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  1. Reliable protein-protein docking with AlphaFold, Rosetta, and replica-exchange

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    1. Ameya Harmalkar
    2. Sergey Lyskov
    3. Jeffrey J. Gray
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      The authors report a previously published method ReplicaDock to improve predictions from AlphaFold-multimer (AFm) for protein docking studies. The level of improvement is modest for cases where AFm is successful; for cases where AFm is not as successful, the improvement is more significant, although the accuracy of prediction is also notably lower. Therefore, the evidence for the ReplicaDock approach being more predictive than AFm is solid for some cases (e.g., the antibody-antigen test case) but incomplete for the more extensive test sets (e.g., those presented in Figure 6). Overall, the study makes a valuable contribution by combining data- and physics-driven approaches.

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  2. A scale-invariant log-normal droplet size distribution below the transition concentration for protein phase separation

    This article has 7 authors:
    1. Tommaso Amico
    2. Samuel Dada
    3. Andrea Lazzari
    4. Antonio Trovato
    5. Michele Vendruscolo
    6. Monika Fuxreiter
    7. Amos Maritan
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      In this useful study, the authors analyze droplet size distributions of multiple protein condensates and their fit to a scaling ansatz, highlighting that they exhibit features of first- and second-order phase transitions. The experimental evidence is still incomplete as the measurements were apparently done only at one time point, neglecting the possibility that droplet size distribution can evolve with time. The text would benefit from a connection to and contextualization with the well-understood expectations from the coupling of percolation and phase separation in protein condensates - a phenomenon that is increasingly gaining consensus amongst the community and that emphasizes "liquid-gas" criticality.

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  3. Structure of scavenger receptor SCARF1 and its interaction with lipoproteins

    This article has 14 authors:
    1. Yuanyuan Wang
    2. Fan Xu
    3. Guangyi Li
    4. Chen Cheng
    5. Bowen Yu
    6. Ze Zhang
    7. Dandan Kong
    8. Fabao Chen
    9. Yali Liu
    10. Zhen Fang
    11. Longxing Cao
    12. Yu Yang
    13. Yijun Gu
    14. Yongning He
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      SCARF1 is a scavenger membrane-bound receptor that binds modified versions of lipoproteins and has a major role in maintaining lipid homeostasis. This useful study reports the crystal structure of SCARF1 and identifies putative binding sites for modified lipoproteins. While some aspects of the analysis are incomplete, others are solid, and overall, the study advances our knowledge of how scavenger receptors clear modified lipoproteins to maintain lipid homeostasis.

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  4. Modulation of Biophysical Properties of Nucleocapsid Protein in the Mutant Spectrum of SARS-CoV-2

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Ai Nguyen
    2. Huaying Zhao
    3. Dulguun Myagmarsuren
    4. Sanjana Srinivasan
    5. Di Wu
    6. Jiji Chen
    7. Grzegorz Piszczek
    8. Peter Schuck
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      This important study explores the physicochemical properties of SARS-CoV-2 N proteins with mutations that have been found in variants of concern but for which there is limited knowledge of their contribution to the biological activity of such variants. The evidence presented is solid; however, this study could be considerably improved by a more extensive analysis of LLPS in R203K/G204R and in the P31L mutants, as well as a more quantitative analysis of the LLPS droplets.

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  5. Conformational dynamics of a nicotinic receptor neurotransmitter binding site

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    1. Mrityunjay Singh
    2. Dinesh C. Indurthi
    3. Lovika Mittal
    4. Anthony Auerbach
    5. Shailendra Asthana
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      This useful work provides insight into agonist binding to nicotinic acetylcholine receptors, which is the stimulus for channel activation that regulates muscle contraction at the neuromuscular junction. The authors use in silico methods to explore the transient conformational change from a low to high affinity agonist-bound conformation as occurs during channel opening, but for which structural information is lacking owing to its transient nature. The evidence supporting the main conclusion that ligands flip ~180 degrees in the binding site as it transitions from a low to high affinity bound conformation is incomplete because little support is available for the starting low affinity docked conformations, and the rather approximate methods for computing binding free energies differ significantly from experimental measures for two of the four tested ligands. Nonetheless, this work presents an intriguing possibility for the nature of a transient conformational change at the agonist binding site correlated with channel opening. If the ligand flip observed in these simulations can be reproduced or verified by other studies, then this work would stand as a significant advance in our knowledge of nicotinic receptor gating.

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  6. Structure of the human heparan-α-glucosaminide N-acetyltransferase (HGSNAT)

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    1. Vikas Navratna
    2. Arvind Kumar
    3. Shyamal Mosalaganti
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      This important work describes the first high-resolution structure of HGSNAT, a lysosomal membrane protein required for the degradation of heparan sulfate (HS). Through careful structural analysis, this work proposes potential reasons why certain mutations in HGSNAT lead to lysosomal storage disorders and outlines the enzyme's catalytic mechanism. The experimental evidence presented provides incomplete support for the proposed molecular mechanism of the HS acetylation reaction and the impact of disease-causing mutations.

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  7. The delayed kinetics of Myddosome formation explains why Aβ aggregates trigger TLR4 less efficiently than LPS

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Bing Li
    2. Prasanna Suresh
    3. Jack Brelstaff
    4. Shekhar Kedia
    5. Clare Bryant
    6. David Klenerman
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      This important study uses the novel light sheet imaging technique to investigate how different TLR4 agonists regulate Myddosome formation. The data showing that LPS and A-beta can control the kinetic and size of Myddosome assembly are compelling. This work would further benefit from establishing the linkage between these results and downstream signal efficiency. With this aspect strengthened, this paper would be of great interest to the innate immunity field.

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  8. Deep learning insights into the architecture of the mammalian egg-sperm fusion synapse

    This article has 5 authors:
    1. Arne Elofsson
    2. Ling Han
    3. Enrica Bianchi
    4. Gavin J. Wright
    5. Luca Jovine
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      This study offers valuable insights into the structural architecture of the mammalian egg-sperm fusion synapse, shedding light on the role of specific proteins in fertilization. The significance of the findings lies in the potential identification of a pentameric complex involved in gamete fusion by AlphaFold Multimer. The strength of evidence for the approach/methodology is solid, while the experimental validation is incomplete in supporting these interactions. This work will be of interest to biomedical researchers working on fertility and reproductive health.

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  9. A parametrized two-domain thermodynamic model explains diverse mutational effects on protein allostery

    This article has 4 authors:
    1. Zhuang Liu
    2. Thomas Gillis
    3. Srivatsan Raman
    4. Qiang Cui
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      The study presents valuable findings where two-domain thermodynamic model for TetR accurately predicts in vivo phenotype changes brought about as a result of various mutations. The evidence provided is compelling and features the first innovative observations with a computational model that captures the structural behavior, much more than the current single-domain models.

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  10. On the pH-dependence of α-synuclein amyloid polymorphism and the role of secondary nucleation in seed-based amyloid propagation

    This article has 11 authors:
    1. Lukas Frey
    2. Dhiman Ghosh
    3. Bilal M. Qureshi
    4. David Rhyner
    5. Ricardo Guerrero-Ferreira
    6. Aditya Pokharna
    7. Witek Kwiatkowski
    8. Tetiana Serdiuk
    9. Paola Picotti
    10. Roland Riek
    11. Jason Greenwald
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      This study presents important findings on the different polymorphs of alpha-synuclein filaments that form at various pH's during in vitro assembly reactions with purified recombinant protein. Of particular note is the discovery of two new polymorphs (1M and 5A) that form in PBS buffer at pH 7. The strength of the evidence presented is solid, but the addition of replicate experiments with re-purified proteins at pH 5.8 and pH 7 would further strengthen the conclusions. The work will be of interest to biochemists and biophysicists working on protein aggregation and amyloids.

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  11. Pharmacologic hyperstabilisation of the HIV-1 capsid lattice induces capsid failure

    This article has 13 authors:
    1. KM Rifat Faysal
    2. James C Walsh
    3. Nadine Renner
    4. Chantal L Márquez
    5. Vaibhav B Shah
    6. Andrew J Tuckwell
    7. Michelle P Christie
    8. Michael W Parker
    9. Stuart G Turville
    10. Greg J Towers
    11. Leo C James
    12. David A Jacques
    13. Till Böcking
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      In this important study, the authors propose that lenacapavir inhibits HIV-1 replication by inducing "lethal hyperstabilization" of the capsid, based on experiments that clearly demonstrate such an effect at high drug concentrations. Data supporting the model are incomplete at low drug concentrations, and a firm correlation between the in vitro effects and therapeutic mechanism of action has not yet been established.

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  12. Interface resistance of biomolecular condensates

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Yaojun Zhang
    2. Andrew G.T. Pyo
    3. Yoyo Jiang
    4. Clifford P. Brangwynne
    5. Howard A. Stone
    6. Ned S. Wingreen
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      This valuable contribution studies factors that impact molecular exchange between dense and dilute phases of biomolecular condensates through continuum models and coarse-grained simulations. The authors provide solid evidence that interfacial resistance can cause molecules to bounce off the interface and limit mixing. Results like these can inform how experimental results in the field of biological condensates are interpreted.

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  13. LRMP inhibits cAMP potentiation of HCN4 channels by disrupting intramolecular signal transduction

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Colin H Peters
    2. Rohit K Singh
    3. Avery A Langley
    4. William G Nichols
    5. Hannah R Ferris
    6. Danielle A Jeffrey
    7. Catherine Proenza
    8. John R Bankston
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      This study identifies the molecular determinants of LRMP co-regulation of HCN 4 activity. The evidence supporting the conclusions, which is compelling, is backed by rigorous electrophysiological and spectroscopic analysis. The work is important because it greatly enhances our understanding of the mechanisms of HCN channel regulation in a tissue-specific manner and highlights a functional role for more disordered regions that have yet to be structurally resolved.

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  14. Wide Transition-State Ensemble as Key Component for Enzyme Catalysis

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Gabriel Ernesto Jara
    2. Francesco Pontiggia
    3. Renee Otten
    4. Roman V Agafonov
    5. Marcelo Adrian Martí
    6. Dorothee Kern
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      This is a potentially important study that integrates QM/MM free energy simulations and experimental kinetic analyses to probe the nature of phosphoryl transfer transition state in adenylate kinase. The idea that the transition state ensemble encompasses conformations with substantially different structural features (including the breaking/forming bonds) is interesting and potentially applicable to many other enzyme systems. In the current form, however, the study is considered incomplete since the connection between the putative transition state ensemble from the computations and key experimental observables, such as the activation entropy, is not well established.

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  15. Dynamic 1D search and processive nucleosome translocations by RSC and ISW2 chromatin remodelers

    This article has 12 authors:
    1. Jee Min Kim
    2. Claudia C Carcamo
    3. Sina Jazani
    4. Zepei Xie
    5. Xinyu A Feng
    6. Maryam Yamadi
    7. Matthew Poyton
    8. Katie L Holland
    9. Jonathan B Grimm
    10. Luke D Lavis
    11. Taekjip Ha
    12. Carl Wu
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      This manuscript describes fundamental single-molecule correlative force and fluorescence microscopy experiments to visualize the 1D diffusion dynamics and long-range nucleosome sliding activity of the yeast chromatin remodelers, RSC and ISW2. Compelling evidence shows that both remodelers exhibit 1D diffusion on bare DNA but utilize different mechanisms, with RSC primarily hopping and ISW2 mainly sliding on DNA. These results will be of interest to researchers working on chromatin remodeling.

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  16. Caveolin-1 protects endothelial cells from extensive expansion of transcellular tunnel by stiffening the plasma membrane

    This article has 18 authors:
    1. Camille Morel
    2. Eline Lemerle
    3. Feng-Ching Tsai
    4. Thomas Obadia
    5. Nishit Srivastava
    6. Maud Marechal
    7. Audrey Salles
    8. Marvin Albert
    9. Caroline Stefani
    10. Yvonne Benito
    11. François Vandenesch
    12. Christophe Lamaze
    13. Stéphane Vassilopoulos
    14. Matthieu Piel
    15. Patricia Bassereau
    16. David Gonzalez-Rodriguez
    17. Cecile Leduc
    18. Emmanuel Lemichez
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      This important study identifies the role of Caveolin1 and Cavin1 as regulators of TransEndothelial Macroaperture (TEM). The methodology used is rigorous and compelling, and further research can point to more mechanistic understanding of the process.

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  17. Asymmetric framework motion of TCRαβ controls load-dependent peptide discrimination

    This article has 5 authors:
    1. Ana C Chang-Gonzalez
    2. Robert J Mallis
    3. Matthew J Lang
    4. Ellis L Reinherz
    5. Wonmuk Hwang
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      Using extensive atomistic molecular dynamics simulations, the authors analyzed the TCR/pMHC interface with different peptide sequences and protein constructs. The results provide important insights into the catch-bond phenomenon in the context of T-cell activation. In particular, the analysis points to convincing evidence that supports the role of force in further discriminating different peptides during the activation process beyond structural considerations.

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  18. Surprising Features of Nuclear Receptor Interaction Networks Revealed by Live Cell Single Molecule Imaging

    This article has 6 authors:
    1. Liza Dahal
    2. Thomas GW Graham
    3. Gina M Dailey
    4. Alec Heckert
    5. Robert Tjian
    6. Xavier Darzacq
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      This important study provides data that challenges the standard model that binding of Type 2 Nuclear Receptors to chromatin is limited by the available pool of their common heterodimerization partner Retinoid X Receptor. The evidence supporting the conclusions is compelling, utilizing state-of-the-art single-molecule microscopy. This work will be of broad interest to cell biologists who wish to determine limiting factors in gene regulatory networks.

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  19. Structural insights into the orthosteric inhibition of P2X receptors by non-ATP analog antagonists

    This article has 8 authors:
    1. Danqi Sheng
    2. Chen-Xi Yue
    3. Fei Jin
    4. Yao Wang
    5. Muneyoshi Ichikawa
    6. Ye Yu
    7. Chang-Run Guo
    8. Motoyuki Hattori
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      This study by Sheng and colleagues provides valuable insights into the mechanism of competitive inhibitors of P2X receptors. The structural and functional evidence supporting the subtype specificity of pyridoxal-5'-phosphate derivatives is compelling and provides information for designing drugs that selectively target different subtypes of P2X receptor channels. The work will be of interest to biochemists, structural biologists, and pharmacologists.

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  20. Microphase Separation Produces Interfacial Environment within Diblock Biomolecular Condensates

    This article has 7 authors:
    1. Andrew P. Latham
    2. Longchen Zhu
    3. Dina A. Sharon
    4. Songtao Ye
    5. Adam P. Willard
    6. Xin Zhang
    7. Bin Zhang
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      This important study investigates the structural organization of a series of diblock elastin-like polypeptide condensates. The methodology is highly compelling, as it combines multiscale simulations and fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy experiments. The results increase our understanding of model biomolecular condensates.

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