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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Ser/Thr kinase Trc controls neurite outgrowth in Drosophila by modulating microtubule-microtubule sliding

    Rosalind Norkett et al.
    Microtubule-microtubule sliding and neurite outgrowth in Drosophila is controlled by a Ser/Thr kinase Tricornered via phosphorylation of a 'mitotic' motor protein Pavarotti.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Remote control of microtubule plus-end dynamics and function from the minus-end

    Xiuzhen Chen et al.
    A mechanism for yeast centrosomes to differentiate the microtubule cytoskeleton.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Design principles of a microtubule polymerase

    Elisabeth A Geyer et al.
    Antagonism between binding to unpolymerized subunits and to the lattice leads to a ratcheting model for the processive action of a microtubule polymerase.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Cell Biology

    Physical basis of large microtubule aster growth

    Keisuke Ishihara et al.
    Autocatalytic growth of a microtubule polymer network allows extremely large egg cells to self-organize and divide rapidly.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insight into TPX2-stimulated microtubule assembly

    Rui Zhang et al.
    A combination of cryo-electron microscopy of TPX2 bound to microtubules and in vitro reconstitution experiments reveals a novel microtubule interaction mode that explains how TPX2 promotes microtubule nucleation and stabilization.
    1. Cell Biology

    Exportin Crm1 is repurposed as a docking protein to generate microtubule organizing centers at the nuclear pore

    Xun X Bao et al.
    Microtubule nucleation from the nuclear envelope in fission yeast involves repurposing of nuclear export proteins for a non-export-related function, docking cytoplasmic proteins at nuclear pore complexes.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    A tethered delivery mechanism explains the catalytic action of a microtubule polymerase

    Pelin Ayaz et al.
    Using linked TOG domains that each bind a curved conformation of αβ-tubulin, a microtubule polymerase catalyzes fast elongation by concentrating αβ-tubulin near the polymer end.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Kinesin Kip2 enhances microtubule growth in vitro through length-dependent feedback on polymerization and catastrophe

    Anneke Hibbel et al.
    The budding yeast kinesin Kip2 is a polymerase that uses its processive motility in a positive feedback loop to promote microtubule growth.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Active contraction of microtubule networks

    Peter J Foster et al.
    Microtubule networks in frog egg extracts can spontaneously contract in a manner that can be quantitatively described by an active fluid model.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    A mutation uncouples the tubulin conformational and GTPase cycles, revealing allosteric control of microtubule dynamics

    Elisabeth A Geyer et al.
    A buried mutation in αβ-tubulin reveals an allosteric response to GDP in the lattice that dictates microtubule catastrophe and shrinking.