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  1. Associations between traits are prevalent in nature, occurring across a diverse range of taxa and traits. Individual traits may co-evolve with one other, and these correlations can be driven by factors intrins...

    Authors: Dana A. Opulente, Emily J. Rollinson, Cleome Bernick-Roehr, Amanda Beth Hulfachor, Antonis Rokas, Cletus P. Kurtzman and Chris Todd Hittinger

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:26

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  2. G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) heteromeric complexes have distinct properties from homomeric GPCRs, giving rise to new receptor functionalities. Adenosine receptors (A1R or A2AR) can form A1R-A2AR heteromers (...

    Authors: Gemma Navarro, Arnau Cordomí, Marc Brugarolas, Estefanía Moreno, David Aguinaga, Laura Pérez-Benito, Sergi Ferre, Antoni Cortés, Vicent Casadó, Josefa Mallol, Enric I. Canela, Carme Lluís, Leonardo Pardo, Peter J. McCormick and Rafael Franco

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:24

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  3. The ability to efficiently visualize and manipulate chromosomes is fundamental to understanding the genome architecture of organisms. Conventional chromosome preparation protocols developed for mammalian cells...

    Authors: Longhua Guo, Alice Accorsi, Shuonan He, Carlos Guerrero-Hernández, Shamilene Sivagnanam, Sean McKinney, Matthew Gibson and Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:25

    Content type: Methodology article

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  4. The need for high-throughput, precise, and meaningful methods for measuring behavior has been amplified by our recent successes in measuring and manipulating neural circuitry. The largest challenges associated...

    Authors: Gordon J. Berman

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:23

    Content type: Review

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  5. Paraphrasing Dobzhansky’s famous dictum, I discuss how interrogating cancer through the lens of evolution has transformed our understanding of its development, causality and treatment resistance. The emerging ...

    Authors: Mel Greaves

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:22

    Content type: Review

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  6. In plants, the shoot apical meristem (SAM) has two main functions, involving the production of all aerial organs on the one hand and self-maintenance on the other, allowing the production of organs during the ...

    Authors: Thomas Stanislas, Matthieu Pierre Platre, Mengying Liu, Léa E. S. Rambaud-Lavigne, Yvon Jaillais and Olivier Hamant

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:20

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  7. Mammalian small intestinal tight junctions (TJ) link epithelial cells to one another and function as a permselective barrier, strictly modulating the passage of ions and macromolecules through the pore and lea...

    Authors: Sarah C. Pearce, Arwa Al-Jawadi, Kunihiro Kishida, Shiyan Yu, Madeleine Hu, Luke F. Fritzky, Karen L. Edelblum, Nan Gao and Ronaldo P. Ferraris

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:19

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  8. Environmental stressors induce changes in endocrine state, leading to energy re-allocation from reproduction to survival. Female Drosophila melanogaster respond to thermal and nutrient stressors by arresting egg ...

    Authors: Matthew R. Meiselman, Timothy G. Kingan and Michael E. Adams

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:18

    Content type: Research article

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  9. Caenorhabditis elegans neurons have recently been found to throw out cellular debris for remote degradation and/or storage, adding an “extracellular garbage elimination” option to known intracellular protein and ...

    Authors: Meghan Lee Arnold, Ilija Melentijevic, Anna Joelle Smart and Monica Driscoll

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:17

    Content type: Question and Answer

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  10. Sex determination relies on a hierarchically structured network of genes, and is one of the most plastic processes in evolution. The evolution of sex-determining genes within a network, by neo- or sub-function...

    Authors: Manfred Schartl, Susanne Schories, Yuko Wakamatsu, Yusuke Nagao, Hisashi Hashimoto, Chloé Bertin, Brigitte Mourot, Cornelia Schmidt, Dagmar Wilhelm, Lazaro Centanin, Yann Guiguen and Amaury Herpin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:16

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  11. Polyploidization is one of the major evolutionary processes that shape eukaryotic genomes, being particularly common in plants. Polyploids can arise through direct genome doubling within a species (autopolyplo...

    Authors: Irene Julca, Marina Marcet-Houben, Pablo Vargas and Toni Gabaldón

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:15

    Content type: Research article

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  12. The bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling gradient is central for dorsoventral patterning in amphibian embryos. This gradient is established through the interaction of several BMPs and BMP antagonists and...

    Authors: Avi Leibovich, Hadas Kot-Leibovich, Danny Ben-Zvi and Abraham Fainsod

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:13

    Content type: Research article

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  13. The mouse Grueneberg ganglion (GG) is an olfactory subsystem specialized in the detection of volatile heterocyclic compounds signalling danger. The signalling pathways transducing the danger signals are only b...

    Authors: Fabian Moine, Julien Brechbühl, Monique Nenniger Tosato, Manon Beaumann and Marie-Christine Broillet

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:12

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  14. Efficient movement of proteins across membranes is required for cell health. The translocation process is particularly challenging when the channel in the membrane through which proteins must pass is narrow—su...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Craig

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:11

    Content type: Review

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  15. Animal opsins are light-sensitive G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that enable optogenetic control over the major heterotrimeric G-protein signaling pathways in animal cells. As such, opsins have potential ...

    Authors: Edward R. Ballister, Jessica Rodgers, Franck Martial and Robert J. Lucas

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:10

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  16. Genetically encoded calcium ion (Ca2+) indicators (GECIs) are indispensable tools for measuring Ca2+ dynamics and neuronal activities in vitro and in vivo. Red fluorescent protein (RFP)-based GECIs have inherent ...

    Authors: Yi Shen, Hod Dana, Ahmed S. Abdelfattah, Ronak Patel, Jamien Shea, Rosana S. Molina, Bijal Rawal, Vladimir Rancic, Yu-Fen Chang, Lanshi Wu, Yingche Chen, Yong Qian, Matthew D. Wiens, Nathan Hambleton, Klaus Ballanyi, Thomas E. Hughes…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:9

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2019 17:85

  17. Caenorhabditis elegans nematodes are powerful model organisms, yet quantification of visible phenotypes is still often labor-intensive, biased, and error-prone. We developed WorMachine, a three-step MATLAB-based ...

    Authors: Adam Hakim, Yael Mor, Itai Antoine Toker, Amir Levine, Moran Neuhof, Yishai Markovitz and Oded Rechavi

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:8

    Content type: Methodology article

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  18. Eukaryotic genome assembly remains a challenge in part due to the prevalence of complex DNA repeats. This is a particularly acute problem for holocentric nematodes because of the large number of satellite DNA ...

    Authors: David Eccles, Jodie Chandler, Mali Camberis, Bernard Henrissat, Sergey Koren, Graham Le Gros and Jonathan J. Ewbank

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:6

    Content type: Methodology article

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  19. Structural variation contributes substantially to polymorphism within species. Chromosomal rearrangements that impact genes can lead to functional variation among individuals and influence the expression of ph...

    Authors: Clémence Plissonneau, Fanny E. Hartmann and Daniel Croll

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:5

    Content type: Research Article

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  20. Nitric oxide (NO) has been highlighted as an important agent in cancer-related events. Although the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) isoform has received most attention, recent studies in the literature ...

    Authors: Jon Peñarando, Laura M. López-Sánchez, Rafael Mena, Silvia Guil-Luna, Francisco Conde, Vanessa Hernández, Marta Toledano, Victoria Gudiño, Michela Raponi, Caroline Billard, Carlos Villar, César Díaz, José Gómez-Barbadillo, Juan De la Haba-Rodríguez, Kevin Myant, Enrique Aranda…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:3

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  21. Phthiocerol dimycocerosates (PDIM), glycolipids found on the outer surface of virulent members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) complex, are a major contributing factor to the pathogenesis of Mtb. Myelocyt...

    Authors: Thomas R. Lerner, Christophe J. Queval, Antony Fearns, Urska Repnik, Gareth Griffiths and Maximiliano G. Gutierrez

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:1

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  22. Drug addiction is a chronic brain disorder characterized by the compulsive use of drugs. The study of chronic morphine-induced adaptation in the brain and its functional significance is of importance to unders...

    Authors: Yanfang Zhao, Junfang Zhang, Hualan Yang, Dongyang Cui, Jiaojiao Song, Qianqian Ma, Wenjie Luan, Bin Lai, Lan Ma, Ming Chen and Ping Zheng

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:128

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  23. The trillions of microbes living in the gut—the gut microbiota—play an important role in human biology and disease. While much has been done to explore its diversity, a full understanding of our microbiomes de...

    Authors: Emily R. Davenport, Jon G. Sanders, Se Jin Song, Katherine R. Amato, Andrew G. Clark and Rob Knight

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:127

    Content type: Review

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  24. A dearth of laboratory tests to study actual human approach-avoidance behavior has complicated translational research on anxiety. The elevated plus-maze (EPM) is the gold standard to assess approach-avoidance ...

    Authors: Sarah V. Biedermann, Daniel G. Biedermann, Frederike Wenzlaff, Tim Kurjak, Sawis Nouri, Matthias K. Auer, Klaus Wiedemann, Peer Briken, Jan Haaker, Tina B. Lonsdorf and Johannes Fuss

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:125

    Content type: Methodology article

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  25. Host sexual dimorphism is being increasingly recognized to generate strong differences in the outcome of infectious disease, but the mechanisms underlying immunological differences between males and females re...

    Authors: David F. Duneau, Hannah C. Kondolf, Joo Hyun Im, Gerardo A. Ortiz, Christopher Chow, Michael A. Fox, Ana T. Eugénio, J. Revah, Nicolas Buchon and Brian P. Lazzaro

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:124

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  26. Clonal microbial populations often harbor rare phenotypic variants that are typically hidden within the majority of the remaining cells, but are crucial for the population’s resilience to external perturbation...

    Authors: Rosemary A. Bamford, Ashley Smith, Jeremy Metz, Georgina Glover, Richard W. Titball and Stefano Pagliara

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:121

    Content type: Methodology article

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  27. Intestinal bacteria are known to regulate bile acid (BA) homeostasis via intestinal biotransformation of BAs and stimulation of the expression of fibroblast growth factor 19 through intestinal nuclear farnesoi...

    Authors: Xiaojiao Zheng, Fengjie Huang, Aihua Zhao, Sha Lei, Yunjing Zhang, Guoxiang Xie, Tianlu Chen, Chun Qu, Cynthia Rajani, Bing Dong, Defa Li and Wei Jia

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:120

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  28. Telomere length heterogeneity has been detected in various cell types, including stem cells and cancer cells. Cell heterogeneity in pluripotent stem cells, such as embryonic stem cells (ESCs), is of particular...

    Authors: Hua Wang, Kunshan Zhang, Yifei Liu, Yudong Fu, Shan Gao, Peng Gong, Haiying Wang, Zhongcheng Zhou, Ming Zeng, Zhenfeng Wu, Yu Sun, Tong Chen, Siguang Li and Lin Liu

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:114

    Content type: Research article

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  29. Climate change causes the breakdown of the symbiotic relationships between reef-building corals and their photosynthetic symbionts (genus Symbiodinium), with thermal anomalies in 2015–2016 triggering the most wid...

    Authors: Stephanie G. Gardner, Jean-Baptiste Raina, Matthew R. Nitschke, Daniel A. Nielsen, Michael Stat, Cherie A. Motti, Peter J. Ralph and Katherina Petrou

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:117

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  30. Peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-alpha (PPARα) is a ubiquitously expressed nuclear receptor. The role of endogenous PPARα in retinal neuronal homeostasis is unknown. Retinal photoreceptors are the hi...

    Authors: Elizabeth A. Pearsall, Rui Cheng, Kelu Zhou, Yusuke Takahashi, H. Greg Matlock, Shraddha S. Vadvalkar, Younghwa Shin, Thomas W. Fredrick, Marin L. Gantner, Steven Meng, Zhongjie Fu, Yan Gong, Michael Kinter, Kenneth M. Humphries, Luke I. Szweda, Lois E. H. Smith…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:113

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  31. Smad4 is a critical effector of TGF-β signaling that regulates a variety of cellular functions. However, its role in the brain has rarely been studied. Here, we examined the molecular mechanisms underlying the...

    Authors: Wei L. Hsu, Yun L. Ma, Yen C. Liu and Eminy H. Y. Lee

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:112

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  32. One of evolution’s most important achievements is the development and radiation of multicellular organisms with different types of cells. Complex multicellularity has evolved several times in eukaryotes; yet, ...

    Authors: Benjamin Klein, Daniel Wibberg and Armin Hallmann

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:111

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  33. The de novo assembly of repeat-rich mammalian genomes using only high-throughput short read sequencing data typically results in highly fragmented genome assemblies that limit downstream applications. Here, we...

    Authors: Peter A. Larsen, R. Alan Harris, Yue Liu, Shwetha C. Murali, C. Ryan Campbell, Adam D. Brown, Beth A. Sullivan, Jennifer Shelton, Susan J. Brown, Muthuswamy Raveendran, Olga Dudchenko, Ido Machol, Neva C. Durand, Muhammad S. Shamim, Erez Lieberman Aiden, Donna M. Muzny…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:110

    Content type: Methodology article

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  34. The efficient production, folding, and secretion of proteins is critical for cancer cell survival. However, cancer cells thrive under stress conditions that damage proteins, so many cancer cells overexpress mo...

    Authors: Sara Sannino and Jeffrey L. Brodsky

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:109

    Content type: Review

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  35. Protein–protein interactions (PPIs) are fundamental to the growth and survival of cells and serve as excellent targets to develop inhibitors of biological processes such as host-pathogen interactions and cance...

    Authors: Jin Huei Wong, Mohammad Alfatah, Mei Fang Sin, Hong May Sim, Chandra S. Verma, David P. Lane and Prakash Arumugam

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:108

    Content type: Methodology article

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  36. Many proteins of the mitochondrial intermembrane space (IMS) contain structural disulfide bonds formed by the mitochondrial disulfide relay. In fungi and animals, the sulfhydryl oxidase Erv1 ‘generates’ disulf...

    Authors: Valentina Peleh, Flavien Zannini, Sandra Backes, Nicolas Rouhier and Johannes M. Herrmann

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:106

    Content type: Research article

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  37. TRIM25 is a novel RNA-binding protein and a member of the Tripartite Motif (TRIM) family of E3 ubiquitin ligases, which plays a pivotal role in the innate immune response. However, there is scarce knowledge ab...

    Authors: Nila Roy Choudhury, Gregory Heikel, Maryia Trubitsyna, Peter Kubik, Jakub Stanislaw Nowak, Shaun Webb, Sander Granneman, Christos Spanos, Juri Rappsilber, Alfredo Castello and Gracjan Michlewski

    Citation: BMC Biology 2017 15:105

    Content type: Research article

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