In line with government instructions, the LMB buildings opened further from Monday 6 July to enable all general lab work, while those that can work from home continue to do so. The LMB COVID-19 risk assessment has been updated and measures are in place to manage the risk from infection including strict social distancing measures in all areas of the building and maintaining high standards of both personal and environmental hygiene, including face masks in most areas.
All internal and external meetings continue to be held via video or teleconferencing. Please use email as the preferred means of contacting members of LMB.
COVID-19 research remains active at LMB, with over 14 separate strands of research into various aspects of the SARS-CoV-2 virus underway:
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Each of our cells contains about two metres of DNA. To be able to store all of this, the DNA must be very tightly compacted. Jan Löwe’s group have produced the first atomic model of condensin, a complex known to have a role in compacting DNA into chromosomes, in its entirety.
Menna Clatworthy’s group has identified a key signalling molecule in determining the balance between wound healing and defence against bacterial invasion, with implications for our understanding of the immune system’s role in inflammatory bowel disease.
- Chris Tate and Marta Zlatic elected to EMBO membership
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- Katja Röper: Development of tubular organs
Next in our series of Group Leader profiles is a profile of Katja Röper, a Group Leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division. […]
- Structure of the DOCK2-ELMO1 complex provides insights into regulation of the auto-inhibited state.
Chang, L., et al.
Nat Commun 11(1): 3464. (10th July 2020)
- Human CNS barrier-forming organoids with cerebrospinal fluid production.
Pellegrini, L., Bonfio, C., Chadwick, J., Begum, F., Skehel, M., Lancaster, MA.
Science 369(6500). (10th July 2020)
- Membrane Architecture in the Spotlight of Correlative Microscopy.
Ganeva, I., Kukulski, W.
Trends Cell Biol. 30(7): 577-587. (10th July 2020)
- Genomic diversity in pearl millet inbred lines derived from landraces and improved varieties.
Kanfany, G., et al.
BMC Genomics 21(1): 469. (8th July 2020)
- Ankyrin Is An Intracellular Tether for TMC Mechanotransduction Channels.
Tang, YQ., Lee, SA., Rahman, M., Vanapalli, SA., Lu, H., Schafer, WR.
Neuron 107(1): 112-125.e10. (8th July 2020)
- The Tumour Suppressor TMEM127 Is a Nedd4-Family E3 Ligase Adaptor Required by Salmonella SteD to Ubiquitinate and Degrade MHC Class II Molecules.
Alix, E., et al.
Cell Host Microbe 28(1): 54-68.e7. (8th July 2020)
- Loss of a single methylation in 23S rRNA delays 50S assembly at multiple late stages and impairs translation initiation and elongation.
Wang, W., Li, W., Ge, X., Yan, K., Mandava, CS., Sanyal, S., Gao, N.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 117(27): 15609-15619. (7th July 2020)
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