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    Gentamicin Protection Assay to Determine the Number of Intracellular Bacteria during Infection of Human TC7 Intestinal Epithelial Cells by Shigella flexneri
    Authors:  Atin Sharma and Andrea Puhar, date: 07/05/2019, view: 654, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Shigella flexneri is an intracellular bacterial pathogen that gains access to the gut epithelium using a specialized Type III Secretion System (T3SS). Various determinants mediating this invasive infection have been experimentally verified using the classical gentamicin protection assay presented here. In this assay epithelial cell lines ...
    A Highly Sensitive Anion Exchange Chromatography Method for Measuring cGAS Activity in vitro
    Authors:  Andreas Holleufer and Rune Hartmann, date: 10/20/2018, view: 1469, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cyclic GMP-AMP synthase (cGAS) is a pattern recognition receptor (PRR) that senses double stranded DNA (dsDNA) in the cytosol and this leads to the activation of stimulator of interferon genes (STING) via the secondary messenger 2’3’-cyclic GMP-AMP (2’3’-cGAMP). STING then recruits TANK binding kinase 1 (TBK-1) and this complex can phosphorylate ...
    Platelet Migration and Bacterial Trapping Assay under Flow
    Authors:  Shuxia Fan, Michael Lorenz, Steffen Massberg and Florian Gaertner, date: 09/20/2018, view: 1906, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Blood platelets are critical for hemostasis and thrombosis, but also play diverse roles during immune responses. We have recently reported that platelets migrate at sites of infection in vitro and in vivo. Importantly, platelets use their ability to migrate to collect and bundle fibrin (ogen)-bound bacteria accomplishing ...
    Quantification of Bacterial Attachment to Tissue Sections
    Authors:  Batya Isaacson, Tehila Hadad, Gilad Bachrach and Ofer Mandelboim, date: 03/05/2018, view: 2892, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Here we describe a method to test bacterial adhesion to paraffin embedded tissue sections. This method allows examining binding of different bacterial strains, transfected with a fluorescent protein reporter plasmid to various tissues, to better understand different mechanisms such as colonization. This assay provides a more physiological context ...
    Immunogold Electron Microscopy of the Autophagosome Marker LC3
    Authors:  Domenico Mattoscio, Andrea Raimondi, Carlo Tacchetti and Susanna Chiocca, date: 12/20/2017, view: 5410, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Even though autophagy was firstly observed by transmission electron microscopy already in the 1950s (reviewed in Eskelinen et al., 2011), nowadays this technique remains one of the most powerful systems to monitor autophagic processes. The autophagosome, an LC3-positive double membrane structures enclosing cellular materials, represents ...
    Lentiviral Knockdown of Transcription Factor STAT1 in Peromyscus leucopus to Assess Its Role in the Restriction of Tick-borne Flaviviruses
    Authors:  Adaeze O. Izuogu and R. Travis Taylor, date: 12/05/2017, view: 4490, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Cellular infection with tick-borne flaviviruses (TBFVs) results in activation of the interferon (IFN) signaling pathway and subsequent upregulation of numerous genes termed IFN stimulated genes (ISGs) (Schoggins et al., 2011). Many ISGs function to prevent virus pathogenesis by acting in a broad or specific manner through protein-protein ...
    Histochemical Staining of Collagen and Identification of Its Subtypes by Picrosirius Red Dye in Mouse Reproductive Tissues
    [Abstract] Collagen is one of the foremost components of tissue extracellular matrix (ECM). It provides strength, elasticity and architecture to the tissue enabling it to bear the wear and tear from external factors like physical stress as well as internal stress factors like inflammation or other pathological conditions. During normal pregnancy or pregnancy ...
    Establishment of a Human Cell Line Persistently Infected with Sendai Virus
    Authors:  Christopher Coakley, Cara Peter, Stephanie Fabry and Saurabh Chattopadhyay, date: 08/20/2017, view: 4216, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Interferon regulatory transcription factor 3 (IRF3) is a transcription factor that upon activation by virus infection promotes the synthesis of antiviral genes, such as the interferons (Hiscott, 2007). In addition to inducing genes, IRF3 triggers antiviral apoptosis by RIG-I-like receptor-induced IRF3 mediated pathway of apoptosis (RIPA), which is ...
    Detection of ASC Oligomerization by Western Blotting
    Authors:  Jérôme Lugrin and Fabio Martinon , date: 05/20/2017, view: 8717, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The apoptosis-associated speck-like protein with a caspase-recruitment domain (ASC) adaptor protein bridges inflammasome sensors and caspase-1. Upon inflammasome activation, ASC nucleates in a prion-like manner into a large and single platform responsible for the recruitment and the activation of caspase-1. Active caspase-1 will in turn promote ...
    Endogenous C-terminal Tagging by CRISPR/Cas9 in Trypanosoma cruzi
    Authors:  Noelia Lander, Miguel A. Chiurillo, Aníbal E. Vercesi and Roberto Docampo, date: 05/20/2017, view: 7821, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To achieve the C-terminal tagging of endogenous proteins in T. cruzi we use the Cas9/pTREX-n vector (Lander et al., 2015) to insert a specific tag sequence (3xHA or 3xc-Myc) at the 3’ end of a specific gene of interest (GOI). Chimeric sgRNA targeting the 3’ end of the GOI is PCR-amplified and cloned into Cas9/pTREX-n vector. Then ...



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