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    1. Neuroscience
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular basis of synaptic specificity by immunoglobulin superfamily receptors in Drosophila

    Shouqiang Cheng et al.
    Fly protein families Dprs and DIPs can create a multitude of complementary interfaces for homo- and heterophilic adhesion complexes, resulting in instructive roles for connectivity in the motor neuron circuitry.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Hexameric helicase G40P unwinds DNA in single base pair steps

    Michael Schlierf et al.
    Single-molecule FRET experiments reveal that G40P, a DnaB-like helicase, unwinds double-stranded DNA in single base pair steps and its processivity is enhanced by host primase DnaG.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    High resolution cryo-EM structure of the helical RNA-bound Hantaan virus nucleocapsid reveals its assembly mechanisms

    Benoît Arragain et al.
    Hantaan virus nucleocapsid cryo-EM structure determined at 3.3 Å resolution reveals how nucleoproteins assemble into a metastable helix containing a continuous RNA-binding groove compatible with genome encapsidation and compaction.
    1. Physics of Living Systems
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Spatial and temporal organization of RecA in the Escherichia coli DNA-damage response

    Harshad Ghodke et al.
    Phase separated DNA-free stored forms of RecA dissolve in response to DNA damage to make RecA available for repair and recombination reactions as part of the bacterial (Escherichia coli) SOS response.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Molecular and topological reorganizations in mitochondrial architecture interplay during Bax-mediated steps of apoptosis

    Nicholas R Ader et al.
    Correlative microscopy and electron cryo-tomography on apoptotic HeLa cells reveal remodeling of outer and inner mitochondrial membranes, Bax cluster ultrastructure and ATP synthase reorganization in ruptured mitochondria.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    The role of scaffold reshaping and disassembly in dynamin driven membrane fission

    Martina Pannuzzo et al.
    Computational modeling of a dynamin-constricted membrane neck can rank proposed shape changes of the helical scaffold in terms of their fission aptitude and elucidate the associated pathways.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structural basis of Ca2+-dependent activation and lipid transport by a TMEM16 scramblase

    Maria E Falzone et al.
    Structures of a TMEM16 phospholipid scramblase reveal that its Ca2+-dependent activation entails global conformational changes and how these rearrangements affect the membrane to enable transbilayer lipid transfer.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Engineering a conserved RNA regulatory protein repurposes its biological function in vivo

    Vandita D Bhat et al.
    Motif length plays a critical role in the specification of biological function within a conserved family of RNA-binding proteins.
    1. Chromosomes and Gene Expression
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A conserved filamentous assembly underlies the structure of the meiotic chromosome axis

    Alan MV West et al.
    Meiotic chromosome axis 'core' proteins from fungi, plants, and mammals form a conserved filament architecture, and use a common mechanism to recruit HORMAD proteins for meiotic recombination control.
    1. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    A hydrophobic gate in the inner pore helix is the major determinant of inactivation in mechanosensitive Piezo channels

    Wang Zheng et al.
    A functionally conserved inactivation gate in the inner helix of Piezo channels controls the majority of the inactivation process via a hydrophobic mechanism.