Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    A mitochondrial carrier transports glycolytic intermediates to link cytosolic and mitochondrial glycolysis in the human gut parasite Blastocystis

    Eva Pyrihová, Martin S King ... Edmund RS Kunji
    Stramenopiles are unusual, because the pay-off phase of glycolysis occurs in mitochondria rather than the cytosol and the identified mitochondrial carrier links the two parts by transporting glycolytic intermediates.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Alasemenia, the earliest ovule with three wings and without cupule

    Deming Wang, Jiangnan Yang ... Pu Huang
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Epistasis facilitates functional evolution in an ancient transcription factor

    Brian PH Metzger, Yeonwoo Park ... Joseph W Thornton
    A complete mutational scan of a protein-DNA interface shows that pairwise epistatic interactions among amino acids determine a transcription factor's specificity for DNA and facilitate the evolution of new functions.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    CLOCK evolved in cnidaria to synchronize internal rhythms with diel environmental cues

    Raphael Aguillon, Mieka Rinsky ... Oren Levy
    Disruption of the Clock gene in the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis revealed its essential role in circadian rhythm maintenance and uncovered a compensatory light-response pathway, advancing our comprehension of circadian regulation in non-bilaterian animals.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    CoCoNuTs are a diverse subclass of Type IV restriction systems predicted to target RNA

    Ryan T Bell, Harutyun Sahakyan ... Eugene V Koonin
    Bacterial Type IV restriction-modification systems display remarkable, previously unnoticed diversity of complex gene and domain architectures, and are predicted to couple antiphage immunity with the abortive infection form of defense.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Large-scale deorphanization of Nematostella vectensis neuropeptide G protein-coupled receptors supports the independent expansion of bilaterian and cnidarian peptidergic systems

    Daniel Thiel, Luis Alfonso Yañez Guerra ... Gáspár Jékely
    The identification of 31 neuropeptide GPCRs in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis provides a rich resource to study peptidergic signaling in cnidarians and suggests that cnidarian and bilaterian peptidergic systems diversified independent from each other from a few ancestral systems.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    High-density sampling reveals volume growth in human tumours

    Arman Angaji, Michel Owusu ... Johannes Berg


    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of circadian clocks

    Erica R Kwiatkowski, Patrick Emery
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Natural History of Model Organisms: E. coqui

    Sarah E Westrick, Mara Laslo, Eva K Fischer

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