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    1. Cell Biology

    E-cadherin binds to desmoglein to facilitate desmosome assembly

    Omer Shafraz et al.
    Two critical events initiate and promote efficient desmosome assembly: stable binding of opposing E-cadherin cell-cell adhesion proteins; and direct interaction of E-cadherin and Desmoglein.
    1. Cell Biology

    Crumbs is an essential regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics and cell-cell adhesion during dorsal closure in Drosophila

    David Flores-Benitez, Elisabeth Knust
    The evolutionarily conserved polarity protein Crumbs links the regulation of cytoskeleton dynamics and cell-cell adhesion with epithelial morphogenesis.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Structural determinants of adhesion by Protocadherin-19 and implications for its role in epilepsy

    Sharon R Cooper et al.
    Structural and binding studies provide insight into the molecular mechanism of protocadherin-19-mediated adhesion and into the biochemical basis of neurodevelopmental disease.
    1. Neuroscience

    Ultrafast endocytosis at Caenorhabditis elegans neuromuscular junctions

    Shigeki Watanabe et al.
    Optogenetics has revealed that synaptic vesicles can be recycled extremely rapidly in nematodes, indicating that existing models for how synapses 'reload' may need to be revised.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Flagellar energetics from high-resolution imaging of beating patterns in tethered mouse sperm

    Ashwin Nandagiri et al.
    Calculations of flagellar energetics from beating patterns in sperm reveal that internal dissipation by dynein motors and other passive structures within the flagellum significantly exceeds external hydrodynamic dissipation.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of multicellularity by collective integration of spatial information

    Enrico Sandro Colizzi et al.
    Selection for undifferentiated multicellularity emerges in an evolutionary cell-based model because a collective of cells performs chemotaxis better than single cells in a noisy environment.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Medicine

    Quantifying the impact of quarantine duration on COVID-19 transmission

    Peter Ashcroft et al.
    Test-and-release quarantine strategies for traced contacts of confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases and returning travellers can reduce average quarantine durations while remaining as effective as 10 days of quarantine without testing.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cadherin clusters stabilized by a combination of specific and nonspecific cis-interactions

    Connor J Thompson et al.
    A combined experimental and computational approach was developed to understand lateral interactions between membrane-bound proteins and used to quantify the contributions of specific and non-specific interactions to cadherin cis-binding kinetics.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Shear stimulation of FOXC1 and FOXC2 differentially regulates cytoskeletal activity during lymphatic valve maturation

    Pieter R Norden et al.
    Genetic and molecular analyses show that FOXC1 and FOXC2 play a role in controlling lymphatic valve maintenance as key mediators of mechanotransduction to control cytoskeletal organization and RhoA/ROCK signaling.
    1. Cell Biology

    Intraflagellar transport drives flagellar surface motility

    Sheng Min Shih et al.
    The transport of proteins along flagellar microtubules generates the force that enables flagella to propel cells across surfaces.