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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Quantitative system drift compensates for altered maternal inputs to the gap gene network of the scuttle fly Megaselia abdita

    Karl R Wotton et al.
    Quantitative system-level analysis of a pattern-forming gene regulatory network in a non-model organism shows that dynamic changes in gene expression evolve through quantitative system drift.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Mechanistic insight into the conserved allosteric regulation of periplasmic proteolysis by the signaling molecule cyclic-di-GMP

    Debashree Chatterjee et al.
    Structure-function analyses reveal the mechanistic underpinnings of inside-out transmembrane signaling that controls periplasmic proteolysis, and thereby biofilm formation, in bacteria and may be relevant in the context of other signaling proteins with similar control elements.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Gap junctions deliver malonyl-CoA from soma to germline to support embryogenesis in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Todd A Starich et al.
    Malonyl-CoA, the rate-limiting substrate for fatty acid synthesis, is produced in the soma and delivered through gap junctions to the germline to promote reproduction and coordinate it with nutritional status.
    1. Cell Biology

    Site-specific phosphorylation and caspase cleavage of GFAP are new markers of Alexander disease severity

    Rachel A Battaglia et al.
    GFAP protein carries a distinct post-translational modification signature that facilitates its pathogenic accumulation and aggregation in astrocytes of patients who succumb to Alexander Disease very early in life.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Simulation of spontaneous G protein activation reveals a new intermediate driving GDP unbinding

    Xianqiang Sun et al.
    Combining powerful simulation methods uncovers the structural and dynamical changes driving G protein activation in atomic detail, revealing the allosteric network that triggers GDP release and reconciling diverse experimental data.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    The mucosal adjuvant cyclic di-GMP enhances antigen uptake and selectively activates pinocytosis-efficient cells in vivo

    Steven M Blaauboer et al.
    In mice, cyclic di-GMP is an effective mucosal pneumococcal vaccine adjuvant that stimulates the immune response via two distinct mechanisms.
    1. Neuroscience

    Gap junction-mediated glycinergic inhibition ensures precise temporal patterning in vocal behavior

    Boris P Chagnaud et al.
    Inhibition provides a means for achieving temporal precision for rapid modulation of an acoustic signal in a vertebrate vocal network.
    1. Neuroscience

    Distinct roles for innexin gap junctions and hemichannels in mechanosensation

    Denise S Walker, William R Schafer
    The innexin protein UNC-7, a homologue of vertebrate pannexins, plays a specific, gap junction-independent role in C. elegans mechanosensation.
    1. Cell Biology

    In vivo proteomic mapping through GFP-directed proximity-dependent biotin labelling in zebrafish

    Zherui Xiong et al.
    BLITZ system enables proximity-dependent biotin labelling in live zebrafish embryos with cell and tissue specificity, providing a versatile and valuable tool for proteomic discovery using the zebrafish model.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Cyclic di-GMP differentially tunes a bacterial flagellar motor through a novel class of CheY-like regulators

    Jutta Nesper et al.
    Precise control of the bacterial flagellar motor determines bacterial cell dispersal and bacteria-surface interactions.