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Structural and Molecular Biology

Section edited by Jeffrey Skolnick and Nick Grishin

The Structural and Molecular Biology section welcomes articles investigating both the structure of biological macromolecules and the molecular basis of biological activity. Specific areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids and macormolecules in addition to studies on all aspects of DNA and RNA function and processing in a cellular context.

  1. The interaction between proteins is a fundamental event for cellular life that is generally mediated by specialized protein domains or modules. PDZ domains are the largest class of protein–protein interaction ...

    Authors: Caterina Nardella, Lorenzo Visconti, Francesca Malagrinò, Livia Pagano, Marianna Bufano, Marianna Nalli, Antonio Coluccia, Giuseppe La Regina, Romano Silvestri, Stefano Gianni and Angelo Toto
    Citation: Biology Direct 2021 16:15
  2. Long-chain acyl-CoA synthetase-4 (ACSL4) is involved in fatty acid metabolism, and aberrant ACSL4 expression could be either tumorigenic or tumor-suppressive in different tumor types. However, the function and...

    Authors: Yixiang Zhang, Songyu Li, Fengzhou Li, Changsheng Lv and Qing-kai Yang
    Citation: Biology Direct 2021 16:10
  3. A basic tenet of protein science is that all information about the spatial structure of proteins is present in their sequences. Nonetheless, many proteins fail to attain native structure upon experimental dena...

    Authors: Irina Sorokina and Arcady Mushegian
    Citation: Biology Direct 2017 12:14
  4. Molecular phenomena driving pathological aggregation in neurodegenerative diseases are not completely understood yet. Peculiar is the case of Spinocerebellar Ataxia 3 (SCA3) where the conformational properties...

    Authors: Gianvito Grasso, Jack A. Tuszynski, Umberto Morbiducci, Ginevra Licandro, Andrea Danani and Marco A. Deriu
    Citation: Biology Direct 2017 12:2
  5. The set of forces and sequence of events that govern the transition from an unfolded polypeptide chain to a functional protein with correct spatial structure remain incompletely known, despite the importance o...

    Authors: Irina Sorokina and Arcady Mushegian
    Citation: Biology Direct 2016 11:64
  6. Cpf1 nucleases have recently been repurposed for site-specific genome modification. Two members of the Cpf1 family, the AsCpf1 from Acidaminococcus sp. and the LbCpf1 from Lachnospiraceae bacterium were shown to ...

    Authors: Eszter Tóth, Nóra Weinhardt, Petra Bencsura, Krisztina Huszár, Péter I. Kulcsár, András Tálas, Elfrieda Fodor and Ervin Welker
    Citation: Biology Direct 2016 11:46
  7. Viral capsid assembly involves the oligomerization of the capsid nucleoprotein (NP), which is an essential step in viral replication and may represent a potential antiviral target. An in vitro transcription-tr...

    Authors: Sean Broce, Lisa Hensley, Tomoharu Sato, Joshua Lehrer-Graiwer, Christian Essrich, Katie J. Edwards, Jacqueline Pajda, Christopher J. Davis, Rami Bhadresh, Clarence R. Hurt, Beverly Freeman, Vishwanath R. Lingappa, Colm A. Kelleher and Marcela V. Karpuj
    Citation: Biology Direct 2016 11:25
  8. The family of D cyclins has a fundamental role in cell cycle progression, but its members (D1, D2, D3) are believed to have redundant functions. However, there is some evidence that contradicts the notion of m...

    Authors: Miguel Chaves-Ferreira, Gerald Krenn, Florence Vasseur, Aleksandr Barinov, Pedro Gonçalves, Orly Azogui, Ana Cumano, Zhi Li, Sandra Pellegrini, Benedita Rocha and Diego Laderach
    Citation: Biology Direct 2016 11:21
  9. Microbial rhodopsins and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs, which include animal rhodopsins) are two distinct (super) families of heptahelical (7TM) membrane proteins that share obvious structural similaritie...

    Authors: Daria N. Shalaeva, Michael Y. Galperin and Armen Y. Mulkidjanian
    Citation: Biology Direct 2015 10:63
  10. Pannexin1 is ubiquitously expressed in vertebrate tissues, but the role it plays in vascular tone regulation remains unclear. We found that Pannexin1 expression level is much higher in the endothelium relative...

    Authors: Dina Gaynullina, Olga S Tarasova, Oxana O Kiryukhina, Valery I Shestopalov and Yuri Panchin
    Citation: Biology Direct 2014 9:8

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