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    Celebrating the future of structural biology: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Protein Data Bank, Nature Methods and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology present a collection that brings together reviews, classic papers, announcements and specially commissioned Comments by researchers from diverse areas of structural biology who share their views on both the past and future of the field.

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    • Emerging findings provide compelling evidence that the BRCA1-binding partner BARD1 contributes yet further to BRCA1 function. BARD1 is crucial for positioning the E2 ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme that confers specificity of its ligase to residues on histone H2A, and BARD1 also promotes DNA damage–induced chromatin recruitment through an interaction with ubiquitin-conjugated Lys13 or Lys15 of H2A on the nucleosome core particle.

      • Joanna R. Morris
      News & Views
    • Molnupiravir, a wide-spectrum antiviral that is currently in phase 2/3 clinical trials for the treatment of COVID-19, is proposed to inhibit viral replication by a mechanism known as ‘lethal mutagenesis’. Two recently published studies reveal the biochemical and structural bases of how molnupiravir disrupts the fidelity of SARS-CoV-2 genome replication and prevents viral propagation by fostering error accumulation in a process referred to as ‘error catastrophe’.

      • Brandon Malone
      • Elizabeth A. Campbell
      News & Views
    • The folding of ribosomal RNAs is central to the biogenesis of the mitoribosome and is a complex, stepwise process. Five recent cryo-EM studies detail the late steps of the folding and maturation of the human mitoribosomal large subunit RNA that forms the catalytic core of the ribosome: the peptidyl transferase center (PTC).

      • Marie Sissler
      • Yaser Hashem
      News & Views
    • Dimeric multidomain metabotropic glutamate receptors modulate excitatory neurotransmission in the brain. Three articles in Nature provide unparalleled insights into how glutamate and drug-like molecules induce asymmetric shape changes in these multidomain receptors to promote coupling to an intracellular protein partner.

      • Karen J. Gregory
      News & Views


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