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    1. Neuroscience

    Astrocytic modulation of excitatory synaptic signaling in a mouse model of Rett syndrome

    Benjamin Rakela et al.
    Astrocytes impact neuronal signaling in brain dependent on status of the transcriptional repressor, Methyl CpG Binding Protein 2.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure-based analysis of CysZ-mediated cellular uptake of sulfate

    Zahra Assur Sanghai et al.
    Structures of CysZ show a antiparallel membrane protein with an unanticipated fold and together with functional characterization provide insight into a bacterial sulfate translocating system.
    1. Plant Biology

    Phloem unloading in Arabidopsis roots is convective and regulated by the phloem-pole pericycle

    Timothy J Ross-Elliott et al.
    A study of solute and macromolecule trafficking in plants reveals a previously undescribed route for carbon distribution in growing root tissues.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The gating cycle of a K+ channel at atomic resolution

    Luis G Cuello et al.
    X-ray crystallographic studies have completed the first atomic resolution description of the kinetic cycle of a potassium channel's pore domain.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Substrate transport and anion permeation proceed through distinct pathways in glutamate transporters

    Mary Hongying Cheng et al.
    Novel evidence on the molecular determinants of the dual function, anion permeation and substrate transport, of excitatory amino acid transporters opens avenues toward illuminating how these transporters regulate synaptic function and contribute to neurological conditions.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Allosteric inhibition of a stem cell RNA-binding protein by an intermediary metabolite

    Carina C Clingman et al.
    The RNA-binding protein MSI1, which is required for stem cell and cancer cell proliferation in the brain and epithelial tissues, also directly senses the concentration of long non-esterified omega-9 fatty acids.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Calcium-dependent electrostatic control of anion access to the pore of the calcium-activated chloride channel TMEM16A

    Andy KM Lam, Raimund Dutzler
    Ion conduction in the calcium-activated chloride channel TMEM16A is directly regulated by calcium, which binds to a site close to the pore thereby shaping the electrostatics at its intracellular entrance.
    1. Neuroscience

    Activity-dependent regulation of T-type calcium channels by submembrane calcium ions

    Magali Cazade et al.
    The feedback inhibition of T-type calcium channels by intracellular calcium provides new avenues to better decipher the roles of these low-voltage-activated channels in the fine control of calcium signaling events in physiology and pathophysiology.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural relationship between the putative hair cell mechanotransduction channel TMC1 and TMEM16 proteins

    Angela Ballesteros et al.
    The structural relationship between TMC and TMEM16 proteins provides insight into the structure and functional mechanisms of the mechanotransduction channel complex in hair cells.
    1. Cell Biology

    The transcription factors TFE3 and TFEB amplify p53 dependent transcriptional programs in response to DNA damage

    Owen A Brady et al.
    Disruption of TFEB and TFE3 results in diminished p53 signaling capacity and altered cell cycle regulation under genotoxic stress conditions.