September 2018

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    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Identification of functionally distinct fibro-inflammatory and adipogenic stromal subpopulations in visceral adipose tissue of adult mice

    Chelsea Hepler et al.
    Fibro-inflammatory progenitors represent a subpopulation of perivascular cells in visceral adipose tissues of mice that promote inflammation and fibrosis.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Optogenetics enables real-time spatiotemporal control over spiral wave dynamics in an excitable cardiac system

    Rupamanjari Majumder et al.
    Free optical steering of spiral waves by attraction-based dragging of their cores in optogenetically modified cardiac tissue.
    1. Neuroscience

    Resting-state gamma-band power alterations in schizophrenia reveal E/I-balance abnormalities across illness-stages

    Tineke Grent-'t-Jong et al.
    Resting-state MEG-activity and MRS-GABA/Glx measurements reveal that there is a significant shift in excitability during the course of schizophrenia, involving hyperexcitability during the onset and a reduction at chronic stages.
    1. Cell Biology

    Phase transitioned nuclear Oskar promotes cell division of Drosophila primordial germ cells

    Kathryn E Kistler et al.
    The scaffolding protein Oskar organizes two types of germ granules by phase transition within the same cell but with distinct morphologies, composition and biological functions.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Biophysical models reveal the relative importance of transporter proteins and impermeant anions in chloride homeostasis

    Kira M Düsterwald et al.
    Mathematical models with experimental validation show that chloride transporters in the cell membrane, and not negatively charged impermeant molecules, generate the driving force used by GABA receptors to silence neurons.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    α-actinin accounts for the bioactivity of actin preparations in inducing STAT target genes in Drosophila melanogaster

    Oliver Gordon et al.
    The Drosophila response to injection of alpha-actinin reinforces the notion that exposure of cytoskeletal components acts as a sign of cell damage conserved throughout metazoan evolution.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sparse recurrent excitatory connectivity in the microcircuit of the adult mouse and human cortex

    Stephanie C Seeman et al.
    A high-throughput pipeline for the characterization of cortical connectivity in mouse and human cortex.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Kinetic mechanism of coupled binding in sodium-aspartate symporter GltPh

    SeCheol Oh, Olga Boudker
    Sodium ions control the rates of both substrate binding and dissociation of an archaeal homologue of glutamate transporters in a manner that minimizes binding intermediates and maximizes transport efficiency.
    1. Cell Biology

    TFAP2 transcription factors are regulators of lipid droplet biogenesis

    Cameron C Scott et al.
    The biogenesis of lipid droplets induced by Wnt3a is controlled by the transcription factor TFAP2, which presumably acts as a 'master' regulator of lipid droplet biogenesis.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Par3 interacts with Prickle3 to generate apical PCP complexes in the vertebrate neural plate

    Ilya Chuykin et al.
    Par3 is polarized in the plane of the vertebrate neural plate, binds and recruits Prickle3 to the apical membrane and promotes the formation of core planar cell polarity complexes.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    The Ca2+ transient as a feedback sensor controlling cardiomyocyte ionic conductances in mouse populations

    Colin M Rees et al.
    Feedback sensing of the intracellular calcium concentration suffices to reproduce the diversity of ionic conductances underlying normal cardiac electromechanical function in a genetically diverse population of mice.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Specific structural elements of the T-box riboswitch drive the two-step binding of the tRNA ligand

    Jiacheng Zhang et al.
    The glycine T-box riboswitch recognizes tRNAgly and senses its aminoacylation state by first interacting with the anticodon region and subsequently probing the 3' end of the ligand using both specific structural elements and conformational dynamics.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of the human epithelial sodium channel by cryo-electron microscopy

    Sigrid Noreng et al.
    The first structure of the human epithelial sodium channel provides vital insight into the assembly, stoichiometry and molecular mechanism of the ion channel central to sodium homeostasis.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Induction of human somatostatin and parvalbumin neurons by expressing a single transcription factor LIM homeobox 6

    Fang Yuan et al.
    Inducing expression of a single transcription factor LIM homeobox 6 showed efficient generation of human parvalbumin and somatostatin interneurons.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    The cargo receptor SURF4 promotes the efficient cellular secretion of PCSK9

    Brian T Emmer et al.
    A CRISPR-based genomic screen identifies the ER cargo receptor SURF4 as a key determinant in the secretion of PCSK9, a protein that regulates human cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease risk.
    1. Neuroscience

    Human VMPFC encodes early signatures of confidence in perceptual decisions

    Sabina Gherman, Marios G. Philiastides
    Simultaneous EEG-fMRI reveals neural representations of decision confidence unfolding prior to explicit perceptual choices, in a region of the ventromedial prefrontal cortex typically linked to reward processing and value-based decisions.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Generation of a versatile BiFC ORFeome library for analyzing protein–protein interactions in live Drosophila

    Johannes Bischof et al.
    Generation of a new fly line library for analysing protein–protein interactions in vivo.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Concerted IL-25R and IL-4Rα signaling drive innate type 2 effector immunity for optimal helminth expulsion

    Katherine A Smith et al.
    Immune expulsion of helminth parasites is driven by two key pathways mediated by soluble cytokines ligating to the IL-4 and IL-25 receptors acting on innate effector cells throughout the course of infection.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Neuroprotective effects of TRPA1 channels in the cerebral endothelium following ischemic stroke

    Paulo Wagner Pires, Scott Earley
    Acute hypoxia activates TRPA1 channels in cerebral artery endothelial cells to activate an early adaptive response to reduce tissue ischemic damage through vasodilation.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Ezrin enrichment on curved membranes requires a specific conformation or interaction with a curvature-sensitive partner

    Feng-Ching Tsai et al.
    Ezrin, an important actin-membrane linker, can zip adjacent membranes, be enriched to positively-curved membranes when phosphorylated and to negatively-curved membranes through a direct interaction with membrane curvature sensor I-BAR domain proteins.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    YAP drives cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma formation and progression

    Zoé Vincent-Mistiaen et al.
    High levels of nuclear YAP are sufficient to drive squamous cell carincoma formation and frequently also drive progression to spindle cell carcinoma by promoting epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition after tissue damage.
    1. Neuroscience

    Persistent coding of outcome-predictive cue features in the rat nucleus accumbens

    Jimmie M Gmaz et al.
    Neural activity in the rat nucleus accumbens provides a rich task representation that includes not only expected outcomes, but also the specific identity of the cues that predict these outcomes.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Quantification of gene expression patterns to reveal the origins of abnormal morphogenesis

    Neus Martínez-Abadías et al.
    Quantitative analyses associating the morphology of developing organs with dynamic gene expression patterns can reveal biological phenomena that cause malformations and malfunction but remain elusive to traditional qualitative assessments.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cancer Biology

    UBE2G1 governs the destruction of cereblon neomorphic substrates

    Gang Lu et al.
    Cereblon-based small-molecule degraders rely on the sequential action of ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes UBE2G1 and UBE2D3 to assemble K48-linked polyubiquitin chains on cereblon neomorphic substrates, resulting in their proteasomal degradation.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Learning recurrent dynamics in spiking networks

    Christopher M Kim, Carson C Chow
    Modifying the recurrent connectivity of spiking networks provides sufficient flexibility to generate arbitrarily complex recurrent dynamics, suggesting that individual neurons in a recurrent network have the capability to support near universal dynamics.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Condensin controls cellular RNA levels through the accurate segregation of chromosomes instead of directly regulating transcription

    Clémence Hocquet et al.
    Contrary to the generally accepted model, condensin maintains proper gene expression by promoting the accurate segregation of chromosomes and the partitioning of the RNA-exosome throughout mitosis, instead of directly regulating transcription.
    1. Neuroscience

    Humidity response depends on the small soluble protein Obp59a in Drosophila

    Jennifer S Sun et al.
    Hygroreception, a poorly understood process critical to insect survival, depends on a small protein in the antenna of the fruit fly that was previously thought to transport odorants.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Insulin regulates POMC neuronal plasticity to control glucose metabolism

    Garron T Dodd et al.
    Feeding and fasting associated alterations in proopiomelanocortin neuronal responses to insulin coordinate glucose metabolism.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Genetic predisposition to uterine leiomyoma is determined by loci for genitourinary development and genome stability

    Niko Välimäki et al.
    Genetic predisposition to uterine leiomyomas arises from variation at loci for genetic stability and genitourinary development, and in part explains the frequent occurrence of the condition in women with African origin.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    CRISPR knockouts reveal an endogenous role for ancient neuropeptides in regulating developmental timing in a sea anemone

    Nagayasu Nakanishi, Mark Q Martindale
    Analysis of the endogenous function of deeply conserved neuropeptides in sea anemones sheds light on a primitive role of nervous systems in modulating developmental timing.
    1. Neuroscience

    Normal cognitive and social development require posterior cerebellar activity

    Aleksandra Badura et al.
    Social and cognitive functions require normal activity during development of the posterior cerebellum.
    1. Plant Biology

    Anisotropic growth is achieved through the additive mechanical effect of material anisotropy and elastic asymmetry

    Firas Bou Daher et al.
    Growing upwards in the young seedling is controlled by two cooperative mechanical mechanisms: cellulose orientation in inner tissues and differential elasticity in epidermal cells.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Human gut Bacteroides capture vitamin B12 via cell surface-exposed lipoproteins

    Aaron G Wexler et al.
    The human gut bacterial lipoprotein BtuG binds vitamin B12 with femtomolar affinity, can remove vitamin B12 from human intrinsic factor, and is required for commensal fitness in the gut.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Palovarotene reduces heterotopic ossification in juvenile FOP mice but exhibits pronounced skeletal toxicity

    John B Lees-Shepard et al.
    Daily palovarotene treatment reduces pathogenic expansion of fibro/adipogenic progenitors but results in long bone growth plate loss and overgrowths of synovial cartilage in juvenile mice.
    1. Ecology

    Experimental evaluation of the importance of colonization history in early-life gut microbiota assembly

    Inés Martínez et al.
    Experiments in ex-germ-free mice establish a measurable effect of colonization history on gut microbiota assembly, illuminating a potential cause for the high levels of unexplained individuality in host-associated microbial communities.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Six domesticated PiggyBac transposases together carry out programmed DNA elimination in Paramecium

    Julien Bischerour et al.
    The machinery that carries out programmed DNA rearrangements is composed of domesticated transposases. One is catalytically active, five play architectural function essential for the accuracy of the process.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Signaling pathways as linear transmitters

    Harry Nunns, Lea Goentoro
    Mathematical and experimental analyses suggest that despite their complex architectures, multiple metazoan signaling pathways act in physiological contexts as linear signal transmitters.
    1. Neuroscience

    Conditioning sharpens the spatial representation of rewarded stimuli in mouse primary visual cortex

    Pieter M Goltstein et al.
    Stimulus-reward learning sharpens the local representation of the visual space while leaving the overall retinotopic map intact.
    1. Cell Biology

    The microtubule polymerase Stu2 promotes oligomerization of the γ-TuSC for cytoplasmic microtubule nucleation

    Judith Gunzelmann et al.
    Biochemical and genetic approaches show that the XMAP215 homolog Stu2 directly interacts with the small gamma-tubulin complex and its recruitment factor Spc72 to instigate functions in cytoplasmic microtubule organization.
    1. Neuroscience

    Non-rhythmic head-direction cells in the parahippocampal region are not constrained by attractor network dynamics

    Olga Kornienko et al.
    Head-direction cells in the parahippocampal region can be divided into two functionally distinct classes that are differentially constrained by attractor network dynamics.
    1. Neuroscience

    Competition for synaptic building blocks shapes synaptic plasticity

    Jochen Triesch et al.
    Computational model reveals how the fast exchange of neurotransmitter receptors between synapses induces a competition leading to a transient form of heterosynaptic plasticity and shaping the induction of homosynaptic plasticity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Injury-induced perivascular niche supports alternative differentiation of adult rodent CNS progenitor cells

    Justyna Ulanska-Poutanen et al.
    Distinctive microenvironments within demyelinated white matter determine fate decisions of adult oligodendrocyte progenitor cells.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A novel pH-dependent membrane peptide that binds to EphA2 and inhibits cell migration

    Daiane S Alves et al.
    The transmembrane domain of the EphA2 receptor has been transformed into a novel amphitropic peptide that binds to the EphA2 receptor and inhibits cell migration.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Changes in the genetic requirements for microbial interactions with increasing community complexity

    Manon Morin et al.
    Analysis of the global genetic requirements and gene expression changes in E. coli in the presence of a simple microbiome revealed pairwise and higher-order interactions, and underlying molecular mechanisms.
    1. Neuroscience

    Functional properties of stellate cells in medial entorhinal cortex layer II

    David C Rowland et al.
    Stellate cells in the medial entorhinal cortex are functionally heterogeneous but a substantial fraction are grid cells.
    1. Neuroscience

    Remodeling of lumbar motor circuitry remote to a thoracic spinal cord injury promotes locomotor recovery

    Ying Wang et al.
    Retrograde transport of NT-3 stimulated the reorganization of lumbar neural circuitry and synaptic connectivity remote to a thoracic SCI, along with improved behavioral recovery.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Identification of cryptic subunits from an apicomplexan ATP synthase

    Diego Huet et al.
    A phylum-specific ATP synthase subunit is needed for proper mitochondrial function and stability of the complex in Toxoplasma gondii.
    1. Neuroscience

    The influence of the descending pain modulatory system on infant pain-related brain activity

    Sezgi Goksan et al.
    Greater connectivity of the descending pain modulatory system network in the infant brain is associated with lower pain-related brain activity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Functionally asymmetric motor neurons contribute to coordinating locomotion of Caenorhabditis elegans

    Oleg Tolstenkov et al.
    The 'missing' class of Caenorhabditis elegans excitatory motor neurons, AS, contribute to propagation and coordination of body waves, integrating information from, and feeding back to premotor interneurons byelectrical signaling.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Biophysical properties of single rotavirus particles account for the functions of protein shells in a multilayered virus

    Manuel Jiménez-Zaragoza et al.
    In triple-layered rotavirus particles, strong interaction between the external and middle layers provides high mechanical strength for protection tasks, while weaker interaction between the middle and inner layers favors transcription.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Tracing a protein’s folding pathway over evolutionary time using ancestral sequence reconstruction and hydrogen exchange

    Shion An Lim et al.
    Pulsed-labeling hydrogen exchange on the ribonuclease H family show that the major folding intermediate is conserved over three billion years of evolution, but the path leading to this intermediate varies.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sex-dependent effects of in utero cannabinoid exposure on cortical function

    Anissa Bara et al.
    Adult male, but not female, rats showed altered neuronal function, inhibited synaptic plasticity and diminished social behavior following cannabinoid exposure during gestation in a model of cannabis use during pregnancy.
    1. Neuroscience

    Oligodendrocyte-encoded Kir4.1 function is required for axonal integrity

    Lucas Schirmer et al.
    Ultrastructural and loss-of-function experiments show that oligodendrocyte-encoded Kir4.1 is located near active axonal structures, including within myelin inner tongue, and has critical functions to promote axonal activity and preserve integrity.
    1. Ecology

    Bleaching causes loss of disease resistance within the threatened coral species Acropora cervicornis

    Erinn M Muller et al.
    Standing genetic variation for disease resistance may be continuously lost during recurring warm water episodes because of widespread susceptibility of disease-resistant genotypes to bleaching and the independence between these two traits.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Elucidating the mitochondrial proteome of Toxoplasma gondii reveals the presence of a divergent cytochrome c oxidase

    Azadeh Seidi et al.
    The proteins found in the mitochondria of apicomplexan parasites, including key proteins involved in energy generation, are very different from mitochondrial proteins of the animals these parasites infect.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intrinsic cooperativity potentiates parallel cis-regulatory evolution

    Trevor R Sorrells et al.
    Cooperativity between two transcription regulators occurs through protein-protein interactions with a general transcription factor complex and potentiates the parallel evolution of their DNA binding sites.
    1. Neuroscience

    Intermittent subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation induces risk-aversive behavior in human subjects

    Shaun R Patel et al.
    Deep brain stimulation can selectively modify neural activity within the subthalamic nucleus to modify decisions under uncertainty in human subjects.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis along the sidewall of pole-growing mycobacteria

    Alam García-Heredia et al.
    Peptidoglycan precursor synthesis occurs in both growing and non-growing regions of the mycobacterial cell surface.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Allosteric regulators selectively prevent Ca2+-feedback of CaV and NaV channels

    Jacqueline Niu et al.
    Two structurally-unrelated regulatory proteins utilize parallel molecular mechanisms to selectively tune calcium and calmodulin feedback of calcium and sodium ion channels and reveals a novel strategy to engineer synthetic channel modulators.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Decoupled maternal and zygotic genetic effects shape the evolution of development

    Christina Zakas et al.
    Early development involves both maternal and zygotic genetic effects. This dual genetic basis shapes the evolution of developmental mode in a marine annelid.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Glutathione de novo synthesis but not recycling process coordinates with glutamine catabolism to control redox homeostasis and directs murine T cell differentiation

    Gaojian Lian et al.
    Metabolic reprogramming in suppressing oxidative stress during TH17 cell differentiation.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural principles of SNARE complex recognition by the AAA+ protein NSF

    K Ian White et al.
    Electron-cryomicroscopy structures of the supercomplex of NSF, αSNAP, and neuronal SNAREs in the presence of ATP under non-hydrolyzing conditions at 3.9 Å resolution reveal interactions between the N-terminal residues of SNAP-25 and NSF.
    1. Cancer Biology

    tp53 deficiency causes a wide tumor spectrum and increases embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma metastasis in zebrafish

    Myron S Ignatius et al.
    Syngeneic tp53-null zebrafish develop a wide range of tumors that engraft into recipient animals with loss of Tp53 leading to increased metastasis in embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma (ERMS), likely accounting for increased aggression in TP53-inactivated human ERMS.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Defective RNA polymerase III is negatively regulated by the SUMO-Ubiquitin-Cdc48 pathway

    Zheng Wang et al.
    The SUMO-Ub-Cdc48 pathway is a novel regulatory mechanism of Pol III and a potential therapeutic target for Pol III-related human diseases.
    1. Plant Biology

    DET1-mediated degradation of a SAGA-like deubiquitination module controls H2Bub homeostasis

    Amr Nassrallah et al.
    Light signaling components interact with a histone H2B deubiquitination module, adjusting chromatin states at global level during Arabidopsis seedling development.
    1. Neuroscience

    BDNF-TrkB signaling in oxytocin neurons contributes to maternal behavior

    Kristen R Maynard et al.
    Brain-derived neurotrophic factor signaling plays a causal role in female-typical social behavior and modulates oxytocin neuron gene expression.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Non-invasive measurement of mRNA decay reveals translation initiation as the major determinant of mRNA stability

    Leon Y Chan et al.
    Non-invasive mRNA stability measurements reveal that transcript lifetime is governed by a competition with translation initiation on a transcriptome-wide level.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Enhanced ER proteostasis and temperature differentially impact the mutational tolerance of influenza hemagglutinin

    Angela M Phillips et al.
    Endoplasmic reticulum proteostasis factors enhance the mutational tolerance of influenza hemagglutinin, a model secretory pathway protein and therapeutic target, particularly improving the fitness of temperature-sensitive variants.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Differential requirement of kindlin-3 for T cell progenitor homing to the non-vascularized and vascularized thymus

    Federico Andrea Moretti et al.
    T cell progenitor homing into the thymus requires kindlin-3 to stabilize their adhesion to vascular integrin ligands when blood flow velocities and shear rates increase during development.
    1. Neuroscience

    Receptive field center-surround interactions mediate context-dependent spatial contrast encoding in the retina

    Maxwell H Turner et al.
    In the retina, the receptive field surround preserves the spatial contrast sensitivity of the center in the face of naturalistic changes in local luminance.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Neuroscience

    Transcriptional and epigenomic landscapes of CNS and non-CNS vascular endothelial cells

    Mark F Sabbagh et al.
    Genome-wide integration of transcriptome, accessible chromatin, and DNA methylome data from vascular endothelial cells lays the foundation for understanding the gene regulatory circuits that generate organ-specific vascular specialization.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    A two-hybrid antibody micropattern assay reveals specific in cis interactions of MHC I heavy chains at the cell surface

    Cindy Dirscherl et al.
    A generally applicable two-hybrid assay demonstrates that MHC class I heavy chains devoid of beta-2 microglobulin associate within and across allotypes, with implications for endocytosis and autoimmunity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Timing of the reticular lamina and basilar membrane vibration in living gerbil cochleae

    Wenxuan He et al.
    Heterodyne low-coherence interferometry demonstrates that the latency of the sound-induced reticular lamina vibration is significantly greater than that of the basilar membrane vibration in living gerbil cochleae.
    1. Neuroscience

    Poor coherence in older people's speech is explained by impaired semantic and executive processes

    Paul Hoffman et al.
    Remaining focused on the topic at hand when speaking depends on effective selection of task-relevant semantic knowledge, and declines in this ability account for increases in off-topic speech in older people.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Pdgfra marks a cellular lineage with distinct contributions to myofibroblasts in lung maturation and injury response

    Rongbo Li et al.
    Lineage tracing using a knockin Pdgfra-rtTA tool indicates distinct contributions of this cell lineage to myofibroblasts in normal development, fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia models.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    The retromer complex safeguards against neural progenitor-derived tumorigenesis by regulating Notch receptor trafficking

    Bo Li et al.
    The retromer complex serves as a bomb squad to retrieve and disarm the potentially harmful pool of Notch receptors in a timely manner and thereby safeguards against brain tumor formation.
    1. Neuroscience

    ErbB4 deletion in noradrenergic neurons in the locus coeruleus induces mania-like behavior via elevated catecholamines

    Shu-Xia Cao et al.
    Behavioral and molecular mechanistic studies elaborate the important role of ErbB4 in noradrenergic neurons associated with mania pathogenesis.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Topography of cancer-associated immune cells in human solid tumors

    Jakob Nikolas Kather et al.
    Spatial patterns of lymphoid and myeloid cells in human solid tumors differ between cancer types, yielding a new classification of anti-tumor host response.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The mobility of packaged phage genome controls ejection dynamics

    Alex Evilevitch
    Temperature and ionic conditions control the mechanical properties of virally encapsidated DNA and act as a switch between synchronized and desynchronized genome ejection dynamics in a phage population.
    1. Neuroscience

    Manipulating midbrain dopamine neurons and reward-related behaviors with light-controllable nicotinic acetylcholine receptors

    Romain Durand-de Cuttoli et al.
    In vivo deconstruction of reward-related behaviors with circuit and pharmacological specificity using designer, light-controllable nicotinic acetylcholine receptors.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Tumor copy number alteration burden is a pan-cancer prognostic factor associated with recurrence and death

    Haley Hieronymus et al.
    The percentage of a tumor’s genome with alterations in copy number is correlated with increased mortality across a range of tumor types and can be measured using a clinically approved sequencing assay.
    1. Neuroscience

    A neural-level model of spatial memory and imagery

    Andrej Bicanski, Neil Burgess
    The BB model explains spatial cognition in terms of interactions between specific neuronal populations, providing a common computational framework for the human neuropsychological and in vivo animal electrophysiological literatures.
    1. Neuroscience

    Metformin reverses early cortical network dysfunction and behavior changes in Huntington’s disease

    Isabelle Arnoux et al.
    In a premanifest mouse model of Huntington's disease at a stage very far from disease onset, significant network and behavior dysregulation was found, being rebalanced by treatment with metformin.
    1. Neuroscience

    Adaptation after vastus lateralis denervation in rats demonstrates neural regulation of joint stresses and strains

    Cristiano Alessandro et al.
    The adaptation strategy used by the nervous system following muscle paralysis restores task performance while minimizing the stresses and strains within a joint.
    1. Neuroscience

    In vivo detection of optically-evoked opioid peptide release

    Ream Al-Hasani et al.
    In vivo detection of optically evoked endogenous opioid peptides reveals anatomically distinct release profiles.
    1. Developmental Biology

    An intrinsic cell cycle timer terminates limb bud outgrowth

    Joseph Pickering et al.
    Size control in limbs is an intrinsically determined process.