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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Cell Biology

    The axonal actin-spectrin lattice acts as a tension buffering shock absorber

    Sushil Dubey et al.
    A linear array of spectrin tetramers imparts mechanical stability to axons by allowing spectrin domains to unfold reversibly when an axon is stretched, thereby acting as tension buffers.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Cannabinoid-induced actomyosin contractility shapes neuronal morphology and growth

    Alexandre B Roland et al.
    Cannabinoids inhibit neuronal expansion and growth through the rapid contraction of actomyosin.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Genetic defects in β-spectrin and tau sensitize C. elegans axons to movement-induced damage via torque-tension coupling

    Michael Krieg et al.
    A conceptual framework and physical model shows how actin-spectrin networks and microtubule bundles can protect axons from mechanical stress.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Axon injury triggers EFA-6 mediated destabilization of axonal microtubules via TACC and doublecortin like kinase

    Lizhen Chen et al.
    Severing axons in C. elegans reveals a mechanism by which the axons sense acute damage and respond by sequential remodeling of their microtubule cytoskeleton.
    1. Neuroscience

    β spectrin-dependent and domain specific mechanisms for Na+ channel clustering

    Cheng-Hsin Liu et al.
    β4 spectrin is required to maintain Na+ channels at the axon initial segment since, unlike nodes of Ranvier, β1 spectrin cannot substitute.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Structural plasticity of actin-spectrin membrane skeleton and functional role of actin and spectrin in axon degeneration

    Guiping Wang et al.
    Neurotrophin deprivation leads to rapid caspase-independent disassembly of the actin-spectrin-based membrane skeleton and spectrin-dependent retrograde signaling in axon degeneration.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Efa6 protects axons and regulates their growth and branching by inhibiting microtubule polymerisation at the cortex

    Yue Qu et al.
    The cortical collapse factor Efa6 limits axon growth and branching and maintains axonal microtubule bundle integrity by inhibiting microtubule polymerisation at the cell cortex.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Reduced matrix rigidity promotes neonatal cardiomyocyte dedifferentiation, proliferation and clonal expansion

    Yfat Yahalom-Ronen et al.
    Compliant matrix provides a permissive micoenvironment for cardiomyocyte dedifferentiation, cell division and expansion, and thus may open a new avenue towards cardiac regeneration.
    1. Neuroscience

    Axon TRAP reveals learning-associated alterations in cortical axonal mRNAs in the lateral amygdala

    Linnaea E Ostroff et al.
    A diverse assortment of mRNAs are present in projection axons in the adult forebrain and their translation is associated with new memory formation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Developmental mechanism of the periodic membrane skeleton in axons

    Guisheng Zhong et al.
    Super-resolution imaging reveals how the skeleton that supports the outer membrane of axons is assembled during development, and provides an explanation for why this structure preferentially forms in axons but rarely in dendrites.

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