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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Reconciling isothermal titration calorimetry analyses of interactions between complexin and truncated SNARE complexes

    Eric A Prinslow et al.
    Isothermal titration calorimetry experiments clarify apparently discrepant results described previously and show that N-terminal sequences of complexin bind to SNARE complexes containing C-terminally truncated synaptobrevin when they include the syntaxin-1 juxtamembrane region.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Synaptotagmin-1 C2B domain interacts simultaneously with SNAREs and membranes to promote membrane fusion

    Shen Wang et al.
    When the Ca2+-binding loops of the C2B domain insert into a membrane, interactions with a phospholipid and the SNARE complex allow synaptotagmin-1 to bend the membrane.
    1. Neuroscience

    Otoferlin acts as a Ca2+ sensor for vesicle fusion and vesicle pool replenishment at auditory hair cell ribbon synapses

    Nicolas Michalski et al.
    Targeted mutations in a Ca2+-binding site of otoferlin, a transmembrane protein of synaptic vesicles defective in a recessive form of deafness, reveal its Ca2+ sensor role both for vesicle fusion and vesicle pool replenishment.
    1. Neuroscience

    Heterodimerization of UNC-13/RIM regulates synaptic vesicle release probability but not priming in C. elegans

    Haowen Liu et al.
    RIM binding UNC-13L C2A domain releases UNC-13L from an autoinhibitory homodimeric complex to become fusion-competent, and regulates probability of synaptic vesicle release in the post-priming process.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Functional synergy between the Munc13 C-terminal C1 and C2 domains

    Xiaoxia Liu et al.
    Munc13 C-terminal domains synergize to coordinate synaptic vesicle docking, priming and fusion.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Memory: Can fearlessness come in a tiny package?

    Bryan W Luikart
    A molecule called microRNA-153 helps to prevent rats associating new environments with fear.
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  1. Scientific Publishing: Advancing research

    Mark Patterson et al.
    eLife has introduced a new type of article–the Research Advance–that allows the authors of an eLife paper to publish results that build on their original research paper.
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    Neuroscience: The tortoise and the hare revisited

    Natalia L Kononenko et al.
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    Parkin contributes to synaptic vesicle autophagy in Bassoon-deficient mice

    Sheila Hoffmann-Conaway et al.
    The presynaptic scaffolding protein Bassoon is involved in regulating neurotransmitter release by controlling synaptic vesicle pool size and vesicular protein turnover through increased ubiquitination and Parkin-dependent autophagy.
    1. Neuroscience

    Stxbp1/Munc18-1 haploinsufficiency impairs inhibition and mediates key neurological features of STXBP1 encephalopathy

    Wu Chen et al.
    Two genetically distinct Stxbp1 haploinsufficiency mouse models exhibit seizures and impairments in cognitive, psychiatric, and motor functions, representing robust preclinical models of STXBP1 encephalopathy with both construct and face validity.