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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Plant Biology

    Adaptation of hydroxymethylbutenyl diphosphate reductase enables volatile isoprenoid production

    Mareike Bongers et al.
    Differences in HDR product preference present a novel mechanism in plants to control substrate availability for short- and long-chain isoprenoids.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Homologue replacement in the import motor of the mitochondrial inner membrane of trypanosomes

    Corinne von Känel et al.
    Mitochondrial inner membrane translocation of presequence-containing proteins by the single bifunctional TIM complex of T. brucei requires an non-canonical J domain-containing protein.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    JMJD6 cleaves MePCE to release positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) in higher eukaryotes

    Schuyler Lee et al.
    JMJD6 helps BRD4 to recruit CDK9 to RNA Polymerase II by disrupting 7SK snRNP complex.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Fatal amyloid formation in a patient’s antibody light chain is caused by a single point mutation

    Pamina Kazman et al.
    Identifying the patient-specific mutation that shifted the antibody light chain to the deadly fibrillar species provides new insight in the molecular pathogenesis of AL amyloidosis.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Dynamics at the serine loop underlie differential affinity of cryptochromes for CLOCK:BMAL1 to control circadian timing

    Jennifer L Fribourgh et al.
    The affinity of circadian repressors CRY1 and CRY2 for their cognate transcription factor CLOCK:BMAL1 is regulated by differential dynamics at the serine loop and interactions with the PER2 corepressor.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Guanidine hydrochloride reactivates an ancient septin hetero-oligomer assembly pathway in budding yeast

    Courtney R Johnson et al.
    A naturally-occurring small molecule acts as a chemical chaperone in vivo to alter the folding of a budding yeast septin and promote an oligomerization pathway that was lost during evolution.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Distinct inactive conformations of the dopamine D2 and D3 receptors correspond to different extents of inverse agonism

    J Robert Lane et al.
    The occupation of a sub-pocket near the Na+-binding site in D2R by the Na+-insensitive antagonists is the structural basis for their greater inverse agonism than that of the Na+-sensitive ligands.