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    1. Developmental Biology

    A structure-based extracellular matrix expansion mechanism of fibrous tissue growth

    Nicholas S Kalson et al.
    Tendon fibroblast cells lay down a collagen matrix template during embryogenesis, and the expansion of this matrix drives post-natal tissue growth.
    1. Cell Biology

    The fibronectin synergy site re-enforces cell adhesion and mediates a crosstalk between integrin classes

    Maria Benito-Jardón et al.
    The fibronectin synergy site is only required in vivo when forces exceed or αvβ3 integrin levels fall below certain thresholds.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Type XVII collagen coordinates proliferation in the interfollicular epidermis

    Mika Watanabe et al.
    Type XVII collagen, a transmembranous protein in basal keratinocytes, suppresses interfollicular epidermal proliferation in neonatal and aged skin, and helps rejuvenate epidermis.
    1. Neuroscience

    The Ret receptor regulates sensory neuron dendrite growth and integrin mediated adhesion

    Peter Soba et al.
    A cell surface receptor called Ret enables neurons to establish and maintain the organized arrays of dendrites that support communication between neurons.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    TANGO1 builds a machine for collagen export by recruiting and spatially organizing COPII, tethers and membranes

    Ishier Raote et al.
    TANGO1 creates a sub-compartment at the endoplasmic reticulum, to segregate and export fully assembled bulky cargoes.
    1. Neuroscience

    Light reintroduction after dark exposure reactivates plasticity in adults via perisynaptic activation of MMP-9

    Sachiko Murase et al.
    Light reintroduction (LRx) after dark exposure reactivates structural and functional plasticity in the adult mouse visual cortex by increasing the activity of MMP-9 at thalamo-cortical synapses.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Implications of the differing roles of the β1 and β3 transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains for integrin function

    Zhenwei Lu et al.
    Diverse biophysical properties of β1 and β3 integrin transmembrane and cytoplasmic domains result in distinct mechanisms of integrin activation and function.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Developmental Biology

    Hair follicle epidermal stem cells define a niche for tactile sensation

    Chun-Chun Cheng et al.
    Heterogeneous epidermal stem cells define a niche for tactile sensation via providing a unique ECM and tissue architecture for nerves, revealing their new functions in coordinated sensory organ formation.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Laminin signals initiate the reciprocal loop that informs breast-specific gene expression and homeostasis by activating NO, p53 and microRNAs

    Saori Furuta et al.
    Endogenous laminins are necessary to build a functional acinus via generating NO, activating p53, HOXD10 and other positive players, but tumor cells neither make laminin nor generate NO, unless they are reverted to an organized structure.
    1. Neuroscience

    A novel Drosophila injury model reveals severed axons are cleared through a Draper/MMP-1 signaling cascade

    Maria D Purice et al.
    An unbiased transcriptional profiling screen reveals the secreted matrix metalloproteinase MMP-1 is a transcriptional target of the ensheathing glial receptor Draper following acute axon injury in adult Drosophila.