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    DeepFRET, a software for rapid and automated single-molecule FRET data classification using deep learning

    Johannes Thomsen et al.
    An open-source user-friendly toolbox implementing machine learning for single-molecule FRET analysis enabling experts and non-experts to reproducibly provide dynamic structural biology insights.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
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    Molecular basis for substrate specificity of the Phactr1/PP1 phosphatase holoenzyme

    Roman O Fedoryshchak et al.
    Interaction of cofactor Phactr1 with PP1 creates a composite substrate-binding surface that defines the sequence specificity of the Phactr1/PP1 holoenzyme.
    1. Microbiology and Infectious Disease
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    Ebola and Marburg virus matrix layers are locally ordered assemblies of VP40 dimers

    William Wan et al.
    Cryo-electron tomography reveals the structure and arrangement of the VP40 matrix protein lattice that mediates the formation of Ebola and Marburg virus particles.
    1. Cell Biology
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    Molecular mechanism for direct actin force-sensing by α-catenin

    Lin Mei et al.
    Biophysical and structural studies reveal how low piconewton forces across actin enhance binding by the critical cell-cell adhesion protein α-catenin versus its force insensitive homolog vinculin.
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    Structural basis of αE-catenin–F-actin catch bond behavior

    Xiao-Ping Xu et al.
    A molecular mechanism for force-dependent binding of the cell adhesion proteins αE-catenin and vinculin to actin is derived from the structure of the αE-catenin actin-binding domain bound to F-actin.
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    Allosteric mechanism for KCNE1 modulation of KCNQ1 potassium channel activation

    Georg Kuenze et al.
    An integrative structural biology approach provides refined models of the KCNQ1-KCNE1 channel complex, which propose a new mechanism to explain how KCNE1 modulates KCNQ1 channel activation.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
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    Structural insights into mRNA reading frame regulation by tRNA modification and slippery codon–anticodon pairing

    Eric D Hoffer et al.
    Chemical modifications near the tRNA anticodon and specific mRNA–tRNA pairs combine to control the ribosomal three-nucleotide mRNA reading frame, essential for the sequential addition of amino acids into polypeptide chains.