662 results found
    1. Neuroscience

    Alpha protocadherins and Pyk2 kinase regulate cortical neuron migration and cytoskeletal dynamics via Rac1 GTPase and WAVE complex in mice

    Li Fan et al.
    A general cytoplasmic signaling mechanism for the novel functions of diverse alpha protocadherins in cortical neuron migration and actin cytoskeletal dynamics as well as dendrite morphogenesis in the brain.
    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. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Analysis of cellular behavior and cytoskeletal dynamics reveal a constriction mechanism driving optic cup morphogenesis

    María Nicolás-Pérez et al.
    High-resolution live imaging analysis shows a constriction mechanism that drives zebrafish optic cup morphogenesis and highlights the role of the extracellular matrix in transmitting tensions beyond the cellular level.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    The transpeptidase PBP2 governs initial localization and activity of the major cell-wall synthesis machinery in E. coli

    Gizem Özbaykal et al.
    For initiation of cell-wall insertion, the cross-linking enzyme PBP2 stably binds to a component of the cell envelope that is different from MreB filaments.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    The speed of GTP hydrolysis determines GTP cap size and controls microtubule stability

    Johanna Roostalu et al.
    GTPase-deficient microtubules are hyper-stable and have longer EB binding regions, demonstrating that EBs bind the GTP cap.
    1. Cell Biology

    A bacteriophage tubulin harnesses dynamic instability to center DNA in infected cells

    Marcella L Erb et al.
    A bacteriophage tubulin homolog, PhuZ, forms a structure with the biochemical, structural, and functional properties of a simplified, bipolar spindle.
    1. Cell Biology

    The ubiquitin-proteasome system regulates focal adhesions at the leading edge of migrating cells

    Anjali Teckchandani, Jonathan A Cooper
    A ubiquitin E3 ligase localizes to focal adhesions at the front of migrating human cells where it regulates cytoskeletal dynamics by targeting a focal adhesion protein.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    G-actin provides substrate-specificity to eukaryotic initiation factor 2α holophosphatases

    Ruming Chen et al.
    The biochemical basis for coupling cytoskeletal dynamics to regulated protein synthesis has been revealed.
    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. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Carboxysomes: How bacteria arrange their organelles

    Emilia Mauriello
    The structures responsible for photosynthesis in bacteria use the nucleoid and two unique proteins as a scaffold to position themselves.
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