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  1. Point of View: Tell me a story

    Joshua R Sanes
    Many authors start with the figures when writing a paper, but it is easier to tell a good story if you start with the Introduction and Results, and leave the figures to later.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structures reveal opening of the store-operated calcium channel Orai

    Xiaowei Hou et al.
    The structure of the calcium channel Orai in an open conformation reveals a dilated pore and gives insight into mechanisms of ion permeation and calcium selectivity.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Overtone focusing in biphonic tuvan throat singing

    Christopher Bergevin et al.
    In light of the mysteries underlying the biphonic nature of Tuvan throat song, information from multiple modalities is combined to explain how this remarkable phenomenon is achieved biomechanically.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Transverse tubule remodeling enhances Orai1-dependent Ca2+ entry in skeletal muscle

    Antonio Michelucci et al.
    Structural and functional analyses show that transverse tubule association with stacks of sarcoplasmic reticulum enhances Orai1-dependent Ca2+ entry to replenish Ca2+ stores, maintain Ca2+ release, and maximize force during exercise.
    1. Neuroscience

    Murine Fam65b forms ring-like structures at the base of stereocilia critical for mechanosensory hair cell function

    Bo Zhao et al.
    Super-resolution microscopy reveals a highly organized compartment in the stereocilia of mechanosensory hair cells of the inner ear, which is critical for hair cell function and affected in disease.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural characterization of encapsulated ferritin provides insight into iron storage in bacterial nanocompartments

    Didi He et al.
    Encapsulin-associated ferritin proteins form metal-dependent decamers that are active as ferroxidase enzymes, but require encapsulation to form an iron store.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Hepatitis B virus core protein allosteric modulators can distort and disrupt intact capsids

    Christopher John Schlicksup et al.
    Small molecule antivirals that drive assembly of HBV capsid protein can also bind to pre-assembled capsids causing them to change morphology or even break, suggesting a complex transduction of binding effects across the capsid.
    1. Neuroscience

    Spontaneous neurotransmission signals through store-driven Ca2+ transients to maintain synaptic homeostasis

    Austin L Reese, Ege T Kavalali
    Individual neurons can adjust the strength of their synapses by using spontaneous calcium influx through NMDA receptors to trigger the release of additional calcium from intracellular stores, which can in turn be used to regulate protein synthesis.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The molecular architecture of engulfment during Bacillus subtilis sporulation

    Kanika Khanna et al.
    In situ cryo-electron tomography unveils the molecular sociology of a developing sporangium in Bacillus subtilis, revealing critical information about cell wall remodeling and membrane migration in bacteria.