Volume 561 Issue 7722



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Receptor becomes a ligand to control bone remodelling p.180

The protein RANKL is released by bone-forming cells called osteoblasts, and binds to its receptor, RANK, on osteoclast cells to trigger bone removal. It emerges that the pathway can act in reverse to stimulate bone formation.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05960-x

Spins travel far in an antiferromagnet p.181

Controlled long-distance transport of electron spins is required for a kind of electronics known as spintronics. Such transport has been realized in an antiferromagnet, the most common type of magnetic material.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-06197-4

A 3D cell shape that enables tube formation p.182

Sheets of cells called epithelia can curve into tubes in embryos. Modelling and in vivo observations reveal that cells in tubes adopt an asymmetric cell shape dubbed scutoid, contrary to some previous assumptions.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-06162-1

Protein complexes assemble as they are being made p.186

An investigation finds that most protein complexes in yeast cells assemble before the subunits have fully formed. This mechanism might prevent the formation of toxic protein aggregates.

doi: 10.1038/d41586-018-05905-4