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    3D Organoid Formation from the Murine Salivary Gland Cell Line SIMS
    Authors:  Harleen K. Athwal and Isabelle M. A. Lombaert, date: 10/05/2019, view: 133, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Salivary glands consist of multiple phenotypically and functionally unique cell populations, such as the acinar, ductal, and myoepithelial cells that help produce, modify, and secrete saliva (Lombaert et al., 2011). Identification of mechanisms and factors that regulate these populations has been of key interest, as salivary gland-related ...
    Reconstituting Breast Tissue with Organotypic Three-dimensional Co-culture of Epithelial and Stromal Cells in Discontinuous Extracellular Matrices
    Authors:  Gang Ren, Vandana Sharma, Joshua Letson, Yashna Walia, Veani Fernando and Saori Furuta, date: 10/05/2019, view: 180, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Co-culture systems utilizing reconstituted or synthetic extracellular matrix (ECM) and micropatterning techniques have enabled the reconstruction of surface epithelial tissues. This technique has been utilized in the regeneration, disease modeling and drug screening of the surface epithelia, such as the skin and esophagus. On the other hand, the ...
    A Cell Culture Model that Mimics Physiological Tissue Oxygenation Using Oxygen-permeable Membranes
    Authors:  Chloe-Anne Martinez, Peter A. Cistulli and Kristina M. Cook, date: 09/20/2019, view: 275, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Dissolved oxygen and its availability to cells in culture is an overlooked variable which can have significant consequences on experimental research outcomes, including reproducibility. Oxygen sensing pathways play key roles in cell growth and behavior and pericellular oxygen levels should be controlled when establishing in vitro models. ...
    Co-culture of Human Stem Cell Derived Neurons and Oligodendrocyte Progenitor Cells
    Authors:  Stephanie Dooves, Aishwarya G. Nadadhur, Lisa Gasparotto and Vivi M. Heine, date: 09/05/2019, view: 551, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Crosstalk between neurons and oligodendrocytes is important for proper brain functioning. Multiple co-culture methods have been developed to study oligodendrocyte maturation, myelination or the effect of oligodendrocytes on neurons. However, most of these methods contain cells derived from animal models. In the current protocol, we co-culture ...
    Isolation of Neutrophil Nuclei for Use in NETosis Assays
    Author:  Dave Boucher, date: 09/05/2019, view: 412, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Neutrophils are critical immune cells that protect our body against invading pathogens. They generate antibacterial DNA structures called neutrophil extracellular traps (NET). Recently we identified a new mechanism that enables NET formation. We observed that following recognition of lipopolysaccharides, inflammatory caspases cleave Gasdermin D ...
    In vitro Differentiation of Thymic Treg Cell Progenitors to Mature Thymic Treg Cells
    Authors:  David L. Owen and Michael A. Farrar, date: 08/20/2019, view: 308, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Thymic Treg cell differentiation occurs via a two-step process. Step one generates Treg cell progenitors (TregP) and is driven by strong TCR interactions with antigens presented in the thymus. Step two is initiated by activation of STAT5 via IL-2, or IL-15, leading to mature Treg cells capable of ...
    Isolation and Long-term Cultivation of Mouse Alveolar Macrophages
    [Abstract] Alveolar macrophages (AM) are tissue-resident macrophages that colonize the lung around birth and can self-maintain long-term in an adult organism without contribution of monocytes. AM are located in the pulmonary alveoli and can be harvested by washing the lungs using the method of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). Here, we compared different ...
    Isolation and Culture of Single Myofiber and Immunostaining of Satellite Cells from Adult C57BL/6J Mice
    Authors:  Shujie Chen, Hongrong Ding, Xiangping Yao and Liwei Xie, date: 07/20/2019, view: 773, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Myofiber isolation followed with ex vivo culture could recapitulate and visualize satellite cells (SCs) activation, proliferation, and differentiation. This approach could be taken to understand the physiology of satellite cells and the molecular mechanism of regulatory factors, in terms of the involvement of intrinsic factors over SCs ...
    Isolation of Powdery Mildew Haustoria from Infected Barley
    Authors:  Linhan Li, Benjamin Collier and Pietro D. Spanu, date: 07/20/2019, view: 868, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Blumeria graminis is a fungus that causes powdery mildews on grasses, such as barley. Investigations of this pathogen present many challenges due to its obligate biotrophic nature. This means that the fungus can only grow in the presence of a living host plant. B. graminis forms epiphytic mycelia on the plant surface and feeding ...
    In vitro Infection of Primary Human Monocytes with HIV-1
    Authors:  Patrick O’Connell, Yong-Hui Zheng, Andrea Amalfitano and Yasser A. Aldhamen, date: 07/05/2019, view: 663, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Monocyte infection by HIV-1 is an important component of chronic HIV pathogenesis. Following infection by HIV-1, monocytes are able to cross the blood brain barrier and set up a viral reservoir in the central nervous system. Additionally, in the setting of chronic HIV-1 infection, monocytes can become activated either directly through HIV-1 ...



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