BMC Biology Table of Contents – September 2019
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This month’s content in BMC Biology comprises the latest Review from our New Tools for Neurobiology series, and the usual diverse assortment of Research.

New articles include the genomes of geminivirus-resistant and geminivirus–susceptible cultivars of the important crop African cassava – part of our Environment and Sustainability series; bipolar mitotic spindle formation and chromosome alignment; and effects of cold exposure on browning of white adipose tissue. See our Highlights below for more content!

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Featured articles

The origins of strigolactone synthesis and signalling

Walker and colleagues suggest that synthesis of strigolactones – key plant signalling molecules –
evolved before canonical signalling, and may have first evolved as rhizosphere signals before later
being recruited as hormone signals.
Synthetic Biology Goes Cell-Free
Impact of antibiotics on the gut microbiome and resistome

Willmann and colleagues use shotgun metagenomics to follow alterations in the gut microbiome and resistome in two cohorts of patients receiving distinct prophylactic antibodies, finding an impact of
antivirals and the baseline microbiome, as well as the antibiotic treatment regimen.
Genetic voltage indicators and membrane potential imaging

Yuste and colleagues review advances in the design and use of genetic voltage indicators, and how
their applications in imaging membrane potential can bring about unprecedented understanding of
synaptic activity in neuronal populations.
Finding microbial contamination in NGS data

A computational method for profiling microbial contamination in NGS data by Kenta Nakai and
colleagues, suggests that microbial contamination of laboratory reagents and environment leads to
changes in gene expression and phenotypes of cell lines.
Featured series - Environment and Sustainability
Featured series - Reviews

This collection brings together articles addressing questions in ecology, sustainability and the
environmental challenges of the Anthropocene: from Research on modelling the impact of genetic controls on malaria populations and disease surveillance platform for fungal pathogens, to a Review on human influences on evolutionary dynamics of wild populations

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Commissioned content

Genetic voltage indicators
Yuki Bando, Christiane Grimm, Victor H Cornejo and Rafael Yuste



Distinct impact of antibiotics on the gut microbiome and resistome: a longitudinal multicenter cohort study
Matthias Willmann, Maria J. G. T. Vehreschild, et al.

Haplotype-resolved genomes of geminivirus-resistant and geminivirus-susceptible African cassava cultivars
Joel-E. Kuon, Weihong Qi, Pascal Schläpfer, et al.

Cold-induced lipid dynamics and transcriptional programs in white adipose tissue
Ziye Xu, Wenjing You, Yanbing Zhou, et al.

CCDC74A/B are K-fiber crosslinkers required for chromosomal alignment
Haining Zhou, Tao Zheng, Tianning Wang, et al.

A systematic sequencing-based approach for microbial contaminant detection and functional inference
Sung-Joon Park, Satoru Onizuka, Masahide Seki, et al.

Strigolactone synthesis is ancestral in land plants, but canonical strigolactone signalling is a flowering plant innovation
Catriona H. Walker, Karen Siu-Ting, Alysha Taylor, et al.

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