Research round-up // spring 2015

July 22, 2015
The latest research publications from College of Biological Sciences researchers.

Structure of the Vif-binding domain of the antiviral enzyme APOBEC3G

Nature Structural & Molecular Biology // May 18, 2015

Hiroshi Matsuo, Rebeun Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics) and colleagues, solved the structure of the Vif-binding domain of human APOBEC3G (A3G), a DNA cytosine deaminase that restricts HIV-1 infection. read more

Dietary sugar promotes systemic TOR activation in Drosophila through AKH-dependent selective secretion of Dilp3

Nature Communications // April 17, 2015

Thomas Neufeld and graduate student Jung Kim (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development) describe how insulin signaling in fruit flies responds to sugar and other nutrients in their diet. read more


Autophagosome-lysosome fusion is independent of V-ATPase-mediated acidification

Nature Communications // May 1, 2015

Thomas Neufeld and post-doctoral researcher Caroline Mauvezin (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development) and colleagues at the Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary published a new discovery about the relationship between the fusion of membrane vesicles in the cell and the acidity of these vesicles. read more

Landscape heterogeneity and behavioral traits drive the evolution of lion group territoriality
Behavioral Ecology // May 7, 2015

Craig Packer (Ecology Evolution and Behavior), Anna Mosser (Biology Teaching and Learning) and Margaret Kosmala published the final piece in an ongoing analysis of sociality and group territoriality in African lions. read more

Antibiotics, pediatric dysbiosis, and disease
Cell Host & Microbes // May 13, 2015

Dan Knights (Computer Science and BioTechnology Institute), graduate student fellow Pajua Vangay and colleagues found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria and disease later in life. read more


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