BMC Biology Table of Contents – April 2020
 
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BMC Biology is pleased to share with you our April content update, featuring journal news, selected article highlights, current open series, and our most recent table of contents.

In addition to the highlights below, articles this month include research on how the abundance of ribosomal RNA fragments depends on a person’s sex and population origin, and the possible roles of m5C modifications in mRNA and translation.

 

You can also find a Comment article on the importance and best practices of storing reference genomes for metagenomics and microbiome studies; and research describing the insights into animal origins that we can glean from the life-cycles of predatory unicellular holozoans.

 

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Each month the BMC flagships showcase a Focus collection – this month on the Gut Microbiome. Follow these links for the featured articles from Genome BiologyGenome MedicineBMC Biology and BMC Medicine.

 
 
 
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New horns for an old head
New horns for an old head

David Linz and Armin Moczek study the emergence of novel traits in conserved structures, by dissecting the mechanisms of horn formation in dung beetles.

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Tuning the ribosomal crowd for maximal growth
Tuning the ribosomal crowd for maximal growth

Didier Mazel and colleagues find in Vibrio cholerae that the genomic location of ribosomal protein genes ensures optimal ribosome dosage, and sustains optimal macromolecular crowding essential for maximizing growth.


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Dynamic self-organization of microtubules
Dynamic self-organization of microtubules

Bailly and colleagues show that microtubules in Arabidopsis undergo changes in organization during seed germination, which may be triggered by release of dormancy, and reorient under compressive stress.

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RNA transport from the brain to the germline
RNA transport from the brain to the germline

Guy Barry and colleagues demonstrate that RNA can be transported from somatic tissue to the germline and passed on to embryos, providing evidence of a role for RNA in somatic-derived intergenerational effects.


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Table of contents
 
 
 

Commissioned Content

Comment
Improving the usability and comprehensiveness of microbial databases

Caitlin Loeffler et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:37

Research Articles

EVOLUTION

Research
Integrating evolutionarily novel horns within the deeply conserved insect head
David M. Linz and Armin P. Moczek
BMC Biology 2020 18:41

Research
Insights into the origin of metazoan multicellularity from predatory unicellular relatives of animals
Denis V. Tikhonenkov et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:39

MOLECULAR AND CELL BIOLOGY

Research
Ribosomal RNA fragmentation into short RNAs (rRFs) is modulated in a sex- and population of origin-specific manner
Tess Cherlin et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:38

Research
Multiple links between 5-methylcytosine content of mRNA and translation
Ulrike Schumann et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:40

Research
Nucleus size and DNA accessibility are linked to the regulation of paraspeckle formation in cellular differentiation
Markus Grosch et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:42

Research
Macromolecular crowding links ribosomal protein gene dosage to growth rate in Vibrio cholerae
Alfonso Soler-Bistué et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:43

Research
Direct evidence for transport of RNA from the mouse brain to the germline and offspring
Elizabeth A. O’Brien et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:45

PLANT BIOLOGY

 

Research
Microtubule self-organisation during seed germination in Arabidopsis
Huifang Yan et al.
BMC Biology 2020 18:44

 

 
 
 
 
 
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