Research Articles

Research Articles published by eLife are full-length studies that present important breakthroughs across the life sciences and biomedicine. There is no maximum length and no limits on the number of display items.

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    1. Neuroscience

    Subcellular analysis of pigeon hair cells implicates vesicular trafficking in cuticulosome formation and maintenance

    Simon Nimpf et al.
    Cuticulosomes are organelles found in the hair cells of birds that are composed of ferritin nanoparticles, form rapidly after hatching by the fusion of vesicular structures, and may play an indirect role in magnetic sensation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    E3 ubiquitin ligase Bre1 couples sister chromatid cohesion establishment to DNA replication in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    Wei Zhang et al.
    E3 ubiquitin ligase Bre1-induced H2B monoubiquitination is epigenetically important for recruiting replication factor Mcm10 and cohesion establishment factors Ctf4, Ctf18 and Eco1 to early replication origins to establish sister chromatid cohesion.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    An unfolded protein-induced conformational switch activates mammalian IRE1

    G Elif Karagöz et al.
    ER-stress sensing mechanism of the unfolded protein response sensor/transducer IRE1 is conserved from yeast to mammals, where in mammals, unfolded protein binding to IRE1's ER lumenal domain is coupled to its oligomerization and activation through an allosteric conformational change.
    1. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Regulatory network structure determines patterns of intermolecular epistasis

    Mato Lagator et al.
    Greater phenotypic variation is exposed by mutations in a gene regulatory system compared to mutations in its constitutive components, namely the transcription factor and the promoter, alone.
    1. Biochemistry

    Regulatory coiled-coil domains promote head-to-head assemblies of AAA+ chaperones essential for tunable activity control

    Marta Carroni et al.
    Head-to-head interactions of regulatory coiled-coil domains control activity of the central bacterial AAA+ protein ClpC by promoting formation of a reversible resting state.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Fundamental constraints in synchronous muscle limit superfast motor control in vertebrates

    Andrew F Mead et al.
    Vertebrate superfast muscles employ similar excitation–contraction strategies but distinct myosin heavy chain genes to allow superfast performance, revealing a maximum speed that cannot be overcome without sacrificing neural control.
    1. Neuroscience

    Defective synaptic transmission causes disease signs in a mouse model of juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis

    Benedikt Grünewald et al.
    Impaired GABAergic and glutamatergic synaptic function and loss of interneurons in the amygdala, hippocampus, and cerebellum cause characteristic disease symptoms in a mouse model juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.