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    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Mechanical stretch scales centriole number to apical area via Piezo1 in multiciliated cells

    Saurabh Kulkarni et al.
    Embryonic and mechanical manipulations of Xenopus multiciliated epithelium reveals that cell non-autonomous tensile forces generated by embryonic elongation calibrate cilia number in multiciliated cells via a mechanosensitive ion channel, Piezo1.
    1. Physics of Living Systems

    Full assembly of HIV-1 particles requires assistance of the membrane curvature factor IRSp53

    Kaushik Inamdar et al.
    The formation of HIV-1 particles requires a bending of the membrane that cannot be achieved by the Gag protein alone and thus there is need for the I-BAR protein IRSp53 to aid in the formation of HIV-1 buds.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Global constraints within the developmental program of the Drosophila wing

    Vasyl Alba et al.
    A novel mathematical strategy for the integrated analysis of adult body structures quantifies the degree and nature of developmental robustness and its evolutionary implications.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    High-speed, three-dimensional imaging reveals chemotactic behaviour specific to human-infective Leishmania parasites

    Rachel C Findlay et al.
    High-speed holographic microscopy shows that Leishmania parasites modify their swimming behaviour to target human macrophages.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Variations of intracellular density during the cell cycle arise from tip-growth regulation in fission yeast

    Pascal D Odermatt et al.
    The density of the cytoplasm in S. pombe varies in time and space during the cell cycle through modulation of tip growth rate coupled with constant mass growth rate.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Cell Biology

    Mechanical heterogeneity along single cell-cell junctions is driven by lateral clustering of cadherins during vertebrate axis elongation

    Robert J Huebner et al.
    Very local molecular patterns impart precise changes in the local mechanics of individual cell-cell junctions.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Allosteric conformational ensembles have unlimited capacity for integrating information

    John W Biddle et al.
    The effective higher-order binding cooperativities arising from an ensemble of dynamically interchanging conformations are identified and shown to fully describe integration of binding information at thermodynamic equilibrium.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Functional biology in its natural context: A search for emergent simplicity

    Joy Bergelson et al.
    The time is right to study biological function without stripping systems of their essential eco-evolutionary context.