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    Electrophysiology: Leading the charge

    Andrew JR Plested
    A simple label-free method uses the electrical properties of cells to detect how ligands bind to membrane proteins.
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    Oligomerization of a molecular chaperone modulates its activity

    Tomohide Saio et al.
    A combined NMR and kinetic study demonstrates how the dynamic transition of a molecular chaperone between different oligomerization states can modulate its activity by altering the binding kinetics and energetics of non-native proteins.
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    High-quality ultrastructural preservation using cryofixation for 3D electron microscopy of genetically labeled tissues

    Tin Ki Tsang et al.
    A broadly applicable method that faithfully preserves genetically labeled cellular structures for 3D electron microscopy (EM) and correlated light and electron microscopy (CLEM).
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
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    Dual tRNA mimicry in the Cricket Paralysis Virus IRES uncovers an unexpected similarity with the Hepatitis C Virus IRES

    Vera P Pisareva et al.
    A conformational change in the Cricket Paralysis Virus IRES upon double translocation in the ribosome uncovers an unexpected similarity with the Hepatitis C Virus IRES.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
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    The nucleosomal acidic patch relieves auto-inhibition by the ISWI remodeler SNF2h

    Nathan Gamarra et al.
    Auto-inhibition of ISWI-family ATP-dependent chromatin remodelers is relieved by a conserved feature of the nucleosome.
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    Structure of a TRPM2 channel in complex with Ca2+ explains unique gating regulation

    Zhe Zhang et al.
    The 3Å structure and correlated functional analysis of the TRPM2 cation channel from Nematostella vectensis shed light on the molecular mechanisms of TRPM2 regulation by intra- and extracellular Ca2+, and of inactivation of human TRPM2.
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    Free-energy simulations reveal molecular mechanism for functional switch of a DNA helicase

    Wen Ma et al.
    Integration of structural bioinformatics and free-energy simulations reveals how a helicase switches its function from unwinding to rezipping DNA, during which a key metastable conformation is predicted and verified by single-molecule measurements.