Short Reports

A Short Report allows authors to publish the results of a small number of experiments, provided the conclusion is clear and justified, and the findings are novel and judged to be of high importance.

Latest articles

    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Origin of the mechanism of phenotypic plasticity in satyrid butterfly eyespots

    Shivam Bhardwaj et al.
    A gradual, step-wise, physiological/molecular response of eyespot size to temperature is a likely adaptation to seasonal variation experienced in the habitat of Bicyclusanynana butterflies.
    1. Neuroscience

    Inhibition of protein synthesis in M1 of monkeys disrupts performance of sequential movements guided by memory

    Machiko Ohbayashi
    Inhibition of protein synthesis in primary motor cortex (M1) of monkeys disrupted the performance of skilled sequential movements suggesting that M1 is involved in maintenance of skilled sequential movements.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Disease-modifying effects of natural Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol in endometriosis-associated pain

    Alejandra Escudero-Lara et al.
    A mouse model of endometriosis reveals that moderate doses of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol produce clear regression of ectopic endometrial growths, pronounced alleviation of pelvic pain and unexpected memory improvements.
    1. Ecology

    Substantial near-infrared radiation-driven photosynthesis of chlorophyll f-containing cyanobacteria in a natural habitat

    Michael Kühl et al.
    Cyanobacteria with chlorophyll f show substantial near-infrared radiation-driven photosynthesis and can play an important role for primary production in endolithic, intertidal habitats.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Spinal signalling of C-fiber mediated pleasant touch in humans

    Andrew G Marshall et al.
    Pleasant touch perception in humans is unaffected by spinothalamic disruption indicating integrated spinal processing of hedonic and discriminative tactile inputs rather than privileged C-tactile-lamina I-spinothalamic projections.
    1. Cell Biology

    In vitro reconstitution of branching microtubule nucleation

    Ammarah Tariq et al.
    Purification of two conserved protein complexes, the γ-TuRC and Augmin, using a simple affinity technique, demonstrates that they are necessary and sufficient for the essential phenomenon of branching microtubule nucleation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Biochemical reconstitution of branching microtubule nucleation

    Raymundo Alfaro-Aco et al.
    The protein TPX2 and the protein complex augmin together recruit the microtubule nucleator γ-TuRC to a pre-existing microtubule where they initiate branching microtubule nucleation.