29 results found
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Thermal fluctuations of immature SOD1 lead to separate folding and misfolding pathways

    Ashok Sekhar et al.
    Solution NMR spectroscopy reveals the energy landscape of immature Cu, Zn-superoxide dismutase and leads to atomic resolution structural models of transiently populated non-native oligomers.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Tuning site-specific dynamics to drive allosteric activation in a pneumococcal zinc uptake regulator

    Daiana A Capdevila et al.
    Internal dynamics play a crucial functional role in MarR (multiple antibiotic resistance repressor) proteins and their role reconciles the distinct allosteric mechanisms proposed previously.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural Biology: NMR illuminates the pathways to ALS

    Tao Xie, Charalampos G Kalodimos
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A conserved histidine modulates HSPB5 structure to trigger chaperone activity in response to stress-related acidosis

    Ponni Rajagopal et al.
    Small decreases in pH associated with cellular stress conditions unleash a cryptic mode of client binding in a ubiquitously expressed human small heat shock protein that is more effective at delaying client aggregation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Controlling opioid receptor functional selectivity by targeting distinct subpockets of the orthosteric site

    Rajendra Uprety et al.
    The structure-based design established a new approach to control pathway-selective activation of opioid receptors, resulting in new dual MOR/KOR G-protein biased agonist analgesics with attenuated liabilities.
    1. Neuroscience

    Functional limb muscle innervation prior to cholinergic transmitter specification during early metamorphosis in Xenopus

    Francois M Lambert et al.
    Molecular labeling, electrophysiology and calcium imaging have revealed a novel switching of neurotransmitter at the frog neuromuscular junction where motoneurons transiently release glutamate before acetylcholine at synapses on developing hindlimb muscles at the onset of metamorphosis.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Firefly genomes illuminate parallel origins of bioluminescence in beetles

    Timothy R Fallon et al.
    The first genomic view of beetle luciferase evolution indicates evolutionary independence of luciferase between fireflies and click-beetles, and provide valuable datasets which will accelerate the discovery of new biotechnological tools.
    1. Neuroscience

    Lognormal firing rate distribution reveals prominent fluctuation–driven regime in spinal motor networks

    Peter C Petersen, Rune W Berg
    Neuronal participation in generation of motor patterns in the spinal circuits is lognormal, which is an indication of a rich diversity of activity within the mean-driven as well as the fluctuation-driven regimes.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Drosophila neprilysins control insulin signaling and food intake via cleavage of regulatory peptides

    Benjamin Hallier et al.
    The catalytic activity of a Drosophila neprilysin is critical to proper insulin expression and food intake by regulating homeostasis of distinct signaling peptides.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mapping transiently formed and sparsely populated conformations on a complex energy landscape

    Yong Wang et al.
    Molecular simulations can capture key aspects of the conformational exchange in a protein.

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