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Volume 27 Issue 10, October 2017

Research Highlight

  • In a recent paper published in Cell Research, Abdul-Ghani and colleagues show that the cytokine, cardiotrophin-1 (CT1), drives a protective form of reversible cardiac hypertrophy that acts through a nonapoptotic caspase-dependent mechanism. Since CT1 can be delivered as exogenous protein, these studies provide new biological insights and potential translational opportunities.

    • J Sawalla Guseh
    • Anthony Rosenzweig
    Research Highlight


  • New plant type (NPT) or ideal plant architecture (IPA) is an attractive way of increasing yield potential by promoting high resource use efficiency combined with better lodging resistance. In a recent paper in Cell Research, Wang et al. describe how a QTL they identified could bring about the desired NPT architecture by elucidating the role of its encoded gene in controlling the stability of IPA1/OsSPL14, a previously reported NPT protein, in the context of ubiquitination.

    • Reynante L Ordonio
    • Makoto Matsuoka
    Research Highlight
  • The plant hormone strigolactone (SL) is important for many processes in plants, but its molecular mode of action has been difficult to elucidate. A new discovery has identified the SPL transcription factor, IPA1, as a crucial component directly involved in SL signaling.

    • Stephanie C Kerr
    • Christine A Beveridge
    Research Highlight
  • G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are ubiquitous gatekeepers of cellular response and signal predominantly by recruitment and activation of G proteins. In a recent paper in Nature, Flock et al. use large-scale bioinformatics to build a model of GPCR-G protein selectivity and an interactive database to interrogate potential receptor-G protein interactions.

    • Sebastian GB Furness
    • Patrick M Sexton
    Research Highlight
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