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    1. Cell Biology

    Cortical regulation of cell size by a sizer cdr2p

    Kally Z Pan et al.
    It is shown that fission yeast cells sense their size by measuring their surface area through a membrane-associated sizer protein cdr2p.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Genetic code expansion enables visualization of Salmonella type three secretion system components and secreted effectors

    Moirangthem Kiran Singh et al.
    Genetic code expansion (GCE) enables site-specific labeling and visualization of Salmonella secreted effectors, secretion system components and provides a viable alternative for labeling proteins that do not tolerate N- or C-terminal tags.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Polar pattern formation induced by contact following locomotion in a multicellular system

    Masayuki Hayakawa et al.
    Transient cell-cell contact of eukaryotic cells, called contact following locomotion, causes cell density segregation, and its high-density region traveled as a band within the disordered background.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Embryonic geometry underlies phenotypic variation in decanalized conditions

    Anqi Huang et al.
    Gene regulatory networks incorporate information of the embryonic geometrical parameters to give rise to differential individual patterning outputs under decanalized genetics backgrounds.
    1. Neuroscience

    Neurexin and Neuroligin-based adhesion complexes drive axonal arborisation growth independent of synaptic activity

    William D Constance et al.
    Axonal arborisation growth is regulated by dynamic, focal localisations of Neurexin and Neuroligin that provide stability for filopodia, enabling a 'stick and grow'-based mechanism, wholly independent of synapse formation.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Vibrator and PI4KIIIα govern neuroblast polarity by anchoring non-muscle myosin II

    Chwee Tat Koe et al.
    Vibrator and PI4KIIIα that stimulate the synthesis of PI(4)P anchor non-muscle myosin II RLC (Sqh) to the plasma membrane and conversely Sqh associates with PI(4)P and facilitates its membrane localization during asymmetric division of neuroblasts.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structures reveal specialization at the myosin VI-actin interface and a mechanism of force sensitivity

    Pinar S Gurel et al.
    Cryo-EM structures of actomyosin VI in multiple nucleotide states reveal a unique actin-myosin interface and a mechanism of force-sensitivity; furthermore, myosin VI remodels F-actin, suggesting a role for actin structural plasticity during force generation.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Decoding temporal interpretation of the morphogen Bicoid in the early Drosophila embryo

    Anqi Huang et al.
    Cell fates endowed by higher Bicoid concentration require input for longer duration, demonstrating a temporally non-linear morphogen-mediated pattern formation.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanobiology: A brighter force gauge for cells

    Victor Pui-Yan Ma, Khalid Salaita
    An improved biosensor sheds new light on tension within proteins.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Differentiation alters stem cell nuclear architecture, mechanics, and mechano-sensitivity

    Su-Jin Heo et al.
    Nuclear reorganization and stiffening accompanies mesenchymal stem cell differentiation, resulting in increased sensitivity to mechanical perturbation.