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    In vivo Fluorescence Imaging of Extracellular ATP in the Mouse Cerebral Cortex with a Hybrid-type Optical Sensor

    Adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP) works as an extracellular signaling molecule for cells in the brain, such as neurons and glia. Cellular communication via release of ATP is involved in a range of processes required for normal brain functions,

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    Objective Quantitation of Focal Sweating Areas Using a Mouse Sweat-assay Model
    Authors:  Choongjin Ban and Dae-Hyuk Kwoen, date: 06/05/2021, view: 136, Q&A: 0

    In vivo sweat quantitation assays are required for the development of drugs for the management of focal hyperhidrosis before clinical trials; however, in vivo assays, particularly mouse models, are rare. Even in sweat assays using mice, sweating is

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    Mechanical Fractionation of Cultured Neuronal Cells into Cell Body and Neurite Fractions
    Authors:  Ankita Arora, Raeann Goering, Hei-Yong G. Lo and J. Matthew Taliaferro, date: 06/05/2021, view: 411, Q&A: 0

    Many cells contain spatially defined subcellular regions that perform specialized tasks enabled by localized proteins. The subcellular distribution of these localized proteins is often facilitated by the subcellular localization of the RNA molecules

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    Generation and Maintenance of Homogeneous Human Midbrain Organoids
    Authors:  Henrik Renner, Martha Grabos, Hans R. Schöler and Jan M. Bruder, date: 06/05/2021, view: 234, Q&A: 0

    Three-dimensional cell cultures (“organoids”) promise to better recapitulate native tissue physiology than traditional 2D cultures and are becoming increasingly interesting for disease modeling and compound screening efforts. While a

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    Generation and Maintenance of Homogeneous Human Midbrain Organoids
    Authors:  Henrik Renner, Martha Grabos, Hans R. Schöler and Jan M. Bruder, date: 06/05/2021, view: 234, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Three-dimensional cell cultures (“organoids”) promise to better recapitulate native tissue physiology than traditional 2D cultures and are becoming increasingly interesting for disease modeling and compound screening efforts. While a number of protocols for the generation of neural organoids have been published, most protocols require

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    Mechanical Fractionation of Cultured Neuronal Cells into Cell Body and Neurite Fractions
    Authors:  Ankita Arora, Raeann Goering, Hei-Yong G. Lo and J. Matthew Taliaferro, date: 06/05/2021, view: 411, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Many cells contain spatially defined subcellular regions that perform specialized tasks enabled by localized proteins. The subcellular distribution of these localized proteins is often facilitated by the subcellular localization of the RNA molecules that encode them. A key question in the study of this process of RNA localization is the

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    Objective Quantitation of Focal Sweating Areas Using a Mouse Sweat-assay Model
    Authors:  Choongjin Ban and Dae-Hyuk Kwoen, date: 06/05/2021, view: 136, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    In vivo sweat quantitation assays are required for the development of drugs for the management of focal hyperhidrosis before clinical trials; however, in vivo assays, particularly mouse models, are rare. Even in sweat assays using mice, sweating is quantitated by manually counting the number of sweating spots, which can contribute to various

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    In vivo Fluorescence Imaging of Extracellular ATP in the Mouse Cerebral Cortex with a Hybrid-type Optical Sensor
    [Abstract]

    Adenosine 5’-triphosphate (ATP) works as an extracellular signaling molecule for cells in the brain, such as neurons and glia. Cellular communication via release of ATP is involved in a range of processes required for normal brain functions, and aberrant communication is associated with brain disorders. To investigate the mechanisms

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    Ex vivo Tissue Culture Protocols for Studying the Developing Neocortex
    Authors:  Takashi Namba, Christiane Haffner and Wieland B. Huttner, date: 05/20/2021, view: 523, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    The size of the neocortex and its morphology are highly divergent across mammalian species. Several approaches have been utilized for the analysis of neocortical development and comparison among different species. In the present protocol (Note: This protocol requires basic knowledge of brain anatomy), we describe three ex vivo neocortical

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    Operant Vapor Self-administration in Mice
    [Abstract]

    Models of drug addiction in rodents are instrumental in understanding the underlying neurobiology. Intravenous self-administration of drugs in mice is currently the most commonly used model; however, several challenges exist due to complications related to catheter patency. To take full advantage of the genetic tools available to study opioid

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    A New Method for Studying RNA-binding Proteins on Specific RNAs
    Authors:  Weiping Sun, Ziheng Zhang, Ji-Long Liu and Min Zhuang, date: 05/20/2021, view: 1158, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Proximity-based protein labeling has been developed to identify protein-nucleic acid interactions. We have reported a novel method termed CRUIS (CRISPR-based RNA-United Interacting System), which captures RNA-protein interactions in living cells by combining the RNA-binding capacity of CRISPR/Cas13 and the proximity-tagging activity of PUP-IT.

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    Single-Molecule Studies of Membrane Receptors from Brain Region Specific Nanovesicles
    Authors:  Surya P. Aryal, Xu Fu, Abdullah A. Masud, Khaga R. Neupane and Christopher I. Richards, date: 05/20/2021, view: 733, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Single molecule imaging and spectroscopy are powerful techniques for the study of a wide range of biological processes including protein assembly and trafficking. However, in vivo single molecule imaging of biomolecules has been challenging because of difficulties associated with sample preparation and technical challenges associated with

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    Activity-based Anorexia for Modeling Vulnerability and Resilience in Mice
    Authors:  Jeff A. Beeler and Nesha S. Burghardt, date: 05/05/2021, view: 343, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract]

    Activity-based anorexia (ABA) is a widely used rodent model of anorexia nervosa. It involves combining limited access to food with unlimited access to a running wheel, leading to a paradoxical decrease in food intake, hyperactivity, and life-threatening weight loss. Although initially characterized in rats, ABA has been tested in mice with results

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    Development of a Chemical Reproductive Aging Model in Female Rats
    [Abstract]

    Women are born with an abundant but finite pool of ovarian follicles, which naturally and progressively decreased during their reproductive years until menstrual periods stop permanently (menopause). Perimenopause represents the transition from reproductive to non-reproductive life. It is usually characterized by neuroendocrine, metabolic and

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