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    1. Neuroscience

    The actin-modulating protein synaptopodin mediates long-term survival of dendritic spines

    Kenrick Yap et al.
    Long-term imaging of dentate granule cells reveals that the presence of synaptopodin within large spines, rather than their size, conveys long-term stability to large spines.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Germ Granules: All about the RNA after all

    Tatjana Trcek, Ruth Lehmann
    RNA molecules cause the proteins involved in the formation of germ granules to coalesce into liquid droplets.
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    1. Neuroscience

    Somatostatin-positive interneurons in the dentate gyrus of mice provide local- and long-range septal synaptic inhibition

    Mei Yuan et al.
    Somatostatin-expressing interneurons of the rodent dentate gyrus fall into at least two functionally distinct interneuron types with different synaptic integrations into the local dentate gyrus and the more distant medial septum neuronal network.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Spatial patterning of P granules by RNA-induced phase separation of the intrinsically-disordered protein MEG-3

    Jarrett Smith et al.
    A competition for RNA drives the localized assembly of RNA granules in the C. elegans embryo.
    1. Neuroscience

    Presynaptic NMDA receptors facilitate short-term plasticity and BDNF release at hippocampal mossy fiber synapses

    Pablo J Lituma et al.
    By facilitating glutamate and BDNF release, presynaptic NMDA receptors may control information transfer from the dentate gyrus to the CA3 area of the hippocampus.
    1. Developmental Biology

    The conserved RNA helicase YTHDC2 regulates the transition from proliferation to differentiation in the germline

    Alexis S Bailey et al.
    Post-transcriptional control by YTHDC2 is required to turn off the mitotic proliferation program and facilitate proper expression of the meiotic program to allow a clean cell fate transition in the germline stem cell lineage.
    1. Neuroscience

    Exercise-induced enhancement of synaptic function triggered by the inverse BAR protein, Mtss1L

    Christina Chatzi et al.
    Single episodes of voluntary exercise induced a functional increase in hippocampal synapses mediated by activity-dependent expression of the BAR protein Mtss1L, acting as a novel early effector of synapse formation.
    1. Neuroscience

    Plasticity-dependent, full detonation at hippocampal mossy fiber–CA3 pyramidal neuron synapses

    Nicholas P Vyleta et al.
    Activity-dependent enhancement of transmitter release makes the hippocampal mossy fiber synapse a full detonator in rats.
    1. Neuroscience

    Synaptotagmin-7 places dense-core vesicles at the cell membrane to promote Munc13-2- and Ca2+-dependent priming

    Bassam Tawfik et al.
    Synaptotagmin-7 acts synergistically with synaptotagmin-1 by placing vesicles close to the plasma membrane within reach of the SNARE/Munc13-complex, supporting their priming and setting the stage for fast and slow fusion.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Deep-learning-based three-dimensional label-free tracking and analysis of immunological synapses of CAR-T cells

    Moosung Lee et al.
    Rapid, label-free, volumetric, and automated assessment of the immunological synapse dynamics is demonstrated by combining optical diffraction tomography and deep-learning-based segmentation, providing a new option for immunological research.