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    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    A novel mechanosensitive channel controls osmoregulation, differentiation, and infectivity in Trypanosoma cruzi

    Noopur Dave et al.
    Structurally divergent bacterial-like mechanosensitive channels control multiple cellular functions in protozoan parasites.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Hypothemycin, a fungal natural product, identifies therapeutic targets in Trypanosoma brucei

    Mari Nishino et al.
    Hypothemycin, which inhibits a number of protein kinases, kills the T. brucei parasites that cause sleeping sickness and reveals new therapeutic targets for the disorder.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Relief of autoinhibition by conformational switch explains enzyme activation by a catalytically dead paralog

    Oleg A Volkov et al.
    A catalytically dead paralog activates its cognate enzyme through an allosteric mechanism that combined structural and phylogenomic analysis indicates arose through acquisition of a dimerization domain, suggesting a general model for how complex allostery evolves.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Independent evolution of functionally exchangeable mitochondrial outer membrane import complexes

    Daniela G Vitali et al.
    The convergent evolution of yeast Mim1/2 and trypanosomal pATOM36 enable the first demonstration of reciprocal functional rescue of two evolutionary unrelated mitochondrial biogenesis complexes belonging to two different eukaryotic supergroups.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Codon usage bias controls mRNA and protein abundance in trypanosomatids

    Laura Jeacock et al.
    Global relative mRNA and protein abundance in trypanosomatids can be effectively estimated at transcriptomic and proteomic scales based on protein-coding sequences alone.
    1. Cell Biology

    The GTPase IFT27 is involved in both anterograde and retrograde intraflagellar transport

    Diego Huet et al.
    A small GTPase within the flagellum can participate in the control of transport from the base to the tip of the flagellum, and back again.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    APOL1 renal risk variants have contrasting resistance and susceptibility associations with African trypanosomiasis

    Anneli Cooper et al.
    Common kidney disease risk variants in African populations are associated with reduced susceptibility to deadly African trypanosomes.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Basalin is an evolutionarily unconstrained protein revealed via a conserved role in flagellum basal plate function

    Samuel Dean et al.
    Basalins are intrinsically disordered proteins with astonishingly high-sequence divergence that are essential for building the transition zone basal plate and for proper central pair nucleation.
    1. Ecology

    Modelling the climatic suitability of Chagas disease vectors on a global scale

    Fanny E Eberhard et al.
    The global ensemble forecasting niche modelling of 11 vector competent triatomine species revealed climatic suitable regions outside their native distribution including the cosmopolitan vector Triatoma rubrofasciata.