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    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Cell-sized confinement controls generation and stability of a protein wave for spatiotemporal regulation in cells

    Shunshi Kohyama et al.
    A cell-sized fully confined space significantly controls the emergence and stability of a protein wave, resulting in intracellular spatiotemporal regulation driven by a reaction-diffusion mechanism.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Hsp70-associated chaperones have a critical role in buffering protein production costs

    Zoltán Farkas et al.
    Protein biosynthesis and protein quality control jointly determine protein production costs.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Convergent Evolution: Shaping the import system of mitochondria

    Kostas Tokatlidis
    Evidence is accumulating that unrelated species have independently evolved the same way of importing proteins in their mitochondria.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Evolution: Of starch and spit

    Mareike C Janiak
    Animals living alongside humans have multiple copies of the gene for alpha-amylase, the enzyme that breaks down starchy foods, and high levels of this protein in their saliva.
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    1. Cancer Biology

    Science Forum: Challenges in validating candidate therapeutic targets in cancer

    Jeffrey Settleman et al.
    More than 30 published articles have suggested that a protein kinase called MELK is an attractive therapeutic target in human cancer, but three recent reports describe compelling evidence that it is not.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Vesicles: Looking inside the cell

    Eric C Arakel, Blanche Schwappach
    Advances in imaging techniques have shed new light on the structure of vesicles formed by COPI protein complexes.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Virology: Pushing the envelope

    Julia H Wildschutte, John M Coffin
    Primates have co-opted a viral gene to produce an envelope protein that prevents infection by the HERV-T virus and likely contributed to the extinction of this virus.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Co-option of an endogenous retrovirus envelope for host defense in hominid ancestors

    Daniel Blanco-Melo et al.
    The reconstitution of a functional envelope protein from an extinct hominid retrovirus reveals its receptor and an ancient host defense that may have led to the extinction of the virus.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary changes in transcription factor coding sequence quantitatively alter sensory organ development and function

    Simon Weinberger et al.
    The coding sequences of a very highly conserved family of neurogenic transcription factors from different species have evolved to generate proteins that have different life times causing them to display quantitatively different neural induction potentials.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cation selectivity of the presequence translocase channel Tim23 is crucial for efficient protein import

    Niels Denkert et al.
    Channel characteristics of the presequence translocation pore have a direct impact on protein import into the mitochondrial matrix.

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