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  • Current Issue of Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

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  • Structures of human DNA polymerasesν and θ expose their end game

  • Although the two B-family human DNA polymerases, polδ and pol ε, are responsible for the bulk of nuclear genome replication, at least 14 additional polymerases have roles in nuclear DNA repair and replication. In this issue, newly reported crystal structures of two specialized A-family polymerases, pol ν and pol θ, expose these enzymes' strategies for handling aberrant DNA ends.

  • Methylation gets into rhythm with NAD+-SIRT1

  • Circadian regulation of epigenetic chromatin marks drives daily transcriptional oscillation of thousands of genes and is intimately linked to cellular metabolism and bioenergetics. New work links circadian fluctuations in the activity of the SIRT1 deacetylase, a sensor of the cellular energy state, to histone-methylation changes and the circadian expression of clock-controlled genes.

  • How to open a proton pore—more than S4?

  • Pioneering studies in voltage-gated potassium channels have described movement of the voltage-sensing domain (VSD) S4 helix across the membrane electric field in molecular detail, but much less is known regarding opening of the intrinsic proton pore within VSDs of voltage-dependent proton channels. By systematically probing local kinematics, a new study reveals that movements in helix S1 correlate with pore opening and are distinct from voltage-sensing movements of the charged S4 segment.

  • Micro-terminator: 'Hasta la vista, lncRNA!'

  • Transcriptional termination is an important yet incompletely understood aspect of gene expression. Proudfoot, Jopling and colleagues now identify a new Microprocessor-mediated mechanism of transcriptional termination, which acts specifically on long noncoding transcripts that serve as microRNA precursors.

  • Insecticidal RNAs in green disguise

  • Helping dengue along its way

  • Keeping autophagy at bay

  • A specialized molecular motion opens the Hv1 voltage-gated proton channel

  • Voltage- and patch-clamp fluorometry reveal structural rearrangements of the S1 helix and its surroundings that are important for gating of the Hv1 voltage-gated proton channel.

  • Evidence that processing of ribonucleotides in DNA by topoisomerase 1 is leading-strand specific

  • In the absence of RNase H2, ribonucleotides incorporated during DNA replication can be processed by Top1. This activity is directed to the nascent leading strand, because gaps in the lagging strand would limit torsional tension.

  • How a homolog of high-fidelity replicases conducts mutagenic DNA synthesis

  • Though related to high-fidelity replicases, DNA Polν performs mutagenic DNA synthesis. These properties are now explained by structural and biochemistry analyses of human DNA Pol ν revealing conformational changes involving the finger and thumb domains.

  • Human DNA polymeraseθ grasps the primer terminus to mediate DNA repair

  • DNA polymeraseθ is involved in alternative end-joining repair of DNA double-strand breaks. Structural and biochemical analyses shed light on pol θ's ability to prime DNA synthesis from nonoptimal base-pairing.

  • NAD+-SIRT1 control of H3K4 trimethylation through circadian deacetylation of MLL1

  • MLL1 regulates circadian promoters by depositing H3K4 trimethyl marks, whose levels are also modulated by the NAD+-dependent deacetylase SIRT1. SIRT1 is now shown to promote circadian deacetylation of MLL1, thus affecting MLL1's methyltransferase activity.

  • Microprocessor mediates transcriptional termination of long noncoding RNA transcripts hosting microRNAs

  • The finding that miRNA transcripts originating from long-noncoding-RNA loci use Microprocessor, rather than canonical cleavage and polyadenylation, to terminate transcription establishes a new RNase III–mediated transcriptional-termination pathway.

  • Small-RNA loading licenses Argonaute for assembly into a transcriptional silencing complex

  • New biochemical and genetic analyses in S. pombe show that Argonaute must be loaded with small RNAs to promote association of the GW-protein components required to assemble a functional transcriptional silencing complex.

  • High-resolution structure of the Escherichia coli ribosome

  • High-resolution structure of the E. coli ribosome highlights rRNA and protein modifications and provides details on solvation characteristics and the structural impacts of ribosome modifications.

  • Structural insights into the role of rRNA modifications in protein synthesis and ribosome assembly

  • High-resolution crystal structures of Thermus thermophilus ribosomes reveal previously unseen modifications of rRNA and their contacts with mRNA and tRNAs or the protein pY.

  • Structural organization of the dynein–dynactin complex bound to microtubules

  • EM analyses reveal the architecture of cytoplasmic dynein in complex with dynactin and the BicD2 cargo adaptor on microtubules, showing the quaternary complex positioned for unidirectional movement and cargo recruitment.

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  • PRESTO-Tango as an open-source resource for interrogation of the druggable human GPCRome

  • Roth and colleagues have developed PRESTO-Tango, a new open-source platform for high-throughput screening of the entire human nonolfactory GPCRome, and they show how it can be used to identify new ligands for orphan human GPCRs.

  • Notch is a direct negative regulator of the DNA-damage response

  • Assays in both C. elegans and human cells show that Notch interacts with ATM kinase to inhibit the DNA-damage response and that Notch activity is inversely correlated with ATM activation in breast cancer cells.

  • Subunit asymmetry and roles of conformational switching in the hexameric AAA+ ring of ClpX

  • The hexameric ClpX AAA+ ATPase requires subunit asymmetry and switching between nucleotide-loadable and nucleotide-unloadable conformations for cooperative ATP hydrolysis and efficient substrate binding, unfolding and degradation.

  • Translational control of the cytosolic stress response by mitochondrial ribosomal protein L18

  • A stress-induced cytosolic isoform of the mitochondrial ribosomal protein MRPL18 facilitates the specific translation of heat-shock proteins during the general shutdown of protein synthesis that occurs in response to cellular stress.

  • A lncRNA regulates alternative splicing via establishment of a splicing-specific chromatin signature

  • The evolutionarily conserved antisense long noncoding RNA asFGFR2 influences cell type–specific alternative-splicing patterns of FGFR2 by recruiting chromatin modifiers to the locus.

  • Crystal structure of a light-driven sodium pump

  • Crystal structures of the microbial rhodopsin KR2, a recently discovered light-driven sodium pump, reveal the translocation pathway of sodium ions and shed light on the molecular mechanism of ion pumping.

  • CDK9 inhibitors define elongation checkpoints at both ends of RNA polymerase II–transcribed genes

  • Genome-wide mapping of CDK9-dependent transcription-elongation checkpoints reveals an unexpected control point near the poly(A) site of pol II–transcribed human genes.

  • Structural mechanism of integrin inactivation by filamin

  • The integrin inhibitor filamin competes with activators for integrin binding, but an NMR structural analysis now reveals that filamin also functions by stabilizing integrin in its resting state.

  • Atomic structures of a bactericidal contractile nanotube in its pre- and postcontraction states

  • Cryo-EM structures of the pre- and postcontraction states of Pseudomonas aeruginosa R-type pyocins provide details of the conformational changes between the tube and sheath that take place during contraction.

  • Atomic structure of the Y complex of the nuclear pore

  • Solving the crystal structure of the Y-complex hub allowed Schwartz and colleagues to assemble a high-resolution composite structure of the complete Y complex, one of the principal nuclear pore complex scaffolds.
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