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    A Simple Method to Generate Super-sensitive AID (ssAID)-based Conditional Knockouts using CRISPR-based Gene Knockout in Various Vertebrate Cell Lines
    Authors:  Kohei Nishimura and Tatsuo Fukagawa, date: 07/20/2021, view: 44, Q&A: 0
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    Inducing loss of function of a target protein using methods such as gene knockout is a powerful and useful strategy for analyzing protein function in cells. In recent years, the CRISPR/Cas-9-based gene knockout technology has been widely used across a variety of eukaryotes; however, this type of simple gene knockout strategy is not applicable to

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    Differential Analysis of N-glycopeptide Abundance and N-glycosylation Site Occupancy for Studying Protein N-glycosylation Dysregulation in Human Disease
    Authors:  Qi Zhang, Cheng Ma, Lian Li and Lih-Shen Chin, date: 06/20/2021, view: 845, Q&A: 0
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    Protein N-glycosylation plays a vital role in diverse cellular processes, and dysregulated N-glycosylation is implicated in a variety of human diseases including neurodegenerative disorders and cancer. With recent advances in high-resolution mass spectrometry-based glycoproteomics technologies enabling large-scale N-glycoproteome profiling of

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    Optimized Recombinant Production of Secreted Proteins Using Human Embryonic Kidney (HEK293) Cells Grown in Suspension
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    Recombinant proteins are an essential milestone for a plethora of different applications ranging from pharmaceutical to clinical, and mammalian cell lines are among the currently preferred systems to obtain large amounts of proteins of interest due to their high level of post-translational modification and manageable large-scale production. In

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    In vitro Reconstitution Assays of Arabidopsis 20S Proteasome
    Authors:  Yanjun Li, Di Sun, Xingxing Yan, Zhiye Wang and Xiuren Zhang, date: 04/05/2021, view: 2765, Q&A: 0
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    The majority of cellular proteins are degraded by the 26S proteasome in eukaryotes. However, intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), which contain large portions of unstructured regions and are inherently unstable, are degraded via the ubiquitin-independent 20S proteasome. Emerging evidence indicates that plant IDP homeostasis may also be

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    Ligand and Carbohydrate Engagement (LACE) Assay and Fluorescence Quantification on Murine Neural Tissue
    Authors:  James M. Clegg and Thomas Pratt, date: 03/20/2021, view: 2083, Q&A: 0
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    The interaction between cell surface heparan sulphate and diffusible ligands such as FGFs is of vital importance for downstream signaling, however, there are few techniques that can be used to investigate this binding event. The ligand and carbohydrate engagement (LACE) assay is a powerful tool which can be used to probe the molecular interaction

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    In vitro Measurement of Membrane Attack Complex in RPE Cells
    Authors:  Kelly Mulfaul and Sarah L. Doyle, date: 02/20/2021, view: 1619, Q&A: 0
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    Initiation of the complement system results in the formation of a multiprotein pore termed the membrane attack complex (MAC, C5b-C9). MAC pores accumulate on a cell surface and can result in cell lysis. The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a single monolayer of pigmented epithelial cells located at the posterior poll of the eye that forms the

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    Determination of Microtubule Lattice Parameters from Cryo-electron Microscope Images Using TubuleJ
    Authors:  Siou Ku, Cédric Messaoudi, Charlotte Guyomar, Charles Kervrann and Denis Chrétien, date: 11/05/2020, view: 1249, Q&A: 0
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    The α-β tubulin heterodimer undergoes subtle conformational changes during microtubule assembly. These can be modulated by external factors, whose effects on microtubule structure can be characterized on 2D views obtained by cryo-electron microscopy. Analysis of microtubule images is facilitated if they are straight enough to interpret

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    Understanding Docking Complexes of Macromolecules Using HADDOCK: The Synergy between Experimental Data and Computations
    Authors:  Andrea Saponaro, Vincenzo Maione, Alexandre M. J. J. Bonvin and Francesca Cantini, date: 10/20/2020, view: 1273, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] This protocol illustrates the modelling of a protein-peptide complex using the synergic combination of in silico analysis and experimental results. To this end, we use the integrative modelling software HADDOCK, which possesses the powerful ability to incorporate experimental data, such as NMR Chemical Shift Perturbations and biochemical ...
    Affinity Purification of GO-Matryoshka Biosensors from E. coli for Quantitative Ratiometric Fluorescence Analyses
    [Abstract] Genetically encoded biosensors are powerful tools for quantitative visualization of ions and metabolites in vivo. Design and optimization of such biosensors typically require analyses of large numbers of variants. Sensor properties determined in vitro such as substrate specificity, affinity, response range, dynamic range, and ...
    Assembly and Imaging Set up of PIE-Scope
    [Abstract] Cryo-Electron Tomography (cryo-ET) is a method that enables resolving the structure of macromolecular complexes directly in the cellular environment. However, sample preparation for in situ Cryo-ET is labour-intensive and can require both cryo-lamella preparation through cryo-Focused Ion Beam (FIB) milling and correlative light microscopy ...



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