Protocols in Current Issue
    Analyzing the Functionality of Non-native Hsp70 Proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
    Authors:  Laura E. Knighton, Lizbeth P. Saa, Adam M. Reitzel and Andrew W. Truman, date: 10/05/2019, view: 123, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Yeast are an ideal system to study Heat Shock Protein 70 (Hsp70) function in a cellular context. This protocol was generated to analyze the function of non-native Hsp70 proteins by expressing them as the sole cytosolic Hsp70 in yeast. As an initial step, Hsp70 variants (such as Ssa1 point mutants and non-yeast versions such as Nematostella ...
    Preparation and Purification of Active Recombinant Human Pancreatic Lipase in Escherichia coli
    Authors:  Nanami Kawaguchi, Haruko Ogawa and Kimie Date, date: 07/05/2019, view: 714, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Human pancreatic lipase (HPL) is the main lipolytic enzyme involved in the digestion of dietary fat. An active recombinant human pancreatic lipase (recHPL) was successfully prepared for the first time in an Escherichia coli (E. coli) expression system using a short Strep-tag II (ST II). The recHPL-ST II was solubilized with 8 M urea from ...
    Production and Purification of Dengue Virus-like Particles from COS-1 Cells
    Authors:  Jedhan Ucat Galula, Gwong-Jen J. Chang and Day-Yu Chao, date: 06/20/2019, view: 926, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Non-infectious virus-like particles (VLPs) containing dengue virus (DENV) pre-membrane (prM) and envelope (E) proteins have been demonstrated to be highly immunogenic and can be used as a potential vaccine candidate as well as a tool for serodiagnostic assays. Successful application of VLPs requires abundant, and high-purity production methods. ...
    Delivering "Chromatic Bacteria" Fluorescent Protein Tags to Proteobacteria Using Conjugation
    Authors:  Rudolf O Schlechter and Mitja NP Remus-Emsermann, date: 04/05/2019, view: 1271, 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 ...
    Bacterial Microcolonies in Gel Beads for High-throughput Screening
    Author:  Yolanda Schaerli, date: 07/05/2018, view: 3404, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] High-throughput screening of a DNA library expressed in a bacterial population for identifying potentially rare members displaying a property of interest is a crucial step for success in many experiments such as directed evolution of proteins and synthetic circuits and deep mutational scanning to identify gain- or loss-of-function mutants.
    Heterologous Expression and Purification of the CRISPR-Cas12a/Cpf1 Protein
    Authors:  Prarthana Mohanraju, John van der Oost, Martin Jinek and Daan C. Swarts, date: 05/05/2018, view: 5465, Q&A: 3
    [Abstract] This protocol provides step by step instructions (Figure 1) for heterologous expression of Francisella novicida Cas12a (previously known as Cpf1) in Escherichia coli. It additionally includes a protocol for high-purity purification and briefly describes how activity assays can be performed. These protocols can also be used for ...
    Host-regulated Hepatitis B Virus Capsid Assembly in a Mammalian Cell-free System
    Authors:  Kuancheng Liu and Jianming Hu, date: 04/20/2018, view: 2516, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is an important global human pathogen and represents a major cause of hepatitis, liver cirrhosis and liver cancer. The HBV capsid is composed of multiple copies of a single viral protein, the capsid or core protein (HBc), plays multiple roles in the viral life cycle, and has emerged recently as a major target for ...
    Determination of Boron Content Using a Simple and Rapid Miniaturized Curcumin Assay
    Authors:  Thotegowdanapalya C. Mohan and Alexandra M. E. Jones, date: 01/20/2018, view: 3458, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] To determine boron quantity in soil, water and biological samples, several protocols are available. Colorimetric assays are the simplest and cheapest methods which can be used to determine boron concentration. However, published protocols do not give straightforward guidance for beginners to adopt these protocols for routine use in the laboratory. ...
    Expression and Purification of a Mammalian P2X7 Receptor from Sf9 Insect Cells
    Authors:  Akira Karasawa and Toshimitsu Kawate, date: 09/05/2017, view: 5501, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] The P2X7 receptor is an extracellular ATP-gated ion channel found only in eukaryotes (Bartlett et al., 2014). Due to its unique properties among P2X receptors, such as formation of a large conductance pore, the P2X7 receptor has been implicated in devastating diseases like chronic pain (North and Jarvis, 2013). However, mechanisms ...
    Expression, Purification and Enzymatic Assay of Plant Histone Deacetylases
    Authors:  Ming Luo and Keqiang Wu, date: 04/05/2016, view: 5280, Q&A: 0
    [Abstract] Histone deacetylases (HDACs) catalyzing the removal of acetyl groups from lysine residues of histone and non-histone proteins play vital roles in regulation of gene transcription. In plants, HDACs can be grouped into three families, including RPD3-type, SIR2-type and plant specific HD2-type HDACs. Here we describe a method to determine plant HDAC ...

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