Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology

In silico identification of off-target pesticidal dsRNA binding in honey bees (Apis mellifera)

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– The article deals with a new biotechnology with broad application in agriculture but with a potential risk for non target insects
PBxplore: a tool to analyze local protein structure and deformability with Protein Blocks

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Walter de Azevedo Jr. –– The authors report the development and application of a suite of tools, called PBxplore. This computational tool can be used to analyze the dynamics and deformability of protein structures using Protein Blocks (PBs). It is an interesting development for scientists interesting in molecular dynamics simulations of protein structures.
Effects of tire leachate on the invasive mosquito Aedes albopictus and the native congener Aedes triseriatus

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Ilaria Negri –– Aedes albopictus is an invasive mosquito species, able to adapt to many environments. This article helps to shed light on its ecology.
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.
Glycyrrhetinic acid might increase the nephrotoxicity of bakuchiol by inhibiting cytochrome P450 isoenzymes

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jie Liu –– To study the mechanism underlying the incompatibility between Fructus Psoraleae and Licorice is of merit, and use their active ingredients is a plus.
Validation of picogram- and femtogram-input DNA libraries for microscale metagenomics

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Hauke Smidt –– The method described here allows to probe the metagenomes of low-biomass ecosystems at significantly reduced bias.
Cross-sectional study of expression of divalent metal transporter-1, transferrin, and hepcidin in blood of smelters who are occupationally exposed to manganese

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Jie Liu –– The human study weighs more than in vitro work and animal studies to have human relevance.
A novel baculovirus-derived promoter with high activity in the baculovirus expression system

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Christopher Cooper –– Important for development of advanced baculovirus-mediated expression systems, both for people in the immediate field, and users of the technology.
Elaborate cellulosome architecture of Acetivibrio cellulolyticus revealed by selective screening of cohesin–dockerin interactions

Editor rating: 9 / 10

Guo-Qiang Chen –– Better understanding the cellulose utilization mechanism.

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