November 2020

Research articles

    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Hydrodynamics of sponge pumps and evolution of the sponge body plan

    Seyed Saeed Asadzadeh et al.
    The architecture of flagellated chambers in sponge pumps is linked to that of body plan, supporting the current view that the sponge aquiferous system evolved from an open-type filtration system.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Bedrock radioactivity influences the rate and spectrum of mutation

    Nathanaëlle Saclier et al.
    Subterranean isopods endemic to regions with large igneous rock formations have a higher mutation rate and display an excess of mutations that are typical of an oxidative stress.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structure of the calcium release-activated calcium channel Orai in an open conformation

    Xiaowei Hou et al.
    Structure of the Ca2+ channel Orai in an open conformation provides insights into the opening mechanism and the channel's role in regulating Ca2+ entry into immune and other non-excitable cells.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Evolved bacterial resistance against fluoropyrimidines can lower chemotherapy impact in the Caenorhabditis elegans host

    Brittany Rosener et al.
    Bacterial evolutionary adaptation to two chemotherapy drugs can lead to changes in bacterial metabolism and impact drug toxicity in a worm host.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural ordering of the Plasmodium berghei circumsporozoite protein repeats by inhibitory antibody 3D11

    Iga Kucharska et al.
    A comprehensive structural analysis of inhibitory murine antibody 3D11 binding to Plasmodium berghei circumsporozoite protein reveals common mechanisms of antibody evolution in mammals against Plasmodium parasites.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    EHMT2 epigenetically suppresses Wnt signaling and is a potential target in embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma

    Ananya Pal et al.
    Inhibition of the lysine methyltransferase G9a blocks oncogenic phenotypes in embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The mechanism of kinesin inhibition by kinesin-binding protein

    Joseph Atherton et al.
    Cryo-electron microscopy reveals how kinesin-binding protein inhibits microtubule attachment in a subset of kinesins.
    1. Neuroscience

    The integration of Gaussian noise by long-range amygdala inputs in frontal circuit promotes fear learning in mice

    Mattia Aime et al.
    The frontal associative cortex promotes fear learning by non-linearly integrating Gaussian noise in between conditioning trials with the help of basolateral amygdala inputs.
    1. Neuroscience

    Presynaptic NMDARs cooperate with local spikes toward GABA release from the reciprocal olfactory bulb granule cell spine

    Vanessa Lage-Rupprecht et al.
    The essential role of presynaptic NMDA receptors for granule cell GABAergic output elucidates the function of reciprocal spines in recurrent and possibly lateral inhibition of mitral cells during olfactory processsing.
    1. Neuroscience

    Frontal eye field and caudate neurons make different contributions to reward-biased perceptual decisions

    Yunshu Fan et al.
    In monkeys making decisions that balance noisy evidence and reward expectation, frontal cortical and caudate activity reflect different computational components that are related to the monkeys' strategy.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Increasing heart vascularisation after myocardial infarction using brain natriuretic peptide stimulation of endothelial and WT1+ epicardial cells

    Na Li et al.
    Brain natriuretic peptide supplementation can increase cardiac neovascularization in infarcted hearts by stimulating endogenous endothelial cell proliferation and proliferation of precursor cells, which will differentiate into endothelial cells.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Sequential activation of transcriptional repressors promotes progenitor commitment by silencing stem cell identity genes

    Noemi Rives-Quinto et al.
    Silencing of stem cell identity genes during progenitor commitment ensures that intermediate progenitors robustly commit to generate differentiated cell types rather than abnormal stem-cell-like cells during indirect neurogenesis.
    1. Neuroscience

    Tracking prototype and exemplar representations in the brain across learning

    Caitlin R Bowman et al.
    Concepts can be represented at multiple levels of specificity (individual examples, abstract category averages) within a single task across different regions of the brain.
    1. Medicine

    A novel haemocytometric COVID-19 prognostic score developed and validated in an observational multicentre European hospital-based study

    Joachim Linssen et al.
    Distinct haemocytometric parameters, including cell activation markers, combined in a prognostic score may support early identification of COVID-19 patients likely to deteriorate and thus may benefit from ICU admission.
    1. Neuroscience

    Impaired speed encoding and grid cell periodicity in a mouse model of tauopathy

    Thomas Ridler et al.
    Dementia-related tau pathology reduces speed encoding in the medial entorhinal cortex and is associated with reduced grid cell function, whilst head direction tuning remains intact.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Zebrafish Posterior Lateral Line primordium migration requires interactions between a superficial sheath of motile cells and the skin

    Damian E Dalle Nogare et al.
    Epithelial cells utilize a covering sheath of motile cells to migrate in confinement.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of bacterial phospholipid transporter MlaFEDB with substrate bound

    Nicolas Coudray et al.
    Structure of MlaFEDB ABC transporter with substrate bound in the outward-open pocket of MlaE provides mechanistic insights into lipid transport within the Gram-negative bacterial cell envelope.
    1. Plant Biology

    The Arabidopsis V-ATPase is localized to the TGN/EE via a seed plant-specific motif

    Upendo Lupanga et al.
    Analysis of the Arabidopsis V-ATPase reveals convergent evolution of differential targeting as well as redundancy of the endosomal and vacuolar isoforms during vegetative development.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    In-silico analysis of myeloid cells across the animal kingdom reveals neutrophil evolution by colony-stimulating factors

    Damilola Pinheiro et al.
    In-silico modeling of gene and protein emergence reveals how colony-stimulating factors contributed to the evolution and functional adaptions observed in mammalian neutrophils.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Wnt3 distribution in the zebrafish brain is determined by expression, diffusion and multiple molecular interactions

    Sapthaswaran Veerapathiran et al.
    Wnt3 accomplishes long-range distribution by extracellular diffusion controlled by expression, tissue morphology, interactions with heparan sulfate proteoglycans, and co-receptor-mediated receptor binding to regulate brain development in zebrafish embryos.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis of TRPC4 regulation by calmodulin and pharmacological agents

    Deivanayagabarathy Vinayagam et al.
    Cryo-EM structures reveal how the canonical TRPC4 cation channel is regulated by calmodulin, and how it is modulated by pyridazinone-based inhibitors.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Proteomic analysis of young and old mouse hematopoietic stem cells and their progenitors reveals post-transcriptional regulation in stem cells

    Balyn W Zaro et al.
    Mass spectrometry exposes a post-transcriptionally regulated reduction in protein diversity in hematopoietic stem cells, including a lack of detectable Dnmt3a protein levels despite mRNA levels comparable to progenitors.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural and mechanistic basis of the EMC-dependent biogenesis of distinct transmembrane clients

    Lakshmi E Miller-Vedam et al.
    Structure-function characterization of the EMC's cytoplasmic, transmembrane, and lumenal domains reveal features critical for terminal helix insertion and a specialized role for the lumenal domain in polytopic membrane protein biogenesis.
    1. Neuroscience

    Systematic examination of low-intensity ultrasound parameters on human motor cortex excitability and behavior

    Anton Fomenko et al.
    Transcranial low-intensity ultrasound applied in block design and at low duty cycles and longer sonication durations can safely and non-invasively suppress human motor-evoked potentials, possibly via GABA-A-mediated inhibitory pathways.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Autophagy compensates for Lkb1 loss to maintain adult mice homeostasis and survival

    Khoosheh Khayati et al.
    Autophagy and Lkb1 work synergistically to maintain adult mouse homeostasis and survival.
    1. Ecology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Efficient mate finding in planktonic copepods swimming in turbulence

    François-Gaël Michalec et al.
    Calanoid copepods achieve efficient mate finding in turbulence through active swimming and turbulence advection, indicating that reproduction is not restricted to spatial and temporal windows of calm hydrodynamic conditions.
    1. Medicine

    Lipocalin-2 is an anorexigenic signal in primates

    Peristera-Ioanna Petropoulou et al.
    Lipocalin-2 is a strong predictor of hunger scores, reflects an anti-obesity response that is deregulated in severely obese subjects, and exerts an anorexigenic function with a conserved interspecies mechanism.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    High neural activity accelerates the decline of cognitive plasticity with age in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Qiaochu Li et al.
    Chronic excitation of the Caenorhabditis elegans oxygen-sensing neurons alters calcium homeostasis to accelerate the decline of neural plasticity with age.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A lung-on-chip model of early Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection reveals an essential role for alveolar epithelial cells in controlling bacterial growth

    Vivek V Thacker et al.
    Time-lapse imaging and the modular recreation of host physiology reveal that alveolar epithelial cells, potential permissive infection sites for Mycobacterium tuberculosis, can restrict early bacterial growth via surfactant secretion.
    1. Neuroscience

    Semiochemical responsive olfactory sensory neurons are sexually dimorphic and plastic

    Aashutosh Vihani et al.
    Semiochemicals activate a subpopulation of sexually dimorphic olfactory sensory neurons.
    1. Neuroscience

    Maternal cortisol is associated with neonatal amygdala microstructure and connectivity in a sexually dimorphic manner

    David Q Stoye et al.
    Prenatal stress is transmitted to infant development through cortisol, which imparts sex-specific effects on the development and connectivity of the amygdalae.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Combined transient ablation and single-cell RNA-sequencing reveals the development of medullary thymic epithelial cells

    Kristen L Wells et al.
    Combination of experimental mouse models with single-cell RNA-sequencing creates a detailed map of medullary thymic epithelial cell development and identifies a transit-amplifying population as the immediate precursor to Aire-expressing mTECs.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Systemic hypoxia inhibits T cell response by limiting mitobiogenesis via matrix substrate-level phosphorylation arrest

    Amijai Saragovi et al.
    Systemic hypoxia model reveals the detrimental effect of hypoxia on mitochondrial biogenesis in activated T-cells and points at a new approach for improving viral resistance in patients with respiratory diseases.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The deubiquitylase Ubp15 couples transcription to mRNA export

    Fanny Eyboulet et al.
    Ubp15 regulates the ubiquitylation of the export adaptor Mex67.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Osmolarity-independent electrical cues guide rapid response to injury in zebrafish epidermis

    Andrew S Kennard, Julie A Theriot
    Skin cells in zebrafish use sodium chloride-dependent electrical gradients to sense tissue injury and guide migration in the appropriate direction to close the wound.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Deciphering the combinatorial landscape of immunity

    Antonio Cappuccio et al.
    The immune Synergistic/Antagonistic Interaction Learner (iSAIL) resource has the capacity to generate insight into combinatorial immunity, help guide hypothesis generation and further experimentation relevant to basic research and drug therapeutics.
    1. Neuroscience

    The neural basis for a persistent internal state in Drosophila females

    David Deutsch et al.
    A set of sexually dimorphic neurons in female flies is part of a recurrent neural network and drives minutes-long persistent neural activity and persistent social behaviors.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Neuronal timescales are functionally dynamic and shaped by cortical microarchitecture

    Richard Gao et al.
    Invasive electrophysiological recording measures neuronal transmembrane current timescales across human cortex, which lengthens from sensory to association regions, follows variations in ion channel expressions, and alters with behavior and aging.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Spreading of a mycobacterial cell-surface lipid into host epithelial membranes promotes infectivity

    CJ Cambier et al.
    Applying bioorthogonal chemistry to the zebrafish/Mycobacterium marinum model of tuberculosis reveals that the virulence lipid PDIM must spread into epithelial cells in order for mycobacteria to establish infection.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Sense of coherence and risk of breast cancer

    Kejia Hu et al.
    There is little evidence for an association between sense of coherence and risk of breast cancer.
    1. Neuroscience

    Chimpanzee brain morphometry utilizing standardized MRI preprocessing and macroanatomical annotations

    Sam Vickery et al.
    Openly available structural imaging processing pipeline for chimpanzees including registration templates and macro-anatomical parcellation shows human-like cerebral aging and medial hemispheric organization.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Differential impact of BTK active site inhibitors on the conformational state of full-length BTK

    Raji E Joseph et al.
    The first-in-class kinase inhibitor, Ibrutinib, destabilizes its autoinhibited Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) target, and a remote resistance mutation causes global structural changes that activate BTK catalytic activity.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Does diversity beget diversity in microbiomes?

    Naïma Madi et al.
    Microbiomediversity favors further diversity in a positive feedback that is strongest in lower-diversity biomes but which plateaus as niches are increasingly filled in higher-diversity biomes.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    LRRC8A is essential for hypotonicity-, but not for DAMP-induced NLRP3 inflammasome activation

    Jack P Green et al.
    Depletion of LRRC8A provides genetic evidence for the importance of Cl- channels in NLRP3 activation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Striatal direct and indirect pathway neurons differentially control the encoding and updating of goal-directed learning

    James Peak et al.
    Direct and indirect pathway neurons in posterior dorsomedial striatum were found to play distinct roles, with the former necessary for encoding and the latter for updating goal-directed learning.
    1. Neuroscience

    Defective memory engram reactivation underlies impaired fear memory recall in Fragile X syndrome

    Jie Li et al.
    Activity-dependent genetic labeling during behavioral learning shows Fragile-X syndrome model mice exhibit impaired hippocampal engram reactivation, and that enriched environment experience improves fear memory retrieval by enhancing engram reactivation efficacy.
    1. Neuroscience

    The amygdala instructs insular feedback for affective learning

    Dominic Kargl et al.
    Hierarchical information flow in a cortico-limbic loop between the insular cortex, central amygdala and the cholinergic basal forebrain links bodily states with environmental stimuli to guide fear and reward behavior.
    1. Neuroscience

    Curvature domains in V4 of macaque monkey

    Jia Ming Hu et al.
    There is a systematic functional organization for curvature representation in area V4 where specific curvatures are encoded by unique values (modules) from the set of systematically represented values.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for PRC2 decoding of active histone methylation marks H3K36me2/3

    Ksenia Finogenova et al.
    Nucleosome binding by PRC2 threads H3K27 into its active site via an interaction network set in register by unmodified H3K36.
    1. Cell Biology

    CB1R regulates soluble leptin receptor levels via CHOP, contributing to hepatic leptin resistance

    Adi Drori et al.
    The hepatic endocannabinoid/CB1R system controls the soluble leptin receptor’s expression and/or subsequent release by Trib3-induced regulation of C/EBP homologous protein levels in hepatocytes to affect leptin signaling in the liver.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Plasma proteomic biomarker signature of age predicts health and life span

    Toshiko Tanaka et al.
    Analysis of proteomic data identified protein biomarkers of aging, mortality and aging-related diseases, supporting their use to monitor aging trajectories and identify individuals at higher risk of disease.
    1. Neuroscience

    Curvature-processing domains in primate V4

    Rendong Tang et al.
    Curvature-preferring neurons in monkey V4 cluster into 0.5-mm patches, which highlights the importance of curvature detection in visual object recognition and the key functional role of V4 in this process.
    1. Neuroscience

    anTraX, a software package for high-throughput video tracking of color-tagged insects

    Asaf Gal et al.
    anTraX is an algorithm and software package that facilitates automated analyses of insect social behavior in species and experimental settings that are not accessible with currently existing technology.
    1. Neuroscience

    Robo functions as an attractive cue for glial migration through SYG-1/Neph

    Zhongwei Qu et al.
    An extracellular cleavage fragment of Robo released from neurons can bind to glia-expressed SYG-1 to guide glia migration.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Fgf4 maintains Hes7 levels critical for normal somite segmentation clock function

    Matthew J Anderson et al.
    Quantification of fluorescently labeled mRNAs reveals that Fgf4 regulates Notch oscillations in the segmentation clock that controls somitogenesis.
    1. Plant Biology

    The genetic architecture of host response reveals the importance of arbuscular mycorrhizae to maize cultivation

    M Rosario Ramírez-Flores et al.
    Heritable variation in the benefit maize plants receive from arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi supports the feasibility of breeding crops to optimize use of this ancient symbiosis.
    1. Cell Biology

    Casein kinase 1G2 suppresses necroptosis-promoted testis aging by inhibiting receptor-interacting kinase 3

    Dianrong Li et al.
    Casein kinase 1G2 interacts with and inhibits the activation of receptor-interacting kinase 3, RIP3, in response to TNF and toll-like receptor family members and attenuates its necroptosis signaling activity.
    1. Neuroscience

    Spatial readout of visual looming in the central brain of Drosophila

    Mai M Morimoto et al.
    In the Drosophila central brain, synaptic connectivity extracts visual-spatial information from the axons of looming sensitive LC6 neurons that terminate in a glomerulus with minimal retinotopy.
    1. Neuroscience

    Gamma activity accelerates during prefrontal development

    Sebastian H Bitzenhofer et al.
    Maturation of inhibitory feedback accelerates gamma activity in the medial prefrontal cortex during development.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary stasis of the pseudoautosomal boundary in strepsirrhine primates

    Rylan Shearn et al.
    A larger non-recombining region in sexually dimorphic primates compared to sexually monomorphic ones supports the view that sexually antagonistic mutations have influenced the evolution of sex chromosomes in primates.
    1. Ecology

    Humans disrupt access to prey for large African carnivores

    Kirby L Mills, Nyeema C Harris
    The presence of humans induces behavioral modifications in many large carnivore and ungulate species, restructuring spatiotemporal relationships between African predators and their prey.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Regulation of RUVBL1-RUVBL2 AAA-ATPases by the nonsense-mediated mRNA decay factor DHX34, as evidenced by Cryo-EM

    Andres López-Perrote et al.
    Cryo-EM reveals the regulation of RUVBL1 and RUVBL2 AAA-ATPases by DHX34, a helicase involved in nonsense-mediated mRNA decay (NMD), and suggests mechanisms for how RUVBL1 and RUVBL2 function in NMD.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Leptin suppresses development of GLP-1 inputs to the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus

    Jessica E Biddinger et al.
    Leptin acts cell autonomously on brainstem neurons that express GLP-1 to suppress development of excitatory viscerosensory inputs to the hypothalamus.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    High-resolution transcriptional and morphogenetic profiling of cells from micropatterned human ESC gastruloid cultures

    Kyaw Thu Minn et al.
    Micropatterned differentiation of human ESCs generates gastrulation cell types – germ layers, extraembryonic, and primordial germ cells with primate characteristics – that show conserved sorting behaviors when dissociated and reseeded as single-cell mixture.
    1. Neuroscience

    Subthalamic beta-targeted neurofeedback speeds up movement initiation but increases tremor in Parkinsonian patients

    Shenghong He et al.
    Patients with Parkinson's disease can be trained to self-suppress beta bursts in subthalamic nucleus, which was accompanied by quicker reaction times when prompted to move but increased tremor.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Developmental Biology

    SMC5/6 is required for replication fork stability and faithful chromosome segregation during neurogenesis

    Alisa Atkins et al.
    The structural maintenance of chromosomes complex, SMC5/6, is crucial for brain development and function as it ensures proficient DNA replication in neural progenitor cells prior to chromosome segregation.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Sexual dimorphism in trait variability and its eco-evolutionary and statistical implications

    Susanne RK Zajitschek et al.
    Sex differences in trait variability imply that both sexes should be included in biomedical trials, using sex-specific statistical power calculations.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Islet vascularization is regulated by primary endothelial cilia via VEGF-A-dependent signaling

    Yan Xiong et al.
    Primary cilia on endothelial cells are required for VEGF-A/ VEGFR2-dependent signaling, islet vascularization and, consequently, nutrient delivery and insulin disposal.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Rho1 activation recapitulates early gastrulation events in the ventral, but not dorsal, epithelium of Drosophila embryos

    Ashley Rich et al.
    Spatially and temporally patterned activation of the small GTPase Rho1 indicates that ventral-specific factors contribute to cell- and tissue-level behaviors during ventral furrow formation, the first step in Drosophila gastrulation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Spatially compartmentalized phase regulation of a Ca2+-cAMP-PKA oscillatory circuit

    Brian Tenner et al.
    Nanodomain clustering of cAMP effectors represents a novel mechanism of cAMP compartmentation within an oscillatory signaling circuit.
    1. Neuroscience

    Momentary subjective well-being depends on learning and not reward

    Bastien Blain, Robb B Rutledge
    Analyses show that happiness is not associated with the reward prediction errors resulting from decisions but instead with belief updating and learning the structure of the world.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Embryonic origin and serial homology of gill arches and paired fins in the skate, Leucoraja erinacea

    Victoria A Sleight, J Andrew Gillis
    Development from dual-origin mesenchyme with common competence explains anatomical parallels and shared patterning of the jawed vertebrate gill arch and paired fin skeletons.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Demographic history mediates the effect of stratification on polygenic scores

    Arslan A Zaidi, Iain Mathieson
    Correction for stratification in genome-wide association studies should be informed by the demographic history of the sample.
    1. Neuroscience

    Visual attention modulates the integration of goal-relevant evidence and not value

    Pradyumna Sepulveda et al.
    Visual attention modulates the integration of the evidence that is most useful for achieving a goal in both perceptual and value-based decisions.
    1. Neuroscience

    Forced choices reveal a trade-off between cognitive effort and physical pain

    Todd A Vogel et al.
    Cognitive effort is aversive and people will accept physical pain to avoid it, but this avoidance does not appear to share the same fundamental characteristics of pain avoidance.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neural population dynamics in motor cortex are different for reach and grasp

    Aneesha K Suresh et al.
    The neuronal activity in primary motor cortex does not exhibit smooth low-dimensional dynamics during grasp as it does during reach.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Medicine

    Lymphangiogenic therapy prevents cardiac dysfunction by ameliorating inflammation and hypertension

    LouJin Song et al.
    Lymphangiogenic therapy VEGFCc156s improved angiotensin-II-induced impairments in heart function via novel mechanisms, which include transcriptional responses to alleviate inflammation and cardiac fibrosis, and systemic responses to ameliorate hypertension.
    1. Cell Biology

    Antipsychotic olanzapine-induced misfolding of proinsulin in the endoplasmic reticulum accounts for atypical development of diabetes

    Satoshi Ninagawa et al.
    The mechanism identified here that mediates olanzapine-induced b-cell dysfunction should be considered, along with weight gain, in mitigating adverse side effects when patients with schizophrenia are prescribed olanzapine.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structures of diverse poxin cGAMP nucleases reveal a widespread role for cGAS-STING evasion in host–pathogen conflict

    James B Eaglesham et al.
    Poxin enzymes are a diverse family of insect and viral 2′3′-cGAMP nucleases, which evolved from self-cleaving RNA virus accessory proteases.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Neuroscience

    Increased processing of SINE B2 ncRNAs unveils a novel type of transcriptome deregulation in amyloid beta neuropathology

    Yubo Cheng et al.
    SINE RNAs are implicated in amyloid beta molecular pathology in hippocampus.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Simultaneous quantification of mRNA and protein in single cells reveals post-transcriptional effects of genetic variation

    Christian Brion et al.
    A CRISPR-based dual reporter assay enables genetic mapping of DNA variants that specifically affect mRNA or protein levels in trans.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Sepsis impedes EAE disease development and diminishes autoantigen-specific naive CD4 T cells

    Isaac J Jensen et al.
    Sepsis-induced numerical loss of naive autoantigen-specific CD4 T cells reduces host capacity to develop autoimmune immune disease, thereby demonstrating an intriguing relationship between infection and autoimmune disease.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Efficient chromatin accessibility mapping in situ by nucleosome-tethered tagmentation

    Steven Henikoff et al.
    A simple modification of CUT&Tag chromatin profiling method provides high-quality chromatin accessibility maps and indicates that 'open' chromatin results from a transcription-coupled process at promoters and enhancers.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Conservation of peripheral nervous system formation mechanisms in divergent ascidian embryos

    Joshua F Coulcher et al.
    Developmental regulatory mechanisms for peripheral nervous system formation appear to be conserved in ascidians despite extensive genomic divergence after 390 MY of separate evolution.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insights into the nucleic acid remodeling mechanisms of the yeast THO-Sub2 complex

    Sandra K Schuller et al.
    The THO-Sub2 complex is an asymmetric homodimer that uses the spatial arrangement of two Sub2 helicases to prevent RNA:DNA hybrids.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of the human core transcription-export complex reveals a hub for multivalent interactions

    Thomas Pühringer et al.
    The cryo-EM structure of the human transcription-export THO–UAP56 complex reveals mechanisms of mRNA nuclear export licensing.
    1. Cell Biology

    Genome-wide CRISPR screen identifies noncanonical NF-κB signaling as a regulator of density-dependent proliferation

    Maria Fomicheva, Ian G Macara
    TRAF3, a negative regulator of noncanonical NF-κB signaling, maintains epithelial cell quiescence at confluence, and its loss triggers upregulation of immunity genes and prevents entry into G0 at high cell density.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Smchd1 is a maternal effect gene required for genomic imprinting

    Iromi Wanigasuriya et al.
    Imprinted gene expression is set up during a critical window of early embryonic development, by the translation of parental imprints by oocyte-supplied Smchd1 into allele-specific gene silencing.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Bacterial OTU deubiquitinases regulate substrate ubiquitination upon Legionella infection

    Donghyuk Shin et al.
    A novel class of bacterial OTU deubiquitinases provides insights on the distinct roles of bacterial deubiquitinases in host–pathogen interactions.
    1. Neuroscience

    The palmitoyl acyltransferase ZDHHC14 controls Kv1-family potassium channel clustering at the axon initial segment

    Shaun S Sanders et al.
    ZDHHC14 controls palmitoylation and axon initial segment targeting of PSD93 and Kv1-family potassium channels, events that are essential for normal neuronal excitability.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Bisulfite treatment and single-molecule real-time sequencing reveal D-loop length, position, and distribution

    Shanaya Shital Shah et al.
    D-loops are critical intermediates in homologous recombination, and the novel D-loop mapping assay defines position, length, and distribution of D-loops with near base-pair resolution.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Neuroscience

    GTPBP1 resolves paused ribosomes to maintain neuronal homeostasis

    Markus Terrey et al.
    The translational GTPase GTPBP1 prevents ribosome stalling during tRNA deficiency and is necessary for neuronal survival.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for SARM1 inhibition and activation under energetic stress

    Michael Sporny et al.
    Cryo-EM shows that the NADase activity of SARM1 is allosterically inhibited by physiological concentrations of NAD+ that stabilizes an auto-inhibited conformation of SARM1, explaining how NAD+ depletion may inflict neurodegeneration.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Talin-activated vinculin interacts with branched actin networks to initiate bundles

    Rajaa Boujemaa-Paterski et al.
    At adhesion sites, talin-activated vinculin promotes interactions with the actin network that initiates bundles.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Rdh54/Tid1 inhibits Rad51-Rad54-mediated D-loop formation and limits D-loop length

    Shanaya Shital Shah et al.
    The dsDNA-dependent motor protein Rdh54 antagonizes Rad51-Rad54-mediated D-loop formation during homologous recombination and restricts the length of D-loops.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intracellular complexities of acquiring a new enzymatic function revealed by mass-randomisation of active-site residues

    Kelsi R Hall et al.
    Evolving E. coli NfsA for enhanced chloramphenicol detoxification in the native host environment shows that eliminating substrate competition can occur rapidly, and be key to evolving a new enzymatic function.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Synergy between Wsp1 and Dip1 may initiate assembly of endocytic actin networks

    Connor J Balzer et al.
    An activator of branching nucleation by Arp2/3 complex directly synergizes with an activator of linear filament nucleation to initiate assembly of actin networks that drive endocytosis.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Systematic identification of cis-regulatory variants that cause gene expression differences in a yeast cross

    Kaushik Renganaath et al.
    Yeast promoters can harbor multiple natural DNA variants that influence gene expression, interact genetically, evolve under negative selection, alter transcription factor motifs, and remain challenging to predict.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A motogenic GABAergic system of mononuclear phagocytes facilitates dissemination of coccidian parasites

    Amol K Bhandage et al.
    Intracellular parasites hijack a conserved GABAergic system of immune cells to promote dissemination.
    1. Cell Biology

    BLOS1 mediates kinesin switch during endosomal recycling of LDL receptor

    Chang Zhang et al.
    BLOS1 is a new regulator of LDLR endosomal recycling through coordinating kinesins during long-range transport, and depletion of BLOS1 in mouse liver leads to aberrant lipid metabolism.
    1. Cell Biology

    A versatile oblique plane microscope for large-scale and high-resolution imaging of subcellular dynamics

    Etai Sapoznik et al.
    A novel single-objective light-sheet microscope with unparalleled spatiotemporal resolution enables imaging and optical manipulation of diverse biological specimens and processes.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A rat epigenetic clock recapitulates phenotypic aging and co-localizes with heterochromatin

    Morgan Levine et al.
    The first epigenetic clock for rats was developed and revealed to reflect phenotypic aging and captured the effects of longevity interventions.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    circZNF827 nucleates a transcription inhibitory complex to balance neuronal differentiation

    Anne Kruse Hollensen et al.
    A neuron-specific circular RNA keeps neuronal differentiation in check by lowering transcription rates from key neuronal marker genes.
    1. Cell Biology

    Optimized Vivid-derived Magnets photodimerizers for subcellular optogenetics in mammalian cells

    Lorena Benedetti et al.
    eMags is an engineered photodimerizer pair for optogenetic modulation in mammalian cells that is especially suited for the manipulation of intracellular processes occurring in small volumes or subcellular organelles.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Alpha-satellite RNA transcripts are repressed by centromere–nucleolus associations

    Leah Bury et al.
    Single molecule FISH analysis defines the behavior of centromere-derived alpha-satellite transcripts in intact human cells and reveals a critical role for centromere-nucleolar contacts in repressing alpha-satellite transcription.
    1. Neuroscience

    A new no-report paradigm reveals that face cells encode both consciously perceived and suppressed stimuli

    Janis Karan Hesse, Doris Y Tsao
    Conscious visual percepts are encoded by face patches in the absence of report, can be decoded from population recordings, and are multiplexed with the veridical physical stimulus.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Asynchrony between virus diversity and antibody selection limits influenza virus evolution

    Dylan H Morris et al.
    Despite the virus' error prone polymerase, influenza virus antigenic evolution is rare, even in previously immune hosts, virus replication occurs before producing new antibodies.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Concerted action of kinesins KIF5B and KIF13B promotes efficient secretory vesicle transport to microtubule plus ends

    Andrea Serra-Marques et al.
    The function and distribution of kinesin motors on exocytotic vesicles is dissected and visualized through a combination of gene knockout experiments, high-resolution microscopy and advanced data analysis.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Optogenetic investigation of BMP target gene expression diversity

    Katherine W Rogers et al.
    Optogenetic manipulation of BMP signaling indicates that diversity in BMP-dependent gene expression is not well explained by differential responses to BMP, and combinatorial signaling is a major driver of diversity.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    16p11.2 microdeletion imparts transcriptional alterations in human iPSC-derived models of early neural development

    Julien G Roth et al.
    A model of in vitro human corticogenesis identifies alterations in gene expression caused by loss of 16p11.2 CNV genes in hiPSC-derived progenitor cells.
    1. Neuroscience

    LTD at amygdalocortical synapses as a novel mechanism for hedonic learning

    Melissa S Haley et al.
    Taking advantage of awell-established learning paradigm, conditioned taste aversion (CTA), change of hedonic value of a palatable tastant revealed the neural mechanisms encoding this learning process.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Biochemical patterns of antibody polyreactivity revealed through a bioinformatics-based analysis of CDR loops

    Christopher T Boughter et al.
    A new software developed for high-throughput antibody, T cell receptor, and MHC repertoire analysis uncovers neutrality of the binding interface and intramolecular crosstalk as distinguishing properties of polyreactive antibodies.
    1. Neuroscience

    SpikeInterface, a unified framework for spike sorting

    Alessio P Buccino et al.
    SpikeInterface is an open-source software framework designed to build full analysis pipelines for extracellular recordings in a seamless and reproducible way.
    1. Neuroscience

    Belief updating in bipolar disorder predicts time of recurrence

    Paolo Ossola et al.
    A reduced tendency to update beliefs in response to positive relative to negative information predict sooner relapse in euthymic bipolar patients.
    1. Neuroscience

    Fine-scale computations for adaptive processing in the human brain

    Elisa Zamboni et al.
    Laminar fMRI reveals that adaptive processing involves recurrent processing within visual cortex and top-down influences from posterior parietal cortex via feedback.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Innovation of heterochromatin functions drives rapid evolution of essential ZAD-ZNF genes in Drosophila

    Bhavatharini Kasinathan et al.
    Heterochromatic sequences evolve rapidly, as do ZAD-ZNF genes-encoding proteins involved in heterochromatin functions, explaining why evolutionarily dynamic ZAD-ZNF genes are more likely to be essential in Drosophila.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Rationally derived inhibitors of hepatitis C virus (HCV) p7 channel activity reveal prospect for bimodal antiviral therapy

    Joseph Shaw et al.
    Exploiting virus-encoded ion channels as drug targets drove a multi-faceted approach to deriving potent small molecules targeting HCV p7, simultaneously providing new insights into its fundamental biology.
    1. Medicine

    Reprogramming of bone marrow myeloid progenitor cells in patients with severe coronary artery disease

    Marlies P Noz et al.
    In patients with coronary artery disease, bone marrow myeloid progenitor cells are reprogrammed towards myeloid skewing and inflammatory activation.
    1. Developmental Biology

    The Drosophila Individual Activity Monitoring and Detection System (DIAMonDS)

    Ki-Hyeon Seong et al.
    The DIAMonDS can automatically and sequentially identify time points of multiple life cycle events such as pupariation, eclosion, and death in individual flies at high temporal resolution and large scale.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A physical mechanism of TANGO1-mediated bulky cargo export

    Ishier Raote et al.
    TANGO1 functions as a linactant filament to stabilize shallow COPII-coated buds, and after which membrane tension regulation, possibly mediated by TANGO1-controlled membrane fusion, facilitates bud elongation for procollagen export.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Increased mTOR activity and metabolic efficiency in mouse and human cells containing the African-centric tumor-predisposing p53 variant Pro47Ser

    Keerthana Gnanapradeepan et al.
    Enhanced metabolic efficiency associated with the tumor-predisposing African-centric p53 variant.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Cohesin residency determines chromatin loop patterns

    Lorenzo Costantino et al.
    High-resolution mapping of cohesin-dependent chromatin loops in the genome of budding yeast reveals evolutionarily conserved features for loop formation and cohesin residency as a determinant of loop positioning.
    1. Ecology

    Group size and composition influence collective movement in a highly social terrestrial bird

    Danai Papageorgiou, Damien Roger Farine
    High-resolution GPS data revealed a quadratic relationship between group size and movement, with vulturine guineafowl groups of intermediate size exhibiting the largest home-range size and greater variation in site use.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    The effects of age and systemic metabolism on anti-tumor T cell responses

    Jefte M Drijvers et al.
    A comprehensive literature review delineates the current knowledge of how systemic context, such as age and obesity, can impact CD8+ T cell function, anti-tumor immunity, and immunotherapy responsiveness.
    1. Neuroscience

    The SSVEP tracks attention, not consciousness, during perceptual filling-in

    Matthew J Davidson et al.
    The strength of frequency-tagged neural activity during perceptual filling anti-correlates with the contents of consciousness, yet positively correlates with a neural measure of attention, dissociating these often confounded brain processes.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Integration of genomics and transcriptomics predicts diabetic retinopathy susceptibility genes

    Andrew D Skol et al.
    Integrating gene expression with genetic association data provided insights into the functional relevance of genetic risk for a complex disease, thus implicating folliculin as a putative diabetic retinopathy susceptibility gene.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    New capsaicin analogs as molecular rulers to define the permissive conformation of the mouse TRPV1 ligand-binding pocket

    Simon Vu et al.
    Novel capsaicin analogs with conserved chemistry but varying sizes were used as molecular rulers to investigate energetics of conformational changes in the ligand-binding pocket and mechanisms of TRPV1 ligand-gating.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The heteromeric PC-1/PC-2 polycystin complex is activated by the PC-1 N-terminus

    Kotdaji Ha et al.
    Soluble fragments cleaved from the N-terminus of PC-1 activate the PC-1/PC-2 heteromeric polycystin channel, describing for the first time that the N-terminus itself is an endogenous ligand.
    1. Cell Biology

    Distinct insulin granule subpopulations implicated in the secretory pathology of diabetes types 1 and 2

    Alex J B Kreutzberger et al.
    Insulin secreting cells harbor distinct subpopulations of insulin granules and loss of one or the other correlates strongly with secretory deficiencies characterizing type-1 or type-2 diabetes.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Repression of interrupted and intact rDNA by the SUMO pathway in Drosophila melanogaster

    Yicheng Luo et al.
    SUMO-dependent pathway is responsible for selective repression of damaged rDNA and silencing of intact surplus units revealing an epigenetic mechanism that controls the differential expression of identical sequences in the same cell.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Single-cell multiomic profiling of human lungs reveals cell-type-specific and age-dynamic control of SARS-CoV2 host genes

    Allen Wang et al.
    Generation of a human lung single nucleus ATAC-seq and single nucleus RNA-seq datasets reveals candidate cis-regulatory elements that advance knowledge on gene expression control in normal and diseased lungs.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Control of Slc7a5 sensitivity by the voltage-sensing domain of Kv1 channels

    Shawn M Lamothe et al.
    The voltage-sensing mechanism of a subfamily of potassium channels is modulated in unconventional ways by an amino acid transporter.
    1. Cell Biology

    ACE2: Evidence of role as entry receptor for SARS-CoV-2 and implications in comorbidities

    Natalia Zamorano Cuervo, Nathalie Grandvaux
    Despite evidence that ACE2 is the receptor for SARS-CoV-2, its limited expression in the respiratory system challenges the uniqueness of this entry route and role in the multifaceted COVID-19.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Medicine

    Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells mediate protective host responses in sepsis

    Shubhanshi Trivedi et al.
    Mucosal-associated invariant T (MAIT) cells, highly activated and dysfunctional in sepsis patients, contribute to tissue-specific cytokine responses that are protective against mortality during experimental sepsis.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Sustained TNF-α stimulation leads to transcriptional memory that greatly enhances signal sensitivity and robustness

    Zuodong Zhao et al.
    Sustained TNF-α induction consolidates transcriptional memory for faster, stronger, and more sensitive subsequent induction in an active DNA demethylation-dependent manner for memory genes including CALCB, a therapeutic target for migraine.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Arrayed CRISPRi and quantitative imaging describe the morphotypic landscape of essential mycobacterial genes

    Timothy J de Wet et al.
    A high-throughput functional genomics approach combining inducible CRISPR-interference and quantitative imaging yields an atlas of 'phenoprints' to guide gene function assignments, identify metabolic pathway-specific morphotypes, and inform antibiotic mechanism-of-action studies.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Large domain movements through the lipid bilayer mediate substrate release and inhibition of glutamate transporters

    Xiaoyu Wang, Olga Boudker
    Substrate releasing or inhibitor binding on the intracellular side of a glutamate transporter homologue require movements of the transport domain through the lipid membrane, which undergoes adaptive deformations.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Molecular evidence of hybridization between pig and human Ascaris indicates an interbred species complex infecting humans

    Alice Easton et al.
    Comparative phylogenomic analyses based on a new reference-quality human Ascaris genome assembly reveals a pig/human interbred species complex with implications for Ascaris control worldwide.
    1. Neuroscience

    Altered hippocampal-prefrontal communication during anxiety-related avoidance in mice deficient for the autism-associated gene Pogz

    Margaret M Cunniff et al.
    In POGZ heterozygous mice, reduced anxiety-related avoidance is associated with decreased feedforward inhibition and theta synchrony in the hippocampal-prefrontal pathway.
    1. Neuroscience

    Modulation of flight and feeding behaviours requires presynaptic IP3Rs in dopaminergic neurons

    Anamika Sharma, Gaiti Hasan
    Motivation for flight and feeding behaviour requires dopamine release which depends on cholinergic stimulation and intracellular Ca2+ release from ER stores in one or two pairs of central dopaminergic neurons.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sources of widefield fluorescence from the brain

    Jack Waters
    Widefield fluorescence from the brain arises from greater depth and area than typically appreciated and is usually a weighted average across cortical columns and often more than one cortical area.
    1. Neuroscience

    Emergence of non-canonical parvalbumin-containing interneurons in hippocampus of a murine model of type I lissencephaly

    Tyler G Ekins et al.
    An excess of novel non-canonical subtypes of parvalbumin+ interneurons in a mouse model of classical lissencephaly, which possess non-fast-spiking physiological properties, may contribute to network hyperexcitability common in this model.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    MicroRNAs of the miR-17~92 family maintain adipose tissue macrophage homeostasis by sustaining IL-10 expression

    Xiang Zhang et al.
    miR-17~92 family of miRNAs control the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in adipose tissue macrophages, the absence of which leads to disturbed adipose homeostasis.
    1. Neuroscience

    Rapid computations of spectrotemporal prediction error support perception of degraded speech

    Ediz Sohoglu, Matthew H Davis
    Analysis of speech acoustics and human brain activity reveals the neural computations by which listeners combine speech input with prior expectations.
    1. Neuroscience

    Reconstruction of natural images from responses of primate retinal ganglion cells

    Nora Brackbill et al.
    The visual message conveyed by retinal neurons to the brain when signaling natural scenes resembles the individual receptive fields only when viewed in context of the neuronal population.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Inter-membrane association of the Sec and BAM translocons for bacterial outer-membrane biogenesis

    Sara Alvira et al.
    The protein translocation apparatus of the inner- (Sec) and outer-membrane (BAM) interact to form a trans-periplasmic super-complex capable of long-range, PMF-dependent conformational changes to facilitate efficient outer-membrane protein maturation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Convergence of cortical types and functional motifs in the human mesiotemporal lobe

    Casey Paquola et al.
    A novel model of the human mesiotemporal lobe suggests that its broad roles in cognition can be explained by how its cytoarchitecture and form relate to large-scale functional motifs.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Genetic profiling of protein burden and nuclear export overload

    Reiko Kintaka et al.
    A comprehensive analysis of yeast mutants has provided clues to understanding the physiological conditions caused by protein overexpression.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    DeepFRET, a software for rapid and automated single-molecule FRET data classification using deep learning

    Johannes Thomsen et al.
    An open-source user-friendly toolbox implementing machine learning for single-molecule FRET analysis enabling experts and non-experts to reproducibly provide dynamic structural biology insights.
    1. Neuroscience

    Cell types and neuronal circuitry underlying female aggression in Drosophila

    Catherine E Schretter et al.
    A discrete group of interconnected neurons are shown to drive aggressive social interactions in Drosophila females and genetic tools to manipulate these neuronal cell types are provided.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Transparent soil microcosms for live-cell imaging and non-destructive stable isotope probing of soil microorganisms

    Kriti Sharma et al.
    Two optically transparent substrates enable the exploration of the ecophysiology and spatiotemporal organization and activities of bacteria and fungi within heterogeneous soil-like environments.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Asymmetric neurogenic commitment of retinal progenitors involves Notch through the endocytic pathway

    Elisa Nerli et al.
    A quantitative live imaging approach unveils that earliest neurogenic progenitors in the vertebrate retina arise from asymmetric divisions and that this asymmetry involves Notch signalling through the endocytic pathway.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mapping endothelial-cell diversity in cerebral cavernous malformations at single-cell resolution

    Fabrizio Orsenigo et al.
    Single-cell RNA analysis of brain endothelium identifies the angiogenic venous capillary subset and respective resident endothelial progenitors at the origin of CCM lesions, while arterial endothelial cells are unaffected.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Single nuclei RNA-seq of mouse placental labyrinth development

    Bryan Marsh, Robert Blelloch
    A time-course of single nuclei RNA-seq of the mouse placenta identifies trophoblast subtypes and the genes, signaling events, and transcriptional networks important for their differentiation, maintenance, and function.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Walking Drosophila navigate complex plumes using stochastic decisions biased by the timing of odor encounters

    Mahmut Demir et al.
    Visualized odor encounters show that Drosophila navigate spatiotemporally complex odor plumes using random walks biased by the timing of brief and unpredictable odor encounters.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Direct glia-to-neuron transdifferentiation gives rise to a pair of male-specific neurons that ensure nimble male mating

    Laura Molina-García et al.
    A novel developmental mechanism generates a previously undescribed pair of sex-specific proprioceptive neurons required for male-specific behaviour.
    1. Neuroscience

    Entorhinal-retrosplenial circuits for allocentric-egocentric transformation of boundary coding

    Joeri BG van Wijngaarden et al.
    An extended border coding circuit across the entorhinal and retrosplenial cortex incorporates self-referenced and viewpoint-invariant boundary information to guide navigation behavior.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A fully automated high-throughput workflow for 3D-based chemical screening in human midbrain organoids

    Henrik Renner et al.
    Automated liquid handling, whole mount staining, and clearing allow unbiased 3D quantitation of cell markers in human neural organoids with diameters of up to 1 mm at the single-cell level.
    1. Cell Biology

    Atg43 tethers isolation membranes to mitochondria to promote starvation-induced mitophagy in fission yeast

    Tomoyuki Fukuda et al.
    Atg43 serves as a selective autophagy receptor by tethering isolation membranes to mitochondria to promote mitophagy and plays a mitophagy-independent role that facilitates normal cell growth in fission yeast.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Protein phase separation and its role in tumorigenesis

    Shan Jiang et al.
    The current understanding of phase separation is summarized and its emerging roles in cancer are discussed in detail.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Formicine ants swallow their highly acidic poison for gut microbial selection and control

    Simon Tragust et al.
    Poison acidified crops sanitize food and limit disease transmission while at the same time structuring the gut microbiota and thus contribute to the ecological and evolutionary success of formicine ants.
    1. Neuroscience

    Identification of an inhibitory neuron subtype, the L-stellate cell of the cochlear nucleus

    Tenzin Ngodup et al.
    A major new class of neuronal cell type has been discovered in the auditory system, having features that make it a critical component of auditory processing.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    The RIF1-long splice variant promotes G1 phase 53BP1 nuclear bodies to protect against replication stress

    Lotte P Watts et al.
    The RIF1-long and short splice variants show distinct ability to protect cells from replication stress by promoting 53BP1 nuclear bodies, representing the first described functional difference between the two variants.
    1. Neuroscience

    Alcohol potentiates a pheromone signal in flies

    Annie Park et al.
    For Drosophila melanogaster, the scent of alcohol—normally associated with preferred egg-laying sites—potentiates a male pheromone signal, thereby increasing the aggressive competition between males for the reproductive resource.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Genetic timestamping of plasma cells in vivo reveals tissue-specific homeostatic population turnover

    An Qi Xu et al.
    A new system to genetically label and manipulate plasma cells in vivo in their microenvironment resolves current technical limitations and reveals tissue-specific homeostatic population turnover.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Interplay between bacterial deubiquitinase and ubiquitin E3 ligase regulates ubiquitin dynamics on Legionella phagosomes

    Shuxin Liu et al.
    A novel bacterial deubiquitinase with multiple chain types specificity regulates the association of ubiquitinated proteins on the phagosome of Legionella pneumophila.
    1. Cell Biology

    Polo-like kinase acts as a molecular timer that safeguards the asymmetric fate of spindle microtubule-organizing centers

    Laura Matellán et al.
    Molecular and cell biology analyses reveal novel roles of Polo-like kinases in establishing non-random segregation patterns of spindle-associated microtubule-organizing centers during mitosis, a phenomenon linked with replicative cell aging.
    1. Cell Biology

    A conserved LDL-receptor motif regulates corin and CD320 membrane targeting in polarized renal epithelial cells

    Ce Zhang et al.
    A conserved motif in corin and CD320 LDL receptor modules regulates specific apical trafficking in polarized renal epithelial cells.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Doxycycline has distinct apicoplast-specific mechanisms of antimalarial activity

    Megan Okada et al.
    Doxycycline used at a slightly higher concentration kills Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasites with faster, first-cycle activity through a novel organelle-specific mechanism.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    CD14 release induced by P2X7 receptor restricts inflammation and increases survival during sepsis

    Cristina Alarcón-Vila et al.
    A murine model of sepsis shows that the purinergic P2X7 receptor controls the release of CD14 in extracellular vesicles playing a key role in cytokine production, bacterial clearance, and survival.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Wiskott Aldrich syndrome protein regulates non-selective autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis in human myeloid cells

    Elizabeth Rivers et al.
    WASp is an immunometabolic regulator of human myeloid cells and regulates autophagy and mitochondrial homeostasis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Opposing JAK-STAT and Wnt signaling gradients define a stem cell domain by regulating differentiation at two borders

    David Melamed, Daniel Kalderon
    Graded Wnt and JAK-STAT signals regulate the division rate, AP location and differentiation of Drosophila ovarian follicle stem cells to define a domain of stem cells maintained by population asymmetry.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    The alternative sigma factor σX mediates competence shut-off at the cell pole in Streptococcus pneumoniae

    Calum HG Johnston et al.
    Tracking fluorescent fusion proteins in competent pneumococcal cells reveals a polar hub for competence regulation, with the alternative sigma factor σX relocalizing DprA to this hub to mediate competence shut-off.
    1. Cancer Biology

    eIF4E S209 phosphorylation licenses myc- and stress-driven oncogenesis

    Hang Ruan et al.
    Genetic and transcriptomic analyses revealed that eIF4E S209 phosphorylation enables Myc and mutant KRAS cooperation in colon cancer through stress- and glutamine-dependent growth and addiction.

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    1. Neuroscience

    Social Status: Modulating chronic stress

    Debra A Bangasser, Evelyn Ordoñes Sanchez