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  1. Content type: Research article

    The C-C motif chemokine ligand 16 (CCL16) is a potent pro-inflammatory chemokine and a chemoattractant for monocytes and lymphocytes. In normal plasma, it is present at high concentrations and elicits its effe...

    Authors: Fabiana Neves, Joana Abrantes, Ana M. Lopes, Luciana A. Fusinatto, Maria J. Magalhães, Wessel van der Loo and Pedro J. Esteves

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:59

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    Alternative reproductive tactics (ARTs) are taxonomically pervasive strategies adopted by individuals to maximize reproductive success within populations. Even for conditionally-dependent traits, consensus pos...

    Authors: K. A. Stewart, R. Draaijer, M. R. Kolasa and I. M. Smallegange

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:58

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    Sex-determining systems may profoundly influence the ecology, behaviour and demography of animals, yet these relationships are poorly understood. Here we investigate whether species with temperature-dependent ...

    Authors: Veronika Bókony, Gregory Milne, Ivett Pipoly, Tamás Székely and András Liker

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:57

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  4. Content type: Correction

    Following publication of the original article [1], the authors notified us of an error in the Results section of the Abstract. The original article has been corrected.

    Authors: Jahnavi Joshi and Gregory D. Edgecombe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:56

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    The original article was published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:41

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    Micro RNAs (miRNAs), a class of small non-coding RNAs, have been implicated in various aspects of plant development. miR394 is required for shoot apical meristem organization, stem cell maintenance and abiotic...

    Authors: Ashutosh Kumar, Vibhav Gautam, Pramod Kumar, Shalini Mukherjee, Swati Verma and Ananda K. Sarkar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:55

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  6. Content type: Research article

    The evolutionary history of a species is frequently derived from molecular sequences, and the resulting phylogenetic trees do not include explicit functional information. Here, we aimed to assess the functiona...

    Authors: Agustín Estrada-Peña and Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:54

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  7. Content type: Research article

    DNA barcoding utilises a standardised region of the cytochrome c oxidase I (COI) gene to identify specimens to the species level. It has proven to be an effective tool for identification of avian samples. The uni...

    Authors: Jacqueline Tizard, Selina Patel, John Waugh, Erika Tavares, Tjard Bergmann, Brian Gill, Janette Norman, Les Christidis, Paul Scofield, Oliver Haddrath, Allan Baker, David Lambert and Craig Millar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:52

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  8. Content type: Research article

    It has been suggested that climate change will lead to increased environmental fluctuations, which will undoubtedly have evolutionary consequences for all biota. For instance, fluctuations can directly increas...

    Authors: Kati Saarinen, Leena Lindström and Tarmo Ketola

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:42

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  9. Content type: Research article

    Understanding the relative influence of vicariance and dispersal in shaping Old World tropical biodiversity remains a challenge. We aimed to infer the roles of these alternative biogeographic processes using a...

    Authors: Jahnavi Joshi and Gregory D. Edgecombe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:41

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:56

  10. Content type: Research article

    During the modern human expansion, new environmental pressures may have driven adaptation, especially in genes related to the perception of ingested substances and their detoxification. Consequently, positive ...

    Authors: Begoña Dobon, Carla Rossell, Sandra Walsh and Jaume Bertranpetit

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:39

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  11. Content type: Research article

    Many physiological processes are influenced by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChR), ranging from neuromuscular and parasympathetic signaling to modulation of the reward system and long-term memory. Due t...

    Authors: Julia E. Pedersen, Christina A. Bergqvist and Dan Larhammar

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:38

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Morphological diversity of limb bone lengths, diameters, and proportions in mammals is known to vary strongly with locomotor habit. It remains less well known how different locomotor habits are correlated with...

    Authors: Brandon M. Kilbourne and John R. Hutchinson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:37

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  13. Content type: Research article

    At the very end of the larval stage Drosophila expectorate a glue secreted by their salivary glands to attach themselves to a substrate while pupariating. The glue is a mixture of apparently unrelated proteins, s...

    Authors: Jean-Luc Da Lage, Gregg W. C. Thomas, Magalie Bonneau and Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:36

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Among the four bases, guanine is the most susceptible to damage from oxidative stress. Replication of DNA containing damaged guanines results in G to T mutations. Therefore, the mutations resulting from oxidat...

    Authors: Sidra Aslam, Xin-Ran Lan, Bo-Wen Zhang, Zheng-Lin Chen, Li Wang and Deng-Ke Niu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:35

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    For over 50 years, attempts have been made to introgress agronomically useful traits from Erianthus sect. Ripidium (Tripidium) species into sugarcane based on both genera being part of the ‘Saccharum Complex’, an...

    Authors: Dyfed Lloyd Evans, Shailesh V. Joshi and Jianping Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:33

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  16. Content type: Research article

    Phenotypic plasticity is a pervasive property of all organisms and considered to be of key importance for dealing with environmental variation. Plastic responses to temperature, which is one of the most import...

    Authors: Kristin Franke, Isabell Karl, Tonatiuh Pena Centeno, Barbara Feldmeyer, Christian Lassek, Vicencio Oostra, Katharina Riedel, Mario Stanke, Christopher W. Wheat and Klaus Fischer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:32

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  17. Content type: Research article

    The gene for odontogenic ameloblast-associated (ODAM) is a member of the secretory calcium-binding phosphoprotein gene family. ODAM is primarily expressed in dental tissues including the enamel organ and the junc...

    Authors: Mark S. Springer, Christopher A. Emerling, John Gatesy, Jason Randall, Matthew A. Collin, Nikolai Hecker, Michael Hiller and Frédéric Delsuc

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:31

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  18. Content type: Research article

    Caecilians (Gymnophiona) are the least speciose extant lissamphibian order, yet living forms capture approximately 250 million years of evolution since their earliest divergences. This long history is reflecte...

    Authors: Carla Bardua, Mark Wilkinson, David J. Gower, Emma Sherratt and Anjali Goswami

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:30

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Plukenetia is a small pantropical genus of lianas and vines with variably sized edible oil-rich seeds that presents an ideal system to investigate neotropical and pantropical diversification patterns and seed siz...

    Authors: Warren M. Cardinal-McTeague, Kenneth J. Wurdack, Erin M. Sigel and Lynn J. Gillespie

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:29

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  20. Content type: Research article

    The polyamine oxidases (PAOs) catabolize the oxidative deamination of the polyamines (PAs) spermine (Spm) and spermidine (Spd). Most of the phylogenetic studies performed to analyze the plant PAO family took i...

    Authors: Cesar Daniel Bordenave, Carolina Granados Mendoza, Juan Francisco Jiménez Bremont, Andrés Gárriz and Andrés Alberto Rodríguez

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:28

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  21. Content type: Research article

    The plasminogen (PLG) activation system is composed by a series of serine proteases, inhibitors and several binding proteins, which together control the temporal and spatial generation of the active serine pro...

    Authors: Andrés Chana-Muñoz, Agnieszka Jendroszek, Malene Sønnichsen, Tobias Wang, Michael Ploug, Jan K. Jensen, Peter A. Andreasen, Christian Bendixen and Frank Panitz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:27

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  22. Content type: Research article

    ALRs (AIM2-like Receptors) are germline encoded PRRs that belong to PYHIN gene family of cytokines, which are having signature N-terminal PYD (Pyrin, PAAD or DAPIN) domain and C-terminal HIN-200 (hematopoietic, i...

    Authors: Sushil Kumar, Jatinder Singh Chera, Ashutosh Vats and Sachinandan De

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:26

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Western house mice Mus musculus domesticus are among the most important mammalian model species for chromosomal speciation. Hybrids between chromosomal races of M. m. domesticus suffer various degrees of fertilit...

    Authors: Sofia A. Grize, Elodie Wilwert, Jeremy B. Searle and Anna K. Lindholm

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:25

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Knowledge about the distribution of the genetic variation of marine species is fundamental to address species conservation and management strategies, especially in scenarios with mass mortalities. In the Medit...

    Authors: Ana Riesgo, Sergi Taboada, Rocío Pérez-Portela, Paolo Melis, Joana R. Xavier, Gema Blasco and Susanna López-Legentil

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:24

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Peninsulas often harvest high genetic diversity through repeated southward migrations of species during glacial maxima. Studies addressing within-species evolutionary responses to climate fluctuations in north...

    Authors: Michael Joseph Jowers, Santiago Sánchez-Ramírez, Euigeun Song, Samer Angelone, Taeyoung Choi, Inna Voloshina and Donggul Woo

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:23

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  26. Content type: Methodology article

    An excess of nonsynonymous substitutions, over neutrality, is considered evidence of positive Darwinian selection. Inference for proteins often relies on estimation of the nonsynonymous to synonymous ratio (ω = d

    Authors: Katherine A. Dunn, Toby Kenney, Hong Gu and Joseph P. Bielawski

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:22

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Multiple Sequence Alignments (MSAs) are the starting point of molecular evolutionary analyses. Errors in MSAs generate a non-historical signal that can lead to incorrect inferences. Therefore, numerous efforts...

    Authors: Arnaud Di Franco, Raphaël Poujol, Denis Baurain and Hervé Philippe

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:21

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  28. Content type: Research article

    The Synurophyceae is one of most important photosynthetic stramenopile algal lineages in freshwater ecosystems. They are characterized by siliceous scales covering the cell or colony surface and possess plasti...

    Authors: Jong Im Kim, Hyunmoon Shin, Pavel Škaloud, Jaehee Jung, Hwan Su Yoon, John M. Archibald and Woongghi Shin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:20

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  29. Content type: Research article

    The genetic mechanisms underlying the domestication of animals and plants have been of great interest to biologists since Darwin. To date, little is known about the global pattern of gene expression changes du...

    Authors: Wei Liu, Lei Chen, Shilai Zhang, Fengyi Hu, Zheng Wang, Jun Lyu, Bao Wang, Hui Xiang, Ruoping Zhao, Zhixi Tian, Song Ge and Wen Wang

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:19

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  30. Content type: Research article

    The Carpathians and the Alps are the largest mountain ranges of the European Alpine System and important centres of endemism. Among the distinctive endemic species of this area is Saxifraga wahlenbergii, a Wester...

    Authors: Natalia Tkach, Martin Röser, Tomasz Suchan, Elżbieta Cieślak, Peter Schönswetter and Michał Ronikier

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:18

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  31. Content type: Research article

    The aim of the study was to use hybrid populations as well as island populations of the European brown hare (Lepus europaeus) to explore the effect of evolutionary events, such as the post-deglaciation translocat...

    Authors: Themistoklis Giannoulis, Dimitrios Plageras, Costas Stamatis, Eleni Chatzivagia, Andreas Tsipourlianos, Periklis Birtsas, Charalambos Billinis, Franz Suchentrunk and Zissis Mamuris

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:17

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The evolution of elongated body forms in tetrapods has a strong influence on the musculoskeletal system, including the reduction of pelvic and pectoral girdles, as well as the limbs. However, despite extensive...

    Authors: Natascha Westphal, Kristin Mahlow, Jason James Head and Johannes Müller

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:16

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  33. Content type: Research article

    A central theme in (micro)biology is understanding the molecular basis of fitness i.e. which strategies are successful under which conditions; how do organisms implement such strategies at the molecular level;...

    Authors: Claire E. Price, Filipe Branco dos Santos, Anne Hesseling, Jaakko J. Uusitalo, Herwig Bachmann, Vera Benavente, Anisha Goel, Jan Berkhout, Frank J. Bruggeman, Siewert-Jan Marrink, Manolo Montalban-Lopez, Anne de Jong, Jan Kok, Douwe Molenaar, Bert Poolman, Bas Teusink…

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:15

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  34. Content type: Research article

    The impressive adaptive radiation of notothenioid fishes in Antarctic waters is generally thought to have been facilitated by an evolutionary key innovation, antifreeze glycoproteins, permitting the rapid evol...

    Authors: Santiago G. Ceballos, Marius Roesti, Michael Matschiner, Daniel A. Fernández, Malte Damerau, Reinhold Hanel and Walter Salzburger

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:13

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Horizontal gene transfer and gene duplication are two major mechanisms contributing to the evolutionary adaptation of organisms. Previously, polygalacturonase genes (PGs) were independently horizontally transf...

    Authors: Pengjun Xu, Bin Lu, Jinyan Liu, Jiangtao Chao, Philip Donkersley, Robert Holdbrook and Yanhui Lu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:12

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Transposable elements (TEs) are a major component of metazoan genomes and are associated with a variety of mechanisms that shape genome architecture and evolution. Despite the ever-growing number of insect gen...

    Authors: Malte Petersen, David Armisén, Richard A. Gibbs, Lars Hering, Abderrahman Khila, Georg Mayer, Stephen Richards, Oliver Niehuis and Bernhard Misof

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:11

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Adaptive radiations are triggered by ecological opportunity – the access to novel niche domains with abundant available resources that facilitate the formation of new ecologically divergent species. Therefore,...

    Authors: Joshua W. Lambert, Martin Reichard and Daniel Pincheira-Donoso

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:10

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Chasmataspidids are a rare group of chelicerate arthropods known from 12 species assigned to ten genera, with a geologic range extending from the Ordovician to the Devonian. The Late Ordovician (Richmondian) f...

    Authors: James C. Lamsdell, Gerald O. Gunderson and Ronald C. Meyer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:8

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Morphological diversity among closely related animals can be the result of differing growth patterns. The Australian radiation of agamid lizards (Amphibolurinae) exhibits great ecological and morphological div...

    Authors: Jaimi A. Gray, Emma Sherratt, Mark N. Hutchinson and Marc E. H. Jones

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:7

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Clupeid fisheries in Lake Tanganyika (East Africa) provide food for millions of people in one of the world’s poorest regions. Due to climate change and overfishing, the clupeid stocks of Lake Tanganyika are de...

    Authors: Els L. R. De Keyzer, Zoë De Corte, Maarten Van Steenberge, Joost A. M. Raeymaekers, Federico C. F. Calboli, Nikol Kmentová, Théophile N’Sibula Mulimbwa, Massimiliano Virgilio, Carl Vangestel, Pascal Masilya Mulungula, Filip A. M. Volckaert and Maarten P. M. Vanhove

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:6

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  41. Content type: Research article

    Geographical isolation combined with historical climatic fluctuations have been identified as two major factors that contribute to the formation of new species. On the other hand, biotic factors such as compet...

    Authors: Yunxiang Liu, Christopher H. Dietrich and Cong Wei

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:5

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Septins are cytoskeletal proteins important in cell division and in establishing and maintaining cell polarity. Although septins are found in various eukaryotes, septin genes had the richest history of duplica...

    Authors: Benjamin Auxier, Jaclyn Dee, Mary L. Berbee and Michelle Momany

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:4

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  43. Content type: Research article

    The lake deposits of the informal Ruby Paper Shale unit, part of the Renova Formation of Montana, have yielded abundant plant fossils that document Late Eocene – Early Oligocene global cooling in western North...

    Authors: Tobin L. Hieronymus, David A. Waugh and Julia A. Clarke

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:3

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Genes of the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) are essential for adaptive immune response in vertebrates, as they encode receptors that recognize peptides derived from the processing of intracellular (MHC...

    Authors: Piotr Minias, Ewa Pikus and Dariusz Anderwald

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:2

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