Shaded cut watermelon on top of other watermelons

A proteomics atlas of citrullination

Here, Rebak et al. utilise proteomics to establish an atlas of protein citrullination, and implicate citrullinated sites as potentially clinically relevant. Citrulline was discovered in watermelons.

  • Alexandra S. Rebak
  • Ivo A. Hendriks
  • Michael L. Nielsen


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    January 2024 marks 30 years since we published the first volume of NSMB. We will be celebrating this milestone throughout 2024, reflecting on the road covered and looking towards the future.

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    In January 2024, NSMB will celebrate the 30th anniversary of publishing its first issue. To celebrate, we would like to give our readers, center stage and invite you to send us your comments and letters to the editors, reflecting both on the past and the upcoming years. Details:

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  • This study reveals the mechanisms of NEAT1 lncRNA maturation and menRNA biogenesis and uncovers an RNA-centric, riboswitch-like mechanism where menRNA drives its own conformational isomerization that directs repeat CCA addition and rapid degradation.

    • Ilias Skeparnias
    • Jinwei Zhang
    Brief Communication
  • Lavdovskaia, Hanitsch, Linden et al. provide a comprehensive roadmap of mitoribosome biogenesis and establish that mitochondria use a unique pathway for the assembly of their translation machinery.

    • Elena Lavdovskaia
    • Elisa Hanitsch
    • Ricarda Richter-Dennerlein
    ArticleOpen Access
  • The authors uncover a Père David’s deer-like design for long noncoding RNAs such as metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1 (MALAT1), which partially mimics the transfer RNA (tRNA) structure to recruit select tRNA processing enzymes for maturation and to create novel regulatory RNAs such as the MALAT1-associated small cytoplasmic RNA.

    • Ilias Skeparnias
    • Charles Bou-Nader
    • Jinwei Zhang
  • The idea of a scientific discovery is often linked to the eureka moment of a lone scientist, which then transforms our thinking. However, scientific discoveries are never made by individuals in isolation. They build on the work of countless researchers, and often require interdisciplinary and collaborative teams of researchers.

    • Pedro Beltrao
  • Curiosity-driven and fundamental discovery science must be justified in its importance to human health and translational potential for practical applications and cures. However, many groundbreaking discoveries occur through the freedom to ask fundamental questions — the how and why — without knowing where they lead. Presented here is an example of a clinical target that emerged from a seemingly simple question in chromosome biology.

    • Agnel Sfeir
  • Macromolecules are involved in myriads of interactions that regulate their cellular function. While years of structural biology progress was built by reducing this complexity, a molecular understanding of biological processes requires the characterization of ever larger and more dynamic molecular assemblies. Cryo-electron microscopy is rising to this challenge.

    • Eva Nogales
  • This issue of Nature Structural & Molecular Biology presents studies investigating RNA processing, including mechanisms of splicing, biogenesis of the splicing machinery, decoding of mRNA by the ribosome, and deadenylation of mRNA for degradation. We are also delighted to be publishing News & Views and Comment pieces that reflect on these exciting advances in the field.

  • Since Nature Structural and Molecular Biology was started 30 years ago, our understanding of transcription and mRNA processing has been revolutionized through structural and mechanistic studies. Here, we present our personal views of the advances in understanding the production of mature eukaryotic mRNAs over the past decade.

    • Lori A. Passmore
    • Suyang Zhang
  • The first membrane protein structure was reported almost 40 years ago. In this issue, we are publishing a set of papers that serve to underline the incredible advances in our understanding of the biology of these multifaceted molecular machines.