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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Rac1 GTPase activates the WAVE regulatory complex through two distinct binding sites

    Baoyu Chen et al.
    The cryo-electron microscopy structure of an assembly of the WAVE Regulatory Complex and its activator, the Rac GTPase, plus complementary biochemistry and biophysics, reveal a novel activation mechanism involving two distinct Rac binding sites.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    ULK3 regulates cytokinetic abscission by phosphorylating ESCRT-III proteins

    Anna Caballe et al.
    ULK3 is a kinase in the abscission checkpoint that temporarily inactivates ESCRT-III proteins via phosphorylation, which is required to delay cytokinesis in response to defects in mitosis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A requirement of Polo-like kinase 1 in murine embryonic myogenesis and adult muscle regeneration

    Zhihao Jia et al.
    Inhibition of Polo-like kinase that has been shown to exhibit antitumor effect unexpectedly disrupts muscle stem cell function, leading to developmental and regenerative failures.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    BMPs direct sensory interneuron identity in the developing spinal cord using signal-specific not morphogenic activities

    Madeline G Andrews et al.
    Members of the BMP family of growth factors act as a reiterative code of distinct activities to direct the identities of different classes of sensory neurons in the spinal cord.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    ETS family transcriptional regulators drive chromatin dynamics and malignancy in squamous cell carcinomas

    Hanseul Yang et al.
    Transcription factors of the ETS family govern a cohort of key cancer-associated regulators of malignancy in squamous cell carcinomas.
    1. Developmental Biology

    NKX2-5 mutations causative for congenital heart disease retain functionality and are directed to hundreds of targets

    Romaric Bouveret et al.
    Some NKX2-5 mutations that cause congenital heart disease retain transcriptional activity and can bind to many off-target genes, in part through their interactions with cofactors.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Androgen-regulated transcription of ESRP2 drives alternative splicing patterns in prostate cancer

    Jennifer Munkley et al.
    The male steroid hormone testosterone regulates splicing patterns by controlling the expression of a key splicing regulator protein.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Hippo signaling determines the number of venous pole cells that originate from the anterior lateral plate mesoderm in zebrafish

    Hajime Fukui et al.
    The Hippo signaling restricts the number of SHF cardiomyocytes in the venous pole by negatively regulating Bmp-Smad signaling in the cells of lateral plate mesoderm.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    TGF-β uses a novel mode of receptor activation to phosphorylate SMAD1/5 and induce epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition

    Anassuya Ramachandran et al.
    SMAD1/5 signaling is essential for the full transforming growth factor β (TGF-β)-induced transcriptional program and physiological responses and is induced via a novel receptor activation mechanism, involving two distinct type I receptors.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Development of Bag-1L as a therapeutic target in androgen receptor-dependent prostate cancer

    Laura Cato et al.
    Targeting the activation of the androgen receptor N-terminal domain by the cochaperone Bag-1L provides a new approach for inhibiting androgen receptor function to treat prostate cancer.