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    1. Cell Biology

    Integrin-based diffusion barrier separates membrane domains enabling the formation of microbiostatic frustrated phagosomes

    Michelle E Maxson et al.
    The diffusional barrier formed between phagocyte integrin and fungal glucans preserves the microbiostatic phagocytic environment generated during the frustrated phagocytosis of Candida albicans hypha.
    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. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Preferential assembly of heteromeric kainate and AMPA receptor amino terminal domains

    Huaying Zhao et al.
    Members of kainate and AMPA families of glutamate receptors exhibit large differences in affinity for homo- and hetero-dimerziation of their amino terminal domains, which may control gating characteristics and ion selectivity of receptor subtypes with different subunit composition.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    A mitotic kinase scaffold depleted in testicular seminomas impacts spindle orientation in germ line stem cells

    Heidi Hehnly et al.
    A protein kinase complex that is important for cell division is lost in testicular seminoma, which is a common cancer in men.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    CDK-regulated dimerization of M18BP1 on a Mis18 hexamer is necessary for CENP-A loading

    Dongqing Pan et al.
    The stoichiometry and mechanism of interactions of the Mis18 complex with M18BP1 was analysed to unveil the molecular basis of new CENP-A deposition during the G1 phase of the cell cycle.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Competing scaffolding proteins determine capsid size during mobilization of Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity islands

    Altaira D Dearborn et al.
    Cryo-electron microscopy and genetics show how Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity island 1 hijacks the assembly pathway of a helper phage for its own propagation.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of a type IV pilus machinery in the open and closed state

    Vicki AM Gold et al.
    Electron cryo-tomography reveals a huge conformational change in the secretin domain of the type IV pilus machinery that occurs when the channel opens for pilus extrusion.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Enabling X-ray free electron laser crystallography for challenging biological systems from a limited number of crystals

    Monarin Uervirojnangkoorn et al.
    Post-refinement methods enable the use of X-ray free electron lasers for biological crystallography of systems in which sample quantity is a limitation.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Investigating molecular crowding within nuclear pores using polarization-PALM

    Guo Fu et al.
    The super-resolution fluorescence microscopy approach polarization PALM (p-PALM) reveals that macromolecular crowding and inhomogeneity within nuclear pores generate a structurally and dynamically complex permeability barrier.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Intrinsic disorder within AKAP79 fine-tunes anchored phosphatase activity toward substrates and drug sensitivity

    Patrick J Nygren et al.
    Flexibility is a defining feature of AKAP kinase-phosphatase assemblies and points toward a mechanism whereby combinatorial recruitment of binding partners tailors the overall conformation of the macromolecular assembly, allowing customized physiological roles.