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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of histone 2A for chromatin compaction in eukaryotes

    Benjamin R Macadangdang et al.
    The N-terminal domain in histone 2A serves as an evolutionary tool to enable greater chromatin compaction when genome size is disproportionately larger than the nuclear volume across eukaryotes.
    1. Neuroscience

    Cross-synaptic synchrony and transmission of signal and noise across the mouse retina

    William N Grimes et al.
    Cells within the retina synchronize transmitter release across their output synapses in the dark, reducing the impact of noise generated at these synapses and allowing light-dependent signals to be transmitted with minimal added synaptic noise.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Zinc finger protein Zfp335 is required for the formation of the naïve T cell compartment

    Brenda Y Han et al.
    A novel zinc finger transcription factor regulates expression of multiple genes in late stage thymocytes and recent thymic emigrants to promote formation of the naïve T cell compartment.
    1. Plant Biology

    Dynamic F-actin movement is essential for fertilization in Arabidopsis thaliana

    Tomokazu Kawashima et al.
    The movement of F-actin filaments, which is regulated by actin-myosin interactions together with a female gamete-specific Rho-GTPase, enables migration of the Arabidopsis sperm cell nucleus towards the female nucleus; which might account for the loss of centrosomes in flowering plants.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation

    Autophagy is a critical regulator of memory CD8+ T cell formation

    Daniel J Puleston et al.
    Autophagy is required for CD8+ T cell memory formation; in aged individuals autophagy levels are diminished, and increasing autophagy enhances their CD8+ T cell responses.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Establishment of regions of genomic activity during the Drosophila maternal to zygotic transition

    Xiao-Yong Li et al.
    Drosophila melanogaster embryos undergo a dramatic genomic transformation in the hour preceding gastrulation, as thousands of promoters and regulatory regions become biochemically distinct before they become active.
    1. Cell Biology

    Controlling fertilization and cAMP signaling in sperm by optogenetics

    Vera Jansen et al.
    Optogenetics is a non-invasive way to study cAMP signaling in sperm cells, which is able to control sperm motility and fertilization.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Nuclear genomic signals of the ‘microturbellarian’ roots of platyhelminth evolutionary innovation

    Christopher E Laumer et al.
    A phylogeny of all major groups of flatworms based on hundreds of genes sheds new light the early evolution of this important metazoan phylum, with particular significance for the original of vertebrate parasitism.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Juxtaposition of heterozygous and homozygous regions causes reciprocal crossover remodelling via interference during Arabidopsis meiosis

    Piotr A Ziolkowski et al.
    Heterozygosity changes the balance between interfering and non-interfering crossovers during Arabidopsis meiosis.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    In vivo targeting of de novo DNA methylation by histone modifications in yeast and mouse

    Marco Morselli et al.
    DNA methylation deposition is dependent on the presence of H3K4me3 and H3K36me3 histone marks.