Recent Publications in TAMU Biology

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Establishing rod shape from spherical, peptidoglycan-deficient bacterial spores. Huan Zhang, Garrett A. Mulholland, Sofiene Seef, Shiwei Zhu, Jun Liu, Tâm Mignot, Beiyan Nan. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Jun 2020, 117 (25) 14444-14452; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2001384117

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Zhang H, Pan Y, Hu L, et al. TrkA undergoes a tetramer-to-dimer conversion to open TrkH which enables changes in membrane potential. Nat Commun. 2020;11(1):547. Published 2020 Jan 28. doi:10.1038/s41467-019-14240-9

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Succinate Dehydrogenase-Regulated Phosphoenolpyruvate Carboxykinase Sustains Copulation Fitness in Aging C. elegans Males. Goncalves J, Wan Y, Guo X, Rha K, LeBoeuf B, Zhang L, Estler K, Garcia LR. iScience. 2020 Mar 19;23(4):100990. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2020.100990.

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WNT regulates programmed muscle remodeling through PLC-β and calcineurin in C. elegans males. LeBoeuf B, Chen X, Garcia LR. Development. 2020 Apr 21. pii: dev.181305. doi: 10.1242/dev.181305. PMID: 32317273

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Circadian clock control of eIF2α phosphorylation is necessary for rhythmic translation initiation. Shanta KarkiKathrina CastilloZhaolan DingOlivia KerrTeresa M. LambCheng WuMatthew S. SachsDeborah Bell-Pedersen.

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Biphasic chemotaxis of Escherichia coli to the microbiota metabolite indole. Yang J, Chawla R, Rhee KY, Gupta R, Manson MD, Jayaraman A, Lele PP. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Mar 2. pii: 201916974. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1916974117. [Epub ahead of print]

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pH Sensing in Bacillus subtilis: a New Path to a Common Goal. Manson MD. J Bacteriol. 2020 Jan 29;202(4). pii: e00701-19. doi: 10.1128/JB.00701-19. Print 2020 Jan 29

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Molecular Mechanism for Attractant Signaling to DHMA by E. coli Tsr. Orr AA, Yang J, Sule N, Chawla R, Hull KG, Zhu M, Romo D, Lele PP, Jayaraman A, Manson MD, Tamamis P. Biophys J. 2020 Jan 21;118(2):492-504. doi: 10.1016/j.bpj.2019.11.3382. Epub 2019 Nov 27

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Clonemate cotransmission supports a role for kin selection in a puppeteer parasite. Charles D. Criscione, Bradley J. van Paridon, John S. Gilleard, Cameron P. Goater. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Mar 2020, 201922272; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1922272117

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Angela M. Achorn, Gil G. Rosenthal. It’s Not about Him: Mismeasuring ‘Good Genes’ in Sexual Selection. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, Volume 35, Issue 3, 2020, Pages 206-219, ISSN 0169-5347,

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Wicksten, M.K. One to a customer: associations between squat lobsters (Chirostyloidea) and their anthozoan hosts. Mar. Biodivers. 50, 14 (2020).

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Griffing, L.R. (2019), The Lost Portrait of Robert Hooke?. Journal of Microscopy. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/jmi.12828

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Lawrence Griffing and Krishna Kumar (September 11th 2019). Hydroponic Systems for Arabidopsis Extended to Crop Plants [Online First], IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.89110.

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Photoperiodic and clock regulation of the vitamin A pathway in the brain mediates seasonal responsiveness in the monarch butterfly. Iiams SE, Lugena AB, Zhang Y, Hayden AN, Merlin C. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 Nov 25. pii: 201913915. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1913915116.

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Acylsugar and plant defense gene networks. Sabyasachi Mandal, Wangming Ji, Thomas D. McKnight. The Plant Cell Oct 2019, tpc.00552.2019; DOI: 10.1105/tpc.19.00552

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Hancock ZB, Hardin FO, Light JE. Phylogeography of sand‐burrowing amphipods (Haustoriidae) supports an ancient suture zone in the Gulf of Mexico. J Biogeogr. 2019;00:1–16. https ://

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Greenwell B, Trott AJ, Beytebiere JR, Pao S, Bosley A, Beach E, Finegan P, Hernandez C, Menet JS#. (2019) Rhythmic Food Intake Drives Rhythmic Gene Expression More Potently than the Hepatic Circadian Clock in Mice. Cell Reports 27:649-657.

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Caballero, I. C. and C. D. Criscione. 2019. Little to no inbreeding depression in a tapeworm with mixed mating. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 32:1002-1010

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Perkins, R. D., Gamboa, J. R., Jonika, M. M., Lo, J., Shum, A., Adams, R. H. & Blackmon, H. 2019. A database of amphibian karyotypes. Chromosome Research. early online

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Hjelmen, C. E., Blackmon, H., Holmes, V. R., Burrus, C. G. & Johnston, J. S. 2019. Genome Size Evolution Differs Between Drosophila Subgenera with Striking Differences in Male and Female Genome Size in Sophophora. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics: g3.400560.2019. early online

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Lo, J., Jonika, M. M. & Blackmon, H. 2019. micRocounter: Microsatellite Characterization in Genome Assemblies. G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics: g3.400335.2019. early online

profile photo of debby siegeleSiegele DA, LaBonte SA, Wu PI, Chibucos MC, Nandendla S, Giglio MG, Hu JC. (2019) Phenotype annotation with the ontology of microbial phenotypes (OMP). J Biomed Semantics 10:13.

joe bernardoLiang Yan, Bernardo Joseph, Goldman Daniel, Nõlvak Jaak, Tang Peng, Wang Wenhui and Hints Olle. Morphological variation suggests that chitinozoans may be fossils of individual microorganisms rather than metazoan eggs. 286 Proc. R. Soc. B

joe bernardoFiggener, C. , Bernardo, J. and Plotkin, P. T. (2019), Beyond trophic morphology: stable isotopes reveal ubiquitous versatility in marine turtle trophic ecology. Biol Rev. doi:10.1111/brv.12543

Profile Photo of Christine MerlinGenome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, DNA regulatory elements and transcription factor occupancy in the monarch butterfly brain. Lugena AB, Zhang Y, Menet JS, Merlin C (2019) Genome-wide discovery of the daily transcriptome, DNA regulatory elements and transcription factor occupancy in the monarch butterfly brain. PLOS Genetics 15(7): e1008265.

Profile Photo of Alan PepperA Millie Burrell, Jeffrey H R Goddard, Paul J Greer, Ryan J Williams, Alan E Pepper, 2019. Sporadic Genetic Connectivity among Small Insular Populations of the Rare Geoendemic Plant Caulanthus amplexicaulis var. barbarae (Santa Barbara Jewelflower), Journal of Heredity, esz029,

Profile Photo of Alan PepperJanga, M. R., Pandeya, D. , Campbell, L. M., Konganti, K. , Villafuerte, S. T., Puckhaber, L. , Pepper, A. , Stipanovic, R. D., Scheffler, J. A. and Rathore, K. S. (2019), Genes regulating gland development in the cotton plant. Plant Biotechnol J, 17: 1142-1153. doi:10.1111/pbi.13044

Profile Photo of Charles CriscioneJ Sakla, Andrew & T Detwiler, Jillian & Caballero, Isabel & Kelehear, Crystal & Criscione, Charles. (2019). Recognizing the Causes of Parasite Morphological Variation to Resolve the Status of a Cryptogenic Pentastome. The Journal of Parasitology. 105. 432-441.

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Circadian clock regulation of the glycogen synthase (gsn) gene by WCC is critical for rhythmic glycogen metabolism in Neurospora crassa. Mokryun BaekStela VirgilioTeresa M. LambOneida IbarraJuvana Moreira AndradeRodrigo Duarte GonçalvesAndrey DovzhenokSookkyung LimDeborah Bell-PedersenMaria Celia BertoliniChristian I.Hong 

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Baba, K. and M. Wicksten. 2019. Chirostyloidean squat lobsters (Crustacea: Decapoda: Anomura) from the Galapagos Islands. Zootaxa 4564: 391-421.

MarTurtSI, a global database of stable isotope analyses of marine turtles. Christine Figgener, Joseph Bernardo & Pamela T. Plotkin. Scientific Datavolume 6, Article number: 16 (2019)

Profile Photo of Heath BlackmonSchield, D.R., D.C. Card, N.R. Hales, B.W. Perry, G.I.M. Pasquesi, H. Blackmon, R.H. Adams, A.B. Corbin, C.F. Smith, B. Ramesh, J.P. Demuth, E. Betrán, M. Tollis, J.M. Meik, S.P. Mackessy, and T.A. Castoe. The origins and evolution of chromosomes, dosage compensation, and mechanisms underlying venom regulation in snakes. Genome Research, 21 March 2019 in press. doi:10.1101/gr.240952.118

Profile Photo of Jerome MenetTissue-specific BMAL1 cistromes reveal that rhythmic transcription is associated with rhythmic enhancer–enhancer interactions. Joshua R. Beytebiere, Alexandra J. Trott, Ben J. Greenwell, Collin A. Osborne, Helene Vitet, Jessica Spence, Seung-Hee Yoo, Zheng Chen, Joseph S. Takahashi, Noushin Ghaffari, and Jerome S. Menet. Genes Dev. March 1, 2019 33: 294-309; Published in Advance February 25, 2019, doi:10.1101/gad.322198.118

Profile Photo of Christine MerlinThe genetics and epigenetics of animal migration and orientation: birds, butterflies and beyond. Christine Merlin, Miriam Liedvogel. Journal of Experimental Biology 2019 222: jeb191890 doi: 10.1242/jeb.191890. Published 6 February 2019.

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Armstrong, A., N. Anderson, H. Blackmon. Inferring the potentially complex genetic architectures of adaptation, sexual dimorphism, and genotype by environment interactions by partitioning of mean phenotypes. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30 January 2019 in press.

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Blackmon, H., J. Justison, I. Mayrose, Goldberg, E.E., Meiotic drive shapes rates of karyotype evolution in mammals. Evolution, 2019 73:3 511-523.

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Passow, C., A.M. Bronikowski, H. Blackmon, S. Parsai, T.S. Schwartz, S.E. McGaugh, Contrasting patterns of rapid molecular evolution within the p53 network across mammal and sauropsid lineages. Genome Biology and Evolution, 2019 11:3 629-643.