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    1. Biochemistry
    2. Cell Biology

    Proteomic analysis of cell cycle progression in asynchronous cultures, including mitotic subphases, using PRIMMUS

    Tony Ly et al.
    A detailed analysis of protein abundance and phosphorylation changes across mitotic subphases and interphase in asynchronously growing human cells has been enabled by combining FACS with quantitative MS-based proteomics.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Cell Biology

    YTHDC1 mediates nuclear export of N6-methyladenosine methylated mRNAs

    Ian A Roundtree et al.
    YTHDC1 facilitates selective clearance of N6-methyladenosine methylated mRNAs from the nucleus to the cytoplasm through binding by nuclear 'reader' proteins and incorporation into the canonical mRNA export pathway.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sparse genetic tracing reveals regionally specific functional organization of mammalian nociceptors

    William Olson et al.
    Single-nociceptor tracing reveals a novel somatotopic organization for the mammalian pain system, and physiological recordings and peripheral optogenetic behavior assays suggest that it is a possible mechanism underlying region-specific pain sensation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Frequency-dependent mobilization of heterogeneous pools of synaptic vesicles shapes presynaptic plasticity

    Frédéric Doussau et al.
    The mobilization or silencing of two heterogeneous pools of synaptic vesicles via different frequencies probably enables granule cell to Purkinje cell synapses to better discriminate between the high-rate code of sensory information and background noise.
    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Co-expression of xenopsin and rhabdomeric opsin in photoreceptors bearing microvilli and cilia

    Oliver Vöcking et al.
    The recently characterized opsin group of xenopsins is likely a major player in animal eye evolution and may have been present in an ancient, highly plastic eye photoreceptor cell type.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Mouse embryonic stem cells can differentiate via multiple paths to the same state

    James Alexander Briggs et al.
    Single cell RNA sequencing reveals that mouse embryonic stem cells can be differentiated into the same terminal motor neuron state via distinct differentiation paths, one of which includes a surprising intermediate state not found in embryos.
    1. Neuroscience

    Astrocytes release prostaglandin E2 to modify respiratory network activity

    David Forsberg et al.
    Astrocytes modulate neuronal networks during hypercapnia, introducing a novel gliotransmitter pathway where prostaglandin E2 regulates breathing.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sleep homeostasis regulated by 5HT2b receptor in a small subset of neurons in the dorsal fan-shaped body of drosophila

    Yongjun Qian et al.
    Serotonergic signaling regulates sleep homeostasis through 5HT2b receptor in a small subset of neurons in the dorsal fan-shaped body in drosophila.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Cardiovascular adaptation to hypoxia and the role of peripheral resistance

    Andrew S Cowburn et al.
    Radiotelemetric and genetic studies of peripheral tissue response show that a peripheral tissue can dynamically alter cardiovascular adaptation to changes in environmental oxygen.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    Mechanism of environmentally driven conformational changes that modulate H-NS DNA-bridging activity

    Ramon A van der Valk et al.
    The DNA-bridging efficiency of H-NS, a genome organising and transcription regulatory protein, is modulated by changes in environmental conditions of the cell, which drive a structural rearrangement of the protein.