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    To lie or not to lie: Super-relaxing with myosins

    Suman Nag, Darshan V Trivedi
    A perspective of the energy-sparing super-relaxed state of myosin and its evolutionary role in modulating skeletal and cardiac muscle power under different physiological and pathophysiological perturbations.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure and mechanism of a phage-encoded SAM lyase revises catalytic function of enzyme family

    Xiaohu Guo et al.
    The first structure of a bacteriophage-encoded S-adenosyl methionine degrading enzyme was solved and demonstrated to catalyze a unimolecular lyase reaction occurring at the domain interface of a trimeric structure.
    1. Plant Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Identification of distinct pH- and zeaxanthin-dependent quenching in LHCSR3 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

    Julianne M Troiano et al.
    Light-harvesting complex stress-related is a protein from photosynthetic green algae that prevents damage from sunlight via two distinct conformational processes, which protect against different timescales of solar fluctuations.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis for transcription complex disruption by the Mfd translocase

    Jin Young Kang et al.
    Seven distinct cryo-electron microscopy structures delineate the elaborate mechanism for how E. coli Mfd, a transcription repair coupling factor, disassembles the RNA polymerase transcription elongation complex to initiate transcription-coupled repair.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Properdin oligomers adopt rigid extended conformations supporting function

    Dennis V Pedersen et al.
    Combining electron microscopy and solution scattering demonstrated that properdin oligomers adopt extended rigid and well-defined conformations that are integral to the biological function of this complement regulator.
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    Nanoscopic anatomy of dynamic multi-protein complexes at membranes resolved by graphene-induced energy transfer

    Nadia Füllbrunn et al.
    The axial organization and dynamics of the HOPS complex at membrane surface are resolved by graphene-induced energy transfer with subnanometer resolution.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Malaria parasites use a soluble RhopH complex for erythrocyte invasion and an integral form for nutrient uptake

    Marc A Schureck et al.
    A high-resolution structure reveals how the RhopH complex traffics within Plasmodium-infected human erythrocytes to serve divergent, essential functions.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Differential impact of BTK active site inhibitors on the conformational state of full-length BTK

    Raji E Joseph et al.
    The first-in-class kinase inhibitor, Ibrutinib, destabilizes its autoinhibited Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK) target, and a remote resistance mutation causes global structural changes that activate BTK catalytic activity.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Small-Molecule Inhibitors: Disrupting enzyme fluidity

    Ganesh Srinivasan Anand
    A combination of X-ray crystallography, NMR, and mass spectrometry has revealed how diverse small-molecule inhibitors bind Bruton’s tyrosine kinase and alter the conformation of this enzyme.
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