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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Crystal structure of human U1 snRNP, a small nuclear ribonucleoprotein particle, reveals the mechanism of 5′ splice site recognition

    Yasushi Kondo et al.
    The complete architecture of human spliceosomal U1 snRNP and its interaction with the 5′ splice site of pre-mRNA are described in atomic detail.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A dynamic charge-charge interaction modulates PP2A:B56 substrate recruitment

    Xinru Wang et al.
    A novel dynamic charge-charge interaction between B56 and a subset of PP2A-B56 substrates is essential for substrate specificity, dephosphorylation and, for KIF4A, binding condensin I.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Heparan sulfates are critical regulators of the inhibitory megakaryocyte-platelet receptor G6b-B

    Timo Vögtle et al.
    Heparan sulfates in the vessel wall bind and regulate signaling from the megakaryocyte/platelet-specific inhibitory receptor G6b-B, a critical regulator of platelet homeostasis.
    1. Plant Biology

    Decoys provide a scalable platform for the identification of plant E3 ubiquitin ligases that regulate circadian function

    Ann Feke et al.
    The F-box and U-box E3 ubiquitin ligase decoy library is a powerful tool for the functional characterization of redundant E3 ubiquitin ligases, like MAC3A and MAC3B, novel circadian clock regulators.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    ICE1 promotes the link between splicing and nonsense-mediated mRNA decay

    Thomas D Baird et al.
    A whole-genome siRNA screen identifies ICE1 as a factor required for accurate sensing and quality control of mRNAs containing premature stop codons.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Single molecule analysis reveals reversible and irreversible steps during spliceosome activation

    Aaron A Hoskins et al.
    Single molecule experiments reveal competition between spliceosome activation and the discard of the triple small nuclear ribonucleoprotein complex.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Identification of a small molecule inhibitor that stalls splicing at an early step of spliceosome activation

    Anzhalika Sidarovich et al.
    Stalling spliceosome assembly at a novel step before Bact complex formation reveals new insights into the extensive RNP rearrangements and compositional changes that accompany the intricate process of spliceosome activation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insights into the mechanism of the DEAH-box RNA helicase Prp43

    Marcel J Tauchert et al.
    The structural and functional analysis of the ATP-dependent RNA helicase Prp43 provides insights into the mechanisms of RNA binding and translocation, which could serve as paradigm for all DEAH-box proteins.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    The splicing regulators Esrp1 and Esrp2 direct an epithelial splicing program essential for mammalian development

    Thomas W Bebee et al.
    Large-scale developmental defects in mice occur with the ablation of the epithelial-specific splicing factors Esrp1 and Esrp2.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Requirement for highly efficient pre-mRNA splicing during Drosophila early embryonic development

    Leonardo Gastón Guilgur et al.
    The need for efficient pre-RNA splicing during early embryonic development of Drosophila indicates that the constraints imposed by the cell cycle are a force capable of driving changes in Eukaryotic gene architecture.