Recently, researchers from the Animal Physiological Ecology Group of the Institute of Zoology discovered that the coprophagy of Brandt's vole could regulate metabolism, neurochemistry, and cognitive behavior by changing gut microbiota.
A recent study published in Neuron reveals the long-range circuit underlying nociceptive information processing. This work was performed by the researchers from Dr. SUN Yangang's Lab at the Institute of Neuroscience, Center for Excellence in Brain Science and Intelligence Technology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
A team of Chinese scientists from the State Key Laboratory of Drug Research, Shanghai Institute of Materia Medica under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the State Key Laboratory of Proteomics, National Center for Protein Sciences (Beijing), National Cancer Center/National Clinical Research Center for Cancer/Cancer Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University, recently reported a comprehensive proteomic analysis based on 103 Chinese patients with lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD), a leading cause of death among all types of cancer worldwide.
Ketones are of great importance as building blocks in synthetic organic chemistry and biocatalysis. Prof. SUN Zhoutong's group from the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biology has developed a colorimetric method for rapidly detecting structurally diverse ketones by using paramethoxy-2-amino benzamidoxime (PMA) as a chemical probe.
The oriental tobacco budworm (Helicoverpa assulta) is considered a serious pest in agriculture. The adult moths lay their eggs on a narrow range of plants in the nightshade family including tobacco and hot pepper. LI Ruiting, together with colleagues from the Institute of Zoology, has investigated the odorant receptors of H. assulta and found that one gene for an odorant receptor called HassOR31 was much more expressed in the egg-laying organs of the moths than in the antennae.
Prof. LEI Fumin's team from the Institute of Zoology conducted phylogenomes of 14 tits species (Paridae). They found that a major locus (COL27A1) effects the beak elongation of the Ground Tit as response to ground-foraging and cavity-nesting habits on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
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