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    1. Neuroscience

    Elevated synaptic vesicle release probability in synaptophysin/gyrin family quadruple knockouts

    Mathan K Raja et al.
    Synaptophysins and gyrins dampen synaptic strength selectively at low frequencies, hinting that synaptic transmission may play a frequency filtering role in biological computation that is more general than currently envisioned.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Microsecond sub-domain motions and the folding and misfolding of the mouse prion protein

    Rama Reddy Goluguri et al.
    Native state dynamics of mouse prion protein were measured, and these motions were shown to be having a role in initiation of aggregation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Tight bending of the Ndc80 complex provides intrinsic regulation of its binding to microtubules

    Emily Anne Scarborough et al.
    Flexibility of Ndc80 provides an inherent mode of regulation for the conserved kinetochore complex, unique from well-studied phospho-regulation.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    IgE-mediated mast cell activation promotes inflammation and cartilage destruction in osteoarthritis

    Qian Wang et al.
    Osteoarthritis pathogenesis is driven by IgE-mediated mast cell activation.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Independent amylase gene copy number bursts correlate with dietary preferences in mammals

    Petar Pajic et al.
    Comprehensive analyses of amylase duplications and salivary activity across mammals underscore the importance of recurrent copy number variation as a flexible and rapid evolutionary mechanism.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Spatial control of irreversible protein aggregation

    Christoph Weber et al.
    A theoretical basis for the spatial regulation of protein aggregation shows how aggregates can partition preferentially into intracellular liquid compartments.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A 3D culture model of innervated human skeletal muscle enables studies of the adult neuromuscular junction

    Mohsen Afshar Bakooshli et al.
    Human skeletal muscle progenitors and motor neurons self-organize in three-dimensional co-culture to form functional neuromuscular junctions that developmentally mature from the embryonic to the adult state.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Influenza A virus surface proteins are organized to help penetrate host mucus

    Michael D Vahey, Daniel A Fletcher
    By distributing receptor-binding and receptor-destroying proteins asymmetrically on their surface, filamentous influenza A virus particles create a Brownian ratchet that facilitates their passage through mucus.