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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A natural variant of the essential host gene MMS21 restricts the parasitic 2-micron plasmid in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

    Michelle Hays et al.
    A novel assay to measure 2-micron stability together with a survey of natural variation among Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains reveals novel means by which yeasts can combat the parasitic 2-micron plasmids.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Cotranslational microRNA mediated messenger RNA destabilization

    Trinh To Tat et al.
    MicroRNAs stimulate the decay of targeted mRNAs while they are associated with translating ribosomes.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    MicroRNAs mediate precise control of spinal interneuron populations to exert delicate sensory-to-motor outputs

    Shih-Hsin Chang et al.
    The miR-34/449 family is abundantly expressed in the central nervous system, and fine-tunes optimal numbers of spinal interneurons to ensure sensory-motor circuit outputs.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    microRNA-mediated regulation of microRNA machinery controls cell fate decisions

    Qiuying Liu et al.
    Genetic and biochemical analyses reveal that two stem-cell-specific microRNAs control stem cell fate decisions between pluripotency and differentiation through repressing Ago2, a key component of the microRNA machinery.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Plant Biology

    Biogenesis of phased siRNAs on membrane-bound polysomes in Arabidopsis

    Shengben Li et al.
    Arabidopsis microRNAs and their effector protein ARGONAUTE1 associate with and act on polysomes on the rough endoplasmic reticulum.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    MicroRNA-122 supports robust innate immunity in hepatocytes by targeting the RTKs/STAT3 signaling pathway

    Hui Xu et al.
    The liver-specific miRNA microRNA-122 plays a previously unknown role in hepatocyte intrinsic innate immunity by targeting the RTKs/STAT3 signaling pathway.
    1. Cancer Biology

    Replication Study: The microRNA miR-34a inhibits prostate cancer stem cells and metastasis by directly repressing CD44

    Xuefei Yan et al.
    Editors' Summary: This Replication Study did not reproduce those experiments in the original paper that it attempted to reproduce.
    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    MicroRNA-146a acts as a guardian of the quality and longevity of hematopoietic stem cells in mice

    Jimmy L Zhao et al.
    Chronic and excessive inflammation can lead to exhaustion of the supply of hematopoietic stem cells and to myeloid malignancies in mice, mimicking important aspects of the myelodysplastic syndrome found in humans.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Water-mediated recognition of t1-adenosine anchors Argonaute2 to microRNA targets

    Nicole T Schirle et al.
    Argonaute proteins directly contact adenosine nucleotides in some miRNA target sites, leading to enhanced repression of the target mRNA.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A long non-coding RNA targets microRNA miR-34a to regulate colon cancer stem cell asymmetric division

    Lihua Wang et al.
    A novel long non-coding RNA targets microRNA miR-34a for epigenetic silencing and initiates asymmetric division of colon cancer stem cells.