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  • Climate change has been shown to affect the interannual variation and synchrony among individuals in seed production of masting trees, yet the proximate mechanisms driving these patterns remain unclear. A recent study by Michał Bogdziewicz and colleagues shows that the relationship between weather cues and seed initiation weakens in European beech as warming increases, resulting in progressive asynchrony of seed maturation. This study emphasizes the vulnerability of the relationship between environmental cues and forest reproduction to climate change.

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  • Sepsis-associated encephalopathy, as well as increasing mortality, has been associated with long-lasting depressive behaviour, which is thought to be caused by infection-induced neuroinflammation in the brain. Saito et al. have recently demonstrated in a mouse model of sepsis that infiltrated regulatory T cells in the cerebral cortex mediate the resolution of neuroinflammation and alleviate anxious/depressive behaviour. Their study paves the way for further research that investigates the role of T cells in the underlying mechanisms mediating recovery of sepsis-associated depression.

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  • A new year symbolizes new hope for the future, especially this year as we start to see the first wave of vaccines administered against COVID-19. Here, we take stock of the year behind us and look forward to seeing where science takes us in 2021.

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  • While loss-of-function mutations affecting the α2-Na/K ATPase are known to cause familial hemiplegic migraine, it is unclear how reduced protein activity could contribute toward migraine or paralysis observed in patients. A recent study from Sarah Smith and colleagues demonstrates that conditional deletion of the α2-Na/K ATPase in astrocytes can evoke episodic paralysis in mice, potentially due to altered metabolic processing of serine and glycine. By feeding juvenile α2-Na/K ATPase mutant mice a serine- and glycine-free diet, the authors are able to prevent the onset of episodic paralysis. This study suggests that loss of α2-Na/K ATPase in astrocytes may affect amino acid metabolism in the brain, ultimately leading to episodic paralysis.

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  • A huge amount of intrigue surrounds the aging process. Senescence—the decreased likelihood of reproduction and the increased chance of mortality—is a hallmark of aging. The reduced ability of senescent cells to maintain protein homeostasis (proteostasis) has been well-established in nematodes but this phenomenon had yet to be directly demonstrated in human cells. Sabath et al. recently provided compelling evidence that proteostasis collapse is indeed intrinsic to human cell senescence, which may have broad implications in the underlying processes of human aging.

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Biomechanical factors shape cellular function through influencing the structural integrity, morphology, and dynamics of cells and tissues. Here we present a collection of articles published in Communications Biology that address how mechanical forces affect biology.
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