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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Intraflagellar transport: Trainspotting in a cilium

    Dhivya Kumar, Stephen M King
    A new imaging technique sheds light on how cilia regulate their length and growth.
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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Dynamics of the IFT machinery at the ciliary tip

    Alexander Chien et al.
    During intraflagellar transport (IFT), kinesin-II dissociates from IFT trains at the flagellar tip and its diffusion in flagella serves as a negative feedback mechanism that facilitates flagellar length control in Chlamydomonas.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine
    2. Neuroscience

    Selective and regulated trapping of nicotinic receptor weak base ligands and relevance to smoking cessation

    Anitha P Govind et al.
    The smoking cessation drug varenicline (Chantix) and other weak base ligands reduce a4b2-type nicotinic receptor (a4b2R) upregulation through slow intracellular release due to selective trapping in acidic vesicles that contain a4b2Rs.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Redox signaling via the molecular chaperone BiP protects cells against endoplasmic reticulum-derived oxidative stress

    Jie Wang et al.
    Direct modification by endogenous peroxide of a conserved cysteine in the molecular chaperone BiP decouples its ATPase and peptide-binding activities, allowing for enhanced polypeptide holdase activity during oxidative stress.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for DNA 5´-end resection by RecJ

    Kaiying Cheng et al.
    A structural investigation reveals details of the mechanism by which the nuclease RecJ processes DNA ends to repair double strand breaks.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    The selectivity of the Na+/K+-pump is controlled by binding site protonation and self-correcting occlusion

    Huan Rui et al.
    Computations based on detailed atomic models explain how the ATP-driven sodium-potassium pump avoids transporting the wrong type of ions in order to maintain the physiological concentration of sodium and potassium ions across the cell membrane.
    1. Neuroscience

    Optocontrol of glutamate receptor activity by single side-chain photoisomerization

    Viktoria Klippenstein et al.
    Introduction of single photoswitchable unnatural amino acid into a neuronal receptor provides reversible, rapid and robust control of its activity by light, representing an important contribution to the fast expanding field of optopharmacology.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Timing of ESCRT-III protein recruitment and membrane scission during HIV-1 assembly

    Daniel S Johnson et al.
    During viral assembly, ESCRTIII and VPS4 are recruited after most of the HIV-1 membrane is bent but disappear prior to scission of the virion from the cell.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis of proton translocation and force generation in mitochondrial ATP synthase

    Niklas Klusch et al.
    Cryo-EM reveals atomic details of two membrane half-channels for translocation of protons that drive rotary catalysis in ATP synthase.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure and conformational states of the bovine mitochondrial ATP synthase by cryo-EM

    Anna Zhou et al.
    Structural analysis of the ATP synthase – in combination with evolutionary covariance analysis – reveals the fold of the a subunit and shows that the enzyme can adopt several different conformations, which support the Brownian ratchet model for generating rotation.

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