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    Structure of the human volume regulated anion channel

    Jennifer M Kefauver et al.
    The homomeric structure of human SWELL1 (LRRC8A) provides insights into properties of a novel chloride channel family.
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    Structural basis for potent and broad inhibition of HIV-1 RT by thiophene[3,2-d]pyrimidine non-nucleoside inhibitors

    Yang Yang et al.
    High-resolution structures of HIV-1 RT in complex with two newly developed non-nucleoside inhibitors explain how they retain antiviral activities against drug-resistant RT mutants with considerably reduced susceptibility to rilpivirine.
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    KCNE1 tunes the sensitivity of KV7.1 to polyunsaturated fatty acids by moving turret residues close to the binding site

    Johan E Larsson et al.
    An auxiliary subunit alters the effect of a family of small-molecule openers on a voltage-gated potassium channel by inducing structural re-arrangements that promote protonation of the drug molecule.
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    Receptor-mediated dimerization of JAK2 FERM domains is required for JAK2 activation

    Ryan D Ferrao et al.
    An intracellular cytokine receptor 'switch' motif is critical for the dimerization of JAK2 and activation of the JAK2 kinase.
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    Ion Channels: Exploiting natural regulation

    Catherine Proenza
    Using a short peptide to regulate the activity of HCN ion channels illustrates how physiological modulators could inspire new drugs. .
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    Distinct and evolutionary conserved structural features of the human nuclear exosome complex

    Piotr Gerlach et al.
    Cryo-EM structure and biochemical characterization of the human nuclear exosome reveals its specific properties with respect to the yeast complex, underscoring the evolutionary conservation of the RNA-channeling mechanisms and hMTR4 helicase recruitment.
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    Viruses: The secrets of the stability of the HIV-1 capsid

    Martin Obr, Hans-Georg Kräusslich
    Structural and biophysical studies help to follow the disassembly of the HIV-1 capsid in vitro, and reveal the role of a small molecule called IP6 in regulating capsid stability.
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    Structural relationship between the putative hair cell mechanotransduction channel TMC1 and TMEM16 proteins

    Angela Ballesteros et al.
    The structural relationship between TMC and TMEM16 proteins provides insight into the structure and functional mechanisms of the mechanotransduction channel complex in hair cells.
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    Insights into the ubiquitin transfer cascade catalyzed by the Legionella effector SidC

    David Jon Wasilko et al.
    Structural and biochemical studies reveal the molecular mechanisms for ubiquitin transfer by two unique bacterial ubiquitin E3 ligases.
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    Structural basis of malodour precursor transport in the human axilla

    Gurdeep S Minhas et al.
    Discovery of the structural basis for recognition and uptake of a human precursor for body odour production reveals an important role for bacterial peptide transport and novel routes to prevent its production in humans.