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    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Exon junction complex proteins bind nascent transcripts independently of pre-mRNA splicing in Drosophila melanogaster

    Subhendu Roy Choudhury et al.
    Deposition of the exon junction complex is thought to be the missing link between pre-mRNA splicing and translation in multicellular organisms, but no evidence of such deposition has been found in Drosophila.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Adaptive evolution of an essential telomere protein restricts telomeric retrotransposons

    Bastien Saint-Leandre et al.
    Evolution strictly preserves telomere stability but rapidly diversifies telomere length regulation in Drosophila.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Innovation of heterochromatin functions drives rapid evolution of essential ZAD-ZNF genes in Drosophila

    Bhavatharini Kasinathan et al.
    Heterochromatic sequences evolve rapidly, as do ZAD-ZNF genes-encoding proteins involved in heterochromatin functions, explaining why evolutionarily dynamic ZAD-ZNF genes are more likely to be essential in Drosophila.
    1. Cell Biology

    Stress-induced Cdk5 activity enhances cytoprotective basal autophagy in Drosophila melanogaster by phosphorylating acinus at serine437

    Nilay Nandi et al.
    Cdk5-mediated stabilization of Acinus in postmitotic neurons promotes autophagy and the removal of protein aggregates linked to neurodegeneration in Drosophila melanogaster.
    1. Neuroscience

    Sensorimotor pathway controlling stopping behavior during chemotaxis in the Drosophila melanogaster larva

    Ibrahim Tastekin et al.
    The reconstruction of a sensorimotor pathway from the olfactory-sensory neurons down to the pre-motor system reveals a descending neuron that plays a critical role in the organization of larval chemotaxis.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Subdued, a TMEM16 family Ca2+-activated Cl channel in Drosophila melanogaster with an unexpected role in host defense

    Xiu Ming Wong et al.
    A newly characterized calcium-activated chloride channel has been implicated in the immune system of Drosophila, shedding light on an enigmatic family of transmembrane proteins that are ubiquitous in nature.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Medicine

    A dietary sterol trade-off determines lifespan responses to dietary restriction in Drosophila melanogaster females

    Brooke Zanco et al.
    Micronutrients, not macronutrients, regulate lifespan.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    α-actinin accounts for the bioactivity of actin preparations in inducing STAT target genes in Drosophila melanogaster

    Oliver Gordon et al.
    The Drosophila response to injection of alpha-actinin reinforces the notion that exposure of cytoskeletal components acts as a sign of cell damage conserved throughout metazoan evolution.
    1. Cell Biology

    In vivo super-resolution RESOLFT microscopy of Drosophila melanogaster

    Sebastian Schnorrenberg et al.
    Building on previous work (Grotjohann et al., 2012), low-light super-resolution microscopy has been performed on living transgenic Drosophila larvae and tissues.
    1. Ecology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Metabolite exchange between microbiome members produces compounds that influence Drosophila behavior

    Caleb N Fischer et al.
    Interactions between fungal and bacterial microbiome members alter Drosophila melanogaster's chemical environment, affecting host behavior and survival.