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    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Nanoresolution real-time 3D orbital tracking for studying mitochondrial trafficking in vertebrate axons in vivo

    Fabian Wehnekamp et al.
    The ability to follow single objects in 3D in a living organism with high spatiotemporal resolution opens new possibilities for quantitative biophysical studies of complex systems in their physiological context.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Conformational switches control early maturation of the eukaryotic small ribosomal subunit

    Mirjam Hunziker et al.
    Mass spectrometry analysis of purified pre-ribosomal RNAs shows that stable ribosomal RNA domains independently recruit assembly factors, and the cryo-EM structure of the 5' ETS ribonucleoprotein reveals regulatory conformational switches.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of the gene therapy vector, adeno-associated virus with its cell receptor, AAVR

    Nancy L Meyer et al.
    Cryo-electron microscopy reveals interactions at the interface between adeno-associated virus and its cellular receptor at 2.4Å resolution.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Phosphorylation-mediated interactions with TOPBP1 couple 53BP1 and 9-1-1 to control the G1 DNA damage checkpoint

    Nicolas Bigot et al.
    Two phosphorylation sites on 53BP1 are found to mediate interaction with TOPBP1-RAD9 and shown to be essential for assembling the G1 DNA damage checkpoint response apparatus.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis of phosphatidylcholine recognition by the C2–domain of cytosolic phospholipase A2α

    Yoshinori Hirano et al.
    The C2-domain of cytoplasmic phospholipase A2α is structurally designed to target PC-rich membrane regions to increase the enzymatic efficiency of the catalytic domain, which prefers PCs with polyunsaturated acyl chains.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Symmetry transitions during gating of the TRPV2 ion channel in lipid membranes

    Lejla Zubcevic et al.
    Ligand-induced two-fold symmetric arrangement in TRPV2 is observed in the native-like nanodisc-reconstituted condition using cryo-electron microscopy.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Regulatory switch at the cytoplasmic interface controls TRPV channel gating

    Lejla Zubcevic et al.
    C-terminal domain of thermoTRPV channels regulates channel gating at the cytoplasmic interface through a switch-like process.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    An order-to-disorder structural switch activates the FoxM1 transcription factor

    Aimee H Marceau et al.
    Structural and biochemical analysis reveals that two intrinsically disordered domains of the transcription factor FoxM1 co-fold to form an autoinhibited conformation, which is disrupted by a specific activating phosphorylation event.