Table of Contents: August 2009


Sculpting the brainscapes.

Image Credit: Vivian Budnik, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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An ink drawing for a research article in this issue of PLoS Biology (see Fuentes-Medel et al., e1000184) showing that synaptic growth at the neuromuscular junction entails substantial shedding of membranes, which are removed through a collaboration between muscles and glial cells.





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Warming and Resource Availability Shift Food Web Structure and Metabolism

Mary I. O'Connor, Michael F. Piehler, Dina M. Leech, Andrea Anton, John F. Bruno

Host Niches and Defensive Extended Phenotypes Structure Parasitoid Wasp Communities

Richard Bailey, Karsten Schönrogge, James M. Cook, George Melika, György Csóka, Csaba Thuróczy, Graham N. Stone

Rapid Evolution of Sex Pheromone-Producing Enzyme Expression in Drosophila

Troy R. Shirangi, Héloïse D. Dufour, Thomas M. Williams, Sean B. Carroll

Ready…Go: Amplitude of the fMRI Signal Encodes Expectation of Cue Arrival Time

Xu Cui, Chess Stetson, P. Read Montague, David M. Eagleman

Hippocampus Leads Ventral Striatum in Replay of Place-Reward Information

Carien S. Lansink, Pieter M. Goltstein, Jan V. Lankelma, Bruce L. McNaughton, Cyriel M. A. Pennartz

Glia and Muscle Sculpt Neuromuscular Arbors by Engulfing Destabilized Synaptic Boutons and Shed Presynaptic Debris

Yuly Fuentes-Medel, Mary A. Logan, James Ashley, Bulent Ataman, Vivian Budnik, Marc R. Freeman

Generation of Functional Eyes from Pluripotent Cells

Andrea S. Viczian, Eduardo C. Solessio, Yung Lyou, Michael E. Zuber

β1 Integrin Maintains Integrity of the Embryonic Neocortical Stem Cell Niche

Karine Loulier, Justin D. Lathia, Veronique Marthiens, Jenne Relucio, Mohamed R. Mughal, Sung-Chun Tang, Turhan Coksaygan, Peter E. Hall, Srinivasulu Chigurupati, Bruce Patton, Holly Colognato, Mahendra S. Rao, Mark P. Mattson, Tarik F. Haydar, Charles ffrench-Constant

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Inflammation: Novel Interactions Reveal a New Step in Neutrophil Recruitment

Samantha P. Tull, Clara M. Yates, Benjamin H. Maskrey, Valerie B. O'Donnell, Jackie Madden, Robert F. Grimble, Philip C. Calder, Gerard B. Nash, G. Ed. Rainger

Ligand-Independent Traffic of Notch Buffers Activated Armadillo in Drosophila

Phil G. T. Sanders, Silvia Muñoz-Descalzo, Tina Balayo, Frederik Wirtz-Peitz, Penelope Hayward, Alfonso Martinez Arias

Persistent cAMP-Signals Triggered by Internalized G-Protein–Coupled Receptors

Davide Calebiro, Viacheslav O. Nikolaev, Maria Cristina Gagliani, Tiziana de Filippis, Christian Dees, Carlo Tacchetti, Luca Persani, Martin J. Lohse

Role of Translational Coupling in Robustness of Bacterial Chemotaxis Pathway

Linda Løvdok, Kajetan Bentele, Nikita Vladimirov, Anette Müller, Ferencz S. Pop, Dirk Lebiedz, Markus Kollmann, Victor Sourjik