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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Competition between Tropomyosin, Fimbrin, and ADF/Cofilin drives their sorting to distinct actin filament networks

    Jenna R Christensen et al.
    Both cooperative and competitive associations of actin binding proteins with actin filaments help drive the self-organization of functionally diverse F-actin networks in fission yeast.
    1. Cell Biology

    Yeast Eps15-like endocytic protein Pan1p regulates the interaction between endocytic vesicles, endosomes and the actin cytoskeleton

    Junko Y Toshima et al.
    Phosphorylation of the Eps15-like protein Pan1p regulates how endocytic compartments interact with each other and with the actin cytoskeleton.
    1. Plant Biology

    Dynamic F-actin movement is essential for fertilization in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Tomokazu Kawashima et al.
    The movement of F-actin filaments, which is regulated by actin-myosin interactions together with a female gamete-specific Rho-GTPase, enables migration of the Arabidopsis sperm cell nucleus towards the female nucleus; which might account for the loss of centrosomes in flowering plants.
    1. Cell Biology

    A disassembly-driven mechanism explains F-actin-mediated chromosome transport in starfish oocytes

    Philippe Bun et al.
    On entry to meiosis, chromosomes scattered in the large oocyte nucleus of starfish are collected by an F-actin network, which contracts by an unexpected, myosin-independent mechanism based on local assembly and global disassembly of actin filaments.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Calcium influx through CRAC channels controls actin organization and dynamics at the immune synapse

    Catherine A Hartzell et al.
    By restricting actin polymerization to the perimeter of the immune synapse and promoting depolymerization, calcium influx drives centripetal actin flow, which confines CRAC channels and the endoplasmic reticulum to the synapse center.
    1. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Inter-dependent apical microtubule and actin dynamics orchestrate centrosome retention and neuronal delamination

    Ioannis Kasioulis et al.
    Microtubules are nucleated by the centrosome of the primary cilium in the apical end-foot of neuroepithelial cells and inter-dependent microtubule and actin dynamics are required here to orchestrate delamination of newborn neurons.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Side-binding proteins modulate actin filament dynamics

    Alvaro H Crevenna et al.
    The kinetics of actin polymerization are strongly influenced by the binding of proteins to the lateral filament surface.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Toxoplasma gondii F-actin forms an extensive filamentous network required for material exchange and parasite maturation

    Javier Periz et al.
    In contrast to current knowledge that predicts that apicomplexan actin is unconventional, use of Chromobodies demonstrate that Toxoplasma F-actin forms a long, stable, highly dynamic tubular network that is required for material transfer and parasite maturation.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Symmetry breaking in reconstituted actin cortices

    Enas Abu Shah, Kinneret Keren
    A reconstituted system has been developed that self-organizes into dynamic actin cortices capable of spontaneous polarization, similar to the initial cortical polarization observed in cells during embryogenesis and development.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    A synaptic F-actin network controls otoferlin-dependent exocytosis in auditory inner hair cells

    Philippe FY Vincent et al.
    A synaptic F-actin network tightly controls the flow of synaptic vesicles during exocytosis at the inner hair cell ribbons.