FEBS Press is pleased to welcome its fourth journal, Molecular Oncology, to this platform. Molecular Oncology is now fully Open Access and all content from the past 10 years is now available for all to read. The publication of high-quality journals by scientists for scientists is one the core objectives of The Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), with the revenue raised supporting fellowships, courses, congresses and other activities.
This Minireview Series from The FEBS Journal presents three timely reviews covering the latest research on key extracellular matrix molecules and their roles in cancer. Iozzo and colleagues review the roles of biglycan and decorin during inflammation and autophagy in cancer . Karamanos and colleagues highlight the emergence of syndecans as prognostic tools for cancer progression . Sanderson and colleagues discuss regulatory roles of heparanase in inflammation, autophagy and cancer progression .
The calcium-binding protein ALG-2 promotes endoplasmic reticulum exit site localization and polymerization of Trk-fused gene (TFG) protein
Shibata and colleagues, The FEBS Journal
Apoptosis-linked gene 2 (ALG-2) mediates calcium-dependent signalling by interacting with effector proteins. Shibata and colleagues now show that ALG-2 also functions as an adaptor protein that promotes the polymerisation of Trk-fused gene (TFG) and its recruitment to endoplasmic reticulum exit sites (ERES) in a calcium-dependent manner. This study supports a role for ALG-2 as an adaptor protein involved in COPII-mediated protein trafficking from the ER.
Sekito, T. and colleagues, FEBS Letters
In plants, amino acids are stored in the vacuoles of young leaves, and actively exported to the cytosol under low nitrogen supply. The molecular identity of these transporters was unknown so far. Here, using a heterologous expression system in yeast, the authors identify the AtAVT3-related genes as a family of amino acid transporters that play a role in the export of neutral amino acids across the vacuolar membrane in plants.
von Heijne, G. and colleagues, FEBS Letters
Ribosome stalling during translation of arrest peptide (AP) sequences may be overcome by pulling forces exerted on nascent polypeptide chains during cotranslational protein folding. Here, Farías-Rico et al. combine AP-based force sensors with Ala and Trp scanning to provide insights into cotranslational folding of the ADR1a zinc-finger domain within the ribosome exit tunnel. The method utilized expands the toolkit available for investigating intraribosomal protein folding.
Arkov and colleagues, FEBS Open Bio
Large macromolecular complexes are crucial to cellular life, but details of their intricate architecture are often poorly understood. In this study, Arkov and colleagues employed a new in vivo crosslinking approach to map and position granular components in the evolutionarily conserved germ granule. Using a Drosophila embryo, the authors investigated the molecular neighbourhood of the germ granule, providing evidence that it contains efficient biochemical reactors involved in post-transcriptional gene regulation.
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