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    1. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Identification of a new stem cell population that generates Drosophila flight muscles

    Rajesh D Gunage et al.
    Large flight muscle of Drosophila are made by the regulated amplification of a newly identified stem cell population.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Bioengineered human myobundles mimic clinical responses of skeletal muscle to drugs

    Lauran Madden et al.
    A novel bioengineered human skeletal muscle model with accurate physiological and pharmacological responses may provide a useful tool for preclinical testing.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    Myonuclear accretion is a determinant of exercise-induced remodeling in skeletal muscle

    Qingnian Goh et al.
    Fusion of muscle progenitors drives continuous myonuclear accretion during exercise and impacts various adaptations in skeletal muscle including response to injury and hypertrophy.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    MYOD1 functions as a clock amplifier as well as a critical co-factor for downstream circadian gene expression in muscle

    Brian A Hodge et al.
    The myogenic lineage transcription factor, MYOD1, amplifies and works with the core clock factors to support a daily muscle gene expression program.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    A transcriptomics resource reveals a transcriptional transition during ordered sarcomere morphogenesis in flight muscle

    Maria L Spletter et al.
    A developmental transcriptomics resource from Drosophila flight muscles quantifies the transcriptional dynamics during muscle morphogenesis and identifies three ordered phases of sarcomere morphogenesis.
    1. Neuroscience

    Capillary pericytes express α-smooth muscle actin, which requires prevention of filamentous-actin depolymerization for detection

    Luis Alarcon-Martinez et al.
    Pericytes surrounding capillaries in the retina contain α-smooth muscle actin, demonstrating that pericytes have the necessary molecular machinery to change capillary diameter during neurovascular coupling.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Increasing evidence of mechanical force as a functional regulator in smooth muscle myosin light chain kinase

    Fabian Baumann et al.
    Atomic force microscopy based single-molecule force spectroscopy of smooth muscle myosin light chain kinase strongly indicates the existence of a mechanically triggerable activation pathway analogous to its well-established biochemical regulation pathway via calcium-loaded calmodulin.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Abelson tyrosine-protein kinase 2 regulates myoblast proliferation and controls muscle fiber length

    Jennifer K Lee et al.
    Abl2 regulates myoblast proliferation, thereby controlling the size of the pool of myoblasts available for fusion, providing insight into mechanisms that control myofiber length and signaling between muscle and tendon.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    BRAF activates PAX3 to control muscle precursor cell migration during forelimb muscle development

    Jaeyoung Shin et al.
    Genetic and biochemical approaches identify a new component of the cellular signaling machinery driving migration of limb muscle precursor cells during mouse embryogenesis and reveal the underlying molecular mechanism.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    microRNA-1 regulates sarcomere formation and suppresses smooth muscle gene expression in the mammalian heart

    Amy Heidersbach et al.
    microRNA-1 plays an essential role in the development and functioning of the heart by ensuring that genes for striated, rather than smooth, muscle are expressed there.