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    Modeling NOTCH1 driven T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Mice
    Authors:  Agnieszka A. Wendorff and Adolfo A. Ferrando, date: 05/20/2020, view: 654, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematological malignancy that arises from transformation of T-cell primed hematopoietic progenitors. Although T-ALL is a heterogenous and molecularly complex disease, more than 65% of T-ALL patients carry activating mutations in the NOTCH1 gene. The majority of T-ALL–associated ...
    Isolation of Tumor Cells Based on Their Distance from Blood Vessels
    Authors:  Saran Kumar, Husni Sharife, Tirzah Kreisel, Libat Bar-Lev, Myriam Grunewald and Eli Keshet, date: 05/20/2020, view: 782, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Differential exposure of tumor cells to microenvironmental cues greatly impacts cell phenotypes, raising a need for position based sorting of tumor cells amenable to multiple OMICs and functional analyses. One such key determinant of tumor heterogeneity in solid tumors is its vasculature. Proximity to blood vessels (BVs) profoundly affects tumor ...
    Evaluation of the Efficiency of Genome Editing Tools by a Frameshift Fluorescence Protein Reporter
    Authors:  Balaji T. Moorthy, Akhilesh Kumar, Lauren X. Lotenfoe and Fangliang Zhang, date: 05/20/2020, view: 763, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In the last decade, genome editing has been the center of attention as a novel tool for mechanistic investigations and for potential clinical applications. Various genome editing tools like meganucleases, zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), transcription activator-like effector-based nucleases (TALEN), and the clustered regularly interspaced short ...
    Colorimetric RhoB GTPase Activity Assay
    Authors:  Kossay Zaoui and Stephanie Duhamel, date: 05/05/2020, view: 1061, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The Ras homologous protein (Rho) GTPase subfamily, including RhoA, RhoB, and RhoC are small molecules (~21 kDa) that act as molecular switches in a wide range of signaling pathways to orchestrate biological processes associated with both physiological and tumorigenic cellular states. The Rho GTPases are crucial regulators of actin cytoskeleton ...
    Single Cell Migration Assay Using Human Breast Cancer MDA-MB-231 Cell Line
    Authors:  David M. Gau and Partha Roy, date: 04/20/2020, view: 1175, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cell migration is a fundamental cellular process that plays a crucial role in many physioglogical and pathological processes such as wound healing or cancer metastasis. Many assays have been developed to examine cell migration, such as the wound healing or scratch assay, Boyden Chamber or transwell assay, and the method we will describe here, ...
    Measurement of Protein-Protein Interactions through Microscale Thermophoresis (MST)
    Authors:  Magnez Romain, Bryan Thiroux, Morgane Tardy, Bruno Quesnel and Xavier Thuru, date: 04/05/2020, view: 777, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The binding interactions of PD-1 and PD-L1 have been studied by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC) over the past few years, but these investigations resulted in controversy regarding the values of the dissociation constant (Kd) (Freeman et al., 2000). MST is a powerful new method for the ...
    In vivo Tumor Growth and Spontaneous Metastasis Assays Using A549 Lung Cancer Cells
    [Abstract] Metastasis accounts for the majority of cancer related deaths. The genetically engineered mouse (GEM) models and cell line-based subcutaneous and orthotopic mouse xenografts have been developed to study the metastatic process. By using lung cancer cell line A549 as an example, we present a modified protocol to establish the cell line-based ...
    Single-cell qPCR Assay with Massively Parallel Microfluidic System
    Authors:  Marta Prieto-Vila, Takahiro Ochiya and Yusuke Yamamoto, date: 03/20/2020, view: 718, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The single-cell transcriptome is the set of messenger RNA molecules expressed in one cell. It is extremely variable and changes according to external, physical and biochemical conditions. Due to sensitivity shortages, most of genetic studies use bulk samples, providing only the average gene expression. Single-cell technologies have provided a ...
    Rapid Nickel-based Isolation of Extracellular Vesicles from Different Biological Fluids
    [Abstract] Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are membranous structures that cells massively release in extracellular fluids. EVs are cargo of cellular components such as lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids that can work as a formidable source in liquid biopsy studies searching for disease biomarkers. We recently demonstrated that nickel-based isolation (NBI) is a ...
    Detection of Individual RNA in Fixed Cells and Tissues by Chromogenic ISH
    Authors:  Meng Jiang, Chen Lin and Rongqin Ke, date: 02/05/2020, view: 789, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Visualization of RNA molecules in situ helps to better understand the functions of expressed genes. Currently, most conventional in situ hybridization methods for visualization of individual RNAs are based on fluorescence detection. Herein we present a chromogenic in situ hybridization protocol for visualization of ...



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