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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Mechanism of chiral proofreading during translation of the genetic code

    Sadeem Ahmad et al.
    Structural biology has elucidated the mechanism of a configuration-specific enzyme that decouples D-amino acids from the translational machinery and, therefore, is involved in the enforcement of homochirality during protein synthesis.
  1. DNA Damage: Proteins pinpoint double strand breaks

    Michael M Cox
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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    PPP1R15A-mediated dephosphorylation of eIF2α is unaffected by Sephin1 or Guanabenz

    Ana Crespillo-Casado et al.
    The notion that the drug-like small molecule Sephin1 protects against protein misfolding by selectively disrupting a cellular phosphatase is refuted.
    1. Cell Biology

    Reconstruction of Par-dependent polarity in apolar cells reveals a dynamic process of cortical polarization

    Kalyn Kono et al.
    Par-complex-dependent cell polarity can be cell-autonomously conferred to non-polar Drosophila S2 cells, unveiling temporal patterns toward the cortical localization of Par-complex aggregates that include a meshwork containing unit segments.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Expression noise facilitates the evolution of gene regulation

    Luise Wolf et al.
    In-lab evolution of synthetic promoters has revealed a novel general mechanism for de novo evolution of gene regulation, and highlights the crucial role of expression noise in this process.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Engineered proteins detect spontaneous DNA breakage in human and bacterial cells

    Chandan Shee et al.
    Fluorescent derivatives of a bacteriophage protein that binds double-stranded ends can trap and label genome-destabilizing double-strand DNA breaks in bacterial and human cells, and illuminate the origins of spontaneous DNA breakage in both.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Control of lipid domain organization by a biomimetic contractile actomyosin cortex

    Sven Kenjiro Vogel et al.
    Building on previous work (Vogel et al., 2013b), it is shown that myosin-driven actin filament rearrangements actively move, split or fuse individual lipid domains and change their overall shape.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Cell Biology

    Tuning myosin-driven sorting on cellular actin networks

    Rizal F Hariadi et al.
    Competition between the antagonistic motor proteins myosin V and myosin VI finely tunes unidirectional transport of cargo on different actin architectures.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Rapid cell-free forward engineering of novel genetic ring oscillators

    Henrike Niederholtmeyer et al.
    Rapid forward engineering can be accomplished using cell-free systems, as demonstrated by the implementation and characterization of novel genetic oscillators in a cell-free system and their consequent transfer to cells.