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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Mitotic spindle scaling during Xenopus development by kif2a and importin α

    Jeremy D Wilbur, Rebecca Heald
    An interaction between two proteins enables the spindle—the structure that segregates chromosome pairs during mitosis—to change size as cells divide.
    1. Neuroscience

    Kinesin-1 regulates dendrite microtubule polarity in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Jing Yan et al.
    A cellular motor protein helps to ensure that microtubules are oriented correctly within neuronal dendrites
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    LIN-12/Notch signaling instructs postsynaptic muscle arm development by regulating UNC-40/DCC and MADD-2 in Caenorhabditis elegans

    Pengpeng Li et al.
    The Notch signaling pathway has a central role in the formation of the circuit that controls egg-laying in the nematode worm C. elegans.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural analyses at pseudo atomic resolution of Chikungunya virus and antibodies show mechanisms of neutralization

    Siyang Sun et al.
    Electron cryo-microscopy has been used to determine the structure of Chikungunya virus-like particles and to provide new insights into their interactions with four different antibodies.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Improved use of a public good selects for the evolution of undifferentiated multicellularity

    John H Koschwanez et al.
    The ability to share resources for the benefit of all members of a group may have driven ancient organisms to evolve from a unicellular to a multicellular state.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Mechanism for priming DNA synthesis by yeast DNA Polymerase α

    Rajika L Perera et al.
    The details of how the enzyme DNA polymerase α initiates the polymerization of nucleotides in DNA replication, a critical step in the synthesis of new chromosomal DNA, have been revealed in atomic detail.
    1. Neuroscience

    Acute stress enhances adult rat hippocampal neurogenesis and activation of newborn neurons via secreted astrocytic FGF2

    Elizabeth D Kirby et al.
    Exposing rats to acute stress increased the generation of new neurons in a subregion of the hippocampus, and improved the animals' performance in a memory task two weeks later.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Structure of a pore-blocking toxin in complex with a eukaryotic voltage-dependent K+ channel

    Anirban Banerjee et al.
    Charybdotoxin, a toxin produced by scorpions, blocks a K+ channel by binding in a lock-and-key fashion to the mouth of the channel and presenting a lysine amino group, which serves as a K+ mimic in the selectivity filter.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Sequence-dependent base pair stepping dynamics in XPD helicase unwinding

    Zhi Qi et al.
    The ability of an enzyme called XPD helicase to unwind the double helix is influenced by the DNA sequence and the availability of energy.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Pharmacological brake-release of mRNA translation enhances cognitive memory

    Carmela Sidrauski et al.
    A compound that prevents stressors such as UV light and viral infection from downregulating protein synthesis inside cells improves memory performance in mice.