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Phylogeography and Demographic History of Chinese Black-Spotted Frog Populations (Pelophylax nigromaculata): Evidence for Independent Refugia Expansion and Secondary Contact
Nested clade phylogeographical and population demographic analyses indicate that the current distribution of P. nigromaculata is the result of range expansion from two independent refugia during the last interglacial period in late Pleistocene, and is consistent with the presence of a refugium in the Korean Peninsula. Expand
Evolution of the mitochondrial genome in snakes: Gene rearrangements and phylogenetic relationships
The phylogenetic relationships among the major families of snakes are in accordance with the mitochondrial genomes in terms of gene arrangements, and the gene arrangement in Ramphotyphlops braminus mtDNA is inferred to be ancestral for snakes. Expand
Molecular phylogenetics of 'river dolphins' and the baiji mitochondrial genome.
The complete nucleotide sequence of the mitochondrial (mt) genome of the baiji (Lipotes vexillifer) is determined, and phylogenetic analyses for the classical river dolphins are conducted based on data from cetacean mitochondrial genomes available. Expand
The divergence of two independent lineages of an endemic Chinese gecko, Gekko swinhonis, launched by the Qinling orogenic belt
The genetic structure and demographic history of an endemic Chinese gecko, Gekko swinhonis, were investigated by analysing the mitochondrial cytochrome b gene and 10 microsatellite loci, revealing a deep genetic structure analogous to mtDNA. Expand
Genomic Organization, Transcriptomic Analysis, and Functional Characterization of Avian α- and β-Keratins in Diverse Feather Forms
Functional analysis using mutant chicken keratin forms based on those found in the human α-keratin mutation database led to abnormal phenotypes, demonstrating that the chicken can be a convenient model for studying the molecular biology of human keratin-based diseases. Expand
Morphological and molecular data confirm species assignment and dispersal of the genus Ligia (Crustacea: Isopoda: Ligiidae) along northeastern coastal China and East Asia
Both species are recovered as two monophyletic clades in the robust phylogenetic hypothesis presented here, and the northern boundaries of these species in China and the Korean peninsula are more southern than those of counterparts in Japan. Expand
Topographical mapping of α- and β-keratins on developing chicken skin integuments: Functional interaction and evolutionary perspectives
  • Ping Wu, C. Ng, +9 authors C. Chuong
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
  • 23 November 2015
It is suggested that combinations of α- and β-keratin genes contribute to the morphological and structural diversity of different avian skin appendages, with feather-β-keratins conferring more possible composites in building intrafeather architecture complexity, setting up a platform of morphological evolution of functional forms in feathers. Expand
A survey of green plant tRNA 3'-end processing enzyme tRNase Zs, homologs of the candidate prostate cancer susceptibility protein ELAC2
The findings substantially expand the current repertoire of the TM-type tRNase ZSs and hint at the possibility that these proteins may have been selected for their ability to process chloroplast pre-tRNAs with whole or partial CCA sequences. Expand
A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from western Yunnan, China.
A new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus is described from mountainous area of Changning County, Yunnan Province, China and distinguished from all other congeners by morphology and a significant genetic divergence of greater than 17% (ND2 gene). Expand
A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus Bleeker, 1860 (Squamata: Gekkonidae) from Guizhou, China.
A new species of the genus Hemiphyllodactylus is described from Huishui County, Guizhou Province, Southwest China, distinguished from all other congeners by having the unique combination of the following characters. Expand