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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural and mechanistic basis of the EMC-dependent biogenesis of distinct transmembrane clients

    Lakshmi E Miller-Vedam et al.
    Structure-function characterization of the EMC's cytoplasmic, transmembrane, and lumenal domains reveal features critical for terminal helix insertion and a specialized role for the lumenal domain in polytopic membrane protein biogenesis.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    TMEM120A contains a specific coenzyme A-binding site and might not mediate poking- or stretch-induced channel activities in cells

    Yao Rong et al.
    Electrophysiological and structural characterizations reveal that a previously proposed ion channel responsible for sensing mechanical pain is insensitive to poking or stretching stimuli for conducting ions and may serve as a coenzyme A-binding protein instead.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Stabilization and structural analysis of a membrane-associated hIAPP aggregation intermediate

    Diana C Rodriguez Camargo et al.
    The ability of lipid nanodiscs to trap different types of amyloid intermediates, as successfully demonstrated in this study for human-IAPP, could become one of the most powerful approaches to dissect the complicated misfolding pathways of protein aggregation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Membranes linked by trans-SNARE complexes require lipids prone to non-bilayer structure for progression to fusion

    Michael Zick et al.
    Lipids with a propensity to form nonbilayer structures must be present for the last step of membrane fusion to take place.
    1. Plant Biology

    Structural basis for plant plasma membrane protein dynamics and organization into functional nanodomains

    Julien Gronnier et al.
    Unprecedented resolution of the molecular mechanisms of plant membrane protein anchoring involving phospholipids and sterols reveals the control of spatio-temporal segregation into plasma membrane nanodomains.
    1. Cell Biology

    Magnetic resonance measurements of cellular and sub-cellular membrane structures in live and fixed neural tissue

    Nathan H Williamson et al.
    Low-field single-sided magnetic resonance diffusion methods detect and measure permeability of sub-micron compartments which likely include cell processes, organelles, and cellular vesicles within ex vivo mouse spinal cords.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Exploring structural dynamics of a membrane protein by combining bioorthogonal chemistry and cysteine mutagenesis

    Kanchan Gupta et al.
    A facile method is implemented to modify membrane proteins with biophysical reporters using cysteine-independent approaches in live cells.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Structural plasticity of actin-spectrin membrane skeleton and functional role of actin and spectrin in axon degeneration

    Guiping Wang et al.
    Neurotrophin deprivation leads to rapid caspase-independent disassembly of the actin-spectrin-based membrane skeleton and spectrin-dependent retrograde signaling in axon degeneration.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanical inhibition of isolated Vo from V/A-ATPase for proton conductance

    Jun-ichi Kishikawa et al.
    Cryo-EM structures of rotary V-ATPase reveal the ON-OFF switching mechanism of H+ translocation in the Vo membrane domain.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Crystal structure and dynamics of a lipid-induced potential desensitized-state of a pentameric ligand-gated channel

    Sandip Basak et al.
    Polyunsaturated fatty acids enhance desensitization in pentameric ligand-gated ion channels.