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  1. Content type: Research article

    The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was undertaken with the goal of defining microbial communities in and on the bodies of healthy individuals using high-throughput metagenomic sequencing analysis. The viruses ...

    Authors: Kristine M Wylie, Kathie A Mihindukulasuriya, Yanjiao Zhou, Erica Sodergren, Gregory A Storch and George M Weinstock

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:71

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    The meiotic developmental pathway in yeast enables both differentiation of vegetative cells into haploid spores that ensure long-term survival, and recombination of the parental DNA to create genetic diversity...

    Authors: Thomas Walther, Fabien Létisse, Lindsay Peyriga, Ceren Alkim, Yuchen Liu, Aurélie Lardenois, Hélène Martin-Yken, Jean-Charles Portais, Michael Primig and Jean Marie François\

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:60

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    Steroidogenic acute regulatory protein (StAR)-related lipid transfer (START) domains were first identified from mammalian proteins that bind lipid/sterol ligands via a hydrophobic pocket. In plants, predicted ...

    Authors: Kathrin Schrick, Michael Bruno, Aashima Khosla, Paige N Cox, Sara A Marlatt, Remigio A Roque, Henry C Nguyen, Cuiwen He, Michael P Snyder, Daljit Singh and Gitanjali Yadav

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:70

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    Antagonistic interactions mediated by antibiotics are strong drivers of bacterial community dynamics which shape biodiversity. Colicin production by Escherichia coli is such an interaction that governs intraspeci...

    Authors: Felix JH Hol, Mathias J Voges, Cees Dekker and Juan E Keymer

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:68

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    Genomes of bacteria and archaea (collectively, prokaryotes) appear to exist in incessant flux, expanding via horizontal gene transfer and gene duplication, and contracting via gene loss. However, the actual ra...

    Authors: Pere Puigbò, Alexander E Lobkovsky, David M Kristensen, Yuri I Wolf and Eugene V Koonin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:66

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  6. Content type: Methodology article

    Whole-mount in situ hybridization (WISH) is a fundamental tool for studying the spatio-temporal expression pattern of RNA molecules in intact embryos and tissues. The available methodologies for detecting mRNAs i...

    Authors: Theresa Gross-Thebing, Azadeh Paksa and Erez Raz

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:55

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    Multiple growth factors are known to control several aspects of neuronal biology, consecutively acting as morphogens to diversify neuronal fates, as guidance cues for axonal growth, and as modulators of surviv...

    Authors: Nathalie Caruso, Balazs Herberth, Fabienne Lamballe, Vilma Arce-Gorvel, Flavio Maina and Françoise Helmbacher

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:56

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    Archaea share a similar microbial lifestyle with bacteria, and not surprisingly then, also exist within matrix-enclosed communities known as biofilms. Advances in biofilm biology have been made over decades fo...

    Authors: Scott Chimileski, Michael J Franklin and R Thane Papke

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:65

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    Phase 2 detoxification enzymes provide a vital defence against reactive oxygen species, including xenobiotic metabolites, which cause the oxidative damage involved in drug toxicity and many diseases. Hence, th...

    Authors: Helen M Crook-McMahon, Monika Oláhová, Emma L Button, Johnathan J Winter and Elizabeth A Veal

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:64

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    The research field of connectomics arose just recently with the development of new three-dimensional-electron microscopy (EM) techniques and increasing computing power. So far, only a few model species (for ex...

    Authors: Tobias Lehmann, Martin Heß, Gerhard Wanner and Roland R Melzer

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:59

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    The formation of the primitive streak is the first visible sign of gastrulation, the process by which the three germ layers are formed from a single epithelium during early development. Embryonic stem cells (E...

    Authors: David A Turner, Pau Rué, Jonathan P Mackenzie, Eleanor Davies and Alfonso Martinez Arias

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:63

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  12. Content type: Commentary

    The quality of complex communication signals, such as birdsong, is difficult to assess and compare across individuals or species. A new study on skylark song avoids the problem of signal complexity by assessin...

    Authors: Gonçalo C Cardoso

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:62

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  13. Content type: Review

    The rod is a ubiquitous shape adopted by walled cells from diverse organisms ranging from bacteria to fungi to plants. Although rod-like shapes are found in cells of vastly different sizes and are constructed ...

    Authors: Fred Chang and Kerwyn Casey Huang

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:54

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    Pneumococcal β-lactam resistance was first detected in Iceland in the late 1980s, and subsequently peaked at almost 25% of clinical isolates in the mid-1990s largely due to the spread of the internationally-di...

    Authors: Nicholas J Croucher, William P Hanage, Simon R Harris, Lesley McGee, Mark van der Linden, Herminia de Lencastre, Raquel Sá-Leão, Jae-Hoon Song, Kwan Soo Ko, Bernard Beall, Keith P Klugman, Julian Parkhill, Alexander Tomasz, Karl G Kristinsson and Stephen D Bentley

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:49

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    Transgenic crops expressing Bt toxins have substantial benefits for growers in terms of reduced synthetic insecticide inputs, area-wide pest management and yield. This valuable technology depends upon delaying...

    Authors: Pilar Téllez-Rodríguez, Ben Raymond, Ivis Morán-Bertot, Lianet Rodríguez-Cabrera, Denis J Wright, Carlos G Borroto and Camilo Ayra-Pardo

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:48

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    In the adult central nervous system, axonal regeneration is abortive. Regulators of microtubule dynamics have emerged as attractive targets to promote axonal growth following injury as microtubule organization...

    Authors: Márcia A Liz, Fernando M Mar, Telma E Santos, Helena I Pimentel, Ana M Marques, Marlene M Morgado, Sílvia Vieira, Vera F Sousa, Hayley Pemble, Torsten Wittmann, Calum Sutherland, James R Woodgett and Mónica M Sousa

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:47

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    Relatively recent evidence indicates that ABCC2 transporters play a main role in the mode of action of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) Cry1A-type proteins. Mapping of major Cry1A resistance genes has linked resistanc...

    Authors: Youngjin Park, Rosa M González-Martínez, Gloria Navarro-Cerrillo, Maissa Chakroun, Yonggyun Kim, Pello Ziarsolo, Jose Blanca, Joaquin Cañizares, Juan Ferré and Salvador Herrero

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:46

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    BMP-induced chemotaxis of mesenchymal progenitors is fundamental for vertebrate development, disease and tissue repair. BMP2 induces Smad and non-Smad signalling. Whereas signal transduction via Smads lead to ...

    Authors: Christian Hiepen, Andreas Benn, Agnieszka Denkis, Ilya Lukonin, Christoph Weise, Jan H Boergermann and Petra Knaus

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:43

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    Wnt proteins are a family of secreted signaling molecules that regulate key developmental processes in metazoans. The molecular basis of Wnt binding to Frizzled and LRP5/6 co-receptors has long been unknown du...

    Authors: Sumit Kumar, Mihaela Žigman, Trushar R Patel, Benjamin Trageser, Julia Christina Gross, Karolin Rahm, Michael Boutros, Dietmar Gradl, Herbert Steinbeisser, Thomas Holstein, Jörg Stetefeld and Suat Özbek

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:44

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    The use of low quality RNA samples in whole-genome gene expression profiling remains controversial. It is unclear if transcript degradation in low quality RNA samples occurs uniformly, in which case the effect...

    Authors: Irene Gallego Romero, Athma A Pai, Jenny Tung and Yoav Gilad

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:42

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    FAF1 is a ubiquitin-binding adaptor for the p97 ATPase and belongs to the UBA-UBX family of p97 cofactors. p97 converts the energy derived from ATP hydrolysis into conformational changes of the p97 hexamer, wh...

    Authors: Yorann Baron, Patrick G Pedrioli, Kshitiz Tyagi, Clare Johnson, Nicola T Wood, Daniel Fountaine, Melanie Wightman and Gabriela Alexandru

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:39

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    Klebsiella pneumoniae strains are pathogenic to animals and humans, in which they are both a frequent cause of nosocomial infections and a re-emerging cause of severe community-acquired infections. K. pneumoniae ...

    Authors: Letícia MS Lery, Lionel Frangeul, Anna Tomas, Virginie Passet, Ana S Almeida, Suzanne Bialek-Davenet, Valérie Barbe, José A Bengoechea, Philippe Sansonetti, Sylvain Brisse and Régis Tournebize

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:41

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    Various senses and sensory nerve architectures of animals have evolved during adaptation to exploit diverse environments. In craniates, the trunk sensory system has evolved from simple mechanosensory neurons i...

    Authors: Hiroshi Yajima, Makoto Suzuki, Haruki Ochi, Keiko Ikeda, Shigeru Sato, Ken-ichi Yamamura, Hajime Ogino, Naoto Ueno and Kiyoshi Kawakami

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:40

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  24. Content type: Review

    In a majority of cell types, mitochondria form highly dynamic, tubular networks. Maintaining the shape of this complex network is critical for both mitochondrial and cellular function and involves the activiti...

    Authors: Laura L Lackner

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:35

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    Almost 20 years ago, the discovery that mitochondrial release of cytochrome c initiates a cascade that leads to cell death brought about a wholesale change in how cell biologists think of mitochondria. Formerl...

    Authors: Navdeep S Chandel

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:34

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    Diverse transposable elements are abundant in genomes of cellular organisms from all three domains of life. Although transposons are often regarded as junk DNA, a growing body of evidence indicates that they a...

    Authors: Mart Krupovic, Kira S Makarova, Patrick Forterre, David Prangishvili and Eugene V Koonin

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:36

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    CD4 T lymphocyte activation requires T cell receptor (TCR) engagement by peptide/MHC (major histocompatibility complex) (pMHC). The TCR complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) contains variable α and β loo...

    Authors: Catherine Reynolds, Deborah Chong, Eleanor Raynsford, Kathryn Quigley, Deborah Kelly, Julia Llewellyn-Hughes, Daniel Altmann and Rosemary Boyton

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:32

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  28. Content type: Research article

    Optimal reproductive fitness is essential for the biological success and survival of species. The vomeronasal organ is strongly implicated in the display of sexual and reproductive behaviors in female mice, ye...

    Authors: Livio Oboti, Anabel Pérez-Gómez, Matthieu Keller, Eric Jacobi, Lutz Birnbaumer, Trese Leinders-Zufall, Frank Zufall and Pablo Chamero

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:31

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    One of the promises in regenerative medicine is to regenerate or replace damaged tissues. The embryonic chick can regenerate its retina by transdifferentiation of the retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) and by ...

    Authors: Agustin Luz-Madrigal, Erika Grajales-Esquivel, Alexander McCorkle, Ashley M DiLorenzo, Karla Barbosa-Sabanero, Panagiotis A Tsonis and Katia Del Rio-Tsonis

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:28

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    An initial comparative genomic study of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae and the yellow fever mosquito Aedes aegypti revealed striking differences in the genome assembly size and in the abundance of transposa...

    Authors: Vladimir A Timoshevskiy, Nicholas A Kinney, Becky S deBruyn, Chunhong Mao, Zhijian Tu, David W Severson, Igor V Sharakhov and Maria V Sharakhova

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:27

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Abnormalities in pyloric development or in contractile function of the pylorus cause reflux of duodenal contents into the stomach and increase the risk of gastric metaplasia and cancer. Abnormalities of the py...

    Authors: Yushan Li, Jirong Pan, Chao Wei, Juan Chen, Ying Liu, Jiali Liu, Xiaoxin Zhang, Sylvia M Evans, Yan Cui and Sheng Cui

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:25

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    Directed cell migration is essential for normal development. In most of the migratory cell populations that have been analyzed in detail to date, all of the cells migrate as a collective from one location to a...

    Authors: Heather M Young, Annette J Bergner, Matthew J Simpson, Sonja J McKeown, Marlene M Hao, Colin R Anderson and Hideki Enomoto

    Citation: BMC Biology 2014 12:23

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