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MAP4 Microtubule zipper

The Straube lab shows how MAP4 organises microtubules in muscle cells. oMAP4 is a microtubule zippering protein that controls motor-driven microtubule sliding.
>> eLife (2015) | link

cometsFinding the positives

Cristina in the Royle lab shows that TACC3 tracks the plus ends of microtubules together with ch-TOG.

>> Biology Open (2015) | link | blog

polarchrGetting aligned

McAinsh lab reveal how CENP-Q and the CENP-E motor coordinate chromosome congression during mitosis.

>> Journal of Cell Science (2015) | Open Access PDF

podosomesMaking contact

Straube and Kaverina labs show that Kif1C and CLASPs are required to form podosomes in vascular smooth muscle cells.
>> Journal of Cell Science (2014) | link | commentary

autapseGetting depressed

Work from Steve Royle and the Llobet lab in Barcelona shows that clathrin levels set presynaptic function and that their run-down contributes to synaptic depression.
>> Journal of Neuroscience (2014) | link | blog

pistopCaution: Pitstop

Testing the extent of non-specificity of the clathrin inhibitor Pitstop in clathrin-mediated endocytosis by the Royle lab.

>> Biology Open (2014) | link | blog

kif15track switcher

McAinsh lab reveals the biochemical properties of the KIF15 motor protein thus providing key clues as to how it organises microtubule networks such as the mitotic spindle.
>> eLife (2014) | e-print | plain english | press release

endocytosisSwitch it off

When cells enter mitosis, they shut down endocytosis. A new paper from the Royle Lab describes how this process works.
>> eLife (2014) | e-print

Seamsplitting

The Cross lab finds that A-lattice seams are the Achilles' heels of microtubules.

>> Nature Communications (2014) | e-print

shuttle scuttleShuttle program

The Cross and Turberfield labs use DNA to program a kinesin-microtubule railway.

>> Nature Nanotechnology (2014) | link