Two independent studies, one by Ron Anafi, John Hogenesch and colleagues and another by Akihiro Goriki, Toru Takumi and co-authors, converge on CHRONO as a gene that modulates the activity of circadian transcription factors and alters circadian behavior in mice. Read more in the Synopsis.
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A new study by Guillaume Sarrabayrouse, Francine Jotereau and colleagues has found that gut bacterium Faecalibacterium prausnitzii activates a newly identified class of regulatory T cells, showing how commensal microbes can contribute to host immunity. Read more in the Synopsis.
Natasha Chaudhary, Robert Parton and colleagues discover substantial cross-talk between two key endocytic pathways, finding that several components of the caveolar pathway negatively regulate a second endocytic system, the CLIC/GEEC pathway.
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The bacterial plant parasite phytoplasma depends on leafhopper insects to spread and propagate it. This study, by Allyson MacLean, Saskia Hogenhout and co-workers, reveals how phytoplasma subverts plant development to turn flowers into leaves and thus make its host more attractive to leafhoppers.
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