Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

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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
An updated assessment of Symbiodinium spp. that associate with common scleractinian corals from Moorea (French Polynesia) reveals high diversity among background symbionts and a novel finding of clade B

Editor rating: 7 / 10

Xavier Pochon –– This study reports the diversity of dominant and background symbiotic dinoflagellates in a range of common scleractinian corals from an understudied region (Moorea, Tahiti).
Identifying suitable reference genes for gene expression analysis in developing skeletal muscle in pigs

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Cong-Jun Li –– The selection of suitable reference genes is crucial to accurately evaluate and normalize the relative expression level of target genes for gene function analysis. This manuscript provides some important information about the references genes for pigs, one is of important economic value.
Meta-analysis reveals that seed-applied neonicotinoids and pyrethroids have similar negative effects on abundance of arthropod natural enemies

Editor rating: 8 / 10

Leon Higley –– Given their broad ecological impacts, this work significantly adds to growing evidence of risks associated with the use of neonicotinoid insecticides.

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【メモ】種子処理用のネオニコチノイド系殺虫剤が土着天敵(捕食者・捕食寄生者)に与える影響をメタ解析した論文。ピレスロイド系殺虫剤と同程度に土着天敵の数を減らすことが示唆されている。 Douglas MR, Tooker JF 2016 PeerJ, 4, e2776. https://t.co/gtgmV4W6T6