BMC Biology Table of Contents - May 2019
Quantifying cell shapes, synthetic cell division, new tools for nanobodies, and more
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This month’s content in BMC Biology sees the latest additions to our special interest collections, front matter content, and methodology and research articles.

New to the Microbiome Biology special issue – a collaboration with our sister journal Genome Biology – is research on arsenic resistance and metabolism genes from soil microbiomes. From our Engineering Biology series, Petra Schwille and colleagues Review the progress of synthetic cell division in attempts to create a designer cell; and in New Tools For Neurobiology, a Q&A from Bob Datta tackles new methods for analysing and understanding behaviour.

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Featured articles
Verger et al
Quantifying cell shape from 3D

Stéphane Verger and colleagues describe an ImageJ macro, SurfCut, for high-throughput and user-friendly extraction of cell shapes from 3D image stacks.

Schwille et al
Towards synthetic cell vision

From our Engineering Biology series, Petra Schwille and colleagues Review routes to creating artificial cell division machineries, through in vitro reconstitution of membrane remodelling assemblies.

Pavin et al
Connecting the poles

A spindle reassembly assay from the Pavin and Tolić labs reveals how microtubules from opposite poles find each other and, along with motor proteins, generate forces driving interpolar bundle formation.

Taylor et al

New tools for nanobodies

David Prole and Colin Taylor present a toolkit of nanobodies fused against red and green fluorescent proteins, for visualization and manipulation of cellular processes in live cells, including signalling dynamics and organelle contact sites.

Featured series - Reviews
Featured series - Reviews

This collection houses our commissioned Reviews, including the structural aspects of circadian clock components, “frozen metabolic accidents” in evolution, the axes of mammalian Unfolded Protein Response, and the evolution of aging.

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Commissioned content

Q&A: Understanding the composition of behavior

Sandeep Robert Datta

Synthetic cell division via membrane-transforming molecular assemblies
Simon Kretschmer, Kristina A. Ganzinger, Henri G. Franquelim and Petra Schwille




A global survey of arsenic-related genes in soil microbiomes

Taylor K. Dunivin, Susanna Y. Yeh and Ashley Shade

Pivoting of microtubules driven by minus-end-directed motors leads to spindle assembly
Iva M. Tolić et al

A genetically encoded toolkit of functionalized nanobodies against fluorescent proteins for visualizing and manipulating intracellular signalling

David L. Prole and Colin W. Taylor

Monitoring flux in signalling pathways through measurements of 4EBP1-mediated elF4F complex assembly

Christopher J. Brown et al

Biological and RNA regulatory function of MOV10 in mammalian germ cells
Ke Zheng et al

ImageJ SurfCut: a user-friendly pipeline for high-throughput extraction of cell contours from 3D image stacks
Stéphane Verger et al. 

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