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    1. Neuroscience

    State-dependent cell-type-specific membrane potential dynamics and unitary synaptic inputs in awake mice

    Aurélie Pala, Carl CH Petersen
    Membrane potential recordings in awake mice from two genetically defined classes of neocortical inhibitory neurons reveal their distinct patterns of activity and unitary excitatory synaptic inputs, which are differentially modulated by behavior and local network activity.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    The eukaryotic bell-shaped temporal rate of DNA replication origin firing emanates from a balance between origin activation and passivation

    Jean-Michel Arbona et al.
    The universal eukaryotic DNA replication kinetics is the consequence of simple physicochemical rules resulting from the localisation of potential replication origins at discrete sites and the diffusion of limiting origin firing factors in the nuclear space.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Covalent linkage of the DNA repair template to the CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease enhances homology-directed repair

    Natasa Savic et al.
    Linking the DNA repair template to the Cas9 ribonucleoprotein complex enhances homology-directed repair of the induced DNA double strand break.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Identification of a transporter complex responsible for the cytosolic entry of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates

    Zhou Yu et al.
    Identification of a transporter complex comprised of SLC37A3 and ATRAID is required for nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates to enter the cytosol from lysosomes and exert their therapeutic effects on bone.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Deficiency of parkin and PINK1 impairs age-dependent mitophagy in Drosophila

    Tom Cornelissen et al.
    Mitophagy occurs in Drosophila flight muscle and dopaminergic neurons in vivo and increases with aging in a PINK1/parkin-dependent fashion.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Chimeric antigen receptors that trigger phagocytosis

    Meghan A Morrissey et al.
    A family of engineered immune receptors trigger internalization of cancer cells and antigen-coated targets.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Neolithic and medieval virus genomes reveal complex evolution of hepatitis B

    Ben Krause-Kyora et al.
    Ancient hepatitis B virus (HBV) genomes were reconstructed from up to 7000-year-old Stone Age human skeletons, suggesting a long-time complex co-evolution with human populations.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Irreversible temperature gating in trpv1 sheds light on channel activation

    Ana Sánchez-Moreno et al.
    Temperature-activated TRPV1 ion channels respond to increased temperatures by opening and then entering an inactivated state from which they cannot recover, suggesting that this form of irreversible gating results from partial unfolding during heat absorption.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Somatic clones heterozygous for recessive disease alleles of BMPR1A exhibit unexpected phenotypes in Drosophila

    Takuya Akiyama et al.
    Clonal heterozygosity for recessive disease alleles can elicit unexpected phenotypes in vivo, suggesting a new genetic concept relevant to understanding pathogenesis (deleterious heteromosaicism).
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Variant proteins stimulate more IgM+ GC B-cells revealing a mechanism of cross-reactive recognition by antibody memory

    Bronwen R Burton et al.
    Investigation of antibody responses to variant Dengue virus proteins demonstrate new mechanisms that could increase the potential for vaccines to protect against mutable pathogens such as Flu, Dengue and HIV.