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  • Human cytomegalovirus immediate early 1 protein causes loss of SOX2 from neural progenitor cells by trapping unphosphorylated STAT3 in the nucleus 

    Wu, Cong-Cong; Jiang, Xuan; Wang, Xian-Zhang; Liu, Xi-Juan; Li, Xiao-Jun; Yang, Bo; Ye, Han-Qing; Harwardt, Thomas; Jiang, Man; Xia, Hui-Min; Wang, Wei; Britt, William J.; Paulus, Christina; Nevels, Michael Martin; Luo, Min-Hua (2018-09) - Journal article
    The mechanisms underlying neurodevelopmental damage caused by virus infections remain poorly defined. Congenital human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) infection is the leading cause of fetal brain development disorders. Previous ...
  • Repeat disturbances have cumulative impacts on stream communities 

    Haghkerdar, Jessica M.; McLachlan, Jack R.; Ireland, Alexis; Greig, Hamish S. (2019-02-14) - Journal article
    1. Climate change has altered disturbance regimes in many ecosystems, and predictions show that these trends are likely to continue. The frequency of disturbance events plays a particularly important role in communities ...
  • Fixed-effect variance and the estimation of repeatabilities and heritabilities : issues and solutions 

    de Villemereuil, P.; Morrissey, M. B.; Nakagawa, S.; Schielzeth, H. (2018-04) - Journal article
    Linear mixed-effects models are frequently used for estimating quantitative genetic parameters, including the heritability, as well as the repeatability, of traits. Heritability acts as a filter that determines how efficiently ...
  • Social learning about construction behaviour via an artefact 

    Breen, Alexis J.; Bonneaud, Clémence C.; Healy, Susan D.; Guillette, Lauren Mary (2019-02-14) - Journal article
    One source of public information may be the enduring products of others’ behaviour, such as discarded tools or vacated nests. Here, we examined whether observation of a nest affects the material captive zebra finch males ...
  • Vestigial singing behaviour persists after the evolutionary loss of song in crickets 

    Schneider, Will; Rutz, Christian; Hedwig, Berthold; Bailey, Nathan W. (2018-02-14) - Journal article
    The evolutionary loss of sexual traits is widely predicted. Because sexual signals can arise from the coupling of specialized motor activity with morphological structures, disruption to a single component could lead to ...

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