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    1. Developmental Biology

    Low wnt/β-catenin signaling determines leaky vessels in the subfornical organ and affects water homeostasis in mice

    Fabienne Benz et al.
    Endothelial tightening by augmenting low level Wnt/β-catenin activity in vessels of the mouse subfornical organ, influences neuronal activation in water-deprived mice, linking endothelial barrier properties to neuro-vascular coupling.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Binding and transport of D-aspartate by the glutamate transporter homolog GltTk

    Valentina Arkhipova et al.
    Glutamate transporter homologs can efficiently bind and transport both L- and D- enantiomeric substrates with only slight rearrangements in the binding site.
    1. Neuroscience

    Mutant huntingtin enhances activation of dendritic Kv4 K+ channels in striatal spiny projection neurons

    Luis Carrillo-Reid et al.
    In mouse models of Huntington's disease, striatal spiny projection neurons up-regulate dendritic potassium channels, which impairs their normal function, but a zinc finger gene therapy can reverse this deficit.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Gene activation by a CRISPR-assisted trans enhancer

    Xinhui Xu et al.
    Both exogenous and endogenous genes can be highly activated in cells by a new dCas9-based activator, CRISPR-assisted trans enhancer, that can be used to activate genes for biomedical applications.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    A bacterial riboswitch class for the thiamin precursor HMP-PP employs a terminator-embedded aptamer

    Ruben M Atilho et al.
    Many bacteria use a tiny riboswitch aptamer to sense the thiamin precursor HMP-PP to regulate the production of another thiamin precursor HET-P to efficiently biosynthesize this essential coenzyme.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    CCL5 promotes breast cancer recurrence through macrophage recruitment in residual tumors

    Andrea Walens et al.
    CCL5-dependent macrophage recruitment drives breast cancer recurrence through collagen deposition in residual tumors.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Analysis of the genomic architecture of a complex trait locus in hypertensive rat models links Tmem63c to kidney damage

    Angela Schulz et al.
    Genetic and functional studies reveal a previously unrecognized role for a transmembrane protein in glomerular filtration barrier function.