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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Mutational phospho-mimicry reveals a regulatory role for the XRCC4 and XLF C-terminal tails in modulating DNA bridging during classical non-homologous end joining

    Davide Normanno et al.
    In concert phosphorylation site modification of both XRCC4 and XLF C-terminal disordered tails promotes disassembly of XRCC4/XLF DNA tethers during c-NHEJ.
    1. Neuroscience

    A positive feedback loop linking enhanced mGluR function and basal calcium in spinocerebellar ataxia type 2

    Pratap Meera et al.
    A damaging form of positive feedback linking elevated calcium levels and metabotropic glutamate receptor function in Purkinje neurons plays a critical role in the pathology in spinocerebellar ataxias.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Coordinated control of senescence by lncRNA and a novel T-box3 co-repressor complex

    Pavan Kumar P et al.
    A novel master regulatory mechanism of cell proliferation and senscence employs the lncRNA UCA1 and a CAPERα/TBX3 corepressor.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    RNG105/caprin1, an RNA granule protein for dendritic mRNA localization, is essential for long-term memory formation

    Kei Nakayama et al.
    The formation of long-term memory in mice requires an element of RNA granules that localizes messenger RNAs to dendrites.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A Dynamic molecular basis for malfunction in disease mutants of p97/VCP

    Anne K Schuetz, Lewis E Kay
    Point mutations in a ubiquitous human ATPase called p97/VCP deregulate inter-domain communication, resulting in impaired binding of an adaptor that recruits p97 to endosomal pathways and leading to a degenerative disease of bone, muscle and neurons.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    The mitochondrial acyl carrier protein (ACP) coordinates mitochondrial fatty acid synthesis with iron sulfur cluster biogenesis

    Jonathan G Van Vranken et al.
    The essential function of ACP is not related to mitochondrial fatty acid and lipoic acid synthesis, but rather an evolutionarily-conserved role in iron sulfur cluster biogenesis.
    1. Cell Biology

    USP13 antagonizes gp78 to maintain functionality of a chaperone in ER-associated degradation

    Yanfen Liu et al.
    A deubiquitinase antagonizes the activity of an associated E3 ligase to prevent uncontrolled ubiquitination of a degradation machinery protein and thus maintain its functionality in protein quality control at the endoplasmic reticulum.
    1. Neuroscience

    Molecular pathway analysis towards understanding tissue vulnerability in spinocerebellar ataxia type 1

    Terri M Driessen et al.
    Unbiased transcriptomics reveals novel insights into the mechanisms that may contribute to regional neurodegeneration in SCA1, and other SCAs in general.
    1. Neuroscience

    Mutant huntingtin impairs PNKP and ATXN3, disrupting DNA repair and transcription

    Rui Gao et al.
    Polyglutamine expansion in mutant huntingtin disrupts a novel transcription-coupled DNA repair complex, providing an undescribed mechanism of neuronal toxicity and degeneration in Huntington's disease.
    1. Neuroscience

    Dissociating orexin-dependent and -independent functions of orexin neurons using novel Orexin-Flp knock-in mice

    Srikanta Chowdhury et al.
    Subtraction analysis using novel Orexin-Flp mice isolated physiological importance of orexin peptides.