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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Epitope resurfacing on dengue virus-like particle vaccine preparation to induce broad neutralizing antibody

    Wen-Fan Shen et al.
    Despite size heterogeneity, an epitope-resurfaced mature-form dengue VLP has the potential to induce quaternary structure-recognizing broad cross-reactive neutralizing antibodies.
    1. Cell Biology

    Bid maintains mitochondrial cristae structure and function and protects against cardiac disease in an integrative genomics study

    Christi T Salisbury-Ruf et al.
    An integrative approach, combining genetic mouse and large-scale human genetics studies, was used to reveal a novel role for the Bcl-2 protein Bid in maintenance of mitochondrial function that alters susceptibility to myocardial infarction.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Developmental Biology

    Hair follicle epidermal stem cells define a niche for tactile sensation

    Chun-Chun Cheng et al.
    Heterogeneous epidermal stem cells define a niche for tactile sensation via providing a unique ECM and tissue architecture for nerves, revealing their new functions in coordinated sensory organ formation.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Dlk1-Dio3 locus-derived lncRNAs perpetuate postmitotic motor neuron cell fate and subtype identity

    Ya-Ping Yen et al.
    LncRNAs are important to stabilize postmitotic cell fate of spinal motor neurons.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A bacterial immunomodulatory protein with lipocalin-like domains facilitates host–bacteria mutualism in larval zebrafish

    Annah S Rolig et al.
    Discovery of a secreted protein from resident gut bacteria that reduced intestinal innate immune responses which would otherwise simultaneously compromise both bacterial and host survival.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Characterization of a Toxoplasma effector uncovers an alternative GSK3/β-catenin-regulatory pathway of inflammation

    Huan He et al.
    A genetic screen in combination with biochemical approaches reveal hijacking of the host β-catenin destruction complex by the parasite T. gondii to reprogram immune gene expression.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    The allosteric activation of cGAS underpins its dynamic signaling landscape

    Richard M Hooy, Jungsan Sohn
    Rigorous biophysical studies reconcile several conflicting views on how cGAS is activated, and present a new unifying allosteric activation mechanism.
    1. Cell Biology

    Dynein-2 intermediate chains play crucial but distinct roles in primary cilia formation and function

    Laura Vuolo et al.
    Genetic knock-outs of the dynein-2 intermediate chains reveals that both are essential for correct cilia function and transition zone organization, but play different functions in the assembly of dynein-2 motor and in primary cilia formation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Myosin V functions as a vesicle tether at the plasma membrane to control neurotransmitter release in central synapses

    Dario Maschi et al.
    Synaptic vesicles undergo reversible tethering at the plasma membrane which is activity- and myosin V- dependent.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    An NAD+-dependent novel transcription factor controls stage conversion in Entamoeba

    Dipak Manna et al.
    Cellular NAD+ levels change during stage conversion and regulate function of a novel transcription factor that controls developmental switching in the human pathogen Entamoeba histolytica.