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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of Vps4 with circular peptides and implications for translocation of two polypeptide chains by AAA+ ATPases

    Han Han et al.
    Structural and biochemical studies indicate that AAA+ ATPase employ a general mechanism to translocate a variety of substrates, including extended polypeptides, hairpins, crosslinked chains, and chains conjugated to other molecules.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Skd3 (human ClpB) is a potent mitochondrial protein disaggregase that is inactivated by 3-methylglutaconic aciduria-linked mutations

    Ryan R Cupo, James Shorter
    Skd3 (human ClpB) is a potent ATP-dependent mitochondrial protein disaggregase that is activated by the rhomboid protease, PARL, and inactivated by MGCA7-linked mutations.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structures of the ATP-fueled ClpXP proteolytic machine bound to protein substrate

    Xue Fei et al.
    Cryo-EM structures of the ClpXP protease reveal how protein substrates are bound, show how spiral ClpX hexamers bind symmetry-mismatched heptameric ClpP rings, and suggest mechanisms for processive substrate translocation.
    1. Plant Biology

    A chloroplast retrograde signal, 3’-phosphoadenosine 5’-phosphate, acts as a secondary messenger in abscisic acid signaling in stomatal closure and germination

    Wannarat Pornsiriwong et al.
    Molecular signals from chloroplasts can synergistically interact with the plant hormone, abscisic acid (ABA), to regulate non-canonical signaling pathways mediating fundamental cellular processes including stomatal closure, seed dormancy and germination.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Structures of TorsinA and its disease-mutant complexed with an activator reveal the molecular basis for primary dystonia

    F Esra Demircioglu et al.
    High resolution structures of the essential human AAA+ ATPase TorsinA and its disease mutant in complex with an activator reveal details of the interaction that will guide drug design and further functional characterization.
    1. Plant Biology

    Calcium specificity signaling mechanisms in abscisic acid signal transduction in Arabidopsis guard cells

    Benjamin Brandt et al.
    The calcium-dependent signaling pathway during ABA-dependent stomatal closure requires the calcium-independent pathway, and calcium signaling specificity is mediated by PP2C protein phosphatases.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Ribosomes slide on lysine-encoding homopolymeric A stretches

    Kristin S Koutmou et al.
    Ribosomes undergo an unanticipated movement (‘sliding’) while translating homopolymeric A sequences, which provides a biochemical rationale for the observation that iterated AAA codons are under-represented in gene-coding sequences.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    ClpAP proteolysis does not require rotation of the ClpA unfoldase relative to ClpP

    Sora Kim et al.
    Crosslinking the AAA+ protease interface does not abolish protein degradation by ClpAP, establishing that rotation of the AAA+ unfoldase with respect to its partner peptidase is not essential for activity.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of a AAA+ unfoldase in the process of unfolding substrate

    Zev A Ripstein et al.
    The structure of a substrate-engaged AAA+ unfoldase suggests a model for processive unfolding that is supported by biochemical data.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Exploring structural dynamics of a membrane protein by combining bioorthogonal chemistry and cysteine mutagenesis

    Kanchan Gupta et al.
    A facile method is implemented to modify membrane proteins with biophysical reporters using cysteine-independent approaches in live cells.