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  1. Content type: Research article

    Increases in biological complexity and the origins of life’s hierarchical organization are described by the “major transitions” framework. A crucial component of this paradigm is that after the transition in c...

    Authors: Matthew D. Herron, Seyed A. Zamani-Dahaj and William C. Ratcliff

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:145

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    The green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Volvox carteri are important models for studying light perception and response, expressing many different photoreceptors. More than 10 opsins were reported in C. rein...

    Authors: Yuehui Tian, Shiqiang Gao, Eva Laura von der Heyde, Armin Hallmann and Georg Nagel

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:144

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    The evolution of photosynthesis has been a major driver in eukaryotic diversification. Eukaryotes have acquired plastids (chloroplasts) either directly via the engulfment and integration of a photosynthetic cy...

    Authors: Ugo Cenci, Shannon J. Sibbald, Bruce A. Curtis, Ryoma Kamikawa, Laura Eme, Daniel Moog, Bernard Henrissat, Eric Maréchal, Malika Chabi, Christophe Djemiel, Andrew J. Roger, Eunsoo Kim and John M. Archibald

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:137

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2018 16:140

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    Activity in populations of neurons often takes the form of assemblies, where specific groups of neurons tend to activate at the same time. However, in calcium imaging data, reliably identifying these assemblie...

    Authors: Jan Mölter, Lilach Avitan and Geoffrey J. Goodhill

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:143

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  5. Content type: Commentary

    The capture and enslavement of eukaryotic algae by unicellular predators to acquire photosynthesis was a major driving force in early eukaryotic diversification. A genome presented in BMC Biology provides a glimp...

    Authors: Geoffrey Ian McFadden

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:140

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    The original article was published in BMC Biology 2018 16:137

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    Mammalian cells are flexible and can rapidly change shape when they contract, adhere, or migrate. The nucleus must be stiff enough to withstand cytoskeletal forces, but flexible enough to remodel as the cell c...

    Authors: Elsie C. Jacobson, Jo K. Perry, David S. Long, Ada L. Olins, Donald E. Olins, Bryon E. Wright, Mark H. Vickers and Justin M. O’Sullivan

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:142

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    Bacteria and mitochondria contain translocases that function to transport proteins across or insert proteins into their inner and outer membranes. Extant mitochondria retain some bacterial-derived translocases...

    Authors: Markéta Petrů, Jeremy Wideman, Kristoffer Moore, Felicity Alcock, Tracy Palmer and Pavel Doležal

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:141

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  8. Content type: Methodology article

    Base editors are a class of genome editing tools with the ability to efficiently induce point mutations in genomic DNA, without inducing double-strand breaks or relying on homology-direct repair as in other su...

    Authors: Wei Qin, Xiaochan Lu, Yunxing Liu, Haipeng Bai, Song Li and Shuo Lin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:139

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    Characterizing recurring sequence patterns in human promoters has been a challenging undertaking even nowadays where a near-complete overview of promoters exists. However, with the more recent availability of ...

    Authors: Xinyi Yang and Martin Vingron

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:138

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    Complex multicellularity requires elaborate developmental mechanisms, often based on the versatility of heterodimeric transcription factor (TF) interactions. Homeobox TFs in the TALE superclass are deeply embe...

    Authors: Sunjoo Joo, Ming Hsiu Wang, Gary Lui, Jenny Lee, Andrew Barnas, Eunsoo Kim, Sebastian Sudek, Alexandra Z. Worden and Jae-Hyeok Lee

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:136

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  11. Content type: Interview

    Joel Dacks is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Cell Biology at the University of Alberta, a Scientific Associate at the Natural History Museum (London), and the current Presiden...

    Authors: Joel B. Dacks

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:119

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  12. Content type: Correction

    Reinvestigation of the raw data revealed an unfortunate error in Ugelvig et al. 2008 [1].

    Authors: Line V. Ugelvig, Falko P. Drijfhout, Daniel J. C. Kronauer, Jacobus J. Boomsma, Jes S. Pedersen and Sylvia Cremer

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:128

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    The original article was published in BMC Biology 2008 6:11

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    Upon maturation in the bone marrow, polyploid megakaryocytes elongate very long and thin cytoplasmic branches called proplatelets. Proplatelets enter the sinusoids blood vessels in which platelets are ultimate...

    Authors: Juliette van Dijk, Guillaume Bompard, Julien Cau, Shinji Kunishima, Gabriel Rabeharivelo, Julio Mateos-Langerak, Chantal Cazevieille, Patricia Cavelier, Brigitte Boizet-Bonhoure, Claude Delsert and Nathalie Morin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:116

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    High throughput methods for profiling the transcriptomes of single cells have recently emerged as transformative approaches for large-scale population surveys of cellular diversity in heterogeneous primary tis...

    Authors: Aparna Bhaduri, Tomasz J Nowakowski, Alex A Pollen and Arnold R Kriegstein

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:113

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    Developmental physiology is very sensitive to nutrient availability. For instance, in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, newly hatched L1-stage larvae require food to initiate postembryonic development. In addi...

    Authors: Rebecca E. W. Kaplan, Amy K. Webster, Rojin Chitrakar, Joseph A. Dent and L. Ryan Baugh

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:112

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    H3.3 is an ancient and conserved H3 variant and plays essential roles in transcriptional regulation. HIRA complex, which is composed of HIRA, UBN1 or UBN2, and Cabin1, is a H3.3 specific chaperone complex. How...

    Authors: Chaoyang Xiong, Zengqi Wen, Juan Yu, Jun Chen, Chao-Pei Liu, Xiaodong Zhang, Ping Chen, Rui-Ming Xu and Guohong Li

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:110

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    The WW domain-containing oxidoreductase (WWOX) gene, frequently altered in breast cancer, encodes a tumor suppressor whose function is mediated through its interactions with cancer-related proteins, such as the p...

    Authors: Florian Bonin, Karim Taouis, Paula Azorin, Ambre Petitalot, Zakia Tariq, Sebastien Nola, Nadège Bouteille, Sandrine Tury, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bièche, Khadija Ait Rais, Gaelle Pierron, Laetitia Fuhrmann, Anne Vincent-Salomon, Etienne Formstecher, Jacques Camonis…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:109

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    Cnidocytes are specialized cells that define the phylum Cnidaria. They possess an “explosive” organelle called cnidocyst that is important for prey capture and anti-predator defense. An extraordinary morpholog...

    Authors: Kartik Sunagar, Yaara Y Columbus-Shenkar, Arie Fridrich, Nadya Gutkovich, Reuven Aharoni and Yehu Moran

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:108

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    Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are specialized aggregations of extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules surrounding specific neurons in the central nervous system (CNS). PNNs are supposed to control synaptic transmissio...

    Authors: Mandy Sonntag, Maren Blosa, Sophie Schmidt, Katja Reimann, Kerstin Blum, Tobias Eckrich, Gudrun Seeger, Dietmar Hecker, Bernhard Schick, Thomas Arendt, Jutta Engel and Markus Morawski

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:99

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2018 16:105

  20. Content type: Commentary

    During hearing in mammals, “sensorineural” inner hair cells convert sound wave-generated mechanical input into electrical activity, resulting in glutamate release onto type I spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) at ...

    Authors: Thomas M. Coate and Katherine Conant

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:105

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    The original article was published in BMC Biology 2018 16:99

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    Sexual reproduction is the norm in almost all animal species, and in many advanced animal societies, both males and females participate in social activities. To date, the complete loss of males from advanced s...

    Authors: Toshihisa Yashiro, Nathan Lo, Kazuya Kobayashi, Tomonari Nozaki, Taro Fuchikawa, Nobuaki Mizumoto, Yusuke Namba and Kenji Matsuura

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:96

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    The Commentary to this article has been published in BMC Biology 2018 16:106

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    The hierarchical organization of eukaryotic chromatin plays a central role in gene regulation, by controlling the extent to which the transcription machinery can access DNA. The histone variants H3.3 and H2A.Z...

    Authors: Yan Wang, Haizhen Long, Juan Yu, Liping Dong, Michel Wassef, Baowen Zhuo, Xia Li, Jicheng Zhao, Min Wang, Cuifang Liu, Zengqi Wen, Luyuan Chang, Ping Chen, Qian-fei Wang, Xueqing Xu, Raphael Margueron…

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:107

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  23. Content type: Comment

    CRISPR-Cas systems, the purveyors of adaptive immunity in archaea and bacteria and sources of the new generation of genome engineering tools, have been studied in exquisite molecular detail. However, when it c...

    Authors: Eugene V. Koonin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:95

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    Defining the mechanisms that establish and regulate the transmission of epigenetic information from parent to offspring is critical for understanding disease heredity. Currently, the molecular pathways that re...

    Authors: Jessica M. Stringer, Samuel C. Forster, Zhipeng Qu, Lexie Prokopuk, Moira K. O’Bryan, David K. Gardner, Stefan J. White, David Adelson and Patrick S. Western

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:104

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    piRNAs have a constitutive role in genome defence by silencing transposable elements in the germline. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, piRNAs also induce epigenetic silencing of transgenes, which can be ma...

    Authors: Tony Belicard, Pree Jareosettasin and Peter Sarkies

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:103

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    Global analyses of gene expression during development reveal specific transcription patterns associated with the emergence of various cell types, tissues, and organs. These heterogeneous patterns are instrumen...

    Authors: P. J. Fabre, M. Leleu, B. Mascrez, Q. Lo Giudice, J. Cobb and D. Duboule

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:101

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    Two of the most widely cultivated rice strains are Oryza sativa indica and O. sativa japonica, and understanding the genetic basis of their agronomic traits is of importance for crop production. These two species...

    Authors: Xiukun Li, Lian Wu, Jiahong Wang, Jian Sun, Xiuhong Xia, Xin Geng, Xuhong Wang, Zhengjin Xu and Quan Xu

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:102

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  28. Content type: Question and Answer

    Array tomography encompasses light and electron microscopy modalities that offer unparalleled opportunities to explore three-dimensional cellular architectures in extremely fine structural and molecular detail...

    Authors: Stephen J Smith

    Citation: BMC Biology 2018 16:98

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