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    Rapid Genome Engineering of Pseudomonas Assisted by Fluorescent Markers and Tractable Curing of Plasmids
    Authors:  Daniel C. Volke, Nicolas T. Wirth and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1113, Q&A: 0

    Precise genome engineering has become a commonplace technique for metabolic engineering. Also, insertion, deletion and alteration of genes and other functional DNA sequences are essential for understanding and engineering cells. Several techniques

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    An Imaging Flow Cytometry Method to Measure Citrullination of H4 Histone as a Read-out for Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Formation
    Authors:  Emilia A. Barbu, Venina M. Dominical, Laurel Mendelsohn and Swee Lay Thein, date: 02/20/2021, view: 529, Q&A: 0

    The formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) is thought to play a critical role in infections and propagating sterile inflammation. Histone citrullination is an essential and early step in NETs formation, detectable prior to the formation

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    An Imaging Flow Cytometry Method to Measure Citrullination of H4 Histone as a Read-out for Neutrophil Extracellular Traps Formation
    Authors:  Emilia A. Barbu, Venina M. Dominical, Laurel Mendelsohn and Swee Lay Thein, date: 02/20/2021, view: 529, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    The formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) is thought to play a critical role in infections and propagating sterile inflammation. Histone citrullination is an essential and early step in NETs formation, detectable prior to the formation of the hallmark extracellular DNA-scaffolded strands. In addition to the classical microscopy

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    Rapid Genome Engineering of Pseudomonas Assisted by Fluorescent Markers and Tractable Curing of Plasmids
    Authors:  Daniel C. Volke, Nicolas T. Wirth and Pablo I. Nikel, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1113, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Precise genome engineering has become a commonplace technique for metabolic engineering. Also, insertion, deletion and alteration of genes and other functional DNA sequences are essential for understanding and engineering cells. Several techniques have been developed to this end (e.g., CRISPR/Cas-assisted methods, homologous recombination, or λ

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    Plant ARGONAUTE Protein Immunopurification for Pathogen Cross Kingdom Small RNA Analysis
    Authors:  Florian Dunker, Bernhard Lederer and Arne Weiberg, date: 02/05/2021, view: 327, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Over the last decade, it has been noticed that microbial pathogens and pests deliver small RNA (sRNA) effectors into their host plants to manipulate plant physiology and immunity for infection, known as cross kingdom RNA interference. In this process, fungal and oomycete parasite sRNAs hijack the plant ARGONAUTE (AGO)/RNA-induced silencing complex

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    Resolving Structural Changes of Photoreceptors in Living Escherichia coli via In-cell Infrared Difference Spectroscopy
    Authors:  Lukas Goett-Zink, Jessica L. Klocke and Tilman Kottke, date: 02/05/2021, view: 350, Q&A: 0
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    Several in-cell spectroscopic techniques have been developed recently to investigate the structure and mechanism of proteins in their native environment. Conditions in vivo differ dramatically from those selected for in vitro experiments. Accordingly, the cellular environment can affect the protein mechanism for example by molecular crowding or

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    A One-enzyme RT-qPCR Assay for SARS-CoV-2, and Procedures for Reagent Production
    Authors:  Sanchita Bhadra, Andre C. Maranhao, Inyup Paik and Andrew D. Ellington, date: 01/20/2021, view: 213, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Given the scale of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the need for reliable, scalable testing, and the likelihood of reagent shortages, especially in resource-poor settings, we have developed an RT-qPCR assay that relies on an alternative to conventional viral reverse transcriptases, a thermostable reverse transcriptase/DNA polymerase (RTX) (Ellefson

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    Evaluation of Toxicity with Brine Shrimp Assay
    Authors:  Christina N. Banti and Sotiris K. Hadjikakou, date: 01/20/2021, view: 615, Q&A: 0
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    The in vivo toxicity of new metallodrugs either as Small Bioactive Molecules (SBAMs) or Conjugates of Metals with Drugs (CoMeDs) or their hydrogels such as with hydroxyethyl-methacrylate (HEMA) (pHEMA@SBAMs or pHEMA@CoMeDs) are evaluated by the brine shrimp assay. Thus individuals of Artemia salina larvae are incubated in saline solutions with

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    Bacterial Conjugation Protocol for Ruminant Mycoplasmas
    Authors:  Eveline Sagné, Christine Citti and Emilie Dordet-Frisoni, date: 01/20/2021, view: 421, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    In Mycoplasma agalactiae, two simultaneous processes of DNA transfer have been described that require direct cell-to-cell contact and are similar to conjugation. One involves the self-transmission of an integrative conjugative element (ICE) while the second concerns the horizontal transfer of large and small fragments of chromosomal DNA. Here, we

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    Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa c-di-GMP High and Low Subpopulations Using Flow-assisted Cell Sorting (FACS) and Quantitative Reverse Transcriptase PCR (qRT-PCR)
    Authors:  Catherine R. Armbruster and Matthew R. Parsek, date: 01/20/2021, view: 560, Q&A: 0
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    Cyclic diguanylate monophosphate (c-di-GMP) is a second messenger signaling molecule that drives the transition from planktonic to the biofilm mode of growth in many bacterial species. Pseudomonas aeruginosa has at least two surface sensing systems that produce c-di-GMP in response to surface attachment, the Wsp and Pil-Chp systems. We recently

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    Determination of Antibacterial Activity of Film Coatings against Four Clinically Relevant Bacterial Strains
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    Antibacterial coatings have currently gained great importance in biomedical technology investigations. Because of the spatial arrangement of the film coatings, evaluation of antibacterial activity presents a new challenge regarding traditional bacterial counting methods. In this protocol, four clinically relevant pathogens, Salmonella typhimurium,

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    Assessment of Diadenylate Cyclase and c-di-AMP-phosphodiesterase Activities Using Thin-layer and Ion Exchange Chromatography
    Authors:  Andreas Latoscha, David Jan Drexler, Gregor Witte and Natalia Tschowri, date: 01/05/2021, view: 535, Q&A: 0
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    All living cells use cyclic nucleotides as second messengers for signal sensing and transduction. Cyclic di-3′,5′-adenosine monophosphate (c-di-AMP) is primarily involved in the control of bacterial and euryarcheal osmoadaptation and is produced by diadenylate cyclases from two molecules of ATP. Specific phosphodiesterases hydrolyze

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