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  1. Content type: Research article

    Tissue networks such as the vascular networks of plant and animal organs transport signals and nutrients in most multicellular organisms. The transport function of tissue networks depends on topological featur...

    Authors: Carla Verna, Megan G. Sawchuk, Nguyen Manh Linh and Enrico Scarpella

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:94

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  2. Content type: Methodology article

    Complement is a large protein network in plasma that is crucial for human immune defenses and a major cause of aberrant inflammatory reactions. The C5 convertase is a multi-molecular protease complex that cata...

    Authors: Evelien T. M. Berends, Ronald D. Gorham Jr, Maartje Ruyken, Jasper A. Soppe, Hatice Orhan, Piet C. Aerts, Carla J. C. de Haas, Piet Gros and Suzan H. M. Rooijakkers

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:93

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    Oat plants grown at an agricultural research facility produce higher yields in Field 1 than in Field 2, under well fertilised conditions and with similar weather exposure; all oat plants in both fields are hea...

    Authors: Emma Saxon

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:91

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    Although prevalent in prokaryotes, horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is rarer in multicellular eukaryotes. Bdelloid rotifers are microscopic animals that contain a higher proportion of horizontally transferred, n...

    Authors: Isobel Eyres, Chiara Boschetti, Alastair Crisp, Thomas P. Smith, Diego Fontaneto, Alan Tunnacliffe and Timothy G. Barraclough

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:90

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    Ejaculates contain a diverse mixture of sperm and seminal fluid proteins, the combination of which is crucial to male reproductive success under competitive conditions. Males should therefore tailor the produc...

    Authors: Steven A. Ramm, Dominic A. Edward, Amy J. Claydon, Dean E. Hammond, Philip Brownridge, Jane L. Hurst, Robert J. Beynon and Paula Stockley

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:87

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  6. Content type: Comment

    Oat plants grown at an agricultural research facility produce higher yields in Field 1 than in Field 2, under well fertilised conditions and with similar weather exposure; all oat plants in both fields are hea...

    Authors: Emma Saxon

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:86

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  7. Content type: Research Article

    How a potentially diverse population of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) differentiates and proliferates to supply more than 1011 mature blood cells every day in humans remains a key biological question. We invest...

    Authors: Sidhartha Goyal, Sanggu Kim, Irvin SY Chen and Tom Chou

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:85

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    The pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum is an agriculturally important pest of leguminous plants including peas and broad beans. The widespread use of chemical pesticides impacts heavily on the environment, and increas...

    Authors: Emma Saxon

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:83

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    Some yeasts have evolved a methylotrophic lifestyle enabling them to utilize the single carbon compound methanol as a carbon and energy source. Among them, Pichia pastoris (syn. Komagataella sp.) is frequently us...

    Authors: Hannes Rußmayer, Markus Buchetics, Clemens Gruber, Minoska Valli, Karlheinz Grillitsch, Gerda Modarres, Raffaele Guerrasio, Kristaps Klavins, Stefan Neubauer, Hedda Drexler, Matthias Steiger, Christina Troyer, Ali Al Chalabi, Guido Krebiehl, Denise Sonntag, Günther Zellnig…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:80

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    A genome-wide association study (GWAS) is the foremost strategy used for finding genes that control human diseases and agriculturally important traits, but it often reports false positives. In contrast, its co...

    Authors: Chunhui Li, Yongxiang Li, Peter J. Bradbury, Xun Wu, Yunsu Shi, Yanchun Song, Dengfeng Zhang, Eli Rodgers-Melnick, Edward S. Buckler, Zhiwu Zhang, Yu Li and Tianyu Wang

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:78

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    Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)-2 and growth and differentiation factor (GDF)-5 are two related transforming growth factor (TGF)-β family members with important functions in embryonic development and tissue h...

    Authors: Uwe Klammert, Thomas D. Mueller, Tina V. Hellmann, Kristian K. Wuerzler, Alexander Kotzsch, Anna Schliermann, Werner Schmitz, Alexander C. Kuebler, Walter Sebald and Joachim Nickel

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:77

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    Bacterial spores can remain dormant for decades, yet harbor the exceptional capacity to rapidly resume metabolic activity and recommence life. Although germinants and their corresponding receptors have been kn...

    Authors: Alex Rosenberg, Boumediene Soufi, Vaishnavi Ravikumar, Nelson C. Soares, Karsten Krug, Yoav Smith, Boris Macek and Sigal Ben-Yehuda

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:76

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    Plants under herbivore attack release volatiles that attract natural enemies, and herbivores in turn avoid such plants. Whilst herbivore-induced plant volatile blends appeared to reduce the attractiveness of h...

    Authors: Eduardo Hatano, Ahmed M. Saveer, Felipe Borrero-Echeverry, Martin Strauch, Ali Zakir, Marie Bengtsson, Rickard Ignell, Peter Anderson, Paul G. Becher, Peter Witzgall and Teun Dekker

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:75

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    Recent genome projects of various animals have uncovered an unexpectedly large number of opsin genes, which encode protein moieties of photoreceptor molecules, in most animals. In visual systems, the biologica...

    Authors: Mitsumasa Koyanagi, Seiji Wada, Emi Kawano-Yamashita, Yuichiro Hara, Shigehiro Kuraku, Shigeaki Kosaka, Koichi Kawakami, Satoshi Tamotsu, Hisao Tsukamoto, Yoshinori Shichida and Akihisa Terakita

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:73

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    The shoot meristem gives rise to new organs throughout a plant’s life by the activity of pluripotent stem cells in the meristem center. Organ initiation at the periphery of the shoot meristem is triggered by t...

    Authors: Farshad Roodbarkelari, Fei Du, Elisabeth Truernit and Thomas Laux

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:74

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    In contrast to mammals, the zebrafish has the remarkable capacity to regenerate its pancreatic beta cells very efficiently. Understanding the mechanisms of regeneration in the zebrafish and the differences wit...

    Authors: Aurélie P. Ghaye, David Bergemann, Estefania Tarifeño-Saldivia, Lydie C. Flasse, Virginie Von Berg, Bernard Peers, Marianne L. Voz and Isabelle Manfroid

    Citation: BMC Biology 2015 13:70

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