Research Advances

A Research Advance is a short article that allows either the authors of an eLife paper or other researchers to publish new results that build on the original research paper in an important way.

Latest articles

    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Physiological constraint on acrobatic courtship behavior underlies rapid sympatric speciation in bearded manakins

    Meredith C Miles et al.
    Skeletal muscle performance sets the course of rapid speciation by defining the evolutionary trajectory of reproductive behavior.
    1. Neuroscience

    Dopamine maintains network synchrony via direct modulation of gap junctions in the crustacean cardiac ganglion

    Brian J Lane et al.
    Dopamine is able to ensure that neural networks maintain critical features of their output, such as synchrony of neuron firing, by directly increasing coupling strength to ensure robust output is maintained.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Calcium-dependent electrostatic control of anion access to the pore of the calcium-activated chloride channel TMEM16A

    Andy KM Lam, Raimund Dutzler
    Ion conduction in the calcium-activated chloride channel TMEM16A is directly regulated by calcium, which binds to a site close to the pore thereby shaping the electrostatics at its intracellular entrance.
    1. Cancer Biology

    CD95/Fas ligand mRNA is toxic to cells

    Will Putzbach et al.
    The mRNA of the apoptosis inducing death ligand CD95L/FasL kills cancer cells through RNAi after conversion into small RNAs that are loaded into the RNA-induced Silencing Complex.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Crystal structure of the full Swi2/Snf2 remodeler Mot1 in the resting state

    Agata Butryn et al.
    The structure of the entire Mot1 Swi2/Snf2 protein uncovers an unexpected auto-inhibited resting state activated by substrate binding, and suggests a DNA pulling mechanism of TBP displacement.
    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

    Intrinsically regulated learning is modulated by synaptic dopamine signaling

    Pablo Ripollés et al.
    Dopamine modulates behavioral measures of learning and pleasantness in a learning task guided by intrinsic reward, inducing long-term memory benefits specially in those participants with a high sensitivity to reward.
    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. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    An asymmetric centromeric nucleosome

    Yuichi Ichikawa et al.
    Centromeric histones, the foundation for accurate chromosome segregation, have now been re-engineered to allow for analysis of the stoichiometry of required domains.
    1. Neuroscience

    A cell autonomous torsinA requirement for cholinergic neuron survival and motor control

    Samuel S Pappas et al.
    Conditional deletion of the DYT1 dystonia protein torsinA causes selective cell autonomous neurodegeneration of striatal and brainstem cholinergic neurons, and severe motor behavioral abnormalities.