Montell offers guidance for bringing politicians into the lab

The American Society for Cell Biology encourages its members to write letters to their local government official, meet with members of Congress on Hill Day, or otherwise engage with the policy-making process in any way that they can, especially with regards to how it affects  … Read more

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MBoC plans special issue on Forces On and Within Cells

David Drubin, Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), and Valerie Weaver, an Associate Editor of MBoC, have announced plans to publish a second special issue on “Forces On and Within Cells.” The first such special issue was published in July 2017 (www.molbiolcell.org/content/28/14.toc). Weaver,  … Read more

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MBoC Solicits Papers for Second Special Issue on Forces On and Within Cells

David Drubin, Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), and Valerie Weaver, an Associate Editor of MBoC, have announced plans to publish a second special issue on “Forces On and Within Cells.” The first such special issue was published in July 2017 (www.molbiolcell.org/content/28/14.toc). Weaver,  … Read more

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Nanoscale forces measured in aortic smooth muscle cells tell story of disease

Researchers from Virginia Tech and the University of Pittsburgh have collaborated to employ a novel nanoscale fibrous system that can measure the tiny forces exerted by and upon individual cells with extreme precision. The team hopes that this platform, which investigators call nanonet force microscopy  … Read more

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Council approves strategic plan; visits Capitol Hill during spring meeting

Members of the American Society for Cell Biology’s (ASCB) Council met May 15 and 16 in Bethesda for their spring business meeting as well as to meet with members of Congress on May 17. The Council discussed membership, the Society’s peer-reviewed journal Molecular Biology of  … Read more

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New cell membrane fusion model challenges dogma

Membrane fusion lies at the heart of many cell functions—from the secretion of antibodies to the release of neurotransmitters. For more than two decades, one view of the process by which membrane fusion occurs has been accepted as dogma; now recent studies indicate that fusion  … Read more

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HIGHLIGHTS from MBoC

Regulation of Chlamydomonas flagella and ependymal cell motile cilia by ceramide-mediated translocation of GSK3 Ji Na Kong, K. Hardin, M. Dinkins, Guanghu Wang, Qian He, T. Mujadzic, Gu Zhu, J. Bielawski, S. Spassieva, and E. Bieberich Cilia are important organelles formed by cell membrane protrusions;  … Read more

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Cell News—Cellular circadian rhythm signaling in live tissue

Cells within a tissue often show some differences in signaling, but studying the long-term variation in signaling molecules among cells is challenging in live tissue, where the limit of observation is a few hours. Now ASCB member Galit Lahav, Laura Lande-Diner, and colleagues at Harvard  … Read more

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Key Protein Found in the Mammalian Eye Influences Circadian Rhythms in Response to Dim Light

We’ve all been warned that blue light at night can make it hard to sleep because it affects our circadian rhythms. This is because a class of photoreceptors in the eye, called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs), are blue light sensitive and provide the  … Read more

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Cell News—New role for Myopic in Frizzled signaling

Wnt signaling is involved in embryonic development and some cancers. It starts with Frizzled, a signaling receptor at the cell surface. Frizzled got its name from the irregular hairs and bristles on the thorax, wings, and feet of the Drosophila frizzled mutants. Tirthadipa Pradhan-Sundd and  … Read more

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