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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Revisiting the role of Dcc in visual system development with a novel eye clearing method

    Robin J Vigouroux et al.
    A new eye-specific Dcc mutant combined with an improved clearing protocol for the eye and brain (EyeDISCO) reveals the requirement of the receptor Dcc for retinal development and maintenance.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    SnRK1-triggered switch of bZIP63 dimerization mediates the low-energy response in plants

    Andrea Mair et al.
    The transcription factor bZIP63 is a key regulator of the starvation response in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and is directly targeted by the kinase SnRK1.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A new family of cell surface located purine transporters in Microsporidia and related fungal endoparasites

    Peter Major et al.
    Transporters shared by fungal intracellular parasites provide new insights into the evolution of nucleotide and energy parasitism.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Deconstruction of the Ras switching cycle through saturation mutagenesis

    Pradeep Bandaru et al.
    Sequence conservation in Ras depends strongly on the biochemical network in which it operates, providing a framework for understanding the origin of global selection pressures on proteins.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural determinants of voltage-gating properties in calcium channels

    Monica L Fern√°ndez-Quintero et al.
    Structure modeling, site-directed mutagenesis, and current recordings revealed the mechanism by which stabilization of voltage sensors in the resting and activated states determines the gating properties of the CaV1.1 calcium channel.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Genetic analysis of the Arabidopsis TIR1/AFB auxin receptors reveals both overlapping and specialized functions

    Michael J Prigge et al.
    Genetic analyses reveal that the TIR1/AFB auxin receptors have broadly overlapping functions throughout plant development, but that the AFB1 receptor has a specialized role in a rapid auxin response.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Formin-2 drives polymerisation of actin filaments enabling segregation of apicoplasts and cytokinesis in Plasmodium falciparum

    Johannes Felix Stortz et al.
    Formin-2 controls spatiotemporal polymerisation of actin filaments, a common mechanism used by apicomplexans for effective segregation of essential chloroplast-like organelles called apicoplasts, and additionally for daughter formation in Plasmodium falciparum.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Acidic C-terminal domains autoregulate the RNA chaperone Hfq

    Andrew Santiago-Frangos et al.
    Modeling and biophysics show that the unstructured acidic tail of the Sm protein Hfq mimics nucleic acid to auto inhibit its chaperone activity, preventing Hfq from being sequestered by inauthentic substrates and providing insight into the evolution of Hfq's chaperone function among bacterial genera.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of an ancient protein function involved in organized multicellularity in animals

    Douglas P Anderson et al.
    Experimentally reconstructing the evolution of the molecular complex that animals use to orient the mitotic spindle establishes a simple genetic and physical mechanism for the emergence of a function essential for multicellularity.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Quantitative mapping of protein-peptide affinity landscapes using spectrally encoded beads

    Huy Quoc Nguyen et al.
    A novel high-throughput method for measuring many weak protein-peptide affinities simultaneously reveals how calcineurin, a human phosphatase essential for the immune response, recognizes its peptide substrates.