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    1. Neuroscience

    Nostril-specific and structure-based olfactory learning of chiral discrimination in human adults

    Guo Feng, Wen Zhou
    Training-induced perceptual gain in the discrimination between odor enantiomers is nostril-specific and structure-based, indicating that early olfactory processing of the chemical features of unirhinal input remains plastic in human adults.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Rapid changes in tissue mechanics regulate cell behaviour in the developing embryonic brain

    Amelia J Thompson et al.
    During embryonic development, tissue stiffness, which provides an important signal to motile cells, changes locally within tens of minutes in a well-controlled manner.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Screening for insulin-independent pathways that modulate glucose homeostasis identifies androgen receptor antagonists

    Sri Teja Mullapudi et al.
    Zebrafish insulin mutants serve as an innovative platform to identify novel mechanisms regulating glucose homeostasis.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The shape of the bacterial ribosome exit tunnel affects cotranslational protein folding

    Renuka Kudva et al.
    Proteins can fold deeper inside ribosomes with an enlarged exit tunnel.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Genome-wide Estrogen Receptor-α activation is sustained, not cyclical

    Andrew N Holding et al.
    Activation of the Estrogen Receptor by estra-2-diol results in sustained binding and the previously described cyclical response kinetics are likely an artefact of observing a highly variable process without replicates.
    1. Developmental Biology

    The Toll pathway inhibits tissue growth and regulates cell fitness in an infection-dependent manner

    Federico Germani et al.
    Toll pathway inactivation enhances tissue growth and cell fitness when the environment in which animals develop is not deprived of pathogens.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Support for a clade of Placozoa and Cnidaria in genes with minimal compositional bias

    Christopher E Laumer et al.
    Protein coding genes strongly support a sister group relationship between Placozoa and Cnidaria to the exclusion of Bilateria, contradicting previous phylogenies, which have likely been misled by pervasive compositional heterogeneity.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Zygotic gene activation in the chicken occurs in two waves, the first involving only maternally derived genes

    Young Sun Hwang et al.
    In Aves, the first wave of transcription is derived exclusively from the maternal genome.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Rescue of cognitive function following fractionated brain irradiation in a novel preclinical glioma model

    Xi Feng et al.
    Whole-brain radiotherapy, but not glioma growth in distal region from the hippocampus, results in impaired recognition memory, which can be prevented by CSF-1R inhibitor-mediated microglia depletion.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Crystal structures of DNA polymerase I capture novel intermediates in the DNA synthesis pathway

    Nicholas Chim et al.
    Insight into the mechanism of DNA synthesis is provided by the crystal structures of DNA polymerase intermediates.