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Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology

August 2018 Volume 19, Issue 8

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The challenges facing synthetic biology in eukaryotes    pp481 - 482
Francesca Ceroni & Tom Ellis

Stepping outside the comfort zone of membrane contact site research    pp483 - 484
Maria Bohnert & Maya Schuldiner

Cellular organelles extensively communicate with each other by close interactions, known as membrane contact sites. Schuldiner and Bohnert comment on the progress of this rapidly developing field, highlighting that the complexity of interactions at membrane contact sites is only now starting to emerge.


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Breakdancing on actin    p485
Paulina Strzyz

Two independent studies now show that polymerization of branched actin at DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) mediates chromatin dynamics associated with homology-directed repair and is required for a robust and error-free DSB repair process.


Falling short to compete    pp486 - 487
Paulina Strzyz

Increased shortening of RNA 3′ untranslated regions associated with tumorigenic transformation interferes with competing endogenous RNA (ceRNA) networks, which results in trans-repression of tumour suppressors through microRNA-mediated silencing.


Lipid droplets from the inside    pp486 - 487
Kim Baumann

The inner nuclear membrane is metabolically active and generates lipid droplets.


Parasitic interference    p487
Eytan Zlotorynski

MicroRNAs derived from a virus and teratocytes of a parasitic wasp are expressed in a host moth and delay its development by inhibiting the ecdysone receptor.


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Dynamics and function of DNA methylation in plants    pp489 - 506
Huiming Zhang, Zhaobo Lang & Jian-Kang Zhu

DNA methylation in plants mediates gene expression, transposon silencing, chromosome interactions and genome stability. It is therefore not surprising that the regulation of DNA methylation is important for plant development and for plant responses to biotic and abiotic stresses.


Designing cell function: assembly of synthetic gene circuits for cell biology applications    pp507 - 525
Mingqi Xie & Martin Fussenegger

Taking advantage of genetic engineering, synthetic biology allows control and design of new cell functions. Recent advances in the development of genetic tools and the assembly of progressively more sophisticated gene circuits have made ‘designer cells’ a reality, with applications ranging from industry and biotechnology to medicine.


Roadblocks and resolutions in eukaryotic translation    pp526 - 541
Anthony P. Schuller & Rachel Green

Ribosomes encounter obstacles during translation elongation that cause their stalling and can have a profound impact on protein yield. Ribosome stalling depends on the genetic code, amino acid availability, regulatory elements and mRNA context and can be resolved by resumption of translation or by ribosome rescue and recycling.


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