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    A structure of substrate-bound Synaptojanin1 provides new insights in its mechanism and the effect of disease mutations

    Jone Paesmans et al.
    Structural and biochemical data suggest a mechanism for the Synaptojanin1-catalysed reaction and the role of mutations in the onset of associated neurological diseases.
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    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Transport mechanism of P4 ATPase phosphatidylcholine flippases

    Lin Bai et al.
    A detailed molecular mechanism on lipid flipping from outside leaflet to the inside leaflet of the eukaryotic plasma membrane bilayer.
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    2. Cell Biology

    Calcium depletion challenges endoplasmic reticulum proteostasis by destabilising BiP-substrate complexes

    Steffen Preissler et al.
    Regulation of the endoplasmic reticulum chaperone BiP by calcium.
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    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    In vitro reconstitution of dynamically interacting integral membrane subunits of energy-coupling factor transporters

    Inda Setyawati et al.
    Integral membrane subunits of energy-coupling factor transporters associate with and dissociate from each other as part of the transport mechanism.
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    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Intracellular complexities of acquiring a new enzymatic function revealed by mass-randomisation of active-site residues

    Kelsi R Hall et al.
    Evolving E. coli NfsA for enhanced chloramphenicol detoxification in the native host environment shows that eliminating substrate competition can occur rapidly, and be key to evolving a new enzymatic function.
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    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Spreading of a mycobacterial cell-surface lipid into host epithelial membranes promotes infectivity

    CJ Cambier et al.
    Applying bioorthogonal chemistry to the zebrafish/Mycobacterium marinum model of tuberculosis reveals that the virulence lipid PDIM must spread into epithelial cells in order for mycobacteria to establish infection.
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    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Cross-talk between individual phenol-soluble modulins in Staphylococcus aureus biofilm enables rapid and efficient amyloid formation

    Masihuz Zaman, Maria Andreasen
    Inter-molecular cross-seeding between phenol-soluble modulins facilitates rapid and efficient self-assembly in Staphylococcus aureus biofilms revealing a complex molecular interplay between distinct phenol-soluble modulins orchestrating functional amyloid formation.
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    2. Ecology

    The energy savings-oxidative cost trade-off for migratory birds during endurance flight

    Scott McWilliams et al.
    Migratory birds with fuel stores composed of more omega-6 fats saved energy during long-duration flights, but this short-term energy saving came at the long-term cost of higher oxidative damage.
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    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structure of the calcium release-activated calcium channel Orai in an open conformation

    Xiaowei Hou et al.
    Structure of the Ca2+ channel Orai in an open conformation provides insights into the opening mechanism and the channel's role in regulating Ca2+ entry into immune and other non-excitable cells.
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    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    FLEXIQuant-LF to quantify protein modification extent in label-free proteomics data

    Christoph N Schlaffner et al.
    FLEXIQuant-LF provides the framework to enable large-scale identification of differentially modified peptides and quantification of their modification extent in label-free mass spectrometry data without prior knowledge of the modification type.