Biophysics and Structural Biology

Biophysics and Structural Biology

eLife publishes research that uses techniques including X-ray crystallography, cryo-EM and single-molecule methods. Decisions are made by journal editors who are active researchers in the fields of biophysics and structural biology.
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Latest articles

    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Investigating molecular crowding within nuclear pores using polarization-PALM

    Guo Fu et al.
    The super-resolution fluorescence microscopy approach polarization PALM (p-PALM) reveals that macromolecular crowding and inhomogeneity within nuclear pores generate a structurally and dynamically complex permeability barrier.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Single-molecule force spectroscopy of protein-membrane interactions

    Lu Ma et al.
    A high-resolution method to quantify interactions between lipid bilayers and single proteins under controlled load is presented and applied to key proteins involved in membrane fusion and formation and maintenance of membrane contact sites.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Architecture of TAF11/TAF13/TBP complex suggests novel regulation properties of general transcription factor TFIID

    Kapil Gupta et al.
    Integrative structural biology reveals a novel complex comprising the TATA-box-binding protein, TBP, and two subunits, TAF11 and TAF13, of General Transcription Factor TFIID, suggesting a new regulatory state in TFIID function in RNA polymerase II transcription initiation.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Model-based local density sharpening of cryo-EM maps

    Arjen J Jakobi et al.
    Local sharpening of cryo-electron microscopy maps using atomic models can increase the interpretability of densities in cases of resolution variation and facilitates model building and refinement.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Structure of PINK1 and mechanisms of Parkinson's disease-associated mutations

    Atul Kumar et al.
    The structure of human PINK1 explains structural regulation and clarity on the impact of loss of function disease-associated mutations, which may stimulate future drug discovery efforts for both familial and idiopathic Parkinson's disease.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Mechanical force induces mitochondrial fission

    Sebastian Carsten Johannes Helle et al.
    Mechanically stimulating mitochondria causes them to divide via the recruitment of the mitochondrial fission machinery to the mechanically strained site, showing that intracellular organelles can be mechanoresponsive.
    1. Biochemistry
    2. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    Structural insight into TPX2-stimulated microtubule assembly

    Rui Zhang et al.
    A combination of cryo-electron microscopy of TPX2 bound to microtubules and in vitro reconstitution experiments reveals a novel microtubule interaction mode that explains how TPX2 promotes microtubule nucleation and stabilization.
    1. Biophysics and Structural Biology

    The liquid structure of elastin

    Sarah Rauscher, Régis Pomès

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