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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insights into sodium transport by the oxaloacetate decarboxylase sodium pump

    Xin Xu et al.
    The structure of the membrane-integrated components of a unique substrate decarboxylation-driven primary-active sodium pump provides insights into its transport mechanism.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Sodium taurocholate cotransporting polypeptide is a functional receptor for human hepatitis B and D virus

    Huan Yan et al.
    Biochemical and genetic tests have revealed that a liver protein called NTCP is a functional receptor for hepatitis B and D viruses, which should lead to an improved understanding of the infections caused by these viruses and assist the development of new intervention strategies.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Sodium channels implement a molecular leaky integrator that detects action potentials and regulates neuronal firing

    Marco A Navarro et al.
    Kinetic interactions between sodium channels and auxiliary factors create a molecular computational engine that can sense and regulate cellular excitability.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Ionic selectivity and thermal adaptations within the voltage-gated sodium channel family of alkaliphilic Bacillus

    Paul G DeCaen et al.
    Not all members of the bacteria sodium channel family are sodium channels - those found in Bacillus are highly adaptable and can be converted into many selectivity types.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanism of Na+-dependent citrate transport from the structure of an asymmetrical CitS dimer

    David Wöhlert et al.
    The high-resolution x-ray structure of an asymmetrical SeCitS dimer, present in the inward- and outward-facing state, provides a complete mechanism of substrate and ion translocation in a sodium-dependent symporter.
    1. Neuroscience

    Excitation of medium spiny neurons by ‘inhibitory’ ultrapotent chemogenetics via shifts in chloride reversal potential

    Stephanie C Gantz et al.
    Modifying membrane potential by an 'inhibitory' chloride conductance such as PSAM4-GlyR is inherently unstable because the normally low intracellular concentration of chloride is readily increased by influx of chloride.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of the human epithelial sodium channel by cryo-electron microscopy

    Sigrid Noreng et al.
    The first structure of the human epithelial sodium channel provides vital insight into the assembly, stoichiometry and molecular mechanism of the ion channel central to sodium homeostasis.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Neuroscience

    Natural antisense transcripts regulate the neuronal stress response and excitability

    Xingguo Zheng et al.
    The mRNA that encodes a Drosophila sodium channel enables neurons to adapt to acute temperature changes, via a mechanism independent of its protein-coding role.
    1. Neuroscience

    Ca2+ entry through NaV channels generates submillisecond axonal Ca2+ signaling

    Naomi AK Hanemaaijer et al.
    High-speed calcium imaging from the axon initial segment shows that sodium channels are in part permeable to calcium ions.
    1. Neuroscience

    Novel charged sodium and calcium channel inhibitor active against neurogenic inflammation

    Seungkyu Lee et al.
    A cationic molecule derived from an uncharged Cav2.2 calcium channel inhibitor powerfully inhibits both sodium and calcium channels with extracellular application and inhibits both pain and neurogenic inflammation.