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

    The GIRK1 subunit potentiates G protein activation of cardiac GIRK1/4 hetero-tetramers

    Kouki K Touhara et al.
    The GIRK1 subunit contains a defective Na+-binding site but behaves as if it is permanently bound to a sodium ion, and therefore increases the affinity of Gβγ to GIRK1/4 hetero-tetrameric channels in lipid membranes.
    1. Neuroscience

    Gi/o protein-coupled receptors in dopamine neurons inhibit the sodium leak channel NALCN

    Fabian Philippart, Zayd M Khaliq
    The sodium leak NALCN channel functions as a core effector of GABA-B and D2 receptors that is used along with GIRK channels to regulate action potential firing in dopamine neurons.
    1. Medicine

    Ankyrin-G mediates targeting of both Na+ and KATP channels to the rat cardiac intercalated disc

    Hua-Qian Yang et al.
    The functional interaction of Na+ and KATP channels at the intercalated disk of cardiomyocytes depends on Ankyrin G and is clinically relevant since KATP channel mutations affect Na+ channel expression.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cooperative regulation by G proteins and Na+ of neuronal GIRK2 K+ channels

    Weiwei Wang et al.
    Determining how GIRK2 activity depends on the concentration of Gβγ subunits in lipid membranes at different Na+ concentrations has allowed the Gβγ concentration generated during GABAB activation in neurons to be estimated.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Quantitative analysis of mammalian GIRK2 channel regulation by G proteins, the signaling lipid PIP2 and Na+ in a reconstituted system

    Weiwei Wang et al.
    The G protein subunits Gβγ and the signaling lipid PIP2 are simultaneously needed to activate the potassium ion channel GIRK2 to control the voltage across a lipid bilayer, while sodium ions modulate these molecules' effects.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM analysis of PIP2 regulation in mammalian GIRK channels

    Yiming Niu et al.
    The structural role of PIP2 in opening the G-protein-gated K+ channel is revealed.
    1. Neuroscience

    Inhibitory peptidergic modulation of C. elegans serotonin neurons is gated by T-type calcium channels

    Kara E Zang et al.
    Genetic analysis of how neuropeptides control C. elegans reproductive behavior shows how T-type calcium channels engage and disengage target neurons from these critical regulators of neural circuits and behavior.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Delta glutamate receptor conductance drives excitation of mouse dorsal raphe neurons

    Stephanie C Gantz et al.
    In mouse brain slices, native delta glutamate receptors carry ionic current and underlie the α1-adrenergic receptor-mediated depolarization of dorsal raphe neurons that drives action potential firing in vivo.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Topoisomerase VI senses and exploits both DNA crossings and bends to facilitate strand passage

    Timothy J Wendorff, James M Berger
    The engagement of DNA crossings is shown to license ATP hydrolysis and DNA cleavage by topoisomerase VI, a finding with mechanistic ramifications for related GHKL ATPases and meiotic recombination machineries.

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