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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Cytoskeletal tension and Bazooka tune interface geometry to ensure fusion fidelity and sheet integrity during dorsal closure

    Piyal Taru Das Gupta, Maithreyi Narasimha
    Restoration of molecular and morphological symmetry and mechanical integrity following epithelial fusion relies on adaptive changes that are mediated by cytoskeletal tension and Bazooka dependent modulation of fusing interface geometry.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    A physical mechanism of TANGO1-mediated bulky cargo export

    Ishier Raote et al.
    TANGO1 functions as a linactant filament to stabilize shallow COPII-coated buds, and after which membrane tension regulation, possibly mediated by TANGO1-controlled membrane fusion, facilitates bud elongation for procollagen export.
    1. Cell Biology

    Robustness of the microtubule network self-organization in epithelia

    Aleksandra Z Płochocka et al.
    Computational, theoretical, and in vivo studies reveal that in epithelia the self-organization of apical microtubules is robustly determined by cell geometry and minus-end distribution, not organism environment or genetics.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Folding behavior of a T-shaped, ribosome-binding translation enhancer implicated in a wide-spread conformational switch

    My-Tra Le et al.
    Folding and unfolding pathways are described for a ribosome-binding 3' cap-independent translation enhancer at the center of a conformational rearrangement that is implicated in the transition from translation to replication of an RNA virus.
    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. Cell Biology
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Transient protein accumulation at the center of the T cell antigen-presenting cell interface drives efficient IL-2 secretion

    Danielle J Clark et al.
    A membrane-associated, supramolecular protein complex with dynamically changing components, the central supramolecular activation cluster, regulates the generation of the T cell effector cytokine IL-2 depending on its composition.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    A molecular view on the escape of lipoplexed DNA from the endosome

    Bart MH Bruininks et al.
    The molecular insight in lipoplex transfection mechanisms helps in the development of efficient and affordable gene delivery systems.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Two consecutive microtubule-based epithelial seaming events mediate dorsal closure in the scuttle fly Megaselia abdita

    Juan Jose Fraire-Zamora et al.
    Evolutionary reduction in tissue number involves the simplification of the seaming process but not signaling during epithelial fusion.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Ezrin enrichment on curved membranes requires a specific conformation or interaction with a curvature-sensitive partner

    Feng-Ching Tsai et al.
    Ezrin, an important actin-membrane linker, can zip adjacent membranes, be enriched to positively-curved membranes when phosphorylated and to negatively-curved membranes through a direct interaction with membrane curvature sensor I-BAR domain proteins.
    1. Neuroscience

    v-SNARE transmembrane domains function as catalysts for vesicle fusion

    Madhurima Dhara et al.
    Structural flexibility of the synaptobrevin-2 transmembrane domain promotes membrane fusion.