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    1. Neuroscience

    A central role for the retrosplenial cortex in de novo environmental learning

    Stephen D Auger et al.
    Functional brain imaging of subjects while travelling through an alien virtual world reveals how brain regions encode novel environments from scratch thus enabling navigation.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Theoretical tool bridging cell polarities with development of robust morphologies

    Silas Boye Nissen et al.
    Biological shapes and morphological transitions can emerge from combining directed interactions between cells with apical-basal and planar cell polarity.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Impaired ABCA1/ABCG1-mediated lipid efflux in the mouse retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) leads to retinal degeneration

    Federica Storti et al.
    Lipid efflux by the retinal pigment epithelium is crucial for proper retinal integrity and function, and its impairment may contribute to diseases like age-related macular degeneration.
    1. Neuroscience

    Oligodendrocytes control potassium accumulation in white matter and seizure susceptibility

    Valerie A Larson et al.
    Oligodendrocytes in white matter use Kir4.1 inwardly rectifying potassium channels to prevent extracellular potassium accumulation, enabling neurons to sustain repetitive firing and limiting the initiation of seizures.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Tandem riboswitches form a natural Boolean logic gate to control purine metabolism in bacteria

    Madeline E Sherlock et al.
    A riboswitch class has been discovered for phosphoribosyl pyrophosphate, the biochemical precursor of nucleotides, and this novel RNA sensor commonly operates in tandem with a guanine aptamer to function like a Boolean logic gate.
    1. Neuroscience

    Inferring circuit mechanisms from sparse neural recording and global perturbation in grid cells

    John Widloski et al.
    A novel experimental method and analysis is conceived, based on perturbation and sparse recording, to elucidate the circuit structure and mechanisms underlying the responses of grid cells.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    CTCF and cohesin regulate chromatin loop stability with distinct dynamics

    Anders S Hansen et al.
    Single-molecule imaging of CTCF and cohesin in live cells suggests that chromatin loops are dynamic structures that frequently form and fall apart.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Enhanced FIB-SEM systems for large-volume 3D imaging

    C Shan Xu et al.
    Complete neuronal circuits can be reconstructed, and whole eukaryotic cells imaged, at less than 10 nm isotropic resolution.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Subretinal mononuclear phagocytes induce cone segment loss via IL-1β

    Chiara M Eandi et al.
    IL-1β release from macrophages might be responsible for the unexplained cone segment loss in retinal degenerative diseases that are associated with subretinal inflammation, such as retinitis pigmentosa or geographic atrophy.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Tau and spectraplakins promote synapse formation and maintenance through Jun kinase and neuronal trafficking

    Andre Voelzmann et al.
    A novel regulatory cascade downstream of Tau and spectraplakins ensures that synaptic proteins are delivered to axonal terminals in the developing and ageing brain, providing potential explanations for precocious synapse loss in dementias.