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

    Trans-toxin ion-sensitivity of charybdotoxin-blocked potassium-channels reveals unbinding transitional states

    Hans Moldenhauer et al.
    Detection of unbinding transitional states in the charybdotoxin first-order dissociation from a Kv-channel reveals that the bound neurotoxin wobbles, suggesting diverse intermediates and dissociation pathways in this protein–protein interaction.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis of nucleic-acid recognition and double-strand unwinding by the essential neuronal protein Pur-alpha

    Janine Weber et al.
    The crystal structure of Pur-alpha in complex with DNA reveals its molecular mechanisms of nucleic-acid binding and unwinding, allowing for a better understanding of its essential role in neurons.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Homology sensing via non-linear amplification of sequence-dependent pausing by RecQ helicase

    Yeonee Seol et al.
    The rate of DNA unwinding by RecQ helicases is dramatically modulated by the DNA duplex stability in a geometry-dependent manner, providing an intrinsic mechanism for suppressing illegitimate recombination.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Synergy between RecBCD subunits is essential for efficient DNA unwinding

    Rani Zananiri et al.
    A new optical tweezers assay sheds light on the mechanism of cooperation and force generation by the subunits of RecBCD, critical for the repair of double strand breaks in bacteria.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Human RPA activates BLM’s bidirectional DNA unwinding from a nick

    Zhenheng Qin et al.
    hRPA permits the BLM helicase to bidirectionally unwind DNA from a nick which could potentially facilitate its function switching in DNA repair and promote end resection in homologous recombination.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Amidst multiple binding orientations on fork DNA, Saccharolobus MCM helicase proceeds N-first for unwinding

    Himasha M Perera, Michael A Trakselis
    The archaeal MCM helicase can load in multiple orientations on DNA but translocation proceeds with a leading N-terminal domain, which affects double hexamer activation at origins of replication.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    An mRNA-binding channel in the ES6S region of the translation 48S-PIC promotes RNA unwinding and scanning

    Irene Díaz-López et al.
    The ES6S region of the small subunit ribosome makes a place for the threading and secondary structure unwinding of mRNA, which regulates genome-wide translation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Action of CMG with strand-specific DNA blocks supports an internal unwinding mode for the eukaryotic replicative helicase

    Lance Langston, Mike O’Donnell
    The CMG complex, the replicative helicase in eukaryotes, uses a different mechanism from bacterial and viral helicases by engaging both strands of parental DNA with substantial force and unwinding the duplex within the central channel of CMG.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Sequence-dependent base pair stepping dynamics in XPD helicase unwinding

    Zhi Qi et al.
    The ability of an enzyme called XPD helicase to unwind the double helix is influenced by the DNA sequence and the availability of energy.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Human DNA2 possesses a cryptic DNA unwinding activity that functionally integrates with BLM or WRN helicases

    Cosimo Pinto et al.
    The nuclease of hDNA2 limits its processive DNA unwinding capacity; the helicase function becomes stimulatory when hDNA2 is in complex with BLM or WRN helicase to degrade dsDNA.

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