Category Archives: 2020

Journal Club – July 2020

Cytoskeleton Storms, Polarized Actin Cortex, and Protein Liquids   Featured Membrane-Proximal F-Actin Restricts Local Membrane Protrusions and Directs Cell Migration Bisaria et al.  |  Meyer Lab  |  Science Global F-actin concentrations are highest at the front of migrating cells where actin-based protrusions push the membrane forward. However, subpopulations of F-actin may be performing opposing functions […]

Journal Club – May 2020

Spiraling Kinesins, Small Molecule Degraders, and Foldable Actin Networks   Featured Kinesin-14 Motors Drive a Right-Handed Helical Motion of Antiparallel Microtubules Around Each Other Mitra et al.  |  Diez Lab  |  Nature Communications   Kinesin motor proteins that simultaneously bind two microtubules aid in remodeling cytoskeletal networks by sliding microtubules along one another. Microtubules can […]

Journal Club – April 2020

Chromosome Bridges, DNA Webs, and Tubulin Citrullination   Featured Mechanisms Generating Cancer Genome Complexity From A Single Cell Division Error Umbreit, Zhang et al.  |  Pellman Lab  |  Science Theories on the origin of cancer have historically centered on the gradual accumulation of deleterious genomic alterations over time. In recent years, however, researchers have discovered […]

Journal Club – March 2020

Special Issue: Coronaviruses and the Cytoskeleton Note from the Editor:  How does SARS-CoV-2 enter and navigate host cells? While this complex process remains elusive for a number of human betacoronaviruses, published studies on related viruses may serve as a springboard for understanding the infection and pathogenicity of the novel coronavirus underlying COVID-19.  We have distilled […]

Journal Club – February 2020

Journal Club Classics, Pure GTP-Microtubules, And Cytoskeletal Radiosensitizers   Featured JCB65: Cytoskeleton Journal of Cell Biology This historical cytoskeleton collection commemorating the 65th anniversary of JCB features the seminal discoveries that disrupted the fields of tubulin and actin research. View the list of classic papers here. Journal Club Picks Dynamic microtubules deform giant unilamellar vesicles […]

Journal Club – January 2020

Expert Protocols, Microtubule Branching, and the Actin Interactome   Must Read Cytoskeleton Dynamics: Methods and Protocols Helder Maiato (Ed.) This Methods in Molecular Biology series outlines a range of experimental approaches for studying actin and microtubule dynamics, and is sure to be an invaluable resource to new and seasoned researchers alike. View the Table of […]