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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Proximal clustering between BK and CaV1.3 channels promotes functional coupling and BK channel activation at low voltage

    Oscar Vivas et al.
    Super-resolution imaging reveals a novel multi-channel arrangement that explains how big potassium (BK) channel activation closely tracks the opening of low-voltage-activated L-type calcium channels.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Neuroscience

    Mechanical sensitivity of Piezo1 ion channels can be tuned by cellular membrane tension

    Amanda H Lewis, Jörg Grandl
    Tension is the activating stimulus of Piezo1 mechanosensitive ion channels and resting membrane tension modulates overall channel sensitivity to mechanical stimulation.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    A K+-selective CNG channel orchestrates Ca2+ signalling in zebrafish sperm

    Sylvia Fechner et al.
    Zebrafish sperm display an unusual pathway for Ca2+ signalling.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake by the voltage-dependent anion channel 2 regulates cardiac rhythmicity

    Hirohito Shimizu et al.
    Enhancing mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake effectively suppresses aberrant Ca2+ induced arrhythmogenic events in zebrafish, mouse and human cardiomyocytes, demonstrating a critical role for mitochondria in the regulation of cardiac rhythmicity.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Heredity: The gene family that cheats Mendel

    J Dylan Shropshire, Antonis Rokas
    Some alleles of the wtf gene family can increase their chances of spreading by using poisons to kill other alleles, and antidotes to save themselves.
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Proteolytic maturation of α2δ represents a checkpoint for activation and neuronal trafficking of latent calcium channels

    Ivan Kadurin et al.
    Multiple roles of the auxiliary calcium channel α2δ subunits require proteolytic cleavage of the precursor protein into α2 and δ.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Ion Channels: Solving a specificity mystery

    Sanduo Zheng, Andrew C Kruse
    Differences in the kinetics of G protein activation can explain why only some receptors can activate potassium ion channels called GIRKs.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Thalamic reticular control of local sleep in mouse sensory cortex

    Laura MJ Fernandez et al.
    Local cortical sleep features arise subcortically due to heterogeneous burst discharge in neurons of a sleep rhythm pacemaker previously thought to act uniformly.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural relationship between the putative hair cell mechanotransduction channel TMC1 and TMEM16 proteins

    Angela Ballesteros et al.
    The structural relationship between TMC and TMEM16 proteins provides insight into the structure and functional mechanisms of the mechanotransduction channel complex in hair cells.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Insights into electrosensory organ development, physiology and evolution from a lateral line-enriched transcriptome

    Melinda S Modrell et al.
    An unbiased transcriptomic approach reveals that developing paddlefish electrosensory organs express genes essential for mechanosensory hair cell development and synaptic transmission, and identifies candidates for mediating electroreceptor development and function.