Protocols in Current Issue
    Measurement of CD74 N-terminal Fragment Accumulation in Cells Treated with SPPL2a Inhibitor
    Authors:  Rubén Martínez-Barricarte, Xiao-Fei Kong and Jean-Laurent Casanova, date: 06/05/2019, view: 158, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The recent discovery of human signal peptide peptidase-like 2a (SPPL2a) deficiency in humans revealed the toxicity associated with the accumulation of one of its substrates, CD74 N-terminal fragment (CD74-NTF), for certain type of dendritic cells (cDC2). We developed a two-step protocol for monitoring the accumulation of this molecule in different ...
    Detection of Antigen-specific T cells in Spleens of Vaccinated Mice Applying 3[H]-Thymidine Incorporation Assay and Luminex Multiple Cytokine Analysis Technology
    Authors:  Maria Agallou and Evdokia Karagouni, date: 06/05/2019, view: 174, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] For many infectious diseases T cells are an important part of naturally acquired protective immune responses, and inducing these by vaccination has been the aim of much research. Here, we describe a protocol for the analysis of vaccine-induced antigen-specific immune responses. For this purpose, cells of whole spleens obtained from vaccinated ...
    Induced Germinal Center B Cell Culture System
    Authors:  Kei Haniuda and Daisuke Kitamura, date: 02/20/2019, view: 1317, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The germinal center (GC) is the site where B cells undergo clonal expansion, affinity-based selection, and differentiation into memory B cells or plasma cells. It has been difficult to elucidate regulatory mechanisms for the dynamic GC B cell maturation and differentiation, partly because experimental manipulation of GC B cells in vivo ...
    Assessment of Humoral Alloimmunity in Mixed Lymphocyte Reaction
    Authors:  Georgios Pissas and Theodoros Eleftheriadis, date: 01/20/2019, view: 1180, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Humoral alloimmunity remains a significant and unresolved problem that constrains allograft survival. Thus, there is a need for the development of an easy, preferably non-radioactive, and inexpensive protocol for assessing the effect of various drug treatments on humoral alloimmunity. In order to satisfy this demand, we developed such a protocol ...
    Intracellular Invasion and Killing Assay to Investigate the Effects of Binge Alcohol Toxicity in Murine Alveolar Macrophages
    Authors:  Victor Jimenez Jr and Fernando P Monroy, date: 01/20/2019, view: 844, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Alcohol consumption has diverse and well-documented effects on the human immune system and its ability to defend against infective agents. While pulmonary related infections can occur in healthy humans, binge alcohol use is recognized as a major health risk factor (Nelson et al., 1991). Although binge alcohol consumption has been ...
    Monitoring Natural Killer Cell Function in Human Ovarian Cancer Cells of Ascitic Fluid
    Authors:  Vikash Kumar and Asok Mukhopadhyay, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1077, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Natural killer (NK) cells are the major effectors of the innate immune system when activated resulting in modulation of immune response of the host defense through target cell lysis and secretion of cytokines. Precise functions of NK cells are essential for the treatment outcome of different virus infections and malignant diseases. NK cells impart ...
    Method for Studying the Effect of Gene Silencing on Bacterial Infection-induced ERK1/2 Signaling in Bone-marrow Derived Macrophages
    Authors:  Gaurav Kumar, Subhash B. Arya and Amit Tuli, date: 12/20/2018, view: 1276, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Macrophages are highly phagocytic cells that utilize various pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs) to recognize pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs). These PAMPs can be present within the microbe, such as bacterial CpG DNA, and are recognized by Toll-like receptor 9 (TLR9), a PRR present on the endosomal membrane of macrophages. PAMPs ...
    Integrin Dependent RhoB Activation Assay Using Leukocytes
    Authors:  Janne Lehtonen, Katarzyna Potrzebowska, Malin Samuelsson and Lena Svensson, date: 12/05/2018, view: 669, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To be able to migrate, leukocyte needs to re-use its adhesion molecules to move forward. These adhesion molecules are called integrins and are intracellularly transported via endocytosis and exocytosis in order to translocate to a new site on the cell membrane. The intracellular transportation is regulated by different small GTPases including ...
    Phagocytosis Assay for α-Synuclein Fibril Uptake by Mouse Primary Microglia
    Authors:  Cuilian Du, Feifan Zhang and Claire Xi Zhang, date: 09/05/2018, view: 1227, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microglia are professional phagocytes in the brain and deficiency in their phagocytic activity plays an important role in Parkinson’s disease. This protocol mainly describes the phagocytosis assay for uptake of α-synuclein preformed fibrils, a pathologic form of α-synuclein, by primary microglia.
    Measurement of TLR4 and CD14 Receptor Endocytosis Using Flow Cytometry
    Authors:  Michael S. Schappe and Bimal N. Desai, date: 07/20/2018, view: 2523, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] After recognizing extracellular bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), the toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)-CD14 signaling complex initiates two distinct signaling pathways–one from the plasma membrane and the other from the signaling endosomes (Kagan et al., 2008). Understanding the early stages of TLR4 signal transduction therefore requires a ...

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