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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Motility precedes egress of malaria parasites from oocysts

    Dennis Klug, Friedrich Frischknecht
    A surface protein triggers intra-oocyst motility of Plasmodium sporozoites to ensure parasite egress from oocysts.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes

    A histone H3K9M mutation traps histone methyltransferase Clr4 to prevent heterochromatin spreading

    Chun-Min Shan et al.
    A lysine-to-methionine mutation in histone H3 dominantly blocks histone H3K9 methylation by trapping its methyltransferase.
    1. Cell Biology

    Curvature-induced expulsion of actomyosin bundles during cytokinetic ring contraction

    Junqi Huang et al.
    Cytokinetic actomyosin ring disassembly occurs through a novel mechanism in which the increased ring curvature, generated through contraction, itself promotes the disassembly process.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genomics and Evolutionary Biology

    Further support for aneuploidy tolerance in wild yeast and effects of dosage compensation on gene copy-number evolution

    Audrey P Gasch et al.
    Many natural isolates of budding yeast carry extra chromosome copies and show lower-than-expected expression at a subset of amplified genes, which show unique evolutionary signatures.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes

    Promoter nucleosome dynamics regulated by signalling through the CTD code

    Philippe Materne et al.
    Phosphorylation of the C-terminal domain (CTD) of RNA Polymerase II controls nucleosomes dynamics at specific promoters to regulate transcription.
    1. Genes and Chromosomes

    Cdc6 ATPase activity disengages Cdc6 from the pre-replicative complex to promote DNA replication

    FuJung Chang et al.
    Biochemical and genetic characterization of the Cdc6 replication initiator reveals similarities in the helicase loading reaction between bacteria and eukaryotes.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Mechanical design principles of a mitotic spindle

    Jonathan J Ward et al.
    Precise control of microtubule architecture greatly increases the force that the spindle can exert on chromosomes.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    The influence of dynein processivity control, MAPs, and microtubule ends on directional movement of a localising mRNA

    Harish Chandra Soundararajan, Simon L Bullock
    In vitro reconstitution of mRNA motility reveals the basis of directionally biased motion by groups of motors, their response to potential obstacles, and the consequences of reaching microtubule ends.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Genes and Chromosomes

    Imaging the fate of histone Cse4 reveals de novo replacement in S phase and subsequent stable residence at centromeres

    Jan Wisniewski et al.
    Internally tagged, functional Cse4/CENP-A/CenH3 histone variant is exclusively centromeric and stable through the budding yeast cell cycle after replacement in S phase.
    1. Cell Biology

    Probing the catalytic functions of Bub1 kinase using the small molecule inhibitors BAY-320 and BAY-524

    Anna P Baron et al.
    Chemical inhibition of Bub1 shows that the catalytic activity is not required for normal mitotic progression, but it makes chromosome segregation and cell proliferation more sensitive to the effects of the anti-cancer drug Paclitaxel.