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    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insights into human acid-sensing ion channel 1a inhibition by snake toxin mambalgin1

    Demeng Sun et al.
    Mambalgin1 binds to the thumb domain of human ASIC1a channel and inhibits the channel through hindering the proton-induced transitions from the resting closed state to the active and/or desensitized state.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    An external sodium ion binding site controls allosteric gating in TRPV1 channels

    Andres Jara-Oseguera et al.
    Allosteric gating in a transient receptor potential channel is modulated by external sodium ions and a tarantula toxin.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics
    2. Neuroscience

    Structure of a pore-blocking toxin in complex with a eukaryotic voltage-dependent K+ channel

    Anirban Banerjee et al.
    Charybdotoxin, a toxin produced by scorpions, blocks a K+ channel by binding in a lock-and-key fashion to the mouth of the channel and presenting a lysine amino group, which serves as a K+ mimic in the selectivity filter.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure and analysis of nanobody binding to the human ASIC1a ion channel

    Yangyu Wu et al.
    Development of specific and high-affinity nanobodies to probe the structure of human acid sensing ion channel-1a and as binding modifiers of the toxins PcTx and MitTx1.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Constitutive activation of cellular immunity underlies the evolution of resistance to infection in Drosophila

    Alexandre B Leitão et al.
    Single-cell transcriptomics of immune cells demonstrates that populations evolve inducible defences when infection rates are low and constitutive defences when infection is common.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Amino acid synthesis loss in parasitoid wasps and other hymenopterans

    Xinhai Ye et al.
    The synthesis capability of some amino acids is lost during the insect evolution, and hymenopteran parasitoids can make up for these deficiencies by altering free amino acid concentrations in host.
    1. Neuroscience

    Voltage-gated Na+ currents in human dorsal root ganglion neurons

    Xiulin Zhang et al.
    Human sensory neurons may not only bridge a critical gap between drug discovery and clinical trials, but force a re-evaluation of basic assumptions about the mechanisms controlling primary afferent excitability.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Evolutionary dynamics of circular RNAs in primates

    Gabriela Santos-Rodriguez et al.
    An analysis of the genomic features that distinguish conserved from species-specific circular RNAs reveals that the expansion of the downstream intron by insertion of retrotransposons stabilizes circular RNAs' production across 30+ millions years of evolution.
    1. Developmental Biology

    Metabolic control of cellular immune-competency by odors in Drosophila

    Sukanya Madhwal et al.
    Impact of odor experience on myeloid metabolism and immunity.
    1. Ecology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Education and Outreach: March Mammal Madness and the power of narrative in science outreach

    Katie Hinde et al.
    Hypothetical battles between animals can be used to interest the general public in biology.