Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

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

    Cryo-EM structure of the adenosine A2A receptor coupled to an engineered heterotrimeric G protein

    Javier García-Nafría et al.
    The adenosine A2a receptor couples to the heterotrimeric G protein Gs using both conserved contacts seen in other complexes and, in addition, novel contacts to the beta subunit of the G protein.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Chromosomes and Gene Expression

    Boosting ATM activity alleviates aging and extends lifespan in a mouse model of progeria

    Minxian Qian et al.
    The ATM-SIRT6 axis integrates the DNA repair machinery to longevity-promoting pathways.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Proteasome storage granules protect proteasomes from autophagic degradation upon carbon starvation

    Richard S Marshall, Richard D Vierstra
    Proteasomes are protected from autophagic elimination upon carbon starvation by sequestration into cytoplasmic storage granules, which aid cell fitness by providing a cache of proteasomes that can be rapidly remobilized when carbon availability improves.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Multivalency of NDC80 in the outer kinetochore is essential to track shortening microtubules and generate forces

    Vladimir A Volkov et al.
    Multiple NDC80 complexes in the outer kinetochore cooperate to bind the ends of depolymerizing microtubules and harness their power stroke.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Topoisomerase VI senses and exploits both DNA crossings and bends to facilitate strand passage

    Timothy J Wendorff, James M Berger
    The engagement of DNA crossings is shown to license ATP hydrolysis and DNA cleavage by topoisomerase VI, a finding with mechanistic ramifications for related GHKL ATPases and meiotic recombination machineries.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    A robust and tunable mitotic oscillator in artificial cells

    Ye Guan et al.
    The development of a robust and tunable artificial cell-cycle system paves the way for quantitative characterization of complex clock functions.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Tandem riboswitches form a natural Boolean logic gate to control purine metabolism in bacteria

    Madeline E Sherlock et al.
    A riboswitch class has been discovered for phosphoribosyl pyrophosphate, the biochemical precursor of nucleotides, and this novel RNA sensor commonly operates in tandem with a guanine aptamer to function like a Boolean logic gate.

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