Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

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Latest articles

    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A critical residue in the α1M2–M3 linker regulating mammalian GABAA receptor pore gating by diazepam

    Joseph W Nors et al.
    The role of an important gating domain in linkage between the benzodiazepine drug-binding site and the pore gate in GABAA receptors.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Pre-existing bilayer stresses modulate triglyceride accumulation in the ER versus lipid droplets

    Valeria Zoni et al.
    In parallel to protein-driven processes, characteristic physicochemical properties of the endoplasmic reticulum membrane modulate intracellular fat accumulation and lipid droplet formation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Myosin with hypertrophic cardiac mutation R712L has a decreased working stroke which is rescued by omecamtiv mecarbil

    Aaron Snoberger et al.
    Mechanochemical defects of a β-cardiac myosin mutation that results in severe hypertrophic cardiomyopathy are reported and the heart failure drug omecamtiv mecarbil rescues these defects.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A pentameric protein ring with novel architecture is required for herpesviral packaging

    Allison L Didychuk et al.
    The first structures of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF68 and Epstein–Barr virus BFLF1, conserved and essential proteins required in herpesviruses, reveal new insights into viral genome packaging.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Residue-by-residue analysis of cotranslational membrane protein integration in vivo

    Felix Nicolaus et al.
    The cotranslational membrane integration of three multispanning Escherichia coli inner membrane proteins is followed using force profile analysis, uncovering unexpected complexities in the membrane integration process.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Identification of ligand-specific G protein-coupled receptor states and prediction of downstream efficacy via data-driven modeling

    Oliver Fleetwood et al.
    Ligands with different efficacy profiles shift the free energy landscape of the beta2 adrenergic receptor activation and stabilize diverse active-like states via the switch of microswitches lining an allosteric pathway.

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    Richard Aldrich
    The University of Texas at Austin, United States
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    Harvard Medical School, United States
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    Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, United States
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