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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Synergy between RecBCD subunits is essential for efficient DNA unwinding

    Rani Zananiri et al.
    A new optical tweezers assay sheds light on the mechanism of cooperation and force generation by the subunits of RecBCD, critical for the repair of double strand breaks in bacteria.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Direct measurement of the mechanical work during translocation by the ribosome

    Tingting Liu et al.
    ‘Optical tweezers’ measurements of single ribosomes and single mRNA molecules show that the translation rate depends exponentially on the applied force, and suggests that the ribosome functions as a Brownian ratchet.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Transcription: Overcoming chromatin barriers

    Babette E de Jong, John van Noort
    Single-molecule experiments reveal the dynamics of transcription through a nucleosome with single-base-pair accuracy.
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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Developmental Biology

    Distinct mechanisms regulating mechanical force-induced Ca2+ signals at the plasma membrane and the ER in human MSCs

    Tae-Jin Kim et al.
    Deep penetration and transmission of mechanical force to regulate ER functions depends on not only the passive cytoskeletal support, but also the active actomyosin contractility, which is dispensable for mechanotransduction at the plasma membrane.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanochemical coupling and bi-phasic force-velocity dependence in the ultra-fast ring ATPase SpoIIIE

    Ninning Liu et al.
    Probing the DNA motor SpoIIIE at the single-molecule level has revealed its force-generating step, rich translocation dynamics during motor operation and a novel, bi-phasic mechanical response to opposing force.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural dynamics of E. coli single-stranded DNA binding protein reveal DNA wrapping and unwrapping pathways

    Sukrit Suksombat et al.
    Single-molecule force and fluorescence spectroscopy reveal the structural states and dynamics of E. coli single-stranded DNA binding proteins and the energy landscape of the nucleo–protein complex.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Munc18-1-regulated stage-wise SNARE assembly underlying synaptic exocytosis

    Lu Ma et al.
    The Munc18-1 protein promotes formation of the t-SNARE complex and the half-zippered SNARE complex, two rate-limiting steps of SNARE assembly, to enhance membrane fusion.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Escherichia coli swimming is robust against variations in flagellar number

    Patrick J Mears et al.
    The swimming behavior of E. coli is surprisingly robust against the natural variations in the number of flagella per cell.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Sequence-dependent base pair stepping dynamics in XPD helicase unwinding

    Zhi Qi et al.
    The ability of an enzyme called XPD helicase to unwind the double helix is influenced by the DNA sequence and the availability of energy.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Munc18-1 catalyzes neuronal SNARE assembly by templating SNARE association

    Junyi Jiao et al.
    Sec1/Munc18-family proteins chaperone SNARE assembly via a common templating mechanism.

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