Biophysics and Structural Biology

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    2. Cell Biology

    9Å structure of the COPI coat reveals that the Arf1 GTPase occupies two contrasting molecular environments

    Svetlana O Dodonova et al.
    A molecular model of the assembled COPI coat, determined by cryo-electron tomography of an in vitro reconstituted budding reaction, reveals details of interactions mediating coat assembly and shows the binding site of ArfGAP2.
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    Model for a novel membrane envelope in a filamentous hyperthermophilic virus

    Edward H Egelman et al
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Three dimensional reconstruction of energy stores for jumping in planthoppers and froghoppers from confocal laser scanning microscopy

    Igor Siwanowicz, Malcolm Burrows
    Three dimensional reconstructions of the mechanical energy stores of jumping insects reveal how the miniaturized components interact and function.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Developmental Biology and Stem Cells

    Axon tension regulates fasciculation/defasciculation through the control of axon shaft zippering

    Daniel Šmít et al
    Competition between adhesive and tensile forces regulates axon fasciculation, thus introducing a new role of mechanical tension in the development of neural networks.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Immunology

    Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy reveals rerouting of SNARE trafficking driving dendritic cell activation

    Daniëlle Rianne José Verboogen et al
    A novel microscopy-based assay shows that dendritic cells encountering pathogenic stimuli form increased complexes of specific SNARE proteins, driving release of large amounts of inflammatory cytokines.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Computational and Systems Biology

    Substrate transport and anion permeation proceed through distinct pathways in glutamate transporters

    Mary Hongying Cheng et al
    Novel evidence on the molecular determinants of the dual function, anion permeation and substrate transport, of excitatory amino acid transporters opens avenues toward illuminating how these transporters regulate synaptic function and contribute to neurological conditions.
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    Asymmetric recognition of HIV-1 Envelope trimer by V1V2 loop-targeting antibodies

    Haoqing Wang et al
    Single particle cryoEM structure of antibody complex with HIV-1 envelope trimer reveals new mode of asymmetric recognition of trimer apex.
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    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Autoinhibition of Munc18-1 modulates synaptobrevin binding and helps to enable Munc13-dependent regulation of membrane fusion

    Ewa Sitarska et al
    Biophysical and functional data strongly support the notion that Munc18-1 acts as a template to assemble the neuronal SNARE complex, and that inhibition of this activity underlies diverse forms of regulation of neurotransmitter release.
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