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    1. Cell Biology

    Adiponectin is essential for lipid homeostasis and survival under insulin deficiency and promotes β-cell regeneration

    Risheng Ye et al.
    Under insulinopenic conditions, the hormone adiponectin is essential for lipid uptake specifically in subcutaneous white adipose tissue, and is sufficient to ameliorate islet lipotoxicity.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Neuronal sources of hedgehog modulate neurogenesis in the adult planarian brain

    Ko W Currie et al.
    Planarian brain neurons modulate their turnover by signaling to nearby stem cells.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Secretion of protein disulphide isomerase AGR2 confers tumorigenic properties

    Delphine Fessart et al.
    Epithelial tumors secrete the ER-resident AGR2 in the extracellular matrix to function as a novel essential microenvironmental regulator of epithelial tissue architecture, which leads to tumorigenicity.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Identification of polarized macrophage subsets in zebrafish

    Mai Nguyen-Chi et al.
    The discovery of evolutionarily conserved macrophage subsets in zebrafish paves the way for a comprehensive study of macrophage behaviour and function.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    KRAS-dependent sorting of miRNA to exosomes

    Diana J Cha et al.
    In isogenically matched colorectal cancer (CRC) cell lines, mutant KRAS alters the composition of secreted miRNAs in extracellular vesicles that can then transfer repressive activity to wild type cells.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Modulation of occluding junctions alters the hematopoietic niche to trigger immune activation

    Rohan J Khadilkar et al.
    Occluding-junctions form a permeability barrier around the hematopoietic niche in Drosophila that controls the production of immune cells in response to infection by shaping the signalling micro-environment produced by the niche.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    A stochastic epigenetic switch controls the dynamics of T-cell lineage commitment

    Kenneth KH Ng et al.
    The timing and outcome of mammalian cell lineage decisions can be controlled by slow, stochastic events on individual regulatory gene loci.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Stem cell topography splits growth and homeostatic functions in the fish gill

    Julian Stolper et al.
    The fish gill, an ever-growing organ with fast turnover rate, displays dedicated stem-cell populations for growth and homeostasis that are interchangeable upon external challenges.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    CRIg, a tissue-resident macrophage specific immune checkpoint molecule, promotes immunological tolerance in NOD mice, via a dual role in effector and regulatory T cells

    Xiaomei Yuan et al.
    Tissue-resident macrophages sense environmental cues and regulate adaptive immunity via an immune checkpoint molecule CRIg.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Directing visceral white adipocyte precursors to a thermogenic adipocyte fate improves insulin sensitivity in obese mice

    Chelsea Hepler et al.
    Genetic inactivation of the transcription factor, Zfp423, in visceral white adipocyte precursors leads to the formation of thermogenic adipocytes in visceral fat depots and improves insulin sensitivity in obese mice.