Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

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 structural biology and molecular biophysics.

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    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Modulation of formin processivity by profilin and mechanical tension

    Luyan Cao et al.
    Profilin helps to maintain formin at the growing barbed end of an actin filament, while piconewton mechanical tension drastically enhances formin dissociation from the barbed end.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of the human lipid-gated cation channel TRPC3

    Chen Fan et al.
    Cryo-EM structure reveals architecture, lipid-binding sites, and ion-conducting pore of the human TRPC3 cation channel.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Synthetic single domain antibodies for the conformational trapping of membrane proteins

    Iwan Zimmermann et al.
    Synthetic single domain antibody libraries and a binder selection cascade encompassing ribosome and phage display enable the selection of conformation-specific binders against previously intractable membrane proteins within three weeks.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure-based analysis of CysZ-mediated cellular uptake of sulfate

    Zahra Assur Sanghai et al.
    Structures of CysZ show a antiparallel membrane protein with an unanticipated fold and together with functional characterization provide insight into a bacterial sulfate translocating system.
    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Pharmacology: A Swiss army knife for targeting receptors

    Johansen B Amin, Lonnie P Wollmuth
    A compound can change the activity of NMDA receptors in some regions of a synapse without affecting those in other regions.
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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    An NMDAR positive and negative allosteric modulator series share a binding site and are interconverted by methyl groups

    Riley Perszyk et al.
    A series of novel compounds selective for N-methyl-D-aspartate-type glutamate receptor includes positive and negative allosteric modulators that act at the same site, show use-dependence, increase agonist potency, and have differential activity based on the agonist concentration.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Multivalency regulates activity in an intrinsically disordered transcription factor

    Sarah Clark et al.
    Binding of multiple LC8 copies to the intrinsically disordered region of the transcription factor ASCIZ exemplifies a new and potentially widespread molecular mechanism for negative feedback regulation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Cryo-EM structure of the adenosine A2A receptor coupled to an engineered heterotrimeric G protein

    Javier García-Nafría et al.
    The adenosine A2a receptor couples to the heterotrimeric G protein Gs using both conserved contacts seen in other complexes and, in addition, novel contacts to the beta subunit of the G protein.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The conformation of the histone H3 tail inhibits association of the BPTF PHD finger with the nucleosome

    Emma A Morrison et al.
    The BPTF PHD finger is inhibited from binding the methylated H3 tails in the context of the nucleosome due to their robust interaction with the nucleosomal DNA, which can be modulated by additional histone PTMs.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Electron cryo-microscopy structure of the canonical TRPC4 ion channel

    Deivanayagabarathy Vinayagam et al.
    Structural insights into the architecture and functional properties of zebrafish TRPC4 are revealed by high-resolution cryo-EM.

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