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    Simultaneous Fluorescent Recordings of Extracellular ATP and Intracellular Calcium in Mammalian Cells
    Authors:  Nicholas Mikolajewicz and Svetlana V. Komarova, date: 05/20/2019, view: 592, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Extracellular ATP is a potent signaling molecule that stimulates intracellular calcium responses through purinergic (P2) receptors in mammalian cells. While extracellular ATP and intracellular calcium can be measured separately, simultaneous monitoring can offer additional insights into P2 receptor physiology. This protocol takes advantage of the ...
    Hypochlorous Acid Staining with R19-S in the Drosophila Intestine upon Ingestion of Opportunistic Bacteria
    Authors:  Salma Hachfi, Olivia Benguettat and Armel Gallet, date: 05/20/2019, view: 261, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The intestine is endowed with an innate immune system that is required to fight any exogenous bacteria that are swallowed along with the food. The first line of defense that is mounted by the gut epithelium is the release of immune Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS), such as hypochlorous acid (HOCl), into the lumen. HOCl is produced within 1.5 h of ...
    Triple Fluorescence Anisotropy Reporter Imaging in Living Cells
    Authors:  Brian Ross, Shenq Huey Wong, Nicole E. Snell, Jin Zhang and M. A. Rizzo, date: 05/05/2019, view: 453, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] FRET-based genetically encoded biosensors incorporate two fluorescent proteins into their design to enable ratiometric biosensing of signaling activities in live cells. While emission ratios are generally useful for quantitative studies, they leave little room in the optical spectrum for additional sensors and optogenetic tools. Homotransfer-based ...
    Quantification of Cutaneous Ionocytes in Small Aquatic Organisms
    Authors:  Garfield T. Kwan, Shane H. Finnerty, Nicholas C. Wegner and Martin Tresguerres, date: 05/05/2019, view: 342, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Aquatic organisms have specialized cells called ionocytes that regulate the ionic composition, osmolarity, and acid/base status of internal fluids. In small aquatic organisms such as fishes in their early life stages, ionocytes are typically found on the cutaneous surface and their abundance can change to help cope with various metabolic and ...
    Preparation and Manipulation of Olfactory Epithelium Explant Cultures for Measurement of the Mechanical Tension of Individual Axons Using the Biomembrane Force Probe
    Authors:  Coralie Fouquet and Alain Trembleau, date: 04/20/2019, view: 292, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] In this paper, we describe a protocol allowing measurement of the mechanical tension of individual axons grown ex vivo from neural tissue explants. This protocol was developed with primary cultures of olfactory epithelium explants from embryonic (E13.5) mice. It includes a detailed description of explant dissection and culture, as well as ...
    Time-lapse Whole-field Fluorescence Imaging of Microglia Processes Motility in Acute Mouse Hippocampal Slices and Analysis
    [Abstract] Microglia are the resident immune cells of the central nervous system (CNS). In the last year, the improvements in the transgenic mouse technologies and imaging techniques have shed light on microglia functions under physiological conditions. Microglia continuously scan the brain parenchyma with their highly motile processes, maintaining tissue ...
    Visualization of Plant Cell Wall Epitopes Using Immunogold Labeling for Electron Microscopy
    Author:  Mateusz Majda, date: 04/05/2019, view: 703, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Plant cell walls consist of different polysaccharides and structural proteins, which form a rigid layer located outside of the plasma membrane. The wall is also a very dynamic cell composite, which is characterized by complex polysaccharide interactions and various modifications during cell development. The visualization of cell wall components in ...
    Quantitative Plasmodesmata Permeability Assay for Pavement Cells of Arabidopsis Leaves
    Authors:  Min Diao, Qiannan Wang and Shanjin Huang, date: 04/05/2019, view: 622, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Plasmodesmata (PD) are intercellular channels between walled plant cells that enable the transportation of materials between adjacent cells, which are important for plant growth and development. The permeability of PD must be tightly regulated. Assays to determine the permeability of PD are crucial for related studies on the regulation of PD ...
    Delivering "Chromatic Bacteria" Fluorescent Protein Tags to Proteobacteria Using Conjugation
    Authors:  Rudolf O Schlechter and Mitja NP Remus-Emsermann, date: 04/05/2019, view: 562, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Recently, we published a large and versatile set of plasmids, the chromatic bacteria toolbox, to deliver eight different fluorescent protein genes and four combinations of antibiotic resistance genes to Gram-negative bacteria. Fluorescent tags are important tools for single-cell microbiology, synthetic community studies, biofilm, and host-microbe ...
    Straight Channel Microfluidic Chips for the Study of Platelet Adhesion under Flow
    Authors:  Alexander Dupuy, Lining Arnold Ju and Freda H Passam, date: 03/20/2019, view: 999, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Microfluidic devices have become an integral method of cardiovascular research as they enable the study of shear force in biological processes, such as platelet function and thrombus formation. Furthermore, microfluidic chips offer the benefits of ex vivo testing of platelet adhesion using small amounts of blood or purified platelets. ...



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