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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Tarantula toxins use common surfaces for interacting with Kv and ASIC ion channels

    Kanchan Gupta et al.
    The tarantula toxins psalmotoxin and guangxitoxin have a similar concave surface for interacting with α-helices in voltage-gated and acid-sensing ion channels.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Birds land reliably on complex surfaces by adapting their foot-surface interactions upon contact

    William RT Roderick et al.
    When landing, Pacific parrotlets exhibit stereotyped leg and wing dynamics regardless of perch diameter and texture, but foot and claw kinematics become surface-specific upon touchdown to successfully grasp the perch.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Contacts-based prediction of binding affinity in protein–protein complexes

    Anna Vangone, Alexandre MJJ Bonvin
    The number of contacts at the interface of a protein–protein complex, together with the properties of the surface, provides a simple, but well-performing predictor of binding affinity.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phosphatidic acid modulation of Kv channel voltage sensor function

    Richard K Hite et al.
    Phosphatidic acid influences the gating of voltage-gated K+ channels through a non-specific surface charge mechanism and through a specific interaction between a voltage sensor arginine and the primary phosphate head group on the cytoplasmic membrane leaflet.
    1. Ecology

    Endosymbiosis: Gasping for air

    Steven G Ball, Ugo Cenci
    Transcriptomics is shedding new light on the relationship between photosynthetic algae and salamander eggs.
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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Point of View: Is cell size a spandrel?

    Ariel Amir
    Analysis of experiments on bacteria suggests that the dependence of cell size on growth rate is not an adaptation but a causal consequence of a regulatory mechanism that controls DNA replication.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Genetic Screen: Hearing lessons from flies

    Yi-Nan Lee, Cheng-Ting Chien
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