Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

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Latest articles

    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural analysis of the Legionella pneumophila Dot/Icm type IV secretion system core complex

    Clarissa L Durie et al.
    The structure of the Legionella pneumophilaType IV secretion system provides the detailed molecular model of this complex molecular machine required for pathogenesis.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cadherin clusters stabilized by a combination of specific and nonspecific cis-interactions

    Connor J Thompson et al.
    A combined experimental and computational approach was developed to understand lateral interactions between membrane-bound proteins and used to quantify the contributions of specific and non-specific interactions to cadherin cis-binding kinetics.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Ca2+-dependent release of synaptotagmin-1 from the SNARE complex on phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate-containing membranes

    Rashmi Voleti et al.
    Ca2+-free synaptotagmin-1 binds to neuronal SNARE complexes anchored on nanodiscs, and Ca2+ releases this interaction to induce tight, specific binding to PIP2-containing membranes.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular basis for N-terminal alpha-synuclein acetylation by human NatB

    Sunbin Deng et al.
    The cryo-EM structure of the human N-terminal acetyltransferase NatB bound to a cognate N-terminal alpha-synuclein peptide reveals the molecular determinants of NatB-specific protein acetylation.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for histone variant H3tK27me3 recognition by PHF1 and PHF19

    Cheng Dong et al.
    Complex structures of Tudor domains of PHF1/19 with H3tK27me3 provide structural basis for preferential recognition of H3tK27me3 over canonical H3K27me3, implicating that H3tK27me3 might be a physiological ligand of PHF1/19.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The cryo-EM structure of the human uromodulin filament core reveals a unique assembly mechanism

    Jessica J Stanisich et al.
    Cryo-EM reveals that an unexpected domain separation in the zona pellucida module of uromodulin is required for its assembly to filamentous homopolymers that promote pathogen clearance in urinary tract infections.

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