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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate optical uncaging potentiates exocytosis

    Alexander M Walter et al.
    Increasing PI(4,5)P2 on a sub-second timescale using a novel, membrane-permeant UV activatable PI(4,5)P2 molecule augments exocytosis which requires the PI(4,5)P2 interacting exocytotic proteins Munc13-2 and synaptotagmin-1.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure-based characterization of novel TRPV5 inhibitors

    Taylor ET Hughes et al.
    Structure-based virtual screening reveals multiple novel TRPV5 inhibitors that bind and exert their effect from previously unidentified binding sites as characterized by cryo-electron microscopy and electrophysiology.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Dilation of fusion pores by crowding of SNARE proteins

    Zhenyong Wu et al.
    A few SNARE complexes suffice to fuse membranes, but many more are needed to dilate the nascent fusion pore by molecular crowding for efficient neurotransmitter or hormone release during exocytosis.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Visualizing the functional architecture of the endocytic machinery

    Andrea Picco et al.
    A combination of light and electron microscopy data provide new insights into the dynamic architecture and the function of the endocytic protein machinery in relation to membrane shape changes in vivo.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structure of the lysosomal chloride-proton exchanger CLC-7 in complex with OSTM1

    Marina Schrecker et al.
    Single-particle cryo-EM structures of CLC-7 in the presence and absence of its β-subunit, OSTM1, reveal insights into transporter regulation.
    1. Neuroscience

    A positive feedback loop between Flower and PI(4,5)P2 at periactive zones controls bulk endocytosis in Drosophila

    Tsai-Ning Li et al.
    The interplay between the Flower Ca2+ channel and PI(4,5)P2 spatiotemporally couples synaptic vesicle exocytosis to activity-dependent bulk endocytosis and synaptic vesicle reformation from bulk endosomes.
    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. Cell Biology

    α8β1 integrin regulates nutrient absorption through an Mfge8-PTEN dependent mechanism

    Amin Khalifeh-Soltani et al.
    The milk protein Mfge8 promotes fat uptake and slows gastrointestinal motility to optimize nutrient absorption.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Cancer Biology

    A kinase-independent function of AKT promotes cancer cell survival

    Igor Vivanco et al.
    The oncogenic potential of the serine threonine kinase AKT is not exclusively dependent on catalytic activity, but also involves the non-catalytic function of the pleckstrin homology domain.
    1. Cell Biology

    The Caenorhabditis elegans Tubby homolog dynamically modulates olfactory cilia membrane morphogenesis and phospholipid composition

    Danielle DiTirro et al.
    A Tubby protein regulates ciliary membrane morphology and phosphoinositide composition in a context-dependent manner.