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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Transverse sinus injections drive robust whole-brain expression of transgenes

    Ali S Hamodi et al.
    A new viral injection method targets the transverse sinuses to achieve robust whole-brain delivery of single or multiple genes in multiple mammalian species early in development.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Adaptive evolution of nontransitive fitness in yeast

    Sean W Buskirk et al.
    A series of selective events, each improving fitness relative to an immediate predecessor, can result in organisms that are less fit compared to a distant ancestor.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    IP6 is an HIV pocket factor that prevents capsid collapse and promotes DNA synthesis

    Donna L Mallery et al.
    The inositol phosphate IP6 is selectively packaged into HIV virions, where it coordinates electropositive pores in the capsid to prevent spontaneous collapse and promote encapsidated DNA synthesis.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    EMC1-dependent stabilization drives membrane penetration of a partially destabilized non-enveloped virus

    Parikshit Bagchi et al.
    Biochemical and cell-based analyses reveal how a non-enveloped virus exploits the chaperone activity of an ER transmembrane protein to penetrate the ER membrane required for successful virus infection.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Phylodynamic theory of persistence, extinction and speciation of rapidly adapting pathogens

    Le Yan et al.
    A model of pathogen co-evolving with host population continuously acquiring immunity is used to identify evolutionary parameters allowing pathogen population to persist without going extinct or splitting into independent lineages.
    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.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Structural basis for capsid recruitment and coat formation during HSV-1 nuclear egress

    Elizabeth B Draganova et al.
    Interactions were visualized between the nuclear egress complex from herpes simplex virus and a capsid protein that could promote nucleocytoplasmic translocation of the capsid in infected cells.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Herpes simplex viral nucleoprotein creates a competitive transcriptional environment facilitating robust viral transcription and host shut off

    Sarah E Dremel, Neal A DeLuca
    Herpes simplex ICP4 preferentially binds to and delineates the viral genome, ultimately resulting in robust viral transcription at the expense of the host.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    A single, continuous metric to define tiered serum neutralization potency against HIV

    Peter Hraber et al.
    To quantify serum or antibody activity against HIV-1, logistic regression of single-dilution neutralization outcomes can efficiently summarize neutralization potency and indicate which samples may lack sufficient statistical support, for high-throughput screening in large-scale vaccine trials.