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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Neuron-wide RNA transport combines with netrin-mediated local translation to spatially regulate the synaptic proteome

    Sangmok Kim, Kelsey C Martin
    The spatial regulation of gene expression within neurons occurs primarily at the level of local translation rather than by stimulus-induced RNA targeting from nucleus to synapse.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    T cell stiffness is enhanced upon formation of immunological synapse

    Philipp Jung et al.
    Upon activation of T cell receptors at the contact site, T cells were substantially stiffened at the cell body as well as at the lamellipodia, which is mediated by Ca2+.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    The olfactory critical period is determined by activity-dependent Sema7A/PlxnC1 signaling within glomeruli

    Nobuko Inoue et al.
    The critical period in the mouse olfactory system is defined by activity-dependent synapse formation induced by Semaphorin7A/PlexinC1 signaling in the neonatal glomeruli.
    1. Neuroscience

    Silent synapses generate sparse and orthogonal action potential firing in adult-born hippocampal granule cells

    Liyi Li et al.
    Young neurons of the adult hippocampus are synaptically activated by a small group of non-overlapping afferent excitatory fibers, due to high synaptic gain and sparse connectivity, important for sparse and orthogonal coding during hippocampal information processing.
    1. Neuroscience

    Filopodial dynamics and growth cone stabilization in Drosophila visual circuit development

    Mehmet Neset Özel et al.
    Long-term live imaging in intact developing Drosophila brains reveals a role for N-Cadherin-mediated fast filopodial dynamics and growth cone stabilization during neural circuit assembly.
    1. Neuroscience

    Multiple conserved cell adhesion protein interactions mediate neural wiring of a sensory circuit in C. elegans

    Byunghyuk Kim, Scott W Emmons
    The formation of neuronal connectivity of a C. elegans neuron pair is promoted by multiplexed interactions of neural cell adhesion proteins, which are evolutionarily conserved across animal taxa.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Kinesin-4 KIF21B limits microtubule growth to allow rapid centrosome polarization in T cells

    Peter Jan Hooikaas et al.
    Kinesin-4 KIF21B promotes rapid reorientation of the microtubule network during formation of immunological synapse in T cells by acting as a pausing and catastrophe-inducing factor that keeps microtubules short.
    1. Neuroscience

    Frequency-dependent mobilization of heterogeneous pools of synaptic vesicles shapes presynaptic plasticity

    Frédéric Doussau et al.
    The mobilization or silencing of two heterogeneous pools of synaptic vesicles via different frequencies probably enables granule cell to Purkinje cell synapses to better discriminate between the high-rate code of sensory information and background noise.
    1. Neuroscience

    Nanoconnectomic upper bound on the variability of synaptic plasticity

    Thomas M Bartol Jr et al.
    Spine heads on the same dendrite receiving input from the same axon are the same size.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    A Gata3–Mafb transcriptional network directs post-synaptic differentiation in synapses specialized for hearing

    Wei-Ming Yu et al.
    Genetic studies in mice identify the transcription factor MafB as a potent regulator of specific features of the synapses underlying hearing.