Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

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Latest articles

    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural insights into the activation of human calcium-sensing receptor

    Xiaochen Chen et al.
    The cryo-electron microscopy structures of inactive and active states of calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) reveal the activation mechanisms of CaSR.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Single-molecule imaging reveals the concerted release of myosin from regulated thin filaments

    Quentin M Smith et al.
    Direct single molecule visualization of striated muscle relaxation using thin filament tightropes reveals the concerted release of myosins, with implications for models of muscle function.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure and dynamics of the chromatin remodeler ALC1 bound to a PARylated nucleosome

    Luka Bacic et al.
    Analysis of conformational heterogeneity in cryo-EM data by a recently developed deep learning method reveals the structure and dynamics of the oncogenic chromatin remodeler ALC1 bound to a poly-ADP-ribosylated nucleosome.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for diguanylate cyclase activation by its binding partner in Pseudomonas aeruginosa

    Gukui Chen et al.
    The diguanylate cyclase activity of SiaD is activated by its binding partner SiaC thourgh a dynamic mechanism of promoting the formation of active SiaD dimers.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    N501Y mutation of spike protein in SARS-CoV-2 strengthens its binding to receptor ACE2

    Fang Tian et al.
    Spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 with mutation N501Y shows a faster association rate, slower dissociation rate, and higher binding probability and unbinding force to its human receptor protein ACE2, leading to higher transmission.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Regulation of human mTOR complexes by DEPTOR

    Matthias Wälchli et al.
    Structural and functional analysis reveals the mechanistic basis for mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-dependent roles of DEP domain-containing mTOR interacting protein (DEPTOR) in cancer and metabolic regulation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Bipartite binding and partial inhibition links DEPTOR and mTOR in a mutually antagonistic embrace

    Maren Heimhalt et al.
    The inhibitory protein DEPTOR make two widely separated interactions with mTOR that are both necessary for its unique partial mTOR inhibition, and DEPTOR is a more potent inhibitor of mutation- or RHEB-activated mTORC1 than basal mTORC1.

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    The University of Texas at Austin, United States
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    Harvard Medical School, United States
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    National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH, United States
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