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    Production of Quantum Dots-containing Influenza Virus Particles for Studying Viral Uncoating Processes
    Authors:  Chong Qin, Xiaowei Zhang and Zongqiang Cui, date: 09/20/2019, view: 30, Q&A: 0
    The genome of influenza A virus (IAV) comprises eight pinlike genomic segments called vRNPs enclosed in viral capsid. During infection, uncoating is the key step for viral replication and represents an antiviral therapeutic target, but it is ...
    Cryo-transmission Electron Microscopy of Outer-inner Membrane Vesicles Naturally Secreted by Gram-negative Pathogenic Bacteria
    A protocol was developed to visualize and analyze the structure of membrane vesicles (MVs) from Gram-negative bacteria. It is now accepted that these micrometric spherical vesicles are commonly produced by cells from all three domains of life, so ...
    Production of Quantum Dots-containing Influenza Virus Particles for Studying Viral Uncoating Processes
    Authors:  Chong Qin, Xiaowei Zhang and Zongqiang Cui, date: 09/20/2019, view: 30, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The genome of influenza A virus (IAV) comprises eight pinlike genomic segments called vRNPs enclosed in viral capsid. During infection, uncoating is the key step for viral replication and represents an antiviral therapeutic target, but it is difficult to observe the transient and dynamic event in detail. Here, we report a protocol for production ...
    Cryo-transmission Electron Microscopy of Outer-inner Membrane Vesicles Naturally Secreted by Gram-negative Pathogenic Bacteria
    [Abstract] A protocol was developed to visualize and analyze the structure of membrane vesicles (MVs) from Gram-negative bacteria. It is now accepted that these micrometric spherical vesicles are commonly produced by cells from all three domains of life, so the protocol could be useful in the study of vesicles produced by eukaryotes and archaea as well as ...
    Yeast Single-cell RNA-seq, Cell by Cell and Step by Step
    [Abstract] Single-cell RNA-seq (scRNA-seq) has become an established method for uncovering the intrinsic complexity within populations. Even within seemingly homogenous populations of isogenic yeast cells, there is a high degree of heterogeneity that originates from a compact and pervasively transcribed genome. Research with microorganisms such as yeast ...
    High Resolution Respirometry in Candida albicans
    Authors:  Lucian Duvenage, Carol A. Munro and Campbell W. Gourlay, date: 09/05/2019, view: 213, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Many Candida species, such as the opportunistic human pathogen Candida albicans, are Crabtree-Negative yeasts and are therefore highly dependent on the energy generated through oxidative phosphorylation. Respiration control is linked to a range of aspects of C. albicans cell physiology that appear to be important for ...
    Development of an Efficient Transformation System for Halotolerant Yeast Debaryomyces hansenii CBS767
    Authors:  Anu P. Minhas and Dipanwita Biswas, date: 09/05/2019, view: 154, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Debaryomyces hansenii is one of the most osmotolerant and halotolerant yeasts. Further, its association with traditional cheese and meat products imparting special flavors to these products project this yeast with enormous biotechnological potential in the agrofood sector. However, lack of an efficient transformation system in D. hansenii ...
    Measurement of the Length of the Integrated Donor DNA during Bacillus subtilis Natural Chromosomal Transformation
    Authors:  Ester Serrano and Begoña Carrasco, date: 08/20/2019, view: 259, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For natural transformation to occur, bacterial cells must first develop a programmed physiological state called competence. Competence in Bacillus subtilis, which occurs only in a fraction of cells, is a transient stress response that allows cells to take up DNA from the environment. During natural chromosomal transformation, the ...
    Non-invasive Quantification of Cell Wall Porosity by Fluorescence Quenching Microscopy
    Authors:  Xiaohui Liu, Thomas Günther Pomorski and Johannes Liesche, date: 08/20/2019, view: 225, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] All bacteria, fungi and plant cells are surrounded by a cell wall. This complex network of polysaccharides and glycoproteins provides mechanical support, defines cell shape, controls cell growth and influences the exchange of substances between the cell and its surroundings. Despite its name, the cell wall is a flexible, dynamic structure. ...
    Assessment of Metacaspase Activity in Phytoplankton
    Authors:  Dina Spungin and Ilana Berman-Frank, date: 08/20/2019, view: 169, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Programmed cell death (PCD) is an irreversible, genetically-controlled form of cell suicide in which an endogenous biochemical pathway leads to morphological changes and ultimately, cellular demise. PCD is accompanied by de-novo protein synthesis of a family of proteases-"caspases" that are often used as a diagnostic marker of PCD. ...
    Optimized Protocol for the Incorporation of FDAA (HADA Labeling) for in situ Labeling of Peptidoglycan
    Authors:  Katharina Peters, Manuel Pazos, Michael S. VanNieuwenhze and Waldemar Vollmer, date: 08/05/2019, view: 397, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The essential peptidoglycan (PG) layer surrounds the cytoplasmic membrane in nearly all bacteria. It is needed to maintain the shape of the cell and protect it from lysis due to high turgor. Growth of the PG layer is a complex process that involves the activities of PG synthases and hydrolases during elongation and cell division. PG growth sites ...
    Visualizing Hypoxia in a Murine Model of Candida albicans Infection Using in vivo Biofluorencence
    Authors:  José Pedro Lopes and Constantin F. Urban, date: 08/05/2019, view: 440, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Candida albicans is a leading human fungal pathogen that uses several metabolic adaptations to escape immune cells and causes systemic disease. Here, we describe a protocol for measuring one of these adaptations, the ability to thrive in hypoxic niches. Hypoxia was generated after successful subdermal infection with C. albicans ...



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