoperiodic animal reproduction by use of melatonin to improve the reproductive performance, particularly in sheep.
The coast of giants: an anthropometric survey of high schoolers on the Adriatic coast of Croatia
Andrew Gray –– This is a fascinating study which carefully examines the extreme mean heights, and wide variation in heights, among young men and women on the Adriatic coast of Croatia, and explores the possible reasons behind this.
Preparation of mitochondria to measure superoxide flashes in angiosperm flowers
Axel Tiessen –– A method for preparing functional mitochondria from plants is provided and tested for biochemical assays
Non-host class II ribonucleotide reductase in Thermus viruses: sequence adaptation and host interaction
Vladimir Uversky –– Manuscript describes an important viral protein and provides useful related information.
Microfluidic chip combined with magnetic-activated cell sorting technology for tumor antigen-independent sorting of circulating hepatocellular carcinoma cells
Shi-Cong Tao –– Interesting topic, meaningful research and high quality paper.
IOCBIO Sparks detection and analysis software
Leonardo Gollo –– This manuscript from Laasmaa and colleagues describes an open-source platform that has a clear potential to be adopted and further developed.
Factors that influence response classifications in chemotherapy treated patient-derived xenografts (PDX)
Shawn Gomez –– This study looks at how different study design factors and analysis methods affect reproducibility of treatment response classifications in preclinical patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models, with results providing some guidance on study design and further supporting the feasibility of combining response data across studies under appropriate conditions.
Chemical composition, antioxidant and hepatoprotective activities of methanol extracts from leaves of Terminalia bellirica and Terminalia sericea (Combretaceae)
Maria Cristina Albertini –– The results published in this article are interesting and well analyzed with the use of innovative techniques.
Carbon and nitrogen isotopic composition of commercial dog food in Brazil
Matt Sponheimer –– Long overdue application to dog food. This will probably be the first of many.
Estivation-responsive microRNAs in a hypometabolic terrestrial snail
Brenda Oppert –– The data provides clues as to how an organism regulates gene expression due to environmental cues. This information is relevant not only to basic studies in gene regulation, but also impacts the ability to respond to these changes, for example, in developing new therapeutics for animals and humans.
Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

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New publication from Haigh lab and his collaborators identify SARS-CoV-2 founder mutations in samples from China, USA, Australia and GenBank sequences with the greatest number of mutations in the US samples. #covid19 via @thePeerJ

Another interesting article I handled as editor has been published today @thePeerJ #Biotechnology #MolecularBiology #Toxicology #Pharmacology #Histology

High expression of stromal signatures correlated with macrophage infiltration, angiogenesis and poor prognosis in glioma microenvironment @thePeerJ

Distribution of the acoustic occurrence of dolphins during the summers 2011 to 2015 in the Upper Gulf of California, Mexico @thePeerJ

Impact of cost distance and habitat fragmentation on the daily path length of Rhinopithecus bieti @thePeerJ

Non-parallel changes in songbird migration timing are not explained by changes in stopover duration @thePeerJ

The ability of oriental magpies (Pica serica) to solve baited multiple-string problems @thePeerJ