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    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. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    MAP7 regulates axon morphogenesis by recruiting kinesin-1 to microtubules and modulating organelle transport

    Stephen R Tymanskyj et al.
    An under-studied microtubule-associated protein is found to regulate axon growth and branching by modulating microtubule-based organelle transport through its dual interactions with microtubules and the conventional kinesin motor.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Geometry of antiparallel microtubule bundles regulates relative sliding and stalling by PRC1 and Kif4A

    Sithara Wijeratne, Radhika Subramanian
    Geometrical features of microtubule arrays regulate the collective activity of motor and non-motor proteins.
    1. Cell Biology

    The microtubule polymerase Stu2 promotes oligomerization of the γ-TuSC for cytoplasmic microtubule nucleation

    Judith Gunzelmann et al.
    Biochemical and genetic approaches show that the XMAP215 homolog Stu2 directly interacts with the small gamma-tubulin complex and its recruitment factor Spc72 to instigate functions in cytoplasmic microtubule organization.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Inter-dependent apical microtubule and actin dynamics orchestrate centrosome retention and neuronal delamination

    Ioannis Kasioulis et al.
    Microtubules are nucleated by the centrosome of the primary cilium in the apical end-foot of neuroepithelial cells and inter-dependent microtubule and actin dynamics are required here to orchestrate delamination of newborn neurons.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    The speed of GTP hydrolysis determines GTP cap size and controls microtubule stability

    Johanna Roostalu et al.
    GTPase-deficient microtubules are hyper-stable and have longer EB binding regions, demonstrating that EBs bind the GTP cap.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular determinants of the Ska-Ndc80 interaction and their influence on microtubule tracking and force-coupling

    Pim J Huis in 't Veld et al.
    Binding of two macromolecular complexes allows kinetochores to capture force produced by the depolymerising ends of microtubules, allowing chromosomes to be transmitted from a mother cell to its two daughters.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Microtubules soften due to cross-sectional flattening

    Edvin Memet et al.
    A combination of experiments, theory, and simulations shows that the elastic softening of microtubules when they are bent arises due to the flattening of their tubular cross-section.
    1. Cell Biology

    A novel isoform of MAP4 organises the paraxial microtubule array required for muscle cell differentiation

    Binyam Mogessie et al.
    oMAP4 is a microtubule crosslinker that restricts motor driven microtubule motility and cooperates with microtubule motors in the establishment of paraxial microtubule arrangements in differentiating muscle cells.
    1. Cell Biology

    Interplay between kinesin-1 and cortical dynein during axonal outgrowth and microtubule organization in Drosophila neurons

    Urko del Castillo et al.
    Cortical dynein organizes unipolar microtubule arrays in Drosophila axons by expelling minus-end-out microtubules.