Current Opinion in Structural Biology Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal description

Current Opinion in Structural Biology contains: Over 90 reviews from leading international contributors Web alerts of hot sites Paper alert service - the latest exciting papers Evaluated reference lists for all articles Annual author and subject index Online Fully searchable Access back issues Numerous links Search and read all issues published since 1984, giving you access to your own reference library without leaving your desk. Save valuable time by exploring our links to MEDLINE and numerous websites. Check out contents and abstracts FREE

Current impact factor: 7.20

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 7.201
2013 Impact Factor 8.747
2012 Impact Factor 8.738
2011 Impact Factor 9.424
2010 Impact Factor 9.903
2009 Impact Factor 9.344
2008 Impact Factor 9.06
2007 Impact Factor 10.15
2006 Impact Factor 11.215
2005 Impact Factor 9.559
2004 Impact Factor 9.821
2003 Impact Factor 8.686
2002 Impact Factor 9.63
2001 Impact Factor 10.893
2000 Impact Factor 10.427
1999 Impact Factor 8.633
1998 Impact Factor 8.69
1997 Impact Factor 7.509

Impact factor over time

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Additional details

5-year impact 8.08
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 1.24
Eigenfactor 0.03
Article influence 4.05
Website Current Opinion in Structural Biology website
Other titles Bibliography of the current world literature., Current opinion in structural biology, Structural biology
ISSN 1879-033X
OCLC 23812553
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The exploitation of anomalous signals for biological structural solution is maturing. Single-wavelength anomalous diffraction (SAD) is dominant in de novo structure analysis. Nevertheless, for challenging structures where the resolution is low (dmin≥3.5Å) or where only lighter atoms (Z≤20) are present, as for native macromolecules, solved SAD structures are still scarce. With the recent rapid development in crystal handling, beamline instrumentation, optimization of data collection strategies, use of multiple crystals and structure determination technologies, the weak anomalous diffraction signals are now robustly measured and should be used for routine SAD structure determination. The review covers these recent advances on weak anomalous signals measurement, analysis and utilization.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:99-107. DOI:10.1016/
  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 10/2015; 34:108-115. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Intermolecular interactions are indispensible for biological function. Here we discuss how novel NMR techniques can provide unique insights into the assembly, dynamics and regulation of biomolecular complexes. We focus on applications that exploit the methyl TROSY effect and show that methodological advances and biological insights go hand in hand. We envision that future methyl TROSY applications will continue to provide unique information regarding intermolecular interactions, even for very large eukaryotic protein complexes that are often highly asymmetric.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; 35:60-67. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Membrane protein structural biology has benefitted tremendously from access to micro-focus crystallography at synchrotron radiation sources. X-ray free electron lasers (XFELs) are linear accelerator driven X-ray sources that deliver a jump in peak X-ray brilliance of nine orders of magnitude and represent a disruptive technology with potential to dramatically change the field. Membrane proteins were amongst the first macromolecules to be studied with XFEL radiation and include proof-of-principle demonstrations of serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX), the observation that XFEL data can deliver damage free crystallographic structures, initial experiments towards recording structural information from 2D arrays of membrane proteins, and time-resolved SFX, time-resolved wide angle X-ray scattering and time-resolved X-ray emission spectroscopy studies. Conversely, serial crystallography methods are now being applied using synchrotron radiation. We believe that a context dependent choice of synchrotron or XFEL radiation will accelerate progress towards novel insights in understanding membrane protein structure and dynamics.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; 33:115-125. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Aquaporins have emerged as one of the structurally best-characterized membrane protein families, with fourteen different structures available from a diverse range of organisms. While all aquaporins share the same fold and passive mechanism for water permeation, structural details allow for differences in selectivity and modes of regulation. These details are now the emphasis of aquaporin structural biology. Recent structural studies of eukaryotic aquaporins have revealed reoccurring structural themes in both gating and trafficking, implying a limited number of structural solutions to aquaporin regulation. Moreover, the groundbreaking subangstrom resolution structure of a yeast aquaporin allows hydrogens to be visualized in the water-conducting channel, providing exclusive new insights into the proton exclusion mechanism. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; 33:126-134. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Complex carbohydrates perform essential functions in life, including energy storage, cell signaling, protein targeting, quality control, as well as supporting cell structure and stability. Extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) represent mainly structural polymers and are found in essentially all kingdoms of life. For example, EPS are important biofilm and capsule components in bacteria, represent major constituents in cell walls of fungi, algae, arthropods and plants, and modulate the extracellular matrix in vertebrates. Different mechanisms evolved by which EPS are synthesized. Here, we review the structures and functions of membrane-integrated processive glycosyltransferases (GTs) implicated in the synthesis and secretion of chitin, alginate, hyaluronan and poly-N-acetylglucosamine (PNAG). Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; 34:78-86. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: For most three-dimensional structures of biological macromolecules, the factual accuracy of atom positions by far exceeds the resolution of the experimental data, although the refinement problem presented by a protein structure is substantially underdetermined. This is achieved through using restraints that precisely define protein geometries and thus reduce the degrees of freedom of the refinement problem. If such information is not available or when unusual geometries or particular ligand states complicate structural analysis, possible pitfalls arise that not only concern the precise definition of spatial arrangements, but also the identification of atom types and bond distances. Prominent examples include CO dehydrogenase, hydrogenase, acetylene hydratase and nitrogenase, all of which employ unique active sites that turned out not to be what they seemed upon first inspection. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; 35:32-40. DOI:10.1016/
  • Current Opinion in Structural Biology 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: A computational protein-protein docking method that predicts atomic details of protein-protein interactions from protein monomer structures is an invaluable tool for understanding the molecular mechanisms of protein interactions and for designing molecules that control such interactions. Compared to low-resolution docking, high-resolution docking explores the conformational space in atomic resolution to provide predictions with atomic details. This allows for applications to more challenging docking problems that involve conformational changes induced by binding. Recently, high-resolution methods have become more promising as additional information such as global shapes or residue contacts are now available from experiments or sequence/structure data. In this review article, we highlight developments in high-resolution docking made during the last decade, specifically regarding global optimization methods employed by the docking methods. We also discuss two major challenges in high-resolution docking: prediction of backbone flexibility and water-mediated interactions. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 35:24-31. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Mitochondria comprise two membrane systems, a bordering outer membrane and an invaginated inner membrane containing the oxidative phosphorylation machinery for ATP synthesis. Most mitochondrial membrane proteins are produced as precursors in the cytosolic compartment of the cell and imported into the organelle, whereas only few proteins are synthesized in the mitochondrial matrix. The topologically correct integration of hydrophobic precursor proteins into phospholipid bilayers is a particular challenge for protein translocation systems. Because of this mechanistic complexity, membrane proteins with distinct transmembrane topologies require profoundly different biogenesis pathways. Here we discuss recent findings on the structure and function of the diverse molecular machineries for mitochondrial membrane protein insertion. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 33:92-102. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) serves as a molecular ruler that is ideally posed to study static and dynamic heterogeneity in living cells. Observing smFRET in cells requires appropriately integrated labeling, internalization and imaging strategies, and significant progress has been made towards that goal. Pioneering studies have demonstrated smFRET detection in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems, using both wide-field and confocal microscopies, and have started to answer exciting biological questions. We anticipate that future technical developments will open the door to smFRET for the study of structure, conformational changes and kinetics of biomolecules in living cells. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 34:52-59. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: N-methyld-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) belong to the large family of ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), which are critically involved in basic brain functions as well as multiple neurological diseases and disorders. The NMDARs are large heterotetrameric membrane protein complexes. The extensive extracellular domains recognize neurotransmitter ligands and allosteric compounds and translate the binding information to regulate activity of the transmembrane ion channel. Here, we review recent advances in the structural biology of NMDARs with a focus on pharmacology and function. Structural analysis of the isolated extracellular domains in combination with the intact heterotetrameric NMDAR structure provides important insights into how this sophisticated ligand-gated ion channel may function. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 33:68-75. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Diverse cell biological processes that involve shaping and remodeling of cell membranes are regulated by membrane lateral tension. Here we focus on the role of tension in driving membrane fusion. We discuss the physics of membrane tension, forces that can generate the tension in plasma membrane of a cell, and the hypothesis that tension powers expansion of membrane fusion pores in late stages of cell-to-cell and exocytotic fusion. We propose that fusion pore expansion can require unusually large membrane tensions or, alternatively, low line tensions of the pore resulting from accumulation in the pore rim of membrane-bending proteins. Increase of the inter-membrane distance facilitates the reaction. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 33:61-67. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Cells from all domains of life encode energy-dependent trans-membrane transporters that can expel harmful substances including clinically applied therapeutic agents. As a collective body, these transporters perform as a super-system that confers tolerance to an enormous range of harmful compounds and consequently aid survival in hazardous environments. In the Gram-negative bacteria, some of these transporters serve as energy-transducing components of tripartite assemblies that actively efflux drugs and other harmful compounds, as well as deliver virulence agents across the entire cell envelope. We draw together recent structural and functional data to present the current models for the transport mechanisms for the main classes of multi-drug transporters and their higher-order assemblies. Copyright © 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 33:76-91. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Enveloped viruses enter the cell by fusing their envelope with a cellular membrane. Fusion is catalyzed by conformational changes of viral glycoproteins from pre-fusion to post-fusion states. Structural studies have defined three classes of viral fusion glycoproteins. Class III comprises the fusion glycoproteins from rhabdoviruses (G), herpesviruses (gB), and baculoviruses (GP64). Although sharing the same fold, those glycoproteins exhibit striking differences in their modes of activation and interaction with the target membrane. Furthermore, for gB and GP64, only the post-fusion structure is known and the extent of their conformational change is still an unresolved issue. Further structural studies are therefore required to get a detailed insight in the working of those fusion machines. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 33:52-60. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: There is an unprecedented interest in glycobiology due to the increasing appreciation of its impact on all aspects of life. Likewise, bacteriophage biology is enjoying a new renaissance as the post-antibiotic era fuels the search for novel ways to control harmful bacteria. Phages have spent the last 3 billion years developing ways of recognizing and manipulating bacterial surface glycans. Therefore, phages comprise a massive reservoir of glycan-binding and -hydrolyzing proteins with the potential to be exploited for glycan analysis, bacterial diagnostics and therapeutics. We discuss phage tail proteins that recognize bacterial surface polysaccharides, endolysins that bind and cleave peptidoglycan, Ig-like proteins that attach to mucin glycans, and phage effector proteins that recognize both bacterial and eukaryotic oligosaccharides. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Current Opinion in Structural Biology 08/2015; 34:69-77. DOI:10.1016/